Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Sons of Huns album out today & streaming in full, Portland trio w/ Danava guitarist feature guests Wino Weinrich (St. Vitus) and Dale Crover (Melvins) on sophomore LP


"Fans of old-school Metallica take note: This one is a thrashy riff-fest in the vein of Kill 'Em All - with a few surprises of its own...What opens like a standard, straight-ahead thrasher ends in a flourish of complex syncopations and chord-change wizardry - a testament to Sons of Huns’ diverse songcraft and musicianship." -- Consequence of Sound


“The Portland trio blend oddball retro doom, driving stoner rock, grimy thrash and a dash of NWOBHM to create a heady, intoxicating brew. Imagine combining the best elements of Saviours, Danava and Fu Manchu for maximum hard-rocking effect.” — The Sludgelord


Portland trio Sons of Huns sophomore album is available everywhere today. Hear and share the full album via Soundcloud HERE.)

Noisey previously launched the song "An Evil Unseen" which features special guest Scott 'Wino" Weinrich (St. Vitus) singing duet with Sons of Huns vocalist/guitarist Pete Hughes (also of Danava). Hear and share "An Evil Unseen" HERE. (Direct Soundcloud) Consequence of Sound launched "trashy riff fest" track "Osiris Slain" recently HERE. "Philosopher's Stone", featuring Melvins drummer Dale Crover on auxiliary percussion premiered recently via CvltNation. Listen HERE

While Sleeping Stay Awake, the sophomore album by Sons of Huns was recorded in Los Angeles by engineer Toshi Kasai (Tool, Melvins) and will be released July 21st via RidingEasy Records

The quest for truth can lead to many different places. One door shuts, another door opens. One path dead ends, while another path widens. Life can often be akin to that proverbial rabbit hole, spiraling through options only to be left asking, “Why?” Sons of Huns explore some of the universe’s biggest questions on their second full-length album for RidingEasy Records. This journey commenced for singer and guitarist Pete Hughes under the most unpleasant of circumstances-to say the least.

“I got bit by a damned bacteria-ridden tick in the Virginia woods when I was a teen,” he sighs. “I got Lyme Disease, among other things, leaving me now 16 years later with chronic pain and illness and searching for answers to questions that no one seems to have answers for. That’s at the heart of While Sleeping Stay Awake. Its themes include Raja Yoga, meditation, Egyptian magic, occult and Hermetic philosophy, our connection with the stars and cycles of life, death, and rebirth.”

The trio rounded out by Ryan Northrop [drums] and Aaron Powell [bass, vocals] retreated to Kasai's Sound of Sirens Studio for a week in January 2015. During that time, the group honed its robust rock sound with the right flourishes of spacey elegance and artful bombast. "We’re a heavy rock band, no frills, we turn up and let it rip,” he adds. “Playing this music is cathartic, and we hope this album captured that.”
In 2013, Banishment Ritual announced the arrival of Sons of Huns. They shared the stage with everybody from Kadavar and Pentagram to the mighty St. Vitus, while earning acclaim from tastemakers like CVLT Nation, The Sludgelord, and Decibel Magazine who described them as, “Rampaging garage rock with plenty of stoner/psychedelic inclinations.”

While Sleeping Stay Awake will be available on LP, CD and download via RidingEasy Records on July 21st, 2015. Pre-orders for LP/CD (HERE) and download (HERE).

SONS OF HUNS LIVE:
07/23 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios - Album Release Party


Artist: Sons of Huns
Album: While Sleeping Stay Awake
Label: RidingEasy Records
Release Date: July 21st, 2015

01. Osiris Slain (STREAM)
02. Ad Astra
03. An Evil Unseen (STREAM)
04. Eye in The Sky
05. Philosopher's Stone (STREAM)
06. Alchemist Part I
07. Alchemist Part II
08. While Sleeping Stay Awake
09. The Reaper is Waiting For You 

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Austin jazz-rock/indie pop/blue-eyed soul band Wonderbitch share new song from forthcoming release


"Wonderbitch has created a fascinating little hybrid for themselves, blending the sleek jazz rock of Steely Dan, the effervescent indie pop of Phoenix, along with a big, wonderfully garish helping of ‘80s R&B." -- PopMatters

"50 Best Things We Saw at SXSW 2015." -- RollingStone


Austin, TX power-pop/jazz rock/80s R&B genre-splicing quartet Wonderbitch share a new track today from their forthcoming sophomore release. The hook-loaded song "Little Tiger" is available to hear & share via the band's Soundcloud HERE.

