Welcome to PropertyOfZack: Weekender edition. Every weekend, we bring you some of biggest and most interesting pieces of the past week from our own content to stories or breaking news. If you’ve had a busy week and want to catch up with some light reading, we hope this is for you.
American Football Reunite: Playing Fall Shows
The week kicked off with “Never Meant.” American Football, on Monday, took the wraps off of their reunion plans. In addition to reissuing their only album in May, the band will also be playing at least three reunion shows in the fall. It’s unlikely that the band will be going on tour, but limiting themselves to two shows in New York City and one in Illinois is probably equally unlikely. Maybe we’ll see some Midwest and West Coast shows for the band announced in the next month or two. Tickets for the two New York City shows sold out before you could refresh the page. PS, Ticketweb - learn what a server is!
Mineral Reunite: Announce Fall Tour
American Football’s announcement was enough, but apparently Mineral wanted to drive the point home: 2014 is the year for emo fans of all sizes and ages. The band will be reuniting after 10+ years with their older lineup and going on tour. The announced dates are limited to much of the East Coast (and Fest!) for now, but a West Coast leg is also likely to be announced.
Sunny Day Real Estate Release First New Song In 14 Years
It has now been around two months since Sunny Day Real Estate’s split with Circa Survive was announced and a week since the song was released. The most perplexing thing about the release, though, is that we still have no idea how it came to be. Who reached out to who? When was this song recorded? Is Sunny Day technically alive? What’s next?
No one knows.
Saosin Announce Weekend Reunion Tour With Anthony Green
Saosin made it somewhat clear that an extended reunion with Anthony Green would be unlikely, but who said anything about a weekend tour being too much? Saosin will be playing three weekend warrior shows on the West Coast in June following their East Coast reunion at Skate And Surf. Those on the East Coast now, however, are wondering if we could see a secret show or two wrapped around Skate And Surf’s upcoming weekend.
Who Deserves Credit For Making Emo Cool Again?
The answer: it doesn’t matter. A pissing-contest over who’s liked emo longer isn’t going to do the genre any favors in popularity. But of course an argument about emo descends into “I was talking about this band way before you were”. As Cohen and Hyden (and a slew of others on Twitter) pointed out to Heisel, those who’ve hung around with the genre should be pleased with the progress it has made recently, both in terms of credibility and quality, instead of arguing, essentially, “I liked this first.”
Pop-Punk’s Credibility Problem
If four of pop-punk’s biggest and best bands are going to do a tour together, the least they could do is come up with a cool name for it. And yet, the Wonder Years, Modern Baseball, Citizen and Fireworks have lamentably not called their tour Monsters of Pop-Punk. They have called it “The Greatest Generation Tour” instead, which sounds boastful but is really only the name of a Wonder Years album. On a Sunday night in late March, the tour (which also includes the needling, vaguely obnoxious and undeniably photogenic spite-rockers Real Friends, who will probably be bigger than everyone in a year) has stopped at the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip for another sold-out show. After talking with the bands’ members for just a few minutes, it becomes clear that “Revenge of the Nerds” might also have been an appropriate nickname.
Mark, Travis Place blink-182 Album Delay On Tom
Passive aggressiveness never fit Mark well, but it’s telling. More on this soon.
Angels & Airwaves LP Features Writing From Ilan Rubin
Tom DeLonge, himself, said “I was bored of myself.” That’s just part of why Ilan Rubin’s participation in the upcoming Angels & Airwaves album has been such a joy for him.
Mark Hoppus, Chris Holmes Start Nothing And Nobody
Nothing And Nobody is Mark Hoppus and Chris Holmes’ new project that stemmed from Hoppus apparently waiting for Tom DeLonge to track the new blink-182 album. Hoppus/Holmes have over 25 songs written and are putting together an album now.
The Story So Far Announce ‘Songs Of’ Acoustic EP
Songs Of is a nice release for fans of The Story So Far that beg to hear ”Clairvoyant” at every show they play, but also for the rest of us too. The EP features five song, some new and some old, including a Bob Marley cover. The release date is June 17th - right as Warped kicks off.
Say Anything Go All Out For Hebrews
Hebrews, it’s gonna be something alright. All the details for the record including a new song called “Six Six Six” were released this week. Hebrews has sixteen guests on it, ranging from Tom DeLonge to Jeremy Bolm with Andy Hull in the middle. The most shocking news of the week regarding the album, however, is that Hebrews features no guitarist on it. Synth-city for Bemis and co. Seeing them recreate these songs live will be interesting.