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
Winnipeg's Alone I Walk Sign with Anchor Eighty-Four; EP Produced By Johnny Liu (In Her Own Words, Movements, Slowtrip) To Be Released This Spring
Winnipeg's Alone I Walk have signed with Anchor Eighty-Four and will release their debut EP this spring.
In the past year, the band has opened for PVRIS and Silverstein and will play shows later this month with Calling All Captains, Rarity and more.
Anchor Eight-Four's Cody Jones says, "I am super excited to welcome Alone I Walk to the Anchor Eighty Four family! Upon hearing the new demos from brothers Franky and Pascal, I could hear the immense potential the guys would create! I flew the guys down to Los Angeles from their hometown of Winnipeg, MB, Canada to record their label debut EP with producer Johnny Liu at Catacomb Studios. The partnership and bond that Johnny and Alone I Walk formed while working together completely elevated the new songs to a level I've been dreaming about ever since. We cannot wait to show everyone these songs in the coming months."
About Alone I Walk:
Hailing from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Alone I Walk was born from the creative mind of Franky Courcelles. After brother Pascal Courcelles’ own band separated, he soon joined his brother Franky in what would become a soon to be iconic musical partnership. Alone I Walk brings a wide range of energetic, hooky rhythms that are perfectly tied together with the strong and emotive vocal delivery by frontman François Courcelles that are tightly supported by Pascal for the impactful harmonies that they bring to their sound both live and on record. The brothers soon signed to Los Angeles based label Anchor Eighty Four Records during the winter of 2019. Traveling to Los Angeles shortly after, Alone I Walk tapped producer Johnny Liu (In Her Own Words, Movements, Slowtrip) to help elevate (an understatement) the demos they had written for their label debut EP due out later this year.
APR 09 Bulldog Pizza- Winnipeg, MB, Canada (w/ Calling All Captains, Six Outta Ten, Face Lift)
APR 25 The Good Will - Social Club- Winnipeg, MB, Canada (Rarity & Romancer feat. Alone I Walk & Guests)
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"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
Berwanger (Radar State, The Only Children, The Anniversary) Releasing New Full-Length "Watching A Garden Die" on June 28 via Wiretap Records
New Single "Bad Vibrations" Out Now
Check Out The Video
Photo: Zach Bauman
Kansas City's Berwanger (Josh Berwanger of Radar State, The Only Children, The Anniversary) is debuting a new song and music video of his just-announced new full-length "Watching A Garden Die," out June 28th on Wiretap Records.
Watch the video for "Bad Vibrations" (shot entirely on VHS) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRkw3T6LpzA.
The single is now streaming on Spotify:https://open.spotify.com/album/6ngoTLjKlacKzG7q6QOsIS?si=_DEPWyzJTuyyEyCC0S4gOg
Josh says, “On this new record, I often use the word "you”, but I’m actually referring to "me". In other words, I'm talking to myself. This song is about my social anxieties because I usually feel awkward in public. Which makes me think I sometimes give off bad vibrations when most likely I'm just spaced out, off on another planet. Or maybe a better example is how Garth feels when Wayne ditches him on set in Wayne's World.”
Berwanger will be playing a series of shows in support of the new record. See dates below.
June 27th - The Rino, KC
June 28th - Ellis St. Motto, Wichita, KS
June 29th - Replay Lounge, Lawrence, KS
July 1st, Henry’s, Lawrence, KS (Josh solo)
Josh Berwanger was one of the main singers and songwriters in The Anniversary. The band formed in 1999 and released two albums on Vagrant Records. They toured with a variety of bands including Modest Mouse, Mars Volta, Guided By Voices, and Cheap Trick. Due to a number of unfortunate circumstances, The Anniversary broke up prematurely in 2003.
In 2017, The Anniversary embarked on a successful reunion tour. Berwanger explained, “It never felt right, the way we broke up. One day we were on tour, the next day none of us were talking to each other. So it felt good to put some closure to something we worked so hard at.” After the reunion tour, Berwanger started another band that some called a “super-group”, forming Radar State with Matt Pryor and Jim Suptic of the Get Up Kids. The band released the album Strays and toured the U.S.
So when did Berwanger find time to record his fourth full-length studio album, Watching A Garden Die? “I’m constantly writing. I try to write a song or part of a song every day. It’s not always good, but it’s not about it being good or bad. It’s about pushing yourself to create each day.” WAGD has a different tone than his previous albums. While songs like “Bad Vibrations” and “Friday Night” make you want to hit the dance floor, the rest of the album has a more heartfelt and moodier tone. “It’s definitely one of the most, if not the most, personal albums I have written. There were a few times I didn’t even want to release it. But if some of the subject matter can reach another person and help them deal with something they're going through, that's what music and art is for.”
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
London 4-Piece Burnt Tapes Releasing Debut LP 'Never Better' on February 22
What others are saying about Burnt Tapes' 'Never Better':
"I do believe we have an early contender for 2019’s album of the year."- Apathy & Exhaustion
"...emotionally-driven alt-punk that can’t be ignored."- Already Heard
"(The) songs that make up ‘Never Better’ mostly deal with feelings of self-doubt, regret and self-deprecation. You know, the stuff good punk rock songs are made of."- Punkrocktheory
"...perfectly crafted punk rock songs about love, loss and regret that will have you singing yourself hoarse whilst breaking your heart. The Burnt Tapes, are the best band in the UK. "- *Colin's Punk Rock World*
"While it’s easy to compare Burnt Tapes to the Wonder Years, or Transit, Samiam, or Boston Manor, the truth is they stand out well on their own."- Sound The Sirens
"The track’s gritty tone weaves through reflective cleans and bursting hooks. "- New Noise Magazine
London punk/emo 4-piece Burnt Tapes will release the debut LP “Never Better” on February 22, 2019 via Wiretap Records (US) and Lockjaw Records (UK/EU).
Pre-save the album on Spotify here:https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/theburnttapes/never-better?fbclid=IwAR18vGo8ec7SAz2Rxu34u_tTNSi52JhJCKLFuQNFggeinjC4LEjJmQrzX_8
Preorders for the Wiretap exclusive Aqua Blue 12” vinyl LP are also live now at wiretaprecords.com.
Check out the video for "Don't Make Me Play Bocelli" here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kl_saWAzjf8&fbclid=IwAR1TBXBnIcgzkC0EZ4-wc4JCEqtvYzVkC36YbbER4ke5Q-qInwywnLUgyJk.
Phil Georgoulopoulos (vocals/guitar) says: “("Never Better") is the first release that more closely represents who we want to be as a band, and I’m really excited to finally share it with everyone… You can expect a lot more self-deprecation and regret.”
The band is debuting a new song/video ("Yuzi") here:https://youtu.be/eoVbPTfUnl0.
“Never Better” was recorded at legendary studio The Ranch (Creeper, Gnarwolves, Boston Manor).
About Burnt Tapes:
Members of Burnt Tapes have known each other since they were teenagers, having grown up together in Athens, Greece before settling in London, and forming the band in 2014. Their gruff hook laden sound has drawn comparisons to bands like Hot Water Music, Jawbreaker and The Lawrence Arms.
In the last three years they have played almost 200 shows across the UK and Europe, supporting bands like Nothington, Red City Radio, Get Dead, Timeshares, GBH, Pkew Pkew Pkew, Penske File & The Bombpops.
The band have also made several festival appearances (EU/UK) including Manchester Punk Fest, El Topo Goes Loco, Book Yer Ane Fest, Washed Out Fest, Summer in October Fest, Might As Well Fest and Rebellion Fest. The band embarked on multiple tours playing across 9 countries.
"Never Better" follows their 2017 EP "Alterations" (Lockjaw Records/Umlaut Records).
Burnt Tapes are: Pan T. - Vocals & Guitar, Phil G. - Vocals & Guitar, Tone - Bass and Jordan Hall - Drums.
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/burnt.tapes/
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..
Decent Criminal's last album ‘Bloom’ was released in 2017. They made news in 2018 when sites like Vice, Kerrang!, Alternative Press and others reported on a vinyl pressing error in which their music was mistakenly pressed onto copies of Kendrick Lamar's second album 'Good Kid, M.A.A.D City.'
With a sound reminiscent of ‘90s alternative, punk, surf, and power-pop, Northern CA’s Decent Criminal offers catchy, upbeat songs that mercilessly collide with an abrasive and often melancholy undertones, to bring forth a style that is both playfully compatible, and inadvertently raw.
In 2014, brothers Hunter and Tristan Martinez took what was already an active touring band, and rebuilt it from the ground up. Giving the band a new sound and set of players. Decent Criminal has plans to hit the road hard and continue making records for years to come.
Photo: Eden Kittiver
The 4-piece will head overseas for a series of European Tour dates beginning this month with stops in France, UK, Belgium, Germany and more. The tour includes appearances at both sets of Booze Cruise Festivals in Bristol, UK and Hamburg, DE as well as Bearded Punk Fest in Belgium and This Is My Fest in France.
A record release show is confirmed for June 29 at Thee Parkside in SF. They will also play Alex's Bar in Long Beach on July 7.
May 11 - Santa Rosa, CA 3 Disciples Brewing
15.05 FR Toulouse @ TBA
18.05 FR CapBreton @ Le Circus
19.05 FR Bordeaux/Angers @ TBA
20.05 FR Tours @ Puzzle Pub
21.05 FR Sens @ Le Garage
22.05 FR Amiens @ TBA
23.05 UK London @ New Cross Inn
24.05 UK Stafford @ Redrum
25.05 UK Bristol @ Booze Cruise Festival
26.05 FR Boulogne s/Mer @ La Cave de Mr Guy
27.05 BE Namur @ Petit Bitu
28.05 FR Lyon @ LE TROKSON
30.05 CH Bern @ TBA
31.05 CH Neuchâtel @ Plan A3
01.06 BE Genk @ Bearded Punk Festival
02.06 BE Saint Léger @ Lac de Conchibois
03.06 DE Mainz @ KulturCafé
04.06 DE Berlin @ TBA
05.06 DE Bremen @ Capri Bar
06.06 DE Hamburg @ Booze Cruise Festival
07.06 NL Groningen @ Lola
09.06 FR Paris @ This is My Fest
JUN 29 Record Release Show! - Thee Parkside- San Francisco (W/ toyGuitar//Shutups//Slumped)
JUL 7 Alex's Bar- Long Beach (w/ Dwarves, The Crowd, Decent Criminal, Meow Twins, Richard Scary)
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.”
“Don't let the fact that he looks like an extra from Sons Of Anarchy fool you because Chris Mansfield is a pretty sensitive dude. If you're not familiar with his band Fences here's a quick primer: They've toured with everyone from Against Me! to Hellogoodbye, had a hit song featuring Macklemore and Ryan Lewis called "Arrows" in 2014 and, finally, Mansfield doesn't follow anyone on Twitter, so he's infinitely more productive and prolific than you are. Sorry.”- Noisey
“Seattle’s Fences (otherwise known as Christopher Mansfield) delivers a cohesive set of sweetly depressing folk-pop anthems and whimsical musings on stellar sophomore LP Lesser Oceans.”- Idolator
“Sara Quin knows a thing or two about witty yet winsome, deliriously self-deprecating, and achingly pretty songs. So when a friend passed along an EP from Fences (aka Seattle singer-songwriter Christopher Mansfield) to the Tegan and Sara star, she fell for it instantly, and, after a year of correspondence, ended up producing his self-titled debut album.”- Spin.com
“Fences is an indie pop outfit masterminded by Christopher Mansfield, an intense 27-year-old who now calls Seattle his home. Originally from Boston, Mansfield has the look of a scrawny punk, but the guy's music is a fascinating amalgamation of emo and alt-country. His songs have drawn comparisons to everyone from The Cure to Hank Williams, and tracks such as "Girls with Accents" and "My Girl the Horse" certainly show Mansfield to be a slacker songwriter of some note.”- Dallas Observer
“Reminiscent of Death Cab For Cutie, he creates lyric-heavy, melancholy music with gorgeous melodies.”- Baeble Music
“The Seattle band -- led by songwriter Christopher Mansfield -- has drawn positive national attention…Melancholy and regret run through Fences' self-titled debut, which draws on Mansfield's songbook from 2004 to the present.”- NPR
“Macklemore got to know Fences around 2009 through mutual friends in Seattle. “We were friends before we made any music together,” says the MC. “We have a lot of things in common – our vices and our demons and our art, the things that we’re good at and our shortcomings.” (Fences, like Macklemore, has spoken about his struggles with alcohol abuse and subsequent commitment to sobriety.)”- Macklemore in Rolling Stone
FIELD DAY EXPLORES DAG NASTY’S ICONIC RECORDS DURING THE UPCOMING SUMMER/FALL TOUR
Members of pioneering band Dag Nasty will play select shows as Field Day starting in July. The tour will include stops in DC (July 12), NJ (Juy 13), Los Angeles (Aug 23), Quebec (Sep 7), and two shows in Chicago (Nov 8 & 9). See dates/venues below.
