Before You Exit.  If you haven’t heard of them before, commit that name to memory.  Like other bands we love here at StorkMusic, Before You Exit is from Florida.  The band is made up of three adorably talented brothers: Connor, Riley and Toby McDonough.  Check out their Katy Perry ‘Roar’ cover below!

The band released a new EP February of this year, which you can buy here!  If you like Allstar Weekend and All Time Low, make sure to give the boys a listen.  BYE just finished touring with Cody Simpson and Ryan Beatty.  We see big things in their future, get their EP so you can tell everyone else you knew about them first.

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All Time Low is at it again, all.  The pre-order is available here.  The band just released a new single today, titled ‘A Love Like War’ featuring Vic Fuentes of Pierce the Veil.

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Here’s the music video!  If you pre-order the album you can pick up the song for free today!

The new album will be released September 30th.  It will have seven new songs—four original songs and three acoustic songs.  Physical copies of the album will be numbered and limited to 15,000 worldwide.  Also make sure to qualify yourself for the All Time Low Dinner Date Giveaway.  Let us know what you think!

They’re also going on tour.  Check the dates!

Sept-11 Broomfield, CO – 1st Bank Center

Sept 12 Magna, UT- The Great Saltair

Sept 17 Seattle, WA- WaMu Theater

Sept 18 Portland, OR- Expo Center

Sept 20 San Jose, CA- Event Center At SJSU

Sept 23 Henderson, NV- Henderson Pavilion

Sept 25 Tulsa, OK- Tulsa Convention Center Arena

Sept 26  Cedar Park, TX- Cedar Park Center

Sept 28  Grand Prairie, TX- QuikTrip Park

Sept 30 Lincoln, NE – Pershing Center

Oct 1 Minneapolis, MN- Roy Wilkins Auditorium

Oct 3 Bloomington, IN- U.S. Cellular Coliseum

Oct 5 Columbus, OH – LC Pavilion – Outdoors

Oct 6 Pittsburgh, PA- Stage AE – Outdoor Stage

Oct 8 Lowell, MA- Tsongas Center

Oct 9 Uncasville, CT- Mohegan Sun Arena

Oct 11 Trenton, NJ- Sun National Bank Center

Oct 12 Bethlehem, PA – Sands Bethlehem Event Center

Oct 13 Greensboro, NC- Greensboro Coliseum Complex

Oct 14 Norfolk, VA – Constant Convocation Center

Oct 16 Atlanta, GA- Aarons Amphitheatre At Lakewood

Oct 17 Simpsonville, SC – Charter Amphitheatre

Oct 20 Houston, TX- Reliant Arena

Oct 23 Boca Raton, FL- Sunset Cove Amphitheatre

Oct 24 Orlando, FL- UCF Arena

Recently I’ve been downloading a lot of mashups, I think I’m addicted. I usually look at r/mashups, but sometimes searching YouTube and SoundCloud get you quality stuff as well. Anyways, I’d like to introduce a new segment on our show, Mashup Monday, where I recommend one of my favorite mashups in my library.

My first recommendation: Radioactive Swimming Pools by isosine. Original songs are Radioactive by Imagine Dragons and Swimming Pools by Kendrick Lamar. Seriously, a fantastic mashup. It flows so well, it makes the originals sound weird to me now. You can listen it to here. Make sure to give the dude some credit, like him on facebook! He has the download link in the description of the video. Check it out!

That’s all I got folks. If you have any suggestions, ideas for how to make Mashup Monday magnificent, comment and tell me!

~O

 

Legendary was released this morning and already it’s being played on repeat.  It’s incredibly catchy—the perfect soundtrack for spring and summer drives with the windows down.
LegendaryTrack List

01. Maybe Tonight

02. Life Goes On (Jukebox)

03. Boomerang

04.Lightning In a Bottle

05.Heart on the Floor (Feat. Dia Frampton)

06. F**k U Over

07.Happy For You

08. The Way We Were

09. 7 Days

10. Someday

11. Rescue

12.  Legendary

13.  One Night (Bonus Track)

The album title just begs a correlation to How I Met Your Mother and if you take a listen to ‘Legendary’ you will not be disappointed.  The Summer Set seems to have a common thread throughout everything they do.  Monsters in beds, the Mona Lisa and James Dean make repeat appearances in The Summer Set’s discography.

