Senses Fail have announced a spring tour with Such Gold, Real Friends, and Major League via sponsorship by PureVolume. The band will also be releasing a three song cover EP for the first 500 fans who purchase pre-sale tickets here. Pre-sale tickets will also come with a $5 coupon for merch at the tour Check out the dates below by clicking “Read More.”
Senses Fail Announce Album Title, Release Date
It’s the weekend again, so PropertyOfZack is back with a brand new Team Recommendation Playlist! Each weekend, different members of our team will be recommending both old and new songs for our viewers to listen to and enjoy. Check out the Team Playlist and listen to the songs on Spotify while reading everyone’s thoughts!
Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball
I could recommend a Bruce Springsteen song every week, but such an overzealous exhibition of fanboyism is unacceptable around these parts, so I must regulate my Springsteen fanaticism to once a month. One of the best, if not the best, song of the Springsteen post-Y2K is “Wrecking Ball.” Originally written as an ode to the now-deceased Meadowlands, “Wrecking Ball” took on a new meaning (or perhaps this was Springsteen’s intention all along?) when the Boss put the song on his latest masterpiece (and even named the album after the song). Sure it pains me that the New York Football Giants and that other New York team formally played at a stadium the Boss idolizes (as my Eagles tumble further and further into the black hole of football abyss), but I’ll get over that small caveat in order to push this brilliant song into your lives. - Michael Meeze (@mikemeeze)
The Story So Far - Roam
This is one of the very first songs I heard from TSSF. For whatever reason at the time, it was the one that stuck out to me the most. And listening to Under Soil and Dirt, it still sticks out to me. “You have no idea how unproductive it is to fall in and out of you as often as I do” are some great pop punk lyrics I’ve heard recently. Looking forward to seeing these guys out on Warped Tour this year. They know how to put on a great show. - Deanna Chapman (@deechapman21)
The Wonder Years - Came Out Swinging
This band. I can’t believe how far they’ve come. I remember seeing them at Arts By Alexander (essentially a garage show) with Fireworks. I can’t get enough. And I really attach so many great memories to their songs. I don’t want to sound like that pop-punk “all i need is my friends” stereotype, but I couldn’t get by without them. I was talking to one of them and said that “i’m not sure people here get my sense of humor like ya’ll do…” and he replied “that’s because we’re not funny. We’re actually assholes, but we think we’re funny.” haha. That’s about right. Friends are all that matter. This song actually got me through some crazy stuff (well other songs as well.) But this message is great, and I am always a TWY fan. Gonna try to see them in Wilmington with Fireworks, Hostage Calm and Misser in May. This was kind of a rant of a suggestion. But I knew at some point I’d have to whip out the TWY, so here it is! Especially since these great friends I speak of…. Yeah i get to see them next week!! Greensboro I’ll see you Tuesday! - Mike Sheffey (@SheffeyzTweetz)
Old Crow Medicine Show - Wagon Wheel
As finals seasons bears down upon me, I’ve leaned heavily on this song to put me in a better mood. It never fails put a stupid grin on my face. Southbound train, yo. - Grace Lutz (@gracenoel_)
Fake Problems- Grand Finale
I got into Fake Problems at a pretty cool time in my life. It was the time where I was finding so many new bands that it was impossible to stick with some of them and check out most material. Fake Problems was one of the bands that stuck with my and soon became one of my favorite bands. Their last album Real Ghosts Caught On Tape is a fantastic record and while I think this song was the obvious choice for a closer it’s still a great track. The ballad at the end gets me every time. Hopefully they get their new album out sooner than later. – Justin Graci (@JustinHMGraci)
Yellowcard - Awakening
It’s taken me about four months to think this over, but as of now I would probably say that Southern Air is Yellowcard’s best album over WYTTSY. “Awakening” is one of the best album openers I’ve heard in a long time. It’s not catchy in the same way “Ocean Avenue” is catchy, but there’s something about it that’s refreshing and airy, but still passionate and aggressive. The band continues to outdue themselves.. - Zack Zarrillo (@zzarrillo)
Major League, Turnover, and Eric Soucy of Maker are continuing their tour following Maker’s near-fatal van flip this weekend, so we’re happy to be putting two of the bands together for a new PropertyOfZack Playlist feature. Check out details on Maker’s recent crash and ways to help them here and check out the Playlists below while listening to the songs on Spotify and reading everyone’s thoughts!
