I Surrender Records have signed Detroit based Take Notice. Check out the bands MySpace page to give them a listen.
I Surrender Records has signed dance rock outfit Dragonette to their roster. Check out some of their tunes on the MySpace page.
tragÃ‚·eÃ‚·dy – Definition: 1) very sad event: an event in life that evokes feelings of sorrow or grief.
How exactly does one recover from a tragedy? I suppose that it is different for everyone, for Valencia frontman Shane Henderson, solace was found in a guitar and piles of photographs; following the untimely passing of his girlfriend Dana Burrell. When the Flowers Bloom… is a honest and sincere look at heartache and loss, 13 tracks of sorrow, hope, and a great attempt at recovery. Henderson’s raw emotion pours out of each song, as the stripped down acoustic sound of the record possesses more intensity than any sonically charged rock album. In my opinion, if Shane’s experience could be summed up in one song, it would be “Trace Those Steps” – which is why I’ve named it the Standout track. I had sometime to meet with Shane this past summer, and he is a very genuine individual, why something so horrible could happen to such a nice person is unknown. Nevertheless, I’m sure through every chord, and each show Dana is smiling down on Shane, and is now more apart of his life than ever. When the Flowers Bloom…, is a heartfelt tribute, and a meaningful record that can comfort and offer hope.
Trace Those Steps
1. Getting Through
2. How Fast
3. From the Second I Wake Up…
4. Oh the Way
5. Remembering the First Day
6. When the Flowers Bloom
7. Live in Love
8. Sunsets and Pictures
9. A Long Way Home
10. Rough Road Leads to the Stars
11. Dana Leigh
12. It Just Takes Time
13. Trace Those Steps
The High Court truly delivers their own brand of crunchy, risquÃƒ© rock Ã¢â‚¬Ëœn’ roll. On this their debut effort is nothing short of a roller-coaster ride, filled with torrid tales, spine tingling melodies, and plenty of shredding guitars. From the self-titled opener to “Down in Flames” its heavy finally, this record doesn’t quit. “2 Much Love for 1 Woman” is as catchy as it is topically edgy. Where “In Bambi’s Eyes” could make any old school Fall Out Boy fan begin to swoon. Puppet Strings is definitely a unique album, genre-jumping from hard to classic rock fused with pop punk overtones. Plain and simple this is a pure “rock out” record, one that I highly recommend!
1. Puppet Strings
2. 2 Much Love for 1 Woman
3. Refresher Course
4. Whisper to the Clouds
5. In Bambi’s Eyes
6. Heaven on the Horizon
9. She’ll Never Know
10. After the Climax
11. Like a Ghost
12. Down in Flames
You are driving down the highway with the windows down. The warm, polluted air is rushing against your face. You stick your left hand out the window and you feel the various bugs smacking against your palm. The radio is filled with male enhancement commercials, lousy news-reporting, and mainstream music that will make you let go of the steering wheel and take a step closer towards your death. The sound of passing cars and impatient honking is growing tiresome. You want something to pop into the CD player that is going to take you away from this dreadful highway filled with too many potholes. You want something that will take you away from the hopelessness you felt this morning when you put that bland t-shirt over your head. You want something catchy enough to make you sing-along as loud as your post-puberty voice can go. Something that will uplift and strip away the hopelessness and replace it with humble fun. Are you ready to rise up and find the band that you so desperately need to discover or will you die trying and listen to whatever filth is on the radio for the rest of your life?
Four Year Strong released their debut full-length on September 18th entitled Ã¢â‚¬Å“Rise or Die TryingÃ¢â‚¬, which is not to be mistaken for 50 Cent’s Ã¢â‚¬Å“Get Rich or Die TryinÃ¢â‚¬. Surely there must be something worth dying for besides getting rich. Four Year Strong hails from Massachusetts and they packed their debut with eleven songs filled with catchy choruses, relative and hopeful lyrics, upbeat song structures, and out-of-nowhere breakdowns.
You just found out your favorite dog has been recruited into dog fighting by Michael Vick’s colleagues. Listen to Ã¢â‚¬Å“CatastropheÃ¢â‚¬ and you’ll find yourself pumped up when you are calling the police, but only to be put on hold for twenty minutes. Your girlfriend of a year has dumped you via text message. Listen to Ã¢â‚¬Å“Men Are From Mars, Women Are From HellÃ¢â‚¬ and you’ll find yourself searching Facebook for a new lady to charm with your good looks and arsenal of magic tricks. Each song on Ã¢â‚¬Å“Rise or Die TryingÃ¢â‚¬ is filled with simple, yet relatable lyrics that will rain down nostalgia.
It’s impossible to listen to this record without walking away with a surge of energy and a smile across your pampered face. The songs have been packed with kicks, punches, and taser guns (incase you speak up against John Kerry). The breakdowns come out of no where and will serve as sober man’s cocaine (rehab is too expensive to waste away but he needs an energy boost). The choruses are as catchy as when Ã¢â‚¬Å“mmmBopÃ¢â‚¬ was blasting from thousands of minivans across America in 1996.
Four Year Strong has released a solid debut that will leave an impression on listeners and critics around the world. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Rise or Die TryingÃ¢â‚¬ is a fun record that will leave you in a wonderful mood, even if your boyfriend broke up with you and you have a school paper due tomorrow on something you’ve never heard of.
1. The Takeover
2. Prepare To Be Digitally Manipulated
3. Abandon Ship Or Abandon All Hope
4. Heroes Get Remembered, Legends Never Die
5. Wrecked ‘Em? Damn Near Killed ‘Em
7. Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Hell
8. Bada Bing! Wit’ A Pipe!
9. Beatdown in the Key of Happy
10. If He’s Here, Who’s Runnin’ Hell?
11. Maniac (R.O.D.)
Valencia will be re-releasing their debut album on September 19th to make it available in all major record stores. This is a great time to pick up this album if you haven’t yet. The band recently shot a video for their single Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”The Space Between,Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬? which was directed by Ron Najor (Angels & Airwaves). The video is in the editing process and is scheduled to be completed in the coming weeks. Valencia’s upcoming tour dates can be found below.
9/15 The Silo Reading PA
9/16 Newport Music Hall Columbus, OH
9/17 Exit/In Nashville, TN
9/18 The Complex Memphis, TN
9/19 Creepy Crawl St. Louis, MO
9/21 Station 4 St. Paul, MN
9/22 The Rave Milwaukee, WI
9/23 MSA Union Ballroom East Lansing, MI
9/24 The Intersection Grand Rapids, MI
9/26 TinkÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s Scranton, PA
9/27 The Living Room Providence, RI
9/28 The Chance Poughkeepsie, NY
9/29 Saratoga Winners Latham, NY
9/30 Hamilton Street CafÃƒÆ’Ã‚© Bound Brook, NJ