POZ Decade: Head Automatica - Decadence

by Zack Zarrillo - Aug 19, 2014

Head Automatic's Decadence was released ten years ago this week, and PropertyOfZack is launching our next Decade feature in honor of the album today! We have commentary on the album from POZ team members Adrienne Fisher andCaitlin DeWeese so enjoy and reblog to let us know your thoughts on Decadenceten years later!

Legacy of Decadence
While the mid-2000s brought to the forefront plenty of pop-infused, mildly dance-y projects from those co-opting the “punk” aesthetic, few could compete with Head Automatica when it came to innovation and spirit. The Glassjaw frontman’s offshoot project differed from GJ in every way imaginable, dropping the serious faced Long Island-alt attitude in lieu of a musical endeavor that was completely at home on the dance floor rather than the floor of the mosh pit. But Decadence wasn’t just the side project’s record that allowed itself to be dismissed by fans of GJ and the genre, despite being as far as one could get from Palumbo’s tortured wailing on Worship and Tribute. Instead, very much in the spirit of its name, Decadence combines the free-falling party sensibilities of 70’s disco and funk with the proud tackiness of pop-synth 80’s music, which, to those deeply invested in that early 2000s wave of pop-punk and screamo, was an unheard-of combination. It’s music that can make suburban kids (including me) feel like they have the slightest idea what DJ and dance culture is about without the hallucinogens. It’s an exercise in guilty pleasures, except without all the embarrassment since the same person who sang “Ape Dos Mil” is now lightheartedly asking you “Maybe you can help me, I am looking for someone to dance with – “ and it is really, really fucking good. – Adrienne Fisher
How Decadence holds up in 2014
From the frenetic and boisterous opening of “At the Speed of a Yellow Bullet” to the calmer grooving pace of “Please Please Please (Young Hollywood),” Decadence is a record that hosts a bevy of funky influences, but all centered around the same “let’s let loose” mission statement – and for that, the record holds up tremendously. Modern EDM and techno styles of dance music can credit their popularity to repetitive sections and catchy-but-uncreative centerpieces, and for that, the songs within those trends will burn out just as quickly as their fans do the day after Electric Daisy Carnival. But Head Automatica wrote Decadence to be richly diverse and endlessly entertaining, with elements of hip-hop, funk, synth-pop, and rock bubbling over one another in a wildly creative whole. The unhinged and slick “King Caesar” sounds nothing like the driving force behind “Dance Party Plus” or that haunting hook in the chorus of “The Razor” – and it all feels timeless, immediate, and flat-out awesome. Seriously, where’s the ten-year tour for this record? Or just give us one last show at Gramercy, please. – Adrienne Fisher

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POZ Discussion: Albums That Deserve 10 Year Tours In 2014

by Zack Zarrillo - Jan 22, 2014


Our music scene is going through an interesting cycle in the present day. There have been a large influx of young bands that have provided great excitement and passion for us all in the last few years, but we’re also entering a time where the influences of those bands are celebrating major anniversaries for their most loved albums. Bands like Say Anything, Jimmy Eat World, and Midtown, among many others, have seen ten year anniversaries come and go. We all expect there to be more than a few great ten year tours in 2014, but PropertyOfZack team members put together a list of a few more albums that we want more than anything to see toured in full in 2014. Check out the full Discussion and feel free to reblog with any albums you think need to be championed as underrated masterpieces too!


Say Anything - Is A Real Boy
I hate being “that guy” that holds allegiance to a band or artist’s very first record and finds little-to-nothing in subsequent records to grab onto, but if we’re being honest, there are TONS of “those guys” out there, enough to make commemoration tours of seminal records a rousing success and continuing trend. When I realized a few years ago that anniversary tours were going to start becoming relevant to my (very old) self, one of the first ones I mentally put on my future years calendar was the potential tour for “Is a Real Boy” here in 2014. While I’m not sure if anything will ever feel as triumphant or cathartic as seeing SA tour on that record in tiny rooms right after it came out (“what say you and all your friends step up to my friends in the alley tonight?” might as well be a call to war), the record is one of the most musical and theatrical that our scene ever adopted, and listening to it in its entirety feels like a crazy anecdotal journey through the amusement park of someone’s brain. And even though I personally feel that SA hasn’t been able to capture lightening in a bottle like that since, the band has been around for a long time, fine tuning their craft, touring with frequency, and seems to have a lot of respect for what they used to write and where they came from - the most recent example being the rarities and B-sides tour they did last summer. If they pull off a 10-year tour for Is a Real Boy, I will be more than thrilled to see how Bemis and his gang herald and revere the record that put them on the map, and is one of the most brave, artistically interesting releases to have come out in independent music in the last ten years.  - Adrienne Fisher


Jimmy Eat World - Futures
Jimmy Eat World is lucky enough to have two to three generations of fans; that’s just part of what happens when you release an incredible record followed by an incredible record followed by another incredible record. Many fans were lucky enough to witness a ten year tour for Clarity in 2009, but the band decided to not do another for Bleed American several years ago. Why would they for Futures? That album feels different to many, I think. You could look at it is the “younger generation” Jimmy Eat World fan’s Clarity. And it looks like the band recognizes it too.

