Video Premiere: Darling Waste – “Hurt Before” (featuring Stef Huschka)

Darling Waste got their start in Cleveland, OH. From there they took their music to New York City and overseas to England. Their new album, The Skeleton Key, came out via Imminence Records. Today, we’re premiering their lyric video for “Hurt Before,” which features Stef Huschka of City of the Weak.

“Hurt Before” is a song that tells the tale of two people who know what it’s like to be hurt. Huschka’s voice provides a great contrast. Check out the video and a quote about the song from singer Lance Waste below.

The song was written instantly. I had just left my house and was driving down the freeway singing it without realizing it. I thought it must have been a pop song I had heard on the radio without registering it. When I realized it wasnt already a song, I turned around, drove home, ran to the piano and worked it. Both verses and the chorus were complete before I could even finish writting them.

I recorded the song a couple of times. Once with just my voice and piano and once with a full pop arrangement. I ended up settling for something in between, but the song still felt lifeless until I decided to make it a duet and bring a female voice into it. My friend Jesea Lee from High Road PR suggested Stef from City of the Weak and reached out to her for me. She has a really unique voice that adds a great dynamic to the song.

SoCal Spotlight: RIVALS


SoCal Spotlight returns with a look at RIVALS. They have a lot going on right now and we think that you should certainly keep your eyes on them. Learn more about RIVALS below.

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
When the band formed: 2014
Kalie Wolfe – Vocals
Micket Woodle – Guitar
Sebastian Chamberlain – Bass

When did you first know you wanted to be in a band?

KW: Weirdly enough, I didnʼt really ever want to be in a band per say but I know the moment I wanted to do music. I was shooting photos back when I was like 17 and I was on side stage shooting a friends band. I remember stopping and I looked out to a sold out show. I have this distinct memory of me thinking, “wow, I need to do this,” and a year later I joined RIVALS.

SB: At a very young age my mom dated somebody who is in a big band and took me to one of their shows and when I saw them play I knew that’s what I wanted to do.

MW: I was 11 and I was watching a Lorne video in my living room and playing air guitar haha.

How did the current lineup come to be?

KW: Back in like 2013, Micket and approached me about starting a band, I have known Micket since I was like 13 years old just through mutual friends but we were never really that close. I went on tour with his band as a photographer when I was 17 and he heard me sing. Like a year later or so, that band he was in broke up and he was looking to start another project. I know he mentioned doing something less metal and wanted to see what I could do to this track he had. It just ended up sounding really good and we kinda went with it. Seb came a bit later, like maybe two or three months after we released H/H back in 2015. We met him through just playing shows in our local scene. Its actually funny cause we had met one time and I posted on Facebook saying “looking for a bass player” and all he commented was that girl emoji with her hand up and here we are two years later constantly touring together haha.

With all the little pockets of music scenes in SoCal, how do you go about checking out the local scene and finding new bands to listen to or even perform with?

KW: Honestly Facebook/Instagram/Twitter are such powerful tools to find other bands in your area, Its kinda how weʼve even found some bands to tour with even. But also just constantly seeing flyers from friends/etc and being like “oh Iʼve never heard of them before” and I tend to go and check it out just to see whats going on in music.

Whatʼs your favorite thing about the SoCal scene? Whatʼs one thing you wish you could change about it?

SC: One thing I love about the scene is how much everyone supports each other in their music. The people who believe in you, really go out of their way to make sure youʼre treated amazingly. SoCal has some of the best people weʼve ever met and who show us so much support. And if I can change one thing it would probably be the also the lack of support as well. I wish more people would go and support the local shows, and I guess this is less of the local scene and more of normal people who enjoy music in general. Music can only thrive if people support.

Thereʼs no doubt that this is a crowded place. So do you ever find it difficult to build up even just a solid local following? How does the band go about doing that?

MW: Definitely, Los Angeles has such a big local scene of great musicians and itʼs hard to really stand out but as long as you stay true to your music and really put your heart into it (and make your live show really interesting haha) then nothing can stop you

How does you handle the band’s social media presence? Where can the readers follow you?

KW: I run all of our socials, kinda constantly on my phone looking for new marketing methods or new ways to make us stand out. Always been my thing to be honest haha.

Also, be sure to check out the new single “Low.”

Do you have a favorite SoCal spot to play? What makes it your favorite?

