Catch MakeWar hitting the East Coast (/w Nothington and Joe McMahon) in a few days.
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Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 1:54 PM (PST) by NobodyLikesGreg
Friday, May 19, 2017 at 11:02 AM (PST) by villagebrown
Live from the Rock Room is an ongoing webcast started by Smoking Popes drummer, Mike Felumlee, in which he has bands stop by his tiny studio just outside Chicago to play music and chat.
MakeWar’s last release, Developing a Theory of Integrity, was released in 2016.
You can watch the performance below.
Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 4:49 PM (PST) by NobodyLikesGreg
Heads up US! MakeWar (Red Scare) is gearing up for a good run of dates through some of the more Eastern states. Joining them are A-F Records‘ own Worship this!. Full tour dates for this sweet combo can be found below.
MakeWar’s last release ‘Developing a Theory of Integrity’ was undebatebly one of our favourite releases of 2016.
Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 5:42 PM (PST) by Carson Winter
Developing a Theory of Integrity is proof that Red Scare is a punk rock tastemaker. They’re what Fat Wreck was to the scene in the 90s, standing alongside the greats of No Idea and Epitaph as labels with a specific vision of what punk rock should be. I mean, this is a release I only listened to because I saw it announced on Red Scare’s website; one year ago, I’d never heard of MakeWar— now, they’re one of my favorites of the year. See? Tastemakers.
That isn’t to shift all the credit of this release from the artist to the label, but it does bear to mention the “Red Scare Sound.” MakeWar fit in with the lineage just fine, playing heartfelt melodic punk with huge hooks and cherry songwriting. They also have an interesting story, being a band of South American immigrants. But, front and center of Developing a Theory of Integrity are the songs, and it’s the anthemic choruses, with all their wistful and resistant energy that give this release it’s legs.
MakeWar’s lyrical topics aren’t new. Being a twenty-something living an extended and booze-filled adolescence is a well-tread melodic punk trope. But, as with anything, it’s all in the approach. Songwriter Jose Prieto has a knack for imagery that makes his songs about more than just fuck-ups fucking up. And what makes it all work is that he captures the youthful enthusiasm of drinking and partying with friends, and lets tomorrow’s regret creep right along side the empty cans and high-fives. The opening lines of the first track, “Matador Pool Party,” set up the juxtaposition: “Summer is showing her feet, at my doorstep but not coming in. Creeping with sunny flares out my window, while pissing all over the streets.” Even within the scene-setting, Prieto opens us up to the summer and all it’s positive associations, while never letting it become too idyllic.
“Ode” might just be the anthem of the year for me, with perhaps one of the most-singalongable hooks in beard punk history. “I can’t fall asleep, so many demons inside of me, I hope they die, with this shot of whiskey,” is destined to be communally screamed and toasted at live shows for years to come. “Sallie” is another tune made for weekend nights with it’s rallying cry of “fuck nine to five!” With lines like these, Developing a Theory of Integrity coalesces into the ultimate cut-loose album. It’s unapologetically relatable, attacking its cliches with as much gusto as poetry.
It’s bands like MakeWar that keep me in the fold. Every once and awhile, a new songwriting talent emerges and reminds you why you stick around in the first place. It all comes down to recognition. It’s that epiphany in a song, when you’re bobbing your head and you hear that exact couplet that you needed to hear at that exact time. It’s when you recognize a feeling, given muscle and bone through art. Developing A Theory of Integrity is a collection of feelings, as genuine and loud as they come.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 2:46 PM (PST) by Carson Winter
It’s been a big year for me. I’ve gone to a bunch of shows, I made it out to my first ever Punk Rock Bowling (and finally met Head Honcho Dave), and I got my first pro-paid short story bought up by an indie publisher. 2016 has been alright by me. Now, what do we have in terms of music this year? Well, if there’s anything I learned, it was that I am essentially a boring, dyed-in-the-wool melodic punk dude. I got the beard, the glasses, the flannel; I love the Menzingers and Hot Water Music. Just look at my top three albums this year, I am a predictable beast. But, I think that’s okay. I’ve embraced my own cliches and have realized that if there’s one things I like, it’s throaty vocals and singalong anthems.
With that said though, there were a couple other genres that represented themselves for me this year that I absolutely fell in love with, so maybe those horizons aren’t set in stone quite yet. Maybe 2017 will tell a new story. Click here for my best albums of 2016.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 10:54 AM (PST) by AnarchoPunk
NYC’s newest pop punk act MakeWar (formally Sad and French) just released their debut, ten track LP, Developing A Theory Of Integrity on October 7th via Red Scare. To celebrate the release, the boys sent us a track to stream exclusively for our readers.
If you have yet to be introduced to this terrific trio, prepare to have your mind blown! These guys are legit and are already showing up on a lot of people’s Album of the Year lists. In support of the new album, MakeWar is planning to hit the road hard and already has a tour of the U.S. and Europe booked as well as multiple festival appearances.
Stream the track “On Feelings” below and check back for tour dates and stops!
Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 3:28 PM (PST) by redscaretoby
Brooklyn’s MakeWar (formerly Sad and French) have released a music video for “Tiger Lili,” a new song from their upcoming album Developing a Theory of Integrity. It was technically premiered on Brendan Kelly’s blog Bad Sandwich Chronicles in a fairly entertaining post in which Brendan recounts how he discovered MakeWar and subsequently propositioned them to join Red Scare. You can check it out below.
