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Top 15 EPs of 2014

2014 had a lot of great albums, but what about all those EPs? People tend to let smaller releases slip by unnoticed, but at Planet Stereo, the phrase, “nice things come in small packages,” is muttered throughout the year. (…that may be partly because I’m only 5’2″, but hey! It’s a valid argument!) Here are the Top 15 EPs of 2014. Here’s hoping 2015 brings some good ones too!

 

1. Savannah by Nick Santino – released December 19th, 2014.

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A quality EP that displays both artistry and originality throughout. There is pure character in each track, which gives Savannah  a cinematic quality/value. The stripped down sound provides a quiet, almost hushed tone that carries a lofty emotional weight.

2. Waiting For a Sequel by Beat The Heart – released on May 6th, 2014.

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The epitome of indie/rock. There is an almost tangent energy to the EP, fusing together a cinematic, melodic style with the ballad worthy attitude of the 80s.

3. Strangers In Fairyland by Jocelyn Arndt – released October 27th, 2014.

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Jocelyn Arndt perfectly delivers wit and attitude, wrapped up in raw power. It’s a debut EP that showcases the pure talent of Arndt and an effortless mystery behind it all.

4. Sweet Talk by Sinclair – released on November 4th, 2014.

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From the opening notes of Sweet Talk, it is obvious there is something very special about Sinclair. I had said in my review that I believed there was a star in the making; that this wasn’t a debut, “this is an explosion,” and I stand by that.

5. It’s So Much Friendlier With Two by The Millenium – released on February 23rd, 2014.

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“[A] memorable EP. The effort and talent put into just five tracks shines through in every line, but, in a surprising twist, it doesn’t sound forced. This EP flows organically and sounds like the product of a group of very creative people collaborating. One listen, and The Millenium are difficult to forget, not that you’d want to. If this EP is anything to go by, we should all be expecting big things from this group in 2015. ”

6. Nonvesations by Summon The Octopi – released on November 17th, 2014.

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“Summon The Octopi have figured out how to do something many modern artists would deem impossible: they have managed to speak to listeners without having the need of a voice on every song. There is a true originality to every track, speaking for Nonversations, marking it as more than a debut EP, but more as a launch station for a talented group of musicians. ”

7. As You Were by Arc & Stones – released on June 10th, 2014.

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“The more I listen to As You Were, the more I want to see a tour with Arc & Stones and Thirty Seconds To Mars headlining the bill. The EP is an instant classic, and, considering this is the first time I’ve ever listened to Arc & Stones, a perfect introduction. As far as first impressions go, the band has left a fine one on me, and I look forward to hearing what they come up with next.”

8. Commonweather by Commonweather – released on November 25th, 2014.

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“Chicago is known for being home to some of the best artists, especially in the alternative rock arena, but even hailing from such a city, it is a rarity to hear a band that sounds so developed, and so confident in their sound on an EP. Just listening to Commonweather’s EP, it is obvious that we will see big things from them soon, because they already have enough quality in their work to compete with some of their more experienced counterparts. I, for one, cannot wait to see the results.”

9. Nikos by Nikos – released on October 21st, 2014.

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As an introduction to the band, it is a wonderful preview at where they are headed, and how certain they are in their sound already. Their self-titled EP is delightfully melodic, energetic, and hauntingly brilliant.

10. All In My Head by Seaway – released on November 4th, 2014.

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“As a debut, All In My Head is pretty much close to perfection, showcasing what Seaway is capable of musically, lyrically, and even style-wise. It is refreshing to hear a group who so obviously knows the direction they plan to take with their career, without imitating their icons.”

11. Thieves & Lovers by Thieves & Lovers – released on September 23rd, 2014

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“Thieves & Lovers are fiercely talented, seemingly avoiding the over-produced quality that so many artists seem to be floating towards these days. With their self-titled EP, the band definitely stands out, and leaves listeners waiting for a full-length album.”

12. I Woke Up by Nominee – released on October 14th, 2014.

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Nominee’s sophomore release is wonderfully original; a well-made addition to the band’s discography. The EP had an irresistible style, with a dynamic and infectious attitude that further emphasizes the overall quality.

