Homeplate Signs With Indie Vision Music; Unveils Debut Single

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Fledgling pop punk act Homeplate debuted its first-ever single this month.

The duo — David Newman (vocals, guitar, bass) and Cody Thmpson (drums) — debuted its new single ‘Broken Youth‘ July 24.  The song is the lead single from the duo’s forthcoming debut EP Derby City.  The EP is scheduled for release Aug. 14 through Indie Vision Music.

The band’s new single is streaming on all digital networks now.  Its catchy, up-tempo, guitar-driven arrangement will appeal to fans of the band’s established contemporaries, such as The Ataris, MXPX, and State Champs.

The song’s lyrical theme matches its bright musical arrangement.  That is because it sends a familiar message to listeners to not give up even in the most difficult of times, when one might have difficult thoughts to navigate.

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Grandpa Loves Rhinos Debuts New LP’s Second Single

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Independent rock band Grandpa Loves Rhinos is taking on a tough topic in its latest single.

The band debuted its new single ‘Fostering Patience for Patients’ Thursday.  The song is the second single from the band’s forthcoming album Searching in the Sarchasm.  Its debut comes approximately a week after the band debuted the album’s lead single ‘Gimme, Gimme.’

‘Fostering Patience for Patients’ is available to stream through Soundcloud, Spotify and Apple Music.

The musical arrangement at the center of ‘Fostering Patience for Patients’ is a familiar stylistic approach that will appeal to fans of pop punk and emo.  Its lyrical theme takes on a topic that is rarely, if ever, addressed by any act across the musical universe, as explained in a recent interview by front man Seth Hyde.

“The song describes our experience of foster care…trying to help someone who is seriously hurt (and fighting your help) with some inadequate methods because we thought we were awesome,” he said. “In the end, we gave up. If only there was something bigger than us that won’t give up. Good news, there is.”

The “our” that he mentions is himself and his wife.  He explained during the interview that the couple attempted to serve as foster parents for a year, bt ultimately were not able to keep going.

“My wife and I did foster care for a year…and it messed us up.
It started with excitement as a noble call from God to help the broken kids out there. We wanted to break their cycle of trauma – stop hurt people from hurting people. We knew it would be tough but, hey, we were awesome parents, super capable and loving.

Foster care sucks. It sucks for everyone: the kids, the biological parents, the foster parents, and the state workers. These foster kids needed so much, and we gave and gave and gave over and over. Despite all the training,our parenting and attempts at showing love, it felt like the kids pretty much rejected everything we had to offer. We invited hurt, depressed, abusive, and disruptive people into our home. What ensued was total madness. You are not responsible for all the sin that these kids inherited or went through but you get to deal with all the consequences.

Despite our best efforts, it left me feeling very hopeless and angry that these kids might not become all that I wanted them to be. After getting ignored, spat in the face, punched, disrespected, our biological kids being hurt by the foster kids, you think things that make you realize ‘I’m no saint’. All I wanted to do was help. It humbled us also to think that we’re not these perfect, loving, awesome parents.

The short story is that after a year I made the decision to put in our notice that we couldn’t do it anymore. It felt like we gave up our lives for these kids for a year, and then gave up on them because I wanted my life back. The stress of it was too much and my mental health was not in a good place. I have to hope that some good came out of a year of what felt like torture. I was messed up thinking about how much I grew to dislike them for ‘ruining my happiness’. Then came the guilt of taking care of myselfand my family above other people who actually need help. I’m still left with the thought of what God would have me do…is it even about me? Should I be able to just fight through the feelings of misery, hardship, depression? If not me, who is going to care for the unwanted kids? Who will care for the abandoned kid and show them that they matter?

Although it was maybe one of the worst years of my adult life, the three things I learned where this: 1) “love” is an action (taking care of them, welcoming them into your home, driving them places, trying to teach them things)that doesn’t have to go along with a good feeling despite what I felt day to day (inconvenienced, uncaring, not appreciated, etc.); 2) It shows me how incredible the love that God has for his kids when we do the same thing to him, yet he never fails, never leaves, never stops loving us; and 3) We need more foster parents. I could only give 1 year before it took me out. Just because I got wounded and taken out of the war doesn’t mean I’m a bad soldier. It means I need to get healing, send reinforcements to jump into the fight after me, and maybe I’ll be able to get back in it someday.

Pre-orders are open now for Searching in the Sarchasm.

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Names Without Numbers Plans Debut EP Re-Issue

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Names Without Numbers will re-issue its debut EP next week.

The independent rock band will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the EP’s release with a new remastered re-issue of the record July 3.  The re-issue will come through Indie Vision Music.  In anticipation of the record’s re-issue, the band has made the EP’s song ‘This Hallmark Moment.’ available as an instant grat download with pre-orders.

