Check out the clip for "Face On" here: *http://buzzbands.la/2017/05/12/video-premiere-131ers-face/*
"Face On" is also available on Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/track/0aKozGvAOG35qJ57ojhoVn and
iTunes - https://itun.es/us/QmfOjb.
Shot at the band's warehouse/defacto party space, in an industrial part of Torrance, and directed by bassist Chris Graue (who also plays in the Maxies), "Face On" features several cameos from an assortment of LA music scene players.
The track is also the debut of new guitarist Greg Wilmot (who many may recognize as a former video game YouTube celebrity).
Oh, and about that band name, Front man Kaleb Davies explains, "I came up with it when I was 12 years old and listening to a lot of indie rock. Back in the day when you tagged indie music on your computer, there wasn't a name for the genre, so it would pop up as 131 by default. All of my favorite bands were marked 131 in my music library, so when I started the band, I thought, '131ers' and it stuck, which is awful."
May 19 Costa Mesa - The Wayfarer Tickets
Guitar and Vocals: Kaleb Davies
Drums: Ryan Dawson
Bass: Chris Graue
Guitar: Greg Wilmot
Watch for The 131ers new album to be released later this year.
About The 131ers:
Best friends, college dropouts, and mildly obsessed with Daisy Ridley. Well, Kaleb is anyway. The 131ers are from Torrance, California and play indie-folk-pop-rock that frequently draws comparisons to "classic Americana." We're not sure what that means, but we like it.
The band records all their music in their home-built studio and produces their own music videos. A little bit of their blood, sweat, and tears can be found in everything they produce. But not literally, because that would be gross.
"Brooklyn-via-Michigan singer-songwriter John Bee has been making waves...."- Paste Magazine
"There’s something about indie folk that makes you so damn happy, and the latest from American Opera is no exception."- Idobi
"Maybe one of my new favourite records of 2017."- Thinking Lyrically
American Opera, the creation of NYC singer-songwriter John Bee, has dropped his debut full-length, "Small Victories."
The album is available for purchase here: http://www.2lin.cc/smallvictories
American Opera has toured the U.S. and Canada as both a solo act and with a full band, playing shows with the likes of The Avett Brothers, Josh Ritter, Cursive, Murder By Death, Owen, and William Elliott Whitmore and on Vans Warped Tour, Bledfest and more.
1. Small Victories
2. Sand & Seed
3. Sailor's Song
4. Monsters Among Men
7. Jack Pine
8. Dear Devil
9. An Empty Cup
11. Songs I Used to Sing
About American Opera:
Incremental progress. Monumental setbacks. Small victories. This is the story of American Opera. More than a record, Small Victories is a collection of moments, both devastating and victorious. Ominous nostalgia confronts hopeful reemergence. Sonically, think Manchester Orchestra meets Ryan Adams, Brand New meets Langhorne Slim — polished stones in a bed of gravel and grit. The result is a stunning eleven-song rollercoaster exploring a complete spectrum of emotion and experiences. It is an album of dynamics — a perfect balance of the fragile and explosive. By the end, we’re reminded that sometimes the small victories were all that mattered in the first place — and that the silver linings were not just that after all, but rather small glimpses of a larger hope that can sustain us through even the most miserable of seas.
Newly launched Chicago indie Dodgeball Records has announced its first signing, Indianapolis, IN pop-punk trio AMUSE.
The label, founded by Showoff frontman Chris Messer, his wife Dani, and Mike Felumlee of Smoking Popes fame, will release the band's EP “Life Sucks” on August 4th.
Stream a track titled "I Want To Believe" here:
Vocalist/bassist Mike Muse says, "I was sitting in bed and saw that we had a message from Chris. Then I saw that he was from the band Showoff (whom I used to dig in my teenage days.) He asked if he could call. Of course Chris from Showoff can call me! I have been in the music game some time now and talked to my fair share of labels over the years. It instantly seemed to click with Chris. He was so enthusiastic and prepared. You can tell his heart is really in it. Dodgeball Records is more than throwing your album out there. He is building a family. Not to mention the fact the Mike Felumlee is a part of the label and suggested us to Chris. Felumlee has always been an inspiration for me so it's a cool feeling. We spent a few days with Chris and Mike and it all just felt right. Amuse is super stoked to be apart of the new Dodgeball family and look forward to the future!"
Fun Fact: Album art for the 'Life Sucks' EP was done by Jennie Cotterill of Bad Cop Bad Cop.
I Want To Believe (In You and Me)
Illinois-based Ashland released their new record 'Wildfire' via InVogue Records on June 30, 2017.
Stream the music video for "No Trouble" at http://youtube.com/invoguerecords
Vocalist Asia Marie says, "No Trouble is about the difficulty of making a change in your life that you know you need to make for your own well being."
You can order the album now at http://store.invoguerecords.com.
Springfield, IL indie/punk 4-piece ATTIC SALT has signed with Dodgeball Records.
The label will release the band's debut album on October 20th.
Fred Malcom (drums), Andy Harmon (guitar/vocals), and Alyssa Currie (guitar/vocals) started playing together in late 2015. Lanny Durbin (bass) joined up in early 2017.
Album details and a premiere of a new song coming soon!
"Attic Salt is one those bands that comes out of nowhere and blows you away Their sound is a mix of power pop that fits in the indie rock world as well as a resurgence of 90’s college rock. They are aggressive and melodic, everything a rock band should be."
"I'm really digging this local-to-Springfield (IL) band called Attic Salt. Good crunchy, melodic, hooky rock with alternating male and female vocals. Right on."
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.
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
May 27 Beauty Bar Las Vegas, NV (Punk Rock Bowling)
Jun 23 Streets Of London Pub Denver, CO
Jun 24 Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership El Prado, NM
Jun 25 Launchpad Albuquerque, NM
Aug 26 Glen Helen Amphitheater formerly San Manuel Amphitheater San Bernardino, CA (It's Not Dead)
FFO The Strokes, The National, The Killers, and Death Cab
St Louis, MO's Choir Vandals are streaming their debut full-length album "Dark Glow" on Alternative Press:
The LP will be released on July 14th via Animal Style Records.
Vocalist/guitarist Austin McCutchen says, "This record is the first opportunity we have had to really show what this band is. We poured a lot of ourselves into these songs. It's the result of eighteen months of searching for our identity while struggling with a world that is indifferent to whether or not we exist."
"Dark Glow" was produced by Tate Mercer (Daisyhead, Better Off) and mastered by Doug Van Sloun (Bright Eyes, Cursive, Tokyo Police Club).
Choir Vandals will be on tour with UK band Moose Blood later this summer. Dates are below.
Purchase "Dark Glow" here: http://smarturl.it/DarkGlow
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.”
Orlando, FL's DEBT NEGLECTOR have signed with Smartpunk Records and will release their debut album 'Atomicland' on August 18th. Pre-orders are now available at: https://www.smartpunk.com/110259/Debt-Neglector-Atomicland.
The album's title track is premiering today on New Noise Magazine: http://newnoisemagazine.com/stream-debt-neglector-atomicland/.
Front man Alex Goldfarb (ex-New Mexican Disaster Squad, Gatorface, No Friends) tells New Noise:
“‘Atomicland’ is about the death of the American dream. It’s a story of growing up to find that the idealized version of the world we were raised on doesn’t exist, and coming to the realization that we’re pretty much all fucked. It’s about how the ugliness of the world can seep in and poison you over time like radiation. We expect it to be the posi-anthem of 2017.”
'Atomicland' is a blast of catchy, grungy, aggressive tunes dealing with anxiety, depression, paranoia, abuse, and other warm and fuzzy subjects that’ll get your toes tapping all the way down to the ballot box to hopefully enact some change.
Clocking in with 12 songs in under 30 minutes, DEBT NEGLECTOR manage to showcase their dynamics with speed, heaviness, and attack, all while not giving up on the infectious guitar melodies and vocal harmonies that latch onto a listener’s brain and are impossible to pry out.
Started in January 2016, DEBT NEGLECTOR consists of Goldfarb Chris Pfister, Chris Kretzer and Zach Anderson.
For fans of Descendents, Bad Religion, Dead To Me, New Mexican Disaster Squad.
California's DECENT CRIMINAL has signed with Dodgeball Records, the newly founded label started by Showoff frontman Chris Messer, his wife Dani and Mike Felumlee (Smoking Popes).
'Bloom,' the band's label debut will be released October 13th, with pre-orders (including vinyl) launching on September 29th at www.DodgeballRecords.com.
Tristan Martinez frontman/guitarist says, "We're super excited to be a part of the Dodgeball team! We feel fortunate to have met such great, like-minded people. It was an easy decision to sign with Dodgeball when we were presented with this opportunity.”
Felumlee says " I was first turned onto Decent Criminal when they came to my studio for a Live from The Rock Room session. The band sounded great in the room and they were all super nice guys. When I joined Dodgeball Records, they were one of the first bands I thought we should try to sign. When Chris and I first listened to their upcoming record, we were both blown away immediately. I'm excited and honored that we get to release this record later this year!”
While blending elements reminiscent of 90's alternative, garage rock, surf punk and power-pop, DECENT CRIMINAL, offer catchy, upbeat songs that mercilessly collide with abrasive and often melancholy undertones, to bring forth a style that's playfully compatible while still feeling inadvertently raw. After the release of their self-titled record in 2016 and tons of touring, DECENT CRIMINAL is preparing to release their follow up record "Bloom" in October of 2017.
"...a mix of Hot Water Music’s aggressive punk and Queens of the Stone Age’s hypnotic hard rock, but it also has too much spirit to just be boiled down to a couple comparisons."- BrooklynVegan
The song appears on the band's upcoming debut full-length, Embrace Wolf, which will be released on December 1 via Spartan Records.
Pre-order the album here: http://spr.tn/embracewolf. All pre-orders include an instant download of the song “Always Your Own."
Gehring tells BrooklynVegan, "I came up with the initial idea for the song in Austin (while on tour with Mae). We were playing the Mohawk and it was storming really bad so the show was delayed. I had all this nervous energy waiting to see if we were going to be able to play or not, and I started going between these two chords and it kind of caught my mood at the time – anxious, frustrated, uncertain. Once I brought it to Demons it developed really quick. I love how short it is, we love playing the song live because of that break down, and it was the first song that was written for the new record. Lyrically the song is about cowardice; self-critical black holes, self-imposed limitations, and the rationalizations of those limitations that can disguise the root of the problem."_
Demons will be playing a hometown Halloween show on October 28 at Toast. More info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/826145124232919.
2.Always Your Own
4.Nobody Loves You The Way You Are
"The primary motive for how we write, for how we perform, is to evoke or exaggerate some sort of collision." This is Demons. Forces of equal magnitude uniting, reacting, and detonating. Some Newton's-Third-Law type shit. In the band's brief tenure, this is what we've come to expect. Pounding drums, erratic riffs, fervent lyrics, and structure descending into abstraction. The sum of these parts is difficult to classify with any direct comparison. Shellac? Queens of the Stone Age? David Bazan? Melvins? While sonic or attitudinal traces may exist, Demons remains derivative of nothing.
