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Wintersleep announce new album

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This September 6th, Wintersleep will release two new singles Free Fall and Fading Out via Dine Alone Records. Originally released together on an exclusive 7” for Record Store Day – a release that became the #1 seller at the Canadian national event – they will be available digitally worldwide for the first time.

Free Fall and Fading Out mark the latest in a particularly fruitful release period for the band, having earlier this year put out their seventh full-length album In The Land Of – a longlisted album for the Polaris Music Prize. They also contributed a track, The Twist, to the recent Tiny Changes - A Celebration of The Midnight Organ Fight (Atlantic Records) release, a tribute to the late Frightened Rabbit singer Scott Hutchison, to whom the band had become close co-conspirators. They also worked with the award-winning director Christopher Mills on an incredible animated video for latest single Forest Fire, which you can watch below.

Like all Wintersleep records, In the Land Of encourages thought and introspection. The new record’s title is an incomplete thought, a blank that is filled in across the record with different places, words, and sounds. Free Fall and Fading Out mark themselves out as outstanding additions to the band’s canon – proud extensions to the album - all thoughtful anthemia and rousing, sky-high melodies.

The band says of them; "These are both songs we’re incredibly proud of recording and sharing with you. Free Fall is a really exciting song for us. It taps into our love of progressive rock songwriting. We kept it off In the Land Of because it has such a strong identity on its own. Fading Out is a sort of bridge from Great Detachment to In the Land Of era of songs, completed a bit too late to be included with Great Detachment but one of the first tracks we worked on when we started getting ready for In the Land Of. It’s interesting as it sort of gave In the Land Of a direction but ended up being a bit of an outlier. It has this neat guitar line that somehow ties in sonically with Free Fall and feels like a really good accompanying track. Both songs centre around the idea of dissolution. Fading Out starts as a sort of conversation about a dissolving relationship. Free Fall around the idea of coming to terms with the death of a loved one, how to continue living with someone after they have passed, taking the relationship forward into future."

In September Wintersleep will take to the road with tour dates throughout Europe. Full tour dates can be found below. The JUNO Award winners have previously toured several continents and shared stages with Pearl Jam, Editors, MACABEES, Frightened Rabbit, Broken Social Scene and The Hold Steady, a performance on Late Night with David Letterman and even an opening slot for Sir Paul McCartney.

10th Sept // Switzerland, Zurich // Bogen F
11th Sept // Germany, Munich // Milla Club
12th Sept // Germany, Berlin // Musik & Frieden
13th Sept // Germany, Hamburg // Molotow
14th Sept // Denmark, Odense // Kansas City
16th Sept // Germany, Bremen // Tower **
17th Sept // Germany, Cologne // YUCA **
18th Sept // Germany, Wiesbaden // Schlachthof **
19th Sept // Belgium, Antwerp // Trix Bar **
20th Sept // Netherlands, Amsterdam // Cinetol **
21st Sept // France, Paris // Secret Show
23rd Sept // UK, Manchester // The Castle Hotel ^
24th Sept // UK, Glasgow // Venue TBA ^
25th Sept // Ireland, Dublin // Grand Social ^
27th Sept // UK, London // Omeara ^

** = Support from Cascade Lakes
^ = Support from FISKUR

Buy tickets here: https://umc.lnk.to/_Wintersleep

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Free Fall / Fading Out artwork by Hayden Menzies
Download hi-res HERE

September live dates

10th Sept // Switzerland, Zurich // Bogen F
11th Sept // Germany, Munich // Milla Club
12th Sept // Germany, Berlin // Musik & Frieden
13th Sept // Germany, Hamburg // Molotow
14th Sept // Denmark, Odense // Kansas City
16th Sept // Germany, Bremen // Tower
17th Sept // Germany, Cologne // YUCA
18th Sept // Germany, Wiesbaden // Schlachthof
19th Sept // Belgium, Antwerp // Trix Bar
20th Sept // Netherlands, Amsterdam // Cinetol
21st Sept // France, Paris //  Secret Show
23rd Sept // UK, Manchester // The Castle Hotel
24th Sept // UK, Glasgow // Venue TBA
25th Sept // Ireland, Dublin // Grand Social
27th Sept // UK, London // Omeara

Find Wintersleep online: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Website | Dine Alone

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Redd Kross announce new album

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Album release: 23rd August 2019
Record label: Merge Records

Stream: "When Do I Get To Sing 'My Way'" at Brooklyn Vegan

Stream: "The Party Underground" at Classic Rock Magazine

Stream: "What's A Boy To Do?" at Flood Magazine

Stream: "Beyond The Door" at Stereogum

Today, California legends Redd Kross have released “When Do I Get To Sing 'My Way'” the latest single to be lifted from their much anticipated album Beyond The Door out August 23rd on Merge Records. On “When Do I Get To Sing “My Way’ Redd Kross reinterpret the beloved Sparks single with a new blast of fresh hooks and hum-able melodies. 

About the cover Sparks' Ron Mael says, "Redd Kross has always been one of my favorite bands and that opinion was cemented when I heard their amazing version of our 'When Do I Get To Sing 'My Way.' To do a version of that song with a completely different musical approach from the original while keeping every ounce of the original sentiment was an amazing feat. I love it!" "When Do I Get To Sing 'My Way'" premiered today at Brooklyn Vegan.

Listen via YouTube
Listen via Brooklyn Vegan
Pre-order album via Merge Records

Beyond the Door can be pre-ordered now on CD, digitally, and on limited-edition opaque purple Peak Vinyl in the Merge store. Redd Kross have also announced a massive US tour with the Melvins which kicks off on September 3rd in San Diego and includes shows in major markets including Los Angeles, Seattle, Boston, Philadelphia, Brooklyn, and more.

Beyond the Door is an album inspired by the band’s “total commitment to having the best f*cking time we can have while we’re all still here” (what they like to call “The Party”). Musically, it’s guitars, bass, and drums topped with a generous portion of sweet vocal melodies often delivered with an ambiguous edge. The album marks Redd Kross’ most collaborative record to date. Steven describes this evolution: “Jeff is still very much the driving force behind the compositions, but with more help from me than ever. Jeff and I haven’t shared this much of the writing and singing since Born Innocent in 1981.” Guitarist Jason Shapiro and drummer Dale Crover (Melvins, OFF!) are longtime members of the Redd Kross live band, but this album marks the pair’s recorded debut with the group. Mixed in Los Angeles by Steven McDonald, Beyond the Door includes notable guest appearances from Anna Waronker (That Dog), Geré Fennelly, Buzz Osborne (Melvins), and Josh Klinghoffer.

On the surface, the album title is a playful reference to an Italian horror film the McDonald brothers watched as children, a loose rip-off of both The Exorcist and Rosemary’s Baby that stars Juliet Mills of ’70s television program Nanny and the Professor. But like all things Redd Kross, it would be a sad injustice to stop digging there. No one knows what lies Beyond the Door… but we’re all in front of it.

Inspirations as varied as K-pop, glitter gangs, embarrassed tweens, long-term relationships, a mysterious character named Fantástico Roberto, and much more all contributed to Beyond the Door, an album that lures the listener into Redd Kross’ secret club full of riddles and inside jokes, with the ultimate reward of the perfect pop moment!

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Beyond the Door Track List:
1. The Party
2. Fighting
3. Beyond the Door
4. There’s No One Like You
5. Ice Cream (Strange and Pleasing)
6. Fantástico Roberto
7. The Party Underground
8. What’s a Boy to Do?
9. Punk II
10. Jone Hoople
11. When Do I Get To Sing “My Way

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BATS share new single and album

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Album release: 10th October 2019
More info: BATS’ Facebook page

Today, Dublin avant-rock 5-piece BATS have announced details of their first new album in 7 years, 'Alter Nature', and have shared the first single to be taken from the record, 'Old Hitler'. 

Having formed in 2006, the band released their EP 'Cruel Sea Scientist' in 2007, their debut LP 'Red In Tooth & Claw', produced by Converge's Kurt Ballou, in 2009 and ‘The Sleep Of Reason’ produced by These Arms Are Snakes’ Chris Common in 2012. Sporting their own brand of science inspired metal/post-hardcore and surprisingly danceable post-punk, the band have received critical acclaim from the likes of the Quietus, NME, Kerrang!, Metal Hammer, Rock Sound and more. 

With the forthcoming release of their third studio album ‘ALTER NATURE’, BATS seek to continue their ongoing quest of promoting science and reason while combating superstition and pseudoscience with blastable riffs and existential grooves. This evident on the new single 'Old Hitler', with the band explaining:

"Old Hitler was a legendary giant hammerhead shark, nicknamed by US naval officers in the midst of WWII. This song posits the question... what if Old Hitler showed up at the sinking of the USS Indianapolis in 1945? What carnage would he have wrought? This question and many more answered on ALTER NATURE."

HEAR/SHARE 'OLD HITLER' HERE

'ALTER NATURE' is a full-frontal attack to all of the senses. BATS incredibly idiosyncratic and cacophonous yet entirely rousing experimental noise-rock delves into intelligent and complex territory both lyrically and musically, but BATS understand that it need not exclude it from having a raw, rhythmic energy and a strong sense of melody.

This translates perfectly into their live shows and has seen the band earn plaudits and fans playing alongside the likes of The Locust, These Arms Are Snakes, The Jesus Lizard, Gang Gang Dance, Sebadoh and Chrome Hoof. BATS will also play this year's ArcTanGent festival with further live dates TBA. 

