Tuesday, May 17, 2016

MEEK IS MURDER + MetalSucks

"Brooklyn's most batshit insane extreme music act... Was is a lethal injection of schizophrenic mathcore."
–MetalSucks

Meek Is Murder has revealed the first taste of its new, fourth album, Wasopening track "Black Lung" is now streaming via MetalSucks in the form of a video shot during the recording of the album at GodCity Studio with producer Kurt Ballou (Converge, Nails).


Watch the "Black Lung" studio video, here:

http://www.metalsucks.net/2016/05/17/exclusive-track-music-video-premiere-meek-murders-black-lung/

Recorded and mixed by Ballou and mastered by Alan Douches (The Dillinger Escape Plan, Tombs), Was is the most powerful distillation of the Meek Is Murder sound yet recorded. MetalSucks calls the band "Brooklyn's most batshit insane extreme music act"; Noisey has described it as "Damaged-era Black Flag in a car crash with metallic hardcore merchants Botch." Was bursts with full-throttle D-beats and epic, free-falling riffs, bridging the short attention span grind of Pig Destroyer or Graf Orlock, with soulful, end-of-the-world noise-core.

Frontman Mike Keller describes the concept behind Was: "Typical humans, we think about the past a lot. We romanticize it to reconcile a disappointing present. We re-write history so it reads the way we wish it went. We black it out when it's just too much. And worst of all, we forget. It's a struggle to appreciate the good things or recognize the negative ones at the time they occur."


Was is set for a July 15th release.

Meek Is Murder heads to Europe this week for a full European tour, ending with a slot on the stellar Temples Fest!

May 20 - Brighton, UK @ Cowley Club w/ Svalbard

May 21 - London, UK @ The Dome w/ Svalbard
May 22 - Capelle aan den Ijsell, NL @ Capsloc w/ Svalbard
May 24 - Dresden, DE @ MI6 w/ Svalbard
May 25 - Innsbruck, AT @ PMK w/ Svalbard
May 26 - Vienna, AT @ Venster 99 w/ Svalbard
May 27 - Budapest, HU @ Durerkert w/ Svalbard
May 28 - Graz, AT @ Sub w/ Svalbard
May 29 - Zagreb, HR @ AKC Attack w/ Svalbard
May 30 - Milan, IT @ Casa Occupata Gorizia w/ Svalbard
May 31 - Geneva, CH @ La Makhno w/ Svalbard
Jun 1 - Paris, FR @ Le Buzz w/ Svalbard
Jun 2 - Basingstoke, UK @ Sanctuary w/ Svalbard
Jun 4 - Bristol, UK @ Temples Festival w/ Melvins, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, All Pigs Must Die
Jul 2 - Ithaca, NY @ One Fest w/ Dragged Into Sunlight, Primitive Man, Cult Leader

Cover art by Dan Miccio
Photo by Dean Chooch Landry




Friday, May 13, 2016

Out today: SPOTLIGHTS - Tidals

Spotlights' debut album, Tidals, is out today on Crowquill Records.

Listen, here:
http://www.cvltnation.com/premiere-spotlights-tidals/

Buy, here:
http://crowquillrecords.com/products/568546

"90s rock, luscious psych and rattling sludge... Like a slowly evaporating dream... Makes you want to headbang with tears in your eyes."
–Decibel

"A nice dose of heavy, atmospheric rock. Think Hum, Shiner, Failure, Nothing, etc. and you've got an idea."
–BrooklynVegan

"Tidals is a modern shoegaze classic. Is it dreamy as fuck? Yes, but what really makes this band's music stick to my ribs is that it packs the punch-to-the-gut of a sludge album... They are just creating music on their own terms... A must have."
–CVLT Nation

"Infectiously heavy... Grumbling bass lines and pummeling percussion lay then groundwork... Hypnotic vocals and a myriad of sliding, wavering psychedelic guitar leads bring color."
–Svbterranean

"This is a band to watch out for."
–Metal Bandcamp

Spotlights is the Brooklyn-based married couple of Mario and Sarah Quintero, both formerly of Sleep Lady, whose 2012 album So Long Lonely Ghost was produced by Aaron Harris of Isis.

