Bands on Bands: Brandon Gallagher (Old Wounds) on Every Time I Die’s Hot Damn

Old Wounds

Old Wounds

As purveyors of vitriolic, no-holds-barred post hardcore, New Jersey’s Old Wounds emerge as champions of the genre. Out September 16 on Good Fight Music, their latest EP,  was produced by Kevin Bernsten (Full of Hell, Mutilation Rites) and mastered by Brad Boatright (Integrity, Modern Life Is War).

You Indie recently caught up with Old Wounds drummer Brandon Gallagher to discuss a powerful album that has long influenced his pummeling approach to music making. This is what he told us about Every Time I Die’s Hot Damn.

What is your favorite album?

Hot Damn, by Every Time I Die.

Do you remember when you received or purchased the album?

On the last day of fifth grade I got into a freak skateboarding accident, ended up needing 40 stitches on my leg. End result was I was stuck in bed for two weeks until the cut healed.  A couple days after the accident my cousin’s boyfriend at the time brought over his CD booklet, and Hot Damn was one of over a hundred CDs that I listened to for two weeks straight.

What is your favorite song on the album?

Tough call. I’m going to go with either “Ebolarama” or “Godspeed Us To Sea.” “I’LL MEET YOU OVERBOARD.”

What is it about the song that resonates with you?

It’s not even just those specific songs, but the whole record. I was getting into heavier music at the same time I was really getting into playing music. This record pretty much molded how I play drums (thanks, Ratboy), as well as molded my musical tastes for years and years to come.

Have you ever covered a song from the album?

I used to jam this record from start to finish in my headphones and try and figure out every song on drums. As far as ACTUALLY covering this songs, that’s like wearing a bands shirt to a show that they’re playing. You can’t seem like the biggest fan boy ha ha.

What is it about the album that makes it stand out against the band’s other output?

It’s raw as hell, and Keith’s lyrics on this are some of the best in my opinion.

Have you ever given a copy of this record to anyone? What were the circumstances?

I can’t say that I have, but this is one of my go-to driving records. I’m pretty sure everyone who has ever been in the car/van with me has listened to this record all the way through at least 500 times.

Which of the records that you’ve performed on is your favorite?

From Where We Came Is Where We’ll Rest is obviously going to hold a lot of weight in that category, just because it’s our first LP. I actually just re-listened to it the other day, and appreciated it a lot more now than I did when we recorded it two years ago. I will say I think I was a little bit more “creative” on the Trenchfoot split.

What is your favorite song on the album and why?

“An Ode To Love” is my favorite song to play live, but that’s off the Trenchfoot split. Off of FWWCIWWR, I’d say the title track and “Shallow Water” are my favorites for sure.

(Old Wounds have a fall tour kicking off in October, which sees the band shoot down the East Coast with Floridian bloozer-bruisers Vices and includes a stop at Fest 13 in Gainesville.

Old Wounds, Vices

Oct 24 – Centereach, NY @ Casa de Swezey

Oct 25 – Oneonta, NY @ Oneonta Punk Fest

Oct 26 – York, PA @ Skid Row

Oct 27 – Altoona, PA @ Empire

Oct 28 – Harrisonburg, PA @ The Blue Nile

Oct 29 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Muzik 4 Life

Oct 30 – Savannah, GA @ Sweet Melissa’s

Oct 31 – Jacksonville, FL @ Goth J’s Palace

Nov 1 – Gainesville, FL @ Fest 13

Nov 3 – Wilmington, NC @ Reggie’s

Nov 4 – Baltimore, MD @ Charm City Art Space

Nov 5 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Roboto Project)

Pink Avalanche share video for “Empty Spaces,” tour (2014)

Chicago quartet Pink Avalanche premiere the first video from their forthcoming album today via Noisey. Watch/share video HERE. (Direct YouTube link HERE.)

Pink Avalanche recently shared the first track from the album via Brooklyn Vegan.The powerful melodic crunch of “In Empty Spaces” is available to hear/share HERE. (Soundcloud HERE.)

Pink Avalanche take to the road in November supporting not one, but TWO bands featuring former members of ’90s indie rock darlings Unwound: Survival Knife and Hungry Ghost. See complete dates below.

The Luminous Heart of Nowhere will be available everywhere on LP and download on November 18, 2014 via Past/Futures Records.

11/14  Chicago, IL @ Subterranean *

11/15  Grand Rapids, MI @ Founder’s Brewery *

11/16  Columbus, OH @ Double Happiness *

11/17  Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop *

11/18  Philadelphia, PA @ The Boot and Saddle *

11/19  Washington, DC @ DC9 *

11/20  Allston, MA @ Great Scott *

11/21  Pawtucket, RI @ The Met *

11/22  Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar * w/ Obits

w/ Survival Knife, Hungry Ghost

The Icarus Line announce tour dates (2014)

Los Angeles-based rockers The Icarus Line are proud to announce a West-coast tour for this winter, which will start on December 1 at Velvet Jones in Santa Barbara, CA and conclude on December 12 at Soda Bar in San Diego, CA. The full list of tour dates is below, with more to be announced soon.

