Norwegian Noise Rock Duo Barren Womb Premiere New Song "White Raven" on Revolver; Sophomore LP 'Nique Everything' Out November 27
Timo Silvola (drums/vocals) tells Revolver, "The white raven looks quite different than other ravens. It is therefore shunned and looked down on by it’s own kind and falls easy prey to it’s enemies, making it the loser of the bird kingdom. It is truly the loneliest of all birds, never fitting in anywhere."
Tony Gonzahl (guitar/vocals) adds, "The song bearing it’s name got started from a part that we had been kicking around forever and that, like the bird, never fit in anywhere. We had kind of thrown it in the vault and forgot all about it. Then one day we spontaneously started jamming on it and it all fell into place in a matter of minutes. We soon ended up with catchy stew of noisey rock and alternative country. That was one hell of a good day!"
Arguably their most defining album to date, Nique Everything, will be released on November 27th via Spartan Records.
Nique Everything is available to pre-order now on limited edition vinyl and picture disc at the Spartan Records store.
Since 2011, Barren Womb have been raising both eyebrows and hell with their nasty swill of Punk 'n' Roll and Blackened Country Noise.
The follow-up to 2014's critically-acclaimed debut LP, The Sun’s Not Yellow, It’s Chicken, Nique Everything, sees the band further exploring soundscapes, instrumentation, and themes more commonly found in Country/Americana than in Noise Rock. Yet it still retains every ounce of energy and conviction the duo has been known for in the past.
Nique Everything was recorded live and mixed by Håkon Gebhardt (ex-Motorpsycho, Ida Jenshus, Home Groan) at Das Boot Studio in Trondheim, Norway and mastered by Alan Douches (Converge, Japandroids, Young Widows) at West West Side Music.
Look for the album on limited edition vinyl/picture disc and at digital retailers worldwide on November 27th and stay tuned to Spartanrecords.com andBarrenwomb.org for more info, new music, pre-orders, and
1. Make sure you get yr whole head in front of t...
2. Heap blame/put to shame
3. White raven
4. Piss jugs
5. Town's back the way you came
7. Man fucks burning goat
8. Devil run the game
9. You can't fire me, because I quit
10. Svart hav
What others have said about Barren Womb:
"...a clatter-banging blast of swaggering noisy punk in the vein of Refused's The Shape of Punk to Come. Theirs is a wall of sound that belies the two-man line-up and it doesn't hurt that there's the proverbial two tons of rocking fun included in the mix."- Decibel
"..like a more punk version of Kvelertak...But where Kvelertak take everything over the top with herculean bombast, Barren Womb aim to strip it down to its core. You’ll hear it immediately in their feedback-drenched, lo-fi production with a gritty, raw performance, and then you’ll be shocked to learn that all that noise comes from just two dudes (instead of six!), a drummer and guitarist, with plenty of cowbell and some Rolling Stones-style clinky piano overdubs thrown in for good measure. Gray-beards like us could also reference bands like Refused and The Bronx here, both of which are apt comparisons. But whichever way you slice it this stuff just plain rocks."- Metalsucks
"What would happen if Refused and Kvelertak had a raunchy, scorching one night stand after drinking one too many at the diviest of dive bars? You’d get a bastard love child named Barren Womb."- Metal Insider
"While having the stripped back, lo-fi delivery you’d expect from a two person outfit, the pair use it to deliver satisfyingly scrappy punk rock. Sounding a little like The Bronx if less than half of them showed up for band practice, the vocals are snottily spat out, but more often than not letting the riffs and primal drums take charge. The audio equivalent of basement shows and bloody knees."
"They succeed at creating a beautiful nugget of chaos..."- Punknews
"...full of energy and bravado...probably the best thing to come out of Norway since the last Kvelertak record....the sheer fact that two people can create such a multi-layered, impressive, technical wall of noise should be reason enough to check this record out.... like The Hives covering Refused..."- Bring The Noise
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Before Their Eyes
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.
Iconic Santa Cruz, California Act BL’AST! Has Signed with Rise Records and Has Just Released A 2-Song EP Entitled “For Those Who’ve Graced The Fire!”
Iconic Santa Cruz, California act BL’AST! has signed with Rise Records and has just released a 2-song EP entitled “For Those Who’ve Graced The Fire!”, the band's first new music in over 20 years.
Featuring core members Clifford Dinsmore, Mike Neider, Joey Castillo (Queens Of The Stone Age, Danzig, Eagles Of Death Metal, Wasted Youth) and Nick Oliveri (Queens Of The Stone Age, Kyuss), the band is joined on this new EP by their longtime friends Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana) on drums and Chuck Dukowski (Black Flag) on bass (who filled in for Joey and Nick due to touring obligations). The songs were recorded and mixed at Dave’s Studio 606.
The new EP is now streaming on the Rise Records Youtube channel.
Pre-orders are now available here.
BL’AST! has constructed a heavy, timeless musical onslaught that has stood on its own and has been proven with time, as evidenced by the number of modern bands that cite them as an influence.
In the late 80’s after releasing a trio of LP's on SST Records, the band went dormant for much of the 90's and early 2000's. In 2013, BL’AST! returned, teaming up with Dave Grohl for mixing duties and Southern Lord Records to release, 'Blood', a re-mixed and re-mastered version of the band's classic 1987 album, "It's In My Blood." A few tours later and with an itch to write new music, the band is officially back with their new EP, which is out now digitally and will be released as a 7” later this year.
BL'AST! members Joey Castillo, Nick Oliveri, Mike Neider and Clifford Dinsmore are currently working on a long awaited LP that will be released by Rise Records, with a release date TBA.
Broadcaster Releasing New EP 'Spin' on October 16; Now Streaming on Substream; Band Playing The FEST 14 on November 1
"The great thing about the ’90s being back in vogue is all of the people who grew up in the ’90s loving bands like Superchunk, Sugar and Jawbreaker and started bands influenced by that wave of fuzzy, catchy pop-punk can finally get the attention they deserve. To whit: Long Island trio Broadcaster, whose new EP, Spin (recorded by Iron Chic/Latterman guitarist Phil Douglas) is a delightful time capsule to a period in music when people willingly paid for music, social media didn’t exist and there was literally no better sound on the planet than that of a well-distorted guitar."- Substream Magazine
'Spin' will be released on October 16 via Jump Start Records. Pre-orders are available here.
The EP was recorded by Iron Chic's Phil Douglas at Hobo House and mixed by Jon Drew (Tokyo Polic Club, Fucked Up) at Taurus Recordings.
Broadcaster will be performing at The FEST 14 in Gainesville, FL on November 1.
An energetic bounce and sing-along-ready vocals are two of the most immediately noticeable qualities to Broadcaster's brand of pop-rock music. The three-piece have shown remarkable consistency in their output without releasing the same song or record twice. The result is something almost canonical- their discography is only a few releases long, but there is a well-worn feel to the music, a blend of modern punk and indie rock with a pleasant helping of 90s college rock influence.
Comparisons to bands like Jawbreaker, Superchunk, and The Weakerthans are inevitable but nonetheless favorable. Their most recent release, A Million Hours, recorded with producer J. Robbins, is a concise, fully-realized display of the catchy, fuzzy energy that Broadcaster have made their own.
Steady touring and consistent output of new music have helped the band grow in both popularity and songwriting prowess, and the band shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
'Spin' Track List:
1. Next To You
2. All The Wrong Reasons
3. Don't Say Much
4. Spin Around The World
Bumpin Uglies' 'Better. Faster. Stronger.' EP Out Now; EP Streaming on Purevolume; Summer Tour Kicks Off Next Week
The EP is streaming in its entirety on Purevolume.
In case you missed it, check out this recent video of front man Brandon Hardesty performing fan favorite "Get Back" on Guitar World.
The EP was tracked, mixed, and mastered by Ryan Cullen at Annapolis Audio Lab and will serve to tide fans over until the band's next full-length, which should be released later this year.
The Annapolis, MD trio launch their summer tour next week. Dates kick off May 17th in Indianapolis and run through August 12.
1. White Boy Reggae
2. Addictive Personality
3. Morning After
5. Live Your Life
6. Get Back (demo)
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 two 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.
Who is Bumpin’ Uglies?
Brandon Hardesty – Vocals, Guitar
Dave Wolf – Vocals, Bass
TJ Haslett – Drums
Burn It Up
Fusing elements of alternative rock, reggae, punk and ska, Rochester, NY’s Burn It Up is a band that is hard to classify. The 6-piece’s distinct sound reflects the eclectic musical backgrounds and styles of each band member and their shared influences such as The Police, Sublime, RX Bandits and Goldfinger.
Vocalist Joe Harmon explains, "We spend a lot of time trying to explore the boundaries of what genres like ska, reggae, rock and punk can do, mixing in elements of jazz, funk, and classic and progressive rock. We all have a wide range of tastes and influences, and bring those influences in to the writing process and our performances.”
Formed by members of club favorite Mrs. Skannotto, which went on to release 3 full-lengths and tour with the likes of Less Than Jake, Mad Caddies, Reel Big Fish, The Toasters, Flatfoot 56, and A Wilhelm Scream, Burn It Up will release its debut LP later this year.
Fans of Mrs. Skannotto will be pleased to know that this new incarnation of the band will pick up where it left off on 2014’s Outlier LP.
