The Copyrights – Report

Have you ever had a moment when listening to a record where you put your head in you hands and wonder, “How in the hell are these guys so talented? How is it possible to write an album that is so consistently catchy?” Well folks, wait no more, because if you like pop-punk in the vein of Screeching Weasel, The Lillingtons, and The Riptides then this album will do it for you.

Report, the newest effort from Illinois’ The Copyrights, is their most solid release to date. The boys pump out 14 songs where each one is equally as catchy and anthemic as the last. The album’s opening track “Slider” kicks the record off with a cool and low-key bass riff that then explodes into an unapologetically powerful intro that firmly plants the standard for the rest of the record.The melodies and hooks on this album are insane, drawing from what seems to be every instrument in their ensemble to contribute to the sing along choruses. Innovative and interesting bridges (see “Stuck in The Fall”) remind the listeners that this is a band that has over a decade of writing and touring under their belts and are only getting better. The sheer singability (see what I did there?) of this record alone makes it everything that this reviewer could want from a modern day pop-punk album.

The only gripe that I have with this album is the lyrics. The Copyrights have a knack for being able to cleverly say the same things on each of their records. For the most part, the standard pop-punk themes of struggling with money, relationships, and trying to have a good time through it all abound. The saving grace in this respect is that the lyrics are so catchy that it makes me want to claw my eyes out (in a good way). They didn’t try to reinvent the lyrical wheel on this release and that adds to its charm. They are what they are, and what they are is a pop-punk band that has honed their specific sound to the best version of themselves yet.

You can check out Report via Red Scare Industries.

Score: 5/5

1. Slider
2. Heart Of Glue
3. Telescope
4. Stuck In The Fall
5. This World Is Such A Drag
6. Keep The Change
7. Worlds On Fire
8. No Knocks
9. Fireworks
10. Wishbone
11. The New Frontier
12. Try So Hard
13. Basement
15. Away We Go

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Artist to Watch: Modern Baseball

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If you would have told me five years ago that an underground pop-punk band on a independent record label would have a record debut at #84 on the Billboard Top 200, I would have laughed in your face. Little would I have known that in 2014 Philadelphia’s Modern Baseball would make me eat my words. Not only does MB have the distinction of being on the same list as (and only a few places under) Nickleback and Justin Timberlake, but the record that made it all happen entitled You’re Gonna Miss It All also debuted at number #1 for vinyl sales.

Modern Baseball’s sound is an interesting blend of underground pop-punk and a more mainstream (and dare I say marketable) incarnation of pop-punk, creating a vibe that has a little something for everyone. You’re Gonna Miss It All consists of twelve fun, mid-tempo songs chock full of positive energy. At first glance, the melodies on this album, both guitar and vocal, are what make this release stick out. Upon further inspection however, one will find the honesty and earnestness of the lyrics as well as the sarcastic wit peppered throughout as that which will give this album staying power that pretty guitar chords alone would not be able to offer.

The fact that Modern Baseball not only made the upper half of the Billboard Top 200 but also has the #1 Vinyl release under their belt shows that we as listeners now have the power to give bands the recognition that they actually deserve. I personally think that Modern Baseball has earned the recognition they are receiving based specifically on how solid of a record You’re Gonna Miss It All is. You can decide for yourself by going to Run for Cover Records’ band camp and giving the album a listen. If you are a fan of any type of pop-punk then you probably wont be disappointed.

http://runforcoverrecords.bandcamp.com/album/youre-gonna-miss-it-all

https://www.facebook.com/ModernBaseball

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Artist to Watch: Icarus the Owl

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Ever heard of a band labeled as a technically proficient progressive pop punk band with math rock tendencies? Yeah, me neither. That’s why I believe Icarus the Owl has something truly special going on with merely three albums under their belt. Releasing their self titled 3rd album off of a recently successful Kickstarter this last Friday (Feb 7th), Icarus just keeps expanding and improving upon their sound.

Icarus the Owl consists of 4 insanely talented musicians. While the band is very proficient on all their respected instruments, they aren’t technical for the sake of being technical; they are plenty capable of writing damn good music. The only minor complaint that I could say that I have, and the more common thing people tend to say when first hearing them, is that the vocals can be an acquired taste. The singing definitely isn’t bad by any means, Joey can soar from his middle to high register, but there is just something about his voice that can be a little off-putting on the occasion. If anything, he is just getting better with time. Icarus the Owl continue to try new things while still refining their sound, and while their particular brand of music might not ever get a mainstream success, I feel they deserve to be heard. Check ’em out:

And if you want to find out more about them and maybe buy some stuff (their music is also available at pretty much anywhere that sells digital downloads), have a look-see here:

https://www.facebook.com/Icarustheowl

http://icarustheowl.bandcamp.com/