Friday, July 31, 2015

STERN + PopMatters

"Stern has created a surreal hybrid of gothic rock, DC post-hardcore, progressive rock, and post-metal, with a strong Faith No More influence tossed in, and the end result is the extraordinary new album, Bone Turquoise. If you want a good indication of how surreal and enthralling it is, you can't do much better than 'Your Level Best,' a weirdly gloomy track that slogs along like a dirge sung by a lunatic."
–PopMatters

"The strange, aqueous nature of the music that Stern offers on its new record becomes a lot less unexpected when you realize that the band includes Toby Driver the scary genius behind Maudlin of the Well and Kayo Dot... The album is full of pop-like tunes, all hip-checked sideways and left to melt in the summer sun."
–Decibel

"Stern draw on everything from avant-garde metal to film scores in forging their self-described 'alien pop' sound... Off-kilter structure and shifting rhythms could fit right into Kayo Dot's 2014 darkwave exploration, Coffins on Io."
–Invisible Oranges

With Stern's debut album Bone Turquoise coming up next Friday, August 7th, on New Atlantis Records, one more of the album's gems has been premiered for your pleasure: stream "Your Level Best," off Bone Turquoise, exclusively on PopMatters, here.

In the words of PopMatters music editor Adrien Begrand: "Stern has created a surreal hybrid of gothic rock, DC post-hardcore, progressive rock, and post-metal, with a strong Faith No More influence tossed in, and the end result is the extraordinary new album, Bone Turquoise. If you want a good indication of how surreal and enthralling it is, you can't do much better than 'Your Level Best,' a weirdly gloomy track that slogs along like a dirge sung by a lunatic."

Named for founder and frontman Chuck Stern (ex-Time of Orchids), Stern also features Kayo Dot members Toby Driver and Keith Abrams, along with longtime Kayo Dot and Candiria collaborator Tim Byrnes.

Stern's icy, unsettling "alien pop" nods to the unhinged crooning of Mike Patton and Shudder to Think's Craig Wedren, as well as the film scores of Ennio Morricone. In talking to PopMatters about "Your Level Best," Chuck Stern references Charlotte Brontë and Unwound.

Pre-order the album, recorded and mixed at Strange Weather Studio (Liturgy, DIIV, The Men), here.

Stern, live:
Aug 29 - New York, NY @ The Stone w/ Kayo Dot


Thursday, July 30, 2015

UNBROKEN - "And/Fall on Proverb"



Photo by Rich Cook


Amidst recent new releases by Retox, Narrows, and Hot Nerds, Three One G Records looks back in time now to present a very special reissue. September 11th, the label will reissue the record that began it all: the very first Three One G release, Unbroken's "And/Fall on Proverb" seven-inch.

Originally released in 1994, Unbroken's "And/Fall on Proverb" seven-inch is the release that kicked everything off for Three One G, the San Diego label that would go on to define an entire aesthetic of irreverence over the next two decades, via releases by bands like The Locust, Cattle Decapitation, Black Dice, Arab on Radar, and The Blood Brothers. Three One G founder Justin Pearson has cited Unbroken as one of his most crucial influences, and getting the opportunity to release the Unbroken record is the very thing that inspired him to start Three One G. 

Three One G would make its name, from the '90s up through the present day, by spitting in the face of the mainstream and the underground alike, defying the rules of both establishments. As label boss and as a member of many bands on the label (Struggle, Swing Kids, The Crimson Curse, The Locust, Head Wound City, Some Girls, All Leather, Retox, and more) Pearson has bucked the system and set new trends that expand the rules of punk – whether dressing as a bug, dabbling in electronic music, putting out oddly-shaped records with outrageous cover art, acting in films, or famously trolling Jerry Springer by kissing a man on national TV. 

The rebellious spirit now synonymous with Three One G can be traced back to Unbroken and the impression the band made on the young Pearson. On paper a straight-edge, metallic hardcore band from San Diego, Unbroken challenged all the stereotypes of that scene. In an era where XXL t-shirts and pants were the hardcore uniform, Unbroken rocked pompadours and collared shirts. Where aggressive, self-righteous lyrics were the norm, Unbroken found lyrical inspiration in Joy Division and The Smiths. Where other straight-edge bands stuck with their own kind, Unbroken favored diverse bills, playing equally with Gravity Records bands like Heroin and Clikatat Ikatowi, as with Undertow and Mean Season.

