Comprised of Ian Metzger, lead songwriter and vocalist, drummer Mark Kulvinskas, and multi-instrumentalist James Mulhern, all gained a wide-scale following with their critically acclaimed projects Dear and the Headlights (Equal Vision Records) andWhat Laura Says. Brooklyn Vegan says the new album “picks up right where Dear and the Headlights left off, which is a very good thing.”
The Gentle Hits will be released on November 18 via Porch Party Records.
Pre-order The Gentle Hits’ self-titled debut here.
Body Stuff is the solo project Curran Reynolds launched in 2013, around the time he left his former band, Today Is the Day. The Body Stuff music presents some sort of minimalist, dream-like version of rock, rooted in the larger-than-life pop, rock, and hair metal he grew up with in the late ’80s, then boosted with industrial-metal power and drenched in the vibes of New York City where he lives and works.
Body Stuff 2 comes out November 4 on The Path Less Traveled Records, in digital and cassette formats. The EP was composed primarily in a house on a lake in Maine, and recorded and mixed in Brooklyn, New York with Ryan Jones of Mutilation Rites. It was mastered by Brad Boatright (Nails, Full of Hell, Author & Punisher).
Brooklyn-based Neaux (which features Sierra Kay of VersaEmerge and Nick Fit of Trash Talk) have debuted a music video for “Deep Dive” on Noisey. The song appears on their new album, Fell Off The Deep End, which was released last week on Iron Pier. Kay’s expressive vocal approach meets songs that give a nod to shoegaze and Sonic Youth in equal measure. Joined by Ryan Briggs on bass (Have Heart) and Chris Peters on drums, Neaux is An alt-rock band rich in atmosphere and songcraft.
The members cut their teeth in diverse genres - experimental, synth pop, straight-edge hardcore – but Fell Off The Deep End is a rewarding collision of worlds. Take album opener “Slowstroll,” which announces itself immediately with both delicacy and heaviness; there’s a weighty crunch to the sound that recalls 90s grunge and alt-rock. Yet, Kay’s clear and expressive lead vocal ensures fans of Slowdive and PJ Harvey can find space in this music. Elsewhere, the young band ably conjures up druggy, droning balladry (“High Hopes”) and catchy post-punk (“Beaten Bruised and Over It”). The band’s hardcore background shows up, too, like when the pummeling “Somewhere Up North” kicks up the tempo several notches.
Far more than simply another one-off in a discography full of them, Fell Off The Deep End establishes Neaux as a band to look out for in 2016 and beyond. Stay tuned for more news coming soon.
Fresh off of a fantastic set in Chicago at Riot Fest, Frank Iero and the Patience have debuted a brand new song, “Remedy” with BBC1 during The Rock Show With Daniel P. Carter. The track comes from the band’s upcoming album, Parachutes, which is slated for release on October 28 via BMG. Fans of Frank can visit the BBC1 website to listen to the track.
Parachutes was produced by the legendary team that is Ross Robinson and Steve Evetts in California earlier this year. ”It’s a team that had been on my mind for a while. I heard stories about Ross that scared me to death… but honestly nothing could have prepared me for the reality of what it is like to work with him,” says singer Frank Iero. ”It was the most heartbreaking yet uplifting, depleting yet inspiring experience I have ever had. I found out things about myself and the songs I was writing that changed me forever. I am so proud of this record, it really took everything I had, and I know I could not have made it with anyone else.”
The album is available for preorder at http://smarturl.it/ParachutesAR.
The band take this record to the US fans via an extensive tour, kicking off on October 28 in Sayreville, New Jersey. The U.S. tour runs through November 27 and includes a stop in Los Angeles at the Troubadour, and in New York at the Bowery Ballroom. Full dates are included below.
