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Slaughter Beach, Dog – Fish Fry

Slaughter Beach Dog BirdieSlaughter Beach, Dog, have premiered a new song from their recently announced their new record, Birdie, which will be coming out October 27th on Lame-O Records. Pre-orders for Birdie are available physically here and digitally here via Lame-O Records, in the UK/Europe via Big Scary Monsters Records here, and in Australia via Cooking Vinyl here.

Listen to the new song “Fish Fry” below.

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Video: New Found Glory – The Sound Of Two Voices

New Found GloryPop-punk veterans New Found Glory have premiered a new music video for the song “The Sound Of Two Voices.”  The song is from the recent disc, Makes Me Sick, which dropped back on April 28, 2017 via Hopeless Records.  

Watch the video below.

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Small Circle Streams New LP In Full

Small CirclePhiladelphia indie pop band Small Circle, featuring Charlie Singer of Sorority Noise, have premiered a full stream of their debut LP, Cyclical, and will hit retailers on September 8, 2017 via Flower Girl Records

Listen to the disc below.

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Jaya The Cat Announce New Album; Premiere Music Video

Jaya the CatAmsterdam based, American reggae punks Jaya The Cat have announced details for their next full length.  The disc will be titled A Good Day For The Damned and is set to drop on November 17, 2017 via Bomber Music. The album follows their 2012 record, The New International Sound Of Hedonism. 

Coinciding with the announcement, the band has premiered a music video for the song “Sweet Eurotrash,” which can be heard below.

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Rebuilder Stream New EP In Full

Rebuilder SFTMTBoston’s Rebuilder recently released their new EP on September 1st.  The disc is titled Sounds From The Massachusetts Turnpike, and is out now via Panic State Records

Listen to the full disc here courtesy New Noise Magazine.

You can order Sounds From The Massachusetts Turnpike here.

Manchester Orchestra

Manchester Orchestra

A Black Mile To The Surface

Loma Vista Recordings
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Over the years I’ve learned not to anticipate anything too specific from new Manchester Orchestra.  When I first took an interest, I was disappointed with how followups to I’m Like A Virgin Losing A Child deviated from their likeness to Brand New.  Then I was let down that Simple Math was more of a straight up rock record.  I was even disappointed by COPE’s plugged in direction, only to have my prayers shortly answered with the acoustic companion album, HOPE.  It’s been a rollercoaster for sure, but in each situation I’ve grown to love each subsequent release for what it is, rather than what I initially wanted it to be.

Front man Andy Hull is a man of evolution, never one to stagnante, always learning from past experience and pressing on in a bold new direction.  Naturally, Manchester Orchestra’s fifth full length, A Black Mile To The Surface, has its own unique fingerprint amidst their catalogue.  Hull, now age thirty, seems to be maturituring by leaving much of that angsty adolescent fire behind him.  His present style is one of cinematic scope – a graceful, sweeping altrock formula that places Hull’s harmonies at the fore.  Songs like “The Gold” and “Lead, SD” don’t shy away from exploring the full spectrum of expression, from soul piercing vocal highs, to hushed moments of intimate whispers.  In contrast to their earliest work, the band transitions between extremes with a feathery softness, folding melodies into one another without losing individual distinction.  Take “The Grocery,” which shifts from acoustic lightweight to crunchy riffs against a backdrop of Hull nimbly bellowing skyward, or how “The Mistake” grieves darkly while Hull explores reluctant but angelic acceptance.

Fans can rest assured that Manchester Orchestra’s more menacing post-punk atmosphere lives on in track like “The Moth” and “The Wolf.”  An undulating bass groove and hard guitar driven melody heighten the former’s sense of urgency, while the latter draws upon a cosmic electronic pulse that feels as if locked in the gravitational pull of an inevitable abyss.  Curiously though, the the most emotionally impactful moments emerge during the relatively well balanced number, “The Alien.”  Hull’s fragility feels real, and his lyrics spring to life instantly as he sings of a swelling desperation: “The lights were low enough you guessed, You swapped your conscience with your father’s medication.”  Piano notes and lone chords linger amidst Hull’s impactful whispers and self-harmonies, in what becomes A Black Mile To The Surface’s unquestionable centerpiece.

