Sunday, 26 July 2015

Great Thieves Escape 7"


On October 10th, True Trash Records and Flix Records are releasing a 7" titled Great Thieves Escape. The EP will feature Get Dead, toyGuitar, The Uprising and Lost In Society

The EP tracklist:
A1: Get Dead - Coma State
A2: The Uprising - Horizon
B1: toyGuitar - Wake the Dead
B2: Lost in Society - Second Chances

Order your copy here

Get Dead's Bandcamp | toyGuitar's Youtube | The Uprising's Bandcamp |  Lost In Society's Youtube

Up & Coming Pop Punk Bands | Face Value


Face Value, who hail from Maryland, have recently released their EP Growing Up Young. The EP holds nine tracks of relentless energy and impeccable riffs while also featuring two slower songs, showing their softer side. Face Value's sound seems to be rooted in early 2000s pop punk with a feel-good vibe that makes it easy to compare them to the bands such as The Starting Line and Yellowcard. However, they also display a more updated sound similar to Handguns and Forever Came Calling. Each song has an unforgettable chorus, which will leave you singing along after only a few listens. The band kindly answered some questions for us about Growing Up Young, where they got their band name from and their plans for the rest of summer...

WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
Face Value is from the suburbs North of Baltimore City, Maryland.

HOW DID FACE VALUE FORM?

Face Value was originally formed by current lead singer, and rhythm guitarist, Alec Myers, and former lead guitarist Garret Heydt, under the band name "Out to See" in early 2012. Shortly after the formation, the band recruited current drummer Jeremiah "Jeb" Douglas, and former member Kyle Ritter to do lead vocals. Living so close to each other, sharing a mutual love of late 90's, early 2000's pop punk, and being best friends was the basis that allowed Out to See to begin writing their first demos and playing their first shows in the Baltimore area. Witnessing the departure of initial members Kyle and Garret, and then undergoing some role changing, the band emerged as Face Value after brothers Parker Ross and Grayson Ross joined the band, meshing their unique pop rock and effect-driven sound with the fundamental raw punk tendencies Alec and Jeremiah gravitated towards. 

WHERE DID YOU GET THE NAME FACE VALUE FROM?
Although it may sound cliche, we got the name "Face Value" from a New York based pop punk band called With the Punches. Needless to say we definitely enjoyed With the Punches, and still do, even though they broke up. "Face Value" is not only a title of a song they had wrote, it is also a name that carries an idea and an attitude. "From the clothes you wear, to the car you drive, to the company you keep, they’re all just worthless commodities". It may sounds simple and sharp at first, but I think it is a line that carries a lot of weight, as well as the song in its entirety. To us, Face Value means being yourself, and not judging people by their face value. Life is more then just material things and how you look, and who you want to look like. Don't cover up who you really are, don't think celebrities and magazines are a good representation of how you should live your life. "Find your own personality, a heavy dose of humility, and you might not be a joke, to everyone around you."

TELL US A BIT ABOUT GROWING UP YOUNG...

To start off "Growing up Young" is not an EP written by one guy and it is not an EP full of bullshit. To us "Growing up Young" is an honest album simply about trying to stay young throughout all of the adversity life throws at you. Losing someone you love sucks, addiction sucks, break-ups suck and we think a lot of people will let these experiences slowly degrade them into a state of self-pity and sadness. The all-too-familiar trials and tribulations of life will definitely push you to the brink of giving up, but maintaining a positive and youthful attitude and worrying about yourself sometimes will never be a bad thing. We think the songs on our EP our very relatable, and they were not written necessarily for the sole purpose to be relatable to others, but were a way for us in Face Value to cope with our problems and sadness through music.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE SONG FROM GROWING UP YOUNG AND WHY?

