Friday, April 20, 2018

Out today: BC35: The 35th Anniversary of BC Studio


New album BC35 immortalizes a weekend of performances, recorded live at Martin Bisi's BC Studio as a celebration of the studio's 35th anniversary – includes improvs and new compositions by current and former members of Sonic Youth, Swans, White Hills, Foetus, Cop Shoot Cop, Live Skull, Pop 1280, Violent Femmes, and more.

"The credits read like a who’s who of New York’s experimental underground: members of Swans, Sonic Youth, Pop. 1280, Parlor Walls, Live Skull, Cop Shoot Cop, Foetus, and many, many more... It’s a sonic embodiment of risk-taking, rule-breaking, and antithesis that celebrates the endurance of a man and a space tied directly to New York’s noise, art-rock, punk, free jazz, hip-hop, and alternative movements... Across 13 tracks, Bisi demonstrates—as a producer, engineer, and general facilitator of the avant-garde—what’s made his name familiar to liner-notes obsessives and New York noise nerds for three and a half decades. Showcasing the opaque, roaring, visceral sound he’s come to epitomize, BC35 acts as a totem to his enduring role in NYC’s rock mythos..."
–Pitchfork

"Thirty-five years ago, in an old factory space in Gowanus, Brooklyn, the producer and musician Martin Bisi established BC Studio, where he’s has been at the controls for underground classics such as Sonic Youth’s “Bad Moon Rising”and the Dresden Dolls’ self-titled debut. Fittingly, Mr. Bisi is honoring this anniversary with a righteous racket: first by releasing a compilation with bands he has produced, as well as some he put together and one that was resurrected for the occasion, and then by celebrating that album with those groups at clubs in Brooklyn, Boston and Philadelphia...The evening promises to be ear-splittingly glorious."
–The New York Times

"The New York noise scene that emerged with and after No-Wave can feel like the story of Sonic Youth and its near-orbit, due to that band’s massive influence. But Downtown artnoise can as easily be understood by viewing Martin Bisi as a nexus... In early 2016, his Gowanus, Brooklyn studio, sort-of eponymously named 'BC,' had been in operation for 35 years, and to commemorate the milestone, a weekend-long series of performances took place in the facility..."
–Dangerous Minds

"Martin Bisi and, by extension, his BC Studio, is a key player in the experimental and noise rock scene (and beyond) since the late 1970’s. He’s recorded a staggering number of artists, among them Sonic Youth, Blind Idiot God, Iggy Pop, White Zombie, Swans, Unsane, Helmet and dozens more household names."
–Decibel

"Since the 80’s, noise-rock super-producer Martin Bisi has manned the boards for countless seminal records, from Sonic Youth, Live Skull, Cop Shoot Cop, to Helmet at his longtime Gowanus pad, BC Studio... The Bisi-stamped downtown art-rock scuzz sound that epitomized 80’s and 90’s-era NYC is celebrated on BC35, a compilation of bangers captured live at BC Studio."
–Brooklyn Rail

NYC record release show is TONIGHT at Saint Vitus, featuring Martin Bisi, a Live Skull reunion, White Hills, ex-Sonic Youth and Swans members, and more:
https://www.facebook.com/events/165656567407231/

New track and video by ex-Live Skull members, from BC35: 

Thursday, April 12, 2018

AEVITERNE - Sireless


"Out of the metallic trappings of bands like Flourishing, Castevet, and Artificial Brain comes a new project that immediately shows great promise. Aeviterne roars forth with almost Immolation-esque might... A scintillating and refreshing debut."
–Metal Injection

May 4th marks the release of Sireless, the debut recording by New York City band Aeviterne. 


Aeviterne is the trio of Garett Bussanick (ex-Flourishing, ex-Tombs), Eric Rizk (ex-Flourishing), and Ian Jacyszyn (ex-Castevet), joined now by new member Sam Smith (Artificial Brain) who was brought on board after the recording was completed.


