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


Friday, April 22, 2016

PRIMITIVE WEAPONS + Pitchfork

Out today: NOMADS - Love It or Leave It

Nomads' debut album, Love It or Leave It, is out today on Melotov Records.

Listen here:

http://noisey.vice.com/blog/nomads-love-it-or-leave-it-premiere

Buy, here:
http://store.deathwishinc.com/product/MLTVR037v.html

Love It or Leave It is a hurricane of violent hardcore punk, descended from Motorhead, Discharge, and Discharge worshippers like Anti-Cimex. Nomads takes this crusty, driving, grinding sound, relocates it to its home turf of LA, and boosts it with the heavyweight modern production of Taylor Young (Nails, Xibalba) and mastering of Brad Boatright (Magudergrind, Full of Hell). 


Noisey calls the new album, "a record wholly embodying Los Angeles," and LA Weekly has described the band as a "punk rock version of N.W.A." for its lyrics about the hard side of LA life. 


Nomads throws banging covers of GG Allin and The Sisters of Mercy songs into the mix, showing off its range. Although fully a brutal hardcore punk band, Nomads represents an intersection of hardcore punk, metal, goth, and hip-hop culture, unique to LA. Coming up soon, shows with Discharge, Eyehategod, Nails, and Terrorizer.


Jun 5 - Pomona, CA @ The Glasshouse w/ Discharge, Eyehategod
Jun 6 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy w/ Discharge, Eyehategod
Jul 20 - San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick w/ Nails, Terrorizer
Jul 21 - Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room w/ Nails, Terrorizer
Jul 22 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy w/ Nails, Terrorizer
Jul 23 - San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside w/ Nails, Terrorizer

"Seeing influence from bands like Motorhead and Discharge... Giving their own spin with covers of GG Allin and The Sisters of Mercy. It's a record wholly embodying Los Angeles, capturing the anguish of the city's drug abuse and injustice, turning it into a distorted, heavy chaos."

–Noisey

"Since their inception, LA's Nomads have offered a particularly harsh brand of hardcore punk. Now the outfit are leveling up with their latest release, Love It or Leave It... The record reiterates their themes of drugs, conflict, and cop hate with a vicious insistence... The honesty and intentionality of Nomads will hit you in the face like a two by four... It's raw and it's good."

–Mass Appeal

"Distorted-as-fuck... Full-sprint into the fray..."
–Metal Injection


"One of the most straight pissed-off bands to emerge from Los Angeles."

–Loudwire


Thursday, April 21, 2016

THE CHAIN

Announcing The Chain, my new venture with Justin Pearson and Brandon Gallagher. Here we go!


"The Chain is a new alliance of three creative forces in the music industry: Curran Reynolds, Justin Pearson, Brandon Gallagher. These three have made their mark on the current scene by creating music of their own and by helping the careers of other artists – world-touring musician, label owner, publicist, journalist, booker, promoter, and graphic designer are some of the roles they have played. Now, under the banner of The Chain, Reynolds, Pearson and Gallagher team up to launch a new collective vision, channeling their experience and passion into a music PR company providing next-level publicity and branding to clients they believe in.

Based in Brooklyn, New York, Curran Reynolds started his PR career in 2000 as the publicist at Earache Records' New York office then moved on to become one of the most respected indie publicists in the game. As a writer, his work has been published in VICE, Mass Appeal, The Journal, and more. He is the founder of Precious Metal, a weekly series of live shows in New York City that is credited with helping to revitalize the city's metal scene, over its seven-year run. He has toured the world and recorded albums as the drummer of Today Is The Day and Wetnurse. He is currently the vocalist and songwriter for Body Stuff.

Based in San Diego, California, Justin Pearson is a musician who has helped shape the course of the indie music scene since the early '90s. He is the founder of Three One G Records and a member of such bands as The Locust, Head Wound City, Retox, and Dead Cross. He is the author of several books, including From the Graveyard of the Arousal Industry and How To Lose Friends and Irritate People, and a film actor, appearing most recently in Asia Argento's Incompresa with Charlotte Gainsbourg.

Based in Asbury Park, New Jersey, Brandon Gallagher is a young powerhouse in today's hardcore scene, making big moves as a graphic designer and publicist, and as the drummer of Old Wounds."

