Friday, March 27, 2015

UPSILON ACRUX + Decibel

Decibel Magazine presents the premiere of Upsilon Acrux's "Dogshit on the Shoulders of Giants," a track off the LA quintet's upcoming new album, Sun Square Dialect.

Stream the madness, here.

Sun Square Dialect, Upsilon Acrux's seventh full-length, comes out April 14th on New Atlantis Records.

As Decibel's Kevin Stewart-Panko puts it, "Upsilon Acrux have made it their mission to blow, expand and confuse minds and ears since 1997. Imagine King Crimson, Zappa, Don Caballero, Battles, Orthrelm (or any Mick Barr project for that matter), Gore and free jazz bouncing off the padded walls of your local nuthouse..."

Led by founder/guitarist Paul Lai, the mercurial band has been hexing and perplexing listeners for almost two decades, making fans out of fellow shredders like Thurston Moore and Nels Cline. The current lineup features two drummers, two guitars, Rhodes piano, and occasional horns, churning out wildly complex, disjointed compositions – something like Don Caballero, times ten.

"Upsilon Acrux is amazing."
–Thurston Moore

"Upsilon Acrux makes some of the most detailed compositions I have ever heard."

–Nels Cline

"A feast of heavy, odd-time riffing."
–Washington City Paper

"Mixing instrumental complexity within highly structured mini epics..."
–Modern Drummer

"Upsilon Acrux have boldly ventured into a realm of musical oddity that few other self-proclaimed 'edgy' bands could ever hope to claim."
Steel for Brains

"Upsilon Acrux have made it their mission to blow, expand and confuse minds and ears since 1997. Imagine King Crimson, Zappa, Don Caballero, Battles, Orthrelm (or any Mick Barr project for that matter), Gore and free jazz bouncing off the padded walls of your local nuthouse..."
–Decibel


Thursday, March 26, 2015

HOLLOW EARTH + Good Fight


Good Fight Music announces the newest addition to its family of bands: Hollow Earth.

From the Detroit, Michigan area, Hollow Earth was founded in 2011 by vocalist Steve Muczynski and guitarist Mike Moynihan, both ex-members of Shai Hulud.  

The Hollow Earth sound is that of feral, metallic hardcore, anchored by a grand, apocalyptic weight that hints at a love for sludge and doom. Lyrics paint nightmarish accounts of dejection, suffering, and impending doom on both the personal and global levels. The band's 2012 debut EP, We Are Not Humanity, was released on Panic Records, the label owned by Trial guitarist Timm McIntosh. This was followed by the debut full-length, Silent Graves, also on Panic, in 2014.

Produced by Andy Nelson (Harm's Way, Weekend Nachos) and mastered by Brad Boatright (Integrity, Nails), Silent Graves was named "one of metallic hardcore's best offerings this year" by Invisible Oranges. MetalSucks hailed the album as "in the vein of Converge, Nails, and Enabler... To call it 'a scorcher' and/or 'a ripper' would be to undersell."

Since its formation, Hollow Earth has toured relentlessly, teaming up with bands like Trial, Old Wounds, Axis, and Exalt. The band embarks next week for a short tour that includes dates with Cult Leader.

Mar 30 - Buffalo, NY @ Sugar City w/ Cult Leader
Mar 31 - Cleveland, OH @ Now That's Class w/ Cult Leader
Apr 1 - Detroit, MI @ The Sanctuary w/ Cult Leader
Apr 2 - Chicago, IL @ Club Rectum w/ Cult Leader
Apr 3 - Omaha, NE @ Midtown Art Supply
Apr 4 - Cheyenne, WY @ Ernie November

Good Fight Music takes great pride in welcoming Hollow Earth into its fold.

