Most Anticipated Albums of 2018

Most Anticipated Albums of 2018

Well, well, well, here we are at the beginning of the new year. 2018 will be a year of conclusions long overdue, as we see The 1975’s trilogy of albums reach its end, while the Avengers will begin to close out their saga against Thanos in Infinity War. It will be...
Donald's Top Albums of 2017

Donald’s Top Albums of 2017

  Happy New Year! With 2018 underway, I felt it was time to bid fond farewell to the “new” releases we heard first in 2017, so here we are. If you remember from my list last year, I have decided to do away with a numbered ranking of my favorite...
Craig's Top 50 Songs of 2017 Pt. 2 (25-1)

Craig’s Top 50 Songs of 2017 Pt. 2 (25-1)

As I have done the past several years, below I have compiled my annual list of the top 50 songs of 2017. This list is solely a reflection of my personal perspective, and it’s a reflection of the songs that have summed up my year in some way.  There is...
Craig's Top 50 Songs of 2017: Part 1

Craig’s Top 50 Songs of 2017: Part 1

As I have done the past several years, below I have compiled my annual list of the top 50 songs of 2017. This list is solely a reflection of my personal perspective, and it’s a reflection of the songs that have summed up my year in some way. As is...
On the List - Our Most Coveted Record Store Day 2017 Releases

On the List – Our Most Coveted Record Store Day 2017 Releases

To celebrate Record Store Day, The Garden Statement is bringing you our most anticipated releases that we will hopefully be picking up this Saturday! Take a look at what Craig and Donald are looking to find this weekend, and let us know what you’re picking up in the comments!  ...
Stuck Between Two Good Things: What We Should Learn from Modern Baseball

Stuck Between Two Good Things: What We Should Learn from Modern Baseball

There are many bands that come in and out of the emo “scene” throughout the years. What becomes tricky, however, is figuring out which bands will be a flash-in-the-pan, one-album wonder, and which will carve out a spot for themselves for several years and make more of a lasting impression...
On The List: Love/Hate Valentine's Day

On The List: Love/Hate Valentine’s Day

Welcome, everyone, to a brand new feature here on The Garden Statement! If you’ve noticed, there is a space on the right-hand side of our homepage that displays a Spotify playlist. That playlist spot has been showing our Top Albums of 2015 for a full year now, so we’ve decided...
Show Review: The Menzingers at Vintage Vinyl

Show Review: The Menzingers at Vintage Vinyl

Among the many hidden treasures that New Jersey offers, perhaps the most important for fans of any music is Vintage Vinyl. In addition to its impressive, massive collection of albums new and old, the record store off of Route 1 in Fords boasts a stage, sound system, and a staff...
Most Anticipated Albums of 2017

Most Anticipated Albums of 2017

Welcome back, friends! Last week’s Top Albums of 2017 post was a blast to make, and now we’re back with the albums I’m looking forward to the most in the remaining 11 months of 2017. January was a pretty uneventful month (save for the Code Orange and Japandroids albums that...
Best of 2016: Donald's Top Albums

Best of 2016: Donald’s Top Albums

Happy 2017, everyone! 2016 was a dormant year for The Garden Statement, but thanks to a New Year’s Resolution to write more and Craig’s Top Songs List to motivate me to keep pace, I’m back for a recap of one of the strangest years in both real life (especiallyin real...
Craig's Top 50 Songs of 2016 (Pt. 2)

Craig’s Top 50 Songs of 2016 (Pt. 2)

Welcome back to Pt. 2 of my Top Songs of the Year List. If you missed Part 1 with my #50-26 songs of the year, you can check that out here. As is always the case, I have also only included one song per album on this list, so as...
Craig's Top 50 Songs of 2016, Pt. 1

Craig’s Top 50 Songs of 2016, Pt. 1

  As I have done the past several years, below I have compiled my annual list of the top 50 songs of 2016, in the opinion of myself, Craig Ismaili. This list required a great deal of deliberation, and it is solely a reflection of my personal perspective, and should...
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Sadly enough, today is the first day of Autumn. Sorry kids, but it’s time to face the facts: Summer is now over according to the calendar, back to school sales ending, and you getting your lazy butts out of the heat and into the classroom. The first few weeks of school are always a time...
Photo Gallery/Show Review: Bayside, The Menzingers, and Sorority Noise at Starland Ballroom

