Wednesday 26 September 2012

Hang Your Head

Band Submission. Hang Your Head are an awesome band from California who play a style of melodic hardcore that stays true to its punk roots. Check them out, I'm really glad they sent me this.

1. February 29th
2. Breaking Glass
3. Led Astray
4. Opium Love
5. Wasting Time
6. Lost Soul
7. Never Change
8. Antidote

Monday 24 September 2012

Street Smart Cyclist

Street Smart Cyclist (commonly abbreviated to SSC) are a five-piece emo band from Lehigh Valley/Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. They were active from 2006-2008 and did a few reunion shows at the end of 2010. Members went on to form Snowing, another essential emo-revival (or whatever you want to call it) band. I think some of them might have been played in another awesome band called Boyfriends. They've all played in a bunch of other bands as well, though I'm unsure of which ones specifically.

Unfortunately, they put out very little in their time. The plus side to that is it's all kick-ass, taking influence from all the greats: Cap'n Jazz, Boy's Life, Braid, you know the like. They put out a demo/EP 7", an acoustic EP, and a final EP-thing consisting of two songs they recorded before breaking up. Here you go:

1. Hoods Up!
2. Pastor Of Muppets
3. The Three Lane Cut

There's three versions of the artwork, as you can see.

1. Cigarettes In Love
2. The Human Map Says We're Fucked
3. We Lack Science

1. We Lack Science
2. Kiss Kitty On The Lips

Since their discography is so small, here's a link to all of it. It's just every album, individual artwork and track listing and all, in one convenient download, so it's no different than the ones above. Just in case you were going to download all three, it'll make your life easier. Or something. Yeah. You're welcome.


Adventures are a five-piece emo/indie/punk band from Pittsburgh, Pennyslvania. They formed early this year, and have just recently become real active (they just put a 7" out and are touring and such). Their line-up consists of three members from Code Orange Kids as well as Lilith (formerly Wifebeater, a really cool acoustic folk-y project. The link is to their bandcamp, check them out too if you havent't already). They've all done various other projects together before, but none that I can specifically note. You know what, here's a line-up rundown:

Reba Meyers - Guitar, Vocals (also in COK and Lilith, same instruments)
Jami Morgan - Drums (also in COK, though he sings as well)
Joe Goldman - Bass, Vocals (just bass in COK, both in Lilith)
Kimi Hanauer - Keyboard (vocals in Lilith as of this year, I think. She also the artwork for all three bands)
Dom - Guitar (don't know his last name or any other bands, so he gets to be just Dom - Guitar)

I'm not trying to put more emphasis on the people in the band than the band itself, it's just that that seems to be a point of interest with them. Whatever, anyways, they certainly don't sound anything like any of the other bands mentioned, with the exception of the beginning of "Like Seed" which I think is missing an "Ugh!", and at during few moments when Reba's voice is at its most guttural. But still, very different sounds. They're more comparable to bands such as Texas Is The Reason or Knapsack, your classic 90's emo bands. A couple more contemporary bands too, such as My Heart To Joy, or Tigers Jaw, perhaps.  They put out a 4-song 7" on No Sleep Records, check it out. It's probably one of my favourite EP's of the year.

1. I Feel So Sure
2. Walking
3. Like Seed
4. Reach Out To You

1. I Can't Stay
2. Promise
3. Clear My Head With You
4. The Light Brings Without

1. Adventures - Call Me At Night
2. Adventures - Thin
3. Run Forever - Headlights
4. Run Forever - Lost The Feeling

1. Adventures - Flowing Through
2. Adventures - Behind This Wall (Turning Point cover)
3. Pity Sex - Acid Reflux
4. Pity Sex - Gigantic (Pixies cover)

1. Dream Blue Haze
2. Heavenly
3. Your Sweetness
4. My Marble Hole
5. Pure
6. Absolution, Worth Requited
7. Walk You To Bed
8. Tension
9. Long Hair
10. Supersonic Home

Monday 10 September 2012

Tigers Jaw

Tigers Jaw are a five-piece pop punk/emo/indie rock band from Scranton, Pennyslvania formed in 2005. They are easily one of my favourite bands around now, and I'm pretty sure they're yours too (or will be after you click a link down below).

Tigers Jaw have really developed a sound that is their own. They take the best of what bands such as The Promise Ring, The Smiths, Superchunk, Against Me!, Descendents, Pavement, and Dinosaur Jr. were doing and  mix them all together to create this beautiful concotion of awesome. What's even better than that is that the end result doesn't sound like a hybrid of those bands, it sounds like, well, Tigers Jaw. Irresistably catchy melodies, gorgeous harmonies, beautiful lyrics, melodic guitar leads, fuzz-laden chords complimented by some keyboard playing, and a tightly interlocked rhythm section with the bass and drums, perfectly balancing complexity with simplicity. They can do sad songs, pop songs, slow songs, fast songs, lazy songs, energetic songs, and you get the point. And I almost forgot the best part: the songwriting. They just know how to write a damn good song.

 Anyway, instead of spouting shit, here's what I think is their entire discography to date. Since I can't find a whole lot of information on their history, I'm a little unsure of the earliest stuff here (prior to Belongs To The Dead). Everyting after that is fairly well-documented, and I'm pretty sure I have everything released after it. It's just the things before it. It's definitely them, though a very early incarnation. They might have been using a different name at the time, Buona Pizza (like the song), an I don't know when they changed it to Tigers Jaw. The Demo was ripped off of Myspace I believe (I didn't do it myself), Buona Pizza I know nothing about, and I'm On Your Side is a full-length, though most of the song titles are missing, with the exception of ones that appear on other releases. These three particular releases were all found in one download, which I cannot find again. So sorry for the lack of information on them. Everything else we all know and love.

