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!
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!
Alexander 23 is the greatest sad boi songwriter you haven’t met yet. His debut EP, “I’m Sorry I Love You,” is a collection of moments in time encapsulating heartbreak, existential dread and dying, love, and of course growing up. We first met Alexander Glantz when he was a fresh faced, self taught drummer in THE HEYDAZE (rip). He’s grown up a little more since then and he’s ready to make his mark as a solo artist in the industry.
“I’m Sorry I Love You” displays Alexander 23’s songwriting and producing skills that have garnered high praise from the likes of Chelsea Cutler and Tana Mongeau-Paul, a feature on the latest soundtrack for Netflix’s hit series “13 Reasons Why”, and landed him coveted spots on several prominant “New Music Friday” playlists, as well as Amazon’s “Song Of The Day.” That’s a lot of awesome for the promising new artist.
Watch Alexander 23’s lyric video for “The Internet” below!
Alexander 23 is heading overseas with Lola Zouai and then back Stateside for his last several shows of 2019 including a stop at Brooklyn Steel in NYC with Omar Apollo. He also just announced that he will be supporting Chelsea Cutler on the “How To Be Human” Tour hitting cities across North America in the Spring of 2020. Alexander 23 is also featured on Chelsea’s latest single, “Lucky,” and you’ll be lucky to catch them singing it on tour together!
How To Be Human Tour ft. Chelsea Cutler & Alexander23
Feb 15th – Canton Hall – Dallas, TX – Buy Tickets
Feb 16th – Emo’s – Austin, TX – Buy Tickets
Feb 18th – Variety Playhouse – Atlanta, GA – Buy Tickets
Feb 19th – Marathon Music Works – Nashville, TN – Buy Tickets
Feb 21st – Royal Oak Music Music Hall – Royal Oak, MI – Buy Tickets
Feb 22nd – Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH – Buy Tickets
Feb 23rd – Mercury Ballroom – Louisville, KY – Buy Tickets
Feb 25th – The Danforth Music Hall – Toronto, ON – Buy Tickets
Feb 27th – House Of Blues – Boston, MA – Buy Tickets
March 3rd – Terminal 5 – New York, NY – Buy Tickets
March 4th – Franklin Music Hall – Philadelphia, PA – Buy Tickets
March 5th – The Fillmore Silver Spring – Silver Spring, MD – Buy Tickets
March 10th – Riviera Theatre – Chicago, IL – Buy Tickets
March 11th – Turner Hall Ballroom – Milwaukee WI – Buy Tickets
March 12th – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN – Buy Tickets
March 14th – The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT – Buy Tickets
March 16th – The Showbox – Seattle, WA – Buy Tickets
March 17th – Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR – Buy Tickets
March 19th – The Warfield – San Francisco, CA – Buy Tickets
Stream “I’m Sorry I Love You” on your favorite platform now so you can sing along on tour!
Australia’s latest export, The Faim are kicking off a massive tour with fellow Aussie pop punk band, Stand Atlantic hitting cities across North America and both bands are poised to take the American scene by storm. The Faim just dropped their hotly anticiapted debut album, “State Of Mind” today, Friday, September 13th via BMG and we can’t wait to see them translate these songs to their high octane live shows!
Consisting of lead singer Josh Raven, bassist/keyboardist Stephen Beerkens, guitarist Samuel Tye, and Drummer Linden Marissen, The Faim’s debut album brings together all of the elements they’ve showcased in previous releases like “Saints of the Sinners,” “Midland Line,” and “My Heart Needs To Breathe.” The record perfectly displays the band’s ability to seamlessly flow from big gang vocal choruses in “Humans” to arena sized tracks that would be right at home in MSG like “Buying Time” which echoes early Panic! At The Disco.
“We wanted to show the variety of skills between the four of us,” says Stephen. “We wanted to stick true to our roots and where we came from, which is essentially just us being able to explore the passion and love we have for music,” Josh adds. “But we also wanted to experiment and to have fun with the songs.”
The record also features tracks like “Tongue Tied,” which is a heart pumping radio friendly track along side piano driven, introspective tracks like “Infamous” and “Where The River Runs.” The band’s influences are prominent and frequently displayed with co-writes from the likes of Josh Dun of Twenty One Pilots, Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy, Ashton Irwin from 5SOS, and Mark Hoppus from Blink 182.
The title track, “State Of Mind” closes out the record with singer Josh Raven forecully begging the listener “take a seat and let me introduce myself…” and flows along like a burning river of emotion. The track clocks in at 4:41 making it the longest song on the record with a searing guitar solo to finish out an incredible debut effort from one of the most promising new Australian bands.
Listen to “State Of Mind” on Spotify now!
The Faim are heading out on a co-headline tour this Fall with Stand Atlantic hitting cities across the US! Check out the dates HERE and get your tickets before they sell out.
After nearly 4 years since dropping his last album, the wait is finally over! And we mean over – Hunter Hayes is dropping his new album, “Wild Blue: Part I,” TOMORROW, August 16th! Hunter shared the big news on an appearance on the TODAY show earlier this week. He also dropped the title track of the album, “Wild Blue,” which you might have heard if you caught Hunter on the Closer To You Tour earlier this year (IT’S SO GOOD). If not, listen to the track now! The song, and the album, are all about finding yourself and the true feelings of freedom and lightness that go along with it.
