Portland punks Abolitionist have releaseed their fourth LP, The Instant. The album is available for purchase at: https://abolitionist.bandcamp.com/album/the-instant-lp-2018.
Recorded in 5 days at Supernatural Sound Studios in Oregon City, Oregon, by engineer Robert Bartleson, and mastered by the mighty Jason Livermore at The Blasting Room, The Instantcompiles 12 punchy tracks, drawing sonically from a variety of punk and hardcore influences. The album also explores (through yet another dystopian storyline) the human tendency to follow the herd in the name of lofty ideals -- often at the expense of individual freedom, if not human life.
The album art & layout was done by Horsebites (Fat Wreck Chords, Epitaph, The FEST), who previously did art & layout on the band's first and third LPs.
The album is streaming in full on New Noise Magazine: https://newnoisemagazine.com/stream-abolitionist-instant/.
Check out their recent Bridge City Session here:
Formed in 2009 by vocalist/guitarist Dustin Herron, Abolitionist had a continually shifting lineup over the years before settling on the current lineup of Jeremy Dunlap on lead guitar, Joseph Mohler on bass/vocals, and Sean Rule (of the nineties east coast punk band, Plow United) on drums.
The Instant comes on the heels of three previous full-length vinyl LPs (all of which follow a dystopian storyline of some kind), and a tour around the western United States last summer.
With a 2.5 week tour planned for this upcoming July, Abolitionist is ready to charge into an increasingly unsettling future with nothing but two guitars, a bass, a drum kit, some amps, 146 combined years of life experience, and a couple of boxes of vinyl records for sale (maybe some shirts, too). Shit's fucked, so let's blow some eardrums.
7/11 – Portland, OR (Black Water) (all-ages)
7/12 – Sacramento, CA (Press Club) (21+)
7/13 – Berkeley, CA (924 Gilman) (all-ages)
7/14 – Los Angeles, CA (Cafe NELA) (21+)
7/15 – Fullerton, CA (Riff Mountain) (all-ages)
7/16 – San Diego, CA (Tower Bar) (21+)
7/17 – Las Vegas, NV (The Garth) (all-ages)
7/18 – Flagstaff, AZ (Green Room) (all-ages)
7/19 – Albuquerque, NM (Moonlight Lounge) (all-ages)
7/21 – Denver, CO (7th Circle) (all-ages)
7/22 – Fort Collins, CO (Surfside 7) (21+)
7/23 – SLC, UT (Beehive Collective) (all-ages)
7/24 – Nampa, ID (Rose House) (all-ages)
7/25 – Reno, NV (TBA)
7/26 – San Francisco (The Knockout) (21+)
7/27 – Arcata, CA (Outer Space) (all-ages)
7/28 – Eugene, OR (Pizza Planet) (all-ages)
1. The Instant
3. A Little Animal Liberation Never Hurt Anybody
4. Up Rising, Together
5. The Movement
7. Never Wanted This
8. Everything's Great (But We're Still Shit)
9. Failed Projections
10. Totally Bonkers
11. What If ... ?
12. Lonesome Death
"Brooklyn-via-Michigan singer-songwriter John Bee has been making waves...."- Paste Magazine
"There’s something about indie folk that makes you so damn happy, and the latest from American Opera is no exception."- Idobi
"Maybe one of my new favourite records of 2017."- Thinking Lyrically
American Opera, the creation of NYC singer-songwriter John Bee, has dropped his debut full-length, "Small Victories."
The album is available for purchase here: http://www.2lin.cc/smallvictories
American Opera has toured the U.S. and Canada as both a solo act and with a full band, playing shows with the likes of The Avett Brothers, Josh Ritter, Cursive, Murder By Death, Owen, and William Elliott Whitmore and on Vans Warped Tour, Bledfest and more.
1. Small Victories
2. Sand & Seed
3. Sailor's Song
4. Monsters Among Men
7. Jack Pine
8. Dear Devil
9. An Empty Cup
11. Songs I Used to Sing
About American Opera:
Incremental progress. Monumental setbacks. Small victories. This is the story of American Opera. More than a record, Small Victories is a collection of moments, both devastating and victorious. Ominous nostalgia confronts hopeful reemergence. Sonically, think Manchester Orchestra meets Ryan Adams, Brand New meets Langhorne Slim — polished stones in a bed of gravel and grit. The result is a stunning eleven-song rollercoaster exploring a complete spectrum of emotion and experiences. It is an album of dynamics — a perfect balance of the fragile and explosive. By the end, we’re reminded that sometimes the small victories were all that mattered in the first place — and that the silver linings were not just that after all, but rather small glimpses of a larger hope that can sustain us through even the most miserable of seas.
Aree and the Pure Heart Release New Song "Gasoline Heart"; Debut LP Coming Soon
"It’s easy to see this song fall in line with the interests of acts like the Gaslight Anthem, Ryan Adams, Bruce Springsteen, and the like. Good luck getting that out of your head!"- Rock Cellar Magazine
Atlanta rock n' roll/punk outfit Aree and the Pure Heart has released a new song titled "Gasoline Heart."
Stream the song on Youtube: https://youtu.be/DJXNKkOnCPo
and Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/7kzNhpVeWS5AcuJNiakuX0?si=0QqDipLwQLyJJYJNCxGeJA.
Aree tells Rock Cellar Magazine, “Gasoline Heart deals with the life changing experience of having my daughter undergo open heart surgery at 4 months old. Her birth awakened in me a sensation of life that just begged for more. The grief and heartbreak of dealing with her health, coupled with her vibrant recovery has inspired me every day of my life. The song reflects these feelings of suffering through the worst and emerging boldly to bleed life dry for every bit of goodness it has to offer.”
Gasoline Heart will appear on the band's upcoming debut full-length, which will be released via Wiretap Records.
Aree's debut EP "Heartstrings" was released in September 2015 and has garnered plenty of attention, leading to a recent opening slot for Descendents.
Get more familiar with Aree and the Pure Heart at https://areeandthepureheart.bandcamp.com/
Follow Wiretap Records at https://www.facebook.com/wiretaprecords.
Beans On Toast Releasing 10th Studio Album 'A Bird In The Hand' December 1st
LP Produced By Mumford & Sons' Ben Lovett
Achingly Beautiful New Single/Video "Another Year" Out Now
Album Now Available For Pre-Order
British folk/indie singer-songwriter BEANS ON TOAST is back with a new studio album, “A Bird In The Hand”, set for release on December 1st.
Album pre-orders are available at https://beans.lnk.to/BirdInTheHand .
In commemoration of what will be his 10th studio long-player, Beans is leading the charge with an achingly beautiful new single straight from the heart: ‘Another Year." An ode to both his Dad and his daughter, both of whom feature in the video for the song, you can watch it right here: https://beans.lnk.to/AnotherYearYT
Watch for Beans On Toast to announce North American tour dates in 2019.
Sticking firmly to his tradition of releasing a new album on the same date each year, 2018 was always going to be a big deal for Beans on Toast with this year seeing his 10th album release. To celebrate the landmark anniversary, Beans got back in touch with Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons, who had produced his first album a decade ago, and together they hatched a plan.