Car Door is definitely our personal favorite song of the album. It is a break-up song, but I still think it is a great culmination of all of our musical styles as a band. It combines the vocal melody heavy pop punk we love with some of the harder faster punkier, pop punk that is becoming prevalent with the modern scene. The vocals are very clean and melodic yet the instrumentation still contains some beatdowny post choruses, and some double time, that really put and edge on the poppier elements. I think the song is very accessible to anyone who enjoys the genre. 

HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE ARTWORK FOR GROWING UP YOUNG?
In some way, shape, or form, we got the idea of corn. Alec our vocalist lives near a lot of cornfields, maybe Jeb ate corn that day, but for some reason we got stuck on the idea of a cornfield. We talked to good amount of graphic designers and ended up going with a guy named Chris Pappas. He really brought the idea to life and we are super happy with how the art turned out. We are currently sticking with the idea that corn grows pretty fast so in the most literal sense possible, corn gorws up young. That's all we got. 

IF YOU COULD PLAY A SHOW WITH ANY BAND WHO WOULD IT BE?
Blink-182. I think every kid who starts a band in high school wants to play a show with blink-182. It is a very universal dream. With the Punches or The Story so Far could be cool shows too. 

TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT FACE VALUE WE MIGHT BE SURPRISED TO KNOW...
Our favorite fun fact is that Jeb, our drummer, was originally asked to play piano in the band but after watching him behind a kiddy drumset for the first time, we know he was meant to bang on stuff. We actually have a video of the first time we heard Jeb drumming. We are embarrassingly moshing and skating in our former member Kyles' garage in front of a kiddie drumset. 

WHAT ARE FACE VALUE'S PLANS FOR THE REST OF THE SUMMER?

Face Value are monetarily recuperating after our first tour and are currently in talks with some new sound engineers to record a few new songs for a split potentially coming out this Fall. Mainly though we are going to be playing around Baltimore, trying to get some more exposure, promoting the new EP, and just having a good time. We will be printing physical copies of the EP for sale online and at shows, as well as getting some new merch such as shirts and stickers to be selling online and at shows. 

WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FIVE FAVOURITE POP PUNK ALBUMS?
1. Take off Your Pants and Jacket: Blink-182
2. The Young and the Hopeless : Good Charlotte
3. When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes : Yellowcard
4. The Upsides: Wonder Years
5. Under Soil and Dirt: The Story so Far



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Thursday, 23 July 2015

Knuckle Puck Stream New Album

Knuckle Puck are streaming their new album Copacetic over on Red Bull. The new album is set to be released on July 31, check it out below:



Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Up & Coming Pop Punk Bands | Why Everyone Left


Why Everyone Left are an Italian pop punk/easycore band who recently released a new video for their song, Pack Your Shit. We asked them a few questions to get to know a bit more about them...

WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
We're from Modena, Italy!

HOW DID WHY EVERYONE LEFT FORM?
We all come from other local bands that kind of broke up in the same period. We decided to start a new project and we're trying to go as far as possible.

DESCRIBE WHY EVERYONE LEFT'S MUSIC IN THREE WORDS...
Powerful, catchy, fun.

WHAT'S THE BEST THING ABOUT BEING FROM ITALY?
It may sound clichè but our food culture is amazing, really!

YOU RECENTLY RELEASED A NEW VIDEO FOR PACK YOUR SHIT, HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE VIDEO IDEA?
We wanted something funny and lively, and then we had this “Pacman thing” idea with these ghosts chasing us around the streets and a kid controlling us from an old game arcade.

IF YOU COULD PLAY A SHOW WITH ANY BAND WHO WOULD IT BE?
Probably playing with A Day To Remember. That would be the sickest thing ever!

IF YOU COULD TOUR ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD WHERE WOULD IT BE?
Probably everywhere ahah. The thing is, we've never toured outside our country yet, so we just want to tour as many countries as possible. We would love to tour Japan and the UK.

WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FIVE FAVOURITE POP PUNK/ EASYCORE ALBUMS?
Blink-182 - Enema Of The State
City Lights – In It To Win It
A Day To Remember – Homesick
New Found Glory – Sticks And Stones
The Starting Line – Say It Like You Mean It


Check out the video for Pack Your Shit below:



Why Everyone Left's Facebook | TwitterBandcamp

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Homebound | Interview


Last week, Homebound released their new EP, Permanence, which is the second release in the band's repertoire. Alongside the release, the band finished up their UK tour with Six Time Champion. Vocalist, Charlie Boughton, kindly answered some questions for us about the new EP, the UK tour and Homebound's plans for the rest if the summer...

HOW ARE YOU GUYS AND HOW HAS THE TOUR BEEN GOING?
We’re good, this tour has been way too fun! We’ve had the best company in the form of Six Time Champion and These Minds which always makes touring SO much better. We’ve got to play shows in lots of new and familiar places which are both good in equal measure. Definitely the best tour we’ve been a part of. 

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVOURITE DATE OF THE TOUR AND WHY?
Bristol was fun, we’ve always had a good time there and it didn’t disappoint this time either. I mean, who would’ve thought we’d have a push pit in our set? Although, I’m gonna say London was my favourite. Seeing kids give a shit about your band is what it’s all about. Shout out to the American dude making the most of his time in the UK to come and see us! It was a great way to end the tour.

YOU'VE JUST RELEASED YOUR NEW EP PERMANENCE, TELL US A BIT ABOUT IT...
It relates a lot to the feeling that everything around you is changing while your still the same person struggling to kick start your life. There’s that fear that the same opportunities aren’t coming for you as they are for others and being left behind, only making you doubt yourself and every decision you make. I think these are sentiments that a lot of people can relate to at some point in their own life and situation. 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE TRACK FROM PERMANENCE AND WHY?
I like them all for different reasons! Probably Blossom? I think it shows the most progression musically from our last release. Lyrically, Cave In captures the essence of the EP and ends the record on a positive message…So maybe Cave In. I’m very indecisive, I’m sorry.

HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE ARTWORK FOR PERMANENCE
All credit goes to Jordan Pryke for this one as he absolutely nailed it. We gave him a pretty brief outline of the meaning behind ‘Permanence’, mainly highlighting the feelings of being left behind and struggling to break out of the rut we get ourselves into which he quite literally captured. We as a band like interesting artwork and all the fine details put into it that you don’t always notice on first look. We couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.  

WHO ARE YOUR GUYS' FAVOURITE UK POP PUNK BANDS?
Boston Manor are firm favourites of ours, they’re good guys too. Six Time Champion, Ca$h Boat ROAM, These Minds, WSTR, Best Years. Too many to name these days which just shows you the strength in depth the UK scene has right now.

IF YOU COULD PLAY A SHOW WITH ANY BAND WHO WOULD IT BE?
I think we’d all have a different answer but there’s a few we’re bound to agree on. Blink and Sum 41 are no brainers. Might be a weird show but Limp Bizkit would also be sick. 

WHAT ARE HOMEBOUND'S PLANS AFTER THE RELEASE OF PERMANENCE AND THE UK TOUR?
More touring hopefully! We’re dead happy with these tracks and just wanna keep playing them to as many new and familiar faces. We’ve started writing a few bits here and there as we don’t want to wait another year before releasing something new if we can help it.

Permanence is out now. Check out the video for Worthwhile below: 



Homebound's Facebook | Twitter | Bandcamp

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Yeah Detroit Announce European Tour

Yeah Detroit will be commencing on a European tour this August with special guests, Earl Grey. To raise some funds Yeah Detroit have reduced their T-shirts to £5 on their merch store (pick yours up here). Check out the dates below: 



Yeah Detroit's Facebook | Twitter | Bandcamp
Earl Grey's Facebook | Bandcamp

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Landmarks Release New Video

Landmarks have released a new video for their song Worse For Wear, which appears on their recent EP Fighting Gravity. Check it out below: