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coldrain Sign To Hopeless Records

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 9, 2014

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Hopeless Records have signed Japan’s coldrain. Check out a new music video for “The Revelation” below after the jump.

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SycAmour Sign To Hopeless Records; Release ‘Obscure: La Deuxième’

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 8, 2014

SycAmour have signed to Hopeless Records in anticipation of a new record this summer. Stream a reissued EP called Obscure: La Deuxième below after the jump.

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The Dangerous Summer Break Up

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 1, 2014

The Dangerous Summer have officially called it quits. Frontman AJ Perdomo announced his departure from the band this past weekend, and the remaining members have now released a statement to fans that can be read below after the jump.

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The Dangerous Summer Frontman AJ Perdomo Leaves Band

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 29, 2014

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Frontman AJ Perdomo is leaving The Dangerous Summer to become a father and also due to no longer being able to deal with guitarist Cody Payne. It is unclear what will happen to the band in the future. Read a message from Perdomo below after the jump.

Edit: Cody Payne On AJ Perdomo’s Departure And The Band’s Future

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POZ Session: We Are The In Crowd - “The Best Thing (That Never Happened)”

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 18, 2014

PropertyOfZack met up with our friends in We Are The In Crowd a few weeks ago to film a brand new Session in celebration of Weird Kids. Watch the band perform stripped down versions of ”The Best Thing (That Never Happened)” below!

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POZ Review: Bayside - Cult

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 17, 2014

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by Becky Kovach, edited by Erik van Rheenen

Cult. 

It’s strange that such a small word can have such negative connotations. Merriam-Webster defines it as a small group “that has beliefs regarded by many people as extreme or dangerous.” Oxford suggests a group of people “having religious beliefs or practices regarded by others as strange or sinister.”

Bayside fans might beg to differ, though – they’ve been calling themselves a cult for years. Ask any fan what the word means, and they’ll tell you it’s a synonym for family, solidarity, and a sense of belonging. Now, the band has finally chosen to make the term official by naming its sixth studio album after the fans that have been there through the years. Cult, eleven tracks long and full of power and pride, is a testament to all that Bayside has endured to become one of the most consistent and influential acts of our generation. 

The band has always been notorious for songs about betrayal, pain, and failed relationships. Last album Killing Time, especially, tackled the particularly nasty divorce of Bayside lead singer and lyricist Anthony Raneri. Cult continues this trend with songs like “Hate Me,” “You’re No Match,” and “Pigsty.” 

“Hate Me” is bitter and broken down, a dark and crawling ode to a relationship reduced to mutual hatred (“You regret every single day/Oh, at least we found common ground”). It’s followed up by “You’re No Match,” a track that’s dominating force is a feeling of quiet acceptance; the band plays it up with despondent guitars and subtle drumming. 

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Neck Deep, Knuckle Punk Announce Tour Split; Knuckle Puck Stream New Song “Gold Rush”

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 5, 2014

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Neck Deep and Knuckle Puck will be releasing a Tour Split on February 25th via Bad Timing Records in conjunction with Hopeless Records. The release will feature two songs from Neck Deep’s Wishful Thinking and two brand new tracks from Knuckle Puck. You can pre-order the split here and check out the artwork, track listing, and a new song by Knuckle Puck called “Gold Rush” below after the jump.

Full Disclosure: Bad Timing Records is half owned and operated by Zack Zarrillo, founder of PropertyOfZack.  

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POZ Discussion: Most Anticipated February Releases

by Zack Zarrillo - Jan 30, 2014

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February is 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 February Releases. Check out our list below and feel free to reblog with what you’re looking forward to as well!

