Failure added to Wrecking Ball ATL (2015)

Upstart Atlanta music festival, The Wrecking Ball ATL, is pleased to announce the addition of legendary superstar Alt rockers, FAILURE, to their inaugural lineup.

The festival, the debut edition of which serves as a 25th anniversary celebration for celebrated rock venue, The Masquerade, already boasts an unbelievably stacked bill of Punk, Hardcore, Alt, and Emo acts, both modern and historic.

The addition of FAILURE to the Aug. 8/9 weekend celebration serves to cement a lineup which already boasts a mind-blowing array of talent which includes COHEED AND CAMBRIA, DESCENDENTS, the reunion of THRICE, a rare appearance of GLASSJAW, a reunited THE MOVIELIFE, hardcore legends AMERICAN NIGHTMARE and JUDGE, as well as BASEMENT, BRAID, MODERN LIFE IS WAR, TITLE FIGHT, APPLESEED CAST and more.

FAILURE, who haven’t released a full length recording since 1996’s critically acclaimed, FANTASTIC PLANET, will perform material from their upcoming release, THE HEART IS A MONSTER; their first in 17 years.  The band has recently completed a tour, supporting TOOL and is currently on the road with JANE’S ADDICTION.

Turnover stream Peripheral Vision, tour (2015)

Turnover are streaming their much hyped new full-length Peripheral Vision at Billboard, where they are featuring the band in their weekly “New Noise” column.

“The quartet has morphed into a moody, atmospheric indie rock band, without losing its knack for hooks,” Billboard says of the record. Peripheral Vision, the band’s sophomore full-length, will be released on May 4 via Run For Cover Records.

Stream Peripheral Vision

Recorded with Will Yip at Studio 4 in Conshohocken, PA, it 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.

Catch the band live here:

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/ Fireworks, Sorority Noise

Dan Andriano In The Emergency Room readies second full-length

Asian Man Records and Xtra Mile Records announced that they have teamed up to release Party Adjacent, the second full-length from Dan Andriano’s solo project, Dan Andriano In the Emergency Room on July 17.

“The Emergency Room started as something for me to do with songs I had been writing that didn’t seem to have a place on Alkaline Trio records,” explains Andriano.  Started when he found himself living in Florida, he released his debut full-length Hurricane Season on Asian Man in 2011 and toured troubadour-style around the release with just an acoustic guitar on the US and European legs of the Revival Tour. Party Adjacent marks the beginning of a new chapter to the Emergency Room story.  Produced by Jeff Rosenstock, formerly of Bomb the Music Industry, Andriano is joined by a backing band of Jeff, Kevin Higuchi of The Jeff Rosenstock Band and Mike Huguenor of Hard Girls to fantastic effect.  With influences ranging from Thin Lizzy to Elvis Costello to Billy Bragg, Party Adjacent is obviously one of those rare records that is built by an artist’s singular vision and augmented by exactly the right collaborative team.

Stay tuned for more information on the release in the coming months.

Adult Dude joins Animal Style Records roster

Animal Style Records welcomes Brooklyn NY’s Adult Dude to their roster. The label will release the band’s debut full-length, Adult Moods, in July of 2015. Stay tuned for more details, song premieres and vinyl pre-orders!

You can stream the Adult Dude back catalog on Bandcamp.

The part of the 1990s that almost everyone got wrong (then and now) is that, despite the slacker aesthetic, Generation X cared more than most. Unfortunately, the remnants of that era are limited to oil-stained flannel shirts, torn jeans, unkempt hair, and the phrase “Whatever.” This same superficiality is the problem with independent music’s recent fascination with the 1990s, but Brooklyn NY’s Adult Dude is one of only a few exceptions. Sure, their debut LP is full of songs that might have made it onto alternative radio in 1998, positioned nicely between Soul Asylum and Local H, but these ten songs attempt to neither recreate nor revere the alt-rock stereotype that preceded them. Indeed, they take the torch, but opt to trample down an alternative route. Part of this comes from Adult Dude’s penchant for punk-rock. Many remember the alt-rock lyrics of the 1990s as nonsensical and nihilistic, but Adult Dude’s reflect the introspection of the decade’s best wordsmiths. Clearly, Adult Dude doesn’t try to revive anything. Instead, they wear their influences on their sleeves, incorporating the honesty that made those musicians meaningful, expressing the passion and depth that made grunge and alt-rock important, and making sense of being a Millennial the way that those Gen-Xers did.

