Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Bay Area thrash revivalists HELL FIRE streaming RidingEasy Records debut early via Brooklyn Vegan


"Lots of thrash bands do their best to sound retro, but Hell Fire manage to sound classic." -- Kerrang!

"Hell Fire rocks harder than Stonehenge with the fury of Motorhead!" -- CvltNation

"No matter if Hell Fire is ripping down the highway at triple-digit speeds, or slowing things down a bit, they still rule." -- Metal Injection


San Francisco quartet Hell Fire are streaming their forthcoming third album Mania in full starting today via Brooklyn Vegan. Hear and share the epic thrash album in its entirety HERE. (Direct YouTube.)

Metal Injection recently shared "Isolator" HEREKerrang Magazine previously launched title track "Mania" HERE. And, CvltNation shared "Warpath" HERE.

Mania is the band's first proper album on RidingEasy Records, following the label's worldwide reissue of the band's self-released 2017 sophomore breakout Free Again, released on January 18th. 

Formed in recent years in San Francisco, though it may seem more likely that they hatched fresh out of a time travel portal from the mid-80s Bay Area thrash scene, Hell Fire have the classic look and sound of modern metal's halcyon days. Hell Fire's sonic assault warmly condenses elements of influences like Angel WitchIron MaidenRainbowExodusMetallicaRiotVirtue and Diamond Head into 10 tracks of headbanging MUYA anthems. 

The free-wheelin' creativity and infectious vitality of the 80s Bay Area thrash scene is a moment forever locked in time, but its spirit lives on in the band's galloping guitar picks, soaring harmonies and blistering rhythms. Hell Fire's perfect hybrid of NWOBHM theatrics and American thrash attitude.

"Thematically, everything on the album comes from personal experiences," says vocalist/guitarist Jake Nunn. "From the highs of partying together out here in Oakland, or the nostalgia of being a kid learning Zeppelin on a beat up guitar, to the extreme lows of isolation, personal trauma, and mental illness. Sonically we want our records to sound like you're standing in front of the stage at a show. The power of Marshall stacks in front of your face, drums at your ear level, thunder of the bass and feeling the presence of the room."

Hell Fire achieves just that - and then some - on Mania. The album was recorded in Grass Valley, California at engineer Tim Green's Louder Studios. Having also recorded their previous album Free Again with Green, the sessions proved highly productive for the band since they were already familiar with the setting and able to expand upon ideas they hadn't been able to explore previously. 

"We're more excited about Mania then anything we've ever done," Nunn says. "We were able to spend a bit more time arranging the songs and writing from a more personal perspective lyrically. We came out of this recording feeling much more accomplished with our performances and couldn't be more happy for this to be our first release with RidingEasy Records."

Hell Fire began when bass player Herman Bandala moved to San Francisco from Tijuana, Mexico with the hopes of forming a heavy metal band. Herman posted an ad to Craigslist which caught the attention of guitarist Tony Campos. They bonded over a mutual love of 80s thrash and NWOBHM, which was a hard thing to find in the Bay Area scene at the time. The lineup slowly morphed over time, finally solidifying with vocalist Jake Nunn also taking up second guitar duties and drummer Mike Smith joining prior to 2017's Free Again

Mania will be available on LP, CD and download on March 29th, 2019 via RidingEasy Records. Pre-orders are available HERE.

