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Bad Religion Share A Song Off New Album, Christmas Songs

Revered punk rock legends Bad Religion are releasing a Christmas album, Christmas Songs, on October 29. Christmas Songs features eight new studio recordings of traditional Christmas hymns and an alternate mix of their single American Jesus by Andy Wallace.

To get their fans into the holiday spirit (said in a sarcastic way), Bad Religion have unveiled O Come, O Come Emmanuel taken from the Christmas Songs album which will be released at the end of this month.

Bad Religion will contribute 20% of proceeds from Christmas Songs to SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. For more information visit:http://www.snapnetwork.org/.

Co-songwriter and guitarist Brett Gurewitz said: “This might be the most subversive album we’ve done. To me, what the album is indirectly stating is that this music, and thus the world, can be powerful and beautiful stripped of god and religion.

“These are just really good songs and a historically non-religious band like Bad Religion can perform them with as much power and feeling as anyone.”

The band’s iconic vocalist and co-songwriter, Greg Graffin has a personal connection with these songs. Graffin got his start as a singer when he was a young boy in a church choir. His instructors found him so remarkable that he received a scholarship to a choir school. And thus, the voice of Bad Religion was born.

In a world still brimming with rampant anti-intellectualism, inequality and oppression, Bad Religion’s signature brand of sonically charged humanist dissent is as relevant as ever.  And this Christmas season, just a little more ironic.

Fans are invited to pre-order the album by visiting www.badreligionstore.com.

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Dropkick Murphys To Release Limited Edition LP Box Set

Boston legends Dropkick Murphys release a limited edition LP collection of every studio album they have released, from 1998’s Do Or Die to 2013’s Signed and Sealed in Blood, on November 5 2013. This box set will be available for purchase at www.dkmstore.com or www.epitaphstore.com.

The must-have collection of 2,000 pressings will include all of Dropkick Murphys’ studio albums plus The Singles Collection Volume 1 and 2 available for the first time on a special double LP for this box set only. Do Or Die, The Gang’s All Here, Sing Loud, Sing Proud, Blackout, The Warrior’s Code, The Meanest Of Times, Going Out In Style, Signed and Sealed in Blood (2x LP), Singles Collection, Vol. 1 (2x LP), Singles Collection, Vol. 2 (2x LP) are packaged in a hardbound box and pressed on coloured vinyl with exclusive colours available through the official Dropkick Murphys store and Epitaph Records.

In addition, all box sets will include a Dropkick Murphys 36” x 60” “Pirate” flag. As a perfect gift for vinyl fans, collectors and Dropkick Murphys’ fanatics alike, the LP box set is limited edition and will sell out fast.

Formed in Boston in 1996, Dropkick Murphys started in the basement of a barbershop in Quincy, Mass. The Celtic punk band signed to Hellcat Records in 1998 and went on to release a slew of crucial punk albums. Over the course of seven studio albums the band has sold more than four million records and sell out venues on every continent. They’ve also become true hometown heroes, playing the Boston Pops’ annual 4 of July concert in front of over 250,000 and updating the turn-of-the-century Red Sox fight song “Tessie” which became the theme song for the first Red Sox World Series win in 86 years in 2004. On their own label Born & Bred Records since 2007, Dropkick Murphys are truly at home wherever they go whether it’s a punk club in Rome, raising hell at the top of a European festival bill or onstage with the finest classical musicians in the world.

In 2010, their single I’m Shipping Up To Boston became the soundtrack to the climax of the Martin Scorsese Academy Award-winning film, The Departed and quickly went platinum. Dropkick Murphys’ 2011 concept record Going Out In Style featured guest vocals from Bruce Springsteen and debuted at number 6 on the Billboard Top 200. Their latest album, Signed and Sealed in Blood returned the band to their rough ‘n’ tumble Celtic punk roots and spawned the first-ever Christmas song to make the Modern Rock radio chart in the US. Every second of the new album is evidence of one thing: Dropkick Murphys aren’t just loud and brash, they’re at the top of their game as songwriters.

For more information visit http://www.dropkickmurphys.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/DropkickMurphys.

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Veara – Growing Up Is Killing Me Album Review

Georgia’s own Peach State pop-punkers Veara celebrate the release of their new album Growing Up Is Killing Me out now on Epitaph. The album can be streamed in full by visiting the Epitaph YouTube channel.

Growing Up Is Killing Me is a huge sonic step forward for this powerful band. Beneath the ear-candy layered power chords, the band have an urgent message about life, friendship and betrayal.

Veara guitarist/vocalist Patrick Bambrick, bassist/vocalist Bryan Kerr and drummer Brittany Harrell have been playing together for over a decade. However it wasn’t until lead vocalist/guitarist Bradley Wyrosdick joined the band in 2008 that Veara as we know came into existence.

