Posts Tagged ‘Punk / Pop Punk’

LOVE AND SATELLITES

By: Caitlin Hoffman
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com


I don’t know much about these guys, but I know they’ve got a cute look and a tight sound. Name: Love and Satellites. Mission: to light up your ears with glow-in-the-dark sugar dust. Their first recording (free for download, by the way) has a pulse akin to All Time Low or Boys Like Girls- light and fresh with a lot of bounce to the guitar. The track in question Girl I Used To Know is the rocket ship on which they will blast into public attention. Truth be told, it’s already been sending pulses through the solar system.

My one miff is their repping for a few brands. I know we artists need food same as the next bloke, but c’mon guys! Let’s keep it sweet and keep it real!

Ah well. Their single has done its job in getting me intrigued (and excited) for their debut compilation.

How about you?

LOST IN SOCIETY DROP ‘LET IT SAIL’

By: Maria Ciezak
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Throughout time, meticulous punk rock bands have been known to become cynical and lose their way. This may just be my opinion, but I can find proof throughout the music scene. Clearly, it’s hard to keep up the level of robustness to rail against politics, or conveniently enough, “society” for too long; ultimately they just stop finding notions or people to be angry with. And quite honestly, there is nothing wrong with that. After all, pop stars run out of boyfriends to break up with. However, that doesn’t seem to be a problem for BTB favorites, Lost In Society, as the ingredients of their scorn only continue to give them fuel; fuel that is bound to cause a massive explosion.

Lost In Society is back with a new album entitled Let It Sail. Continuing the procession of talented New Jersey bands, their music is both robust and entertaining. Zach, Nick, and Hector have a sick summer ahead of them, going on Warped Tour, promoting their new record, and playing shows all over the tri-state area. Lost In Society has been a thriving force in punk rock for just a short time, but there presence is set in stone. Music-wise, these kids are as punk as it gets — simple and full of power chords. Their new LP is sure to be a pleaser; 11 songs of pure goodness with haunting hooks and rhythms.

This record will not only hail new fans, but satisfy/take current groupies to a whole new level. It has a little more of a commercial sound than their previous efforts, in the best way possible. There exists a track for everyone. The beauty of their music in this vein is not a position, but a universal acceptance that swallows everything in its path, while each individual tastes something exclusive while listening to the band.

The album has a good sound quality and is well produced. This polish adds to their pop sound. The band wastes no time coming out of the starting gate, going hard with the first two opening fast-paced tracks (and my favorites) Guns and new single Halloween Song (see new music video below). If you are a follower of the three-piece, you will find it picks up right where their last video Wrong Direction left off.

The band has matured considerably as musicians, and their energy has grown with it. Anyone that’s a fan of music will have an incomplete musical library without Let It Sail.

Pick up this album. Take a chance. Don’t ever look back, punks.

DEAR YOU

By: Caitlin Hoffman
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Dear You is more than a personal letterhead. They’re a straight-edge rock band from Texas, tweeting their hearts out and impaling themselves on their instruments.

What I like most about them is how legit they are. Not only in their performance, but in their lyrical content. They don’t put on airs or inflate their egos, but allow themselves to be accessible, relatable. Whether they’re making killer covers (check out their rendition of Raise Your Glass to see what I mean) or spouting off original compositions, they’re emotionally charged but still tons of fun.

When you watch their videos, you can see that they love what they do. There are no vibes of tension, competition or foolish pride. They are down to earth and full of nothing but awesome.

I must admit I’m acutely attuned to their break-up anthem The Way That You Left Me. They play it safe but do it well.

SCOUTS

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com


BTB is all about spotlighting up & coming talent, and today is no different…

Totally diggin’ this fresh pop punk band out of LA! Meet Scouts: Morgan Freed (vocals, guitar), Stephen Soss (guitars, keyboards), and Jerrod Bettis (drums, keys, vocals). I’m not fully versed in the band’s story, but I do know that I’m liking what the boys are doing so far, including the stylish music video for their single Skeleton — a track taken off their self-titled EP.

Watch the just-released clip (directed by Thomas Trail) below.

