My Sweet Fall just released their newest EP, The Root Of It All! This is the band's first release in around two years, but as soon as the first chord rings out on the tile track, you realize just how worth the wait it was. The opening and title track set you up for the beautiful musical journey you are about to go on.
"The Root of it All" is my favorite song, by far, for many reasons. The biggest reason for me is the "hook" of the chorus that pulls you in and makes me repeat the song a few times before going on to the next song. Hearing this as the first track since their last album, you really get a feel for how much My Sweet Fall has matured and grown.
All of this album has a very refined and crispness to it that is very refreshing as a fan of the pop-punk community. My Sweet Fall has obviously put a lot of work into this, and it has for sure paid off. You can really hear the difference in tone and clarity in vocalist, Nick Long, when compared to their older music. A good example of this is the final track "The Brightest Stars". The emotionally heavy song features my favorite examples of each member's talents. Drummer, Bryan Davies, really impresses me in this song! Making drums "complex" without being muddy or overbaring has been something I have rarely found, but Davies does it very well!
You can find this album on iTunes, Spotify and YouTube!
Written by Olivia Mayes
The Old National Center was just as accommodating and kind as ever, allowing Wolfsbane to come photograph this wonderful show. Sum 41 played a phenomenal set. It was packed to the brim with fan favorites and obvious favorites of the band. The members of Sum 41 seemed to be having a wonderful time and made me enjoy the show more, purely because of the smile they had on their faces. They may have been around for a while, but their passion and fire in their eyes haven't seem to fade.
Headlining the show, Pierce The Veil, a personal favorite of mine, lived up to every expectation I had for the band's live performance. With the bouncy-ness of their bassist, Jamie, and the intensity of the front-man Vic, they had everything that made a good show. Over the past ten years, PTV have continued to impress their fans, and this night was no exception. The theatrics of the opening number had me more hyped than I planned on being.
If you are able to attend a show on this tour, or thinking about it, I highly recommend making the trip. Anyone who didn't see this show really missed out on a great performance from both of these bands.
All photos were taken by Olivia Mayes of Wolfsbane Music Co. at the Old National Center May 14th, 2017.
Written by Olivia Mayes
Way back in September of 2016, As It Is told us to “Please Stand By” on all their social media accounts. This hinted that the Fearless Records pop punk rockers were set to release their sophomore album.
“okay.” was released via Fearless on January 20th, 2017. What a way to kick off the new year for music! Simply put; this album is incredible. It’s a little more on the pop side in my opinion, but it definitely still harbors a punk vibe.
If you enjoyed their first release, “Never Happy, Ever After”, I can assure you that you will like this album as well. “okay.” dives deep lyrically, touching on topics of depression, anxiety, and loss. The bridge in “No Way Out” is raw and emotionally charged, talking about depression and how it can change your perception of yourself. My personal favorite lyric is in the album closing track, “Still Remembering”: “Can you tell me what hurts more, is it remembering? Or forgetting?”
Even though they touch on darker topics throughout this record, the music is still very catchy and upbeat for most of the tracks. During the promotion of the album, it was stated that the theme of the album is “the idea that its okay to not be okay”.
Here’s the Tracklist!
Pretty Little Distance
No Way Out
Until I Return
The Coast Is Where Home Is
If you haven’t checked out this record yet, I highly recommend that you do! It is completely Wolfsbane approved.
Find the album HERE
written by remi taff
In the past few months, it has become a tad more difficult for me to find unsigned bands that just grab me from the start. Hailing from the Orlando, Florida, Hungover was one of the bands that won me over this year and they have since I first heard their single, Girlfriend. They recently put out their debut EP entitled, Wilt. There was honestly not a single song that I listened to that I did not love. The vocals on the EP are literally the perfect blend of pop and punk. It is by far the most original sounding release I have heard in 2016. I discovered the band from their guitarist, Mikey Amico. I used to follow his solo project, Lightweight, but when I heard that he was joining a new band, I was beyond excited. The band has now been featured in Alternative Press and are currently on an East Coast tour. If you are looking for the next big band, then you NEED to listen to this band immediately.
Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kqp8UCm_kUw
Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/artist/6OyPLQperd2Pfhmlco0M0e
Facebook - www.facebook.com/hungoverband
CHECK HUNGOVER OUT ON THEIR CURRENT TOUR
I’m back to give you your healthy dose of pop punk/easycore news.
In today's article, I’ll be reviewing Neck deep’s newest album “life’s not out to get you”!
Neck Deep, a welsh pop punk band hailing from Wrexham,UK. The band has released 2 full length albums and 2 ep’s. They have a very distinct sound that makes them stand out in the genre.
