Friday, 3 July 2015

Up & Coming Pop Punk Bands | Stay Gold

Earlier this year, Stay Gold who hail from the US, released their brand new EP, Songs About Bad Luck. We asked them a few questions to find out a bit more about them and their new EP...


WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
Kenosha, WI (US)
We’re more than proud to be midwest born and raised!

HOW DID YOU GUYS FORM?
Stay Gold originally started as a two-piece acoustic, emotional/alternative band between Kody Sullivan (Guitar/Vocals) and Mike Gaertner (Drums) who met in high school. After playing less than a handful of shows, we both realized we wanted to bring the noise. In the summer of 2013, Stay Gold became a 4-piece pop punk band with both lead and rhythm guitars, bass, drums, and two voices.

DESCRIBE YOUR MUSIC IN FIVE WORDS FOR SOMEONE WHO'S NEVER LISTENED TO YOUR MUSIC BEFORE...
Honest, Struggle-based, Boisterous, Melancholy, Relatable. 

TELL US ABOUT YOUR EP, SONGS ABOUT BAD LUCK...
Its a collection of 3 songs written during the fall and winter, touching base on change and the way life seems to drop pianos on our heads from time to time. The opening two songs focus on not being able to get over that 'certain somebody', the one who got away, and closes with the a song reminding the listener that even though life gets tough, and sometimes things dont work out the way you’ve planned, you’ll always have your home on your back, no matter what life throws at you.

Its the perfect mix of sad, fun, sing-a-long melodies all wrapped into American made Chicago hardened pop punk. It’s got an edge, but on its downtime, it’ll take you for an emotional ride through loss and perseverance. 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE SONG FROM SONGS ABOUT BAD LUCK AND WHY?
State Street in a heartbeat. It really shows the gigantic maturity our music has taken since our first EP, Sixth Avenue which was released only a year ago! Everything about that song is honest.The lyrics are no shrug of the shoulder, and the instrumentation is a perfect example of “our sound”.

HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE ARTWORK FOR SONGS ABOUT BAD LUCK?
The artwork touches ground on a lot of small details. It’s a photograph of our friend and mascot, Pat the Cat. Ironically, Pat the Cat is the underdog. He reflects everybody’s bad luck. He’s the one who was picked last in gym class, and the guy that never had the nerve to tell his dream girl how he felt. Pat the Cat is the second-best outcast.

The photograph is Pat the Cat holding a bunch of dead flowers. It symbolizes how long he’s been waiting to give them to somebody, who presumably, might be the girl he never got over, or somebody he may have lost in his past. Whomever it may be, the crumbled mess in his hand translates the time he's waited, and still - nothing. 

We all have a piece of Pat the Cat inside of us. He’s a universal icon to the ones who’ve faced struggle and resentment. When he falls on his skateboard, he gets back up, and when he spills his drink, he buys another. He’s exhausted and honestly there's not much left for him, but he keeps trying. 

IF COULD PLAY A SHOW WITH ANY BAND WHO WOULD YOU PICK?
Kody - Real Friends

Mike - Neck Deep

Peter - To fit with our genre, Title Fight, but if it were any band, definitely Converge.

WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FIVE FAVOURITE ALBUMS OF ALL TIME?
Kody: 
Floral Green - Title Fight
Suburbia, I've Given You All and Now I'm Nothing - The Wonder Years
American Radass - Dads (Best album name and best song title tracks I've ever laid my eyes on, those dudes are too funny.)

Turnover - Turnover
Blue Album - Weezer


Mike:
Rain in July - Neck Deep
Wishful Thinking - Neck Deep
Good Charlotte - Good Charlotte
Avenged Sevenfold - Avenged Sevenfold
In Love and Death - The Used
Can I actually add a sixth onto my list? AFI’s ‘Decemberunderground' is a close 5th next to 'In Love and Death’.  Both are such spectacular albums that I grew up on. It’d be wrong of me to not list them both side by side like they’ve been on my shelf for so many years.

Peter:
Axe to Fall - Converge 
Nevermind - Nirvana
The Difference Between Hell and Home - Counterparts
Rise or Die Trying - Four Year Strong
Gnarwolves - Gnarwolves 

Check out Songs About Bad Luck below:



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Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Where There's Life | EP Review

Edinburgh’s Where There’s Life have just released their new self-titled EP, which combines pop punk with heavier fragments, similar to the likes of Four Year Strong and A Day To Remember. The EP contains 5 relentless tracks which get the balance between heaviness and pop punk just right 

First of all, the EP launches into Wasted. Although the song is just over a minute long, it sets the EP off at the right pace with upbeat, melodic vocals and bold riffs.  

Up next is Lego which opens with a punchy riff. The song is vivacious and parades an abundance of energy, aided by an unforgettable chorus. The song also holds an impressive breakdown three quarters of the way through unleashing the bands heavier pop punk side.