"The focus is on tight compositions, and further developing new ground explored on the last album,” says bassist Dan Carter. “The music itself is different. We keep evolving musically."
Joe Harmon - Vocals
Mike Frederick - Guitar
Justin Lloyd - Trumpet
Dan Carter - Bass
Evan Dobbins - Trombone
Alex Bochetto - Drums
Chase Huglin is an acoustic singer/songwriter from Fort Wayne, IN. His label debut “Glow” EP debuted April 28, 2015.
MA's Cold Collective, the new project from Tim Landers (ex. Transit, Misser, Off and On) and members of Defeater and November 5, 1955, is streaming "Feel Out", a new song off their upcoming debut LP “Bachelorette Party,” out this Friday, May 13th on Rise Records.
Listen to "Feel Out" here.
""Feel Out" always felt like the opener to the record, sonically and emotionally," says Landers. "It was my first stab at writing about what was going on in my personal life at that point in time- it's a lot about "feeling out" yourself and every situation you find that self in. This track is very layer oriented. If you take away any piece, it feels dull and underwhelming. Each element and sound, while they enter and exit as the song progresses, is vital."
“Bachelorette Party" was recorded with Jay Maas (The Dropkick Murphys, Title Fight, State Champs, The Menzingers).
Watch for the band on on tour this summer with Aaron West & The Roaring Twenties, Allison Weiss and Can’t Swim.
May 31 – Boston, MA – The Sinclair
Jun 01 – New York, NY – The Studio @ Webster Hall
Jun 02 – Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
Jun 03 – Syracuse, NY – The Lost Horizon
Jun 04 – Buffalo, NY – The Studio @ Waiting Room
Jun 05 – Cleveland, OH – Mahall’s
Jun 07 – Chicago, IL – Subterranean
Jun 08 – St. Louis, MO – The Firebird
Jun 09 – Nashville, TN – The End
Jun 10 – Charlotte, NC – Visulite Theatre
Jun 11 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
Jun 12 – Orlando, FL – Backbooth
Jun 14 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
Jun 15 – Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
Jun 16 – Oakland, CA – Oakland Metro House
'Bachelorette Party' Track Listing:
01. Feel Out
03. Away From You
04. No Escape
06. Wanna Change
08. Waiting On Me
Courage My Love
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.”
Bird Attack Records Re-issuing Counterpunch's 2011 LP 'Dying To Exonerate The World' on Vinyl Dec. 4; Includes 4 Bonus Tracks; Pre-Orders Launch November 10
Photo Credit: Etienne Dionne
On December 4, Bird Attack Records will re-release on vinyl for the first time ever, 'Dying To Exonerate The World', the 2011 sophomore LP from Chicago skate punks, Counterpunch.
Pre-orders will launch here on November 10. All vinyl orders include a download card for the whole album + 4 bonus cover and acoustic songs.
Formed in 2004 and featuring members of We Are the Union (Paper + Plastick Records) & Break the Silence (Hopeless Records), Counterpunch has played shows with Rise Against, Strung Out, Pennywise, NOFX, A Wilhelm Scream, The Swellers and many others.
Armed with a sound shaped by the mid-90's Epitaph/Fat glory days of skate punk, Counterpunch continue to carry the torch with a spin all their own.
The band just performed at The Fest 14 in Gainesville, FL this past weekend with Captain, We're Sinking, Laura Palmer and more, and will open for Strung Out at their "Exile In Oblivion" 10 Year Anniversary show in San Diego, CA on December 19.
What others have said about Counterpunch's "Dying To Exonerate The World":
"One lone guitar chord. Resonating for about 3 seconds. That’s all the time you’ll have to take a deep breath before the plunge into this spectacular roller coaster constructed by Chicago, Illinois’ punk rock group Counterpunch"- Dying Scene
"These 13 songs embody all that is good in the skatepunk/melodic hardcore/pop punk/whatever genre: stunning vocal interplay delivering the powerful lyrics; intricate guitar work backed up by a talented rhythm section, and hey, the cover art’s pretty nice too."- Absolutepunk
Nov 13 Franklin House Valparaiso, IN
Dec 19 Brick By Brick San Diego, CA (with Strung Out)
1. Heroes and Ghosts
2. High Tide For Internal Strife
3. The Great Regression
4. And Everybody’s Right (Asshole)
5. Constraints And Anchors
6. When The Curtains Close
7. We Believe
8. March of the Paper Tiger
9. Strings Of Destiny
10. A Raven’s Curse
11. So Long
The Beatles- I've Just Seen a Face (cover)
Ella Fitzgerald- Blue Skies (cover)
Counterpunch- Blue State Blues (acoustic)
Much The Same- Living a Lie (acoustic)
Dance Gavin Dance
Tilian Pearson - Vocals
Jon Mess - Vocals
Will Swan - Guitar/vocals
Josh Benton- Guitar
Tim Feerick - Bass
Matt Mingus - Drums
Orange County, CA
Vocals - Rory Rodriguez
Drums - Mike Karle
Guitar - Alex Polk
Guitar - Gino Sgambelluri
Bass - Andrew Sharp
Flannel Gurl Records
Foxy Shazam has never been good at following the rules, but the latest chapter in their rollercoaster tale is undoubtedly the most groundbreaking. Exploring musical territory only hinted at in previous releases, the band's latest album GONZO depicts Foxy Shazam in their most penetrating and exposed form. It is at once this phenomenal band's most soothing, searing, heavy, biting, dreamy, and generally jarring statement to date, in a career built upon unorthodoxy. Prepare yourself for Foxy Shazam in their most penetrating and exposed form, their characteristic grandiosity clearly evident but captured in a severe new light.
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
Remember when today’s middle-aged working stiffs were once young Generation X-types who were wearing ironic T-shirts reading “FREAK” or “LOSER,” words that mirrored their grunge-centric ennui? Then there was one band who made that pervading nihilism even more stylish by rocking black shirts with the word “zero” in silver glitter. But while the z-word has the capacity to taint test scores, bank balances and attempts at self-actualization in ways no other common integer can, it does represent more positive ideals. Consider the terminology used by project managers to herald the beginning of a big project: Year Zero. What’s the numerical equivalent used when someone uses the metaphor of “hitting the reset button” on their lives and/or careers? That’s right: zero.
For the members of Hawthorne Heights, the word (or number) isn’t the providence of losers, nor a bastion of stylish disconnection. Zero, the fifth album from the Dayton, Ohio, outfit, represents a positively incandescent future. Now aligning themselves with Red River Entertainment, Hawthorne Heights—singer/guitarist JT Woodruff, guitarists Micah Carli and Mark McMillion, bassist Matt Ridenour and drummer Eron Bucciarelli—are rising above their post-hardcore roots in ambitious measures. Overseen by producer Brian Virtue, Zero marks a wider breadth of the band’s capacity to create compelling work, regardless of the social implications found in certain music subcultures. (Translation: Team HH tossed the punk-rock rulebook into a wood chipper.)
“When people hear Zero, they’re going to be hearing a new band,” Eron Bucciarelli beams. “What we’re trying to accomplish is to reinvent ourselves and not be so attached to our history. I think there are elements of Zero that pay homage to Hawthorne Heights’ past, that we should by no means attempt to ignore. To a certain degree, we are the same people that wrote The Silence In Black And White. We’re just older now.”
While many of the participants in America’s post-hardcore sweepstakes have toiled in the underground with a mere modicum of success (if any), Hawthorne Heights achieved much in their 12-year existence. Since their inception in 2001, the band made heads swivel with their brand of melodic post-hardcore heightened by the interplay between frontman Woodruff’s “clean vocal” and the late rhythm guitarist Casey Calvert’s screaming. Their 2004 debut, The Silence In Black And White was not only a benchmark for the band (the release was certified gold-status), but also for the attendant “screamo” aesthetic both critics and fans credit the group with bringing into the forefront. 2006’s If Only You Were Lonely repeated gold-selling success for the band, further establishing them as a dynamic live act.
“I think for a lot of people, Hawthorne Heights were that bridge band that got people into more commercial acts like Green Day and Blink-182 to transition into more underground music,” Bucciarelli opines. “For one reason or another, we were people’s first introduction to screaming in music. So for better or worse, that’s one of the main things people think about our band. Maybe our contribution to the larger canon of underground rock is to be a segue into that underground world.”
After the untimely passing of Calvert in 2007, Hawthorne Heights carried on as a quartet, issuing two more full-length albums, Fragile Future (2008) and Skeletons (2010). But after extricating themselves from their last label deal, the band returned to the roll-up-your-sleeves, DIY aesthetic that got them on the post-hardcore radar all those years ago, recording, distributing and marketing two EPs Hate and Hope. “When we made those EPs,” Bucciarelli begins, “we had a chip on our shoulder. But all the while that we were angry, we still had a lot of confidence in ourselves and our ability to make music our fans wanted to hear. We were definitely a lot more optimistic for the future.”
