I Don't Wanna Die But I Wanna DieOpen Door Records
By AJ Phink
Orange County’s Kevin Nichols began his self produced songwriting career at the tender age of thirteen, now eight years later he has honed his sound and he released his latest full length, I Don’t Wanna Die But I Wanna Die, via Open Door Records just shy of a month ago. I Don’t Wanna Die But I Wanna Die consolidates Kevin Nichols growing reputation as a prolific purveyor of left field hooks that are submerged in a world of fuzz ridden guitars, with the whole package underpinned by a driving rhythm section and a dark disturbing undertone.
Killing Insects, the lead single from the album, starts things off with a sinister fuzzy feel, and this mood that permeates the entirety of the album. I Don’t Wanna Die But I Wanna Die is not an album that has stand out moments or bright upbeat singles that you’d pick for a playlist, this is an album that comes across as a carefully constructed full length, and one that is meant to be heard as an album rather than on shuffle. The dark twisted indie undercurrent and the blasts of distorted post grunge guitar blend together perfectly with Kevin Nichols own unique style to create and a disquieting and unsettling soundtrack.
Kevin Nichols latest release possess elements from the likes of The Jesus And Mary Chain and Grandaddy, but accompanying the dark indie feel is the intense guitar attack of Mudhoney and the whole package has a dark undercurrent running through it making this a unique package. At times I Don’t Wanna Die But I Wanna Die is a difficult listen, but it’s one that worthy of your time, and after an hour in the company of this album you can’t help but find yourself falling for it’s dark charms.
You can purchase I Don’t Wanna Die But I Wanna Die via Bandcamp here
The ltd edition cassette of I Don’t Wanna Die But I Wanna Die can be ordered via Open Door Records here
Weekend ForeverOpen Door Records / Celebrity Punk House / Hidden Home Records / Counter Intuitive Records
By AJ Phink
The Southern Californian power pop influenced rockers Casual Friday have released their debut album, Weekend Forever, via a joint enterprise through the combined independent alliance of Open Door Records, Hidden Home Records, Celebrity Punk House and Counter Intuitive Records. With such an impressive independent backing and it’s upbeat title, it would seem that Casual Friday are offering us the soundtrack for an extended weekend of fun and excess, but like many planned extended weekends that promise everything there’s almost inevitably a raincloud on the horizon.
Banger kicks things off with an elongated introduction that eventually brings an infectious slice of power pop and punk influenced rock that merges into the slightly heavier Direct Deposit, and there’s virtually no break as FOMO brings the pace down and this more relaxed vibe carries through into California. The majority of this album carries on down this well trodden path and with the exception of the melancholic Blackhole, that brings a touch of depth and variation to proceedings, Weekend Forever is a slice of sunny power pop and indie inspired rock that just doesn’t seem to bring anything new to the party.
There is a sense of deja vu as the Californian slacker power pop washes over you in a not unpleasant wave, but for me there’s never quite the essential hook to pull you into the album, and that’s a shame as all the ingredients are there but the mix of influences seems out of kilter, resulting in an album that’s neither fish nor fowl. There’s an obvious influence from the likes of Weezer, Piebald and The Wannadies on this release, and if those bands have a place in your heart then I’d recommend Casual Friday for your playlist, but for me Weekend Forever falls just short of the mark.
You can order the vinyl release of Weekend Forever via Open Door Records here
Weekend Forever is available for streaming and download via Bandcamp here
The Southern Californian power pop influenced rockers Casual Friday have released their debut album, Weekend Forever, via a joint enterprise through the combined independent alliance of Open Door Records, Hidden Home Records, Celebrity Punk House and Counter Intuitive Records, and the album is now available as a free download via their Bandcamp.
Weekend Forever is also available on ltd edition seafoam vinyl via Open Door Records here
You can download Weekend Forever for FREE via Bandcamp here
Orange County fuzz rocker Kevin Nichols has announced a US tour this June and July in support of his new album, I Don’t Wanna Die But I Wanna Die, that is due out on July 7th via Open Door Records, Kevin Nichols also recently released a video for the song Catch Over that is taken from his forthcoming album.
You can pre-order I Don’t Wanna Die But I Wanna Die here
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California based pop punks Casual Friday have released a brand new video for the song, Weekend Forever, that is taken from their forthcoming album of the same name, that will be coming out through Hidden Home Records, Open Door Records, and Celebrity Punkhouse later this year. Casual Friday have also announced they will playing The Fest 16 this October.
Weekend Forever can be downloaded and streamed via Bandcamp here
Kevin Nichols, former member of Your Ugly Sister, Chief Deceiver, Sleeper and NightAir, has released his new single, Killing Insects, that is taken from his forthcoming solo album, I Don’t Wanna Die But I Wanna Die, that is due out on July 7th via Open Door Records. Killing Insects is written, performed and recorded by Kevin Nichols and features Devan Fuentes of Iris Jupiter.
Killing Insects can be streamed via New Noise Magazine here
Killing Insects can be downloaded and streamed via Bandcamp here
Save Face are making their way west this Spring with Mom Jeans, even stopping by SXSW while they are it, they will be joined on selected dates by Forget It. Save Face just recently released Folly via Take This To Heart Records and Mom Jeans previous release, Best Buds, is available via Counter Intuitive Records.
