House Of Vans Summer House Parties

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 10, 2014

House Of Vans has taken the wraps off of its summer series of parties. Check out all the shows below after the jump.

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Bonnaroo Announce 2014 Lineup

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 19, 2014

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Bonnaroo will be taking place from June 12th to June 15th. Check out the lineup, which includes Kanye West, Elton John, Deafheaven, The Bouncing Souls, Neutral Milk Hotel, below after the jump!

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POZ Review: The Bouncing Souls, The Menzingers - Split

by Zack Zarrillo - Nov 18, 2013

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by Zac Lomas, edited by Erik van Rheenen

After embedding oneself deep enough into any music scene, you inevitably reach a certain point where you know whether or not someone will like a band based on the pre-existing music they love.  For example, if a record is ever advertised “For fans of: Hot Water Music” my ears perk up and I’m usually hooked.  This same phenomenon is true of the recent Bouncing Souls and Menzingers split, with the pair of punk stalwarts complementing each other so well stylistically that the transition between sides A and B is almost seamless.

With each band offering an original and a cover, the split’s crossover appeal is undeniable and both bands do not disappoint in their reinterpretations of the other’s work. The Souls inject a shot of adrenaline into “Burn After Writing,” adding their signature upbeat brand of punk to the song’s already hook-riddled chord progression.  On the opposite side of the record, The Menzingers adopt the soaring and bouncing musical dynamic of the Bouncing Souls in their reimagining of the Jersey band’s classic “Kate is Great.”  However, vocalists Tom May and Greg Barnett add that unique Menzingers twist with their distinctly gruff and baritone voices that make the song their own.

While the covers are nothing short of fun, it is the split’s originals that offer up the real highlight.  “Blackout” is the kind of song that fits snuggly into the Souls’ back catalogue, showcasing their natural talent as songwriters with lyrics like, “We take our stance, we make our plans. Our hearts are in good hands!”  And if to remind listeners that this was the same old Souls, the song even starts with a string of “whoas.”  The Menzingers once again adopt an earnest portrayal of the intersection of humanity and alcohol in “The Shakes,” a theme that permeated their LP On The Impossible Past. Opening with a sizzling guitar lead, “The Shakes” epitomizes The Menzingers’ brand of brash punk rock, culminating in the song’s resonant chorus of “I got the shakes, baby, the sha-a-akes, so what do ya say about me and you? Buy some booze for breakfast too.”

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The Bouncing Souls, The Menzingers ‘Shocking’ 7” Stream

by Zack Zarrillo - Nov 12, 2013

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The Menzingers and The Bouncing Souls released a split last week called Shocking via Chunksaah Records. Stream it below after the jump.

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POZ Discussion: Most Anticipated November Releases

by Zack Zarrillo - Nov 4, 2013

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November is here, and there are a slew of great records coming out this month that PropertyOfZack team members couldn’t be more stoked to hear. In today’s new Discussion, we’re highlighting our personal Most Anticipated November Releases. Check out our list below and feel free to reblog with what you’re looking forward to as well

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Punk Goes Christmas (11/05)
It’s kind of shocking that Punk Goes Christmas hasn’t happened until now; there’s a long tradition of punk bands doing Christmas tunes that goes as far back as the Ramones. Christmas tunes are usually some mix of goofy and sentimental, two moods that punk bands tend to excel at, and over the past decade, it seems like nearly every scene band of note has taken a crack at writing one (or covering a classic). We’ve even made it a yearly tradition here at POZ to review our favorites on Christmas Day.

The lineup contributing to Punk Goes Christmas’s tracklist nicely pulls together the ghosts of pop-punk past, present and future to join in the caroling gang chorus, from old guard favorites like New Found Glory and Yellowcard to young upstarts Real Friends. Notably, Fearless have pared back on the screamo /metalcore / heavy music acts that have dominated the last few Punk Goes… releases, and one of the few included here, Issues, has seen frontman Tyler Carter make a bit of a splash in the past few years with Christmas tracks under his own name. If the album proves anywhere near as solid as its track list (and let’s face it, Christmas songs really only come in two varieties, good and great), we’re in for some early holiday goodies. - Jesse Richman

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A Wilhelm Scream - Partycrasher (11/05)
November is apparently a banner month for punk albums, possibly none quite as important as A Wilhelm Scream’s aptly named hiatus-shattering record, Partycrasher. Six years removed from a studio effort, the band proved its legacy in the genre on the new album with eleven searing, scathing, sneering new cuts. Still brash and angry like the best of A Wilhelm Scream’s back catalog, the band only adds polish since taking a leave of disappearance — not rust. - Erik van Rheenen

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The Bouncing Souls, The Menzingers - Split
During a way-too-early conversation regarding AOTY candidates, I jokingly mentioned to a friend that my top spot was currently occupied by The Menzingers’ On the Impossible Past, since no album from 2013 captured my heart and headphones the way that bottle rocket of a record did a year ago. Having to wait for next year for a new full-length from the band verges on cruel-and-unusual punishment, but a split 7” between The Menzingers and punk elder statesmen The Bouncing Souls should be a firecracker in its own right. Featuring a new cut and a cover from each, a lighthearted Souls take on powerhouse “Burn After Reading” and The Menzingers’ spin on “Kate is Great” is the only punk-goes-something we need this year. - Erik van Rheenen

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Anthony Green - Young Legs (11/12)
I’ll be the first to admit that I had no idea what the birth of Anthony Green’s children was going to mean for his musical productivity, be it through his solo work or his main act, Circa Survive. But here we are at just about two years since the birth of his second son, Luke, and Green is about to release Young Legs, his second solo album in as many years (which brings his release count to three since 2012 began, when you account for Circa’s Violent Waves). 

