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Shit Present EP out in October

Posted Sept. 3, 2015, 9:32 p.m.

UK label specialist Subject Records is pressing a self-titled 12" for the debut EP from Shit Present, featuring Iona Cairns (Great Cynics). The band previously released the EP digitally. The EP is due for release on Oct. 23 and the band also included members and former members of Gnarwolves, OK Pilot, The Computers, and The Smith Street Band.

Upcoming dates
3/9 – De Onderbroek, Nijmegen, NL4/9 – De Bakkerij, Castricum, NL5/9 – AZ, Köln, DEw/ Bangers 17/9 – The Library, Oxford18/9 – Urban Bar, Londonw/ Woahnows 25/9 – Mother's Ruin, Bristol26/9 – The Cavern, Exeter27/9 – The Junction, Plymouthw/ Above Them

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1QI: Pears, Boilerman, Loud Boyz, Stern

Posted Sept. 1, 2015, 1:01 p.m.
1QI: Pears, Boilerman, Loud Boyz, Stern
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 get the first word, we post a wrap-up here at the site and archive them here. This week check out Q&As with Pears, Boilerman, Loud Boyz, and Stern.

Zach (Pears)
SPB: Who is the best band happening in New Orleans right now?
Zach: The best band happening in Nola right now is a country band called Yes Ma'am. They busk on Royal Street and are planning on touring in the fall if they can get enough money together to buy a limousine. Yes, this is real life. They love Forest Gump. They're good friends of ours. They have a new record out which you can buy here . Great vocal arrangements, great songs, great people. 
Jim (Boilerman)
SPB: What’s with the numerical song titles on the EP? 
Jim: The deal with the numerical song titles for the 10" is two-fold.  First, all the songs on the record deal with really similar subject matter -- they're all more or less about different facets of existential anxiety. I also feel like the songs flow together in such a way that the record is more of a singular piece than it is a sequence of multiple separate pieces, so the numbering is meant to imply the fact that the tunes are smaller parts of the same whole. The cover song obviously threw that whole thing off a bit, but I wanted to keep it anyway. Plus, thinking of song titles is the pits.
Kenny Brown (Loud Boyz-vocals)
SPB: How has your musical taste evolved over the years? Do you think your “high school self” would appreciate the music you make now?
Kenny: I'm pretty much exactly the same! Loud Boyz is derived from the same punk bands we grew up listening to in high school. Before this band I was in a Dinosaur Jr style rock band and then a chillwave band, which was cool, but not something I ever thought I'd be into playing. Loud Boyz is where everything comes full circle for me, it's bringing me back to what I fell in love with when I was 16. Of course over the years I have found influence in a lot of new music, especially since moving to DC when I was 18. I always loved Bad Brains and Minor Threat, but living here has given me a newfound respect for what DC was/is about. Although, I listen to a lot of r&b now so I'm sure that my young self would be confused by that, otherwise I'm pretty much the exact same person, minus the metalcore breakdowns! 
Loud Boyz actually played a show earlier this month with Darkest Hour and Dead to Fall, who were two of my favorite bands when I was about 15. Between that show, playing with Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg, and opening for Buzzcocks, I'd say that my high school self wouldn't believe what I'm doing at 28!
Chuck Stern (Stern)
SPB: How do you draw the line between taking influence and mimicking?
Chuck: I think of this as reverential versus referential. Influences are what shape us. They're crucial, but I've never really wanted to cover anyone else's songs or duplicate a specific style. Mimicry falls flat and is often reduced to what it isn't. If you revere something, you can let it ooze out organically, you can weave it into your tapestry and create something larger. But that depends on what you have to say, because if the point of your music is to genre-hop, well, that's lame.
On a side note, I've always been obsessed with clones and rip-offs (whether bands, brands, or movies). I just choose to avoid that approach.

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Bands Worriers back on the road, release new video

Posted Aug. 29, 2015, 11:06 a.m.

