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Album Preview: Bearings – “Blue In The Dark”

Ottowa based pop punk band Bearings have had an incredible year and they’re getting ready to skyrocket their blend of bouncey emo rock into the stratosphere with their eagerly awaited debut full-length album Blue In The Dark due out October 12th on Pure Noise Records.  Since releasing the “Nothing Here Is Permanent” EP in September 2017, the quartet have quickly become one of the most buzzworthy bands in the underground pop punk scene.

Bearings’ debut album will hook you from the first song and have you singing along the entire time.  In an era where too many bands have resorted to a shorter record format with too much filler, Bearings are bringing back the “all killer, no filler” approach.

Each song on Blue In The Dark propels the record ahead and lyrically tugs on your heartstrings.  “Beautiful Places” tackles the feeling of not being enough, whatever that means to you, while “Stuck In A Doorframe” chugs along from the first note and is easily one of our favorites on the record.  Other stand out tracks on the records include the 90’s Alt Rock infused “Careless Clarity,” the dreamy, steel string acoustic “Tide,” and blissfully happy “Eyes Closed.”

Watch the brand new video for “Aforementioned” below.

Bearings hitting the road with Roam & Like Pacific for the “Hopeless Noise Tour” kicking off on October 5th in Chicago.  Check out all the dates below and grab your tickets now!

Hopeless Noise Tour 2018 ft. Roam & Like Pacific
Oct 5th – Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL
Oct 6th – The Foundry – Lakewood, OH
Oct 7th – Hoosier Dome – Indianapolis, IN
Oct 9th – Fubar – St. Louis, MO
Oct 10th – The Rino – Kansas City, MO
Oct 12th – Larimer Lounge – Denver, CO
Oct 13th – The Loading Dock – Salt Lake City, UT
Oct 15th – El Corazon – Seattle, WA
Oct 16th – Lola’s Room – Portland, OR
Oct 18th – Holy Diver – Sacramento, CA
Oct 19th – 924 Gilman – Berkeley, CA
Oct 20th – Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA
Oct 21st – The Underground – Mesa, AZ
Oct 23rd – Come & Take It – Austin, TX
Oct 24th – The Prophet Bar – Dallas, TX
Oct 26th – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
Oct 27th – Sound Bar – Orlando, FL
Oct 28th – New Brookland Tavern – West Columbia, SC
Oct 29th – Local 506 – Chapel Hill, NC
Oct 30th – Canal Club – Richmond, VA
Nov 1st – Middle East – Cambridge, MA
Nov 2nd – Amityville Music Hall – Amityville, NY
Nov 3rd – Voltage Lounge – Philadelphia, PA
Nov 4th – The Kingsland – Brooklyn, NY
Nov 6th – Webster Theater – Hartford, CT
Nov 8th – Pike Room – Pontiac, MI
Nov 9th – Hard Luck – Toronto, ON

Pre-order bundles are available now and include an exclusive splatter vinyls, long sleeve shirts, hoodies, dad hats, and bundle exclusive t-shirts.

Pre-order your copy of Blue In The Dark on iTunes and Amazon or listen to the pre released tracks on Spotify!

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Album Preview: Like Pacific – “In Spite Of Me”

Canada is churning out some of the best pop punk that we’ve probably ever heard.  Like Pacific are gearing up to drop their sophomore album “In Spite Of Me” on July 27th via Pure Noise Records.  When asked about the new record, singer Jordan Black said “When we wrote Distant Like You Asked, I felt super proud of writing an entire full length album but was very nervous. In Spite of Me means more to me than anything I’ve ever done creatively. We worked super hard writing and recording this album. The hardest I’ve ever personally worked.”

The new album has 10 brand new tracks including “Sedatives,” “Had It Coming,” and the title track “In Spite Of Me” which all showcase the high octane, in your face whether you like it or not energy of the new album.   “In Spite Of Me” is a natural progression both lyrically and musically for one of the hardest working pop punk bands in the scene today.

Watch the brand new video for “Self Defeated” below!

Pre-order your copy of “In Spite Of Me” on iTunes or Amazon now.  Catch Like Pacific on tour with Seaway and Bearings across Canada this Summer!

