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SPB Premiere: "Limb Alert" by POST/BOREDOM

SPB Premiere: "Limb Alert" by POST/BOREDOM

Is the prevalence of the post- prefix in contemporary society indicative of the fact that humanity has been left to create, and indeed exist, in a era where most everything has already been done? Where does the brain wander in a post-thought world? And what to make of the band name POST/BOREDOM.  What would a typical experience after being bored be? But wait! With the use of the slash as opposed to a hyphen, should I even be reading the name that way to begin with?

Putting aside my armchair philosophical ponderings and sketchy grammatical analysis, though, POST/BOREDOM's combination of noisy, anything-goes rock and vocals that, to me, recall those of aggressive NYC no wave makes them a worthy addition to Seattle's storied heavy music scene. Formed in 2015 with the current four-piece lineup coming together the following year, the band released the Shaking Hands with Clients EP in 2018 and later headed into the studio to record their debut full-length, Ritualistic Time Abuser.

Though a glance at their Facebook page all but confirms vocalist Rachel Lynch's assertion that POST/BOREDOM tries not to take itself too seriously, the upcoming album's second single "Limb Alert" tackles a subject all-too relevant in today's post-truth times. Says Lynch: "Billy (Hamilton, bass) and I worked on the lyrics for "Limb Alert". It's basically about the endless access to information we have and how hard it is to sift through news sources, social media, bad advice, and misinformation about science and health to find a bit of truth."

Watch for the Hex Records release of Ritualistic Time Abuser on October 11th, and check out "Limb Alert" below.

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Videos SPB premiere: "Some Girls" by The Pretty Flowers

SPB premiere: "Some Girls" by The Pretty Flowers

Hailing from sunny Los Angeles, CA, The Pretty Flowers pull a number of influences together for a melodic, soothing r ‘n’ r sound that leans on the classics. Scene Point Blank is excited to share a new video for the song “Some Girls” off last year’s Why Trains Crash (Dirt Cult Records).

Digging into those influences, the band’s Noah Green explains, “’Some Girls’ was written after listening to one of the Rhino Records Nuggets compilations and the Guided By Voices Isolation Drills album.”

The video, directed by Joshua Giuliano, was shot the same day as a previous video for “Electrical,” off the same album.

Green expands on its inspiration:

Originally we were going to just do the "Electrical" video, and got to talking about how doing another video that could be shot on the cheap at a single location would be feasible to do that weekend, too. The location wound up being my tiny garage. We loved the simplicity of Buzzcocks "What Do I Get? video, which is just the band performing in front of a white background, and we shot for something similar to that for the "Some Girls" video. Our video has the addition of a cameo by our bass player Sam's dog, Bogie.

The band is currently working on a new album with an expected release in early 2020. Since Why Trains Crash, The Pretty Flowers also released a covers album named Golden Beat Sessions.

 

Records SPB exclusive: Filthy Hearts - Beyond Repair

SPB exclusive: Filthy Hearts - Beyond Repair

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We're excited to share an exclusive stream of Filthy Hearts' brand new release Beyond Repair, released August 30th on Hidden Home Records. You can pre-order the album here and check out the full album via the stream below.

Hailing from Denver, Colorado, Filthy Hearts are a punk band featuring ex-Larimers vocalist Ryan Hatfield and released their debut EP I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (Inside) in 2016. Beyond Repair is their first full-length and you can catch them on tour tonight in Denver (details here).

Follow the band on Facebook, Twitter, SpotifyiTunes or BandCamp and check out the album right here below.

Records New Lightning Bolt

Posted Sept. 21, 2019, 3:13 p.m.

New Lightning Bolt

photo by Nick Sayers

On Oct. 11 on Thrill Jockey Recorsd Lightning Bolt return with the rand new Sonic Citadel.

The band's seventh full-length through a nearly 25 year career, the new album notably strips away from of the band's distortion effects, letting a pop energy drive the songs.

Records Buildings are back

Posted Sept. 21, 2019, 1:40 p.m.

Buildings are back

photo by Samuel Claeys

On Nov. 22, Gilead Media will release Negative Sound, the fourth full-length from Minneapolis, MN noise rock group Buildings. The record features ten new songs, with "Bear The Dog" streaming online now.