Oct 28th – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
Oct 29th – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
Oct 30 – Philadelphia, PA – The Foundry @ The Fillmore Philadelphia
Nov 2 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
Nov 3 – Little Rock, AR – Metroplex
Nov 4 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar N’ Gril
Nov 6 – Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom
Nov 7 – Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
Nov 9 – West Hollywood, CA – Troubadour
Nov 10 – San Francisco, CA – Social Hall SF
Nov 11 – Eugene, OR – W.O.W. Hall
Nov 12 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
Nov 13 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
Nov 15 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
Nov 16 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre
Nov 18 – Columbia, MO – The Blue Note
Nov 20 – Detroit, MI – The Shelter
Nov 21 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
Nov 22 – Cleveland, OH – The Agora Ballroom
Nov 23 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
Nov 25 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
Nov 26 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
Nov 27 – Hamden, CT – The Ballroom at the Outdoor Stage
Royal Oakie is proud to announce the release of Banana Split, the newest transmission from Oakland art freaks Everyone Is Dirty. Banana Split is a schizophrenic cassette single featuring two brand new tracks of art/rock insanity—the title track un-winds like a fever dream with its warped sound waves and amphetamine crunch, re-calling the Slits as much as David Bowie or Talking Heads; meanwhile on the flip side, “Wax Mannequin Mode” wafts in like a ghostly breeze, a rare glimpse of the softer side of Everyone Is Dirty, evoking The Meat Puppets and Elliott Smith.
Everyone Is Dirty first started shocking audiences with the raw power of their music in 2013, quickly striking a nerve with their explosive sound and electrifying live show. They developed a powerful and singular chemistry virtually overnight—the combination of frontwoman Sivan Lioncub’s electric-violin sorcery and sometimes ethereal, sometimes ferocious vocals; Chris Daddio’s pawn shop guitar crunch; the driving post-punk bass lines of Tyler English; and Tony Sales’ expressive and explosive drumming coalesced in-to a force of nature.
The band also runs their own recording studio. Donut Time Audio is a full service music and sound recording studio located in North Oakland, Califiornia. It was founded in 2014 by Christopher Daddio and Sivan Lioncub with the initial purpose of serving their band Everyone Is Dirty. The concept was simple: use Christopher’s experience as a sound engineer, amass an arsenal of great equipment, and wire the entire house to create “In-Your-Face HI-FI Organic” recordings without the expense, time constraints, or creative compromises that can come with using an ‘outside’ commercial studio. The resulting epic-sound quickly attracted the attention of the local music scene when the band released their debut album “Dying Is Fun” and the requests from local and National musicians to record with Daddio at Donut Time started piling up. Hosting bands on a regular basis, they have also created a community garden in the backyard for bands to share.
The natural progression of Donut Time Audio is Donut Time Records, on which they plan on releasing material later this year.
Everyone is Dirty – 2016 Tour Dates
09.30•k23 Gallery (San Antonio, TX)
10.01•Saturn Bar (New Orleans, LA)
10.03•The Glass Menage (Nashville, TN)
10.05•The Milestone (Charlotte, NC)
10.07•The Gateway (Brooklyn, NY)
10.08•Elvis Guesthouse (New York, NY)
10.09•The Storefront (Philadelphia, PA)
10.11•Beachland Tavern (Cleveland, OH)
10.12•The Void (Bloomington, IN)
10.13•Nomad World Pub (Minneapolis, MN)
10.14•Cole’s Bar (Chicago, IL)
10.15•The Bloodswamp (Denver, CO)
10.17•Diabolical Records (Salt Lake City, UT)
10.29•BRICK & MORTAR (San Francisco, CA)
11.03•The Press Club (Sacramento, CA)
11.04•Offbeat Fest (Reno, CA)
12.16•The Ace Hotel (Palm Springs, CA)
At the precise time the U.S. seems to have put up the “batshit signal,” radical rabble-rousers Racetraitor return.
Racetraitor is back to take aim at this crazy election cycle with “By The Time I Get To Pennsylvania,” the first new music the band has released in roughly seventeen years. The Chicago agitators deliver a musical Molotov cocktail with the same incendiary spirit as the band’s metal/hardcore punk missives last heard in the late nineties. The band’s first show in nearly twenty years is set for the International Day of Action Against Police Brutality, October 22, 2016, where fellow nineties hardcore veterans, Detroit-based Earthmover, will join Racetraitor at the Cobra Lounge in Chicago.
