Love And A .38 Announces Release Date For Sophomore LP; Debuts Video For Album’s Lead Single

Courtesy:  Head First Entertainment

Courtesy: Head First Entertainment

Stoner rock band Love and a .38 will release its sophomore album Nomads later this month. In anticipation of the album’s release the band has premiered the video for the album’s lead single.

Love and a .38 will release its second full-length studio album Friday, February 19th. The ten-track album was self-produced by the band. It was produced at Hollywood’s Blushing Cad Studios. In discussing expectations for the upcoming album the band noted the clarity in its members’ heads in developing its songs. There was also note of how that clarity and focus helped to drive the energy in each song. The band’s members noted, “We’ve really honed in on what kind of feeling we want to portray with our music, and have focused our energy in a way that better serves that feeling than we ever have before,” the band says. The album can be pre-ordered online now via iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/album/id1080439776?ls=1&app=itunes. Audiences that pre-order the album now will get an instant download of ‘Big Leg Betty,’ another of the album’s featured songs.

In anticipation of the album’s upcoming release the band premiered the video for ‘Oh My God,’ the album’s lead single, this week. The video is streaming online now via the band’s official YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUG88T9dZZ0.

 

 

Love and a 38 Video Grab

 

 

The video is also currently in rotation at the Universal Citywalk Jumbotron alongside videos from more well-known acts such as: Imagine Dragons, Paramore, and Pentatonix among others. Front man Ryan Hudson discussed the band’s inclusion in its rotation, noting the honor of being featured alongside such well-known acts and how much it means to the band. “For an up and coming band like us it’s really a thrill to be able to see ourselves side by side with artists who have accomplished so much in the industry,” he said. It’s energizing and humbling.”

Love and a .38 will celebrate the release of its sophomore album on its release day with a release party at the famed Viper Room in Hollywood, California. More information on that is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://www.loveanda38music.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Loveanda.38

Twitter: http://twitter.com/Loveanda38

 

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Exmortus To Support Amon Amarth On Band’s Upcoming Tour

Courtesy:  Metal Blade Records/Prosthetic Records

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records/Prosthetic Records

Exmortus is hitting the road this spring alongside Amon Amarth and Entombed A.D.

The Whittier, CA-based thrash metal quartet announced Monday that it will join Entombed A.D. as a support act for Amon Amarth on the band’s upcoming Jomsviking North American Tour. The tour kicks off Thursday, April 7th in San Diego, California and currently runs through Saturday, May 21st in Los Angeles, CA. The thirty-five date tour is in support of Amon Amarth’s upcoming album Jomsviking (it’s tenth overall studio recording), which will be released in stores and online on Friday, March 25th. Exmortus’ stint on the Jomsviking North American tour is part of its continued support of its latest full-length studio recording Ride Forth. That album was released earlier this month. The album debuted at #12 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart. Front man Janan “Conan” Gonzalez was optimistic about the upcoming tour noting his respect for Amon Amarth and its extensive body of work as part of his motivation for performing with Amon Amarth. “I am beyond stoked to tour alongside such renowned viking warriors! Always loved their work and image,” he said. Amon Amarth is the elvish name of Mount Doom in Lord of the Rings and I’m a huge Tolkien fan, so I’m sure we’ll get along great.” Tickets for the tour go on sale this Friday, January 29that 10am local time. More information on ticketing is available online now at http://www.exmortusmusic.com.

Exmortus is currently in the midst of its own headlining tour in support of its new album. The tour runs through February 25th in Gallup, New Mexico and includes a performance at Raleigh, NC’s Pour House. That tour schedule is listed below along with Exmortus’ upcoming tour schedule with Amon Amarth and Entombed A.D.

