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Actual Pain from Good Charlotte

New Single from the Alt-Rock Legends

We got our ragtag group of music reviewers, The Union of Dunces back to listen to the new offering from Good Charlotte, “Actual Pain.”  The band has begun to fade from the rock scene over the past five years after the marginally received Your Authority.  They are about to release their seventh studio album Generation Rx and our crew was anxious to see what we had in store…

Generation Rx hits the streets on September 14th, and we will be waiting to check it out, as this band has certainly earned the right for another chance…

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Fan’s Warped Tour – Lineup

While attending the Van’s Warped Tour national lineup reveal early this week, I realized how this legendary tour has truly grown into  a Fan-focused event for the dedicated, passionate members of the Warped Tour family. So, for this article, we’ll take a quick look at the “Fan’s Warped Tour.”

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Vans Warped Tour Announces Lineup in O-Town

Local rock fans were treated to a special announcement Tuesday evening when the 2016 Vans Warped Tour lineup was revealed right here in Winter Park at Full Sail University. The event, hosted by iconic promoter, Kevin Lyman, was quite the spectacle and one hell of an exciting way to reveal this year’s powerful and diverse line-up.

Kevin Lyman with 3Oh3!'s Nathaniel Motte
Kevin Lyman with 3Oh3!’s Nathaniel Motte introducing the acts.

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3PM Album Review

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3PM – Slow Me Down Album Review

Reading this Baltimore trio’s bio, I was intrigued by their comparisons to Blink 182, Green Day and Yellowcard, three bands that I have always enjoyed. However, listening to Slow Me Down, the band I kept reminiscing about was Good Charlotte.

It’s puzzling why 3PM doesn’t make the same connection, as aside from the musical content, there are many similarities, including the fact that both are Eastern Maryland bands playing pop punk from the perspectives of young adults. Good Charlotte got a lot of crap in some circles for selling out; to me, that’s bullshit, they were what they were, talented young punks with a propensity to write songs that were catchy as hell. The fact that they sold a ton of records to pre-puscents was just icing on the Sweet 16 birthday cake.

This album, Slow Me Down, has the same kind of potential. The album offers good, likeable pop with a punk edge. The music might be a bit more guitar centric, but that’s just fine by me. The lyrics are a bit cheerier, and not as poignant as their brethren from The Old Line State, but still catchy.

Scott Montgomery’s guitar work is the highlight of Slow Me Down beginning immediately with the very first notes off of the first track “Something New.” Montgomery’s excellent guitar work also dominates “Lazer Tag” and carries “All Caught Up.” Brandon Millman’s drumming is solid and pulls the music together well. Unfortunately, Brendan Starks bass disappears in the mix, and is one big difference from the music of Good Charlotte, where Paul Thomas offered up killer bass in a prominent role.  Starks’ vocals are solid and likeable, but might almost be too likeable, if you know what I mean?

The best tracks: “All Caught Up,” which could easily be a huge anthemic hit with young rockers, “Moving Day” a catchy rocker, “At Least I Tried” and the aforementioned “Something New.”

The album, produced earlier this year by Paul Leavitt (All Time Low), is the band’s second, and clearly shows their potential. As a young trio, I expect they’ll continue to grow, and if I had my choice, wouldn’t mind seeing them mimic some of the efforts of their Maryland pop punk predecessors.

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Rock On!