Turnover will release their new EP, Blue Dream, on August 26, and you can now stream it in full via Alt Press. The EP’s three songs pack a pretty powerful emotional punch, in that dark, dejected, cathartic way that’s typical of bands like Brand New and Balance and Composure. The band has definitely refined their sound since their debut album, Magnolia, as this short collection of songs sounds a bit more polished and varied in terms of composition and musicianship. While the majority of songs on Magnolia have the same grungy, downcast emo/pop punk vibe and tend to almost blend into each other, the tracks on Blue Dream take more risks, explore different dynamics and compel the listener to stay present and engaged throughout the entire emotionally searing experience; from the sparse opening notes of “Disintegration” to the point when the drums and electric guitar kick in to bring the sad acoustic ballad, “Bella Donna,” to a brokenhearted, but still somewhat hopeful, finale.
Light Years frontman Pat Kennedy recorded a mini acoustic session for Zero Platoon, performing a cover of Blink-182’s “Aliens Exist” as well as “Hindsight,” my personal favorite song from their debut LP, I Won’t Hold This Against You. The video for “Hindsight” also features an interview with Pat that touches upon the band’s backstory, the challenges that go along with being a touring musician, and the important influence of his father and of other bands like Blink-182, Saves The Day, and The Get Up Kids on his career as a musician.
Light Years will release a new EP, Temporary, via Animal Style Records on September 9th that can be pre-ordered here.
This latest song from Hostage Calm’s upcoming album, “Die On Stage” (out 9/16 on Run For over Records), has me even more excited to hear the album in full and to see them on tour with Citizen and You Blew It! in October. They’ve clearly pushed their power pop/rock approach even further, and the spirited, anthemic, but still sort of gritty sound on this new track, “A Thousand Miles Away From Here,” recalls older post-hardcore stylings, rock anthems from earlier eras, and maybe even a hint of Britpop.
Seahaven, whose latest album, Reverie Lagoon…, is one of my favorites of 2014, have just given us a more intimate, stripped down way of experiencing one of the more musically energetic, bouncy tracks on that generally moody, reflective, somber album. This acoustic version of “Andreas” lends a deeper sense of vulnerability and rawness to the song’s dark lyrical content, allowing lines such as “Come to me, come to me/I’ll be your friend/Leave sitting alone at home/ With your open wrists that bleed all over,” to resonate on an even deeper level.
I’m a huge fan of producer Will Yip (The Wonder Years, Light Years, Balance and Composure), so I became really excited when I heard that he would be working with Major League on their new album There’s Nothing Wrong With Me. “Pillow Talk,” the album’s first single, showcases the band in an entirely different light compared to their 2012 debut LP “Hard Feelings.” With guitarist Brian Joyce now taking charge of vocals, the band’s sound is refreshing and better than ever. If this song is any indication, they’ve transformed from a fun, promising, but still pretty standard pop punk group into a more mature, introspective band whose thoughtful, nuanced, and passionate style will continue to evolve in ways that could breathe new life into a genre that needs it.
If you love some of the other bands who have worked with Will Yip, most notably Light Years, who recently toured with Major League, then There’s Nothing Wrong With Me should definitely be on your radar. It comes out November 4 on No Sleep Records. You can pre-order it here and stream “Pillow Talk” via Absolute Punk.
Light Years just released the title track from their upcoming EP, “Temporary” (out 9/9 on Animal Style Records), and it showcases the band doing what they do best: pouring their hearts and their impressive craftsmanship into tightly constructed, thoughtfully written, and extremely catchy pop punk songs. While other bands in the genre may get more attention and bigger fan bases, Light Years show a level of maturity and depth in their musicianship that makes them stand out in a scene that’s saturated with forgettable, younger pop punk bands.
I can’t help but hear hints of “Take Off Your Pants and Jacket”-era Blink 182 when I listen to “Temporary,” and that’s a high compliment coming from a longtime fan of that band and album. Stream the new song via Absolute Punk, and pre-order the EP here.
Citizen are about to go on tour with You Blew It!, Hostage Calm, True Love, and Praise, and they just debuted a new single, “Silo,” that will be released as a tour-only 7″. It will be limited to 500 copies, with the full band version on the a-side and a stripped down version on the b-side. It sounds even more raw and gritty than the material on their 2013 LP “Youth,” and calls to mind “The Devil and God…”-era Brand New.
If you like the intersection of grunge and post-hardcore, or if you’re a fan of bands like Brand New and Balance and Composure, this one will be right up your alley. Stream “Silo” courtesy of Brooklyn Vegan and purchase it for $1 on the Run For Cover Records Bandcamp page.