Albums/EPs

ALBUM: Citizen – As You Please

Release Date: October 6th 2017
Label: Run For Cover Records
Website: www.citizentheband.net
Facebook: www.facebook.com/citizentheband
Twitter: www.twitter.com/citizenmi

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In what has only been a short career, Ohio’s Citizen have released two solid albums and acquired a big fan base in only a matter of years. It could be argued that bands such as themselves and Basement were once perhaps placed in a somewhat ’emo’ category à la Brand New. However, ‘As You Please’ sees the band move on from this idea. The record sees the band perfectly blend what was good from their previous records – 2013’s ‘Youth’ and 2015’s ‘Everybody Is Going To Heaven’ – with a touch of experimentation, to make what is their best album so far.

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ALBUM: Makeout – The Good Life

Release Date: September 29th 2017
Label: Rise Records
Website: www.makeoutofficial.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/makeoutofficial
Twitter: www.twitter.com/makeoutofficial

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Young pop-punk bands (with a stronger emphasis towards pop) have been cropping up more and more in recent years, with 5 Seconds Of Summer breaking out of Australia and subsequently taking over the globe after touring with One Direction, and As It Is steadily climbing the ladder.

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EP: The Wonder Years – Burst & Decay

Release Date: September 22nd 2017
Label: Hopeless Records
Website: www.thewonderyears.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/thewonderyearsband
Twitter: www.twitter.com/thewonderyears

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For anyone who is even remotely aware of The Wonder Years and the current pop-punk scene, it’s clear to see that the sextet have something slightly more about them than most other bands in the same arena; be it the connection with their fans, the relatability in Dan “Soupy” Campbell‘s lyrics, or the way that they make live shows feel so intimate regardless of the size of the stage that they’re on.

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ALBUM: World War Me – World War Me

Release Date: October 6th 2017
Label: SharpTone Records
Website: www.worldwarme.net
Facebook: www.facebook.com/worldwarme
Twitter: www.twitter.com/worldwarme_

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Chicago pop-punks World War Me probably won’t be winning any awards for “best band name” any time soon. Oh, and their debut studio album is also self-titled, and there’s a song on there bearing the name too, just for good measure. Talk about the least SEO-friendly release ever, guys.

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EP: Beaumont – Honestly

Release Date: September 15th 2017
Label: Reclaim Music
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/beaumontband
Twitter: www.twitter.com/beaumontband

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About a decade ago, the British alternative scene was full of young and exciting up-and-coming pop/emo-rock bands that were ready to take the world by storm. Around 2012, a select few that donned leather jackets went on to be a huge success in the mainstream media, but the rest faded away one by one until the likes of Kids In Glass Houses, Blitz Kids, and Futures were no more.

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ALBUM: The World Is A Beautiful Place & I’m No Longer Afraid To Die – Always Foreign

Release Date: September 29th 2017
Label: Epitaph Records
Website: www.theworldisabeautifulplace.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/twiabp
Twitter: www.twitter.com/twiabp

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Connecticut’s The World Is A Beautiful Place & I’m No Longer Afraid To Die are a band that are constantly changing and always evolving. The band have had an impressive number of people join and leave, and uphold the appearance of being a “collective” rather than a band. An expansive journey of creativity, some might say.

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ALBUM: Astroid Boys – Broke

Release Date: September 29th 2017
Label: Music For Nations/Sony Music
Website: www.astroid-boys.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/astroidboys
Twitter: www.twitter.com/astroidboys

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Astroid Boys have been bouncing around the scene for a long, long time. They’re a band that split opinion straight down the middle – some love them, some hate them – but, one thing is for sure; they know how to get people talking about them.

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ALBUM: Arcane Roots – Melancholia Hymns

Release Date: September 15th 2017
Label: Easy Life Records
Website: www.arcaneroots.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/arcaneroots
Twitter: www.twitter.com/arcaneroots

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London rock trio Arcane Roots have released their second full-length album, ‘Melancholia Hymns’. Though slow to start, the album quickly begins to impress. Tremendous rhythm, combined with a breadth and depth of songwriting, take the band soaring to new musical and emotional heights, allowing them to create a quite unique blend of serviceable and very listenable prog pop.

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ALBUM: Sleeping With Sirens – Gossip

Release Date: September 22nd 2017
Label: Warner Bros. Records
Website: www.sleepingwithsirens.net
Facebook: www.facebook.com/sleepingwithsirens
Twitter: www.twitter.com/swstheband

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For many of the younger generation, Floridians Sleeping With Sirens were and indeed continue to undoubtedly be an introduction to the alternative music scene. With their first two full-length albums ‘With Ears To See And Eyes To Hear’ and ‘Let’s Cheers To This’ hosting hit singles ‘If I’m James Dean, You’re Audrey Hepburn’ and ‘You Can’t Hang…’ respectively, they managed to lift them up from the successes of the underground and into the limelight.

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ALBUM: Varials – Pain Again

Release Date: August 11th 2017
Label: Fearless Records
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/varialspa
Twitter: www.twitter.com/varialspa

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One emotion that we’ve all felt at some point in our lives is anger, rage… to seek revenge, perhaps. It’s an overwhelming feeling when you get that level of loathe and frustration, and us as humans deal with it in different ways, some take a nice stroll out in the park, whereas some of us write ridiculously hard music, which is what Philly hardcore band Varials have done with their debut LP, ‘Pain Again’.

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