So we haven’t posted on here in quite some time… How slack.
To make up for our tardiness, here’s some new tracks to keep your ears occupied for a bit -
THE COLOR MORALE sign to Fearless Records
New album ‘Hold On Pain Ends’ due for release later this year
The Color Morale have announced that they’re working on a new album ‘Hold On Pain Ends’ which will be released on Fearless Records later this year.Following a storming stint on the Rock Sound Exposure tour with We Came As Romans in the UK, The Color Morale are currently writing for the new record and hearing up for a whole summer on Warped in the US.
In a message to their fans, Garret from the band elaborates, ”We’re super excited for this year – we wouldn’t be here without you guys. We had a hell of a year last year & we’re going to keep doing this, together. So thank you guys so much for all that you’ve done for us, & we’re going to give it back.” Stay tuned for further news on the band and album release, as well as UK dates etc.
RESTORATIONS hit the UK on tour this month
with support from The Smith Street Band and Astpai
“Restorations mix Torche-style sludge with everyman’s punk that’s
somewhere between The Hold Steady and Hot Water Music and it’s as
good in real life as it sounds on paper.” - Brooklyn Vegan
“LP2 is a unique strain of shot-throat, effects pedal-basted Americana
rock stirring with worldly nostalgia and existential metaphors. Spoiler alert:
it’s pretty great. ” - Alternative Press
Restorations are heading to the UK this month for a run of headline dates with The Smith Street Band and Astpai in support. Take a look at a live performance from the band’s label SideOneDummy to get you in the mood – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-A6O5TZAdl8.
Restorations’ most recent album ‘LP2’ was released last year and the band have been busy working on its follow-up at their hometown Philadelphia’s Miner Street Studios. It’s expected for release later this year.
‘LP2’ is a collection of refreshingly honest and soulful tunes bound together with a heart of punk rock but full to the brim with a diverse range of influences from delicate folk to post-rock delay-pedalling to grunge-like riffs. It’s all of these elements and more that contribute to Restorations’ raw yet intricate approach and it’s this eclectic mix that gives the band’s live show an edge like no other.
15th April Bristol, The Exchange
16th April London, The Windmill
17th April Manchester, Star & Garter
18th April Glasgow, Audio
19th April Liverpool, Korova Lounge
20th April Newport, Le Pub
21st April Cambridge, The Portland Arms
22nd April Kingston, Fighting Cocks
23rd April London, Old Blue Last
24th April Southampton, Joiners
Restorations is: Carlin Brown (drums) | Dave Klyman (guitar/vocals) | Jon Loudon (vocals/guitar) | Ben Pierce (keys/guitar/vocals) | Dan Zimmerman (bass)
Canadian band set for live debut at The Great Escape and Liverpool Sound City, alongside further UK dates
Free download of new single ‘Sparks’ available now
LIVE VIDEO ‘SPARKS’ - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=169nKKO9hMI
Boreal Sons will be making their first trip to the UK in May to play The Great Escape and Liverpool Sound City, along with a couple of London shows. Describing themselves as Cinematic Art Rock, Boreal Sons are getting ready to throw themselves into worlds beyond their native Canada, as Evan from the band explains: “We’re feeling excited and very fortunate to have this chance to tour in the U.K. for the first time ever. At first we were a little bit nervous to travel to such a distant, unfamiliar, and foreign place, but we’ve since been assured that at least some of you speak English. But seriously, we’re really looking forward to meeting you all and are humbled that even a few of you might want to listen to our music.”
To celebrate the upcoming visit, Boreal Sons have made single ‘Sparks’ available for free download. The track comes from the band’s new release ‘Threadbare’, which is an album about learning to be honest with yourself and vulnerable with others.
The story of the band’s inception is intricate and fascinating. Vocalist/pianist Evan Acheson used to steal cassette tapes from his father, obsessing over classical compositions until circumstances allowed him to learn the piano. Before long, Acheson was writing his own music and he requested that three of his closest friends collaborate with him to create something beautiful and new. The quartet practiced in bassist Reagan Cole McLean’s living room, each of the four members shifting their focus from classical pursuits to a more contemporary sound. One of Boreal Sons’ first releases ‘Bedtime Briar’ was a concept album based on the sleeping habits of McLean’s dog. Drummer Zach Schultz’s production and engineering lent a wistful flow to the album’s sound.
