by Adrienne Fisher, edited by Erik van Rheenen
Adventures and Run, Forever have been fairly exempt from the hustle and bustle of the “Emo Revival” coverage, probably because they don’t offer much in the way of inherent lightheartedness or charming it’ll-all-be-okay avowals (in neither music nor marketing initiatives). Rather, these two down-in-the-dirt indiemo bands from Pittsburgh emulate in their own music a lot of what gives the Steel City its character – de-glamorized, gritty, disinterested with popularizing itself on the coattails of overrated trends. But if you’re willing to travel far enough west, you’ll discover plenty of intrigue and talent. Running only 4 songs for a sprint just under 10 minutes long, the split is but a fingerprint to represent the artistic body of each band, but as the songs sit together adjacent, it’s hard to miss that they’re coming from very similar places, both in production styles and attitude.
However, despite any endorsements from the success of their day jobs in Code Orange Kids, the Adventures side of the split falls short of the EPs they’ve put out in the past. The structures are choppy and largely feel unfinished – like you’ve walked into a room a minute or so after the needle has already dropped on the record. “Call Me at Night” and “Thin” play through in parts, disjointed at the foundation but smeared over with blaring guitars and indistinct vocals. It’s clear the band is fairly established in their blurry, melodic style, but you’re left scrambling to figure out the cipher in four minutes of music and before you know it, before you can make sense of all the moving parts, the songs are over and you can’t quite place what about it stood out to you. While the technical musicianship has clearly advanced from past releases and the parts are all enticing in their own right, the songwriting on this split abandons any symmetry in song structure. And while that doesn’t necessarily denote a misdirected effort, these songs present together more of an erratic, messy catharsis than a focused set – sometimes, just having substance and the promise of talent isn’t enough to pull it together.
Manchester Orchestra and Minus The Bear are putting out an unreleased 7” via No Sleep Records to coincide with Ryan Russell’s Continental Obscura: From Birmingham to Bellingham photo book. Pre-order everything here and check out the artwork and track listing for the release below after the jump.
Major League have shockingly decided to part ways with their frontman Nick Trask. Guitarist Brian Joyce will be taking over Trask’s duties on tour and for their next release. Check out a press release below after the jump.
POZ Tour: Major League, Have Mercy, Seaway, Better Off
2013 was, as expected, an incredible year for music. We’ve been busy preparing for a great 2014 at PropertyOfZack, but we wanted to share our staff compiled Albums Of The Year feature, which highlights both our top ten LPs and EPs of 2013 before jumping into the New Year. Check out the full feature below and reblog to let us know your favorite albums of the year!
No Sleep Records have released No Sleep Till The Holidays 2. Stream the release below after the jump.
Monday means BandsOnBands, and we’re excited to be posting the new PropertyOfZack features today with guitarist Michael Roe of Daisyhead. The band just signed to No Sleep Records, and there will be lots to come from them in 2014.
In this week’s feature, Michael talks about his love for Yellowcard. Listen to songs by Yellowcard here out what Michael had to say about one of his biggest influences below!
From Michael Roe of Daisyhead:
Everyone has that transitional period in their life when they start listening to the music they want to hear, as opposed to the music their parents made them listen to. That part of my life was probably the most important part of my musical career. I was SO into the whole mainstream punk thing: Good Charlotte, Simple Plan, Sum 41, Blink 182, Green Day, and so on. As a young musician, I sort of shaped my style around the way these bands sounded, which helped make me the artist I am today.
Yellowcard is a band that I was really into as a young teenager, and I am just as into them now as I was back then. Ryan Key has been the biggest influence on me as a songwriter in general. I can listen to any Yellowcard album right now and enjoy each one as much as the last (besides Pre-Ryan Key stuff). Ocean Avenue was one of the first albums I ever bought, and it’s still one of my favorites. I mean, I have their vinyl box set, and I don’t even have a record player!
I’ve had the privilege of seeing Yellowcard live twice in my life. The first time was at Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, TN in 2006, which was the year they released Lights and Sounds, which is a highly underrated album, in my opinion. Finally seeing them after listening to them and seeing them on my television for a few years was a very exciting thing for 15 year old me! The second time was a way cooler experience, though. My buddy Wes Breedwell got me a gig loading gear for a Yellowcard show at Rocketown in Nashville, TN in 2011.