Wednesday, April 16, 2014

JAR'D LOOSE + Gear Gods

Shred authority Gear Gods has posted a video of Jar'd Loose drummer Phil Hardman playing through "Carrion Guy," a track off the Chicago noise rockers' upcoming second album, Turns 13. Amid the recent rumors of AC/DC's retirement, fans can rest assured drummers like Hardman are keeping the Phil Rudd vibes alive for the next generation. Powerful and slick, Hardman bashes with simple grace.

Jar'd Loose embark this weekend on a jaunt with Canadian grinders Fuck the Facts:

Apr 18 - Oshkosh, WI @ The Underground
Apr 19 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club


New album Turns 13 was recorded by Pete Grossman (Harm's Way, Weekend Nachos) and mastered by Today Is The Day's Steve Austin (Converge, Unsane), and sees its release on May 27th via The Path Less Traveled Records (CD and digital) and Threshold of Pain Records (vinyl).

The A.V. Club recently premiered "Adult Prom," another new track off the album, along with these words: "Turns 13 is a grinding, twisted, dynamic batch of noise-rock anti-anthems full of acidic riffs and The Jesus Lizard-esque bile... Sick, sinuous and sly, it's the kind of music that makes you wish punk and metal had never grown out of puberty."


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

KARYN CRISIS: Gospel of the Witches video



Iconic vocalist and visual artist Karyn Crisis has posted a new video providing further clues as to the direction of her newest project, Gospel of the Witches. The 2-minute clip contains part of a raw demo version of "The Ascent," a song off Gospel of the Witches' upcoming album, scheduled to be recorded in June with producer Jamie King (Between the Buried and Me). 

Gospel of the Witches' all-star lineup includes Ephel Duath's Davide Tiso on guitar and bass, Immolation's Ross Dolan on vocals, and Intronaut's Danny Walker on drums. Tombs frontman Mike Hill is also on board to make a guest appearance.

A Kickstarter, set up to help fund the recording and manufacturing of the album, ends Sunday, April 20th. Some of the rewards for fans who donate through Kickstarter include: vinyl, CD and digital versions of the album; t-shirts; and original Karyn Crisis artwork – from a "hardbound lyric book with handwritten lyrics and drawings," to an opportunity to collaborate directly with Crisis on an original painting.

Karyn Crisis' influence on the underground dates back to 1993 when she began fronting New York City metal band Crisis. Her extreme vocal range, from angelic melodies to demonic growls, paved the way for countless women to follow. A visual artist as well, she designed all the band's album covers and shirts. Other musicians to be part of the band's lineup over its 13-year career include Norman Westberg (Swans), Sammy Duet (Acid Bath, Goatwhore), and Roy Mayorga (Amebix, Soulfly).

Friday, April 11, 2014

ACxDC s/t


LA's "Satanic powerviolence" torchbearers ACxDC have completed work on their self-titled debut LP, Antichrist Demoncore.

The album, recorded by Nails drummer Taylor Young (Xibalba, Twitching Tongues) and mastered by Brad Boatright (From Ashes Rise, High on Fire), comes out June 24th on Melotov Records. It is ACxDC's first full-length, finally delivered eleven years after forming, and it is a perfect document of the band: equally ripping and anthemic hardcore/grind/death, thoroughly baked in the Southern California sun and immortalized with a massive production that turbo boosts the band's punk-as-shit live vibe to 11.

Decibel Magazine has posted an exclusive studio report from ACxDC frontman Sergio Amalfitano.

The tracklist is as follows:

1) Destroy Create
2) Misled
3) Paid In Full
4) Vegangelical
5) Holmes
6) Overstimulated
7) Cheap Punks
8) Hipler Youth
9) Savior Complexxx
10) Endless Failure
11) Blood
12) Dead Cops
13) Keep Sweet
14) Lifeless
15) Filicide
16) Give Up

With origins dating back to 2003, ACxDC has a slew of EPs and splits under its belt, released via labels like Deep Six and To Live A LieFrontman Amalfitano has described the band's mission as a "war on any and all fundamentalism." A pillar of the LA scene, ACxDC has played in the LA area with every band that matters and has toured with the likes of Capitalist Casualties. Current members also do time in other bands, most notably drummer Jorge Luis Herrera who bashes for powerviolence veterans Despise You.

