Friday, October 30, 2015

Out today: JUSTIN PEARSON & GABE SERBIAN - Incompresa

Justin Pearson & Gabe Serbian's Incompresa seven-inch is out today on Three One G Records. The songs were written and recorded for Asia Argento's new film Incompresa (titled Misunderstood in the US), in which Pearson also has a role playing the boyfriend of Charlotte Gainsbourg's character.

Pearson is a current/former member of such bands as The Locust, Head Wound City, Retox, Some Girls, Holy Molar, and Swing Kids, and the founder of Three One G Records.

Serbian has drummed in many of Pearson's bands, he is a founding member of Cattle Decapitation, he ranks on SPIN Magazine's list of "100 Greatest Drummers in Alternative Music" and he was recently named as one of Dave Lombardo's personal favorite drummers.

Stream the Incompresa seven-inch, here.

Buy it, here.

Watch a clip from the film (called "buoyantly funny... desperately sad" by The New York Times), here.

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

"As highly theatrical as The Locust and its prickly side projects have always been, nothing could prepare us for the film debut of bassist/singer Justin Pearson."
–Self-Titled

"Longtime collaborators in the delightfully (and uncompromisingly) freaky and theatrical powerviolence spectacle that is The Locust, noisegrind 'supergroup' Head Wound City, and the short-lived but much-venerated Holy Molar, Justin Pearson and Gabe Serbian have recorded a 7-inch of exclusive music to accompany Pearson's cinematic debut in Asia Argento's film Incompresa... Joyfully destructive, all hiss and screel. It sounds like 1:20 of the best and worst parts of being inside a teenager's head..."
–Impose


Out today: DRIFTOFF - Modern Fear

Modern Fear, the debut EP by Driftoff, is out today on Science of Silence Records in the US and Golden Antenna Records in Europe.

Listen to the EPhere.

Buy Modern Fear direct from the band ("name your price" digital pre-order and exclusive, limited-edition, 180-gram, "coke bottle" clear vinyl), here.

Buy Modern Fear from Science of Silence Records (exclusive, limited-edition, 180-gram, grey vinyl), here.


Buy Modern Fear from Golden Antenna Records (Europe/UK only), here.


Noisey calls Driftoff's Modern Fear "a model of excellence in heavy music"; Decibel calls it "frantic, feedback-riddled post-hardcore... noisy, squalling forward momentum."

Based in Brooklyn, Driftoff consists of members of Junius, Rosetta, and City of Ships. On Modern Fear, these vets drive hard with a burly post-hardcore sound in line with bands like Quicksand, Hot Water Music, and Planes Mistaken For Stars. Layers of yearning vocals and radiant guitars shine atop a massive rhythm section. The quartet plows through four perfect post-hardcore gems, taking lyrical inspiration from stories about its hometown of New York.

New Yorkers, catch Driftoff live at the following shows:
Nov 4 - Brooklyn, NY @ Black Bear w/ + special guest headliner, So Hideous, Edhochuli
Nov 7 - Amityville, NY @ Amityville Music Hall

"A model of excellence in heavy music... Driftoff is the band you need to know. The tones of the guitars reflect hints of Deftones or Handsome influence, but go above and beyond to make it its own heavy, crushing entity."
–Noisey

"Frantic, feedback-riddled post-hardcore... noisy, squalling forward momentum..."
–Decibel

"Driftoff is a new band featuring members of Junius, Rosetta, and City of Ships... Heavy, soaring post-hardcore that sounds like Hot Water Music going through a big Hum phase... It doesn't just sound like a side project though, this is pretty killer stuff. "
–BrooklynVegan

"Ripping... earnest, angular '90s-ish post-hardcore"

–MetalSucks

"Driftoff combines talents from Junius, Rosetta and City of Ships, all names that are downright seminal in their own fields... Long story short, this is both new and traditional, fresh and yet wholly recognizable. Get excited for this release."
–Heavy Blog Is Heavy

"Massive sounds... Absolutely mesmerizing."
–American Aftermath


Thursday, October 29, 2015

AXIS tour

Following a summer packed with touring alongside labelmates Old Wounds, Of Feather and Bone, and more, Florida crushers Axis will close out the year with a string of dates supported by Mississippi noise-rockers Seraph/The Light.

