Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Mothertapes share new song from forthcoming album, play Portland album release show on 10/01

“You can hear just how well the pair palaces the experimental and the accessible on the terrific new single ‘Do Make Say.’ For all the risks the song takes, from its washes of chillwave synths and huge, almost dubstep bassline, everything serves the melody which is sumptuous and gently catchy.” — PopMatters


Portland, OR band Mothertapes premiere another song from their forthcoming debut album today via New Noise Magazine. The art-rock-synth hook laden track "Avalanche" is available to hear and share HERE. (Direct Soundcloud HERE.)

PopMatters. previously shared the album's first single "Do Make Say", available to hear and share HERE. (Direct Soundcloud HERE / Free MP3 D/L HERE.)

Mothertapes' self-titled album will be released October 2nd, 2015 via the Self Group creative collective.

At the heart of Mothertapes' music lies vivid melodic themes, heavy beats, and lush layers of programmed and live-looped instrumentation wrapped around intense guitar hooks and vocals. A live Mothertapes performance is an impressive show of workmanship in which Pete Bosack and Tommy Franzen build each song from the ground up, creating the sonic footprint of a much larger band. Rather than ceding control to the bloodless clockwork of sequenced loops, the band breathes life into the technology, eliciting an elastic, dynamic quality that has drawn the admiration of critics and earned the band a loyal following.

The creative collaboration of Pete Bosack and Tommy Franzen is entering its second decade. From the beginning, they recognized in each other an experimental spirit and strong sense of purpose rooted in a commitment to precision and musicianship. Their early garage jams led to the formation of their first band, Wax Fingers, and a debut album soon followed.

When Wax Fingers lost their bassist and, eventually, their second guitarist, Bosack and Franzen were back at a square one. Instead of recruiting new members, they chose to wipe the slate clean and double down on their original partnership, determined to fully realize its promise. They launched a new two-man band, Mothertapes, and began working on all-new material that would push their unique, progressive pop sound to new heights. 

Astute listeners will notice the influence of artists as varied as Animal Collective, Radiohead, Matmos, St. Vincent, Battles, and Maps and Atlases. But such comparisons serve only as reference points for this thoroughly original duo. After ten years of collaboration, Bosack and Franzen regard Mothertapes as the culmination of their work together, a breakthrough project resulting in forward-looking music that is both artistically ambitious and highly accessible.


MOTHERTAPES LIVE:
10/01  Portland, OR @ Holocene


Artist: Mothertapes
Album: Mothertapes
Label: Self Group
Release Date: October 2nd, 2015

01. Do Make Say (STREAM)
02. Aftermath (STREAM)
03. Debts/Bets
04. Carrot Stick
05. Not At All So Much Like
06. Gravity Wins
07. Beta Bank
08. War Song
09. 12 Step


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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Electric Citizen tour supporting metal legends Pentagram resumes tomorrow

"No band, except maybe Pentagram, deserved the big stage more -- or used it as well -- as Dolan and her band. I can only compare the ecstasy of her stage presence to Bobby Liebling himself, the way she flung herself around, shimmied, danced, and showed genuine enthusiasm from start to finish." -- Consequence of Sound


Electric Citizen continue fall tour dates supporting metal legends Pentagram this week, with the second leg picking up tomorrow in Philadelphia following West Coast dates in late August. Please see complete dates below.

Electric Citizen's dynamic frontwoman Laura Dolan is often compared to Pentagram singer Bobby Liebling, which makes this pairing all the more fitting. The tour comes in the midst of the band's ongoing work on a new album at Black Keys' frontman Dan Auerbach's studio Easy Eye Sound with producer Brian Olive (The Arcs, Dr. John).

Watch & share Electric Citizen's "Light Years Beyond" video HERE.

The band's highly praised performance at L.A.'s Psycho California festival earlier this summer was named by Consequence of Sound among the 10 best sets of the 3-day event.

Electric Citizen is a rock n roll band from Cincinnati, Ohio whose heavy sound is timeless and music to the ears of any rock n roll fan. Formed in 2013 by guitarist Ross Dolan, vocalist Laura Dolan, drummer Nate Wagner, and later joined by Randy Proctor, the band has busied itself with turning heads and ears onto their music. Since signing with RidingEasy Records in early 2014, they've done several direct support tours with PentagramWolfmother, Fu Manchu, and Budos Band. The band's recent debut album Sateen ended up on several 'Best of 2014' lists.

Sateen is available on LP, CD and download via RidingEasy Records as of July 1st, 2014.


