Colombian Necktie shares video for “Don’t Fear The Reefer,” tours (2016)

A match made in stoner heaven, weed authority High Times has teamed up with Colombian Necktie to premiere the Los Angeles band’s new video, “Don’t Fear the Reefer.”

As guitarist Ben Daniel puts it, “Colombian Necktie’s music is weed in audio form.”

New single “Don’t Fear the Reefer” pays tribute to the green stuff, in the tradition of Black Sabbath’s “Sweet Leaf.”

Levitate, here:
http://hightimes.com/culture/music/video-premiere-colombian-neckties-dont-fear-the-reefer/

“Don’t Fear the Reefer” appears on Colombian Necktie’s new album All Paths Lead to Nowhere, out September 30 on Black Voodoo Records.

Founded in LA in 2010, and named after a Big Black song, Colombian Necktie delivers driving, metallic hardcore that spirals off into a deep stoner-boogie trajectory. Colombian Necktie has succeeded in unifying the hard side and the stoned side into one sound, bringing’70s heavy metal grooves and tooth-gnashing punishment together in harmony.

In the tradition of other great LA frontmen, like Henry Rollins and Mike Muir, vocalist Scott Werren chooses realness over poetry – as exemplified on “Don’t Fear the Reefer,” the lyrics are so blunt and straightforward, they take on a new kind of profundity.

All Paths Lead to Nowhere was recorded and mixed by Erol Ulug (Dangers, Seizures) and mastered by Brad Boatright (Nails, Black Tusk).

Colombian Necktie embarks on a West Coast tour in September with Phobia and Nomads.

Sep 1 – San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick
Sep 2 – Los Angeles, CA @ Five Star
Sep 3 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Catalyst Atrium
Sep 4 – Sacramento, CA @ Starlite
Sep 5 – Eugene, OR @ Old Nicks
Sep 6 – Olympia, WA @ Obsidian
Sep 8 – Seattle, WA @ Highline
Sep 9 – Portland, OR @ Panic Room
Sep 11 – Oakland, CA @ Metro Operahouse

Wild Pink readies EP for Tiny Engines, tours (2016)

Tiny Engines recently welcomed NYC’s Wild Pink to their roster. The label will issue a new EP, 4 Songs, from the band in October with their debut full-length to follow in early 2017. 4 Songs is now available for Pre-Order. The new releases will follow up Wild Pink’s 2015 EP, Good Life.

You can stream the first single from Wild Pink’s 4 Songs right now. “4th of July” is premiering exclusively on Gold Flake Paint.

The band has some upcoming shows in September and will head out for a Fall Tour in October in support of 4 Songs. Full dates listed below.

Wild Pink released their debut EP, Good Life, in the Summer of 2015. It was a brief but memorable introduction to the band’s brand of introspective indie pop/rock. After numerous tours in support of Good Life the band hunkered down with Justin Pizzoferrato (Dinosaur Jr., Speedy Ortiz, Kindling, Sweet John Bloom) to record new songs. What grew from those sessions was actually two new releases. First and foremost, the band’s debut LP, slated for release in early 2017 on Tiny Engines. But also, 4 Songs, a supplemental EP out this October, that serves to bridge the gap between releases as the band grows more expansive in their sound and ambitious in their songwriting.

Wild Pink are one of those wonderfully rare bands that sounds instantly familiar upon first listen. Yet trying to draw parallels to their influences or similar bands proves to be incredibly difficult. That remains the same as Wild Pink continue to chart their own unique course. These new songs move at their own intentional pace while the band fleshes their arrangements out further. Yet the songs never suffer, only growing more dynamic and more propulsive with this increased nuance. Wild Pink doesn’t lose the warm intimacy that made the band special, it’s only enhanced to a greater degree here. These are deeply personal songs about freedom, or lack thereof, about growing up and leaving your youth behind yet still clinging to those sacred scars that we hold dear. Often exercising a stream of conscious lyrical style, Wild Pink has a remarkable way of transporting you to those moments in time where the smallest detail remains etched into your being. There is a sincerity that echoes throughout these songs that is intoxicating and speaks to what makes the band so special. Wild Pink choose the road less traveled and it has served them well.

