(news) FOR THE WIN Return With First Song In Over 2 Years


FOR THE WIN is swinging back with “As Forever,” the first taste of new music from the San Diego outfit since their 2017 release Heavy Thoughts. “We are thrilled to get this new song out to our fans, and to thank them for their constant words of encouragement over the years,” exclaims FOR THE WIN’s vocalist Kyle Christensen. Known for their addictive heaviness, powerful pop and fist-in-the-air singalongs, “As Forever” anchors an emotion that every person can relate to.

Listen To “As Forever” Now.

“There is an interesting side to how this song came about,” admits Christensen. “It started as an unfinished demo back in 2016, just as we finished recording our album Heavy Thoughts. Even through that record was done, the writing did not stop. The first half of ‘As Forever’ lyrically shows how I was feeling and where I was in life – struggling with certain situations and battling to understand why some things played out the way they did. Since I started piecing that song together, I spent the last three years doing a lot of self-discovering so this song reads with the first half showing who I was in 2016.” Fast forward to present day, the charismatic frontman adds, “After revisiting ‘As Forever’ in 2019, it made sense that this song could pick up where FOR THE WIN left off in 2016. When you push through the hard times and come out on the other side wiser and stronger, those moments shape who you are.”

(photo gig report) Celtic punks The Rumjacks visited Zagreb Vintage Industrial Bar!

Australian celtic punks The Rumjacks visited our country again as a part of their current European tour. They played Vintage Industrial Bar in Zagreb again and our Irina was there to witness the mighty gig. The Rumjacks delivered killer party set made of older and newer hits from their albums and all the fans that were at the gig were having good times, that is really what matters most. Here are couple of photos from the last night:


(News) Nardcore legends No Motiv are back with classic And The Sadness Prevails re-release 20th anniversary and couple of select shows!


Classic 90’s/00’s Nardcore purveyors No Motiv are back with the original lineup that recorded their 1999 Vagrant Records Trever Keith-produced debut LP “And the Sadness Prevails…” to celebrate that album’s 20 year anniversary. The band will be releasing a newly mixed and mastered album with 2 additional bonus re-recorded songs. These will be available on a limited pressing of vinyl along with a digital version this October 2019. See vinyl pre-order info below.

Additionally, No Motiv will play a pair of 20-year anniversary shows in Ventura and Anaheim, CA this November. See dates below.

Drummer Pat Pedraza says, “So crazy, I can’t believe 20 years has passed. Time really does fly. Most of us have kids now which makes things totally different than when we first started this. It’s been really fun playing these songs again. Nostalgia is real…and I kinda like it sometimes.”

Vinyl Pre-order: http://www.merchconnectioninc.com/nomotiv

“Nostalgia” from the 20th Anniversary Edition of “And The Sadness Prevails…” debuted last week on Washed Up Emo and is now streaming here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGOzOZOzXDM.

Bundle 1: LP + 7” (Limited to 200)

Bundle 2: LP + 7” + Shirt (Limited to 100)

Upcoming Shows:

11/1 Ventura, CA- Discovery Ventura Tickets (w/ special guests Out of Trust, Slowtrip, and Omega Point)

11/2 Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA Tickets (w/ special guests Modern Color, Slowtrip, and Omega Point)

About No Motiv:

Have you ever heard of Oxnard? It’s a coastal city 25 miles north of Malibu and 30 miles south of Santa Barbara. Here are a few fun facts: Oxnard is the strawberry capital of California, it’s home to world-class surf spots, and hosts a world-famous punk/hardcore scene (Nardcore). It also happens to be where the band No Motiv originated.

What started out as two teenage friends playing punk covers at backyard parties, No Motiv quickly grew into a four-piece band with a sound they themselves for fun termed, “Sadcore.” With high school friend and fellow surfer Dave Brandon on bass and 13-year-old phenom Max McDonald on guitar, No Motiv quickly gained some local recognition by releasing a string of 7” vinyl records, demo tapes and soon after, a full-length record on local Oxnard label Edge Records.

They soon got the attention of Santa Monica based Vagrant Records (via the drummer Pat constantly mailing them demos and bugging them to listen to their new songs.) And so it goes, Vagrant signed No Motiv and put them in the studio to record the band’s first Vagrant release with Trevor Keith of Face to Face as producer.

Being fans of Face to Face, and having the privilege to record in a beautiful analog studio in Ojai California… for No Motiv, dreams were coming to reality.

“And the Sadness Prevails…” was the title they would give the record. Songs about nostalgia, growing up, friendships gone wrong, and heartbreak would cover the meat and potatoes of the album. With the release of ATSP in 1999, the band has proudly toured and shared the stage with bands such as Jimmy Eat World, Blink 182, MXPX, Face to Face, Alkaline Trio, and Dashboard Confessional to name a few.

Fast forward to today….No Motiv is back with the original members from the Sadness album to celebrate it’s 20 year anniversary. With that, No Motiv will be releasing a newly mixed and mastered “And the Sadness Prevails…” album with 2 additional bonus re-recorded songs. These will be available on a limited pressing of vinyl along with a downloadable version this October 2019.

With members of the band having families and work responsibilities now, they are still grateful to the past and present that made this release possible. Even though No Motiv wasn’t the biggest band then or now, they have always played with their hearts and integrity, never holding anything back.

Who knows, maybe the boys might write a couple new jams for a 2020 release?
We’ll see.