No Sleep Records sign Somos, band tours (2014)

Huntington Beach based No Sleep Records is proud to welcome rising Boston based rock band Somos to the label’s growing family.

After a few years building a solid audience in New England, Somos finally arrived on the scene with their debut album Temple of Plenty in early 2014. Described by Pitchfork “as no-frills and trend-averse as it gets,” the band immediately gained attention for their unique infusion of jangly indie-rock guitars, driving punk rock rhythm and vulnerable lyrics. Since the release the band’s following has grown immensely with anticipation building towards their next release.

Somos will be touring this fall with Modern Baseball. Follow the band at https://www.facebook.com/somosMA for additional news and updates.

Oct 24 – Camden, NJ – Rutgers Camden

Oct 25 – Alexandria, VA – The Lab

Oct 26 – Charlotte, NC – Tremont Music Hall

Oct 27 – Atlanta, GA – WondeRoot

Oct 28 – Orlando, FL – Backbooth

Oct 29 – Tampa, FL – Crowbar (PRE-FEST)

Oct 31 – Gainesville, FL – High Dive (FEST 13)

Nov 11 – Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theater

Nov 12 – Buffalo, NY – Waiting Room

Nov 18 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theater

Nov 19 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Loading Dock

Nov 21 – Berkeley, CA – 924 Gilman

Nov 22 – West Hollywood, CA – The Roxy Theatre

Nov 23 – Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction

Nov 25 – San Diego, CA – Epicentre

Nov 26 – Mesa, AZ – Club Red Theaters

Dec 2 – Nashville, TN – The End

Dec 3 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade

Dec 4 – Tampa, FL – Epic Problem

Dec 6 – Orlando, FL – Backbooth

Dec 7 – Jacksonville, FL – Underbelly

Dec 9 – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore Silver Spring

Dec 10 – Richmond, VA – The Broadberry

Dec 11 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts

Dec 12 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre

Dec 13 – Hamden, CT – The Space

Dec 14 – Boston, MA – Paradise Club

Dec 15 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg

The Banner share “Crippling Despair,” play shows (2014)

Greying, The Banner’s first new full-length in six years, is set for a December 9 release on Good Fight Music. The connection between The Banner and Good Fight runs deep: the Good Fight team released The Banner’s previous two albums (2005′s Each Breath Haunted and 2008′s Frailty) on their former label, Ferret Music.

Greying was engineered, mixed, and mastered by Will Putney (The Acacia Strain, Body Count, Stray from the Path) and Randy Leboeuf.

Stream “Crippling Despair,” off Greying, here.

The Banner have confirmed the following upcoming live appearances:

Oct 25 – Oneonta, NY @ Oneonta Punk w/ Sheer Terror, Damnation A.D., Merauder, Harm’s Way, Full of Hell
Nov 14 – Stanhope, NJ @ Stanhope House w/ Sheer Terror
Feb 15 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom w/ E-Town Concrete, Vision of Disorder, Indecision, Suburban Scum

Major League share “Recovery,” tour (2014)

New Jersey alternative rock band Major League has debuted a new song today called “Recovery” from their upcoming record, There’s Nothing Wrong With Me, that’s due out on November 4 from No Sleep Records. Fans are invited to stream the new song now at Absolutepunk.net and pre-order the record at https://nosleeprecords.com/product/7341.

Stream “Recovery” now at Absolutepunk.net: http://www.absolutepunk.net/showthread.php?t=3710523

Major League will also kick off their U.S. tour with Mayday Parade and Tonight Alive tonight in Pittsburgh. Follow the band at https://www.facebook.com/majorleaguerock for additional updates.

Oct 14 – Pittsburgh, PA – The Altar Bar (w/Mayday Parade, Tonight Alive)

Oct 15 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club (w/Mayday Parade, Tonight Alive)

Oct 16 – Patchogue, NY – Emporium (w/Mayday Parade, Tonight Alive)

Oct 17 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom (w/Mayday Parade, Tonight Alive)

Oct 18 – Buffalo, NY – Waiting Room (w/Mayday Parade, Tonight Alive)

Oct 19 – Clifton Park, NY – Update Concert Hall (w/Mayday Parade, Tonight Alive)

Oct 21 – Montreal, QC – Club Soda (w/Mayday Parade, Tonight Alive)

Oct 22 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Club (w/Mayday Parade, Tonight Alive)

