Breathe Carolina release “Bang it Out” music video featuring Karmin

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The guys in Breathe Carolina have released a new music video for their single “Bang it Out” featuring Karmin. The song comes from their recent album Savages and is the second official video to be released from the album, following “Sellouts”. Take a look at the Drew Russ-directed music video below:

What is your favorite song from Savages? Let us know in the replies!

Posted by Kiel Hauck

Review: Breathe Carolina – Savages

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After 2011’s Hell is What You Make it and the explosion of lead single “Blackout”, it appeared that Breathe Carolina were on the brink of stardom. Having abandoned their early electronica/screamo sound in favor of straight-up synth-laced pop, the duo landed a major record deal with Columbia and were primed for a crossover.

By 2013, Breathe Carolina had already walked away from the label due to an apparent disagreement over creative control. Later in the year, founding member Kyle Evan left the band, leaving David Schmitt as the sole original member.

Now, nearly three years after their near-breakthrough, Breathe Carolina (now comprised of Schmitt and a new backing band) are back to their original home of Fearless Records and have released Savages, a peculiar follow-up, to be sure.

Savages prides itself in its EDM influences, but at its core, it’s a summer pop record with a few oddly placed curveballs. At its best, the album begs for radio play with its infectious dance-pop sound. “Bang it Out” is case-in-point – a fittingly shameless, slightly sultry dance track that features none other than mindless pop poster children, Karmin.

It’s these moments that allow the listener to roll down the window, turn up the stereo and let the pulsing synth, womping bassline and catchy hook sing the sounds of summer. For better or worse, this is where Breathe Carolina excels and is the sole reason for their near-mainstream breakthrough.

However, with every dose of sugar provided by Savages, there’s a heavy-handed helping of sobering salt. On “Sellouts”, Schmitt decides to take issue with fans who long for the “good ol’ days”, going full metalcore with the help of Asking Alexandria screamer Danny Worsnop. There’s a clear sneer implied as Schmitt sings “You’re fascinated with the old me / And I bet you hate it when we don’t scream / You’re stuck in the past and I’m not looking back”.

We get the irony. The reasons requiring this indiscreet moment remain unclear, but one thing’s for certain – David Schmitt and the rest of Breathe Carolina don’t care what you or some major label executive think. They’re going to do whatever they want, thank you very much.

That’s all good and well and perfectly within an artist’s right. But why muddy the clean water for the sake of sarcasm or statement? The truth is, so much of Savages is right within Breathe Carolina’s wheelhouse that any good swing could produce a hit. Opener “Bury Me” is catchy as hell, while “Shots Fired” weaves a slower beat without losing any movement. “Shadows” is a refreshingly dark and painful track juxtaposed by its pulsing tempo.

Others songs sound lazy and uninspired. “Chasing Hearts” relies far too much on the vocals and R&B vibe of Tyler Carter. The album’s title track flashes moments of promise before becoming too convoluted, often sounding more engaging during the brief music-only interludes. Other tracks flirt with a pleasing dance-pop vibe before retreating from accessibility, seemingly for the sake of experimentation.

If Schmitt’s statement on Savages is that he doesn’t feel a need to please anyone but himself, he may have done just that. All in all, the album has a few bright spots that highlight the group’s affinity for crafting catchy pop songs while remaining stubbornly unwilling to embrace that very knack.

That is to say, Savages sounds very much like a Breathe Carolina album. Pick out a few of the bangers and skip the rest. As long as the group chooses to keep eager listeners at an arm’s distance, this is likely the best we’ll get.

2.5/5

by Kiel Hauck

kiel_hauckKiel Hauck is the editor in chief at It’s All Dead. Over the past decade, he has been a contributor for multiple online and print publications and was most recently an editor at PopMatters. Kiel currently resides in Indianapolis, IN with his wife and their imaginary pet, Hand Dog. You can follow him on Twitter.

Breathe Carolina share “We Are Savages” tour video

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Breathe Carolina recently wrapped up their We Are Savages headlining tour. Below you can check out a video featuring footage from the tour along with clips to a few new songs titled “Mistakes” and “Collide” from their upcoming album Savages.

Savages is set to release April 15 on Fearless Records. You can preorder the album on iTunes.

What is your favorite song released from Savages thus far? Share your thoughts in the replies!

Posted by Kiel Hauck

Breathe Carolina stream new song “Bang it Out” featuring Karmin

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Breathe Carolina has released a new song from their upcoming album Savages, titled “Bang it Out”. The song features pop duo Karmin. You can listen to the song below:

Savages is set to drop April 15 on Fearless Records. You can preorder the album on iTunes.

What are your thoughts on the songs from Savages that have been released so far? Tell us your thoughts in the replies!

Posted by Kiel Hauck

Thursday Spotlight: Ghost Town

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If your day is starting to get you a little down and you find yourself needing a pick-me-up, look no further than Ghost Town. The electronic pop rockers have enjoyed a rapid rise to internet fame thanks to the wonders of social media and inked a deal with hit-powerhouse Fueled By Ramen in 2013. In November, they dropped their official full-length debut Party in the Graveyard.

With pulsing synths, some sweet guitar riffs and some pop behind the drum kit, Ghost Town is about as close as you can come to a party in your ears. Think the best dance sounds of Breathe Carolina crossed with the aggression of I See Stars and the pop sensibilities of Fall Out Boy and you’re getting close to capturing the odd, yet undeniably catchy sounds of Ghost Town.

Want a taste of what you can expect? Don’t be scared – Check out single “You’re So Creepy” below:

If you like what you hear, you can pick up Party in the Graveyard on iTunes.

You can currently catch the band on the Savages tour with Breathe Carolina. Check out dates and snag tickets here.

Posted by Kiel Hauck

Breathe Carolina release “Sellout” music video ft. Danny Worsnop

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Breathe Carolina has released a new music video for their song “Sellout”, featuring Danny Worsnop of Asking Alexandria. The song is from their upcoming album Savages, which releases April 15 on Fearless Records. Watch the video below:

Excited for the album? Be sure to preorder Savages on the band’s website.

Posted by Kiel Hauck

Breathe Carolina streams new song titled “Savages”

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Breathe Carolina is currently streaming a new track titled “Savages”, which you can check out below:

“Savages” is the first single to be released from their upcoming album of the same name, due out in early 2014. This is the first song released by the band since the departure of Kyle Evan was announced last month. You can purchase the new song on iTunes.