Circles & Soundwaves

With less than two months to go until the album’s November 4th release, Major League have released the second “Making Of” video for There’s Nothing Wrong With Me. The album is available for pre-order via No Sleep Records; be sure to catch Major League on The Honeymoon Tour this fall with Mayday Parade, Tonight Alive, and PVRIS to hear some new songs live!

Have Mercy have announced that they will be releasing their second LP, A Place Of Our Own, on October 27th via Hopeless Records. You can check out the music video for “Spacecrafts” above (video produced by Mike at Zero Platoon).

If you like what you hear, you can pre-order A Place Of Our Own here and be sure to catch Have Mercy on tour this fall with Real Friends, Neck Deep, and Cruel Hand (dates here).

Interview with Frank Iero- 9/6/14

Interview by Molly Louise Hudelson.

Back in 2012, former My Chemical Romance rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist Frank Iero began writing a series of songs that would eventually become the aptly named Stomachaches (released August 25 via Staple Records). The album itself is weighty, heavy in the sense that the aches he was feeling- both physical, in his digestive system, and emotional, for love and acceptance- are palpable. 

After a secret show at Bowery Electric in New York City and a release day performance and signing at Vintage Vinyl in Fords, New Jersey last month, frnkiero and the cellabration began their very first tour at GameChanger World in Howell, New Jersey on Saturday night. In addition to several headlining shows and performances at Riot Fest in Chicago and Denver, they’ll be joining up with MCR’s old tourmates Taking Back Sunday and The Used. 

When I arrived at the venue early to meet up with Frank for an interview, fans had already lined up outside, excited for the show. As he counted and sorted merch, Frank talked about Stomachaches, the beginning of making music as frnkiero and the cellabration, and more. Read on for the full interview!

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In case you missed it, last month Lodi, California’s Second To Last announced that they will be releasing their new EP Open House on September 16th via True Records; pre-orders are available here. You can listen to a new song, “Skin”, above. In a post on Facebook sharing the song last night, lead singer Tyson Evans said, “these songs are here for you and I am here as much as I can be”.

We here at Circles & Soundwaves- everyone involved, from myself (Molly C&S) to every writer, photographer, and street teamer that contributes- believe in the power of music to help people, and to make people feel like they are not alone.

As I write this it’s 11:20pm Eastern on Thursday, September 4th and I’m smiling to myself as I think about the wonderful memories I’ve had due to music, in more cities and states than I could begin to count. I feel very grateful to have experienced all of it, and to be able to continue experiencing it. 

Lately I have seen many more people “coming clean”, so to speak, about their personal struggles with depression, other mental illnesses, and/or thoughts of suicide. The biggest lesson this has taught me is that we are never alone. A lot of people out there are struggling but I don’t think there has been an “outbreak” of depression recently- but seeing one person open up can inspire others to do the same.

That’s why I’m sharing Second To Last’s “Skin” with all of you. Perhaps someone who sees this and listens to the song will realize that they are not alone in whatever they’re going through, and perhaps they’ll even be inspired to open up about their own experiences. There are a lot of people out there that are there for you, whether they’re thousands of miles away or sitting next to you right now (I’m one of them).

Check out another song from Our House, “Your Couch”, here. If you’re on the west coast, you can catch Second To Last on tour with fellow Californians Such A Mess starting next week; check out the dates below. 

SECOND TO LAST & SUCH A MESS- WEST COAST TOUR DATES:

9/11- Santa Ana, CA- Recess Studios
9/12- Manteca, CA- The Local
9/13- Walnut Creek, CA- The Red House
9/14- Eugene, OR- The Boreal
9/15- Portland, OR- Slabtown
9/16- Seattle, WA- Studio Seven
9/18- Salt lake City, UT- The Shred Shed
9/19- Las Vegas, NV- Beach Hut Deli
9/20- Tucson, AZ- Gary’s Place
9/21- Riverside, CA- Clash City Studios

Although originally slated for a September 9th release, Forever Came Calling's sophomore album What Matters Most will now be released on October 21st via Pure Noise Records. The album is now available for pre-order here, and fans can now check out a new song “Mapping With a Senses of Direction”, above.

Forever Came Calling will be on the Pure Noise Records Tour this fall with State Champs, Handguns, Front Porch Step, Heart to Heart, and Brigades. The dates for the tour, as well as tickets and VIP packages, can be seen here.

Photos of The Tragic Thrills, 8/27/14 at 10th Street Live in Kenilworth, New Jersey.

Photos by Molly Louise Hudelson. More photos on Facebook here.

Major League have released the first “Making Of” video for their upcoming sophomore LP There’s Nothing Wrong With Me (out November 4 via No Sleep Records), and you can check it out above. 

Handguns- “Life Lessons”- ALBUM REVIEW

Review by Jess Titmus.

Artist: Handguns 

Album: Life Lessons (released July 8th via Pure Noise Records)

Handguns have returned with their second full­-length entitled Life Lessons and it’s certainly a good’un. Reminiscent of the sounds of ‘03/’04 (think Drive­Thru/Fat Wreck/Kung Fu Records) whilst still sounding fresh, Handguns show other bands how it’s done. Whilst the term “pop-punk” is easily thrown around these days, these guys deserve the label. There is just enough passion and angst to make it relatable without falling into the all-t­oo-­common trap of screaming the lyrics out. Harmonies keep the pop aspect in tact and there is not a weak song on the album.

For someone who has lost touch with a lot of current pop punk/rock music due in part to the success of mediocre bands, Handguns are a breath of fresh air. If more new pop-punk fans get into the genre through this band, then perhaps there is hope for the genre yet. Keep pop-punk alive. Listen to Handguns.

Rating: 5/5

Listen To: ”Highway Robbery”, “Waiting For Your Ghost”

Photos of From Indian Lakes, 7/24/14 at Paradise Rock Club in Boston, Massachusetts.

Photos by Christian Napolitano. More photos on Facebook here.

Photos of RX Bandits, 7/24/14 at Paradise Rock Club in Boston, Massachusetts.

Photos by Christian Napolitano. More photos on Facebook here.