Wild Pink: Bandcamp / Facebook / Twitter

Upcoming Shows

SEP 01 – New York, NY @ Cake Shop w/ Big Band

SEP 17 – New York, NY @ The Footlight w/ Kindling

OCT 07 – New York, NY @ Sunnyvale w/ What Moon Things, Bears and Big Eater
OCT 08 – Philadelphia, PA @ HH Ranch w/ Hypoluxo
OCT 09 – Annapolis, MD @ Metropolitan w/ Hypoluxo
OCT 10 – Richmond, VA @ Crayola House w/ Hypoluxo
OCT 11 – Asheville, NC @ TBA w/ Hypoluxo
OCT 12 – Atlanta, GA @ 529 w/ Hypoluxo
OCT 13 – Savannah, GA @ Cake Factory w/ Hypoluxo
OCT 14 – Tallahassee, FL @ The Wolf’s Den w/ Hypoluxo
OCT 15 – Orlando, FL @ Space Bar w/ Hypoluxo
OCT 16 – St. Petersburg, FL @ The Bends w/ Hypoluxo
OCT 18 – New Orleans, LA @ Saturn Bar w/ Vetter Kids
OCT 19 – Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone w/ Vetter Kids
OCT 20 – St Louis, MO @ Dugan Haus w/ Vetter Kids
OCT 21 – Nashville, TN @ Charlie Bob’s w/ Vetter Kids
OCT 22 – Evansville, IN @ PG w/ Vetter Kids
OCT 23 – Milwaukee, WI @ Bremen Cafe w/ Vetter Kids
OCT 24 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean w/ Vetter Kids
OCT 25 – Akron, OH @ It’s a Kling! Thing w/ Vetter Kids
OCT 26 – Buffalo, NY @ Nietczhe’s
OCT 27 – Toronto, ON @ The Silver Dollar
OCT 28 – Montreal, QB @ The Bog
OCT 29 – Amherst, MA @ Red Cross House

Male Gaze announce fall dates in support of King Leer

Weirdo punks Male Gaze are headed out on tour in support of King Leer, via Castle Face, this fall. Here are the dates.

9/16 – San Francisco, CA @ Brick & Mortar w/ The Shes, Adult Books
10/31 – Oakland, CA @ tbd w/ Running, Naked Lights
11/1 – San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern w/ Running, Naked Lights, Synthetic ID
11/2 – Eureka, CA @ The Shanty w/ Running
11/3 – Portland, OR @ The Know w/ Running
11/4 – Vancouver, BC @ Red Gate w/ Running, Lié
11/5 – Seattle, WA @ Funhouse w/ Running

Mat Kerkes (Citizen) shares video for “Direction,” tours (2016)

Mat Kerekes, best known as lead singer for Run For Cover Records’ Citizen,  premiered the music video for “Direction” via A.V. Club. This is the third single from his upcoming full-length solo album, Luna & the Wild Blue Everything, which will be released August 26, 2016. You can pre-order the album physically and digitally here. Mat will also be hitting the road this fall supporting Anthony Green, and tickets for that can be purchased here.

Watch the new video for “Direction” exclusively via A.V. Club here.

For Mat Kerekes, if a song takes too long, it usually ends up being scrapped. “If it doesn’t flow easy from the get go, then I don’t think it should be used,” he explains. Kerekes wrote his latest solo effort, Luna & The Wild Blue Everything, in his hometown of Lambertville, Michigan over the course of seven months, mostly in a house that his brother Chris was renovating with plans to sell. “I had my stuff set up and was recording [demos] in one of the rooms. When people would come to see the house, I’d just put it away.”

Kerekes calls Luna & The Wild Blue Everything a “coming of age” record, having a hectic schedule the last four years by the writing, recording and touring schedules of his band Citizen. “People, things and feelings change as you get older,” he says. “[This record is] kind of like a children’s storybook – it shows where I was and where I am now.” Kerekes credits Third Eye Blind as having a big influence on his writing, which he says often stems from nothing more than a vocal melody. “I usually think of a vocal melody in my head, then grab a guitar and write something in the key range and demo it out.” Recorded over a period of almost two weeks with Will Yip (Citizen, Title Fight, Pity Sex) at Studio 4, Kerekes played everything on the album with the exception of some percussion that was performed by Yip and violin.

After the release of Luna & The Wild Blue Everything, Kerekes will embark on a full-US tour supporting Anthony Green alongside Secret Space. As for the future, Kerekes is very go-with-the-flow. “Whatever happens, happens. Taking opportunities as they come. As of late, I’m always writing. Whenever it comes to me,” he says.