Developing a Theory of Integrity is set to release on October 7th through Red Scare Industries.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 3:10 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
Developing a Theory of Integrity is set to release on October 7th through Red Scare Industries.
“Ode” is taken from MakeWar’s upcoming album Developing a Theory of Integrity, which is due for release this fall via Red Scare. You can pre-order a copy of at Red Scare’s website or at German label Gunner Records‘ website.
Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at 2:41 PM (PST) by Lauren Mills
You can view the tour dates and locations below.
The Decline’s third LP, Resister, was released on June 12, 2015 through Pee Records. (AUS), Bird Attack (USA) and Bells On Records (Japan). MakeWar released their self-titled album on August 28, 2015 through Black Numbers (U.S.) and Gunner Records (Europe).
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 5:01 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
The good people at Red Scare Industries have made 3 additions to the label’s roster. Arms Aloft, Good Friend, and MakeWar have all just joined the Red Scare family and will be releasing new records in the near future.
Wisconsin punk band Arms Aloft’s new album What A Time To Be Barely Alive is due out on September 9th, while Ride The Storm (the debut full-length from Newcastle’s Good Friend) drops on September 23rd. No release date has been announced for Brooklyn melodic punk act MakeWar’s sophomore album Developing A Theory Of Integrity.
We’ll keep you posted as more details become available on these 3 new Red Scare releases. For the time being, you can check out some previously released music from these bands below.
Have you ever had a friend who went through a break up? Like, a really bad break up? One so bad, that it was literally all they talked about for the next month? At first you probably felt bad for them, and lent a helpful ear to hear all about the loneliness and the heartbreak; but, after the seventh night in a row of watching them cry over their beer, you probably just wanted to roll your eyes and say “Jesus Christ, get over her (or him)!” Well, in their self-titled, debut LP; Make War has dedicated nine songs to being the punk-rock equivalent of that kind of guy.
The album actually starts pretty strong, with the opening track, “Bloody Faces” delivering a short burst of folky guitar riffs, while the vocals move at a slightly faster pace than the melody, delivering this sense of angry desperation. The song also works particularly well because it has some nice contemplative lyrics, with clever lines like “forget about tomorrow, the car will turn into a pumpkin, and I’ll turn into a frog”. That said, because it’s so short, it almost feels like the band is trying to get it out of the way, so that they can focus entirely on the real meat of the album.
After the opening, every song that follows is a breakup song. Now, it’s not inherently wrong for an album to stick to a single theme, but in this case most of the songs end up blending together. “Just Listen To The Songs” definitely sounds nice, but there’s a weird over-saturation effect; the guitar’s rhythm is so frantic, and the drums beats are so continuous, that they start to drown each other out. The same thing happens in the fourth track, “Shorter Days and Longer Nights”, where the melody is bland to the point of barely being noticeable.
Fortunately, as the album proceeds, the instruments are given a little more room to breathe. “When The Poison Flows” has a nice rhythm, with an electric guitar working in tandem with an acoustic one, starting with a slow and contemplative pace before steadily building to something fast and triumphant. “Another Way To Let You Go” is another stand out track, with its guitar solos sounding like riffs from some angry, amped-up country blues.
However, even when the instruments do keep things a little varied, there’s still the remaining problem of Jose Prieto’s croaking vocals. Now, most punk bands aren’t exactly renowned for their front-men’s gifted pipes, but there’s just something particularly grating about the singing throughout Make War. The problem is that Prieto just takes himself so damn seriously, whispering half the verses like they’re some kind of terrible secret, then screaming the other half like he’s just been tasered in the crotch. This is made more irritating when the lyrics just don’t have the same gravity their performance seems to be giving them. The worst offender is probably “Sweet Little Nightmares”, which roars the phrase “and I hope that you fucking get what you deserve” like it’s some deep revelation, when really it’s just kind of mean and nasty. Once again, it’s not necessarily wrong when an album wallows in bleak sadness; but, a skilled songwriter, like Andrew Jackson Jihad’s Sean Bonnette, knows how to lighten the load with a healthy dose of self-awareness. With Make War, there’s just a complete inability for the lead singer to see himself as anything other than the victim.
My biggest hope with Make War is that maybe its Prieto actually did just go through a breakup, and really needed to get all this stuff out of his system. There’s some talented musicianship at play, and even the lyrics do shine at points, like in “Cheers To Your”, where love is beautifully portrayed as some kind of cosmic force. But it ultimately feels like maybe the band’s members just didn’t have enough self-confidence to extend their reach, spending nine tracks accomplishing what could have been done with one.
2.5 / 5 Stars
Brooklyn folk punk act Make War (formally Sad and French) have released a full stream of their upcoming self-titled record. The album is an electric version of the band’s self-titled release from when they were known as Sad and French, and you can give it a listen here.
The album is slated to be released this fall. Sad and French was released in May 2014 via Black Numbers.
Monday, July 27, 2015 at 7:31 AM (PST) by Hopeless Romantic
Brooklyn folk punk act Make War (formally Sad and French) have premiered a song titled “Against The Rules”off their upcoming self-titled album and you can check it out here! The band re-recorded Sad and French’s acoustic self-titled album for Make War’s debut.
The album is slated to be released this fall. Sad and French’s self-titled debut album was released in May 2014 via Black Numbers.