Handheld Gets Sentimental In New LP’s Second Single

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Skatepunk band Handheld unveiled another single from its upcoming album, A Canadian Tragedy this week.

The band debuted its new single, ‘Leaving Candyland‘ Tuesday. The song is the second single from the band’s new album, which is scheduled for release June 14 through Thousand Islands Records. When released, the album will be the band’s first new music in 14 years. The band released the album’s lead single, ‘Bend The Iron‘ in March.

The song’s musical arrangement is an immediately infectious pop punk style composition that lends itself easily to comparison to works from the likes of Blink-182, Sum 41, and others of that ilk. That is evidenced through its upbeat, positive energy and overall instrumentation.

The positive vibes generated through the song’s arrangement do well to illustrate the positivity in the song’s lyrical theme, which the band talked about in a prepared statement.

“Certain people can leave a lasting impression on you and make you laugh,” the statement reads. “‘Leaving Candyland’ is about Thanksgiving, travel, sales, coaching, polka, family, a radio dj, being your own friend, Christmas, and more polka, oh… and eating a giant steak.”

More information on Handheld’s new single and album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at https://www.facebook.com/handheldpunk.

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Brand New Lungs Debuts New Single, ‘Stand Alone,’ Lyric Video

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Punk rock band Brand New Lungs premiered its latest single this week, along with the song’s companion lyric video.

The band premiered its new single, ‘Stand Alone’ Tuesday’ along with its companion lyric video. Both are available here. The song is the first new music from the band since the release of its 2019 album, Like Wildfire.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Stand Alone’ is a unique presentation. At times it conjures thoughts of BoysetsFire. At others, listeners will hear a stylistic similarity to works from the likes of Blink-182. That hybrid approach gives the arrangement a sound and stylistic approach that is certain to keep audiences engaged and entertained.

The song’s lyrical theme is meant to deliver a positive message of not giving up. The band talked about both items in a prepared statement.

“Stand Alone” is an aggressive but heartfelt 90’s-influenced punk rock song, with infectious hooks and an uplifting message,” the statement reads. “You don’t stand alone!”

More information on Brand New Lungs’ new single is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: https://brandnewlungs.bandcamp.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brandnewlungs

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Card Reader Debuts New Single, ‘Reminder,’ Companion Video

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Independent pop punk band Card Reader premiered its latest single and video this week.

The band kicked off the weekend with the unveiling of its new single, ‘Reminder’ and the song’s video Friday. The song is available to stream and download through SpotifyApple MusicAmazon, and the band’s official Bancamp page.

The musical arrangement featured in Card Reader’s new single throws back to the pop punk sounds of bands, such as All Time Low, Blink-182, and New Found Glory. That is evidenced through the combination of the instrumentation and the vocal style.

No information about the song’s lyrical theme was featured in the press release announcing the premiere of the song and its video.

The video for ‘Reminder’ blends footage of the band performing its new single in a live setting and the band making its way around a city, having fun.

Front man Tom Petito talked about the video’s treatment.

“This video is a reflection of Interstate Music’s commitment to helping artists like us,” he said. “We played our concert right before the shoot. The next day their film crew took us all over MKE. We really enjoyed ourselves in the process. The folks at IM introduced us to an incredible music scene. They fully embraced our band and made us feel at home. Thanks to Interstate Music we are a band with more tools, more confidence and unlimited optimism moving forward. We can proudly say we have two home bases now! Long Island AND Milwaukee.”

In other news, Card Reader has a brief live run planned next month. The trio of live dates is noted below.

See Card Reader on their upcoming Northeastern weekend tour:

3/4 – Ram’s American Pub – Holbrook NY

3/5 – The Mosh Pit – Philadelphia PA

3/6 – The Church – Lebanon PA

More information on Card Reader’s new single is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttp://cardreader.bandcamp.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/cardreadermusic

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/cardreaderband

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Summer Years Debuts New Single, ‘The Picture You Paint,’ Companion Video

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Pop punk band Summer Years debuted its new single and companion video this week.

The band premiered its new single, ‘The Picture You Paint‘ and its companion video Friday. The single is the second single from the band’s forthcoming EP, You Can’t Live There Forever. The band premiered the album’s lead single, ‘This Light‘ June 15. The EP’s official release date is under consideration.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘The Picture You Paint’ is a catchy, upbeat composition. It will appeal to fans of works from bands, such as Blink-182, All Time Low, and New Found Glory.

The lyrical theme featured in the new single delivers a contemplative message, which band member Mike Liorti discussed in a prepared statement.

“The Picture You Paint’s’ overall premise is dealing with doubt,” said Liorti. “As musicians, we kinda live a life of constant Show & Tell to our fans, friends, and family. These days, especially, even the most passionate/understanding supporters & teammates can quickly lose touch of the artists’ vision/potential and basically dismiss them entirely. The smallest comment/action of doubt can be very potent and contagious (sometimes even making its way into the artists’ mind), so the song is coming from a Relic/Lifer’s evolved mindset of understanding the bliss/oasis that comes from creating art for nobody but themselves and letting the dominoes fall as they may.”

Additionally, Liorti talked about the song’s video in the statement.

“The video is a compilation of the post-pandemic live shows we’ve been so honored and lucky to play and capture thanks to the help of our extremely supportive local scene,” he said.

More information on Summer Years’ new single, video, and EP is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.summeryears.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/summeryearsband

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WRTHLESS Addresses Mental Health Issue In New Single, Video

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Pop punk band WRTHLESS debuted its latest single and its video last week.

The band debuted its single, ‘Dislike‘ Thursday, along with the song’s companion video. The song is featured in the band’s debut EP, which released last year.

The musical arrangement featured in WRTHLESS’ new single will appeal to much of the pop punk and emo that filled out the late 90s and early 2000s. Listeners can hear elements of bands, such as Blink-182, New Found Glory and others of that ilk throughout the song.

According to comments from man Jordan Day in a recent interview with The Noise, the song’s lyrical theme touches on a topic that will resonate with many listeners.

“‘Dislike’ is one of the first songs we had written before COVID and it was also one of the first songs we had written with [guitarist] Connor [Anderson] after he joined the band,” he said. “It has a lot more hard-hitting and personal themes that we don’t usually go into. It comes from a place of low self-esteem and just not caring about yourself. Waiting for opportunities to arise rather than going out to create them for yourself. This is something we feel everyone goes through a lot more than people care to admit.”

More information on WRTHLESS’ new single and video is available along with the band’s latest news at:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wrthlessuk

Twitter: https://twitter.com/wrthlessmusic

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Taken Days Premieres Debut Album’s Lead Single, Companion Video

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Independent punk band Taken Days is giving audiences their first preview of its debut album.

The band unveiled lead single ‘How’d It Come To This?‘ from its album Every Second… Friday along with the song’s video. The album is scheduled for release March 19 through Wiretap Records.

‘How’d It Come to This?’ is a catchy pop punk style composition that will appeal to fans of more well-known pop punk acts, such as Blink-182, All Time Low, and New Found Glory. The song’s lyrical theme focuses on the all-too-familiar topic of a broken relationship.

The video for Taken Days’ new single puts the band into a recording studio, performing the song for what is supposed to be an uptight record executive who initially lambasts the band. The portrayal itself makes for its own entertainment. The band’s own performance leading into the song will make for its own laughs, too.

More information on Taken Days’ new single and album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: https://takendays.net

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/takendays

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