Perhaps the most notorious outcasts of the Dag Nasty franchise to date, Doug Carrion and Peter Cortner performed on Dag Nasty’s landmark recordings 'Wig Out at Denko’s' (Dischord Records) and 'Field Day' (Giant Records). These recordings are credited as cornerstones of what was eventually termed melodic hardcore, and inspired new bands like Pennywise and Rise Against.
During a 2018 conversation between founding member Brian Baker (Bad Religion), Doug, and Peter regarding how best, if at all, to perform live versions of songs from those albums, it was agreed Doug and Peter would forge ahead under the name Field Day, to avoid confusing Dag Nasty fans or promoters.
Now joined by Mark Phillips (Down by Law), Field Day has announced a series of shows this summer and fall, with new music to follow in 2020.
Carrion refers to Field Day as “a perfect time to revisit previous material for the fans, and a way to continue exploring music.”
JUL 12 Black Cat- Washington, DC Tickets
JUL 13 CrossRoads- Garwood, NJ Tickets
AUG 23 Viper Room- West Hollywood, CA Tickets
SEP 7 Envol et Macadam Festival- Quebec City, QB
NOV 8 LiveWire Lounge - Chicago, IL Tickets
NOV 9 LiveWire Lounge - Chicago, IL Tickets
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.
Punk Pioneer GLEN MATLOCK (Sex Pistols, Rich Kids, Iggy Pop and The Faces) Announces Three Rare U.S. Dates
June 11 (NYC), June 13 (Los Angeles), June 15 (Long Beach)
Bass guitarist in the original line-up of the punk rock band the Sex Pistols, Co-author on 10 of the 12 songs on Punk classic 'Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols' including "Pretty Vacant", "Anarchy In the UK", "God Save The Queen"
June 11 New York, NY- Joe's Pubb
June 13 Los Angeles, CA- Hotel Cafe
June 15 Long Beach, CA- Alex's Bar
Forever changing rock 'n' roll history as chief songwriter with the Sex Pistols, the evolving path walked by Glen Matlock remains unbound by genre, geography, & task.
His contribution to the Sex Pistols, and thus culture itself, is well documented. Penning the anthem Pretty Vacant, arguably the most famous punk song ever, Glen wrote the music to all the Sex Pistols classics, including Anarchy In The UK and God Save The Queen, creating the benchmarks for any aspiring rock band who followed in their wake. Periodic Sex Pistols reunions have allowed the world the chance to see Glen reaffirm his rightful position as the cornerstone of the Pistols. The Sex Pistols, however, represent only a fraction of Glen's legacy.
His next band, the Rich Kids, put out one of the most influential albums of the late 70s, Ghosts Of Princes In Towers, packed full of rock ‘n’ pop gems. Working with Iggy Pop, (who recorded Glen’s song Ambition), during the 80s kept him sharp and sought-after with a body of work during this period giving rise to releases by bands such as The Spectres and Hot Club. In the 1990s Glen emerged as a solo force to be reckoned with. His album Who’s He Think He Is When He’s At Home? recorded for Creation Records, home of Oasis, was a full-on guitar album, blistering in its intensity, taking everyone by surprise. Not content to kick up his heels, the reinvention continued with a series of fine albums by his band project, The Philistines.
Invigorated in the wake of the Pistols re-emergence, Glen continued to record songs to rival those on Never Mind The Bollocks for swagger and craft. Open Mind, On Something, & Born Running were albums showcasing the full spectrum of Glen’s prowess. Pile drivers rubbed shoulders with reflective refrains & personal lyrics. One highlight, Hey Mister, was seized upon by BBC radio.
It's not just Glen's solo work that sets him apart from the pack. Headhunted by artists from all backgrounds and styles, both in the U.K. and abroad, has seen him not merely contribute, but shape some of the coolest sounds around. Acclaimed cutting edge albums by Wendy James, Viv Albertine, International Swingers, and King Mob have been enriched by his input, while his own studio projects with Earl Slick & Slim Jim Phantom show a continuing rich vein of inspirational songwriting.
In 2018, with both Earl & Slim Jim on board, he released Good To Go, a solo album that garnered a string of positive press reviews and feedback from fans, many believing it to be his best body of work to date. It's no coincidence that Glen's resurgence is mirrored by his frequent appearances on TV, from The One Show, The Wright Stuff and even the quiz show Pointless, where he proved a formidable contestant alongside Slim Jim Phantom. Glen was also the figurehead for the Anarchy Arias project in which songs from the punk era underwent transformation into classical mini masterpieces.
Always in demand live, Glen has heeded the call from all corners of the musical world, whether it be the rockabilly of Robert Gordon or reformed Faces. His knack of continual inspiration and invention comes in part from his belief in just getting out there and engaging. Picking up his guitar and delivering an acoustic set, either in his beloved London or some far-flung outpost in the global rock universe, keeps Glen grounded and in tune with life and its stories.
Keen to expand his world view and experience, Glen has developed a niche in DJ sets guesting in nightclubs in countries as geographically dispersed as Brazil and Italy. In 2018 Glen became one of the first UK musicians to perform in South Korea's Demilitarized Zone, a feat which brought much attention in the media, including BBC News.
At the start of 2018, Glen was a guest on the sold-out European Tour with Dropkick Murphys and Flogging Molly, and having just played to a sold out 100 Club featuring Earl Slick, Chris Spedding and Neal X, all of whom guested on the new album, plus a five-night residency at the esteemed venue of Boisdales, you will find him constantly on the road.
Glen has also performed at the prestigious DMZ Peace Festival on the North / South Korean border, hosted by the mayor of Seoul. Returning to Korea for the Anzari Festival in Seoul; performed in Mumbai; completed a sold out 5 night solo tour of Sweden and has been publicising his latest album with personal appearances in Italy and Japan while at his Parisian showcase, art world Glitterati such as Sophie Calle and Grayson Perry were seen singing along in joyous enthusiasm.
‘Keep On Pushing’ from ‘Good To Go’ was recently featured as ‘Coolest Song In The World’ for the last week of November on Stevie Van Zandt’sunderground garage show on Sirius XM, which is broadcast across America and around the world.
Passing on his vast knowledge and experience to others has become important to Glen (his two sons are making musical waves of their own) and he has latterly embraced college music teaching and motivational speaking. This seems fitting for one of the most famous, yet grounded, musicians to emerge at the forefront of the most turbulent and celebrated musical upheaval in rock 'n' roll.
History is, thank God, not what Glen Matlock is about. Embracing the past, but constantly seeking out the new, musically, professionally and personally, keeps Glen out of his comfort zone, and at his best. Alive and alert.
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
Handsome Young Ladies Releasing New Album 'We Got It Covered'
on May 17
Band's Pumped Up Cover of Sade's "Smooth Operator" Now Streaming
FFO: Me First And The Gimme Gimmes, etc
Handsome Young Ladies is not your father's cover band. Anchored out of Rochester NY, the power trio brings new life to your favorite multi-genre hits of the last 40 years.
Consisting of Chicago import Sam Swanson (of Midwest Blue, Dormlife, and Boomjuice) on both guitar and vocals, bassist Anthony Carvalho (of Red Letter Statement and Praxia) and studio producer Jesse Sprinkle (of Poor Old Lu, Demon Hunter, Dead Poetic, and Bluebrick Recordings) on drums and back up vocals, H.Y.L. has decades of experience in both the regional and national music scenes, as well as the recording industry.
The band specializes in clubs, bars, and private events including weddings, birthdays, and corporate parties, but make no mistake, they come to rock as if they're playing arenas. Imagine the rhythm section of Nirvana fronted by Elvis Costello playing cover songs and you're on the right track.
With a large dose of alt-rock energy and loads of rock n roll swagger, Handsome Young Ladies' upcoming release 'WE GOT IT COVERED' features spirited renditions and entirely new takes on classics from the likes of Queen, Sade, Earth Wind & Fire, Madonna, Elton John and many more.
In the works long before that other recent covers album, the band started recording 'WE GOT IT COVERED' in December 2017 and finally finished last summer. Recorded/engineered by Jesse and mixed/mastered by his brother Aaron Sprinkle (New Found Glory, Anberlin, Story of the Year), the album will be available everywhere on May 17th via the band's own label Alarm Clock Revolution. See cover art and track listing below.
Check out the video for their cover of Sade's "Smooth Operator" here:
Stream/download "Smooth Operator" on all digital platforms here:https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/handsomeyoungladies/smooth-operator
“I’m a die-hard and loyal Sade fan. I’d say borderline obsessed to be honest. Most of her fans are, you know. With Sade, it’s like you’re all in or all out. You know the catalog inside and out, otherwise you find her as forgettable background music. Except for that one hook to that one song ‘Smooth Operator’ from 1984 that you can’t help repeating. Re-arranging and recording this song was probably the most fun I’ve ever had in the studio. Jesse Sprinkle’s nasty rhythm was just so dead on and breathed a new life into this 25 year-old gem of a song, along with the loud distorted jazz chords. I hope it resonates well with the new and old generation of music lovers." - Sam Swanson (vocals, guitar)
Pre-save 'WE GOT IT COVERED' here:https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/handsomeyoungladies/gq49
Physical pre-orders: https://handsomeyoungladies.bigcartel.com
For a list of upcoming shows or to book the band, visit: https://www.handsomeyoungladies.com.
01. September (Earth Wind & Fire)
02. Everybody Wants To Rule The World (Tears For Fears)
03. Smooth Operator (Sade)
04. Another One Bites The Dust (Queen)
05. Rock With You (Michael Jackson)
06. The Sign (Ace of Base)
07. Time After Time (Cyndi Lauper)
08. Roxanne (The Police)
09. Love Fool (The Cardigans)
10. Holiday (Madonna)
11. Bennie And The Jets (Elton John)
Recorded & Engineered by: Jesse Sprinkle
Mixed and Mastered by: Aaron Sprinkle
Sam Swanson: Vocals, Guitars, Keys
Jesse Sprinkle: Drums, Percussion, Back-Up Vocals
Anthony Carvalho: Bass
Heart Attack Man's 'Fake Blood' Debuts On Billboard Charts; Frontman Eric Egan Auditions for Hot Ones
On Tour Now w/ Seaway, Free Throw; West Coast Tour w/ Sincere Engineer and Rome Hero Foxes Announced
What's a frontman to do after his band debuts on the Billboard charts with their latest release 'Fake Blood'? If you're Heart Attack Man's Eric Egan, you fight fire with more fire (of the hot sauce variety) and release an audition tape for the popular web series Hot Ones.
Check out the video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKWXCdoXSWg where Egan talks new music, The Matrix, and haters while eating spicy veggie nuggets in hopes of one day appearing on Hot Ones.
