Review: Pity Sex / Adventures split

by Andrew Parker

(released 10/07/14 on Run For Cover)

(released 10/07/14 on Run For Cover)

It is hard to think of two bands that complement each other better than Pity Sex and Adventures. With their proclivities toward duets and mixed vocals, and blending their styles from fuzzed-out emo pop to heavier post-hardcore, they create a uniquely enjoyable final product. Each band offers an original song and a cover, serving as a nod to their current sounds and their late eighties inspirations from the alternative and hardcore scenes.

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Hostage Calm have Died On Stage: Breakup Announced

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It’s a sad time to be young, knowing the worst has just begun.

Today is a day of endings, it seems. Yesterday, it was announced that Hostage Calm, a band beloved in their home state of Connecticut and rapidly rising beyond, had dropped off the bill in the midst of their nationwide tour with Citizen. After an evening of silence, they announced the band would no longer continue.

Read the statement from their website below:

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Morrissey reveals struggles with cancer

by Andrew Parker

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Irish-blooded, English-hearted singer Morrissey has revealed that the source of his ongoing health issues is actually an underlying cancer. He has cancelled various shows in the past few years, including almost his entire North American tour. These cancellations were previously attributed to Barrett’s esophagus (a pre-cancerous condition) and pneumonia (likely a result of a weakened immune system).

Morrissey,┬áin his typical self-deprecating style, has taken this with a profoundly brave – or inconsequential – attitude (“If I die, then I die. And if I don’t, then I don’t … I’m not going to worry about that, I’ll rest when I’m dead,” he reportedly said). This illness does put his recent and highly successful Autobiography in a new light. Though the former Smiths frontman may require a respite from touring and recording so as to aid his recovery, he may continue his creative output in the form of a novel reportedly in the works.

I speak for everyone at Abandon Hip when I wish Morrissey a speedy recovery and a heartfelt thanks for all the songs that saved our lives.

Review: Single Mothers – Negative Qualities

by Andrew Parker

(released 10/07/14 on Dine Alone/Hot Charity)

(released 10/07/14 on Dine Alone/Hot Charity)

The Great White North can be full of surprises. Contrary to popular belief, none of them are especially polite. Demonstrating such, after a solid three years since their last release, London, Ontario-based Single Mothers have come roaring back with their new album Negative Qualities.

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