Dance Gavin Dance - Dance Gavin Dance
Dance Gavin Dance’s self-titled album (a.k.a. Death Star) was the first to feature vocalist Kurt Travis (Jonny Craig’s first replacement) and guitarist Zac Garren. It also was the last to feature co-frontman Jon Mess and bassist Eric Lodge, though they both returned to the band in 2010.
Emarosa - Relativity
After the first time Jonny Craig and Dance Gavin Dance parted ways, Craig served as Chris Roetter’s replacement in Emarosa. On their first record with Craig (and first proper full-length), they abandoned virtually all screamed vocals in favor of their soul-filled style that is a favorite in the the post-hardcore Subreddit to this day.
From First To Last - From First To Last
From First To Last’s self-titled album was their first record without frontman Skril... er, Sonny Moore. The highly criticized release was met with severe opposition, underselling the band’s previous LP, Heroine, by over 20,000 units. Time has been kind to this release though, and when viewed on its own merits , it’s quite enjoyable. “Two As One,” “We All Turn Back To Dust,” “I Once Was Lost…” and others are all notable, must-hear tracks.
In Aviate - 1985
In Aviate were one of Rise Records’ many bands that ended far too soon. The group’s second and final album, 1985, is a combination of Closure In Moscow and PM Today, with a dash of early Tides Of Man—underrated in every sense of the word.
Lower Definition - The Greatest Of All Lost Arts
Before Valentino Arteaga was drumming in Of Mice & Men, he was a member of San Diego band Lower Definition. After releasing multiple demos, EPs and a studio album, the band released their sophomore LP, The Greatest Of All Lost Arts, on Ferret in 2008. Jonny Craig guests on what is arguably the band’s most popular song, “Puebla Cicada.” (Fun fact: Pierce The Veil’s Vic Fuentes was featured on one of the band’s early songs, “Higher Than Kites,”)
Secret & Whisper - Great White Whale
After forming from the remains of post-hardcore band Stutterfly in 2007, Secret & Whisper released their debut album, Great White Whale, on Tooth & Nail in 2008. The record is one of post-hardcore’s brightest, yet most overlooked moments.
A Static Lullaby - Rattlesnake!
A Static Lullaby’s Rattlesnake! is a post-hardcore masterpiece on the heavier side of things. The band’s cover of Britney Spears’ “Toxic” was featured on Punk Goes Pop Vol. 2 and helped put the band’s name on listeners’ map. The album also has future Of Mice & Men guitarist Phil Manansala during the quick moment he was riffing for the band.