ELECTRIC CITIZEN / PENTAGRAM TOUR:
09/30 Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
10/01 Providence, RI @ The Met
10/02 Amityville, NY @ Revolution
10/03 Washington, DC @ Rock N Roll Hotel
10/05 Brooklyn, NY @ St. Vitus
10/06 Brooklyn, NY @ St. Vitus
10/07 Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls
10/08 Detroit, MI @ Marble Bar
10/09 Chicago, IL @ The Abbey
10/10 Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme
10/11 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop

Artist: Electric Citizen
Album: Sateen
Label: RidingEasy Records
Release Date: July 1st, 2014

01. Beggar's Need
02. Magnetic Man
03. Future Persuasion
04. Savage
05. Hawk Nightingale
06. Shallow Water
07. The Trap
08. Light Years Beyond
09. Burning in Hell
10. Ghost of Me








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Swedish doom trio Spelljammer stream entire forthcoming album ahead of release via Metal Injection


Swedish trio Spelljammer are streaming their forthcoming album Ancient of Days in its entirety today via Metal Injection. Hear and share the full album HERE. (Direct Soundcloud HERE.)

Decibel Magazine recently shared an insightful interview with the Stockholm based trio, debuting the epic album closing track "Borlung" which is available to hear and share HERE. (Direct Soundcloud HERE.) Brooklyn Vegan previously introduced the album track "The Pathfinder", available to hear and share HERE. (Direct Soundcloud HERE.)

“We like things on a grand scale,” says Spelljammer bassist/vocalist Niklas Olsson. That’s a bit of an understatement considering the Stockholm, Sweden trio’s penchant for massive, slow-burning sludge riffs intercut with dramatic melodic interludes. There’s the pummeling heft of detuned guitars rumbling across the rugged expanse of unwieldy drums counterbalanced with moments of Master of Reality-era Sabbath’s introspective acoustic breaks and Pink Floyd’s Meddle-era psychedelia. These extreme shifts in dynamic give the band’s third album a sense of epic depth unlike most of Spelljammer’s peers. 

“The vastness of everything is something that I seem to think about a lot,” Olsson says, “and I guess that shows in the lyrics.” Some of Ancient of Days’ words were inspired by the epic poem Aniara by Swedish author and Nobel laureate Harry Martinson in which a spaceship leaving an uninhabitable Earth is hurtled off course, sending its thousands of passengers on a steady course in the wrong direction and there is nothing they can do about it. They will all slowly die as the ship continues from the solar system, forever into nothingness. This type of apocalyptic woe permeates throughout the 5-song, 40-minute album in perfect bond with the vastness of the music. 

Ancient of Days is not just the band’s third release, but in many ways, a rebirth. It’s Spelljammer’s first recording as a trio -- with Olsson taking over bass duties and new drummer Jonatan Rimsbo battering the skins -- and the culmination of a progressive move toward a heavier, doom-laden sound, away from the desert rock leanings of their 2010 debut Inches From the Sun. Vol II saw the band spreading out into darker territories. After writing sessions fell apart in 2013 for a followup to Vol II (reissued in early 2015 by RidingEasy Records) Olsson and guitarist Robert Sorling scrapped nearly everything following the departure of half of the band. The two began to build from the ground up as a duo with new ideas that resulted in the invigorated Ancient of Days. It’s the band’s most focused and deliberate in both its complexities and simplicities.  

“Having recorded the previous two albums in a more patchwork kind of way,” Olsson says, “we were very set on going into one studio and doing the entire thing.” In so doing, they banged it all out over a weekend in January 2015 at Ingrid Studio in Stockholm, engineered and mixed by Christoffer Zakrisson. Here, syrupy guitars ooze from the speakers, the drums sound like they’re perched atop a giant barge and howling vocals float throughout the proceedings. Ancient of Days very effectively embodies the boundless, otherworldly essence of its inspiration. 

Ancient of Days will be available everywhere on LP, CD and download on October 2nd, 2015 via RidingEasy Records. Pre-orders are available for LP, CD and download via Bandcamp



Artist: Spelljammer
Album: Ancient of Days
Label: RidingEasy Records
Release Date: October 2nd, 2015

01. Meadow
02. Laelia
03. From Slumber
04. The Pathfinder (STREAM)
05. Borlung (STREAM)


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Monday, September 28, 2015

Indian Handcrafts stream entire forthcoming album early, tour with Kylesa in October


"Sits right in the pocket of great melody and ripping guitar thunder, and feels perfect for your next beer-drinking, whiskey-swilling mixtape." -- Noisey

"Feels indebted to some of hard rock and heavy metal’s most muscular acts - everything from KISS to Queens Of The Stone Age - without lapsing into pastiche or hero-worship. In fact, Indian Handcrafts adeptly steer away from obvious choices in favor of more exciting ones." -- Stereogum


Canadian duo Indian Handcrafts are streaming their forthcoming sophomore Sargent House album in its entirety starting today via Metal Injection. Hear and share the full album HERE. (Direct Soundcloud HERE.)

