18 Bands To Check Out In 2018

Every year I give a list of bands that are either up and coming or a band I recently found to check out. It’s been a re-occuring post I write every year. If you are interested in reading about bands I wrote about in 2016 and 2017, click on the year to read more. In this blog, you will get insight on 18 bands along with a song you should check out. Without further ado, let’s get into 18 band you should check out in 2018.

  1. The Gospel Youth (@TheGospelYouth) is a rock band from the UK. The group released their first full length album Always Lose on July 14, 2017 via. Rise Records. The group recently parted ways with vocalist Samuel Little this year, read the statement here.
    Song: “Moods Like English Weather.”
  2. A Will Away (@awillawayct) is a rock band from Naugatuck, CT.  The group released its first full length album Here Again in 2017. I saw A Will Away with This Wild Life in July and loved the vibe the group had. (Read more about my concert experience here.) A Will Away is signed to Triple Crown Records. The thing I like about A Will Away is the fact the group is fairly mellow but has a raw and edgy side with the help of vocalist Matthew Carlson. New music is teased for 2018.
    Song: “Gravity.”
  3. Banners (@BANNERSMUSIC) is Liverpool musician Michael Joseph Nelson. Nelson started Banners in 2015 and since has signed to Island Records.  Banners is a soft rock which reminds me of OneRepublic.
    Song: “Someone To You.”
  4. Homesafe (@homesafeIL) is a side project created by Knuckle Puck’s bassist Ryan Rumchaks. The rock group was formed in 2014 in Oak Lawn, IL. Homesafe’s latest EP Evermore was released in 2016. When I saw Knuckle Puck in November, Homesafe opened for Knuckle Puck. Ryan Rumchaks stated that Homesafe will have music soon. (Read more about my concert review at Knuckle Puck here.)
    Song: “Relapse.”
  5. Speak Low If You Speak Love (@SpeakLowMusic) is an acoustic solo project created by Ryan Scott Graham, the guitarist of State Champs. Graham is the vocalist and guitarist of the project. The thing I enjoy most about Speak Low If You Speak Love is that the songs are beautifully descriptive and have a simplistic and soothing sound. I would compare Speak Low If You Speak Love to Copeland for its instrumentals.
    Song: “Contrasting Colors
  6. Hot Mulligan (@HotMulligan) is an pop punk band from Michigan. Hot Mulligan released EP Opportunities in March of 2017. The group signs to No Sleep Records in May of 2017. If you like pop punk, definitely check out Hot Mulligan.
    Song: “Dary.”
  7. Oh, Weatherly (@Ohweatherly) is an alternative rock group from Dallas, TX. The group has been together since 2015 and dedicated their lives to music. The group released their second EP Make You Bright in October of 2017. Oh, Weatherly has a Mayday Parade vibe.
    Song: “Lost and Found.”
  8. Sleep On It (@SleepOnItBand) is a pop punk groups formed in Chicago. The group released the first studio album, Overexposed, on November 3, 2017 via. Equal Vision Records. Sleep On It changed vocalists from John Cass to Zech Pluister in 2016 and since released an EP and their latest LP. Pluister was the vocalist of Bonfires before joining Sleep On It.
    Song: “Distant.”
  9. Milestones (@UKMilestones) is a pop punk band from Manchester, UK. The group released its first full length album this year Red Lights via. Fearless Records. I would compare Milestones’ sound to Mayday Parade, All Time Low, and a bit of Every Avenue.
    Song: “Paranoid.”
  10. WSTR (@wstrband) is pop punk band from Liverpool, UK signed to No Sleep Records. WSTER’s sound is often compared to Neck Deep which makes sense because the guys in Neck Deep grew up in the same town. Vocalist of WSTR Sammy Clifford has spent time writing with Neck Deep’s vocalist Ben Barlow. (Read more on WSTR’s experience with Neck Deep here.) WSTR’s music is produced with the help of Seb Barlow.
    Song: “Eastbound & Down.”
  11. Trash Boat (@TrashBoatUK) is a pop punk band from Herts, UK. The group released two EPs before signing to Hopeless Records in 2014. Trash Boat’s sound is similar to The Story So Far. Trash Boat’s latest studio recording Nothing I Write You Can Change What You’ve Been Through released in 2016. Trash Boat will be on Vans Warped Tour this summer.
    Song: “Strangers.”

12. nothing, nowhere. (@nothingnowhere) is a emo rock project created by Joe Mulherin. The thing I like most about nothing,nowhere is that the songs are instrumentally and electronically driven. All of the music is written, produced, and performed by Mulherin. Nothing, nowhere made the cover of Rock Sound issue 236.1.
Song: “nevermore.”

