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Album Review: Bracket – “Too Old To Die Young”

Too Old To Die Young is a sentiment that rings true to plenty of us aging punks, living for high Beats Per Minute and living with high blood pressure. It also encapsulates the timeless feel to this record.

Bracket are self proclaimed musical ‘misfits’ and were somewhat coerced into making this album by Fat Mike. They live in the cracks between punk and pop punk – as well as flirting with other genres –  but here they have produced an album that will make perfect sense to punks of all varieties and ages. If your dad keeps harping on about 80s punk, then firstly I’m sorry for your troubles, but here is an album for both of you!

This is not an attempt to reinvent any wheels. They’ve been there, done that. This is simple and pure punk rock songwriting, delivered with melodic aplomb. It’s a blend of old and new that bridges the generational gap between The Ramones and Masked Intruder.

“Cloud Ate” takes some bouncy baby steps to start the album, with an improvised guitar riff, before immediately finding it’s stride and setting the pace for what’s to come. There is a beauty in the simplicity of the songs; a sense of pure joy that emanates through each track. With some frankly delightful Oohs N Aahs in the background.

That’s right, I said delightful. Because this album is delightful and I don’t think Bracket give a shit if it’s punk rock or not. The vocal duties are traded, shared and intentionally layered in a way that sounds like The Beach Boys if they actually got into the whole Charles Manson cult thing.

Aptly enough “A Perfect Misfit” is one of the standout songs here, combining all the best elements of the album into a punky brew. There are self-deprecating lyrics across most of the 26 minutes of the LP, but one benefit of growing older is that you run out of fucks to give. Sure, they may not have made it big. Sure, they might on average be the wrong side of 40. But they are a band who are comfortable in their sound, even if they might not be as comfortable in their skin.  

This is a great little power pop album, just in time for summer. Fat Mike has made some questionable choices in his life, but convincing Bracket to go ahead with this album is not one of them.

4.5/5 Stars


Bracket streaming new album “Too Old To Die Young”

California-based pop-punks Bracket are streaming their new album Too Old To Die Young. Set to be released May 31st through Fat Wreck Chords, this is the first new album from the pop-punk vets since 2017’s concept single-song album The Last Page back in 2017. If you haven’t had a chance to check out any of the singles off the new album you are missing out, this is by far this Dying Scenesters favorite Bracket release to date.

Check out the new album below.

As mentioned above, this is the first new music from Bracket since 2017’s The Last Page. 

Bracket (Pop Punk, CA) Stream Single “Arting Starvist” From Forthcoming Album, “Too Old to Die Young”

Ahead of their latest album’s release date, California pop punkers Bracket are allowing fans to steam their newest single. “Arting Starvist” is taken from Too Old to Die Young, which is scheduled for release on Fat Wreck Chords on May 31. You can check it out below.

“Arting Starvist” is the second single from the latest effort from the veteran quartet. It follows “Canned in the Food Drive”, which came out earlier this year.

Bracket to release new album “Too Old To Die Young” on Fat Wreck, stream new song “Canned From The Food Drive”

Well now, look who’s back on the Fat Wreck roster. It’s California pop-punk veterans Bracket and it appears they’ll be putting out a new album titled “Too Old To Die Young” on May 31st. Don’t remember Bracket? Do remember but want to know how they sound today? Give “Canned From The Food Drive,” the first single from the upcoming album, a listen below.

Pre-order the album here.

Bracket confirm follow up to “The Last Page”

They may have only released their last album back in August, but Bracket are following up one song, concept album “The Last Page” with a new record. Original news about the album was published by Punknews – and has since been confirmed by the band on their Facebook page.

The band are apparently working on recording vocals currently. The album comprises 12 tracks, that the band described as “short and loud.” It is expected to be released later this year. 

Bracket streaming new one-track album – ‘The Last Page’

California pop-punk veterans Bracket are now streaming their new album, The Last Page, in its entirety with our friends over at For The Love Of Punk. Go give it a listen over here.

The album features just one song, “Warren’s Song Pt. 28,” albeit it a 70-minute one. The album is officially due out tomorrow (August 5th) and you can order your digital or CD copy right here.

The Last Page is Bracket’s first album since Hold Your Applause, which came out two years ago to the date of the new album.

Bracket unveil cover art, announce release date for new album “The Last Page”

You probably already heard California pop-punk vets Bracket have a new album coming out, and now you can check out the cover art (to the left) and know when you can pick it up (August 5th).

The album, titled The Last Page, is actually just one long song (70 minutes), titled “Warren’s Song Part 28.” Give a listen to 5 minutes of the song over here.

The Last Page will be Bracket’s first album since 2014’s Hold Your Applause.

Bracket (pop punk) stream five minutes of new album “Warren’s Song Pt. 28”

Bracket is proud to share with you five minutes of their new album Warren’s Song Pt. 28, which you can find below. Warren’s Song Pt. 28 is actually one entire 70 minute song, talk about non-stop pop punk.

Stay tuned as the band announces an official release date (aiming for summer 2016). This will be the newest release from Bracket since their full length Hold Your Applause (2014).

Angelo Celli (Bracket) covers The Muffs song “I Wish that I Could Be You”

Angelo Celli, the guitarist of California pop-punk band Bracket, is streaming a cover of  The Muffs‘ song “I Wish that I Could Be You.”

You can give it a listen below.

Angelo has been posting original solo tunes as well as covers periodically on his Bandcamp page. Bracket most recently released Hold Your Applause in 2014 via Head2Wall Records.