You Indie Feature: An interview with TJ Turner about his book, Lincoln’s Bodyguard

Lincoln's Bodyguard

Lincoln’s Bodyguard

Yellow Springs, Ohio, resident TJ Turner is a renaissance man. In addition to his career as a research scientist with the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson AFB, he’s also a federal agent, and as a reserve military officer, he has served three tours in Afghanistan and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal in 2013. In fact, his essay about his deployments to Afghanistan, “The Power of Teddy Bears,”was accepted and read on NPR’s This I Believe national essay series. The husband and father of three also recently became a published novelist.

In Lincoln’s Bodyguard, Turner creates an alternative version of American history. President Lincoln is saved from assassination due to the heroics of his bodyguard, Joseph Foster, who is abiracial mix of white and Miami Indian and makes an enemy of the South by killing John Wilkes Booth. Though the book provides a look at what the country could have been without the loss of the president, Foster’s nail-biting story, one of revenge and redemption, takes center stage here.

You Indie recently spoke with Turner about the novel, Lincoln’s history and legacy, and his experiences as a reservist.

I think most of us have wondered “what if,” although it is probably more common for imagination and tweaking to take place on one’s own personal history.  When did it occur to you that you could tweak someone else’s history in print?

What I was really going for was an interesting story—one that had some relevance to our current world. I love the time period of the Civil War, as it’s so ripe with drama and conflict, on so many levels. On top of that, the Lincoln narrative always fascinated me. He was a man that if you really look at his background, should never have become president. He didn’t have the education, or the politics, or even the experience in an executive office. But he was absolutely the perfect man for the job. We never would have come through the Civil War in the same manner without him. He steered the ship, weathered us through the storm, and then before he could see the nation made whole again he was taken from us. So I wanted to re-tell that narrative, but this time let him see the nation come back together and start the healing process. His death, particularly the manner and timing of it, is one of the great injustices of our nation’s history. If he’s looking down on us, I hope he likes the alternative outcome I created for him.

Where did the idea for the story come from?

I had been writing for a while, and had found very little success in getting signed by a literary agent for an earlier novel. In fact, I was getting a bit depressed and was considering giving up the whole writing life. But one day in the car on the way home from work, I turned the radio to NPR’s Fresh Air with Terri Gross. She was speaking to some guest about the Lincoln assassination, and they were talking about why Lincoln had no “real” bodyguard that night. I put the “real” in quotes because he actually had a bodyguard, who obviously failed miserably at his job. But Terri said the phrase “Lincoln’s Bodyguard”, and it was like a flashing neon sign in my head. I knew it would make a great title for a book, one that I would want to pick up and read. And almost immediately the character of Joseph Foster knocked on my subconscious and helped me craft the story. Many authors I’ve heard speak will tell you that their characters are alive, dictating the story. I had never experienced that before, but I did with this novel.

It is easy to overlook the fact that Lincoln’s assassination resulted in the surrender of many of the confederate generals and put an end to the war.  How important was this part of the history to your story?

That’s an absolutely pivotal point. We may never truly know how the end of the war would have unfolded with Lincoln still at the helm. But what we do know is that the Confederate President Jefferson Davis, wrote to both General Lee and General Johnston and pleaded with them to not surrender—to carry on in guerilla warfare and bog down the North to make the war effort grind to a halt. General Lee considered it, but then felt he had to surrender or the South would face partisan warfare and strife like Missouri had seen before the war. General Johnston only learned of Lincoln’s death upon his first meeting with Union General William Tecumseh Sherman, and when he heard about the assassination he knew the North had found its martyr. The only way his beloved South would heal would be through a negotiated peace. But if Lincoln had lived, Johnston might have taken his 90,000 men and disappeared all over the South. With the amazing terrain over the southern portion of our country—the mountains, forests, and swamps—the Union would have had to send in a huge occupying army. And that’s the premise of where the book opens. Insurgent warfare reigns supreme, the nation is crippled and still torn apart even seven years after the failed assassination attempt.

