Welcome to PropertyOfZack: Weekender edition. Every Saturday, we’ll be bringing you some of biggest and most interesting stories of the past weeks 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.
blink-182’s Untitled Residency Grew Even Longer
There’s never going to be a tour, but what we’re getting from blink-182 may actually mean that we’re going to get what comes from hoping for more. What does that mean?
Many, most, all of us want a full Untitled North America, or even world, tour. Why is that? It’s because the album is recognized, by most, as the band’s greatest output. And for many blink fans, it’s the album that changed their whole life, musically speaking. Part of what was so heartbreaking about blink’s break-up from day one was that the band seemed to be on the cusp of creating so much more.
Neighborhoods is loved, liked, and hated. Dogs Eating Dogs is loved, liked, and mildly disliked. But what we’ve seen from both releases is the band coming closer to tapping into the magic from those Box Car Racer to Untitled to We Don’t Need To Whisper to When Your Heart Stops Beating writing sessions. And what we may get coming full circle from these five Untitled release shows is a reawakening within the band of their best creation. These shows are happening two months before demoing for LP7 will begin. Before signing to a new label will become concrete. Before embarking on the true next step of blink-182.
Ten years and onward, beginning in just a few days.
My Chemical Romance Releasing Greatest Hits Album
Some detective cases only last 12 hours. From what started as a glimmering hope of My Chemical Romance rising from the dead with a new release filled with comeback hits ended up not even being a posthumous output of unreleased old songs. Instead, My Chem fans will be left with a Greatest Hits album packaged by frontman Gerard Way himself.
You only hear the music when your heart begins to break.
Falling In Reverse, Escape The Fate Announce Bury The Hatchet Tour
Truly surprising, somewhat interesting, and certainly comical on first glance. Mostly concerning (for fans), however, on second glance.
Whether Ronnie Radke and Craig Mabbitt and all the others featured in this equation have truly “buried the hatchet” or not is to miss the point of what this looks like at its most boiled down form: A last ditch effort at regaining the army of fans both bands have shed over the past year and a half.
Escape The Fate have been without a plugged lifeboat and sinking slowly, but quickly enough, since the release of their self-titled album on Interscope. Falling In Reverse have been trying to climb back from a bottomless well that Ronnie Radke placed themselves in with legal suits over domestic abuse, Warped Tour drops, rap-rock nu-metal songs, and continual bullshit.
If you think this tour is truly about rekindling a bond and showing fans hate should be ditched for love, you’re misguided. Falling In Reverse expected to sell somewhere near 50,000 copies of Fashionably Late during its first week on the Billboard charts. You don’t want to know how long it took to actually hit that mark. The band also was hoping to co-headline rooms of this size this season, but had their other headlining partner run far away following the release of “Alone” and the constant drama Radke dragged Falling In Reverse through. And Escape The Fate? Well, this is the nicest gift-basket they’ve received since they released their first album and found success.
VersaEmerge Changing Name To VERSA
VersaEmerge, a band that built up a promising fan base despite constant member changes and turbulence only to wind up being dropped by their now sexy-sceneless label, dipping out of a spot on Warped Tour, and having an album in limbo for two years.
VERSA, an attempt to rebrand an image that has all but been erased to the point of starting new social networks instead of shifting the current ones over. A second chance at the same music? Or as Senior Writer Jesse Richman pointed out, a chance to keep ties, but explore new territories (EDM, etc)?
Sumerian Records Drop Capture The Crown
A truly bizarre and confusing move by a label of any size or admiration. While no one can blame Sumerian for dropping a band that flaunts deeply misogynic merch/lyrics and backing tracks that are more prevalent than live music, a question should probably be asked. What is going on over at Sumerian Records?
Besides this odd move, I See Stars saw their debatably-highly anticipated new album, New Demons, get delayed month after month. The October 22nd release date the band finally got was very poorly marketed and promoted, which resulted in a somewhat embarrassing Billboard charting of over 7,000 copies sold. This of course is not a terrible showing, but should have been much greater.
You shouldn’t be too shocked if you hear about anoTher banD bEing droPped from the label soon as well.