Reuniting Racetraitor’s classic lineup of Mostofi, Hurley, guitarists Dan Binaei and Eric Bartholomae, and bassist Brent Decker, the brand new track “By The Time I Get To Pennsylvania” will see release online and on a flexi disc via Organized Crime Records, together with a new recording of an early demo, “Damaged.”
“We had discussed playing a show or doing something else over the years, but nostalgia was never all that motivating, so the idea died,” explains drummer Andy Hurley. “But with everything happening in the past couple of years, from the way things heated up in Ferguson, Missouri, to the rise in xenophobia and bigotry reflected by the popularity of Donald Trump, making new music with RACETRAITOR felt important again.”
“We needed to respond to this moment in history in our own way.”
Both tracks are available via Bandcamp HERE and the limited flexi will be available via Organized Crime in the coming weeks.
Andrew W.K. announced his first ever official smartphone app for Android and Apple users, The Party Hard Bloody Nose App. This app allows users to add a bloody nose to any photo, whether taken on the spot or uploaded from their library. It also has the ability to add Andrew W.K.’s infamous dirty white T-shirt and stringy long hair to any photo, as well as other options, including an animated blood flow graphic saved as a GIF.
In addition, Andrew has performed vocals on a brand new song with dance music producers MAKJ & Timmy Trumpet called, “Party Till We Die”. Released by legendary Dutch EDM label, Spinnin’ Records, the new song is packed with massive synth leads, uplifting chords, and a ground shaking stadium crowd sing along lead by Andrew’s signature rally cry. “Party Till We Die” can be found HERE.
Andrew is also pleased to announce his brand new weekly column for VICE. Continuing in the tradition of his beloved advice column, Andrew’s new writing series will tackle singular celebratory topics revolving around the endless mystery of the human experience. His first essay on “PRESSURE” was officially published today, and can be found HERE.
This news all comes in the midst of Andrew W.K.’s The Power of Partyingspeaking tour; his first nationwide speaking tour, spanning the entire country with stops in all 50 U.S. states. Presented by The Party Party, each evening is an intimate discussion on developing a “stronger and partier point of view”, and is framed as a “pep rally for the human spirit”. It continues Andrew’s efforts to promote and embody an optimistic look at the overwhelming intensity of life and furthers his tireless mission to defend human joy through partying.
2016 celebrates Andrew W.K.’s tenth year as a party philosopher and motivational speaker, and The Power of Partying tour has been featured on Salon, Billboard, Consequence of Sound and others.
The Bloody Nose App can be found in the App Store and at Google Play, and tickets to The Power of Partying speaking tour dates are on sale now on Andrew W.K.’s website. Find screen-grabs from The Party Hard Bloody Nose App HERE.
Andrew W.K.’s The Power of Partying Speaking Tour
Oct 01 — Anchorage, AK — The Tap Root
Oct 03 — Seattle, WA — Neumos
Oct 04 — Portland, OR — Revolution Hall
Oct 06 — Jackson Hole, WY — (Private Event)
Oct 07 — Bozeman, MT — The Eagles Ballroom
Oct 08 — Boise, ID — Neurolux
Oct 09 — Salt Lake City, UT — Urban Lounge
Oct 11 — Englewood, CO — Gothic Theatre
Oct 13 — Las Vegas, NV — The Bunkhouse Saloon
Oct 14 — Mecca, CA — Desert Daze
Oct 17 — Phoenix, AZ — Phoenix Masonic Temple
Oct 19 — Santa Fe, NM — Meow Wolf