Tigers Jaw - Jimmy Piersall
A newer song by Tigers Jaw. There are 2 versions and both are great. Not only a great group of people but an awesome band we find ourselves listening to very often.
Now, Now - Neighbors
We found out about this band when “Threads” came out. After hearing that record we checked out their previous stuff and this song is off their EP of the same name. Check them out if you haven’t already.
Dinosaur Jr - Forget It
I’ve been hearing the name Dinosaur Jr for quite some time but never gave them a chance. I recently listened to them and fell in love. I downloaded their discography and they’re becoming one of my favorite bands. This song is off their record Green Mind and the guitar parts get me every time.
Beach Fossils - Face It
This band has a cool style and I really can’t say much more than that this song is awesome.
Whirr - Junebouvier
This band put out a split with Anne not too long ago on Run For Cover and after hearing it I checked out their previous record called Pipe Dreams which this song is off of. Awesome song, record and band that’s perfect to listen to and chill.
Jimmy Eat World - Work
This is one of my all time favorite bands and although “Futures” isn’t my favorite record this song is one of my favorite songs by JEW ever. I can listen to it anytime and it never gets old.
Prawn - Get Down
We found out about this band when Kevin from Topshelf Records gave us the Topshelf summer sampler on our tour a few months ago. All of the songs were great but this one stood out to all of us and is a really incredible track.
Nirvana - Rape Me
This song is among my favorites of Nirvana songs. Although the song itself is awesome musically the message is what sets it apart from the others for me. The more we become involved in music as we grow as a band the more we realize how so many people want their hand in everything you do, telling you how to be and what to do and it gets really old. This song speaks to that and it’s something anyone can relate to whether or not they’re involved in music.
Foo Fighters - Everlong
This doesn’t need much more of an explanation other than that it is a timeless song and is as awesome now as it was 15 years ago.
Coldplay - Yellow
This band gets a lot of hate that I feel they don’t deserve. I think they are a great band and this song is one of my favorites. It’s a truly beautiful song. - Austin Getz & Danny Dempsey
Bad Religion - I Want To Conquer The World
Not till I bought the Bad Religion Live at the Palladium DVD, did I realize how many hits this band really had. This track comes off their 1989 album No Control. For those people who only know Bad Religion from Tony Hawk games, it’s never to late to discover hidden gems.
Such Gold - Two Year Plan
As most people know, we have been really good friends with Such Gold since their first tour, so I’m proud to say that after keeping up with them the past couple years, they are continuing to put out new music that push’s the limits more every time. This is the opening track off their newest release and debut full length, Misadventures.
The Stereo State - Say It Again
The is an awesome band, also from western Massachusetts, who we have been friends with for quite some time now. This track comes off their new EP out next week actually. This is one of the most honest/genuine/talented bands out there these days. They will be at FEST so make sure you check them out.
Anthrax - I Am The Law
I got to see Anthrax for the first time this past summer and I’m still excited about it. Not much more of an explanation needed.
The Fake Boys - This Is Out Sound
Punk rock done right in 2012.
Kyoto Drive - So Much Alive
We just had the privilege of touring with this band in the UK in September. I’m not to big into poppy bands, but these guys had my attention every night of the tour when they played. Extremely tight and talented band. I’ve been listening to their EP quite frequently since the tour. Lets get these guys over to the states, alright?
Gang vocals? Check. Predictable structure? Check. Nostalgic lyrics? Check. No hard feelings, Major League. Seriously. In a scene that is becoming slightly over saturated, it’s hard to find a pop-punk record that is a must-listen, but the sophomore-full length from Major League is one that shouldn’t go ignored. Hard Feelings is as fun as it is angst charged and as fresh as it is familiar.
