Sunday, July 16, 2017

Song Of The Week: 7/16/17







Song: "Without Me"

Artist: PMX

Album: "Dark Days" EP

Year: 2015

Place Of Origin: Perth, Scotland

Years Active: 1997 - present



WHAT I THINK THE SONG IS ABOUT:

"Without Me" appears to be yet another song of a broken relationship. The vocalist has been left by the one he loves. All of his forgiveness doesn't change anything. She took her heart home while shattering his when she left him behind. The sense is the vocalist has been left in a depressed state, clearly not taking the separation well.

PMX DISCOGRAPHY (Full length albums only):

2004 - Rise And Shine (Milk & Cookies Records)
2013 - The Ballad Of Tony Montana (Bells On Records)
2017 - Unreleased (self-released)

CURRENT STATUS OF PMX:

PMX is a Scottish punk band that had it's origins in 1997. However, it wasn't until 2004 that the band released it's debut album, "Rise And Shine". Generating some buzz in the U.K., PMX landed several opening slots on the European tours of bands such as Anti-Flag, Taking Back Sunday and Propagandhi. Surprisingly, it took the band nearly 10 years to release it's follow up album, 2013's "The Ballad Of Tony Montana". This album is actually just one 25 minute song called "The Ballad Of Tony Montana" and it is bascially the story of the legendary character in the movie "Scarface". In 2015, the band dropped the "Dark Days" EP and most recently self-released a digital album of rare tracks on their Bandcamp page called "Unreleased". As of May of 2016, the band has said that they were in the process of making what will be their third full length studio album. PMX is a melodic punk band that at times seems torn between shifting more towards pop punk, while other times they veer more towards a melodic hardcore style. I'd say if you're a fan of bands like Never Hit Again, Slick Shoes, Down By Fire, Laughing In The Face Of or The Artist Life, then you may enjoy PMX's music. I see them as a good band, not spectacular. It seems in the recent years they have been much more active than earlier on in their career. My jury is still out on them. I'm hoping that their new album will win me over completely but until then, I'll call them a good band but not a great one.

TEN PMX SONGS YOU SHOULD CHECK OUT:

1. Adolesence
2. Oceans
3. Eulogy
4. Pull The Trigger
5. Like Or Share
6. The Ballad Of Tony Montana
7. Enter The Pigeon
8. PMX TV
9. The Epic
10. Dark Days

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Song Of The Week: 7/9/17







Song: "I'm Broken" (demo)

Artist: Mark Lind

Album: "Demos"

Year: 2013

Place Of Origin: Charlestown, Massachusetts

Years Active: 1995 - present



WHAT I THINK THE SONG IS ABOUT:

"I'm Broken" appears to be a song about the fear of being alone. By that I mean not having someone to live your life with. The vocalist clearly wants someone to be there for him throughout his life, even till his dying day. Just the thought that he could be alone at the end weighs on him. Definitely another "relationship that didn't work out" type of song with the vocalist left "broken" to ponder the mistakes that he's made. This song would eventually see the light of day on The Ducky Boys' 2011 album, "Chasing The Ghost".

MARK LIND DISCOGRAPHY (Full length albums only):

2007 - Compulsive Fuck Up (State Line Records)
2009 - Homeward Bound (State Line Records)
2013 - Demos (State Line Records)
2016 - Death Or Jail (State Line Records)
2016 - The Truth Can Be Brutal (State Line Records)

CURRENT STATUS OF MARK LIND:

Back in 1995, Mark Lind and his cousin Jason Messina formed The Ducky Boys. Newcomers to the Boston punk rock scene, their sound caught the ear of Ken Casey of the Dropkick Murphys who took the young band under his wing. The band endured some turmoil and disbanded in 1999. Lind would then work with his brother Rob, who played in the band Blood For Blood, and formed Sinners And Saints. This band took a slightly different sound compared to the straight street punk of The Ducky Boys. It was much more mainstream. In 2003, Lind and Messina would form a Ducky Boys-like band called Dirty Water which would be a short-lived project as The Ducky Boys would reform that same year. By 2005, Lind decided to work on some extra Ducky Boys tracks and release them as a solo project. Lind would go on to have 5 total releases as a solo performer, two of which featured a backing band that he put together called the Unloved. Those two albums are 2009's "Homeward Bound" and 2008's "The Truth Can Be Brutal". While Lind did have a deal with Sailor Grave Records for some of his releases, he eventually would release all of his albums on his own label, State Line Records. Most recently, Lind is the lead vocalist for yet another Boston punk rock band called The Warning Shots. Their most recent release was 2017's "Tonight". Mark Lind has been a constant in the Boston punk scene. The Ducky Boys are his calling card but that's not to diminish his other bands or his solo material. Lind is like several other punk rock frontmen who have done solo acoustic stuff on the side. Chuck Ragan, Dave Hause, Tony Sly, Tim Barry, Joey Cape to name a few. If you are into Boston punk bands like Street Dogs, Dropkick Murphys, Far From Finished and OC45, then you would most likely enjoy Mark's music and all the bands he's been in. I find that Mark's solo material, and even some Ducky's stuff has kind of a Social Distortion vibe to it. While being punk, it definitely has some Stones-y blues elements to some songs. While I love Mark's solo stuff, The Ducky Boys is what hooked me on his music. I'm also very happy with his new band, The Warning Shots. Great stuff!!

TEN MARK LIND SONGS YOU SHOULD CHECK OUT:

1. Coke & Jack
2. Wasted Years
3. Everything Falls Apart
4. New Year's Day
5. Better Days
6. Wolves
7. Cold Hearted (Son Of A Bitch)
8. Be Your Man
9. An Open Letter To Boston
10. Whatever Road

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Song Of The Week: 7/2/17







Song: "Directions Never Hold"

Artist: Arliss Nancy

Album: "Wild American Runners"

Year: 2013

Place Of Origin: Fort Collins, Colorado

Years Active: 2007 - present



WHAT I THINK THE SONG IS ABOUT:

"Directions Never Hold" appears to be a song about a relationship that has dissolved for the vocalist. You get a sense that he is lamenting "the one that got away". He looks back on what they had, especially when the relationship was young. How time didn't matter to them, as long as they were together. Sometimes, however, time can make something that was once close start to drift apart. Eventually, she leaves him and he's left to ponder on the mistakes he made and yearn for something that will probably never be.

ARLISS NANCY DISCOGRAPHY (Full length albums only):

2009 - Dance To Forget (self-released)
2012 - Simple Machines (Gunner Records)
2013 - Wild American Runners (Gunner Records)
2016 - Great Divides (Gunner Records)

CURRENT STATUS OF ARLISS NANCY:

Arliss Nancy is an indie punk/alt. country band from Colorado that formed back in 2007. The band self-released their debut album, "Dance To Forget", in 2009 and in 2010 self-released an EP, "Truckstop Roses". These two releases caught the ear of label Gunner Records whom built up a relationship with Arliss Nancy which has continued to this very day. Through Gunner, the band released three full length albums, 2012's "Simple Machines", 2013's "Wild American Runners" and 2016's "Great Divides". Arliss Nancy is often classified as indie punk and I agree with that to an extent. They have a rootsy feel to them, sometimes incorporating alt. country and Americana type rock and roll. I'd say their style is somewhat similar to bands like Onward Etc, The Grizzly Band, Cub Country, The Gaslight Anthem and Chuck Ragan. The band writes good melodic and catchy songs simple and plain. Good, solid band!

TEN ARLISS NANCY SONGS YOU SHOULD CHECK OUT:

1. Both Got Old
2. The Crease
3. Blessings I Ain't Never Had
4. Can't Go Back
5. Wrong Or Right
6. Abacus
7. Don't You Forget
8. Front Seat
9. Vonnegut
10. Momentum

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Song Of The Week: 6/25/17







Song: "Pollute The Youth"

Artist: Fail To Follow

Album: "For The Dead, The Dying, And Those Still Fighting"

Year: 2007

Place Of Origin: Salt Lake City, Utah

Years Active: 2004 - present (?)



WHAT I THINK THE SONG IS ABOUT:

"Pollute The Youth" appears to be a song about speaking to the youth of America about political ideals, individuality, rebellion and reform. Youth are impressionable and the powers that be want them to conform to their ideals and fall in line. The vocalist wants to "pollute the youth" to stand up for what they believe in, to protest any form of injustice and to rise up against the powers that be. It's time for the youth to be heard!

FAIL TO FOLLOW DISCOGRAPHY (Full length albums only):

2007 - For The Dead, The Dying, And Those Still Fighting (Over Giver Music)
2010 - Poisoned By The Lies Of History (self-released)

CURRENT STATUS OF FAIL TO FOLLOW:

Fail To Follow is a hardcore punk band hailing from Salt Lake City, Utah. They first broke on the punk scene in 2004 with their self titled EP. Soon, they hooked up with Over Giver Music to release their debut full length album, "For The Dead, The Dying, And Those Still Fighting" in 2007. Three years later in 2010, the band released their most recent album, "Poisoned By The Lies Of History". Fail To Follow is a no nonsense, in your face melodic hardcore punk band. Following in the footsteps of bands like Anti-Flag, Bad Religion, Thought Riot, Good Riddance, Pennywise and Strike Anwhere, Fail To Follow is about rebellion, protest and political activism. Their lyrics are meant to shine a light on injustice and have the back of those who struggle. Supposedly, Fail To Follow was to release their third album in 2011, tentatively called "Failed State", but as of 2017, this album never saw the light of day. The real possibility is that Fail To Follow has broken up. It's been six years since that information came out and really nothing else from the band. No Facebook page or Twitter account so it's hard to get info on this band. If they are all done, it's too bad. Political punk is right up my alley. I love music that has a message and Fail To Follow was one of those bands that definitely wore their ideals on their sleeves.