The "Buona Pizza" release was a solo projects of Adam's from 2006. The two-track "Demo" was for "I'm On Your Side", which was supposed to be their Prison Jazz debut full-length in 2007, though it was scrapped and never properly released. Major thanks to Anonymous for providing this information.

Essentials: Tigers Jaw, Spirit Desire, Two Worlds

1. Superhero Halloween
2. All My Friends Are Dead

1. Danielson
2. Okay Paddy
3. Heat
4. Jet Alone
5. Stungun
6. Cannoball
7. Colorful
8. The Sun
9. It's About Killing People
10. The Times Tower Belongs To The Dead

Note: Artwork on the left is the original 2006 version, the one on the right is from the Run For Cover remaster in 2012 (though the songs in the link are not the remastered ones).

1. Phantom Power
2. School Friends

1. No More Coffee
2. The Sun
3. Androids 17 And 18
4. Superhero Halloween
5. Positive Life Interlude
6. Positive Life
7. School Friends
8. Phantom Power
9. Untitled
10. All My Friends Are Dead
11. Six Months
12. Power Supply
13. The Choke (Dangerous)
14. House Arrest

2008 Summer Tour EP (2008)
1. I Saw Water
2. Between Your Band And The Other Band
3. Neighbors
4. Spirit Desire
5. Sammy Davis Jr.

1. The Sun
2. Plane vs. Tank vs. Submarine
3. I Saw Water
4. Chemicals (Alternate Version)
5. Between Your Band And The Other Band
6. Heat
7. I Was Never Your Boyfriend
8. Meals On Wheels
9. Arms Across America
10. Never Saw It Coming

Note: Artwork on the left is from the original Prison Jazz release in 2008, the one on the left is from the Run For Cover version from 2010 and onward.

1. Spirit Desire
2. We Are Great, There Is Only One (Tigers Jaw)
3. Crystal Vision
4. Meet Me At The Corner

1. Return
2. Coil/Recoil
3. Smile
4. Two Worlds
5. Let Go/Trashed Floors
6. Test Pattern
7. Windmills
8. I Saw The Wolf
9. Buona Pizza
10. Static
11. Thank You, Noah Lowry

1. Balance And Composure - Kaleidoscope
2. Balance And Composure - Burden
3. Balance And Composure - Twenty Four
4. Balance And Composure - Rope
5. Tigers Jaw - Lodging
6. Tigers Jaw - Jet Alone
7. Tigers Jaw - Danielson
8. Tigers Jaw - Dent

1. I Saw Water
2. Two Worlds
3. You're The Soul

1. Smile
2. Return
3. Let Go/Trashed Floors

1. The Sidekicks - Little James
2. The Sidekicks - (Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes
3. Tigers Jaw - Jimmy Piersall
4. Tigers Jaw - Boots 'n Hanks  

1. Gypsy
2. Jimmy Piersall (Alternate Version)
1. Chemicals (Alternate Version)
3. Distress Signal

Note: This is from Run For Cover's Mixed Signals compilation put out in 2011. You can get the full thing here

1. Tigers Jaw - My Friend Morrissey
2. Tigers Jaw - No Mask/Haze Coffin
3. Tiny Empires - Check Out My Boneyard/Interview With A Jampire/The Dream Is Still Dead

1. Tigers Jaw - Fake Death
2. The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die - Beverly Wyatt
3. Code Orange Kids - VI (Worms Fear God // God Fears Youth)
4. Self Defense Family - Holy Trend

10. Carry You Over

Note: Full comp here

1. Hum
2. Cool

1. Cool
2. Frame You
3. Hum
4. Charmer
5. Nervous Kids
6. I Envy Your Apathy
7. Slow Divide
8. Slow Come On
9. Soft Spoken
10. Teen Rocket
11. Distress Signal
12. What Would You Do

1. Hum
2. Distress Signal
3. Chemicals
4. Nervous Kids
5. Jimmy Piersall
6. Fake Death
7. Safe In Your Skin (Title Fight cover)
8. Where Am I? (Title Fight cover)
9. Never Saw It Coming
10. Carry You Over
11. Plane vs. Tank vs. Submarine
12. I Saw Water
13. Nervous Kids

1. Tigers Jaw - In Between Days (The Cure cover)
2. Kevin Devine - Lovesong (The Cure cover)

1. Follows
2. Favorite
3. June
4. Escape Plan
5. Blurry Vision
6. Guardian
7. Bullet
8. Brass Ring
9. Oh Time
10. Same Stone
11. Make It Up
12. Window 

1. Eyes Shut
2. Follows (Acoustic)
3. Eyes Shut (Acoustic)
4. Guardian (Acoustic)

1. I Won't Care How You Remember Me
2. Cat's Cradle
3. Hesitation
4. New Detroit
5. Can't Wait Forever
6. Lemon Mouth
7. Body Language
8. Commit
9. Never Wanted To
10. Heaven Apart
11. Anniversary

1. Old Clothes
2. Swear
3. Reckless
4. Waltz

1. Joyce Manor - I Sw Water (Tigers Jaw cover) (Live)
2. Tigers Jaw - Constant Headache (Joyce Manor cover)

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