WSTR Stream New Single, Announce UK Shows

wstrLiverpool, UK based pop punks WSTR are streaming their latest single Nail The Casket (Thanks For Nothing). The track is the 4th to be featured ahead of the release of their debut full length, Red, Green or In-between, on January 20th via No Sleep Records. 

The band are hitting the road later this month on the back of the LP’s release supporting Canadian punks Seaway on their UK tour.

Check out the stream of Nail The Casket (Thanks For Nothing) and the full list of tour dates below.

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Spill Joins No Sleep Records, Announces Debut Album

SpillHailing from Lancaster, Pa., Spill (formerly members of Placeholder and We Were Skeletons), joined the roster of Huntington Beach, Calif., label No Sleep Records. The band also announced the release of their debut album Top Ten expected on Dec. 16, 2016.

Check out the track listing below.

The first track off the album titled Can’t Keep Cool is now streaming at BrooklynVegan. Listen to it here.

In regards to the upcoming album release, the band shared:

“We started this band, practically the same exact members as our last band that toured all over the US and Canada. It feels good to evolve as writers and come at this music thing with more than just hopes and prayers. We took our time and wrote a record that we all believe in, and it’s nice to have a team behind us, for the first time, that also believes in ‘Top Ten’. This is the best thing we could come up with. It’s my top ten songs I could write.”

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Spill Detail No Sleep Records Debut; Premieres New Song

spillLancaster band Spill has announced details for their No Sleep Records debut.  The album will be titled, Top Ten, and is scheduled for release on December 16, 2016.

Coinciding with the announcement is the release of the new single, “Can’t Keep Cool,” which can be heard below.

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Moose Blood – Sulk

Moose BloodCanterbury, UK emo band Moose Blood is streaming a new song from their next full length.  The song is titled “Sulk” and the album, Blush, is set to drop on August 5, 2016 via Hopeless Records.   The album will follow their previous full length, I’ll Keep You In Mind, From Time To Time, which is available now via No Sleep Records.

Listen to the song below.  Pre-orders for various formats can be made here.

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Departures – Broken

DeparturesUK post-hardcore band Departures is streaming a brand new song from their upcoming full length.  The track is titled “Broken” and is set to appear on the album, Death Touches Us, From The Moment We Begin to Love, which is due out July 29, 2016 on No Sleep Records.  The album follows 2012’s 21.

Listen to the tune below.

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Video: Rocky Votolato – Sawdust And Shavings

Rocky VotolatoRocky Votolato has premiered a new music video for the song “Sawdust And Shavings.”  The track appaears on his latest full length Hospital Handshakes, available now on No Sleep Records

Watch the video below.

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Daisyhead Stream Demo Version of ‘Never Know’

DaisyheadNashville, TN alt-rock outfit Daisyhead are streaming a demo version of Never Know, a track that first appeared on their debut full length The Smallest Light which was originally released last March via No Sleep Records.

The band are embarking on a tour alongside Free Throw and Young & Heartless this month. Check out the full list of dates and the stream of Never Know (demo) below.

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Run Forever Full Album Stream

Run ForeverPittsburgh indie-rock band Run Forever has launched a full stream of their upcoming self-titled effort which is set to drop on October 9, 2015 via No Sleep Records.  Pre-orders are live.

Listen to the full disc below.

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Run, Forever

Big Vacation 7"

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Rating: 3/5




Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s Run, Forever has made a big splash in their short five years together.  Their commendable brand of garage-based indie-rock has slowly emerged from an origin of twangy country meets heartbreak emo.  Along the way, the band continues to infuse a variety of other influences, from garage pop to even-keel indie.  Their latest 7”, Big Vacation, surveys Run, Forever’s career variety across a trio of tunes.  With a subdued demeanor, the band steadies their hand with a subtle overarching, relaxed groove that ties their sound together.  

