Crying share “War of Attrition,” tour (2014)

Crying have shared “War of Attrition” on NPR’s Songs We Love.  Their new album, Get Olde Second Wind, drops November 17 via Run For Cover Records.

The Power trio, comprised of vocalist Elaiza Santos (Whatever, Dad), drummer Nick Corbo (Spook Houses, LVL UP), and Ryan Galloway on guitar and Game Boy tour with Modern Baseball this fall:

11/11 – Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theater
11/12 – Buffalo, NY – Waiting Room
11/13 – Pontiac, MI – The Crofoot Ballroom
11/14 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
11/15 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
11/16 – Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater
11/18 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
11/19 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
11/21 – Oakland, CA – 924 Gilman Street
11/22 – Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy
11/23 – Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
11/25 – San Diego, CA – The Epicenter
11/26 – Mesa, AZ – Club Red
11/28 – Dallas, TX – The Prophet Bar
11/29 – Austin, TX – Red 7
11/30 – Houston, TX – Walters
12/2 – Nashville, TN – The End
12/3 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
12/4 – Tampa, FL – Epic Problems
12/5 – S. Florida, FL – The Talent Farm
12/6 – Orlando, FL – Backbooth
12/7 – Jacksonville, FL – Underbelly
12/9 – Washington DC – The Fillmore
12/10 – Richmond, VA – The Broadberry
12/11 – Philadelphia, PA – The TLA
12/12 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theater
12/13 – Hamden, CT – The Space
12/14 – Boston MA – The Paradise
12/15 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg

Gnarwhal signs to Flannel Gurl Records, tours (2014)

Gnarwhal, a two-piece math rock band from Nashville, TN, has signed with Virginia based Flannel Gurl Records.

The band is streaming a track (“Scooter Park”) from their upcoming 4-way split with Ovlov, Ex-Breathers and Woozy on Impose Magazine.

The band is expected to release their new record in early 2015.

Gnarwhal is heading out on tour starting November 11th, making their way to Syndicatefest in Canada. See dates below.

Gnarwhal tour dates:

November 11 – Oberlin, OH @ TBA

November 12 – Annandale-on-Hudson, NY @ Smog

November 13 – Lowell, MA @ Wilder Zangcraft

November 14 – Montreal @ SYNDICATEFEST

November 15 – Toronto @ SYNDICATEFEST

November 16 – Windsor, ON @ SYNDICATEFEST $

November 17 – Kalamazoo, Michigan @ Casa Mona $

November 18 – Ft. Wayne @ CS3 $

November 19 – Chicago @ Club Rectvm $

November 20 – Milwaukee, WI @ Quarter’s Rock n’ Roll Palace

November 21 – Minneapolis, MN @ Shit Biscuit

November 22 – Rock Island, IL @ TBA

November 23 – Bloomington, IN @ House M.D.

November 24 – St. Louis, MO @ TBA

November 25 – Evansville, IN @ PG

$ – With Edhochuli

The City on Film prepares record for Topshelf, plays shows (2014)

Topshelf Records and 22-year punk/indie/emo veteran Bob Nanna (Braid) have announced the new album from The City On Film, Nanna’s solo side project, titled La Vella. Being released on Tuesday, December 16, La Vella was produced by Nanna and Jeff Dean at Million Yen in Chicago, IL, and follows the release of Braid’s critically acclaimed return, No Coast, that was released in July of 2014. The album’s first track, “You Wild Thing (An Illuminous Life),” can now be streamed via Brooklyn Vegan HERE and the album can be pre-ordered through the Topshelf Records website HERE.

The City on Film, as solo vehicle, debuted in 1999 during a Braid hiatus and has been active, albeit in the background, since. Given the success of his various musical projects and Downwrite,

The City On Film will be making the following appearances in November and December. Dates below.

November 02 – Gainesville, FL – The Fest – High Dive (full band)
November 07 – Chicago, IL – Township (full band)
December 20 – Chicago IL – Metro (solo)

The Jazz June play shows with Field Mouse (2014, 2015)

The Jazz June and Field Mouse have announced a short winter tour together. They’ll be hitting the east coast.

