Following on from the previous 2 singles released from upcoming sixth album Hydrograd, Stone Sour are currently streaming their third single Taipei Person/Allah Tea. Check out the track on youtube at this link.
Hydrograd‘s tracklisting is as follows:
2. Taipei Person/Allah Tea
3. Knievel Has Landed
5. Song #3
7. The Witness Trees
8. Rose Red Violent Blue (This Song Is Dumb & So Am I)
9. Thanks God It’s Over
10. St. Marie
12. Whiplash Pants
13. Friday Knights
14. Somebody Stole My Eyes
15. When The Fever Broke
Don’t forget to check them out later this year at the following UK dates:
Pop punkers State Champs have released this acoustic version of Secrets with Popbuzz, this comes after announcing the upcoming release of their deluxe DVD edition of Around The World and Back, due out May 5th via Pure Noise Records. Of the acoustic performance the band had the following statement to make:
“Secrets is not only near and dear to us because it was the first single off of Around the World and Back, but our love for the track has only grown with this acoustic rendition. Although our acoustic appearances are few and far between, Secrets was always a stand out, laden with 3-part harmony and chunky guitars, so it was only right that we recorded it for the deluxe edition of the record.”
Pre-order the DVD here and check out the trailer below if you haven’t caught it yet.
Pop punk’s newest heroes Waterparks showed they may be relatively new but they know how to start a show as they stormed their way through a set of crowd pleasers. Sharing their set between their EP Cluster and debut album Double Dare meant that the older tracks like Crave got a slightly louder sing-a-long but the performance never wavered. You’d hardly notice that some songs were still quite new to the band or the crowd. 7/10
Punk rock band SWMRS took to the stage next set to prove that it wasn’t just a pop punk night tonight. From the get go they were on overdrive, with head banging and foot stomping galore. The energy they fed into the crowd started the first noticeable jostling; the music seemed to be going down well too with a vast majority of the crowd pitching in with lyrics. 7/10
Quite literally kicking things off with Kicking and Screaming, All Time Low bounded out onto the stage to a deafening roar of approval from their fans. This might be a tour that is noticeably smaller than their last visit to the UK in which they played arena size venues, but from the impressive lighting rig to the packed out shows it’s clear this is no small date in the calendar. Bounding around the stage the guys show off their usual antics; there is much talk of penis’, women and Jack collects his standard amount of bras. Yet at the same time, everything feels new, the confidence, the energy, it all feels renewed. It could be coincidence, it could be to do with their recent signing to Fueled By Ramen but something has them bouncing that little bit higher tonight. Launching through an assortment of their hits; Weightless, Something’s Gotta Give and Kids In The Dark, to name but a few, everything feels polished and shiny. Whilst they are arguably a very different band to what they used to be, they’ve adapted and tried to accommodate old and new fans alike with a variety of songs from across their back catalogue.
With the upcoming album Last Young Renegade on it’s way imminently it was only fitting they play the first single off of it, Dirty Laundry. The only surprise was how well everyone in the crowd knew it, from an outside perspective it wouldn’t be apparent at all that it was a new song. Towards the end of the set Therapy made an appearance which had the entire crowd singing along to every word, quite a moving moment with old and new fans coming together on what is considered a bit of a classic for All Time Low. Rounding off the encore with Dear Maria, Count Me In was always going to end well and it was a real feel good affair with the crowd shouting every word and the band bouncing around with renewed vigor. Is this a band that has staying power? Definitely. Did they deliver? 100%. The banter might need some work but the performance is golden. 9/10
If you’ve been around the post-hardcore scene for the last decade, you’ll know Senses Fail played a big part in it. However, 15 years and 6 studio albums later the band have thrown a giant curveball and presented a stripped-back acoustic EP.
In Your Absence is a release full of emotion as vocalist Buddy admits that the EP relates to his experiences with his wife’s battle with MS and the thought of losing her prematurely and that life is limited and death is always there.
The EP kicks off with the second single Jets To Peru and is easily the most upbeat song out of the 5. It’s nothing but a pure love song containing the lyric “The only thing I ever need is you smiling right back at me / The world could fall apart, you own my lonely heart”. There is a strong drumbeat in the background and the whole song is instantly catchy. If one song of the release was to make it mainstream, this would definitely be it. It sounds like Senses Fail have tried to make it radio friendly and it feels slightly out of place.
The title track completely flips the scale and is pure emotion. Buddy talks about his wife and how he’d feel if he lost her “When you leave this earth, there’ll be a hole in the place where my heart used to beat / it will be empty”. Despite being raw and full of emotion, it seems somewhat bland – apart from the slight raise in tone on the vocals coming into the chorus, it comes across very monotone and gets repetitive half way through the song.
Death Bed carries on with the raw emotional feeling and is a lot more simplistic than the previous two songs. Compared to previous releases, it’s surprising to see Buddy’s vocals so calm and soothing instead of harsh and in your face. The guitar and the vocals are matched with an underlying piano helping really capture the meaning of the song and all in all creates a beautiful piece of music.
The next two songs on the release are both old songs given an acoustic treatment to fit with the reoccurring theme. The first of these is Family Tradition and doesn’t come across THAT different to the original on 2008’s Life Is Not A Waiting Room. It includes a little electric guitar to give it a bit of body but overall seems quite dull and not very full of life.
Lost and Found is the closing track of Senses Fail’s new venture and is probably the strongest out the lot. Despite being a previous song on 2006’s Still Searching and already a popular song to be played acoustic, this is incredibly strong and Buddy’s layered vocals and harmonies throughout the chorus complement each other perfectly and works great as pure, stripped back acoustic.
Overall, In Your Absence isn’t a release to be getting over-excited about even for a hardcore Senses Fail fan, but isn’t wholly disappointing.