Prurient to tour with Godflesh (2015)

In the wake of the release of the critically-acclaimed new LP, Frozen Niagara Falls, from Prurient, the band has announced a support slot on an upcoming North American tour with Godflesh.  The tour, which spans just over three weeks in September and October, will mark the first shows outside of the East Coast and Europe for Prurient this year.  Check out all of the dates below.

September 11  Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West

September 12  Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch Festival

September 13  Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel

September 15  Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw

September 16  Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts

September 17  Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club

September 18  Montreal, QC @ POP Montreal

September 19  Toronto, ON @ The Opera House

September 21  Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues

September 22  Buffalo, NY @ Tralf Music Hall

September 23  Pittsburgh, PA @ The Altar Bar

September 24  Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot

September 25  Chicago, IL @ Cold Waves Festival

September 27  Seattle, WA @ El Corazon

September 28  Vancouver, BC @ Venue Nightclub

September 29  Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre

October 1  San Francisco, CA @ The Independent

October 2  Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre

October 3  Pomona, CA @ The Glass House

 

Neurosis announces tour dates (2015)

As their thirtieth anniversary nears, Neurosis will be hitting the road in their most extensive touring of the North American continent in over fifteen years this Summer.

Tickets for the impending tour will go on sale for all shows this Friday, May 29th.

7/31/2015 Liberty Hall – Lawrence, KS w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body

8/01/2015 Mill City – Minneapolis, MN w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body

8/02/2015 The Majestic – Madison, WI w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body

8/03/2015 Thalia Hall – Chicago, IL w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body

8/04/2015 Expo Five – Louisville, KY w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body

8/05/2015 St. Andrews – Detroit, MI w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body

8/06/2015 Opera House – Toronto, ON w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body

8/07/2015 Heavy Montréal- Montréal, QC w/ Mastodon, Meshuggah, Gorguts, Arch Enemy [info]

8/08/2015 Paradise – Boston, MA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac, The Body

8/09/2015 Warsaw – Brooklyn, NY w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac

8/11/2015 Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac

8/12/2015 Broadberry – Richmond, VA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac

8/14/2015 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac

8/15/2015 House Of Blues – New Orleans, LA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Iron Tongue

8/16/2015 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Pinkish Black

Vattnet Viskar share video for “Impact,” tour (2015)

New Hampshire’s post-black metal band, Vattnet Viskar has launched a new video for “Impact,” the fourth single from their upcoming sophomore album Settler. The clip was made by multimedia artist, Josh Graham (ex-NEUROSIS, SOUNDGARDEN), who also created the band’s “Breath of the Almighty”, “Settler”, “Colony”, and “Yearn” videos. Head over to YouTube now to see Graham’s latest creation, “Impact”:

https://youtu.be/kRxrZGdzAx8

Before Settler‘s release, they will be appearing at this year’s Maryland Deathfest, then heading out on a month long tour with 1349 and Necrophagia NECROPHAGIA. See below for all upcoming dates.

May 22 – Baltimore, MD – Ram’s Head Live (Maryland Deathfest)
June 21 – Johnson City, TN – Hideaway
June 22 – Columbus, OH – Double Happiness

“Chaos Raids North America 2015″ tour dates with 1349, NECROPHAGIA, VATTNET VISKAR
May 30 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
May 31 – Brooklyn, NY – St. Vitus
June 1 – Montreal, QC – Foufounes Electriques
June 2 – Toronto, ON – Mod Club
June 3 – Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
June 4 – Chicago, IL – Cobra Lounge
June 5 – St. Paul, MN – Amsterdam Bar
June 6 – Des Moines, IA – Val Air Ballroom
June 9 – Boise, ID – The Crazy Horse
June 10 – Seattle, WA – Club SUR
June 11 – Portland, OR – Tonic Lounge
June 12 – Oakland, CA – Metro Opera House
June 13 – San Diego, CA – Brick by Brick
June 14 – Phoenix, AZ – Joe’s Grotto
June 15 – El Paso, TX – Mesa Music Hall
June 16 – San Antonio, TX – Korova
June 17 – Fort Worth, TX – Tomcats
June 18 – New Orleans, LA – Siberia
June 19 – Orlando, FL – The Haven

Ignite sign with Century Media Records, tour (2015)

Right before heading out for another European tour Orange County outfit Ignite and Century Media Records are happy to announce that they have renewed their long-time business relationship signing a new worldwide deal.

Expect a brand new album and follow up to their 2006 album, Our Darkest Days, out before the end of 2015! The yet untitled album was recorded over the course of a year with producer Cameron Webb who didn’t just record, Our Darkest Days with Ignite, but also worked with diverse artists such as Motörhead, Social Distortion, Alkaline Trio and Pennywise, just to mention a few.