One of the catchiest tracks on the album is ‘Lightning In a Bottle.’  The tune has a Katy Perry ‘Teenage Dream’ vibe and will undoubtedly be a crowd favorite on their current tour.  ‘Boomerang’ and ‘F**k U Over’ both rank high on the list of catchiness, which was probably why they were released as singes.

Previous Summer Set albums have been generous with their slower ballad tracks, but it seems as if Legendary is a bit more upbeat.  ‘Heart on the Floor’ is still a ballad, but has strong piano backing and guest vocals by The Voice contestant Dia Frampton.  Songs with ‘ooh ooh’ verses are always the catchiest.

Overall Legendary is a fantastic album—probably the best they’ve ever released.  Pick it up on iTunes and let us know what you think about it!

@storkmusic and @tweerexy

 

 

Music is great—but when you can enjoy it for a great cause, it’s even better!  Hopeless Records, home to Stork Music favorites like All Time Low, Yellowcard, We Are The In Crowd and The Used, is releasing their 11th Take Action Compilation through Sub City.  In an effort to engage the music community in social causes, Hopeless Records started the Sub City concept in 1999 and has since raised over two million dollars for over 50 non-profit organizations.Take Action

Music is great—but when you can enjoy it for a great cause, it’s even better!  Hopeless Records, home to Stork Music favorites like All Time Low, Yellowcard, We Are The In Crowd and The Used, is releasing their 11th Take Action Compilation through Sub City.  In an effort to engage the music community in social causes, Hopeless Records started the Sub City concept in 1999 and has since raised over two million dollars for over 50 non-profit organizations.

Take Action Volume 11 is filled with unreleased, exclusive tracks and covers.  From The Used to Plug in Stereo, the compilation is as varied as Jack In The Box’s menu (weird chicken teriyaki and churros?).  With so many songs on the album, it’s easy to find something for everyone.  If you are a fan of more acoustic tunes, All Time Low, Never Shout Never and Mayday Parade offer options.

‘I Hope You Know’ by Plug In Stereo, featuring Tay Jardin from We Are The In Crowd is an happy, sing-along, painfully catchy track that will have you hitting repeat. Similar to ‘I Hope You Know’ is ‘Carelessly’ by The Scene Aesthetic.

If you are looking for something a little less poppy and indie coffee shop sounding, ‘London Is Burning’ by Itch is angsty, yet still catchy.

Glass Cloud’s cover of ‘Everybody Wants To Rule The World’ starts as a fresh cover of the classic, and then transforms into a crashing, almost unrecognizable cover—but a great one if you’re a fan of metalcore.

Take Action has something for everyone—pick up a copy on January 8th, enjoy some great music and support an amazing cause!

Track Listing
*denotes rare or unreleased

DISC 11. The Used – The Lonely*

01. The Used – The Lonely*
02. We Came As Romans – Fair-weather*
03. AWOLNATION- Sail  (Unlimited Gravity Remix)*
04. Bad Religion  – Fuck You*
05. The Wonder Years  – Local Man Ruins Everything (Nervous Energies)*
06. Mayday Parade –  Oh Well, Oh Well (Acoustic)
07. Falling in Reverse – The Drug In Me Is You
08. Enter Shikari – Warm Smiles Do Not Make You Welcome Here (Tek One Mix)*
09. Whitechapel – Animus
10. Periphery – Far Out (Instrumental)*
11. Sleeping With Sirens  –  James Dean & Audrey Hepburn (Acoustic Version)
12. All Time Low – The Reckless & The Brave (Acoustic)*
13. Never Shout Never – Pray For Peace (Demo)*
14. 3OH!3 – You’re Gonna Love This (Wuki Remix)*
15. The Summer Set – Fuck U Over
16. Say Anything – Their Notions

