Wednesday, December 19, 2007

PAINT IT BLACK Announce Record Release Shows!

Announce Record Release Shows for "New Lexicon!"

"The most intelligent hardcore album of 2008. Paint it Black's most furious effort yet." - Alternative Press Magazine

"A standing army of old-school values" - Decibel Magazine

"No bullshit hardcore with pangs of melody and plenty of spots to catch your breath, only to have it torn from your mouth and choked to oblivion. Being pissed off never felt so good." -

"The sound of the eye-opening amazement that drew so many of us into punk and hardcore in the first place." -

Though it's a month before their new album comes out, PAINT IT BLACK has announced a two-day fest (of sorts) to celebrate the upcoming release of "New Lexicon," out February 19th on Jade Tree Records.

An album that front-man Dan Yemin proclaims "will bring punk rock back to year zero" - "New Lexicon" is a devastating, apocalyptic tour de force put together w/ the help of producer mastermind J Robbins, and avant-hiphop demi-gods, Dälek.

PAINT IT BLACK explains their upcoming record release extravaganza:

Hello Friends,
After weeks of waiting and months of planning, we're finally here with
the details of our record release weekend for "New Lexicon".

As you're hopefully aware by now, our new CD is coming out on Jade Tree in February (vinyl on Rivalry Records, CD on Reflections in Europe and Daymare in Japan), but when we sat down to start planning the shows, we were forced to confront the modern reality that these days release dates are next to meaningless. The thrill of going to the show, buying the record, then going home and having your first listen on a proper stereo has been supplanted by the burned CD-R, the leaked mp3.

So, we decided to get the jump on all that and hold our release shows well before any of that, and to further throw a wrench into the gears of the concept of the "punk rock music industry", decided it would be fun to simply GIVE the CD away to everyone who came to one of the shows. Everyone who comes to Saturday's show will get it. Free!

We've also always toyed with the idea of a "gig only" single, and since we've never released a 7", decided to press the one song
leftover from the "New Lexicon" recording sessions - "Goliath" - onto a one-sided 7" with a screened b-side. Everyone who comes to Sunday's show will get it. Free!
This particular record is resolutely "gig only", and will only be available at this show -- if there's any left, we're destroying them at the end of the show. Not joking.

But don't get too distracted by the trappings of material possessions; really, this weekend is about curating a weekend of DIY punk fun in our favourite city in the world. There are over a dozen exciting and diverse bands spread over the three days of shows, so we hope you can come hang out with us. If we're not friends yet, by the end of the weekend, we will be.

Here are the full details for the two First Unitarian Church shows:

Saturday January 5th 2008 3:00pm * matinee *
PAINT IT BLACK (Record Release Show!)
+ 1 More Very Special Band TBA

*** Everyone who comes to the show will receive a FREE COPY of
the new PAINT IT BLACK CD, "New Lexicon", a month and a half before
it's released to stores! Seriously! ***

At The First Unitarian Church

(2125 Chestnut Street In Philadelphia, PA)
All Ages / $12 / Tickets At & Relapse Records Shop Click Here To Purchase Advance Tickets!

Sunday January 6th 2008 6:30pm
PAINT IT BLACK (Record Release Show!)
THE HOPE CONSPIRACY (Only East Coast Appearance!)
+ 1 More Very Special Band TBA

*** Everyone who comes to the show will receive a FREE COPY of
the new PAINT IT BLACK 7", "Goliath", a one-sided record w/ a screened
b-side containing a song exclusive to this release which will ONLY BE

At The First Unitarian Church
(2125 Chestnut Street In Philadelphia, PA)
All Ages / $12 / Tickets At & Relapse Records Shop Click Here To Purchase Advance Tickets!

...And for everyone traveling to Philadelphia for the shows, we've put
together a Friday night pre-party/show with some killer bands and a
Saturday night afterparty with "celebrity" DJs and bands. Details for
both of those will be forthcoming shortly, so stay tuned!

See you soon!



So there you go friends, PAINT IT BLACK is revitalizing all that is punk rock and truly bringing something special to their fans. What better way to start the new year.

About "New Lexicon"

Paint it Black talks to about the making of "New Lexicon" HERE!

Late Night Wallflower reviews Paint it Black Live @ The Fest HERE!

Overproduction has the reputation of detoothing our monsters.

Paint it Black’s New Lexicon was not cheap or easy to produce. It involves the work of two renowned engineers whose studio history include Against Me!, Jets to Brazil, Jawbreaker and Texas is the Reason. But rest assured, it’s gritty, thunderous and ugly, just the way hardcore punk should be.

Rather than straining to re-create “lo-fi” in a studio, New Lexicon pushes the soundboard to the limit, bringing waves of crashing layers to the speakers. With little debate, this is their finest hour - or, half-hour, anyway. In keeping with punk classics from the Circle Jerks and the Descendents, New Lexicon’s 15 songs clock in at a dizzying total of 30 minutes, 26 seconds.

Frontman Dan Yemin says he hasn’t been this excited about a recording of his own since Lifetime’s landmark Hello Bastards.

New Lexicon, the group’s third full-length, marks Paint It Black’s first recording with new drummer Jared Shavelson (Hope Conspiracy, None More Black). Guest vocals from Jeff Pezati (Naked Raygun) appear on album closer “Shell Game Redux.” Still, many of the best surprises occur behind the scenes.

Tracked at J. Robbins’ Magpie Cage studio in Baltimore, MD., the album’s raw recording quakes with the same pulsing aggression as Modern Life is War or Black Cross. One of Robbins’ most aggressive hardcore albums to date, New Lexicon brings the bass to the forefront, rumbling with a distorted grit unseen since the Bad Brains ROIR sessions. (No, seriously.)

“Most indie or underground artists are guitar nuts, treating the bass as an afterthought,” says Yemin. “Especially with heavy music, everyone is obsessed with a thick guitar sound to sound aggressive. I’ve been frustrated with that for years.”

The solution? Take the recording to someone who unequivocally understands the importance of low end, someone with a punk background now working in hip hop: Oktopus of the apocalyptic hip hop duo Dalek. Known for his dark, cinematic production (think the RZA soundtracking the Exorcist), Oktopus samples and stretches the existing sounds of feedback, bass booms and cymbal crashes into haunting ambient interludes and serpentine waves trailing behind the buzz saw riffs.

Such studio effects could easily have gotten out of hand. But this is no attempt at “industrial-core” or a turntable-mosh disaster. Instead, disparate influences like Minor Threat, My Bloody Valentine, Swans, Deadguy and Mogwai merge together as a cohesive whole. Rather than gimmick, the co-production approach to New Lexicon aims at clarifying a brooding tone already at the heart of Paint It Black’s sound.

Dan Yemin – Vocals
Josh Agran – Guitar
Andy Nelson – Bass
Jared Shavelson – Drums

"New Lexicon" Track Listing:
1. The Ledge
2. Four Deadly Venoms
3. We Will Not
4. Past Tense, Future Perfect
5. Missionary Position
6. White Kids Dying of Hunger
7. Gravity Wins
8. Dead Precedents
9. The Beekeeper
10. Check Yr Math
11. So Much for Honour Among Thieves
12. New Folk Song
13. Saccharine
14. Severance
15. Shell Game Redux

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