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Artist To Watch: The Wrecks

The Wrecks are good.  Like, really good!  So good in fact, that they wrote and recorded their debut EP in just a few days.  The best decisions are usually made on a whim and almost always have a good story.

After hearing that a friend had access to a legit recording studio for a few days, the guys wrote the best songs they could in a short amount of time.  The Wrecks went in to track with zero budget, little studio knowledge, and a ton of borrowed time.  They weren’t allowed to be in the studio let alone track anything there!   When they heard the studio owner’s ex-wife was stopping by, the guys got outta dodge as fast as they could with what would become their debut EP on a hard drive in a backpack.

The Wrecks debut single “Favorite Liar” caught the traction on SiriusXM’s Alt Nation station and quickly landed the guys plenty of fans include Baltimore natives, All Time Low.  “We’re so stoked that All Time Low asked us to come out with them this summer,” said the band “and we’re looking forward to playing stages that size for the first time. We can’t wait to get back out on the road again, as we’ve been mostly cramped inside writing new material and working on our set for the past few months. It’s refreshing to see such a good mix of genres in thelineup, as well. We’re gonna bring it 110% every night and we’re confident the crowds will, too.”

We’re predicting big, big things for these guys and we can’t wait to see what the future holds!  Watch the official video for “Favorite Liar” below.

The Wrecks, Waterparks, All Time Low YOUNG RENEGADES Tour 2017
July 30 @ The Fillmore Philadelphia, PA
July 31 @ Central Park Summer Stage New York, NY
August 2 @ Rams Head Live Baltimore, MD
August 3 @ Rams Head Live Baltimore, MD
August 4 @ The Ritz Raleigh, NC
August 5 @ Tabernacle Atlanta, GA
August 6 @ House Of Blues Lake Buena Vista, FL
August 7 @ House Of Blues Lake Buena Vista, FL

Grab a copy of “We Are The Wrecks” on iTunes and Amazon so you can sing along on tour!  There are only a few dates left on this tour so make sure you get your tickets HERE and come out early!

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Artist To Watch: The Catching

Based in New Jersey, home of classic rock and emo kings galore, The Catching have been making a name for themselves from an early age. Consisting of four friends ranging in age from 18 to 20, singer Holden Glazer, guitarists Jake Farbman and Evan Hemwall, and drummer Drew Stevens, The Catching are ready to take over your Summer playlist!  After releasing their debut EP “Teenage Fiction Pt. 1” almost a year ago, these guys have been causing waves ever since.

The Catching recently teamed up with legendary song-writer/producer Matt Squire (All Time Low, Selena Gomez, Panic! At The Disco) for their next release due out later this year.  While we anxiously wait for the new EP, the guys shared a brand new video for their latest single “Do It All Again” off the upcoming project!  The new track centers around the ups and downs of a relationship and how they would make the same mistakes all over again.

Watch the video below and stay tuned for more new music from The Catching!

Grab a copy of “Do It All Again” on iTunes or Amazon now.

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Album Preview: Broadside’s “Paradise”- Due Out June 16th

Broadside’s sophomore album “Paradise” is being heralded as the ultimate Summer album and rightfully so!  Every track is filled with sunny riffs and soaring vocals urging the listener to chase their dreams and really embrace the good and bad things in their lives.   From the stark contrast between the upbeat music and the dark introspective lyrics, Broadside are balancing the two polar opposites in perfect harmony.

Singer Oliver Baxxter’s lyrics will hit close to home for many, frequently speaking out about anxiety on “Laps Around A Picture Frame,” online culture and feeling alone on “Summer Stained,” and self sabotaging thoughts on the sunny “Who Cares?” However, the best song on the album comes at the very end in the form of the island infused “I Love You, I Love You, It’s Disgusting.”  The ukulele driven love song is sure to be a favorite purely for its simple honesty.

When we sat down with Broadside just before the album release, Ollie spoke about his favorite song on the record, “Summer Stained.” “It’s about post-Warped Tour depression which I think will register well with people. And it’s half acoustic which is new for us.”  The song as a whole is a painful reminder that nothing good can stay like Warped Tour, which only lasts for the Summer.  The song can mean something different to every person who listens to it.

