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The genres of punk and hardcore are were built by outcasts who decided it would better to stick together and create rather than take advantage and destroy. Decide what side you’re on, and don’t attempt to fool anyone by saying anything otherwise.
Momentum seems to have slowed down for blink-182. In November and December it seemed clear that the band had plans to begin recording their follow-up album to Neighborhoods in February, but that seems very unlikely.
The band has plans for a summer in Europe, but music needs to predate that plane and boat ride blink. Will we see a June or July release? That’s what’s necessary if blink want to take over the world, again.
We have decided to call it quits because we’ve all come to a time in our lives when we’re ready to take on new opportunities. For some of us, that involves continuing to play music, and for others it involves working behind the scenes in the industry. We firmly believe that we can contribute to not only our own musical growth, but to the growth of our music scene in general by taking on these new opportunities, and continuing without City Lights.
The real question Sum 41 needs to ask is, “Does anyone want to hear new music from us?” It’s a little hard to believe that the answer is “Yes.”
Sum 41 put out three incredible records in a row, and they have all stood the test of time. Underclass Hero, while not a fan favorite, was a huge success in the mainstream world. Screaming Bloody Murder was a major failure in every regard.
Since then, the band lost another lifetime member. Since then, Deryck Whibley’s personal and physical life have fallen apart and he has become a laughing stock among fans.
It might be time to just stick to the hits, if the hits can even draw people out.
Our music scene is going through an interesting cycle in the present day. There have been a large influx of young bands that have provided great excitement and passion for us all in the last few years, but we’re also entering a time where the influences of those bands are celebrating major anniversaries for their most loved albums. Bands like Say Anything, Jimmy Eat World, and Midtown, among many others, have seen ten year anniversaries come and go. We all expect there to be more than a few great ten year tours in 2014, but PropertyOfZack team members put together a list of a few more albums that we want more than anything to see toured in full in 2014. Check out the full Discussion and feel free to reblog with any albums you think need to be championed as underrated masterpieces too!
Say Anything - Is A Real Boy I hate being “that guy” that holds allegiance to a band or artist’s very first record and finds little-to-nothing in subsequent records to grab onto, but if we’re being honest, there are TONS of “those guys” out there, enough to make commemoration tours of seminal records a rousing success and continuing trend. When I realized a few years ago that anniversary tours were going to start becoming relevant to my (very old) self, one of the first ones I mentally put on my future years calendar was the potential tour for “Is a Real Boy” here in 2014. While I’m not sure if anything will ever feel as triumphant or cathartic as seeing SA tour on that record in tiny rooms right after it came out (“what say you and all your friends step up to my friends in the alley tonight?” might as well be a call to war), the record is one of the most musical and theatrical that our scene ever adopted, and listening to it in its entirety feels like a crazy anecdotal journey through the amusement park of someone’s brain. And even though I personally feel that SA hasn’t been able to capture lightening in a bottle like that since, the band has been around for a long time, fine tuning their craft, touring with frequency, and seems to have a lot of respect for what they used to write and where they came from - the most recent example being the rarities and B-sides tour they did last summer. If they pull off a 10-year tour for Is a Real Boy, I will be more than thrilled to see how Bemis and his gang herald and revere the record that put them on the map, and is one of the most brave, artistically interesting releases to have come out in independent music in the last ten years. - Adrienne Fisher
Jimmy Eat World - Futures Jimmy Eat World is lucky enough to have two to three generations of fans; that’s just part of what happens when you release an incredible record followed by an incredible record followed by another incredible record. Many fans were lucky enough to witness a ten year tour for Clarity in 2009, but the band decided to not do another for Bleed American several years ago. Why would they for Futures? That album feels different to many, I think. You could look at it is the “younger generation” Jimmy Eat World fan’s Clarity. And it looks like the band recognizes it too.
