Behind The Music: Even Nazis Eat Breakfast

YouIndie is trying something out.  We all have amazing stories about music.  Whether it is our association with a particular song or artist or the funny or awkward experiences we had at shows or after parties or while touring.  This is one of them…

Submitted by Keith Ulrey of New Granada Records

“More of post-show/tour story. I was in a band [Balance] that was touring Europe in 1993. We had just played in East Germany, still feeling the effects if the wall coming down several years prior. The venue had a guest quarters upstairs where we stayed. In the morning we were eating breakfast with the club owner when the phone rang. He calmly replied and after hanging up, said “you need to leave immediately.” The call was German neo-nazis announcing they were coming to the club to beat the asses of the capitalist American band that played last night.

We started hustling when the phone rang again, it was the Nazis saying they were going to be an hour late…. they had to eat breakfast first.”

The Flatliners tour in support of Nerves (2016)

Over the last several years, The Flatliners have found success through the traditional punk rock, DIY route of nonstop touring and word of mouth promotion that has led to a cult following of fans around the world. With each release the band stays true to form, with an impressive knack for creating punk/rock anthems that exude that punk spirit while maintaining a fresh contemporary edge. The band took a break from relentless touring last year to recharge and become inspired all over again. Now, they return with two new songs on their upcoming EP, Nerves, that will tide fans over until their next full-length and quickly remind them why they followed them in the first place.

Catch The Flatliners on tour this fall/winter in support of Nerves.

The Flatliners Tour Dates:

Nov 18 – Chicago, IL – Double Door (w/Bouncing Souls)

Nov 19 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall (w/Bouncing Souls)

Nov 20 – Millvale, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre (w/Bouncing Souls)

Dec 18 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall (STAY WARM FEST)

Speak Low If You Speak Love covers Jimmy Eat World’s “Kill”

Singer-songwriter and State Champs bassist Ryan Scott Graham’s solo indie-rock project Speak Low If You Speak Love has debuted a new cover of Jimmy Eat World’s coveted song “Kill” at AltPress.com.

Listen to Speak Low If You Speak Love’s cover of “Kill” now at AltPress.com: http://bit.ly/2ebUM5E

“I had originally worked on the cover to be part of a Jimmy Eat World tribute that never came to fruition. “Kill” is about utmost vulnerability, so when I was asked to be a part of the project covering this song made the most sense to me. Speak Low has always been an endeavor that attempts to put real human emotion on display, and I think this song captures that essence so well. There are no frills – just a beautiful and distressing story of missed chances.” – Ryan Scott Graham

Graham’s Speak Low If You Speak Love released its debut LP, Everything But What You Need, with Pure Noise Records in 2015. Fans can purchase the record now at SpeakLow.MerchNow.com. He’s currently working on his follow-up 2nd LP, which is expected out next year.

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Stay tuned for more upcoming Midwestern tour dates in December
Fri- Dec 9th- SOLD OUT Chicago, IL at Reggie’s with Mr. T Experience & Reganomics
Sat- Dec 10th- Green Bay, WI at Lyric Room with Mr. T Experience & Rev N0rb!

The Damned record new album, tour (2017)

The Damned (Dave Vanian, Captain Sensible, Monty Oxymoron, Pinch, and Stu West) will be heading into the studio this winter to record a brand new album, their first since 2008′s ‘So, Who’s Paranoid?’, for release in 2017, with a pre-order link for the CD, colored vinyl, as well as exclusive merch (and experiences) available at PledgeMusic. The band have also confirmed a full North American tour, beginning April 6 in Los Angeles.

Cited as one of the most influential punk groups of all time, The Damned contributed vastly to the gothic rock genre and influenced an entire generation of future hardcore punk bands such as Black Flag and Bad Brains, with their fast paced energetic playing style and attitude. Along with the Sex Pistols and The Clash, they helped spearhead the punk movement in the UK. Now, four decades and ten albums later and still on the road, they continue to wave the flag for originality, stick two fingers up to mediocrity and celebrate a DIY punk ethos in the face of plastic entertainment and scripted reality. The band’s hugely influential classic debut single, ‘New Rose’, celebrating its 40th anniversary this month, is being celebrated with a limited edition 7” anniversary release on November 4th via BMG. Featuring original artwork, picture disc and exclusive fold out poster, it’s a must have collectable release of one of the most influential records of all time.

Stay tuned for forthcoming album details.

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES 2017:

April 6 – Los Angeles, CA – Belasco Theater

April 7 – San Diego, CA – House Of Blues

April 9 – Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues

April 11 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore

April 12 – Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades

April 14 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom

April 15 – Vancouver, BC – The Commodore

April 16 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox

April 18 – Salt Lake City, U – The Depot

April 19 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall

April 21 – St. Louis, MO – Del Mar Hall

April 22 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line

April 23 – Chicago, IL – House Of Blues

April 24 – Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom

April 26 – Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe at Old National Ctr.