As an Air Force reservist who has been deployed several times I imagine that you’ve seen the results of guerilla warfare and insurgencies.  Did any of your personal experiences leach in to your writing?

Absolutely. I’ve witnessed first hand how even the greatest military on the planet can be held at bay by a much smaller force. I spent three tours in Afghanistan, and even ten years from our initial deployment of boots on the ground we don’t have complete freedom of movement there. The enemy blends back into the fabric of society. They know the land, the people, the language, the culture…and that would be exactly what an occupying Union Army would have been facing in my alternative narrative to 1872. And to be honest, that was totally intentional. I think every good story, no matter the setting, relates back to the current world in some manner. That’s what makes it relevant, and keeps the reader engaged—seeing those parallels to the modern world. So that was exactly what I was striving for, and the experience of seeing it first hand was invaluable.

How long did it take you to research the subject before beginning the story?

I actually started the story right away, and then morphed into the research phase as I began to hit those “historical walls”, things I didn’t know and would need to research to keep any kind of authenticity. Once the research started, it took me several months. I read voraciously, even going into Google Books and finding texts written during the time period. I definitely have two parts to my writing personality. One is creative, imagining the story and all the plotting and conflict. The other is much more analytic. They never operate at the same time, and they’re always fighting for attention! I think the scientist in me would have done research for years and never wound up writing a novel, while the creative side finally had to kick him out and start in behind the keyboard!

Have you received positive or negative input from history buffs about your alternative history?

I have—both positive and negative! It really depends on the person, and it seems to be highly correlated to how much fiction someone reads. There are whole communities dedicated to the study of Lincoln, or the Civil War, or even one specific battle of the war. Those folks are amazing, exactly the kind of person the analytic side of me wants to become! But I found that I have to approach those communities carefully. It’s almost viewed as sacrilegious to fictionalize the accounts of people from that time period, and then I went and did it to no lesser of a figure than Lincoln himself! So many of the hardcore history buffs have a hard time with the fictionalized aspect, not to mention the alternative timeline. One prominent scholar told me he would never read my book because if he did, then people might believe that the story was real and that Lincoln never died at Booth’s hands. But others in the community, especially those who enjoy historical fiction, have been overwhelmingly positive about it. They see the level of research, and they enjoy the story for what it is—drama and conflict set in an amazingly tumultuous time.

I found it interesting that although Lincoln survives his assassination attempt, the protagonist still encounters the people and places involved in Booth’s escape, and ultimately, his death.  Was this a nod of acknowledgement to the history buffs?

Absolutely! It’s more like a nod to History herself, and maybe a bit of fatalism mixed in. That alone is also a tip of the hat to Lincoln, who was quite the fatalist to begin with. He had premonitions of his own death, so it felt right to let that familiar story of Booth’ escape become part of the new narrative for Joseph. Even though the novel is an alternative historical, I wanted History to right herself, which happens 7 years after the timeline that we all know is disturbed in the opening pages. How we get back to the actual past we all know is part of the fun!

In your novel Lincoln isn’t necessarily the romanticized character that history books have made him out to be.  He’s flawed and has a lot of demons.  Do you believe that our western culture leads us to over romanticize people like Lincoln and their legacies?

Certainly. Lincoln was not the popular president that he is made out to be today. Even in the North he was not universally loved. We look at him with this lens of hindsight and time and believe that he was considered as great then as we know him to be today. He truly was a great president—in my mind the greatest—but he evolved tremendously from his first days in office, and those transformations were not necessarily popular. For instance, he always opposed slavery but at first openly stated that he would have preserved the institution if it would have saved the Union. Then he advocated the return of African Americans to Africa. But in his final year and a half he made tremendous strides, admitting former slaves as soldiers, helping guarantee them equal pay, and even advocating for an absolute end to slavery through constitutional amendment. We tend to forget that he was a flawed man, who lost two children he loved dearly. He was certainly haunted by demons. In fact, he was still wearing the mourning band around his top hat for the loss of his son Willy on the night he died. So I think we look back on him today and don’t want to see or hear that he was just a man—albeit a great one—but still a man with his own troubles, and worries, and flaws.