Tour Dates:
Sept 7@ Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
Sept 8 @The Social – Orlando, FL
Sept 9 @ Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Sept 10 @ The Orpheum – Tampa, FL
Sept 12 @ House of Rock – Corpus Christi, TX
Sept 13 @ Sons of Hermann Hall – Dallas, TX
Sept 14 @ Mohawk – Austin, TX
Sept 17 @ The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
Sept 18 @ Quartyard – San Diego, CA
Sept 19 @ The Teragram Ballroom – Los Angeles, CA
Sept 21 @ Oakland Metro Operahouse – Oakland, CA
Sept 23 @ The Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
Sept 25 @ The Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
Sept 26 @ Saint Andrew’s Hall – The Shelter – Detroit, MI
Sept 27 @ A&R Music Bar – Columbus, OH
Sept 29 @ Mr. Smalls Theatre- Pittsburgh, PA
Oct 1 @ Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA

Slaughter Beach, Dog (Modern Baseball) shares “Monsters”

Slaughter Beach, Dog, the new project from Jacob Ewald of Modern Baseball, has just announced his debut LP Welcome, out September 30 on Lame-O Records. The first single from the record “Monsters” is streaming now via Stereogum. Pre-orders are available digitally and physically via Lame-O Records.

Stream “Monsters” now via Stereogum.

“There ain’t no purpose fightin’ holy wars for someone you’re not.” This sleek proverb is delivered in Jake Ewald’s unassuming sneer, but isn’t as honest as previous adages he’s known for behind one-half of Modern Baseball’s microphones. The residents of Slaughter Beach – a character study the Philadelphia musician flocks to during bouts of writer’s block – are grounded in some faith, whether in a higher power or lesser ones roaming this area’s varied terrain.

Consider the musical geography of the region: there are pastoral corners, where “Politics of Grooming” whispers third-person omniscience as thin guitars slide and pluck. “Drinks” finds itself primed for the town’s bar jukebox, where Ewald’s alt-country tendencies slink away from safety. Other tracks are illuminated by a city skyline, where the radio-rock “Monsters” bends and folds under the weight of an evening loaded with self-sabotage. “Bed Fest,” returning from 2014′s Dawg EP, clocks in around that night’s 3 a.m., with quieter admissions of interpersonal guilt lingering longer than the concluding vocal overdubs accompanying them.

Many of the tracks on Welcome find people struggling to find answers, but Ewald answers to no one but himself. This debut LP was entirely self-produced, recorded and performed: an act of escapism and individual growth outside his tight-knit day job. Slaughter Beach, Dog finds Ewald wandering through multiple head spaces to emerge with his own inner sanctum confidently reinvigorated. And that’s welcome.

Self Defense Family shares “It Isn’t Very Clear Is It,” tours (2016)

Just shy of three weeks before release of their Colicky mini-LP (September 9, Iron Pier), Self Defense Family have unveiled another song off it, titled “It Isn’t Very Clear Is It” on BBC Radio One Rock Show with Daniel P. Carter (on the show at 2:18) and directly on Soundcloud

 

Colicky is a dark, roiling post-punk gem written during a time of personal turmoil.  These four songs are Self Defense Family’s most jagged, unflinching look yet at the disintegration of intimacy and love; a tight and eclectic mini-LP that ranges from cerebrality and coolness to measured chaos.  

Self Defense Family is one of the most innovative and adventurous bands in contemporary independent music. Though vocalist Patrick Kindlon (also a founding member of the noise-punk band Drug Church) has historically held the band’s center through its many incarnations, SDF is best described as a loose collective of musicians spread across the U.S. and Europe. There are about two dozen current and past members—tours and studio projects are scheduled based on whoever is available at the time. As such, no single member of SDF has played every show or played on every recording.

SELF DEFENSE FAMILY, COLICKY TRACK LISTING:

1.  Staying Current

2.  All True at the Same Time

3.  It Isn’t Very Clear Is It

4.  Brittany Murphy in 8 Mile

SELF DEFENSE FAMILY, TOUR DATES:

October 3 – Antwerp, Belgium @ Kavka

October 4 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Winston 

October 5 – Koln, Germany @ Blueshell

October 6 – Berlin, Germany @ Cassiopeia Berlin

October 7 – Nurnberg, Germany @ Desi Nürnberg

October 8 – Vienna, Austria @ Bach

October 9 – Bologna, Italy @ Freakout Club

October 10 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Dynamo Zürich

October 11 – Wiesbaden, Germany @ Schlachthof Wiesbaden

October 12 – Paris, France @ La Mécanique Ondulatoire

October 13 – Brighton, UK @ The Green Door Store

October 14 – London, UK @ MOTH CLUB

October 15 – Cardiff, UK @ Four Bars at Dempseys

October 16 – Glasgow, UK @ Official 13th Note

October 17 – Manchester, UK @ The Star and Garter

October 18 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club

October 19 – Norwich, UK @ The Owl Sanctuary

October 20 – Nottingham, UK @ The Basement, Nottingham

All Dates w/Creative Adult

Hawthorne Heights to perform If Only You Were Lonely on tour (2016)

Hawthorne Heights will be hitting the road this fall performing the If Only You Were Lonely album in its entirety. They will be bringing out Convictions and In Her Own Words in support of the tour.

