Total Control share “Flesh War”

Finally, a new deep cut from Melbourne’s visceral post-punk band Total Control. Typical System, their second LP, was written, recorded, created over the past two years and is set for U.S./Worldwide release via Iron Lung Records on June 24 and self-release in Australia/New Zealand on June 20. 


Expire finishes sophomore effort, tours (2014)

Midwestern heavy hitters Expire recently wrapped recording on their second full-length at Howl Street Recordings in Milwaukee.  Following its completion, the album went into the hands of Jay Maas at Getaway Studios for mastering and is now ready to be heard.  Titled Pretty Low, this new album features eleven tracks of honest and uncompromising hardcore and is the follow-up to Expire’s B9 debut Pendulum Swings which was called “one of the best hardcore albums to be released this decade” by Rise HXC.

Song premieres, videos and pre-order information will be coming soon from Expire and Bridge Nine Records.

In the meantime, see the band on tour here:

April 10  Albuquerque, NM @ Blackwater Music

April 11  Mesa, AZ @ Nile

April 12  Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction

April 13  Las Vegas, NV @ East Side Joe’s

April 14  Grand Junction, CO @ Eagle’s Lodge 595

April 15  Colorado Springs, CO @ Triple Nickle Tavern

April 16  Waterloo, IA @ 220 East

May 23  Seattle, WA @ Rain Fest

July 24-27  Philadelphia, PA @ This Is Hardcore Festival

Polyvinyl, American Football reissue LP

Polyvinyl Records and American Football have announced the reissue of the Chicago/Urbana, IL trio’s seminal self-titled 1999 release. Available May 20 on 2xLP, 2xCD, cassette tape, and digital formats, the American Football (Deluxe Edition) reissue features an album’s worth of rare live recordings, demos, and practice sessions (in which the group rehearsed material they never recorded elsewhere) to complement the original record. Beautifully expanded packaging incorporates new photographs from Chris Strong along with lyrics, detailed liner notes written by the band, and never-before-seen band pictures.

In anticipation of the reissue release, the previously unreleased song “The 7′s”, recorded Live At the Blind Pig in Champaign, IL in 1997, is now available to stream on SoundCloud. According to guitarist Steve Holmes, the song was among the very first the band wrote, and was a standard set closer for them until they wrote “Stay Home”.  While that song eventually made it onto the band’s self-titled album, “The 7′s” was never recorded in studio as they felt it would fail to fit with the rest of the songs on American Football.

Stream “The 7′s [Live At The Blind Pig, Champaign, IL, 1997]” on SoundCloud

BoySetsFire, Funeral For A Friend cover each other for split 7″

Influential post-hardcore bands BoySetsFire and Funeral For A Friend have teamed up to release a split 7” vinyl record on May 13 via No Sleep Records in the U.S. Beginning today, fans can pre-order the record from No Sleep Records at

BoySetsFire/Funeral For A Friend Split 7” Track List:

1. 10:45 Amsterdam Conversations – BoySetsFire

2. Rookie – Funeral For A Friend

Darsombra announce dates with Floor (2014)

Baltimore-based duo, Darsombra, has been confirmed to join Floor on their upcoming May tour. From May 3 through the 11, Floor will headline nine major cities on the East Coast and Midwest, with Darsombra and Hot Victory providing opening support on all dates.

4/08/2014 Lion’s Lair – Denver, CO w/ Nightmare Boyzzz (Slovenly), Vegetable Children

4/09/2014 Knickerbockers – Lincoln, NE w/ Webb

4/10/2014 TBA – Kansas

4/11/2014 Record Bar – Kansas City, MO w/ Expo ’70, Ancient River

4/12/2014 The Mill – Iowa City, IA w/ United Teachers of Music, Sweet Chariot

4/13/2014 Hexagon – Minneapolis, MN w/ Thunderbolt Pagoda, Comets Ov Cupid

4/15/2014 Wisco – Madison, WI w/ UuskiuU, Los Bastardos Guapos

4/16/2014 Quarters – Milwaukee, WI w/ Northless, Lost Spirit

4/17/2014 Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL w/ Bleeding Rainbow, Blizzard Babies, The Mraz Volta