Following the release of the band's seminal EP, Great Dismal, Demons returns with their debut full-length, Embrace Wolf — nine blistering songs exploring a spectrum of anxiety, aberrations, and awe with deliberate recklessness. "Musically, we just wanted to be our own form of unbridled," says vocalist/guitarist Zach Gehring (also of Virginia-based Mae acclaim), up until this point, we've kept to this sonic austerity pretty straight forward, energetic, and almost off the rails."
Produced entirely by the band, Embrace Wolf was tracked episodically in several locations, including a field-recorded drum session in a railroad tunnel. The record also features the addition of guitar player/accompanying vocalist Chris Mathews to the existing lineup of Gehring, Jonathan Anderson (bass), and Drew Orton (drums) which allowed the process to become fully collaborative. "[This time around] we've started behaving more like a band (i.e. a creative group), and we wanted to explore this dynamic more," says Gehring. "We knew we all wanted to be loud, and we wanted our instruments to work together by filling in gaps with a high degree of awareness of one another."
Lyrically, Embrace Wolf centers thematically on prepositions of guilt, disguises, impatience, and exhaustion. "My writing is still self absorbed, a lot of first person focus because it's still all I really know how to write about. We all have our blind spots, and I only feel comfortable calling out my own," says Gehring. As the tracklist progresses through Embrace Wolf, Gehring broods over growing resentment, facaded truth, suppression, misrepresentation, fragile relationships, and honesty versus the truth. While not always an easy listen, the cathartic self-analysis present in both the record's lyrical content and vocal delivery feels earnest and absolute.
We are all haunted by something, be it tangible, imaginary, wild, or within, and we are faced with only two choices — exorcism or embracement. Sometimes one is essential in enabling the other. While this process remains ultimately unique to our own ailments, both solace and commiseration can often be found simply by pressing play. Come Embrace Wolf with Demons, this December on Spartan Records.
Chicago has long been a breeding ground for great indie labels, and it's time to add a new one to the list.
Dodgeball Records, co-founded by Chris Messer, frontman of Chicago band
Showoff and his wife Dani Messer, and recently joined by longtime friend Mike Felumlee (Smoking Popes/Alkaline Trio/Live From The Rock Room), runs like a family business. The label was created out of an intense passion and love of punk music, the musicians and the community around it.
Chris says, "Some people think we are crazy (My wife and I) for starting a label. Personally, I know we are crazy, but starting a label has very little to do with that. We are a team, we have been a team and we will always be a team in everything we do. The bands we sign to Dodgeball Records will also be part of that team."
He adds, "Our goal is basically to build a brand that represents our core values. Those values are integrity, honesty, transparency (which is not very label-like if you have ever been on one- especially major labels), loyalty, treating each other like a functional family and having everything we do be a labor of love instead of it being done for the love of money."
"Don’t get me wrong here, we are also a business and to function as a business you have to make money, but we want to be successful while ensuring our bands are as well. We intend to be a label that nurtures its artists, gives them encouragement and puts money into marketing them, doing all we can to help them become a success and maybe most importantly giving them a home where they feel appreciated and important. Mostly for us, we’d like to build the community back to where it was when I was playing in Showoff in the 90’s, by nurturing relationships with independent record stores, other artists and other labels with similar values. A community that helps one another, isn’t part of the “ME” culture and is more about an “us” culture.. I’m hoping that extends to the communities around us, our artists and our fans."
Dodgeball Records' first release will be an EP from new signing, Indianapolis pop punk band Amuse on August 4th, to be followed by a long-awaited new LP from Messer's beloved late-90's band Showoff this fall. Additional signings will be announced in the days/weeks/months ahead.
Facebook - www.facebook.com/DodgeballRecords
Twitter - @DodgeballRCS
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/dodgeballrecords/
Temple, TX's Everyone Dies In Utah has announced a headline tour with support from Salt Lake City, UT's Divisions.
Frotman Danny Martinez says, "Everyone Dies in Utah is really excited to hit the road! We are doing a lot of touring this year and we can't wait to hang out with our fans! We have a couple of things up our sleeves for our live show and think our fans are really going to have fun!"
About Everyone Dies In Utah
Teetering between breakneck brutality and elegant, entrancing melody, Temple, TX's Everyone Dies In Utah consists of Danny Martinez (Lead Vocals, Screams), Trey Golden (Keys, Synth), Keaton Smith (guitar), Nathan Chase-Meadows (Drums), Cameron Easter (Guitar) and Daniel Tharp (Bass). The name of the band began as a joke, but stuck with them as time went on. It derives from the fact that the death rate in Utah was at one time higher than any other state.
Everyone Dies In Utah has attracted a loyal fan base from their self-released EP (“I Hope You Know This Means War”), four full-length albums (“Seeing Clearly”, “Polarities”, "Neutral Ground" and their new InVogue Records debut self-titled album). The band takes pride in being accessible to their fans and, in turn, tour extensively so they can create deeper connections with their audience. They’ve had opportunities to share the stage with well-known names like Memphis May Fire, The Color Morale, Affiance, Sirens and Sailors, Alesana, and Suicide Silence.
Everyone Dies in Utah released their new self-titled album on InVogue Records last October to critical acclaim and raves from new and long-time fans alike.The latest album marks a new sound for the band as they move away from the tone in their previous album “Neutral Ground”, showing the band’s versatility and how they have matured in their songwriting skills. The LP set the bar high earning them multiple places on the Billboard and iTunes metal charts, resulting in their best-selling album to date.
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
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.
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.
Porterville, CA / Phoenix, AZ
Cam - vocals
Jordan - guitar
Dan - drums
It's not about sharing finances, or even art, it's about sharing Love.
This all started because we believe Love exists, and you deserve to experience it.
We believe in God, and we believe in Love. But also, we believe that if you don't believe in God, you still deserve to be Loved.
Love is not exclusive.
Chase Huglin is an acoustic singer/songwriter from Fort Wayne, IN. His label debut “Glow” EP debuted April 28, 2015.
"“IYM doesn’t strive to be perfect but if your looking for personality, passion and a band that makes their presence known, you have met your match. They call this SloppyVicious...”- New Noise Magazine
"Whether it's their explosive live show, or their EP, In Your Memory deserves your attention."- From The Depths Entertainment
Formed in 2013, Washington, DC- based post-hardcore band In Your Memoryconsists of Omar Veras (Vocals), Alex Scott (Guitar), Casey Reid (Guitar), Troy Humphrey (Bass) and Jonathan Shepard (Drums).
Shortly after forming, the band released their debut self-titled “In Your Memory” before undergoing multiple line-up changes.
The current lineup was solidified in 2014, after which the band released “Reflections” which was received positively and helped them build their dedicated fanbase.
In 2015, In Your Memory released a cover of Disney’s classic “I’ll Make A Man Out Of You” which further launched them into the public eye and earned them a local support slot on Vans Warped Tour.
Four years since In Your Memory released their debut self-titled EP, the band is finally entering the studio again to create another show-stopping record with the help of legendary guitarist Jeff Sahyoun of L.A-based post-hardcore band, Letlive.
Details on the new album will be announced soon.
Findlay, OH based record company
Being As An Ocean
Famous Last Words
Let It Happen
Until We Are Ghosts
"It's Not Dead Festival Stays Punk as F__k "- OC Weekly
"The grounds transformed into a punk rock nirvana as the It’s Not Dead festival made its triumphant debut."- Press-Enterprise
"It's Not Dead proves there's still a lot of life left in punk"- AXS
"I never thought I’d see most of the bands on the lineup. Nearly every band is the equivalent of The Rolling Stones for the punk genre and seeing them all at once was nothing short of incredible."- LA Music Blog
"...brings together over 3 decades of punk rockers, giving many of us a chance to experience the soundtrack of our youth."- The Pier
Me First and The Gimme Gimmes have been added to the already stacked lineup for It's Not Dead 2.
One of the country's largest punk rock festivals, It's Not Dead is returning to Southern California's Glen Helen Amphitheater Festival Grounds, on Saturday, August 26, after a two-year break.
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes join previously announced co-headliners Rancid and Dropkick Murphys, plus A Wilhelm Scream, Buzzcocks, Channel 3, The Casualties, Down By Law, The Exploited, The Flatliners, GBH, Good Riddance, Guttermouth, The Interrupters, Kevin Seconds, Mad Caddies, Off!, Runaway Kids, The Selecter, The Toasters, Wraths, U.S. Bombs, Voodoo Glow Skulls and many more. See lineup below.
Kevin Lyman says, "Excited to announce the addition of Me First and the Gimme Gimmes to the festival lineup. Can't wait to spend another day in the sun with old friends getting back to our roots.”
All tickets are general admission are on sale now on the festival website.
Tickets are also now available for purchase with no service fees at Dr. Strange Records in Rancho Cucamonga, CA (7136 Amethyst Ave.) and Programme Skate and Sound in Fullerton, CA (2495 E Chapman Ave.) Kids 10 and under will once again be admitted free with a paid adult.
Returning to the festival this year are the pop-up art exhibition 'Art's Not Dead' and the 'Punks Well Read' book signing and literary area, both curated by renowned punk rock photographer Lisa Johnson.
Authors confirmed for this year's book signings, include punk rock icons:
Keith Morris of Circle Jerks/Off! (My Damage)
Jim Lindberg of Pennywise/Wraths (Punk Rock Dad)
Jack Grisham of T.S.O.L. (releasing a brand new book that day at the festival)
Shawna Kenney (Live at the Safari Club: A People’s History of HarDCore/I Was A Teenage Dominatrix)
Jeff Alulis (NOFX's Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories) with more to be announced.
The Art's Not Dead art show will exhibit and sell works from many of the underground scene's most acclaimed artists and photographers.
Additionally, there will be a 'Punk Swap' zone of unique and artisan finds under the big circus tent.
It's Not Dead has once again partnered with Rally Bus. Fans can now book seats for travel on a high-end bus to the festival, saving themselves from the hassles of driving, parking, and navigating traffic. Travel is better together with Rally! For more information, visit: http://rlyb.us/dead826
For additional details visit ItsnotDeadFestival.com.
What: It's Not Dead Festival
When: Saturday, August 26 (Doors Open at 12:00pm)
Tickets on sale now.
Where: Glen Helen Amphitheater Festival Grounds
Down By Law
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
Slaughter and the Dogs
Voodoo Glow Skulls
A Wilhelm Scream
Do you really need to read this?
I love to write music and perform songs live.
I'm not into covering pop songs.
I'm not into lighting kits.
I hate drums.
Asbury Park, NJ indie rock trio latewaves has signed with Panic State Records, which will release the band's debut EP Partied Out (produced by John Ferrara of Trophy Scars).
Check out "Facedown" on New Noise Magazine: http://newnoisemagazine.com/stream-latewaves-face/
Consisting of Mikey Pellegrino (vocals, guitar) Howie Cohen (bass, vocals) and Shawna Grabowski (drums), latewaves formed in the fall of 2016.
