Month: June 2016

Midwest Monday (Episode 3)

Midwest Monday (Episode 3)

Hey all, it’s time for another Midwest Monday featuring Wisconsin’s own Treason This! The band consists of singer/songwriter Michael Ingle, guitarists Chris Merisalo and Jordan August, bassist Taylor Long, and drummer Zach Zander. This indie rock/pop-punk hybrid group formed around 2011 by Michael and Chris, with Michael writing most of the material. Jordan, Zach, and Taylor later joined around 2014 and 2015. The band has released three EPs to date: When Home’s A World Away (2013), Portraits (2013), and Always Perfect (2014). The first two EPs were rereleased as the Any Thoughts? Collection. If you like bands such as Say Anythig, Motion City Soundtrack, and Modern Baseball, then this incredible group is just right for you.

Some of my favorite things about this band are their relatable lyrics the deal with teen angst at it’s purest, the musicality of each individual member, and the fact that they are an amazing up-and-coming band from Wisconsin. This was the band that made me want to initially do a segment like this on the blog because these guys are so super talented. Oh, and it just got announced that not only do they have a new single out, “Joy,” but they are also a winner of the Ernie Ball “Battle Of the Bands” competition for this year’s Warped Tour, meaning that they will be playing the Milwaukee date (July 26th)!! Also, the song “Joy” will be featured on a new EP to be released very soon. I cannot recommend this band enough. My favorite songs include “Moviegoers Dilemma,” “Manic,” “I Hate You Please Die,” “Joy,” and “The Bus To Chicago Told It All.”

If you want to listen/buy Treason This’s music, follow these links below:
(music available on iTunes, Spotify, Bandcamp, etc.)

I also did an interview with Michael for my podcast earlier this year, which you can check out right here:

Midwest Monday — On A Tuesday (Episode 2)

Midwest Monday — On A Tuesday (Episode 2)

Yes I know, it’s not Monday, but I do want this segment to continue. And I promise, I will be more on time with these things. I will say this though: be on the look out for something cool music-wise coming from me! That’s all I will say on that note…anyway, Midwest Monday is back again with another new band that’ll knock your teeth out.

Charlie Siren is a four-piece pop-punk band from Minneapolis, MN. The band consists of Tane Graves (vocals/guitar), Aaron Reed (guitar), Dustin Reed (bass), and Paeton Gillette (drums). The band formed back in 2012, and have three official releases: This Is Home (2013), a split EP with Chicago band Et Tu Brute (2014), and most recently Mood Swings (2016) on Loud, Broke, and Dumb Records. If I had to compare them to other bands, I’d say they’re a love child coming from Knuckle Puck, Yellowcard, New Found Glory, and 2004 era of Senses Fail (minus the screamo parts). Their latest album was the first album that I heard from them, as I was recommended to them from a friend. I could not get over how well the album was produced! Each instrument can be clearly heard through any speaker, not to mention the songs are catchy as all hell. This band definitely gives a huge shot in the arm to current pop-punk bands that are starting out in the Midwest.

Not only are these guys amazing at music, they did something special with the release of Mood Swings: for the first month of the release, they donated 50% of their album sales “My Pit Bull Is Family,” a non-profit organization that focuses on ending Breed Specific Legislation (BSL). This is one of my favorite things not just about Midwest bands, but bands from every corner of the globe: supporting a charity that means a lot to them. It just goes to show that the band is passionate not only in their music, but causes that mean just as much to them. Some of my favorite songs by the band include “Twenty-Five,” “So Long,” “Indigent Mindset,” and “The Fabulist.”

If you want to listen/buy Charlie Siren’s music, follow these links below:
(music also on iTunes, Spotify, etc.)

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