Jimmy Eat World announce their Criminal Energy Tour today. The 20 date summer run will start in Atlanta, GA on August 6th and culminate in a hometown gig in Phoenix, AZ, Labor Day Weekend, on September 5th. New Jersey based The Front Bottoms will join the tour as direct support with Turnover and Joyce Manor splitting the duties of opening the festivities on select dates (noted below). Tickets for the tour will be available to the general public starting on Friday, March 13th at 10AM local time with various presales beginning as early as Tuesday, March 10th at 12pm local time. The tour is produced by Live Nation, For more information and tickets please visit www.jimmyeatworld.com.
On the heels of more than 24 million streams of their new album Beautiful Oblivion (which received high marks from us, to be sure) and a successful Fall 2019 headline tour, Issues have shared the colorful and striking video for “Rain“.
After releasing a cover of Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face” that went viral across the Internet, the hype train was essentially established for Of Mice & Men. The American metalcore band is, of course, sporting a much different look these days – with former Jamie’s Elsewhere vocalist Aaron Pauley handling both vocal duties rather impressively.
Before Aaron Pauley ever joined the band, though, the band released two well-received albums, including their self-titled record. Of Mice & Men, which turns 10 today, is still a fan favorite album despite the band’s various lineup departures. That’s noted by both the number of solid songs on the record (“Seven Thousand Miles For What”, “Farewell To Shady Glade”), and the fact that album centerpiece “Second And Sebring” is still the band’s most-streamed song at almost 40 million. Impressive.
I’m always excited to write articles related to hometown bands, and I get to do just that today for Chicago, IL’s Belmont. This pop-punk band has been a part of several huge tour packages, like The Amity Affliction, Sleeping with Sirens, and now Tiny Moving Parts. Their high-energy sound translates to riveting performances, and the band is in a great spot to reach even more fans with their new EP Reflections.
This EP starts out with “By My Side”‘s trap beat that could mislead first-time listeners. The rigorous double-bass and angst hits full force in the chorus and the lyrics show how one is in disarray without that special someone by their side.
“Deadweight” sees a different vibe in the instruments, with layering of synth and electronic effects to set the mood of emptiness characterized by the depressing lyricism.
The blistering pace of “Stay Up” keeps the listener peeled, almost bordering on thrash metal speeds. This is my standout track on Reflections for how fun it is to listen to.
The riffs keep coming on “Hideout,” with yet another catchy chorus that is hard not to sing along with. The bridge in this song leads into a bouncy breakdown that is just as infectious.
“Move Along” features fast-paced verbiage and a trap beat within the verses, with a fantastic guitar break before yet another well-executed bridge.
The Reflections EP wraps up with “Back and Forth”, with Belmont in minor key for a more heartfelt tone. The jammy outro that fades in notes seals the deal on this release.
This is yet another stellar release from the Chicago band, with enough substance in each track to satisfy the listener throughout its short runtime. This is a highly-recommended listen for easycore/pop-punk fans that want to hear a band that doesn’t just tread familiar ground.
***A press copy of Reflections was provided thanks to Pure Noise Records***