POZ Discussion: Most Anticipated April Releases
April is nearly here, and we’re continuing 2014 with a jam-packed month of releases that PropertyOfZack team members couldn’t be more stoked to hear. In today’s new Discussion, we’re highlighting our personal Most Anticipated April Releases. Check out our list below and feel free to reblog with what you’re looking forward to as well!
Manchester Orchestra - COPE
So far in 2014, many bands have laid claim to missing honest rock music: something that is devoid of frills and just simply kicks you in the gut while still maintaining a certain craft to it. Add Manchester Orchestra frontman Andy Hull to that long list; on the Georgia rock outfits fourth effort, Cope, Hull has promised nothing but a red and black color pallet of brutal and impactful rock music.
The album’s first single “Top Notch” keeps its word in delivering just that and already it’s clear that the album’s direction is drastically different from the complicated and sprawling themes of 2011’s Simple Math. In title alone Cope already indicates the themes that are to be explored with Hull stating that the many ways one copes with good and bad things can bring out a range of emotions. Couple this with the promise of a straight forward rock style this album should be a great way to launch a busy month of new music. - Jason Stives
Punk Goes 90s Vol. II
When it comes to Punk Goes… compilations, Fearless Records doesn’t seem to know when to give up. It started with Punk Goes Metal in 2000 and over the years has expanded to include themes such as Pop, Classic Rock, various decades, and more. Not that each of the different editions has been equally worthy of note. In more recent years the Punk Goes institution has gone noticeably downhill, especially the Pop versions.
But last year’s Punk Goes Christmas was a pleasant surprise, and so far it seems like Punk Goes 90s Volume 2 might be as well. Its artist lineup includes notable names like Memphis May Fire, Mayday Parade, Yellowcard, and Ice Nine Kills, and the track list recalls the very best of the days that so many seem to remember with such fondness.
As for me, I was born in 1992, making me old enough to remember the majority of the 90s but still too young to have fully appreciated any of its glory. And I see Punk Goes 90s Volume 2 as an opportunity to educate myself on the finer points of a scene I missed out on. - Becky Kovach