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Album: The Menzingers – Rented World

April 24th, 2014

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The Menzingers
Rented World
Epitaph Records
22 April 2014

by Alex Andrews

It might seem unfair, but a new album is always going to be judged by the one that preceded it. So, let’s get this out of the way as quickly as possible; Rented World is not as good as On The Impossible Past. In fact, it doesn’t really come close. If you’re looking for another record charged with the kind of electricity that hums between the sweat-covered walls and low ceilings of beery basement venues or more songs that chronicle the mundanity and nostalgia of small town adolescence, you need to accept the fact that The Menzingers have moved on.

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Album: Retox – YPLL

May 15th, 2013

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Retox
YPLL
Epitaph Records
27 May 2013

by Ollie Connors

Fresh from a rarer-than-rocking-horse-shit set of shows with former outfit The Locust, vocalist Justin Pearson gets back on the Retox wagon, with second full-length YPLL following on from their 2011 effort, Ugly Animals. The quartet have the same vein of frenetic energy as The Locust running through their music, but this is a far more concentrated, honed and incendiary approach to punk rock than Pearson’s be-costumed experi-mentalists could ever muster.

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Album: Every Time I Die – Ex Lives

March 5th, 2012

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Every Time I Die
Ex Lives
Epitaph Records
05 March 2012

by Raziq Rauf

It’s a tough question, isn’t it? “Who’s your favourite band?” It’s tough because you listen to a different band depending on how you’re feeling. Well, I’ve listened to this album over 100 times. That’s not some throwaway, hyperbolic platitude you’re reading. I’ve listened to this album over a hundred times. I feel confident in saying that Every Time I Die are one of my favourite bands. But why?

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Album: Dangerous! – Teenage Rampage

September 22nd, 2011

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Dangerous!
Teenage Rampage
19 September 2011
Epitaph Records

by Ryan Williams

Another day, another band with an inappropriately punctuated name. This is Dangerous!. (That’s why the punctuation is inappropriate.) It’s not too hard to get past thesimilarities with The Hives and especially The Vines but there’s a bit more to them than being just another bunch of Aussie garage rockers.

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Interview: Thursday – “While writing this record some of us experienced an ‘adult’ loss of innocence.”

February 11th, 2009

With their fifth album, Common Existence due to hit iPods imminently, Mischa Pearlman caught up with Thursday keyboardist, Andrew Everding about the state of America and the post-hardcore legends’ role in all of it.

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First, let’s start with the new album, Common Existence. Can you talk a little about making it and the themes and ideas that inspired it?

“It took a year and a half to write and record the new album, and I don’t think any of us expected it taking this long. As much as we would have liked to write and record a record in six months and get back on the road it didn’t happen.

“Some of the themes have a sense that there might not be as much optimism in the world as we were hoping to have. While writing this record some of us experienced an ‘adult’ loss of innocence. In defence against that, we were steering the record as much as we could towards what used to inspire us the most – the spark that used to ignite us on stage.”

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