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Best Of Luck, New Mystery Band Ft. Misser/ex-TTNY Frontman

by Zack Zarrillo - Nov 7, 2013

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Who is Best Of Luck? The band has released two new songs called “Greed” and “Head Case.” While we have no confirmation, the vocalist for the project is certainly Brad Wiseman of Misser and This Time Next Year fame. Musically, the project sounds like Misser, but does not appear to be. Stream the two songs and let us know your thoughts below!

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POZ Inside: Run For Cover - Band Tales

by Zack Zarrillo - Aug 27, 2013

So far, PropertyOfZack has brought you two Inside segments on your favorite label, Run For Cover Records. Both pieces have focused on commentary from the label in both an oral history and an introduction to its employees and their personalities. Our third piece, Band Tales, is a little different.

What makes Run For Cover so great (first and foremost) are the bands that have been making great music on the label for so many years now, so we have a Perspective on the story of how Fireworks, Tigers Jaw, This Is Hell, Citizen, and others first got caught up in the great web that Run For Cover is still spinning for music culture.

Be sure to check out RFC’s oral history here, the personality videos here, and Band Tales below!

RFC Inside:
Part One: An Oral History  
Part Two:  Personality

It’s a universally accepted fact among Run For Cover bands — current and alumni alike — that everyone’s got a Jeff Casazza story to tell. 

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Some are sentimental. Every June, Casazza flies out to Michigan to hang out at a lake house with the band Fireworks, in memory of their first tour. According to Kyle O’Neil, that tour sucked. “It was like a week long and three or four shows fell through,” he reminisces. “But we really got to know Jeff.”

The tour may have faltered, but Fireworks and Casazza still have tons of reason to celebrate the release of We Are Everywhere seven years later. Both the band and the label founder were still learning the ropes when Casazza got in touch with the band — short on prospects, and with only two demo-quality songs online. “We were very young, and we hadn’t grown into our sound yet. And he was just a kid like us. Now we’ve grown as people,” O’Neil laughs. “But deep down we’re still the same fuck ups we were then.” 

That EP was one of the first releases where Run For Cover splurged on the recording — something like $4,000. When the band met at their then-drummer’s house for practice, they called a rushed meeting about Casazza’s investment. “It was the first thing he had to invest in, and it forced Jeff to take the label seriously,” O’Neil says. “And it forced us to take being a band seriously.” 

Fireworks wound up going over budget in the studio, and O’Neil remembers that each member of the band had to cover $100 out of their own pockets. “Except Dave,” he’s quick to add. “Jeff had to cover for Dave, and Dave still hasn’t paid him back to this day. We still joke about it.”

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Some defy reality. The details still elude Tigers Jaw’s Ben Walsh, but when the band was on tour in the United Kingdom, Casazza missed a flight to Ireland due to plane ticket woes, and “somehow spent the day living it up with the daughter of some prominent Duke.” A second yarn Walsh spins about Casazza: “Jeff may or may not have sat on an entire pizza. I can’t confirm or deny this story.”

Those Casazza pseudo-urban legends from someone Walsh considers “one of my favorite people to hang out with” — despite his insistence on watching Dew Tour and Rammstein music videos — are a long shot from 2008, when the running joke was that “Jeff didn’t like us because our initial interactions were brief,” Walsh says. “But he was really just preoccupied with sorting things out with Title Fight.”

When the band signed to RFC, Walsh says they were “more friends than clients.” While Tiger’s Jaw was recording Two Worlds, he saw friends’ bands — signed to other record labels – asked to slash songs from albums. Those other labels were “trying to dictate how their vocals ‘should sound,’ or making them work with a specific producer.” Not so for Tigers Jaw.

The trust forged between Run For Cover and Tigers Jaw quashed all constraints on the band, freeing them to write any kind of music they wanted to write. “I don’t even think Jeff made us send him demos before we actually started recording,” Walsh says. “It was incredibly liberating to create the music we wanted to create without any sort of pressure or requirements.”

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POZ Stream: Misser - Distancing EP

by Zack Zarrillo - May 22, 2013

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PropertyOfZack’s Artist Of The WeekMisser, will be releasing Distancing on May 28th via Rise Records, and POZ is very excited to be streaming the EP a week or so early. Make sure to pre-order Distancing (iTunes, MerchNOW) and stream it below after the jump! 

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Misser Release New Song “Burn Out”

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 11, 2013

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Misser have released a new song called “Burn Out.” Stream it below by clicking “Read More!” 

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Misser Stream New Song “Goddamn, Salad Days”

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 6, 2013

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Misser have released a new song called “Goddamn, Salad Days.” Stream it below by clicking “Read More!” 

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Misser Confirm Spring Tour Lineup

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 17, 2013

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Misser are heading out on tour this spring and have confirmed their lineup. Check it out below by clicking “Read More.”

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POZ Discussion: The Don’t Miss Tours This Spring 
Misser Releasing Debut 7” Via Pure Noise Records 

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POZ 10Of’12: Equal Vision Records Family

by Zack Zarrillo - Dec 31, 2012

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PropertyOfZack is happy to be bringing you another 10Of’12 End Of The Year List from the bands Equal Vision Records. This 10Of’12 includes a huge list of bands like Say Anything, Eisley, We Came As Romans, Texas In July, XO, I The Mighty, and many more. Equal Vision Records has been great to POZ over the years and is the home to some of our favorite bands, so check out all the lists below!

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Misser Announce CA Date; West Coast Lineup

by Zack Zarrillo - Dec 12, 2012

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Misser will be playing a show on January 19th at the Chain Reaction in California with Heart To Heart, Souvenirs, and Brian Marquis. Check out their lineup for the show below by clicking “Read More.”

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POZ Contest: SYG, TTNY, Stickup Kid, Troubled Coast

by Zack Zarrillo - Nov 28, 2012

PropertyOfZack is stoked to be doing a big contest with Set Your Goals, This Time Next Year, Stickup Kid, and Troubled Coast. The bands are playing a show together in Oakland, CA this weekend on December 2nd, and tickets can be bought here. The contest will end on December 1st, so find out what you can win and how to enter below!

To win a SYG t-shirt, a Drop Out Of Life test press, a SUK t-shirt, and a Troubled Coast CD you must do each of the following things:

POZ Stream: This Time Next Year - “Walking On Glass (The Movielife Cover)”

by Zack Zarrillo - Nov 16, 2012

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This Time Next Year may be winding their time as a band down, but PropertyOfZack is incredibly excited to be streaming the band’s cover of The Movielife's “Walking On Glass.” The track is one of many featured on Pacific Ridge Records' A Tribute To The Movielife compilation that comes out on December 11th. Stream the band’s cover and check out the artwork and track listing for the comp below by clicking “Read More!”

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Pick This Time Next Year’s Final Set Lists

by Zack Zarrillo - Nov 6, 2012

This Time Next Year are looking for fans to help pick their final two set lists. Find out more here and check out a message from the band below by clicking “Read More.”

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POZ Presents: The Weekly Summary

by Zack Zarrillo - Oct 27, 2012

This Time Next Year Calling It A Day; Announce Final Two Shows

by Zack Zarrillo - Oct 23, 2012

This Time Next Yearhave announced that they are calling it a day as a band and will be playing two final shows on December 2nd and 7th. Check out details below by clicking “Read More.”

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