Growing Up Is Killing Me was recorded with Dan Korneff (Pierce The Veil, My Chemical Romance, Paramore) at House of Loud studio in New Jersey over a two-month period.

Patrick Bambrick states: “When we say Growing Up Is Killing Me it relates to the fact that you don’t have the same outlook on Christmas morning when you’re 28 as you did when you were eight years old.

“We’re not judging those feelings but sometimes it hurts to see those types of experiences change and watch time go by so quickly as you get older.”

With heavy influences being heard from bands such as New Found Glory, Greenday and Foo Fighters, Veara have produced a fantastic pop punk American sounding record that will leave you wanting more. Each song is punchy, energetic and full of attitude.


Veara Growing Up Is Killing Me album artwork

Track one, Next Stop…Everywhere, could easily be placed onto a New Found Glory record without anyone questioning its appearance. The intro’s tempo and the vocals are very reminiscent of NFG’s Something I Call Personality from the Sticks and Stones album. Veara have brought back that pure poppunk sound that usually gets tampered with. It can become over-complicated or too ambitious – Veara keep it simple while still portraying meaning in their songs.

Recently premiered track The Worst Part Of You is a brilliant track with the lyrics, “I’m not saying much/Coz there’s not much to say/The worst part of you told me/This is better left unsaid” lingering in your mind long after you have finished listening to the song.

None Of The Above fully highlights the meaning behind Growing Up Is Killing Me with the lyrics, “I’m so overwhelmed by decisions I have to make for myself/I can’t cover it up/I can’t cover it up any more” hacking straight into the obvious message behind the record. Life gets harder as you grow older and as Bambrick noted, your views of experiences change. Those things that you once thought were fantastic and simple slowly begin to mean little as other more ‘important’ things take priority over everything else.

The title track is very Simple Plan-esque in the time of their No Pad, No Helmets…Just Balls period as is Between Friends And A Hard Place. Both these songs have incredibly catchy rhythms that will have your feet tapping to the drum beats. These are the sorts of songs that you want on full blast in the car when you’re having a bad day. This is especially true for Don’t Call Me Lucky – a particularly angry and bitter track, “Here’s to never living out your dreams/Instead you’re living inside of me…”

Towards the end of the record, the songs do blur into one. You have to actively listen to this album to distinguish the songs – there’s no definite change in tempo or rhythm that allows you to register a new song has started without checking your playlist. However, that is the only fault as Veara have produced a wonderful pop punk album.

Growing Up Is Killing Me is a guilty pleasure record – it reminds you of a time when you were younger, perhaps at school, when you thought Simple Plan and Greenday were the best bands alive. Veara have produced an escape in their record. You really can relate to the lyrics and the fact that growing up was hard. You can relive your youth with this record or Veara can be the pop punk band that you look back on in 10 years time and reminisce about.

Growing Up Is Killing Me is available to buy now through Epitaph Records.

You can catch Veara live on the following dates:
Oct 03 Pittsburgh, PA – The Smiling Moose
Oct 05 Lansing, MI – Mac’s Bar
Oct 11 Tulsa, OK – Vanguard
Oct 12 San Antonio, TX – The Ten Eleven
Oct 13 Denton, TX – Hailey’s Club

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Every Time I Die Announce Autumn Headline Tour Dates

On 21 November , Every Time I Die from Epitaph Records begin their twenty date tour of North America. The group will not venture the States alone as they will be supported by Californian hardcore group Letlive and hardcore punk powerhouse, Code Orange Kids.

The New York native five piece open the tour by storming into the venue Now That’s Class in Cleveland, Ohio.  The group will then continue the tour through Michigan, Illinois, Pennsylvania, California and many more of the States with a final back to back gig in their home town of Buffalo, New York on 21 December.

The band start the tour after the release of their newest album Ex Lives which was released in March this year. The track Slow Leak was released in July of this year so this tour of the United States is the perfect opportunity to potentially test some new material out.  Their fans wait everywhere on baited breathe for November 21.

You can catch Every Time I Die live on the following dates:

21 Nov Cleveland, OH Now That’s Class
22 Nov Columbus, OH The Basement
23 Nov Detroit, MI Magic Stick
24 Nov Chicago, IL Reggie’s
25 Nov Des Moines, IA Vaudeville Mews
26 Nov Omaha, NE The Waiting Room
27 Nov Columbia, MO Mojo’s
29 Nov Denver, CO Summit Music Hall
30 Nov Colorado Springs, CO The Black Sheep
3 Dec Los Angeles, CA The Roxy
4 Dec Ventura, CA Rock City
5 Dec Anaheim, CA Chain Reaction
6 Dec La Jolla, CA Che Café
7 Dec Scottsdale, AZ Pub Rock
9 Dec Lubbock, TX Jake’s Sports Café
10 Dec Oklahoma City, OK The Conservatory
11 Dec Springfield, MO Outland Ballroom
12 Dec St. Louis, MO Firebird
13 Dec Indianapolis, IN The Emerson Theatre
14 Dec Huntington, WV V Club
15 Dec Lancaster, PA Lancaster County Convention Center
16 Dec Philadelphia, PA Kung Fu Necktie
17 Dec Asbury Park, NJ Asbury Lanes
18 Dec Brooklyn, NY St. Vitus
19 Dec Northampton, MA Pearl St. Clubroom
20 Dec Buffalo, NY The Waiting Room
21 Dec Buffalo, NY The Waiting Room