Oct 23 – Lansing, MI – Mac’s Bar (w/Tonight Alive)

Oct 24 – Palatine, IL – Durty Nellies (w/Mayday Parade, Tonight Alive)

Oct 25 – Iowa City, IA – Blue Moose Tap House (w/Mayday Parade, Tonight Alive)

Oct 26 – Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre (w/Mayday Parade, Tonight Alive)

Oct 27 – Burnsville, MN – The Garage

Oct 28 – Winnipeg, MB – Garrick Centre (w/Mayday Parade, Tonight Alive)

Oct 29 – Saskatoon, SK – Louis’ (w/Mayday Parade, Tonight Alive)

Oct 30 – Edmonton, AB – The Starlite Room (w/Mayday Parade, Tonight Alive)

Nov 1 – Calgary, AB – MacEwan Hall (w/Mayday Parade, Tonight Alive)

Nov 3 – Vancouver, AB – Vogue Theatre (w/Mayday Parade, Tonight Alive)

Nov 4 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon (w/Mayday Parade, Tonight Alive)

Nov 5 – Spokane, WA – The Hop (w/Tonight Alive)

Nov 6 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory Concert House (w/Mayday Parade, Tonight Alive)

Nov 7 – Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue (w/Mayday Parade, Tonight Alive)

Nov 8 – Denver, CO – The Summit Music Hall (w/Mayday Parade, Tonight Alive)

Nov 10 – St. Louis, MO – The Ready Room (w/Mayday Parade, Tonight Alive)

Nov 11 – Birmingham, AL – Zydeco (w/Mayday Parade, Tonight Alive)

Nov 12 – Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom (w/Mayday Parade, Tonight Alive)

Nov 13 – Tallahassee, FL – Sidebar Theater (w/Mayday Parade, Tonight Alive)

Nov 14 – Orlando, FL – House of Blues (w/Mayday Parade, Tonight Alive)

Rainer Maria reuinte for NYC show

Rainer Maria will be headlining NYC’s Bowery Ballroom on New Year’s Eve this year. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (10/17) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (10/15) at noon. It’s their only announced date at the moment.

Child Bite ready EP, tour (2014)

Michigan punk/metal misfits, Child Bite, will unleash the noxious fruits of their Strange Waste EP later this Fall via Housecore Records.  Strange Waste serves as the follow-up to the band’s Morbid Hits EP, a collection of Anal Cunt covers with Philip H. Anselmo on vocals, released earlier this year.

Despite clocking in at a mere nineteen minutes, Strange Waste is doused in so many twisted riffs, biting guitar solos, clanking, chugging bass lines, splattering drum blasts and yowling vocals, you’ll be gnawing on it like gristle for months to come. Fans of The Jesus Lizard, Black Flag, Faith No More, and Dead Kennedys pay heed.

The band are also doing a near three-week run of live takeovers, including a performance at this year’s Housecore Horror Film Festival in Austin. The band will be joined by King Parrot and Acid Witch on select dates.

10/16/2014 V Club – Huntington, WV *
10/17/2014 31st St. Club – Pittsburgh, PA *
10/18/2014 Good Weekend – Allentown, PA *
10/19/2014 Double Happiness – Columbus, OH
10/20/2014 Smiling Skull Saloon – Athens, OH
10/21/2014 Joyful Noise – Indianapolis, IN **
10/22/2014 Vino’s Back Room – Little Rock, AR **
10/23/2014 The Boiler Room – Dallas, TX **
10/26/2014 Housecore Horror Film Fest – Austin, TX
10/27/2014 Circle Bar – New Orleans, LA **
10/28/2014 The New Vintage – Louisville, KY **
10/29/2014 PG – Evansville, IN
10/30/2014 Cactus Club – Milwaukee, WI
10/31/2014 The Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL
11/01/2014 Spoke Folks – Grand Rapids, MI
11/02/2014 Crossroads – Ypsilanti, MI
11/04/2014 Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH
11/05/2014 Club K – Baltimore, MD
11/08/2014 Death By Audio – Brooklyn, NY

* w/ King Parrot

** w/ Acid Witch

Gates ready debut, tour (2014)

New Jersey post-rock band Gates has added a handful of new dates to their upcoming fall tour, including shows with Boysetsfire and a headlining run leading up to their tour with Foxing. More dates will be announced soon.

