As It Is rewind to MySpace-era emo and pop-punk with ‘The Great Depression’ (review)
Fresh off of the release of 2017’s sophomore album, okay., UK pop-punks As It Is have returned with their darkest, deepest, and most creative project to date. Welcome to The Great Depression. This 2018 concept album was prefaced with three singles prior to release. It isn’t the hopeless romantic lyricism featured on Never... Read more
Real Friends prioritize their mental health on groundbreaking album ‘Composure’ (review)
It’s honestly always been a struggle listening to Real Friends because I’ve wanted to listen to them for years, but they never really offered me anything that was at a level I could enjoy. The band’s last effort, The Home Inside My Head, was a bit more bearable than their first... Read more
Panic! At the Disco “made it” on newest masterpiece, ‘Pray For The Wicked’ (review)
In the era of Brendon Urie being the sole member of Panic! At the Disco, sometimes it seems like Urie tries to reminisce and redo his past “emo like” sound in a pop format, but I genuinely believe that Pray For The Wicked is the best Panic! At the Disco album... Read more
5 Seconds of Summer have outdone themselves on ‘Youngblood’
5 Seconds of Summer have always been a band that didn’t seem to have it all there. Boy, do I love their music, and pop-punk for that matter, but there was just something in the music I felt didn’t suit them. Hell, they kept releasing song after song, album... Read more
State Champs balance pop-punk’s finest on ‘Living Proof’ (review)
For State Champs, following up The Finer Things with Around the World and Back was fascinating to me. Think about it: that album came out three years ago. And State Champs have practically toured with every other mixture of genres in their respective scene since. I went to shows and seen them... Read more
Mayday Parade make an interesting return to their upbringing on ‘Sunnyland’ (review)
Over the last few years, I’ve come to terms with the fact that Mayday Parade will never impress me as much as they did a decade ago. They’ve always struck me as a band who performed a certain style of music well and then will leave themselves stale for the... Read more
Corusco surprise and enthrall enjoyment in ‘Wake’ (review)
Over the last few months, I’ve become more and more excited for anything that comes out of Underoath’s Aaron Gillespie production camp. He’s worked with Paramore, The Almost, and now As It Is, who are about to release their most highly-anticipated album to date. There’s just a lot of... Read more
Michigander shows off ‘Midland’ (review)
Officially, a Michigander is a native or inhabitant of Michigan. However, this Michigander is a band. As solo project from Jason Singer, this Michigan native is showing the entire world what he’s about in his debut EP Midland. The six-track release features four new tracks and the previously released... Read more
Frank Turner is everyone’s mediator in ‘Be More Kind’ (review)
A record like this is exactly what we need in 2018. The English singer/songwriter Frank Turner has delivered that record with Be More Kind. Be More Kind kicks off with “Don’t Worry” – a definitive, emotional pop hit with an uplifting message. The general vibe of the track is perfect for describing how... Read more
William Ryan Key’s new album ‘Thirteen’ is heartbreaking (review)
After the bittersweet breakup of Yellowcard after 17 years of rejoicing to their nostalgic and peachy yet gloomy anthems, singer William Ryan Key went back to doing what he does best: writing anthemic, poppy hits for the world to enjoy. I ended up supporting Key’s crowd-funding project for Lone... Read more