Indian Handcrafts also return to the road on October 6th supporting Kylesa. Please see complete dates below. 

Stereogum recently premiered the song "The Divider" HERENoisey previously debuted the first single from the album, "It's Late Queeny" HERE

"The last one was our 70s album, this is our 80s album," jokes Indian Handcrafts drummer/vocalist Brandyn James Aikins. Although it's an offhand generalization, there's a good deal of accuracy to the jest. Whereas the Canadian duo's 2012 Sargent House debut Civil Disobedience for Losers was full of 70s style heavy groove within its drop-tuned riff-rollicking, Creeps has more sheen and steel. Or, while the previous album was more of a shag carpet lined party van, Creeps is a souped-up time-traveling Delorean. 

The songs for Creeps came about quickly after the band had spent considerable time on tour, the two of them riding in a van -- er, time-traveling Delorean -- for hours on end. "On tour you're listening to everything all the time, going from Celtic Frost to Faster Pussycat," says guitarist/vocalist Daniel Brandon Allen. "It tends to work its way into the writing." The effects of that mindset opened them up to the musical twists and turns of the new album. 

"It's anthemic at times," Allen says. "Hopefully listener friendly. It's kind of a mixed bag." 

For Creeps the band once again teamed up with previous album engineer Toshi Kasai (Melvins, Tool), surreptitiously sneaking away from their Barrie, Ontario home for 10 days' recording at Kasai's new Sun Valley, CA studio Sound of Sirens. There the pair focused intently on distilling their ideas down to a 9-song, 44-minute can of whip ass labelled simply, Creeps

Creeps will be available everywhere on LP, CD and download on October 2nd, 2015 via Sargent House. iTunes pre-orders available here: smarturl.it/IHCreep.


INDIAN HANDCRAFTS TOUR - FALL 2015:
Oct 06 -  St Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre **
Oct 07 -  Miami, FL @ Grand Central **
Oct 08 -  Orlando, FL @ The Social **
Oct 09 -  Savannah, GA @ The Jinx **
Oct 10 -  Asheville, NC @ New Mountain **
Oct 11 -  Nashville, TN @ Basement East **
Oct 13 -  Columbus, OH @ The Basement **
Oct 14 -  Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme **
Oct 15 -  Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle **
Oct 16 -  Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop **
Oct 17 -  Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar **
Oct 19 -  Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall **
Oct 20 -  Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts **
Oct 21 -  Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus **
Oct 22 - Jersey City, NJ @ Monty Hall **
Oct 23 -  Richmond, VA @ Broadberry **
Oct 24 -  Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel **
Oct 25 -  Atlanta, GA @ The EARL **
Nov 10 - London, ON @ Call The Office #
Nov 12 - Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews #
Nov 13 - Minneapolis, MN @ The Nether Bar #
Nov 14 - Winnipeg, MB @ Windsor #
Nov 16 - Saskatoon, SK @Vangelis #
Nov 17 - Edmonton, AB @ Mercury Room #
Nov 18 - Calgary, AB @ Broken City #
Nov 20 - Vancouver, BC @ Wise Hall #

** w/ Kylesa, Inter Arma, Irata
# w/ Greys



Artist: Indian Handcrafts
Album: Creeps
Label: Sargent House
Release Date: October 2, 2015

01. Down At The Docks
02. It's Late Queeny (STREAM)
03. Murderers For Hire
04. Brothers Underground
05. Maelstrom
06. Snake Mountain
07. The Divider (STREAM)
08. Degenerate Case
09. Rat Faced Snorter









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Friday, September 25, 2015

The Well premiere video via Brooklyn Vegan, announce tour dates with Kadavar

Photo: Rob Hilker

Austin heavy power trio The Well premiere the official video of the track "Mortal Bones" from their recent album today via Brooklyn Vegan. The clip is available to watch & share HERE. (Direct YouTube HERE.)

The Well also launch a batch of U.S. tour dates next week supporting Kadavar. Please see complete dates below.

The Well's full length debut, Samsara was produced by Mark Deutrom [Melvins, Sunn0)))] and released September 23rd, 2014 via RidingEasy Records.


