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Exclusive: GRIDFAILURE - Psychological Badlands: Henchpersons Instrumentals

Exclusive: GRIDFAILURE - Psychological Badlands: Henchpersons Instrumentals

Psychological Badlands: Henchpersons Instrumentals is the sixth new release from Gridfailure in 2019.

While Gridfailure has already released five records this year, Psychological Badlands: Henchpersons Instrumentals stands out as an illustration of what makes the Dave Brenner experimental project so unique.

Get a first taste via our exclusive stream, here:

Recorded, designed, and mixed by Brenner at The Compound in Rockland County, NY, this project was pieced together from several sessions dating back to 2016 when Gridfailure first got underway. The record features a number of musicians, including Benjamin Levitt (Megalophobe, Gridfailure live), Pete Tsakiris, Richard Muller (The Third Kind, Vise Massacre, Gridfailure live), BJ Allen (Full Scale Riot), Lane Oliver (Feel Happiness), Steve Truglio (Jean-Luc Ponty Band, King Dead), and Joe D'acci, It’s a collaborative, often spontaneous, lo-fi musical mutant.

Brenner explains:

With GRIDFAILURE, virtually everything is an experiment or amalgamation of recordings in one way or another, unless it’s performed live… then everything is an experiment/improvised attack. Everything recorded in the project is somewhat of a free-range feeling or mode, rather than a song, whether I’m putting together a specific song, riff, or beat for a conceptual recording, or I’m completely freestylilng lyrics live at a show. Everything is meant to embody a tone or mood; there’s a lot of duality in the lyrics and concepts, and I think in a “genre-free” way.

GRIDFAILURE’s records are rooted in feelings of catastrophe, paranoia, confusion; themes are ecological collapse, revenge, horror. Even the most melodic or mellow movements are usually doused in scathing noise or feelings.

While the majority of what I record and release is of my own performance and DIY/untrained self-recording, much of the music on some of these releases are rooted in working with friends; this is one of those albums. I created this from random recordings made with random jams with friends – Henchpersons – here at my abode, aka, The Compound. Most of the tracks have an improvised core with one or more of my cohorts and I recording random jams together, some of the songs have several of these sessions intertwined, and some even have outside help. Some recordings were captured at parties or random gatherings, some were recorded at 4am with windows open, some with three folks sending a signal to one track, some simply captured on a recording from a simple hand-held recorder or device. With extra instrumentation from an outside source or two, some field recordings, and a wealth of editing later, this is a lighthearted record in comparison to most of GRIDFAILURE’s material, but it holds a wealth of personal value above all else, and I plan on getting back together with some of these folks to rebuild/some of these tracks at some point.

Psychological Badlands: Henchpersons Instrumentals is available on Oct. 31 with two tracks available now for a Misfits-inspired price of just $1.38. 

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Bands Wish Granters (Mike Watt) debut in November

Posted Oct. 15, 2019, 9:10 p.m.

Wish Granters (Mike Watt) debut in November

photo by Robert Ibarra

On Nov. 15, Recess Records and Water Under the Bridge Records will release the debut record from Wish Granters. The new project features Mike Watt, plus members of Pale Angels, Toys That Kill, and Atomic Sherpas. The group will release a self-titled, 5-song 12".

The band was formed when Watt, on tour in London with Il Sogno del Marinaio, suggested a project to Jamie Morrison (Pale Angels). Later on, Reza Mireshan (also of Pale Angels) and Morrison came up with ideas that were shared with the rest of Wish Granters, who reheased and fleshed out the material.

Records Body Stuff EP 3

Posted Oct. 15, 2019, 6:41 p.m.

Body Stuff EP 3

Body Stuff 3

On January 10, Curran Reynolds and Ryan Jones will release Body Stuff 3. The duo features former members of Today Is The Day, with Reynolds as primary songwriter and vocalist. 

Following the release of EPs and 2completes a trilogy and will be released via The Chain. Describing the new EP, Body Stuff notes a few surprises, includinh synthesizer, acoustic guitar, death metal vocals more akin to Jones' work with Mutilation Rites, and a guitar solo by KMFDM's Andee Blacksugar.

Records New song from Mark Lind, new LP to come

Posted Oct. 15, 2019, 5:19 p.m.

New song from Mark Lind, new LP to come

Featuring the former Ducky Boys frontman Mark Lind, the aptly dubbed Mark Lind and The Unloved have announced they will relase a new album named The Last Bastion on Nov. 8.