Ticket & VIP Information: http://hawthorneheights.com

Hawthorne Heights performing If Only You Were Lonely in full and more!

^ Denotes with Convictions
+ Denotes with In Her Own Words

10/7 – Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe +
10/8 – Lemoyne, PA @ The Champ +
10/9 – Millville, NJ @ Pinelands Music Festival
10/10 – Johnson City, TN @ The Hideaway +
10/11 – Greensboro, NC @ Arizona Pete’s +
10/12 – Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero +
10/13 – Jacksonville, FL @ Limes +
10/14 – Ocala, FL @ The Coliseum +
10/15 – Margate, FL @ O’malley’s +
10/16 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Local 662 +
10/17 – TBA
10/18 – Clarksville, TN @ The Warehouse +
10/19 – Memphis, TN @ Hard Rock Cafe +
10/20 – Monroe, LA @ Live Oaks +
10/21 – TBA
10/22 – Dallas, TX @ So What?! Music Festival ^
10/23 – Little Rock, AR @ Rev Room + ^
10/24 – Springfield, MO @ Outland Ballroom + ^
10/25 – Columbia, MO @ Rose Music Hall + ^
10/26 – Ames, IA @ University of Iowa + ^
10/27 – Racine, WI @ Rt. 20 + ^
10/28 – Braidwood, IL @ Top Fuel Saloon + ^
10/29 – Valparaiso, IN @ Big Shots + ^

Infinity Crush shares “Drowning Here with All My Friends” from forthcoming LP

Infinity Crush shared a new track, “Drowning Here with All My Friends” via Noisey today from her upcoming album Warmth Equation, out September 30, 2016 via Joy Void Recordings. Started as the bedroom pop project of Maryland’s Caroline White, Infinity Crush’s upcoming LP Warmth Equation features contributions from Sam Ray (Teen Suicide, Ricky Eat Acid) as well as newly minted Infinity Crush member Derrick Brandon. Warmth Equation is available for pre-order from Joy Void alongside a book of Caroline’s poetry and a limited edition lathe-cut 7″ featuring a non-album track and a two color screen-printed design.

Though Infinity Crush’s Derrick Brandon and Caroline White only met about two years ago, they hit it off almost immediately. They became best friends quickly, and it wasn’t long before White began to integrate Brandon into her music. White wrote the majority Warmth Equation – the first Infinity Crush release for Joy Void Recordings – solo before bringing in Brandon for guitar and keys to compliment White’s melodies. On the record, they are also joined by Sam Ray (Teen Suicide, Ricky Eat Acid, Julia Brown) who contributed vocals and keyboards. Formed in Maryland, much of the band’s style is influenced in part by the abundant, yet desolate nature that constantly surrounds them. “Maryland has a million trees and everything is extremely spread out. I drive everywhere, which I think comes up a lot in my songs. There’s something strangely intimate about driving through a landscape, where you feel very alone and in touch with yourself but you’re also quite literally surrounded by others. It’s easy to isolate yourself in this environment, and I often do.”

Recorded between 2013 and 2015 and across a handful of different homes, including White’s and Ray’s, Warmth Equation was never intended to have thematic unity. However, the passing of White’s father created a theme of its own, White using the project as a means of honoring her father’s life. In comparison to her previous work, the writing process was long and arduous. “By the time the album is released, it will be almost three years since I have released music under the Infinity Crush moniker… I no longer wanted to release demos. I wanted to work on songs and have a polished, comprehensive product that I felt reflected me and my experiences… I slowed down in my writing a lot, lost the prolificacy. I recorded songs and never liked them, never felt satisfied, and went through a long period of never writing or recording both because of debilitating depression and overwhelming dissatisfaction. Trying to record songs created a cycle of self-loathing… It was an incredibly exhausting experience.” However, the motive to create a product that would celebrate the life of her father forced White to persevere, calling on others to help craft the finished product. “I think recording with others is the only reason that this album was able to be finished. In retrospect, their motivation and excitement about my music was pivotal and I really, really needed it. I had lost the ability to objectively examine my art.”

