mewithoutYou will be releasing their new album, Pale Horses, on June 16th via Run For Cover Records. The band has also announced a new summer tour with Foxing, Lithuania and Field Mouse. Head to the replies to check out a new album teaser and find out where you can catch the band in the coming months.
Ampersand recently worked on a new EP that was recorded and mixed by Will Beasley (Fireworks, Emarosa) and mastered by Paul Leavitt (The Dangerous Summer, All Time Low). We are premiering a new song called "Nightmare" - give it a listen in the replies. The dominant guitars and rough vocals resemble that of bands like Make Do And Mend or Red City Radio that make loud punk rock tunes. Right off the bat you're hit with the riffs, heavy bass, and drums - the production really compliments the sound. If you like what you hear, keep an eye out for the EP.
Here are the albums that are in stores today. Pick up anything good? What do you recommend? If we missed anything, please add it to our calendar. We recommend Rdio or Spotify for album streams of new releases and check out our review section to see what our staff thought of the albums.
West Virginia’s Rozwell Kid recently did an in-studio session for Chalk TV while on their tour with You Blew It! and Tiny Moving Parts, so it's the perfect time to bring back the AbsolutePunk x Made of Chalk series. The band also released an EP titled Good Graphics on cassette through Infinity Cat Records, which is now sold out. However, the EP is now available for “name your price” at their bandcamp page. Make sure to check out the album and hit the replies to see the band perform "Baby’s First Sideburns."
It’s been amazing to be back in a room with Stubh, Adam and J, and putting together new music. It’s still too early to know what final shape the record will take, but it sounds like a natural evolution of the band; a mix of our rawer, earlier material, and our later, more introspective stuff. Adam and Stubh are bringing the heat with some really catchy melodies and lyrics, and J and myself are trying to stretch out with some hard-hitting rhythms to compliment the arrangements. There’s a lot more work to do, but it’s been a great experience so far. I could tell you we’re shooting for Winter (and we are), but the reality is, we’ll be releasing...
For instance, I’m gonna put a solo record out in June. I just finished recording it before this tour. Then I’m gonna tour on that for a little bit. Then when that’s over, this fall we’re going to start writing the next Bayside record. The problem with the Covers record is, do we put off writing the nect Bayside record in the fall to record a Covers record, or do we just get started on the next Bayside record.
“We don’t want to be part of some Tidal ‘streaming revolution’ nor do we want to be Taylor Swift and be anti-it,” Marshall says. “I don’t understand her argument, either. The focus is slightly missed. Music is changing. It’s fucking changing. This is how people are going to listen to music now—streaming. So diversify as a band. It doesn’t mean selling your songs to adverts. We look at our albums as stand-alone pieces of art, and also as adverts for our live shows.”
I’m picking through demos that I’d been working on for the last couple of years. Every day I’m writing something. I write an idea a day. Even if it’s 10 seconds of a melody or a lyric. I love it too much to not work. It would drive me crazy to not do anything.
While this is Absolute PUNK, we obviously cover a number of genres to appeal to a number of audiences. That being said, I wanted to share a few photographs I took while at one of two sold-out Sturgill Simpson gigs at Stubbs in Austin.
Sturgill isn't a typical country singer; no boots, no goofy* accent. He is a normal dude with penchant for writing and playing to the crowd's every emotion. Even if you don't consider yourself a country fan, give Sturgill a quick listen and maybe try broadening your listening borders.
Check the comments below for a few shots and a link to a full gallery on Flickr.
The thing I love about pop-punk fans is that they're always looking for new bands. If you're one such listener, allow me to introduce you to Grayscale. The Philadelphia act will fit perfectly in your modern pop-punk playlist alongside such heavyweights as The Wonder Years, Transit and Real Friends. We're streaming their new EP, Change, in the replies. Produced by Gary Cioffi (Transit, Misser), the effort will be available digitally tomorrow through Anchor Eighty Four Records. It features three new songs and an unexpected cover of Barenaked Ladies' "The Old Apartment."
If you're looking for a good way to watch Coachella this weekend, I recommend this page.
There's lots of acts at Coachella I want to listen to this year that are all playing on different channels. Since I'm way too lazy to remember to switch between them, I hacked this together so that I could just select all the acts I care about, and it will switch between them for me so I can just leave it on in the background. Right now it's only setup for weekend 1, but I'll update it before next weekend so that you can use the same URL to listen then also.
All Time Low are featured on this week's edition of Billboard's "Alt In Our Stars" podcast. Also, album chart update: Future Heartswill move over 70k copies, good enough for #2 on the charts -- both will be career-highs.
This weekend, McMahon will join Corsten and Markus Schulz at Coachella—McMahon will sing live during their set as New World Punx. "I truthfully have no idea what to expect. This will be my first time guesting for an electronic artist and I'm very excited about it," McMahon admits. "Dance music has such a powerful effect on an audience and to be onstage at Coachella taking that in is going to be incredible."
I can't think of many bands that have had the kind of legacy Acceptance have had on this website. We knew they were special when they first launched and their full-length album has reached "cult classic" status for many of us over the years. They've been the band I've most often wondered "what-if" while spinning Phantoms for the thousandth time. After the band announced their upcoming Skate and Surf appearance, and two shows, many have been wondering what is next for the band. Today, we've got some answers. Check out my Q&A with the band to find out what brought the guys back together, that their future is now, and what we can expect now that the band's been writing again.