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The Suppy Nation Tour (Mini Review)

"I’m falling in and out again!"

This review is going to be fairly short because I got to the show late (school) and left the show early (a friend wasn’t feeling good, we were there mostly for TSSF anyway). Here goes…

          Once upon a time I heard an album called Under Soil and Dirt. It was an album I’d never heard before, by a band I’d never heard of before called The Story So Far. Apparently, their band name is from a New Found Glory song, but I wouldn’t know ‘cos I don’t listen to NFG. After hearing about three or four songs from this album I had falling in love with TSSF and didn’t know if I would ever fall out (please excuse my lame pun, haha). They play Pop/Punk perfectly. They have all the proper ingredients for a good Pop/Punk sound, but add their own little secret stuff here and there to solidify their own sound. They’re catchy without being repetitive and lame, they’re emotional without sounding like cry-babies, they’re aggressive/loud without sounding like wannabe tough guys, and they’re fun without sacrificing seroiusness. USAD is a perfect debut album, maybe even too perfect.

          I’ve seen youtube videos of their live show and was impressed by how legit they sound live. They were a little lacking in stage presence, but the crowd raged along with them regardless. Well, let’s suffice to say they left no stone unturned when I saw them. They sounded great, played great, and the crowd responded great. Parker is one of those rare singers that has a natural voice and he sounds just as good live as he does recorded. He’s also a gifted lyricist and gets the listener involved in every word he says. Like Pat Flynn in the Have Heart Live DVD, Parker wouldn’t have to sing a single word if he didn’t want to. The crowd is almost as loud as the PA system, and I was in the thick of it. I was picking kids up every minute or so to help them crowd surf, as I was singing along, jumping along, and also doing some crowd surfing. The guitar players moved around a lot more than I remember from their videos they seemed to be having as great a time playing as we were watching. 

          TSSF played all the jams from USAD (which is almost the entire album, haha) and even played some songs from the new album. I was impressed ‘cos the crowd already knew the words to 2 of the new songs! It just goes to show how popular TSSF has gotten to be in the past two or three years. Parker poured his voice over the venue and shared the mic with the crowd a bit, but like I said we didn’t really need the mic to be heard. They didn’t headline, which I was little bummed about, but they played a really good, really loud, really fun set. It was my first time seeing them live (I’d missed them when they were here in December, I was at my brother’s wedding) and they killed. I can’t wait to see them again at Warped this year.

Thanks again to all my fellow show-goers for making it a fun night, and thanks to TSSF for playing a great set. See y’all next time.

ZN
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The Story So Far - Placeholder (Live) at The Nile Theater
Mesa, AZ / 3/12/2013

This show was incredible. My first time seeing TSSF exceeded my expectations and then some. This was recorded by YoutTube user Brandi Pesicka, so I’d like to thank her for capturing this song. “Placeholder” is one of my favorites and (it’s kind of dark, but) you can see me crowd surfing and singing along in the beginning. 

It’s always a pleasure Mesa. You guys are a good crowd to be a part of. Thanks.

ZN
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P.S. I’ll get a review of the TGI/STYG and the TSSF/MO shows up soon. 

Who’s going tomorrow in Mesa, AZ? I’ll see you guys there!
ZachXXX

Who’s going tomorrow in Mesa, AZ? I’ll see you guys there!

Zach
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The Wonder Years - The Greatest Generation
The Wonder Years have announced the release date for their new album, The Greatest Generation, to be released via Hopeless Records. The highly anticipated album will be released May 14th. TWY was also kind enough to release the tracklist (below) so we can all salivate over the song names while waiting for the middle of May.
Tracklist : 
01. There, There 02. Passing Through a Screen Door 03. We Could Die Like This 04. Dismantling Summer 05. The Bastards, The Vultures, The Wolves 06. The Devil in My Bloodstream 07. Teenage Parents 08. Chaser 09. An American Religion (FSF) 10. A Raindance in Traffic 11. Madelyn 12. Cul-de-sacs 13. I Just Want to Sell Out My Funeral
TWY and Daft Punk releasing albums in the same month? I don’t know what I’m going to do with myself! Keep an eye out ‘cos I’m sure pre-orders and what not will be announced soon. TWY is also playing all of this year’s Warped Tour.
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The Wonder Years - The Greatest Generation

The Wonder Years have announced the release date for their new album, The Greatest Generation, to be released via Hopeless Records. The highly anticipated album will be released May 14th. TWY was also kind enough to release the tracklist (below) so we can all salivate over the song names while waiting for the middle of May.

