By David McNally
Anti-Flag has announced plans to release a new full-length album titled, American Fall, set to drop November 3 via Spinefarm Records. The announcement comes just days after the band released ‘Racists’ in wake of the country’s current political climate.
The band continues to use their platform to call for change while hoping to raise awareness to the distraction of the ‘American Attraction.’ The video spans across multiple cultural aspects of America. From personal vices to the mindless consumption of the mass media, the video successfully captures the tensions that not only can be felt at times, but as we’ve seen in the past year.
“The American Fall is our rejection of this harmful distraction. At this crucial moment in history, we must focus on pushing past the status quo to create a better and more just world. We reject the proliferation of exploitation, racism, bigotry and socioeconomic injustice that dominate the policies of Donald Trump, just as we renounce the neoliberal status quo that came before him.”
We are living in a time where pop-culture is clashing with politics. Things are going to get messy in order to make any progress. Believe the hype for American Fall, for the best music is yet to come from Anti-Flag.
American Fall Track Listing
1. American Attraction
2. The Criminals
3. When the Wall Falls
4. Trouble Follows Me
5. Finish What We Started
7. Digital Blackout
8. I Came. I Saw. I Believed.
10. Throw It Away
By Haley Biermann
I Prevail hit us with their killer album Lifelines last October. The band has now released a new video for the title track, but with a message that goes far beyond that of a traditional shoot. It truly captures the meaning of "Lifelines" by applying it to real-life circumstances.
The music video was shot at the band’s hometown, Detroit, Michigan. Emphasizing the song’s theme of resilience through difficult times, the video displays clips from the Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program. The organization helps at-risk youth with educational tutoring and discipline through boxing.
Singer Brian Burkheiser calls “Lifelines” the band’s proudest video to date. He said of the video, “It centers around the harsh reality that life doesn't care about what you have planned. The biggest moments, whether ones of amazing opportunity or painful loss, are coming no matter what. How you choose to respond makes you who you are. That's what we wanted to express. This video became even more special to us when we had the chance to turn our creative process into a way to bring awareness to an amazing cause.”
The program serves over 130 students between and ages of 7 and 18. The student's families can also participate by coaching their children to maintain positive attitudes as well as strive to be productive members of society.
Burkheiser praised the youth program stating, “They bring kids in from the Public School system and provide a safe environment with a focus on education first, using the self-discipline of reading books together with the camaraderie that a sport like boxing…. To see the positive impact this is having first hand was truly inspiring and something we couldn't be happier to support. They are truly making positive lifelines and we are honored to have worked with them in their home base.”
The new “Lifelines” video arrived just after last week’s announcement of the band’s Rage on the Stage tour. The tour kicks off on September 20th in Oklahoma. This is definitely something you’ll want to check out. Seriously- along with I Prevail you'll catch We Came As Romans, The Word Alive, and Escape The Fate.
Check out the inspirational “Lifelines” video and I Prevail tour dates below!
“Lovely Little Lonely,” The Maine’s 6th studio album, has been out for 3 months now and has become a fan favorite.
One of the most loved songs off the album, “Taxi” is perfect for those going through an existential crisis but who still want reassurance that they’re not the only ones in life. In fact, “you’ll never be lonely” is one of the stand out lyrics of the song.
Taxi has an upbeat yet meaningful beat that makes one think of being with a loved one, or someone they can talk to about anything, but the music video is quite different.
In what appears to be a run in with a bad crowd, lead singer John O’Callaghan finds himself interrogated by the ring leader and even has his fingers removed.
To see the rest of the band jump into action and try to get revenge/justice check out the video down below!
By Haley Biermann
British rock band Royal Blood’s single “Lights Out” has earned a number 1 spot on the rock radio chart. These guys are definitely rockers you’ll want to keep an ear out for. Their sound is unique. It is reminiscent of multiple rock genres— blues rock, hard rock, garage rock, stoner rock, psychedelic rock— they’ve got a taste of anything you could ask for. But they manage to compile the styles into something new, making the music completely their own.
Comprised of a talented duo, Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher, the band is certainly no stranger to first place achievements. Their song “Little Monster” peaked at number 1 in July 2015, and the band only continues to rise in the ranks.
“Lights Out” is off Royal Blood’s newest album, How Did We Get So Dark?, which was released in June 2016 via Warner Bros Records. This is the band’s second album following their self-titled one, which first struck us in 2013. How Did We Get So Dark? debuted at number 1 in the UK, reaching over 30 million streams on Spotify. Over 250,000 album copes were sold worldwide.
The band has also made several appearances on prominent television shows. They returned to The Late Late Show with James Corden to give a killer performance of “Lights Out,” which they also performed on Late Night with Seth Meyers and Jimmy Kimmel Live!.
Praise for the album continues to roll in. USA Today calls How Did We Get So Dark? "a monstrously good album," and Rolling Stone characterizes it as "a taut, smoldering album from a pair that has distilled rock to its essence.”
This past weekend the band performed at Outside Lands. If you were wondering if you could catch the pair at a live show, you’re in luck! Royal Blood is supporting Queens of the Stone Age in a US tour. Based on how quickly Royal Blood is gaining royal status in the rock world, you’ll want to catch them while you can.
Watch the band’s performance on The Late Late Show with James Corden and check out tour dates below!