It will be released in Europe by Antena Krzyku.

 

Labels Frail Body on Deathwish

Posted Sept. 21, 2019, 1 p.m.

Frail Body on Deathwish

Deathwish Inc. record label just added Frail Body to its roster, with plans to release the 7-song A Brief Memoriam on Nov. 1.

Calling Illinois hoise, the band explores themes of nihilism, death, anxiety, existentialism, and hopelessness amid a hardcore, screamo sound. Catch the band as they tour the Midwest this fall an get a taste of the new record through this video for "Pastel," the lead track from the soon-to-come release.

Records Aquarian Blood, on tour now, releases new song

Posted Sept. 21, 2019, 12:25 p.m.

Aquarian Blood, on tour now, releases new song

Aquarian Blood - A Love That Leads To War

Memphis, TN-based Aquarian Blood has revealed the title track from their new album A Love That Leads To War this week, premiering the song in advance of the album's Oct. 11 release on Goner Records.

The follow-up to Last Nite In Paradise (2017), the new album is a change-in-direction inspired by when drummer Bill Curry temporarily could not play with the group as he recovered from a broken Arm. Shifting from a blistering six-piece lineup to a 4-piece, the new album was largely composed by husband/wife duo J.B. Horrell (Ex-Cult) and NOTS alum Laurel Horrell and presents a range of softer sounds with atmospheric '60s pyschodelic vibes.

Listen to the title track below.

Music News New book explores doom and sludge genres

Posted Sept. 21, 2019, 11:27 a.m.

New book explores doom and sludge genres

photo by Chris Goyette

On Feb. 11, Rare Bird Books will release Doomed to Fail: The Incredibly Loud History of Doom, Sludge, and Post-metal by author J.J. Anselmi.

The book explores the origins of the sound with in-depth explorations of notable artists including Black Sabbath, Melvins, Eyehategod, Godflesh, Neurosis, and more.

Anselmi says, via press release:

I’ve had it in my head for years that I wanted to write a book specifically about heavy music, but it took me quite a while to figure out how to go about it...Reading books like Lords of Chaos, American Hardcore, and Choosing Death, made me think about how no one has given doom, sludge, or post-metal the same treatment by locating the music in a social context and tracing its evolution. Needless to say, it’s overdue.

Watch a trailer below.

MP3s "Everything Must Go" from the upcoming Weakerthans tribute

Posted Sept. 21, 2019, 10:58 a.m.

"Everything Must Go" from the upcoming Weakerthans tribute

photo by Loren Green

Todd Farrell of Benchmarks, Two Cow Garage has unveiled a cover of the Weakterthans' "Everything Must Go!," which appears on the band's Left and Leaving record.

The cover is one of 23 songs included on One Great Tribute! A Love Letter to the Weakerthans, which also includes recordings by Frank Turner, Austin Lucas & The Bold Party, and Wayfarer.

Speaking of his contribution, Farrell says:

I'm really proud to be part of this project. John K Samson is on my Mt. Rushmore of songwriters, and mental health is always at the forefront of my mind. It was a perfect fit...We essentially recorded it over the course of one hour sessions on my lunch break for five days between my house and Jack's (Benchmarks) house. I sent the tracks to my friend Camille Faulkner (Julien Baker, boygenius), and she played violin and sang harmonies on the choruses and absolutely knocked it out of the park. Then I sent it to my friend Scotty Sandwich of Almost People, in Durham, NC, to mix. We barely got it in under the deadline, and it's a testament to the power of Dropbox in a world where no one has the time or money to dedicate a full day to a recording project. I think it came out beautifully, and am incredibly proud.

Listen to the clip below. One Great Tribute! A Love Letter to The Weakerthans releases on Nov. 11, 2019.

Shows Psycho Smokeout 2.0 coming in April

Posted Sept. 21, 2019, 10:26 a.m.

Psycho Smokeout 2.0 coming in April

On April 18, 2020, Los Angeles will host the Psycho Smokeout 2.0, a one-day festival sponsored by Psycho Entertainment and RidingEasy Records with a stacked lineup that features Weedeater, The Obsessed, Acid Kind, and more.

Hit the jump for the full list of bands and additional show notes.

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