Detroit, Michigan. The very words conjure thoughts of Motown, muscle cars, and more. One wouldn’t generally associate this beloved city with the sound of ska and punk rock. But with the release of its new album, You Can’t Hide The Sun, Detroit’s own We Are The Union is showing that it has its own musical muscle. The band’s new album blurs the lines of punk and ska. Its sound is something along the lines of Reel Big Fish meets certain pop punk bands. The album’s opener exhibits that with its opener, ‘Dust on the Hourglass.’ It does a good job of balancing the horns and guitars. Musically, it has all the requisite hooks and choruses to make it a sure hit among the band’s intended audiences. And it’s equally nice to have a vocalist who actually sings instead of screams especially in today’s punk scene. This makes for a nice first impression.
The band keeps the tempo driving on the next song, ‘I Want You To Hit Me As Hard As You Can’ before slowing things back down just slightly on ‘Live Like Mitch.’ It doesn’t take the band long to pick things right back up as it moves into ‘415 In Progress.’ It keeps that momentum going through the remainder of the album from here on out, making for an album that any fan of punk and ska will enjoy.
It’s good news, bad news for Green Day fans. The band has cancelled all of its remaining tour dates for the year. And dates for January and February 2013 have been postponed until further notice. Anyone who has bought tickets for any of the band’s upcoming club tour shows can get their money refunded from wherever they bought tickets for the shows. While tour dates for January and February 2013 have been postponed, the hope is that makeup dates will be announced soon. Tickets purchased for shows in January and February will be honored at the makeup shows.
Bassist Mike Dirnt commented on the cancellations and postponements. He noted that they were related to the health and well-being of front man Billie Joe Armstrong. “Obviously the timing for this isn’t ideal, but Billie Joe’s well-being is our main concern,” he said. “We are happy to say that Billie Joe is doing well, and we want to thank you all for the outpouring of support and well wishes that we have received, and we can’t wait to see you all again.”
In related news, the band has also moved up the release date for the third album in its new trilogy. The release date has been moved from its original release date of January 15th, 2013 to December 11th, 2012. Drummer Tre Cool commented on the pushed up release date, noting that it was an effort to make things right with fans due to the tour date issues. “We feel bad we have to delay our tour, so to make up for it we want to give our fans the music earlier than we had planned,” he said. “If we couldn’t be there to play it for you live, the least we could do is give you the next best thing.”
The self-titled debut record from At The Wayside is a solid pop punk record for fans of New Found Glory, Simple Plan, and others of that ilk. It carries all the requisite hooks, riffs, and choruses to make it an instant hit among fans of the pop punk genre. Add in some very positive lyrics, and audiences get an album that’s that much better of a debut. It grabs audiences from the very first moments of the album’s opener, ‘Drown Us Out.’ Front man Phil sings in ‘Drown Us Out’, “Each time we try and we get let down/Each loss we’re counting/As a victory/You can’t stop us now.” It almost comes across as a more optimistic look at life. Instead of letting losses beat oneself, one should take those looses and find the good in them to make them victories in the long term. That’s a positive message to audiences and a good way to kick off the album.
‘What They Said’ is another high point to this record. The band’s front man sings an apologetic statement here. He sings, “I shouldn’t have had to explain myself/I shouldn’t have to tell you now/I’d never have asked for forgiveness/If I’d just never let you down.” He is admitting that he isn’t perfect and that he knows it. So he is sending out an apology for how he has been.
As poppy as the record is, there is one moment on the album in which the band slows things down in a big way. ‘7.4.08’ is a ballad that’s gentle both in its music and its lyrics. It notes here, “It’s not right to be afraid/Or even think to be ashamed/There’s no one left/ To take the blame/So let it go/Let it go.” It comes across as a song about a woman who has been abused. What kind of abuse is beside the point. This is a song that’s sure to empower its female audiences. So many women blame themselves for being abused. This is evident as the song notes, “I know you’ll try/To Justify this/As if you could possible deserve this/But you don’t/And I hope/That you know that/Princess.” It’s saying that no woman should ever blame herself for the abuse suffered at the hands of another. The fault lies not in the victim, but in the on abusing the victim. This is undoubtedly the album’s biggest high point. The gentility in the vocals and the music make for such a comforting moment for the band’s female audience as there are so many women who could likely relate to this piece.
‘7.4.08’ is without a doubt, the album’s highest of highs. It’s just one of many throughout the album’s ten songs. Every listener will take something different away from this album. And that’s the sign of a good release. Anyone who is a pop punk fan and anyone who wants music with real lyrical substance will appreciate this debut from At The Wayside. Fans in Iowa will get to hear the band’s music live today, as the band will be performing at the 208 Ministry Center in Osceola, Iowa. For a full list of the band’s tour dates and all the latest news from the band, fans can “Like” the band’s Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/atthewayside or follow the band on Twitter at http://twitter.com/atthewayside.