A 2008 cover story in Alternative Press named Unbroken one of "23 Bands Who Shaped Punk," alongside Crass, Bad Brains, Black Flag, Cro-Mags, Bikini Kill, and Fugazi. From that article: 

"By the time Unbroken disbanded in 1995, their bleak, introspective lyrics and greaser look influenced two bands which changed the trajectory of modern hardcore: American Nightmare's suicide-note lyrics begat a generation of hardcore kids fixated on their own sadness, and Eighteen Visions' Morrissey-meets-Hollywood style was the template for metalcore fashion." 

While Unbroken's 1994 full-length Life. Love. Regret. is widely considered an essential album in the history of hardcore, the two songs on the "And/Fall on Proverb" seven-inch, released that same year, rip forth with the same urgency. The songs resonate today, as fresh and real as ever. 

Three One G's upcoming September 11th reissue sees the seven-inch pressed on gold vinyl.

Pre-order, here.

Listen to "Fall on Proverb," here.

Read more about Justin Pearson and Three One G Records, here.


Friday, July 24, 2015

JESSEFEST

Benefit party for Jesse James Madre, tonight at Lucky Bar, Jersey City, NJ.

Bands, DJs, raffles and giveaways from Allied Tattoo, Jersey City Tattoo, Inked Magazine, Coda Skateboards, NJ Skate Shop, and more. I DJ some tunes at midnight. Cued up:

A.R.E. Weapons
Anasazi
Billy Idol
Boogie Down Productions
Call of the Wild
Company B
D.A.D.
Damned, The
etc.

Info, here.

Photo by Dean Chooch Landry


GREAT AMERICAN GHOST + Metal Injection

Metal Injection has premiered Great American Ghost's video for "Everyone Leaves," the title track off the Boston band's debut full-length, released this month on Good Fight Music. The album was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Defeater guitarist Jay Maas (Ceremony, Title Fight) at Getaway Recording.

Watch the "Everyone Leaves" video, here.

Carrying on the New England tradition of emotionally-scarred hardcore trademarked by bands like Converge and American Nightmare, Great American Ghost brings the darkness and desperation – "the epitome of Boston hardcore," in the words of one New Noise writer.

Stream the full album, here.

Buy ithere.

"This release is a smasher. On Everyone Leaves the band sets their foot firmly in modern hardcore. Tracks fly by like bullets, packed full of pissed-as-hell screams and guitars that sound like meat grinders. These five young men have issues."
–PunkNews

"As calm as a fire at a munitions factory... Virulent guitars, eruptive drums, and stinging vocals, all stitched together into one vehement abnormality. If you dig bands like Converge and Enabler, Great American Ghost are going to be your new favorite band."
–MetalSucks

"Fans of metallic hardcore, dense with distortion and f-bomb tantrums, should find a safe haven in Everyone Leaves."
–About

"Great American Ghost is the epitome of Boston hardcore... Everyone Leaves is ten tracks of New England brutality."
–New Noise


OLD WOUNDS + Fuse

"Old Wounds gets intense... New Jersey hardcore band Old Wounds deliver the in-your-face feel of the live experience in the brand new music video for their single 'Son of No One,' premiering exclusively on Fuse.tv today..."
–Fuse

Fuse.tv has premiered Old Wounds' newest music video, "Son of No One." 

Watch the video, directed by Mike Petrow, here.


The song, "Son of No One," appears on Old Wounds' new album, The Suffering Spirit, released in June on Good Fight Music. 


Produced by Andreas Magnusson (The Black Dahlia Murder, Despised Icon), The Suffering Spirit has been described by AllMusic as "punishing New Jersey hardcore" and by MetalSucks as "powerhouse heaviness... a brooding Type O Negative vibe and a bit of Deftones-ish atonality." The album sees the young band build on their metallic hardcore base, adding layers of dark melody and clean vocals to create a massive new sound worthy of stadiums and basements alike.


Stream the full album, here.

Order, here.

As drummer Brandon Gallagher hints, the "Son of No One" video is the first part of a two-part series. Stay tuned for the "On Leather Wings" video, coming soon. 

Old Wounds is now in the midst of a summer-long US tour, including legs with Good Fight labelmates Axis and Of Feather and Bone.

