It is apparent that the musical lifeblood of Rivers Cuomo was sucked out of him by the good music vampire years ago- and ever since Weezer have been plodding along releasing one mediocre album after another. The great mystery of where Cuomo’s talent had until recently, never been solved. It seems that maybe, just maybe some of that talent has found its way to Cleveland rockers Heart Attack Man, the brainchild of Eric Egan.
Egan, the frontman of Heart Attack Man, has along with his fellow band members built a burgeoning following with their hook-laden, alternative-fueled brand of rock. Not only are they good at the music stuff, but they’re pretty good at building a following on generation now’s preferred mode of communication- social media. Truth be told, we’re not good at any of the social, but we are good at identifying good music. As soon as the opening guitar strums of their new song “Out for Blood” echoed in our ears, we knew that Heart Attack Man
Evoking the same kind of emotion that “My Name is Jonas” did, “Out for Blood” is just a small sampling of the band’s ability to craft a good song. Truth be told, there’s much to like on their debut album Fake Blood (more on that later), and this song is just one of the memorable tracks from the release.
Check out “Out for Blood” below and wonder no more if the songwriting spirit of Rivers Cuomo is alive or not. It is, it’s just in Heart Attack Man.
Fake Blood is out April 19th on Triple Crown Records.
Hangtime share “Can I Take You Out” video
There’s no escaping the 90s sound
Not too long ago we had a short chat with Canadian pop-punk band Hangtime about their new EP and the video for the track “One Nine Nine Five”. The aptly titled song is a throwback to a pop punk thought long gone but as this Toronto band will attest, is by no means dead. Now the band have debuted their new music video for the track “Can I Take You Out”; a sweetly romantic, melodic pop punk ode.
The track is a cut from their 2019 EP Invasion, which you can pick up via Bandcamp. Hangtime have a couple of upcoming Canadian shows on the horizon; with all the details available on their Facebook page.
When we spoke to the band and where their sound comes from, guitarist/vocalist Warren Gregson explained their influences;
“There’s no escaping the 90s sound I’m afraid, that’s just who we are. Actually, our biggest influences go back further than that. Most of us were first listening to bands like ALL, Misfits, Dag Nasty, Big Drill Car, Bad Religion, Doughboys, Nils… etc, back in the 80’s. I suppose that’s where the 90s sound for many other bands originated as well.”
Check out the new video and let’s reminisce about some good old school pop punk.
Longwave return with “If We Ever Live Forever”
Longwave still know how to make an impression
New York indie rockers Longwave are returning with their first album in a decade. Titled If We Ever Live Forever, the album is the follow-up to 2008’s Secrets Are Sinister. The band have recently been releasing new music over the last year, with the single “Stay With Me” hitting airwaves in October of last year. Longwave have now revealed the music video for the new song “If We Ever Live Forever”, which you can view above.
If We Ever Live Forever is due for release October 25th via Bodan Kuma Recordings and will be followed by a short run of dates through the eastern side of North America. You can pre-order the new Longwave album from the band’s webstore.
Longwave first burst on to the scene with 2000’s Endsongs, but really started making waves with their 2003 release The Strangest Things (which included the hit single “Tidal Wave”). The latter was the band’s major label debut for RCA Records. We last covered Longwave in 2005, reviewing their terrific album There’s A Fire.