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SPB exclusive stream: Whenskiesaregray

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Scene Point Blank is excited to premiere the new album self-titled from Baltimore three-piece Whenskiesaregray.

The record, produced by Mike York of Pianos Become the Teeth, is available today for pre-order and will release everywhere on March 31 in digital and vinyl formats courtesy of Mayfly Records.

 

Check it out. The record will be highlighted on our homepage for the rest of March.

 
The band embarks on a US tour next week.
3/12 | Richmond, VA - 1 Minute Bread House3/13 | Charlotte, NC - The Odd Room3/14 | Columbia, SC - Queen Punx Palace3/15 | Gainesville, FL - Loosey's3/16 | Panama City, FL - House Show 3/18 | Baton Rouge, LA - The Spanish Moon 3/19 | Houston, TX - Harrisburg Studios 3/20 | Austin, TX (SXSW)3/21 | Austin, TX (SXSW)3/22 | Fort Worth, TX - 1919 Hemphill3/23 | Oklahoma City, OK - G's Spot3/24 | St. Louis, MO - Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center3/25 | Chicago, IL - The Friendzone3/26 | Kalamazoo, MI - The Free Clinic3/27 | Windsor, Ont - TBA3/28 | Toronto, Ont - The Cavern Bar 3/29 | Montreal, QC - House Show 3/30 | Quebec City, QC - TBA3/31 | Manchester, NH - The Modern Gypsy 4/1 | New Brunswick, NJ - The Cooler Ranch

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Old Wounds second LP update

Posted March 27, 2015, 3:07 p.m.
Old Wounds second LP update

Old Wounds, set to play in Ottawa tonight in the midst of a tour, will be releasing their second full-length later this year.

Titled The Suffering Spirit, the band wrapped up recording prior to their current tour. It is expected to release this summer on Good Fight Music.

March27 - Ottawa, ON @ Le Bistro w/ Cult Leader28 - Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck w/ Cult Leader29 - Kitchener, ON @ Maxwell's w/ Cult Leader30 - Buffalo, NY @ Sugar City w/ Cult Leader 31 - Rochester, NY @ The Bug Jar
April1 - Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes w/ Biohazard, Sworn Enemy2 - Richmond, VA @ The Haunted Mansion3 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade4 - Birmingham, AL @ The Forge5 - Jacksonville, FL @ Southeast Beast Fest w/ Biohazard, Life Of Agony, Earth Crisis6 - Greensboro, NC @ New York Pizza7 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Retro8 - Baltimore, MD @ Charm City Art Space w/ Go Deep9 - York, PA @ Skid Row Garage w/ Go Deep

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Tours Antique Scream on the road this May

Posted March 27, 2015, 1:44 p.m.

Antique Scream on the road this May

Antique Scream, fresh of February's release of Two Bad Dudes (Self Destructo Records), will be touring for the month of May. Dates are below.

Shows Denovali Swingfest London 2015

Posted March 27, 2015, 12:22 p.m.

Denovali Swingfest London 2015

Spanning May 22-23 in London, Denovali Swingfest 2015 has set the official line-up. The annual label showcase, which also takes place in Berlin with a different roster of bands, will feature Greg Haines, Matthew Collings ...

Labels Hollow Earth join Good Fight

Posted March 26, 2015, 8:02 p.m.

Hollow Earth join Good Fight

Hollow Earth, founded by Steve Muczynski and  Mike Moynihan (both ex-Shai Hulud), have joined Good Fight Music. The Detroit area band has previously released an EP and LP on Panic Recordsand sets off on a ...

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Tours Typesetter touring

Posted March 26, 2015, 10:17 a.m. in Tours by Loren

Typesetter touring

Typsetter - Wild's End

Typesetter have announced a spring tour, joined by Living Room on many dates. The band last released Wild's End on Black Numbers.