Melotov Records is distributed exclusively by Deathwish Inc.


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

JAR'D LOOSE + The A.V. Club

The A.V. Club has debuted "Adult Prom," the first new song off Chicago noise-rockers Jar'd Loose's second album, Turns 13.

The A.V. Club's Jason Heller calls Turns 13, "a scathing blast of chest-caving fun" and "a grinding, twisted, dynamic batch of noise-rock anti-anthems full of acidic riffs and The Jesus Lizard-esque bile."

The album was produced by Pete Grossman (Harm's Way, Weekend Nachos) and mastered by Today Is The Day's Steve Austin (Converge, Unsane, Deadguy), and will be released May 27th, a split release between The Path Less Traveled Records (CD and digital) and Threshold of Pain Records (vinyl).

Unsettling, unhinged, yet thoroughly rocking, Jar'd Loose rides the fine line between anthemic and bizarre – in fact, they own that line. Dirt-rocking headbanger riffage, creep poetry, and startlingly melodic hooks add up to something totally unqiue. Terrorizer Magazine named the band's 2012 debut, Goes to Purgatory, "one of the most exciting debuts of the year."

Jar'd Loose hits the road this spring for short runs with Fuck The Facts and The Swan King.

w/ Fuck The Facts:
Apr 18 - Oshkosh, WI @ The Underground
Apr 19 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club

w/ The Swan King:
May 30 - Columbus, OH @ Carabar
Jun 2 - Boston, MA @ O'Brien's
Jun 3 - Brooklyn, NY @ St Vitus
Jun 4 - Philadelphia, PA @ JR's
Jun 5 - Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
Jun 6 - Baltimore, MD @ Sidebar
Jun 7 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Howlers




Tuesday, April 8, 2014

1-800-BAND: out today!



Order 1-800-BAND's Diver Blue EP from Almost Ready Records.

Produced by Kevin McMahon (The Walkmen, Titus Andronicus, Swans).

"Aside from having a stellar band name, these Brooklyn cats want to help erase those cold-weather blues and inspire you to throw your swimsuit in the backseat. I'm on board." 
–USA Today

"The kind of sugar-packed, carbonated power-pop that groups like The Cars and The Raspberries used to shake up and spray out on the regular..." 
–Wondering Sound

"Stellar skinny-tie pop." 
–CMJ

"Devotees of late '70s power pop/new wave (think The Cars, Dwight Twilley, Cheap Trick)... playing hook-and-riff-filled pop." 
–Brooklyn Vegan

"Retro-pop, reminiscent of The Cars and other bands that were in vogue at a time when the good old land line phone was still inspiring hit songs (think Blondie)."
–The Deli

"Brooklyn-based 1-800-BAND take inspiration from classic New Wave and power-pop anthems of the late '70s, giving it a new spin." 
–The Aquarian

"The perfect soundtrack for aimless joyrides and rooftop parties..." 
–Verbicide

"The perfect sound for a city punk dreaming of a sunny day at the beach..." 
–About

"There's no expiration date on fun times and classic hooks. These songs should appeal to the young and the young-at-heart alike. Frontman Al Huckabee gladly shares the spotlight with brilliant keyboardist Polly Watson – the former giving these songs their emotional center and the latter stoking the infectious energy that makes this band so incredibly appealing."
–Faster and Louder

Monday, April 7, 2014

TIGER FLOWERS + MetalSucks

With Tiger Flowers' debut LP, Dead Hymns, out tomorrow on Melotov Records, MetalSucks presents a stream of the entire album, along with this vote of approval: 

"More destructive than Stallone in all the Rambo movies combined, more raw than sushi, more intense than realizing you just jumped out of a plane but forgot your parachute, and as visceral and street-level as any hardcore release this century, Dead Hymns is truly an album that will fuck your face off."

