We don’t know how they do it, but they always manage to do it, plus we’re sponsoring it! Riot Fest 2014 will be celebrating its 10th anniversary this September in Toronto, Chicago, and Denver. The lineup will feature The Cure, Weezer, Descendents, Taking Back Sunday, Saosin, and about 50 other bands that you’ll want to throw your money at. Buy tickets here and check out the full lineups below after the jump!
Riot Fest Toronto Lineup Announced
Title Fight, Converge, Killswitch Engage, Madball, Slapshot, and many other bands will be playing This Is Hardcore 2014. Check out the lineup below after the jump.
by Brittany Oblak, edited by Erik van Rheenen
Title Fight has been consistently evolving, especially with their last release, Floral Green, while still maintaining their signature sound, appeasing fans both new and old. Spring Songs seems to pick up right where Floral Green left off, raucous yet melodic, with reflective, neurotic lyrics.
The first track, “Blush,” is a noisy, anxious tour through a string of over-thinking and fixation, (“Last year I tried to learn what makes me so insecure/what better way to pass the time/I lost myself in my mind”) and a clamoring set of both vocals and instrumentals alike.
“Be A Toy” is a more smooth, harmonious (but still slightly boisterous) track that speaks to being continuously used, yet not wanting it to end, perhaps due to a lack of self-esteem or a lot of self-deprecation. This track is easily the most beguiling on the EP: catchy instrumentally, and lyrically as well. It’s a tough one to get out of your head.
“Receiving Line” is a more subdued, hazy song that lingers on careful, baritone vocals. It seems to be reflecting on some sort of confusion and misunderstanding, with a strong sense of dejection. The last song, appropriately titled “Hypnotize” (listening to it gives you a trance-like feeling), is a short ode to being in a sort of disheartened, purgatory-like state. The loud percussion in contrast with the practically monotonous, unwavering vocals makes listeners feel all of the same paralyzing feelings that the band is trying to convey.
2013 was, as expected, an incredible year for music. We’ve been busy preparing for a great 2014 at PropertyOfZack, but we wanted to share our staff compiled Albums Of The Year feature, which highlights both our top ten LPs and EPs of 2013 before jumping into the New Year. Check out the full feature below and reblog to let us know your favorite albums of the year!