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Tricot Release Stream Of ‘Melon Soda’

Tricot 3Japanese alternative rock band tricot have released a stream of their new single, Melon Soda, that is taken from their third album, 3, that is set for release on 17th May on Topshelf Records in the US, Big Scary Monsters in the UK and Bakuretsu in Japan. Tricot will also be appearing at the ArcTanGent Festival in Bristol on 17th – 19th August with further UK tour dates to follow.

You can stream Melon Soda here

3 can be pre-ordered via Big Scary Monsters Records here

Enemies Launch Full Stream Of New LP

enemiesEnemies have premiered a stream of their third and final album.  The disc will be entitled Valuables, and is set to drop on December 9, 2016 via Topshelf Records

Listen to the full album here.

Lite Streams New LP

liteJapanese instrumental rock band Lite is streaming their new album, Cubic, which is out now via Topshelf Records.

Stream the disc here courtesy ClashMusic.

Dowsing – Hold

DowsingChicago bands Dowsing and Ratboys are streaming a new song from their upcoming split.  Thesplit features two tracks from each band and will be available on September 9, 2016 via Topshelf Records.

Pre-order the 7″ vinyl here.  Listen to Downsing‘s “Hold” here courtesy DIY Mag.

Dowsing And Ratboy Set To Release New EP

DowsingChicago bands Dowsing and Ratboys are teaming up for a shared split release.  The split features two tracks from each band and will be available on September 9, 2016 via Topshelf Records.

Pre-order the 7″ vinyl here.  Upcoming tour dates are below.

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Sorority Noise – “Everything is Alright” (Motion City Soundtrack Cover)

Sorority NoiseSorority Noise has premiered a cover of Motion City Soundtrack‘s “Everything Is Alright.”  The band continues to support their latest EP, It kindly stopped for me, which dropped earlier this year via Topshelf Records.

Listen to the song below.

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Field Mouse – The order Of Things

15036_4PAN_TUBEBrooklyn noise punk outfit Field Mouse has premiered a new song from their next album.  The track is titled “The Order Of Things” and is lifted from Episodic, which is set to drop on August 5, 2016 via Topshelf Records

The new song “The Mirror” can be heard below.  Pre-orders are live.

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Happy Diving – Don’t Be Afraid To Love

TopshelfHappy Diving has premiered a new song from their next LP.  The track is titled “Don’t Be Afraid To Love” and appears on the disc Electric Soul Unity, which is out August 19, 2016 via Topshelf Records

Listen to the track below.

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Happy Diving Announces New LP; Streams First Track

TopshelfHappy Diving has announced details for their next LP.  The disc will be titled Electric Soul Unity and is out August 19, 2016 via Topshelf Records.  Coinciding with the announcement, the band has premiered the new track, “Holy Ground.”

Listen to the new song and check out tour dates below.

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Tours: Frameworks

Time SpentGainesville, FL post-hardcore quintet Frameworks is heading on tour of their latest EP, Time Spent, which dropped back on February 5, 2015 via Topshelf Records.  

Tour dates are below.

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Field Mouse Announces Next LP; Premieres First Track

Field MouseBrooklyn noise punk outfit Field Mouse has unveiled details for their next album.  The disc will be titled Episodic and is set to drop on August 5, 2016 via Topshelf Records

The new song “The Mirror” can be heard below.  Pre-orders are live.

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Slingshot Dakota

Break

Topshelf Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Once more insomnia has struck, as I sit watching the sun come up I decide to give Pennsylvania’s Slingshot Dakota a listen, and it turned out to be an inspired choice. They are a duo featuring Keyboards and Drums who make glorious songs that can’t be pigeonholed into any category, and for that alone I salute them. Tom Patterson can hammer at his kit with the best of them, or he can provide the lightest of percussive touches, couple this with the celestial vocals of Carly Comando and the bewitching keyboards and you have an extraordinary combination. This isn’t the kind of album I would normally like but there is something about this release that is utterly enchanting.

