NY State’s own State Champs are here to stay with their new album, Kings Of The New Age and are proving they belong here!
With the same energetic pop punk sound with a fresh twist, the guys know how to write THE catchiest hooks that will stand the test of time. In classic State Champs fashion, they’ve put together a record that we want to blast in our car stereos as loud as we can crank it with the windows down driving around town all Summer long!
Featuring guest vocals from friends like Chrissy Costanza (Against The Current), Four Year Strong, Ben Barlow (Neck Deep) and Mitchell Tenpenny, the record draws you in and keeps you there with hooks so infectiously sweet – the pop punk greats of the past are already proud to hand the baton off to the guys.
Sprinkled in between tested and true fan favorites “Outta My Head” and the fun, kiss off track, “Everybody But You” (featuring Neck Deep‘s Ben Barlow) are stand out heartfelt love confessions in “Half Empty” and “Act Like That (ft. Mitchell Tenpenny)” showing the bands’ softer side.
“’Act Like That’ is the most ‘out of the box’ song for us on the album,” shares vocalist Derek DiScanio. “We had a lot of fun experimenting with some poppier elements, but it was challenging at first to bring the right level of SC energy to level it out. We hit a moment in the studio when we definitely found that balance, and we’re very excited to share this dance-y, rockin’, lyrically dynamic love song that makes you wanna jump around.”
State Champs’ duality of being able to write hooks that make you want to jump in the mosh pit and scream along to how much you love the person you’re with – or how much you hate them while still being super upbeat and sounding like the sunny side of life is what has set them apart and propelled them to the massive stages they deserve to be headlining with each record the release.
Watch the official video for the latest single, “Eventually” below!
Be sure to grab a pre-order of the new record, Kings Of The New Age, due out May 13th via Pure Noise Records and pre-save it on your favorite streaming platform!
We first met We Were Sharks several years ago and now they’re back with an epic new record, “New Low,” due out May 21st via Revival Recordings.
The record comes out of the gate swinging with the massive track, “Shameless” with a giant “F*CK YOU” inspired by co-writer and Silverstein guitarist, Paul Marc Rousseau’s in-studio admission of faking happiness while being absolutely miserable.
When asked about the new album, lead vocalist Randy Frobel shares, “‘New Low’ is a collection of songs that focuses on being down but not out. Since the release of ‘Lost Touch,’ we’ve experienced many of life’s ups and downs. We’ve lost relationships, friends, and family, and have gone through a lot of unexpected challenges that life has a tendency to throw at you when you least expect it. However, no matter what may have tried to keep us down or hold us back, we always take it and keep pushing forward.”
The record is full of massive sing along choruses and mosh pit starters liken “Bring Me Down,” and “Omens,” alongside pop punk ballads like “Burning House,” which reminisces on an old flame that’s swallowed up your entire world and left it in ashes.
The latest single ahead of the album release, “Over This,” will have fans screaming along and hitting replay immediately. About the track, guitarist Jason Mooney said: “A lot of songs tell stories, but when we talked about what ‘Over This’ was going to be about we decided to talk about a feeling or a vibe rather than go the narrative route. We wanted to talk about a feeling you have when you find yourself in a place in life where you should be filled with joy, happiness, pride, and essentially every positive feeling imaginable. Instead you feel lost with no sense of enthusiasm. Although you should appreciate the moments, you feel like you would rather be doing absolutely anything else and be anywhere else than where you are right now.”
We Were Sharks also wrote a lamenting follow up to the blisteringly fast “Ashley” from the last record, aptly titled “Ashley (Part 2).” Just as fast but a little bit longer, “Ashley (Part 2)” clocks in at one minute and 58 seconds but still captures the feelings of young love lost due to growing up. “The original ‘Ashley’ was a fun, fast song we’d had kicking around for years, but we hesitated to put it out because putting out a 70-second song is a death sentence,” said guitarist Colin Jacques.
The Canucks are proving they can’t be pigeonholed with their latest record and we can’t wait for shows to return to see how these translate to a live audience.
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!
Emarosa are on the verge or releasing something special. The musical climate is shifting and Emarosa are ready to be a part of the genre bending movement. Known for their post hardcore sound, Emarosa don’t want to be pigeon holed as a one trick pony. The band are set to release their highly anticipated fifth full length record, “Peach Club” on February 8th through Hopeless Records.
Bradley Walden & co have been moving towards a more pop friendly sound but don’t discredit the band for ditching crunchy guitars for saxophone solos and dance floor anthems. “Peach Club” is the natural progression from “131,” ready to sky rocket the Kentucky bred group into the big leagues. Emarosa teased the new record with new tracks “Don’t Cry,” “Givin’ Up,” and “Cautious” but they saved the best for the record.
“Peach Club” is full of fun tracks you can bop along to, but we can guarantee you’ll be blasting this record with the windows down and the system all the way up. “Get Back Up” is a motivational mid tempo track directly followed by the retro, sunny riff and synths on “So Bad” which already has a place at the top of our playlist!
Bradley lets his guard down on “xo” showcasing his earnest vocals with just a solo electric guitar which is one of the highest part of the entire record and such an honest departure from what fans have come to expect from Emarosa. But don’t let that track fool you, these guys bring the heat back with “Hell Of It” and keep that energy moving towards the album closer “Wait, Stay.”
Emarosa aren’t bidding farewell to their old sound, they’re just building on their experiences and refusing to stay stagnant. “Peach Club” is the welcoming of a new era both for fans and the band.
Watch the visualizer video for “Get Back Up” below.
Be sure to pre-order “Peach Club” on iTunes or Amazon and grab a pre-order bundle HERE that includes exclusive merch like crewneck sweatshirts, hoodies, t-shirts, an “xo” pendant necklace, vinyl, and more!
Emarosa are playing select US Cities to celebrate the release of “Peach Club.” Check out the dates below!
Emarosa – “Peach Club” USA Album Release Shows
Feb 7th – Club Red – Mesa, AZ – Buy Tickets
Feb 9th – The Hi Hat – Los Angeles, CA – SOLD OUT
Feb 14th – Anna O’Brien’s – Honolulu, HI – Buy Tickets
Pre-order your copy of “Peach Club” on iTunes or Amazon now and receive 4 instant grat tracks so you can sing along!
Ottawa 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!
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!
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.
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
April 23rd – The Nile Theater – Mesa, AZ – Buy Tickets