Review: Hungover Re-Release Wilt with Three New Songs

Hungover repurposed their Wilt EP from 2016 for their upcoming release of the same name. The new version of Wilt includes three new songs, which is just a taste of what they’ve been working on. The band plans to work on a full length release and do a lot of touring this year.

The re-release kicks off with “Three’s Company,” which is one of the new songs. It starts off the album on a good note. The vocals shine in the song and it was a good choice to kick things off with one of the new songs. “Around” is a song that switches up the pace with putting the acoustic guitar front and center. However, the full band comes in with about 50 seconds left in the song and swing back to end on a softer note.

“Exit – Stage Left” is a guitar-driven song that has more of a punk vibe to it at times. It’s also the second of the new songs. “Sleep Alone” is the third (and final) new song on the record, which is also the closing track. The song is about being put down by someone and letting go of them. The song acts as a freeing experience and with that, the records closes out on strong note.

The band’s talents and tastes are on full display with Wilt. Their range in sound shows that they have a lot of potential. I recommend giving this a listen. Even with it largely being a re-release, it’s worth listening to for those new songs. I can’t wait to hear what they release next.

You can order a copy of the record via Smartpunk Records and it’ll be out on March 30th.

Playlist: At Face Value Share Songs That Influenced Them

The members of At Face Value picked a song each that influenced them for their EP Ivy & Echo, which is out tomorrow. Check out the song selections below.

Knuckle Puck – Swing

I was super into Copacetic while helping to write the new EP. This song just struck me as something that didn’t fit the normal mold of a pop punk song, and the 3/4 time was so interesting, especially when they switch to 4/4 in the second verse. We wanted to mix things up and really get the instrumentation to another level for these songs. I would say the entire EP was influenced by Copacetic. – Grayson

Movements – “Worst Wishes”

Although we obviously are not an emo/post hardcore (whatever you want to label them) band, the drums from this song really stick with me. The percussion from this whole EP showed me a new and different way to be creative in my playing and definitely influenced drum parts in” LOTR” and “Know It All.” – Jeremiah

 

Biffy Clyro – “Biblical” 

For those of you who haven’t heard of them, they’re a punk band from Scotland and they’re sick. I was really obsessing over this song for a while last year during a lot of the writing process for IE. It’s a really deep song with a huge anthemic sound with simple yet melodic chord progressions…basically the perfect song for me. I’d say that “LOTR” was definitely influenced by this song on my part. – Parker

Boston Manor – “Burn You Up”

I was going to reference an old All Time Low or NFG song on here but I think it was more fitting to put one of these up-and-coming bands from the modern British invasion. I love keeping up on modern music and so many bands from the UK like Trash Boat, Neck Deep, ROAM, WSTR, and Boston Manor are absolutely killing it. I’d say we differ from Boston Manor’s dark/minor-key vibe, but vocally I have really been influenced by Henry Cox. I think he is a very versatile vocalist, and that is what I was striving to be on this record. He has these super low, slow bass singing parts which I love, like the interlude in “Burn You Up,” but then will jump into these higher, fast, shove-as-many-words-as-possible parts. Sometimes he’ll even put a little yelling/screaming in there. There’s a lot of third harmonies on their LP Be Nothing, similar to our Ivy and Echo. I’d also say even lyrically Boston Manor hits home with me because the songs are very honest and real. I strive for that as well. It’s almost as if you are writing the song for yourself before you think about how listeners will relate to it. There’s things you need to get off your chest, so you put it in a song. – Alec

Review: Household – Everything a River Should Be

Everything a River Should Be marks a big change for Household. The band was once a hardcore band and now they’re blending rock and emo for a new sound. The Minneapolis trio makes the transition seamlessly. Bands are meant to progress and sometimes that calls for a whole new sound.

When “Away” starts, you instantly feel how personal the lyrics are. However, “It’s Easy to Feel Rotten” is the song that draws you in even more. The title is more than relatable. How many times have you just felt rotten about something? The feeling is a common one.

