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The Front Doors

The Front Doors – BIG TIME

Yes you are reading this correctly, they’ve come out with another record just 7 months after their last one!


For those who didn’t see the first review, The Front Doors are a fuzz-pop/rock & roll band out of Long Island/Queens made up of Steven Joyce on bass/guitar/vocals, William Hargrove on drums and Michael LoSchiavo on bass/guitar/vocals. To date they have two full lengths, Open which was released in January, 2016 and their newest record BIG TIME which was released in August of 2016.

Reasons your ears deserve this:

-Consistent writing, you always have something new to look forward to

-Fun, upbeat rock n’ roll with catchy hooks and tasteful instrumentals

My favorite track on the record is Up The Wall.

You can listen here.

Up The Wall is my favorite track on the record for a lot of reasons, and I’ll explain them! The song starts off with a simple drum beat and chord progression which is then accompanied by Mike’s vocals. They throw in a little spice with a drum fill and break that gives the verse some subtle depth. This song has the most catchy chorus of any The Front Doors song(in my opinion.) “I don’t really want to dance with you, but I really really don’t want you dancing with him.” The descending chords that sync perfectly with “dancing with him” make this hook that much catchier. Add in some well-placed vocal harmonies and you have a song that is sure to get stuck in your head.

The Front Doors have such a good formula for writing catchy, engaging and alluring songs that are short and sweet and leave you wanting more. Each track on BIG TIME has it’s own little flare of creativity and catchiness that makes the record so great.

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Mildura – If Not OK


Mildura is a band out of of Claremont, CA. They currently have two releases, At The Feet of Giants which is a 5 song release in February of 2013 and If Not OK which has 6 tracks, released in July of 2014.

Reasons Your Ears Deserve this:

-Fun, in your face riffs and rhythms

-If you love emo music(like I do), you will love this band

I knew I liked this band from the get-go after hearing the first track Bet It’s Great. They show their balance between upbeat fun riffs/drum parts and slower twinklie parts all in a 1:47 second song.

Although this record is short, it’s the kind of music you need to listen to a bunch times to get everything they’re throwing at you. I really like how this band incorporates builds up to great driving riffs in a few of their songs like “AAA” and “Bet It’s Great.”

My Favorite track on this record is New Sea.

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The song starts off with a quick guitar riff which is promptly met by an awesome drum fill and a gentle accompanying guitar lead and bass guitar. The vocals come in shortly after with some lyrics in the chorus that I can really get behind. “Anywhere but here, I’ve got to get, there’s something wrong, when all I want, is to be everywhere I’m not.” The song cuts to somewhat of a break down in the middle of the chorus where everyone shares the same hits. They then hit you again with the intro riff and that cool drum fill and lead riff,  lead back to the chorus one more time.  Then everyone completely stops while the rhythm guitar keeps playing. The song kicks back in and goes through the entirety of the intro of song one more time with the lyrics “Oh my god you take so long,”  the song then ends with a major hit all at once.

These guys have some real talent in their songwriting as well as rocking their individual instruments. They have a great way of packing a lot into each song even though the longest track is only 2:25 seconds. If you like catchy, up-beat emo, Mildura – If Not OK is a great record for you.

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I just noticed they sent me an email with a free link to their new acoustic album for downloading their records, I’m listening to it while I write this and it’s excellent so far. So do it!



You Blew It!

You Blew It! is a emo/rock/mathrock band out of Orlando, Florida. The band is made up of Tanner Jones, Andy Anaya, Trevor O’Hare, Matt Nissley and Andy Vila.

To date they’ve released Grow up, Dude, followed by The Past in Present, and their most recent release Keep Doing What You’re Doing was put out in 2014, as well as a cover EP of songs by Weezer called You Blue It. Most recently they released an incredible 3 song EP called Pioneer of Nothing.

Reasons your ears deserve this:

-Powerful and unique songwriting style

-Awesome live show

-Catchy and unique vocal style/instrumentals

My first experience with this band was back in college at Oneonta, walking around at night to The Past In Present. I discovered the album at the perfect time in my life and it really helped me to get through it. I immediately loved the band from the first song I heard. Hope Its Not A Deposit Bottle! is one one of my favorite songs by this band, I could really relate to the the lyrics and the techincal syncopation between the drums, guitars and bass immediately caught my ear. This one song goes through so many movements in just 4:19 seconds.

