The Company We Keep released their new album, Sound / No Sound, via Easy Killer Records on Tuesday. Today, PropertyOfZack is happy to be hosting a Track-By-Track for the album from Brian Southall, Branden Morgan, and Justin Pierre. Pick up the album here and check out the feature below!
POZ Stream: The Company We Keep - Sound/No Sound
Control was one of the turning point songs for TCWK. Many of the tracks on the album had existed in various forms since 2009, and Control was something brand new… something I was nervous to even bring to the band, wondering if everyone else would hate my vision for where this album was headed. - Brian
Each song on this record has it’s own identity and I’m happy this track ended up as the opener on the record. The record was missing something until I heard this song and realized it had just been completed. - Branden
I struggled to come up with words for this one until relatively late in the game when one day the first half of the chorus just popped into my head. I reverse engineered the rest of the song from there. - Justin
I Will Be What Haunts You Most
I think this is my favorite track on the album, and I don’t ever expect it to be anyone else’s! I found myself accidentally stumbling onto a riff reminiscent of something Tom Morello would write, and its still my favorite thing to play on the album. - Brian
I never saw this song coming when we were writing the record. When Brian first sent it to me, I didn’t like it. But after spending so much time with it, it has slowly become one of my favorites of the record. - Branden
Lyrically this was born out of the overwhelming and claustrophobically horrifying feeling I get when allowed even a moment of down time. Perhaps there are deep seeded issues I am running from by always having to work on 5 projects at once. Whether literal or figurative, this song is about relationships, and how certain ones can be not so good for you. Musically this song reminds me of mixture of Minus The Bear and Rage Against The Machine. - Justin
Miles Away (Get Me Out Of Here)
This track was the defining turning point for what this band has become. It’s working title for a long time was “new 1”, simply because it was the newest song I had written after we spent 2 years working on very old material I had stockpiled. I think this song could best embody every aspect of the band. - Brian
This song is my favorite of the record. It has gone through many changes both structurally and feel wise. The intro used to be a lot less noisy and the chorus, less catchy. Now the intro is a loud smash-fest and the chorus, the catchiest on the record. - Branden
In my mind I imagined this super dark Neil Gaiman graphic novel type character who went by the name of either The Dagger or The Inching Blade. Maybe I was even thinking of Door from Neverwhere. I think of this character wrestling with two opposing sides of themselves, which is represented by the verses vs. the chorus. I think this is as close to a “pop” song as we are ever going to get. - Justin
I don’t think there was a moment during our writing process that ever had me as excited as I was when i heard the demo vocal ideas for Shadowing. Instantly fell in love and knew it would be one of the strongest tracks on the album. There’s something about the chorus vocal that reminds me a lot of A Perfect Circle, which probably won’t excite anyone but myself. - Brian
This is one of my favorites. I have a hard time deciphering Brian’s time signatures, and finding the beginning of the rotations, but once I just started building the chorus like a pyramid (which I originally did in Rabbit) I found the melody. Shadowing is such an aggressive word. Especially when I think of it in the pulp sense. Haden destroyed this vocally, expertly maneuvering through emotional landscape of the character. - Justin
Held Together may be the oldest track that made the album. It’s original working title was 11-11-09. I got into the habit of saving song ideas by the date I created them, and that one still haunts me, knowing that it took almost 4 years to finally be recorded. Very proud of this track. This song has the most full input from everyone in the band and it’s a sign of things to come as we all work together. - Brian
I remember playing the chorus of the song so many different ways that I used mess it up live and play different versions of it. I also encountered some of the most challenging drum part writing I have in this band so far. We also did some fun experimenting in the studio on this one. - Branden
When I heard the music I just new I wanted to fit as many words as I could into the verses. It’s as close to rapping as I get. I imagined a person in bad shape under a lamplight on a corner of street at night that you would want to avoid, but giving them a tragic backstory. The chorus went through many rewrites (both lyrically and melody wise) but finally we found it at the 11th hour. - Justin
Motion City Soundtrack have kicked off their co-headlining tour. Check out their set list below after the jump.
Motion City Soundtrack are beginning pre-production for their new album that they are hoping to release by the summer of 2014. Check out an Instagram post from the band below after the jump.
Many Motion City Soundtrack fans were hoping for an I Am The Movie ten year tour, but the band has let them down gently. Check out confirmation below after the jump.
Warped Tour is in the rear view and fall is steadily approaching with more great tours than normal. Whether it’s Saves The Day, Bayside and Motion City Soundtrack, The GK Tour, or Title Fight and Balance & Composure, 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 fall, so check them out below and feel free to reblog with the tours you can’t wait to see!