Longtime favorites of the New York scene, finally releasing their first full-length after years of flattening crowds live, Tiger Flowers wield a desperate, earthquaking version of metallic hardcore, bathed in sadness. Invisible Oranges' recent review of Dead Hymns states, "Coalesce are their most obvious reference point but that comparison doesn't tell the whole story..." Brooklyn Vegan has compared them to "elders who pushed the genre into new directions, like Deadguy, Converge, and Rorschach."

Dead Hymns was produced by Elliot Geller (Malignancy, Dim Mak) and mastered by Shane Frisby (Turmoil, Revocation).

Order Dead Hymns from Melotov Records, here.

Tiger Flowers are currently on tour:

Apr 7 - Akron, OH @ Old Haunts
Apr 8 - Dayton, OH @ Blind Bob's
Apr 9 - Chillicothe, OH @ Tecumseh Inn
Apr 10 - Parkersburg, WV @ 5th Street Pub
Apr 11 - Baltimore, MD @ Charm City Art Space

Apr 12 - Brooklyn, NY @ The Gutter

"The best frontman in the Brooklyn scene" –MetalSucks
"Whiplash riffage and metallic, Converge-esque bile" –The A.V. Club
"Coalesce are their most obvious reference point but that comparison doesn't tell the whole story..." –Invisible Oranges
"Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde interplay of visceral chaos and brave melodies" –American Aftermath
"One of the leading lights in a burgeoning hometown scene... Tiger Flowers' brand of fiery metallic hardcore burns with passion and smarts, and never fails to deliver one massive gut punch." –Verbicide
"Magnificent of beard and tremendous of noise... A cloud of downtrodden misery hangs over all of Dead Hymns, and it's this that sets them apart. By showing their softer side, they hit harder." –Tight to the Nail


Friday, April 4, 2014

1-800-BAND + BrooklynVegan

BrooklynVegan is now streaming Diver Blue, the new EP by 1-800-BAND, in its entirety. Listen here.

BrooklynVegan's Andrew Sacher calls the band, "devotees of late '70s power pop/new wave (think The Cars, Dwight Twilley, Cheap Trick)," playing "hook-and-riff-filled pop."

A recent review on Wondering Sound pegs it as "sugar-packed carbonated power-pop that groups like The Cars and The Raspberrries used to shake up and spray out on the regular, full of fizzy guitars and sticky-sweet keys. Frontman Al Huckabee has the same kind of heartsick pout as fellow Stiff-revering singers like Gentleman Jesse..."

1-800-BAND's Diver Blue EP was produced by Kevin McMahon (The Walkmen, Titus Andronicus, Swans) and mastered by Carl Saff (Guided By Voices, Unsane).

The EP is out April 8th on Almost Ready Records (Liquor Store, Atlantic Thrills), with the first 100 copies on blue vinyl. Pre-order, here.

The band plays a free record release show, tomorrow, April 5th, at Brooklyn's Record Grouch, also heavily rumored to entail free beer! A US tour follows, later in the spring.

Apr 5 - Brooklyn, NY @ Record Grouch
Apr 25 - Baltimore, MD @ Gold Bar
May 2 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Gooski's
May 4 - Milwaukee, WI @ Quarters Rock Palace
May 5 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock
May 6 - Chicago, IL @ Emporium
May 7 - Hamtramck, MI @ The Painted Lady
May 8 - Columbus, OH @ Cafe Bourbon Street
May 9 - Brooklyn, NY @ Bell House (Brooklyn Power Pop Festival w/ Dwight Twilley)