Axis, Seraph/The Light:

Nov 28 - Tampa, FL @ Epic Problem w/ Foundation, Blistered, Society Abuse
Nov 30 - Tallahassee, FL @ Pugs
Dec 1 - New Orleans, LA @ Sisters In Christ
Dec 2 - Memphis, TN @ Murphy's
Dec 3 - Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th St Collective
Dec 4 - Springfield, MO @ The Outland
Dec 5 - Kansas City, MO @ The Loft
Dec 6 - Louisville, KY @ Spinelli's
Dec 7 - Nashville, TN @ Cafe Coco
Dec 8 - Knoxville, TN @ Longbranch Saloon
Dec 9 - Birmingham, AL @ Spring St Firehouse
Dec 10 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Dec 11 - Savannah, GA @ The Furnace

Axis' debut full-length Show Your Greed is out now on Good Fight Music. The album was mixed by Taylor Young of Nails and Twitching Tongues and mastered by Brad Boatright (Nails, Full of Hell). 

Relentless and real, Axis is at the forefront of a wave of young hardcore bands hooked on the metallic sounds of the late '90s. A review on Stereogum summed it up like this:

"If you think fondly of hateful Philly bands like Starkweather and Turmoil; if you were down with Converge and Coalesce back when they played mathy chugga-chugga-stop breakdowns; if you wish Botch, Burnt By The Sun, and Kiss It Goodbye had released more music: congratulations! You have the chutzpah to appreciate the good kind of metalcore... Axis pretty much stick to the established template for this kinda thing on Show Your Greed, but they are so goddamn good at it..."



JUSTIN PEARSON & GABE SERBIAN + Self-Titled

"As highly theatrical as The Locust and its prickly side projects have always been, nothing could prepare us for the film debut of bassist/singer Justin Pearson."
–Self-Titled

Justin Pearson has spent over two decades pushing the boundaries of art, music, and activism as a member of bands like The Locust, Head Wound City, Retox, Some Girls, and Swing Kids, and as founder of Three One G Records. His long career has been riddled with stunts that have perplexed the underground and the mainstream alike – touring the world in a bug costume with The Locust, lying his way onto The Jerry Springer Show, collaborating with members of The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, etc. 

The man has now branched out into the realm of acting – he plays Charlotte Gainsbourg's punk rocker boyfriend in Incompresa, the new film directed by Dario Argento's daughter Asia Argento. Incompresa was a hit at Cannes and it opened here in the States in September under the title Misunderstood, receiving big praise from The New York Times ("buoyantly funny, desperately sad"), The Hollywood Reporter ("rollicking black humor"), and more.

In addition to his role in the film, JP teamed up with longtime bandmate Gabe Serbian to write and record songs for the film. Serbian is a beast of a drummer – like, Dave Lombardo's chops with Mick Harris' insanity. In fact, Lombardo recently named Serbian as one of his favorite drummers (see here). Back in 2008, SPIN Magazine called Serbian one of the "100 Greatest Drummers in Alternative Music." 

Pearson and Serbian's songs for Incompresa are violent, rocking bursts of energy, keeping in tune with Pearson's character in the film. They will be released tomorrow, October 30th, as a seven-inch on Three One G. 

Stream the record right now via Self-Titled Magazine, here.

Buy it, here.

Watch an excerpt from Incompresa, featuring the song "Old Age Lasts Too Long," here.

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




DRIFTOFF + Decibel

With debut EP Modern Fear out tomorrow, Brooklyn's Driftoff has teamed with Decibel Magazine to stream the entire record.

Hear Modern Fear, here.

Driftoff comprises members of Junius, Rosetta, and City of Ships, and sees these veterans eschew the atmospheric metallics of their other bands in favor of a radiant, crushing post-hardcore sound. Desperate vocals and massive tones add up to what Decibel calls "frantic, feedback-riddled post-hardcore... noisy, squalling forward momentum," highly recommended for fans of Quicksand, Hot Water Music, Planes Mistaken For Stars, and Deftones. 

The songs on Modern Fear tell tales of Driftoff's hometown of New York City – from a prisoner sentenced to tend the city's mass burial ground on Hart Island, to a subway busker living underground. Guitarist/vocalist Eric Jernigan has called the city "a self-contained bubble of madness... an endless well of inspiration."  

