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King Punch is an awesome 7-piece ska-punk powerhouse based out of London, England. They've been around almost 4 years and have already released 2 great EPs - both which are free to download - but I didn't stumble upon them until a few minutes ago. If you like high-energy ska-punk with a full horn section, I highly recommend heading over to Bandcamp and checking out this band's tunes!
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Weezer have announced that their long-awaited new album Everything Will Be Alright in the End is getting pushed back a week from its original September 30th date. Here’s an official statement from the band:
“Hi everyone – Today we are pumped to share with you the good news that the recording sessions for EWBAITE are finished, and finished on time as planned. However, we’ve unfortunately learned some additional news that’s not so cool – We have to release EWBAITE one week later than planned, on Oct 7. This is a bummer and we really hate to make our fans wait longer. We worked very hard to finish the album on time for you, so we’re really sorry about this and hope you understand.
As a thank you, everyone who preordered the new album on pledgemusic (preorder here:http://www.pledgemusic.com/weezer) will receive a new song from EWBAITE on Sept 30, so they can get a taste of the album before everyone else. This applies to any new preorders too.
Thanks so much for following along with weezer Wednesdays, the new webisode is coming soon today! And thanks for for all your support, we cant wait for you to hear this album!
The band has also revealed the track listing for Everything Will Be Alright in the End, which you can see below.
Everything Will Be Alright in the End will serve as a follow-up to Hurley, released in 2010 through Epitaph Records. The album also marks the first time since 2001′s Weezer (aka “The Green Album”) that they worked with The Cars frontman Ric Ocasek as their producer.
Michigan rockers Cheap Girls are going to be awfully busy for the rest of the year.
The band were already slated to appear alongside the likes of The Gaslight Anthem, The Hold Steady and Joyce Manor for various tour dates throughout the world. They’ve now got a handful of headlining dates that fill in most of the gaps in the earlier schedule. Check out their full itinerary for the remainder of the year below.
Cheap Girls’ latest album, “Famous Graves,” was released back in May via Xtra Mile Recordings.Add to My Radar
In case you missed it last night, we have for you The Gaslight Anthem‘s performance of their song “Get Hurt” on The David Letterman Show.
The song is the title track of the band’s latest album, which was just released last week on Island Records.
Check out the Letterman performance below.Add to My Radar
Altercation Records Alt-Country/Punk act The Grizzly Band has released it’s second full length entitled “Lost And Found”. If your not already familiar the band delivers solid punk and roll tunes that lean heavily toward country without ever leaving their punk roots far behind. You can check out a few of the tracks (“Better Than This”, “Pass The Smoke”, “Stand Up”) below.Add to My Radar
Canadian punk rock bands The Dirty Nil and Greys each recently posted covers of each others songs. The videos feature The Dirty Nil playing Greys’ “Guy Picciotto” and Greys playing The Dirty Nil’s “Nicotine.” The two groups are currently on a Canada/US tour together that starts today and ends in September. You can check out the covers and tour dates below.
The Dirty Nil released their debut full-length Smite in February, with a follow-up 7″ EP soon after called Cinnamon/Guided By Vices via Fat Wreck Chords . Greys debuted their full-length If Anything in June via Buzz Records and Carpark Worldwide.Add to My Radar
Since the band’s inception, and particularly since the release of The ‘59 Sound, The Gaslight Anthem has drowned in comparisons and accusations of sounding too much like Bruce Springsteen and writing too many songs about classic cars, and women named Maria. This is in spite of the fact they have been working on slowly building their own sound and haven’t written a song mentioning Cadillacs or Marias since 2008. The band, and more specifically front-man Brian Fallon, has expressed frustration with the comparisons in the past, and stated several times while promoting the band’s fifth studio album, Get Hurt, to expect to hear some “new things”. While 2012’s Handwritten had a song or two that was a bit of a musical departure for the quartet, Get Hurt, for better and for worse, goes all out in its expansion.