Utilizing the hospitality of Lovett (whose band were spending much of their time at London’s legendary Church Studios making their next record), Beans found himself enjoying the same incredible facilities during off days and late nights, to lay down "A Bird In Hand," along with with the help of in-house engineer, Riley MacIntyre.
Calling in mutual friends, Ben and Beans arranged a team of incredible musicians, including Mumford & Sons’ live drummer Chris Mass and Dutch artist Christof van der Ven on guitar. Ted Dwane offered bass on a couple of tracks, and Ben himself took up piano and production duties to bring a clear, contemporary, and unique vision to the Beans’ songs. The result is arguably Beans on Toast's finest album to date. The album is diverse, easily switching between folk ballads, punk bangers, and swing numbers without ever losing sight of itself or it's listener.
A lot has changed in the years since the debut album, in both the world and also in Beans' personal life, this is reflected in both the sound and the subject matter of this new album. Most notably in the stand out track and third single 'MAGIC', a song about the birth of his daughter earlier this year. An emotional and honest account of what can usually be a difficult subject to tackle, Beans achieves this without being crass or soppy, almost a trademark of his these days.
Songs about his daughter are scattered through the album, such as the aforementioned first single 'ANOTHER YEAR,' and 'HERE AT HOMERTON HOSPITAL' an ode to the East London institution where she was born and its wonderful staff.
There are no songs about getting intoxicated and, surprisingly, not a single profanity on the entire album. This wasn't purposeful and was actually pointed out after the album had been mastered. However, that doesn't mean Beans has run out of things to say about the world. 'BAMBOO TOOTHBRUSH' tackles the catastrophic plastic pollution disaster we're living in and second single 'ALEXA' looks at the future of voice-activated Internet and oncoming Amazon world domination. It's funny but thought-provoking, another one of Beans trademark.
Over the course of his huge career Beans has become something of a cult national treasure. What seemed like a throwaway festival act has evolved into something much more important, a voice of truth and honesty, cutting through the bullshit. A consistent and reliable modern-day troubadour, not afraid to speak his mind. Always touring, always writing, recording and releasing music. Playing every festival under the sun and always, always, telling it like it is.
When asked if he thought this was a political record Beans said:
"I think everyone already knows where I stand on Trump and Brexit, and if not, they can listen to my last two albums. This album is more personal I guess, focusing on family and the world on my doorstep. That's where my heads been this last year"
Speaking of the song 'MAGIC' Beans said:
"I've been playing this song live for a while now, and it definitely strikes a chord. More than any song I've ever written, I think. After my shows, the conversations used to all be about after parties or ecstasy, now more often than not it's about parenting or newborn babies. Which is fine with me"
And commenting on working with Ben Lovett
"I have so much respect for Ben. I couldn't quite believe he said yes when I asked him if he fancied doing another record. I presumed he'd be way too busy, but somehow he managed to find the time. I thought he was joking when he said he'd sorted it for us to work in The Church Studios. Not only were we in such a legendary space to record, but we also had all of Mumford's guitars and instruments set up, mic'ed up and ready to go. It might just be the biggest blag I've ever pulled. Punching well above my weight. The sessions had a really special magic about them and Ben took my songs into new waters. I'm well happy with the record. I can't wait for people to hear it. I also can't wait to make another 10 records."
'A Bird in the Hand' is a celebration of love, life, family and the world in which we live. It's about appreciating what we have and in that, it is a triumph.
PRE-ORDER ‘A BIRD IN THE HAND’ HERE:
Beans On Toast will be touring the U.S. in support of ‘A Bird In The Hand’ in 2019.
FOR MORE INFORMATION :
i / https://www.instagram.com/beans.on.toast/
Official Store / https://beansontoast.lnk.to/ABITHshop
Before Their Eyes is a post-hardcore band from Findlay, Ohio. Founded by vocalist Nick Moore, the name of the band is taken from the New Testament verse Romans 3:18: "There is no fear of God before their eyes." Their second album, The Dawn of My Death, was released October 28, 2008. The album reached #10 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. Their third album, "Untouchable", was released March 16, 210. The album reached #22 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart. Their fourth album "Redemption" was released March 26, 2012 and reached #29 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart and #30 on Billboards Top Christian Albums Chart.
The band has played many tours, including: Warped Tour 2011, "Spring Break Your Heart Tour" with Forever The Sickest Kids, Tonight Alive, We Are The In Crowd & Breathe Carolina, "The Bangover Tour" with Bless The Fall, the "Coaxial Flutter Tour" alongside Saosin, In 2009 with headliners Silverstein, Norma Jean, and Bless The Fall, the Hot N' Heavy Tour alongside Drop Dead, Gorgeous, and He Is Legend, the Artery Across The Nation Tour with A Skylit Drive and Four Letter Lie, the Black on Black Tour with Escape the Fate, the Scream the Prayer Tour in 2008 with Here I Come Falling, and Agraceful,and the One Moment Management Tour with Eyes Set to Kill, and LoveHateHero. Their first tour ever was the Rise Records tour with The Devil Wears Prada, Drop Dead Gorgeous and Dance Gavin Dance back in 2007.
Belmont Announce Headline Tour with support from Rarity and Stickup Kid
Debut Full-length Album Coming Soon
Chicago's Belmont have announced dates for Part 1 of what's being billed as their album release tour, featuring support from Rarity and Stickup Kid.
Pre-orders for their long-awaited new full-length will be available June 15th at www.mutantleaguerecords.com or at the merch table on each stop of the tour. Additonal album details will be announced soon.
Dates for the summer tour kick off June 24 in Detroit, MI and run through July 19, with additional dates to be announced.
Hailed by Rock Sound Magazine as "quite possibly the next great pop-punk band", Belmont has been racking up miles and fans through consistent touring with the likes of Have Mercy, Hot Mulligan, Capstan and more.
6.24 - Detroit, MI - Sanctuary
6.25 - Erie, PA - Basement Transitions
6.26 - Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place
6.27 - Syracuse, NY - Spark
6.28 - Albany, NY - Jupiter Hall
6.29 - Wanaque, NJ - Wanaque First Aid Squad
6.30 - Long Island, NY - Revolution Bar
7.1 - Brooklyn, NY - Kingsland
7.2 - Richmond, VA - Canal Club
7.3 - Fayetteville, NC - Drunk Horse Pub
7.4 - Jacksonville, FL - Nighthawks
7.5 - Orlando, FL - Soundbar
7.6 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
7.7 - Memphis, TN - Hi-Tone
7.8 - Springfield, MO - FOH Lounge
7.10 - Austin, TX - Come And Take It Live
7.14 - Tempe, AZ - FiftyOne West
7.17 - Las Vegas, NV - House Show
7.18 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Loading Dock*
7.19 - Denver, CO - Salon Ocampo*
*No Stickup Kid
Boys Of Fall Release New "Heartbreaker" Video; 'Better Moments' LP out October 26
Catch Them On Tour Now
Detroit, MI's Boys Of Fall have dropped a new video for "Heartbreaker," a track off their upcoming album "Better Moments," out on October 26, via InVogue Records.
Check out the video here: https://youtu.be/hTuRIKW5K_o.
Frontman Michael Martenson says, “"Heartbreaker" is a twist of the catchy pop punk we always tried to do mixed with a new pop style. It pushed our boundaries as musicians and is a message to those who stopped giving us a chance, told in a way most people can relate to. It’s fun, it’s intense, and it’s impossible to not nod your head to.”