The band kicks things off with a quaint little indie-rock number with a breezy tempo.  Blanketed by the warm glow of soft riffs, “Big Vacation” denotes Run, Forever’s simplest elements.  It’s remarkable how unremarkable yet inviting the track ends up.  A few good chords plucked between chorus and verse shimmer gracefully, countered by the slight buzz of late-song companion riffs (think Kevin Devine).  On the other hand, “Lake Pleasant” places its stock in a steady garage-pop beat, complete with fuzzy vocals and a dank yet compelling rhythm.  The track serves as a solid example of Run, Forever’s tendency for dirty yet attractive sounds.  The third and final track, “Crystal Court,” tightens up vocalist Anthony Huebel’s notes and dusts off that early grit in favour of a batch of crisper, higher reaching notes and instrumental flourishes (closer to Manchester Orchestra).  It’s probably the the best of the bunch, and almost makes for some slight disappointment considering that it stands as the sole representative of this style on Big Vacation.

Big Vacation actually serves as a precursor to Run, Forever’s self titled full length, due out later this year.  As far as setting the hype for the band’s next chapter, Run, Forever choose their tracks well.  Big Vacation isn’t a game changer on its own, but shows a band that’s definitely well-invested and versed in the post-punk game.  




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Rating: 3.5/5




There’s an undeniable charm to Springfield, IL indie pop outfit Looming.  For their debut full length, Nailbiter, front woman Jessica Knight commands a fierce pulsating vibrato that hums like a buzzing bee.  Her style is comparable to that of a more intentional, tighter Screaming Females, which serves as a point of departure from the more loose flowing vibe of the quartet’s prior self titled EP that perhaps aligned closer with Chumped.  The tonality remains remarkably steady in a way that begs vague comparison to The American Scene, although the instrumentation falls far closer to Pet Symmetry’s fluttery chords.  Such subtle evolution makes for a resolute first impression that should land Looming in a likeable light by a wide audience.

After building tension through the steady drum thumping and pedal drawn instrumental combo of “Intro,” Looming authoritatively launches into the deep dark world of “Cotton Tongue.”  Under the mid-tempo roll of rock-centric riffs, the band leads up to the repetitious marching chords accompanying Knight’s forcefully vocal buzz.  Looming’s way with words makes for ear perking, unconventionally attractive passages like, “you can see the red before it starts to run, you can sop it up with your cotton tongue.”  Throw in any numbers of song-to-song variations like a chorus of backing “ahhs” in “Onward” and “New Eyes,” harmonizing layered accompaniment in “Linear Lies” and Jordan Fein’s periodic male companion vocals in “Strive” and “Impermanence,” and Nailbiter holds attention through the thick of it all.

Other points of interest, in particular the noodly riffs making headway in “Eat” and “Brother,” should appeal to those in with the Tiny Engines Records and Count Your Lucky Stars Records twinkly indie scene (something in line with Anabel, Look Mexico, Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate), Future Perfect and such).  While not a revelation by any means, this artful inclusion flourishes sections of Nailbiter without succumbing to the typical meandering tangents of said bands.

Looming is bound to make quite the preliminary splash with Nailbiter.  The four-piece sounds incredibly tight for a project still in its early years, meaning that as far as first impressions go, Nailbiter shines bright.  There remains room for growth and greater depth of various subtleties, but the strength of the core alone should be enough to draw an appreciative audience.

Run Forever Announce Self Title LP; Premiere New Song

Run ForeverPittsburgh indie-rock band Run Forever has announced details for their next full length.  The album will serve as their self-titled effort and is set to drop on October 9, 2015 via No Sleep Records.  Singer/guitarist Anthony Heubel comments on the first track from the album, “Seperate Bedrooms”:  

“I tried writing this a lot of different ways to avoid saying who it’s about, but it’s about my mom… She’ll probably cry if she ever reads this. It’s a song about the ups and downs of life and holding onto memories. It’s a sobering account of how we can sometimes find ourselves left in an unfair spot for no good reason, with such little time and energy left to turn things around. I am a product of that life, and Separate Bedrooms is an observation of how random and left to chance our outcomes or existences can feel.”

Listen to the new song here courtesy The AV Club.  Pre-orders are live.

