We have a new First Impressions post up to discuss the new releases from Owen, Matt Vincent and Alex Correia, and The Dangerous Summer.
It looks like phrases like “Mosh Pit” and “Wall of Death” are no longer allowed to be said at Warped Tour anymore due to potential lawsuits from parents. More details on how this is being enforced or set in place at all can be read in the original post.
Attila have released a new song called “Callout.” In it they point fingers at multiple frontmen in our scene. The key part of the song is where they call out Mike Reynolds (ex-For Today) for being a homophobe by asserting that he is a “faggot.” #trollcore.
Joe Trohman has posted a thoughtful blog on what fans expect from bands following their set in terms of interactions and what is actually reasonable. It’s a worthwhile read.
Lots of good reads came from the weekend. If you want some thoughts regarding what bands in our scene think about genres, you should check this interview out.
Soupy of The Wonder Years and Jono of The Swellers recently spoke with Blare about music and if false rules around genres are the worst part of being a musician. Check out the full interview here and a snippet of it below after the jump.
“Punk” Is The Grossest Word In Music
More and more albums seem to be coming out every year that we love here at PropertyOfZack, which is why we thought it would be a great idea to post a Midway Albums Of The Year List today on the site. The list includes our top ten albums and EPs through this point in the year voted on by POZ team members. So without further adieu, the PropertyOfZack Midway Albums Of The Year List can be seen below!
Veara have released a new song called “Growing Up Is Killing Me” featuring Soupy Campbell of The Wonder Years. Stream it below after the jump. performing a new song live called “The Worst Part Of You.” Check it out below by clicking “Read More.”
Veara Confirm Album Title ‘Growing Up Is Killing Me’
We all get excited to hear about guest appearances on upcoming albums that we’re looking forward to, even if they end up being terrible. Hopefully they end up being pretty damn good though. We thought it’d be great to do a PropertyOfZack Friday Discussion on The Best Guest Appearances from multiple bands in our scene. We put the tracks together in an Rdio Playlist to listen to as you read the Discussion as well. Check out our list below and feel free to reblog with some of your favorite guest appearances!
The Wonder Years - “All My Friends Are In Bar Bands (ft. Shane Henderson, Dave Mackinder, Matty Arsenault, Jamie Rhoden, Nik Bruzzese, Charlie Saxton, Nick O’Neill)
"Defend Pop Punk," as belabored of a mantra as it is now, probably peaked in 2010, when Man Overboard slapped the trademark rifle on their debut full-length art, but The Wonder Years probably shouldered the bulk of the defending. And after The Upsides closed with the rousing "All My Friends Are in Bar Bands," us pop-punk fans should’ve just considered the genre defended.
The list of singers featured on the track still reads like a veritable who’s-who of pop-punk (If pop-punk needed defending, The Wonder Years brought an army to do it): Shane Henderson of Valencia, Dave Mackinder of Fireworks, Matty Arsenault from A Loss For Words, Title Fight’s Jamie Rhoden, and Nik Bruzzese of Man Overboard fame (oh, and Charlie Saxton, of all people). The guest spots themselves are short and sweet: everyone takes a quick step up to the microphone to sing “I’m not sad anymore / I’m just tired of this place / If this year would just end / I think we’d all be OK.” And with each emphatic delivery, you start believing it. - Erik van Rheenen
blink-182 - “All Of This (ft. Robert Smith of The Cure)”
Cataloging a band’s evolution in sound can be a fun process. “Well, it makes sense that song X sounds like this because the last song on their previous record started to go in this direction…The new album follows suit.” Or, “The guitarist in the band is new and his last band sounded like this, so here’s why that guitar part on song X sounds like this.” So on and so forth.
blink-182’s Untitled record has a lot of songs that make you question how they got there. ”All Of This” is probably the best possible example of that. It’s well known that Mark, Tom, and Travis grew up loving The Cure and Robert Smith, so being a fan of the The Cure or not, it’s rad to hear how the song came together.
The track is full of the back and forth known between blink’s vocalists, but Tom’s nasally vocals clash in a great sense with Robert Smith’s low, experienced, and calm verse and choruses. The song is the darkest sounding track on the album along with “I Miss You,” and it carries a special eeriness. “All Of This” in general is one of the songs on Untitled that proves its strength and well-roundedness. - Zack Zarrillo
Fall Out Boy - “What A Catch, Donnie (ft. Elvis Costello, Travis McCoy, William Beckett, Gabe Saporta)”
"What a Catch, Donnie" is the swan song of Fall Out Boy’s Folie a Deux. It’s not the album closer, but it is the album’s closure; a beautiful, piano-based ballad that focuses all of FOB’s talent and snark into one powerful, emotional track that seems to say everything at once about the state of FOB’s career and relationships without actually saying anything. I’ve always felt that it was one of, if not the, most important song Fall Out Boy’s ever written, and the sense of closure comes with particular obviousness in the finale.
Not only is there a reprise of a lyric from another Folie track sang beautifully by none other than Elvis Costello, there’s also a quilt of past lyrics interwoven into the end and sung by a cast of Fall Out Boy related characters, from Travie McCoy (Gym Class Heroes) to William Beckett (The Academy Is…) to Gabe Saporta (Midtown/Cobra Starship). The significance of having all your best friends proverbially in the same room to close out a song that seems indicative of the dissolution of your band is not a detail to be overlooked, and the homage paid to old lyrics could even be considered a eulogy.
Fall Out Boy has never done anything without a double entendre or a deeper meaning, and “Donnie” is no exception. Thank God this swan ending wasn’t the last drop in the pan, though - otherwise we never would have gotten Elton John on “Save Rock and Roll.” - Adrienne Fisher
Videos of The Wonder Years performing “Passing Through A Screen Door,” “Dismantling Summer,” and “Madelyn” have been posted onlline. Watch them below after the jump.
POZ Review: The Wonder Years - The Greatest Generation
The Wonder Years recently played an in-store and performed “There There.” Watch it below after the jump.
POZ Review: The Wonder Years - The Greatest Generation