Portland punks Abolitionist have releaseed their fourth LP, The Instant. The album is available for purchase at: https://abolitionist.bandcamp.com/album/the-instant-lp-2018.
Recorded in 5 days at Supernatural Sound Studios in Oregon City, Oregon, by engineer Robert Bartleson, and mastered by the mighty Jason Livermore at The Blasting Room, The Instantcompiles 12 punchy tracks, drawing sonically from a variety of punk and hardcore influences. The album also explores (through yet another dystopian storyline) the human tendency to follow the herd in the name of lofty ideals -- often at the expense of individual freedom, if not human life.
The album art & layout was done by Horsebites (Fat Wreck Chords, Epitaph, The FEST), who previously did art & layout on the band's first and third LPs.
The album is streaming in full on New Noise Magazine: https://newnoisemagazine.com/stream-abolitionist-instant/.
Check out their recent Bridge City Session here:
Formed in 2009 by vocalist/guitarist Dustin Herron, Abolitionist had a continually shifting lineup over the years before settling on the current lineup of Jeremy Dunlap on lead guitar, Joseph Mohler on bass/vocals, and Sean Rule (of the nineties east coast punk band, Plow United) on drums.
The Instant comes on the heels of three previous full-length vinyl LPs (all of which follow a dystopian storyline of some kind), and a tour around the western United States last summer.
With a 2.5 week tour planned for this upcoming July, Abolitionist is ready to charge into an increasingly unsettling future with nothing but two guitars, a bass, a drum kit, some amps, 146 combined years of life experience, and a couple of boxes of vinyl records for sale (maybe some shirts, too). Shit's fucked, so let's blow some eardrums.
7/11 – Portland, OR (Black Water) (all-ages)
7/12 – Sacramento, CA (Press Club) (21+)
7/13 – Berkeley, CA (924 Gilman) (all-ages)
7/14 – Los Angeles, CA (Cafe NELA) (21+)
7/15 – Fullerton, CA (Riff Mountain) (all-ages)
7/16 – San Diego, CA (Tower Bar) (21+)
7/17 – Las Vegas, NV (The Garth) (all-ages)
7/18 – Flagstaff, AZ (Green Room) (all-ages)
7/19 – Albuquerque, NM (Moonlight Lounge) (all-ages)
7/21 – Denver, CO (7th Circle) (all-ages)
7/22 – Fort Collins, CO (Surfside 7) (21+)
7/23 – SLC, UT (Beehive Collective) (all-ages)
7/24 – Nampa, ID (Rose House) (all-ages)
7/25 – Reno, NV (TBA)
7/26 – San Francisco (The Knockout) (21+)
7/27 – Arcata, CA (Outer Space) (all-ages)
7/28 – Eugene, OR (Pizza Planet) (all-ages)
1. The Instant
3. A Little Animal Liberation Never Hurt Anybody
4. Up Rising, Together
5. The Movement
7. Never Wanted This
8. Everything's Great (But We're Still Shit)
9. Failed Projections
10. Totally Bonkers
11. What If ... ?
12. Lonesome Death
"Brooklyn-via-Michigan singer-songwriter John Bee has been making waves...."- Paste Magazine
"There’s something about indie folk that makes you so damn happy, and the latest from American Opera is no exception."- Idobi
"Maybe one of my new favourite records of 2017."- Thinking Lyrically
American Opera, the creation of NYC singer-songwriter John Bee, has dropped his debut full-length, "Small Victories."
The album is available for purchase here: http://www.2lin.cc/smallvictories
American Opera has toured the U.S. and Canada as both a solo act and with a full band, playing shows with the likes of The Avett Brothers, Josh Ritter, Cursive, Murder By Death, Owen, and William Elliott Whitmore and on Vans Warped Tour, Bledfest and more.
1. Small Victories
2. Sand & Seed
3. Sailor's Song
4. Monsters Among Men
7. Jack Pine
8. Dear Devil
9. An Empty Cup
11. Songs I Used to Sing
About American Opera:
Incremental progress. Monumental setbacks. Small victories. This is the story of American Opera. More than a record, Small Victories is a collection of moments, both devastating and victorious. Ominous nostalgia confronts hopeful reemergence. Sonically, think Manchester Orchestra meets Ryan Adams, Brand New meets Langhorne Slim — polished stones in a bed of gravel and grit. The result is a stunning eleven-song rollercoaster exploring a complete spectrum of emotion and experiences. It is an album of dynamics — a perfect balance of the fragile and explosive. By the end, we’re reminded that sometimes the small victories were all that mattered in the first place — and that the silver linings were not just that after all, but rather small glimpses of a larger hope that can sustain us through even the most miserable of seas.
Aree and the Pure Heart Release New Song "Gasoline Heart"; Debut LP Coming Soon
"It’s easy to see this song fall in line with the interests of acts like the Gaslight Anthem, Ryan Adams, Bruce Springsteen, and the like. Good luck getting that out of your head!"- Rock Cellar Magazine
Atlanta rock n' roll/punk outfit Aree and the Pure Heart has released a new song titled "Gasoline Heart."
Stream the song on Youtube: https://youtu.be/DJXNKkOnCPo
and Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/7kzNhpVeWS5AcuJNiakuX0?si=0QqDipLwQLyJJYJNCxGeJA.
Aree tells Rock Cellar Magazine, “Gasoline Heart deals with the life changing experience of having my daughter undergo open heart surgery at 4 months old. Her birth awakened in me a sensation of life that just begged for more. The grief and heartbreak of dealing with her health, coupled with her vibrant recovery has inspired me every day of my life. The song reflects these feelings of suffering through the worst and emerging boldly to bleed life dry for every bit of goodness it has to offer.”
Gasoline Heart will appear on the band's upcoming debut full-length, which will be released via Wiretap Records.
Aree's debut EP "Heartstrings" was released in September 2015 and has garnered plenty of attention, leading to a recent opening slot for Descendents.
Get more familiar with Aree and the Pure Heart at https://areeandthepureheart.bandcamp.com/
Follow Wiretap Records at https://www.facebook.com/wiretaprecords.
Beans On Toast Releasing 10th Studio Album 'A Bird In The Hand' December 1st
LP Produced By Mumford & Sons' Ben Lovett
Achingly Beautiful New Single/Video "Another Year" Out Now
Album Now Available For Pre-Order
British folk/indie singer-songwriter BEANS ON TOAST is back with a new studio album, “A Bird In The Hand”, set for release on December 1st.
Album pre-orders are available at https://beans.lnk.to/BirdInTheHand .
In commemoration of what will be his 10th studio long-player, Beans is leading the charge with an achingly beautiful new single straight from the heart: ‘Another Year." An ode to both his Dad and his daughter, both of whom feature in the video for the song, you can watch it right here: https://beans.lnk.to/AnotherYearYT
Watch for Beans On Toast to announce North American tour dates in 2019.
Sticking firmly to his tradition of releasing a new album on the same date each year, 2018 was always going to be a big deal for Beans on Toast with this year seeing his 10th album release. To celebrate the landmark anniversary, Beans got back in touch with Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons, who had produced his first album a decade ago, and together they hatched a plan.
Utilizing the hospitality of Lovett (whose band were spending much of their time at London’s legendary Church Studios making their next record), Beans found himself enjoying the same incredible facilities during off days and late nights, to lay down "A Bird In Hand," along with with the help of in-house engineer, Riley MacIntyre.
Calling in mutual friends, Ben and Beans arranged a team of incredible musicians, including Mumford & Sons’ live drummer Chris Mass and Dutch artist Christof van der Ven on guitar. Ted Dwane offered bass on a couple of tracks, and Ben himself took up piano and production duties to bring a clear, contemporary, and unique vision to the Beans’ songs. The result is arguably Beans on Toast's finest album to date. The album is diverse, easily switching between folk ballads, punk bangers, and swing numbers without ever losing sight of itself or it's listener.
A lot has changed in the years since the debut album, in both the world and also in Beans' personal life, this is reflected in both the sound and the subject matter of this new album. Most notably in the stand out track and third single 'MAGIC', a song about the birth of his daughter earlier this year. An emotional and honest account of what can usually be a difficult subject to tackle, Beans achieves this without being crass or soppy, almost a trademark of his these days.
Songs about his daughter are scattered through the album, such as the aforementioned first single 'ANOTHER YEAR,' and 'HERE AT HOMERTON HOSPITAL' an ode to the East London institution where she was born and its wonderful staff.
There are no songs about getting intoxicated and, surprisingly, not a single profanity on the entire album. This wasn't purposeful and was actually pointed out after the album had been mastered. However, that doesn't mean Beans has run out of things to say about the world. 'BAMBOO TOOTHBRUSH' tackles the catastrophic plastic pollution disaster we're living in and second single 'ALEXA' looks at the future of voice-activated Internet and oncoming Amazon world domination. It's funny but thought-provoking, another one of Beans trademark.
Over the course of his huge career Beans has become something of a cult national treasure. What seemed like a throwaway festival act has evolved into something much more important, a voice of truth and honesty, cutting through the bullshit. A consistent and reliable modern-day troubadour, not afraid to speak his mind. Always touring, always writing, recording and releasing music. Playing every festival under the sun and always, always, telling it like it is.
When asked if he thought this was a political record Beans said:
"I think everyone already knows where I stand on Trump and Brexit, and if not, they can listen to my last two albums. This album is more personal I guess, focusing on family and the world on my doorstep. That's where my heads been this last year"
Speaking of the song 'MAGIC' Beans said:
"I've been playing this song live for a while now, and it definitely strikes a chord. More than any song I've ever written, I think. After my shows, the conversations used to all be about after parties or ecstasy, now more often than not it's about parenting or newborn babies. Which is fine with me"
And commenting on working with Ben Lovett
"I have so much respect for Ben. I couldn't quite believe he said yes when I asked him if he fancied doing another record. I presumed he'd be way too busy, but somehow he managed to find the time. I thought he was joking when he said he'd sorted it for us to work in The Church Studios. Not only were we in such a legendary space to record, but we also had all of Mumford's guitars and instruments set up, mic'ed up and ready to go. It might just be the biggest blag I've ever pulled. Punching well above my weight. The sessions had a really special magic about them and Ben took my songs into new waters. I'm well happy with the record. I can't wait for people to hear it. I also can't wait to make another 10 records."
'A Bird in the Hand' is a celebration of love, life, family and the world in which we live. It's about appreciating what we have and in that, it is a triumph.
PRE-ORDER ‘A BIRD IN THE HAND’ HERE:
Beans On Toast will be touring the U.S. in support of ‘A Bird In The Hand’ in 2019.
FOR MORE INFORMATION :
i / https://www.instagram.com/beans.on.toast/
Official Store / https://beansontoast.lnk.to/ABITHshop
Before Their Eyes is a post-hardcore band from Findlay, Ohio. Founded by vocalist Nick Moore, the name of the band is taken from the New Testament verse Romans 3:18: "There is no fear of God before their eyes." Their second album, The Dawn of My Death, was released October 28, 2008. The album reached #10 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. Their third album, "Untouchable", was released March 16, 210. The album reached #22 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart. Their fourth album "Redemption" was released March 26, 2012 and reached #29 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart and #30 on Billboards Top Christian Albums Chart.
The band has played many tours, including: Warped Tour 2011, "Spring Break Your Heart Tour" with Forever The Sickest Kids, Tonight Alive, We Are The In Crowd & Breathe Carolina, "The Bangover Tour" with Bless The Fall, the "Coaxial Flutter Tour" alongside Saosin, In 2009 with headliners Silverstein, Norma Jean, and Bless The Fall, the Hot N' Heavy Tour alongside Drop Dead, Gorgeous, and He Is Legend, the Artery Across The Nation Tour with A Skylit Drive and Four Letter Lie, the Black on Black Tour with Escape the Fate, the Scream the Prayer Tour in 2008 with Here I Come Falling, and Agraceful,and the One Moment Management Tour with Eyes Set to Kill, and LoveHateHero. Their first tour ever was the Rise Records tour with The Devil Wears Prada, Drop Dead Gorgeous and Dance Gavin Dance back in 2007.
Belmont Announce Headline Tour with support from Rarity and Stickup Kid
Debut Full-length Album Coming Soon
Chicago's Belmont have announced dates for Part 1 of what's being billed as their album release tour, featuring support from Rarity and Stickup Kid.
Pre-orders for their long-awaited new full-length will be available June 15th at www.mutantleaguerecords.com or at the merch table on each stop of the tour. Additonal album details will be announced soon.
Dates for the summer tour kick off June 24 in Detroit, MI and run through July 19, with additional dates to be announced.
Hailed by Rock Sound Magazine as "quite possibly the next great pop-punk band", Belmont has been racking up miles and fans through consistent touring with the likes of Have Mercy, Hot Mulligan, Capstan and more.
6.24 - Detroit, MI - Sanctuary
6.25 - Erie, PA - Basement Transitions
6.26 - Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place
6.27 - Syracuse, NY - Spark
6.28 - Albany, NY - Jupiter Hall
6.29 - Wanaque, NJ - Wanaque First Aid Squad
6.30 - Long Island, NY - Revolution Bar
7.1 - Brooklyn, NY - Kingsland
7.2 - Richmond, VA - Canal Club
7.3 - Fayetteville, NC - Drunk Horse Pub
7.4 - Jacksonville, FL - Nighthawks
7.5 - Orlando, FL - Soundbar
7.6 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
7.7 - Memphis, TN - Hi-Tone
7.8 - Springfield, MO - FOH Lounge
7.10 - Austin, TX - Come And Take It Live
7.14 - Tempe, AZ - FiftyOne West
7.17 - Las Vegas, NV - House Show
7.18 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Loading Dock*
7.19 - Denver, CO - Salon Ocampo*
*No Stickup Kid
Boys Of Fall Release New "Heartbreaker" Video; 'Better Moments' LP out October 26
Catch Them On Tour Now
Detroit, MI's Boys Of Fall have dropped a new video for "Heartbreaker," a track off their upcoming album "Better Moments," out on October 26, via InVogue Records.
Check out the video here: https://youtu.be/hTuRIKW5K_o.
Frontman Michael Martenson says, “"Heartbreaker" is a twist of the catchy pop punk we always tried to do mixed with a new pop style. It pushed our boundaries as musicians and is a message to those who stopped giving us a chance, told in a way most people can relate to. It’s fun, it’s intense, and it’s impossible to not nod your head to.”
He adds, “To sum up 'Better Moments' into one word, I’d use “Honest”. We went through so much as a band and as people over the past two years, and this album is a mix of all those emotions and experiences blended with a style of music we felt was different, yet pushed the boundaries of what we were always trying to do.”
Catch Boys Of Fall on the road with Abandoned By Bears and Youth Fountain through October 25 and on the InVogue Records Tour with In Her Own Words, and Ky Rodgers October 26-Nov 20.
Boys of Fall on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/6zZwR50bgANU9OU9Yaki1f?si=HVJIfBRBSvSzryr4-iSOfA
IVR tour ticket link: www.invoguerecordstour.com
Ontario, Canada musician Braden Barrie (who often records under the name SayWeCanFly) has launched a crowdfunding campaign in support of his new full-length albums "Limitless" & "Beautiful Mess" which are available now for preorder. 5% of all sales will be donated to To Write Love On Her Arms, in support of suicide prevention and awareness.
In a message to fans, Barrie says, "If you choose to support my campaign, you are literally helping me create these songs, videos, and the opportunity for them to be heard louder than anything I've ever released. Whether you have followed me for years or this is the first time you found out I existed, these albums belong to you just as much as they belong to me. If we can get these out into the world the way that I plan to, it will only grow our potential to leave a positive mark on the universe."
Check out the IndieGoGo campaign and video here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/saywecanfly-braden-barrie-two-new-albums-music#/
Constantly releasing new content & connecting with his listeners, Braden's social media following has grown from nothing to collectively over a million in just a few short years. To date, his songs have been streamed over 30 million times and sold more than 130,000 copies.
After dropping out of high school to pursue a life on the road, Braden has played shows for hundreds of thousands of people across North America, the UK & Europe. He has released a total of seven studio albums including his first full length "Between The Roses" which sold over 10,000 copies and hit the Billboard charts.
In both 2015 & 2016, Braden was given a spot on the entire Vans Warped Tour; the largest touring festival in North America, where he played alongside bands like Pierce The Veil, Bebe Rexha, Sleeping With Sirens, Riff Raff, Sum 41, Metro Station, New Found Glory and Good Charlotte. His music videos began receiving airtime on MTV along with being featured in print magazines such as Alternative Press, Rocksound, Kerrang & Guitar World.
Braden continually pushes the limits on what it means to write from the heart by sharing pieces of his journey through music.
After a brief stint on Epitaph Records, Braden is currently working to release his next two full-length albums independently through his own record label, Purewolf Records.
To request interviews, more information, please contact Mike Cubillos Earshot Media email@example.com
The band is touring all throughout the US in support of the new record. See dates below.
Check out the band's latest video for the song "Hard Liquor" on New Noise: https://newnoisemagazine.com/bumpin-uglies-hard-liquor-video/.
What people said about Bumpin Uglies' last album 'Keep It Together':
"Because of the vast influences the album contains, there really is something for everyone. If you don’t check this album out, not only will you be missing out on one of the best albums of the year… you will be missing out on listening to one of the best bands of the last few years."