In addition to marking a significant growth in the band’s artistry, Zero also represents the culmination of how Hawthorne Heights conduct themselves as a unit. Knowing full well that today’s bands are businesses through and through, each member was assigned a certain aspect of the band’s affairs, from recording and mixing, booking tours, merchandising and promotion. After playing with the band live for three years, longtime friend of the band Mark McMillion would become an official member. (“It made sense to have him with us,” figures Bucciarelli. “He’s a great guitarist, he can sing, and it’s nice to have another set of ears in the studio.”) The band decided that the follow-up release to their two EPs would be conceptual, with a story arc. “We wanted to make a grand album, something we’ve never done in our entire career,” says the drummer. “We focused on what songs would work toward supporting the story line, as opposed to front-loading the album with all the ‘best’ songs first. At first, there was some hesitation in the studio. ‘This is kinda weird.’ ‘Is this possible?’ We all came together and assured ourselves that we just had to commit to it in order to make it happen.”
The backdrop of Zero takes place in a post-apocalyptic, dystopian future where a totalitarian government (the Coalition Of Alternate Living Methods, aka CALM) systematically drugs the populace in order to keep them docile. The central protagonist awakes one morning to find his whole life completely decimated, as if he was dropped into the middle of a desolate vista of scorched earth and wasteland. The hero has to battle the government—as well as the constant barrage of memories that haunt him—in order to find answers. While the song-cycle format is an interesting departure for Hawthorne Heights, the songs are still vibrant, even when dissected from the greater concept. Tracks like “Memories Of Misery,” “Darkside,” “Golden Parachutes” and “Anywhere But Here,” contain equal measures of pop sensibility, as well as lyrical heft. But there are also touching and unnerving moments at play: The acoustic melancholy of “Hollow Hearts Unite” is a mix of altruist sentiment and helplessness colliding. The title track sports Woodruff’s wounded vocal and a guitar solo that wouldn’t sound out of place on a David Gilmour album. “Lost In The Calm” is a deathbed spectator trying to cope, set to a rapid beat that mirrors the song’s urgency. When you consider the current controversy surrounding the activities of corporations intersecting with government (stick “Monsanto” or “fracking” in your search engine of choice and see what happens) futures, Zero doesn’t sound like contrived fiction. In his role as both recording artist and doting father, Bucciarelli genuinely worries about these constructs.
“Some of the themes [found on Zero] factor into my daily thought processes of things, moments like, ‘Should I give my daughter this kind of food to eat,’ and on top of that thinking, ‘What can we do to stop this from happening?’ it’s kind of scary to most people, and that’s why a lot of these ideas have been branded as conspiracy theory—nobody wants to acknowledge it in a hear-no-evil, see-no-evil kind of thing. If some listeners associate some of the themes from this record to real-life situations and it opens their minds up, I think that’s definitely a good thing.”
It’s also a good thing that Hawthorne Heights are still out there. As one of the founding names in the foundation of post-hardcore/contemporary punk, the quintet are reinvigorated and ready to go where their new vision will take them, from the stage of this year’s Warped Tour to the rest of the world. It might sound like a self-deprecating quip, but the truth has a much greater resonance: The sum total of Hawthorne Heights’ parts equals Zero. And it’s far more valuable than mindless slacker nostalgia.
The fervidly charged, Kansas City-based Emo/Punk band Hazing has gained some traction recently with their anticipated InVogue Records debut release “Disconsolate”. Their single off the album, “Ghost Runner At Home”, proved to be a success gaining them a spot on this year's coveted “So What?!” Fest, and a rather large handful of fans to follow. Hazing has started to make a name for themselves in the scene, being compared to bands like Taking Back Sunday and modern-day pop/punk powerhouse The Story So Far, and even sharing the stage with high-caliber names like Citizen, Dance Gavin Dance, Hostage Calm, and SLAVES. Disconsolate follows up on the loss of a dear friend to the band and marks their return to the music scene, providing dark underlying themes combined with the “in your face” attack that modern pop/punk holds. Hazing has proved themselves to be a prominent name in the music scene and have shown that they have what it takes to compete with the big names in the industry.
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.
I Am King
Nate Newhard - Vocals
Sam Sky - Vocals
Justin Mitchell- Guitar
Dan Artim - Guitar
Jake Tacker - Bass
Tito Rivera - Drums
Findlay, OH based record company
Being As An Ocean
Famous Last Words
Let It Happen
Until We Are Ghosts
I See Stars
It's Not Dead Festival
It's Not Dead Festival Coming to San Manuel Ampitheater Festival Grounds in San Bernardino, CA on Saturday, October 10
35 Of Punk and Ska Music's Biggest Bands On Three Stages Including Bad Religion, Pennywise, Descendents, NOFX and Many More
Proving once and for all that the spirit of punk rock is alive and well, co-founders Kevin Lyman, John Reese and Live Nation's Rich Best have announced details for It's Not Dead Festival, which will feature 35 bands on three stages, including a mind-blowing lineup of punk and ska greats like Bad Religion, Pennywise, Descendents, NOFX, The Vandals, 7 Seconds, The Vandals, Bouncing Souls, Anti-Flag, Strung Out, Fishbone, H20, Lagwagon, Goldfinger, Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake and many more.
It's Not Dead will invade the festival grounds at San Manuel Ampitheater in San Bernardino, CA on Saturday October 10. Tickets will go on sale Monday, June 22 at 10am PST on the festival website.
Lyman says, "It's Not Dead Festival is basically any punk rock fans dream lineup. Where else will you be able to see all these legendary bands in one place, on one day?"
Reese adds, "The punk rock world will gather in San Bernardino this fall for a full day of music from some of the scene's biggest bands. We hope to see you there."
Best, says, "I've partnered with Kevin and John on many successful events over the years and I'm so excited to add this great new festival to the mix."
Early bird tickets will start at just $25.00 and will increase from there. The regular on sale price will be $42.50. Prices do not include ticket service fee or parking. On-site overnight camping is also available. Kids 10 and under are free.
In addition to the a jam-packed day of punk and ska music, the festival will feature an old-school skate/BMX jam, presented by Vans, which features such skateboarding legends as Mike Frazier, Steve Caballero, Christian Hosoi, Omar Hassan and Neal Hendrix along with pros Lizzie Armanto, Alex Perelson, Josh Borden and BMX rider Dennis McCoy.
Additionally, the festival will host an on-site art exhibition titled, 'Art's Not Dead', and a 'Punks Well Read' book signing area, both curated by renowned punk rock photographer Lisa Johnson.
The art show will exhibit and sell works from artists and photographers like Mark deSalvo, Dave Naz, Natalia Fabia, Lisa Johnson, B.J. Papas, Greg Attonito, Chris Shary, Craig "Skibs" Barker, Jeff Alulis, Jason Cardwell and many others.
The book signings will highlight such celebrated punk rock authors as Jeff
Alulis, Danny Bland, Cecil Castellucci, Jack Grisham, Shawna Kenney, Jim Lindberg, David Nazworthy, Christian Picciolini, John Roecker with Dylan Melody, Daniel Weizmann and Shanti Wintergate & Greg Attonito.
What: It's Not Dead Festival
When: Saturday, October 10 (Doors Open at 12:30pm)
Tickets on sale Monday, June 22 at 10am PST
Where: San Manuel Ampitheater Festival Grounds
Reel Big Fish
Less Than Jake
Duane Peters Gunfight
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.
FFO: Failure, Rival Schools, Jawbox, Hum
"...heavy, crunching, downtuned hard rock with ’90s post-hardcore undertones and a strong melodic sensibility. Basically, it sounds like J. Robbins singing for Quicksand—in other words, it’s totally f*ing awesome."- Substream Magazine
"...exploding with gut-busting rock and roll energy..."- The Key/WXPN
Philadelphia 4-piece alternative rock outfit Kiska --formerly known as Desoto Jones (Deep Elm), is premiering a new song titled "Tear The Dark Down" off their upcoming debut self-titled LP on Absolutepunk, which says, "If you yearn for the post-hardcore sound from the 90s then you're gonna love (it)."
The album, produced by Vince Ratti (Circa Survive, The Wonder Years, Superheaven, Balance & Composure), will be released tomorrow, October 30, on Spartan Records and is available for pre-order on limited edition vinyl hereand on iTunes here.
Named after the small, obscure and unpopulated island off the coast of Alaska, Kiska consists of Philly natives Owen and Adam Staszewski (vocals /guitar, respectively), Ean Kyler (bass), and Adam Francois (drums).
"It evoked an image in our heads of an isolated place separated by water from an already cold and isolated place [Alaska],” says Adam. “The mood and sound of the album is also a reflection of the name [Kiska] — heavy, majestic, desolate, and ominous,” adds his brother Owen.
Please stayed tuned to Spartanrecords.com for more information.
Off the coast of Alaska lies the Aleutian Wilderness, a chain of sixty four volcanic islands which form the northern cap of the Pacific Ring of Fire. Toward the western end of the chain, you will find Kiska — a small, isolated, and unpopulated land mass, noted mostly for its shipwrecks, bomb craters, and active stratovolcano. Despite its rugged history, a ceaseless pounding from both man and nature, the island itself remains unfathomably beautiful.
When it came time to name their band, Philadelphia-natives Owen and Adam Staszewski (vocals /guitar, respectively), Ean Kyler (bass), and Adam Francois (drums), felt a strong connection with the existence of this island.
"It evoked an image in our heads of an isolated place separated by water from an already cold and isolated place [Alaska],” says Adam Staszewski. “The mood and sound of the album is also a reflection of the name [Kiska] — heavy, majestic, desolate, and ominous,” adds his brother Owen.
