photo credit: Second To Last
California-based pop-punk band Second To Last has unveiled preorders for its Vessel EP including options for digital and 7" vinyl versions of the release. Bundles include options for t-shirts and hoodies as well.
Second To Last's latest offering has been garnering positive acclaim from listeners and critics. Easycore.net wrote: "Besides Vessel only being four songs, it is a great release and shows the quick growth of yet another amazing pop-punk band in Second To Last. Go pick this one up when it comes out; I can’t get it out of my head."
Second To Last - Vessel
June 5, 2012
Hella Mad Records
1. Feels the Same
3. Cheap Sleep
4. Dry Spell
Second To Last isn’t uncovering a new genre or really even rewriting an existing one, but they are playing an in-your-face, audibly passionate brand of pop-punk that they enjoy as much as everyone who listens to them. Vocalist/guitarist Tyson Evans, guitarist Pat Mays, bassist Jason Holyoke and drummer Kristopher Ruiz might not have the road-worn experience of their older peers, but the 20-ish-year-olds have the determination and do-it-yourself drive to launch a long career.
Currently touring off 2009’s four-song EP Mark Approved on Anchor 84 Records and 2010’s two-song EP Runaway on Pure Noise Records, Second To Last is set to add four more songs to its catalog with the June 5 release of its Vessel EP.
Having toured the West Coast a handful of times with bands like The Story So Far, A Loss for Words, Seahaven, I Call Fives and Rust Belt Lights, Second To Last has already begun making a name for itself near its home base of Lodi, CA. The band was recently billed as support on The Story So Far’s winter headlining tour and also supported The Wonder Years on the west coast dates of the “Man Scout Jamboree” tour. They also have shared the stage with bands such as Set Your Goals, Senses Fail, Man Overboard, Fireworks, The Swellers, The Ghost Inside and Title Fight.
As 2012 rolls on and Second To Last continues the grind of a young, DIY pop-punk band, they will lean on their ability to turn first-time listeners into long-time fans. Things are just getting started.
Check out Electric Touch and "Never look back"
Electric Touch is a five-piece rock band that commenced in Austin, TX about five years ago and has since embarked upon their musical journey and come an admirable distance at an alarming rate. They’ve made their mark performing on the Vans Warped Tour 2011, touring with bands such as Hot Chelle Rae, and playing countless venues/amphitheatres across the nation.
I first came across Electric Touch about a month ago and was immediately hooked after hearing their song “Don’t Stop”. A friend played it for me and after the first 20 seconds or so I knew I could dig it. In fact I purchased their album later that evening. The recently released major label debut album “Never Look Back”, is comprised of 10 songs and a solid play through. It features the single “Don’t Stop”, and hit song “Magnetic”.
The band started when front man Shane Lawlor, originally from Nottingham, U.K. found himself at a coffee shop with some friends and met Christopher Leigh Messina, lead guitar/vocals, they hit it off and thus began their musical saga. The band united and was fully composed around 2007, with the addition of Louis Messina Jr.- drums, Isaac Strycker- keys/vocals and Portland Musser- bass. They began touring and have never looked back.
I also had the pleasure of attending one of their shows at The Midland Theater in KCMO while they were on the “Pretty Little Freaks Tour” with Action Item and headlining act Hot Chelle Rae.
Action Item started off their set with an energetic kick. Their group drum performance was a highlight of the evening. Hot Chelle Rae took command as the headlining band. They gave an undeniably powerful stage performance.
The historical venue was perfect for housing the show. The bands exhibited a very down to earth, fun loving vibe. I was impressed with the crowd interaction and response, being a new fan I felt right at home.
Electric Touch’s sound could be described as British American rock. It’s upbeat, catchy and high energy. I found myself reminded of several bands I enjoy such as Oasis, Our Lady Peace, The Killers and Plain White T’s. I’m sure, several other sound combinations and influences can be sifted out. Electric Touch definitely has a well-rounded mixture of classic and current with their own distinct sound. They cover a lot of bases musically to create their own unique identity and resonance, which makes them stand out.
It is clear by their performance and from talking with them that they are truly full of passion for what they do and the highest points on tour for them is playing for their audience. They’ve made a lasting impression on me personally with their down to earth charm, musical talent and positive outlook/message. If you’re looking for a new addition to your musical collection, Electric Touch is worth a listen.
Check out their newly released major label debut album “Never look back” and hit songs below:
Download new album "Never Look Back": http://smarturl.it/ITNLB
"Don't Stop" Video: http://youtu.be/5-z3GZaF9kE
"Magnetic" Video: http://youtu.be/pxEyCQtmBQo
For more information about Electric Touch visit:
http://electrictouch.com/ http://www.facebook.com/electrictouch http://twitter.com/ElectricTouch http://Myspace.com/ElectricTouch
Make Do and Mend recently finished recording its debut full-length for Rise Records which is due out later this year.
The song comes from the band's Part and Parcel EP on Paper + Plastick Records, which can be purchased here.
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