 

UPCOMING EXMORTUS TOUR DATES

1/25 Winnipeg, MB – The Park *

1/26 Regina, SK – The Exchange *

1/27 Calgary, AB – Nite Owl *

1/28 Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room *

1/30 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater *

1/31 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven *

2/1 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre *

2/2 San Francisco, CA – Thee Parkside *

2/3 West Hollywood, CA – Whisky a Go Go *

2/4 San Diego, CA – Brick by Brick *

2/5 Tempe, AZ – Club Red *

2/6 Las Vegas, NV – LVCS *

2/7 Reno, NV – PB&Js *

2/8 Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue *

2/9 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater *

2/10 Merriam, KS – Aftershock *

2/11 Austin, TX – Sidewinder *

2/12 San Antonio, TX – Korova *

2/13 Houston, TX – Scout Bar *

2/14 Dallas, TX – Trees *

2/15 New Orleans, LA – Siberia *

2/16 Tampa, FL – Orpheum *

2/17 Orlando, FL – The Haven *

2/18 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade *

2/19 Louisville, KY – Diamond Pub *

2/20 Richmond, VA – Canal Club *

2/21 Raleigh, NC – Pour House %

2/22 Johnson City, TN – Hideaway %

2/23 Memphis, TN – Murphy’s %

2/24 Oklahoma City, OK – Thunder Alley %

2/25 Gallup, NM – Juggernaut %

4/7 San Diego, CA – House of Blues #

4/8 Phoenix, AZ – The Pressroom #

4/9 El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls #

4/10 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater #

4/12 Dallas, TX – House of Blues #

4/13 San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theater #

4/15 Houston, TX – House of Blues #

4/16 New Orleans, LA – House of Blues #

4/17 Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle #

4/18 Tampa, FL – The Ritz #

4/20 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore #

4/21 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore #

4/22 New York, NY – PlayStation Theatre #

4/23 Boston, MA – House of Blues #

4/25 Rochester, NY – Water Street Music Hall #

4/26 Burlington, VT – Higher Ground #

4/28 Quebec City, QC – Imperial #

4/29 Montreal, QC – Metropolis #

4/30 Toronto, ON – The Danforth #

5/1 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues #

5/2 Detroit, MI – St. Andrews #

5/4 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant #

5/5 Chicago, IL – The Riviera Theatre #

5/6 Lawrence, KS – The Granada Theater #

5/7 Denver, CO – The Ogden Theater #

5/9 Omaha, NE – Sokol Auditorium #

5/10 Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater #

5/12 Winnipeg, MB – The Garrick #

5/13 Saskatoon, SK – O’Brian’s Event Centre #

5/14 Calgary, AB – MacEwan Ballroom #

5/16 Vancouver,BC – The Commodore #

5/17 Seattle, WA – Showbox Market #

5/18 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater #

5/20 San Francisco, CA – The Warfield #

5/21 Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern Theater #

* with Enforcer, Warbringer & Cauldron

% with Warbringer only

# with Amon Amarth, Entombed A.D.

 

In anticipation of Exmortus’ upcoming tour audiences can check out the band’s ‘Relentless’ Official Live Video online now. It can be viewed via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OteUwXtg92c.

 

Courtesy:  Prosthetic Records

Courtesy: Prosthetic Records

 

Audiences can stream Ride Forth online now via Spotify. After hearing the album, audiences can purchase it in stores or online via Prosthetic Records’ online store, Amazon, iTunes, and Exmortus’ official Bandcamp page. More information on Exmortus’ upcoming tour schedule is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Website: http://www.exmortusmusic.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/exmortusband

 

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Holy Grail Debuts Lyric Video For New Single, ‘No More Heroes’

Courtesy:  Prosthetic Records

Courtesy: Prosthetic Records

Holy Grail will release its latest album next month. In anticipation of the album’s release–the band’s third full-length recording–the band debuted the lyric video for its new single ‘No More Heroes’ this week.

The lyric video for ‘No More Heroes’ is an interesting new production. It presents the lyrics for the song set against a backdrop of battle scenes from World War II. It should be noted that the scenes in question are not actual footage but instead computer generated recreations of different scenes from World War II. Even having been re-created via CG, the backdrop in question is surprisingly impressive.

Courtesy:  Noisey/Prosthetic Records

Courtesy: Noisey/Prosthetic Records

Front man James Paul Luna discussed the concept behind ‘No More Heroes’ in a recent interview noting that the song centers on what is happening around the world as a result of tryanny and what must be done to stop it. “Conspiracy or not, heavy shit is going down in the world, and we can’t survive battling it alone,” he said. “‘No More Heroes’ is about the evils of tyranny and self-will, where only strength in numbers can persevere. We’re all in this together, for the win. With that being said, we’re very pumped to be hitting the road with the mighty Black Tusk this spring. Together, we will wave the flag of heavy metal across North America, and together we will shred in the name of heavy metal. Stay hard and see you soon.” Speaking of the band’s tour, the band is currently touring in support of its new album. The band’s current tour schedule is noted below.

