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Sonic Poison hardcore band

Posted May 23, 2015, 9:13 a.m.
Sonic Poison hardcore band

artwork by Chad Lawson

A new project promising hardcore "the old fashioned way with no gimmicks," Sonic Poison, has announced their debut EP. Compbrised of members of Sheer Terror, The Casualties, Deathcycle, Disnihil, and Concrete Cross, the band is set to release their self-titled EP on June 22 via LifeLine Records.

Sonic Poison track list:1. Will It Ever End?2. Another Day of Misery3. Intro / Mass Surveillance4. Clock Tick

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The Appleseed Cast tour and reissue

Posted May 18, 2015, 1:02 p.m.
The Appleseed Cast tour and reissue

The Appleseed Cast - Mare Vitalis

The Appleseed Cast have summer news including a reissue of 2000's Mare Vitalis on double LP (Graveface Records) and a North American tour.

The re-issue releases on June 30 and the band is joined on the tour by Dads, Annabel, Coaster, and Dikembe on various dates, listed in detail below.

6.25 Wichita, KS - Marple6.26 Denton, TX - Dan's Silver Leaf6.27 Austin, TX - Red 76.28 Norman, OK - Opolis7.1 Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom7.2 Tucson, AZ - Club Congress7.3 San Diego, CA - Soda Bar7.5 Los Angeles, CA - The Echo7.6 Santa Ana, CA - Constellation Room7.7 San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill7.10 Portland, OR - Mississippie Studios7.11 Seattle, WA - Sunset Tavern7.12 Victoria, BC - Logan's7.13 Vancouver, BC - Cobalt7.15 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge7.16 Denver, CO - Hi-Dive7.17 Omaha, NE - Reverb7.18 Kansas City, MO - Riot Room7.19 Madison, WI - Frequency7.21 Chicago, IL - Subterranean7.22 Columbus, OH - Double Happiness7.23 Pittsburgh, PA - Cattivo7.24 Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop7.25 Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace7.26 Rochester, NY - Bug Jar7.27 Boston, MA Great Scott7.28 New York, NY - Studio at Webster Hall7.29 Philadelphia, PA - Johny Brenda's7.30 Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel7.31 Chapel Hill, NC - Cat's Cradle (Backroom)8.1 Asheville, NC - The Mothlight8.3 Jacksonville, FL - 19048.4 Gainesville, FL - Loosey's8.5 Tampa, FL - Crowbar8.7 Miami, FL - Churchill's8.8 Orlando, FL - Backbooth8.9 Atlanta, GA - Wrecking Ball festival
6.26 thru 8.1 - w/ Dads7.17 thru 8.8 - w/ Annabel6.25 thru 7.18 - w/ Coaster8.3 thru 8.8 - w/ Dikembe

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Bands 1QI: City of Satellites, Terror, Comeback Kid, Cloud Maze

Posted May 17, 2015, 8:28 a.m.

1QI: City of Satellites, Terror, Comeback Kid, Cloud Maze

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 each week, typically every Monday-Thursday.   After our social media followers ...

Bands Joy Division reissues

Posted May 15, 2015, 11:37 a.m.

Joy Division reissues

With Love Will Tear Us Apart turning 35 this year, Rhino Records is re-issuing Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures (1979) and Closer (1980) on June 29, followed by Still (1981) and an extended version of ...

Bands Anthony Raneri: new record, tour soon

Posted May 12, 2015, 5:16 p.m.

Anthony Raneri: new record, tour soon

Anthony Raneri of Bayside, who will release the new Sorry State of Mind LP on June 30, will also be touring this ummer in support of the new release. On tour he will be joined ...

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Bands 1QI: Hiram-Maxim, Maybeshewill, Western Settings, Hot Nerds

Posted May 11, 2015, 2:20 p.m. in Bands by Loren

1QI: Hiram-Maxim, Maybeshewill, Western Settings, Hot Nerds

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 ...

