by: Tommy DeSilva
The Menzingers– Rented World – [Epitaph Records]
The Menzingers are a 4 piece Punk Rock/Emo band from Philadelphia, PA. Their new album Rented World features a really cool mix of Punk, Pop Punk, and Emo. Characterized by catchy hooks, upbeat drumming, and tight harmonies, the sounds heard on this record are very similar to those heard by artists such as Weezer, Jimmy Eat World, Taking Back Sunday, and Motion City Soundtrack. Tracks to definitely check out on this record include; “I Don’t Wanna Be An Asshole Anymore,” “Rodent,” “Where Your Heartache Exists,” “My Friend Kyle,” and “The Talk.” These guys are getting more and more recognition every day, so play them now before they top the charts!
Manchester Orchestra – Cope – [Loma Vista Recordings/Favorite Gentlemen]
Manchester Orchestra is a 5 piece Alternative/Emo band from Atlanta, GA. Their new album Cope marks the band’s first new release in 3 years as well as their 6th release on their own independent record label Favorite Gentlemen. Cope is a very interesting album in the fact that the songs heard on it combine the heavy and fuzzed out elements of grunge with the soft and melodic elements of emo. Some of the influences you can pick out while listening to this record include Alice in Chains, Weezer, Jimmy Eat World, and Taking Back Sunday. Tracks to definitely check out on this record include “Choose You,” “Girl Harbor,” “Every Stone,” and “All That I Really Wanted.” These guys are another band who are getting more and more recognition every day, so you should definitely consider playing them now before they top the charts!
Code 4-15 – We Made It! – EP – [Self Released]
Code 4-15 is a 4 piece Punk Rock band from Santa Barbara, CA. Their new EP We Made It! is a loud and fast paced record that features an abundance of catchy riffs, melodic choruses, and tight harmonies. Code 4-15’s sound is very similar to that of various punk rock bands from the ‘90s such as Pennywise, Bad Religion, Pulley, and Social Distortion. You can also hear influences of more melodic punk rock bands such as Rise Against and Strike Anywhere. Tracks to definitely check out on this EP include; “It’s Interesting,” and “We All Fall Apart.” While these guys are just getting started, they have a lot of potential to grow within the punk rock scene.
Hit Society – Piranha Pool – EP - [Bellyache Records]
Hit Society is a 4 piece Punk Rock band from Detroit, MI. Their new EP Piranha Pool is very upbeat and catchy record that features a lot of catchy hooks that will make listeners want to tap their feet. The band attributes their sound to a wide array of influences such as; The Buzzcocks, The Replacements, Hot Water Music, The Lawrence Arms, and Lagwagon. Tracks to definitely check out on this EP include; “Media Destroyer,” “So American,” and “Spider Bite.” If you are looking for a good way to top off your playlist, this EP features a handful of catchy songs that listeners will definitely enjoy!
Protomartyr – Under Color Of Official Right – [Hardly Art]
Protomartyr is a 4 piece Post Punk/Indie band from Detroit, MI. Their new album Under Color Of Official Right features an unusual mix of genres such as Punk Rock, Post Punk, Emo, and Indie. The songs heard on this record are characterized by twangy/fuzzed out guitars, an abundance of reverb/echo, and gloomy vocals. While listening to this album, you can pick out a wide array of influences from many different artists such as; The Smiths, Joy Division, My Bloody Valentine, Superchunk, and the Misfits. Tracks to definitely check out on this record include; “Maidenhead,” “Want Remover,” “Pagans,” “What the Wall Said,” and “Come and See.” This band can played on a wide variety of shows, no matter what the format.
The Long Shots – The Long Shots – [Mock Records]
The Long Shots are a 5 piece Power Punk/Junk Rock band from F.T. Worth, TX. Their new self-titled record is an interesting mix of punk rock, rockabilly, and rock and roll which the band calls Junk Rock. The songs heard on this record and very upbeat and energetic and feature an abundance of fuzzed out guitars, angsty vocals, and foot tapping rhythms. The band attributes their unique sound to a wide array of influences such as; The Rolling Stones, Johnny Thunders, The 101ers, Chuck Berry, and The White Stripes. Tracks to definitely check out on this album include; “Too High for West 7th,” “Snake Foot,” “Me or California,” and “Back to the Rio Grade.” If you are looking for a fun and upbeat record to get you pumped up, this should do the trick!
The Drug Budget – Overpower Afterparty – [Sell Sum Records]
The Drug Budget is a 12 piece Ska Punk band from Minneapolis, MN. Their new album Overpower Afterparty is a unique mix of genres that aren’t usually mixed together. These include Punk, Rock, Ska, Funk, Jazz, and Blues. While the band’s main focus is on Ska, many of their songs will jump into unexpected interludes where the band will experiment with other genres. While these interludes don’t make a whole lot of sense sometimes, the band keeps their listeners interested through their virtuosity on their instruments. Tracks to definitely check out on this record include; “I Don’t Give a Shit About Anything,” “Kevin Will Aim,” “Socialist Stripper,” and “Capitalist Girlfriend.” If you are looking for something weird to play on your show, this is definitely the best pick out of this bunch of adds.
Banner Pilot– Souvenir – [Fat Wreck Chords]
Banner Pilot is a 4 piece Punk Rock band from Minneapolis, MN. Since signing to Fat Wreck Chords in 2009, the band has been able to continually develop their sound with each new release. Their new album Souvenir is no exception. Characterized by catchy guitar hooks, upbeat drumming, and heartfelt melodies, the sounds heard on this record are very similar to those heard by bands such as Jawbreaker, The Lawrence Arms, and Lagwagon. While sticking true to their punk rock roots, Banner Pilot has been able to develop a very unique sound that appeals to fans of emo and pop punk as well. Tracks to definitely check out on this record include; “Modern Shakes,” “Effigy,” “Letter Box,” and “Hold Fast.” If you like what you hear on this album, I highly recommend checking out some of the band’s other awesome releases!