Welcome to PropertyOfZack: Weekender edition. Every weekend, we bring you some of biggest and most interesting pieces of the past week from our own content to stories or breaking news. If you’ve had a busy week and want to catch up with some light reading, we hope this is for you.
Brand New announced a US tour this past week. It’s about a week’s worth of shows, and fans are very excited. Presale sold out in seconds, like it always does. But the good news is is that these shows are in bigger rooms, which means there were more general sale tickets to go around. The bad news is that over 1,500 tickets found themselves on Stubhub within hours of the general sale. Stop doing that, people.
The more you think about Of Mice & Men selling 51,000 copies of Restoring Force, the more you realize how incredible of an accomplishment the news is. The Flood, the band’s last album, debuted with 15,000 copies sold. Within just a few years, Of Mice & Men more than tripled in size and are now Rise Records’ second biggest band and Rise’s second top five charting album in under a year.
This isn’t so much a story about Of Mice, but more about Rise Records and whatever they’re doing over there in Portland.
Every year there are “haters” of Warped’s lineup, but this year’s hate is a little different. The last few years of Warped have actually been great - 2012 in particular. The 2012 summer was Warped’s most successful year in nearly ten summers, but of course there was still hate.
However, a lot of the people that usually “defend” Warped’s lineup are actually against it this year. Why? It seems many think the lineup is extra generic this year minus bands like Saves The Day, who would have made more sense in year’s prior.
Hawthorne Heights announced a ten year tour for The Silence In Black And White this week, but the way they rolled it out was sort of odd. The band is starting the tour with a European leg, which is great, but maybe not the strongest way to announce something that will excite fans more than anything you’ve done since this album was released, ten years ago.
The real question is, will this tour be a success? Story Of The Year’s reunion on Warped Tour was huge, but their ten year tour, which included Hawthorne Heights, was a complete flop in many cities.
Before the holidays start we thought it’d be great to put Dance Gavin Dance, Hawthorne Heights, and Our Last Night together for a new PropertyOfZack Playlist feature. Check out the Playlists below while listening to the songs on Spotify and reading everyone’s thoughts!
Envy - Left Hand
It’s hard to find newer heavy sounds that speak to me. I usually have to dig through the past to find bands doing something different. Envy has always been a favorite of mine.
This band plays dirty old school punk, but throws in influences and styles that set them apart from everyone else in their genre. People I introduce them to usually complain about the vocals. But I don’t think it gets much better as far as punk vox are concerned.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Dragon Queen
I’ve always loved this band. Their records are completely different from one another and I strive for that level of progression. I haven’t gotten into the new album yet though.
Danny Brown - I Will
When rappers spend a whole song on the subject of sex it usually gets to the point where it’s just too much information for me. So it’s funny that this Is my favorite Danny Brown track. He approaches his subject matter in a unique way.
The Velvet Teen - A Captive Audience
This is a great band to play on long drives. It’s easy to get lost in their album’s dark musical landscapes. This is definitely my favorite song of theirs. That piano lead is simple but epic
Neon Blonde- Chandeliers & Vines
This record didn’t get the attention it deserved. It’s extremely eclectic and catchy at the same time. I’ve liked everything Johnny Whitney’s done.
J Cole - Power Trip
This song can pump you up with its awesome beat and bring you down with its lyrics at the same time. It’s pretty emo.
Baths - No Eyes
The electronic arrangements and his voice work really well together on this album. No eyes Is a pretty dirty track. It kind of has a NIN vibe to me.
Beach Fossils - Generational Synthetic
This Is another great beach fossils track. They’re one of my favorite bands I’ve discovered in the last few years. They’ve got a very consistent and pleasant sound. Clash the truth is an amazing album that I could listen to over and over again. When this song breaks down to bass and drums on their own, my head and thoughts instantly clear.
Liars - No.1 Against The Rush
I love dark pop done well. This song has me playing scenes fromLost Highway in my head when I listen to it. Liars never disappoint on a new record.
Nirvana - Dumb
I’ve really enjoyed listening to the recent 20th anniversary remixes of In Utero. Nirvana will always be one of my favorite bands because of how much their music impacted my youth. Nevermind was a bigger record, but In Utero was a better record. Embrace the rawness.
Descendents - Coffee Mug
We love the Descendents. We love coffee. It’s a win win, really.
Quicksand - Delusional
Our drummer, Eron, and I share a love for Quicksand. I’m bummed that I have not been able to see any of their reunion shows they have done over the last two years!
The Early November - Frayed in Doubt
Over the Summer on Warped Tour, I probably stopped and watched the Early November three times more than any other band. They put on a great live show and are wonderful people. Their new album In Currents is my favorite thing they have released so far. Get it!