Monday, April 18, 2016

OLD WOUNDS + Warped Tour '16


With Old Wounds confirmed to play this summer's entire Warped Tour '16, June 24th to August 13th, the New Jersey band has premiered its newest video, "Heaven Is a Memory," via the official Warped Tour website. Directed by Aaron Kudler, the video compiles recent footage of the hardcore heathens tearing it up live.

Watch "Heaven Is a Memory" here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8N-iq7sI1Qo

The song "Heaven Is a Memory" appears on Old Wounds' latest album The Suffering Spirit, released in 2015 on Good Fight Music. The album documents a major maturing of the band's style, annexing dark melody and texture into its rabid metallic hardcore. Pitchfork described the sound as "emotionally charged, stylistically diverse metalcore"; MetalSucks championed the album for its "powerhouse heaviness" and "brooding Type O Negative vibe."

Traveling alongside Old Wounds on Warped Tour '16 are Falling In Reverse, Good Charlotte, New Found Glory, Atreyu, Every Time I Die, Motionless In White, Cruel Hand, Capsize, and dozens more. Now in its 21st year, Warped Tour is the longest-running touring festival in North America.

Old Wounds' Warped Tour run this summer will feature the addition of new guitarist Matt Guyre – the quartet is now a quintet for the first time since its formation in 2010.

With summer approaching fast, 2016 has already seen the band play New England Metal and Hardcore Festival and shows with the likes of Zao, On Broken Wings, and Candiria.

Buy The Suffering Spirit:
http://goodfightmusic.merchnow.com/catalogs/old-wounds
http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-suffering-spirit/id994223647

Photo by Aaron Kudler


Friday, April 15, 2016

Out today: PRIMITIVE WEAPONS - The Future of Death

The Future of Death, the second album by Primitive Weapons, is out today on Party Smasher Inc, the new label founded by Ben Weinman of The Dillinger Escape Plan.

Listen, here:
http://noisey.vice.com/blog/primitive-weapons-album-2016

Buy, here:
http://po.st/PWiTunes

Primitive Weapons' mix of teeth-gnashing aggression and grand, haunting melodies sets the band in line with post-hardcore greats like Refused and Quicksand – guitarist Arthur Shepherd was a member of that scene as a younger man in the '90s, playing in bands like Mind Over Matter, Errortype:11, World's Fastest Car (with Quicksand's Walter Schreifels) and Instruction (with Quicksand's Tom Capone). Like its forebears, Primitive Weapons layers metal, hardcore, post-punk, and classic rock elements into its own futuristic sound.

The Future of Death was recorded and mixed by Dean Baltulonis (Madball, Modern Life Is War) at The Wild Arctic, and mastered by Dave Gardner (Black Lips, Rocket from the Crypt) at Magneto Mastering. 

Shepherd and vocalist David Castillo are co-owners of Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn (immortalized today in this brand new exclusive clip on Metal Injection, along with the bars owned by the other members of the band) – Saint Vitus celebrates its 5th anniversary tonight, in conjunction with Primitive Weapons' sold-out record release show for The Future of Death, also featuring Pallbearer and Sannhet.

"Primitive Weapons has carved out a big, angular niche for itself in Brooklyn's overflowing heavy music community... Their take on hardcore falls into the post- camp (Refused is a big touchpoint...), but thanks to the metallic crunch that holds it all together, we're hearing a lot more Cursed coursing beneath the melodies and strangled vocals."
–Noisey

"Strobe-light-incarnate post-hardcore... The New York band is adept at mixing metallic violence with eerie, melodic sweetness."

–NPR Music

"Primitive Weapons' most obvious influences date to the 1990s... 'metalcore' (the heaving, dissonant, Deadguy-ish kind) and 'post-hardcore' (the atmospheric, melodic, tri-state kind). Primitive Weapons guitarist and clean vocalist Arty Shepherd was among the latter subgenre's prime movers as a member of Mind Over Matter... That lineage predominates on The Future of Death, making it something of a full-circle moment."

–Stereogum

"Few bands can blend malignance and groove with the skill of Brooklyn's Primitive Weapons... 'Cathartic' barely begins to describe it."

–MetalSucks

"4/5. A showcase of influences ranging from the metal-hardcore bombast of Converge, to the mid-90s post-hardcore melody of Shift and Quicksand... It has the feel of veteran musicianship... It rocks with compellingly great heaviness."