What others are saying about Heart Attack Man's 'Fake Blood':
"...they can be as sly as their melodies are big (which is to say, “very”). These guys know that a focused guitar melody, a propulsive rhythm section, and some raggedy, mournful screams can help convey the strength, poise, and determination we need to deal with a confusing world—and in their lyrics, they go even further, demolishing toxic fantasies and working toward a more inclusive future."- Chicago Reader
“... we’ve finally found a worthy successor to the Blue Album or Pinkerton. Fake Blood is brimming to the edges w/ attitude, spitfire spite, and a blast of humor and intelligence... One of the year’s most compelling rock records. ” - Sound the Sirens Magazine
"Heart Attack Man is the unsung hero of millennial rock music. No, this record is not for everyone. It’s a dark and twisted journey that will leave some feeling uncomfortable and upset, but that’s the way of the antihero."- Substream Magazine
"...a crunchy, power pop-ish song that’s sort of somewhere in between Modern Baseball and Weezer."- Brooklynvegan
"... a musical link between Husker Du and Sugar."- God Is In The TV
"A fine mixture of self-deprecation and cutting lyricism, Heart Attack Man balances catchy pop-punk, hardcore and 90’s alt-nostalgia....the type of record that develops an intense cult following while showcasing Heart Attack Man as one of the next band’s to break out on the scene."- Chorus.fm
"...one of modern emo’s most compellingly forceful albums in some time. Heart Attack Man realistically verge towards straight-up rock in just how much power they’re able to pack in. And that’s entirely complimentary as well. Transcending emo’s ceiling is not an easy task, but the spark in HAM is undeniable, and ’Fake Blood’ is where it’s really crystallised into something excellent." (4/5)- *Already Heard*
"Heart Attack Man skillfully harnesses the power of perfectly timed, grungy hooks alongside a tantalizing chorus-to-bridge build-up." - Spinning Thoughts
"a hefty mix of dirty guitars and solid hooks that should appeal to fans of FIDLAR, SWMRS, Rozwell Kid, Weezer and Joyce Manor."- Count Your Bruises Magazine
"...gritty, grungy punk rock that channels some of the genre’s best, most prominently bands like Wheatus and Weezer."- Depth Mag
Heart Attack Man's 'Fake Blood' is out now on You Did This/Triple Crown Records.
The band's tour with Seaway and Free Throw runs through May 10. and will be followed by a west coast run with Sincere Engineer and Rome Hero Foxes in June. See dates below.
Check out HAM's latest video "Out For Blood" here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JSyynh11LQ.
Stream 'Fake Blood': http://smarturl.it/heartattackman.
For fans of FIDLAR, SWMRS, Rozwell Kid, Weezer and Joyce Manor.
Formed 2013, Heart Attack Man consists of Eric Egan (Vocals, Guitar), Adam Paduch (Drums), Seamus Groman (Bass), Ty Sickels (Guitar).
The band has previously toured with Free Throw, The Early November, Hot Mulligan, Kississippi, Drug Church, Homesafe, The Movielife, Gouge Awayand Crime In Stereo.
Tour Dates (w/ Seaway and Young Culture):
Tue April 30 Jacksonville, FL - 1904 Music Hall
Wed May 1 Nashville. TN - Exit / In
Thu May 2 Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups
Fri May 3 Milwaukee, WI - Back Room @ Colectivo
Sat May 4 Bloomington, IL - Nightshop
Sun May 5 Chicago, IL - Subterranean
Mon May 6 Burnsville, MN - The Garage
Wed May 8 Grand Rapids, MI - The Stache
Thu May 9 Indianapolis, IN - The Hoosier Dome
Fri May 10 Toledo, OH - Frankie's
MAY 18 Mahall's- Lakewood, OH (HAM Record Release Show)
(Tour with Sincere Engineer/Rome Hero Foxes)
JUN 15 Walnut Room- Denver, CO
JUN 16 Kilby Court- Salt Lake City, UT
JUN 18 The Funhouse- Seattle, WA
JUN 19 Lola's Room- Portland, OR
JUN 21 Bottom of the Hill- San Francisco, CA
JUN 22 The Echo- Los Angeles, CA
JUN 23 Chain Reaction- Anaheim, CA
JUN 24 Voodoo Room- San Diego, CA
JUN 25 The Rebel Lounge- Phoenix, AZ
JUN 27 Ruins- Dallas, TX
JUN 28 Mohawk Indoor- Austin, TX
JUN 29 89th Street- Oklahoma City, OK
JUN 30 Outland Bar- Springfield, MO
5B Artists + Media To Produce Enhanced 2019 Hermosa Beach Summer Series
The Enhanced Popular Beachside Concert Series Returns To Highlight The Best of Hermosa
5B Artists + Media, a leading global music management and events company with offices in Los Angeles, CA Brooklyn, NY and Birmingham, England, has signed on as exclusive producer of the popular Hermosa Beach Summer Concert Series, which kicks off in August 2019.
Founded by South Bay local and CEO Cory Brennan, 5B Artists + Media, has been in business for 15 years and produces major events and festivals around the world.
In an open letter to the residents of Hermosa Beach, Brennan writes:
As a longtime resident of the South Bay I cannot be more excited to partner with Mayor Stacey Armato and the city of Hermosa Beach to continue the Hermosa Beach Summer Concert Series in August 2019. My goal is to take this amazing community event and grow it from a local series into an extensive month-long event that showcases everything that makes Hermosa Beach special.
The event will highlight the incredible people; the beautiful beaches; a culture of great music and food; and a strong community that cares as much, or more than I do, about our home in the South Bay.
My vision is to bring a fresh and enhanced music festival experience to the beach. Naturally we will bring incredible music - but this event will be much more that that: comedy, movies by the beach, yoga mornings, community cleanups and more - all paired with great food and music.
Another extremely important aspect to this vision is driving awareness to Hermosa Beach businesses and supporting non-profits that keep our beaches clean and help the arts and schools in the area (and any other important community agendas).
In the coming week we will announce our music and comedy talent for the festival, as well as a many other ways in which the community of Hermosa Beach can be involved.
It is important to us that the Hermosa Beach Summer Concert Series is inclusive of every aspect of Hermosa Beach and the surrounding South Bay: local businesses and artists, restaurants, chefs and more. Please visit our website and join our community to stay up to date with what we have planned and how you can be involved.
My team and I want to thank everyone in Hermosa Beach for trusting us to take over this incredible event! We are excited to partner with the community and city for many years to come.
Here’s to keeping Hermosa, Hermosa!
Hermosa Beach Mayor Stacey Armato says, "We are really excited to partner with the team at 5B Artists + Media to continue this great tradition of free concerts on our beach in August. They are enthusiastic about producing the best possible performances, committed to the community, and will bring new energy and ideas to the Hermosa Beach Summer Concerts. We are looking forward to all that they have planned for Hermosa Beach in August.”
The concert series kicks off in early August. Lineups and additional information for each event will be announced in the coming weeks.
Save The Dates:
For more information on Hermosa Beach Summer Concert Series go to: www.HermosaSummerSeries.com.
Follow us on social media @HBSummerSeries
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.
Florida-based "Yacht-Rap" Duo Hurricane Party Releasing Debut LP 'Juice' on July 5
Florida based "Yacht-Rap" duo Hurricane Party are unveiling the first track and video off their upcoming debut LP 'Juice' which will be released on July 5 via Limited Fanfare Records.
Stream the video for "Pamplemousse" (Directed and Edited by Shawn Johnson) here:
Pre-order 'Juice' on limited-edition 180g Black Vinyl and CD Digipak here: https://limitedfanfare.bigcartel.com/product/hurricane-party-juice and on Bandcamp: https://limitedfanfare.bandcamp.com/album/juice.
Valeria Kolomiets at Earmilk writes:
"Composed of rapper Bleubird and singer-songwriter RickoLus, Hurricane Party's appeal is found in the blend of soft rock, electronica, hip-hop, and much more in-between, creating a sound reminiscent of warm weather, palm trees, and drinking beer under the sun. Their newest track "Pamplemousse" is a perfect embodiment of this duo's carefree and celebratory ways of life.
The visuals for "Pamplemousse" are addictively captivating in their ordered chaos. Strange and somehow fitting all at once, the video features newspaper and magazine cutouts of coastal sceneries and a blend of people, animals, and even fruit seamlessly moving along to the beat...
When explaining the origin story for the track and consequent video, the duo shares that "we were chilling at Johann Sebastian Bach's tomb in Leipzig, Germany. While sitting in the pew listening to someone play a giant pipe organ, Rick started dreaming about having sex in the cathedral. That was where the idea for this video started." Fearlessly cheeky and always sounding like they're having a good time..."
European and Florida Album Release Partiez!!
June 13 – Ústí nad Labem (CZ)
June 14 – Rožnov pod Radhoštěm (CZ)
June 15 – Partizánska Lupča (SK) – Soundgarden festival
June 17 – Brno (CZ)
June 18 – Budapest (HU)
June 19 – Bratislava (SK)
June 20 – Žilina (SK) w/Modré hory
June 21 – Jihlava (CZ)
June 22 – Bojkovice (CZ) – MišMaš festival
June 24 – Praha (CZ)
June 25 - Munich (DE)
June 26 - Winterthur (CH)
June 27 - Frankfurt (DE)
June 28 - Leipzig (DE)
June 30 - FUSION festival (DE)
FLORIDA RELEASE SHOWS!!!
July 18 - Will's Pub - Orlando, FL
July 19 - Jacksonville, FL
July 20 - Ft Lauderdale, FL
What others have said about Hurricane Party:
"Breezy, party-starting tunes that draw upon a tipsy blend of soft rock, electronica, and hip-hop."- Consequence Of Sound
"...infectiously weird..."- Orlando Weekly
Findlay, OH based record company
Being As An Ocean
Famous Last Words
Let It Happen
Until We Are Ghosts
Kitty Kat Fan Club
Indie/Twee Pop Punk Collective Featuring Mike Park, Members of Just Friends, Hard Girls, Stickup Kid and More
Releasing Debut LP 'Dreamy Little You' On May 31; Pre-Orders Now Available
5% of Sales To Benefit Cat and Dog Rescue Groups
"...the down to earth, wholesome saviors the music industry needs. It’s easy to feel bogged down by life, but Kitty Kat Fan Club breed a new sense of positivity. With their Facebook interests including: “music, nice people, and kitties of course”, it’s hard not to fall in love."- The Alternative
"... warm, fuzzy, instantly familiar-sounding song, and a very catchy one at that."- Brooklynvegan on the first single "Dreamy Little You"
San Jose, CA "indie/twee pop punk” band Kitty Kat Fan Club will release their debut full-length 'Dreamy Little You' on May 31 via Asian Man Records.
The collective consists of Brianda Goyos León (Just Friends), Mike Huguenor (Hard Girls, Classics of Love and Jeff Rosenstock’s band), Mike Park (Asian Man Records, Skankin’ Pickle, Ogikubo Station etc.), Jon McMaster (Stickup Kid) and others.
A video for the song "Happy Now, Loving You" is premiering today on The Alternative: http://www.getalternative.com/video-premiere-kitty-kat-fan-club-happy-now-loving-you/
The band shares, "We got together and crammed into Mike Park’s little practice room. Filmed on an iPhone 10, the idea was to just play the song and treat it like a live show. We did around 8 takes and we picked the best one. We love it and hope you love it too!”
Kitty Kat Fan Club was started by Mike Park in his hometown of San Jose, CA. The idea was simply to put together a band of local friends who could get together a few times a month, write songs and have fun hanging out. The realization for Park was that he had not been in a band with members from the same town since his days in Skankin' Pickle (1989-1996).
This aspect of being in a band that would be able to hang out outside of music was sorely missed and thus Kitty Kat Fan Club was born. The band plays a simple indie/twee sound influenced by bands like Cub, Belle and Sebastian, The Pastels, and Alvvays, and features dual lead vocals/harmonies by Brianda and Catherine.
