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Coaster Stream ‘Deuces’ EP

coaster-deucesChicago art punk quartet Coaster are excited to share Deuces, their brand new EP, today. The core duo of Coaster, Matt Kissinger and Seth Engel, have transitioned from their longtime rhythm section, but not before one last record of burning pop intensity. Deuces is a split between Community Records and Sooper Records and is set for release on Friday November 11th. This is a relentlessly vibrant record that is quick to whip into a fury, and it’s a record that is constantly changing shapes as the dust settles.

You can order Deuces from Coaster‘s Bandcamp here

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Coaster Share New Single ‘Cool’ And Confirm Tour Dates

coaster-deucesChicago art-punk quartet Coaster are getting ready to release Deuces, a brand new EP, as a split between Community Records and Sooper Records. The band is sharing the record’s first single Cool, a song that finds them in transition, this is the final record from the original line-up, recorded following their last tour together. The core duo of Coaster, Matt Kissinger and Seth Engel, have solidered on, with a fantastic new rhythm section and a new set of tour dates that kick off this week and will see them making their way down to Gainesville, FL’s annual punk mecca, The Fest.

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All People

All People

Self Titled

Community Records
By

Rating: 2.5/5

 
 

 

 

A mere year after their prior effort, All People return for a third dose of their off kilter, emotionally unfiltered showmanship.  The melodically driven, pseudo-spoken word style that last distinguished the New Orleans four-piece on Learn Forget Repeat continues to serve as an unmistakable fencepost for their self-titled LP.  But this time around the band pumps the brakes, pulling back the tempo and placing their sights squarely on continuity for their latest nine-song album.  All People feel more contained and calculated than in past efforts; in some ways feeling less adventurous and spontaneous in the process.

When a band reduces their pace, they better have some commendable substance to fall back on, and some exciting ideas in lieu of an energizing tempo.  In this regard, All People start their self titled-full length on shaky ground, but eventually appeal to the listener upon unravelling their larger framework.  “Slow” opens the disc with a familiar vocal waiver amidst the pervasive hum of distorted riffs and occasional soundboard keys.  Around the halfway mark the vocal inflection jumps to communicate an elevated emotional state, offering a glimpse of the instability characteristic of All People’s past works.  Follow-up “Plain Essential Language” gets a little indie-esque with humming synth, dream-pop keyboard notes, and a meandering momentum.  The album starts cautiously, leaving open the question of where the band will head next.

Not until the somewhat ominous atmosphere and vocal emboldening of “Naught” does the slow moving approach really thematically cement itself as the dominant direction.  In doing so though, All People thrust fans into a stylistic reorientation, all the while abandoning some of their most endearing characteristics.  In other words, the departure may be too radical.  For instance, “Fearful/Sick” expertly straddles a middle ground that would have been far more effective of a transition statement well in advance of its mid-album placement.  Instead, the first few songs mosey along, keeping the listener waiting for a hint of familiarity that never surfaces.  The album concludes drifting sleepily on the clouds of “Of You” and jangly indie art-house instrumental jazz of “New Rain.”  Again, both tracks are adequately composed, but tend to lose themselves in their own artful ambitions.  Put less kindly, they’re a little boring.

All People’s self titled effort is not what you’d expect given the band given the band’s historical output.  While there’s nothing wrong with ambition and differentiation, All People don’t offer particularly compelling evidence that they had a firm handle of this deviation before they chose to veer off course.  As it stands, the album is an interesting idea with modest execution, but fails to live up to high bar set by Learn Forget Repeat.  The quirkiness remains in tact, but the band seems to have stumbled when applying a slower tempo and darker setting.

Video: All People – Slow

All PeopleLouisiana post punks All People has premiered a new music video.  The video features the song “Slow” from the band’s self-titled album. The disc is out now via Community Records.

Watch the video below.

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All People Stream Self Titled LP

All PeopleLouisiana post punks All People is streaming their new single “Fearful / Sick.”  The song from the band’s upcoming self-titled album. The disc is due out on May 20, 2016 via Community Records.