"Boasting a sound not unlike the melodic and riveting brand that Shai Hulud is known for, Silent Graves also takes time to ponder the chaos it creates, channelling the contemplative heaviness of Neurosis... One of metallic hardcore's best offerings this year."
–Invisible Oranges

"Doom-y metallic hardcore nastiness."
–Decibel

"In the vein of Converge, Nails, and Enabler... To call it 'a scorcher' and/or 'a ripper' would be to undersell."
–MetalSucks

"Between rabid hardcore and moody doom... Hollow Earth aren't just writing songs to mosh along to, but connect in darker dymanics that can be striking..."
–Lambgoat

"Creative riffing – a fretted onslaught that does nothing to stop the flow of energy leaping out of the output jack."
–Gear Gods

"Massive metallic hardcore weight."
–American Aftermath

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

MY AMERICA + Substream

My America has teamed with Substream Magazine to present an exclusive video clip showing behind-the-scenes action from the recording of new album Misses. 

The Brooklyn trio's second full-length, Misses was recorded with producer Kevin Bernsten (Full of Hell, Magrudergrind) at Developing Nations in Baltimore, MD and is currently being mastered by Brad Boatright (Nails, Code Orange) at Audiosiege.

As frontman Matt Turner states, "After playing music together for over ten years I feel like we finally have something that's truly representative of us... This the record I've wanted us to release for a long time."

Check out the studio video via Substream, here.

In the words of BrooklynVegan, "My America's take on noise-rock is absolutely essential for fans of Young Widows, Shellac, Black Cross, Lords..." 

Stay tuned for further details about the release of Misses.

Before stripping down to its current three-piece lineup, My America was a quartet called My America Is Watching Tigers Die that toured the nation throughout the '00s and put out several releases, most notable 2009's Stone Age LP on Pluto Records (HORSE the Band, Norma Jean).


Thursday, March 19, 2015

UPSILON ACRUX - Sun Square Dialect

"Upsilon Acrux is amazing."
–Thurston Moore

"Upsilon Acrux makes some of the most detailed compositions I have ever heard."

–Nels Cline

"A feast of heavy, odd-time riffing."
–Washington City Paper

"Mixing instrumental complexity within highly structured mini epics..."
–Modern Drummer

"Upsilon Acrux have boldly ventured into a realm of musical oddity that few other self-proclaimed 'edgy' bands could ever hope to claim."
Steel for Brains

"I think we make and destroy cities in the time it takes other bands to cross the street to get coffee."
–Upsilon Acrux founder and guitarist Paul Lai

New Atlantis Records announces the April 14th release of Sun Square Dialect, the seventh full-length album by LA's Upsilon Acrux.

Stream "Pitch Mountain : Maps," the opening track off Sun Square Dialect, exclusively via Steel for Brains, here.

Founded by guitarist Paul Lai almost two decades ago, the ever-morphing Upsilon Acrux has been described by Thurston Moore as "amazing" and by Nels Cline as "some off the most detailed compositions I have ever heard."

Inspired initially by King Crimson, among others – 1999's debut album was titled In the Acrux of the Upsilon King – the band is now its own inscrutable beast. Hyper-complex, brutally dense, Upsilon employs two drummers, clean guitar tones, Rhodes piano and horns, in the service of polyrhythmic compositions that twist, turn, squirm, and confound. Something like Don Caballero times ten, Upsilon Acrux should dazzle fans of bands like Don Cab, Behold The Arctopus, and Mick Barr's many projects, and of their predecessors in the realms of prog, krautrock, and free jazz.

In founder/guitarist Paul Lai's words: "I started this band in 1997 with the intention of being the line that connected Ornette Coleman to Sonic Youth, Magma to Neu!, King Crimson to Conlon Nancarrow, and Van Halen to Harry Pussy, and I think we've only added more lines. We've had about 20 different members and no less than 11 different versions of the band. This is our seventh album and our intent with this record is, as always, to make a distillation of the things we find fascinating about music, as well as an ongoing dialogue between the members and places we are, physically, mentally, and emotionally. We aren't trying to make perfect mathematical music, in fact all we're trying to make is rock music that's interesting to us... I think we make and destroy cities in the time it takes other bands to cross the street to get coffee."

