TNF Premiere: EXNATIONS release new song & lyric video with new lineup, “Never About The Money”

Armed with a new lineup and a fresh sound, indie pop band EXNATIONS are here to deliver their newest single, “Never About The Money”. A catchy track with that all too elusive “stuck in your head” quality, it’s also one that should be all over the radio airwaves in a short time. We’re excited to be partnering up with the band on the new single.

It sounds exaggerated to say that EXNATIONS’ love of creating music knows no bounds, but that is quite literally the case. Sal Mastrocola (vocals/guitar/synth) resides in Brooklyn, just a few state boundaries away from Dan Ciarrocchi (guitar) and Taylor Hughes (drums, synth) in Baltimore. Through the miracles of file sharing, home-recording software and caffeine, they present “Never About the Money,” their latest single that came to life from multiple East Coast cities. Drummer Taylor Hughes says, “We were never all in the same room during this process, Sal recorded vocals in his bedroom, Dan recorded guitars with Chris Freeland(Future Islands, Wye Oak) and drums were done with JK Royston out of his studio in Richmond, VA. We’re literally all over the place”. The band plans to release an EP in the coming months in addition to playing shows throughout the East Coast to support its release.

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One song, two versions: Which version of “Let Him Burn” is better?

The first track from the upcoming Sumerian Films movie American Satan has been released. Titled “Let Him Burn”, it features Andy Black in the video, but with Palaye Royale vocalist Remington Leith actually singing. However, the song, originally written by Lee McKinney and Nick Rossi for their new project In Motive, was demoed by vocalist Jonathan Wolfe of Vespera (whose first single “Bloom” has already racked up impressive accolades, including a Billboard premiere, in just 3 months). It’s a radically different version of the song with a grittier, more dynamic vocal performance. And while the just released song is a decent listen in its own right, it’s hard not to say which one is the better song overall.

But we’ll leave that for you to decide. Which version is better? The new version, or Wolfe’s demo version that was recorded in an apartment? Listen to both songs below, and let us know your thoughts.

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Being As An Ocean Secure Rights to Own Album

Earlier today, Tyler William Ross of Being As An Ocean tweeted “Just drained my E*Trade account to buy my own album. Welcome to 2017, the rules are changing.”. The long delayed release of the band’s 4th album, Waiting For Morning To Come, was supposed to happen 2 months ago – but never did. At least not yet.

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Pop-Punk Matures: Revisiting Blink-182’s 2003 self-titled album

“Pick me up now, I need you so bad.”

Blink-182’s brand of pop-punk had, by 2003, cemented them as one of the most popular bands of the new millennium. And for good reason. They had always known how to create catchy songs with some massive hooks that appealed to a wide variety of people.

Eventually, though, almost every young band (especially in pop-punk) attempts to shoot for a more “mature” sound. And Blink-182’s 2003 self-titled affair was that result. It’s an album that even has Robert Smith of The Cure on a song, which seems pretty crazy, but it’s really not.

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