Check It Out: Beach Slang

Beach SlangIt’s pretty safe to say that 2014 has been the year of amazing releases by artists old and new.

Honestly I think I say that every year, but you know what?  I mean it every single time I say it.

I have a new favorite band to listen to as of late and they are called Beach Slang.  Featuring members of Weston, Ex Friends & Crybaby, this Philadelphia threesome is seriously one of the best new acts I have heard in a while.

If I had to compare them to someone out there in the music world, I would say an easy-going Jawbreaker.  This indie pop-punk act defines themselves as: “Guitar, bass, and drums. Played loudly.”  I could not agree more.

Recently, Beach Slang debuted their EP Who Would Want Anything So Broken? and I can not stop listening to it.  Check out “Punk or Lust” and “Filthy Luck” to see why exactly I am all about these guys.

I seriously can not wait until Beach Slang drops a full length.  I have the feeling it is going to be an incredible listen.  Until then, good luck finding this EP on a 7″.  I think it’s sold the hell out right now on Dead Broke Rekerds, but with good reason of course.

Check It Out: New Song By Anti-Flag

Thanks to the fine peeps over at For The Love Of Punk, everyone gets to hear the new previously unreleased Anti-Flag track titled “Close My Eyes”.

Anti-Flag 20 Years Of HellThe track was taken from the band’s final 20 Years Of Hell 7-inch split series which was only made available to those who subscribed to the  limited release through A-F Records.

I am not going to lie, I am just stoked for these Pittsburgh heroes and am thrilled to have grown up a fan of them.

I can not wait to see what they drop next.  I know it is going to rule.

Check out the track below:

Check It Out: Young Fox

Pittsburgh natives Young Fox are an up and coming rock outfit that just released a lyric video for “Diet of Worms”, a track that is featured on their recently released EP Predecessors via Spartan Records.

Young Fox

I know someone out there is questioning why I am sharing a rock act when usually everything I post is punk, folk, metal or some variation.  Well, I like rock music too ya know.  Also, one of the members of this band shreds in Zao and I adore that band.

Young Fox reminds me a lot of the early rock bands of the 2000s and are really worth checking out.  Just check out the video below to get a taste of what they sound like.

Not typically something I am into but I will admit, I am liking what I am hearing so far.

Taken from the band’s press release:

Formed in 2012, Young Fox came together over drinks in a neighborhood pub in Pittsburgh. Martin Lunn (bassist), who’s also in revered metal band Zao, Luke Cypher (vocals / guitar / keys), who happens to share his time as the head chef at Piccolo Forno in Pittsburgh, and Chris Lehberger (drums) began writing, rehearsing and recording and eventually added Brian Schultz (guitar) to the mix, rounding out the four-piece band.

Hear the entire EP by visiting: http://substreammagazine.com/2014/07/exclusive-stream-young-fox-predecessors/

For more information on Young Fox, check out the following links:
http://www.youngfoxband.com
https://www.facebook.com/youngfoxband
https://twitter.com/YoungFoxBand
http://spartanrecords.com
https://www.facebook.com/spartanrecords

Download This: Signals Midwest – Wherever I Might Land

Signals Midwest - Wherever I Might LandI am always stoked to hear when bands I’ve befriended are getting ready to go on their first European tour.

Signals Midwest recently announced that they will be taking their talents overseas in September.  The band will be playing 24 shows in 24 days.  There is no doubt in my mind that this will be one of the coolest experiences for them boys.

As if it is not hard enough to tour the states in a used and abused mini-van while crashing on couches, imagine flying your gear over the pond and playing shows in an all new environment.

This will not be cheap by any means and is going to be self-funded by the band who have already admitted paying $5,000 alone for the flights.  This of course does not even include any of the souvenirs they will be buying me.

In an attempt to help them pay off some of those expensive flight tickets and passport fees, the band threw together an acoustic EP on Bandcamp titled Wherever I Might Land.  