The opening track You immediately draws you in, the mix of pounding drums and sparkling keyboards works perfectly with the ethereal vocals, from this point in I’m hooked. Paycheck is the other stand out song on the album. A classic driving bouncy pop tune with a chorus that is reminiscent of the kind of early eighties synthpop that Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark did so well when they started out.  These two songs will be gracing my playlist for the foreseeable future and are worth acquiring the album for. Whilst the other seven cuts on Break are not as engaging as the aforementioned tracks, they keep you enthralled with changes of tempo and style throughout the album.

I became so smitten with the keyboards and drums combination on this album that I was actually disappointed when a guitar surfaced on the slow burning ballad Too Much, and that isn’t something I thought I’d find myself writing. This is the perfect soundtrack for when those late night’s have turned into early mornings, Slingshot Dakota are a band who are making something unique and maybe that’s part of their charm.

No Joy Join Topshelf Records; New EP On The Way

Montreal’s noise-pop band No Joy has joined Topshelf Records.  The EP will be titled Drool Sucker and is due out July 15, 2016.

Coinciding with the announcement, the band has premiered the song “Thorn in Garlands Side,” which can be heard below along with upcoming tour dates.

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Cliquie – Mutual

CliquePhiladelphia indie act CLIQUE has premiered a new single.  The track is titled “Mutual” and will appear on their upcoming full length, Burden Piece, which is due out May 27, 2016

Hear the new track below.

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Mock Orange Full Album Stream

Indiana indie rockers Mock Orange have debuted a full stream of their freshly dropped full length, Put The Kid On The Sleepy Horse, out today via Topshelf Records.  

Listen to the album here.

Video: Clique – Top Field

CliquePhiladelphia indie act CLIQUE has premiered a new single.  The track is titled “Top Field” and will appear on their upcoming full length, Burden Piece, which is due out May 27, 2016

Watch the video for the song below.

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Sorority Noise – XC

Sorority NoiseSorority Noise has premiered a new song from their next EP.  The track is titled “XC” and the disc is titled It kindly stopped for me, which is due out April 22, 2016 via Topshelf Records.

Listen to the song below.

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Sorority Noise Announces New EP; Streams First Track

Sorority NoiseSorority Noise has announced that they will be releasing a new EP.  The disc is titled It kindly stopped for me and is due out April 22, 2016 via Topshelf Records.  The band is currently touring the UK.

Coinciding with the announcement the band has premiered the new song, “Either Way,” which can be heard below.

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TWIABP Announces New 7″

TWIABPWillimantic, CT emo act The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die has announced plans for a new EP entitled, Long Live Happy Birthday.  The songs on the 7″ were written around the same time as their latest full length, Harmlessness, and will be made available on March 25, 2016 via Topshelf Records.

Pre-order details can be found here.  Stream the new song, “Katamari Duquette,” below.

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Frameworks – Worn Out

Time SpentGainesville, FL post-hardcore quintet Frameworks is streaming a new song.  The track is titled “Worn Out” and is from their upcoming EP of the same name which is due out on February 5, 2015 via Topshelf Records.  

Listen to the song below.  Pre-orders are available now.

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Tours: Nai Harvest / Abattoir Blues

Nai HarvestNai Harvest has announced that they will be heading on tour with Abattoir Blues.  Nai Harvest is promoting their 2015 full length, Hairball, available now via Topshelf Records.

Tour dates are below.

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Tours: Sorority Noise / Modern Baseball (UK)

Sorority NoiseSorority Noise has announced they will be heading on a UK tour with Modern Baseball on select dates. Sorority Noise continue to support of their recent full length record Joy, Departed, released this past Spring on Topshelf Records.

Full tour listings are below.

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Tours: Donovan Wolfington / Frameworks

Donovan WolfingtonNew Orleans indie-punks Donovan Wolfington has announced plans to head on tour with Frameworks this February and March.  Donovan Wolfington will be supporting their sophomore LP, How to Treat the Ones You Love, available now via Topshelf Records.  Frameworks will be supporting their upcoming EP, Time Spent, which is set to drop on February 5, 2016.

Tour dates are below.

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Frameworks – Time Spent

Time SpentGainesville, FL post-hardcore quintet Frameworks is streaming a new song.  The track is titled “Time Spent” from their upcoming EP of the same name which is due out on February 5, 2015 via Topshelf Records.  

Listen to the song below.  Pre-orders are available now.

