Thursday, December 11, 2014

No Spill Blood share first track from forthcoming Sargent House full length debut

Dublin, Ireland trio No Spill Blood share the first track from their forthcoming full length debut today. Listen to and share the song "White Out" HERE. Photos of the band recording in the studio are also shared today by Album art by Samantha Muljat and track listing below. 

No Spill Blood's ferocious dose of synth-laden aggression, Heavy Electricity comes across with all the brutal heft of underground metal but also with the clever intellect of post-punk bands like Killing Joke and Iceage.

 The band's shared love of Devo's smarmy synths, Trans Am's rhythmic soundscapes and the Melvins' unencumbered experimentalism brought them together to create a beastly noise using just vocals, bass, synths and drums. "The album chronicles a journey," explains keyboardist Ruadhan O'Meara. "It's an elemental pilgrimage emerging from the bowels of the earth, only to encounter savage environments, altered states, and the brutal inhumanity of fellow men." In other words, Heavy Electricity is a dark, but transcendent experience.

 Album opener "White Out" kicks things off with a commanding hi-hat to triplet count-in, as bassist/vocalist Matt Hedigan jumps in to the syncopated fray with growling, distortion-soaked bass. It's a moment of syrupy intensity befitting Masters of Reality-era Sabbath until the band suddenly lunges into a driving post-punk riff. "Back To The Earth" sounds like krautrock cranked to 11, with O'Meara's shimmering synth lines warbling over the churning rhythms. The hypnotic and occasionally hallucinogenic 6-1/2 minute "Now II" (featuring guest vocals by Mike Watt) builds subtly open a simple keyboard line into an epic metallic eruption similar to labelmates Russian Circles' awe-inspiring work. Throughout the album's 9-song, 46-minute duration, No Spill Blood never lets up on its intensity and power while still exploring a variety of sounds. 

 No Spill Blood's debut EP Street Meat was released via Sargent House in 2012. Thereafter, the trio quickly grew from side project to a full fledged band. They hit the studio in early 2014 with original drummer Lar Kaye to capture the raw, eviscerating experience of its live show for Heavy Electricity. Powerhouse drummer Ror Conaty replaced Kaye shortly before NSB toured the UK with Sargent House family band Deafheaven in August 2014, their reinvigorated live show receiving considerable praise in the process.

 Heavy Electricity will be available January 27th, 2015 via Sargent House. 

Artist: No Spill Blood
Album: Heavy Electricity
Label: Sargent House
Release date: January 27th, 2015

Track list:
01. White Out (STREAM)
02. Back To The Earth
03. Now II
04. El Duurto
05. Harsh Route
06. Heavy Electricty
07. Thinner
08. Sweet Beans
09. Endless Drift

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Low City premiere first video, NYC producer & composer duo feat. guests from Dirty Projectors, Bon Iver

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Brooklyn, NY's Low City premieres the first video from an ongoing series of singles today via Earmilk. The brainchild of music producer Abe Seiferth (Yeasayer, RAC) and composer/musician Jeremy Turner, Low City also features guest performances by members of Dirty Projectors and Bon Iver. The clip for the track "Skyline", directed by Lance Ferguson is a stunning portrayal of a dystopian future (?) mired in virtual/pharmaceutical reality. Watch/share video HERE. (Direct YouTube link HERE.)

Low City is a new collaboration between longtime friends and former bandmates Seiferth and Turner, aiming to combine the former's electronic production background with the latter's classical and film scoring expertise. The band's lyrically and musically cinematic aesthetic is inspired by the retro-futurism of films like Blade Runner, Gattaca and Fritz Lang's Metropolis, to name a few. While Low City's songs were written, performed and recorded by Seiferth and Turner, the duo were joined by several guest performers to flesh out its sound. 

Turner is a film composer who recently wrote a piece for yMusic's Balance Problems and a former cellist with the NY Metropolitan Opera who has also performed with artists such as Arcade Fire, Sufjan Stevens, David Byrne, et al. Seiferth is a Brooklyn based producer currently working on the upcoming Yeasayer album, who has also worked with RAC, Reggie Watts, Bear in Heaven and many more. He also makes electronic music in the duo Tippy Toes with former Hercules and Love Affair member Morgan Wiley.