2/11 San Antonio, TX – Fitzgerald’s ^
2/12 Houston, TX – Scout Bar ^
2/13 Dallas, TX – Trees ^
2/14 Little Rock, AR – Juanita’s ^
2/16 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade ^
2/17 Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits ^
2/18 Orlando, FL – Backbooth ^
2/19 St. Petersburg, FL – The State Theatre ^
2/20 Ocala, FL – O’Malley’s Alley
2/22 Greenville, SC – Gottrocks
2/23 Charlotte, NC – Milestone #
2/24 Virginia Beach, VA – Shakas #
2/25 Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie #
2/26 Boston, MA – Once Ballroom #
2/27 Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus #
2/29 Burlington, VT – Nectars #
3/1 Quebec City, QC – Le Cercle #
3/2 Montreal, QC – Foufounes Electriques #
3/3 Toronto, ON – Hard Luck #
3/4 Detroit, MI – Berserker Fest #
3/5 Chicago, IL – Reggies #
3/6 Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon #
3/7 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock #
3/8 Fargo, ND – The Aquarium #
3/9 Winnipeg, MB – The Windsor Hotel #
3/11 Saskatoon, SK – Amigos Cantina #
3/12 Edmonton, AB – Brixx #
3/13 Calgary, AB – Palomino #
3/14 Kamloops, BC – The Office #
3/16 Vancouver, BC – The Biltmore #
3/17 Seattle, WA – El Corazon #
3/18 Spokane, WA – The Pin #
3/19 Portland, OR – Panic Room #
3/20 Bend, OR – Volcanic Theatre Pub #
3/22 Santa Cruz, CA – Catalyst #
3/23 San Francisco, CA – Thee Parkside #
3/24 Los Angeles, CA – Viper Room #
3/25 San Diego, CA – Brick by Brick #
3/26 Phoenix, AZ – Pub Rock #
3/28 Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Bar #
3/29 Denver, CO – Marquis Theater #
3/30 Kansas City, MO – Riot Room #
4/1 Indianapolis, IN – 5th Quarter #
4/2 Newport, KY – Southgate House #

^ with Marty Friedman
# with Black Tusk

‘No More Heroes’ is available now as a digital single. It is included as an instant download with all pre-orders of the band’s new album Times of Pride and Peril. Physical pre-order bundles of Times of Pride and Peril include: 1) A physical copy of the album on CD or LP, 2) Exclusive T-shirt, ong-sleeve, or hoodie designs. Fans can place their orders for physical pre-order bundles online now at http://prostheticrecords.limitedrun.com/bands/holy-grail. Fans can also pre-order Times of Pride and Peril online now via iTunes, Amazon, and Bandcamp at:

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/times-of-pride-and-peril/id1061331360

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B018AHIGG4?ie=UTF8&ref_=cm_sw_su_dp

Bandcamp: https://holygrail.bandcamp.com/album/times-of-pride-and-peril

Vinyl options for Times of Pride and Peril include: Black, Limited-Edition Orange, and Limited-Edition Marble variants. Each vinyl copy of Times of Pride and Peril comes in a gatefold package that includes a color poster/lyric insert and download card. The full track listing for Times of Pride and Peril is noted below.

TRACK LISTING
1. Crystal King
2. Waste Them All Away
3. Sudden Death
4. Those Who Will Remain
5. Descent Into The Maelstrom
6. Apotheosis
7. Psychomachia
8. No More Heroes (listen)
9. Pro Patria Mori
10. Black Lotus

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Galactic Empire Makes A “Forceful” Debut With Its “Star Wars Main Theme” Cover

Courtesy:  Rise Records/Velocity Records

Courtesy: Rise Records/Velocity Records

The force has officially awoken. Disney’s new mega-blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens is breaking box office records across the country right now. And more than likely so are the movie’s related ad campaigns breaking their own records. And there’s no telling just how many videos are out there featuring people performing music from the original franchise (or its prequels). Speaking of those performances there is now one more to add to that mass in the form of Galactic Empire’s (yes, that’s really the group’s name) take on the famed composition.