Heavy, majestic, desolate, ominous. There are no beter words to describe Kiska’s self-titled, debut release. Leaving behind the more radio-friendly leanings of the quartet’s former band, Desoto Jones, the musicians reinvented themselves with Kiska, pursuing a heavier, more dynamic, and frenetic direction.
“Everything we’ve done in the past has shaped us,” says Staszewski. “Our past successes, mistakes, and missteps have all contributed to what we really wanted to be doing musically. We wanted to write an album that would speak for our new identity as Kiska and be a cohesive set of songs. It is really exciting to be a new band without dragging ten years of history behind us.”
In comparative terms, sonically the record falls in the general vicinity of bands like Jawbox, Failure, Rival Schools, and Hum — driving, dynamic, and aggressive, but with clean and resounding choruses. A delicate balance of space, power, grit, and color.
“We did our best to consider the role of all the instruments within each song,” says Staszewski, “as a four piece, we felt that each part was completely integral to the aesthetics of the song as a whole.” This palpable sense of simplicity gives Kiska the necessary breathing room to explore a full
range of dynamics — both musically and lyrically. While listening to the record, many curious lines (ex: “the earth is no place to be,” “am I dead or sleeping,” “your soul is too cheap to sell”) are presented as glimpses into an existence beyond our own.
“I’ve always had an interest in unexplained phenomena,” explains vocalist Owen Staszewski, “evenas a child, but it wasn’t until I got older that I realized there is something really big at play. These ideas of being unwilling pawns in an interstellar drama are woven thematically into the record —that combined with a sense of social unravelling, spiritual self-questioning, and the endless
endeavor of liberating oneself of the ever destructive human ego.”
Heavy ideas tackled on a heavy record — a formula reminiscent of a legacy of noisemakers from all eras.
Blair Shehan, Colby Mancasola, Sergie Loobkoff, and Edward Breckenridge
KNOTFEST Returns This Weekend
Set Times Announced For Over 50 Of The Biggest Bands in Heavy Music
Lineup Includes: Slipknot, Judas Priest, Korn, Bring Me The Horizon, Mastodon, Trivium, Corrosion Of Conformity, Clutch, Mobb Deep, Ghostface Killa, Cannibal Corpse, Suicidal Tendencies, GWAR, Body Count & Many More
Tickets Still Available
Metal Mulisha Fitz Army Freestyle Motocross Show Added
KNOTFEST returns to the San Manuel Amphitheater & Campgrounds in San Bernardino, CA this weekend with an unprecedented lineup of metal and heavy music titans, spread out over three days and nights.
The Slipknot-curated event, now in its third year (and second as a Southern California weekend destination festival), attracted over 50,000 fans in 2014, and this year will feature over fifty of the heaviest bands in the world, playing on five stages on Friday, October 23 (pre-party), Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25.
The weekend will feature performances from Judas Priest, Korn, Bring Me The Horizon, Mastodon, Trivium, Corrosion Of Conformity, Clutch, Mobb Deep, Ghostface Killa, Suicidal Tendencies, Cannibal Corpse, GWAR, Body Count and many more. Slipknot will close the Main Stage on Sunday night.
Set times for all stages have been announced and are posted below.
In addition to an unrivaled lineup of some of the best bands in the world, KNOTFEST is as always a sensory overload experience- and KNOTFEST 2015 will only up the ante. This year's festival attractions include the return of the Slipknot Knotfest Museum (curated by the band), plus the 'Ring of Fire Carnival Ride', the Street Drum Corps 'Blood Drums Experience', the 'Thunderdome Fire Area', the Knotfest Motorsports Park, featuring the Fitz Army Metal Mulishamotocross freestyle show and a monster truck exhibition, flaming carnival games, freaks, fire-breathers, stilt-walkers, craft beer and food trucks... and as always, for the members of Slipknot, the mission is to push the limits even further this time around.
KNOTFEST two-day tickets are still on sale at KNOTFEST.COM.
As with last year, a FREE, on-site pre-party will kick-off the weekend, on Friday, October 23rd. The party is open to all artists, as well as those that have purchased camping and VIP passes.
Doors will open at 12:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday, with music starting soon after.
Friday, October 23- VIP Pre-Party
The Faceless 9:25-10:00pm
Rings of Saturn 8:55-9:25pm
Saturday, October 24
Judas Priest 10:15-11:30pm
Corrosion of Conformity 5:20-6:00pm
STAGE 002/003 (ROTATING)
Body Count 3:55-4:35pm
At The Gates 3:10-3:55pm
Born of Osiris 2:35-3:10pm
Earth Crisis 2:00-2:35pm
Red Fang 12:50-1:25pm
Abysmal Dawn 2:15-2:55pm
Her Name in Blood 1:30-2:00pm
Coldcock Battle Band 12:15-12:30pm
STAGE 005 (Headbang For The Highway/Zippo Encore Stage
Fire From The Gods 5:25-5:45pm
Buried Under Texas 4:55-5:10pm
Doomsday Mourning 4:30-4:45pm
Born For War 4:05-4:20pm
A Tragedy At Hand 3:40-3:55pm
Grand Lord High Master 3:15-3:30pm
Peace In Terror 2:50-3:05pm
Green As Emerald 2:00-2:15pm
This Place Is a Zoo 12:45-1:00pm
Chasing The Bullet 12:20-12:35pm
Sunday, October 25
Bring Me The Horizon 8:00-9:00pm
Mobb Deep/Ghos\ace Killah 5:50-6:40pm
STAGE 002/003 (ROTATING)
Suicidal Tendencies 5:00-5:45pm
Cannibal Corpse 4:15-5:00pm
All That Remains 3:35-4:15pm
Devour The Day 12:50-1:20pm
Coldcock Band Winner 12:35-12:50pm
Dying Fetus 4:05-4:50pm
Internal Bleading 2:15-2:55pm
Green Death 1:35-2:00pm
The ReakFon 12:55-1:20pm
Kings of Carnage 12:15-12:40pm
STAGE 005 (Headbang For The Highway/Zippo Encore Stage)
I, Of Helix 5:25-5:45pm
Avoid the Void 4:30-4:45pm
A Threat to The Enemy 3:40-3:55pm
Stands With Fists 3:15-3:30pm
Everybody Panic! 2:25-2:40pm
AS Oceans 2:00-2:15pm
Dead Animal Assembly Plant 1:35-1:50pm
Speaking With Ghosts 1:10-1:25pm
Zero For Life 2:45-1:00pm
The Darkest Day 12:20-12:35pm
Festival Map available on Knotfest.com.
About 5B Artist Management:
About 5B Artist Management
5B Artist Management is one of the world’s leading artist management companies with offices in Los Angeles, New York and London. In addition to representing a diverse roster of global clients in the music, comedy and film industries, 5B also co-produces KNOTFEST, a hard rock festival that has seen hundreds of thousands of attendees across 3 continents to date. 5B Film productions include the upcoming films URGE starting Pierce Brosnan and OFFICER DOWNE starting Kim Coates and more.
About Synergy Global Entertainment, Inc:
Synergy Global Entertainment, Inc. (SGE) specializes in producing music and entertainment touring festivals, destination festivals and music marketing programs benefiting artists, consumers, partners, brands and attendees alike. SGE has produced thousands of branded music festivals, concerts, tours, and entertainment events throughout the world playing to millions of applauding fans. Such festivals include Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival, KNOTFEST, Lost Highway, Blaze N’ Glory, Taste of Chaos, It’s Not Dead Festival, The Art of Rap, Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, UPROAR Festival, IDentity Festival, and many more. SGE works closely with agents, managers, promoters, music venues, record companies, media and more with expertise to deliver on all aspects of events. SGE offers consulting services to assist with any aspect of event planning or to execute brand activations with a proven history for success.
About Live Nation Entertainment:
Live Nation Entertainment is the world’s leading live entertainment and ecommerce company, comprised of four market leaders: Ticketmaster.com, Live Nation Concerts, Artist Nation and Live Nation Network. Ticketmaster.com is the global event ticketing leader and one of the world’s top five ecommerce sites, with a database of over 119 million fans who visit our sites. Live Nation Concerts produces over 22,000 shows annually for more than 2,300 artists globally. Artist Nation is the world’s top artist management company, representing over 200 artists. These businesses power Live Nation Network, the leading provider of entertainment marketing solutions, enabling nearly 800 advertisers to tap into the 250 million consumers Live Nation delivers annually through its live event and digital platforms. For additional information,visit:LiveNation.com/inverstors
LIGHT YEARS REVEAL NEW SINGLE “ARE YOU SURE?“
NEW ALBUM “I’LL SEE YOU WHEN I SEE YOU” OUT ON NOV 13TH VIA RUDE RECORDS
BAND ANNOUNCES UK TOUR W/ NECK DEEP IN FEBRUARY!
Following an acoustic premiere yesterday on Alternative Press, Cleveland OH'sLight Years revealed today “Are You Sure?” the third single off the upcoming LP “I’ll See You When I See You”, out on November 13th via Rude Records. Along with a new lyric video, the track is now available as an instant grat with allphysicaland digital pre-orders.
WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO BY CLICKING ON THE IMAGE BELOW:
Vocalist Pat Kennedy comments: "Are You Sure? was the first song that we finished for our new record and it was one of those that came out super easy. We just jammed it a few times and it felt right, which doesnt always happen. The song is about realizing it is almost impossible to change someones mind, or opinion of you once they have it made up."
