Fresh off its recent appearance in this year's Absolute 100, I'm excited to premiere a brand new track from post-hardcore/post-rock band Caterpillars. Without repeating what I wrote about the band in the Absolute 100, the Dallas, TX, quartet has released one of the most exciting albums of 2013 (The Other Side will be available on September 24th) and continues what Thursday left behind. Check out the blistering "Rebirth" in the replies. A pre-order of the digital version of The Other Side is available.
A few months ago, Shane Told of Silverstein reached out to me about starting up a monthly sports column on the site. I thought why not? We have a very strong sports forum and a lot of our users are very knowledgable about various sports. Now that his band just wrapped up its stint on this past summer's Warped Tour, Shane sent me his inaugural AP.net sports column, which you can read in the replies. It's not often that sports and this scene crossover, but in this month's column Shane discusses how musicians and athletes cheat to get ahead.
We're back with the fourth chapter in Vanna's ambitious 10-part series, The Few and the Far Between: The Movie. This week's video features a scuffle set to the chugging breakdown of "Casket Rhythm." Jump to the replies to see the story unfold. In case you're behind, watch the first, second and third segments.
We gave you the first taste of Lonely Kings' new material a couple of months ago, and now we're streaming the entire record. American Heartache releases this Tuesday, September 3 on Epochal Artists Records. It features a guest appearance by Papa Roachfrontman Jacoby Shaddix on the track "Promises." Listen to the album on the band's AP.net profile or in the replies.
We've got a really great exclusive for you guys today. You might not recognize the name Dave Hill right now, but with all the pots he has his hands in, you will soon. Bearing a multi-hyphenate title that would rival James Franco's, Hill is a published author (of a collection of essays entitled Tasteful Nudes), stand-up comedian, podcaster, host of a monthly live variety show, and also frontman for the power-pop group Valley Lodge. The group is gearing up to release their third album, Use Your Weapons, next Tuesday, but we're happy to be streaming the entire record a few days early. Filled to the brim with massive hooks and infectious vocals, this record is right up the alley of anybody...
Envyrecently released a limited 14xLP / 2xDVD / 100-page book set titled Invariable Will, Recurring Ebbs and Flows via Temporary Residence. To celebrate, we are premiering part one of video trailer about the box set release, featuring quotes from other musicians about Envy's influence and legacy. Hit the replies to watch the video. You can also get more info and order the release.
Drive-Thru Records had an unbelievable roster in their prime, but one band that went criminally overlooked was Day at the Fair. The New Jersey pop punk group's 2005 effort, The Rocking Chair Years, is making its vinyl debut on September 17th via Broken Heart Records. In addition to the original album and several bonus tracks, there is also a limited edition lathe cut available only in a bundle. It features "Broken," which is one of the first songs the band ever recorded but was never released. Head to the replies or the band's AP.net profile to listen to the track and be brought back to the golden age of pop punk.
Pop-punk has experienced a resurgence in the scene over the past few years, and Anchorless should be thrown right into the mix. Featuring former members of Tiefighter, the band shows their chops and have a very distinct So-Cal pop-punk style that we've grown to love on the site. Listen to "Just Because" in the replies and you can pre-order the EP here.
This week's video, and the second one in the AP.net and Made of Chalkcollaboration series, features a performance by Rx Bandits at Metro in Chicago earlier this summer. As many of you know, Rx Bandits embarked on a 10 Year Anniversary Tour for their critically acclaimed, and fan favourite, album The Resignation. So head to the replies to check out this AP.net exclusive video of the band playing "Prophetic" live, as well as a few other gems. Hope you enjoy!
Don't let the name fool you, Heavy Breather is one hell of a new band that might be making its mark sooner rather than later. The St. Louis-based electro pop act is intent on reviving the sound of the 80's but giving it a more modern feel. The band has a new EP coming out later this year and today we're premiering the track "88 MPH (This Is Love)" in the replies.
As bands like The Story So Far and Man Overboard have risen to the top of the pop-punk totem pole, it's becoming harder and harder for bands to gain traction while presenting a straightforward take on the genre. Currently, Real Friends is proving that you don't have to rewrite the rules to make an impact on young music listeners...but today we have a song stream from a band that I think could follow and exceed that mold. Knuckle Puck delivers a melodic, crunchy offering of a sound that we're all familiar with. It took me a few listens of their new EP, The Weight That You Buried, which drops September 3, to see past the first few layers of their sound. But I think fans of the genre can...
Remember Therefore I Am? That band just did it for me - perfectly-crafted post-hardcore with huge melodies and quality harmonies. That's what I love about City Of Ghosts - the Milwaukee boys deliver that straightforward brand of post-hardcore with raw, yet massive vocals. We've got "Borrowed Wings," the debut single from their upcoming EP, The Calm In The Current - it's all kinds of awesome. Enjoy the jam in the replies and grab the EP from Easy Killer Records in the coming months. Fans of Thrice's Artist In The Ambulance and Crisis-era Alexisonfire should dig this.
