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Holy. Fucking. Shit. Those were the exact words that came out of my mouth when I first heard The Greatest Sons. This Canadian 3-piece's debut EP "We'll Take The Road" is pure perfection and it's got a little bit of something just about everyone can enjoy, mixing the fast-paced fury of NOFX with the The Bouncing Souls' bass-heavy sound and The Loved Ones' melodicism. That's all I've really got to say - stop reading this and go over to Bandcamp and listen to this bad ass EP!
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Kevin Seconds’ special brand of broody, vaguely rockabilly-esque acoustic (as is the wont for your traditional punk frontman’s solo efforts) hits a more optimistic peak with this latest full-length.
A recent interview that I conducted with the man himself here touches upon the reasons behind his newest lease on life: Kevin and Allyson Seconds (who continues to provide backup guitar and vocals for this EP) were struggling to reconnect after the closure of their duly run café, The True Love Coffee House. Once Kevin was able to slow himself down long enough to listen to his wife’s concerns more (and honor them,) “Off Stockton” emerged like a phoenix from the rubble. Kevin points to “O Let Me Try,” in particular, as that moment of clarity for him, when he knew that he and Ally were officially over the hump.
Kevin also leaves the fuck-ups on the album – his trademark – which remind us all not to take life too fucking seriously. “Off Stockton” is a nice addition to your more mellow collection, and you can laugh along as he instructs us to “Get these idiots to sing” in “Run Run Run.”
The album tells the man’s personal story beautifully, and you can’t help but relate. Kevin still keeps the 7 Seconds vibe alive with “Broken And The Bend” with lyrics like “We’re fighting people with our voices and our fists, but none of expect much victory tonight.”
Because Kevin is careful to keep the vibe consistent, I am confident that any fan will be happy to have a copy of this LP in their collection.
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As you’re probably aware, Dave Hause is currently in the midst of a mammoth 70-date tour of the US and Canada in support of his stellar sophomore album, “Devour.” During a recent stop in Toledo, Hause stopped by the Little Elephant studio and recorded an acoustic version of the track “Bricks.” It’s a pretty touching song; hell, it even got Chuck Ragan choked up. Check it out below.Add to My Radar
Good news for all you fans of For The Fallen Dreams.
The Detroit hardcore act have unveiled plans for a brand new full-length entitled “Heavy Hearts.” It’s due out April 8th via Rise Records (that’s the cover art up above), and marks the band’s first new material with frontman Chad Ruhlig since their 2008 debut album (he rejoined the band last year).
The band also debuted the new track “Emerald Blue” today. You can stream it below.
For The Fallen Dreams’ last album was 2010′s “Back Burner.”Add to My Radar
Noteable bands from previous announcements include The Lillingtons, SNFU, Night Birds, The Flatliners, The Front Bottoms, Russ Rankin, The Swellers, Chixdiggit!, The Menzingers, Dillinger Four, Mad Caddies, and Reagan Youth, among many others.Add to My Radar
Bonnaroo is known for having increasingly random lineups as the years go on, but this year’s may take the cake. The headliners are Elton John, Kanye West, Lionel Richie (seriously) and Jack White. The lineup also includes the likes of Skrillex, Ice Cube, Neutral Milk Hotel, Mastodon and Meshuggah. Representing the punk scene will be The Bouncing Souls, Lucero and City and Colour. Weird.
More lineup information here…but you’re probably not going. Bonnaroo takes place June 12-15 in Manchester, Tennessee.Add to My Radar
As you may or may not know, Danny Thompson, drummer from veteran SoCal punk band Face To Face, co-founded a music school in Southern California (Costa Mesa, to be exact) a number of years ago. It’s called The Music Factory, and it provides a full gamut of music lessons to students interested in all things performance related. More info here.
Anyway, The Music Factor has announced plans for what their calling “A Tribute to SoCal Punk Bands.” It’s effectively a music recital where bands comprised of Music Factory students will tackle songs by Strung Out, The Offspring, Social Distortion, Bad Religion, Pennywise, X and Blink 182. Oh, and Face To Face, of course (no pressure to whomever is on that team). Click here for more information.Add to My Radar
Issues is the followup release to the band’s 2012 EP Black Diamonds.Add to My Radar
“Stingray Affliction” will appear on Issues’ forthcoming, self-titled debut album, due February 18 via Rise Records. The album serves as a follow-up to the band’s 2012 EP Black Diamonds.Add to My Radar