The upcoming second full-length (and first for Rude Records) titled “I'll See You When I See You” was produced by Will Yip (Anthony Green, Balance and Composure, Circa Survive, La Dispute, Title Fight).
In addition to this, the band has recently announced a UK tour supporting Neck Deep: see tour dates below!
Feb 01 O2 Institute Birmingham, United Kingdom
Feb 02 O2 Academy Glasgow Glasgow, United Kingdom
Feb 04 Manchester Academy Manchester, United Kingdom
Feb 05 The Great Hall Cardiff, United Kingdom
Feb 06 O2 Forum Kentish Town London, United Kingdom
About Light Years:
Light Years is comprised of vocalist/guitarist Pat Kennedy, bassist Tommy Englert, guitarist Andrew Foerst and drummer Kent Sliney, all of whom have graduated from the teenage angst that fuels most of their peers, instead turning their focus to the problems that face them in their mid-20s.
“I Won’t Hold This Against You”, their 2013 debut LP released via Paper + Plastick Records, dwelled on the inescapable past while looking for ways to heal the scars incurred while coming of age. Additionally, in 2014 the band released a five-song EP entitled 'Temporary' via Animal Style Records. 'I’ll See You When I See You' will be available on Rude Records on November 13th, 2015.
1. Are You Sure?
3. Living In Hell
5. The Summer She Broke My Heart
6. Cracks On The Ceiling
7. So Sorry
8. Let You Down
9. I Can't Relate
10. Empty Rooms
11. Lost Ground
13. I Wish I Could
LIKE TORCHES ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM; ‘SHELTER’ OUT JANUARY 22nd ON RUDE RECORDS; BAND TOURING THE UK IN NOVEMBER
LIKE TORCHES have announced the release of their new album ‘Shelter’, due out on Rude Records January 22nd.
Singer Jonathan Kärn comments: "A big part of this album was written in a country house far up north in Sweden. With no cell reception, internet or human interactions. This was a great experience for all of us as a group, to connect and strengthen our friendship to a new level. It also helped us find the shape and sound that we wanted for this next album. The vibe of the album is emotional and angry, it's a compilation of everything that we have been through these past years. We have put everything we got into it”.
‘Shelter’ was produced and recorded by Ryan Key (Yellowcard) at Missing Man Recordings in Stockholm. Like Torches have a long time working relationship with Yellowcard’s own Ryan Key, who also produced their debut record.
Single ‘Skeletons’ is available as instant grat track with any iTunes preorder. The band will be touring the UK in November, full dates below.
Watch the ‘Skeletons’ video here.
Nov 10 – Stoke, The Exchange
Nov 12 - Glasgow, Garage (Attic)
Nov 13 - Manchester, Soundcontrol
Nov 14 - Peterborough, The Met
Nov 15 - London, The Garage
Nov 16 - Norwich, The Waterfront
Earning themselves the reputation of most promising Scandinavian band in punk rock right now, LIKE TORCHES will release ‘Shelter’ on January 22nd 2016 worldwide via Rude Records.
About LIKE TORCHES:
LIKE TORCHES is a young band from Stockholm – Sweden that consists of lead-singing brothers Jonathan and Daniel Kärn and their childhood friends Zakarias and Jimmy.
IN FEBRUARY 2013 the band released their self-funded debut album ‘Keep Your Head High’ recorded in Hollywood and produced by Ryan Key and Ryan Mendez from Yellowcard. THE FIRST SINGLE 'Missing It All' which features guest vocals from Ryan Key, was released two months prior the album release and immediately climbed the iTunes charts where it peaked as number 1 on the alternative charts in Scandinavia and number 7 of the most sold singles in Scandinavia.
SINCE THE ALBUM RELEASE the band has toured Japan with We Are The In Crowd and Set It Off, supported Yellowcard on two separate EU/UK tours, played the entire Vans Warped Tour Europe & UK, supported bands like Taking Back Sunday, Memphis May Fire and The Story So Far, headlined a full European tour and co-headlined the Ourzone Found Tour with As It Is.
Lucky Scars Debut "All Lies" Lyric Video; 'Rock and Roll Party Foul' EP Out December 4
Orange County, CA rock and roll band Lucky Scars, the latest project of Johnny Scars (Jon Bunch of Sense Field/Further Seems Forever/War Generation) and Nik Kill (Nik Hill formerly of Ignite), is debuting a new lyric video for the track "All Lies."
Check out the clip here.
The band will release its debut EP, 'Rock and Roll Party Foul,' December 4 on limited edition 7" vinyl and at all digital outlets. Pre-orders are now available viaSpartan Records. All pre-orders include an instant download of “All Lies."
The 'Rock and Roll Party Foul' EP was produced by Jim Monroe (CJ Ramone, The Adolescents) and mastered by Stephen Egerton (Descendents, All, Flag).
Lucky Scars is Johnny Scars (vox), Craig Rage (drums),
K.D. Wish (guitar) and Don Jose Cuervo de los Burros (bass guitar).
Memphis May Fire
Matty Mullins: Vocals @mattymullins
Kellen McGregor: Lead Guitar @mmfkellen
Jake Garland: Drums @jake_garland
Anthony Sepe: Guitar @ant_sepe
Cory Elder: Bass @mmfcory
Despite the name, Memphis May Fire are not from Tennessee, but rather Dallas, Texas, where everything is bigger and bolder. Unsurprisingly, the band’s musical output is extremely difficult to classify, having siphoned from the very best of its various post-hardcore / southern rock influencers to create something wholly unique; the result of which presents an unparalleled blend of elegance & aggression that can only be defined as Memphis May Fire. Nothing more, nothing less. No trends. No excess. Simply a group of individuals that stand in defiance of all things mundane.
Revolver Magazine selected Memphis May Fire as one of the "Top 25 Bands Under 25," at a time when MMF had barely scratched the surface of what was to come upon releasing their Rise Records debut, The Hollow. In what has proved to be quite the label partnership, MMF leapt past the sales of its entire catalogue in just a few months’ time. This pivotal point in the band’s history spawned a disciple-like dedication that continues to spread across the globe to this day. "I think that fans really connected with The Hollow because it dealt with personified life experiences and outside perspectives on a variety of relatable topics” spoke guitarist Kellen McGregor regarding the album's universal appeal and why it was so well received.
MMF followed The Hollow, a critical success far from the emptiness its title implies, with 2012’s Challenger. The album, which debuted at #16 on the Billboard 200 with sales of over 18 thousand copies in its first week, showcased the depth and breadth of their songwriting prowess and cemented their cohesion as a unit. A now well-oiled machine, MMF have proven themselves light years ahead of a scene in dire need of reinvention.
“The whole band is firing on all cylinders… Challenger is a blast” – Ultimate-Guitar.Com
“Challenger is sturdy and powerful, with the right mix of ebb & flow” – Alternative Press
The dynamic five-piece supported Challenger with a stint on Warped Tour 2012 followed by high-profile touring with Of Mice & Men in UK/Europe and Asking Alexandria in the United States. With a main-stage slot on Warped Tour 2013 and a devoted worldwide fan-base built from years of nonstop global touring, the band have all the tools and desire in place for a lengthy tenure in the heavy music scene. Eyes on the prize; there's no glass ceiling here. Only further places to go.
Music Tastes Good Festival
MUSIC TASTES GOOD Festival, Presented by 89.9 KCRW- Lineup Announced!!
The Specials, Iron & Wine, Sylvan Esso, Squeeze, De La Soul, Dr. Dog, Warpaint, Gallant, Deltron 3030 and Many More Playing
Tickets On Sale Friday, May 13 at Noon
Event Brings Together The Best of Music/Food During One Epic Weekend
The lineup for the first-ever Music Tastes Good Festival has been announced and features such names as The Specials, Iron & Wine, Sylvan Esso, Squeeze, De La Soul, Dr Dog, Warpaint, Gallant, Deltron 3030 w/ The 3030 Orchestra, Melvins, Twin Peaks, Girlpool, P.O.S., Living Colour, Cody Chestnutt and many others. See entire lineup below.
Presented by 89.9 KCRW, Music Tastes Good will take place the weekend of September 23-25on the streets of historic Downtown Long Beach, conveniently located within walking distance of the Metro Blue Line (128 W 1st St).
Aiming to bring adventurous music fans and foodies together for one epic fall weekend, Music Tastes Good will feature an impressive and eclectic lineup of carefully curated musical acts ranging from iconic genre-definers and singer/songwriters, to world sounds and local favorites, along with the finest culinary offerings, local food vendors, chefs and artists.
Each day of the event will feature its own theme with music and food especially curated for that theme. Things kick off on Friday night 9/23, with a high energy music/food block party highlighting craft beer and local vendors, followed by the main event on Saturday 9/24, offering 4 jam-packed stages of music which will take over Pine Ave, plus an optional VIP farm-to-table dinner. The weekend concludes on Sunday, 9/25, spotlighting more great music and a Bloody Mary brunch.
3-day and single day tickets will be available starting at 12pm pst on Friday May 13th at http://musictastesgood.com/#tickets. See prices below.
