Most of our favorite bands experience major shifts in their sound at one point or another in their careers. Many albums that end up being our favorites in a band’s discography can first be greatly disliked due to that change of sound (see: In Reverie, Coming Home, etc), but our opinions often change.
For a new PropertyOfZack Discussion, we thought it would be fun for team members to take a look at some of the most notable shifts in sound and stylistic reinventions in our scene. Read up below and reblog to let us know some of your favorite changes in sound!
Brand New from Your Favorite Weapon to Deja Entendu
Analyzing the shift between Brand New on Your Favorite Weapon and Deja Entendu, for me, is like telling your son that while playing Magic the Gathering online is pretty cool (Note: I am not being sarcastic in the least), you’re really happy that he decided to grow up and start socializing outside of the cyber world.
Your Favorite Weapon is a phenomenal pop-punk album and many of its tracks are still fan favorites (think “Mixtape,” “Seventy Times Seven,” etc.), but its adherence to traditional pop-punk mannerisms holds it back. The album still employs Jesse Lacey’s superb songwriting and biting lyricism, without the complete genre transcendence present in Deja Entendu. On Deja, every song is a story that not only tugs on heartstrings, but resolves into bliss that all music fans can appreciate.
The maturation and experimentation between the two albums is the perfect example of Brand New’s never-ending transformation towards pure sonic originality, as well as one of the pivotal moments of the band’s now thirteen-year career. - Donald Wagenblast
The Maine from Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop to Black & White
The Maine burst onto the scene in 2008 as one of a cluster of bands — We The Kings, Every Avenue, Mayday Parade — breaking the pop-punk mold by excising the punk entirely in favor of hypermelodic power-pop, and while they might not have been the first to enroll, they quickly moved to the head of the class. Their debut full length, Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, was stacked from top to bottom with perfectly-constructed pop nuggets, from the surging bounce of “Girls Do What They Want” to the shimmering sway of wounded ballad “Into Your Arms.”
With the band jumping to major label Warner Bros. for their second full-length, the obvious move would have been to double down on the boyish looks and sugary hooks, but The Maine had other ideas entirely. The peals of crackling electric guitar that introduce “Don’t Stop Now,” the lead track of the Howard Benson-produced Black & White, served notice from the get-go that the new album was a more rocking affair; punchy guitar-forward tracks like the shimmying “Right Girl” and lead single “Inside Of You” bore that out. WB may have considered the album a commercial disappointment, but Black & White remains the band’s best-charting album to date, and in retrospect stands as a clear signpost, pointing the band in the direction they’ve pursued ever since. - Jesse Richman
blink-182 from Take Off Your Pants And Jacket to Untitled
Before 2003, the quintessential pop-punk trio (the one with the album name that referenced masturbation, not the one that wrote a song about it — I’m looking at “Longview,” Green Day) peppered their albums with flashes of maturity and watered those down with long bursts of juvenile humor. Yeah, “Happy Holidays, You Bastard” and “Dysentery Gary” are fun (if you’re 15), but for me, the hallmarks from their respective albums are “Stay Together For the Kids” and “Adam’s Song” — two songs that dropped the silly shtick and swung for more emotional responses.
Ten years ago, Mark, Tom, and Travis finally got serious, releasing their landmark untitled record. No longer just awash with power chords and jokey lyrics, Untitled was (and still is!) gutsy and mature. I mean, earlier incarnations of blink would’ve sounded laughable with a Robert Smith appearance or the ethereal “The Fallen Interlude.” Neighborhoods admirably tried to carry the torch from Untitled, but its moodier moments — “Fighting the Gravity” is the worst offender — felt more forced and less restrained than its predecessor. - Erik van Rheenen
Panic! At The Disco from AFYCSO to Pretty Odd
"A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out" was every teenager’s not-so-guilty pleasure. It had more wit, a better kiss, a hotter touch…and it had angst. So when "Pretty Odd" came out with a Beatlemania vibe to it, most people thought the shift in sound was indeed pretty odd.
