We Are The Union Will Unify Ska, Punk Fans

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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. 

The band is currently touring in support of You Can’t Hide The Sun.  It will be performing in Flint, Michigan this Friday.  From there, the band will make its way through the Midwest over the Thanksgiving weekend.  To get a full tour rundown and all the latest news and more from the band, fans can go online to http://www.facebook.com/wearetheunion, http://wearetheunion.tumblr.com, http://www.myspace.com/wearetheunion, http://www.purevolume.com/wearetheunion, http://twitter.com/wearetheunion, and http://www.last.fm/music/We+Are+The+Union

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Dirty Heads’ New LP A Solid Sophomore Effort

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The release of The Dirty Heads’ sophomore album, “Cabin By The Sea” was released almost a month ago.  Its release couldn’t have been better timed.  Much like its debut album, “Any Port in a Storm”, this new release is a good Summer road trip record.  Fans of the band’s debut album will welcome this release as the sound on both releases is so similar. 

The album’s real opener and title track is a nice easy going beachy island type of sound.  It’s a nice gentle open to the record.  It’s followed by the 311-esque ‘Disguise’.  The hip-hop style mixed with the horns make for an interesting Latin-tinged piece.  Following ‘Disguise’ is perhaps one of the album’s best songs in ‘Spread Way Too Thin.’  This song makes itself a fan favorite without even trying.  It’s infused with elements of Jack Johnson and 311. Front man Dustin Bushnell sings on the song “I, I’m spread way too thin/Everybody wants to know what’s happening/I, I’m spread way too thin/what’s the big rush now/tell me why you’re rushin’.  It’s just an easy going anthem that every listener will love for its theme of relaxation. 

The Dirty Heads show their more modern influences on “Cabin By The Sea” with many of its songs.  But there’s also an older school influence from the one and only Bob Marley.  The band does more than merely showing Marley’s influence on ‘Your Love.’  It pays tribute to Marley with the inclusion of one Kymani Marley on the song.  It takes that Marley influence and seamlessly fuses it together with its own hip-hop style on “Dance All Night’ for another of the album’s high points.  Matisyahu joins the boys on this one to add his own extra spice to the mix.

“Cabin By The Sea” is a good beachy record for a sunny Summer day.  For fans who want a little more, the rap stylings of ‘Mongo Push’ and ‘Smoke Rings’ will get them moving, too.  Del The Funky Homosapien joined the band on ‘Smoke Rings’ for what is the album’s most hard edged song.  It’s definitely not a song for children.  And while it’s not a rap song, the same applies to ‘Best Of Us.’  The more mature themes of these songs and the language are not suitable for younger listeners.

“Cabin By The Sea” is available now in stores and online.  Fans can download an exclusive deluxe edition via iTunes.  The band is currently touring in support of the album.  NC based Dirty Heads fans will get a chance to see the band live this Summer when it performs Saturday, August 18th at Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre.  Fans can get a full list of the band’s tour dates and more online at http://www.dirtyheads.com, http://www.facebook.com/DirtyHeads, http://twitter.com/#!/dirtyheads, and on its official YouTube channel, http://www.youtube.com/user/DirtyHeads.

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Reel Big Fish, Goldfinger to tour together this Summer

Reel Big Fish and Goldfinger have officially announced they will be heading out this Summer on a co-headlining tour.  The pair will be joined by a number of acts including:  Big D, the Kids Table, and Suburban Legends. 

The tour kicks off June 16th in Montebello Quebec.  The tour will take the bands across the United States.  The U.S. leg of the band’s Summer tour ends July 28th in Anaheim, California.  fans in North Carolina will get their chance to see the bands perform, as they will be making a stop in Charlotte, North Carolina on July 2nd at the Fillmore.  After the U.S. tour, Reel Big Fish and Fishbone will say goodbye to the other bands on their tour, and head across Europe together beginning August 2nd. 

Fans of Reel Big Fish will be even happier to know that the band is currently putting the final touches on its eighth full length album, “Candy Coated Fury”, that they hope to have in stores in time for the tour.  More information is available online at http://www.reel-big-fish.com and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ReelBigFish.

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