What can I say about five dudes from the
small coastal area in South FL known as the Treasure Coast? They kick ass at
making music and playing live shows. Break The Hero formed in 2010 and has been
a local favorite since and their fan base is growing more each day. Misha(Vocals) Jay (Guitar,Vocals) Joe(Bass)
Nick ( Vocals , Guitar) and Clyde on Drums put their heart and souls into their
Debut album Circle of Life. Where can
you get this album of awesome? ..Amazon, CDBaby.com, iTunes and their
Circle Of Life which came out on August
13th 2013 is a great album and you can tell by each song on it. The experience
and love for music shows . Forever is
still my favorite BTH song to date and the Mp3 quality is amazing the sound is
very professional. Still keeping their DIY roots BTH recorded Circle Of Life at
Thunder House Studio and didn't rush
it and you can tell. So if it’s the
catchy Between Heartbeats ,the punk rock sound of Forever or the 90s
Alternative feel to Left for Dead, this album has something for everyone.
If you dig Alkaline Trio , Face to face ,
Rise Against ,
The Decedents and just good music in
general then you will dig ...Break The Hero : Circle Of Life. Listen to BTH
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Al Bundie's Army are a punk rock/power pop act out of Saint Louis, MO. They've been rocking peoples faces off since Kenny Joslen founded the band in 2011. Kenny left the band this year and Adam Gaines filled his spot on guitar. Kenny Goes to Disneyland is more of what I've come to expect from Al Bundie's Army, short, quick paced little punk rock tunes. Added bonus! They are catchy as fuck too! The Current Line-Up is:
Sam Evans - Bass, Vocals
Chris Shofa - Drums
Adam Gaines - Guitar
Todd Parker - Guitar, vocals
I think it's safe to assume the title of the album reflects the loss of the bands founder. This 15 track album is filled with solid buzzsaw power chords highlighted with janky little lead guitar parts (just the way i dig 'em)
The album begins with 16 seconds of Super Nintendo greatness A Link to the Past intro that gets blown out of the way as Brain Drain begins and shows us these kids can do pop punk and do it fucking well. I always dig an album that makes me want to get up and get my guitar around my neck, and I found myself doing it often throughout this one with boss my 6 string and my bass. I've always dug Todd's vocal abilities - he sounds like he could easily swing form good crazy to bad crazy in about 2 seconds. This is most pronounced on track 5, She Thinks My Band Sucks. They all do man, they all do - I doubt there has even been a girlfriend in history that didn't feel that way after being drug to the 3rd or 4th show - cut that down to an hour if you take her to practice.
Standout tracks on this album for me are 4, 5, 8, and 13. I seriously fucking love track 13, Second Floor, from the opening bass lines to the chugging guitars, to the super janky chorus, I dig everything about this one. I'm gonna need a lyric sheet for this one so I can properly sing it at the top of my lungs at all times until my wife points a gun in my face. I think he power pop nature of the band really takes off on this track and continues progressing right up until the end of the final track. This is a BIG album with a HUGE sound and allows for an easy escape from reality for around 27 minutes and then you can press play and escape it all again.
As usual, don't take my word for it - you can grab this album for free right now on ABA's bandcamp page (please put this on vinyl!!!) - you'll dig it, trust me. Afterward you can also check into their other 2 releases, The Reagan Yearsone of the most re inventive covers EPs ever released, and Robo-Pop
Check out Al Bundie's Army at these fine locations on the webhole
The time has finally come to offer The Ruins of Ambition on vinyl. We'll be taking pre-orders until the end of September. You can order one of three versions... black, transparent red, or opaque red vinyl. Quantities of each color's total availability and pricing is as follows:
Black Vinyl- 300 copies total- $10+$5 (shipping- US)
Transparent Red Vinyl- 100 copies total- $15+$5 (shipping- US)
Opaque Red Vinyl- 100 copies total- $15+$5 (shipping- US)
THESE ARE 150 GRAM VINYL... not the flimsy, easily warped 100 gram 'standard' material.
LP includes a download card.
1. My Television 02:37
2. Self Deluded 02:30
3. Pragmatic 02:25
4. Resist Resist 03:35
5. Live and Let Live Like You 02:07
6. Manifesto 02:53
7. Take Control 02:32
8. Stand Your Ground 02:37
9. The Path 02:18
10. Human Potential 01:41
11. Song For The Working Class 02:48
12. World That Is Dead 02:07
13. outro 01:32
TO ORDER: paypal your selection's total price including shipping to email@example.com and be sure to include a note telling us which you want.
We will update the page once we cap out on a color variety.
REMINDER: this is a PRE-order.
The test pressings will be ordered at the end of September or the day we reach our goal (whichever comes first, but no later).
