Thursday, May 30, 2013

TIGER FLOWERS summer '13

Staples of the New York scene, Tiger Flowers kick off their summer touring tonight at Brooklyn hot spot Saint Vitus, alongside Massachusetts grinders Hivesmasher.

Tiger Flowers' summer schedule so far sees the band heading out for three short forays, teaming up with Hivesmasher, Hush, and East of the Wall.

BrooklynVegan have described Tiger Flowers with these words: "The band take influence from elders who pushed the genre into new directions, like Deadguy, Converge, and Rorschach, and add in metal influences rooted in hardcore like Unsane... What emerges is a cocktail of furious hardcore interjected with chaotic blasts of screaming feedback, time changes, doomy riffs and most importantly, delivered with tons of live energy." 

MetalSucks called Tiger Flowers' 2011 debut EP, "one of the most original and arresting releases of the year". The 'Flowers have yet to release any new material since that acclaimed EP, making it all the more exciting that the band are at work now on a new album. Stay tuned for more details.

Tiger Flowers, Hivesmasher:
May 30 - Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
May 31 - Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
June 1 - York, PA @ The Depot
June 2 - Parkersburg, WV @ 5th Street Pub
June 3 - Akron, OH @ Old Haunts Tavern

Tiger Flowers, Hush:
June 21 - River Head, NY @ Wild Wood Bowling Alley
June 22 - Brooklyn, NY @ Public Assembly

Tiger Flowers, East of the Wall:
July 26 - Boston, MA @ Roggie's
July 27 - Providence, RI @ tba
July 28 - Portland, ME @ tba

Photo by Justina Villanueva

Wednesday, May 29, 2013


"Body Stuff is the new project of New York musician Curran Reynolds, known for his work with Today Is The Day and Wetnurse. 

Body Stuff's self-titled debut recording will be released July 23, 2013 on The Path Less Traveled Records as a limited edition, white vinyl 7" and digital download.

Points of reference: Justin Broadrick, Michael Gira, Walter Schreifels"

Body Stuff on Facebook
Body Stuff on Bandcamp

One afternoon in our little apartment, my friend Mick Barr said to me: "Everyone should make a solo record." That statement stuck with me for some years and now here we are.

There have always been words and melodies flitting in and out of reach but this was my first attempt at harnessing these things and calling them songs, untouched by the democratic processes of bands. I reached back in time, into my own history, before bands, before drums. I went back to childhood to reconnect with my earliest encounters with popular music, to recall the lightning strikes I felt when certain songs of the day first hit me via radios and TVs. "Beat It", "Axel F", "Home Sweet Home", and so on. I sought not to recreate these sounds but to recall their initial impact on me and revel in the purity, the immediacy, of that cause and effect, the raw power electrifying the innocent mind. I took that and let it guide the making of this record.

I wrote every song while walking the streets of New York at night. The record is grounded in the wonder and grime of this city, the tension created by so much imminent pleasure and imminent doom. You'll hear it in the music, I think, or in certain lyrics. "Street Walker", for example, is about sizing up the strangers we pass by and ultimately choosing to love them. "Wanted Man" is about being misunderstood by these strangers despite our best efforts. "New York Story" is an ode to reckless summers past, and to a friend who fell to his death from a fire escape at the end of one such summer.

From me to you. Body Stuff. A personal account, dedicated to all. 

My right hand man through this was Ryan Jones, whom you've known as bassist in Today Is The Day, Mutilation Rites, and Wetnurse, or as live sound man at my Precious Metal shows, or as producer of Star Fucking Hipsters, Flourishing, and Pyrrhon. Thanks also to Greg Kramer (Wetnurse), Matt McAuley (A.R.E. Weapons, TV Baby), Colin Marston (Gorguts, Krallice), artist Mike Wohlberg, and label man Sean Crook for their contributions. And Mick!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Justin Smith in LA Weekly

My longtime friend and client Justin Smith has been bestowed with a spot on LA Weekly's "People 2013" list, a list "celebrating the most interesting people in Los Angeles". Dubbed "The Heavy Metal Professor" by the Weekly, history professor Smith is the founder of Vitriol Records and of the bands Graf Orlock and Ghostlimb. Alongside him on the "People 2013" list are a wide range of actors, musicians, artists, chefs, and entrepreneurs, from Tyrese Gibson to George Takei to Laura Owens. Congrats.