A new song has been posted by Taking Back Sunday on their YouTube account called “El Paso.” It was announced last year that the band would be working on their 5th studio album with the original line-up. The band revealed today that the album would have a June 28, 2011 release date.
TBS will be playing this year’s Bamboozle Festival in NJ, along with a string of tour dates before and after the festival in the U.S. and the U.K. Dates can be seen below. [Read more...]
The Lonely Forest’s Arrows is a powerful major debut for the band from Washington state and for Death Cab For Cutie frontman Chris Walla’s new label, Trans. The album kicks off with “Be Everything”, which although a successfully heartfelt song, starts things off on a note that is just a touch too whiny. But keep listening. Or “Turn off This Song and Go Outside” as you’ll be told on the second track in its catchy chorus. No, but seriously, keep listening. This is an enjoyable album through and through.
John Van Deusen’s minor vocals are reminiscent of R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe at times with a sort of lazy quality. However, Van Deusen doesn’t quite hit the whiny peaks of Stipe. Throw in a little taste of the Counting Crows’ Adam Duritz and update it to 2011 with Vampire Weekend style “oohs” and “ahhs” and you’ve got the Lonely Forest’s vocal sound. The band supplies catchy riff and choruses one after another, but perhaps the most attention-grabbing attribute after the vocals is the relentless drum beats, fast and full-bodied, which power every song.
Already with “Turn off This Song and Go Outside”, the guys set a motif for the rest of the album: the Lonely Forest, as its name might imply, pumps out sad songs about fallen love, but also pulls nature into the mix quite a bit. This refreshing quality, moving beyond the well-covered songwriting territory of joys and sorrows of the heart, is best displayed in the album’s second single, “We Sing in Time”, which pulls in a political message without being too overtly preachy. The more big-picture philosophical questioning in “End It Now!” is also a treat for a mind seeking stimulation to think of something other than love.
Overall, I’m happy these bites are spinning on my hard drives and echoing in my head.
Here are some albums in stores today. Let us know what you will be picking up.
Emery‘s new album, We Do What We Want, is currently streaming over at AOL music.
“We finished our new video for the song, “Help Is On The Way,” and are excited to share it with you. Directed by the esteemed Alan Ferguson, our film crew went to New Orleans and filmed what became a dramatic and compelling narrative of Hurricane Katrina through the eyes of a family. As a band, we opted out of being a part of the piece for fear our role might diminish the importance of this video and skew it’s reception. What follows is another video we are proud to put our name on.”
Rise Against will headline a U.S. tour with special guests Bad Religion and Four Year Strong starting April 5th in Las Vegas. For a complete list of tour dates visit www.riseagainst.com.
Adam has posted a making of All Things Bright And Beautiful that you can watch below.
Owl City will head out on a world headlining tour kicking things off in the US June 13th.
Last month musician Aaron Gillespie traveled to Haiti with Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse to see first-hand the work of the organizations, as well as to tape a documentary that will debut this summer. Gillespie hopes that this music video and the upcoming documentary will bring back an awareness to Haiti since the 2010 earthquake as well as the work of BGEA and Samaritan’s Purse.
“God’s heart is humanity, and you really find it in Haiti. We are so convinced that we have it all figured out here, with our prosperity and all of our stuff, but we don’t. Gods heart is waiting, go find it,” shares Aaron Gillespie upon returning from his trip. [Read more...]
Continental, Jack’s Mannequin, Madina Lake, Permanent Bastards, Rapid Decline, Street Dogs, and The Steelwells have been added to the 2011 Vans Warped Tour roster. Check out the full roster of bands to see if your favorites are playing this year.