This year is a significant anniversary for Lincoln’s assassination.  Did that timeline play in to the release of this novel?

It wasn’t necessarily intentional, meaning that I didn’t set out to write a Lincoln novel with the forethought that the anniversary might be good for the sale of the work. But once my agent (the amazing Liz Kracht) sold the manuscript to Oceanview Publishing, they came back and said they had an April publication slot opened! There’s that aspect of fatalism coming back in again! Maybe that was Lincoln’s way of looking out for the novel that let him live!

Can we expect to see Joseph Foster pop up in any of your future work?

Possibly! I have a prequel for Lincoln’s Bodyguard in mind, which explains the backstory to Joseph. He’s an amazingly complicated character, and his mother was a huge influence on the man he became. Besides, the years leading up to the Civil War are just as rich in drama and conflict, especially when you’re escaping along the Underground Railroad!

How did the Antioch Writer’s workshop help you to grow in your craft?

My involvement with the Antioch Writer’s Workshop is the single biggest influence I’ve had as a writer. I first attended the workshop as a scholarship winner back in 2006. I won the Bill Baker award. Without it, I wouldn’t have attended. And at the workshop I truly learned the whole of the writing life, from the mechanics of writing, to character development, and plotting, and even the business end. And maybe even more importantly, I met amazing writers who I stay in touch with, and whom I use as sounding boards for advice and writing help. I owe everything to the Antioch Writer’s Workshop. It’s a magical place.

Your very first story as a 10-year-old was a science fiction tale, can we expect to see you try your hand at that again?

Maybe! I have a novel outlined along those lines as well…at least a more speculative science fiction vein! I need to flush it out a bit more…too many projects, not enough time!

(Lincoln’s Bodyguard was released by Oceanview Publishing in April 2015. For more information about Turner, visit www.tjturnerautor.com.)

You Indie Feature: An interview with Pat Graham of Spraynard

Spraynard

Spraynard

Jade Tree‘s newest signing, West Chester, Pennsylvania punk trio Spraynard have announced they will release a new two-song 7″ on the label on May 18 as a precursor to a forthcoming full-length album on Jade Tree.  

The AV Club is streaming “Bench”, the title track from the  7″, saying “the track makes good on vocalist-guitarist Pat Graham’s promise that Spraynard’s new material would be a step away from its early pop-punk days… “Bench’ marks the next step in the trio’s evolution.” The new 7″ is now available for pre-order via Jade Tree <http://brixtonagency.us3.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=d0b2596fe77300073ac12cbe5&amp;id=d7dd8fec47&amp;e=b00f61b167> .

Listen to “Bench” <http://brixtonagency.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d0b2596fe77300073ac12cbe5&amp;id=58cf0f2f93&amp;e=b00f61b167> 

Spraynard began playing together in 2009, focusing on cultivating a scene organically around them and quickly becoming local favorites in the process. The band released their first full length Cut and Paste in 2010, and caught the attention of Asian Man Records, who released the band’s second full-length, Funtitled, in 2011. With their steadily growing popularity, the band began touring more extensively and spending more time in the nearby city of Philadelphia, while continuing to work hard to keep the West Chester scene alive. The endless touring and sudden popularity turned out to be more straining then expected, leading the band to announce a hiatus in 2012.

But the break did not last long and buoyed by the strong friendships between the members, the band announced the release of The Mark, Tom, and Patrick Show, a compilation record on Asian Man in 2014. The release was quickly followed by a sold out show in Philadelphia, and it was quickly evident that Spraynard’s fan base had only grown in their time apart. The remainder of 2014 saw the band embark on a full US headlining tour before venturing to the UK with Modern Baseball.

Spraynard will embark on a series of short tours this spring with Iron Chic, Modern Baseball and The World Is a Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid to Die as well as playing at Bled Fest and Skate and Surf.  All tour dates are below.

