"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.
Newly launched Chicago indie Dodgeball Records has announced its first signing, Indianapolis, IN pop-punk trio AMUSE.
The label, founded by Showoff frontman Chris Messer, his wife Dani, and Mike Felumlee of Smoking Popes fame, will release the band's EP “Life Sucks” on August 4th.
Stream a track titled "I Want To Believe" here:
Vocalist/bassist Mike Muse says, "I was sitting in bed and saw that we had a message from Chris. Then I saw that he was from the band Showoff (whom I used to dig in my teenage days.) He asked if he could call. Of course Chris from Showoff can call me! I have been in the music game some time now and talked to my fair share of labels over the years. It instantly seemed to click with Chris. He was so enthusiastic and prepared. You can tell his heart is really in it. Dodgeball Records is more than throwing your album out there. He is building a family. Not to mention the fact the Mike Felumlee is a part of the label and suggested us to Chris. Felumlee has always been an inspiration for me so it's a cool feeling. We spent a few days with Chris and Mike and it all just felt right. Amuse is super stoked to be apart of the new Dodgeball family and look forward to the future!"
Fun Fact: Album art for the 'Life Sucks' EP was done by Jennie Cotterill of Bad Cop Bad Cop.
I Want To Believe (In You and Me)
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
Ontario, Canada musician Braden Barrie (who often records under the name SayWeCanFly) has launched a crowdfunding campaign in support of his new full-length albums "Limitless" & "Beautiful Mess" which are available now for preorder. 5% of all sales will be donated to To Write Love On Her Arms, in support of suicide prevention and awareness.
In a message to fans, Barrie says, "If you choose to support my campaign, you are literally helping me create these songs, videos, and the opportunity for them to be heard louder than anything I've ever released. Whether you have followed me for years or this is the first time you found out I existed, these albums belong to you just as much as they belong to me. If we can get these out into the world the way that I plan to, it will only grow our potential to leave a positive mark on the universe."
Check out the IndieGoGo campaign and video here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/saywecanfly-braden-barrie-two-new-albums-music#/
Constantly releasing new content & connecting with his listeners, Braden's social media following has grown from nothing to collectively over a million in just a few short years. To date, his songs have been streamed over 30 million times and sold more than 130,000 copies.
After dropping out of high school to pursue a life on the road, Braden has played shows for hundreds of thousands of people across North America, the UK & Europe. He has released a total of seven studio albums including his first full length "Between The Roses" which sold over 10,000 copies and hit the Billboard charts.
In both 2015 & 2016, Braden was given a spot on the entire Vans Warped Tour; the largest touring festival in North America, where he played alongside bands like Pierce The Veil, Bebe Rexha, Sleeping With Sirens, Riff Raff, Sum 41, Metro Station, New Found Glory and Good Charlotte. His music videos began receiving airtime on MTV along with being featured in print magazines such as Alternative Press, Rocksound, Kerrang & Guitar World.
Braden continually pushes the limits on what it means to write from the heart by sharing pieces of his journey through music.
After a brief stint on Epitaph Records, Braden is currently working to release his next two full-length albums independently through his own record label, Purewolf Records.
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The band is touring all throughout the US in support of the new record. See dates below.
Check out the band's latest video for the song "Hard Liquor" on New Noise: https://newnoisemagazine.com/bumpin-uglies-hard-liquor-video/.
What people said about Bumpin Uglies' last album 'Keep It Together':
"Because of the vast influences the album contains, there really is something for everyone. If you don’t check this album out, not only will you be missing out on one of the best albums of the year… you will be missing out on listening to one of the best bands of the last few years."
- The LP Collective
"Keep It Together is a collection of hard-nosed reggae rock ballads. The lyrics are extremely honest, and Hardesty sings each song with fire in his breath. Bumpin Uglies effectively change tempos throughout the album, building up to would-be-moshes, then slowing down the beat to allow our heart rates to settle back down....It’s an album with no-frills attached, just candid, clever lyricism mixed with high volume reggae punk rock." - The Pier
"With their steady stream of live shows, EPs and full-length LPs and DIY ethics they’ve managed to leave other stagnant bands in their dust. “Keep It Together” is the culmination of that hard work and effort that they’ve put forth and it definitely shows. In my opinion it is easily their best album." - ReadJunk
"...a very good album and the laid back reggae/ska grooves on here will certainly help eke out the last remaining sun rays and brighten up the start of autumn."- The Punk Archive
APR 3 Louisville, KY- Zanzabar
APR 4 Toledo, OH- Ottawa Tavern
APR 5 Cincinnati, OH- Urban Artifact
APR 6 Cleveland, OH- Beachland Ballroom
APR 7 Grand Rapids, MI- Founders
APR 8 Chicago, IL- Beat Kitchen
APR 13 Frostburg, MD- Dante's
APR 14 Pittsburgh, PA- Rex Theatre
APR 19 Brooklyn, NY- Brooklyn Bowl (w/ Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime)
APR 20 Baltimore, MD- Rams Head Live
APR 21 Patchogue, NY- Stereo Garden LI (w/ Badfish, Bumpin Uglies, and Oogee Wawa)
APR 22 Stroudsburg, PA- Sherman Theatre
APR 23 Harrisburg, PA- Abbey Bar
APR 25 South Burlington, VT- Higher Ground (w/ Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime)
APR 26 Portland, ME- Aura (w/ Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime)
APR 27 New Haven, CT- Toad's
APR 28 Syracuse, NY- The Westcott Theater (w/ Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime)
About Bumpin' Uglies:
Bumpin’ Uglies was formed by lead singer/guitarist/songwriter Brandon Hardesty in 2008, when he set out to create a sound and an approach that was unique and immediately identifiable. It’s the same thing every artist says that they want when they form their band, but Bumpin’ Uglies are the rare act that does stand out in every way, making them utterly memorable to everyone the come across. They incorporate many styles into their music, with a major emphasis on ska, reggae and punk. But they don’t really care what bucket you want to put them in, either you love ‘em or you don’t—it’s your choice to join the party or sit outside instead; and It’s always more fun in the party.
With three full-length LP’s, a live show LP and two EP’s under their belt, Bumpin’ Uglies prolific studio work is the product of continuous song writing and a desire to keep putting out fresh material for their ever-growing fan base. They achieved national recognition with the release of their 2011 LP “Free Candy”, and they have continued to gain momentum with each subsequent release, including “Load in-Load Out” (live show LP), Ninjah Reggae Assassins (LP released in 2013 which reached #1 on iTunes Reggae chart), and EP’s “Freak Out Hell Bus” and “Sublime with No One”, both released in 2015.
Bumpin’ Uglies match their output in the studio with a road-warrior approach to touring that makes it seem as though they rarely come off the road. To date, they have completed 8 national tours, and dozens of regional tours. They have toured as direct support for Ballyhoo! and co-headlined a tour with Bastard Suns, moving effortlessly between punk and reggae crowds who flock to Bumpin’ Uglies in equal measures. Their touring dossier is topped off with some major festival experience, including California Roots in 2014, the Rombello Cruise in 2013 and Warped Tour in 2012.
Bumpin’ Uglies have proven every existing maxim about hard work paying off in the last several years. Their DIY ethic coupled with their grassroots approach for building a major national fan base makes them the epitome of punk rock, but that description sorely sells their music short. Bold, a bit brash perhaps at times, but Bumpin’ Uglies name, their songs and their work ethic get a definite point across: they make music their way, enjoying a freedom that is easy to aspire to, but most difficult to achieve together with success. In this day and age of political correctness and people growing more uptight and offended by the minute, it doesn’t take long to realize that Brandon and Bumpin’ Uglies “Eff you/can do” attitude makes them stand separate and apart as a band. And their fans love them for it.
Homeskool Prom Records/Warner
What is courage? When you’re a young rock ‘n’ roll band—courage is throwing yourself into your music fully and completely. It’s stepping onto a stage and just given’r. It’s touring new places far from home, and opening up, scars and all, to your fans. Courage is saying what you really think. It’s being unafraid of change, of becoming who you really are.
Courage My Love is all of these things.
The Kitchener, Canada band consists of twin sisters Mercedes Arn-Horn (vocals, guitar) and Phoenix Arn-Horn (drums. vocals) with their friend Brandon Lockwood (bass).
Call them a power trio, pop-punk, alternative metal. As you wish. They grew up on it all. But while you are jumping around and banging your head with abandon, don’t miss the message: They have no appetite for destruction. They do not seek to destroy. No, Courage My Love is here to uplift, inspire.
Becoming, the band’s new EP, produced by Chris Perry in Toronto, is eight tracks bled out of Courage My Love during a period of exciting changes. “Our first EP For Now came out when we were 17,” explains Mercedes. “When you’re our age, a lot can happen in two years.” Yes, many good things. Like heavy rotation on MuchMusic/MusiquePlus, more than 3.8 million YouTube views, and being on Alternative Press Magazine’s list of the Top 100 Bands to Know in 2012. “Before we went on tour we’d never been away from home,” says the guitarist. “You meet all these new people, and you learn about yourselves. We’ve all grown a lot. That was the inspiration for Becoming.”
Opening track “Skin and Bones” captures the fear and longing of leaving something behind. “We’re too old to die young,” they sing over thunderous beats, the heart of the matter. Hard- knocking first single “You Don’t Know How” cranks it up, intense and defiant: “Find out I’m strong enough on my own now.” By the time the EP closes with the haunting ballad “Dark Wood, Dark Water,” about finding the one thing that pulls you out of the darkness, Courage My Love’s mission is clear: rock out, be happy, stay true.
For this next generation of musicians, that means truly embracing social media. With their popular DIY podcasts and viral videos, Courage My Love not only connect with fans, they reveal more of their true selves. It’s all part of what they do best. “This whole band is about being yourself,” says Phoenix. “You don’t need to play by the book to be successful. Being a girl isn’t that big of a deal in music anymore. You don’t need to have a certain look. Break the rules, stand apart.”
Dad Brains: Punk Rock For Dads and the People Who Love Them
New Track ("Baby Jail") Premiering on New Noise
California's Dad Brains have announced plans to release their self-titled debut EP on Friday, June 16, just in time for Father's Day Weekend.
The Oxnard/Ventura, CA-based band of punk rock dads, is comprised of ex-members of such notable punk/"Nardcore" bands as No Motiv (Vagrant Records), The Missing 23rd (Sessions Records), Creep Division (American hardcore/punk band that featured members of Good Riddance) and The F-ing Wrath.
The song "Baby Jail" is premiering today on New Noise:
Buy Dad Brains merch and pre-order the EP at: http://dadbrains.bandcamp.com.
Baby Jail lyrics:
Im so hungover but didn’t have a drink and I feel so tired that I can’t even think. I’m so confused and feel stuck inside, I need to get outside....
baby....jail. Baby....jail is this the drunk tank? Baby Jail.
I think I need a break.
Go..I’m finally outside to breath the fresh air but then I get a text and read it with a stare, the babys kinda fussy can you come back in, I need to take a shower, I feel like I’m in....
About Dad Brains
It all started in the fall of 2017. Reformed drummer turned singer Pat Pedraza became a Daddy at the ripe age of 40. Being of Latino descent, he was a bit late in the game...but none the less, his emotions skyrocketed with love, fear, anxiety, and all that stuff New Daddies think of when they realize that it’s not about “you” anymore.
After bringing his sweet little 7-lb,11-ounce girl home, the real work began. Sleepless nights, dark clouds of hormones showering him, baby poop everywhere, breast milk taking over the freezer and even his mother-in-law sleeping on the living room couch; he was then inspired...Inspired to do something great...something only a handful of people do when they have loud inner melodies banging on the side of their head...he decide to sing in a band.