Tracklist : 

01. There, There
02. Passing Through a Screen Door
03. We Could Die Like This
04. Dismantling Summer
05. The Bastards, The Vultures, The Wolves
06. The Devil in My Bloodstream
07. Teenage Parents
08. Chaser
09. An American Religion (FSF)
10. A Raindance in Traffic
11. Madelyn
12. Cul-de-sacs
13. I Just Want to Sell Out My Funeral

TWY and Daft Punk releasing albums in the same month? I don’t know what I’m going to do with myself! Keep an eye out ‘cos I’m sure pre-orders and what not will be announced soon. TWY is also playing all of this year’s Warped Tour.

ZN
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Music, Lately…

(The Boys Noize post inspired this one)

Here’s what I’ve been listening to lately (in no particular order) :

Every Time I Die
- Their entire catalogue is mega good, but I’ve been listening to Gutter Phenomenon, The Big Dirty, and Ex-Lives the most.

The Acacia Strain
- Since the show last weekend I’ve went through Death Is The Only Mortal a handful of times. There’s something oddly alluring about the violence on the record. (No, I’m not going to kill anyone… Yet.)

The Devil Wears Prada
- I’m a big fan of almost anything TDWP, but usually stick to With Roots Above and Branches Below and anything after that. I’ve listened to Dead Throne a lot lately.

Blackmill
- A friend from school recommended Blackmill to me so, I’ve listened to some of their material on Spotify and I’ve enjoyed what I’ve heard. It’s good EDM with a little bit of a dark (not too dark) mood to it.

Shing02
- I’ve known of Shing02 since I fell in love with his song “Battlecry” for the opening credits of Samurai Champloo, but I’ve never followed through with that love to check out his other stuff. Thanks to Spotify (noticing a trend?) I’ve been able to do that and I’m torn, but let me explain : The music is good, solid Hip Hop with a foreign (in this case, Japanese) influence. But he raps in his native tongue and I can’t understand it as I do not speak Japanese (I wish). So I really like the beats, and I like his flow, but I don’t now what he’s saying. That’s the only downside.

P.O.S
- I’m never not listening to P.O.S. Never Better is one of my favorite albums of all time, and WDELH is great as well. Get well soon Stef.

And here’s some artists I’m waiting to release new material (also in no particular order) :

The Uncluded (Aesop Rock & Kimya Dawson)
Hundredth
Cecil Otter
Justin Timberlake
Daft Punk
Dessa
The Story So Far
The Devil Wears Prada
A Day To Remember
& More…

Sorry this was a long one. Have a good week everyone. Take care.

ZN
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"I didn’t shave today.

And I probably won’t tomorrow. I guess it’s safe to say I’m never gonna shed these extra…

Yeah. So fuck it.”

The last couple days I’ve been listening to a lot of P.O.S, A$AP Rocky, and The Story So Far.

If you don’t know who I’m talking about then check them out.

Word.

ZN
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Warped Tour 2012 Merch

I went to Warped Tour in San Diego this year (just as I did last year). It was a blast. I saw a handful of good bands that played great sets. Some bands I was seeing for a second or third time, others I had never seen. I’d seen Every Time I Die, and The Ghost Inside before but they impressed nonetheless. But before that day I’d never seen Title Fight, Four Year Strong, Polar Bear Club, or Fireworks live. TF, FYS, and PBC were all great but Fireworks’ live show impressed and made me even more of a fan. This was kind of the case with ETID as well. I’ve seen them 2 times prior to this show, but wasn’t really a fan before. Well since developing a liking (maybe a love?) for their music this set was awesome.

Anyways…

I bought three shirts to commemorate the day. I got one from ETID (the grey shirt with the blue & yellow lettering), and I got two from Jordan Buckley Worldwide. JBWW being a clothing company started by ETID guitarist Jordan Buckley (no way?!) who draws all the designs. The two JBWW shirts are the blue tie dye, and the brown (obviously). I love the shirts and I love supporting bands and companies that I respect and admire. It doesn’t hurt that we spoke to Jordan for a bit and he’s a super cool dude with awesome talent.

