Thursday, November 19, 2015

Pink Frost premiere first track from revised debut, Chicago heavy shoegaze band merges 90s alt-rock hooks w/ Deerhunter style haze

"An increasingly commanding quartet that embraces the power of guitar drone, tribal drum and the deep, shoegaze-era swoon." -- Chicago Tribune 

"Off-kilter, yearning rock music that strives for a populism that's considered a bit declassé by most of their peers and, as such, badly missed." -- Pitchfork

Chicago's critically-praised quartet Pink Frost premiere the first track today from the upcoming release of a completely remixed and remastered update to their debut album, Gargoyle Days. Originally released under the band's previous moniker Apteka in 2011, Gargoyle Days has been painstakingly reworked from the original analog tapes. The driving anthem "Striking Violet" premieres via New Noise Magazine and is available to hear and share HERE. (Direct Soundcloud HERE.)

Now the 9-song album packs even more punch and sonic breadth representative of the band's live sound. Plus, with new artwork and under the band's new name, it's not just a polished artifact, but a unique rebirth for the album that made many Best of 2011 lists, including Time Out Chicago.

Pink Frost is also currently in the studio recording the followup to their breakthrough 2014 album Sundowning, which received an onslaught of praise from such revered outlets as Pitchfork, SPIN, Noisey, Magnet Magazine and Chicago Reader, as well as song placements in a feature film ("The Lookalike"), TV's The Vampire Diaries, CSI:Miami and more. 

Like Sundowning and last fall's Traitors EP, the new album is also being recorded at Steve Albini's legendary Electrical Audio in Chicago with engineer Gregoire Yeche. It promises more of Pink Frost's intense yet always tuneful signature of heavy-yet-droning hook-laden anthemic rock. 

Pink Frost is often compared to bands ranging from Ride to Smashing Pumpkins to Dinosaur Jr. to Deerhunter and beyond. 

Gargoyle Days was mixed with Adam Stilson, mastered by Jason Ward and will be available on CD and download via Smart Like Virus Records on December 4th, 2015. Pre-orders are available HERE.

Artist: Pink Frost
Album: Gargoyle Days
Label: Smart Like Virus Records
Release Date: December 4th, 2015

01) Gargoyle Days
02) Striking Violet (STREAM)
03) In Clouds
04) Where Days Go
05) This Time
06) Voices
07) Gravesend
08) Monterey
09) We Know Time

Artist: Pink Frost
Album: Sundowning (FULL ALBUM STREAM)
Label: BLVD Records / Notes & Bolts Records & Tapes
Release Date: Sept 3rd, 2013

01) Western Child
02) Ruins (MP3) (VIDEO)
03) Orange Sky Suicide
04) The Difference (VIDEO)
05) Dead Cities
06) Who I Belong To
07) Maybe It's You
08) Occupy Within
09) Blue Light

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Lowercase Noises premiere captivating video of live, one-take performance in New Mexico mountains via Northern Transmissions

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Albuquerque, NM’s Lowercase Noises premiere a unique new video today via Northern Transmissions. The clip was recorded live in one take in the sprawling mountains near Placitas, NM. The video is part of Lowercase Noises’ ongoing series “Simple Sounds in Simple Places” in which epic ambient/drone soundscapes are performed in natural environments.* Watch video HERE. (Direct YouTube HERE.)

Hear and share album tracks "Death In a Garden" HERE and "Roaring Forties" HERE

January 2016 sees the release of the retrospective album An Introduction to Lowercase Noises, featuring highlights from several Lowercase Noises releases. The collection ranges in sound from massive Swans style epics to delicate ambient guitar symphonies to lush melodies blending delicate banjo with ethereal tones. It’s a sampling of an already vast catalog from a talented artist who’s just getting started. 

Lowercase Noises is the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist Andy Othling. He began working under the name in 2008, while in college in Albuquerque, NM. All songs have been written, recorded and mixed by Othling, who plays every instrument on all recordings, with exception of a few guest musicians/vocalists. To date, Lowercase Noises has issued 11 EPs & full lengths and developed a huge YouTube following of over 51,000 fans of his “Ambient Songs” series and other videos. 

This Is For Our Sins (2014) is Othling’s most recent full length, a sprawling endeavor following the story of a Russian family that lived in isolation in the Siberian wilderness for over 40 years. James, a 5-song EP created as a gift to Othling’s newborn son was released in summer 2015. Throughout Lowercase Noises discography, each release focuses on particular ideas, themes and limitations to create dramatic, lush and captivating music. 