April 27 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s

April 28 – Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues

April 29 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall

April 30 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Theatre

May 2 – Montreal, QC – Club Soda

May 4 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club

May 5 – Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw

May 6 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony

May 7 – Philadelphia, PA – TLA

May 9 – Baltimore, MD – Sound Stage

May 11 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade/Heaven

May 12 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House Of Blues

May 13 – St, Petersburg, FL – State Theater

May 14 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Revolution

May 16 – New Orleans, LA – House Of Blues

May 17 – Houston, TX – House Of Blues

May 18 – Dallas, TX – House Of Blues

May 19 – Austin, TX – Mohawk Outdoors

May 21- Phoenix, AZ – Marquee Theater

NOBODYS share “Joe Queer Kicked Me Out”

Here is the premiere the second single from the new NOBODYS record, Hussy, “Joe Queer Kicked Me Out.”

The title says it all, doesn’t it? “Joe Queer Kicked Me Out” is a tongue-in-cheek, snark filled anthem about the the incident that saw JJ Nobody was fired from being the touring bass player for THE QUEERS mid tour in 2005.

Listen at: https://radgirlfriendrecords.bandcamp.com/track/joe-queer-kicked-me-out

Nobodys and The Queers have had a long time relationship, with Joe Queer producing the first Nobodys LP, Short Songs for Short Attention Spans. The two bands often toured together during the ’90s, while both on Hopeless Records. Nobodys members often filled in for Queers members who could not tour, an early instance of Nobodys filling in for The Queers was documented on the 1997 seven inch EP, “Queers For A Day Nobodys For Life.”

Even thought JJ may have been kicked out, Nobodys and The Queers still have a close relationship. Founding member, Justin “Lurch” Disease (who has “retired” from actively playing music), was a long time touring drummer with The Queers. Both bands often perform together in Colorado and they also toured the east coast together last year!

“Joe Queer Kicked Me Out,” is the second single from Hussy, the band’s first record since 2001′s Less Hits More Tits. Hussy came out November 4 on Rad Girlfriend Records & D-Tour Records. The current line up for Hussy includes original members JJ Nobody (Drag The River), Randy “The Kid” Schumacher; along with newcomers Adam Huscher and Steve Bauer (Buck O Nine/Drag The River). It was recorded at Denver’s Black in Bluhm Studios with Chris Fogal (The Gamits) at the helm.

UNIFORM share “Ghosthouse,” ready full-length for early 2017

UNIFORM debut their first single with Sacred Bones. ”Ghosthouse” shows the incisiveness that Ben Greenberg (ex-The Men, Hubble, and the producer/engineer responsible for much of the Sacred Bones catalog) and Michael Berdan (ex-Drunkdriver,  York Factory Complaint) now have at their command. The title track addresses the feeling of lying awake at night and wondering if it’s still possible to make peace with an estranged friend after their death.

Ghosthouse shares a basic configuration with the previous Uniform releases, but the tools have evolved far beyond their initial drum machine and bass synth setup. These songs have grown from a broader palette of sounds – shots, explosions, implosions, impacts, ricochets, collapse; the sounds of conflict, war, and destruction that we witness every day. The result is the most sonically confrontational Uniform material to date, and Berdan’s lyrics, largely inspired by his lifelong battle with insomnia and depression, match them for relentlessness.

Formed in NYC in 2013 when old friends Ben Greenberg and Michael Berdan reconnected and realized that they had evolved to a similar place musically. Wanting as intimate an experience as possible, they decided to keep the project a two-man show, eschewing a live rhythm section for programmed drums and low-end synths, augmented with Greenberg playing guitar and Berdan handling vocals. The collaboration quickly yielded a raw 12″, followed by a full-length, Perfect World.

The Ghosthouse 12″ is the first Uniform release on Sacred Bones Records, and it will be followed by a full-length in early 2017. The B side offers ”Waiting Period,” a riff on the Hubert Selby Jr. novel of the same name, is the internal dialogue of a man waiting for his handgun application to clear so he can kill himself. The “Symptom of the Universe” cover pays mostly faithful homage to Black Sabbath, but trades the original’s “summer skies of love” for something far bleaker. These tracks reveal the incredible range that’s possible within the Uniform musical template, and they provide a fascinating glimpse of what’s to come.

UNIFORM – LIVE DATES:

Nov 18: Providence, RI – Machines With Magnets
Nov 19: Philadelphia, PA – PhilaMOCA

Muncie Girls release video for “Social Side,” tour (2016)

Animal Style Records released the debut LP, From Caplan to Belsize, from Exeter, UK’s Muncie Girls earlier this year. The record was a split release with Specialist Subject Records and Uncle M Music. You can Order it now!

