Hanalei will be releasing his fourth LP Black Snow on March 12th via AF Records. While AF is known as a punk label, Hanalei is of decidedly different stock – if you like the folkier side of The Weakerthans or Kevin Devine you’ve got an idea of what to expect from Hanalei. This is never better exemplified than on “Steep Ravine,” the seventh track from Black Snow that we’re premiering today.
Brian had this to say about the song:
[It] draws parallels between the loss of love and the loss of the environment. A female narrator residing in the barren and nearly lifeless western fringes of Marin County, CA is crippled by grief and nostalgia. Memories of rain, redwoods, owls, and a deceased lover paint the monochromatic landscape in every shade of gone.
Stream it below. Read More “Hanalei – “Steep Ravine” (Song Premiere)”
Big Loser put out one of the most underrated albums of last year, Love You, Barely Living. Mixing punk and Americana a la The Menzingers or The Gaslight Anthem, Big Loser catalogued struggles with addiction and relationships coming to an end. But through it all Love You, Barely Living is positively anthemic. The band is getting ready to press the album to vinyl for the first time, nearly a full year after its release. To celebrate, we’re proud to premiere an acoustic session by frontman Chase Spruiell in which he performs “Post-Almost-Overdose” and a performance of Billie Eilish’s “I Love You” acoustic. Stripped down, “Post-Almost-Overdose” takes on a whole new level of melancholy, while his take on “I Love You” retains the haunting atmosphere of the original.
Check those out below, and if you like what you hear, pre-order Love You, Barely Living on vinyl.. Read More “Big Loser – “Post-Almost-Overdose” and “I Love You (Billie Eilish)” (Acoustic) (Video Premiere)”
Much has been made about if Camp Trash is a real band or not. Sure, we’re heard rumors of such a band existing – hell we’ve even heard a few songs from the mysterious quartet. Today, however, will hopefully serve as evidence that “Camp Trash” is actually “a band” that plays a style of “emotional rock and roll” in the vein of scene staples like The Get Up Kids, Oso Oso, and the like because we are premiering their debut release Downtiming. The four-track extended play will hit streaming services this Friday, January 22nd, via Count Your Lucky Stars Records but you can exclusively stream it here this week (and then smash that pre-order). And just like Big Foot or the Loch Ness Monster, you’ll find your ears believing in the legend of Camp Trash. Read More “Camp Trash – ‘Downtiming’ (Album Premiere)”
Today I’m thrilled to share the brand new video from Left Field Messiah called “Fuzz Machine.” Left Field Messiah is comprised of lead vocalist Steve Bays (Hot Hot Heat), Jeremy Ruzumna (Fitz and the Tantrums) and Erik Janson (Wildling) who have come together to create some great, energetic, genre-blending tunes. The band had this to say about this latest single:
Fuzz Machine was the third song we wrote for the record. It was also the song that inspired our band name because of the chaos and freedom we felt while working on it. It was a late night in the studio after finishing work on our second song when Jeremy started playing a nylon string guitar sample on his keyboard. We began laying down parts with odds and ends around the studio—a banjitar, harmonica, and then we frenetically recorded the intro vocals, which led to Steve grabbing a handheld mic and recording his vocals with the studio speakers on full blast. It felt raw, it felt right, and it helped the three of us to see through the haze of some toxic relationships we were in.”
Left Field Messiah will be releasing their debut full-length LP called In Praise of Bombast on February 12, 2021. Read More “Left Field Messiah – “Fuzz Machine” (Video Premiere)”
Today I’m pleased to premiere the brand new single from Who Will Meet Me At The Gates, called “Wet Cement.” Who Will Meet Me at the Gates is the latest installment in the ever-expanding universe of The Inevitables. Initially conceived as a soundtrack album and comic book, The Inevitables is evolving into a multilayered, multimedia project that extends into toys, art, and branded collectibles. On October 16th, the first single “Good Grief” dropped from a new five-song acoustic EP, featuring a veritable punk rock supergroup featuring members of Pears, Less Than Jake, The Jeff Rosenstock Band, Big D and the Kids Table, and Westbound Train.
As with the rest of the Inevitables project, the group was not satisfied stopping with music. For the graphic side of the concept, they brought in Portland-based artist Tomo77 to lend a visual experience to the songs. The result is a 6-print series reflecting the impact of the pandemic amid a tumultuous and changing social and racial landscape. Rendered in isolation, Tomo77’s images explore themes of racism, police brutality and a society in the throes of political chaos and disease, entwined with symbolism reminiscent of the middle ages. The art will be made available in a limited run of numbered and embossed prints.
