pop punk

ASL Music Video Is Latest From With Confidence

Bands continue to take in the important of inclusivity as they move forward, and With Confidence has always been one step ahead.

"Moving Boxes," the third single from their recent album Love and Loathing, the band's second full length, out on Hopeless Records, was their pet project for this American Sign Language Friendly music video. The band worked with an ASL interpreter to create a really special video for fans to experience the song in a different, more inclusive way.

Check it out below!

A few months ago, With Confidence shared the original music video for "Moving Boxes,"and in June released "That Something".

"Moving Boxes" was written by guitarist Inigo Del Carmen, who said, "I think it's important for media/art to be accessible to everyone. Our goal is to create music for everyone to enjoy and lyrics that everyone has the opportunity to relate to. By doing a video in ASL, we can further immerse our fans who are hearing impaired and create an even bigger platform for some of the topics, such as mental health, that our music touches on. My best friend is hearing impaired and this is something we've talked about doing for awhile and now we've actually done it! Big thanks to Raquel for being an amazing teacher and helping us learn some ASL!”

To never miss a moment of what With Confidence are up to, check out their social media links down below!

With Confidence: Facebook // Instagram // Twitter

Action/Adventure "Parachute" Into Fall

Photography: Kaitlyn Johnston

Photography: Kaitlyn Johnston

Chicago’s very own Action/Adventure are here to turn pop punk upside down & right side up with their melodic, passionate vibe. The band is enjoying themselves after their most recent music video release for their track, “Parachute.”

The five piece premiered the track at ThePunkSit - an anthem to the Creatives in the hustle, and damnit we’re listening. Check out the energetic camaraderie of Action/Adventure in their music video for “Parachute,” down below!

“It's about confronting the unknown," says vocalist Blake Evaristo. "It’s really easy to have fears and doubts that prevent you from reaching your desires and goals; however, it takes real courage to attempt a try amongst all odds. We’re at this point in our lives where the band dream is dwindling, but we’ll be damned if we give up without a fight. We hope the video illustrates that. Shout out to all the cast, crew, and friends that made our first video a reality. We can’t thank them enough. We hope people enjoy the song and dig the video."

If this music video isn’t enough to quench your Action/Adventure thirst, check out their social media down below so you never miss a beat in what these guys have got coming their way!

Action/Adventure: Facebook // Instagram // Twitter

Idle Wave Share Brand New Track With Listeners

Photographer: Liam Frank

Photographer: Liam Frank

"Alpern" is the latest from NJ natives, Idle Wave. The track, they say, "reminisces the days back in college meeting up and starting the band in the house we threw parties out of."

With that in mind, "Alpern" hits a lot of emotional buttons for listeners. Idle Wave are sure to coddle their fans and listeners, but never to much. I mean, we'll simplify it for you: we really freakin' love this song.

Check it out streaming below to formulate your own opinion!

With influences from 90's 'Dad Rock' like Weezer, or more contemporary bands like Sorority Noise, Idle Wave have carved their own way into the Asbury Park, NJ scene by bringing a fresh pop punk sound that is easy to listen to and connect with. With an impressive like count on Facebook, it may be surprising to hear that "Alpern" is the first official release from Idle Wave!

To keep up with the band, or to check out what they're up to, we've got their social media for you down below!

Idle Wave: Facebook

New Year, New Music From Halogens

Photo by  Connor Meany

Photo by Connor Meany

What better way to start our new year than with Halogens?

One of our longest followed bands, the New Jersey foursome has recently shared a brand new song to start of 2018 and we couldn't wait to get our hands (and ears) on it. Their first single release since their split with Staten in December 2016, it's quite literally music to our ears.

Check out "Pretty Enough" below!

In true Halogens fashion, they're here to make you feel everything. Between the constant highest standard of lyricism and their instrumental push and pull, "Pretty Enough" is fresh air for those feeling stale. We're excited for what else may be coming this year, so stay tuned!

For more on Halogens & to keep up with what they're up to, check out their social media down below!

Halogens: facebook // Instagram // SoundCloud // Twitter // YouTube

New Music Video Ahead Of Debut LP From Forever Starts Today

The female-fronted power pop/punk outfit Forever Starts Today signed with Third String Records recently and are gearing up for their debut release Always Hope due out this Friday, August 25th! To celebrate, the band has shared a brand new music video for single, "Last One Standing."

The album was produced and recorded by Joseph Milligan at ORB Studios and mixed/masted by Paul Leavitt. Consisting of Christina Murphy (Lead Vocals), Nathan Dunn (Guitar & Vocals), Troy Hirschhorn (Guitar), Kyle Salaga (Bass), and Nicholas Turner (Drums), Forever Starts Today aim to share  messages of hope, positivity, and discovery throughout their lyrics.

