Each year those behind PropertyOfZack get the chance to work with and befriend new and incredible people in our every growing music scene. Last year we teamed up with Team Pagano and Still Alive to honor just a few of the many great bands we work with, and we’re continuing the tradition this year with Be Part Of Something Part II, and Glamour Kills are joining us for the fun.
Volume II is available for free download now and boasts 42 tracks both new and previously released featuring bands like The Wonder Years, Modern Baseball, Fireworks, Misser, With The Punches, and so, so many more.
Stream and download Be Part Of Something below!
Who is Best Of Luck? The band has released two new songs called “Greed” and “Head Case.” While we have no confirmation, the vocalist for the project is certainly Brad Wiseman of Misser and This Time Next Year fame. Musically, the project sounds like Misser, but does not appear to be. Stream the two songs and let us know your thoughts below!
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Always known as the side project of its primary members (Tim Landers of Transit and Brad Wiseman of now-defunct This Time Next Year), Misser has been an interesting band to follow. The budding careers of both members’ original bands always seemed to impede the progress of the band ever finishing a release.
And then in 2012, the band’s first full-length Every Day I Tell Myself I’m Going to be a Better Person was released, and the hype around the band grew at an unexpectedly high rate. This hype turned into touring with The Wonder Years and unending questions about what kind of commitment Landers and Wiseman would make to Misser. The answer has arrived swiftly and in the form of the band’s new EP, Distancing.
The EP begins with the loud, aggressive “Goddamn, Salad Days,” and the track really encompasses what Misser is all about. Landers and Wiseman trade off lines, while the chorus is loud and catchy, and the guitars are always a highlight. The band’s lyrics have a bit of youthful arrogance to them, laced with profanity and anger.
Distancing begins to distance itself from its full-length predecessor immediately, as “Goddamn, Salad Days” is a sonic polar opposite from Every Day’s hazy, slow opener “Permanently.” Thematically, Every Day… was an album about missing a significant other on the road, Distancing seems to be an EP about that relationship ending. From the sound of it, the break-up wasn’t pretty.
Take the chorus from “Burn Out,” where Wiseman sings, “No one’s gonna save me now / like a spark, we were meant to burn out.” The anger is peppered thickly across each track, most notably on “Alone, Die” with repeated assertions from both Landers and Wiseman that, “You’re gonna die alone.”
It’s May 28th, which means it’s release day. Let us know what new releases you’re listening to today and hit the jump below to check out the album details and download information for all the great records coming out this week!
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PropertyOfZack’s Artist Of The Week, Misser, streamed their Distancing EP on the site earlier this week, and we’re happy to bring the band back for a Track-By-Track feature on the EP as well. Distancing will be out on May 28th via Rise Records so make sure to pre-order the release (iTunes, MerchNOW) and to check out the Track-By-Track below!
Goddamn, Salad Days
Tim sent me this song with the chorus melody. Shortly after I opened up garage band and recorded an idea for the verse. It took me from that moment till about 3 days prior to actually tracking the song to finish the other verse. Why? Who knows. I over think everything and am never 100% confident with certain ideas I bring to the table. I also want the meaning behind the lyrical content to make sense to me and sometimes it doesn’t. I can get too weird for my own good. That’s where the beautiful garage band comes in handy. Tim and I can send things back and forth and keep each other in check if an idea is good or not.
The day before I was scheduled to fly out to the Bay to start recording the Distancing EP with Misser, I started to do what I do best- overthink the whole thing. We had plenty of song ideas, but I couldn’t get the “are they good enough?”s out of my head. I was up at Maximum Sound studios with Gary, and I mentioned my worries, as he could see the stress on my face. “Go in the other room and write another one.” So, I did. Thirty something minutes later, “Infrared” was a demo.
When you spend some vulnerable years of life playing music on the road, it’s pretty easy to develop some defect in charter. Dropping out of school to partake in such an emotional roller coaster of a profession left me in a very insecure place. “Infrared” is about what happens when those two parts of my brain collide. It’s tough to stay sane when nothing around you is ever stable. P.S. There’s also parts in the song about a dream I had that aligned a recent tour with the story line of “Django Unchained.” Strange things.
When I showed Brad and Mikey the acoustic demo of this song, they told me they were excited to have a more mellow song on the EP. Boy, did we see it differently. It’s tough to portray the way you envision something with just an acoustic guitar and GarageBand. The song found its energy in some liquored up, late night writing sessions. Torre, Mike and Brad really helped bring this one to life. We all just really clicked when everyone was in the room jamming it. Brad started tracking vocals for this one first and 4 AM one night, after a night out with the whole team. It was amazing.