Modern Fear was recorded and mixed by Will Benoit (Caspian, Constants, Junius) at The Radar Studio in Clinton, Connecticut – New England's first and only solar-powered recording studio. Additional recording was done by Tom Tierney (Tidal Arms, Netherlands) at Spaceman Sound in Brooklyn, NY. The EP was mastered by Carl Saff (Big Business, Sweet Cobra). 

Modern Fear comes out tomorrow, October 30th, on Science of Silence Records in the US, and on Golden Antenna Records in Europe.


Buy Modern Fear direct from the band ("name your price" digital pre-order and exclusive, limited-edition, 180-gram, "coke bottle" clear vinyl), here.

Buy Modern Fear from Science of Silence Records (exclusive, limited-edition, 180-gram, grey vinyl), here.


Buy Modern Fear from Golden Antenna Records (Europe/UK only), here.


New Yorkers, catch Driftoff live at the following shows:
Nov 4 - Brooklyn, NY @ Black Bear w/ + special guest headliner, So Hideous, Edhochuli
Nov 7 - Amityville, NY @ Amityville Music Hall

"Frantic, feedback-riddled post-hardcore... noisy, squalling forward momentum..."
–Decibel

"A model of excellence in heavy music... Driftoff is the band you need to know. The tones of the guitars reflect hints of Deftones or Handsome influence, but go above and beyond to make it its own heavy, crushing entity."
–Noisey

"Driftoff is a new band featuring members of Junius, Rosetta, and City of Ships... Heavy, soaring post-hardcore that sounds like Hot Water Music going through a big Hum phase... It doesn't just sound like a side project though, this is pretty killer stuff. "
–BrooklynVegan

"Ripping... earnest, angular '90s-ish post-hardcore"

–MetalSucks

"Driftoff combines talents from Junius, Rosetta and City of Ships, all names that are downright seminal in their own fields... Long story short, this is both new and traditional, fresh and yet wholly recognizable. Get excited for this release."
–Heavy Blog Is Heavy

"Massive sounds... Absolutely mesmerizing."
–American Aftermath


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

CULT OF HADES

My friend Matt Kepler makes stuff out of leather, under the name Cult of Hades. His shear holsters, wallets, guitar straps, and accessories are works of art, meticulously designed and hand-crafted out of cow, sheep, python, ostrich, crocodile, pony, stingray, and sometimes human. Matt's a man of vision and precision. His taste for the macabre runs through all his work. Before leather, he was making costumes (a 250-lb chain mail dress, masks made of skulls and antlers), artwork for bands (Brutal Truth, Landmine Marathon), and various other creations (there was this giant, serial-killer dollhouse that was unbelievable).

This Sunday, November 1st, Matt has a new piece in Dreams Were Made For Mortals, the group art show curated by Karlynn Holland at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn. Titled "Cult of Hades Divining Board," it is a hand-embossed black leather gameboard with a gilded human scapula viewfinder and black wax altar.






Monday, October 26, 2015

OLD WOUNDS + Bloody-Disgusting

Kicking off Halloween week with a bang, Old Wounds have joined forces with horror haven Bloody-Disgusting to premiere new video "On Leather Wings," a macabre clip that evokes the glory days of VHS. With the band members engaging in ritualistic murder and undead vengeance, the clip, directed by Mike Petrow, is the perfect complement to the song, a morbid rock n' roller that tips the hat to forefathers like Danzig and Type O Negative. 

Watch "On Leather Wings," here.

The video is a sequel to the band's previous video. As Old Wounds drummer Brandon Gallagher explains, "We wanted to shoot a horror movie that was a sequel to our 'Son of No One' video, and that's what we did. What's more gnarly than a sequel where an unsuspecting band member gets bagged, beaten, buried alive, and brought back from the dead? Happy Halloween, motherfuckers." The "Son of No One" video made its debut on Fuse.tv this summer, here.

Both songs appear on latest album The Suffering Spirit, produced by Andreas Magnusson (The Black Dahlia Murder, Despised Icon), and out now on Good Fight Music. Buy it, here.