TEN FAIL TO FOLLOW SONGS YOU SHOULD CHECK OUT:

1. Black Dragon
2. 1000 Fears To Face
3. Losing Sight
4. Poisoned By The Lies Of History
5. Reality's The Killer
6. No More Time To Waste
7. AFPS
8. My Regrets
9. As One
10. One Day

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Song Of The Week: 6/18/17







Song: "Unwelcome End"

Artist: Flag On Fire

Album: "Practically The Best You've Ever Been"

Year: 2017

Place Of Origin: Jacksonville, Florida

Years Active: 2015 - present



WHAT I THINK THE SONG IS ABOUT:

"Unwelcome End" appears to be a song about trying to help a friend whose drug addiction has a complete stranglehold on him. The people around him, friends and family, have tried to intervene and get him help but it has been to no avail. Now he is gone sometimes days or weeks at a time while all his loved ones fear that the worst is inevitable. The drugs will eventually kill him.

FLAG ON FIRE DISCOGRAPHY (Full length albums only):

2017 - Practically The Best You've Ever Been (Felony Records)

CURRENT STATUS OF FLAG ON FIRE:

Formed in 2015, Jacksonville, Florida's Flag On Fire quickly jumped upon the scene with their debut EP, "Slack To The Future" on Bird Attack Records. Two years later in 2017, the band released their debut full length album, "Practically The Best You've Ever Been" on Felony Records. Although Flag On Fire is a new band, their sound harkens back to 90's skate punk bands that scoured the Fat Wreck Chords and Epitaph Records labels back in the day. They are definitely a throwback to those times. In fact, I'd say that No Use For A Name is a chief influence on Flag On Fire's music. The band even has a little ode to NUFAN's fallen leader Tony Sly in their song "One For The Old Punks". So if you're into bands like No Use, Ten Foot Pole, Enemy You, The Swellers or Implants, then you should check out Flag On Fire. I really like this band and hope they take off in punk circles. Their sound really takes me back to the mid 90's when I fell in love with bands like No Use For A Name, Lagwagon and Pulley. They have the same vibe and energy of those great bands and I, for one, would love to see that sound make a comeback. So two thumbs up for Flag On Fire! Can't wait to hear more from them.

TEN FLAG ON FIRE SONGS YOU SHOULD CHECK OUT:

1. One For The Old Punks
2. Micro Aggression Machine
3. Thunderdome
4. Off The Edge
5. Indestructable
6. #96
7. Bad News
8. Smoke'Em If You Got'Em
9. On The Rocks
10. Unwelcome End

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Song Of The Week: 6/11/17







Song: "Dizzy Spells"

Artist: Crow Bait

Album: "Three Tickle Guys" EP

Year: 2011

Place Of Origin: Long Island, New York

Years Active: 2011 - present



WHAT I THINK THE SONG IS ABOUT:

"Dizzy Spells" appears to be a song about being in a deep depression. The feeling of regret and self-deprecation are constantly eating away at the vocalist, causing both mental and physical pain. If suicide is on the vocalist's list of final choices, you get a sense that he is very close to accepting that fate.

CROW BAIT DISCOGRAPHY (Full length albums only):

2014 - Sliding Through The Halls Of Fate (Don Giovanni Records)

CURRENT STATUS OF CROW BAIT:

Crow Bait formed as a band back in 2011. The Long Island, New York product features members who played in other prominent bands, most notably Halfway To Hell Club and Iron Chic. Early on, the band dropped "Three Tickle Guys", which is an EP. Their first full length album, and actually only full length out to date, was 2014's "Sliding Through The Halls Of Fate". The band also was on a split 7" single as well as a 7" single of their own, "Separate Stations" which they dropped in 2015. Crow Bait is a punk band that champions the DIY ethic. While their songs have some grit and teeth, it is very important to the band to keep melody and hooks prominent in their music. This has much to do with bands like The Replacements, The Lemonheads and Husker Du which all have influenced and impacted Crow Bait's take on music. As for contemporary acts? If you enjoy bands like Off With Their Heads, Polar Bear Club, The Arrivals, Halfway To Hell Club and The Flatliners, they you should check out Crow Bait. They are still relatively new but from the material i've heard from them, there is definitely some promise.

TEN CROW BAIT SONGS YOU SHOULD CHECK OUT:

1. Crow Bait
2. 83
3. Separate Stations
4. The Ocean
5. A Billion Lives
6. Lost & Never Found
7. Searching For My Boots On The Highway
8. Why Don't You
9. Callin' Yer Bluff
10. Pretty Good Things

Monday, June 5, 2017

Song Of The Week: 6/4/17







Song: "Airtight"

Artist: One If By Land

Album: "In The Fire Of My Youth"

Year: 2013

Place Of Origin: Meadville, Pennsylvania

Years Active: 2011 - present



WHAT I THINK THE SONG IS ABOUT:

"Airtight" appears to be a song about trying to escape your mundane life and your mundane job and your mundane surroundings. You get a sense that the vocalist has ambitions and goals and in order to achieve them, he has to get out of his current situation. His current situation is holding him back and keeping him down and he has to break away from it in order to allow himself to grow.

ONE IF BY LAND DISCOGRAPHY (Full length albums only):

2013 - In The Fire Of My Youth (Between The Days Records)
2016 - Nobody Wants To Leave (Paper Box Records)

CURRENT STATUS OF ONE IF BY LAND:

One If By Land formed as a band back in 2011, hailing from Meadville, Pennsylvania. Early on in the band's career, One If By Land received support from fellow Pennysylvania punk band, Anti-Flag. In fact, Anti-Flag asked One If By Land to appear on a split single with them in 2014. One If By Land's debut full length album dropped in 2013 called "In The Fire Of My Youth". Some three years later in 2016, the band released their most recent album, "Nobody Wants To Leave". One If By Land is an indie punk band that mixes gravelly vocals over melodic rhythms. If you're a fan of bands such as Red City Radio, Off With Their Heads, Samiam, Run Forever or Nightmares For A Week then you would most likely enjoy the music of One If By Land. This is a band that definitely has some potential if they can keep it together in a day and age where it's difficult to keep a band intact for very long.

TEN ONE IF BY LAND SONGS YOU SHOULD CHECK OUT:

1. Long Time Coming
2. True Blue, Through, And Everything About You
3. The Things I Love
4. The Devil Was Due
5. With Integrity
6. Yesterburner
7. I'm Not Sorry
8. You'll Be Missed
9. Ain't Worth You Time Kid
10. Do I

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Song Of The Week: 5/28/17







Song: "Brandenburg Gate"

Artist: Anti-Flag

Album: "American Spring"

Year: 2015

Place Of Origin: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Years Active: 1988 - present



WHAT I THINK THE SONG IS ABOUT:

According to Anti-Flag band member Chris #2, he wrote "Brandenburg Gate" about the breakup of the most important relationship of his life. When he went to bring the song to the rest of the band, he was nervous because it was so personal to him that the rest of the band might not totally get it. Being a political band, drummer Pat Thetic saw the song as almost a love song for socialism. Certain socialistic views like universal health care and universal education seem so hard to attain in the States, but Pat said that if you look at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, it used to stand for segregation and conflict where now, it's a symbol of freedom and togetherness. It's a song of hope to him where for Chris #2, it may be more about despair.

ANTI-FLAG DISCOGRAPHY (Full length albums only):

1996 - Die For The Government (New Red Archives)
1998 - Their System Doesn't Work For You (A-F Records)
1999 - A New Kind Of Army (Go-Kart Records)
2001 - Underground Network (Fat Wreck Chords)
2002 - Mobilize (A-F Records)
2003 - The Terror State (Fat Wreck Chords)
2006 - For Blood And Empire (RCA Records)
2008 - The Bright Lights Of American (RCA Records)
2009 - The People Or The Gun (SideOneDummy Records)
2012 - The General Strike (SideOneDummy Records)
2015 - American Spring (Spinefarm Records)
2015 - Cease Fires (A-F Records)
2016 - Live Acoustic at 11th Street Records (Spinefarm Recrods)
2017 - Live Vol. 1 (A-F Records)

CURRENT STATUS OF ANTI-FLAG:

Anti-Flag formed as a band back in 1988 by members Justin Sane and Pat Thetic. Early on, the band didn't look like it was going to sustain and actually broke up but in 1992, they reformed and set about their journey to leave their stamp on the punk rock world. In 1996, they released their debut full length album, "Die For The Government". By 1999, the band's line-up that we see to this day was set, featuring Justin Sane (guitar/vocals), Chris #2 (bass/vocals), Chris Head (guitar) and Pat Thetic (drums). In 2001, the band hooked up with legendary punk label Fat Wreck Chords for two releases, 2001's "Underground Network" and 2003's "The Terror State". The latter album really began crossing Anti-Flag over as it is their highest charting album in the United States. This led to the band signing with major label RCA Records for their next two releases, 2006's "For Blood And Empire" and 2008's "The Bright Lights Of America". Even after leaving RCA, Anti-Flag would coninue putting out stellar album after stellar album. 2009's "The People Or The Gun" and 2012's "The General Strike" through SideOneDummy Records. And of course, the band's most recent full length studio album of all original material, 2015's "American Spring". Anti-Flag is a very active band, releasing material pretty much every one to two years, whether that's full lengths, EP's, splits or live albums. They are also on tour constantly. This year, they are planning to release "Live Vol. 2", they have confirmed a spot as a headliner on the Warped Tour and according to Justin Sane, they may even release a brand new studio album before the end of the year. Anti-Flag plays a brand of punk rock that is rooted in political and social issues. They wear their views very much on their sleeves and are not afraid to take a stance against something that they perceive as unjust. Their contemporaries in punk rock are bands such as Strike Anywhere, The Unseen, Rise Against, Propagandhi and Pennywise to name a few. So if that politically charged punk rock is what you seek, look no further than Anti-Flag. This band is definitely a leader in that movement, not a follower. Anti-Flag is the real deal.

