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.
Spring is here, which means out with the old and in with the new! We’ve got just the thing. Spruce up your music library with our Monthly Music Mashup with Substream! This month features high-energy tracks that are perfect for getting you through your spring cleaning. Read the article and listen to the playlist here.
We’re beyond excited to announce that we’ve partnered with Substream Magazine to be bring you our Monthly Music Mashup playlists! If you weren’t familiar before, each playlist is carefully put together by the Muddy Paw Family to bring you some of our favorite new artists and bands that we’ve been listening to that month.
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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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Almost Famous Friends dived into delicious tacos from Papalote’s Taco House in Austin Texas for an exclusive feature on Music4Breakfast. Guitarist, Hunter Sharpe, says that Papalote’s is an “obvious Austin classic.”
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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.”
Head HERE to check out Music Box Pete‘s take on Almost Famous Friends and their new song “All I Can Do”