Handguns Guitarist Covers Fireworks’ “Bed Sores”

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 3, 2014

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Brandon Pagano from Handguns recently covered “Bed Sores” by Fireworks. Watch the video below after the jump.

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Handguns Release Ferguson Charity Shirt

by Zack Zarrillo - Aug 25, 2014

In a gentle way, Handguns have released a Ferguson charity shirt. All proceeds will go to the ACLU. Buy here and check out the shirt below after the jump.

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Pure Noise Tour: State Champs, Handguns, FCC, Front Porch Step, Heart To Heart, Bridages

by Zack Zarrillo - Aug 15, 2014

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State Champs, Handguns, Forever Came Calling, Front Porch Step, Heart To Heart, and Brigades are all playing The Pure Noise Records Tour  Check out the dates below after the jump.

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POZ Review: Handguns - Life Lessons

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 16, 2014

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My first introduction to Handguns was at a concert back in early 2012. I went for Hit The Lights and to fulfill my teenage dreams of seeing Cartel – I’d never really listened to Handguns before. But I was blown away by both the crowd’s response to the band and by the sheer amount of energy that was put into the performance.
 
You better be sure I walked out of that venue a fan.
 
 The energy that Handguns put into that show, the reason I began listening to them in the first place, is something that can be found in each and every song on their new album, Life Lessons. From the opening chords of “Anvil” to the quiet fading of “New Years Resolution,” this album is a roller coaster that only goes up, in more ways than one.
 
Life Lessons is short, but packs a lot into its ten tracks. “Anvil” and “I Can’t Relate,” both of which come in well under two minutes, are perfect examples of Handguns’ ability to do a whole lot with very little. Both are fast-paced and roughly passionate, full tracks squeezed into an almost impossibly short amount of time.
 
Lead singer Taylor Eby’s voice is the same half-scream he’s become known for, though he sounds more comfortable as he sings lines like the resolute conclusion of “I Can’t Relate”: “If I die tomorrow/My headstone would read/Never needed much/Lived my life for me.”

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POZ BandsOnBands: Handguns On The Arrogant Sons Of Bitches

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 14, 2014

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Monday means BandsOnBands, and we’re excited to be posting the new PropertyOfZack feature today with Brandon Pagano of Handguns. The band released Life Lessons a few weeks ago via Pure Noise Records, and it can be picked up here.

In this week’s feature, Brandon talks about his love for The Arrogant Sons Of Bitches. Listen to songs by the band here and check out what Brandon had to say about one of his biggest influences below!

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From Brandon Pagano: 

I don’t remember the first time I heard The Cheers for Disappointment, but I do remember shouting back the lyrics to different songs off of that record back to every local ska band on Staten Island after it came out. It had taken us by storm and I loved every minute of it.

The first half of the record is upbeat ska punk that makes me want to jump off a PA monitor yet latter half of the record has some of the saddest lyrics I’ve ever heard. Despite the sad parts, the record always finds a way to resolve and add a hint of hope and positivity. The flow of the record, the lyrics, the song structure and even little things like the gang vocals and shitty out of tune acoustic guitar on “Have Fun Rotting By Yourself” were all done so perfectly.

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POZ Track-By-Track: Handguns - Life Lessons

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 11, 2014

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Handguns released Life Lessons this week via our friends at Pure Noise Records. We got Brandon and Taylor from the band to do a Track-By-Track for the record to take you behind the meaning of each song. Pick up a copy here and read the Track-By-Track below!

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Anvil
I wrote this song shortly after joining Handguns as a full time member. It’s about a particular experience that happened in Denver around September 2012 when I was just a fill-in guitar player for the band. I watched Handguns lose their founding member on a porch of some apartment building after a pretty heated argument. I didn’t know what to do or what to say because there were still about four days of tour left. To try and divert the awkwardness I sat there and counted the bricks that made up the front wall of the building (52 to be exact). This song is exclusively about that moment and the feelings we had afterwards of trying to pick up this band from what probably would have been a break-up and making it something better. -Brandon

Sleep Deprived
Sometimes you have to cut people out of your life that are just no good for you and you wrack your brain for days to the point where you can’t even sleep at night wondering if you did the right thing. This song is about being fed up with over-thinking, letting things be what they are and moving on. -Taylor

Highway Robbery
Being on the road so often, it’s hard to define where you call home. I have met so many amazing people and been through crazy experiences and through that I feel like I am able to call the open road my true home. -Taylor

Heart Vs. Head
This song somewhat relates back to Sleep Deprived. I’ve always been a somewhat anxious person and I tend to over-think everything. It’s about coming to terms with a situation and making a decision. -Taylor

I Can’t Relate
One day, I was on Facebook and I saw all these posts about how these people are never going to be able to pay of their student loans and I thought to myself “I don’t even know what the fuck that is.” Sometimes at social gatherings, I’ll try to spark a conversation with someone and it goes nowhere because I have nothing to relate to them with. I’ve never grasped the concept of a 9-5 job(and I’ve tried),I don’t go to college, I don’t own a car, I don’t pay a mortgage, and I know for a fact that that lifestyle just isn’t for me. I’ve learned everything I know through my own personal experiences. -Taylor

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Handguns “The Loved Ones Who Hate Us” Music Video

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 8, 2014

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Handguns have released a new music video for “The Loved Ones Who Hate Us.” Watch here via Alt or below after the jump.

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Handguns Stream New Album ‘Life Lessons’

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 3, 2014

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Handguns are releasing Life Lessons on July 8th via Pure Noise Records. Stream the album in full here via Substream or below after the jump.

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POZ Discussion: Most Anticipated July Releases

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 30, 2014

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.

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Handguns Stream “Queens” From ‘Life Lessons’

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 3, 2014

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Handguns have released a new song from Life Lessons called “Queens.” Stream the track here via RockSound or below after the jump.

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Handguns A Love Like Tour Tour Journey

by Zack Zarrillo - May 31, 2014

Handguns have released an update from A Love Like Tour. Watch the video below after the jump. 

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Handguns, Sudden Suspension Mini-Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - May 27, 2014

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Handguns and Sudden Suspension will be touring together in July. Check out the dates below after the jump.

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Handguns Stream “Sleep Deprived” From ‘Life Lessons’

by Zack Zarrillo - May 21, 2014

Handguns will be releasing Life Lessons on July 8th via Pure Noise Records. Pre-order the album here and stream a new song called “Sleep Deprived” below after the jump.

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Hundredth, Counterparts, Handguns, Being As An Ocean Announce Common Vision Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - May 1, 2014

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Hundredth, Counterparts, Handguns, Being As An Ocean, Capsize, and My Iron Lung are going on the Common Vision Tour this summer. Check out the dates below after the jump.

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Handguns Announce New Album ‘Life Lessons’

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 2, 2014

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Handguns will by releasing Life Lessons via Pure Noise Records on July 8th. Stream a new song called “Head Vs. Heart” here and check out the artwork and track listing for the release below after the jump.

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