The first five bands for the 2014 Vans Warped Tour have been announced via Fuse’s Warped Roadies. You can check out the lineup so far below after the jump and be sure to reblog the post with your thoughts so far!
by Zac Lomas, edited by Erik van Rheenen
Many critics claim that Long Island’s Stray From The Path are simply a knock off Rage Against The Machine and while lead guitarist Tom Williams has asserted that, “I make a living from ripping off Tom Morello,” I don’t feel that claim is valid. On the contrary, upon listening to Stray’s latest effort, Anonymous, I realized that Stray are no mere imposters, but rather Anonymous solidifies their place as the true heirs to Rage’s politically charged bombast.
Anonymous is a politically poignant album that exists within an inherently American context, so if you come into this record with any sort of ignorance, odds are you won’t close out the ten tracks with the same mindset. This record ultimately revolves around the growing American police state and the general loss of liberty resulting from it, with Drew York and company imploring listeners to wake up and demand the truth they deserve.
Subversive anthem “False Flag” opens with the striking line “F-E-A-Are you listening? Land of the free, where is our liberty?” which is swiftly accompanied by Williams’ shrieking riff, full of bends and his signature funky flourish. Drummer Dan Bourke’s echoing drumbeat helps the song settle into a comfortable, yet aggressive groove that will have listeners banging their heads in dire search of the nearest political revolution.
On “Badge And A Bullet,” Williams asserts his own virtuoso as one of hardcore’s leading experts in the creative use of effects pedals, opening the song with the same whammy pedal effect that defined Make Your Own History’s “Damien.” Channeling all the flow of Zack de la Rocha, York spits his fury in lines such as “Stay away from me, punk motherfuckers don’t step to me. They abuse their authority, now I know my enemy!” that prove York and the members of Stray got the message from Rage’s 1992 track “Know Your Enemy.” The song is an obvious assault on the extenuating actions of police officers who take the word “machismo” to a whole new level.
Monday means BandsOnBands, and we’re excited to be posting the new PropertyOfZack features today with drummer Dan Bourke of Stray From The Path. The band just released Anonymous, so make sure to pick it up here.
From Dan Bourke:
While you might be surprised, most of us in Stray From The Path have almost polar opposite taste in music. I may be the only Anti Flag fan in the bunch. but this band had such a tremendous impact on my childhood and my songwriting to this day.
I started listening to music at a abnormally young age, and it wasnt long until i found bands like Alice in Chains, Guns n Roses, and Rage Against the Machine. Rage specifically was a Band that had such an amazing agenda, and brought it to your everyday mainstream “Rock” fan. But it wasnt until luckily i found out underground music existed, and there was this band called Anti Flag, that for me, was more on my level, more of a band that i could look at as a peer. I felt much more able to relate with their straight forward and honest approach to writing. Anti Flag had a shit ton to say, and they didnt make it hard for you to decode in their lyrics. They were not afraid to put it all out there. They never broke through as any mainstream band unfortunatly because i know if the masses got to listen to them and hear what they had to say the way i did, things might be a bit different. I was very young when i found them, and in no way did they brainwash me like my mother would say, they offered ideas in their songs that their is more to this world then what you may see/hear/read. Even to this very day at 27 years old me and my mother were having a political debate recently, and i ended up saying something that was a direct 6 word quote from a song of theirs. Free thinking is huge, and this band helped me realize this long ago.
September is just a few days away, and there are a slew of great records coming out next month that PropertyOfZack team members couldn’t be more stoked to hear. In today’s new Discussion, we’re highlighting our personal Most Anticipated September Releases. Check out our list below and feel free to reblog with what you’re looking forward to as well!
Balance & Composure - The Things We Think We’re Missing (09/10)
Separation has built up more and more momentum since its release in 2011, catapulting Balance & Composure into the discussion as the “next big thing” in this post-grunge movement. After a well-received two-song effort on a split with revered veterans Braid, B&C are set to unleash their second album on No Sleep Records, titled The Things We Think We’re Missing, on September 10. The band has always taken a slightly different sonic approach with each release, so it’s difficult to tell what the album will exactly sound like.
That being said, the band’s staples will certainly be there: crushing guitars, pounding drum and bass fills, and Jon Simmons’ signature croon layered on top of it all, creating some of the best songs to bang your head to. If you’re looking for a sophomore slump, look elsewhere; this band is too talented and focused on their craft to let fans down, and if the two tracks released thus far (“Reflection” and “Tiny Raindrop”) are combined with a few raucous tracks like “Quake” or fan favorite “I Tore You Apart in My Head,” the top of everyone’s “Best Albums of 2013” lists are about to make room for Balance & Composure to reign supreme. - Donald Wagenblast
Saves The Day - Saves The Day(09/17)
In the 15 years since Saves the Day released their debut Can’t Slow Down, the band has seen many faces thanks in part to a constantly shifting sound and an even more irregular series of lineup changes. Still, the band’s constant, singer and principal songwriter Chris Conley, still remains. While some have questioned the directions taken over the past few records, the pop punk sensibilities are thriving in Conley’s songwriting and thanks in part to life happening, a mature songwriter has emerged, showing that the band can survive past its youthful roots.
The band’s upcoming eighth studio album already sounds like an amalgamation of the various styles the band has taken on through its lengthy career. Self titling it may also be a sign of the band showing that they are still who they are despite constant fluctuation. The already released “Remember” and “The Tide of Our Times” are all retrospective and never short on hop-along pop punk riffs and Conley’s genuinely adolescent-sounding vocals.
With the current lineup now two albums deep into the relationship, the band is sounding just as tight as any other lineup they’ve had. - Jason Stives
Stray From The Path - Anonymous(09/17)
After a brief viral campaign (“Where Is Our Liberty?”) turned heads earlier this summer, Long Island-based alternative hardcore outfit Stray From The Path is prepping for the release of their highly anticipated third full-length, Anonymous. But this time, something feels different.
A little more than two years to date since the release of their sophomore LP, Rising Sun, Stray From The Path is more determined and politically charged than ever. With three tracks from Anonymous already making waves online, including scorching first single “Badge And A Bullet,” the angst-driven quartet appears poised to unveil a new benchmark for the genre, one that feels both eerily familiar and entirely new at the same time.
Set to feature guest appearances from Stick To Your Guns’ Jesse Barnett and letlive.’s Jason Butler, and influenced heavily by the likes of Rage Against The Machine and Snapcase, Anoynmous deserves its place on your radar this September.- Brandon Allin
The Flatliners - Dead Language(09/17)
The Flats have been a little quiet for the last few years. With their last full length that surfaced in 2010, Cavalcade was a rock-solid and blazingly fast showing of really fun melodic punk that settled naturally into the Fat Wreck catalog. Touring North America fairly consistently for the last few years, the Canadian band took their time with new material, finally releasing a split with Connecticut’s Make Do and Mend earlier this year on Rise Records. And if the split’s any indication of how the upcoming full length will turn out, it’s more of what Flats fans love: rough-and-tumble punk tempos fueling catchy melodies that somehow come without the slightest hint of triteness.
Stray From The Path will be going out on a fall tour to support Anonymous with Backtrack, Gideon, and No Bragging Rights. Check out the dates below after the jump.
Stray From The Path Announce Album; Stream New Song