John Panza (Hiram-Maxim-drums)
SPB: Has the change to more headphone listening changed how you listen to music or mix it?
Panza: Last night I witnessed – because “saw” is inadequate – Swans perform here in Cleveland. The band’s reputation for relentless, brutal, euphoric, and cilia-killing live shows is legendary. But my intro to Swans came via headphones. Back in the late 1990s, a friend slipped me a CD version of Swans Are Dead and told me to listen to it. I initially tried to listen on my primitive brand name boom box, but the system just didn’t seem to do the music justice. It was tinny, thin, dare I say weak. So I listened on headphones and was understandably blown away. Headphones equal immersion. They re-created the immersive experience needed to appreciate the true nature of Swans live. If not in my car (which has eight excellent speakers and a great amplifier), I listen to most music through headphones.
I own three pairs of headphones and a really nice pair of earbuds. The brutal immediacy of sound is something I long for, appreciate, enjoy. But as a musician who regularly records I know that most folks listen in their car, on their mobile devices, or on their home stereo systems. Not ideal, but reality.
A few years before I was introduced to Swans, I stepped foot in a recording studio for the first time. My first band went in to record four tracks, four little punk songs. Upbeat, trashy, ill-prepared, great fun. The studio was a basement affair but a high quality basement affair. I am friends with the engineer to this day. He has grown and upgraded and become the primary source for mastering for many nationally-known bands and musicians.
When he rewound the tape and played us the mix downs, he said something I will never forget. Pulling white and red wires out of the huge, thousand-dollar monitors we were using for the initial recording and mixing, he pulled out a ratty, shitty, stained boom box. He plugged in the cords and said, “Everything sounds good through expensive speakers, but nobody is gonna hear your stuff through those speakers again. This is what they are gonna use.” He ran the tunes through the boom box and they sounded great. It occurred to me that when he was mixing the tracks through the expensive monitors he was actually preparing them for the inadequacies of that boom box. I learned a lot in that moment about what musicians want people to hear and what they do (sometimes) hear.
And he was right. I never listened to the tracks again through anything other than shitty speakers, be it on my own boom box or in my car. And the songs sounded great no matter where they were played.
So flash forward 18 years or so, and I see my students and friends listening through bright red and yellow and green over-the-ear headphones. (I’ll leave the brand name out here, but you all know which ones I am talking about). And they cruise the hallways and sidewalks and sit on the train or the bus or workout at the gym, all the while listening to songs that have been mastered with headphones as the standard. Subtle beeps and buzzes and crackles and pops (all intentional) have been mixed into the final tracks because there is a mutual understanding between the engineers and producers and musicians and listening public that headphones will more than likely be the preferred choice of listeners to much contemporary music.
I’m okay with that. Studio time is about creating tracks that can be enjoyed in any format. Of course I’d prefer listeners not allow their taste or distaste for a song to be determined by small, worthless computer speakers… or by four mediocre speakers in their sub-compact car. Ideally they will take that music and move it to a system that is designed for immersive enjoyment. Music can be background noise for some, but I’d like to think that it should be the foreground whenever possible.
Nathan Joyner (Hot Nerds – guitar/vocals)
SPB: Who is the hottest nerd of them all?
Joyner: That's simple: any kid who stays in school is the hottest nerd of them all. So, the hottest nerd of them all changes constantly. Stay in school, kids, eat your greens, and don't back talk your parents. A close second would be the world chess champion Magnus Carlsen.
Ricky (Western Settings)
SPB: Who is the most underrated San Diego band right now?
Ricky: The most underrated band in San Diego? There are a ton. One that has grabbed my attention over the last year is a folk-punk band called Plastic City Pariah. They are talented, and kind human beings. Their music is fun, full of feeling, and their lyrical content offers a fresh outlook on life. They are underrated as hell. Check ‘em out.
John (Maybeshewill)
SPB: What are you most looking forward to on your upcoming first US tour? 
John: We’re still waiting to find out if we’ll be coming over, but it’s been an aim of ours for a really long time. We don’t take as much shit from anyone else as we do from American fans who want us to come and play out there, so for one I’m looking forward to being on the more positive end of that enthusiasm for what we do. If you could look in to your work visa system for us that would be super cool. But seriously, travelling across such a massive country…continent, even… somewhere so geographically dynamic…That’s exciting for me.

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Bands Faith No More's Long Awaited Sol Invictus Now Streaming

Posted May 11, 2015, 1:57 p.m. in Bands by Kevin Fitzpatrick

Faith No More's Long Awaited Sol Invictus Now Streaming

Available May 18th in U.S.

Faith No More's first album in 18 years is now available for streaming one week ahead of it's official release. Links can be ...