Additionally there is a song called “Nothing Can Stop Me” that they have been playing live already. The song is dedicated to a friend of theirs who is fighting a brain tumor.

Check out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLgDc0656R4

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Don’t miss catching Ignite live on one of the following dates and stay tuned for news shortly.

22.05.2015 (AT) Attnang Puchheim – Pfingstspektakel

23.05.2015 (ES) Madrid – Sick of Bean Festival

27.05.2015 (IT) Milan – LoFi

28.05.2015 (IT) Bologna – Alchemica

29.05.2015 (CH) Aarau – Kiff

30.05.2015 (DE) Munich – Rockavaria

31.05.2015 (DE) Gelsenkirchen – Rock im Revier

02.07.2015 (HU) Sopron – VOLT Festival

03.07.2015 (CZ) Tabor – Mighty Sounds

04.07.2015 (SL) Cunovo – Riot River

05.07.2015 (HR) Zagreb – Vintage Industrial Bar

07.08.2015 (DE) Sulingen – Reload Festival

08.08.2015 (DE) Püttlingen – Rocko del Schlacko

09.08.2015 (UK) Blackpool – Rebellion Festival

10.08.2015 (UK) Newcastle – Think Tank

11.08.2015 (UK) Glasgow – Classic Grand

12.08.2015 (UK) Bristol – Exchange

13.08.2015 (UK) Norwich – Epic

14.08.2015 (UK) Port Lympne – Hevy Fest

Suis La Lune ready EP for release

On November 15, 2014 Swedish screamo four-piece Suis La Lune went back into the studio to begin recording a new four track EP for release the next year. The band headed into Henning’s (guitarist/vocalist) basement to record the new material. Now the new EP titled Distance / Closure is set for release on July 31. The EP will feature all of the original members of the band with the only change being a role swap between guitarist Karl Sladö and drummer Daniel Pettersson.

Suis La Lune recorded the material themselves, Sladö says, “The recording clocks in at around 25 minutes. The songs are a tad more technical and a bit longer, there’s a lot of stuff going on for sure.”

In the past Suis La Lune have been heralded for their own flavor of classic (late-90s) style screamo by combining post-rock-esque instrumentation and tender melodies with passionately frantic vocals and lyrics. The new material is said to have “a darker, harder sound”, however Sladö assures that “Suis La Lune still sounds like Suis La Lune”.

With this new EP, which follows up their incredibly accomplished release ‘Riala’ (2012), it’s likely that the band’s dedicated and patient fan base (built from extensive touring in the UK, EU and US), will be eagerly waiting to hear what comes next, as the band step out of hibernation for another bout.

Worriers ready LP for Don Giovanni, tour (2015)

Worriers will release their highly anticipated debut full-length effort Imaginary Life, August 7 via Don Giovanni Records. Produced by Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! and recorded & mixed by Marc Jacob Hudson (Saves The Day, Against Me!), the new record reinforces the powerful punk prowess that fans have come to expect from Lauren Denitzio. Imaginary Life is a collection of fast and infectious guitars, anthemic lyrics, and unyielding vocals.

While Imaginary Life doesn’t stray too far from past Worriers’ releases, it resonates stronger than ever in both sound and message. In the resolute political ballad ”They / Them / Theirs” we are questioned regarding notions of the gender binary and the frustrations that come with it. Arguably the most alluring track of the collection, “Plans” bursts open into an uplifting call to arms. Driven by percussive guitar and biting formidable lyrics “Yes All Cops” emphasizes the fact that white silence = white violence, especially in the wake of recent murders by the police.

“They / Them / Theirs” premiered with SPIN.

Their approach to expressing politics in music is the feminist line “the personal is political”, using experiences to reflect on more universal political issues. On Imaginary Life, Worriers is Lauren Denitzio accompanied by Rachel Rubino (Bridge and Tunnel) and John McLean (Dead Dog, Todd Killingz) on lead guitars, Audrey Zee Whitesides (Mal Blum) on bass, Mike Yannich (The Ergs) on drums, and Lou Hanman (Caves) on backing vocals. Be sure to catch the band live on their national tour, which kicks off May 28 at Silent Barn in NYC.