You Indie recently caught up with Graham for a chat and this is what he said.

Was Jade Tree a label that you were a devotee of in your formative years, or did you realize their history and legacy after discussions of Spraynard’s collaboration with them began?

Honestly, Jade Tree was the most important label to us growing up. Kid Dynamite, Paint It Black, Strike Anywhere, The Promise Ring… the list goes on and on, but all of those bands were what got us writing music in the first place. I remember burning Dos a Kid Dynamite CD-R when we first met and chatting about how ridiculously good it was over AIM. It’s still kind of surreal that we’re working with them. If only they knew how nerdy we really are about their back catalogue.

Pennsylvania is a hotbed of activity the last few years.  You guys, Title Fight, Beach Slang, etc.  Do you feel a kinship and camaraderie with those other bands that are breaking at about the same time you are?

There’s definitely a sense of camaraderie amongst bands that are similar levels as us, but I don’t think Pennsylvania bands necessarily have a “special bond” or anything. Sure… we all talk about the King of Prussia mall and shit, but honestly it’s just easy to get down with any band that has chosen to throw their life away and tour all the time.

What new directions are Spraynard exploring on the forthcoming 7″ and LP?

Well, the 7″ is pretty much a “single” from the record, so the new explorations are more so obvious on the LP itself. We definitely went at songwriting with more of a pop-structure in mind, but also let ourselves get a little more in depth. We used to write songs in a few hours. We’d get to a certain part and be like, “Uh, I guess that’s the end. Keep it short.” This time around we let the songs sit for a few weeks here and there and tried to think them through a little more. There’s still a few really short songs, but that’s part of the spirit of our band.

When did you begin writing the material for these releases?  Is there a common theme or idea that runs throughout that material?

We started writing songs for the releases about a year ago. It feels like a long time, but honestly it was hard to get back into writing together again after a bit of a hiatus, so I was impressed we got through it at all. I definitely think there’s a theme of self-reflection amidst this record. Our older releases were more about writing “for” people – writing songs that people can relate to and sing along to and feel a bit of catharsis. This time around, it was more about me finding catharsis. Of course, people will probably still relate to the songs, but I had less of the listener in mind for these songs and more of myself.

What were the pressures or catalysts that caused your hiatus in 2012?  What have you learned or implemented that will keep those pressures at bay in the future?

We went on tour for three months straight. We were all amidst finishing school and figuring out if being a band was going to be our “jobs,” and I got really freaked out and decided I needed to finish school. I never wanted the band to stop, but a lack of communication and unsaid feelings led to that. In retrospect, it could have been solved with an honest conversation, but three months on the road (sharing vehicles with other bands, nonetheless) prevented any healthy resolutions. We’ve definitely learned how to communicate better and now that I’m finished school, I’ve realized this is the only thing that I’m truly passionate about.

You’ll be spending the next few months travelling in the Midwest.  Is this where the band is most at home or do you find like-minded communities in other parts of the world?

We find like-minded communities everywhere we go, but the Midwest definitely holds a special place in our heart. It’s where we learned a lot of the ethos we consider core parts of our band. The scene in Columbus, OH is a lot of the reason we continue to push. There’s a lot of incredible people doing even more incredible things with punk all around the world… the Midwest just has a special charm to their efforts.

You’ll be playing Dayton on Sunday with Iron Chic.  Last time they were here someone pooped on the floor during their set.  Were you adequately warned about that phenomenon?

I’ve apologized profusely to Chic for my actions that night. I don’t know how I ended up in Dayton and I’m even further from knowing how that ended up on the floor.