THE WELL LIVE:
09/28  Columbus, OH @ Carabar
09/30  Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus w/ Kadavar
10/02  Philadelphia, PA @ Ortlieb's Lounge w/ Kadavar
10/03  Pittsburg, PA @ The Smiling Moose w/ Kadavar
10/04  Chicago, IL @ Double Door w/ Kadavar
10/07  Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone w/ Kadavar
10/08  Austin, TX @ Lost Well w/ Ruby the Hatchet, Fogg, Mothership


Artist: The Well
Album: Samsara
Label: RidingEasy Records
Release Date: September 23rd, 2014

01. Mortal Bones
02. Trespass
03. 1000 Lies
04. Lucifer Sam
05. Refuge
06. Eternal Well
07. Dragon Snort

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard share first track from forthcoming debut via Noisey

Welsh quartet Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard (or MWWB as we like to call 'em) share the first track to their forthcoming debut today via Noisey. The track "Les Paradis Artificiels" is available to hear and share HERE. (Direct YouTube HERE.)

The 3-song, over 50-minute album Noeth Ac Anoeth to be released by London, UK label New Heavy Sounds derives its title from an old Welsh phrase which is a druidic concept meaning an abode of existence, or Hades crossed with nothingness. It is the band's first release on LP and CD, following a cassette demo released in early 2015 comprised of the single 30-minute doom rock space opera "Nachthexen" which is included on this release. 

MWWB’s sound has all the crushing weight and expanse of Ufommamut, Windhand or Yob, combined with a love of the hypnotic grooves of Amon Duul II, the cosmic soundscapes of Hawkwind and Cult of Luna at their most cosmic, and a dose of dark psychedelia. Crammed with a dark medley of riffs and textures, and topped off by MWWB’s secret weapon, the angelic siren song of vocalist Jessica Ball.

Kerrang made MWWB ‘Band of The Week’ and when TapeWorship Records issued the demo on cassette, it sold out in two days. 

In addition to the epic "Nachthexen", "Les Paradis Artificiels" is another downtuned epic, the mammoth riffs and shifts are still there, but here the vocals are more present, mesmerizing and fully integrated. It’s like the Cocteau Twins or My Bloody Valentine landed in a doom band and said "fuck yeah, this works." Closer "Slave Moon" is experimental... progressive even. 10-plus minutes of thumping atmospherics and ascending guitar layers, and some pretty filthy, yet catchy riffing.

Expect MWWB's first proper album in 2016. Noeth Ac Anoeth is released by New Heavy Sounds on CD, download and limited edition transparent frosted vinyl (with CD included) on December 4th, 2015. Physical pre-orders are available HERE


Artist: Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard
Album: Noeth Ac Anoeth
Label: New Heavy Sounds
Release Date: December 4th, 2015

01. Les Paradis Artificiels
02. Slave Moon
03. Nachthexen















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Monday, September 21, 2015

Old Man's Will premiere first video from forthcoming album via Classic Rock Magazine

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Umea, Sweden's Old Man's Will premiere the first video today from their forthcoming album Hard Times -- Troubled Man today via Classic Rock Magazine. The clip for lead single 'Troubled Man" is available to watch and share HERE. (Direct YouTube HERE.)

The album track "Easy Rider" recently premiered via Roadburn, available to hear and share HERE. (Direct Soundcloud HERE.) MetalInsider previously shared the single and semi-title track "Troubled Man" HEREHard Times - Troubled Man will be available everywhere on LP, CD and download via RidingEasy Records on October 2nd, 2015. The "Troubled Man" 7" single is in stores now. 

Real rock ‘n’ roll requires a little bit of mystique, a little bit of swagger, and a little bit of trouble for good measure. Sweden’s Old Man’s Will possesses all three of those ingredients in spades, and they comingle into a wonderfully inebriating aural concoction on the band’s second full-length album, Hard Times - Troubled Man. The quartet -- Benny Åberg [vocals], Klas Holmgren [guitar], Tommy Nilsson [bass], and Gustav Kejving [drums] -- delivers a brash, bluesy, and brilliant opus that’s the perfect soundtrack for all kinds of trouble.

In between drunken late night jam sessions, parties in apartments with instrument-covered walls, a healthy diet of Deep Purple, Free, and Stray Dog, and other assorted mayhem, the boys emerged from Umeå’s underground with their self-titled debut in tow. They embarked on a successful European tour before RidingEasy Records came upon their Soundcloud and offered them a deal to reissue their first offering. In the midst of it all, Old Man’s Will began compiling ideas for what would eventually materialize as Hard Times - Troubled Man, sharing a collective vision.

“It was a step towards a more classic rock sound,” says Klas. “On the first album, we were heavily influenced by a lot of contemporary sounds and bands-something we are moving away from. For Hard Times - Troubled Man, we used old hard rock and blues as a foundation, creating something that’s meant to become the sound of Old Man’s Will.”

The first single “Troubled Man” shucks and jives between a hummable riff and a swinging stomp. “Basically, it’s about being a creative musician today and the life around it,” explains Klas. “Musicians and creative people are unique, and they’re troubled. Sometimes, the more troubled you are, the closer you are to writing that magic An ordinary life just can’t compete. Playing rock music today means big sacrifices and insane amounts of work with barely no return, but we love what we do and we don’t trim our sails to the wind.”

