A Great Big Pile Of Leaves will be releasing You’re Always On My Mind on July 2nd via Topshelf Records. Pre-order the album here and check out the artwork and track listing below after the jump.
A Great Big Pile Of Leaves Stream Song Ft. Justin Pierre (MCS)
The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die’s Whenever, If Ever leaked onto the internet over a month early today. The release was set to be Topshelf Records’ biggest release of the year, so please pre-order it here. The band has smartly reacted to the leak with an announcement and stream of the album early. You can stream the record, buy the record, and read a statement from Topshelf below after the jump.
The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die have released a new song called “Picture Of A Tree That Doesn’t Look Okay.” Stream it via PureVolume here or below after the jump.
The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die will release Whenever, If Ever via Topshelf Records on June 18th. Pre-order the album here and check out the track listing below!
The World Is A Beautiful Place Announce Debut LP
I (Zack) stopped writing reviews for the site in the fall of 2011, and have had no true desire to start again; frankly, we have better people for that. I obviously do enjoy writing about music though, and have had the urge over the past few months to give my thoughts on albums once again: just not in typical review form.
Here and there, we’re going to be posting my First Impressions of new albums that have yet to come out, hopefully to stir up a little more attention to the releases we’re all looking forward to. We’ll start with Man Overboard, Misser, and The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die and see where that takes us. Check out First Impressions below!
Man Overboard - Heart Attack (5/28)
Like I wrote in the Discussion for our Most Anticipated May Releases, timing is everything. Watching Man Overboard grow since 2010 — with the quick bang of pop-punk, an unexpected signing to the most bashed label in our scene, huge tours with New Found Glory, Taking Back Sunday, and soon to be back to back runs on the Vans Warped Tour — has been interesting.
It doesn’t take long to realize that Heart Attack is nothing like Real Talk or the self-titled, and that’s a good thing. The album can feel long at 14 songs, but there’s something for everyone.
Tracks like “S.A.D” and “Hoodie Song” are going to leverage “heavier” fans to find their soft spots for pop-punk again, while “Where I Left You” and “How To Hide Your Feelings” show the band’s best instrumental work and are bound to hit hard on summer and fall drives.
The record comes down to “Wide Awake” for me. I’m going to go ahead and crown it the song of the year for Tumblr’s pop-punk community. I can see the lyric .gifs, sad quotes, and expressions of teen love from a mile away, and that’s going to be big for the band. Think “Love Your Friends, Die Laughing” meets “Soco Amaretto Lime” meets “Your Own Disaster.”
I think the success or failure of Heart Attack will be known instantly. This is Man Overboard’s chance for their music and audience to grow to match or surpass the size of their brand.
Pre-order Heart Attack here.
Misser - Distancing (5/28)
I think it’s fair to say that I’ve been a little bullish on Misser since the release of Problems. Problems. Problems. in 2011. It was hard to tell if the band would stay a side-project in feeling, or turn into more of a real band with heart.
Every Day I Tell Myself I’m Going To Be A Better Person proved Misser was a band with heart, and that definitely made most fans happy. Distancing came as a surprise, considering how none of us knew when we’d be getting more material from the band. Surprises are good things.
“Goddamn, Salad Days” is a song that just fucking rips. It feels like Taking Back Sunday from a different era, but angrier, less sad, and littered with Tim Landers’ best guitar work. The other songs on the EP are all good, but I’m mostly interested in where the solidifying of the Misser name will take us.
Misser can only grow on the Internet for now, considering the band has limited touring abilities, but I’d expect that to change with time. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I think Misser will slowly overtake much of Transit’s fan base and outgrow the band in ways similar to what we saw with City And Colour and Alexisonfire. For now, I’d imagine we’ll get scattered releases here and there until the light switch flicks on for good.
Pre-order Distancing here.
The World Is A Beautiful Place - Whenever, If Ever (6/18)
Summer is so close. We can almost taste the rip-off tank tops, pavement, and over-airconditioned venues. Yes. there’s Warped Tour, but there are so many other great tours going on this summer too that you shouldn’t miss out. Between Tigers Jaw and Pianos Become The Teeth, Fall Out Boy, The Menzingers, Circa Survive and Coheed And Cambria, there’s something for everyone. We decided to put together a new PropertyOfZack Discussion on all the “must see” tours this summer, so check them out below and feel free to reblog with the tours you can’t wait to see!