He adds, “To sum up 'Better Moments' into one word, I’d use “Honest”. We went through so much as a band and as people over the past two years, and this album is a mix of all those emotions and experiences blended with a style of music we felt was different, yet pushed the boundaries of what we were always trying to do.”
Catch Boys Of Fall on the road with Abandoned By Bears and Youth Fountain through October 25 and on the InVogue Records Tour with In Her Own Words, and Ky Rodgers October 26-Nov 20.
Boys of Fall on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/6zZwR50bgANU9OU9Yaki1f?si=HVJIfBRBSvSzryr4-iSOfA
IVR tour ticket link: www.invoguerecordstour.com
Ontario, Canada musician Braden Barrie (who often records under the name SayWeCanFly) has launched a crowdfunding campaign in support of his new full-length albums "Limitless" & "Beautiful Mess" which are available now for preorder. 5% of all sales will be donated to To Write Love On Her Arms, in support of suicide prevention and awareness.
In a message to fans, Barrie says, "If you choose to support my campaign, you are literally helping me create these songs, videos, and the opportunity for them to be heard louder than anything I've ever released. Whether you have followed me for years or this is the first time you found out I existed, these albums belong to you just as much as they belong to me. If we can get these out into the world the way that I plan to, it will only grow our potential to leave a positive mark on the universe."
Check out the IndieGoGo campaign and video here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/saywecanfly-braden-barrie-two-new-albums-music#/
Constantly releasing new content & connecting with his listeners, Braden's social media following has grown from nothing to collectively over a million in just a few short years. To date, his songs have been streamed over 30 million times and sold more than 130,000 copies.
After dropping out of high school to pursue a life on the road, Braden has played shows for hundreds of thousands of people across North America, the UK & Europe. He has released a total of seven studio albums including his first full length "Between The Roses" which sold over 10,000 copies and hit the Billboard charts.
In both 2015 & 2016, Braden was given a spot on the entire Vans Warped Tour; the largest touring festival in North America, where he played alongside bands like Pierce The Veil, Bebe Rexha, Sleeping With Sirens, Riff Raff, Sum 41, Metro Station, New Found Glory and Good Charlotte. His music videos began receiving airtime on MTV along with being featured in print magazines such as Alternative Press, Rocksound, Kerrang & Guitar World.
Braden continually pushes the limits on what it means to write from the heart by sharing pieces of his journey through music.
After a brief stint on Epitaph Records, Braden is currently working to release his next two full-length albums independently through his own record label, Purewolf Records.
To request interviews, more information, please contact Mike Cubillos Earshot Media email@example.com
The band is touring all throughout the US in support of the new record. See dates below.
Check out the band's latest video for the song "Hard Liquor" on New Noise: https://newnoisemagazine.com/bumpin-uglies-hard-liquor-video/.
What people said about Bumpin Uglies' last album 'Keep It Together':
"Because of the vast influences the album contains, there really is something for everyone. If you don’t check this album out, not only will you be missing out on one of the best albums of the year… you will be missing out on listening to one of the best bands of the last few years."
- The LP Collective
"Keep It Together is a collection of hard-nosed reggae rock ballads. The lyrics are extremely honest, and Hardesty sings each song with fire in his breath. Bumpin Uglies effectively change tempos throughout the album, building up to would-be-moshes, then slowing down the beat to allow our heart rates to settle back down....It’s an album with no-frills attached, just candid, clever lyricism mixed with high volume reggae punk rock." - The Pier
"With their steady stream of live shows, EPs and full-length LPs and DIY ethics they’ve managed to leave other stagnant bands in their dust. “Keep It Together” is the culmination of that hard work and effort that they’ve put forth and it definitely shows. In my opinion it is easily their best album." - ReadJunk
"...a very good album and the laid back reggae/ska grooves on here will certainly help eke out the last remaining sun rays and brighten up the start of autumn."- The Punk Archive
APR 3 Louisville, KY- Zanzabar
APR 4 Toledo, OH- Ottawa Tavern
APR 5 Cincinnati, OH- Urban Artifact
APR 6 Cleveland, OH- Beachland Ballroom
APR 7 Grand Rapids, MI- Founders
APR 8 Chicago, IL- Beat Kitchen
APR 13 Frostburg, MD- Dante's
APR 14 Pittsburgh, PA- Rex Theatre
APR 19 Brooklyn, NY- Brooklyn Bowl (w/ Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime)
APR 20 Baltimore, MD- Rams Head Live
APR 21 Patchogue, NY- Stereo Garden LI (w/ Badfish, Bumpin Uglies, and Oogee Wawa)
APR 22 Stroudsburg, PA- Sherman Theatre
APR 23 Harrisburg, PA- Abbey Bar
APR 25 South Burlington, VT- Higher Ground (w/ Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime)
APR 26 Portland, ME- Aura (w/ Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime)
APR 27 New Haven, CT- Toad's
APR 28 Syracuse, NY- The Westcott Theater (w/ Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime)
About Bumpin' Uglies:
Bumpin’ Uglies was formed by lead singer/guitarist/songwriter Brandon Hardesty in 2008, when he set out to create a sound and an approach that was unique and immediately identifiable. It’s the same thing every artist says that they want when they form their band, but Bumpin’ Uglies are the rare act that does stand out in every way, making them utterly memorable to everyone the come across. They incorporate many styles into their music, with a major emphasis on ska, reggae and punk. But they don’t really care what bucket you want to put them in, either you love ‘em or you don’t—it’s your choice to join the party or sit outside instead; and It’s always more fun in the party.
With three full-length LP’s, a live show LP and two EP’s under their belt, Bumpin’ Uglies prolific studio work is the product of continuous song writing and a desire to keep putting out fresh material for their ever-growing fan base. They achieved national recognition with the release of their 2011 LP “Free Candy”, and they have continued to gain momentum with each subsequent release, including “Load in-Load Out” (live show LP), Ninjah Reggae Assassins (LP released in 2013 which reached #1 on iTunes Reggae chart), and EP’s “Freak Out Hell Bus” and “Sublime with No One”, both released in 2015.
Bumpin’ Uglies match their output in the studio with a road-warrior approach to touring that makes it seem as though they rarely come off the road. To date, they have completed 8 national tours, and dozens of regional tours. They have toured as direct support for Ballyhoo! and co-headlined a tour with Bastard Suns, moving effortlessly between punk and reggae crowds who flock to Bumpin’ Uglies in equal measures. Their touring dossier is topped off with some major festival experience, including California Roots in 2014, the Rombello Cruise in 2013 and Warped Tour in 2012.
Bumpin’ Uglies have proven every existing maxim about hard work paying off in the last several years. Their DIY ethic coupled with their grassroots approach for building a major national fan base makes them the epitome of punk rock, but that description sorely sells their music short. Bold, a bit brash perhaps at times, but Bumpin’ Uglies name, their songs and their work ethic get a definite point across: they make music their way, enjoying a freedom that is easy to aspire to, but most difficult to achieve together with success. In this day and age of political correctness and people growing more uptight and offended by the minute, it doesn’t take long to realize that Brandon and Bumpin’ Uglies “Eff you/can do” attitude makes them stand separate and apart as a band. And their fans love them for it.
