June is just a few days away, and there are a slew of great records coming out in the coming month that PropertyOfZack team members couldn’t be more stoked to hear. In today’s new Discussion, we’re highlighting our personal Most Anticipated June Releases. Check out our list below and feel free to reblog with what you’re looking forward to as well!
The Maine - Forever Halloween (6/4)
The Maine’s uphill battle against the record industry has been well documented, but it turns out that fight wasn’t quite as quixotic as it first appeared. Now fully free and clear of all label ties, The Maine seem to have taken full advantage of their newfound opportunity to make an album any way they damn well want — Forever Halloween was cut live to tape, old-school style, with indie pop-smith/Jack White second-banana Brendan Benson manning the boards. Over the years, the Maine have steadily progressed away from the high-gloss sheen of their earliest hits, but Forever Halloween promises to capture the rawness and loose, organic feel of the band’s freewheeling live sets in a way they haven’t quite achieved in the past. Of course, none of that matters if the songs aren’t great, but that’s one area where the Maine have never let us down. - Jesse Richman
Citizen – Youth (6/11)
When I interviewed Will Yip a few months back, he just got out of a studio session with Citizen. It was the first thing we talked about, and the Philly producer sounded giddy. I was already excited, and that was before Will Yip drew one of the biggest comparisons anyone can make: likening the new album to something Brand New-esque.
I was hooked.
The first few songs we’ve heard from the album have been certified scorchers, and this band has come a long, long way since I discovered their demos on an Easycore blog (I was in high school, give me a break) way back when. This album should be something like Magnolia was for Turnover — a benchmark that should set the bar high for a talented young group. - Erik van Rheenen
Mixtapes - Ordinary Silence (6/25)
Not even a year since their debut full length Even On The Worst Nights, Mixtapes is already gearing up for the release of follow-up Ordinary Silence. Mixtapes has always been known for crafting quirky and upbeat pop punk, but Even On The Worst Nights showed a new level of maturity for the otherwise carefree and fun-loving band. Judging by the few new songs they’ve already shared from Ordinary Silence,the new album is going to show even more growth, while sticking with the signature male/female dual lead vocals and passionately uncomplicated way of addressing everyday problems. With a brief tour featuring You Blew It!, Light Years, and Modern Baseball coming up, followed by a stint on Vans Warped Tour, Mixtapes is in position to do big things this summer. - Becky Kovach
Jimmy Eat World - Damage (6/11)
A new Jimmy Eat World album is always cause for celebration. Still, settled into a mid-career groove, the band’s last few efforts have been more “good” than “great”. It seems the band themselves recognized that they were in a bit of a rut — this time out, they’ve changed up their methodology, breaking out of their home studio to spend a month in LA with producer Alain Johannes. The resulting album, which frontman Jim Adkins is famously describing as an “adult breakup” record, promises to trade the character portraits of 2010’s Invented for more personally reflective material that calls back to fan-favorite Clarity. We should be so lucky. - Jesse Richman
PropertyOfZack is happy to be posting two Track-By-Tracks from The Maine, our Artist Of The Week, for their new album Forever Halloween. We’re also stoked to announce that the band will be doing an Instagram Takeover on POZ tomorrow, so make sure to follow our account here. Pre-order Forever Halloween here and check out Track-By-Tracks for ”Run” and “White Walls” below after the jump.
The Maine will be releasing Forever Halloween on June 4th, and PropertyOfZack is stoked to have the band be our Artist Of The Week this week. We’ll be bringing you two Track-By-Tracks, an Instagram Takeover, and a contest from the band this week, among a few other things. In the meantime, pre-order Forever Halloween here and check out the band’s summer tour dates with A Rocket To The Moon below!