Low City's first single, "Skyline" is available via iTunes on December 10th via Low City Music.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Qui share new video, launch winter tour dates including shows with Moving Units, Babes In Toyland

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"Qui are back at it, dosing their shreddy punk tantrums with arty aplomb and surprising harmony." -- SPIN

L.A. duo Qui premiere a new video and announce more tour dates today via Grimy Goods. The video clip for "Kicked Out of Mime College" is available to watch/share HERE. (Direct YouTube link for sharing HERE.) 

Qui continue their relentless tour schedule this winter with a pair of shows with Moving Units this weekend leading into West Coast dates later this month. Qui also support newly reunited 90s noise rock trio Babes In Toyland in February 2015. Please see current dates below. 

The band recently premiered a new video featuring the band's former lead singer David Yow (The Jesus Lizard) and Kevin Rutmanis (Melvins, Cows) via Noisey. The clip for the song "I Definitely Love You" is culled from the band's new single on Joyful Noise and available to watch/share HERE. (Direct YouTube link HERE.)

Qui & Secret Fun Club released a split 7" single on September 23rd via Three.One.G. Listen to/share Qui's "Feel My Body" HERE. The band's recently released album Life, Water, Living... is available to stream/share HERE.

If the third full length by L.A. duo Qui sounds like a radical departure, you probably were never really listening properly in the first place. Sure, perfectly taut vocal harmonies and precise, sparse instrumentation supplants much of the band's early fume-huffing punk-noise here, but their penchant for challenging, button-pushing ideas is stronger than ever. Qui also employed harmonies and experimental structures on their previous album Love's Miracle (2007) with former vocalist David Yow. But, Life, Water, Living... is clearly the band's most meticulously refined effort at using melody and harmony as subversive weapons. 

Life, Water, Living... was produced by renowned engineer Toshi Kasai and Melvins drummer Dale Crover at Entourage Studios in Los Angeles. The album was released on February 25th, 2014 on LP, CD and download in partnership with Cobraside Distribution.

12/04 Las Vegas, NV @ The Double Down Saloon
12/05 Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theater (w/ Moving Units, All Leather)
12/06 San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick (w/ Moving Units, All Leather)
12/07 San Francisco, CA @ The Hemlock
12/09 Boise, ID @ Neurolux 
12/11 Seattle, WA @ Black Lodge 
12/12 Portland, OR @ The Darkplace
12/13 Arcata, CA @ The Alibi 

02/12/15  Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy  (w/ Babes In Toyland)

Artist: Qui
Album:  Life, Water, Living...
Label: Cobraside Distribution
Release Date: February 25th, 2014

01. Kicked Out of Mime College (VIDEO)
02. Life, Water, Living... (VIDEO)
03. Mucho Sex in America (VIDEO)
04. Awkward Human Interest (VIDEO)
05. Boogie Down Disappointment
06. The Kind of Jazz This Is
07. Proof of Bass
08. Songbirds
09. You're a Girl
10. Whateryadoin? (VIDEO)
11. Ham Spray

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Knifight shares lyric video for first track from forthcoming album

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Austin heavy post-punk band Knifight shares the first track from their forthcoming album today via PopMatters. The lyric video for "Young Lovers" is dark and rumbling, yet infectious and anthemic at the same time. Watch/share the video HERE. (Direct YouTube link HERE.)

Knifight's sophomore full length, V follows three previous EPs that have established the band throughout the Southwest. The quintet take to the road for a series of tours throughout that region beginning in January 2015 and continuing through March. All dates will be announced soon. 

Knifight is not the type of name you’d associate with a synth-rock group. You’d probably think of a rough-and-tumble bar metal band with a name like that, cargo shorts and Mesa stacks abound. Vocalist John Gable did grow up in the hardcore scene of Tyler, Texas, where he saw bands like Hatebreed and Brutal Truth. Perhaps that’s where the tough name came from. Knifight started as an industrial project of Gable, and later keyboardist/saxophonist Patrick Marshall would also become part of the group’s nucleus. They performed as a noise duo, eventually finding their way into Austin, and formed into a full band, rounded out by guitarist Nick Garrison, bassist John Hetherington, and drummer Nick Cogdill.

