Weekly Statement September 11Brace yourselves, Gardeners: the biggest new album push of the year is upon us. Last week, we were blessed with new albums from The Wonder Years and The Dear Hunter, and today saw the release of new albums from Bring Me the Horizon and Better Off. It’s going to get pretty hectic, and your best bet to figure out what’s good and what’s worth skipping is by checking out TGS as often as possible! We’ve scoured the interney yet again to give you the biggest and best news in the scene this week, so take a look at what caught our eye below!

New Release of the Week: The Money Pit – The Money Pit

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Ever wonder what life would be like if Nic Newsham, vocalist and songwriter of the often-overlooked Gatsbys American Dream? Well you’re in luck, because the songwriter has emerged with a new band, featuring fellow American Dreamer Bobby Darling as well. It’s a departure from the way Gastbys sounds for sure, but it provides some very groove-driven tracks that will certainly get you to nod your head along to the beat. In addition, Craig gave the album a glowing review on AbsolutePunk.net, which is as good a reason to give the album a listen as any. We’ll probably never get another album from Gatsbys American Dream, but The Money Pit will surely suffice.

Announcement of the Week: The Devil Wears Prada & Motionless in White’s Co-headlining Tour

Apollo X tourIn a move that I find very surprising, The Devil Wears Prada and Motionless in White are co-headlining the Apollo X Tour this fall and early winter. The Devil Wears Prada had seemingly been trying to separate themselves from the metalcore community they came up in, but now seem to be diving headfirst back into it with their return to Rise Records and this tour, which will also feature support from Upon a Burning Body, The Word Alive, and The Color Morale. This is the band’s first headliner since the Sweet Brag Tour they did with A Day to Remember all the way back in 2009, and Motionless in White, who have always been a lightningrod of a discussion piece, are a very interesting choice to break that streak with. Nevertheless, this tour is going to be loaded with breakdowns, and The Devil Wears Prada’s live show is one of the best in the business, so I’ll be excited to catch a date come November.

Song of the Week: Sparks the Rescue – “Water Your Heart (Safe, Sound, and Buried)”

Where, oh where have the good pop-rock bands gone?! It’s been a while since we’ve had an album that really showcased the genre in a positive way, and this week the self-titled EP from Sparks the Rescue, which was released in 2012, has been giving me all the nostalgia. “Water Your Heart” showcases the band’s best lineup, with Mike Naran’s lead guitars soaring throughout the track and then-drummer Dylan Taylor providing an up-tempo beat behind the kit. A few weeks ago, Sparks the Rescue announced they’re going into the studio in November, and a return-to-form album from them would be a great way to ring in 2016. Until then, we’ll just have to rock out to this soaring pop-rock track from one of the genre’s most unique songwriting bands.

Looking Forward to Next Week: Better Off – Milk

Better Off MilkI was going to use this block to highlight the new Bring Me the Horizon album, That’s the Spirit, but something tells me that they don’t really need any more publicity than they’re already getting. Instead, I’d rather talk to you about Better Off, who are well on their way to becoming a big name in the alt-rock/emo scene. They’ve opened for just about everyone on their relentless touring schedule, and their new full-length Milk, featuring an epic peanut butter and jelly sandwich on the cover, was officially released today. It’s an album that’s going to end being on everyone’s “Best of 2015” lists, so you may as well listen to it now and say you knew about it before all your friends.

The Garden Statement Weekly Content Wrap-Up:

-Check out my review of The Wonder Years’s most ambitious album to date, No Closer to Heaven!
-As I mentioned in last week’s Weekly Statement, last weekend was the WTSR Underground session recording weekend! We had a great time breaking in the new studio, and our friends over at LTV have made the video below to get you pumped up for the release of the sessions, which will begin next week! Enjoy!