I also got Kt a Fireworks tanktop. I really wanted one for myself, but she didn’t get to make it to the show so I wanted to get her something so she wasn’t 100% left out. And she loves Fireworks just as much as me so it was appropriate.

I also got some stuff that isn’t pictured. I picked up Defeater’s first album Travels from the Bridge 9 tent. And I got Fireworks’ album Gospel on vinyl as well as their Bonfires EP.

It was a good trip with good friends and good music. I was also lucky enough to pick up some cool merch along the way.


Demise Of Hollywood - Run For It Marty

My boys in DOH put out a video. I’m way late on posting it.

Dig it..

Delays. Debut. Demise.

A Review of Hopes/Dreams, the debut album from Demise of Hollywood
by: Zach Norris
    

     Demise of Hollywood has been a band for almost 5 years. They’ve lost/changed lead singers more times than your favorite football team has lost/changed quarterbacks, but here they are with their self made, debut album Hopes/Dreams. Although this is their first official release the guys are no rookies when it comes to making music. Their experience shows and shines when it comes to the writing, execution, and production. But with the constant hole left by a singer the band has changed, shifted, rearranged, and mixed up their lineup, and you can hear it in the vocals. For a debut album Hopes/Dreams exceeds expectations, while leaving a bit of room for improvement.
     The album starts off with a simple, but catchy as all hell intro that takes it’s name from the album title. The intro lets you know where the rest of the album is heading with chanting gang vocals, “These are my hopes and dreams, turning into reality. These are my hopes and dreams, I’ll show all those who doubted me.” And from there the boys take you on a pop/punk journey that’s familiar, yet unlike most you’ve heard. DOH knows how to write great pop/punk music, but they have a different approach vocally that sets them apart from your favorite band. Jesse, lead vocalist, doesn’t sing. He doesn’t croon. He doesn’t serenade. He attacks. His vocals are more Comeback Kid than The Wonder Years. He’s one corner of the triangle that is DOH’s vocals. The other two are formed by singer Paul, the true singing-guitar player type, and Steven, who releases his inner Bruso with backup screams. The three play off each other in various structures and templates creating a style used more often in melodic hardcore than pop/punk, which gives them a unique advantage.
     Once you get used to their one of a kind singing setup Demise produces a solid debut. The lyrics, written mostly by Jesse but also penned by Paul and Steven at times, cover various topics. From being bored with life at home, wanting to be out on the road, being stabbed in the back by friends, to dealing with lost love, and the hangups of band life, the guys touch on everything. Most times the lyrics are handled in a positive vengeance kind of way. The album is deifnitely a triumph over those who casted doubt in the guys’ direction. The various subjects are handled with a broad view, but one track that does get personal is Matthew’s Song. Written by Paul for his brother, the song is aggressively somber and slower than the rest of the album. Paul takes control vocally and makes sure to leave his heart in your headphones with lines like “My heart broke within my chest”. Aside from that, the tracks are fun but meaningful, catchy with character, yet strong and serious when they need to be. Musically, the record is written mostly by Paul and Steve and this is where the guys really excel. These guys make you move. They’re tired of complacency, and being stuck and that caged energy pulses out of every track. I challenge any fan of pop/punk (or any guitar driven genre) to sit still listening to this album. 12 Rounds, Strikeout, True Life, Trinity, and Go Big or Go Home are standout examples of the quality of music DOH can present.
     They’re different, they’re unique, they’re good, and they’re still learning. The music will continue to get better and the lyrics, although not bad at all, will improve once the guys master their style. Demise of Hollywood is the triangle offense of pop/punk, they just need to find their inner Phil Jackson and put it all together. After 5 years of getting things together Hopes/Dreams is a solid start, I recommend it for any fan of legit pop/punk. Now that we know what they’ve got, and they know what they’ve got, we can only wait and watch the guys rise.

You’ll like Demise of Hollywood if you like:
A Day To Remember
Set Your Goals
Handguns
Four Year Strong

Lyrics I Did (Not) Write

"Whenever something goes right, something goes wrong. And it’s been this way too long!"

     Co-sign. I feel this at least once a day, and some days even more. This song captures that feeling perfectly. But I feel like a super-noob because I can’t remember the name of the song. I could look it up on my iPod, but I don’t want to.

Have a good day.

Zach

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