Date Venue City
12/27 Saint Vitus Brooklyn, NY
12/28 DC9 Washington, DC
1/2 Middle East Upstairs Boston, MA
1/3 Boot & Saddle Philadelphia, PA (afternoon show w/ Prawn, no Field Mouse)
1/3 Boot & Saddle Philadelphia, PA (evening show)

You Indie Feature: An interview with Ben Flanagan of Black Map

Black Map (photo by Jen Cash)

Black Map (photo by Jen Cash)

From day one, the members of San Francisco’s Black Map possessed one common goal. So what united singer and guitarist Ben Flanagan (Trophy Fire), guitar player Mark Engles (Dredg), and drummer Chris Robyn (Far) in 2013? Simply, to create a band that was both heavy and beautiful.

They find it on their full-length debut for minus HEAD Records, And We Explode. Sharing a long history, Trophy Fire supported Dredg many times on the road with Ben even filling in as a touring guitarist, while both groups embarked on full tours with Northern California icons Far on more than one occasion. The three musicians clicked from the jump. Musically, a wall of distortion wraps around polyrhythmic percussion as Ben’s transfixing vocals instantly captivate. It ignites their career together and fuels this undeniably heavy journey.

Within a month of their first jam session, the trio hit Hellam Sound in Oakland with producer Aaron Hellam behind the board. They cut their independent Driver EP and went on to support Chevelle on tour and play various shows with the likes of ††† (Crosses), Tombs, Pelican, and Kill Devil Hill. In early 2014, they inked a deal with minus HEAD Records for the release of …And We Explode. The name Black Map suggests unexplored territory and uncharted waters. That’s precisely where these artists have gone, and they’ve found exactly what they were looking for at the start of the journey.

You Indie recently caught up with Flanagan to discuss their journey so far. This is what he told us.

When did you begin writing the material for …And We Explode?   

When we recorded our four song EP we just kind of went ahead and did it; there was not too much thought in exactly what our plan was. After we signed with Minus Head we had our sights set on a full length. We loved the four songs from the EP and knew we would want to absorb them onto the album. We essentially just kept up the writing process that this band had started with: not overthinking, just getting in the room together and trying to come up with songs that felt powerful, beautiful and we were proud of.

How does Black Map’s creative process differ from the of your previous efforts in Dredg, Far and The Trophy Fire?

I can really only speak for myself but the writing process is not entirely different from my other projects but the final outcome differs. This band is generally heavier than our other projects.

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

The song “Chinaski” went through a lot of phases. The verse chords were completely different during the songs inception. I wasn’t able to find anything vocally that was making any of us feel anything so we went back to the drawing board and Mark and I sat down with an acoustic guitar and completely revamped the song. We are so much happier with it now.

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

I wrote most of the music to “Eyes on the Prize” on an acoustic guitar in my bedroom. Even though it isn’t the heaviest track on the album it changed its shape pretty drastically once we got in a room. It started off sounding probably somewhere in the middle of Elliot Smith/Sun Kill Moon and ended up sounding like a huge Black Map tune.

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

Nope. This one was all us. we spoke about it. maybe down the line.

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

Our close friend Aaron Hellam produced the album. I had worked with him many times in The Trophy Fire and we did the four-song Driver EP with him as well. Not only does Aaron get great tones but he has an amazing ear and great musical mind. The three band members definitely wrote all of the material but he is masterful in communicating how to get the most out of every take, especially vocally. We have a good enough report at this point he can tell me if something I am doing is shit and I won’t get offended.

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

The album is mostly about a reaction to discord and chaos: how we react when faced with the insanity of the world. Sometimes we face it, sometimes we run away.

Have you begun playing these songs live during your tours with Tombs, Chevelle and Crosses and which songs have elicited the strongest reaction from your fans? 

We have played every song from the album with the exception of the final song “And We Explode pt. 2.” ” I’m just the Driver,” “Code,” and “Melee” are definitely live favorites.

Mike Hill from Tombs is a long-time friend of ours.  He’s super into mixed martial arts.  Did you get any workout tips from him?

Nice. I did not know that. I remember they were very good but I don’t remember too much about that night. I think we took down a bottle of Jameson pretty expeditiously backstage. I probably tried to my own brand of drunken Kung Fu at some point that night.

Chevelle has asked you to join them in Europe, right?  Are you excited for that tour?

Nope. Not at all.

Fuck yeah we are! Touring with them in the states was absolutely bonkers! They have amazingly awesome fans and are (I hope they wouldn’t get mad at me for saying) the nicest guys in the world. We get even more fans reaching out to us from Germany and the rest of Europe than in the states so we are really excited to get out there and play for them.