Check out the video below!

Always Hope explores some of the tougher things in life (like losing a loved one, surviving abuse and finally cutting ties in a toxic relationship) but they all tie around in a positive way. The band elaborates, "If you listen to our new record, you will hear that we draw inspiration from everyday life. We tackle a wide range of topics on Always Hope, but it can really be summed up by saying 'this is what it means to go through life in your 20's, in today's world.' We didn't shy away from any of the more intense topics either." The main goal is to connect with people through music, by delivering a sense of hope and positivity by opening up about some tough situations brings a sense of rawness to the lyrics and sound. The band continues, "we hope that in doing so we can help provide some listeners with a sense of sympathy or empathy and the feeling that they aren't alone in whatever they are experiencing." 

They have a few shows lined up if you're into them!

The Wonder Years Announce Acoustic EP

The Wonder Years are excited to announce the upcoming release of a very special acoustic EP entitled Burst & Decay. The EP will be co-released with Hopeless Records as well as through a new venture created by the band called Loneliest Place On Earth.

The EP will be officially released on September 22nd, 2017, and is now available for pre-order. A very limited pressing of the EP on 12" vinyl is available on Hopeless Record and Loneliest Place On Earth.

Vocalist Dan Campbell shares a note to fans and explains, "To whom it may concern, We've begun a new venture. I'm hesitant to give it a title because I don't want to limit what it could become but, for now, I'm going to call it a collective - an avenue for music and art and writing and performance. The first order of business will be to pair up with Hopeless Records to co-release an acoustic EP we recorded in May called 'Burst & Decay'. In the coming months and years, we'll be rolling out releases, artists and events. The seeds are being planted. This is just the beginning but for now, thank you. We love you. We'll see you soon."

To keep up with this special EP and The Wonder Years, check out their social media down below!

The Wonder Years: Facebook // Twitter

Stepbrothers Share Brand New Single Anticipating New Album

In anticipation for their first release since 2015, Stepbrothers have shared a brand new single and music video with fans and listeners!

The Idaho natives are a blend of post-hardcore, pop punk genres that suck you in and throw you right back out. The single, "Get Tricked And Die For Nothing" is the first track off of their new album There is Always Something to Worry About, which will be available for pre-order through Flesh and Bone Records starting today!

Check out the video exclusively here!

The mixture of sound and almost indifferent execution of vocals make this track feel similar to bands like Weezer (especially that opening chord). Stepbrothers' are onto something good here, and "Get Tricked And Die For Nothing" is an exciting step forward for their four piece, harboring good thoughts for the anticipated release of There is Always Something to Worry About.

About the track and upcoming release, the band had this to say, "We're really excited to release this record. We've had it recorded since around Christmas and have been sitting on it for a while. It feels good to be able to finally share these songs with everyone."

Well, wouldn't ya know, we're excited too!

Stepbrothers also has quite a few shows lined up, and you can check out their August dates down below!

August Dates:
August 9th Boise, ID
August 11th Bellingham, WA
August 12th Seattle, WA
August 13th Portland, OR
August 14th Eugene, OR

For a more immediate following of Stepbrothers, definitely check out their social media so you can stay up to date on everything they've got going on! In the meantime, listen & watch the new single, and really vibe out!

Stepbrothers: Facebook // Bandcamp
Flesh and Bone Records: Website // Facebook // Youtube

Between You & Me Sign On To Hopeless Records

Hopeless Records has been busy this year updating their roster, and Aussie band Between You & Me are the most recent band to join the ranks! The band self-released their debut EP, Paper Thin, in 2016 and have toured with bands including As It Is and With Confidence.

"Overthinking" is Between You & Me's new single, and you can check out the single & music video below!

Vocalist Jake Wilson shares his excitement about becoming part of the Hopeless Records family stating, "Signing to a label like Hopeless Records is one of those things you always strive for and work towards when you're in a band. But when we were closing in on a dream of ours it still felt very surreal. I'm very humbled and thankful that Hopeless saw something in us that was worth putting their time, money and faith in."

The band is confirmed to play a run of Australian shows this summer. Tour dates can be found below.

Tour Dates w/ Trash Boat:
8/21 - Sydney, AUS @ Brighton Up Bar
8/22 - Wollongong, AUS @ Rad Bar
8/31 - Melbourne, AUS @ Wrangler Studios
9/2 - Melbourne, AUS @ Bang!