Upcoming Spring Tour
4/29 - Chicago, IL @ The Beat Kitchen w/ Dowsing
4/30 - Kent, OH @ The Stone Tavern 5/2 - Durham, NC @ Death To False Hope Fest, Motorco Music Hall 5/3 - Greensboro, NC @ TBA 5/4 - Roanoke, VA @ Leftovers 5/5 - Arlington, VA @ CD Cellar 5/6 - Baltimore, MD @ TBA 5/7 - Lancaster, PA @ Fulton St Co Op5/8 - Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Neck Tie w/ Living Room5/9 - Brooklyn, NY @ Suburbia w/ Living Room5/10 - West Haven, CT @ Crunch House w/ Living Room5/11 - Boston, MA @ O'Briens w/ Living Room5/12 - @ TBA 5/13 - Albany, NY @ The Treehouse w/ Living Room5/14 - Burlington, VT @ 242 Main w/ Living Room5/15 - Montreal @ Pouzza Fest w/ Living Room5/18 - Toronto, ON @ Bovine Sex Club w/ Living Room5/19 - Hamilton, ON @ Club Absinthe w/ Living Room5/20 - Cleveland, OH @ Mahalls w/ Living Room5/21 - Detroit, MI @ The Rockery5/22 - Kalamazoo, MI @ Casa Mona

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Labels The Splits plan Dirtnap release

Posted March 26, 2015, 8:43 a.m. in Labels by Loren

The Splits plan Dirtnap release

Dirtnap Records will soon release an LP, II, from Finland's the Splits. The new album releases on April 21. Their first album was released ...

Labels Malfunction will release LP on B9

Posted March 25, 2015, 4 p.m. in Labels by Loren

Malfunction will release LP on B9

Buffalo, NY's Malfunction will release their upcoming debut full-length on Bridge Nine Records this summer. The five-piece band was formed in 2011 and has ...

MALFUNCTION tour dates w/ Bane, BACKTRACK:
3/26 Providence, RI @ Simons677
3/27 Danbury, CT @ Heirloom Art Space
3/28 Richmond, VA @ The Canal Club (United Blood Fest - no Bane or Backtrack)
3/29 Syracuse, NY @ Saint Claire Theater
3/30 Cleveland, OH @ Now That's Class
3/31 Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups
4/1 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
4/2 Lansing, MI @ Mac's Bar
4/3 Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
4/4 Springfield, MO @ Outland Ballroom
4/5 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
4/6 Salt Lake City, UT @ Loading Dock
4/7 Boise, ID @ The Crux
4/8 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
4/9 Portland, OR @ Star Theater
4/10 San Francisco, CA @ 924 Gilman St.
4/11 Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
4/12 Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
4/13 San Diego, CA @ Epicentre
4/14 Phoenix, AZ @ Underground
4/15 Abilene, TX @ Primal Skate Shop
4/16 Austin, TX @ Red 7
4/17 Houston, TX @ Walter's Downtown
4/18 Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
4/19 Lawrence, KS @ Bottleneck
4/20 Nashville, TN @ The End
4/21 Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
4/22 Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
4/23 Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage
4/24 Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
4/25 New York, NY @ The Studio @ Webster Hall

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Records June 2: New Matt Skiba and the Sekrets

Posted March 25, 2015, 9:04 a.m. in Records by Loren

June 2: New Matt Skiba and the Sekrets

Matt Skiba and the Sekrets

Matt Skiba and the Sekrets will release their second album, titled Kuts, on June 2 on Superball Music. The 10 song album follows the group ...

The track list for KUTS is as follows:
 
1.  Lonely and Kold
2.  She Wolf
3.  Krazy
4.  She Said
5.  I Just Killed to Say I love You
6.  Way Bakk When
7.  Krashing
8.  Hemophiliak
9.  Never Believe
10.  Vienna

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Bands Lord Mantis line-up changes

Posted March 24, 2015, 5:17 p.m. in Bands by Loren

Lord Mantis line-up changes

Chicago's Lord Mantis have announced a line-up shake-up, with members leaving and numerous new additions. The new line-up includes members of recently disbanded Indian ...

Records New King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard

Posted March 24, 2015, 3:29 p.m. in Records by Loren

New King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard will release a new album this May, to be released on the 11th of said month on Castle Face Records ...