7 years in the making, the band have purposefully set about honing and crafting these tracks with precision and dedication. If you’re lucky enough to have heard BATS before or have even seen them live, then this incredibly strong third effort should be instantly recognisable as a consummate and direct snapshot of the devastatingly efficient unit; let alone as another step towards wherever the band might take themselves. If you're still yet to hear them, then you could have picked no better space-time.

'ALTER NATURE' is due out 10th October - pre-order HERE

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Find BATS online:
FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM

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TRACKLISTING:

1. Summoning The Demon
2. Christian Science
3. The Call Of Chtulhu
4. Old Hitler
5. In The Court Of The CRISPR King
6. Ergot
7. Dyson Sphere
8. Family Planning
9. Current Affairs

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Elvis Depressedly announces new album

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Album release: 4th October 2019
Label: Run For Cover Records
More info: Elvis Depressedly’s Facebook page

Elvis Depressedly, the enigmatic project of prolific songwriter, Mathew Lee Cothran, has announced Depressedelica, a brand new full-length due out October 4th from Run For Cover Records. Depressedelica marks the North Carolina based musician's first new album as Elvis Depressedly in four years, following 2015's critically acclaimed New Alhambra. Today The FADER is premiering the album's first single "Jane, Don't You Know Me?" an adventurous cut of infectiously off-kilter pop that captures Cothran's unique ability to combine hazy experimental elements with undeniable hooks. 

Listen to "Jane, Don't You Know Me?" via The FADER

Listen to "Jane, Don't You Know Me?" via YouTube
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Preorder Depressedelica

Depressedelica finds Cothran processing years of growth and change. The time of self-reflection inspired him to revisit the music he loved growing up and apply those classic influences to Elvis Depressedly's creative abandon. The resulting record pushes Cothran's sonic boundaries into new territory, often blurring genre lines, while also tapping into a timeless style of songwriting and Cothran's unabashed love of music itself. "Music has always been the most powerful, beautiful thing in my life," Cothran explains, "And more than anything, I wanted this album to capture how much it means to me."

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Depressedelica tracklist:

1. Who Can Be Loved In This World?
2. Jane, Don't You Know Me?
3. Chariot
4. Primal Sigh
5. Can You Hear My Guitar Rotting?
6. Holo World
7. Chariot (Reprise)
8. Peace On Earth
9. Control
10. Let's Break Up The Band
11. New Love In The Summertime

Biography:

“I went through a lot of cataloguing of the self over these last few years,” says Mat Cothran, the North Carolina artist behind the acclaimed indie project Elvis Depressedly. “It felt like I was saying goodbye to an era of my life, and a big part of that process was going back and listening to the music that I loved growing up. I wanted to pay homage to the songs that got me through.”

In that sense, Cothran’s stellar new album, ‘Depressedelica,’ is something of a love letter to music itself, a synthesis of the broad spectrum of art and influence that shaped his youth and forged his singular sensibilities. ‘Depressedelica’ marks Cothran’s first album of new material under the Elvis Depressedly moniker in four years, and it finds him writing and recording more adventurously than ever before, pushing sonic boundaries and blurring genre lines with gleeful abandon. As wide-ranging as the arrangements here are—autotuned vocals and remixed video game samples sit side by side with hazy guitars and droning synths—the collection as a whole feels remarkably cohesive and sharply focused, the unmistakable vision of a songwriter and producer with a voracious musical appetite and a firm grasp on his identity.

“I might be known for making this kind of low-fi bedroom music,” reflects Cothran, “but I really love electronic and experimental and psychedelic stuff, too. Music has always been the most powerful, beautiful thing in my life, and more than anything, I wanted this album to capture how much it means to me.” 

While Cothran has issued critically lauded records under a variety of banners through the years (his discography also includes work as Coma Cinema and Matthew Lee Cothran), he first began recording as Elvis Depressedly in 2011, initially introducing the project as a solo endeavor but later building it up to incorporate a rotating cast of live and studio collaborators over the course of what Rolling Stone described as “a string of excellent low-fi releases.” In 2015, he signed to Run For Cover and released his breakout label debut, ‘New Alhambra,’ to rave reviews on both sides of the pond. Pitchfork hailed the music as “a utopian sort of indie-pop,” while The Guardian likened its “murmured, murky melancholia” to “a lugubrious Ariel Pink with a crate full of country and psych records,” and NPR praised it as “the sound of an artist in search of happiness and deeper meaning.” 

Success couldn’t have come at a better time for Cothran—he was dead broke and barely scraping by when he got signed—but in the years that followed his breakthrough, he found himself grappling with a series of tumultuous changes. He turned thirty, wrestled with depression and anxiety, ended his Coma Cinema project, and watched helplessly as his grandfather passed away, all in a short window.

“When I lost my grandfather, it felt like I lost my childhood, too,” says Cothran. “I know that sounds like a strange thing to say at thirty, but once he was gone, I realized that I was on my own, that I was the oldest person I knew that I could rely on.”

It was that revelation that prompted Cothran to begin looking back on his youth in detail, revisiting the music he grew up on and even physically traveling to meaningful locations in search of some sense of closure.

“After my grandfather died, I went back to this science museum I used to visit as a kid,” says Cothran. “I probably hadn’t been there in twenty years, but it was my way of saying goodbye to that part of my life. I remember walking around the exhibits with tears in my eyes.” 

Though Cothran recognized he was embarking on a new chapter, some things remained as they always had. When it came time to cut ‘Depressedelica,’ he returned to the same old-school Korg multi-track recording machine he’d been using since he was fifteen, and he reverted back to his more solitary ways, recording nearly every element of the music himself. This time around, though, Cothran felt a creative liberty that he hadn’t experienced before, a lifting of pressure and expectation that enabled him to break new ground in both his writing and production.

“I wanted to experiment and try new things and do weird shit and fail,” he laughs. “Everybody’s so scared to fail these days because everybody’s trying to keep up with everybody else on social media, but I just reached this point where I realized that none of it mattered. I’m not trying to pretend I’m too cool to care—I genuinely hope people love the music I’m making—but ultimately all that I wanted to do was make something that I loved, and there was real freedom in that.”

That freedom is apparent from outset on ‘Depressedelica,’ which begins with the relentless “Who Can Be Loved In This World?” Driving and infectious, the song mixes stark simplicity with unconventional flourishes, offering up an ideal introduction to a record that relishes subverting expectation as it tips its cap to artists as varied as Elliot Smith, Prefab Sprout, Cocteau Twins, and Pink Floyd, all of whom helped spark Cothran’s love affair with music as a youngster. The dreamy “Peace On Earth,” for instance, toys with ethereal voice manipulation, while “Jane, Don’t You Know Me?” embraces auto-tune and an 808’s and Heartbreak-esque approach to sonic experimentation and darker subject matter in a pop context.  The hypnotic “Can You Hear My Guitar Rotting?” plays like an off-kilter take on Britpop, and the otherworldly “Primal Sigh” is constructed almost entirely of samples from a Nintendo 64.

“Every musical element of that song except from a drum or two come from a video game,” Cothran explains. “I twisted all of the sounds up on the Korg, which has become like another band member of the last fifteen years. I feel like I pushed it farther than I ever have this time around.” 

That much is abundantly clear on tracks like the shimmering “Jane, Don’t You Know Me?” and R&B-influenced “Control,” which reckons with trauma and forgiveness. It’s perhaps the wall-of-sound distortion of “Let’s Break Up The Band,” though, that best captures the resilient spirit of ‘Depressedelica.’

“That’s a song about loving music but remembering you’re able to walk away from the aspects of it that bring you down,” says Cothran. “Its about recognizing that whether I’m in a band or not, I’m still going to have music in my life, because music is my life.”

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Binker Golding announces new album

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Album release: 27th September 2019
Label: Gearbox Records
More info: Binker Golding’s Facebook page

“Is Binker Golding the new Sonny Rollins? The new Coltrane? Or both?”
– MOJO

Binker Golding is a musician of many talents: skilled composer, educator at Tomorrow’s Warriors and frequent collaborator with top musicians from the London jazz scene.

Born and raised in North London, Golding has recorded and performed regularly with the city’s finest; Zara McFarlane, Moses Boyd’s Exodus, Sarah Tandy and Maisha amongst others. He has learned from and played alongside many great saxophonists including Steve Williamson, Jason Yarde, Denis Baptiste and Gilad Atzmon. An all-rounder musician, he is the Musical Director of the Tomorrow’s Warriors Youth Orchestra and has composed concert repertoire and conducted the Nu Civilisation Orchestra.

His main projects include the free jazz duo Binker & Moses. The pair scooped up a MOBO award for their debut album ‘Dem Ones’ (2015) as well as two Jazz FM awards and a Parliamentary Jazz award. Their subsequent album ‘Journey To The Mountain Of Forever’ was voted #1 Urban Album of the Year by MOJO magazine in 2017 (beating Loyle Carner and Kendrick Lamar). The inimitable line-up behind the album includes the legend Evan Parker, tabla player Sarathy Korwar, and drummer Yussef Dayes amongst others. Their memorable album launch performance at Total Refreshment Centre also became the live album ‘Alive in the East?’ (voted #2 Jazz Album of the Year by Mojo in 2018).

Not one to pigeon-hole himself, Golding’s last experimental project with Elliot Galvin produced the live album ‘Ex Nihilo’, which duly stretches the boundaries of improvised music and was described by the London Evening Standard as “smashing convention and revelling in raw avant-gardism.”

