Shred Then Shred: Mike Keller of Meek Is Murder

Mike Keller

Mike Keller

Meek Is Murder has announced the May 5th release of its third full-length album: Onward/Into the Sun.   As Noisey’s Brad Cohan warns, it’s a “face-ripping sonic assault of dizzying riffage and bloody-throated screamoidness… Damaged-era Black Flag in a car crash with metallic hardcore merchants Botch.”

Comprised of guitarist/vocalist Mike Keller (ex-The Red Chord), drummer Frank Godla (also of Enabler), and bassist Sam Brodsky, Brooklyn’s Meek Is Murder has cemented itself as one of that city’s new DIY powerhouses. Churning out six releases in six years and playing countless shows with a who’s who of modern-day heavy – Converge, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Retox, Fuck the Facts, Mutoid Man, Cult Leader, Loma Prieta, Old Wounds, and so on – Meek Is Murder is a machine with its controls set to “maximum.” Through a nonstop shedding of blood and sweat, what began as Keller’s bedroom solo project has evolved into a unique beast of a band and perhaps the most formidable live act in town.

Meek Is Murder’s third full-length album, the aptly titled Onward/Into the Sun, sees the band team up with Rising Pulse Records, the label founded by Candiria guitarist and fellow Brooklynite John Lamacchia. Onward was recorded by Kevin Bernsten (Full of Hell, Magrudergrind) at Developing Nations, while Into the Sun… was engineered and mixed by Kevin Antreassian (East of the Wall, Gridlink), produced by Jesse Korman of The Number Twelve Looks Like You, and released digitally by the band in 2012. Both EPs were mastered by Alan Douches (Converge, Mastodon).

Where the Onward EP is directionally themed (“Inward,” “Upward,” “Outward,” etc.), Into the Sun… finds its inspiration in sci-fi flicks like Aliens and Back to the Future. (This is the band that also made a Christmas EP called Infant Worship. Like Graf Orlock, the concepts can be fun but the music is brutal realness.)

You Indie recently caught up with Keller to discuss another nihilistic pursuit, skating.  This is what he told us.

What are the best places you’ve skated?

I went to YMCA skate camp in Visalia when I was a kid, where I learned how to drop in. It was beautiful there. They built this crazy park in the middle of a forest and it was next to a lake so obviously there was a ramp to launch in.

Lot’s of love for Greer Park in Palo Alto too.

What is the most difficult trick that you’ve landed? How does the feeling of landing that compare to the feeling of conquering a difficult riff or part in your music?

I’m really not very good, I just have fun. I recently did a line with a tre flip and a back 50-50 *up* a ledge with a shuv out. I was pretty stoked on that.

I’ve had completely obsessive bouts of both guitar or skating at given times in my life- there’s something uniquely personal and satisfying about getting lost in either of those things. Whatever else is going on in your life, writing a riff or trying to land a trick let’s you focus your mental energy and push out all of your negativity.

What kind of deck, trucks, wheels, or other gear are you currently using?

Bad Idea 8”, Gibson SG Standard, Indy Trucks, Orange Rockerverb 100, Spitfire 56mm, Orange + Mesa 4x12s, Bones Reds.

Sometimes I rock the Santa Cruz Bart Simpson.

What other bands who have members who skate have you toured with or skated with? Were you impressed?

I did the Mayhem fest tour with The Red Chord one summer a while back. The 36 Crazy Fists drummer skated and I was bummed I didn’t bring a board, so an old buddy of mine brought me one on the CA date. We skated almost every day the rest of tour after that. I also played a shit ton of Skate (the video game) that summer on Suicide Silence’s bus with their guitar player, Mark.

Do you seek out skate shops on tour? What are the best ones?

Not really, I just bring a board and I’m fine. I don’t skate too hard on tour because I don’t want to break myself.

Growing up, Skate Works in Redwood City used to host pretty sick demos. KCDC in Brooklyn is legit, but I miss when they had a ramp inside.

What is the worst injury that you ever suffered skating and how did you recoup from that? Did it affect your playing?

I broke my foot when I was 16 or 17. I bailed kickflipping a ledge and landed on my truck. There’s a pretty gnarly Hi-8 video somewhere out there of me popping my dislocated toe back into place so I could keep skating. I remember changing out of my hard bottom orthopedic shoe to ride bowls like a week later, which was really dumb.

Last year I broke my other foot getting hung up off a nose grind and it has taken close to a year to even be able to ride again. I played a few shows where I would take off my air cast to play. I couldn’t even walk without it, so I’d be like wincing in pain any time I had to hit a pedal. That was also really dumb.

Which of your band’s songs are the best to skate to?

“Ghost Moth” maybe. Or “Upward” (a new song).

(Visit Meek Is Murder here: http://facebook.com/meekismurder.)