Artist: Lowercase Noises
Album: An Introduction to Lowercase Noises
Label: Lowercase Noises Music
Release Date: January 8th, 2016

01. The First Glimmer of Wind
02. It Reminded Me of a Very Old Place
03. Sweet Pea
04. Silence of Siberia
05. Famine and the Death of a Mother
06. The Windows of You (I Sang a Quiet Song)
07. Passage
08. Roaring Forties
09. An Ocean Tumbled By
10. Song For No One
11. Migratory Patterns
12. The Things Your Eyes Have Seen

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Slow Season premiere track via Noisey from forthcoming remixed, remastered debut album on RidingEasy Records

Central California quartet Slow Season premiere a new track today via Noisey from the forthcoming revamped version of their 2012 self-titled debut album to be released on RidingEasy Records. Hear and share "DayGlo Sunrise" HERE. (Direct Soundcloud  HERE.)

The band's unpretentious throwback full length has been remixed and remastered with new artwork for proper release on the same label that issued their popular 2014 sophomore album Mountains. The completely renewed Slow Season will be released on LP, CD and download on December 4th, 2015. Pre-orders are available HERE.

Consequence of Sound recently premiered the first track "Heavy", available to hear and share HERE. (Direct Soundcloud link HERE.)

The band's sound effortlessly nods to greats of the 60s-70s like Led Zeppelin, The Who, Black Sabbath, et al, without sounding like a caricature. Rather, as one can immediately hear, this is hypnotic, heavy, and howling rock 'n' roll that defies both musical and temporal categorization.

The Visalia, CA band -- Daniel Rice (vocals, guitar), David Kent (guitar), Hayden Doyel (bass), and Cody Tarbell (drums) -- scale new heights, while recognising where it all began. Having recorded both of their albums live on reel-to-reel at Tarbell's home studio, the band eschews the digital trappings of music today to give their analog sound its crackling, kinetic energy. 

"Working with the limitations of tape really pushed us to play our best," Rice says. "You have to prioritize your ideas. You can't layer too much on there. You also have to nail the takes. You don't get to go back and cut 'n' paste. You have to feel it when you're playing it. When everything comes together, it really shines because we're all playing together on tape."

The hard-touring band most recently shared the stage on Summer 2015's extensive RidingEasy Records Tour with labelmates Mondo Drag and Electric Citizen

Artist: Slow Season
Album: Slow Season
Label: RidingEasy Records
Release Date: December 4th, 2015

01. Heavy (STREAM)
02. DayGlo Sunrise (STREAM)
03. Evil Words
04. Deep Forest
05. Ruah
06. Coco A Gogo
07. No Bridge Rag
08. Bars & Bars

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Ghost Against Ghost (composer Christopher Bono w/ Mars Volta, Mercury Rev mbrs) share studio video & stream entire forthcoming 'still love EP'

Woodstock, NY based Ghost Against Ghost is streaming the upcoming 17-minute opus, still love EP ahead of release today via Echoes and Dust. The entire still love EP is available to hear and share HERE. (Direct Soundcloud HERE.)

Additionally, at New Noise Magazine the band has released a revealing look inside the recording of the EP with a video teaser showing composer Christopher Bono, drummer Thomas Pridgen (The Mars Volta, Trash Talk) and guitarist Anthony Molina (Mercury Rev) at work. Watch the video HERE. (Direct YouTube HERE.)

Bono draws from his neoclassical background as a composer and producer to create the enveloping soundscape that is Ghost Against Ghost. The still love EP weaves themes of love, heartbreak, and betrayal into a powerful combination of monolithic, synth driven post-rock in the vein of Disintegration era The Cure, with dramatic climaxes a la Vangelis with just a touch of contemporary David Sylvian ambiance. 

For full biography on Ghost Against Ghost and Christopher Bono, please CLICK HERE.

Artist: Ghost Against Ghost
Album: still love EP
Label: Our Silent Canvas
Release Date: November 6th, 2015

01. Son of Cessiphus  [3:54]
02. still love [10:15]
03. A Relapse of Remembrance [3:33]

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Salem's Pot shares 'The Vampire Strikes Back' single on RidingEasy Records, 7" pre-orders available now

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Swedish hook-heavy band Salem's Pot share a new 3-track EP "The Vampire Strikes Back" today via RidingEasy Records. The EP is released digitally for Halloween, and a 2-track limited edition 7" record is available for pre-order now HERE

Listen to and share "The Vampire Strikes Back" EP via Soundcloud HERE

The 7" is available as a test pressing, or on clear vinyl and black vinyl in limited quantities. The 3-song digital EP includes both the 7" version and 7:28 minute full version of "The Vampire Strikes Back" along with a cover of Dead Moon's classic "Graveyard."

Artist: Salem's Pot
Album: The Vampire Strikes Back
Label: RidingEasy Records
Release Date: October 31, 2015

01. The Vampire Strikes Back (7" version)
02. The Vampire Strikes Back (Full Version)
03. Graveyard

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