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Diamond Youth - Shake (02/04)
Okay, so I know I already gushed about this upcoming EP when we covered our most anticipated music for the first half of 2014, but with the recent showing of the latest song from Shake, “Red Water,” I’m here to reinforce the interest. Like skateboarding through a horror house, “Red Water” drives a tense and kinda spastic spirit, yet still could be mistaken for a dark and moody surfer’s anthem - something Diamond Youth has toyed with before (on older songs like “Cannonball”). Right now, we have three of the six tracks in our hands - the patient alt-rock “Can’t Shake the Feeling” and the flash-in-the-pan punk jam “MDIC,” and I’m very much looking forward to seeing what other flavors of rock n’ roll Diamond Youth have pulled into the finished product. - Adrienne Fisher

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Broken Bells - After the Disco (02/04)
For fans of James Mercer’s music, a new Broken Bells record might be refreshing, considering the rather mixed reception of The Shins’ fourth studio album, Port of Morrow, in 2012. The follow-up to the band’s self-titled debut, After the Disco, Mercer’s sophomore collaboration with Brian Burton (a.k.a Danger Mouse) doesn’t have a lot riding on it, other than excitement at another go at this spacy alternative rock act.

The album’s lead single “Holding On for Life” has been out for about 3 months now and with its eerie, Bee Gees-esque disco style, it casts a strange aura over this upcoming effort; one that is both exciting and a bit worrisome, depending on how fans felt about the band’s first record. Regardless, it’s a record that comes early in the year that will either linger for the rest of 2014 — or be forgotten in a few months. - Jason Stives

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Modern Baseball - You’re Gonna Miss It All (02/11)
The first time I’d ever heard of Modern Baseball was well over a year ago, during my first week writing for PropertyOfZack. I’d arbitrarily picked their record off a list for my first POZ review because their name was the quirkiest sounding one - no hype, buzz, or even prior knowledge of them contributed to that selection. Being a member of this blog, I think we’ve all taken a little bit of pride in watching this band in particular take off, and consequently feel excited for the places they’re headed this year - specifically in the release of their upcoming full length You’re Gonna Miss It All. The new songs released for streaming (“Your Graduation,” “Rock Bottom”) dip right back into the personal and stream-of-consciousness charm of the debut; precious, rambling college-indie manifestos that make me wish I felt half as confused as I did when I started college 8 years ago, if only to enjoy the record from a more in-the-trenches point of view rather than an auxiliary one. My review of Sports stated that “Modern Baseball exhibits a lot of promise and boasts their grasp on the fundamentals of good songwriting,” and I think 2012 me writing that review just summed up why 2014 me can’t wait to hear what they’ve got on the new LP. - Adrienne Fisher

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20 Years And Counting: Still Hopeless After All These Years

by Zack Zarrillo - Jan 24, 2014

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Hopeless Records celebrated its 20th anniversary in December, and editor-in-chief Erik van Rheenen chatted with label executive Eric Tobin to chat all things Hopeless: from the label’s mission and illustrious past, to how Hopeless we’ll be as the label continues to grow. Enjoy the perspective, and wish Hopeless Records a happy (belated) birthday!

by Erik van Rheenen

Hopeless Records sports twelve years of backstory before Eric Tobin stopped being definitively not a label guy in 2005 and enlisted in the Hopeless Records ranks, and even though he wasn’t there for the label’s earliest years (Tobin hails from snowy Pittsfield, a long way off from sun-bleached California), he still remembers. How Hopeless moved out of the OC punk rock scene of the mid-90s to sending the careers of Avenged Sevenfold and Thrice skyrocketing in the early 2000s. That story — how a young guy named Louis Posen, diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease in his last teenage year, started a label with a thousand books and a copy of a book titled How to Run an Independent Record Label — is the stuff of inspiring legend, a yarn that stops music fans in their tracks at record stores to think, “Hey, I can do that too.” 

But Hopeless Records is Eric Tobin’s story too, and his story starts with flying out to move to San Diego, where his brother wanted to move and where his friend Dave Shapiro was already living. Tobin landed a job at Starbucks and managed to find odd jobs, eventually hitting the road to work with bands. At the time, Hopeless Records didn’t have agents, and Tobin wasn’t applying to labels — his familiarity with Hopeless begun and ended with seeing their name on CDs and at the Vans Warped Tour. So Tobin worked four and a half years on the road before finding himself becoming a label guy.

