Thursday, March 31, 2011
Quintron and Miss Pussycat Announce US Tour Dates in Support of New Album, "Sucre Du Sauvage," Out April 12th on Goner Records
"For most artists, the recording process is an intimate experience that sees them locked away from the world months at a time. However, in the case of Quintron and the creation of his new record, Sucre De Sauvage, the New Orleans-based “Swamp-Tech” musician chose to go an entirely different route." - Consequence of Sound
Quintron and Miss Pussycat have just announced their first full US tour to support their upcoming new album, "Sucre Du Sauvage," out next month on Memphis-based Goner Records.
After a successful run of dates leading up to and following this year's SXSW marathon in Austin, including performances at this year's Mardis Gras festivals and first ever Bruise Cruise event w/ Black Lips and more, the cult-worshipped "swamp-tech" duo will set out on two months worth on non-stop touring, including close to 50 dates, and accompanied by guests Wizzard Sleeve, Super Nice Bros, CAVES, and more.
From January 29th through May 2nd of 2010, Quintron punched a time clock and reported to work at NOMA (New Orleans Museum of Art) to write and record a new album (entitled "SUCRE DU SAUVAGE") in a public gallery space. The official title of the entire exhibit, which also included a Drum Buddy retrospective and an enormous Miss Pussycat puppet display, was “Parallel Universe – Quintron and Miss Pussycat Live In City Park.” Quintron's intent behind the museum recording studio was not to entertain visiting museum goers with any kind of performance, but to completely ignore them and go about the business of making this record. When needed, viewers would be pulled into the process and used for backing vocals, hand claps, grunting, etc.
During the final seven days of recording, Quintron chose to imprison himself within the museum and its surrounding grounds - a beautiful swampy nature preserve called “New Orleans City Park.” He would roam the park by night making field recordings and then weave them into the final mixes of the album by day. The week concluded with a blindfolded listening party in the NOMA auditorium (see album cover).
The result of this experiment is a severely schizophrenic dual album. Part one is Quintron writing the way he usually does but with far wider instrumentation. Tympani, vibraphone, whistling, and tape loops join the ranks of Drum Buddy and electric organ. There is also a noticeable increase in the number of chords used per song compared to previous Quintron albums - like from one chord to maybe more than one chord. There are also two dreamy Miss Pussycat tunes entitled "Banana Beat" and "Spirit Hair." You can hear noise and field recordings creeping into this first half of “SUCRE DU SAUVAGE,” attempting to take over the songs but failing.
In part two the noise and field recordings win the battle hands down as music and structure completely give over to the urge to let all these disparate sounds join hands and run wild. Electronic and acoustic instruments blur together with ducks, insects, birds, water, and even museum elevators until they all become brutal hypnotic madness.
The NOMA sessions produced literally thousands of hours of tape. What you have here is the cream of that crop - the sucre du sauvage. There was no post production or overdubs. When the exhibit closed, the album was finished. It is what it is and it probably ain't happening again any time soon.
“SUCRE DU SAUVAGE” FUN FACT:
For visual inspiration, The New Orleans Museum Of Art allowed Quintron to curate the paintings that were hung on the walls of his recording studio from their extensive permanent collection. He chose only female portraits (mostly from the 19th century) and one portrait of George Washington, America's first president.
Quintron and Miss Pussycat Live!
5/20 Birmingham, AL – Bottle Tree *
5/21 Atlanta, GA - the Earl *
5/23 Savannah, GA - The Jinx ^
5/24 Raleigh, NC – Kings Barcade ^
5/25 Richmond, VA - Strange Matter ^
5/26 Baltimore, MD - Golden West ^
5/27 Washington D.C. - Red Palace ^
5/28 Brooklyn – 285 Kent Ave ^
5/29 Danbury, CT - BOMB FEST @
5/31 Montreal, Canada - Il Motore
6/01 Toronto, Canada - Horse Shoe
6/02 Detroit - Lager House
6/03 Kalamazoo - The Strutt
6/04 Chicago, IL - Do Division Festival
6/05 Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club #
6/6 Iowa City, IA - Wherehouse #
6/07 Louisville, KY - Zanzabar #
6/08 Columbia, MO - Mojo’s #
6/09 Kansas City, MO - Record Bar #
6/10 Hot Springs, IA - Low Key Arts #
6/11 Memphis, TN - Hi Tone #
6/12 Nashville, TN - The End #
6/14 St. Louis, MO - Firebird #
6/15 Lincoln, NE – Knockerbockers #
6/16 Des Moines, IA - Vaudeville Mews #
6/17 Minneapolis, MN – Turf Club
6/18 Fargo, ND- The Aquarium
6/21 Winnipeg, Canada - Pyramid Cabaret (Winnipeg Jazz Festival) !
