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If you like the emotionally driven punk/post-hardcore in the vein of Small Brown Bike, Hot Water Music and Jawbreaker you may want to check out Vancouver's Things Change recently released their debut three song EP "The Power of the Ocean" and you can stream two of the tracks on the band's bandcamp - the song "Modern Explorers" is a real gem!
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This Week's Releases: 01/20/2015
Next Week's Releases: 01/27/2015
The band’s debut album In This Mess is set to be released on January 27th through Fat Wreck Chords.
For those of you in the San Francisco are toyGuitar will playing at the Fat record store on the 30th. Details here.Add to My Radar
In addition to “defending pop punk” (from who or what, we’re not sure), Man Overboard also releases music under its Lost Tape Collective. The label recently put out 3 releases, all on cassette: a re-release of The Explosion’s 2000 album, Flash Flash Flash; Hostage Calm‘s Die on Stage; and Young Statues’ The Flatlands Are Your Friend.”
Man Overboard will also be on tour this spring with Bayside, and they plan to release a new album later this year. Their most recent release was the Passing Ends EP.Add to My Radar
A few months ago, New York pop-punk act Bayside announced a 15th anniversary tour with Man Overboard, Senses Fail, and Seaway. To promote the upcoming celebratory tour, the band has teamed up with Soundsupply to give away a free, eight song sampler. The compilation features two songs from each band, and you can download your copy right here.
Bayside released their last album, Cult, on February 18, 2014 on Hopeless Records. The band will be releasing a deluxe version of the album, now dubbed Cult: White Edition, on March 3, 2015. Pre-orders for the deluxe release are available here.Add to My Radar
“Townsend” was released as part of an upcoming reissue for Knuckle Puck’s early EP, “Don’t Come Home.” Click here for pre-order information. “Don’t Come Home” was released in 2012, and will be updated and reissued by Bad Timing Records.Add to My Radar
Southern California pop punk act The Ataris have announced that they will perform their 1999 classic album Blue Skies, Broken Hearts…Next 12 Exits in its entirety when they embark on a U.S. tour this coming March. No dates have been announced, but we’ll keep you posted.
The Ataris are currently finishing their long-awaited new album The Graveyard of the Atlantic, which will be their first since 2007′s Welcome the Night.Add to My Radar
The EP was released digitally on January 13th and is due out on vinyl February 17th via Jump Start Records.
The band released their second studio album “Over Leavitt” in 2011 on Jump Start Records.Add to My Radar
New York pop-punk act Gone By Friday are getting ready to release their upcoming full-length album “Quarter Life Crisis” in the following months.
The band has just published a new music video for the title track “Quarter Life Crisis”. Check it out below.
“Quarter Life Crisis” is the band’s second full-length, following “Noisetank”, which was released in 2011.Add to My Radar
If you like your pop-punk with a healthy dash of chilled out folky vibes you’ll want to check out Melbourne’s Foley, who on January 22nd will be releasing their debut album “Ascot Vale.” The band describes themselves as “skate folk punk” and if that sounds interesting I encourage you to stream “Friends Who Are Lesbians” and “Partners In Crime”, two tracks from the forthcoming release, below.Add to My Radar
Ohio pop-punk/indie rock act The Sidekicks has just released a new music video for their song “Everything In Twos”.
The Sidekicks’s latest album, “Awkward Breeds”, was released back in 2012 through Red Scare Industries.Add to My Radar
In fall 2013, Direct Hit! unleashed Brainless God, a pop punk concept album about the apocalypse, unto the world. It was really good, and deserved all the praise that it received. You probably even listened to it yourself. But this review isn’t about Brainless God, the album. For more on the music, you can read Carson’s review here. This review is for the limited edition vinyl box set version of Brainless God released approximately a year after the album’s original release. Included in this box set is the album on 12-inch vinyl (audiophiles, don’t worry, it sounds great), a lyric sheet, Brainless God, the comic book, and Brainless God, the movie, on DVD.
As to be expected, the comic and DVD are the meat of this set. As a concept album, Brainless God is fairly straightforward in its storytelling, although it’s not always entirely clear who is saying/singing what in the album’s second half. The comic and the DVD both put their own spin on the story, particularly in their presentations of the finale, although overall they work together to help fill in the gaps where character dialogue and roles are concerned. Neither provide any additional dialogue to add more storytelling depth, although the songs already cover so much of the narrative that having the visuals to aid is satisfying enough.
Due to differences in budget, the comic has a wider range to work with when it comes to the supernatural aspects of the story, which gives it a slight edge over the movie. The comic’s artwork is equally beautiful and chaotic, matching Direct Hit!’s music perfectly. The Direct Hit! faithful may recognize the work of illustrator Eric Baskauskas, who also provided the artwork for the “Caroler” single and the Direct Hit! / Priceduifkes split EP. Meanwhile, the DVD presents the tale through a grainy filter to give it a low budget horror movie feel. Even with the minor differences, both mediums add new layers and dimensions to an already rich story.
The biggest fault with this collection is the packaging… mostly that it lacks an actual sleeve for the album itself. Sure, the cardboard box that it comes in nice and sturdy, making it great for shipping and handling purposes but it’s not ideal when it comes to introducing the record to the rest of your collection. Home project enthusiasts can most likely find an easy solution to this problem, but the rest of us idiots are left jacket-less and stuck with a box to be placed somewhere else. The lyric insert also feels a bit redundant considering that the comic contains all of the lyrics as well. I know: boo hoo, a band enhanced the experience of listening to their music, how awful that I can’t keep it with the rest of my records.
Minor gripes aside, this is a pretty great box set that adds even more to what was already an amazing album. It’s not all that common for pop punk bands to release a concept album, let alone a cohesive one that works. Direct Hit! not only did that, but they went the extra mile by releasing this set. Unfortunately this box set was a limited pressing of 300, so if you missed out, hopefully you know a guy. Just be sure he’s not carrying an ether-soaked towel before getting into his car.
Comic: 4.5 / 5
Movie: 4 / 5
Packaging: 3 / 5
Overall: 3.8 / 5