Exclusive: Life On The Sideline EP announcement, music video premiere

Since releasing Honesty Is A Dying Breed two years ago, Life On The Sideline has remained active on the road and is now ready to unveil its upcoming EP, Never Settle. To kick things off, we're premiering the music video for the band's new single, "Echo", which tells the sad story of a young girl reminiscing times spent with her deceased partner. While not a pop punk song per se, it's as catchy as one with an infectious chorus that you'll inevitably get stuck in your head. The band's sound could be compared to that of Transit's and The Early November's. Fans can pre-order the EP on iTunes and CD here, before it's released on June 7th. […]

Sunday, December 29, 2013

End of Year Lists: MTS Collective Staff, Pt. 3

The third albums of the year post includes lists from three of our photographers, Christopher, Larry, and Donzor. Check them out! Click the Read More… link to view the lists.

Christopher McPartlin, Photographer

Over the past year, many albums have come out that I have given a quick listen to or were on repeat in my car for months at a time; songs that got me ready for the day, helped me get through my classes, or I had danced to with friends. These albums had helped create some of my favorite moments of 2013. Some of these songs were played every time among certain company or when certain situations would occur. Some of these songs were played so loud in my car that I was imagining playing them myself! Each of these records were some sort of staple in my year and between all the sore throats and ringing ears, each band made each record special to me. Regardless of the reason, here are my favorite records from 2013.

Albums of the Year

1. Meridian - Reformation
This record isn't just one of my favorites from 2013, but has very quickly climbed to the top of one of my favorite hardcore (for lack of a more specific genre) records - plain and simple. If you haven't listen to this record, you're sleeping very hard and I feel so sorry for you.

2. Bad Rabbits - American Love (Bad Records)
Bad Rabbits will make you dance the entire time you're listening to American Love. I think this record is tied with Reformation for the most amount of spins this year, though on the opposite side of the spectrum. American Love is a R&B/groove record of sorts where each song is just as catchy as the last. They definitely caught me by surprise with this release and I have been a huge fan since.

3. The Palmer Squares - Finna
This rap duo out of Chicago, consisting of Acumental (Matt) and Terminal Knowledge (Seth), has taken YouTube by storm, participating in rap cyphers on what seems like a daily basis. With consistently catchy beats, rhyme schemes, and so many double entendres and comprehensive vocabulary comparable to current rap artists, saying they are witty and clever would be an understatement. Seeing as I just discovered this group this year, all their music has been new to me and my group of friends and I have grown to like them very much. You will find yourself repeating songs over and over again to catch new clever and funny verses every single time. I have faith that they are going to make a huge impact in their genre in 2014.

4. No Good News - In Constant Comparison
This may have been my favorite pop punk release of the year. Just solid songs by really good people sending a good message. No Good News surprised me at ECC Mixtape Festival; they were the first band to really get the crowd going. Each song manages to get stuck in my head and I have no complaints. If you haven't listened to this record this year, make sure you get it as soon as possible.

5. Citizen - Youth (Run For Cover Records)
Youth was one of those records that hit home for me. Each song brought a flood of emotions and really showcased what Citizen is all about. Just huge-sounding powerful good songs.

6. The Wonder Years - The Greatest Generation (Hopeless Records)
Every now and then you come across an album that you listen to front to back countless times and can't find one thing you would change - not a single note or length of a pause. The Wonder Years proved themselves as being able to put out flawless songs that will run you through not only an amazing album, but a story. It's really hard to describe that feeling in your chest when you listen to an album that hits just like this one does, but whatever it is, The Wonder Years honed onto it and made something truly special.

7. Vanna - The Few And The Far Between (Artery Recordings/Razor & Tie)
Vanna's new record is just angry, fast, and everything you want in a good melodic hardcore record. All I can say is listen to this record and bang your head.
8. The Front Bottoms - Talon Of The Hawk (Bar None Records)
9. A Day To Remember - Common Courtesy
10. The Story So Far - What You Don't See (Pure Noise Records)

Larry Wentworth, Photographer

Albums of the Year

1. Vanna - The Few And The Far Between (Artery Recordings/Razor & Tie)
Vanna's latest line-up change brought with it a new sound that's fast-paced, mean, and comes with a huge set of angry teeth. The entire album carries a raw and furious energy that only subsides during "Please Stay". With its calming guitars and desperate lyrics, "Please Stay" is one of the most notable songs on the album, but you're cheating yourself if you don't see them perform it live. "Year Of The Rat" is definitely one song that has stuck with me for most of the year, with its blazing guitars and depressing lyrics at first, it develops into an uplifting and positive track. The Few And Far Between is an all-round amazing album and the best from Vanna yet.

2. Bring Me The Horizon - Sempiternal (Epitaph Records)
Bring Me The Horizon changed a lot about their sound on their newest release and its flat-out amazing. Oli ditched his usual growling vocals for more of a shouting scream, the guitars are much more intricate, and the music is filled with plenty of electronic melodies, which add a great amount of depth to each track. Most of the album is blazing-fast and heavy, but it does have its slower tracks, like "And The Snakes Start To Sing", which still pack a punch.

3. Balance And Composure - The Things We Think We're Missing (No Sleep Records)
The Things We Think We're Missing is fast, loud, and melodic. The songs are sad, but angry at the same time. Thirteen tracks may seem a bit long, but there is never a dull moment in the album, especially with the different vocal styles incorporated into each one. Simmons goes from a clean calm vocal style to shouting angry and frustrated in an instant. This, paired with Balance And Composure's grungy style, and a twist of light and clean melodic guitar rhythms makes this album a great listen.

4. To The Wind - Empty Eyes (Pure Noise Records)
I had the opportunity to photograph To The Wind in early-2013, but it wasn't until The Chariot's farewell tour that I actually sat down and listened to them. Empty Eyes blew me away; it's melodic, heavy, and extremely fast-paced. While most bands tend to concentrate on being either heavy or emotional, To The Wind bring both to the table with their latest album, in songs like "Downpour" and "Solitary". If you're into albums that will give you an emotional frenzy, Empty Eyes is for you.

5. The Greenery - It's Looking Grim
Another band that is new to me this year is The Greenery. Their latest album, It's Looking Grim, is a combination of hardcore and thrash. Every single song is a blazing whirlwind that's energetic, aggressive, and loud. The drums are like a punch to the face and the guitar is a never-ending shredfest all throughout this hectic album. If you're looking for any kind of a break here, you will not find it. They're definitely worth checking out if you're looking to bang your head until it falls off.

Donzor, Photographer

Albums of the Year

1. Balance And Composure - The Things We Think We're Missing (No Sleep Records)
2. Seizures - The Sanity Universal
3. More Than Life - Do You Remember… (Single) (Holy Roar Records)
4. Whirr - Around EP (Graveface Records)
5. Touché Amoré - Is Survived By (Deathwish, Inc.)
6. Capsize - Live A Burden, Die A Curse EP (Anchors Aweigh Records)
7. Pity Sex - Feast Of Love (Run For Cover Records)
8. Title Fight - Spring Songs EP (Revelation Records)
9. Wavves - Afraid Of Heights (Ghost Ramp/Rodeo Recordings/Mom+Pop/Warner Bros. Records)
10. Fragments - Long Lost Innocence EP