- The LP Collective
"Keep It Together is a collection of hard-nosed reggae rock ballads. The lyrics are extremely honest, and Hardesty sings each song with fire in his breath. Bumpin Uglies effectively change tempos throughout the album, building up to would-be-moshes, then slowing down the beat to allow our heart rates to settle back down....It’s an album with no-frills attached, just candid, clever lyricism mixed with high volume reggae punk rock." - The Pier
"With their steady stream of live shows, EPs and full-length LPs and DIY ethics they’ve managed to leave other stagnant bands in their dust. “Keep It Together” is the culmination of that hard work and effort that they’ve put forth and it definitely shows. In my opinion it is easily their best album." - ReadJunk
"...a very good album and the laid back reggae/ska grooves on here will certainly help eke out the last remaining sun rays and brighten up the start of autumn."- The Punk Archive
APR 3 Louisville, KY- Zanzabar
APR 4 Toledo, OH- Ottawa Tavern
APR 5 Cincinnati, OH- Urban Artifact
APR 6 Cleveland, OH- Beachland Ballroom
APR 7 Grand Rapids, MI- Founders
APR 8 Chicago, IL- Beat Kitchen
APR 13 Frostburg, MD- Dante's
APR 14 Pittsburgh, PA- Rex Theatre
APR 19 Brooklyn, NY- Brooklyn Bowl (w/ Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime)
APR 20 Baltimore, MD- Rams Head Live
APR 21 Patchogue, NY- Stereo Garden LI (w/ Badfish, Bumpin Uglies, and Oogee Wawa)
APR 22 Stroudsburg, PA- Sherman Theatre
APR 23 Harrisburg, PA- Abbey Bar
APR 25 South Burlington, VT- Higher Ground (w/ Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime)
APR 26 Portland, ME- Aura (w/ Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime)
APR 27 New Haven, CT- Toad's
APR 28 Syracuse, NY- The Westcott Theater (w/ Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime)
About Bumpin' Uglies:
Bumpin’ Uglies was formed by lead singer/guitarist/songwriter Brandon Hardesty in 2008, when he set out to create a sound and an approach that was unique and immediately identifiable. It’s the same thing every artist says that they want when they form their band, but Bumpin’ Uglies are the rare act that does stand out in every way, making them utterly memorable to everyone the come across. They incorporate many styles into their music, with a major emphasis on ska, reggae and punk. But they don’t really care what bucket you want to put them in, either you love ‘em or you don’t—it’s your choice to join the party or sit outside instead; and It’s always more fun in the party.
With three full-length LP’s, a live show LP and two EP’s under their belt, Bumpin’ Uglies prolific studio work is the product of continuous song writing and a desire to keep putting out fresh material for their ever-growing fan base. They achieved national recognition with the release of their 2011 LP “Free Candy”, and they have continued to gain momentum with each subsequent release, including “Load in-Load Out” (live show LP), Ninjah Reggae Assassins (LP released in 2013 which reached #1 on iTunes Reggae chart), and EP’s “Freak Out Hell Bus” and “Sublime with No One”, both released in 2015.
Bumpin’ Uglies match their output in the studio with a road-warrior approach to touring that makes it seem as though they rarely come off the road. To date, they have completed 8 national tours, and dozens of regional tours. They have toured as direct support for Ballyhoo! and co-headlined a tour with Bastard Suns, moving effortlessly between punk and reggae crowds who flock to Bumpin’ Uglies in equal measures. Their touring dossier is topped off with some major festival experience, including California Roots in 2014, the Rombello Cruise in 2013 and Warped Tour in 2012.
Bumpin’ Uglies have proven every existing maxim about hard work paying off in the last several years. Their DIY ethic coupled with their grassroots approach for building a major national fan base makes them the epitome of punk rock, but that description sorely sells their music short. Bold, a bit brash perhaps at times, but Bumpin’ Uglies name, their songs and their work ethic get a definite point across: they make music their way, enjoying a freedom that is easy to aspire to, but most difficult to achieve together with success. In this day and age of political correctness and people growing more uptight and offended by the minute, it doesn’t take long to realize that Brandon and Bumpin’ Uglies “Eff you/can do” attitude makes them stand separate and apart as a band. And their fans love them for it.
CHAD PRICE (ALL, Drag The River, A Vulture Wake) - One Week Record
Available exclusively at oneweekrecords.com on August 21st
Stream a new track on New Noise Magazine
Chad Price, legendary frontman for ALL, Drag the River and most recently A Vulture Wake, has joined the One Week Records family. This is Chad’s second solo release and the first One Week Record produced by guest producer, Chris Fogal (The Gamits, The Bombpops). Behind the scenes, Fogal has been a One Week fixture since the beginning, mastering every label release to date.
“Cold and distant, but strangely welcoming”, this album highlights everything we love about Chad Price; not only his songwriting and musicianship, but unconditional admittance into his heart.
Stream "Ice" by Chad Price on New Noise Magazine: https://newnoisemagazine.com/stream-chad-price-ice/.
Digital Release Date: August 21st on oneweekrecords.com
Pre-order here: https://www.oneweekrecords.com/releases/chad-price/
Vinyl Release Date: TBD
One Week Records is a digital-based record label from Joey Cape(Lagwagon, Bad Astronaut, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, and more).
Releases are available for streaming and download at www.oneweekrecords.com.
Follow Chad Price on Instagram: www.instagram.com/chadprice_
Homeskool Prom Records/Warner
What is courage? When you’re a young rock ‘n’ roll band—courage is throwing yourself into your music fully and completely. It’s stepping onto a stage and just given’r. It’s touring new places far from home, and opening up, scars and all, to your fans. Courage is saying what you really think. It’s being unafraid of change, of becoming who you really are.
Courage My Love is all of these things.
The Kitchener, Canada band consists of twin sisters Mercedes Arn-Horn (vocals, guitar) and Phoenix Arn-Horn (drums. vocals) with their friend Brandon Lockwood (bass).
Call them a power trio, pop-punk, alternative metal. As you wish. They grew up on it all. But while you are jumping around and banging your head with abandon, don’t miss the message: They have no appetite for destruction. They do not seek to destroy. No, Courage My Love is here to uplift, inspire.
Becoming, the band’s new EP, produced by Chris Perry in Toronto, is eight tracks bled out of Courage My Love during a period of exciting changes. “Our first EP For Now came out when we were 17,” explains Mercedes. “When you’re our age, a lot can happen in two years.” Yes, many good things. Like heavy rotation on MuchMusic/MusiquePlus, more than 3.8 million YouTube views, and being on Alternative Press Magazine’s list of the Top 100 Bands to Know in 2012. “Before we went on tour we’d never been away from home,” says the guitarist. “You meet all these new people, and you learn about yourselves. We’ve all grown a lot. That was the inspiration for Becoming.”
Opening track “Skin and Bones” captures the fear and longing of leaving something behind. “We’re too old to die young,” they sing over thunderous beats, the heart of the matter. Hard- knocking first single “You Don’t Know How” cranks it up, intense and defiant: “Find out I’m strong enough on my own now.” By the time the EP closes with the haunting ballad “Dark Wood, Dark Water,” about finding the one thing that pulls you out of the darkness, Courage My Love’s mission is clear: rock out, be happy, stay true.
For this next generation of musicians, that means truly embracing social media. With their popular DIY podcasts and viral videos, Courage My Love not only connect with fans, they reveal more of their true selves. It’s all part of what they do best. “This whole band is about being yourself,” says Phoenix. “You don’t need to play by the book to be successful. Being a girl isn’t that big of a deal in music anymore. You don’t need to have a certain look. Break the rules, stand apart.”
Dad Brains: Punk Rock For Dads and the People Who Love Them
New Track ("Baby Jail") Premiering on New Noise
California's Dad Brains have announced plans to release their self-titled debut EP on Friday, June 16, just in time for Father's Day Weekend.
The Oxnard/Ventura, CA-based band of punk rock dads, is comprised of ex-members of such notable punk/"Nardcore" bands as No Motiv (Vagrant Records), The Missing 23rd (Sessions Records), Creep Division (American hardcore/punk band that featured members of Good Riddance) and The F-ing Wrath.
The song "Baby Jail" is premiering today on New Noise:
Buy Dad Brains merch and pre-order the EP at: http://dadbrains.bandcamp.com.
Baby Jail lyrics:
Im so hungover but didn’t have a drink and I feel so tired that I can’t even think. I’m so confused and feel stuck inside, I need to get outside....
baby....jail. Baby....jail is this the drunk tank? Baby Jail.
I think I need a break.
Go..I’m finally outside to breath the fresh air but then I get a text and read it with a stare, the babys kinda fussy can you come back in, I need to take a shower, I feel like I’m in....
About Dad Brains
It all started in the fall of 2017. Reformed drummer turned singer Pat Pedraza became a Daddy at the ripe age of 40. Being of Latino descent, he was a bit late in the game...but none the less, his emotions skyrocketed with love, fear, anxiety, and all that stuff New Daddies think of when they realize that it’s not about “you” anymore.
After bringing his sweet little 7-lb,11-ounce girl home, the real work began. Sleepless nights, dark clouds of hormones showering him, baby poop everywhere, breast milk taking over the freezer and even his mother-in-law sleeping on the living room couch; he was then inspired...Inspired to do something great...something only a handful of people do when they have loud inner melodies banging on the side of their head...he decide to sing in a band.
On drives to the store he would shout out lyrics and thoughts that would swirl around in his Dad Brain. He would not only think about the struggles of being a dad, he felt the joy. The joy of seeing her first smile, and the raw love he felt while holding his new baby girl. He then called up his old buddy Matty who he knew from old punk rock bands and who is also a father of 2. Pat knew Matty would understand what he was going through, so they decided to start writing songs...and what a couple hour journey it was. Power Chords and mouthed drum beats were naturally flowing with no effort. Sing-along punk melodies were filling the room...Ohh yes...It was pure magic. They then decided to recruit another new daddy and “Nardcore scene legend” Johnny Boy Crerar, to put his punk rock roots to the test on the skins-and he didn’t disappoint...the fast parts were faster, the dance parts were dancier, and the mosh beats were moshier...wait, are those even words? Anyway, Johnny called up his friend Craig, a former bandmate to play bass....yes he’s a Dad too. He’s also a pretty cool guy who has a big beard.
Ready to rock, the new band decided to get longtime friend and multi-talented producer Roger Camero (No Motiv, Silver Snakes, The Velvet Teen, The Warriors) to record their first self-titled EP. To their amazement, they ended up with 5 punk rock gems that totaled less then 10 minutes...I mean, seriously? What more could you ask for...Amazingly catchy songs about the struggles and love of parenting. Need I say more? Ok, I will.. When Pat noticed his daughter would jump up and down with a huge smile in her jumper as he played the Dad Brains song “I’m Old” he knew the songs were special... It was basically a recording home run folks. So now that the story’s told, Here’s our demands....
Dad Brains songs must reach the ears of Dads across the globe. Dads will feel comforted and relieved knowing that they’re not alone. Hold up though...Dad Brains won’t leave Moms and significant others out...these songs are for YOU and everyone to enjoy. Dad Brains will try to release an EP every Father's Day for the fact that people might go into some sort of Dad-Like withdrawal if they don’t have new Dad Brains songs to sing. There will also be no curse words in the songs, as Dad Brains wants to set a good example for the little ones. Heck, the band might even put out some Christmas songs. They might even play some shows, that is, if they’re home before bath time. Who knows what this band is capable of? With Dad Brains, the sky’s the limit, and almost anything is possible.
Dad Brains is:
Dad Brains Facts:
Dad Brains first EP will be released to the world digitally Friday, June 15th 2018.
Previous bands the guys were in-No Motiv, The Missing 23rd, Creep Division, The F-ing Wrath.
All members of the band are married and love their wives.
Pat is now 41 and his back is starting to hurt.
Johnny Boy is vegetarian and doesn’t even eat fish oils.
When Matty was a kid, he wore a Filth T-shirt and the tightest pants anybody has ever seen.
Ever since Dad Brains started, Pat has only seen Craig one time.
Craig and Johnny’s former band had the F word in it.
They have all played in touring punk rock bands. Some bands were told they were emo.
What have people said about Dad Brains so far?
Is This Real? Can I buy a shirt for my husband? F-ing Amazing. Take my money please! Holy Bleep?!?!.....
These are all true. Dad Brains don’t lie, it sets a bad example.
Dad Brains Disclaimer.
We’re all in this together! Let’s be the best parents we can be, the best kids we can be, the best partners we can be, the best people we can be, and know that we sometimes fail, but Dad Brains keep going... Dad Brains lead with love... Love for family and friends, love for the struggle and love for the mosh....We are..
Montreal's Dear Youth
Announce Details for New EP 'You Could Wish Me The Best' out June 29 on Anchor Eighty-Four
New Song Premiering on Substream
"...the Montreal-based quintet sounds like they’ve been ripped from the peak of the mid-aughts — only more carefully constructed and ready to be that band for a new generation of kids. It’s high drama mixed with slick guitars and hooks that are bound to get even passive listeners singing along."- Substream
Stream "Out of Sight, Out of Mind"
Montréal, QC pop punk band Dear Youth have announced a June 29 release date for their upcoming EP 'You Could Wish Me The Best' on Anchor Eighty-Four.
Stream a new song "Out of Sight, Out of Mind" on Substream:
Pre-order the EP at: http://anchoreightyfour.com.
The band will be touring Canada this summer. Watch for dates/venues soon.
JUL 14- Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground (w/ Real Talk)
About Dear Youth:
Dear Youth is Canadian Pop Punk/Emo band from Montréal, QC who formed in December 2015 by Jared Zuckerman, Brendan Pilon, Jacob Saray, Eduardo Fonseca Arraes and Devon Cleary all with the similar interest of writing songs that just felt good.
The band released their debut EP titled, Over the Bridge, in October of 2016. The lyrics address the feelings of loss and youth, the challenges of adulthood, growing up and the changes that accompany these times. The name of the band reminds us to look at our own youth with dear nostalgia while looking ahead and figuring out what we are missing.
Dear Youth's sound possesses clear ties to the staple bands of the late 90's and early 00's as listeners can draw influences from Blink-182 to Taking Back Sunday, yet the band has been able to bring this iconic sound into 2018 packing its own punch and feel.
The band signed with Anchor Eight-Four in March of 2018 and released their first single and music video "Fair Warning" shortly after.
Band's Sophomore LP 'Sonder' Out April 27
Wolverhampton, UK rockers Dearist are premiering their new single "Fool's Heart" off their upcoming sophomore full-length, 'Sonder,' out April 27 on Spartan Records.
Check out the track on Substream: https://substreammagazine.com/2018/03/premiere-dearist-fools-heart/.
Guitarist Chris Tucker says: "This song was a lot of fun to write. Our process in writing has always been to craft the song instrumentally first, melody and lyrics to follow. Instrumentally, I personally wanted to lay a foundation that exploits (vocalist) Adam’s knack for an infectious hook in the chorus but still retain the Dearist sound. When the lyrics and melody were added to this song, we all knew we had something special in "Fool’s Heart."
Pre-order 'Sonder' at: http://spr.tn/sonder.
All pre-orders include an instant download of the song “Drowning” and "Fool's Heart" as well as the band’s newly remastered debut album “This House Has No Windows.”
Dearist has announced a short run of UK co-headline dates with Leeds' The Lock & Keys, which run April 27-29. See dates below.
4/27 - Leeds, UK - Temple of Boom (The Meatlocker)
4/28 - Luton, UK - The Castle Tavern
4/29 - Wolverhampton, UK - The Giffard Arms
The UK has always been a breeding ground for rock bands with unique sounds and massive hooks. Enter Wolverhampton's Dearist.
Dearist started life as a solo studio project in (lead vocals / guitars) Adam Binder's basement fueled by a creative need to put together an album of songs he wanted to hear. Hundreds of hours of writing and recording would lead to Adam putting together the current 5 piece line up and the 2015 debut album This House Has No Windows. The album gained the band some notable fans in Jeremy Bolm (Touche Amore) and Geoff Rickley (Thursday).
The band would go on to spend 2016 travelling the length and breadth of the British Isles playing to anyone that would give their unique blend of emo, grunge, and alternative rock the time of day. Regular touring saw the band cultivate a healthy fan base across the UK and their 3 guitar onslaught quickly gained themselves a reputation for being the loudest band on the scene.
"Coming from Wolverhampton is both a blessing and a curse" says drummer Jimmy Taylor, "Wolverhampton was once voted the 5th worst city to live in the world. On one hand it sucks that we live in this dying city where nothing ever happens and where there is no music scene. However on the other hand, because there is nothing going on in our local area, it has always forced us to go and look for music from every corner of the globe and from different eras. Those records then find their way into our songwriting. You’ll find nods to 90's alternative like Oasis and Stereophonics, you’ll hear influence from 2000's emo like Bayside and Taking Back Sunday, but then we're trying to mash that up with something more modern. Something you maybe haven't heard before."
Alongside the live shows, Dearist spent 2016 penning ideas for album number two and in January 2017 Dearist hit the studio to record the drums for 12 songs that would make up their sophomore release. The boys then took those drum tracks back to Adam's home studio and spend the next 12 months teasing them and working them into the album that has become to be known as Sonder.
"The idea for the album title Sonder came really late in the process" says Adam, "I realized I was writing a lot of the lyrical content from other peoples perspectives. I had lyrics based on a friend that took his own life. I was singing about what it would feel like to be in a car accident, lying there waiting for the ambulance. I had a song about how my Dad must have felt when he suddenly got taken really ill. I came across this article about new words that came about in 2017 and the word 'Sonder' was in there. Basically it is the realization that everyone else is living a life as complex as your own, full of joys and sadness. It really encompassed the overall feel of the album."
"I had a really clear vision of how I wanted this album to feel and sound" says guitarist Lee Jarratt. "I love those albums, where you put them on and its non stop bangers. Albums like Take This To Your Grave by Fall Out Boy, Jimmy Eat World’s Bleed American, Bring Me the Horizon’s That’s The Spirit and the Taylor Swift 1989 album. I wanted to create an album like that, where it just didn't let up, full of choruses and hooks."
Dearist is a true DIY beast. Not only does singer Adam and drummer Jimmy take on the recording side of the band, but guitarist Lee shoots and edits all the band's music videos. Now armed with a strong sophomore release, a brand new label, and a thrust to tour, 2018 is looking to be a great year for Dearist.
SONDER - "the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own."
DEMONS (Project of Longtime Mae Guitarist Zach Gehring) Releasing New EP 'Made In The USA' This Friday Via Spartan Records
New Track ("Lever") Streaming on Revolver
"...a six-minute trip through hell and back, each new section of the cut feeling like its own mini-song."- Revolver
Demons, the Virginia Beach-based heavy music project started by longtime Mae guitarist Zach Gehring, is releasing a new EP titled 'Made In The USA' this Friday via Spartan Records.