Drawing off influences from the quirky minor and 7th chords of 90s alt rock, and calling the angst and aggression of the early 2000’s post hardcore/dawning of the emo scene; latewaves find their sound in the echoes of the past but bring a modern twist.
Leav/e/arth is a 5-piece rock outfit from Cleveland, Ohio. They are hitting the ground running with their debut full-length album, “A Perfect Disarray,” is now available via InVogue Records.
'Stormchasers' Out Now
Chicago alt-rock veterans Lucky Boys Confusion had an impressive first week of sales on their new full-length album 'Stormchasers', which debuted at #16 on Billboard's Heatseekers Chart, #33 on the Current Rock Albums Chart, and #40 on the Independent Albums.
The band's first set of new music in 10 years has been met with critical acclaim as well, with Altpress stating, "Lucky Boys Confusion are in full-on comeback mode." The Prelude Press raved, "Stormchasers feels like a rebirth, and that’s exactly what it has been for this group of musicians.... a classic, timeless release." It's All Dead declares: "(Frontman) Stubhy Pandav once again proves himself as one of the best vocalists in rock.
Pandav says, "With 'Stormchasers,' I wanted to put myself out there emotionally in a way I haven't been able to let myself do before. So, it's been both amazing and humbling for me and the guys to see our story connecting so deeply with fans, old and new."
"It’s pretty surreal,” adds Stubhy. “We’re still playing shows for fans who have grown up with us, as well as for kids discovering us for the first time – it’s been a hell of a ride.”
The Chicago-based group attained national (and soon after, global) attention with their 2001 major-label debut, Throwing the Game (Elektra Records), featuring the alternative-radio-charting “Fred Astaire.” The band toured relentlessly over the next decade, playing as many as 250 shows per year, and garnering a rabidly-loyal fan-base in-the-process.
Now, with a planned year-long celebration of the band’s platinum anniversary throughout 2017, Lucky Boys Confusion has just released its new record, Stormchasers, which is comprised of all new songs penned by the long-time songwriting team of Pandav and guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Adam Krier, with production duties being manned by Grammy-nominated, Chicago-based producer Johnny K (Plain White T’s, 3 Doors Down).
Stormchasers draws on the band’s long-history, with punk-tempo-ed bangers such as “It’s After Midnight” and the quasi-title-track “Stormchaser,” while showcasing their affinity for modern, radio-ready anthems on “Sun In My Eyes” and “Knives (Watch What You Say).”
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• Facebook: www.facebook.com/luckyboysconfusion
• Official website: www.luckyboysconfusion.net
Festival Returns To Long Beach, CA September 30-October 1
Tickets for Music Tastes Good 2017 areon sale now at www.musictastesgood.com.
Presented by 89.9 KCRW, the colossal two-day, music, food and art festival takes over Downtown Long Beach's beautiful waterfront Marina Green Park the weekend of September 30-October 1, 2017, with influential alt-rock trailblazers Ween and Sleater-Kinney headlining Saturday and Sunday, respectively. See the full lineup for Music Tastes Good below. Additional bands to be announced soon.
A message from your friends at Music Tastes Good:
When throwing a festival that's a love letter to your city, an homage to your best friend, an eclectic food celebration, and an event primed to bring joy to a crowd of like-minded strangers, well, the stakes are high.
Trust the obvious: unforgettable live performances. The best chefs you can dream of. The city you know and love.
Dive deeper: The lyric you can't stop singing. The magic you discover in a bite. The tears of joy that run down your face when you hear that same song for the seventh time in a row. The meal you can't stop describing to your friends. The smile you can't wipe off your face, even if no one is paying attention. Put all of this together in a shoreline setting, add a sea of people who are feeling that same incredible feeling, and don't worry about wiping that smile (or frosting) off your face.
This is Music Tastes Good, the festival that celebrates that cerebral and visceral connection of taste and creativity.
You can join us. All passes (music, food and VIP) are available on our website starting today (Friday, May 12) 10am PDT and locally at Fingerprints Records in Long Beach, CA.
See you in September!
What: Music Tastes Good Festival
When: September 30-October 1, 2017
Where: Marina Green Park (386 E Shoreline Dr)- Long Beach, CA
Tickets On Sale Now at www.musictastesgood.com
!!! (New York, NY)
ALVVAYS (Toronto, ON)
Bearcoon (Long Beach, CA)
BIG FREEDIA (New Orleans, LA)
BRAINSTORY (Long Beach, CA)
BRONCHO (Norman, OK)
CHARLES BRADLEY & HIS EXTRAORDINAIRES (Gainesville, FL)
DENGUE FEVER (Long Beach, CA)
DIGABLE PLANETS (Brooklyn, NY)
DR. OCTAGON (KOOL KEITH) (New York, NY)
DURAND JONES & THE INDICATIONS (Bloomington, IN)
FURCAST (Long Beach, CA)
HARRIET BROWN (Los Angeles, CA)
HEAVEN 17 (London, UK)
HOT 8 BRASS BAND (New Orleans, LA)
JAY SOM (Oakland, CA)
JOYCE MANOR (Long Beach, CA)
KATE TEMPEST (London, UK)
L.A. EDWARDS (San Diego, CA)
LEDFLOYD (Pigeon John + 2Mex + AWOL One) (Los Angeles, CA)
LOS LOBOS - performing 'Kiko' (Los Angeles, CA)
LOS MASTER PLUS (Guadalajara, JA)
MINIHORSE (Ypsilanti, MI)
OF MONTREAL - performing 'Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?' (Athens, GA)
OLD 97'S (Dallas, TX)
PARADE OF LIGHTS (Los Angeles, CA)
PEACHES (Toronto, ON)
PROTOMARTYR (Detroit, MI)
RIDE (Oxford, UK)
SLAVES (Kent, UK)
SLEATER-KINNEY (Olympia, WA)
SPIRIT MOTHER (Long Beach, CA)
THE NATIVES (Long Beach, CA)
THE SANDINISTAS (Wales, UK)
TV HEADS (Long Beach, CA)
VAGABON (New York, NY)
VINYL WILLIAMS (Los Angeles, CA)
WEEN (New Hope, PA)
Y LA BAMBA (Portland, OR)
New Orleans, LA
Collin Cormier - Pop's Poboys (Lafayette, LA)
Kelly Fields - Willa Jean
Isaac Toups - Toups Meatery
Mason Hereford - Turkey & The Wolf
Melissa Martin - Mosquito Supper Club
Michael Gulotta - MayPop
Alfredo Nogueria- Cafe Henri
Arthur Gonzales - Roe
Dave MacLennan - James Republic
Gus Sverkos - Kafe Neo
Khanh Hoang - Company of Khanh
Luis Navarro - Social List & Lola's
Paul Buchanan - Primal Alchemy
Philip Pretty - Restauration
Praise for Music Tastes Good:
"It was always Josh Fischel’s dream to create a musical homage to the bustling port city of Long Beach, California," – Billboard
“As music festival season kicks into high gear, we're always happy to see the local upstarts continue to put together top-notch lineups—particularly with Music Tastes Good.”- Time Out Los Angeles
“…the festival’s focus is the cross section of music, food and art. “- Los Angeles Times
"This Fall's Best SoCal Music Festival Isn't in Indio — It's in Long Beach"- LA Weekly
"Music Tastes Good showcases Long Beach with an accessible, approachable debut." - Los Angeles Times
"Perhaps most impressive, however, was the fact that Halperin and Fischel put on the festival without the help of a major promoter, making it the rare music event today to go a pure independent route."- Los Angeles Times
"With a solid lineup from top to bottom, it was hard to find a bad time to catch good music." -LA Weekly
"Music Tastes Good aims to put Long Beach on the festival map."- Los Angeles Times
"For fans inside the festival, Music Tastes Good offered that rare experience of a fest that was easy to navigate, had a no-hassles attitude and was comfortably well-run."- Orange County Register
"But while food at the aforementioned fests is most definitely secondary to the music – Long Beach’s Music Tastes Good might be the only one around with food built into its original concept. Hell, it’s even in the name."- OC Weekly
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New Lingo formed in 2013. They can be described as a mixture of indie and pop alternative rock.
Shortly after the band’s formation, they had the privilege of playing the St. Louis Warped Tour. They have since gone on to open for well-known acts such as Hands Like Houses, He Is Legend, Set It Off, Silverstein, I the Mighty, and Dance Gavin Dance, to name a few.
New Lingo recorded with STL local, Matthew Amelung at Encapsulated Studios for their first 2 EP’s, Feral Youth (2014) and Best Friends (2016). To support their Best Friends release New Lingo released 2 music videos, "Violent Shakes" and "Part Of Me". The video for "Part of Me" spread quickly through social media and has since accumulated almost 200K views on Facebook.
The release of their Best Friends EP led to interest from some notable record labels. Keeping the buzz going, they embarked on a west coast tour. After returning home they continued to stay busy playing in the St. Louis area, along with out of state shows on the weekends.
Recently, New Lingo finished recording their 3rd EP, Beloved, with Nick Ingram (Courage My Love, City Lights, Hawthorne Heights), at Capital House Studio in Ohio and the songs were mixed and mastered by Kris Crummett (Sleeping With Sirens, Issues, Dance Gavin Dance).
Part Of me:
Night Of The Loving Dead:
Bird Attack Records are proud to welcome No Trigger to their family! The band will be releasing new music in the form of Adult Braces - out digitally on July 28th and physically on August 11th. You can check out a teaser video via YouTube here, as well as find more info below.
Stay tuned for more info!
About No Trigger:
No Trigger have been around since the year 2000, pumping out melodic punk/hardcore songs slowly but surely every 4 or 5 years. Five long years have now passed since their last LP Tycoon came out in 2012, so the boys just recorded a brand new 4-song 12" titled Adult Braces, and it is unquestionably their greatest material to date. The album is everything fans have been waiting for: catchy as hell, flawlessly executed, and filled with hits. This album consists of 4 singles. 4 goddamn hits. 4 fucking earth-shattering smash hits. 4 number one mega-hit singles, all tied for number one. The next song on the charts would be number five. It would be these 4 songs tied as number one, then song number five.
Recorded with Jay Maas in Haverhill, MA and mixed/mastered with Jason Livermore at The Blasting Room in Fort Collins, CO, this album is as professionally produced as punk records come, so play it as loud as you goddamn want. Bird Attack Records will be releasing the album on special one-sided, screen-printed 12” vinyl worldwide. It will be released digitally (iTunes/Spotify) on Friday July 28th 2017, and released physically on Friday August 11th 2017.
No Trigger will be touring the UK and Europe in August of 2017, playing some regional East Coast US shows in the fall of 2017, and will also be appearing live at The Fest in Gainesville, FL in October. Grab a ticket now to any or all of the shows and go see these hot new jammy jams live.
Keep an eye out for more live shows TBA and pick up a copy of Adult Bracesas soon as your dirty little hands can get ahold of that bad boy.
