It’s been nearly two years since our friends in Shiffley dropped new tunes but they’re back with a new track “RI₵H KIDS!” The new song brings their signature synth pop sweetness but if you dig deeper, it grapples with feelings of social inadequacy and despair built into a broken system.
We hopped on a virtual hangout to chat about the new song, their quarantine activities, and what’s on the horizon for the band in the coming year. Watch our interview with singer/songwriter Alex Gaines and drummer Bryan Contreras below!
Be sure to stream “RI₵H KIDS” on your favorite music platform now.
Inspired by the pop punk they grew up on, Travis Mills and Nick Gross enlisted legendary producer John Feldmann for their debut as girlfriends.
Travis Mills tossed his hip hip sound to the side to explore a more accurate sonic portrait of his emotional catharsis and process his feelings while tapping into influences like blink-182, 5SOS, All Time Low, Phoenix, and The 1975.
“This record has been a long time coming,” shares Mills. “It encapsulates all of my teenage despair with a perspective I haven’t been able to articulate until these last 5 years. It’s an exercise in honesty, vulnerability, angst and excitement with nostalgia as the glue that holds it all together. This is my journal entry. This is my life. This is girlfriends.”
Travis enlisted his good friend, Nick Gross and before they knew it, they had practically written the debut album. Nick said, “All the worlds collided between what Feldmann was already doing with his production style and where Travis wanted to go musically,”Nick explains.“It’s been really cool and went really quickly.We wrote close to 20 songs in just a few months.”
girlfriends brings the spirit of pop punk back to the forefront of music and seamlessly weaves in pure power pop groundwork from early CashCash and Boys Like Girls to 5SOS. With the help of John Feldmann, the record is catchy AF and an instant classic.
Watch the official video for girlfriends’ debut single “California” below.
girlfriends’ debut self-titled album drops Friday, October 23rd, 2020. Fans can pre-save the album now!
Yours Truly are poised to have the greatest breakout of 2020 with their debut record, “Self Care” due out September 18th on UFND.
With the average age of 21, lead vocalist Mikaila Delgado, guitarists Teddie Winder-Haron and Lachlan Cronin, and drummer Bradley Cronan, thrust themselves into unraveling the biggest year of their career, from incessant touring, mounting imposter syndrome, and more to write the best debut album we could have imagined from the Sydney, Australia natives.
Titling the record, “Self Care,” the band are wearing their hearts on their sleeves using the record as a vital antidote to the whirlwind they lived in for so long.
Right off the bat, “Siamese Souls” grips you with a pedal to the metal intensity we haven’t seen in a long time and it’s exactly the kind of urgency that propels this record forward.
Early releases, “Composure” and “Together” spun well deserved noise around the new record as “Vivid Dream” paints the reality that Yours Truly were living in. Not being home for more than two weeks at a time takes a toll on you. “Vivid Dream” might be our favorite track on the record, complete with an acoustic drop that comes back in and hits you square in the chest with everything this record brings to the table.
Mikaila recalls how her long distance relationship broke down, how each member could barely hold down a job, and the fear of time and distance of touring would suck away her reality of home. Guitarist Teddie Winder-Haron adds that having just graduated high school, “While all of our friends started going to uni and getting ‘proper’ jobs, I could see I was going off in the complete opposite direction to everyone else.” That feeling of out of touch with his world back home eventually sparked the inspiration to write the record.
Yours Truly tapped producer Stevie Knight (Stand Atlantic and Between You & Me) and together they harnessed the collective power of the pop punk and turned it into an anthemic rock album that will cement the band’s rightful place in the scene.
Tracks like “Ghost” and “Funeral Home” display the clever, cathartic effort that lays any ideas that Yours Truly may not belong in the game, if not for anyone else, but the band themselves.
“Undersize” is a tender, heart on her sleeve track Mikaila wrote for a friend of hers trying to navigate the various obstacles in life, “I wrote this just to let them know that I’m here for them through all of that.”
