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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: 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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Artist To Watch: Thieves

When you find a self described aggressive pop punk band who have 4 stunningly positive EPs, topped AbsolutePunk.net’s “100 Punk Bands of 2014”, among other accolades, you go all or nothin for them!

Austin, TX born pop punk band Thieves just released the video for their new single “Drag Me Into Light” from their forthcoming debut studio album “No Motive” due out November 25th on Revival Records.

Thieves formed in 2009 and got right to work honing their sound. After these four friends gained some serious local attention, the guys released two self released EPs and Thieves caught the attention of The Austin Chronicle that placed them on top of their “Top Ten Punk Bands” list as well as being featured on AbsolutePunk.net’s “100 Bands You Need To Know In 2012” list.  After the band played the 2014 SXSW Festival, Thieves released another EP, “Colourchange” and had the honor of opening for The Story So Far at their San Antonio date of the tour.

After a huge 2015, the band are set to release “No Motive” in November which you can preorder on iTunes and Amazon now.  Pre-order bundles are available now and include exclusives like hoodies, t-shirts, physical CDs, and a special wall flag!

Watch the official video for “Drag Me Into Light” below.

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Artist To Watch: Young Guns

UK rock group Young Guns are getting some serious love in the US along with their homeland.  This alternative band are in the midst of playing the famed Van’s Warped Tour this Summer after a busy 2015 on some US festivals as well opening for Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace, and Black Stone Cherry.

Young Guns have a rocking sound reminiscent of AFI and 30 Seconds To Mars with a fresh twist for 2016. The band, comprised of Gustav Wood, John Taylor, Fraser Taylor, Simon Mitchell, and Ben Jolliffe are set to release their fourth studio album, “Echoes” on September 16th, 2016.  They’re racking up spins and gaining new fans every day on the Van’s Warped Tour and we can’t wait to see what these Brits have in store for the rest of the year!

Watch the lyric video for their brand new single, “Mad World” which is available for streaming and download beginning Friday July 15th.

Catch Young Guns on the Poseidon Stage all Summer long on the Van’s Warped Tour!  Check out the full list of artists and dates here.  Set times are announced the day of the show so be sure to get there early.

Pick up a copy of Young Guns single “Bulletproof” on iTunes and Amazon now.

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Artist To Watch: Nick Hissom

Summer is just around the corner and we’re stoked to have new music to blast at the beach! Even better, this new music comes from British born model – turned singer Nick Hissom.  He just released his brand new video for “Where You Are” that’s action packed and Summer jam worthy! Watch the video below.

In case his Tommy Hilfiger approved looks aren’t enough, Nick co-wrote the track with multi-diamond producer Steve Morales and has been lucky enough to work closely with some of music’s greats like producers Dallas Austin (Pink, Madonna, Michael Jackson) and Mick Schultz (Rihanna).  He’s also shared a stage with Nick Jonas, Tori Kelly, and Fall Out Boy.  Those are pretty awesome co-signs for Nick!

With the release of his new single, Nick also announced he will be dropping his “Love Energy” EP on May 6th.  Pre-order your copy of “Love Energy” on iTunes and Amazon now!

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Artist To Watch: Pretty Vicious

Based in Wales, Pretty Vicious is a young 4-piece band with a punk rock sound that’s wise beyond their years.  Supporting The Vaccines and Nothing But Thieves in between a string of headlining UK tour dates this Fall, the band are on their way to stardom!

Brad, Tom, Jarvis, and Elliot play it fast and loud channeling the forefathers of punk rock with some serious fuzz on the guitars creating a vintage sound in a modern world.  Their latest track, “Are You Ready For Me” is a blistering mashup of raw vocals and ripping guitars.  Listen to the track below.

Grab a copy of “Are You Ready For Me” on iTunes USiTunes UK , Amazon US, and Amazon UK now.

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Artist To Watch: Waterparks

Waterparks have made a splash in the pop punk community with their recent signing with Equal Vision Records and bringing on MDDN Managers – Benji and Joel Madden from Good Charlotte – to help the band dive right in.

Bad puns aside, this Texas bred trio are equal parts pop, rock, and polished angst.  This isn’t the band’s first foray into big name collaborations – they’ve released songs with Fred Mascherino from Taking Back Sunday, and even opened for Aaron Carter (Weird, we know!)

Awsten Knight, Otto Wood, and Geoff Wigington are well versed in crafting catchy punk songs and we can’t wait to hear what their debut full length has in store because their previous EPs are already racking up some serious spins in the Fangirl office!

Next up, Waterparks are set to open for Good Charlotte’s triumphant and sold out comeback show at The Troubador in LA on November 19th.

Grab a copy of “Crave” on iTunes or Amazon now.

Watch the dog filled video for “Crave” below.

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