HELL FIRE LIVE 2019:
03/16 Portland, OR @ High Water Mark
03/17 Seattle, WA @ The Funhouse
03/29 San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside - Album release show
04/05 Reno, NV @ Dead Ringer
04/06 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Loading Dock 
04/07 Denver, CO @ Hi Dive
04/09 Omaha, NE @ The Drinkery
04/10 Oklahoma City, OK @ Blue Note Lounge
04/11 Dallas, TX @ Ridglea Theater
04/12 Austin, TX @ Lost Well
04/13 Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall - Hell's Heroes Festival
04/14 San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
04/15 San Angelo, TX @ Dead Horse
04/17 El Paso, TX @ RCGB Thunderbird
04/18 Tempe, AZ @ Yucca Tap Room
04/19 Oceanside, CA @ Pour House
04/20 Los Angeles, CA @ Catch One - Psycho Smokeout Festival 



Artist: Hell Fire
Album: Mania
Label: RidingEasy Records
Release Date: March 29, 2019

01. Warpath
02. Mania
03. On The Loose
04. Born To Burn
05. Transcending Evil
06. Lashing Out
07. Isolator
08. The Dreamer
09. Knights of The Holy
10. Masochist


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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Pink Avalanche share video for first single from 'III' via Brooklyn Vegan


"Noise-pop with a distinctly Chicago sensibility." -- The Onion AV Club

"Playing like you mean it should never go out of style... Stark but inventive." -- Noisey



Chicago quartet Pink Avalanche share the first track from their forthcoming third album today via Brooklyn Vegan. Hear and share "Blood On Tile" HERE. (Direct YouTube.)

The Onion AV Club previously shared the track "Petals" from the band's prior album HERE. Noisey showcased the video for "In Empty Spaces" HERE. (Direct YouTube link HERE.)

Pink Avalanche's third album, appropriately titled III, finds the band's sound evolving, with an even greater focus than before on texture, repetition and harmonic exploration. While their previous 2014 album The Luminous Heart of Nowhere hearkened to the driving, bold melodic rock of their midwestern 80s-90s indie rock brethren, III finds the lineup streamlined and their sound exploring more intimate and intricate structures. 

III will be available everywhere on LP via Past/Futures Records and download via File-13 Records on April 19th, 2019. Plans are to tour all regions of the US in support of the new album.

III is the Chicago-based band's first album as a trio. Founding bassist Pete Croke moved to Puerto Rico in 2018, and rather than bring in someone new, the band decided to remain a 3-piece, with guitarist Kortland Chase switching to bass.

Pink Avalanche began in 2011 when guitarist/vocalist Che Arthur (formerly of Atombombpocketknife) and drummer Adam Reach (The Poison Arrows) decided to rekindle a musical relationship that began in their native Alabama in the early 1990s and continued after the two relocated to Chicago in the mid-90s. The two began work on the first Pink Avalanche album Wraiths, during which time they asked Chase and Croke to join and complete the lineup.

Wraiths was released in 2013, followed by 2014's Luminous Heart of Nowhere. Medical and personal reasons kept the band's activity minimal in 2016 and 2017, but they were still sporadically working on music for their third album. Eventually the band, having reworked the new material after the lineup change, entered the studio in the fall of 2018 and emerged with III.


PINK AVALANCHE LIVE 2019:
04/18  Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle (album release show)
04/23  Indianapolis, IN @ Indy CD and Vinyl (Che solo)
04/24  Cleveland, OH @ TBA (Che solo)
04/25  Jersey City, NJ @ FM (Che solo)
04/27  New York, NY @ Gold Sounds
04/28  Philadelphia, PA @ Ortliebs
04/29  Washington, DC @ DC9
04/30  Pittsburgh, PA @ TBA (Che solo)



Artist: Pink Avalanche
Album: III
Label: Past/Futures Records & File 13 Records
Release Date: April 18th, 2019

01) Before The Bullet Leaves The Barrel
02) False Rivalries and False Rivals
03) Analogues
04) INT1
05) Crystalline
06) Pale Antecedent
07) Blood On The Tile
08) Nightshade
09) INT3
10) Vermillion
11) In Glass
12) Translucent Lives









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Thor Harris pens tribute to Little Mazarn (Bill Callahan, Okkervill River collabs) w/ track from upcoming album via Talkhouse

"Verrill's music, for all its simplicity, makes the heart move, and if you're in the mood to yearn, she's got you covered." -- Tiny Mix Tapes