“Half Of Me” and “HeartSleeve” are two super vulnerable tracks, letting light shine into the darkest parts of the band’s past year. The latter closes the record and stitches together a positive, uplifting blanket saying “you will be ok, take time out and be kind to yourself.”
The album cover art, designed by Sydney-based artist and photographer Georgia Maloney, further propels sentiment behind the title, “Self Care,” a crocheted human heart intertwining with the body while flowers grow from the veins. Mikaila recalls feeling only thinly stitched together at times and explains the style reflects feelings of holding the broken pieces together and intends to ignite a sense of comfort.
“We really learnt and lived a lot in one year, writing these songs allowed me to understand myself on a whole new level throughout it all,” she closes. “The experience was a true form of self-care that ended with me feeling stronger, smarter, enlightened and positive after a rollercoaster of emotions. For me, this album was my version of soaking in vanilla candles and that comforting taste of chocolate and red wine under blankets. We hope it brings solace to whoever listens to it and can relate too.”
Watch the official video for “Funeral Home” below!
Hailing from Australia, Yours Truly are cementing their name as the next big thing. The band have already made a name for themselves in the scene after hitting the road with Senses Fail, Sum 41, and more while writing and releasing some of the most earnest pop punk tracks since Paramore hit the airwaves almost 16 years ago.
Yours Truly’s debut album, Self Care is due out September 18th and if the singles they’ve released so far are any indication, this record is laying the groundwork for a long tenure in the pop punk scene. Lead singles, “Undersize”, “Together”, and “Composure” pair catchy hooks with diary lyricism tying the record together to help realize “that you have the strength to shape your own future and learning to treat yourself more kindly along the way.” Yours Truly’s debut EP is an inward look at singer Mikaila Delgado conquering her own personal struggles.
The band’s latest single, “Undersize” is an acoustic driven track written by Delgado for a friend going through their own battles. “This song is really a letter to a close friend of mine,” she says. “While watching them navigating their life through all the ups, downs and obstacles life throws at them, I wrote this just to let them know that I’m here for them through all of that.”
Watch the official video for “Undersize” below!
We can’t wait to hear what Yours Truly have been working on after a monumental 2019 and unraveling the year personally and professionally while reflecting and coping to write a debut album. Now, the band have their sights set on the year ahead that includes a slot on Sad Summer Fest 2021 with All Time Low, The Story So Far, Movements, The Maine, Grayscale, and Destroy Boys.
Pre-orders for Self Care are available now through the UNFD store – the first 100 preorders come with a free self care album art patch! More more information and other platform pre-orders, click here.
Awich, short for “Asia Wish Child,” has established herself as one of Japan’s top hip hop artists and is set to redefine the hierarchy of the community. The Okinawa-born MC has become one of the most fierce acts, balancing swaggering numbers and swinging lyrical flexes most MC’s can only dream of.
Her musical journey began with a chance trip to a CD store thanks to her cousin. “My cousin wanted to go. I went, and she said I could pick whatever I wanted, and she’d rent it for me.” It’s important to note that hip hop was starting to redefine the direction of popular music in Japan thanks to American artists getting more time in the spotlight and domestic artists rising up to the mainstream. Intrigued by the genre, then teen Awich “went to the hip hop section, and just closed my eyes and picked one. That was 2Pac’s All Eyez On Me.”
She did her homework on 2Pac, reading his lyrics, listening to all of his interviews, and was totally captured by what she heard. Awich had been writing poetry since she was 9 so she learned to bend the art towards music and continued to learn the history and style of hiphop.
The lead single from her brand new, major label debut Partition, “Shook Shook” was shaped after one memorable headline show. “I did a headline set at a show with a whole bunch of dude rappers. Real macho dudes. They all went before me…but I was the headline. A woman, as the finale, like a queen. Like a boss bitch,” she says. “The audience didn’t expect that…a girl, after all these dudes?”
