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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Indie Folk Punk Duo Debuts New Album’s Second Single

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Acoustic folk duo Steve and Ginie Jackson gave audiences another preview of the pair’s new album this week.

The duo premiered its new single, ‘Tear My Voice‘ Monday. The song is the second single from the band’s forthcoming album, Colder Than The Sea, which is scheduled for release May 26 through Thousand Islands Records. Its debut Monday follows that of the album’s lead single, ‘7 Billion People,’ which the duo debuted April 3.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Tear My Voice’ is a stark contrast to that of the album’s lead single. Where ‘7 Billion People’ is a happy, upbeat composition, ‘Tear My Voice’ is more melancholy in its sound and style. The neo-folk sound and approach here is also more evident than in the song’s predecessor. That song did present some folk leaning, but had more of a punk leaning along with that influence.

No information was provided about the song’s lyrical theme in the press release announcing the single’s release. No lyrics are available with the song, either. A close listen leads one on one side to interpret the song as a socially conscious composition. On another hand, one could argue that the song centers on a person’s mental health in connection to seeing the world in a certain way. Again, this is all just this critic’s interpretation, not having an explanation to reference.

Along with planning the release of its new album (its second and third overall studio recording following its 2017 debut LP, Leaving For Today and its follow-up, the 2019 EP, Dance Away), the Jacksons are also planning a tour in support of its new album. Details for the tour are under consideration.

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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A Vulture Wake Announces New EP Details; Debuts Records’ Lead Single, Lyric Video

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Punk outfit A Vulture Wake is scheduled to release its latest record this summer, and in anticipation of its release, has premiered the record’s lead single.

The band is scheduled to release its new EP, Kingdom, June 10 through Thousand Islands Records. In anticipation of the record’s release, the band premiered its lead single, ‘Red‘ and the song’s companion lyric video Monday.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Red’ is a melodic punk composition. The rough vocals, which are also still very harmonic in their approach, pair with the guitars to give the arrangement a sound and stylistic presentation that borders on pop punk and skate punk. That balance of two distinct styles and sounds here makes the song engaging and entertaining.

The lyrical theme featured in the song comes across as a social commentary about the people who live to make everyone around them miserable. It delivers a message of overcoming those people and making the most of one’s self.

The song’s lyric video features the song’s lyrics presented over a cassette tape that is supposed to be playing the song. The song plays over the visualization as it is presented.

Kingdom‘s track listing is noted below.

TrackList

1 – Virus

2 – Red

3- Choke

4- Sage

5- Moths

6- Blood

More information on A Vulture Wakes’ new single and EP is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/VultureWake

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Counterpunch Tackles Religious Hypocrisy In New Single

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Surf punk band Counterpunch debuted its new single, ‘Rewire‘ this week.

The band premiered the song, which is the title track from the group’s forthcoming album — due out June 17 through Thousand Islands Records — Tuesday. The song’s musical arrangement delivers a solid, up-tempo punk presentation that interestingly enough, lends itself to comparison to some of the older works from Avenged Sevenfold at the same time. That in itself will make this song engaging and entertaining for many audiences.

The song’s lyrical theme is a cry against the hypocrisy of the pious, self-righteous masses who fill the pews one day (or more a week), thinking themselves so perfect, and who are so quick to cast the first stone.

The band talked about that matter in a prepared statement.

“‘Rewire’ tackles the double standard people of faith create by showing face in a place of worship once a week and then acting like a piece of human garbage elsewhere,” the statement reads. “They scream outrage over everything they don’t agree with as ‘against God’s way’ while ignoring the teachings of their faith. Every religion at its core is about loving your fellow man and reverence toward whatever ‘god’ you happen to believe in. Whether they choose to follow through on what they are taught, however, is another story.”

Pre-orders for Counterpunch’s new album open April 20. The album’s track listing is noted below.

‘Rewire’ Track Listing:

1 – Into the Flood (Intro)

2 – Avarice

3- Calling All Scars

4- Waiting in the Wings

5- Judgement Day

6- Collateral Damage

7- Rewire

8- The Pendulum

9- Vanity

10- What’s Left to Save

11- Wish You Were Here

12- Paradise Lost

More information about Counterpunch’s new single, video and record is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttp://www.counterpunchrock.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/counterpunchrok

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/counterpunchrok

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