On drives to the store he would shout out lyrics and thoughts that would swirl around in his Dad Brain. He would not only think about the struggles of being a dad, he felt the joy. The joy of seeing her first smile, and the raw love he felt while holding his new baby girl. He then called up his old buddy Matty who he knew from old punk rock bands and who is also a father of 2. Pat knew Matty would understand what he was going through, so they decided to start writing songs...and what a couple hour journey it was. Power Chords and mouthed drum beats were naturally flowing with no effort. Sing-along punk melodies were filling the room...Ohh yes...It was pure magic. They then decided to recruit another new daddy and “Nardcore scene legend” Johnny Boy Crerar, to put his punk rock roots to the test on the skins-and he didn’t disappoint...the fast parts were faster, the dance parts were dancier, and the mosh beats were moshier...wait, are those even words? Anyway, Johnny called up his friend Craig, a former bandmate to play bass....yes he’s a Dad too. He’s also a pretty cool guy who has a big beard.
Ready to rock, the new band decided to get longtime friend and multi-talented producer Roger Camero (No Motiv, Silver Snakes, The Velvet Teen, The Warriors) to record their first self-titled EP. To their amazement, they ended up with 5 punk rock gems that totaled less then 10 minutes...I mean, seriously? What more could you ask for...Amazingly catchy songs about the struggles and love of parenting. Need I say more? Ok, I will.. When Pat noticed his daughter would jump up and down with a huge smile in her jumper as he played the Dad Brains song “I’m Old” he knew the songs were special... It was basically a recording home run folks. So now that the story’s told, Here’s our demands....
Dad Brains songs must reach the ears of Dads across the globe. Dads will feel comforted and relieved knowing that they’re not alone. Hold up though...Dad Brains won’t leave Moms and significant others out...these songs are for YOU and everyone to enjoy. Dad Brains will try to release an EP every Father's Day for the fact that people might go into some sort of Dad-Like withdrawal if they don’t have new Dad Brains songs to sing. There will also be no curse words in the songs, as Dad Brains wants to set a good example for the little ones. Heck, the band might even put out some Christmas songs. They might even play some shows, that is, if they’re home before bath time. Who knows what this band is capable of? With Dad Brains, the sky’s the limit, and almost anything is possible.
Dad Brains is:
Dad Brains Facts:
Dad Brains first EP will be released to the world digitally Friday, June 15th 2018.
Previous bands the guys were in-No Motiv, The Missing 23rd, Creep Division, The F-ing Wrath.
All members of the band are married and love their wives.
Pat is now 41 and his back is starting to hurt.
Johnny Boy is vegetarian and doesn’t even eat fish oils.
When Matty was a kid, he wore a Filth T-shirt and the tightest pants anybody has ever seen.
Ever since Dad Brains started, Pat has only seen Craig one time.
Craig and Johnny’s former band had the F word in it.
They have all played in touring punk rock bands. Some bands were told they were emo.
What have people said about Dad Brains so far?
Is This Real? Can I buy a shirt for my husband? F-ing Amazing. Take my money please! Holy Bleep?!?!.....
These are all true. Dad Brains don’t lie, it sets a bad example.
Dad Brains Disclaimer.
We’re all in this together! Let’s be the best parents we can be, the best kids we can be, the best partners we can be, the best people we can be, and know that we sometimes fail, but Dad Brains keep going... Dad Brains lead with love... Love for family and friends, love for the struggle and love for the mosh....We are..
Montreal's Dear Youth
Announce Details for New EP 'You Could Wish Me The Best' out June 29 on Anchor Eighty-Four
New Song Premiering on Substream
"...the Montreal-based quintet sounds like they’ve been ripped from the peak of the mid-aughts — only more carefully constructed and ready to be that band for a new generation of kids. It’s high drama mixed with slick guitars and hooks that are bound to get even passive listeners singing along."- Substream
Stream "Out of Sight, Out of Mind"
Montréal, QC pop punk band Dear Youth have announced a June 29 release date for their upcoming EP 'You Could Wish Me The Best' on Anchor Eighty-Four.
Stream a new song "Out of Sight, Out of Mind" on Substream:
Pre-order the EP at: http://anchoreightyfour.com.
The band will be touring Canada this summer. Watch for dates/venues soon.
JUL 14- Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground (w/ Real Talk)
About Dear Youth:
Dear Youth is Canadian Pop Punk/Emo band from Montréal, QC who formed in December 2015 by Jared Zuckerman, Brendan Pilon, Jacob Saray, Eduardo Fonseca Arraes and Devon Cleary all with the similar interest of writing songs that just felt good.
The band released their debut EP titled, Over the Bridge, in October of 2016. The lyrics address the feelings of loss and youth, the challenges of adulthood, growing up and the changes that accompany these times. The name of the band reminds us to look at our own youth with dear nostalgia while looking ahead and figuring out what we are missing.
Dear Youth's sound possesses clear ties to the staple bands of the late 90's and early 00's as listeners can draw influences from Blink-182 to Taking Back Sunday, yet the band has been able to bring this iconic sound into 2018 packing its own punch and feel.
The band signed with Anchor Eight-Four in March of 2018 and released their first single and music video "Fair Warning" shortly after.
Band's Sophomore LP 'Sonder' Out April 27
Wolverhampton, UK rockers Dearist are premiering their new single "Fool's Heart" off their upcoming sophomore full-length, 'Sonder,' out April 27 on Spartan Records.
Check out the track on Substream: https://substreammagazine.com/2018/03/premiere-dearist-fools-heart/.
Guitarist Chris Tucker says: "This song was a lot of fun to write. Our process in writing has always been to craft the song instrumentally first, melody and lyrics to follow. Instrumentally, I personally wanted to lay a foundation that exploits (vocalist) Adam’s knack for an infectious hook in the chorus but still retain the Dearist sound. When the lyrics and melody were added to this song, we all knew we had something special in "Fool’s Heart."
Pre-order 'Sonder' at: http://spr.tn/sonder.
All pre-orders include an instant download of the song “Drowning” and "Fool's Heart" as well as the band’s newly remastered debut album “This House Has No Windows.”
Dearist has announced a short run of UK co-headline dates with Leeds' The Lock & Keys, which run April 27-29. See dates below.
4/27 - Leeds, UK - Temple of Boom (The Meatlocker)
4/28 - Luton, UK - The Castle Tavern
4/29 - Wolverhampton, UK - The Giffard Arms
The UK has always been a breeding ground for rock bands with unique sounds and massive hooks. Enter Wolverhampton's Dearist.
Dearist started life as a solo studio project in (lead vocals / guitars) Adam Binder's basement fueled by a creative need to put together an album of songs he wanted to hear. Hundreds of hours of writing and recording would lead to Adam putting together the current 5 piece line up and the 2015 debut album This House Has No Windows. The album gained the band some notable fans in Jeremy Bolm (Touche Amore) and Geoff Rickley (Thursday).
The band would go on to spend 2016 travelling the length and breadth of the British Isles playing to anyone that would give their unique blend of emo, grunge, and alternative rock the time of day. Regular touring saw the band cultivate a healthy fan base across the UK and their 3 guitar onslaught quickly gained themselves a reputation for being the loudest band on the scene.
"Coming from Wolverhampton is both a blessing and a curse" says drummer Jimmy Taylor, "Wolverhampton was once voted the 5th worst city to live in the world. On one hand it sucks that we live in this dying city where nothing ever happens and where there is no music scene. However on the other hand, because there is nothing going on in our local area, it has always forced us to go and look for music from every corner of the globe and from different eras. Those records then find their way into our songwriting. You’ll find nods to 90's alternative like Oasis and Stereophonics, you’ll hear influence from 2000's emo like Bayside and Taking Back Sunday, but then we're trying to mash that up with something more modern. Something you maybe haven't heard before."
Alongside the live shows, Dearist spent 2016 penning ideas for album number two and in January 2017 Dearist hit the studio to record the drums for 12 songs that would make up their sophomore release. The boys then took those drum tracks back to Adam's home studio and spend the next 12 months teasing them and working them into the album that has become to be known as Sonder.
"The idea for the album title Sonder came really late in the process" says Adam, "I realized I was writing a lot of the lyrical content from other peoples perspectives. I had lyrics based on a friend that took his own life. I was singing about what it would feel like to be in a car accident, lying there waiting for the ambulance. I had a song about how my Dad must have felt when he suddenly got taken really ill. I came across this article about new words that came about in 2017 and the word 'Sonder' was in there. Basically it is the realization that everyone else is living a life as complex as your own, full of joys and sadness. It really encompassed the overall feel of the album."
"I had a really clear vision of how I wanted this album to feel and sound" says guitarist Lee Jarratt. "I love those albums, where you put them on and its non stop bangers. Albums like Take This To Your Grave by Fall Out Boy, Jimmy Eat World’s Bleed American, Bring Me the Horizon’s That’s The Spirit and the Taylor Swift 1989 album. I wanted to create an album like that, where it just didn't let up, full of choruses and hooks."
Dearist is a true DIY beast. Not only does singer Adam and drummer Jimmy take on the recording side of the band, but guitarist Lee shoots and edits all the band's music videos. Now armed with a strong sophomore release, a brand new label, and a thrust to tour, 2018 is looking to be a great year for Dearist.
SONDER - "the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own."
California's DECENT CRIMINAL has signed with Dodgeball Records, the newly founded label started by Showoff frontman Chris Messer, his wife Dani and Mike Felumlee (Smoking Popes).
'Bloom,' the band's label debut will be released October 13th, with pre-orders (including vinyl) launching on September 29th at www.DodgeballRecords.com.
Tristan Martinez frontman/guitarist says, "We're super excited to be a part of the Dodgeball team! We feel fortunate to have met such great, like-minded people. It was an easy decision to sign with Dodgeball when we were presented with this opportunity.”
Felumlee says " I was first turned onto Decent Criminal when they came to my studio for a Live from The Rock Room session. The band sounded great in the room and they were all super nice guys. When I joined Dodgeball Records, they were one of the first bands I thought we should try to sign. When Chris and I first listened to their upcoming record, we were both blown away immediately. I'm excited and honored that we get to release this record later this year!”
While blending elements reminiscent of 90's alternative, garage rock, surf punk and power-pop, DECENT CRIMINAL, offer catchy, upbeat songs that mercilessly collide with abrasive and often melancholy undertones, to bring forth a style that's playfully compatible while still feeling inadvertently raw. After the release of their self-titled record in 2016 and tons of touring, DECENT CRIMINAL is preparing to release their follow up record "Bloom" in October of 2017.
"...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
The song appears on the band's upcoming debut full-length, Embrace Wolf, which will be released on December 1 via Spartan Records.
Pre-order the album here: http://spr.tn/embracewolf. All pre-orders include an instant download of the song “Always Your Own."
Gehring tells BrooklynVegan, "I came up with the initial idea for the song in Austin (while on tour with Mae). We were playing the Mohawk and it was storming really bad so the show was delayed. I had all this nervous energy waiting to see if we were going to be able to play or not, and I started going between these two chords and it kind of caught my mood at the time – anxious, frustrated, uncertain. Once I brought it to Demons it developed really quick. I love how short it is, we love playing the song live because of that break down, and it was the first song that was written for the new record. Lyrically the song is about cowardice; self-critical black holes, self-imposed limitations, and the rationalizations of those limitations that can disguise the root of the problem."_
Demons will be playing a hometown Halloween show on October 28 at Toast. More info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/826145124232919.
2.Always Your Own
4.Nobody Loves You The Way You Are
"The primary motive for how we write, for how we perform, is to evoke or exaggerate some sort of collision." This is Demons. Forces of equal magnitude uniting, reacting, and detonating. Some Newton's-Third-Law type shit. In the band's brief tenure, this is what we've come to expect. Pounding drums, erratic riffs, fervent lyrics, and structure descending into abstraction. The sum of these parts is difficult to classify with any direct comparison. Shellac? Queens of the Stone Age? David Bazan? Melvins? While sonic or attitudinal traces may exist, Demons remains derivative of nothing.
Following the release of the band's seminal EP, Great Dismal, Demons returns with their debut full-length, Embrace Wolf — nine blistering songs exploring a spectrum of anxiety, aberrations, and awe with deliberate recklessness. "Musically, we just wanted to be our own form of unbridled," says vocalist/guitarist Zach Gehring (also of Virginia-based Mae acclaim), up until this point, we've kept to this sonic austerity pretty straight forward, energetic, and almost off the rails."