"A loving nod to the purity of true Americana music and is unimpeded by gimmicks or irony." -- PopMatters

"Little Mazarn take the Springsteen synthpop classic and turn it into something that sounds more like it’d fit on Nebraska. It’s quiet and raw and atmospheric and recalls anything from the psychedelic folk of the late ’60s and early ’70s to the freak folk movement of the mid 2000s to current-day folk like Jessica Pratt and Julie Byrne." -- Brooklyn Vegan


Austin duo Little Mazarn share a new track from their forthcoming sophomore album IO today via the Talkhouse. Thor Harris (SWANS, Thor & Friends) pens a thoughtful introduction to the band to accompany the track. Hear and share "Peace Like a River" HERE. (Direct Bandcamp.)

Brooklyn Vegan previously shared the sweetly infectious reinterpretation of the Bruce Springsteen classic "Dancing In The Dark" on electric banjo and singing saw HERE. (Direct Bandcamp.)

Little Mazarn, after a year of touring & songwriting, returns with their second album, IO. The album finds them expanding their musical palette & filling out their sound while maintaining their deceptively simple approach. Ever the consummate collaborators, Little Mazarn's latest includes guest vocals by Will Johnson (Centro-matic; South San Gabriel) & Kendra Kinsey, vibraphone & drums by Thor Harris (Thor & Friends; Swans; Shearwater) and fiddle & kalimba by Ralph White (Bad Livers). Five exquisite originals and two covers: Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark" and Country Willie Edwards' "Marfa Lights."

Little Mazarn is an electric banjo and singing saw duo from Austin, TX. Inspired by the 1960's primitive folk revival and early 'high lonesome' Appalachian sound, as well as modern minimalism and ambient music, they combine imaginative songwriting with dreamy and innovative use of traditional instruments and textures. Since 2016 they've been performing live in rock clubs, folk listening rooms and unconventional spaces such as dry riverbeds, abandoned buildings, galleries, theaters, and churches in the United States and Canada. In 2017, Little Mazarn joined Project ATX6 which brought them to a wider audience of sister cities in Germany, France, Canada, and Japan as well as showcasing at SXSW 2018. 

Their first record, a collection of original songs and reinterpreted traditional ballads, was released in December 2017. In May 2019 they will be releasing their second album titled 'Io' recorded in August 2018 at Ramble Creek Studios.

Lindsey Verrill and Jeff Johnston are known individually for their work with Ethan Azarian/Orange Mothers, Bill Callahan, Dana Falconberry, Li'l Cap'n Travis, McMercy Family Band, Ramsay Midwood, Moonsicles, Okkervil River, some Say Leland, Thor and Friends, Adam Torres, Twain, the Weird Weeds, and many others.

IO will be available on LP, CD and download on May 3rd, 2019 via Self Sabotage Records, a division of Super Secret Records. Pre-orders are available HERE

LITTLE MAZARN LIVE:
05/02 Austin, TX @ Cactus Cafe - album release show
05/11 Austin, TX @ KVRX Fest at Symphony Square & Cheer Up Charlie's
05/17 Austin, TX @ Austin Roller Rink 


Artist: Little Mazarn
Album: IO
Label: Self Sabotage Records
Release Date: May 3rd, 2019

01. Peace Like A River
02. Marfa Lights
03. Vermont
04. Lonesome Dove
05. Nobalae
06. Dancing In The Dark
07. Little Blue
08. Vermont Reprise













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Friday, March 22, 2019

ALTAS -- Denver's Mexican-American post-rock faves -- share first track from forthcoming album


Denver instrumental quintet ALTAS share the first track from their forthcoming sophomore album All I Ever Wanted Was today via New Noise Magazine. Hear and share "Cosas Nunca Dichas" HERE. (Direct Bandcamp.)

Powerful messages needn't always be spoken. ALTAS sends a distinctive message heard loud and clear in their melodic instrumental rock compositions.

