Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Reservoir and Bicycle Ride split (2012)

Kind of Like: Rival Schools, Hot Water Music, Small Brown Bike | Owen, Cloudkicker
Genres: Emo, Post-hardcore
Buy: Store

I got to see a lot of Reservoir back in May when Peace Be Still played a couple shows with them on tour.  As a result, I got to know these guys and listen to their music a bit.  They were really nice guys, and they always put on really energetic and tight sets.  This split features two songs from them that flow together, and one from Bicycle Ride.  I like the guitar work/tone on Bicycle Ride's song a lot that reminds me of Owen and Cloudkicker.  The only aspect of the Bicycle Ride song I have little problem with is how the vocals are mixed, the dual vocal tracks just rub against each other the wrong way for me.  Other then that, like I said, the guitar tone and layering is spot on, and is enough to get me into it.  This is out on cassette and the guys are currently trying to get an independent label to put this out on a 7 inch.  I was going to but I have enough on my plate at the moment.

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Friday, August 24, 2012

You, Me & the Violence by Birds in Row (2012)

Kind of Like: No Omega, Caravels, Goodtime Boys
Genres: Hardcore, Screamo, Punk

I know, I said no more signed bands.  I can't help myself with this one.  This album and Goodtime Boys new album are two of my most anticipated for this year.  Birds in Row is from France and recently got signed to Deathwish, and then toured all over for months with Converge and Loma Prieta.  If you didn't get a chance to see them, I wouldn't fret.  With the release of this masterpiece, I can almost guarantee they will be touring the states again in the near future.  This will be making my list of top albums of 2012.  To make myself feel better, I am going to link you guys to one of the many other blogs that have already featured this.

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Old Songs EP by Foxing (2012)

Kind of Like: American Football, Prawn, Hunter Gatherer
Genres: Emo, Indie, Post-rock

Holy shit, it's been too long guys.  Things have been busy.  I'm gearing up to get the You'll Live record out, and also gearing up for my last year of schooling.  And also we just moved.  And I'm working a bunch to afford moving.

This was brought to my attention by Josh Coll, who is a member of the band.  He sent me material before by one of his old bands called Hunter Gatherer.  I really liked the three songs and ended up featuring them awhile ago.  Those handful of songs were a mainstay in long nights of studying.

This band features not only members of Hunter Gatherer, but also Family Might and Badgerhunt.  So, I think that would be enough to get your guys' attention.  But in case it isn't, these songs have some really cool parts in it.  One of the things I liked about both Hunter Gatherer and Family Might was that they had a really great sense of developing themes and jamming things out.  You guys will really enjoy this, and they apparently are working on a split to be released on Carucage Records AND a full length.  Woo boy!

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

You'll Live "Above the Weather" teaser.

Stoked to be working with You'll Live (member of You Blew It!) and Dog Knights Productions (UK) on this project. The interactive jacket is a concept I came up with after looking at the album art. More details soon!