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Jeff Whalen and “The Alien Lanes”

Who doesn’t love some good power pop? Los Angeles rocker Jeff Whalen certainly does.

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Who doesn’t love some good power pop? Los Angeles rocker Jeff Whalen certainly does. The frontman for LA band Tsar recently released his solo album 10 More Rock Super Hits, and to complement the release, has a brand new video for the track “The Alien Lanes”.

Think of some great Cheap Trick licks, some Butch Walker melodies and you’ve got “Alien Lanes”. The song brings with it some good summer vibes and a chorus that’ll stick with you long after the song is over. The video however, is a strange, kooky, spiral down a weird acid trip. Whalen talked about the song and what it’s about;

[it’s about] “a magic girl in her room who transforms after listening to the radio, and the illusion she shatters, freeing us from the grim tyranny of our programmed limitations and exposing the incredible miracle of our authentic selves and our true reality.”

10 More Rock Super Hits was released this past February via Super Mega Bot and was produced by Linus of Hollywood (Nerf Herder, Bowling for Soup). Whalen released the video for the track “Jendy” back in January.

Check out the video for “The Alien Lanes” above. Sweet, sweet tune.

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Hangtime share “Can I Take You Out” video

There’s no escaping the 90s sound

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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.

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Longwave return with “If We Ever Live Forever”

Longwave still know how to make an impression

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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.

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