The Last Bastion will release on Lind's State Line Records, with guest musical appearances from Jeff Morris (The Bruisers) and Paul Christian and Steve Neary (Far From Finished).

The song "Out Of The Blackout" is out now.

Tours The Locust on the road this fall

Posted Oct. 14, 2019, 7:29 p.m.

The Locust on the road this fall

The Locust have announced six live dates this October-November, playing in Texas, Colorado, and California, including one date with Big Business.

The band went on hiatus in following the 2007 relase of New Erections, with limited activity in the decade since.

Comprised of Bobby Bray, Joseph Karam, Justin Pearson, and Gabe Serbian, the members have also played with Dead Cross, Le Butcherettes, Some Girls,  Head Wound City, Retox, and a whole bunch more. Pearson contributed a guest column for SPB about his multiple projects in 2016.

Records New Beach Slang in January (with guest bassist)

Posted Oct. 14, 2019, 7:21 p.m.

New Beach Slang in January (with guest bassist)

photo by Loren Green

After releasing the MPLS covers EP earlier this year, Beach Slang has announced a new record in early 2020 featuring guest bassist Tommy Stinson (The Replacements).

To be titled The Deadbeat Bang of Heartbreak City, the new LP drops on Jan. 10 on Bridge Nine Records.

A lead single, “Bam Rang Rang,” is out now to whet fans' appetites. Beach Slang will be on tour this fall opening for Goo Goo Dolls. Check out the new song after the bump.

Records Jeff Rosenstock live: Thanks, Sorry!

Posted Oct. 14, 2019, 6 p.m.

Jeff Rosenstock live: Thanks, Sorry!

photo by Hiro Tanaka

Jeff Rosenstock wil soon release a live record, recorded over four nights at The Bowery Ballroom in New York, NY. It released on a triple LP format, will come wit a 76-page book by photographer Hiro Tanaka, and is available for preorder now.

The live recordings capture Death Rosenstock, Jeff's band featuring John DeDomenici on bass, Mike Huguenor on guitar, Dan Potthast on keys/vocals, and Kevin Higuchi on drums. Thanks, Sorry! will release on Rosenstock's own Really Records.

Labels Bloodshot announced 25th anniversary comp and shows

Posted Oct. 13, 2019, 8:48 p.m.

Bloodshot announced 25th anniversary comp and shows

Bloodshot Records is celebrating its 25th anniversary as a label this year. On Nov. 8 the label will release a new 22-song compilation to mark the occasion. Titled Too Late to Pray: Defiant Chicago Roots, the compilation revisits the concept of the label's first release in 1994, For A Life of Sin: Insurgent Chicago Country, which collected new material from a range of artists in the roots/country scene that Bloodshot highlights.

The new collection includes songs by Robbie Fulks, Brendan Kelly and the Wandering Birds, Jon Langford's Hillbilly Lovechild, and a whole lot more (listed in full below.

The label is hosting two special live shows in Chicago this November as well.

MP3s New single from SNST

Posted Oct. 13, 2019, 11:27 a.m.

New single from SNST

The band SNST, featuring Chris Broach (Braid/The Firebird Band) and Sonja Broach -- pronounced "Sunset," by the way -- recently shared a new single online (and embedded below) called "It's Hard To Be Loved (By You)."

Released late last month, the new song is a preview of what's to come on their upcoming second LP, which will also be titled It's Hard To Be Loved By You, due next spring.

The new song, and new record overall, shifts direction from the band's previous release, with Sonja taking more lead vocals.

"I wasn't happy at all with what I was doing vocally, and felt too close to the music and the production, and adding my wife to the mix, as the main singer, for most of the record, just seemed to fit much better with the music," Chris says. "It allowed me to focus on the music and the production, and as soon as I let go of the vocals, everything just made sense.  I still sing here and there on the record, and I probably will continue to here and there in the future, but this just made sense for right now." 

SNST released Turn Out the Lights in 2017.

Records Chicago trio Luggage release new song, new album details

Posted Oct. 13, 2019, 11:01 a.m.

Chicago trio Luggage release new song, new album details

photo by Josh Ford

Luggage will release their third LP, Shift, next month on Nov. 22 via Corpse Flower.

Described an a "monolithic minimalist trio," the new LP follows repetitive, shifting, and discordant movements that build and plot textural tones. The record was recorded at Electrical Audio in Chicago with Matthew Barnhart (Shearwater, The New Year). For a teaser, the band recently shared "Cam" over at Echoes and Dust.

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