After releasing two 7 inches, the band is proud to unveil their debut full length "Dreamy Little You" out May 31st through Asian Man Records.
5% of sales of the Kitty Kat Fan Club record will go to various cat and dog rescue groups including Coppers Dream and 13th Street Cat Rescue. Asian Man Records also donates 5% of all profits annually to various social justice groups including No Mas Muertes, Southern Poverty Law Center, Legal Aid Justice Center.
Kitty Kat Fan Club is:
Mike Park (Asian Man Records, Skankin' Pickle, Ogikubo Station) (guitar)
Mike Huguenor (Jeff Rosenstock Band/Hard Girls) (Keys/Guitar)
Brianda Goyos (Just Friends) (vocals)
Jon McMaster (Stickup Kid) (bass)
Catherine Jones (vocals)
Sim Castro (guitar)
Justin Amans (drums)
Kulick On Tour With Andy Black
'Hydroplane' EP Out Now On Gold’N Retriever/RCA Records
West Penn, PA's Kulick is wrapping up a supporting stint on Andy Black's headline tour, along with The Faim. The tour winds down on May 17 in Virginia Beach VA.
Kulick's latest EP 'Hydroplane' is out now, along with his latest single "Scatterbrain."
Stream on Spotify:
"Hole In My Head" Video:
Originally from West Penn, PA, Jacob Kulick who now goes solely by his surname, turned his tiny closet into his own private music studio at age 12 and began writing and recording songs as a way to cope with his anxiety and the loneliness of being an outcast. “Middle school was a tough time—I went through a lot of bullying, like a lot of people do when they’re different in a small town,” says the 27-year-old singer/songwriter.
Kulick co-founded a high school band Story of Another, self-produced his own album and went on to study audio engineering at the Art Institute of Philadelphia. He got a job at CBS Radio in New York City and crossed paths with a fellow musician who had a connection at RCA Records. Once he’d landed an introductory meeting with the label, Kulick devoted the next two years to building up his solo material and collaborating with other writers. In summer 2017, those two years of intense creativity led to Kulick signing a deal with RCA/Gold’n Retriever Records.
He released his debut EP Hydroplane in 2018 via Gold’N Retriever/RCA Records, featuring his powerful single “Ghost.” In March 2019, he released a new track titled “Scatterbrain,” which he explains is a song about, “today’s busy society, both young and old, and the battle to stay true to who you are.” Since releasing his debut EP, Kulick’s garnered almost 3 million streams worldwide and counting.
In all of his songs, Kulick shows his rare ability to turn everyday pain into music that’s undeniably life-affirming. He possesses sharp songwriting skills and innate musical talent that he has carefully honed since first learning to play drums and guitar at a young age. He says about songwriting: “I started making music because I felt like I had to get something out of me, although at the time I wasn’t even completely sure what that was.”
Kulick continues to live in PA where he has found a certain solace in staying close to home, both geographically and in the emotional essence of his songwriting. “Every single time I write, it’s that same feeling from when I first started out with music—it’s my way of dealing with all this stuff going on in my head.”
Tour Dates (with Andy Black, The Faim)
MAY 15 L'Astral- Montréal, Canada
MAY 16 Underground Arts- Philadelphia, PA
MAY 17 Elevation 27- Virginia Beach, VA
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.
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
LA's Mas Malo Releasing Debut EP This Spring
The music world can be a massive place with bands and artists of all sizes and sonic persuasions. The world of independent touring musicians can be as equally a small world, forming tight-knit connections and lasting friendships. The formation of Los Angeles based band Mas Malo is a result of the latter. The group formed initially with friends Bryan Thanh (Post Season) and Alonzo Iniguez (World War, Truce, Vain and Valor) getting together after Thanh moved to Los Angeles. Not long after, the new project really became to take shape, as Sebastian Egurvide (Such A Mess) joined the mix, followed by Anthony Covarrubias (Seditionist) and Jesse Cuevas (World War).
Although its members have extensive experience in the worlds of pop-punk, post-rock and hardcore, Mas Malo was ultimately born out of a desire for the group to do something different and explore the boundaries of mixing genres and styles. While in many ways you’ll find familiarity, the experience is sure to be completely new. That is the essence of Mas Malo.
The band will be releasing the debut EP later this spring via Know Hope Records.
Of their new single "Dead To Me" the band says, “Loss is a difficult concept to grasp and not fast or easy to get over. ‘Dead to me’ speaks on the process of losing someone to suicide, the trouble, the endless thoughts of ‘what if’ and the constant reminder that pain is far beyond the surface.”
Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/album/id1452037021
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
Releasing 'Suburban Ceremonies' EP March 1st
Stream The New Single "Couple's Jenga"
Nude Shoes is the Asbury Park, NJ based project of Andy Katz (formerly of Weird and Wonderful Words).
Check out “Couple’s Jenga” a track off the band's upcoming Know Hope Records debut 'Suburban Ceremonies,' out March 1st:
Pre-order the 'Suburban Ceremonies' EP here: http://knowhoperecords.limitedrun.com.
Stream "Couple's Jenga" on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/5llo2C8HSjxR23m5X2av8p?si=s0Swv7zFRueuO8-S7DDUmA.
New Noise Magazine says: "The vibrant tone of the song lends imagery of the sun peeking through in the morning, bringing life to the morning cold. The quick pace of the song runs through its two minutes with poise, bursting with cleverly intertwined orchestrations."
Nude Shoes says, “This song is about a couple’s relationship essentially falling apart like a game of Jenga, one piece at a time. They both are actively taking apart the pieces one by one until it falls apart. The verses are someone realizing its over and they are in denial about it, and the chorus is the other person telling saying that they’re moving on.”
2/8 Torrington, CT @ Noelke Gallery
2/9 New York, NY @ TBA
2/10 Elizabeth, NJ @ Cianfano's
2/23 Philadelphia, PA @ No Face Studios
3/16 Galloway, NJ @ Greenbriar House
3/26 Brooklyn, NY @ The Kingsland
3/16 Galloway, NJ @ Greenbriar House
3/26 Brooklyn, NY @ The Kingsland
For more info visit knowhoperecords.com.
Odd Robot is Andy Burris (guitars + vocals), Mike Doherty (bass), and Damian Monroy (drums).
Offended By Everything (Dallas, TX) 'Evergreen' EP Out Now; Band Releases New Video
On Tour in January
Dallas, TX pop-punk band Offended by Everything have released their new EP 'Evergreen' via Standby Records.
Stream the album and check out their new video "YOU CALL IT NORMAL, I CALL IT MONOTONY" here:
Having only formed in 2017 when guitarist Jarrett Adlof met vocalist Zak Howe, they have already shared the stage with acts such as: Escape the Fate, In Her Own Words, and Like Pacific. Later adding permanent members Andrew Zempke on bass, and Josh Sparkowich on drums, their lineup was complete. ObE is known for their energetic live shows, catchy songs, and engaging with fans all over social media.
“Evergreen is our own blend of former and current Pop Punk. It’s something extremely personal to all of us, but we also wanted to create something that any fan of the genre would want to jam!”- Jarrett Adlof, Offended by Everything Guitarist
“I’m so grateful for everyone's patience. We’ve been toiling pretty hard for this release. I’m very excited to finally give back to the people that have supported us outside the local scene.” -Zak Howe, Offended by Everything Vocalist
The band says they are influenced by: Anberlin, Mayday Parade, and A Loss For Words. Collectively they have accumulated over 100,000 streams on Spotify through independent releases.
The band has announced a run of dates in support of the new EP. See dates below.
JAN 4 Fort Worth, TX @ Tomcats
JAN 5 St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
JAN 6 Witchita, KS @ Kirby's
JAN 7 San Antonio, TX @ The Luchador
JAN 8 Austin, TX @ Mohawk
JAN 9 Corpus Christie, TX @ Boozers Rock Bar
JAN 10 Denton, TX @ JJ's
2. I'm Gone
3. YOU CALL IT NORMAL, I CALL IT MONOTONY
5. The First Time
'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.
What others have said about Sarah Potenza:
"Potenza is to the blues what Adele is to pop: a colossal-voiced singer who merges her old-school influences with a modernistic sound."- Rolling Stone
An empowerment anthem can be a beautiful thing, a dramatic transcending of suffering's isolating power. But what's glorious about Sarah Potenza's blistering, riff-propelled personal anthem "Monster" is that it doesn't seek to transcend the unpleasantness of her reality — the fact that she's been told countless times in countless ways that the body she inhabits is socially unacceptable. Instead, we hear a woman's fierce determination to stay present, to stare down those who would shame her, to revel in her corporeality.- NPR ("Song We Love")
"You won’t find any gimmicks on Monster, just pure unadulterated rock and roll. As such, it should find an audience among Americana/Roots enthusiasts and traditional rock fans. Rolling Stone called her a “rock ‘n soul powerhouse” and Potenza has been rightly compared to commanding divas like Janis Joplin, Etta James even Aretha Franklin. We concur."- No Depression
"Despite boffo ratings each year, NBC’s The Voice doesn’t have a strong track record of transforming contestants into stars. Hopefully that changes with Sarah Potenza—a casualty during season 8—whose scorching, take-me-as-I-am “Monster,” the title track to her debut album, might be the year’s most spirited girl-power anthem. Potenza cut her teeth singing covers in Chicago blues bars before becoming a fixture in the East Nashville music scene, and she combines a fiery voice and crunchy roots rock with a distinct flair for showmanship."- Garden & Gun
"Whether you’re new to Potenza or not, you need to hear this voice which has the power not only to move you. She might heal you too."- Elmore Magazine
ABOUT SARAH POTENZA:
"I work for me," Sarah Potenza declares at the beginning of Road to Rome, kicking off her second solo album — a record of self-empowered R&B, swaggering soul, and contemporary blues — with her own declaration of independence.
Filled with messages of self-worth, determination, and drive, Road to Rome shines new light on a songwriter whose career already includes multiple albums as front-woman of Sarah and the Tall Boys, a game-changing appearance on The Voice, and an acclaimed solo debut titled Monster. Released one year after she sang in front of 12 million people during The Voice's eighth season, 2016's Monster prompted Rolling Stone to gush, "Potenza is to the blues what Adele is to pop: a colossal-voiced singer who merges her old-school influences with a modernistic sound." Three years later, that sound deepens and intensifies with Road to Rome, an album that shows the full scope of Potenza's aims and ambitions.
And just who is Sarah Potenza? She's a songwriter. A bold, brassy singer. A businesswoman. A proud, loud-mouthed Italian-American from Providence, Rhode Island, with roots in Nashville and an audience that stretches across the Atlantic. Road to Rome spells it all out. Co-written by Potenza, produced by Jordan Brooke Hamlin (Indigo Girls, Lucy Wainwright Roche), and recorded with a female-heavy cast of collaborators, the album isn't just her own story. It's the story of all artists — particularly women, who remain the minority within the male-dominated music industry — who've learned to trust their instincts, refusing to let mainstream trends dilute their own artistic statements.
For Potenza, such lessons were learned during the writing sessions for Road to Rome, which took place aboard a cruise ship in the Caribbean, as well as at her home in East Nashville. It was during the cruise that she first began writing songs with Justin Wiseman, a piano player from Austin, TX. For years, she and her husband, Ian Crossman, had worked together as a duo, splitting their musical duties more or less equally, writing songs with guitar in hand, and merging their very different influences. This was something different, though — something about the piano that allowed Potenza the chance to rediscover her own voice, making an album whose unique approach to soul music was entirely her own. Although Crossman and Wiseman’s contributions as co-writers can be heard throughout Road to Rome's tracks, the album represents a strong shift in dynamic, with Potenza leading the charge.
