Summer is slowly winding down, but that doesn’t mean the music world. This week was highlighted by perhaps the biggest reunion announcement in the emo/screamo scene, and there’s plenty more to be excited about. Check out the things that caught my attention this week below! As always, this is largely based on my own personal opinions, and you are always welcome to tell me what I missed in the comments below or on Twitter.
New Release of the Week: Deafheaven – “Brought to the Water”
With their last release Sunbather becoming one of the most critically acclaimed albums on 2013, Deafheaven were given the dubious task of following up an instant-classic, genre-transcending album this time around. Nevertheless, the band are set to release their follow-up New Bermuda in OCtober, and from the sound of opening track “Brought to the Water,” the band will be picking up right where they left off. Their creative, limitless approach to metal allows them to take thier songs in any direction they wish, and their talents allow them to do that with incredible success. This is an album you’ll need to listen to when it’s released on October 2nd.
Announcement of the Week: Underoath have reunited
I’ll be honest here, I chose not to address the viral “Rebirth is coming.” campaign that Underoath launched a few weeks ago, for a few reasons. The first reason, of course, was that I didn’t want to get my hopes up, listen to rumors, or speculate anything. Second of all, I figured it would be easier just to wait for the band’s official announcement, whatever that would be. However, it appears that the band were too excited, and in an interview with Alternative Press, they announced that their hiatus was over, and the band would be reuniting in celebration of the ten-year anniversary of Define the Great Line in 2016 at Self-Help Festival in San Bernadino, California. The band will be reuniting with former drummer Aaron Gillespie to play Define in full, with the band’s most iconic lineup in their career. In that same interview with AltPress, the band talked about possibly touring in support of the album’s anniversary as well. In addition to that, the band’s “Rebirth is coming.” campaign is still counting down to something, so it seems that there’s more that Underoath has in store for us in the coming days. You can check out the countdown here, or check back with it’s scheduled to end next Tuesday at noon.
Random Internet Thing of the Week: Fantasy Football
Obviously, because you are reading this blog, you know I am very passionate about music. One of my other favorite pastimes is fantasy football. I’ve been playing for years, and I’m in a league with Craig and our friends Mike and Tom from WTSR as well. This week feels like the official start of the fantasy football season, with some leagues drafting (albeit a little earlier than usual), and many others planning thier drafts and starting their preparation. If you follow him on his social media outlets, Dan Campbell of The Wonder Years is an avid player, and this week he did something really cool: he’s starting 6 leagues of his own, comprised of him and the band’s fans. He’s giving away exclusive TWY prize packs for the winners, and donating all of the “league dues” to the RAINN charity. In a little under 24 hours, he raised $2500. It’s a testament to the power of The Wonder Years, fantasy football, and this music scene as a whole. Best of luck to everyone in those leagues, and have fun!
Song of the Week: Brand New – “Soco Amaretto Lime”
This felt like the only spot in The Weekly Statement where I could get away with talking about how great of a time I had at Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, NY, on Sunday night. After watching the typical captivating sets from Kevin Devine and Manchester Orchestra, it was time for Brand New to take the stage. And before Andy Hull and KevDev came out to sing with Jesse Lacey on “Play Crack the Sky,” before the band played deep cuts like “Jaws Theme Swimming” and “Luca,” before Ommegang shot off fireworks as the crowd chanted “You Won’t Know” back at the band, even before I moshed my inner child’s heart out to “Sic Transit Gloria… Glory Fades,” Jesse Lacey walked onstage alone and played “Soco Amaretto Lime” to open the band’s set. The crowd chanted “You’re just jealous ’cause we’re young and in love” so loud that you could barely hear Jesse Lacey, and the outro lasted for waht seemed like 10 minutes, and the band’s set was off to an incredible start. Seeing Brand New in Cooperstown was one of the best shows I’ve ever been to, and I sincerely hope that wasn’t the last time I get to watch them play.
Looking Forward to Next Week: The Devil Wears Prada’s Space EP
This time tomorrow, I’ll probably be on the beach in Asbury Park, NJ, with the ocean in my view, and the new EP from The Devil Wears Prada on my iPod. The band’s second concept EP Space will drop tonight at midnight, and you can expect a review of it on TGS next week!
The Gardent Statement Weekly Round-Up:
This week was a special one for our show’s home, WTSR, because we officially launched our Fall WTSR Underground schedule! This semester’s lineup is stacked, and WTSR is ramping up the experience this year by holding the sessions in a new studio with seating for 50! That’s right, you can watch these awesome bands record the sessions and hear them before anyone else. It’s basically a free concert, and an experience you’ll never forget. Not only that, this project is helmed by TGS’s own Madison Ouellette, and the work she puts into it is unparalleled. It’s an honor to be working with her on the show, and I’m in awe of her ability to put something like this together. Hell, even AbsolutePunk.net is taking notice, so you know this is a big deal. Take a look at the roster below, and we’ll see you at Kendall Hall on September 5th and 6th!