A Loss For Words Struggle With "Distance" On New Single

Boston pop-punk outfit A Loss For Words have earned a reputation for delivering anthemic songs that walk a fine line between pop and punk that no other band touring today can match. Still, for one reason or another, the group has yet to break through on a national level the way many great bands in their genre have in the past. “Distance” could be the single that changes that, and today the song’s official video found its way online.

Everyone knows that chasing dreams requires far more sacrifice than most are willing to admit, and in “Distance” the weight of those decisions has taken a toll on A Loss For Words. Having spent the better part of the last decade touring and recording, the band’s families have been forced to take a backseat, and now that they’ve grown older the members of the band are having a harder time coming to terms with the physical distance they’ve placed between themselves and loved ones. “Distances” addresses this pain head-on, with talk of regret and feeling alone while surrounded by smiling faces, then drives home a message of hope in the hook that fans and newcomers alike will instantly cling to. You can stream the song and see the video, which uses footage captured on world tours to mirror the message of the song, below.

If you’re looking for a new pop-punk album to fall in love with, I can think of no better autumn offering than Before It Caves, which is out now. Comment at the end of this post and let us know your thoughts on A Loss For Words’ new music video. (more…)

Glamour Kills Holiday Festival Tonight: The Wonder Years, A Loss For Words, Transit, And More

Boston posi-core fans, dawn you now your gay apparel, for tonight Glamour Kills clothing company is hosting one of the biggest alternative/pop-punk shows of the season, A Very GK! Holiday Festival. According to the festival Facebook page, the lineup and estimated set times are as follows:

10:15 – END = The Wonder Years
9:30 – 10:00 = A Loss For Words
8:45 – 9:15 = Transit
8:00 – 8:30 = The Dangerous Summer
7:20 – 7:45 = Hit The Lights
6:50 – 7:10 = With The Punches
6:20 – 6:40 = Brian Marquis
5:50 – 6:10 = Hostage Calm

5:20 – 5:40 = I Call Fives
4:50 – 5:10 = State Champs
4:20 – 4:40 = Kid Jerusalem
3:50 – 4:10 = Premiere

This is actually the third out of four dates in the U.S. this month. The first one, headlined by Set Your Goals, was on December 2nd in Oakland, CA, and the second was on December 8th in Chicago, IL, headlined by Chiodos. After tonight, the festival will close out the season with one last show this Sunday December 16th in Poughkeepsie, NY. The lineup will be very similar, with Matchbook Romance, Anadivine, A Loss For Words, Hit The Lights, With The Punches, State Champs, The Dangerous Summer, Kid Jerusalem, Young Statues, Brian Marquis, and Class Of 92.

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Earlier this year, singer-songwriter Brian Marquis, former guitarist and vocalist for Therefore I Am, came up with a plan for an acoustic stage at the 2012 Vans Warped Tour. With the approval of the tour’s founder and manager Kevin Lyman, Marquis went on to produce, manage, and perform on the stage all summer. He called it the Acoustic Basement, and despite being thrown into a loud boisterous punk rock festival, the stage was a huge success, attracting more and more fans and artists every day.

Now, before returning to next year’s Warped Tour, the Acoustic Basement will be taking flight on it’s own tour in February 2013. Artists performing on the tour will include Brian Marquis, Koji, A Loss For Words, Geoff Rickly (Thursday), and Vinnie Caruana (I Am The Avalanche).
More info and dates soon to follow.

In the meantime,click here to learn more about the Acoustic Basement and what it takes to run a stage on the toughest tour in America.

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Vanna Announce "Home For The Holidays" Tour

After almost 8 straight weeks touring around the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., Boston hardcore band Vanna will be coming home to wreak some holiday havoc on their native New England with a short “Home For The Holidays” tour. They will be performing for four dates, listed on the flyer below, with Lionheart, State Champs, and fellow locals Lions Lions, and Foreign Tongues. Sound Rink will also be offering special VIP ticket packages, which have yet to be announced. Unfortunately, the tour does not include a Massachusetts date, so local fans are just gonna have to bundle up and weather the cold if they wanna throw down for the holidays!

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Exclusive Q and A: A Loss For Words Talk R&B, 'Returning To Webster Lake'

In a scene where bands can easily cling too tightly to restrictive genre conventions, Massachusetts pop punks A Loss For Words stand out as a group who aren’t afraid to take chances. Known for delivering tuneful, aggressive pop punk, they have also taken detours into acoustic EPs and even released an album of Motown cover songs in 2010. Upon the release of AL4W’s most recent acoustic EP, Returning To Webster Lake, singer Matty Arsenault sat down with us to talk collaborations, covers, and the status of his R&B side project.

OS: There’s a video floating around of a guy proposing to his girlfriend during one of your Warped Tour sets. How did that whole thing come about?

MA: Our drummer, Christian, met the kid when he was in a band called I Call Fives.  He stayed in touch, was a fan of our band, and wanted to do something special.  He talked to Chris and we OK’d [it].  It’s pretty hard to say no to something like that…. (more…)