In Spotlights, the Quinteros summon a supreme sound, equally heavy and dreamy. A tar-pit sludge-rock foundation is blanketed by layers of shimmering shoegaze. Tidals' songs rock hard and memorably, bringing to mind hints of bands, from Failure to My Bloody Valentine to Godflesh to Smashing Pumpkins and beyond.

The album was recorded and mixed by Mario Quintero at various locations in Brooklyn, including Converse's Rubber Tracks Studio, and mastered by Brad Boatright (Fucked Up, Mutoid Man, Nails). 

Spotlights, live:
May 14 - New York, NY @ ABC No Rio


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

EXALT + Dark Sermon

Canadians Exalt will hit the road in July for a full US tour with Dark Sermon.

Jul 5 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Jul 6 - Fayetteville, NC @ Drunk Horse
Jul 7 - Richmond, VA @ The Camel
Jul 8 - New York, NY @ The Studio
Jul 9 - Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge
Jul 10 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose
Jul 11 - Cincinnati, OH @ Northside Yacht Club
Jul 12 - Columbus, OH @ Summit
Jul 13 - Chicago, IL @ Underground Lounge
Jul 14 - Omaha, NE @ Lookout Lounge
Jul 16 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
Jul 17 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Loading Dock
Jul 18 - Reno, NV @ PB&J's
Jul 19 - Santa Cruz, CA @ Blue Lagoon
Jul 20 - Fullerton, CA @ Slidebar
Jul 21 - Phoenix, AZ @ Pub Rock
Jul 23 - Tucson, AZ @ Gary's Place
Jul 24 - Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
Jul 25 - Ft Worth, TX @ Tomcats
Jul 26 - Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog
Jul 27 - San Antonio, TX @ Korova
Jul 29 - Birmingham, AL @ Syndicate Lounge
Jul 30 - Orlando, FL @ The Haven

The Kitchener, Ontario band's upcoming third album will be released this summer on Good Fight Music and New Damage Records.

Of Exalt, Exclaim! Magazine has stated, "the shine coming off of one of hardcore's most promising bands is so bright that it's nearly blinding."

Sophomore album Pale Light was released in 2014 in Canada on New Damage and made waves throughout the scene with what Substream Magazine termed "ominous... haunting... a foreboding soundtrack." 

Equal parts aggression and dread, Exalt represents the next generation of dark, intense hardcore, as popularized by bands like Converge and Trap Them in the past decade. Influences like Godflesh and Chelsea Wolfe creep in the shadows.

Check out Exalt's 2015 "Deafen" video, here:
http://www.metalinjection.net/video/exalt-deafen-video-premiere

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

ASPHALT GRAVES + Stereogum

"The band draws heavily on the hooky blastmasters of yore throughout their debut, The New Primitive. You can hear a lot of Assuck, Righteous Pigs, and 'we just became death metal'-era Napalm Death in particular... The combination of the beeftastic production, Shannon's pristine blasting, and Netherton's unmistakable snarl calls to mind the lean and hungry iteration of Misery Index that appeared in the early '00s... But all these comparisons kind of sell Asphalt Graves short, as this unit's got a hyperactive personality all its own."
–Stereogum

"World, meet Asphalt Graves, your new favorite death-grind band."
–MetalSucks

Stereogum has premiered "Who Do You Serve?", a lean, mean, 80-second slice of the debut album by Asphalt Graves, The New Primitive.

Asphalt Graves comprises current and former members of Misery Index, Dying Fetus, The Black Dahlia Murder, War Torn, and GWAR.


Listen, here:
http://www.stereogum.com/1876121/asphalt-graves-who-do-you-serve-stereogum-premiere/mp3s/

Coming July 8th on Vitriol Records, The New Primitive promises to be "a modern take on classic death-grind." As Stereogum figures it, "You can hear a lot of Assuck, Righteous Pigs, and 'we just became death metal'-era Napalm Death in particular... The combination of the beeftastic production, Shannon's pristine blasting, and Netherton's unmistakable snarl calls to mind the lean and hungry iteration of Misery Index that appeared in the early '00s... But all these comparisons kind of sell Asphalt Graves short, as this unit's got a hyperactive personality all its own."

The New Primitive was recorded at various locations: Audio Schmaudio Studios, GWAR's Slave Pit Studios, and Mindscape Studios. The album was mastered by Scott Hull of Pig Destroyer and Agoraphobic Nosebleed.

