ICYMI: May Edition

Between music videos to brand new music, a variety of bands have released a lot this week. Here is a recap of things you may have missed this week.

  • Broadside released a music video for “Summer Stained.” The video showcases memories fans have made with the group.
  • Against The Current released a music video for its latest single “Strangers Again.”
  • Mayday Parade released a lyric video for the group’s latest single “Never Sure.” Both “Piece Of Your Heart” and “Never Sure” will be featured on the group’s upcoming album Sunnyland set to release June 15 via. Rise Records.
  • Save Face released its second single off of Merci “Heartache.” Merci is set to release July 13 via. Epitaph Records.
  • Trash Boat released the single “Shade.” The song will be on the upcoming album Crown Shyness set to release July 20 via. Hopeless Records. Read more about the single here.
  • As It Is released the single “The Wounded World.” The single will be one of 12 on The Great Depression set to release August 10 via. Fearless Records. Check out my blog post about the new single here.

Other things you may have missed include: CHVRCHES performed “Miracle” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (see the performance here.) Bullet For My Valentine released a third single “Letting You Go,” I Prevail released a music video for “Rise.” In addition Neck Deep announcing “The Peace And The Panic USA Tour 2” and Dashboard Confessional releasing information on the tour “The Summer Ever After Tour” which will feature All Time Low and Gnash. More information on those tours can be found here.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

*Want new bands to listen to? Check out my list of 18 Bands To Check Out In 2018

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New Singles from Mayday Parade and Trashboat

Today both Mayday Parade and Trashboat released new singles that are set to release on upcoming albums this summer.

Mayday Parade released its second single “Never Sure” via. Rise Records. The single was announced via. Facebook.

In addition to “Piece Of Your Heart,” this is the second single released by the group. Both singles will be off of the upcoming album Sunnyland set to release June 15. You can pre-order the album here.


 

Trash Boat released “Shade” via. Hopeless Records. The single was announced through the group’s social media page.

 

“Shade” will be on the group’s upcoming record Crown Shyness set to release July 20 via. Hopeless Records. The album has a 10 song track list. You can pre- order the album here.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

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*Want new music? Check out my list of 18 Bands To Check Out In 2018.

Rock Albums To Release In June

Mark your calendars because the month of June is packed with highly anticipated albums. Here is a list of albums set to release in June that I’m looking forward to.

June 8

Dance Gavin Dance will be releasing “Artificial Selection” via. Rise Records. The album has a 14 song track list including singles “Son Robot” and “Midnight Crusade.” Here is the track list:

  1. Son Of Robot
  2. Midnight Crusade
  3. Suspended in The Disaster
  4. Care
  5. Count Bassy
  6. Flash
  7. The Rattler
  8. Shelf Life
  9. Slouch
  10. Story of My Bros
  11. Hair Song
  12. Gospel Burnout
  13. Bloodsucker
  14. Evaporate

June 15

Mayday Parade will be releasing Sunnyland via. Rise Records. The single released prior the album is “Piece Of Your Heart.” Here is the track list:

  1. Never Sure
  2. It’s Hard To Be Religious When Certain People Are Never Incinerated By Bolts Of Lightning
  3. Piece Of Your Heart
  4. Is Nowhere
  5. Take My Breath Away
  6. Stay The Same
  7. How Do You Like Me Now
  8. Where You Are
  9. If I Were You
  10. Satellite
  11. Looks Red, Tastes Blue
  12. Always Leaving
  13. Sunnyland

State Champs will be releasing Living Proof via. Pure Noise Records. The album has a 13 song track list including singles “Dead and Gone,” and “Crystal Ball.” Here is the album track list:

  1. Criminal
  2. Frozen
  3. Crystal Ball
  4. Dead and Gone
  5. Lightning
  6. Our Time to Go
  7. Safe Haven
  8. Something About You
  9. The Fix Up
  10. Cut Through the Static
  11. Mine is Gold
  12. Time Machine
  13. Sidelines

June 22

Panic! At The Disco will be releasing Pray For The Wicked via. Fueled By Ramen. The singles released thus far include: “Say Amen (Saturday Night)” and “(F*** A) Silver Lining.”