13. Story Untold (@StoryUntoldCA) is a pop punk band from Canada. The group is signed to Hopeless Records and will be hitting the road this summer on the last cross country Vans Warped Tour. If you like pop punk bands, you have to check out this group.
Song: “California.”

14. Locals Only (@wearelocalsonly) is a New York pop punk group. In March of this year, Locals Only released a music video for “Footsteps” through Alternative Press. The group has Locals Only is currently recording new music. Locals Only will be at select dates at this year’s Vans Warped Tour.
Song: “You’re Sick.”

15. Jetty Bones (@jettybonesmusic) has been touring a lot with Knuckle Puck, and. I saw Jetty Bones open for Knuckle Puck. I enjoyed the vibe and messages Kelc Galluzzo reflected. The group is from Ohio, and has a whimsical sound. (Check out my full review of the concert here.) Jetty Bones has simplistic instrumentals.
Song: “Innocent Party.”

16. Local Native (@localnatives) is an indie rock band from Los Angeles, CA. I saw Local Natives sets on Parahoy and fell in love with the sound. If you like the sound of Coldplay and Vinyl Theatre, this is the band to check out!
Song: “Coins.”

17. MAKEOUT (@makeoutofficial) is a rock group from Boston. I started listening to MAKEOUT when the group’s Twitter followed me. The group is signed to Rise Records and has been touring. Check out their sound if you’re into bands like As It Is and 5 Seconds Of Summer.
Song: “Ride It Out.”

18. YUNGBLUD (@yungblud) will be performing at various dates at Vans Warped Tour. I first heard of YUNGBLUD when listening to AltNation of Sirius XM and enjoyed the sound. YUNGBLUD’s sound reminds me of 2000s alternative with a hint of 3Oh!3.
Song: “I Love You, Will You Marry Me.”

Let me know what band you like from my list by tweeting me @ovictoriamedia.

In other news, State Champs released its first single “Dead And Gone” off of the upcoming album Living Proof set to release June 15 via. Pure Noise Records,  Taking Back Sunday released a statement stating the group has parted ways with guitarist and founding member, Eddie Reyes. Too Close To Touch parted ways with Thomas Kidd and Travis Moore (read the statement here.)

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

*Thanks to @BillyFitzz for his music input!

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My Experience on Parahoy: Deep Search Cruise

Paramore embarked on its third edition of Parahoy! on April 6, 2018. The cruise is a four day trip to paradise with Paramore. Accompanying Paramore on the cruise was: mewithoutYou, Local Natives, Judah and The Lion, Mija, Halfnoise, and Now Now. Comedians include: Jordan Rock and Ryan O’Flanagan.

Once I got onto the cruise ship, I put my belongings in my cabin and walked around until my safety briefing. After the briefing, I waited in the Spinnaker Lounge, located on Deck 13, for my group to get merchandise.

After waiting over an hour, I got to the merch store on the boat and bought two Parahoy shirts and a Paramore sweatshirt that says “Low Key, No Pressure.”

I went to eat at the Garden Café on Deck 12 then waited on the Pool Deck for Paramore to take the stage. Paramore performed at 8:00PM once the boat was out at sea.

Here is the setlist:

1. Looking Up

2. That’s What You Get

3. Ignorance

4. Daydreaming

5. Fake Happy

6. Pressure

7. Here We Go Again

8. Brighter

9. Let The Flames Begin

10. Last Hope

11. Hate To See Your Heart Break

12. Brick By Boring Brick

13. (One Of Those) Crazy Girls

14. Misery Business

15. Turn It Off

16. Grow Up

17. Told You So

18. Rose Colored Boy

During my time on the boat, there were a variety of performers and activites to get involved in. I saw the comedy show, Local Natives, Judah And The Lion, MewithoutYou, and Halfnoise perform at different times on the cruise. At the end of Local Natives set, I asked for a drumstick and setlist from members of the group and crew and I got them!

In addition to the concerts, I played bingo, tanned, played shuffleboard, visited the casino, and more. Paramore performed a mini-acoustic set while on board, and there were no cameras, videos, or audio recordings allowed of the small set. Here is what was performed at the mini-set I attended.

  1. Passionfruit (Drake Cover)
  2. Caught In The Middle
  3. Misguided Ghosts

When I went to the Bahamas, I visited Blue Lagoon Island and hung out on the private island with fellow Parahoy cruisers. The weather on the entire trip was in the 80s and sunny. When leaving the Bahamas, there was a sun shower but it cleared as Paramore took the stage.