Refused announce U.S. dates (2015)

Reactivated Swedish hardcore/punk band Refused has lined up a small spring tour in the United States. Confirmed dates are as follows:

5/24 Las Vegas, NV @ Punk Rock Bowling Festival
5/25 Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
5/26 West Hollywood, CA @ The Roxy Theatre
5/28 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
5/29 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
5/30 Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
5/31 Chicago, IL @ Double Door
6/1 Boston, MA @ The Sinclair
6/3 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
6/4 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
6/5 Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel

Prawn announce tour dates (2015)

NJ indie rock outfit Prawn will play a series of headline shows in May and June with support from Del Paxton, First Ghost and Gulfer on select dates.

The band will co-headline a string of shows with Frameworks from 4/16-5/5, with Whirr, Free Throw and Xerxes also joining them for select dates.

Prawn’s latest release, an EP titled ‘Settled’, features two b-sides from their ‘Kingfisher’ LP recording session. The two tracks (“Settled” and “”Built For”) were originally slated to appear on ‘Kingfisher’, so Topshelf Records also released them as an expanded deluxe version of the LP last fall, which included both songs in the original sequence that the band intended.

4/10 – University of Delaware, Newark DE (Prawn Only)

4/11 – TCNJ – Ewing, NJ (Prawn Only)

4/12- Gillies – Blacksburg, VA (Prawn Only)

4/13 – Spinellis – Louisville, KY (Prawn Only)

4/14 – Exponent Manor, Nashville TN (Prawn Only)

• 4/16 – Denton, TX – The Rubber Gloves

• 4/17 – San Antonio, TX – Korova

• 4/18 – Austin, TX – Red 7 *

• 4/19 – El Paso, TX – Electric Banana

• 4/20 – Mesa, AZ – 51 West

• 4/21 – San Diego, CA – Voodoo Room

• 4/22 – Los Angeles, CA – Echo

• 4/23 – Las Vegas, NV – Beauty Bar

• 4/24 – San Francisco, CA – Thee Parkside

• 4/26 – Portland,OR – Analog Cafe

• 4/27 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon

• 4/29 – Salt Lake City, UT – Shred Shed ^

• 4/30 – Denver, CO – Hi Dive ^

• 5/1 – Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews ^

• 5/2 – Chicago, IL – FIZZ

• 5/3 – Minneapolis, MN – Nether Bar ^

• 5/4 – Indianapolis, IN – Hoosier Dome #

• 5/5 – Columbus, OH – Ace Of Cups #

* w/ Whirr

^ w/ Free Throw

# w/ XERXES

Nudity share Astronomicon, play shows (2015)

Members of Nudity have been fueling the Olympia underground music scene for over two decades – including talent from bands like Broken Water, Hysterics, The Need, Sex/Vid plus many more. Their DIY hardcore roots shine through in the energy of their music and the grass roots intent with which they operate – diving deep into their vintage hard rock-inspired, Krautrock-infused compositions, leaving no one doubting the veracity of their musical commitment.  

‘Astronomicon’ was recorded with engineer/guru Tim Green (Sleater-Kinney, Melvins, The Fucking Champs).  The debut builds a shape-shifting pinnacle of sound, a pounding rhythmic core armored with hard riffs, cloaked in swaths of colorful synths and striped with soaring, searing leads and knife-sharp vocals – bringing tones and shades reminiscent of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal.

Listen / Share ‘Astronomicon’ in full via Soundcloud Here & A.V. Club Here

Catch them live here:

April 17: Rendezvous Jewel Box Theater – Seattle, WA
April 25: Obsidian – Olympia, WA
April 25: Lo-Fi – Seattle, WA
May 17: Victory Lounge – Seattle, WA
May 30: Obsidian – Olympia, WA

This Is Hardcore (2015) announces lineup

The lineup has been announced for This Is Hardcore 2015 (aka TIHC 2015 or This Is Hardcore X), set to take place July 23, 24, 25, and 26 at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA (July 23 will be at the Union Transfer).

Here is the roster in alphebetical order:

Absolute Suffering
All Out War
American Nightmare
Bane
Biohazard
Blistered
BreakAway
Chokehold
Code Orange
CroMags
Cruel Hand
Defeater
Disengage
Eternal Sleep
the Exploited
Foreseen
Foundation
Fuck You Pay Me
the Geeks
H2O
Homewrecker
Killing Time
Malice At the Palace
Mindset
the Misfits
Morning Again
Nails
Negative Approach
Power trip
Reach the Sky
Rival Mob
Sand
Slapshot
Snapcase
Suburban Scum
Time Bomb
True Love
Turnstile
Twitching Tongues
Wisdom In Chains
Xibalba

Failure ready The Heart Is A Monster, play shows (2015)

Failure release The Heart Is A Monster, the Los Angeles-based trio’s highly anticipated follow-up to 1996’s Fantastic Planet, on June 30 via INgrooves Music Group’s artist services division, INresidence.

The band recently announced the vinyl reissue of Fantastic Planet, available exclusively via PledgeMusic: www.pledgemusic.com/failure.

