Monday, March 2, 2015

HOT NERDS movie

"Weirdo art-punk trio Hot Nerds will release their new album, Strategically Placed Bananas, on March 10th via Three One G. And as a preview, the group has released a 12-minute faux documentary on the making of the album..."

Watch it via San Diego CityBeat, here.


HIRAM-MAXIM + Decibel

On the eve of the release of Hiram-Maxim's debut, the Cleveland creepers have teamed up with Decibel Magazine to offer a stream of the entire album. Stream the doomy, improvisational epic, here.

Hiram-Maxim is out officially tomorrow, March 3rd, on Aqualamb Records. Order it from Aqualamb, here.

Hiram-Maxim's spooky blues take the form of long, winding songs – a bit like exploring a haunted house. Comparisons to early Pink Floyd and Oxbow have popped up in recent reviews, along with phrases like "murky psychedelic venture" and "cloudy haze." Guitar, electronics, drums, and unhinged vocals combine in intense, textural ways.

Adding to the coolness is Aqualamb Records and its unique approach to releasing music. As Decibel's Justin Norton explains: "The Brooklyn label, owned by two graphic designers/musicians, is releasing albums as artwork: 100-page bound and printed books. We've seen bits and piece of these types of releases – the book insert in the deluxe edition of Converge's All We Love We Leave Behind comes to mind – but this might be the most ambitious project yet." Aqualamb is an exciting new voice in the ongoing conversation about how to release music tangibly in 2015 and beyond.

"[Aqualamb Records], owned by two graphic designers/musicians, is releasing albums as artwork: 100-page bound and printed books. We've seen bits and piece of these types of releases – the book insert in the deluxe edition of Converge's All We Love We Leave Behind comes to mind – but this might be the most ambitious project yet."
–Decibel

"[Hiram-Maxim's] 'Visceral' builds into an apocalyptic fervor before dissipating into a cloudy haze and ending before you've had your fill. Thankfully there's a whole album of these brutal-but-beautiful goodies. Even better, it's going to be released on Aqualamb Records – a label that specializes in publishing 33 1/3-esque picture books alongside their audio releases."
–VICE

"In the spirit of labels like Hydra Head or Sacred Bones, Brooklyn's Aqualamb Records was born from the desire to place as much value on the aesthetic of a physical release as the music itself. The label's first release of 2015 is a murky psychedelic venture into a darkness that immediately seems familiar to the Ummagumma days of Pink Floyd... The album's congruence of spacious ambience and hissing electronics makes for the kind of pulsing abrasion that's immediately and infectiously rewarding."
–Steel for Brains

"Band of the Week... [Hiram-Maxim]'s forthcoming debut mixes elements of noise, post-rock and punk."

–Cleveland Scene

"More like an experiment in the deconstruction of sound than an album in the traditional sense... In another universe, one might call it punk rock. Here, it is gleefully and thoroughly fucked up."

–The Obelisk

"Pink Floyd-esque progressive rock nuances and Oxbow-style weirdness... Noisy, psychedelic and just plain odd."

–American Aftermath






Wednesday, February 25, 2015

HOT NERDS + PunkNews

"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

"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

"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

"100 Bands You Need To Know in 2014"

–Alternative Press

Hot Nerds have blessed the world with their latest track, "Shock Value on the Rocks," now streaming via PunkNews.


Stream "Shock Value on the Rocks," here.

The song appears on Hot Nerds' debut LP, Strategically Placed Bananas, out March 10th on Three One G Records, the label owned by Justin Pearson of The Locust, Retox, Head Wound City, and many more. Melding primitive electro with wacky brutality, the San Diego trio is right at home on Three One G. Frontman Nathan Joyner is also a bandmate of Pearson's, currently in All Leather, and formerly in Some Girls. 


PunkNews editor John Gentile writes: "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."


Pre-order Strategically Placed Bananas from Three One G, here.

Hot Nerds, live:
March 6 - San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar - Strategically Placed Bananas record release show w/ Qui


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Out now: NASTY - Shokka

"A clinic in piledriving, mean-spirited metallic hardcore, unabashed in its reliance on breakdown after thundering breakdown."
–Stereogum

"One of the few bright spots in the sea of feces that is the European music scene is Nasty."

–MetalSucks

"Deathly riffing and lively energy... As heavy as it might be shocking."

–Exclaim

"Intense and cathartic, perfect for getting in the pit."
–About

"Comic levels of awesome... One of the hardest working bands in its scene."

–New Noise

"Full to the brim with huge breakdowns... punishing mosh fueled anthems..."

–Stereokiller

Shokka, the fifth album by Belgium's Nasty sees its US release today, February 24th, on Good Fight Music. 