Awich’s latest single, “Bad Bad” has a more “vibe-y” feel than “Shook Shook” and shows off how multifaceted she is. The track focuses the uncertainty of new love, from the strength of taking on the world with someone new by your side, to the strange feeling of weakness around wanting someone to stay. The video for “Bad Bad” was scouted by Awich, filmed on her home island of Okinawa and features real life friends and her daughter, showcasing her life and love on the island. When asked about the direction of the video, director, Kento Yamada (Double Tokyo) states, “A rapper, a woman and a mother. I’m honored to be able to capture various faces of Awich on this video in her homeland Okinawa.”
That’s the energy and stage presence Awich brings to every performance. She’s tackling the male-centric music industry, and cornering the Japanese rap market with her story and unmatched flow. “I want to be one of the best rappers in Japanese rap history,” she says. “And internationally, I want to be one of the first Japanese artists that can really communicate who she is and where she comes from.”
Partition expands every side of her and highlights Awich’s strong writing skills while also experimenting with different moods. “Awake” flows gently with lyrics that comfort the listener while “Patrona” cuts like a knife sharpened with intent.
Awich is also adamant about using her platform to raise awareness in Japan about social injustices and most recently the Black Lives Matter movement by taking to her social media to show support, and speaking at panels aimed at educating local audiences.
Watch the official video for “Bad Bad” below.
Listen to Partition on your favorite streaming platform now!
GRAMMY-nominated producer, boyband, is making a splash with his debut 10-track project, “alone in a boyband” out today.
After producing for Young Thug, Gunna, and Lil Nas X on “Kick It,” which earned him a GRAMMY nomination, boyband has made a name for himself and the producer collective, Internet Money, but he isn’t stopping there. “I’ve learned how to do every style, so I’m always just curating different vibes,” hesays of his borderless approach to music. “You have to be versatile when producing for others, it’ll take you far.”
Written on a three day anime binge watching session, boyband wrote “Death Note” with Billy Martin of Good Charlotte. Billy approached boyband’s collective Internet Money for help on a new project and boyband quickly responded via Twitter, “Do you know who you are? You’re a legend! Let’s make history.”
The genre-spanning project also features Mike Kinsella of American Football on “big face” which injects 90’s midwestern emo nostalgia into the project and blends the two genres seamlessly. With blue-collar work ethic and sheer willpower, boyband’s reputation in the LA music scene is on full display. The debut project is filled with sparkling pop hooks and plenty of hidden gems in the lyrics that will have you hitting replay before the song is even over.
Watch the Anime inspired video for “Death Note” below!
Grab a copy of boyband’s debut project “alone in a boyband” on your favorite platform!
We all need a little something to brighten our days while we’re quarantined and staying safe at home. Long Island bred King Neptune are set to release their brand new EP “alright, whatever” on April 17th and that’s the best news we’ve heard in a while!
The EP is a small, 4 song collection and it packs a relatable punch. King Neptune kick off the EP with a very pop hook on “backbone” that bounces along making you want to dance until “i don’t care” floats on and on, getting stuck in your head in the best way. “No, that’s never gonna change” and “made me sick” sampling harmonies and gang vocals we’ve come to know and love from King Neptune.
If you’re in the mood for soaring vocals, choruses, and sick guitar riffs for days, “alright, whatever” is a small taste of what King Neptune are capable of and hopefully what the future holds!
Celebrating 20 years as a band is a milestone many dream of and even fewer achieve. Canada’s own alt rockers Silverstein have been packing in the fans for two decades and hope to continue rocking for another 20 years! They celebrated their 20 year anniversary and the release of their new album, “A Beautiful Place To Drown” with a sold out show at Webster Hall in NYC.
Ottawa bred and road tested, Silverstein laid everything they have on stage playing three sets – one set full of new and classic hits, one acoustic set, and finally a full album set for “Discovering The Waterfront.” Feeding off the high octane energy of the sold out NYC crowd, the band gave the fans a greatest hits run including new favorites like “Burn It Down” and “Infinite” from their new record, “A Beautiful Place To Drown,” as well as classic favorites like “The Afterglow,” “A Great Fire,” and a medley of their record “This Is How The Wind Shifts.”