13. Balloons by Ruby My Dear – released on October 14th, 2014.

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There is a soulful beauty to this EP, and every track had something to offer. The music and lyrics of Balloons work together, fitting like pieces of a puzzle; there is not the typical competition of which will win the heart of the listener.

14. At Night by Choir Vandals – released on October 27th, 2014.

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Between the mixture of emotional intensities, explosions of raw power, and a brooding undertone, Choir Vandals are the musical Heathcliffs of the scene…if, you know, stages could stand in the moors. The intricacy of their sophomore EP makes them one to watch.

15. HEART by Alexz Johnson – released on February 18th, 2014.

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“One thing I really enjoy about HEART is the raw, melodic tone each track has. Unwaveringly honest and powerful, this EP encourages listeners to not only sing along, but to feel what is being sang about. Alexz Johnson is an artist who has a very recognizable voice, and her songwriting rivals some of the greats. HEART is more than an EP; it is a statement. It might say different things to different people, but one thing is undeniable: whatever it’s saying is coming through loud and clear.”

 

 HONORABLE MENTIONS

The Acoustic EP by Jake Furia

Move Now by Marshall Crenshaw

Lucy Scholl by Lucy Scholl

Chemistry by Plaid Brixx 

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Bayside, Senses Fail, Man Overboard, and Seaway Announce US Tour

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Bayside, Senses Fail, Man Overboard, and Seaway are heading out on tour in March and April. Check out the dates above.

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REVIEW: Seaway – ‘All In My Head’ EP

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Without hesitation, Seaway kick starts All In My Head with pure energy and an anthemic pop-punk track, “Your Best Friend.”  With gruff vocals, a “scumbag” storyline of sorts (“Your best friend’s my girlfriend”), and a sound worthy of a set at the Warped Tour, the track packs a punch. Despite the bittersweet subject matter (“I love you, you love me, you love me not, I move on to your best friend, but still wish it were you”), the song is upbeat, albeit with a repetitive chorus. Thankfully, the track is saved by how ridiculously catchy it is.

Maintaing a nostalgic feel for the early 2000’s pop-punk, “Alberta” is softer to start, before almost exploding with raw emotion. Powerful vocals and fluid instrumentals leave an impression that is sure to last. Between the building tempo, fast-paced drum, and an almost pleading insistence, the song leaves room for a moment of musicality that stands out beautifully: strong bass, classic-worthy guitar solo, all bringing the track full circle and presenting a pop of character.

“The Let Down” is amped up with fiery energy, dominated by catchy instrumentals, and a surprisingly stunning showcase of versatility in temp and style. The back and forth style of the vocals, present throughout the EP, seems to add a rapid style to the fast-paced lines that seem to spit clever words left and right. If anything, this is the anthem for every teenager who has ever walked down a school hallways on a cold morning, with hoodie up and headphones loud, unsure of if they wish they were back in bed or at a show.

“If I Came Back For You” is a more subdued, alternate to “Your Best Friend.” With a bittersweet tone, the love song/break-up anthem is crafted with a somewhat upbeat tempo. Lyrically, there is a hope and determination still present. However, in the almost pleading, “here’s to hoping that I can live with myself […] here’s to knowing that I’m still right here,” there is an emotion that is undeniable, showcasing a more vulnerable side to the band, as well as giving them a moment to add in group vocals (a catchy element that can make any song stand out).

As a debut, All In My Head is pretty much close to perfection, showcasing what Seaway is capable of musically, lyrically, and even style-wise. It is refreshing to hear a group who so obviously knows the direction they plan to take with their career, without imitating their icons. A fantastic fall release, with originality and catchy tracks that will stick in your head all day.

 

Seaway’s Pure Noise Records’ debut EP, All In My Head, will be out November 4th. For more information, please click HERE.

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Driver Friendly Announce Upcoming Tour

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Hopeless Records and Driver Friendly announced today that the band will join Transit and Such Gold on an upcoming tour, kicking off Friday, October 17th at The Barbary in Philadelphia, PA! Tickets for the tour go on sale Friday, August 22nd at 12pm EST and can be purchased at: http://www.driverf.com/tour /

 

The band is currently finishing up their successful nationwide tour with Seaway, Stickup Kid and Candy Hearts.

 

Driver Friendly recently released their highly anticipated full length, Unimagined Bridges on July 15th via Hopeless Records to amazing critic and fan response. The album can be purchased now via iTunes or MerchNow.

