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Pulley’s The Golden Life Delivers Modern Day Anthems

“Align the Planets” first starts as a subdued, even spiritual melody, until the :46 mark. At that point the break takes us into a new direction, both musically and philosophically. Reminiscent of classic Bad Religion, the alignment of the universe becomes a question of balancing the proverbial angel and devil that sits on our moral shoulders. The stand out song on Pulley’s newest release, The Golden Life, released Friday, May 13, “Align the Planets” balances vulnerability with aggression, a balance that most can relate to.

 

The thread that weaves The Golden Life together is that the music is rooted in old school sound while delivering modern day anthems. Every track hints at a heavy influence of vocalist Greg Graffin of Bad Religion, as Pulley frontman Scott Radinsky narrates the story of this twelve song album. Each song has its own direction and unique narrative, yet the riffs and vocals stay consistent, creating a signature sound for this SoCal band.

 

The evolution of modern music is the grandest illusion. Everything old is new again and the timeline between 1994, 2022, and even the 1970s is fluid and ever growing and changing. The beauty is that today’s audience can explore the hybrid rhythms and rebellious lyrics without labels or the pressures to conform to one group or one style. Just look around. Green hair and a lip piercing no longer stigmatizes a person or slaps them with the judgment of a disapproving crowd. At the same time, the forty-somethings can rock out to “You’ll be Lonely Someday”, and even take a trip back in time to the golden glory days of skateboarding with three minutes of vintage footage of a time when all that mattered was music, mayhem, and mixtapes.

 

Give Pulley’s newest a spin and be transported against the grain to a musical journey through mental health, self-reflection, and the magic of angst blaring through some strings, drumsticks, and a microphone. Scott Radinsky on Vocals, Mike Harder on Guitar, Trey Clinesmith on Guitar, Tyler Rebbe on Bass, and Sean Sellers on Drums, were able to channel the uncertainty of the pandemic into an opportunity to create music and deliver an album that is solid. 

 

Pulley’s recent album The Golden Life was released on Friday, May 13, 2022 via SBAM records. The European tour kicks off May 18th in Valencia, Spain, with none other than Bad Religion on some dates and featuring Pennywise or Punk in Drublic on others.

 

Dallas J.
Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast Contributor

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO PREMIERE: Weatherworn “Last Rites”

Weatherworn’s “Last Rites” Official Music Video is the first release of a three-part video series directed by Rory McAllister. It was scripted in collaboration of Weatherworn and McAllister to support the band’s 2021 album Postcards. Weatherworn’Postcards is a tale of grievance, reflection, and acceptance; a continuation of life after death within both matter and memories. The journey begins here.

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#215: The Aquadolls

This is a monumental episode of Pop-Punk & Pizza! Why you ask? Because we had vegan pizza for the very first time! The Aquadolls from southern California are all about rockin’ the vegan lifestyle. So, I made sure to order an all vegan pan pizza from Kitchen 17 in Chicago. It was incredibly tasty and I’ve been dreaming about it ever since. This was recorded before The Aquadolls show at Beat Kitchen in Chicago on Sunday, April 3rd. You can catch them on tour this summer with Incubus and Sublime with Rome July 24th through September 3rd! Get your tickets at the-aquadolls.com/tour

This episode of Pop-Punk & Pizza is sponsored by Austrian pop punk band, Here For A Reason, and their new album, Blank Slate, available now on all streaming platforms.

Much Love,

Jacques LaMore

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#214: 10 Songs for April 2022

In no particular order, here’s 10 songs I think you should give a listen to in April 2022: 

  1. “Perfect Place” – Here For A Reason 
  2. “Wishing Well” – Further North 
  3. “SEA to EWR” – Living With A Bear 
  4. “I Only Do Push Ups When I’m Drunk (Drinking Lonely) – Good Hangs 
  5. “I’m Not Listening” – Promise Game 
  6. “Sugar” – Highwind
  7. “Well Enough” – Glory Days 
  8. “Nosedive” – The Timberline 
  9. “ITYILY” – Whimzi 
  10. “Family Man” – LOVEBREAKERS 

Make sure you vote for your favorite song in the Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast Facebook group. The song with the most votes stays on our Spotify playlist for another month! The song with the most votes from March’s episode was, “She’s From Chicago” by The Losers Club. So it’s staying on our playlist for the month of April as well!

Want your band to be possibly featured on a future 10 songs episode? Email an mp3 or wav of the song you want to be considered, a bio, press photo, and logo to: 10songsepisodes@gmail.com.