PopMatters recently premiered the effervescent first single "Josanna", available to hear & share HERE. (Direct Soundcloud link HERE.)

The band's self-titled sophomore release is out on CD and digital on July 24th. Their 7-song debut Wonderbitch Loves You was released in summer 2013.

In the winter of 2013, Wonderbitch sprouted from a fertile galaxy of childhood friends and stagnant basement projects in the small, musical town of Bloomington, Indiana. After creating a remarkably lush and groovy bedroom debut album with themes of unconditional love, sex, and healing, the band transplanted to Austin to hone their chops and to always have a stage to play on. Upon arrival, Wonderbitch picked up two Texan boys with a propensity towards rocking out, doubling the drive to grow and play on an increasing scale.

On top of a moody English foundation of Pink Floyd, Genesis and Muse, Wonderbitch wraps up cool Steely Dan musicality, Texas psychedelia, video games, and the nostalgic sparkle of smooth early 80s pop. Wonderbitch currently writes, records and performs regionally and nationally as they continue to cultivate their show into a lovingly explosive and enveloping experience to bring to stages large and medium.


WONDERBITCH LIVE:
07/16 Austin, TX @ Swan Dive
08/08 Austin, TX @ Empire Control Room
08/28 Austin, TX @ Cheer Up Charlie's


Artist: Wonderbitch
Album: Wonderbitch
Label: self-released
Release date: July 24, 2015

01. Beingness
02. Little Tiger (STREAM)
03. Amigo
04. San Diego
05. Josanna (STREAM)
06. I Am One




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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Birch introduce "knockout song" with "fantastic, stylish" video from forthcoming debut

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"Contagious, well-rounded indie rock. What better way for a new band to introduce themselves than with a well-made video for a knockout song?" -- PopMatters

"Fantastic!" -- Pancakes & Whiskey


Brooklyn, NY group Birch premiere the first video from their forthcoming debut today via PopMatters. The clip for the incredibly contagious first single "Halfway" is available to watch and share HERE. (Direct YouTube HERE.)

Birch is the project of singer/songwriter Michelle Birsky. The band, which includes Mat Towles on bass and Emma Munger on guitar blends elements of rock, pop, singer/songwriter, and electronica, never quite settling on one genre. With ambient electronic instrumentation, lush vocal looping, and unconventional song form, Birch seeks to create a unique, contemporary sound while maintaining the strength and significance of traditional songwriting.

After graduating college with a degree in music composition, Birsky moved to Brooklyn in pursuit of a music community. After working at a commercial music house, music supervising an indie film, and landing an internship with film composer Elliot Goldenthal, Birsky decided to pursue her own music - and thus Birch was born. In August of 2014, she went on a two-week solo, silent retreat to her parent's house in Vermont where she began working on songs for Birch's debut. 

Since the writing process began in Vermont, a place Michelle spent most of her childhood, much of the music is centered around the theme of past and present. In fact, the name "Birch" comes from Vermont and is based on three storm-weathered birch trees that sat at the bottom of her family's yard for years, their tops bent nearly to the ground, but never falling over. 

The songs themselves are a combination of narrative and emotional storytelling. Each song is based on a specific story, but the lyrics can be elusive at times, triggering emotion rather than a specific narrative. "Halfway", for example, is based on Michelle's time in Vermont and is about the places your mind goes when it is left alone for extended periods of time. "Fighting Words" is an angst-y tribute to her hometown in Connecticut and draws from stories of her peers who grew up with ultra-conservative parents. Throughout the four songs of the EP, there are underlying dichotomies: past vs. present, nature vs. metropolis, acoustic vs. electronic, as well as the underlying theme of growing up in a digital age and what it's like to be young now. 

