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Ceres (Melodic-Punk) To Release New Album “Drag It Down On You” Through No Sleep Records

Australian melodic pop-punk outfit Ceres are set to release their new album Drag It Down On You digitally through US label No Sleep Records on September 2nd, as well as physically through Cooking Vinyl Australia.

Chris Hansen, founder of No Sleep Records, commented on the signing of Ceres: “We are beyond excited to bring the Ceres guys into the No Sleep family. Ever since hearing I Don’t Want To Be Anywhere But Here I have been a huge fan of the guys and to have them be a part of No Sleep now is amazing. We can’t wait to help these guys take over.”

Tom Bromley will be producing the new album, with Aaron Dobbs performing mixing and engineering duties and Alan Douches of West West Side Music mastering the release.

In addition to the release announcement, Ceres have announced a release tour across Australia. Check out the dates below.

Marathon States (pop punk) stream new song “All These Landmines”

Athens, GA and San Jose, CA pop punk act Marathon States are getting ready to release their debut album I Want A Warning.  To give you an idea of what to expect from the album, the band is streaming the song “All These Landmines.”

Check it out below.

I Want A Warning is set to be released on September 6th, 2016.

Lyric Video: All That Matters (pop punk) – “Old Flame”

Georgia pop punk act All That Matters have released a lyric video for their new song “Old Flame.”

You can check it out below.

“Old Flame” comes from the bands’ upcoming EP Anatomy of Defeat.

Album Review: Four Lights – ‘Death to False Posi’

Most times when a band is introduced to you as the “new project from So & So from Band X” it’s hard to not make mental comparisons if no other descriptors are given to you. Jesse Michaels, Blake Schwarzenbach, Jeff Rosenstock… All artists whose former glories will likely follow them to any future musical endeavors, whether it winds up being accurate or not (Go see if there are any Common Rider or Classics of Love reviews that don’t mention Operation Ivy, or if many reviewers can talk about Jets to Brazil or forgetters. without bringing up Jawbreaker) (Okay, in Rosenstock’s case, it’s easy to compare their new project to their previous one).

This brings us to Seattle’s Four Lights, fronted by former Success guitarist Dan Gardner. Although Gardner may not be a punk-household name like Michaels or Rosenstock, Success made a pretty big splash with last year’s Radio Recovery before hitting the road with the likes of Millencolin and 7Seconds. So to hear that he has a new group, it’s understandable to wonder just how similar they sound to his former band.

Turns out that they are similar, but only in the same way that bands like Western Settings, Dear Landlord, or even The Wonder Years are similar. There’s a catchiness to the melodies that is undeniably pop punk, but there’s still enough grit in the music to keep it punk. The lyrics are full of regret, both when it comes to love (“You say you love me but you don’t know my name” Gardner laments in “Whiskey Woahs” while the title track’s chorus goes “I don’t wanna change the world / I’m just looking for a way to get the girl”) (Oh hey, and the title track has none other than members of long-running punk band Bracket providing backing vocals) and life (the chorus of the opening track “Self-Medicated,” hits hard in particular: “I don’t know who I’m supposed to be because who I am ain’t working for me”). And yet, the album never really feels full of despair, and it’s more focused on solving or moving past the remorse without ever getting preachy about conquering sadness like other posi-punk bands.

As one might expect from experienced players in the punk scene, Four Lights have avoided the usual mistakes of a band that hasn’t even been together for a year (at least if their social media presence is any indication, they haven’t been together for a full year yet) and the end result is an enjoyable debut LP that sounds more like a second or third album. Four Lights and Death to False Posi are more than just an extension of what came before; they’re the start of a whole new chapter.

4 / 5 – Stream it below.

RIYL: Broadway Calls, Bracket, The Rentals

Evansville (Hungary, pop-punk) release new music video for “Years of Relief”

Hungarian pop-punkers Evansville have released a music video for their latest track “Years of Relief”. The song itself is clearly influenced by classic pop-punk groups and will certainly appeal to fans of the genre.

Evansville are currently writing a second EP, so if you like “Years of Relief” then you shouldn’t have to wait too long for more from the Hungarian five-piece. In the meantime, why not check out their video (below) and first EP “Eroded Youth” on their bandcamp page.

Caffiends offer new covers album “Don’t Cover A Band” up for free download

Florida’s Caffiends have released a new album titled Don’t Cover A Band, featuring covers of songs by the Descendents, Ramones, Snuff, and more.

You can give the album a listen below, and download it for free on Bandcamp.

The band’s last full-length album No Gods, No Decaf came out in 2015 through Anti-Authority Records.

Album Review: School Damage – “Battered Lives”

There’s always a lot of debate regarding pop punk. Some say it’s punk rock with pop melody, others say it’s pop music, plain and simple. No matter which fork in the road you take, it’s in a constant cycle of revival. In the khaki-short mainstream, we’re defending pop punk. And in the ragged-edges of our jorts punk scene, we’re kind of doing the same thing.

We coin bullshit like ‘ramonescore’ so we don’t debase ourselves with words like ‘pop,’ but it’s no secret we love our music fast and catchy. Whatever you choose to call it, there’s music that is focused on looking back to the Descendents, Screeching Weasel, and the Queers. One of the latest to join the league are Toronto’s School Damage with their album Battered Lives.

