20 Must-See Bands at Skate and Surf 2015

20 Must-See Bands at Skate and Surf 2015

Since its return in 2013, Skate and Surf Festival has certainly had an interesting run over the last few years. From holding the festival at Six Flags Great Adventure in 2013 (with Fall Out Boy, Macklemore, and A Day To Remember as the high-priced headliners) to FINALLY getting Midtown to...
Turnover- Peripheral Vision

Turnover- Peripheral Vision

“Adolescent dreams gave to adult screams. Paranoid that I won’t have all the things they say I need.” Perhaps it is the fact that I’ve spent the majority of my twenty-one years of life living through the bitterness of Northeast Winters and the scorching hot Mid-Atlantic summers, but I’ve always...
Interview: Will Swan of Dance Gavin Dance

Interview: Will Swan of Dance Gavin Dance

In case you missed it last week, Donald was able to attend the Howell, NJ stop of Dance Gavin Dance’s Instant Gratification Tour a week ago. While at the show, he was able to photograph the band’s crisp, impressive set. A gallery of those photos can be seen here. In...
Photo Gallery: Dance Gavin Dance at GameChangerWorld

Photo Gallery: Dance Gavin Dance at GameChangerWorld

Dance Gavin Dance, by all accounts, shouldn’t be here. They’ve changed their lead vocalist four separate times, and now have more former members than current members in their band. Yet somehow, they’ve persisted. They’ve kept their heads down, continued their craft, and have become one of the most enigmatic and...
Show Review: RatFest 2015

Show Review: RatFest 2015

About two years ago, Cub Rat hosted the first ever RatFest on the Sundial Lawn just mere steps from the restaurant which granted the concert its namesake. The original event brought together two New Jersey pop-punk tastemakers of different eras- the stalwarts in Saves the Day and the up-and-coming face...
Album Review: Dustin Kensrue- Carry The Fire

Album Review: Dustin Kensrue- Carry The Fire

Much has been made of Thrice’s recently announced reunion performances at several prominent punk and hardcore festivals in 2015- including New Jersey’s own Skate and Surf Festival, where they will perform next month- and with good reason. Thrice is a hugely influential post-hardcore band whose melodic hardcore sound has influenced...
Interview: Anthony Raneri of Bayside

Interview: Anthony Raneri of Bayside

  Bayside are among the most consistent, professional bands of this scene’s history. They’ve churned out countless jams over their 15-year career, and have never strayed from their tried-and-true formula of keeping their heads down and working really, really hard. It’s no surprise, then, that their 15th Birthday Tour was...
Album Review: Death Cab For Cutie- Kintsugi

Album Review: Death Cab For Cutie- Kintsugi

There’s something really disturbing about wishing for a devastating turn of events to someone’s personal life so that their art will benefit. And yet, in the words of one of history’s greatest orators Winston Churchill, “We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival.”...
Throwback Thursday: Craig Re-Ranks the Top Albums of 2011

Throwback Thursday: Craig Re-Ranks the Top Albums of 2011

The year 2011 was a formative year in my young twenty-one years of life. It was the year I graduated high school, the year I decided on a college, the year I left home for the first time to live in a place away from my family, the year where...
Interview: Joe Reo of Hidden In Plain View

Interview: Joe Reo of Hidden In Plain View

A few weeks back, we got a call into the show from Joe Reo of Hidden In Plain View. The recently reunited band will soon be embarking on their ten year tour for their debut album Life In Dreaming, but first, they released a new EP called “Animal” which is...
Album Review: A Will Away - Bliss EP

Album Review: A Will Away – Bliss EP

          A Will Away burst onto the TGS radar in mid-2014 after contributing the first three tracks to their split with Head North, undoubtedly one of the best splits to come out last year. With the newest installment in the band’s discography dropping Friday, Bliss EP continues their momentum...
The Garden Statement's St. Patrick's Day Special!

The Garden Statement’s St. Patrick’s Day Special!

Top o’ the mornin’ to ya, Gardeners! It’s St. Patrick’s Day, a religious holiday in Ireland and a celebration of Ireland’s storied history of alcoholic beverages for everyone else. For TGS, however, it’s an excuse to put some songs together for you because we didn’t get a chance to go...
Acoustic Session & Interview: gates

Acoustic Session & Interview: gates

If you’re familiar with gates’ debut album Bloom and Breathe, you may know that they specialize in operatic post-rock with pulverizing drum swells and cathartic releases of pent-up energy. Today, they bringing you something a little different. Last weekend, gates stopped by our Trenton, NJ studio to record stripped-down versions...
Throwback Thursday: Donald's Top Albums of 2012, Re-Ranked

Throwback Thursday: Donald’s Top Albums of 2012, Re-Ranked

  Hello again, Gardeners! We’re now into our second round of our Throwback Thursday feature, this time taking a look at our Top Albums of 2012 Lists and making the changes that we see fit. Once again, Craig set far too great an example for me to follow up, but...
Album Review: Bayside - Cult: White Edition

Album Review: Bayside – Cult: White Edition

  In 2015, Bayside will celebrate its 15th year as a band. That’s right: babies that were born the same year Bayside formed are entering high school. Fans of the band may very well be younger than the band’s career. It’s a staggering statistic to consider, especially considering the band’s...
In-Studio Session: Head North