Ultimately, Old Man’s Will do what their idols did. They take the foundation of rock ‘n’ roll and leave an indelible stamp of their own. “We never had the intention of inventing a new genre,” concludes Klas. “We’re not about social media, posing, being ‘hip,’ or playing a certain fuzz or guitar pedal. For us, it’s just about great songs.”

Artist: Old Man's Will
Album: Hard Times - Troubled Man
Label: RidingEasy Records
Release Date: October 2nd, 2015

01. Fools
02. Troubled Man (STREAM) (VIDEO)
03. Easy Rider (STREAM)
04. Ratking
05. Got It
06. Hazel Eyes
07. How Could You Know?
08. Another Seven Days

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Seattle/L.A. hard power-pop trio Shotty premiere first single from forthcoming release


Seattle formed and recent L.A. transplant trio  Shotty premiere the first track from their forthcoming new release Little Lady Death today via Purevolume. The song, "Love Mess" finds the band adding heavy synths atop their signature guitar based power pop reminiscent of 90s era alternative rock for an altogether new blast of fresh hooks and hummable melody. Hear and share "Love Mess" HERE. (Direct Soundcloud HERE). 

Little Lady Death is the latest batch of catchy cartoony hard-rock tunes from the Los Angeles-based band Shotty. These songs aim to capture vivid videogame nerd-angst imagery, and bottle it up into bite-sized energy driven fuzzy rock n' pop anthems. As a whole, Shotty delivers a level of energy rarely seen in today's smooth, careful, "sonic texture"-obsessed indie music scene. Instead, Shotty plays for our inner children. Teenagers will finally feel validated in their lonesome melodramatic crises and existential conundrums, while fun-loving adults pause mid beer-sip, shocked at the raw fervor and utter likeable-ness that Shotty emanates in rainbow colored wavelengths of punk/synth/I-don't-even-know f***yeah rock. At its core, this music is action packed and easily digested, like opening and fiddling with a brand new Transformers toy, or finding a shiny new holographic Charizard in your latest Pokemon card booster pack.

Shotty formed in Seattle, WA when high school dropout Pat Moon and next door neighbor Miles Frank began playing loud music in the basement. Over the years the amps grew in size and volume, the drum set was decorated with paint and decoupage, and the songs and performance were refined to to an explosive and undeniably mosh-worthy level. In 2013 Shotty relocated to Los Angeles to tap into the heart of the entertainment industry, seeking to push their music to new heights and spread their fantastical creations to the far corners of the world. They've since enlisted the bass/keyboard playing skills of former Floridian and 90's music fanboy Duffey Westlake, recording and releasing new material with producer Norm Block (Plexi, Sweethead) to be released through the indie label Cautionary Tail Records via INgrooves Music Group (part of the Manimal Label Group).

Little Lady Death features original cover artwork by Hanah Nance (Adventure Time, Regular Show) and will be available everywhere on November 6th, 2015.


Artist: Shotty
Album: Little Lady Death
Label: Cautionary Tail/Manimal Vinyl 
Release Date: November 6th, 2015

01. Love Mess (STREAM)
02. Magic 8
03. Famous Face
04. Blood and Stars
05. Don't Care Anymore





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Friday, September 11, 2015

Portland ethereal rock band Yardsss share video inspired by Chief Joseph of Nez Perce tribe from ongoing video singles series

Click image above to watch video

"Yardsss tends toward the dark and droning and bombastic, with heady, swelling orchestrations. Perhaps because human voices appear so rarely and the music is so evocative, it occasionally brings to mind Emeralds' Does It Look Like I'm Here? It doesn't take many listens to understand that Krueger is breaking boundaries not for the sake of being (or seeming) transgressive, but to make sounds that awaken actual feelings -- uplifting, inspiring emotions." -- Portland Mercury


Portland, OR band Yardsss -- ethereal music brainchild of Southerly and Sndtrkr leader Krist Krueger share the latest in an ongoing series of video singles (also available as MP3 downloads) today via New Noise Magazine. Watch and share "Fight No More Forever" the track inspired by Pacific Northwest Native American spokesperson and symbol of the fight for Native American rights Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce HERE. (Direct YouTube HERE.)

"Fight No More Forever" is available for download HERE

Leading the Nez Perce during the tumultuous period when they were forced to leave their ancestral lands due to settlement, Chief Joseph became a spokesperson and symbol of the fight for Native American rights. Close to 150 years after being asked to leave their homes, Native Americas to this day continue to be neglected and mistreated. "Fight No More" captures this sense of dark dreamlike memory, combining the past and present, taking the viewer on a distorted drive through the valley as Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce once did, in its current landscape.