I had the pleasure of seeing these guys at Shea Stadium (not the baseball stadium) in Brooklyn, NY last winter. They closed a show with some really impressive other bands (I only remember Prawn playing that show too, sorry). I didn’t know the newest album Keep Doing What You’re Doing very well, but when their set was over I HAD to buy it. Although the singer said he didn’t feel like they should be playing last, they proved that they deserved to. Their set was so powerful and engaging to watch. I would absoutly see these guys every time they’re playing near me.

It was a very close race between Gray Matter and Award Of The Year for my favorite song on this album. I’ve decided to go with Award Of The Year.



This song wastes no time hitting you with a huge full band count in to big open distorted chords while the drums hold down the beat. They then hit you with that big intro again which leads to the first verse. With the three guitars doing totally different things. They all start off playing noodlie parts and once the drummer opens his high hat they seem to come together a bit more and play more bouncy parts that synch with the drums really well. The bass is holding the whole thing together with his 8th note progression which has some really cool fills in it as well.

They then stop everything and hit you with the chorus. Similar to the intro, this part is huge and the drummer plays every hit right with the guitars and bass to make it even more powerful than the intro. The singer’s vocal style really shines on this track. He finds the perfect balance between singing and yelling that make his vocals seem so raw while being refined and hitting every note perfectly. His delivery in the chorus is one to take notes on. His vocals hit right with the hits of the instrumentals and add such an awesome depth to the the chorus.

They then go back to the intro of the song, and go right into the verse again, then right back into that massive chorus. Then everything quiets down and goes into a slow-rising build up that peaks, then the drummer freezes and everyone hits a very well orchistrated line that leads to the break and four hits that everyone in the band scratches together. Then they bring it right back to the chrous and end the song with two huge hits and a fade out.

Overall this album does an amazing job capturing You Blew It!’s intensity and creativeness that I saw on stage last winter. If you enjoy this album you should really check out their older albums too. This band has been evolving with each release and really writing some great music.

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They’re also all on Spotify!

PS: The split Florida Doesn’t Suck with Fake Problems is REALLY cool. Check it out!


Edelweiss is a self described Wunder rock band out of Stroudsburg, PA. They are made up of Niko Porlier (20) on vocals/guitar, Tony Young (18) on guitar, Shane Cashman (18) on the drums and Thomas Vitale (19) on bass/vocals. They have released two EP’s to date, Pre-Columbians which was self-released in 2011 and their sophmore self-release, Honduras in August of 2013.

Reasons Your Ears Deserve This

-Captivating and up-beat songwriting

-Ideal balance between spacy and mathy

-Precise and calculated instrumentals that lock together very well

The Honduras EP is a collection of very intricately laid out and progressive songs that really show you what this young group of musicians are made of. The opening track Grand gripped me from the first listen. The sophisticated layering of tapping guitar accompanied by synth, bass and drums are thrown at you in the first quick 2 minutes and 52 seconds of the first track. Grand is a strong indication of the talent of each member and their songwriting ability that is to come throughout the rest of the EP. Their use of auto-tuning as well as reverb and delay on the minimal vocals gives the album a spacy vibe that compliments the tight and intricate instrumentals. Their use of heavily distorted guitars/drums/bass and synth in certain parts make their use of the higher-pitched xylophones and lead guitar cut through to give the whole EP even more depth.

Although it was a hard choice, I’ve decided that my favorite song on the Honduras EP is Withering Heights. The song starts off right away with a very wide open progression. The the drums and bass keep the part pushing along as the delayed guitars play spacy and delayed tapping parts over the underlying rhythm guitar lead. There is also a fairly quiet organ/synth part underneath the second time through the intro that really makes the intro seem like its floating. The song then cuts to an intense bridge with the guitars, bass and drums leading the way into the first verse and pre-chorus. Everything then cuts out to introduce the vocals and pretty tapping parts of the pre-chrous. The high-hat opens up as the guitars play riffs that are jumpy and almost robotic. It works so well with the rest of the instrumentals to create a really interesting chorus. The whole song then drops out again for a measure, that allows the lead guitar to show us another awesome riff over a similar drum and bass part to the first verse of the song. They then get into a break that has every instrument accent the same notes while the bassist gets a small solo in between. It then cuts right back into the intense bridge from the beginning into a build-up that brings you to the fast-paced, intricate instrumental and extended verse that leads you right back into the chorus. This then takes you seamlessly right back into the intro of the song.

Edelweiss has a way of throwing a ton of parts at you while still maintaining great song structure that you can really grasp. Their combination of complexity, clarity and thoughtful songwriting makes this band one that you can really latch on to. I can’t wait to hear what these young dudes are going to come out with next.

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