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