"Fight No More Forever" is part of a continuing series of video singles by Yardsss over the past two years, the others being "6", "Kristallnacht", "Gratias Agens" and collaborative video singles with Metallic Hiss and Ex Rev, available on the Self Group Youtube page.  

Yardsss is the experimental embodiment of recording artist and SELF Group founder Krist Krueger's (Southerly, Sndtrkr) sonic landscape. Krueger is best known for his work with Southerly, whose 2007 debut Storyteller and the Gossip Columnist was met to national critical acclaim.  His label, SELF Group, is set for a major relaunching 2015, with new releases slated from Southerly and new additions to the label, Mothertapes and Themes.


Artist: Yardsss
Album: Fight No More Forever
Label: Self Group
Release Date: September 11th, 2015


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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Indian Handcrafts premiere track from forthcoming album, play Riot Fest then tour with Kylesa


"Sits right in the pocket of great melody and ripping guitar thunder, and feels perfect for your next beer-drinking, whiskey-swilling mixtape." -- Noisey


Canadian duo Indian Handcrafts premiere a new track from their forthcoming sophomore Sargent House album Creeps today via Stereogum. Hear and share the song "The Divider" HERE. (Direct Soundcloud HERE.)

Indian Handcrafts play Riot Fest in Chicago this week, followed by the Toronto lineup of the multi-city festival. In October, the duo tours with Kylesa and Inter Arma throughout the eastern states. See complete dates below. 

Noisey recently premiered the first single from the album, "It's Late Queeny" HERE. (Direct Soundcloud HERE.)

"The last one was our 70s album, this is our 80s album," jokes Indian Handcrafts drummer/vocalist Brandyn James Aikins. Although it's an offhand generalization, there's a good deal of accuracy to the jest. Whereas the Canadian duo's 2012 Sargent House debut Civil Disobedience for Losers was full of 70s style heavy groove within its drop-tuned riff-rollicking, Creeps has more sheen and steel. Or, while the previous album was more of a shag carpet lined party van, Creeps is a souped-up time-traveling Delorean. 

The songs for Creeps came about quickly after the band had spent considerable time on tour, the two of them riding in a van -- er, time-traveling Delorean -- for hours on end. "On tour you're listening to everything all the time, going from Celtic Frost to Faster Pussycat," says guitarist/vocalist Daniel Brandon Allen. "It tends to work its way into the writing." The effects of that mindset opened them up to the musical twists and turns of the new album. 

"It's anthemic at times," Allen says. "Hopefully listener friendly. It's kind of a mixed bag." 

For Creeps the band once again teamed up with previous album engineer Toshi Kasai (Melvins, Tool), surreptitiously sneaking away from their Barrie, Ontario home for 10 days' recording at Kasai's new Sun Valley, CA studio Sound of Sirens. There the pair focused intently on distilling their ideas down to a 9-song, 44-minute can of whip ass labelled simply, Creeps

Creeps will be available everywhere on LP, CD and download on October 2nd, 2015 via Sargent House. iTunes pre-orders available here: smarturl.it/IHCreep.


INDIAN HANDCRAFTS TOUR - FALL 2015:
Sep 12 - Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest Chicago
Sep 20 - Toronto, ON @ Riot Fest Toronto
Oct 06 -  St Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre **
Oct 07 -  Miami, FL @ Grand Central **
Oct 08 -  Orlando, FL @ The Social **
Oct 09 -  Savannah, GA @ The Jinx **
Oct 10 -  Asheville, NC @ New Mountain **
Oct 11 -  Nashville, TN @ Basement East **
Oct 13 -  Columbus, OH @ The Basement **
Oct 14 -  Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme **
Oct 16 -  Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop **
Oct 17 -  Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar **
Oct 19 -  Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall **
Oct 20 -  Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts **
Oct 21 -  Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus **
Oct 22 - Jersey City, NJ @ Monty Hall **
Oct 23 -  Richmond, VA @ Broadberry **
Oct 24 -  Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel **
Oct 25 -  Atlanta, GA @ The EARL **

** w/ Kylesa, Inter Arma, Irata



Artist: Indian Handcrafts
Album: Creeps
Label: Sargent House
Release Date: October 2, 2015

01. Down At The Docks
02. It's Late Queeny (STREAM)
03. Murderers For Hire
04. Brothers Underground
05. Maelstrom
06. Snake Mountain
07. The Divider (STREAM)
08. Degenerate Case
09. Rat Faced Snorter









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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Boss Battle premiere new track from forthcoming debut, Southwest & West Coast tour starts tomorrow


Photo: David Brendan Hall

“Combining a strong 1990s industrial rock element with a post-millenial indie rock sound, Austin band Boss Battle find a comfortable middle ground between rigid, harsh mechanical sounds and unique pop hooks.” — PopMatters

"A hook-laden dark pop sound in the vein of Siouxsie and the Banshees or Yeah Yeah Yeahs with a meaty, industrial stomp. It's thunderous, powerful stuff, but it's also catchy as hell."-- Treble Zine


Austin trio Boss Battle premiere a new track from their forthcoming debut today via Treble Zine. The song "Dub Kitty" is available to hear and share HERE. (Direct Soundcloud HERE.)