Old Wounds, having already toured throughout the year with the likes of Fit For An Autopsy, Axis, and Of Feather and Bone, begin yet another stretch of touring tonight in Charleston, SC. This run sees the band head down to The Fest 14 in Gainesville with Gatherers, then blaze a trail out to the West Coast with none other than Aiden.

Old Wounds, Fall 2015:


Oct 26 - Charleston, SC @ Joe Pasta #

Oct 27 - Savannah, GA @ The Furnace #
Oct 28 - Tampa, FL @ Crowbar - Pre Fest 3 #
Oct 30 - Jacksonville, FL @ The Birdhouse
Oct 31 - Gainesville, FL @ The Wooly - The Fest 14 #
Nov 2 - Charlotte, NC @ The Station #
Nov 3 - Martinsburg, WV @ Tuscarora Club #
Nov 7 - Rockaway, NJ @ Backroom Studios $
Nov 8 - Greensboro, NC @ Greene Street Club $
Nov 9 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade $
Nov 10 - Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits $
Nov 11 - St Petersburg, FL @ Local 562 $
Nov 13 - San Antonio, TX @ Korova $
Nov 15 - Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live $
Nov 17 - Phoenix, AZ @ Joe's Grotto $
Nov 18 - Los Angeles, CA @ Mystery Box $
Nov 19 - Oakland, CA @ The Metro Operahouse $
Nov 21 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon $
Nov 22 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Bar
Nov 23 - Colorado Springs, CO @ Flux Capacitor
Nov 24 - St Louis, MO @ Fubar
Nov 25 - Columbus, OH @ The Summit

# - w/ Gatherers

$ - w/ Aiden

"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

Photo of Old Wounds, by Stephanie Mill



Friday, October 23, 2015

Out today: NERVOUS - Duration and Delusion

Duration and Delusion, the second EP by Oakland trio Nervous, is out today on Twelve Gauge Records and the band's own Turbulent Records.

Stream Duration and Delusionhere.

Buy it, here.

"Fucking stupendous," "wrathful, angular," and "a crusher" are just some of the words being slapped on this outstanding new record. Clean, warm guitar tones and minimal drums bash out totally epic jams -- more musical than what we think of as punk, more stripped-down than what we think of as noise-rock. Nervous slays with simplicity and with the secret weapon that is frontman Jake Spek's voice. Spek welcomes us into his unhinged world with vocals that gush realness, a range of low mutterings and horrified freakouts, recalling elder maniacs Black Francis and David Yow. He says Duration and Delusion is a meditation on the concept of time and its role in our society.

Duration and Delusion follows Nervous' 2013 self-titled debut EP. Watch the excellent "Good Morning" video off that EP, here.

"Noisy hardcore... channeling My War-era Black Flag."
–BrooklynVegan

"Duration and Delusion is fucking stupendous. A firework of quaking rage..."
–CVLT Nation

"Anxiety isn't cool, but appropriately named Oakland hardcore punk trio Nervous totally are."
–Decibel


"Wrathful, angular punk in the mold of early-90s noizemongers Jesus Lizard, the almighty Nirvana, etc." 
–High Times

"It is a crusher. You don't hear band absolutely crush great punk these days, but Nervous do it and do it well."
–American Aftermath


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

NERVOUS + CVLT Nation

"Duration and Delusion is fucking stupendous. A firework of quaking rage..."
–CVLT Nation

"Noisy hardcore... channeling My War-era Black Flag."
–BrooklynVegan

"Wrathful, angular punk in the mold of early-90s noizemongers Jesus Lizard, the almighty Nirvana, etc." 

–High Times

"Anxiety isn't cool, but appropriately named Oakland hardcore punk trio Nervous totally are."
–Decibel


Curators of darkness CVLT Nation have launched a stream of the brilliant new Nervous EP, Duration and Delusion. 

Rock Duration and Delusion in its entirety, here.

As CVLT Nation puts it, the EP is "fucking stupendous". Nervous makes moody, desperate, raging punk magic out of minimal means: clean, sometimes-surfing guitar tones, sparse drums, and frontman Jake Spek's ticking time-bomb vocals. His voice ranges from soft mutterings to hair-raising screams, not unlike Black Francis in his prime. Duration and Delusion, said to be a meditation on the concept of time and its place in our society, gushes with feeling from the first note to the last. The Pixies, The Jesus Lizard, Black Flag and Crass are all nodded to, but this record shows Nervous owning its own special thing. 