Smashing Pumpkins - Mayonaise
Smashing Pumpkins are a band that everyone in our band really liked growing up. Siamese Dream is one of my favorite albums to listen to while driving on tour and this is my favorite song on that album.
Tom Petty - You Wreck Me
Our singer, JT, and I got to see Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers earlier this year in Indiana. They put on an amazing show. Tom Petty is a badass.
I Am The Avalanche - Green Eyes
I love this band! I am really looking forward to hearing the new album from these guys in 2014.
Jawbreaker - Jet Black
Dear You by Jawbreaker is one of my all time favorite albums. Every song on it, including “Jet Black”, is perfect.
No Use For a Name - Coming Too Close
Tony Sly was a brilliant songwriter that was taken from this world way too soon. ”Coming Too Close” was the first song I heard by No Use For a Name and to this day is still my favorite.
Saves the Day - Firefly
I recently caught Saves the Day, Into It. Over It., and Hostage Calm on tour in Ohio and had a great time. I have enjoyed pretty much everything Saves the Day has put out over the years, but I think Firefly is my favorite song they have written thus far.
Circa Survive - Frozen Creek
This is and will be one of my favorite songs of all time. Any song that gives you a certain feeling every time you listen, is one that stays in your playlists forever. Besides the incredible instrumentation, the lyrics flow with song perfectly. And of course layered with Anthony Greens flawless voice. It’s a must listen if you haven’t yet. - Trevor
Conditions - Open Eyes
This band has been a favorite of mine since we toured with them back in 2010. Such an awesome band on record & just as good live. This song has such an incredible vibe to it. One of the “softer” sounding songs on their new record, but by far my favorite one. Awesome lyrics and even better song structure. I show this one to all my friends any chance I get. - Trevor
Hoodie Allen - Two Lips (Acoustic)
Hoodie is a homie of ours and recently recorded an acoustic EP with our very own Matt Wentworth, that was just released. I loved the original version of the song “Two Lips” so when they told me they were gunna make it acoustic I of course got super stoked. He’s got an awesome singing voice, so it’s awesome to get a chance to hear more of it on the acoustic version. Lyrics flow perfectly and songs extremely catchy. - Trevor
The Neighbourhood - Afraid
I just fell in love with their whole new album I LOVE YOU. The dark chord progressions, noisy soundscapes, and heavy drum beats come together for an really original sound. I’ve described this album as a heavier Lana Del Rey with male vocals… odd but it makes sense in a way. You may have heard their single “Sweater weather” which is a great song but the rest of the album is darker and more mysterious sounding. Definitely fans of any music style should check this album out. - Matt
Monday means BandsOnBands, and we’re excited to be posting the first of two PropertyOfZack features today with Eron Bucciarelli of Hawthorne Heights. The band released Zero last week, so make sure to order it here and to check out the band on Warped Tour.
In this week’s feature, Eron discusses his love for Quicksand. Eron goes on to describe how he evolved from listening to grunge to more punk/hardcore music, including RevRecords and NYHC. Quicksand was a band that changed Eron’s way of loving music, and the BandsOnBands feature from him today is a great one. Listen to songs by Quicksand here and check out what Eron had to say about one of his biggest influences below!
From Eron Bucciarelli of Hawthorne Heights:
During my freshmen year of high school I transitioned from Grunge to heavier and more underground music. That path ultimately lead me to NYHC and Revelation Records. I burned through the discography, dissecting “Thank Yous” and educating myself on all things hardcore. I naturally gravitated to Quicksand since they featured members of my favorite hardcore band of all time, Gorilla Biscuits, and other favorites Bold and Burn.
At the time, Quicksand was mind blowing to me. It was aggressive, filled with emotion, melodic, catchy and differed from the upbeat old school hardcore I had grown accustomed to. Perhaps I was blinded by the lineage of members, regardless, their album “Slip” was everything I was looking for at the time.
It was perhaps the following summer that Warped Tour first started. Lo and behold, Quicksand was set to headline and several of my other HC favorites were along for the ride. The day was already incredible before Quicksand even took the stage. The anticipation in the crowd was high, but nothing compared to my excitement level. Quicksand came out and immediately launched in to “Fazer”. The crowd erupted. About four songs in, the bass amp went out. While they trouble shooted, Walter (the singer/guitarist) began playing Start Today by Gorilla Biscuits. It was at this moment, Quicksand cemented their place as my favorite post-hardcore band of all time. The combination of the show atmosphere and “covering” a GB song was more than I could fully comprehend at the time.