6/23 Calgary @ Sled Island
6/24 Calgary @ Sled Island
6/25 Calgary @ Sled Island
6/28 Vancouver, BC - Biltmore
6/29 Bellingham, WA - Shakedown
6/30 Olympia, WA - Northern %
7/01 Seattle, WA – Chop Suey
7/02 Portland, OR - EAST END
7/04 Eureka, CA - The Alibi
7/05 San Francisco –Bottom of the Hill
7/06 Sacramento- The Hub
7/07 Fullerton, CA – The Continental
7/08 LA, CA – The Smell
7/09 San Diego, CA – The Casbah
7/10 Palm Springs, CA - Kings Highway Room (Ace Hotel)
7/12 Santa Fe, NM- VFW Hall
7/21 Dallas, TX - TBA
7/22 Austin, TX – Red 7
7/23 Houston, TX – Super Happy Fun Land
7/24 Lafayette, LA - Blue Moon
7/25 New Orleans, LA - SIBERIA
* w/ Wizzard Sleeve
^ w/ Super Nice Bros
# w/ CAVE
! w/ Pujol
% w/ The Hive Dwellers, Angelo Spencer
@ HEALTH, Dam-Funk, Snoop Dog, Weezer, & more
“SUCRE DU SAUVAGE” TRACK LIST
1. Ring The Alarm
2. Face Down in the Gutter
3. New Years Night (Boogie Children)
4. Kicked Out of Zolar X
5. Banana Beat
6. Sucre Du Sauvage
7. All Night Right of Way
8. Spirit Hair
10. Deer in the Clouds
12. Train Ride
13. Jazz Bar
Quintron has been making genre-defying noise and "Swamp-Tech" dance music in New Orleans for over fifteen years. The majority of his 12 full-length albums have the psychedelic soul of New Orleans garage R&B filtered through a tough distorted Hammond B-3 and a cache of self-made electronic instruments. He has also released strange soundscapes based on inner-city field recordings of frogs and neighborhood ambiance. Quintron regards his most significant creation to be his patented instrument called the DRUM BUDDY, a light activated analog synthesizer that creates murky, low-fidelity, rhythmic patterns. Notable DRUM BUDDY clients include performers Nels Cline of Wilco, Laurie Anderson, Fred Armisen, and DJ Mr. Dibbs.
About Miss Pussycat:
Miss Pussycat is a New Orleans based photographer and puppeteer who has toured the world with Quintron for the past 15 year conducting puppet shows in rock clubs and at international festivals. Her three full-length movies, North Pole Nutrias (2002), Electric Swamp (2005), and most recently Trixie and The Treetrunks (commissioned by VBS TV in 2007), have featured the voices of numerous New Orleans musical, political, and literary celebrities. In addition to her full length puppet movies she has also worked on several puppet-cast music videos and will definitely be creating one or two for "SUCRE DU SAUVAGE"!
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Exclusive Stream: Balance And Composure’s “Quake”
Check out this exclusive stream of "Quake" from Balance And Composure's debut full-length, Separation, out May 10 on No Sleep Records.
(((Read more and stream "Quake" here!)))
La Dispute Announce Split Release w/ Koji * US Tour Dates w/ Defeater, Native, Former Thieves and More!