Galactic Empire, whose members actually don the costumes of famous figures from the Star Wars universe, debuted the video this week for its cover of composer/director John Williams’ theme from the original Star Wars franchise. The band’s performance of the song can be viewed online now via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPV9NNvtL20&feature=youtu.be. The performance mixes elements of djent with a power metal feel similar to that of Powerglove and others of that ilk for a take on the song that will definitely surprise audiences. It’s not all serious for the band either. There is even a little break in the six minute plus video that reveals the green screen behind the band and more. As of last night, the video had already been viewed more than one million times according to the band’s official Facebook page.

Audiences can download Galactic Empire’s performance of the ‘Star Wars Main Theme’ now via iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/star-wars-theme-end-title/id1068343183?app=itunes. The song’s release comes ahead of Galactic Empire’s upcoming debut full-length album, which is currently slated for a Spring 2016 release. No official date has been announced for its release. But fans can keep up with that information and more online now at:

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

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/galacticempireofficial

 

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SAD, HRS To Debut ‘Rock Star’ Video Next Week

Courtesy:  Nigel Skeet/Homeless Rock Stars/Shimon Moore

Courtesy: Nigel Skeet/Homeless Rock Stars/Shimon Moore

Next Tuesday, Screaming At Demons will debut the video for its new song ‘Rock Star.’ The video, a six-minute music video/documentary hybrid will debut on the band’s Vevo channel. The video’s intent is to help benefit the nationally known homeless organization Homeless Rock Stars. The brainchild of photographer Nigel Skeet, Homeless Rock Stars officially went global this summer.

Screaming at Demons front man Shimon Moore travelled to Redding, California this summer to film and take part in a Homeless Rock Stars youth event. The result of the event is the video for the song, whose sales will go to benefit Homeless Rock Stars. More than seventy members of the Redding community took part in the event. Their contributions included interviewing and restoring members of the local homeless population. Among the volunteers at the event were local members of the local city council, community leaders, and business leaders. The recent event is just the first phase of Homeless Rock Stars’ plans. Events have already been planned to take place across America throughout 2016.

Screaming at Demons will release ‘Rock Star’ worldwide next Tuesday, October 6th at 10pm ET/7pm PST. It will not be available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify or any other online outlet. The only way that the song can be purchased is through donations to Homeless Rock Stars. Audiences will be given a number to which they can text at the end of the video in order to donate. After donating, the song will be sent directly to users’ phones and e-mail. The United Way of Northern California is the fiscal agent of Homeless Rock Stars. More information on Homeless Rock Stars including all of its latest news is available online now at:

Website: http://homelessrockstars.com

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

More information on Screaming At Demons is available online now along with a trailer for the band’s upcoming full-length studio recording at:

Website: http://www.ScreamingAtDemons.com

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

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Eagle Rock Releases Second Video From RATM’s Upcoming Concert Recording

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Eagle Rock Entertainment is giving audiences yet another look at Rage Against The Machine’s upcoming live archived concert recording Live at Finsbury Park. That is because the leader in live recordings released the video this week for another of the songs included in the band’s upcoming recording.

Officials with Eagle Rock Entertainment released the video of the band performing ‘Bulls on Parade’ this week. The performance can be seen online now via Eagle Rock Entertainment’s official YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46ubFgAwKlU&feature=youtu.be. It follows the previously released video of the band performing another of its hits ‘Killing in the Name.’

Live at Finsbury Park will be available in stores and online Friday, October 16th. It will be available on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital formats. The DVD will retail for MSRP of $14.98 and the Blu-ray for $19.98. Prices for its digital presentation will be announced at a later date. Fans can now pre-order the recording via iTunes at http://smarturl.it/RageFinsburyDigital. The twelve-song set features some of RATM’s biggest hits including: ‘Killing in the Name,’ ‘Bulls on Parade,’ ‘People of the Sun,’ ‘Guerilla Radio,’ ‘Bullet in the Head,’ ‘Bombtrack,’ ‘Sleep Now In The Fire,’ ‘and even a cover of The Clash’s hit single ‘White Riot.” Front man Zach de la Rocha even offers an interesting backstory on the song and the band’s choice to perform the song. If the extensive career-spanning set list isn’t enough for audiences, Eagle Rock Entertainment also has included a “Behind The Scenes” featurette that includes an in-depth interview with Jon and Tracy Morter in which the pair discusses the campaign that led to the band’s performance and more. The track listing for Live at Finsbury Park is noted below.