3-Day Ticket - $120
DON’T MISS A MOMENT. EXPERIENCE ALL THREE DAYS OF MUSIC TASTES GOOD
Friday - Single Day Ticket $25 (one stage)
RX BANDITS, LIVING COLOUR, SON LITTLE, THE SOUND OF URCHIN, SPARE PARTS FOR BROKEN HEARTS + MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED
Saturday - $75 (4 stages)
THE SPECIALS, IRON AND WINE, SQUEEZE, DR. DOG, WARPAINT, DELTRON 3030 W/THE 3030 ORCHESTRA, MELVINS, TWIN PEAKS, VINTAGE TROUBLE, GIRLPOOL, P.O.S., EASY STAR ALL-STARS, METZ, KATE TEMPEST, NICK WATERHOUSE, CODY CHESTNUTT, LE1F, POKEY LAFARGE, HIPPO CAMPUS, OPEN MIKE EAGLE, SKINNY LISTER, LOS MASTER PLUS, RIOTHORSE ROYALE, JESSICA HERNANDEZ & THE DELTAS, FOY VANCE, THE DEAD SHIPS, THE ZIGGENS, CAMBODIAN SPACE PROJECT, DUSTIN LOVELIS, RUDY DE ANDA, LEMOLO, MACHINEHEART, SPIDER, LP3 & THE TRAGEDY, NEIGHBORS TO THE NORTH, GOLDEN DRUGS, SPECIAL C, MC IMPRINT, THE LOST WEEKEND, AND SISTER CROWLEY
Sunday - Single Day Ticket $35 (one stage)
SYLVAN ESSO, DE LA SOUL, GALLANT, LAS CAFETERAS, CHRISTIAN SCOTT, EAGLE ROCK GOSPEL SINGERS, SOLO & INDRE, PREGNANT, AND BOOTLEG ORCHESTRA
3-Day VIP - $240
GET ACCESS TO VIP AREAS, A SWAG BAG, AND A TICKET FOR THE VIP FARM-TO-TABLE DINNER
Long Beach locals will have the opportunity to purchase 3-day tickets at a discounted rate of $110 dollars at the Live After 5 and Summer and Music events hosted by the Downtown Long Beach Associates happening throughout the summer.
A limited number of discounted tickets will also be available at Fingerprints Music.
VIP tickets will include access to VIP areas, a swag bag, and a ticket for the VIP farm-to-table dinner, which will pair local Long Beach chefs with acclaimed chefs from across the nation who will build plates using locally sourced items. More details on the dinner will be released in July.
Festival founder/curator, Josh Fischel, himself a seasoned touring musician, and 20 year resident of Long Beach says, "Our city is a vibrant, evolving place that’s ripe with community, commerce and culture. Within our city limits, we hold the second largest port in the United States, and proudly claim a dynamic food, music and arts scene. We are leaders in the crusade for equality and environmental rights, residing on the cusp of where Los Angeles and Orange County connect. This is now. Being the world class city we are, we have been long overdue a festival that mirrors the passion and diversity that we experience from our neighbors everyday. It’s time to show off Long Beach and draw the rest of the world in. It’s time for others to experience what us locals have always known. It’s time to allow our residents, once a year, the chance to see Downtown in a different light. MUSIC. TASTES. GOOD."
The complete lineup for Music Tastes Good:
ABOUT THE CURATOR:
Josh Fischel is a Long Beach, CA based event promoter/singer/songwriter. He spent nine years touring the world with the band Bargain Music and as a solo act. He has sang and/or played/toured with artists like Los Lobos, Dr. Dog, Run DMC, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Norwood Fisher (Fishbone), Jack Irons (Pearl Jam), Black Eyed Peas, Weezer, N'Dea Davenport (Brand New Heavies), Mike Watt, Monsieur LeRoc, Stephen Perkins (Jane's Addiction), Spearhead, Murs, The High Strung, Ikey Owens (Mars Volta and Jack White) and many others. As one of the band of artists and promoters that changed the scope and landscape of the Long Beach music scene, Josh has focused his creativity on carefully conceived, one of a kind events and bringing artists from around the world, to a city that used to be an afterthought, but is becoming a necessary stop for touring musicians.
KCRW creates and curates a unique mix of content centered around music discovery, NPR news, cultural exploration and informed public affairs. KCRW is driven by the spirit of Los Angeles and delivers in innovative ways -- on the radio, digitally and in person -- to diverse, curious communities around the corner and around the world. A community service of Santa Monica College, KCRW can be found on the air in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Mojave, Palm Springs, and via five KCRW-developed smartphone apps and online at KCRW.com.
KCRW has a history of bringing unique live experiences to Southern California and around the country -- whether concerts with musical talent, or conversations between our hosts and the world's leading thinkers and creators.
Lagunitas Brewing Company began on a kitchen stove in Northern California in 1993. From actually getting beers into bottles and onto the streets, Lagunitas looks to the future… From expanding the Petaluma Brewery to building a second in Chicago and soon a third in Azusa, Calif., to bringing its flagship IPA across the pond, Lagunitas could probably make good beer on the Moon. Wherever you go, beer speaks, people mumble. More mumblings at www.LAGUNITAS.com
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ABOUT LOLA'S MEXICAN CUISINE:
“Lola’s green salsa may be the single most compulsively delicious sauce since the heyday of the white garlic paste at Zankou Chicken.” – Russ Parsons,Los Angeles Times.
Established in 2007, our family has always had a love affair with Mexican food. Our grandmother passed down her recipes to Lola when she was just a little girl growing up in Guadalajara Mexico. Everything made from scratch and that is exactly what you can expect here at Lola’s. We hand pick and serve quality farm to table ingredients, using only the choicest organic local meats, poultry, and sustainable seafood.
Chef Luis Navarro has dedicated his career to learning and traveling through all of Mexico’s enchanting regions, from Veracruz, Mexico City, Yucatan, Baja California, and Oaxaca studying the craft of the local cuisine, and indigenous ingredients.
Lola’s has the perfect blend of traditional and new contemporary recipes and dishes.
Our menu changes with the seasons and the availability of our ingredients.
Our mission at Lola’s is for our guests to enjoy food the way we have come to know it and love it… right from Mom’s kitchen. We know that you will savor and enjoy our recipes, brought to you from the kitchens of Mexico. Come on in, enjoy lunch or dinner in our festive main dining room or relax on our patio fresco. Either way you’re in for the ultimate taste of Mexico…. Lola’s style!
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My God, It's Full Of Stars
My God, It's Full Of Stars, Solo Project of Rob Sweitzer (Mae) Premiering New Song ("Lightness Of Being") on Diffuser; Debut EP 'M29' Out December 18
Mae keyboardist/songwriter Rob Sweitzer's new solo project My God, It’s Full of Stars will release its debut EP 'M29' on December 18.
A song off the EP is premiering on Diffuser. Check out "Lightness of Being"here.
Sweitzer tells Diffuser that the song originated from a quote by 13th century poet Rumi. “Everything in this song expanded rapidly from a Rumi saying that helped me to see through a time of deep set despair in my life. "The wound is the place where the Light enters you." There is no such thing as thwarting the painful experiences that life tends to throw across your journey here on Earth, but there is a way through them to the other side where there is understanding and a renewed sense of strength."
Inspired sonically by bands like Broken Social Scene and Doves, the EP was recorded in Nashville, TN and Chesapeake, VA and co-produced by Dave Elkins (Mae) and mixed by Bryan Laurenson (Copeland).
About My God, It's Full Of Stars:
“The wound is the place where Light enters you.” -Rumi
Beginning an artist biography with an excerpt of mystic poetry may seemed telegraphed on some level; however, in this occurrence, more fitting words have yet to be spoken.
After spending years as a contributing songwriter and active member of the fan adored indie-pop band Mae, Rob Sweitzer made a decision to leave the band in 2008 due to personal reasons, intraband tensions, and a desire to focus on home life and the budding stages of his own independent musical path. With hundreds of thousands of record sales, countless sold out shows, and scores of critical accolades under his belt, there was no shortage of momentum propelling Sweitzer’s post-Mae ambitions. Unfortunately, the beautiful and terrible truth of the world is that both darkness and light have the ability to permeate our being with equal force. With our defenses down, we can find ourselves staggering in an unknown direction and losing our grasp on the very things that sustain us.
Over the next two years, Sweitzer slowly spiraled into a state of depression, which led to a mountain of unfinished demos and the inability to sustain a healthy home life. Unexpectedly, a small glimpse of hope arrived in 2010 through reconciliations made with his former bandmates in Mae. After some critical discussions, Sweitzer returned to the band to contribute to the (e)vening EP and later to play keys on the "Goodbye, Goodnight" Tour and the Destination: Beautiful Anniversary shows. Following those final shows in 2013, the unpredictable darkness reared its head once again and fully eclipsed all sustaining light.
“Although things seemed to be comparatively better for me at that point, the ongoing and undiagnosed depression caught up with me and reached an apex resulting in my attempt to find peace beyond this life,” says Sweitzer. “As the philosopher Schöpenhauer once said, and I paraphrase, my fear of death was outweighed by my fear of living (or, really, the exhaustion of trying and my perceived failure to live). Fortunately a friend intervened and helped prevent what would have been an irreversible event.”
Sometimes our most authentic and clarified understandings paradoxically emerge from our deepest states of confusion -- from our deepest wounds.
Enter: My God, It’s Full of Stars.
A snapshot taken at the intersection of darkness and light.“This EP (M29) contains songs that capture my reflections on life and death, the meaning of existence, the strength of love, the peculiar relationship between light and dark, the universal calling of something tremendously larger than myself to know and be known, to love and be loved, the ongoing internal war between myself and God (or the interpretation of God by others and institutions as established truth), among other things,” says Sweitzer.
