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The Weekender: Breakups, Reunions, Separations, And Sadness

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 6, 2014

Welcome to PropertyOfZack: Weekender edition. Every weekend, we bring you some of biggest and most interesting pieces of the past week from our own content to stories or breaking news. If you’ve had a busy week and want to catch up with some light reading, we hope this is for you.

March Sadness 2014: No One Wins, Everyone Loses

Sometimes, a few sad assholes ruin all the fun for everyone else. 

There is no winner of March Sadness 2014.

So long, emos. Until next year. 

The Dangerous Summer Break Up

It’s hard for most people to show compassion for The Dangerous Summer, and that’s understandable. At what point in the last two plus years has the band made it easier for you to love them instead of hate them? There are few bands whose actions, individually or as a unit, dissuade you from desiring to listen to their music, but The Dangerous Summer seemed to fall into that category over the past few years.

Regardless, it’s hard not to feel frustration over the band’s breakup considering how much personal stock listeners and fans took from the band after Reach For The Sun and War Paint

Copeland Reunite; Announce New Album ‘Ixora’

We, along with everyone else in the world, would recommend Copeland to not make another major announcement on April Fool’s Day every again, but the announcement was worth panic and shock anyway you cut it.

Copeland are back, and the band will be releasing Ixora in October of 2014. The album will be the band’s first independent record, and the announcement came at a time when no one was expecting a reunion, but will be happy to get one anyway.

One question, is States done?

American Football Launch Countdown Clock

March Sadness is over, but the revival is still ticking. The general consensus among very excited fans is that American Football must be reuniting for some shows, but only time will tell. The reissue of the band’s only album will be out in mid-May to go along with whatever potentially exciting announcement is coming from the band. 

Gerard Way Statement On Separation From My Chemical Romance

The seperation between myself and information MCR related is not a separation of myself from the very thing which I helped create with everyone. It would be untrue to myself and what I feel, to disregard something I am so proud of and like to look back upon. And all of the related art, memories, and sentiments having to do with that special thing are, as always, more than welcome. 

But a seperation between myself, and the gorey details of the goings-on needs to happen. 

It has been a very enlightening and fun year, as I mentioned in a previous twitlonger. In a year that should have been 100% brutal, I feel like we found moments where we could laugh as well as mourn. That’s a really special thing. But it has been painfully obvious in recent months, that not only do I not posess all of the information required to keep this up, I do not posess the fortitude. It has never been my thing to explain, though this year I feel like I’ve done that quite a bit. And that is surely being untruthful to myself.  - Gerard Way

Gerard Way Releases Statement On Separation From My Chemical Romance

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 4, 2014

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Gerard Way has released a follow-up statement regarding separating himself from My Chemical Romance following a series of tweets sent out earlier this week. You can read that statement below after the jump.

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Gerard Way To Distance Himself From My Chemical Romance Due Irrational Fans

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 3, 2014

My Chemical Romance have been gone for over a year now and frontman Gerard Way has decided to distance himself from nearly everything related to the band. Way is citing irrational fan interaction as the reason for the move to focus more on his future career in music and art. Check out a string of tweets from Way below after the jump.

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My Chemical Romance’s End Was Like A Family Member Dying, Says Mikey Way

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 28, 2014

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My Chemical Romance have been broken up for one year now, and Mikey Way recently compared the breakup to the death and mourning of a family member. Check out what he said in a new article with Kerrang! via NME below after the jump.

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My Chemical Romance R.I.P. Remix EP

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 27, 2014

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Dr. Brixx has released a remix EP called R.I.P. to celebrate the official end of My Chemical Romance. Stream the four song EP below after the jump.

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Albums Out This Week

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 23, 2014

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March 25th is just two days away, and there are a few great releases coming out this week. 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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What The Hell Is A “Revival?”

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 4, 2014

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March Sadness 2014 has started with a bang. To accompany this year’s tournament of sadness, PropertyOfZack will be running several Perspective pieces to highlight Emo in all its glory. Enjoy What The Hell Is A “Revival?” below!