Golding’s new album “Abstractions of Reality Past & Incredible Feathers” was recorded at Abbey Road, mixed by the legendary James Farber (Michael Brecker, Joe Lovano, Brad Mehldau), and mastered at Gearbox Records. The record features a distinctive quartet with Joe Armon-Jones on piano, Daniel Casimir on double bass, and Sam Jones on drums. On the new album, Golding’s quartet navigates a reflective path by exploring and honouring the pioneering 60s/70s sounds that paved the way for that same style of innovation that can be seen across today’s jazz climate. Merging through-composed jazz fusion of previous decades and the hip hop/broken beat-influenced sound of the contemporary London jazz scene.

The record also explores the same nostalgic themes on a personal level. Speaking about the album, Golding says, “It’s about experiences I had throughout my teenage years & twenties. It’s about remembering, forgetting, thinking you've forgotten & remembering again. It's about people & friends that you'll never see again & times that you can't go back to, so you have to settle for the memory of them instead, whilst holding on to some hope for the future.”

Binker Golding has long been a key proponent of the guiding ship in London jazz. This new album explores the roots of the music being celebrated so widely at present, whilst also creating something entirely new. In some ways you could say that this extends his practice of teaching which has been such a big part of his life and musical career. However, firstly and fore-mostly, this is Golding stepping out and making his mark whilst looking back at the experiences and music that have brought him to where he is today. 

TRACKLIST:

1. I Forgot Santa Monica
2. Exquisite She-Green
3. Skinned Alive, Tasting Blood
4. … And I Like Your Feathers
5. You, That Place, That Time
6. Strange-Beautiful Remembered
7. Fluorescent Black

Find Binker Golding online: FACEBOOK | TWITTER | GEARBOX RECORDS

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Darrin Bradbury announces new album

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Album release: 20th September 2019
Label: ANTI- Records

Like a more self-deprecating, decidedly morose John Prine, or perhaps a more jovial Guy Clark, New Jersey native Darrin Bradbury's songs are riddled with hilarious, obvious-once-you-hear-them observations on mundane everyday life.

The eleven songs on Talking Dogs & Atom Bombs, Bradbury's new release on ANTI- Records, leave listeners singing along with sometimes ridiculous, often dark, but instantly familiar tunes. Take sixty seconds to learn more about Darrin Bradbury HERE.

Produced by Kenneth Pattengale (The Milk Carton Kids), Talking Dogs & Atom Bombs is a collection of songs born from dealing with depression and the pressures of life in the only way Bradbury knows; by poking fun at it. "It's an album trying to combat depression, to laugh your way out of depression, and to be honest and accurate with that depression," Bradbury quips. "I try to write things that make me chuckle, and that chuckling is usually making peace with the existential dilemma of both the times and life in general."

Listen to the title track HERE; the album is available for pre-order HERE today.

With only one co-writer on the entire album-ANTI- label-mate, friend, and fellow esteemed Nashville musician, Jeremy Ivey-Bradbury's one-of-a-kind style is allowed to shine brilliantly, unobstructed by outside opinion. The tracking of Talking Dogs & Atom Bombs was completed in a similarly simple way; using the same combo of musicians for every song on the record. Aside from producer Pattengale's mellotron and vocal contributions and the aforementioned Ivey's bass and piano playing, only two extra musicians were called to round out the band; Alex Muñoz on additional guitars and Dillon Napier on drums. The only exception is the lone guest vocalist on the album, modern outlaw country queen and long-time supporter of Bradbury, Margo Price, who adds a sombre harmony to a track titled "The Trouble With Time."

Of the eleven songs on Talking Dogs & Atom Bombs, only two of them are more than three minutes long. The shortest of which, "Strange Bird," clocks in at one minute, seventeen seconds. "In the writing of this album, what was important to me was that the song was over when the thought was over. It wasn't about having to fill a certain amount of space," Bradbury says. "If I'm not motivated to say anything more about this particular thing, I won't force it. I would rather have a minute-and-a-half song that I felt conveyed something unique."

Talking Dogs & Atom Bombs will be Darrin Bradbury's first release on ANTI- Records. "Darrin possesses a wonderful, darkly sardonic sense of humour and a matter of fact wisdom that reminded me of some of my favorite writers from Chuck Berry to Mose Allison to John Prine," says ANTI- founder, Andy Kaulkin. "I haven't heard anyone do this sort of thing on this level for a very long time. His songs keep me on the edge of my seat."

"When I write, there are things that I want to get away with," Bradbury says. "I want to get away with the line, 'I woke up this morning and I got out of bed / Tripped on my pants and fell on my head.'" Overall, Talking Dogs & Atom Bombs is a beautifully refined version of Bradbury's writing; going for broke, connecting the dots, and doing it with blunt honesty that brings it all home. "If I can get you to take that seriously, and not skip a beat when you listen to it, that's what I want."

Track listing:
1. Talking Dogs & Atom Bombs
2. Breakfast
3. Hell's More or Less the Same
4. The Trouble with Time (feat. Margo Price)
5. Strange Bird
6. Nothing Much
7. The American Life
8. This Too Shall Pass
9. Motel Room, Motel Room
10. So Many Ways To Die (Frozen Pizza)
11. Dallas 1963

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Download album artwork - HERE

About Darrin Bradbury

Darrin Bradbury writes about the way things really are in America - a singular perspective shaped by a natural gift for storytelling, a lingering battle with depression, and a sly sense of humor. A self-described folk satirist who has toured the country for more than a decade, Bradbury collects his oddball observations in his newest album, Talking Dogs & Atom Bombs.

Bradbury grew up in New Jersey with an early interest in performing, partly because of his mother's career as a circus clown. At the age of 7, he felt certain that he would either become a songwriter or a cartoonist. He learned to play guitar as a vessel to tell his stories -- and because his handwriting and grammar steered him away from being a novelist. By the age of 18, he'd discovered Bob Dylan, Jack Kerouac, and Paul Simon, and decided to hit the road.

At 25, he moved from Charlottesville, Virginia, to Nashville, to try making it as a songwriter. For three months, he slept in his car in a Walmart parking lot and developed a local following by playing open mic nights. With a handful of self-funded EPs and albums, Bradbury steadily cultivated a national audience by touring constantly. Produced by Kenneth Pattengale of the Milk Carton Kids, Talking Dogs & Atom Bombs is Bradbury's first release for ANTI- Records.

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Third Eye Blind release new album and announce tour

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Album release: 18th October 2019
More info: Third Eye Blind’s website

“My current mood resonates with rebellion, energy, courage, and risk,”
says Stephan Jenkins, on Third Eye Blind’s sixth full length album, "Screamer" out October 18th. “I seek to combine it with a percussive level of musical immediacy in this collection of songs to cultivate collective idealism and an unapologetic aspiration towards humanistic values.”

Hear the title track “Screamer,” available on all streaming services now.

"Screamer" on: YouTube / Spotify  / Apple

The follow up to 2018’s EP "Thanks for Everything", "Screamer" finds Third Eye Blind collaborating with Alexis Krauss of Sleigh Bells (“Screamer”), Ryan Olson of Marijuana Death Squad and Poliça (“Who Am I” and “Got So High”), and the album’s musical consigliere, Billy Corgan.

“We have always been so insular,” says Jenkins, “and on Screamer we adopted an open door policy --  come in, be musical, and follow the song where it takes us.”

Going strong for over two decades, Third Eye Blind have broken their own attendance records with 2019’s Summer Gods tour. The biggest tour in the band’s history will wrap August 3 in Irvine, CA with Jimmy Eat World and Ra Ra Riot. Third Eye Blind has offset the tour’s carbon footprint by donating a portion of each ticket sold to a US-based carbon offset project managed by ClimeCo.

“It’s an incredible feeling to be in a good rock band,” adds Jenkins. “The gift that’s been given to me is that people view my music as enlivening them.”

"SCREAMER" EXPLORES THE DUALITY OF OUR DYSTOPIAN PRESENT AS CATALYST FOR PASSIONATE HUMANISM. FURTHER, CRITIQUES OF MUSIC CULTURE CONSUMERISM, ESCAPISM IN THE CONTEXT OF POST-PATRIARCHAL MORES WEAVE THROUGH MUSICAL LANDSCAPES OF RAW BOMBAST, THREADBARE BREAKDOWNS, AND JUDO FLIPS OF COMPUTER-BASED MUSICAL SLICKNESS.

Find Third Eye Blind online:
thirdeyeblind.com | Instagram

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Full tour dates:

July 24th Nashville, TN - Ascend Amphitheatre +
July 25th Rogers, AR - Walmart AMP +
July 26th Irving, TX - The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory +
July 27th Houston, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion +
July 31st Phoenix, AZ - Ak-Chin Pavilion +
Aug 1st San Diego, CA - North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre +
Aug 2nd Las Vegas, NV - Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort +
Aug 3rd Irvine, CA - FivePoint Amphitheatre +
Oct 11-13th Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Festival
Oct 21st Dublin, Ireland - The Academy
Oct 22nd Glasgow, UK - The Garage
Oct 24th Manchester, UK - Ritz Manchester
Oct 25th London, UK - Forum Kentish Town
Oct 26th Paris, France - Les Etoiles
Oct 27th Cologne, Germany - Luxor
Oct 30th Copenhagen, Denmark - Amager Bio
Oct 31st Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser Strand
Nov 1st Oslo, Norway - Vulkan Arena
Nov 3rd Berlin, Germany - Bi Nuu
Nov 4th Hamburg, Germany - Knust

+  = Summer Gods Tour with Jimmy Eat World & Ra Ra Riot

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Boy Scouts announce new album

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Album release: 30th August 2019
Label: ANTI- Records
More info: Boy Scouts’ website

“Vick had a knack for wrapping wrenching ballads in tender arrangements that foreground her voice in innovative ways.” - NPR Music

“Her music is defined by its warm tenderness—twangy guitars, cooing vocals, supportive keys—but she doesn’t necessarily want to be your caretaker.” - Paste

“Pure bedroom-folk, luring you into finding yourself lost with yesterday’s thoughts, occupied by today’s choices, and captivated by tomorrow’s chances.” - The 405

As Boy Scouts, Oakland-based songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Taylor Vick makes the kind of music that hits like good advice from a beloved friend. It's generously warm and inviting, built atop her open, searching voice, but it doesn't shy away from tough emotional truths.