Time for the album review!! I’ll be comparing the album to their first ep and first full length.
When I first started listening to Neck Deep, they had just came out with wishful thinking which was their first full length. I thankful didn’t click a new music video rather than a old one and automatically fell in love with neck deep. I immediately bought Rain in July which was their first Ep. The ep was very raw, but in a good way. It showed that they had potential and knew how to write kick ass songs. My favorite tracks from it are “silver lining”,”a part of me” and “what did you expect”. The drawbacks from this ep(in my opinion) were that I felt like Ben’s vocals were sorta immature when they recorded, but that doesn't mean they weren't good! The other drawback was that I felt like the bass and guitars were mixed improperly, but again it doesn't mean the album was bad!! Fast forward 2 years later and we have the first full length “Wishful Thinking”.
This album showed a more progressive, more mature version of Neck Deep. Not only did Ben’s vocals grow, but the band grew and their songwriting had gotten a lot better. The album featured the singles “growing pains”, “losing teeth”and “crushing grief”. My only drawback with this album is, I feel like some of the songs are filler material. Some of the songs I didn't feel had a neck deep vibe to them and were put on the record to fill time. With that being said, this album was good but showed even more room to grow.
Finally in 2015 Neck Deep had released Life’s not out to get you. The success from “wishful thinking” had left a bunch of screaming fans hungry for more and Neck Deep delivered. The standard edition album features 12 loud, emotional, and gripping tracks that shows the listener how much they have changed. They really explored their talent with this record and it worked out in their favor in the end. This album features, melodic guitar work, catchy choruses, emotional lyrics, pounding bass and blistering drums. I would go into detail and say my dislikes about this album but I can't find a dislike.
This album was well written and has become one of my favorite albums of all time. Usually there is a few songs on every album that is just filler material and isn't as good as the rest of the songs. This album is solid from front to back. There isn't a single song I don't like on it. I give this album a solid 10/10. My favorites from this album are “kali Ma”, “Gold Steps” and “December”. There it is guys. My review for life’s not out to get you by Neck deep.
The band of the week is Crunkasaurus Rex.
They are a 4 piece easycore outfit coming from Indiana. They combine quite a few music genres such as, pop punk, ska, electronic and a couple others. You’d think that the mixture would be something horrid, but Crunkasurus Rex proves that wrong.
I normally wouldn't post these sorts of things, but Crunkasaurus Rex is playing this show and my band is too! It's gonna be one hell of a Christmas show and I'm dressing up as Santa, because why not?
RSVP on Facebook HERE: https://www.facebook.com/events/355519101465419/?ti=icl
I’ll Be back next week for my next article.
Till then, keep your Snapback high and your pizza closer!
written by hayden warren
I had the great fortune of meeting an interesting, kind bunch of guys that make a phenomenal band known The Millenium. I approached the Irvington theater and was welcomed with a warm hug by the manager of the band, Danielle. Then I waited for the band to get together and had some nice fun conversations while a while not during the interview. I was welcomed, and it had felt like I was just hanging around smoking with my regular friends that would come to shows with me, it was heartwarming. I gave the band very simple questions and they all answered beyond the response I initially expected.
How did everything start off for you as a band?
“The band started off originally as a duo with Kyle Culver (guitar)and I (Matt Hasenmuelle- vocals), and we want to become a live full band and it’s not like anything’s different between new and old for us, I mean we’ve had a couple different member line ups, but we’re just doing it we are on the highest mountain we can climb.”
“We were good friends with Kyle Featherstone’s old band “Picture Perfect”, We lived down the street from each other so we use to hang out all the time and we played shows in the area”
(Brandon Bruyette- Drums) “I was an internet find. It was in a PDF form, not even a jeg peg. And then the first practice I bailed on them.”
(Casey Sproatt -Bass) “I just answered a phone call….On a faithful October Eve”
What do you think will happen in the future of your band?
(Matt) “Well I think always we want to keep just growing and growing, we were very lucky when we got our foot out the front door with the experience of the entire band, but truly I think this is just the beginning for this band, I think we’ve had some success, but we are hungry for it. We want it.
How do you maintain a level heard being around each other all the time for weeks?
(Matt) “alone time. Even just headphones in the van, I’venoticed the habits I hate the most are the ones I do myself, He yawns so loud (Kyle), but I do the same thing.”
What do you do in your alone time?
(Matt) “ I enjoy going and finding dive bars and talking to random people and it breaks the monotony of always being with them.”
(Kyle) “We like exploring, going to different venues, exploring enemy territories.”
(Brandon) “See I like to walk alone especially with headphones but its hard cause I never know when im going to get robbed, you know? I walk a lonely road”
(Casey) “You walk a lonely road?”