An epic 6 minute track titled "Lever" is premiering today on Revolver: https://www.revolvermag.com/music/hear-demons-featuring-mae-guitarist-rage-new-hardcore-burner-lever
Demons tour dates:
10.25 - Tallahassee, FL - The Wilbury (Pre-Fest 4)
10.26 - Jacksonville, FL - Jack Rabbits w/ Thunderpussy
10.27 - FEST
10.28 - Carborro, NC - Cat's Cradle Backstage w/ Lemuria, Bethlehem Steel
Following the release of the band's 'first EP, 'Great Dismal', and debut full-length 'Embrace Wolf, 'Demons returns with the 'Made In The USA' EP on Friday, October 19.
More praise for Demons:
"...Simply put, it's a banger..."- Loudwire
"...a mix of Hot Water Music’s aggressive punk and Queens of the Stone Age’s hypnotic hard rock, but it also has too much spirit to just be boiled down to a couple comparisons."- BrooklynVegan
"...deserves your full attention."- AltDaily
Discrepancies blends elements of alternative rock, metal, and hip hop to create a unique sound that you won't forget. With heavy rock riffs, rap verses and sing along chorus' the group creates a truly special work of art. The music video for the band's single "Art Of War" is out now via the InVogue Records YouTube channel http://youtube.com/invoguerecords.
Metcalf adds, "'Art of War’ is metaphor comparing love and war. It’s a story of betrayal. Being in a relationship is a war that you and your significant other fight together side by side as soldiers. Inevitably, an obstacle is thrown at you, leaving you injured. Your partner can either stick it out with you or leave you behind. In the absolute worst case, your partner joins the other side. This song is my interpretation of your soldier joining the other side.”
Chicago has long been a breeding ground for great indie labels, and it's time to add a new one to the list.
Dodgeball Records, co-founded by Chris Messer, frontman of Chicago band
Showoff and his wife Dani Messer, and recently joined by longtime friend Mike Felumlee (Smoking Popes/Alkaline Trio/Live From The Rock Room), runs like a family business. The label was created out of an intense passion and love of punk music, the musicians and the community around it.
Chris says, "Some people think we are crazy (My wife and I) for starting a label. Personally, I know we are crazy, but starting a label has very little to do with that. We are a team, we have been a team and we will always be a team in everything we do. The bands we sign to Dodgeball Records will also be part of that team."
He adds, "Our goal is basically to build a brand that represents our core values. Those values are integrity, honesty, transparency (which is not very label-like if you have ever been on one- especially major labels), loyalty, treating each other like a functional family and having everything we do be a labor of love instead of it being done for the love of money."
"Don’t get me wrong here, we are also a business and to function as a business you have to make money, but we want to be successful while ensuring our bands are as well. We intend to be a label that nurtures its artists, gives them encouragement and puts money into marketing them, doing all we can to help them become a success and maybe most importantly giving them a home where they feel appreciated and important. Mostly for us, we’d like to build the community back to where it was when I was playing in Showoff in the 90’s, by nurturing relationships with independent record stores, other artists and other labels with similar values. A community that helps one another, isn’t part of the “ME” culture and is more about an “us” culture.. I’m hoping that extends to the communities around us, our artists and our fans."
Dodgeball Records' first release will be an EP from new signing, Indianapolis pop punk band Amuse on August 4th, to be followed by a long-awaited new LP from Messer's beloved late-90's band Showoff this fall. Additional signings will be announced in the days/weeks/months ahead.
Facebook - www.facebook.com/DodgeballRecords
Twitter - @DodgeballRCS
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/dodgeballrecords/
LA-Based Duo FTRZ Releasing 'The Ocean Park EP' on August 24
New Single "Models" Track and Video Now Streaming
LA-based duo FTRZ, the new project of musician/actor Chet Hanks (son of Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson) and his collaborator, musician Drew Arthur will release 'The Ocean Park EP' on August 24.
Pre-order 'The Ocean Park EP' here: http://ftrz.merchnow.com.
The first single is available now on all digital platforms.
A music video for the first single "Models" premiered yesterday on Billboard and is now streaming at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUSsZlQYTQo&feature=youtu.be.
The duo's moniker is derived from the fact that they had originally intended to “feature” on each other’s songs, before joining forces.
Hanks, who started rapping in 2010 while attending Northwestern University, is currently co-starring on Empire (playing the character Blake) and Shamelessand in the upcoming World War II drama, Greyhounds. He has also appeared on Curb Your Enthusiasm and a number of other projects.
Drew has been performing in bands since he was a teenager and has opened up for acts such as 30 Seconds to Mars, Angels and Airwaves, and My Chemical Romance.
They met coincidentally through a mutual friend in 2016 and quickly bonded over their love of music and their shared sobriety, both having struggled with substance abuse.
The new single “Models,” highlights this shared past and how their sobriety and recovery has had a profound impact on their lives.
Hanks says, "Models is about the journey through our past of substance abuse that lead us to be the better people we are today. How the wrong path can lead you to the right path if you make a change."
GET MARRIED'S 'Songs For The Sleepless' LP Out Now on Asian Man and Wiretap Records
San Jose’s Get Married just released their new LP 'Songs For The Sleepless' and you can stream it here:
Praise for Get Married:
"While the stylistic influence that Elvis and the Beach Boys have had on Get Married is clear, it's just the jumping-off point for the six-piece San Jose-based outfit. With deep roots in the South Bay's DIY punk scene, Get Married also effortlessly incorporates power pop, metal and soul into a much more modern and expansive take on the genre. Encompassing the rollicking rhythms of rockabilly, the emotional depth of doo-wop and a love of guitar solos that betrays a certain hair metal influence, the band conjures a sense of nostalgia for the past without ever descending into sappy cliches."- MetroActive
"Musically speaking, the fuzzy indie rock influence of early Weezer shines through in both the guitar sound and worshipful nods to their classic song structures seem to lurk just out my mental reach. This seems to be tightly entwined with the raw, searing melodic punk rock of Samiam and the heavily rock n’ roll influenced shy boy power pop of River City High and a hint of Teen Idols."- Apathy and Exhaustion
"Get Married continue to hit you with perfect poppy punk moments that are tempered with a more rock ‘n roll sensibility to keep them away from the pop punk packs well trodden and predictable path."- The Punk Site
"The song is rambunctious, and there’s definitely a punk aesthetic bleeding into the energy of the track. The music video is a wild ride of feeling isolated and alienated even on earth." The Alternative
Stream 'Songs For The Sleepless' here: http://hyperurl.co/oqnlw7.
Check out the video for "Cinnamon Sugar" here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPrp85TpMuQ
Somewhere beyond the prying eyes of the city, out by the roadside chapel, there’s an intersection where parallel roads overlap. Lovers and loners. Elvis and Ozma. Alkaline Trio and Iron Maiden. Here, they all cross paths. Legend says that if you stand at the center, close your eyes, give yourself up to fate and take what comes, then you will hear two words echo through your head. Get Married.
Get Married are eternal optimists. Teens of nowhere who lie dreaming in leather jackets. Awake in a bedroom, they listen to the rain and sing ballads of the night you met.
In 2016 the band released the Into the Cosmos 7” on Wiretap Records, a four song EP that celebrates everything about having, holding, longing, and losing.
[Since then, they’ve fine-tuned what heartstrings they have left for their first full-length. Due out on August 17th via Asian Man Records and Wiretap Records, Songs For The Sleepless finds the band doubling down on every bet they’ve made, going for broke in a night race to destiny.]
For Get Married there’s no fading out. You either make it to the other side, or you crash and burn. And if you’re out there now, by the roadside chapel, take a chance. Step into the crossroads, close your eyes, and listen. If you do, you just might hear them as they tear by into the night.
Piano-centric, punk & jazz aka “Billy Joel on Meth”
Gods of Mount Olympus originally formed as a duo when Brian Wahlstrom met Paul Rucker through a mutual friend, Joey Cape of Lagwagon. Wahlstrom, a founding member of Scorpios and keyboardist for Joey Cape’s solo projects, was writing songs that required aggressive piano and fast and heavy drums. Realizing the sound was not complete without guitars, Brian reached out to his neighbor, Steve Morris (Unwritten Law) and most recently Matt Riddle (No Use for a Name) to play bass. The band is best defined as piano-centric, punk rock jazz…AKA “Billy Joel on Speed”. With a lineup stacked with punk rock veterans, united by a completely original sound, this project has all the ingredients for greatness.
The band's self-titled record will be out Feb 16th, 2018.
Brian Wahlstrom - Vocals, Piano
Steve Morris - Guitar
Paul Rucker - Drums
Matt Riddle - Bass
Additional tour dates to be announced soon!
Rude Records is proud to announce the release of Got It Made, the long-awaited new EP from Southern California punk rock heroes GUTTERMOUTH, due out on July 15 worldwide in collaboration with Bird Attack Records.
With their first new material in ten years, Guttermouth is poised to add a new chapter to their legacy as one of punk rock's seminal acts. Known for their short, fast and loud songs, outrageous antics and offensive lyrics, Guttermouth has attracted plenty controversy over the years. In other words - They are punk rock as it's meant to be.
Want to have a taste of the new EP? The first single "I've Got It Made" is now available for streaming here.
In a collective statement, the band says, "After releasing 9 studio albums over the years, it’s sometimes hard to find new ideas and motivation, and life often gets in the way of creativity. A few of us had worked on some ideas in the years and talk started again on possibly releasing new songs, however, with the heavy touring schedule of the band, this proved very difficult. In the last 2 years something changed. While touring Australia in 2015, there was an opportunity to stay at a studio for a week in between legs of the tour. While staying at the studio, we were able to complete some of the ideas and record them as demos. Once back in the States we tweaked some of the songs once again. By then,we felt they were ready to be recorded properly. With no pressure of deadlines, we felt we were finally able to write songs we wanted to put out."
Guttermouth initially planned to self-release the new material in order to avoid interference and pressures from a label, but then the band started talking with their long time friend, Bird Attack Records owner Garrett Wadford, about the possibility of teaming with the label to record the new material and it seemed like a great fit. Bird Attack then joined forces with Rude Records which will release the EP globally. “Got It Made” is due out July 15th on Bird Attack / Rude Records.
Formed in Huntington Beach, California in 1998, Guttermouth was heavily influenced by the Southern California punk rock scenes of the 1980's which spawned bands such as the Adolescents, The Vandals, Social Distortion, Fear, Descendents, Angry Samoans, Bad Religion and Black Flag.
The band took these influences and developed their own style of fast, punk tempos with humorously sarcastic and offensive lyrics coupled with equally outrageous and offensive behavior, developing a reputation for chaotic live shows.
01 The Point
02 Freckles The Pony
03 I've Got It Made
04 A Punk Rock Tale Of Woe
05 Shitty Situation
06 Old Man
Belief can be a powerful thing. When shared even among a small group, possibilities remain endless.
That brings us to He Is Legend’s fifth full-length offering, few [Spinefarm Records]. The communal faith belonging to a cadre of musicians, artists, and fans brought the collection to life. That’s why the title, a nod to Madame Helena Blavatsky’s occult treasure The Voice of the Silence, feels so cosmically apropos for the Wilmington, NC quartet—Schuylar Croom [vocals], Adam Tanbouz [lead guitar], Matty Williams [bass], and Denis Desloge [guitar].
“This is dedicated to the people who supported us through everything,” declares Croom. “I was inspired by the words of Helena Blavatsky. She’s basically the godmother of the occult, and she dedicated one of her books to the few. Basically, that means the few that follow the way. I thought it was very fitting for what we do. It took just a few artists and a few thousand of our fans to come through and say, ‘Fuck yeah, we want you to do another record.’ We left it up to them.”
In 2015, He Is Legend wrapped up a marathon tour cycle for 2014’s triumphant Heavy Fruit with the likes of Maylene and the Sons of Disaster and Wilson. As songs like “This Will Never Work” cracked 370K Spotify streams, Heavy Fruit elevated the group to a new plateau with acclaim from Alternative Press, Revolver Magazine, L.A. Music Blog, New Noise, Ultimate Guitar, and many more.
Returning home, the boys allowed their audience to make a decision on what would become album number five…
“We started a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo,” Croom goes on. “If we met the goal, we’d do it. If not, we wouldn’t. It was all or nothing. The response was pretty overwhelming. We found new life, energy, and creativity in this as a result.”
With unique incentives like smoking jackets, amulets, and action figures, He Is Legend impressively raised 124% of their goal. During December 2015, the band retreated to a remote cabin in Carrboro, NC just 20 minutes from Warrior Sound: the studio where they cut both Heavy Fruit and It Hates You. The snowy setting and isolation instigated inspiration within Croom.
“The cabin was really pivotal for us,” he says. “There was no cell phone service. The couple that owned it had dogs and cats roaming free. It’s this nice place literally in the middle of nowhere. Rather than turning on the TV at night, we’d be sitting around a fire to stay warm drinking wine. It brought an element of darkness out of me. I was in a strange place, dealing with some personal and family issues. I channeled that as I was stuck in the snow lonely. There was this longing for summer. In my eyes, the cabin had more to do with this music than we would readily admit.”
This time around, the guys produced few with Warrior Sound owner Al Jacobs. They amplified every element of their signature style. Summoning ghosts of White Zombie, Soundgarden, and Nirvana, the riffs hit harder, the lyrics cut deeper, and the rhythms stick longer.
“We tried to go for a minimalist approach,” he goes on. “We wanted to focus on all of the aspects we’ve ever brought to the table. There was a lot of anger and hostility in the music. That mainly came out of us redefining what we used to do really well. Our sound has changed a lot over the years, but that’s important for us to grow. Our fans expect us to morph a little. There’s a little bit of all our previous records in this.”
few takes flight on the hypnotic guitars and haunting harmonies of opener “Air Raid.” It quickly blasts off into a gut-punching slam and powerful chant, “I don’t know why she’s out of breath at the door of death.”
“‘Air Raid’ hits you like the fucking end of the world,” he exclaims. “It’s pretty self-explanatory as far as the lyrics go. It’s about how the earth wants humans to be gone. We’re a fucking cancer. It could shake us off like a dog shakes off flees. It’s as political as I’ve ever gotten.”
“Sand” snaps into a barrage of distortion and percussion before slipping into one of the set’s most unforgettable choruses. “It’s the shortest song,” he continues. “It’s a banger that gets in and gets out. Lyrically, it’s about personal issues in my life I’ve been facing for a while.”
Elsewhere, the psychedelic elegance of “Gold Dust” unlocks another facet of the fours-piece. “That might be my favorite song,” he admits. “There’s always one song that pushes where we are and shows where we could go next—or might not ever go again. I used a lot of imagery from a story that a friend told me. He ate mushrooms and had a spiritual awakening. I wrote from his experience and weaved some of my own into it. It’s about trying to see again what you’ve seen when you’re under the influence.”
Completing the album, He Is Legend found the right partner for release in Spinefarm Records. Now, few are about to become many in 2017.
“I want fans to feel like this album is theirs since they were ultimately responsible for it,” Croom leaves off. “We had to make it perfect for them. It’s important for us to hug them and say thank you as much as possible. We accomplished something great through having a cult following that wanted us to continue. I think it’s important for people to know that and see this came to life because of them.”
Featuring Members of Western Settings, New Way On, The Newports
"Hey, Chels take their punk sensibilities and add a heaping dash of indie rock to the mix. You are not going to want to miss out on this band."- New Noise Magazine
Hey, Chels is a new band featuring Southern Californian musicians, Jacque Mendez (New Way On) on vocals and electric piano, Stephanie Presz (The Newports) on drums, Kevin White (Squarecrow) on guitar, and Ricky Schmidt (Western Settings) on bass.
The band's new self-titled EP was just released and was produced by Patrick Ryan Heaney (Cage The Elephant, Cold War Kids, The War On Drugs).
Stream 'Hey, Chels' here: https://heychels.bandcamp.com/album/hey-chels.
OCT 6th San Diego, CA @ Tower Bar w/ GPB, Coyote Bred
DEC 31st San Diego, CA @ LE New Years Show w/
JAN 1st Long Beach, CA @ Toxic Toast w/
JAN 2nd Sacramento, CA @ ??????????
JAN 3rd San Fransisco, CA @ Ivy Room w/ Reunions, Zipped In
JAN 4th Portland, OR @ TBA
JAN 5th Seattle, WA @ The Kraken
Hit The Switch (formerly Nitro Records) Release Album Teaser; New LP 'Entropic' out Sept. 25
Hit The Switch (formerly on Nitro Records) New Full Length: "Entropic” available Sept 25, 2018 on Bird Attack Records!
Here is a new album teaser for you to drool on:
Stay Tuned for pre-sale dates. Coming Soon…
Hit the Switch is a Southern California melodic, thrash, punk band formed in 2003 by Matt Hawks and Jerry Fenn. The band signed to Nitro Records and released “Domestic Tranquillity And Social Justice” in 2006. With multiple tours in the U.S. and Europe, and a self-released full-length titled “Observing Infinities” in 2009, the band went on to release a cover of Pink Floyd’s “Welcome To The Machine” and single track “Retroactive” in 2011. After a 7 year stretch, the band have returned with “Entropic” to be released on Bird Attack Records September 25th, 2018 on digital/vinyl.
Check out Hit The Switch's back catalog on:
Porterville, CA / Phoenix, AZ
Cam - vocals
Jordan - guitar
Dan - drums
It's not about sharing finances, or even art, it's about sharing Love.
This all started because we believe Love exists, and you deserve to experience it.
We believe in God, and we believe in Love. But also, we believe that if you don't believe in God, you still deserve to be Loved.
Love is not exclusive.
Findlay, OH based record company
Being As An Ocean
Famous Last Words
Let It Happen
Until We Are Ghosts
"It's Not Dead Festival Stays Punk as F__k "- OC Weekly
"The grounds transformed into a punk rock nirvana as the It’s Not Dead festival made its triumphant debut."- Press-Enterprise
"It's Not Dead proves there's still a lot of life left in punk"- AXS
"I never thought I’d see most of the bands on the lineup. Nearly every band is the equivalent of The Rolling Stones for the punk genre and seeing them all at once was nothing short of incredible."- LA Music Blog
"...brings together over 3 decades of punk rockers, giving many of us a chance to experience the soundtrack of our youth."- The Pier
Me First and The Gimme Gimmes have been added to the already stacked lineup for It's Not Dead 2.
