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Arm Your Enemy – Vanguard (WHOA-0016)

Hold on tight, Detroit rockers Arm Your Enemy are charging on to the scene with their debut release, Vanguard.

Mixing elements of punk, indie and classic rock with layers of pop-influenced melodies, Vanguard is like a volcano, building in strength until it erupts. Vanguard displays the bands’ full range of emotions, from introspective and a bit sullen (Counting City Lights) to pissed off with a taste for vengeance (We Came for Blood).

eleased 28 January 2014
Ryan Alexia – Bass and Vocals
Keith Britt – Vocals
Matthew Edwards – Guitar and Vocals
Jay Miller – Drums
Franco Pecorelli – Guitar and Vocals

All Lyrics and Music written by Matthew Edwards;
Except Lyrics to Guilty Accusations by Keith Britt

Recorded in July and August 2013 at Rhythm 11 Studios in Chesterfield Township, MI.
Mixed and Mastered by Vin Strockis and Will D’Anna at Rhythm 11
Produced by: Vin Strockis, Will D’Anna and Arm Your Enemy

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Arm Your Enemy to release debut album, Vanguard Jan. 28

vanguardHold on tight, Detroit rockers Arm Your Enemy are charging on to the scene with their debut release, Vanguard.

The album will be available for download on their Bandcamp at armyourenemy.bandcamp.com on Jan. 28 as well as Amazon, iTunes and Spotify.

Arm Your Enemy will play a release show Feb. 7 at the Berkley Front.

Mixing elements of punk, indie and classic rock with layers of pop-influenced melodies, Vanguard is like a volcano, building in strength until it erupts. Vanguard displays the bands’ full range of emotions, from introspective and a bit sullen (Counting City Lights) to pissed off with a taste for vengeance (We Came for Blood).

Keith Britt’s gripping vocals, which alternate from melodic restraint to powerful wail, reflect the pain behind the lyrics on songs like Guilty Accusations and Only in Dreams while Matthew Edwards (guitar/vocals), Franco Pecorelli (guitar), Ryan Alexia (bass/vocals) and Jay Miller (drums) provide a complex yet accessible layer of instrumentation and backing vocals.

With Vanguard, Arm Your Enemy show a depth of experience that only comes from years in the music scene. Comprised of members of P.T.’s Revenge, Wrist-Rocket, Kilboy and Waiting for Tomorrow, members of Arm Your Enemy came together in 2011 to form a tight unit that has been rocking ever since.

The band will be playing a release show Feb. 7 at the Berkley Front. Also playing the show to support the release of their new 7″ will be Break Anchor. Joining the two bands on the bill will be The Dewtons, Trace the Veins, Cruise Italy and Dick Hickey.

Read more about Arm Your Enemy here, check them out on the web at armyourenemy.com or on Facebook at facebook.com/armyourenemy

Video Killed the Radio Star – Mix Tape Monday 11/25/13

Our buddies in the Mizzerables shot their video for One More Day this weekend, so we thought we’d put together a mix of our favorite music videos. You can listen to the tunes on Spotify or take a trip down memory lane with the videos below:

Punk Unplugged – Mix Tape Monday 11/18/13

This week marks the 20th anniversary of one of the greatest acoustic albums of all time, when Kurt Cobain, et al dropped their electric guitars and picked up their acoustics to record Nirvana: Unplugged.

To celebrate this amazing album, we’ve compiled a list of punk bands who haven’t let a lack of electricity stop them from rocking.

Best of Fest – Mix Tape Monday 11/4/13

Did you miss this year’s Fest and all the amazing bands that played? Or maybe you did go and want to relive the awesomeness?

Either way, don’t worry, we’re here for you. We’ve put together a brief list of some of the bands you may have missed. For the full list of bands (and holy shit there were a lot of great ones), check out The Fest’s home page here.

I Remember Halloween – Mix Tape Monday 10/28/13

Boo! For Halloween we’ve put together a mix of eerie songs about vampires, zombies, aliens and other terrors of the night. Some of these bands are reaching out and doing a something fun fun and some are just creepy looking and sounding year round. Enjoy tunes by the Teen Idols, Koffin Kats, Misfits, Mephiskaphales, Groovie Ghoulies and much, much more!

A Totally Uncomprehensive History of Punk, Volume 4 – Mix Tape Monday 10/21/13

We wrap up our journey through the history of punk with the 2000s, a time when being a punk band meant a lot more than knowing how to scowl and play three chords. With bands adding elements of folk, pop, celtic music and straight-ahead rock and roll, the definition of punk got much more hazy. It’s an interesting — and very exciting — time for punk music. Punk’s not dead, it’s just not sneering at you as much anymore.

This week we bring you a diverse mix from bands such as The Ataris, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Dropkick Murphys, Against Me!, The Gaslight Anthem, Jimmy Eat World as well as songs from our friends in Slo Poke, Wrist Rocket, Common Rider, Break Anchor, The Wanton Looks, Few and Far Between, Cruise Italy, P.T.’s Revenge and the Mizzerables.

A Totally Uncomprehensive History of Punk, Volume 3 (1990s) – Mix Tape Monday 10/14/13

A lot of punk music got more radio friendly in the 1990s, but that didn’t necessarily mean it lost its edge, just that there were suddenly more kids in the pit. With the 90s came mega punk tours and festivals like Warped Tour as well as a diversification of punk rock music and the founding of Whoa! Records. Suddenly there was pop-punk, emo, ska-punk, hardcore and damn near anything else you could dream up.

This week we feature some great tunes from punk greats like Social Distortion, Dropkick Murphys, The Suicide Machines, Face to Face, Green Day, The Offspring and Rancid, among others.

A Totally Uncomprehensive History of Punk, Volume 2 (1980s) – Mix Tape Monday 10/7/13

OK class, welcome back. Today we’ll be discussing punk in the 1980s. We’ve got some choice selections for you from Circle Jerks, Young Canadians, X, Bad Religion, UK Subs, Bad Brains, Black Flag, Minutemen, the Pixies, Hüsker Dü, D.R.I., Minor Threat, GG Allin, the Replacements, the Germs and many, many others.

Next week we’ll tackle the 1990s and the rise of pop punk! Enjoy, nerds!

A Totally Uncomprehensive History of Punk, Volume 1 – Mix Tape Monday 9/30/13

School’s back in and it’s time for History of Punk 101. In the first session we’ll be covering influential bands like the Kinks, MC5, Iggy and the Stooges up through the early days of punk in the 1970s.

So listen and take good notes, there’s going to be a test.