Track list
01. The River02. Infinite Rise03. God Is In The Rhythm04. Lonely Steel Sheet Flyer

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Bands 1QI: Jon McKiel, Botanist, Rat Storm, Strawberry Runners

Posted March 24, 2015, 5:25 a.m. in Bands by Cheryl Prime

1QI: Jon McKiel, Botanist, Rat Storm, Strawberry Runners

Welcome to our almost daily quickie Q&A feature: One Question Interviews. Follow us at facebook & twitter and we'll post an interview four days ...

Jon McKiel
SPB: Do you get nervous before you play a show?
Jon: Yes, but it really depends on whether I've played the room before, how much practice the band has had leading up, whether or not the sound check was ok, or the PA even exists!  Sometimes we sing through our amps and improvise a whole lot, so that keeps things pretty light. We can't do anything but go out and play and if we're making it up as we go there's no expectations, at least from a playing perspective.
Botanist
SPB: In the recent years you have included musicians in order to perform live as Botanist. I wonder if that change has also affected your songwriting in any way? Do you compose now having a more clear idea that these songs will be played live?
Botanist: The backlog of material written and recorded as a 1-man outfit is still being cleared out. Most of that stuff is EPs, but of course there is the skipped-over, unreleased Botanist V. Much of the EP material should be released over the course of the next year or two and some other stuff will be held secret. There is no definite plan as to when V will be released.
Since one of the aims of Botanist is to re-invent itself within the strict guidelines laid out for the project, material written and performed by all members of the live outfit are also in the works. The material we are working on now will be of EP length and should be ready for potential release this year. 
There is so much Botanist material that we compose and record, and pick what we think will be best live out of that. Some records work better live than others. VI is unquestionably the project's biggest commercial success to date, but we play as many songs live from I as we do VIbecause those songs kick ass live. Playing much material from III is a challenge, obviously, because of the tracks' individual running times, so we have to pick extra carefully, and sometimes we don't have time to play any material from III at all. 
The next planned Botanist full-length (VII) will be its most thematic and conceptual yet, and will not be written with playing live in mind whatsoever. Maybe look to the one after that for some ripping live cuts. See you on tour!
Nathalie Haurberg (Rat Storm/Closet Burner/Reality is a Cult Records)
SPB: Do you wear earplugs when you play? Why/why not?
Nathalie: I don't wear earplugs. I sometimes think I should, because my hearing is important. However, I just think it makes things sound different. If I'm playing it totally distorts how I hear the guitar tone and if I'm not playing I feel like it effects how I hear the band. I just rock out and then cross my fingers that in the long run I don't do any long-term damage!
Emi Knight (Strawberry Runners)
SPB: What was the inspiration to start the band?
Emi: The inspiration to start the band really began with living in Bloomington, Indiana, where most of my friends were in bands whose music would keep me up at night thinking of all the possibilities of my life as an artist and would wake me in the morning with this burning desire to go ahead and do whatever it was that I was dreaming about the night before. I've played and written music since I was a kid, but I can be very serious and very critical about my writing, so I didn't always feel confidant to ask other people to play with me.
In Bloomington I was surrounded by people who lived and breathed music and community and I started to put the two together for myself. I learned that music, at its best, will bring people together and lift us up. There is this deep empathy that we feel when we hear a story or a song. That empathy can shift our perspectives and our lives like almost nothing else. There was a point when my understanding of the value of music switched from something personal to something both personal and collective, and this was when I knew I wanted to put something I cared about into the world. So it didn't matter anymore how stupid my song sounded inside my head, or what I wished it could be. What became more important was that I share it with my friends anyway. 
It's important to give whatever you can to build up your community, family, and friends. As artists, sometimes all we've got is what we can make out of our experience. Some rad people, who do what they love, helped me to see my experience and what I make from it as valuable, or at least to have the grace and humility not to write it off. What we create always has the potential to be greater than us alone. But if we don't share it, it'll never do anything for us or for anyone. So that's why I started this band.
If you want to hear some of the bands who always remind me of the importance of doing what you love, check out: Mega Gem (Denver), Selfish Whales (Bloomington), Nana Grizol (Athens GA), Busman's Holiday (Bloomington), Defiance, Ohio (Bloomington), Erin Tobey (Bloomington), Lion Eater (Bloomington), Good Luck (Bloomington), Papa Bear (Denver).
And obviously tons more, but check out your own friends too. They're cooler than you even know.

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