"Traveling, hanging out, and playing music. Three of our favorite things with three of our favorite bands and closest friends. Split with Koji to be released soon, studio time booked, and a new full length very much on the horizon. Couldn't be more excited. Come say hello." - Jordan Dreyer / La Dispute
La Dispute is set to head out on their first official headline tour following the release of "Somewhere At The Bottom Of The River Between Vega And Altair" via No Sleep Records in November 2008. The band has kept busy touring in support of their debut ever since. The support for the recent set of dates comes from Defeater (who released their second album, "Endless Days and Sleepless Nights," on March 8th via Bridge 9), Native (Sargent House), and Former Thieves (who will release their debut album "The Language That We Speak" via No Sleep Records on April 19th).
La Dispute has also announced they will be releasing a new split 12" with their good friend, singer/songwriter/activist Koji, via No Sleep Records on May 3rd, 2011. Songs were recorded by Thursday's Andrew Everding and Mark Michalik respectively, and preorders are available now at the No Sleep Records Webstore.
La Dispute is five close friends from the Upper Midwest with a firm passion for the concept of music and art as a medium for making new friends. As a result, La Dispute makes (or strives to make) music that is both artistically, technically, and emotionally engaging in hopes of establishing legitimate connections with any and all interested people, while encouraging dialogue between those people and themselves about things in life that truly matter and that truly last. La Dispute also carries a firm passion for the relevance of a live show, both for the bands involved and for the people in attendance, and will go to the grave believing that the environment created when strangers come together despite their differences to celebrate one important thing is invaluable and should not under any circumstances be taken for granted.
* La Dispute will be in the studio this Spring with Thursday's Andrew Everding finishing their still untitled second album for No Sleep, which is expected to come out early this the Fall. 12" available in 3 colors, limited t-shirt only available w/ pre-orders of split release (lp must be in cart to purchase shirt) - vinyl is one-sided w/ etching on the b-side. All pre-orders while supplies last receive a free 1" button.
La Dispute Live!
w/ Defeater, Native, Former Thieves
Thu 5/5/11 Magic Stick - Detroit, MI tickets
Fri 5/6/11 Beat Kitchen - Chicago, IL tickets
Sat 5/7 House Cafe - Dekalb, IL
Sun 5/8 Vaudeville Mews - Des Moines, IA
Mon 5/9 Outland Ballroom - Springfield, MO
Tue 5/10 Hi Tone Cafe - Memphis, TN
Wed 5/11 Rocketown - Nashville, TN tickets
Thu 5/12 The Firehouse, Birmingham, AL
Fri 5/13 Sweet Melissa's - Savannah, GA
Sat 5/14 New Brookland Tavern - Columbia, SC tickets
Sun 5/15 The Brewery - Raleigh, NC
Tue 5/17 Canal Club - Richmond, VA tickets
Wed 5/18 Charm City Art Space - Baltimore, MD
Thu 5/19 Archway Center - Altoona, PA tickets
Fri 5/20 Altar Bar - Pittsburgh, PA (w/ Cave In)
Sat 5/21 Krazy Fest - Louisville, KY tickets
Sun 5/22 The Barbary - Philadelphia, PA tickets
Mon 5/23 Webster Underground - Hartford, CT tickets
Tue 5/24 Studio at Webster Hall - New York, NY
Wed 5/25 Palladium (upstairs) - Worcester, MA tickets
Thu 5/26 Underworld - Montreal, QC tickets
Fri 5/27 Wreck Room - Toronto, ON tickets
Sat 5/28 Bled Fest - Howell, MI tickets
La Dispute / Koji "Never Come Undone" Track List
1. La Dispute - Sunday Morning At A Funeral
2. Koji - Peacemaker
3. La Dispute - Last Blues
4. Koji - Biomusicology
For more information, visit:
La Dispute Webstore
"Davis' music is awash in bouncy hooks and sing-along refrains, but a close listen to his lyrics reveals sharp pain and an obsession with conflicted relationships." - NPR
Title Tracks is a band from Washington, D.C. that began in 2008, as John Davis decided to start a solo project after several years playing in the bands Q And Not U and Georgie James (not to mention side gigs as a fanzine publisher, DJ, record label head and more). As Georgie James was breaking up in the spring of 2008, John went into his practice space and put together an album's worth of new songs. In the summer of 2008, Title Tracks began to play shows with a lineup of John on guitar and vocals, Michael Cotterman on bass, Meredith Munoz on guitar/keyboards/backing vocals and Andrew Black on drums. Later that fall, that lineup recorded the debut Title Tracks 7", "Every Little Bit Hurts"/"Found Out," which was released by Dischord in April 2009.