Worriers back on the road, release new video

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Worriers, who released their debut LP Imaginary Life this month on Don Giovanni, will return to the road in September alongside Beach Slang and Lithuania. In addition to the record, a follow-up to 2013's ...

Bands Baroness to self-release next record

Posted Aug. 28, 2015, 9:24 p.m.

Baroness to self-release next record

On Dec. 18 the world will be blessed wit ha new LP from Baroness. Titled Purple, the new record will be on the band's own Abraxan Hymns label. To build up excitement, they've ...

Bands Kennedy on Hotfoot, new song debuts

Posted Aug. 27, 2015, 9:15 p.m.

Kennedy on Hotfoot, new song debuts

With a new record, The Guilty Poor, set to drop, Montreal hardcore band Kennedy have unveiled a new video for the song "Birthrite" off said album, embedded below. The new record debuts on Sept. 15 ...

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Bands Dead Ahead's "Cold Truth"

Posted Aug. 27, 2015, 5:36 p.m. in Bands by Loren

Dead Ahead's "Cold Truth"

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Dead Ahead released the new song "Cold Truth" today at Substream, a track from their soon to be released self-titled EP on Panic State Records ...

Dead Ahead track list: 1. Cold Truth2. Rose Lenses3. Berzerker4. Exit Letters
Dead Ahead is due out October 9th, 2015 via Panic State Records on vinyl and digital. Pre-orders are available HERE. Digital advances of the album are available for review consideration. The band is available for interviews upon request.Please email james@brixtonagency.com. 
Upcoming Shows:09/26 Warwick, NY @ Tuscan Cafe

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Bands 1QI: All Eyes West, Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, Askrinn, Dan Webb

Posted Aug. 27, 2015, 2:32 p.m. in Bands by Cheryl

1QI: All Eyes West, Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, Askrinn, Dan Webb

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 ...

Justin (All Eyes West)
SPB: Have you ever forgotten lyrics mid-song? How did you recover?
Justin: Oh yeah! Totally. It's happened more times than I'd like to admit. Sometimes during a show, my mind will just wander off on random thoughts. Especially on a long tour. You're playing the set every night for a couple weeks straight and it becomes so familiar. We'll be rolling through songs and I'll be thinking about whether or not I fed the dog or something like that. So, I've definitely gotten to a line in a song and been clueless of what the lyrics are, just because I was spacing out. 
We have a song called "Help is on the Way" from our first record. It was one of the very first songs we ever wrote together. That song has been played at every show we've ever done, not to mention, just about every practice in between. We know it like the back of our hands. So, at this one show about a year ago, we go into "Help." The intro is going and all of a sudden it occurs to me that I'm drawing a complete blank on what the first line of the song is! And from there it just snowballed through the whole first verse of the song. I was mortified.
I got through it by just making up nonsensical words and slurring through them to the melody of the song. That's my go-to recovery. By the next section of the song, I was back on track and everything was fine. But that first verse... I could feel the blood rushing to my face. I was embarrassed. 
If you're playing through a smaller P.A., 9 times out of 10 no one even notices (except you, of course). However, we've played shows before where we've wanted to throw a brand new song into the set, but I don't have actual lyrics yet. I'll have a melody in mind, but no content. If we're super stoked on the tune and eager to play it out, we'll just roll with it and I do the old slurring sounds trick. That's actually been done in front of some pretty big crowds. Hope nobody noticed! We play so loud on stage, I doubt anyone can really hear what I'm singing even when I'm getting the words right!
Slim Cessna (Slim Cessna’s Auto Club)
SPB: You recently played at a brewery in Minneapolis. What are some of the more off the beaten path venues you’ve played and what are some pros and/or cons at such settings?Slim: 15 years ago or so we played a curling club in Perth, Ontario. Munly Munly and I were so thrilled and then inspired to learn the sport and make our own chapter in Denver. We had dreams of the Winter Olympics. Someday we may still do this. The brewery in Minneapolis was a very good show, but it didn’t cause us to start our own brewery. There are already so many of those in Colorado. Plus, I always prefer a nice cold Coors.
Valenten (Askrinn)
SPB: What is your favorite music related film or documentary?
Valenten: Probably, it would be Whiplash, the recently-released jazz drumming movie. Although jazz is a genre I almost never listen to, I can only but acknowledge the quality drum patterns in this film, and I was truly mesmerized by the intense drum solo at the end of the movie. Moreover, I also found it somehow motivating for my own music, as the "hero" is working extremely hard to reach an incredible technical level. A quality film.
Dan Webb (Dan Webb and the Spiders-vocals/guitar)
SPB: How likely are you to pick up a record based off its cover with no knowledge of the band or music?Dan: I am not likely to buy a record on the strength of its cover art alone. Record space is in short supply at the Webb house which means it's got to be a lean collection. No filler! The only records that I've ever bought this way were for chuckles out of the dollar bin. These purchases are good for a laugh but usually don't yield repeated listens. I definitely prefer to use that record shelf real estate for the hits.  

