Young Fox – Sky Beats Gold
With no signs of slowing, get ready for another overflowing RECORD OF THE WEEK blog!!!
When it’s a SPARTAN RECORDS release, you know it’s going to be a killer spread! Two years after the release of their impressive debut EP (Predecessors), Pittsburgh’s YOUNG FOX returns with “Sky Beats Gold,” a beautifully layered and moody discourse aimed directly at perpetual questions. Dark and driving drums lay the foundation for intricate guitar work and aggressive instrumentation combines seamlessly with soaring and confident vocal melodies. Translation: Sky Beats Gold is a big rock record that combines the drive of Thrice and the complexity of Sunny Day Real Estate with accessibility of Foo Fighters and the emotion of Manchester Orchestra. The album also features a cameo from Stephen Christian of Anberlin on the track “Slow Burn.” Grab any variant, whether it’s the “ORANGE CRUSH” with BLACK “SMOKE”, WHITE, “ORANGE CRUSH,” & “BRONZE” with BLACK “HAZE,” or the “DOOKIE BROWN” inside WHITE inside “HALLOWEEN ORANGE,” you can’t go wrong!
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NP PRESLEY is the former front man for Infected, a long running punk band from Lexington, Kentucky (and also a distant cousin of the king Elvis). NP PRESLEY AND THE GHOST OF JESSE GARON were formed in 2015 as an outlet for song writing and a desire to experiment in different genres and styles of music. ‘Broken Fantasy’ is the first full length release from NP PRESLEY and the third release on UNEVEN CHEESE RECORDS. They’re out on tour most of 2017, so get out there!
BAND NAME: NP Presley and The Ghost Of Jesse Garon
LABEL NAME: Uneven Cheese Records
ARC FLASH mixes the abrasive with the undeniably catchy to create music that can transfix even the shortest of attention spans. Blistering without repelling, the duo mixes punk, noise, surf, and pop into music that is both fun and visceral. HIGH DIVE RECORDS brings you their debut full length, ‘Carbon Copy’ just in time for their US tour that just started!
Hailing from New Jersey, singer/songwriter SAMMY KAY has lived the kind of romantic life that can only be found in song. With the highest of highs, and the lowest of lows, KAY returned to his home state after years in Brooklyn and Los Angeles, as well as traveling the world playing in and working for a myriad of bands (Gaslight Anthem and Bouncing Souls among them). Somewhere along the road in his extensive travels, he penned this deeply introspective new record. Pure, unadulterated New Jersey punk rock soul music, plain and simple. The Untitled record is a step away from his last, ‘FOURTH STREET SINGERS’, but shows all the growth after the last few years of heavy traveling. A larger sound with themes of growing up, sorrow and hope shine strong within these 10 songs.
Atlanta’s “new kings of noise rock” WHORES have hit the proverbial big time. With two EPs that have achieved near-cult classic status in the noise rock underground and countless cross-country tours, over the past five years the band have managed to gain the kind of respect usually reserved for acts that have been pounding the pavement for decades. About to head out on a giant EU tour before coming back state side, make sure to check them out while you can!
Southern Groove Thrash Metal act FINAL DRIVE is a heavy metal band from St. Louis, Missouri, delivering fast-paced, high-energy, infectious auditory assault. With a singular focus on getting asses out of seats, FINAL DRIVE brings to the stage an aggressive and precise attack of blunt force hell raisin’ beer drinkin’ Heavy Metal. After extensively touring on the DIY circuit and performing at over 200 venues FINAL DRIVE is a live experience you do not want to miss! “DIG DEEPER” is available now, and features 10 tracks of blistering St. Louis heavy metal!!
BAND NAME: Final Drive
JEFF CAUDILL is the front man and songwriter for beloved 90s emo-pop-punk band Gameface. ‘Reset The Sun’ is a 6-song concept EP – an alt-country road record with peaks and valleys and everything in between. You’ll have to stand in line for this one, as it’s a super limited RSD release…
Stay tuned for more records next week!