We couldn't be more excited to premiere a brand new Pentimento song today. Inside The Sea is the band's new EP set for release on Oct. 22nd on Paper + Plastick Records and this is my favorite EP of the year. Fans of Taking Back Sunday's Where You Want To Be will enjoy this release and the only downside is that it's 4 songs. Listen to "Any Minute Now" in the replies and you can also pre-order the EP now.
When I heard this song in demo form a few months ago, I knew immediately that I wanted to premiere it on AbsolutePunk. Fast forward a few months later and a recording session with producer Pierre De Reeder (Vampire Weekend, Death Cab For Cutie, Rilo Kiley) and we are now premiering "G O L D E N C H I L D," the newest single from Barely Blind and one of the best indie-pop songs I've heard all year. The musicianship on "G O L D E N C H I L D" is mesmerizing and brings to mind a band like Phoenix while the infectious melodies and harmonies will be trapped in your brain for the rest of the day. Check out the song in the replies and it'll be available for purchase on iTunes tomorrow,...
On September 17th, Pennsylvania's Placeholder will release its sophomore album, I Don't Need Forgiveness via Black Numbers. Influenced by the likes of Texas Is The Reason and Braid, I Don't Need Forgiveness is the type of album late 90s/early 00s emo fans should check out. Today, we have a small preview of the LP - the blistering "Caught The Crown." You can stream it in the replies. The LP is also available to pre-order.
Everyone loves a fun music video, right? Behind The Fallen have a strong scoop of ridiculousness in their video for "You''re Just A Friend," the first single from their upcoming EP, Pages Of The Past. Go watch the fun in the replies and pick up their new EP on September 10, produced by Erik Ron (I The Mighty, VersaEmerge, Panic! At The Disco) - for fans of Silverstein, Conditions, and A Day To Remember.
Today we're bringing you an exclusive premiere from American Authors. This is one of those bands that when you first hear them, you just have that feeling they're going to soon be dominating playlists. To say these guys are catchy would be a massive understatement. I sorta get a fun. mixed with Relient K vibe from their upcoming EP -- which you can find more songs from on iTunes. If you check the replies, you'll hear a new song called "Luck," which drummer Matt described as, "a desperate attempt at explaining to those we love why leaving home was so important in order for us to pursue our dreams. It was also an acknowledgement that along our journey, some people would feel abandoned...
braidedveins is a 5-person musical organization based in Flint, Michigan, and is featuring members of The Swellers, Empty Orchestra, Kid Brother Collective, The Conqueror Worm and others, will be releasing Future/Forever soon in partnership with Save Your Generation Records. We are premiering a track from that seven-song EP and it's titled "The Nature Cruise of the Century!" It's been described as "the harrowing breakdown of a human body subjected to the ravages of capitalism." It was recorded by Nick Diener and mixed/mastered by Mark Michalik and you can listen to it in the replies. More details, such as artwork and release information, will be announced soon.
Celebrate Vanna frontman Davey Muise's birthday today by watching the latest installment of the band's ambitious video project, The Few and the Far Between: The Movie. The third chapter set to the song "I Said I'm Fine" from their latest album. This episode also features guest appearances from Andy Williams (Every Time I Die) and Devin Shidaker (The Acacia Strain). Watch it in the replies. If you missed them, catch up on the first and second of 10 parts. Come back next Friday for more!
Stream a new Eyes Set to Kill song titled "Where I Want to Be" in the replies or on the band's AP.net profile. The female-fronted post-hardcore group will release Masks, their fifth full-length album and first for Century Media Records, on September 17th.
AP.net and Made of Chalk have partnered up to bring you a series of live videos that Chalk TV shoots at various shows in Chicago. Since many people don't have the time or means to attend many of these shows and watch their favourite bands perform, we figured you might all enjoy these gems. Or perhaps some of the videos will prompt you to go see these bands live, because they most certainly deserve your attention. Now onto business, because the first video up is a great performance by A Great Big Pile of Leaves, who recently released one of the catchiest indie-rock albums of the summer titled You're Always On My Mind. So head to the replies to watch the AP.net premiere of "We Don't Need...
Today we're bringing you a new song from Direct Hit! called "White Robes" and you can listen to it in the replies. The band recorded its follow-up to Domesplitter with Mike Kennerty from The All-American Rejects and now Brainless God is being released digitally through Red Scare Industries on September 3rd and physically on September 10th. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the replies and if you like the track you can pre-order the record.