Vick's songs survey the damage that can come from loving other people with curiosity and grace. Her new album, Free Company – her first for ANTI- Records set for an August 30th release - is her most vital and incisive work yet, a stunningly tuneful rumination on heartbreak and loss that is always galloping toward the horizon. So far, two singles have been released as tasters of the record to come.

Watch Taylor perform “Get Well Soon” on a couch floating through Los Angeles via balloons; the video was directed by Ramez Silyan (Lil Peep). Watch Taylor celebrate her birthday surrounded by friends in the new music video for “Expiration Date”. Her producer Stephen Steinbrink joins her in the clip, contributing harmony vocals to the song; Madeline Kenney (Hand Habits) directed the video.

WATCH:
"Get Well Soon" / "Expiration Date"

The album’s opener, "Get Well Soon" reckons with the difficult epiphany that comes when you've worked overtime to help someone you love, only to realize they won't meet you in the middle and help themselves. "It's a hard thing to say. You're hoping somebody will eventually feel better, but there's also this weird new distance between you. You can't do anything else, but you still really hope that they're OK," Vick says.

With its jangly electric guitar chords and sky-high vocal melodies, "Expiration Date" tackles that universal human quandary of impermanence. "Everything changes all the time. Nothing will last forever," says Vick. "It's such a hard concept to grasp because we just get so attached to things and people and situations. But stuff can't stay how it is forever. That's also to be said about bad stuff that happens. It won't weigh you down forever."

Her tightest and most cohesive collection of songs, Vick recorded Free Company in a tiny studio her friend Stephen Steinbrink set up inside a rented shipping container--a unique spot that ended up being perfect for her. "It's a windowless little room, but that made me feel really comfortable," she says. "We did it in the comfort of a weird, atypical recording space."

Steinbrink plays drums, synth, and bass throughout the record in addition to singing backup. It was the first time Vick had opened up her recording process to someone besides herself, and the inclusion of her friends (Rose Droll, Nikolas Soelter, and Chase Kamp also contributed to the album) helped her polish Boy Scouts' indie pop sound to a sparkle.

With a keen ear for melody and a palpable sense of empathy, Vick picks apart all the confusing and contradictory ways that people glance off of each other while moving through their lives. Her music is an invitation to shake off the weight that's been dragging you down, to lighten your step and keep moving forward no matter what lies ahead.

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Download artwork HERE

Pre-Order ‘Free Company’:
boyscouts.ffm.to/freecompany

Find Boy Scouts online:
boyscoutsband.com | Facebook | Bandcamp | Instagram

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Miss June announce album

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New Zealand’s Miss June is excited to announce the forthcoming release of their debut album. Entitled Bad Luck Party, the LP will be released on September 6th via Frenchkiss Records. Today, they share the newest single “Enemies” by way of a video directed by Dylan Pharazyn. He notes, “the track gets at that feeling of instability in a relationship when there’s full on confusion around who your friends are or who you are... reality runs amok.  I started to imagine this full throttle dream sequence in which a young couple bash through a bizarre night. As they find new places, they encounter strangers who at first seem normal become weird and dangerous creep characters… or ENEMIES. I felt like this erratic narrative had a powerful connection with the song - fast  and heavy in a super off-kilter way."

Pre-order "Bad Luck Party" HERE

Watch the video for "Enemies" HERE or below:

Previous to “Enemies,” Miss June released a double A-sided 7” consisting of “Best Girl” b/w “Twitch.” The New York Times labeled “Best Girl” a, "...nod back at a pantheon of powerful statements and sounds...but calibrated for 2019 ears craving a clever, irresistible outlet." Consequence of Sound said it is, “a bolstered, anthemic pop-punk jam for the next generation” and in the UK BBC Radio 1's Jack Saunders said “a creative forward thinking piece of punk music… this band are brilliant.” Find the 7” HERE.

Raised in the embers of punk rock and described as “some unholy union between Sonic Youth and Le Tigre,” the Auckland four piece harness jagged, noisy guitars filtered through the unrivalled stage presence of front-person Annabel Liddel, guitarist Jun Park, bass player Chris Marshall and drummer Tom Leggett.

The band has built a reputation for fierce, formidable and head-spinning live shows which have caught the attention of acts like The Foo Fighters, Shellac, Wolf Alice, Idles and Die! Die! Die!, who have all eagerly harnessed their support on stage. The band recently made their first trip to the U.K. and played to packed rooms in London's Old Blue Last and Brixton's Windmill as well as being a highlight for many at Bushstock Festival. The band will be back in Britain this autumn with dates to be announced soon. 

Combining elements of post-punk, no-wave and rock, Miss June hold close their DIY roots while creating a blistering, reckless sound full of melodic hooks and overdriven riffs that are at once immediately recognizable and yet entirely their own.

Full biography available HERE

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Bad Luck Party Tracklisting:
1. Twitch
2. Best Girl
3. Two Hits
4. Anomaly
5. Orchid 
6. Double Negative
7. Enemies
8. Aquarium 
9. Scorpio
10. Please Waste My Time
11. Polio


Find Miss June online:
Facebook | Bandcamp | YouTube | Soundcloud | Frenchkiss Records

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Automatic announce album

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Today, LA post-punk trio Automatic announces their debut album Signal, due September 27th via Stones Throw Records, and shares the new single “Too Much Money”.

Listen to "Too Much Money" via:
YouTube | iTunes | Apple | Spotify |  Bandcamp

Automatic, composed of Izzy Glaudini (synths, vocals), Lola Dompé (drums, vocals) and Halle Saxon (bass, vocals), worked with producer and engineer Joo Joo Ashworth of FROTH for the album. Signal ties together the band’s taste for dub reggae, motorik rhythms and gnarly synth work inspired by bands like NEU! and Suicide with the eerie atmosphere of films by auteurs like David Lynch and Dario Argento, to capture what it's like to feel at an angle to the world. 

New single "Too Much Money" chronicles the pitfalls of social media. The track follows previous release "Calling It" and arrives ahead of their month-long residency at The Echo every Monday in August, followed by a Europe and UK tour in October.

Signal speaks directly to the band members' experiences, tied together by a sense of anxiety and alienation so common to life in the 21st century. "Humanoid" echoes "Too Much Money"s sentiment on the disappointing falsity of social media, "Electrocution" recounts a near-death freak accident singer Izzy experienced – alluded to on the album art – and the title track captures the feeling of being trapped in the drudgery of a mundane life "and the realization that nobody is going to rescue you from it but yourself." As they put it: "The world is so fucked up, we don't know how any musician could say, 'This is all peachy.'"  

Hear "Too Much Money", see upcoming tour dates and album details below, and stay tuned for more from Automatic coming soon.

"Too Much Money":
https://youtu.be/L1qXQXsKAy0

Upcoming Tour Dates:
August 5th - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
August 12th - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
August 19th -Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
August 26th - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
October 17th - Paris, France @ L'Aéronef
October 19th - Groningen, Netherlands @ Vera
October 20th - Eindhoven, Netherlands @ DDW Music Festival
October 22nd - London, UK @ Shacklewell Arms
October 23rd - Bristol, UK @ The Lanes

October 25th - Amsterdam, Netherlands @ London Calling Festival
October 28th - Berlin, Denmark @ Urban Spree
October 29th - Antwerp, Belgium @ Trix

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September 27th, 2019

1. Too Much Money
2. Calling It
3. Suicide In Texas
4. Love You Fine
5. Highway
6. Signal
7. Humanoid
8. Damage
9. Electrocution
10. Champagne
11. Strange Conversations

Listen/watch video for previous single "Calling It":

‘Calling It’ single:
YouTube | Bandcamp | Spotify | Apple Music | iTunes | Amazon

Follow Automatic:
Spotify | Facebook | Instagram

Follow Stones Throw Records:
Website | Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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Louien shares new single and announces new album

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Album release: 13th September 2019
Label: Jansen Records
More info: Louien’s Facebook page

Louien – AKA Live Miranda Solberg – returns today with new music in the form of latest single I Follow You. Taken from an album set to emerge later this year on revered Norwegian label Jansen Records, I Follow You forms part of a new works that explores how the process of mourning and grief can change a person’s outlook. It focuses not only death, but isolation and separation in general. Live’s ability to marry these themes with delicate and intricate melodies make I Follow You an immediately rewarding listen.

About the album, Louien says, “Grief allows for beautiful things as well - love and hope, for instance - and you really get in touch with your own feelings. But this album is probably more about the first phase of a grieving process – hopelessness, isolation, anxiety and depression."

Listen to I Follow You HERE

Louien has appeared at some of Norway’s biggest festivals, including Oya and by:Larm. The album was recorded with Øyvind Røsrud Gundersen at Brageveien Studio in Oslo. Among the guests are Kaja Fjellberg Pettersen, Henrik Lødøen, Øystein Braut, Kristine Marie Aasvang, Signe Marie Rustad and Einar Kaupang.

The album None of My Words will be released on Jansen Records September 13th 2019.

