Knuckle Puck tour with Man Overboard (2014)

Bad Timing Records has announced the first ever pressing of Knuckle Puck’s The Weight That You Buried EP on vinyl.

The deluxe version of the EP (four original songs, two acoustic versions) will be pressed on the a-side of a 12” LP with the b-side being a screen print of the band’s Brave logo.

The first pressing of the release is limited to two variants that add up to 500 units. A digital download of the EP comes with each purchase. Variant and track listing info below.

100 – Ultra Clear / screen printed b-side

400 – Clear with pink splatter / screen printed b-side

The vinyl pressing went on sale yesterday.)

The Chicago punks will begin a supporting stint on Man Overboard’s The Heart Attack Tour (along with Transit and Forever Came Calling) in May. The trek kicks off on Saturday, May 17 with an appearance at Skate and Surf 2014 and runs through June 21. Tickets for the shows are available here.

Tour Dates:

5/17- ASBURY PARK, NJ @ Skate and Surf 2014

5/20 – MONTREAL, QB @ La Sala Rosa

5/21 – TORONTO, ON @ Virgin Mod Mob Club

5/22 – PITTSBURGH, PA @ Altar Bar

5/23 – CLEVELAND, OH @ Beachland Ballroom

5/24 – HOWELL, MI @ Bled Fest

5/25 – CHICAGO, IL @ Reggies

5/26 – MINNEAPOLIS, MN @ The Garage

5/29 – VANCOUVER, BC @ Tom Lee Music Hall

5/30 – SEATTLE, WA @ Chop Suey

5/31 – PORTLAND, OR @ Branx

6/03 – OAKLAND, CA @ Oakland Metro

6/04 – SANTA CRUZ, CA @ Catalyst Atrium

6/05 – LOS ANGELES, CA @ The Roxy

6/06 – SAN DIEGO, CA @ Soma

6/07 – LAS VEGAS, NV @ Henderson Eagle Aerie Hall

6/09 – AUSTIN, TX @ Red 7

6/10 – HOUSTON, TX @ Walter

6/11 – DALLAS, TX @ Trees

6/13 – NASHVILLE, TN @ The End

6/14 – ATLANTA, GA @ The Masquerade

6/15 – ORLANDO, FL @ Backbooth

6/16 – PEMBROKE PINES, FL @ The Talent Farm

6/18 – SPRINGFIELD, VA @ Empire

6/19 – BOSTON, MA @ The Sinclair

6/20 – NEW YORK, NY @ Irving Plaza

6/21 – PHILADELPHIA, PA @ Theater Of The Living Arts

Lazer/Wulf tour with Kylesa (2014), ready LP

Lazer/Wulf, the Georgia-based instrumental trio whose music Creative Loafing said “echoes the best math, metal, and prog rock craftsmanship of the last decade,” release their highly-anticipated debut album The Beast of Left and Right on July 15 via Retro Futurist Records.

The Beast of Left and Right was recorded at Jam Room Studios in Columbia, SC and produced by Kylesa’s Phillip Cope, who also is one of the Retro Futurist Records’ label owners.

Lazer/Wulf have self-released two EPs: 2009′s The Void That Isn’t and the 2012 release There Was a Hole Here. It’s Gone Now. The three-piece, who Flagpole called “maniacal, prog-obsessed precisionists” is Bryan Aiken (guitar), Sean Peiffer (bass) and Brad Rice (drums).

Lazer/Wulf join Kylesa for a European tour, which kicks off on June 9 in Germany, all upcoming performances:

