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Ready for something completely new? Station Cases is a 5-piece band from Tampa, Florida who plays an extremely unique blend of hard-hitting, upbeat hardcore punk rock and furious ska-core unlike anything I have ever heard before. The band just released a debut EP entitled "LIP" and you can download it for free on their Bandcamp. If you like the tunes, I suggest donating a few bucks for the download to, you know... support the band?
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It’s thoughtful, straightforward punk. It’s what you wanted your first band to sound like when you bought that Squier Bass starter pack from Guitar Center, but you didn’t have the strength in your fingers or the strained words on the tip of your tongue. “Rules For Making Up Words” by Ex Friends will get you moving and singing along to choruses you’ve likely just heard for the first time, unless you’d rather stand with crossed arms wondering about the next socially acceptable time to check your cell phone.
“Rules For Making Up Words” opens with the single “Dirty Ben Franklin,” which embodies the feeling of the whole album. Driving drums, catchy bass, full, distorted guitar, tasteful leads sprinkled, and sneering vocals delivering political discontent. It’s a song about the place you live, about knowing it and knowing the worst about it, but it’s still the place you live and you’re going to keep on living there.
“Sympathy for the Sociopath” starts out subdued like “Dirty Ben Franklin,” until the middle of the track where it breaks into a chorus of “cops crack skulls,” which is well suited for a song about class struggle. “Cops crack skulls.” The diction is light but the connotations are heavy, and it feels strange to sing but it’s the most memorable line of the album.
“Fight Like A Girl” takes a break from Joel Tannenbaum on lead vocals, letting Audrey Crash deliver some general criticisms of sexism and how it pervades through, well, everything. And though it isn’t some specific, tangible problem to face, it can be fought. “Fight like a girl.”
“Rainy Season” appears on “Twisted Around,” an EP released by Ex Friends in early 2013. This time it’s better recorded, and though its message of pushing through sadness/depression/whatever funk you get caught up in is always worthwhile, in terms of listening the track isn’t as well matched for the band’s sound in comparison to the others on this album.
The hardest part of writing anything is the ending. Finding a proper conclusion. “Rules For Making Up Words” concludes with “Let’s Get Old,” a track that answers the unanswerable question: If punk is a movement fueled by youth, what happens to punks who are no longer young? You get old. “We’re still here. And we’re okay too. We’re staring down the barrel of the rest of our lives and there’s only one thing to do. Let’s get old.”
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Pop punk band The Ataris will no longer be playing any Hits & Pits festival dates in Austrailia. Frontman Kris Roe’s fear of flying is reportedly to blame for the cancellations. The band has not made a statement but their promoter Tom had this to say on their behalf.
“re: The Ataris in Australia
I don’t particularly feel comfortable speaking for the band right now, but someones gotta say something. Point blank. The Ataris will not be performing on any dates of the Hits & Pits Festival 2.0 in Australia. I realize the rumors will start to swirl so here are the simple facts. Fact #1. It’s very known amongst Ataris fans that Kristopher Roe of The Ataris has an extreme fear of flying. Fact #2. On Sunday night, his original flight out of LAX had engine failure and needed to return to LAX- everyone was safe. Fact #3. I have three members of The Ataris that are in Australia right now and we’re working to get them home. Fact #4. Kristopher did not get on another plane to Australia.
Rumors are gonna fly, but at least above are things we can’t debate right now. Here’s the thing, and I wanted to be 100% clear, this has nothing to do with The Hits & Pits Festival… or their staff. In fact, I’m shocked at how calm Ben Neilson has been in trying to help us resolve this situation and also in regards to keeping the other three guys comfortable out there. For those that don’t know, when touring Australia you fly show to show. Hits & Pits had arranged a way where Kris and the guys could travel show to show w/o getting on planes. Just unfortunately, now it’s not happening. I realize fans are gonna be upset… but we’re not taking this lightly. Lets all get home— we’ll have our conversations— and then we’ll figure out the best way to move forward.
-the guy that books the shows”
The Ataris have previously announced plans to release a new record called “The Graveyard of the Atlantic”, but no further information has been provided.Add to My Radar
Less Than Jake have just released “See The Light”, their first full-length in five years, and I was lucky enough to sit down with drummer and Paper + Plastick founder Vinnie Fiorello. We discuss the running of his own label, the upcoming Less Than Jake “TV HD EP”, favorite Fat Wreck releases and the difficulties of finding the right horn player.
You can check out the full interview below.Add to My Radar
Buffalo, NY pop-punks, Rust Belt Lights have released the first song, “Old Ghost” from their upcoming album “Religion & My Ex,” set to be released sometime next year.
In the mean time you can check out “Old Ghost” below.