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Album Preview: We Were Sharks – “Lost Touch”

Our latest Artist To Watch, We Were Sharks are hitting the road early in 2018 to gear up for the release of their brand new album Lost Touch on February 23rd.  The album is called Lost Touch but We Were Sharks haven’t lost touch with the genuine feeling and joy that pop punk brings to the entire scene.

“Beyond Repair” kicks off the album like shattering the glass walls surrounding the album.  Lost Touch as a whole shows the obvious personal and musical growth of the band from their previous releases and brings them to the forefront of the genre.  We Were Sharks are poised to take their rightful spot on the list of our favorite releases for 2018 so far.

“Hotel Beds” is a stand out track with the bouncey scream along chorus and contrasting verses.  However, “Stay” is the pinnacle of the album.  Lyrically and musically, “Stay” is the closest the band comes to radio perfection on the album which should be more than enough to push them through to Summer song playlist domination.

Broadside’s Ollie Baxter brings his sugary sweet vocals on “Late Bloomer.”  The track centers on the topic of keeping a hold on things you loved when you were young.  Ollie brings that something we were missing and really catapults the album through to the end.

Lost Touch is a solid listen start to finish filled with odes to the glory days of pop punk and sing along choruses.  We can’t wait to see what the future holds for We Were Sharks!

Watch the official video for “Ashley” now!

Lost Touch will be released February 23rd through Victory Records.  Pre-order bundles are available HERE and include exclusive items like posters, t-shirts, and hoodies.  Pre-order your copy on iTunes and Amazon so you can sing along on tour!

Catch We Were Sharks on the road all February long with Belmont, Boys of Fall, and Sink The Ship! Check out the tour dates HERE and get your tickets while they last.

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Album Preview: For The Win “Heavy Thoughts” Out April 14th

San Diego’s own heavy pop punk band For The Win are set to release their most honest album yet this April.  “Heavy Thoughts” is due out April 14th on Artery Recordings and features the band’s most personal lyrics to date blended seamlessly with high energy instruments and vocal harmonies.  We got an early listen of the band’s new album and there’s no sign of a sophomore slump with For The Win!

The album kicks off with a declaration “This is a song for the beaten and broken,” and quickly shifts gears with guitars chugging alongside a steady drum beat on “Us Versus Them.”  Singer Kyle Christensen promises the listener doesn’t have to walk this world alone, which is the overarching message of this album.   Almost every song speaks from the heart about some of those thoughts that sit in the back of your mind all the time.  The first two singles from the album, “Crash And Burn” and “Dancing Shoes” show the dynamic writing both lyrically and musically from the band.

For The Win found the ideal balance between light pop sing along choruses and heavy breakdowns that we’re sure will get the crowd moving during their live shows.  There are a few stand out tracks on this album, “Nowhere To Run” and “How Can I (Get Back To You)” are two of them.  These are two of the more pop hook laden tracks on the album, but lyrically they have the right amount of weight to hold their own against the other tracks on a truly solid sophomore album.

For The Win showcase their softer side as well on the album with the closing track “Until The End Of Time.”   The final track starts as a slow acoustic jam questioning “Do I sit around and wait for change or move ahead to better days without you” and later moves towards a more bitter tone as the drums and a string section fade in.

All in all, these guys are proving that the next generation of melodic hardcore and pop punk are in very good hands. This is an album that not only passed the “driving test” (you know, the one where you plug in the aux cord and just drive aimlessly around town while blasting the album) but it also gets us excited for what’s next from For The Win!

Be sure to grab a copy of “Heavy Thoughts” when it drops April 14th on iTunes, Amazon, and through the band’s official webstore.  Pre-order bundles are available and feature exclusive merch and more!

Catch For The Win on the “Heavy Thoughts Tour” with Rookie Of The Year and The New Low this April!
April 8th – Analog Cafe – Portland, OR – Buy Tickets
April 13th – Malone’s – Santa Ana, CA – Buy Tickets
April 15th – Loading Dock – Salt Lake City, UT – Buy Tickets
April 16th – Moon Room – Denver, CO – Buy Tickets
April 17th – Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO – Buy Tickets
April 20th – Grizzly Hall – Austin, TX – Buy Tickets
April 21st – Jack’s Patio Bar – San Antonio, TX – Buy Tickets
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pril 23rd – The Nile Theater – Mesa, AZ – Buy Tickets

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