National Tour Dates w/ Caves

5/28: Brooklyn, NY @ Silent Barn
5/29: Pittsburgh, PA @ City Grows
5/30: Cincinnati, OH @ Tacocracy
5/31: Bloomington IN @ Kroger Castle
6/1: Chicago, IL @ Live Wire
6/2: Grand Rapids, MI @ The New Church
6/3: Milwaukee, WI @ Cocoon Room
6/4: Minneapolis, MN @ Hexagon
6/5: Minot, ND @ Pangea House
6/6: Bozeman, MT @ Zebra Cocktail Lounge
6/7: Missoula, MT @ Ole Beck VFW
6/9: Seattle, WA @ Narwhal
6/10: Portland, OR @ Twilight Cafe
6/11: San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern
6/12: Pomona, CA @ VLHS
6/13: San Diego, CA @ Tower Bar
6/14: Los Angeles, CA @ The Smell
6/15: Phoenix, AZ @ Trunk Space
6/16: Las Cruces, NM @ Haphazard Hall
6/18: Austin, TX @ Mohawk (inside)
6/19: Houston, TX @ WONKY POWER
6/20: New Orleans, LA @ Sisters in Christ Records (Gasa Gasa)
6/21: Pensacola, FL @ Sluggo’s
6/22: Gainesville, FL @ The Atlantic
6/23: Athens, GA @ Caledonia Lounge
6/24: Durham, NC @ Pinhook
6/25: Richmond, VA @ Gallery5
6/26: Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom (iDobi Festival w/o Caves)
6/27: Baltimore, MD @ TBA
6/28: Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
6/29: New Brunswick, NJ @ The West

Run Forever share “Big Vacation,” play shows (2015)

Pittsburgh’s beloved indie-rock band Run Forever has released a new single today called “Big Vacation” and are currently streaming it at BrooklynVegan.com. The track will be released on 7” vinyl with two additional b-side tracks on July 10 via No Sleep Records. Fans can pre-order the record now at http://nslp.co/runforever7inch.

Stream “Big Vacation” now at BrooklynVegan.com: http://bit.ly/1AjCJ1A

Produced by HUM’s Matt Talbott, “Big Vacation” is a hazy, jangly, summertime jam that showcases vocalist/guitarist Anthony Heubel’s impressively diverse evolution as a songwriter. Its memorable hooks and melodies grab hold of listeners with each telling note, while the bittersweet lyrics are fed by Heubel’s newfound discontent for complacency and exploitation.

“I tried for a really long time to be the guy that loves everyone, the 24/7 good mood, always happy to see you type,” Heubel says. “I have finally accepted that I will never be that person. I have always loved songs that poke fun at the human experience, mundane life styles, American culture, whatever you want to call it. I really like to put those things under a microscope and frame songs in that way. “Big Vacation” is a song about looking around you and feeling like everyone is trying to sell you something to make your life better, or more personalized or more convenient.”

“Big Vacation” will be featured on Run Forever’s next full-length record that’s due out later this year. Catch the band on tour this summer with support from labelmates Looming.

Big Vacation 7” Track List:

1.     Big Vacation

2.     Lake Pleasant

3.     Crystal Court

June 12 – Dumb Fest @ The Blacksheep Cafe Springfield, IL

June 13 – MSM Fest @ Morristown Community Park in Morristown, IN

June 14 – Chicago, IL @ The Beat Kitchen

June 15 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Upper Room

June 16 – Detroit, MI @ The Trumbullplex

June 17 – Cleveland, OH @ Mahall’s

Album Reviews: Tender Mercy, Smug Brothers, more

Run The Jewels
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For those living in a cave, this is the prevailing rap album of the year trophy winner and rap/hip-hop game-changer of 2014.  El-P and Killer Mike create a banger with performance in mind.  They go hard, with dexterity, big voices and real talk.  Run The Jewels are an unstoppable cross over phenomenon.  They can share stages with EDM acts, delivering the kind of album that is as satisfying blasting out of a pair of Beats by Dre and moving asses on the dance floor.  Additionally, Def Jux fans will find familiar syntax here.  The best part: they can’t be nailed to old or new school tags.  This is a sound and album that is peerless  It is an engaging effort that is bold, seems effortless and appeals cross genres and skin colors.  A career defining effort by two dudes who know, understand and embrace the game, it is smart, wild and fun as fuck.  I for one, can’t wait until 3. (Mass Appeal)