Their first full length album, ‘Threadbare’, holds fast to the Sons’ delightful panorama, at times overwhelming in its grandeur, at times captivating in its intimacy. Boreal Sons worked with producer Jonathan Anderson, taking full advantage of his expertise and using his advice to help perfect their songwriting. Whereas their earlier music told stories, complex narrative fictions meant to excite the imagination, Threadbare’s lyrics look inwards, desperately searching for respite from the overwhelming pressures that come with adulthood. Guitarist Logan Gabert’s contributions helped shape Boreal Sons’ new sonic footprint, allowing Schultz, McLean, and Acheson to create songs better suited to live performance than their previous projects. This latest effort overflows with ingenuity and integrity, harboring at once elation and dread but never once losing faith.
May 1st – 3rd: Liverpool Sound City
May 8th – 10th: The Great Escape, Brighton
May 11th: Upstairs @ The Garage, London
ANDREW JACKSON JIHAD
New album ‘Christmas Island’ set for release 5th May, 2014 on SideOneDummy Records
New song ‘Children of God’ now streaming – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkofRibL_Ww
Pre-order available now!
CD/LP - http://s1dm.my/ajjxmaspreorder
iTunes - http://s1dm.my/xmasislanditunes
New to SideOneDummy Records, Andrew Jackson Jihad are getting ready to release their album ‘Christmas Island’ on 5th May. Christmas Island, the fifth album proper from Phoenix, Arizona’s Andrew Jackson Jihad, is a little bit silly, a little bit serious and incredibly powerful —something Andrew Jackson Jihad have been doing for the past decade but have truly perfected on this new release. Recorded by John Congleton (St. Vincent, The Mountain Goats, Okkervil River, The Thermals) at Elmwood Studios in Dallas, TX, all twelve of Christmas Island’s songs blur the line between the ludicrous and the earnest. It’s a record that’s irreverent yet somber, full of humour and full of pathos, its twelve songs combining the two to create a record that truly cuts right to the bone of the human condition.
The first track to be streamed from the album – ‘Children of God’ exemplifies the band’s rambunctious stylings. As Noisey put it, the song “serves as a microcosm for the brilliant absurdity that is Andrew Jackson Jihad — just the right mixture of poetic wit and tongue-in-cheek humor.”
Andrew Jackson Jihad have built a significant cult following since their inception in 2004, one that knows just how heart breaking, heart warming, and inspiring their shambolic songs can be. The tension between fury and forgiveness, between anger and calm, between love and hate and life and death, isn’t just thematic, but woven into the sonic fabric of these songs.
1. Temple Grandin
2. Children of God
3. Do, Re, and Me
4. Coffin Dance
5. Getting Naked, Playing with Guns
6. I Wann Rock Out in My Dreams
7. Kokopelli Face Tattoo
8. Best Friend
9. Linda Ronstadt
11. Temple Grandin Too
12. Angel of Death
|Watch: ‘Who Knows’ video via YouTube|
|Listen: BEGINNERS EP via My Old Kentucky Blog
“heart-stopping routine of placing snapping beats and short-fused abrasiveness into clear-headed pop. ” - This Is Fake DIY
“BEGINNERS make slick, excellent and fun pop music, the type you want to listen to over and over again.” - London In Stereo
Neon Gold premiered the video for ‘Who Knows’ from BEGINNERS self-titled EP which is available now on iTunes and Spotify. Neon Gold said the track is, “chock full of the kind of radio-ready alt pop that the California goldmine’s become known for in recent years, BEGINNERS is overflowing with warm genial synths and rousing filtered vocals that stir up feelings of greener grass and escapist yearnings.” Last month Filter premiered the MP3 of ‘Who Knows’ and stated, “The single offers us a catchy, pop melody with universally relatable lyrics. Samantha Barbera’s alluring voice shines alongside the electronic beats and the wind-like echoes will have you singing, humming and whistling with them.” The entire BEGINNERS EP is streaming in full at My Old Kentucky Blog who raved, “You will hear vocal intonations similar to the likes of Santigold and musical construction that could fit quite well next to Phantogram. There are no filler tracks on this release and, with that being said, you get the impression that this duo are still just scratching surface of their potential with even better material to come.”
BEGINNERS was born in Los Angeles’ Wiltern Theater, where after years apart, Samantha Barbera and Nick Ruth reunited to support their former Malbec drummer in Foster the People. It was that night that Barbera, songwriter and singer/bassist in hardcore punk band Holy Fever, and Ruth who had been producing artists, includingMikky Ekko and Active Child, became inspired to work together again.
