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.


KARYN CRISIS + Immolation's Ross Dolan



In a new video clip posted today, Immolation's Ross Dolan speaks about his role in Gospel of the Witches, the new project fronted by iconic vocalist and visual artist Karyn Crisis.

Gospel of the Witches features the pairing of Crisis' and Dolan's voices in what Crisis terms a "death choir." 
She has stated, "As a testament to Ancient Ways and the union of opposites, I explore the feminine power in my voice on this album and couple it with Ross' intensely masculine vocal power to create a consistent theme of thickly layered vocal choruses."

Dolan describes the project as "dark, haunting, very creepy, very cool stuff... something big and epic and multi-layered."

Gospel of the Witches' all-star lineup is completed by Ephel Duath mastermind Davide Tiso on guitar and bass, and Intronaut's Danny Walker on drums.

The recording of the 13-song debut album begins in June with producer Jamie King (Between the Buried and Me) at The Basement Recording NC.

The album will contain a guest appearance by Mike Hill, frontman of Tombs.

A Kickstarter page has been set up to raise money for the recording, mixing, mastering, and manufacturing costs. 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).

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

KARYN CRISIS: Gospel of the Witches


Groundbreaking vocalist and visual artist Karyn Crisis reveals new details of her newest musical project, Gospel of the Witches. 

Gospel of the Witches features Karyn Crisis' unmistakable vocals and mystical lyrics, over music composed by Ephel Duath mastermind Davide Tiso. With Tiso playing all guitars and bass, the all-star lineup is completed by Danny Walker of Intronaut on drums, and Ross Dolan of Immolation on vocals. 

A 13-song album is currently in the pre-production stages. Tracking begins in June with producer Jamie King (Between the Buried and Me) at The Basement Recording NC.

In addition to the core lineup, the album will contain a guest appearance by Mike Hill, frontman of Tombs.

Karyn Crisis speaks about Gospel of the Witches: "The album is a bold statement and an epic, unabashedly emotional work of devotion to the ultimate expression of the power of the fires of transformation: The Witch. Davide has a haunting ability to generate undeniably emotional landscapes with his guitar, and these songs twist and turn into darkness and then transmute into heartbreaking beauty and light. As a testament to Ancient Ways and the union of opposites, I explore the feminine power in my voice on this album and couple it with Ross's intensely masculine vocal power to create a consistent theme of thickly layered vocal choruses. Danny will round out these 13 dark mantras with thunderous drums. Take the tendrils of my unstoppable voice into the Great Mysteries... or run for the hills."

A Kickstarter page has been set up to raise money for the recording, mixing, mastering, and manufacturing costs: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/540114326/karyn-crisis-solo-album

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.

An early demo version of a new song, "Howl at the Moon," has been posted here in video form: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/540114326/karyn-crisis-solo-album/posts/779563

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 Crisis' lineup over the band's 13-year career include Norman Westberg (Swans), Sammy Duet (Acid Bath, Goatwhore), and Roy Mayorga (Amebix, Soulfly).

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

TIGER FLOWERS + The A.V. Club

The A.V. Club has premiered the next slice of Tiger Flowers' upcoming debut album, Dead Hymns. Check out the New Yorkers' newest track, "Tectonics of Teeth," now streaming exclusively at The A.V. Club. 

Writes The A.V. Club's Jason Heller, "standout track 'Tectonics of Teeth' sports enough whiplash and metallic, Converge-esque bile to either dislodge or dissolve an entire set of dental work."

Dead Hymns – produced by Elliot Geller (Malignancy, Dim Mak) and mastered by Shane Frisby (Turmoil, Revocation) – comes out April 8th on Melotov Records, home to other releases by ACxDC, Old Wounds, and The Banner. Melotov is distributed exclusively by Deathwish Inc. 

Tiger Flowers' latest video was named "video of the year" by Metal Injection. The band hits the road in April for a short tour:

Apr 4 - Newburgh, NY @ The Wherehouse
Apr 5 - Potsdam, NY @ Hurley's
Apr 6 - Rochester, NY @ Firehouse Saloon
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


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

TIGER FLOWERS + Revolver

Revolver Magazine has premiered "Suicide Giants," a new song off Tiger Flowers' upcoming debut album, Dead Hymns.

