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Ready Set Survive – Fight Single Review

June 14, 2018

As a horror fan, when I think of Ready Set Survive, usually their song Everyday Is Halloween is what first comes to mind. I have seen them perform a couple of times now and that song is still what stands out to me most from their repertoire. However, from this point going forward, I am sure I’ll be looking for this song in their set. With a feature from fellow San Diegan and rapper Soup the Messenger, this track is definitely something a little different.

The band’s latest single, “Fight”, is a politically-charged anthem with the middle class in mind. The thought-provoking lyrics call for change in an ambivalent and confusing social climate, and the heavy guitar-based melody echo the intensity of the song’s content and message. When Soup the Messenger’s first line hits your ear, it is somewhat unexpected but welcomed. His flow and delivery are a certainly meaningful addition to the song, as well as his lyrics to match the Ready Set Survive lyrics. If you like alt-rock or pop punk with hefty melodic rhythms and a meaningful message, give this single “Fight” a listen.

If you would like to check out “Fight” and the rest of Ready Set Survive’s discography, you can find them on Spotify, iTunes, and Pandora. For updates on when they will be playing their next show, like them on Facebook, give them a follow on Instagram at @ready_set_survive, or keep an eye on our social media pages to stay in the loop. Thanks for looking!

– Ari

 

Record Review

Fallen Monuments – Distance and Time Album Review

June 13, 2018

Fallen Monuments is a melodic punk band based out of our very own San Diego. They boast members who are all veterans in the local punk scene and you can tell through their songwriting and tight sound that they’re definitely well-seasoned. When I previously reviewed the latest EP from the band Taken Days, I mentioned that their sound was akin to the melodic punk of Alkaline Trio. Well, Fallen Monuments also takes a page out of the 90’s era of melodic punk, but they find themselves closer to being in the same vein as Bouncing Souls; a bit more skate punk influenced perhaps, and certainly carrying the vibe of the west coast in their tunes.

The band’s debut album consists of nine tracks and boasts confident, bellowing vocals, clean yet large melodies and instrumentation, and personal lyrics with obvious sincerity. The standout songs for me on this album were “Conflicted” and “So Cliche”, as they both contained some of my favorite melodies/choruses on the record. If you are into fast-paced, melody and lyric-driven punk that’s friendly to your ear, give Fallen Monuments a listen.

Fallen Monuments are playing their next show on June 16 at Tower Bar along with Riva Rebels, Hardly Human, and Frank Taco for $5. If you’d like to check out their record, you can find it here on their bandcamp or check out their website. We hope you enjoy it. Thanks for looking!

– Ari

Record Review

Taken Days – 10 More Miles EP Review

June 9, 2018

Hailing from Orange County, Taken Days is a four-piece outfit who have recently released their second EP, 10 More Miles this past May. They have been playing shows consistently throughout Southern California and present a sound that is influenced by 90’s melodic punk and some of the more emo-leaning garage bands of the time. You can even make out bits of more recent heartland punk vibes. They list bands like Alkaline Trio (the first band that came to mind when I initially sat down to listen to the EP), Jawbreaker, Samiam, and The Menzingers as notable influences. Kernels of each of these bands’ sounds can certainly be found within 10 More Miles.

The four song EP hosts a cohesive look at feelings of frustration, hopelessness, and anxiety about the past and the future vocalized through angsty yet catchy lyrics and melodies that certainly have a “throwback” thump. The standout song for me on this EP was the last track titled “Pass the Time”, which certainly reminded me a lot of earlier music from The Menzingers, one of my favorite bands. “Failing Future” made me suddenly relive the distinct nostalgia of playing Crazy Taxi for hours on end and listening to the same four songs by Bad Religion and The Offspring over and over again. Certainly not a bad thing, but it definitely brought me back to moments with those two specific bands. If you are a fan of melodic punk under the styling of any bands that were listed here, I’m sure you’ll find yourself bobbing your head to this EP like I did.

Overall, the moody yet upbeat energy of Taken Days is relatable and probably makes for a great live show. Taken Days are playing their next show on Wednesday, June 13 at 8:00 p.m. at Ham and Eggs Tavern in Los Angeles. If you would like to check out 10 More Miles or their previous EP, Nowhere Slowly……, then go ahead and click here for their bandcamp page. You can find Taken Days on Spotify as well. Thanks for looking!

– Ari

 

Record Review

Plane Without A Pilot – Just Another Unsung Tragedy Album Review

May 15, 2018

San Diego has a long, rich history with the pop-punk genre, beginning in the 90’s and continuing into the present day with no sign of letting up or slowing down. The genre and those who celebrate it take up a large part of the music scene and are certainly some of the most active when it comes to mutual support among themselves. Plane Without A Pilot are certainly no exception to any of that; they are the first to arrive at a show and the last ones to leave. They clearly have a passion and dedication to local music coupled with a respect for the musicians giving their time and effort to an audience. That same passion is evident in their latest record, Just Another Unsung Tragedy.

Released on April 27, the eleven song album is definitely consistent all the way through with deeply personal and situational lyrics, catchy upbeat riffs paired with pleasing melodies, and their own brand of pop-punk/rock that has a unique sound to the typical formula one might find in many other songs of a similar genre or style. In my opinion, the lyrical content is what stands out as the vehicle to take you through the record from start to finish. The stories within the songs are universally understood and, in some cases, a contrast to the energy of the rhythm in a great way. The standout songs on this record for me are the title track (“Just Another Unsung Tragedy”) and the second to last track (“Hanging By a Thread”). Both songs contain some of my favorite riffs/melodies on the record. “You Got Me” is also definitely a noteworthy, high energy song. If you enjoy bands like The Rocket Summer or have a penchant for late 90’s/early 00’s pop-punk, these guys are definitely worth a listen. You can check out their latest record, Just Another Unsung Tragedy, by clicking this link to their bandcamp page. You can also find them on Spotify and iTunes.

Plane Without A Pilot is playing their next show at Punk Goes 80’s Pop, presented by Rocktoc at 710 Beach Club on May 27, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. The lineup also includes Infinite Signals, Chasing Claymores, Ready Set Survive, and The Montell Jordans. You can purchase tickets here for $7.00 or at the door for $10.00. All proceeds will go to Feeding San Diego. See you at the show!

– Ari