Central dudes in Oakland, California's DIY scene, the members of Nervous run local DIY venue The Hive.

Duration and Delusion follows Nervous' 2013 self-titled debut EP. Watch the excellent "Good Morning" video off that EP, here.

Duration and Delusion is out this Friday, October 23rd, on Twelve Gauge Records (home to recent releases by Power, Sabertooth Zombie, and Youth Funeral) and the band's own Turbulent Records.


Friday, October 16, 2015

Out today: WHITE WIDOWS PACT - True Will

White Widows Pact's debut full-length, True Will, is out today on New Damage Records.

Stream and purchase True Willhere.

Brooklyn's finest, White Widows Pact churns out white-knuckle metallic hardcore infused with '90s death metal and Southern grooves. True urban despair bleeds out of frontman David Castillo as the band steamrolls through mid-tempo onslaughts, a combination of urgent, machine-like cadences (mid-era Napalm Death comes to mind) and Crowbar-quality sludge.

Guest appearances include Liam Cormier of Cancer Bats, Sara Taylor of Youth Code, and more.

The album was recorded and mixed by Dean Baltulonis (Sick of It All, Modern Life Is War) and mastered by Brad Boatright (Nails, High on Fire). 

A real powerhouse of the NYC scene, White Widows Pact consists of members of Primitive Weapons, Grudges, Cleanteeth, Goes Cube, and more. Frontman Castillo is co-owner of Saint Vitus Bar, one of the city's most beloved venues.

"Insanely heavy... Sludgy, ripping guitars... When looking for a new band to get angry to, White Widows Pact have you covered on every front."
–Noisey

"
White Widows Pact's mix of contemporary hardcore and sludgy Southern metal are the exception to the rule that metalheads and punks can't get along."
–Alternative Press

"Hardcore peppered with Crowbar's
 Obedience Thru Suffering..."

–Revolver

"True Will hears the band combining elements of New York hardcore, '90s death metal and Southern sludge."
–Exclaim!

"Without a doubt, one of the most confident and impressive debut full-lengths of 2015. True Will is the perfect cocktail of sugar and spice: addictively tasty, sickeningly caustic... What we're saying is: this album wrecks. You need to hear it."
–MetalSucks

"A strong cocktail of death metal, hardcore, and sludge."

–Metal Injection

"White Widows Pact storms out of the gates as though they're a crew of maniacal headless horsemen galloping after you with savage intent..."
–Blabbermouth

"One heavy and belligerent blast of metallic hardcore."
–New Noise

"Metallic hardcore in the styling of visionaries like Integrity and Madball."
–About

"One of the best albums of the year."
–Nefarious Realm


Out today: SO HIDEOUS - Laurestine

So Hideous' sophomore album, Laurestine, is out today on Prosthetic Records.

As a 10/10 review in Outburn Magazine puts it, "So Hideous has delivered one of the most sublime and beautiful collections of 2015... A record that really is in a class of its own."

Stream Laurestine in its entirety, here.
Buy Laurestine from Prosthetic Records, here.
Buy Laurestine from iTunes, here.
Buy Laurestine from Amazon, here.
Buy Laurestine from Bandcamp, here.
Buy merch from the band's official store, here.

Recorded with a 30-piece orchestra accompanying the core band of composer/guitarist Brandon Cruz, vocalist/bassist Christopher Cruz, guitarist Etienne Vazquez, and drummer Danny Moncada, Laurestine is one breathtaking ride, a cinematic epic that tells a story of one dying man's ascent toward an afterlife. 

Taking inspiration from film scores, black metal, and the post-rock of bands like Envy and Mono, Laurestine is a supremely intense, confident musical statement from glorious start to finish. One continuous piece of music divided into songs, the album traverses a full range of dynamics and emotions, from the fragile to the majestic to the devastating.

Laurestine was recorded by Dean Baltulonis (Lucero, Sick of It All) and by Chris Montgomery (Lily Allen, Mumford & Sons). It follows So Hideous' 2013 debut full-length, Last Poem/First Light.

A record release show is set for October 24th at legendary DIY performance space ABC No Rio in the band's hometown of New York City. Info, here.

