Bayside, Motion City Soundtrack Co-Headlining Tour Dates
Though details are scarce, All Time Low will be releasing something called Panic this fall. PropertyOfZack has confirmed that the release is in fact real with sources who know of the release. So uh…panic?
Panic! At The Disco finished their album months ago, and it looks like we may finally be getting new music out of the band. Panic! will be hitting the road on an arena tour with Fall Out Boy this fall, so it would make sense to at least have a single or two released beforehand. An announcement should be coming very shortly.
Kill It Live is the title of New Found Glory’s live album that will be released this fall. The album will feature three new songs as well as 17 songs from the band’s set. The most interesting thing about the release may be that it’s coming out on Violently Happy Records, not Epitaph as it was confirmed the band is no longer on the label last month.
The Used released a new EP yesterday called The Ocean Of The Sky. The band recorded it and almost made it to its release date in complete secrecy. The EP represents the band’s new beliefs in how music creators and fans should be connected directly, not through the old rules of the music industry.
Relient K covered Yellowcard’s “Ocean Avenue” a few nights ago in Florida. The crowd looks more excited about this then the band’s new songs.
Taking Back Sunday explained the back story of “Cute Without The E,” and it’s a worthwhile read for any big fan of Tell All Your Friends and the band.
The second Glamour Kills dodgeball invitational will be occurring next week. If you can make it out to Pennsylvania, you should. It’ll be a fun time.
Relient K’s new bassist is Jeremy Gifford. This comes just a month or two following the announcement that three-fifths of the band would not be heading out on their current headlining tour. Relient K have officially begun announcing replacements for those members.
The Maine’s Can’t Stop Won’t Stop has turned five. Did you guys know the lyrics are “out of my league,” not “Emily?” Horrible realization of youth.
If you’re familiar with Josh Eppard, Coheed And Cambria, or Weerd Science, you most likely know that the drummer once suffered from an addiction to heroin. Eppard has released a new music video for “10 Smack Commandments,” and it’s an honest look at his past life.
As far as keeping momentum in a band’s popularity goes, extended breaks in between records is not a good thing. For one, it can temper the public’s interest in a band, and it can also showcase rather varying results (All-American Rejects, I’m looking at you). For Relient K, a four-year gap is quite a hasty one, but it came at the tail of a commercial low. While 2009’s Forget and Not Slow Down was a very personal and rather original effort, it underperformed greatly. Dialing back on the creative juices and overall style, the band has returned with Collapsible Lung, a straight to the bottom of the bin pop record that has no flash or substance, despite trying in brief moments to resonate with the listener.
Opening number “Don’t Blink” soars quickly with winding guitars and an instant hook, but the creativity falls quickly with the ghastly “Boomerang,” an incredibly tongue and cheek number that compares love to a rubber band. Yes, this is a band that titled their third album Anatomy of the Tongue in Cheek, but it doesn’t lend itself to this rather lifeless and cheesy track. It doesn’t kill the momentum, but there is a clear sign early on that the songs gathered here are rather simplistic, failing to showcase Thiessen’s songwriting skills and the band’s overall unified sound at best.
The band employs all non music essentials to help along the tempo from whistling and finger snapping (“Lost Boy”) to hand clapping and even feet stomping (“PTL”) and that’s all well and good, but it’s not the musicianship that we are use to. In fact, this is probably the most un-Relient K album they have produced to date, and it feels empty and unoriginal in so many ways.