The group has been pretty busy as of late — since the recent release of their mini-LP Avowed Slavery and their full-length Slave Vows (featuring “Don’t Let Me Save Your Soul“) before that, they’ve been hard at work in the studio wrapping up a brand new full-length that will be in the hands of eager listeners next year.

12/1 – Velvet Jones – Santa Barbara, CA

12/2 – Fulton 55 – Fresno, CA

12/3 – Elbow Room – San Francisco, CA

12/5 – El Corazon – Seattle, WA

12/6 – The Know – Portland, OR

12/7 – 1078 Gallery – Chico, CA

12/8 – Starlite Lounge – Sacramento, CA

12/9 – Night Lite – Oakland, CA

12/10 – Constellation Room – Costa Mesa, CA

12/11 – Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA

12/12 – Soda Bar – San Diego, CA

Oh Condor contribute to Fleeting Youth Records Compilation

Our very favorite Dayton band, Oh Condor have contributed a track to the new Fleeting Youth Records compilation.  Listen to it here: https://soundcloud.com/fleetingyouthrecords/oh-condor-blooming-a-fuzz/s-wwNn2

The Banner share “Crippling Despair,” play shows (2014)

New Jersey’s The Banner are set to release Greying, their third album, via Good Fight Music on December 9.  The record was produced by Will Putney (The Acacia Strain, Body Count) and is their first new full-length in six years.

Stream “Crippling Despair,” off Greying, here.

See them at upcoming dates with Sheer Terror, Vision of Disorder and Full of Hell.

Oct 25 – Oneonta, NY @ Oneonta Punk w/ Sheer Terror, Damnation A.D., Merauder, Harm’s Way, Full of Hell
Nov 14 – Stanhope, NJ @ Stanhope House w/ Sheer Terror
Feb 15 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom w/ E-Town Concrete, Vision of Disorder, Indecision, Suburban Scum

Chumped share “Name That Thing,” tour (2014)

Chumped have won hearts and fans with the release of their latest EP That’s The Thing Is Like…, which showcases their signature crunchy, melodic bummer-punk.  The band is set to release their debut LP Teenage Retirement on November 18 via Anchorless Records and today NPR Music premiered “Name That Thing” a new track from the upcoming album.

Listen to “Name That Thing”

Chumped formed in Brooklyn in 2012 and quickly began making a name for themselves in the Brooklyn DIY scene, combining ’90s indie with pop punk to create songs that are energetic, reflective and just a bit gritty and sloppy in all the most endearing ways.  Their self-titled 2013 debut EP caught the attention of places such as Noisey, AV Club, Alternative Press and BrooklynVegan who were early to champion the young band and helped contribute to an ever-growing momentum and a busy 2014.  Chumped has announced new tour fall tour dates today, and will also appear at Fest 13 (all tour dates below).  Pre-order for Teenage Retirement is now available online via Anchorless Records.

10/26 – Baltimore, MD @ Charm City Art Space
10/27 – Durham, NC @Dukes Coffee House
10/28 – Orlando, FL @The Peacock Room
10/30 – Gainesville, FL @ 1982
11/01 – Gainesville, FL @ The Fest
11/02 – Gainesville, FL @ The Fest
11/03 – Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR Pub^
11/04 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Brillobox^
11/05 – Washington, DC @ DC9^
11/06 – Philadelphia, PA @ Barbary^
11/07 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge^
11/08 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall^
11/09 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
11/10 – Fort Wayne, IN @ The Brass Rail
11/11 – Chicago, IL @ Township
11/13 – Fort Collins, CO @ Surfside 7
11/14 – Denver, CO @ Hamsterdam
11/15 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Blue Note
11/16 – Columbia, MO @ Cafe Berlin
11/17 – St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
11/18 – Bloomington, IN @ Ducks in a Stack
11/19 – Columbus, OH @ Ace Of Cups
11/20 – Pittsburgh, PA @ The Mr. Roboto Project
11/21 – Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry (Say-10 Records Anniversary Show)

^ = w/ PUP, Beach Slang

Kill Brand release Halloween Lookbook

Kill Brand

Kill Brand

Southern California lifestyle apparel company Kill Brand has launched its 2014 Halloween Lookbook, featuring the brand’s new fall collection.

Kill Brand was launched in 2001 by musician Jonny Smith, who while on tour with his band, ran into a problem — no clean t-shirts. With a hot pink T-shirt and black spray paint, Jonny randomly graffitied K-I-L-L across the front of the T-shirt, and took the stage. This fresh trend took fans by storm. Before long Jonny was designing, spray-painting, and selling his T’s out of the back of the tour van. As demand grew he invested in a screen printing machine, that was used in his studio apartment to keep up with demand. Jonny personally screen-printed every item by hand with his signature, KILL. Kill Brand’s notoriety grew as Jonny left the band to pursue his other passion full time.

Kill Brand designs are now sold in thousands of retail stores worldwide and have been featured in such publications as GQ, Maxim and Alternative Press.

