This spring, Airstream Futures will release their debut full-length on Paper + Plastick, called Spirale Infernale. The band combines elements of punk, indie rock and alternative, and features members of The Bomb, The Methadones and Bow & Spear. The album was produced by Rodrigo Palma, (Saves the Day) and Derek Grant, (Alkaline Trio), and recorded/mixed by the band’s guitarist, Jeff Dean. Airstream Futures’ lineup also includes singer Devon Carson, bassist Megan Edgin and drummer Mike Soucy. We’ve got an exclusive premiere of one of the record’s songs below, called “Dreams of Narrow Wings.” When asked to describe the song, Carson said “It started with Mike’s description of a dream where he had wings but they were too narrow to fly. It made us think about all the horrifying things going on in the world and the overwhelming desire to help in some way, but feeling completely overwhelmed and ineffectual. If we can’t even save ourselves in our own dreams, it’s no wonder that putting a hashtag in front of a problem has become our favorite form of activism.” Check out the song now and if possible, catch the band on their upcoming UK tour.
In March of this year, Chicago’s Textbook collaborated with Paper + Plastick for the release of their album called On the B-Side. Containing 16 tracks in total, the record features songs from Textbook’s entire catalog and serves as a celebration of the band’s 15th anniversary. We recently spoke with singer/guitarist Dave Lysien and bassist Rick Uncapher to discuss the album in detail. We talked about how they teamed with Paper + Plastick, as well as the distinctive format that the record’s available on. We also conversed about the band’s experiences touring the UK, some of their favorite memories from the last 15 years, future plans and more. Be sure to check out a video for the song “Just One of Those Things” after the interview. Continue Reading…
Paper + Plastick – Release Date: 7/12/11
Landmines formed in 2005 and hails from Richmond, Virginia. They play punk-influenced hardcore and consequently comparisons are often made to hometown mainstays Avail and Strike Anywhere. Unlike the aforementioned bands, Landmines uses less punk tendencies and favors more classic hardcore traits, similar to bands like Gorilla Biscuits, H2O and Bane. Commerce and Marx is their third release for Paper + Plastick and it’s easily the band’s strongest and most complete effort to date. The song “You Are Number Six” talks about the dangers of the digital age and a need to maintain individuality. It uses a breakneck tempo, shredding guitars and gang vocals to make its point, and enough can’t be said about how great it sounds to hear a contemporary band that’s genuinely pissed off about something. “Evil Eye” is a personal song that addresses change and a desire to maintain a troubled relationship. It’s one of the album’s more melodic tracks and a definite highpoint. Another quality entry is “Left on Memory LN.”, which celebrates friendship and mixes various genres to create a memorable, well-structured song. With Commerce and Marx, Landmines has made a cohesive record that displays the passion and proficiency of the band’s live performances. The album is also noticeably different than what a lot of young, up-and-coming bands are doing nowadays, and that alone should be reason enough to give them a listen. Check out the song “Evil Eye” below.
Paper + Plastick – Release Date: 2/22/11
Red City Radio is a relatively new band that’s based out of Oklahoma City. This is their debut full-length and it contains a total of 13 tracks, all of which are very much in the vein of Hot Water Music meets Off With Their Heads. There’s also a definite ‘90s, West Coast punk influence, but what really separates Red City Radio from a lot of its contemporaries is their proficient musicianship. Led by rock-solid, powerhouse drumming and a plethora of intricate and creative guitar riffs, these guys absolutely have the potential to be hugely popular in the coming years. Track two, “The Benefits of Motion”, opens with gravelly, earnestly-delivered vocals that declare, “We’ll take what we can get, we’re not taking it for granted”. It really sets the tone for the rest of the album and can’t help but make the listener want to sing-along each and every time. “You’re Poison, I’m Well” features an undeniably catchy chorus that’s instantly memorable, while “This Day’s Seen Better Bars” has some of the disc’s most sincere and inspiring lyrics. It’s a song about touring and missing home, which isn’t exactly a new topic for songwriters, but what makes it special is the vast amount of conviction and passion that it’s sung with. “Spinning in Circles is a Gateway Drug” and “Too Much Whiskey, Not Enough Blankets” are two additional beer-soaked, emotionally-driven anthems that are sure to become fan favorites. As long as they continue to evolve and find more of their own sound, Red City Radio will definitely have what it takes to be the next big thing.