Soundsupply Drop 6: 10 Albums. 10 Days. 15 Bucks.

by Zack Zarrillo - Dec 10, 2012

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Soundsupply has released their sixth drop, which contains ten albums for the insane price of $15. Defeater, You Blew It!, Hostage Calm, and The Forecast, among four others, are included in the deal. For the holidays, Soundsupply has also introduced a special feature called the Gift Drop. When purchased for $30, the buyer will get a copy of Drop 6 for themselves plus the ability to send the Drop to two of their friends.   Check out the details below by clicking “Read More.”

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POZ Review: The Forecast - Everybody Left

by Zack Zarrillo - May 25, 2012

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Peoria, Illinois’ The Forecast have spent the last decade churning out plainspoken midwestern emo and country-tinged rock to relatively little fanfare.  Perhaps that lack of recognition is unsurprising for there is nothing flashy to what they do: no costumes or theatrics (visual or musical), no overt artsy-ness, no craven catering to either the over or underground.  The Forecast specialize in honest, hardworking nose-to-the-grindstone Rock and Roll — and they do it very, very well. If they never rise above cult status, it at least appears that their cult has got their backs: Everybody Left was funded by fan donations via Kickstarter. 

And while Kickstarter can be a dodgy prospect at times, in this case it is hard to imagine anyone walking away disappointed. Everybody Left recaptures the spark of the band’s finest work, 2006’s In The Shadow Of Two Gunmen, and if nothing here quite matches the giddy, desperate highs of that album’s “(May You One Day) Carry Me Home”, the soaring chorus of lead single “Clear Eyes, Full Hearts” sure comes close, with lead vocalist Dustin Addis and bassist Shannon Burns singing in the tight harmony that typifies their best moments. It is the most reliable trick in their toolbox, and it works just as well two songs later on the raging “Skyline”, a headlong rush into new love that sounds as sloppily exuberant as the real thing.

But while Everybody Left is more about refinement than reinvention, there’s still some new territory being explored.  “Take Me Down” finds Burns taking over the lead vocals which are  layered demurely over what sounds to be her own gorgeous harmony coos as the track builds to an explosive chorus, begging an absent lover to “take [her] to the limit”. Meanwhile, the band has augmented their straightforward, heartland rock with little splashes of 90’s-era inspiration. It first breaks through in the phased, flange-y wah of the rhythm guitars on the title track, recalling the more shoegaze-inspired moments of alt-rockers Superdrag and Sugar, and crops back up in the draggy, alt-country-meets-Promise-Ring melancholia of “Skipping Stones” (For that matter, Addis claimed in a recent track-by-track that he was trying to channel The Promise Ring’s “Very Emergency” on the chorus of “Like A Habit”, though he seems to have accidentally cloned Third Eye Blind’s “Never Let You Go” instead). The little tweaks keep things fresh. Everybody Left retains The Forecast’s core sound but dodges the air of stagnation that crept into the band’s 2010 self-titled album.

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The Forecast Announce Tour In June

by Zack Zarrillo - May 7, 2012

The Forecast will be heading out on tour this June. Check out the dates below by clicking “Read More.”

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PropertyOfZack Track-By-Track : : The Forecast

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 17, 2012

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PropertyOfZack is a huge fan of The Forecast, and the band has officially released their new album, Everybody Left. The band was kind enough to write-up a new Track-By-Track guide for PropertyOfZack for fans to dive into the deeper meanings behind each of the songs. Read up and enjoy!

Everybody Left
This was one of the first songs I wrote for the new record. We used to have a practice space back in Peoria that was in a barn on a little lake out in the sticks that we shared with our buddies. We would always be hanging out and practicing, maybe having the occasional drink or two… A lot of great memories were made in that space and I wanted to pay my respects to that.

Clear Eyes Full Hearts
I wrote this song after I had gone back home a few months after I had moved for a weekend. Being away and coming back really made me notice some things about a couple of my friends that I never saw before and it really bummed me out. 
Tony gets real metal with the drum fill at the end, and I love it.

Like A Habit
I was trying to channel a little Promise Ring “Very Emergency” on the chorus and a little Moneen on the bridge. Might be one of my favorite bridge’s we have ever written.  This song came together better than I imagined when it was first written. The demo was a little sketchy….

Skyline

This song is a little older. We originally wrote it a few years ago and then forgot about it. We pulled it back out, dusted it off, gave it a little AC/DC treatment in the verses, and boom it felt like a whole new song.

Sing It Out

This was actually the first song written for the record.  I like to think of this as part 2 of  “And We All Return To Our Roots”. This song kind of got me out of the haze my brain was in musically. It kick-started the engine for the new record and I think I tried to reflect that in the lyrics

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Albums Out This Week

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 15, 2012

April 17th is just two days away, and there are a few great releases coming out this week. Click “Read More” below to check out the album details and download information for all the great records coming out this week!

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The Forecast Stream New Record

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 13, 2012

The Forecast’s new record, Everybody Left, is streaming in full here. The record officially comes out this Tuesday via Clifton Motel. 

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The Forecast Release New Music Video

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 3, 2012

The Forecast have released a new music video for “Clear Eyes, Full Hearts.” Check it out below by clicking “Read More.”

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The Forecast Stream New Song

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 26, 2012

The Forecast are streaming a new song called “Like A Habit” here. The band’s new album, Everybody Left, will be out on April 17th via Clifton Motel.

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The Forecast Reveal Album Artwork, Track Listing

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 12, 2012

The Forecast will be releasing Everybody Left via Clifton Motel Records on April 17th. Preorder the album here and check out the artwork and track listing for the record below by clicking “Read More.”

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The Forecast Release New Song

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 12, 2012

The Forecast will be releasing Everybody Left on April 17th via Clifton Motel Records and have released a new song called “Clear Eyes, Full Hearts.” You can stream the song here and check out a teaser for the album below by clicking “Read More.”

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