Have you begun writing the next record yet, or are you concentrating primarily on the album cycle for this record?

I came up with a riff on the piano I liked the other day, but that is as close as any songwriting I have done for the next album. Hope to begin writing soon.

(Visit Black Map here: http://www.blackmapmusic.com/.)

The Afghan Whigs release video for “Lost in the Woods,” tour (2014, 2015)

Following the Western-themed revenge drama of “Algiers” and the kinetic “Matamoros” videos, comes the dream like “Lost in the Woods,” the latest visual from The Afghan Whigs’ Do to the Beast, directed by Phil Harder.

Stereogum says of the video, “Longtime Whigs collaborator Phil Harder directed the clip, which successfully transports the band’s back-alley soul catharsis to a different kind of shady environment (see North American premiere October 29th).”

The Afghan Whigs are currently wrapping up their North American tour in support of Do to the Beast, with a show tonight, October 29 in Denver at the Bluebird Theatre and October 31 in Austin at The Mohawk.  The band has just announced this morning a second European tour which will commence in early 2015, beginning February 2 in Dublin, IE at Whelans and ending with a show on February 24 in Tel Aviv, IL at Barby. For the most up to date information and tickets please visit theafghanwhigs.com

Oct. 29 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
Oct. 31 – Austin, TX – The Mohawk
Nov 15 – Mexico City, Mexico – Pasagüero
Feb. 02 – Dublin, IE – Whelans
Feb. 03 – Edinburgh, UK – Liquid Room
Feb. 04 – London, UK – Koko
Feb. 06 – Bruges, BE – Magdalenazaal
Feb. 07 – Brussels, BE – Cirque Royale
Feb. 09 – Paris, FR – Trabendo
Feb. 10 – Amsterdam, NL – Melkweg
Feb. 11 – Hamburg, DE – Gruenspan
Feb. 13 – Prague, CZ – Lucerna Music Bar
Feb. 14 – Krakow, PL – Fabryka
Feb. 15 – Warsaw, PL – Basen
Feb. 18 – Gothenburg, SE – Pustervik
Feb. 19 – Stockholm, SE – Strand
Feb. 21 – Barcelona, ES – Apolo
Feb. 24 – Tel Aviv, IL - Barby

Liturgy play with Peter Fonda on NBC’s The Blacklist

Earlier this week acclaimed Brooklyn black metal quartet Liturgy made their TV debut in an appearance on NBC’s The Blacklist staring James Spader. For the appearance, actor and Easy Rider star Peter Fonda, guesting on the show as CEO and philanthropist Geoff Perl, replaced Greg Fox on drums and joined Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, Bernard Gann, and Tyler Dusenbury for a rendition of “Harmonia,” which appears on Liturgy’s 2011 album Aesthetica.

Watch: Liturgy on The Blacklist with Peter Fonda

http://www.hulu.com/embed.html?eid=tegtu_vdxuxqmdfrv8hybg&et=657&st=635

Liturgy recently expanded to a quartet once again as drummer  Fox and bassist Dusenbury re-joined the band after a short absence. The quartet will play with Oozing Wound this Thursday, 10/30 at Death by Audio in Brooklyn. Liturgy is currently putting the finishing touches on their anticipated upcoming full-length, which is due out in early 2015.

Lucero releases Spotify Session, tours (2014)

Lucero’s new Spotify Session was recorded at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The session captures the raw, foot-stompin’ energy these Memphis country punk-rockers bring to the stage.  See Lucero live on their ‘By the Seat of Our Pants’ tour, hitting New York, Boston, Los Angeles and San Francisco.  The dates run through November and include three evenings in each city, with a special acoustic set to open each show.

11/03 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
11/04 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
11/05 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
11/07 – Boston, MA – The Sinclair
11/08 – Boston, MA – The Sinclair
11/09 – Boston, MA – The Sinclair
11/16 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
11/17 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
11/18 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
11/21 – San Francisco, CA – Slims
11/22 – San Francisco, CA – Slims
11/23 – San Francisco, CA – Slims

Bands on Bands: Brandon Gallagher (Old Wounds) on Every Time I Die’s Hot Damn

Old Wounds

Old Wounds

As purveyors of vitriolic, no-holds-barred post hardcore, New Jersey’s Old Wounds emerge as champions of the genre. Out September 16 on Good Fight Music, their latest EP,  was produced by Kevin Bernsten (Full of Hell, Mutilation Rites) and mastered by Brad Boatright (Integrity, Modern Life Is War).