Warmth Equation is a collection of twelve short songs that work toward interpreting loss and grief through different lenses. It tries to take a realistic, all-encompassing perspective of grief, a view that includes the expected feelings of overwhelming devastation, but also moments of happiness or love or sexuality. “There is an intersection of mourning and love that the album wants to deal with as it attempts to illustrate the complex nature of loss. [It] acts as documentation for this period of my life, which is defined not only by death and absence, but also the love and friendship and memories that helped me navigate through it.” In addition to taking immense influence from friends like Ray and Elvis Depressedly, White also credits Angel Olsen as an inspiration in the arrangement of her songs, and Alex G as a major player in making her think differently about crafting a melody.

Tracklist:
01) Drowning Here With All My Friends
02) Everything Being Still
03) Whisper
04) Lilacs
05) Sun Ache
06) Spoiled
07) Wipe Down
08) Pete And Pete
09) Simple
10) Over You
11) Flightless
12) Heaven

The Body to tour with Daughters (2016)

The Body is joining Daughters on a west coast tour this November.  Dates are below:

The Body Tour Dates w/ Daughters
Nov. 6 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar [Tix]
Nov. 7 – Tempe, AZ – Yucca Tap Room [Tix]
Nov. 8 – Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex [Tix]
Nov. 9 – San Francisco – Thee Parkside [Tix]
Nov. 11 – Portland, OR – Ash Street Saloon [Tix]
Nov. 12 – Vancouver, BC – The Cobalt [Tix]
Nov. 13 – Seattle, WA – Highline [Tix]

The Body collaboration tour with Full of Hell
Aug. 24 – Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
Aug. 25 – Austin, TX – Sidewinder
Aug. 30 – Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock
Aug. 31 – Milwaukee, WI – Frank’s Power Plant
Sep. 1 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
Sep. 2 – Detroit, MI – Sanctuary
Sep. 3 – Toronto, ON – Coalition
Sep. 7 – Philadelphia, PA – 1st Unitarian Church
Sep. 9 – New York City – Market Hotel w/ Gas Chamber
Sep. 10 – Providence, RI – Machines with Magnets w/ Gas Chamber

See full list of tour dates here: http://thrilljockey.com/tours

To The Wind share video for “The Brighter View,” tour (2016)

Hardcore/metal band To The Wind has premiered the title track from their forthcoming album, The Brighter View! The new record is due out on October 7 from Pure Noise Records. Stream the track and pre-order the record now at http://smarturl.it/ToTheWindnw.

“”The Brighter View” as a record is a combination of everything that is impacting our lives at this moment positively and negatively. The title track touches base with personal feelings towards life on tour and life at home. We wanted to give the listeners an honest point of view of how we view our lives day in and day out, on and off tour. “When the days are torn in two, I can’t see the brighter view” means that there are two choices both equally important but you can’t commit to both at the same time. You don’t know what you want and there’s a constant fear of regret that you may lose something along the way. With every choice there is a price to pay whether it’s good or bad.” – Tanner Murphy (vocals)

To The Wind’s new track “The Brighter View” follows their recent release of the song “Temporary Escape,” which can be streamed now at https://youtu.be/ERQmKLi4UeI.

The band recently wrapped up a summer excursion on the Common Vision Tour  with The Acacia Strain, Oceano and Knocked Loose and will be returning to the road in October for a tour with labelmates VANNA along with Capsize and Ghost Key.

To The Wind Tour Dates:

Oct 7 – Toronto, ON – Sneaky Dee’s

Oct 8 – Lakewood, OH – The Foundry

Oct 9 – Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen

Oct 10 – Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews

Oct 12 – Denver, CO – Moon Room

Oct 13 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Loading Dock

Oct 14 – Henderson, NV – Eagle Aerie Hall

Oct 15 – Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction

Oct 17 – San Diego, CA – Voodoo Room

Oct 18 – Mesa, AZ – Underground

Oct 19 – Albuquerque, NM – Blu Phoenix

Oct 21 – San Antonio, TX – Alamo City Music Hall

Oct 22 – Houston, TX – Walter’s Downtown

Oct 23 – Dallas, TX – The Door

Oct 24 – Springfield, MO – Front of House Lounge

Oct 26 – Nashville, TN – The End

Oct 27 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade

Oct 28 – Spartanburg, SC – Ground Zero

Oct 29 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506

Oct 30 – Richmond, VA – Canal Club

Nov 1 – Philadelphia, PA – The Voltage Lounge

Nov 2 – Howell, NJ – The Lab at GameChangerWorld

Nov 3 – Amityville, NY – Amityville Music Hall

Nov 4 – Hartford, CT – The Webster Underground