My last big priority of the year is kind of an outlier in Band Mom genre terms: they’re a totally fun power pop band with roots in Tooth & Nail Records, which I suspect will mean something really specific to many of you and nothing at all to others. But what you may not know about me is that I ALSO have similar roots: my first internship (in high school!) was with Relient K‘s record label (Gotee Records). I once traveled 5 hours to South Carolina during college to see Mae play with The Format, and once I got into a sold out show in Australia on Anberlin‘s guest list. I worked for Lovedrug‘s management company and spent late nights at Waffle Houses with Brandtson, House of Heroes and The Rocket Summer. If these names are ringing bells, this is a band for you FOR SURE. And if they’re not—take a chance! You might still like it! It’s super hooky pop music, the type that could (and has) fit in on Warped Tours but still most likely won’t make your mom mad, unless she gets mad at tattoos and haircuts (they’re not angry, whiny or depressed. Just fun!).
The fun-loving Chicago power pop band The Fold returns with new full-length LP Moving Past: a spirited call to embrace the future and to enjoy the journey. The Fold is melodic, catchy, humorous and entertaining but this new album adds a layer of lyrical maturity and infectious optimism. “Personally, I don’t see the point of picking up an instrument if what I’m saying doesn’t have a bigger purpose, a meaning,” lead singer Dan Castady explains. “When I look back on the songs of this album, each lyric, each note, each thought is straight from my heart…It wasn’t easy to expose it to the world, but I did it in an effort to make a meaningful connection to our listeners”.
Founding members Dan Castady (vocals), Matt Pittman (bass), George Castady (guitar), and Mark Rhodes (drums), in true DIY style, self-produced Moving Past and recorded at Chicago’s Groovemaster Recording Studios, using previous collaborator JR McNeely (MXPX, Paramore) to mix. Two singles from the LP, the upbeat “Moving Past” and heartfelt “Bye Bye Love”, will have video releases. An upcoming tour in support of Moving Past will be announced soon.
The Fold got their first break in 2006 when they signed a record deal with Tooth & Nail Records. But the journey didn’t stop there: their achievements include high profile tours with VANS Warped tours and Plain White T’s, a Grammy nomination in 2007 for their Secrets Keep You Sick album artwork, nearly 4 million views on their YouTube channel, as well as writing the theme songs for all 32 teams in the NFL, with featured theme songs in 2012 for Denver Broncos, LEGO Ninjago, Chicago Cubs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers.
In a testament to The Fold’s great fan base, Moving Past, their second independent release, is fully fan-funded. In keeping with the album title’s theme (and the band’s keen sense of having fun), an all-ages album release party and video shoot will be held at the Orbit Skate Center in Chicago on November 3, 2013. The band plans to set-up in the middle of the rink and allow the skaters to circle them while performing. This is a band that cannot be stopped…and why would anyone want to?
RIYL: Mae, Anberlin, Fun., Jimmy Eat World
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Here’s a really nice video the band just released for “Bye Bye Love”, which was written by lead singer Dan about his daughter (awww):
Contact me for a download link if you’re a radio rep!