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Donovan Wolfington

Donovan Wolfington

How To Treat The Ones You Love

Topshelf Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Garage-tinged indie-punks Donovan Wolfington have wasted no time in taking spotlight.   All it took was the launch of their high energy full length debut to land them a spot on the growingly impressive Topshelf Records roster.  Their rough-cut, spirited approach bucks trends in their adoption of indie-pop hooks meet the occasional abrasive throaty concoction.   Now with the release of their sophomore full length, How to Treat the Ones You Love, the band feels as if deep in the throes of a burgeoning career path rather than as the relative new kids on the block implied by the briefness of their existence.

Donovan Wolfington take on a number of related and unrelated sounds, but their most constant is one of indie-pop played with some punk spunk.  At their most tuneful, they feel like a less fuzzed, slightly harder incarnation of The Thermals.  Opener “Ollie North” along with others like “Mercurus” takes this to heart with simple, hook-heightened riffs meshing with Neil Berthier’s steady, static tempoed vocal call taking the early reigns.  A dark element underpins the steadied outlook, but one open to jolts of expressive clarity as snottier and snarkier songs like “Basalisk” and “Manchac” demonstrate increasingly emotional vocal capacity.  Likenesses to Pavement’s slacker charm will garner appreciation.

What sets Donovan Wolfgang apart from others is the unapologetic willingness to turn on a dime and blast their brains all over the wall for the sheer adrenaline of it.  A stand alone track like “Hxc Punk” does just that, barking and blowing out like some sort of hardcore 80’s NYC punk mavericks.  “Locust” diverges even further, replacing vocals with dark, intermittent spoken word in a sludgy, destructive post-punk atmosphere.  Depending on who you are, these moments will either make or break How to Treat the Ones You Love.  Either way, there’s no denying that they distance Donovan Wolfgang from the rest of the pack. 

Of course, the songs most worth showing up for are those like hook driven, feel-good sliders like “John Cena” (which is actually rather dank in content).  But considering the road to recording How to Treat the Ones You Love’s involves the death of close friend and producer Rick Nasier and the departure of two of the original bandmates, it’s not surprising to feel such liveliness amidst such resilience. The band must have been determined to move forward, even if some of the album’s darker moments serve to document a degree of turmoil.  With How to Treat the Ones You Love, Donovan Wolfington confirms their conviction and soon to be dominant stature in the indie-punk scene.

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The Saddest Landscape

Darkness Forgives

Topshelf Records
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

There aren’t that many heavy handed emo bands out there that I’ve connected with.  The trend seems to have veered off towards the more scream-core type antics of the darker inclusions in the Rise Records and Pure Noise Records rosters.  Bands like MIss May I, Palisades, The Secrets, Counterparts, and so on seem to dominate the more visceral, emotionally unstable quadrant of the emo/screamo world – none of which interest me in the slightest.  

Meanwhile, many of those that tend to operate more firmly in the vocally raw emo realm like My Iron Lung and You Blew It place far too much focus on the mechanics of screaming without offering much of an opportunity for the audience to connect or emphasize.  That’s where The Saddest Landscape stands leaps and bounds over its multitude of peers.  The long running Boston emo staple somehow projects a rare emotional awareness that affords every element of chaos a turn to be heard.  Better still, the quintet seems to get more adept with age, making their latest full length, Darkness Forgives, a much needed boost to the genre.

Opener “Once We Were Immortal” leads the charge with the twist of the knife inherent in the line “I want to close my eyes and see more than darkness.”  The album’s desire for early resolve takes the form of desperately seeking counsel in the blackest of nights.  Guitars squeal between verses as Maddox’s belted strain embodies the internal struggle between cowering in fear and resilient counterattack.  The theme of hope in troubled times remains deceptively optimistic if you piece the clues together – even if each one is shrouded in all encompassing darkness.  Take the big, gang vocal infused chorus of “Souls Worth Saving.”  “We’ll run run run until we’re free” defies Maddox as the band accelerates through feverous drumming and frantic guitar without as much as a glance over their shoulder.