CHAD PRICE (ALL, Drag The River, A Vulture Wake) - One Week Record
Available exclusively at oneweekrecords.com on August 21st
Stream a new track on New Noise Magazine
Chad Price, legendary frontman for ALL, Drag the River and most recently A Vulture Wake, has joined the One Week Records family. This is Chad’s second solo release and the first One Week Record produced by guest producer, Chris Fogal (The Gamits, The Bombpops). Behind the scenes, Fogal has been a One Week fixture since the beginning, mastering every label release to date.
“Cold and distant, but strangely welcoming”, this album highlights everything we love about Chad Price; not only his songwriting and musicianship, but unconditional admittance into his heart.
Stream "Ice" by Chad Price on New Noise Magazine: https://newnoisemagazine.com/stream-chad-price-ice/.
Digital Release Date: August 21st on oneweekrecords.com
Pre-order here: https://www.oneweekrecords.com/releases/chad-price/
Vinyl Release Date: TBD
One Week Records is a digital-based record label from Joey Cape(Lagwagon, Bad Astronaut, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, and more).
Releases are available for streaming and download at www.oneweekrecords.com.
Follow Chad Price on Instagram: www.instagram.com/chadprice_
Homeskool Prom Records/Warner
What is courage? When you’re a young rock ‘n’ roll band—courage is throwing yourself into your music fully and completely. It’s stepping onto a stage and just given’r. It’s touring new places far from home, and opening up, scars and all, to your fans. Courage is saying what you really think. It’s being unafraid of change, of becoming who you really are.
Courage My Love is all of these things.
The Kitchener, Canada band consists of twin sisters Mercedes Arn-Horn (vocals, guitar) and Phoenix Arn-Horn (drums. vocals) with their friend Brandon Lockwood (bass).
Call them a power trio, pop-punk, alternative metal. As you wish. They grew up on it all. But while you are jumping around and banging your head with abandon, don’t miss the message: They have no appetite for destruction. They do not seek to destroy. No, Courage My Love is here to uplift, inspire.
Becoming, the band’s new EP, produced by Chris Perry in Toronto, is eight tracks bled out of Courage My Love during a period of exciting changes. “Our first EP For Now came out when we were 17,” explains Mercedes. “When you’re our age, a lot can happen in two years.” Yes, many good things. Like heavy rotation on MuchMusic/MusiquePlus, more than 3.8 million YouTube views, and being on Alternative Press Magazine’s list of the Top 100 Bands to Know in 2012. “Before we went on tour we’d never been away from home,” says the guitarist. “You meet all these new people, and you learn about yourselves. We’ve all grown a lot. That was the inspiration for Becoming.”
Opening track “Skin and Bones” captures the fear and longing of leaving something behind. “We’re too old to die young,” they sing over thunderous beats, the heart of the matter. Hard- knocking first single “You Don’t Know How” cranks it up, intense and defiant: “Find out I’m strong enough on my own now.” By the time the EP closes with the haunting ballad “Dark Wood, Dark Water,” about finding the one thing that pulls you out of the darkness, Courage My Love’s mission is clear: rock out, be happy, stay true.
For this next generation of musicians, that means truly embracing social media. With their popular DIY podcasts and viral videos, Courage My Love not only connect with fans, they reveal more of their true selves. It’s all part of what they do best. “This whole band is about being yourself,” says Phoenix. “You don’t need to play by the book to be successful. Being a girl isn’t that big of a deal in music anymore. You don’t need to have a certain look. Break the rules, stand apart.”
Dad Brains: Punk Rock For Dads and the People Who Love Them
New Track ("Baby Jail") Premiering on New Noise
California's Dad Brains have announced plans to release their self-titled debut EP on Friday, June 16, just in time for Father's Day Weekend.
The Oxnard/Ventura, CA-based band of punk rock dads, is comprised of ex-members of such notable punk/"Nardcore" bands as No Motiv (Vagrant Records), The Missing 23rd (Sessions Records), Creep Division (American hardcore/punk band that featured members of Good Riddance) and The F-ing Wrath.
The song "Baby Jail" is premiering today on New Noise:
Buy Dad Brains merch and pre-order the EP at: http://dadbrains.bandcamp.com.
Baby Jail lyrics:
Im so hungover but didn’t have a drink and I feel so tired that I can’t even think. I’m so confused and feel stuck inside, I need to get outside....
baby....jail. Baby....jail is this the drunk tank? Baby Jail.
I think I need a break.
Go..I’m finally outside to breath the fresh air but then I get a text and read it with a stare, the babys kinda fussy can you come back in, I need to take a shower, I feel like I’m in....
About Dad Brains
It all started in the fall of 2017. Reformed drummer turned singer Pat Pedraza became a Daddy at the ripe age of 40. Being of Latino descent, he was a bit late in the game...but none the less, his emotions skyrocketed with love, fear, anxiety, and all that stuff New Daddies think of when they realize that it’s not about “you” anymore.
After bringing his sweet little 7-lb,11-ounce girl home, the real work began. Sleepless nights, dark clouds of hormones showering him, baby poop everywhere, breast milk taking over the freezer and even his mother-in-law sleeping on the living room couch; he was then inspired...Inspired to do something great...something only a handful of people do when they have loud inner melodies banging on the side of their head...he decide to sing in a band.
On drives to the store he would shout out lyrics and thoughts that would swirl around in his Dad Brain. He would not only think about the struggles of being a dad, he felt the joy. The joy of seeing her first smile, and the raw love he felt while holding his new baby girl. He then called up his old buddy Matty who he knew from old punk rock bands and who is also a father of 2. Pat knew Matty would understand what he was going through, so they decided to start writing songs...and what a couple hour journey it was. Power Chords and mouthed drum beats were naturally flowing with no effort. Sing-along punk melodies were filling the room...Ohh yes...It was pure magic. They then decided to recruit another new daddy and “Nardcore scene legend” Johnny Boy Crerar, to put his punk rock roots to the test on the skins-and he didn’t disappoint...the fast parts were faster, the dance parts were dancier, and the mosh beats were moshier...wait, are those even words? Anyway, Johnny called up his friend Craig, a former bandmate to play bass....yes he’s a Dad too. He’s also a pretty cool guy who has a big beard.
Ready to rock, the new band decided to get longtime friend and multi-talented producer Roger Camero (No Motiv, Silver Snakes, The Velvet Teen, The Warriors) to record their first self-titled EP. To their amazement, they ended up with 5 punk rock gems that totaled less then 10 minutes...I mean, seriously? What more could you ask for...Amazingly catchy songs about the struggles and love of parenting. Need I say more? Ok, I will.. When Pat noticed his daughter would jump up and down with a huge smile in her jumper as he played the Dad Brains song “I’m Old” he knew the songs were special... It was basically a recording home run folks. So now that the story’s told, Here’s our demands....
Dad Brains songs must reach the ears of Dads across the globe. Dads will feel comforted and relieved knowing that they’re not alone. Hold up though...Dad Brains won’t leave Moms and significant others out...these songs are for YOU and everyone to enjoy. Dad Brains will try to release an EP every Father's Day for the fact that people might go into some sort of Dad-Like withdrawal if they don’t have new Dad Brains songs to sing. There will also be no curse words in the songs, as Dad Brains wants to set a good example for the little ones. Heck, the band might even put out some Christmas songs. They might even play some shows, that is, if they’re home before bath time. Who knows what this band is capable of? With Dad Brains, the sky’s the limit, and almost anything is possible.