No Trigger Tour Dates:
Adult Braces European Summer Tour 2017:
2.8 - London, UK @ Borderline
3.8 - Vlaardingen, NL @ Kroepoekfabriek
4.8 - Koln, DE @ AZ
5.8 - Karlsruhe, DE @ New Noise Fest w/ Death By Stereo, Burn, Slapshot
7.8 - Zurich, CH @ Dynamo w/ Get Dead
8.8 - Wiener Neustadt, A @ Triebwerk
9.8 - Tolmin, SLO @ Punk Rock Holiday w/ Pennywise, Face to Face, Propagandhi, Anti-Flag, and many more
10.8 - Zwiesel, DE @ Juz w/ La Armada
11.8 - Villmar, DE @ Tells Bells Fest w/ Face To Face, Terror, Good Riddance
All European Show Tickets: https://tinyurl.com/NT-Euro-Tix
US Shows / Fall 2017:
9/22 - Worcester, MA @ Ralph’s Diner w/ Choke Up, Saves Ends, Hot Knife
10/27-10/29 - Gainesville, FL @ The Fest w/ Hot Water Music, Against Me!, Superchunk, Iron Regan, A Wilhelm Scream, and many more
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.
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)
Promise of Redemption is the solo project of Shane Henderson of Valencia.
It's been eight years since the last Promise of Redemption release, and the wait was well worth it. After relocating to California after his last release, Shane Henderson experienced all sorts of highs, lows, trials and tribulations of life. The process led him to this: Where You Ought To Be.
An eclectic mixture of fully produced and raw, emotional acoustic songs, the album perfectly captures Shane’s wide range of musical influences. Songs like “With Open Arms” and “In The Moment,” which feature amazing acoustic tones, somehow manage to compliment electric, upbeat songs, such as the title track, “Where You Ought To Be,” as well as “Disaster.” Throughout the record’s seven tracks, POR fans will experience the classic raw emotion of Shane’s music, while also seeing considerable growth from previous releases.
Boston's Rebuilder have announced a September 1st release date for their upcoming EP 'Sounds From The Massachusetts Turnpike' on Panic State Records.
A new song off the EP is premiering today on New Noise Magazine.
Stream "Mile or An Inch" here: http://newnoisemagazine.com/stream-rebuilder-mile-inch/
Guitarist/vocalist Sal Medrano says, "How do we follow up "Rock and Roll In America" when the whole country has gone to shit? By doing the only thing that can save us, playing Rock & Roll. "Sounds from the Massachusetts Turnpike" pays homage to our great state, navigating through twist and turns of feelings. It's okay to not be okay. Let's rock."
Pre-order's for 'Sounds From The Massachusetts Turnpike' have launched in the Panic State Records webstore: https://www.panicstaterecords.com/collections/preorder/.
The band, two-time nominees for a Boston Music Award for ‘Punk Artist of the Year’ (in 2014 & 2016), has also announced a summer tour with fellow Boston punks Choke Up, which kicks off August 8 in Pittsburgh, PA and winds down with a hometown at Boston's Great Scott on September 2.
Since their beginning in 2013, Rebuilder has refused to follow the rules. Their first show was at a bar playing to no one. Their second show was playing to a sold-out crowd with The Dropkick Murphys - Thats definitely against the rules.
So what has Rebuilder been up to since the release of their debut full length "Rock and Roll in America"? Well they've been doing just that. The self proclaimed gnarly-punk band from Boston has piled into their van, and brought their brand of never-say-die Rock & Roll to the people. Tireless travel up and down both coasts, throughout the Midwest, and even crossing the occasional boarder into Canada and Mexico, Rebuilder has put the pedal through the floor since their inception.
Their newest release on Panic State Records, an EP entitled "Sounds from the Massachusetts Turnpike", is a fervent and rambunctious follow-
up to RNRIA. With power and intensity, this record widens and solidifies Rebuilders sonic footprint in the landscape of rock and roll, re-thinking the traditional three chord punk song and developing their own unique style. Sounds from the Massachusetts Turnpikecomes out Sept 1st and was recorded, mixed and mastered by Jay Maas at Getaway Studios in Haverhill, MA.
Rebuilder will continue to pick up the pieces of a broken scene, and cast aside a broken system. They will soldier on, and rebuild the community of sounds that has given them so much to be thankful for.
Refuse, Rethink, Rebuild. Rebuilder is Sal Ellington (vocals, guitar), Craig Stanton (vocals, guitar), Daniel Carswell (bass), Brandon Phillips (drums), Patrick Hanlin (electric keyboard and organ).
Praise for Rebuilder:
"Rebuilder need to get on the road with some of skate-punk and pop-punks great masters, like the Descendents and NOFX. Their one-two punch of two lead vocalists and straight barre-chord punk is catchy as hell, and deserves to be heard by the masses."– Do 617
"Loud, fast, pop punk with attitude."–Daykamp Music
"Rebuilder are the best kind of in-between from hardcore punk and early 90s skate punk. Bigass hooks, singalong choruses, gritty palm-muted guitars...go do a kickflip, break your wrist, and go to a Rebuilder show in your cast. Thats how it should be."– Allston Pudding
"A killer punk screed neednt exceed two minutes. Economical and phenomenal." – Boston Herald
01 Mile or An Inch
03 Get Up
04 The World Is An Asshole
05 Nasty Habit
06 Vivir & Morir
Sal Ellington - Vocals, Guitar
Craig Stanton - Guitar, Vocals
Daniel Carswell - Bass
Brandon Phillips - Drums
Patrick Hanlin - Organ, Electric Piano
Rock Ridge Music
Orange County, CA
Reel Big Fish was one of the legions of Southern California ska-punk bands to edge into the mainstream following the mid-’90s success of No Doubt and Sublime. Like most of their peers, the band was distinguished by their hyperkinetic stage shows, juvenile humor, ironic covers of new wave pop songs, and metallic shards of ska. The group cultivated an underground following that broke into the mainstream in summer 1997, when their single “Sell Out” became a modern rock radio and MTV favorite. Their appearance in the movie “Baseketball” as the halftime band also gained them more fans and helped the bands popularity to grow. Still fronted by original lead singer and song writer Aaron Barrett, they continue releasing albums and touring relentlessly, playing more and more countries and bigger venues all over the world.
Reel Big Fish recorded its self-released debut album, “Everything Sucks”, in 1995. “Everything Sucks” became a word-of-mouth underground hit in ska-punk and college circles, which gave the band enough leverage to sign with the indie label Mojo Records. The label’s president, Jay Rifkin, and former Oingo Boingo bassist John Avila co-produced “Turn the Radio Off”, which marked Reel Big Fish’s first album for Mojo. “Turn the Radio Off” was unleashed in August 1996, and over the next year, the group continually toured in support of the album’s release, expanding their fan base all the while. In spring 1997, the single “Sell Out” began receiving heavy airplay from several influential modern rock stations in the U.S., which soon translated into MTV support for the song’s quirky video. By summer, the song had become a moderate modern rock hit, and the album had charted in the Top 100.
In 1998 the song “Take on Me” from the “Baseketball” motion picture soundtrack was released as the promotional single for the movie and once again found the band in regular rotation on rock radio and MTV in the USA.
The Album “Why Do They Rock So Hard” followed a year later, once again enlisting Oingo Boingo Bassist John Avila as producer. The album was not as commercially successful but is still regarded by many fans as the bands finest work. The band filmed a music video for “the Set up (You Need This)”, the only single released from this album.
The guys wound up on Jive Records in fall 2001 when their current label, Mojo, was bought by Jive’s parent label, Zomba. Reel Big Fish’s first release for Jive, a more rock-oriented record entitled “Cheer Up!”, appeared in mid-2002. This album was very successful in Europe with the video for the single “Where Have You Been” receiving heavy airplay on many music video channels.
The band’s next album, the cynical yet catchy “We’re Not Happy ‘Til You’re Not Happy”, was issued in April 2005. Touring continued for the rest of the year, and Reel Big Fish happily parted ways with Jive in January 2006, having wished to be dropped from the label since the “Cheer Up!” release.
In August 2006, the group self-released a double-disc live CD (along with an accompanying DVD) titled “Our Live Album Is Better Than Your Live Album”. A few months later — and much to the annoyance of the band — Jive issued its own Reel Big Fish album, a best-of compilation entitled “Greatest Hit…and More”. Reel Big Fish received no money from the album’s sales, as Jive Records now owned the rights to the bulk of their songs. The band has urged fans not to buy this album because it was not approved by them and the sound quality is inferior.
Nevertheless, the band returned with some new material in February 2007, splitting an EP “Duet All Night Long” with their friends in Zolof the Rock & Roll Destroyer. “Monkeys for Nothin’ and the Chimps for Free” followed several months later, marking Reel Big Fish’s first full-length studio release since leaving Jive’s roster, and 2009′s “Fame, Fortune and Fornication” found the band covering songs by the likes of Poison, the Eagles, and Tom Petty.
The band’s latest release is called “A Best of Us for the Rest of Us”. It includes a 22 song disc of re-recorded hits and classic fan favorites as well as a bonus disc of 14 Acoustic or “SKAcoustic” versions.
On July 31st, 2012 Reel Big Fish release their 7th studio album, Candy Coated Fury (Rock Ridge Music), an inspired and infectiously catchy return to the hyperkinetic ska and biting wit of the band’s beloved early albums. “This album is a lot like our first two albums. It’s got a lot of the same intensity, frantic energy in the music, and the same sarcastic sense of humor. I think these are the fastest songs we’ve done since those albums,” Aaron Barrett, founding vocalist, guitarist, and principal songwriter says. “We’re finally just doing what Reel Big Fish does best, and that’s what we did on those first two albums.”
“Candy coated fury pretty much describes what Reel Big Fish does,” Barrett says of the significance of the new album’s title. “It’s hateful, mean, sarcastic, and, sometimes sad lyrics, over happy, wacky, silly, joyous, fast music that makes you want to dance. This album is mostly love songs, but bitter, angry, hateful love songs. Just about everybody knows what it’s like to be in a bad relationship. These songs could be sung by a 15 year old about his first love-gone-wrong, or by a 55 year old about a bitter divorce after 30 years. They’re bad-relationship songs that everybody can relate to.”
Candy Coated Fury is Reel Big Fish’s first album of newly recorded original material in five years. Overall, it’s the seventh in the band’s twenty year history, and it feels as vital and vitriolic as RBF’s foundational releases. The record opens with the huge sing-along vocal, balmy horns, and hyperactive ska groove of “Everyone Else Is An Asshole.” The track is an exceptional distillation of Reel Big Fish’s classic euphorically-juvenile ska punk. The stately arena riffs in “I Dare You To Break My Heart” reference cock rock, new wave, and soul without sacrificing one iota of RBF’s signature simmering skank. “I listen to the Darkness a lot; it was only a matter of time till I wrote a song like this! I can’t really sing as high as that guy so this song sounds more like Kiss, if Kiss was a Motown band that played ska,” Barrett says, detailing the song’s diverse stylistic touchstones. The anthemic “I Know You Too Well To Like You Anymore” features some of Barrett’s finest cutely cruel lyrics. “I think that is an amazing bad-relationship song,” he laughs. “I really captured the hateful love of two people who were once madly in love, but have been together so long, they can’t stand the sight of each other anymore but still say ‘they drive me crazy, and I hate this and this about them, but I love them.’” No RBF album would be complete without playfully irreverent 1980s covers. The band rounds things out ska-ifying the Wonderstuff’s “Don’t Let Me Down Gently” and When In Rome’s “The Promise.”
