From The Horse’s Mouth: Peter Koronios (The Black Atlas) on Devils

The Black Atlas

The Black Atlas

The Black Atlas released his debut EP, The Other, the first in a series of EP’s titled The Equinox, showcasing ”brooding, dark, beautiful sounds.”(Diffuser.fm)  The second installment, Devils, is set for release this summer and continues to “lead you into the inner recesses of your mind to heal the scars and dance the night away.” (The Drainage

Central figure/vocalist/instrumentalist, Peter Koronios, a drummer by trade, spent eight months teaching himself guitar, bass, and piano and completed all performances on the recording himself, except for a few collaborations with Jesse Clasen (HRVRD, The Bear Romantic).  The Black Atlas will be celebrating the release of Devils on June 16 at The Manderley Bar at The McKittrick Hotel in New York City

You Indie recently caught up with Koronios to discuss the EP.  This is what he told us.

When did you begin writing the material for Devils?  

Some of the material on Devils has come from pretty far back. I started to organize it and demo songs out probably late May of last year (2014).
What was the most difficult song to take from the initial writing stage through recording and mixing?  Why was it so troublesome?

We didn’t encounter any real difficulty in putting any of the songs together, and I think that has a lot to do with the rapport Jesse and I have developed, and the relaxed and totally open vibe we have when we track together.  There were one or two spots where he had to push me to deliver a stronger performance. Other than that, I don’t have any recollection of any real difficulty in the process.

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

Probably “XIII.” The introductory guitar part was something I had been playing for about fourteen years. A very close friend of mine had written it, and I altered it, sort of made it my own. I was playing it in between takes of another song, and we started jamming on it. Jesse and I decided we liked the direction it was heading in, and so we just let it happen. The song almost wrote itself.

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

Jesse performed the trumpet and violin, and there are samples of him speaking in different voices through an old Casio keyboard with a record/talk-back feature. Ally Hoffmann sings with me during the chorus melody of “Black Milk.”

Who produced the record?  What input did that person have that changed the face of the record?

Jesse Clasen co-produced, engineered, and mixed this EP and its accompanying EPs. His input and guidance was instrumental in allowing me to find my voice. Every session with Jesse is a masterclass in creativity.

Is there an overarching concept behind your new EP that ties the record together?

Devils is the second act in this series, and deals a lot in the subconscious and the way it processes experiences and transforms that information in to dream material, which is essentially the mind’s creative method of self-communication.

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

These songs will be performed live for the first time on June 16 at The McKittrick Hotel in New York City. The songs are markedly different in a live setting than on the record. We’re experimenting with different ways to give the songs new life.

(Visit The Black Atlas here: https://www.facebook.com/TheBlackAtlas.)

Pianos Become The Teeth perform at Chain Reaction

Pianos Become The Teeth have released a video of their full set from May 1, 2015 at Chain Reaction in Anaheim, CA. They are one of the most intense bands of the last two decades and, naturally, killed it.  Enjoy.

Teenage Bottlerocket to tour with PEARS (2015)

Teenage Bottlerocket and PEARS have announced that they will be touring the east coast and Canada this September.

Date

Location

Venue

9/14 Newport, KY Southgate House Revival
9/15 Pittsburgh, PA 31st St Pub
9/16 Richmond, VA Wonderland RVA
9/17 Baltimore, MD Ottobar
9/18 Philadelphia, PA Boot And Saddle
9/19 New York, NY Santo’s Party House
9/20 Asbury Park, NJ Asbury Lanes
9/21 Cambridge, MA Middle East Upstairs
9/23 Quebec City, QC Le Cercle
9/24 Ottawa, ON Ritual
9/25 Montreal, QC Les Foufounes Electriques
9/26 TBA -
9/27 Toronto, ON Horseshoe Tavern
9/29 Hamtramck, MI Smalls
9/30 Grand Rapids, MI The Pyramid Scheme
10/1 Indianapolis, IN The Melody Inn
10/2 TBA -
10/3 TBA -
10/4 Omaha, NE Lookout Lounge

Editor’s Note: Rad band alert, Wax Idols

Wax Idols are my new favorite band.  Earlier this week they opened for Refused.  Here is a video they did for “When It Happens.”

Alexisonfire live DVD and CD to be released by Dine Alone

Dine Alone Records has announced that they will be releasing Live at Copps, a live DVD+CD of Alexisonfire’s final show from December 2012 recorded at Hamilton’s Copps Coliseum. The release comes on four vinyl records, plus a Blu-ray of the entire show. It went on preorder yesterday.