A few months before the Dischord release, John went back into the practice space and, along with producer/engineer Nick Anderson, recorded the first Title Tracks album, "It Was Easy." Having written all of the parts to all of the songs, John wanted to see what it would be like to play and sing everything on an album. He nearly succeeded, though Kriston Capps played saxophone on "No, Girl" and Tracyanne Campbell (from Camera Obscura) sang on "No, Girl" and "Tougher Than The Rest." As enjoyable as it was for him to play everything, he also
realized he missed having a band on the record and would come back to that concept for his next recording.
Following the release of the Dischord single in April 2009, Meredith moved away from D.C. and was replaced in the live band by Nick. In February 2010, "It Was Easy" was released by Ernest Jenning Record Co. (with the vinyl being a co-release with Safety Meeting Records). This lineup of the band (John, Nick, Michael, Andrew) toured around the U.S. throughout 2010 with the likes of Pretty & Nice and Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, as well as one-offs with kindred spirits like Tommy Keene, The Points, The Paul Collins Beat and plenty more. In late
Summer of 2010, Nick left the band and John, Michael and Andrew settled into the current trio format of the live band.
Throughout 2010, John set about writing another record, this time exploring more of his passion for the biting, taut power pop of some of his favorite bands like The Mice, The Vertebrats and The Nerves, as well as Stiff-era Any Trouble and Nick Lowe. These songs were recorded in November 2010 by Nick Anderson at The Bastille (in Arlington, VA.) and will be released as the album, "In Blank," in April 2011 by The Ernest Jenning Record Co. (the vinyl is a co-release with Windian Records). As with the first record, John wrote all of the songs and parts on “In Blank,” but this time Michael
and Andrew joined him for the recording.
Following the recording of "In Blank," Andrew moved from D.C. and was
replaced in the live band by Mike Sneeringer and Elmer Sharp
(depending on the show). The new live lineup will tour the U.S. and Europe in 2011. Both “It Was Easy” and “In Blank” have been licensed in Europe to a German label, Gunner Records, who will be issuing them in the Spring of 2011.
“In Blank” contains 10 original songs from John, as well as a cover of
the Flamin’ Groovies song, “I Can’t Hide.” The mood on the new record is 32 minutes of nearly unflagging kinetic push from start to finish and is mixed in glorious mono. Starting with “Shaking Hands” (“a tongue-in-cheek glorification of a solipsistic apocalypse,” John says) and ending with “Winners Cry” (about “tattered friendships and the pursuit of oblivion”), the record only slows down very slightly at the halfway mark for “Forget The Ghost,” a spectral song cloaked in a wash of Doric organ, an insistent tandem of acoustic guitar and kick drum and a bass line that walks the song like the titular phantoms. “It’s about feeling like you’ve maybe exorcised the worst parts of yourself,” John explains, “as told through a few ghost stories I’ve been a part of and/or heard at points in my life.”
Elsewhere on “In Blank,” you’ll hear:
“All Tricks”: “a diss track,” John reports. “Just making fun of a lot of what I come across in the music world.”
“Cain And The Twigs”: “After wandering the Earth for ages, Cain was supposedly ultimately banished to the Moon with nothing to his name but a bundle of twigs. This reminded me of someone I knew who had left town fairly ignominiously, so the song kind of pokes fun at that person.”
“Turn Your Face”: “Probably my favorite of the bunch. I would never want to go back to being who I was in the past but that doesn’t mean I don’t sometimes yearn for some perceived simplicity that I think I used to possess, I guess. This whole record is pretty much about change, whether you want things to change or not, and this song is where I feel I address that best.”
