Editors’ Picks – March 2019

Hey, did you notice that music is an incredible thing? I know it must sound trivial but give the idea a second to permeate through you. Music is one of those things we grow up with; it’s all around us. Our parents, from a young age, either play us music…

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What’s Up Punks? – April 2019

March turned out to be a massive month for solid releases all over the punk spectrum so let’s just dive in, first with the albums that need checking out and then the singles and EPs that have been spinning here at Wannabe Manor. Albums The Maine – You Are OK…

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Release Day Roundup – 3/22/19

Each month, we always seem to come to the same conclusion when it comes to our Editors’ Picks column: Friday release days open the floodgates and unleash a seemingly endless stream of quality new music. But while some of our Editors and Contributors sit down gleefully each week to dive into this newly stocked…

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Mush – Protect Your Brand

The late 90s and early 00s saw the rise of a little label called Vagrant that churned out band after band and release after release of tuneful, essentially, power pop that took elements of emo, punk, and guitar-driven pop, mixing them together in a way that proved irresistible to many a sensitive punk who wanted something else to latch onto. Somewhere in the territory between “easycore” and Get Up Kids-style emo, the label launched careers for bands who arguably deserved a little longer in the spotlight than they received. By the time a second wave of soundalike bands emerged, the public’s appetite for such had largely subsided or moved on as did a number of the progenitors of it.

What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – Playlist Swap – 7/4/15

Even a cursory glance of our biweekly “What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To” posts (last weeks update here) will reveal that there is a great deal of variety among our staff’s musical tastes. Due to this, we brainstormed the idea of “Playlist Swap,” another biweekly segment that takes place…

Pianos Become The Teeth – Keep You

When a band changes their sound, it is usually to appeal to a wider audience. It brings forth more opportunities for the group and lets them put their hands in as many markets as possible. When Pianos Become The Teeth declared that their new record would have no screaming on it, there was…

La Dispute – Rooms of the House

La Dispute’s specific brand of post-hardcore is one that is deeply rooted in pain, longing, melancholy, and the angst of youth, a trait shared by their few contemporaries, Pianos Become the Teeth being the closest in theme and style. Weaving together a collection of interconnected stories very much tied in the band’s home state of Michigan, Rooms of the House sees the band expanding on the formula they perfected on their previous endeavor Wildlife. Over the course of it’s runtime, lead vocalist Jordan Dreyer weaves a series of symbolic, cryptic stories that are stark, beautiful, and often sad. This is a band that has always had a way with words, and while other elements of their sound are often polarizing among listeners, no one can deny their lyricism is anything less than superb.

Hey! Listen To Secoué!

I don’t know what the hell soft grunge is, nor do I understand what the hype is. However, upstart act Secoué are apparently soft grunge, which sounds more like post-hardcore to me. Anyways, this young act is like a mix of Touché Amoré, Pianos Become The Teeth and La Dispute…