We love playing at Malones but we also like Chain as well. Theyʼre both super solid venues, good vibe and solid sound.

What is the band working on right now?

KW: We are currently in the process of releasing our new record which will be out 2/2 via Smartpunk Records titled Damned Soul. Keep your eye out for new videos/and tour announcements! Tons of really awesome things coming up quickly!

Playlist: Songs that Influenced Leadwolf


Leadwolf is the indie rock project of Nash Propst. He spent over a decade in supporting roles and is now at the helm of this band. Leadwolf put together a playlist of influences for us. It consists of artists like Jimmy Eat World, Noah Gundersen, and more. It’s a great list, so be sure to check it out below. You can also listen to Leadwolf’s debut album, Dreams, over at Bandcamp.

Playlist: A Better Hand’s Fall Jams

A Better Hand

A Better Hand took some time to put together a playlist of their favorite fall jams. Take a look at their thoughts on the songs and listen to the playlist below.

The Wonder Years – I Just Want To Sell Out My Funeral

Zack – “I love how they tie in all the songs off of the album into one song. They bring in key moments from each song and it’s the first time I’ve heard anything like that.”

Taylor- “This is my favorite TWY album and I think this is one of the best songs ever written. I also love getting drunk and screaming this entire 7 minute song with Zack and our buddy Andrew”

Brandon – “The Wonder Years. Hot damn, Soupy writes the most amazing lyrics. I can’t even describe it. They hit you in the heart every time. Everyone’s cried to TWY.”

Good Charlotte – The Young & The Hopeless

R&R Kyle – “This is the first pop punk album I got into and I feel like this song is the serious turning point in the album”

Zack – “Everyone goes through struggles and I think this song is very relatable”

Taylor – “Good Charlotte is the reason I started listening to pop punk, I think I’ve listened to this album more times than any other pop punk album”

Brandon – “We’ve all felt lost and down at times, and this song kind of reminds you that it’s okay to feel that way from time to time. Good Charlotte is definitely one of the bands that got me into pop punk.”

A Day To Remember – Right Back At It Again

Zack – “Watch the music video because Kevin Skaff is my hero for surfing on Ramen Noodles, and he’s from Minnesota!”

Taylor – “ I started listening to this album right when I decided that being in a band was going to be my future and it really gave me the motivation I needed from one of my all time favorite bands”

R&R Kyle – “I like how they talk about where they came from and how they reminisce about starting their band. It’s cool to hear that they really love playing music together no matter what the circumstances.”

Brandon – “This song is sick. This whole album is sick. The whole band is sick.”

Sum 41 – Confusion and Frustration in Modern Times

Sven – “I picked this song for the lyrics, One specific lyric “divided we stand together we fall” really resonated with me and I think it still relevant today. I think Sum 41 is a very important band in our scene. They have had a big influence on our band and they’ve been one of my favorites since day one.”

Brandon – “Sum 41 have always been inspiring to me because they bridge the gap between pop punk and metal, which are my two favorite genres.”

All Time Low – The Girl’s A Straight-Up Hustler

Sven – “This is the song that really made me want to be in a band.”

Zack – “All time low is my favorite band of all time, I’ve got a tattoo of their logo and their stage banter is hilarious. Their shows are lit.”

Taylor – “These guys have been a huge influence on our band from day one so they absolutely had to make the list.”

Brandon – “All Time Low are one of my favorite bands, you can never go wrong with them. This song is relatable because we’ve all known someone caught up in the trends, and been with someone we really can’t stand and inevitably ended up walking away from them.

The Story So Far – Quicksand

R&R Kyle – “It’s cool how this song holds true to old school punk roots, but still has a catchy melody that makes it modern pop punk”

Taylor – “TSSF has quickly become one of my all time favorite pop punk bands”

Brandon – “They write some pretty cool instrumentals and relatable lyrics.”

A Better Hand – So Long Goodbye

We picked this song because it really means a lot to all of us. So Long Goodbye recognizes the hardships of having to leave people and things behind in order to chase your dreams. Breaking away from normal routine and following our own path is the only way we can truly be happy.

Box Car Racer – There Is

Zack – “This song is such a good jam, and I don’t think enough people know about Box Car Racer.”

Brandon – “Self doubt sucks, and this song is all about that. Still a good song though.”

