PropertyOfZack is starting a new string of Playlist features from our own team to highlight our favorite songs released in the present month. February started 2014 right in terms of music, and we’re stoked to share some of our most played songs of the month with you. Check out our Team Playlist, let us know what your favorite tracks of January were, and listen to these songs on Spotify while reading everyone’s thoughts!
The Hotelier - Dendron
This song, like the entire album, is incredible. The song in particular though features my favorite lyrics in a track in about three years. The closing verse is just, everything. - Zack Zarrillo
Prawn - Why You Always Leave A Note***
In England the word prawn is synonomous with what in good ole ‘Merica we refer to as shrimp, but more importantly Prawn refers to one of the best up and coming emo bands and their recent split with Joie de Vivre showcases exactly how on point the New Jersey natives are. If you’re looking for nearly five minutes of straight up catharsis then this little diddy is just what the doctor ordered. Also, I can’t mention enough how great that Arrested Development allusion is! - Zac Lomas (@Infidelegate)
Fireworks - Glowing Crosses***
Fireworks’ Gospel is one of my top albums, and whenever a band follows up one of those personal favorites of mine, it always makes me hesitant. Will it be a step backward? Is it gonna suck? Will I feel like a terrible fan if I end up hating it? However, “Glowing Crosses” was love at first listen and left me with none of the aforementioned feelings. It has a true Fireworks sound, yet somehow matured; it’s energetic pop punk with a kickin’ bass line, what more could you want? Can’t wait to hopefully see them on the road this spring with The Wonder Years and hear the rest of the new album! - Ashley Aron (@ashleyoverdrive)
Bayside - Stuttering
I put on Cult so I could pick a track and write out my rec but I ended up listening straight through without getting a single word down. It’s the kind of album that flows straight through - hit after hit after hit. To only recommend one song feels like I’m doing music fans everywhere a huge disservice, but I suppose my favorite of late is “Stuttering.” Seriously though, if you only listen to the one song you’re doing it completely wrong. - Becky Kovach (@beckystrz)
Information Society - Land Of The Blind***
Information Society’s first new track in two decades to feature both founding members Paul Robb and Kurt Harland is a hard-charging blast of punky dance-pop that drops right into the sweet spot between Peace & Love, Inc. and Synthesizer (which, just coincidentally, happen to be my two favorite InSoc albums). To say I’m stoked on the upcoming _Hello World would be the understatement of the year — those wibbly synths and Harland’s unmistakable vocals should prove the perfect salve to an oncoming bout of March Sadness. Now, where did I leave my mirrorshades? - Jesse Richman (@jrichmanesq)
We know Warped Tour announcements each week are making you (hopefully) excited for the summer, but there are too many great tours this winter and early-spring to head to first. PropertyOfZack’s team put together a new Discussion on all the “must see” tours this winter, so check them out below and feel free to reblog with the tours you can’t wait to see!
The Wonder Years
Come early springtime, The Wonder Years always manage to pull out all the stops for an absolute blockbluster of a headlining tour. While last year’s support (Fireworks, Hostage Calm, Misser) skewed closer to the pop-punk side of things, The Wonder Years’ first proper headlining run in support of The Greatest Generation is eclectic, to say the least. Featuring hardcore storytellers Defeater, ’90s grunge disciples Citizen, the upstart pop-punkers of Real Friends, and the always-brainy Modern Baseball, the tour boasts a little something for everyone: something plenty of tours brag about, but can’t back up the statement as much as this one can. - Erik van Rheenen
Bayside, Four Year Strong
On record, Bayside is one of the most consistent bands playing music. Expert songwriting mixed with masterful musicianship, and the kind of charisma and accessibility to resonate with fans of nearly every genre. What more could you ask for?
Live, Bayside is a whole different animal. Replicating their studio recordings with precision and poise, but infusing them with jolts of youthful energy, Bayside’s live show envelops nearly everything a rock show should be: punchy, loud, and in your face.
Armed with their sixth full-length record, Cult, the New York-bred four piece will embark this March on The Great American Cult Tour, featuring support from friends in Four Year Strong (a band seemingly desperate for redemption in 2014), Mixtapes, and Daylight. Expect a handful of fresh cuts sprinkled amongst fan favorites, and prepare to be dazzled as the masters of their craft hit the road once more.
There is something about old school punk rock that gets my blood pumping; maybe it’s the twang of a Telecaster or that classic four-on-the-floor drumbeat that just riles up my soul. Come January 21st, The Menzingers’ latest tour with Off With Their Heads, Broadway Calls, and Elway will be filled to the brim with those punk rock enchantments and all the sweaty, beer soaked excesses one would expect from such a blue-collar band of heroes.
Are you ready? Because 2014 is going to be an incredible year of music, and it’s just beginning. To kick things off at PropertyOfZack this year, our great team has put today a new Discussion on our Most Anticipated Albums For The First Half Of 2014. Feel free to reblog this with your most anticipated releases for the first half of 2014 and check out our list below!
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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