Jimmy Eat World has apparently also been practicing some extra songs off of Futures lately, because they played one for the first time ever at a holiday show in New Jersey in December. There have been hints of a reissuing for the album on vinyl too, to mark its ten year anniversary. All the stars are close to aligning. Hook it up, Jimmy Eat World. - Zack Zarrillo
Midtown - Forget What You Know Of the dozens and dozens of bands from last decade that have recently appeared on the reunion circuit, the one from my own personal roster of favorites that’s been most glaringly missing is Midtown. For those with a self-proclaimed bleeding Drive-Thru heart like my own, the disappearance of Midtown from active duty in 2005 was a pretty unexpected blow, especially considering the then-recent release of their major label debut, Forget What You Know. It was a record that, at the time, felt like a weird outgrowing of pop-punk despite how the album prior had been even popper and prettier than the first one.
And the lyrical content of FWYK strayed even further from the expectations, presenting philosophical takes on existentialism and disillusionment that perhaps a bubblegum crowd of wide-eyed teenagers wasn’t quite ready to “get.” Given the timeline, Midtown had only less than a year of touring under their belt for the record before they dissolved, and now it’s been 10 years since the moody, almost modern-rock record fell into the laps of fans. Which means that we’ve had plenty of time to absorb and understand the mature undertones that made Forget What You Know so excellent, but mostly it means that we’ve been crying for almost a decade now for Gabe Saporta to step down from the disco dance floor of Cobra Starship and pick up his bass again, preferably in a New Jersey firehouse somewhere, with the rest of the band. Although I have little-to-no hope that a Midtown reunion anything will ever happen (especially not on the heels of something so obvious as a ten-year milestone), it never hurts to put the reminder out, every once in a while, that we the fans are still out here. - Adrienne Fisher
Producer Jerry Finn, best known for being the mastermind behind blink-182’s three platinum records and a slew of other great punk releases, passed away five years ago today from a cerebral hemorrhage followed by a massive heart attack. You can spin works by Finn in remembrance below after the jump.
Music videos tend to matter less and less over time, but we all still have our go-to favorites. Whether it was on MTV, VH1, a band’s terrible 2003 website, or YouTube, music videos used to (and sometimes still do) entertain us to no end. We thought it’d be a great idea to do a new PropertyOfZack Friday Discussion on The Most Iconic Music Videos from our general scene over the past few decades. Check out our Discussion below and feel free to reblog with your favorite music videos!
blink-182 - What’s My Age Again, by Zack Zarrillo It doesn’t matter if you discovered the music video for “What’s My Age Again” at age 14 in 1999, 2003, 2008, or 2013. When you found it, you 1) were laughing 2) were singing along while laughing, and 3) were watching semi-naked dudes on your computer or TV screen while hoping your mom didn’t walk in.
4) You most likely fell musically and immaturely in love with blink-182.
The video is classic blink and set the band up for so much that happened in the rest of their immediate and future career, by nature of putting together all the pieces of the puzzle to create a video that (by today’s definition) would be the most viral music video on the internet.
Saves The Day - At Your Funeral, by Brittany Oblak This music video was released in 2001 and came out for the album Stay What You Are, when the band took on a much poppier direction. This music video got airtime on both MTV and MTV2, and it was also how I discovered the band. The video is shot in motion-control behind a young Chris Conley, showing what appears to be the life cycle of a family. The video’s directors were really into “Requiem for a Dream” at the time, hence them shooting it in this style, and it even features director Maureen Egan’s mom at the end. This video opened not only a lot of doors for the band, but helped increase their fan base as well. This song being the band’s biggest single and an iconic anthem for Saves the Day fans alike, this video is (appropriately so) just as memorable and admired as the song itself.
Sum 41 - Still Waiting, by Marc Gary Gray The hilarious introduction (thanks to a cameo by Will Sasso) to this video paints a perfect picture of the musical landscape in 2002. After enjoying a huge decade starting with Green Day’s Dookie in 1994 and culminating with blink-182’s Enema of the State in 1999, the momentum of the pop-punk movement had faded. In its place, garage rock bands like The Strokes and The White Stripes were sending popular rock music in a different direction. Enter Sum 41 and this song/video. They weren’t done with pop punk, and they were ready to prove it (and ready to poke fun at the nouveau chic). This is Sum 41 at their best: bratty, catchy, and fun as hell.
