The evolution of Motion City Soundtrack has taken them from their early days as pop-punk sweethearts to their current status as an alternative rock powerhouse with a unique philosophical perspective. “Inside Out” is yet another confessional entry in their catalog of songs about being uncomfortable in one’s own skin. Check out the official lyric video below.
It’s unclear at this point whether “Inside Out” is a stand-alone single or the beginning of a new album promotional cycle, but it’s definitely a strong single either way. Comment below and let us know your thoughts on the track. (more…)
2013 has been a bit of an experimental year for Enter Shikari. The band released a slew of singles throughout the year instead of a full-length album, and that strategy seems to be a roaring success. The band has remained in headlines throughout the year and delivered killer songs, but never gave fans so much at once that they felt overwhelmed. Instead, Enter Shikari have given everyone just enough to quench our thirst for their unique brand of genre-bending future-rock, and “Rat Race” is yet another serving of exploratory goodness that will have you headbanging all day long. You can stream the song and view the accompanying video, which features the members becoming trapped in tiny spinning boxes, below.
Lyrically speaking, “Rat Race” dives into the monotony of human life. We’re born, raised to work, then work until we die, but why? Is it really the best for us? Vocalist Rou Reynolds is not sure, and throughout the course of the track he vents his frustration about the process and how he feels we’re rushed into it. Pretty typical themes for the band, but I’ll be damned if it doesn’t strike a chord. Comment below and let us know your thoughts on Enter Shikari’s latest.
“Rat Race” will be released as a digital single on November 4 in the UK and on November 5 in the US. (more…)
Rising NYC indie rock outfit Skaters have released their latest ode to Halloween, “Let The Heads Roll.” The song premiered on My Old Kentucky Blog on October 29 and has since been spreading across the blogosphere like wildfire. We heard the track just a short while ago and knew we had to share it with all of you before Halloween passed us by. Click here to stream and download “Let The Heads Roll.”
Skaters will release their debut album, Manhattan, on February 25. Comment below and let us know your thoughts on “Let The Heads Roll.”
If you’re in the mood for some live music and plan on being in the UK in the near future, Skaters put on a killer live show. Their current tour itinerary reads:
11/01 Brighton Concorde2
11/02 Bristol Trinity Centre
11/04 Nottingham Rock City Basement
11/05 Manchester Club Academy
11/07 Birmingham Birmingham Academy 2 (more…)
People like to think there are record labels that only sign the bands they believe in, but the hard truth is that many of the biggest alternative labels have housed at least a handful of bands who essentially double as ‘quick cash’ schemes. Epitaph signed I Set My Friends On Fire shortly after their cover of Soulja Boy went viral, Victory signed (almost any band they’ve signed since 2010 other than Close Your Eyes), and just over a year ago Sumerian Records made a poor, but understandable decision to sign Australian metalcore outfit Capture The Crown.
It made sense for Capture The Crown to be signed, it really did. Having no EP, tour history, or album, the band rose to viral fame for a single that looked and sounded like a poor man’s Asking Alexandria. This generic take on modern metalcore led to the band garnering millions of views for the song, which again was essentially their debut recording, and before long labels came calling. Many people had already launched careers from YouTube, so if it happened for others it stood to reason the same could happen for a metalcore band if someone threw enough money at them – or so Sumerian thought. Less than two months later, Capture The Crown’s debut, Til Death, was released. The band was featured on a number of big tours, but never matched the success of their debut. Now, almost a year to the day from the original signing, Sumerian has dropped Capture The Crown. A statement from the label reads: (more…)
I think Chief Keef may have set a record for video releases in a single year that no one will be able to top. Nearly every other week we have featured a new single from Keef, and that streak continues today with the release of his new single, “That’s It.” The song is the same speaker-shaking lyrical nonsense you’ve come to expect from Keef, only this time the focus is on money instead of women and possessions. You can experience the track below.
Somewhere in Illinois lies a mansion that Keef and his team purchased shortly after the teen signed his major label deal. This same location has been used in the majority of Keef’s videos, and it appears again in “That’s It.” Keef is seen rapping and conducting business while relaxing on his staircase, which I’m fairly sure is one of the few places Keef had yet to feature in a video. What’s next, his bathroom?
Chief Keef already released two mixtapes this year, but there are rumors a third will drop before 2014 begins. Comment below and let us know your thoughts on his new material. (more…)
“Private First Class” continues Devine’s long-running streak of crafting angsty indie rock jams that evoke a sense of both love and rage. The visuals mirror lyrics about a country torn apart by war and politics, with stock footage of war, and while a lot of the archived clips may be familiar to some, there is no denying their power when paired with Devine’s heartbreaking lyrics. You can view the video below.
Kevin Devine took to Kickstarter in early 2013 to fund his most recent album, and the response from fans was so overwhelming he ended up having enough money to record two separate releases. Both albums, which are titled Bulldozer and Bubblegum, are available now wherever music is sold. Comment below and let us know your thoughts on the video. (more…)