With more tour dates to come, the band has recently announced these performances:

May 1     Ventura, CA     Ventura Theater

May 2     Mecca, CA     Desert Daze

May 18     London, UK     The Garage

July     Ottawa, ON     Ottawa Bluesfest

The Great Albatross share video for “Righteous Man”

Count Your Lucky Stars released the debut EP/7″, Roots, from The Great Albatross in the Summer of 2014. A video for “Righteous Man” is premering exclusively on New Noise Magazine now.

A video for the title track previously premered on Brooklyn Vegan. Additionally, the EP can be streamed in full on Absolute Punk.

Turnover share video for “New Scream,” tour (2015)

After releasing the first track “Cutting My Fingers Off” from their upcoming full-length Peripheral Vision, it was obvious that Virginia’s Turnover were onto something new.  The Rob Soucy-directed video for the second track off their album, “New Scream” that premiered on Stereogum today is further proof of it, with the site calling their music “desperate, lonely indulgence in nostalgia, its yearning shot down by the Virginia-based band’s emotive and entangled guitar work.” Peripheral Vision, the band’s sophomore full-length, will be released on May 4, 2015 via Run For Cover Records.  Recorded with Will Yip at Studio 4 in Conshohocken, PA, Peripheral Vision is a massive leap forward for Turnover, combining melancholy, textured guitars riffs and sincere vocals to create an expansive album as gorgeous as it is pensive.  The album is now available for pre-order via Run For Cover.

Watch the Video for “New Scream”

Turnover formed in Viriginia in 2009 and released their debut full-length, Magnolia in 2013 on Run For Cover Records, in addition to numerous EPs and splits.  The band has toured the US and the UK multiple times, and in addition to currently being in the midst of a  six-week spring tour, have just announced a tour in May and June with Fireworks and Sorority Noise (all dates below).

3/30 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
3/31 – Pawtucket, RI @ The Met^
4/02 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore^
4/03 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle^
4/06 – Orlando, FL @ The Beacham^
4/07 – Charleston, SC @ Music Farm^
4/09 – Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge^
4/10 – Little Rock, AR @ Juanita’s Cafe and Bar*
4/11 – New Orleans, LA @ Tiptina’s Uptown*
4/12 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Upstairs*
5/27 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary#
5/28 – Amityville, NY @ Amityville Music Hall#
5/29 – New York, NY @ The Studio at Webster Hall#
5/30 – Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East Upstairs#
5/31 – Syracuse, NY @ Gorham Brothers Music#
6/02 – Ottawa, ON @ Ritual#
6/03 – Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck Bar#
6/04 – Buffalo, NY @ The Waiting Room#
6/05 – Lakeland, OH @ Mahall’s 20 Lanes#
6/06 – Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen#
6/07 – Detroit, MI @ The Shelter#

^ = w/ New Found Glory, Turnstile, This Wild Life
* = w/ New Found Glory, Turnstile
# = w/ Fireworks, Sorority Noise

Annabel shares “Everything,” plays shows (2015)

Tiny Engines recently announced the release of Having It All, the third full-length from Kent, Ohio’s Annabel. The new album was produced by Evan Weiss of Into It. Over It.. Tiny Engines will release the record in May of 2015. You can sign up to be notified when pre-orders go live here! Check out the video teaser for the album here.

You can now hear the first single from Having It All. “Everything” is premering exclusively on Stereogum.

The record follows up numerous releases from the band on the Count Your Lucky Stars label. Also, Annabel previously released their 2010 EP, Here We Are Tomorrow, on Tiny Engines. You can currently stream the entire Annabel discography on Bandcamp. Also, check out an in-depth interview with Annabel from the Summer of 2014 on Half Cloth.

The band has a few local shows coming up. Info listed below. More Spring/Summer tour dates coming soon!

APR 04 – Athens, OH @ The Bat Lounge
APR 06 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop w/ Kind of Like Spitting

Fight Amp to tour with KEN mode (2015)

Philadelphia, PA noise rock powerhouse Fight Amputation (Fight Amp for short) have announced their first new record in three years, entitled Constantly Off.  Set for release on June 9 via Brutal Panda Records, Constantly Off was recorded in August 2014 at Gradwell House Studios in Haddon Heights, NJ with engineer Steve Poponi (Ladder Devils, Fight Amp).  A trailer with a sampling of new music can be viewed HERE.

Constantly Off will be released on limited edition LP with the artwork available in three different colors covers including pink, yellow/royal blue and black.  Pre-Orders are available at this location.  Additionally a limited edition cassette version will be released by Lost Tape Collective (pre-order here), while CD and digital versions are available here.

The band documented their time in the studio via Decibel Magazine in three parts which can be viewed HERE.

Additionally, Fight Amputation are set to kick off a short run of dates with revered Canadian noise rock trio KEN Mode.  A complete listing of dates is included below.

June 16 - Toronto, ON – Parts & Labour w/ he Great Sabatini

June 17 - Montreal, QB – Turbo Haus w/ the Great Sabatini

June 18 - Brooklyn, NY – St. Vitus w/ Pyrrhon & Couch Slut

June 19 - Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie

June 20 - Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups w/ Lo-Pan

June 21 - Chicago, IL – The Burlington w/ Jar’d Loose