Find Louien online: Jansen Records | Facebook | Spotify

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Press Club announce new album and share lead single

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Photo credit: Ian Laidlaw

Album release: 16th August 2019
Label: Hassle Records
More info: Press Club’s website

When Melbourne punks Press Club released their debut album Late Teens, it was received as a cacophonous battle-cry, resonating with fans far beyond their native Australia. Marked out as a band to keep an eye out for very early on, their music was singled out for its honesty and integrity, and the band praised for their social awareness, calls for self-improvement and powerhouse live performances. Today, the band announce their anticipated follow-up album, Wasted Energy, along with new single Thinking About You.

Pre-order Wasted Energy HERE
Listen to Thinking About You
HERE
Official Youtube Audio Stream
HERE

Press Club’s sonic calling cards are all present on Wasted Energy; the fuzz-addled, kicked-in speaker bass of Iain MacRae, the thick guitar tones of Greg Rietwyk, the merciless drumming of Frank Lees, and the emotionally charged vocal deliverance of Natalie Foster. On new single Thinking About You, amongst the climactic clatter of the band giving it everything, is Foster recounting her experience with a stalker. Never one to shy away from what is uncomfortable, the song embodies a freak’s tongue, cooing unbridled down the phone line; abrupt, uninvited, and out of the blue.

In contrast to Late Teens, lyrically, Wasted Energy approaches the microphone through a lens of extrospection. It examines the negative behaviours in the world around us and how we’re all learning to exist in today’s ever-evolving socio-moral landscape. Wasted Energy is broadly about change, and life’s watershed moments that change its course. These shifts are laterally represented lyrically and sonically in many of its songs. Sweeping about-faces and musical departures are an expansion of the musical fibre that make up the Press Club repertoire.

Don’t miss the band in August as they embark on their biggest UK headline tour to date, including performances at Reading & Leeds Festivals. The full list of upcoming shows is as follows.

Full tour dates are below

Thu Aug 22 - The Parish, Huddersfield UK
Fri Aug 23 - Reading Festival, Reading UK
Sat Aug 24 - Leeds Festival, Leeds UK
Sun Aug 25 - Greenbelt Festival, Northamptonshire UK
Tue Aug 27 - Redrum, Stafford UK
Wed Aug 28 - Bodega, Nottingham UK
Thu Aug 29 - Surf Cafe, Newcastle UK
Frid Aug 30 - Broadcast, Glasgow UK
Sat Aug 31 - Night People, Manchester UK
Tue Sep 3 - Annie's, Worcester UK
Wed Sep 4 - Bermuda Bob’s Hi-Fi, Norwich UK
Thu Sep 5 - New Cross Inn, London UK – VENUE CHANGE FROM THE BORDERLINE
Fri Sep 6 - Prince Albert, Brighton UK
Sun Sep 8 - Cinetol, Amsterdam NL
Tue Sep 10 – Haldern Pop Bar, Haldern DE
Wed Sep 11 - Sonic Ballroom, Cologne DE
Thu Sep 12 - Alte Hackerei, Karlsruhe DE
Fri Sep 13 - Dynamo, Zurich CH
Sat Sep 14 - Strom, Munich DE
Sun Sep 15 - Cross Club, Prague CZ
Wed Sep 18 - Stengade - Copenhagen DK
Thu Sep 19 & Friday Sep 20 - Reeperbahn, Hamburg DE
Sat Sep 21 - Vera, Groningen NL

Tickets are available now HERE

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Download hi-res album artwork HERE

Praise for debut album Late Teens

“An amazing, amazing record. There’s no answer to where they could end up.”– Kerrang! Hottest Bands of 2019

“A breathless exorcism of adolescent emotion. Late teens will leave a remarkable imprint.” - NME

“The centrepiece both on record and in the flesh is the powerhouse performance of vocalist Natalie Foster.” – DIY

“This is one club that the world will be clamouring to join.” - Upset

“Press Club install a rackety underlay to their sound that gives them a uniqueness most bands would kill for.” - Alt Press Bands to Watch 2019

“Suburbia is such a big track” - Jack Saunders, BBC Radio 1

“One of our records of the year for sure – so great.” - Dan P Carter, BBC Radio 1

“A listen-all-the-way-through-and-hit-repeat masterpiece.” - Aesthetica Magazine

“Nat Foster adds a lot of star power. You can see Press Club going far.” - Louder Than War

“Headwreck is a whirlwind of a track.” - The i Paper

Find Press Club online: 
Website | Facebook | Instagram | Youtube | Spotify

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Slaughter Beach, Dog announce new album

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Album release: 2nd August 2019
Label: Big Scary Monsters
More info: Slaughter Beach, Dog’s Facebook page

Philadelphia's Slaughter Beach, Dog - which began as the solo project of Jake Ewald (Modern Baseball) but has grown into a band with the addition of bassist Ian Farmer (Modern Baseball)Nick Harris (All Dogs) and Zack Robbins (Superheaven) - recently announced a new record, entitled Safe And Also No Fear. Out August 2nd, 2019 on Big Scary Monsters, it is available for pre-order HERE.

Today, SBD has shared a video for a new track from the record, 'Heart Attack', which can be seen HERE. The announce follows the release of the irresistibly catchy "One Down" and the effervescent "Good Ones" - both tracks can be heard HERE.

More news from the band will be announced soon.

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Slaughter Beach, Dog Bio:

Across the previous Slaughter Beach, Dog albums, Jake Ewald has crafted a specific sound. It’s one that incorporates pop music, indie-rock, folk, and just the faintest dash of punk in order to create something that’s accessible but still artistically rich. With Safe And Also No Fear, the band’s third album, Ewald has abandoned his usual practices in service of creating something that, try as one might, isn’t so easy to describe.

In the wake of 2017’s Birdie, an album awash in warm tones and bubbly pop hooks, Safe And Also No Fear can’t help but feel like a turn toward darkness. It’s not one that’s instigated by the outside world—as inescapable as it may be—but instead the dramatic shifts of a person’s interior life. Where Ewald once offered tightly woven vignettes about characters that mirrored the people in his life, Safe And Also No Fear finds him naked at the album’s center, questioning everything he knows about himself. Around him, bassist Ian Farmer, guitarist Nick Harris, and drummer Zack Robbins spin out songs that are dense, swirling amalgams of difficult questions and hard-earned realizations—the kind that can’t be expressed through the accepted structures of pop music.

This isn’t to say there aren’t hooks, as songs like “Good Ones” and “One Day” have effervescent melodies anchoring them, but Safe And Also No Fear generally avoids taking the clear-cut path. As Ewald tells it, that’s a horrifying thing to put out into the world. After putting the finishing touches on the album, he sat down and listened back to the demos he’d first made, then the album itself, and realized it sounded unlike anything he’d ever done before. His creative impulses had changed over the years, and the result was a record that maybe his followers wouldn’t actually like. 

Ewald seemingly addresses this anxiety during the album’s most ambitious track, the seven-minute long “Black Oak.” It’s fitting that midway through the longest song Ewald has ever written he offhandedly remarks, “Realizing this may put my career on the line.” It’s part of a larger narrative, but one that’s more textural and ambiguous than what the band has been known for. Is that lyric about Ewald and Slaughter Beach, Dog? We’ll maybe never know—and that’s the beauty of Safe And Also No Fear. It’s an album so profoundly singular, one that sees the band willing to wade out into deep waters without a life vest, that it encourages you to go out there with it. You hear the band fully embrace the unknown at the end of “Black Oak,” when the song explodes open and Ewald’s vocals are looped into a refrain that’s haunting and impossible to sing along with accurately. You can pick out phrases and hum a melody, but there’s no didactic meaning behind it. It’s there for you to find if you need it.

Safe And Also No Fear is a bold gesture, not just because of the music contained therein, but because it required Ewald to interrogate his artistic tendencies, breaking himself of his habits in service of making something he never thought he could. That involved trusting his band, with whom Ewald collaborated for a full year of writing and recording. Unlike Birdie, where Ewald played every instrument, with Safe And Also No Fear everyone’s fingerprints are on it. Though the album is a product of Ewald committing to his vision, it’s also proof of the way that Farmer, Harris, and Robbins are able to expand Slaughter Beach, Dog’s sonic boundaries in subtle, evocative ways.

The result of that collaboration is Safe And Also No Fear, an album that doesn’t leave easy clues as to its influences or intentions, instead offering up vague sketches of what it feels like to be a person who is constantly confused and anxious, yet completely committed to finding a way through it. It’s not simple, and Ewald’s never didactic, but the message begins to come through the more you revisit it. Every part of Safe And Also No Fear is a risk, and that’s exactly what makes it so beautiful. It’s a record that sees a band fully committed to their art, in spite of what everyone else would advise. And if you’re listening close enough, it really does make a lot of sense.’

Find SBD online: Facebook | Twitter | Bandcamp | Big Scary Monsters

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KAZU announces new album

Photo by Eva Michon

Photo by Eva Michon

Album release: 13th September
Label: Adult Baby Records
More info: KAZU’s Facebook page

Praise for first single “Salty”:

“First single ‘Salty’ hovers between a pop song and a fluid electronic composition, underlining gentle pulsations with sine-wave synths and a quietly insistent drumbeat.” - Pitchfork

“... [‘Salty’], like so many Blonde Redhead songs, still conjures its own atmosphere and makes you feel like you’re in a completely different place.” - Stereogum

“Not surprisingly, the wistful, aquatic techno-pop of ‘Salty’ sounds a far cry from anything Blonde Redhead’s gotten us used to.” - Tiny Mix Tapes

“...full of earthy electronics and [KAZU’s] signature ethereal vocals.” - Brooklyn Vegan

Today, KAZU shares the 2nd single from forthcoming solo LP Adult Baby,“Meo.” The result of collaboration with Blonde Redhead bandmate Amadeo Pace, “Meo” also features synths and piano from Ryuichi Sakamoto, percussion from Deerhoof’s Greg Saunier, and flute from Robbie Lee. Minimal instrumentation swells into a climax facilitated by Art Orchestra of Budapest that runs parallel to the lyrical content of the song, confirming KAZUas a full-spectrum artist who is unafraid to use music to reveal her innermost feelings. In addition to the trailer and single, KAZU has shared a release date of September 13th and the album cover art plus tracklist, which can be found below. Adult Baby will be released via KAZU’s own Adult Baby Records with distribution from !K7.