“No Air”: “About artists whose real skill, fleeting or not, is that they don’t have anything to say but still seem to interest people by the tropes they use when they say it.”
“Clench Your Fist (A Little Closer To Me)”: “That one is about forgiveness and about realizing that I can often do wrong, even when I’m right.”
“Light Sleepers”: “Saying good luck to those who leave you”
“It’s Wrong”: “Robert Goddard said something like ‘God pity a one-dream man’ and that’s sort of what this is about.”
TITLE TRACKS DISCOGRAPHY
"Every Little Bit Hurts"/"Found Out" 7" - Dischord - April 2009
"It Was Easy" CD/LP - The Ernest Jenning Record Co./Safety Meeting - February 2010
"In Blank" CD/LP - The Ernest Jenning Record Co./Windian Records - April 2011
"In Blank" Track List
1. Shaking Hands
2. Turn Your Face * stream
3. Clench Your Fist (A Little Closer To Me)
4. Light Sleepers
5. I Can't Hide
6. Forget The Ghost
7. All Tricks * download
8. Cain And The Twigs
9. No Air
10. It's Wrong
11. Winners Cry
Title Tracks Live
European Tour Dates
24.03. DE, Dresden - Beatpol +AN PIERLE & WHITE VELVET
25.03. DE, Leipzig - Zoro +STEVE ADAMYK BAND +SONIC AVENUES
26.03. IT, Verona - Interzona
27.03. IT, Pescara - Mono Spazio Bari
28.03. IT, Bari - Taverna Vecchia del Maltese
30.03. IT, Villadossola (Vb) - Titty Twister
31.03. DE, Gießen - AK44 +CAVES
01.04. DE, Bremen - Friesenstrasse +LES ASPIRATEURS
02.04. DE, Braunschweig - Nexus +LES ASPIRATEURS +KÄFER K
03.04. DE, Berlin - Privatclub +LES ASPIRATEURS
04.04. DE, Hamburg - Gruener Jaeger +GNILL
05.04. DK, Aalborg - 1000fryd
07.04. DE, Munster - Gleiss 22 +TRIP FOUNTAIN
08.04. CH, Luzern - Treibhaus
09.04. CH, Winterthur - Kraftfeld +HADDOCKS
10.04. DE, Munich - Orangehouse/Feierwerk +AN HORSE +PERISCOPE
11.04. CZ, Prague - 007
12.04. DE, Nurnberg - K4 +TRIP FONTAIN +SEX JAMS
13.04. DE, Würzburg - TBA
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Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Sharp And Ready, Lil Daggers Debut
Now that another South by Southwest festival has wrapped up, music fans can catch their collective breath before attempting to sift through the scores of up-and-comers that debuted in Austin.
Post-festival, new bands tend to move in one of three ways: Breaking out and gaining a national audience, riding the buzz for a few more months (or years) before blowing up, or going home to toil in obscurity...maybe forever. Miami-based psych-rockers Lil Daggers made the rounds at SXSW in 2009 but didn't quite rocket to blog and viral video-fueled stardom. Instead, like a savvy young band should, the group used that momentum to tour and record material. The result isn't quite as glamorous as becoming overnight sensations, but in the two years since their turn at SXSW, Lil Daggers have built up a strong library of EPs and 10" records. The band is finally about to drop (on April 12) its first full-length, Lil Daggers--and it ain't half bad.
(((Read more here!)))
Wharf Rats (P.O.S / Anti-Flag) Premiere New Music at Spin.com * Announce Debut Release May 2011 on No Sleep Records
EXCLUSIVE: Anti-Flag, P.O.S. Team as Wharf Rats
When bands tour the country each year in the punk rock bacchanal that is Warped Tour, many party hard and BBQ even harder. But sometimes, true collaboration emerges on the road, like Wharf Rats, the new musical partnership between Chris #2 of Anti-Flag and Minneapolis rapper P.O.S., which was conceived on Warped Tour and recorded in the festival's traveling recording studio.
"All of us had expressed interest in working together in some way or another," P.O.S. tells SPIN of the project, which also features members of Alexisonfire and the AKAs. "Warped Tour has lots of down time and the John Lennon Bus, this super, way-too-nice mobile recording studio. It was really fun -- we all like making things."