 

Much Love,

Jacques LaMore

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#213: The Dollyrots

Several Pop-Punk & Pizza listeners have requested The Dollyrots to be guests on the show over the years. It’s about time we made it happen for you! Kelly Ogden and Luis Cabezas were able to get their favorite pizza place in Tampa, FL, Lee’s Grocery, to open up early just for this episode recording. I chose to have one of my local favorites as well, Chicago Dough Company, in Bourbonnais, IL.

It was so much fun chowing down on delicious pizza while talking about their latest release, “Down The Rabbit Hole”, which is out now through Wicked Cool Records. The Dollyrots are also currently on tour in the United Kingdom with good friends Bowling For Soup and LIT through April 23rd. Click here for dates!

Much Love,

Jacques LaMore

EXCLUSIVE: Hear clip of ”Shooting Star” SK8 Ft. Sum 41 before 4/8/22!

Alternative artist, SK8, is set to release his debut record, Last Day On Earth, this Friday, April 8th via Atlantic Records. SK8 gives us an exclusive listen to a clip of his unreleased song, “Shooting Star”, featuring Sum 41, on this episode of Pop-Punk & Pizza.

Follow SK8:

IG – @realsk8

Twitter – @therealsk8

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/SK8

I can’t get that hook out of my head. Thanks for sharing, SK8!

Much Love,

Jacques LaMore

#211: Peter James – Manic Kat Records

How Peter James went from playing multiple Vans Warped Tours in Reflective Insight to starting Manic Kat Records in 2014. You might be familiar with some of the label’s artists like Neverlyn and Right On, Kid. We’ve played songs from both of those bands on Pop-Punk & Pizza. There are some pretty cool things happening at Manic Kat right now. Including the launch of their own mobile app and streaming service, PunkHub Live! Thanks for your time, Pete!

 

Much Love,

Jacques LaMore

#210: Glimmers

Before the pandemic began, Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast would occasionally bring pizza to bands touring through Chicago and have a fun conversation together. My goal was to do as many of these as possible. For the first time since 2019, we were FINALLY able to make this start happening again! On March 6th, I sat down and shared some Lou Malnati’s (Chicago’s Legendary Deep Dish) with Glimmers at Cobra Lounge in Chicago. I had the pleasure of talking with Glimmer’s lead vocalist, Maggie Schneider, virtually on the podcast in 2021. This time, we are joined by the whole band! Maggie, Ari, Jeremy, Alex, and Alex. It was their first time playing in Chicago as well. I was happy that we were able to give them a proper welcome. Thanks for being on the podcast!

Much Love,

Jacques LaMore

P.S. Shout out to our awesome intern, Nathan Burns, for helping assist in recording and editing this episode!

#209: 10 Songs for March 2022

In no particular order, here’s 10 songs I think you should give a listen to in March 2022:

1. “Losing Grip” – Lake Mosaic

2. “Lucy” – Cleveland Avenue

3. “Hands On Deck” – Violet Riot

4. “One More Parade” – Sgt. Scagnetti

5. “A Walk In The Park” – Hazel The Nut

6. “So Far Away” – Homeplate

7. “Cry Baby” – The Aquadolls

8. “Accidentally In Love” – Nearly Spent

9. “Break Up” – Suckerpunch!

10. “She’s From Chicago” – The Losers Club

Make sure you vote for your favorite song in the Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast Facebook group. The song with the most votes stays on our Spotify playlist for another month! The song with the most votes from February’s episode was, “F’d Up And Lonely” by TLB. So it’s staying on our playlist for the month of March as well!

Want your band to be possibly featured on a future 10 songs episode? Email an mp3 of the song you want to be considered, a bio, press photo, and logo to: 10songsepisodes@gmail.com.

Much Love,

Jacques LaMore

#208: Casey Cavaliere

Casey Cavaliere is primarily known for being a guitarist and one of the founding members of The Wonder Years. However, Casey is much more than The Wonder Years. Outside of the band, he spends a majority of his time producing music at True Level Studio in New Jersey and recording episodes of his podcast, The Record Process. Casey co-hosts the podcast with studio partner, Tom Conran, and just started releasing new episodes for their second season.

Get in touch with Casey at caseycavaliere.com.

Find episode of The Record Process.

As for The Wonder Years, they are currently touring the United States through March 25th, 2022 to celebrate the 10th Anniversaries of their albums, “The Upsides”, and “Suburbia I’ve Given You All And Now I’m Nothing”. FIND TICKETS HERE.

Much Love,

Jacques LaMore

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