One of the country's largest punk rock festivals, It's Not Dead is returning to Southern California's Glen Helen Amphitheater Festival Grounds, on Saturday, August 26, after a two-year break.
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes join previously announced co-headliners Rancid and Dropkick Murphys, plus A Wilhelm Scream, Buzzcocks, Channel 3, The Casualties, Down By Law, The Exploited, The Flatliners, GBH, Good Riddance, Guttermouth, The Interrupters, Kevin Seconds, Mad Caddies, Off!, Runaway Kids, The Selecter, The Toasters, Wraths, U.S. Bombs, Voodoo Glow Skulls and many more. See lineup below.
Kevin Lyman says, "Excited to announce the addition of Me First and the Gimme Gimmes to the festival lineup. Can't wait to spend another day in the sun with old friends getting back to our roots.”
All tickets are general admission are on sale now on the festival website.
Tickets are also now available for purchase with no service fees at Dr. Strange Records in Rancho Cucamonga, CA (7136 Amethyst Ave.) and Programme Skate and Sound in Fullerton, CA (2495 E Chapman Ave.) Kids 10 and under will once again be admitted free with a paid adult.
Returning to the festival this year are the pop-up art exhibition 'Art's Not Dead' and the 'Punks Well Read' book signing and literary area, both curated by renowned punk rock photographer Lisa Johnson.
Authors confirmed for this year's book signings, include punk rock icons:
Keith Morris of Circle Jerks/Off! (My Damage)
Jim Lindberg of Pennywise/Wraths (Punk Rock Dad)
Jack Grisham of T.S.O.L. (releasing a brand new book that day at the festival)
Shawna Kenney (Live at the Safari Club: A People’s History of HarDCore/I Was A Teenage Dominatrix)
Jeff Alulis (NOFX's Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories) with more to be announced.
The Art's Not Dead art show will exhibit and sell works from many of the underground scene's most acclaimed artists and photographers.
Additionally, there will be a 'Punk Swap' zone of unique and artisan finds under the big circus tent.
It's Not Dead has once again partnered with Rally Bus. Fans can now book seats for travel on a high-end bus to the festival, saving themselves from the hassles of driving, parking, and navigating traffic. Travel is better together with Rally! For more information, visit: http://rlyb.us/dead826
For additional details visit ItsnotDeadFestival.com.
What: It's Not Dead Festival
When: Saturday, August 26 (Doors Open at 12:00pm)
Tickets on sale now.
Where: Glen Helen Amphitheater Festival Grounds
Down By Law
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
Slaughter and the Dogs
Voodoo Glow Skulls
A Wilhelm Scream
Guitar Virtuoso Jacky Vincent (Cry Venom, ex-Falling In Reverse) Releasing Sophomore Solo LP 'Life Imitating Art' in September
Album To Feature Studio Musicians Skyler Accord (Issues), Greg Cash (Josh Todd & the Conflict), Aaron Stechauner (Rings of Saturn) And Others
'Life Imitating Art' US Tour Kicks off September 4
.Check out a new song ("Awakener") on Guitar World
Guitar virtuoso Jacky Vincent will release his sophomore solo LP 'Life Imitating Art' this September, which also features studio musicians Skyler Accord (Issues), Greg Cash (Josh Todd & the Conflict) and Aaron Stechauner (Rings of Saturn) among others.
Physical and digital album pre-orders are avaialable at: http://www.jackyvincentmerch.limitedrun.com/.
A play-through video for "Awakener", a track of the album is debuting on Guitar World: https://www.guitarworld.com/artists/jacky-vincent-premieres-new-song-awakener.
Of the track, Jacky says, "This is my new single entitled ‘Awakener’ from my upcoming album ‘Life Imitating Art’! My first solo release in 5 years. I had a blast crossing Metal, Electronic, neo-classical and fusion styles all into one track! Share/repost this track, tag all your friends and crank it up!
In anticipation of the album's release, Jacky will embark on his first solo US Tour, which kicks off on September 4 in Oklahoma City. See dates below.
Tickets for the Life Imitating Art Tour are available at: https://bnds.us/ctpxqe.
Vincent's unbelievable, outrageous and over the top guitar style was on full display as a former member of Falling In Reverse (Epitaph Rcords) from 2009-2015. Chart-topping releases such as ‘The Drug In Me Is You’, ‘Fashionably Late’ and ‘Just Like You’ shot Vincent into the mainstream and he was quickly heralded as one of today’s top young super shredders.
Legendary Shrapnel Records (responsible for the rise of guitar gods Yngwie Malmsteen, Paul Gilbert and Jason Becker to name a few) named Jacky "one of the worlds greatest new technicians" and released his debut guitar album ‘Star X Speed Story’ in 2013.
With accolades such as AP Magazine's Guitar Player of the Year 2012, Guitar World's 3rd Best Shredder/Shred Album 2013 and his own Dean signature series guitar under his belt, Vincent moved on to form the metal group Cry Venom.
The virtuosic metal entourage have since released their debut album ‘Vanquish The Demon’ and kicked off the Loudpark Festival playing the Saitama Super Arena in Japan, warming the stage for metal and rock heavyweights such as Alice Cooper, Meshuggah and Devin Townsend.
With the upcoming release of his sophomore solo album, Jacky shows no signs of slowing down. Catch him live on tour this year, an awe-inspiring show you will not want to miss!
Jacky Vincent Highlights:
Signature guitar series with Dean Guitars (Other signature artists include Dimebag Darrel, Michael Angelo Batio, Vinnie Moore) https://www.deanguitars.com/artist?uid=52
Endorsements include DiMarzio pick ups, SIT strings and Fractal Audio.
Member of Falling In Reverse from 2009 to 2015; Played on the band's first three albums ‘The Drug In Me Is You’ , ‘Fashionably Late’ and ‘Just Like You’.
Headlined the Vans Warped Tour twice - 2012 and 2014.
Winner 2012 ‘Guitarist of the Year’ Alternative Press Readers Poll.
Also nominated in 2011 and 2014.
Released first solo album in 2013 (Shrapnel Records).
Awarded 3rd 'Best Shred Album of the Year' in Guitar World's Readers Poll 2013, behind Joe Satriani and Dream Theatre.
Was also awarded 3rd Best Shredder that year in Guitar World behind John Petrucci and Joe Satriani.
Has been featured on songs and played on tracks alongside guitar virtuoso’s such as - Paul Gilbert, Michael Angelo Batio, Jason Richardson, Syu (Galneryus), Dario Lorina and Rusty Cooley.
Has have also played on stage with Dragonforce as a guest at soundwave festival in Australia in 2015.
Vincent's metal band Cry Venom opened Loudpark festival 2017 in Japan.
Life Imitating Art Tour:
SEP 04- Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th Street
SEP 05- Dallas, TX @ The Prophet Bar
SEP 06- Abilene, TX @ Homer's Bar
SEP 07- San Antonio, TX @ Jack's Patio
SEP 08- Houston, TX @ Concert Pub North
SEP 09- Austin, TX @ Come And Take It Live
SEP 13- Salt Lake City, UT @ The Loading Dock
SEP 14- Las Vegas, NV @ Beauty Bar
SEP 15- Van Nuys, CA @ White Oak Music Hall
SEP 16- Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock
Album cover artwork by Russell Cera
All songs written and arranged by Jacky Vincent
Produced, mixed and mastered by Charles Kallaghan Massabo @ Kallaghan Studios LA www.kallaghanrecords.com
Recorded between August 2017 and June 2018.
Lead guitars recorded in Las Vegas by Jacky Vincent
Guitars and keyboards - Jacky Vincent
Bass - Skyler Accord (Of the band ‘Issues’) - except for tracks
‘Awakener’ and ‘Run, Don’t Look Back’ - bass by Greg Cash (from the band ‘Josh Todd & the Conflict)
Dylan Howard except for the track ‘Racetrack’ - Drums on Racetrack by Aaron Stechauner (Of the bands ‘Rings of Saturn’ and ‘Interloper’.
Programming - Jacky Vincent and Charles Massabo.
Album cover artwork by Russell Cera
Photos by Crystal Stoney Photography
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June Divided's 'Body Wars' EP Out Today
Produced/Engineered by Fred Mascherino
Stream 'Body Wars' Here
Philadelphia alternative pop rockers June Divided have just released their debut label EP, 'Body Wars' via Revival Recordings.
Frontwoman Melissa Menago says, “Body Wars has been a long time in the making and we’re so glad to be able to tour it and to see its release on Revival Recordings. Whether you’ve just heard our name, or if you’ve been following us for a while- thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”
'Body Wars' is available here.
What others are saying about June Divided:
"I can’t imagine anybody not getting goosebumps the first time they hear Melissa Menago’s powerhouse vocals..."- Substream Magazine
"For anyone who has dealt with a raging inner war with themselves..."- The Daily Listening
"Philly pop-rock four-piece June Divided surrender themselves to new sonic airwaves with the release of "Body Wars"⎯-a tumultuous self-examination of the personal struggle raging from within and rippling outward."
"All of the songs have a special earworm quality to them that make them all worth several more listens at the least."- Music Times
"A stellar to EP that has you clamoring for more songs..."- Off The Record USA
"Through lead singer Melissa Menago’s clear tones and a dreamy, catchy chorus, it’s already clear that Body Wars is bound to be a hit."- Indie Entry
Hailing from Philadelphia, PA, June Divided consists of Melissa Menago (vocalist/keyboardist/guitarist), Chris Kissel (guitarist), Keith Gill (drummer), and Lenny Sasso (bassist). With searing vocals, catchy beats, and an onstage performance that can’t be missed, June Divided strives to give their listeners a complete experience with their music. From playing several festivals and music conferences like South By Southwest, Launch, and Warped Tour to touring consistently and sharing stages with the likes of Twenty One Pilots, Walk the Moon and Tegan & Sara, the band has been working hard to get their music in front of as many people as possible, gaining new fans and recognition along the way.
Earlier this year, they announced their signing with Revival Recordings, the label home to artists Alesana, The Home Team, and Shatterproof.
To request music, interviews, tickets, more information, please contact Mike@earshotmedia.com
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Leav/e/arth is a 5-piece rock outfit from Cleveland, Ohio. They are hitting the ground running with their debut full-length album, “A Perfect Disarray,” is now available via InVogue Records.
Li-sa-X, 13 Year Old Japanese Guitar Prodigy And Viral Video Sensation Releasing Debut LP 'WILL' on October 26 via Sony Music Japan
Check Out The New Video "Little Wings" (Featuring 11 Year Old Chinese Guitar Whiz Yo-Yo)
13-year-old Japanese guitar prodigy and Internet sensation, Li-sa-X is releasing 'WILL,' her debut full-length album on October 26 via Sony Music Japan.
A video for the track "Little Wings" (which features 11-year-old Chinese guitar genius Yo-Yo) is premiering today at: https://youtu.be/rfRlh2YWL30.
A combination of fresh sensibility and transcendent technique, the sensational “Junior High School Guitar Heroine” known as Li-sa-X caught the attention of guitar fans everywhere with her viral videos, and with the release of her first full-length album, featuring all original tunes (+ bonus track), she is sure to expand her fanbase.
At a tender age of 8, Li-sa-X began posting videos of her masterful guitar work, which created buzz around the globe and led to her debut in 119 countries with the “Serendipity” EP, at age 12.
Li-sa-X says, "I am very happy to release this new album WILL. Over the years, I have simply enjoyed covering music of various artists. On my debut EP I released a year and a half ago, I was even able to have my own tune. Then I started receiving comments from people who had been watching me on YouTube and other media that they wanted to hear more original tunes, which gradually motivated me to write tunes of my own. However, writing original tunes was very difficult. Things did not proceed as smoothly I had wanted to; there were times I almost broke off my heart. Meanwhile, I had the fortune to have a chance to perform with a wide array of wonderful top-notch players. What electrified me was that each and every one of them had a strong personality, tone, and music, which were immediately recognizable. Their performances renewed and further strengthened my desire to have and pursue my own personality as a guitarist. This album is filled with such a WILL of mine."
Of the new track "Little Wings" (feat. YOYO”) she says, "This is a happy, speedy, and uplifting tune. YOYO, a super-technical 11-year-old guitarist from China appears as guest, interplaying solos and plays in harmony with me. The title is a pun on Mr. Jimi Hendrix’s famous tune “Little Wing”. I named it in plural form, “Little Wings”, in the image of YOYO and I flying together. Originally, the song comes from a piece of idea which my dad was thinking to develop into a song with a vocal. I reshaped and expanded it to be more fitting to a guitar tune. So especially with the climax of the song, I tried to play as if I had been singing. I am happy with the outcome of the tune."
Born February 8, 2005, 13-year-old Li-sa-X is currently a second-year junior high school student. Inspired by her guitarist father, she took up the guitar at age 5. Her performance covering Racer X’s “Scarified”, the video of which she posted at age 8 on YouTube, was streamed over 4.7 million times around the world and immediately took the Western media by storm, earning rave reviews such as “one of the 10 selected for These Girls Are Definitely The Future Of Heavy Metal (MTV US), and “one of The Best Kid Metal Shredders (VH1 US)”. Later, in a “reverse-import” form, she created a huge buzz in her homeland Japan as well. After appearing on a number of domestic TV programs and commercials, she made her debut in 119 countries with the aforementioned “Serendipity” EP in March 2017. Ever since, she has been quickly expanding her scope of activities; the same year she performed her first single-bill show in July, and became the youngest artist to perform at Summer Sonic 2017 (Jungle Stage), the biggest rock festival in Japan. This past January, she also had the privilege to perform with Megadeth guitarist Kiko Loureiro at The NAMM Show 2018, held in Anaheim, California.
1. Little Wings feat. YOYO
2. Pale Pink Monster
7. Fragment Of Cake
9. World Football Anthem（bonus track）
all tracks written by Li-sa-X (except track 09)
all tracks arranged, produced & mixed by Li-sa-X & Issei Ambo
all tracks mastered by Mitsuyasu Abe (Sony Music Studios Tokyo)
guitar : Li-sa-X (all tracks), YOYO(guitar solo on “Little Wings”)
ⓅⒸ2018 Sony Music Entertainment / Manufactured by Sony Music Labels Inc.
Based out of Orlando, Makari is a five-piece ambient rock outfit signed to InVogue Records. Their EP “Transient” was produced by Andrew Wade and offered a glimpse into their soon-to-be-released debut LP “Hyperreal,” due out August 3rd. With dreamy and delicate guitar work, driving bass and drums, and soaring and melodic lyric-driven vocals, the band allows you to drift on a sonic-sea of delay and reverb just long enough before dropping you back into high-energy grooves.
Sam Boxold : Vocal / Guitar
Tyler Young : Guitar
Scott Eckel : Drums
Detroit, Michigan post-rock 4-piece Man Mountain have dropped another new track off their fforthcoming debut full-length, “Infinity Mirror,” which will be released on March 16th via Spartan Records.
Stream "No Man Needs Nothing" on Heavy Blog Is Heavy: http://spr.tn/mmnmnn.
"Infinity Mirror" was mastered by Mike Kalajian (Circa Survive, Prawn, Moving Mountains).
Pre-order "Infinty Mirror" here. All pre-orders come with and instant download of “Memory Trace," as well as a free copy of the band’s debut EP, "To Call Each Thing By Its Right Name,” which has been re-mastered and updated with new artwork. The re-release is also available on all streaming services in addition to being made available for Name Your Own Price at spartanrecords.com and Bandcamp.
Man Mountain is a band of brothers and friends from the southeast corner of Michigan, playing epic and emotive instrumental rock music. What started in the beginning of 2012 as two people jamming songs by The Appleseed Cast in a basement, turned into four people playing a full set of original songs in someone else’s basement later that summer. That first set of music was later polished up, recorded, and released in the spring of the following year as an EP titled “To Call Each Thing By Its Right Name”. Since then the band has played all over Michigan (and neighboring states), and has written and recorded their first full length record, “Infinity Mirror” which will be released by Spartan Records this spring.
About Man Mountain:
There is power in the repetition. When stretched across an infinite plane, even the smallest elements become transformatively integrated into the greater picture. Tones to spectrums. Feathers to flight. Molecules to mountains.
Spartan Records proudly welcomes Man Mountain to the family — a melodic, instrumental post-rock outfit from Southeast Michigan. In the honorable lineage of bands like The Appleseed Cast, Sigur Ros, and American Football, Man Mountain's debut record Infinity Mirror is a journey of emotive dynamics set against a swirling dreamlike ferocity.
“With Infinity Mirror, we wanted to capture the sonic intensity of our live set,” says guitarist Mike Reaume, “that feeling when everything kicks in and your are entirely immersed in the sound.” Song by song, the album progresses with an intentionality that allows delicate melodies, motifs, and nuances to build into quaking full-band aggression. “We didn’t want any two songs to sound like different versions of the same idea,” says Reaume, describing the albums play between fragmentation and cohesion. “We wanted each song to explore a different facet of musical influence for us both individually and collectively.”
Intentionally avoiding a traditional studio recording path, Infinity Mirror was tracked in a variety of unconventional locations. With ultimate attention paid to sonic integrity, gear selection, and reckless experimentation, the record took shape over the course of many months. “The overall tonality of Infinity Mirror is much different from anything we’ve done before,” says Reaume. “The clean tones are much more pristine and shimmering, and the heavy bass parts just get amazingly filthy.” Once tracking and mixing were complete, final mastering details were handled by Mike Kalajian (Circa Survive, Prawn, Moving Mountains).
Thematically, the album presents a constant duality. Aptly titled Infinity Mirror, it is hard to ignore the unending and cycling conflict associated with any type of prolonged reflection. Sonically translated, this pondering plays as understated notes and moments reverberating into upheaval and dissonance. While the catalyst for much of this direction can be traced to the internal, the band also acknowledges the influential power of their surrounding physical environment. “Michigan is a beautiful state that really inspires a sense of adventure and exploration,” says Reaume. “It also can be somber and brutal in the winter. I think that definitely can be heard in the contrasting vibe of a lot of the songs we write. Even the way the album flows is from more upbeat ‘summer’ songs to more melancholic ‘winter’ songs — like the cycle of the seasons."