We’re even more excited because “Part I” means there is a “Part II” and maybe even a “Part III” on the way, which means even more new music from Hunter! What was the reason for such a long wait? Hunter took his time to really write everything on his own and make his most personal and honest record yet. He initially set out with the mindset of creating an album that no one would ever hear, which gave him the freedom to be as honest and real as possible. This honesty really shines through on tracks like “Dear God” and “My Song Too.”
Hunter Hayes “Wild Blue: Part I” Tracklisting
2. “Wild Blue”
4. “One Good Reason”
5. “Dear God”
6. “Loving You”
7. “My Song Too”
8. “One Shot”
9. “Night and Day”
Bryce Vine dropped his first major label album, “Carnival,” on July 26th and celebrated with a handful of shows including a stop at the legendary Webster Hall in NYC. The sold out show doubled as a hometown show for Bryce, who was born in New York just a few blocks from the venue.
From the opening song, “Love Is A Blessing,” the crowd could tell they were in for an unforgettable night. Everyone was singing along loudly throughout the show, from Bryce’s older material to brand new tracks from “Carnival.” The singing was so loud at times Bryce just let the crowd take over and soaked in the moment, remarking that at times it was so loud it was “almost irresponsible.”
Bryce closed out the set with his current hit, “La La Land,” which had the already energetic crowd in a frenzy. He hopped off stage to get even closer to the fans but ended up landing badly and spraining his ankle! You wouldn’t have had any idea what happened, as Bryce kept on performing and ended the song without missing the beat.
He triumphantly came back out after a short break, telling the crowd he “thought he broke his ankle” but that he couldn’t leave without giving his full set. Bryce finished the show sitting in a chair on stage, still going just as hard as he had been throughout the night. The encore included his smash “Drew Barrymore,” “Sour Patch Kids,” and most fittingly “Guilty Pleasure.” It was a hella fun night and we’re sure Bryce and the entire crowd would do it all again!
Love is a Blessing
On The Ball
Classic and Perfect
Street Punks on a Freight Train
Love Me Hate Me
La La Land
Sour Patch Kids
“Heaven is calling my name // I’m going through phases” croons Mitchel Cave in the title track off Chase Atlantic’s sophomore effort, “Phases” due out June 28th via BMG/MDDN. Chase Atlantic, consisting of lead vocalist Mitchel, his older brother Clinton, and Christian Anthony are classically trained musicians who put their obsession with programming to the test when they started creating their own beats and eventually forming their own brand of hip-hop, pop, and rock.
Chase Atlantic’s sophomore album starts off with a slow build intro that’s a fun little taste of what these guys are able to create without lyrics. Clinton, Mitchel, and Christian really show their true production value by creating their own world for the album to exist in and bring it to life on tour. These guys take pride in bending whatever rules there are and making everything their own.
After premiering a few new tracks on tour, “Angels” and “Heaven And Back,” Chase Atlantic have a cult following with fans eagerly awaiting the second they can have studio versions of tracks, no matter how high quality live recordings are. Danceable beats paired with dark lyrics are what fans have come to expect from the Aussie group.
“No Rainbows,” “I Never Existed,” and “I Don’t Like Darkness” drift along like smoke throughout the album, intoxicating the room and drawing you into Chase Atlantic’s relaxed and introspective headspace. “Heaven And Back” is the best example of what Chase Atlantic truly do best: craft a perfect driving song that makes you want to floor it on a neon lit city street in an expensive foreign sports car.
Mitchel, Clinton, and Christian have figured out how to tap into the feels in a way that doesn’t come off contrived. “Even Though I’m Depressed” rounds out the record and is possibly the best representation of how we’re all feeling inside. Lyrically, they tapped into exactly how many people feel everyday, put it into words, and are sharing the darkest part of their mind that many artists are afraid of sharing.
Chase Atlantic poured their everything into this record, and that will no doubt propel them in the stratosphere. Catch them on the “Phases” Tour now with Lauren Sanderson. Check out all of the dates HERE!
Watch the official video for “Love Is (Not) Easy” below!
Pre-order your copy of “Phases” on Apple Music or Amazon and pre-save the album on Spotify now before the album drops on June 28th.
Richmond, VA is proving itself to be a breeding ground for pop punk standing toe to toe with NY/NJ, Florida, and SoCal areas. Telltale are releasing their second EP, “Timeless Youth” on Friday, April 26th through SharpTone Records.
Telltale’s sophomore EP draws inspiration from the likes of New Found Glory, Broadside, Neck Deep, and Blink-182 capturing the youthful angst of growing up in a small town and desperately wanting to leave.
“What We Life For” is packed with catchy riffs and a danceable bridge that will have you speeding down the freeway with the windows down all Summer long. Followed up by “Letting Go,” Telltale introduce sachrine elements of country storytelling and cadance into their reportoire with an arena sized sound.
When asked about the record, singer John Carter said, “Growing into your late teens and early twenties, you lose a lot of friends in more ways than one. You take blame for mistakes that aren’t yours and you forget what it’s like to know the freedom of naivety. ‘Timeless Youth’ is about retaining a sense of wanderlust, even when you feel confined to a certain path.”
Telltale hit a comfortable stride with self depreciating, scream-along choruses in “Dazy” and “Rose” while closing the album with a slower introspective track, “Hereditary” that picks up and releases all of the built up tension and emotion in one fell swoop.
Telltale haven’t been around as long as some of their peers but they can teach them all a thing or two about catchy hooks and a live show that’s a force to be reckoned with.
Watch the official video for “Timeless Youth” now.