In-Studio Session: Head North

  If you’ve listened to The Garden Statement throughout the last couple months, you’ve probably already heard an interview and live tracks from our in-studio session with Head North. Now, you can listen to those sessions again and again via 91.3fm WTSR’s SoundCloud! Check out the playlist below for the...
Album Review: Make Do and Mend- Don't Be Long

Album Review: Make Do and Mend- Don’t Be Long

Not long after Make Do and Mend went on tour to support their sophomore full-length Everything You Ever Loved, the Hartford-based punk band went on a sort of unannounced hiatus- disappearing into the ether with no timeline for return. While many felt that Everything You Ever Loved was a step...
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20 Must-See Bands at Skate and Surf 2015

20 Must-See Bands at Skate and Surf 2015

Since its return in 2013, Skate and Surf Festival has certainly had an interesting run over the last few years. From holding the festival at Six Flags Great Adventure in 2013 (with Fall Out Boy, Macklemore, and A Day To Remember as the high-priced headliners) to FINALLY getting Midtown to reunite last year, the festival...
Turnover- Peripheral Vision

Turnover- Peripheral Vision

“Adolescent dreams gave to adult screams. Paranoid that I won’t have all the things they say I need.” Perhaps it is the fact that I’ve spent the majority of my twenty-one years of life living through the bitterness of Northeast Winters and the scorching hot Mid-Atlantic summers, but I’ve always thought of music as being...
Interview: Will Swan of Dance Gavin Dance

Interview: Will Swan of Dance Gavin Dance

In case you missed it last week, Donald was able to attend the Howell, NJ stop of Dance Gavin Dance’s Instant Gratification Tour a week ago. While at the show, he was able to photograph the band’s crisp, impressive set. A gallery of those photos can be seen here. In addition to the photos, Donald...
Photo Gallery: Dance Gavin Dance at GameChangerWorld

Photo Gallery: Dance Gavin Dance at GameChangerWorld

Dance Gavin Dance, by all accounts, shouldn’t be here. They’ve changed their lead vocalist four separate times, and now have more former members than current members in their band. Yet somehow, they’ve persisted. They’ve kept their heads down, continued their craft, and have become one of the most enigmatic and unpredictable bands in post-hardcore. Their...
Show Review: RatFest 2015

Show Review: RatFest 2015

About two years ago, Cub Rat hosted the first ever RatFest on the Sundial Lawn just mere steps from the restaurant which granted the concert its namesake. The original event brought together two New Jersey pop-punk tastemakers of different eras- the stalwarts in Saves the Day and the up-and-coming face of the “Defend Pop Punk”...
Album Review: Dustin Kensrue- Carry The Fire

Album Review: Dustin Kensrue- Carry The Fire

Much has been made of Thrice’s recently announced reunion performances at several prominent punk and hardcore festivals in 2015- including New Jersey’s own Skate and Surf Festival, where they will perform next month- and with good reason. Thrice is a hugely influential post-hardcore band whose melodic hardcore sound has influenced so many musicians in the...
Interview: Anthony Raneri of Bayside

Interview: Anthony Raneri of Bayside

  Bayside are among the most consistent, professional bands of this scene’s history. They’ve churned out countless jams over their 15-year career, and have never strayed from their tried-and-true formula of keeping their heads down and working really, really hard. It’s no surprise, then, that their 15th Birthday Tour was a rousing success, and has...
Album Review: Death Cab For Cutie- Kintsugi

Album Review: Death Cab For Cutie- Kintsugi

There’s something really disturbing about wishing for a devastating turn of events to someone’s personal life so that their art will benefit. And yet, in the words of one of history’s greatest orators Winston Churchill, “We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival.” It is hardly a surprise...
Throwback Thursday: Craig Re-Ranks the Top Albums of 2011

Throwback Thursday: Craig Re-Ranks the Top Albums of 2011

The year 2011 was a formative year in my young twenty-one years of life. It was the year I graduated high school, the year I decided on a college, the year I left home for the first time to live in a place away from my family, the year where I began broadening my horizons-...
Interview: Joe Reo of Hidden In Plain View

Interview: Joe Reo of Hidden In Plain View

A few weeks back, we got a call into the show from Joe Reo of Hidden In Plain View. The recently reunited band will soon be embarking on their ten year tour for their debut album Life In Dreaming, but first, they released a new EP called “Animal” which is on iTunes now. During the...
Album Review: A Will Away - Bliss EP

Album Review: A Will Away – Bliss EP

          A Will Away burst onto the TGS radar in mid-2014 after contributing the first three tracks to their split with Head North, undoubtedly one of the best splits to come out last year. With the newest installment in the band’s discography dropping Friday, Bliss EP continues their momentum of making catchy alt emo....
The Garden Statement's St. Patrick's Day Special!

The Garden Statement’s St. Patrick’s Day Special!

Top o’ the mornin’ to ya, Gardeners! It’s St. Patrick’s Day, a religious holiday in Ireland and a celebration of Ireland’s storied history of alcoholic beverages for everyone else. For TGS, however, it’s an excuse to put some songs together for you because we didn’t get a chance to go on air last week. That’s...