With larger-than-life attitude and comically heavy breakdowns, the Belgians have made a name by releasing slick videos like this, this, and this, and by touring the world with bands like Suicidal Tendencies, Madball, and Terror.

Stream Shokka on Spotify, here.

Order Shokka LP, CD, and shirts, here.


Next up is a US tour with Lionheart in April, including a stop at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival.

April
9 - Darien, IL @ Q Bar
10 - Portage, IN @ Camelot Hall
11 - Lakewood, OH @ The Foundry
12 - Hamtramck, MI @ Paychecks Lounge
13 - Pittsburgh, PA @ The Mr. Roboto Project
14 - Brooklyn, NY @ The Brooklyn Asylum
15 - Amityville, NY @ Amityville Music Hall 
16 - Albany, NY @ Bogies
17 - Trenton, NJ @ Championship Bar
18 - Nanticoke, PA @ West Side Park
19 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (New England Metal and Hardcore Festival)


SABERTOOTH ZOMBIE + BrooklynVegan

"California's Sabertooth Zombie may have hardcore roots but new single 'Crazy Endings' is sludgy stoner rock with riffs recalling '70s proto-metal, Cream-esque wah pedaling, and an air of swampy psychedelia."
–BrooklynVegan

"The Northern California band has been releasing music at an astonishing rate since 2004, integrating seemingly incongruent instruments and swagger into their particular brand of hardcore. This new release finds them in peak form: being themselves for themselves... An all out rager."
–Mass Appeal

"Hardcore meets Americana meets classic rock"
–Decibel

"Sabertooth Zombie rock... Catchy and dirty and a little more creative than your average punk song."
–MetalSucks

"Sharing an affinity for both hardcore and stoner rock, the NorCal collectve decided to write material that married both styles... An assault of meaty guitar riffs and driving rhythms..."
–No Echo

Sabertooth Zombie's fifteenth release, Human Performance IV, is set to drop March 3rd on Twelve Gauge Records and the Northern California crew have teamed with BrooklynVegan to premiere the EP's closing track, "Crazy Endings."

Stream "Crazy Endings," exclusively here.

Pre-order Human Performance IV from Twelve Gauge Records, here.

BrooklynVegan's Andrew Sacher writes: "California's Sabertooth Zombie may have hardcore roots but new single 'Crazy Endings' is sludgy stoner rock with riffs recalling '70s proto-metal, Cream-esque wah pedaling, and an air of swampy psychedelia."

As Sacher suggests, the 'Tooth hails from within the Ceremony/Trash Talk/Creative Adult/No Sir circle of NorCal hardcore bands but chooses to jam out freedom-rocking walls-of-sound that honor the band members' favorite classic rock and outlaw country. Meanwhile frontman Cody Sullivan waxes downright poetic – check these lines from "Crazy Endings": 

"We slept outside all summer long / Moon aware and vastly waxing / Eating up the southern yokes / Talking about anything attractive / That was when the mountains had more and the sea had less / Now we put deep thinkers in the deep end and program the television... / A mega ton hazing from the idiot A-bomb."

Sabertooth Zombie's Human Performance IV record release show goes down March 14th at Thee Parkside in San Francisco. Enjoy stage dive mania from another 'Tooth show, here. 


Monday, February 23, 2015

GRIEVER + Lambgoat

With Griever's debut full-length, Our Love Is Different, out tomorrow, February 24th, on Vitriol Records, the San Diego-based, Lewd Acts-affiliated band has offered up the full album to Lambgoat for an advance listen.

Stream Griever's Our Love Is Different in its entirety, here.

Order the album from Vitriol Records, here.

As Lambgoat puts it, "Don't expect Lewd Acts 2.0... Griever is its own animal. Melding rock, post-punk, hardcore, and everything in between, Griever nearly defies description... Our Love Is Different is a journey amidst hoarse vocals, driving grooves, nuanced melodies, and punk aplomb."

Comparisons have been made to a range of bands, from Torche to Touche Amore – somewhere in between the former's melody and the latter's melancholy lies the mighty Griever. Freight-train beats, radiant guitars, and the absolute hoarsest vocals add up to a heavy brand of post-hardcore that really shines on songs like the title track and "The Endless Wall." 

Our Love Is Different was recorded by Griever's Alex Jacobelli, with Tommy Garcia, and mastered by Nick Zampiello (Converge, Coliseum) at New Alliance.