"So Hideous blends metal, ambient and classical sounds on their second LP, Laurestine... A complete vision worth listening to in one sitting."
–AllMusic

"10/10. So Hideous has delivered one of the most sublime and beautiful collections of 2015... A record that really is in a class of its own."
–Outburn

"Metal heavily influenced by the sound of film scores... Atmospheric bliss."
–Mass Appeal

"Musical landscapes that build, ebb and burst into towers of sound... Epic and grandiose passion."
–Metal Hammer

"Strikingly beautiful... Balancing raw and emotive black metal and orchestral arrangements... So Hideous take the listener on a journey through death while demonstrating the beauty inherent to life's harrowing final chapter."
–Exclaim!

"Devastating, end-of-the-world type shit, putting screamo, post-rock, and atmospheric black metal in a blender and really letting those modern classical influences shine with the orchestral parts."
–BrooklynVegan

"A strong orchestral presence... Citing Beethoven as an influence, [guitarist/composer Brandon] Cruz has also described So Hideous' music as soundtrack scores for movies that don't exist yet."

–Invisible Oranges

"The depths explored lead to an emotional charged and gripping experience... The orchestral element is vital in So Hideous' aesthetic... Laurestine is an exceptional addition to the genre and an overall arrangement of epic proportions."
–Metal Injection

"The band's unique take on post-metal is lush, stunning and haunting... Truly one of a kind... Call it Picasso in corpse pant or Danny Elfman by way of Emperor, or just call it the most beautiful metal album in recent memory."
–New Noise

"A sound that is beautiful, chilling, and absolutely invigorating... Laurestine is surely among the year's best albums, regardless of what category or genre one might place them in."
–Heavy Blog Is Heavy

"Serene yet utterly barbaric soundscapes... Its complex time signatures and cinematic quality pushes the band above and beyond their contemporaries."
–The Monolith

"Over the last few years, American black metal has had a bit of a miniature renaissance... So Hideous may be the furthest off the map out of all these bands. Not for their chamber orchestrations, recurring thematic material, odd-time signatures, or broad conceptual scope – all of that stuff is written into the DNA of metal. What makes this band stand out is how they apply all of those elements in service of an artistic message."
–Gear Gods


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

DRIFTOFF + BrooklynVegan

"Driftoff is a new band featuring members of Junius, Rosetta, and City of Ships... Heavy, soaring post-hardcore that sounds like Hot Water Music going through a big Hum phase... It doesn't just sound like a side project though, this is pretty killer stuff. "
–BrooklynVegan

"A model of excellence in heavy music... Driftoff is the band you need to know. The tones of the guitars reflect hints of Deftones or Handsome influence, but go above and beyond to make it its own heavy, crushing entity."

–Noisey

"Ripping... earnest, angular '90s-ish post-hardcore"

–MetalSucks

"Massive sounds... Absolutely mesmerizing."

–American Aftermath

"Driftoff combines talents from Junius, Rosetta and City of Ships, all names that are downright seminal in their own fields... Long story short, this is both new and traditional, fresh and yet wholly recognizable. Get excited for this release."

–Heavy Blog Is Heavy

Driftoff – the new Brooklyn band comprised of members of Junius, Rosetta, and City of Ships – has revealed another new track off upcoming debut EP Modern Fear.


Stream new song "Ghosts of Hart Island" via BrooklynVegan, here.


With radiant guitars, colossal drums, and a choir of three desperate voices, Driftoff makes perfect post-hardcore music – it drives discontentedly, it shines resplendently. A departure from the styles of the members' other bands, Driftoff is anchored in the vibes of bands like Quicksand, Hot Water Music, and Planes Mistaken For Stars. 

As guitarist/vocalist Eric Jernigan has stated, the band's home of New York City provided all the inspiration for the debut EP; he has called the city "a self-contained bubble of madness... an endless well of inspiration."  New single "Ghosts of Hart Island" follows a Riker's Island prison inmate as he labors on Hart Island, site of the city's official mass grave. 

Modern Fear was recorded and mixed by Will Benoit (Caspian, Constants, Junius) at The Radar Studio in Clinton, Connecticut – New England's first and only solar-powered recording studio. Additional recording was done by Tom Tierney (Tidal Arms, Netherlands) at Spaceman Sound in Brooklyn, NY. The EP was mastered by Carl Saff (Big Business, Sweet Cobra). 