Produced entirely by the band, Embrace Wolf was tracked episodically in several locations, including a field-recorded drum session in a railroad tunnel. The record also features the addition of guitar player/accompanying vocalist Chris Mathews to the existing lineup of Gehring, Jonathan Anderson (bass), and Drew Orton (drums) which allowed the process to become fully collaborative. "[This time around] we've started behaving more like a band (i.e. a creative group), and we wanted to explore this dynamic more," says Gehring. "We knew we all wanted to be loud, and we wanted our instruments to work together by filling in gaps with a high degree of awareness of one another."
Lyrically, Embrace Wolf centers thematically on prepositions of guilt, disguises, impatience, and exhaustion. "My writing is still self absorbed, a lot of first person focus because it's still all I really know how to write about. We all have our blind spots, and I only feel comfortable calling out my own," says Gehring. As the tracklist progresses through Embrace Wolf, Gehring broods over growing resentment, facaded truth, suppression, misrepresentation, fragile relationships, and honesty versus the truth. While not always an easy listen, the cathartic self-analysis present in both the record's lyrical content and vocal delivery feels earnest and absolute.
We are all haunted by something, be it tangible, imaginary, wild, or within, and we are faced with only two choices — exorcism or embracement. Sometimes one is essential in enabling the other. While this process remains ultimately unique to our own ailments, both solace and commiseration can often be found simply by pressing play. Come Embrace Wolf with Demons, this December on Spartan Records.
Discrepancies blends elements of alternative rock, metal, and hip hop to create a unique sound that you won't forget. With heavy rock riffs, rap verses and sing along chorus' the group creates a truly special work of art. The music video for the band's single "Art Of War" is out now via the InVogue Records YouTube channel http://youtube.com/invoguerecords.
Metcalf adds, "'Art of War’ is metaphor comparing love and war. It’s a story of betrayal. Being in a relationship is a war that you and your significant other fight together side by side as soldiers. Inevitably, an obstacle is thrown at you, leaving you injured. Your partner can either stick it out with you or leave you behind. In the absolute worst case, your partner joins the other side. This song is my interpretation of your soldier joining the other side.”
Chicago has long been a breeding ground for great indie labels, and it's time to add a new one to the list.
Dodgeball Records, co-founded by Chris Messer, frontman of Chicago band
Showoff and his wife Dani Messer, and recently joined by longtime friend Mike Felumlee (Smoking Popes/Alkaline Trio/Live From The Rock Room), runs like a family business. The label was created out of an intense passion and love of punk music, the musicians and the community around it.
Chris says, "Some people think we are crazy (My wife and I) for starting a label. Personally, I know we are crazy, but starting a label has very little to do with that. We are a team, we have been a team and we will always be a team in everything we do. The bands we sign to Dodgeball Records will also be part of that team."
He adds, "Our goal is basically to build a brand that represents our core values. Those values are integrity, honesty, transparency (which is not very label-like if you have ever been on one- especially major labels), loyalty, treating each other like a functional family and having everything we do be a labor of love instead of it being done for the love of money."
"Don’t get me wrong here, we are also a business and to function as a business you have to make money, but we want to be successful while ensuring our bands are as well. We intend to be a label that nurtures its artists, gives them encouragement and puts money into marketing them, doing all we can to help them become a success and maybe most importantly giving them a home where they feel appreciated and important. Mostly for us, we’d like to build the community back to where it was when I was playing in Showoff in the 90’s, by nurturing relationships with independent record stores, other artists and other labels with similar values. A community that helps one another, isn’t part of the “ME” culture and is more about an “us” culture.. I’m hoping that extends to the communities around us, our artists and our fans."
Dodgeball Records' first release will be an EP from new signing, Indianapolis pop punk band Amuse on August 4th, to be followed by a long-awaited new LP from Messer's beloved late-90's band Showoff this fall. Additional signings will be announced in the days/weeks/months ahead.
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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."
Piano-centric, punk & jazz aka “Billy Joel on Meth”
Gods of Mount Olympus originally formed as a duo when Brian Wahlstrom met Paul Rucker through a mutual friend, Joey Cape of Lagwagon. Wahlstrom, a founding member of Scorpios and keyboardist for Joey Cape’s solo projects, was writing songs that required aggressive piano and fast and heavy drums. Realizing the sound was not complete without guitars, Brian reached out to his neighbor, Steve Morris (Unwritten Law) and most recently Matt Riddle (No Use for a Name) to play bass. The band is best defined as piano-centric, punk rock jazz…AKA “Billy Joel on Speed”. With a lineup stacked with punk rock veterans, united by a completely original sound, this project has all the ingredients for greatness.
The band's self-titled record will be out Feb 16th, 2018.
Brian Wahlstrom - Vocals, Piano
Steve Morris - Guitar
Paul Rucker - Drums
Matt Riddle - Bass
Additional tour dates to be announced soon!
Rude Records is proud to announce the release of Got It Made, the long-awaited new EP from Southern California punk rock heroes GUTTERMOUTH, due out on July 15 worldwide in collaboration with Bird Attack Records.
With their first new material in ten years, Guttermouth is poised to add a new chapter to their legacy as one of punk rock's seminal acts. Known for their short, fast and loud songs, outrageous antics and offensive lyrics, Guttermouth has attracted plenty controversy over the years. In other words - They are punk rock as it's meant to be.
Want to have a taste of the new EP? The first single "I've Got It Made" is now available for streaming here.
In a collective statement, the band says, "After releasing 9 studio albums over the years, it’s sometimes hard to find new ideas and motivation, and life often gets in the way of creativity. A few of us had worked on some ideas in the years and talk started again on possibly releasing new songs, however, with the heavy touring schedule of the band, this proved very difficult. In the last 2 years something changed. While touring Australia in 2015, there was an opportunity to stay at a studio for a week in between legs of the tour. While staying at the studio, we were able to complete some of the ideas and record them as demos. Once back in the States we tweaked some of the songs once again. By then,we felt they were ready to be recorded properly. With no pressure of deadlines, we felt we were finally able to write songs we wanted to put out."
Guttermouth initially planned to self-release the new material in order to avoid interference and pressures from a label, but then the band started talking with their long time friend, Bird Attack Records owner Garrett Wadford, about the possibility of teaming with the label to record the new material and it seemed like a great fit. Bird Attack then joined forces with Rude Records which will release the EP globally. “Got It Made” is due out July 15th on Bird Attack / Rude Records.
Formed in Huntington Beach, California in 1998, Guttermouth was heavily influenced by the Southern California punk rock scenes of the 1980's which spawned bands such as the Adolescents, The Vandals, Social Distortion, Fear, Descendents, Angry Samoans, Bad Religion and Black Flag.
The band took these influences and developed their own style of fast, punk tempos with humorously sarcastic and offensive lyrics coupled with equally outrageous and offensive behavior, developing a reputation for chaotic live shows.
01 The Point
02 Freckles The Pony
03 I've Got It Made
04 A Punk Rock Tale Of Woe
05 Shitty Situation
06 Old Man
Belief can be a powerful thing. When shared even among a small group, possibilities remain endless.
That brings us to He Is Legend’s fifth full-length offering, few [Spinefarm Records]. The communal faith belonging to a cadre of musicians, artists, and fans brought the collection to life. That’s why the title, a nod to Madame Helena Blavatsky’s occult treasure The Voice of the Silence, feels so cosmically apropos for the Wilmington, NC quartet—Schuylar Croom [vocals], Adam Tanbouz [lead guitar], Matty Williams [bass], and Denis Desloge [guitar].
“This is dedicated to the people who supported us through everything,” declares Croom. “I was inspired by the words of Helena Blavatsky. She’s basically the godmother of the occult, and she dedicated one of her books to the few. Basically, that means the few that follow the way. I thought it was very fitting for what we do. It took just a few artists and a few thousand of our fans to come through and say, ‘Fuck yeah, we want you to do another record.’ We left it up to them.”
In 2015, He Is Legend wrapped up a marathon tour cycle for 2014’s triumphant Heavy Fruit with the likes of Maylene and the Sons of Disaster and Wilson. As songs like “This Will Never Work” cracked 370K Spotify streams, Heavy Fruit elevated the group to a new plateau with acclaim from Alternative Press, Revolver Magazine, L.A. Music Blog, New Noise, Ultimate Guitar, and many more.
Returning home, the boys allowed their audience to make a decision on what would become album number five…
“We started a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo,” Croom goes on. “If we met the goal, we’d do it. If not, we wouldn’t. It was all or nothing. The response was pretty overwhelming. We found new life, energy, and creativity in this as a result.”
With unique incentives like smoking jackets, amulets, and action figures, He Is Legend impressively raised 124% of their goal. During December 2015, the band retreated to a remote cabin in Carrboro, NC just 20 minutes from Warrior Sound: the studio where they cut both Heavy Fruit and It Hates You. The snowy setting and isolation instigated inspiration within Croom.
“The cabin was really pivotal for us,” he says. “There was no cell phone service. The couple that owned it had dogs and cats roaming free. It’s this nice place literally in the middle of nowhere. Rather than turning on the TV at night, we’d be sitting around a fire to stay warm drinking wine. It brought an element of darkness out of me. I was in a strange place, dealing with some personal and family issues. I channeled that as I was stuck in the snow lonely. There was this longing for summer. In my eyes, the cabin had more to do with this music than we would readily admit.”
This time around, the guys produced few with Warrior Sound owner Al Jacobs. They amplified every element of their signature style. Summoning ghosts of White Zombie, Soundgarden, and Nirvana, the riffs hit harder, the lyrics cut deeper, and the rhythms stick longer.
“We tried to go for a minimalist approach,” he goes on. “We wanted to focus on all of the aspects we’ve ever brought to the table. There was a lot of anger and hostility in the music. That mainly came out of us redefining what we used to do really well. Our sound has changed a lot over the years, but that’s important for us to grow. Our fans expect us to morph a little. There’s a little bit of all our previous records in this.”
few takes flight on the hypnotic guitars and haunting harmonies of opener “Air Raid.” It quickly blasts off into a gut-punching slam and powerful chant, “I don’t know why she’s out of breath at the door of death.”
“‘Air Raid’ hits you like the fucking end of the world,” he exclaims. “It’s pretty self-explanatory as far as the lyrics go. It’s about how the earth wants humans to be gone. We’re a fucking cancer. It could shake us off like a dog shakes off flees. It’s as political as I’ve ever gotten.”
“Sand” snaps into a barrage of distortion and percussion before slipping into one of the set’s most unforgettable choruses. “It’s the shortest song,” he continues. “It’s a banger that gets in and gets out. Lyrically, it’s about personal issues in my life I’ve been facing for a while.”
Elsewhere, the psychedelic elegance of “Gold Dust” unlocks another facet of the fours-piece. “That might be my favorite song,” he admits. “There’s always one song that pushes where we are and shows where we could go next—or might not ever go again. I used a lot of imagery from a story that a friend told me. He ate mushrooms and had a spiritual awakening. I wrote from his experience and weaved some of my own into it. It’s about trying to see again what you’ve seen when you’re under the influence.”
Completing the album, He Is Legend found the right partner for release in Spinefarm Records. Now, few are about to become many in 2017.
“I want fans to feel like this album is theirs since they were ultimately responsible for it,” Croom leaves off. “We had to make it perfect for them. It’s important for us to hug them and say thank you as much as possible. We accomplished something great through having a cult following that wanted us to continue. I think it’s important for people to know that and see this came to life because of them.”
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.
Chase Huglin is an acoustic singer/songwriter from Fort Wayne, IN. His label debut “Glow” EP debuted April 28, 2015.