Here is the tracklist:

  1. Young Cardinals
  2. Boiled Frogs
  3. Heading for the Sun
  4. .44 Caliber Love Letter
  5. Drunks, Lovers, Sinners and Saints
  6. No Transitory
  7. Crisis
  8. Rough Hands
  9. Charlie Sheen vs. Henry Rollins
  10. Born and Raised
  11. Waterwings (And Other Poolside Fashion Faux Pas)
  12. You Burn First
  13. We Are the Sound
  14. Keep It on Wax
  15. Accept Crime

Weezer announces tour dates (2015)

Weezer has announced their summer festival schedule. The band continues to support last year’s Everything Will Be Alright in the End and has now been together for 23 years.

Date City Venue
June 6, 2015 Thackerville, OK Winstar World Casino
June 7, 2015 Houston, TX Free Press Summer Festival
June 13, 2015 Burlington, Canada Burlington’s Sound of Music Festival
June 26, 2015 Grand Junction, CO Loudwire Music Festival
June 27, 2015 El Paso, TX KLAQ Street Fest
July 8, 2015 Chicago, IL Taste of Chicago
July 10, 2015 Minneapolis, MN Basilica Block Party
July 11, 2015 Des Moines, IA 80/35 Festival
July 19, 2015 Portland, OR Project Pabst
July 22, 2015 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena (APMA’s)
July 23, 2015 Cincinnati, OH The Shoe at Horseshoe Casino
July 31, 2015 Portland, ME The Maine State Pier
August 2, 2015 Bridgeport, CT Gathering of the Vibes
September 25, 2015 Las Vegas, NV Life is Beautiful Festival
September 26, 2015 Franklin, TN Pilgrimage Music Festival

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones announce tour dates (2015)

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones will be hitting the road for a series of shows in the Northeast this July. Most of the dates will have the Bosstones headlining with support from the Street Dogs and The Interrupters.  The final show of the tour will see the band supporting Foo Fighters.

Date City Venue Support
July 9, 2015 Thursday at Canalside Buffalo, NY Street Dogs
July 11, 2015 Toad’s Place New Haven, CT Street Dogs, The Interrupters
July 12, 2015 9:30 Club Washington, DC Street Dogs,The Interrupters
July 13, 2015 Union Transfer Philadelphia, PA Street Dogs, The Interrupters
July 15, 2015 Webster Hall New York, NY Street Dogs, The Interrupters
July 17, 2015 Shorefront Park Patchogue, NY Great South Bay Music Festival
July 18, 2015 Fenway Park Boston, MA Foo Fighters

Forever Came Calling announce tour dates (2015)

SoCal pop-punk band Forever Came Calling has announced their “Rather Be Deat Than Cool Tour” with support from You Me And Everyone We Know, Seasons Change and Like Pacific. Tickets go went on sale this week..

Forever Came Calling is currently on tour in support of their acclaimed full-length record What Matters Most…, which is available now at iTunes from Pure Noise Records. Watch their video for “Defenseless” now at https://youtu.be/PrtgI_Z88OY.

Follow the band at https://www.facebook.com/forevercamecalling for additional updates.

Forever Came Calling Tour Dates:

July 17 – Henderson, NV – Eagle Aerie Hall

July 18 – Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction

July 19 – Berkeley, CA – 924 Gilman St.

July 21 – Portland, OR – Analog Theater

July 22 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon

July 23 – Spokane, WA – The Pinnacle Northwest

July 24 – Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue

July 25 – Denver, CO – Moon Room

July 26 – Lawrence, KS – The Jackpot

July 27 – St. Louis, MO – The Demo

July 28 – Springfield, MO – the Outland Ballroom

July 29 – Oklahoma City, OK – 89th Street Collective

July 30 – Dallas, TX – Sons of Hermann Hall

July 31 – Houston, TX – Walter’s

Aug 1 – San Antonio, TX – Korova

Aug 2 – Austin, TX – Red 7

Aug 4 – Albuquerque, NM – The Works

Aug 6 – Mesa, AZ – The Underground

Aug 7 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues

From The Horse’s Mouth: Nick Warchol (Royal Psalms) on I Could Have Been Anything EP

Royal Psalms

Royal Psalms

Brooklyn, NY’s Royal Psalms have released their Rise Records debut EP, I Could Have Been Anything on iTunes. The band features former Daytrader guitarist Gary Cioni, Crime In Stereo bassist Eric Fairchild, Aficionado vocalist Nick Warchol and drummer Joseph Ruotolo.

Ghettoblaster recently caught up with Warchol to discuss the record. This is what he told us.

How does Royal Psalms differ from your previous projects?

For me, Royal Psalms is a little more straight forward than projects I’ve been a part of in the past. My last band, Aficionado, always tried to do the unexpected. We always wanted to challenge the listener. Royal Psalms focuses a lot more on the songs themselves. We’re not trying to challenge anyone by being overly technical or intricate. We really just want to connect with people by writing good hook-filled songs. Royal Psalms is, simply put, a band for the people.