TRACK LISTING
1) Testify
2) Bombtrack
3) People Of The Sun
4) Know Your Enemy
5) Bulls On Parade
6) Township Rebellion
7) Bullet In The Head
8) White Riot
9) Guerrilla Radio
10) Sleep Now In The Fire
11) Freedom
12) Killing In The Name

More information on this and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online now at:

Website: http://www.eagle-rock.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/EagleRockNews

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Pop Punk Fans Will Enjoy SOL’s Debut LP

Courtesy:  Standby Records

Courtesy: Standby Records

New Jersey may not be one of the most popular states in the nation. But the “armpit of America” has proven for decades that it is anything but that. Being home to the likes of the New Jersey Devils from the NHL, and music legends such as Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi, the “Garden State” exhibits just as much diversity as a floral garden. Now another band has come along in the form of Stories of Living to add even more diversity to that culture “garden.” The five-piece pop punk band (formerly Time Will Tell) has officially released its debut album Save Your Breath and is streaming it in full via YouTube. The twelve-track album instantly conjures thoughts of New Found Glory, Taking Back Sunday, and A Day to Remember just to name a few comparisons. That being the case, it is a good record for any pop punk fan from start to finish beginning with the album’s opener ‘Enough is Enough.’ The up-tempo rocker centers on a relationship gone bad but musically is not one of those oh-woe-is-me style pieces. It makes for a solid opener and first impression for the band. ‘Enemies Like Me,’ which comes just before the album’s midway point, is another standout track for the band. Its standard pop punk approach makes it just as engaging as any of the album’s other offerings. In regards to its lyrical content, front man Chris Rivers, leaves nothing to question in terms as he sings about fake friends and how they need “enemies like me.” It isn’t a negative piece despite its title. Rather it’s a song sung from the standpoint of someone saying to said fake friends that they need to be put in their place; someone to show others how fake they are. This is something to which listeners of all ages can relate, not just the band’s likely intended younger audiences. ‘Skin Deep,’ is another example of what the band’s fans and pop punk fans alike will enjoy about this record. It is that standard acoustic piece that seems prevalent in so many other pop punk, emo, etc. style records. But it is also rather interesting lyrically. Thanks to its lyrical content, it will definitely have listeners both thinking and talking. Whether for this song, for the album’s opener, or for the likes of ‘Enemies Like Me,’ Stories of Living shows in its debut record to be a good first effort for the Sparta, New Jersey-based band. The same could be said of any of the album’s other offerings, too. Altogether, the twelve tracks that make up this record offer plenty of value for the pop punk legions out there and in turn make ‘Save Your Breath’ an album that every pop punk fun will want to hear at least once before this year is out.

Stories of Living’s debut album Save Your Breath is a good first effort for the Sparta, New Jersey-based pop punk outfit. That is thanks in large part to the fact that the album’s twelve total tracks instantly remind audiences of other more established pop punk acts such as New Found Glory, Taking Back Sunday, and A Day To Remember. Even with such similarities, the work of the band’s members–Chris Rivers (vocals), Bob Alcavage (guitar), Mike Larned (guitar), Nick Borelli (bass), and Mike Tizzano (drums)–still leads to a record that holds its own against those more well-known acts. That is obvious in the album’s opener ‘Enough is Enough.’ Right from the song’s outset, it instantly conjures thoughts of New Found Glory through its musical content. Rivers’ lyrics seemingly centered on a relationship gone bad will entertain listeners just as much. He sings of the relationship, “Is it alright/If I don’t know what it means to have a good night/Or that I’m just now believing it’s the truth/And now I see/That you always planned to use me…the only thing I want to tell you is/Enough is enough/And I don’t want to hear it/I’m wasting my time while you’re breaking my spirit/Keeping in mind all the time that you wasted/I don’t think that you have what it takes to make it/Judging by the fact that you’ve given up so slowly/Dragging me along/Did I really look that lonely/You may look fine tonight/But don’t think you have what it takes to make it right.” This is just the song’s lead verse and chorus. The remaining lyrical content is quite similar to say the very least. But that verse alone drives home this song’s topic clearly and efficiently. What is really good about the overall lyrical content of the song is that it isn’t one of those oh-woe-is-me style songs about a broken relationship. Rather as Rivers notes, “Now I see that you always planned to use me…the only thing I want to tell you is enough is enough,” it is a song in which the subject presents great personal strength. This is someone that finally saw the light rather than being blinded and is determined to make a positive change. That and the song’s positive musical tone come together to make this song again, a good starting point for the band on its debut record and an equally good representation of the band’s offerings on this album.