Comprising two songs – "Spring of Mirrors" and "Inborn" – Sireless will be released as a limited-edition 7" vinyl on P2 Records and as a digital download.


Stream "Spring of Mirrors," here:

http://www.metalinjection.net/av/song-premiere/aeviterne-spring-mirrors

Pre-order Sireless (vinyl) here:

http://p2omerta.storenvy.com/

Pre-order Sireless (digital) here:

https://aeviterne.bandcamp.com/

Aeviterne picks up where Bussanick and Rizk's former band, Flourishing, left off. NPR Music's review of Flourishing's first album in 2011 read: "Songs can swing from industrial grind to abstract death metal in a moment's notice, but never lose sight of their pummeling yet melodic heft. There is a lot to unpack at any one moment, but Flourishing is on the cusp of collapsing and reshaping metal simultaneously." Decibel Magazine's review of that same album referenced Portal, Morbid Angel, and Godflesh in an attempt to describe its complex greatness.


Aeviterne makes new magic out of the elements Flourishing toyed with, drawing from the hellish, swirling end of the death metal spectrum as well as the icy atmospheres and rhythmic rigidity of industrial music. With Jacyszyn's powerful and precise drumming providing the foundation, Aeviterne is a stronger beast than its members' previous bands, expressing itself in a new, more focused, more right-angled way. 


Mournful, ominous, and driving forward unshakably, it is a sound that can be understood and loved in the context of both Immolation and Killing Joke – lead track "Spring of Mirrors" leans to the former side while "Inborn" gives a glimpse of the latter. Reminiscent of Obituary frontman John Tardy's vocals, Bussanick's outpourings express genuine horror as he howls lyrics exploring existential dread and the faults of human consciousness. 


Sireless was recorded and mixed by Ian Jacyszyn, and mastered by Colin Marston (Gorguts, Krallice). The artwork was created by Mark McCoy whose work has adorned the covers of albums by Full of Hell, Uniform, and more. A thrilling new collaboration from veterans of the New York scene, this concise debut sets the bar high and serves to introduce the world to a band that is poised to do great things.


Tracklist:
1) Spring of Mirrors
2) Inborn


Lineup:

Garett Bussanick - guitar, vocals
Eric Rizk - bass
Ian Jacyszyn - drums, electronics
Sam Smith - guitar (new member, post-Sireless)

Live:
May 11 - Brooklyn, NY @ Gold Sounds w/ Gigan, Pyrrhon

July 10 - Washington, DC @ Atlas Brew Works w/ Artificial Brain, Voidspawn
July 11 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Brillobox w/ Artificial Brain, Voidspawn
July 12 - Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie w/ Artificial Brain, Voidspawn, Pyrrhon
July 13 - Boston, MA @ Middle East w/ Artificial Brain, Voidspawn
July 14 - Brooklyn, NY @ Trans Pecos w/ Artificial Brain, Voidspawn, Pyrrhon

Photo by Amy Mills



Friday, March 30, 2018

FATHERS + Decibel Magazine

“...it’s a record where your favorite song constantly shifts, forcing you to go back and, to be on the safe side, just listen to the whole thing again.”

“The hype, happily, is super on point and will make you a believer in the power and legitimacy of the Fathers’ Network-esque mission statement: “This is for every man that has been beaten down, every child that has been abused, woman raped or family member slaughtered. We have all been hurt or slandered and had something irreplaceable taken from us. No matter your race, gender or beliefs, we all fucking fight back!”
-Decibel Magazine

“They deliver what I consider a new, fresh take on post-hardcore which can be challenging. Where other bands in this genre tend to stay within the boundaries of hardcore, FAtHERS take note of said boundaries and gladly cross the line every chance they get.”
-Distorted Culture

FATHERS' self-titled release is out on vinyl today. In honor of this, Decibel Magazine has asked the band to create a guest playlist, via Apple Music, here.