–PunkNews

"A volatile offering... Between fits of fist-flailing rage are more somber moments."
–Loudwire

"4/5. One of the best post-hardcore albums you're likely to hear this year."
–New Noise

"Furious and dissonant... Downright melodic."

–Metal Insider

"4.5/5. Haunting vocals that ebb and flow, compounded by an overall atmosphere that could damn the most holy of us... Counting sick riffs on this record involves more digits than readily available... Electric and eclectic."
–Heavy Blog Is Heavy

"Modeled after hardcore punk heavyweights Fugazi, Refused, and Quicksand, Brooklyn's Primitive Weapons represent the push-and-pull between regular dude fury and art-rock aesthetic."
–Dead Rhetoric


Wednesday, April 13, 2016

NOMADS + Bloody-Disgusting

Los Angeles punks Nomads reveal their latest single today via horror authority Bloody-Disgusting – a ripping cover of The Sisters of Mercy's 1987 goth classic "Lucretia, My Reflection."

Listen, here:
http://bloody-disgusting.com/music/3386985/nomads-lucretia-reflection-song-premiere-exclusive/

The song appears on Nomads' upcoming debut full-length Love It or Leave It, out April 22nd on Melotov Records. The album was produced by Taylor Young (Nails, Xibalba) and mastered by Brad Boatright (Magudergrind, Full of Hell).

While Nomads' sound is mostly a hurricane of brutal, Discharge-descended punk, the band pulls off a thoroughly epic version of "Lucretia" – no gimmick, this goth anthem is played from the heart. In frontman Mocaine's words, "This is one of the best songs ever written... An undeniable banger."

Pre-order:
http://store.deathwishinc.com/product/MLTVR037v.html

Nomads, live:
Apr 15 - Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex w/ American Nightmare
Apr 16 - Berkeley, CA @ 924 Gilman w/ The Trouble

Jun 5 - Pomona, CA @ The Glasshouse w/ Discharge, Eyehategod
Jun 6 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy w/ Discharge, Eyehategod


"In translating his life into a band, [Nomads frontman 'Mocaine'] has given LA punk rock an updated version of N.W.A."

–LA Weekly

"Since their inception, LA's Nomads have offered a particularly harsh brand of hardcore punk. Now the outfit are leveling up with their latest release, Love It or Leave It... The record reiterates their themes of drugs, conflict, and cop hate with a vicious insistence... The honesty and intentionality of Nomads will hit you in the face like a two by four... It's raw and it's good."

–Mass Appeal

"One band in LA that are down to use their sound as a weapon of change is Nomads... A sharp d-beat blade."

–CVLT Nation 

"Distorted-as-fuck... Full-sprint into the fray..."
–Metal Injection


Photo by Tyler Bradberry



Tuesday, April 12, 2016

SPOTLIGHTS + Revolver

Revolver has premiered Spotlights' new song, "The Grower," off the band's upcoming debut album Tidals.

Dreamy and shimmering and planet-sized, "The Grower" showcases the harmony of sweet and heavy that is Spotlights' signature. Lush psychedelic layers of vocals and guitars swirl above a swelling ocean of sludge. It is a sound that will stir fans of My Bloody ValentineFailure, and The Melvins alike.

Listen, here:

http://www.revolvermag.com/news/spotlights-premiere-new-song-the-grower.html

Based in Brooklyn, Spotlights is the married couple of Mario and Sarah Quintero. The Quinteros are both former members of Sleep Lady, a San Diego band whose 2012 sophomore album So Long Lonely Ghost was produced by Aaron Harris of Isis.

Out May 13th on Crowquill Records, Tidals 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:
April 13 - Brooklyn, NY @ The Acheron



Monday, April 11, 2016

PRIMITIVE WEAPONS + Noisey

"Primitive Weapons has carved out a big, angular niche for itself in Brooklyn's overflowing heavy music community... Their take on hardcore falls into the post- camp (Refused is a big touchpoint...), but thanks to the metallic crunch that holds it all together, we're hearing a lot more Cursed coursing beneath the melodies and strangled vocals."
–Noisey

"Strobe-light-incarnate post-hardcore... The New York band is adept at mixing metallic violence with eerie, melodic sweetness."

–NPR Music

"Primitive Weapons' most obvious influences date to the 1990s... 'metalcore' (the heaving, dissonant, Deadguy-ish kind) and 'post-hardcore' (the atmospheric, melodic, tri-state kind). Primitive Weapons guitarist and clean vocalist Arty Shepherd was among the latter subgenre's prime movers as a member of Mind Over Matter... That lineage predominates on The Future of Death, making it something of a full-circle moment."