Bands 1QI: Hymie’s Records, En Esch, Nasty, It Only Gets Worse

Posted May 6, 2015, 2:46 p.m. in Bands by Cheryl

1QI: Hymie’s Records, En Esch, Nasty, It Only Gets Worse

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 ...

Dave Hoenack (Hymie’s Records-Minneapolis, MN)
SPB: What is your preferred way to store vinyl in a home?
Dave: We believe records are best stored as near your turntable as possible. A comfy couch in the same area sure helps.
En Esch
SPB: How has technology changed the recording process for you between your first professional-level recordings and today?
En Esch: When I started out we worked with an Emax SE Sampler with 512k memory space saved onto a floppy disk. For each song we had very minimal and especially short samples to pick from. Now I could spend the rest of my life listening to all the sounds and effects I have.  That makes it complicated to achieve your goal compared to the old times when we just had one good bass sound and one good kick drum etc. Creativity was fast and direct. Now a days you spend a lot more time deciding what to use from all that’s available. 
Matthi (Nasty-vocals)
SPB: What was the best show you’ve seen in the past year? 
Matthi: Sand at PDF Summer Bash in Osaka. Sand killed it as usual and people got crazy as fuck. Nobody cared about anything anymore. Just pure chaos. 
Matt Finney (It Only Gets Worse)
SPB: How many vans have you had?
Matt: Never owned a van myself but my parents had an Astrovan in the late 90s/early 2000s. I remember my younger sister getting her hand slammed in it at least three times. No idea how that's even possible.

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Bands Jello Biafra & the updates

Posted May 5, 2015, 9:37 a.m. in Bands by Loren

Jello Biafra & the updates

Jello Biafra recently performed a live set with Bill Daves (Dash Rip Rock) and Fred Le Blanc (Cowboy Mouth) during Jazzfest that comprised of New ...

Bands Melt Banana plan 2 North American tours

Posted May 4, 2015, 3:19 p.m. in Bands by Loren

Melt Banana plan 2 North American tours

Melt Banana are coming stateside this summer in two separate tours. In May-June the band will tour the sourthern portion of the US, heading north ...

Route A
MAY 06 The Crescent - Phoenix, AZ
MAY 08 The Launchpad - ABQ, NM
MAY 09 Opolis - Norman, OK
MAY 11 The Firebird - St. Louis, MO
MAY 12 The Cactus Club - Milwaukee, WI
MAY 13 Pyramid Scheme - Grand Rapids, MI
MAY 14 The Crofoot, The Pike Room - Pontiac, MI
MAY 15 Skully's - Columbus, OH
MAY 16 Mohawk - Buffalo, NY
MAY 17 Lee's Palace - Toronto, CAN
MAY 19 AS220 - Providence, RI
MAY 21 Great Scott - Boston, MA
MAY 22 Johnny Brenda's - Philly, PA
MAY 23 St. Vitus - Brooklyn, NY
MAY 24 Maryland Deathfest - Baltimore, MD
MAY 25 Cat's Cradle Backroom - Carborro, NC
MAY 27 Jack Rabbits - Jacksonville, FL
MAY 28 The Backbooth - Orlando, FL
MAY 29 Churchill's Pub - Miami, FL
MAY 30 The Orpheum - Tampa, FL
JUN 01 The Earl - Atlanta, GA
JUN 02 Saturn - Birmingham, AL
JUN 04 Spanish Moon - Baton Rouge, LA
JUN 05 Fitzgeralds - Houston, TX
JUN 06 Three Links - Dallas, TX
JUN 07 Red 7 - Austin, TX
JUN 10 Club Congress - Tucson, AZ
JUN 11 The Slide Bar - Fullerton, CA
JUN 12 The Catalyst Atrium - Santa Cruz, CA
JUN 13 Harlows - Sacramento, CA
ROUTE B w Torche
JUL 02 Dante's - Portland, OR
JUL 03 Chop Suey - Seattle, WA
JUL 04 The Venue - Vancouver, CAN
JUL 06 The Pawn Shop - Edmonton, CAN
JUL 07 The Gateway at SAIT - Calgary, CAN
JUL 08 Amigos - Saskatoon, CAN
JUL 10 Pyramid Cabaret - Winnipeg, CAN
JUL 11 The Aquarium - Fargo, ND
JUL 13 The Hi-Fi - Indianapolis, IN
JUL 14 The Empty Bottle - Chicago, IL
JUL 15 High Noon - Madison, WI
JUL 16 Wooly's - Des Moines, IA
JUL 17 Waiting Room - Omaha, NE
JUL 18 Eaux Claires Music Festival - Eaux Claires, WI
JUL 20 The Exit / In - Nashville, TN
JUL 21 The Rose Music Hall - Columbia, MO
JUL 22 Record Bar - Kansas City, MO
JUL 24 Larimer Lounge - Denver, CO
JUL 25 Urban Lounge - Salt Lake City, UT
JUL 26 Bunk House - Las Vegas NV
JUL 28 The Casbah - San Deigo, CA
JUL 29 The Casbah - San Diego, CA
JUL 31 The Roxy - Los Angeles, CA
AUG 01 Metro - Oakland, CA

