Friday, August 30, 2013

Thursday, August 29, 2013

NETHERLANDS

Brooklyn band Netherlands proudly announces the completion of its second album, Silicon Vapor, set for an October 29th release.

Netherlands is fronted by vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Timo Ellis, whose mile-long musical resume includes collaborations with Yoko Ono, Melvins, John Zorn, Cibo Matto, Gibby Haynes, and more.

A man with over 20 years' experience as a composer, session player, and solo artist, Ellis created Netherlands as an outlet for his most grandiose rock tendencies. A trio completed by drummer Dave Burnett and synth-bassist Sam Levin, Netherlands is an all-out, unrestrained force of musical color, and Silicon Vapor is the album on which this band comes into its own. 


On Silicon Vapor, Netherlands rejects restraint in favor of maximum impact: shredding chops, soaring vocals, and maddening hooks, all laced with goofball quirk. Following Ellis' mission statement of making music that is equally "light-hearted, brutal, ecstatic", Netherlands crushes decades' worth of bombast into psychotropic nuggets of evil rock bliss. With nods to the dirtbag rituals of 70s heavy metal, the grandeur of 80s arena rock, and the crunch and hooks of 90s alternative, the threesome pounds out what Time Out New York has called "a kind of futuristic biker rock... a burst of anti-intellectual glee."

To put Netherlands in a modern context, lines could be drawn to Ghost, Queens of the Stone Age, and Torche - bands that combine melodic euphoria, sweet grooves, and apocalyptic drive. But make no mistake, Netherlands takes that vibe and dropkicks it hard into bizarro prog hyperspace, outside the familiar realms. The weirdest pop act of the year or the most joyous metalheads? Either way. Netherlands is a band of extremes and will not be pinned down.

A treat for the ears, Silicon Vapor was recorded by John Davis at The Bunker Studios in Brooklyn, New York (Moby, The Roots), mixed by Bryce Goggin (Swans, Pavement), and mastered by Ron Shaffer (Tricky). 

The Silicon Vapor tracklist is as follows:

1) Vapors
2) Tabitha
3) Deathling
4) Undead Horses
5) Robot Fail
6) Sixteen
7) Palestine
8) Black Fractal
9) Acid Monkeys
10) About A Whale
11) Nairobi Finger
12) Acetaminophen
13) Teenage Blood Runt
14) Silicon Vapor

Cover art and layout are by designer Todd Kancar. The album will be available in three formats: digital, CD, and a limited pressing of 500 double LPs (100 black vinyl; 400 clear, 180-gram vinyl).

In its five-year existence, Netherlands has played shows with Black Flag, Melt-Banana, Valient Thorr, The Death Set, Naam, Vaz, and many more. Look out for a whole lot more live activity in the months to come.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

NERVOUS + Terrorizer

Terrorizer Magazine presents an exclusive stream of a new Nervous song, "Cog in the Machine", off the Oakland, California band's self-titled debut album, out September 24th on Twelve Gauge Records.

Terrorizer raves: "Nervous lives up to its name with ten tracks of angular, paranoid punk rock, not unlike The Jesus Lizard covering 'My War'-era Black Flag. 'Cog in the Machine' is a fine example of frontman Jake Spek's (Lewd Acts) blunt lyricism and crunchy, obtuse riffing, and drummer Jacob Harris' (Big Kids) driving rhythms."

Nervous' self-titled debut album was recorded and mixed by Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Loma Prieta) and mastered by Alan Douches (Converge, Run-DMC). CvltNation recently premiered another new song off the album.

Twelve Gauge Records releases are distributed exclusively by Deathwish Distribution.


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

SELF DEFENSE FAMILY + New Noise

With Self Defense Family's new EP, The Corrections Officer In Me, officially out today on Family Drugs, New Noise Magazine offers a stream of the full EP.

