Something Wicked Introduces Two New Bands

Something Wicked Records is excited to announce two new signings today. They have signed Big Neil (the solo project from The Front Bottom’s bassist, Tom Warren) and The Big Easy. Both bands will be featured on a new split 7″ called I’m So Gone, I Ain’t Got No Hope and due out in early December.

Today we’ve got the premiere of a music video from each of the new bands. Big Neil’s “I Could Eat Gummy Bears All Day” and The Big Easy’s “Houston, We Have a Problem.” If you like what you hear, go pre-order the split over on Bandcamp.

Happy Thanksgiving

I just wanted to wish you all a happy Thanksgiving. I hope everyone has a wonderful day no matter what your plans are. We will be on a relaxed posting schedule for the next few days while we recover from stuffing ourselves with food, but we’ll be back in full force on Monday.

Check out the Black Friday / Cyber Monday thread in our forums if you’re looking for some good deals this weekend, and turn the music up if the family gets to be just a tad too much.

A Day to Remember Issues Statement on Lawsuit

A Day to Remember have issued a statement on the resolution of their lawsuit with Victory Records:

As many of you know, more than 5 years ago we filed a lawsuit against Victory Records seeking freedom and resolution on several issues we had with them. For the past 2 weeks we have been in court arguing our case. Yesterday, the jury came back with a unanimous verdict in the trial granting us that freedom and resolution. Thank you to the fan base for supporting us through this difficult time, we couldn’t have done this without you. This isn’t just a victory for us but also a victory for every band wronged over the years. Right doesn’t always win, but yesterday it did.

Emo Nite Announces Two-Year Anniversary Show

Emo Nite has announced their two-year anniversary lineup:

Tyson Ritter & Nick Wheeler of The All-American Rejects (acoustic), Aaron Gillespie of Underoath/The Almost (acoustic), Jordan Pundik (New Found Glory) DJ Set, Craig Owens (Chiodos / BXC) DJ Set, Cartel (DJ Set), Set Your Goals DJ Set, State Champs DJ Set, Captain Cuts (DJ Set), Fil Thorpe-Evans (Neck Deep) DJ Set, Tyler Posey (DJ Set), The Rocket Summer (DJ Set), My American Heart (DJ Set), Brian Logan Dales (The Summer Set) DJ Set, Ham On Everything (DJ Set), Team Up (UK) DJ Set, Emo Nite Bawltimore (DJ Set), Movements, I Don’t Know How But They Found Me, Tillie, Luna Shadows, Love Nothing

Tickets are now on sale.

A Day to Remember’s Lawsuit Completes; Band Awarded $4 Million Verdict

Law 360 is reporting that A Day to Remember has been freed from their Victory Records’ contract and awarded a $4 million verdict.

An Illinois federal jury released Florida-based rock band A Day To Remember from a 2006 recording contract Tuesday, finding that the band had fulfilled the five-album deal and awarding its members $4 million in withheld proceeds from music and merchandise sales.

Following a two-week jury trial and a day and a half of deliberations, an eight-person jury returned a multipage verdict that largely favored the band, also known by the initials ADTR, in a legal dispute against record label Victory Records Inc. that began in 2011.

Review: Max Fite – Shake It On Down

We’ve been hearing for years that “rock is dead,” but let’s just be honest: 2016 has been a damn fine year for rock music. Between new classics from the likes of Butch Walker and Jimmy Eat World, a Green Day album that was better than I ever expected a Green Day album would be in 2016, a sterling goodbye from Yellowcard, another strong round of emo releases led by The Hotelier, and the most ambitious Dawes album yet, 2016 has been the best year for rock in recent memory.

You can add Max Fite’s Shake It On Down to the list. An up-and-coming outfit from the Los Angeles area, Max Fite strike an effective balance between garage rock, 1990s brit pop, and whiskey-soaked southern rock. Held together by the voice of frontman Max Fitelson—who himself sounds like a mix between Craig Finn (The Hold Steady) and Noel Gallagher (Oasis), the band’s collision of different sounds coheres surprisingly well.

Review: Brand New – The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me

Brand New - The Devil and God..

In 2006, Brand New were a band known mostly for their work as one of the Long Island based pop-punk bands that managed to make it to a national stage. They were winding down from the success of their 2003 sophomore record Deja Entendu, an album that saw the band eschew the pop-punk tag in favor of more complex and dynamic songwriting, in addition to exploring more introspective themes than their contemporaries.

The sonic shift experienced between those first two records was nothing, however, when compared to the shift between the second and third. Complications arose in January of 2006 when nine demos leaked. This leak stalled the band’s creative process, further delaying their third LP. Though the band was vocal in their disappointment about these songs making it to the internet, it may have been for the best. And then, on November 21st, The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me was unleashed onto the world. I think it’s fair to say that most of the people who have listened to the record have found themselves greatly affected by it. Why is that? I can only really answer by explaining my experience.