UNIFORM share “Ghosthouse,” ready full-length for early 2017

UNIFORM debut their first single with Sacred Bones. ”Ghosthouse” shows the incisiveness that Ben Greenberg (ex-The Men, Hubble, and the producer/engineer responsible for much of the Sacred Bones catalog) and Michael Berdan (ex-Drunkdriver,  York Factory Complaint) now have at their command. The title track addresses the feeling of lying awake at night and wondering if it’s still possible to make peace with an estranged friend after their death.

Ghosthouse shares a basic configuration with the previous Uniform releases, but the tools have evolved far beyond their initial drum machine and bass synth setup. These songs have grown from a broader palette of sounds – shots, explosions, implosions, impacts, ricochets, collapse; the sounds of conflict, war, and destruction that we witness every day. The result is the most sonically confrontational Uniform material to date, and Berdan’s lyrics, largely inspired by his lifelong battle with insomnia and depression, match them for relentlessness.

Formed in NYC in 2013 when old friends Ben Greenberg and Michael Berdan reconnected and realized that they had evolved to a similar place musically. Wanting as intimate an experience as possible, they decided to keep the project a two-man show, eschewing a live rhythm section for programmed drums and low-end synths, augmented with Greenberg playing guitar and Berdan handling vocals. The collaboration quickly yielded a raw 12″, followed by a full-length, Perfect World.

The Ghosthouse 12″ is the first Uniform release on Sacred Bones Records, and it will be followed by a full-length in early 2017. The B side offers ”Waiting Period,” a riff on the Hubert Selby Jr. novel of the same name, is the internal dialogue of a man waiting for his handgun application to clear so he can kill himself. The “Symptom of the Universe” cover pays mostly faithful homage to Black Sabbath, but trades the original’s “summer skies of love” for something far bleaker. These tracks reveal the incredible range that’s possible within the Uniform musical template, and they provide a fascinating glimpse of what’s to come.

UNIFORM – LIVE DATES:

Nov 18: Providence, RI – Machines With Magnets
Nov 19: Philadelphia, PA – PhilaMOCA

Muncie Girls release video for “Social Side,” tour (2016)

Animal Style Records released the debut LP, From Caplan to Belsize, from Exeter, UK’s Muncie Girls earlier this year. The record was a split release with Specialist Subject Records and Uncle M Music. You can Order it now!

Indie-punk trio Muncie Girls have revealed a new music video for ‘Social Side’, which is the latest single to be lifted from the band’s stunning debut album ‘From Caplan To Belsize’. “We’ve played so many shows since our album came out in March,” says vocalist and bassist Lande Hekt. “It’s been amazing, exhausting and the most fun we’ve ever had! Some of it was caught on camera (including a bonfire we had to welcome in the autumn), so we thought we’d get this video together for Social Side.”

The video for “Social Side” can now be viewed on Youtube.

Muncie Girls are set to hit the road in the UK in November for a headline tour with Woahnows and Happy Accidents joining them for the ride. Tickets available here. Event page here. Full dates listed below.

25 Nov – Birmingham – The Rainbow
26 Nov – Leeds – Brudenell Games Room
27 Nov – Newcastle – Think Tank
28 Nov – Glasgow – King Tuts
29 Nov – Manchester – Sound Control
30 Nov – London – Underworld
01 Dec – Exeter – Lemongrove

Refused to release Servants of Death EP

Swedish avant-punk heroes Refused will release their new EP Servants of Death on November 25. Arriving on Record Store Day – Back to Black Friday, Servants of Death includes several live tracks captured during Refused’s recent tours.

Along with two ferocious studio tracks “Servants of Death” and “Stolen Voices,” an unreleased song from the Freedom recording session which was only available on the Japanese version of the album. Additionally, the Servants of Death EP features four masterful live performances from Refused’s 2015 European tour. The live material includes the iconic title track from their massively influential The Shape of Punk to Come, as well as a captivating rendition of the 1998 album’s epic “Tannhäuser / Derivé.” With its live tracks recorded in Hamburg, Germany, and in Antwerp, Belgium, Servants of Death was mixed by Don Alsterberg and mastered by Hans Olsson Brookes.

In August, Refused released the video for Servants of Death’s title track. Directed by Jakob Avrevarn, “Servants of Death” features exhilarating live footage shot by tour manager Robin Laananen.

Check out the video for “Servants of Death” here: https://youtu.be/I4lZu4cXIoY

Servants of Death marks the follow-up to 2015’s Freedom, praised as Refused’s “most electrifying and propulsive record to date” by Rolling Stone. After making their unexpected return with Freedom—their first album in 17 years—Refused took on a rigorous touring schedule that included a headlining tour with Plague Vendor and a support slot with Deftones, as well as performances at Riot Fest Denver and Chicago in 2016.

