Tonight Is Not The Final Fireworks Show

Tonight, after nearly a decade spent touring the world, Michigan pop rock outfit Fireworks are performing what will be their last show for the foreseeable future. This is not the same thing as their final show, and we felt it was important to remind you of the difference.

2015 has been a big year for the alternative scene. Between controversies, big singles, and bands falling apart it can be very hard to keep every band’s current plans straight in your head. When Fireworks announced this current tour would be their last before taking a well-deserved break, the defenders of …

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Polar Bear Club Is Basically On Hiatus

Following last week’s announcement that pop rock favorites Fireworks would be going on hiatus at the end of summer, it now seems another innovative alternative band is taking time away from the spotlight.

Speaking with fans over Twitter this past weekend, Polar Bear Club vocalist Jimmy Stradt broke the hearts of his followers around the world by sharing the news that his band is currently taking some time off. After a fan inquired as to the band’s recent activity, Stradt replied, “The statement that fireworks released the other day is pretty in line with where pbc is at.”

The …


BUMMER: Fireworks To Go On Hiatus Following Upcoming Tour

Today may be the saddest day in UTG history. After eight years together, Fireworks have announced plans to go on hiatus following their upcoming tour.

Announced today via Twitter, Fireworks thanked fans for all their support before breaking news of their plans to take some time away from the spotlight. “After these upcoming gigs are ripped,” they wrote, “we will be taking a break for awhile to give the other side of life a try.” You can read the note in full at the end of this post.

Fireworks later comment that they do not know how long ‘awhile’ will …


The Next Band To Change Your Life: Empty Houses

If you have been following along to the Twitter chatter in the alternative music realm this week you have no doubt seen someone mention Empty Houses, the Detroit-based trio of Ali Shea, Adam Mercer, and Dave Mackinder (Fireworks). January is a busy time so it’s completely understandable if you didn’t have time to commit to the article those tweets hopefully included, or perhaps you did only to find you had no time to commit to the music in store. That’s fine. Social media has become a flood of ICYMI headlines as of late, so you’ll still have plenty of chances …

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Members Of Fireworks Start New Side Project, Empty Houses

Two members of the UTG-recommended pop rock outfit Fireworks have started a side project alongside vocalist Ali Shea. The band’s name is Empty Houses, and according to the trio, it will have a sound inspired by Motown. In a brief interview with Noisey they talk about their inspiration and reason for deciding to take the project’s sound in an entirely different direction from Fireworks. You can read a snippet of the conversation below, and the full interview here.

Empty Houses have already released their first EP, and it’s available for purchase through Bandcamp for only $1. The EP is …


UTG VIDEO PREMIERE: The Weekend Classic – “Fireworks”

This may very well be the last UTG premiere of 2014. If true, at least we are going out with a bang.

The Weekend Classic have been on our radar since the release of their debut double single at the tail-end of summer. Their unique take on the border between pop-punk and pop-rock offers catchy hooks and infectious melodies that no one can shake. We have done everything in our power to keep you updated on their plans up to this point, and today we are thrilled to share the world premiere of their video for “Fireworks.”

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UTG PREMIERE: Brett Ayala Jones (Fireworks) – “Bullet Holes”

Brett Ayala Jones, best known as the guitarist of pop-punk outfit Fireworks, has plans to release his debut solo EP in 2015. Entitled Tramp, the record’s three songs enlist the assistance of Teddy Roberts and Adam Mercer (both fellow members of Fireworks), on the drums and organ, respectively, alongside Sam Harris performing the upright bass.

Fortunately for you, we have an exclusive stream of “Bullet Holes,” the second track from Tramp. It’s chock full of warm, folksy goodness, that everyone could use a taste of during these cold winter months, so follow the jump to give it …

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Long Read: 9 Songs From 2014 That Changed My Life

We’re getting fairly deep into December at this point, which means every publication and internet personality who considers themselves someone of influence are doing their best to craft clickbait worthy lists of the best things 2014 had to offer. Most of these features are crafted by a team of people pouring over scores and arguing over personal preferences, all of which is something I’ve taken part in many times over the last six years of my writing career. I won’t be doing too much debating this year, or at least I don’t expect to, but I have been asked by …


Fireworks Release “Run, Brother, Run” Music Video

The Michigan band behind one of the year’s best albums has just delivered a simple and sweet music video that will have you thinking about calling home.

Fireworks have always been a band that wore their hearts, as well as any/all emotions they may feel, on their sleeves. This has allowed them to create complex pop rock releases that offer infectious melodies and stories that are deeply rooted in real life experiences. People connect with their unwavering sense of honesty, and “Run, Brother, Run” is the perfect example of a song that could easily win them a few hundred new …


Flashback: Stream Fireworks’ Original Demo EP, ‘Can’t Hardly Wait’

We have been spending a lot of time at UTG talking about the origin of bands that dominate headlines today. We have been around for over half a decade at this point, but that’s not quite as long enough to have covered every step of an artist’s career. Many bands had several years of recording and touring experience before UTG came into existence. As a result, we missed the opportunity to showcase these acts when they were young and unknown. We can never get that experience in full, but we recently realized we could stroll through memory lane ever-so-slightly by …

We Are The In Crowd

We Are The In Crowd Release New Music Video

Just having gone back home from their shows on the other end of the globe, Poughkeepsie alt-rockers, We Are The In Crowd have recently released a new music video for the song “Manners” off of their most recent full-length, Weird Kids. The video features a lot of lack of love and a whole lot of flying objects.

In case you missed it, WATIC are on the bill of the Glamour Kills Tour with New Found Glory, Fireworks and a bunch of other great bands. Tour dates here.

You can watch the new music video for “Manners” below.


Fireworks Frontman Reveals Solo Project, Tea & Water

Dave Mackinder, lead singer of Michigan pop-punk outfit Fireworks has just released information on the solo project he’s been working on, called Tea & Water, and it’s pretty different.

Mackinder’s new digital EP is entitled Strangers Again and it contains three fresh tracks that all sound significantly less pop-punk and more indie/pop rock with a lot of electronic experimentation. Mackinder explains that he was able to take a more experimental route with T&W, resulting in the distinctiveness of the sound in comparison to Fireworks’ music. It’s available for digital purchase now via Bandcamp. Additionally, 100 hand-made digital download postcards …