Smug Brothers
Woodpecker Paradise

’90s and ’00s era indie rock and power pop is deeply embedded in the DNA of Dayton, Ohio’s Smug Brothers and for good reason.  Principal songwriter, vocalist and guitarist Kyle Melton spent the ’00s fronting unsung indie heroes Montgomery Greene, and some might recognize drummer Don Thrasher from such luminaries as Guided By Voices and Swearing At Motorists.  Additionally, both gentlemen have been the city’s predominant historians, telling the tales of rock greatness in Dayton Daily News, Dayton’s alt-weekly, and the Buddha Den music blog for well over a decade.  Teaming with guitarist Brian Baker (also of Brat Curse and Astro Fang) and newbee bassist Larry Evans (this is his first recording with the band) for their latest, Woodpecker Paradise, the quartet have clearly hit their stride.  While the similarities to GBV have long been present, their latest effort also delivers echoes of British pop and post-punk greatness, conjuring everyone from The Beatles to the Kinks and even Joy Division, as well as nods to classic American rock, ala Big Star (see “Meet A Changing World”).  Elements of ’60s psychedelia also appear, particularly on “One Question To Many” with its freak out guitar soloing.  With former Smug Bro and current Motel Bed Darryl Robbins behind the boards, the effort delivers a shining beacon that proves Dayton artistry is still a formidable force to be reckoned with on the indie rock landscape in 2015. (Gas Daddy Go!)

Tender Mercy
Sacred Sphinx
Louisville singer-songwriter Mark Kramer delivers completely arresting compositions that are so stark, and atmospheric that one can’t help but be mind-boggled by the delicate balance he strikes between tension, desperation and beauty.  To say there are few other artists existing in the same universe as Tender Mercy is a complete understatement.  However, if one were to muster a comparison, imagine Sigur Ros or Jonsi stripped to the barest minimum, but retaining the heartstring pulling and goosebump conjuring magic.  Sacred Sphinx is at once brilliant, thoughtful, otherworldly and completely consuming.  It also isn’t for the faint of heart or spirit despite its calming affects.  If you really listen, this is the kind of record that tears opens chakras that haven’t been discovered yet.  It is less an exercise in listening then a challenging and completely satisfying full-body exercise — a 20 minute cleanse for discerning ears. (Carpathian Cassettes)

Voice Of Doom
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The back story of Voice of Doom is decades in the making.  In 1986 Bergen County, New Jersey, as punk was winding down and new wave became the sound du jour on popular radio, a group of dudes formed with the intent of integrating the aggressive metal sounds of Black Sabbath and Motorhead with the sound of punk innovators like Black Flag.  Though the artistic model was light years ahead of its time, the brain trust behind the plan were content with treading water and making enough waves to supply rent money and drugs.  Three years later they abandoned ship, perhaps due to a rotating cast of drummers, which included London May of Samhain and Dag Nasty fame.  Nearly two decades later the band reunites with the intention of pushing their punk roots to the forefront.  The result is an album that sounds as if it was a long-forgotten, unsung punk classic from the ’80s.  And it is a satisfying, high-octane tour through the punk sounds of yesteryear.  If circle pits and partying so hard you puke in DIY venue toilets is on your agenda, this is your soundtrack.  If you are too mature or refined for this kind of experience, then I’m sure the band is happy to usher you out with a resounding “fuck off.” (Pyrrhic Victory Records)

Justin Pearson and his dog need help

Gee Gee

Gee Gee

Justin Pearson of Retox, The Locust, Head Wound City and a bunch of other bands, and his sweet dog Gee Gee need some help. “She has taught me simple things like patience, unconditional love, and even found a way to make me laugh when things are not exactly laughable.” Help them if you have the means to do so: http://www.youcaring.com/pet-expenses/gee-gee-needs-your-help/354822.

 

Texas Is Funny signs We Leave At Midnight

Texas Is Funny recently welcomed Texas’ own We Leave At Midnight to their roster. The label will be releasing the band’s new EP, Terror Flora, officially next week. The EP is available for Pre-Order now.

You can now stream the EP in full exclusively on Modern Vinyl. “Run To The Ocean” previously premiered on Stereogum. The EP follows up the band’s 2012 Self-Titled full-length which is available for streaming/name your price download on Bandcamp.

We Leave at Midnight is a complicated musical concoction. In fact, the entirety of Terror Flora is difficult to describe—a rock record for sure, and indie depending on who you ask, but somehow classic without the derivation, contemporary without the inaccessibility. “It’s always difficult placing your music inside of these categories or genres that define your band and music,” singer and guitarist John Dailey says. For him, though, it’s so much more simple: We Leave at Midnight intends to blend finesse and fury and fun that’s cathartic for both the band’s members and audience. “The songs you write are a product of you reaching into the entire spectrum of music,” Dailey adds, “and pulling out certain qualities that have influenced you or made some sort of impact, then binding it all together into something of your own.” Terror Flora a complicated musical concoction, comprised of controlled pandemonium, gruesome beauty, and the same movement that makes their live shows a spectacle, but it’s a sweet mosaic.