Bracket guitarist Angelo Celli announces solo project

Angelo Celli, the guitarist of California pop-punk band Bracket, has a new solo project, and  you can check out the track “There’s Poison in Your Heart” below.  Celli has promised to release one new song per month for an indefinite length of time. As Celli says, “I plan on going for a while.”  At the end, he may release the material as a solo album.

If you like what you hear, you can follow Celli on Facebook and BandCamp.

Bracket most recently released Hold Your Applause in 2014 via Head2Wall Records.

Music Video: Bracket – “Fairweathered Friend”

California pop-punk veterans Bracket have released a new video for their song “Fairweathered Friend.”

You can check it out below.

“Fairweathered Friend” comes from the bands’ latest album, Hold Your Applause, which was released digitally and on CD on August 5th, 2014, and on vinyl on September 30th through Head2Wall Records.

Marty Gregori Jr (Bracket) releases debut solo album

Marty Gregori Jr (frontman for Californian pop-punk band Bracket) has just released his debut solo album entitled “String Quartet No.1 in F Major”. The release is a collection of ideas Gregori has been working on for the past decade, finally seeing the light of day.

You can preview the album here, and stay tuned for more updates and tour dates as they become available.

Here’s what Marty had to say about the debut solo release,

This is a compilation of a few of my musical experiments from the past ten years. I have been lucky enough to play with a group of my favorite musicians and best friends known as Bracket. I suppose it is normal for a musician to try and see what he/she can do on his own. I think it is good for me to push myself beyond my limits so I can become a better musician and songwriter. On this Cd, I include: a Classical style string quartet, two Blues tunes, some soft acoustic songs, a bit of country and bluegrass and even a tiny bit of a Christmas Carol. These are mostly rough demos and casual recordings that I never intended to release, but decided “What the Hell?” I am especially proud of my String Quartet. I wrote it in 2006 and it took me eight years to get up the nerve to show it to somebody. I finally contacted Rachel Turner Houk and The Synchronicity Strings and we recorded it on January 26th 2014. The quartet only had a couple hours to rehearse it and we recorded only two takes of each movement. I don’t imagine that this will be a favorite in anyone’s music collection, but I hope that there will be someone out there who will enjoy hearing me try some different styles of music.

DS Staff Picks – Top 10 Albums of 2014 (Lauren Mills)

What’s up? My name’s Lauren and I have been lucky enough to write for DyngScene for four years. 2014 has been decent. I saw some killer punk shows and made a new friend. I put together my first compilation for charity. If you haven’t checked it out, please do. All proceeds go to the SPCA. Ryan of Off With Their Heads started his podcast Anxious & Angry and it rules. I also checked out a ton of music. Below are my top 10 favorite albums of 2014.

Full Album Stream: Bracket – “Hold Your Applause”

Though their new album Hold Your Applause was released digitally and on CD over a month ago, Bracket hadn’t made it available for streaming until now.  Head over here to give the record a listen if you haven’t already.

Hold Your Applause was released on vinyl today, September 30th through Head2Wall Records. The first pressing of the double LP is limited to 300 copies, and you can get yours here.

Album Review: Bracket – “Hold Your Applause”

Eight years is a long time. In that time, people can graduate from several schools and/or programs. Entire relationships can form and end during that period. Several American presidential administrations can (theoretically) go by. Sometimes bands will go the whole spell with only putting out one new EP. And other times, bands will go that whole time without putting out any new music, period. This is where Bracket comes in. Okay, so they released a series of b-sides and rarities compilations throughout 2013, but the band’s newest offering, Hold Your Applause, marks their first album of brand new material since 2006’s Requiem. And don’t worry, the next chapter of “Warren’s Song” made the cut.

Musically speaking, Hold Your Applause mostly picks up where Requiem left off, and depending on how you like your Bracket, this is either perfect news or disastrous news. A majority of the album pushes the band’s sound further into melodic power pop territory, with plenty of vocal harmonies to go around and an expansion of instrumentation that includes ukuleles and mandolins on several tracks (including lead single “She’s My Eraser”, “Mandy Lynn” and the sole stinker on the album “Daddy-in-Law”). That’s not to say that Bracket doesn’t also crank it up to 11 sometimes, with a handful of faster tracks (“The Opportunist”, “Wrong (What Am I Doing?)”) that keep the album rooted in punk. The contrast between the styles isn’t as jarring as it sounds (except for “Daddy-in-Law”), and it helps to re-establish Bracket’s laid-back punk identity after the long break for anyone who might have forgotten.

If Hold Your Applause has any major faults, it’s that it runs on for too long. There are sure to be people out there who appreciate getting as much new Bracket music as possible, but long play times and punk albums don’t normally have a history of mixing very well and Hold Your Applause is no exception. Sixteen songs in just under fifty minutes doesn’t necessarily break the album, but even if three or four songs had been saved for a companion EP (or if “Daddy-in-Law” had been left on the cutting room floor… sorry guys, I just really don’t like that song) it would make it a much more compact listen.

All-in-all, Hold Your Applause is a welcome return for Bracket to the recorded world. Between its Wilson-esque harmonies and the new instruments added to the mix, the band progresses their mellow-punk sound without disregarding everything that’s come before. In other words, it’s the next logical step for them. Word has it that they’re already in the beginning stages of recording a new album [possibly about food], but don’t let that fool you into thinking that Hold Your Applause is merely a warmup for Bracket to get back into the swing of things in the studio. Despite its title, this album deserves at least the beginning rounds of a slow clap.

4 / 5

RIYL: Lagwagon, Me First and the Gimmie Gimmies, The Gamits