Oct 21 — Norman, OK — Opolis
Oct 22 — Wichita, KS — Barleycorn’s
Oct 23 — Omaha, NE — Waiting Room
Oct 24 — Sioux Falls, SD — Icon Lounge
Oct 25 — Fargo, ND — Sanctuary Events Center
Oct 26 — Saint Paul, MN — Turf Club
Oct 27 — Madison, WI — High Noon Saloon
Oct 28 — Des Moines, IA — Temple Theater
Oct 29 — St. Louis, MO — The Ready Room
Oct 30 — Little Rock, AR — Revolution Music Room
Oct 31 — Baton Rouge, LA — Manship Theatre
Nov 1 — Oxford, MS — Proud Larry’s
Nov 3 — Nashville, TN — Marathon Music Works
Nov 4 — Birmingham, AL — Saturn
Nov 5 — Athens, GA — 40 Watt Club
Nov 6 — Tallahassee, FL — Club Downunder
Nov 7 — West Columbia, SC — New Brookland Tavern
Nov 8 — Carrboro, NC — The ArtsCenter
Nov 9 — Richmond, VA — Capital Ale House
Nov 10 — Charleston, WV — Labelle Theatre
Nov 11 — Louisville, KY — Zanzabar
Nov 12 — Bloomington, IN — Rhino’s Youth Center
Nov 13 — Detroit, MI — Masonic Temple Chapel
Nov 14 — Cleveland, OH — Capitol Theatre
Nov 16 — Philadelphia, PA — Trinity Center for Urban Life
Nov 17 — Washington, D.C. — Black Cat
Nov 18 — Baltimore, MD — Soundstage
Nov 19 — Arden, DE — Gild Hall
Nov 20 — Brooklyn, NY — Music Hall of Williamsburg
Nov 21 — Asbury Park, NJ — House of Independents
Nov 25 — Burlington, VT — First Unitarian Church
Nov 26 — Portland, ME — SPACE Gallery
Nov 27 — Portsmouth, NH — 3S Artspace
Nov 28 — Boston, MA — Paradise
Nov 29 — Hamden, CT — The Space
Nov 30 — Providence, RI — Columbus Theatre
The Pretenders have revealed a brand new video for “Holy Commotion,” the first track to be taken from their new album, Alone, out October 21 through BMG. The part-animated video was shot in Nashville at producer Dan Auerbach’s studio, and includes footage of Chrissie Hynde and Auerbach, edited by Director / Animator Luca Monterosso Whittmann.
Alone is the first Pretenders album for eight years and was recorded in Nashville, TN. Originally intended as a solo follow-up to 2014′s Stockholm, it too soon dawned that those driving guitars, ragged-but-righteous arrangements, tough-yet tender lyrics delivered by the most beautifully distinctive voice of a generation, sounded fantastically familiar. The Pretenders were back. Thirty six years after their remarkable first album, Alone could be the older, wiser, badder sister to that exhilarating debut.
Hynde recorded the album with Auerbach, from The Black Keys, who stood as captain, producer and multi-instrumentalist on the record, an album which sees Hynde at her searingly honest, most incisive best.
The full band joining Hynde and Auerbach on the album features Johnny Cash’s former bass player Dave Roe and country rocker Kenny Vaughan on guitar plus sundry members of Dan Auerbach’s side project The Arcs: Richard Swift, drums, Leon Michels, keyboards and Russ Pahl providing sly curlicues of pedal steel. The album was mixed by Tchad Blake (Arctic Monkeys, Peter Gabriel, Elvis Costello). Duane Eddy also features on the punchy “Never Be Together.”
Of the new album Hynde said: “This record is what I love the most — real people playing real music.”
The Pretenders begin a North American tour with Stevie Nicks on October 25 at Phoenix, AZ’s Talking Stick Arena, ending December 18 at The Forum in Inglewood, CA. They have also just announced their own headlining shows in Austin, TX, Durham, NC, Red Bank, NJ, Akron, OH and Portland, OR. The complete tour dates are below. Tickets for the headline shows go on sale starting Friday, September 30 via http://thepretenders.com/.
Alone will be available on CD/LP/Digital and can be pre-ordered now.