When it came time to record Road to Rome at MOXE, Jordan Brooke Hamlin's Nashville-area studio, Potenza looked to a wide range of musicians for influence. She turned to Whitney Houston. To Lauryn Hill. To Pops Staples, the Dirty Projectors, RL Burnside, Bette Midler, and more. Those artists gave her inspiration not only on a musical level, but on an emotional and thematic level, too. They were artists who spoke with conviction, chasing their own muses into unique, personalized territory. Potenza did the same, turning Road to Rome into an album filled with everything from the torch song balladry of "Earthquake" (a love letter to Crossman, thanking him for years of support ) to the funky fire of "Dickerson and Queen" (where Potenza howls, swoons, and croons over bass grooves and swirling organ, reminding everyone that, "I don't give a fuck about nothing but the music"). She even makes room for a piano-propelled cover of "Worthy," originally written by Grammy-nominated icon Mary Gauthier, who personally sent the song to Potenza.
Released on International Women's Day 2019, Road to Rome is the sound of a songwriter taking the wheel and driving toward her own destination. This is Sarah Potenza's strongest album to date: a battlecry from a soul singer and blues belter, shot through with pop melodies, rock & roll attitude, and absolutely zero fucks.
Salt Lake City, UT punks Problem Daughter have released a brand new song and music video titled "Self Amusing Smile", the first track is off their forthcoming album "Grow Up Trash" due out March 22nd on Wiretap Records (North America) and Bearded Punk Records (EU).
Check out the video and single, which is available today (Jan 25th) on all digital streaming sites. Problem Daughter last released their debut full length "Fits Of Disorganized Boredom" in 2016 via Dying Scene Records.
Started by high school friends in 2008, Problem Daughter plays some of the best blue collar, punk-rock grit and misery juxtaposed with catpop-punkpunk melodies you'll ever hear.
Named as the state of Utah's representative on Kerrang's 'United States of Punk', the best punk bands from every US state. Not regulated to a mere two chords and screaming, the quartet take everything great about punk and pack it into songs varied in structure and melodies that never grow redundant. Their music smells like a sweaty basement show, tastes like cheap beer on a lamp-lit porch and feels like not wanting to go home at the end of the night.
Link to "Self Amusing Smile"
Track available on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/0rHmdXPEpHRo4EQaBYx8k1
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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Rock Ridge Music
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.
Tom Fowler - Vocals
Eric McNelis - Guitar/Vocals
Joe Franks - Guitar
Ryan Fitzpatrick - Bass
Mike Dameo - Drums
Some of the clearest and most rewarding art comes from taking stock in what you’ve created before, refining and uncovering the best parts, and remarking on the growth that control has given your work. For New Jersey’s Sleep In., each successive release has marked a step in this process. Their debut, Settling, was an angular indie record, in debt to math rock and classic emo’s chaotic arrangements. Last year’s proper follow-up, Tension & Release, trimmed the far-reaching ambition for a more straightforward approach, while paying respects to the group’s musical fireworks and graceful fades.
Sleep In. has returned with The Stars on Your Ceiling in partnership with Know Hope Records. “We definitely feel this record is a big step forward for us in terms of songwriting,” guitarist Eric McNelis explains, “This record came together very organically and there wasn’t a lot of laboring over the songwriting and arrangements. We really let the music dictate the direction.” As a result of this revamped playbook, the tracks on this sophomore LP show a band more comfortable with pop sensibilities instead of pure adrenaline. Storytelling now locks into forward position, allowing the band to more directly tackle the warm pull of nostalgia. Sleep In. has room to define the grieving process as a proper way to move on, as on “Deena,” where athletic guitars bear their teeth over cavernous percussion. Other tracks, like the wistful “Splitting Clouds” and “A Million Messages” give space to defining emotional distance, while “Day Dream” catalogues vocalist Tom Fowler’s youth spent traveling and carving out his inner circle of friends. Each of these stories came bundled with harrowing lessons, and The Stars on Your Ceiling looks out to a future with those in mind. For this version of Sleep In., their brand of growing older and more aware of their surroundings has allowed their once sprawling, bombastic music to fold around the aging process. “I wrote most of these songs about fairly specific points in my life, some more monumental than others. I think it’s important to remember the stories that you make throughout your life, especially ones you learn from.”
The stars on Sleep In.’s ceiling have allowed them to look inward and look up simultaneously, crafting an experience that is both triumphant and understanding–the sound of moving forward from once-impossible situations.
- James Cassar
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
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.
SOWFLO is a 5 piece reggae-rock band from southwest Florida. They have been steadily making a name for them selves as they continue to tour across the country. In doing so, SOWFLO has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in the genre (Rebelution, Julian Marley, Dirty Heads, Matisyahu, Wailing Souls). They were an instant success as their first full length album debuted in the top 5 on the Billboard reggae chart.
They are currently working on their second full-length album entitled "New Shoes". The album will again see the band working alongside veteran producer/engineer Marc Lee (Stephen Marley, Damian Marley) and is slated to be released on March 15.
Space Duck Records has been founded on the ideal that artists deserve a label that will focus on growing their career while maintaining artist-friendly contracts.
Co-founders, Daniel Servi and Tim Kalita, both understand that artists are the heart of the company.
Currently, the label focuses on the reggae-rock genre. However, the goal is to eventually extend to multiple genres.
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
Stickup Kid Announce West Coast Tour Dates
'Soul Drive', First New Full-Length In Six Years, Out Now
Stream 'Soul Drive' here: www.stickupkidca.com
"A great album that just makes clear what this band do so well, Soul Drive is a record well worth hearing, if you’re into an awesome chorus, punchy melodies ready to start a moshpit and a vocalist that delivers that emotion every single time."- Thinking Lyrically
"comes in guns blazing..."- OBSESSXNS
"This is undoubtedly a welcome back party for Stickup Kid...kick ass album!"- Madness To Creation
"The songs have a harder, more mature sound than their earlier efforts....The harmonies sound great... vibrant ...with lyrics that deal with the band’s newfound maturity."- Spinning Thoughts
San Jose rock band Stickup Kid has announced a string of west coast tour dates in support of their just released new LP 'Soul Drive.'
Check out a recent interview on Substream: https://substreammagazine.com/2019/05/stickup-kid-soul-drive-interview/.
May 24 Fresno, CA- Tioga Sequoia
May 25 San Jose, CA- The Art Boutiki
May 26 Portland, OR- The Waypost
May 27 Seattle, WA- Funhouse
May 28 Boise, ID- The Shredder
May 29 Salt Lake City, UT- Wild Pepper Pizza
May 31 Phoenix, AZ- Rebel Lounge
June 2- Anaheim, CA- Chain Reaction
June 3 Bakersfield, CA- Jerry's Pizza
Formed in 2009, Stickup Kid was previously signed to Billie Joe Armstrong's Adeline Records. 'Soul Drive' is their first new full-length since 2013's 'Future Fire.'
Stickup Kid has shared the stage with acts such as Green Day, The Story So Far, Real Friends, Modern Baseball, Living With Lions, In Her Own Words, A Loss For Words, Handguns, Seaway, Neck Deep, Knuckle Puck, and Citizen and has appeared at The FEST.
Regarding the new album Tony Geravesh (vocalist) says, "Soul Drive is that “bridge” record for our band. After some success as teenagers, moving into adulthood and finishing college wasn’t a cake walk by any means. At some point, doing more than one thing in life is just impossible. We all had to place music aside to hash life out - we were all going through individual growing pains, and as friends and band mates, we struggled to see eye to eye. Eventually we broke through to the other side. We came back together from what felt like opposite ends of the world. Our communication improved, our goals aligned, none of us listened to the same kind of music anymore but it was a special feeling jamming again - like we opened a chest full of new sounds and potential. Soul Drive was that chest, the realization of “wow, we can be so much more than just another generic pop punk band”. There was this hunger in everyone’s heart to be the best and the humble attitude to reach that goal.
I just think there comes a time to choose what you want to be - do you want to be a true musician and lifelong student of music, or do you want to be a band that builds a career off of writing the same songs over and over with the same bar chords? We chose, individually and as a band, the former. There was no other option for us.
Soul Drive is the furthest thing from perfect. The furthest. But it is that chest of potential unlocked, it is that “take your own reins” adult realization, it is that bridge between who we were and who we know we will be if we continue to humble ourselves and push push push push to be the fucking best. It’s been an unwritten rule in this band that if anyone doesn’t want to be the best, they can get the fuck out of the band. As you can see though, there’s a reason we’ve had the same members for 10+ years. My boys rise to the challenge and will always continue to do so. Enjoy Soul Drive. We are very excited for the future and you should be too."
About Stickup Kid:
We're five friends who grew individually, together, apart, and together again - through the good years and the bad years. After a while, it was pretty clear that we’re simply brothers. The music is just what happens when we hang out. We are, and always will be, Tony, Bo, Jonathan, Cameron, and Curtis. We are Stickup Kid, a rock band from San Jose, California that began in 2009.
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)
Surprises' Brooks Paschal (of Early 00's Emo Vets Sullivan) Keeps It DIY with First Self-Directed Music Video
'Natural Disaster' LP Out May 31 on Spartan Records
"The latest single, "Tell World" finds Paschal delivering big, booming choruses, hook-laden verses but with contemporary sensibilities that give the listener a well-intentioned wink and some worldly wit."- PopMatters
"You might know Brooks Paschal as the vocalist for early 2000s indie rock group Sullivan, but these days he’s fronting Surprises. Think a grittier Jimmy Eat World and you’re not too far off the mark."- The Alternative
"This new track takes an emo-based sound and maneuvers it into pop-rock/power-pop gold."- Substream
"...Raw, catchy & volatile..."- Atwood Magazine
Photo: Taylor Thomas Paschal
Surprises, the solo project of Brooks Paschal, frontman of beloved 00's emo group Sullivan, has unveiled a new music video for "Tell The World" off the upcoming LP 'Natural Disaster,' which will be released on May 31st via Spartan Records.
Entirely self-produced, filmed and edited, the clip is premiering today on PopMatters: https://www.popmatters.com/surprises-tell-the-world-2635981099.html
'Natural Disaster' is now available for pre-order at: http://spr.tn/naturaldisaster.
All pre-orders include an instant high-quality download of "Tell The World" and the album's title track "Natural Disaster", plus a full album download + exclusive bonus track "Natural Disaster" (A Capella)" on May 31st.
The first 100 pre-orders will include a 12" x 12" lithograph autographed by Brooks Paschal. All 3 LP bundles also include a Surprises 4-piece button set (limit one per order).
"Subconsciously, these songs were there the whole time.”
These words seem like an understatement coming from Brooks Paschal. After releasing three successful LP’s with the fan-adored band Sullivan and dozens of solo tracks over the past ten years, songs seem to emanate from all levels of the musician’s consciousness. However, Paschal’s new project Surprises is something different. It is cathartic, it is reckless, and it is personal — a striking new narrative from a familiar voice.
"The core philosophy of Surprises is: no rules,” Paschal says. “While writing, I’ve never thought to myself, ‘kids won’t like this,’ or ‘people’ will love this.’ In fact, if I do, I stop. If I sit down and try, it’s not going to come out right.”
With instincts driving all direction, Surprises has taken Paschal into personally unchartered territory as a songwriter. Where conceptually all lyrical material for Sullivan was purely fictional storytelling, Surprises delves
heavily into Paschal’s personal experiences. “I’ve never tried to write about anything,” he says, “but I noticed as I sat down, a lot of me was coming out, and I experienced the catharsis that I have always heard other songwriters talk about."
On most solo records, the fewer-moving-parts approach is sonically evident; however, with Surprises this is certainly not the case. Natural Disaster is a concentrated amalgamation of all the driving, melodic, soaring, and
fragile moments that made Paschal’s previous work with Sullivan so appealing. “I feel all the differences,” says Paschal, “but I don’t know that they all translate to the listener. I think the biggest difference is that the record is all of my sensibilities thrown into the pot to create one thing. Surprises started as an escape for me,” he continues, “with Sullivan, there were certain expectations for sound and structure that I was in love with, but did not want to be defined by."
