Flight Mode Tap Into 90s Emo

There are tons of bands looking back at the emo days, some reimagining, some just trying to pull it off the best they can. For me, Oslo’s Flight Mode are one of the few who seem to pull it off with actual sincerity. I tend to think of bands like Braid and Mineral, before the brand was more pop than rock, when it was fueled by overlapping guitar lines and soft (emotional) vocals. You get that here in this new single from the band’s forthcoming Tx ’98 EP, which is where singer Sjur was living, and I was too, so perhaps that’s why I’m tapping into his nostalgic revisiting; the EP is being released by Sound as Language on June 25th.

Check Out Career Day’s Pride Was Somewhere Else EP

All our musical journeys began somewhere, and I’m not shy about my super-emo past of the late 90s; I wore the outfit and everything. And while it might not always be in my current listening rotation, when a band comes and offers up the old school style like Career Day, I definitely get nostalgic. For me, its that sucker punch of offering some soft ballad followed up by flare and distorted riffs, like the band pull off on every tune from their Pride Was Somewhere Else EP. Listening through these tracks, “Deathbed Regrets” is probably the one I’ve been pressing repeat on the most; I love that huge explosiveness of hooks that jumps through. Honestly, I like an emo band that likes to rock…so I’m on board with these jams. Check it out below!

Burn Slowly With Dismal Thinkings

As just about anyone knows about me, the slow burning, emo genre has always held a truly special place in my musical heart. With that said, you’ll understand my love of a song like this one called “Gone Away” from Seattle based rock band Dismal Thinkings. It reminds me of some of the best old school stuff from the genre like Mineral or Sunny Day. If you’re compared to bands such as these, RayRay is going to jam it all day.

Dismal Thinkings will release blanketfort on July 20th. Pre-order.

Quiet Beauty From Aloha

untitledLet’s get real here, I honestly had no idea that old favorite Aloha were still making music together in 2016. Last I’d heard they put out an album about 6 years ago and I hadn’t heard much noise from the group since. Apparently this is due to my lack of interest in reading other sites… So as news to me, here’s the latest single from the guys called “Don’t Wanna Win”. I’m really enjoying the hushed qualities and the incredibly tight instrumentation in this song. Cheers to making more great music together.

Aloha will dropLittle Windows Cut Right Throughon May 6th via Polyvinyl.

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Let’s Get Emotional With Prawn

unnamed (8)After seeing American Football twice during Fun Fest, I’ve found myself much more open to the slow, melodic, emo style music from the late 90s and early 00’s.  Today my need for throwback sounding emo comes our way from New Jersey based group Prawn with their new single “Seas”.  As I’ve clearly put forward already, this one is for fans of all your favorite groups from the Polyvinyl, Barsuk, Jade Tree, etc. era.  This sweet tune appears on a new split with New York’s own Moving Mountains due out November 17th on Triple Crown Records (pre-order).

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Enjoy Some Helvetia

helvetiaHelvetia is a group we’ve been talking about for years now and you have to know that we’ll be sharing their tunes when they come our way.  Today I’m pleased to share with you their latest single “A Dot Running for the Dust”.  It’s an organ heavy, sort of throwback emo style, melodic tune.  It’ll take you a few listens, but I’m sure you will find more and more to enjoy with each play.

You can pick up Dromomania on October 2nd via Joyful Noise.

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Throwback Rocker From The Naturalists

Vines-Naturalists1-620x405I can’t say I’m in a particularly throwback mood today, but for those who are, this new track from Buffalo based The Naturalists is certainly for you.  Yes this song, “What Puts You to Sleep”, is a great sort of emo style throwback jam full of emotion and a powerful rocker sound.  Those guitars are pretty damn badass as well.

New album, Home Honey I’m Hi, is due out July 28th.

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Show Preview: Matt Pryor @ Antones (2/1)

Date Wednesday, Feb 1st
Location Antone’s
Doors 700 pm
Tickets $14 from Frontgate

If you’re looking for a show to take you back in time, all the way back to the late 90s Emo scene, then perhaps this is where you’ll need to be.  I can’t vouch for some of the singers doing their solo gig, but I hear they were a big deal.  However, I can advise you, if you can afford to go check out Matt Pryor and Chris Conley.  Chris is part of Saves the Day, where a small part of me still has a bit of love.  Matt Pryor, however, has continued to step outside his work with TGUK and promote his solo work.  His latest, May Day, is just another step in the right direction for a man who clearly knows his way around an acoustic track that warms your soul.  I’ll be there for Matt for sure.


Download: Matt Pryor – Your New Favorite

FT5: Second Wave Emo Records

Looking back at my sad excuse for a life, I realize that my obsession with music had to begin at some point. I flirted with metal, as I alluded to last week, but mostly I found my love in classic California pop music and punk rock. Along the way, I meandered a bit off the path, as most did during the late nineties. Where did I land?  I landed in the wonderful world of emo. Sure, you’re thinking that I shopped at Hot Topic and couldn’t get Fall Out Boy out of my head, but I’m talking about the predecessors to the entire scene; well, the predecessors of the predecessors. I’ve devoted this week’s Top 5 to my one true love, emo. We’ll call it my Pop 5 Emo Records, and the countdown is after the jump.

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New Tilly and the Wall Single

Tilly and the Wall have released a new song and accompanying video off their new album o due out June 17th. The song is called “Pot Kettle Black”. Check out the “Pot Kettle Black” video on Sterogum’s website.

Also, don’t miss the band passing through Austin on July 17th at everyone’s favorite venue Emos. Pick up your tickets for Tilly and the Wall at Emo’s before it sells out!


Download: potkettleblack.mp3

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