After returning to Brooklyn, Birsky teamed up with producer Ariel Loh from the band Stone Cold Fox to begin recording the EP. Loh helped bring electronic elements into Birch's sound, further highlighting the themes of time and place. Birsky had multiple musicians play on the recordings and live set before current guitarist Emma Munger and bassist Mat Towles joined the band. Having gone to college with Emma and met Mat when she first moved to Brooklyn, Birsky continues its basis as a personal endeavor, expanding slowly in the world at large. 

Birch's 4-song debut, Halfway will be available for download on August 28th, 2015. 


Artist: Birch
Album: Halfway EP
Record Label: Birch Music
Release Date: August 28th, 2015

Tracks:
01. Fighting Words
02. Carolyn
03. Halfway (VIDEO)
04. Windowless













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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Sons of Huns (feat. Danava guitarist) stream full album ahead of release


"Fans of old-school Metallica take note: This one is a thrashy riff-fest in the vein of Kill 'Em All - with a few surprises of its own...What opens like a standard, straight-ahead thrasher ends in a flourish of complex syncopations and chord-change wizardry - a testament to Sons of Huns’ diverse songcraft and musicianship." -- Consequence of Sound


Portland trio Sons of Huns stream their entire forthcoming album a week ahead of release starting today via Consequence of Sound. Hear and share the full album HERE. (Direct Soundcloud HERE.)

Noisey previously launched the song "An Evil Unseen" which features special guest Scott 'Wino" Weinrich (St. Vitus) singing duet with Sons of Huns vocalist/guitarist Pete Hughes (also of Danava). Hear and share "An Evil Unseen" HERE. (Direct Soundcloud) "Philosopher's Stone", featuring Melvins drummer Dale Crover on auxiliary percussion premiered recently via CvltNation. Listen HERE

While Sleeping Stay Awake, the sophomore album by Sons of Huns was recorded in Los Angeles by engineer Toshi Kasai (Tool, Melvins) and will be released July 21st via RidingEasy Records

The quest for truth can lead to many different places. One door shuts, another door opens. One path dead ends, while another path widens. Life can often be akin to that proverbial rabbit hole, spiraling through options only to be left asking, “Why?” Sons of Huns explore some of the universe’s biggest questions on their second full-length album for RidingEasy Records. This journey commenced for singer and guitarist Pete Hughes under the most unpleasant of circumstances-to say the least.

“I got bit by a damned bacteria-ridden tick in the Virginia woods when I was a teen,” he sighs. “I got Lyme Disease, among other things, leaving me now 16 years later with chronic pain and illness and searching for answers to questions that no one seems to have answers for. That’s at the heart of While Sleeping Stay Awake. Its themes include Raja Yoga, meditation, Egyptian magic, occult and Hermetic philosophy, our connection with the stars and cycles of life, death, and rebirth.”

The trio rounded out by Ryan Northrop [drums] and Aaron Powell [bass, vocals] retreated to Kasai's Sound of Sirens Studio for a week in January 2015. During that time, the group honed its robust rock sound with the right flourishes of spacey elegance and artful bombast. "We’re a heavy rock band, no frills, we turn up and let it rip,” he adds. “Playing this music is cathartic, and we hope this album captured that.”
In 2013, Banishment Ritual announced the arrival of Sons of Huns. They shared the stage with everybody from Kadavar and Pentagram to the mighty St. Vitus, while earning acclaim from tastemakers like CVLT Nation, The Sludgelord, and Decibel Magazine who described them as, “Rampaging garage rock with plenty of stoner/psychedelic inclinations.”

While Sleeping Stay Awake will be available on LP, CD and download via RidingEasy Records on July 21st, 2015. Pre-orders for LP/CD (HERE) and download (HERE).

SONS OF HUNS LIVE:
07/23 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios - Album Release Party


Artist: Sons of Huns
Album: While Sleeping Stay Awake
Label: RidingEasy Records
Release Date: July 21st, 2015

01. Osiris Slain (STREAM)
02. Ad Astra
03. An Evil Unseen (STREAM)
04. Eye in The Sky
05. Philosopher's Stone (STREAM)
06. Alchemist Part I
07. Alchemist Part II
08. While Sleeping Stay Awake
09. The Reaper is Waiting For You 

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Dig share new single "4th of July" for free download


New York City ethereal rock quartet The Dig share a brand new track for free download and streaming today, and it's a timely reminder of independence, titled "4th of July". Please hear and share "4th of July" HERE. Cleared for posting.  