This self-titled LP was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Jeff Kanan at The Keep Studios in Denver, CO. Cover art and layout by Mhyk Monroe. It was released on vinyl on March 30th (today) through Sailor Records, and is currently available digitally through all major outlets (including Spotify, Google, Apple Music, etc.).

Self-titled LP:
1. Brawler
2. No Joke
3. Father
4. Fight!
5. Fools
6. 12
7. Don’t Tell
8. Swamp Witch
9. Mr. Clutter

Upcoming shows:
March 30 - Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive

FATHERS + Distorted Culture

“They deliver what I consider a new, fresh take on post-hardcore which can be challenging. Where other bands in this genre tend to stay within the boundaries of hardcore, FAtHERS take note of said boundaries and gladly cross the line every chance they get.”
-Distorted Culture

Read the review of FATHERS' self-titled release, as well as an interview with band members, at Distorted Culture, here.

This self-titled LP was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Jeff Kanan at The Keep Studios in Denver, CO. Cover art and layout by Mhyk Monroe. It was released on vinyl on March 30th (today) through Sailor Records, and is currently available digitally through all major outlets (including Spotify, Google, Apple Music, etc.).

Self-titled LP:
1. Brawler
2. No Joke
3. Father
4. Fight!
5. Fools
6. 12
7. Don’t Tell
8. Swamp Witch
9. Mr. Clutter

Upcoming shows:
March 30 - Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive

Friday, March 23, 2018

Out today: THE SWORD - Used Future


The Sword's sixth studio album, Used Future, is out today on Razor & Tie Records. The album was produced by Tucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, The Decemberists, First Aid Kit) and mastered by Brian Lucey (The Black Key, Ghost).


Watch the awesome "Used Future" music video, here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kx7pOi2KADE

The Sword is on tour now! See tourdates, here:

http://theswordofficial.com/

Read more about The Sword, here:

http://thechainworld.blogspot.com/2018/02/the-sword-2018-bio.html

"The Sword's upcoming sixth record, 'Used Future'... features their most pristine production to date courtesy of Tucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, Death Cab for Cutie) and consummates their pivot away from doom metal. The former Black Sabbath acolytes now incorporate elements of Led Zeppelin, Thin Lizzy and Blackfoot into their sound..."

–Billboard

"The group hones in on a very cool, very Seventies-style heavy rock & roll sound that would fit neatly on a record shelf next to Deep Purple..."
–Revolver

"Retro crunch... A little sci-fi synth here, a little funk swagger there."
–The A.V. Club


"Monstrous grooves underlie heavy riffs... 'Used Future' sees the group further augment its signature brand of crushing rock with a heavier synth and electronic presence."
–Modern Drummer


"Catchy riffs and intoxicating grooves, merging the likes of Sabbath with ZZ Top..."
–Exclaim!

"An infectious, classic rock-inspired song machine... Catchy hooks mixed with groove-rock mentality that sounds as modern as any Queens of the Stone Age record in 2018."
–LA Weekly

"Another dose of riffy, '70s-inspired rock."
–BrooklynVegan

"'Used Future' finds the Austin outfit morphing into a full-bore space-truckin’ classic rock act, replete with harmonized guitars, glowing analog synth tones, and lyrics about highways, both astral and material... like some long-lost Thin Lizzy concept album based on 'Tron.'"
–Free Williamsburg

"As many masterful melodies as raucous riffs."
–Time Out Austin

"Austin's most prominent metal band continues to push against the boundaries and stereotypes of the genre... Drawing upon psychedelia, classic rock, folk, and other influences."
–Austin American-Statesman


"While the band's new album 'Used Future' is another turn in music style for these guys, that's kind of always been their since 'Warp Riders' dropped several years ago, and they're always solid live."
–Houston Press

"The group’s heavy bent, fervently-conceived doom metal roots certainly remain in tact, but the new single injects a bit more space than fans may be used to, and sets up for a heck of a live show."
–Sacramento Bee

"There’s no better time for Austin, TX retro space groove collective The Sword to drop their bluesy, mustachioed, off-world road hog 'Used Future'... In all the best ways, The Sword’s sixth full-length feels like a transmission from a techno-mystical cult who only communicate in frayed-denim guitar licks from forty-plus years ago."
–MetalSucks

"A step forward in the overall evolution of The Sword. They're taking greater cues from early classic rock, embracing storytelling through instrumentation, and further distancing themselves from stoner metal."