Here's what the media has had to say about this album so far:
“A band from Indiana called The Enders, which met in the year 2009 and (plays) “hardcore punk, hardcore punk or something like that.” Qualitatively powerful, aggressive!”-Kids of the Streets(Russian Music Site)
“This band was simply brilliant. Fast paced, in your face, vocals, and the instrumentals were just as heart poundingly extreme.”-Fred Buell, Nuclear Winter Entertainment
“What is music if not a culmination of different influences? On their Reverbnation Page the band has NOFX, Sick of it All, Agnostic Front, Motorhead, and Minor Threat listed in their Sounds Like category. That is a fairly diverse sound if all of those groups were put together. But it’s true, the group weaves seamlessly between more hardcore offerings like “The Path”, to more punk tunes like “Stand Your Ground” and ”Song for the Working Class.” ”Pragmatic” actually is my vision of what a song would sound like if Pennywise collaborated with Ben Kowalewicz of Billy Talent. Songs like “Manifesto” even remind me of another favourite of mine, Broadcast Zero. If punk music really is a conversation, The Enders have paid close attention. They have listened and gathered as much information before crafting their own reply, The Ruins of Ambition. What results is a well crafted album that draws on those that came before and add their own voice to the conversation”- TJ , Upstarter Punk Reviews (Feb 04, 2013)
“Straight from Lafayette, Indiana in the fields of corn….a hardcore/punk trio with The Enders. Since 2009, The Enders have been turning heads with their aggressive mix of punk that seems to be getting stronger and harder with each recording.’The Ruins of Ambition’ is a welcoming hardcore punk rock record that will smack you in the face and have you coming back for more. The Enders are like a mix of Hudson Falcons, Motorhead, Blood For Blood, Agnostic Front… As diverse as their approach is to music somehow it all comes together, and like capturing a nuclear explosion in a bottle The Enders are unleashing hell one track at a time with ‘The Ruins of Ambition’ . If you’re looking for fast, loud, relentless hardcore punk music to kick you in the pants and get your blood pumping… ‘The Ruins of Ambition’ is the album for you… if you are looking for some pop punk stuff like Fall Out Boy… fuck you.”- John Bowles, One Kind Radio (Feb 06, 2013)
” …so awe-inspiring great live, but also so capable of writing actual songs, and you know how rare that is, that I am consistently amazed that not only do I see them in clubs, but they have yet to become egotistical wankers and not talk to me after a show. Go see (them), support them, and buy their stuff. They are amazing and I feel privileged to see them as often as I do. I’m almost tempted NOT to mention them here, for fear I’ll be going to a stadium show to see them next, but I’ll take a chance.”- Brian Cogan, Go Metric Magazine (Jan 29, 2013)
“Benny is a pretty smart cat and his intellect shines through in his lyrics, these aren’t songs about teenage hi-jinks or spitting in society’s face. These songs cover topics that are more real, their anger is defined, it is dissected and properly explained without being tedious or lengthy about it. The Enders bring to our attention corporate greed, consumerism, our crumbling environment/ecology (without sounding like some kind of dirty god damned stinking hippies about it), and a lot of something that I think every American has felt just flat out frustration and despair over the bullshit our government does to us every day and our (citizens) apparent inability to change a fucking thing about. This album speaks volumes about the bullshit we face every day and does it to some kick ass fucking music! The music is intense, it’s angry – even without the lyrics you feel the anger in the instruments and it’s fucking amazing. Blue collars and bruised knuckles sums up the overall theme…”- Jacks Insanity, Podunk Radio (Jan 20, 2013)
“Holy shit. Grabbed me right away to say the least. This is a mix of hardcore and punk done right. It is midpaced for the most part with a lot of heart. “Self Deluded” sounds like something a.f.i would have done if they had a little more of an anger problem, has me hooked. “Live and Let Live Like You” reminds me of too many people now at days, unfortunately. The mix is really well done. Nothing is drowning anything else out: the vocals are on point, the drums are steady and driving. If you like a somewhat 90s feel of hardcore and punk mixed, this is it, especially if you were wondering if anyone could get it right anymore.”- Fightback Zine, Fightback Zine (Dec 12, 2012)
“It’s great to hear a band with a true talent for writing songs they feel strongly about and who can create timeless albums that will be just as hard and inspirational 30 years from now as it is in today’s society. The Enders are that band and “The Ruins Of Ambition” is that album!” “…intense, yet precise, playing meshed with smart, honest lyrics about staying true to what you believe in and not being part of the human machine that society wants you to be. Individuality is the heart and soul of The Enders songs” “…if they continue to put out solid albums like TROA I think they can be just as influential as the bands that influenced them.” “The band hails from Lafayette, IN, a town maybe not known for it’s hardcore roots, but The Enders are about to change that by paving the way for the next generation of great hardcore. And if they continue to put out solid albums like TROA I think they can be just as influential as the bands that influenced them.”- Christopher Carlton, Critical Mass Music (Aug 06, 2012)
The Vatican Press are a highly under-rated act out of Ft. Worth, Texas. Maybe because no one really thinks pop punk when they think Ft. Worth. God Dammit world! there is more to Texas than JR Ewing and cattle! Get yourselves some culture!