AltPress.com's 4/5 review of The Corrections Officer In Me compares frontman Patrick Kindlon to "Lou Reed" and describes his delivery as "provocative and full of tension and unease, the sound of somebody at odds with the world around him". A review on About.com calls the EP "unbelievably raw and unrestricted... reminiscent of a moment when alternative music was defined by rebellion."

A shape-shifting collective, rooted in, but not limited to, the post-hardcore sound of the Dischord Records roster, Self Defense Family have made a name in the underground by  ignoring normal rock band rules concerning genres, lineups, and release schedules. With a rotating cast of musicians from across the US and UK, S.D.F. have recorded music at studios across the globe, following whatever musical and non-musical inspirations strike them, and have put out releases via a long list of labels, including Deathwish Inc, Run For Cover, Hex, Family Drugs, and more.

Outside Self Defense Family, frontman Kindlon is known as the vocalist for Drug Church, cofounder of Harm Reduction Records with Jami Morgan of Code Orange Kids, and owner of Ashcan Press, a comic book publisher.

Order The Corrections Officer In Me from Family Drugs. Family Drugs releases are distributed exclusively by Deathwish Distribution.

STOMACH EARTH video

MetalInjection presents the premiere of Stomach Earth's video for "Prolong The Death Watch", a song off the self-titled debut album, out now on Black Market Activities.

Directed by David Hall (Today Is The Day, Fuck The Facts), the brutally abstract, abstractly brutal clip gives cryptic glimpses of a violent ritual, perfectly complementing the song's morbid, cinematic vibe.  

The solo project of The Red Chord guitarist Mike "Gunface" McKenzie, Stomach Earth has been named "a gnarly, crawling death metal/doom fusion" by Stereogum, and likened to "the sound of dread... a creature of indescribably wretched and horrifying form" by MetalSucks. Comparisons to Godflesh and Skepticism abound.




Friday, August 23, 2013

New releases

Recap of all the good stuff that's coming up:

August 27 - SELF DEFENSE FAMILY - The Corrections Officer In Me - Family Drugs

"When he's not playing in Drug Church, running his own comic book company, making his own comics or overseeing independent record label Harm Reduction - or more accurately, at the same time as doing all of these things - Patrick Kindlon also fronts shape-shifting post-hardcore collective Self Defense Family (formerly known as End Of A Year). This latest release - recorded in a 24-hour period back in 2011 - offers up three recordings full of paranoia, anxiety and disillusion with the state of the world... Provocative and full of tension and unease, the sound of somebody at odds with the world around him, someone who's trying to work out how to change the unchangeable... A chilling and horrific vision of humanity in the 21st century."
-Alternative Press

A post-hardcore collective, known for its nebulous lineup and its vast catalog of release on a diverse list of labels (Deathwish Inc, Run For Cover, Hex Records, Family Drugs...), S.D.F. nod to Dischord Records leaders like Fugazi and Lungfish as well as the driving, anxious vibe of Killing Joke. Frontman and DIY powerhouse Patrick Kindlon is one of the most profound wordsmiths on the scene today.

Stream a Self Defense Family song via Verbicide.

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August 27 - BONE DANCE - Snakecharmers (EP reissue) - Melotov Records

"Suffocating heaviness along the lines of Botch, Coalesce, and Engineer."
-Revolver

"Bone Dance sets the bar high for all newer bands playing chaotic metal/hardcore..."
-CvltNation

Reissue of out-of-print EP by Boise, Idaho's finest nihilists, originally released in 2010. Sludgy riffs spiral downward, drums strike and recoil, and vocalist Morgan Mechling spits pure disgust as if preemptively delivering mankind's eulogy. Features new art and packaging.

Watch a Bone Dance video via Revolver.

