Wednesday, July 19, 2017

GOD MOTHER - Vilseledd


Party Smasher Inc, the label founded by Ben Weinman of The Dillinger Escape Plan, announces the September 29th release of Vilseledd, the new album by Stockholm, Sweden's God Mother.


Across 14 tracks, God Mother packs hardcore, grind, sludge, and noise into lethal projectiles, fueled by bilingual lyrics denouncing society's ignorance, in both Swedish and English. The sound is electrifying – inspired as much by the grinding speed of Nasum and Rotten Sound as by the almighty weight of the Melvins. 


The band's 2015 debut Maktbehov was hailed by Pitchfork as "an asteroid crash of an album that renders most of its competition extinct."


The Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist and Party Smasher label founder Ben Weinman has stated this: "After 20 years of touring the world and playing thousands of shows with thousands of bands, it is hard to impress me. But Sweden has done it again. God Mother is an undeniable force majeure that demands attention like bands did in the old days, by just being that fucking good. Torch, officially passed!"


Vilseledd was recorded at Soundtrade Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, the historic studio where artists from ABBA to Rammstein have made music. The album was mixed and mastered by Magnus Lindberg of Cult of Luna.


Vilseledd tracklist:
1) Dödfödd
2) By the Millions
3) Tar Mirror (featuring Keijo Niinimaa of Rotten Sound)
4) No Return
5) Acrid Teeth
6) Anti Anthem
7) De Ovälkomna
8) Weak
9) 10,000 År
10) Caved In
11) Enkla Svar
12) Charlatan
13) Carve Them
14) Burdenless

Revolver Magazine has premiered the video for "By the Millions," the first song to be revealed off Vilseledd. Watch and listen, here:
http://www.revolvermag.com/uncategorized/listen-dillinger-escape-plan-approved-spazcore-group-god-mother/23553

Directed by Jakob Jennerholm Hammar, the video's raw vibe was achieved using VHS tapes. Drummer Michael Dahlstrom explains the story behind the song: "The words come from a poem called 'Fear,"by Neil Cathan, a writer based in the UK... It's about the idea that all evil and violence stems from fear. Every terrible thing that we do to each other comes from fear, and every terrible thing makes us more afraid, so things accelerate and build until they reach a crescendo like they did in 1939."

God Mother will support The Dillinger Escape Plan and The Number 12 Looks Like You on a European tour in August:

Aug 8 - Nuremberg, DE @ Hirsch

Aug 9 - Jaromer, CZ @ Brutal Assault Festival
Aug 10 - Krakow, PL @ Kwadrat
Aug 11 - Budapest, HU @ A38
Aug 12 - Zagreb, HR @ Mochvara
Aug 13 - Vienna, AT @ Szene
Aug 14 - Prague, CZ @ Palac Akropolis
Aug 15 - Cologne, DE @ Gloria
Aug 16 - Leipzig, DE @ Conne Island

Sebastian August Campbell - vocals
Max Lindstrom - guitar
Daniel Noring - bass
Michael Dahlstrom - drums

Photo of God Mother, by Stephen Odom




PRAY TO KEEP + AP Discover


"Bitter Half", the lead off single from the self-titled PRAY TO KEEP ep is now featured on Alternative Press' weekly Spotify playlist, AP DISCOVER.

AP Discover: https://play.spotify.com/user/altpress.com/playlist/2Pxd813nZUVW4E0JyrozSI

Hailing from Philadelphia, PA, Pray To Keep emerges as a new breath of mid 2000’s influenced emo rock taking cues from the likes of Taking Back Sunday, Rival Schools, and Jimmy Eat World

The leadoff track “Headstone Lottery” is a catchy singalong track where the vocal melodies are reminiscent of Taking Back Sunday and My Chemical Romance’s break through records. This is where the combination of Fred Mascherino’s production and Vince Ratti’s signature mix truly shines the brightest. “Bitter Half” takes a more raw and exposed approach similar to Armor For Sleep paired with looming vocals that nod to Jawbreaker.

Founded in 2016 by lead singer and guitarist Will Schaeffer, bassist Jason Duarte, and Dan White on drums, the band spent most of the year writing and recording. Pat Voytko (Agitator) was added on second guitar shortly after recordings were completed. While having a strong musical background, the band prides themselves on being heavily involved in the arts. Bassist Jason Duarte, is the creative director of a studio, while drummer Dan White works on music videos and productions in Philadelphia.  

The effort was recorded with Fred Mascherino (Taking Back Sunday, Terrible Things) at Diverdown Studios, mixed by Vince Ratti (Circa Survive, The Wonder Years) at Skylight Studios, and mastered by Bill Henderson (Bayside, Neck Deep) at Azimuth Mastering. The layout and design was done by members Dan White and Jason Duarte, as well as Dom Pabon (Malice At The Palice, Jesus Piece).

Follow:

@praytokeep

EVERYONE DIES IN THE END + No Echo


No Echo streams the track "What's Best In Life" off the brand new EVERYONE DIES IN THE END LP, The Space Between Spaces.

"...the Richmond, VA quartet craft sonic dreamscapes that sound and feel like something you would hear in a David Lynch film..." - No Echo


Listen, here:
http://www.noecho.net/features/everyone-dies-in-the-end-band

On the new record they continue to build off their staple influences – the dramatic, textural, post-rock sounds of bands like Godspeed! You Black Emperor, This Will Destroy You, and Sigur Rós, while adding Stars of the Lid and Radiohead-like elements, experimenting with ambient textures and loops, ultimately creating a cinematic score. The quartet has shared the stage with the likes of Pianos Become The Teeth, The Body, Ringo Deathstarr, So Hideous, and Inter Arma.

The new record is a concept album, telling a story influenced by an old Buddhist teaching. It follows a character who has become disenchanted with the world and all of its suffering and anxiety. He embarks on a path which ultimately shows him that the world is illusionary and that he can create the world he wants to live in, in his mind. 


Earlier last year, Richmond post-rockers Everyone Dies In the End returned with a thought provoking video for “Don’t Forget to Breathe” off the record The Space Between Spaces, which is now set for a July 21st release date via Still Water Records. The effort was engineered and mixed by Allen Bergendahl, with additional mixing from Jeremy Moody, and mastered by Alan Douches (ConvergeTorcheChelsea Wolfe).

Stream the video for “Don’t Forget to Breathe” here, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ta7USmM_Ys

The Space Between Spaces will be released digitally via Still Water Recordings, accompanied by a vinyl release from the band, July 21st, 2017.

You can pre-order the record here: http://smarturl.it/1g9ptl

Everyone Dies in the End consists of Ashley Small, Jason Steed, Jeremy Moody, and Luke Deskins.
 

https://www.facebook.com/Everyone-Dies-In-The-End-128954620619261/
https://everyonediesintheend.bandcamp.com/

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

LESS ART + NPR


"Vigilante rage courses through the veins of Less Art... A hulking piece of post-hardcore sculpted from Drive Like Jehu's nasty grooves and Unwound's squirrelly tension."
–NPR Music

NPR Music has premiered "Diana the Huntress," the latest track to be revealed off Less Art's upcoming debut LP, Strangled Light.

Less Art is the new band featuring brothers Riley and Ed Breckenridge of Thrice, Ian Miller and Jon Howell of Kowloon Walled City, and Mike Minnick of Curl Up and Die.  On Strangled Light, these five veterans put forth a muscular new version of post-hardcore that crackles with feeling.

New single "Diana the Huntress" is inspired by the true story of a woman in Juarez, Mexico, who sought vengeance for women being sexually assaulted. "Where the police do nothing / In a city that doesn't care / She strikes the ego of man / Their blood runs through the street / And then she speaks / She says: I am an instrument / This is a warning to those that think we are weak," sings frontman Mike Minnick.

NPR calls the song, "a hulking piece of post-hardcore sculpted from Drive Like Jehu's nasty grooves and Unwound's squirrelly tension."

Listen, here:
http://www.npr.org/sections/allsongs/2017/07/12/536705628/vigilante-rage-courses-through-post-hardcore-elegy-diana-the-huntress

Strangled Light comes out July 28th on Gilead Media. The album was recorded and mixed by Kowloon Walled City frontman Scott Evans at Sharkbite Studios and Antisleep Audio, and mastered by Brad Boatright (Full of Hell, Mutoid Man) at Audiosiege.

Pre-order, here:
https://gileadmedia.bandcamp.com/album/strangled-light

Less Art will set out on a quick West Coast run in August, followed by East Coast dates with Vattnet in September.

Aug 4 - San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern
Aug 5 - Oakland, CA @ 1234 Go! Records
Aug 6 - Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room

Sep 14 - New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge - w/ Vattnet
Sep 15 - Boston, MA @ Middle East - w/ Vattnet
Sep 16 - Washington, DC @ Songbyrd - w/ Vattnet
Sep 17 - Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts - w/ Vattnet

Photo by Scott Evans

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

SARIN + No Echo

“ Sarin is an Ontario-based quintet that cooks up dreamlike metallic soundscapes that have a way of working their way into your skull within a track or two.”
No Echo

Stream Sarin's latest track, "Ocean Burn," described as "a dreamlike metallic soundscape" by No Echo, here.

The band's newest LP, Darker Lakes, will be released digitally via Bandcamp as well as on vinyl through Zegema Beach (NA), Dingleberry Records, Arkan Records, and Dead Punx (all EU) on July 25th. Preorder digital album here | Preorder vinyl here

Darker Lakes LP:
  1. Ice Wrought
  2. Amber Guide
  3. Darker Lakes I - Moraine
  4. Embers Circling Downwards
  5. Darker Lakes II - Crater
  6. Bloom
  7. Ocean Burn
  8. Darker Lakes III - Glacial
  9. Low Moon

Monday, July 10, 2017

GOD MOTHER + Party Smasher Inc


Party Smasher Inc welcomes God Mother to its roster. 


Founded in 2012 in Stockholm, Sweden, God Mother churns out an electrifying sound, inspired as much by the grinding speed of Nasum and Rotten Sound as by the almighty weight of the Melvins. 


The band's 2015 debut Maktbehov was hailed by Pitchfork as "an asteroid crash of an album that renders most of its competition extinct."


Consisting of frontman Sebastian August Campbell, guitarist Max Lindstrom, bassist Daniel Noring, and drummer Michael Dahlstrom, God Mother packs hardcore, grind, sludge, and noise into lethal projectiles, fueled by bilingual lyrics denouncing society's ignorance, in both Swedish and English.


In a few short years the band has made its mark across the globe, from Europe to Central America to Africa, on tours with the likes of 
Cult Leader, sharpening its live game into an all-out assault that caught the eye of none other than Party Smasher Inc founder and The Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist Ben Weinman. 


Weinman states: "For some reason, out of all the European countries producing independent punk and heavy music, it was always the bands from Sweden that made the noise even us arrogant pricks in the United States had to notice. To be completely honest, after 20 years of touring the world and playing thousands of shows with thousands of bands, it is hard to impress me. But Sweden has done it again. God Mother is an undeniable force majeure that demands attention like bands did in the old days, by just being that fucking good. Torch, officially passed!"


Drummer Michael Dahlstrom says this about the signing: "We are super excited and proud to be part of the Party Smasher Inc family. Ever since we started talking about signing earlier this year we have felt extremely welcome. We played the Party Smasher showcase at SXSW and we are supporting The Dillinger Escape Plan around Europe this summer. Party Smasher Inc is a place for creativity with a great DIY attitude that we can relate to, and we couldn't be more thrilled about releasing our new album here."

God Mother's upcoming sophomore album will be released on Party Smasher Inc this fall.