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Bands New song from So Hideous

Posted Aug. 21, 2015, 12:40 p.m. in Bands by Loren

So Hideous released "Yesterday," the opening track on their new album set to relase in October. The New Your City post-metal band will release Laurestine ...

The full track list is as follows:
1) Yesteryear2) Hereafter3) Relinquish4) The Keepsake5) Falling Cedars6) The True Pierce7) A Faint Whisper
So Hideous embarks on a short tour this month with Prosthetic labelmates Set and Setting:
Aug 28 - Brooklyn, NY @ Saint VitusAug 29 - Rockaway, NJ @ The Backroom StudiosAug 30 - Boston, MA @ O'Brien's PubAug 31 - Montreal, QC @ Turbo HausSep 1 - Ottawa, ON @ Cafe DekcufSep 2 - Toronto, ON @ CoalitionSep 3 - London, ON @ The APKSep 5 - Chicago, IL @ Red Line TapSep 6 - Cincinnati, OH @ Northside Yacht Club

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Bands "Dawn Raiders" from Limb

Posted Aug. 20, 2015, 7:45 p.m. in Bands by Loren

Set for release on Sept. 11 on New Heavy Sounds, London band Limb have debuted new single "Dawn Raiders" from their soon to come second ...

Artist: Limb
Album: TerminalLabel: New Heavy SoundsRelease Date: September 11th, 2015 
01. Three Snake Leaves
02. Ghost Dance 
03. Micromegas
04. Dawn Raiders
05. Spoils of a Portrait King
06. Down By The Banks
07. Sleepwalkers
08. Mortuary Teeth
09. Cocylas

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Bands Crass plans free live record series

Posted Aug. 17, 2015, 3:02 p.m. in Bands by Loren

Crass plans free live record series

Anarcho-punk legends Crass will release a series of live records on Cold Spring Records. The releases will be free digitally and also for sale on ...

Bands 1QI: A Death Cinematic, Ma Jolie, Cape Noire, High Priests

Posted Aug. 15, 2015, 12:46 p.m. in Bands by Cheryl

1QI: A Death Cinematic, Ma Jolie, Cape Noire, High Priests

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 ...