(See Spraynard live here:

5/01 – Lancaster, PA @ Fulton Street Arts Co-Op^
5/03 – Dayton, OH @ Blind Bob’s^
5/04 – Columbus, OH @ Double Happiness^
5/05 – Indianapolis, IN @ Hoosier Dome^
5/06 – Dekalb, IL @ The House Cafe^
5/07 – Milwaukee, WI @ Cocoon Room^
5/08 – Minneapolis, MN @ One Last Party Fest^
5/09 – Chicago, IL @ Fizz^
5/10 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme^
5/11 – London, ON @ Rum Runners^
5/12 – Toronto, ON @ Smiling Buddah^
5/16 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Skate & Surf
5/22 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar*
5/23 – Howell, MI @ Bled Fest
5/24 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom*
6/24 – Albany, NY @ Bogies&
6/25 – Rochester, NY @ The Bug Jar&
6/26 – Allentown, PA @ Planet Trog&
6/27 – Amityville, NY @ Amityville Music Hall&

^ = w/ Iron Chic
* = w/ Modern Baseball
& = w/ The World Is A Beautiful Place And I Am No Longer Afraid To Die)

Counterpunch announces tour dates (2015)

Chicago’s Counterpunch has announced a few dates on the east coast as the band heads to Pouzza Fest next month. They will start by playing a show in Chicago with Heartsounds, then they will travel up the east coast then to Montreal for the festival.

Date Location Venue Details
May 7th Chicago, IL Beat Kitchen w/Heartsounds
May 8th Lansing, MI Mac’s Bar w/Heartsounds
May 9th Cleveland, OH Roc Bar w/Heartsounds
May 10th Pittsburg, PA Howler’s Cafe w/Heartsounds
May 11th Philadelphia, PA Milkboy w/Heartsounds
May 12th Brooklyn, NY The Paper Box -
May 13th Cambridge, MA The Middle East -
May 14th Quebec City, Quebec La Source De La Martiniere -
May 16th Montreal, Canada Pouzza Fest w/88 Fingers Louie, Trigger Happy

Slow and Steady share “35mm,” ready debut for Broken Circles

Broken Circles announced the debut full-length album from Slow And Steady. In Time We Belong will be out officially August 14. Stay tuned for more details, song premieres and vinyl pre-orders!

You can listen to “35mm” from In Time We Belong right now via Soundcloud or Youtube. An earlier version of the song premiered last Summer on Brooklyn Vegan.

Most emotional music hits its listeners in only one of two ways: Either lyrically, through ethos and storytelling and raw sentimentality, or melodically, by hitting the right chords in the right order in a way that scrunches hearts. Of course, some bands employ both, but only a talented few intertwine every note with every word so that the emotion is as complex as it is palpable. This includes songwriter Jacob Lawter, who, on In Time We Belong—his first full-length as Slow and Steady—twists his poetry around maudlin melodies, the result of which is the sort of sad pop that evades melodrama in favor of authenticity.

To be sure, Slow and Steady’s debut is somber, but it’s by no means miserable. Just like a diary entry written during one’s darkest year, In Time We Belong is more documentary than depressing. And, though listeners will understand what he means when he sings, “It’s easier for me to believe your lost at sea than for me to believe you’re there not listening to me,” on the record’s final track, feel it in the agitated chords, the effect will be cathartic. Because that’s the power of music—to make the listener feel emotion, then make them feel better.

Stream: “In Brilliance” via Consequence Of Sound or SoundCloud

Kevin Devine and Meredith Graves announce split 7″

Kevin Devine and Meredith Graves have announced Devinyl Splits No. 2, a 7″ split of new, original songs by each of the artists. Pre-orders are available now via Bad Timing Records. This split is the second of a six part split series Kevin Devine is releasing throughout 2015, including splits with Matthew Caws of Nada Surf and Tigers Jaw (coming soon). Song streams from each artist will be released soon! Pre-orders are available HERE.

Devinyl Splits No. 2 features new songs from both Kevin Devine and Meredith Graves. More like a conversation between friends than a collection of songs, Devinyl Splits No. 2 is an incredibly personal release for both artists. Kevin and Meredith each contribute a song that speaks to parts of their past that still haunt them today. The collaborative project takes both artists to a deeply emotional place.

“Took The Ghost To The Movies” is the first song Meredith Graves has released under her own name. The song was recorded with fellow Perfect Pussy member Shaun Sutkus in a Brooklyn bedroom, with vocals recorded in a  Melbourne hotel room. Fueled by an anxious pulse and filled with echoing, heart-heavy vocals, “Took The Ghost To The Movies” is a strikingly intimate side to the split 7″.
Kevin Devine follows this track with ”Gießen,” a song written for old friend and Goddamn Band-mate Mike Skinner, who passed away in 2014. A tribute to old friends and old memories, ”Gießen,” is beautifully heartbreaking and honest. A memorial trust for Mike Skinner’s son can be found HERE.