25 – Phoenix AZ – Talking Stick Arena
27 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
29 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
30 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
31 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits – HEADLINING
2 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
4 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – BB&T Center
6 – Atlanta, GA – Phillips Arena
7 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
10 – Charlotte, NC – Time Warner Cable Arena
12 – Columbia, SC – Colonial Life Arena
13 – Durham, NC – Durham Performing Arts Center – HEADLINING
14 – Washington, DC – Verizon Center
15 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
17 – Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie Theater – HEADLINING
19 – Bethlehem, PA – Sands Bethlehem Event Center
20 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
23 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
25 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
26 – Akron, OH – EJ Thomas Hall – HEADLINING
27 – Detroit, MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills
29 – Toronto, ONT – Air Canada Centre
1 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
3 – Chicago, IL – United Center
5 – Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank Arena
6 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
9 – Vancouver, BC – Pepsi Live at Rogers Center
11 – Seattle, WA – Key Arena
12 – Portland, OR – Roseland – HEADLINING
13 – Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center
14 – San Jose, CA – SAP Center
17 – Las Vegas, NV – Park Theatre
18 – Inglewood, CA – The Forum
All dates with Stevie Nicks except where noted as headlining.
“On the Inside” appears on new album by Soft Kill, Choke, due out November 4 on Profound Lore Records. The song features guest vocals by Mark Burgess of ’80s UK band The Chameleons, a band Soft Kill cites as heroes. Frontman Tobias V.H. says “having one of our main influences take part in the album was pretty life-changing.”
A departure from the sounds that have come to define Profound Lore – avant metal bands like Portal, Krallice, Leviathan, Pallbearer, and Subrosa – Soft Kill is one of the most outstanding new post-punk bands of today.
Choke was engineered by Jason Powers (Grails, The Mountain Goats) at Burnside Recording in Portland, mixed by Uniform guitarist Ben Greenberg (Destruction Unit, Cheena) and mastered by Blake Bickel (King Dude, He Whose Ox Is Gored).
The album is part of a comeback of sorts – Soft Kill originally formed 2010, released the acclaimed An Open Door album, then disappeared for years when frontman Tobias went to prison for drug-related crimes. The current, reformed Soft Kill includes veteran drummer Maxamillion Avila of such bands as Antioch Arrow, Chromatics, and Atriarch.
Oct 21 – Portland, OR @ Secret Society
Dec 2 – Sacramento, CA @ Red Museum
Dec 3 – Oakland, CA @ Golden Bull
Dec 4 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
Dec 5 – Tempe, AZ @ 51 West
Dec 6 – El Paso, TX @ Monarch
Dec 8 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s
Dec 9 – Dallas, TX @ Double Wide
Dec 11 – Denver, CO @ Bar Bar
Dec 12 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Diabolical Records
Dec 14 – Portland, OR @ High Water Mark
I’m Glad It’s You are now streaming their new single “Curbside” via GoldFlakePaint. This is the title track off of the band’s debut album The Things I Never Say, coming out November 4 via 6131 Records. You can also stream the band’s single ”Keepsake” and a re-recorded version of their single “Daydreams” that was previously released on cassette via Impose Magazine. Pre-orders for The Things I Never Say are now available via 6131 Records.
The best music emerges from true emotions that a songwriter feels compelled to express. It’s that sense of urgency that permeates every second of the new album from I’m Glad It’s You, “The Things I Never Say,” giving listeners an intimate window into something truly heartfelt. As each song passes, it’s as if pages of a personal journal have been transposed into lyrics, laid perfectly atop music accompaniment.
Musically, I’m Glad It’s You seem to be mining the ever-fertile influence of ’90s alt-rock, particularly of the Midwestern variety, yet do so by tapping into elements of that aesthetic many have overlooked. The band innovates on the introspective, yet powerful origins of “college rock,” incorporating their contemporary Southern California roots to build something equally as familiar as it is refreshing.
“The Things I Never Say” is a rare album, filled with dynamics both lyrically and musically, cathartic and expressive, while also drawing listeners in to something to be cherished and revelled in.
10/03 Lake Forest, CA @ OC DIY w/ Crying
10/07 Fullerton, CA @ Slidebar w/ Garrett Klahn (of Texas is the Reason), No Better
10/28-10/30 Gainesville, FL @ The Fest
11/03 Riverside, CA @ Clash City Studios w/ No Better
11/04 Fullerton, CA @ Programme w/ Casual Friday, No Better
11/05 Berkeley, CA @ 924 Gilman w/ No Better