DISC 2

1. Glass Cloud – Everybody Wants To Rule The World*
2. Ice Nine Kills – What I Never Learned in Study Hall (6 Feet Below)*
3. Memphis May Fire –  Prove Me Right
4. Upon This Dawning – A New Beginning
5. Parkway Drive – Dark Days
6. SHARKS – Sea Of All Seas*
7. Balance & Composure – Quake
8. Silver Snakes – All My Eye*
9. Broadway Calls – Bring On The Storm*
10. We Are The Ocean – Machine
11. Transit – Skipping Stone (Alternate Version)
12. Seahaven –  Understanding (Acoustic)*
13. Set It Off – Dream Catcher
14. I Am The Avalanche –  I’ll Be Back Around
15. The Scene Aesthetic – Carelessly (feat. Dresses)*
16. Plug In Stereo – I Hope You Know (feat. Tay Jardine)*
17. William Beckett – 48 In A Hospital *
18. Itch – London Is Burning*
19. Twin Atlantic –  Make A Beast Of Myself (Space Brother Remix)*
20. The Animal In Me – Speak*
21. Hell Or Highwater – Come Alive (Acoustic)*
22. Palisades – Bury It (Acoustic)*

This review is going to take a bit of a different route and is more personal than anything Stork Music has ever done. It’s more of an editorial review, which we try to shy away from, but we hope it’s something different that you can relate to.

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For those who aren’t familiar, welcome. I’m Thuy Lan (say it like twee-lawn), editor of Stork Music. For the past three years, All Time Low has played a show on or around the time of my birthday in cities near where I lived. For life up until two years ago, that was Milwaukee. For all those years, I never went because something was always in my way. This year looked like it would be no different.

I made an 1800 mile move across the country from a suburban Wisconsin town to the desert oven of a city, also known as Phoenix. My 20th birthday was approaching, and like clockwork, All Time Low was planning a fall tour.

Alex Gaskarth.  Marquee. Tempe, AZ. Photo credit Kyra Wennersten.

For a while, I’d been contemplating reaching out to All Time Low for some concert coverage, but always stopped myself, worried that Stork didn’t have a wide enough audience to be considered, or that a blog wouldn’t be credible enough for a band that was selling out cross continental tours.  And as every other year, All Time Low was playing a show in Milwaukee the week of my birthday.  But I was in Phoenix.

What was different about this year was an email I received, asking if I would be interested in doing some coverage on some band called All Time Low. I thought maybe this would finally be the year, where I finally got to see All Time Low in concert for my birthday. Three years of missed birthday concerts was coming to an end—in a horribly bittersweet way.

In the car on the way to the Marquee (Tempe, AZ), I knew for some reason this didn’t just feel different, it was different. For the first time in three years, I was letting someone else take the photographs [shout out to my amazing roommate and friend, Kyra Wennersten for her incredible pictures and being my voice of reason at times], and watch the show from the crowd. Since Stork was created two years ago, I had been watching from the pit or from side stage. I hadn’t realized how much of a dissonance there had been between actually experiencing a concert and covering it for the site.  Standing near the back of the crowd, I heard countless screams and gossip about the bands that were playing, and that was when I knew.  I had grown up.  Kids were talking about how their parents were going to pick them up after the show and how they hadn’t done their American history projects yet.  Some were exploiting their freedom to spew profanity without parental disdain as a consequence, shouting things like “OH MY GOD, I’m so GOD DAMN excited for this F**KING BAND to play my favorite F**KING SONG like F**KING EVER, you guys F**K.”

Jack Barakat. Marquee. Tempe, AZ. Photo credit Kyra Wennersten.

Seeing Hit The Lights brought back memories of my first Warped Tour, and hearing The Summer Set’s signature line about monsters in beds had me reminiscing of the AP Tour.  When All Time Low took the stage amidst deafening screams and a rhythmic cult-like “All-Time-Low” chant, I knew it would be my last show as a teenager.