“It's taken some time, some heartfelt reflection, and some proactive measures to deal with a very dark time in my life,” says Sweitzer. “I haven’t reached nirvana and I don't think I ever will, but I have learned that challenges
in life are not obstacles, or at least they don't have to be, but rather are opportunities to grow and become a stronger living being for myself and for others around me.”
United by conviction and a genuine belief in both the music and the message, the band hopes to connect with those who are broken, point them in a direction of hope, and help facilitate an interaction with the music that will cultivate radiant and eclipsing light.
Only Crime is a combination of 5 veterans of the punk/hardcore scene who have pooled their collective experience to create a truly refreshing musical statement. Fusing elements of heavy rock and roll with the furious energy of punk rock from the 1970’s & 80’s, Only Crime has also adopted the creative abandon pioneered by jazz’s seminal protagonists. The band’s sound is heavy without being the least bit “metal”, melodic without sounding “pop”, and experimental without treading into the arcane realm of “art” rock. While the members of Only Crime aren’t new, their music is like nothing you’ve heard before. Only Crime was formed in 2002-2003 when vocalist Russ Rankin (Good Riddance) and guitarist Aaron Dalbec (Bane/Converge) realized they would have the time to pursue a band together; something they had talked about during a Good Riddance/Bane summer tour. Needing another guitarist to round out the sound, the two contacted Zach Blair (Hagfish/Gwar/Armstrong) who signed on instantly. As the trio, who all lived in separate states, began searching for a bassist and drummer they stayed in constant contact and began writing the original batch of Only Crime material. Soon Bill Stevenson (Descendents/ALL/Black Flag), who had produced projects for Russ and Zach separately, got wind of the project and, excited at the chance to play some drums and revisit a musical landscape he had helped pioneer, became the band’s drummer. The last piece of the puzzle was bassist Doni Blair (Hagfish/Armstrong) who joined the group just as they were preparing for their first recording. In early 2004 the band recorded material which would eventually comprise their debut release at the Blasting Room studio in Ft. Collins, CO. Only Crime then struck out on a string of successful eastern US dates with the Dropkick Murphys. By the spring of that year Fat Wreck Chords had signed Only Crime and the first album, entitled To the Nines was released in July. Only Crime was in the midst of a hectic summer schedule which saw them play a string of dates with Bane and Stretch Armstrong between extended runs on the Van’s Warped Tour which covered the eastern US and Canada. Between the fall of 2004 and the spring of 2005, Only Crime toured the midwestern US with Avail, the West Coast twice; first with Strung Out and then again with Rise Against, joined Lagwagon for the Fat Wreck Chords Japanese Tour and then finally headed to Europe to join the Deconstruction Tour where they shared the stage with the Mad Caddies, Boy Sets Fire and Strike Anywhere. Only Crime spent much of 2005-2006 convening at the Blasting Room for writing sessions as they began developing their second full-length album. The resulting material highlights the band’s cohesion and musical direction after over two years of playing together. Virulence, which will be released January 23rd, 2007 on Fat Wreck Chords, not only picks up where To the Nines left off, it utterly surpasses it. Using rhythmic experimentation and ambitious arrangements, Virulence will set a new standard for heavy rock music and raise the bar by which the band measures it’s success.
Outline In Color
For so many of today’s youth, they are forced to live in a world where they can’t simply express who they are, who they want to be, or the direction they plan to go into to get there. For so many, the “norms” of life force them into hiding where they are left feeling beaten down, bullied and downtrodden by society. For this unfortunate majority, the real person in them stays locked away behind a series of MASKS which inhibits them from enjoying the riches life provides. For Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Outline In Color, the time is now to let their heartfelt emotions out through their musical power. For Outline In Color, the time is now to shed their MASKS.
“It really seems that these days the bands that are just completely honest and real are starting to be the bands that have long lasting careers,” admits Outline In Color vocalist K.C. Simonsen. “It's really encouraging for a young band of dudes that genuinely love what we do to see the bands we admire not just for their music, but also their passion succeed.”
This honesty is easily identifiable in their music. With MASKS, Outline In Color have taken a more organic approach to their music than they did previously to create what most feel is their strongest work to date. it’s very clear that this new approach has given the band a great deal more depth and vision than they showcased on their previous release, JURY OF WOLVES. As Simonsen explains, this is caused by instituting a more honest approach to the new material. “This release is really honest,” Simonsen admits. “Not that JURY OF WOLVES wasn't, but this album doesn't spare any thing musically or lyrically. It's more raw and vulnerable. We literally pushed ourselves conceptually and physically to our limits on this one.”
That pushing of the limits has paid immediate and noticeable dividends. Listening to MASKS, you hear an amazing amount of growth from each member of the band. Guitarists Forrest Mankins and CJ Cochran have quickly developed into one of the most formidable guitar duos throughout the entire metalcore landscape. They rage wildly over the intensely thick and stable foundation created by the rhythm section comprised of bassist Michael Skaggs and drummer Austin Mcferrin. Throughout it all, the tag teaming of clean vocals from Simonsen combined with the screaming rage spit forth by Trevor Tatro makes Outline In Color one of the most easily identifiable bands on the scene today.
For now, Outline In Color are ready to take their band to the next level with MASKS. Armed with the backing of Standby Records, MASKS is set to prove that you don’t have to do anything in a standard fashion to exceed expectations placed on you by those that can’t think outside of the proverbial box. “I don't think that we have ever once gone about things in a conventional manner. We've never recorded an album with a producer, or anything like that. Hell, we even started a merch printing company so that we could print our own tour merch. Which we still do to this day,” Simonsen concludes. “We learned how to do it ourselves”.
Outline In Color’s MASKS is available on 6/24/14 on Standby Records. For more information on Outline In Color, visit them online at www.standbyrecords.net.
Palaye Royale Releasing 'Boom Boom Room' June 24 via Sumerian Records; LP Produced By James Iha (The Smashing Pumpkins)
Band On Vans Warped Tour 2016 June 24-August 13
For Fans Of: The Struts, Arctic Monkeys, Panic! At the Disco
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)
PATENT PENDING ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM “RIOT HEARTS REBELLION” DUE OUT ON RUDE RECORDS NOVEMBER 27th
FIRST SINGLE “NSFW (.)(.)” OUT NOW! AVAILABLE FOR STREAM AND DOWNLOAD
BAND TOURING THE UK IN NOVEMBER
New York’s resident mad-men, Patent Pending, are back at it again. Today they have announced the release of their anticipated new album RIOT HEARTS REBELLION, due out world-wide on November 27th on Rude Records. Together with the announcement, the band has unveiled a brand new animated video for their new single ‘NSFW (.)(.)’. It’s described by the band as a “funny but serious warning to anyone who likes to take pictures of their junk with their phone”.
Check out the video here or click on the image to watch it!
Singer, Joe Ragosta Comments: “This is my favorite Patent Pending album that we’ve ever made. I know I’ve said that about previous albums, but this one beats those because we’ve finally been able to achieve symmetry between the band we’ve been and the band that we want to be. I think that after all of these years of pushing our sound in different directions and dabbling in every genre we’ve finally found the balance between rock, punk, pop and everything else that we’ve been striving for. The lyrics have more meaning, the the rhythms have more feeling and the choruses hit harder than they ever have for us. There are twelve eccentric yet related ideas here and I’m proud of every single one of them.
Riot Hearts Rebellion is the title because that song is our battlecry. It’s a story about struggle, individuality, hope and revolution. It’s about doing what we believe in and not backing down no matter what obstacles we face along the way. Here in Patent Pending we've never wanted to pretend to be something, musically or personally, that we’re not to try and fit in. This refusal to conform to trends in any music genre whether it be pop-punk, rock, pop, hip-hop etc. has made us underdogs of the music business. Every time I read the title of this album it reminds me that we’re not scared to be the underdogs, we’re not worried about what other people are doing and we’re certainly not afraid of what they think of us. Riot Hearts Rebellion is a reminder that as long as we keep doing what we believe in the world will have no choice but to pay attention.”
Patent Pending will be Touring the entire UK with Zebrahead This November and will be announcing regional December tour dates in the US in the coming weeks. See the full list of European dates below!
RIOTS HEART REBELLION is out on Rude Records On November 27th.
Pre-orders are available at the below links:
• 1. Another Day
• 2. Until The Sun Comes Up
• 3. Love Is Anarchy
• 4. Six Feet
• 5. Little Diamonds
• 6. NSFW (.)(.)
• 7. Started In My Head
• 8. It's All Good Today
• 9. Last Time That I Saw You
• 10 Dating A Dick
• 11. Keeper
• 12. Riot Hearts Rebellion
Patent Pending is an acrobatic gang of musical misfits from in Long Island, New York. With a never-say-die attitude and enough energy to power Times Square, they've set their sites on taking over the music industry from the ground up. Growing in size from basements to amphitheaters across the world, from VFW Halls to sold out headlining shows in the United Kingdom, they've never let go of the genuine DIY code of ethics the band was founded on over a decade ago. The live show, which has been described as "psychotically fun and dramatically moving," is an inspiring testament to the passion the band pours into every aspect of their lives. With an ever growing army of "lifers" behind them, better known as - "The Second Family”, Patent Pending continues to deliver new music that pulls influence from all corners of the musical spectrum, creating a fearless and eclectic blend of genre-bending, arena ready anthems.