–Metal Injection

"Fuzzy, psyche-rock inspired..."

–Metal Insider

"Sonically, the band continue to slowly metamorph into their Texas forebears ZZ Top, with more bluesy than sludgy riffs, that evoke long stretches of cacti and tumbleweeds..."

–PunkNews

"Its crisp 13 tracks/43 minutes are pulled off with professionalism... The Sword have never done anything other than deliver accessible heavy rock and tour like hell... At this point the band has at very least earned a measure of respect for what they’ve accomplished as ambassadors of underground heavy."
–The Obelisk


"The extra usage of synths creates a spatial vibe where the fuzz, the Southern rock riffs, and retro influences fed through a contemporary production, have room to breathe."
–Echoes and Dust

"The Sword barrel down the highway bludgeoning passers-by with thick Southern riffs, warped sci-fi, and a groove that may hit your feet as hard as your head."
–Scene Point Blank

"Their most refined album to date. Once again, the group delivers some catchy, psychedelic rock anthems, but has additionally threaded them together with recurring interludes and postludes for a nice, cinematic polish."
–Ghettoblaster

"The Sword have lightened up their sound the past few years and the band's latest releases, 'Used Future,' shows that change in style coming into full bloom."
–Bearded Gentlemen Music

"They’ve gotten comfortable and confident enough to basically do whatever they want and not worry about pleasing folks who only loved their first three (or two) albums... After one spin through 'Used Future' it already stuck with me more than anything since 'Warp Riders'..."
–Last Rites

"While the band have moved on from being called the next Metallica or whatever you deemed them to be, they could care less and are better for it."
–Nine Circles

"The Long Play format is not dead and The Sword show how a collection of songs, well placed and correctly sequenced, can create a fantastic listening experience... I have always loved the vocal style of John D. Cronise and found that the drawl-like Texan feel he gives works perfectly with both the band’s previous doom style and this more, stripped-down, classic rock. The drums and bass are as groovy as hell and the dueling lead guitars evoke the staple sound of Southern rock perfectly."
–It Djents

THE SWORD - "Used Future" video + tour


THE SWORD RELEASE "USED FUTURE" VIDEO

LEG 3 OF "USED FUTURE" TOUR ANNOUNCED

In celebration of today's release of their sixth studio album, Used Future, The Sword premiere the video for the album's title cut. The video, created by acclaimed Austin-based video game producers Rooster Teeth, can be seen here:
In addition, the band today announce the dates for leg three of the Used Future tour which starts on June 7th in Albuquerque, NM. Support on all dates of leg three will be provided by Atomic Bitchwax.

The complete tourdates (legs 1, 2, and 3) are here: 

VIP packages for all shows can be purchased here:

Dates for leg three are as follows:

The Sword w/ Atomic Bitchwax:
Jun 7 - Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
Jun 8 - Tucson, AZ @ 191 Toole
Jun 9 - San Diego, CA @ Belly Up
Jun 11 - Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
Jun 12 - Bellingham, WA @ Wild Buffalo
Jun 13 - Vancouver, BC @ Venue
Jun 15 - Calgary, AB @ Marquee
Jun 16 - Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall
Jun 17 - Regina, SK @ The Exchange
Jun 18 - Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid
Jun 20 - Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
Jun 21 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart's
Jun 22 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr Smalls Theatre
Jun 23 - Washington, DC @ Rock n' Roll Hotel
Jun 24 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Jun 26 - Johnson City, TN @ Capone's
Jun 27 - Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
Jun 29 - Hot Springs, AR @ Maxine's

