Morning Glory have a new video, and their first attempt at the visual medium doesn’t disappoint. Ambitious would be an understatement considering “Born To December” clocks in at over 6 minutes. That’s a lot of footage to capture in the dead of a New York winter. Early Gates, drummer of Morning Glory, recounts, “We have never done a video before and decided to do this one just for fun. And except for the cold weather that’s exactly what it was. The death shots in which we kill the hipster versions of ourselves were particularly enjoyable as we got to use fake blood, which took up the entirety of our budget. We hope everyone likes it.” The track “Born To December” is the title track of their upcoming 7-inch and is culled from their latest full length, Poets Were My Heroes. Head over to Visions Magazine to watch the video, directed by Christopher J Ryan at Dedicated-Lane Productions and stay tuned for the 7” pre-order, coming very soon.
Chicago’s Rise Against are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their breakthrough album, Revolutions Per Minute, with a reissue out May 28th. This edition of Revolutions Per Minute (dubbed RPM10) features 10 bonus tracks of demos along with the originally recorded album and expanded packaging. Recorded at the Blasting Room and produced by Jason Livermore and the renowned Bill Stevenson of the Descendents, this quintessential album shaped Rise Against’s sound with elements of hardcore, punk, and ripples of emo that cascade into what we know of the band today.
Bass player Joe Principe, vocalist Tim McIlrath, guitarist Todd Mohney and drummer Brandon Barnes headed to the Blasting Room in 2002, armed with their new material. “We wrote these songs above an antique store in Chicago where the owner would rent roach-infested rooms to bands… In a post 9-11 fervor, the powers that be had just finished lying to the public and swindled their way into entering what would become the longest war in our country’s history (which seeped into songs like “Blood Red, White & Blue”),” says McIlrath.
Obviously, 10 years later, the results speak for themselves. Revolutions Per Minute still stands out as a hallmark release for Rise Against, Fat Wreck Chords, and the hardcore punk genre in general. RPM10 is the perfect tip of the cap to such an extraordinary album.
Strung Out, LA’s finest in speedy melodic punk mayhem, is one of the hardest working bands of the last 20 years. With a career which has so far produced 7 studio albums, numerous EP’s, a live album and a mind-boggling number of shows, they continue to be a significant staple on the indie punk scene. In celebration of their longevity and with the positive feedback from fans for both 2012’s Twisted in a Suburban Wasteland tour and the remixed songs on Top Contenders, Strung Out decided to finish the job and have Ryan Greene remix all three of their classic 90’s albums in their entirety. This summer will see the release of deluxe reissues of Another Day In Paradise, Suburban Teenage Wasteland Blues and Twisted By Design! Three special records that certainly deserve some special treatment, and that’s what will be on offer with these reissues and the all-encompassing Volume One box set, which will include the 3 albums plus a DVD that drummer Jordan Burns details below:
We are all pretty stoked on this box set. All 3 albums are sounding so fresh and revived. If we didn’t think you would all love it like we do, we wouldn’t be putting it out. Also the live DVD from our Twisted In A Suburban Wasteland tour last year is going to be sweet. Filmed in Montreal Canada, it will include both STWB and TBD live. I know, our first DVD ever and its looking great!
Check out Strung Out’s upcoming tour dates, including Groezrock.
L.A. bluegrass punks Old Man Markley’s latest full length, Down Side Up, is out today! The album features thirteen tracks that blur the lines between bluegrass, country, and punk. Take a look at what CMT Edge had to say. A first for us, it isn’t often we get a nod from the country circuit. Beginning today, head over to Spinner to stream Down Side Up in its entirety. Produced by Fat Mike and singer Johnny Carey, the album is a cohesive, foot tapping good time. Order it here, view their tour dates and enter this contest!
We thought it fitting to release a winter themed 7” in the spring since Morning Glory encapsulate so many of the tenets of warmth and cold. They’re punks after all, yet they have a sweet uplifting side which you can hear in the heavily piano-laden song Care of Me from 2012’s full length, Poets Were My Heroes. This spring we’ll release the Born to December single, the a-side also culled from Poets Were My Heroes, backed with two previously unreleased songs. These East Coast punkers are gearing up to jump the pond on an extensive tour of Europe and just completed filming an epic video for “Born to December” which we’ll be premiering soon. In the meantime, read what Ezra from MG had to say about the release below:
This [Born To December] happens to be my personal favorite tune off of the Poets record, so I am very excited that it is going to be our first 7" single. Ever. While Born is a 6 1/2 minute epic the two B-sides are never-before-heard rockers which were tracked during the same sessions in early 2012. We’re printing this one on camo vinyl- it’s going to be very special! And not only that, to help celebrate this release we did a Born video, our first ever. It was a massive production with no budget and involved 40 extras and crew members to be out in the cold New York winter all day for a few days. It made us do some serious reflecting on the title of the tune, and we all agreed our next video must be called Born to July, or Born To The Bahamas, or some such warm fuzzy nonsense. Next month we’ll be touring Europe, and since it’s our first time, we hope to see all you punks, rockers and karaoke heads alike- out at our UK shows to help us sing every word.
Direct Hit play Chicago tonight!
CJ Ramone begins 5 nights in Key West, FL tonight! Don’t miss these shows Florida!
face to face are heading to Mexico for a few days in July!
Direct Hit’s Wasted Mind reviewed on Fuck Yeah Pop Punk!
Los Angeles! If you can breathe your brown air well enough tomorrow, get over and see Dead To Me!
San Diego Punk (yeah, you know the guy) got Mean Jeans drunk and interviewed them.
Hey American West! Bad Cop/Bad Cop is ready to rock for you over the next week!
Leftover Crack is ready to rock Canada this week!