Post-rock groups tend to construct lengthy songs based around guitar effects and group dynamics. ALTAS shares territory with post-rock bands such as Explosions in the Sky or Russian Circles but they refreshingly sidestep many of the typical genre tropes. Their compositions are carefully designed, the structures evolving engagingly and leaving so little room for excess that the listener rarely realizes the average song length is seven minutes. ALTAS is eager to expand the type of instrumentation and influence typical in post rock. Distorted guitars thrash under bell-like Rhodes melodies; sparkling synths arpeggiate over abstract effects; hip-hop bass grooves, jazz beats and cumbia rhythms make subtle appearances. Above all, ALTAS engages the listener with gorgeous, emotive melodies that suggest narrative structure. The clear exposition, conflict and denouement of each song perfectly complements film soundtracks.

ALTAS is also eager to expand the notion of who makes post rock music. A band composed entirely of women and minorities is rare in rock music, especially in the instrumental/post rock genre. Enrique and Israel Jimenez (guitars and drums, respectively) hail from Oaxaca, Mexico; guitarist Juan Carlos Flores was born in Juarez, Mexico. These roots can be heard their music, which hints of turmoil in the current political era. They can also be seen in their dynamic, passionate performances which have gained a loyal following in their hometown of Denver.

ALTAS has toured from the dry desert at the Mexican border to the pine-filled Pacific Northwest. They have performed hundreds of shows both large and small, from Vietnamese billiards halls in Denver, CO to the annual South by Southwest festival in Austin, TX. Their debut album Epoca de Bestias, was included in the "Best of Colorado Albums" by Westword in 2014. They are also an IM Tour roster artist, an organization which honors artists pushing the boundaries of contemporary music. Their follow up album All I Ever Wanted Was will be followed by tours through the Western United States.


All I Ever Wanted Was will be available on LP and download on May 31st, 2019. Pre-orders are available HERE.



Artist: ALTAS
Album: All I Ever Wanted Was
Label: Altas Musica
Release Date: May 31, 2019

01. Mi Siento Maldito
02. Glasgow Smile
03. A Break In The Damage Path
04. Cosas Nunca Dichas
05. Valentin Trujillo (An Unsung Hero)
06. Noble Savage
07. Rattenk├Ânig (Kompromat)


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'Brown Acid' series of rare 60s-70s pre-metal singles shares psychedelic Elvis track


"So rare that diehard fuzz junkies say you'd have a better chance of winning the lottery than finding a physical 45 rpm single by one of the bands featured on their latest installment." -- Dangerous Minds

"Will do for hard rock, proto-metal and heavy psych what Nuggets did for garage rock, and bring it to a wider audience of collectors and music fans." -- The Guardian


The forthcoming eighth edition of the popular compilation series featuring long-lost vintage 60s-70s proto-metal and stoner rock singles, Brown Acid: The Eighth Trip is set for release, fittingly, on April 20th, 2019. Hear and share a new track, a lysergic-drenched deconstruction of Elvis' "Heartbreak Hotel" by Grump via Brooklyn Vegan HERE. (Direct YouTube.)

Ultimate Classic Rock recently shared "Not Far Off" by Luke & The Apostles HERE. (Direct YouTube HERE.) The lead single "School Daze" by Attack was previously premiered via YouTube HERE.

The Brown Acid series is curated by L.A. label RidingEasy Records and retailer/label Permanent Records. 

About Brown Acid: The Eighth Trip:

This Trip comes straight at ya with an all out attack, quite literally. The residents of St. Clair Shores should consider themselves lucky to have been so close to the greatness of Attack!  “School Daze” kicks out the jams Detroit-style, but has enough flair and style to have our main man Jimi rolling over in his grave. Another prime example of why Detroit is known as Rock City!

