American punk outfit Hot Mulligan serves buoyant pop-punk with an emo earnestness inspired by bands like Taking Back Sunday, the Wonder Years, Motion City Soundtrack, and Tigers Jaw. Hailing from Lansing, Michigan, the band was formed in 2014 by vocalists Tades Sanville and Chris Freeman, who also plays guitar and drums. Early incarnations of Hot Mulligan featured additional bandmembers like guitarist/bassist Brett Annelin -- who played on their debut, 2015's Fenton EP -- and Dolan Bowie, Logan Hayward, and Fin Svoboda, who joined the fray for sophomore EP Honest & Cunning. The group's line-up shifted over the years, with Sanville and Freeman remaining the core of Hot Mulligan. In 2016, they issued a split EP with Everyone Leaves, followed by 2017's breakthrough EP Opportunities (which was later reissued with a bonus acoustic track, "Deluxe Capacitor"). After signing with No Sleep Records, the band -- Freeman, Sanville, and fresh recruits Brandon Blakeley and Garrett Willig -- entered the studio to record their first full-length. Pilot arrived in early 2018 and featured a newly recorded "Deluxe Capacitor" and "All You Wanted by Michelle Branch." Upon release, the LP reached number 13 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart.

Forecast by Rock Sound Magazine as "Quite Possibly the next great pop-punk band"; BELMONT is poised to rise to the occasion with their debut self-titled full-length album, available now via Mutant League Records.

Kayak Jones is a four-piece band from Dubuque, IA that stands at the end of an emotional crisis. Their delicate balance of emo, pop-punk, and guts-out radio grinds out its confessions the same way you might at critical junctures: with grit teeth, white knuckles, and double the heart.

hi i'm fredo.
i am 18.
my real name is fredo fosco but my phone always autocorrects it to disco so here we are.
these are some songs that i write and record.
there are also a couple covers.
enjoy my tunes, eat some food, and have a good time.

Future Teens started as a joke, and perhaps appropriately, the band played their first show in a sweaty basement while a Fourth of July barbecue raged outside. They played three songs at that 2014 show, each less practiced than the one before.

The group's debut EP Still Afraid of Allston was scruffy and full of hooks, a bedroom-pop gem that was recorded "right into the computer—we didn't even use amps," Radin (Vocals/Bass) recalls. The charming, conversational songs demanded a fuller sound in a live setting at the band's shows in their hometown of Boston and beyond and so drummer Dylan Vadakin, guitarist Nick Cortezi, and vocalist and guitarist Amy Hoffman signed on.

In 2017, Future Teens wrapped Bored And Alone, which was self-produced and mixed by Justin Pizzoferrato (Speedy Ortiz, Krill). The band's hooks and energy are bolstered by the four-piece setup; "when you're with three other people, you can bounce ideas off each other and collaboration is just more fulfilling," says Radin.

Though standalone in itself, Bored and Alone is a precursor to the band’s first full length effort, Hard Feelings. The album title encapsulates how each song toes the line between despair and humor. “Having feelings all the time is hard — but everyone has them in one way or another— my goal with these songs was to write about things that happen to nearly everyone at some point in their lives” Radin explains.

Hard Feelings is out now via Take This to Heart Records features 10 tracks of romantic misadventure, miscommunication and mistakes. The album also features songwriting from Hoffman and Vadakin. Hoffman remarks, “These new songs are happy sad. Though some are sadder than others, singing them is always cathartic.”

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