The Hotelier and Run Forever are two of our favorite young bands, and we’re very excited to put both together for a new PropertyOfZack Playlist feature. Check out the Playlists below while listening to the songs on Spotify and reading everyone’s thoughts!
So, multiple times every tour we get talking about all the bands we grew up listening to or were in from MA. We feel pretty lucky that we got to have talented and tangible folks to see perform really challenging music and set a really high bar in performance. A lot of these bands we can look back at and laugh (a lot of the laughing done in surprise of how big of assholes the kids in the scene were), but still at the time were like the work of our peers that was pretty cool because no one really knew what they were doing.
Farewell Aurora – The Forgotten
Chris played in a screamo band when he was sophomore in high-school. It was a Vanna ripoff. Pretty sure they used a band-name generator. You can find some YouTube videos of them playing to like a real wild number of kids who know all the words. Kurt was in this band. He’s an important character in this playlist.
Second Half of The Season – Marie Antoinette
Sam wrote and played guitar for this straight-edge metal-core band that sounded like really old Underoath. Often abbreviated to xSHOTSx. This band deserves a Behind The Music special. This song has a breakdown that says “Let Them Eat Cake.” If you look up their purevolume page page you’ll find a really goofy looking promo and some really eff’d up songs.
Point of View – Summer’s Anthem
This was a straight-edge band that Chris sang in. I remember fights happening at every single one of their shows. They have a music video with a fight in it. Everyone’s first time playing their instrument was at this band’s first practice. Notable quote “Now that I’ve picked them up, I’ll never put these X’s down.”
Still We Sleep – Create.Demand.Supply.
This band was started by everyone in Farewell Aurora and then Christian on bass. All the songs were written by Kurt and it was kind of an Underoath ripoff. We played two shows and then broke up. Kids into metalcore usually think it’s good. We broke up and Chris and I started the Hotel Year.
Apparitions - Unrealestate
Apparitions was one of the first bands I (Chris) got to see that didn’t care to do what everybody else in our scene was doing at the time. it was the first of many great bands to come from this group of people. I still say it was years ahead of its time (circa 2006)
Morris! – Hey, See You In 1829
They were a pretty iconic band in the scene. They had a lot of last shows. Really solid pop-punk band at the time.
Looking For Bears – From The Atlantic To The China Pacific
Our friends Mike, Rob, Eric, and Burton started this sick band, released an EP and a full length, played two shows, then broke up. Sounded kind of like Bomb The Music Industry mixed with Zebrahead. They had California Love cover then Mike and Rob moved to Cali, hated it, then moved back. Rob now plays in Shambles and Burton plays in Save Ends and Born Without Bones. I always thought Mike D was a really good song writer.
Frogball – Couch Life
was the best joke band ever.
Cartesia – We Carry The Fire
This band was made up of the metal gods of our high-school and then Kurt, who was not a metal god. Ben is with us on this tour. He played guitar in this.
Holiday Traffic – GET UP! GET OUT!
Kurt from previous bands started this god awful Four Year Strong ripoff band. We listen to this sometimes for the funnys.
God & Country – And Where You Are Is Where You Are Not
Apparitions formed this after breaking up. It was pretty short lived but really awesome. It was ambient but in with the bitterness and disillusionment of Last Lights and Apparitions.
Last Lights – No Future (The Children’s Crusade)
One of the most influential bands on local MA bands. Dom from Apparitions and folk from Morris and Frogball. Lyrically, I would say, one of the most creative projects around. When Dom passed, the work he put it to the scene really showed as the shows slowed down. But yeah, never enough to be said about this project and all other projects Dom was involved in.
Title Fight - Where Am I?
I listen to this song a lot on tour. It’s about the constantly changing atmosphere that comes with being on the road while the people you care about are back home. I definitely get worn down sometimes and this song reminds me that feeling like that is ok. Touring has it’s up and downs and while most of the time it’s amazing there are times when you can feel really disconnected from your friends and family.
Pedro The Lion - Options
Control is the perfect record, there isn’t one bad song the whole way through. “Options” is my favorite because of the way it’s recorded and the amazing guitar part in the beginning, It’s such a brooding, dark song.
AA Bondy - Black Rain, Black Rain
When I start to get too stressed out about band stuff this song lets me step outside of the things that circle around in my head all day and focus on something else. It brings up memories of camping and traveling and endeavors that I don’t get to pursue as much with the amount of time I’ve chosen to focus on music. It gives me time to calm down and realize again that music will always be the only thing I want to do with my life.
Bright Eyes - If Winter Ends
This song is mostly nostalgic for me, my best friend and I used to listen to Letting Off The Happiness on repeat in my moms basement for hours. It’s crazy to me that some people will never understand the power that music has to shift a persons perspective. - Anthony
Hole - Doll Parts
The entirety of live through this is super nostalgic for me but this is the song that really takes me back to that confusing time of being a 12 or 13 year old girl, hanging out in my best friends room blasting this record and singing the songs together.