As he strummed the opening chords of “Massachusetts,” for the stripped down second set of the night, lead singer Shane Told exclaimed to the NYC audience, “Boston thought that was the end of the show and left so thanks for sticking around!”
Silverstein hit all of the bittersweet spots with tracks like “Toronto,” “Still Dreaming,” and the emotional “Aquamarine.” We definitely shed a few tears when he spoke about how difficult it was coming back to certain tracks like “Aquamarine” that was written at one of the darkest points in his life.
Picking it back up, they dove right into the reason we gathered together on Friday night, the full album play through of their sophomore record, “Discovering The Waterfront.” You could tell what the album meant to everyone in the room and the sing along reached a fever pitch during “My Heroine” with the crowd drowning out the band at one point.
The energy in the room was off the charts, the band and crowd both feeding off each other was such a treat. Silverstein are proving that you can have a decades spanning career and still churn out new hits and old favorites in the same show without alienating anyone.
Silverstein’s 9th studio record, “A Beautiful Place To Drown” is now available on streaming platforms worldwide and are in the midst of an extensive 20 year anniversary tour with I The Mighty, and Four Year Strong. Grab your tickets to the remaining tour dates HERE while they last!
Sam Hunt just announced a huge Summer tour kicking off May 28th with his buddies Kip Moore, Travis Dennind, and Brandi Cyrus called “The Southside Summer Tour!” Sam also dropped the news that his hotly anticipated new album, Southside, will be released April 3rd.
Presales start Tuesday, February 11th at 10am local time and general on sales begin Friday, February 14th at 9am local time. Check out all of the dates below and make sure you get your tickets while they last!
“Southside Summer Tour 2020” ft. Sam Hunt, Kip Moore, Travis Denning, & Brandi Cyrus
May 28th – PNC Music Pavilion – Charlotte, NC – Buy Tickets
May 29th – Coastal Credit Union Music Park @ Walnut Creek – Raleigh, NC – Buy Tickets
May 30th – Jiffy Lube Live – Bristow, VA – Buy Tickets
June 11th – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre – Alpharetta, GA – Buy Tickets
June 12th – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre – Tampa, FL – Buy Tickets
June 13th – iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre – West Palm Beach, FL – Buy Tickets
June 18th – Budweiser Stage – Toronto, ON – Buy Tickets
June 19th – DTE Energy Music Theatre – Clarkston, MI – Buy Tickets
June 20th – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – Tinley Park, IL – Buy Tickets
June 25th – Soaring Eagle Casino – Mount Pleasant, MI – Buy Tickets
June 26th – American Family Insurance Amphitheatre – Milwaukee, WI – Buy Tickets
June 27th – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – Maryland Heights, MO – Buy Tickets
July 10th – Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion – Bangor, ME – Buy Tickets
July 11th – Bank Of New Hampshire Pavilion – Gilford, NH – Buy Tickets
July 12th – Bank Of New Hampshire Pavilion – Gilford, NH – Buy Tickets
July 17th – BB&T Pavilion – Camden, NJ – Buy Tickets
July 18th – Xfinity Center – Mansfield, MA – Buy Tickets
July 19th – Xfinity Theatre – Hartford, CT – Buy Tickets
July 24th – Northwell Health @ Jones Beach Theater – Wantagh, NY –Buy Tickets
July 25th – Merriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD – Buy Tickets
July 26th – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheatre – Virginia Beach, VA – Buy Tickets
Aug 6th – The Walmart AMP – Rogers, AR – Buy Tickets
Aug 7th – BankPlus Amphitheater @ Snowden Grove – Southaven, MS – Buy Tickets