The Replacements - Bastards Of Young, by Jesse Richman The Replacements carved out a place in history as punk’s lovable losers, accidental geniuses who managed to cut themselves off at the knees each time success crept close, and nowhere is it more evident than here. After years of under-heralded brilliance, the ‘Mats signed a major label deal, gave the boot to talented-but-unreliable guitarist Bob Stinson, and churned out Tim, and album featuring nine of the most perfect songs ever complied on one disc (and two terrible ones, because that’s how the ‘Mats roll).
And yet, when it came time to make a music video for “Bastards Of Young”, a song that seemed sure to make the band stars, they handed the label…this. The greatest anti-video ever created. Three and a half minutes of a camera pointed at a stereo playing their song, while someone just out of view sits on the couch and has a smoke. That’s it. Wait through it all, and be rewarded with three seconds of catharsis at the end. It was a giant middle finger toward music video culture: there was no way MTV could have played it, and they basically didn’t. So much for success!
Of course, The Replacements are having the last laugh; they’ll be reuniting in a few months to headline all three of this year’s Riot Fests, atop lineups packed full of bands they inspired, including Against Me!, who have been known to whip out a killer live cover of “Bastards” from time to time.
Attack Attack! - Stick Stickly, by Donald Wagenblast The song itself doesn’t matter. The story thrown together for the video doesn’t matter. All anyone will ever remember about the “Stick Stickly” video, and frankly all that needs to be remembered about the video/song/band, is that it was the world’s introduction and horrible first impression of crabcore.
It’s the end of the weekend again, so PropertyOfZack is back with a brand new Team Recommendations Playlist! Each weekend, different members of our team recommend both old and new songs for our viewers to listen to and enjoy. Check out our Team Playlist and listen to the songs on Spotify while reading everyone’s thoughts!
Set Your Goals - Only Right Now After a lackluster third full-length, this band released a pair of digital singles last year to nearly unanimous applause. Since then, I feel like people have forgotten about all those two songs, and in some cases, this band altogether. “Only Right Now” is a fun, upbeat pop-punk jam that should find its way on to any summer mixtape. Consider this a reminder to revisit it. - Brandon Allin (@allinbr) All Teeth – California Sons Real on that North Bay stuff. - Ali Carcache (@alicarcache) Yellowcard - Ocean Avenue Nothing says “summer” like Yellowcard’s “Ocean Avenue,” so it only makes sense that as the weather gets nicer this album goes into permanent rotation on my iPod. - Becky Kovach (@beckystrz) Fireworks - You Weren’t Born With A Bag Of Sand In Your Hands One of my first shows was Fireworks and The Wonder Years in 2009. This band is one of the main reasons I’m in love with our scene. This song’s fantastic and I can’t wait to see how their upcoming album turns out! - Mike Sheffey (@SheffeyzTweetz) Northstar - The Pornographer’s Daughter When you need toshow everyone in traffic just how emo you are by singing along to some early 2000s anthem penned by dudes from Alabama. You know, for those times. - Marc Gray (@marcgarygray) Sum 41 - In Too Deep I was listening to Sum 41 the other day, while deeply saddened about the band all but falling apart, and it was magnificent. Whether it’s “In Too Deep,” “Over My Head,” or “Pieces,” Sum 41 had the ability to write great and catchy songs. “In Too Deep” was the first pop-punk song I ever heard, so lets jam that today. – Zack Zarrillo (@zzarrillo)
Deryck Whibley has finally opened up about Stevo Jocz departure from Sum 41. While Whibley doesn’t go into extreme details, it does not seem like he sees the departure as a hindrance to the band’s future.
Evan Weiss just can’t get enough. Stay Ahead Of The Weather, who have more or less been quiet for a few years, are finally working on new music. This comes following Evan recording new music for Into It. Over It., Their/They’re/There, and Pet Symmetry.
Drummer Stevo Jocz has left Sum 41 after 17 years. The band has yet to release a statement of their own, but early rumors suggest the move was most likely made due to the band dropping off of their recent arena tour with Billy Talent.
Paramore took their first number one spot on the Billboard charts with 105,000 copies sold. What’s interesting is that the release of brand new eyes debuted in the second spot four years ago with 175,000 albums moved.
Rumors started to spread that Four Year Strong were breaking up, but PropertyOfZack spoke with Alan Day yesterday and confirmed that the rumors were not true. You can check out what he had to say about the band by clicking the link above.