As Darkness Forgives runs its course, The Saddest Landscape locks into the turbulent ups and downs so characteristic of the genre’s most expressive insights.  When they plunge into the emotional void, songs like “‘Til Our Ears Bleed” play out by reeling back the curtain of ominous riffs as Maddox lowers his voice to a mumble in what becomes a comparatively calm chant among bandmates.  “Cause we’re still singing, like we mean it, and I’m still screaming, you’ve still got a friend in me,” reassures Maddox.  Balance is key between the ravenous fervor of “The Fire Between Heartbeats” and self restraint of “All Grace Intact.”  What seems to be unyielding at one moment turns into caution in the next.   Guitars echo in isolation before being paired by percussive elements.  As the song unfolds, a foreboding feeling swells like the grievous anticipation of impending disaster.  Such communicative pacing and self restraint bestows meaning onto each accompanying throat driven breakdown and carefully navigated uproar.  

As the album approaches its final moments, a trio of tunes gradually introduce a sense of resolve.  First, “Archival” opens with the calmest intro of the album, maintaining a sense of deep-rooted hope expressed through the final anthemic cries of rising gang vocals.  Next. “A Heaven Of Amplifiers” thrusts listeners back to the battlefield amongst harsh cries and rapid fire punk tempos, contrasting the darkness with a twinkling guitar that pierces like a ray of light.  The fittingly titled finale, “Admitting You’re Alive,” concludes with a passage that finally infuses the phrase, “darkness forgives.”  Like a butterfly shedding its cocoon and making its way up beyond a dark forest canopy, an essence of hopefulness and transcendence eventually strips away the chaotic, distorted feedback.  The breakthrough lasts for but a fleeting moment, but serves as a rewarding end to such an abrasive journey.  

Founded upon a base of turmoil, The Saddest Landscape accomplish what so many of their peers struggle with: forging a tumultuous but gratifying path.  Like emerging from tragedy a stronger person, The Saddest Landscape offers no apologies for the loathsome realities encountered along the way.  A sense of purpose resonates with each note, revealing a destination that can only be embraced by those walking in the same footsteps.  Darkness Forgives is immensely satisfying, and is exemplary of one of the few heavy handed emo acts that are truly worth connecting with.

The Saddest Landscape Full Album Stream

Saddest LandscapeLong running post-hardcore band The Saddest Landscape has premiered a full stream of their upcoming album, Darkness Forgives, which is set to drop on October 23, 2015 via Topshelf Records.  The album will follow 2012’s After The Lights and will re recorded with Jay Maas (Defeater, Bane).

Listen to the full disc here and be sure to watch out for our review later this week.

Video: The Saddest Landscape – Till our Ears Bleed

Saddest LandscapeLong running post-hardcore band The Saddest Landscape has premiered a new music video from their fifth studio full length.  The video features the song “Till Our Ears Bleed” and will appear on the album, Darkness Forgives, which is set to drop on October 23, 2015 via Topshelf Records.  The album will follow 2012’s After The Lights and will re recorded with Jay Maas (Defeater, Bane).

Check out the video below.

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Topshelf Records Welcomes Clique

CLiquePhiladelphia’s Clique has joined the ranks of Topshelf Records. The bans released their self-titled debut last year and plans to return to The Headroom, the studio owned by Joe Reinhart (Algernon Cadwallader, Hop Along) and Kyle Pulley (Dangerous Ponies, Thin Lips) in November to record their sophomore full length.

Clique will be joining Nai Harvest, Donovan Wolfington, Wildhoney, Infinity Girl, Solids, and Lizard Kisses on Thursday, October 15th for Topshelf’s CMJ Showcase at Shea Stadium.

Pretend – Through Thre Snow

Pretend has premiered a brand new track.  The song is titled “Through The Snow” and is set to appear on their upcoming Topshelf Records debut, Tapestry’d Life, due out October 9, 2015.  Pre-orders are live.

Listen to the track here courtesy AbsolutePunk.

The Saddest Landscape – A Season Of Goodbyes

Saddest LandscapeLong running post-hardcore band The Saddest Landscape has premiered a new song from their fifth studio full length.  The song is titled “A Season Of Goodbyes” and will appear on the album, Darkness Forgives, which is set to drop on October 23, 2015 via Topshelf Records.  The album will follow 2012’s After The Lights and will re recorded with Jay Maas (Defeater, Bane).

Check out the track here courtesy Brooklyn Vegan,