A Death Cinematic
SPB: What is the fewest people you’ve ever played to? How does the crowd size affect your approach?
ADC: I have only played a handful of shows and playing live is a fairly new development for A Death Cinematic. Tthe fewest people i played for was 10 or so. 
At this point, I don’t really consider the size of the crowd when I perform. I just try to do the best that I can. My sets are improvised and kind of made up on the spot, so I try to keep it interesting and flowing for the listeners, no matter how many or how few.
A larger crowd does not necessarily mean a better crowd. I’d rather play for a few invested and dedicated listeners than for a hundred people who could care less what I am trying to do with the sound and end up talking through the set. The goal for me is to always put my best foot forward.
Mike Stoloski (Ma Jolie – vocals/guitar)SPB: Is there a particular interview question that you’d prefer to never  answer again?Mike: Well, this is a hard question to answer. I feel bad criticizing the people who take the time to ask me questions about my music and sit through the rambling, incoherent answers I give back to then have to reflect on those answers and write about them to help me get my music to more people. In addition, we've also only had a handful of interviews, so I don't think I really have any questions that bother me too much.I guess I'm getting a little tired of reading interviews with loaded questions about being from Philadelphia. Things that usually read like, "So you guys are from Philly, how awesome is it? It's pretty awesome right? Tell me about how awesome it is."  I'm just tired of hyperbole in general and that particular topic is full of it and just isn't interesting. Ask me about tacos or something. People would read about tacos.
Cape Noire
SPB: What prompted you to choose a black cape as a sartorial statement and a band name? 
Cape Noire: Cape Noire came out of me one day as it is. The black cape is not a garment, it’s a character in itself. We don’t really know who is under the cape: a man, a woman, or dozens of lost souls. When it was born, on that day I was really down, it came out of my belly, then stood in front of me, and I knew I could follow it, everything would be fine from this moment. We started to compose... 
The music is aerial and passionate, the sounds are pure but all seems to come from a “beyond the grave” festival. The voice takes you into imaginary lands and forsake you on a bridge between sweetness and your darkest thoughts. I named it Cape Noire because it’s simply what it is.
Mikey (High Priests)
SPB: How did you “discover” punk rock?
Mikey: Well, like a lot of folks out there, I had older relatives who got me into music; who started bands; and brought music I had never heard into my ears. I’d watch my cousin practice at my Aunt’s house and then they’d show me a cd or two that I’d then listen to constantly. I’d read the liner notes of the album, whilst listening to the album start to finish, and would look up any and every band they listed as influences or tour mates.  I’d go to the Library (luckily my home town library had an amazing selection) and type in the word “punk” into the database system. They had and get a wide arrange of music that would be considered in the realm of punk-which opened my mind even more to music. I’d max out my library card with cds and continue to do with those albums what I did before reading the liner notes. 
This way I got not only super in to punk music but music in general. I began going to house shows and all ages punk shows when one of my older cousins got his license and found a whole realm of different punk communities near my home town.

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Bands Of Feather and Bone debut song, add dates

Posted Aug. 9, 2015, 3:44 p.m. in Bands by Loren

Of Feather and Bone debut song, add dates

Denver's Of Feather and Bone has a new song online, "Ignore Their Remorse," now streaming at New Noise Magazine. The song comes from their ...

The band is on tour in August and September with Good Fight labelmates Axis and Old Wounds.
Axis, Old Wounds, Of Feather and Bone:Aug 16 - Denver, CO @ 7th CircleAug 17 - Kansas City, MO @ The LoftAug 18 - Cedar Falls, IA @ The Black HoleAug 19 - Minneapolis, MN @ Poser CompoundAug 20 - Milwaukee, WI @ Borg WardAug 21 - Chicago, IL @ Live WireAug 22 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Elks LodgeAug 23 - Lakewood, OH @ The Foundry
Axis, Of Feather and Bone:Aug 24 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Roboto ProjectAug 25 - Buffalo, NY @ Sugar CityAug 26 - New Britain, CT @ Pulaski ClubAug 27 - Chicopee, MA @ CCCAug 28 - Providence, RI @ The Funky JungleAug 29 - New York, NY @ ABC No Rio (early)Aug 29 - Warren, NJ @ Warren Legion Hall (late)Aug 30 - Sayville, NY @ Soul SoundsAug 31 - Wilmington, DE @ School of RockSep 1 - Baltimore, MD @ Charm City Art SpaceSep 2 - Annapolis, MD @ Metropolitan LoungeSep 3 - Greensboro, NC @ Empire BooksSep 4 - Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern
Of Feather and Bone:Sep 6 - Birmingham, AL @ The HiveSep 7 - Memphis, TN @ The Hi-Tone

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