Jul 24 - Savannah, GA @ The Furnace %
Jul 25 - Jacksonville, FL @ The Bird House $
Jul 26 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade $
Jul 27 - Tallahassee, FL @ Two Devils Vape Shop $
Jul 28 - Odessa, FL @ The Goat House $
Jul 29 - Melbourne, FL @ The Boondocks $
Jul 30 - Birmingham, AL @ The Firehouse †
Jul 31 - Jackson, MS @ Big Sleepy's †
Aug 1 - Baton Rouge, LA @ The Dojo †
Aug 2 - Houston, TX @ Walter's †
Aug 3 - Laredo, TX @ The Dugout †
Aug 4 - San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger †
Aug 5 - Tucson, AZ @ Gary's Place †
Aug 6 - Phoenix, AZ @ 51 West †
Aug 7 - Las Vegas, NV @ Eastside Joe's †
Aug 8 - Wildomar, CA @ Dad's Den (early) †
Aug 8 - Pomona, CA @ PBW (late) †
Aug 9 - Berkeley, CA @ 924 Gilman St †
Aug 10 - Reno, NV @ Fort Ryland †
Aug 11 - Eugene, OR @ The Boreal †
Aug 12 - Seattle, WA @ The Black Lodge †
Aug 13 - Olympia, WA @ Le Voyeur †
Aug 14 - Boise, ID @ The Crux †
Aug 15 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Bridge †
Aug 16 - Denver, CO @ 7th Circle † #
Aug 17 - Kansas City, MO @ The Loft † #
Aug 18 - Cedar Falls, IA @ The Black Hole † #
Aug 19 - Minneapolis, MN @ Poser Compound † #
Aug 20 - Milwaukee, WI @ Borg Ward † #
Aug 21 - Chicago, IL @ Live Wire † #
Aug 22 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Elks Lodge † #
Aug 23 - Lakewood, OH @ The Foundry † #
Sep 12 - Detroit, MI @ The Sanctuary - Don't Call It A Fest w/ Eyehategod, See You Next Tuesday, The Banner

% w/ Orthodox

$ w/ Head Creeps
† w/ Axis
# w/ Of Feather and Bone

"Punishing New Jersey hardcore... On their second album, the upcoming The Suffering Spirit, New Jersey hardcore crew Old Wounds turns up the malevolence..."
–AllMusic

"Old Wounds are about to rip your goddamn spine out... with their impending album, The Suffering Spirit."
–Alternative Press

"Heavy, dissonant riffs, pissed-off screams... an ear-shattering tone that's super clear but not at all overproduced."

–BrooklynVegan 

"The powerhouse heaviness you crave is certainly here in spades but this Jersey bands has a few tricks up is sleeve as well.  A brooding Type O Negative vibe and a bit of Deftones-ish atonality... Vocalist Kevin Iavaroni's heart seems to be truly bleeding on every song..."

–MetalSucks

"While the heat and aggression might grab you by the throat at first, it's the unexpected heart that will keep you coming back to The Suffering Spirit."

–Exclaim

"New Jersey hardcore band Old Wounds turned heads with their 2013 debut, From Where We Came Is Where We'll Rest, an album that burned with the intensity of classic '90s hardcore like Deadguy and contemporary crossover geniuses Converge. Two years later, they're set to release The Suffering Spirit, which broadens the band's sound even more, employing more cleanly sung melodies and streamlined, gothic-tinged arrangements without compromising the music's intensity one iota... Easily one of the better hardcore releases of the year so far."

–PopMatters


Thursday, July 23, 2015

EXTINCTION A.D. + MetalSucks

"Extinction A.D. may very well write the best Slayer riffs that Jeff Hanneman never got around to writing but they're more than a simple re-thrash band... If thrash is a machine gun firing wildly in all directions, Extinction A.D. is a sniper with a laser sight."
–MetalSucks

"A 21st-century powerhouse upgrade of Eighties thrash... The best aspects of early Metallica and Testament."
–Guitar World

Extinction A.D. unveils new song "Prisoners" today via MetalSucks.

Stream the new thrash anthem, here.

MetalSucks hits the nail on the head with this quote: "Extinction A.D. may very well write the best Slayer riffs that Jeff Hanneman never got around to writing but they're more than a simple re-thrash band... If thrash is a machine gun firing wildly in all directions, Extinction A.D. is a sniper with a laser sight." Comprised of ex-members of This Is Hell, Extinction A.D. brings precision and energy to the game that sets its brand of thrash high above the horde.

Debut full-length Faithkiller will be released August 21st on Good Fight Music.