The timing for this nuanced stylistic change could not be better. Having both recorded and toured successfully in the early 2000’s, a sonic time period that many young emo/indie bands are now trying to emulate, Natural Disaster is
set apart as an album that is both relevant and mature. Much of the authenticity of the sound can be attributed to all of the production, engineering, and mixing being handled directly by Paschal. “When I started with this batch of tunes, I realized I had tapped into something that I really loved and they all seemed to come from a singular place. I never felt the need to ‘produce’ the songs,” says Paschal. “A great song is almost always a balance of finely tuned ideas and serendipitous moments that can only be created once. I think more than anything, Natural Disaster was the product of years of writing without limits, and finally, my brain had created ‘the sound’ of Surprises.
For the release of the debut LP, Surprises will partner with longtime collaborators, Spartan Records. “There was never a thought of releasing this album with anyone else,” says Paschal. “John Frazier (Spartan Records Owner/CEO) is a gut guy who likes what he likes and the other industry factors have to sit in the back seat. That is exactly what Surprises is to me, so the match is perfect.”
Please stay tuned to spartanrecords.com for more info about Surprises.
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Ten Foot Pole's First New Album of All New Material In 15 Years ('Escalating Quickly') is Now Available For Pre-Order with Two Instant Grat Tracks
Album Out May 10, Features Guest Performances by Dan Palmer (Death by Stereo, Zebrahead), Dan Jacobs (Atreyu), “Lil Joe” Raposo (Lagwagon, RKL), Sean Sellers (Good Riddance), and iconic producer Ryan Greene (NOFX, Lagwagon, No Use for a Name)
Ten Foot Pole pushes past 90’s melodic punk genre limitations with 'Escalating Quickly', their first all-new song album since 2004. The album is set for release on May 10 with a North American Tour to follow, which runs May 24-July 28 and includes a stop at Punk Rock Bowling on May 27. TFP will also be playing alongside The Offspring, Millencollin and many more at the Festivoix Fest in Quebec, Canada on June 29th.
Pre-order 'Escalating Quickly' and get two instant grat tracks "Everything Dies" and "Don’t be a Dick" here: https://bit.ly/2YQT2Bb.
The album is available on 4 different vinyl variants, digipak CD and digital download. Additional vinyl variants will be available through Disconnect Disconnect Records (UK), Morning Wood Records (Europe) and Pee Records (Australia).
On 'Escalating Quickly', producer Ryan Greene, anxious to showcase his skills beyond the iconic 90’s albums he produced (NOFX, Lagwagon, and No Use for a Name, etc.), was going for “The Bohemian Rhapsody of 90’s punk,” adding layers of ear candy and outlandish special guest shredding to the solid new TFP songs. Ryan added, “If I never do a record after this I would want people to remember me by this record.”
Guest contributions include guitar shred by Dan Palmer (Death by Stereo, Zebrahead, Billy Bio) and Dan Jacobs (Atreyu), bass riffs galore by “Lil
Joe” Raposo (Lagwagon, RKL) and drumming by Sean Sellers (Good Riddance). These all-stars were encouraged to have fun and move past the
usual confines of their famous gigs, leading to giggles and bombastic performances. The end result is worthy, according to Dan Palmer: "I've
been a fan for quite some time and I honestly think this is the most musically exciting record that they've done!”
The walls of vocal harmonies, whisper to a scream dueling guitar riffs, frenetic bass runs, and even 80’s keyboard and effects references
compliment some of the best Ten Foot Pole songs ever. Founding member Dennis Jagard, singer/songwriter/guitarist, explains the songwriting
process included trial by embarrassment; he carried an acoustic guitar while doing sound for Jimmy Eat World and “Weird Al” Yankovic tours,
performing whenever possible, rocking sidewalks, parking lots, parks, and small venues worldwide. “Singing in public helped me to quickly filter
out any unworthy new songs. Belting it out in a W Hotel lobby in Seattle, for example, I only wanted to play the best material, the music and lyrics I
was not ashamed to sing to random strangers.”
Ten Foot Pole’s history includes being hardcore band Scared Straight in California in the 1980’s, fronted by a pro baseball pitcher up to 1995, being
a well-traveled underground Epitaph style band in the 90’s, and slowing down so that Dennis could do sound for Prince and other artists in the
2000’s. In 2016 the album Setlist summarized the band’s 90’s melodic punk identity, just in time for 'Escalating Quickly' to move beyond those
'Escalating Quickly' will be released on digital/CD and vinyl and distributed by Thousand Islands Records in North America, but was a DIY recording experiment; Ten Foot Pole seeks Patrons willing to subscribe at $1 per month or more, to help fund future recording, and in return offers supporters newsletters and early access to music, podcasts, videos and more.
Links to become a Patron, as well as tour dates, social media links and more info are at TenFootPole.com.
Escalating Quickly Tracklist:
Don't Be A Dick
Victim Of Humility
I Hate The Night
Goodbye Sunny Days
Ten Foot Pole is:
Dennis Jagard, lead vocals and rhythm guitars;
Scott Hallquist, lead guitars and backing vocals;
Seth Jude Richard, bass guitar and backing vocals;
Guillaume Fortin, drums and tattoos.
North American tour mid May 24 into end of July, including Punk Rock Bowling, Red Bridge Fest and more to be announced.
1993: Swill 1994: Rev 1997: Unleashed 1999: Insider
2002: Bad Mother Trucker 2004: Subliminable Messages 2016: Setlist
Official Website: http://www.tenfootpole.com
Thousand Islands Records: https://thousandislandsrecords.com
THE DOLLYROTS JOIN FORCES WITH WICKED COOL RECORDS/THE ORCHARD FOR THE RELEASE OF THEIR NEW ALBUM DAYDREAM EXPLOSION OUT ON JULY 12
SEE THE VIDEO FOR THE NEW SONG "EVERYTHING" PREMIERING TODAY AT POPMATTERS
Photo: Jen Rosenstein
"EVERYTHING" 7-INCH OUT NOW
LOS ANGELES ALBUM RELEASE SHOW JULY 13 AT THE HIGH HAT
PLAYING VANS WARPED TOUR 25th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION IN MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIFORNIA
Punk-pop duo the Dollyrots recently locked themselves away at Minnesota’s famed Pachyderm Studios with longtime producer John Fields, (known for his work with All Time Low, Switchfoot, Soul Asylum) to wrap up recording their 7th studio album Daydream Explosion. The twosome who have been known to take the DIY approach has decided to join forces with friends and supporters at Wicked Cool Records/ The Orchard for the new album release. Daydream Explosion will be out on July 12. Preorder Daydream Explosion on May 17 and receive instant downloads of the songs “In Your Face” and “Everything.”
"This [Daydream Explosion] is the best album the Dollyrots have ever done. Their songwriting has reached a consistent level of greatness" – says Wicked Cool Records founder and Rock n’ Roll Legend Stevie Van Zandt
On March 22 Wicked Cool Records released a taste of what’s to come from the Dollyrots with the release of the digital single and 7-inch for the song "Everything." Today the band is partnering with PopMatters to premiere the video. Check it out here: https://www.popmatters.com/dollyrots-everything-premiere-2636505960.html.
Fresh off “The Party Time Excellent Tour” the band will play a Los Angeles album release party presented by Little Steven's Underground Garage on July 13 and have been invited to play the Vans Warped Tour 25th Anniversary Celebration at Shoreline Amphitheater. Expect more news about their late summer tour run soon.
The Dollyrots’ 2017 album Whiplash Splash debuted on both Billboard’s Heatseekers chart at #13 and Billboard’s Independent Albums chart at #31. The band’s 2016 live album/DVD Family Vacation: Live in Los Angeles debuted at #15 on Billboard's Heatseekers album chart, and Barefoot and Pregnant garnered their first chart appearance, peaking at #7 on Billboard's Heatseekers. Highly successful crowdsourcing campaigns preceded both chart appearance, this followed the group's 2012's self-titled LP, two albums on Joan Jett's Blackheart Records, and a 2004 debut through the venerable Lookout!/Panic Button Records.
Wicked Cool Records was founded by Stevie Van Zandt in 2005. The label evolved out of Van Zandt’s weekly syndicated radio show Little Steven’s Underground Garage, as it became clear that some of the best Rock and Roll wasn’t receiving the support it deserved. Wicked Cool is distributed by The Orchard.
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Bay Area Band THE HAPPYS Bring Sunshine To Dark Places on New Single/Video "Cut The Rope"and Latest EP 'Bipolar', Out Now
"An aggressive burst of energy, "Cut the Rope" is as infectious as it is powerful, as loud as it is heartfelt and as frightening as it is necessary. "Cut the Rope" is about leaping from the precipice and landing somewhere new and hopeful."- PopMatters
"Dysfunctional surf grunge from Northern California”
After making its debut on PopMatters yesterday, "Cut The Rope", the new music video from Novato, CA's The Happys is now streaming here:
The video, shot by Will Rushton Films, portrays the darkness of living with anxiety.
Frontman Nick Petty explains, “The song examines elements in people’s lives that hold them back emotionally. Cut The Rope to us is like ripping a band aid off.... it could be regarding a drug problem, bad work situation, toxic relationship or anything that you need to just get over and cut out of your life. If something is continuously holding you back/down, then maybe this song is about that."
Petty, who has battled his own demons with addiction and mental health issues, explains that his band’s latest EP, ‘Bipolar’ tells the story of overcoming these obstacles.
“I get what it’s like to not be getting the necessary help while suffering from depression and anxiety” Nick adds. “I am very lucky to have this musical outlet to help with my own issues and I want to spread the love and hope to anyone who will listen. I strive to entertain people and let people know it’s OK to be weird, it’s OK to be different.”
‘Cut The Rope’ has been gaining momentum on San Francisco’s modern rock station ALT105 radio.
Stream The Happys' 'Bipolar' here:https://open.spotify.com/album/0i71jeDuthqMqOb1jwACQ0
About The Happys:
Upon release from a 14 month stint in the Marin County Jail, Nick Petty, lead singer and songwriter for Bay Area rock band, The Happys was instructed NOT to enter a bar or be around alcohol or drugs as part of his probation. Of course, Nick went ahead and booked a gig for his band at a local bar. As the band came on stage, the first person he noticed in the audience was his probation officer staring him down. The band tore through the set and after the show, the officer approached Nick with sweat rolling down her forehead from dancing and made an offer - she would let this go if he keeps playing his music. “you guys are really good!” She said. “You’ve got to keep it going!”
“It was a wake-up call,” Nick explains. “I realized that jail was not where I saw myself going in my life. I wanted something to stop me from what I was doing, and jail did that. And when I got off drugs, I was able to nurture my creative side.”
After the bar “incident,” Nick decided it was time to step things up with his band. He recruited local musician friend, Brett Brazil on bass, Alex Sanchez on guitar and Ryan Donahue on drums. They went to work building their fanbase by playing as many live shows as they could, never turning down a gig. They traveled to the Northwest and Southern California on shoestring tours, toured in support of the Mad Caddies, opened for Agent Orange, Del The Funky Homosapien, and played the main stage at San Francisco’s Haight Street Fair.
Musically, the band draws their influences from upbeat ’90s alternative, while also delving into heavier territory akin to Nirvana and Tool.
What others have said about The Happys:
"Recovery, rebuilding, reclaiming and the fight for personal independence at the core of the energetic new single Cut the Rope."- PopMatters
“Blending garage rock, punk and surf sounds, The Happys feature a stage presence and versatility that is unmatched by many up-and-coming bands today.” - Del Mar Times.