Speaking of rock, White Rock will knock your stank-ass socks off with their 1972 burner “Please Don’t Run Away”. This 45 was privately released by this Houston-based band that reportedly played shows with Josefus, Stone Axe, and Purple Sun. And it was basically unknown until it surfaced at the Austin Record Convention in 2018!  The fact that there are still completely unknown records out there to be discovered never ceases to amaze us.

They don’t say “Don’t Mess With Texas” for nothin’! Riverside called Austin home way before anyone was worried about keeping it weird. This two-sider from 1974 rips from front to back. It’s also exclusively available here and is virtually unknown. Go ahead, try to look for it anywhere. Currently, there’s no proof anywhere online that it exists.

From our neighbor up north, we bring you Luke and the Apostles! Don’t be fooled by the name, this ain’t no Xian group, even though this 45 is of biblical proportions.The flip of this single “You Make Me High” is a Faces-esque ballad of the highest caliber that will move you to tears if you’re not careful with it, but “Not Far Off” isn’t about moving you emotionally; it’s about moving you physically. Fuck jam? We think so. The Doors and Elektra Records’ producer Paul Rothchild called the Luke and the Apostles LP the “greatest album [he] never got to make”. 

The lyrics to this 1977 single on Vacation Records are about as boneheaded as it gets. Hard rock songs from working class men about working hard and letting loose is a common theme in the Brown Acid realm, and “I Need My Music” by Mine Hill, New Jersey’s Tourists, is yet another great one to get you through the work week.  I think we can all agree: we need our music too...among other things!

Ohio strikes again. This time a bit later than the other Buckeye State singles we’ve comped, but no less bangin’! On the Chance record label, the Bartos Brothers Band is billed as Gambler, but post-release, the band covered at least some of the copies with stickers that corrected this.  There’s very little information about the Bartos Brothers Band online, and as of this writing, the release date is incorrect on Discogs and the Popsike hit very wrongly lists the genre as “Glam/Hair Metal” from the 1980s. We’re stoked to be compiling this single for the first time ever and to be setting the record straight.

And yet again, Ohio brings the thunder! We brought you the B-side of Inside Experience’s sole 45 back on the Third Trip and now we exhaust the band’s output by presenting their especially psychedelic cover of Cream's "Tales of Brave Ulysses”. The band pressed and sold out of 500 copies of this record back in 1968 thanks to some airplay on Detroit’s CKLW, but they never recorded again. However, Inside Experience’s lead guitarist and singer, Marty Soski, went on to play in Lance (as heard on the Fifth Trip) and two metal bands which you will be hearing sooner than later...

Karma, slightly better known as The Contents Are, released an LP and a 45 in 1967 and then followed up with their swan song “New Mexico” in 1969. The single was oddly released under Karma on the Onk Enterprizez label with “N.S.U.” as the B-side and on Rok Records as the flip to “Future Days” as The Contents Are. Apparently, Mercury Records bought the rights to the Rok 45 with the intention to release it nationally, but never actually got around to it. Their loss!

Obviously we don’t need to go into how much great music Memphis, Tennessee has brought us over the years, but Moloch doesn’t usually get mentioned when we’re talking about the “Home of the Blues” and the “Birthplace of Rock and Roll.” Maybe we should change that. Moloch played with The MC5 and The Stooges and recorded an LP in 1969 for the Stax subsidiary, Enterprise Records. Although the band made a great blues rock record, it sadly didn’t get the love it deserved and the band folded. Moloch guitarist, Lee Baker, reformed the band with a slightly different line-up and released this 45 in 1972 against great odds. It too was unfairly overlooked...until now.

While we’re still talking about Memphis, y’all ever heard of this guy, Elvis Presley? Apparently, he was kind of a big deal and popularized a song called “Heartbreak Hotel” back in 1956. That’s cool and all, but damn us if we don’t dig Grump’s 1969 take on the song a whole hell of a lot more than the King’s version. Maybe that’s sacrilege, but nothing’s sacred when it comes to Brown Acid.