TEN ANTI-FLAG SONGS YOU SHOULD CHECK OUT:

1. This Is The End (For You My Friend)
2. The Press Corpse
3. Turncoat
4. The Bright Lights Of America
5. Die For The Government
6. Brandenburg Gate
7. Underground Network
8. Broken Bones
9. We Are The One
10. Fabled World

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Song Of The Week: 5/21/17







Song: "Sunshower"

Artist: Chris Cornell

Album: "Great Expectations" Soundtrack

Year: 1997



IN MEMORIAM:

Chris Cornell
1964 - 2017



Man… It sucks to get old. For this week’s blog, I’m not going to get into the meaning of the song or do the regular info I give on the band and what they’ve been up to and all that. This is a tough one. Chris Cornell, one of the greatest voices in music history, is dead. Where to start? When I was a teenager, the bands coming out of Seattle had a huge impact on my life. Oddly enough for some reason, I really didn’t get into Soundgarden right away. Then “Superunknown” came out. What a great fuckin’ album! Immediately, I went out and starting getting all of Soundgarden’s albums. What the hell was I thinking? Soundgarden was un-fuckin’-real. Cornell had the voice of a God. Now, anyone who knows me knows that Pearl Jam is my all time favorite band and Eddie Vedder can do no wrong in my eyes. But even I can admit, as good of a vocalist as Eddie is, he is not Chris Cornell. From Soundgarden to Temple Of The Dog to Audioslave and his solo material, thank God Chris left us with so much material that we can lean on just to hear his voice. But it sucks that we’ll never have new material again. Cornell isn’t one of those artists that seemed like they were just hanging on in the latter part of his career. He was still very much relevant in the music world. Just look at the last Soundgarden release “King Animal” and his most recent solo single “The Promise”. It’s pretty fucked up. We lost Kurt. We lost Layne. It seemed that Chris and Eddie were gonna be around for a long time and continue giving us great music for years to come. And now Chris is gone. I’ve been watching a lot of YouTube videos the last few days. Just capturing some of the powerful Cornell performances. Great videos of the recent Temple Of The Dog reunion tour. Great acoustic shows that really capture Chris at his most raw and emotional state. The great songs. “Slaves And Bulldozers”, “Rusty Cage”, “Say Hello 2 Heaven”, “Spoonman”, “Burden In My Hand”, “Cochise”, “Fell On Black Days”, “When I’m Down”, “The Day I Tried To Live”, “The Keeper”, “Sunshower”, “Seasons”, “Black Hole Sun”, “Birth Ritual”, “I Am The Highway”, “Can’t Change Me”, “Outshined”, Jesus, the list goes on and on and on. I’m sad that he’s gone. I’m angry he committed suicide. It seems so selfish. But, maybe I’m the one who’s being selfish because I want more music from him. Unfortunately, what happened happened and all we can do is listen to his music and watch old videos to keep the man’s memory alive. The death of Mr. Cornell has left all of his fans “feeling Minnesota”.

R.I.P.
Chris Cornell








Sunday, May 14, 2017

Song Of The Week: 5/14/17







Song: "Bad Reputation"

Artist: The Rabble

Album: "No Clue, No Future"

Year: 2006

Place Of Origin: Auckland, New Zealand

Years Active: 2001 - present



WHAT I THINK THE SONG IS ABOUT:

"Bad Reputation" appears to be about wondering if the life you lead and the mistakes you've made will ultimately be your downfall. The vocalist is basically praying to God for help or guidance because he's been to the bottom. He wants to know that when his life is over that he makes it to the other side despite his past regressions. The first time you listen to the song, it clearly reminds you of Social Distortion's "I Was Wrong". No surprise as Social D. influenced The Rabble greatly.

THE RABBLE DISCOGRAPHY (Full length albums only):

2006 - No Clue, No Future (Self-Released)
2007 - The Battle's Almost Over (Filthy Lucre Enterprises)
2011 - Life's A Journey (Self-Released)

CURRENT STATUS OF THE RABBLE:

The Rabble was formed back in 2001 by brothers Chazz Rabble and Rupe Rabble. It took five years for this New Zealand outfit to hone their sound before the world got a taste of their music. 2006 saw the debut album by The Rabble, the self-released "No Clue, No Future". The band's second release, "The Battle's Almost Over", featured a collaboration with Mark Unseen of the band The Unseen on the track "The World Is Dead". Mark Unseen really took to the band and almost joined the members of The Rabble to form a new band which never came to fruition. The band, at this time, had it's first tour of Europe. The band's latest release would be 2011's "Life's A Journey". Frontman Chazz Rabble really saw this release as an evolution for the band. Many of his fans however began accusing the band of selling out, especially in his native New Zealand. The Rabble announced they were going on a hiatus in 2013. Chazz would not rule out the band getting back together but that all the members have been focused on other projects, most notably Chazz's other band, "Flirting With Disaster". The Rabble are a band who tends to go all over the place when it comes to style. At one moment they could be hardcore punk, then they can be pop punk. Sometimes celtic punk and every now and again a touch of ska/punk. Chazz has stated that his favorite band is Green Day, so it's easy to see why the band began shifting their sound to a more melodic brand of punk as the years went on. That was most likely the wedge that began turning off some of their core fans as well. As for similar bands to The Rabble? I would say if you enjoy bands like The Unseen, The Briggs, Bombshell Rocks, Far From Finished and Anti-Flag, then you would probably enjoy The Rabble's music. I look at The Rabble as a good band, not great. For me, they change styles even on one album so much that you wonder if you're listening to a multi-band mix cd sometimes. It's great that they're not pidgeonholed into one specific sound but at the same time, it seems to hurt their continuity as a band.

TEN THE RABBLE SONGS YOU SHOULD CHECK OUT:

1. The Journey
2. The Coast Song
3. Carry On
4. Shot Down
5. Seeking
6. Addicted To The Bone
7. This World Is Dead
8. Can't Relate To You
9. Bored
10. Police & Thieves (The Clash cover)

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Song Of The Week: 5/7/17







Song: "80 Cents A Day"

Artist: Stray Bullets

Album: "The Slings And Arrows Of Outrageous Fortune"

Year: 2004

Place Of Origin: Boston, Massachusetts

Years Active: 2003 - present



WHAT I THINK THE SONG IS ABOUT:

"80 Cents A Day" appears to be a song about poverty in the U.S.A. They show commercials on television about charities for the starving of other countries but nothing to help our own poor people. The vocalist sees the poor and the hungry in his own neighborhood while jobs are being sold to foreign labor for 80 cents a day. Definitely shining a light on domestic poverty issues.

STRAY BULLETS DISCOGRAPHY (Full length albums only):

2004 - The Slings And Arrows Of Outrageous Fortune (Fork In Hand Records)
2014 - Ghost Town Rockers (Dying Scene Records)

CURRENT STATUS OF STRAY BULLETS:

Stray Bullets got it's start as a band back in 2003. Headed by vocalist/guitarist Jon Cauztik, the band's first exposure to the local Boston punk rock scene was their debut album, "The Slings And Arrows Of Outrageous Fortune" in 2004. Almost as quick as the band formed, Cauztik moved on to another venture, punk/ska outfit the Have Nots. It took ten years for the Stray Bullets to release their sophmore album, 2014's "Ghost Town Rockers" through Dying Scene Records. Nowadays, Stray Bullets is officially Cauztik's main focus as the members of the Have Nots are currently involved with other projects. Most recently, the Stray Bullets released a split with Duck And Cover, The Warning Shots and Blood Stained Brindle in 2017. Stray Bullets play a brand of punk rock that's has some ska and reggae influences much like their idols The Clash. If you're a fan of bands like the Have Nots, Rancid, OC45, The Warning Shots and Operation Ivy, then the Stray Bullets would be a band that would most likely interest you as there are elements of all of those band's styles in Stray Bullets music. I kinda look at both the Stray Bullets and the Have Nots as pretty much the same band with different members other than the constant vocals and guitar of Jon Cauztik. In my mind, both are awesome bands. I'm not a huge punk/ska guy, but Stray Bullets do the genre right!

TEN STRAY BULLETS SONGS YOU SHOULD CHECK OUT:

1. Knife For The Pusherman
2. Gone
3. The Anchor
4. Already Dead
5. Sirens
6. Channels
7. Peace Signs
8. P.C.
9. Boy In The Bubble
10. New Prisons

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Song Of The Week: 4/30/17







Song: "Shifty"

Artist: Paper Arms

Album: "Great Mistakes"

Year: 2015

Place Of Origin: Adelaide, Australia

Years Active: 2008 - 2016



WHAT I THINK THE SONG IS ABOUT:

Josh Mann, vocalist of Paper Arms, has said in an interview that "Shifty" was written about his best friend. She has always been by his side no matter what and he wanted to write something in honor of the incredible person that she is to him.