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Bands Abrams debut a song

Posted April 30, 2015, 3:48 p.m. in Bands by Loren

Abrams debut a song

album art by Kristin Cofer

Denver mathy-stoner trio Abrams has unveiled the song "Sea Salt Lines" from their upcoming Lust. Love. Loss, to be self-released on June 16. The band ...

The track list is as follows:
1) Manic2) Sea Salt Lines3) Sunshine4) Sweaty and Self Conscious5) Far from Home6) Mr. Pink Always Wins7) The Moat8) Useless9) Lust. Love. Loss.10) The Light

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Bands 1QI: No Hands, What Tyrants, Terminal Sound System, Call of the Void

Posted April 29, 2015, 1:31 p.m. in Bands by Cheryl

1QI: No Hands, What Tyrants, Terminal Sound System, Call of the Void

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 ...

No Hands
SPB: Who is the most underrated Canadian band? 
No Hands: Our consensus on the most underrated Canadian bands is:Current: What Seas, What Shores
They do what they do better than any band that I can think of, but continue to fly under the radar.
Out of Commission: Barrier band full of excellent musicians. They put out their EP Trailbreaker for free and split.
Sean Schultz (What Tyrants)
SPB: What venue is your favorite to play (and why)?
Sean: Our favorite venue to play would have to be the 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis, the smaller venue attached to the iconic First Avenue, The Entry is where the likes of The Replacements, Hüsker Dü, and countless others cut their teeth. It’s a local treasure and part of music history. The room is big enough to hold a sizable crowd, but always feels intimate. It also has maybe the best sound and staff around town. Plus, you have to play The Entry before you get the chance move up to First Avenue's main stage...
Skye (Terminal Sound System)
SPB: Your use of effects in Dust Songs reveals a quite out of the box thinking from your part. Can you describe the process of applying effects to your music? Does it happen as you are recording or in the mixing stage? Can you also give us some of your favorite effects? Can be software or hardware. 
Skye: The way I look at it, I don't so much apply effects to my music as work with effects, instruments, sounds and processes as an integral part of the composition/production/mixing/realisation process. I guess that's kind of a long-winded way of saying that rather than 1) recording a performance, then 2) effecting/treating and mixing it, with Dust Songs in particular all those steps are rolled into one. The treatment and performance are all part of the one process.
I've always been that way, starting with pushing my guitar and cheap drum machine through ridiculous chains of fx pedals, a long time ago, much to the annoyance of my friends.
I have a few favourite effects:
-My Roland RE-201 Space Echo has been with me for over half my life. I bought it (used, I'm not that old!) shortly out of high school. They were cheap and plentiful back then - it actually died a few weeks later and the shop swapped it for another they had lying about. 
-Sherman Filterbank - just a crazy, completely idiosyncratic device. Capable of so much more than its trademark facemelt. In the "box" - I built my own plugin to simulate screwed up analogue tape - that's all over the album (as well as real tape, cassettes in this case). Also, the Waves SSL channel strip was quite instrumental in shaping certain tones.
Patrick Alberts (Call of the Void)
SPB; What do you think of (the return of) cassettes?
Patrick: I find the return of cassettes to be awesome. There is nothing I enjoy more than owning a bands demo on cassette, when it’s not available in any other format. One of my favorite releases currently is Spectral Voice's Necrotic Doom on tape. The format still sounds great and their easier to store than records.

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