Folly is out now on vinyl, CD and digital formats via Take This To Heart Records in conjunction with Backpack Records and Open Door Records. You can stream and purchase Folly here
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Iris JupiterOpen Door Records
By AJ Phink
Reviewing an album is always going to be a subjective exercise, but sometimes an album can be exactly what you need to hear and can reflect your mood, and there are few things better than finding a band that unexpectedly manages to match your state of mind. With that in mind this Southern Californian trio’s self titled debut landed in my inbox at exactly the right moment, it’s a downbeat, yet energetic, fuzzed out soundscape that is a hybrid of punk, hardcore, post punk and shoegaze that brings something unique and very welcome to 2017. Iris Jupiter‘s seven track offering follows on from 2016’s Zero Cool EP, that was released on Pacific Nature Records, it represents a logical progression from their initial lo-fi offering, everything sounds tighter and more refined, but crucially without losing the spirit of their debut release.
The opening track, Carly Beth, opens with a driven bass line that breaks down into a chorus that reflects pain and anguish, all the while this is accompanied by a twisted fuzzed out guitar line that encompasses punk and shoegaze, along with pulses of intense hardcore. Life Pile lets the bass line take the lead, with more than a hint that there’s a debt owed to Peter Hook‘s low slung influential bass style, before it explodes into heartfelt rage, a style that carries over into Mizar. Eat The Sap takes things into a darker place with a brief ode to isolation before we hit the glorious Ween (V4008), this track carries a hypnotic bass line and a piledriving guitar riff that abruptly segues into Science Is A Liar (Sometimes), this brings the pace of the album down with a melodic riff that builds to a climax with it’s anguished refrain of “feel the weight that’s pressing me down”. Solar Denial wraps things up with the heaviest riff on this impressive debut album, and it brings what has been an all too brief septet of slabs of heady dark fuzz to a close with a satisfying squall of feedback.
There’s a hefty influence from the likes of Joy Division, Smashing Punpkins and Placebo in their sound, but this is married to elements from punk, indie, shoegaze and emo that stops Iris Jupiter from being derivative of the bands that came before them. This impressive self titled album is delivered with a dark disturbed feel, and a genuine yearning rage and pain in the vocal delivery, that delivers something that is very much a product of 2017. Iris Jupiter have delivered the perfect soundtrack to those moments of doubt and introspection, but crucially I found that rather than encouraging you to wallow in dark places Iris Jupiter lift your mood. Their restrained rage is matched against an ominous distorted soundtrack, the end result is that this is a debut full length that is something to be treasured.
Iris Jupiter‘s self titled EP was released on the 13th January 2017 and can be ordered here
Iris Jupiter‘s web presence can be found here
Open Door Records will be releasing the self titled debut album from Southern California’s Iris Jupiter, the debut full length delivers a collision of down tuned power pop riffs and noisy shoegaze, that is shored up by steady beating pulses of hardcore. Iris Jupiter will be playing an album release show at VLHA, Pomona, CA on the 14th January with I’m Glad It’s You and The Total Bettys.
Iris Jupiter‘s website can be found here
Open Door Records have confirmed that they will be releasing the self titled debut album from Southern Californian trio Iris Jupiter, the debut full length promises to deliver a collision of down tuned power pop riffs and noisy shoegaze, that is shored up by steady beating pulses of hardcore. Iris Jupiter will be playing an album release show at VLHA, Pomona, CA on the 14th January with I’m Glad It’s You and The Total Bettys.
Iris Jupiter‘s self titled debut album can be pre-ordered here
Iris Jupiter‘s website can be found here
ChromesthesiaOpen Door Records
By AJ Phink
Modern Color are a quartet from the Redondo Beach area of California, and whilst Chromesthesia is only their debut album they have stated that they want to bring a new approach to aggressive and melodic music. I always see it as a good thing when a band wants to shake things upand bring something new to the party from day one, so have Modern Color been as good as their word? well the short answer would be yes, but things are never that simple and a short answer doesn’t provide the whole picture.
The opening heavily phased mellow chords that open Chromesthesia lull you into a false sense of security, the apparent mellowness gives way to a frantic and discordant number that shatters the peace. The lo-fi post hardcore assault continues with the title track, which contains the same ingredients of frantic post punk and post hardcore riffs with mellow breakdowns. The whole album features the mix of discordant guitars and the impassioned vocal screams which switches into mellow, almost lounge, stylings. It’s certainly an odd combination, one that I’m fairly confident will be unique to Modern Colour. Whilst I can’t think of another record that sounds like this, sadly the album becomes somewhat formulaic with the same recipe for each song being used, just the amounts of each ingredient are varied to differing levels of success.
Chromesthesia juxtaposes an extreme and noisy post hardcore soundtrack with throat straining vocals with some very mellow lounge riffs, it’s a brave attempt to bring something new to the punk cannon, but it only partially succeeds as the album becomes a tad repetitive. However if you want to hear an album that does bring a fresh perspective to punk music then you may well want to investigate Chromesthesia.
You can download Chromesthesia here
Physical copies of the album can be purchased from Open Door Records here