If you like what you hear, you can stream the album here. Read More “Who Will Meet Me At The Gates – “Wet Cement” (Song Premiere)”
Today I’m pleased to share the single premiere from the Chicago-based, Rock/Post-metal duo named Apolar. called “Stargazer.” The track comes from their third EP, STS-51-I, that is a concept record based around NASA’s Challenger mission in 1986, where the shuttle exploded on its way into orbit. The song reminds me of bands such as Explosions in the Sky and Align In Time, and makes for a great listening experience. If you enjoy what you hear, you can pre-order the new EP on Bandcamp. Read More “Apolar. – “Stargazer” (Song Premiere)”
Goings have signed to the ever-underappreciated Know Hope Records ahead of the release of their new album, It’s For You. The band’s brand of indie-rock, which mixes the math energy of heavyweights like Dryjacket with the quirky pop of a band like Motion City Soundtrack, is sure to warm up your autumn. We’re excited to premiere the band’s latest single, “Trying Dying,” which is a delightful taste of what to expect from their debut LP. Read More “Goings – “Trying Dying” (Video Premiere)”
Today I’m pleased to premiere the latest single from The Inevitables called “The Weight of the Worry.” For those unfamiliar with this ska/punk supergroup project, they are featuring current and former members of a bunch of incredible bands including Vinnie Fiorello (Less Than Jake), Obi Fernandez (Westbound Train), Matt Appleton (Reel Big Fish), Billy Kottage (the Interrupters), John DeDomenici (Jeff Rosenstock, Bomb The Music Industry!), Alex Stern and Jon Degen (Big D And The Kids Table) and Sean-Paul Pillsworth (Nightmares For A Week).
If you like what you hear as much as I do, you can pre-save the song here. Also, pre-orders are now live. Read More “The Inevitables – “The Weight of the Worry” (Song Premiere)”
Today we’re excited to be premiering the new video from Broken Glowsticks for their song “Dancing on My Own.” Broken Glowsticks is the new side project from AJ Perdomo of The Dangerous Summer. The song is available on all streaming platforms and up at Molly Water Music for purchase.
AJ had this to say about the new project:
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This is the new track from my side project Broken Glowsticks, this will be an outlet I use quite frequently in parallel to The Dangerous Summer in order to exercise my songwriting muscles. I spend a lot of hours working on songs that I worry may never see the light of day unless I create a new outlet for them. I want to have fun in this space; I think the second single will shock people a lot more, but this is my nice introduction into the world I am creating. Produced by Will Beasley, drums by Aaron Gillespie, and music video by Nick Marfing of Altamira Films. Leaving Hopeless and starting Molly Water Music really opened up my creative side, and maybe I am crazy, but I want a place for me and my friends to release whatever we feel. I think the quicker I can get my words into the listeners’ ears; we will be that much closer to something that is real.
Today we’re excited to bring you the premiere of Goalkeeper’s new video for “Just Say It.”
Goalkeeper are a pop-punk band out of Philadelphia signed to Lost Music Collective. They’ll be releasing their new EP, Life in Slow Motion, on September 25th. The album produced by Kevin Mahoney of Hit The Lights/Joywave, engineered by Will Pugh of Cartel, and mixed & mastered by Seb Barlow. Like pop-punk? You’re probably gonna like this. Read More “Goalkeeper – “Just Say it” (Video Premiere)”
Today I’m happy to share with you the exclusive video premiere of “The Worst Part of December,” the great new single by Barely Civil. Frontman Connor Erickson had this to say about the direction of the record, “I feel like our music revolves around the process of analyzing who we are and where we come from. Possibly, even, where we belong.”
Barely Civil’s new album, I’ll Figure This Out, will be released on September 4th via Take This to Heart Records. Pre-orders are now up. Read More “Barely Civil – “The Worst Part of December” (Video Premiere)”
Today I’m pleased to premiere the new lyric video from ZIMINY, the electro-synth project from former AWOLNATION bassist Dave Amezuca. This song, “Summer Nights” has a vibe fully entrenched in the 60’s-80’s noteworthy artists such as Elton John, The Doors, Chicago and David Bowie, but with a more modern twist.
Amezuca has drawn inspiration from other modern artists such as Cage the Elephant, Tame Impala, as well as his old stomping grounds in AWOLNATION. Amezuca had this to say about his current project’s direction:
It’s strange it’s taken 10 years of playing music professionally to sit in the chair that sort of started it all for me. I would consider the direction of the sound direction-less, or no genre, as I have so many influences that will inspire a different shade of a song. To start things off, I wanted to introduce something that feels old and new at the same time. There’s a clear 80’s formula found in ‘Summer Nights,’ however I hope the take away is that of a fresh perspective. I was inspired by Stranger Things. You feel like you’ve been transported to the 80’s, but at the same time you also know it’s 2020. It’s just works, and you love it. That was my approach with ‘Summer Nights.’ However the Love Language LP covers many different textures, feelings and attitudes. My inspirations are varied so I wanted to bring them all together in one place. I’m very eager to share this music with the world
If you like this song as much as I do, you can pre-save the track on Spotify. ZIMINY’s debut LP, Love Language will be available everywhere music is sold on August 21st. Read More “ZIMINY – “Summer Nights” (Video Premiere)”
Today I’m happy to share the latest single from Holy Pinto, called “Malady.” This track comes from the latest trio of singles under the Holy Trinity record, and this track in particular reminds me of Interpol-inspired rock. The last song, called Acquaintances, Friends, Love Ends” was released in October, but the current single can be streamed below and it’s their best yet.
If you like what you hear, be sure to buy the Holy Trinity Singles Club.
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Today I’m pleased to premiere the new music video from Linen Closet called “Warning Sign.” This Austin-based band is known for their unique brand of shimmering indie-rock with great melodic moments. If you like what you hear, be sure check out their self-titled album.
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Today I’m pleased to share the new single from Pelafina called “Blue and Gold.” This four-piece emo rock band from Chicago is poised for big things this year as their sound is reminiscent of bands such as Moneen and The Graduate. You can pre-save this single on Spotify and stream it below.
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