July is nearly here, and we’re continuing 2014 with a jam-packed month of releases that PropertyOfZack team members couldn’t be more stoked to hear. In today’s new Discussion, we’re highlighting our personal Most Anticipated July Releases. Check out our list below and feel free to reblog with what you’re looking forward to as well!
Every Time I Die - From Parts Unknown (07/01)
After the critical acclaim of 2012’s progressive Ex-Lives, the Buffalo hardcore outfit seems to be returning to a ruckus and gleefully disoriented style on the upcoming From Parts Unknown. A few weeks ago, Keith Buckley and company streamed their seventh studio album, and what was obvious was a sound very much akin to their break out 2003 effort Hot Damn!, which is good news for numerous reasons.
That album showcased a band whose strengths lied in short, often punctual tracks tapered with Keith Buckley’s sarcastic lyrics and his brother’s spiraling out of control guitar riffs that mash at the teeth.
Listening to tracks like “Thirst” and “Decayin’ With the Boys” much of that record’s spite and energetic state of chaos is present, showcasing once more that ETiD is still one of the most consistent acts in modern hardcore music often releasing music rather quickly, but with no downgrade in style and quality. Oh, and their sense of humor hasn’t changed much either. Stay golden, boys. - Jason Stives
Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties - We Don’t Have Each Other (07/08)
The brutally honest and emotional lyrics are what ranks The Wonder Years among my favorite bands, and finding out that vocalist Dan Campbell started an entire side project based around honest storytelling made me irrationally excited for the month of July. I’m a writer; I guess it makes sense that I’m a sucker for well-penned words with heavy meanings. But what will make Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties great — if the two singles “You Ain’t No Saint” and “Divorce and The American South” haven’t proved that greatness to us already — is that Campbell understands the importance of universal experiences and relatable emotions. That’s what gets us attached to songs and the characters in them, and when those kinds of stories are set to a folksy tune, it’s a recipe for an awe-inspiring album. - Ali Killian
Handguns - Life Lessons (07/08)
Handguns is one of those bands that just keeps getting better– they’ve found their sound and each release shows them further honing and perfecting it. Now it’s been nearly 2 years since the band last released an album, and I for one feel they’re overdue for a new one.
Thus far Handguns has released two tracks from Life Lessons: “Sleep Deprived” and “Heart Vs. Head.” Both tracks show a continuation of Handguns’ trends of growth and maturity; the sound is certain and strong, and a sign of big things yet to come for this still relatively young group. - Becky Kovach
Allison Weiss - Remember When (07/15)
Allison Weiss’ Say What You Mean was one of the best surprises of 2013. The album thrust the pop punk darling into the spotlight and pretty much made her a household name.
And for good reason, too. Say What You Mean was endearing and charismatic, ten tracks about heartbreak that made you take a deep look at what love really means, all set to catchy melodies you couldn’t help but dance along to.