Devinyl Splits No. 2 comes out May 26 via Bad Timing Records. Pre-orders are available on vinyl and digitally.

Brooklyn singer-songwriter Kevin Devine is a powerhouse in the contemporary indie rock world. Devine began releasing solo records in 2002, slowly gaining steam through extensive touring and a steady release of increasingly impressive records. In 2009, Devine released Brother’s Blood and the I Could Be With Anyone EP through Favorite Gentlemen Recordings. The records quickly sparked across the scene as Devine became a cult favorite in the indie-rock world. His sharp lyrical style combined with 90s inspired bedroom indie rock connected instantly with fans, leading Brother’s Blood to become Devine’s best selling record to date.

After releasing three consecutive Billboard-200 charting records with 2011′s Between The Concrete And The Clouds and the first two Bad Books albums (Devine’s band with members of Manchester Orchestra), Devine looked to the crowd sourcing website Kickstarter to fund his next two records Bubblegum and Bulldozer. His fans responded - Devine met his $50,000 target funding within only 8 hours of the 45-day campaign, and ultimately fans pitched in to the tune of $115,000, more than double his initial goal.  The funds resulted in the simultaneous October 2013 release of Bulldozer, produced by Rob Schnapf (Elliott Smith, Beck and Guided By Voices) and laced with folk-rock and pop ballads, and Bubblegum, a proper rock record produced by Jesse Lacey of Brand New, hooky and fast and wrapped in fuzz & feedback. The two records were Devine’s highest-charting Billboard releases to date.

In 2014, Bad Timing Records, Devinyl Records and Favorite Gentlemen Recordings began their partnership with the release of a double A-side 7″ single, featuring the song “She Can See Me”, which appeared in different versions on both Bulldozer and Bubblegum. The three teamed up in 2015 to re-release Devine’s classic record Brother’s Blood as a double LP, before announcing a year long split 7″ series: Devinyl Splits began releasing every two months throughout the year, starting this past February. The first three partners announced were Matthew Caws (of Nada Surf), Meredith Graves (of Perfect Pussy), and Tigers Jaw. The last three split partners will be announced later this year. The second split with Meredith Graves is available for pre-order now via Bad Timing Records! All year-long subscriptions have sold out. Individual orders for the other splits will become available later in the year.

Sweet John Bloom join Tiny Engines roster, tour (2015)

Tiny Engines recently welcomed Cambridge, MA’s Sweet John Bloom to their roster. The label will be releasing the band’s debut LP, Weird Prayer, in June of 2015. You can sign up to be notified when pre-orders go live here. The band will be heading out in June for some dates in support of the new record. Dates listed below. More confirmations to come.

You can check out the third single from Weird Prayer right now. “Tell Me” is premiering exclusively on Stereogum. “Moving Target” previously premiered on Brooklyn Vegan and the “Blood Moon” video premiered on The AV Club.

You can also check out a live video for one of the upcoming album tracks on Allston Pudding. The band’s 2014 Picky EP is available for download on Bandcamp. Follow Sweet John Bloom on Twitter.

Featuring former members of Daniel Striped Tiger, Four Eyes and Lost Twin, Sweet John Bloom first took form in the Spring of 2013. The band recorded their debut EP as a trio shortly after but later expanded to a four piece before recording their debut full-length, Weird Prayer. Recorded with Justin Pizzoferrato (Dinosaur Jr, Speedy Ortiz, California X) and Seth Manchester (Battles, Fang Island, The Body) during the Summer and Fall of 2014, Weird Prayer expands and evolves Sweet John Bloom’s brand of catchy punk rock. Clocking in at 15 songs and 35 minutes the band truly runs the gamut between indie rock, power pop and pop/punk. Diverse yet completely unified as a whole, Weird Prayer is a debut LP to be reckoned with and marks Sweet John Bloom as a band you need to know in 2015.

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