PAPER ARMS DISCOGRAPHY (Full length albums only):

2010 - Days Above Ground (Poison City Records)
2013 - The Smoke Will Clear (Poison City Records)
2015 - Great Mistakes (Poison City Records)

CURRENT STATUS OF PAPER ARMS:

Paper Arms was an Ausralian melodic punk band which formed in 2008. Early on the band forged a relationship with Poison City Records which would last throughout their musical career. In 2010, the band dropped their debut album, "Days Above Ground", and toured an incredible eighteen months in support of that album. 2013 saw the release of their sophmore effort, "The Smoke Will Clear". The band went on an international tour to support this record, opening up for such acts as Strike Anywhere and Chuck Ragan. The band's most recent album, and what would turn out to be their last, would be 2015's "Great Mistakes". Paper Arms played their last official show in February of 2016. Paper Arms brings a melodic, gritty punk rock style that harkens back to bands like Hot Water Music or Face To Face. Some of the band's contemporaries are Idle Class, A Death In The Family, Above Them, How Dare You and Lowtalker. If you are a fan of any of those bands then Paper Arms should pique your interest. I hate when really good, promising bands fold too early. It's the unfortunate truth of the music industry today. It's hard to sustain a band nowadays and Paper Arms is one of the latest to fall victim of the machine that is the music industry. Hopefully this is just a hiatus for Paper Arms and not a definitive end. At least they left us with three above average albums to listen to.

TEN PAPER ARMS SONGS YOU SHOULD CHECK OUT:

1. Bricks And Mortar
2. Blackout
3. Snake Oil
4. Wrong Again
5. Tanks Of Dust
6. An Outbreak
7. You Don't Speak For Me
8. In Silence
9. Medicine
10. Great Mistakes

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Song Of The Week: 4/23/17







Song: "Darkside Lightside"

Artist: Ash

Album: "Live On Mars: London Astoria 1997"

Year: 2016

Place Of Origin: Downpatrick, Northern Ireland

Years Active: 1992 - present



WHAT I THINK THE SONG IS ABOUT:

"Darkside Lightside" is a song that appears to be about a person that is super reassuring to the vocalist. It's a person that always takes him back to old memories and feelings. Good memories and feelings that that person gave him long ago. The original version of "Darkside Lightside" appears on the band's 1996 album, "1977". This version of the song appears on the band's 2016 live album, "Live On Mars: London Astoria 1977".

ASH DISCOGRAPHY (Full length albums only):

1993 - Garage Girl (self-released)
1993 - Trailer (Infectious Records)
1996 - 1977 (Infectious Records)
1997 - Live At The Wireless (Death Star Records)
1998 - Nuclear Sounds (Infectious Records)
2001 - Free All Angels (Infectious Records)
2002 - Cosmic Debris (Infectious Records)
2004 - Meltdown (Infectious Records)
2007 - Twilight Of The Innocents (Infectious Records)
2010 - A-Z Vol. 1 (Atomic Heart Records)
2010 - A-Z Vol. 2 (Atomic Heart Records)
2015 - Kablammo! (Atomic Heart Records)
2016 - Live On Mars: London Astoria 1997 (Atomic Heart Records)

CURRENT STATUS OF ASH:

Ash formed as a band back in 1992, hailing from Northern Ireland. The band first began creating some noise with their song "Jack Names The Planets" but it was their 1996 album, "1977", that really put the band on the map thanks to the singles "Goldfinger", "Girl From Mars" and "Oh Yeah". That album quickly shot to number 1 on U.K. music charts and eventually went platinum. The band, then a trio of Tim Wheeler, Mark Hamilton and Rick McMurray, decided to add a second guitarist/vocalist to the line-up, Charlotte Hatherley. While releasing their next album, "Nuclear Sounds", Ash almost went bankrupt. It was their 2001 album, "Free All Angels", which once again thrusted Ash's popularity, especially in their native Ireland and in England. With singles like "Shining Light" and "Burn Baby Burn", "Free All Angels" also claimed a #1 spot in England and also sold platinum. After 2004's "Meltdown", the band decided to go back to being a trio and split amicably with Hatherley. In 2010, the band decided to release a single every two weeks. This was called the A to Z series, each single named relative to the letters of the alphabet. Eventually, the band released two albums which featured the 26 singles, "A-Z" volumes 1 and 2. At this time, it would also mark the band's relationship with Atomic Heart Records after pretty much spending the first 15 years as a band on Infectious Records. The band's last proper full length studio album was 2015's "Kablammo!" and their most recent release was a live album in 2016, "Live On Mars: London Astoria 1997". The band was touring in early 2017 in support of that live album. Ash broke on the music scene right at a time when Seattle's grunge was king but there was a burgeoning alternative rock movement that was creeping to the surface. Though they're from Ireland, they sometimes get tossed in with the Brit pop scene that was beginning to happen as well. Though they got some love in the United States, especially when "1977" came out, they were a pretty big deal in Europe, especially Ireland and England. Their style is alternative rock with definite hints of pop and at times punk. If you like the music of bands like Superdrag, Everclear, Donots, The Vines and Oasis, then you'd most likely enjoy Ash. Ash is one of my favorite bands, moreso when I was younger, but I still love their music. It's a shame that Charlotte isn't still in the band though. She added a dynamic to the band that I miss, especially her harmonizing background vocals that fit so well with Tim Wheeler's lead vocals. To this day still, when I hear "Goldfinger" or "Burn Baby Burn" I get excited. Definitely takes me back to my younger days getting loaded with good friends!!

TEN ASH SONGS YOU SHOULD CHECK OUT:

1. Goldfinger
2. Burn Baby Burn
3. A Life Less Ordinary
4. Shining Light
5. Jesus Says
6. Starcrossed
7. What Deaner Was Talking About
8. Tracers (featuring Emmy The Great)
9. Cocoon
10. Warmer Than Fire

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Song Of The Week: 4/16/17







Song: "The Other Side Of Silence"

Artist: Pulley

Album: "No Change In The Weather"

Year: 2016

Place Of Origin: Simi Valley, California

Years Active: 1994 - present



WHAT I THINK THE SONG IS ABOUT:

In "The Other Side Of Silence", I get the sense that the vocalist is feeding off a crowd. He's living his dream. A dream that maybe he thought might end or maybe he wasn't quite sure would continue but his revelation comes from the crowd before him. This is his life and he has no regrets. I may be totally wrong with this interpretation but hey, wouldn't be the first time or the last!

PULLEY DISCOGRAPHY (Full length albums only):

1996 - Esteem Driven Engine (Epitaph Records)
1997 - 60 Cycle Hum (Epitaph Records)
1999 - @#!* (Epitaph Records)
2001 - Together Again For The First Time (Epitaph Records)
2004 - Matters (Epitaph Records)
2005 - Beyond Warped (Immergent Records)
2016 - No Change In The Weather (Cyber Tracks Records)

CURRENT STATUS OF PULLEY:

In the early 90's, skate punk band Ten Foot Pole decided to part ways with their lead singer, Scott Radinsky, mainly so that they could tour and record more frequently. The problem was that Scott was also a Major League Baseball pitcher so for a long stretch of the year, he couldn't be there for the band. Radinsky's passion for punk rock music could not be contained however and in 1994, he formed the band Pulley. Quickly signed to legendary punk label, Epitaph Records, Pulley would drop five albums in an 8 year span. "Esteem Driven Engine", "60 Cycle Hum", "@#!*", "Together Again For The First Time" and "Matters" more than put Pulley on the southern California skate punk map! Then, the hiatus! From 2004 to 2016, Pulley managed to put out 2 EP's, "Time Insensitive Material" and "The Long And Short Of It" as well as a live album, "Beyond Warped". Radinsky's MLB career was winding down, but he took multiple jobs in the sport, mostly as pitching coach and bullpen coach, which he currently does for the Los Angeles Angels. 2016 saw the return of a brand new full length from Pulley, "No Change In The Weather". Despite the band's sporadic nature, this new album proves that Pulley still has their chops!. I remember back in 1996, I was at a listening station at the Tower Records in Boston, MA and for the first time, I checked out this band Pulley. From the first chords of "Cashed Out", I was hooked and have been a fan ever since. Besides my love of the Seattle sound, the skate punk bands were a huge part of my youth. Bands like Ten Foot Pole, No Use For A Name, Lagwagon, Good Riddance, Much The Same and Face To Face were right in my wheelhouse. And Pulley was right there with those bands for me. Awesome to see that these guys are still making great music. Much props to Scotty Radz!!!

TEN PULLEY SONGS YOU SHOULD CHECK OUT:

1. The Ocean Song
2. If
3. Cashed In
4. Working Class Whore
5. Insects Destroy
6. No "I" In Team
7. In Search
8. Blindfold
9. Four Walls
10. Gone

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Song Of The Week: 4/9/17







Song: "Bullseye"

Artist: Hoist The Colors

Album: "Mourners"

Year: 2016

Place Of Origin: Los Angeles, California

Years Active: 2007 - present




WHAT I THINK THE SONG IS ABOUT:

"Bullseye" appears to be a song about constantly being in motion. The vocalist feels that if he slows down or stops that something bad is going to happen. As long as he keeps moving down the road and those that matter follow him on his journey, he feels things will be ok.