ROYAL HEADACHE

By: Maria Ciezak
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Royal Headache is a group that should be on your radar this spring. The foursome from Australia is a hyper-melodic group, combining power pop and traits of hardcore roots. They have that back-in-the-day sound — not manufactured — just raw, scratchy-throated belting. I don’t know much about them yet, except for the fact that I believe they stand out because they don’t scan as reserved. Their music isn’t just a workout in alteration or emulation.

Royal Headache really satisfies my punk retro fetish. Check out Psychotic Episode and let it be the first of many tunes you spin.

They’re on the move.

ALBUM REVIEW: ALL-AMERICAN REJECTS – ‘KIDS IN THE STREET’

By: Maria Ciezak
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

The All-American Rejects were fashioned when vocalist/bassist Tyson Ritter and guitarist, co-songwriter Nick Wheeler, were youngsters in 1999. Thirteen years strong, they are back with their fourth studio release, Kids in the Street. To be honest, I had heard no buzz of a single or album until I found it on the front page of i-Tunes, but to my surprise, this stuff isn’t bad; in fact, it’s really good.

I am not sure what they have been up too since When the World Comes Down four long years ago. Well, to be honest again, when I hear this band’s name, a few specific things come to mind: freshman year of high school, summers at The Warped Tour, and watching music videos all day on VH1. I mean, hell; these guys were the kings of the charts, and anyone with a radio was forced to listen to their tunes whether we wanted to or not. After about five listens through on this new release, I think I have figured it out; they’ve are maturing, right in front of our ears. In the words of Blink 182, “Well I guess this is growing up…”

The All-American Rejects dispose of a lot of their childlike potency and boldness for a fresh maturity and sound; out with the old, in with the new. In fact, many may assume the title Kids in the Street to mean that the band would be acting like adolescents. I mean, if the shoe fits, right? Well, it couldn’t be more of the opposite here; nothing kid-like at all actually. Every musician is an artist, only problem is, how to remain an artist once growing up. Whether they have been influenced more by actually growing up, you know the aging process of life, or maybe they’re just drained of struggling with all those indecisive girls who won’t return their tweets? Who knows if we will ever figure that one out, but if you are yearning for the days of Swing, Swing and Move Along, re-think this one. If you want some more of the same, you may be disappointed. They aren’t that band playing The Warped Tour early in the afternoon, enduring the blistering heat to gain new fans. After all, our checkered vans can only withhold so many concerts.

This time around, the boys teamed up with mastermind Greg Wells (the man behind little acts named Adele, Katy Perry, and One Republic), making the production crisp and clearer than ever before. It permits Tyson and the band to expand their sound to unparalleled terrains, considering the fact that Wells is one of the most underrated producers in the business in my opinion. Completely dissimilar from their old school Rejects’ work, the completion is an imaginative chef-d’oeuvre, established and groundbreakingly filled with elements of conventional rock sounds. Yes, they still have their pop-rock sound, but there is so much more substance here. A strong story is being told, lyrically and emotionally. This album will catch fans, ancient and new, by surprise.

To quickly break it down before you purchase, the opening of the album is exceptionally strong, especially the first three tracks. Now, if you actually listened that far without skipping through, you’d expect to be leading up to a real pop-rock-n-roll monster, but don’t be fooled, some drowsiness does set in. It’s almost as if this album is demanding your ear’s attention, not wanting you to expect what is coming next. Some moments are dramatic, like the remorseful track Bleed Into Your Mind, the muted closing song I For You and Heartbeat Slowing Down, a poignant adios. You then can find the fun, outgoing parts of the album, with Beekeeper’s Daughter, Fast & Slow and Affection, three of my preferred tracks on the record. They make me want to take my hair down, and whip it back and forth.

They are taking this record out on the road this spring, and I am hoping to catch it live. In fact, they will be playing some festivals, and opening some shows for Blink 182 as well.

In conclusion, the more I write about and listen to this record, I have come to the realization that The All-American Rejects may not be the most amazing band on the planet, but they are for sure a clever band. They are staying up-to-date in a dying scene, while understanding how to write and produce a record that is still alluring to their direct demographic without sacrificing panache or intellect; job well done. Powerful, passionate, and spirited. Need I say more?