If I have one hesitation, it’s that on the whole A Black Mile To The Surface’s lyrics didn’t “pop” or sink in as readily as they have in the past.  This isn’t to say that Hull isn’t a talented lyricist, or that following along with a lyric sheet won’t move you to tears.  Rather, it just means that if you’re like me, you might not find yourself instinctively gravitating to words over music.  This speaks more to the album’s relatively homogenous style, which can have the unanticipated effect of perhaps blending songs together more than setting them apart.

Overall though, Manchester Orchestra make good on the promise of their latest full length.  Once again, Andy Hull refines his songwriting to reflect the present point in time, and A Black Mile To The Surface establishes its own unmistakable identity amidst Manchester Orchestra’s growing body of work.  As is reflected in each song’s compositional choices, Hull is maturing, and with long time fans every bit as vulnerable to the sands of time, A Black Mile To The Surface stands to forge a very personal connection.

Sleep On It Announce Debut LP; Release Music Video

Sleep On ItChicago, IL’s Sleep On It have announced details for their debut LP, which follows their 2016 Lost Along The Way EP.  The album will be titled Overexposed and is set to drop on November 3, 2017 via Equal Vision Records.  

Coinciding with the announcement, the band have premiered a music video for the song “Distant,” which can be viewed below.

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Daisyhead – Cute Little Finger

DaisyheadNashville, TN alt-rock outfit Daisyhead have premiered a new song from their upcoming album.  The song is titled “Cute Little Finger” and appears on their forthcoming album, Purple & Blue, which is set to drop on September 15, 2017 via No Sleep Records.  The band released their debut full length, The Smallest Light, originally in March 2015 via No Sleep Records.

Listen to the song below.

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Counterparts – Swim Beneath My Skin

COunterpartsCanadian rock band Counterparts has premiered a new song from their next full length.   The track is titled “Swim Beneath My Skin” and will appear on the disc You’re Not You Anymore which is set to drop on September 22, 2017 via Pure Noise Records.  The album follows 2015’s Tragedy Will Find Us

Listen to the song below.

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Electric Century FTNTC

Electric Century

For The Night To Control

Self Released
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Synth rock duo Electric Century is a curious project to say the least.  For fans of My Chemical Romance, it will be known as bassist Mikey Way’s highly anticipated post-MCR project, and from the much smaller pool of New London Fire fans, it will be known as front man David Debiak’s project with the bassist from My Chemical Romance.  Either way, the resulting synth-driven rock is unlike anything fans from either camp will be anticipating.  The duo’s debut full length, For The Night To Control, comes across like AFI side project Blaqk Audio, but with more 80’s synth and less flashy electronica.  

While Debiak’s vocals are more typically associated with a country or folk influence, they fit well at Electric Century’s fore.  When it comes to 80’s treadmill pop, the band doesn’t shy away from some fairly buoyant intros.  “You Got It All Wrong” opens like a slice of Depeche Mode, while “Right There” opens feels like more of an 8-bit throwback.  Debiak’s natural semblance to gravitate towards dark themes projects a faint gothic influence circa White Lies.  The weight of such expression forms the verses of songs like “I Lied,” which swell steadily into the chorus with gritty emotionalism.  “For You” follows with a wave of sweeping pulses that feel somewhat more benign, but make for an easy listen.  From here on out the tracks tend to scale back the focus on retro sounds, delivering a far more contemporary feel that arguably shares some distant likenesses with Debiak’s prior time in Sleep Station.  “Hey Lacey” in particular offers an insight into what direction Electric Century may have taken had they ditched the 80’s influence.  When the synth returns for “Let You Get Away” the song takes on more of a pulsing, indie presentation, complete with atmospheric twinkles.