HOIST THE COLORS DISCOGRAPHY (Full length albums only):

2011 - Second City (self-released)
2012 - Miles To Go Before We Sleep (Hardline Entertainment)
2016 - Mourners (Hardline Entertainment)

CURRENT STATUS OF HOIST THE COLORS:

Hoist The Colors formed back in 2007, hailing from Los Angeles, California. The band members began messing around with acoustic instruments and trying to learn how to play Irish folk rebel songs until finally, they decided they sounded good enough to proceed with their band often playing small Irish pubs to hone their sound. The band self-released their debut album, "Second City", in 2011. The band soon after hooked up with Hardline Entertainment for the release of their second album, "Miles To Go Before We Sleep", in 2012. For the next four years, Hoist The Colors spent much of their time on the road, supporting bands such as Ignite, Authority Zero, The Black Pacific and many more. Most recently, the band released the album "Mourners" in 2016. Hoist The Colors is a band that plays a blend of Irish punk/folk music with hints of bluegrass and even incorporates some American blues. If you are a fan of bands like Lexington Field, Bastards On Parade, The Roughneck Riot, The Go Set or Swingin' Utters then you would most likely enjoy the music of Hoist The Colors. This is a top notch band in my opinion. Very good songs with excellent melodies and hooks. I'd say "Mourners" is one of the top albums I purchased in 2016. Looking forward to hearing more from this up and coming band!

TEN HOIST THE COLORS SONGS YOU SHOULD CHECK OUT:

1. Mourners
2. The Curse Of Blackbeard Lavoie
3. Second City
4. Rainier
5. Gordie Lachance
6. Tonight We Drink, Tomorrow We Die
7. No One Lives Here Anymore
8. Dance Through The Days
9. The Rush
10. I Can Remember (Pennywise cover)

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Song Of The Week: 4/2/17







Song: "Your Own Drum"

Artist: Sully Erna

Album: "Hometown Life"

Year: 2016

Place Of Origin: Lawrence, Massachusetts

Years Active: 1986 - present



WHAT I THINK THE SONG IS ABOUT:

"Your Own Drum" appears to be about not letting others define who you are or what you want to become. If you have a dream, strive for it. Be true to who you are and follow your own path, wherever that destination may lead.

SULLY ERNA DISCOGRAPHY (Full length albums only):

2010 - Avalon (Universal Republic Records)
2016 - Hometown Life (BMG Records)

CURRENT STATUS OF SULLY ERNA:

Sully Erna was actively working on music since 1986. The Lawrence, Massachusetts native's first band was called Strip Mind. They released one album in 1993 in which Sully was the drummer. He was kicked out of the band soon after this release however. No worries because two years later he would form Godsmack and the rest is history. Since 1995, Godsmack has released nine studio albums, some of which have reached multi-platinum status. As a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, drums, piano, keyboards and harmonica), Sully would often write material which perhaps didn't have that Godsmack edge to it. In order to get this material out and not just leave it in the can, Erna decided to release a solo album in 2010 called "Avalon". Most recently, Erna released his second solo album in 2016 called "Hometown Life". As I said earlier, the material in these albums show a softer side of Erna. While some of the tracks could have made a Godsmack album, most of the material is not as heavy or metal enough for Godsmack material. While Sully gets some flack for sounding like a mix of Layne Staley and James Hetfield on vocals, his albums both solo and with Godsmack stand on their own and have made him and his bandmates one of the most successful hard rock acts of the 2000's. While Sully's solo recordings are a labor of love, his main focus is his band Godsmack. Word out there is that currently, Godsmack are in the studio in the beginning stages of working on new material for an album that is slated to be released in 2018. As for style, if you like the softer side of bands such as Alice In Chains, Staind, Seether, Stone Sour and of course Godsmack, then you would most likely enjoy Sully Erna's solo albums.

TEN SULLY ERNA SONGS YOU SHOULD CHECK OUT:

1. Sinner's Prayer
2. Hometown Life
3. Until Then...
4. Different Kind Of Tears
5. My Light
6. Don't Comfort Me
7. Broken Road
8. Turn It Up!
9. Eyes Of A Child
10. Your Own Drum

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Song Of The Week: 3/26/17







Song: "Heartless" (Re-recorded)

Artist: A Day To Remember

Album: "For Those Who Have Heart" (Re-issue)

Year: 2008

Place Of Origin: Ocala, Florida

Years Active: 2003 - present



WHAT I THINK THE SONG IS ABOUT:

"Heartless" appears to be a typical "relationship on the outs" type of song. The vocalist has done everything in his power to make this relationship work but he refuses to be just a shoulder to cry on. There's so much more to a relationship than that. Her lies and betrayals are too much to stomach for him. He'll live with the pain of her cheating ways, but his first step to healing himself is ending his relationship with her for good. "Heartless" originally appeared on A Day To Remember's debut album, "And Their Name Was Treason". The band re-recorded the track for the re-issue of their second album, "For Those Who Have Heart", which is the version I chose for my "song of the week".

A DAY TO REMEMBER DISCOGRAPHY (Full length albums only):

2005/2008 - And Their Name Was Treason/Old Record (Indianola Records/Victory Records)
2007 - For Those Who Have Heart (Victory Records)
2009 - Homesick (Victory Records)
2010 - What Separates Me From You (Victory Records)
2013 - Common Courtesy (ADTR Records)
2016 - Bad Vibrations (ADTR Records)

CURRENT STATUS OF A DAY TO REMEMBER:

A Day To Remember formed as a band back in 2003, hailing from Florida. The band's first recording was the 2004 self released EP, "Halos For Heroes, Dirt For The Dead". The band soon released their debut album a year later through Indianola Records called "And Their Name Was Treason". A Day To Remember then began a long relationship with Victory Records after this release. Their second album , 2007's "For Those Who Have Heart", peaked at #17 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart and the follow up to that, 2009's "Homesick", would reach #21 on the Billboard 200 charts. After the release of their 2010 album, "What Separates Me From You", A Day To Remember got into a legal battle with Victory Records that would ultimately delay the release of their fifth album. Victory did release a re-recorded version of the band's debut album in 2008 under the new name, "Old Record". Eventually, A Day To Remember was allowed to release their 2013 album, "Common Courtesy", through their own label, ADTR Records. The band's most recent release is 2016's "Bad Vibrations". The band toured Europe and Australia in December of 2016 and carried through to the new year to support that album. A Day To Remember is parts pop punk, parts metalcore and parts screamo. They kind of jump around from style to style on their albums, and sometimes even in the same song. As for bands that have similar styles, I would go with bands like The Used, Silverstein, Four Year Strong, Falling In Reverse and Escape The Fate. I would say that A Day To Remember, The Used and Silverstein are at the head of this particular style, pop punk/metalcore. A Day To Remember got a boost to their popularity back in 2007 when they covered pop artist Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone" with their own pop punk version. After that, their popularity began to rise and by 2009, they were a headlining act. They are an extremely active band. If they are not in the studio, they are on the road. When not headlining their own tours, they are often performing at festivals such as Warped Tours, Bamboozle Fests and Download Festivals. Not my favorite pop punk/metalcore band, but very, very solid band no doubt about it.

TEN A DAY TO REMEMBER SONGS YOU SHOULD CHECK OUT:

1. Right Back At It Again
2. All I Want
3. The Downfall Of Us All
4. All Signs Point To Lauderdale
5. Paranoia
6. You Had Me At Hello
7. End Of Me
8. Bad Vibrations
9. Better Off This Way
10. If It Means A Lot To You

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Song Of The Week: 3/19/17







Song: "Your Name In Lights"

Artist: Sic Waiting

Album: "Your Name In Lights"

Year: 2005

Place Of Origin: Oceanside, California

Years Active: 2000 - present



WHAT I THINK THE SONG IS ABOUT:

"Your Name In Lights" appears to be a song about moving out west, chasing your Hollywood dream. The price for fame is often steep however. To see "your name in lights" often means you sign your rights away to people who don't always have your best interests at heart. For every one person who lives out their dream, there are thousands who get swept under the rug.

SIC WAITING DISCOGRAPHY (Full length albums only):

2005 - Your Name In Lights (CD Baby Records)
2010 - Anchors Astray (self-released)
2015 - Derailer (Felony Records)

CURRENT STATUS OF SIC WAITING:

Sic Waiting got it's start back in 2000, hailing from southern California. Very much influenced by the heyday of Fat Wreck and Epitaph skate punk bands of the 90's, Sic Waiting's released their debut full length album in 2005 called "Your Name In Lights". Taking their cue from a bands like Social Distortion, Sic Waiting seems to wait 5 years between their releases. It wouldn't be till 2010 that the band self-released their sophmore effort, "Anchors Astray". They did manage to squeeze an EP between full lengths when they dropped "Vices" in 2012. Their latest full length album was 2015's "Derailer". Most recently, the band has been doing tours of the west coast, first with 88 Fingers Louie, then later on with Pour Habit. As I said earlier, Sic Waiting is very much a product of the 90's skate punk bands, mostly on Fat Wreck Chords and Epitaph Records. Those bands were right in my wheelhouse when I was growing up so when I hear a band like Sic Waiting, they immediately spark my interest. As for their sound, they are very similar to bands like Face To Face, Ignite, Rise Against, No Use For A Name and Bad Religion, though not as heavy as Ignite, more on the melodic side like No Use, but Stinson's voice is similar to Zoli Teglas from Ignite. Sic Waiting is an awesome band. My only complaint is the lack of albums. I mean, they have been a band for 16 years and only 3 albums?!! Some of this is due to Jared Stinson focusing on his solo stuff as well. He often tours solo doing acoustic sets or with his side project, Dead Frets. In fact, Dead Frets just released a new album on March 10, 2017 called "True South". "Derailer" is such a great album that hopefully, Sic Waiting drops some new material a little sooner than 5 years!!