“It was a collision of chance,” Tobin, now the label’s vice president of sales and artist development, describes joining the Hopeless staff.

As Hopeless and Tobin’s histories collided in an office Tobin admits was smaller than it is now, he watched the label’s sound shift to a more diverse roster — “Amber Pacific was one of our big developers,” he says, “And we got into the All Time Low business.”

Working with Ian Harrison, Tobin helped grow the label’s slightly eclectic roster by signing more artists. And while a lot has fundamentally changed over the span of twenty years for Hopeless, and eight years for Tobin — he remarks on the shifts of “nuts and bolts things,” like the sea change from CDs to vinyl’s resurgence and digital — not that much has actually changed. The eclecticism is something of a hallmark; the label still signs bands for the same reasons it always has.

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The Used Announce ‘Imaginary Enemy’

by Zack Zarrillo - Jan 20, 2014

The Used will be releasing Imaginary Enemy via Hopeless Records on April 1st. Pre-order the record here and check out the artwork and track listing for the release below after the jump.

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For Taking Back Sunday, Happiness Is A Legacy That Doesn’t Flicker Or Fade

by Zack Zarrillo - Jan 20, 2014

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by Zack Zarrillo, edited by Erik van Rheenen

Taking Back Sunday is the most successful legacy band of all time in our scene. And that’s not a bad thing; it’s actually a great thing. Far too often, we see the favorite artists from our youth crumble away due to the changing industry landscape, but also due to weaker output in more recent releases.

New Again, even though it has some faithful fans, was a wash for the band. Not only did critics slam it, but it also ended up putting a rift between the band that resulted in its original reunion lineup. On that day, Taking Back Sunday jumped into the legacy pool.

Taking Back Sunday’s self-titled album was also, for all intents and purposes, a wash. But that was okay, because there was still a large amount of excitement behind the reunion lineup. So, how did they capitalize on it? They did Warped Tour for the first time in years, and it was a huge success. What followed up Warped Tour? A TAYF10 tour, which resulted in nearly 40 sold-out shows, boasting the dominance of the past eleven years of Taking Back Sunday. But what about the next eleven?

Since that tour, Taking Back Sunday has taken well deserved “time off.” Time to write, record, and sign. They are now on a label that specializes in bringing bands back from the cliff of irrelevancy (Yellowcard, The Used, Silverstein). It was the right move. But what’s the next one? Happiness Is…success.

How does Taking Back Sunday become your most played artist in 2014 like they were in 2004? That’s a great question. “Flicker, Fade” is their first shot at it, but it’s not proving to be a universally loved song like their first lead singles. Some fans are happy with it, but there are also a large number of fans that are not.

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Taking Back Sunday Announce New Album ‘Happiness Is’

by Zack Zarrillo - Jan 14, 2014

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Taking Back Sunday will be releasing Happiness Is on March 18th via Hopeless Records. Check out the artwork and track listing for the release below after the jump.

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POZ 10Of’13: Hopeless Records Family

by Zack Zarrillo - Dec 30, 2013

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PropertyOfZack is happy to be bringing you another 10Of’13 End Of The Year List from the artists on Hopeless Records. Check out 10Of’13s from Bayside, Divided By Friday, and more below after the jump!   

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The Wonder Years, Defeater, Citizen, Real Friends, Modern Baseball Spring Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Dec 10, 2013

The tour of the spring is here. The Wonder Years, Defeater, Citizen, Real Friends, and Modern Baseball are going out on a massive spring tour together through March and April. VIP tickets can be picked up here now, general sale tickets go live on Friday, and all the dates can be seen below after the jump!

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We Are The In Crowd Announce New Album ‘Weird Kids’

by Zack Zarrillo - Dec 3, 2013

We Are The In Crowd will be releasing Weird Kids on February 18th via Hopeless Records. Check out the artwork and track listing for the release below after the jump.

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