Starting tomorrow, Fearless will be announcing the first of many bands that will be on Punk Goes Acoustic 2 (Summer 2007). The only way you’ll know who it is if you add the Official Punk Goes Acoustic 2 Myspace.
IÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢ve been a fan of the Plain White TÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s since their release of Stop in 2002. I was drawn to their upbeat songs and catchy melodies (IÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢ve always thought of them as a less standard-pop-punk version of Punchline). I must say, IÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢m wholly impressed by the Plain White TÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s latest release, Every Second Counts. The guys display amazing depth of sound. The album opens with a standard pop-punk power chords, but quickly ventures into new territory. While I find the lyrics on Every Second Counts to be generally trite (notably so on the single Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”Hate [I Really DonÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢t like You]Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬?), IÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢m still pleased with the great production in every other regard. This is an album that you can play through a whole time without getting bored of the same sound. Further, I can already tell by the diversity of songs and styles that this album will be in my rotation for a long time to come. Take a listen; even if you come out with just a song or two that you find enjoyable, IÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢m convinced that there is something for everyone (or at least all DFO readers) on this disc.
On this fall’s Nintendo Fusion Tour, the T’s are on the road to blowing up with this release.
1. Our Time Now
2. Come Back To Me
3. Hate (I Really Don’t Like You)
4. You And Me
5. Friends Don’t Let Friends Dial Drunk
6. Making A Memory
7. So Damn Clever
8. Tearin’ Us Apart
9. Write You A Song
10. Gimme A Chance
11. Figure It Out
12. Let Me Take You There
SugarcultÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s continued (or perhaps continuing is a better word) progression as a band is evident on their latest release, Lights Out. Crashing drums and power chords highlight the bandÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s pop punk roots, but more complex guitar interludes and scruffier vocals signal a departure. Unfortunately creating vocals that sound like Tim PagnottaÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s been smoking two packs a day since the release of Palm Trees and Powerlines is a bit much.
ValidaÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s Editorial Note: To me, the change in vocal style is a blatant announcement (put out by the band itself) that the band has matured. Sadly, it translates more like the imagery at the end of the third Matrix movie, which is so in-your-face that it forces the viewer into understanding the film exactly as the directors intended instead of allowing him/her to explore and find meaning on his/her own. In creating art Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ be it music, film, or painting – itÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s important to remember that art is a form of expression and that its beauty is in the myriad interpretations that arise from that expression.
But perhaps Pagnotta truly has upped the intensity of his smoking and the vocal changes arenÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢t as superficial as I find them to be. So let me continue. Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”Lights OutÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬? and Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”Dead LivingÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬? which kick off the album are extremely reminiscent of Palm Trees, as are a few other tracks including Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”Majoring in MinorsÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬? and the mildly depressing lullaby Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”The InvestigationÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬?. Further, while some of the experimentation and growth displayed on this album are still a bit rough, Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”ShakingÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬? does piece itself together to be a successful pop song and thereÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s a lot of promise elsewhere.
1. Lights Out
2. Dead Living
3. Los Angeles
4. Do It Alone
6. Out Of Phase
7. Made A Mistake
9. Majoring In Minors
11. The Investigation
If you live in Southern California, go catch a free performance by The Outline and get some signed goods. The band will be performing at the Virgin Megastore in Orange, CA TODAY on Tuesday September 12. It starts at 7:30 pm and it’s absolutely FREE so come hang out with the band and bring all your friends. Then tune in to Indie 103.1 TOMORROW on Wednesday, September 13th at 3pm PST to hear a live interview with The Outline. DonÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢t have the station in your area? Tune in live at http://www.indie1031.fm/listenlive.php.
Sugarcult has put up a new website in honor of their new album Lights Out. The album is due out September 12th through Fearless / Artemis Records.
Classic Case, a five-piece rock band from North Carolina, may be new to the Fearless Family but are veterans in the music industry. Having two recordings under their belt and experience with rigorous touring they are ready to create their greatest album yet. Classic Case creates music that is dynamic and full of tension and release through a mix of challenging song writing and a manipulation of rock! Classic Case is made up of vocalist Jared Draughon, guitarist/vocalist Josh Moore, guitarist Mitchell Marlon, bassist Eric Mendelson and drummer Durijan Lang (Glassjaw).
Coming from the city of St. Louis Missouri, So They Say has had the same type of start that most bands do. They formed the band and in less than a year signed to Fearless Records, soon after the signing releasing their self-titled EP. About 9 months later they release their first full length entitled Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”Antidote for IronyÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬?, which is record by the famous Matt Squire (Panic! At the Disco, The Receiving End of Sirens). When I first heard the news about this release, I wasnÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢t expecting to much from it, but after listening to it my mind was forever changed about the band. They have managed to make an amazing alternative rock album, which is so far one of my favorite cds of the year.
The album hits you hard with its heavy guitar riffs, heavy drumming, and loud swinging vocals. It starts off with the song Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”In Loving Memory OfÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬?, which starts off the great with its solid rock anthem like qualities. Then the title track Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”Antidote for IronyÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬? follows up amazingly with its chanting chorus Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”Put down, put down the loaded gunÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬?. It is one of the catchiest lines IÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢ve heard in an alternative rock song in a while. The next few track are also amazing and very catchy. Although this album starts off amazing, the last few tracks seem to not be as well put together as the first half of the cd, and just donÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢t live up to the same potential and the vocals are very catchy, but sometimes they get a little wild and off key. I recommend that everyone check this album out, and if you like it definitely go out and buy it. This is mostly for fans of For fans of Armor For Sleep, Thrice, Underoath, and The Starting Line.
1. In Loving Memory Of
2. Antidote for Irony
3. Anxiety Is Setting In
5. In Essence We Are Falling
6. You Asked Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”Where Are We Now?Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬?
7. Over Exposed Photo
8. The Burden
9. Act Like you are Listening, Until ItÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s Your Turn to Talk
10. Talking In Circles
11. A Beautiful Plan
Stand out Tracks
Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”Antidote for IronyÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬?, Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”GoodbyeÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬?, Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”In Essence We Are FallingÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬?, Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”Over Exposed PhotoÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬?