Thursday, May 25, 2017

Full album stream: PANICKER

“Considering how colorful his career has been so far—mixing board sessions for Michael Bolton, drum kit duties (Goblin Cock) and dancing in drag for (Optiganally Yours) Rob Crow—it should come as no surprise that Brent Ashbury’s solo debut as Panicker is such a head trip.”
–Self-titled Magazine

“Brent Asbury has really good taste. Listening to Panicker—the musician/producer/sound engineer's new solo project—is an almost immersive experience, shuttling from the danceable industrial of vintage Wax Trax! Records to the brooding soundtracks of '80s sci-fi to techno.”
–No Echo

"...a nice dose of industrial-tinged dance music."
–Brooklyn Vegan

Stream PANICKER's new self-titled LP in its entirety, via Self-titled Magazine, here.

The LP will be released digitally and on random variant vinyl via Three One G Records tomorrow, May 26th. Order here.

Panicker LP:
  1. Commuter
  2. Parties
  3. Heave
  4. Habits
  5. Systems
  6. Airport
  7. Untitled
  8. Ataxia
  9. Perfume
  10. Time

Adam Gnade + Modern Ache - "Hello, Shitstorm" Video

Adam Gnade is premiering the video, created by Maddie Pericak, for his latest protest piece, “Hello, Shitstorm”. This “talking song” is backed by band Modern Ache.

View the video, via Ghettoblaster, here.

"Hello, Shitstorm" is a pep-talk and a horror story about what’s happening in America at the moment—the new brand of fascism, the dawn of the Trump Years, a fresh meanness rising. Andrew Mears (Foals) and Adam Gnade recorded together with Mears‘ former band, Youthmovies, but this is their first time collaborating with his new project, Brighton, UK’s Modern Ache (which also includes Dan Pollard). According to Gnade, "We put this single together as a rally cry for anyone who wants to acknowledge that we still have power and then do something about it. And it’s not just here in the States. This is happening all across the world—just look at Brexit and Aleppo. Dangerous times, but we’re strong too." As he says in the single’s lyrics, "the wolves chasing us aren’t wolves/they’re guard dogs/and they’re chained."

Tour dates:
July 27 - Lawrence, @ Decade
August 6 - Arcata, CA @ Outer Space
August 7 - Portland, OR @ Grandma’s House
August 9 - Seattle, WA @ Pipsqueak
August 10 - Bellingham, WA @ Make.Shift

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

BITERS "Stone Cold Love" video


Fans of big snakes, beautiful people, and T. Rex, rejoice and crank up Biters' new music video for the song "Stone Cold Love"!

Watch the clip, directed by Video Rahim and starring Acacia Marie Fusco, here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slBjGh00Yec

"Stone Cold Love" appears on the Atlanta band's new album, The Future Ain't What It Used to Be, released last week on Earache Records.

Biters' Southern swagger and stadium-ready rock n' roll anthems recall the spirit of the late '70s – the glam, power pop, and hard rock gods of that era, from Cheap Trick to AC/DC and, yes, T. Rex, a band which "Stone Cold Love" pays tribute to in particular. With street-punk attitude and million-dollar choruses, Biters' sound and style transport us to a time when bands looked like bands and acted like gangs.

The Future Ain't What It Used to Be was recorded by Dan Dixon (Wyldlife, Whores.), mixed by Dixon and Scott Stevens (Halestorm, Shinedown), and mastered by Stephen Marcussen (Johnny Cash, The Rolling Stones, Tom Petty).

Buy the album here:
CD & vinyl - http://www.earache.com/biters
iTunes - http://bit.ly/bitersfuture-itunes

Having toured with Ace Frehley, Social Distortion, D Generation, and many more, Biters are currently out on a headlining US tour.

May 25 - Toledo, OH @ Frankie's
May 26 - Rochester, NY @ German House Auditorium
May 27 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
May 28 - Cambridge, MA @ Sonia
May 30 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose
May 31 - Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
Jun 1 - Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
Jun 2 - Harrisburg, PA @ Abbey Bar
Jun 3 - Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge
Jun 30 - Tulsa, OK @ The Vanguard

"A rocking Atlanta quartet with retro-riff-based leanings... Biters have been described as 'stomping rock n' roll, sprinkled with stardust'..."
–Guitar World

"The good-natured feel of rock's best decades... Biters are cut from the same cloth as iconic acts like Cheap Trick, with a tad of the glitter rock sound made famous by the New York Dolls and T. Rex."
–Loudwire

"Tingeing the full throttle, glammy power pop of the '70s... with the sugary hard rock of the early '80s."
–High Times

"Influenced by the likes of Cheap Trick, David Bowie, Alice Cooper, and Slade."
–New Noise

"Retro rock to the max, these tunes will leave you both reminiscing and raging!"
–Pure Grain Audio

Photo by Evan Bartleson

Friday, May 19, 2017

Out today: BITERS - The Future Ain't What It Used to Be


"A rocking Atlanta quartet with retro-riff-based leanings... Biters have been described as 'stomping rock n' roll, sprinkled with stardust'..."
–Guitar World

"The good-natured feel of rock's best decades... Biters are cut from the same cloth as iconic acts like Cheap Trick, with a tad of the glitter rock sound made famous by the New York Dolls and T. Rex."
–Loudwire

"Tingeing the full throttle, glammy power pop of the '70s... with the sugary hard rock of the early '80s."
–High Times

"Influenced by the likes of Cheap Trick, David Bowie, Alice Cooper, and Slade."
–New Noise

"Retro rock to the max, these tunes will leave you both reminiscing and raging!"
–Pure Grain Audio

Biters' sophomore album The Future Ain't What It Used to Be is out today on Earache Records.

Stream newest single "No Stranger to Heartache" here, via Guitar World:
http://www.guitarworld.com/artist-news/biters-premiere-new-song-no-stranger-heartache/31183

Buy the album here:
CD & vinyl - http://www.earache.com/biters
iTunes - http://bit.ly/bitersfuture-itunes

From Atlanta, Georgia, Biters make swaggering, stadium-ready anthems in the spirit of the glam, power pop, and hard rock gods of the '70s, from T. Rex to Cheap Trick to AC/DC. The Future Ain't What It Used to Be is packed with some of the catchiest songs of the year – but the magic lies in the attitude behind the hooks. Biters' strut and style transports us to a time when bands looked like bands and acted like gangs.

The Future Ain't What It Used to Be was recorded by Dan Dixon (Wyldlife, Whores.), mixed by Dixon and Scott Stevens (Halestorm, Shinedown), and mastered by Stephen Marcussen (Johnny Cash, The Rolling Stones, Tom Petty).

Biters have toured with Ace Frehley, Social Distortion, D Generation, Blackberry Smoke, and many more. A headlining US tour kicks off tonight in Chicago.


Biters, on tour:

May 19 - Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge
May 20 - Indianapolis, IN @ State Street Pub
May 21 - St Louis, MO @ Fubar
May 23 - Hamtramck, MI @ Smalls
May 25 - Toledo, OH @ Frankie's
May 26 - Rochester, NY @ German House Auditorium
May 27 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
May 28 - Cambridge, MA @ Sonia
May 30 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose
May 31 - Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
Jun 1 - Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
Jun 2 - Harrisburg, PA @ Abbey Bar
Jun 3 - Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge
Jun 30 - Tulsa, OK @ The Vanguard

Photo by Evan Bartleson



TIGER FLOWERS - The Vicious Heart


Tiger Flowers announces new EP The Vicious Heart, to be released June 23rd on Still Water Recordings.

Standout of the New York City scene for a decade now, Tiger Flowers' signature sound is a cathartic roar, descended from bands like Botch and Kiss It Goodbye, and led by the confessional vocals of frontman Jesse James Madre. The band's marriage of bare emotion and absolute thunder continues to set it apart from the pack. MetalSucks once named Madre, "the best frontman in the Brooklyn scene."

Of The Vicious Heart, Madre says, "The idea was to loosely tell a story and treat the songs like chapters. The story takes us down a road of loss and betrayal. A warrior comes home to find everything he loved taken from him by the man he was out protecting. For this man, Hell is not the war and the death, it's having nothing to come home to after all that."

"Court of Vultures," a song off The Vicious Heart, can be heard here: 
http://www.metalsucks.net/2017/01/09/exclusive-track-premiere-tiger-flowers-court-of-vultures/

The EP was recorded at Converse Rubber Tracks by Matthew Shane and at Backroom Studios by Kevin Antreassian, guitarist of The Dillinger Escape Plan. Antreassian handled all the mixing mastering. It follows 2014's Dead Hymns album, and a self-titled EP before that.

Tracklist:
1) Chapter 1: Concentric Circles
2) Chapter 2: Hell Song
3) Chapter 3: Court of Vultures
4) Chapter 4: The Vicious Heart

Still Water Recordings is the new label founded by Chris Cruz, bassist/vocalist of So Hideous. 

Press for Tiger Flowers:

"The best frontman in the Brooklyn scene"

–MetalSucks

"[Tiger Flowers] takes influence from elders who pushed the genre into new directions, like Deadguy, Converge, and Rorschach"
–BrooklynVegan

"Enough whiplash and metallic, Converge-esque bile to either dislodge or dissolve an entire set of dental work"
–The A.V. Club


ILLUSTRATIONS + MetalSucks


"A fantastic mix, sure to please fans of Junius, The Ocean, and Botch alike."
–MetalSucks

"Texas-based Illustrations have been quietly molding themselves into one of the most exciting bands in extreme music."

–Clrvynt

"In the hardcore realm, but their songwriting also pulls in elements of death and black metal, and other sonic nuances that are usually found in the wide-screened post-metal of Neurosis and Cult of Luna... This is a band who can't be bothered with genre expectations."
–No Echo

San Antonio, Texas' Illustrations have revealed newest single "Harrowed End," off the upcoming Acts of God album.

MetalSucks calls the new song "atmospheric, proggy... a fantastic mix, sure to please fans of Junius, The Ocean, and Botch alike."


Listen here:

http://www.metalsucks.net/2017/05/18/exclusive-premiere-illustrations-harrowed-end/

Out May 26th, Acts of God is a wild-eyed epic, traversing vast sonic ground – from the brutal and blackened to the ambient. Synths, field recordings, saxophones (performed by Bruce Lamont of Yakuza and Corrections House), crooned vocals, whispers, and soaring guitars bring a whole new dimension to the music, evoking the vast landscapes of the band's Texas home. Frontman Matt King names influences that span from At the Gates to Cocteau Twins, and this range is well represented on Acts of God. 

record release show for Acts of God is set for May 27th at Mohawk in Austin, Texas, with The Dillinger Escape Plan:
https://marginwalkerpresents.queueapp.com/events/30400

Saturday, May 13, 2017

PANICKER + Ghettoblaster

Brent Asbury's PANICKER debuts a new single, "Parties," off of his upcoming self/titled release via Ghettoblaster.

Beginning with a music career in San Diego which included titles of distinction such as cross-dressing dancer for Optiganally Yours, Thingy, Followers, and Goblin Cock, bass for Alpha Males and, simply, “everything” in Schlag-Schlag, Brent Asbury has experience in most musical areas and genres. Since his time in California, he took up producing and engineering at his current studio in Portland, OR-- anything over the years from The Locust to Michael Bolton. Of course, then, it might be hard to imagine what his own dissonant brainchild might sound like today. The answer is, surely, none of the above – or at least, unlike any one conventional category.

Stream the track, via Ghettoblaster, here:
http://ghettoblastermagazine.com/2017/song-premiere-panicker-parties/

"Parties" is a single off of PANICKER’s debut self-titled LP, which will be available digitally and on random variant colored vinyl via Three One G Records on April 26th. Preorder here.


Thursday, May 11, 2017

BLUSH + The Noise


BLUSH: Stroudsburg, PA heavy shoegazers debut their single, Drone / Yesterday.

"For instance, enter Stroudsburg, PA outfit Blush. With vibes like fellow Pennsylvania natives Nothing as well as shoegaze OGs Slowdive, Blush bring a fresh melodic energy on both of their two new tracks “Drone” and “Yesterday” – both of which were written and recorded by vocalist/bassist Zack Van Why." - The Noise

"Upon the first couple of strums, you're pulled right into a gravitational field of heavy, slow and loud." - Clrvynt

Stream the Drone / Yesterday single in its entirety here: 
http://bringthenoise.com/blog/sit-back-and-indulge-everything-that-is-blushs
Upon the first couple of strums, you're pulled right into a gravitational field of heavy, slow and loud.

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The trio takes influence from shoegaze originators like Slowdive while adding a melodic touch in the vein of Nothing. "Drone" is the slower, bleaker song off the single; bringing in heavy The Jesus and Mary Chain vibes both sonically and with guitar tones. "Yesterday" closes out the b-side with a stronger hook than the previous track, reminiscent at times of Swervedriver and Ride.

Founded earlier last year by primary songwriter Zack Van Why, Blush was spawned in the downtime following previous musical endeavors. Van Why, once of New Miseries, wrote and recorded the single himself. Shortly after the single was recorded, Robby Vena, guitar, and Hell To Pay drummer, Keith Goldoni were recruited to round out the line up.

As mentioned, Drone / Yesterday was written and recorded by Zack Van Why, but was then mixed with David S. Fylstra (Rattling Cage, Minor Fret) and then mastered by Zach Weeks (Burglary Years). The design and layout was done by renown visual artist Dylan Garrett Smith.

The Drone / Yesterday single is out this week, and will see a May 12th release date via Anima Recordings.

Follow:
blushisdumb.bandcamp.com
facebook.com/blushpa
@blushisdumb

ABRAMS + Decibel


"Soulful rockers... Abrams power through the layered, catchy song."
–Decibel

"Catchy grooves and soaring vocals."
–Metal Injection

"A matured, evolved beast."
–MetalSucks

Abrams has dropped new single "18 Weeks" today via Decibel.

Listen, here:
http://decibelmagazine.com/blog/2017/5/11/track-premiere-abrams-18-weeks

Bittersweet and stirring, "18 Weeks" drives forward with rockin' drums, howling guitars, and heart-on-sleeve vocals. The song appears on Abrams' upcoming sophomore album Morning, to be released June 9th on Sailor Records.

As Abrams' Taylor Iversen explains, it is a step toward new ground for the band: "We've always wanted to write songs with good catchy riffs and strong vocal hooks to boot. I've always wanted to be a singer but I've only ever been a shouter. This track represents, for us, success on these fronts."

From Denver, Colorado, Abrams is racking up comparisons to later Mastodon and Baroness, as well as ex-Screaming Trees bard Mark Lanegan. Yearning, driving, and bursting with hooks, the ten songs on Morning run the gamut of musical and emotional highs and lows. Phil Pendergast of hometown Denver pals Khemmis lends guest vocals to the almost-title track, "Mourning."

Morning was recorded by Andy Patterson (SubRosa, Cult Leader) and Dave Otero (Cobalt, Cattle Decapitation), and was mixed and mastered by Otero.

The cover art and layout are by Samantha Muljat (Earth, Goatsnake).

Pre-order the album here:
https://abramsrock.bandcamp.com/album/morning

Abrams hits the road June 9th for an extensive tour of the West.

Jun 9 - Santa Fe, NM @ The Underground
Jun 10 - Bisbee, AZ @ The Quarry
Jun 11 - San Diego, CA @ Tower Bar
Jun 12 - Long Beach, CA @ Blacklight District Lounge
Jun 13 - Los Angeles, CA @ Five Star Bar
Jun 14 - Joshua Tree, CA @ Beatnik Lounge
Jun 15 - San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern
Jun 16 - San Jose, CA @ The Caravan
Jun 17 - Santa Cruz, CA @ Caffe Pergolesi
Jun 18 - Sacramento, CA @ Starlite Lounge
Jun 19 - Reno, NV @ Shea's Tavern
Jun 20 - Medford, OR @ Johnny B's Tavern
Jun 21 - Eugene, OR @ Old Nick's Pub
Jun 22 - Portland, OR @ The Kenton Club
Jun 23 - Seattle, WA @ Lo-Fi Performance Gallery
Jun 24 - Boise, ID @ The Shredder
Jun 25 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Club X
Jun 26 - Cheyenne, WY @ Ernie November
Jun 27 - Rapid City, SD @ West Dakota Improv
Jun 28 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
Jun 29 - Chicago, IL @ Reggies
Jun 30 - Des Moines, IA @ The Fremont
Jul 1 - Denver, CO @ The Hi Dive

Photo by Chanelle Leslie

Thursday, May 4, 2017

ABRAMS West Coast tour


With its sophomore album Morning poised to drop June 9th on Sailor Records, Denver trio Abrams announces plans to hit the road that same day for an extensive West Coast tour.

Abrams' Zach Amster says, "As always, we are excited to head back to the West Coast! Come out and show us a good time. East Coast, see you in August."

Jun 9 - Santa Fe, NM @ The Underground
Jun 10 - Bisbee, AZ @ The Quarry
Jun 11 - San Diego, CA @ Tower Bar
Jun 12 - Long Beach, CA @ Blacklight District Lounge
Jun 13 - Los Angeles, CA @ Five Star Bar
Jun 14 - Joshua Tree, CA @ Beatnik Lounge
Jun 15 - San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern
Jun 16 - San Jose, CA @ The Caravan
Jun 17 - Santa Cruz, CA @ Caffe Pergolesi
Jun 18 - Sacramento, CA @ Starlite Lounge
Jun 19 - Reno, NV @ Shea's Tavern
Jun 20 - Medford, OR @ Johnny B's Tavern
Jun 21 - Eugene, OR @ Old Nick's Pub
Jun 22 - Portland, OR @ The Kenton Club
Jun 23 - Seattle, WA @ Lo-Fi Performance Gallery
Jun 24 - Boise, ID @ The Shredder
Jun 25 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Club X
Jun 26 - Cheyenne, WY @ Ernie November
Jun 27 - Rapid City, SD @ West Dakota Improv
Jun 28 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
Jun 29 - Chicago, IL @ Reggies
Jun 30 - Des Moines, IA @ The Fremont
Jul 1 - Denver, CO @ The Hi Dive

Metal Injection hails upcoming new album Morning for its "catchy grooves and soaring vocals"; MetalSucks calls the band "a matured, evolved beast" whose sound has grown even more epic since 2015's debut LP, Lust Love. Loss.

Yearning, driving, and bursting with hooks, the ten songs on Morning summon a soulful version of heavy rock akin to later Mastodon and BaronessTracks like the recently-premiered "Burned" and "Mourning" (featuring guest vocals by Phil Pendergast of hometown Denver pals Khemmis) are earth-shakers that veer from bittersweetness to defiance to rage. 

Morning was recorded by Andy Patterson (SubRosa, Cult Leader) and Dave Otero (Cobalt, Cattle Decapitation), and was mixed and mastered by Otero.

The cover art and layout are by Samantha Muljat (Earth, Goatsnake).
Photo by Chanelle Leslie

Monday, May 1, 2017

BLUSH + Clrvynt




BLUSH: Stroudsburg, PA heavy shoegazers unveil their debut single, Drone / Yesterday.

"Upon the first couple of strums, you're pulled right into a gravitational field of heavy, slow and loud." - Clrvynt

Stream the song "Drone" here: http://clrvynt.com/blush-drone/
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Upon the first couple of strums, you're pulled right into a gravitational field of heavy, slow and loud.

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Upon the first couple of strums, you're pulled right into a gravitational field of heavy, slow and loud.

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The trio takes influence from shoegaze originators like Slowdive while adding a melodic touch in the vein of Nothing. Drone is the slower, bleaker song off the single; bringing in heavy The Jesus and Mary chain vibes both sonically and with guitar tones. Yesterday closes out the b-side with a stronger hook than the previous track, reminiscent at times of Swervedriver and Ride.

Founded earlier last year by primary songwriter Zack Van Why, Blush was spawned in the downtime following previous musical endeavors. Van Why, once of New Miseries, wrote and recorded the single himself. Shortly after the single was recorded, Robby Vena, guitar, and Hell To Pay drummer, Keith Goldoni were recruited to round out the line up.

As mentioned, Drone / Yesterday was written and recorded by Zack Van Why, but was then mixed with David S. Fylstra (Rattling Cage, Minor Fret) and then mastered by Zach Weeks (Burglary Years). The design and layout was done by renown visual artist Dylan Garrett Smith.

The Drone / Yesterday single will see a May 12th release date via Anima Recordings.

Follow:
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facebook.com/blushpa
@blushisdumb

Friday, April 28, 2017

CHAINLINKS: April 2017

Each month, The Chain's Brandon, Curran and Justin choose guests to share three links of interest each; their picks can be anything that has resonated with them recently, music-related or otherwise. April's contributors include Nikki Sneakers, Luke Henshaw, and Rich Johannes Weinberger.

Nikki Sneakers: 

1. Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle - Inferno
After a recent re-romance with Preacher I dove back into this - never disappoints. A sci-fi Dante's Inferno meets C.S Lewis's The Great Divorce on acid.
3. Bel Canto - Shimmering, Warm & Bright (1992)
Essential warm weather listening.


Luke Henshaw:

1. I had a dream a while back that my old band was playing on a boat out in the ocean and we were communicating with a bunch of whales. Maybe I had too much chocolate before bed, but since then I've always been interested in whales and the sounds they make.
Why Do Whales Sing?
2. My son and I are currently working on a project and the theme of it is starting to touch the interiors of existentialism, so I figured I'd do some research.
20 Great Existential Films You Need to Watch
3. Because if I could stay in space for just a little bit longer...
Scientists Developed a Way to Make DMT Trips Last Longer Than Ever

Rich Johannes Weinberger: 
[Gatherers (Equal Vision Records)]

1. Thom Yorke - Tomorrow's Modern Boxes
I'm not sure how I managed to procrastinate listening to this for the past three years. It's my favorite 2014 album of 2017.

2. Adrian Tomine - Killing and Dying
In my opinion, one of the best cartoonists of our generation. Tomine is a master at exploring various human conditions often within the span of brief stories and motifs. His illustrations are beautifully intimate and nuanced at the same time.
3. Doris Salcedo - A Flor de Piel
I saw this installation when it came to the Guggenheim a couple years ago. Prior to that, I had never heard of Salcedo's work but quickly became a devout admirer. Every now and then I find myself revisiting this particular work and how it emoted with me the first time I saw it. It was also the first bit of inspiration I experienced in terms of the vibes I ended up exploring on the forthcoming Gatherers record.