Modern Fear comes out October 30th on Science of Silence Records in the US, and on Golden Antenna Records in Europe.


Pre-order Modern Fear direct from the band ("name your price" digital pre-order and exclusive, limited-edition, 180-gram, "coke bottle" clear vinyl), here.

Pre-order Modern Fear from Science of Silence Records (exclusive, limited-edition, 180-gram, grey vinyl), here.


Pre-order Modern Fear from Golden Antenna Records (Europe/UK only), here.


New Yorkers, catch Driftoff live at the following shows:
Nov 4 - Brooklyn, NY @ Black Bear w/ Edhochuli + special guest headliner
Nov 7 - Amityville, NY @ Amityville Music Hall

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

CHAIN GANG GRAVE + Decibel

"With Chain Gang Grave, you get something that is punk, ugly and hemorrhaging noise... The hardcore version of a snakehandling sermon on the eve of judgment day, a barely contained trashing of instruments and deranged preaching..."
–Decibel

"You can smell the hardcore oozing... Then after a section with dueling guitars, shit gets weird, and by that I mean in a discordant, noisy, anti-social, you know, FLIPPER, kind of way, before all roads merge into a single syncopated crushing riff. Come together, fall apart, reconvene and destroy... that's the formula for great shit, I guess."
–Noisey

Brooklyn natives Chain Gang Grave have torn off another piece of new EP Bury Them and Keep Quiet and handed it to Decibel Magazine to premiere.

Stream new anti-anthem "Who Taught You," exclusively via Decibel, here.

As Chain Gang Grave frontman Young Al Bundy chants the shout-along chorus of "Who taught you to hate yourself," the band pounds out the rawest, noisiest hardcore punk; what sets this quartet apart from all other bands is the way it subtly shifts and drifts from punk to noise-rock to metal, all the while remaining thoroughly caked in noisy grime. Comparisons to The Birthday Party, Flipper, and even Autopsy have been made and all are accurate.

Bury Them and Keep Quiet comes out November 13th, self-released by the band. The EP was recorded and mixed by the band in a basement in South Brooklyn and was mastered by James Plotkin of Khanate and OLD. It follows the debut When Your Friends Become Cops EP.

New Yorkers, see Chain Gang Grave live at Saint Vitus Bar tomorrow, October 14th, with Torche.

MUSCLE BEACH

"Post-Fugazi hardcore... 'Tiger Lily' is a shambling, jagged basher. The band alternates between storming forward and throwing the listener off balance with their clanging riffage. It's no wonder the tune feels like a title bout boxing match."
–PunkNews

"The eclectic sound of Muscle Beach lies vaguely in the realm of hardcore punk... but the band also maintains a commitment to straight-ahead rock n' roll. Performances feature an electrifying physicality... even a sense of desperation."
–Westword

Denver, Colorado trio Muscle Beach presents its debut full-length album: the self-titled Muscle Beach, coming December 4th on Sailor Records.

Recorded, mixed, and mastered by producer Dave Otero (Cattle Decapitation) at Flatline Audio in Denver, Muscle Beach delivers hit after hit. The band's extremely driving brand of post-hardcore recalls RefusedThe Bronx, and Kvelertak – shredded screams and an anxious attack commingle with stadium-sized hooks and beats, making for a combo of "punk" and "rock" that is both aggro and catchy as hell. 

Lyrically, the songs tell tales of pirates, sharks, extra-terrestrials, prostitutes, and even the topic of love. Stream album opener "Tiger Lily" – a song about alien contact with Earth – exclusively via PunkNews, here.

The full tracklist is as follows:

1) Tiger Lily
2) Re-Animators
3) Eagle Wizard
4) Shark 22: Electric Boogaloo
5) Pressure Kills
6) Hot Trash
7) Feint Steps
8) Gnarlitude
9) Secrets of the Crooze
10) John Mahoney
11) Smooch Booth

The album's Raymond Pettibon-saluting cover art was created by Bryan Arrieta.