Griever, live:
February 27 - San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar w/ Ghostlimb

"Don't expect Lewd Acts 2.0... Griever is its own animal. Melding rock, post-punk, hardcore, and everything in between, Griever nearly defies description... Our Love Is Different is a journey amidst hoarse vocals, driving grooves, nuanced melodies, and punk aplomb."
–Lambgoat

"Griever balance an accessible, pile-driving sound that recalls the burly hardcore of Coliseum or the roaring psych-metal of early Baroness... Though just about everything on Our Love Is Different unabashedly rocks, it has its subtler, tempered moments as well. 'The Endless Wall' is one such incredible moment, with the band slowing its pummel to an ominous chug and Jacobelli opting for a clean vocal performance...  A hardcore-metal hybrid done right, and another positive beacon for San Diego's scene."
–San Diego City Beat

"Alex Jacobelli and Cory Groenenberg are already responsible for playing in the great San Diego hardcore band Lewd Acts, and the two have formed another band together called Griever... which sees them adding Torche-style sludge to their punk upbringing."
–BrooklynVegan

"A massive skate bowl/melting pot of melodic punk, dissonant hardcore, emo straight from the basement of the '90s and melancholic post-punk."

–Decibel

"Hardcore speaker-shatterers"
–Gear Gods

"Sludge-driven hardcore"
–Scene Point Blank

"Post-hardcore that pummels and uplifts"
–Ghettoblaster

"Melodic sludge/punk... Upbeat, heavy, catchy"
–American Aftermath

"A harsh, more weighty Touche Amore"
–Ghost Cult


Thursday, February 19, 2015

HIRAM-MAXIM + Steel for Brains

"In the spirit of labels like Hydra Head or Sacred Bones, Brooklyn's Aqualamb Records was born from the desire to place as much value on the aesthetic of a physical release as the music itself. The label's first release of 2015 is a murky psychedelic venture into a darkness that immediately seems familiar to the Ummagumma days of Pink Floyd... The album's congruence of spacious ambience and hissing electronics makes for the kind of pulsing abrasion that's immediately and infectiously rewarding."
–Steel for Brains

"[Hiram-Maxim's] 'Visceral' builds into an apocalyptic fervor before dissipating into a cloudy haze and ending before you've had your fill. Thankfully there's a whole album of these brutal-but-beautiful goodies. Even better, it's going to be released on Aqualamb Records – a label that specializes in publishing 33 1/3-esque picture books alongside their audio releases."

–VICE

"Band of the Week... The band's forthcoming debut mixes elements of noise, post-rock and punk."

–Cleveland Scene

"More like an experiment in the deconstruction of sound than an album in the traditional sense... In another universe, one might call it punk rock. Here, it is gleefully and thoroughly fucked up."

–The Obelisk

"Pink Floyd-esque progressive rock nuances and Oxbow-style weirdness... Noisy, psychedelic and just plain odd."

–American Aftermath

As Aqualamb Records readies the March 3rd release of Hiram-Maxim's self-titled debut, Steel for Brains has premiered the album's sprawling, 11-minute lament, "One." 


Stream Hiram-Maxim's "One," here.


From Cleveland, Ohio, new quartet Hiram-Maxim plumbs the darkest depths of psych, conjuring an experimental, improvisational death-blues that has some critics saying Pink Floyd, others, Oxbow, others, punk rock.

Steel for Brains editor Jonathan Dick calls it "
a murky psychedelic venture into a darkness that immediately seems familiar to the Ummagumma days of Pink Floyd... The album's congruence of spacious ambience and hissing electronics makes for the kind of pulsing abrasion that's immediately and infectiously rewarding."

Equally cool is Aqualamb Records, a Brooklyn label owned by graphic designers Eric Palmerlee and Johnathan Swafford, whose releases take the form of 100-page, bound, printed books – essentially, each album's art and liner notes, traditionally confined to an LP gatefold, a CD booklet, or the screen of some music-playing device, are reconfigured into book form. It is a glorious new approach that might well set a trend.

Pre-order Hiram-Maxim from Aqualamb Records, here.

Hiram-Maxim, live:
Feb 21 - Cleveland, OH  @ Superelectric w/ Goldmines
May 6 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland w/ Six Organs of Admittance




NASTY "Irreversible" vid

The new Nasty video, "Irreversible," is here!

Nasty's trademark brand of larger-than-life Euro beatdown is in full effect on this new tune, although the video casts the band in a more artistic light than the last couple vids which were more about clothes, cash, bloodshed, and blowjobs.

From La Calamine, Belgium, Nasty has been going hard for a decade now. Fifth album, Shokka, sees its US release next Tuesday, February 24th, on Good Fight Music, home to other new releases by The Banner and Old Wounds.

Pre-order, here.

Nasty has toured the world with bands like Suicidal Tendencies, Madball, and Terror. Next up is a US tour with Lionheart, including a stop at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival.

