Author: Brandon J.

I am 38 years old living in Orange County, CA. with my wife and 3 children. I enjoy living a life for God, Family, passionate music, the ocean, the mountains, gardening, and working in the Machining industry (Real Job). I founded this site in July of 2000 and love the community we have here.

April 26, 2017

Sef Idle (False Idle) Posts 3 New Covers

Sef Idle of the band False Idle has been releasing a collection of “cover songs” through his YouTube page and they are actually really good. Recorded in his own Simpul Studio, you can find recent covers from Jimmy Eat World (Sweetness), Green Day (Christie Road), and NOFX (Bob). I believe more are on the way so stay tuned. Check out the playlist below to check out all these fine covers and make sure to make your suggestions to him for what to cover next right here.

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April 22, 2017

Brandon CD Collection For Sale

I am seriously considering selling off my CD collection. I am interested in selling in bulk and not by individual one by one CDs. Groups of 25 CDs or more would be preferable. I have a lot more indie titles and other CDs that didn’t scan in through my app I use. Continued →

April 21, 2017

Five Iron Frenzy "Our Newest Album Ever" and Switchfoot "Hello Hurricane" Vinyl Pre-Orders at SMLXL Vinyl

Update: The “Red Smoke” FIF Vinyl of “Our Newest Album Ever” is now sold out. SMLXL Vinyl is on a roll lately with their fantastic vinyl releases. Today it has been announced that Five Iron Frenzy’s 2nd full length “Our Newest Album Ever” which released in fall of 1997 on 5 Minute Walk Records and includes my favorite song of all time, “Every New Day”, as well hits like “Handbook for the Sellout”, “Blue Comb 78”, “Banner Year”, “Oh Canada”, and “Most Likely to Succeed” is getting the vinyl treatment for the first time. Continued →

April 20, 2017

April 18, 2017

Punk Never Dies Vol. 3 Coming in September

Finally after years and years off (4 years) I feel it is time to do another “Punk Never Dies” Compilation via Indie Vision Music. I am currently seeking faith based punk bands of various shapes and sizes (and sub genres) to contribute to this insanely awesome new compilation, “Punk Never Dies 3”. If you know any independent bands looking for exposure or even signed bands who want to their tracks noticed, please send them my way. You can email me a brief introduction to your band, along with a link to your song (please don’t email me wav files unless they are on dropbox) brandon.jones[at]indievisionmusic.com is the email to send stuff to. Please try to have a nice recording and no bedroom/bathroom home demos lol. Listen/Download the last two Punk Never Dies comps and feel free to download for free. Continued →

Cross-Check Release New Album "Drop The Gloves" Through Thumper Punk

Thumper Punk Records is thrilled to announce the release of “Drop The Gloves”, the high energy hardcore punk release from Los Angeles area band Cross-Check. Brash, outspoken, and obnoxious. Cross-Check is a band with something to say, and the musical talent to keep the listener blissfully riveted to their stereo speakers. Be prepared to drop the gloves, throw hands, and be thoroughly exhilarated by this 13 song epic musical journey. Read below for the track listing and other info. Continued →

Mayfly Call it Quits

Sad news to report to you today. The quickly rising numetal/rock band Mayfly, have unfortunately called it quits. This was a band on the rise and had so much potential but I guess sometimes good stories have to meet their end. I wish all the guys the best and hope that vocalist/guitarist will continue making music in some capacity because he had a killer voice.
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April 17, 2017

April 16, 2017

He Is Risen!

Without the resurrection of our Lord Jesus, Christianity would essentially become just another fun yet pointless social group to hang out in. Thankfully He Is Risen. What does Easter mean to you? Happy Easter everyone! Continued →

April 13, 2017

Punk Never Dies - No Really, It Doesn't

Punk Never Dies, no really it doesn’t. We are led to believe that the flavor of the month is heavy metalcore/djent/hardcore/etc. and we know every little “Christian” label is pushing that stuff. I do love a lot of those bands but my passion has always been on the punk rock side of things. I never understand why the punk purists were so slow to embrace the poppier side and how come no independent (or major) labels have signed bands like this in the past decade. I call it fear of the commercial sound wrecking punk cred and for that I say, who cares? Now the genre alone is filled with a lot of sub-genres and spin offs, enough to make fans scratch their heads in disbelief (really, it’s okay folks, don’t be afraid). There are the hardcore “punk” fans that trash the poppier stuff and the poppier fans that snub their nose at the tough guys. Me, I’m somewhat in the middle of it all. There is wide range of bands out there many of which play without any “Faith” ties meaning it’s “general market” stuff (yeah you know what I mean). I’ve found myself listening to a majority of those bands over the past several years and always wondered why there isn’t a variety of “Christian” artists making stuff comparable if not better than their peers. Mixing my love of independent music with the onset of the coming punk rock storm, I’ve devised a top secret plan to take over the world. Okay, not really and I’m only dreaming (wishful thinking), but really, isn’t it time for a comeback of sorts? In terms of fan appreciation, the genre never died. Much like “Ska” in the late 90’s/00’s, it didn’t die, it just went underground to be consumed by the fans who truly understood the music for what it is. As much as I appreciate the heavier music bands, there is a place and time for pop-punk/punk rock and that time is now. So what exactly am I getting at? Well the purpose of this little write up is to share with you some of the bands I enjoy that are in the independent realm playing punk rock (and all associated sub-genres), plus all those “classics”. Read more, below. Continued →

April 12, 2017

April 11, 2017

New 3 Song Acoustic Ep From Jimmy Sisco (Absolved / Platoon 1107)

Today is the release of Jimmy Sisco’s contribution to the 3 Song Acoustic EP series. As the singer/guitarist/songwriter for ABSOLVED and Platoon 1107, Jimmy has released some of the biggest, most aggressive music on Thumper Punk Records. For his 3 Song Acoustic EP, the music is delicate, balanced and soulful, with one track of 70s era folk and two readings of Old Testament scripture over ambient backgrounds. Continued →

April 10, 2017

Introducing: Paperweight

I’m proud to announce and introduce you to the new version of the band Paperweight. Zack McKim formerly of the band Take It Back! has joined Paperweight as their new lead vocalist. The melodic punk/hardcore band is currently working on new songs in the studio and will release something later this year. Follow them on facebook here and you can check out a few live videos on their page.
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April 8, 2017

Introducing: The Death In Me

I’m bringing you another new band to check out on this very heavy (metal) Saturday and they are called The Death In Me. The band comes from Raleigh, NC. and they play a furious combination of melodic metalcore and chaos. The band’s debut full length “An Appeal to Heaven” will release on Easter. You can purchase the album and other merch direct from the band here. Check out the music video for their debut song “Evergreen” below and download it for free via NoiseTrade.

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Introducing: Common and Creator

Check out the music of Common and Creator. They are an independent progressive metalcore band from Tucson, Arizona. They released their 6 song ep “The Narrow” last October. If you like the music of Between the Buried and Me, August Burns Red, Impending Doom, For Today, and Periphery you’ll probably dig this band. Pick up their ep direct from bandcamp, below. [Thanks Shadi for the links]
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April 7, 2017

April 5, 2017