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.
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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LESS THAN JAKE WILL BE HEADING OUT ON TOUR in the
northeast with Samiam, Flatfoot 56 and Plow United. In March, the band
will play a couple of dates in Colorado and a South American tour has
been set for May. 2012 will find the group visiting all different
parts of the world, still going strong on the road after 20 years.
LESS THAN JAKE RELEASES FREE DIGITAL COMP FOR NORTHEAST TOUR DATES FEATURING SAMIAM, FLATFOOT 56 AND PLOW UNITED
AVAILABLE NOW in the LESS THAN JAKE webstore is a free digital tour
compilation featuring Samiam, Flatfoot 56 and Plow United. The
compilation is being released to coordinate with the band’s upcoming
tour dates in the northeast.
Download now: Less Than Jake northeast tour compilation - ----
Less Than Jake’s first tour dates in 2012 will see the band traversing
for 9 shows in 10 days across New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland,
Massachusetts and Ohio.
Less Than Jake is still supporting its Greetings From… EP, which was
released in summer of 2011.
Samiam and Flatfoot 56 are providing support for the entire tour,
while Plow United will be on the first three dates.
CHECK OUT TOUR DATES BELOW:
Feb 16, 2012 Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Bowl
Feb 17, 2012 Philly, PA Trocadero
Feb 18, 2012 Towson, MD Recher Theater
Feb 19, 2012 Boston, MA Middle East Downstairs
Feb 21, 2012 Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Bowl
Feb 22, 2012 Buffalo, NY Rapids Theater
Feb 23, 2012 Cleveland, OH Peabodys
Feb 24, 2012 Pittsburgh, PA Mr Smalls
Feb 25, 2012 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance
20TH ANNIVERSARY VIDEO:
LESS THAN JAKE has put up a video to celebrate its 20th anniversary
exclusively on lessthanjake.com. Fans of the band can watch the video
and indulge in a short but sweet recap of one of ska-punk’s greatest
The video contains audio and video from the band’s first 20 years
together, ranging from the group’s early days to recent festival
appearances in Europe. Trombonist Buddy Schaub assembled the video,
with content pulled from hundreds of hours of archived footage. From
seeing lead singers Chris DeMakes and Roger Manganelli play small
stages in the late 1990s with bad haircuts...to watching saxophonist
Peter “J.R.” Wasilewski and drummer Vinnie Fiorello on stage at large
festivals in the late 2010s with worse haircuts, fans will enjoy the
audio-visual trip through LTJ’s career.
Watch now: Less Than Jake – 20th Anniversary Video
Most recently, Less Than Jake released a music video for “Conviction
Notice,” the last video that will come from the band’s 2008 LP
GNV/FLA. The record is LTJ’s most recent full-length.
Watch now: Less Than Jake – “Conviction Notice”
The band continues to support the five-song Greetings From Less Than
Jake digital EP, self-released on the band’s own label, Sleep It Off
Records. The band has also been re-releasing its back catalog via
Sleep It Off and will continue to do so as the year progresses.
INTRODUCING VALISE: DALLAS-BASED INDIE ROCK BAND CURRENTLY SUPPORTING “DREAMCATCHER” EP; NAMED TO ABSOLUTEPUNK.NET’S “MOST ANTICIPATED” FOR 2012- with the staff writing, “With striking similarities to acts like Circa Survive and Tides Of Man, these guys are definitely a band to watch out for in 2012, as their debut full-length is sure to turn many heads.”
Hailing from Dallas, Tex., Valise is four guys playing the kind of ambient indie rock made popular by bands like Circa Survive, Lydia, Lovedrug and Deas Vail. They play a fresh brand of the genre, not letting their influences smother them into becoming carbon copies of the groups that have come before them. Formed in early 2011, the group recorded its Dreamcatcher EP with producer Matt Wilbur at The Vanguard Room, which is co-owned by Wilbur and former Copeland frontman Aaron Marsh.
After the release of the EP, which drew rave reviews from critics around the blogosphere, Valise started building up momentum around its hometown. Quickly becoming the go-to local opener for bigger shows in the area, Valise spent the latter part of 2011 playing shows with bands like Lydia, Hawkboy and Deas Vail. The early part of 2012 will see the band trekking to SXSW and playing with Lovedrug.
Rarely does such a young band get so correctly grouped into a genre during its early career, but Valise has been playing shows with the exact types of bands it should be. Now writing songs for a 2012 full-length release – which will again be recorded at The Vanguard Room – the upcoming year should only see Valise expanding its popularity and turning first-time listeners into long-term fans. With a young energy, a purposeful drive and the work ethic required to make visions of bigger things a reality, the clock is only ticking down to the time when Valise becomes a household name in the indie rock community.
What people are saying about Valise:
“Containing hints of Circa Survive and PMtoday, Dreamcatcher could really put Valise on the map ... For Valise, it’s the combination of ethereal vocals and mellow, haunting instrumentation that really makes them stand out … For only a debut EP, Dreamcatcher points to great things to come for Valise. From their faultless live performance to the spectacular execution throughout Dreamcatcher, Valise will leave us anxiously anticipating their debut record.” – AbsolutePunk.net (8/10)
“Their ability to transfer from soft and whispery tones to thundering choruses and verses was magnificent, and they turned heads … The set was extremely passionate: each note played (especially the awesome chorus in “Chains”) was echoed throughout the room with the most emphatic creak of passion. The atmosphere they created, the tones, and vibe given was nothing short of stellar. Believe me, they will be huge one day; go check them out. You will not be disappointed.” – MindEqualsBlown.net
Valise is currently supporting its Dreamcatcher EP, which came out in 2011.
Listen to the opening title track from Dreamcatcher on AbsolutePunk. Listen to the rest of the EP on their Facebook! Feel free to share the stream.
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