Dead Alright Debuts New Single, ‘Strong Enough To Fail’

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Punk rock band premiered its latest single to kick off the weekend.

The band premiered its new single, ‘Strong Enough To Fail‘ Friday. The song boasts a musical arrangement that echoes the sounds of so many pop punk bands that have come before throughout the mid to late 90s and even the early 2000s. Among the most notable comparisons are to works from the likes of Millencolin, No Use For A Name, and A Wilhelm Scream.

According to information provided in the news release announcing the single’s debut, the song’s lyrical theme delivers an uplifting message of “being strong enough to learn from your mistakes.”

More information on Dead Alright’s new single is available along with all of the band’s latest news at https://www.facebook.com/deadalright.

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Trashed Ambulance Honors Label’s Head With New Single

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Punk rock outfit Trashed Ambulance is paying tribute to one of the heads of Thousand Islands Records with a new single.

The band debuted its new single, ‘Cyntax Error‘ Thursday. The song is a birthday present to Cynthia Charpentier, Thousand Islands Records co-owner and label manager, according to the band.

“When a great friend/mom-ager turns 40you have to make sure she feels the love,” the band said in a prepared statement. “The song is an ode to Cynthia for always kicking ass and taking names while being the best gal east of the Saskatchewan River!”

The musical arrangement featured in the song is an upbeat, fully celebratory composition that fits the song’s lyrical theme quiet well. The pop-punk style approach and sound presented here will appeal to fans of other punk acts, such as Pulley, Face to Face, and The Flatliners.

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

Website: https://thousandislandsrecords.com/roster/trashed-ambulance

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/trashedambo

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Straightline Debuts Video For New Single, ‘Earth Defenders’

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Independent punk rock band Straightline debuted the video for its latest single, ‘Earth Defenders’ last week.

The video is featured in the band’s new album, Keep Your Cool, which is available now through Thousand Islands Records and Lockjaw Records. 

The track listing for the band’s new album is noted below.

Tracklisting:

1. Global Frustration

2. Virus

3. Undone

4. Weltschmerz

5. Shame on you

6. Dead certain

7. Earth defenders

8. Leaders of self-destruction

9. Failed Catharsis

10. Stood for something else

11. Power Shift

12. Global Citizens

The musical arrangement featured in the band’s new single is a catchy, upbeat composition that will appeal easily to fans of works from the likes of Propagandhi, Strung Out, and Death By Stereo.

No information was provided about the song’s lyrical theme in the news release announce the premiere of the single and video.  The lyrics provided with the video lead to interpretation that the song is meant to deliver a defiant social commentary about the role of the band’s current generation despite how the “older” generation views the current generation.

The video that accompanies the new single is a simple, straight forward presentation that features the band members and others singing along to the song.  A group of family and friends is incorporated into the video as it progresses.

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

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/StraightlineMusic

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Twenty2 Debuts New Single, ‘Underneath’

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Punk rock outfit Twenty2 debuted its new single and video this week.

The band premiered its new single, ‘Underneath‘ Tuesday. The song is the second single from the band’s forthcoming album, Dismissed, which is scheduled for release July 22 through Thousand Islands Records. The band premiered the album’s lead single, ‘Grudge‘ and its companion lyric video late last month.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Underneath’ is a tense, upbeat composition whose energy and urgency will keep listeners engaged and entertained.

No information was provided about the song’s lyrical theme. No lyrics were provided with the song, either. In listening to the song, audiences are left to infer that the lyrical content deals with the familiar topic of mental health. That is just this critic’s interpretation of the lyrics.

The track listing for Dismissed is noted below.

Tracklist:

1. PRE-CONDITIONED

2. CONDITIONED

3. UNDERNEATH

4. SETUP FROM THE START

5. GRUDGE

6. ERASE YOUR FEAR

7. FUCK YOUR RULES

8. BEFORE YOU SAVE US

9. I’M (NOT) DONE

10. ADULTEEN

11. I KNOW IT’S YOU

12. WHAT SHE DID

13. OUT OF MY HEAD

More information on Twenty2’s new single and album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at https://www.facebook.com/Twenty2PunkRock.

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Handheld Premieres ‘Leaving Candyland’ Video

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Skatepunk band Handheld premiered the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its single, ‘Leaving Candyland‘ Thursday. The band premiered the single by itself last month. The video pays tribute to the late great actor John Candy. It does this by presenting the band in famous scenes from beloved John Candy movies, such as Uncle Buck, Spaceballs, and Planes, Trains, & Automobiles as the song plays over the visualization.