Dad Brains is:
Dad Brains Facts:
Dad Brains first EP will be released to the world digitally Friday, June 15th 2018.
Previous bands the guys were in-No Motiv, The Missing 23rd, Creep Division, The F-ing Wrath.
All members of the band are married and love their wives.
Pat is now 41 and his back is starting to hurt.
Johnny Boy is vegetarian and doesn’t even eat fish oils.
When Matty was a kid, he wore a Filth T-shirt and the tightest pants anybody has ever seen.
Ever since Dad Brains started, Pat has only seen Craig one time.
Craig and Johnny’s former band had the F word in it.
They have all played in touring punk rock bands. Some bands were told they were emo.
What have people said about Dad Brains so far?
Is This Real? Can I buy a shirt for my husband? F-ing Amazing. Take my money please! Holy Bleep?!?!.....
These are all true. Dad Brains don’t lie, it sets a bad example.
Dad Brains Disclaimer.
We’re all in this together! Let’s be the best parents we can be, the best kids we can be, the best partners we can be, the best people we can be, and know that we sometimes fail, but Dad Brains keep going... Dad Brains lead with love... Love for family and friends, love for the struggle and love for the mosh....We are..
Montreal's Dear Youth
Announce Details for New EP 'You Could Wish Me The Best' out June 29 on Anchor Eighty-Four
New Song Premiering on Substream
"...the Montreal-based quintet sounds like they’ve been ripped from the peak of the mid-aughts — only more carefully constructed and ready to be that band for a new generation of kids. It’s high drama mixed with slick guitars and hooks that are bound to get even passive listeners singing along."- Substream
Stream "Out of Sight, Out of Mind"
Montréal, QC pop punk band Dear Youth have announced a June 29 release date for their upcoming EP 'You Could Wish Me The Best' on Anchor Eighty-Four.
Stream a new song "Out of Sight, Out of Mind" on Substream:
Pre-order the EP at: http://anchoreightyfour.com.
The band will be touring Canada this summer. Watch for dates/venues soon.
JUL 14- Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground (w/ Real Talk)
About Dear Youth:
Dear Youth is Canadian Pop Punk/Emo band from Montréal, QC who formed in December 2015 by Jared Zuckerman, Brendan Pilon, Jacob Saray, Eduardo Fonseca Arraes and Devon Cleary all with the similar interest of writing songs that just felt good.
The band released their debut EP titled, Over the Bridge, in October of 2016. The lyrics address the feelings of loss and youth, the challenges of adulthood, growing up and the changes that accompany these times. The name of the band reminds us to look at our own youth with dear nostalgia while looking ahead and figuring out what we are missing.
Dear Youth's sound possesses clear ties to the staple bands of the late 90's and early 00's as listeners can draw influences from Blink-182 to Taking Back Sunday, yet the band has been able to bring this iconic sound into 2018 packing its own punch and feel.
The band signed with Anchor Eight-Four in March of 2018 and released their first single and music video "Fair Warning" shortly after.
Band's Sophomore LP 'Sonder' Out April 27
Wolverhampton, UK rockers Dearist are premiering their new single "Fool's Heart" off their upcoming sophomore full-length, 'Sonder,' out April 27 on Spartan Records.
Check out the track on Substream: https://substreammagazine.com/2018/03/premiere-dearist-fools-heart/.
Guitarist Chris Tucker says: "This song was a lot of fun to write. Our process in writing has always been to craft the song instrumentally first, melody and lyrics to follow. Instrumentally, I personally wanted to lay a foundation that exploits (vocalist) Adam’s knack for an infectious hook in the chorus but still retain the Dearist sound. When the lyrics and melody were added to this song, we all knew we had something special in "Fool’s Heart."
Pre-order 'Sonder' at: http://spr.tn/sonder.
All pre-orders include an instant download of the song “Drowning” and "Fool's Heart" as well as the band’s newly remastered debut album “This House Has No Windows.”
Dearist has announced a short run of UK co-headline dates with Leeds' The Lock & Keys, which run April 27-29. See dates below.
4/27 - Leeds, UK - Temple of Boom (The Meatlocker)
4/28 - Luton, UK - The Castle Tavern
4/29 - Wolverhampton, UK - The Giffard Arms
The UK has always been a breeding ground for rock bands with unique sounds and massive hooks. Enter Wolverhampton's Dearist.
Dearist started life as a solo studio project in (lead vocals / guitars) Adam Binder's basement fueled by a creative need to put together an album of songs he wanted to hear. Hundreds of hours of writing and recording would lead to Adam putting together the current 5 piece line up and the 2015 debut album This House Has No Windows. The album gained the band some notable fans in Jeremy Bolm (Touche Amore) and Geoff Rickley (Thursday).
The band would go on to spend 2016 travelling the length and breadth of the British Isles playing to anyone that would give their unique blend of emo, grunge, and alternative rock the time of day. Regular touring saw the band cultivate a healthy fan base across the UK and their 3 guitar onslaught quickly gained themselves a reputation for being the loudest band on the scene.
"Coming from Wolverhampton is both a blessing and a curse" says drummer Jimmy Taylor, "Wolverhampton was once voted the 5th worst city to live in the world. On one hand it sucks that we live in this dying city where nothing ever happens and where there is no music scene. However on the other hand, because there is nothing going on in our local area, it has always forced us to go and look for music from every corner of the globe and from different eras. Those records then find their way into our songwriting. You’ll find nods to 90's alternative like Oasis and Stereophonics, you’ll hear influence from 2000's emo like Bayside and Taking Back Sunday, but then we're trying to mash that up with something more modern. Something you maybe haven't heard before."
Alongside the live shows, Dearist spent 2016 penning ideas for album number two and in January 2017 Dearist hit the studio to record the drums for 12 songs that would make up their sophomore release. The boys then took those drum tracks back to Adam's home studio and spend the next 12 months teasing them and working them into the album that has become to be known as Sonder.
"The idea for the album title Sonder came really late in the process" says Adam, "I realized I was writing a lot of the lyrical content from other peoples perspectives. I had lyrics based on a friend that took his own life. I was singing about what it would feel like to be in a car accident, lying there waiting for the ambulance. I had a song about how my Dad must have felt when he suddenly got taken really ill. I came across this article about new words that came about in 2017 and the word 'Sonder' was in there. Basically it is the realization that everyone else is living a life as complex as your own, full of joys and sadness. It really encompassed the overall feel of the album."
"I had a really clear vision of how I wanted this album to feel and sound" says guitarist Lee Jarratt. "I love those albums, where you put them on and its non stop bangers. Albums like Take This To Your Grave by Fall Out Boy, Jimmy Eat World’s Bleed American, Bring Me the Horizon’s That’s The Spirit and the Taylor Swift 1989 album. I wanted to create an album like that, where it just didn't let up, full of choruses and hooks."
Dearist is a true DIY beast. Not only does singer Adam and drummer Jimmy take on the recording side of the band, but guitarist Lee shoots and edits all the band's music videos. Now armed with a strong sophomore release, a brand new label, and a thrust to tour, 2018 is looking to be a great year for Dearist.