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August 27 - CALCULATOR - These Roots Grow Deep (LP reissue) - Melotov Records

"LA's Calculator make a similar kind of post-hardcore/screamo to fellow Cali bands Touche Amore or the now-defunct Comadre; raw, honest, and uncompromising."
-BrooklynVegan

Reissue of out-of-print collection of Calculator's early material, originally released in 2010. Los Angeles post-hardcore, descended from Rites Of Spring, using emotion and dynamics to the fullest. Recorded at various locations including The Earth Capital in LA with producer Alex Estrada (Nails, Touche Amore, Xibalba). Features new art and packaging.

Watch a Calculator video via BrooklynVegan.

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September 24 - NERVOUS - Nervous - Twelve Gauge Records

Fronted by Jake Spek of Lewd Acts, this Bay Area crew take the hooks and quirks of Jesus Lizard/Pixies/Nirvana and twist them into anxiety-ridden California punk anthems. Awesome debut album! Recorded and mixed by Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Loma Prieta), mastered by Alan Douches (Converge and so many more...)

Stream a Nervous song via CvltNation.

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Next:

Fall '13 - NETHERLANDS
Fall '13 - MEEK IS MURDER
Fall '13 - SO HIDEOUS
Fall '13 - CZAR
Fall '13 - TIGER FLOWERS
Fall '13 - PYRRHON

CALCULATOR vid

BrooklynVegan presents the premiere of Calculator's video for "Overture", a song off the LA band's recent full-length, This Will Come To Pass.

Calculator's heartfelt post-hardcore nods to elders like Rites of Spring and Saetia, or in the words of BrooklynVegan, "LA's Calculator make a similar kind of post-hardcore/screamo to fellow Cali bands Touche Amore or the now-defunct Comadre; raw, honest, and uncompromising." In praise of the "Overture" video, BV reports, "The black-and-white video splices images of the band recording with a David Lynch-ian bathtub scene..."

With the full-length album out now, Melotov Records prepares for its grand reissue of another Calculator release: the out-of-print 2010 album, These Roots Grow Deep, a collection of the band's early work. Due out August 27th on Melotov, the reissue is a limited pressing of 500 white vinyl LPs featuring all new artwork. Recorded between 2007-2009, the songs on the album were tracked at various locations including The Earth Capital in LA with producer Alex Estrada (Nails, Touche Amore, Xibalba).

Pre-order These Roots Grow Deep from Melotov Records.


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

TIGER FLOWERS tour

As work on their debut album nears completion, New York City's Tiger Flowers prepare for a short tour of the Eastern US. Joining them on all dates will be Long Island shredders Johnny Booth.

Tiger Flowers' set list will consist of old favorites as well as songs off the upcoming full-length, including "Cruisin' Til the Wheels Fall Off", which was premiered on Lambgoat in June.

Sept 5 - Ithaca, NY @ Just Be Cause
Sept 6 - Jamestown, NY @ Jamestown Skate Products
Sept 7 - Akron, OH @ Old Haunts
Sept 8 - Chicago, IL @ Grand Bar
Sept 9 - Parkersburg, WV @ 5th St Pub
Sept 10 - Raleigh, NC @ Slim's
Sept 11 - Baltimore, MD @ Charm City Arts Space
Sept 12 - Albany, NY @ Bogie's
Sept 13 - Amityville, NY @ Amityville Music Hall
Sept 14 - Brooklyn, NY @ Grand Victory

"Hometown heroes" of the New York scene, in the words of MetalSucks, Tiger Flowers are renowned for their cathartic sound and unfiltered realness. Their live shows are the stuff of local legend and their brand of metallic hardcore unites unhinged aggression, bottomless melancholia, and swaggering rock n' roll. BrooklynVegan has likened the band to "elders who pushed the genre into new directions, like Deadguy, Converge, and Rorschach..."

Tiger Flowers' as-yet-untitled full-length debut was engineered and mixed by Eliot Geller (Malignancy, Dim Mak) and is being mastered by Shane Frisby (Turmoil, Revocation). No label has yet been announced to release the album.