You Indie recently caught up with Old Wounds drummer Brandon Gallagher to discuss a powerful album that has long influenced his pummeling approach to music making. This is what he told us about Every Time I Die’s Hot Damn.

What is your favorite album?

Hot Damn, by Every Time I Die.

Do you remember when you received or purchased the album?

On the last day of fifth grade I got into a freak skateboarding accident, ended up needing 40 stitches on my leg. End result was I was stuck in bed for two weeks until the cut healed.  A couple days after the accident my cousin’s boyfriend at the time brought over his CD booklet, and Hot Damn was one of over a hundred CDs that I listened to for two weeks straight.

What is your favorite song on the album?

Tough call. I’m going to go with either “Ebolarama” or “Godspeed Us To Sea.” “I’LL MEET YOU OVERBOARD.”

What is it about the song that resonates with you?

It’s not even just those specific songs, but the whole record. I was getting into heavier music at the same time I was really getting into playing music. This record pretty much molded how I play drums (thanks, Ratboy), as well as molded my musical tastes for years and years to come.

Have you ever covered a song from the album?

I used to jam this record from start to finish in my headphones and try and figure out every song on drums. As far as ACTUALLY covering this songs, that’s like wearing a bands shirt to a show that they’re playing. You can’t seem like the biggest fan boy ha ha.

What is it about the album that makes it stand out against the band’s other output?

It’s raw as hell, and Keith’s lyrics on this are some of the best in my opinion.

Have you ever given a copy of this record to anyone? What were the circumstances?

I can’t say that I have, but this is one of my go-to driving records. I’m pretty sure everyone who has ever been in the car/van with me has listened to this record all the way through at least 500 times.

Which of the records that you’ve performed on is your favorite?

From Where We Came Is Where We’ll Rest is obviously going to hold a lot of weight in that category, just because it’s our first LP. I actually just re-listened to it the other day, and appreciated it a lot more now than I did when we recorded it two years ago. I will say I think I was a little bit more “creative” on the Trenchfoot split.

What is your favorite song on the album and why?

“An Ode To Love” is my favorite song to play live, but that’s off the Trenchfoot split. Off of FWWCIWWR, I’d say the title track and “Shallow Water” are my favorites for sure.

(Old Wounds have a fall tour kicking off in October, which sees the band shoot down the East Coast with Floridian bloozer-bruisers Vices and includes a stop at Fest 13 in Gainesville.

Old Wounds, Vices

Oct 24 – Centereach, NY @ Casa de Swezey

Oct 25 – Oneonta, NY @ Oneonta Punk Fest

Oct 26 – York, PA @ Skid Row

Oct 27 – Altoona, PA @ Empire

Oct 28 – Harrisonburg, PA @ The Blue Nile

Oct 29 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Muzik 4 Life

Oct 30 – Savannah, GA @ Sweet Melissa’s

Oct 31 – Jacksonville, FL @ Goth J’s Palace

Nov 1 – Gainesville, FL @ Fest 13

Nov 3 – Wilmington, NC @ Reggie’s

Nov 4 – Baltimore, MD @ Charm City Art Space

Nov 5 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Roboto Project)

Pink Avalanche share video for “Empty Spaces,” tour (2014)

Chicago quartet Pink Avalanche premiere the first video from their forthcoming album today via Noisey. Watch/share video HERE. (Direct YouTube link HERE.)

Pink Avalanche recently shared the first track from the album via Brooklyn Vegan.The powerful melodic crunch of “In Empty Spaces” is available to hear/share HERE. (Soundcloud HERE.)

Pink Avalanche take to the road in November supporting not one, but TWO bands featuring former members of ’90s indie rock darlings Unwound: Survival Knife and Hungry Ghost. See complete dates below.

The Luminous Heart of Nowhere will be available everywhere on LP and download on November 18, 2014 via Past/Futures Records.

11/14  Chicago, IL @ Subterranean *

11/15  Grand Rapids, MI @ Founder’s Brewery *

11/16  Columbus, OH @ Double Happiness *

11/17  Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop *

11/18  Philadelphia, PA @ The Boot and Saddle *

11/19  Washington, DC @ DC9 *

11/20  Allston, MA @ Great Scott *

11/21  Pawtucket, RI @ The Met *

11/22  Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar * w/ Obits

w/ Survival Knife, Hungry Ghost