“Trippin’, (The Happys) debut album showcased Petty’s talent for writing songs with catchy melodies and earworm hooks.” - Marin Independent Journal
MAR 30 Broadway Nightclub & Bar- Fairfax, CA
APR 27 Butter & Egg Days Festival at Roaring Donkey- Petaluma, CA
MAY 31 RockSoberFest: Mendocino County Fairgrounds May 31 - Jun 2
Nick Petty - Lead Vox/Guitar
Alex Sanchez - Lead Guitar/Vox
Brett Brazil - Bass/Vox
Ryan Donahue - Drums
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.
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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.
Garage-Soul Outfit THE SH-BOOMS Releasing Debut LP 'The Blurred Odyssey' on March 22
On Tour March 15-30
Photo: James Hand
Orlando, FL-based garage-soul outfit The Sh-booms have announced plans to release their debut LP The Blurred Odyssey on March 22nd via Limited Fanfare Records.
Pre-order The Blurred Odyssey on 180g Coke Bottle Clear [LTD to 150] or 180g Black Vinyl [LTD to 200] + CD and Super Bundle via www.limitedfanfare.com.
• First LP Pressing Limited to 350 Copies on 180g Vinyl
• Gatefold Jacket with Matte Finish
• Artwork by Mary Frances Dodd
• Lacquer cut by Stanley P. Getz II
• Pressed at SunPress Vinyl
Since their 2011 inception, The Sh-Booms have become kind of a thing in their native scene and beyond. Besides perennial winners of “Best Soul Act” in the Orlando Weekly's big annual 'Best of Orlando' issue, they've been tapped to share the stage with national names like The Roots, Of Montreal, Talib Kweli, KRS-One, Jacuzzi Boys, Budos Band, Big Freedia, Lee Fields, St. Paul & the Broken Bones and The B-52's (whom the band toured with in 2017 and 2018). They've been featured on NPR, their music has made it on TV (CW's Supergirl) and they've played Austin City Limits, Okeechobee Music Festival, SunFest and Gasparilla Music Festivals.
Since powerhouse singer Brenda Radney joined in 2015, the band's course has been locked, their date with destiny set. She was signed to Justin Timberlake's Tennman label, even appearing on his album, The 20/20 Experience, Pt. 2. But after clicking with band leader Al Ruiz while recording separately in the same studio, she jumped aboard The Sh-Booms to turn this train into a true locomotive. After the release of their 2016 Usage Fee EP and a countless number of shows in the Southeast, the 10 songs along The Blurred Odyssey were produced by Grammy-nominated Alan Armitage (AA Villain) over an 18-month span that cemented the band as a tight-knit unit. That chemistry achieved is where The Sh-Booms are now, and The Blurred Odyssey is their testament.
There's this dynamic that churns hard in The Blurred Odyssey. The music pumps with the hot, red blood of life irrepressible. But there's a cloud on the horizon, the doomed sense of life's finitude, that fueled these songs. Rather than dead-end nihilism, though, it's resulted in the kind of urgent, creative friction that Hunter S. Thompson could get down with. In making this album, The Sh-Booms have dug through the blur of life, swam through a sea of booze, to find love and truth in the shadow of the void.
Although a soul band through and through, the grease and bite they've been picking up in the years leading up to this big step out have been forged in the bad company of punk and garage bands. From that underground now rises a new hurricane of big orchestration, maximum stomp and fresh intent. It's a little ache and a lot of party all wrapped up in a wrecking ball.
The seas are stirrin'......A storm's a-brewin'
The Blurred Odyssey Across Florida Tour
3/15/19 - Voltaire - West Palm Beach, FL [TIX]
3/16/19 - The Atlantic - Gainesville, FL [TIX]
3/22/19 - Will's Pub - Orlando, FL [TIX]
3/23/19 - Crowbar - Tampa, FL [TIX]
3/29/19 - Las Rosas - Miami, FL [FREE SHOW]
3/30/19 - Jack Rabbits - Jacksonville, FL [TIX]
1. Amidst Chaos
2. Detox to Retox
3. Leon The Hustler
5. Late Night Lover
6. Dry Eyes
7. Walk it Off
8. King & Queen
9. Drop 'em Dead
10. The Final Sleep
Produced, Mixed and Edited by Alan Armitage (Boyz II Men, Ginuwine)
Co-Produced and Recorded by Simon Palombi and The Sh-Booms
Mastered by Dan Coutant (A Giant Dog, Jawbox, Denney and The Jets)
Artwork by Mary Frances Dodd
Nerds Take On Punks At The Roller Rink In New 80's Inspired Music Video From The Story Changes (Mark McMillon & Christopher Popadak of Hawthorne Heights & Chris Serafini of The Stereo); New LP 'To Hell With This Delicate Equation' Out This Friday, April 26
"An emo classic? You’ve got it."- Substream Magazine
The Story Changes' new LP 'To Hell With this Delicate Equation' will be released on April 26 (vinyl, CD and digital/streaming services) via Ohio-based Magnaphone Records.
Check out the band's latest video for "Shooting Stars" here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRNiaFkARlk.
Mark McMillon of The Story Changes says, “I love the feel of 80s movies, and what’s not to love about two rival gangs of ‘nerds’ and ‘punks’ battling it out at their local roller rink? I think everyone can relate a little to the nerds as they get picked at until they finally snap and retaliate. I wouldn’t want to be on the other side of the line in that rink when the nerds say enough is enough.
This was so much fun to film! I feel our band is guilty of having everything always come off so serious. It was really refreshing to do something meant to be silly this time around. We filmed in the roller rink near my childhood home, so it was a total blast from the past being inside. That place is an absolute time capsule. A great cast of friends in bands from our hometown stepped up to be the punks and nerds. They all killed it!”
Pre-orders bundles are available at: thestorychanges.com.
1st pressing vinyl info:
100 Red w/ black smoke
100 Clear w/ black smoke
100 Black w/ white splatter
Featuring members of Hawthorne Heights (Mark McMillon and Christopher Popadak) and The Stereo (Chris Serafini), Dayton, Ohio natives The Story Changes’ newest album ‘To Hell With this Delicate Equation’ is an energetic blend of late 90’s/early 2000’s emo, modern rock, and a moody aggressiveness that supplies a gritty edge in all the right places.
The album was mixed by longtime friend Jamie Woolford (Gin Blossoms, The Smoking Popes, Punchline).
Embracing their DIY upbringing, the band spent their blocks of time home in between tours throughout 2018 building a new studio in McMillon's (vocals/guitar) home and recording the album there free from distractions and any sort of deadline. The singer explains, “For me, it was really important to take our time on this record and work on it over the last year when we had pockets of time that didn’t feel rushed. Building the studio here and recording it at home was both scary and exhilarating. Once we got past the initial fear of doing it ourself, it was completely freeing and an absolute rush.”
With that freedom came the extra time to dive in and experiment more than ever. McMillon notes: “I really wanted to try some different approaches with my voice on these songs and had a lot of fun layering my normal singing voice with additional whispers, screaming, and everything in between.” The “whisper effect”, as it has become dubbed by band, adds a sort of haunting effect that becomes a theme throughout the album and ties many of the songs together. The addition of screaming in select moments also helps to drive the album even further. The end result is twelve songs of honest, energetic, moody and aggressive rock that make ‘To Hell With this Delicate Equation’ sound equally at home in both 2019 and 1999.
Standout tracks like “Shooting Stars”, “Crying Wolf”, “Golden Age”, and “Shake” incorporate The Story Changes’ sound from their fan favorite 2013 LP ‘Static and Trembling’, but with a slightly more aggressive tone and added confidence.
APR 19 The Fremont- Des Moines, IA
APR 20 Wake n Bake Breakfast Company- Burlington, IA
APR 21 Nightshop- Bloomington, IL
APR 26 Omega Music (Free Acoustic Set + Album Listening Party)- Dayton, OH
MAY 10 CRAFT & VINYL- Columbus, OH
MAY 11 Yellow Cab Tavern- Dayton, OH
The Story Changes
Mark McMillon - Vocals, guitar
Christopher Popadak - Drums, percussion
Chris Serafini - Bass, vocals
TV COMA (St. Albans, UK)
Signs with Wiretap Records
'Body Negativity' EP Out May 31
FFO: Jeff Rosenstock, Weezer, Blur, AJJ
"TV COMA is for the fun and wicked, yet also for the depressed and sleepy."- The Alternative
St. Albans, UK 4-piece TV COMA has signed with Wiretap Records (Radar State, Audio Karate, Go Betty Go).
The band will release their new EP, 'Body Negativity,' on Friday May 31st.
Check out the video for the EP's first single "Have A Party" here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hm6r2uTgKAY.
Frontman Max Troy says, "Have A Party was inspired by some absolute legends in Batchwood nightclub grinding up and down each other making grunting noises to DJ Fresh. It’s a plaintive yet celebratory singalong about how we might look happy on the outside but on the inside we are all so dead."
TV COMA are a self-hating millennial rock band from St. Albans, Hertfordshire. Raised on a lean diet of crap beer and Weezer albums, song-writing siblings Leo and Max Troy join forces with drum whiz Robert Clark and deeply unemployed bassman Jamie Rider to pump out power pop earworms. Sure, they might look like Manson Family rejects, but don’t let the beardy vibe weird you out. TV COMA are just like you.
Upcoming UK shows:
MAR 5 The Horn- Saint Albans, England, United Kingdom
MAR 7 Roadtrip & The Workshop- London, England, United Kingdom
twentythreenineteen (Philadelphia, PA) Releasing Self-Titled Debut LP on June 21
Photo: Connor Rothstein
Two New Tracks And Music Video Now Streaming
"twentythreenineteen isn’t afraid to explore and reshape the boundaries of rock music within their changeable songs...explosive post-rock, math-rock, pop hooks, and enveloping electronica are all in their wheelhouse."- Big Takeover
Philly's twentythreenineteen will release their self-titled debut full-length on June 21 via Know Hope Records.
Today they are premiering a second song titled "Tangled" on Big Takeover: http://bigtakeover.com/news/SongPremiereTangledbytwentythreenineteen?fbclid=IwAR3TX-5MwmjIjkAHT0XOH4AX-efDu4HPbGD7cbCeMZz7AjgTKFl3xbNxffE.
Pre-order here: http://smarturl.it/2319
twentythreenineteen is a study in the many ways we can experience communication breakdown. Yet, the melodic vocabulary this young band already displays shows a way out of these uneasy moments.
Multi-instrumentalist Sean McCall built these tracks while previous projects skidded to a halt. The tension and anxiety a creative mind might experience while volleying between pursuits is well-balanced here. Songs meld cautious, explosive post-rock with the thunderous rhythm section of a group playing far beyond East Coast DIY spaces, complete with surround-sound electronica. Just listen to the twin flames igniting “Contagious” and “Expired,” where writhing math rock melodies cut the tension of a disjointed friendship in two to reveal a pop-rock hook.
Most twentythreenineteen songs unfold in a similar manner: the band wraps their textures in light, delicate frameworks that can veer off in manic directions. Anchored by McCall’s misty vocal presence and flanked by close friends, the concise, yet kaleidoscopic debut to those who stole my light is devoid of genre tags or constraints, instead colored in by the hazy promise of a better future.
MAY 24 FRI Ovations Dance Studio Oaklyn, NJ (w/ Rich People / Table Talk / Heather Grey)
Sean McCall - Vocals/Guitar/Keys
Dylan Walker - Guitar/Vocals
Nick Moretti - Bass
Wave Deaner - Drums
Unimagined Drop New Single "Something Borrowed, Something Blue"
Releasing 'Friendless' EP on May 31
First congregated in a matrimony of makeup & feedback in 2017, Unimagined has been a tour de force of explosive live performances & theatrical presentation in their local St. Louis scene. Donning eccentric outfits & a penchant for dramatics, this six-piece whatever-core troupe simply ooze attitude & flair. Watching their electrifying live set & listening to their meticulously produced record, one can quickly find that their image & message boils down to one thing: "Fuck what the cool kids are doing."