EVE 6 RESURRECTION

By: Maria Ciezak
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Eve 6 always takes me back to my youth, when Inside Out was my anthem, lit with that infectious energy. In present day, this rock group is back with a new single entitled Victoria. If you liked Horoscope Eve 6, you will fall head over heels for this one; ingenious lyrics, attractive hooks, and staple Eve 6 circa the year 2000. Okay, one pseudo flaw — there are more digital/electronic effects on this track and it’s less guitar-driven. Don’t get me wrong, the drumming skills are still present, but the new production shows how their style has evolved as a band. After all, what band ever sounds the same as they did on their first record?

Some may call it more poppier for the band, which is fine, but it’s pop with substance. Plus, this song could be an anthem for many people, specifically for distrusting boyfriends the world over, hitting their spirits like a target. Plain and simple, this track centers around the suspicions that “Victoria” did not go to bed as early as she claims. It captures the feeling of paranoia and mistrust perfectly.

I have high hopes for their new record, Speak in Code, due out April 24th.

Pick up the new single!

THE MENZINGERS

By: Maria Ciezak
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Punk rock tends to have some slow years, and in my opinion, 2011 was one of them. Although, to anyone who thought the genre died in the late nineties, be prepared to experience an authentic rebirth…

It gives me great pleasure to say that one of my favorite groups, The Menzingers, are back with their third LP, entitled On the Impossible Past. For those of you that are unfamiliar with this group, I recommend you familiarize yourself with their discography. Every album in their collection is commanding.

After listening to the new record through multiple times, I have come to the conclusion that each song carries a dissimilar message, and the tone of the album as a whole is flawless. It’s full of honest emotion without melodrama; a raw sound with catchy tunes. Fans will not only see The Menzingers growing stronger, but also growing up, and in a way that highlights their music for the better.

This is exactly what a punk rock album should sound like.

Pick this one up!

LOST IN SOCIETY

By: Maria Ciezak
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

In the words of the late, great Kurt Cobain: “Punk is musical freedom. It’s saying, doing and playing what you want. In Webster’s terms, ‘nirvana’ means freedom from pain, suffering and the external world, and that’s pretty close to my definition of punk rock.” Where am I going with this? Well, every so often, I find a band that is new and dissimilar; breathing fresh air into the lungs of a sometimes stale scene. In this case, that band is New Jersey’s own Lost In Society.

Call them punk, call them rock. Hell, call them punk rock. No matter what genre you use, it’s good ass music. Don’t know who they are? Let’s change that now…

Zach, Nick and Hector are a power trio that makes music sound full. Combining gruff punk-rock vocals, fresh, fun lyricism, and a stage presence that will give any veteran concert-goer the shudders, Lost In Society are undeniably the real deal. Based in the indie music hub of NJ, this trio likes it loud and meek. Have you ever been to a live show where even if you aren’t the biggest fan of the band playing, they make you move anyway? And you leave that venue with an open mind? This will happen with Lost In Society.

Their self-titled Lost In Society/American Pinup Split (label mates on Altercation Records) album is available for purchase today. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy. Plus, they’ve landed a spot on this summer’s Warped Tour, where they will be playing SXSW Music Festival, and pretty music has a year of solid punches lined up. The boys also recently released their music video for track Wrong Direction, and it slays (see below).

I suggest you take a second and check out what these boys are all about, because in the future, this could be the place where you discovered a musical breakthrough.

COURAGE MY LOVE

By: Caitlin Hoffman
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Cutest new group on the block? Courage My Love.

They hail from Ontario, three cool kids with a mighty dream. Thus far, said dream is becoming their reality.

No, they don’t satisfy my headbanging qualifications. But with that incendiary salt and undeniable pep, who needs it? They’re making some competition for Paramore, Hey Monday, and all those neo-pop-punk bands with righteous leading ladies. They don’t sever my nerves, but they do enough to slice the skin and make me see stars.

The attitude of the vid takes me back to the days of Avril Lavigne when she was singing about skater boys. I’m hoping young girls can take a look at this band and be inspired to kick ass.

A final note: it’s rare to see a female drummer. And I love it.
 

INNER CITY ELEGANCE

By: Caitlin Hoffman
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

They rock because they can.

That’s just the vibe I get from these guys.