High points of the album include “Tunnel Vision,” charging full force about fitting in with your peers, and “Disconnect,” which tackles the attachment we have with social media “likes” that ultimately mean nothing.  Ollie asks “When’s the last time you felt alive?” begging the listener to disconnect, unplug your mind, and seize the day.  “Miss Imperius” might be our favorite track on the album solely due to it’s bouncy drum and bass lines in the verses and the ripping guitar solo!

Broadside have crafted the most sonically diverse and deeply pop infused record of their career so far and we can’t wait to see what’s in store because there’s no where to go but up from here! “Paradise” is due out June 16th through Victory Records.

Watch our interview with Broadside and get to know the guys a little better!

Pre-order “Paradise” on iTunes or Amazon now.  Pre-order bundles are still available through the band’s official website and include exclusive merch items like “Paradise” themed sunglasses and enamel pins.

Catch Broadside on tour with Trash Boat in the UK this September! Check out the tour dates HERE.

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New Boyband Alert: Next Town Down

Get ready to meet your new favorite boyband, Next Town Down! Terence, Tre’Von, Chris, Malik, and Leon have clearly studied up on their boyband history.  They released an incredible video, “The Evolution of Boybands,” that hits everyone from The Temptations to New Edition to *NSYNC and B2K.  They absolutely nail the harmonies and the choreography from each era in boyband history.  The video has been blowing up on social media, with the band getting love from *NSYNC and Ricky Bell.

Next Town Down also dropped their first original single, “Good Times” and you can hear all of their influences in the track!   It’s the perfect feel good pop song.  The guys, who found each other on social media, all grew up listening to Boyz II Men and New Edition.  Listen to “Good Times” now!

Pickup a copy of “Good Times on iTunes now!

Oh, and did we mention that they sang “Hero” for Mariah Carey and she teared up a little?

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Artist To Watch: Broadside

Richmond, VA is overflowing with musical talent, gracing the world with some of the most influential hard rock and metal bands to top the charts including GWAR and Lamb of God, Conditions, Carbon Leaf, even touting R&B artist D’Angelo as a Richmond resident!   Our newest Artist to Watch is the pop punk band Broadside, natives of  RVA who are currently based in Los Angeles.

Consisting of singer Ollie Baxxter, guitarists Dorian Cooke and Niles Gibbs, and bassist Pat Diaz, these four friends are no strangers to the road, coming together from the ashes of other projects. Broadside have honed their song writing skills and hands down, are releasing some of the most exciting and thought provoking pop punk songs we’ve heard to date!

The band is currently gearing up for the release their sophomore studio album “Paradise” on June 16th through Victory Records.  The second official single, “Hidden Colors” kicks the album off with a bang and the video is filled with bright neon colors matching perfectly to their unorthodox love song.  When asked about about the new single, vocalist Ollie explains “We wanted to represent the women in our life with the utmost respect and how grateful we are for them…‘Hidden Colors’ is about young lovers in the night. It’s about telling that person just what you appreciate about them. You can NEVER tell someone enough how much they actually mean to you.”

Spoken like a true romantic, Ollie delivers the heartfelt lyrics in with sincerity that’s been missing in pop punk lately.  Watch the video for “Hidden Colors” below!

Broadside are currently on tour with Real Friends, Tiny Moving Parts, and Nothing, Nowhere that includes a stop at NYC’s Irving Plaza on June 2nd.  Check out all of the tour dates HERE and don’t miss your chance to say “I saw them way back when…!”  Stay tuned for even more Summer and Fall tour dates from Broadside coming soon!

Pre-order Broadside’s brand new album “Paradise” on iTunes and Amazon or through their official merch store for exclusive pre-order bundles before it drops on June 16th! Bundles include exclusive “Paradise” themed merch like tank tops, a beach towel, sunglasses, and even a palm tree enamel pin. Colored vinyls are also available through pre-orders!

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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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Spencer Sutherland Drops New Single, “Selfish”

We were so sad when Jake Miller’s “Overnight” tour was canceled – we were looking forward to seeing openers MAX and Spencer Sutherland just as much as we were seeing Jake!  Luckily, Jake will be announcing new dates for later this year.  Spencer Sutherland also helped ease the pain of the canceled tour by dropping a brand new single, “Selfish!”  We loved Spencer’s fun pop meets R&B sound from the first moment we heard it.  All of his songs have clever lyrics and danceable beats, and “Selfish” is no exception.  Listen to the track below!

Pickup a copy of “Selfish” on iTunes now!

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