“Meo” is one of the most significant and courageous tracks of Adult Baby--it is no accident that it was chosen as the soundtrack to the extraordinary, moving trailer for the upcoming narrative film that accompanies Adult Baby, a genuine visual album inspired by the tracks of the album,  by filmmaker Eva Michon

Watch the trailer HERE and listen to “Meo” below.

The film for Adult Baby was conceived and delivered on the island of Elba--a small jewel in the Tyrrhenian sea off Tuscany where Napoleon was once exiled and where KAZU is resolved to spend much of her life--and was recorded in New York, Berlin and Milan. The first solo album from KAZU features such great musicians as the celebrated Ryuichi Sakamoto, the famous Brazilian percussionist Mauro Refosco, acclaimed drummer Ian Chang, and Sam Griffin Owens who co-produced with KAZU.

A distinct sample is used on the track “Name and Age”—the unmistakable cry of Godzilla. This was the spark of inspiration for filmmaker Eva Michon, who wrote a fictitious folklore-esque narrative which would become the blueprint for the visual album film to accompany Adult Baby.

The film takes place on the island of Elba, Italy, where in 1814, Napoleon Bonaparte was banished into exile. Inspired by historical events and symbolism of the island, Michon treats each song as a chapter in a larger narrative, which will be approximately 40 minutes in length. Costumes were provided by Kazu’s long time friend, French designer Isabel Marant, who jumped at the chance to support Kazu’s long-awaited solo project, her first solo endeavor outside of Blonde Redhead. Read a full-length in-depth bio HERE.

The film is an ambitious co-production, produced by Lief with support of Ponderosa Music Records, Isabel Marant, Common Good, Merman, and Handsome.

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Adult Baby Album Cover by Alexander Gelman
Photo by Stefano Masselli

Album Pre-order: https://adult-baby-records.lnk.to/AdultBaby

Tracklist:

1. Salty
2. Come Behind Me, So Good!
3. Meo
4. Adult Baby
5. Place Of Birth
6. Name And Age
7. Unsure In Waves
8. Undo
9. Coyote

Produced by Kazu Makino and Sam Griffin Owens

Executive producer: Titti Santini

Recorded and Mixed by Sam Griffin Owens at Figure 8 Recording, Pioneer Work, The End Studio( Brooklyn), Officine Meccaniche (Milano)

Additional Recording by Francesco Donadello at Voxton Studio (Berlin)

Mastered by Heba Kadry

All tracks composed by Kazu Makino except track 3“Meo”, music by Kazu Makino and Amedeo Pace

Artwork: Alexander Gelman

Original Photo Cover: Stefano Masselli

Find KAZU Online: Facebook | Instagram

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The Hold Steady announce new album

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Photo credit: Adam Parshall

Album release: 28th June 2019
Label: Frenchkiss Records
More info: The Hold Steady’s website

The Hold Steady are releasing their new album, Thrashing Thru The Passion,via Frenchkiss Records on Friday, August 16. The Hold Steady’s seventh studio album is available now for pre-order. Fans can also receive access to exclusive album bundles, including such extras as limited edition clear vinyl, poster, lithograph and enamel pin set. All pre-orders will come with a free download of the new song, “Denver Haircut,” which is also available now at all DSPs.

“’Denver Haircut’ is a story about a guy who has chance meet up that takes him to a few different locations before leaving him alone and cashless in a strange hotel room,” says the band’s lead singer Craig Finn. “Steve Selvidge (guitarist) brought in the music to this song and everyone felt it immediately, it was really fun to play. The story unfolded quickly too. When recording, we remarked that it sounded like it could kick off an album…and so here we are.”

PRE-ORDER THRASHING THRU THE PASSION 

LISTEN TO “DENVER HAIRCUT”

Thrashing Thru The Passion collects five new songs recorded this year alongside five acclaimed ones released digitally between November 2017 and March 2019. The album was recorded at The Isokon in Woodstock, NY with producer Josh Kaufman and engineer D. James Goodwin. Additional performers include Stuart Bogie, Dave Nelson, Jordan McLean and Michael Leonhart on horns and Annie Nero on backup vocals.

"I’ve been saying for a few years now - since Franz (keyboardist) came back- that this six piece lineup of The Hold Steady is the best band we’ve ever been,” says Finn. “The new songs recorded by this version of the band are super exciting to us. It’s been a very fun and creative period for The Hold Steady.”

The Hold Steady will celebrate Thrashing Thru The Passion with “Constructive Summer 2019,” a series of live show weekends across the United States. These weekends take place in Seattle, WA’s The Crocodile (August 15-17), Chicago, IL’s Thalia Hall and Empty Bottle (August 22-24), Nashville, TN’s Basement East (September 5-7), Boston, MA’s The Sinclair (September 12-15), and the fourth annual “Massive Nights” event at NY’s Brooklyn Bowl (December 4-7). For complete details and ticket information, please visit www.theholdsteady.net/#shows.

The Hold Steady is: Bobby Drake (drums), Craig Finn (vocals), Tad Kubler (guitar, vocals), Franz Nicolay (keyboards), Galen Polivka (bass), and Steve Selvidge (guitar, vocals).

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THE HOLD STEADY LIVE SHOWS 2019

AUGUST


15-17 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
22 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
23 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle – SOLD OUT
24 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall – SOLD OUT

SEPTEMBER

5-7 – Nashville, TN – Basement East
12-15 – Boston, VA – The Sinclair

DECEMBER

4-7 - Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl – (December 7 SOLD OUT)

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THE HOLD STEADY
THRASHING THRU THE PASSION
(Frenchkiss Records)
Release Date: August 16, 2019

TRACKLISTING:

1. Denver Haircut
2. Epaulets
3. You Did Good, Kid
4. Traditional Village
5. Blackout Sam
6. Entitlement Crew
7. T-Shirt Tux
8. Star 18
9. The Stove & The Toaster
10. Confusion In The Marketplace

Find The Hold Steady online: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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WHY? announce new album

Photo credit: Ryan Back

Photo credit: Ryan Back

Album release: 9th August 2019
Label: Joyful Noise Recordings
More info: WHY?’s website

WHY?, the creative moniker for consummate wordsmith and beloved songwriter Yoni Wolf, is excited to announce AOKOHIO, a visual album to be released on August 9, 2019 via Joyful Noise Recordings.

Pre-order HERE

Today, WHY? is sharing the album's second three-song movement and accompanying visual, "II. I've been carving my elbows, I might just take flight.," which features focus track "Stained Glass Slipper." The album's entire visual element stars Emmy-winning actress Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) and was directed by Sundance Dramatic Special Jury Award-winner Miles Joris-Peyrafitte. Stream or embed the video HERE. Hear the entire audio-only version HERE, and hear "Stained Glass Slipper" on its own HERE.

This new movement follows last month's release of "I. I may come out a broken yolk, I may come out on saddle.," which featured the standout single "Peel Free." The lead-up to AOKOHIO will follow the somewhat unconventional path of gradually revealing the entire album in playing sequence, each movement accompanied by its own visual element, from now until its August 9 release date. The visual component of the album is anchored by a continuing narrative, which will continue to take shape until the album is released.

AOKOHIO's themes of familial anxieties and nostalgia will be familiar to many, but few have attempted as clear-eyed and sincere a portrayal as Wolf has succeeded with here. Collaborators like Lala Lala's Lillie West and both members of Sylvan Esso will no doubt come as welcome additions, both serving to bolster the unmistakable sound and vision on which WHY? has grown its legions of fans.

WATCH "II. I'VE BEEN CARVING MY ELBOWS, I MIGHT JUST TAKE FLIGHT."

HEAR THE AUDIO-ONLY VERSION

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Yoni Wolf has spent the last two decades traveling the remote sonic terrain where hip-hop, rock, and electronic music meet. In that time he’s cultivated a unique sound, and a unique position as one of contemporary music’s most distinctive voices. Some of Yoni’s most compelling and critically-praised musical experiments have been issued under the moniker WHY? and his latest entry is no exception. On AOKOHIO Yoni condenses the essential elements of WHY? into a stunningly potent musical vision.

Co-produced by Yoni and his brother JosiahAOKOHIO presents a rich palette of musical voices that emerge and disappear into a constantly shifting kaleidoscope of sound. “I wanted a wide variety of sounds. I didn't want this album to sit in one sonic zone. I've always felt like too jagged of a person to be smooth in that way,” Yoni says. While the album features many notable guest contributors, from Lala Lala’s Lillie West, to Nick Sanborn and Amelia Meath of Sylvan Esso, the listener’s attention remains squarely directed on Yoni’s voice and vision. AOKOHIO finds Yoni rethinking fundamental aspects of his approach to creating and delivering his music. The album is presented as six movements comprised of two to four songs each, with some segments appearing as brief fragments that dissolve within seconds.

“When I started this project, I decided I needed to try a new approach in creating music and how I work,” Yoni reflects. “I wasn't feeling the idea of going back in and making another ten or twelve song album. It felt arduous. It felt like too much. So I wanted to pare the process down and make it manageable. I thought, 'Why don't I make small five or six minute movements and finish up each movement before I move on to the next.' That's how I started approaching it. The whole process took over five years, I'd start working on something and set it aside for awhile. The earliest songs on this album started in 2013."