SONDER - "the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own."
DEMONS (Project of Longtime Mae Guitarist Zach Gehring) Releasing New EP 'Made In The USA' This Friday Via Spartan Records
New Track ("Lever") Streaming on Revolver
"...a six-minute trip through hell and back, each new section of the cut feeling like its own mini-song."- Revolver
Demons, the Virginia Beach-based heavy music project started by longtime Mae guitarist Zach Gehring, is releasing a new EP titled 'Made In The USA' this Friday via Spartan Records.
An epic 6 minute track titled "Lever" is premiering today on Revolver: https://www.revolvermag.com/music/hear-demons-featuring-mae-guitarist-rage-new-hardcore-burner-lever
Demons tour dates:
10.25 - Tallahassee, FL - The Wilbury (Pre-Fest 4)
10.26 - Jacksonville, FL - Jack Rabbits w/ Thunderpussy
10.27 - FEST
10.28 - Carborro, NC - Cat's Cradle Backstage w/ Lemuria, Bethlehem Steel
Following the release of the band's 'first EP, 'Great Dismal', and debut full-length 'Embrace Wolf, 'Demons returns with the 'Made In The USA' EP on Friday, October 19.
More praise for Demons:
"...Simply put, it's a banger..."- Loudwire
"...a mix of Hot Water Music’s aggressive punk and Queens of the Stone Age’s hypnotic hard rock, but it also has too much spirit to just be boiled down to a couple comparisons."- BrooklynVegan
"...deserves your full attention."- AltDaily
Discrepancies blends elements of alternative rock, metal, and hip hop to create a unique sound that you won't forget. With heavy rock riffs, rap verses and sing along chorus' the group creates a truly special work of art. The music video for the band's single "Art Of War" is out now via the InVogue Records YouTube channel http://youtube.com/invoguerecords.
Metcalf adds, "'Art of War’ is metaphor comparing love and war. It’s a story of betrayal. Being in a relationship is a war that you and your significant other fight together side by side as soldiers. Inevitably, an obstacle is thrown at you, leaving you injured. Your partner can either stick it out with you or leave you behind. In the absolute worst case, your partner joins the other side. This song is my interpretation of your soldier joining the other side.”
Chicago has long been a breeding ground for great indie labels, and it's time to add a new one to the list.
Dodgeball Records, co-founded by Chris Messer, frontman of Chicago band
Showoff and his wife Dani Messer, and recently joined by longtime friend Mike Felumlee (Smoking Popes/Alkaline Trio/Live From The Rock Room), runs like a family business. The label was created out of an intense passion and love of punk music, the musicians and the community around it.
Chris says, "Some people think we are crazy (My wife and I) for starting a label. Personally, I know we are crazy, but starting a label has very little to do with that. We are a team, we have been a team and we will always be a team in everything we do. The bands we sign to Dodgeball Records will also be part of that team."
He adds, "Our goal is basically to build a brand that represents our core values. Those values are integrity, honesty, transparency (which is not very label-like if you have ever been on one- especially major labels), loyalty, treating each other like a functional family and having everything we do be a labor of love instead of it being done for the love of money."
"Don’t get me wrong here, we are also a business and to function as a business you have to make money, but we want to be successful while ensuring our bands are as well. We intend to be a label that nurtures its artists, gives them encouragement and puts money into marketing them, doing all we can to help them become a success and maybe most importantly giving them a home where they feel appreciated and important. Mostly for us, we’d like to build the community back to where it was when I was playing in Showoff in the 90’s, by nurturing relationships with independent record stores, other artists and other labels with similar values. A community that helps one another, isn’t part of the “ME” culture and is more about an “us” culture.. I’m hoping that extends to the communities around us, our artists and our fans."
Dodgeball Records' first release will be an EP from new signing, Indianapolis pop punk band Amuse on August 4th, to be followed by a long-awaited new LP from Messer's beloved late-90's band Showoff this fall. Additional signings will be announced in the days/weeks/months ahead.
Facebook - www.facebook.com/DodgeballRecords
Twitter - @DodgeballRCS
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/dodgeballrecords/
LA-Based Duo FTRZ Releasing 'The Ocean Park EP' on August 24
New Single "Models" Track and Video Now Streaming
LA-based duo FTRZ, the new project of musician/actor Chet Hanks (son of Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson) and his collaborator, musician Drew Arthur will release 'The Ocean Park EP' on August 24.
Pre-order 'The Ocean Park EP' here: http://ftrz.merchnow.com.
The first single is available now on all digital platforms.
A music video for the first single "Models" premiered yesterday on Billboard and is now streaming at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUSsZlQYTQo&feature=youtu.be.
The duo's moniker is derived from the fact that they had originally intended to “feature” on each other’s songs, before joining forces.
Hanks, who started rapping in 2010 while attending Northwestern University, is currently co-starring on Empire (playing the character Blake) and Shamelessand in the upcoming World War II drama, Greyhounds. He has also appeared on Curb Your Enthusiasm and a number of other projects.
Drew has been performing in bands since he was a teenager and has opened up for acts such as 30 Seconds to Mars, Angels and Airwaves, and My Chemical Romance.
They met coincidentally through a mutual friend in 2016 and quickly bonded over their love of music and their shared sobriety, both having struggled with substance abuse.
The new single “Models,” highlights this shared past and how their sobriety and recovery has had a profound impact on their lives.
Hanks says, "Models is about the journey through our past of substance abuse that lead us to be the better people we are today. How the wrong path can lead you to the right path if you make a change."
GET MARRIED'S 'Songs For The Sleepless' LP Out Now on Asian Man and Wiretap Records
San Jose’s Get Married just released their new LP 'Songs For The Sleepless' and you can stream it here:
Praise for Get Married:
"While the stylistic influence that Elvis and the Beach Boys have had on Get Married is clear, it's just the jumping-off point for the six-piece San Jose-based outfit. With deep roots in the South Bay's DIY punk scene, Get Married also effortlessly incorporates power pop, metal and soul into a much more modern and expansive take on the genre. Encompassing the rollicking rhythms of rockabilly, the emotional depth of doo-wop and a love of guitar solos that betrays a certain hair metal influence, the band conjures a sense of nostalgia for the past without ever descending into sappy cliches."- MetroActive
"Musically speaking, the fuzzy indie rock influence of early Weezer shines through in both the guitar sound and worshipful nods to their classic song structures seem to lurk just out my mental reach. This seems to be tightly entwined with the raw, searing melodic punk rock of Samiam and the heavily rock n’ roll influenced shy boy power pop of River City High and a hint of Teen Idols."- Apathy and Exhaustion
"Get Married continue to hit you with perfect poppy punk moments that are tempered with a more rock ‘n roll sensibility to keep them away from the pop punk packs well trodden and predictable path."- The Punk Site
"The song is rambunctious, and there’s definitely a punk aesthetic bleeding into the energy of the track. The music video is a wild ride of feeling isolated and alienated even on earth." The Alternative
Stream 'Songs For The Sleepless' here: http://hyperurl.co/oqnlw7.