The third track is Where We Go. The introduction is bouncy with an impressive vocal melody that immediately grasps your attention. The song is buoyant and uplifting, exhibiting a profusion of energy. The gang vocals towards serve the band well, creating a perfect excuse to sing along.

Twenty Three displays Where There’s Life’s more fervent side and they pull it off well. From just listening to this track, it would be hard to guess that the previous three tracks were cheery pop punk anthems. The song displays impassioned lyrics and coincides with vehement vocals.

Anchors returns Where There’s Life to more their chilled side. The song has a poppy chorus complimented by amiable riffs. The song is straightforward but enticing, harbouring a crisp riff just as it ends, prompting you to hit replay.  

Overall, Where There’s Life have put together an impressive EP, especially considering it was recorded in their guitarist's bedroom without external help. The juxtaposition of the soft vocals and the heavy guitar parts are a nice touch and although it’s nothing new, Where There’s Life have made it their own and have done an incredible job of it. The lyrics denote youthful themes but at no point are they futile or credulous, displaying a mature flare. If you’re a fan of Four Year Strong, A Day To Remember or Me vs Hero, definitely give these guys a listen. 

Check out the EP below:



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Knuckle Puck Release New Song

Knuckle Puck have released a new song titled True Contrite from their upcoming album Copacetic. Check it out below:

Monday, 29 June 2015

The Wonder Years To Release New Album

The Wonder Years are releasing their new album, titled No Closer To Heaven, on September the 4th. A new song and video, plus pre-orders will be released at 1am GMT, so keep your eyes peeled. Check out the artwork and tracklisting below:



1. Brothers &
2. Cardinals
3. A Song For Patsy Cline
4. I Don't Like Who I Was Then
5. Cigarettes & Saints
6. The Bluest Things On Earth
7. A Song For Ernest Hemingway
8. Thanks For The Ride
9. Stained Glass Ceilings (Featuring Jason Aalon Butler)
10. I Wanted So Badly To Be Brave
11. You In January
12. Palm Reader
13. No Closer To Heaven


Sunday, 28 June 2015

Up & Coming Pop Punk Bands | Coast To Coast


For today's up and coming post we have Coast to Coast who have just released their brand new EP, Lessons Learned. We asked the band a few questions to get to know a bit more about them...

WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
The short answer is that we're from all over, ha. Myself (Chris) and Derek are both from the same small town in the state of Kentucky in the USA. Tomo and Yuichi are both from Aichi Prefecture in Japan. Matty is originally from Brazil, but has grown up in Japan most of his life. Brent was born in the USA, but grew up in Germany and Australia. We usually just say he's Australian haha.

HOW DID YOU FORM?
Coast to Coast originally came together in late 2011, and was a creation of Brent and Tomo's. There was a short hiatus in 2013 after Brent was in an accident that left him hospitalized for a while. During that time some of the original members moved on to other things. The current lineup came together in late 2013. Brent and Matty met and became friends after Brent noticed Matty wearing the shirt of a band that he liked. Tomo and Yuichi had been friends since school. I knew Tomo from my time as an exchange student in Japan years earlier. Derek is a friend of mine from home, and we'd played in bands together before, so he came over shortly after I did.

So basically Tomo and Brent got together and talked about getting CTC rolling again. Tomo enlisted Yuichi on drums; Brent brought in Matty. Tomo asked me about guitar, and I eventually brought Derek over as well and that was that!

DESCRIBE YOUR SOUND IN FIVE WORDS FOR SOMEONE WHO MIGHT NOT HAVE LISTENED TO YOUR MUSIC BEFORE...
(1) Upbeat, (2) Driving, (3) Fun, (4) Intense, (5) Catchy.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR NEW EP, LESSONS LEARNED...
‘Lessons Learned’ is the first fully produced EP for CTC. After we all got together, we set out to define our sound. We all come from different musical and cultural backgrounds, so this EP is a mix of everything we've learned along the way... about ourselves, other people, or the world in general. For this release we chose the 5 songs that best reflected an even mix of our various influences. So there's a range of heavy to poppy, lighthearted to intense throughout.

We recorded the EP ourselves here in Japan, then had Seth Henderson at ABG Studios (Knucklepuck) do mixing and mastering. The EP will be released physically here in Japan via our label, Maxtreme Records, on July 8th. For the rest of the world, it's already available online via iTunes and Bandcamp!

 WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE SONG FROM LESSONS LEARNED AND WHY?
This is a tough question, because I feel like it changes every week almost haha. Overall, my favorite to listen to is probably the opening track, 'Empty'. It started out as my least favorite, but I've really come to like it. It's poppy and fun to listen to, but also I really like the lyrics--both their meaning and how Brent and Matty deliver them.

DO YOU PREFER RECORDING OR PLAYING LIVE?
Another tough one. I really love recording; the technicality and precision required, and being able to hear what you've created as a listener rather than a performer is all awesome... but, I definitely prefer playing live. There's nothing that can compare to putting all of your heart and all of your voice into playing the songs that you've created, and then having your fans do the same with you.