As Yoni reimagined his approach to creating music, he also began thinking of new ways to share the music with his audience. “I initially wanted to release the music as I progressed through the project,” Yoni says. “When I finished a movement I wanted to put it up digitally on Bandcamp or Soundcloud. I just wanted to make little pieces of music and put them out there. But I had a call with my manager and the label and they said, 'We can release stuff through time like that, but we want to do it properly.' So the idea of the project changed after that, but it retained the integrity of working in movements. It's definitely a very different way of working for me. I think it has yielded some interesting results.”

The concept of sharing AOKOHIO in segments over time has been preserved with the release of an accompanying visual album. “I think it's a very artful way of putting the the music out there,” Yoni explains. “It's like a television series, it's revealing itself slowly over time. I think it's cool that the audience gets to hear it one piece at a time, and has to wait and digest each piece before they get the next one.”

“I knew early on that I wanted that visual element for this album,” Yoni recalls. “My brother and I have worked on video stuff our whole lives. Our dad had video equipment since we were little kids, he had an editing suite in our basement. We weren't rich, we were actually very poor, but somehow he'd gotten ahold of these video editing desks and cameras. Even though my brother and I had dabbled in video as kids, it's not what we do for a living. So we wanted to find someone, and fucking randomly a guy messaged me on Instagram and was like, 'Hey, I like your music and I'd love to work with you.' I looked at his work and I was like, 'This guy is for real!'"

The author of that fateful Instagram message was Sundance award-winning director Miles Joris-Peyrafitte“Miles directed the first three segments of the visual album and is the mastermind of the overarching video project,” Yoni explains. Joris-Peyrafitte’s visuals cut contemporary footage of Yoni and actress Tatiana Maslany with vintage home videos documenting Yoni’s childhood life in Cincinnati. It’s a fitting juxtaposition, as Yoni’s lyrics on AOKOHIO seem to question how memory, history, and place shape our anxieties and sense of self. “I moved back to Cincinnati after living in the Bay Area for over a decade,” Yoni says. “This album is very much me thinking about my mom and dad, and my siblings.”

Yoni’s return to his Ohio hometown brought on a period of critical self-reflection. “Is there a word for bad nostalgia?” Yoni asks. “When I think of the word nostalgia, it seems like pleasant feelings and all that, but this is not really like that. It's more about reflecting on the anxieties I've had since I was born. Why are they there? Is this epigenetics? Is that shit just inside of me because of the Holocaust and my relatives back then? What am I really? Why do I operate in these ways?”

Ultimately AOKOHIO sees Yoni pushing to find meaning and peace of mind in the moment, even if it’s not exactly where he wants to be. “The title is sarcastic I guess,” Yoni offers. “But it's also wishful. A lot of my album titles have been names of maladies, like Alopecia and Mumps, Etc. I don't want to project that into the world. You know, ‘A-OK Ohio, I'm here and it's fine.’ It's like a mantra, ‘A-OK Ohio, I'm here and it's OK.’ Even though in reality, everyday I'm like, 'I've got to get the hell out of Ohio.'"

AOKOHIO feels like a consequential addition to the WHY? catalog, possibly even an artistic turning point. But its creator remains circumspect when asked to comment on the album’s significance within his discography, instead preferring to characterize the work as the latest iteration of his deep commitment to his artistic practice. “I have no idea if this record is good or not,” Yoni says. “But I never really know. I know that I've never written a song that's indispensable to the American songbook. But in terms of what it is, it's a piece of art. I put blood, sweat, and tears into this album, and struggled through the creative process as I always do. As far as where this sits with the rest of my albums? I can't answer that. I just know that my career is a lifelong career, and I’m working it. Every time it feels right, it makes me feel good.”

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WHY?
AOKOHIO
Pre-order 
HERE
Tracklist:

I: I may come out a broken yolk, I may come out on saddle.
1. Apogee
2. The Rash
3. Peel Free

II: I’ve been carving my elbows, I might just take flight.
4. Reason
5. Deleterio Motilis
6. Stained Glass Slipper

III: Please take me home, I don’t belong here.
7. The Launch
8. High Dive
9. Mr. Fifths’ Plea
10. Good Fire

IV: The surgeon nervously goes on, he never claimed to be God.
11. Narcissistic Lamentation
12. Krevin’
13. The Crippled Physician
14. Ustekinumab

V: I want to live with conviction, in silence and diction.
15. My Original
16. Rock Candy
17. Once Shy

VI: Though I’m tired, I’m still trying.
18. The Shame 
19. Bloom Wither Bloom (for Mom)

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Find WHY? online: WEB | INSTAGRAM | FACEBOOK |  TWITTER | BANDCAMP

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LIFE announce new album

Credit: Matt Mollson

Credit: Matt Mollson

Record release: 20th September 2019
Label: Afghan Moon
More info: LIFE’s website

“Brilliant”  – The Guardian

“LIFE combine inescapable energy with unshakeable hooks” – Dork

“Whether they’re rallying against the establishment or helping us escape, LIFE’s debut provides comfort and support for us all” – DIY

“Equal parts menace and mosh-pit friendly bounce” – Metro

‘LIFE are everything you could possibly want from an artist – they are politically astute, angry, intelligent, gritty and air-punchingly brilliant – God Is In The TV

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Following the release of their recent single ‘Moral Fibre’, which was B-listed on BBC 6 Music, rotated heavily on international radio and earned plaudits from the likes of BBC Radio 1, Radio X, NME Radio, DIY, Dork, CLASH, Louder than War, Gigwise and more, Hull outfit LIFE have now announced details of their highly anticipated second album ‘A Picture Of Good Health’. Alongside the announcement the band have also shared a new single taken from the record called ‘Hollow Thing’.

HEAR/SHARE THE NEW SINGLE ‘HOLLOW THING’ HERE

Pre-order the album HERE

Speaking about the new single frontman Mez Green said the following:

Hollow Thing is about tackling isolation and fixing yourself. It’s about letting go of something in your life, something that’s passed.

‘’Wait for the past to fade, wait for that hollow thing…’’

Hollow Thing is about moving on and overcoming hurt, taking the hits but getting through it.

‘’Wade through a sea of beige, choke on great clods of dirt…’

Hollow Thing is embracing your worth.

‘’I look much better than you, I love much deeper too.’’

Hollow Thing is littered with lyrics that reference something ending and then something beginning again. It’s a twisted pick me up!

‘’Sweep up your debris from your sexless throne.’’

The past is the past and…

‘’Dogs bark in doorways in a godless home.’

‘Hollow Thing' is the second single to be taken from LIFE’s new album (full track list below). Produced by Luke Smith (Foals) and mixed by Claudius Mittendorfer (Parquet Courts), the band home in on a bigger and more focused sound whilst also channelling the lyrical content inwards. Whereas the band’s debut album ‘Popular Music’ was broadly political, the new album takes a more personal approach with beguilingly honest and brave lyrics that are bold in both sound and feeling, whilst also retaining the core DNA of their previous material.

Going on to speak about the album Mez says “A Picture of Good Health is not a collage of work but rather a snapshot of time; our time and the time of those around us. It’s political, but in a personal way. It’s a body of work that explores and examines the band's inner-selves through a precise period; a period that has brought pain, loneliness, blood, guts, single parenthood, depression and the need for survival and love. It is the sense and need for belonging that is the resounding end note!”

The band recently embarked on a sold out two-week European tour as main support for IDLES as well as playing one of three sold-out London shows at the Electric Ballroom, and have played packed out sets at likes of The Great Escape, Liverpool Sound City, Handmade Festival and more. Similarly, the band are also set to play numerous festivals across the UK & Europe including Glastonbury, The Great Escape, 2000 Trees, Pukkelpop (BE), Les Nuits Secretes (FR), Pohoda (SK), Rock The People (CZ), Wilkestock and local event, Humber Street Sesh – with many more to be announced.

Known for a strong community ethic, clever wordplay and energetic performances, their critically acclaimed debut ‘Popular Music’ made it onto BBC Radio 1’s best albums of the year list and gained multiple playlist adds on BBC6 Music. LIFE were also picked by the likes of DIY, Metro, So Young and Fred Perry Subculture as their ‘Ones to Watch’ at the start of last year and Steve Lamacq praised the band for being “...weirdly uncompromising and addictive” when placing lead single ‘In Your Hands’ in his best of the year list.

‘A Picture Of Good Health’ is due out 20th September 2019 via band's own label 'Afghan Moon' and also sees them partner for the first time with [PIAS].

For all press enquiries please contact Will Vincent / James Parrish on
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TOUR DATES:

11 JUL 2019 / UK / Upcote Farm / 2000 Trees
12 JUL 2019 / SK / Trencin / Pahoda Festival
26 JUL 2019 / FR / Lyon / Les Nuits Secrets
17 AUG 2019 / BE / HASSELT / Pukkelpop Festival 
01 SEP 2019 / UK / Frogmore Hill / Wilkestock Festival

Full UK & Euro tour announcement coming soon

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A Picture Of Good Health’
Tracklisting:


1. Good Health
2. Moral Fibre
3. Bum Hour
4. Hollow Thing
5. Excites Me
6. Never Love Again
7. Half Pint Fatherhood
8. Grown Up
9. Niceties
10. Thoughts
11. It's A Con
12. Don't Give Up Yet
13. New Rose in Love

Find LIFE online: WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | YOUTUBE | SOUNDCLOUD | SPOTIFY

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Black Belt Eagle Scout announces new album

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Record release: 30th August 2019
Label: Saddle Creek
More info: Black Belt Eagle Scout’s website

Black Belt Eagle Scout
 - the project led by multi-instrumentalist Katherine Paul - announces her sophomore album, At the Party With My Brown Friends, out August 30th via Saddle CreekAt The Party With My Brown Friends is the follow up to Mother Of My Children -  “a compact reflection on loss, queer desire, and the endurance of sacred native traditions” (Pitchfork, Best Rock Albums of 2018). The album was inspired by the reciprocal love Paul has experienced in the last few years. Throughout, she conveys a sense of community and connection, dealing with love, desire, and friendship.

At The Party with My Brown Friends is a profound and understated forward-step. The squalling guitar anthems that shaped its predecessor are replaced by delicate vocals and soft keys, sentiments spoken and unspoken, presenting something shadowy and unsettling; a stirring of the waters. Paul recalls specific memories - an impromptu beach trip with her friend Hayley Heyndrickx, her eternal love for her mother, and leaving one love and desperately wanting to find another. The end result presents a captivating about-face that redefines Paul’s singular artistic vision.

Lead single “At the Party” is a reflection on self-navigation and the comfort that comes from a close-knit group of friends. It starts off with quintessential Black Belt Eagle Scout guitar licks before heading into booming drums and vocals. The track was written while she was in her bedroom. “Within my conscious self, there is always a sense of questioning the legitimacy of the world when you grow up on an Indian reservation,” says Paul. “We are all at the party (the world), trying to navigate ourselves within a good or bad situation. I happen to be at the party with my brown friends- Indigenous, Black, POC who always have my back while we walk throughout this event called life.”

Black Belt Eagle Scout was named a favorite new artist of 2018 by NPR Music, Stereogum, Paste and Under The Radar. Since the album’s release, she has been touring North America extensivelyThis summer she’ll play Sled Island, Newport Folk Festival, and Pickathon, before supporting Devendra Banharton a fall North American tour.

At the Party With My Brown Friends is available for pre-order now on all formats: CD, cassette, digital, LP. Additionally, there is a limited edition of 200 Saddle Creek Exclusive LP on striped vinyl and 500 Indie/Tour LP on maroon vinyl.

Listen to “At the Party”
HERE

Pre-order At the Party With My Brown Friends
https://bbes.ffm.to/atpwmbf

At the Party With My Brown Friends Tracklist:
1. At the Party
2. My Heart Dreams
3. Going to the Beach With Haley
4. Real Lovin
5. Run It to Ya
6. I Said I Wouldn’t Write This Song
7. Scorpio Moon
8. Half Colored Hair
9. You’re Me and I’m You

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At the Party With My Brown Friends artwork - download HERE

Find Black Belt Eagle Scout online: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Bandcamp

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concrete concrete share new single and announce album

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Album release: 2nd August 2019
More info: concrete concrete’s website

concrete concrete share new single 'Hues' and announce debut album 'Drifter' out 2nd August 2019

New Album Produced By Mino Takaaki Of Toe

Today, Brooklyn instrumental rock trio concrete concrete have shared their emotive and intricate new single ‘Hues’. The single is taken from their highly anticipated debut album ‘Drifter’, which is due out 2nd August 2019.

HEAR/SHARE THE NEW SINGLE ‘HUES’ HERE

The lead single from the forthcoming record, ‘Hues’ perfectly exemplifies the bands beguiling dynamic. Whereas many math-rock bands focus solely on angular rhythms and complex time signatures, concrete concrete strive to imbue emotion into their material. Whilst the ability to convey readily decipherable meaning into instrumental rock is limited, the context of ideas and themes in which songs are created can permeate the music, making it the carrier of more abstract notions of meaning.

On ‘Drifter’, concrete concrete mirror their own personal lives by telling the story of a restless soul who anxiously leaves its past life for a new destination. The atmospheric eleven-song narrative sways gently from euphoria to melancholia - and then back again - as the main character gradually transitions from a place of chaos and confusion to a new setting in which peace and self-realisation can, and do, occur.

Speaking about the record Pei Pang (guitar) says, “It is a story about the life that’s constantly on the move, where uncertainty and determination play tug of war. It’s often struggles to seek belonging, with occasional glitters of joy and fragments of nostalgia along the way. Eventually, we accept and make peace with where we are and what we have become.”

Formed in 2016, members of the instrumental rock band concrete concrete wandered twelve time zones from home to meet in the vibrant music scene of Brooklyn, New York. Andi Wang and Pei Pang founded concrete concrete after attending the same college. They soon recruited bassist Kenji Tokunaga and drummer Kiyoshi Chinzei. Spurred by their passion for exploring new territory within their favourite genres, concrete concrete embarked on a series of explosive live shows around New York (supporting the likes of Alex Cameron, Caveman and Zhaoze) and intense songwriting sessions that would soon result in ‘Drifter’.

It wasn’t long before they caught the ear of Mino Takaaki, member of Japanese math-rock heroes’ toe. Mino and Kentaro Kimura, the original duo who produced toe’s critically acclaimed cult favourite album ‘the book about my idle plot on a vague anxiety’, mixed and mastered 'Drifter'.

‘Drifter’ is as expansive as it is beautiful, exploring a narrative that journeys through the bands emotional and mental condition on incredibly touching subjects, which evoke feelings of empathy and also attainment. This is a record that requires attention and is one that rewards the listener more and more with every return. Like the nameless character from this debut record, ‘Drifter’ shows that there is much to be excited about on this innovative start of concrete concrete’s journey.

'Drifter' is due out 2nd August 2019 – Pre-order HERE

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concrete concrete
'Drifter'

2nd August 2019

1. Departure
2. But I Still
3. Sequence Rewind
4. Foes
5. Hues
6. The Cassette
7. I Glance Through The Light
8. Iris Sky
9. If Time Has A Turning Point
10. Arrival
11. Reverie

concrete concrete is:
Andi Wang (Guitar)
Pei Pang (Guitar)
Kenji Tokunaga (Bass)
Kiyoshi Chinzei (Drums)

Find concrete concrete online:
FACEBOOK / BANDCAMP / WEBSITE

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Ada Lea debuts video and announces album

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Album release: 19th July 2019
Label: Sadle Creek
More info: Ada Lea website

“…beautiful and insightful…Often, her songs end up revealing the strange and weird thoughts grief and transition can bring out of us, feeling all the more honest and real in its chaos.” - The FADER

Ada Lea -- the project of Montreal-based artist and musician Alexandra Levy -- today debuted her video for second single “mercury” alongside an interview with The FADER. Watch the Monserrat Muro-directed clip now HERE.

Saddle Creek’s newest signing, Ada Lea will release her debut album what we say in private on July 19, 2019, and the album is available for pre-order in multiple formats -- including a limited edition glow-in-the-dark vinyl exclusive to the Saddle Creek webstore -- HEREGorilla vs. Bear debuted first single “the party” last month and the song earned additional praise from outlets including The FADER, Brooklyn Vegan, and Paste, among others.

Following a run of U.S. dates last month supporting Angelo De Augustine, Ada Lea has announced North American tour dates in August. The tour begins the 1st in Toronto and includes a Brooklyn, NY show on the 2nd at Union Pool. She’ll also head overseas for the first time in November for a stop at the Mirrors Festival in London.

To Levy -- who is also a painter -- music and visual art are different vessels for communicating similar ideas. “It's a world that I can build around me and sit inside,” she says. Through all her art, Levy explores the concept of womanhood as it feels and looks to her, as well as love and how it transforms over time. She doesn’t shy away from exploring uncomfortable and painful emotions, either. With the brightness of love, strength, and hope contrasted with the darkness of loss, suffering, isolation, and abandonment, the Ada Lea album what we say in private is a varied and vivid record that constantly seems to shift in the light, bringing together all the intricate influences she’s collected over the years.

"what we say in private" began with a need to document the ending of an important romantic relationship. Following a tormented period of staying up all night (sometimes days at a time), frantically painting or writing songs as a means of coping, she journaled for 180 days in the hope of finding herself again. She conducted this period of analysis and introspection in private, like most of her creative pursuits, and the process eventually resulted in a rebirth: a rediscovery of self and a new sense of freedom and self-acceptance. These chaotic feelings and the resulting catharsis are deeply felt in the final recording of what we say in private. Levy wanted the album to feel like a journal entry from those 180 days as she cycled through emotions. Throughout, she expresses feelings and thoughts that all humans experience behind closed doors and alone, but are conditioned to keep to themselves.

"what we say in private" truly comes alive thanks to the way these recordings utilize the very real world around them, rather than shutting it all out. Expanding the boundaries of the studio, Levy, alongside the record’s producer Tim Gowdy, found new and nuanced ways of allowing the songs to flourish. “It was all part of a bigger idea,” she says. “We stuck microphones out of windows in mid-January to capture the chilly nighttime sounds. We recorded snow removal trucks backing into the lot and airplanes flying overhead. We used voice memos, a piece from here and another from there. I had built a room with the demos of my songs and Tim helped to add a second level.” As such, the album reverberates with human warmth, defined by the signature characteristics that can be found throughout -- as on “the party,” which fittingly comes wrapped up in static white noise, a soft atmosphere lingering in the distance and gently surrounding the stark instrumentation that is gradually introduced.

Read Ada Lea’s full bio / download photos & artwork HERE.

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Ada Lea (credit Bao Ngo) - download HERE

See Ada Lea live in the UK:
November 2nd - 

London, UK
 @ Mirrors Festival 2019

Find Ada Lea online:
Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Saddle Creek Website

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