"The kind of sugar-packed, carbonated power-pop that groups like The Cars and The Raspberries used to shake up and spray out on the regular..." –Wondering Sound
"Stellar skinny-tie pop" –CMJ
"Some serious vibes of The Cars and other 1978/79 power pop/new wave bands..." –Brooklyn Vegan
"Retro-pop, reminiscent of The Cars and other bands that were in vogue at a time when the good old land line phone was still inspiring hit songs (think Blondie)." –The Deli
"Brooklyn-based 1-800-BAND take inspiration from classic New Wave and power-pop anthems of the late '70s, giving it a new spin." –The Aquarian
"The perfect soundtrack for aimless joyrides and rooftop parties..." –Verbicide
"The perfect sound for a city punk dreaming of a sunny day at the beach..." –About



Monday, March 31, 2014

1-800-BAND + Wondering Sound

Wondering Sound presents the exclusive premiere of 1-800-BAND's newest power-pop anthem, "Here Comes Summer," off the co-ed Brooklyn quartet's forthcoming EP, Diver Blue.

Out April 8th on Almost Ready Records
 (Liquor Store, Nobunny, Atlantic Thrills), Diver Blue was produced by Kevin McMahon (The Walkmen, Titus Andronicus, Swans).

Wondering Sound's editor-in-chief J. Edward Keyes depicts 1-800-BAND's latest track as "the kind of sugar-packed, carbonated power-pop that groups like The Cars and The Raspberries used to shake up and spray out on the regular, full of fizzy guitars and stick-sweet keys... A bouyant volley from a band with a firm grasp on the past, but their eyes fixed on the future."


CMJ, which recently premiered the band's new video, referred to its late-'70s-nodding sound as "stellar skinny-tie pop."

1-800-BAND plays a string of US dates this spring, beginning with a free in-store, April 5th at Brooklyn's Record Grouch, and ending with the Brooklyn Power Pop Festival, May 9th.

Apr 5 - Brooklyn, NY @ Record Grouch

Apr 25 - Baltimore, MD @ Gold Bar
May 2 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Gooski's
May 4 - Milwaukee, WI @ Quarters Rock Palace
May 5 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock
May 6 - Chicago, IL @ Emporium
May 7 - Hamtramck, MI @ The Painted Lady
May 8 - Columbus, OH @ Cafe Bourbon Street
May 9 - Brooklyn, NY @ Bell House (Brooklyn Power Pop Festival w/ Dwight Twilley)

"The kind of sugar-packed, carbonated power-pop that groups like The Cars and The Raspberries used to shake up and spray out on the regular..." –Wondering Sound

"Stellar skinny-tie pop" –CMJ
"Some serious vibes of The Cars and other 1978/79 power pop/new wave bands..." –Brooklyn Vegan
"Retro-pop, reminiscent of The Cars and other bands that were in vogue at a time when the good old land line phone was still inspiring hit songs (think Blondie)." –The Deli
"Brooklyn-based 1-800-BAND take inspiration from classic New Wave and power-pop anthems of the late '70s, giving it a new spin." –The Aquarian
"The perfect soundtrack for aimless joyrides and rooftop parties..." –Verbicide
"The perfect sound for a city punk dreaming of a sunny day at the beach..." –About




Thursday, March 27, 2014

JAR'D LOOSE Turns 13



Jar'd Loose returns with the release of its second album, Turns 13. Produced by Pete Grossman (Harm's Way, Weekend Nachos) and mastered by Today Is The Day's Steve Austin (Converge, Unsane, Deadguy), Turns 13 sees the co-ed Chicago quartet perfect its unusual vision of acidic noise-rock, metallic thud, and classic rock sass. The album drops May 27th as a vinyl LP on Threshold of Pain Records, and as a CD and digital download on The Path Less Traveled Records.