The band released their debut full-length album “These Are The Good Old Days” on December 15th, 2010 through Paper + Plastick Records.Add to My Radar
“Righteous Child” is one of two tracks to be released on a 7″ on November 12th. The band will be releasing their second full length, “Die Young With Me,” sometime in 2014.Add to My Radar
Buffalo NY’s Pentimento have shared a live video of the band performing “Just Friends” at The Studio at Webster Hall in NYC, NY. Real Friends vocalist Dan Lambton joins the band on stage during the final chorus.
You can check out the video below.
“Just Friends” comes off of the band’s new EP, Inside the Sea, which was released on October 22 through Paper + Plastick Records.Add to My Radar
Today marks the release for Massachusetts melodic hardcore act A Wilhelm Scream‘s newest album, “Partycrashers”.
The album was released through No Idea Records, and to celebrate the guys have released an ‘unofficial’ live music video for their song “Boatbuilders”.
Check it out here.
The video features a couple different live performances including their March 16 set at The Slidebar in Fullerton, California. Does anybody know the other venue?Add to My Radar
Detroit hardcore punk/metal act Hellmouth (featuring: Jay Navarro of Break Anchor/The Suicide Machines and Justin Malek of The Suicide Machines) has just released their covers of “Let The Day Begin” (originally by Samhain), and “Spiritual Cramp” (originally by Christian Death). The covers are available on Hellmouth’s Bandcamp page, and they are free for the first 200 downloaders.
Click here to listen and or download the covers.Add to My Radar
The fine folks at Paper + Plastick Records have released an acoustic split from Red City Radio and Pentimento, who are both playing The Fest in Gainesville this weekend, and it’s 100% free to download!
You can snatch it up (and find details on when/where the bands will be playing this weekend) right here.Add to My Radar
“Partycrasher” is set to be released on November 5th via No Idea Records.
The band has previously released a single-sided 7″ for the track “Boat Builders” last year, and a self-titled EP before that.Add to My Radar
Congratulations are in order for Red City Radio, whose phenomenal new record “Titles” won last week’s Cover Art Battle, which featured new releases from Heartsounds, Fall Out Boy, Drag The River, and more with an astounding 70% of the vote!
Congrats again to Red City Radio! You can stream “Titles” in its entirety and get all of the details on the band’s current US tour below.Add to My Radar
Pentimento‘s passion culminated last year with their self-titled. It stood true to their pop-punk influence and held its course in the roots of what made Jeremiah Pauly tick. The Buffalo foursome add a lot of structure to their musical hinges as a band pivoted on pop-punk authenticity, sheer honesty in their beliefs and overall, endearing upbringing as told from their musical novels. Inside The Sea is the album that expands on all this in just four tracks. It’s deeply personal and eclipses the musician-audience border. That boundary is gone, untethered and eclipsed by a Pentimento sound that focuses less on pop-punk but a more traditional emo-punk route.
Getting acquainted on a deeper level and in a more personal bond is what Pauly aims for. He spews on relationships as “Not So Young” and “Just Friends” would allow. It’s akin to Brand New but much more punkish and melodic. Vincent Caito generously donates his bassline offerings in a most resonating display that allows Pauly’s guitars to dance around and intersperse heavily-cutting and distorted riffs. They’re more gruff but as introspective as the album gets, the guitars inflect to carve a new niche for Pentimento fans. It’s not the band they heard before. But it’s one that ensnares you, lures you in and traps you for the audible-better. The sonic signature of Pentimento burns more in a good way, much more.
The contemporary undertones that are characteristic to them remain present but you feel they’ve just progressed much more and developed even greater as a band. It’s growth, beyond previous expectations. “Any Minute Now” strikes the listener as a nice mash-up of a calmer Vendetta Red meeting Brand New meeting of course, Jimmy Eat World – all fashioned along Pauly’s memorable vocal quota. He’s less refined in these four tracks but he’s as potent as ever. It sounds a bit demo-ish and garage-ish but they pull out the necessary stops to impress on this record.
Themes of reflection and nostalgia come abound on “It’s Okay” which takes pace off the record but still, the momentum is there. Steam is kept. This is Pentimento’s version of high-octane. It branches off from their influences, for sure, but it’s a stamp of approval on what they think of life. Make life daring, bold and switch it up a bit. That’s what Pauly and his cohorts did. They flipped their sound on its head and went faster and dirtier. Harder. And yes, stronger. So much win here. It ain’t funny.
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“Inside The Sea” is due out via new label home Paper + Plastick Records, which is super great news considering how hosed the band seemed to get when they rather unceremoniously parted ways with Panic Records prior to their self-titled (and incredibly rad) full-length last year.Add to My Radar
As you’re probably aware, Ohio pop punk group Light Years are putting out a covers EP called “Trying To Be…” Today, they’ve released another track from the project, this time it’s “All-Star Me” a classic from Saves The Day.
You can checkout Light Years’ version here.
“Trying To Be…” will be released October 23rd on Paper + Plastick Records.Add to My Radar