Knifight may be the only group that’s played a noise fest and opened for Future Islands and Duran Duran in 2014, and dipping in both of those worlds has worked in their favor. They’re set to release their album, V in 2015, which is their first album with live drums. Last year’s Dark Voices saw them heading in a murkier direction, and while this record is clearer, it ups the darkness in many ways. They’re less focused on pop structures, stretching out so Gable and Marshall’s synths sound more brooding and gorgeous. “A Perfect Day To Die” sounds like it was commissioned for a James Bond film, right down to the title. “Buttons (Slow)” has echo-laden growls from Gable that suggest his metal past isn’t entirely behind him. Knifight haven’t gone completely doom and gloom on us, though. John H dials in some bouncy basslines throughout, especially evident on the brief ray of sunshine in the form of “Broken Feeling.”This still has all the hallmarks to make the goth club go up on a Tuesday; the weekend’s too bright, after all. Dance floors are staging areas for all sorts of desires and danger, and Knifight are reflecting that with this new record.

will be available February 10th, 2015 on LP, CD and download via KnifightMusic. 

12/12 Austin, TX @ Holy Mountain (w/ My Education)

Artist: Knifight
Album:  V
Label: KnifightMusic
Release Date: February 10th, 2015

01. Mistakes
02. Everything's Perfect
03. A Perfect Day To Die
04. Broken Feeling
05. Young Lovers (STREAM)
06. Buttons (Slow)
07. Vii

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Russian Circles add more 10th anniversary shows

Russian Circles celebrate their 10th year as a band starting this December with a series of special shows on the East Coast and Denver. Today, the band announces more anniversary shows on the West Coast in January. Sargent House label mates Mutoid Man (a new trio featuring guitarist Stephen Brodsky of Cave In, drummer Ben Koller of Converge and bassist Nick Cageao) support on the East Coast shows. Mamiffer (featuring Aaron Turner ex-Isis) support on the West Coast dates. 

Russian Circles formed in Chicago in 2004 by guitarist Mike Sullivan and drummer Dave Turncrantz. The trio's 2006 debut Enter quickly established the band amongst heavy instrumentalist peers. With the addition of former Botch and These Arms Are Snakes bassist Brian Cook on their second album Station, Russian Circles solidified its lineup. To date the band has released 5 critically-praised albums and continues to headline tours worldwide.

Russian Circles' most recent album Memorial is available on LP, CD and download worldwide via Sargent House, released on October 29th, 2013. Stream/share Memorial in full HERE

12/09  Hamden, CT @ The Ballroom at the Outer Space *
12/10  Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair *
12/11  Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg *
12/12  Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts *
12/14  Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel *
12/27  Denver, CO @ Gothic Theater 
01/20  Seattle, WA @ Neumos #
01/21  Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom #
01/23  San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall #
01/24  Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy #
01/25  San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar #

* w/ Mutoid Man
# w/ Mamiffer

Artist: Russian Circles
Album: Memorial (STREAM)
Label: Sargent House
Release date: October 29th, 2013

Track list:
01. Memoriam
02. Deficit 
03. 1777 
04. Cheyenne
05. Burial
06. Ethel
07. Lebaron
08. Memorial 

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Bella Novela share another track from forthcoming album, play SoCal album release shows

"Bella Novela say they love both Iron Maiden and Abba 'with equal levels of intensity,' and it sounds like they probably love Heart and maybe Thin Lizzy too. They also sound a bit like a 'less indie' version of that new Ex-Hex album." -- Brooklyn Vegan

L.A. prog-pop-rock trio Bella Novela share another track from their forthcoming sophomore album Telemetry today via PopMatters. The wildly dynamic tune "Four Walls" is available to hear and share HERE. (Direct Soundcloud link HERE.)

Bella Novela celebrate the release of the album starting this weekend with a series of Southern California shows. Please see complete dates below. 

The band previously shared the album's title track via Brooklyn Vegan. That song is available to hear and share HERE. (Direct Soundcloud link HERE.)

Bella Novela was voted among the 10 best live bands by LA Weekly in 2014, and OC Weekly named them among five most underrated bands in Orange County. 

The band’s forthcoming third album Telemetry is once again a concept album, like their previous rock opera The Archeress which chronicled the last woman on earth and her battle for survival in a post-apocalyptic world. The concept of Telemetry is based on a popular 1980’s Mexican telenovela entitled “Cuna de Lobos.” They’ve been described in print as “Pat Benatar meets Iron Maiden,” “Metallica meets Queen,” and “a ballsier Gwen Stefani backed by a guitarist who could be fronting Muse with Meg White on steroids pounding the drums.”