What started as a bedroom writing experiment, developed into BEGINNERS by the end of the first night. ”Within an hour of writing, we knew we were onto something,”Barbera explains. “In just a few months, we ended up writing, recording and mixing an entire record. All in Nick’s house.”
BEGINNERS delivers well-crafted elements of garage rock with dark electronic pop hooks that fans of Santigold, Cults, Phantogram, Tegan and Sara andChromatics will be sure to appreciate. Barbera’s attitude-tinged vocals carry the intensity and passion of an artist like Karen O, while Ruth’s production captures a moody landscape fit for Depeche Mode’s ’Violator’.
The BEGINNERS EP is mesmerizing and far from predictable. The gigantic hooks of ‘Who Knows’ give way to uncomfortably honest lyricism in ‘Let Go or Get Dragged’ leaving you dancing your way through a movie you shouldn’t be allowed to watch, but can’t look away from. Swampy, bluesy verses on ‘So Close I Almost Believed It’ unexpectedly combine with a power ballad chorus straight out of an 80s John Hughes movie, before descending into an extended outro that could make Johnny Marr blush. And lest one think she has forsaken her roots, Barbera proves otherwise when the raw garage riffs of ‘Ever Love’ come alive onstage, where she is backed by Holy Fever bandmate, Neeraj Kane (The Hope Conspiracy), and drummer, Jason Walker (The Gamits).
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THE WONDER YEARS
Premiere New Music Video For
UK headline tour in May
In the midst of The Wonder Years’ massively successful North American run of The Greatest Generation Tour, the band has released a brand new music video for their song ‘Dismantling Summer’, taken from their most recent album ‘The Greatest Generation’. The album was released in May of 2013 and lauded by critics across the board, earning spots in the Top 10 albums of the year in both Kerrang! And Rock Sound magazines. The video can be seen now over at the official Hopeless Records YouTube channel here: http://smarturl.it/dismantlingsummervid
The clip was directed by Drew Russ and shot in the band’s hometown of Philadelphia, PA. “We knew that for a song so personal, a literal re-telling for the video would be unwelcome and painful” says lead vocalist Dan “Soupy” Campbell. “Drew, the director, took the core nerve of the song, the idea of being away when it matters most, and spun it into an absurdist piece of dark comedy during which my family found themselves fed up with my perpetual absence and replaced me with a mannequin, leaving me in the literal cold.”
The Wonder Years will venture across the pond in May for the UK and European leg of The Greatest Generation world tour, with A Loss For Words and State Champs in support.
The Greatest Generation Europen Tour Dates
Apr 30- Loudfest at Komplex – Zurich, Switzerland *
May 2 – Groezrock – Meerhout, Belgium *
May 3 – Monster Bash – Munich, Germany *
May 4 – Kulturladen – Konstanz, Germany * w/ Bayside
May 6 – The Great Hall 2 – Cardiff, Wales
May 7 – Institute – Birmingham, UK
May 8 – Scala – London, UK
May 9 – Corporation – Sheffield, UK
May 10 – QMU – Glasgow, Scotland
May 11 – Fibber Magees – Dublin, Ireland
May 13 – Academy – Liverpool, UK
May 14 – Rescue Rooms – Nottingham, UK
May 15 – The Haunt – Brighton, UK
May 16 – De Helling – Utrecht, Netherlands
May 17 – Dynamo – Eindhoven, Netherlands
*No AL4W or State Champs
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THE MENZINGERS PREMIERE NEW SINGLE
Listen to ‘I Don’t Wanna Be An Asshole Anymore’ now: https://soundcloud.com/epitaph-records/the-menzingers-i-dont-wanna-be/s-pCGbX
“’Rented World’ solidifies The Menzingers’ status as one of the tightest songwriting units in the indie punk scene” – Rock Sound
“gonna be one of the best records of the year.” – Noisey
Rust belt punks The Menzingers premiered their infectious new single ‘I Don’t Wanna Be An Asshole Anymore’ on Pitchfork here and it can now be streamed on Soundcloud here. The Menzingers release their new album Rented World on Epitaph on April 21.
“I’ve been wandering nightly / through the garden of your heartache / always making a mess / always stumbling out the door / but I don’t wanna be an asshole anymore.” A self-realization of malevolence towards a special someone, the album opener ‘I Don’t Wanna Be An Asshole Anymore’ is a proclamation and a promise of change.
Rented World sees the band taking a shift in their craft. Recorded in Fish Town, Philly, The Menzingers enlisted Jon Low to engineer the album. The partnership is uncharted territory for both parties as Low is known for his work with indie-centric artists like Sharon Von Etten, The National, and Kurt Vile and The Menzingers usually work within the punk world. Low brought a fresh take to the table and the end result remains fiery, grungy grit that explores the expanse of post-rock.
