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If you count last year’s Pre-Fest only trip, Fest 17 marks my tenth trip to Florida for the annual event. The Fest is a monster ... read more

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The Fest is a fascinating piece of DIY culture. Not only has it grown into a mega-event of 400+ bands, comedians, wrestlers, and other forms ... read more

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SPB exclusive: Shadow People - Secrets EP

SPB exclusive: Shadow People - Secrets EP

Shadow People - Secrets EP

Scene Point Blank is excited to premiere the new EP by Shadow People, Secrets, out on Dec. 7.

The Baton Rouge, LA band originally formed as a two-piece in 2013, adding bass two years later. They play a feedback-laden noisy brand of rock fueled by dynamic changes and the equally pained and furious vocals of Matt Conradi. In 2017, the band released Pharamoans and also dealt with a citywide flood that cost them their homes.

In late 2018, the band is looking forward. Give Secrets a listen here: 

The 7-song EP is available for pre-order now.

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Records JR Slayer release in February

Posted Dec. 9, 2018, 2 p.m.

JR Slayer release in February

photo by Zane Roesell

JR Slayer, featuring Cody Totolato (The Blood Brothers/Heady Wound City/Jaguar Love) has a new album in the works. Named You Found Me, it's scheduled to release on Feb. 1 and consists of 9 songs that were recorded in Votolato's home studio, his second album under the moniker.

 “JR Slayer is just a place where I’m able to navigate all the different things I’ve naturally started doing over the past few years, be it song writing, solo albums, remixes or producing," the musician explains.

“I’ve never been fully comfortable just putting ‘by Cody Votolato’ on something. I really liked the idea of having an umbrella to do it all under that’s separate from my name. I wanted it to start a new chapter, with an opportunity to not be ‘a member of’, not be ‘Cody from this or that’. It’s just JR Slayer, it’s what I do.”

Jenny Lee of Warpaint contributes in album opener "I'll Never Leave U."

Records News from Bob Mould's camp

Posted Dec. 9, 2018, 1:32 p.m.

News from Bob Mould's camp

photo by Alicia J Rose

Bob Mould has a new album scheduled for releases on Feb. 8, 2019 titled Sunshine Rock. Coming out on Merge Records, the record is inspired by Mould's experiences in Berlin, Germany.

"Almost four years ago, I made plans for an extended break," Mould says. "I started spending time in Berlin in 2015, found an apartment in 2016, and became a resident in 2017. My time in Berlin has been a life changing experience."

"To go from [2011 autobiography] See a Little Light to the last three albums, two of which were informed by loss of each parent, respectively, at some point I had to put a Post-It note on my work station and say, 'Try to think about good things.' Otherwise I could really go down a long, dark hole," he says. "I'm trying to keep things brighter these days as a way to stay alive."

The former Husker Du and Sugar member last released Patch The Sky in 2016. He will embark on a US tour that kicks off on Valentine's Day 2014 with support from Titus Andronicus, Screaming Females, and others.

Listen to the album's lead single "What Do You Want Me To Do:"

Records Surachai announces Come, Deathless

Posted Dec. 9, 2018, 12:31 p.m.

Following the 2016 release of Instinct and Momeory, Surachai will release Come, Deathless on Jan. 25 on BL_K Noise. Combinging noise, electronics, and avant garde metal, the 12-track release also features gest apperances from Aaron Harris (ISIS/Palms), Juey Karam (The Locust/One Day As a Lion), and singer Sara Kendell.

Get a taste here:

Records AFI release EP

Posted Dec. 9, 2018, 12:21 p.m.

AFI release EP

photo by Jiro Schneider

Longtime SPB favorites AFI are back with a new EP titled The Missing Man (Ex Noctem Nacimur). The five song mini-album released this past Friday and was produced and mixed by Jade Puget.

The band released AFI (The Blood Album) last year.

Labels Spartan adds The Darling Fire

Posted Dec. 9, 2018, 10:30 a.m.

Spartan adds The Darling Fire

Florida's The Darling Fire Sign have signed with Spartan Records for a new J. Robbins recorded album in 2019.

The band features members of The Rocking Horse Winner, Dashboard Confessional, Further Seems Forever, Poison the Well, Shai Hulud, As Friends Rust, and Strongarm and are planning their debut to come next summer under the name Dark Celebration.

Records CJ Ramone's Christmas Lullaby

Posted Dec. 8, 2018, 11:30 a.m.

CJ Ramone's Christmas Lullaby

photo by Loren Green

The one and only CJ Ramone just released a new Christmas single, Christmas Lullaby, on Fat Wreck Chords. Available on digital platforms and vinyl, the 2-song sing features an A-side original and a cover of The Kink's classic "Father Christmas" on the B-side.

Bands Butthole Surfers book announced

Posted Dec. 8, 2018, 11:19 a.m.

Butthole Surfers book announced

photo by Loren Green

A new limited run "visual history" book on the Butthole Surfers was announced this week, including opening preorders. The book will be titled What Does Regret Mean? by author Aaron Tanner, issued by Rolling Stone.

The book follows the band's formation in San Antonio, TX through its reunion, sharing photos, artwork, and other memorabilia from the band and others in their scene. Mickey Melchiondo (Ween) provides an introduction, and it also contains interviews from Kim Thayil (Soundgarden), Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth), Steven Drozd (The Flaming Lips), Al Jourgensen (Ministry), Stephen Malkmus and Bob Nastanovich (Pavement), Neko Case, Dale Crover (Melvins), Henry Rollins, Cris Kirkwood and Derrick Bostrom (Meat Puppets), Steven McDonald (Redd Kross), David Yow (the Jesus Lizard), and many more.

Records The Faint to release to record next year

Posted Dec. 8, 2018, 8:40 a.m.

The Faint to release to record next year

The Faint- Egowerk

The Faint will be back with a new album on March 15. The new album is stitled Egowerk and will be issued by Saddle Creek and includes 11 songs. Prior to Egowerk, the last released CAPSULE:1999-2016.

Records New Pale Lips news

Posted Dec. 7, 2018, 8:30 p.m.

New Pale Lips news

photo by Lynn Poulin

Pale Lips recently release the new You're A Doll singe on Nov. 30, to be followed by the group's second full-length after the calendar turns.

Titled After the Dark, the new album will be released by Spaghetty Town Records (USA), God's Candy Records (Canada), and Alien Snatch Records (Europe). The band last released Wanna Be Bad in 2016.

Check out the video for "You're A Doll:"

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