Interestingly, on the latter half of the album the duo opt to cover a couple of early New London Fire tracks.  The first, “Until the Light Goes Out On Me,” is lifted from their The Blood, The Dirt, The Faith album, an album defining NFL’s grittiest and most vulnerable moments.  Electric Century’s revision fleshes out the song’s formerly barren landscape by covering the track in a subtle electronic layer of steady soundboard chirping.  The song relies heavily upon the original for structure, but slowly builds its own identity while sustaining the album’s dark energy.  “Someone Like You” features a similar approach to electrifying New London Fire’s rural atmosphere, this time invoking an accompanying layer of female vocals.  The tactic compliments the song’s dual lyrical tone, and outshines the original version in tact alone.  Electric Century’s self-cover songs fit so well amidst the primary track listing that newcomers stand to hardly notice the fact that these tracks are indeed covers.

But perhaps the most immediately striking moment comes in the form of “Hail The Saints”, which explores concepts of faith through dark rhythms, a ghostly tempo, and the eerie collective voices of a children’s choir.  The children’s voices exude a haunting quality as they chant “hail the saints in a godless world” against an assortment of percussive and electronic elements.  It’s like a gothic dance style beat meets a zealous preacher’s sermon.  I’m not certain of the duo’s religious affiliation, but the message seems to be one that straddles the line between belief and a more critical eye.

Overall, Electric Century make For The Night to Control a clear their manifesto for dark, catchy, synth driven electro-rock.  But while the album starts off flashy, it doesn’t take as many stylistic risks over its full runtime as might be implied early on.  That being said, the band exhibits care in their craft, and handles their covers of New London Fire with attention to detail and finesse.  The 80’s influence tends to taper by album end, but what remains is equally as enjoyable and full of substance.  Here’s to hoping that Electric Century stay the course and continue to explore their dark electronic ways for round two.

Trashed Ambulance Stream New EP

Trashed AmbulanceAlberta punks Trashed Ambulance are streaming their latest EP, Instant, which was released yesterday via Thousand Island Records.  The release includes re-recorded versions of the 3 tracks from their debut EP along with 2 new tracks and is the follow up to their A Dime for Every Time EP, which dropped back in May of this year.

Listen to the disc below.

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Video: Blis. – Take Me Home

Blis.Atlanta, GA’s Blis. has premiered a new song and video.  The video features the song “Take Me Home” from their debut full length, No One Loves You, which is due out on October 6, 2017 via Sargent House. The band released the EP Starting Fires In My Parents House back in 2015 via Soft Speak.

Watch the video below.

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Ezra (Morning Glory) Announces Solo Debut; Premieres First Track

EzraEzra Kire (Morning Glory) has announced plans for a new solo project simply titled Ezra.  Kire plans on releasing debut, eight-song solo album, Speakers In the Sky, on September 29, 2017 through Anxious And Angry Records.

The song “Let It Go” can be heard below.

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TWIABP – Marine Tigers

TWIABPWillimantic, CT emo act The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die have premiered a new song and video from their next LP.  The disc will be titled Always Foreign and is set to drop on September 29, 2017 via Epitaph Records.

Listen to the song “Marine Tigers” below.

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Video: Best Ex – See You Again

Best Ex ICSBest Ex, formerly known as Candy Hearts, have premiered a new music video for the song “See You Again.”  The track appears on their Alcopop! Records debut EP, Ice Cream Anti Social, released earlier this summer. The band comments on the track:

“I think sometimes in our lives we’re gifted with certain people who completely change the perspective we’ve had our entire lives. I wrote ‘See You Again’ about one of those people I met on Warped Tour.  He lived so, so far away from me. It felt like every day was just counting down to when we’d never see each other again. We would meet each other every day at catering and watch the sunset together almost every night.

I’m not the kind of person who can’t not roll their eyes at that, but he really taught me to appreciate each moment in a day and live inside every second rather than looking forward and missing a bunch of your life thinking about things you can’t change. I still struggle with that today. And I was also completely wrong. I did see him again, and he met my mom and met my dad and is coming to my sister’s wedding.”

Watch the video below.

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Hodera Sign To Take This To Heart Records; Announce LP

HoderaHodera have premiered the first single from their upcoming second LP.  The track is titled “North Dakota” and will appear on the disc, First Things First, which drops October 20, 2017 via Take This To Heart Records

Listen to the song and check out Fall tour dates below.  Pre-orders are live.

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Cherry – Cherry

CHerryCherry are streaming  new song from their upcoming debut LP.  The disc will be titled Dumbness and is set to drop on September 29, 2017 via Lame-O Records.  The album follows their Gloom EP.

