by: Tommy DeSilva
Backtrack – Lost in Life – [Bridge 9 Records]
Backtrack is a 5 piece Hardcore band from Long Island, NY. Their new album, Lost in Life marks the band’s first new release in 3 years as well as their first release on Bridge 9 records. Lost in life is a hard hitting record that is very reminiscent of ‘80s and ‘90s New York Hardcore bands such as Madball, Sick of it All, Cro-Mags, and Judge. The songs on this album are characterized by fast paced verses, screaming vocals, and heavy breakdowns. Tracks to definitely check out on this record include “Their Rules,” “Lost in Life,” “Under Your Spell,” “Tortured,” and “Guilty Conscience.” Because of bands like Backtrack making music, the hardcore scene is still alive and well today. Backtrack will be heading out on tour in the spring opening for Comeback Kid. They will be playing in Southern California on March 20th at Chain Reaction in Anaheim.
Neck Deep – Wishful Thinking - [Hopeless Records]
Neck Deep is a 5 piece Pop Punk band from the United Kingdom. Their highly anticipated debut album, Wishful Thinking, has definitely surpassed people’s expectations. Wishful Thinking is a very catchy and emotional record that features elements of different 2000’s pop punk bands such as New Found Glory, Sum 41, Taking Back Sunday, and All Time Low. While appealing to their audience through lyrics about heartbreak and life struggle, the songs on this album are still very upbeat and positive, which gives the listener music that they can sing along and move around to. Neck Deep are an example of how the influence of Pop Punk has traveled worldwide and is now being exported back to U.S from international artists. Tracks to definitely check out on this record include “Crushing Grief (No Remedy),” “Staircase Wit,” “Growing Pains,” “Mileage,” and “Blank Pages.’ Neck Deep will be heading out on their first U.S. tour this spring with special guests Knuckle Puck and Light Years. They will be playing in Southern California on March 9th at Chain Reaction in Anaheim.
Nightmare Boyzzz – Bad Patterns - [Slovenly Recordings]
The Nightmare Boyzzz are a 5 piece Power Pop/Punk Rock band from Huntsville, AL. Their debut full length album Bad Patterns is a very catchy record chalk full of fuzzed out, in-your-face punk anthems that leave the listener blown away. Characterized by elements of high pitched vocals, distorted guitars, and a catchy melodies, the sound of the songs on this record are very similar to that of artists such as The Buzzcocks, The Circle Jerks, X, Superchunk, and Dinosaur Jr. Cyrus Atkins of Fabricoh Magazine described the album as “About as tight and blazing a garage-pop record you could ask for.” Tracks to definitely check out on this record include “Valium,” “You’re a Star,” “Bender,” “I Don’t Wanna Feel Alright,” and “You Have no Friends.”
City Lights – The Way Things Should Be – [InVogue Records]
City Lights are a 5 piece Pop Punk band from Columbus, OH. Their highly anticipated new album The Way Things Should Be is an upbeat and catchy record that doesn’t disappoint its expectations. On this album, the band combines elements of metalcore and pop punk together to create a unique sound that is characterized by fast paced melodic verses and heavy breakdowns. The songs on this record are very reminiscent of the work of artists such as A Day To Remember, The Wonder Years, and Set Your Goals. Tracks to definitely check out on this album include “I’m Sick of It,” “Promises,” “See You at the Top,” “Jeremy’s Song,” and “Mistakes.” City Lights will be kicking off the New Year with a tour of the east coast and will hopefully be stopping by the west coast in the Spring.
Rotting Out – The Wrong Way – [Purenoise Records]
Rotting Out is a 5 piece Hardcore Punk/Crossover Thrash band from Los Angeles, CA. Their new album The Wrong Way, which was originally put out on 6131 Records, has just now been re-released courtesy of Purenoise Records. This album features a very heavy sound characterized by many elements of ‘90s New York and L.A. based hardcore punk bands such as Sick of It All, Madball, Pennywise, and Suicidal Tendencies. Jason Schreurs of Alternative press described the vintage hardcore sound of this album best when he said “An obvious ode to their hardcore heroes is tagged all over The Wrong Way: the gallopy crossover riffs, funked-out distorted bass (is he slapping? We hope so) and shouted screams about skateboarding, fucking authority and thinking for yourself.” Tracks to definitely check out on this album include “The Wrong Way,” “Blade of Rust,” “One More Kiss,” The Shoot Out,” and “Roots and Will.”
Reggie and the Full Effect – No County For Old Musicians - [Purenoise Records]
Reggie and the Full Effect is James Dewees’ Alternative/Pop Punk solo project based out of Kansas City, MO. The group’s new album “No Country For Old Musicians” marks their first new release in 5 years. The songs on this record are characterized by a mix of catchy guitar hooks, harmonious synthesizers, and comical lyrics that all make up for an album full of fun tunes. On top of that, many notable guest artists such as Matt Proy of The Get Up Kids, Adam Lazzara of Taking Back Sunday, and Alison Weiss can be heard on this album as well. Tracks to definitely check out on this record include “Super Croc VS. Mega Doosh,” “Revenge is a Dish Best Served at Park Chan-Wook's,” “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Ralph’s,” and “Disregard.” Reggie and the Full Effect will be heading out on tour at the beginning of next year and will be playing at the Constellation Room in Santa Ana on January 31st with special guests Dads and Pentimento.