A Mile High favorite, Muscle Beach was named Denver's "best hardcore band" in 2015 by the city's preeminent alt-weekly, Westword. In the two years since the release of debut EP Pipe Dreams, the band has made its name playing shows with Retox, Ceremony, KEN mode, Whores., and more. As Westword stated it, "performances feature an electrifying physicality... even a sense of desperation." A 2016 US tour is in the works.

Photo by Greg Mason


Monday, October 12, 2015

WHITE WIDOWS PACT + MetalSucks

Days away from the release of White Widows Pact's debut full-length, True Will, MetalSucks has launched an exclusive stream of the entire album.

MetalSucks calls True Will, "one of the most confident and impressive debut full-lengths of 2015." Noisey has labeled it "insanely heavy."

Built of machine-like metal, Southern grooves, and existential NYC despair, True Will is a perfect slab of steel that rings with echoes of Napalm Death, Obituary, Crowbar, and even Madball. The album was recorded and mixed by Dean Baltulonis (Sick of It All, Modern Life Is War) and mastered by Brad Boatright (Nails, High on Fire). 

The Brooklyn quintet stands at the center of its city's metal scene, with members also doing time in Primitive Weapons, Cleanteeth, Grudges, and more. Frontman David Castillo co-owns Saint Vitus Bar, New York's go-to metal venue.

Stream True Will, here.

Pre-order from iTunes, here.

Release date is October 16th on New Damage Records.

"Without a doubt, one of the most confident and impressive debut full-lengths of 2015. True Will is the perfect cocktail of sugar and spice: addictively tasty, sickeningly caustic... What we're saying is: this album wrecks. You need to hear it."
–MetalSucks

"Insanely heavy... Sludgy, ripping guitars... When looking for a new band to get angry to, White Widows Pact have you covered on every front."
–Noisey

"
White Widows Pact's mix of contemporary hardcore and sludgy Southern metal are the exception to the rule that metalheads and punks can't get along."
–Alternative Press

"Hardcore peppered with Crowbar's
 Obedience Thru Suffering..."

–Revolver

"True Will hears the band combining elements of New York hardcore, '90s death metal and Southern sludge."
–Exclaim!


Friday, October 9, 2015

SO HIDEOUS + AllMusic

With the release of So Hideous' monumental sophomore album, Laurestine, one week away, AllMusic presents a stream of the entire album.

Experience Laurestine, here.

One continuous piece of music from start to finish, Laurestine is a supremely intense journey in sound, created with the help of a 30-piece orchestra. Through its music and lyrics, the album tells a story of one man's post-mortem odyssey toward an afterlife. Influenced heavily by film scores, Laurestine brings modern classical composition into the realm of metal and hardcore, resulting in a truly "post-metal" experience that is technically awe-inspiring and emotionally ravaging. 

Laurestine was recorded by Dean Baltulonis (Lucero, Sick of It All) and by Chris Montgomery (Lily Allen, Mumford & Sons). 

Whilst connected to the current Brooklyn scene that also counts Tombs, Sannhet, and Primitive Weapons in its ranks, this band of native New Yorkers owns its own unique voice and occupies its own space, set apart by the grandeur of its orchestral arrangements.

A Laurestine record release show is set for October 24th at New York's legendary DIY performance space, ABC No Rio. Info, here.

Pre-order Laurestine from Prosthetic Records, here.
Pre-order Laurestine from iTunes, here.
Pre-order Laurestine from Amazon, here.
Pre-order Laurestine from Bandcamp, here.
Buy merch from the band's official store, here.

"So Hideous blends metal, ambient and classical sounds on their second LP, Laurestine... A complete vision worth listening to in one sitting."
–AllMusic

"Envy-with-blastbeats... the symphonic tracks add depth and scope to the band's extroverted guitar melodies."
–Stereogum

"Emotionally devastating... moments of aching beauty"
–Exclaim!

"Metal heavily influenced by the sound of film scores... Atmospheric bliss."
–Mass Appeal

"Devastating, end-of-the-world type shit, putting screamo, post-rock, and atmospheric black metal in a blender and really letting those modern classical influences shine with the orchestral parts."
–BrooklynVegan

"A strong orchestral presence... Citing Beethoven as an influence, [guitarist/composer Brandon] Cruz has also described So Hideous' music as soundtrack scores for movies that don't exist yet."

–Invisible Oranges

Photo by Dean Chooch Landry