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Pentimento Giving Away Album After Legal Threats From Panic Records

Alt-rock pop-punk outfit Pentimento have been through a rough patch for the past few months, dealing with the ugly legal side of the music industry. On their website, the Buffalo-based band explains that they have been at battle with their former label Panic Records over the rights to their recordings and the release of their debut self-titled album. The label has issued a legal threat to the band as well as to their current label Paper + Plastick and their second distribution label Black Numbers. As a result, the band has been unable to set any specific release dates or have any physical copies pressed. Even worse, they have decided to part ways with their labels in order to protect them from legal action.

Today, Panic Records released a statement in response to this matter, which you can read on their Facebook page. The message basically points out that “there are two sides to every story,” claiming that the band are responsible for the initiation of this legal debacle.

While the situation is still unresolved, Pentimento still want to get their music out, so they have made their debut LP available online for free, with the humble option of donating to help them cover the costs of recording. If you would like to support them, click here to read their side of the story, check out their music, and consider offering a contribution.

If you like Pentimento, you might also like OurStage’s own Otenki.

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Punk On The Rocks: We Are The Union “Great Leaps Forward”

We Are The Union’s newest release Great Leaps Forward makes me want to dance. Well, maybe “dance” isn’t the right word. Great Leaps Forward makes me want to lace up my docs and launch myself off of an anonymous shoulder into a sea of people while pumping my fist in the air. Their second full-length release and their first full-length on Paper + Plastik Records, Great Leaps Forward definitely makes good on the band’s goal of changing the direction of modern ska music. The album combines the break-neck pace and attitude of Less than Jake‘s Pezcore with the melodies, social consciousness and progressive ska sounds of RX Bandits’ Progress to create one of the best ska-punk albums in recent memory.

“I can’t stop this freight train feeling” shouts the band on the third track “Rearranging Deck Chairs On The Titanic.” Indeed, Great Leaps Forward hits with all the force of a freight train and doesn’t let up for 14 tracks.

We Are The Union

Detriot, Michigan's We Are The Union

The music is intense, fast and loud with 10 of the album’s 14 tracks clocking in at under 3 minutes. The lyrics are insightful and uplifting, focusing on living your life to the fullest and keeping an open mind. Standout tracks include “What We Have Here, Is A Failure To Communicate,” “Glaring Teeth,” “Start Over Start Over” and album closer “Be Kind, Rewind,” which implores listeners “Don’t waste your last breath/ To ask for redemption/ Forgive yourself/ Reinvent salvation.” The album also features “Rearranging Deck Chairs On The Titanic,” “We Don’t Care If Yesterday Burns, Stoke Up The Fire,” and “Five Out Of Five Kids Who Kill Love Slayer” from the band’s Spring 2009 Paper + Plastik debut The Gun Show Must Go On EP.

If you’re looking for a ska-punk album to make you think and make you move, you can’t do much better than We Are The Union’s Great Leaps Forward.

We Are The Union is currently on tour with The Wonder Years and Such Gold. Great Leaps Forward is available in Mp3 format from iTunes and Amazon and on Vinyl and CD from Paper + Plastik Records.


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