–Stereogum

"Few bands can blend malignance and groove with the skill of Brooklyn's Primitive Weapons... 'Cathartic' barely begins to describe it."

–MetalSucks

"A showcase of influences ranging from the metal-hardcore bombast of Converge, to the mid-90s post-hardcore melody of Shift and Quicksand... It has the feel of veteran musicianship... It rocks with compellingly great heaviness."

–PunkNews

"Furious and dissonant... Downright melodic."

–Metal Insider

With its sophomore album The Future of Death coming this Friday, April 15th on Party Smasher Inc, Primitive Weapons has teamed with Noisey to present a stream of the entire album.

Listen, here:

http://noisey.vice.com/blog/primitive-weapons-album-2016

The Future of Death was recorded and mixed by Dean Baltulonis (Madball, Modern Life Is War) at The Wild Arctic, and mastered by Dave Gardner (Black Lips, Rocket from the Crypt) at Magneto Mastering. 

Its mix of teeth-gnashing aggression and grand, haunting melodies sets it in line with post-hardcore greats like Refused and Quicksand – guitarist Arthur Shepherd was a member of that scene as a younger man in the '90s, playing in bands like Mind Over Matter, Errortype:11, World's Fastest Car (with Quicksand's Walter Schreifels) and Instruction (with Quicksand's Tom Capone).

Party Smasher Inc is the new label founded by The Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist Ben Weinman.

record release show – already sold out – is set for April 15th at Saint Vitus Bar, the Brooklyn bar and venue co-owned by Primitive Weapons frontman David Castillo and guitarist Arthur Shepherd. The night doubles as the 5th anniversary celebration for Saint Vitus, and will feature sets by Pallbearer and Sannhet, in addition to Primitive Weapons.


A second record release show has been added, and this one features a special signature Primitive Weapons burger, as well as a DJ set by John Lamacchia of Candiria – April 22nd at Kimoto Sushi Rooftop in Brooklyn.




Friday, April 8, 2016

Out today: NONPAREIL - Allergen

Nonpareil's debut EP, Allergen, is out today, self-released by the band.

Listen here, via The AV Club:
http://www.avclub.com/article/nonpareil-makes-coughing-fit-sound-inviting-its-ne-234615

Buy here:
https://nonpareil1.bandcamp.com/album/allergen

From Phoenix, Arizona, Nonpareil is fronted by Connor Woods, original vocalist of Abigail Williams. Other members have done time in The Bled, Death of Marat, and Blues. In Nonpareil they unite and create a sound so tense and real, it clears the slate of their past affiliations. Comparisons to noise-rock and post-hardcore greats like The Jesus Lizard and Drive Like Jehu have been rolling in – the rhythm section lurches forward with the heavyweight power of the best of the AmRep roster, while notey guitars dance about and Woods' wits'-end screams evoke the early Three One G and Gravity Records days. Woods says the EP's lyrics were inspired mainly by his experiences as an American living in China.

Next show:
Apr 9 - Flagstaff, AZ @ The Green Room w/ Sorxe, Father Figures

"In its short musical life, Nonpareil has garnered comparisons to both Botch and Hot Cross, two bands that cast very long shadows... There's a mathematical nature that recalls the guitar work of both acts but it's not a mere imitation. Across the six songs that make up Allergen, Nonpareil is intricate, heavy, and just the right amount of sassy, making for an EP that recalls a bygone era of hardcore without merely stealing its moves."
–The AV Club

"Harnessing a discordant rhythm, the band make no bones about their disgust for humanity's bullshit."

–PunkNews

"A noisy brand of post-punk carefully designed to enthrall and motivate the listener... will please even the most discerning devotee of the great Dischord Records... Math rock, melody, screams, and steadily building tension..."
–Phoenix New Times

"Pushing the boundaries... Closer to the raw, naked sound of Shellac..."

–Gear Gods

"Norma Jean-style songwriting... Production that sounds like it was taken straight out of Steve Albini's garage... The instrumentaton is precise and cutting like a serrated knife."

–Heavy Blog Is Heavy

"Spiraling, angular guitar assaults and grumbling, menacing bass lines. Fans of Drive Like Jehu, Shellac and the like, take note."
–Svbterranean