Listen to the track here.

All People – Fearful / Sick

All PeopleNew Orleans’ post punks All People is streaming their self-titled album, due out May 20, 2016 via Community Records.

Listen to the album here courtesy IMPOSE.

Woozy Stream ‘Painted White’, Debut LP Drops Next Week

WoozyNew Orleans experimental rock trio Woozy are streaming Painted White the latest track to be featured from their debut full length, Blistered. The LP is due to drop on October 16th via Exploding In Sound / Community Records.

The band will be out on the road in support of the record, check out the full list of dates, and the stream of Painted White below.

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Woozy – Gilding The Lily

WoozyExperimental rockers Woozy has premiered a new single.  The track is titled “Gilding The Lily” and will appear on their upcoming full length debut Blisteredcon October 16, 2015 via Community Records and Exploding In Sound.

The song “Gilding The Lily” can be heard here courtesy NPR.

All People

All People

Learn Forget Repeat

Asian Man Records / Community Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

As humans we have an innate desire to classify the world around us.  Shapes are defined by vertices, weather by temperature and humidity, people by race, and the list goes on.  When it comes to music, we attempt to pigeonhole sounds based on similar tempos, beats and instruments into genres.  But music is an art, and a subjective one at that.  Musicians that embrace such ideas challenge what we know about conventional classification, encouraging listeners to remove their empirical lenses and embrace the creative expressions in front of them.

Punk, indie, and just about anything with a “post” prefix occupies the spiritual place of “miscellaneous” – an outsider attitude that unifies otherwise disparate bands like Andrew Jackson Jihad, Trophy Scars, Hotel Of The Laughing Tree, Elliot Brood and countless others.  The aptly named and emerging up and coming indie-punk act All People falls squarely in the same boat.  For their sophomore effort, Learn Forget Repeat, the New Orleans four-piece has a limb in as many alt-leaning genres as they can.  

All People break the album up into a handful of distinct segments, so any token listen is hardly enough to just to conclusions – the most holistic representation best comes to life as the track listing unfolds. 

When “Consume” opens listeners wouldn’t be wrong to lump All People in with typical Asian Man Records style punk rock. The beat is straight up and progresses quickly, lightly peppered by a soft dose of catchy keyboard notes of varying origin. “Unfinished Book” continues to make a catchy statement in part thanks to experimentally distorted guitar tones with plenty of feedback and pedal work to make them more than a mere curiosity. By the time “Mind” follows up, the primary vocals define themselves as intriguingly off key – at least until the realization that they aren’t really being sung. In fact, early on the vocals feel a little like Big D & the Kids Table’ David McWane – akin to talking melodically.

While the description might seem a tad off-putting, the application in songs like “Devil” should make naysayers reconsider. The almost hypnotic, chant-like lyrical spiral, “devil will take hold of your heart, if you don’t stay sharp,” presents something of an off kilter trip into the far reaches of your subconscious. “Doubt” represents All People’s next big sonic departure in its vocally diverse, gritty and chaotic. “Don’t let the thoughts build a nest, or you will not get rest,” plants the band amidst toughening guitars and stretches of quivering organ notes. In fact, it wouldn’t feel out of place if the band hired a homeless, self-proclaimed prophet to hold a cardboard sign stating that “the end is nigh” during one of their live shows.

Just as they enter their newfound roughness, the album once again transforms into a very clear, crisp variant. A mid-tempo sensibility takes hold in “Conversations” and “Alienate” as it establishes a more substantive, full melodic sound. Eventually, a big chorus of layered, sing-along gang vocals gives way to an indie-esque bridge and accompanying twinkly finale. This is All People at their most accessible.  Then the disc suddenly shifts to a casual instrumental jazz tone, complete with roving bass groove a track later with “LITWOP.”