Video: Rocky Votolato – Hospital Handshake

Rocky VotolatoRocky Votolato has premiered a new music video for the song “Hospital Handshake.”  The track appaears on his latest full length of the same name, availabel now on No Sleep Records.  The video was directed by Sloane White.  Votolate describes his enthusiasm:

“I’ve always wanted to make a stop animation video and this was such a fun process of experimentation and creative collaboration… Sloane Alexandra White is an incredibly talented young director from Portland and a creative force of ideas and inspiration. I was drawn to her work with shadow puppets and think she did a great job of capturing a creepy haunted darkness to visually accompany the themes and vibe of the song.”

Rocky will be on tour this summer.  Check out his upcomign tour dates along with the video below.

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Foreign Tongues Stream New Album

ForeignTonguesNew England indie-rock band Foreign Tongues has is streaming their new album, Fragile, As Said Before, which dropped last week via No Sleep Record.

Stream the album here courtesy Apple Music.

Shai Hulud Team Up With No Sleep Records On New LP

Shai HuludInfluential Florida hardcore band Shai Hulud have announced they are working with California based No Sleep Records on their next full length (which is as yet untitled). Ahead of the release, they have released a stream of one of the LP’s tracks, Colder than the Cold World.

The band are also maintaining their relentless tour schedule, check out the full list of upcoming shows and the stream of Colder than the Cold World  below.

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Rating: 3/5




After releasing his debut full length, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania native Koji is back on the EP circuit. Not shy to release his music in short and concise formats, Koji has always preferred to do his own thing rather than follow any sort of mandated release pattern. His latest comes in the form of a 4-track EP entitled Fury, which finds Koji expanding upon his intimate, acoustic-inspired sessions in the same full-band environment that first took root in Crooked In My Mind.

 This time around, Koji isn’t afraid to further expand upon his plugged in personae. In fact, the title track gets a little gritty early on with some muddy alt-rock guitar action. It’s not quite garage-grade fuzz, but there’s a certain steady buzzing flow to the riffs that certainly makes for a bold opening statement when combined with the chorus’ steady bass groove and Koji’s airy vocals. Producer Will Yip (Title Fight, Circa Survive, Balance and Composure) makes use of Koji’s knack for intimate, personal connections in songs like “Breaking And Broken,” whereas those like “Everyday” build upon a foundation of rich indie-rock near-hooks that ebb and flow between a drum-drawn, jaunting tempo and catchy chorus marking the track as an approachable pop-leaning high.

 Sonically Fury is a solid step forward; it’s lyrically where Koji struggles slightly this time around. Even when you start singing along, the words linger in your head aren’t of the most striking consequence considering Koji’s social-activist intentions. For instance, the well-compose fourth and final track, “Question,” centres around the classically Koji chorus line, “I hate this question, that I might always be asking.” But the simple lyrics becomes so prominent, recurring and relied upon, that the deeper message gets overshadowed (the track requires an unnaturally close listen to mine its depth).

Increasingly plugged in and reaching for catchier highs, Koji once again aims to evolve his musicianship. Instrumentally, Fury is a lush landscape with plenty of highlights. But in tightening his scope, Koji seems to have masked some of his lyrical depth. Without ignoring his intent, Fury’s song messages aren’t quite as impactful as their earlier counterparts. While it doesn’t detract from Fury’s enjoyment, it shows that Koji needs to further adjust his style to fully realize his emergent direction.

Run Forever Debut New Single ‘Big Vacation’

Run ForeverPittsburgh indie rock band Run Forever have debuted their new single Big Vacation, out now on 7″ and digitally via No Sleep Records featuring 2 additional b-sides. The track is currently streaming thanks to the good folks at Brooklyn Vegan and  vocalist Anthony Heubel had this to say about the track:

“I tried for a really long time to be the guy that loves everyone, the 24/7 good mood, always happy to see you type…I have finally accepted that I will never be that person. I have always loved songs that poke fun at the human experience, mundane life styles, American culture, whatever you want to call it. I really like to put those things under a microscope and frame songs in that way. “Big Vacation” is a song about looking around you and feeling like everyone is trying to sell you something to make your life better, or more personalized or more convenient.”

Big Vacation will feature on the band’s upcoming full length, due out later this year and you can check out the band’s upcoming tour dates below.

