Hold Tight! – I Always Leave But Never Say Goodbye (for fans of Lifetime, Jawbreaker, Saves The Day)

Winter is right around the corner here up in the Northeast.  Winter chills, it’s getting dark outside before 5pm, and everything just feels so much more moody.  Richmond Virginia’s Hold Tight captures the mood perfectly on their latest I Always Leave But Never Say Goodbye. If you’re not familiar with Hold Tight, they play incredibly catchy pop-punk with plenty of melodic hardcore influences (as seen on earlier releases such as Call The Zoo or their alter-ego hardcore split they did with Direct Hit) that would […]

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Saves The Day Live In Philadelphia (9/27/13)

It’s impossible to grow up in New Jersey in the late 90s, be into melodic hardcore, and not listen to Saves The Day.  Sure, I don’t know anything by them after Can’t Slow Down and Through Being Cool, but I am still always stoked to see them just to be able to rock out to those few old songs.  So when I saw they were playing Philly’s Union Transfer on Friday night, I was one hundred percent in. I was still hurting from the secret […]

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Kid Dynamite Live In Brooklyn NY (8/15/13)

When I saw Kid Dynamite last week at This Is Hardcore in my home city of Philly, I was pretty sure that would be the last I was ever going to see them (minus maybe one more church show they’ll sneak in.)  However, my good friend, who happened to be a founding member of this website back in 2007 by the way, messaged me letting me know she had an extra ticket to the FREE Kid Dynamite show up in Brooklyn, NY at The House […]

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Caseracer / Ink And Sweat Split (For fans of Kid Dynamite, Hot Water Music, Go Rydell)

When I first heard Delaware/NJ’s Caseracer’s Self Titled EP some time last year, I was blown away by their cohesive melodic hardcore tunes, and anxiously waited for a new full length.  I’m still waiting for a full length, but in the meantime they dropped three new songs on a split with Tampa punks Ink and Sweat. On the split, Caseracer opens up with “Uncomfortable Silence / The Death Of My Financial Security” which starts with a very Paint It Black-esque riff (which is NEVER a […]

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Paint It Black – Invisible (For fans of Kid Dynamite, Lifetime, The Hope Conspiracy)

I honestly can’t believe it’s been nearly four years since Paint It Black has put out any new music, and anyone who has been reading this little ole’ blog for a while knows how bad I’ve been jonesing for some new tunes from Philly’s finest (although in their defense… Dan’s been busy being a new father and playing with old bands while the other members have been touring with their own respective bands). So how exactly does the brand spanking new Invisible EP fare?  Well, […]

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Dag Nasty – Can I Say (For fans of Minor Threat, Lifetime, Texas Is The Reason)

Maybe it was the Texas Is The Reason show I recently went to, but I’ve been listening to a lot of Dag Nasty as of late.  Along with other DC pioneers Embrace (Ian Mackaye’s band in between Minor Threat and Fugazi), Dag Nasty help pave the way for melodic hardcore back in the 1980s. Released back in 1986, Dag Nasty’s debut Can I Say contains 10 jams that influenced many melodic/post hardcore bands.  Take their song “Under Your Influence” for example, you can see where […]

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Lifetime – Hello Bastards (For fans of Kid Dynamite, Saves The Day, Bouncing Souls)

There are seriously some days when I don’t feel like doing anything but listen to Lifetime all day, and no, I’m not talking about that stupid television station that just shows women getting beat all the time.  Maybe it’s my Jersey blood and maybe I’m a little bit biased, but I am willing to say that their second release Hello Bastards completely redefined hardcore and influenced a countless number of bands. Released back in 1995 and consisting of 12 melodic hardcore tunes, Lifetime brought a […]

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Caseracer – Self Titled EP (For fans of Kid Dynamite, Grey Area, Static Radio NJ)

I’m going to be straight up, ever since Caseracer sent me their Self Titled debut EP, I’ve been listening to it nonstop.  Six melodic hardcore songs clocking in around 11 minutes, Caseracer knows damn well how to write a catchy tune. Hailing from New Jersey and Delaware, their EP features everything you’d come to expect from a band that lists Kid Dynamite and Latterman as influences: catchy hooks, plenty of two stepping opportunities (fuck you, I dance in my bedroom all the time), and shit […]

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Adelleda – Herkimer Street (For fans of Propagandhi, Strike Anywhere, Ignite)

Sometimes it seems like Canada has it all: public health care, better maple syrup, and a plethora of damn good skate influenced punk rock.  Ontario based Adelleda is the latest band to add to great canadian punk, and their 8 track “Herkimer Street” is 20 minutes of melodic skate bliss. While I realize that it’s certainly cliche to compare a melodic punk band to early Propagandhi, I can’t help but listen to some of Adelleda’s riff’s and be reminded of the Manitoba legends (hell, their […]

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