Jimmy Eat World has apparently also been practicing some extra songs off of Futures lately, because they played one for the first time ever at a holiday show in New Jersey in December. There have been hints of a reissuing for the album on vinyl too, to mark its ten year anniversary. All the stars are close to aligning. Hook it up, Jimmy Eat World. - Zack Zarrillo


Midtown - Forget What You Know
Of the dozens and dozens of bands from last decade that have recently appeared on the reunion circuit, the one from my own personal roster of favorites that’s been most glaringly missing is Midtown. For those with a self-proclaimed bleeding Drive-Thru heart like my own, the disappearance of Midtown from active duty in 2005 was 
a pretty unexpected blow, especially considering the then-recent release of their major label debut, Forget What You Know. It was a record that, at the time, felt like a weird outgrowing of pop-punk despite how the album prior had been even popper and prettier than the first one.

And the lyrical content of FWYK strayed even further from the expectations, presenting philosophical takes on existentialism and disillusionment that perhaps a bubblegum crowd of wide-eyed teenagers wasn’t quite ready to “get.” Given the timeline, Midtown had only less than a year of touring under their belt for the record before they dissolved, and now it’s been 10 years since the moody, almost modern-rock record fell into the laps of fans. Which means that we’ve had plenty of time to absorb and understand the mature undertones that made Forget What You Know so excellent, but mostly it means that we’ve been crying for almost a decade now for Gabe Saporta to step down from the disco dance floor of Cobra Starship and pick up his bass again, preferably in a New Jersey firehouse somewhere, with the rest of the band. Although I have little-to-no hope that a Midtown reunion anything will ever happen (especially not on the heels of something so obvious as a ten-year milestone), it never hurts to put the reminder out, every once in a while, that we the fans are still out here. - Adrienne Fisher 

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Head Automatica Live Performance

by Zack Zarrillo - Aug 13, 2012

Head Automatica recently toured the UK. Check out a performance of “Beating Heart Baby” below by clicking “Read More.”

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by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 6, 2012

Head Automatica New LP In Warner Bros “Purgatory”

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 1, 2012

Daryl Palumbo has confirmed that Head Automatica’s new record is complete, but that Warner Bros are keeping the release in “purgatory,” or a holding pattern. Check out a tweet from Palumbo below by clicking “Read More.”

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Head Automatica Full UK Tour Dates

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 1, 2012

Head Automatica will be touring the UK this August and a date has been added to the tour. Check out the full routing below by clicking “Read More.”

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The Weekly Tour Round-Up

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 17, 2012

We’ll be bringing you a round-up every Sunday on PropertyOfZack for all the tours from your favorite bands that are currently going on and that will be kicking off over the next few months. So check out all the tours if you’ve missed any of them and make sure to mark them down on your calendars!

PropertyOfZack Sponsored Shows
Turnover, Citizen, Light Years [06/22-08/07]
Romance On A Rocketship [6/23]

Mixtapes|With The Punches [06/25]
Night & Day Fest [06/29-07/01]
With The Punches|Forever Came Calling|State Champs [07/13-08/11]

North America
Warped Tour [Now-08/05]
Motion City Soundtrack, The Front Bottoms [Now-07/01]  
The Rocket Summer, States, The Scene Aesthetic [Now-07/06]
You Blew It! [Now-07/28]
I See Stars, My Ticket Home, Crown The Empire [07/02-07/07]
Daylight [07/07-08/09]
Right Away, Great Captain!, Casey Crescenzo [07/11-08/19]
Forever The Sickest Kids, Plug In Stereo, Paradise Fears [07/11-07/23]
Armor For Sleep [07/14-07/22]
The Cab, Parachute [07/16-08/18]
Strung Out, Such Gold, Handguns [07/17-08/14]
Real Friends [07/19-07/31]
Joyce Manor, Algernon Cadwallader [07/28-08/24]
Silverstein, Such Gold, Daytrader [08/16-08/26]
Metric [09/06-10/10]
Frank Turner [09/07-10/27]
Tegan And Sara, The Black Keys [10/01-10/06] 

United Kingdom|Mainland Europe
Moving Mountains [Now-07/02]
Texas In July [06/23-07/21]
Sum 41 [07/07-08/02]
Head Automatica [08/05-08/08]
Against Me! [07/13-08/03]Torche [09/13-09/18]
Joyce Manor, Apologies I Have None [09/21-09/28]
Mayday Parade, The Summer Set [10/04-10/13]
The Xcerts, Young Guns [10/19-11/26]
Every Time I Die, Stray From The Path [10/24-11/04]
A Loss For Words, Save Your Breath [10/26-11/10]
The Devil Wears Prada, August Burns Red [10/26-11/19]

Transit [08/15-08/26]
Pennywise, The Menzingers, Sharks [08/23-08/29]
Cartel [09/05-09-15] 

South America
RX Bandits [07/26-07/29] 
Miss May I, Asking Alexandra [09/22-09/30]

Head Automatica UK Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 16, 2012

Head Automatica will be touring the UK this August. Check out the dates below by clicking “Read More.”

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