Sun Square Dialect, Upsilon Acrux's first new album in six years, was recorded at Infrasonic Sound (The Jesus Lizard, Death Grips) and The Record Plant (in the room where Appetite for Destruction was recorded), and was mixed and mastered by Pete Lyman (Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, Xasthur).

The cover art is by Rob Sato.

The tracklist is as follows:
1) Pitch Mountain : Maps
2) Death Before Disharmonic
3) Smells Kline
4) Never Don't Give Up
5) Hey Motherfucker You Ever Fuck With a Salvadoran?!
6) Dogshit on the Shoulders of Giants
7) Or Gnaw : Cult Men
8) Remnants of the Habitable Epoch
9) Old Dusk Seas : Odyssey

Upsilon Acrux has toured with The Locust and The Fucking Champs, and has played shows with The Boredoms, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Hella, Blonde Redhead, Zs, Flying Luttenbachers, Orthrelm, and scores more. Next up, the band plays two record release shows in its hometown of LA:

April 12 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
April 24 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Smell

Upsilon Acrux, Sun Square Dialect lineup:
Paul Lai - guitar

Noah Guevara - guitar
Patrick Shiroishi - Rhodes, sax
Mark Kimbrell - drums
Dylan Fujioka - drums

Discography:
In the Acrux of the Upsilon King, Accretions Records, 1999
The Last Pirates of Upsilon, Win Records, 1999
Last Train Out, Hactivist Records, 2002
Volucris Avis Dirae-Arum, Planaria Recordings/Epicene Records, 2004
Galapagos Momentum, Cuneiform Records, 2007
Radian Futura, Cuneiform Records, 2009
White (split w/ Honey Ride Me A Goat), Kitchen Dweller Records, 2009
Sun Square Dialect, New Atlantis Records, 2015



Tuesday, March 17, 2015

MEEK IS MURDER + Alternative Press

Meek Is Murder's latest ripper, "Downward," is now streaming via Alternative Press.

The song appears on the Brooklyn trio's upcoming third LP, Onward/Into the Sun, out May 5th on Rising Pulse Records. Onward/Into the Sun collects the brand new Onward EP, produced by Kevin Bernsten (Full of Hell, Magrudergrind) and 2011's Into the Sun Where It Falls Off the Sky.

AP's Matt Crane calls "Downward" a "pulverizing new single... sounds like technical hardcore madness performed inside a fire tornado."

Crank it, here.

Comprised of current and former members of Enabler and The Red Chord, Meek Is Murder has advanced to the front of the Brooklyn pack, churning out six releases in six years and playing live with everyone from Converge to The Dillinger Escape Plan to Retox. The game is maximum shred and bottomless-pit breakdowns, charging forward like a rabid dog and usually done in two minutes or less.

Another track off Onward/Into the Sun, "Outward," was premiered by Noisey, here.

Bonus: for a peek into the inspirations behind the newest Meek jams, check out this video on No Echo, in which the band members share some of their favorite LPs from their own collections, from The Misfits and Mercyful Fate, to Igor Stravinsky and the Top Gun soundtrack.

Meek, live:
March 28 - Clifton, NJ @ Dingbatz - Jose Mangin Sirius XM Liquid Metal Party
April 3 - Brooklyn, NY @ Lucky 13 w/ Spylacopa

"Pulverizing... sounds like technical hardcore madness performed inside a fire tornado."
–Alternative Press

"Face-ripping sonic assault of dizzying riffage and bloody-throated screamoidness... Damaged-era Black Flag in a car crash with metallic hardcore merchants Botch."
–Noisey

"Technical hardcore action." 
–Guitar World

"The best mathcore to come along since that genre's big hitters - Botch, Coalesce, Converge - dominated the late '90s."
–Decibel 

"A relentless, visceral expression of both pain and hope, [Meek Is Murder] will remind you why you ever got into extreme music in the first place."
–MetalSucks

"Riffs the size of aircraft carriers... Any of you still lamenting the loss of Botch will fall on this like a pack of hungry wolves."
–Terrorizer

"[Meek Is Murder] takes the intense fisticuffs of Lords, smashes it against Pig Destroyer's rabid proficiency and still comes across like an exorcism..."
–Exclaim


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

OLD WOUNDS new album, spring tour

Old Wounds has completed work on its second full-length album: The Suffering Spirit.