Vitriol Records is the LA-based label owned by Justin Smith of Graf Orlock and Ghostlimb, whom the LA Weekly dubbed "The Heavy Metal Professor" and named "one of the most interesting people in Los Angeles."



SPOTLIGHTS + CVLT Nation

"Tidals is a modern shoegaze classic. Is it dreamy as fuck? Yes, but what really makes this band's music stick to my ribs is that it packs the punch-to-the-gut of a sludge album... They are just creating music on their own terms... A must have."
–CVLT Nation

"90s rock, luscious psych and rattling sludge... Like a slowly evaporating dream... Makes you want to headbang with tears in your eyes."
–Decibel

Spotlights' debut album, Tidals, is now streaming in full via CVLT Nation.

Listen, here:
http://www.cvltnation.com/premiere-spotlights-tidals/

Tidals comes out this Friday, May 13th, on Crowquill Records. Pre-order here:
http://crowquillrecords.com/products/568546

Spotlights is the Brooklyn-based married couple of Mario and Sarah Quintero, both formerly of Sleep Lady, whose 2012 album So Long Lonely Ghost was produced by Aaron Harris of Isis.

In Spotlights, the Quinteros summon a supreme sound, equally heavy and dreamy. A tar-pit sludge-rock foundation is blanketed by layers of shimmering shoegaze. Tidals' songs rock hard and memorably, bringing to mind hints of bands, from Failure to My Bloody Valentine to Godflesh to Smashing Pumpkins and beyond.

The album was recorded and mixed by Mario Quintero at various locations in Brooklyn, including Converse's Rubber Tracks Studio, and mastered by Brad Boatright (Fucked Up, Mutoid Man, Nails). 

Spotlights, live:
May 14 - New York, NY @ ABC No Rio


PARTY SMASHER INC + Cooking Vinyl


PARTY SMASHER INC signs global deal with Cooking Vinyl, announces 2016 releases: Giraffe Tongue Orchestra, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Primitive Weapons


Party Smasher Inc, the multi-faceted collective founded by Ben Weinman (The Dillinger Escape Plan, Giraffe Tongue Orchestra), has announced a global partnership with Cooking Vinyl.

A network for cultural saboteurs of various disciplines – music, art, fashion, and beyond – Party Smasher was established by Weinman in 2009 as a way to unite and empower creative people doing things their own way. He explains: "I was well into my twenties, with a college degree and a corporate job, playing music with no intention of generating money or some massive fanbase. Before I had even realized it, I was making 100% of my living creating art. How did this happen? Because we ignored 'the rules.' It wasn't until I started living my artistic life with that mindset that I became a responsible creator – one who could move people through honest expression. And that is what Party Smasher Inc is all about. We are here to celebrate the artists that are following their own path, undeterred by the trends."


One of the many ventures currently in motion under the Party Smasher Inc umbrella is a record label with three heavy-hitting releases in 2016:


Giraffe Tongue Orchestra - Giraffe Tongue Orchestra (GTO) is the brainchild of William DuVall, lead singer of rock superstars Alice in Chains; Brent Hinds, lead guitarist of heavy metal giants Mastodon; and Ben Weinman, founder and lead guitarist of The Dillinger Escape Plan. The band plays its inaugural live shows at the Reading and Leeds Festivals in the UK this August, and releases its debut album this year via Party Smasher Inc.


The Dillinger Escape Plan - With five studio albums and countless tours around the globe, The Dillinger Escape Plan have ascended from the underground to become one of the biggest names in metal and hardcore, all while maintaining a strong DIY ethic. With coverage in mass media from Rolling Stone to The New York Times, Billboard chart status, performances on network television such as Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and tours with the likes of Nine Inch Nails, Soundgarden, and Deftones, The Dillinger Escape Plan is often cited as one of the most important bands to have emerged over the last decade and a half. The band is at work on its sixth album now, to be released this year on Party Smasher Inc.


Primitive Weapons - One of the definitive up-and-coming bands in today's Brooklyn scene, post-hardcore outfit Primitive Weapons' new, sophomore album, The Future of Death, was released digitally by Party Smasher Inc in April, with CD and LP versions coming this summer. An 8.0 review on Pitchfork hails The Future of Death as "a balance of brains, brawn, and heart"; NPR Music has declared, "the New York band is adept at mixing metallic violence with eerie, melodic sweetness."


