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UTG PHOTOS: Bled Fest in Howell, MI (5/23/15)

Under The Gun Review sent photographer, Benjamin Howell, to cover Big Love’s Education Festival on May 23, 2015 in Howell, MI.

Scattered throughout the Hartland Performing Arts Center in Howell, MI is one of the most exciting and engaging annual music festivals Michigan has to offer. With over 70 bands playing in a ten-hour period on five different stages, Bled Fest offers one of the most intimate and intense concert experiences for both fans and press alike.

No photo pits, no guard rails, and limited security interaction allows fans to get up close and personal with their favorite artists. As …

'Summer Bones'

Listen to Hit The Lights’ New Album, ‘Summer Bones’

Following the release of several solid singles, Ohio’s Hit The Lights have begun streaming their highly anticipated new album, Summer Bones. Check it out after the break and let us know if you’re a fan in the replies.

A follow-up to 2012’s Invicta, the outfit’s latest offering is set to hit shelves this coming Tuesday, March 24, through Pure Noise Records. Pre-order it here.

In a few weeks, HTL will join Cartel on the ‘Chroma Ten-Year Anniversary Tour,’ after which they will kick off a headliner of their own. For a full list …

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Listen To Hit The Lights’ New Single, “No Filter”

After a rocky couple of years due to record label-related conflicts, Ohio pop-punk outfit Hit The Lights are slowly coming back into the swing of things. The band announced earlier last year that they have joined the Pure Noise Records family and that they will be releasing a new full-length record fairly soon. That time has come and the beloved five-piece is finally scheduled to release the new record, entitled Summer Bones, on March 24.

Today the band is excited to bring us “No Filter,” a killer, in-your-face, lyrical-diss-track for what appears to be a former lover. The new …

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Hit The Lights Share New Track, “The Real”

Hit The Lights are pop-punk veterans in their own right as they’ve released relentless, catchy records that warrant countless playthroughs from listeners. This looks to be a continued trend with their latest album, Summer Bones, slated for release on March 24 via Pure Noise Records.

After sharing “Fucked Up Kids” as the first glimpse to the new album, the band has released another song called “The Real.” With nostalgic feels of Skip School Start Fights mixed with Invicta‘s evolutionary aspects, this album is shaping up to be the pop-punk album fans have been waiting for from …


Cartel Announce ‘Chroma’ Ten-Year Anniversary Tour

Hold on to your hats, kids. Chroma, Cartel‘s debut record and one of the most important pop-punk records to date, is celebrating its ten-year anniversary with all of us this spring. The band has just announced that they will be embarking on a full U.S. tour (and playing one U.K. show after) in celebration of the important milestone.

The tour will begin promptly after Cartel’s appearance at the South By So What?! music festival at the end of March. Hit The Lights, TEAM, and Driver Friendly will be providing support for the entire tour. All the …

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Hit The Lights Stream New Single, “Fucked Up Kids”

Earlier today, Ohio’s Hit The Lights joined forces with Alternative Press to share the first single off their highly anticipated album, Summer Bones. Experience “Fucked Up Kids” by following the jump below, and let us know what you think in the replies.

“’Fucked Up Kids’ is inspired by the fear older generations tend to have of a younger generation that they can’t understand or relate to,” vocalist Nick Thompson told AP. “That same younger generation recycles that fear onto the next and causes these ideological rifts between us. We end up with this weird tug-of-war with each generation claiming …


Hit The Lights Announce New Album, ‘Summer Bones’

Hit The Lights are starting off 2015 with the release of their new record, Summer Bones.

This Pure Noise Records band will be dropping their newest album on March 24, along with a new song and pre-orders this Thursday.

Hit The Lights will be touring shortly with Motion City Soundtrack this month and again in the UK in March to promote Summer Bones. 

Head over to Hit The Lights’ Facebook for more information and updates on their new album.

Check out the official album announcement below.

Pure Noise Records

State Champs, Senses Fail & More To Release New Music Through Pure Noise Records In 2015

​If you are a fan of Pure Noise Records, then you have an exciting year ahead of you. The label has confirmed a slew of album releases slated for 2015 as well as a major UK tour.

We can expect to see full-length albums from Hit The Lights, Four Year Strong, The Story So Far, Senses Fail, and State Champs​. So far there aren’t any official release dates on those albums, but we hope to hear more details soon. Be sure to keep an eye out for additional information in the upcoming months.

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Pure Noise Records Announce 2015 UK Tour

Pure Noise Records are sending a select group of artists to rock the British Isles in March of 2015 as part of another showcase tour.

The new tour features heavyweights Four Year Strong, plus support from Hit The Lights and up-and-coming pop-punk group Forever Came Calling. Local support will also be provided by UK band, Light You Up.

The tour kicks off on March 20 and continues for ten total dates, landing everywhere from London to Leeds. You can view the full list of dates and ticket information at the link below:


Check Out Metallica Playing Career-Spanning Hits On ‘The Late Late Show’

As you may or may not know, Metallica performed all last week on Craig Ferguson’s The Late Late Show. The band performed different songs each night, in promotion of their Some Kind Of Monster 10th anniversary re-release, which is out on Blu-ray this Tuesday.

Billboard has compiled some video of the week-long residence, including footage of “For Whom The Bell Tolls,” “Hit The Lights,” and “Fuel.” It’s kind of strange that Some Kind Of Monster is already ten years old and “Fuel,” which is often referred to as a part of the “New Metallica” era, is almost eighteen years …

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Hit The Lights Sign To Pure Noise Records

Earlier this morning, Hit the Lights officially announced that they are now a part of the Pure Noise Records family, and additionally will be releasing a new album later this year. It will act as a follow-up to 2012’s Invicta.

In the coming months, the four-piece will be kicking off the Skip School, Start Fights Tour with the help of Major League, Light Years, Brigades, and July. For a full list of dates, click through the jump below.

Hit the Lights have shown their impressive chops for writing catchy hooks  more times than I can count, and …

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Hit The Lights Stream Unreleased Track

Hit the Lights are streaming a previously unreleased song called “Alone But Not Lonely,” and you can hear it after the break. The song was recorded between the band’s full-lengths, Skip School, Start Fights and Invicta. It’s an upbeat tune similar to vintage Hit the Lights material as well as more recent contributors to the pop punk scene, such as Major League and City Lights.

Speaking of vintage Hit the Lights material, the Ohio band will be playing Skip School, Start Fights in its entirety at the Glamour Kills holiday show on January 3 in New York City. Also …