Track-By-Track: Civil Pilots – Blueprints EP

a2206845699_2I had the chance over winter break to catch up with my friends in Civil Pilots to discuss their debut EP Blueprints, which finally came out after what feels like a lifetime of live shows and anticipation from followers of the band.  Check out the video below to hear clips of each song and Tim (bass) and Sam (drums) talk about them. Click here to download the EP, and don’t forget to follow the band on Facebook and Twitter for updates on new music, shows, and more!

EP Review: Bumsy and the Moochers – Demos

imageIn early September, 6-piece ska/punk band Bumsy and the Moochers emerged from the Chicago suburbs with their debut release, a 4-track demo EP As the band enters their second year together, they have already made a name for themselves after spending the past year taking Chicago by storm, and don’t plan on settling down. And with this EP under their feet, that won’t prove too difficult.

The first track ‘Over the Dashboard’ drags you straight in and shows you exactly what Bumsy and the crew are all about. With the fast tempo drums, a driving guitar riff, and in no time we are introduced to Caitlin’s raw punky vocals which seal the deal with an extremely singable chorus.  Accompanied by the horns, it makes for a true ska track that you can’t help but dance to. Continue reading EP Review: Bumsy and the Moochers – Demos

Barriers and security at shows: How much do we really need them?

Back in the day, when going to a punk rock gig was a genuinely dangerous thing to do, were there barriers or security separating the crowd from the band? Of course not. I am sure even the biggest of security guards would think twice about standing in front of GG Allin or Circle One. But nowadays, shows tend to be much tamer, yet we have a barrier and 5 foot gap filled with security guards.

Though, of course, they are placed there in the interest of health and safety by helping kids get down from crowd surfing (often shortly before kicking them out of the venue). However, attending various shows, you occasionally find the bands or venues that don’t enforce these rules. Californian superhero punk/ska band The Aquabats play shows in the UK that are on a small enough scale that there is no need to have security, and this makes the shows a hundred times better due to the increased crowd participation and involvement. [And even after throwing three 12 year old kids into the waiting crowd to surf them back to their parents at the side of the venue there is no worry that they will come to harm. And not to mention punk legends Fugazi led by Minor Threat’s Ian MacKaye, straight up refused to play shows if there was a barrier present at the venue as he wanted to be as close to as crowd as possible so he can involve them. In the instance of someone causing trouble at their shows, the band personally escorted the individual out and refunded them. All without using any security.

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EP Review: Homage – Insignificant

528928_329370457174283_872371780_nMy favorite part about this job is that I get to listen to tons of bands and artists that I’ve never heard of and discover some new music. This time around, I was blown away by Toronto-based band, Homage, who have just released an EP titled Insignificant that’s perfect for fans of  pop- punk/metalcore music.  

The first song, “Groundwork,” is very raw and personal and sets the tone for the rest of the EP. The next song, “Albeit,” brings the same thing; it’s very strong and the vocals and lyrics play with your emotions, like with lyrics “A life built on expectation/ nothing relies on chance/ I’ve been confined by these walls of glass/ told to accept mediocrity/ firmly built but just as fragile/ lined with blind faith and fate, then what to be made of ourselves.” All of these songs are so honest and emotional. Continue reading EP Review: Homage – Insignificant

Interview with The Greater Gatsby

Interview submitted by Crewys Lane // contributing writer

The Greater Gatsby are a post hardcore band from Canton, Ohio that have been working real hard to establish some local buzz with a solid first EP and are looking to do the same in 2014. I had the chance to talk to Joshua (vocals) and Jacob (guitar) about their plans for 2014, how boring Ohio is, and Hot Topic.

First off, What is your name and what do you do in The Greater Gatsby, and what is your favorite sports team?
Joshua: My name is Joshua, I yell incoherently into a mic, and I’m a Philadelphia Flyers fan to the death.
Jacob: My name Jacob Daniel Peters, I make a lot of noise through a guitar amplifier, and I’m an Oregon Ducks kinda guy.

What bands got you guys into playing music?
Joshua: I first got interested in music from listening to Blink-182, Rise Against, and The Wonder Years. I  was never super into it until I met Jake, and he showed me a little band called Birds in Row, and I really owe it to them for what I’m doing now. French hardcore is best hardcore.
Jacob: One of the sole reasons I play music is because of Alexisonfire and their S/T, that record completely changed the way I thought about music. It took me from being a metal head to thinking punk and the emotion behind it resonated the best with me. Continue reading Interview with The Greater Gatsby