Check out our review of Real Friends’ debut LP, Maybe This Place Is The Same And We’re Just Changing, below.
Sleepy Eyes and Bony Knees. Ah yes, the phrase so many fans in the pop punk community often refer to, jokingly and realistically. In case you didn’t know, this phrase originates from an emo sextet band known as Real Friends. From creating a popular catchphrase (similar but not nearly as popular as Man Overboard’s “Defend Pop Punk”) to signing on to Fearless Records, it was a safe bet that Real Friends would be hitting hard into the pop punk scene this year. They have done just that with gaining more fans thanks to being on the entire Vans Warped Tour and just recently releasing their debut album, Maybe This Place Is The Same And We’re Just Changing. Anybody who formerly enjoyed Real Friends various EP’s were probably excited for this new release.
Vacationer | Portland, OR | Photographed by Sidney DeRouchie | flickr
Heartist | Photographed by Sidney DeRouchie | Portland, OR | flickr
Ahren Stringer | The Amity Affliction | Photographed by Sidney DeRouchie | Portland, OR| flickr
Check out our review of Aaron West’s (Soupy Campbell, The Wonder Years) debut LP, We Don’t Have Each Other, below!
The sweaty days of summer have finally graced the calendar pages, which means you can break out your Hawaiian button ups and crack open a fresh Arizona. Although it can be hard to put down your favorite album, I think we can all agree that these hot days entitle us to enjoy some lighter music. Acoustic guitar, light hearted lyrics and a beat that makes you want to sway back and forth. Thankfully, Dan “Soupy” Campbell (most well known for being the lead singer in Philly’s pop punk band, The Wonder Years) has created a side project that is just that summer music you have been craving.
Check out our review of Beartooth’s first LP, Disgusting, below.
If you’re just now finding out about Beartooth, don’t be too hard on yourself. If anything, you have done yourself a favor by sparing a long and tedious wait. In July of 2013, Beartooth released their first EP titled Sick which was 4 hardcore songs with raw lyrics and punches of smooth chorus’s about Shomo’s personal battles. As soon as I downloaded Sick, I was drawn to the staccato bursts of guitar dips. For any metalcore/hardcore lover, you can press play and your finger will not come close to clicking skip for a single song. Or if you are one who clings to your first pressed copy of The Wonder Years Suburbia, I’ve Given You All and Now I’m Nothing, or swear metalcore is too generic for you, I highly suggest you give this album a try. You just may fall in love much like I did.
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