Two songs emerged from those sessions -- "Oh No!" and "Capital Gains," the latter of which you can hear here. Both will be pressed on a limited edition 7-inch single set for physical release on May 31 via No Sleep Records.
(((Read more and stream "Capital Gains" here!)))
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
"No Ghost is relentlessly catchy, a collection of post-hardcore freakouts and math rock seizures reassembled with immensely pleasing results." - MetalSucks
"With only a couple of releases under their belt, the Miami trio has developed a
great formula. Maniacally playing with and against each other, they demand your
attention to detail. A fluid combination of cross-eyed songwriting and
methodical execution, the band’s precision is all that keeps the tangle of riffs
and time changes from giving you vertigo." - Decibel Magazine
"A band that has always impressed with over-the-top technicality piles hooks into their math-y post-hardcore to great effect. Dig on exhibit A from No Ghost, 'Neuralize So Numb'" - BrooklynVegan
Capsule was born June 2005 in Miami, Florida, when Eric Hernandez and Colin Smith decided to procreate and spawn a hellion forged of speed, ferocity, and limitless expectation, yet delicate and graceful and seemingly impervious to categorization and formula subjection. Eric and Colin had previously cut their
teeth on punk / power violence and post-hardcore with groups like Tunes For Bears
To Dance To and Tyanny of Shaw – both featuring drummer Rick Smith from Torche/Shitstorm - as well as other groups in the Miami area and beyond (Colin played drums in Dead Lions, Devices, We’re Scissors,etc., while Eric, an ex-member of metal heroes Kylesa, played in various recording projects as well as Contrabass in the Florida International University symphony).
After their first release on Robotic Empire (a seven song EP on tape recorded
by Eric – drums/bass/vocals, and Colin –guitars/vocals) the duo recruited Ryan Haft (bass/vocals) and Capsule’s road dog approach to touring ensued with
tours from 2005-2008 with bands like Torche, Brainworms, Graf ‘Orlock , Comadre,
Furnace, Birthday Boyz, Thank God, and others as well as a slew of splits and
In 2008 Capsule released their debut LP Blue on Robotic Empire, a record that culminates the fruits of their previous releases in ten tracks at just past the half hour mark; Capsule’s signature riff-to-face guitars and start/blast/stop drumming are prevalent, as well as the searing mid-shred pick slides and towering feedback swells, yet there are progressive –and often epic- elements that upsurge through the tidal wave of layered vocal choruses, unsettling blast beat shifts, and seemingly other- worldly melodies wielded through a current of undeniable hooks and dissonance. Along with hyper speed tracks ‘Cobalt Connection’ and ‘Symptom of Spectacle’, Blue broadens the scope with slower tempo-tantrums like ‘Title Track’ and the sludge crawl climax of ‘Determinal’, proving that Capsule’s brand of fast-paced, no-boundaries thrash was only the tip of the iceberg.
As far as what to expect from this uncompromising steamroller of high volume
and vast devastation, Capsule's new album, "No Ghost" is set for release on April 12th via Rorschach Records (Amateur Party, Ultra Dolphins, Brainworms) and was recorded between October 2009 and July 2010 by Ryan Haft (guitars). The album is packed with the kind of punches you'd expect from the band including standouts "Neuralize So Numb" (short, fast, and pissed), "Small Caps" (still fast and pissed, but it’s all about the hooks on this track), and "Outline" (shows it doesn’t have to be fast to be short and sweet).
Drummer Eric Hernandez says of the new album "It was great since we could really take our time on it; we did some touring in between making the record and the songs would sink in and begin to take shape as we’d play them live, then we’d get back to the studio and re-record a guitar or vocal track and it would take the song in a different direction that we didn’t think of a month before. In a way we got to see/hear the record from multiple perspectives and take the time to re-visit what we’d already done so we can take it a step further. The process was similar with Blue (recording, touring, recording), but this time we could literally wake up, fix up some lucky charms, and hit the record button; the music starts to feel like a family member that you’ve watched grow since birth, and that closeness with the music was something we didn’t have with Blue.