Inner City Elegance is a three-man army who shout-out against all that is varnished and fake. They’re a neon splash of unique in an otherwise colour-coded atmosphere. A perfect cut between the manic and the mild, they let me get my rock on without falling off the edge.

Not only do they appear legit in their love of music, but they seem super-pumped about getting their album out there. They’re blogging, tweeting, and touring, and I’m glad to say such efforts garnered my attention.

I feel they’d find home in tight, underground clubs, the beaten down venues, the shady pubs, all the places where misfits are likely to congregate. They’d need to be close enough to reach out, grab the audience by the hair and shake them to pieces.

Their music wouldn’t settle for anything less.
 

THE BLACK LIPS FEAT. JOEY RAMONE?

By: Maria Ciezak
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

This is just too damn awesome not to share. Joining the Black Lips on stage this past weekend for their Do You Wanna Dance? number was Deerhunter/Atlas Sound frontman Bradford Cox, who posed as Joey Ramone, complete with long black wig and black leather jacket.

Halloween is still a month out, but this is the best damn disguise I’ve seen in quite some time.

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS TICK ON WITH ‘ADVENTURES OF RAIN DANCE MAGGIE’

By: Maria Ciezak
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

[Photo by: MTV/Getty Images]

Ten albums deep, this band is still ticking like a damn time bomb. Red Hot Chili Peppers are back with a new single, The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie, taken off their soon-to-be-released album I’m With You. On that note, their five year hiatus have officially ended.

Note that this is their first single without long-time guitarist John Frusciante since 1995’s One Hot Minute. The Adventures has the band’s touring guitarist Josh Klinghoffer in place instead. Frusciantes absence is noticeably heard, as Klinghoffer has principally substituted Frusciantes discrete funk style with ordinary power chord rock lines, but no need to hate; I still like the way this single is taking the band. This song is far from mediocre.

Chili fans, give it a listen here and jam!

NO WITNESS: ONE HELLUVA LOCAL BAND

By: Caitlin Hoffman
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

No Witness leaves no man behind! Local bands with a bang-up ensemble are hard to come by, so I consider myself lucky. These three flesh-winding maniacs hail from my very own Edmonton, Alberta. I like a trio that has moves on the stage and a rocket launch affect on your electrodes. These guys give it all without anticipating a thing in return. Punk is always delivered best with a raw edge, and theirs is one with jagged material. What’s more, we all know an anti-establishment genre shines when the band in question gives it their own unique pinch. Plus, they’re pure indie and self-managed, making them the epitome of what punk rock should be.

Do be a darling and check out their Myspace and treat yourself to red-hot tracks like Dirty Suds and Grounded.

For now, dig the action in their music video for M.O.O.B. The song is all instrumentals, but the vid does good for a laugh.
 

SEX PISTOLS TRIBUTE – DEDICATED TO PISSED OFF KIDS EVERYWHERE

By: Caitlin Hoffman
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Punk has always been a walking contradiction, both as a subculture as well as a music genre. But I can’t help be drawn to its chaotic, cindery allure. And how can you love punk without loving the Sex Pistols?

Yes, I know. The band itself was the biggest sham in music history, concocted by Malcolm McLaren with the only intent of making a buzz. He stole what he learned from the New York Dolls and clamped it up with the sparking subculture that was budding right under his nose. Despite that, the Sex Pistols helped set fire to the UK and solidify that which we now know as punk. John Lydon couldn’t sing and Sid Vicious played bass even worse than Glen did. But they proved that punk isn’t about the music- not entirely at least. It’s about the spirit; that raw, grating, f**k-you spirit that just might punch you in the face.

I love that. No matter how many corporate sleazeballs stick their hand into the hunny pot, punk will always be a retreat for every pissed off kid, inflamed protestor and anyone who feels like an outsider.

Sure, maybe they all ought to have died off like Sid and left the rock n’ roll hall of fame adorned with middle fingers, but I think it’s also uber cool that most of the band is still up and running. Some become legends by dying; others, legends by living.

Unite with me, mohawk grabbers, attention slammers, self-pronounced misfits. We have an anthem, and it’s called punk.

P.S. I have to send out my love to Sid Vicious, whose birthday was just a few days ago. Rest in Rock, my dear.