"“IYM doesn’t strive to be perfect but if your looking for personality, passion and a band that makes their presence known, you have met your match. They call this SloppyVicious...”- New Noise Magazine
"Whether it's their explosive live show, or their EP, In Your Memory deserves your attention."- From The Depths Entertainment
Formed in 2013, Washington, DC- based post-hardcore band In Your Memoryconsists of Omar Veras (Vocals), Alex Scott (Guitar), Casey Reid (Guitar), Troy Humphrey (Bass) and Jonathan Shepard (Drums).
Shortly after forming, the band released their debut self-titled “In Your Memory” before undergoing multiple line-up changes.
The current lineup was solidified in 2014, after which the band released “Reflections” which was received positively and helped them build their dedicated fanbase.
In 2015, In Your Memory released a cover of Disney’s classic “I’ll Make A Man Out Of You” which further launched them into the public eye and earned them a local support slot on Vans Warped Tour.
Four years since In Your Memory released their debut self-titled EP, the band is finally entering the studio again to create another show-stopping record with the help of legendary guitarist Jeff Sahyoun of L.A-based post-hardcore band, Letlive.
Details on the new album will be announced soon.
Findlay, OH based record company
Being As An Ocean
Famous Last Words
Let It Happen
Until We Are Ghosts
"It's Not Dead Festival Stays Punk as F__k "- OC Weekly
"The grounds transformed into a punk rock nirvana as the It’s Not Dead festival made its triumphant debut."- Press-Enterprise
"It's Not Dead proves there's still a lot of life left in punk"- AXS
"I never thought I’d see most of the bands on the lineup. Nearly every band is the equivalent of The Rolling Stones for the punk genre and seeing them all at once was nothing short of incredible."- LA Music Blog
"...brings together over 3 decades of punk rockers, giving many of us a chance to experience the soundtrack of our youth."- The Pier
Me First and The Gimme Gimmes have been added to the already stacked lineup for It's Not Dead 2.
One of the country's largest punk rock festivals, It's Not Dead is returning to Southern California's Glen Helen Amphitheater Festival Grounds, on Saturday, August 26, after a two-year break.
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes join previously announced co-headliners Rancid and Dropkick Murphys, plus A Wilhelm Scream, Buzzcocks, Channel 3, The Casualties, Down By Law, The Exploited, The Flatliners, GBH, Good Riddance, Guttermouth, The Interrupters, Kevin Seconds, Mad Caddies, Off!, Runaway Kids, The Selecter, The Toasters, Wraths, U.S. Bombs, Voodoo Glow Skulls and many more. See lineup below.
Kevin Lyman says, "Excited to announce the addition of Me First and the Gimme Gimmes to the festival lineup. Can't wait to spend another day in the sun with old friends getting back to our roots.”
All tickets are general admission are on sale now on the festival website.
Tickets are also now available for purchase with no service fees at Dr. Strange Records in Rancho Cucamonga, CA (7136 Amethyst Ave.) and Programme Skate and Sound in Fullerton, CA (2495 E Chapman Ave.) Kids 10 and under will once again be admitted free with a paid adult.
Returning to the festival this year are the pop-up art exhibition 'Art's Not Dead' and the 'Punks Well Read' book signing and literary area, both curated by renowned punk rock photographer Lisa Johnson.
Authors confirmed for this year's book signings, include punk rock icons:
Keith Morris of Circle Jerks/Off! (My Damage)
Jim Lindberg of Pennywise/Wraths (Punk Rock Dad)
Jack Grisham of T.S.O.L. (releasing a brand new book that day at the festival)
Shawna Kenney (Live at the Safari Club: A People’s History of HarDCore/I Was A Teenage Dominatrix)
Jeff Alulis (NOFX's Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories) with more to be announced.
The Art's Not Dead art show will exhibit and sell works from many of the underground scene's most acclaimed artists and photographers.
Additionally, there will be a 'Punk Swap' zone of unique and artisan finds under the big circus tent.
It's Not Dead has once again partnered with Rally Bus. Fans can now book seats for travel on a high-end bus to the festival, saving themselves from the hassles of driving, parking, and navigating traffic. Travel is better together with Rally! For more information, visit: http://rlyb.us/dead826
For additional details visit ItsnotDeadFestival.com.
What: It's Not Dead Festival
When: Saturday, August 26 (Doors Open at 12:00pm)
Tickets on sale now.
Where: Glen Helen Amphitheater Festival Grounds
Down By Law
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
Slaughter and the Dogs
Voodoo Glow Skulls
A Wilhelm Scream
Do you really need to read this?
I love to write music and perform songs live.
I'm not into covering pop songs.
I'm not into lighting kits.
I hate drums.
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.
'Stormchasers' Out Now
Chicago alt-rock veterans Lucky Boys Confusion had an impressive first week of sales on their new full-length album 'Stormchasers', which debuted at #16 on Billboard's Heatseekers Chart, #33 on the Current Rock Albums Chart, and #40 on the Independent Albums.
The band's first set of new music in 10 years has been met with critical acclaim as well, with Altpress stating, "Lucky Boys Confusion are in full-on comeback mode." The Prelude Press raved, "Stormchasers feels like a rebirth, and that’s exactly what it has been for this group of musicians.... a classic, timeless release." It's All Dead declares: "(Frontman) Stubhy Pandav once again proves himself as one of the best vocalists in rock.
Pandav says, "With 'Stormchasers,' I wanted to put myself out there emotionally in a way I haven't been able to let myself do before. So, it's been both amazing and humbling for me and the guys to see our story connecting so deeply with fans, old and new."
"It’s pretty surreal,” adds Stubhy. “We’re still playing shows for fans who have grown up with us, as well as for kids discovering us for the first time – it’s been a hell of a ride.”
The Chicago-based group attained national (and soon after, global) attention with their 2001 major-label debut, Throwing the Game (Elektra Records), featuring the alternative-radio-charting “Fred Astaire.” The band toured relentlessly over the next decade, playing as many as 250 shows per year, and garnering a rabidly-loyal fan-base in-the-process.
Now, with a planned year-long celebration of the band’s platinum anniversary throughout 2017, Lucky Boys Confusion has just released its new record, Stormchasers, which is comprised of all new songs penned by the long-time songwriting team of Pandav and guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Adam Krier, with production duties being manned by Grammy-nominated, Chicago-based producer Johnny K (Plain White T’s, 3 Doors Down).
Stormchasers draws on the band’s long-history, with punk-tempo-ed bangers such as “It’s After Midnight” and the quasi-title-track “Stormchaser,” while showcasing their affinity for modern, radio-ready anthems on “Sun In My Eyes” and “Knives (Watch What You Say).”
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Sam Boxold : Vocal / Guitar
Tyler Young : Guitar
Alex Lofton : Bass
Scott Eckel : Drums
Detroit, Michigan post-rock 4-piece Man Mountain have dropped another new track off their fforthcoming debut full-length, “Infinity Mirror,” which will be released on March 16th via Spartan Records.
Stream "No Man Needs Nothing" on Heavy Blog Is Heavy: http://spr.tn/mmnmnn.
"Infinity Mirror" was mastered by Mike Kalajian (Circa Survive, Prawn, Moving Mountains).
Pre-order "Infinty Mirror" here. All pre-orders come with and instant download of “Memory Trace," as well as a free copy of the band’s debut EP, "To Call Each Thing By Its Right Name,” which has been re-mastered and updated with new artwork. The re-release is also available on all streaming services in addition to being made available for Name Your Own Price at spartanrecords.com and Bandcamp.
Man Mountain is a band of brothers and friends from the southeast corner of Michigan, playing epic and emotive instrumental rock music. What started in the beginning of 2012 as two people jamming songs by The Appleseed Cast in a basement, turned into four people playing a full set of original songs in someone else’s basement later that summer. That first set of music was later polished up, recorded, and released in the spring of the following year as an EP titled “To Call Each Thing By Its Right Name”. Since then the band has played all over Michigan (and neighboring states), and has written and recorded their first full length record, “Infinity Mirror” which will be released by Spartan Records this spring.
About Man Mountain:
There is power in the repetition. When stretched across an infinite plane, even the smallest elements become transformatively integrated into the greater picture. Tones to spectrums. Feathers to flight. Molecules to mountains.
Spartan Records proudly welcomes Man Mountain to the family — a melodic, instrumental post-rock outfit from Southeast Michigan. In the honorable lineage of bands like The Appleseed Cast, Sigur Ros, and American Football, Man Mountain's debut record Infinity Mirror is a journey of emotive dynamics set against a swirling dreamlike ferocity.
“With Infinity Mirror, we wanted to capture the sonic intensity of our live set,” says guitarist Mike Reaume, “that feeling when everything kicks in and your are entirely immersed in the sound.” Song by song, the album progresses with an intentionality that allows delicate melodies, motifs, and nuances to build into quaking full-band aggression. “We didn’t want any two songs to sound like different versions of the same idea,” says Reaume, describing the albums play between fragmentation and cohesion. “We wanted each song to explore a different facet of musical influence for us both individually and collectively.”
Intentionally avoiding a traditional studio recording path, Infinity Mirror was tracked in a variety of unconventional locations. With ultimate attention paid to sonic integrity, gear selection, and reckless experimentation, the record took shape over the course of many months. “The overall tonality of Infinity Mirror is much different from anything we’ve done before,” says Reaume. “The clean tones are much more pristine and shimmering, and the heavy bass parts just get amazingly filthy.” Once tracking and mixing were complete, final mastering details were handled by Mike Kalajian (Circa Survive, Prawn, Moving Mountains).
Thematically, the album presents a constant duality. Aptly titled Infinity Mirror, it is hard to ignore the unending and cycling conflict associated with any type of prolonged reflection. Sonically translated, this pondering plays as understated notes and moments reverberating into upheaval and dissonance. While the catalyst for much of this direction can be traced to the internal, the band also acknowledges the influential power of their surrounding physical environment. “Michigan is a beautiful state that really inspires a sense of adventure and exploration,” says Reaume. “It also can be somber and brutal in the winter. I think that definitely can be heard in the contrasting vibe of a lot of the songs we write. Even the way the album flows is from more upbeat ‘summer’ songs to more melancholic ‘winter’ songs — like the cycle of the seasons."
Infinite repetition. Cyclical patterns. Internal reflection of the external. Examination of self. Come experience Infinity Mirror March 16th on Spartan Records.
89.9 KCRW Presents Music Tastes Good, Vol. 3
Saturday, September 29 & Sunday, September 30
2018 Lineup announced & tickets on sale now, watch the announcement video and discover this year's festival
The lineup for 2018's Music Taste Good has been revealed!
The mammoth two-day music, food, and arts festival returns to Marina Green Park, along the picturesque Downtown Long Beach shoreline, on September 29 and 30th, and will be headlined by none other than iconic British New Wave legends New Order (Saturday) making their only west coast appearance this year, and Grammy-nominated and Mercury Prize-winning English singer-songwriter James Blake (Sunday).
Rounding out the monumental Saturday lineup is influential Canadian indie rock collective Broken Social Scene performing their critically-acclaimed masterpiece You Forgot It In People, plus Joey Bada$$, Santigold, Lil B, Princess Nokia, Blake Mills, Big Thief, Cherry Glazerr, Oliver Tree, Shame, Los Master Plus, Quintron & Miss Pussycat, NO BS! Brass Band, Radiolistener: Tribute to Isaiah "Ikey" Owens, Feels, Forest of Tongue, Neighbor Lady, BLCKNOISE, Haunted Summer and Manuel The Band.
Sunday's bill is equally stacked, with performances by: The Black Angels, Lizzo, Parquet Courts, The Church performing their fan favorite album Starfish to celebrate it's 30th Anniversary, Sun Kil Moon, Bill Callahan, Hollie Cook, Hailu Mergia, Ezra Furman, Ladama, The Blow, De Lux, Ethio Cali, B.A.G. (Blimes x Gifted Gab), The Fling, Baum, Hana Vu, Asi Fui and NO BS! Brass Band.