Infinite repetition. Cyclical patterns. Internal reflection of the external. Examination of self. Come experience Infinity Mirror March 16th on Spartan Records.
Acclaimed Music Producer Michael Beinhorn (Soundgarden, Marilyn Manson) Launches Pre-Production Services For The People
With the launch of record producer Michael Beinhorn's pre-production services, musicians and bands now have a unique and cost-effective opportunity to work directly with a seasoned recording industry professional, regardless of what stage they are at in their careers and where they are located geographically.
The Grammy-nominated music producer has played a pivotal role in the making of many of the top records of the last four decades. Some of his production credits include work on landmark albums from the likes of Soundgarden, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Korn, Marilyn Manson, Hole, Soul Asylum, Ozzy Osbourne, Mew, Social Distortion, Violent Femmes, Herbie Hancock, The Bronx, The Golden Palominos and Black Label Society.
His recordings have achieved combined worldwide sales of more than 45 million albums, and he is one of only a handful of producers to have two separate recordings debut in Billboard’s Top Ten in the same week, with Marilyn Manson’s “Mechanical Animals” (#1) and Hole’s “Celebrity Skin”(#9) which also earned him a 1998 Grammy nomination for Producer of the Year.
In recent years, Beinhorn has turned his attention to the concerns facing today’s artists and producers attempting to maintain their creative ethics and focus on the recording process. He has been increasingly active in mentoring fellow artists and aspiring record producers.
To that end, Beinhorn has embarked on his latest venture, offering affordable pre-production services catered to all musicians and bands.
Beinhorn says, "For every successful project I’ve produced, there has always been one constant- a period of evaluation and pre-production before the physical recording began. This includes such elements as song assessment, performance assessment, song arrangement, rehearsal, etc- in degrees proportional to the needs of each project.
The fact is, recordings always have a greater shot at reaching their full potential if they are well prepared, as opposed to being rushed and casually thrown together. A great analogy is building a house- the most solid foundation guarantees the most resilient house, while a weak foundation guarantees that the house will eventually fall apart.
Although recording budgets have shrunk, contemporary artists who want to make the best possible music face the same issues they always have. I feel that having less money to work with shouldn’t stop artists from having access to processes such as pre-production so they can get the very best out of their work.
Since having a small budget limits the amount of time an artist can spend on a recording, their primary emphasis is on getting everything done as quickly as possible. As this reality has evolved, aspects invaluable to the recording process, such as pre-production, have fallen by the wayside.
For this reason, I offer pre-production and music evaluation- exactly the same processes that I have used on classic recordings from Soundgarden's “Superunknown” to Marilyn Manson’s “Mechanical Animals”, to Korn's “Untouchables”.
In developing this pre-production service, one of the primary directives has been to make it accessible and affordable. From experience, the best, easiest and most cost-effective way to achieve this is by doing all communicating with artists remotely- via email, Skype, FaceTime, etc. This assures that artists can have unprecedented access to a process that previously would have been inaccessible to them.
To inquire about Michael Beinhorn's services, visit: www.michaelbeinhorn.com
About Michael Beinhorn:
Michael Beinhorn has lived his life in the pursuit of artistic expression, first as a visual artist, then as a performer, and finally as a record producer.
Forgoing a promising career in medical illustration, Beinhorn began his musical endeavors in 1979 as co-founder of the seminal New York musical collective Material. The group’s singular style and strong artistic personalities led to their producing their own recordings out of necessity. As the band rose to prominence, in 1980 they were approached by Brian Eno, collaborating on the track “Lizard Point” from Eno’s acclaimed recording “Ambient 4: On Land.”
In 1983, Beinhorn co-produced Herbie Hancock’s landmark recording, Future Shock, which included the groundbreaking cut “Rockit.” The song, co-written and co-produced by Beinhorn, would become Columbia Records’ most successful 12-inch single ever, selling over three million copies and winning a Grammy in 1984 for Best R&B Instrumental Recording.
After departing Material in 1984, Beinhorn’s production career began to reach new heights. His work on the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ breakthrough albums “The Uplift Mofo Party Plan” and “Mother’s Milk” was instrumental in propelling the band to stardom.
Beinhorn gained a reputation for producing a number of “high watermark” albums that have helped to define the careers of a diverse range of artists, including Soul Asylum, Hole, Soundgarden, Ozzy Osbourne, Courtney Love, Marilyn Manson, Social Distortion, Korn, Golden Palominos, and Mew.
In addition to producing, arranging, engineering, co-writing, and performing on many of his projects, Beinhorn’s attention to detail and tireless pursuit of sonic excellence led him to develop and commission the first two-inch eight-track Ultra-Analog multitrack tape recording format.
in 2015, Beinhorn authored the book “Unlocking Creativity: A Producers Guide To Making Music and Art”, published by Hal Leonard.
He continues to inspire the artists he works with to excel to greater heights, with an unwavering commitment to sonic exploration and creative excellence.
Know Hope Records Signs Milkmen
Remixed/Remastered Version of Band's Self-Titled Debut To Be Released September 14; All New LP Coming in 2019
Stream "Johnny Dangerously" on New Noise
RIYL: At The Drive-In, Modern Baseball, The Front Bottoms, Queen Moo, Joyce Manor, Tiny Moving Parts, The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die, Rozwell Kid, You Blew It!, Mom Jeans, McCafferty, Oso Oso, Hot Mulligan, Free Throw
New Brunswick, NJ 3-piece Milkmen has signed with Know Hope Records.
Check out their track "Johnny Dangerously" on New Noise: https://newnoisemagazine.com/stream-milkmen-johnny-dangerously/.
Formed in 2014 while attending Rutgers University, the band immediately hit the ground running as part of the thriving underground scene in New Jersey. Drawing on a wide range of influences, from RX Bandits to Weatherbox to The Sidekicks, the band quickly amassed a loyal following in Northern New Jersey, which quickly spread throughout the state, as well as New York, Philadelphia and throughout the Northeast part of the country. Milkmen started actively touring in 2015 and haven't slowed down since, touring up and down the East Coast numerous times.
After releasing a few singles, Milkmen self-released their debut self-titled album, recorded at The Kaleidoscope in Lancaster, PA with producer Kory Gable, on December 25, 2015.
Know Hope Records will be reissuing a remixed/remastered version of Milkmen's self-titled debut album on September 14, 2018, as well as brand new record from the band in 2019.
Pre-orders are available here: http://knowhoperecords.limitedrun.com/categories/milkmen.
Milkmen begin their summer tour with Champagne Colored Cars and Sleepy Limbs on August 15th in Lancaster, PA at The Kaleidoscope.
AUG 15 The Kaleidoscope- Lancaster, PA
AUG 17 House Show- Lansing, MI
AUG 18 Catapult Records- Crystal Lake, IL
AUG 20 Our Lady of the Good Couch- Louisville, KY
AUG 21 House Show- Nashville, TN
AUG 22 Hi Fry Haus- Huntsville, AL
AUG 23 The Bakery- Atlanta, GA
AUG 24 LOVELESS LAIR- Wilkesboro, NC
AUG 26 House Show- Pittsburgh, PA
AUG 27 Belmont Institute Warehouse- Philadelphia, PA
AUG 29 The Cave- West Haven, CT
AUG 31 Rob's Place- Union, NJ
SEP 01 Rowan House- Glassboro, NJ
For more tour info visit knowhoperecords.com.
Indie Rock Innovators Mock Orange Add More Dates To 'Nines and Sixes' 20th Anniversary Tour; Band Playing Fest 17 on October 28
Check out the Nines & Sixes 20th Anniversary Tour promo video here
"The playing is aggressively beautiful and propulsive while somehow seeming fragile, able to intricately penetrate small crevices as well as scale mountains."- AllMusic
"Mock Orange is a band that refuses to quit. Having existed since the late-’90s, the band has weathered the collapse of labels, changes in its membership, and pressed on undeterred."- AV Club
Having been a band for over two decades, Evansville, IN’s Mock Orange have seen and done quite a bit throughout the years.They have released more than ten ever-evolving albums and EPs,touring the world over, and consistently amassing a devoted fanbase in the U.S., Europe, and especially Japan.
In 1998, Mock Orange released "Nines & Sixes". This highly acclaimed record solidified their standing as an innovative, genre-blurring band and earned them a cult following that continues to grow.
Celebrating 20 years since its release, Mock Orange is bringing "Nines and Sixes" to the stage again, playing the record in its entirety. Dates include a stop at Gainesville, FL's Fest 17 in October.
New dates have been including shows in Brooklyn, Boston, Philly, Richmond, San Diego, LA & OC. See below.
Check out the Nines & Sixes promo video here: https://youtu.be/JpZHih2QnHw.
Nines and Sixes 20th Anniversary Tour
AUG 24 St. Louis, MO @ The Duck Room at Blueberry Hill (w/ Flow Clinic, End World) Tickets
AUG 25 Chicago, IL @ Subterranean (w/ Monobody) Tickets
SEP 14 Knoxville TN @ Open Chord
OCT 28 Gainesville, FL FEST 17 @ The Wooley
NOV 14 Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory Tickets New Date
NOV 15 Cambridge, MA @ Middle East - Upstairs Tickets New Date
NOV 16 Philadelphia, PA @ Ortlieb's Tickets New Date
NOV 17 Richmond, VA @ Capital Ale House Downtown Tickets New Date
DEC 01 San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar Tickets New Date
DEC 02 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo Tickets New Date
DEC 04 Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction Tickets New Date
Additional dates will be added and will be announced soon
89.9 KCRW Presents Music Tastes Good, Vol. 3
Saturday, September 29 & Sunday, September 30
2018 Lineup announced & tickets on sale now, watch the announcement video and discover this year's festival
The lineup for 2018's Music Taste Good has been revealed!
The mammoth two-day music, food, and arts festival returns to Marina Green Park, along the picturesque Downtown Long Beach shoreline, on September 29 and 30th, and will be headlined by none other than iconic British New Wave legends New Order (Saturday) making their only west coast appearance this year, and Grammy-nominated and Mercury Prize-winning English singer-songwriter James Blake (Sunday).
Rounding out the monumental Saturday lineup is influential Canadian indie rock collective Broken Social Scene performing their critically-acclaimed masterpiece You Forgot It In People, plus Joey Bada$$, Santigold, Lil B, Princess Nokia, Blake Mills, Big Thief, Cherry Glazerr, Oliver Tree, Shame, Los Master Plus, Quintron & Miss Pussycat, NO BS! Brass Band, Radiolistener: Tribute to Isaiah "Ikey" Owens, Feels, Forest of Tongue, Neighbor Lady, BLCKNOISE, Haunted Summer and Manuel The Band.
Sunday's bill is equally stacked, with performances by: The Black Angels, Lizzo, Parquet Courts, The Church performing their fan favorite album Starfish to celebrate it's 30th Anniversary, Sun Kil Moon, Bill Callahan, Hollie Cook, Hailu Mergia, Ezra Furman, Ladama, The Blow, De Lux, Ethio Cali, B.A.G. (Blimes x Gifted Gab), The Fling, Baum, Hana Vu, Asi Fui and NO BS! Brass Band.
Returning to the festival for year three is an expanded and more inclusive Taste Tent with the theme "Port Cities of the West Coast," which will offer all attendees (not just VIPs) a chance to immerse their taste buds in culinary samplings from some of the best coast's most talented and acclaimed chefs and restaurants, including:
Wesley Young of Vancouver's Pidgin, Jeffery Vance of Seattle's No Anchor, Cameron Hanin on Seattle's Ma’Ono, Pat Manning of Portland's Toro Bravo, Rachel Aronow, independent (formerly of San Francisco's Alembic), Sincere Justice of Oakland's Tacos Sincero, Edward Martinez of Sacramento's Milk Money, Michael Thiemann of Sacramento's Mother, Dawna Bass of Long Beach's Under the Sun, Jason Witzl of Long Beach's Ellie’s, Aliye Aydin of Long Beach's A Good Carrot, Dina Amadril of Long Beach Creamery, Arthur Gonzales of Long Beach's Roe/Panxa Cocina, Christine Rivera of San Diego's Galaxy Tacos, and Nancy Leon of Tijuana B.C.S.'s Chan’s Bistro.
Tickets On Sale Now
For more information visit musictastesgood.com
Praise for Music Tastes Good:
"It was always Josh Fischel’s dream to create a musical homage to the bustling port city of Long Beach, California," – Billboard
“As music festival season kicks into high gear, we're always happy to see the local upstarts continue to put together top-notch lineups—particularly with Music Tastes Good.”- Time Out Los Angeles
“…the festival’s focus is the cross section of music, food and art. “- Los Angeles Times
"This Fall's Best SoCal Music Festival Isn't in Indio — It's in Long Beach"- LA Weekly
"Music Tastes Good showcases Long Beach with an accessible, approachable debut." - Los Angeles Times
"Perhaps most impressive, however, was the fact that Halperin and Fischel put on the festival without the help of a major promoter, making it the rare music event today to go a pure independent route."- Los Angeles Times
"With a solid lineup from top to bottom, it was hard to find a bad time to catch good music." -LA Weekly
"Music Tastes Good aims to put Long Beach on the festival map."- Los Angeles Times
"For fans inside the festival, Music Tastes Good offered that rare experience of a fest that was easy to navigate, had a no-hassles attitude and was comfortably well-run."- Orange County Register
"But while food at the aforementioned fests is most definitely secondary to the music – Long Beach’s Music Tastes Good might be the only one around with food built into its original concept. Hell, it’s even in the name."- OC Weekly
New Politics Announce Fall Tour
Dates Run November 5-20
Tickets Now On Sale
Tour Features Support from The Score and Bikini Trill
Chart-topping alt-rockers New Politics will bring their high-energy mix of punk and pop-tinged, alternative dance rock back out on the road this November.
Dates for the band's just announced fall tour (featuring support from NYC's The Scoreand LA's Bikini Trill) will kick off on November 5th in Grand Rapids, MI and run through November 20. Tickets links for the shows are listed below.
Quote from New Politics:
“It’s been an incredible year and we’re excited to announce more dates this fall. Our fans have been amazing supporters and we’re really proud of our latest release and being able to do what we do. We have so much more planned for 2019 but don’t miss out on see the last shows this year with The Score. See you this fall.”
Come get L.I.T with us!!!!!’
The band is currently on the final leg of the Angry Orchard Rock The Roots Tour, alongside Sublime with Rome, Lupe Fiasco and the Original Wailers.
Consisting of Danish-born, David Boyd [lead vocals, guitar] and Søren Hansen [bass, guitar, keys, vocals], as well as NY native Louis Vecchio [drums] - New Politics exploded onto the scene with their smash hit "Harlem," earning over 31 million Spotify streams and reaching the top 5 at Alternative Radio.
The band has since released four studio albums featuring a slew of hit singles, including "Everywhere I Go" and "Tonight You're Perfect," securing major syncs on multiple trailers for Frozen, placements on America's Got Talent, ESPN, and commercial spots for the likes of Bud Light, Microsoft, Doritos, and more.
New Politics has also made the full late night circuit, performing on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers and CONAN.
They've played sold-out shows around the world, touring with everyone from Pink and Fall Out Boy to Paramore, 30 Seconds to Mars, Panic At The Disco, Dirty Heads, Twenty-One Pilots and 311 to name a few.
The band latest album, 'Lost In Translation' (released last fall) features the single, “One Of Us,” which reached #10 on the Alternative Radio chart and has accrued millions of streams.
Angry Orchard Rock The Roots
JUL 21 Cabooze Outdoor Plaza- Minneapolis, MN
JUL 28 Marymoor Park- Seattle, WA
AUG 4 Concord Pavilion- Concord, CA
AUG 25 Orlando Amphitheater- Orlando, FL
SEP 8 Angry Orchard Harvest Fest- Walden, NY
Fall Headline Tour
NOV 5 Grand Rapids, MI- The Stache at The Intersection Tickets
NOV 6 Indianapolis, IN- Deluxe at Old National Center Tickets
NOV 7 Columbus, OH- Skully's Tickets
NOV 8 Pittsburgh, PA- Foxtail Tickets
NOV 10 Clifton Park, NY- Upstate Concert Hall Tickets
NOV 11 North Hampton, MA- Pearl Street Tickets
NOV 13 Pawtucket, RI- The Met Tickets
NOV 14 Fairfield, CT- The Warehouse Tickets
NOV 15 Asbury Park, NJ- House of Independents Tickets
NOV 16 Richmond, VA- The National Tickets
NOV 17 Jacksonville, NC- The Tarheel Tickets
NOV 18 Greensboro, NC- Blind Tiger Tickets
NOV 19 Jacksonville, FL- Jack Rabbits Tickets
NOV 20 Atlanta, GA- Terminal West Tickets
Release Date April 13th, 2018
PRE-ORDER NOW AVAILABLE AT
Watch the video for "Spirit" here: https://youtu.be/uo_bS7bAQxw.
Formed in 1991, Sweden's No Fun At All quickly carved out their own brand of fast, melodic hardcore-punk with their debut EP Vision (1993) and the subsequent album No Straight Angles (1994). Establishing a sound of their own and, alongside contemporaries Millencolin and Satanic Surfers, themselves as one of the biggest Swedish acts of the 90's skatepunk scene. The new album, recorded and produced by Millencolin's Mathias Farm in November, along with a bunch of well-received European shows this past summer, shows there are no signs of slowing down for No Fun At All.
Since Lowrider (2008) they've done festivals and club shows in Europe, South America 3 times, Australia 2 times, Japan and Canada. In the fall of 2016, Christer Mähl (ex. Johansson) and Stefan Neuman announced to the rest of the band that they intended to quit the band. They did a tour of Chile and Brazil in the spring of 2017 as a goodbye tour with them. Now solidified, new members Stefan Bratt (Atlas Losing Grip) & Fredrik Eriksson bring a new level of ripping to the punk veterans.