Check out the video for "Cinnamon Sugar" here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPrp85TpMuQ
Somewhere beyond the prying eyes of the city, out by the roadside chapel, there’s an intersection where parallel roads overlap. Lovers and loners. Elvis and Ozma. Alkaline Trio and Iron Maiden. Here, they all cross paths. Legend says that if you stand at the center, close your eyes, give yourself up to fate and take what comes, then you will hear two words echo through your head. Get Married.
Get Married are eternal optimists. Teens of nowhere who lie dreaming in leather jackets. Awake in a bedroom, they listen to the rain and sing ballads of the night you met.
In 2016 the band released the Into the Cosmos 7” on Wiretap Records, a four song EP that celebrates everything about having, holding, longing, and losing.
[Since then, they’ve fine-tuned what heartstrings they have left for their first full-length. Due out on August 17th via Asian Man Records and Wiretap Records, Songs For The Sleepless finds the band doubling down on every bet they’ve made, going for broke in a night race to destiny.]
For Get Married there’s no fading out. You either make it to the other side, or you crash and burn. And if you’re out there now, by the roadside chapel, take a chance. Step into the crossroads, close your eyes, and listen. If you do, you just might hear them as they tear by into the night.
Piano-centric, punk & jazz aka “Billy Joel on Meth”
Gods of Mount Olympus originally formed as a duo when Brian Wahlstrom met Paul Rucker through a mutual friend, Joey Cape of Lagwagon. Wahlstrom, a founding member of Scorpios and keyboardist for Joey Cape’s solo projects, was writing songs that required aggressive piano and fast and heavy drums. Realizing the sound was not complete without guitars, Brian reached out to his neighbor, Steve Morris (Unwritten Law) and most recently Matt Riddle (No Use for a Name) to play bass. The band is best defined as piano-centric, punk rock jazz…AKA “Billy Joel on Speed”. With a lineup stacked with punk rock veterans, united by a completely original sound, this project has all the ingredients for greatness.
The band's self-titled record will be out Feb 16th, 2018.
Brian Wahlstrom - Vocals, Piano
Steve Morris - Guitar
Paul Rucker - Drums
Matt Riddle - Bass
Additional tour dates to be announced soon!
Rude Records is proud to announce the release of Got It Made, the long-awaited new EP from Southern California punk rock heroes GUTTERMOUTH, due out on July 15 worldwide in collaboration with Bird Attack Records.
With their first new material in ten years, Guttermouth is poised to add a new chapter to their legacy as one of punk rock's seminal acts. Known for their short, fast and loud songs, outrageous antics and offensive lyrics, Guttermouth has attracted plenty controversy over the years. In other words - They are punk rock as it's meant to be.
Want to have a taste of the new EP? The first single "I've Got It Made" is now available for streaming here.
In a collective statement, the band says, "After releasing 9 studio albums over the years, it’s sometimes hard to find new ideas and motivation, and life often gets in the way of creativity. A few of us had worked on some ideas in the years and talk started again on possibly releasing new songs, however, with the heavy touring schedule of the band, this proved very difficult. In the last 2 years something changed. While touring Australia in 2015, there was an opportunity to stay at a studio for a week in between legs of the tour. While staying at the studio, we were able to complete some of the ideas and record them as demos. Once back in the States we tweaked some of the songs once again. By then,we felt they were ready to be recorded properly. With no pressure of deadlines, we felt we were finally able to write songs we wanted to put out."
Guttermouth initially planned to self-release the new material in order to avoid interference and pressures from a label, but then the band started talking with their long time friend, Bird Attack Records owner Garrett Wadford, about the possibility of teaming with the label to record the new material and it seemed like a great fit. Bird Attack then joined forces with Rude Records which will release the EP globally. “Got It Made” is due out July 15th on Bird Attack / Rude Records.
Formed in Huntington Beach, California in 1998, Guttermouth was heavily influenced by the Southern California punk rock scenes of the 1980's which spawned bands such as the Adolescents, The Vandals, Social Distortion, Fear, Descendents, Angry Samoans, Bad Religion and Black Flag.
The band took these influences and developed their own style of fast, punk tempos with humorously sarcastic and offensive lyrics coupled with equally outrageous and offensive behavior, developing a reputation for chaotic live shows.
01 The Point
02 Freckles The Pony
03 I've Got It Made
04 A Punk Rock Tale Of Woe
05 Shitty Situation
06 Old Man
Belief can be a powerful thing. When shared even among a small group, possibilities remain endless.
That brings us to He Is Legend’s fifth full-length offering, few [Spinefarm Records]. The communal faith belonging to a cadre of musicians, artists, and fans brought the collection to life. That’s why the title, a nod to Madame Helena Blavatsky’s occult treasure The Voice of the Silence, feels so cosmically apropos for the Wilmington, NC quartet—Schuylar Croom [vocals], Adam Tanbouz [lead guitar], Matty Williams [bass], and Denis Desloge [guitar].
“This is dedicated to the people who supported us through everything,” declares Croom. “I was inspired by the words of Helena Blavatsky. She’s basically the godmother of the occult, and she dedicated one of her books to the few. Basically, that means the few that follow the way. I thought it was very fitting for what we do. It took just a few artists and a few thousand of our fans to come through and say, ‘Fuck yeah, we want you to do another record.’ We left it up to them.”
In 2015, He Is Legend wrapped up a marathon tour cycle for 2014’s triumphant Heavy Fruit with the likes of Maylene and the Sons of Disaster and Wilson. As songs like “This Will Never Work” cracked 370K Spotify streams, Heavy Fruit elevated the group to a new plateau with acclaim from Alternative Press, Revolver Magazine, L.A. Music Blog, New Noise, Ultimate Guitar, and many more.
Returning home, the boys allowed their audience to make a decision on what would become album number five…
“We started a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo,” Croom goes on. “If we met the goal, we’d do it. If not, we wouldn’t. It was all or nothing. The response was pretty overwhelming. We found new life, energy, and creativity in this as a result.”
With unique incentives like smoking jackets, amulets, and action figures, He Is Legend impressively raised 124% of their goal. During December 2015, the band retreated to a remote cabin in Carrboro, NC just 20 minutes from Warrior Sound: the studio where they cut both Heavy Fruit and It Hates You. The snowy setting and isolation instigated inspiration within Croom.
“The cabin was really pivotal for us,” he says. “There was no cell phone service. The couple that owned it had dogs and cats roaming free. It’s this nice place literally in the middle of nowhere. Rather than turning on the TV at night, we’d be sitting around a fire to stay warm drinking wine. It brought an element of darkness out of me. I was in a strange place, dealing with some personal and family issues. I channeled that as I was stuck in the snow lonely. There was this longing for summer. In my eyes, the cabin had more to do with this music than we would readily admit.”
This time around, the guys produced few with Warrior Sound owner Al Jacobs. They amplified every element of their signature style. Summoning ghosts of White Zombie, Soundgarden, and Nirvana, the riffs hit harder, the lyrics cut deeper, and the rhythms stick longer.
“We tried to go for a minimalist approach,” he goes on. “We wanted to focus on all of the aspects we’ve ever brought to the table. There was a lot of anger and hostility in the music. That mainly came out of us redefining what we used to do really well. Our sound has changed a lot over the years, but that’s important for us to grow. Our fans expect us to morph a little. There’s a little bit of all our previous records in this.”
few takes flight on the hypnotic guitars and haunting harmonies of opener “Air Raid.” It quickly blasts off into a gut-punching slam and powerful chant, “I don’t know why she’s out of breath at the door of death.”