IF YOU COULD PLAY A SHOW WITH ANY BAND, WHO WOULD YOU CHOOSE?
I always want to play shows with bands I'm either (a) really into at the time, or (b) I've never seen live. Recently I've been really jamming Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! I love their style, and the blend of genres they pull off, and as a musician I'd love to watch their show to see how they do it, and what I might be able to pick up from them. We'll actually be playing a date with them and A Loss For Words on their upcoming Japan tour this September, so I'm pretty stoked for that!

WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FIVE FAVOURITE POP PUNK ALBUMS?
I'm going to give you six, if that's OK--one for each member.

Brent: Four Year Strong – Rise or Die Trying
Matty: A Day to Remember – Homesick
Tomo: Hit the Lights – Skip School, Start Fights
Yuichi: As It Is – Never Happy, Ever After
Chris: Senses Fail – Let It Enfold You
Derek: Brand New – Deja Entendu


Lessons Learned is out now! Check it out below:



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Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Slime Time: A Punk Rock Bundle


For the next seven days, Groupees is offering a bundle of 10 awesome bands' EPs and albums at different price points to raise money for Soles4Souls. For $2, (£1.32 for us Brits) you can download Slime Time: A Punk Rock Bundle, which includes music from Mean Jeans, Iron Chic, Brutal Youth, Lay It On The Line, Biffers, Surfin' Mutants Pizza Party, Straightline, Not On Tour and Blowfuse all for a great cause. Soles4Souls provides shoes for impoverished communities all over the world and you can help out by visiting the Groupees webiste. Find out more and get your bundle here.

Update: 
Once the bundle raises £1,400, Mean Jeans and Surfin' Mutants Pizza Party will be collaborating on a TV theme song and you can decide what they cover. The options include Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, Toxic Crusader, Teen Wolf, Frankenstein Jr & The Impossibles, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Biker Mice From Mars. Make sure you get your bundle and vote on a song here

Up & Coming Bands | Lexington Field


US band, Lexington Field, have just released their brand new album Greenwood. After hundreds of shows and two national tours the band are unleashing the third installment of their lively fiddle rock to the world. We spoke to vocalist, Beau Gray, to get to know a bit more about them...

WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
We are from America's Finest City...San Diego, CA

HOW DID YOU FORM?
We formed in 2009, going from playing Celtic Rock standards in Southern California pubs to writing our own unique style of music. I have been here since the beginning on vocals and guitar. Bryan Hane (guitar) also has been here since day one.  Over the last six years we have gone through some lineup changes to get us to this point - which I think is our most talented group yet. Vincent West (drums) joined the band in 2010.  AJ Belluto (guitar) toured with us in 2012 and then joined full time in 2013.  And, Tom Lazet (bass) and Olivia Buscemi (fiddle) joined the team in 2014.

DESCRIBE LEXINGTON FIELD'S MUSIC IN 5 WORDS FOR SOMEONE WHO MIGHT NOT HAVE HEARD IT BEFORE...
In two words: FIDDLE ROCK.  (That is technically 5 words...nailed it.)

TELL US ABOUT YOUR NEW FULL-LENGTH, GREENWOOD.....
Since our last full length, No Man's War, which we released back in 2013, we have added three new members - AJ, Tom, and Olivia.This rejuvenated our sound.  We started from scratch with nothing holding us back this time.The end result was Greenwood - the heaviest, most rocking album we have ever created.We joined East Grand Records last year and this will be our first release on the label.Very exciting times in the world of Lexington Field!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE SONG FROM GREENWOOD AND WHY?
My favourite song has to be "The Hitchhiker's Guide Out of Suburbia".It's a personal story of growing up in the suburbs and FINALLY, getting to the city and moving forward in life.With more and more people growing up in that sheltered world, I think the song can be an anthem to someone taking a leap of faith and embracing this crazy, fucked up world head on.

HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH ARTWORK FOR GREENWOOD?
All our album artwork in the past has been done by Jose Pimienta, who is a spectacular artist and friend of ours. But, with this new sound, new members, and I guess you can say, "new band", we wanted to do something different. I took a picture of our rehearsal space, where we wrote the album for over nine months, and added the different colors to it to represent the different influences of all the band members. We wanted something that would catch your eye. In my opinion, mission accomplished.

DO YOU PREFER RECORDING OR PLAYING LIVE?
Recording is stressful. Playing live is awesome. My answer: Playing live.

IF YOU COULD PLAY A SHOW WITH ANY BAND WHO WOULD IT BE?
We have a very eclectic mix of artists that we all would like to share the stage with. Here are the answers from each member:
Beau - MxPx
Bryan - Rise Against
Vincent - Rage Against the Machine
AJ - Black Sabbath
Olivia -  Little Tybee
Tom - Rocket From The Crypt.



Greenwood is out now! Check it out below:



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