Household didn’t completely leave their hardcore roots behind. You still get hints of it here and there if you listen closely to the drums and guitar. The music and vocals do feel more melodic, though, which is the main change. Frankly, the music sounds way more polished now than it did before and this style better suits the band.

“Misizibi” slows things down and shows off the variety of skills the band has. Not everything has to be at a breakneck pace and this album has a good range of dynamics. The track sequencing keeps the album moving along nicely, too. The album closes out with “Bloom,” which takes its time to tell a story about a relationship. The singer’s vulnerability is on full display here and it closes out the album wonderfully.

I’m a big fan of the direction Household took with this album. Everything a River Should Be oozes with personal lyrics and you can tell the band gave it their all. I highly recommend checking this album out. You can find purchase and streaming links here.

Playlist: American Spirits Share Their Favorite Emo Songs

American Spirits hail from Bowling Green, Ohio. The band recently released Nowhere Near Perfect. The EP is a quick listen with just five songs. The band just started in 2017 and they already have their sound nailed down. Check out the EP over on their Bandcamp.

The band put together a playlist of their favorite emo songs and tossed in some Frank Ocean at the end. The playlist focuses largely on the new wave of bands breaking into the scene.

Review: Hurry Tackles Life on Every Little Thought

Hurry is the project of Matthew Scottoline, Rob DeCarolis, and Joe DeCarolis. It initially stemmed from Scottoline’s solo work and has morphed into something new. Every Little Thought comes after 2016’s Guided Meditation and a three song EP, Casual Feelings. Put simply, Every Little Thought is an album about life. However, is anything ever really that simple?

The album’s title track kicks off the good vibes while still being contemplative. There’s a day-to-day struggle that’s very clear in these songs. From the first song to the last one, Hurry doesn’t pull any punches on letting you know how they feel. “Time and Time Again” is a song that focuses on forgetting things and doing so fairly often. Our memory is a funny thing and often I find myself wondering why I forget certain things and hold on to things I would much rather forget.

Despite having some heavy subject matter, Every Little Thought is an upbeat album. It’s a refreshing change of pace from sad, heavy songs feeling the need to sound that way. Sometimes albums like that are so hard to play on repeat, but that’s not the case here.

Hurry is a pleasing band to listen to and this is an album that deserves to stay on repeat for at least a few spins. With each listen, I enjoyed the album more and more. You really get a feel for the relationships mentioned throughout and it makes you feel like you’ve known this band for quite some time, even if you really haven’t.

Every Little Thought came out on February 23, 2018 via Lame-O Records. I recently wrote about the label’s rise within the Philly music scene and this is just another wonderful band you can list on their roster. If you want a copy of the album, it’s available in physical and digital formats.

The Rise of Lame-O Records in the Philadelphia Music Scene

The holiday season doesn’t see many album drops, but towards the end of 2012, a very special album was released: Sports by Modern Baseball. What no one knew at the time was just how much of an impact the band would go on to have. However, Eric Osman knew there was something special about this band and just wanted to get the release out.

There were no immediate plans other than to get that record out, since I was serving as manager of Modern Baseball and had no clue how to get any other labels to put out a record for the band so I did it myself.

The band produced and engineered the album themselves in the student-run studios available at Drexel University. While they moved on to Run For Cover Records, they’re forever going to be the band that put Lame-O Records on the map, especially in Philadelphia’s music scene. Seeing Modern Baseball go from playing house shows to playing venues like The Observatory in Orange County, CA was quite the experience. From sharing classes with Ian [Farmer] and Jake [Ewald] to seeing less and less of them around on campus, they were able to take something they had started just for fun and turn it into something much bigger than themselves. The same happened with Lame-O Records. Now, the label has become a staple in the Philly music scene, and was still able to occasionally work with Modern Baseball on smaller releases.

Steady Hands and Slaughter Beach, Dog are both projects from members of Modern Baseball. Steady Hands consists of Sean Huber and Jake, but it wasn’t always that way. The project was initially just solo work from Sean, and he kept adding members until it turned into a seven-piece band. Slaughter Beach, Dog is Jake’s own solo project, which is garnering more attention in the absence of Modern Baseball.