Here is Paramore’s second set:

1. Pool

2. Crushcrushcrush x beat it mash up

3. Still Into You

4. Forgiveness

5. I Caught Myself

6. Decode

7. Never Let This Go

8. GRUDGES *FIRST TIME TO PLAY*

9. When It Rains

10. Playing God

11. Idle Worship

12. No Friend (with Aaron Weiss of MewithoutYou on stage)

13. Careful

14. Caught In The Middle

15. Everywhere (Fleetwood Mac Cover)

16. Ain’t It Fun

17. 26

18. Hard Times

Paramore had activies they were part of. One of the most memorable experiences was when Paramore had a Question and Answers session. During Paramore’s Q&A session, everyone on the cruise was informed that Paramore’s song “Hard Times” has been certified gold. Hayley Williams, Taylor York, and Zac Farro were blown away when we were all informed. It was an amazing moment I was able to share with Paramore.

While on the cruise, I met a variety of individuals including: members of mewithoutYou, Local Natives, and Brian O’ Connor, Hayley’s hairstylist/ business partner/ friend.

The biggest takeaway of the cruise is being patient. Often times, you have to wait on line (to get on and off the boat, waiting for merch, waiting to get food, etc.) In addition, it’s important to stay hydrated and wear sunscreen.

I would highly recommend a Parahoy cruise or a cruise with a band you like. It’s such a unique experience to go on a cruise and in addition hear live music everyday from bands you know or learn to know. This was my third Parahoy cruise, and each cruise was different from the last. Each cruise the boat would take us to a different location. I got to see different bands perform and discover new music. Each cruise was memorable with performances and personal memories. Each cruise had a different lineup with some joining Paramore on the voyage again. The lineups each cruise was awesome.

If you are interested in learning more about other cruises Norwegian and Sixthman has with bands, learn more on their website https://www.sixthman.net/.

In other news, Beartooh released a statement that Taylor Lumley left Beartooth, Sorority Noise dropped from The Wonder Years tour, Movements dropped from an Australia tour with Moose Blood, Paramore announced an additional support for Tour 5, and Breaking Benjamin released Ember.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

ICYMI: April Edition

Here is this week’s ‘in case you missed it’ updates for the beginning of April.

  • This Wild Life released its first single “Hold You Here.” The single is off of the group’s upcoming album set to release in the summer.
  • Arctic Monkeys announced its new album Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino is releasing May 11.
  • Starlet got signed to Fearless Records.
  • Senses Fail announced via. Twitter the group will be joining the Vans Warped Tour on select dates.
  • Have Mercy announced a 5 year anniversary tour for The Earth Pushed Back.
  • The Parahoy cruise has set sail. I will be on Parahoy, and next week’s blog will be about my experience on the cruise.
  • The Wonder Years released Sister Cities via. Hopeless Records on April 6. The singles released prior to the album are: “Sister Cities” and “Pyramids of Salt.”Here is the track list:
    1. Raining in Kyoto
    2. Pyramids of Salt
    3. It Must Get Lonely
    4. Sister Cities
    5. Flowers Where Your Face Should Be
    6. Heaven’s Gate (Sad & Sober)
    7. We Look Like Lightning
    8. The Ghosts of Right Now
    9. When the Blue Finally Came
    10. The Orange Grove
    11. The Ocean Grew Hands to Hold Me

The Wonder Years will be touring and tickets and tour information can be found here.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

Single Release: “Never Say Die.”

Scottish synth-pop group CHVRCHES released “Never Say Die” on March 29. This is CHVRCHES third single released from the upcoming album Never Say Die. The previous singles were “Get Out” and “My Enemy” which featured Matt Berniger, vocalist of The National.

I enjoyd the single. The vibe of the song was 1980s, almost like it could be on the soundtrack of “Stranger Things.” On this track, Lauren Mayberry’s vocals are mature and shine through.

Love Is Dead is set to release May 25 via. Glassnote Entertainment Group LLC.

Check out CHVRCHES cover of The 1975’s “Somebody Else” which was performed at BBC Radio 1 here.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

Concert Reviews: Moose Blood & Knuckle Puck

I went to see Moose Blood and Knuckle Puck and wanted to dedicate this week’s blog post about my experience seeing both shows.

Moose Blood @ The Stone Pony

I attended the Moose Blood concert on Saturday March 17 at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NY. Opening for Moose Blood on the “North America 2018” tour were Lydia and McCafferty.

The Stone Pony was intimate and small but wide. I like the fact anywhere you stood, you were able to see the stage. The venue is located in a beach town and holds 1,000 people. The Stone Pony is a venue that held music legends Bruce Springsteen, John Bon Jovi, and many more.

I’ve never seen any of these bands live. The first group to take the stage was McCafferty. I’ve never heard of McCafferty and didn’t know what to expect from the group. The crowd went wild for the group and there was a mosh pit that opened up during the performance. McCafferty put on a good performance, and I will check out their music in the future.

Lydia took the stage after McCafferty and had a completely different vibe from McCafferty. Lydia has interesting electronic instrumental which was a nice variation from both Moose Blood and McCafferty. Lydia reminds me of a mix of Vinyl Theatre and Copeland. Lydia is a band I’m definitely getting into after seeing their live set.