The band was upbeat in talking about the EP’s re-issue in a collective statement.

Wow! We can’t believe it’s been 20 years since we recorded this EP, back when we were just kids,” the statement reads.  “Even though the lineup was a bit different back then, you can hear glimpses of where we were headed as a band. Listening to this again brings back so many memories of song and sound experimentation, best friends long-since moved away, and hours spent driving and sleeping in a stinky van. Recorded in the famous Mogis brothers’ studio in Lincoln, Nebraska before we had any business being there, it still makes us smile. We hope you enjoy it too!”

Names Without Numbers’ upcoming self-titled EP re-issue is just its latest release.  The band released its sophomore album Silos & Smokestacks last year.  The album is available to stream and download through its official website.

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At The Wayside’s Sophomore LP Proves To Have Been Well Worth The Wait

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Five years is a long time for a musical act of any genre to go without releasing new music.  Going silent for such a long time can easily lead one to wonder if an act is even still active.  So it goes without saying that when At The Wayside recently announced it would release its first album in five years it was a surprise for lots of people.  Luckily though, the album, The Breakdown and the Fall—released May 26 via Indie Vision Music—proves to be a pleasant surprise.  That is proven throughout the course of the 12-song record beginning with its catchy, upbeat opener ‘How We Live.’  It will be discussed shortly.  The record’s closer, the band’s cover of the classic gospel tune ‘Will The Circle Be Unbroken’ supports that statement just as much as does the moving acoustic composition ‘Lines From A Song.’  All three songs prove to be critical additions to the record’s overall presentation.  They are only a small portion of what makes the record work.  The other nine songs that form the rest of the record’s body are just as important to the record’s whole as the trio noted here.  All things considered, they make The Breakdown and the Fall one of this year’s top new rock records and one of the year’s top new independent albums.

At The Wayside’s new album The Breakdown and the Fall is one of this year’s biggest surprises.  That is especially considering that it is the band’s first new music in five years.  Considering how long the band spent between albums, the surprise proved to be quite pleasant.  That is because this record still has all of the musical and lyrical charm exhibited in the band’s 2012 self-titled debut throughout.  The album’s opener, ‘How We Live’ clearly supports that statement. The song’s musical arrangement forms a solid foundation with its mix of pop punk and near djent riffs.  Such a combination sounds like it wouldn’t work.  But somehow, that combination of styles works in this setting.  The result of that mix is an infectious arrangement that makes the song a solid starter for the record and an instant fan favorite in its own right.  Of course the song’s musical arrangement is only part of what makes it work.  The song’s lyrical content is just as important to discuss as its musical arrangement.

The song’s lyrical content is so interesting in that it comes across (at least to this critic) as a statement about the band’s seeming inactivity over the past number of years.  That is inferred as Guitarist/vocalist Phil Carper sings, “Some call it faith/Some call it blind luck/Some call it what we’ve always had inside/We’re here tonight/We fought to find a way to face the pain and bring a smile/And it won’t feel like forever for too long/But we can’t just hold our breath until things go.”  The rest of the band joins in from there to sing in the song’s chorus, “This is how we live/This is everything we get/Sing these words and melody/Play our hearts until our fingers bleed/This is why we breathe/This is what will set us free/We stayed up to face the night/And we watched the sky ignite together.”  The song continues on presenting a message that is just as positive; one that talks about facing adversity in so many ways (metaphorically of course) with the result being the overcoming of that adversity.  Such positive language is a great way for the band to return and is a positive message in general.  When that message is joined with the song’s upbeat musical arrangement, the end result is a song that will stick in listeners’ heads long after it’s over, ensuring its popularity and showing again why it is such an important part of the record’s whole.  It is just one of the songs that makes this record stand out.  The album’s closer, which is the band’s cover of the old-time gospel tune ‘Will The Circle Be Unbroken’ helps make the record stand out even more.