April 25     Athens, GA     The Caledonia Lounge

May 2     Atlanta, GA     Star Bar

June 9     Braunschweig, Germany     Kulturclub Hansa

June 10     Lyngby, Denmark     Templet

June 11     Malmo, Sweden     Babel

June 12     Oslo, Norway     Vulkan Arena

June 13     Bergen, Norway     Bergenfest

June 15     Kiel, Germany     Pumpe

June 16     Drachten, Netherlands     Iduna

June 17     Stuttgart, Germany     Juha West

June 18     Siegen, Germany     Vortex

June 19    Saarbrucken, Germany     Garage

June 20     Clisson, France     Hellfest

June 21     Vitoria, Spain     Canopy

June 22     Porto, Portugal     Hard Club

June 23     Madrid, Spain     Boite Live

June 24     Barcelona, Spain     Razzmatazz 3

June 25     Toulouse, France     Le Connexion

June 26     Montpellier, France     La Taf

June 27     Lausanne, Switzerland     Inferno Fest

June 28     Dessel, Belgium     Graspop

June 29     Wiesbaden, Germany     Schlachthof

June 30     Munchen, Germany     Strom

July 1     Pisa, Italy     The Jungle

July 2     Bolonga, Italy     Freakout Club

July 3     Ljubljana, Slovenia     Gala Hala

July 4     Rijeka, Croatia     Delta Summer Street Session

July 5     Gleisdorf, Austria     Bang Bang Club

July 7     Warsaw, Poland     Progresja

July 8     Gdansk, Poland     B90

July 9     Berlin, Germany     Magnet

July 10     Dresden, Germany     Scheune

July 11     Erfurt, Germany     Stoned From The Underground

July 12     Linz, Austria     Ottenheimer Open Air

July 13     Monchengladbach, Germany     Horst Festival

July 15     St. Petersburg, Russia     Zal Ozhidaniya

July 16     Moscow, Russia     Volta

ACxDC share “Endless Failure”, tour (2014)

VICE music blog Noisey has posted the newest ACxDC track, “Endless Failure,” off the upcoming Antichrist Demoncore LP, out June 24 on Melotov Records.

From Los Angeles, ACxDC blasts out what Noisey calls “vicious powerviolence stylings” on its debut full-length, filtered through the mega-metal production of Nails drummer Taylor Young (Xibalba, Twitching Tongues) and mastering of From Ashes Rise frontman Brad Boatright (High on Fire, Tragedy). ACxDC frontman Sergio Amalfitano describes the band as “a war on any and all fundamentalism.”

Melotov Records is distributed exclusively by Deathwish Inc.

ACxDC has a full summer of US and European touring ahead, including a slew festivals on both continents. Kicking things off with an appearance at Maryland Deathfest and a string of West Coast dates, including an in-store record release party at LA’s Vacation Vinyl, the band then heads overseas for a month-long European tour that hits 11 countries and numerous fests such as Dynamo, Obscene Extreme, New Noise, and Fluff Fest. Stateside again in August, the crew plays Denver Black Sky Fest and more, to be announced soon.

May 23 – Baltimore, MD @ Maryland Deathfest
May 31 – Los Angeles, CA @ Redwood Bar
Jun 13 – Phoenix, AZ @ Wall Street
Jun 14 – Tijuana, MX @ Dis Is Tijuana Fest
Jun 15 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
Jun 20 – Long Beach, CA @ Di Piazzas
Jun 21 – Merced, CA @ Tigers & Daggers Records
Jun 21 – San Jose, CA @ Rock Shop
Jun 22 – Los Angeles, CA @ Vacation Vinyl

Jul 4 – Hamburg, Germany @ Hafenklang
Jul 5 – Eindhoven, Netherlands @ Dynamo Festival
Jul 6 – Kortrijk, Belgium @ The Pits
Jul 7 – Bristol, UK @ Arc Bar
Jul 8 – Gateshead, UK @ The Black Bull
Jul 9 – London, UK @ Unicorn
Jul 10 – Paris, France @ La Miroiterie
Jul 11 – Bordeaux, France @ Heretic Club
Jul 12 – Marseille, France @ La Salle Gueule
Jul 13 – Torino, Italy @ White Lion’s Club
Jul 14 – Padova, Italy @ Seven Live
Jul 15 – Zagreb, Croatia @ Klub Attack
Jul 16 – Budapest, Hungary @ Gozsdu Mano
Jul 17 – Trutnov, Czech Republic @ Obscene Extreme Festival
Jul 19 – Karlsruhe, Germany @ New Noise Festival
Jul 20 – Vienna, Austria @ Venster 99
Jul 21 – Wroclaw, Poland @ Ciemna Strona Miasta
Jul 22 – Poznan, Poland @ Rozbrat
Jul 23 – Berlin, Germany @ Koma F
Jul 24 – Rostock, Germany @ Jaz
Jul 25 – Weimar, Germany @ Gerber 3
Jul 26 – Rokycany, Czech Republic @ Fluff Fest
Jul 27 – Bielefeld, Germany @ AJZ Bielefeld

Aug 3 – Denver, CO @ Denver Black Sky Festival

Song Premiere: Oh Condor, “Bought and Sold”

Oh Condor (photo by Chad Snoke)

Oh Condor (photo by Chad Snoke)

