It’s been nearly a decade since Canadian post-hardcore icons Alexisonfire last released new music. In that time, the band has broken up in 2011, played a farewell tour the following year, and then reunited in 2015, continuing to play festival dates while repeatedly emphasizing that they were taking things slowly, with no immediate plans for new music. And with Dallas Green’s City and Colour project finding more success than ever, many fans have had little hope that new music would ever arrive.
Actions Speak Louder is a post-hardcore band, located in Orlando, Florida; they’re notably known for their covers of Stitches and Treat You Better by Shawn Mendes. Actions Speak Louder is additionally apart of the Artists Investing In Fans program through Beneath The Skin alongside bands such as Memphis May Fire and Paramore.
Emarosa have released a new single “Givin’ Up”, via Hopeless Records. The new song and music video signal a huge change for the previously labeled post-hardcore band. Over time, the band has been moving further and further from their original sound, and the new song signifies that sound is gone, but that doesn’t mean the band is. Vocally the song is just what you expect from Bradley Walden, but instrumentally it’s a whole new sound. With the introduction of killer sax solos and an overall 80’s music video vibe the band is pop bound, which isn’t a shock as some of Walden’s main influences include Michael Jackson and Prince. The band have posted on media platforms that their new album will blow their previous release, 131, into the water. With the release of Givin’ Up fans are at the edge of their seats waiting for what’s to come. This is a song with huge crossover potential.
Zayn Malik’s solo career since leaving the confines of One Direction has been a mixed bag, a display of massive potential mixed with some notable letdowns. The best tracks from his 2016 debut album Mind of Mine (mostly the ones produced by frequent collaborator Malay) adeptly drew inspiration from moody R&B stars like The Weeknd and Frank Ocean, while showcasing a phenomenal vocal ability and tinges of Zayn’s own Pakistani heritage. However, Zayn has occasionally let his aesthetic slip into generic pop-R&B background noise… while the Taylor Swift duet “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” was a massive hit, it perhaps best exemplified how Zayn could potentially have his uniqueness watered down by the major label pop machine, and slip into pop star anonymity.