Fans are invited to pre-order the album now by visiting: www.themenzingersstore.com and can catch the band on tour in the UK and mainland Europe this spring (more dates tba).
The Menzingers Tour Dates:
April 30 – Old Blue Last – London (UK) – SOLD OUT
May 02 – Groezrock – Meerhout (BE) – TICKETS
May 03 – Monster Bash – Munich (DE) – TICKETS
May 04 – Pirate Satelite Festival – Stuttgart (DE) – TICKETS
May 05 – Chez Heinz – Hannover (DE) – TICKETS
May 06 – MTC – Cologne (DE) – TICKETS
For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/themenzingers.
BEGINNERS stream two new tracks
EP set for release in the UK on 24th March, 2014
‘Let Go Or Get Dragged’ stream –
‘Ever Love’ stream –
‘Who Knows’ free download - https://soundcloud.com/beginnersofficial/who-knows-1
announce debut album ‘Blood And Sand’, set for release 5th May, 2014
Tour with Iron Chic in May
(Everything Sucks Music)
GENRE: Stabby / Chuggy / Jaggy
MUSIC VIDEO: http://youtu.be/6QljFgVFAJs
GREG ROBSON Guitar, Vocals # CALLUM GOLDSBROUGH Guitar, Vocals # LLOYD CHAMBERS Bass, Backing Vocals # PETER MORLEY Drums, Backing Vocals
“A short lament about a horrendous c**t.” That’s how Bear Trade vocalist Greg Robson describes the first track on the band’s forthcoming debut album ‘Blood And Sand‘. Opener ‘Another One For The List’ sets the band’s characteristic no nonsense tone; it’s an attitude that is more than apparent throughout the record and is coupled with a unique knack for story-telling that invokes an almost folk music feel.
A positive-vibe-inducing but sometimes cynically bittersweet, sharp and snappy journey through Bear Trade’s enviably simple outlook on life is evidenced in every track. The story-telling ‘Nice Boots’ is described by Robson simplistically – “A few years back we went to the States. I went to Brooklyn to buy a guitar. I can’t remember a lot about that day apart from how hard it rained how glad I was that I had wore my work boots.”
Throughout the album, the band’s roots in the North East of England and their everyday life experiences there are more than apparent, both through Robson’s undeniable vocal accent and through lyrical content. ‘Don’t Forget You’re Going To Die’ is about how weird it is living in an industrial town 20 years after said industry was removed. As Robson says of the local folk, “Everyone is pissed off and they don’t know why.” Bassist Lloyd Chambers chimes in “I guess the lyrics and way they are sung are unashamedly in the local tongue and pronunciation.”
No strangers to being in bands and doing it themselves, the members of Bear Trade certainly acknowledge that they’re a product of our collective experiences in bands (Blocko, Broken Few, Former Cell Mates, The Mercury League, The Mingers, Pure Graft, Ruin You!, Southport, Spines,
Writhe) and in life. They are the best of friends and describe being in the band as “so easy”. A breath of fresh air when most bands are whinging about their trials and tribulations when it comes to working hard and doing everything themselves in the current ever-shifting musical landscape.
It’s a family affair as Chambers explains “The record is going to be released by our friends around the world. We had fun making it at Nile Street in Sunderland where life is an experience and transferred to the recordings. Our buddy recorded and mixed it. We just stripped it all down to doing what was fun and felt good with good people. I hope that this comes across in the songs and how people find us when we play.”
The record drops just as Bear Trade head off on tour with Long Islanders Iron Chic who they fondly refer to as their brothers.
UK LIVE DATES:
Apr 5 Cambridge Portland Arms
Apr 19 Stockton Calling
May 2 York Woolpack
May 3 London The Lexington (w/ Toys Thay Kill)
May 4 Kingston Fighting Cocks (w/ Iron Chic)
May 5 Newcastle The Cluny (w/ Iron Chic)
May 6 Edinburgh Teviot (w/ Iron Chic)
May 7 Manchester Star And Garter (w/ Iron Chic)
May 8 Bristol The Exchange (w/ Iron Chic)
May 9 Southampton WTFest
May 10 Kings Lynn Ye Olde Maydens Heade
May 16 Leeds Santiagos (w/ Red City Radio)
June 6 Newport Le Pub
June 7 Norwich The Owl Sanctuary