TEN SIC WAITING SONGS YOU SHOULD CHECK OUT:

1. Active Alumni
2. The Salesman
3. Okay, I Lied
4. Victims
5. This Town Is Burning (And I Couldn't Care Less)
6. Maps
7. Lines In The Road
8. The Price Of A Good Night's Sleep
9. Question Of The Season
10. In Compatible Love

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Song Of The Week: 3/12/17







Song: "To Those You'll Never Know"

Artist: The Exposed

Album: "Static Armageddon"

Year: 2013

Place Of Origin: United Kingdom

Years Active: 2006 - present



WHAT I THINK THE SONG IS ABOUT:

"To Those You'll Never Know" appears to be a song about a person who seeks attention. Almost like a "woe is me" person who has to shine a light on all of their problems as if no one else has any of their own. The act gets old and the vocalist seems to have had enough of listening to it.

THE EXPOSED DISCOGRAPHY (Full length albums only):

2006 - Marching On (Headcase Records)
2010 - In The Face Of Resistance (Up & Atom Records)
2013 - Static Armageddon (Up & Atom Records)

CURRENT STATUS OF THE EXPOSED:

The Exposed is a punk band from the U.K. that got it's start back in 2006. The band released their debut album that same year called "Marching On". The band followed that up with an EP release in 2008 called "Rock N' Riot". By 2010, The Exposed hooked up with Up & Atom Records to handle the distribution of their albums "In The Face Of Resistance" (2010) and "Static Armageddon" (2013). The band has made a bit of a name for itself on the road supporting such acts as Rancid and Bouncing Souls to name a few. There hasn't been much action on The Exposed front for a couple of years now. After releasing "Static Armageddon" in 2013, the band toured to support the album but 2016 and now into 2017, the band members all appear focused on other side projects. Guitarist Sim Williams confirmed that the members are currently all over the world focusing on those projects but they all still remain in contact and are all still friends so he did not rule out new material in the future for The Exposed. The Exposed play a brand of street punk rock with hints of ska, much like one of their main influences, Rancid. In fact, the guys in Rancid heavily endorsed The Exposed as a band to keep an eye out for. So, if you are a fan of bands like Rancid, Have Nots, The Ducky Boys, Blacklist Royals or the Bouncing Souls, then you would most likely enjoy the music of The Exposed.

TEN THE EXPOSED SONGS YOU SHOULD CHECK OUT:

1. Rebel City Rockers
2. Sleeping's A Waste Of My Youth
3. Young, Dead & Remembered
4. College Park Blues
5. Static Armageddon
6. Marching On
7. R.C.P.
8. Another Excuse
9. King Of Queens
10. To Your Demise

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Song Of The Week: 3/5/17







Song: "Given To Fly"

Artist: Pearl Jam

Album: "Fenway Park, Boston, MA 8/5/16"

Year: 2016

Place Of Origin: Seattle, Washington

Years Active: 1990 - present



WHAT I THINK THE SONG IS ABOUT:

"Given To Fly" appears to be a song about a man who at first runs away from his own demons and struggles in life but soon has an epiphany. Something happens to him that has such an effect on him that he finally sees a way to break the chains of all that held him down. It's such a strong moment that he wants to go back and share what he's learned and help others who were just like him. Of course, there are always those who want to still keep him down but he will not be grounded and he will fight off hate with love no matter what. This version of "Given To Fly" was performed live at Boston's historical Fenway Park on August 5, 2016. The original version of the song appears on Pearl Jam's 1998 album "Yield".

PEARL JAM DISCOGRAPHY (Full length albums only):

1991 - Ten (Epic Records)
1993 - VS (Epic Records)
1994 - Vitalogy (Epic Records)
1996 - No Code (Epic Records)
1998 - Yield (Epic Records)
1998 - Live On Two Legs (Epic Records)
2000 - Binaural (Epic Records)
2002 - Riot Act (Epic Records)
2003 - Lost Dogs (Epic Records)
2004 - Live At Benaroya Hall (BMG Records)
2006 - Pearl Jam (J Records)
2009 - Backspacer (Monkeywrench/Universal Music Group)
2011 - Live On Ten Legs (Universal Music Group)
2013 - Lightning Bolt (Monkeywrench Records)

CURRENT STATUS OF PEARL JAM:

Pearl Jam came from the ashes of Mother Love Bone and exploded on the Seattle music scene in 1990. The band's debut album "Ten" is a landmark album which has been certified diamond. What does that mean? It means that album has sold massively worldwide! It also propelled the band to superstardom, almost before they knew what had hit them. At the forefront of the grunge explosion of the early 90's, along with bands like Nirvana, Alice In Chains and Soundgarden, Pearl Jam kept the heat on with their next two releases, 1993's "VS" and 1994's "Vitalogy". The pressures of being that big, that fast began to weigh on the band, especially vocalist Eddie Vedder and the band made a conscious effort to start pulling back the reigns. No more videos and less media obligations. They also did a 180 on their next album, "No Code". This was a much softer, more experimental side of the band and really an effort to change it up musically. Battles with Ticketmaster and going into a shell of sorts began to alienate the band from some of it's fans. The band itself was having some inner struggles and wondering if they were even going to co-exist much longer. Luckily, 1998's "Yield" was a return to form for the band. It also marked a full band collaboration whereas Vedder really took over creative reigns on "Vitalogy" and "No Code". From this album on, every band member would contribute to all future Pearl Jam releases. The early 2000's were a bit of a weird time for the band. "Binaural" and "Riot Act" were both good albums but seemed to be lacking something. The band also began offerering their bootlegs from every show available at this time, beginning with the "Binaural" world tour. Their bootlegs continue to be offered through their website to this day. This period also marked the biggest tragedy that the band was a part of, the 2000 Roskilde tragedy where 9 of their fans were trampled to death during their performance. In 2006, the country was becoming more and more split over the actions of the Bush administration post-9/11. The scene was ripe for a band like Pearl Jam to get their creative juices flowing and write what is perhaps their most political album yet, the self-titled "Pearl Jam", sometimes referred to as "Avocado". This album was a breath of fresh air to me. Urgent and hard hitting, an album with a definitive purpose. 2009's "Backspacer" is probably the band's most positive and fun album. The band's most recent effort was 2013's "Lightning Bolt". This album proved that Pearl Jam is still relevant in an ever-evolving music scene. Pearl Jam's sound is a culmination of a slew of influences from The Who, The Ramones, Kiss, Neil Young, Dead Kennedys, Pink Floyd and many, many more! Of the 4 major grunge bands to emerge from the early 90's, Pearl Jam's sound always commanded arena crowds. Their music is powerful. Their lyrics personal and emotional. They have influenced hundreds of rock bands who came after them. They are equally comfortable playing arena anthems ("Alive"), acoustic ballads ("Elderly Woman"), punk influenced hardcore ("Mind Your Manners") and groove laced stompers ("Evenflow"). The band takes more time between albums as they tend to focus more time on their growing families as well as keeping busy with solo and side projects, but they always get back together to tour all over the world and their shows are always epic and must see performances that rival Springsteen and the Grateful Dead. I'd say they are overdue for a new album. Perhaps the band will be inspired by their induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2017 or the current political turmoil in the United States and drop another aggressive album with a purpose!

TEN PEARL JAM SONGS YOU SHOULD CHECK OUT:

1. Alive
2. Release
3. Yellow Ledbetter
4. Corduroy
5. Rearviewmirror
6. Go
7. Given To Fly
8. Not For You
9. In My Tree
10. Light Years

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Song Of The Week: 2/26/17







Song: "Bent Strings"

Artist: Apologies, I Have None

Album: "Two Sticks & Six Strings"

Year: 2009

Place Of Origin: London, England

Years Active: 2004 - present



WHAT I THINK THE SONG IS ABOUT:

"Bent Strings" appears to be about a mother who has to deal with the death of her child. It goes against everything that the cycle of life is supposed to be. Parents are not supposed to have to bury their children. It also touches on the awkwardness of those who try to console this person, but can never quite understand what to say or how to say it because they can't possible understand what she is going through. Sometimes there is just nothing you can say. You just hope that time somehow heals the wounds, though that may be unlikely in this situation.

APOLOGIES, I HAVE NONE DISCOGRAPHY (Full length albums only):

2012 - London (Household Name Records)
2016 - Pharmacie (Animal Style Records)

CURRENT STATUS OF APOLOGIES, I HAVE NONE:

Apologies, I Have None formed as a band back in 2004. This English based band actually began as a 2 piece. In fact, their first two EP's were released as just a 2 piece band, those being 2007's "Done" and 2009's "Two Sticks & Six Strings". Soon after these releases, Apologies, I Have None filled out and became a four piece band, which enhanced their sound. They released their debut full length, full band album in 2012, called "London". After releasing some split 7" singles and an EP, the band's most recent full length would be 2016's "Pharmacie". Apologies, I Have None has drawn some comparisons to bands such as Against Me!, The Menzingers, Thrice, The Flatliners and Trash Boat. Though at their core, they have some punk elements and influences, I don't necessarily consider Apologies, I Have None a full on punk band. I'd almost say if you kinda made a punk band out of U2, you might get a sound that compares to Apologies, I Have None. Their themes are often melancholic and some of their songs can build to an emotional rage. I think this is one of the better bands that I have come across recently. As I said earlier, though they incorporate some similar sounds to other bands, I think their style is really all their own and it's quite refreshing.

TEN APOLOGIES, I HAVE NONE SONGS YOU SHOULD CHECK OUT:

1. Love & Medication
2. Clapton Pond
3. Coffee, Alcohol, Codeine, Repeat
4. Everybody Wants To Talk About Mental Health
5. 60 Miles
6. Raging Through The Thick And Heavy Darkness Of A Bloodlust
7. Green Green Mabley Green
8. A Pharmacie In Paris
9. Foundations
10. Wraith

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Song Of The Week: 2/19/17







Song: "Dilated Eyes"

Artist: Curbside

Album: "Decades" EP

Year: 2016

Place Of Origin: Ontario, Canada

Years Active: 2011 - present



WHAT I THINK THE SONG IS ABOUT:

"Dilated Eyes" appears to be a song about trying and failing to pull someone out of a bad situation, likely involving drug addiction. You get a sense by the end of the song that the vocalist is starting to pull away, thinking that he's done all he can do for this person and his help is just not getting through. Though it's a difficult choice, it appears that he is trying to move forward in his own life knowing that he could not stop this person's downward spiral.