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by Jesse Richman, edited by Erik van Rheenen

It’s funny how much can change in a year. When we launched March Sadness last winter, we called our bracket of newly-prominent bands “Modern Day Emo.” Dads, Balance & Composure, Into It. Over It., and The World Is A Beautiful Place did battle, and Dads accomplished the near-unthinkable, marching through a gauntlet to edge out not just their cohorts, but even the mighty Brand New for the championship to be crowned Kings Of Emo.

This year though, it was readily apparent from the get-go that “Modern Day Emo,” as a name, was out. For March Sadness 2014, no title but “Revival” would do.

Yep, I said it. Revival. Emo Revival. #emorevival. Each time I type that, it pisses you off just a little bit more, doesn’t it?

Why is that, though? What about the concept of a revival so aggrieves you that you bristle at the very name, even though its existence is undeniable?

Yes, undeniable. Take, for example, the poster boy for the emo revival (and I can almost see him wincing in my mind as I type that — apologies, but it is what it is), one Evan Thomas Weiss. Evan is out there crushing it right now! Intersections, his Triple Crown-released second proper full length as Into It. Over It., has garnered praise everywhere from Alternative Press to Pitchfork for its smart lyrics and intricate craftsmanship. He headlined sold-out shows at NYC’s Bowery Ballroom and Philly’s Union Transfer this past week. Sold out! He’s undeniably one of the leading lights of the emo revival.

“But! But! But!”

I hear you, Mr. Aggrieved Fan.* Go ahead, have your say.

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Green Day, MCR, Tegan And Sara, Mastodon RSD14 Details

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 4, 2014

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Green Day, My Chemical Romance, Tegan And Sara, and Mastodon all have releases coming out on Record Store Day this April. Check out tons of details about each release below after the jump.

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Gerard Way Writes Letter On Fan/Artist Interaction A Year After My Chemical Romance’s Breakup

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 4, 2014

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Gerard Way has penned a letter to the internet that focusses in on fan/artist interaction one year after My Chemical Romance's breakup. It's a very worthwhile read, so check it out below after the jump.

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POZ Discussion: Most Anticipated March Releases

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 27, 2014

February is here, and we’re continuing 2014 with a jam-packed month of releases that PropertyOfZack team members couldn’t be more stoked to hear. In today’s new Discussion, we’re highlighting our personal Most Anticipated March Releases. Check out our list below and feel free to reblog with what you’re looking forward to as well!

La Dispute - Rooms Of The House (03/18)
What is La Dispute? It’s hard to pin down a band that’s always changing, incorporating anything and everything into their special breed of emotionally-charged post-everything. Building on the experimental expansion of 2011’s Wildlife, the Michigan band worked with uber-producer Will Yip on Rooms of the House to push each sonic edge out a little bit further to the cusp of 80s and 90s college radio while still maintianing their trademark intensity. “Stay Happy There” is a bit Fugazi, a bit At The Drive-In, wrapped up in the sound of working through a cutting anxiety: “I will fix whatever is not the sweetness in your eyes, just sit down, please, sit down here at the table and we’ll talk. Somewhere televisions light up in the night.” Jordan Dreyer’s lyrics are only amplified by his exasperated delivery, the sound of a man emotionally drained and at the end of every rope he’s ever known. It’s the kind of music that helps someone through those late, lonely nights, catharsis defined through guitar strums and cymbal hits. Let it in. - Steve Ciccarelli

The Black Lips - Underneath the Rainbow (03/18)
The Black Lips, for more than a decade, has been a band that never does anything normal, and that includes selling a new record to the press. The Atlantaquartet’s upcoming seventh album, Underneath the Rainbow, has been described as “Elvis from the waist down,” which mostly harkens to the Tennessee setting in which the album was created, but also is a great example of the strange and misunderstood nature the group has cultivated in the public’s eyes. 

