“Pick Up The Pieces is a song written about the domestic violence in our communities, in our neighborhood, in our homes,” says Nik Hill in Artist Direct’s press release. “It is an isolating experience and the lyrics are meant to empower and shine a light on this issue, to prove that we cannot be broken by these things, by our pasts and more importantly to say something now, help each other get out of these violent surroundings. Turning victims into heroes, and giving voices to those too afraid to speak up.”
The album is scheduled for release on July 2nd via the Hermosa Beach indie label Hardline Entertainment and is available for pre-order here. Pre-ordering the album enrolls you in a special raffle event, hosted by the band, in which one lucky winner will receive a custom Nations Afire guitar in their “Pre-Sale Contest.” Be sure not to miss I Am An Army, Nine Lives, and the title track The Ghosts We Will Become, three songs previously released that are also part of their impending full-length. Also be sure subscribe to their Twitter, Instagram, Myspace, and Youtube channel!
Clairvoyant is the first song by Californian pop-punk band The Story So Far has released off of their upcoming split 7″ with hardcore band, Stick To Your Guns, which you can currently stream here. The song is a soft acoustic number, differing greatly from the band’s usual brand of fast, hardcore-influenced pop-punk. Lead vocalist, Parker Cannon, sings over a poignant guitar that consistently drives the track. Cannon is typically known for his powerfully raw singing style, which some describe as “angst-y yelling”. Having said this, vocalization on the song will likely come as a surprise to many fans who are accustomed to the band’s heavy vocals. Clairvoyant features a vocal melody akin to the likes of softer acts such as Into It. Over It. and Koji.
Despite the heavy amount of versatility that the song demonstrates, Clairvoyant comprises of a couple of familiar elements of The Story So Far’s music. The lyrics of the song feature certain rhythmic and rhyming qualities consistent in many of the band’s tracks. Lines like “I think you’ll notice when things become different the good vibes in our lives won’t feel so consistent” and “You might hate my words but you know that I’m right, you know that I’m right” seem to fit perfectly in any The Story So Far song. The track almost feels like it could be an acoustic version of their usual, heavier material. Overall, Clairvoyant is a very satisfying change of pace, which also serves to demonstrate the multifaceted talent of The Story So Far. The 7″ split with Stick To Your Guns will be released on June 18th, 2013. You can pre-order the vinyl LP from Pure Noise Records here!
“It’s 2013 and no one that wasn’t supposed to have our record got it until we mailed them out. It’s shocking and really a nice feeling that a bond of mutual respect with everyone who had the press stream kept the album where it belonged.
Now, the record is streaming so you can listen guilt free. Like I said, its 2013. I know how shit works. Music is free if you want it to be, so why pay for it? To that, I say, touché. I get it. I understand but I’d like to counter with this: it’s $10.
Crime in Stereo said this to me once and it really struck me. Just stop and think about what you’d spend $10 on; one trip to Chipotle? Going to a movie if it’s a cheap one? Maybe a t-shirt from like Urban Outfitters if its on sale? Two beers at a bar?
We put in months of our lives into this record. We sweat and we froze in a shitty practice space. We argued and fought tooth and nail over every song. We spent weeks of 15 hour days at the studio working until we physically couldn’t anymore literally getting frustrated to the point of punching walls because we didn’t get it perfect. And that doesn’t even begin to account for financial shit. But forget all that. What’s most important is that we feel all the way down to our bones that this is our best record to date and the critics seem to agree.
It’s not intended as a guilt trip or like I’m pleading with you. It’s just a suggestion: next time you’re about to go to Chipotle, maybe eat what your mom made or use your college meal card or make something yourself. The next time you’re gonna go to the bar, split a 30 rack with some buddies and drink at home. I’m suggesting you take that $10 and buy The Greatest Generation because we think it’s worth it and it matters to us as a band that you do. That’s all. Hope your lives are great. See you this summer.”
-The Wonder Years
Check out the early playlist stream of The Greatest Generation below! The album is set to be released May 14th by Hopeless Records, which you can pre-order here. The Wonder Years are set to play the entire length of the Vans Warped Tour this summer.
MP3: Way Yes – “Macando”
02. Money Field
03. Don’t Give Up
05. Get Healed
06. Rhythm of the Ants
07. Blood Line
08. Tog Pebbles
10. Holy Drop
“In a crisis that has left 70,000 plus dead, countless more injured and over one million refugees fighting to stay alive, it is imperative to find a common ground and to gather all efforts to decrease the level of suffering.”
The New York Based, Syrian born, singer-songwriter Rami under the moniker of Tristâme, has released a four-song charity EP titled Common Ground. His hopes are to inspire others to take notice of the civil war that still grips his homeland, Syria. The genre of Common Ground is alternative atmospheric rock and was co-produced, recorded, and mixed by Jonathan Jetter at Right Angle Recording in New York.
In Rami’s own words about the release, “Suddenly music became a refuge from all sense of powerlessness and helplessness that I and many Syrian friends have felt. It became a gateway from all the negativity in the news and provided an opportunity to channel my energy into something positive – a cathartic experience that in the end would provide help to fellow Syrians in need.”
Common Ground is available to stream below and can be purchased from CD Baby or iTunes with all proceeds from the sales going towards organisations helping Syrian refugees. For more information check out Tristâme’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
From the Coma Cinema Facebook page, “years ago, before i ever made any records i knew a girl named noel. she changed the way i looked at the world and i tried my best to find what i could of her music and offer it to you. there has been no bigger influence on my art and my life and there never will be. i miss you noel and i love you eternally.”
01. into (justin blackburn)
02. hmm, i was born
03. cry babies
04. flower song
05. swift swoop
06. friend of all matter
07. dead moon
08. us angels are real
10. outro (you can spill your heart out)
“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!
Last week, Wintercoats, solo project of James Wallace from Melbourne, Australia unveiled his third release Heartful. This project combines orchestral instrumentals to produce ambient bedroom pop tracks; a bizarre combination that somehow works perfectly. From glockenspiels to violins layered on top of tranquil vocals, this six track album is one not to miss out on. You can pick up Heartful on the Yes Please Records’ Bandcamp Page on a “Name Your Price” basis. Check out his Facebook page and Tumblr for more details.
APRIL 27TH – ADELAIDE // GHOST SHIPS
(with Rainbow Chan + Oisima + Glamour Lakes)
MAY 11TH – MELBOURNE // THE GASOMETER
(with Galapagoose + Guests)
MAY 18TH – SYDNEY // BRIGHTON UP BAR
(with Rainbow Chan + The Townhouses)
MAY 24TH – BRISBANE // TBA
Jamison had to say this about the release, ”I would spend the day putting together the beat, and after a morning in the kitchen, I would ask my roommate David (also the bass/guitar player for the live Teen Daze band you’ll be seeing later this year) to just improvise over-top of the beat. I’d sample his playing, and a quick mix later, we had a song. Then we’d usually go eat pizza and talk about video games. I’m lucky to have such a talented friend, and I’m sure this won’t be the last collaboration you’ll hear between us.” You can pick up this EP from his Bandcamp Page or stream it below with all the proceeds going towards his wedding budget. For more information about Teen Daze check out his official website and Facebook page.