State In The Real – Penn State Music Scene

Author - Ryan

Finch to Play Classic Album in Full at The Electric Factory














Post-hardcore band Finch has been teasing fans in the past months by creating social media accounts, posting old live videos of them, and ultimately saying that the band is not dead after a 5 year hiatus. Most recently, the band has announced a couple of shows in the United States and the UK to play their classic album “What It Is To Burn” in its entirety at these shows to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of the release. One of the venues announced is the Electric Factory in Philadelphia on March 15 which is right around corner from St Patrick’s Day. Tickets go on sale at noon today and if I were you and want to hear a band that revolutionized post-hardcore (at least in my opinion), I highly suggest you attend this show!

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Bayside Covers Billy Joel's "Movin' Out"

Bayside, alternative/emo rockers from Queens, New York, released a cover version of Billy Joel’s famed song “Movin’ Out.”  The song will be featured on their EP entitled Covers Vol. 1 that will drop on October 23. The EP will consist of covers from Billy Joel, Elvis Costello, and other artists that the band listened to when they were growing up so the EP is a homage to those musicians. You can catch them open up for Taking Back Sunday, who recently played for PSU Homecoming, this coming October/November. Check the track out below before you get a heart attack ack ack ack!

New Album Stream of "Vital" by Anberlin











Alternative quintet Anberlin have made their latest LP effort Vital available for streaming through Los Angeles radio station KROQ’s website. This album is believed to be the best material the band has recorded in the span of their musical career, and incorporates an electronic sound into their already aggressive tone that they have developed from album to album. The album will be available for purchase on Tuesday, 10/16, so check the stream out before it drops. Believe me, it will be worth the $9.99 you spend on this masterpiece of an album! Access the Vital stream by clicking HERE!


The Early November Release "In Currents" Video

Indie-emo veterans The Early November have released a video for the title track of their album In Currents.  The video is filled with chandeliers, lighting up the room when the chorus kicks in.  In Currents was released in July, after a four year hiatus that brought The Early November back into the scene where musicianship and songwriting are taken from a “DIY approach.” Check the video out below, listen to the record, and rejoice in The Early November’s comeback!

Balance & Composure Release "Quake" Video

Indie rockers Balance & Composure, out of Doylestown, PA, have released a music video for their single “Quake” from their record Separation.  You may remember lead singer/guitarist Jon Simmons playing SPA’S Nooontime Series last spring at Penn State.  The video will “bury” you to listen to more of Balance’s music so be sure to check this band that is growing everyday.

Show Review: Circa Survive at Terminal 5

By: Ryan Kappy

When I go to a concert, I never know what to expect. What are the bands on the bill are going to be like? What is the crowd’s anticipation? How much the beer is going to be? These thoughts are always in my head when walking into the front doors of the venue at the beginning of the night. For the Circa Survive, Touche Amore, Balance & Composure, and O’Brother show, otherwise known as the Violent Waves tour, those assumptions would fall right into place as I thought they would.

The show took place at the famous Terminal 5 in New York City, where many other artists of past and present have graced the stage. The show was sold out with 3,000 attendees, all in high spirits, so the night was already a promising one at that. After admiring the venue, its three floors, and its multiple bars, I went to the second floor balcony to check out the first opener, O’Brother.  I have heard of this Atlanta quintet from the farewell tour of Thrice I had attended in May, but missed them, so it was good to catch them this time around.  The band played through a half-hour set of grungy, loud choruses and subtle verses, brimming with trippy guitar effects and powerful drum settings.  A special appearance from Andy Hull from Manchester Orchestra also made the set special. All of that signaled to me that this was a great start to the overall show.  Next up was Doylestown, PA’s Balance & Composure. For those of you who remember, Jon Simmons, lead singer and guitarist, played SPA’s Noontime Series back in April.  Right when the first note was played, the crowd started pushing towards the front and pit opened up.  I was in awe, for I have watched this band grow through the past two years and having that type of initial reaction caused the band to absolutely play perfect with no flaw.  The half hour set was filled with songs from their acclaimed debut album Separation that had both the band and crowd singing lyrics back and forth.  This started that anticipation of the crowd part I stated in the beginning in that the two bands after this would be in awe of the crowd at hand.


Balance & Composure

Next on the bill was post-hardcore outfit Touche Amore from Los Angeles, California.  Watching these guys was like watching a punk band from the 80’s since they sure had the energy of that moniker.  The band did not stop moving for the forty minute set which included numbers from both full length albums they have released including a piano number at the end to ease the crowd down.

Touche Amore

After a half hour wait, the main band that is Circa Survive took to the stage to an eruption of cheers and broke right into songs from their most recent effort Violent Waves.”  In the background, their set on stage included a forty glass mirror tron that changed different colors throughout the show and created this trippy aroma with the music at hand.  Also involved with props of the band were huge balloon balls that bounced everywhere in the venue as well confetti being blown into the air during epic parts of a certain song.  The band played songs throughout their catalogue including a Bjork cover that no one seemed to knew but singer Anthony Green stated that was “one of his favorite songs of all time.”  At this time, the sold out crowd was in absolute sync with the band and it seemed as if they had the whole crowd in the palm of their hands.  Once this show ended, I was in utter silence in not knowing what I saw throughout the night.  Four bands that can be classified on top of their musical “game” coming together for one amazing tour.