CURBSIDE DISCOGRAPHY (Full length albums only):

2012 - The Sound I Know (Bells On Records)

CURRENT STATUS OF CURBSIDE:

Curbside formed as a band sometime around 2011. This Canadian melodic/skate punk band released their debut album in 2012, entitled "The Sound I Know". It took 4 years after that release to hear back from this band as they most recently released an EP called "Decades" in 2016. There is not a whole lot out there on the internet on this band to put forth a little more info but, I would say their style and sound evokes such bands as Strung Out, Face To Face, Asado, Implants and 1000 Degrees. This band is definitely under the radar but, in my mind, this is a band that warrants attention. Being a huge Face To Face fan, I see a lot of that style in Curbside's music. Here's hoping that this Canadian punk outfit continues bringing high energy melodic punk for years to come!

TEN CURBSIDE SONGS YOU SHOULD CHECK OUT:

1. Having To Tell You
2. Days In Strides
3. I've Made Amends
4. Saving Face
5. For Those Left Behind
6. In Pieces
7. The Thankless Few
8. Dilated Eyes
9. Breaking In
10. Get It Going

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Song Of The Week: 2/12/17







Song: "Honest"

Artist: Thousand Foot Krutch

Album: "Exhale"

Year: 2016

Place Of Origin: Ontario, Canada

Years Active: 1995 - present



WHAT I THINK THE SONG IS ABOUT:

"Honest" appears to be a song about hope. No matter what pain or torment you've suffered in life. No matter how often you haven't been honest with yourself or others. No matter how much the struggle brings you down. There is always time to change for the better. There is always a light at the end of every tunnel. Of course, with Thousand Foot Krutch being a Christian rock band, there is often a tie to God and Heaven in their songs and "Honest" is definitely one of them.

THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH DISCOGRAPHY (Full length albums only):

1997 - That's What People Do (self-released)
2001 - Set It Off (DJD Entertainment Group)
2003 - Phenomenon (Tooth & Nail Records)
2005 - The Art Of Breaking (Tooth & Nail Records)
2007 - The Flame In All Of Us (Tooth & Nail Records)
2009 - Welcome To THe Masquerade (Tooth & Nail Records)
2011 - Live At The Masquerade (Tooth & Nail Records)
2012 - The End Is Where We Begin (self-released)
2014 - Oxygen: Inhale (TFKMusic)
2016 - Exhale (TFKMusic)

CURRENT STATUS OF THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH:

Thousand Foot Krutch is a Canadian band that got it's start back in 1995. Originally called Oddball, the band released one album under that moniker called "Shutterbug". Soon after they changed their name to Thousand Foot Krutch. Early on in the band's career, they were very much a nu metal band utilizing a rock/rap sound. By the time their third album, "Phenomenon" dropped, the band started to alter it's sound to a more mainstream rock sound. Once album number four, "The Art Of Breaking", was released, the rapping was pretty much gone from the band's sound. The band had a nice 8 year run with famous Christian rock label Tooth & Nail Records from 2003 till 2011 and since have released their albums through their own label, TFKMusic. The band's 2012 release, "The End Is Where We Begin" debuted at #5 on Itunes while their 2014 album, "Oxygen: Inhale", peaked at #11 on the Billboard charts, making it their highest charting album to date. As of February 2014, Thousand Foot Krutch has sold over 1 million albums world wide. The band's most recent effort was 2016's "Exhale". Thousand Foot Krutch is huge in it's native Canada as well as being a very successful act in the United States as well. When it comes to mainstream rock music, TFK is a clear headlining act. If you are a fan of bands like Three Days Grace, Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach, 12 Stones or Trapt then you would most likely enjoy the music of Thousand Foot Krutch. Most, if not all of TFK's music has hopeful themes to them. This is most likely because the band is very up front with their Christian values and religious beliefs and they definitely incorporate those beliefs in their lyrics and songs. I'm not really a big religious person, but good music is good music and TFK has played good music for more than 20 years now!

TEN THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH SONGS YOU SHOULD CHECK OUT:

1. War Of Change
2. Rawkfist
3. Falls Apart
4. Move
5. Fire It Up
6. Untraveled Road
7. Lifeline
8. Courtesy Call
9. Phenomenon
10. Born This Way

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Song Of The Week: 2/5/17







Song: "Heads Up!"

Artist: OC45

Album: "Burn It" EP

Year: 2015

Place Of Origin: Boston, Massachusetts

Years Active: 2011 - present



WHAT I THINK THE SONG IS ABOUT:

"Heads Up!" appears to be a song about struggle. The struggle to survive in a world or environment that does everything to keep you down. The struggle to sift through the bullshit and lies that cloud your vision as you try to move forward in life. The everyday struggle to survive and make ends meet just to live. If you don't let all of these things bring you down and you believe in yourself and your ideals, then you should be ok in whatever you do.

OC45 DISCOGRAPHY (Full length albums only):

2012 - Class & Cruelty (Birdseye Records)
2017 - Happy Accidents (self-released)

CURRENT STATUS OF OC45:

OC45 formed as a band back in 2011, hailing from Boston, MA. Joining a long line of Boston punk bands to represent that scene, OC45 now joins the ranks of Dropkick Murphys, Street Dogs, The Ducky Boys and Far From Finished to name a few. The band's debut album emerged in 2012 called "Class & Cruelty". The band also has two EP releases, 2013's "When It Hits" and 2015's "Burn It". OC45 has just recently released their sophmore full length effort in January of 2017 called "Happy Accidents". This album was self-released by the band and can be found on their own Bandcamp page and Itunes as well. During their career, OC45 has shared the stage with some punk stalwarts such as Swingin' Utters, Street Dogs, Far From Finished, The Scandals, Youth Brigade and The Casualties. As for style? OC45 is a street punk band with a Boston street punk sound. If you are a fan of bands such as Stray Bullets, Have Nots, Far From Finished, Burning Streets or Saturday's Heroes then you will most certainly enjoy OC45.

TEN OC45 SONGS YOU SHOULD CHECK OUT:

1. Far Away
2. 8,900
3. Robbery
4. Heads Up!
5. New Regulations
6. New War
7. Is This Tomorrow
8. Slow It Down
9. Robbery
10. Class & Cruelty

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Song Of The Week: 1/29/17







Song: "Weathered"

Artist: The Dangerous Summer

Album: "Live In Baltimore"

Year: 2010

Place Of Origin: Elliot City, Maryland

Years Active: 2006 - 2014



WHAT I THINK THE SONG IS ABOUT:

"Weathered" is a song that appears to be about The Dangerous Summer vocalist AJ Perdomo trying to cope with the loss of his mother. It finds him running away on a trip of self-discovery to face his demons. You can tell he is trying to find some sort of acceptance in the world because he no longer has the one person in his life that he can lean on. This version of "Weathered" is the live one from the band's 2010 album "Live In Baltimore". The original studio cut appears on the band's 2009 album "Reach For The Sun".

THE DANGEROUS SUMMER DISCOGRAPHY (Full length albums only):

2009 - Reach For The Sun (Hopeless Records)
2010 - Live In Baltimore (Hopeless Records)
2011 - An Acoustic Performance Of "Reach For The Sun" (Hopeless Records)
2011 - War Paint (Hopeless Records)
2013 - Golden Record (Hopeless Records)

CURRENT STATUS OF THE DANGEROUS SUMMER:

The Dangerous Summer formed as a band back in 2006, hailing from Elliott City, Maryland. The band's first release was a 2006 EP called "There Is No Such Thing As Science". That EP caught the ear of Hopeless Records and the band and label forged a career spanning partnership which began in 2007. Under Hopeless, the band re-released their debut EP under the new name "If You Could Only Keep Me Alive". This EP contained a few new songs and in 2009, the band released their full length debut album, "Reach For The Sun". This album would reach #42 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart. Their second album, 2011's "War Paint", spent one week on the Billboard 200 charts at #149. The band's last release would be 2013's "Golden Record". After touring in support of "Golden Record", The Dangerous Summer vocalist AJ Perdomo told the band that he would be taking an indefinite hiatus from music to focus on being a father. In 2014, the rest of the band made it official by stating that The Dangerous Summer had officially called it quits. The Dangerous Summer's style is basically a melodic rock/alternative rock outfit with hints of pop punk elements. If you're a fan of bands like The Swellers, The Starting Line, Transit, The Early November and Acceptance then you would probably enjoy the sound of The Dangerous Summer. While their style of music isn't my favorite genre, I do enjoy a melodic, pop song every now and then and The Dangerous Summer wrote really good songs, often very personal lyrics and strong musicianship. I think they are one of the better alternative rock/pop punk bands out there. It's a shame it didn't work out for them to keep working together and making music.