The New Jersey band recorded with producer Andreas Magnusson at Planet Red Studios in Richmond, Virginia. Magnusson's resume includes albums by The Black Dahlia Murder, Born of Osiris, Despised Icon, and many more.

Old Wounds drummer Brandon Gallagher gives this report: "We just completed the recording of The Suffering Spirit, our second LP. I think this release accurately expresses our growth as a band both musically and emotionally. We've been on the road almost nonstop since the release of our first LP, From Where We Came Is Where We'll Rest, and in between tours we worked on writing better songs that were released on the Trenchfoot split and the Death Projection EP. Once it was time to sit down and really start focusing on this new album we knew exactly what we wanted and we went for it. Going into the studio with Andreas was a big help too. He knows his craft extremely well and I think he brought out the best in us."


Regarded as a solid young prospect within this decade's hardcore scene, Old Wounds has worked tirelessly and has allowed its music to evolve into something bigger than any one genre. More than a prospect now, Old Wounds starts the next phase of its career with The Suffering Spirit.

The Suffering Spirit will see a summer 2015 release via Good Fight Music.

Pitchfork had these words for Old Wounds' latest release, Death Projection, also on Good Fight: "Emotionally charged, stylistically diverse metalcore, refreshingly devoid of the sugary melodies and bone-dumb breakdowns that propagate so freely within the mainstream hardcore scene... Frontman Kevin Iavaroni is capable of the razored vocal acrobatics of vets like Converge's Jacob Bannon, but he knows when to tone down his howls for a bit of La Dispute talk-singing... It's a furious – and meticulous – piece of work." 

Old Wounds hits the road this month for a spring tour of the US and Canada that includes dates with Cult Leader and Biohazard, and appearances at Nate Fest (a benefit for Ensign's Nate Gluck's cancer treatment), Southeast Beast Fest, and more.

March

20 - Brick, NJ @ Shore Core
21 - Howell, NJ @ Gamechanger World - Nate Fest w/ Sick Of It All, Indecision
23 - Nyack, NY @ Sweet Envy 
24 - Burlington, VT @ Monkey House w/ Cult Leader
25 - Sherbrooke, QC @ Le Murdoch w/ Cult Leader
26 - Montreal, QC @ La PBR w/ Cult Leader
27 - Ottawa, ON @ Le Bistro w/ Cult Leader
28 - Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck w/ Cult Leader
29 - Kitchener, ON @ Maxwell's w/ Cult Leader
30 - Buffalo, NY @ Sugar City w/ Cult Leader 
31 - Rochester, NY @ The Bug Jar

April

1 - Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes w/ Biohazard, Sworn Enemy
2 - Richmond, VA @ The Haunted Mansion
3 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
4 - Birmingham, AL @ The Forge
5 - Jacksonville, FL @ Southeast Beast Fest w/ Biohazard, Life Of Agony, Earth Crisis
6 - Greensboro, NC @ New York Pizza
7 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Retro
8 - Baltimore, MD @ Charm City Art Space w/ Go Deep
9 - York, PA @ Skid Row Garage w/ Go Deep


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Out now: HOT NERDS - Strategically Placed Bananas



"Their spastic, demented, synth-heavy sound encapsulates all the insanity that is 2015."
–VICE

"Part of a proud San Diego tradition of completely wild and utterly unabashed spazzitude... Strategically Placed Bananas is a ten-song collection of synth, skronk, and spite."
–Noisey

"Where electro-grind avatars The Locust, post-modernism, Daft Punk and TMZ.com collide in analogue overload."
–Alternative Press

