Tag Archives: melodic punkrock

(review) Fast Lane-Life On A Slackline Strap

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Fast Lane are coming from Bordeaux, France and they play melodic punkrock with fast skatepunk strong melodies and great vocal lines and harmonies. This new record features twelve excellent fast and energetic songs, just the right measure of speed and melody like I love. What I also love is dual vocals with two different voices that fit just perfectly into the picture of the songs arrangements. The lyrics are personal, about friendship, survival in these fast times that we live in, love for the gigs and traveling, scene, not giving up also love and loss. For me, the best songs on the album that I could recommend to you are The Stars Were In Your Eyes, Angels Are Free, So Stop Bashing Society. Great album!

https://fastlane33.bandcamp.com/album/life-on-a-slackline-strap

Crossed Keys (ex Kid Dynamite/Good Riddance) released new video for Everything Breaks

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Philadelphia’s own Crossed Keys are gearing up to release Saviors, a seven song EP that will appeal to fans of Samiam, The Bomb, and The Loved Ones. The melodic punk quintet features former members of Kid Dynamite, Zolof the Rock & Roll Destroyer, and The Curse. Two weeks ago, they released “Times of Grace” a fiery track that plays like a love letter to the ethos of embracing D.I.Y. culture. Today, they are following it up with “Everything Breaks.” Teaming up with D.I.Why? Productions, the band created a playful music video based on the song title. The video features singer Josh Alvarez slugging through his day as everything around him is breaking. You can watch it right now at No EchoSaviors will be released on October 4th via Hellminded Records. Pre-orders are available now.

WATCH: EVERYTHING BREAKS

“Set fire to all that you hold dear, so you don’t have to face your fears,” sings vocalist Joshua Alvarez (Halo of Snakes) in reflection of moving past the things that hold us back.  After playing in numerous bands around Philadelphia over the years, the members of Crossed Keys bring their varied experiences together to create a unique, driving melodic sound.

Alvarez is joined by drummer Dave Wagenschutz (Kid Dynamite, Good Riddance), bassist Andrew Wellbrock (Zolof the Rock & Roll Destroyer), and guitarists Beau Brendley (The Curse, Kill The Man Who Questions, R.A.M.B.O.) and Dave Adoff (Step Ahead, Jackie Thousand).  “Saviors” was recorded over a weekend in May 2019 at Noisy Little Critter in Downington, PA by Mike Bardzik (Joyce Manor, Kill Your Idols, Spraynard) and mastered at West West Side Music (The Misfits, Converge).

From the wistfulness of “Times of Grace” recalling shared times in basements and firehalls to the frustration of inaction voiced in the title track, “Saviors” is seven tales of gratefulness for all of those moments and people in our lives that led us to this point.

Crossed Keys has played venues all over the tri-state area, supporting bands such as H2O, Dave Hause & The Mermaid, The Lillingtons, Good Riddance, Shades Apart, and Strike Anywhere.

 

(new single) Assuming We Survive Sign with InVogue Records; New Single/Video “Too Close” Out Now; On Tour with We Were Sharks, Never Loved in Oct/Nov

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Southern California rockers Assuming We Survive have signed with InVogue Records. The band has just released a new single and video (“Too Close”) which is streaming everywhere here: https://orcd.co/tooclose.

This fall, fans can catch the band on tour with We Were Sharks (with support from Never Loved on select dates. See tour dates below.

Rock n’ roll subculture is uniquely exciting in terms of the level of crowd participation, interactivity, and accessibility present at most shows. From the early days of the Sex Pistols and the Ramones, clear through to the Descendents and NOFX, the most passionate of players work hard to destroy the perceived boundary between the audiences and the band. “Hey, we’re just fans, too. You could be us.”

Assuming We Survive takes this ethos and amplifies it times infinity, barreling headfirst into each and every aspect of their existence with collective energy and unbridled optimism. Singer Adrian Estrella, armed with unmistakable charisma and good-cheer, will take a literal surfboard into the crowd, riding the physical and metaphorical wave of enthusiasm and electricity present at every single AWS show.

The band’s frontman is united in his goodwill and welcoming vibe with his musical cohorts and fellow Inland Empire, California mainstays: guitarist Phil Adams, guitarist Johnny Silva, and drummer Kris Pasos. Assuming We Survive has generated steady steam and garnered accolades for nearly a decade. But in recent years, AWS has truly come into their own as their dedicated approach spreads their sound across the globe, amassing an army of smiling supporters eager to give the band their all.

It’s a wave of momentum and positivity that has catapulted Assuming We Survive into the Top 50 on the New Artist charts and more importantly into the hearts and minds of a burgeoning crew of like-minded supporters and believers, from the kids who share their love for the band on social media to the band’s contemporaries.

All Roads Lead to Home, the band’s debut full-length was a collection of inspiring jams running the gamut from pop-punk to Easycore, with aggressive energy befitting of the more extreme sides of the underground scene and soaring melodies with unapologetic hooks, catchier than most Top 40 rock radio.

Assuming We Survive songs are a collective testament to the band’s creative diversity, dense musical influences, and willingness to pour themselves into their music. Their songs are earnestly heartfelt. AWS is both motivated and motivating.

AWS has toured with such bands as Falling In Reverse, Attila and Atreyu to name a few, while making the rounds on festival lineups like SXSW, So What?! Music Fest, Vans Warped Tour, Self-Help Festival, and Monster’s Aftershock, where they’ve played alongside bands such as Avenged Sevenfold, Pierce The Veil, Sleeping With Sirens, Good Charlotte, and Real Friends. Assuming We Survive isn’t satisfied until every person in the house is energized, happy, and empowered.

With their last release, CHAPTERS, the band went into the studio with producer Tyler Smyth (Danger Kids, Bless the Fall, Falling In Reverse) with the mentality of making a record that would “break the mold” so to speak.

Now with their recent signing to InVogue Records, Assuming We Survive aims to continue to energize the whole world, one show at a time, channeling energy back and forth with every single fan.

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OCT 17 Backstage Bar & Billiards- Las Vegas, NV

OCT 18 The Glass House – Pomona, CA

OCT 20 The Loading Dock- Salt Lake City, UT

OCT 22 Black Sheep- Colorado Springs, CO

OCT 23 18th Street Union- Kansas City, MO

OCT 24 Beat Kitchen- Chicago, IL

OCT 25 The Sanctuary- Detroit, MI

OCT 26 Sneaky Dee’s- Toronto, Canada

OCT 27 The 27 Club- Ottawa, Canada

OCT 29 Middle East- Cambridge, MA

OCT 30 Arlene’s Grocery – New York, NY

OCT 31 Stage West- Scranton, PA

NOV 01 Blind Path Fest 3- Chapel Hill, NC

NOV 02 Smith’s Olde Bar- Atlanta, GA

NOV 03 SOUNDBAR – FYF- Orlando, FL

NOV 05 Empire Control Room & Garage- Austin, TX

NOV 06 Cactus House Odessa, TX

NOV 08 Pub Rock- Scottsdale, AZ

NOV 09 Full Circle Olympic- Fresno, CA

NOV 10 SOMA- San Diego, CA

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http://invoguerecords.com