TEN THE DANGEROUS SUMMER SONGS YOU SHOULD CHECK OUT:

1. Where I Want To Be
2. Catholic Girls
3. War Paint
4. Siren (acoustic version)
5. The Permanent Rain
6. Sins
7. No One's Gonna Need You More
8. Of Confidence
9. Good Things
10. Weathered

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Song Of The Week: 1/22/17







Song: "A Portrait Of The Artist As A Drunk Man"

Artist: Rum Runner

Album: "What's The Music Mean To You"

Year: 2009

Place Of Origin: Calgary, Canada

Years Active: 2001 - present



WHAT I THINK THE SONG IS ABOUT:

Can't find the lyrics for "A Portrait Of The Artist As A Drunk Man" but, after listening to the song, I get the sense that the vocalist has found what he thinks is the love of his life. Perhaps, through his drunken eyes, he misread this because, though he waits for her and though she said she would come back, she never does. He's left with his broken heart and his thirst for alcohol.

RUM RUNNER DISCOGRAPHY (Full length albums only):

2003 - Association (Longshot Music)
2005 - In Guns At Cyrano's (Stumble Records)
2009 - What's The Music Mean To You (Stumble Records)

CURRENT STATUS OF RUM RUNNER:

Rum Runner formed as a band back in 2001, hailing from Calgary, Alberta. There is not a whole lot out there on the internet when it comes to news about this Canadian punk and roll band, what is known is that their debut album, "Association" came out in 2003. The band forged a relationship with Stumble Records for their next two releases, 2005's "In Guns At Cyrano's" and 2009's "What's The Music Mean To You". Also, besides their three full length albums, the band also put out two 7" singles and one split 7" single. The band's most recent release was the 2011, two song 7" single, "Sings...Tonight! Tonight! Tonight! & Icewagon". Rum Runner considers their sound to be melodic punk and roll. Their style is reminiscent of bands like The Ducky Boys, The Go Set, Knucklehead, My Life In Black And White and Bastards On Parade. There are elements of street punk, folk punk, celtic punk and even some rock-a-billy punk in their music. As I said earlier, there isn't much out there on the net about Rum Runner. No Facebook page. No Bandcamp page. They haven't released anything since 2011 so for all I know, they may have broken up. Your guess is as good as mine.

TEN RUM RUNNER SONGS YOU SHOULD CHECK OUT:

1. The Leaving Of Liverpool
2. My Rifle, My Pony And Me
3. Tobacco Eyes
4. A Portrait Of The Artist As A Drunk Man
5. The Punks Are Due On Maple Street
6. Torn Ten Dollar Bill
7. You're Gonna Need Somebody On Your Bond
8. So Long Outsider
9. Sugar Sweet
10. Streams Of Whiskey

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Song Of The Week: 1/15/17







Song: "Miscommunication"

Artist: The Dangerous Summer

Album: "War Paint"

Year: 2011

Place Of Origin: Elliott City, Maryland

Years Active: 2006 - 2014



WHAT I THINK THE SONG IS ABOUT:

"Miscommunication" appears to be a song about a dissolving relationship. It's clear that one person wants a commitment while the other is perhaps moving away from that and, in turn, there is a distance that has grown between them. It appears the rift may be un-repairable and this relationship may come to an end sooner rather than later.

THE DANGEROUS SUMMER DISCOGRAPHY (Full length albums only):

2009 - Reach For The Sun (Hopeless Records)
2010 - Live In Baltimore (Hopeless Records)
2011 - An Acoustic Performance Of "Reach For The Sun" (Hopeless Records)
2011 - War Paint (Hopeless Records)
2013 - Golden Record (Hopeless Records)

CURRENT STATUS OF THE DANGEROUS SUMMER:

The Dangerous Summer formed as a band back in 2006, hailing from Elliott City, Maryland. The band's first release was a 2006 EP called "There Is No Such Thing As Science". That EP caught the ear of Hopeless Records and the band and label forged a career spanning partnership which began in 2007. Under Hopeless, the band re-released their debut EP under the new name "If You Could Only Keep Me Alive". This EP contained a few new songs and in 2009, the band released their full length debut album, "Reach For The Sun". This album would reach #42 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart. Their second album, 2011's "War Paint", spent one week on the Billboard 200 charts at #149. The band's last release would be 2013's "Golden Record". After touring in support of "Golden Record", The Dangerous Summer vocalist AJ Perdomo told the band that he would be taking an indefinite hiatus from music to focus on being a father. In 2014, the rest of the band made it official by stating that The Dangerous Summer had officially called it quits. The Dangerous Summer's style is basically a melodic rock/alternative rock outfit with hints of pop punk elements. If you're a fan of bands like The Swellers, The Starting Line, Transit, The Early November and Acceptance then you would probably enjoy the sound of The Dangerous Summer. While their style of music isn't my favorite genre, I do enjoy a melodic, pop song every now and then and The Dangerous Summer wrote really good songs, often very personal lyrics and strong musicianship. I think they are one of the better alternative rock/pop punk bands out there. It's a shame it didn't work out for them to keep working together and making music.

TEN THE DANGEROUS SUMMER SONGS YOU SHOULD CHECK OUT:

1. Where I Want To Be
2. Catholic Girls
3. War Paint
4. Siren (acoustic version)
5. The Permanent Rain
6. Sins
7. No One's Gonna Need You More
8. Of Confidence
9. Good Things
10. Weathered

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Song Of The Week: 1/8/17







Song: "Machocide"

Artist: Lungs

Album: "An Anatomical Guide"

Year: 2007

Place Of Origin: Sydney, Australia

Years Active: 2006 - present



WHAT I THINK THE SONG IS ABOUT:

"Machocide" is a song that appears to show the vocalist's disdain for some men who think their masculinity is some sort of privilege or right to disrespect women and/or gays. There are certain types of men out there, misogynists and homophobes, that see fit to disrespect, intimidate and bully women or gays and the vocalist feels that the only good place for these type of idiots is being dead!!

LUNGS DISCOGRAPHY (Full length albums only):

2006 - Breathe, Bastard, Breathe (Poison City Records)
2007 - An Anatomical Guide (Poison City Records)
2010 - The Two Chief World Systems (Poison City Records)

CURRENT STATUS OF LUNGS:

Lungs formed as a band back in 2006, hailing from Australia. Early on this punk rock trio forged a relationship with Aussie record label, Poison City Records and have released three full length albums and one EP through that very label. The band's debut album was 2006's "Breathe, Bastard, Breathe" in 2006. Their most recent release was in 2010, "The Two Chief World Systems". Though the band has not released any new material as of 2010, I'm not so sure that they have officially broken up or not. Their Facebook page still posts quite frequently though I haven't seen any official break up statement so who knows? Lungs is a hard band to label genre wise. Yeah, you can just call them a punk band, but they mix elements of skate punk, thrash, post-hardcore rock, melodic punk, technical punk and some pop punk. When I first listened to the band, the first similarity that popped up to me was Face To Face. But you can also see, that they have some similarities with other bands such as A Wilhelm Scream, Asado, Laughing In The Face Of and DC Fallout. Lungs is a pretty solid band even though they do tend to bounce around from style to style. There's not a whole lot of information about them here in the States besides their Facebook page. But, like I said earlier, they haven't released any music since 2010 and there is no word if they intend to release anything in the future.

TEN LUNGS SONGS YOU SHOULD CHECK OUT:

1. The Making Of Phineas Gage
2. I Lost My Legs
3. Huxley
4. Vessels
5. Machocide
6. The Rosenberg's Piece Of Jell-O Box Code
7. Ghost/Robots (Robots Win)
8. Villain Of The Week
9. The Spider That Ate Itself
10. Disqualified From The Knowledge Game

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Song Of The Week: 1/1/17







Song: "Swan Song"

Artist: North Lincoln

Album: "Final Recordings" EP

Year: 2011

Place Of Origin: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Years Active: 1999 - 2010



WHAT I THINK THE SONG IS ABOUT:

"Swan Song" is the last song that North Lincoln ever finished writing. According to the band, the song is about the band being in the process of breaking up or knowing that they needed to.

NORTH LINCOLN DISCOGRAPHY (Full length albums only):

2000 - North Lincoln (Offsite Records)
2004 - Truth Is A Menace (No Idea Records)
2009 - Midwestern Blood (No Idea Records)

CURRENT STATUS OF NORTH LINCOLN:

North Lincoln is a band from Grand Rapids, Michigan that got it's start back in 1999. All the members were in high school when the band started. The trio's self-titled debut album came out in 2000 through Offsite Records. The band's sound caught the ear of well known punk label No Idea Records whom the band would share a relationship with for the rest of their career. In 2004, the band's first album through No Idea was released called "Truth Is A Menace" and five years later, the band dropped their last full length studio album together, "Midwestern Blood". The band also sprinkled in a few EP's, split singles and 7" singles around their three major releases. The long time between releases was mostly due to all of the bandmembers being active in other bands as well as North Lincoln. One year after the release of "Midwestern Blood", North Lincoln decided to call it quits as a band. They played their last official show on January 16, 2010 at Mulligan's Pub in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The band recorded this show and put it up for sale on it's bandcamp page in 2012, in what would be the final recording that the band would release. You can clearly tell that North Lincoln is a band that is highly influenced by the band Hot Water Music. Gritty vocals, melodic songs but with a heavy feel to them. North Lincoln became a pretty big deal in their home state and surrounding midwest areas. If you enjoy bands like The Tim Version, Samiam, The Arrivals, A Death In The Family and obviously Hot Water Music, then you should definitely check out North Lincoln. A very solid gritty punk band! It's a shame they couldn't keep it together to provide us fans with more solid music!

TEN NORTH LINCOLN SONGS YOU SHOULD CHECK OUT:

1. Bridge Jumpers
2. Truth Is A Menace
3. This Is Gonna Hurt
4. Seasons
5. Satellite
6. Sick Of Sorrys
7. In Your Hands
8. Weight Of The World
9. Jeane
10. Swan Song