‘The Breakdown’ is a great starting point for At The Wayside’s new album The Breakdown and the Fall.  That is due both to its upbeat musical arrangement and its equally uplifting lyrical theme.  The two elements together make the song a clear example of what makes this record stand out in this year’s field of new rock records and independent records.  It is not the only song that serves to show why this album stands out.  The band’s cover of the classic gospel tune ‘Will The Circle Be Unbroken’ also shows what makes the record stand out.  This tune has been covered more times by more artists and acts than can possibly be counted in a single setting.  Even with that in mind, this take on the tune is still entertaining in its own right.  It starts off softly, leading listeners to think it will just be some gentle, rolling arrangement.  But shortly after, it lifts off, launching into a catchy mainstream accessible arrangement that shows in itself the band’s reach, proving the band can easily do more than just pop punk.  It’s really the type of arrangement that would might expect to hear at one of the nation’s many religious festivals held by today’s “modern” churches. Keeping that in mind and the familiarity with the song’s lyrical content, there is no reason to discuss the song’s lyrical content.  It is a classic church tune.  Yet again, the way the band handled the song is original and catchy.  With that in mind, even as an old church tune, that mainstream accessible arrangement makes it another one of the album’s hits and one more example of what makes this record stand out.  A little more than halfway through the record, another song unlike the pair already discussed serves to show even more why this record stands out.  It comes in the form of ‘Lines From A Song.’

‘Lines From A Song’ stands out from the other songs discussed here both musically and lyrically.  The song’s musical arrangement starts out softly, eventually evolving into a full, powerful work complete with drums, bells, strings and chorus.  The gradual growth presented in the arrangement couples with its instrumentation to generate a work that ultimately generates quite the powerful emotional impact.  That emotional impact is strengthened even more as the song’s lyrical content is placed alongside that musical arrangement.  Lyrically speaking, the song comes across as being a love song.  That can be inferred as Carper sings in the song’s chorus, “Tracing every mark/On your beautiful skin/Fingertips apart/So the mind can slip in/And they fed like lines from a song/For this moment tonight/What makes you think you could ever be less/What does the world have to do with us/All that I need is the touch of your hand/Your ocean eyes staring back into mine/My heart is believing/My mind without a doubt/And maybe this feeling/Is so much more than the music and movies make it out.”  Carper and company continue to repeat these lines throughout the second half of the song over that already noted growing musical arrangement.  The pairing of that growing musical impact coupled with the constant lyrical refrain drives home the song’s message and its emotional impact, making it quite the powerful love song, needless to say.  Keeping all of that in mind, the pairing of this song’s musical arrangement and its lyrical content expertly serves to tug at listeners’ heartstrings, again, showing how it stands out from its counterparts.  When it is set against its counterparts, that juxtaposition shows even more why the record in whole stands out, too.  It shows again the musical and lyrical diversity presented throughout the record, and is hardly the last song that serves to exhibit that diversity.  The album’s second song, ‘Inside Of My Mind’ is a classic post-break-up piece that features its subject telling that lost love “I wish you could see inside my mind.”  ‘I Won’t Go Down Like This,’ is the antithesis of ‘Inside My Mind.’  It is an empowering yet fun piece with its own musical fire.  ‘Lose One Friend, Lose All Friends, Lose Yourself’ stands out, too.  All things considered, these songs, the songs discussed here, and those not noted combine to make The Breakdown and The Fall a solid return for At The Wayside; a record that is one of this year’s top new rock and independent records.

At The Wayside’s new full-length album The Breakdown and The Fall is one of this year’s top new rock and independent releases.  That is proven from start to finish with a certain diversity in the record’s arrangements and its lyrical content.  Yes, it is filled out largely by familiar pop punk arrangements.  But the arrangements themselves are never twice the same.  They change in their approach and sound each time out as has already been discussed.  The records’ lyrical content ranges from the standard break-up and love songs to more thoughtful pieces, too.  There’s even a cover of a classic southern gospel piece here.  When those elements are joined together, they paint a picture of an album that is a welcome return for At The Wayside, and one that is, once more, one of this year’s top new rock and independent albums.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on The Breakdown and The Fall is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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At The Wayside Signs New Deal; Announces New Album Release Date

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At The Wayside will release its next album next month.

The band recently signed with indie label Indie Vision Music, and will release its next album The Breakdown and the Fall through the label on Friday, May 26.  In anticipation of the album’s release next month, the Wisconsin-based pop punk outfit is currently streaming the album’s lead single ‘Lose One Friend, Lose All Your Friends, Lose Yourself’ via Soundcloud.  It is also streaming online via Indie Vision Music’s official YouTube Channel.

Pre-orders for the album will be available soon in a handful of bundle packages via the band’s StoreFrontier page.  The bundles will also be available via iTunes and Google Play.  the album’s track listing is noted below.

Track List:

1. The Breakdown

2. How We Live

3. Inside Of My Mind

4. I Won’t Go Down Like This

5. My Way To You

6. Counting Seconds

7. Lines From A Song

8. Lose One Friend, Lose All Friends, Lose Yourself

9. I Can’t Stay

10. Closer Than Close

11. The Fall

12. Will The Circle Be Unbroken

More information on At The Wayside’s new album and single is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.atthewayside.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/atthewayside

Twitter: http://twitter.com/atthewayside

 

 

 

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