Gates will be on the road later this month in support of their upcoming, debut full-length record, Bloom & Breathe, which is due out on October 21 via Pure Noise Records. The album is currently available for pre-order at Gates.MerchNow.com.

Oct 22 – Amityville, NY – Amityville Music Hall (w/Boysetsfire, Tim Barry)

Oct 23 – Asbury Park, NJ – Asbury Lanes (w/Boysetsfire, Tim Barry)

Oct 28 – Cambridge, MA – The Middle East Upstairs (w/Pianos Become The Teeth, Frameworks)

Oct 29 – New York, NY – The Studio at Webster Hall (w/Pianos Become The Teeth, Frameworks)

Oct 30 – Asbury Park, NJ – Asbury Lanes (w/Pianos Become The Teeth, Frameworks)

Oct 31 – Buffalo, NY – Tralf Music Hall (w/Pianos Become The Teeth, Frameworks)

Nov 1 – Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen (w/Pianos Become The Teeth, Frameworks)

Nov 13 – Pittsburgh, PA – The Smiling Moose

Nov 14 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick Lounge

Nov 15 – Lincoln, NE – Vega

Nov 17 – Denver, CO – Moon Room

Nov 18 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Shred Shed

Nov 20 – Boise, ID – The Shredder (w/Foxing)

Nov 21 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon (w/Foxing)

Nov 22 – Vancouver, BC – 333 (w/Foxing)

Nov 23 – Portland, OR – Slabtown (w/Foxing)

Nov 24 – San Francisco, CA – Sub-Mission Art Space (w/Foxing)

Nov 25 – Los Angeles, CA – Jewel’s Catch One (w/Foxing)

Nov 26 – Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction (w/Foxing)

Nov 28 – Phoenix, AZ – 51 West (w/Foxing)

Nov 29 – Albuquerque, NM – Gasworks (w/Foxing)

Dec 1 – Springfield, MO – Outland Ballroom (w/Foxing)

Attention Dayton: The Goddamn Gallows visit Gem City

Goddamn Gallows is playing Dayton on Thursday night with our friends The Jackalopes. This is going to be rad: https://www.facebook.com/events/318640094981253/

You Indie Feature: Craig Kneale of Twin Atlantic

Twin Atlantic

Twin Atlantic

Almost three years since the release of their debut album Free, which catapulted this Glaswegian four-piece from the clubs to playing sold-out shows for thousands of rabid fans around the world, Twin Atlantic released their second album Great Divide  in Australia on August 15 via Red Bull Records.

That much of Great Divide was written late at night, after Twin Atlantic had stepped off yet another festival stage somewhere in the world is evident from first listen. Addictive, arms-aloft anthems with instantly catchy choruses, Great Divide is a rock record with widescreen ambition, inspired by both the band watching their own fans and from sharing stages with the likes of Springsteen and Foo Fighters.

Great Divide was recorded in Rockfield, Wales with esteemed producer Gil Norton (Foo Fighters, Pixies), and in the US with the legendary Jacknife Lee (U2, R.E.M., One Direction). 

You Indie recently caught up with Twin Atlantic’s Craig Kneale to discuss the record. This is what he told us.

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

The first writing session for the album was at the start of 2012 in Los Angeles when we had a week break between a couple of American tours. Sam (our singer) has been writing songs for a few months before that I think, but that was the first time he’d brought that material to us to work on together.

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

I’d say it was a song called “Brothers And Sisters,” which is actually very first song we worked on together in that first writing session. We wrote it out quite easily initially and were really happy with it, but once it got to the recording stage we started to change it quite drastically and ended up getting very confused with it. We ended up recording it three times in total, before reverting back to a similar idea to what we had when we first wrote it out! I think it’s because we definitely saw the song as one of the key moments in the album – and just wanted to drill that home as much as we could, which meant we started to over think it.

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

Probably a song called “Rest In Pieces,” which we envisioned as quite a stripped back acoustic song which would maybe just be a vocal and acoustic guitar. When we got to the recording stage our producer Gil said he wanted to put on his head and try and build the song from different samples to give the album a different texture. It’s went from being an acoustic song into the closest thing we’ve had to an electronic song.

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

We had a Welsh Choir come in when we were in Wales (obviously), to put down vocals on a few tracks. Unfortunately most of it didn’t make the album but it was great getting to watch how they worked. It was an insight into how powerful a human voice can be when the whole spectrum is filled.