Here is the track list:

  1. (F*** A) Silver Lining
  2. Say Amen (Saturday Night)
  3. Hey Look Ma, I Made It
  4. High Hopes
  5. Roaring 20s
  6. Dancing’s Not A Crime
  7. One of the Drunks
  8. The Overpass
  9. King of the Clouds
  10. Old Fashioned
  11. Dying in LA

This Wild Life is releasing Petaluma via. Epitaph Records. The singles released prior the album are “Hold You Here” and “Westside.”

Here is the track list:

  1. Figure It Out
  2. Headfirst
  3. Catie Rae
  4. Positively Negative
  5. Westside
  6. Hold You Here
  7. Come Back Down
  8. College Kis
  9. Never Believe
  10. No Need For Novocaine

Vacationer is releasing Mindset via. Downtown Records. The singles released thus far are “Magnetism” and “Being Here.” Here is the tracklist:

  1. Entrance
  2. Magnetism
  3. Euphoria
  4. Being Here
  5. Strawberry Blonde
  6. Late Bloomer
  7. Turning
  8. Hallucinations
  9. Romance
  10. Blue Dreaming
  11. Green
  12. Companionship

June 29

Homesafe is releasing its first full length album One via. Pure Noise Records. The singles released prior the album are “Run,” and “Vanilla-Scented Laser Beams.” Here is the track list:

  1. Point Blank
  2. Run
  3. Say Something
  4. Sadistic Society
  5. Have It All
  6. Vanilla-Scented Laser Beams
  7. Suits And Ties
  8. I Don’t Know How
  9. Time Ain’t Free
  10. Stay Away
  11. Get It Right
  12. Sideways Sleeper
  13. fin

You can pre-order the albums directly on each band’s website or save the albums on a streaming service. Which album are you most excited about? Let me know on my social media @ovictoriamedia on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

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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The Release of “I Don’t Think I Can Do This Anymore.”

Moose Blood is a pop punk band from Canterbury, Kent. On March 9, Moose Blood released its third full length album I Don’t Think I Can Do It Anymore via. Hopeless Records.

The singles released prior to the album were “Talk In Your Sleep,” “Have I Told You Enough,” “It’s Too Much,” and “Just Outside.”

Here is the track list:

  1. Have I Told You Enough
  2. Talk In Your Sleep
  3. Just Outside
  4. You Left In The Worst Way
  5. All The Time
  6. Can We Stay Like This
  7. Pull Me From The Floor
  8. Walk All Day With You
  9. Such A Shame
  10. Promise Me
  11. It’s Too Much

After hearing the singles, I was excited to hear what album would sound like in whole. Personally, when I listen to an album, I tend to not pay as much attention to the middle portion of  the album because the beginning and end songs are strong. I Don’t Think I Can Do This Anymore was not like other albums.

The strongest part of the album was the middle portion. The singles were nice to have as a cushion at the beginning and end of the album. Strategically, it’s interesting that the group’s singles are at the beginning and the end so listeners are hooked to begin the album. The album was catchy and it didn’t feel like the songs were on repeat.

My favorite songs off of the album are: “Can We Stay Like This,” “Walk All Day With You,” and “Talk In Your Sleep.”

On the U.K tour with The Dangerous Summer, Moose Blood performed “It’s Too Much,” “Just Outside,” “You Left In The Worst Way,” “Have I Told You Enough,” and “Talk In Your Sleep.” Moose Blood will be touring across the United States with Lydia, and McCafferty. Tickets and tour information can be found here. Time will tell if those songs will be performed.

In other news, Panic! At The Disco’s “Nine In The Afternoon” has been certified 2x platinum, John O’Callaghan of The Maine created a remix for “Lost In Nostalgia,” Movements partnered with the Alzheimer Association to release the music video for “Deadly Dull,” The Wonder Years released “Pyramids of Salt,” Paramore announced a summer tour with Foster The People (tickets and tour information can be found here,) The Dangerous Summer announced part 2 of “The Dangerous Summer” US tour with A Will Away and All Get Out supporting (Ticket and tour information can be found here.)

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

*What did you think of I Don’t Think I Can Do This Anymore? Let me know @ovictoriamedia.