 

Emily Hakes wasn’t officially part of the label when Eric was working on that first Modern Baseball release, but she was helping out here and there. The two decided to make it official, and Emily thought it was a “no brainer” to work with the label. As things got going for the label, Emily mentions that the two started to focus more on what they were good at.

Our roles are definitely a lot more defined now than they were in the beginning. Eric and I have done a lot of work figuring out our strengths and weaknesses as individuals and letting the other person pick up the slack where it makes sense. We still make decisions collectively like we did in the beginning, but now we kind of know who’s going to handle what in terms of executing those ideas.

Lame-O Records has an innate ability to bring the Philly music scene together. You can find quite a few of their bands playing shows together in the area at venues like Everybody Hits, The First Unitarian Church and Union Transfer. When talking with Emily, she mentioned what it’s like to be so ingrained in the Philly music scene.

I think being in Philly has been everything for this label. There’s a huge, beautiful community of musicians around Philly. We’ve found so many bands that we love there and we almost always find them through friends or friends of friends. It’s very interconnected and it makes it easy to find great music. And we’d be nothing without the great music.

The label goes about finding bands by reaching out to them in-person, via email, or checking out submissions. When the label first started, it was a fairly Drexel-centric affair. Most of the Modern Baseball guys went there, as did Eric and Emily. A lot of the label’s early releases were just records that their friends did. Despite the large amount of music available, their focus on the Philly scene means they don’t have too much trouble easily finding music they enjoy.

Going back to Steady Hands, The Libertines was the label’s second release. Steady Hands stuck with the label for subsequent releases and continue to put out quality music. It wasn’t until 2016, that things really started to ramp up for Lame-O. They’ve put out 26 releases since then, which is about half of their entire discography. Birdie by Slaughter Beach, Dog, came out on October 27, 2017 and was their final release for the year.

Slaughter Beach, Dog - Birdie

When I asked Emily about the label ramping up the releases, she noted that she and Eric were both out of school for the past two years, which that allowed them to focus on the label more. Despite having a job with Brixton Agency, she’s able to devote a little more time than before, and she does PR for the label through her day job. The two truly go hand-in-hand. However, there’s still the day job and label balance to be had.

Since college I’ve pretty much always had a couple of jobs as well as the label. So I actually feel the least busy I ever have just working the one haha. But largely I think it’s just putting in a little extra work, making sure I finish my responsibilities of my paid job first and then working on the label after. It helps that I’m not regulated to any specific set of hours doing PR, and it helps that Eric’s focusing on the label primarily right now so he’s able to lead the charge so to speak.

Emily and Eric both put their full effort into the label when they work on releases. Even if it’s not a full-time gig for both of them (yet), it feels like they’re constantly gracing us with new gems from the Philly music scene. As 2017 closed out, Lame-O Records focused on the Slaughter Beach, Dog album and bands that were touring. In November, they celebrated five years of the label with a church show.

Even with the amazing roster that the label has, there are still some bands they’d love to work with. The label had a residency at Boot and Saddle in January, which went well. They got a lot of bands on board for it and raised money and awareness for local charities and community organizations. The label loves giving back and they’ve always been supportive of the local community.

Lame-O Records is already in action with the new 2018 releases. Hurry just released Every Little Thought on Feb. 23. Three Man Cannon and No Thank You have albums coming out soon, too. Not only does Lame-O continue to release great music, but they’re also dedicated to making the world a better place. They’ve fostered an outstanding community of artists and fans who know how to make an impact. It feels like the label has yet to hit their peak and I, for one, am eager to see what they plan next.

Interview: Capital North Talks Hobbies, Recording Process, and More

Photo credit: Paul Morgan

Anthony of Capital North took some time to discuss their new EP, the recording process, hobbies, and much more. Check out the interview below.

How did you two go from Lights In The Sky to making music together as Capital North?