Jar'd Loose's 2012 debut album Goes To Purgatory was described by Decibel Magazine as a "sinewy take on noise-rock" that evoked "the '90s and bands all the way from Karp and Helmet to Janitor Joe and The Jesus Lizard." Much like that elder generation, Jar'd Loose bashes out driving riff-fests that could be straight-up headbanger anthems if they weren't so weird. These are songs you'll hum all day, yet whether it's an unexpected chord, a bizarre vocal, or a bar of odd-time slipped in, something always mucks things up and exposes the creeps behind the curtain. And beneath frontman Eddie Gobbo's strangulated rasp is madman poetry in the spirit of Yow – on Turns 13's closer, "The Yarn Store," over a hellbound stomp, he spits: "I know your girlfriend / She's a puppet / She talks shit when you stick your hand up her / Here's your inch / Give me your mile / We're on a plane ride with Artimus Pyle."

Though reverent of the '90s, the band has sailed far beyond any definable style on Turns 13. "We consciously wanted to go deep with elements of garage rock and '70s rock, Aerosmith and Alice Cooper, and not shy away from any potential risk," states Gobbo. "Anytime we were on the fence about doing something on this album, we did it." The result is songs like "Full Body Cast" and "Turning 13" with their bluesy grooves and "Isthmus" with its acoustic hook, as well as various instances of bassist Eva Bialecki's haunting backing vocals.

From the start, the thing that separated Jar'd Loose from the pack was its ability to be simultaneously so damn catchy and so damn odd. On Turns 13, this duality is taken to new heights. Terrorizer Magazine christened Jar'd Loose's Goes to Purgatory as "one of the most exciting debuts of the year" in 2012; Turns 13 will no doubt be known as one of 2014's most daring sophomore jams.

The Turns 13 tracklist is as follows:

1) The Light Took Us
2) Jackson the Pollock
3) Summer of Lung
4) Adult Prom
5) Carrion Guy
6) Full Body Cast
7) Isthmus
8) Turning 13
9) The Yarn Store

Jar'd Loose is a fixture of the current Chicago scene, wherein Gobbo moonlights as a promoter of local metal and hardcore shows under the name Unholy Empire. Jar'd Loose has torn up Chicago stages with a range of bands that points to the range of styles within itself – from Obituary to Fu Manchu – and has completed several US tours. The band saddles up and hits the road this spring for short tours with Fuck The Facts and The Swan King.

w/ Fuck The Facts:
Apr 18 - Oshkosh, WI @ The Underground
Apr 19 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club

w/ The Swan King:
May 30 - Columbus, OH @ Carabar
Jun 2 - Boston, MA @ O'Brien's
Jun 3 - Brooklyn, NY @ St Vitus
Jun 4 - Philadelphia, PA @ JR's
Jun 5 - Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
Jun 6 - Baltimore, MD @ Sidebar
Jun 7 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Howlers

CZAR + Godflesh

Chicago trio Czar prepares to hit the road in April for a short US tour, including a hometown show with the mighty Godflesh.

Apr 10 - Champaign, IL @ Error Records
Apr 11 - St Louis, MO @ Firebird
Apr 12 - Kansas City, MO @ Davey's
Apr 13 - Ann Arbor, MI @ Maidstone
Apr 15 - Chicago, IL @ Metro (w/Godflesh)
Apr 16 - Springfield, VA @ Empire
Apr 17 - Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
Apr 18 - Philadelphia, PA @ Northstar Bar
Apr 19 - Albany, NY @ Bogies

No strangers to the road, Czar toured the full US in 2013 with Killing Joke. Czar's sophomore album, No One Is Alone If No One Is Alive, was released in November of that year. Marrying the triumphant metal edge of Heartwork-era Carcass with a majestic power in line with post-hardcore royalty like Quicksand, NOIAINOIA nods to the past (there is a Beatles cover, no less) while pushing forward into expansive, post-everything realms.

Guitar World Magazine hailed the album as "truly a worthwhile piece of music for any fan of heavy music." Blabbermouth declared it to "represent what's innovative and intrepid in American underground metal." Decibel Magazine opined: "Astute listeners will not only notice some Mastodon prog twisting, but also some post-rock mountaineering. And lots and lots of despair. It's good stuff."

Both NOIAINOIA and the debut album, Vertical Mass Grave, were produced by Hum frontman Matt Talbott and released via the band's own imprint, Cracknation Records.