Listen to the song “Cherry” here courtesy Noisey.

 

Topshelf Records Announce Label Tour

TopshelfTopshelf Records has announced details for their latest label tour.  The December tour features Prawn, Slingshot Dakota, People Like You, Us and Us Only, and Queen Moo

Coinciding with the announcement, People Like You have premiered the song “Variations on an Aria,” which can be found below along with tour dates.

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Seaway – Curse Me Out

Rarity

Pop punk band Seaway has premiered a new song from their upcoming new album.  the song is titled “Curse Me Out” and will appear on the Vacation, which is due out on September 15, 2017 via Pure Noise Records. The album follows 2015’s Colour Blind.
 
Listen to the song below.

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For The Win Stream New Album In Full

Victory RecordsVictory Records band For The Win has premiered a full stream of their new album, Heavy Thoughts, which dropped on August 25, 2017. 

Listen to the full disc below.

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floral print Announce New LP; Stream First Track

floral printDuo floral print have announced plans for their debut full length.  The disc will be titled Mirror Stages and is set to drop on October 20, 2017 via Tiny Engines Records.  Coinciding with the announcement, the band has premiered the song “morning with ophelia.”

Listen to the new song and check out the track listing below.

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GBH Announce New Album; Stream First Track

GBHLong running hardcore punk act GBH have announced that they will be releasing their next album later this year.   The disc will be titled Momentum and is set to drop on November 17, 2018 via Hellcat Records.

The first new song “Momentum” can be heard below.

The band will be touring in support of the album.  Dates are below.

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Kid You Not Sign With Deep Elm Records; Announce New LP

Kid You NotDeep Elm Records has welcomed St. Augustine, Florida-based melodic punk outfit Kid You Not to the family.  The band plans to release their debut full-length, Never A Dull Movement, on September 29, 2017.

Pre-Orders for the album are now live and can be heard along with an album preview.  

 

Fables – Utopia

FablesUK political punk band Fables has premiered a new song.  The track is titled “Utopia” and sits as a stand alone single.  The band explains the song: 

“‘Utopia’ is a scathing critique of the treatment of Australian Aboriginals, both historically and currently. It’s inspired by the compelling John Pilger documentary of the same name.”

Listen to the song below.

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Turnover Release New LP; Head On Tour This Fall

TurnoverVirginia Beach’s Turnover have released their latest LP, Good Nature.  The album follows their  7″, which is due out March 4, 2016 via Run For Cover Records.

The band will be touring in support of the album this Fall.  Tour dates are below.

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Video: This Means War! – Sailing Anarchy

Pirates PressPunk group This Means War! have released a new music video.  The video features the song “Sailing Anarchy” and appears on their self titled EP, which is available now via Pirates Press Records.  

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Gogol Bordello

Gogol Bordello

Seekers & Finders

Cooking Vinyl
By

Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

As someone that considered themselves among Gogol Bordello’s biggest advocates during their years on SideOneDummy Records, I’ve admittedly fallen out of the loop in recent times.  But a quick research session reveals that the American-based gypsy-punk pioneers have been quite busy over the past several years.  The band seems to have shed the bulk of its original members (save for some stage performers, frontman Eugene Hutz and violinist Sergey Ryabtsev), been featured in a European Coke commercial, been sued by their former guitarist for missing remuneration, and released two additional full lengths on increasingly mainstream record labels like American Records and ATO Records.  

Now on to their seventh full length, Seekers and Finders, the band has teamed up with reputable European indie label Cooking Vinyl.  Those that may have lost touch with Gogol Bordello over the past few years will likely view Seekers and Finders as somewhat of a departure from the days of vibrant neon album covers.  While Hutz built his musicianship on outrageous intercontinental mashups and frenetic energy, Seekers and Finders finds the troupe setting an increasingly grave instrumental and lyrical tone.  