About the Brown Acid series:

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 century -- 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 NuggetsPebbles, 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

Lance Barresi, co-owner of L.A./Chicago retailer Permanent Records has shown incredible persistence in tracking down a stellar collection of rare singles from the 60s and 70s for the growing compilation series. 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. 

"There's a long list of songs that we'd love to include," Barresi says. "But we just can't track the bands down. I like the idea that Brown Acid is getting so much attention, so people might reach out to us."


Brown Acid: The Eighth Trip will be available everywhere on LP, CD and download on April 20th, 2019 via RidingEasy Records. Pre-orders are available for digital (with immediate download of the first single) at Bandcamp, physical pre-orders at RidingEasy Records



Artist: Various Artists
Album: Brown Acid: The Eighth Trip 
Label: RidingEasy Records
Release Date: April 20th, 2019

01. Attack "School Daze"
02. White Rock "Please Don't Run Away"
03. Riverside "Wayfarer"
04. Luke and The Apostles "Not Far Off"
05. Tourists "I Need My Music"
06. Bartos Brothers Band "Gambler"
07. Inside Experience "Tales of the Brave Ulysses"
08. Karma "New Mexico"
09. Moloch "Cocaine Katy"
10. Grump "Heartbreak Hotel"

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Pink Avalanche announce new album, share teaser clip


Chicago quartet Pink Avalanche announce their forthcoming third album today, titled III. Check out the teaser video HERE.

The Onion AV Club previously shared the track "Petals" from the band's prior album HERE. Noisey showcased the video for "In Empty Spaces" HERE. (Direct YouTube link HERE.)

Pink Avalanche's third album, appropriately titled III, finds the band's sound evolving, with an even greater focus than before on texture, repetition and harmonic exploration. While their previous 2014 album The Luminous Heart of Nowhere hearkened to the driving, bold melodic rock of their midwestern 80s-90s indie rock brethren, III finds the lineup streamlined and their sound exploring more intimate and intricate structures. 

III will be available everywhere on LP via Past/Futures Records and download via File-13 Records on April 19th, 2019. Plans are to tour all regions of the US in support of the new album.

III is the Chicago-based band's first album as a trio. Founding bassist Pete Croke moved to Puerto Rico in 2018, and rather than bring in someone new, the band decided to remain a 3-piece, with guitarist Kortland Chase switching to bass.

Pink Avalanche began in 2011 when guitarist/vocalist Che Arthur (formerly of Atombombpocketknife) and drummer Adam Reach (The Poison Arrows) decided to rekindle a musical relationship that began in their native Alabama in the early 1990s and continued after the two relocated to Chicago in the mid-90s. The two began work on the first Pink Avalanche album Wraiths, during which time they asked Chase and Croke to join and complete the lineup.

Wraiths was released in 2013, followed by 2014's Luminous Heart of Nowhere. Medical and personal reasons kept the band's activity minimal in 2016 and 2017, but they were still sporadically working on music for their third album. Eventually the band, having reworked the new material after the lineup change, entered the studio in the fall of 2018 and emerged with III.


PINK AVALANCHE LIVE 2019:
04/18  Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle (album release show)
04/23  Indianapolis, IN @ Indy CD and Vinyl (Che solo)
04/24  Cleveland, OH @ TBA (Che solo)
04/25  Jersey City, NJ @ FM (Che solo)
04/27  New York, NY @ Gold Sounds
04/28  Philadelphia, PA @ Ortliebs
04/29  Washington, DC @ DC9
04/30  Pittsburgh, PA @ TBA (Che solo)



Artist: Pink Avalanche
Album: III
Label: Past/Futures Records & File 13 Records
Release Date: April 18th, 2019

01) Before The Bullet Leaves The Barrel
02) False Rivalries and False Rivals
03) Analogues
04) INT1
05) Crystalline
06) Pale Antecedent
07) Blood On The Tile
08) Nightshade
09) INT3
10) Vermillion
11) In Glass
12) Translucent Lives