The driving riffs of the opening, title track make it immediately apparent that if you liked Major League before, you’ll love them now: more polished and powerful than ever. The track is merely a minute long but manages to set the stage perfectly for the remainder of the album, both lyrically and musically. Follow-up track, and the albums first single, “Walk Away” boasts an infectious chorus that induces nostalgia for pop-punk of the late ‘90s.
The albums longest track, “Nightmares,” showcases that Major League is more versatile than they had previously led onto. While most of the albums tracks start with the aggression of Nick Trasks vocals, this song varies structurally by easing into the songs most energetic moments and following the chorus with interludes that showcase the talents of the rest of the band.
While songs like “Pull Me Out” express discontent with current life situations, songs like “Twenty Seven” reflect on friendships. Lyrically, there is nothing groundbreaking on Hard Feelings, but there is a lot to relate to. This is an album that you don’t have to think too hard about to enjoy, an album that easily lends itself to angsty sing-alongs.
The album culminates in the same way that it began, on a high note. “Final Thoughts” is easily one of the strongest tracks on Hard Feelings. Before an uplifting chorus about not looking back and washing your hands clean of bad influences, Trask sings that he hopes “wherever you go, you go with passion.” Major League has set a good example here. Hard Feelings has no shortage of passion.
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PropertyOfZack met up with Major League a few weeks ago on their mini-tour with Man Overboard and did a solid interview before they took the floor of a VFW Hall. The band and I discussed recent touring, how signing with No Sleep came to be, rewriting a large portion of their record, finally having support, and more. Check it all out below!
For the record, could you guys state your names and roles in Major League?
Kyle: I’m Kyle, and I play bass.
Nick: I’m Nick, and I sing.
Brian: I’m Brian. I play guitar and sing.
Matt: I’m Matt. I also play guitar and sing.
Luke: I’m Luke, and I play drums.
We’re at the end of the short run of dates with Man Overboard. Have they been fun, small shows?
Nick: They’ve been fun, big shows, to be honest. Last night we played to 400 kids and it was our first time playing this venue. The first night was also our first time in Baltimore, and it was like 180 kids. It was a smaller show, but insane for our first time there.
The big news as of late has been the signing with No Sleep. When did the band start talking with Chris?
Nick: That started in mid-August. We were shopping to labels, and Chris got back to us after hearing a few songs. He wanted to hear the whole record, and within a week he sent us over the artist agreement.
POZ: It came together quick then.
Nick: Yeah, it was all pretty quick.
Were there talks of signing before Major League recorded, or was it just in the past few months?
Nick: No, not really. We were planning on putting this out ourselves. We shopped it around just to see if there would be any bites. We went into it expecting to do it ourselves. It’s really awesome to have Chris behind it.
Who did you record the record with?
Brian: We recorded with Kory Gable.
Nick: We went in on June 1st for a month.
Was the writing process for this record different from your past material?
Nick: We wrote a lot in the studio. We were just coming off of a two month tour and we had material down, but once we got in, we scrapped a lot. We put together a bunch of songs that ended up on the record in five to seven days.
POZ: It just came together stronger in the studio?
Kyle: We had gone in and Kory asked to hear the stuff, and he asked us if we were happy with it. We told him we weren’t, and he said he’d give us a week to rewrite. The first week in the studio was just us in a 12x12 room writing ourselves. Then Kory came back and we did it.
And so, Major League was planning to self-released this?
POZ: Is it just a whole different game now?
Brian: It’s crazy having someone else handling it. Up until now, we’ve done all of our merch. Now having to email Chris before we send things out or getting approvals is weird. It’s a learning as we go thing.
No Sleep has a nice roster and a good reputation. How was fan reaction?
Nick: It was really receptive. You’ll get the twits on AbsolutePunk, but it was cool. Our previous releases aren’t anything on the new release. We grew up and learned through our last releases. We’ve learned what to do and what not to do and what your style really is. A lot of people were bias because of our previous material, but it changed a few minds for fans on us.