The band talked about the video in a prepared statement.

“We wanted to pay tribute to the great human that was John Candy and honour his life in a unique way, the statement reads. “We picked 6 of our all-time favourite John Candy roles which included: Barf from Spaceballs, Gus from Home Alone, Chet from The Great Outdoors, Del from Planes, Trains & Automobiles, Yosh of The Schmengie Brothers (SCTV) and Uncle Buck from you guessed it… Uncle Buck. Then for each character we shot an homage to our favourite scenes, sprinkled in some punk rock flavorings and what you get is one hell of a good time. This video is definitely big in Sheboygan.”

‘Leaving Candyland’ is the second single from the band’s new album, Canadian Tragedy, 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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Twenty2 Debuts New Single, ‘Grudge,’ Lyric Video

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Punk rock outfit Twenty2 debuted its new single and video this week.

The band premiered its new single, ‘Grudge‘ and its companion lyric video Wednesday. The song is featured in the band’s forthcoming album, Dismissed, which is scheduled for release July 22 through Thousand Islands Records.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Grudge’ is a fully accessible punk rock composition. From its driving guitar and drum performances, to the equally urgent sense in the vocals, the whole of the arrangement creates a powerful sense of tension that will engage any listener.

The tension in the arrangement works well with the song’s lyrical content, which seems to deliver a theme of someone who is in fact holding a grudge against someone who has wronged that person.

The lyric video for Twenty2’s new single places the song’s lyrics over the image of a person holding what looks like an emergency smoke flare. The single’s art is also incorporated into the video.

The track listing for Dismissed is noted below.

Tracklist:

1. PRE-CONDITIONED

2. CONDITIONED

3. UNDERNEATH

4. SETUP FROM THE START

5. GRUDGE

6. ERASE YOUR FEAR

7. FUCK YOUR RULES

8. BEFORE YOU SAVE US

9. I’M (NOT) DONE

10. ADULTEEN

11. I KNOW IT’S YOU

12. WHAT SHE DID

13. OUT OF MY HEAD

More information on Twenty2’s new single and album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at https://www.facebook.com/Twenty2PunkRock.

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Trashed Ambulance Presents Socially Conscious New Single, ‘Blip On The Radar’

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Punk rock outfit Trashed Ambulance debuted its new single, ‘Blip on the Radar‘ this week.

The band debuted the new socially conscious composition Tuesday through Thousand Islands Records. The song is expected for inclusion in the band’s forthcoming as-yet-untitled album. The record’s release date and other details are all under consideration.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Blip on the Radar’ blends elements of skate and pop punk together into one whole. The combination of styles makes the three-and-a-half minute composition fully engaging and entertaining from beginning to end.

The lyrical theme featured in the song addresses mental health and addiction. In the process, it also indicts the world’s health care system as part of the discussion.

The band talked about this matter in a prepared statement.

” ‘Blip on the Radar’ is a look into the mind of someone battling addiction and depression, going at it alone in an existence supported by the worst drug dealer of them all… the doctors that feed them pills and false hope,” the statement reads. “The sky opened up and they finally realized that it was always up to them to dig themselves out of the dirt, and Punk music and sobriety were a means to an end.”

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

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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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Steve And Ginie Jackson Debut New Single, ‘Help Me!’

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Indie neo-folk dup Steve and Ginie Jackson premiered the third single from their forthcoming album this week.

The duo premiered its new single, ‘Help Me!‘ Wednesday. The song is the third single from its forthcoming album, Colder Than The Sea, which is scheduled for release May 26 through Thousand Islands Records. The album has also produced the singles, ‘Tear My Voice‘ and  ‘7 Billion People‘.

The musical arrangement featured in this latest single from the married duo is a full-on bluegrass tune, setting itself clearly apart from the album’s other singles. The immediate comparison that comes to mind is to works from the likes of Steep Canyon Rangers.

No information was provided about the song’s lyrical theme in the press release announcing the song’s premiere. In listening to the song, it comes across as being a theme of someone who is working to come to terms with accepting that they need help. That help could be in a variety of ways. This is just this critic’s interpretation.

More information on the Jacksons’ new album, single, and tour is available along with all of the duo’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://steveandginiejackson.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/steveandginie

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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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