Pop rock band Boys Like Girls will be making a tour stop in North Carolina next month. The band will be performing at Charlotte, North Carolina’s famed Amos’ South End. The band will be joined by fellow pop-rockers The All American Rejects. The band’s front man, Martin Johnson expressed his pleasure at joining forces with The All American Rejects. “I’ve always been a big fan of The All-American Rejects and couldn’t be more delighted to be sharing the stage with them this fall”, he said. He went on, adding, “I think it’s going be a great time for both the fans and bands alike. Looking forward to a really great couple of months.”
To get hyped up for the show, fans can check out the video for the band’s new single, ‘Be Your Everything’ now on Vevo. Just follow the link here: http://smarturl.it/byevideo. ‘Be Your Everything’ is from the band’s upcoming new album, “Crazy World”, which is due out this Fall on Columbia Records.
The video places the song’s lyrics against a kaleidescopic background that will undoubtedly get viewers’ attention. The lyrics are pretty straightforward. Front man Billie Joe Armstrong sings in the song’s chorus, “tonight, my heart’s on the loose.” That lyrical simplicity and the catchy musical backing make this a great introduction to the band’s upcoming “trilogy.” As catchy as it is, it will likely become a hit on the band’s tour, too.
Pop punk rockers Green day have released the trailer for the band’s upcoming album, “DOS!. The album is the second in a trilogy of upcoming albums from the band due “out this Fall and Winter. “DOS!” is currently scheduled to be released November 15th. The first release in the trilogy, “UNO!” is scheduled for release September 25th. And the final album in the set, “TRE!” is currently slated for release January 15, 2013.
The trailer for “DOS!” shows the band in the studio and out on tour with a sample of some of the new music layed overtop of the footage. Fans can check out the trailer now, on the band’s website, http://www.greenday.com.
In other Green day news, the band is currently finishing up a stint supporting the hit stage play based its album, “American Idiot” in San Francisco, California. From there, the band will be performing across Europe throughout the Summer in support of both the stage play and the its album, beginning October 9th in Southampton, Great Britain. That tour will take the band into early December.
Rock veterans The Offspring have officially announced the release date for the band’s upcoming new album. “Days Go By” is set for release June 26th on Columbia Records. It was produced by Bob Rock (Metallica). The album’s title track is playing at radio stations nationwide now. When he was asked about the new album, singer/guitarist Dexter Holland said of “Days Go By”, “I don’t know why but I felt sort of serious writing this record and when I finished I felt I needed to have a few playful songs too. Kind of both sides of the Offspring. Either way I think these songs are all going to be a lot of fun to play live.”
The band is already slated to perform at this year’s annual KROQ Weenie Roast Y Fiesta May 5 alongside Coldplay, Incubus, Silversun Pickups and Pennywise. It will also perform its 1993 debut album, “Ignition” from start to finish at Alex’s Bar May 3rd in Long Beach, California. Following this pair of performances, the band will embark on a world tour in support of its new album. Fans can keep up with the band’s tour dates online at http://www.offspring.com, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Offspring, and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/offspring.
Ok, everybody. On the count of three, everybody yell, “WOO” Ready? One. Two Three. WOOOOOOOO!!!!! Texas based Bowling For Soup is back with another great new album in “Fishin’ for Woos.” The band has proven with this record that between its 2009 release, “Sorry for PArtying” and this new release, it hasn’t lost a bit of its fire since that time.
“Fishin’ For Woos” is a solid album from beginning to end. Just as with its past albums, the band continues to keep itself distanced from all the other pop punk bands that take themselves far too seriously. At the same time, it doesn’t reproduce the same sound as its previous release. The band has kept itself fresh yet again. Instead of writing a bunch of whiny emo-style songs about love lost, the band takes the road less traveled, opting instead to make another fun party rock record that audiences will love more and more with every listen. It’s highlighted by songs such as ‘Girls in America’,’Friends Chicks, Guitars’, the Ugly Kid Joe-esque ‘Here’s Your Freakin’ Song’, and the party anthem, ‘S-S-S-Saturday.’ There’s even a touch of an homage to the Ramones in ‘Girls in America’ during the song’s chorus. Whether that was intentional is anyone’s guess. But it is there, nonetheless. And it’s a great added touch to the song.
The most serious that the band gets on “Fishin’ For Woos” is on the song, ‘Turbulence’. [Jaret] Reddick sings on the album’s only ballad, “We’re all just passengers tonight/and we’re all just travelling through our lives/we will reach our destination/so just hang on for the ride/say a prayer and close your eyes/it’s just a little turbulence…” It’s a song about getting through life’s difficult times. But it’s not one of those standard whiny “oh woe is me” style emo/pop punk pieces. It’s much more positive. And for that, the band is to be commended even more.
“Fishin’ For Woos” has so much going for it. Whether it’s the album’s only ballad, or any of the more up-tempo pieces throughout the album, Bowling for Soup has crafted what should be considered one of the best punk rock and general rock records of 2011. And compared to the other punk and pop punk bands out there, it’ll easily continue to set Bowling For Soup apart as one of the best punk and general rock bands currently making music today.