Reel Big Fish continues to tour non-stop, playing over 250 shows a year to thousands of loyal fans all over the world, gaining more and more underground popularity as the Ska scene continues to flourish.
New Jersey punks The Scandals have released their new EP 'Lucky Seven' via Panic State/Say-10 Records.
It was recorded at Red Bull Studios, NYC and produced by Brian Fallon of The Gaslight Anthem. The Scandals frontman Jared Hart also plays in Fallon's other project The Crowes.
Purchase 'Lucky Seven' here:
'Lucky 7' streaming on Impose.
The Scandals have toured with The Gaslight Anthem, The Falcon, TSOLand many others. They’ve also performed at Bamboozle, Skate & Surf, Punk Rock Bowling among other festivals. Their 2012 EP 'Trenchknife' was recorded with Pete Steinkopf of The Bouncing Souls.
The Scandals will play at Fest in Gainesville, FL this October. Watch for additional shows to be announced.
In the last decade, many things have changed, but there’s one thing that’s remained constant: The Scandals. The New Jersey punk band has been keeping the energy and emotions of dark and cramped basement shows alive, and have taken their own unique brand of anthemic punk rock across the United States and Europe. Relentless touring over the last couple of years has pushed their live show and songwriting to the next level, and it’s apparent on 'Lucky Seven.'
About The Scandals:
The Scandals are a punk rock band from New Jersey.
We are four guys who spend more time in our van than our own beds.
The Scandals were founded in 2004 and started off with numerous demos and EP's. Our first full length, “The Sound of Your Stereo,” was released in 2010 on Skeleton Crew Records, later repressed by Say 10 Records.
We recorded our next EP “Trenchknife,” with Pete Steinkopf of The Bouncing Souls and released it in 2012. We also released an EP called “Riot on the Dancefloor: The Story of Randy Now and City Gardens” and a split 7” with New Mexico’s Stabbed in Back the same year.
In 2013 we were chosen to be a part of the Red Bull Sound Select program, which is a continuing partnership between the band and members of the Red Bull Music team. We have played numerous music festivals such as the Bamboozle festival in 2008/09, Punk Rock Bowling in Las Vegas in 2011, CMJ in New York City in 2012, SXSW in Austin in 2013, Myfest in Berlin in 2014, and the Skate and Surf festival in 2014/15.
In March of 2014 we embarked on our first European tour via City Rat Booking and Gunner Records to support our European exclusive release “Time Machines.”
In 2015 we released 2 split 7”s with Plow United and Jaguar Shark and hit the road with The Gaslight Anthem and Northcote, then headed back to Europe for more touring.
To sum it up, The Scandals are a touring band. We have a van, it’s registered, and we’re ready to roll. When the band is not on the road Jared is out with an acoustic guitar screaming his way through bars, living rooms, venues, parking lots and record stores because that’s where this music lives; on the road.
Produced by Brian Fallon
Recorded and mixed at Red Bull Studio, NYC
Only additional player on the record was Alex Rosamilia on keys
The Scandals are:
"Troublemaker" is the third video from Sharp/Shock’s debut album, Unlearn Everything, released earlier this year on Alkaline Trio’s label, Heart & Skull Records.
It’s a tale of forbidden love, clashing youth cultures, set against the band’s sonic backdrop of teenage rebellion……... with a twist. “Troublemaker, troublemaker, the trouble I would make with you.”
“It’s Mods vs. Rockers, Romeo & Juliet with a wink and a nod to Kenneth Anger and Robert Mapplethorpe,” explains director Scott Parker. “We picked the locks of Studio 606 and shot the video while the Foo Fighters were off playing Glastonbury.”
"Troublemaker" Official Music Video
Sharp/Shock’s sound is exactly what you might expect from two Brits, Davey Warsop (vocals/guitar) & Dan Smith and one San Diego native, Korey Kingston (drums), who grew up on bands like The Jam and Stiff Little Fingers and now are submersed in the California sun and the sounds of The Descendents and early Green Day.
Davey might be known to some via his former bands Beat Union and Suedehead, while Dan has made a name for himself as a world-class tattoo artist (and through his regular appearances on the TV show LA Ink) as well as through his former band, The Dear and Departed.
The band has played shows with the likes of Descendents, TSOL, The Vandals, Tiger Army, Rise Against, Dreamcar, The Jesus and Mary Chain
and has appeared at Punk Rock Bowling and Revfest.
Catch Sharp/Shock live on the west coast supporting The Interrupters & SWMRS
10/13 Seattle , WA
10/14 Portland, OR
10/15 Boise, ID
10/16 Salt Lake City, UT
10/18 Las Vegas, NV
10/19 Mesa, AZ
10/21 Santa Barbara, CA
10/22 Santa Ana, CA
10/24 Fresno, CA
10/25 Sacramento, CA
10/26 Santa Cruz, CA
10/27 Los Angeles, CA
10/28 Berkeley, CA
10/29 San Diego, CA
Watch the video here: TROUBLEMAKER
Have you ever heard the inarguable sound of what materializes when you let fate direct the future? What if that sound was influenced by twenty years of British and American punk cultures colliding?
For the members of Sharp/Shock, growing up with the bands that defined music with an honesty and passion that can be rarely found in modern times, cleared a very obvious path for what they wanted to do with their own lives. Sometimes in music, the storybook tale of determination, sacrifice, and despair can be thrown around hastily. To some, those three things describe a reality that very few can truly understand, and for the members of Sharp/ Shock, they are only a few attributes that make up their unique story.
Having all played in bands from a young age, the work ethic it takes to move your life around the world just isn’t something that most people possess. Playing in garages to arenas and back again, sleeping on floors and in vans for the better part of the last fifteen years, they found their way to Southern California and were pushed only by that dream so many end up letting slip away.
Singer/Guitarist Davey Warsop (Beat Union, Suedehead) and bass player/vocals Dan Smith (The Dear & Departed) are UK exports. Smith by way of New Zealand and also widely known for his achievement in the tattoo world, they both moved to California in the early 2000’s without knowing each other. Korey Kingston (The Aggrolites/Suedehead), a San Diegan drummer raised on a healthy diet of Reggae, Ska and a West Coast view on that same upbringing, would end up completing this trio perfectly. Despite their different geographical beginnings, they quickly realized they were all very much from the same place.
“The timing couldn’t have been better,” says Smith. “As the story goes, both myself and Korey reached out to Davey by way of text message, coincidentally within a minute of each other, suggesting we start something. We hadn't even met, so I think Davey saw that as some kind of synchronicity, perhaps too much of a coincidence for him to ignore. Then before we knew it, we were already in the studio recording”.
It was only a matter of time before the hiatus they were all experiencing and this coincidence would essentially bring them together. Musically, it is exactly what you might expect kids schooled early on The Jam and Stiff Little Fingers would sound like. Then, submerse that in the sun-drenched beach cities of Southern Californian surf, skate and punk culture and the sounds of The Descendents or early Green Day and you will find Sharp/Shock.
The way the band formed can only be described as organic and after some time away from playing and being rather disheartened with the machine of the music industry and not knowing where they fit in, they all agreed to take much more of a DIY approach this time. Warsop, having produced and engineered countless records over the years at Hurley studios shortly after moving to the US, was a key piece in the productivity of self-producing the debut album. “We tracked the majority of this record live, to keep the performances honest and fun. Like our name suggests, we’re trying to keep everything about this band direct and to the point. From the songwriting being short and snappy, to us being a trio…we don’t want to overcomplicate anything.” says Warsop.
Sharp Shock had their first record under their belt within a very short amount of time and it would be no surprise if a second wasn’t too far away. “This feels like it did when I was covering my favorite bands in my garage as a kid. We are doing only what we know…and doing it from the heart” says Smith.
Unlearn Everything is out now via Heart & Skull Records.
Beloved Chicago pop-punk band Showoff is back in action with plans to release a new album this Fall.
Today the band is premiering a new song ("Popular Kid") off the forthcoming album "Midwest Side Story", exclusively on Alternative Press.
Stream "Popular Kid" here: http://www.altpress.com/features/entry/showoff_premiere_popular_kid.
Front man Chris Messer tells AP, "The song is about my life growing up, but we all feel it's relatable to all people who feel disenfranchised or made to feel bad about themselves. Basically, it lets them know that they aren’t alone; and the people that matter in life, don’t care if they are popular or not, they care about them a human being on a much deeper level.”
"Midwest Side Story" will be released on September 22 via Dodgeball Records, the newly-launched label started by Messer, his wife Dani and Mike Felumlee (Smoking Popes). Album pre-orders will launch on July 21 at https://showoffrock.com/.
Here's a quick refresher: In the late 1990s, Showoff's self-titled third album was released on Maverick Records, which at the time was owned by Madonna herself. The LP was among the first to be produced by prolific studio wiz John Feldmann (Good Charlotte, The Used, Panic! At The Disco, Blink-182).
The band reformed in 2014 with a mostly original lineup, featuring Chris Envy (Chris Messer) on vocals, Dave Envy (Dave Hyde) on bass, Dan Castady on drums and Darren Vorel and George Castady on guitars.
Showoff is set to play a hometown show with Punchline at Reggie's Rock Club in Chicago on August 12.
Twitter - @DodgeballRCS
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/dodgeballrecords/
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.
McAllen,TX emo band Sine Cura will release their new EP ‘ I Am Growing, Honestly.” on Aug 4 via Standby Records.
Formed in 2015, the band has since toured in both the US and Canada. The band signed to Standby Records in early August. The band is fueled by interests in 80's pop-rock, 90's grunge, and newer alternative-emo acts.
Hailing from Lancaster, PA, Sleepy Limbs is Ben Roth, Joe Fuscia, and Kory Gable. The trio brings together an extensive and impressive musical history, as all three were previously members of the band You, Me and Everyone We Know (South By Sea Records), as well as other bands such as The High Court (I Surrender Records), Bright and Early, and No Such Noise.
Sleepy Limbs debut self-titled EP will be released via Know Hope Recordslater this summer, and tour dates supporting the release will be announced soon.
You can listen to Sleepy Limb’s self-released track “Picket Pin” here:
6/29 Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club w/ Born Without Bones, Secret Stuff
7/7 York, PA @ Skid Row Garage w/ Cayetana, Worriers, Camp Cope
7/15 Lancaster, PA @ Lizard Lounge w/ Future Dinosaurs, Ace and The Kinds
8/1 Lancaster, PA @ Lizard Lounge w/ Mannequin Pussy
Tampa, FL pop punk band Southview embarks on a southeastern US tour with Georgia natives Like Mike in late-July. "The Dirty South Tour" is sure to cross paths with some scorching temperatures and excited fans, rounding everything off with a Southview appearance at this year's "Florida Fest" in Tampa.