We’re psyched it worked out with Rorschach records, who are also based out of
Richmond, VA. We really feel at home in Richmond thanks to Robotic Empire, so
it's just a natural step for us."
Capsule are out to put their own stamp on extreme music, and the ink is starting to soak.
"No Ghost" Track List
Neuralize So Numb
Small Caps / Outline
Gown of Frost
Mar 15- Orlando,FL @ Wills Pub
Mar 16- Gainesville, FL @ Wayward Council
Mar 17- Athens, GA @ Flicker Bar
Mar 18- Nashville,TN @ Little Hamilton Collective
Mar 19- Indianapolis, IN @ The DojoMar 20- Chicago, IL @ Kostner House
Mar 21- Grand Rapids, Mi @ DAAC
Mar 22- Cleveland, OH @ Now That's Class
Mar 23- Pittsburgh, PA @ Garfield Arts
Mar 24- Bethlehem, PA @ St.Bernards
Mar 25 - NYC ,NY @ The Acheron
Mar 26- Boston, MA @ OBriens (two shows)
Mar 27 -NYC, NY @ Silent Barn
Mar 28- Philadelphia, PA @ Marvelous Records
Mar 29- Baltimore, MD @ The Bell Foundry
Mar 30- Washington, DC @ Corpse Fortress
Mar 31 -Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
April 1-Greensboro, NC @ Legitimate Business
April 2 -Harrisonburg, VA @ Macrock (Blue Nile)
April 3 -Chapel Hill, NC @ The Resevoir
April 4 -Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern
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Thursday, March 10, 2011
Balance and Composure Announce Debut Album "Separation" Out May 10th * US Tour w/ Dredge, The Dear Hunter and More!
According to Balance and Composure, they can be loud, quiet and everything in between. A pretty apt description in a nutshell. Once you get down to an intricate school of thought, though, the lyricism of singer/guitarists Jonathan Simmons and Andrew Slaymaker show things in a different light. Having all met in the Philadelphia suburb of Doylestown, PA through mutual projects during their high school years, Balance and Composure decided to start what they called a "real band" once former projects dissolved. Once completing the formation of the band, Balance and Composure hit the ground running and have yet to look back.
A sonic assault melding influences such as Sunny Day Real Estate, Neutral Milk Hotel and Nirvana, their upcoming full length "Separation" adheres to the band's namesake. A cohesive listen of anthemic and melodic guitar blitzes with poignant lyricism, rhythmic thrusts and an abrasive pop knack in its overall deliverance, "Separation" churns in a fortified enclave of guitar fuzz and impending rhythms that drive heavily. Balance and Composure may wear their love for early 90's underground alt rock on their sleeves, but they are in no way merely a "throwback" band as much as they are an outfit who respects their influences, and pushes them forward into brash sonic terrortory with the us vs. the world ethos of geniune punk rock.
After self releasing their first EP “I Just Want To Be Pure” in 2008, followed by their "Only Boundaries" EP and split EP with Tigers Jaw, both on No Sleep Records, Balance and Composure are now on the verge of releasing their debut full length, "Separation," out May 10th, 2011 on No Sleep Records.
* More details including album art, track list, and new music off "Separation" coming soon!