Founded in London in 1986, now in its 30th year, Cooking Vinyl has evolved into one of the world's leading independent labels, with a current roster boasting Marilyn Manson, Billy Bragg, The Cranberries, The Prodigy, and more. The partnership between Cooking Vinyl and Party Smasher Inc will help the label expand into new realms, and to continue to be one of the top tastemaker indie labels.


Rob Collins, Director of Cooking Vinyl, expressed his excitement for the deal: "We share the vision that Party Smasher has. They bring the art, we bring muscle. I couldn't be more excited about this partnership."


Howie Gabriel, of the newly launched Cooking Vinyl America, shared in the sentiment: "We're excited to have Party Smasher Inc's DIY ethic, along with Cooking Vinyl's independent focus, to bring both labels to a larger global audience."


www.partysmasherinc.com
www.cookingvinyl.com

Giraffe Tongue Orchestra

The Dillinger Escape Plan

Primitive Weapons

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

MEEK IS MURDER + GodCity



Meek Is Murder has completed the tracking of fourth full-length album Was, with producer Kurt Ballou (Converge, Nails) at GodCity Studio in Salem, Massachusetts.

Was is set for a July 15th release.

Meek Is Murder has cemented itself as one of the leaders of Brooklyn's heavy scene, its sound bridging the short attention span grind of Pig Destroyer or Graf Orlock, with the soulful, end-of-the-world noise-core of bands like Botch. In describing the vibe of the new music, drummer Frank Godla references Meek's past releases, hinting that Was possesses "the punk nerve of the Onward EP and the grotesque chops of Everything Is Awesome Nothing Matters."

Mastering will be handled by Alan Douches (The Dillinger Escape Plan, Tombs) – the team of Ballou and Douches is the same team that has recorded all of Meek Is Murder's albums. Says Godla: "Kurt Ballou and Alan Douches are masters of their craft, and truly understand the amount of grime appeal we look for in records. Since our debut album, Algorithms, we decided that these two would handle all our full length recordings. We think of them as friends, and companions to our band. So when we started writing Was, naturally the next step was to get in touch with Kurt and Alan, there was never a question or conversation about it."

Guitarist/vocalist Mike Keller says the album deals with time, memory, and the processing of experiences – not so surprising from a band with a Back to the Future fixation: "Typical humans, we think about the past a lot. We romanticize it to reconcile a disappointing present. We re-write history so it reads the way we wish it went. We black it out when it's just too much. And worst of all, we forget. It's a struggle to appreciate the good things or recognize the negative ones at the time they occur."

Meek Is Murder plays its hometown of Brooklyn, May 7th at Saint Vitus Bar with Trap Them, then heads to Europe for a full European tour, concluding with a slot on the mighty Temples Festival in the UK. Summer will see the band play One Fest in Ithaca, New York, along with more dates to be announced soon.

May 7 - Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus Bar w/ Trap Them

May 20 - Brighton, UK @ Cowley Club w/ Svalbard
May 21 - London, UK @ The Dome w/ Svalbard
May 22 - Capelle aan den Ijsell, NL @ Capsloc w/ Svalbard
May 24 - Dresden, DE @ MI6 w/ Svalbard
May 25 - Innsbruck, AT @ PMK w/ Svalbard
May 26 - Vienna, AT @ Venster 99 w/ Svalbard
May 27 - Budapest, HU @ Durerkert w/ Svalbard
May 28 - Graz, AT @ Sub w/ Svalbard
May 29 - Zagreb, HR @ AKC Attack w/ Svalbard
May 30 - Milan, IT @ Casa Occupata Gorizia w/ Svalbard
May 31 - Geneva, CH @ La Makhno w/ Svalbard
Jun 1 - Paris, FR @ Le Buzz w/ Svalbard
Jun 2 - Basingstoke, UK @ Sanctuary w/ Svalbard
Jun 4 - Bristol, UK @ Temples Festival w/ Melvins, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, All Pigs Must Die
Jul 2 - Ithaca, NY @ One Fest w/ Dragged Into Sunlight, Primitive Man, Cult Leader

'68 + Bring Me the Horizon

'68 begins a US tour tonight as main support for UK kings Bring Me the Horizon.

The two-week run with Bring Me the Horizon is the intro to a summer packed full of touring for '68, including a coast-to-coast trek with The Fall of Troy and Illustrations, and headlining dates to be announced soon.