7/30- Tarpon Springs, FL- Neptune Lounge
8/1- San Antonio, TX- Ventura
8/2- Denton, TX- Killer's Tacos
8/3- Merriam, KS- Aftershock Live
8/4- Nashville, TN- Rocketown
8/6- Myrtle Beach, SC- Rockin Hard Saloon
8/9- Marietta, GA- Swayze's
8/10- Tallahassee, FL- 926 Bar
8/11- Jacksonville, FL- Rain Dog's
8/12- Tampa, FL -Florida Fest
A 4 piece Pop-Punk band originating from Tampa, Florida, Southview got started in early 2015, touring the Eastern half of the US in support of their self-released debut EP "Whatever It Takes."
The band's sophomore EP "Sunny Places For Shady People" was released on March 17th via Standby Records.
Southview consists of Cody Travis on Guitar and Vocals, Griffin Sallmen on Guitar and Vocals, Jackson Vieira on Bass and Taylor Dalton on drums.
Spartan Records is an independent record label located in Seattle, WA founded by John T. Frazier. Prior to taking Spartan full-time in early 2013, Frazier directed marketing efforts at Tooth & Nail/Solid State Records and played an important role in the careers of bands like Underoath, Anberlin, mewithoutYou, As Cities Burn, Norma Jean, and Mae to name a few. Prior to that, he headed up marketing at Drive-Thru Records and worked with bands like The Starting Line, Finch, New Found Glory, and Something Corporate. He started his career at crank! A RECORD COMPANY working with bands like Mineral, the Gloria Record, and others.
Currently home to Ourlives, Sullivan, Schematic, Shy, Low, Trespassers, Barren Womb, Waypoint, Young Fox, and Over the Ocean, our goal is to help artists create and share their art - and through that process, we hope to help facilitate "moments" that transcend everything that divides us. We believe in the power of music to move us -- to inspire and change lives.
Spartan bands have been featured in Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, and American Songwriter among others and heard on NBC, ABC Family, MTV, DirecTV, and alongside brands like Quicksilver and Fox Racing.
We Are Rock and Roll
A self-described "intersectional feminist, LGBTQ-positive, socio-political hardcore punk band from Southern California", Apple Valley's Stay Wild's newest EP "livelearnlove" is out now on Panic State Records and is available digitally on Spotify and Bandcamp, or get a physical copy from the Panic State Records web store.
Pioneers of the post-dickwave moment.
Phoenix, AZ's Sundressed have released their latest album "A Little Less Put Together" on Animal Style Records.
The full-length was engineered, produced, mixed, and mastered by Curtis Douglas (The Maine).
A music video for the title track is streaming on Idobi Radio.
With a couple of EP's and splits under their belts, Sundressed have been buzzing for a while now, but even more so lately, following recent appearances at Emo Night in LA and Phoenix, which led to praise from Dashboard Confessional's Chris Carraba himself.
"Limelight", another track off the upcoming LP, is currently featured on Spotify's 'Punk Unleashed' Playlist.
For fans of Saves the Day, The Starting Line, Transit, Relient K, Motion City Soundtrack.
“We’re all in this weird world together” is a perfectly suited mantra to describe Phoenix, Arizona’s Sundressed. The quote, from vocalist and songwriter Trevor Hedges’ description of the message behind his own lyrics, is hopeful and unifying – and thoroughly summarizes the band.
Sundressed was initially created, in part, to help vocalist & songwriter Trevor Hedges maintain sobriety. Years later, the calm of a sober life has allowed Hedges to take his struggles and successes and refocus them to a broader scope. What’s truly remarkable is that he’s managed to achieve this without straying away from his signature mixture of self-deprecation and eager determination. What’s left is an uplifting take on the heavier aspects of life, inspiring hope without treading into trite or conceived territory.
The past two years have been monumentally prolific for Sundressed, releasing two EPs and a split with Nashville’s Secret Stuff in rapid succession between April 2015 and July 2016. Now, the five-piece outfit has readied their first full-length record, “A Little Less Put Together.” The LP, full of syrupy, yet poignant pop-punk songs wrought with massive hooks and stark lyrical honesty, is a must-listen for fans of Saves the Day, The Starting Line, & Transit. The uptempo bounciness and complex vocal melodies of “Mill Ave and Broadway” call back to mid-era Relient K, while the melancholy, synth-tinged “A Little Less Put Together” shows the band taking influence from Motion City Soundtrack. Ultimately, “A Little Less Put Together” is a perfect windows-down-on-a-warm-spring-day kind of record – capable of tugging at heart strings, but also demanding singalong after singalong with its huge, addictive choruses.
“A Little Less Put Together” was engineered, produced, mixed, and mastered by Curtis Douglas (The Maine), and will be out in March 2017 via Animal Style Records.
Trevor Hedges- Vocals/ Songwriter
Garrett Tretta- Drums
Forest Walldorf- Guitars
Justin Portillo - Bass
Jordan Leal - Guitar
SVETLANAS have been called "the most dangerous band in the world" thanks to their super intense live performances at such international festivals as Vans Warped Tour, South by Southwest, Rebellion Festival and more.
The Russian "thrashcore" band (now living in Italy) consists of (first names only): OLGA (vocals), DISTE (drums), STEVE (bass), RICKY (guitar) and the newest member, former Queens Of The Stoneage /Kyuss bass player Nick Oliveri who dubbed Olga, "The best front wo'Man' I've seen since Lee (Trash Talk) and Blag Jesus (The Dwarves)."
Svetlanas' latest release, "THIS IS MOSCOW NOT LA" just came out on Rad Girlfriend Records / Subkultura Records.
A video for the track "Let's Get Drunk" is premiering on BrooklynVegan.
While maintaining a 100% DIY attitude, the band has earned praise and respect from such punk and rock heavy hitters like Gene Simmons ("Their music will be listened to by 40 millions of Americans."), Jello Biafra ("Olga has quite an unusual voice, kind of like an angry cornered mongoose.") and The Adolescents, who they partnered with on a split release titled "Hot War".
In 2015 the band teamed up with Blag Dahlia of The Dwarves for a 7" split and a European tour that captured the attention of bass player Oliveri, who officially joined the lineup in 2016.
After a full month residency at the legendary Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles, last month, SVETLANAS put out their brand new album "This is Moscow Not LA" , which was recorded at Josh Homme's Pink Duck Studios.
PraIse for SVETLANAS:
"I swear to God their approach to music is still gross and strong like a Vodka shot”- Malcom McLaren
-"Svetlanas kicking major ass -New Noise Magazine
"The Svetlanas is able to keep up such level of energy that seems like it will never stop throughout an entire set and then that energy is transferred to the crowd. Lead singer Olga was on stage, off stage in people’s faces then back on stage then in the crowd again throughout the set."-Az Punk Scene
"Olga Svetlanas is Henry Rollins in female form." -Punk in Vegas
"Svetlanas were simply unstoppable, with bodies constantly flying from the stage into the pit like crash test dummies."-Dying Scene
"Not punk enough was not a problem for The Svetlanas. This was a very entertaining set." -Boston Groupie News
Do you ever worry the world is going to end thanks to some combination of hyper-caffeinated anxiety, extreme internet usage, and a constantly shifting definition of what a “good American” is?
Milwaukee rock band Telethon arrives with a sprawling new rock opera The Grand Spontanean, heralding these fears and bringing a sense of weird, beautiful levity to all those who listen.
Produced by Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Jeff Rosenstock, Joyce Manor, The Smith Street Band) The Grand Spontanean is a cosmic trip of punk rock filtered through straight up rock n’ roll a la Thin Lizzy, Weezer’s anthemic power pop and every other style in which they could meld their sound into. It resulted in a true blue rock opera about a self-centered, internet addicted twenty-something realizing the world’s about to end in a storm of noise and chaos.
After writing their debut LP Citrosis, the group ruminated on what could be done on the foundation of a band they’d started. Singer/lyricist Kevin Tully built upon initial lyrics of death and existential musings to grandiose storytelling, inspired by Stephen King. This choice produced a sprawling body of work for the young band (comprised of lead guitarist Jack Sibilski, bassist Alex Meylink, keyboardist Nate Johnson, and drummer Erik Atwell), bursting at its seams with tangible energy and excitement at every turn. It’s as if Randy Newman grew up in a burgeoning punk scene, and decided to write his own version of Tommy. Organs, pianos, and synthesizer march their way into the group’s DNA. The wide array of instruments create a declarative impression on “The Signal,” before sliding into place for lead off ripper “Apocalypse When.” Through the journey Telethon takes listeners on, humor and levity work their way through, even materializing as a full on ska “set” in the middle of the record
It never gets self-indulgent or obnoxious, despite its run time and scope. Songs take precedence over everything else, winding nine-minute epics like “Stillwave” build up stakes in a concerted yet fun way, weaving folk elements into electric punk rock. Shorter songs pop off with frenetic energy like lead single “Punctuation!” that creates a dichotomy of Green Day-like exuberance with lyrics observing the apocalypse when no one else has their eyes open. The album establishes their scope, similar to what Titus Andronicus and The Hold Steady achieved on The Monitor and Separation Sunday, respectively.
Joining Telethon on the record is a chorus comprised of their heroes, each adding their own voice and texture to the narrative fabric. They’re joined by the likes of Laura Stevenson, Chris Farren, Franz Nicolay (The World/Inferno Friendship Society, The Hold Steady), Roger Lima (Less Than Jake), Peter Hess (World/Inferno Friendship Society), and a wide range of other session musicians.
To top it off, The Grand Spontanean is 100% self-funded and self-released, DIY to the bone. In the future, physical releases of the record will come as a box set with a playbill, loaded with lyrics and paraphernalia derived from the story. The band will be taking The Grand Spontanean on the road, appearing at this year’s Fest 16. Attendees will be able to hear for themselves the joy, excitement, and heart the group brings live. Driven by an incendiary new album with an identity one won’t hear elsewhere, Telethon is more than equipped to make their impact felt.
Since banding together in 2012, psychedelic cumbia-punk trio Thee Commonshave made waves in and around their hometown of East LA.
Featuring los hermanos Pacheco and bassist Jose Rojas, these romp ‘n’ rollers have managed not only to marry two unlikely genres -- world’s apart -- in perfect pastiche harmony but have also compiled a prolific catalog of music.
Their latest is an ambitious 18-song album “Paleta Sonora,” which will be released on July 28 via LA-based Cosmica Records.
Thee Commons will kick off a heavy touring schedule in support of the new record next weekend. The trek includes festival dates, club shows and a series of shows with Fidlar. The band's Paleta Sonora U.S. Tour launches on September 16 and includes dates with Nina Diaz (Girl In A Coma). See dates below. Tickets available at http://www.theecommons.com/tourdates.
