Discover: Up and Coming Artists to Watch – August

I decided I wanted to switch things up from simply reviews and make some more diverse content. I enjoyed reading a post like this by Evening Coffee about upcoming bands to look out for and I listen to a decent amount of smaller bands so I figured I would give them the spotlight that they deserve.

Broadside:

This is a band that has been getting a bit of attention lately, they are on the Warped Tour lineup this year, playing the Full Sail University stage. The release of their debut album, Old Bones, seems to be giving the band the popularity they have earned. The record is great all the way through, from track 1: “A Place to Lay Your Head” to the title and final track: “Old Bones.” They are an upcoming pop punk band that everyone who claims they defend the genre needs to check out.

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Label: Victory Records

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/Broadsideva

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/BroadsideVEVO/videos or through Victory Records: https://www.youtube.com/user/VictorVTV

ROAM:

This band is another that is on Warped Tour this year so they have a following, similar to Broadside. They are known as good friends with another U.K band, As It Is and another high energy, pop punk band. They have released three EP’s since 2012 and have no released their debut album, Backbone. This album has some great stand out tracks like “Hopeless Case,” “Deadweight” and “Leaving Notice,” along with many others. The band stands out with fast tempo songs but still is able to slow things down for acoustic song, “Tracks.” Definitely give them a listen, whether pop punk’s your thing or not.

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Label: Hopeless Records

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/ROAMse

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3LsLtvejFXfP3sLT-5_O5w or through Hopeless: https://www.youtube.com/user/HopelessRecords

Forever Ends Here:

Now these boys are not on a label, unlike the previous bands, but that does not mean they have less talent by any means. They are a pop rock, Australian band and are no strangers to touring around their home country. In fact, they are joining Simple Plan in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne this September. They put out an EP, From Where I’d Rather Be, along with a good amount of singles and a couple covers. In addition, they announced their debut album, Imagine This, which comes out August 19. Some songs I recommend listening to are “Send Me Crazy,” “Oceans Away” and “Search the Night” to get a feel for what there newest album will sound like.

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/foreverendshere

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwKamd0jjoSzgRilG6TBdjw

A Story Told:

Turns out when you are searching for rock covers of songs, you find some pretty amazing bands. I found these guys from cover they did of “What Do You Mean?” by Justin Bieber and it was that cover that made me listen to their originals, which are just as great. They’ve released two EPs, Fall Back and What Got Me Here in the First Place, and most recently their debut album, Keep Watch. They are more in the Alternative Rock genre, but do not let that scare you off if you are a fan of something completely different. All their releases have such catchy tracks, including “The Hardest Part” and “Whatever it Takes” from What Got Me Here… and “Where You Wanted to Be,” “All of You” and “Cold Blooded” from Keep Watch. There’s so much great music to be heard by this band and I am hoping they take off because they have the ability to be a band everyone in the scene knows about.

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/AStoryToldBand

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/astorytoldband/feed

“What Do You Mean?” Cover: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U01kmJkiGF0

7 Minutes in Heaven:

This Alternative Rock trio from Chicago, Illinois have a unique sound that is shown through there three EPs, Get in the Van!, The Statement and Side Effects. The first one was created by 1/3 of the band, Timmy Rasmussen, but then met the other two members and they created the two latter records. Although they do not have their debut album yet, I am patiently hoping they will announce one soon since I am craving new music from them. They are familiar with touring out of van, since the band has been doing that since 2014, and are willing to work hard and make a name for themselves in the genre. I cannot even recommend any songs because I absolutely love them all and no matter what one you listen to you cannot go wrong.

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/7MIHband

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/7MIHband/featured

 

Chasing Morgan:

Out of all the bands I mentioned, Chasing Morgan are probably one of the least popular but they definitely are a hidden gem. Their pop punk sound is drawn from popular bands today but still their own (and even if you are not a fan of pop punk, you should still give them and the other pop punk bands a try, you might your new favorite band!) They have a variety of EPs so far, the newest one being Remember When, which is my favorite but they do have some stand out songs from their older EPs. “Harco,” “Runaway Letter” and “Pick Up the Phone” are my personal favorites.

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/chasingmorgan

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/ChasingmorganTV/featured

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this new feature I’ll be doing every once in a while! I enjoy discovering new artists and I am sure that other people do as well and this is a fun way of sharing them.

All Time Low-Put Up or Shut Up review

In order to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the EP that helped them “Break out,” with the help of Hopeless Records, I revisited this iconic work of All Time Low art and explain why this EP is considered timeless. Put Up or Shut Up consists of seven fun and meaningful songs to show where one of the most popular bands in the pop rock scene began.

Some EP’s that I have listened to do not flow or have songs that seem like they all fit together. This does make sense since the point of an EP is to show of what the band can do without worrying about how cohesive the work is. However, this one surprised me because the songs do sound like they fit together, which in itself shows off the talent these boys  has.

Although there are not any themes that stood out to me, “The Girl’s a Straight Up Hustler” and “The Party Scene” both have references to a girl staying forever 17. “I’ll be waiting miles and miles away, leaving you forever 17,” from “The Girl’s…” and “Stay 17, the party scene has got the best of me and you,” from “The Party Scene.”

“Coffee Shop Soundtrack” is of course the lead single and first track on this EP and this song shows how timeless, not only this record is, but All Time Low as a whole. Even though the sound of this song is different than songs from their newest release, Future Hearts, listeners can still hear how the sound they have in Put Up or Shut Up still resonates in their records, 10 years later. It is a wonderful thing to be able to go back to older releases from bands and appreciate it as much as the newer ones.

“The Girl’s a Straight Up Hustler:” this song is a special one to All Time Low fans because the band calls their fans, “Hustlers.” It’s a term that really brings the band to closer to them. Musically, the bridge is my favorite part of this song, it’s so unique and allows listeners to prominently hear Jack Barakat’s, lead guitar and backup vocalist and Zack Merrick’s, bass guitar and backup vocalist, vocals alongside Alex Gaskarth’s, lead vocalist.

“Jasey Rae” has fast paced verses with a slower, drawn out chorus. Instead of keeping the consistent pacing, All Time Low switched things up to have Gaskarth singing more extended notes on certain parts while Barakat and Merrick continue the up tempo notes. Lyrically, this song is full of some of the best on the EP. For example the line, “I’ve never told a lie and that makes me a liar,” is one that stands out to me.

“Lullabies” is the most diverse song because it has so many different elements to it; there are acoustic parts, a slower chorus, a faster tempo before the second chorus and even a slight scream by Gaskarth. This song is the main one that shows off all the band’s talents and abilities instead of sticking to the same formula for each track. Lyrically there are great lines from the opening, “Make it a sweet goodbye, it could be for the last time and it’s not alright” to part of the chorus, “Sing me to sleep, I’ll see you in my dreams.” The “Sing me to sleep” line flows well with the name of the song, I enjoy how they made that work together.

This EP is so special to the fans and band alike because it is a demonstration of how far the band has come while staying true to the sound they believe is All Time Low. This band is breaking out, kicking and screaming and all the tracks on Put Up or Shut Up still stand out and hold the test of time. If you are an All Time Low fan and have not listened to this EP, I would recommend it. There is nothing wrong with enjoying a band’s newer releases, but there is something special about returning to the old favorites.

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