Ingemar Jansson ¬ Vocals | Stefan Bratt ¬ Bass | Frederik Eriksson ¬ Guitar | Kjell Ramstedt ¬ Drums | Mikael Danielsson ¬ Guitar
UPCOMING TOUR DATES FOR 2018
Date Day Country City Venue
April 25 Wed Germany Berlin SO36
April 26 Thu Germany Hamburg Monkeys Music Club
April 27 Fri The Nederlands Erica Pitfest 2018
April 28 Sat Germany Neunkirchen Antattack Festival
April 30 Mon Switzerland Aarau KIFF
May 1 Tue Germany Weinheim CafÈ Central
May 2 Wed Germany Schweinfurt Stattbanhof
May 3 Thu Germany Munich Backstage
May 4 Fri Germany Leipzig Conne Island
May 5 Sat Austria Wels SBƒM fest
June 8 Fri Finland Helsingfors Sideways Festival
June 10 Sun Austria Vienna w/ Offspring
June 16 Sat Germany Nordenham Fonstock Festival
June 27 Wed Sweden Gothenburg Liseberg w/ Offspring
June 30 Sat The Nederlands Ysselsteyn Jera On Air
July 6-8 Belgium Gierle Sjock Festival
July 6-8 Germany H¸nxe Ruhrpott Rodeo
July 28 Sat Germany Lindau Free Open Air Vaudeville
August 7 Tue Slovenia Tolmin Punk Rock Holiday
November 8 Thu Sweden Malmˆ KB w/ Satanic Surfers
November 9 Fri Sweden Stockholm K‰gelbanan w/ Satanic Surfers
November 10 Sat Sweden Gˆteborg Pustervik w/ Satanic Surfers
Bird Attack Records are proud to welcome No Trigger to their family! The band will be releasing new music in the form of Adult Braces - out digitally on July 28th and physically on August 11th. You can check out a teaser video via YouTube here, as well as find more info below.
Stay tuned for more info!
About No Trigger:
No Trigger have been around since the year 2000, pumping out melodic punk/hardcore songs slowly but surely every 4 or 5 years. Five long years have now passed since their last LP Tycoon came out in 2012, so the boys just recorded a brand new 4-song 12" titled Adult Braces, and it is unquestionably their greatest material to date. The album is everything fans have been waiting for: catchy as hell, flawlessly executed, and filled with hits. This album consists of 4 singles. 4 goddamn hits. 4 fucking earth-shattering smash hits. 4 number one mega-hit singles, all tied for number one. The next song on the charts would be number five. It would be these 4 songs tied as number one, then song number five.
Recorded with Jay Maas in Haverhill, MA and mixed/mastered with Jason Livermore at The Blasting Room in Fort Collins, CO, this album is as professionally produced as punk records come, so play it as loud as you goddamn want. Bird Attack Records will be releasing the album on special one-sided, screen-printed 12” vinyl worldwide. It will be released digitally (iTunes/Spotify) on Friday July 28th 2017, and released physically on Friday August 11th 2017.
No Trigger will be touring the UK and Europe in August of 2017, playing some regional East Coast US shows in the fall of 2017, and will also be appearing live at The Fest in Gainesville, FL in October. Grab a ticket now to any or all of the shows and go see these hot new jammy jams live.
Keep an eye out for more live shows TBA and pick up a copy of Adult Bracesas soon as your dirty little hands can get ahold of that bad boy.
No Trigger Tour Dates:
Adult Braces European Summer Tour 2017:
2.8 - London, UK @ Borderline
3.8 - Vlaardingen, NL @ Kroepoekfabriek
4.8 - Koln, DE @ AZ
5.8 - Karlsruhe, DE @ New Noise Fest w/ Death By Stereo, Burn, Slapshot
7.8 - Zurich, CH @ Dynamo w/ Get Dead
8.8 - Wiener Neustadt, A @ Triebwerk
9.8 - Tolmin, SLO @ Punk Rock Holiday w/ Pennywise, Face to Face, Propagandhi, Anti-Flag, and many more
10.8 - Zwiesel, DE @ Juz w/ La Armada
11.8 - Villmar, DE @ Tells Bells Fest w/ Face To Face, Terror, Good Riddance
All European Show Tickets: https://tinyurl.com/NT-Euro-Tix
US Shows / Fall 2017:
9/22 - Worcester, MA @ Ralph’s Diner w/ Choke Up, Saves Ends, Hot Knife
10/27-10/29 - Gainesville, FL @ The Fest w/ Hot Water Music, Against Me!, Superchunk, Iron Regan, A Wilhelm Scream, and many more
Odd Robot is Andy Burris (guitars + vocals), Mike Doherty (bass), and Damian Monroy (drums).
LA rock 'n rollers Palaye Royale will release their Sumerian Records debut 'Boom Boom Room' on June 24. In tandem with that, their summer-long stint on the 2016 Vans Warped Tour will kick off on the same day and run through August 13th.
You can see the new music video for the track "Mr. Doctor Man" here.
With roots in Toronto, ON, the now LA-based band was formed in 2012 by brothers Remington Leith (frontman), Sebastian Danzig (guitarist/organist) and Emerson Barrett (drums).
Music Junkie Press says; "Palaye Royale is truly one of the best indie rock bands you have to hear!" Raine Magazine says, "Palaye Royale is Rock & Roll Reborn."German Magazine raved, "Palaye Royale is in the footsteps of the Rolling Stones."
Palaye Royale has played shows with the likes of I See Stars and Get Scared and recently wrapped up their second year on The High School Nation Tour where they played in front of thousands of young rock fans every single day on the tour.
'Boom Boom Room' Track Listing:
1. Don't Feel Quite Right
2. How Do You Do?
3. My Youth Generation
4. Mr. Doctor Man
5. Sick Boy Soldier
6. Live Like We Want To
7. Ma Chérie (Feat. Kellin Quinn)
8. Too Many People
9. Where Is The Boom?
12. Rag Doll
13. All My Friends
14. Get Higher (Bonus Track)
15. White (Bonus Track)
Beat-driven. Employing heavy elements of funk and soul, paris_monster closes a gap between synthesized sound & garage; between modern detail and old-school grit. Solid earth. Soaring soundscapes. A mass of noise. Volatility. Vocal singularity.
The Deli NYC calls paris_monster “a precise, complex and sophisticated mechanism" delivering a sound that “could be the new face of American roots rock”.
In fall of 2017 paris_monster began recording their first full-length LP, set to be released in early 2019. The album solidifies their dirty, glitchy, lyric-centered, groove-based sound. It will be a milepost in their search for a focused and flexible musical approach. Elements of funk and soul join with lyrical themes of bygone eras in rural settings, characters lost, and mortality confronted. Love achieved, and denied. Americana. These themes stand in stark contrast to pounding grooves and electronic mayhem, creating depth and dimensions that could have been otherwise achieved only by dropping a modular synth in the corn fields of central New York or the woods of Connecticut.
Lesley Keller of Pancakes & Whiskey said, "Each time I see them perform I’m dumbfounded at just how great they are”. paris_monster’s live show is something to behold. The challenge when seeing them live is getting past the fact that there are only two people creating all that sound. Two people. A drum set. A bass. A keyboard. A modular synthesizer. One microphone. And a massive sound. Beyond this visual impossibility is a careful and deliberate balance of frequencies, colors, and textures. Melodies to serve a story. Chaos to destroy preciousness. The Deli NYC observed, “… [paris_monster] showcases its prowess for hook writing/crafting a track that could stand without accompaniment as a blues-y, spiritual declaration, but is launched into another realm by its bed of synths and echoing choruses. An inspired take on bluesfolk that's both hypnotic and engaging.”
'Pick It Up! Ska In The 90's' Documentary Kickstarter Campaign Exceeds Its Goal By Nearly 300% with Backers from 31 Countries
Film Set For Release Spring 2019, Explores the 1990's Third Wave Ska Explosion
Check out 'Pick It Up! Ska In The 90's' Here: https://www.skamovie.com/
Film to feature interviews with members of No Doubt, Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake, Goldfinger, the Pietasters, Fishbone, Save Ferris, Let’s Go Bowling, Dance Hall Crashers, the Specials, Mustard Plug, the Toasters, Skankin' Pickle, Hepcat, the Slackers, Kemuri, Blink 182/the Aquabats, the Hippos, The Skatalites, Sublime and many more!
Pick It Up Promo Video
Bend, OR-based production company PopMotion Pictures' Kickstartercampaign for its latest project, 'Pick It Up! Ska in the 90's', a feature-length documentary film that explores the third-wave ska explosion of the 1990's, was by all accounts, an overwhelming success.
The campaign exceeded its initial goal by nearly 300%, raising over $118,000 from over 1,900 backers from 31 different countries!
The film will be released this spring.
Director Taylor Morden says, "We are amazed at how much support we received from the ska community! When we started this project we had no idea it would resonate with so many people. The response to our kickstarter project has been truly inspiring. Now that we know how many people are as excited about it as we are, we are working as hard as we can to get the movie finished and out into the world! This is really great time for ska fans around the world and we are stoked to be a part of it! Thank you all so much!"
Set for release in Spring 2019, 'Pick It Up!' aims to tell the story of 90's ska from a wide variety of points of view, including dozens of the key figures who lived it, such as members of The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Reel Big Fish, No Doubt, and Sublime.
The documentary, a "love letter" to third wave ska, will delve deep into how the genre of ska evolved from its original Jamaican form, through British "two-tone" in the 80s, into an entirely new global thing in the 90's, when it became wildly popular for a brief moment in music history. From the early years of bands like No Doubt, Fishbone, The Toasters, Let's Go Bowling and Skankin' Pickle, to the massive radio success of The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Reel Big Fish, and Save Ferris.
The list of on-camera interview subjects includes members of No Doubt, Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake, Goldfinger, the Pietasters, Fishbone, Save Ferris, Let’s Go Bowling, Dance Hall Crashers, the Specials, Mustard Plug, the Toasters, Skankin' Pickle, Hepcat, the Slackers, Kemuri, Blink 182/the Aquabats, the Hippos, The Skatalites, Sublime and many more!
Know Hope Records is excited to announce our newest signing, Post Season. The pop-punk veterans have released one LP and four EPs to date, most recently with “Greetings From,” a split EP with Such A Mess released in 2015 via Common Ground Records. A brand new LP from the band, along with pre-order details, will be announced shortly.
Originating in 2012 in Altoona, PA, Post Season burst onto the scene with 2013’s “Restless Nights” EP (Broken Rim Records) and immediately followed that up with their debut LP, 2013’s “Remember.” In the following three years the band released three more EPs while also sharing the stage with bands such as State Champs, Knuckle Puck, Such Gold, A Will Away, Head North, Microwave, Such A Mess and many more.
You can check out their most recent single “Numb To This” now on all digital platforms.
A lyric video for the track is now streaming here: https://youtu.be/tQbtpFuYRXg.
Know Hope Records will be announcing brand new music from Post Season, as well as pre-order details and tour dates, shortly.
Promise of Redemption is the solo project of Shane Henderson of Valencia.
It's been eight years since the last Promise of Redemption release, and the wait was well worth it. After relocating to California after his last release, Shane Henderson experienced all sorts of highs, lows, trials and tribulations of life. The process led him to this: Where You Ought To Be.
An eclectic mixture of fully produced and raw, emotional acoustic songs, the album perfectly captures Shane’s wide range of musical influences. Songs like “With Open Arms” and “In The Moment,” which feature amazing acoustic tones, somehow manage to compliment electric, upbeat songs, such as the title track, “Where You Ought To Be,” as well as “Disaster.” Throughout the record’s seven tracks, POR fans will experience the classic raw emotion of Shane’s music, while also seeing considerable growth from previous releases.
Featuring (The Get Up Kids’ Matt Pryor and Jim Suptic, The Anniversary’s Josh Berwanger and The Architects'/The Gadjits' Adam Phillips) Signs with Wiretap Records
New Album 'Strays' Out January 2019
Tour Dates Announced; Tickets On Sale Now
Kansas City, MO's Radar State-- made up of emo/indie rock heroes Matt Pryor and Jim Suptic (The Get Up Kids), Josh Berwanger (The Anniversary/Berwanger) and Adam Phillips (The Architects/The Gadjits) -- have signed with LA-based Wiretap Records and will release their debut LP 'Strays' in January 2019.
The band has announced tour dates in support of the upcoming album (see dates below). Tickets for all shows are on sale now.
The follow up to last spring's self-titled debut 7" EP, 'Strays' features artwork by Mondo Art Director and designer Jay Shaw http://www.kingdomofnonsense.com.
The band says, "We are very excited to get our first full-length album Strays out and play the songs live. Last year we did Riot Fest and a tour with Say Anything but only had the 3-song 7" out. Now people will be able to get familiar with the songs instead of just hearing them for the first time. We'll also have a robotic chimpanzee doing merch for us. He doesn't know how to count change so he's pretty easy to rip off."
1/24 – Boston MA @ Great Scott Tickets
1/25 – Brooklyn NY @ Saint Vitus Tickets
1/26 – Asbury Park NJ @ Asbury Park Brewery Tickets
1/27 – Philadelphia PA @ Johnny Brenda’s Tickets
2/1 – Kansas City MO @ Record Bar Tickets
2/2 – Chicago IL @ Cobra Lounge Tickets
2/3 – St Louis MO @ Blueberry Hill Duck Room Tickets
2/7 – San Francisco CA @ Bottom of the Hill Tickets
2/8 – Los Angeles CA @ Moroccan Lounge Tickets
2/9 – Fullerton CA @ Slidebar FREE SHOW
Meet REAL TALK; Check out their latest video "Bury Me Easy"; 'Arrivals' EP Coming Soon!
Real Talk is an east coast four-piece that brings us back to the days of Man Overboard (though their name didn't come from that band's beloved album), Transit, and the mid 2000's....BUT, with a very modern production. Making this record one of your new favorites!
Check out the video for the band's song "Bury Me Easy" and stream the single here:http://hyperurl.co/gv284o.
Video directed by Burke Cullaine.
Stephen Cormier (guitar) says, “Bury Me Easy is the first song we wrote for this new EP and bridges the gap between our new material and our old material. The song is about the point in a relationship where you continue to hold on despite knowing things aren’t going to work.”
The band recently signed to LA-based Anchor Eighty Four Records and will soon release a new EP, titled Arrivals. Release date TBA.
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Reel Big Fish was one of the legions of Southern California ska-punk bands to edge into the mainstream following the mid-’90s success of No Doubt and Sublime. The band was distinguished by their hyperkinetic stage shows, juvenile humor, ironic covers of new wave pop songs, and metallic shards of ska. The group cultivated an underground following that broke into the mainstream in summer 1997 when their single “Sell Out” became a modern rock radio and MTV favorite. Their appearance in the movie “Baseketball” as the halftime band also gained them more fans and helped the band's popularity to grow. Still fronted by original lead singer and songwriter Aaron Barrett, they continue releasing albums and touring relentlessly, playing more and more countries and bigger venues all over the world.
Reel Big Fish recorded its self-released debut album, “Everything Sucks”, in 1995. “Everything Sucks” became a word-of-mouth underground hit in ska-punk and college circles, which gave the band enough leverage to sign with the indie label Mojo Records.
The label’s president, Jay Rifkin, and former Oingo Boingo bassist John Avila co-produced “Turn the Radio Off”, which marked Reel Big Fish’s first album for Mojo. “Turn the Radio Off” was unleashed in August 1996, and over the next year, the group continually toured in support of the album’s release, expanding their fan base all the while. In spring 1997, the single “Sell Out” began receiving heavy airplay from several influential modern rock stations in the U.S., which soon translated into MTV support for the song’s quirky video. By summer, the song had become a moderate modern rock hit, and the album had charted in the Top 100.
In 1998 the song “Take on Me” from the “Baseketball” motion picture soundtrack was released as the promotional single for the movie and once again found the band in regular rotation on rock radio and MTV in the USA.
The Album “Why Do They Rock So Hard” followed a year later, once again enlisting Oingo Boingo Bassist John Avila as producer. The album was not as commercially successful but is still regarded by many fans as the bands finest work. The band filmed a music video for “the Set up (You Need This)”, the only single released from this album.
The guys wound up on Jive Records in fall 2001 when their current label, Mojo, was bought by Jive’s parent label, Zomba. Reel Big Fish’s first release for Jive, a more rock-oriented record entitled “Cheer Up!”, appeared in mid-2002. This album was very successful in Europe with the video for the single “Where Have You Been” receiving heavy airplay on many music video channels.
Later that same year, RBF did a song for a Rice Krispies called “Snap, Krackle, Pop-punk” which was used in 3 separate commercials. Also that year, they recorded a cover of Toots and the Maytals “Monkey Man” for the Nickelodeon movie “The Wild Thornberrys.” The single for “Monkey Man” was also released in the UK and received heavy radio play as well as the music video being put on heavy rotation on Kerrang TV.
The band’s next album, the cynical yet catchy “We’re Not Happy ‘Til You’re Not Happy”, was issued in April 2005. Touring continued for the rest of the year, and Reel Big Fish happily parted ways with Jive in January 2006, having wished to be dropped from the label since the “Cheer Up!” release.
In August 2006, the group self-released a double-disc live CD (along with an accompanying DVD) titled “Our Live Album Is Better Than Your Live Album”.
Barrett said of this album: “We finally captured the energy, excitement, and humor of our live shows that we were previously unable to create in the recording studio environment. And it all sounds really good!”
The album was very popular with RBF fans and is sometimes referred to as “the Reel Big Fish Stand-up comedy album” because of all the silly stage banter.
The band returned with some new material in February 2007, splitting an EP “Duet All Night Long” with their friends in Zolof the Rock & Roll Destroyer. “Monkeys for Nothin’ and the Chimps for Free” followed several months later, marking Reel Big Fish’s first full-length studio release since leaving Jive’s roster, and 2009′s “Fame, Fortune and Fornication” found the band covering songs by the likes of Poison, the Eagles, and Tom Petty.
In 2010, the band released “A Best of Us for the Rest of Us”. It included a 22 song disc of re-recorded hits and classic fan favorites as well as a bonus disc of 14 Acoustic or “SKAcoustic” versions.
2012 brought their 7th studio album, “Candy Coated Fury” (Rock Ridge Music), an inspired and infectiously catchy return to the hyperkinetic ska and biting wit of the band’s beloved early albums.
In 2014, RBF released their first Christmas Album, a six-song, digital-only album entitled “Happy Skalidays”. The album included 4 classic Christmas songs and 2 RBF originals.