SERVANTS OF DEATH TRACKLIST:

1. Servants Of Death
2. Stolen Voices
3. Thought is Blood (live)
4. Dawkins Christ (live)
5. The Shape of Punk to Come (live)
6. Tannhäuser / Derivé (live)

Blood Orange releases video for “I Know”

Blood Orange - aka Dev Hynes – released one of 2016′s most talked-about albums in the form of Freetown Sound, a vital, brilliant record that continues to shine months after its unveiling.

Blood Orange also released the video for Freetown Sound standout “I Know”. Directed by Hynes with collaborator Tracy Antonopoulos, and featuring ballet dancer Maria Kochetkova (principal dancer at the San Francisco Ballet and the American Ballet Theater), the video (shot at Gibney Dance Center) can be viewed  HERE.

Catch Blood Orange at one of these performances:

Tuesday Nov 22 || Ebisu Garden Hall || Ebisu, Japan

Sat Nov 26 – Sun Nov 27 || Neon Lights Festival, Fort Canning Park || Singapore

Fri Jan 20 || Enmore Theatre || Sydney, AUS

Sat Jan 21 || Sugar Mountain Festival || Melbourne, AUS

Enemies prepare final album, Valuables, for release via Topshelf Records

Enemies will release their third and final album, Valuables, on December 9 via Topshelf Records. Valuables documents a turbulent time for the band — intensive writing, recording and touring, coupled with a lack of shared vision, led to a decision that harmony in ending is ultimately more valuable than discord in continuing. The album’s latest single, “Leaves,” unfolds it’s many layers until it finally reaches a towering conclusion. Listen to “Leaves” here: https://soundcloud.com/topshelfrecords/enemies-leaves/

Formed in 2007, Enemies, an experimental/indie-rock four-piece from Kilcoole, Ireland, have spent almost a decade writing, recording and producing their own records. Having travelled the world with tours in Asia, North America and Europe, the band has continuously developed their sound, remaining incredibly distinct within Ireland’s experimental music scene. Enemies surprise their listeners with every release by constantly tweaking and perfecting their own brand of intelligent, pop-infused rock. Not content to fit neatly into any particular category or sub-genre, Enemies have continued to evolve their sound into something that goes beyond the labels of math or post-rock.

Their final show will be at Dublin’s Vicar Street on December 18.

The Menzingers ready After the Party for February release

The Menzingers will release their eagerly awaited fifth full-length After the Party on February 3, 2017. The album arrives as the follow-up to the Philadelphia-based band’s widely acclaimed Rented World. Pre-orders for After The Party are available here.

The Menzingers are premiering their new single “Bad Catholics” today. With its heavy riffs and high-powered rhythms, the song delivers a gorgeously detailed narrative of running into a lost love at a hometown church picnic.
Listen to “Bad Catholics”
https://youtu.be/Ehwe4Qh9GS4
Produced by Will Yip (Title Fight, Balance & Composure, Pianos Become the Teeth), After the Party taps into the Menzingers’ everyman romanticism to reflect on getting older but not quite growing up. Throughout the album, singer/guitarists Greg Barnett and Tom May, bassist Eric Keen, and drummer Joe Godino offset that deeply nuanced songwriting with anthemic harmonies, furious power chords, and larger-than-life melodies.

“We spent our 20s living in a rowdy kind of way, and now we’re at a point where it seems like everyone in our lives is moving in different directions,” says May of the inspiration behind After the Party. Adds Barnett: “We’re turning 30 now, and there’s this idea that that’s when real life comes on. In a way this album is us saying, ‘We don’t have to grow up or get boring—we can keep on having a good time doing what we love.’” “Bad Catholics” follows the release of After the Party’s lead single “Lookers,” which premiered on Noisey in August.

The Menzingers formed as teenagers in their hometown of Scranton in 2006, then later relocated to Philadelphia. The band made their Epitaph debut with 2012’s On The Impossible Past, which was voted Album of the Year by Absolute Punk and Punk News. Released in 2014, Rented World was praised as “packed with clever songwriting” by The New York Times and “a colossal fist-pumper” by Stereogum.

The band has also confirmed 3 in-store acoustic performances and signing events during the week of record release. February 1 at Vintage Vinyl in Fords, NJ, February 2 at Looney Tunes in West Babylon, NY, and February 4 at Gallery of Sound in Wilkes Barre, PA.

Behind The Music: The Limbeck song about Dayton, Ohio

YouIndie is trying something out.  We all have amazing stories about music.  Whether it is our association with a particular song or artist or the funny or awkward experiences we had at shows or after parties.  This is one of them…

Submitted by Gee Gee Bradley

“This song was written in and about my old house on Edgar Ave. A billion years ago, Limbeck played Dayton. My then-housemates’ band offered to let them crash at our house. We put up touring bands all the time so this was normal. The problem was I didn’t know they were going to be staying at our house and I ALSO brought home a touring band to crash at our place!

