Major League- “Pillow Talk”

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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.

No Sleep Records- “A Comp For Mom”

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No Sleep Records will release a compilation tomorrow called “A Comp For Mom,” to celebrate the life of label founder Chris Hansen’s mother, who recently passed away. The compilation’s 16 tracks are a mix of original songs and covers. Some highlights for me include an unreleased song by The Swellers, a new acoustic song by Major League, a full band version of The Wonder Years’ “Living Room Song,” a solo track by Balance and Composure lead singer Jon Simmons, and an excellent cover of The National’s “Available” by Touché Amoré that showcases lead singer Jeremy Bolm’s “clean” (non-screamy) vocals for the first time ever.

You can stream the entire compilation at Brooklyn Vegan, but I would encourage you to purchase the compilation if you like what you hear, as the proceeds will all go toward medical bills and other expenses incurred after Hansen’s mother’s passing and also to a memorial fund that he has set up in her honor. The tracks are listed below:

A Comp for Mom – tracklist

1. Allison Weiss – In My Life (originally by the Beatles)
2. Daisyhead – Work (originally by Jimmy Eat World)
3. Grey Gordon – Safe (originally by Dag Nasty)
4. Into It. Over It. – For Agnes
5. Jon Simmons – Veins
6. Koji – Matches (live version)
7. La Dispute – First Reactions After Falling Through The Ice
8. Major League – Montreal (acoustic version)
9. Moose Blood – Orlando (2014 version)
10. Now, Now – Neighbors
11. Run Forever – Warmer Weather
12. Sainthood Reps – Occurrent (acoustic version)
13. State Faults – Chin Up (originally by Copeland)
14. The Swellers – Possibilities (unreleased b-side)
15. The Wonder Years – Living Room Song (full band version)
16. Touché Amore – Available (The National cover)