Tigers Jaw, Pianos Become The Teeth
For a music lover, sometimes the untimely end of a band’s career seems almost as hard to get over as an unexpected breakup with a significant other. When Tigers Jaw announced in March that they’d be going on hiatus, they were gracious enough to soften the blow with the simultaneous announcement that they’d be touring through the summer, giving fans one last chance to see them. With so many fans being newer ones who have fallen in love with the band at some point since 2010, it seems that much more upsetting that Tigers Jaw have chosen now to take a break.
With hiatuses a dime a dozen recently, there’s no saying that an eventual Tigers Jaw reunion is completely out of the question. But the band has acknowledged that this will be their last tour in the foreseeable future. With Pianos Become The Teeth and Sainthood Reps as support, this tour would have been a priority on most people’s summer to-go list regardless of the future state of Tigers Jaw. However, without the promise of seeing them again, Tigers Jaw’s headlining summer tour is absolutely a can’t-miss. - Alyssa McKinley
Streetlight Manifesto End Of The Beginning Tour
The scraggly curbside sign-holder on the cover of Streetlight Manifesto’s 99 Songs of Revolution, Vol. 1 proved prophetic three years in advance: “Tomorrow it’ll end”: if by tomorrow, he meant June. The band’s End of the Beginning Tour in June marks the last hurrah of Streetlight Manifesto as a full-time touring band. There’s speculation as to the band’s decision to call a hiatus (Victory Records’ hands have apparently done some thieving — see: Toh Kay album), but there’s no doubt that on the first leg of their farewell tour, the band will be shutting the book on this chapter of their career with a resounding bang.
June marks the shorter of the farewell tour legs, but Streetlight’s making a point to route the tour through some smaller markets. The tour also comes on the heels of Streetlight’s firecracker of a new album, “The Hands That Thieve,” and fans have more than a month to let the record sink in and decipher the lyrics before shouting the choice cuts back at Tomas Kalnoky on tour. If catching Streetlight Manifesto one last time wasn’t incentive enough, the fact that Rodeo Ruby Love and Empty Orchestra are opening the bill should more than clinch this as one of this summer’s best lineups. - Erik van Rheenen
Fall Out Boy Save Rock And Roll Tour
Not many bands could pull off a comeback like Fall Out Boy has. In a matter of months, they’ve gone from being on indefinite hiatus to having a number one album, two full tours announced, and three music videos released.
Panic! At The Disco has already been declared as the support for the upcoming fall arena tour, but as of right now, support for this summer remains a mystery. But that didn’t stop every single show from selling out in seemingly record time. For most bands, this would create a lot of pressure to deliver in a big way. Fall Out Boy isn’t just any band though; this is the band rallying behind a lofty cry of “Save Rock And Roll.” So whatever tricks Fall Out Boy has up its sleeves, it’s safe to say that they’ll pull out all the stops on tour. - Becky Kovach
The Menzingers, Fake Problems, Restorations, CWS
The Menzingers have been doing tons of high-profile support touring since the 2012 release of their incredible sophomore full-length, On The Impossible Past, but their small room appearances have been mostly limited to one-off dates and strings of shows on journeys home. This June, however, will see a club headlining tour with thorough coverage of the Midwest and the I-95 corridor with companions Fake Problems, Restorations, and Captain, We’re Sinking in tow. Despite the year and a half that’s lapsed since OTIP came out, excitement abounds for this tour and dates are already selling out well in advance. The Menzingers host a punk rock show as they were meant to exist: with just the right balance of strong musical prowess and sloppy, energetic fun, their shows bring out the fiercest singalongs in people, fueled by both emotional strife and drunken debauchery.
Into It. Over It. will be released a 200 page hard cover book and live 7” called Life Is Suffering via Topshelf Records. The best part about this? POZ team member and photographer Hilary J. Corts took the photos for the book and put together the whole package. Check out details from Topshelf below!
The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die will release Whenever, If Ever on June 18th via Topshelf Records. Check out the album artwork for the record after the jump.
The World Is A Beautiful Place Announce Debut LP