PopMatters previously debuted the first track "Ride" HERE. (Direct Soundcloud HERE.)

Boss Battle hit the road in the Southwest and West Coast tomorrow, September 10th with tourmates Sky Acre. Please see complete dates below. 

The energetic trio’s sound combines elements of 90s Industrial groups like Pigface and Ministry crossed with the explosive punk hooks of early Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Vocalist/keyboardist Erin Frazier and vocalist/guitarist Chico Jones often share the mic simultaneously, creating an onslaught of dual male/female voices atop distorted synth bass and twisting lead lines, crunching guitars and drummer Benjamin Kent’s precise, powerful rhythms. The four songs on the band’s succinct debut Attack Time vacillate from driving anthems like “Ride” and “Dub Kitty” to the slithering noisepop of “Jolt” and the slow, deliberate attack of closer, “Step.” Throughout, Boss Battle demonstrate a mastery of pop hooks without ever losing their hard-edged heft. 

Jones owns and operates Austin’s acclaimed Ohm Recording studio (White Denim, Howe Gelb), where the band recorded Attack Time in various sessions over the last year. Attack Time will be available on CD and download on September 11th, 2015. 


BOSS BATTLE LIVE:
09/10 Marfa, TX @ Padre’s *
09/11 Tucson, AZ @ Surly Wench Pub *
09/12 Lancaster, CA @ The Britisher *
09/13 Los Angeles, CA @ Bridgetown DIY *
09/15 Oakland, CA @ Stork Club *
09/16 Sacramento, CA @ The Colony *
09/17 Eugene, OR @ Black Forest *
09/18 Portland, OR @ The Tardis Room *
09/19 Olympia, WA @ Le Voyeur *
09/20 Seattle, WA @ Substation *
09/22 Missoula, MT @ The Real Lounge *
09/23 Billings, MT @ The Railyard *
09/24 Denver, CO @ BaBar *
09/25 Colorado Springs, CO @ Triple Nickel *
09/26 Amarillo, TX @ Leftwoods *

* w/ Sky Acre


Artist: Boss Battle
Album: Attack Time
Record Label: Boss Battle Music
Release Date: September 11th, 2015

Tracks:
01. Dub Kitty (STREAM)
02. Jolt
03. Ride (STREAM)
04. Step


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UK doom band LIMB (ex-Uncle Acid) stream entire forthcoming sophomore album ahead of release

"A no-holds barred riff fest that comes one step short of putting its hands around your neck and forcing you to headbang." -- Metal Injection


London, England quartet Limb are streaming their forthcoming sophomore album Terminal in its entirety starting today via Terrorizer Magazine. See what the band has to say about the album and its creation, hear and share the full album HERE. (Direct Soundcloud HERE. Cleared for posting.)

Metal Injection previously premiered the track "Dawn Raiders", available to hear and share HERE. (Direct Soundcloud HERE.)

Terminal follows hot on the heels of Limb's self-titled 2014 debut, but takes an enormous leap forward. Perhaps it's the result of playing across the UK on tour with New Heavy Sounds labelmates Black Moth, and the introduction of new drummer Tom Mowforth (ex-Uncle Acid and The Deadbeats) but Limb are now more explosive than ever before. Where the debut showcased their thick, loping, and stripped-down sound, Terminal cranks up the sonics, mashes the grooves, and ups the filth quotient to truly corrosive levels.

In their quest to take things to the next planet, Limb hooked up with legendary extreme metal producer Russ Russell (Napalm Death, Dimmu Borgir, Evile, etc.). A bold move, but together they've created a monolithic statement of intent. Terminal is a down-tuned and dirty barrage of monumental riffs.

Recognizing Limb's love of both stoner dirge and glam stomp, Russell has described the band's sound as "GoatSlade" -- and we can see why. Buried in the dirt is a cosmic boogie, which pays more than a nod to the decade of stacked platform boots without ever feeling retro.