Now, if we’re really tearing shit apart– how does a doubling-down on 90s pop punk differ from other pop punk bands (because splitting hairs is fun)? Well, the first thing that comes to mind while listening to Battered Lives is that the whole thing is very fast. This is a speedy little record, where the lyrics come so fast there’s little room to sing, let alone sustain notes. But while the band shares a bunch of similarities with the Lookout-era, it also has a decidedly modern spin lyrically. Much like Dillinger Four and Off With Their Heads, School Damage delve into adult angst. One of their best melodies accompanies the lyrics, “It’s fucked up, it’s over, you’ll never get your closure.” It’s a directive that cuts like a friend running down a list of your worst flaws.

Other lyrics look outward and perform well in their attack, as in “Finding Love in the Creepiest Places” where the narrator sings, “This situation’s got the best of me/ No one will fuck you quite as good as me.” In a way, it subverts some of the passive sexism of the old days of pop punk by singing the song through the eyes of an abusive spouse. In a different time and place, that lyric could’ve been the raised fist anthem of summer-clad punk teenagers anywhere, and the perspective would have been a scorned lover.

Battered Lives has a lot of the same problems that albums of its ilk share and the biggest is sonic diversity. School Damage largely play each and every song in a pretty similar style, and while some of the songs have enough head-turning lines to make it worth remembering a couple song titles, the rest blurs into a wash of power chords and short, punchy, snarled melodies. And even then, as is the case of “Detroit Rock Shitty,” the hook is repeated from a previous song. At best, this was a failed attempt at a leitmotif. At worst, lazy songwriting.

School Damage bring a decent amount to the table though, in terms of continuing the tradition of pop punk and at the end of the day. Battered Lives has some strong lyricism and a refreshingly fast pool of influences to draw on, but the same things that give them their loglines also give them their criticisms. The songs bleed into one another, and the vocal style, as it did with its progenitors, limit the songs dynamism. Still, Battered Lives is some fun summer pop punk with enough angst to make you feel adult while listening to it.


Introducing: Long Island pop punk act Final Call (full EP stream)

Final Call is a brand new pop punk band from Long Island, NY. The band cites blink-182, Green Day, and Neck Deep among their influences. If that sounds up your alley, you’re in for a treat.

They just released their debut EP What Lies Ahead, which you can stream below

Punchline 13 stream new single “We Will Light a Fire”

Montreal punks Punchline 13 have released a new single titled “We Will Light a Fire” and you can stream it below.

“We Will Light a Fire” was released on August 5, 2016.

SKiTTiSH iTZ Stream New Album “BACK TO REALiTY”

Idaho Skate punkers SKiTTiSH iTZ are streaming their new album BACK TO REALiTY. Check it out below.

BACK TO REALiTY is the band’s final album and was released on July 22, 2016 via Hidden Home Records.

Broadway Calls do acoustic Punks In Vegas session; embark on with Success

Broadway Calls‘ Ty Vaughn recently did session with Punks in Vegas, playing stripped down versions of “I Believe In UFOs” and “Open Letter.” In addition, they are going on tour with Seattle’s Success. You can check out the videos and dates below.

Broadway Calls last released “Comfort/Distraction” in 2013, while Success last released “Life On The Rocks” EP in 2014.

Almost People stream new EP ‘Tres’

North Carolina pop-punk group Almost People are streaming their new EP Tres. You can give it a listen below.

Almost People released Tres on August 12, 2016 through Anchorless Records. Their previous release was a split with Wolves & Wolves & Wolves & Wolves.

Music Video: Yellowcard – “The Hurt Is Gone”

Yellowcard have released a music video for their song “The Hurt Is Gone.” The track is set to appear on the band’s upcoming self-titled album, and you can check out the video below.

Yellowcard is due out September 30, 2016 on Hopeless Records. Their last album, Lift A Sail, was released in 2014 via Razor & Tie Records.

Steve and the Neurotics (pop punk) release new charity album “The End of Life as We Knew It”

Steve and the Neurotics, the solo project of the vocalist/guitarist of the 90′s New Jersey pop-punk band Shower With Goats, has released a new album entitled “The End of Life as We Knew It” and you can listen to it below.

All of the proceeds from this album will be split equally and given to three charities: ASAN – The Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, a non-profit organization run by and for autistics, USO – An organization that benefits deployed troops, disabled veterans, and families of fallen veterans, or Animal Defense League of San Antonio, TX – A no kill shelter that has been helping to save animals since 1934.

The album has a mix of a bunch of different styles from pop-punk and traditional punk to blues and rock and roll. I really liked what I heard but leave a comment telling us what you think!

The group has also released a video for their song “Endeavors” which you can also watch below.

This is the band’s first release, but we are sure there will be more to come so stay tuned!

Chixdiggit celebrating 25th anniversary with limited edition beer release

According to Canadian Beer News, Canadian pop-punk veterans Chixdiggit have partnered with Ontario’s Big Rig Brewery to release a limited edition beer. The beer which commemorates the band’s 25th anniversary will be available at all 4 Ontario shows on their upcoming tour.

Big Rig Brewery describes Chixdiggit Beer as “a session ale with a tropical citrus addition that gives it a nice, juicy quality,” while the band’s frontman KJ Jansen says it’s “basically a Chixdiggit show in a can but it tastes way better.”

In addition to releasing an alcoholic beverage in honor of their 25th anniversary, Chixdiggit will also release a 25-minute song titled “2012″ on September 16th through Fat Wreck Chords.