4/18/2014 Melody Inn – Indianapolis, IN w/ Bible of the Devil, Leeches of Lore, Cocaine Wolves

4/19/2014 Ghost House – Bloomington, IN w/ Agakus, Charnel House, Two Bands From Canada

4/20/2014 Trumbullplex – Detroit, MI w/ Octopus, Collapse

4/21/2014 The Drinkery – Cincinnati, OH w/ New Strange

4/22/2014 Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH w/ Myra Gale, Dead Peasant Insurance, MDFL

4/23/2014 Brillobox – Pittsburgh, PA w/ Mrs. Paintbrush

4/24/2014 The Lair – Buffalo, NY w/ Ancients of Earth, Highest Leviathan, Amish Noise

4/25/2014 Monkey House – Winooski, VT w/ Astrocat, Blue Button

4/26/2014 Psychic Readings – Providence, RI w/ Queen Elephantine, Vomit Arsonist, Parasomniak Lustt, LVMMVX

5/02/2014 Windup Space – Baltimore, MD w/ Drone Theory, Drunk Victory
Darsombra w/ Floor, Hot Victory:

5/03/2014 Tremont Music Hall  – Charlotte, NC

5/04/2014 Rock & Roll Hotel - Washington, DC

5/05/2014 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY

5/06/2014 The Barbary - Philadelphia, PA

5/07/2014 Great Scott - Boston, MA

5/08/2014 The Tralf - Buffalo, NY

5/09/2014 Smiling Moose - Pittsburgh, PA

5/10/2014 Pyramid Scheme - Grand Rapids, MI

5/11/2014 Double Door – Chicago, IL

Owen to release album of cover songs

A few weeks ago, Chicago musician Mike Kinsella (aka Owen) tweeted that he was heading into the studio to record an album of
cover songs. Fans can expect versions of songs from an eclectic roster of artists, including Depeche Mode, Mojave 3, ALL, Blake Babies, Against Me!, Lungfish and former bandmate Davey von Bohlen’s post-Cap’n Jazz group, Promise Ring.

Daylight changes name to Superheaven, tours (2014)

The band formerly known as Daylight announced today that they will no longer record or play music under that name.  Instead, the band is changing their name to Superheaven.  Fresh off a U.S. tour opening for Bayside, Four Year Strong and Mixtapes, the Doylestown, PA quartet also announced two summer tours today, one with Nothing and one with Basement and Pity Sex (all tour dates below).

Bassist Joe Kane said of the name change to Superheaven,”Long story short, we legally cannot operate under the band name “Daylight” anymore. So we’re changing it. The music we write, the members we have, and the message we put forth remain unchanged. We will still perform any and all of the music we have written together up to this point.  From this point on, this band is called Superheaven.”

.5/31 – Dallas, TX – Club Dada (All Ages)%
6/02 – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s Downstairs (All Ages)%
6/03 – New Orleans, LA – Siberia (18+)%
6/04 – Nashville, TN – The End (18+)%
6/05 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade (All Ages)%
6/06 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506 (All Ages)%
6/07 – Washington, DC – DC9 (All Ages)%
6/08 – Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle (21+)%
6/12 – Boston, MA – Great Scott (18+)%
6/13 – Providence, RI – Simon’s 67 (All Ages)%
6/14 – New York, NY – Studio @ Webster Hall (19+)%
8/14 – Chicago, IL – Subterranean *
8/15 – Chicago, IL – Subterranean *
8/16 – Pontiac, MI – Pike Room at Crofoot +
8/17 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar +
8/18 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer +
8/19 – New York, NY – Webster Hall +
8/20 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair +

% = w/ Nothing
* = w/ Basement, Pity Sex, Cloakroom
+ = w/ Basement, Pity Sex, Ovlov

Bane to tour with Turnstile and Take Offense (2014)

With their farewell album Don’t Wait Up scheduled for a May 13 release, Bane have announced plans for a late spring tour with Turnstile and Take Offense. Pre-orders for the album can be found here while dates for the tour include:

05/23 Toronto, ON – Hard Luck (no Turnstile)
05/24 Howell, MI – Bled Fest
05/25 Pittsburgh, PA – Smiling Moose
05/26 Cleveland, OH – The Foundary
05/27 Chicago, IL – Subterranean
05/28 Iowa City, IA – Blue Moose
05/30 Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre
05/31 Salt Lake City, UT – Loading Dock
06/02 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
06/03 Portland, OR – Alhambra Theater
06/04 San Francisco, CA – Thee Parkside
06/05 Los Angeles, CA – Echo
06/06 Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
06/21 Montebello, QC – Amnesia Rock Fest

Survival Knife (ex-Unwound) share single, tour (2014)

Survival Knife, featuring Unwound bandmates Justin Trosper and Brandt Sandeno, share a second single off of their upcoming, debut album, Loose Power

Out April 29th, 2014 on Glacial Pace Recordings, hear the angular “Roman Fever” that debuted last Friday at The AV Club calling Loose Power “a lean, wiry collection of prog-punk that sounds only slightly like Unwound. Granted it’s still grim, jittery, and cryptic—but Survival Knife slices in a direction all its own.”

05.01.14 – Portland, OR @ The Crystal Ballroom w/ Modest Mouse
05.02.14 – Portland, OR @ The Crystal Ballroom w/ Modest Mouse
05.08.14 – San Francisco, CA @ The Hemlock Tavern
05.09.14 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
05.10.14 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
05.16.14 – Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar (Album Release Party)
05.17.14 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza

Kylesa and Lazer/Wulf announce tour dates (2014)

Kylesa and Lazer/Wulf will be touring Europe and the UK together this summer, see below for the dates. Lazer/Wulf themselves recently signed to Kylesa‘s Retro Futurist label and will have their new album The Beast Of Left And Right out through it on May 27.

06/09 Braunschweig, GER – Hansa
06/10 Lyngby, DEN – Templet
06/11 Malmo, SWE – Babel
06/12 Oslo, NOR – Vulkan Arena
06/13 Bergen, NOR – Bergenfest
06/15 Kiel, GER – Pumpe
06/16 Drachten, NET – Iduna
06/17 Stuttgart, GER – Juha West
06/17 Siegen, GER – Vortex
06/19 Saarbrucken, GER – Garage
06/20 Clisson, FRA – Hellest
06/21 Vitoria, SPA – Canopy
06/22 Porto, POR – Hard CLub
06/23 Madrid, SPA – Boite Live
06/24 Barcelona, SPA – Razzmatazz 3
06/25 Toulouse, FRA – Le Connexion
06/26 Montpellier, FRA – La Taf
06/27 Laussane, SWI – Inferno Fest
06/28 Dessel, BEL – Graspop
06/30 Munchen, GER – Strom
07/01 Pisa, ITA – The Jungle
07/02 Bologna, ITA – Freakout Club
07/03 Ljubljana, SLV – Gala Hala
07/04 Rijeka, HR – Delta Summer Street
07/05 Warsaw, POL – Progresja
07/07 Gleisdorf, AUT – Bang Bang Club
07/08 Gdansk, POL – B90
07/09 Berlin, GER – Magnet
07/10 Dresden, GER – Schuene
07/11 Erfurt, GER – SFTU Festival
07/12 Linz, AUT – Ottenheimer Open Air
07/13 Monchengladbach, GER – Horst Fest
07/15 St. Petersburg, RUS – Ozhidanya
07/16 Moscow, RUS – Volta