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Placeholder releases “I Feel,” a new track off forthcoming split with Such Gold

Placeholder at Kung Fu Necktie
Placeholder at Kung Fu Necktie | photo by James Breslin

Placeholder recently released a new song called “I Feel” via PropertyofZack. Taken from their forthcoming split with New York punks Such Gold, Placeholder highlights their own punk colors on this track. It has a nice groove and an awesome flow laid underneath the gritty vocals. Lyrics like “I don’t feel alright right now / but I’ll feel okay some day” are delivered with an angst and frustration that you can hear in the core of Brandon Gepfer’s voice. The guitar riffs are fresh and driving, adding a unique component to the mix of swift bass and drums. Placeholder continues to release well written and original grunge/punk/emo tracks that draw influence from bands like Sunny Day Real Estate and Nirvana, making them frontrunners of the Philly punk scene.

Listen to “I Feel” on PropertyofZack or Soundcloud. Preorder the Wax Packs split here, and learn more about Wax Packs here. Also, watch the music video for “Above” below. Placeholder plays Philadelphia on December 12th, find information here.

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Local emo punks Placeholder release their full length album I Don’t Need Forgiveness

Last month, local emo crew Placeholder released its second full length album. I Don’t Need Forgiveness expands on their 2011 release Nothing Is Pure, especially in the way of adding even more post-hardcore elements to their punk/emo sound. Taking cues from bands like Sunny Day Real Estate, the vocals creep out from the blistering music in a way that really makes every song feel cohesive.

The album opens up with the impressive guitar work and vocals on “Don’t Look Back,” which is bound to be a crowd pleaser live. With riffs that are equal parts catchy and raw, Placeholder makes music that makes you want to move. In addition, they have the emotional charge to add a heavy sense of meaning to the album. With lyrics like “I was ten / and in love / with the next door neighbor / When she went above / Daddy always said: keep your distance / don’t you know it’s not for you? / I am nothing! / I am dirt!” vocalist Brandon Gepfer relives past disappointments that just seem to keep hanging around.

Placeholder recorded this album with Justin Pizzoferrato, who is best known for his work with Dinosaur Jr. and Sonic Youth. Pizzoferrato definitely helped Placeholder in their quest for expanding their alt-rock sound and making it sound more full.

You can stream the album below, or pick it up on bandcamp. Also below, watch a video for their single “Above” and check out their upcoming tour dates; the band is currently on the way down to Gainesville, Fl. for Fest.