Greylines are an alternative 4-piece from Lock Haven, PA, USA. Close To Home Records were very excited to release their debut EP 'Somewhere Behind' on CD and free digital download back in 2012.
This record was already out digitally by the time I got my ears around it, but luckily, even though the band managed some pretty impressive press in the States, most of the UK hadn't heard it. I jumped at the chance to be associated with such a fantastic EP.
I'm uploading the entire Close To Home Records discography on to YouTube over the next week or so, and we start with Shortcuts self titled from 2012.
This is the record that kick-started Close To Home Records back in 2012. No one would release my bands EP... so I did. 4 years later here we are.
Personally, I'm still pretty proud of this little 3-track EP. It was the first time I'd been a part of a band who recorded something, and it was also the first time I got to read nice things about something I'd done in A Short Fanzine About Rocking, which I thought was the coolest thing ever.
We also played shows with Into It. Over It., Koji, Starters, Driveway,Basement, Dead Swans, Moose Blood, Losing Sleep... the list goes on. Basically - it was a fun time, and this EP acts as a time capsule for that brand of melodic hardcore / pop-punk crossover that blew-up in 2009... even though it was released in 2012.
Stream the EP in the embedded BandCamp link, or at one of the links below:
You can now pre-order the highly anticipated debut 12" EP from Rain. The record will be released on 180g Black vinyl (/100) and Opaque Green (/200).
There is also an option to get a long sleeve t-shirt, only available in the bundle with the record.
Head to the webstore using the button below to read more, and order the record.
Here we are again, back to lighten up your weekend with a recommendation. I did say on the last entry that it wouldn't all be music related... but we're not there yet.
This week's recommendation is: these live Weezer videos.
As someone who started to hit their teens about the same time as peer to peer sharing became extremely accessible and internet speeds were getting just fast enough to be able to download a song or even a video in the space of 15 minutes (it seems long now but, trust me, that was exciting), I used to download live music videos all the time.
Across the pond in America they seemed to have musical guests on their talk shows that were so much more appealing to me it was unreal. While we'd be stuck with Spice Girls miming along to their latest hit, they'd be watching... oh, I don't know... Hum, Alexisonfire or Weezer.
In fact, not much has changed to this day. We get Sam Smith, they get Eagulls. We get Ed Sheeran, they get King Krule. Honestly, baring Jools Holland occasionally giving the stage to some emerging UK talent - in some cases AFTER a late night show in America has already featured them, we really do draw the short straw when it comes to live music on TV.
Anyway, thankfully we now live in an age where you don't have to wait 15 minutes to download a video that may or may not just be a clip of someone doing a Bill Clinton impression advertising ringtones, instead you can just watch them all on YouTube instantly. Isn't life beautiful?
Here's a playlist of my favourite Weezer TV performances (along with a bonus AOL Session):
So, I thought I might as well put something on this blog that isn't just the latest news with the label - and here we are. Every Friday there will be something new that I recommend you check out over the weekend. Could be an event, song, band, book, podcast... you get the deal.
This week's recommendation is the new track from Hindsights, 'Wither'. It's the first release since the band have seen guitarist Tom Richfield join the line up, with vocalist Benio ditching the guitar and now focusing solely on vocal duties.
The track itself is great, and it's better... again. Everything they release is always better than the last thing. I'm not sure how they're doing it, but long may it continue. Granted, style wise it doesn't stray too much from what you've probably come to expect from the Burnham / Maidenhead-based quintet - but, they're showing they can still improve on what they've been doing, so it'd be stupid to move on too quickly.
You can catch Hindsights along with Apologies, I Have None and Losing Sleep at the release show for the single this Monday in Camden. Details below:
Hot on the heels of releasing the debut album from Dearist last Friday, we're extremely happy to announce that we'll be bringing you the debut EP from Rain in early 2016.
You can watch the debut music video over at DIYMag.com by clicking the button below.
You can now stream, download (FOR FREE) and buy (on 12") the debut album from Dearist, 'This House Has No Windows'. The record has been picking up positive reviews across the internet with a massive 10/10 from Toxic Online, 9/10 from Amp Kicker and 8/10 from The Soundboard to name a few.