"Spastic rock that owes as much to dissonant Dischord-style post-hardcore as it does to Baltimore's experimental pop scene of the late '00s."
–BrooklynVegan

"The band takes the early synth-punk of Suicide and The Screamers, chops it up in a blender, and spits out a fractured, nasty sound that alternates between abrasive and bouncy. This is far out, man."
–PunkNews

"Itchy, abrasive and occasionally irritating explosions of energy, the likes of which have been sadly missing since the days before Dim Mak went EDM... The music world needs agitators, and Hot Nerds are some of the most interesting we've got right now."
–San Diego CityBeat

Hot Nerds' debut album, Strategically Placed Bananas, is out today on Three One G Records!

Buy the LP, here.

Fronted by Nathan Joyner, also of All Leather and ex-Some Girls, the San Diego trio blasts out smart/smart-ass synth-punk, right at home amidst the Three One G family of bands that also includes The Locust, Retox, and Head Wound City.

Stream Strategically Placed Bananas above and enjoy this short film for shocking, behind-the-scenes truths about the making of the album!

MEEK IS MURDER + Gear Gods

The countdown is on to Meek Is Murder's third LP, Onward/Into the Sun, coming May 5th on Rising Pulse Records.

Last week, Noisey premiered the first slice of the new album – the 1-minute ripper of a song, "Outward" – and today Gear Gods presents a video showing the band recording "Outward" at Developing Nations Studio with producer Kevin Bernsten (Magrudergrind, Full of Hell).

Enjoy the video, here.

Comprised of guitarist/vocalist Mike Keller (ex-The Red Chord)drummer Frank Godla (also of Enabler), and bassist Sam Brodsky, Brooklyn's Meek Is Murder has cemented itself as one of that city's new DIY powerhouses. Churning out six releases in six years and playing countless shows with a who's who of modern-day heavy – Converge, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Retox, Fuck the Facts, Cult Leader, Loma Prieta, Old Wounds, and so on – Meek Is Murder is a machine with its controls set to "maximum." The Meek sound is unmistakable and it defies logic: minimal yet massive, comical yet dead serious, filthy yet precise as a watch made in Zurich. Something like the gnarled noise-core of Botch and Coalesce, re-imagined by a young punk with a very short attention span, Meek's tuneage is designed for pure impact. 

Onward/Into the Sun, a collection of the brand new Onward EP and 2012's Into the Sun Where It Falls Off the Sky EP, is the trio's third full-length and sixth overall release.

Rising Pulse Records is the label owned by John Lamacchia of Candiria and Spylacopa.

Meek Is Murder plays Wednesday, March 11th at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn with Mutoid Man and Primitive Weapons.

"Face-ripping sonic assault of dizzying riffage and bloody-throated screamoidness... Damaged-era Black Flag in a car crash with metallic hardcore merchants Botch."
–Noisey

"Technical hardcore action." 
–Guitar World

"The best mathcore to come along since that genre's big hitters - Botch, Coalesce, Converge - dominated the late '90s."
–Decibel 

"A relentless, visceral expression of both pain and hope, [Meek Is Murder] will remind you why you ever got into extreme music in the first place."
–MetalSucks

"Riffs the size of aircraft carriers... Any of you still lamenting the loss of Botch will fall on this like a pack of hungry wolves."
–Terrorizer

"[Meek Is Murder] takes the intense fisticuffs of Lords, smashes it against Pig Destroyer's rabid proficiency and still comes across like an exorcism..."
–Exclaim


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

HOT NERDS + Alternative Press

AP #321, out now!

MEEK IS MURDER - Onward/Into the Sun

Meek Is Murder announces the May 5th release of its third full-length album: Onward/Into the Sun.

Check out Noisey's exclusive premiere of "Outward," a track off Onward/Into the Sun, along with a video from the recording session, here. As Noisey's Brad Cohan warns, it's a "face-ripping sonic assault of dizzying riffage and bloody-throated screamoidness... Damaged-era Black Flag in a car crash with metallic hardcore merchants Botch."

