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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March Sadness 2014

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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POZ March Sadness: Announcement + Vote-In Round

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 26, 2014

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It’s clear that PropertyOfZack is to blame for the term “Emo Revival” that sprung up in 2013. The bands had nothing to do with it. March Sadness started an undeniable thirst for sadness last year, which is why we’re so happy to make you sad again today with the announcement of March Sadness 2K14: The sadder, weaker, and emoer substitute for NCAA’s March Madness.

March Sadness consists of a vote-in round (that’s today!) followed by 16 bracket spots, broken down into ‘90s Emo, ‘00s Emo, Reunion Emo, and Emo Revival (uh, duh). We are limiting ourselves to 20 bands that will be voted down to 16 by Monday’s Sad 16 launch.

We realize “emo” is both a subjective word and genre, but March Sadness is all about us having fun and interacting as a community. So please head below and join us in voting for four out of five of your favorite bands in each emo category through Sunday evening. The Sad 16 will launch on Monday!

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POZ Discussion: The Don’t Miss Tours This Winter

by Zack Zarrillo - Jan 16, 2014

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We know Warped Tour announcements each week are making you (hopefully) excited for the summer, but there are too many great tours this winter and early-spring to head to first. PropertyOfZack’s team put together a new Discussion on all the “must see” tours this winter, so check them out below and feel free to reblog with the tours you can’t wait to see!

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The Wonder Years
Come early springtime, The Wonder Years always manage to pull out all the stops for an absolute blockbluster of a headlining tour. While last year’s support (Fireworks, Hostage Calm, Misser) skewed closer to the pop-punk side of things, The Wonder Years’ first proper headlining run in support of The Greatest Generation is eclectic, to say the least. Featuring hardcore storytellers Defeater, ’90s grunge disciples Citizen, the upstart pop-punkers of Real Friends, and the always-brainy Modern Baseball, the tour boasts a little something for everyone: something plenty of tours brag about, but can’t back up the statement as much as this one can. - Erik van Rheenen

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Bayside, Four Year Strong
On record, Bayside is one of the most consistent bands playing music. Expert songwriting mixed with masterful musicianship, and the kind of charisma and accessibility to resonate with fans of nearly every genre. What more could you ask for?


Live, Bayside is a whole different animal. Replicating their studio recordings with precision and poise, but infusing them with jolts of youthful energy, Bayside’s live show envelops nearly everything a rock show should be: punchy, loud, and in your face.

Armed with their sixth full-length record, Cult, the New York-bred four piece will embark this March on The Great American Cult Tour, featuring support from friends in Four Year Strong (a band seemingly desperate for redemption in 2014), Mixtapes, and Daylight. Expect a handful of fresh cuts sprinkled amongst fan favorites, and prepare to be dazzled as the masters of their craft hit the road once more.

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The Menzingers
There is something about old school punk rock that gets my blood pumping; maybe it’s the twang of a Telecaster or that classic four-on-the-floor drumbeat that just riles up my soul. Come January 21st, The Menzingers’ latest tour with Off With Their Heads, Broadway Calls, and Elway will be filled to the brim with those punk rock enchantments and all the sweaty, beer soaked excesses one would expect from such a blue-collar band of heroes.

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Reggie And The Full Effect Ticket Contest

by Zack Zarrillo - Jan 14, 2014

Reggie And The Full Effect have launched a ticket contest for their upcoming tour that kicks off this week. Enter here and check out the dates below after the jump.

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Reggie And The Full Effect Releases Run DMC “Christmas In Hollis” Cover

by Zack Zarrillo - Dec 20, 2013

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Reggie And The Full Effect have released a cover of Run DMC’s “Christmas in Hollis.” Stream the song below after the jump.

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Reggie And The Full Effect “Dicephalous” He Is Legend Cover

by Zack Zarrillo - Dec 6, 2013

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Reggie And The Full Effect recently recorded a cover of He Is Legend’s “Dicephalous.” Stream the song below after the jump.

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POZ Review: Reggie And The Full Effect - No Country For Old Musicians

by Zack Zarrillo - Nov 25, 2013

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by Jason Stives, edited by Erik van Rheenen

Music laced with humor is always a difficult thing to take seriously, but it’s something that is greatly appreciated for entertainment value and a certain level of craft. James Dewees and his alter ego, Reggie and the Full Effect, have always been able to let the humor bleed through the cracks of personal and sometimes very deep songwriting. For the last five years, this project has laid dormant due to other commitments and for some the less than stellar reception of the band’s last effort 2008’s dark, addiction-themed Last Stop: Crappy Town. Although this reviewer more than commended the depth and risk that was taken on it, it was a very dark corner of Dewees’ life that spawned it and was a rather tough pill to swallow. 

So it’s no surprise that Dewees decided to return Reggie to the good old days with his sixth studio release, No Country for Old Musicians. It’s rather fitting that the title and some of the subsequent album tracks, like the Country Bear Jamboree intro and Django Unchained styling of “Guerrera,” echo an Old West feel. Much of the tongue-in-cheek music Dewees is known for feels like the music of its time (in this case the music of the mid 2000s). However, No Country for Old Musicians feels like a traditional Reggie record despite being a bit of a retread in style and growth. 

All the catchy choruses and rather straight-laced rockers are here. “Super Croc vs. Mega Doosh” adds the humorous flavor to its title that masks a great Reggie track launching into basic punk dynamics of fastness, furiousness, and painlessness. The track that follows, the Wheatus-tinged “37,” with its chorus of “la la la’s,” makes it easy to remember that, three tracks in, everything is on the right track. “Revenge Is a Dish Best Served at Park Chan-Wook’s House” is another tremendous highlight, fusing Dewees’ signature synth chords with a chugging guitar riff over top of his spiteful lyrics and nasally vocal projections. 