Returning to the festival for year three is an expanded and more inclusive Taste Tent with the theme "Port Cities of the West Coast," which will offer all attendees (not just VIPs) a chance to immerse their taste buds in culinary samplings from some of the best coast's most talented and acclaimed chefs and restaurants, including:
Wesley Young of Vancouver's Pidgin, Jeffery Vance of Seattle's No Anchor, Cameron Hanin on Seattle's Ma’Ono, Pat Manning of Portland's Toro Bravo, Rachel Aronow, independent (formerly of San Francisco's Alembic), Sincere Justice of Oakland's Tacos Sincero, Edward Martinez of Sacramento's Milk Money, Michael Thiemann of Sacramento's Mother, Dawna Bass of Long Beach's Under the Sun, Jason Witzl of Long Beach's Ellie’s, Aliye Aydin of Long Beach's A Good Carrot, Dina Amadril of Long Beach Creamery, Arthur Gonzales of Long Beach's Roe/Panxa Cocina, Christine Rivera of San Diego's Galaxy Tacos, and Nancy Leon of Tijuana B.C.S.'s Chan’s Bistro.
Tickets On Sale Now
For more information visit musictastesgood.com
Praise for Music Tastes Good:
"It was always Josh Fischel’s dream to create a musical homage to the bustling port city of Long Beach, California," – Billboard
“As music festival season kicks into high gear, we're always happy to see the local upstarts continue to put together top-notch lineups—particularly with Music Tastes Good.”- Time Out Los Angeles
“…the festival’s focus is the cross section of music, food and art. “- Los Angeles Times
"This Fall's Best SoCal Music Festival Isn't in Indio — It's in Long Beach"- LA Weekly
"Music Tastes Good showcases Long Beach with an accessible, approachable debut." - Los Angeles Times
"Perhaps most impressive, however, was the fact that Halperin and Fischel put on the festival without the help of a major promoter, making it the rare music event today to go a pure independent route."- Los Angeles Times
"With a solid lineup from top to bottom, it was hard to find a bad time to catch good music." -LA Weekly
"Music Tastes Good aims to put Long Beach on the festival map."- Los Angeles Times
"For fans inside the festival, Music Tastes Good offered that rare experience of a fest that was easy to navigate, had a no-hassles attitude and was comfortably well-run."- Orange County Register
"But while food at the aforementioned fests is most definitely secondary to the music – Long Beach’s Music Tastes Good might be the only one around with food built into its original concept. Hell, it’s even in the name."- OC Weekly
New Lingo formed in 2013. They can be described as a mixture of indie and pop alternative rock.
Shortly after the band’s formation, they had the privilege of playing the St. Louis Warped Tour. They have since gone on to open for well-known acts such as Hands Like Houses, He Is Legend, Set It Off, Silverstein, I the Mighty, and Dance Gavin Dance, to name a few.
New Lingo recorded with STL local, Matthew Amelung at Encapsulated Studios for their first 2 EP’s, Feral Youth (2014) and Best Friends (2016). To support their Best Friends release New Lingo released 2 music videos, "Violent Shakes" and "Part Of Me". The video for "Part of Me" spread quickly through social media and has since accumulated almost 200K views on Facebook.
The release of their Best Friends EP led to interest from some notable record labels. Keeping the buzz going, they embarked on a west coast tour. After returning home they continued to stay busy playing in the St. Louis area, along with out of state shows on the weekends.
Recently, New Lingo finished recording their 3rd EP, Beloved, with Nick Ingram (Courage My Love, City Lights, Hawthorne Heights), at Capital House Studio in Ohio and the songs were mixed and mastered by Kris Crummett (Sleeping With Sirens, Issues, Dance Gavin Dance).
Part Of me:
Night Of The Loving Dead:
Release Date April 13th, 2018
PRE-ORDER NOW AVAILABLE AT
Watch the video for "Spirit" here: https://youtu.be/uo_bS7bAQxw.
Formed in 1991, Sweden's No Fun At All quickly carved out their own brand of fast, melodic hardcore-punk with their debut EP Vision (1993) and the subsequent album No Straight Angles (1994). Establishing a sound of their own and, alongside contemporaries Millencolin and Satanic Surfers, themselves as one of the biggest Swedish acts of the 90's skatepunk scene. The new album, recorded and produced by Millencolin's Mathias Farm in November, along with a bunch of well-received European shows this past summer, shows there are no signs of slowing down for No Fun At All.
Since Lowrider (2008) they've done festivals and club shows in Europe, South America 3 times, Australia 2 times, Japan and Canada. In the fall of 2016, Christer Mähl (ex. Johansson) and Stefan Neuman announced to the rest of the band that they intended to quit the band. They did a tour of Chile and Brazil in the spring of 2017 as a goodbye tour with them. Now solidified, new members Stefan Bratt (Atlas Losing Grip) & Fredrik Eriksson bring a new level of ripping to the punk veterans.
Ingemar Jansson ¬ Vocals | Stefan Bratt ¬ Bass | Frederik Eriksson ¬ Guitar | Kjell Ramstedt ¬ Drums | Mikael Danielsson ¬ Guitar
UPCOMING TOUR DATES FOR 2018
Date Day Country City Venue
April 25 Wed Germany Berlin SO36
April 26 Thu Germany Hamburg Monkeys Music Club
April 27 Fri The Nederlands Erica Pitfest 2018
April 28 Sat Germany Neunkirchen Antattack Festival
April 30 Mon Switzerland Aarau KIFF
May 1 Tue Germany Weinheim CafÈ Central
May 2 Wed Germany Schweinfurt Stattbanhof
May 3 Thu Germany Munich Backstage
May 4 Fri Germany Leipzig Conne Island
May 5 Sat Austria Wels SBƒM fest
June 8 Fri Finland Helsingfors Sideways Festival
June 10 Sun Austria Vienna w/ Offspring
June 16 Sat Germany Nordenham Fonstock Festival
June 27 Wed Sweden Gothenburg Liseberg w/ Offspring
June 30 Sat The Nederlands Ysselsteyn Jera On Air
July 6-8 Belgium Gierle Sjock Festival
July 6-8 Germany H¸nxe Ruhrpott Rodeo
July 28 Sat Germany Lindau Free Open Air Vaudeville
August 7 Tue Slovenia Tolmin Punk Rock Holiday
November 8 Thu Sweden Malmˆ KB w/ Satanic Surfers
November 9 Fri Sweden Stockholm K‰gelbanan w/ Satanic Surfers
November 10 Sat Sweden Gˆteborg Pustervik w/ Satanic Surfers
Bird Attack Records are proud to welcome No Trigger to their family! The band will be releasing new music in the form of Adult Braces - out digitally on July 28th and physically on August 11th. You can check out a teaser video via YouTube here, as well as find more info below.
Stay tuned for more info!
About No Trigger:
No Trigger have been around since the year 2000, pumping out melodic punk/hardcore songs slowly but surely every 4 or 5 years. Five long years have now passed since their last LP Tycoon came out in 2012, so the boys just recorded a brand new 4-song 12" titled Adult Braces, and it is unquestionably their greatest material to date. The album is everything fans have been waiting for: catchy as hell, flawlessly executed, and filled with hits. This album consists of 4 singles. 4 goddamn hits. 4 fucking earth-shattering smash hits. 4 number one mega-hit singles, all tied for number one. The next song on the charts would be number five. It would be these 4 songs tied as number one, then song number five.
Recorded with Jay Maas in Haverhill, MA and mixed/mastered with Jason Livermore at The Blasting Room in Fort Collins, CO, this album is as professionally produced as punk records come, so play it as loud as you goddamn want. Bird Attack Records will be releasing the album on special one-sided, screen-printed 12” vinyl worldwide. It will be released digitally (iTunes/Spotify) on Friday July 28th 2017, and released physically on Friday August 11th 2017.
No Trigger will be touring the UK and Europe in August of 2017, playing some regional East Coast US shows in the fall of 2017, and will also be appearing live at The Fest in Gainesville, FL in October. Grab a ticket now to any or all of the shows and go see these hot new jammy jams live.
Keep an eye out for more live shows TBA and pick up a copy of Adult Bracesas soon as your dirty little hands can get ahold of that bad boy.
No Trigger Tour Dates:
Adult Braces European Summer Tour 2017:
2.8 - London, UK @ Borderline
3.8 - Vlaardingen, NL @ Kroepoekfabriek
4.8 - Koln, DE @ AZ
5.8 - Karlsruhe, DE @ New Noise Fest w/ Death By Stereo, Burn, Slapshot
7.8 - Zurich, CH @ Dynamo w/ Get Dead
8.8 - Wiener Neustadt, A @ Triebwerk
9.8 - Tolmin, SLO @ Punk Rock Holiday w/ Pennywise, Face to Face, Propagandhi, Anti-Flag, and many more
10.8 - Zwiesel, DE @ Juz w/ La Armada
11.8 - Villmar, DE @ Tells Bells Fest w/ Face To Face, Terror, Good Riddance
All European Show Tickets: https://tinyurl.com/NT-Euro-Tix
US Shows / Fall 2017:
9/22 - Worcester, MA @ Ralph’s Diner w/ Choke Up, Saves Ends, Hot Knife
10/27-10/29 - Gainesville, FL @ The Fest w/ Hot Water Music, Against Me!, Superchunk, Iron Regan, A Wilhelm Scream, and many more
Odd Robot is Andy Burris (guitars + vocals), Mike Doherty (bass), and Damian Monroy (drums).
LA rock 'n rollers Palaye Royale will release their Sumerian Records debut 'Boom Boom Room' on June 24. In tandem with that, their summer-long stint on the 2016 Vans Warped Tour will kick off on the same day and run through August 13th.
You can see the new music video for the track "Mr. Doctor Man" here.
With roots in Toronto, ON, the now LA-based band was formed in 2012 by brothers Remington Leith (frontman), Sebastian Danzig (guitarist/organist) and Emerson Barrett (drums).
Music Junkie Press says; "Palaye Royale is truly one of the best indie rock bands you have to hear!" Raine Magazine says, "Palaye Royale is Rock & Roll Reborn."German Magazine raved, "Palaye Royale is in the footsteps of the Rolling Stones."
Palaye Royale has played shows with the likes of I See Stars and Get Scared and recently wrapped up their second year on The High School Nation Tour where they played in front of thousands of young rock fans every single day on the tour.
'Boom Boom Room' Track Listing:
1. Don't Feel Quite Right
2. How Do You Do?
3. My Youth Generation
4. Mr. Doctor Man
5. Sick Boy Soldier
6. Live Like We Want To
7. Ma Chérie (Feat. Kellin Quinn)
8. Too Many People
9. Where Is The Boom?
12. Rag Doll
13. All My Friends
14. Get Higher (Bonus Track)
15. White (Bonus Track)
Pass Away (Feat. Members of I Am The Avalanche and Crime In Stereo) Releasing New LP 'The Hell I've Always Seen' on May 25
New Song "Brooklyn Sky" Premiering on New Noise
Brooklyn, NY's Pass Away started as an idea between Mike Ireland and Kellen Robson of I Am The Avalanche and Eric Fairchild of Crime In Stereo.
The guys wanted to do a band that was strictly for fun and a total escape from daily work life and stresses. A common love for 90s West Coast punk and the Replacements was the main influence for the first 2 EPs. 'Hey Death' was released in 2015 on Black Numbers and was well-received. Lots of shows and even more writing followed. The 'Sink Your Hooks In' EP came next in 2016 and offered a more dynamic shift in songwriting and more balanced sound within the band.
With the new full-length 'The Hell I’ve Always Seen' (out May 25th on Suburbia Records) Pass Away has truly found their sound. The record has a personality of its own and a vulnerability that’s been missing in punk music.
Check out the new track "Brooklyn Sky" on New Noise: https://newnoisemagazine.com/stream-pass-away-brooklyn-sky/.
Pre-order 'The Hell I've Always Seen' here: https://suburbiarecords.bigcartel.com/product/pass-away-the-hell-i-ve-always-seen-lp-pre-order
2. Minus The Care
3. Crypt Keeper
4. Brooklyn Sky
5. Grinning Ghosts
6. St Piracci
7. Terrible Feelings
8. Call The Guy
9. Town's End
11. Totally Fucked
12. John Dice
13. Drinking, Smoking, Listening
14. Thousand Oaks
Know Hope Records is excited to announce our newest signing, Post Season. The pop-punk veterans have released one LP and four EPs to date, most recently with “Greetings From,” a split EP with Such A Mess released in 2015 via Common Ground Records. A brand new LP from the band, along with pre-order details, will be announced shortly.
