Go Radio is happy to tell you exactly where you can go.
After the fiery fist-pumping of "Collide," Go Radio, from Tallahassee, Fla., descend into the flames once more on "Go To Hell." Singer/guitarist Jason Lancaster brings the drama with his whiskey-drenched vocals: "I'm O.K. by myself/You can go to hell." Easy, dude! We just wanted to borrow a cup of sugar. Thanks to its plonking piano, the track is unexpectedly bouncy, lending sweetness to the sour lyrics. But Lancaster saves his best grungy growling for the two-minute mark, as the guitars sizzle around him. The heat continues as the song leans briefly into ballad territory before another stomp-along chorus.
Listen to Go Radio's "Go To Hell" after the jump.
Yellowcard returns with 'Here I Am Alive.'
After taking a few years off to, we imagine, reconnect with family and friends, do yoga (this is just a guess) and become full-fledged adults (more on that in a second), Yellowcard dropped 2011's When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes, basically toured the planet (hyperbole, but they definitely busted their asses), and then recorded Southern Air, their sixth studio album. And on "Here I Am Alive," the album's first official single, the boys are taking a look back.
"If I could write to the kid I was before/I'd tell him you'll get everything you ever wanted/but you'll still want more," Ryan Key sings on the introspective song about growing up versus growing old. In lines that could be interpreted as tracing Yellowcard's own rise to fame, Key looks back at his mistakes and failed relationships but, as the title announces, comes out a bruised-but-not-battered survivor who's in it for the long haul.
Listen to Yellowcard's "Here I Am Alive" after the jump.
Don't sleep on Philly-based pop/rock outfit June Divided.
It's time to get involved with June Divided, guys. The Philly four-piece pop/rock band is set to release their debut album, Backbone, and trust us, you're gonna want the cool points of knowing about them before they blow up. (FYI, that's gonna happen in like 5 minutes.) After college graduation, vocalist Melissa Menago and guitarist Chris Kissel took a quick break from the job hunt to toy around with music. Eventually, they stumbled across their drummer Keith Gill on, wait for it, Craigslist. As a threesome, the band found success: They played SXSW, Warped Tour and released a video for their smash "Bullet." Their connection as musicians grew, but it wasn't until the band found their permanent fourth member in bassist Lenny Sasso that they began to work on their debut full-length album.
Listen to June Divided's "The Way We Started Out" after the jump.
States are ready to launch their debut album.
At their essence, States are a band united by a profoundly intoxicating sound. The quintet's a team of indie vets, with former members of Copeland and ex-Lydia keyboardist Mindy White holding it down on soaring, searing vocals. The band's forceful guitar rock reminds us of Paramore, which is about the nicest compliment we know how to give -- but States have a sound of their own, fleshed out by electronic touches and '90s alt vibes. (Letters to Cleo 4eva.) "Brighter Lights," the closing track on the band's Room To Run debut album, is a slow-burning acoustic song that lets the band stop flooring the rock pedal.
"Brighter Lights" is one of seven (!) bonus cuts on the re-release (the band put it out themselves last year), an album containing 10 original tracks in full-on electric mode. The song takes a deep breath and lets White get quiet over a moody cobweb of acoustic guitars that we imagine would make Justin Vernon's heart swell. Pleasantly, States is in no rush to hit a huge hook with "Brighter Lights," building nicely to a chorus that reverberates like an echoing whisper. It's very "Misguided Ghosts," though there's nothing off about it -- loud or soft, States are on point. Room to Run lands on June 19 on Tooth & Nail Records. Catch them on tour this summer with The Rocket Summer.
+ Listen to States' "Brighter Lights."
The Eastern Sea just dropped the new indie anthem.
Attention, cardigan owners: we've got your new indie crush right here. Austin, Texas' The Eastern Sea makes urgent, tuneful music you can dive right into, especially if autumnal chilliness and serious feelings are your jam. The group's new single, "Wasn't For Love," opens with a burly bass line and twinkling mallet percussion before stomping into a head-turning indie-rock plea.