After Lydia, Moose Blood took the stage. Here is the setlist:

  1. Talk In Your Sleep
  2. Honey
  3. Bukowski
  4. Glow
  5. You Left In The Worst Way
  6. Gum
  7. Pups
  8. Cherry
  9. Pastel
  10. Just Outside
  11. I Hope You’re Missing Me
  12. Sway
  13. Have I Told You Enough
  14. Swim Down
  15. Shimmer
  16. Can We Stay Like This
  17. Knuckles
  18. It’s Too Much

Eddy Brewerton, vocalist of Moose Blood, had laryngitis making his voice very strained, but I love the fact that Moose Blood performed regardless of being ill. When Brewerton would struggle, he’d hold his throat. Brewerton struggled and continued the show despite his vocals not being as prominent. All the fans were singing along loudly when Eddy asked which made the show intimate.

I love the fact the lights on the stage changed colors based on the songs. When Moose Blood would play a song off of I Don’t Think I Can Do This Anymore the lights were blue, when a song was performed on Blush, the lights were pink. The lights were the same colors of I’ll Keep You In Mind From Time To Time’s album artwork. It was unique to see the details.

I hope to see Moose Blood in the future and hear Eddy Brewerton’s live vocals. Moose Blood announced a tour in Australia with Movements opening. Tickets and tour information about upcoming Moose Blood shows can be found here.


Knuckle Puck @ Revolution Bar

I attended the Knuckle Puck concert on Tuesday March 20 at Revolution Bar in Amityville, NY. Opening for Knuckle Puck were Boston Manor, Hot Mulligan, Free Throw, and Jetty Bones. In the past, I’ve seen Knuckle Puck and Boston Manor perform.

I’ve been to Revolution Bar for shows for prior performances (All Time Low’s acoustic performance and The Holiday Show which had State Champs, Transit, Broadside, and Rarity) and knew the venue fairly well. The venue holds approximately 500 people.

The first band to take the stage was Jetty Bones. Jetty Bones had a cool vibe which was whimsical and vulnerable. I enjoyed the fact that in between songs, it sounded like the songs all transitioned together with the helps of the instrumentals. While the vocalist was drinking water, the drummer would hit the side of the drum with his stick, the guitars would play out the last note and tune the guitar. It was nice to hear, and I purchased two CDs after the set.

The second band that performed after Jetty was Michigan natives, Hot Mulligan. I knew a few of Hot Mulligan’s songs from checking out the group months ago. The group’s sound live is similar to it’s discography which is pop punk.

Free Throw, from Nashville, TN, played after Hot Mulligan. What I found pleasing about Free Throw is that to vocalist sang more from his throat. The vocals were raspy which added to the high intensity instrumentals. They’re a band I’m definitely checking out after seeing the performance.

Boston Manor was a crowd favorite as an opening band. The crowd pushed closer to the stage and had a huge mosh pit and crowd surfers. The venue is small that when a crowd surfer gets close to the stage, the crowd surfer is able to stand on the stage with the group. Boston Manor is from the UK, and during Boston Manor’s set, I heard Henry Cox’s accent peak through. Boston Manor has yet to disappoint.

After the four openers, Knuckle Puck took the stage. Here is Knuckle Puck’s setlist:

  1. Double Helix
  2. Wall To Wall (Depreciation)
  3. Disdain
  4. Everyone Lies To Me
  5. Poison Pen Letter
  6. Evergreen
  7. Bedford Falls
  8. Want Me Around
  9. Gone
  10. Fences
  11. No Good
  12. Untitled
  13. Conduit
  14. Pretense
  15. But Why Would You Care?
  16. Plastic Brains
  17. Stateside *ENCORE*

It was Knuckle Puck’s first time playing at Revolution Bar, and the crowd is what made it special. Knuckle Puck never fails to put on a great show, and the crowd’s enthusiasm and energy was amplified in the venue. There were circle pits, crowd surfers, and people singing along to the set. This was my eight time seeing Knuckle Puck perform and it’s safe to say it will not be my last.

In other news, the lineup for Lollapalooza has been announced (tickets and tour information can be found here,) John O’ Callaghan is releasing a book full of his favorite tweets, Underoath released the music video for “Rapture,” Hawthorne Heights released the music video for “Just Another Ghost,” Hot Mulligan released Pilot, and a congratulations is in order for Panic! At The Disco. Panic! At The Disco’s album Vices & Virtues is certified gold. In addition, Panic! At The Disco announced a new album Pray For The Wicked releasing two tracks “Say Amen (Saturday Night)” and “(F*** a) Silver Lining.” Panic! At The Disco announced a tour across the United States (tickets and tour information can be found here.)

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

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