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Electric Citizen announce spring tour dates, including Psycho Smokeout L.A. & DesertFests NYC, London & Berlin

"Going from one riff-filled masterpiece to the next, Electric Citizen go well beyond anything that they accomplished with 2014's Sateen. The band is coming into their own, and they know it." -- Metal Injection

"Electric Citizen's greasy pop hooks come buried under layers of swaggering stoner licks, hot rock leads, and vocalist Laura Dolan's sinewy yowl, keeping things good and dirty even as they let a little sparkle peek out." -- Noisey

"With songs this good, they deserve to blow up." -- Consequence of Sound


Electric Citizen announce UK & EU festival and headlining tour dates for Spring 2019 in support of their recently released third album Helltown (RidingEasy Records.) They kick off the overseas trek with performances at the inaugural Psycho Smokeout Festival in Los Angeles on April 20th and DesertFest in Brooklyn, NY on April 27th. Please see all dates below. Full size poster HERE

Dangerous Minds recently premiered the video for "Hide It In The Night" HERE. (Direct YouTube.) Noisey recently shared the full album stream of Helltown HERE. (Or, listen via YouTube.) Bandcamp Daily named it Album of The Day HERE

Helltown, the third album by Electric Citizen is, in many ways, a homecoming. While the title may seem fittingly metal (if not exceedingly so), it actually has real relevance. Helltown (all one word), while also multidimensional, is named after the Cincinnati, OH neighborhood in which the band lives, practices, and where the album was written, recorded and mixed. Now known more prosaically as Northside, Helltown earned its name in the 1800s due to its reputation for rowdy taverns frequented by the neighborhood of factory workers and immigrants. 

Inasmuch as Helltown is an ode to the band's home and its buried past, it also represents a return to the grittier sound of their 2014 debut, Sateen. Furthermore, it marks the return of original bassist Nick Vogelpohl, who rejoins vocalist Laura Dolan, guitarist Ross Dolan and drummer Nate Wagner. It's a fun, tough, dirty rock n' roll album. 

Helltown is available on LP, CD and download, released September 28th, 2018 via RidingEasy Records. Orders are available HERE


ELECTRIC CITIZEN TOUR 2019:
04/20 Los Angeles, CA @ Psycho Smokeout Festival 
04/27 New York, NY @ DesertFest NYC 
05/01 Bristol, UK @ The Lanes
05/02 Newcastle, UK @ Trillans
05/03 London, UK @ DesertFest London
05/04 Liege, BE @ La Zone
05/05 Berlin, DE @ DesertFest Berlin
05/08 Malmo, SE @ Plan B
05/09 Stockholm, SE @ Undergangen
05/10 Esbjerg, DK @ Esbjerg Fuzzfestival
05/11 Gothenburg, SE @ Truckstop Alaska
05/13 Oldenburg, DE @ MTS LP Store
05/16 Olten, CH @ Coq'D'Or
05/17 Munster, DE @ Rare Guitar
05/18 Cottbus, DE @ Zum Faulen August
05/22 Koln, DE @ MTC Club
05/23 Karlsruhe, DE @ Alte Hackerei
05/24 Innsbruck, AT @ PMK
05/25 Bolzano, IT @ Pippo Stage
05/26 Monastier di Treviso, IT @ Krach
05/27 Munich, DE @ Backstage
05/28 Vienna, AT @ Arena
05/29 Linz, AT @ Kapu
05/31 Alvesta, SE @ Muskelrock Festival
06/01 Copenhagen, DK @ Lygtens Kro



Artist: Electric Citizen
Album: Helltown
Label: RidingEasy Records
Release Date: September 28th, 2018

01. Heart Attack
02. Hide It In The Night
03. Cold Blooded Blue
04. Father Time
05. Ripper
06. The Pawn
07. New Earth
08. Lunch
09. Mother’s Little Reject











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