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Dispatch release first album since 2012, America, Location 12

Dispatch has released their first album since 2012 with America, Location 12. The band members have recently been working on solo projects, with both Chadwick Stokes Urmston (stage name Chadwick Stokes), and Brad Corrigan releasing solo projects over the last few years.

America, Location 12 is a great album for summertime with the positive vibes and just general upbeat tracks that Dispatch has made themselves famous for. Some of our favorite tracks include, “Only the Wild Ones”, “Painted Yellow Lines”, and “Midnight Lorry.”

I had the privilege of attending one of their release shows in Providence this past weekend. Dispatch performed an intimate set of four songs, three songs from the new album and one of their old hits.

Here is a link to the new album on Spotify:

 

 

Artist Showcase: Valleyheart

Valleyheart is a rock band from Beverly, Massachusetts that released their first EP”Nowadays” this spring. The band features a few former members of Exiting the Fall.

This four tracked EP touches on themes of questioning the presence of God, reflecting on the past, shifting situations in life, and finding purpose.

These are questions that many can relate to, and have even thought about in their own lives. This questioning, paired with well written lyrics and great guitar overtone, make this EP a mixture of complexity, honesty, wonder, and faith.

I would highly recommend this EP to anyone who enjoys honest lyrics, and some good rock music.

 

Album Showcase: Calm Down, Everything is Fine by Mike Mains & The Branches

Mike Mains & The Branches sophomore album Calm Down, Everything is Fine has a great blend of various styles. There are songs that have rock influence, while their are other songs such as “Slow Down” which is calm and has a folk feel.

These mixtures of style are blended on the last track of the album Calm Down, Everything is Fine. The tack starts off calm, with some intimate verses, but picks it up halfway through and turns into a fantastic rock song. It contains really well written and clever lyrics, having lyrics that mention wine, Jesus, and Davey Crockett.

The album features some star studded musicians, with Matt Hoopes of Relient K on lead guitar, and Zac Farro of Paramore on the drums.

 

New Artist Showcase: Living At Last

A few months ago I got a message from one of my former campers from when I was a camp counselor. He told me that he had started a band, Living At Last, and was wondering if I wanted to check it out. I checked them out, not really knowing what to expect.

I listened to the first track and immediately liked the sound of it. It had a solid overdrive guitar in the background, and the lyrics were inspirational and showed maturity way beyond the years of high schoolers.

My two favorite tracks on the album are Numb and Eyes Like You. Eyes Like You got stuck in my head for a full day after listening to it for the first time. I am excited to see what music Living At Last come out with in the future, because they will only get better from here.

Artist Showcase: PVRIS

PVRIS is an up and coming rock band from Massachusetts, featuring great vocals by Lyndsey Gunnulfsen. Their music is great for working out, or getting pumped up. PVRIS was the first female-fronted band to ever sign with Rise Records, which is a major accomplishment.

PVRIS was also featured on the album Punk Goes Pop covering the song ‘Chandelier’ by Sia. The cover is a similar sound to the original, but the bass is definitely stronger.