On Record Store Day this year, Gas Daddy Go! released a cassette compilation comprised of some of Dayton’s finest.  It is no secret that Oh Condor have long been a favorite of You Indie and they’ve allowed us to share their song “Bought and Sold”.  Enjoy it here:

Editor’s Note: You Indie presents Ultrasphinx (ex-Party of Helicopters)

After a 10 year hiatus from booking shows (some of my previous events featured The Dream Is Dead, Anodyne, Radio Berlin, All American Rejects, The Beautiful Mistake, etc.), You Indie is back in the game.  The first You Indie sponsored show will be July 2 at Canal Public House in Dayton, Ohio.  Performing are Ultrasphinx (ex-Party of Helicopters), Arms Race, Dinosaurus, and more TBA.  Will reveal more details as they become available.

Tiny Moving Parts and Old Gray team for split, tour (2014)

Tiny Moving Parts and Old Gray have teamed up with Kind of Like Records and  Broken World Media to release a split 7″ on May 20. It features two new tracks from each band.  BrooklynVegan premiered the new Tiny Moving Parts track “Fair Trade” today, saying the track “combines the passionate lyrical shouts of a band like La Dispute with noodley Kinsella-style math-emo.”

Pre-order for the split is now available in the U.S. via Kind of Like Records and Broken World Media and in the UK via Dogs Knight Productions.

Minnesota’s Tiny Moving Parts recently signed to Triple Crown Records.  Their forthcoming as-yet-untitled sophomore album was recently recorded with J. Robbins at his Magpie Cage Studios in Baltimore, MD and will be released in the later half of 2014.  The band begins their spring U.S. tour today, which includes dates with Modern Baseball in June that are on sale today  (all tour dates below).

Old Gray is an emo band from Manchester, New Hampshire. Formed in 2011, the band has been constantly releasing music, including their debut LP, An Autobiography in March 2013. The band is comprised of Cameron Boucher (vocals/guitar/bass), Raphael Bastek (vocals/guitar/bass), and Charlie Singer (vocals/drums). The band will play a round of dates with Frameworks in May (all tour dates below).

Tiny Moving Parts Tour Dates:
4/23 – Chicago, IL – Township *^
4/24 – St. Louis, MO – Firebird *^
4/25 – Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre *^
4/26 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre *^
4/27 – Salt Lake City, UT – Shred Shed *^
4/29 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon Lounge *^
4/30 – Portland, OR – Slabtown *^
5/02 – San Francisco, CA – Brick and Mortar *^
5/03 – Los Angeles, CA – Cobalt Cafe *^
5/04 – San Diego, CA – Che Cafe *^
5/05 – Mesa, AZ – The Underground * ^
5/06 – El Paso, TX – The Spot *^
5/07 – Austin, TX – Mohawk Inside *^
5/08 – Dallas, TX – Three Links *^
5/09 – Jackson, MS – Rampage Extreme Skatepark *
5/10 – Gainesville, FL – 1982 Bar *
5/11 – Pembroke Pines, FL – The Talent Farm #
5/12 – Orlando, FL – Backbooth #
5/13 – Marietta, GA – Swayze’s #
5/15 – Doylestown, PA – SIren Records #
5/16 – Haverhill, MA – Anchors Up #
5/17 – Burlington, VT – Signal Kitchen w/ The Front Bottoms
5/18 – Bradley Beach, NJ – Skate & Surf Festival
5/20 – Syracuse, NY – Lost Horizon w/ Self Defense Family
5/21 – Montreal, Canada – TRH-BAR
5/22 – Hamilton, Canada – Doors Pub
5/23 – Toronto, Canada – Smiling Budha w/ Old Gray *
5/24 – Howell, MI – BLED FEST
6/01 – Philadelphia, PA – The Barbary %
6/03 – Amityville, NY – Amityville Music Hall %
6/04 – Asbury Park, NJ – Asbury Lanes %
6/05 – New York, NY – The Studio %
6/06 – Hartford, CT – Webster Theater %
6/07 – Cambridge, MA – Middle East %
6/08 – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance %
6/10 – Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall %
6/11 – Cleveland Heights, OH – Grog Shop %
6/12 – Grand Rapids, MI – Pyramid Scheme %
6/13 – Chicago, IL – Subterranean %
6/14 – Morristown, IN – Morristown Community Park %
6/15 – Pittsburgh, PA – The Smiling Moose %
6/16 – Richmond, VA – The Camel %
6/17 – Baltimore, MD – Metro Gallery %

* – w/ Frameworks
^ – w/ Gates
# – w/ Free Throw
% – w/ Modern Baseball, The Hotelier, Sorority Noise

Old Gray Tour Dates:
5/22 – Rochester, NY – The California Brew Haus$
5/23 – Toronto, CAN – Smiling Buddha$
5/24 – Howell, MI – BledFest$
5/25 – Pittsburgh, PA – The Mr. Roboto Project$
5/26 – Asbury Park, NY – Asbury Lanes$

$ = w/ Frameworks

The Jazz June share “Over Underground”

Influential emo band The Jazz June are premiering their first new studio recording in 12 years today on NPR.

