Dads and Pentimento are out on tour with Reggie And The Full Effect, and we have both bands up for a new PropertyOfZack Playlist feature. Check out the Playlists below while listening to the songs on Spotify and reading everyone’s thoughts!
POZ Discussion: The Don’t Miss Tours This Winter
Interpol - Not Even Jail
A City Safe From Sea - Well Dressed at the Hospital
Self Defense Family - Mistress Appears at Funeral
Allan Sherman - Sarah Jackman
Joan of Arc - Explain Yourselves #2
The Verlaines - Death and The Maiden
Lush - Hypocrite
Kevin Devine & The Goddamn Band - Private First Class
Pity Sex – Euclid
The Sidekicks - Daisy
Strike Anywhere - Blaze
No Good News - Back To You
Football, Etc. - Safety
Bouncing Souls - True Believers
Gaslight Anthem – The ‘59 Sound
The Swellers - The Flood
Alexisonfire - This Could Be Anywhere In The World
Caleb & Carolyn - I Shall Be
Savage Garden - I Want You
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!
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!
This year on POZ, we’ve sounded the ceremonial trumpets for plenty of accomplished bands and records that have hit the holy-shit age of ten years old. But while all those bands were still playing their Fisher-Price xylophones in the early 90s, Less Than Jake were already formed, writing music, and touring the hell out of the United States without the use of a smartphone by their side. LTJ has been showrunning the ska/punk scene with impeccable consistency ever since their start in 1992, and today, PropertyOfZack is here to help the band celebrate its 21st year of existence. That’s right, Less Than Jake is finally of drinking age – and we’re quite certain that they’ve been obedient, law-abiding citizens when it comes to the consumption of spirits.
We’ve got commentary from the guys in LTJ themselves on their career, past and present, as well as some thoughts and anecdotes from friends and fans of the band alike. So raise your glass and enjoy the read – and be sure to pick up LTJ’s newest record, See the Light, out now on Fat Wreck Chords!
POZ Decade: Less Than Jake - Anthem
From the band:
If there’s one thing you wanted people to know about your band that they may not already know, what would you tell them?
LTJ is more than a band now; it’s family. It’s the chemistry among 5 guys and the extended family of fans we see year in and year out. When I see people that literally grew up seeing the band, it truly drives the point home that there’s more than words and music that bind us, and it feels like family at this point. – Vinnie Fiorello
If you’ve glossed over our band because we have horns and have ska elements in our music, you’re missing out. We have many layers to our song writing and have much more depth in music and lyrics than someone may catch on to on a ﬁrst listen. Dig in. – Roger Manganelli
Some bands have business meetings in their back lounge on tour, some have prayer sessions, while others party down till dawn with babes and dudes alike, but we like to have very rigorous twerking contests with each other in the back of the bus each night after the show. It’s kept our buns in the Adonis-like shape they’re in to this day. – Buddy Schaub
I force everyone to watch sports. Constantly. – JR Wasilewski
That we are one of the hardest working bands of the last two decades. In all of our 21 years as a band, we have never missed a show due to illness, band fighting, subspenance abuse, etc. etc. We will always show up and do what we do. If you paid to see us, we do our part to bring you a great show. No excuses. Period. – Chris Demakes
If you could change something about your career, what would it be?
I honestly don’t think I’d change a thing. The things that you look back on in your career as mistakes are the things that make you what you are today. You have to live and learn from your own experiences. Without all the downs, there can be no ups. That’s what makes the ride so fun. – Buddy Schaub
Less Port O’ Potties. More NOFX tours. – JR Wasilewski
Demanded more from our managers and labels in the early days. We were content with our success and were basking in the joy of a career making music. We could have been bigger dicks and made those around us contribute more to our vision. The squeaky wheel gets the grease, and early on, we weren’t making enough noise. – Roger Manganelli
I wouldn’t change one thing. The ups and down make the foundation of bands strong, it creates character and commitment. Sure, there are regrets but that’s life at its best and worst. – Vinnie Fiorello
Not much. If anything, I wouldn’t have sweated the small stuff as much as I did when I was younger. Took the fun out of things sometimes. – Chris Demakes
What’s your band’s biggest accomplishment from the last 21 years?
