Willow Smith has always been a cultural icon but she’s got her sights set on making her mark in pop punk with her latest single, “T R A N S P A R E N T S O U L” with a little help from the man himself, Travis Barker.
The track floats along a fine line of “being too soft/ not punk enough” but Willow slams her foot down, shaking up the scene. It would be easy to confuse the track for an early Paramore b-side but make no mistake, Willow knows the history and she’s forging her own path through the pop punk sea. This is the first single from Willow’s forthcoming album, due out this Summer.
The glitchy Dana Trippe-directed visualizer for the single evokes 90s – TLC fashion and we are so here for it!! Watch the official visualizer below.
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!
Hailing from Australia, Yours Truly are cementing their name as the next big thing. The band have already made a name for themselves in the scene after hitting the road with Senses Fail, Sum 41, and more while writing and releasing some of the most earnest pop punk tracks since Paramore hit the airwaves almost 16 years ago.
Yours Truly’s debut album, Self Care is due out September 18th and if the singles they’ve released so far are any indication, this record is laying the groundwork for a long tenure in the pop punk scene. Lead singles, “Undersize”, “Together”, and “Composure” pair catchy hooks with diary lyricism tying the record together to help realize “that you have the strength to shape your own future and learning to treat yourself more kindly along the way.” Yours Truly’s debut EP is an inward look at singer Mikaila Delgado conquering her own personal struggles.
The band’s latest single, “Undersize” is an acoustic driven track written by Delgado for a friend going through their own battles. “This song is really a letter to a close friend of mine,” she says. “While watching them navigating their life through all the ups, downs and obstacles life throws at them, I wrote this just to let them know that I’m here for them through all of that.”
Watch the official video for “Undersize” below!
We can’t wait to hear what Yours Truly have been working on after a monumental 2019 and unraveling the year personally and professionally while reflecting and coping to write a debut album. Now, the band have their sights set on the year ahead that includes a slot on Sad Summer Fest 2021 with All Time Low, The Story So Far, Movements, The Maine, Grayscale, and Destroy Boys.
Pre-orders for Self Care are available now through the UNFD store – the first 100 preorders come with a free self care album art patch! More more information and other platform pre-orders, click here.
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.
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!
Despite only having 5 tracks, Layover returns after a 2 year hiatus with a brand new EP beckoning back to the golden era of emo pop punk. The bands’ first EP since they announced an extended break in 2016, “Your Laughter Never Leaves” has Layover playing with a renewed energy and a band that’s matured both sonically and personally.
“YLNL” is filled with equal parts of wit and grit addressing a wide range of topics such as mental health and loss, sensitively and sincerely. When asked about the new tracks, vocalist Luke Rainsford said, “We are bringing a sound that is predominantly based within the American market. Our honesty and intense live shows bring a refreshing atmosphere that we feel sets us apart, but ultimately we are just 4 close friends trying to share our music.”
We Were Sharks are heating things up ahead of their hotly anticipated album Lost Touch dropping on February 23rd through Victory Records. We can’t get enough of the Cananadian group’s refreshingly bright and equally melencholy sound on the new album. We got the chance to sit down with singer Randy Frobel during their headlining tour in Brooklyn, NY and he’s just as charming as you’d expect! We Were Sharks brought their high energy set to Gold Sounds Bar, showing NYC how Canada parties.
Watch our interview below and see what Randy’s favorite song on Lost Touch is, his must-haves on tour, and who caught him totally fangirling in Ottowa recently.
Be sure to pre-order a copy of Lost Touch on iTunes or Amazon now!
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.
Broadside are currently on tour in the UK supporting Trash Boat but the guys just released a super cute video for their ukulele centered song “I Love You, I Love You. It’s Disgusting.” from their latest album “Paradise.”
Frontman Ollie Baxxter directed the beachfront video and also shows that he’s a total romantic! When asked about the song, Ollie explained “This is a song for romantics. When you’re in love, you feel consumed in its warmth. I’m happy knowing that I’ve contributed to a very long list of love songs.”
Watch the video for “I Love You, I Love You. It’s Disgusting.” below!
Broadside just released a brand new video for their latest high energy single “Paradise” and urge listeners to “Chase your paradise and value your time” in the title track to their sophomore effort due out June 16th. The video perfectly encapsulates the band’s fun loving personalities in a beach-y inflatable filled video that takes a peek into their fans’ version of paradise. Polaroids filter in and out throughout the video and are filled with beach scenes, mountain climbs, and family photos sent in by Broadside fans. Taking their own advice, the band chased their own paradise by relocating to Los Angeles!
It’s clear these guys care about their fans and treat them as equals, not just fans. Front-man Ollie Baxxter says “Life is a journey, and it should be documented and valued forever, so we wanted to give our fans an opportunity to share their version of paradise with us, and share their special moments in our music video. Thank you to everyone for letting us take a peek at your paradise.”
Watch the new video for “Paradise” below!
When you pre-order the brand new album on iTunes or Amazon, you’ll get three brand new songs instantly. Pre-order bundles are also available on Broadside’s official website and include exclusive “Paradise” themed merch items like beach towels and tank tops!