Frontman Matthew Hines' quivering voice lands somewhere between Ben Gibbard and Conor Oberst -- like those gentleman, he's a sensitive lyricist, singed with palpable anxiety of trains leaving the station and "the thought that someday soon / maybe you'd fear me, too." The darker vibes are balanced by The Eastern Sea's bright musicianship: the song turns to Sufjan Stevens-esque horn orchestration and glimmers with a breathy, group-vocal chorus. Pretty as it gets, the rhythm section keeps the song thumping and insistent -- expect a well-deserved "Gossip Girl" closing montage in Eastern Sea's future.
The track's the first look at the band's official debut, Plague, which they tracked live to tape (chops!) in Austin's HOTTRACKS!!! studio with producer Matt Smith (Ola Podrida, Golden Bear). The album drops June 26 on WhiteLabBlackLab -- we'll just be hanging out under our air conditioning and planning our fall/winter 2012 wardrobes all summer anyway, so no rush.
+ Listen to The Eastern Sea's "Wasn't For Love."
Hawthorne Heights are back to rock your summer with 'New Winter.'
Sounds like Hawthorne Heights could use some warm weather. "New Winter" finds singer/guitarist J.T. Woodruff "crashing/and flaming out" before the searing song delivers its mission statement: "This new winter/Won't keep me down." That's not to say the track's, um, beach-appropriate. Hawthorne Heights are as heavy as they've ever been on the new track: Woodruff's piercing vocals rise to a shout, while drummer Eron Bucciarelli pounds his poor kit like a punching bag. But the band steps back from the angsty edge to deliver the song's tuneful chorus, which lands at the emo sweet spot between "catchy" and "ear-melting." The band even shows its cuddly side (which exists!) at the track's end, so stick around until after the credits.
Listen to Hawthorne Heights "New Winter" after the jump.
Rock chicks are just like, the coolest, aren't they? We definitely think so, and we're proud to add another female-fronted foursome to our arsenal. L.A.'s Dead Sara -- singer Emily Armstrong, guitarist Siouxsie Medley, drummer Sean Friday, bass player Chris Null -- are hitting us with the premiere of their latest, "Dear Love," and it rocks just about as much as it makes us want to cry. This is why girls run the world.
Listen to Dead Sara's "Dear Love" after the jump.
Listen to The Used's latest Vulnerable single, "Kiss It Goodbye."
As The Used prepare to release their fifth studio album Vulnerable, fans have only had previously released "I Come Alive" and "Now That You're Dead" to bump on repeat over and over. But today we're bringing you the premiere of their latest, "Kiss It Goodbye," and the Utah rock band is coming at us hard.
Listen to The Used's "Kiss It Goodbye" after the jump.
Listen to The Company We Keep's 'The Company She Keeps.'
We're in good company with this one. The Company We Keep is a new project from Motion City Soundtrack's Justin Pierre and MCS tour manager Brian Southall, built around the powerhouse vocals of rookie singer Amy Brennan and Branden Morgan's explosive drumming. The quartet is fresher than gourmet sushi: They just played their first-ever show last Thursday. But on their "The Company She Keeps" single, the group sounds like they've been jamming in basement studios for years, with a dark, energetic sound that lands somewhere between Metric's glossy indie-pop, Riot!-era Paramore and Motion City Soundtrack's own full-throttle pop-punk.
Listen to The Company We Keep's "The Company She Keeps" after the jump.
BEARCAT's Renee Yohe is super famous, and you probably don't even know it. The Florida native helped form the nonprofit organization To Write Love On Her Arms, dedicated to helping young adults with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. Renee has also published a collection of journals in the book "Purpose For The Pain," chronicling her struggles with addiction, which is being turned into a movie, "Renee," starring Chad Michael Murray and Kat Dennings. (The film is set for release in 2012.) On top of it all, Renee is also a musician, forming the band BEARCAT, who's landed a spot on tour this spring with Never Shout Never. Did you catch all that? Good.
Listen to BEARCAT's "Silence Is Silver" after the jump.