When LITS ended we took a good 2 year break and when we decided to come back together, so much had changed. The idea and concepts that made up LITS were almost too far gone. The new music was a different style and the band members except for Jonathan and myself, were totally different. It was time to reinvent ourselves, and we decided a name change was in order. The transition honestly seemed seamless enough because Jonathan and myself had always been the primary songwriters and the new songs,to some extent,  are just a reflection of our lives and growing up. Capital North is really just another chapter in our lives, Chapter one was LITS and now chapter 2 is CN.

What was your writing and recording process like for Sea To Sky?

We wrote the album over the course of almost two years – from coming up with concepts, demoing, pre-production, recording, and post-production. It definitely was not a quick process and as far as the songs go, we just wrote what we were feeling and what was relevant to us at the time. There was no grand plan for the album. It is merely a reflection of our own lives and what was going on around us. I think that a lot of bands use a kind of formula when it comes to these things and honestly, it shows. They say you have your whole life to write your first album and I think that is apparent in so many of my favorite bands growing up. I won’t name names, but how many times have you heard a debut album and thought to yourself “oh my god this album changed my life” just to be let down with follow-ups. I once wrote a long-winded email to one of my favorite post-hardcore bands growing up BEGGING them not to release their newest album because in my eyes it was so anticlimactic that it would discredit the albums that made them timeless. Needless to say, they released it anyway and I’m pretty sure they didn’t even read the email and, with all of that being said, it flopped so hard. For reasons like that, I try not to have some set predetermined process because I feel it takes away from how genuine the music is or should be.

The video for “Glass Houses” is great. Who did you work with on it?

Jesse Lynch from the band Alistair Hennessey, who really does amazing work and is an awesome friend of ours. We really enjoyed working with him and definitely plan to again many more times in the future! The video also features our friends Joseph Biagas from “Setting Sunrise” and Andres from “Andrés”, as well as a bunch of our friends and family.

What has the lead up to the release been like? Are you excited for people to dive into the new music?

SO SO SO SO busy and so expensive lol. From getting our live stage set and all of the goodies we have for you guys that just add to our aesthetic, to getting CDs pressed and merch made, we are certainly busy and broke haha. We have also been planning our release schedule and working with PR to make the biggest splash we can! Honestly, we have been non-stop busy, but in the best way possible. I’m so excited to hear what people think of the album as a whole piece of work. I think that people will really relate well to it and that makes me excited to see that hopefully. I can’t wait for people to really pick the music apart and try to apply the themes to their lives. It’s always fun when people ask you what something is supposed to mean or what it refers to and you tell them to figure it out on their own. Not because it’s some great secret, but more because we write it in such a way that we really want it to apply to the listener’s own life in some capacity.

With the EP coming out in the early half of 2018, what are your plans for the rest of the year?

I would say a few tours should be in order and you should definitely keep an eye out for that! When we took our break to write the album and to start getting everything geared up for the new project, we sold our van (RIP Bernie) so it wouldn’t just be collecting dust as well as costing us a bunch, and I think it’s about time to get a new one and put it to good use. Other than that, we don’t like to rest and I wouldn’t count out some new music. We also have a few really exciting/interesting projects going on right now with this music that will be a lot of fun to share with everyone.

Aside from music, do you have any other hobbies or jobs?

We both love hanging out with our dogs, road trips, traveling, camping, going to shows, cooking (you’ll often find us barbecuing on tour instead of eating fast food), getting lost, exploring dangerous places, hanging with loved ones, and having unique new experiences. I love working on cars and has been known to do oil changes in the middle of the parking lot at Walmart on the van at 2 AM as well as surfing. Jon loves to work out and do Yoga and Pilates. But overall, we really like to just have fun and enjoy life and make the most meaningful memories we can! Ultimately, that is what we draw our songs meanings from ☺.

Thank you for your time! Where can our readers keep up with the band?

All of the usual suspects! Twitter/Instagram/YouTube/Facebook (@capitalnorthca). <3