The Dig also recently released a new video for the album track "Made My Bed". The clip, playing with notions of narcissism and self-identity, is available to watch and share HERE.

Nowness recently premiered the surrealist short film for two tracks from their recent You & I album, "Cold Afternoon" and "So Alone". The clip is helmed by acclaimed director Terence Nance, whose 2012 Sundance Film Festival debut An Oversimplification of Her Beauty (co-produced by Jay-Z) earned him a Guggenheim fellowship and considerable praise from New York Times, The New Yorker and Huffington Post. Watch and please share "You and I and You" video HERE

The Dig are currently in the studio prepping new material for release later this year. 


Artist: The Dig
Album: "4th of July" (single) (Soundcloud) (Bandcamp)
Record Label: Buffalo Jump Records
Release Date: June 30th, 2015

Artist: The Dig
Album: You and I
Record Label: Buffalo Jump Records
Release Date: October 22nd, 2013

Tracks:
01. Cold Afternoon
02. Tired Hearts
03. You And I Lost Control
04. Our Hearts Were Wrapped In Ice
05. Made My Bed
06. So Alone 

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Raw Meat track premieres from forthcoming compilation of vintage proto-metal/stoner rock tracks

The Onion AV Club premieres today the lead track from the forthcoming Raw Meat 7" single reissue out in July. The song (and 7" single) is a precursor to the compilation of long-lost vintage 60s-70s proto-stoner-psych songs collected on Brown Acid: The First Trip, curated in partnership by Permanent Records and RidingEasy Records to be released in August. Listen to and share Raw Meat's "Stand-By Girl" HERE. (Direct Soundcloud HERE.)

Some of the best thrills of the Internet music revolution is the ability to find extremely rare music with great ease. But even with such vast archives to draw from, quite a lot of great songs have gone undiscovered for nearly half a decade, particularly in genres that lacked hifalutin arty pretense. Previously, only the most extremely dedicated and passionate record collectors had the stamina and prowess to hunt down long forgotten wonders in dusty record bins - often hoarding them in private collections, or selling at ridiculous collector's prices. Legendary compilations like Nuggets, Pebbles, ad nauseum, have exhausted the mines of early garage rock and proto-punk, keeping alive a large cross-section of underground ephemera. However, few have delved into and expertly archived the wealth of proto-metal, pre-stoner rock tracks collected on Brown Acid: The First Trip

Lance Barresi, co-owner of L.A.-cum-Chicago retailer Permanent Records has shown incredible persistence in tracking down a stellar collection of rare singles from the 60s and 70s for the 11-track compilation. Partnered with Daniel Hall of RidingEasy Records, the two have assembled a selection of songs that's hard to believe have remained unheard for so long. 

"I essentially go through Hell and high water just to find these records," Barresi says. "Once I find a record worthy of tracking, I begin the (sometimes) extremely arduous process of contacting the band members and encouraging them to take part. Daniel and I agree that licensing all the tracks we're using for Brown Acid is best for everyone involved." Rather than simply bootlegging the tracks, when all of the bands and labels haven't existed for 30-40 years or more, tracking down the creators gives all of these tunes a real second chance at success. 

"All of (these songs) could've been huge given the right circumstances," says Barresi. "But for one reason or another most of these songs fell flat and were forgotten. However, time has been kind in my opinion and I think these songs are as good now or better than they ever were."

Raw Meat, for example, one of the stomping standouts from the compilation, is a band about which precious little is known even by the owner of the label and producer of the band's original 1969 single, Richard Paul Thomas -- two of its tracks reissued as a 7" teaser single for the compilation on July 14th, 2015 via RidingEasy Records. The trio was from north of Milwaukee, WI, but not much more information remains available. "They were one of the tightest trios around at the time and had a fairly large repertoire of their own material," Thomas says. "The only thing that sticks in my mind was the band's bumper sticker 'Raw Meat Is Good For You'. Our offices were on Lincoln Avenue just next door to the Federal Meat inspectors offices."