To keep up with Between You & Me, check out their social media below!

Between You & Me: Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Rent Party's New Single 'Involved' Out Now

Philadelphia's own Skylyne Records are proud to support Maryland innovative rock band, Rent Party. The band is celebrating the release of their brand new single, "Involved," which you can check out streaming below!

The black and white video exudes a type of contagious confidence that makes "Involved" a must see and hear video.

The band is made up of lead singers, guitarists Finn Cohan and Ryan Conway as well as Michael Silverglade on bass and Jack Kessler on drums. Formed in 2016, the guys mashed together blues and alt-rock styles to create their unique sound. The band’s first demos were released on Soundcloud in the beginning of the year with new music being released throughout 2017!

To keep up with Rent Party, check out their social media below!

Rent Party: Facebook // Instagram // Twitter

Additional Tour Dates and New Merch Collection Announced from Emo Nite LA

Emo Nite, an event that hosts music shows monthly in LA, is heading back out onto the road to bring more bands together for a celebration of emo rock music from the 90’s and onward. This time, Emo Nite will be stopping in cities including Chicago, Orlando, Dallas, our own Philly, Lawrence, San Francisco, Seattle, and Portland. The regular Los Angeles date will be on the second Tuesday of July (the 11th), and tickets will be available at the door. 
Not only are they going back on tour, but Emo Nite has also launched a new collection of merchandise in collaboration with everybody’s favorite overpriced hipster haven, Urban Outfitters. The new line will include t-shirts, hats, and long-sleeved tees. To celebrate the release of the line, there will be a three-day pop-up show at Space 15 Twenty in LA, from June 23rd to the 25th, featuring a myriad of different artists and performances. 
The Emo Nite LA events have drawn some familiar celebrity faces to their doors in the past, including Halsey, Demi Lovato, Post Malone, Kristen Stewart, Tyler Posey, and Cole Sprouse. Certain stars have also been seen wearing pieces from Emo Nite’s previous merch collections. Emo Nite has been featured in MTV, Teen Vogue, Forbes, Rolling Stone, Billboard and other major entertainment news sources. Their events are influential and notable in the music world, so peep the upcoming tour dates down below, and don’t miss your chance to catch a piece of the action and see what everyone’s talking about. 
Tour Dates:
June 30 - Phildelphia, PA - Voltage Lounge
July 7 - Dallas, TX - RBC
July 11 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo + Echoplex
July 14 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
July 18 - Phoneix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
July 25 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
July 25 - Portland, OR - Holocene
July 25 - San Francisco, CA - The Rickshaw Stop
August 8 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey
August 10 - Omaha, NE - Waiting Room
August 18 - Orlando, FL - The Social
September 7 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club
September 8 - Lawrence, KS - Granada Theatre
September 9 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean
November 4 - Nasville, TN - Exit/In
November 10 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade (Hell)

Dates, Tickets and Merch Available here!

New Album Out Now From New Found Glory

New Found Glory, pop-punk legends, have now released their 9th official album, Makes Me Sick. Nine albums is pretty impressive, and this one is plenty up to par with the first eight. New Found Glory’s sound still packs a punch, and Makes Me Sick proves that the band is still capable of delivering amazing music even after 20 years. The new album takes risks, introducing new sound and style from New Found Glory.

Guitarist Chad Gilbert says, “We put more of ourselves into Makes Me Sick than any other of our albums. Lyrically and musically. Going where no NFG record has gone before.” If that isn’t enough to get you to buy it, preview a few of the tracks on iTunes or Spotify and see for yourself just how this album differs from the previous New Found Glory records.

The band has partnered with Urban Outfitters, everybody’s favorite overpriced hipster heaven, to release a limited edition vinyl of Makes Me Sick. Not only that, but New Found Glory is currently on a massive anniversary tour for 20 Years of Pop Punk, with venues already sold out everywhere. Only a few select dates still have tickets available, so get them now, and you can also get some exclusive bundles through Ticketmaster that include a download of the new album!

Check out some of the remaining tour dates below to see if you can manage to snag a ticket before they sell out in your area.

New Found Glory: Website // Facebook // Instagram

Exclusive Video Premiere: Jack Romanov's "Par for the Course"

Photography: David Kinchen

Photography: David Kinchen

The Hook is happy to announce our recent collaboration with Boston's own Jack Romanov to help premiere their latest music video for their track "Par for the Course."

Thanks to Open Casket Productions, everything in the series was shot by the crew, with the help of Jack Romanov. Additional work was done thanks to their friend Harry, who produced the video! Check out this exclusive premiere of "Par For The Course" down below, right here on The Hook!