Named #15 on LA Weekly’s “LA’s 20 Best Live Shows of 2016” outranking the likes of ELO, Bruce Springsteen and The Who, Thee Commons have created a buzz with their vivacious performances.
Chris Ziegler founder of LA Record wrote about Thee Commons, “Live, they’re fearless, confident and ready to go off-script at a moment’s inspiration. It’s wild stuff, just as it absolutely should be.” To which Chris Kissel of LA Weekly further comments, “If Thee Commons aren’t the best live band in Los Angeles, they’re damn near the top.”
Altogether, Thee Commons have played well over a hundred shows, gaining in the process hundreds more in fans -- those eager for something new to call their own. They have performed at several of Southern California’s prestigious venues and festivals, including Coachella, Echo Park Rising, Desert Daze, Viva Pomona, The Echoplex of Echo Park, The Regent Theatre of Downtown Los Angeles, the Glasshouse of Pomona, the Roxy of West Hollywood and the Observatory of Santa Ana; have been hosted for a residency by pocho wine bar Eastside Luv of Boyle Heights -- which consisted of a weekly burlesque-dancer-entangled-affair dubbed the “Cumbia Psicodelica Cabaret”; and have opened up for such acts as Chicano Batman, Bomba Estereo, Thee Midniters and even unofficially -- by way of an impromptu guerilla-style street show -- for The Pixies.
Discographically, Thee Commons’ “DIT” (do it together) hard work ethic has yielded them a debut 7inch vinyl EP paradoxically titled Sunburn at Midnight -- self-released spring 2013 -- and a fragmented compilation entitled Rock is Dead: Long Live Paper and Scissors, which is to say an 8-volume limited edition EP series, the volumes of which they released successively throughout 2014. As of 2015, however, Rock is Dead is available, as a full-feature 20-song CD, and as a specialty, limited edition cassette and 10-inch -- 10-song -- vinyl originally co-released by the independent O.C. label Burger Records. 2016 brought about their sophomore album “Loteria Tribal” co-released with Burger Records on CD, Cassette and limited edition Flexi Vinyl. The same year also brought about two new 7-inch vinyl’s that include their refreshing cover of Los Saico’s “Demolicion,” on Denver, Colorado’s Heavy Dose Records, and a single of “La Fiesta” an obscure swinging Mexican cover b/w a grungy cover of Selena’s “La Carcancha” on Steady Beat Records out of San Pedro, CA.
Looking forward, 2017 Thee Commons plan to release the ambitious 18 song junior follow up album “Paleta Sonora” on July 28.
Teamed up with Cosmica Artists Management group and Monterey Int. Booking Agency, the future looks auspicious for these young and determined “chunsters” who doggedly strive to perfect their hypnotic yet invigorating act -- which includes an intertextual take on Nirvana's “Love Buzz” and a punk cover of Selena’s “Baila Esta Cumbia”-- and disseminate the perfect pastiche that is psychedelic cumbia punk.
Tickets available here.
July 16 Ventura, CA Surf Rodeo
July 22 Bakersfield, CA Centro 18
July 27 Los Angeles, CA Levitt Pavilion
July 28 Paso Robles, CA Santa Cruz, CA Tooth & Nail Winery
July 29 Santa Cruz, CA Moe's Alley
Aug 5 Carson City, NV Brewery Arts Center
Aug 11 Riverside, CA Romano's
Aug 19 Centil, CA Full Bloom Festival
Aug 23 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore w/ FIDLAR
Aug 25 Seattle, WA Showbox w/ FIDLAR
Aug 31 Arcata, CA Van Duzer Theater Humbolt State University
Sept 16 San Pedro, CA Horton's Hay Ride
Sept 17 Phoenix, AZ Crescent Ballroom
Sept 18 Tucson, AZ Club Congress
Sept 19 El Paso, TX Lowbrow Palace
Sept 22 Colorado Springs, CO Ivywild
Sept 23 Denver, CO Lost Lake
Sept 26 Dallas, TX Double Wide
Sept 27 Houston, TX Continental Club w/ Nina Diaz
Sept 28 Austin, TX Stubbs Jr w/ Nina Diaz
Sept 29 San Antonio, TX 502 Bar w/ Nina Diaz
Sept 30 Marfa, TX Trans-Pecos Festival
Oct 3 New Orleans, LA Gasa Gasa
Oct 4 Birmingham, AL Syndicate Lounge
Oct 5 Asheville, NC Salvage Station
Oct 6 Chapel Hill, NC Local 506
Oct 7 Roanoke, VA Oktoberfest Martin's Downtown
Oct 8 Washington, DC Jammin Java
Oct 10 New York, NY Mercury Lounge
Oct 12 Philadelphia, PA Milkboy
Oct 13 Columbus, OH The Basement
Oct 14 Ft. Wayne, IN Brass Hall
Oct 15 Chicago, IL Beat Kitchen
Oct 17 Iowa City, IA The Mill
Oct 18 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry
Oct 19 Des Moines, IA Vaudeville Mews
Oct 20 St. Louis, MO Bootleg @Atomic Cowboy
Oct 21 Lawrence, KS Bottleneck
Oct 22 Omaha, NE Reverb
Oct 25 Ft. Collins, CO Hodi's Half Note
Oct 27 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
Oct 28 Boise, ID Neurolux
Oct 31 Spokane, WA Big Dipper
Nov 1 Seattle, WA Barboza
Nov 2 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios
Nov 3 Eugene, OR Sam Bond's Garage
Nov 4 Arcata, CA Humboldt Brews
Nov 10 Los Angeles, CA The Echo
Nov 16 Reno, NV The Saint
Nov 17 San Francisco, CA The Independent
Nov 18 Visalia, CA The Cellar Door
What others are saying about Thee Commons:
"Live, they’re fearless, confident and ready to go off-script at a moment’s inspiration. It’s wild stuff, just as it absolutely should be..."- LA Record
If Thee Commons aren’t the best live band in Los Angeles, they’re damn near the top."- LA Weekly
"Thee Commons are living proof that the creative musical soil of East Los Angeles is still richly fertile. Bands have emerged from its epicenter for decades reshaping the sounds of each coming generation. Brothers David and Rene Pacheco are making sure that new groups can still catch a buzz by offering up an energetic blend of cumbia, pysch and punk"- OC Weekly
"'Thee Commons‘ cumbia happily submits to possession by psych, garage, and punk spirits — sinister and snarling, but forever bailable."- Remezcla
"Thee Commons, whomI’d remotely heard about through word-of-mouth, blew me away that exact day. Not because they are the greatest of all time or most musically polished, but because their presence as a band on stage had what a lot of others lack: they were having fun up there, and it translated to a public who had no idea who they were."- KCRW
"Thee Commons, who describe themselves as “Unconventionally attractive Psychedelic Cumbia Punks from East Los Angeles,” are still what Next Big Sound considers Promising — not Undiscovered, but not yet Established...And social media engagement turned to actual, real-life engagement during their performance at the Sonora Stage on Saturday night..."- Forbes
Midwestern melodic punk 4-piece Turnspit has signed with Dodgeball Records, which will release the band's new LP 'Desire Paths' on February 16, 2018.
The Chicago band has revealed cover art and track listing for the 12-track release, which was self-produced and engineered by Dan Tinkler, with assistance from Justin Yates, Chris DeQuick and Paddy McGuire. The album was recorded at Atlas Studios in Chicago, IL.
The band says, "We’re excited to be working with Dodgeball. We’ve been looking for the right home for Desire Paths for a little while. It was important to us that whoever released our debut LP understood who we are and what we try to do with our music, and the family at Dodgeball could not be more supportive or like-minded. They’re as hard-working and dedicated as we try to be. We can't wait for everyone to hear the record!"
Turnspit will be performing a special hometown acoustic show on November 2nd at Quenchers Saloon (with Engines and Mobina Galore). More info here.
1. Irish Name
2. Breath Taking
3. Walk Away
4. Apologies, I Have So, So Many
5. Desire Paths
7. Home Is Run No More
12. If It Meant Heaven Was Free
Gillian McGhee - Guitar/Vox
Brad Davis - Bass/Background Vox
Jason Swearingen - Guitar/Vox
Dan Tinkler - Drums/Salmon pants
Turnspit are one of Chicago’s hardest working bands. Made of grit, sweat and soulful prowess, Turnspit were born out of a moment of bliss during a Samiam set at Riot Fest in 2014 when they were “feeling the itch” to ditch the solo gigs and form a band. Since 2014, Turnspit have been leaning into the music scene non-stop with recording singles and EPs at Atlas Studios to playing frequent shows in the city. Having shared a stage with bands like The Lawrence Arms, Worriers, Dowsing, Meridian, RVIVR, Worship This!, and Alkaline Trio since then, the group felt their biggest moment of joy when they played the Heather Owen Stage during Riot Fest 2017.
The punk foursome grasp the livelihood of the city’s music scene when they’re not making their own tracks. Drummer Dan Tinkler is a sound engineer at Atlas Studios, guitarist and vocalist Jason Swearingen is a graphic designer and illustrator/artist, vocalist and guitarist Gillian McGhee works at Cobra Lounge and volunteers at a local animal shelter (One Tail At A Time) and Bradley Davis is a stage manager at Thalia Hall. Not only does the group give back to the scene they love, they’re socially conscious with their performances and donate proceeds from some shows to organizations like RAINN, Girl Forward and spread the message of inclusivity.
Weaving influences into their midwestern punk tracks with poetic sensibility, Turnspit are in the wheelhouse of their favorite bands: The Gaslight Anthem, The Menzingers, Rise Against, Lucero, Hot Water Music and Against Me! Taking some pointers to heart, McGhee said Chuck Ragan’s Covering Ground influenced her iconic “growl.”
“I wanted to be able to produce that sound with my voice and put my own spin on it,” McGhee said. “I've worked on my vocal delivery for years and am very proud of my ability to go from soft and pretty to harsh and gritty.”
Brooklyn-based Typhoid Rosie delivers punk/indie grit with pop hooks. They've been featured in HuffPost, Paste Magazine, AXS, Buzzfeed, Baeble Music, Pop Dose, She Knows, The Big Takeover and more.
The band's upcoming third LP, This Is Now,' is the follow-up to 2013's 'The Music Album' and 2015's 'Hearts Bleed Goodbye.'
Rosie Rebel: Vox
Matt Kursmark: Guitar
Steve Capecci: Bass
Phil Wartell: Drums
Christian DeMarco: Guitar
The band has signed with New Damage Records, which will release the band's upcoming full-length worldwide. Album details will be announced shortly.
Bassist Casey Aylward says,"This is definitely the first riff that kicked off the record and solidified the direction that we knew we wanted to aim for going forward. As for lyrics, it's about people in your life that consistently let you down, the people around them down, and of course themselves down." He further explains, "There's a point where there is really no helping them because you realize that ultimately their freedom of choice will supersede anything you could do for them, and even if you cut them out of your life, you and others can still be collateral damage. It can be a dark thing to completely give up on humans or to be given up on.The title is an attempt to add a futile amount of humor to the subject, dark comedy if you will, dark black. Macabre."