As the album enters the final leg, an almost cinematic element takes hold. Amidst a roughneck guitar backdrop, “Disfunction” directs attention to the singular, climactic statement that “The greatest achievement of humanity is not its works of art, science, or technology… the greatest thing human kind could ever hope to achieve is the recognition of our own dysfunction.” Once “Love” further explores modern chaos, “L’eternal Printemps” takes something of a mellow, operatic turn with skyward reaching aspirations and a suitably diverse sonic palette. The atmosphere sets up for a big spoken word exit that can only be described as a poetry reading about global unity.  The simplicity and pathos of the effort alone makes for a very effective and sobering conclusion.

All People represents the type of band that requires close and thorough listening to be fully understood.  Different segments of Learn Forget Repeat cannot be mistaken for one another, and could even be confused for entirely different bands.  Yet the whole effort bares All People’s unmistakably ambitious and far reaching mark.  While Learn Forget Repeat might not be for everybody (in particular segments of those David McWane-style vocals), All People certainly have potential to connect with an audience amongst those looking to challenge the status quo. 

Safety Announce New EP; Stream New Song

SafetyBrooklyn-based trio Safety has announced a new EP.   The disc will be  entitled Congratulate Me, I’ve Lost My Mind, and is slated for release on August 14, 2015 via Community Records.  Pre-orders are available now

The band has premiered the band new song “A Wealth of Sorrows in a Few Words,”which can be heard here courtesy AbsolutePunk.

All People Announce New Album, US Tour

All PeopleLouisiana post punks All People have announced that their sophomore full length Learn Forget Repeat is due for release digitally and on vinyl on May 5th via Community Records, in partnership with Asian Man Records. There will also be a limited cassette release via Broken World Media.

Ahead of the release the band premiered Doubt via Absolute Punk, and you can check out their upcoming tour dates below.

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Pope – Let Down

PopesNew Orleans’ Pope has premiered a new song.  The track is titled “Let Down” and is set to appear on their full length debut, Fiction, due out on March 10, 2015 via Community Records.  Funeral Sounds will release the album on Cassette.

Listen to the song here.

 

Various Artists – Head Above Water: A Response To BP Drilling Disaster

On Wed. April 20th, 2011 (one year after the gulf coast oil spill), Community Records released a benefit compilation to help create awareness and progress in the wake of the BP drilling disaster. For the compilation, Community Records teamed up with Asian Man Records, Plan-It-X Records, and Quote Unquote Records to get an extra dose of songs and what a track list they came up with. Thirty six songs from the likes of The Wild, Spraynard, Brng of it, We Are The Union, Murphy’s Kids, Matt Wixson, Laura Stevenson and more, including a bunch of unreleased tracks from the likes of Mike Park, Mustard Plug and Marathon.

Head Above Water: A Response To BP Drilling Disaster

Head Above Water: A Response To BP Drilling Disaster

Download it here.

Various Artists: Ska Is Dead – Young Gun Tours Sampler

Community Records have released a free sampler in anticipating for the upcoming Ska Is Dead – Young Gun Tour. The sampler includes info on all the tour dates, music from all of the bands playing on the tour along with info & free music from many of the bands playing at Block Party 2011 including the likes of We Are The Union and The Fad.

Various Artists – Ska Is Dead: Young Guns

Various Artists - Ska Is Dead: Young Guns

Download the compilation here.

Community Records Launches Two New Pre-orders

Community Records Inc has launched the pre-order for the long awaited split by A Billion Ernies / Informant.  The release will be on clear vinyl, and is a limited pressing of 300 copies. All vinyl orders also come packaged with a copy of the CD, which includes bonus material from both bands. Check out pre-order details here.

The second pre-order comes from Maddie Ruthless & The Secret Affair.  The group’s new album, Hold The Phone has also been added as a pre-order.  The black, 10 inch vinyl comes with original six tunes and one dub mix. On black vinyl. The record also comes with a zine insert made by miss Maddie herself. Check out pre-order details here.

View the album art and track listing for both releases below.

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