SELF DEFENSE FAMILY + Verbicide

Verbicide Magazine premieres "The Bomber Will Always Get Through", the third and final track from Self Defense Family's upcoming new EP, The Corrections Officer In Me, out August 27th on Family Drugs.

"The Bomber Will Always Get Through" is a seven-minute meditation, built on a hypnotic bassline and metronomic beat, intensified by distant guitar textures and frontman Patrick Kindlon's slow-building tale about the day he fell off his bike: "Fell off my bike / Struck my head to the curb / Bad for my hairline / Great for self-worth...The song evokes the world-weary post-hardcore of Dischord Records legends like Fugazi and Lungfish.

The ever-unpredictable Self Defense Family, formerly known as End Of A Year, features an evolving lineup of anywhere from three to ten members, hailing from all across the US and UK. Records have been recorded across the globe, from Iceland to Jamaica to the Bay Area, and released on many various labels, including Deathwish Inc, Run For Cover, Hex Records, and now, Family Drugs.

Frontman Kindlon also fronts the band Drug Church, co-owns Harm Reduction Records with Jami Morgan of Code Orange Kids, and runs a comic book press.

The Corrections Officer In Me was written and recorded in one 24-hour period with producer Sam Pura, creator of "The Waiting Room" series, which has featured live performances by Touche Amore, Loma Prieta, and many more. Pura is also co-owner of Family Drugs (with Twelve Gauge Records boss Jihad Rabah), the label on which the EP sees its release on August 27th. Family Drugs releases are distributed exclusively by Deathwish Distribution.

Pre-order The Corrections Officer In Me.


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

NO SIR + Decibel

With No Sir's debut album, The Future Is Bright, officially released today on Twelve Gauge Records, Decibel Magazine presents a stream of the full album.

In describing No Sir, Decibel makes note of the "noise rock and shoegaze-y toxic coating" that drenches the Bay Area band's raw hardcore punk sound. Elsewhere, the band has been compared to older West Coast punkers like Dead And Gone and Look Back And Laugh, and to contemporary noise rockers like Pissed Jeans.

The Future Is Bright was recorded by Jack Shirley at The Atomic Garden (Deafheaven, Loma Prieta).

Watch a No Sir video via Guitar World.

Order The Future Is Bright.

OLD WOUNDS/TRENCHFOOT + New Noise

To mark today's release of the Old Wounds/Trenchfoot split seven-inch on Melotov Records, New Noise Magazine presents a stream of the entire record.

Much has been spoken and written about Old Wounds and Trenchfoot, two young East Coast hardcore prospects rising fast. As MSN's Headbang blog phrases it, the new seven-inch is "a great example of a split being used effectively to introduce two new bands to the world".

Currently in the midst of a US tour that included a slot on this year's The Power of the Riff Festival in LA, road dogs Old Wounds hail from New Jersey and play a searing brand of metallic hardcore that recalls 90s scene definers like Turmoil and Disembodied. A recent review on Pitchfork referred to Old Wounds as "furious hardcore" and praised the band's "concision and power". 

From upstate New York, Trenchfoot churn out an even darker shade of hardcore, evoking the epic, depressive laments of Cursed and Tragedy.

Both bands' material for the split was recorded by Kevin Bernsten at Developing Nations (Pulling Teeth, Full of Hell).

Watch an Old Wounds video via Revolver Magazine.

Order the Old Wounds/Trenchfoot split.

