Transit will be releasing a new acoustic EP called Futures And Sutures on December 2nd via Rise Records. The band will be supporting the release on the road this January and February on the Acoustic Basement Tour that PropertyOfZack is proud to be sponsoring. You can pick up a copy of the EP here, get VIP tickets to the Acoustic Basement Tour here, and stream a new song via POZ called “So Long, So Long” below after the jump!
by Erik van Rheenen
This time every year, most states scattered across the northern reaches of America start buckling down for winter. Leaves fall, and so too does snow-that’s-not-quite-ready-to-be-snow-just-yet and temperatures — standard early wintertime fare. And, this time every year, Upstate New York gets hit by Winter with a capital “W,” boldfaced, underlined, and (if you want to go for the typeface perfecta) italicized. Only Upstaters’ resilient spirit — a reluctant fervor to refuse to let winter blues win out — matches the region’s downright polar temperatures and relentless snowfall.
No band captures Upstate New York’s spirit more fittingly than Polar Bear Club. Native sons, the band’s back catalog is bursting with references both direct (“Too many nights in the Greyhound station up North Syracuse” in Clash Battle Guilt Pride’s “Religion on the Radio”) and indirect (“It left like melted snow and came back tough as leather” from “Screams in Caves”) to Polar Bear Club’s home state. Death Chorus, the band’s Rise Records debut, might also be their most quintessentially Upstate album — ten anthems of longing and nostalgia and romanticizing the best and worst punches life throws.
Much has been made of singer Jimmy Stadt’s slide to a delivery style that doesn’t dangerously tax his vocal cords, but the less-fanfared watershed instances on Death Chorus are Stadt’s deft hand for songwriting and Upstate poetics. Though maybe not the opener fans expected after the soft-loud theatrics of “Pawner,” “Blood Balloon” starts Death Chorus with a chorus of monolithic proportions and lyrics aflame with clever truisms (“I guess everyone is part perfect storm and part broken song.”)
Legend will be releasing a new record in early-2014 via Rise Records. The band has also added guitarist Daniel “DL” Laskiewicz to their lineup. Check out a press release with details below after the jump.
The Acacia Strain Dismiss Songwriter Daniel “DL” Laskiewicz
Sleeping With Sirens' guitarist Jesse Lawson has left the band due to family and the desire to start a new musical venture. You can read a statement from Jesse below after the jump.
by Donald Wagenblast, edited by Erik van Rheenen
There’s good years, there’s great years, and then there was the slate of pop-punk releases that came out in 2011. After the genre was critically destroyed by a slew of bands who brought too much fluff and not enough substance to the table, 2011 left almost too much to take in at once. This was made abundantly clear when considering the release and reception of A Loss for Words’s Rise/Velocity Records debut No Sanctuary. Despite being the best work of the band’s career, it somehow didn’t quite earn as much praise as the band’s contemporaries, such as Transit (who released the instant autumn classic Listen and Forgive), Fireworks (preachers of the summertime Gospel), and the pop-punk poster boys of the moment, The Wonder Years, whose proper Hopeless Records debut Suburbia: I’ve Given You All and Now I’m Nothing was one of the most talked about albums of the year.
But A Loss for Words remained steadfast, as they always have. They took opening slots on tours they could have been headlining, all the while doing so with the heart and passion that made No Sanctuary such a treat to listen to. The songs were catchy, with a little rock ‘n roll flair that none of the other bands mentioned earlier (and most of the others) could muster. This swagger was mostly brought to the table thanks to the vocal prowess of Matty Arsenault, complemented by the guitars of Marc Dangora.
It’s important to mention what A Loss for Words did so successfully the last time around, because the band’s follow-up to No Sanctuary, ode to the road Before it Caves, cashes in on those same strengths yet again. This time around, Dangora’s guitars are even bigger, with a well-timed solo in “Falling,” an enticing opening riff in “20 Block,” and interesting effects through the intro of “Eclipsed.” Dangora’s running mate, Nevada Smith, is no longer with the band, but there’s no real absence felt on Before it Caves, which is a credit to Dangora’s creativity and precision throughout the entire album.
Arsenault’s vocals are top-notch, as expected. The singer, whose pop-tinged side project Class of ’92 became his focus during the band’s downtime before recording Before it Caves, and that venture clearly had some influence over his delivery this time around. While his vocal talents are easily noticeable, Arsenault delivers those vocals with less grit and shows off a more polished approach without sacrificing emotion and power. Arsenault gets a great boost from bassist and backup vocalist Mike Adams, who provides melodies that not only complement Arsenault’s leads, but provide another layer to them every time he steps up to the mic.
Polar Bear Club will be releasing Death Chorus on November 19th via Rise Records. The band has also announced a late-fall tour with Citizen, Diamond Youth, Sainthood Reps. Check out a new song called “Blood Balloon” and all the tour dates below after the jump.
Taking Back Sunday, Polar Bear Club, Transit Announce Tour
PropertyOfZack was present at the Suppy Nation Tour stop in Philadelphia, PA ages ago, and we’ve finally gotten around to posting a new Live of Man Overboard's great set from that night. Make sure to check out the band's new record, Heart Attack, here and their GK Tour dates here. Check out performances of “Something’s Weird,” “Rare,” “World Favorite,” and “Teleport” below!
A Loss For Words will be releasing Before It Caves on October 8th via Rise/Velocity Records. Check out a new song called “Distance” and the album artwork below after the jump.