At the end of last year, Song Dogs, an independent prairie-heavy roots rock band from Philadelphia released their debut ten track LP, Wild Country. The band consists of inner-city high school teachers, a poet, a law student, and a Liberian immigrant who, because of gender stereotyping, was not allowed to play drums in her homeland. The writing process consisted of four of the band members which in turn made Wild Country a musically diverse release, encompassing everything captivating of this unique genre.
“The album searches for the lost “wild country”: a land that, like all wild things, is both beautiful and dangerous.”
With harmonica stylings and overdrive distortion hooks the songs are reminiscent of the rock and roll giants like Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty. The album was produced by Bill Moriarty (Dr. Dog) at Waking Studios in Philadelphia and mastered by Brian Lucey (The Black Keys) at Magic Garden Mastering. You can stream and download the album from their Bandcamp Page and for more information you can go to their Facebook Page and website. Tell us what you think in the comments below!
The Wonder Years have premiered the fourth track of their upcoming full-length, The Greatest Generation, entitled Dismantling Summer. The song features a slightly different, more upbeat vibe to the previously released track, Passing Through A Screen Door. If both songs released thus far are an accurate showcase of the album to come, The Greatest Generation will no doubt be an essential part of every pop-punk fan’s record collection. Stream the song via Altpress here! The Greatest Generation will drop on the 14th of May later this year.
Manchester Orchestra have collaborated with both Grouplove and Frightened Rabbit to produce a 12″ vinyl for release on Record Strore Day. The first of the two tracks, Architect by Manchester Orchestra and Frightened Rabbit, contains the layered vocals of Andy Hull and Scott Hutchison. Throughout this acoustic number you identify with the despondency of the lyrics but are left in awe of the talent of both bands. However this is then juxtaposed with the second track Make It To Me, the Manchester Orchestra and Grouplove collaboration. It is a much more upbeat indie pop song with a sudden influx at various times throughout the song of electronic techno-esque synth which seems out of place. You can stream the collaboration below and tell us your opinion in the comments. It will be available to buy on Saturday, April 20 at participating independent record stores that you can find about here.
Fall Out Boy has leaked their extremely anticipated comeback album Save Rock and Roll in its entirety as a set on Soundcloud. The album features a range of guest vocalists, from Courtney Love to Sir Elton John. Laden with synth and upbeat catchy melodies, the album comes across as heavily pop-oriented and radio friendly, a large departure from the band’s pop-punk roots. However, it feels like a natural progression for the Chicago quartet, who have created overall, a very solid record. Check it out here or below, and let us know what you think in the comments!
Brave Birdhave put together a sixteen song compilation including full-length demos, covers, the Ready or Not EP and bedroom recordings. You can stream the tracks below, or help the band out by purchasing the album on their Bandcamp page. To hear the tracks from Maybe You, No One Else Worth It stripped down and acoustic provides a sense unrefined allurement that you only get from demos.
Chris of Brave Bird about this release, “A lot of these recordings you can find floating around the internet, but a lot of them haven’t been heard before.These old recordings of Maybe You, Should I Give In, Too Late Now, and I’ll See You at the Ring of Fire really pull on my heart strings. We have a lot planned for this summer and if we get it all done you’ll get blown away. (the art is a design done by our good friend Rachel check out some of her stuff at http://thewackattack.com/)”
Previously mentioned when they announced their forthcoming album, The Greatest Generation, Philadelphia pop-punk outfit The Wonder Yearsare now streaming the first song off of the album. The song is titled Passing Through A Screen Door and is available to stream on AbsolutePunk‘s Soundcloud page. You can now pre-order the album within various bundles from Hopeless Records. Passing Through A Screen Door will be available to purchase on iTunes at midnight EST.
The Strokes have now unveiled their fifth studio album Comedown Machine. The album has already had mixed reviews, as it was streaming on Pitchfork’s website, however the stream is unfortunately no longer available. Critical judgement of this album is inevitable with a band that produced phenomenal earlier releases. You can stream the track All The Time below which sounds more like their roots compared to their synth filled single One Way Trigger
Fans have the chance to enter-to-win an exclusive vinyl test pressing of Comedown Machine by letting them know your favorite track from the album on Twitter using the hashtag #ComedownMachine. More details and official rules about the contest can be found here. To purchase the album you can either buy it from iTunes or order the CD, 12″ vinyl, and T-shirt from their official store.
mewithoutYou have released a video for their song February 1878 from their album released last year Ten Stories. Now a completely independent band, their music video was thus self-funded. You can donate to the band on a “Name Your Price” basis and recieve a DRM-free HD copy of the video here. The footage was shot by The Ely Bros and Arsenal AV and edited by Andre Comfort with special thanks to Daniel Gauthier. Watch the video below, and donate if you can.
My Chemical Romance, punk rock band from New Jersey, after four studio albums have ended. The announcement was made on their website alongside a tweet from frontman Gerard Way. After recently releasing their compilation album Conventional Weapons it seemed as if there was promise for the future, but the time has come for the band to break up. Your memory will carry on, so long and goodnight.
The official statement from their website, “Being in this band for the past 12 years has been a true blessing. We’ve gotten to go places we never knew we would. We’ve been able to see and experience things we never imagined possible. We’ve shared the stage with people we admire, people we look up to, and best of all, our friends. And now, like all great things, it has come time for it to end. Thanks for all of your support, and for being part of the adventure.”
Released: January 16, 2012 Label: Unsigned Purchase:iTunes
I am surprised by the absence of publicity for Ambassadors and their most recent record Litost. In 2006, the band started to get going, when unfortunately their keyboardist Casey Harris ended up in the hospital, needing a kidney transplant to survive. During that time, the members separated temporarily and Sam Harris went on to write much of what is now Litost.
This release appeals to indie rock fans as it provides both calm tunes such as Litost, and head nodding tracks like Unconsolable. The standout feature from this album is the raw emotion implemented in the songs, as I have always been a fan of vocalists who mean the words that are being sung. Once word spreads about this album, people will acknowledge this underrated band, and help propel them to the recognition they deserve.
Standout Tracks: “Falls”,“Unconsolable”,“Lay Me Down”
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6. Lay Me Down
7. Caged Animals