Reaching into their back catalog, new Universal signees Anberlin have re-recorded and will be releasing â€œThe Feel Good Dragâ€ as the first single from their major label debut, due out September 30. The track originally appeared on their 2005 album â€œNever Take Friendship Personalâ€ (which has sold 150k albums to date). This decision is one that has been questioned by some fans who wonder why the band couldnâ€™t just record a new song that is just as good, or better than this older track. Weâ€™ve seen this plan of action work most successfully with the Plain White Tâ€™s release of â€œHey There Delilahâ€. Stephen Christian (Anberlinâ€™s frontman) claims the band chose to re-record the song because they didnâ€™t feel it received enough attention on their 2005 album. The question is, is this a good marketing decision? Does it merely come down to the strength of the song, or should questions of the label not having faith in a new song as a lead single be raised? Will it spark more interest in their older albums than the new one? Will Anberlin be the next Mae and see little success on a major?
Personally, I stand by the band and labelâ€™s decision to re-release this song as the first single because, in my opinion, it is the best song theyâ€™ve ever made and deserves a shot at mainstream radio. â€œThe Feel Good Dragâ€ impacts alternative radio on 8/19. Check out the clip here.
One-Hit Wonders: Maybe the aforementioned Plain White Tâ€™s should continue to reach back and grab some older tracks, because it does not sound like the new single will touch the success of â€˜Delilahâ€™, listen to â€œNatural Disasterâ€Â on their Myspace.
Young Buzz: With an appearance on TRL this past week, and the release of his new Yippee EP, the young Joplin, MO one-man-band Nevershoutnever! Is getting a lot of attention, and surely a good deal of friend requests. Makes me think of a younger version of Bryce Avery of the Rocket Summer.
Virginia emo pop/rock band My Favorite Highway should not remain unsigned for much longer after the release of the very strong â€œHow To Call a Bluffâ€. This release puts recent major label releases from Forever The Sickest Kids, Metro Station & Cobra Starship to shame (which wasnâ€™t too tough in the first place). Good songwriting, and plenty of radio ready tracks.
Tracks worth checking out:
People in Planes â€“ â€œMayday (Mâ€™aidez)â€
The Morning Of â€“ â€œReverieâ€Â (hereâ€™s one the kids will love)
Innerpartysystem â€“ â€œDonâ€™t Stopâ€Â (Thereâ€™s no excuse for this to not be a hit at alternative radio)
Soundcheck is written by Dallas who currently attends San Francisco State University and works on the Live 105 (KITS) Action Team.