Riot Fest Chicago kicks off this weekend, and PropertyOfZack is gearing up for a weekend of fun, and we hope many of you are too. Just in case you haven’t put together your schedule, we thought it’d be a great idea to put together a list of POZ’s Must See Bands And Artists that will be gracing the stage this weekend in Chicago. Reblog and let us know who we need to see while we’re at the final day of Riot this weekend as well!
La Dispute’s been long known for whipping their crowds into tornado-like frenzies with their live shows, and given the way the band’s perfected the art of an escalating song, who can blame them? But with their new record stretching across the broad landscape of contemplative post-hardcore, the quieter, subtle moments tower just as expansively as the more furious ones do - and being that I haven’t seen La Dispute in a few years, I’m unbelievably excited to see how the softer songs are coming out live. Try to listen to “Woman (reading)” and not feel overwhelmingly devastated - and then look at the photos of Jordan Dreyer’s bloody face from FYF last month and realize what you’re in for. - Adrienne Fisher
On The Impossible Past was the Album Of The Year for both 2012 and 2013, and now Rented World has claimed its place as another beloved record in the band’s catalog. The arsenal of songs The Menzingers likely have prepped for a festival appearance may be too much for your weak heart to handle after corn dogs and hard cider at Riot Fest this year. You’re gonna need a crutch.
Sorry about that one. - Zack Zarrillo
The name PUP might derive from “pathetic use of potential” (though the band is adamant that it is NOT an acronym), but rendered in lowercase, it’s also a perfect descriptor for the Canadian four-piece — like a litter of puppies, the men of PUP are young, scrappy, blessed with a seemingly limitless supply of bounce-off-the-walls energy and really, really hard not to love. Their self-titled SideOneDummy debut is one of the year’s better under-the-radar releases, but it would take stretching the boundaries of what’s possible with recorded media itself to adequately capture the hyperactive, adrenalized rush of their stage show. There might be other bands that get equally bonkers on stage, but I defy you to find me one that does it while remaining this effortlessly melodic. - Jesse Richman
by Erik van Rheenen, edited by Jesse Richman
“…It’s apparent that when one engages with pop-punk, it’s less of a “phase” than a vaccination—a crucial inoculation that makes you immune to it for the rest of your life, presumably for society’s benefit. So it’s not surprising that pop-punk isn’t afforded the same cachet amongst critics as similarly youth-oriented genres: after all, there’s nothing subversive or cool about your 13-year-old self, and there haven’t been many examples of its practitioners aging gracefully.” - Ian Cohen, Oh, Common Life.
When Say Anything rounded off the band’s artillery blast opus …Is a Real Boy with the acerbic “Admit It!!!,” Max Bemis verbally crucified 2004’s burgeoning hipster culture by attacking an anonymous “you.” It’s transparently obvious that the tongue-lashed antagonist of “Admit It!!!” represents a faithful acolyte of indie rock trends — a faux-bohemian “vacuous soldier of the thrift store Gestapo” — but he only draws Bemis’s ire as a hipster everyman.
Instead, Bemis saved the specifics for the song’s sequel, which pockmarks 2012’s less well-received Anarchy, My Dear. When he Admits It again with a second (though by no means last) indictment of indie rock culture, Bemis wags an unwavering finger in Pitchfork’s direction, calling out the influential indie rock gatekeeper as “a stupid website with Satan as its figurehead.” For all of the positives to be found in the music created by “the scene” * — the early-2000s commercial viability, the subculture of positivity in which young punks saw more of themselves than in more mainstream music offerings, the community-building that unified fans — the majority of it was never going to be hailed as a critical darling or Pitchfork-approved.
Modern Baseball, Petal Members Cover DCFC’s “The New Year”
Steady Hands (ft. Modern Baseball members) are releasing a brand spanking new EP called Brandy Of The Damned on August 19th via Lame-O Records. PropertyOfZack is excited to be announcing the EP today with the artwork, track listing, and also a stream of “Pretty Good Year” from the release. Pre-order here and check out all the details and stream the song below!
Steady Hands, W.C. Lindsay Announce Tour
This year just feels like such a great year. Whether you’re seeing live music, or basking in the emotions of a full record or individual song from a new album, it’s just great. 2014 is only halfway through, but we decided to put together a PropertyOfZack Playlist of TeamPOZ member’s favorite songs six months in.
PropertyOfZack Midway Albums Of The Year List
I lost a loved one at the turn of 2014. It would be hard to count the amount of hours spent around this woman who was near for so many events that changed and shaped my life.
You tend to face many foreign and challenging turns of events as you grow older, and this has been the most difficult one. Sometime music hits just at the right time when those moments come into lay. “Dendron” by The Hotelier has possibly hit me harder, in a relative way, than any song I’ve ever listened to has. The album itself is of course incredible, but this song is now forever cemented in a dark evening for me. I feel grateful and upset to have it.
Part of your charm was the way you would push me from / All of the traps that I just couldn’t see / Figures the one that was there to have tripped you up / would be the one that was set there by me.
- Zack Zarrillo (@zzarrillo)
Modern Baseball - Your Graduation
There’s something special about relating to every line of a song, feeling as if the writer picked your brain before putting pen to paper. “Your Graduation” is one of those songs for me, but what I find even more intriguing is how many people in completely different situations also relate to it so well. “Bullshit, you fucking miss me” is a line every bitter pop punk kid would love to say to their ex, and spawned a million “my life right now” posts on Tumblr. That’s what I think fans love so much about Modern Baseball, they are just some college kids writing songs about their lives with no pretensions of anything more, and that’s something everyone can relate to. -Connor Sheehan (@ConnorPOZ
The Menzingers – The Talk
We were all curious as to whether or not The Menzingers could follow up the brilliance of 2012’s On The Impossible Pastwith an album equally as incredible. Those doubts were removed about .02 seconds into Rented World’s first single, “In Remission,” and the band’s fourth album has steadily dug its way into my subconscious since its release in late April. Although each of the twelve tracks is stellar in its right, “The Talk” is the record’s clear standout, with the song’s two minutes and sixteen seconds jammed packed with the right mix of spite and substance. “The Talk” is the perfect song for cruising down a country road on a long summer night and with the Fourth of July just around the corner, can one really ask for anything better? – Zac Lomas (@Infidelegate)
More and more albums seem to be coming out every year that we love here at PropertyOfZack, which is why we thought it would be a great idea to post a Midway Albums Of The Year List today on the site. The list includes our top ten albums and EPs through this point in the year voted on by POZ team members. So without further adieu, the PropertyOfZack Midway Albums Of The Year List can be seen below!
Last year we partnered with Big Footprints for the first iteration of The Big Comp, and it is seriously a pleasure to be teaming up with the organization this year once again for The Big Comp II.
Big Footprints is the marriage of musical and artistic communities around the world for the betterment of our environment. 60% of the profits will be going to 1BlueString, a campaign that asks guitarists to replace 1 of their 6 strings with a blue string to symbolize the 1 in 6 men who have survived childhood sexual abuse. The the remaining 40% will be going to The Nature Conservancy for a second year in a row.
We went big last year, but even bigger this year, we mean it. For a minimum of $5 you can download 85 fantastic tracks by 85 different bands with all donations (minus Bandcamp fees) going directly to the charities listed above until July 31st.
What are you waiting for? Check out the artwork and track listing and download the 85 band comp for a minimum of $5 (or more) below!