By Luke Bennett

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Motion City Soundtrack Release New Single, Inside Out

Motion City Soundtrack have released their new single Inside Out available for purchase and download now. This was a previously unreleased track and was premiered on Rolling Stone.com last week. You can purchase the single by visiting iTunes.

Frontman Justin Pierre says: “Inside Out is how we’re feeling these days. We have all this creative energy clawing to get out and a sudden over abundance of material.

“We’ve upped the tempos from our last endeavour a bit and are focusing on having fun and making rock. This song came together incredibly fast from inception to completion and we couldn’t wait to put it on an album. So here it is.”

You can catch Motion City Soundtrack on tour this Autumn in North America on the following dates:

Oct 03 Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar *
Oct 04 Rochester, NY – Water Street Music Hall *
Oct 05 Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall *
Oct 06 New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place *
Oct 08 Allentown, PA – Maingate Nightclub *
Oct 09 Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live *
Oct 11 Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s *
Oct 12 Bloomington, IL – The Castle Theatre *
Oct 13 St. Louis, MO – Plush *
Oct 14 Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s *
Oct 16 Iowa City, IA – Blue Moose Tap House *
Oct 17 Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection *
Oct 18 Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall *
Oct 19 Toledo, OH – Mainstreet *
Nov 01 Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom +
Nov 02 Little Rock, AR – Juanita’s Cantina +
Nov 03 Birmingham, AL – WorkPlay Soundstage +
Nov 04 Charleston, SC – Music Farm +
Nov 06 Gainesville, FL – High Dive +
Nov 07 Pensacola, FL – American Legion Hall, Post 33 +
Nov 08 Baton Rouge, LA – Varsity Theatre +
Nov 09 San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit +
Nov 11 Austin, TX – Emo’s +
Nov 12 Dallas, TX – House of Blues +
Nov 14 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theatre +
Nov 15 Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre +
Nov 16 Pomona, CA – Fox Theater +
Nov 17 Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock Café on the Strip +
Nov 19 Ventura, CA – Majestic Ventura Theater +
Nov 20 Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst +
Nov 22 Boise, ID – Knitting Factory Concert House +
Nov 23 Salt Lake City, UT – The Grand +
Nov 24 Denver, CO – The Summit Music Hall +

* with Bayside
+ with Relient K

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Survive This! Set To Release Their Debut Album, The Life That You’ve Chosen

Hailing from renowned party city, Las Vegas, Survive This! are finally set to release their debut album, The Life That You’ve Chosen, out on 29 October through Epitaph Records. The close knit band made up of lead vocalist Shawn Zyvoloski, his cousin drummer Billy Sanderson, childhood friend and guitarist Daniel Ingram and bassist Doug Horn, enlisted the help of friend and fan Ronnie Radke to produce their first album. The front man of Falling in Reverse produced the tracks from his Hollywood base helping to create a unique and deeply personal album that is simply not to be missed.

The boys diverse musical inspirations, including such polar opposites as Justin Timberlake and Underoath, have led to the musical merging of two completely different styles. Perhaps it’s this unusual amalgamation that causes vibrant, catchy choruses paired with chaotically melodic verses to somehow work perfectly. Alongside their album release the boys have shared the video for track Where I Belong which features Ronnie Radke jamming with the band as though he belongs. A definite bonus for fans of both Survive This! and Falling in Reverse, just like Ronnie’s vocal contribution to track Wrong Direction (Hey You).

The Life That You’ve Chosen tells the story of the boys struggle to release an album and the sheer hard work and passion that has accompanied their success. Despite their plight, which resounds in every note, the upbeat and punchy tracks reflect the bands clear capability to go further and higher than they’d ever hoped.

By Nicole Pilcher

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Bad Religion To Release Christmas Album

Bad Religion is set to release a Christmas album, Christmas Songs, on 29 October. Who better to help you celebrate that most wonderful time of the year?

Bad Religion

Punk Rock band, Bad Religion

Bad Religion have threatened to record an album of seasonal classics for years and now they have actually gone and done it. Tackling eight chestnuts in their classic punk rock style, Christmas Songs features White Christmas with its nod to pioneers The Ramones, the glorious choirboy intro to Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, O Come All Ye Faithful, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen among other popular and traditional Christmas Songs.

Nothing says Christmas like Bad Religion.

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