God Mother will support The Dillinger Escape Plan and The Number 12 Looks Like You on a European tour in August:

Aug 8 - Nuremberg, DE @ Hirsch

Aug 9 - Jaromer, CZ @ Brutal Assault Festival
Aug 10 - Krakow, PL @ Kwadrat
Aug 11 - Budapest, HU @ A38
Aug 12 - Zagreb, HR @ Mochvara
Aug 13 - Vienna, AT @ Szene
Aug 14 - Prague, CZ @ Palac Akropolis
Aug 15 - Cologne, DE @ Gloria
Aug 16 - Leipzig, DE @ Conne Island

Party Smasher Inc is a multi-faceted collective founded by Ben Weinman in 2014 as a home for various artistic ventures. As a label, Party Smasher has released music by The Dillinger Escape Plan, Giraffe Tongue Orchestra, and Primitive Weapons.


Photo of God Mother, by Stephen Odom


Thursday, July 6, 2017

CULT OF LUNA + JULIE CHRISTMAS: Mariner Live


Sweden's post-metal powerhouse Cult of Luna and boundary-smashing American vocalist Julie Christmas announce plans to bring their Grammy-nominated collaboration Mariner to North American shores for a very limited live run in August: "the first and last time Mariner will be performed in North America."

Nominated for a Swedish Grammy for Best Hard Rock & Metal Album, 2016's Mariner saw Cult of Luna and Christmas join forces to create a thrilling and transcendent slab of music. Mariner topped many a year-end list, including Rolling Stone's "20 Best Metal Albums" – Rolling Stone's review proclaimed, "the record's five dynamic cuts bring out new shades in both the band's long-form ambient metal and Christmas' elastic vocals – ranging from Bjorkian squeals and whispers to harrowing screams."

Though never intended to be performed live, the demand was high and Cult of Luna and Christmas teamed up for a short string of European shows in fall 2016, playing the album in its entirety.

The North American Mariner run in August 2017 will kick off with a slot on the Psycho Las Vegas Fest, alongside Mastodon, Swans, and Code Orange, and will include stops in Chicago, Toronto, Montreal, Worcester, and New York. Avant-rappers Dalek and noise-rockers Whores. will support.

Christmas, whose ethereal and brutal vocals first grabbed the underground's throat via her work in the bands Made Out of Babies and Battle of Mice, states: "We never thought Mariner was going to be played live. After seeing so many far-traveling US brothers and sisters at the shows we played across Europe, we are excited to have a chance to roar in America. We don't care about your color, who you snuggle with, or what you have in your back pocket. I guess what I'm trying to say is: DEAR AMERICA. WE ARE COMING. BE THERE, OR WE'LL KILL YOU."

Cult of Luna & Julie Christmas: Mariner Live
Aug 20 - Las Vegas, NV @ Psycho Las Vegas (w/ Mastodon, Swans, Code Orange)
Aug 21 - Chicago, IL @ Reggies (w/ Dalek, Whores.)
Aug 22 - Toronto, ON @ Mod Club (w/ Dalek, Whores.)
Aug 23 - Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre (w/ Dalek, Whores.)
Aug 24 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (w/ Dalek, Whores.)
Aug 25 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre (w/ Dalek, Whores.)

Mariner tour teaser:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OngnTl0QzU

Listen and buy Mariner, here:
https://believemusic.lnk.to/Mariner

Photo of Cult of Luna & Julie Christmas, by Par Olofsson


Friday, June 30, 2017

CHAINLINKS: June 2017

Welcome to June's installment of Chainlinks! At the end of each month, we at The Chain reach out to friends and colleagues to find out what's been inspiring them. Anything goes – music, film, a book, an idea... This month, we talked to Megan Osztrosits of Couch Slut, Dan White of Pray to Keep, and Matt Cronk of Qui.

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Megan Osztrosits of Couch Slut


Megan Osztrosits is vocalist for Couch Slut, the Brooklyn band whose upcoming sophomore album Contempt (out July 28 on Gilead Media) has been described by NPR Music as "perverse beauty."



I've spent about 80% of my daylight hours so far this month floating on a raft in a pool, and barring death or any other physical catastrophe that would keep me from getting wet, I don't see a change happening until late September. Here are three songs that have accompanied said lounging.