On top of that, P!ATD ditched the exclamation point. What caused this sudden change of heart? Where did the edge go? It took me a few listens to accept the change, but “Northern Downpour” and “When The Day Met The Night” won me over in the end with acoustic chords and clever, tongue-twisting lyrics.
While Panic! never needed to change its sound, it was nice to get a different taste of what they had to offer. Behind all the sarcasm, there’s a soft side to P!ATD, and that side has a heart of gold. - Sydney Gore
The Get Up Kids from Something To Write Home About to On A Wire
In hindsight, the style shift between The Get Up Kids’ classically favored Something to Write Home About and its wizened, tender sibling, On a Wire, is the most natural progression in the world. Their early beginnings of raw nerve emo in Four Minute Mile was expounded upon with bigger hooks and playful synthesizers on Something to Write Home About, and while STWHA is an absolute classic and often lumped into categories with the emo giants of the 90s, On a Wire doesn’t collect its due credit for being the more mature and sonically diverse release.
PropertyOfZack is stoked to be teaming up with Minus The Bear and Metro to give away a pair of tickets to see the band play on March 3rd with Rah Rah in Chicago, IL. The contest will end on March 1st, so find out how to enter below!
To win a pair of Chicago tickets you must do each of the following things:
We know Warped Tour is steadily approaching, but there are too many great tours this spring to not boast about before a summer of fun. Whether it’s Man Overboard and The Story So Far, All Time Low and Pierce The Veil, The Wonder Years, Circa Survive, or The Summer Set, there’s a little something for everyone this upcoming season. We decided to put together a new PropertyOfZack Discussion on all the “must see” tours this spring, so check them out below and feel free to reblog with the tours you can’t wait to see!
The Suppy Nation Tour
The Suppy Nation Tour is a little preview of the best of the 2013 Warped Tour lineup, and it has one of the best bills of the season. Man Overboard and The Story So Far are both on the cusp of taking their success and fan bases to the next level. The tour not only features a great lineup, but is also a no-brainer for the co-headliners to solidify their crowds together before conquering Warped Tour. The American Scene and Citizen are also going to be a great openers for fans of either band to sink their teeth into for the first time. And while Tonight Alive may seem like a strange band in the three spot, you have to give both Man Overboard and The Story So Far credit for trying to bring different from the norm out to their shows. - Zack Zarrillo
All Time Low, Pierce The Veil, Mayday Parade, You Me At Six
Overkill, or pure genius? This is arguably the “best” tour of the spring. Even if you detest one or all four of the bands, there’s just no arguing that this bill provides the most bang for its buck. All Time Low and Pierce The Veil could sell out these venues on their own, but adding Mayday Parade and You Me At Six is a double scoop of extra frosting for most fans of either band.
All Time Low have stuck to pop-rock and pop-punk touring bills for years now, but branching out into more of a “core” scene with Pierce The Veil’s fan base is incredibly smart, and it would be shocking if they didn’t walk away from the tour with a large amount of new fans. Same goes for Pierce The Veil as they’ll swoop up pop-rock fans who haven’t been opening to listening to “harder” music before. This tour is also a steal and great build up for Mayday and You Me before they record and release their next albums. - Zack Zarrillo
The Wonder Years, Fireworks, Hostage Calm, Misser
Last year’s Pop Punk’s Not Dead Tour saw The Wonder Years playing third fiddle to genre heavyweights New Found Glory and Set Your Goals. But on arguably the biggest pop-punk tour of this spring, The Wonder Years earned their role as headliner. Fans can cross their fingers for a new single to sing along with at shows, since the band’s tracking its fourth studio album with Steve Evetts right now. Hostage Calm is riding hot on the heels of 2012’s fantastic Please Remain Calm and Fireworks is penning the follow-up to still-stellar Gospel.
