State Champs

State Champs are a "DIY Pop Punk" band from Albany, NY. They released their debut 7″ titled Overslept on September 11th 2012 on 7″/Digital.  Overslept was engineered by Jay Maas at Getaway Recordings. They have a new album about to drop this October titled The Finer Things. Ourzone Magazine reviews it as, "Pinned as one of the greatest Pop Punk releases this year, State Champs are more than living up to the hype with this refreshingly exciting album co-produced by New Found Glory's Steve Klein. Opener 'Elevated' instantly sets the bar very high for the rest of the record, both musically and lyrically strong, with plenty of opportunities for a raucous live sing-a-long. The rest of the record more than lives up to this high standard, each track being a stand-alone song in its own right."

Hit The Lights

Playing Skip School, Start Fights in its entirety.

Hit the Lights originated in Lima, Ohio and consists of members Nick, Omar, Nate, Kevin, and Dave. Hit The Lights plays pop-punk. Contrary to the popular belief that they got their name from the Metallica song, the band got their name from the 80's skateboarding film, "Gleaming the Cube".

After signing to Triple Crown Records in 2005 their debut EP, 'Until We Get Caught,' generated lots of buzz within webzines and websites such as AbsolutePunk and Myspace. The band's debut full-length "This is a Stick Up…Don't Make it a Murder" was released on April 11, 2006. The band has continually toured since the release of their album playing at Bamboozle left and Warped Tour in 2006.

In June 2007, Colin announced he was leaving the band. The band has recently announced that Nick will be the new lead singer. With a new guitarist accompanying them on tour. The guitarist's name is Kevin Mahoney, and he is now an official member of the band.


Hit The Lights released "Skip School, Start Fights" on July 8th 2008.

Tiny Moving Parts

Bandmates call each other "family" all the time–when you're in a van or bus touring for most of the year, fostering a close relationship is an integral part of the territory. Feuds and disagreements amongst bandmates can be career-ending for even the most promising young acts, while groups that stay tight-knit can experience longevity.

When it comes to Tiny Moving Parts, a literal family band from the tiny town of Benson, MN, there's no problem operating in close quarters. Vocalist/guitarist Dylan Mattheisen and his cousins–bassist Matthew Chevalier and drummer Billy Chevalier, who are brothers–have been best friends since their childhood. As Mattheisen puts it: "We'd be hanging out every day no matter what."

Growing up in what many people would simply describe as "the middle of nowhere," Mattheisen and his bandmates didn't have the same path into punk music as most young people do. Without a structured or storied local scene, the three found music on their own terms and created a positive connection to it from the beginning.

In fact, the first thing you realize when you talk to the guys in Tiny Moving Parts is how much joy they derive from being on the road. They've used their music to visit places they never thought they'd be able to go while growing up on the sprawling farmlands of their Minnesota hometown, which houses just 3,000 residents. They've built connections with people all over the country, delivering the same positive attitude they've had toward music all their lives to people who they never thought they'd meet. And, perhaps most impressively, Mattheisen and his cousins are the type of band that appreciates even the nuances of being on the road–navigating their way into a city for the first time, sleeping on living room floors, setting up and breaking down their gear, even the long overnight drives–it's not only worth it to Tiny Moving Parts, it's a part of their essence. The permanent smiles on their faces while they're playing will make you believe that before they even finish their opening song.

The group's positive mindset and close relationship helped them "figure out their sound" over the past couple of years, as Mattheisen says. Their new album, Pleasant Living, out September 9 via Triple Crown Records, showcases a band that has moved past its growing pains and is finding its tride. From the youthful exuberance and frenetic drum work on the opening "Sundress" to the purposefully suppressed yet intense closer "Van Beers," it's apparent from first listen that Tiny Moving Parts knew exactly what they wanted to do with Pleasant Living. And with the help of producer extraordinaire J. Robbins, they were able to get right down to it in a fashion that excels their sophomore status, entering the realm of veteran pomp. Pleasant Living isn't afraid to belt you with its power, it isn't apologetic about being in your face–and neither are the lively personas behind the band.

"I think we've found a happy balance here," Mattheisen says of his band's follow-up to 2013's This Couch Is Long And Full Of Friendship (Kind Of Like Records). "It's mathy, it's complex, it's thought-out, but there's still an element of having fun sing-along songs in there. We really can't wait for people to hear the album." Lead single "Always Focused" defines the dynamic Mattheisen speaks of, with a noodly guitar riff and cries of, "I let myself down when I beat myself up." He says it's a song about worrying: "Even though I overthink everything, I wouldn't have it any other way."

Where This Couch Is Long was a story of a young person trying to discover themselves, Pleasant Living accurately reflects the group's collective unbridled enthusiasm; it's a record about finding a way to remain optimistic in life. It's honest punk rock written by three guys from the Midwest who are experiencing the world together for the first time, and it's a record that Tiny Moving Parts will take to every person who will listen.

Let It Happen

Mixing a high-energy performance style with lyrics that are at the same time raw and accessible, Let It Happen has matured into a one of a kind Pop/Rock band, developing a loyal and steadily growing fan base along the way. Drawing from musical influences such as Third Eye Blind, Jimmy Eat World, and Relient K, Let It Happen has developed a catalogue of songs so personal and distinctive, you can't help but hit repeat!

Forming in 2009, the band quickly went to work writing and performing in local venues, gaining critical and popular praise for their memorable melodies and unguarded lyrics.

Fronted by guitarist, songwriter, and lead vocalist Drew Brown, the songs of Let It Happen give voice to a generation on the bridge. "Regardless of age, life is complicated, and our generation is coming of age in a complicated time. Our music speaks to that." says drummer Sean Highley. Still, the music of Let It Happen is dynamic and fully energized. Powered by Michael Vogel's edgy lead guitar and Nathan Joiner's driving bass, the music dances, even when wrestling with tough topics. As Drew Brown says, "We don't preach. We want our audience to know we're right there with them, and going through the same things. It's important to us that we convey that when we play live."

The band has just recorded their new EP, "It Hurts, But It's Worth It" with producer Bryan Beeler (Cinematic Sunrise, Chiodos, The Swellers) and are optimistic about the future. Lookout for Let It Happen to be coming to a town near you this winter and summer!

Northbound

Northbound is the project of South Floridian singer/songwriter, Jonathon Fraser. The project's releases and tours include full band rock songs with a tinge of emo/punk, as well as acoustic music delivered with the same intensity. FFO: Alkaline Trio/Into It. Over It.

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