An anthem of mourning, the melancholy tune is a contrast to the brash, rockin' style showcased on other new Tiger Flowers tracks like "Cruisin' 'til the Wheels Fall Off" whose accompanying video was named "video of the year" by MetalInjection.

As a recent Tiger Flowers review on Invisible Oranges puts it, "Coalesce are their most obvious reference point, but that comparison doesn't tell the whole story." Brooklyn Vegan has compared the band to "elders who pushed the genre into new directions, like Deadguy, Converge, and Rorschach."

Melotov Records releases Dead Hymns on vinyl on April 8th. The LA label, distributed exclusively by Deathwish Inc, is home to releases by The Banner, Ghostlimb, Old Wounds, ACxDC, and more. Dead Hymns was produced by Elliot Geller (Malignancy, Dim Mak) and mastered by Shane Frisby (Turmoil, Revocation).

The New Yorkers will hit the road in April:

Apr 4 - Newburgh, NY @ The Wherehouse
Apr 5 - Potsdam, NY @ Hurley's
Apr 6 - Rochester, NY @ Firehouse Saloon
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


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

TIGER FLOWERS - Dead Hymns tour



TF on tour:
Apr 4 - Newburgh, NY @ The Wherehouse
Apr 5 - Potsdam, NY @ Hurley's
Apr 6 - Rochester, NY @ Firehouse Saloon
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

Poster by Mike Wohlberg
New TF song on Invisible Oranges
New TF video on Metal Injection

CIRCLE TAKES THE SQUARE - Westward, Spring 2014


Following last fall's tour of the eastern US and Canada, progressive punks Circle Takes The Square announce "Westward", an extensive Spring 2014 tour that focuses on the western chunk of the nation.

Circle Takes The Square carved their initials on the underground in 2004 with the release of As The Roots Undo (Robotic Empire), an album which confounded with its technicality and ravished with its emotion. In the words of Nashville Scene, "If there were any justice in the world, Circle Takes The Square would be the band that defines emo for the masses. Their 2004 debut, As The Roots Undo, is a dense, chaotic work of witchy post-hardcore, laden with a darkness you'd more likely expect from Norwegian black metal records than an emo power trio." Rolling Stone praised the debut with these words: "This trio makes torrid, complex scream-ola on this astounding full-length debut, charging its Napalm Death-style time swerves and Fugazi-like guitar meat with a rare, heated male-female vocal attack that puts the X in emo."

Almost ten years later, having influenced scores of younger bands in the meantime, the band released their long-awaited follow-up, Decompositions: Volume Number One, via their own label, Gatepost Recordings. A stunning "comeback", Decompositions: Volume Number One bursts forth with passion, rooted in epic, pagan visions and twisted into abstractly complex musical forms. A progressive, metallic verion of emotional hardcore punk, it transcends genre and exists in the realm of the true innovators, from Rorschach to Slint.

On the upcoming "Westward" tour, Circle Takes The Square plays roughly 30 US cities, including a slot on the Skeletal Lightning Fest in Urbana, Illinois, with Thou, Enabler, Weekend Nachos, Cloud Rat, and more. The band is joined on multiple California dates by Loma Prieta and Calculator.

Of Circle Takes The Square's Brooklyn show at St. Vitus last fall, BrooklynVegan reported, "The group gave it everything they had from the word 'go.' They tore through the incredibly complex compositions with furious energy, hitting every transition with clock-like precision... I overheard more than one conversation about how people had been waiting since they were teenagers to see CTTS."

Circle Takes The Square is comprised of founding members Drew Speziale (guitar, vocals) and Kathleen Stubelek (bass, vocals), with drummer Caleb Collins.

April
9 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Roboto Project
10 - Columbus, OH @ Dude Locker
11 - Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
12 - Urbana, IL @ The IMC (Skeletal Lightning Fest)
13 - Milwaukee, WI @ Riverwest Public House
14 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
15 - Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
17 - Denver, CO @ 7th Circle Music Collective
18 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Shred Shed
19 - Boise, ID @ Crux
20 - Couer d'Alene, ID @ Calypso's
21 - Seattle, WA @ The Vera Project
22 - Portland, OR @ Branx
23 - Eugene, OR @ The Boreal
25 - Sacramento, CA @ Luigi's Fungarden w/ Loma Prieta
26 - Santa Cruz, CA @ 418 Project w/ Loma Prieta
27 - Berkeley, CA @ 924 Gilman w/ Loma Prieta
28 - San Francisco, CA @ Submission Art Space w/ Calculator
29 - Fresno, CA @ The CYC w/ Calculator
30 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Lyric Theatre