The track, “Over Underground”, appears on the band’s upcoming split with Dikembe, which will be out digitally month on Tiny Engines/Topshelf Records. The vinyl will be released in July.

The Jazz June have started work on a new full length LP at Gradwell House in New Jersey with Evan Weiss of Into It. Over It. producing. The record will be released later this year on Topshelf Records.

Fashion Meets Music Festival announces first round of artists for 2014

Fashion Meets Music Festival (FMMF) has announced the first round of artists confirmed to perform over Labor Day weekend (Friday, August 29 through Sunday, August 31) in the Arena District of Columbus, OH. The Arena District is home to the Nationwide Arena, the LC Pavilion, Huntington Park, Nationwide Boulevard and McFerson Commons – all of which will be participating with FMMF. The free festival has also announced details on special packages available for purchase, including their After Party Badge, Expo Tickets (with access to over 300 fashion and music retailer booths), and their Access To Excess (A2E) Pass for the ultimate VIP experience. For additional details: http://fmmf.us/home/

Watch the FMMF announcement video here: http://bit.ly/1r11t3V

The three-day festival fuses music and fashion together to create one entertainment platform experience with seven indoor and outdoor stages, two fashion performance stages complete with runways an a campground. A fashion and music retail marketplace will be located in the Columbus Convention Center. Fans will see performances from critically acclaimed artists such as Local Natives, Cold War Kids, Circa Survive, New Found Glory, Switchfoot, Parachute, Citizen and more with additional artists being announced soon. For up-to-date line-up announcements, please visit: http://fmmf.us/lineup/music/

From The Horse’s Mouth: Mark Herman and Keith Testerman (The Estranged) on The Estranged

The Estranged

The Estranged

The Estranged formed in Portland, Oregeon back in the summer of ’06 by Mark Herman (vocals, guitar), Derek Willman (bass) and Keith Testerman (drums). All three were in legendary Portland band Remains Of The Day, and various members are/were in notable Portland bands such as From Ashes Rise, Hellshock, Lebenden Toten, and more.

Continuing in The Estranged’s tradition of mutating and evolving with each subsequent release, the new album is an epic, sprawling masterpiece of tense, ominous angst-ridden post punk.  They’ve heavily toned down both the Wipers influence of the 1st album and the blatant death-rock vibe of the second. Instead,  this one finds the band establishing a streamlined, punchier sound that both rocks a little harder than the last album, while retaining some of the textured soundscape feel which fans of that record have come to expect.

The influences on their newest album range from the Cure to Echo & the Bunnymen to The Troggs. Lyrically, they have more of an ambiguous angst ridden approach, musically showing the bands continued maturity in their song writing and recording process.

You Indie recently caught up with Herman and Testerman to discuss their self-titled record, which arrived via Dirtnap in March.  This is what they told us.

When did you begin writing the material for the self-titled album?

Mark: We began writing the songs sometime around the summer of 2011. We demoed about half of the songs with Stan at Buzz Or Howl studios in the summer of 2011 but never got around to demoing the rest. “The Ride” ended up being used for an LP comp called Terminal Decay.

Keith: The Terminal Decay comp. was something done by Welly from Artcore zine out of the UK. I actually think we may have had one or two of the songs written before our first European tour in 2011, but seeing as there were a few gaps with touring and other things it took us a few years to get the songs to a point we were happy with.

What was the most difficult song to take from the initial writing stage through recording and mixing? Why was it so troublesome?

Mark: “Hide”, “Languid Sky”, and “Mark Of Sin” were probably some of the most difficult only because I changed a lot of the vocal melodies in the studio that I had originally planned. There were revisions done to other songs but these were the most dramatic. It was really nice to have the time to do some trial and error with the juxtaposition of different vocal/instrumental melodies. Some of these songs seemed to go through a demoing process whether we knew it or not.