“‘Air Raid’ hits you like the fucking end of the world,” he exclaims. “It’s pretty self-explanatory as far as the lyrics go. It’s about how the earth wants humans to be gone. We’re a fucking cancer. It could shake us off like a dog shakes off flees. It’s as political as I’ve ever gotten.”
“Sand” snaps into a barrage of distortion and percussion before slipping into one of the set’s most unforgettable choruses. “It’s the shortest song,” he continues. “It’s a banger that gets in and gets out. Lyrically, it’s about personal issues in my life I’ve been facing for a while.”
Elsewhere, the psychedelic elegance of “Gold Dust” unlocks another facet of the fours-piece. “That might be my favorite song,” he admits. “There’s always one song that pushes where we are and shows where we could go next—or might not ever go again. I used a lot of imagery from a story that a friend told me. He ate mushrooms and had a spiritual awakening. I wrote from his experience and weaved some of my own into it. It’s about trying to see again what you’ve seen when you’re under the influence.”
Completing the album, He Is Legend found the right partner for release in Spinefarm Records. Now, few are about to become many in 2017.
“I want fans to feel like this album is theirs since they were ultimately responsible for it,” Croom leaves off. “We had to make it perfect for them. It’s important for us to hug them and say thank you as much as possible. We accomplished something great through having a cult following that wanted us to continue. I think it’s important for people to know that and see this came to life because of them.”
Featuring Members of Western Settings, New Way On, The Newports
"Hey, Chels take their punk sensibilities and add a heaping dash of indie rock to the mix. You are not going to want to miss out on this band."- New Noise Magazine
Hey, Chels is a new band featuring Southern Californian musicians, Jacque Mendez (New Way On) on vocals and electric piano, Stephanie Presz (The Newports) on drums, Kevin White (Squarecrow) on guitar, and Ricky Schmidt (Western Settings) on bass.
The band's new self-titled EP was just released and was produced by Patrick Ryan Heaney (Cage The Elephant, Cold War Kids, The War On Drugs).
Stream 'Hey, Chels' here: https://heychels.bandcamp.com/album/hey-chels.
OCT 6th San Diego, CA @ Tower Bar w/ GPB, Coyote Bred
DEC 31st San Diego, CA @ LE New Years Show w/
JAN 1st Long Beach, CA @ Toxic Toast w/
JAN 2nd Sacramento, CA @ ??????????
JAN 3rd San Fransisco, CA @ Ivy Room w/ Reunions, Zipped In
JAN 4th Portland, OR @ TBA
JAN 5th Seattle, WA @ The Kraken
Hit The Switch (formerly Nitro Records) Release Album Teaser; New LP 'Entropic' out Sept. 25
Hit The Switch (formerly on Nitro Records) New Full Length: "Entropic” available Sept 25, 2018 on Bird Attack Records!
Here is a new album teaser for you to drool on:
Stay Tuned for pre-sale dates. Coming Soon…
Hit the Switch is a Southern California melodic, thrash, punk band formed in 2003 by Matt Hawks and Jerry Fenn. The band signed to Nitro Records and released “Domestic Tranquillity And Social Justice” in 2006. With multiple tours in the U.S. and Europe, and a self-released full-length titled “Observing Infinities” in 2009, the band went on to release a cover of Pink Floyd’s “Welcome To The Machine” and single track “Retroactive” in 2011. After a 7 year stretch, the band have returned with “Entropic” to be released on Bird Attack Records September 25th, 2018 on digital/vinyl.
Check out Hit The Switch's back catalog on:
Porterville, CA / Phoenix, AZ
Cam - vocals
Jordan - guitar
Dan - drums
It's not about sharing finances, or even art, it's about sharing Love.
This all started because we believe Love exists, and you deserve to experience it.
We believe in God, and we believe in Love. But also, we believe that if you don't believe in God, you still deserve to be Loved.
Love is not exclusive.
Findlay, OH based record company
Being As An Ocean
Famous Last Words
Let It Happen
Until We Are Ghosts
"It's Not Dead Festival Stays Punk as F__k "- OC Weekly
"The grounds transformed into a punk rock nirvana as the It’s Not Dead festival made its triumphant debut."- Press-Enterprise
"It's Not Dead proves there's still a lot of life left in punk"- AXS
"I never thought I’d see most of the bands on the lineup. Nearly every band is the equivalent of The Rolling Stones for the punk genre and seeing them all at once was nothing short of incredible."- LA Music Blog
"...brings together over 3 decades of punk rockers, giving many of us a chance to experience the soundtrack of our youth."- The Pier
Me First and The Gimme Gimmes have been added to the already stacked lineup for It's Not Dead 2.
One of the country's largest punk rock festivals, It's Not Dead is returning to Southern California's Glen Helen Amphitheater Festival Grounds, on Saturday, August 26, after a two-year break.
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes join previously announced co-headliners Rancid and Dropkick Murphys, plus A Wilhelm Scream, Buzzcocks, Channel 3, The Casualties, Down By Law, The Exploited, The Flatliners, GBH, Good Riddance, Guttermouth, The Interrupters, Kevin Seconds, Mad Caddies, Off!, Runaway Kids, The Selecter, The Toasters, Wraths, U.S. Bombs, Voodoo Glow Skulls and many more. See lineup below.
Kevin Lyman says, "Excited to announce the addition of Me First and the Gimme Gimmes to the festival lineup. Can't wait to spend another day in the sun with old friends getting back to our roots.”
All tickets are general admission are on sale now on the festival website.
Tickets are also now available for purchase with no service fees at Dr. Strange Records in Rancho Cucamonga, CA (7136 Amethyst Ave.) and Programme Skate and Sound in Fullerton, CA (2495 E Chapman Ave.) Kids 10 and under will once again be admitted free with a paid adult.
Returning to the festival this year are the pop-up art exhibition 'Art's Not Dead' and the 'Punks Well Read' book signing and literary area, both curated by renowned punk rock photographer Lisa Johnson.
Authors confirmed for this year's book signings, include punk rock icons:
Keith Morris of Circle Jerks/Off! (My Damage)
Jim Lindberg of Pennywise/Wraths (Punk Rock Dad)
Jack Grisham of T.S.O.L. (releasing a brand new book that day at the festival)
Shawna Kenney (Live at the Safari Club: A People’s History of HarDCore/I Was A Teenage Dominatrix)
Jeff Alulis (NOFX's Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories) with more to be announced.
The Art's Not Dead art show will exhibit and sell works from many of the underground scene's most acclaimed artists and photographers.
Additionally, there will be a 'Punk Swap' zone of unique and artisan finds under the big circus tent.
It's Not Dead has once again partnered with Rally Bus. Fans can now book seats for travel on a high-end bus to the festival, saving themselves from the hassles of driving, parking, and navigating traffic. Travel is better together with Rally! For more information, visit: http://rlyb.us/dead826
For additional details visit ItsnotDeadFestival.com.
What: It's Not Dead Festival
When: Saturday, August 26 (Doors Open at 12:00pm)
Tickets on sale now.
Where: Glen Helen Amphitheater Festival Grounds
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