I first caught The Vatican Press at the Rockatron 5000 show last year at the Wherehouse in Ft. Worth. These kids have a great live show - you have to catch them if you get the opportunity. What you hear is what you get with these guys. Their songs are just plain fun. In a time when too many punk bands are writing half-assed political nonsense these dudes are just writing tunes about girls and having a good time. Something the world needs a lot more of. Girls and good times - FTW!
The Vatican Press is:
Eddie - Guitar/Vocals Duane - Guitar Adam - Bass/Vocals Jared - Drums For a bunch of 9-5 guys, the band have been pretty active in the DFW area for the past 4 years, writing music, playing shows, and building a pretty decent fan base and are forming plans to take their act out on the road.
This 6 track self titled EP is as catchy as the flu - one listen and you'll get the fever too.
The songs are very relatable to pretty much everyone. Who hasn't been in love? Who hasn't on occasion suffered a bit of that romantic uncertainty, or experienced the thrill of "love" at first sight? Plus it's always refreshing to hear a band sing about rejection without sounding whiny and/or bitchy about it. Track 5 Amber kind of set me back a bit. I must've listened to it three or four times before it hit me what the song was about. Eddie and crew take a really great approach to writing a song about a tragedy and not sounding preachy about it while still raising awareness to abducted children and the AMBER alert system. Kudos to you guys for this one. MAJOR kudos!
As usual, don't just take my word or opinion on how great this album is - give it a listen for yourselves and you'll agree. If you dig it you can pick it up on iTunes or virtually any other digital music retailer with physical discs coming soon, just in time for Rock-a-Tron 5000 this year slated to take place at J&Js Blues Bar in Ft. Worth. (We'll keep you guys posted on this event as we know more) If you're in the area and want to see them live get over to Lola's Saloon September the 8th.
Violent Affair are back! Oklahoma City's Mohwaked hell raisers will be releasing a new full length album in September, titled Cockroach Theory on Jailhouse Records. The album features 12 tracks (counting an intro) and is fucking amazingly good!
Violent Affair have been around since 2009 and consist of former members of The Rippers, The Violence, The Costellos and many more. These fuckers just plain play fast fucking punk rock and not that sloppy fast that you hear out of a lot of acts out there. These kids are spot on with it. From the first few bass notes (when it comes to bassist Zach is true beast) of the intro, you just know this record is going to kick your ass, if you have a group of friends over when you play it - you're going to lose some furniture in the mayhem that will undoubtedly ensue. If you don't get up off your ass, fuck shit up and slosh beer around during this record you're in a coma on life support - it's the only acceptable excuse.
The track listing for Cockroach Theory is: 1. Intro 2. No Future 3. Dying To Live 4. Obstruction Of Justice/1907 (album version) 5. Destroy Society 6. Internal War 7. The Cockroach Theory 8. Do Or Die 9. Damage 10. Dead End Nights 11. Tried And True 12. Stronger Than Before Preview the track Do or Die now! It's a great track about living life on the road, and the restlessness you feel when you're at home vs. being out on tour. Hey, not everyone is cracked up to lead a 9-5 lifestyle or even one where you just sit around the same couple of places day after day.
Cockroach Theory is a very well rounded album with a good quick pace, punchy bass, high gain melodic guitars, forceful vocals and incredible drumming.
Violent Affair photo from jailhouserecords.com
This album does NOT disappoint! You will NOT suffer buyers remorse! You WILL be tickled fucking shitless, and you may very well decide it's time to commit some civil disobedience. I can't pinpoint exactly what it is that I love about V/A, is it the way that Zach's Bass guitar isn't so much making music but orgasming beneath his quick, nimble fingering? Is it the way that Dave's voice sounds like he washed a lit cigar down with a bottle of Old Crow? Perhaps it's the cicadas on meth guitar work (yes, I'm from Texas, I'll describe the sound of guitars like this if i want to - if you've ever heard cicadas on a hot Texas day, you totally get this comparison) of Jesse and DOM or just the way that Ryan sits back there behind them all beating the ever loving shit out of his drums. Surely it's the way it all comes together in the final product, I'll probably never know for sure, but I can assure you of this, I will always dig Violent Affair.
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You can hear the tracks Dead End Nights, Do Or Die, and Destroy Society in rotation at podunkradio.com as well as other fine purveyors of punk rock. Violent Affair is:
Shotgun No Blitz hailsfrom Lebanon, PA founded in 2010. They are Matt, Buff, Wade, and Kevin. I'll be reviewing their new release on Painted Ox Records titled "Letters To Myself". Available on Bandcamp (I'll post a link at the bottom).
The EP starts out with "Bystander" a nice little tale about murder/torture/going to Hell. Then jumps to "Reflections" a song about being better than you have been. After that "Persevere" a pretty catchy ditty. "Mass-Produced" is a call to action to do what you want not what you're told. "Interlude" well it's what the title suggests, "Introvert" best sums all introverts (like myself) "I'm not feeling alone/atleast I'm feeling something". The last track "On My Own" is easily the best song off the EP.
If you love pop punk or want to give it a try I highly suggest shelling out the $6 and getting this EP. Definitely better than what you'd hear on the radio by far.
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