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

We actually worked with two producers on this album, which was a new experience for us. For most of the album we worked with Gil Norton, who also produced our previous album Free, at a residential studio in a small town called Rockfield – the studio was  called Rockfield Studios. Which is a great name for a music studio anyway, even if you aren’t based in a town called Rockfield. We were there for three months in the summer of 2013 and it was great, Gil just gets rock music and he just took out the confusing elements of our songs to make them as hard hitting as possible.

After that summer we ended up writing more songs though, and they sounded too good to just not try and fit on the album. We wanted a change of direction to give the album a different texture though, so we ended up working with a producer called Jacknife Lee (who we were big fans of) at his home studio in Topanga Canyon, which is in the mountains near Los Angeles. We’d gone from working in the wilderness of Wales, to the wilderness in California – with a producer who couldn’t work more differently than Gil. Jacknife said he wanted to confuse us and push us in directions we hadn’t gone before – it really was a culture shock at first, but he is a fascinating person to work with. Probably the most creative person I’ve ever met.

Although it shouldn’t have worked, the two sessions complemented each other so well – together they give this diverse but congruent album.

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

Not a concept to the album more than the songs all being about growing into manhood, which is something all of us in the band are currently going through as we’re in our mid to late twenties and are all starting to think about families and relationships a little more seriously. It’s a hard thing to come to terms with at first, and a lot of the songs are probably inspired by that, although it wasn’t a conscious decision that the album would have that as an overriding theme.

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

Yeah, we’ve been playing a few of the songs since the start of this summer – and now that the album is out we’ve been adding more in before we’ll probably play the majority of them from our headline shows onwards. We’ve been really lucky that they’ve all been going down pretty great, but the first single “Heart And Soul”  definitely seems to elicit the biggest reaction. Even more than the bigger songs from our last album. That’s been  exciting and also a massive relief for us as a band – you’re always going to be judged the most heavily on the first thing you release of a new album and “Heart And Soul” was quite a departure for us a band. It’s much poppier than anything we’ve done before and I think that turned quite a few people off. But it turned a lot more people on, and the reaction we’ve seen live for it by old and new fans alike has been mind blowing.

(Visit Twin Atlantic here: http://www.twinatlantic.com/.)

Kittyhawk streams Hello, Again, tour (2014)

Stereogum is streaming the debut full-length Hello, Again from Chicago four-piece  Kittyhawk today, calling it “an impressive set of tracks that match a keen grasp of melody (both vocal and instrumental) with big, bold, dynamic song structures.”

Stream Hello, Again

Kittyhawk play the sort of wry, dryly sweet pop songs that call to mind early 2000s bands such as Rainer Maria and The Anniversary.  Trading bass guitar for a Farfiza organ, the band is anchored by the charming l harmonies of singer Kate Grube, whose narrative lyrics push their songs forward, inviting listeners to lean in a little closer.  After the release of several split releases and a self-titled EP, the band is ready to release their debut full-length Hello, Again on Count Your Lucky Stars Records on October 14. Pre-order is now available via the Count Your Lucky Stars online store.

Catch the band live here:

10/08 – Montreal, QC @ Cabaret Underworld*
10/09 – Burlington, VT @ Signal Kitchen#
10/10 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Loft*
10/12 – Amityville, NY @ Amityville Music Hall^
10/13 – Purchase, NY @ SUNY Purchase^
10/14 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose^
10/15 – Columbus, OH @ Double Happiness^
10/16 – Chicago, IL @ Township^
11/01 – Gainesville, FL @ The Fest 13

* = w/ Into It. Over It.
# = w/ Into It. Over It. & Kevin Devine
^ = w/ Nai Harvest

Topshelf and Storm Chaser reissue The Jazz June classic

Topshelf Records and Storm Chaser Records (the label run by Evan Weiss of Into It. Over It.) are teaming up to release The Jazz June’s classic 2000 album The Medicine for the time ever as a double vinyl, gatefold jacket LP with reworked artwork and printed dust sleeves.

Each label will have an exclusive variant of the release which can be pre-ordered via the Topshelf Records and Storm Chaser webstores.

The Medicine will be available on October 28.

The Jazz June is also gearing up for the release of After The Earthquake, the band’s first new studio LP in over 12 years, which will be released on November 11 via Topshelf.

The Jazz June will play a rare show later this month when they headline Brooklynvegan’s official CMJ showcase on Saturday, October 25 with support from Pity Sex, Beach Slang, Cayetana and Sport.