When did you begin writing the material for your most recent album?

This project took a minute to get off the ground. We began writing material for the I Could Have Been Anything EP in the summer of 2013. The songwriting process was actually very quick and smooth. There was almost immediate musical chemistry between the people involved in this project. It was the recording process that ended up taking a little while, just because we all had a bunch of crazy stuff going on in our lives last year. This past winter we finally got our shit together and finished it. I think it was worth the wait because we’re all really stoked about these songs and the way the recording came out.

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

I don’t think any particular song was difficult to record or mix. We’re professionals here. Haha. If I had to pick one, for me, I guess the song “Anything” was difficult…only because I changed my idea for the verse melody like a hundred times before finally landing on one that I really loved. Sometimes when you write a melody, and you sing it for a while, that melody becomes engrained in your head, and it’s difficult to stray away from, even if you don’t really like it. I remember driving in my car every day for a month blasting the instrumental track for “Anything” hoping something good would just come to me. Finally, the skies opened up, a beam of light shined down, and it came to me.

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

At one point I think we totally rewrote the song “Slow Horse”. So, that song is totally different from the way we originally conceptualized it. I think we wrote the original bones for that song at one of our first band practices ever. We ended up scrapping a lot from that practice, but there were parts from that song that we felt really good about. So, we re-visited it months later and rewrote a much cooler version of it.  

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

Yeah, actually. There aren’t any real celebrity appearances or anything. But Chris Kehoe, who was the bassist in Aficionado, wrote and recorded lead guitar parts for five of the six songs. Chris Curtin, a musician I’ve known for a long time who’s played a bunch of cool bands from the area, recorded and wrote leads on 1 song. And Craig Dutra, who played keyboard in Aficionado, wrote and recorded a little slide guitar part on the song “Stagnant Water.”

Who produced the record? What input did that person have that changed the face of the record?

This record wasn’t any sort of big time crazy production. Most of it was recorded in our practice space in Brooklyn with Robert Cheeseman. He brought his gear in, and over the course of several months, we met up a bunch of times and hashed it out. I’m sure Robert did some producing. Craig Dutra did some producing on my vocals. But for the most part, I’d say it was self produced. We had a pretty good idea of what we wanted to the songs to sound like and we just went for it. Maybe on the full length we’ll seek out the services of a producer, but we haven’t planned that far in advance.

Is there an overarching concept behind your new album that ties the record together?

The record is called I Could Have Been Anything. The overarching concept behind the majority of the lyrics is regret. Thinking back on choices you’ve made throughout your life. Thinking back on the different paths you chose to take. Thinking back and wondering how your life would have turned out if you had done things differently. If you had followed through on all the things you talked about wanting to become. On all the plans you had for yourself when you were young and hopeful about the future. A bunch of heavy stuff, ya know.

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

We’ve just begun to play these songs live. So, it’s tough to really say at this point. We played our first show last week, and we’ve got a handful of shows scheduled in the upcoming months. I’m really looking forward to playing these shows and having a better answer for you! Hopefully the answer will be “all of them.”

(Catch Royal Psalms live:

5/28: Amityville, NY @ Amityville Music Hall w/ Fireworks, Turnover, Sorority Noise

5/29: New York, NY @ Webster Hall Studio

w/ Fireworks, Turnover, Sorority Noise

5/30: Cambridge, MA @ Middle East w/ Fireworks, Turnover, Sorority Noise)

It Looks Sad readies Kaiju for Tiny Engines

Charlotte, NC’s It Looks Sad. are back with a new two song digital single, Kaiju, due out June 19 on Tiny Engines. The release follows up the band’s proper Self-Titled debut 7″ on TE. You can pre-order Kaiju digitally on the TE Store, Bandcamp or iTunes.

You can hear the first single from Kaiju now. “Creature” is premiering exclusively on Stereogum. From their 2014 release, the band dropped a video for “Fingers” late last year on The AV Club as well.

It Looks Sad. originally began playing shows in early 2012 under the name It Looks Sad, That’s Why I Said It’s You. After a few line-up shifts the band emerged in late 2013 under the shortened name, It Looks Sad. In the Winter of 2013 the band recorded a handful of shimmering, sharp guitar pop / post-punk songs that echo the influence of bands like Surfer Blood and Beach Fossils. Along with the shortened moniker, It Looks Sad. professes a leaner, more straight-forward approach with their new material. Tiny Engines, released the band’s proper Self-Titled debut in the Summer of 2014. The digital single, Kaiju, to be released in the Summer of 2015, continues the band’s onward progression.