Reliance – “Running”

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Jun 272020
 

Reliance make the most of their Thumper Punk Records debut, releasing a full length album filled with melodic punk anthems sure to get crowds moving and singing along.

Reliance from Prescott, Arizona looks to have fallen out of Sheep’s Gate Ministries and their skateshop started by Matthew Clark in 2000.  The band has released two albums, Crashing Down and Running following their signing to Thumper Punk Records.  Running was recorded and produced by Dave Klien at his studios in LA and mixed by the legendary Descendants drummer Bill Stevenson at the Blasting Room Co.

Honestly, the promo pictures are a great example of not judging a book by its cover as I was expecting something much closer to hardcore or metal versus the skate punk on this album.  In the big picture, I hear a lot of Pennywise, Bad Religion, and similar bands in the sound of Reliance and it’s very well done.  From a vocal perspective, Albert Padilla sounds a lot like Greg Graffin (Bad Religion) and Jim Lindberg (Pennywise) and musically the rest of the band fall right in line. 

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A Broken Line – “Rat Beach Live”

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Jun 172020
 

Long Beach punk natives A Broken Line have released a live version of their sophomore album, Rat Beach, a collection of raw, infectious tracks that fit right in with what their predecessors were producing.

It’s not every day you get to review a studio and live version of the same album but here were are, thank you Covid-19 pandemic for making this possible.  The live version of Rat Beach was recorded at Di Piazza’s in Long Beach, California on January 3rd, 2020.  The album itself gets off to a bit of an odd start with the Intro being a bit of rap over a largely guitar jam reminding me oddly enough of Cypress Hill backed by Greg Ginn… As you may have guessed from the description so far, A Broken Line is not your typical straight ahead SoCal punk or hardcore band, as they bring elements in from ska and bit of a heavy garage/alternative sound as well.   Placebo opens up with a guitar riff that sounds much like one from Naked Raygun’s Jettison album and the song roars off from there at a frantic pace. From this driving opening track to the slower, heavier, almost like Sublime track “Garage Door” to the feedback-drenched and bass-highlighting “Ticking Away” with its drum/atmospheric interlude to even more feedback and driving rhythms in “Disconnect” to the Five Iron Frenzy like parts in “Pier”, the first five tracks cover a lot of ground and consistently present a loud, brash punk rock attitude.

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May 282020
 

Arizona skate punk band Reliance releases new album “Running”, filled with positive energy and catchy melodic hooks. Bringing a message of hope through times of struggle, Reliance has upped its game for 8 new hard, fast, skate-worthy tracks. Recorded by Dave Klein at Dave Klein Studios, and mixed and mastered by Bill Stevenson and Jason Livermore at The Blasting Room, this album rises to the top of the genre and is certain to please fans of Pennywise, Milencollin, and Lagwagon. The band’s single ‘Hard Times’ is currently in the rotation at a growing number of stations across the country.

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Apr 182020
 

To fight the shelter-in-place blues, A Broken Line today releases their “Rat Beach (Live)“, a 15 song blitzkrieg live recording of their “Rat Beach” record release show.  Featuring 12 songs from Rat Beach, one cover, and two songs from their self-titled release, this album displays the band’s usual sweaty, positive-energy, bromantic live experience.  Frantic, Long Beach styled jazz infused punk rock geared to both melt faces and ignite foot stomping.  Don’t wait, catch the band now through all major commercial retailers.

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Mar 242020
 

American Straight Edge band Judgement Day from Orange County, California, announces the release of their second release “The Sun. The Darkness.” EP, a free download released jointly by Thumper Punk Records and Made In USA Records. This release juxtaposes lightness and energy of the Sun competing against the brutally heavy metal sounds of the Darkness. Sludgy, rhythmic and complex, but ultimately uplifting.

Recorded and mixed by Taylor Young at The Pit Studios, Van Nuys, California. Mastered by Audiosiege, Portland, Oregon.

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