1) Milt Jackson & John Coltrane - "Blues Legacy":




2) Máté Peter - "Elmegyek":



3) Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 - "Like a Lover":



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Dan White of Pray to Keep

Dan White is the drummer of Pray to Keep, and a photographer, skate enthusiast and production whiz based in South Philadelphia.



1) Things I see on the street

On my days off I love walking around the city, exploring, and just looking at everything. Trash, art, people, architecture. It’s all inspiring to me. I currently have 12,000 pictures on my phone camera roll because I’m always drawn to new things that I see. There are so many little details in our world that most people glaze over, and I set out to find them.

2) Musicians on Instagram

I follow lots of musicians online, people are always creating and sharing new melodies, beats, and songs. This pushes me to discipline myself more and practice my craft, to have fun with it and spend extra time behind my drum kit or practicing piano (though I’m not very good). I like to play along to old favorites and post them to Youtube (username: danwhite123). Seeing other people do this drives me to want to eventually create more content and hopefully inspire others.

3) Zines

My art is very visually driven and I am very inspired by others who create work with the same DIY ethic. I collect lots of zines from local artists, and attend local zine fairs to gain new perspective and support the scene. Because I take so many pictures, at any given time I can be in the middle of creating 3 or 4 different books myself so all it takes is the free time for me to get organized and put them together. It keeps my brain active and the creative mind healthy. My last zine was 30 pages of all black and white photography from my neighborhood in South Philadelphia, all the intricate things that most people would never see, but make the area so unique.

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Matt Cronk of Qui

Matt Cronk is guitarist and vocalist of LA band Qui, with releases out on Ipecac Recordings and Three One G.



1) Droolball 

My dear friend Nicole has been kind enough to contribute artwork for several of our records, tour posters, and soon, a new T-shirt design. She is also the creator of Droolball, her clothing line. She started out making handmade granny panties, embroidered with slogans like, “Hatchet Wound," and, “I’m With Stupid.” From there she has branched out into other garments and accessories like her handmade coffin-shaped handbags. She has made a few shirts for me, the most recent being a black shirt with sparkly red letters that reads, "Don’t Tell Daddy." I love Nicole and her oddball aesthetic. It has become very much a part of Qui’s visual presentation.

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2) Dead Rider 


Dead Rider is the current band of former U.S. Maple guitarist, Todd Rittman. They are great players playing truly odd and unique music that doesn’t sound like anyone else. Totally weird and idiosyncratic. They are as discomforting as they are funny. I’m real stoked for their new record. 



3) Butthole Surfers, Rembrandt Pussyhorse 

I go through jags with some records where I can’t get enough of them. This is a current one for me. I’ve been listening to this record since I was 13 and I swear, I like it more and more the older I get. There is a common thread between a lot of what I find deeply inspiring that, for me, invokes a certain dark humor that is both sophomoric and intelligent at the same time. Pussyhorse is, in my opinion, a perfect alchemization of high-concept art and low-brow filth. I don’t know if it was deliberate, but the piano part in, “Sea Ferring,” has always sounded like it was bitten from “Cabin Fever,” by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. I’ve always liked to think they were taking the piss out of Mr. Cave and I get real kick out of that, even if I’m just imagining it. 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

SARIN + Culture Creature


Stream the band's latest track, "Bloom", as well as read an exclusive interview via Culture Creature, here.

Sarin’s newest LP, Darker Lakes, will be released digitally via Bandcamp as well as on vinyl through Zegema Beach (NA), Dingleberry Records, Arkan Records, and Dead Punx (all EU) on July 25th.

Preorder digital album here | Preorder vinyl here.

Darker Lakes LP:
  1. Ice Wrought
  2. Amber Guide
  3. Darker Lakes I - Moraine
  4. Embers Circling Downwards
  5. Darker Lakes II - Crater
  6. Bloom
  7. Ocean Burn
  8. Darker Lakes III - Glacial
  9. Low Moon

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

COUCH SLUT + NPR


"The provocatively named Brooklyn band looks to the miserable spew of Unsane, Today Is the Day and Oxbow to stir its own, but its second album, Contempt, is not without perverse beauty, dripping from the sludge."
–NPR Music

NPR Music presents the premiere of new Couch Slut song, "Company Picnic with Dust Off," from the Brooklyn band's upcoming sophomore album Contempt.

