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!
A full video of the Montreal incident that included members of The Story So Far and Four Year Strong jump into the pit in Montreal to fend off security after seeing fans being aggressively mishandled has been posted online. Watch the video below after the jump.
Parker Cannon and Will Levy of The Story So Far jumped off-stage in Montreal to fend off a security guard after seeing fans being aggressively mishandled.
by Becky Kovach, edited by Erik van Rheenen
The last couple of years have been big for The Story So Far. After the band’s debut LP Under Soil and Dirt, they blew up in a way that few other bands seem to manage these days. The Story So Far became known for their aggressive take on pop punk, and continued to show major growth as musicians with last year’s What You Don’t See.
This year they decided to go in a completely different direction with Songs Of, an acoustic EP featuring new versions of songs from What You Don’t See, one new track, and a cover of Bob Marley’s “Waiting In Vain.”
Songs Of opens with “The Glass,” a track off What You Don’t See. The song is mellow and open, a huge step back from the band’s well-known intensity. And while lead singer Parker Cannon’s voice is typically harsh and full of animosity, here he is quietly distant. This new voice is further explored as the EP continues, and holds up particularly well in “Navy Blue,” the track that follows “The Glass.”
“Navy Blue” is the only new song on the EP and, as a result, is the only one that sounds like it was written to be performed acoustically. The bright guitars provide balance to Cannon’s strained vocals. The highlight here, though, are the booming strings that hauntingly ring out as Cannon confesses: “I hope this makes you sad.”
June 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 June Releases. Check out our list below and feel free to reblog with what you’re looking forward to as well!
Tigers Jaw - Charmer (06/03)
I became a fan of the band over a Thanksgiving break in high school right after Two Worlds came out. I remember the moment very clearly. I was sitting on my couch in my basement room and it slowly clicked. Things weren’t as polished as I normally liked them to be, but the energy there was too much to say no to. And then, once I fully gave in, I found so much more to grasp onto. I traced back and found self-titled, and I looked forward to more after that.
“Maturity” is rarely the right word when describing growth in music, but I’m having trouble pinpointing why the songs off of Tigers Jaw’s Charmer have me so excited so far. I feel the energy I felt in past records from the band, but it’s being delivered in a different form this time around. Charmer feels like a clear stepping stone for the band, and possibly for the band’s fans as well.
There was a lot of miscommunication and turbulence around the band from fans over the past year, but I have a feeling Charmer is going to dispel any focus on Tigers Jaw that is not about the record itself. - Zack Zarrillo
Fucked Up - Glass Boys (06/03)
How does a band follow up one of their most ambitious and critically acclaimed records to date? I’m not sure, but Fucked Up is doing just that with their upcoming record, Glass Boys. After David Comes to Life blurred the lines between enigmatic concept records and the band’s ferocious, melodic hardcore style, it was always going to be hard to top such a perfect specimen in their genre, but signs point to something just as potent on the way. The already released “Paper the House,” with its precision drumming and Damian Abraham’s distinct hoarse voice, clearly dialed back a little from the bombastic sound of their previous release.
This isn’t a sign of slowing down or playing it safe; the track is thunderous, and is a clear indication that all is well in the Fucked Up camp. Hopefully even betters things are on the horizon. - Jason Stives
Say Anything - Hebrews (06/10)
A new Say Anything album always brings lots of trepidation. Everyone knows there will never be an equal to …Is a Real Boy. Max Bemis even knows. But regardless, Bemis’ musical and lyrical witticisms seem to find their way into each album to some degree of success.
Unpopular Opinion alert: I really liked Anarchy, My Dear, as well as the direction Bemis was taking his music, so I was very excited when Hebrews was announced to drop on June 13.
The album will be Say Anything’s fourth full-length, and two tracks have already been released to mixed reviews. No doubt Hebrews will be different, but the main shock of this album is its lack of guitar, which tends to be a standard in basically all music that you’ll find featured here on POZ. Another (not-so-surprising) element is the immense number of guest vocalists. Bemis is known for featuring friends and family as collaborators on previous albums, and Hebrews is no exception. - Caitlin DeWeese
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.
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!
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.
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 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.
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.”
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.
Passive aggressiveness never fit Mark well, but it’s telling. More on this soon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Reading and Leeds have announced their newest lineup additions, which include The Story So Far, Neck Deep, Issues, Enter Shikari, Tonight Alive, and about 50 more. Check out the full lineup after the jump!