State Champs – Nothing’s Wrong

Taylor – “I think this song and the entire album are written so well. The bridge in this song hits so hard it’s hard not to jam to.”

Brandon – “State Champs = Fav pop punk band. I love the instrumental to this song so much”

Neck Deep – 19 Seventy Sumthin’

Sven – “This song is definitely an emotional rollercoaster.”

Zack – “I love seeing this different side to ND and I hope that ABH can do something similar.”

R&R Kyle – “This song really makes you appreciate the people who support you, and makes you realize, they play a bigger role than you may think.”

Taylor – “There aren’t many songs that can bring a tear to my eye, but this one has done it many times. My dad has always been so supportive of me and I can’t imagine the loss those guys felt.”

Brandon – “I showed this song to my mom and she almost cried. This song makes me have an optimistic outlook on relationships and life, despite the heartache that comes with it. A lot of people are afraid to fall in love for this reason, but I think it’s worth it. Leave a good impression on your family, and they will make it through.”

Simple Plan – I’m Just A Kid

Zack – “This song reminds me of the good old days running around as a kid in the summer.”

Taylor – “I remember jamming this on my iPod when I was younger every time I got mad or upset.”

Brandon – “Everyone related to this at one point in time, you can’t deny it.”

Pierce The Veil – Circles

We all had a really hard time deciding which PTV song to put on here, we would have put them all if we could have. Misadventures is definitely our favorite album of 2016.

R&R Kyle – “This is hands down one of my go to albums when I don’t know what to listen to.”

Zack – “It’s incredibly relatable to what is going on in the world.”

Brandon – “PTV have grown to be one of my favorite bands lately, especially with the release of Misadventures.”



Playlist: Foxture’s Influences


Foxture recently released EDEN at the end of October. The band first started as a solo project and has expanded to four members. Coming out of Winston-Salem, NC, the band’s songs dive into their various experiences. Check out the playlist of songs that influenced their EP below. You can also check out EDEN over on Bandcamp.

Playlist: Little Coyote Shares Fall Favorites

Little Coyote

Little Coyote recently released The Trouble With Teeth in October. You can check out the album on Bandcamp. Little Coyote shared some fall favorites with us, as well. You can check out a quote about the album and the playlist below.

I (Teagan) began writing The Trouble With Teeth at the end of 2013 after graduating from high school. The band and I recorded it at the end of 2015 and now in the fall 2017 we finally put it out, what I’m trying to say is, it’s been a long time coming. Throughout these past 4 years of writing and recording this album I got married (when I was 20 years old), moved really far from home, family and friends, started a band, did a lot of things that scared me. The Trouble With Teeth is about experiencing growing pains of the most literal sense possible, about being 19 and experiencing the true fragility of life for the first time and figuring out what’s really important to you. We are really excited to finally be sharing this album with everyone and thankful to EggHunt Records for helping us put it out. It’s been a long process but we are so glad to have gone through it, in the words of our album’s title track I suppose, “All we’ve got is time.”

Review: Best Behavior – Things That Happened

Best Behavior

Best Behavior are releasing Things That Happened on November 14th. The EP boasts four songs and when the title track kicks into gear, it took me by surprise. It reminded me of Hot Hot Heat circa Elevator. They have the same sort of pop sound and catchiness with their lyrics. “As I Wait” is about a relationship that feels like it met a one-sided ending. He even takes responsibility by singing “I know I’m the one to blame.” The underlying music provides a great beat for the song and the band continues to impress.

While “As I Wait” was somewhat about communication (or lack thereof), “Say” is certainly about it. “I don’t know what to say” frequently comes up and it’s something everyone can we relate to. Haven’t we all had those moments where we just have absolutely no clue what to say? “Catherine No Chaser” closes out the EP. It’s a fun, summer-like song and even though it’s being released in the fall, it still works. The song fits with the overall tone of the EP. The music isn’t drastically different, even though the lyrical content might be a little more on the bright side than the other three songs.

Overall, Best Behavior put together a fun EP. The production on it is solid from start to finish. It won’t take up too much of your time to check this out since it’s only four songs. Best Behavior are certainly a band to keep an eye on as they continue working on new music. If you’re interested, you can grab a copy of Things The Happened on their Bandcamp. I highly suggest you do so.