Listen, here:
http://www.npr.org/sections/allsongs/2017/06/27/534419452/hear-couch-sluts-mutant-noise-rocker-company-picnic-with-dust-off

"Company Picnic with Dust Off" chugs forward in the militant, minimal tradition of forefathers like Unsane and The Jesus Lizard – a real bulldozer. In contrast to the unshakeable noise-rocking of guitarist Kevin Wunderlich, bassist Kevin Hall, and drummer Theo Nobel, vocalist Megan Osztrosits groans and wails freely in a way that feels urgent, real, and cryptic. She rants with extreme purpose, like a very wasted person delivering an important message. Erupting into climactic peals of harmonics at the end, the song is a prime example of Couch Slut's ability to rattle a listener on two levels: it punches the gut and and tickles the brain. 

Contempt will be released July 28th on Gilead Media. Pre-order here:
https://gileadmedia.bandcamp.com/album/contempt

From Brooklyn, New York, Couch Slut shook the underground in 2014 with the release of its debut, My Life as a Woman. Gilead Media owner Adam Bartlett says this: "As a label that releases a fair amount of black metal, doom, and other varieties of 'extreme music,' the concept of visceral and transgressive art is nothing new to Gilead Media. But Contempt may stand as one of the most vicious and unnerving releases in the label's history."

Contempt was recorded by Couch Slut's Kevin Wunderlich and former member Amy Mills. It was mixed by Caley Monahan-Ward (Extra Life, Voice Coils) and mastered by James Plotkin (Leviathan, Sumac).

Photo by Roger Hayn

LESS ART + BrooklynVegan + Invisible Oranges


BrooklynVegan and sister site Invisible Oranges have teamed with Less Art to debut the band's new single, "Wandering Ghost."

"Wandering Ghost" appears on the band's upcoming debut album, Strangled Light, due out July 28th on Gilead Media.

Listen, here:
http://www.brooklynvegan.com/less-art-mem-thrice-kowloon-walled-city-curl-up-die-releasing-lp-touring-bv-presents/

And here:

http://www.invisibleoranges.com/less-art-mem-thrice-kowloon-walled-city-curl-up-die-releasing-lp-touring-bv-presents/

Less Art is the alliance of brothers Riley and Ed Breckenridge of Thrice, Ian Miller and Jon Howell of Kowloon Walled City, and Mike Minnick of Curl Up and DieOn debut album Strangled Light, these five veterans bash out their own new version of post-hardcore – the musicianship is world-class; the perspective is world-weary; the sound is fresh and urgent and crackling with feeling.

Strangled Light's nine songs add up to a modern, muscular incarnation of the vibe set forth years ago by bands like FugaziUnwound, and Drive Like Jehu. 
Like those bands, Less Art rages – emotionally-charged and electrifying – yet also knows how to wield dynamics as a weapon. "Wandering Ghost," premiered today, is a moody number that cuts deep with a lurching pulse and Minnick's candid lyrics about addiction.

Strangled Light was recorded and mixed by Kowloon Walled City frontman Scott Evans at Sharkbite Studios and Antisleep Audio, and mastered by Brad Boatright (Full of Hell, Mutoid Man) at Audiosiege.

Pre-order, here:
https://gileadmedia.bandcamp.com/album/strangled-light

Less Art will set out on a quick West Coast run in August, followed by East Coast dates with Vattnet in September.

Aug 4 - San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern
Aug 5 - Oakland, CA @ 1234 Go! Records
Aug 6 - Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room

Sep 14 - New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge - w/ Vattnet
Sep 15 - Boston, MA @ Middle East - w/ Vattnet
Sep 16 - Washington, DC @ Songbyrd - w/ Vattnet
Sep 17 - Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts - w/ Vattnet

Photo by Scott Evans