Balance and Composure Live
w/ Make Do and Mend
March 11th- Plains, PA: Unnamed Venue w/ Tigers Jaw
March 12th- Baltimore, MD: Charm City Art’s Space w/ Pianos Become The Teeth
March 13th- Cleveland, OH: Now That’s Class
March 14th- Cincinnati, OH: Fogarty’s
March 15th- Nashville, TN: Rocketown
March 18th - Austin, TX / SXSW The Scoot Inn (Thrasher Magazine Party)
March 19th - Austin, TX / SXSW Emo's (Alternative Press Magazine Showcase)
w/ Dredg + The Dear Hunter
Tue 5/3 Los Angeles, CA Roxy
Wed 5/4 Los Angeles, CA Roxy
Thu 5/5 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
Fri 5/6 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
Sat 5/7 Sacramento, CA Ace of Spades
Tue 5/10 Salt Lake City, UT Avalon Theatre
Wed 5/11 Denver, CO Marquis Theatre
Fri 5/13 St. Louis, MO The Firebird
Sat 5/14 Chicago, IL The Bottom Lounge
Sun 5/15 Pontiac, MI The Eagle Theatre
Mon 5/16 Cleveland Heights, OH Grog Shop
Wed 5/18 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
Thu 5/19 New York, NY Highline Ballroom
Fri 5/20 Philadelphia, PA The Trocadero
Sat 5/21 Baltimore, MD Bourbon Street
Mon 5/23 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
Wed 5/25 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
Thu 5/26 Houston, TX The Studio @ Warehouse Live
Fri 5/27 Austin, TX Emo's
Sat 5/28 Dallas, TX Granada Theatre
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Tuesday, March 8, 2011
MP3: TS & The Past Haunts Show How To ‘Caveman Rock’ (FILTER Exclusive)
TS & The Past Haunts may be a new ensemble, but the members are no stranger to the scene.
While out on the road with The Duke Spirit as tour manager, Travis Shettel’s (guitarist, singer and ring-leader of the band Piebald) musical past was discovered and he was asked to assist the band in the studio on keys and percussion. Since The Duke Spirit had their own full schedule, Travis had to look elsewhere to find members that could perform live with him. Cue drummer Ben and bassist Heather Heywood. A married duo who front bands such as Summer Darling and Kissing Cousins. TS & The Past Haunts were born.
Now the trio is planning to record a full-length with Robert Cheek (RX Bandits, Deftones) in Sacramento, recording live to capture the raw energy of their performances.
TS & The Past Haunts will debut their full-length album this summer on No Sleep Records.
(((Read more and download "Caveman Rock" here!)))
Friday, March 4, 2011
"When California Falls into The Sea", the product of more than a year's work, finds Caminiti shifting away from the evocation of the land elements and towards the urban - the coarseness of blood on the streets and people living in squalor juxtaposed with beautiful, fleeting moments like sun reflecting off of glass buildings into dingy puddles - to produce a dialogue where guitars float through the air weightlessly, weaving around each other like butterflies and other moments that are more solitary, monolithic excursions into the night.
"When California Falls Into The Sea" Track List:
1. Heavy Whisper
2. For Now The Streets Are Nearly Silent
3. Trembling Moon
4. Reflections in Puddles
5. World Goes Dark
7. A Single Flame
8. Woven Into The Moon
9. Burning A Hole Through The Sky
10. With Fog As My Blanket
11. The Obsidian Curtain
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Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Laurel Halo Remixes Extra Life
Occasionally overlooked New York BTW Extra Life have trimmed down to a saxophone-free trio and are set to release a more electronic-leaning four-song vinyl/digital EP, Ripped Heart. It was produced beautifully by Colin Marston (Krallice, Gorguts, etc.). In additional to the vinyl, there are four bonus remix tracks by Laurel Halo, Xiu Xiu, Former Ghosts, and Brooklyn black metal punks Liturgy. Laurel Halo’s remix of “Strong Brother, Weak Brother” demolishes the anthemic, surprisingly poppy original and finds a pretty lift-off in the rubble.
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Exclusive: Former Thieves Premiere “Trust Fund Kids” Off of Their Upcoming Debut
REVOLVER: What’s this song about?
JOSH SPARKS: Bad people in great situations
Which part of it did you come up with first? And what was the inspiration?
They sort of happened in tandem with one another. Musically it was riffs we’d had floating around for quite a while and finally felt we had a direction for.
Was this an easy song to write or record? Why or why not?
Yes, actually it turned out to be both. We wrote the song literally a week before we went to Seattle to record. The song took three days to complete, so we had just enough time to get it solid before the studio and not enough time to over think it while we were in the studio.
What sort of feedback have you gotten on this song so far?
Great so far. Stylistically it stands out a bit more than our other material, mostly due to the D-beat in the first half of the song, and that’s been a positive. Honestly, I think it’s collectively one of our favorite songs on the record.
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