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Double Lined Minority Release New Single, White Flag

Gold Coast pop-punk four-piece Double Lined Minority have recently released their new single White Flag and have announced a national Australian tour in support.

Forming in high school and inspired by a low-fi pop punk reminiscent of the ’90s, the group have come a long way since their humble beginnings in 2009 and have proven that they’re more than what meets the eye.

Following in the wake of their two previous releases – 2011’s With Finger’s Crossed (LP) and 2013’s Calling All Liars (EP) – White Flag is a hint of what fans can expect of the band’s forthcoming EP due for release in early 2015.

Written about the realisation that there are some struggles in life you just can’t fight, for singer Eddie Salazar, it was about putting himself in to the terrifying situation that millions of people faced of Typhoon Haiyan which devastated the Philippines in 2013. Salazar said: “I imagined being at that place and in that situation whilst it was happening and to have 195 mile-per-hour winds coming right at you – and you have no choice but to accept what’s coming to you.”

White flag is laced with the band’s trademark dynamic melodies but also reflects a maturing sound. It’s a track that will resonate well for fans of New Found Glory, Switchfoot, Man Overboard and Pierce The Veil.

Renown for their high energy shows and unhinged on-stage antics Double Lined Minority have an impressive touring history having graced the Big Day Out stage twice (in 2012 and 2014) and supporting the likes of International heavyweights the likes of Smash Mouth (USA), The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus (USA), Razorback (PHIL) and Grey-houndz (PHIL).

At the ripe ages of 19 and 20 respectively, the boys are quickly emerging as the modern face of Australian DIY pop punk. With high expectations and the music to match, Double Lined Minority is a name you won’t be forgetting any time soon.

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Introducing…False Heads

False Heads are a three piece alternative/punk rock band from London. With the members still trolling their way through University, the band find themselves gigging in and around the Chichester area as well. The band consists of Luke Griffiths (songwriter/vocals/guitar), ‘Mop Head’ (bass/backing vocals) and Jack Hertzberg (drums).

Describing their sound as similar in style to Nirvana, The Sex Pistols, Elliott Smith and Radiohead, False Heads have a raw, energetic and far-from-perfect sound. But, it’s this far-from-perfect sound that makes them so likeable. Their energy and enthusiasm seeps through in each song as their sound hasn’t been moulded to suit a particular record label. There’s no fancy effects here just good, old, clean guitar, drums and bass. They are who they are and you will love them for this simple fact.

False Heads have recently self-released their second EP, Tunnel Vision which is available to download off their bandcamp page for free. In Fall Around, Griffiths vocals are very Cobain-esque – his vocals are gravelly, slightly untuneful and uninterested but pleasant. They suit the song. The chorus, “It’s all there but you’re dreaming” will have you singing along in no time.

Without A Doubt starts with a deep bass riff and sporadic drums before it turns into chaos but the vocals gradually settle the explosion. Griffiths vocals start the song with a soft, seductive tone but more angst is then heard in the chorus, “I don’t mind/I don’t care”. Griffiths’ voice sounds amazing in the chorus – this is what his voice is meant for, not slow or long-held notes but punchy, angry vocals. His vocals remain untuneful, keeping that slightly grumpy, Cobain-esque feel to them. This band are all about the attitude so having less than perfect vocals suits them. False Heads’ songs wouldn’t work with heart-melting vocals.

Where Is Your Man? starts with a lovely, upbeat guitar riff which is a pleasure to hear after all the punk rock influences in the previous two tracks. Where Is Your Man? is a light-hearted song full of Elliott Smith inspired electric guitar riffs and angelic vocals making Griffiths sound like butter wouldn’t melt in his mouth.

Remedy is the best song on Tunnel Vision. It’s got that old American pop-punk rock sound to it making it sound vintage in its own way. It’s quite an upbeat number with a sweet, gentle guitar riff and smooth vocals. The lyrics on this song are particularly well written and memorable, “Can you bring me down and bring me back/In the lost and found where I’ll cut some slack/Can you peg me out and dub me in when I’m in doubt I’ll try anything”. There’s even a superb instrumental part to Remedy around two thirds of the way in allowing the band to show off their solo abilities. This is a track that you’ll fall in love with instantly – there’s just something about it.

Comfort Consumption is a slow number to end the EP on. Griffiths vocals once again take on an angelic tone but this time are complimented by some lovely, refreshing harmonies during the verses. Comfort Consumption is clever in that the instruments build towards the end of each verse, making the listener expect a hugely dramatic chorus. But in fact, the instruments completely drop back leaving a solo guitar riff and a sparse drum beat with some vocals to form the chorus. This songs builds and diminishes tension within seconds.

False Heads have produced a good alternative rock/punk rock EP that displays the variety in their sound. Tunnel Vision can be heard here. False Heads are giving their EP away for free – you can download it from their bandcamp page.

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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

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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The Summervilles – Twelve Ways To Fuck Up Before Breakfast Album Review

The Summervilles are a three piece power-pop punk rock band from Melbourne, Australia. Forming in late 2010 and releasing an EP in 2011, the group has spent the last year and a half writing songs together to put on their new album, Twelve Ways To Fuck Up Before Breakfast. They recorded, mixed and mastered the album entirely by themselves.

Although creating the record independently, it is the self-recording that unfortunately limits the effectiveness of this album. The levels are unequal within tracks, losing vocal definition and making the music murky in tone. The Summervilles show great energy, intent and commitment and must surely be so much better live. The sound quality here is reminiscent of the recordings we enthusiastically make on our phones at gigs which, when played back, sound tinny, that fizzing impact lost and we wonder why we bothered to record it.

The Summervilles

The Summervilles

Listening through the record, there are echoes of The Buzzcocks, The Clash even Tenpole Tudor particularly in Once More Without Feeling – a more anthemic standout track where the audience can enjoy singing along with the chorus, “Oh so empty now/Wo oh oh/Wo oh oh”. This includes some interesting backing vocals sadly heard only faintly.

I’ll Be Gone has a nice structure which is more identifiable compared to the other tracks which are in danger of merging into a similar sound. Moving Under also tries something different, a quirky guitar riff with the vocals really making an impact with admirable singalong lyrics like, “I was never the type to walk you late at night/Moving under stormy skies/Now I will be the man who will always hold your hand/Moving under stormy skies”.

A couple of tracks are more pared down and have a nice contrast. It would be good to hear a less strained vocal where lyrics are more thoughtful as in the track, I Will Hold It True. The emotions would get better exposure if the vocals dropped down and this song in particular could be very effective.

The Summervilles will be much loved by existing fans and hopefully others will join them through the live experience because the album alone – due to the recording quality – may not recruit many more.

Currently only available online, the album will be getting a physical release independently in late 2013 in 12″ vinyl format.

By Kate Dexter

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Totem Release Video for New Track, See Saw Girl

Totem release the video for their latest track, See Saw Girl. See Saw Girl is to be released on 23 September through Moshi Moshi Records.

Totem

Totem

See Saw Girl is an eclectic mix of indie guitar riffs, 80s drum beats and world influenced vocals. It’s available for pre-order from here. It’s a song of many layers with call and response lyrics and dreamy pop melodies.

Totem have also announced some live dates:
19 September – The Lexington (supporting Crushed Beaks), London
26 September – Total Refreshment Centre (Single Launch Party), London

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