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Reggie And The Full Effect ‘No Country For Old Musicians’ Album Stream

by Zack Zarrillo - Nov 12, 2013

Reggie And The Full Effect will be releasing No Country For Old Musicians next week via Pure Noise Records. Stream the album early below after the jump.

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POZ Discussion: Most Anticipated November Releases

by Zack Zarrillo - Nov 4, 2013

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November is here, and there are a slew of great records coming out this month that PropertyOfZack team members couldn’t be more stoked to hear. In today’s new Discussion, we’re highlighting our personal Most Anticipated November Releases. Check out our list below and feel free to reblog with what you’re looking forward to as well

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Punk Goes Christmas (11/05)
It’s kind of shocking that Punk Goes Christmas hasn’t happened until now; there’s a long tradition of punk bands doing Christmas tunes that goes as far back as the Ramones. Christmas tunes are usually some mix of goofy and sentimental, two moods that punk bands tend to excel at, and over the past decade, it seems like nearly every scene band of note has taken a crack at writing one (or covering a classic). We’ve even made it a yearly tradition here at POZ to review our favorites on Christmas Day.

The lineup contributing to Punk Goes Christmas’s tracklist nicely pulls together the ghosts of pop-punk past, present and future to join in the caroling gang chorus, from old guard favorites like New Found Glory and Yellowcard to young upstarts Real Friends. Notably, Fearless have pared back on the screamo /metalcore / heavy music acts that have dominated the last few Punk Goes… releases, and one of the few included here, Issues, has seen frontman Tyler Carter make a bit of a splash in the past few years with Christmas tracks under his own name. If the album proves anywhere near as solid as its track list (and let’s face it, Christmas songs really only come in two varieties, good and great), we’re in for some early holiday goodies. - Jesse Richman

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A Wilhelm Scream - Partycrasher (11/05)
November is apparently a banner month for punk albums, possibly none quite as important as A Wilhelm Scream’s aptly named hiatus-shattering record, Partycrasher. Six years removed from a studio effort, the band proved its legacy in the genre on the new album with eleven searing, scathing, sneering new cuts. Still brash and angry like the best of A Wilhelm Scream’s back catalog, the band only adds polish since taking a leave of disappearance — not rust. - Erik van Rheenen

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The Bouncing Souls, The Menzingers - Split
During a way-too-early conversation regarding AOTY candidates, I jokingly mentioned to a friend that my top spot was currently occupied by The Menzingers’ On the Impossible Past, since no album from 2013 captured my heart and headphones the way that bottle rocket of a record did a year ago. Having to wait for next year for a new full-length from the band verges on cruel-and-unusual punishment, but a split 7” between The Menzingers and punk elder statesmen The Bouncing Souls should be a firecracker in its own right. Featuring a new cut and a cover from each, a lighthearted Souls take on powerhouse “Burn After Reading” and The Menzingers’ spin on “Kate is Great” is the only punk-goes-something we need this year. - Erik van Rheenen

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Anthony Green - Young Legs (11/12)
I’ll be the first to admit that I had no idea what the birth of Anthony Green’s children was going to mean for his musical productivity, be it through his solo work or his main act, Circa Survive. But here we are at just about two years since the birth of his second son, Luke, and Green is about to release Young Legs, his second solo album in as many years (which brings his release count to three since 2012 began, when you account for Circa’s Violent Waves). 

Green’s solo work has always been much more mellow and light-hearted than the atmospheric, aggressive blend that Circa has become known for. Young Legs will bring about an interesting sound, as he is now identifying his solo work as Anthony Green and the Good Old Band, which will feature the entire trio that comprises Good Old War, along with a familiar face in Circa Survive guitarist Brendan Ekstrom. In terms of sound, it should be noted that Green recorded this album shortly after completing work on his last solo effort Beautiful Things, so it will be very interesting to see how the two records compare to one another. No matter what it sounds like, it’s a safe bet that plenty of people will be listening to the new songs from the scene’s favorite family man. - Donald Wagenblast

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Matt Pryor - Wrist Slitter (11/12)
Matt Pryor has always been prolific — between the Get Up Kids, the New Amsterdams, albums released under his own name, his Terrible Twos children’s music project, and his newest band, Lasorda, Pryor’s been averaging better than an album a year for the last decade, most with the kind of hit-or-miss rate you might expect from someone cranking out songs as fast as he can go. 

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Reggie And The Full Effect Stream Song Ft. Taking Back Sunday Frontman

by Zack Zarrillo - Oct 29, 2013

Reggie And The Full Effect has released a new song called “Kanji Tattoos…. Still In Style?” that features Taking Back Sunday's Adam Lazzara. Strema the song here via Kerrang! or below after the jump.

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Reggie And The Full Effect Fan Made “Reverse Is A Dish…” Music Video

by Zack Zarrillo - Oct 23, 2013

Reggie And The Full Effect has released a fan made music video for “Revenge is a dish best served at Park Chan-Wook’s.” Watch it below after the jump.

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Reggie And The Full Effect, Dads Announce Intimate US Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Oct 17, 2013

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Reggie And The Full Effect and Dads have announced an intimate US tour in January and February. Check out the dates below after the jump.

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Reggie And The Full Effect Stream “Revenge is a dish best served at Park Chan-Wook’s”

by Zack Zarrillo - Oct 8, 2013

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Reggie And The Full Effect have released a new song called “Revenge is a dish best served at Park Chan-Wook’s.” Stream it below after the jump.

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