The band released a demo of songs, Battlelines, in 2010 and toured across the United States selling CDs and handmade T-shirts for gas money out of their converted prison transport van, guarded with steel mesh-covered windows. Upon the release of The Archeress in 2013, the title track was featured on L.A.'s longstanding freeform radio station KLOS 95.5’s ‘Heidi and Frank Show’ in their weekly segment “Stay or Go,” receiving the highest percentage of listener approval for the entire year. They were later invited to headline the 95.5 KLOS end- of-the-year listener party, SOGFest.

Telemetry will be available November 25th on LP, CD and download via Bella Novela Records. 

11/21 Long Beach, CA @ The Prospector (Album release show)
11/22 San Diego, CA @ Bar Pink
11/29 Los Angeles, CA @ Redwood Bar + Grill

Artist: Bella Novela
Album:  Telemetry
Label: Bella Novela
Release Date: November 25th, 2014

01. TKO
02. Telemetry (STREAM)
03. Masquerade
04. Corazon
05. Lenora
06. Four Walls (STREAM)
07. Eye For An Eye
08. Leave It All Behind
09. Catalina

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NYC soulful rockers Blue and Gold share first single from upcoming album

"Blue and Gold channel the best and most soulful parts of the classic rock canon...Would be just as much at home on a Black Keys record as it would on a Stax record." -- Blah Blah Blah Science

"Nothing overly fancy, just loud guitars, earth shaking drums, and in your face, ass kicking and leave a footprint vocals." -- Pancakes and Whiskey

New York quartet Blue and Gold share the first single from their forthcoming full length debut today via Purevolume. The album title track "In My Head" is available to hear and share HERE. (Direct Soundcloud link HERE.)

The 2-girl, 2-guy outfit play a NYC album release show on January 10th, 2015 at the Mercury Lounge. The full album is available for pre-order -- physical HERE and digital HERE.

Picture a crowded party. It's sweaty, rowdy, and most of all, it's raucously loud. That's the experience of a Blue and Gold show, and it's the atmosphere they've captured on their debut album, In My Head.

The band formed in 2013, but the members of Blue and Gold go way back. Both singers and guitarists, Alex Kapelman and Chloe Raynes, started developing their musical chemistry in their college cover band, serenading drunken coeds with everything from Led Zeppelin and Green Day to Pat Benatar and No Doubt - so long as it rocked hard. Blue and Gold's other half goes back even further. Both students of the pop punk movement, GG Gonzalez and Derek Cabrera have been band-mates since high school. Alex and Chloe recruited GG first, blown away by her heavy-hitting, take-no-prisoners drumming style. Derek rounded out the quartet a few months later, supplying the group with his brand of punk, supplemented by a heavy dose of jazz, which he studied as an undergrad. 

These four musicians developed their chemistry on stage first, playing high-octane shows around New York City. Now with In My Head, Blue and Gold have created a debut bursting with as much swagger as their live show. It's also a meticulously crafted statement from a cohesive team. "I love the way the four of us make music together," Alex says. "It's raw and dirty and every piece fits together perfectly."

You can hear that perfect fit in the album's lead single, "In My Head," a tumult of wailing guitars and interweaving vocals. Shot through with adrenaline and dripping with a treacherous kind of romance, "In My Head" sets the tone for the whole album. The group also blends its influences on its second single, "Tommy Gun." The track starts out with jangly guitars and sunny surf rock melodies. But the band quickly blasts away that mellow mood with crashing cymbals, massive riffs, and pulsing bass. It's a fitting juxtaposition for a song about love in the trenches. Expect earworm hooks and harmonies and fierce blasts of sound - but most of all, expect a party.

In My Head is available on CD and download on January 13th, 2015 via ByrdHouse Records

01/10  New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge (Album release party)

Artist: Blue and Gold
Album: Blue and Gold
Label: ByrdHouse Records
Release Date: January 13, 2015

01) In My Head (STREAM)
02) I Will Not Wait
03) Heartbreaker
04) Bowery Ball and Chain
05) Tommy Gun
06) I Can't Breathe
07) Make You My Baby
08) Wastin' Time
09) Soho
10) Don't Let Me Be

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