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Video: Moose Blood – Gum

Moose BloodCanterbury, UK emo band Moose Blood has debuted a brand new music video.  The video features the song “Gum” from their latest full length, I’ll Keep You In Mind, From Time To Time, which dropped earlier this week on No Sleep Records.

Watch the full video here courtesy AltPress.

Video: Lee Corey Oswald – Sarah, Work Is A Four Letter Word

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Portland based indie/punk group Lee Corey Oswald has premiered a new music video.  The video features the song “Sarah, Work Is A Four Letter Word” which originally appeared on their latest full length, Regards, released in Summer 2014 via No Sleep Records.  

Watch the new video below.

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Aviator Post Video for ‘Weathervane’, Announce Tour Dates

AviatorBoston hardcore band Aviator have premiered a video for their track Weathervane. The song features on their most recent full length, Head in the Clouds, Hands in the Dirt, released back in August last year via No Sleep Records. 

The band are heading out on the road across the US next month, check out the full list of dates and the video for Weathervane below.

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Ghost Key Announce New EP, Stream ‘Judgement’

Ghost KeyFollowing their recent signing with No Sleep Records, Peoria, Illinois hardcore band Ghost Key have announced that their new EP, The Things I am Not, will drop on June 30th. The release is the follow up to their 2013 debut EP Winter. Ahead of the release, the band are streaming the first single, Judgement. Ghost Key  vocalist Austin O’Brien had this to say about the inspiration behind the song:

“For the first couple years of playing in Ghost Key, I was met with a lot of criticism…People close to me continuously put me down because I wasn’t following the more traditional path of a young adult. Fast forward a couple years and those people have seen that I’m happy and things are looking up. They assumed that they could just waltz back into my life and ask for forgiveness and that’s where the inspiration for “Judgement” came from. If you can’t stand by my side when things are tough, you can’t stand by my side at all.”

Check out the stream of Judgement here and the track list for The Things I am Not below.

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Tour: Rocky Votolato & Dave Hause (North America)

Rocky VotolatoSeattle based singer songwriter Rocky Votolato has announced a summer co-headlining tour with former Loved One’s frontman Dave Hause. He is out in support of his latest full length, Hospital Handshakes, released earlier this month via No Sleep Records. Additional support will come from Chris Farren of Florida punks Fake Problems.

Check out the full list of dates below.

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Lee Ellis (Lee Corey Oswald) Announces Debut Solo LP

Lee EllisLee Ellis, guitarist and vocalist for Portland, Oregon punk band Lee Corey Oswald has announced that his debut solo album, Me and This Army, is due for release on June 23rd via No Sleep Records. Ahead of the official drop date, the singer-songwriter has teamed up with Substream Magazine to stream Arthur, the first track. The man himself has said this about the song:

“Arthur” is a song about quarreling with someone over the Internet…I don’t even remember what it was over but it was just another instance of social media enabling someone to be someone they’re not. “Internet presences” are a real thing these days, for better or for worse, and everyone wants a piece of the spotlight (including myself).”

Check out the stream of Arthur here, and the track list for Me and This Army is available below.

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Video: Daisyhead – ‘The Smallest Light’

DaisyheadNashville, TN alt-rock outfit Daisyhead have posted a new video for the title track from their debut full length The Smallest Light. The LP dropped last month via No Sleep Records and vocalist/guitarist Michael Roe had this to say about working with A Studio 518 on the video: 

“We did this video with a young company called A Studio 518, who reside here in Nashville…When I saw the music video they did for [Nashville alt-rockers] Nest, I got so sucked into it. I wanted to have a music video that made other people feel that way, so I’m stoked we were able to get together with them.”

The band are also hitting the road next month with You Me and Everyone We Know, check out the video for The Smallest Light and the full list of upcoming shows below.

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Koji Announces New EP; Premieres Title Track

KojiSinger/songwriter and all around good guy Koji has announced plans for a a brand new EP.  THe EP will be titled Fury and is due out on June 16, 2015 through No Sleep Records.  The Pennsylvanian activist last released his EP, Matters, back in November 2013 on Run For Cover Records.