Right from the opening double whammy of "Three Snake Leaves" and "Ghost Dance", you're propelled into a maelstrom that never lets up. The riffs come layered, thick, and fast, from the fuzzy throb of "Dawn Raiders" to the off-kilter groove of "Spoils of a Portrait King", marking the halfway point with its monstrous, doomy outro. The second half of the album contains Limb's take on a traditional murder ballad, "Down by the Banks", as well as the chaotic hardcore of "Mortuary Teeth". The whole thing ends with "Cocytus", the soundtrack to a voyage across the eponymous river of dead souls that encircles Hell, complete with a hypnotic riff ending.

Thematically the album addresses the prospect of absolute destruction and the possibility of life thereafter, which is echoed in the album's artwork, a startling retro-futuristic collage by Cur3es (responsible for the art of Fu Manchu's Gigantoid). It conveys the album's mood perfectly: the familiar juxtaposed with the unknown, a world where nothing is quite as it should be.

As usual it'll be a deluxe LP package: 180g transparent white and cosmic purple haze vinyl, gatefold sleeve, printed lyric inner and free download. Also available on CD and download on September 11th, 2015 via New Heavy Sounds.


Artist: Limb
Album: Terminal
Label: New Heavy Sounds
Release Date: September 11th, 2015

01. Three Snake Leaves
02. Ghost Dance (STREAM)
03. Micromegas
04. Dawn Raiders (STREAM)
05. Spoils of a Portrait King
06. Down By The Banks
07. Sleepwalkers
08. Mortuary Teeth
09. Cocylas

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Swedish doom trio Spelljammer premiere new track from forthcoming album via Decibel Magazine


Swedish trio Spelljammer premiere a new track from their forthcoming album Ancient of Days today via Decibel Magazine. In an insightful interview with the Stockholm based trio, Decibel debuts the epic album closing track "Borlung" which is available to hear and share HERE. (Direct Soundcloud HERE.)

Brooklyn Vegan previously introduced the album track "The Pathfinder", available to hear and share HERE. (Direct Soundcloud HERE.)

“We like things on a grand scale,” says Spelljammer bassist/vocalist Niklas Olsson. That’s a bit of an understatement considering the Stockholm, Sweden trio’s penchant for massive, slow-burning sludge riffs intercut with dramatic melodic interludes. There’s the pummeling heft of detuned guitars rumbling across the rugged expanse of unwieldy drums counterbalanced with moments of Master of Reality-era Sabbath’s introspective acoustic breaks and Pink Floyd’s Meddle-era psychedelia. These extreme shifts in dynamic give the band’s third album a sense of epic depth unlike most of Spelljammer’s peers. 

“The vastness of everything is something that I seem to think about a lot,” Olsson says, “and I guess that shows in the lyrics.” Some of Ancient of Days’ words were inspired by the epic poem Aniara by Swedish author and Nobel laureate Harry Martinson in which a spaceship leaving an uninhabitable Earth is hurtled off course, sending its thousands of passengers on a steady course in the wrong direction and there is nothing they can do about it. They will all slowly die as the ship continues from the solar system, forever into nothingness. This type of apocalyptic woe permeates throughout the 5-song, 40-minute album in perfect bond with the vastness of the music. 

Ancient of Days is not just the band’s third release, but in many ways, a rebirth. It’s Spelljammer’s first recording as a trio -- with Olsson taking over bass duties and new drummer Jonatan Rimsbo battering the skins -- and the culmination of a progressive move toward a heavier, doom-laden sound, away from the desert rock leanings of their 2010 debut Inches From the Sun. Vol II saw the band spreading out into darker territories. After writing sessions fell apart in 2013 for a followup to Vol II (reissued in early 2015 by RidingEasy Records) Olsson and guitarist Robert Sorling scrapped nearly everything following the departure of half of the band. The two began to build from the ground up as a duo with new ideas that resulted in the invigorated Ancient of Days. It’s the band’s most focused and deliberate in both its complexities and simplicities.  

“Having recorded the previous two albums in a more patchwork kind of way,” Olsson says, “we were very set on going into one studio and doing the entire thing.” In so doing, they banged it all out over a weekend in January 2015 at Ingrid Studio in Stockholm, engineered and mixed by Christoffer Zakrisson. Here, syrupy guitars ooze from the speakers, the drums sound like they’re perched atop a giant barge and howling vocals float throughout the proceedings. Ancient of Days very effectively embodies the boundless, otherworldly essence of its inspiration. 

Ancient of Days will be available everywhere on LP, CD and download on October 2nd, 2015 via RidingEasy Records. Pre-orders are available for LP & CD via RidingEasy and download via Bandcamp



Artist: Spelljammer
Album: Ancient of Days
Label: RidingEasy Records
Release Date: October 2nd, 2015

01. Meadow
02. Laelia
03. From Slumber
04. The Pathfinder (STREAM)
05. Borlung (STREAM)


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