Faithkiller was recorded and mixed by Brett Romnes (I Am the Avalanche, Anthony Raneri), and mastered by Brad Boatright (Nails, Noisem).

The band is now finishing up a US tour:

July
23 - Baton Rouge, LA @ Russell Jones
24 - Jackson, MS @ Big Sleepy's
25 - Nashville, TN @ Exponent Manor
27 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Hook Up


NATHAN GRAY + PopMatters

"Best known as frontman for Delaware post-hardcore standouts Boysetsfire, Nathan Gray has set off on his own with his debut solo EP NTHN GRY. It's a big musical departure... The new record delves into electronic and darkwave, following the lead of Portishead and Dead Can Dance."
–PopMatters

PopMatters has premiered the new Nathan Gray video, "Wayward Ghosts." The song appears on Gray's debut solo EP, NTHN GRY, out August 21st on Good Fight Music.

Watch "Wayward Ghosts," here.

Founder and frontman of Boysetsfire and I Am Heresy, Gray launches his solo career now after two decades in the business, to explore sounds and ideas beyond the scope of hardcore. On the NTHN GRY EP, Gray and collaborator Daniel E. Smith weave dark pop songs with folk and industrial elements, in line with certain works of artists like Death in June and Dead Can Dance. Lyrically, Gray, a member of the Church of Satan, lays bare his true Satanic convictions. Of "Wayward Ghosts," Gray states: "It is an anthem of encouragement and empowerment against seemingly insurmountable forces."

NTHN GRY was recorded and mixed by Daniel E. Smith at Sounds of Ideal Life and mastered by Kevin Mattesky at Phantom Center Media.

The "Wayward Ghosts" video was directed by Bobby Bates.

With the US release of NTHN GRY set for August 21st on Good Fight Music, the EP will be released in Europe on August 7th via End Hits Records. 

Gray embarks on a European tour in August:

Aug 15 - Ieper, Belgium @ Ieper Fest
Aug 16 - Munich, Germany @ Backstage
Aug 17 - Nuremberg, Germany @ Stereo
Aug 18 - Berlin, Germany @ Kantine Berghain
Aug 19 - Hamburg, Germany @ Kleiner Donner
Aug 22 - Nalbach, Germany @ Akustikopen
Aug 23 - Stuttgart, Germany @ Kellerklub
Aug 24 - Leipzig, Germany @ Taubchenthal


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

STATS + NPR

"The muscle of Black Flag's weirdo hardcore era and the skronk-jazz chops of King Crimson. STATS' full-length debut, Mercy, is full of He-Man-battling-Skeletor riffs and mind-boggling drum fills..."
–NPR Music

"On Mercy's seven dizzyingly complex screamoid marathons, the mangled jazz/metal of The Process of Weeding Out/Slip It In/Family Man-era Black Flag collide head on with Don Caballero's avant-prog mania."

–Noisey

"Pissed-off noisy hardcore, math rock technicality, and a weird operatic part that sounds like Converge backing Renaissance or something. It's out-there stuff, man."
–BrooklynVegan

NPR has debuted STATS' new track, "Countach," off the Brooklyn trio's upcoming album, Mercy.

Listen, here.

As NPR's Lars Gotrich puts it, the band possesses "the muscle of Black Flag's weirdo hardcore era and the skronk-jazz chops of King Crimson." Its gut-level angst and magic-fingers shredding combine into a unique musical voice that's an equally legit representative for hardcore as for progressive rock.

The vocals on "Countach" are delivered by Dave Perlis of the band Hexa and co-host of WFMU's Night People, providing the song with what Gotrich calls "the sleazeball strut it needs.


Mercy will be released August 7th on New Atlantis Records.


Pre-order, here.


The three members of STATS have played in such bands as Aa, Extra Life, Psalm Zero, and Ocrilim, and in projects with members of Dazzling Killmen and Craw.


Mercy was recorded at Strange Weather in Brooklyn by former The Men guitarist Ben Greenberg and mastered by Khanate's James Plotkin (Thou, Merzbow).


The official Mercy record release show is set for September 23rd in Brooklyn:


Sep 23rd - Brooklyn, NY @ Baby's All Right
w/ STATS, Survival, Couch Slut

Tickets, here.



Tuesday, July 21, 2015

AXIS + Lambgoat

Florida's Axis tears the world a new one with new single "Badgelicker," now streaming exclusively via Lambgoat.