Green’s solo work has always been much more mellow and light-hearted than the atmospheric, aggressive blend that Circa has become known for. Young Legs will bring about an interesting sound, as he is now identifying his solo work as Anthony Green and the Good Old Band, which will feature the entire trio that comprises Good Old War, along with a familiar face in Circa Survive guitarist Brendan Ekstrom. In terms of sound, it should be noted that Green recorded this album shortly after completing work on his last solo effort Beautiful Things, so it will be very interesting to see how the two records compare to one another. No matter what it sounds like, it’s a safe bet that plenty of people will be listening to the new songs from the scene’s favorite family man. - Donald Wagenblast

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Matt Pryor - Wrist Slitter (11/12)
Matt Pryor has always been prolific — between the Get Up Kids, the New Amsterdams, albums released under his own name, his Terrible Twos children’s music project, and his newest band, Lasorda, Pryor’s been averaging better than an album a year for the last decade, most with the kind of hit-or-miss rate you might expect from someone cranking out songs as fast as he can go. 

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The Bouncing Souls Home For The Holidays Support Announced

by Zack Zarrillo - Oct 14, 2013

The supporting bands for each day of The Bouncing Souls' seventh annual Home For The Holidays have been announced. Check out details below after the jump.

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The Bouncing Souls Announce The Seventh Annual Home For The Holidays

by Zack Zarrillo - Oct 6, 2013

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The Bouncing Souls' seventh annual Home For The Holidays will be kicking off on December 26th. Check out a poster and on sale information below after the jump.

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The Bouncing Souls Tap George Rebelo (Hot Water Music, Against Me!) As New Drummer

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 27, 2013

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The Bouncing Souls have welcomed in George Rebelo in as their new drummer. Rebelo is also a member of Hot Water Music and has also played in Against Me! Check out a picture of the new lineup below after the jump.

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The Bouncing Souls Welcoming In New Drummer Tonight

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 26, 2013

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The Bouncing Souls will be revealing their new drummer tonight at a very intimate show at Asbury Lanes. check out details below after the jump.

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The Menzingers, The Bouncing Souls Announce Split 7”

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 25, 2013

The Menzingers and The Bouncing Souls will be releasing a split on November 5th via Chunksaah Records. The track listing features an original song and cover of the other by both bands. Check out the artwork and track listing below after the jump.

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Tsunami Fest Announced With Bouncing Souls, Man Overboard, The Menzingers

by Zack Zarrillo - Aug 14, 2013

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The 2013 Tsunami Fest will feature The Bouncing Souls, Man Overboard, The Menzingers, and more. Check out all the details below after the jump. 

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The Bouncing Souls’ Drummer Leaves Band After 13 Years

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 25, 2013

Michael Mcdermott has left The Bouncing Souls after drumming with the band for more than 13 years. Check out a statement from the band below after the jump.

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The Bouncing Souls Release “Comet” Music Video

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 12, 2013

The Bouncing Souls have released a new music video for “Comet.” Watch it below after the jump.

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The Bouncing Souls Announce European Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 4, 2013

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The Bouncing Souls are touring Europe in June. Check out the dates below by clicking “Read More.”

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POZ Show Review: The Gaslight Anthem - 03/04/13

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 10, 2013

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*This review was composed by Justin Graci and edited by Erik van Rheenen

The Gaslight Anthem is no longer a secret in any part of the music scene. With the leap from indie to major record label and the success of their latest release, Handwritten, it was obvious that they had to return to Cleveland for the first time in three years on this mini-tour with punk legends The Bouncing Souls.

Cory Branan opened the show with a little taste of what was to come the rest of the night. He played some acoustic rock songs with some punk mentality and did a very good job. An acoustic act never usually works with a sold out show, playing to a crowd that’s mostly there for the headliner. It was hard to hear Branan over the sound of the crowd talking, but he still played through the talking and gained what seemed to be a pretty large handful of fans that were walking around with his LP after the show.

The Bouncing Souls took the stage to their big sing-along and fan favorite “Kids and Heroes,” setting off a fairly mild crowd compared to their last chaotic show in Cleveland. The Souls sounded better than ever as they played through mostly a greatest hits set, leaving most of the punk songs out of the set, as they tried to reel in the alternative rockers that were there to see Gaslight. Standouts included the anthem “True Believers” and when Greg came down to sing “Hopeless Romantic” with the whole crowd.

Brian Fallon even got to be a fanboy with The Souls: he came out and did a duet for “Say Anything” with Greg. It was a very awesome way for Brian to wish The Souls farewell on their last date of the tour together. They closed their set with “Ship In a Bottle,” while Greg explained that the song was about all 24 years of the band put into a single song.

The Gaslight Anthem has been skipping over Cleveland on their last few tours, so the sold-out crowd was more ready than ever when the band came out ready to blow everyone away. They opened with their new hit “Howl,” and continued with a fairly large set containing mostly Handwritten and The 59 Sound. The band sounded amazing with their new addition to the band: Ian, part of The Horrible Crowes. 

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