Anyone who has ever seen All Time Low perform live knows that it’s high energy, fun, and wildly inappropriate.  They put on one of the most visually appealing shows with coordinated lighting—Peter Pan green for ‘Somewhere In Neverland’ and Ravens purple during ‘For Baltimore.’  Fun banter between front man Alex Gaskarth and guitarist Jack Barakat always evokes screams, whether the conversation is about Alex getting frisky with drummer Rian Dawson’s mom, or how sexy the band members are.

ATL played a handful of classic hits like ‘Dear Maria, Count Me In,’ ‘Poppin’ Champagne,’ ‘Remembering Sunday’ and ‘Jasey Rae.’  But it was their new track off Don’t Panic that got to me.  ‘Somewhere In Neverland’ sparked a train of thought—I’d been like Peter Pan.  I didn’t want to grow up.  But it didn’t really matter what I wanted, I knew from that moment it was inevitable.  What I also knew that from the genuine smiles on the face of every member on stage was that they were happy, doing exactly what they wanted.  I knew that I wanted what they had.  I’m doing that right now with Stork Music (though I’m not getting paid for it, boo) and I hope that in growing up, I’ll find that I can do what I love.

Alex Gaskarth, Zack Merrick. Marquee. Tempe, AZ. Photo credit Kyra Wennersten.

Seeing All Time Low then and now, I have watched them progress and grow into a band that’s matured lyrically and instrumentally and they continually put their all into every album and every show they play.  When I think of a band that defined my adolescence and growing up, it won’t be the Backstreet Boys or *Nsync.  Looking back, it will always be ATL—crying over boys while ‘Therapy’ played through my earphones, dancing to ‘Damned If I Do Ya’ in my room and watching almost every classic Disney movie after listening to ‘Somewhere in Neverland.’  I can safely say that All Time Low put on an amazing show, like they always do.

Thank you all for your support of Stork Music.  Please feel free to contact me with any comments or questions at all.

Love,

Thuy Lan

Max Bemis performing with his band, Say Anything, on their Say Anarchy tour at the Rave in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Spidersong

Burn a Miracle

Shiksa (Girlfriend)

Hate Everyone

In Defense of the Genre

Say Anything

Wow, I Can Get Sexual Too

Belt

Eloise

Alive With The Glory of Love

So Good

Every Man Has a Molly

The Church Channel

Property

A Walk Through Hell

(Setlist is summarized of all dates of Say Anarchy Tour)

On their 2012 “Say Anarchy” tour, Say Anything traveled with aspiring bands, such as Murder by Death, The Sidekicks, and Tallhart. The audience seemed to especially enjoy The Sidekicks upbeat style. In addition, Murder by Death received strong support by the portion of the crowd who support a style similar to Mumford and Sons. As lead singer, Maxim Bemis, put it, the band played a “plethora of new and old songs”, which the crowd appreciated. Aside from the occasional obsessive fan girl or rowdy guy, the audience was respectful and fully enthralled in the band’s performance.

Despite some inability to keep up with the beat, Bemis made sure to incorporate the audience. He even left the stage numerous times to let the crowd touch him, which the security guards clearly did not appreciate as they scrambled to hold people back. In some songs,  Sherri DuPree-Bemis (Max Bemis’ wife) , did back up vocals and audience members shouted “baby Bemis” in honor of her pregnancy. After Overbiter, the couple kissed, which the audience loved, and Sherri Bemis gestured knowingly toward her stomach.

Throughout the entire performance, it was clear that Bemis was trying to connect with his fans and sincerely enjoyed his time. The last song of the encore, The Stephen Hawking, was meant to be a “compromise” in Bemis’ words. Since neither he nor the audience wanted to leave, Bemis and the rest of the band decided to play their longest song. Bemis also promised his fans that the band decided to continue making music for as long as possible.

~R

(Stay tuned for a post specifically about The Sidekicks, they are worth checking out!)