Aug 8th – Oak Mountain Amphitheatre – Pelham, AL – Buy Tickets
Aug 11th – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – The Woodlands, TX – Buy Tickets
Aug 14th – PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ – Buy Tickets
Aug 15th – S&T Bank Music Park – Burgettstown, PA – Buy Tickets
Aug 16th – Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH – Buy Tickets
Aug 20th – Blossom Music Center – Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Buy Tickets
Aug 21st – Ruoff Home Mortgage Center – Fishers, IN – Buy Tickets
Aug 22nd – Iowa State Fairgrounds – Des Moines, IA – Buy Tickets
Aug 27th – Darian Lake Performing Arts Center – Darien Center, NY – Buy Tickets
Aug 28th – St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater @ Lakeview – Syracuse, NY – Buy Tickets
Aug 29th – Hershey Park Stadium – Hershey, PA – Buy Tickets
Sept 10th – Austin360 Amphitheater – Austin, TX – Buy Tickets
Sept 11th – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – The Woodlands, TX – Buy Tickets
Sept 12th – Dos Equis Pavilion – Dallas, TX –Buy Tickets
Sept 17th – Toyota Amphitheatre – Wheatland, CA – Buy Tickets
Sept 18th – Shoreline Amphitheatre – Mountain View, CA – Buy Tickets
Sept 19th – FivePoint Amphitheater – Irvine, CA – Buy Tickets
Sept 24th – North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre – Chula Vista, CA – Buy Tickets
Sept 25th – AK Chin Pavilion – Phoenix, AZ – Buy Tickets
Sept 26th – Isleta Amphitheater – Albuquerque, NM – Buy Tickets
Pre-orders of Sam Hunt’s new album “Southside” are available on all platforms now. Watch the official visual for “Hard To Forget” below!
Philly based pop-rock quartet, Neverkept just announced that they signed with Epitaph Records and dropped a new single and music video for “Complicated.”
“Incredibly grateful to say we’re a part of the Epitaph family,” says the band. “To find a home within a team that truly supports all of our visions has become a dream turned reality. Excited for this beginning.”
The new single comes just before they hit the road across North America with Sleep On It on the “The Pride And DisasTour” kicking off at the end of February. Check out the dates and grab your tickets while you still can!
“The Pride And DisasTour 2020” ft. Sleep On It, Bearings, & Neverkept
Feb 28th – Hard Luck Bar – Toronto, ON – Buy Tickets
Feb 29th – The Symposium – Lakewood, OH – Buy Tickets
March 1st – Pike Room – Detroit, MI – Buy Tickets
March 3rd – Thunderbird Music Hall – Pittsburgh, PA – Buy Tickets
March 4th – Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD – Buy Tickets
March 6th – The Foundry – Philadelphia, PA –Buy Tickets
March 5th – Asbury Park Brewery – Asbury Park, NJ – SOLD OUT
March 7th – ONCE Ballroom – Boston, MA – SOLD OUT
March 8th – Knitting Factory – Brooklyn, NY – SOLD OUT
March 10th – Soundbar – Orlando, FL – Buy Tickets
March 11th – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA – Buy Tickets
March 13th – Big Room Bar – Columbus, OH – Buy Tickets
March 14th – Hoosier Dome – Indianapolis, IN – Buy Tickets
March 16th – Marquis Theater – Denver, CO – Buy Tickets
March 19th – Holy Diver – Sacramento, CA – Buy Tickets
March 20th – 924 Gilman – Berkeley, CA – Buy Tickets
March 21st – Chain Reaction – Anahaeim, CA – Buy Tickets
March 22nd – Pub Rock – Phoenix, AZ – Buy Tickets
March 24th – Paper Tiger – San Antonio, TX – Buy Tickets
March 25th – Deep Ellum Art Co. – Dallas, TX – Buy Tickets
March 27th – Red Flag – St. Louis, MO – Buy Tickets
March 28th – Beat Kitchen – Chicago, IL – SOLD OUT
March 29th – Beat Kitchen – Chicago, IL – Buy Tickets
Watch the brand new video for “Complicated” now.
Grab a copy of “Complicated” on your favorite platform so you can sing along on tour!