After the polished but enriching sound of the Mark Ronson-produced Arabia Mountain, the band turned to another unexpected producer/fan in Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney to produce their latest.  The writing process this time around came amidst a two-year touring cycle and the loss of several close friends, so much of the record is being described as reflective. As usual, it’s a smattering of different styles, including rock, blues, and even country jangles which fits greatly into the band’s unwillingness to be defined by a genre. Like any experience involving the Black Lips both on record and in a live setting it will no doubt be a wild ride for their fan base. - Jason Stives

Seahaven - Reverie Lagoon (03/25)
Remember a few years ago when Seahaven released their debut full-length packed with post-rock anthems for the frustrated young man in all of us? And how it was called Winter Forever and seemed to falter a little under the own weight of its self-imposed sadness? Well, their upcoming release this March has taken on a totally different direction even in just the title alone, baring for the world its intentions with the name Reverie Lagoon: Music for Escapism Only. And even though “Reverie Lagoon” sounds like the name of an isolated tropical retreat in a trashy romance novel, the shift in style might prove to be their strongest decision yet. “Silhouette (Latin Skin)” (both of the new record and the recent 7” of the same name) creeps in contemplative like a Deja Entendu era Brand New track, while “Flesh” cavorts as a casual alternative tune with some inflections of that Southern California beachiness of which I am both fond and jealous. So, while it’s yet to be seen if the record carries as much escapism promise as it claims to, I think we can all agree that we’re happy to be moving away from the unilateral bleakness of being in winter forever. - Adrienne Fisher

Fireworks - Oh, Common Life (03/25)
When it comes to Fireworks, I was a little late to the party. I didn’t get into the band until well after 2011’s Gospel, and I’ve never really forgiven myself for what I now refer to as ‘the lost years.’ However with this March comes the band’s new album, Oh, Common Life, and a chance for me to redeem myself for past mistakes.

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Frank Iero (ex-MCR) Streams “B.F.F.”

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 25, 2014

Frank Iero has released a collaborative single called “B.F.F.” with his twin daughters. Stream the track below after the jump.

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The Weekender: Emmure Exercise Free Speech By Promoting Gun Violence, Midtown/Saosin Reunite + Skate & Surf, MCR Bow Out, Oberst Libel Suit

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 23, 2014

Welcome to PropertyOfZack: Weekender edition. Every weekend, we bring you some of biggest and most interesting pieces of the past week from our own content to stories or breaking news. If you’ve had a busy week and want to catch up with some light reading, we hope this is for you.

Emmure Have Audacity To Title New Song “Bring A Gun To School”

Yes, other bands have outrageous song titles. The Front Bottoms “Taking My Uzi To The Gym,” we know. 

Emmure are not The Front Bottoms. Emmure have a stained record of being misogynistic, crude, and disrespectful to their fans, their surroundings, and anyone who has unfortunately heard of their name.

In 2012, the band attempted to make money from selling shirts off of the horrible, deadly, and world-shaking events that happened at Columbine. It is clear that Emmure simply does not give a fuck, have no morals, and have no desire to be not terrible individuals. Whether Emmure asked for it or not, thousands of people love their music, which means the band has a direct avenue into their fan’s heads and minds.

Promoting school violence and the killing of individuals once is a sick joke, twice proves that you should go to hell.

Skate And Surf Festival: Midtown, Saosin With Anthony Green

John D went for it. Midtown are reuniting for this year’s Skate And Surf Festival. Saosin are reuniting for this year’s Skate And Surf Festival. Hidden In Plain View reuniting for this year’s Skate And Surf Festival. The Early November, Circa Survive, and your literal boy DMX are also playing Skate And Surf Festival.

There are many doubts from fans who flocked to the often-shaky festival last year, but when you book top-heavy acts that people have begged to see for five to ten years, you’re set. Skate And Surf 2014 is going to be big.

My Chemical Romance Stream Final Song “Fake Your Death”

My Chemical Romance officially released their final song this week called “Fake Your Death.” It’s almost like they wrote it knowing they were going away.

Conor Oberst Files Libel Lawsuit Over Rape Claim 

From AP’s report:
He says the media coverage that resulted from the three posts in the comments section of a blog has damaged his career, especially in New York where most of the major music publishing houses are headquartered. He says he was in the company of his brother, bandmates or then-girlfriend at the time of the claims. The suit also says the woman who made positive social media comments about Oberst in the past decade.

Ernie Ball