Former Bridge Nine Records artists Energy will be releasing their new EP, New Worlds of Fear, on September 10th. Head to the replies to hear their cover of the Ramones' "Pet Sematary" along with the title track from the EP. If you like what you hear, pre-order the CD and cassette.
We've partnered up with ScionAV to premiere the video interview they conducted with Touché Amoré on the "All Purpose Show" with Prince Paul and Mr. Dead before the band's performance at this year's Scion Rock Fest. It's a fun, short interview - Prince Paul and Mr. Dead ask the band the origin of its name as well as how the members of the band are clean, cut metal heads. Check it out in the replies. Don't forget, the band's new album, Is Survived By, hit stores on September 24th.
On October 8th, Save Your Breath will release its Animal Style Records debut, There Used To Be A Place For Us. And today we're giving you a small slice of the Welsh pop-punkers' debut by premiering "Abandon." You know the drill - if you enjoy the musical stylings of The Wonder Years and the like, you'll totally dig this. You can stream the song in the replies and you can pre-order the LP via Animal Style. You'll have options to bundle any combination of the vinyl, cd, shirt, and poster together and it was pressed on 100 copies on white, 200 on gold, and 200 on clear with black streaks. So check out the song and let us know what you think.
UK-based Everybody Looks Famous is a female-fronted pop-rock act set to release their new EP Fuel To The Fire on Go Faster Records. Although an easy comparison to make, fans of Every Avenue, We Are The In Crowd, and The Downtown Fiction will enjoy this. Today we're premiering the title track which you can listen to in the replies.
Nashville's The Get Togethers are gearing up to release their debut album, Home As In Houston, on September 24th. Each track reflects on the life of vocalist Bethany Gray Frazier each month of the year 2007. Today, we are excited to premiere "July," which can be heard in the replies or on their AP.net Profile. Fans of Now, Now and Eisley should enjoy this one.
In case you've got a case of the Monday's, Culprit should fix that right up. Produced by Dryw Owens (From Indian Lakes) and Erik Ron (I, The Mighty) Culprit's new EP, Totem, is uniquely energetic, melodic, ambient at times, and overall an ambitious entry into an already promising career. That's why we're happy to premiere it today. Fans of Envy on the Coast, Armor for Sleep and early As Tall As Lions shouldn't sleep on this. So stream it in the replies, read our review and of course, if you enjoy the album be sure to pick up a copy starting tomorrow, August 20th, via Easy Killer Records.
Blink-182's "Dammit" is a borderline classic around here, and rightfully so. It's a fantastic track, from a band that turned countless people into music lovers. Michael Bernard Fitzgerald clearly has an appreciation for the song, releasing a soulful cover that's both nostalgic and new. Enjoy Michael's rendition in the replies, and pick up his debut album, Yes, on August 27.
It's Friday - how about a new band? Live Alive's a brand new act with a pretty cool sound, hitting an energetic pop-rock/pop-punk sound somewhere between Go Radio, Fireworks, and old Red Jumpsuit Apparatus. Today we've got the band's second song ever, "Movin' On," featuring none other than Terrible Things/ex-Taking Back Sunday vocalist Fred Mascherino. Go have a little fun in the replies and enjoy some new talent.
I am beyond excited to unveil what we've landed today. With over 20 years in the industry, Jim Norton has become one of the biggest names not only in dark comedy, but simply in comedy on the whole. Frequently regarded as the 'third mic' on the Opie & Anthony radio show, Norton feels no topic is taboo, and it doesn't take long for that mindset to shine through on any of his specials. We're lucky enough to have an exclusive stream of Norton's newest album Please Be Offended running all day today. Tackling such subjects as the Westboro Baptist Church and the Ground Zero mosque, this record is definitely controversial and definitely hilarious. Head to the replies to give it a listen, and...
After last week's successful premiere of the first installment of Vanna's The Few and the Far Between: The Movie, we now present you with the second chapter of the ten-part saga. This video is set to "Year of the Rat" as the plot thickens for our protagonists. Head to the replies to watch it, and come back next Friday for more.
We're very excited to bring you a brand new single/video premiere from a former Absolute100 artist, Moneta. "All My Fault" is the first song to feature new vocalist Jordan Thompson, as well as the first glimpse into what the band's upcoming record The Only Constant sounds like, produced by Jim Wirt (Something Corporate, Jack's Mannequin, The Rocket Summer). They will be headlining at The Showbox at the Market tonight in Seattle, and we're giving the first person who is interested the chance to get in for FREE - just be the first person to follow/@reply the band's twitter and tell them you'd like to attend. Head to the replies to check out the new video.