The Jackalopes had played Columbus with Electric Frankenstein, that night. We were playing together in Dayton, the next night, so I invited them to crash with me and spend the day hangin’ out in our hometown. Those poor bastards in Limbeck! I bring a VERY intoxicated Electric Frankenstein in the house in the middle of the night/early morning! Hahaha.

So when listening to this song, remember that those were my steps. The people that kept waking him up were me and a very drunk Electric Frankenstein. The Jeremiah mentioned in the last verse is “Jayro” Stikeleather. Good times!”

Holophrase to release Stay Being

Denver quartet Holophrase premiere the first track from their ambitious forthcoming album Stay Being via Impose Magazine. The inventive electronic dance-punk tune “Alligatron” is available to hear HERE.

Holophrase’s new album Stay Being is the product of an extended reinvention. In 2012 the Denver based group released a promising experimental rock record with Horizons of Expectation. Recorded and produced by the late Ikey Owens at Sundayhouse Studios, Horizons was impossible to pigeonhole, drawing comparisons to early Magazine and Brian Eno. Soon after its release Holophrase lost one of its founding members and had to reconfigure and reimagine its sound and mode of operating. At that time keyboard players Luis Etscheid and Caleb Henning established their pedal making operation, Mantic Conceptual, and both entered Moog’s circuit bending championship with Etscheid coming in first place in 2012. That resulted in Etscheid being awarded a Moog Voyager, which, once he started experimenting with the synthesizer, seemed much more interesting than playing guitar.

The band’s new focus meant that Holophrase essentially dropped out of playing live for two years as it retooled its sound toward an almost entirely electronic direction with Malgorzata Stacha’s vocals bringing a luminously soulful quality to the gritty and beat-driven soundscapes. Holophrase had intended to record its next record with Ikey but their mentor passed in October 2014. However, Holophrase was able to bring together an unlikely group of collaborators to enrich the songs they would take in to record at Dryer Plug Studio.

Drummer/producer Tyler Lindgren joined Holophrase for the first Stay Being sessions in January 2015 and shortly after became a permanent member. Nick Reinhart of Tera Melos brought his gift for unpredictable musical phrasing, Kalyn Heffernan and Joshua Trinidad of Wheelchair Sports Camp infused the music with imaginative soundscaping and The Mars Volta’s bassist Juan Alderete contributed his own inventive rhythms to “No Matter What.” Holophrase’s new sound and vibe is closer to hip-hop than rock. However, at its heart, Stay Being is a pop album in the best sense in drawing upon and synthesizing broadly disparate influences to craft music that need not be narrowly defined.

Stay Being will be available on CD and download on November 18, 2016.

HOLOPHRASE LIVE:

11/18 Denver, CO @ Syntax Opera House – album release party

Japandroids to release Near To The Wild Heart Of Life in January 2017

After playing the last of their 200 shows in more than 40 countries in support of their critically acclaimed 2012 album Celebration Rock, Japandroids took a much needed break to rest and recover after their last show in November of 2013. The band would not play again for three years. This month, they made their triumphant return to the stage, playing intimate shows in Vancouver, LA, Toronto, London and NYC, in which they treated fans to their favorites from Celebration Rock and Post-Nothing, and previewed a handful of new, unreleased songs.

The band has announced their much anticipated third album, Near To The Wild Heart Of Life, out worldwide on Anti- this January 27, 2017.  Pre-order the album now at www.japandroids.com.

Japandroids also shared the first single, “Near To The Wild Heart Of Life,” with Sirius XMU this morning. A special edition 7″ also be available featuring a b-side cover of Talking Heads’ “Love → Building on Fire” with purchase of pre-order.

Listen to Near To The Wild Heart Of Life HERE

Greg Graffin covers “Lincoln’s Funeral Train” by Norman Blake

The Los Angeles Times is premiering a brand new track by singer and songwriter Greg Graffin. Renowned as the frontman for legendary Los Angeles punk band Bad Religion, as well as an acclaimed solo artist, a professor of evolutionary biology and respected author, Graffin here interprets the song “Lincoln’s Funeral Train” by veteran bluegrass and folk artist Norman Blake.

Listen here: LA Times

Graffin had this to say about “Lincoln’s Funeral Train: “This song is such a sorrowful piece of Americana and is deeply significant today. The vision of that black funeral train heading west forever into the sunset is symbolic of today’s flickering Republican torch. The Great Emancipator’s passing is once again relevant: Lincoln was the founding President of the Republican Party, a blip so distant on the horizon that it is hardly recognizable anymore.”

Graffin’s version replaces the original’s acoustic bluegrass sensibilities with an unabashed guitar heaviness. A deliberate homage to Neil Young’s band Crazy Horse that serves to emphasize the timely power of the lyrics.

Backing Graffin on the track are several esteemed cohorts from the LA punk scene including Social Distortion members Jonny ‘Two Bags’ Wickersham, Brent Harding and David Hidalgo, with Bad Religion co-founder Brett Gurewitz handling the producing.