Monday, August 12, 2013

SELF DEFENSE FAMILY + PunkNews

PunkNews presents the premiere of the new Self Defense Family song, "Pop Song Written on the Automall", appearing on the band's upcoming EP, The Corrections Officer In Me, out August 27th on Family Drugs

Self Defense Family, formerly known as End Of A Year, is a mercurial collective whose shifting lineup consists of anywhere from three to ten members, hailing from around the US and the UK. The sound is rooted in the works of post-hardcore leaders like Fugazi and Lungfish, while "Pop Song Written On The Automall" also shows off a heavy Killing Joke influence (as does the cover of The Corrections Officer In Me, a nod to Killing Joke's Brighter Than A Thousand Suns cover). Frontman Patrick Kindlon is a formidable wordsmith and also a DIY force who, in addition to his role in Self Defense Family, fronts Drug Church, runs Harm Reduction Records with Jami Morgan of Code Orange Kids, and helms Ashcan Press, a comics publisher. Self Defense Family has released music on a wide range of labels, including Deathwish Inc, Run For Cover, Hex Records, and now, Family Drugs.

Family Drugs is a new label co-founded by Jihad Rabah of Twelve Gauge Records and producer Sam Pura whose acclaimed series, "The Waiting Room", has seen him work with Touche Amore, Loma Prieta, and many more. Family Drugs releases are distributed exclusively by Deathwish Distribution.

Pre-order The Corrections Officer In Me.


BONE DANCE vid

Revolver Magazine presents the premiere of Bone Dance's new video, "Writhing In Ecstasy". Directed by AJ Duthie, the clip features a song from Bone Dance's self-titled album, released late last year on Melotov Records (home also to releases by The Banner, Ghostlimb, and Old Wounds). 

Revolver reports: "From Boise, Idaho, Bone Dance churn out what they themselves call 'utter, desert-driven nihilism' - think suffocating heaviness along the lines of Botch, Coalesce, and Engineer."

Of the self-titled album, Cvlt Nation stated, "Bone Dance's new LP sets the bar high for all newer bands playing chaotic metal/hardcore and is one of the must-hear metal albums of the year, period."

Coming up, August 27th, Melotov will reissue another Bone Dance release, the out-of-print 2010 Snakecharmers EP, as a limited edition, one-sided, color vinyl 12", featuring all new artwork. 

Bone Dance set out on a West Coast tour this week.


Thursday, August 8, 2013

NERVOUS

Hot on the heels of No Sir's The Future Is Bright, Twelve Gauge Records presents its next home runthe self-titled debut album by Nervous, out September 24th.

From Oakland, California, Nervous consists of frontman Jake Spek (Lewd Acts) and drummer Jacob Harris (Big Kids, Acid Fast). Best friends and co-pilots of Oakland DIY venue The Hive, Spek and Harris have announced Nervous to be their new priority. This is no side project, this is a real band with its own sound.

There's something of a Nirvana vibe with Nervous - or, more accurately, Nervous is inspired by many of the same bands Kurt Cobain espoused: Wipers, Pixies, The Jesus Lizard. Spek and Harris take these inspirations and twist them into anxiety-ridden California punk anthems. Spek's unhinged vocals are an absolute standout, something like David Yow in a really fired-up mood. His lyrics address true everyday struggles of the broke, lazy, and intelligent, and honesty seeps through his every word. When he sings about being depressed, it's not depressing - on the contrary, he pulls you right in and makes you want to shout along, and you're left applauding him for having the courage to be so real. From the album's opening track, "Good Morning": "Absolutely no sense of urgency / Not going to work, that is a certainty / I don't want to hang out, that shit is boring / I got a cut on my leg that won't stop bleeding / I think that I'm decomposing."

Stream "Good Morning" on Cvlt Nation!

Recorded and mixed by Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Loma Prieta) and mastered by Alan Douches (Converge and so many more), Nervous' self-titled debut sounds clear and rich, rock-solid and rocking. The tracklist is as follows:

1) Good Morning
2) Cog in the Machine
3) Day Off
4) Perfection
5) Home
6) Birthday Party
7) Satire About a Vampire
8) Vulture
9) Hungry
10) Can't Feel a Thing

Nervous will take its show on the road for the first time this fall, with plans to hit the full US. Live, Spek and Harris will be joined by a touring bassist, replacing Jon Schmitt (Beau Navire) who played on the record.