Indie-punk trio Muncie Girls have revealed a new music video for ‘Social Side’, which is the latest single to be lifted from the band’s stunning debut album ‘From Caplan To Belsize’. “We’ve played so many shows since our album came out in March,” says vocalist and bassist Lande Hekt. “It’s been amazing, exhausting and the most fun we’ve ever had! Some of it was caught on camera (including a bonfire we had to welcome in the autumn), so we thought we’d get this video together for Social Side.”

The video for “Social Side” can now be viewed on Youtube.

Muncie Girls are set to hit the road in the UK in November for a headline tour with Woahnows and Happy Accidents joining them for the ride. Tickets available here. Event page here. Full dates listed below.

25 Nov – Birmingham – The Rainbow
26 Nov – Leeds – Brudenell Games Room
27 Nov – Newcastle – Think Tank
28 Nov – Glasgow – King Tuts
29 Nov – Manchester – Sound Control
30 Nov – London – Underworld
01 Dec – Exeter – Lemongrove

Refused to release Servants of Death EP

Swedish avant-punk heroes Refused will release their new EP Servants of Death on November 25. Arriving on Record Store Day – Back to Black Friday, Servants of Death includes several live tracks captured during Refused’s recent tours.

Along with two ferocious studio tracks “Servants of Death” and “Stolen Voices,” an unreleased song from the Freedom recording session which was only available on the Japanese version of the album. Additionally, the Servants of Death EP features four masterful live performances from Refused’s 2015 European tour. The live material includes the iconic title track from their massively influential The Shape of Punk to Come, as well as a captivating rendition of the 1998 album’s epic “Tannhäuser / Derivé.” With its live tracks recorded in Hamburg, Germany, and in Antwerp, Belgium, Servants of Death was mixed by Don Alsterberg and mastered by Hans Olsson Brookes.

In August, Refused released the video for Servants of Death’s title track. Directed by Jakob Avrevarn, “Servants of Death” features exhilarating live footage shot by tour manager Robin Laananen.

Check out the video for “Servants of Death” here: https://youtu.be/I4lZu4cXIoY

Servants of Death marks the follow-up to 2015’s Freedom, praised as Refused’s “most electrifying and propulsive record to date” by Rolling Stone. After making their unexpected return with Freedom—their first album in 17 years—Refused took on a rigorous touring schedule that included a headlining tour with Plague Vendor and a support slot with Deftones, as well as performances at Riot Fest Denver and Chicago in 2016.

SERVANTS OF DEATH TRACKLIST:

1. Servants Of Death
2. Stolen Voices
3. Thought is Blood (live)
4. Dawkins Christ (live)
5. The Shape of Punk to Come (live)
6. Tannhäuser / Derivé (live)

Blood Orange releases video for “I Know”

Blood Orange - aka Dev Hynes – released one of 2016′s most talked-about albums in the form of Freetown Sound, a vital, brilliant record that continues to shine months after its unveiling.

Blood Orange also released the video for Freetown Sound standout “I Know”. Directed by Hynes with collaborator Tracy Antonopoulos, and featuring ballet dancer Maria Kochetkova (principal dancer at the San Francisco Ballet and the American Ballet Theater), the video (shot at Gibney Dance Center) can be viewed  HERE.

Catch Blood Orange at one of these performances:

Tuesday Nov 22 || Ebisu Garden Hall || Ebisu, Japan

Sat Nov 26 – Sun Nov 27 || Neon Lights Festival, Fort Canning Park || Singapore

Fri Jan 20 || Enmore Theatre || Sydney, AUS

Sat Jan 21 || Sugar Mountain Festival || Melbourne, AUS

Enemies prepare final album, Valuables, for release via Topshelf Records

Enemies will release their third and final album, Valuables, on December 9 via Topshelf Records. Valuables documents a turbulent time for the band — intensive writing, recording and touring, coupled with a lack of shared vision, led to a decision that harmony in ending is ultimately more valuable than discord in continuing. The album’s latest single, “Leaves,” unfolds it’s many layers until it finally reaches a towering conclusion. Listen to “Leaves” here: https://soundcloud.com/topshelfrecords/enemies-leaves/

Formed in 2007, Enemies, an experimental/indie-rock four-piece from Kilcoole, Ireland, have spent almost a decade writing, recording and producing their own records. Having travelled the world with tours in Asia, North America and Europe, the band has continuously developed their sound, remaining incredibly distinct within Ireland’s experimental music scene. Enemies surprise their listeners with every release by constantly tweaking and perfecting their own brand of intelligent, pop-infused rock. Not content to fit neatly into any particular category or sub-genre, Enemies have continued to evolve their sound into something that goes beyond the labels of math or post-rock.

Their final show will be at Dublin’s Vicar Street on December 18.