(Matt) “The only road that you have ever known?"
They are very talented musician and very sweet and down to earth people that anyone could get along with, relate to, and that people could get to learn from if they could get a chance to ever meet this fine young group of guys that left Wisconsin in a van to go on tour.
written by charles hedrick
I'll be the first to admit that Pop Punk has an almost endless umbrella that dips into many different subgenres ( i.e easycore, surfer/skater punk, emo, ect.) A band that personifies the idea of mixing several different sounds is the up-and-comers Swmrs. Swmrs is from Oakland, California and definitely has that Surfer Punk charm with swinging guitars and easily memorable lyrics. Starting young and having a strong musical support system (we’ll get to that,) these guys are now in their early 20’s but are already making a huge splash all around the american pop punk scene.
I’m not looking to make this a clone of their Wikipedia page but there are a few key points that are worth hitting in the history of Swmrs. The band was originally called Emily’s Army started by drummer Joey Armstrong and guitarist/vocalist Cole Becker. The band was titled after Cole’s cousin Emily who was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. Shortly after forming they brought in Cole’s brother Max on bass and later added Travis Neumann in 2009 on guitar. Starting in 2010 they record with Joey’s dad Billie Joe Armstrong. That’s the support system I’m talking about. And I know what you’re thinking, but from what i can tell they didn’t buy their way to success. They can actually jam and work hard on their material. In a lot of ways it reminds me of what Green Day had to go through when the Sex Pistols called them out. Green had trouble being taken as punks when they signed to a major label and Swmrs had to fight past the famous parental shadow looming over them. I think they did that in Spades as they make their own style that doesn’t follow the tracks of Green Day. In 2014 they released their final EP as Emily’s Army, Swim, and switched over to Swmrs as Travis Neumann would exit the band. Max would jump to guitar and Seb Mueller would enter to take over bass. The switch happened to distance themselves from their younger material as they entered young adulthood. With the band reborn as Swmrs they would hit the studio for some EP work before creating the album Drive North.
Drive North is a very interesting project that was produced Zac Carper of Fidlar. If you don’t know who Fidlar is take a look but the best way to describe them would be if surfer rock got really high and was jumping in between these really inspirational and really angry trips. That style of music can be seen throughout this whole record as Cole jumps from very faded, stoned out of your mind vocals to very aggressive yells. You can see this influence early on in the song Miley which was released on an EP before the drop of Drive North. This album is very entertaining but does seem a little bipolar. The reason for this is that Cole and Max swap back and forth on vocals. Both are talented musicians but they have such a drastic difference that it throws you off as a listener. Take the 4th song on the track, Turn Up. This is by no means a bad song. Max is on the lead vocals for this track and it has a very pop rock feel. It’s one of the two songs that I would say stay out of the Punk part of Pop Punk. Again, that is not a negative thing at all but it sits in between two much more aggressive tracks. It feels even weirder coming after the song Miss Yer Kiss, which is feels like a man’s rambles about losing his lover. That’s all fine and dandy but as soon as the track cuts you enter a very upbeat song all about spending time with this punk-perfect crush. The track is very good and pulls you into that mindset only to throw you into Figuring It Out, a jam session about understanding that this generation doesn’t have to have our futures set right out of the gate. As much as I relate to all of the emotions portrayed in each song, you really have to put this album on shuffle. The track positioning could have been better but does not ruin this album by any means. It feels so close to correct with just a few minor hiccups. The albums starts off with arguably the most head banging song Harry Dean. I get images of local scenes gathering for that kickass show the town’s been buzzing about for a month and partying hard enough to kill a few braincells. The following track continues the energy with Brb, probably the most forceful vocals we get from Max on the album. It is definitely lighter but the more spaced out vocals with small pockets of reverb give it a stronger presence and make the chorus more impactful. The tracking takes a small blow here with my previous opinion on Miss Yer Kiss through Figuring It Out. Then comes the only song I’m not sure how I feel about yet. Track 6 is Ruining My Pretending. The mix of whistling, synth drone, and what I can only assume is a xylophone takes you to a weird place. The feel of the song almost creates a subgenre of it’s own and to be honest it would be the only song I would almost designate a “Filler” track. I don’t think it’s awful by any means but I was not a big fan. Credit for not sticking to a cut-and-paste formula but I there are much better written and more involved songs on this album. But have no fear because the rest of this album is paced much better. As we reach the back half of the Drive North we enter what I call the “Fidlar Zone.” The influence is much more apparent here starting with Uncool, a song that kicks you in the teeth. While I feel that the hook of labeling yourself the loser has been done to death, the verses of this track are so much better and