Lead single “Walking On the Burning Coal” is sure to polarize fans from the get go.  For starters, the track saunters in at a low tempo with a comparatively barren instrumental soundscape.  Composed of predictable riffs, a sullen atmosphere provided by Ryabtsev’s violin, and occasional chorus-bound trumpet blasts, the song’s intimate setting contrasts with Gogol Bordello’s typical stadium-raising gypsy-punk festivities.  The lyrics reflect humble themes such as self-attainment and perseverance, providing a metaphoric glimpse into the personal journey of one of punk’s most extroverted personalities.  Whether or not fans will agree with the song’s inclusion on a Gogol Bordello record rather than a Eugene Hutz solo project is entirely open for discussion.

That being said, a solid portion of Seekers and Finders makes good on the promise of delivering fast paced Eastern European influenced American-style punk-rock.  Tracks like “Did It All,” “Break Into Your Higher Self” and “Love Gangster” are perhaps the most exemplary of a middle ground.  The acoustic-infused, multilingual return to their Super Taranta-style roots, “We Know Who We Are,” serves as an energetic retrospective of the long running gypsy-punk ambassadors’ varied immigrant identities.  It’s an unquestionable album highlight that bleeds into the lighter-waving swagger of piano-driven album closer, “Still That Way.”  When the band is on target, they hit the mark like old times.

What may serve as a point of contention for fans is the three or four lounge-house tracks that feel more suited for a dimly lit cabaret than a gypsy-punk festival explosion.  Take the title track, which has a nice little earworm of a chorus, but feels as if it is succumbing to the same pitfalls that Gogol Bordello once criticized in the now classic Super Taranta song, “American Wedding.”  Eugene once questioned, “have you ever been to American wedding? Where’s the vodka, where’s marinated herring?  Where’s the supply that’s going to last three days?” – but the metaphor that highlighted uniformity and drab sameness could now easily be redirected to Seekers & Finders songs “Familia Bonfireball,” “Clairvoyance,” and “If I Ever Get Home Before Dark.”  This trio of tunes is particularly experimental and artful, but raise the question, should they have been included under the Gogol Bordello moniker?  In fact half of “If I Ever Get Home Before Dark” is almost solely dominated by Hutz’s vocals and a single ticking drumbeat.  Each listener will need to land on the answer for themselves, but it will be a tough sell.

Over a decade has passed since Gogol Bordello introduced North American to the concept of gypsy punk.  The band’s legacy can be seen in the rise of other multicultural experiments like Brooklyn’s Butcher Knives, Vancouver’s The Dreadnoughts, and those on the other side of the Atlantic like Serbia’s Worldly Savages.  But many of those which Gogol Bordello has inspired, have started to sound more like the Gogol Bordello of the past than Gogol Bordello does in today’s present.  Don’t get me wrong, Seekers and Finders still features some very canonical examples of Gogol Bordello’s gypsy punk prowess, but the overall direction feels muddied – less clear in purpose then songs like “Immigrant Punk” once did.  As a long time fan I really wanted to love Seekers and Finders, but ended up walking away with some nagging reservations.

Hot Water Music – Complicated

Hot Water MusicLong running punk act Hot Water Music has premiered a new songfrom their next full length.  The disc is titled Light It Up, and is due to be released on September 15, 2017 via Rise Records.  The album follows 2012’s Exister.

Listen to the song “Complicated” below.

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Small Circle – Mornings

Small CirclePhiladelphia indie pop band Small Circle, featuring Charlie Singer of Sorority Noise, have premiered a new song from their debut LP.  The disc will be titled Cyclical, and will hit retailers on September 8, 2017 via Flower Girl Records

Listen to the new tune song “Mornings” below.

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Emarosa Announce New EP

EmarosaEmarosa have announced that they will be releasing a new EP on September 15, 2017.  The EP will be titled 131 Reimagined, and offers variations from their latest LP, 131, which is available now via Hopeless Records.  Singer Bradley Walden explains the project:

 “There’s therapy in opening old wounds. We wanted to see a different side of the select few and give them a new life.”

 

Video: The Jukebox Romantics – Buried With Children

Jukebox RomanticsNew York based band The Jukebox Romantics recently signed on with Paper + Plastick Records.  The band has now premiered a video for the new song, “Buried With Children,” which will appear on the forthcoming album, Sleepwalk Me Home.  The album is expected later in the Fall.

Listen to the new track and check out the video below.

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