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LIVE SHOTS: REPS, Hollow Bones, To Live As Wolves, Pulling Punches, Ellipses, SUMMER HOUSE SHOW

A kiddie pool, a beyond smashed piñata, neighbors crashing the party to take photos and pick up merch, birthday cake, and insane decibel levels the likes of which a suburban NJ backyard has never seen. We’re talking, of course, about the second HXC Magazine house show. Since the weather permitted it, we set up the stage outside and only by the middle of the last band’s set, To Live As Wolves, did the cops show up. (Success!) Check out some shots from this amazingly fun day with Ellipses, Pulling Punches, Hollow Bones, REPS, and TLAW right here, and make sure you come out to the next one!

Photos by Alexander Chan

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WARPED TOUR ANNOUNCEMENTS: 2016, 2017 Lineup

The Vans Warped Tour unveiled the whole of their 2016 lineup yesterday, along with an announcement for 2017. Bands like Atreyu, Ice Nine Kills, Cane Hill, Sum 41, Every Time I Die and Vanna amongst many others were announced for this year’s Warped Tour, but probably the most uplifting piece of news was that The Ghost Inside was officially announced as the first band on the 2017 Warped Tour lineup. This will mark the band’s first confirmed live performance since a terrible bus wreck left them intensely hurt several months ago.

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Record Review: Senses Fail – ‘Pull The Thorns From Your Heart’

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The sixth studio album from Senses Fail, Pull The Thorn From Your Heart, delves into emotions normally reserved for a therapist’s office or angsty teen novels. But with a winning combination of screaming vocals, powerful guitar riffs, and soothing melodies, this album doesn’t feel so heavy. Instead, it leaves wisdom and a strange sense of calm in its wake.

The opening song, “The Three Marks of Existence”, sets up an expected Senses Fail album–all aggressive guitar riffs and angry shouting. But something sticks out like a lost red mitten in a patch of snow. The lyrics cut deeper than they ever have. Buddy scream-sings, “It takes compassion to confront your pain/ It takes strength to be vulnerable enough to float on the rivers of shame.” Out of context, the lyrics could be mistaken for a quote from a self help book.

These meaningful, frank lyrics, coupled with soft melodies and subtle guitar changes give an entirely comforting feeling. The juxtaposition works in the band’s favor and continues through the album. They pair hard and fast traditional hardcore songs with slower, more Taking Back Sunday-inspired tunes, which gives the record a distinctive flow. Just as it amps you up with heavy, smashing cymbals, rocky rapids give way to slow calm. It takes a breath and brings you back down, asking you to give your feelings room. On the track “Surrender”, for example, Senses Fail combine building guitars and steady bass with lyrics about finally surrendering to your heart.

The songs all touch on the difficulties of being alive. The love, loss, pain, and work that go into existing all come tumbling out like towels from an over stuffed dryer. The track “Wounds” has a few lines that almost hurt to listen to: “There are moments of extreme joy, there are moments of love, there are moments of madness/ And this is life; we cannot change what arises, only how we greet it.” Listening, you realize these are words that needed to be sung.

It is so easy to get lost, let go, and breathe the music into you with these 11 tracks. The masterful combination of raw guitars, subtle drum beats, and heart-wrenching lyrics makes this one of the best albums of the summer.

by Maria Spiridigliozzi 

Four and Half Star Rating

Need-To-Know: TWIABP&IANLATD

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TWIABP&IANLATD. WTF, right? No, I didn’t just slam my face into the keyboard. The gibberish-looking acronym is (hilariously) shorthand for The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die, an alternative band who have freshly signed with Epitaph Records. Self-described as “memo” and “not real,” TWIABP&IANLATD aren’t hardcore in terms of their instrumentals at all, but the way they seem to challenge sound is pretty rock n’ roll. Employing spoken word on a large portion of their tracks, this band let lyrical content have serious voice. With music that meanders into Jimmy Eat World territory overlayed with poetic ramblings about the universe, it will definitely be interesting to see where the band go from here now that they’ve signed to a major punk/hardcore label, and if the words in their songs will measure up to the hefty claims made by their name.

The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die will be playing The Wrecking Ball in Atlanta this summer. Tickets go on sale Monday April 6th.

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