the instrumental is a nice fire lit under the album’s ass to get that high energy back. Then Swmrs does one hell of a fake out if you follow in track order. Miley comes out as a drugged out ballad to Miley Cyrus but has the most addicting chorus on this album in my opinion. As weird of a track as this is, it fits in really well with the rest of the tracks including it’s “sister” track coming up. But first we get D’You Have a Car?. This track is quite good but falls into the handful of songs that you can tell were made to be singles, (It, Drive North, and Figuring It Out.) But now we get to the true “ballad” of this LP. Hannah is what I would call the “sister” of Miley for many reasons, obvious and otherwise. Besides the but getting their names from Miley Cyrus, they both have this faded out feel in them that almost resembles a nice high that just lets you sink into the couch and have your mind flow away. I’m glad this song is followed by Silver Bullet because of it’s nice middle ground. It’s not as soft and pop as Turn Up but still keeps the distortion low and gets you lifted up for the bombshell that is Drive North. Swmrs did something a little less common and held the title track until the end of the LP. This loving middle finger to SO CAL is every punk rocker’s anthem for coming from a small music scene and having pride in being more closely associated with each other. This non stop, high energy jam is a great way to close out an album….if it had closed the album that is. You see, Drive North was re released when the band was picked up by Fueled By Ramen in October and tacked two new tracks onto the tail of the album. These two are Lose It and Palm Trees. Palm Trees was supposed to be released on an EP with Silver Bullet way before the album but was pushed back and the EP was shelved. First is Palm Trees, a mixed bag of a song. It has a very simple chorus/chant and feels like a pretty straight forward song until you hear what Cole is almost preaching behind “To the top” and in the bridge before the last chorus. Then you almost see this song as a political rant if not at least an anti corporate song. Finally we get to the true last track of Swmrs inaugural album. Lose It is a gorgeous track about the pain of losing things you truly enjoy when going through a rough breakup. The calming instrumental and gentle vocals blend so well. I wouldn’t consider this the best written song lyrically on the album but they are my favorite lyrics the band had released. There’s something so relatable and mesmerizing in this track that I can’t accurately describe in words. While I liked the idea of ending on a huge jam sesh, getting these two new tracks is well worth the sacrifice. In the end I give Drive North a solid 8/10. There were some stumbles along the way in this album but in an overall view the content is well worth your money and you will not be disappointed with this album. I strongly recommend you pick up a copy and I will be eagerly waiting to see what the band comes out with next.
Written by Max Burch
My name is Hayden Scott Thomas Warren, and I play guitar for Indianapolis local band, Freshman Year. I’ll be your weekly blogger for everything pop punk and easycore!
For my first article I want to discuss the essence of what pop punk and easycore is.
Before I begin though, please note that these are only my opinions and you don't have to agree with it. I am also going to try to keep my articles as short as possible.
The pop punk genre started when bands started to mix elements of pop music with elements of punk as well. This involves crushing guitar work, heavy reliant bass, pounding drums and melodic vocals. This movement started around 1974 when The Ramones started making punk rock. While they aren't defined as pop punk, they created the foundation for it.
Bands took notice to this movement and started doing their own versions of this sound. This became really big in the early 2000’s when bands such as Green Day, Blink 182, Sum 41, Jimmy Eat World and Good Charlotte were all gaining publicity for their own versions of pop punk.
This genre was getting its spotlight and bringing pop punk to the modern media. Pop punk had finally reached mainstream in 2005-2009 with such as Paramore, Panic At the Disco, Fall Out Boy and The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus.
Songs like "Dance Dance" by Fall Out Boy was quickly making the way to the top of the charts around this time. With highschoolers of the 00's falling in love, FOB sent pop punk soaring to the top and forever being immortalized in the nostalgia memories that keeps songs of 2009 still current.
In 2009 Easycore was starting to be on the rise as well. Easycore is a term given to bands who mix pop punk with some form of metal or hardcore resulting in massive guitar work, breakdowns and the use of screaming instead of singing.
New Found Glory is cited as the founder of Easycore because of their tours was called “Easycore Tour”.
Fast forward to 2016 where both pop punk and easycore are still alive and well. Examples of modern day pop punk are The Story So Far, Knuckle Puck, City Lights and Mayday Parade. Some examples of modern day easycore are Chunk, no Captain Chunk, Four Year Strong and Knockout Kid.
In addition to having a article each week, I’m going to be sharing a link to a different band's Facebook page so you can check them out.
Up first is one of my favorite bands, The Day After.
They are Indianapolis easycore at it’s finest. While I will usually link bands that sounds similar to the band I post, I have yet to find anything like The Day After. They put so much passion and energy into the band and it makes for a great show. They currently have 2 Ep’s out and are working on new music.
written by hayden warren