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Rocky Votolato Streams ‘Hospital Handshakes’

Rocky VotolatoDallas, TX singer songwriter Rocky Votolato is streaming the title track from his upcoming LP Hospital Handshakes. The record is due for release on April 21st via No Sleep Records and he spoke to Brooklyn Vegan about the song:

“I feel like that track more than any other captured the feel of what I was going through over the past few years and trying to communicate with this record…The album is essentially a story of healing, redemption, and overcoming depression and suicidal thinking.”

Check out the stream here and pre orders for Hospital Handshakes are available via iTunes and directly from the No Sleep Records Store.


Ghost Key Sign to No Sleep Records

Ghost KeyPeoria, Illinois hardcore band Ghost Key have signed on with California based label No Sleep Records. The band recently finished work on a new (as yet untitled) EP which is due out later in the year, and the band’s guitarist Chris Bayless has said this about joining the No Sleep family:

“We are so stoked to sign with No Sleep [Records]…They have been putting out some of our favorite records for years and the fact that we get to start slapping that cup of coffee on our music is the coolest thing in the world.”

No Sleep Records president Chris Hansen also had this to say on the signing: 

“We are all super stoked on working with Ghost Key…When we first heard some songs from them, we all instantly fell in love. Look for a lots to come from these guys in the near future.”

Seasons Change Stream ‘Feel It’

Seasons ChangeCalifornia pop punks Seasons Change have posted a stream for Feel It, a track featuring on their upcoming full length, Please Don’t Leave. The new album, the band’s debut LP, is due for release on April 7th via No Sleep Records. Vocalist Anthony Robles had this to say to Pure Volume about the track:

This song is simply about missing someone that’s important to you, about being afraid to lose them to distance, time, or any other uncontrollable circumstance…Being that my entire life is moving forward on a gamble, I wrote this song to the person in my life that I can’t live without, in hopes that she’ll understand that this life can only be as good as we make it.”

Check out the stream for Feel It, here.


Seasons Change Announce Tour, Acoustic Video for ‘Valentine’

Seasons ChangeCalifornia pop punk band Seasons Change have announced a headline tour for next month in support of their new full length, Please Don’t Leave, which is due to drop on April 7th via No Sleep Records. Support for all shows will come from New England indie punks No Tide and San Francisco quartet Little Envy.

The band have also released an acoustic video for their track Valentine, an emotional homage to Michael Valentine, a friend of Seasons Change vocalist Anthony Robles who sadly passed away in 2013.

Check out the full list of tour dates and the video for Valentine below.

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Video: Anakin – ‘Satellite’

AnakinSan Diego alt rock band Anakin have premiered a video for their track Satellite through the good folks at Alt Press. The song features on their most recent full length, Celestial Frequency Shifter, released last month via No Sleep Records.

Drummer Brad Chancellor has said this about the video:

“We teamed up with Fernando Cordero at Industrial Films to create the “Satellite” music video because we were so stoked on what he had done with our “Send/Receive” music video back in 2012…The idea to have toy robots star in these mini-movies is so rad to me. I wanted Fernando to direct the video based on what he believed “Satellite” was about. I didn’t want to have too much input on the visuals this time around because I think it’s awesome to see how others interpret our music. We could not have been happier with the end result. I mean, seriously, who doesn’t love robots?!”

Check out the video for Satellite below.

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Daisyhead Full Album Stream

DaisyheadNashville, TN alt-rock outfit Daisyhead are streaming their debut full length The Smallest Light in it’s entirety thanks to the good folks over at PureVolume. The record dropped yesterday via No Sleep Records and represents the band’s first new material since their Can’t Live With It single last June.

Check out the album stream here.

No Sleep Records Partner With Dark Horse Coffee Roasters

No Sleep RecordsNo Sleep Records has partnered with Dark Horse Coffee Roasters to release a limited edition blend dubbed Music + Coffee.  The signature coffee includes a bonus 18 track sampler featuring music from artists such as Rocky Votolato, Drug Church, Xerxes, Grey Gordon, Moose Blood and more.  No Sleep president Chris Hansen comments on the partnership:

“Dark Horse Coffee Roasters are an amazing group of people from the San Diego area that make amazing coffee, and we could not be more excited to partner with them to offer No Sleep’s first ever Music + Coffee.”

Pre-orders are available now here.