The 17-minute long video details (in spectacular quality, might we add) highlights a daily look into a life maybe similar or far away from your own. And of course, Jack Romanov's impressive musicianship and quality laid over the video make for a more cinematic, emotional take. 

We really enjoyed the video over here at The Hook, and we're hoping you'll take the time to watch this little story unfold. Definitely don't want to miss this!

For more on Jack Romanov, check out their social media below!

Jack Romanov: Bandcamp // Twitter // Facebook

Dizzy Bats Share 'Until We Die' With Listeners

NYC's very own Dizzy Bats have recently shared their most recent music video for their track "Until We Die." A low-key tribute to the struggles and hardships of a newer band - working itself through the highs and lows of practice frustrations and on-stage performances. 

Check out the video below!

The video, shot in LA, is their third collaboration with California-based director/producer, Michael Chiu. Dizzy Bats is made up of Connor Frost (Vocals/Guitars), Dave Ma (Vocals/Bass), Jared Sochinsky (Guitars), and Derek Swink (Drums).

"Until We Die" comes off of Dizzy Bats' latest EP, Until We Die. A three track concept that was released back in February! The track produced by Jonathan Markson at The Gallery Recording Studio, and the anthemic video is sure to be in your queue after first watch!

Check out the video streaming above, and then feel free to check out Dizzy Bats' social media to keep up with everything they've got going on! A band you definitely don't want to miss.

Dizzy Bats: Facebook // Bandcamp

New Music Video From Have Mercy

Ahead of the anticipated release of their third studio album, Make The Best Of It, Have Mercy has released a music video for “Good Christian Man,” the latest single off the album. Make The Best Of It is expected on April 21st, but in the meantime, “Good Christian Man” gives fans a taste of what the album will be like. It comes from a personal place of faith for Brian Swindle, singer and lead guitarist of Have Mercy. 

Check out the video below!

“I grew up in a Catholic family,” Swindle says. “I’ve always believed faith is a beautiful thing but never thought religion was for me. This is mainly about me not being able to openly talk about these things with my family. Also, over-analyzing things and habits that under the assumption that if I do them then something bad will happen.”

The music video for “Good Christian Man” is powerful, painting a picture of Swindle facing his demons and not getting support from his friends and family. For anyone who knows what that feels like, “Good Christian Man” will be emotional and honest.

Have Mercy will be going on tour with Real Friends, Tiny Moving Parts, Broadside, and Nothing, Nowhere in the spring. Check out the tour dates down below, and listen to “Good Christian Man” through the link. Make The Best Of It is also available for preorder. 

Have Mercy: Website // Facebook

'Speak Soft' Video Release From Post Modern

Ohio ambient rock band Post Modern has just released their new single and music video, “Speak Soft.” The song will remind you of bands like Brand New (one of my favorites when I’m in the right mood) and Circa Survive, and it’s about dealing with a loss of faith and the internal struggles that can arise from trying to redeem yourself.

Formed in 2015, Post Modern is composed of lead singer and guitarist Matty McClelland, drummer and vocalist Nick Scarberry, guitarist Aaron Wicklow and bassist Aaron Nichols. Post Modern is known for their atmospheric instrumentals and haunting vocals, and they don’t disappoint with “Speak Soft.”

Turn it up, and it’ll take you to a different place. I tend to daydream when I listen to really good songs, and this one was powerful enough to inspire some pretty intense images in my head. 

Check out the video below!

Matty McClelland had this to say about the track: “I wrote this song describing my relationship with God, and trying to regain the communication and connection that has seemed to erode over the years. However, it can describe a loss and desire to reconnect with anyone, like a friend, lover, or parent. ‘Speak Soft’ is a personal song for me specifically, but I wanted almost anyone to be able to relate to it and the struggle it describes.”

Whether you relate to it or not, it’s worth listening to. Post Modern recently finished up a tour with Dreamcatcher, and they have plans to get on the road again soon, as well as release a lot more new material in 2017. 

Check out the music video for “Speak Soft” above (you can also get the song through iTunes and Spotify), and connect with Post Modern on their social media below!

Post Modern: Website // Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Ten Cents Short release "Beggars"

Ten Cents Short will be releasing their sophomore EP Major Steps, Minor Setbacks later this summer, but today, the band has shared a lyric video for the first single "Beggars." The heavily melodic track about abandonment and acceptance is a crowd-ready, head-bobbing track, accented with an irresistible guitar lead.

Check it out below!