Keith: I’d say the most difficult songs from this last session were the ones that didn’t make it on the album. we’re still working on those…

From the songs on the album, for the most part the initial ideas of the songs come together pretty quickly. Usually we write songs in batches of two or three and then start weeding out the parts that don’t really feel right or start adding layers. each of us have slightly different ideas on direction and figuring out where they all meet is how we find each song. Sometimes it’s a long process sometimes it happens pretty quickly. We’re pretty good at not rushing the process though. it all happens fairly
organically. the recording process was probably the only thing that might be considered difficult for this last session with Mark taking a good amount of trial and error to find the best vocal melodies for each song. There was a good amount that changed from the beginning of tracking to the end. But, we took our time so it all worked out in the end.

Which of the songs on the record is most different from your original concept for the song?

Mark: This questions seems to go in tandem with the previous one so I apologize if this sounds redundant. “Anyway”, on “Hide” we changed the vocal melody completely on all of the verses. “Languid Sky” was one of those songs that was being stubborn for a while but on one of the last days of tracking, Evan and I had a fortuitous night of bouncing back ideas resulting in something I really like. These are the kind of things that set Evan apart from other engineers. He’s not afraid to go down a hole and experiment with the bands he records hence, being a good producer. Also, “The Ride” was another song that I added a lot of improv guitar feedback that I never intended to do originally but honestly, I like it when songs decide to take a path of their own and surprise you with different outcomes than you had previously rehearsed. I think that is the real magic of being in the studio. I guess for me the vantage point of a song isn’t always right in front of me. Sometimes I have to step farther back to see than I think.

Did you have any guest musicians play or sing on the record?

Mark: Yes, we had our friend Damaris Peterson play all of the keys and sing the backing vocals. We’re really happy with everything she did on the LP and we plan to work with her again in the future.

Who engineered, mixed, mastered and/or produced the record? What input did those people have that changed the face of the record?

Keith: Daniel Husayn from the North London Bomb Factory did the mastering while Jason Powers and Evan Mersky were the engineers and Evan helped with more with the producing side of things while Jason kept to more of the engineer side of things and he was also the one who did most of the mixing. We spent a good deal of time tracking vocals, guitars and other instruments with Evan at Red Lantern this time around. The idea being that we wanted to spend a bit more time exploring different vocal and guitar melodies and doing this at Red Lantern was quite a bit less stressful for us.

Mark: Evan had some really great ideas that I never could have thought up and we also combined many ideas into a sort of hybrid experimentations.

Is there an overarching concept behind the record that ties it all together?

Mark: A concept? No. I actually think that concept records are pretty played out and run the risk of sounding removed and insincere. My concept is, if I have one just an equivocal testament to everything that happens to me or situations I make up in my head but ironically the ones I invent end up sounding more earnest to me for some strange reason…

Keith: I think the idea for us was just to write an album we were all happy with.

Have you begun playing these songs live and which songs have elicited the strongest reaction from your fans?

Mark: Yes, we played about half of our record while we were on tour in Europe but I’m not the best person to ask since it seems that everyone has different songs they like but I’d say that “Fatalist Flaw” and “Languid Sky” are some songs people seem to tolerate.

Keith: Seems like the best feedback I’ve gotten is from “Hide” and “forever been erased”. For the most part they all seem to be pretty well received.

(Check out a song by The Estranged here: Listen “Another Stab”.)

Jar’d Loose share “Adult Prom”, tour (2014)

The A.V. Club has debuted “Adult Prom,” the first new song off Chicago noise-rockers Jar’d Loose’s second album,Turns 13.

The album was produced by Pete Grossman (Harm’s Way, Weekend Nachos) and mastered by Today Is The Day’s Steve Austin (Converge, Unsane, Deadguy), and will be released May 27th, a split release between The Path Less Traveled Records (CD and digital) and Threshold of Pain Records (vinyl).

Jar’d Loose hits the road this spring for short runs with Fuck The Facts and The Swan King.

w/ Fuck The Facts:
Apr 18 – Oshkosh, WI @ The Underground
Apr 19 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club

w/ The Swan King:
May 30 – Columbus, OH @ Carabar
Jun 2 – Boston, MA @ O’Brien’s
Jun 3 – Brooklyn, NY @ St Vitus
Jun 4 – Philadelphia, PA @ JR’s
Jun 5 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
Jun 6 – Baltimore, MD @ Sidebar
Jun 7 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Howlers