Formed in the sleepy midland city of Wolverhampton, the band started out as a studio side project for Kyoto Drive's Adam Binder but quickly became his main focus. Completing a live line up in 2014 recruiting fellow Kyoto band mate Mitch Davis and long-time friends Chris Tucker and Mike Ingram. 'This House Has No Windows' presents a British take on the likes of American pioneers Fugazi, Rival Schools and Thursday.
A phrase as broad as emo doesn’t quite encapsulate the scope of Binder’s writing – to describe it as “emotional” would be selling it short, rather this is truly emotive and dynamic rock music with an anxious intensity that bubbles below the surface, a sense of suburban unrest that brushes uneasily up against the sprawling of concrete and the claustrophobia of modern inner-city life.
You can currently get up to 50% at our webstore, and you don't even have to enter any discount codes! Just go to the webstore tab on the navigation menu at the top of this page!
Over a year after both bands shared the Power Lunches stage at Walleater's 7" release show, they are back - this time with help from Glasgow-based Flakes and Stairwells, who are making the trip over from Dublin.
Presented by, seemingly new, DIY promoters 'Perfectly Cromulent', the show is billed as show #001. Hopefully this means the excellent line up is the first of many.
That's right! All weekend you can get everything available on our BandCamp for free!
If you've ever enjoyed anything we've released, all I ask is for you to pass it on to a friend - for free! It would be much appreciated for you to share the link on your Facebook's, Twitters etc.
To say this has been a long time coming would be an understatement, but finally, after being a part of the second ever compilation CTH released back in 2012, as well as playing the first show I put on under the Close To Home name, South Wales' Forrest have joined Close To Home Records with a debut album set for digital release on July 16th. You can currently stream and download the first track taken from the record, 'Close to Me' below.
Forrest have kept pretty quiet since the release of their debut EP 'Before You Go'. Spending a year writing and recording what is to be their debut album – ‘Soluna’, taking the time to make sure everything was as good as it could be.
Soluna is the culmination of everything the band has been building towards since it’s inception, and it opens up a new chapter for Forrest. It features 8 tracks recorded and engineered by Paul Griffiths at PG Productions and mixed and mastered by Ciaran Parnell.
Tomorrow (23/2) Walleater's 'Glow / What Do You Know?' 7" will be going up for sale at 7pm! No pre-orders, they're right here ready to go. There will be a variety of bundle options, if you're after both colours, or also fancy picking up Walleater's previous 7".
Faux's debut EP 'Patterns' will also be up for sale at the same time.
Faux will be celebrating the release of their physical copies of 'Patterns' at The Joiners in Southampton, alongside Max Raptor, Yearbook and Swim Good on the 26th February, then not long after at The Music Box in Salisbury on 28th February, supported by Press To Meco, Crasters Wives and The Sour Taste.
With the CD set to hit our online store late February, we're very pleased to announce you won't have to wait that long to get the songs we hope you've been all week on Punktastic, onto your iPhone / iPod / Computer.
You can now download the EP for £3.99, or alternative pre-order the CD for £4.99 - which will also give you an instant download code via email.
Listen, download and pre-order the EP over at our store.
We are very excited to announce the debut EP 'Patterns' from Southampton's Faux. The four-piece are set to release their five-track debut through Close To Home Records both digitally and on CD.
The full EP will be available for streaming on January 12th, leading up to the band's weekender with Nathan Detroit and Actions from the 16th - 18th (dates below). Until then, you can view the music video for the single 'Backbone', taken from the EP, right here:
The debut album from Brighton's newest alt-rock throwback are now available over at our store! It's available on White limited to 100 and Transparent Blue limited to 200. There are also a small amount of double packs available.
The album is attracting glowing comparisons to Weezer left right and centre, with GetLouderNow.com claiming that you might like it "even more than the last few Weezer records, actually"!
You can read more about how the band, and the album, came about over at Punktastic.com
So, for a little while there we tried out using the built in Squarespace webstore along with Stripe to take payments. A few months down the line I have to say I'm not really happy with it. They all said we'd go crawling back to BigCartel and, well... we have.
We're 100% keeping our website and blog, though now you will notice when you click on the store tab at the top of the site you will be redirected to our BigCartel store.
To bring the change forward in style there's a 30% off sale currently on until Sunday night 11pm GMT, all you have to do is enter the code 'WEEKND' on checkout!
Thanks for sticking with us and as ever - there's some really cool stuff in the pipeline that I cannot wait to share with you all. Hope you have an awesome weekend.
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