Originating in 2012 in Altoona, PA, Post Season burst onto the scene with 2013’s “Restless Nights” EP (Broken Rim Records) and immediately followed that up with their debut LP, 2013’s “Remember.” In the following three years the band released three more EPs while also sharing the stage with bands such as State Champs, Knuckle Puck, Such Gold, A Will Away, Head North, Microwave, Such A Mess and many more.
You can check out their most recent single “Numb To This” now on all digital platforms.
A lyric video for the track is now streaming here: https://youtu.be/tQbtpFuYRXg.
Know Hope Records will be announcing brand new music from Post Season, as well as pre-order details and tour dates, shortly.
Promise of Redemption is the solo project of Shane Henderson of Valencia.
It's been eight years since the last Promise of Redemption release, and the wait was well worth it. After relocating to California after his last release, Shane Henderson experienced all sorts of highs, lows, trials and tribulations of life. The process led him to this: Where You Ought To Be.
An eclectic mixture of fully produced and raw, emotional acoustic songs, the album perfectly captures Shane’s wide range of musical influences. Songs like “With Open Arms” and “In The Moment,” which feature amazing acoustic tones, somehow manage to compliment electric, upbeat songs, such as the title track, “Where You Ought To Be,” as well as “Disaster.” Throughout the record’s seven tracks, POR fans will experience the classic raw emotion of Shane’s music, while also seeing considerable growth from previous releases.
Boston's Rebuilder have announced a September 1st release date for their upcoming EP 'Sounds From The Massachusetts Turnpike' on Panic State Records.
A new song off the EP is premiering today on New Noise Magazine.
Stream "Mile or An Inch" here: http://newnoisemagazine.com/stream-rebuilder-mile-inch/
Guitarist/vocalist Sal Medrano says, "How do we follow up "Rock and Roll In America" when the whole country has gone to shit? By doing the only thing that can save us, playing Rock & Roll. "Sounds from the Massachusetts Turnpike" pays homage to our great state, navigating through twist and turns of feelings. It's okay to not be okay. Let's rock."
Pre-order's for 'Sounds From The Massachusetts Turnpike' have launched in the Panic State Records webstore: https://www.panicstaterecords.com/collections/preorder/.
The band, two-time nominees for a Boston Music Award for ‘Punk Artist of the Year’ (in 2014 & 2016), has also announced a summer tour with fellow Boston punks Choke Up, which kicks off August 8 in Pittsburgh, PA and winds down with a hometown at Boston's Great Scott on September 2.
Since their beginning in 2013, Rebuilder has refused to follow the rules. Their first show was at a bar playing to no one. Their second show was playing to a sold-out crowd with The Dropkick Murphys - Thats definitely against the rules.
So what has Rebuilder been up to since the release of their debut full length "Rock and Roll in America"? Well they've been doing just that. The self proclaimed gnarly-punk band from Boston has piled into their van, and brought their brand of never-say-die Rock & Roll to the people. Tireless travel up and down both coasts, throughout the Midwest, and even crossing the occasional boarder into Canada and Mexico, Rebuilder has put the pedal through the floor since their inception.
Their newest release on Panic State Records, an EP entitled "Sounds from the Massachusetts Turnpike", is a fervent and rambunctious follow-
up to RNRIA. With power and intensity, this record widens and solidifies Rebuilders sonic footprint in the landscape of rock and roll, re-thinking the traditional three chord punk song and developing their own unique style. Sounds from the Massachusetts Turnpikecomes out Sept 1st and was recorded, mixed and mastered by Jay Maas at Getaway Studios in Haverhill, MA.
Rebuilder will continue to pick up the pieces of a broken scene, and cast aside a broken system. They will soldier on, and rebuild the community of sounds that has given them so much to be thankful for.
Refuse, Rethink, Rebuild. Rebuilder is Sal Ellington (vocals, guitar), Craig Stanton (vocals, guitar), Daniel Carswell (bass), Brandon Phillips (drums), Patrick Hanlin (electric keyboard and organ).
Praise for Rebuilder:
"Rebuilder need to get on the road with some of skate-punk and pop-punks great masters, like the Descendents and NOFX. Their one-two punch of two lead vocalists and straight barre-chord punk is catchy as hell, and deserves to be heard by the masses."– Do 617
"Loud, fast, pop punk with attitude."–Daykamp Music
"Rebuilder are the best kind of in-between from hardcore punk and early 90s skate punk. Bigass hooks, singalong choruses, gritty palm-muted guitars...go do a kickflip, break your wrist, and go to a Rebuilder show in your cast. Thats how it should be."– Allston Pudding
"A killer punk screed neednt exceed two minutes. Economical and phenomenal." – Boston Herald
01 Mile or An Inch
03 Get Up
04 The World Is An Asshole
05 Nasty Habit
06 Vivir & Morir
Sal Ellington - Vocals, Guitar
Craig Stanton - Guitar, Vocals
Daniel Carswell - Bass
Brandon Phillips - Drums
Patrick Hanlin - Organ, Electric Piano
Rock Ridge Music
Orange County, CA
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. Like most of their peers, 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 bands popularity to grow. Still fronted by original lead singer and song writer 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.
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”. A few months later — and much to the annoyance of the band — Jive issued its own Reel Big Fish album, a best-of compilation entitled “Greatest Hit…and More”. Reel Big Fish received no money from the album’s sales, as Jive Records now owned the rights to the bulk of their songs. The band has urged fans not to buy this album because it was not approved by them and the sound quality is inferior.
Nevertheless, 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.
The band’s latest release is called “A Best of Us for the Rest of Us”. It includes a 22 song disc of re-recorded hits and classic fan favorites as well as a bonus disc of 14 Acoustic or “SKAcoustic” versions.
On July 31st, 2012 Reel Big Fish release 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. “This album is a lot like our first two albums. It’s got a lot of the same intensity, frantic energy in the music, and the same sarcastic sense of humor. I think these are the fastest songs we’ve done since those albums,” Aaron Barrett, founding vocalist, guitarist, and principal songwriter says. “We’re finally just doing what Reel Big Fish does best, and that’s what we did on those first two albums.”
“Candy coated fury pretty much describes what Reel Big Fish does,” Barrett says of the significance of the new album’s title. “It’s hateful, mean, sarcastic, and, sometimes sad lyrics, over happy, wacky, silly, joyous, fast music that makes you want to dance. This album is mostly love songs, but bitter, angry, hateful love songs. Just about everybody knows what it’s like to be in a bad relationship. These songs could be sung by a 15 year old about his first love-gone-wrong, or by a 55 year old about a bitter divorce after 30 years. They’re bad-relationship songs that everybody can relate to.”
Candy Coated Fury is Reel Big Fish’s first album of newly recorded original material in five years. Overall, it’s the seventh in the band’s twenty year history, and it feels as vital and vitriolic as RBF’s foundational releases. The record opens with the huge sing-along vocal, balmy horns, and hyperactive ska groove of “Everyone Else Is An Asshole.” The track is an exceptional distillation of Reel Big Fish’s classic euphorically-juvenile ska punk. The stately arena riffs in “I Dare You To Break My Heart” reference cock rock, new wave, and soul without sacrificing one iota of RBF’s signature simmering skank. “I listen to the Darkness a lot; it was only a matter of time till I wrote a song like this! I can’t really sing as high as that guy so this song sounds more like Kiss, if Kiss was a Motown band that played ska,” Barrett says, detailing the song’s diverse stylistic touchstones. The anthemic “I Know You Too Well To Like You Anymore” features some of Barrett’s finest cutely cruel lyrics. “I think that is an amazing bad-relationship song,” he laughs. “I really captured the hateful love of two people who were once madly in love, but have been together so long, they can’t stand the sight of each other anymore but still say ‘they drive me crazy, and I hate this and this about them, but I love them.’” No RBF album would be complete without playfully irreverent 1980s covers. The band rounds things out ska-ifying the Wonderstuff’s “Don’t Let Me Down Gently” and When In Rome’s “The Promise.”
Reel Big Fish continues 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.
Royston Langdon, former lead singer of Spacehog is releasing a solo LP 'Everthing's Dandy,' under the moniker LEEDS (a nod to his UK hometown) on May 4.
A video for the track "Someone" can be viewed here:
Stream "Someone" and a second track, "What Became of the People" on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0ymMgXb8YIlBWiyjXUlTEm.
'Everything's Dandy' is the culmination of his 24 years in New York, both in its content and its production.
"I've lived here longer than I've lived anywhere on the planet," says Langdon of NYC. "I feel like I'm part of the city in a way."
“This work is a reflection of the re-gentrification of places and the real and meaningful memories they leave in their wake. How our own growth, over time, leaves us with a shifted perspective on ourselves. The once familiar now gone, never to come back except through the ghosts of lovers, places, objects.”
Recorded in the fall of 2017, Langdon enlisted Bryce Goggin (Antony and the Johnsons, The Apples in Stereo) to produce and engineer 'Everything's Dandy.' The two have known each other since Langdon's early days in New York, when he interned at the recording studio where Goggin was head engineer. While Langdon played many of the instruments himself on the album, he enlisted a few longtime friends to play on select cuts, including drummer Parker Kindred (Jeff Buckley) and multi-instrumentalist Timo Ellis (Yoko Ono, Joan as Police Woman). The song "Your Day Will Come" was co-written by Langdon and Rich Robinson of Black Crowes. "What Became of the People" is a songwriting collaboration between Langdon and his brother Antony, who also shot two videos for the album.
Originally from Leeds, Langdon got his start playing music in the U.K. In 1994, however, he followed his brother Antony to New York and fell for the city immediately. Not long after the move, Spacehog formed. In the fall of 1995, they released the debut album 'Resident Alien,' which spawned the hit single "In the Meantime." Three more albums followed over the next 18 years.
More recently, Langdon has worked on the industry side of music, using his own experiences to help up-and-coming artists. Yet, he remained a musician at heart. Langdon kept his new work fairly private, telling only a few people as he built a new collection of songs
The evolution of 'Everything's Dandy' began two years ago, after Langdon's son moved to London. The changes in Langdon's own life, as well as the changes in the city that has been his home for so long, sparked new ideas.
"They put up these new shops," says Langdon of the urban landscape of New York. "Still, the memory of the kind of experience of that thing remains." He sees a connection between waves of gentrification diminishing the city's creative spirit and his "experience of loss and also growth." In his songs, Langdon writes of this not necessarily with nostalgia in mind, but with a sense of "awe" at how life moves forward.
Everything's Dandy is set for release on May 4 on vinyl and digital formats.
New Jersey punks The Scandals have released their new EP 'Lucky Seven' via Panic State/Say-10 Records.
It was recorded at Red Bull Studios, NYC and produced by Brian Fallon of The Gaslight Anthem. The Scandals frontman Jared Hart also plays in Fallon's other project The Crowes.
Purchase 'Lucky Seven' here:
'Lucky 7' streaming on Impose.
The Scandals have toured with The Gaslight Anthem, The Falcon, TSOLand many others. They’ve also performed at Bamboozle, Skate & Surf, Punk Rock Bowling among other festivals. Their 2012 EP 'Trenchknife' was recorded with Pete Steinkopf of The Bouncing Souls.
The Scandals will play at Fest in Gainesville, FL this October. Watch for additional shows to be announced.
In the last decade, many things have changed, but there’s one thing that’s remained constant: The Scandals. The New Jersey punk band has been keeping the energy and emotions of dark and cramped basement shows alive, and have taken their own unique brand of anthemic punk rock across the United States and Europe. Relentless touring over the last couple of years has pushed their live show and songwriting to the next level, and it’s apparent on 'Lucky Seven.'