You Indie Feature: Arms Race share Brought A Hug To A Gunfight EP

Arms Race

Arms Race

Dayton, Ohio post-rock and emo quartet Arms Race have shared their demo/EP, Brought A Hug To A Gunfight, via Soundcloud here:

The band, which includes current members of Kris N, The 1984 Draft, and Giant Defiant, as well as former members of In The Black Hearts of Men, formed in late 2013.  They recorded the EP with Hawthorne Heights guitarist Micah Carli (The Raging Nathans) in July 2014 at his Popside Recordings studio in Troy, Ohio, who also lended some guitar trickery to the EP.  The band whose predominant influences include mid-90s alt-rock, grunge and emo, as well as new heroes of the emo revival set, are currently unsigned and physical release of the EP is as-of-yet TBD.

To date the band have done some regional touring, sharing the stage with City Mouse, Ultrasphinx, Winter Makes Sailors, Movehome, The Story Changes, The Smug Brothers and Tod Weidner (of Motel Beds).  More regional performances are in the works.

Follow the band here: https://www.facebook.com/ArmsRaceOhio

You Indie Feature: An interview with Luke Pate of Frameworks

Frameworks

Frameworks

(This feature originally ran in Ghettoblaster print, issue 38.  Issue 39 hits shelves very soon.)

Long recognized as a punk and hardcore mecca, a legacy strengthened by a yearly punk pilgrimage to the area (The Fest), Gainesville, Florida isn’t an unlikely locale for a post hardcore quintet like Frameworks. Being born and bred of that environment, and with the reputation of one’s stomping grounds on the line, delivering a record that is anything less than brightly evocative and breathtaking puts a band’s livelihood and future at stake.

Lucky for both the band and listeners, Loom is just the kind of spawling and gorgeous melodic post-hardcore record that nods to Gainesville’s legacy and establishes Frameworks as a band to watch.

“Growing up in Gainesville definitely set the standards for us,” Frameworks vocalist Luke Pate admitted.

Formed in Gainesville in 2011, Frameworks first gained notice with their early 2013 Small Victories on EP on 13th Floor Records.  A split release with Kittyhawk, Prawn and Droughts later that year drew more attention to the band who somehow manage to create music that exists where Explosions in the Sky and Fucked Up meet.

With the support of topdog label Topshelf Records, Frameworks visited Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Joyce Manor, Comarade) at his Atomic Garden Studios in San Francisco who convinced the band to track the record live during their week long session with him. They came prepared to follow Shirley’s lead and armed with a concept record that complemented “Preamble,” the track from the earlier split release.

“The song for the four way split and the LP were so close together and I had the concept in mind during both,” Pate confessed. “There was a month and a half between the split and Loom. It was interesting but we did it.”

The concept for Loom is largely about not connecting with most of the population of the world, an irony not lost on Pate as the band band’s profile and audiences grow.

“It is very strange. We began playing this material on the tour we did to get out to Jack Shirley and people seem to be really responding to it. It’s very encouraging, ” Pate shared. “I am also realizing that our connections with our first and earliest fans is stronger because they were there when nobody cared.

“I honestly never expected this kind of attention and didn’t expect that we’d get the support of an awesome label like Topshelf. When they offered us the full length I achieved everything I wanted to do with music and, at this point, everything else is a bonus.”

Although future musical goals may not be crystal clear, a conversation between Pate and Rescuer’s JP Marra gave the singer some insight about using the band’s profile for living in ways that most regular Joes aren’t privy to.

“I want to keep making interesting music that pushes the limits of what we’ve done before musically, but seeing the world is everything I started this band for. I was talking to JP and he said he wasn’t nearly as concerned with how the band’s sales were doing as using it as a vehicle to meet new people and see new places. That is the reason I like touring.”

(Listen to Loom here: http://topshelfrecords.bandcamp.com/album/loom.)

Souvenirs announce tour dates (2014)

Carpinteria, CA rock band Souvenirs has announced they will be joining The American Scene and Elder Brother for a December run of west coast dates. Tickets are on sale now.

Souvenirs will be touring in support of their recently announced record, You, Fear and Me, which is due out on December 16 via Other People Records. The album was produced by Beau Burchell and Chris Sorenson (Saosin) in Los Angeles and features 11 incredibly impassioned tracks that draw influence from classic 90’s emo bands like Sunny Day Real Estate and Mineral.

The tour announcement follows the news and release of the band’s first new song, “A Mile High,” which recently debuted at AltPress.com. Pre-orders for the new record are expected to launch in the coming weeks.

Follow the band now at https://www.facebook.com/SouvenirsCA for additional news and updates.

Dec 5 – Seattle, WA – Vera Project (w/The American Scene, Elder Brother)

Dec 7 – Sacramento, CA – The Colony (w/The American Scene, Elder Brother)

Dec 10 – Las Vegas, NV – Eagle Aerie Hall (w/The American Scene, Elder Brother)

Dec 11 – Tempe, AZ – Fifty One West (w/The American Scene, Elder Brother)

Dec 12 – Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction (w/The American Scene, Elder Brother)

Dec 13 – Walnut Creek, CA – The Red House (w/The American Scene, Elder Brother)