As Lambgoat puts it, the young destroyers whip up a storm of "metallic hardcore that will remind listeners of esteemed fan favorites such as Turmoil and Kiss It Goodbye" – bruising and mean, soaked in gloom. Guest vocals on the song come courtesy of Ben Jordan of Antpile.

Listen, here.

"Badgelicker" appears on debut full-length Show Your Greed, out September 4th on Good Fight Music. Show Your Greed was mixed by Taylor Young (Nails, Twitching Tongues). 

Axis tours the US this summer with Good Fight labelmates Old Wounds and Of Feather and Bone.

Axis, Old Wounds, Of Feather and Bone:
Aug 16 - Denver, CO @ 7th Circle
Aug 17 - Kansas City, MO @ The Loft
Aug 18 - Cedar Falls, IA @ The Black Hole
Aug 19 - Minneapolis, MN @ Poser Compound
Aug 20 - Milwaukee, WI @ Borg Ward
Aug 21 - Chicago, IL @ Live Wire
Aug 22 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Elks Lodge
Aug 23 - Lakewood, OH @ The Foundry

Axis, Of Feather and Bone:
Aug 24 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Roboto Project
Aug 25 - Buffalo, NY @ Sugar City
Aug 26 - New Britain, CT @ Pulaski Club
Aug 27 - Chicopee, MA @ CCC
Aug 28 - Providence, RI @ The Funky Jungle
Aug 29 - New York, NY @ ABC No Rio (early)
Aug 29 - Warren, NJ @ Warren Legion Hall (late)
Aug 30 - Sayville, NY @ Soul Sounds
Aug 31 - Wilmington, DE @ School of Rock
Sep 1 - Baltimore, MD @ Charm City Art Space
Sep 2 - Annapolis, MD @ Metropolitan Lounge
Sep 3 - Greensboro, NC @ Empire Books
Sep 4 - Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern


Thursday, July 16, 2015

AXIS + OF FEATHER AND BONE

The two newest members of the Good Fight Music family – Axis and Of Feather and Bone – are teaming up on a late summer tour of the Eastern US.

Florida's Axis is a dominant new force within the new generation of metallic hardcore bands, taking the full-throttle beating of Turmoil and Buried Alive and lacing it with the gloom of Kiss It Goodbye. Debut full-length Show Your Greed will be released September 4th on Good Fight. The album was mixed by producer Taylor Young (of Nails and Twitching Tongues)Check out new song "Transgression," here. 

From Denver, Colorado, Of Feather and Bone assaults with savage crust-grind and modern metallic punishment. Relentless, raw, caked in gloom, it is a sound evocative of large-scale destruction and it should click with fans of His Hero Is Gone, Acme, and newer bands like Cult Leader. Out September 18th on Good Fight, debut album Embrace the Wretched Flesh was recorded and mixed by Andy Patterson (Cult Leader, Call of the Void). Stream opening track "Ordained in Fire," here.

Following an August run with fellow Good Fight labelmate Old Wounds, the two bands will continue on together into September.

Stay tuned as even more dates are being confirmed.

Axis, Old Wounds, Of Feather and Bone:
Aug 16 - Denver, CO @ 7th Circle
Aug 17 - Kansas City, MO @ The Loft
Aug 18 - Cedar Falls, IA @ The Black Hole
Aug 19 - Minneapolis, MN @ Poser Compound
Aug 20 - Milwaukee, WI @ Borg Ward
Aug 21 - Chicago, IL @ Live Wire
Aug 22 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Elks Lodge
Aug 23 - Lakewood, OH @ The Foundry

Axis, Of Feather and Bone:
Aug 24 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Roboto Project
Aug 25 - Buffalo, NY @ Sugar City
Aug 26 - New Britain, CT @ Pulaski Club
Aug 27 - Chicopee, MA @ CCC
Aug 28 - Providence, RI @ The Funky Jungle
Aug 29 - New York, NY @ ABC No Rio (early)
Aug 29 - Warren, NJ @ Warren Legion Hall (late)
Aug 30 - Sayville, NY @ Soul Sounds
Aug 31 - Wilmington, DE @ School of Rock
Sep 1 - Baltimore, MD @ Charm City Art Space
Sep 2 - Annapolis, MD @ Metropolitan Lounge
Sep 3 - Greensboro, NC @ Empire Books
Sep 4 - Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern

Of Feather and Bone:
Sep 6 - Birmingham, AL @ The Hive
Sep 7 - Memphis, TN @ The Hi-Tone