‘Enough is Enough’ shows itself to be a good starting point for SOL’s debut album and an equally good representation of what the band has to offer in the album in whole. It is just one song that serves as a good representation of the material that makes up the album’s body. ‘Enemies Like Me’ is another good example of what makes this record a worthwhile listen for any pop punk fans out there. In regards to its musical content it is another familiar piece for pop punk fans with the percussive nature of the guitar lines in the song’s opening bars and the catchy hooks and riffs that follow. The lyrical content is just as accessible for listeners. That is because of what would seem to be the song’s lyrical theme. Considering the lead verse in which Rivers sings, “Friends stay friends but now it’s all too late/It’s not the same/Losing friends with false intentions/Just don’t seem/I’m better off/Learning the hard way/I tried for the last time days ago/How could I know the outcome/We’ve changed in the past three years, I know/Nothing like/You’d better know/So/Don’t think you have me all figured out/Cause if you knew me you’d know better than to open your mouth or call me out.” That’s a pretty clear statement. And its a statement to which listeners of all ages and kids can relate. There are just as many adults like the ones that Rivers’ subject sings about as there are younger people like those people. What’s more , Rivers isn’t really exaggerating about those people, either. Because it boasts such an ability to relate to such a broad spectrum of listeners, this song shows even more why it is another good representation for SOL’s debut record.

‘Enough is Enough’ and ‘Enemies Like Me’ are both good representative songs for SOL’s new album Save Your Breath. While both songs show in their own way why pop punk fans will appreciate Save Your Breath, they are not the album’s only good representative songs. ‘Skin Deep’ is one more good example of what said fans can expect from this record. It is yet another standard style pop punk piece that most listeners will recognize in regards to its musical content. That being the case its lyrical content lies at the center of its success. Rivers sings in the song’s chorus, “It’s killing me to say please/Don’t take away the only thing/That makes me me/I’m only skin deep/And happy in my sleep.” He adds to this by singing in the chorus’ refrain, “I’ve gotta believe/This world will take me somewhere when my life succeeds/A dream/So please don’t ever wake me.” Whether Rivers is speaking metaphorically here or literally from the point perhaps of someone struggling with thoughts of depression would be interesting to learn. the supposition of someone struggling with depression comes as he sings about being happy in one’s sleep. It could easily be interpreted that the sleep in question is one’s daydreams, not literally sleep. That could lead to the interpretation of someone saying that he or she is only happy in their daydream world, and that they don’t want that taken away. This is, as always, just the interpretation of this critic. It is not gospel. It could very well be wrong. Regardless, Rivers’ ability to generate so much discussion makes it just as worth the listen as the previously discussed songs or any of the album’s other nine songs not directly noted here. Whether for those songs or for the ones discussed here, it can be said of Save Your Breath in whole that it is in fact a record that any pop punk fan will want to hear at least once.

Save Your Breath, the debut album from Stories of Life is a good record for any pop punk fan to hear at least once if not more. The dozen songs that compose the body of the album are chock full of familiar pop punk sounds that will keep said listeners engaged from start to finish. Its overall lyrical content from beginning to end is just as certain to keep listeners’ ears throughout. The combination of those factors lead Save Your Breath once again to prove itself an album that any pop punk fan will want to hear at least once. It is available now in stores and online . It can be ordered online now via iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, and Amazon. The band is also currently streaming the album online now via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2qvNvMhPB4la9TYtOOVa9zRd_jVaMrge. More information on Save Your Breath is available online now along with all of the band’s latest updates at:

Website: http://www.ourbandissol.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/StoriesOfLiving

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