Loud, unapologetic, violent yet heartfelt, Unimagined constantly strive for new heights of creativity. Never ones afraid to stray from the traditional mold, they are a commodity in their scene, known always to draw a crowd & keep it snug in their pockets. They aren't here to make friends. They aren't here to impress the status quo. They are here to represent all of the weird kids the rest of the scene didn't want, & with the release of their debut EP "Friendless", they plan to do just that.
Lyric video for single "Something Borrowed, Something Blue":https://youtu.be/oPnfLY8siEQ
From Unimagined: "'Something Borrowed, Something Blue' is a bit of our sardonic take on being let down. It's about realizing that people won't always be there when you want them, or need them for that matter. That sentiment manifests itself in the song as a person being left at the altar of their wedding, but sort of taking it in stride. People enter & leave our lives all the time, but what matters is the influence they have on you during their stay. Instrumentally, this song showcases are heavier side, with a lot of really groovy down-tuned riffage. We've been stoked on this song for a while now & can't over-exaggerate how exciting it is to finally have it out here for you guys!"
1.Too Dead To Dance (4:47)
2.Something Borrowed, Something Blue (4:12)
4.She Was Scared Of Storms (3:41)
5.Lemons & Sodomy (6:29)
All songs & lyrics written by Caleb Freihaut, Unimagined, & Lee Rouse
Pre-Production by Lee Jennings
Produced/Engineered/Mixed/Mastered by Lee Rouse
Album Art by Jonothan Roach
UK Pop Punk Band Victory Lane Debut New Single/Music Video "Happy Sad" Off Their Upcoming Standby Records Debut EP 'Barebones', Out July 26
UK band Victory Lane will release their Standby Records debut EP 'Barebones' on July 26.
The boys have released the first single titled "Happy Sad" and are premiering a video for the track on Substream:https://substreammagazine.com/2019/04/premiere-victory-lane-throttle-through-emotions-on-happy-sad/.
Stream the single here: victorylane.standbyrecords.com.
Frontman Dan Lamb says, "Happy Sad is a song about finding solace in feeling happy whilst ultimately accepting you also must be sad, I wrote the song from the perspective of a third party seeing me cope with my moods during taking anti-depressants. Eventually I came to realise that living in a limbo state of happiness and sadness was not natural and I gradually took myself off of them and began to deal with my natural state.
The video encapsulated this perfectly, from the third person in a trippy dream-like corridor which linked the happy, the sad and happy-sad rooms. As the video goes on, you see myself explore the happy and sad rooms as though I'm looking into my own mind and also seeing myself on the effects of the medication. Then at the end of the "happy-sad room" I realise I need both of those feelings to feel at peace with myself. At first, I'm frightened at the change but then come to realise that the in-between is normality and I accept my feelings."
Victory Lane is a four piece pop-punk band hailing from Birmingham & London, U.K.
Known for their massive pop-punk anthems, the band has worked hard to build a devoted following across the United Kingdom.
Victory Lane has relentlessly toured the UK since releasing their first EP "Louder Than Words" and have performed alongside and toured with bands such as WSTR, For The Win, Woes, In Her Own Words, Homebound and many more.
They've just finished recording their follow-up EP "Barebones" with Romesh Dodangoda at Longwave Studios (Bring Me The Horizon, Don Broco, Trash Boat etc.) to be released on Standby Records on July 26.
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 (18th & Addison, Dylan Ander, Jess Coppens, formerly of Mirror Eyes/FLOODS, Stringer, etc), music producers (Hunter Burgan of AFI, Shayan Amiri, John Ferrara, Dave Dominguez) and more.
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.
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/guitarist in two-piece 90s cover band The Seattles.
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Wargirl To Release Self-Titled Debut Album in North America on April 19
Long Beach, CA muti-cultural groove/world/indie rock collective WARGIRL will release its self-titled debut full-length throughout North America on April 19 via Clouds Hill.
A video for the first single "Poison" is streaming here:
Buy/stream "Poison" here: https://Wargirl.lnk.to/PoisonIN.
WARGIRL on "Poison":
"When sketching out the lyrics for poison we were writing “your poison” and “you’re poison" over and over again. Like many of our songs the lyrics have multiple layers to the meaning. “Your poison" could be words that someone is dishing out, or maybe a politician is poison in the literal sense of “you are poison.” Then there is the good side of poison. Sugar can kill you if you eat too much, but a little bit of poison can also make you happy. Everyone has their Poison."
"Poison" cover art
Formed by guitarist Matt Wignall (ex-Havalina and longtime Cold War Kids collaborator who produced their singles 'Hospital Beds' and 'Hang Me Up To Dry'), WARGIRL's music has been described as third world garage rock with afro-punk and reggae / latin influences.
Think Santana’s early records, afrobeat recordings by Fela Kuti, the psychedelic masterpiece “Forever Changes” by Love and sounds from 70s psych funk masters War (who happen to also be from Long Beach) and mix that with element of reggae, disco, garage rock and post-punk and you'll start to understand where WARGIRL is coming from.
Led by singer Samantha Park (daughter of James Lafayette Parks, the leader of the 70s funk band Bull & The Matadors), WARGIRL's lineup is rounded out by bassist Tamara Raye (who plays in a way that grooves like Tina Weymouth of Talking Heads/Tom Tom Club), keyboardist Enya Preston, dual percussionists Erick Diego Nieto and Jeff Suri, and Wignall on guitar.
Signed to Clouds Hill out of Hamburg. Germany (Bosnian Rainbows, Pete Doherty, Omar Rodriguez), and published by Mothership (Anti Records, Tom Waits), WARGIRL has toured Europe twice and has appeared on multiple festival lineups including Reeperbahn Festival. The band is currently back overseas for a series of shows and a featured slot at FM4 Festival in Vienna.
Whilst nearby Los Angeles is where dreams are shattered, in Long Beach people are getting on with their lives. It’s got a strong working class community and is known for its ethnic diversity – even delights in it. Add to that the sunshine and the fabulous beach. “Really,” Matt Wignall says, “Long Beach is what Los Angeles is trying to be: a cosmopolitan and creative sort of place.” Wignall has been living there for years, runs a studio, seeks out old equipment to repair and prides himself in making it sound better than it ever did before. He produces bands, such as Cold War Kids. With them, Wignall has recorded tracks such as “Hang Me Out to Dry” and “Hospital Beds” with a sound that is to die for. Also there’s Mando Diao, whose album “GiveMeFire!” he co-produced, engineered and even created the artwork for. So the interesting question is: Why does a musician who has such an understanding of sound and such awesome equipment not have his own band?
And now he has got one: WARGIRL. After brilliant first gigs, including an appearance at Germany's Clouds Hill Festival, and the release of debut their fantastic debut EP “Arbolita”, Clouds Hill is now releasing the band's first album, eponymously named WARGIRL.
“The idea of being in some band where there’s four guys playing and one of them singing lead just seemed incredibly boring to me,” Wignall says. What he wanted was an awesome collective that would do justice to the sound of his hometown. The Sound of Long Beach, that means Santana’s early records, afro-beat recordings by Fela Kuti, the psychedelic masterpiece “Forever Changes” by Love, the 70s psych funk masters War (who happen to also be from Long Beach!), as well as reggae, disco, garage rock and post-punk. “One day the thought occurred to me that really what I should do was to get to know people and set up a band with them that would combine all of these aspects.” So he went out, into town, down to the beach – and realised: Actually, I already know all of these people, I just need to ask them.
The singer is Samantha Park. She is the daughter of James Lafayette Parks, the leader of the 70s funk band Bull & The Matadors, but above all she is a gifted vocalist who manages both to sing sensually and to drive the sound forwards. Tamara Raye plays bass in a way that is unusually demanding and that grooves like Tina Weymouth’s (of Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club). Enya Preston plays the keyboards. There are also, very importantly, two percussionists: Erick Diego Nieto and Jeff Suri blend disco with funk, latin with afro, pop with rock – but always to the point, never just to show off. Matt Wignall plays guitar, “not at all as a lead instrument but as an additional driver.”
This team recorded the tracks on WARGIRL live apart from a very few overdubs. “We sit around in a circle like hippies, without headphones, look each other in the eyes and try to feel the music,” Wignall explains. They play for the moment, not for the recording. And that is exactly what makes their music special. Some of the tracks were recorded in Costa Rica, with Mats Björke of Mando Diao present and helping. On location was also a horn section made up entirely of women musicians. “I like the feminine touch in our music,” Wignall says. The basis of the songs is usually the beat: sometimes it sounds like post-punk disco as in the single “Poison”; sometimes as in “How You Feel” it’s like Phil Spector in a California funk club. In “Last Time” the rhythm has a mysterious and tropical vibe whilst “Voice Of The Mountain” is in a wonderful way both African American and Latin American, which, although they are not mutually exclusive, is quite a feat to pull off. “Our thinking is completely without borders,” Wignall states. The role model is The Clash’s album “Sandinista!”: The real legacy of punk is not the hair dos and slogans but the certainty that you can play whatever you want.
“No matter whether you see us or hear us, we always come across as a diverse bunch: ethnically as well as in terms of gender and preferences. However, whilst this may be considered colourful elsewhere, in Long Beach it is totally normal,” Matt Wignall points out. “Nobody else sounds like us, and yet we sound like the environment we come from.” WARGIRL is thus also an appeal for diversity and openness, for identity within heterogeneity. It is therefore an album the world today sorely needs. Because diverse doesn’t just look better – it also sounds better.
WEATHERSTATE releasing debut album ‘Born A Cynic’ on May 10 via Wiretap Records
"Medicate" Video Draws The Attention Of Green Day's Mike Dirnt
Bristol punk band Weatherstate will release their debut album ‘Born A Cynic’ on May 10 via Wiretap Records in North America and Failure By Design in UK/EU.
The band's latest video for the new single "Medicate" is (according to Kerrang!) "an impressively accurate replica of Green Day’s Basket Case video," which caught the attention of none other than Green Day's Mike Dirnt, who took to his social media to give his approval. See below.
‘Born A Cynic’ was recorded, produced, mixed and mastered by Neil Kennedy & Daly George at The Ranch Production House. “We smashed out the initial recordings in 10 days during which I didn't leave the studio for the entire time,” says guitarist Callan Milward. “It was freezing there and we were pretty pushed to get the whole record done. I remember suffering from some kind of sleep paralysis where I was tracking more rhythm guitars for the songs on the record in my sleep. This happened on a few of the nights.”
Such is Weatherstate’s dedication to their craft. “Sharing a room with a bandmate for 10 days can sometimes be challenging,” he continues. “I remember Harry essentially made his bunk bed into a literal bin which enticed a few rodents in during the night. I guess it just comes with recording an album in an old barn? Pretty sure a rat died in one of the walls of the Black Lodge too during this session.”
Weatherstate have spent the past couple of years playing shows up and down the country, as well as out on mainland Europe, most recently ripping up stages with Canada’s The Dirty Nil. They released their ‘Dumbstruck’ EP in 2016, also on Failure By Design, and teased their first full length with a ripper of a single ‘Rotten Lungs’ at the tail end of last year. Weatherstate’s take on punk harks back to legendary pop-punk bands of the 90s whilst incorporating a new energy that makes them one to watch in 2019.
MAY 11 London, UK- Sebright Arms (Born A Cynic release show)
MAY 24 Bristol, United Kingdom- Bristol's Booze Cruise
JUL 7 Manchester, UK Tapestry Promotions
JUL 8 Glasgow, UK- The Garage
JUL 9 Birmingham, United Kingdom- The Sunflower Lounge
JUL 10 Riverside Newcastle, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom- Riverside 2
Harry Hoskins - Vocals & guitar
Joe Hogan - Bass
Toby Wrobel - Drums
Callan Milward - Guitar
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