Hard work and dedication have yielded some incredible results for Patent Pending. They've enjoyed the success of three music videos reaching the coveted #1 spot on MTV.com, with rotation on MTV, MTV2, MTVu, Fuse on Demand in the United States as well as Kerrang TV and Scuzz TV in the United Kingdom in 2015. Music from the band’s recent releases has been featured weekly in the latest seasons of MTV's “The Real World”, “The Challenge” “Snookie & JWoww” and E! Entertainment’s “Total Divas”. In 2012 PP's warrior like determination won them a Billboard Music Award! The "Dream Seeker Of The Year" trophy afforded them the honor of delivering a ground-shaking performance of their song "Dance Til We Die" in front of a National Television audience of over 8 MILLION home viewers. The New York natives continue to build on their international success in the form of multiple sold out headlining UK tours, a 2015 headlining run through Germany and performances at globally renowned festivals like Donnington Park's historic DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL as well as Australia’s legendary SOUNDWAVE FESTIVAL. Never scared to push the envelope creatively, the group self-produced an independent film entitled “Mario & The Brick Breakers” in support of their witty 2015 sing-a-long single, “Hey Mario”. The movie came with an accompanying soundtrack. “Mario & The Brick Breakers: Greatest Hits”, which stayed in the Top 10 on the UK iTunes charts for a full week.
With an insatiable desire for creating new music, which is evident from their recent announcement regarding the signing to the international label Rude Records; and a genuine love for performing live, Patent Pending shows no signs of slowing down and even less of forgetting where they came from. A quote from a recent interview with front man, Joe Ragosta can best explain - "The music makes us a band, the connection with the people who listen to that music makes us a family, and family is stronger than anything.”
TOUR: UK tour w/ ZEBRAHEAD
11/21/15 Southend Chinnery’s
11/22/15 Birmingham Academy 2
11/23/15 Nottingham Rescue Rooms
11/24/15 Leeds Stylus
11/25/15 Glasgow Garage
11/27/15 Manchester Club Academy
11/28/15 London Brooklyn Bown
11/29/15 Oxford Academy 2
11/30/15 Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
12/01/15 Bristol Marble Factory
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Punchline Debut Animated "Tell Me How You Sleep" Video On Billboard; Band Releasing New Album "Thrilled" on Dec 4; Pre-orders Now Available
The song appears on the upcoming LP 'Thrilled', the band's first new album in 3 years and their first with new label InVogue Records. 'Thrilled' is out December 4th on vinyl, CD and all digital formats, and is now available for pre-order.
Punchline's Steve Soboslai tells Billboard, "“I met animator Devin Ensz through this thing called the internet that I have on my computer. We'd wanted a video where our heads fell off and at the time it didn't make sense to cut off our heads for a live action video. Animation was the way to go and Devin was our man. He spent over 300 hours making our song come to life. It's the best song/video combo we've ever had as a band and we are most definitely thrilled.”
Ray Rocket, Solo Project of Ray Carlisle (Teenage Bottlerocket) Releasing 'Do You Wanna Go To Tijuana?' LP on April 1 via Rise Records; Check Out The Music Video For The Title Track
Ray Rocket, the solo project of Teenage Bottlerocket frontman Ray Carlisle, has signed with Rise Records and will release a new LP titled, Do You Wanna Go To Tijuana? on April 1st.
A music video for the title track is debuting today on the Rise Records Youtube channel .
Ray Rocket will be on tour this spring.
Spring Tour (with The Copyrights 5/12-5/29)
4/1 - Laramie, WY @ The Roughed Up Duck
4/29 - Fort Collins, CO @ Surfside 7 (with Sundowner)
4/30 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater (with Sundowner)
5/12 - Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club (with The Copyrights, The Lippies)
5/13 - Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge (with The Copyrights, The Lippies)
5/14 - St. Louis, MO @ Blueberry Hill (with The Copyrights, The Lippies)
5/15 - Indianapolis, IN @ Melody Inn (with The Copyrights, The Lippies)
5/17 - Detroit, MI @ Majestic Cafe (with The Copyrights, Penske File, The Lippies)
5/18 - London, ON @ Call The Office (with The Copyrights, Penske File, The Lippies)
5/19 - Toronto, ON @ Bovine Sex Club (with The Copyrights, Penske File, The Lippies)
5/20 - Hamilton, ON @ Club Absinthe (with The Copyrights, Penske File, The Lippies)
5/21 - Montreal, QC @ Pouzza Fest (with The Copyrights, Penske File, The Lippies)
5/22 - Barrie, ON @ Roxy Side Room (with The Copyrights, Penske File, The Lippies)
5/24 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose (with The Copyrights, The Lippies)
5/25 - Cincinatti, OH @ Northside Yacht Club (with The Copyrights, The Lippies)
5/26 - Cleveland, OH @ Mahall's (with The Copyrights, The Lippies)
5/27 - Ft. Wayne, IN @ Brass Rail (with The Copyrights, The Lippies)
5/28 - Howell, MI @ Bled Fest (with The Copyrights, The Lippies)
5/29 - Lombard, IL @ Brauerhouse (with The Copyrights, The Lippies)
Reel Big Fish
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.
September Stories is an Ohio-based spoken word, alternative band that combines orchestral and full band elements to create a unique blend of genres
Kelowna, BC, Canada
Shreddy Krueger was formed in May 2011 as a casual outlet for four really close friends. The goal was simple, make music that meant something to us first and that incorporated elements of our favorite artists. We weren't trying to ride the hype of a scene; we literally established our common ground through our favorite heavy acts and started writing. The process was light and fun, but we quickly realized there was a ton of chemistry.
It wasn't anything we were taking seriously as far as turning into a career, but like any artist, we want to share our music with as many people as possible.
We've paid close attention to the state of the music industry and as we navigate it we really want to do something different. Gone are the days of large-scale physical releases, print marketing and endless repetitive touring of stale markets. It's all about putting on a fun show, expressing your personality and humor online and creating music with integrity and records without filler.
We try to avoid the hype of today’s heavy music scene and keep the core goal of the band intact. Best friends having fun first and any type of success will follow naturally.
Shy, Low Releasing Sophomore LP 'Hiraeth' on Nov 13; New Song Premiering on Bullett Magazine
Richmond, VA post-rock outfit Shy, Low will release its sophomore LP, 'Hiraeth' on limited edition vinyl, CD, and at digital retailers everywhere, on November 13 via Spartan Records.
A track off the LP is premiering today on Bullett Magazine. Listen to "Nostos"here.
'Hiraeth' is available for pre-order now via Spartan Records. All pre-orders include an instant download of “Nostos.”
The artwork for the LP was illustrated and painted with watercolors by Austin, TX-based artist Hallie Rose Taylor. The vinyl includes a 12” insert that contains a line-drawing of the cover artwork. All vinyl pre-orders include a custom Shy, Low watercolor set and fans are encouraged to paint their own version of the 'Hiraeth' cover using the included 12” x 12” line drawn illustration.
About Shy, Low's 'Hiraeth':
Hiraeth: a word without a concrete English translation. While evading an unequivocal definition, it exudes melancholy. Those who have attempted to define it describe the word as a mixture of homesickness, nostalgia, grief, and longing. It is the oppressive guilt associated with memories now passed; the bitter remembrance of joyous occasions that can never be revisited.
It is also the title of Shy, Low’s upcoming full-length album, due November 13th on Spartan Records. Although a band since 2011, Shy, Low has only released one other full-length album, their 2012 self-titled debut. The six new songs on Hiraeth mark the first new music from the band since 2013’s Binary Opposition EP. Much of this can be attributed to the deliberate nature of the band’s songwriting process.
The album was written during the latter months of 2013 and throughout 2014 and was recorded, produced, and mixed in the band’s hometown of Richmond, VA with longtime friend Allen Bergendahl at Scott’s Addition Sound. The first song written for the record was the closing track, "Times Gone By.” It left each member of the band feeling strangely nostalgic, invoking a sense of happiness for past pleasures that was accompanied by an underlying sadness for the inability to relive those experiences. And so it set the tone for the rest of the album. As a whole, the songs on Hiraeth distinguish themselves from the band’s
previous efforts. Notably, there is much more movement and less focus on drawn out explosive episodes – although a few do exist. Additionally, the tracks are lighter and move along quicker than the band’s past songs. However, those moments of increased tempo are kept in check by calculated transitions to darker sections, a method devised by the band in an attempt to capture the nostalgic feel of the record — the bipolar tendencies of joy and grief that are inseparable aspects of our memories. The band also added new textural dimensions to the album, employing local violinist Jessika Blanks to provide string arrangements on five of the six tracks.
Just like the word Hiraeth itself, Shy, Low’s continual evolution make them a band that is not easy to define. While it would be convenient to corral the band into the bucket of canonical post-rock bands like Mono, Mogwai, and This Will Destroy You, on Hiraeth, Shy, Low’s eclectic palate of musical influences are showcased more broadly than ever before. The band earnestly sifts through the complex relationship between music, art, and the emotions that encapsulate the human experience — and in doing so, they’ve successfully created a brilliantly moving, yet strangely bittersweet 43 minute aural journey.
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.
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