I’d rather not explain the real meaning behind these words. Reclusion is a strange thing.
The melody just kind of found its way into my head one morning. I thought I hated it, but Brad convinced me otherwise. It’s funny, it’s probably the most uplifting song on the record musically, but undeniably the most bitter, lyrically. We wanted to keep it very simple and straightforward on this track- I think that mindset let the whole song breathe well.
This one’s pretty much about how if someone you care about gives you an about face and a cold shoulder, then they’ll get it right back. Maybe with some pretty little details laced in there…
Slow It Down/Write It Out
We were only supposed to record three songs. Then we were like, “fuck it let’s do four.” Then we all had a hard time paring with “Slow It Down…” so we decided to keep it around. Personally, I always get super attached to all the songs I partake in writing. I hate cutting tracks. This song was the one that changed the most from the original idea, and I love it for that. Everyone played a part in bringing this song to life. Sam made me layer the guitar track in the bridge like 87 times. It’s so heavy- I fucking love it.
"Slow It Down…" is about staying who and what you are, and dong what you do because it’s what you do. Sometimes you get wrapped up in things, and you’ve got to catch yourself and make sure you’re still going down the path you believe in.
Misser will be releasing Distancing on May 28th, and PropertyOfZack is stoked to have the band be our Artist Of The Week this week. We’ll have a stream of the band’s EP and some other great features coming for you. In the meantime, pre-order Distancing here and listen to two new songs from the EP below after the jump.
I (Zack) stopped writing reviews for the site in the fall of 2011, and have had no true desire to start again; frankly, we have better people for that. I obviously do enjoy writing about music though, and have had the urge over the past few months to give my thoughts on albums once again: just not in typical review form.
Here and there, we’re going to be posting my First Impressions of new albums that have yet to come out, hopefully to stir up a little more attention to the releases we’re all looking forward to. We’ll start with Man Overboard, Misser, and The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die and see where that takes us. Check out First Impressions below!
Man Overboard - Heart Attack (5/28)
Like I wrote in the Discussion for our Most Anticipated May Releases, timing is everything. Watching Man Overboard grow since 2010 — with the quick bang of pop-punk, an unexpected signing to the most bashed label in our scene, huge tours with New Found Glory, Taking Back Sunday, and soon to be back to back runs on the Vans Warped Tour — has been interesting.
It doesn’t take long to realize that Heart Attack is nothing like Real Talk or the self-titled, and that’s a good thing. The album can feel long at 14 songs, but there’s something for everyone.
Tracks like “S.A.D” and “Hoodie Song” are going to leverage “heavier” fans to find their soft spots for pop-punk again, while “Where I Left You” and “How To Hide Your Feelings” show the band’s best instrumental work and are bound to hit hard on summer and fall drives.
The record comes down to “Wide Awake” for me. I’m going to go ahead and crown it the song of the year for Tumblr’s pop-punk community. I can see the lyric .gifs, sad quotes, and expressions of teen love from a mile away, and that’s going to be big for the band. Think “Love Your Friends, Die Laughing” meets “Soco Amaretto Lime” meets “Your Own Disaster.”
I think the success or failure of Heart Attack will be known instantly. This is Man Overboard’s chance for their music and audience to grow to match or surpass the size of their brand.
Pre-order Heart Attack here.
Misser - Distancing (5/28)
I think it’s fair to say that I’ve been a little bullish on Misser since the release of Problems. Problems. Problems. in 2011. It was hard to tell if the band would stay a side-project in feeling, or turn into more of a real band with heart.
Every Day I Tell Myself I’m Going To Be A Better Person proved Misser was a band with heart, and that definitely made most fans happy. Distancing came as a surprise, considering how none of us knew when we’d be getting more material from the band. Surprises are good things.
“Goddamn, Salad Days” is a song that just fucking rips. It feels like Taking Back Sunday from a different era, but angrier, less sad, and littered with Tim Landers’ best guitar work. The other songs on the EP are all good, but I’m mostly interested in where the solidifying of the Misser name will take us.
Misser can only grow on the Internet for now, considering the band has limited touring abilities, but I’d expect that to change with time. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I think Misser will slowly overtake much of Transit’s fan base and outgrow the band in ways similar to what we saw with City And Colour and Alexisonfire. For now, I’d imagine we’ll get scattered releases here and there until the light switch flicks on for good.
Pre-order Distancing here.
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