With the late-2018 release of the band’s 8th studio LP, “Life Sucks...Let’s Dance” (Rock Ridge Music) Reel Big Fish are finding themselves with a new focus and a renewed sense of purpose, as well as a-- dare we say it-- happier outlook on life.
Barrett says, “We started recording the album in January 2018 and really took our time with it. Our friend and engineer David Irish just finished building his new studio “Pot of Gold” in Orange, CA, and we loved how everything sounds there. There’s just really good energy and good vibes there, plus there’s a really adorable studio kitten named Iggy Fluff there, so we may have accidentally made a positive, happy record instead of a pissed off, hateful record, oops...well, there’s a little pissed off-ness in there and some sarcastic, funny lyrics as usual! Also, I just got married so there might be a few sappy love songs on the album too! Yuck!”
He adds, “Recording the album with this line up was really fun, we all get along really well these days and everybody was excited to make a new record. Everybody had lots of great ideas and really got creative with everything and I really think it shows.
The new single “You Can’t Have All of Me,” is a danceable sing-along, catchy, hooky good old Reel Big Fish song. We didn’t reinvent the wheel... We just painted more checkers on it!"
The long-running ska heroes, fresh off a summer-long stint on the final cross-country Vans Warped Tour, and appearances at Scallywag! Fest (with Bad Religion, Pennywise, Less Than Jake and The Interrupters) and Sammy Hagar's Hightide Beach Party, remain as popular as ever, as they continue to tour non-stop, playing over 250 shows a year to thousands of loyal fans all over the world, gaining more and more underground popularity as the Ska scene continues to flourish.
Resinated Sign with Space Duck Records; Announce New EP “The Morning After Pt. 3”; Pre-orders Launch on Halloween; Out Everywhere on November 16
Photo credit: Justinian Kaczmarek
St. Petersburg, FL pop/alt/reggae group Resinated has signed with Chicago's Space Duck Records (Bumpin Uglies, Sun-Dried Vibes) and has announced plans to release a new EP titled “The Morning After Pt. 3” on November 16. Pre-orders for the EP kick off on October 31.
Starting next month, the band will play a series of shows to celebrate the release of the record. See dates below.
Resinated's music has a funky-dance feel with soulful-pop-melodies that keep you wanting more. From vibrant keys to analog synth leads and clean rhythmic guitar with groovy bass lines, the group sets the vibe tastefully on every stage they hit.
“The Morning After Pt. 3” was produced by Justin Gray (with select tracks mixed by Brian Malouf) and mastered by Chris Gehringer. Collectively, the team has worked with artists such as Maroon 5, Bruno Mars, Mariah Carey, John Legend and tons more. The EP artwork was done by artist Dean Arscott.
“The Morning After Pt. 3” is the follow up to the band's recent EP's "The Night Before Pt. 1" and "The After Party Pt. 2," which together tie together into one larger concept. Their next EP (release date TBD) will continue on this theme, allowing fans to piece together the whole story.
The Night Before Pt. 1:https://open.spotify.com/album/1bNQGfwiOs8rSZv7sXXJTw
The After Party Pt. 2: https://open.spotify.com/album/1eu6ZD3xalKxzR88Wyj09G
Frontman Kenny Mullins says, "The EP collection is something that every band should try, it allows you to focus on content for all of your music in a timely fashion while keeping listeners engaged and eager to see and hear what part will be next. In our case, it starts with a date the night before, which leads into and AfterParty, which then leads to staying the night with each other and enjoying the morning after. A typical love story everyone can relate to."
Resinated consists of Kenny Mullins (Lead Vocals/Guitar), Jeff Applefield (Keyboards/Vocals), John Gray (Bass/Vocals), Danny Bub (Saxophone/Keys) and Bruno Ufret (Percussion/Samples).
Royston Langdon, former lead singer of Spacehog is releasing a solo LP 'Everthing's Dandy,' under the moniker LEEDS (a nod to his UK hometown) on May 4.
A video for the track "Someone" can be viewed here:
Stream "Someone" and a second track, "What Became of the People" on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0ymMgXb8YIlBWiyjXUlTEm.
'Everything's Dandy' is the culmination of his 24 years in New York, both in its content and its production.
"I've lived here longer than I've lived anywhere on the planet," says Langdon of NYC. "I feel like I'm part of the city in a way."
“This work is a reflection of the re-gentrification of places and the real and meaningful memories they leave in their wake. How our own growth, over time, leaves us with a shifted perspective on ourselves. The once familiar now gone, never to come back except through the ghosts of lovers, places, objects.”
Recorded in the fall of 2017, Langdon enlisted Bryce Goggin (Antony and the Johnsons, The Apples in Stereo) to produce and engineer 'Everything's Dandy.' The two have known each other since Langdon's early days in New York, when he interned at the recording studio where Goggin was head engineer. While Langdon played many of the instruments himself on the album, he enlisted a few longtime friends to play on select cuts, including drummer Parker Kindred (Jeff Buckley) and multi-instrumentalist Timo Ellis (Yoko Ono, Joan as Police Woman). The song "Your Day Will Come" was co-written by Langdon and Rich Robinson of Black Crowes. "What Became of the People" is a songwriting collaboration between Langdon and his brother Antony, who also shot two videos for the album.
Originally from Leeds, Langdon got his start playing music in the U.K. In 1994, however, he followed his brother Antony to New York and fell for the city immediately. Not long after the move, Spacehog formed. In the fall of 1995, they released the debut album 'Resident Alien,' which spawned the hit single "In the Meantime." Three more albums followed over the next 18 years.
More recently, Langdon has worked on the industry side of music, using his own experiences to help up-and-coming artists. Yet, he remained a musician at heart. Langdon kept his new work fairly private, telling only a few people as he built a new collection of songs
The evolution of 'Everything's Dandy' began two years ago, after Langdon's son moved to London. The changes in Langdon's own life, as well as the changes in the city that has been his home for so long, sparked new ideas.
"They put up these new shops," says Langdon of the urban landscape of New York. "Still, the memory of the kind of experience of that thing remains." He sees a connection between waves of gentrification diminishing the city's creative spirit and his "experience of loss and also growth." In his songs, Langdon writes of this not necessarily with nostalgia in mind, but with a sense of "awe" at how life moves forward.
Everything's Dandy is set for release on May 4 on vinyl and digital formats.
Beloved Chicago pop-punk band Showoff is back in action with plans to release a new album this Fall.
Today the band is premiering a new song ("Popular Kid") off the forthcoming album "Midwest Side Story", exclusively on Alternative Press.
Stream "Popular Kid" here: http://www.altpress.com/features/entry/showoff_premiere_popular_kid.
Front man Chris Messer tells AP, "The song is about my life growing up, but we all feel it's relatable to all people who feel disenfranchised or made to feel bad about themselves. Basically, it lets them know that they aren’t alone; and the people that matter in life, don’t care if they are popular or not, they care about them a human being on a much deeper level.”
"Midwest Side Story" will be released on September 22 via Dodgeball Records, the newly-launched label started by Messer, his wife Dani and Mike Felumlee (Smoking Popes). Album pre-orders will launch on July 21 at https://showoffrock.com/.
Here's a quick refresher: In the late 1990s, Showoff's self-titled third album was released on Maverick Records, which at the time was owned by Madonna herself. The LP was among the first to be produced by prolific studio wiz John Feldmann (Good Charlotte, The Used, Panic! At The Disco, Blink-182).
The band reformed in 2014 with a mostly original lineup, featuring Chris Envy (Chris Messer) on vocals, Dave Envy (Dave Hyde) on bass, Dan Castady on drums and Darren Vorel and George Castady on guitars.
Showoff is set to play a hometown show with Punchline at Reggie's Rock Club in Chicago on August 12.
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Hailing from Lancaster, PA, Sleepy Limbs is Ben Roth, Joe Fuscia, and Kory Gable. The trio brings together an extensive and impressive musical history, as all three were previously members of the band You, Me and Everyone We Know (South By Sea Records), as well as other bands such as The High Court (I Surrender Records), Bright and Early, and No Such Noise.
Sleepy Limbs debut self-titled EP will be released via Know Hope Recordslater this summer, and tour dates supporting the release will be announced soon.
You can listen to Sleepy Limb’s self-released track “Picket Pin” here:
6/29 Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club w/ Born Without Bones, Secret Stuff
7/7 York, PA @ Skid Row Garage w/ Cayetana, Worriers, Camp Cope
7/15 Lancaster, PA @ Lizard Lounge w/ Future Dinosaurs, Ace and The Kinds
8/1 Lancaster, PA @ Lizard Lounge w/ Mannequin Pussy
SLOWTRIP (Members of Rotting Out, No Bragging Rights and The Greenery) 'Blur' Digital EP Out Now
Vinyl Coming July 13, 2018
Los Angeles, CA - L.A. based grunge rock band SLOWTRIP have released their digital EP 'Blur' today via Anchor Eighty-Four.
Stream the record on all digital platforms here: http://hyperurl.co/Slowtrip_Blur.
The EP will also be released on limited edition vinyl on July 13.
Forming from all corners of Los Angeles' inner city, SLOWTRIP is made up of L.A. natives and hardcore stalwarts Alfredo “Tank” Pedrozo (still active in Rotting Out), Martin Alcedo (ex-No Bragging Rights), John Alaimo (ex-The Greenery), and Dan Mayo (ex-The Greenery).
JUN 2- Dipiazzas (Long Beach, CA)
JUN 13- Tiki Bar (Costa Mesa, CA) w/ Eye the Realist // IntheBackground // Like Adults
Though the members of SLOWTRIP all came from hardcore backgrounds, the band takes on a new identity as the combined influences of grunge, shoegaze and stoner rock infiltrate the band's new sound. Self-described as “L.A. Crunch Rock”.
SLOWTRIP formed in the Spring of 2017 as members of each band reached out to each other with aspirations of continuing their musical journey. Spending most of the remaining 2017 year writing and demoing songs; SLOWTRIP confided in Anchor Eighty Four Records as a partner in releasing new music under the newly minted band moniker.
SLOWTRIP entered the studio with Scott Goodrich (Culture Abuse, Southpaw, TSSF) at Nu Tone Studios to record their debut EP, Blur, which was mastered by Mike Kalajian (Saosin, Moose Blood, The Plot In You).
What others are saying about Slowtrip:
"There’s a delicious hard crunch to the quartet’s leaden, harmonized guitars, and, playing the loud/soft dynamic adroitly, their second single “Follow” whiplashes you back to the ’90s."- Buzzbands.la
"Slowtrip's songwriting is a hazy, dream-like burst of melodic rock more in line w/ sugary grunge and shoegaze (grunge-gaze?) than anything remotely mosh."- No Echo
Instagram : http://instagram.com/slowtripla
Smile Empty Soul Return with First New Full-Length of New Material in 5 Years
"Oblivion" out May 25
LA rockers SMILE EMPTY SOUL have returned with news of their first new full-length of new music in 5 years!
The LP 'Oblivion' will be released on May 25 (15 years almost to the day after their Gold selling debut). A new single "Sides" is now streaming on The Noise: bit.ly/2q6MvTe.
'Oblivion' pre-order bundles are available at: https://mrafia1.wixsite.com/smileemptymusic/product-page/smile-empty-soul-oblivion-album-pre-order-c.
SMILE EMPTY SOUL will co-headline the Flawless Smile Tour with Flaw in support of the new record. Dates kick off May 30 in St. Louis, MO. Tickets available here: https://www.bandsintown.com/a/557-smile-empty-soul.
Originating out of Los Angeles, CA in the late 1990's, the band has stayed true to their brand of "no bullshit", "real as it gets" hard rock to this day.
The band signed a major label record deal in 2003 to release their self-titled debut album in May of that year, going on to achieve massive success at alternative/rock radio, and MTV with 3 hugely successful singles/videos, including “Bottom Of The Bottle.”
SMILE EMPTY SOUL has become known for their constant touring and never wavering, honest sound and lyrics. Now, with their new album “Oblivion” set to release next month, and a calendar full of tour dates, SMILE EMPTY SOUL seem to have established themselves as one of the defining underground rock bands of their generation.
2. Small Incision
3. The One
5. Built Into the Breed
7. My Name
9. Free Oblivion
FLAWLESS SMILE TOUR
5/30 Saint Louis MO, Fubar
6/1 Battle Creek MI, The Music Factory
6/2 Flint MI, The Machine Shop
6/4 Rochester NY, Montage Music Hall
6/5 Watertown NY, Exhibition Hall
6/6 Albany NY, Jupiter Hall
6/7 Burlington VT, Higher Ground
6/8 Laconia NH, Whiskey Barrel
6/9 Lawrence MA, Claddaugh
6/10 Providence RI, Fete Music Hall
6/13 Poughkeepsie NY, The Chance
6/14 Amityville NY, Revolution Music Hall
6/15 Clifton NJ, Dingbatz
6/16 Baltimore MD, Fish Head Cantina
6/18 Richmond VA, The Camel
6/19 Wilmington NC, Reel Cafe
6/20 Florence SC, 507 Live
6/22 Chillicothe OH, Feel the Fire Fest 6
6/23 Findlay OH, All American Rock House
6/26 Clarksville TN, O’Connors Irish Pub
6/27 Memphis TN, Hi Tone Cafe
6/28 New Orleans LA, Southport Hall
6/29 Houston TX, Concert Pub North
6/30 Dallas TX, Tree’s
Southpaw’s 'White Lighter Myth' was engineered by Brandon’s (vocals/guitar) own brother Aaron Eikenberry, mixed by Scott Goodrich (TSSF, Culture Abuse, Slowtrip), and mastered by Mike Kalajian (Saosin, Moose Blood, The Plot In You), with artwork by Sam Dunn (Trash Boat, AFI, Mastadon).
Stream the album at: http://hyperurl.co/WhiteLighterMyth.
Check out the music video for "Camouflage" at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=iEs0RB2zjTM.
No stranger to hard work themselves, Southpaw self-released their bold debut album ‘Eye To Eye’ in 2014, and then again in 2016 with their EP ‘Away Like Sheep’. Their knack and gift to meld ear-splitting riffs mixed with heavy rock anthems, and insanely catchy choruses quickly landed them invites to open for the likes of A Day To Remember, State Champs, Neck Deep, and Less Than Jake.
Shortly after climbing their way up in their local and regional scenes, Southpaw signed with Los Angeles based indie label Anchor Eighty Four Records. Since then the two have partnered to release Southpaw's most exciting release to date, 'White Lighter Myth', that debuted on February 9th 2018, and saw the band head out on a U.S. tour with juggernauts, Sleeping With Sirens earlier this year.
Spartan Records is an independent record label located in Seattle, WA founded by John T. Frazier. Prior to taking Spartan full-time in early 2013, Frazier directed marketing efforts at Tooth & Nail/Solid State Records and played an important role in the careers of bands like Underoath, Anberlin, mewithoutYou, As Cities Burn, Norma Jean, and Mae to name a few. Prior to that, he headed up marketing at Drive-Thru Records and worked with bands like The Starting Line, Finch, New Found Glory, and Something Corporate. He started his career at crank! A RECORD COMPANY working with bands like Mineral, the Gloria Record, and others.
Currently home to Ourlives, Sullivan, Schematic, Shy, Low, Trespassers, Barren Womb, Waypoint, Young Fox, and Over the Ocean, our goal is to help artists create and share their art - and through that process, we hope to help facilitate "moments" that transcend everything that divides us. We believe in the power of music to move us -- to inspire and change lives.
Spartan bands have been featured in Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, and American Songwriter among others and heard on NBC, ABC Family, MTV, DirecTV, and alongside brands like Quicksilver and Fox Racing.
We Are Rock and Roll
Pioneers of the post-dickwave moment.
"“Ghosts” is a ragged, punk-y garage rock song that grapples with the changes in their hometown and people’s perceptions of it."- Stereogum
Brooklyn, NY's Stringer have signed with LA-based indie Wiretap Records, which will release the band's debut LP this summer.
Frontman Max Kagan tells Stereogum, ""Ghosts" is a song about growing up in New York, watching your city change and feeling nostalgic for the "good ole days," while at the same time being resentful of those all too familiar complaints, the tired observations and the cottage industry that is New York nostalgia. The irony is not lost on us that the song is full of tired observations and familiar complaints while also being a commercial product itself, consisting of ruminations about the New York of old. Really makes ya think, but you shouldn't think you should jump around and smash things."
The single and upcoming LP was produced by Adam Reich (So So Glos, ex-Titus Andronicus).
As one of the resident "house bands" at the beloved-- recently closed-- NYC underground venue Shea Stadium, Stringer (known in a previous incarnation as Heeney) has been active in the Brooklyn DIY scene for several years (most recently featured in the Rolling Stone doc 'DIY in NYC'). Over the years, the band has played shows with the likes of Titus Andronicus, So-So Glos, Porches, Speedy Ortiz, Slothrust and SWMRS to name a few.
Max Kagan & Mark Fletcher, both native New Yorkers, met on 12/12/12 during a 24-hour long noise show at their beloved hometown venue/clubhouse Shea Stadium. After joining forces with powerhouse drummer Johnny Spencer, the three have been making music under various names ever since. The most refined & fully-formed version of that collaboration can be found in the form of Stringer, who, with the addition of Riley Zimmer (bass), have been a band since late 2015. Stringer likes eating ethnic food & drinking at old man bars that open at 8am.
"Subways on the Sun offer up some powerful, guitar-driven pop on "Just to Be With You" that recalls the best of early Jimmy Eat World, Mew, and Muse."- PopMatters
Seattle, WA indie rockers Subways on the Sun will release their sophomore album 'Capsize' on September 21st via Spartan Records.
A new track off the album titled "Just to Be With You" is premiering today on PopMatters: https://www.popmatters.com/subways-on-the-sun-just-2598559604.html.
Frontman Erick Newbill says, "We wanted an album opener that was intentionally dramatic, and going to great lengths for love and the longing to feel connected was the right theme to get us there. People, places, and things throughout our lives have such deep meaning, and this song is in many ways a reflection of that."