Comprised of guitarist/vocalist Mike Keller (ex-The Red Chord)drummer Frank Godla (also of Enabler), and bassist Sam Brodsky, Brooklyn's Meek Is Murder has cemented itself as one of that city's new DIY powerhouses. Churning out six releases in six years and playing countless shows with a who's who of modern-day heavy – Converge, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Retox, Fuck the Facts, Mutoid Man, Cult Leader, Loma Prieta, Old Wounds, and so on – Meek Is Murder is a machine with its controls set to "maximum." Through a nonstop shedding of blood and sweat, what began as Keller's bedroom solo project has evolved into a unique beast of a band and perhaps the most formidable live act in town.

Meek Is Murder's third full-length album, the aptly titled Onward/Into the Sun, sees the band team up with Rising Pulse Records, the label founded by Candiria guitarist and fellow Brooklynite John Lamacchia. Out May 5th on Rising Pulse, the album is a collection of two separate EPs: the brand new Onward and 2012's Into the Sun Where It Falls Off the Sky.

Onward was recorded by Kevin Bernsten (Full of Hell, Magrudergrind) at Developing Nations, while Into the Sun... was engineered and mixed by Kevin Antreassian (East of the Wall, Gridlink), produced by Jesse Korman of The Number Twelve Looks Like You, and released digitally by the band in 2012. Both EPs were mastered by Alan Douches (Converge, Mastodon).

Where the Onward EP is directionally themed ("Inward," "Upward," "Outward," etc.), Into the Sun... finds its inspiration in sci-fi flicks like Aliens and Back to the Future. (This is the band that also made a Christmas EP called Infant Worship. Like Graf Orlock, the concepts can be fun but the music is brutal realness.)

The Meek sound is unmistakable and it defies logic: minimal yet massive, comical yet dead serious, filthy yet precise as a watch made in Zurich. Something like the gnarled noise-core of Botch and Coalesce, re-imagined by a young punk with a very short attention span, Meek's tuneage is designed for pure impact. There are two speeds: buffalo charging toward a cliff, and buffalo tumbling off a cliff. Meek shifts between the two – from blazing D-beats and blasts, to wide-open breakdowns that momentarily nullify the line between falling and flying. And the best part: songs inflict their damage within a minute or two then it's on to the next. 

Onward EP:
1) Foreword
2) Inward
3) Upward
4) Outward
5) Downward
6) Onward Toward a Red Horizon

Into the Sun Where It Falls Off the Sky EP:
1) Private William Hudson (Dead Meat)
2) Ellen Ripley (Into the Sun)
3) Doctor Emmett Brown (Endless in our Fleeting)
4) Marty McFly (88 mph)
5) Captain Malcolm Reynolds (Out of Gas)

Upcoming shows:
March 11 - Brooklyn, NY @ St Vitus w/ Mutoid Man

Discography:
Onward/Into the Sun, Rising Pulse Records, 2015
Everything Is Awesome Nothing Matters, self-released, 2013
Infant Worship, self-released, 2013
Into the Sun Where It Falls Off the Sky, self-released, 2012
Algorithms, Granite House, 2011
Mosquito Eater, self-released, 2009

"Face-ripping sonic assault of dizzying riffage and bloody-throated screamoidness... Damaged-era Black Flag in a car crash with metallic hardcore merchants Botch."
–Noisey

"Technical hardcore action." 
–Guitar World

"The best mathcore to come along since that genre's big hitters - Botch, Coalesce, Converge - dominated the late '90s."
–Decibel 

"A relentless, visceral expression of both pain and hope, [Meek Is Murder] will remind you why you ever got into extreme music in the first place."
–MetalSucks

"Riffs the size of aircraft carriers... Any of you still lamenting the loss of Botch will fall on this like a pack of hungry wolves."
–Terrorizer

"[Meek Is Murder] takes the intense fisticuffs of Lords, smashes it against Pig Destroyer's rabid proficiency and still comes across like an exorcism..."
–Exclaim