Royal Blood North American Tour Dates
16th Aug - The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA
1st Sep - BC Place Stadium, Vancouver, BC
3rd Sep - Gorge Amphitheatre, George, WA
6th Sep - Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY*
7th Sep - Festival Pier, Philadelphia, PA*
9th Sep - Budweiser Stage, Toronto, ON*
10th Sep - 20 Monroe Live, Grand Rapids, MI*
12th Sep - Express Live! Outdoor Pavilion, Columbus, OH*
13th Sep - Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
15th Sep - Agora Theater, Cleveland, OH*
6th Oct - ACL, Austin, TX
9th Oct - The Complex, Salt Lake City, UT*
10th Oct - Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO*
12th Oct - Peabody Opera House, St. Louis, MO*
13th Oct - Crossroads KC, Kansas City, MO*
14th Oct - Roy Wilkins Auditorium, St. Paul, MN*
15th Oct - Eagles Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI*
17th Oct - Fox Theatre, Detroit, MI*
18th Oct - Old National Centre, Indianapolis, IN*
20th Oct - The Anthem, Washington, DC
21st Oct - Agganis Arena, Boston, MA*
22nd Oct - State Theatre, Portland, ME*
24th Oct - Madison Square Garden, New York, NY*
* Supporting Queens of the Stone Age
One of the most iconic bands in the emo-punk scene, Brand New, has been tugging at the heartstrings of many for years. Bands in this scene are inspired by them, your best friend has every song memorized and heck - maybe you do, too.
The small tour will start in San Francisco, CA on 9/11 and end on 10/29 in Dallas, TX before Brand New heads off to the UK.
Many feel as though seeing Brand New live is like winning the lottery as the band doesn’t tour as much as other artists and there have been claims of the band breaking up.
However, the band will hit top cities like Baltimore, MD, Chicago, IL, Boston, MA and many more in the months to come.
You can order tickets here.
Where will you see them? Check out the full list of tour dates below.
By David McNally
Papa Roach have delivered a clear message in their new video for ‘American Dreams;’ America is divided and is struggling to put the pieces back together.
The politically charged track appears on the bands most recent album Crooked Teeth, which was released in May.
The video spans across multiple scenes. Beginning with Papa Roach front-man, Jacoby Shaddix appearing in a classroom as guest speaker discussing the American dream, moving to a barber shop, a gym, a tattoo parlor, and in the car whilst driving on some good ole American back roads.
As the chorus goes: “Something's wrong here, Or so it seems. 'Cause I'm not sleeping in, American Dreams, American lies. We're trying to see through the smoke in our eyes. So give me the truth. Don't tell me your lies, 'Cause it's harder to breathe, When you're buried alive by American Dreams”
The video jumps back and forth between each of these scenes, striking at the core of the songs meaning, that the American Dream is not easily defined and is unique to each individual in our country. “America is struggling, America is divided, America is hurting right now,” explains Papa Roach front-man Jacoby Shaddix. “We’re at a fever pitch of confusion, smoke and mirrors, blatant lies. The American Dream is on the chopping block.”
Crooked Teeth is available on all major platforms; click here to stream the album via Spotify.
By Haley Biermann
Punk rock band Anti-Flag has released a new song following the violence that broke out in Charlottesville, Va. The track is called “Racists” and is currently independent from a record company. It is the first new music from the band since their 2015 album American Spring.
The band released the following statement:
“We stand in solidarity with those fighting racism and fascism in the streets of Charlottesville and beyond. We believe it is time for the removal of all monuments to the confederacy and the racism for which they stand. We must put these symbols of white supremacy into places where the proper context can be provided for what they actually are; outdated, backwards, and antithetical to what we believe the values of humanity should be. It is past time to have real conversations on systemic racism and America’s history of it. There are museums memorializing the Holocaust all across Europe, while America continues to try to hide from its racist and murderous past and present.”
The new track targets both extreme, glaring racism as well as the more discreet but still hateful undertones that prejudice can take its form. Despite the serious content and message of the song, the music still maintains a catchy, punk edge.
Ant-Flag is on tour in Europe, but will return to the states for tour dates in the fall.
Take a listen to “Racists” below.
By David McNally
In case you missed it over the weekend, Roy Mayorga of Stone Sour announced on his Instagram that he will be sitting in as the guest drummer with the 8G Band on Late Night with Seth Meyer’s. Mayorga will be providing percussion for TV show from August 14-17.
His first appearance is tonight! Be sure to tune in to NBC at 12:35 ET / 11:35 CT. Mayorga is just the latest drummer from the metal world to sit in. Some previous guest drummers on Late Night with Seth Meyer’s, just to name a few, are Abe Cunningham (Deftones), Charlie Benante (Anthrax), and Tim Alexander (Primus) have already sat in.
By David McNally
Hollywood Undead is headed to the UK early next year! The band announced today that they are playing five January shows in support of their upcoming fifth album V, which is dropping on October 27 via BMG. Tickets can be purchased through the bands website.
The band said in a statement: “We are so happy to be heading out for a tour in Europe. We love playing there, the crowds are great and we love the culture.”
Last month, Hollywood Undead released the video for their single, ‘California Dreaming’ from V. Watch the video for ‘California Dreaming’ below and pre-order V here.
UK Tour Dates
Jan 24: Glasgow O2 Academy
Jan 25: Manchester Academy
Jan 26: Birmingham O2 Academy
Jan 27: Norwich LCR
Jan 30: London KOKO
By Vicky Branca
UK- based pop punk band, Neck Deep, have released their fall plans and encourage you to make the same as they’re trekking across the US and Canada for The Peace And The Panic Tour starting January 2018.
Neck Deep have been heavy hitters in the pop punk scene in recent years and fans are anticipating their new album, The Peace And The Panic, out on August 18th, 2017.
The band has released singles such as Motion Sickness and Where Do We Go When We Go and you can watch the music videos for them below.
Where will they see you?
Check out the list of cities Neck Deep will be hitting.