Saves The Day, Into It. Over It., Hostage Calm
Despite their everlasting prominence in the alternative scene history, Saves the Day has been a little evasive when it comes to the spotlight over the last few years. After closing out their record trilogy with Daybreak and a co-headlining tour with Bayside in late 2011, the guys dipped below the radar for a beat or two in terms of US touring. But their prolonged absence has only driven up even more excitement for their upcoming US headliner - their first proper headliner since 2004. A series of legendary setlists that have surfaced from a late spring house-show circuit have shown that Saves isn’t just busting out the hits, they’re busting out the REALLY old hits.
And all of that on top of promoting a self-titled record that was crowd-funded with ease. Needless to say, there’s a lot going into this tour, and with support from a full band Into It. Over It. and the always incredible Hostage Calm, this is easily going to be one of those tours you brag about to your younger friends in a decade (or next month, really). - Adrienne Fisher
The Swellers House Tour
Earlier this summer, The Swellers rallied their fans to chart out a map of house shows for the band to play between dates at more legitimate venues (The Fest in Gainesville, Webster Hall Studio in the Big Apple). They apparently delivered.
It’s one thing when a well-loved band plays intimate venues, but it’s a real tip of the cap to fans when a band like the Swellers aren’t above playing basement shows and soundtracking backyard barbecues. With The Light Under Closed Doors a month and some change away, it’s a surefire bet the Michigan natives will tease some new songs on tour, and it’s an even safer bet that they’ll sound absolutely fantastic as always. - Erik van Rheenen
A new project comprised of Chris Carrabba, Suzie Zeldin, Jonathan Clark, and Ben Homola, Twin Forks will embark on their first headlining tour this month. Starting in their home state of Florida on September 17, the first show is coincidentally on the same day as the release of their first EP. Described as Americana folk, Twin Forks’ music fits right in with the casual demeanor of the fall season. - Sydney Gore
Bayside, Motion City Soundtrack
Bayside and Motion City Soundtrack are powerhouses in their respective scenes. Each has put in more than ten years, five albums, and relentless touring, and they’ve just about perfected the art of giving high-energy performances packed front-to-back with non-stop hits. It’s what keeps fans coming back for more.
Now they’ve teamed up to co-headline one of the best (but all-too-brief) tours of the season. With both bands currently at work on their sixth albums, I can’t be the only one hoping to hear some new music come the fall. Oh, and did I mention their opening acts? Bayside and Motion City Soundtrack are bringing along What’s Eating Gilbert, the side project of New Found Glory’s Chad Gilbert, as well as New York State pop-punks State Champs. It’s a lineup that boasts both vigor and depth, and it’s definitely not to be missed. - Becky Kovach
Coheed And Cambria, Balance & Composure, I The Mighty
Though the second half of their double album Afterman saga was released in February, Coheed and Cambria appear to be only warming up their touring schedule for the series. After spending the summer catering to a more classic-rock crowd on the Uproar Festival, where they opened for Alice in Chains and Jane’s Addiction, Coheed will be back to their usual headlining slot, and that extended set time will allow for old favorites to be mixed with their new, rejuvenated sound from Afterman: Ascension and Descension, which have already become a little too underrated.
As if seeing the prog-rock powerhouse wasn’t enough, Coheed and Cambria have found a way to possibly reel in new fans, as they’ve enlisted Doylestown darlings Balance & Composure as the direct support of the tour. Balance will be supporting the release of their new album The Things We Think We’re Missing, and their dark, moody tunes will be the perfect appetizer for the face-melting to follow during Coheed’s set. If you’re looking for a tour where the walls of the venue are shaking because of what’s coming through the speakers, you’re going to want to snatch up a ticket for Coheed’s fall headlining tour. - Donald Wagenblast
Bayside, Motion City Soundtrack Co-Headlining Tour Dates
Motion City Soundtrack have prepared a slew of songs for the recording of their sixth record. Check out working titles below after the jump.
Bayside, Motion City Soundtrack Co-Headlining Tour Dates
Today we are launching the first-ever POZ and AP.net Fantasy Football Challenge with the help of our friend Soupy from The Wonder Years. We’ve set up 18 fantasy football leagues where you can get the chance to play with members from many of your favorite bands. Each of the band members has chosen a charity for their league to represent, and at the end of the football season, one winner will be chosen to receive all of the proceeds.
Each entry requires a submission of $20 (all to go to charity at the end of the season). Throughout the season, PropertyOfZack will be posting Power Rankings, charity blogs, and Playlists from each league.D
Check out all the details of how to enter, who’s playing, and much more below!