About The Scandals:
The Scandals are a punk rock band from New Jersey.
We are four guys who spend more time in our van than our own beds.
The Scandals were founded in 2004 and started off with numerous demos and EP's. Our first full length, “The Sound of Your Stereo,” was released in 2010 on Skeleton Crew Records, later repressed by Say 10 Records.
We recorded our next EP “Trenchknife,” with Pete Steinkopf of The Bouncing Souls and released it in 2012. We also released an EP called “Riot on the Dancefloor: The Story of Randy Now and City Gardens” and a split 7” with New Mexico’s Stabbed in Back the same year.
In 2013 we were chosen to be a part of the Red Bull Sound Select program, which is a continuing partnership between the band and members of the Red Bull Music team. We have played numerous music festivals such as the Bamboozle festival in 2008/09, Punk Rock Bowling in Las Vegas in 2011, CMJ in New York City in 2012, SXSW in Austin in 2013, Myfest in Berlin in 2014, and the Skate and Surf festival in 2014/15.
In March of 2014 we embarked on our first European tour via City Rat Booking and Gunner Records to support our European exclusive release “Time Machines.”
In 2015 we released 2 split 7”s with Plow United and Jaguar Shark and hit the road with The Gaslight Anthem and Northcote, then headed back to Europe for more touring.
To sum it up, The Scandals are a touring band. We have a van, it’s registered, and we’re ready to roll. When the band is not on the road Jared is out with an acoustic guitar screaming his way through bars, living rooms, venues, parking lots and record stores because that’s where this music lives; on the road.
Produced by Brian Fallon
Recorded and mixed at Red Bull Studio, NYC
Only additional player on the record was Alex Rosamilia on keys
The Scandals are:
Beloved Chicago pop-punk band Showoff is back in action with plans to release a new album this Fall.
Today the band is premiering a new song ("Popular Kid") off the forthcoming album "Midwest Side Story", exclusively on Alternative Press.
Stream "Popular Kid" here: http://www.altpress.com/features/entry/showoff_premiere_popular_kid.
Front man Chris Messer tells AP, "The song is about my life growing up, but we all feel it's relatable to all people who feel disenfranchised or made to feel bad about themselves. Basically, it lets them know that they aren’t alone; and the people that matter in life, don’t care if they are popular or not, they care about them a human being on a much deeper level.”
"Midwest Side Story" will be released on September 22 via Dodgeball Records, the newly-launched label started by Messer, his wife Dani and Mike Felumlee (Smoking Popes). Album pre-orders will launch on July 21 at https://showoffrock.com/.
Here's a quick refresher: In the late 1990s, Showoff's self-titled third album was released on Maverick Records, which at the time was owned by Madonna herself. The LP was among the first to be produced by prolific studio wiz John Feldmann (Good Charlotte, The Used, Panic! At The Disco, Blink-182).
The band reformed in 2014 with a mostly original lineup, featuring Chris Envy (Chris Messer) on vocals, Dave Envy (Dave Hyde) on bass, Dan Castady on drums and Darren Vorel and George Castady on guitars.
Showoff is set to play a hometown show with Punchline at Reggie's Rock Club in Chicago on August 12.
Twitter - @DodgeballRCS
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/dodgeballrecords/
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
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Smile Empty Soul Return with First New Full-Length of New Material in 5 Years
"Oblivion" out May 25
LA rockers SMILE EMPTY SOUL have returned with news of their first new full-length of new music in 5 years!
The LP 'Oblivion' will be released on May 25 (15 years almost to the day after their Gold selling debut). A new single "Sides" is now streaming on The Noise: bit.ly/2q6MvTe.
'Oblivion' pre-order bundles are available at: https://mrafia1.wixsite.com/smileemptymusic/product-page/smile-empty-soul-oblivion-album-pre-order-c.
SMILE EMPTY SOUL will co-headline the Flawless Smile Tour with Flaw in support of the new record. Dates kick off May 30 in St. Louis, MO. Tickets available here: https://www.bandsintown.com/a/557-smile-empty-soul.
Originating out of Los Angeles, CA in the late 1990's, the band has stayed true to their brand of "no bullshit", "real as it gets" hard rock to this day.
The band signed a major label record deal in 2003 to release their self-titled debut album in May of that year, going on to achieve massive success at alternative/rock radio, and MTV with 3 hugely successful singles/videos, including “Bottom Of The Bottle.”
SMILE EMPTY SOUL has become known for their constant touring and never wavering, honest sound and lyrics. Now, with their new album “Oblivion” set to release next month, and a calendar full of tour dates, SMILE EMPTY SOUL seem to have established themselves as one of the defining underground rock bands of their generation.
2. Small Incision
3. The One
5. Built Into the Breed
7. My Name
9. Free Oblivion
FLAWLESS SMILE TOUR
5/30 Saint Louis MO, Fubar
6/1 Battle Creek MI, The Music Factory
6/2 Flint MI, The Machine Shop
6/4 Rochester NY, Montage Music Hall
6/5 Watertown NY, Exhibition Hall
6/6 Albany NY, Jupiter Hall
6/7 Burlington VT, Higher Ground
6/8 Laconia NH, Whiskey Barrel
6/9 Lawrence MA, Claddaugh
6/10 Providence RI, Fete Music Hall
6/13 Poughkeepsie NY, The Chance
6/14 Amityville NY, Revolution Music Hall
6/15 Clifton NJ, Dingbatz
6/16 Baltimore MD, Fish Head Cantina
6/18 Richmond VA, The Camel
6/19 Wilmington NC, Reel Cafe
6/20 Florence SC, 507 Live
6/22 Chillicothe OH, Feel the Fire Fest 6
6/23 Findlay OH, All American Rock House
6/26 Clarksville TN, O’Connors Irish Pub
6/27 Memphis TN, Hi Tone Cafe
6/28 New Orleans LA, Southport Hall
6/29 Houston TX, Concert Pub North
6/30 Dallas TX, Tree’s
Tampa, FL pop punk band Southview embarks on a southeastern US tour with Georgia natives Like Mike in late-July. "The Dirty South Tour" is sure to cross paths with some scorching temperatures and excited fans, rounding everything off with a Southview appearance at this year's "Florida Fest" in Tampa.
7/30- Tarpon Springs, FL- Neptune Lounge
8/1- San Antonio, TX- Ventura
8/2- Denton, TX- Killer's Tacos
8/3- Merriam, KS- Aftershock Live
8/4- Nashville, TN- Rocketown
8/6- Myrtle Beach, SC- Rockin Hard Saloon
8/9- Marietta, GA- Swayze's
8/10- Tallahassee, FL- 926 Bar
8/11- Jacksonville, FL- Rain Dog's
8/12- Tampa, FL -Florida Fest
A 4 piece Pop-Punk band originating from Tampa, Florida, Southview got started in early 2015, touring the Eastern half of the US in support of their self-released debut EP "Whatever It Takes."
The band's sophomore EP "Sunny Places For Shady People" was released on March 17th via Standby Records.
Southview consists of Cody Travis on Guitar and Vocals, Griffin Sallmen on Guitar and Vocals, Jackson Vieira on Bass and Taylor Dalton on drums.
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
A self-described "intersectional feminist, LGBTQ-positive, socio-political hardcore punk band from Southern California", Apple Valley's Stay Wild's newest EP "livelearnlove" is out now on Panic State Records and is available digitally on Spotify and Bandcamp, or get a physical copy from the Panic State Records web store.
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.
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Do you ever worry the world is going to end thanks to some combination of hyper-caffeinated anxiety, extreme internet usage, and a constantly shifting definition of what a “good American” is?
Milwaukee rock band Telethon arrives with a sprawling new rock opera The Grand Spontanean, heralding these fears and bringing a sense of weird, beautiful levity to all those who listen.
Produced by Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Jeff Rosenstock, Joyce Manor, The Smith Street Band) The Grand Spontanean is a cosmic trip of punk rock filtered through straight up rock n’ roll a la Thin Lizzy, Weezer’s anthemic power pop and every other style in which they could meld their sound into. It resulted in a true blue rock opera about a self-centered, internet addicted twenty-something realizing the world’s about to end in a storm of noise and chaos.
After writing their debut LP Citrosis, the group ruminated on what could be done on the foundation of a band they’d started. Singer/lyricist Kevin Tully built upon initial lyrics of death and existential musings to grandiose storytelling, inspired by Stephen King. This choice produced a sprawling body of work for the young band (comprised of lead guitarist Jack Sibilski, bassist Alex Meylink, keyboardist Nate Johnson, and drummer Erik Atwell), bursting at its seams with tangible energy and excitement at every turn. It’s as if Randy Newman grew up in a burgeoning punk scene, and decided to write his own version of Tommy. Organs, pianos, and synthesizer march their way into the group’s DNA. The wide array of instruments create a declarative impression on “The Signal,” before sliding into place for lead off ripper “Apocalypse When.” Through the journey Telethon takes listeners on, humor and levity work their way through, even materializing as a full on ska “set” in the middle of the record
It never gets self-indulgent or obnoxious, despite its run time and scope. Songs take precedence over everything else, winding nine-minute epics like “Stillwave” build up stakes in a concerted yet fun way, weaving folk elements into electric punk rock. Shorter songs pop off with frenetic energy like lead single “Punctuation!” that creates a dichotomy of Green Day-like exuberance with lyrics observing the apocalypse when no one else has their eyes open. The album establishes their scope, similar to what Titus Andronicus and The Hold Steady achieved on The Monitor and Separation Sunday, respectively.
Joining Telethon on the record is a chorus comprised of their heroes, each adding their own voice and texture to the narrative fabric. They’re joined by the likes of Laura Stevenson, Chris Farren, Franz Nicolay (The World/Inferno Friendship Society, The Hold Steady), Roger Lima (Less Than Jake), Peter Hess (World/Inferno Friendship Society), and a wide range of other session musicians.
To top it off, The Grand Spontanean is 100% self-funded and self-released, DIY to the bone. In the future, physical releases of the record will come as a box set with a playbill, loaded with lyrics and paraphernalia derived from the story. The band will be taking The Grand Spontanean on the road, appearing at this year’s Fest 16. Attendees will be able to hear for themselves the joy, excitement, and heart the group brings live. Driven by an incendiary new album with an identity one won’t hear elsewhere, Telethon is more than equipped to make their impact felt.
Canada's The Bae Beach Club is an indie rock group playing songs about daydreaming, the sun, and love. Their ultra-smooth guitar licks and catchy bass lines are sure to provide a quick escape route to an intrinsic beachy dreamland.
The band traveled by train from Toronto, ON to Vancouver, BC to record their soon to be released 'Our Escape' EP at Monarch Studios with Tom Dobrzanski, performing as "Artists on Board" the VIA Rail Canada.
'Our Escape' will be released on May 18.
In the Soil Arts Festival - April 29th
Canadian Music Week (Toronto, ON) - TBD May 7-13th
Our Escape release show @ Warehouse (St. Catharines, ON) - May 19th
Downtown Milton Street Festival (Milton, ON) - June 2nd
Springlicious Music Festival (Niagara Falls, ON) - June 3rd
My Son the Hurricane @ Warehouse (St. Catharines, ON) - June 9th
Brooklyn-based Typhoid Rosie delivers punk/indie grit with pop hooks. They've been featured in HuffPost, Paste Magazine, AXS, Buzzfeed, Baeble Music, Pop Dose, She Knows, The Big Takeover and more.
The band's upcoming third LP, This Is Now,' is the follow-up to 2013's 'The Music Album' and 2015's 'Hearts Bleed Goodbye.'
Rosie Rebel: Vox
Matt Kursmark: Guitar
Steve Capecci: Bass
Phil Wartell: Drums
Christian DeMarco: Guitar
The members of Vinyl Theatre know firsthand that music has the power to bring people together because it happened to them. Music is how they met, it’s what they bonded over, and it’s what has transformed their lives. Since officially forming in 2012, the Milwaukee-based quartet has gone from being college students who revered bands like The Killers, Two Door Cinema Club, The Shins, and Death Cab For Cutie to coming into their own as artists themselves, building an impressive following for their buoyant synth-based alternative-pop sound. Vinyl Theatre’s use of social media, including uploading tracks from their independent EP Chromatic one by one over a period of months onto SoundCloud, proved to be a savvy tactical decision.
