CHUNK NO CAPTAIN CHUNK acknowledge #ezcrab; I can die a happy man

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he even included the fucking hashtag. dudes, they are definitely ready 2

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Jay-Z signs TOUCHE AMORE (srs)

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in b4 someone finds Jay’s secret tumblr which is full of superwholock gifs, TSSF lyrics over desaturated pictures of forests, and photos of tattoo-model girls in huf socks.

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CHUNK NO CAPTAIN CHUNK announce new album and it appears to not suck

Friends, I’m feeling pretty good these days– like a homesteader who survived the long, brutal winter with only 1 or 2 of his cattle freezing to death, looking out across his farm and seeing the first signs of spring poking through the frost. After a couple years of dull, crappy, greyscale tr00ness, we are starting to see signs of #ez life: solid new releases from NEW FOUND GLORY and HIT THE LIGHTS, sick new ez bands like ALIVE IN STANDBY and CRUNKASAURUS REX, and this– a new release from the godfathers of #ezcrab that sounds like it’s going to be really really good.

Like most of you, I was pretty nervous when they said that they were going for a “more mature” direction, because that usually means mustaches, work boots, and acoustic guitars = DO NOT WANT. But if this clip is any indication, they were either lying or kidding themselves because this is pure, vintage #ezcrab. Stoked!

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HIT THE LIGHTS release new song complaining about Instagram

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A couple thoughts in no particular order:

  • Bummed to see them fall into the “old man screams at cloud” trap– or more specifically, the even more awkward SENSES FAIL/BAYSIDE version which is “former scene band gets up on their high horse and complains about Kids These Days.” In b4 they make some embarrassing facebook rant about selfies and/or kids using their phones at shows
  • LOL @ shoehorning their super-scene splattery logo into the tr00 aesthetic. And WTF does some desaturated photo of a beach have to do with the lyrics?!
  • On the bright side, the song is really good and this album is going to be their best since “Skip School”

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CITY LIGHTS is playing a reunion show; hey dudes r u ready 2?

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For the first time in my entire life, I sort of wish I still lived in Ohio so I could go to this one-off reunion show from one of the best OG easycore bands, my good friends CITY LIGHTS. They just announced this show an hour or two ago, and all the dorks in the Defend Easycore Group are losing their shit. I have two thoughts:

  1. As always, I have mixed feelings when people are excited about reunions. On the one hand, of course I am stoked that people are into CITY LIGHTS in 2015. On the other hand, it sure would have been nice for people to support them when they were actually an active band, but nobody gave a shit and they struggled to get 50 kids to come out to their shows. Lesson: don’t wait until bands break up to support them!
  2. I expect full credit for CITY LIGHTS and FIGHT FAIR’s 2015 status as ‘legends of ez,’ since I actually did rep them when they were around, playing sad VFW shows with crappy bands that even less people cared about (FRESHMAN 15, I’m looking at you). TFW u were a REAL neon fan, before it was cool to be one *steamnose emoji*

For maximum effect, they really need to bring this version of CITY LIGHTS back:

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Singer of SUBURBAN SCUM jocks DOG EAT DOG; proves that funkycore is real

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if u will recall, i have been forecasting FUNKYCORE as The Next Big Thing for several months now. while that was a legitimate, serious prediction, in the interest of comedy i took the argument to what i thought was an absurd extreme, predicting that soon Real Hardcore kids would be jocking DOG EAT DOG. of course, i never actually thought that would happen… FAITH NO MORE? absolutely. LIVING COLOUR? Sure, why not. But even in my wildest dreams did i actually think kids would cite DOG EAT DOG as ‘legends.’ :/

stay ahead of the curve and be the first Real Hardcore kid to get down with SPIN DOCTORS! (note: if ur into Chad Sexton/John Stanier style drumming definitely don’t sleep on this band, the drummer is legit sick. check out those ghost notes.)

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can ripping off ADTR become the next big scene trend pls?

adtrI’ve always thought originality was the single most overrated element to music. Like, if I really like a band, I will want to extend their discography by adding a bunch of bands that sound like them, you know? Luckily, this has been happening to me more and more with bands trying to sound like A DAY TO REMEMBER, and what better band is there to sound like other than ADTR? (rhetorical question, there is no better band)

Many people would probably classify WE FALL AS ONE from France as an #ezcrab band, and they wouldn’t totally be wrong – some of the sound effects on the vocals and breakdowns are very crabby, but I definitely hear a strong ADTR influence. The singer kinda scares me haha, he’s getting too excited.

I discovered STAY TRUE on Spotify and I’ve been pretty hooked ever since. They were supposed to release an album late last year that never came out, so hopefully they eventually get it out there.

MY LIFE FOR HIRE loves A Day To Remember, so much so that they named themselves after one of their songs! Brb, searching for bands named after all the other song titles on Homesick.

ACROSS THE ATLANTIC was produced by Andrew Wade, so that would explain any similarities these guys have to ADTR production-wise. I hope REAL FRIENDS fans stumble upon this video and immensely improve their music taste. Also, I would prob like this song even more if it wasn’t released on BryanStars’ YouTube channel.

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My best friend is obviously you, Bryan!

I don’t think SIX STORIES UNKNOWN have quite perfected their craft yet, but they definitely show promise! They’re from Sweden, I wonder if they’re friends with ABANDONED BY BEARS?

I literally just discovered CHIN UP, KID because one of the band members posted on Facebook that they were opening for FOUR YEAR STRONG so I decided to check them out, and I’m glad I did! I love the key change that happens towards the end of the song. I think key changes sound epic when bands know how to utilize them properly.

I couldn’t find HEAVY HEARTED on any social media, so I’m not sure if they’re a band anymore, which is a shame because they had a lot of potential! You can download this EP for free on their bandcamp, and the other one costs money, but I’m sure you could find it for free on Soulseek or some blog or something.

The reception has been mixed for IT’S A LONG STORY, but personally I think they’re great. There’s a lot of suspense building up to when the vocals kick in, because you can’t tell if the breakdown is in minor key or major key. Which key is it gonna be?

I have saved the best for last – WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE. This song is sooo good, sounds like it could be on Homesick. The chorus uses the same chord progression as half of the songs on the first half of Homesick (tracks 2-4). (Fun fact: this has been dubbed the “sensitive female chord progression”.) It’s no surprise that these guys are also produced by Andrew Wade. I will be on the lookout for their upcoming debut album.

What was your favorite band on this list? Do you think sounding like ADTR will ever become a big trend? What are some other bands you like that sound like ADTR?

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how 2 get that fresh haircut and impress everyone at Rainfest/THIC/BNB Bowl

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Andy Dick is an extra in the new FALLING IN REVERSE video

On the brighter side, the song is fucking awesome and sounds exactly like prime ESCAPE THE FATE– looks like Ronald is even growing his scene hair out again! In b4 they switch to Myspace as their “exclusive social media partner” and the revival is in full effect.

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If u miss CITY LIGHTS and FIGHT FAIR, check out SETTLE YOUR SCORES

> waiting patiently in my neon bunker for easycore to rise from the ashes, reborn like a proud majestic phoenix
> monitoring radio scanner for signs of life
> detects a faint but clear signal from SETTLE YOUR SCORES crackling across the airwaves
> sounds exactly like a generic ez band from 2009 that would have been on xeasycorex
> shoots a signal flare into the sky, so glad not to wander this wasteland alone anymore

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