By: Nick Manduley
East coast progressive post-hardcore bands With Sails Ahead and Pulses announced eight-day tour of the American southeast that will be taking place in late September. Dubbed the “woodland creatures” tour, the run will kick off September 21st in Richmond, Virginia and go to South Carolina, Florida, and North Carolina before concluding in Falls Church, Virginia on the 28th. Fans following the bands on Facebook can keep up to date and get a good laugh by joining the “Creatureposting” group; a Facebook group created by both bands to share information regarding the tour dates, as well as (and primarily) high quality meme content.
With Sails Ahead released their latest EP Morning Sun on March 9th, 2018. The critically acclaimed record was produced and recorded by Kevin Antreassian (The Dillinger Escape Plan) at Backroom Studios, and mixed and mastered by Derek Moffat (Dreamhouse) at 608 Studios. Creating their own unique blend of prog-influenced alternative rock, the group has found themselves sharing the stage with critically acclaimed acts such as Tilian Pearson of Dance Gavin Dance, Emarosa, Hail the Sun, Royal Coda, and more. The band recently released a music video for their single “Pixelated” which brilliantly parodies the worst clichés of being a band in the DIY music scene. Fans can expect new music from With Sails Ahead sometime this winter.
Pulses (stylized as “pulses.”) are a band that takes influence from as many genres as possible and incorporates them into their post-hardcore style, creating a unique sound that can only described as superb. The band released their first full length record bouquet. in 2017 and went on to share the stage with acts such as Eidola, Strawberry Girls, The Ongoing Concept and Kurt Travis of Royal Coda. The band made waves online via several music videos, most notably for their songs ‘What’s Good (What’s Really Good)’ and ‘I Drink Juice (Aqua Berry Cherry)’. The band is looking forward to expanding on their sound on their upcoming sophomore full length record, due out in the fall of 2019.
‘Woodland Creature’ tour dates:
9/21 – Yellowhouse – Richmond, VA
9/22 – New Brookland Tavern – Columbia, SC
9/23 – Will’s Pub – Orlando, FL
9/24 – Shantytown Pub – Jacksonville, FL
9/26 – Kaboom Underground – Raleigh, NC
9/27 – Ice House – Greensboro, NC
9/28 – VFW 9274 – Falls Church, VA
By: Nick Manduley
Scottsdale, Arizona-based emo pop-punkers First and Forever have been making waves in their local scene and on social media. From having their music featured in various videos from major Youtubers, to having one of their singles break one hundred thousand streams on Spotify, First and Forever has quickly proven that they mean business when it comes their music.
The band has put out three separate singles since late 2018, each one showcasing their excellent songwriting ability and musical dynamic. “Chicago” is an emotional powerhouse about the fallout from a tough breakup. The upbeat, distorted guitars and hook-laden vocals give way to a clean guitar acting as the backdrop for a gut-wrenching, emotional vocal performance that takes the listener right back into that powerful chorus.
On “A Violet Ending” the band’s dynamic sound is a bit more prominent; the gentle, ethereal clean-toned guitars seamlessly weave in and out of the more punk sections. The vocal layering and group vocals immediately label this song as something that listeners everywhere will be shouting every word to when they see First and Forever in concert for the first time. “Nothing Left to Burn” features a hard-hitting a chorus catchy enough to get anyone hooked from the first listen. The energetic vocal performance and crowd-commanding drumming on this track immediately conjure up mental images of circle pits, crowd surfers, and fans shouting lyrics back to the band on stage; pretty much everything that makes a pop punk show fun and memorable. These songs have proven that First and Forever is a band to keep an eye on in the near future.
By: Nick Manduley
Columbia, South Carolina-based post-hardcore outfit When I Say Jump completely flies off the handle their debut record “Separation Anxiety.” Released back in January, the eight-track album offers a unique blend of hardcore, emo, and pop punk. The opening track “Debby Drowner” immediately throws the listener back to the mid-2000s “mall emo” days, when albums like My Chemical Romance’s “Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge” and Fall Out Boy’s “From Under The Cork Tree” topped the charts. However, it isn’t before long that the vicious screams and biting guitar riffs begin incorporating into the mix, and the result gives those aforementioned iconic albums a run for their money.
“I’ve Been Skipping the Bus, but This Day Pass Is Burning a Hole in My Pocket” showcases the band in this heavy light, as well as their witty lyrics fueled by raw emotion. “This Gun’s Just A Conversation Piece” features brutal vocals and ripping guitar work that’s reminiscent of bands such as Every Time I Die or My Chemical Romance. “Dishonest Love” is another emotional track that tackles themes of betrayal from friends with splintering guitar riffs that explode into a melodic chorus. Tracks such as “Cry, Wolf” shows a bit more of the band’s dynamic, opening with a soft droning guitar against a light synth composition, with emotionally charged vocals courtesy of vocalist Brennen Monk. This release definitely makes it clear that the boys in When I Say Jump aren’t messing around; they’re a band with a mission to make music that’s not only amazing, but sends a real message as well.
Fans can expect a new music video before the year is out, as the band has been working with director Jaiden Frost. “Separation Anxiety” can be found on major streaming platforms, and is available for the “name-your-price” option on the band’s bandcamp account. Listeners will also find the band’s heavily scream-ladened cover of Lil Nas X’s hit “Old Town Road” available for download.
When Almost Famous Friends sat down with the The LP Collective they discussed topics like the resurgence of “emo,” the community of the Austin music scene, and their new single “I’m Not Who I Want To Be!”
“While most believe that “emo” is just a phase, I think it’s a lifestyle. While some of the trends may come and go (here’s looking at you scene hair), the vibes and meaning behind emotional alternative music are something that I feel like all people can relate to at multiple points in their lives, not just your awkward middle school days. When I first listened to Almost Famous Friends, they struck a chord in me that I hadn’t felt in a while, and that in itself is so refreshing.”
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Noting that the opening track is “a melodic masterpiece,” they went on to say it was proof that they’ll be “more than almost famous.”
“There’s a lot of bands in Texas, even without SXSW, but this is the one to look out for– especially if you liked Hawthorne Heights and Silverstein back in the day and want to listen to a more mature, updated version of that angst.”
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“What impressed me most about these guys was their ability to carve out their own individual music identities…and how that sound adds up in the end to create something that is equal parts original and cutting edge.”
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