Photo by Jack Thompson


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

BC35 + Dangerous Minds


"The New York noise scene that emerged with and after No-Wave can feel like the story of Sonic Youth and its near-orbit, due to that band’s massive influence. But Downtown artnoise can as easily be understood by viewing Martin Bisi as a nexus... In early 2016, his Gowanus, Brooklyn studio, sort-of eponymously named 'BC,' had been in operation for 35 years, and to commemorate the milestone, a weekend-long series of performances took place in the facility... Most excitingly, it featured a band called 'New Old Skull,' a reunion, after almost 30 years of inactivity, of members of the seminal New York noise guitar band Live Skull."
–Dangerous Minds

Dangerous Minds has premiered the video for "Details of the Madness," the debut track by New Old Skull.


New Old Skull is a new band consisting entirely of former members of Live Skull – stalwarts of the NYC avant-rock scene of the 1980s who made their mark throughout that decade alongside bands like Sonic Youth and Swans. A 1989 review in SPIN Magazine hailed Live Skull's final album as "grinding, slash-n-drone, East Village-trash-shit noisecluster rock."


Watch the "Details of the Madness" video, directed by New Old Skull (and former Live Skull) guitarist/vocalist Mark C, here:
https://dangerousminds.net/comments/details_of_the_madness_members_of_seminal_nyc_noise_rock_band_live_skull_re

New Old Skull composed its first song, "Details of the Madness," specifically for the 35th anniversary of producer Martin Bisi's Brooklyn studio, BC Studio, where much of Live Skull's output was recorded in the '80s. BC Studio's 35th anniversary was celebrated by way of a weekend's worth of live performances, recorded and immortalized on the upcoming album, BC35. In addition to New Old Skull, the BC35 album includes live recordings of new material (some composed, some improvised) by current and former members of Sonic Youth, Swans, Cop Shoot Cop, Foetus, White Hills, and many more, all of whom have history with Bisi and BC Studio. Bisi himself appears on three of the songs. The album was mastered by Fred Kevorkian (Iggy Pop, Debbie Harry, Sonny Rollins).


BC35 will be released April 20th on Italian label Bronson Recordings in vinyl and digital formats. The first pressing of 500 LPs will include 150 gold color vinyl copies. All LPs come packaged with an additional 7" vinyl containing the album's final two tracks.


Pre-order, here:

https://bc35anniversary.bandcamp.com/album/bc35-the-35-year-anniversary-of-bc-studio

Martin Bisi will tour the US and Europe in 2018, including BC35 record release shows in Brooklyn, Philadelphia, and Boston.


New Old Skull will play the Brooklyn and Philly BC35 record release shows. Live Skull alum Thalia Zedek will perform at the Boston record release show with her current band, tK.


Martin Bisi, live:

April 20 - Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus - BC35 record release show w/ New Old Skull, White Hills, EXCOP, Tidal Channel
May 5 - Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA - BC35 record release show w/ New Old Skull, Tidal Channel
May 11 - Boston, MA @ Deep Thoughts - BC35 record release show w/ tK (ex-Live Skull), Ajda The Turkish Queen
June 6 - Washington DC @ Rhizome
June 7 - Raleigh NC @ Neptunes w/ film screening of "Sound & Chaos: The Story Of BC Studio"
June 8 - Atlanta @ The Earl w/ Ulan Bator & Phil Puleo (ex-Swans, Cop Shoot Cop)
June 9 - Knoxville TN @ The Pilot Light
June 10 - Richmond VA @ Strange Matter w/ Haybaby, Among the Rocks and Roots
June 29 - Montreal, Canada @ L'Escogriffe  
June 30 - Toronto, ON @ The Baby G
July 1 - Detroit, MI @ El Club w/ Crazy Doberman (John Olson of Wolf Eyes)
July 2 - Chicago, IL @ The Hideout w/ Invisible Things, ONO
July 3 - Cleveland, OH @ Happy Dog w/ Hiram-Maxim