For a mere $5, you can not only help out the band make their debut overseas tour a tad more comfortable, but you can also snag a great EP full of slowed down versions of their material and a brilliant cover of Iron Chic’s “Time Keeps On Slipping Into The (Cosmic) Future.”

The money earned from this release will help offset any costs for the band.  I think this is an excellent approach at recovering some of the costs incurred rather than jumping on a Go Fund Me campaign and begging for some extra cheese.

I have already chipped in and downloaded the EP.  The Iron Chic cover is worth $5 alone…

Signals Midwest European Tour Dates

SIGNALS MIDWEST EU/UK SEPT 2014 TOUR DATES:

05.09.2014 – Volkach (GER) @ Festival
06.09.2014 – Bielefeld (GER) @ Uberseecontainer
07.09.2014 – Copenhagen (DK) @ Underwerket
08.09.2014 – Hannover (GER) @ Monster Records (acoustic)
09.09.2014 – Iserlohn (GER) @ Rad Room Rehearsals
10.09.2014 – Dendermonde (BEL) @ JH Zenith
11.09.2014 – Paris (F) @ La Mecanique Ondulatoire
12.09.2014 – London (UK) @ Old Blue Last
13.09.2014 – Manchester (UK) @ Wahlbar
14.09.2014 – Glasgow (SCO) @ 13th Note
15.09.2014 – Leeds (UK) @ Santiago Bar
16.09.2014 – Nottingham (UK) @ The Chameleon Arts Cafe
17.09.2014 – Birmingham (UK) @ Scruffy Murphys
18.09.2014 – Cambridge (UK) @ The Portland Arms
19.09.2014 – Lille (F) @ El Diablo
20.09.2014 – Diest (BEL) @ Jeugdhuis Tijl
21.09.2014 – Trier (GER) @ Ex-Haus
22.09.2014 – Bad Neustadt/Saale (GER) @ Juze
23.09.2014 – Landshut (GER) @ Wintergarten
24.09.2014 – Wiener Neustadt (AT) @ Triebwerk
25.09.2014 – Graz (AT) @ Sub
26.09.2014 – Micheldorf (AT) @ Baraka
27.09.2014 – St. Gallen (CH) @ Grabenhalle
28.09.2014 – Mainz (GER) @ Haus Mainusch

EP Review: The Public – Shibuya Crossing

The PublicMr. Joshua Voland promised me a pizza if I reviewed his band on my site, so here we go…

I am kidding about the pizza of course.  I don’t take bribes, even if in the form of delicious pizza.

All jokes aside, Voland did  ask me to check out what his band recently dropped on Bandcamp and man, I am stoked I did.

Shibuya Crossing is the debut EP by Cleveland’s very own The Public.  Lasting just under 20 minutes, this release is impressive as hell.  Not sure why they named the EP after the busiest intersection in Japan, but I am sure stranger things have happened.

Featuring members from Ultra Ultra, Heart Attack Man, and Let’em Run, I already knew in advance that I would be into The Public.

“Liquor Store” was such a powerhouse of a song to start off the EP with.  This will win fans automatically with sing along qualities.  Damn shame it wrapped up so quickly.  I liked that track.

“The Breaks” reminded me of a certain little band from Scranton, PA that people might have heard about.  I loved the lyrics “I was just too set in my old ways.  Trying to pry my way out of your ribcage.”  I seriously could not get enough of this song.

“No Bother” had enough breakdowns and group vocals to make this my favorite cut on the release.  Maybe it was the fact that it reminded me of a Seahaven track for a moment or probably because it was just catchy as hell.  “The Dogs” might have been even catchier though.

As much as I hate to have a negative comment about any song I hear, there was a part in “Mexico” that just did not sit right with me and it was mostly due to a brief group vocal harmony that lasted not even a second.  Voland asked me to be honest on how I felt…

Fans of  the Lawrence Arms, Menzingers, The Tim Version, Banner Pilot, and even Cleveland sweethearts Worship This! need to check out The Public.

This band just kicks so much ass. I am really looking forward to hearing their full length debut which should be out in 2015.

The Public

Check it out and pay what you will on the band’s BandCamp page.