May
1 - Pomona, CA @ Aladdin's Jr
2 - San Diego, CA @ Che Cafe
4 - Phoenix, AZ @ Nile Theatre Underground
6 - Flagstaff, AZ @ Firecreek Coffee
7 - Albuquerque, NM @ The Gasworks
8 - El Paso, TX @ The Sandbox
9 - Austin, TX @ Holy Mountain
10 - Denton, TX @ Rubber Gloves
11 - Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone
12 - Florence, AL @ Pegasus Records
13 - Chattanooga, TN @ JJ's Bohemia

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

1-800-BAND + CMJ

CMJ has premiered the video for "Diver Blue," the title track off 1-800-BAND's upcoming new EP.

Of keyboard-powered retro-rockers 1-800-BAND, oft compared to The Cars, CMJ's Eric Davidson writes, "The four seasoned punk-dive troupers who make up this Brooklyn power pop band know they're getting your goat with their cheeky moniker. They also know their way around a sharp hook."

Directed by David Cavallo, cinematographer of documentary films such as Jodorowsky's Dune, the "Diver Blue" clip plays out like a teen movie gone terribly wrong.

1-800-BAND's Diver Blue EP is out April 8th on Almost Ready Records, home to releases by Liquor Store, Nobunny, Atlantic Thrills, and more. The EP was produced by Kevin McMahon (The Walkmen, Swans), and mastered by Carl Saff (Guided By Voices, Unsane).

Having rocked New York exhaustively with bands like Liquor Store, Endless Boogie, and Call of the Wild, 1-800-BAND hits the road this spring:

April 5 - Brooklyn, NY @ Record Grouch
May 4 - Milwaukee, WI @ Quarters Rock Palace
May 5 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock
May 7 - Hamtramck, MI @ The Painted Lady
May 8 - Columbus, OH @ Cafe Bourbon Street
May 9 - Brooklyn, NY @ Bell House (Power Pop Festival w/ Dwight Twilley, Pezband)

"5/5. Power pop punk gold."
-About.com

"Some serious vibes of The Cars and other 1978/79 power pop/new wave bands..."
-BrooklynVegan

"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

"The four seasoned punk-dive troupers who make up this Brooklyn power pop band know they're getting your goat with their cheeky moniker. They also know their way around a sharp hook."
-CMJ



Tuesday, March 4, 2014

TIGER FLOWERS + Invisible Oranges

Invisible Oranges has premiered "Batesian Mimicry," the newest song from New York City favorites Tiger Flowers.

"Batesian Mimicry" is the opening track off the Flowers' debut LP, Dead Hymns, out April 8th on Melotov Records. The LA label is home to other upcoming releases by ACxDC and Vices, and past releases by The Banner, Old Wounds, and Ghostlimb.

IO reports: "Coalesce are their most obvious reference point but that comparison doesn't tell the whole story; Tiger Flowers are less noodly and more terse, which means that you stand a good chance of headbanging to their music the right way on the first try. The band know this fact and make use of it. Like any good metallic hardcore band they've got a knack for setting up huge slowdowns with dramatic pauses – in "Batesian Mimicry" the band pull the rug out from beneath you about a minute into the track. The sequence of slamming grooves that follows is worth the long wait."

"Batesian Mimicry" is the second track to be revealed off the new album. The first, "Cruisin' 'til the Wheels Fall Off", was immortalized with a video which Metal Injection hailed as "the video of the year."

Tiger Flowers will hit the road in April around Melotov's release of Dead Hymns:

April
4 - Newburgh, NY @ The Wherehouse
5 - Potsdam, NY @ Hurley's
6 - Rochester, NY @ Firehouse Saloon
7 - Akron, OH @ Old Haunts
8 - Dayton, OH @ Blind Bob's
9 - Chillicothe, OH @ Tecumseh Inn
10 - Parkersburg, WV @ 5th Street Pub
11 - Baltimore, MD @ Charm City Art Space
12 - Brooklyn, NY @ The Gutter