Today we're very excited to share a cut from Echo Base's upcoming debut full-length, Some Legacy. "God Dammit, Phaynes" is named after AP.net's favorite curmudgeonly user, and is the final track on the record. If you've enjoyed the recent surge in "twinkle" bands, make sure to check this out - Echo Base are poised to challenge Dads for the title of "best two-piece emo band." The album, set to be released independently on September 3rd, can be pre-ordered at Bandcamp for a minimum of $5 with all digital sales going towards pressing the record on vinyl.
The Teeth recently finished up their short US/Canada tour trek with The Greenery. Today we have part two (the last part) of a tour diary from vocalist Joey Heid - check it out in the replies. Be sure to catch up on part one if you missed it.
Today we've got a great song that's gonna make you pump your fist as we're exclusively streaming "A Fool Walks Into a Bar and Cries Wolf," the latest anthem from Better Off. Taken from the band's forthcoming full length (I Think) I'm Leaving, this song was made for those who fell in love with the early to mid 2000's emo scene and pledge allegiance to the likes of Jimmy Eat World and Hot Rod Circuit. Check out the song in the replies and the album will be in stores on September 24th via 6131 Records / Blood & Ink Records.
Producers Bill Stevenson and Jason Livermore have been unofficial members of Rise Against since the band recorded Revolutions Per Minute at the legendary Blasting Room. In this exclusive behind-the-scenes video for AbsolutePunk, the band talks about the influence the two have had on their song writing and career. It's all a part of the lead-up to the September 10th release of the band's b-sides and rarities collection, Long Forgotten Songs: B-Sides & Covers 2000-2013. which is available for pre-order in a variety of bundles. Check out the video in the replies.
Today we're streaming Patterns In Static, the new EP from NJ-based band Reach. Formerly Boy Meets Machine, the group has returned to its alt. rock roots to deliver its debut EP with a new direction and moniker. Listen to it in the replies.
It's been a little while since we hosted a Typhoon exclusive, so it's exciting to bring a few goodies to their AP.net fans here today. In the replies, you will find the album teaser video featuring back-scene footage of the band while recording their fantastic new album White Lighter (out on August 20th via Roll Call Records) on Pendarvis Farm in Oregon. But that's not all! If you, the readers, help us spread the word about this on your social networks, you will be automatically entered in our awesome contest. So without further ado, head to the replies to read more about the contest and the great prizes that we're giving out. Good luck!
Our good friends in Driver Friendly had a chance to meet up with us during a stop of Warped Tour and played "I Can See Canyons" acoustic for us. You can watch it in the replies and make sure you read Anthony's review of Peaks + Valleyshere.
Today we're streaming a brand new song from Shreddy Krueger called "Inamorata" and you can hear it in the replies. This group features members from Secret and Whisper, a band lots of people were into when I was still rounding up Canadian news for the site. The Grieving will be released on September 3rd through InVogue Records and pre-order bundles are available if you like what you hear.
This one is for the older crowd. If you're a fan of Death By Stereo or Propagandhi, allow me to introduce you to A Dying Regime. The Orlando, FL natives have just signed to Dying Scene Records and are going to put out their new EP Shuttles next month. Listen to "Stand Up" in the replies and leave your thoughts as well.
Rather than put out a music video in support of The Few and the Far Between, Vanna have decided to release an entire film made up of music videos for each track. The coming-of-age saga, aptly titled The Few and the Far Between: The Movie, follows the themes explored on the album. Head to the replies to watch the first chapter, which is set to the first two tracks, "The Few and the Far Between" and "The Lost Art of Staying Alive." Check every Friday, as we will be premiering all ten parts to reveal the complete narrative.
Flyleaf are currently supporting the new EP, Who We Are, their first effort with new frontwoman Kristen May. You can listen to a live rendition of "Great Love," an unreleased bonus track from the EP, in the replies. The song is also available to download for free. But wait, there's more! Leave a comment on this post to be entered to win a copy of the EP (available now on iTunes and Amazon) and an original woodblock print designed by bassist Pat Seals.
With their sophomore EP, Totem, Los Angeles' Culprit are exploring new territories while sticking to those good ol' hooks. Produced by Dryw Owens (From Indian Lakes, Consider The Theif), the qualities that evoked I The Mighty and Armor For Sleep comparisons linger, but are tinged with HRVRD and Moving Mountains-esque sounds. "Piece Of Eden" sums it up nicely - head to the replies to hear our exclusive of the track. And in honor of the premiere, the band's giving AP.net users a treat - 15% off all pre-orders for their new EP with the code "absolutepunk" at check-out. So enjoy Eden, and grab Totem on August 20 via Easy Killer Records.
Maps For Travelers may not be well-known now, but that should change after listeners hear the quartet's No Sleep Records debut, Change Your Name. Today we're bringing another slice of that record exclusively to you by premiering the song, "World On a Wire." The band has the intensity of all your favorite late 90s/early 00s post-hardcore bands. Check out the song in the replies and then pre-order the record here.