"We wrote it late at night during one of our sessions at a remote cabin outside the Seattle area a few years ago, and the music and lyrics came more effortlessly than a lot of the other songs on the record. The synths and bass really drove the song from the start, giving us a lot of space to get creative with layers of guitars."
“Capsize" is a collection of songs which showcases a fresh artistic trajectory, and follows our collective struggle to accept the passage of time and identify the voices in our lives that are worth listening to. And it’s immediately evident as anthemic opener “Just To Be With You” channels the heart racing spirit of Muse, with a riff-heavy synth-forward energy that rips through the whole record.
Each song is a unique statement, drawing fluidly from each member’s influences. This comes across clearly in the Mew-inspired “Tongues,” combining jangly telecaster riffs and dirty-as-hell basslines. Remnants of early Jimmy Eat World shine through both on the album’s title track, “Capsize,” and “Time’s Not Long,” while “I’m an Island” features lush textures and ethereal vocals akin to The Cure or Death Cab for Cutie.
Pre-order "Capsize" here: http://spr.tn/capsize
All pre-orders include an instant download of “Hope You Like Getting Old" and "Just to Be With You."
The label recently re-released the band's 2013 debut record 'The Honeymoon Stagecoach' as a free download on the Spartan website and Bandcamp. It is also available on streaming services.
Stream/download the re-release here: http://smarturl.it/honeymoonstagecoach.
Record release show:
9/14- Seattle, WA- Columbia City Theatre (21+. 8pm)
(w/ Fell From A Star, Northern Nomads)
Sun-Dried Vibes’ new album "Stay Hopeful" will be out on August 24 via Space Duck Records, featuring some of the biggest and best names in the American reggae/rock scene, such as Eric Rachmany of Rebelution, Ross Bogan of The Movement, Fear Nuttin Band and more.
Pre-order available July 27th!
“Smoke Session” video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ufNB4tchrw
Sun-Dried Vibes provide a fresh twist to the reggae/rock genre with their high-energy live performances that crank out infectious sing-a-longs laced with a positive message. Since their inception in 2010, the group has performed around 275 dates a year. The trio of road warriors have two previous full-length albums under their belt.
It’s not a secret that the Sun-Dried Vibes family includes a very loyal fan base,and the higher ups have definitely taken notice. SDV has had the pleasure of supporting major acts of all genres including The Dirty Heads, 311, Slightly Stoopid, Ballyhoo, The Movement, Passafire, The Expendables, Natural Vibrations, The Aggrolites, The Supervillains, Less Than Jake, AWOL Nation, Neon Trees, The Nappy Roots and many more. The group is considered the pioneers of Southeast Reggae/Rock and they intend to continue forging the path for many years to come.
“Stay Hopeful is the best collection of music from SDV to date and we couldn’t be more excited about signing on with Space Duck Records to release this 16 track album. We are eager to grow together and spread the sounds of positivity to the masses.”- Zach Fowler (vocals/guitar)
Stream "Smoke Session" on all digital platforms:
Amazon Music- https://www.amazon.com/Session-Explicit-TreeHouse-Sun-Dried-Rebelution/dp/B07DFFMB5S/ref=sr_1_1?s=dmusic&ie=UTF8&qid=1530295874&sr=1-1-mp3-albums-bar-strip-0&keywords=Sun-Dried+Vibes+smoke+session
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Filmmakers Launch Kickstarter for Documentary on the Country's Last Remaining Blockbuster Video Store
Check out 'The Last Blockbuster' Trailer and Kickstarter Here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/974601805/the-last-blockbuster?ref=4pw1wd
The Bend, OR-based proudction company behind the upcoming documentary Pick It Up! Ska In The 90's (one of the most backed music documentaries in Kickstarter history) has announced it's next project, The Last Blockbuster, a light-hearted, family-friendly film on the last remaining Blockbuster Video outpost in the country.
The team has launched a trailer and Kickstarter campaign to help complete the documentary at: https://kck.st/2Oy2B2N.
Director Taylor Morden says, "When we started working on this documentary last year there were about a dozen Blockbuster video locations still standing, Now there is just one! As movie lovers and physical media enthusiasts, we took it upon ourselves to uncover the story of why? What makes Bend, OR. and this store in particular so special? It's a fun and uplifting story and frankly we think the world needs more stories like that these days."
About The Last Blockbuster:
Blockbuster Video at its peak had over 9000 stores. In 1989 a new store opened every 17 hours! But now there is only 1. What happened?
The Last Blockbuster is located in idyllic Bend Oregon, a modern town overflowing with high-speed internet, a mecca for outdoor adventure enthusiasts. There’s plenty to do year round. How, in a place like this, does The Last Blockbuster Survive? Who are the people who work here, rent videos here, and how did a video rental store chain grow so huge that it impacted the way Hollywood made movies only to crash and burn from 9000 locations to 1?
Now people of all ages are driving from across the country to stand out front of The Last Blockbuster and take their photo next to the iconic Blockbuster sign, to go in and browse like it’s a museum, and to touch the racks and racks of physical media. News outlets from around the globe are covering this last store on their nightly broadcasts.
Think back to a simpler time - before there was a Redbox in every grocery store, before Netflix changed the way you got your movies.
Remember Saturday nights walking up and down the brightly lit aisles stacked with movies, that smell of popcorn, candy, and plastic? Maybe it’s nostalgia for a time when the world seemed less complicated. Maybe it’s a longing for a more tangible world back when you could hold the movies you loved in your hands. Whatever your reason, the world is clearly fascinated by The Last Blockbuster.
The filmmakers have spent the past 9 months (yes, back when there were still a dozen Blockbusters remaining) interviewing the wonderful people at the Bend Blockbuster-- the owner, the manager, the employees, and patrons. They’ve been digging through the fascinating history that surrounds not just this store, but all of Blockbuster Video. And now they are ready to get the last batch of interviews, the people outside of Bend, the people they’ve found with the most interesting, most hilarious, and most insightful Blockbuster stories - many of whom starred in, or made, the films you rented from Blockbuster!
How you can help get the film completed:
Time is of the essence. There's no telling how long the last remaining Blockbuster will be around. How great would it be to finish the film in time that it’s available for rent at the store? But making feature-length documentaries is expensive - very expensive. Legal, travel, - oh, and late fees... lots and lots of late fees. With your help, they’ll be able to pay those fancy movie lawyers to make sure it’s okay to show you all the great things they’ve uncovered.
Want to do more to help? Share this page now on Facebook, Instagram and twitter with the hashtags #thelastblockbuster #lastblockbuster
Meet the team behind The Last Blockbuster:
This will be Taylor Morden’s 3rd feature documentary. His previous film, Pick It Up! Ska in the 90’s raised over $110,000 on Kickstarter, making it one of the most backed music documentaries in Kickstarter history.
The video he rented the most: Revenge of The Nerds
Lifetime late fees paid: $826
Zeke is a Hollywood veteran writing, producing, and developing content for just about every major Hollywood studio over the past 20+ years. And before all that he worked at a video rental store. Nice!
The video he rented the most: What About Bob
Lifetime late fees paid: $3 ← that one time his girlfriend use his membership card. He still hasn’t forgiven her.
Vinyl Theatre Releasing 'Starcruiser' Full-Length on August 31
Milwaukee alt-pop trio Vinyl Theatre have announced dates for a full U.S. fall headline tour, which kicks off September 5 in Chicago, IL and runs through November 10th.
Pre-sale tickets for the Starcruiser Tour, featuring support from Royal Teeth(Sept 5-21) and The Catching (Sept 5-21; Oct 7-Nov 9), are on sale now at https://www.bandsintown.com/en/a/7834674-vinyl-theatre, with general tickets on sale starting tomorrow, Friday, August 3.
The band's upcoming third full-length album 'Starcruiser' will be out on August 31.
Singer/guitarist Keegan Calmes says:
"Starcruiser tour is a first on many levels for us. We’ve headlined numerous times but this is our first time in some of these cities and venues. We put together this tour and album in conjunction with one another making this the most intimate show we’ve done to date.
We put together every layer of this full-length record and tour with our team brick by brick and we are ready to share our vision and sounds with you all. Over these past 4 years of touring we’ve been lucky enough to tour with some of the best bands and human beings we could ask for and so we’re taking some of those people on the road with us to give you the best show with 2 fantastic openers.
Starcruiser to us has been a journey of self-discovery and human resilience. Each song comes from a heartfelt and personal place and weaves its way through our lives and the lives of our family and friends. Through the caverns of anxiety and depression to the mountainous heights of victory and elation. This record wouldn’t be what it is without this tour and the inverse is just as true. This year we bring to you our best version of Vinyl Theatre we could create. We hope to see you at an upcoming show and we cannot wait to give you the full-length record we’ve been working on."
Check out Vinyl Theatre's newest song "Masterpiece" on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/1XMSCx7kNyVAiBE039aOt2?si=pMK6R8AkQryzBJIUc0YeUQ and Apple Music https://apple.co/2HMqZsC.
2018 stands out as possibly the most transformative year of Vinyl Theatre’s career. Since amicably parting ways with their label Fueled By Ramen, the band emerged with a newly reimagined sound, which is clearly evident on their latest tracks, "Masterpiece" and "Feel it All."
Creatively revitalized and feeling free to explore and create music that is boundless, they wrote songs that have expanded on their previous output, with the incorporation of programming and synthetic sounds. While still fully “Vinyl Theatre,” it is an exciting, bold and aggressive step that seems to have connected with fans old and new.
Following a busy touring schedule supporting the likes of Twenty One Pilots, Misterwives, Dashboard Confessional, Panic! At The Disco, The Mowgli's and many others, Vinyl Theatre is eager to get back out on the road and bring this new energy to their already action-packed shows.
SEP 05 Chicago, IL - Beat Kitchen
SEP 06 Lakewood, OH- The Foundry
SEP 07 Columbus, OH- The Basement
SEP 09 Rochester, NY- Montage Music Hall
SEP 11 Burlington, VT- Higher Ground
SEP 12 Philadelphia, PA- The Foundry at the Fillmore
SEP 13 Lancaster, PA- Chameleon Club
SEP 14 Washington, DC- DC9
SEP 15 Richmond, VA- Canal Club
SEP 16 Jacksonville, FL- Jack Rabbit's
SEP 18 Gainesville, FL- High Dive
SEP 19 Birmingham, AL- WorkPlay Theatre
SEP 20 St. Louis, MO- Old Rock House
SEP 21 Ames, IA- The Maintenance Shop (Iowa State University)
SEP 22 Cape Girardeau, MO - Ivers Square
SEP 29 Milwaukee, WI- The Rave Bar
OCT 05 Escanaba, MI- The Besse Theater (Bay College)
OCT 06 Kansas City, MO- Encore at the Uptown Theater
OCT 07 Ralston, NE- The Side Room at Ralston Arena
OCT 09 Colorado Springs, CO- The Black Sheep
OCT 10 Denver, CO- Marquis Theatre
OCT 12 Seattle, WA- El Corazon
OCT 13 Portland, OR- Paris Theatre
OCT 15 Sacramento, CA- Holy Diver
OCT 16 San Francisco, CA- Bottom of the Hill
OCT 17 Santa Barbara, CA- Velvet Jones
OCT 20 San Diego, CA- House of Blues Voodoo Room
OCT 21 West Hollywood, CA- Roxy Theatre
OCT 22 Phoenix, AZ- The Rebel Lounge
OCT 24 Austin, TX- Antone's
OCT 25 Dallas, TX- Curtain Club
OCT 26 Houston, TX- Warehouse Live Green Room
OCT 28 Orlando, FL- Soundbar
OCT 29 Tampa, FL- Crowbar
OCT 30 Atlanta, GA- Smith's Olde Bar
NOV 01 Durham, NC- Motorco Music Hall
NOV 04 Cambridge, MA- Sonia's Nightclub
NOV 06 Brooklyn, NY- Knitting Factory
NOV 07 Buffalo, NY- Mohawk Place
NOV 08 Ferndale, MI- The Loving Touch
NOV 09 Dekalb, IL- The House Cafe
NOV 10 Minneapolis, MN- The Whole Music Club (U. of Minnesota)
LA-based, Long Island, NY native Scott Waldman is what you might call a true renaissance man. The musician/artist manager/a&r executive and host of the weekly show Waldman Words (heard on Idobi Radio) has a lot on his plate and he wouldn't have it any other way.
The former bassist of pop punk outfit The City Drive (Sony) and guitarist/frontman of Lido Beach has turned his experience as a touring and signed musician into a major asset for his management clients and his numerous other endeavors.
With first-hand knowledge of the ins-and-outs of the ever-changing music industry, and a clear vision of how to help musicians further their careers, Waldman has built up an impressive roster of clients that consists of recording artists (Boomtown Crooks, Filmspeed, Jess Coppens, formerly of Mirror Eyes/FLOODS etc), music producers (Alex Arias, Curtis Douglas, Dave Dominguez and Kim Shattuck) and comic Steven Briggs.
Recent partnerships with Rolling Artists, an exclusive producer/writer/session musician firm, have helped him expand and grow his roster further.
Waldman's popular weekly podcast Waldman's Words, heard on pioneering internet radio site Idobi Radio, has given Waldman an additional platform with which to help and nurture new artists, to give exposure to developing talent, and to talk with assorted industry tastemakers, gatekeepers, and influencers about the latest developments in the music business.
Additionally, Waldman recently signed on as a senior A&R executive with newly launched LEGEND Recordings where he will help to discover and sign artists across multiple genres.
Over the years, Waldman has also spoken at a number of industry conventions and events. He also tours occasionally and plays shows at venues around L.A., both as a solo artist and as singer/guitairst in two-piece 90s cover band The Seattles.
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Behold The Return of Orange County’s Own Musical White Knuckle Ride, WANK.
Full-length Record To Be Released in 2018
Stream A Track ("Shut You Down") Now
Orange County’s own WANK returns with founding members Bobby Amodeo, Spider, Danny Walker, and new addition of Higgins X-13 (formerly of The Offspring). The band plans to release their new album 'White Knuckle Ride' later this year.
On WANK’s return and new record, frontman Bobby Amodeo comments, “WANK is stoked to be back making music. It’s been 20 years since our Maverick Records release, and we’ve spent the last year producing our new album, 'White Knuckle Ride.' Song by song, our record stands up – You’ll hear PRD, reggae skank, melodic hooks, and pop harmonies. WANK is rock-ready, and we look forward to destroying a stage near you very soon. Check us out!”
Watch for album release details, a new single and accompanying music video to debut shortly.
In the meantime check out their latest track "Shut You Down" here: https://soundcloud.com/wankusa/shut-you-down.
(Feel free to post/share the link!)
WANK guitarist Danny Walker comments about writing the song, “Shut You Down is about an experience I had working in a toxic environment, hitting a boiling point, and responding. When you spend every moment of your day dumping on people, you get what you get. Bad things will happen to bad people.”
WANK formed in 1995 in Huntington Beach, CA. Mixing pop sensibility, rock chops, and punk energy, WANK (influenced by the Beatles and the Clash, among others) quickly gained momentum and garnered a reputation for themselves with melodic songs and highly entertaining live shows. In 1996, WANK self-released their debut, Get a Grip on Yourself. Their continuing success as a live act brought them to the attention of producer Mike Ness of Social Distortion, who oversaw the recording of "Larry Brown" for a split 7" on Time Bomb Records (1997.) Ness also produced WANK on their version of “Auld Lang Syne,” their contribution to the comp, Christmas Gone Wrong (1997.)
In late 1997, “Forgiven” was added to rotation at the World Famous KROQ 106.7 in Los Angeles, and WANK was still unsigned. An industry bidding war ensued, and WANK signed an historic record deal with Maverick Records. In 1998, following an expedited major label re-release of Get a Grip on Yourself, WANK took their show on the road, touring with The Specials, Goldfinger, Social Distortion, and Warped Tour ’98. The band parted ways with Maverick Records in 1999 and focused on other projects.
In 2000, Amodeo was diagnosed with cancer, and after years of treatment, he’s back and rock ready. Walker formed and fronted Handsome Devil and was signed to RCA in 2001. Handsome Devil released three albums - Love and Kisses (2001), Knock Yourself Out (2004), and Fully Automatic (2007), and toured with The Used, Lit, Zebrahead, and Warped. In 2007, Walker and friends (from Lit, Adolescents, and Cadillac Tramps) formed Rockers in the Round – an acoustic showcase series. Walker released two singer-songwriter albums – Mumble & Strum (2011) and Salvation (2012). Spider focused on session work and artist management, and he’s still the hardest hitting drummer around.
WANK reunited in 2016, self-releasing their 5 song EP - On with the Show and, in 2017, added guitarist Higgins X-13, formerly of the Offspring. In 2018, WANK is in the studio finishing a new full length album for release. Enjoy – WANK is back.
Bobby Amodeo (lead vocals, bass)
Danny Walker (guitar)
Higgins X-13 (guitar)
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World's Scariest Police Chases' 'Ablum 3' out Now
Band Set to Perform at The Fest 17
At the end of 2016 World's Scariest Police Chases started the recording process on what would become their third album, titled appropriately enough, Ablum 3.
Check out the record on Spotify (https://open.spotify.com/album/5AsIddAKLaDORfZN4duEIJ) Apple Music (https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ablum-3/1436933930) and Bandcamp (https://policechases.bandcamp.com/releases).
Drums and bass were tracked at David Klug Studios (Rozwell Kid, The Minus Tide) in Pittsburgh, while the band was simultaneously finishing the writing and demoing of the songs.
The guys tracked guitars themselves, and then re-amped them and started on vocals back at Klug's.
Ablum 3 was mix/mastered by Justin Francis (Anti-Flag, Roger Harvey, Edhochuli) in Nashville at Sound Stage Studio.
Kid Rock contributes guest vocal on the album, as the band stole a lyric from him on their song "Adolf Hipster."
Wed, OCT 24
The Crowbar - Tampa, FL
Sat, OCT 27
High Dive - Gainesville, FL
THE FEST 17
Sat, NOV 10
RECORD RELEASE SHOW
The Funhouse at Mr. Smalls - Millvale, PA
w/ Nightmarathons and The Early Thirties
Tour to follow this winter.
World's Scariest Police Chases
Maxx Gregg - Bass
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