The lyric video for "Beggars" was created by Zack Williams of ZW Multimedia and pre-orders for Major Steps, Minor Setbacks will be available soon. The remaining four songs on the forthcoming EP were co-written, engineered, mixed, and mastered by Chris Piquette at No Boundaries Studios.

"The first half of the song basically portrays a confident and sarcastic mindset of convincing yourself that you don't need someone and life will be fine without them," says drummer Jonathan Costa. "But as as the song progresses, you start to realize more and more that you really miss that person and you're having trouble moving on without them. The process of getting on with your life isn't as easy as you expected."

For more on the band and their upcoming release, check out their social media below!

Ten Cents Short: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Back Garden Light Cover The Jackson 5

This is a new one: a pop punk band called Back Garden Light from Bordeaux, France has released a new cover of The Jackson 5’s famous “I Want You Back.”

Originally released in 1969 and written by The Corporation, Back Garden Light’s version of the song is still just as energetic and feel-good as the original. Back Garden Light’s music video for the cover was filmed at Claouey Skatepark, the oldest skatepark in France, which is fitting for the song, as the park was built during the 1970’s. The track itself was produced by Back Garden Light’s guitarist Matthieu Kirby. 

Check it out below!

Vocalist Max Desgarnier said the band chose to cover “I Want You Back” because they wanted a song that was iconic, but not overplayed. This is their first cover in a while, and they thought The Jackson 5 track was fitting “because of its classic status, it’s instantly recognizable, and it has personally inspiring vocals.”

Back Garden Light formed in 2014, and since then, they have been busy writing their own songs and filming their own music videos. Their latest EP, Life’s A Game, is available on iTunes and Spotify, and it was mixed and mastered by Bert and Eric, members of the notable pop punk outfit Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!

Back Garden Light is on tour in Europe this year, and you can connect with them on social media below!

Back Garden Light:  Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Spotify

Varsity Week Release New Music Video

Premiering last Friday on Alternative Press, LA-Based alternative pop quartet, Varsity Week shared their latest video with listeners! Produced by Jim Kaufman [Night Riots, Beware of Darkness, Emery] and Kenny Carkeet, "Anyways" thrives with its gigantic, addictive pop hook and 90's alt-bubblegum, yet soulful sound. The single debuted earlier this year with prominent youth outlet Twist Magazine, who told its' readers, "you're about to become obsessed with [Varsity Week's] infectious music."

Check out the video for it below!

Vocalist Brandon Eisenbeis explains, "'Anyways' is about walking away from anything that's not working and starting fresh. We can all relate to that. We really wanted to express that in the concept for the video." Directed by Ryan Pesecky, the video is a visually stunning piece of art, with heartfelt storyline. "The video pushes new breath into the song, to a point where we understand it better as a band," adds guitarist Dave Orton. "I don't think we were expecting that, actually - I know we weren't."

For more on Varsity Week, check out their social media below!

Varsity Week: Website // Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Times Like These Share 'Dirty Laundry' Cover

Long Island natives, Times Like These, share their version of All Time Low's track, "Dirty Laundry," recently! You can check out the video for their cover of "Dirty Laundry" down below!

While this cover is a bit different for these veteran pop punkers, they managed to put their own unique spin on it, revitalizing the song with a more modern pop punk sound! 

Alongside the release of the new cover video, the band most recently released the single “Too Little Too Late,” to coincide with the upcoming May release of their EP, Take It or Leave It, They will also embark on a promotional tour around the East coast to promote this new material.

About the band, lead vocalist Mike states, “I couldn’t see myself doing anything else but captivating an audience. I left a job, a stable schooling system, and some personal friends behind all to chase this possibility of a career in music. There’s nothing else I can actually put myself into the way I put myself into the music I write and the shows I put on. I was born to do this.”

For more on Times Like These and what they're up to in the future, check out their social media below!

Times Like These: Facebook // Twitter 

Underdog Champs Release 'Skeletons In Daylight' EP

Virginia born and bred Underdog Champs are out to prove that pop punk isn't dead. The VA natives tackle a multitude of pop punk feats on their newest release, an EP entitled Skeletons In Daylight. To promote the 7-track EP, the band plans to embark on a promotional tour in March, including an EP release show on 2/25 in their home state of Virginia!

Check out their single off of the EP, "Hear Me Out," below!

About the single, the band states, “We feel incredibly lucky that the four of us get along so well, write so naturally together, and all strive to the best we can be. We don’t care if we are the biggest band; we just want to keep making songs that we are proud of.”

For more on Underdog Champs, their tour, or what they're up to, stay connected via their social media links located below!

Underdog Champs: Website // Facebook