Sure, the Wonder Years will be taking the main stage at the Vans Warped Tour this summer, but this tour features a stronger supporting cast (sorry I’m not sorry, Black Veil Brides) and will make for a tune-up for the band (not that they need it- their live show is always tight and crisp). Even if you plan to check ‘em out at Warped too, don’t miss TWY this spring. - Erik van Rheenen
The Summer Set, We Are The In Crowd, Go Radio, For The Foxes
With the release of their third full length looming on the horizon, this might be The Summer Set’s last headliner for a while. Thanks to the longer set time, the Wake Up And Be Awesome Tour should be one of the rare opportunities to hear the band dig into deep cuts from their first two albums, and possibly even their early EPs. And if you’re looking for a preview of that upcoming album, you’re in luck — the pop quintet recently debuted a new track, “Maybe Tonight,” on a handful of UK tour dates.
Along for the ride are boisterous pop-punks We Are The In Crowd, as well as the moodier Go Radio, back in a support slot after a headline tour of their own behind last fall’s Close The Distance. And be sure to arrive early for up-and-comers For The Foxes, one of ourPropertyOfZack Artists To Watch, as well as Summer Set biffles Paradise Fears.- Jesse Richman
Bad Religion, Against Me!, Polar Bear Club
It’s a rare tour where the supporting cast is as exciting as its headliner, but with Polar Bear Club and Against Me! each respectively poised for a huge year, this is a tough tour to not get behind. Bad Religion, pop-punks granddaddies still kicking around since 1979, have been sharpening their stage presence for the past thirty-four years, and are no slouches. But Polar Bear Club absolutely slays live shows, and vocalist Jimmy Stadt’s frenetic stage presence alone is worth the price of admission.
And don’t forget about Against Me!, who are working on what should be a stellar concept album and will probably use the tour to flaunt some brand new jams. Punk is most definitely not dead: at the venues these bands will be hitting this spring, it’s anything but. - Erik van Rheenen
The 2013 Idobi Meltdown Festival is taking place on March 9th in Silver Spring, MD and features Circa Survive, Minus The Bear, I Am The Avalanche, and Kevin Devine, among many others. PropertyOfZack is stoked to be teaming up with the festival to give away a pair of tickets if you haven’t already purchased yours here. The contest will end on February 13th, so find out how to enter below!
To win Idobi Meltdown tickets you must do each of the following things:
Kevin Devine has raised ~$65,000 in under 24 hours in a Kickstarter drive to fund his next two albums. How great is that? What’s even better is that he’ll be working on one new album with Rob Schnapf and one with Jesse Lacey. Kevin Devine has a great community of fans and they showed him that he can find success without doing the label grind. Like our friend Jason Tate said, the best part about all of this of course is that we’re guaranteed great music.
Great tour. Unfortunately slim tour routing. Circa Survive had an incredible fall tour with harder bands, but their spring tour guarantees even more crossover with Minus The Bear fans. And this run will be great for Now, Now as well who have seen a slew of fantastic touring opportunities as of late. Can we get a few more legs added to this though?
Bring Me The Horizon were busy yesterday. They announced a UK tour, confirmed the release date for their new record, but they also revealed that guitarist Jona Weinhofen is no longer in the band. There’s not much more than that at this point, but it seems to be something the band doesn’t want to draw attention to.
The ending of D.R.U.G.S. this past spring was like watching a train wreck on a movie theatre-sized screen. Members from the band quickly quit, spoke out, and started new projects. Craig Owens however remained more or less quiet on the band until this week. D.R.U.G.S. has apparently not been laid to rest yet. In fact, Owens may work on the project once again. He also spoke out about the dynamic of the first iteration of the band, which fans should read if they have any interest in what a boy band in the punk/screamo/emo scene looks like.
Senses Fail will be releasing Renacer (pronounced: ray-nah-serr) on March 26th. It’s heavy. That seems to be everyone’s thoughts who have heard it so far. It’s by far Senses Fail’s heaviest album and I would imagine that it’s going to turn off some fans and welcome in a slew of new ones. It’s new, it’s fresh, and like the album title suggests, Senses Fail have been born again.
Sleeping With Sirens will be going on a B/C/D(?) market tour this spring, which may or may not be a hint for what’s to come for the band this summer. Nonetheless, the amount of excitement from fans who view the site only further shows that this band will be the biggest in their area of the scene by the end of the year.
Is it January 22nd yet?