Consisting of former The Chariot and Norma Jean frontman Josh Scogin and drummer Michael McClellan, the Atlanta-based duo rocks with a harsh yet rootsy sound that Alternative Press has likened to "rocket-fuel-drenched trad outfits like The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, The White Stripes, and The Black Keys," as well as "Nirvana's legendary Bleach."


Of the tour kicking off tonight, Scogin says, "I have had the pleasure of knowing the Bring Me the Horizon guys for a long time, so I already know this tour is going to be one of my favorites. This is probably one of the most 'professional' tours '68 has been a part of, which will be interesting to see since we are usually the most unprofessional band I know. We don't have set lists, we make up songs on the spot, and we don't have any crew. I'm really looking forward to it!"

Debut album In Humor and Sadness was released on Good Fight Music in 2014. 
Watch the video for "R," off In Humor and Sadness, here.


Buy the album digitally, here, and on vinyl, here.

'68's second album is currently in the works.

Bring Me the Horizon, '68, Silver Snakes:


May 4 - Nashville, TN @ War Memorial Auditorium

May 6 - Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
May 7 - Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
May 8 - Concord, NC @ Carolina Rebellion
May 9 - Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
May 11 - Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre
May 12 - Clive, IA @ 7 Flags Events Center
May 13 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
May 15 - Omaha, NE @ Lookout Lounge (no BMTH)
May 16 - Fargo, ND @ Fargo Civic Auditorium
May 17 - LaCrosse, WI @ The Warehouse (no BMTH)
May 18 - Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room
May 19 - Grand Rapids, MI @ The Orbit Room
May 20 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave

The Fall of Troy, '68, Illustrations:


Jul 14 - San Francisco, CA @ Social Hall SF

Jul 15 - Pomona, CA @ The Glass House
Jul 16 - San Diego, CA @ Soma Sidestage
Jul 17 - Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge
Jul 18 - Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
Jul 19 - El Paso, TX @ Mesa Music Hall
Jul 20 - Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
Jul 21 - Austin, TX @ Mohawk
Jul 22 - Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
Jul 23 - New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
Jul 25 - Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
Jul 26 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Jul 27 - Orlando, FL @ The Social
Jul 28 - Margate, FL @ O'Malley's Live
Jul 29 - Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
Jul 30 - West Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern
Jul 31 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
Aug 1 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Shakas
Aug 2 - Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
Aug 3 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Aug 5 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall
Aug 6 - Montreal, QC @ Les Katacombes
Aug 8 - Toronto, ON @ Lee's Palace
Aug 9 - Buffalo, NY @ Waiting Room
Aug 10 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
Aug 11 - Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
Aug 12 - Ferndale, MI @ The Loving Touch
Aug 13 - Chicago, IL @ The Bottom Lounge
Aug 14 - Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
Aug 15 - Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
Aug 16 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
Aug 17 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
Aug 19 - Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
Aug 20 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

SPOTLIGHTS + Decibel

"90s rock, luscious psych and rattling sludge... Like a slowly evaporating dream... Makes you want to headbang with tears in your eyes."
–Decibel

Brooklyn husband-wife duo Spotlights premieres new single "Hover," via Decibel.

Listen, here: 
http://decibelmagazine.com/blog/2016/4/26/spotlights-stream-husbandwife-duo-marry-psych-with-sludge

Masters of the heavy and pretty, the married couple of Mario and Sarah Quintero conjure a dream-world of sonic bliss on "Hover" – as Decibel's Shane Mehling puts it, it is a world of "90s rock, luscious psych and rattling sludge... Like a slowly evaporating dream... Makes you want to headbang with tears in your eyes." Some reference points include Jane's Addiction's tribal drums and turbo-blues guitars, Godflesh's earthshaking bass tone, and My Bloody Valentine's ethereal vocals.

"Hover" appears on debut full-length Tidals, out May 13th on Crowquill Records. The album was recorded and mixed by Mario Quintero at various locations in Brooklyn, including Converse's Rubber Tracks Studio, and mastered by Brad Boatright (Fucked Up, Mutoid Man, Nails). 


The Quinteros are both former members of Sleep Lady, a San Diego band whose 2012 album So Long Lonely Ghost was produced by Aaron Harris of Isis. 

Spotlights, live:
May 14 - New York, NY @ ABC No Rio