Photo Gallery/Show Review: Bayside, The Menzingers, and Sorority Noise at Starland Ballroom

In support of their new album Vacancy, which was released the day before, Bayside continued their trend of building fantastic tour packages that not only highlighted some of the best upcoming acts in our scene, but showcased their own talents and showmanship as well.
Hidden In Plain View at Stanhope House Review and Gallery

Hidden In Plain View at Stanhope House Review and Gallery

Last weekend, Craig and Don attended Hidden In Plain View’s hometown show at Stanhope House, their first show in New Jersey in close to ten years. Read below for some thoughts from Don about the experience and check out some photos Craig took of the evening’s performance.
On Fleeting Love, Cosmic Conciousness, and Transcendentalism in The Hotelier's Goodness

On Fleeting Love, Cosmic Conciousness, and Transcendentalism in The Hotelier’s Goodness

  “Goodness is the only investment that never fails” – Henry David Thoreau, Walden   “We sit and we talk, not of much but of little,” begins the poem that forms the opening track, “N 43° 59′ 38.927″ W 71° 23′ 45.27” on The Hotelier’s new album Goodness. It’s a line that seems to summarize...
TGS Quarterly: The Albums of 2016 That You Need to Hear (So Far)

TGS Quarterly: The Albums of 2016 That You Need to Hear (So Far)

Well, hello there! It’s been a while since there’s been any action from The Garden Statement, particularly from me. It’s such a fickle thing, this idea of writing about music. There’s so many websites, why would you choose ours? It’s a question I constantly asked myself, which made me wonder if I needed to do this...
Craig's Top 40 Songs of 2015

Craig’s Top 40 Songs of 2015

As I always do, in this exhausting labor of love, I have compiled my annual list of the top 40 songs of 2015, in the opinion of myself, Craig Ismaili. This list required a great deal of deliberation, and it is solely a reflection of my personal perspective, and should not be viewed as Garden Statement’s...
The Garden Statement Composite Top Albums 2015

The Garden Statement Composite Top Albums 2015

Welcome to our annual recap of the best the previous year had to offer. Those of you who listen to our radio show (Saturdays 1-3 PM returning January 23rd) will already know this, but Donald, Madison, and myself, Craig Ismaili, compile a list of our favorite emo, pop-punk, and post-hardcore albums of the year every...
An Interview with Copeland

An Interview with Copeland

I apologize for my absence from this site over the past few months. Real life and a writing gig for AbsolutePunk have given me just about all I can handle over the preceding 5 months. I want to make a concerted effort over the next few months to focus on bringing some more great content...
The Weekly Statement: October 9, 2015

The Weekly Statement: October 9, 2015

For whatever reason, this week seemed to bring us quite a few things we’d been waiting a long time for. The heat lingering from the summer finally broke, making way for the first full week of that perfect “fall weather.” We also saw some new releases that had long been in the works finally see...
The Weekly Statement: October 2, 2015

The Weekly Statement: October 2, 2015

Congratulations, you’ve made it to another Friday! The Weekly Statement is entering its third month, and we’re cooking now, thanks to a September to remember. I really can’t remember the last time one month in particular was this loaded with releases, and October looks to offer even more quality in the coming weeks. With so...
Monthly Round-Up: September's New Releases

Monthly Round-Up: September’s New Releases

As in-tune and dedicated as we are, TGS can only do so much to review each and every relevant release that comes across our ears in any given year. Full-time jobs, other writing assignments, and regular-old life stuff tends to command our attention, which has caused some great albums to slip through the cracks of...
The Weekly Statement: September 25, 2015

The Weekly Statement: September 25, 2015

A new season has fallen upon us this week, as we’re trading in our summer anthems for our favorite atmospheric autumn albums. While you’ve been digesting all the new albums from last week and the rest of September, we’ve been scouring the scene for what we feel is the most pertinent news that you need...