"Dark Black" is available now on:
With the release of their widely heralded 2015 album “Settler,” Vattnet (formerly Vattnet Viskar,) rode the line between American black metal and a more experimental blend of atmospheric, melody driven metal. But in a genre known for its uncompromising aggression and dark nature, Vattnet found themselves the odd band out, as they explored both the light and darkness of their musical nature on tour.
“I love black metal bands, there are a handful of bands I absolutely love, but I’ve never considered us to be among them,” says singer/guitarist Casey Aylward. “It’s a tag that’s followed us. I think it has helped us, but also hurt us in some ways.”
The band was formed in 2010 by founding members Chris Alfieri (guitars) and Nick Thornbury (ex-vocalist/guitarist) and eventually rounded out with Aylward on bass and drummer Seamus Menihane. Their early work was very much influenced by blending straight-forward American black metal acts such as Wolves In The Throne Room with more eclectic groups like Agalloch and Nachtmystium.
“We can’t deny where the band came from,” Aylward says, speaking about the band’s musical dichotomy. “But on ‘Settler’ we took it even further.”
The band toured heavily behind their Century Media debut album (which led to Stereogum naming them one of the "40 Best Best New Bands" of 2012), but once the ear-ringing distortion of the road faded, a sudden lineup change left the band at a crossroads of who they were and who they wanted to be.
“We toured pretty heavily and at the end of it Nick realized it just wasn’t for him,” Aylward said. “We had to go back to square one.”
Soon after Thornbury’s departure, the remaining three members returned to their practice space, free of expectations and pressure, to begin forging a new musical path for themselves.
“There is a lot of self-realization when you go through that process,” Alfieri said. “You take an inventory on yourself. We got into the shed a week after and just started writing songs.”
Already knowing that their music was going in such a drastic direction by stripping away the black metal elements, the band gave themselves one criteria while writing: “In ten years if we had to listen to this record and we were the only ones who liked it, would we still like it,” Aylward recalled.
Their new shortened moniker came as a result of Thornbury’s departure and a way for them to sever the ties to their past without fully abandoning the band’s history.
“When we would go out on tour everyone would call us Vattnet. Internally we were already calling our own band,” Alfieri said.
“When Nick left it was just a no-brainer, it was also a way to show that we are not the same band. The same idea, but a slightly different take,” he added.
Vattnet's sound is a grand sonic departure from the tremelo picking, blast beats and guttural vocals from the band’s formative years, that now boldly raises the bar set on “Settler” and their 2013 debut album “Sky Swallower,” with an aurally diverse blend of melody, heavy angular progressive riffs and and clean vocals from Aylward, now stepping into the lead vocal position.
The new direction is more in tune with progressive metal acts like Rosetta, Intronaut and The Ocean while Aylward’s vocals have hints of Deftones’ Chino Moreno mixed with Robert Smith of The Cure and lyrically touches on topics of deep loss and pain that the band have carried over from their past albums.
The members of Vinyl Theatre know firsthand that music has the power to bring people together because it happened to them. Music is how they met, it’s what they bonded over, and it’s what has transformed their lives. Since officially forming in 2012, the Milwaukee-based quartet has gone from being college students who revered bands like The Killers, Two Door Cinema Club, The Shins, and Death Cab For Cutie to coming into their own as artists themselves, building an impressive following for their buoyant synth-based alternative-pop sound. Vinyl Theatre’s use of social media, including uploading tracks from their independent EP Chromatic one by one over a period of months onto SoundCloud, proved to be a savvy tactical decision.
“Whenever we would tweet that a new song was uploaded to SoundCloud, our fans would play it non-stop, which pushed it to trend on the site,” explains drummer Nick Cesarz. “And once you’re trending, everyone sees it.” That led to attention from venerated indie label Fueled By Ramen (Fun., Young The Giant, Paramore), which signed them and will release their eight-song debut Electrogram later this year. Vinyl Theatre tell the story of having their lives changed through the songs on Electrogram, writing about being so inspired by music that it practically hurts (first single 'Breaking Up My Bones'), finding their passion in life and going after it ('Gold'), and persevering now that they’ve found that passion ('Shine On'). Sonically, the songs pulse with kinetic dance-friendly energy that is informed by their mutual camaraderie and sheer joy in the creative process.
“Our goal as a band is to share this experience,” says singer and guitarist Keegan Calmes. “We want to share what we have. It's hard to share a relationship, but we want to show people our bond, and hopefully they will form that bond with each other as fans and become friends. I met all of these guys through music. It brought us together and we want to do the same for others.”
Vinyl Theatre’s origins are rooted in a seven-year friendship between Calmes and keyboardist Chris Senner, athletes who met at a cross-country track meet during their junior year of high school. Senner approached Calmes, a star runner who would go on to win eight All-Americans and three national titles, and said, “So you’re Muskego’s best runner? I’m going to kick your ass today.” “He’s kind of a jokester and was trying to psych me out,” Calmes says. “I was kind of mad, like ‘Who the hell is this kid?’ and I beat him by two minutes. After the meet, the two got to talking and discovered that they were both were musicians. Calmes began playing guitar at age ten and singing at 15. Senner began taking piano lessons at age eight, eventually spending eight to ten hours a day practicing with the goal of being a classical pianist. It was hearing The Killers’ Hot Fuss that changed everything for them. “That was when I completely fell in love with pop music,” Senner says. “That album was my rock,” Calmes says. “It’s what I return to whenever I want a refresher about the craft of songwriting.”
The first time Calmes and Senner hung out, they wrote two songs right away. “I had never really written with anyone else, and I was kind of guarding all my music like, ‘I don't trust anyone,’ but immediately, the chemistry was there,” Calmes says. “I’m very structured in how I write, but what impressed me about Chris is that he’s kind of off-the-wall. He brought that missing factor for me.” Says Senner: “Keegan is just super-talented when it comes to structuring ideas, writing hooks, and seeing the full picture of a song and what direction it needs to go in.”
To complete the band, Calmes and Senner recruited two friends of Senner’s, his childhood buddy Josh Pothier, who took up the bass in middle school and spent hours jamming with Chris from the age of 12, and Nick Cesarz, who began playing drums in fourth grade. He met Senner in a music theory class. “Nick has always been the prodigy,” Calmes says. “He could have gone on to do anything with music, been a classical percussionist. What I love about him is that he wanted to be in this band.” Says Nick, “I studied percussion performance in college and I got sick of reading notes on a page. It just wasn’t for me. You can only interpret something so many ways. But with these guys, I get to create something.”
Despite the fact that Calmes was attending college in Colorado, the four began exchanging ideas over Skype and practicing whenever Calmes was back in town. “One night after a show, Nick said, ‘I don't think that you should go to school so far away.’ He'd never spoken up like that. And I was like, ‘What do you mean?’ And he said, ‘I just think it's foolish. I think that we have something big here.’"
Turns out Cesarz was right. Calmes transferred to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and “that’s how this thing got serious,” he says. Since then, Vinyl Theatre has released two independent EPs, performed many local headlining shows, and supported such national acts as Royal Teeth, Parade of Lights, Five Knives, and twenty-one pilots, whom they got to open for after winning a battle of the bands at Marquette University last year. “After the show, the singer Tyler [Joseph] gave me a big hug, and said, ‘Just keep going, man. Keep doing what you're doing.’ They’re one of my favorite bands, and that meant to the world to me.”
The infectious spirit of that encouragement is something Vinyl Theatre hopes to put out in the world themselves with their music. “Emitting a happy, energetic vibe is so key to us because this is what we love doing, and when we write, that's how we feel,” Pothier says. “And we just want that happiness to spread to other people because we love life and we love doing what we do.”
LA-based, Long Island, NY native Scott Waldman is what you might call a true renaissance man. The musician/artist manager/a&r executive and host of the weekly show Waldman Words (heard on Idobi Radio) has a lot on his plate and he wouldn't have it any other way.
The former bassist of pop punk outfit The City Drive (Sony) and guitarist/frontman of Lido Beach has turned his experience as a touring and signed musician into a major asset for his management clients and his numerous other endeavors.
With first-hand knowledge of the ins-and-outs of the ever-changing music industry, and a clear vision of how to help musicians further their careers, Waldman has built up an impressive roster of clients that consists of recording artists (Boomtown Crooks, Filmspeed, Jess Coppens, formerly of Mirror Eyes/FLOODS etc), music producers (Alex Arias, Curtis Douglas, Dave Dominguez and Kim Shattuck) and comic Steven Briggs.
Recent partnerships with Rolling Artists, an exclusive producer/writer/session musician firm, have helped him expand and grow his roster further.
Waldman's popular weekly podcast Waldman's Words, heard on pioneering internet radio site Idobi Radio, has given Waldman an additional platform with which to help and nurture new artists, to give exposure to developing talent, and to talk with assorted industry tastemakers, gatekeepers, and influencers about the latest developments in the music business.
Additionally, Waldman recently signed on as a senior A&R executive with newly launched LEGEND Recordings where he will help to discover and sign artists across multiple genres.
Over the years, Waldman has also spoken at a number of industry conventions and events. He also tours occasionally and plays shows at venues around L.A., both as a solo artist and as singer/guitairst in two-piece 90s cover band The Seattles.
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A 6 piece post-hardcore band out of Houston, TX.
Joshua Calhoun (Unclean Vocalist), Kaleb Eddy (Clean Vocalist), and Jordan Sweeny (Lead Guitarist) established 'Whether, I' in March of 2013. After receiving recognition with C'est La Vie and Ambitions, they wrote and recorded the EP 'Dreamcatcher' with Robby Joyner in September of 2013 to be released December 3, 2013. Their next goal was to complete the arduous task of finding a drummer, rhythm guitarist, and bassist. Jonathan Amaya and Andrei Restrepo (Divisions), and Todd Lenting (Empire Voices) stepped up and filled the spots.
Being a huge buzz on social media with the release of the EP, caught the attention of Nick Moore (CEO of InVogue Records) to offer them label support. Whether, I gratefully took the offer and re-released 'Dreamcatcher' re-mastered by producer Tom Denney (A Day To Remember, SECRETS, and others) on April 1, 2014.
Now, the band is scheduling future shows and tours to share their passion for their music to others around the world.
Be sure to check out their social medias and get more updates on what the band is doing!
Joshua Calhoun - Screams
Twitter - @TheJoshCalhoun
Instagram - @thejoshcalhoun
Kaleb Eddy - Cleans
Twitter - @KalebStorme
Instagram - @KalebStorme
Jordan Sweeny - Guitar
Twitter - @JordanSweenyWI
Instagram - @JordanSweenyWI
Andrei Restrepo - Guitar
Twitter - @andrei_restrepo
Instagram - @andrei_restrepo
Todd Lenting - Bass
Twitter - @gnitnelddot
Instagram - @tadway90
Jonathan Amaya - Drums
Twitter - @jonnyyamaya
Instagram - @jonnyyamaya
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