The Menzingers Stream ‘Rented World’
The Menzingers caught many off guard with the On The Impossible Past. The band recently spoke about Rented World as a follow-up and the potential worry to how the punk scene often deals with band’s following a successful release. Read the full interview here via Blare or a snippet below after the jump.
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
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!