Stream Dave Grohl’s keynote webcast tomorrow morning at 11am CDT here: http://www.sxsw.com/live/2013-03-14
Ahhh Yellowcard. You supplied the soundtrack to my Senior year of high school, “Ocean Avenue” became an instant classic for emo-kids everywhere, and then you faded away into the abyss of pop-punk. When so many other bands were trying to cash in on the trend you stuck to your guns. Sure your follow-ups were never as successful, and most of America would call you a one-hit-wonder, but all that is about to change, mark my words!
With the release of their seventh studio album, When You’re Through Thinking Say Yes, Yellowcard is back in full force, and ready to dominate a genre that’s been lacking substance for a long while. Courtesy of Hopeless Records, When You’re Through Thinking Say Yes hit stores last Tuesday and has made quite a splash in a mere seven days. Channeling everything that made Ocean Avenue a smash hit, Yellowcard proves with this record, they’re nowhere close to finished making waves.
The album’s first single, “Hang You Up” is a bit of a ballad, but still manages to retain the band’s signature energy, and knack for wordplay (the hook is, “this is a black and white of you I found, I hang you up and then I pull you down”). When You’re Through Thinking Say Yes opens with the stunner, “The Sound of You And Me”, which we’re betting will be a summer-love single, and doesn’t slow down until “Hang You Up” comes in on track four. Listeners should check out “With You Around” for a poppier song complete with a shout to Audio I.V. faves, Saves the Day, and stick around for “See Me Smiling”, a deeper cut with everything you loved about Ocean Avenue, and nothing you hated about Lights and Sounds.
If you’re jonesin’ for a little video action from these guys you won’t have to wait too long. Next Tuesday you can catch the premier of the official “Hang You Up” music video on all MTV networks. But, until then, When You’re Through Thinking Say Yes should be on the short list of new releases to explore this weekend.
My friends at OnThatNewHit just alerted me of this little gem! Emo, alt-rockers Taking Back Sunday have just released the first single from their much-anticipated forthcoming album, which will hit stores and iTunes this summer. The track, “El Paso” is a lot harder than the pop-inspired fluff of TBS’s last record, hook is still strong and lyrics like, “you’ll never give what you get” are reminiscent of the band’s early releases. No info yet on the direction of their new album, but here’s hoping it’s full of tracks with as much energy and intensity as “El Paso”.
Check out OnThatNewHit’s coverage of TBS and “El Paso”, here and listen to “El Paso” below!
Not that this band NEEDS me to push their music…founder and namesake Ben Lovett has to be well connected. After all, he’s produced records for Audio I.V. faves Hot Water Music and Heartbeats, AND written over 12 film scores in the past few years. As the singer and songwriter for what he calls a ‘traveling circus’ of musicians, Lovett has created a sinister stew of indie-folk/rock with the band’s debut LP, Highway Collection.
From the record’s opening “Woo!” of “The Fear”, Lovett takes you on a journey to a simpler time, where melodies whirl around you like a warm summer wind, and genre lines blur into the hot hot heat of sun-baked asphalt. Start to finish, Highway Collection screams “Road trip!” Channeling folk-rock legends like Dylan, Petty, and Browne, each song is infused with sincerity, a subtle grit, and signature ease most bands struggle to capture to tape.
Standouts include would-be-single, “Heartattack”, the quirky, “Same Old Song” and closer, “Ghost of Old Highways”. New listeners should also check out the Steam Punk video for “Eye of the Storm” which features an extended cut of the song, and some pretty amazing green screen work. (see below)
After a pretty solid debut at this year’s SXSW festival, it shouldn’t be long before Lovett is making splash nationally. This is a record everyone should listen to at least once, but I’m warning you now, once you hit the gas on Highway Collection, there’s no turning back.
THE WAIT IS OVER!!
After more than two years of constant touring, writing, and a hefty block of recording at The Blasting Room in Colorado, Chicago natives, Rise Against are back with their usual high-energy, politically-driven punk rock in the form of ENDGAME.
Their fourth full-length in a long line of studio releases, ENDGAME is a lot of the same for Rise Against, but at a point where most bands struggle to re-invent themselves RA channels early material (circa Revolutions per Minute) for inspiration and direction, while holding tight to the pulsating pop thread that helped make their last release, Appeal to Reason, such a success.
For all intents and purposes, ENDGAME is a masterpiece. The record progresses organically from one track to the next, teasing listeners with melody and then punching them in the gut with crunchy guitars and shredded licks. Tracks like, “Satellite” and “Midnight Hands” stand out against obvious singles like “Architects” and “Help is on the Way” thanks to heavy arrangements, strategic tempo changes and Tim’s signature vocals. Things get political on “Survivor Guilt”–a predictable, yet respectable nod to our Troops overseas and veterans at home–and “This is Letting Go” hooks hard with a super melodic chorus, and an oddly familiar vibe (think “Give it All”).
Luckily, where Appeal to Reason failed to keep your attention, ENGDAME won’t let it go. In short it’s everything you loved about the last 10 years of RA crammed into one record. Big singles mix happily with soon-to-be fan favorites, and deep cuts like “Lanterns” serve as the perfect cliff-hanger for things to come.
It may have seemed like a lifetime of waiting, but ENGAME is here, and it’s fantastic. Pick up your copy today wherever you buy music, and pass is on!