Brown Acid: The First Trip opens with the slithering buzzsaw guitars and hard-rock howl of Zeke's' "Box", a monster that gives Blue Cheer a run for their leaden blues. Snow sways into "Sunflower" with a touch of Steppenwolf's swagger and wind-in-their-hair wildness. Elsewhere, Zebra proves they were "Wasted" with a soul-inflected groove, while Bob Goodsite leans in on his wah-wah and phaser pedals, determined to out-Hendrix Jimi himself on "Faze." Raw Meat's "Stand By Girl" serves up a fierce, stomping riff intercut with Iron Butterfly style operatics. Bacchus kicks out a hostile sounding boogie, demanding to "Carry My Load." Josefus caps it all off nicely with a hooky power-pop meets Bob Seger System meets Lollipop Shoppe anthem with the undeniably catchy chorus, "hard luck - keep truckin'!" 

It's a solid set of unknown hits you can't believe failed to connect back in their heyday due to various unfortunate circumstances. But now in 2015, Brown Acid: The First Trip gives these long-lost gems their well deserved moment to shine. 

Brown Acid: The First Trip will be available everywhere on LP, CD and download on August 11th, 2015 via RidingEasy Records


Artist: Raw Meat
Album: "Stand-By Girl" b/w "Out In The Country"
Label: RidingEasy Records
Release Date: July 14th, 2015

Artist: Various Artists
Album: Brown Acid: The First Trip
Label: RidingEasy Records
Release Date: August 11th, 2015

01. Zekes "Box"
02. Snow "Sunflower"
03. Tour "One of the Bad Guys"
04. Zebra "Wasted"
05. Bob Goodsite "Faze 1"
06. Raw Meat "Stand-By Girl" (STREAM)
07. Punch "Deathhead"
08. Bacchus "Carry My Load"
09. Lenny Drake "Love Eyes (Cast Your Spell On Me)"
10. The Todd "Mystifying Me"
11. Josefus "Hard Luck"





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And So I Watch You From Afar to tour North America with The Fall of Troy, followed by headlining dates with Mylets & Blis

Northern Ireland's And So I Watch You From Afar announce North American tour dates today in support of their acclaimed new album Heirs. ASIWYFA play a few weeks with The Fall of Troy in September before headlining the Sargent House tour with labelmates Mylets and Blis

Heirs is available everywhere on LP, CD and download via Sargent House. Listen to the album in its entirety HERE.


THE FALL OF TROY / AND SO I WATCH YOU FROM AFAR TOUR 2015:
09/06 - St. Louis, MO @ The Ready Room
09/08 - Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
09/09 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade - Heaven
09/10 - Orlando, FL @ The Social
09/11 - Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
09/12 - Jacksonville, FL @ Underbelly
09/13 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
09/14 - Baltimore, MD @ The Ottobar
09/16 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
09/17 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall
09/18 - Boston, MA @ Royale
09/19 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
09/20 - Ashbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony
09/21 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
09/22 - Pittsburgh, PA @ The Altar Bar
09/23 - Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
09/24 - Chicago, IL @ Metro
09/25 - Minneapolis, MN @ The Cabooze
09/26 - Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre

AND SO I WATCH YOU FROM AFAR / MYLETS / BLIS TOUR 2015:
09/28 - Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
09/29 - Austin, TX @ Red 7
10/01 - Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
10/02 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
10/03 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
10/05 - Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
10/06 - Vancouver, BC (CA) @ The Cobalt
10/07 - Portland, OR @ Analog Café
10/09 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom Of The Hill
10/10 - San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
10/12 - Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom

Artist: And So I Watch You From Afar
Album: Heirs
Label: Sargent House
Release date: May 4th, 2015

Track list:
01. Run Home (STREAM)
02. These Secret Kings I Know
03. Wasps (STREAM)
04. Redesigned a Million Times (STREAM)
05. People Not Sleeping
06. Fucking Lifer
07. A Beacon, A Compass, An Anchor
08. Animal Ghosts
09. Heirs
10. Tryer, You 





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