With a variety of sounds, Get Hurt is one big love letter to the huge rock anthems of the decades past. Even the album cover, in all of its big, dumb glory, recalls the minimalist cover art of rock bands from the 70’s and 80’s. The Gaslight Anthem has never really been shy about being influenced by a range of acts, but this is really the first time that some of those influences are expressed in a way that isn’t just a cover song. From trying their hand at the loud/soft dynamics of grunge (“Stay Vicious”, “Ain’t That a Shame”), and atmospheric, moody ballads (“Underneath the Ground”, the Tom Petty-esque ballad “Break Your Heart”) to venturing into twangy territory (deluxe tracks “Sweet Morphine” and “Mama’s Boys”) and going all out rock (“Helter Skeleton”, “Rollin’ and Tumblin’”), the band covers more ground than they’ve ever done before. It doesn’t always work: there are clashing tempos and some weird shifts from track-to-track but at the very least it’s a change of pace from what’s normally expected from The Gaslight Anthem. They do, however, close out the album proper on a pretty familiar note, not so coincidentally making it the best closer to one of their albums in six years.
The sonic exploration isn’t the only new direction that the band takes here. Lyrically, Get Hurt shows Fallon at the most personal he’s ever been on record. There are less characters in his tales here, having been replaced by “I” statements and some dark places: “Rollin’ and Tumblin’” and “Stay Vicious” both reference several types of pills and other drugs, there are plenty of straight up breakup songs, and the final track is even just called “Dark Places”. Whether this is an intentional move on Fallon’s part to distance the album from older material, or if the new songwriting style is the natural response to major events going on in his life is kind of cloudy, but regardless of the reason for the lyrical shift, it’s easily the strongest aspect of Get Hurt. Fallon still borrows from other artists (Pearl Jam gets referenced to in “Selected Poems”), but the best lines are the originals that cut deep and to the point: “I came here to get hurt / might as well do your worst to me” (from “Get Hurt”); “I want to thank you all for your courtesy / I want to thank you all for watching us bleed.” (from “Underneath the Ground”).
As far as breaking out of the mold goes, Get Hurt is pretty successful. Rather than play it safe, the band takes some risks this time around resulting in an album that doesn’t just come off as an extension of previous work. Unfortunately in the process of climbing out of the niche that the band has carved for themselves, the final product is a little uneven. The sequencing is partially to blame, as the energy abruptly shifts a few too many times during the album’s middle, but even in another order there just might be too many ideas crammed into these twelve songs (sixteen, if you include the deluxe and iTunes bonus tracks) to give it a perfect flow. It’s a contrived complaint, sure, but the differences in tempos and styles almost feel like the songs came from various recording sessions over a period of years, almost like a b-sides compilation instead of a studio album.
Minor complaints aside, Get Hurt is not a bad album. It trips and stumbles around, the hooks aren’t always as immediate, and the lyrical shift might take some time to sink in for some (it will be interesting to hear how some of these songs work their way into live shows). All-in-all, however, it’s a stepping stone for The Gaslight Anthem into the next phase of their career, and it will be exciting to see where they go from here.
3.5 / 5 Stars
RIYL: Chuck Ragan, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Pearl Jam
Hey, so here’s a thing.
Coming to us from deep in the corner of the internet known as isthishowyougoviral is a pretty fun mashup to round out your Hump Day evening. It’s Beaker, Animal and The Swedish Chef of Muppets fame “covering” the Beastie Boys classic “So What’cha Want.” Because why not. Enjoy all its awesomeness below.
Walmart is absolutely desperate for you to think they are a cool brand and to prove it to you they’ve shelled out what I’m assuming was a good amount of dough to record a live studio performance with The Gaslight Anthem. Whether or not this ploy will win over any new brand loyalists for the corporation is anybody’s guess but if you dig Gaslight its worth checking out. There’s an interview about the new album “Get Hurt” as part of it too and you can watch it here.
Get Hurt was released on August 12th through Island Records.Add to My Radar