Surviving. Being true to ourselves, writing honest music from the heart that we are happy to play night after night. There are bands out there that play songs their fans want to hear while they’re no longer feeling it themselves. Luckily, we don’t have that problem. And we really give it our ALL when we play live. We never phone in a performance and try to make each show special and fun for all involved. – Roger Manganelli
Reggie And The Full Effect Add Pentimento To US Tour With Dads
Pentimento are in the third week of the POZ sponsored Real Friends fall tour, and we’re stoked to be hosting the band’s Road Blog for the tour. Pick up the band’s Inside The Sea EP here, win free tickets to the band’s current tour with Real Friends here, and read the Road Blog below!
From Jeremiah Pauly:
10.12 - SLC, UT - People were in line before we even got to the venue! Shred Shed was packed. Our buddies in Heartless Breakers were on the bill and we were stoked to hang with them again. They also thankfully gave us a place to crash for the night. Myself, Bryan and Dan from Real Friends grabbed some drinks after the show where people were hula-hooping on stage to dance music. Needless to say, it was awesome. SLC is beautiful and I appreciate how clean the streets are.
10.13 - Boise, ID - This was a matinee show. Boise is a fun little town. Show was fun. We hit up the Boise Fry Factory afterwords with the entire package and Maura from Mixtapes and Drew who does merch for FCC had a dance off. Then Jon also from FCC dropped it like its hawt and we drove off into the darkness.
10.15 - Seattle, WA - After Boise we drove straight to Seattle and had an off day. We picked up Mike’s close friend Becca from the airport and our good buddy Jacob Darling. They hopped on to hang for the California dates and we were stoked to have them on board. We took the day easy. Walked around a park. Did laundry. Ate Denny’s. Then cried ourselves to sleep. We played Vera Room directly next to Paramore. There was this ENORMOUS line outside of Paramore and everyone was chanting “Hailey”. It was so loud I though there was a Riot! … get it?
10.16 - Portland, OR - Voodoo donuts. We played Backspace and rode scooters around. Portland is weird but I like it. No one can be mad at me for saying this because there is literally a giant painting outside the venue that says “keep Portland weird.”
Soft Speak Records, a division of Music Gives Back, are releasing a 6-way split for this year’s Fest 12 in Gainesville, Florida. 100% of the proceeds from the limited-edition split will go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, which is dedicated to helping people with cystic fibrosis live longer, healthier lives and advancing research to find a cure.
Today PropertyOfZack is excited to be streaming the entire split that features tracks from Dikembe, The Hotel Year, Modern Baseball, Old Gray, Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate), and Pentimento. Check out extra details for the split here and check stream the entire release below!
by Zac Lomas, edited by Erik van Rheenen
The other day, I was driving in my car with a friend who is quite novice to all things “punk” (whatever that means). I was telling him about Against Me! and Laura Jane Grace, while playing tracks off of New Wave. Eventually, he asked me what was my favorite thing about punk music. What defining feature jumped out and grabbed me by the collar and said, “listen!” My answer was simple: honesty. When I listen to a band, I want to know that every chord is heartfelt and every piercing scream is genuine. Pentimento deliver said honesty on their latest release, Inside The Sea, once again proving that in a world of gimmicks, scams, and novelty bands, there are still people out there writing sincere songs.
Pentimento made a huge splash at the tail end of 2012 with the free release of their self-titled album and the ensuing legal melee with Panic Records, but the boys from Buffalo are relentless and hit the studio once again to track what they describe as their most urgent set of recordings to date. The four song EP opens with “Not So Young,” lyricist and drummer Mike Hansen’s candid take on the pangs of adolescence. The subtle hum of a Telecaster, blended with Hansen’s crisp snare rolls welcome listeners inside the proverbial sea as vocalist Jeramiah Pauly sings about “The kind of young where I thought I was friends with everyone.”
Even to the casual listener, it’s easy to discern some of pop-punk’s more overt tropes, so it’s safe to say that one has heard his or her fair share of songs tackling the subject of romantic dejection. At first glance “Just Friends” seems to fall right in line with the entire Ataris discography, but its title is misleading to say the least. “Just Friends” proves within the first few lines that this isn’t a track for the rejected-self-entitled “nice guy” misogynist whose delusional belief in the “friend zone” proves just why society still needs feminism. Rather, lines like “I’m in between déjà vu & delirium, remembering things that haven’t happened yet” speak to the fragility and complexity of maintaining human relationships, whether they are romantic or otherwise. Hansen’s introspective narrative tells of the discrepancies between what one deserves and what one believes they deserve, in a heartfelt, yet crushing manner.