 

Purchase Unimagined Bridges:

 

Upcoming Tour Dates

 

w/ Seaway, Stickup Kid, Candy Hearts

Aug 19 Buffalo, NY – Waiting Room

Aug 20 Cleveland, OH – Mahalls

Aug 21 Lansing, MI – Macs Bar

 

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Tickets go on sale Friday, August 22nd @ 12pmEST

 

Oct 17 Philadelphia, PA – Barbary

Oct 18 Pawtucket, RI – The Met

Oct 19 Boston, MA – Middle East

Oct 21 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Loft @ The Chance

Oct 22 Asbury Park, NJ – Asbury Lanes

Oct 24 Hamden, CT – The Space

Oct 25 New York, NY – The Studio @ Webster Hall

Oct 26 Amityville, NY – Amityville Music Hall

Oct 28 Toronto, ON – Sneaky Dee’s

Oct 29 Pontiac, MI – Pike Room

Oct 30 Covington, KY – Legends

Oct 31 Indianapolis, IN – Emerson Theater

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STREAM: Driver Friendly – ‘Unimagined Bridges’

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Driver Friendly and Hopeless Records announced that the band’s upcoming album Unimagined Bridges is now streaming in its entirety via the official Hopeless Records YouTube channel. The album will be officially released on July 15th. You can listen to the album in full here:

 

Unimagined Bridges Track listing:

1. The Game (This Won’t Hurt)

2. Everything Gold

3. Stand So Tall (feat. Dan Campbell)

4. Deconstruct You

5. Undone

6. The Conversation

7. Bad Way

8. Start Again

9. What A Predicament!

10. Twenty Centuries Of Sleep

11. Bridges

 

Unimagined Bridges is now available for pre-order through iTunes and MerchNow! With every MerchNow pre-order, fans will instantly receive a stream/download of Driver Friendly’s previous album, Bury A Dream, which includes fan favorites such as “Ghosts,” “Messidona,” and “Shark Cave.”

 

To pre-order Unimagined Bridges:

iTunes: http://bit.ly/R0DHtl

MerchNow: http://bit.ly/1jNAp3l 

 

Driver Friendly is also currently gearing up to hit the road with Stickup Kid, Seaway, and Candy Hearts for a nation wide tour, which kicks off on July 10th in Chicago, IL at Beat Kitchen! Tickets for the tour are on sale now and can be purchased at: http://www.driverf.com/tour/

Tour Dates:

July 10 Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen

July 11 Indianapolis, IN – Irving Theater

July 12 St. Louis, M – Fubar

July 13 Lawrence, KS – Jackpot

July 15 Denver, CO – Marquis Theater

July 16 Salt Lake City, UT – The Loading Dock

July 17 Boise, ID – The Crux

July 18 Seattle, WA – El Corazon

July 19 Portland, OR – Star Theater

July 20 Eugene, OR – The Boreal

July 22 Sacramento, CA – The Colony

July 23 Conoga Park, CA – Cobalt Café

July 24 Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction

July 25 San Diego, CA – Epicentre

July 26 Temple, AZ – 51West

July 27 Roswell, NM – The Unity Center

July 29 Dallas, TX – The Prophet Bar

July 30 Austin, TX – Stubb’s Jr

July 31 San Antonio, TX – Ten Eleven

Aug 1 Houston, TX – Eastdown Warehouse

Aug 3 Birmingham, AL – The Forge

Aug 5 Tampa, FL – Epic Problems

Aug 6 Orlando, FL – Back Booth

Aug 7 Pembroke Pines, FL – Talent Farm

Aug 8 Jacksonville, FL – Underbelly

Aug 9 Columbia, SC – Foxfield

Aug 10 Richmond, VA – The Camel

Aug 11 Wilmington, DE – Accent Music Live

Aug 12 Baltimore, MD – Sidebar

Aug 13 Philly, PA – The Barbary

Aug 14 Clifton, NY – Dingbatz

Aug 15 Long Island, NY – Amityville Music Hall

Aug 16 New York, NY – Slake

Aug 17 Boston, MA – Roggie’s

Aug 19 Buffalo, NY – Waiting Room

Aug 20 Cleveland, OH – Mahalls

Aug 21 Lansing, MI – Macs Bar

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