"A clinic in piledriving, mean-spirited metallic hardcore, unabashed in its reliance on breakdown after thundering breakdown."
–Stereogum

"One of the few bright spots in the sea of feces that is the European music scene is Nasty."
–MetalSucks

"Comic levels of awesome... One of the hardest working bands in tis scene."
–New Noise

"Full to the brim with huge breakdowns... punishing mosh fueled anthems..."
–Stereokiller


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

SABERTOOTH ZOMBIE + Mass Appeal

"The Northern California band has been releasing music at an astonishing rate since 2004, integrating seemingly incongruent instruments and swagger into their particular brand of hardcore. This new release finds them in peak form: being themselves for themselves... An all out rager."
–Mass Appeal

"Hardcore meets Americana meets classic rock"
–Decibel

"Sabertooth Zombie rock... Catchy and dirty and a little more creative than your average punk song."
–MetalSucks

Mass Appeal has premiered "The Headache," the opening track off the mighty Sabertooth Zombie's new EP, Human Performance IV.

Stream "The Headache," here.

The Northern California band's fifteenth release to date (!), Human Performance IV is marked for a March 3rd release on Twelve Gauge Records, the San Francisco label behind the new Youth Funeral EP and other recent records by No Sir and Nervous. Pre-order, here.

Mass Appeal's Jesse Miller-Gordon (also vocalist of the awesome Sick Feeling) calls the new Sabertooth Zombie tune "an all out rager" and states: "The Northern California band has been releasing music at an astonishing rate since 2004, integrating seemingly incongruent instruments and swagger into their particular brand of hardcore. This new release finds them in peak form: being themselves for themselves..."

Like all the band's jams, "The Headache" is deceptively simple: a burly hard-rocker with a ripping guitar solo, it could be a good soundtrack for hauling ass down muddy roads in search of good fishing. But check out frontman Cody Sullivan's lyrics – "The Headache" opens with these gorgeously cryptic words, worthy of Kerouac or, at least, Guy Picciotto: "Do you see the roots / Hanging down like tunneling lions? / Do you see the pins of the lock / Falling out of place like attention deficit?" 

It's this conscious clash of high-brow and low-brow that makes the band great – no rules, free to be as smart and as dumb as it pleases. That is hardcore at its best.

Sabertooth Zombie hails from a NorCal scene that includes bands like Ceremony (with whom they've toured the US and Europe), Trash Talk, Creative Adult, and No Sir (with whom they share a couple members). 

Human Performance IV was recorded and mixed by Sam Pura at The Panda Studios (Self Defense Family, No Sir, North) and mastered by Piper Payne (Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros).

Sabertooth Zombie's Human Performance IV record release show goes down March 14th at Thee Parkside in San Francisco. It promises to look something like this.


GRIEVER + Scene Point Blank

"Griever balance an accessible, pile-driving sound that recalls the burly hardcore of Coliseum or the roaring psych-metal of early Baroness... Though just about everything on Our Love Is Different unabashedly rocks, it has its subtler, tempered moments as well. 'The Endless Wall' is one such incredible moment, with the band slowing its pummel to an ominous chug and Jacobelli opting for a clean vocal performance...  A hardcore-metal hybrid done right, and another positive beacon for San Diego's scene."
–San Diego City Beat

"Alex Jacobelli and Cory Groenenberg are already responsible for playing in the great San Diego hardcore band Lewd Acts, and the two have formed another band together called Griever... which sees them adding Torche-style sludge to their punk upbringing."
–BrooklynVegan

"A massive skate bowl/melting pot of melodic punk, dissonant hardcore, emo straight from the basement of the '90s and melancholic post-punk."

–Decibel

Lewd Acts-affiliated crew Griever have unveiled "The Endless Wall," a standout track off their new Vitriol Records full-length, Our Love Is Different. The album's out next Tuesday, February 24th, on Vitriol – home also to releases by Graf Orlock, Ghostlimb, and Thou – and the plodding anthem that is "The Endless Wall" is now streaming exclusively at Scene Point Blank.

Enjoy "The Endless Wall," here.

Pre-order Our Love Is Different, here.

Featuring Alex Jacobelli and Cory Groenenberg of former Deathwish Inc stars Lewd Acts, the San Diego-based Griever is a post-hardcore machine which, in the words of BrooklynVegan, brings "Torche-style sludge to their punk upbringing." Griever's style is hoarse and driving, with moments of pure radiance – none more radiant than "The Endless Wall," a slow, moody crawl that gets downright majestic.

As Jeff Terich wrote this week in San Diego City Beat, "Though just about everything on Our Love Is Different unabashedly rocks, it has its subtler, tempered moments as well. 'The Endless Wall' is one such incredible moment, with the band slowing its pummel to an ominous chug and Jacobelli opting for a clean vocal performance..."

Our Love Is Different was recorded by Griever's Alex Jacobelli, with Tommy Garcia, and was mastered by Nick Zampiello (Converge, Coliseum) at New Alliance.

Griever, live:
Feb 27 - San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar w/ Ghostlimb