“Whenever we would tweet that a new song was uploaded to SoundCloud, our fans would play it non-stop, which pushed it to trend on the site,” explains drummer Nick Cesarz. “And once you’re trending, everyone sees it.” That led to attention from venerated indie label Fueled By Ramen (Fun., Young The Giant, Paramore), which signed them and will release their eight-song debut Electrogram later this year. Vinyl Theatre tell the story of having their lives changed through the songs on Electrogram, writing about being so inspired by music that it practically hurts (first single 'Breaking Up My Bones'), finding their passion in life and going after it ('Gold'), and persevering now that they’ve found that passion ('Shine On'). Sonically, the songs pulse with kinetic dance-friendly energy that is informed by their mutual camaraderie and sheer joy in the creative process.
“Our goal as a band is to share this experience,” says singer and guitarist Keegan Calmes. “We want to share what we have. It's hard to share a relationship, but we want to show people our bond, and hopefully they will form that bond with each other as fans and become friends. I met all of these guys through music. It brought us together and we want to do the same for others.”
Vinyl Theatre’s origins are rooted in a seven-year friendship between Calmes and keyboardist Chris Senner, athletes who met at a cross-country track meet during their junior year of high school. Senner approached Calmes, a star runner who would go on to win eight All-Americans and three national titles, and said, “So you’re Muskego’s best runner? I’m going to kick your ass today.” “He’s kind of a jokester and was trying to psych me out,” Calmes says. “I was kind of mad, like ‘Who the hell is this kid?’ and I beat him by two minutes. After the meet, the two got to talking and discovered that they were both were musicians. Calmes began playing guitar at age ten and singing at 15. Senner began taking piano lessons at age eight, eventually spending eight to ten hours a day practicing with the goal of being a classical pianist. It was hearing The Killers’ Hot Fuss that changed everything for them. “That was when I completely fell in love with pop music,” Senner says. “That album was my rock,” Calmes says. “It’s what I return to whenever I want a refresher about the craft of songwriting.”
The first time Calmes and Senner hung out, they wrote two songs right away. “I had never really written with anyone else, and I was kind of guarding all my music like, ‘I don't trust anyone,’ but immediately, the chemistry was there,” Calmes says. “I’m very structured in how I write, but what impressed me about Chris is that he’s kind of off-the-wall. He brought that missing factor for me.” Says Senner: “Keegan is just super-talented when it comes to structuring ideas, writing hooks, and seeing the full picture of a song and what direction it needs to go in.”
To complete the band, Calmes and Senner recruited two friends of Senner’s, his childhood buddy Josh Pothier, who took up the bass in middle school and spent hours jamming with Chris from the age of 12, and Nick Cesarz, who began playing drums in fourth grade. He met Senner in a music theory class. “Nick has always been the prodigy,” Calmes says. “He could have gone on to do anything with music, been a classical percussionist. What I love about him is that he wanted to be in this band.” Says Nick, “I studied percussion performance in college and I got sick of reading notes on a page. It just wasn’t for me. You can only interpret something so many ways. But with these guys, I get to create something.”
Despite the fact that Calmes was attending college in Colorado, the four began exchanging ideas over Skype and practicing whenever Calmes was back in town. “One night after a show, Nick said, ‘I don't think that you should go to school so far away.’ He'd never spoken up like that. And I was like, ‘What do you mean?’ And he said, ‘I just think it's foolish. I think that we have something big here.’"
Turns out Cesarz was right. Calmes transferred to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and “that’s how this thing got serious,” he says. Since then, Vinyl Theatre has released two independent EPs, performed many local headlining shows, and supported such national acts as Royal Teeth, Parade of Lights, Five Knives, and twenty-one pilots, whom they got to open for after winning a battle of the bands at Marquette University last year. “After the show, the singer Tyler [Joseph] gave me a big hug, and said, ‘Just keep going, man. Keep doing what you're doing.’ They’re one of my favorite bands, and that meant to the world to me.”
The infectious spirit of that encouragement is something Vinyl Theatre hopes to put out in the world themselves with their music. “Emitting a happy, energetic vibe is so key to us because this is what we love doing, and when we write, that's how we feel,” Pothier says. “And we just want that happiness to spread to other people because we love life and we love doing what we do.”
VOWWS’ 'Under The World' LP, out now on Anti-Language Records
LA-by-way-of-Sydney, Australia industrial/dark pop duo VOWWS are premiering a new video for their song "Structure of Love" on Grimy Goods.
The track appears on the band's recent 'Under The World' LP, which was recorded with Kevin McMahon (SWANS, Titus Andronicus, The Walkmen) and is out now on Anti-Language Records.
'Under The World' is streaming on Spotify at: https://open.spotify.com/album/5NpNFHad7QE7n82smGN1W9?si=Oof3NQ_FQsWMr_ey3VMWtA .
Costa Rican born Rizz, one half of the duo that makes up VOWWS, says: “The theme of isolation is strong in a lot of the stuff surrounding this release. Parts of this video were shot on location in Bombay Beach and The Sultan sea. If you read up on what happened there it’s pretty nuts. For some reason we always seek out the places that time forgot, so we rented an old vintage RV, very basic with no toilet or water, just a shell we could drag around and sleep in."
She adds, "This song is about paranoid love, obsession, idealization and the hopelessness it can bring. We couldn’t truly confront those ideas and do what we needed to do with anyone else around to help. We couldn’t have a hotel room lined up either or think about anything besides what we were doing so we took some shrooms and went for it. It was all pretty surreal, I couldn’t remember much of what happened until we got back home two days later and was able to look at the footage.... I was like wtf... but we went with it and created this sort of psychedelic desert nightmare.”
VOWWS is playing their first local show since returning from tour tonight (May 4) at The Echo. See additional shows below.
May 7 @ The Echo LA
May 31 @ Lethal Amounts Gallery LA
(Jesse Draxler “Misophonia” release party and art opening) feat. DJ sets from Chelsea Wolfe, Joshua Eustis (Telefon Tel Aviv) and Rizz of VOWWS
June 15 @ The Lash LA
July 27 @ Resident LA
VOWWS' 'Under The World'
1. You Never Knew
3. One or the Other
5. Structure of Love
6. Wild Wind
7. Agents of Harmony
8. Inside Out
9. Forget Your Finery
10. Charm and Demand
What others are saying about VOWWS:
"VOWWS isn’t a band that allows for a definitive genre: the tracks are industrial and synth-filled, yet with eerie undertones that make the mood foreboding enough to rival the catchier elements...a strange concoction that explores everything from dark new wave to dreamy synthpop."- Cvltnation
"...heavy, mysterious, sinister but inviting, brimming with dark sexuality that'll have you scrambling for your leather jacket and vintage black light before the first chorus."- Pop Matters
"...a guitar-heavy, strung-out take on industrial music with nods to your favorite '80s goth kings."- Miami New Times
"...the Los Angeles based duo Vowws, are becoming a formidable force in electronic music."- Post-Punk
"...shadowy, distortion-filled pop songs.."- Cool Hunting
"...their modern gothic songs are rife with the tension of international and personal unrest"- Black Book
"VOWWS are here to fk you up..."- Vanyaland
" Together, the duo craft a booming industrial sound, heavy percussion and synths darkening a subtly pop structure."- Consequence of Sound
With their new album, 'Under the World,’ VOWWS craft their dark pop masterpiece - a cinematic, stylish and menacing statement of intent. Drawing upon influences as diverse as classic western, electronica, surf rock, metal, and film music, the enigmatic duo weave disparate threads of cultural influence together into a tapestry of drama, imagination and surprising warmth - only to deconstruct them again in front of your ears.
Under the World was largely recorded with friend, mentor and engineer Kevin S. McMahon at his New Paltz, NY studio - building upon a symbiotic relationship formed while piecing together their debut, 2015’s The Great Sun - a dirty, grinding and swaying work featuring guest appearances by electronic music legend Gary Numanand Swans’ percussionist Thor Harris.
This time around VOWWS took on a more prominent role in producing and mixing the record, but the timeless influence of McMahon and his weatherworn New Paltz studio/barn is still present. Under the World deliberately eschews any obvious Post-Punk and Industrial tropes, instead allowing space for its stylish hooks, direct vocals and rich textures to shine. It was released on the band's own label, Anti-Language Records on March 2nd, 2018.
LA-based, Long Island, NY native Scott Waldman is what you might call a true renaissance man. The musician/artist manager/a&r executive and host of the weekly show Waldman Words (heard on Idobi Radio) has a lot on his plate and he wouldn't have it any other way.
The former bassist of pop punk outfit The City Drive (Sony) and guitarist/frontman of Lido Beach has turned his experience as a touring and signed musician into a major asset for his management clients and his numerous other endeavors.
With first-hand knowledge of the ins-and-outs of the ever-changing music industry, and a clear vision of how to help musicians further their careers, Waldman has built up an impressive roster of clients that consists of recording artists (Boomtown Crooks, Filmspeed, Jess Coppens, formerly of Mirror Eyes/FLOODS etc), music producers (Alex Arias, Curtis Douglas, Dave Dominguez and Kim Shattuck) and comic Steven Briggs.
Recent partnerships with Rolling Artists, an exclusive producer/writer/session musician firm, have helped him expand and grow his roster further.
Waldman's popular weekly podcast Waldman's Words, heard on pioneering internet radio site Idobi Radio, has given Waldman an additional platform with which to help and nurture new artists, to give exposure to developing talent, and to talk with assorted industry tastemakers, gatekeepers, and influencers about the latest developments in the music business.
Additionally, Waldman recently signed on as a senior A&R executive with newly launched LEGEND Recordings where he will help to discover and sign artists across multiple genres.
Over the years, Waldman has also spoken at a number of industry conventions and events. He also tours occasionally and plays shows at venues around L.A., both as a solo artist and as singer/guitairst in two-piece 90s cover band The Seattles.
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Young Thieves are an electro-indie/pop four-piece from New York City featuring Alexandra Amor (vocals), Dmitry Libman (guitar/keyboards/production), Andrew Lynch (guitar/keyboards) and Johnny Coryn (drums).
The band has just released their debut single "What You Want" which is available to stream at: https://youtu.be/f_jSbJh5VVg.
"I love this record, it puts a nice plot twist on the typical Cinderella story — which is very true to who I am," says Alexandra. "The girl goes after a boy (or girl for that matter), and it’s important to not fall into society's standard gender roles. This song plays out as an important reminder: if you want it, go get it!"
She adds, "This music video is so special, we took elements from the Black Mirror's"San Junipero" episode — From having this new age 80’s blacklight make-up house party to the entire video being shot in one take transitioning from this eccentric 80’s fantasy land and reality…. Also, WYW is a visual extension of what you could typically expect if you were to hang out with us… Dmitry and I hitting on the same girl, Andrew with his guitar shredding and Johnny coming in and making everyone laugh air drums & moonwalking Excited to share this work with you all!”
"What You Want" is also available on all digital platforms.
Alexandra’s impeccable blend of the vocal pop capability of Christina Aguilera and the raw edginess of Amy Winehouse, makes her the perfect match for this tenacious new group. The music showcases a synthesizer-laden and pop sensible style, with catchy melodic hooks atop chic instrumental production. This anthemic quartet is ready to make their mark and push new boundaries in the music industry.
Young Thieves began their live imprint by performing to a sell-out crowd at New York City’s historic Webster Hall. Amidst other select performances and showcases, they have continued writing and recording with producers as Matt Squire (Ariana Grande, Kesha, Demi Lovato), Jonny Fung (American Authors) and Andy Tongren (Young Rising Sons), pushing the envelope in preparation of their debut EP, which will be out later this year.
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/weareyoungthieves
Website - http://weareyoungthieves.com