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Interviews: Dear Boy

"This sounds made up, so I apologise, but it’s totally not," says Dear Boy frontman and lyricist Ben Grey when explaining the inspiration behind the ... read more

Regular Columns: Hip-Hop vs Punk

Hmmm, anti-authoritarian views and addressing social concerns and issues related to the government and public affairs? Tick! DIY ethic? Tick! Attire that deliberately deviates from ... read more

Interviews: Walking On Cars

Achieving phenomenal success with the release of your debut album is the kind of thing that most bands can only dream of, but what happens ... read more

Regular Columns: Guest Column: Lamniformes - Sisyphean Director's Commentary

Released this March on Furious Hooves, Lamniformes’Sisypheanis equal parts post-metal soundscape exploration and emotional, striving indie rock. The project is spearheaded by Ian Cory (Gabby’s ... read more

Regular Columns: Only Death Is Real #2

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SPB Premiere: "Reach (Special Release)" by AWES

SPB Premiere: "Reach (Special Release)" by AWES

As I explained to a friend a few years back, experimental music is fun because, by its very nature, it can encompass almost, and indeed literally, anything.  On one hand, there's experimental music that's too "out there," provoking an "Emperor’s New Clothes" type of response in many listeners since they would be unfamiliar with, and likely confused by, the sounds and moods presented.  On the other hand, there are artists taking generally familiar elements and utilizing them in ways that aren't quite in line with what one would typically expect to find in more mainstream music.  

"Reach" by Los Angeles-based group AWES comes across as a nice demonstration of the latter category.  Originally released in mid-2018, the track delivers sections that, for me, recall both the hazy psychedelia of '70s Pink Floyd and playful rock of Yoshimi-era Flaming Lips.  Warbling organ is featured as much as guitar in the instrumental breaks, the track eventually culminating in a finale that seems to convey a sense of purpose and quiet determination.  Containing frequent rhythmic changeups and a sense of mood that runs the gamut from being punchy to downright blissful, "Reach" aims to inspire thought and self-reflection in the listener, a repeated lyric of "Think for yourself" seeming all too relevant in today's day and age.

Find AWES on YoutubeReverbNation, or the band's website, and check out a special version of "Reach", extended and remixed for inclusion on the upcoming release of the same name, below.

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Records SPB premiere: Coolness Factor 6 by Grizzlor

SPB premiere: Coolness Factor 6 by Grizzlor

Grizzlor are back in action with a new 4-song EP, Coolness Factor 6, out today on Learning Curve Records/Hermit Cave Records.

The New Haven, CT band have several EPs, splits, and the Destructoid full-length (Hex Records, 2017) to their name already.

The new EP delivers four noise-punk jams with big angular riffs, barked vocals, and fuzzed out guitars that bring out pained, aggressive emotions with an underlying experimental bent.

Give a listen:

MP3s SPB premiere: "Maelstrom" by Colored Moth

SPB premiere: "Maelstrom" by Colored Moth

SPB is pleased to team up with Wolves and Vibrancy Records to share “Maelstrom” from the upcoming new record by Colored Moth, DIM.

The Berlin-based band will release DIM on August 29, a follow-up to 2016’s Fragmenting Tensions. The thirteen song record continues the band’s powerful, calculated and chaotic blend of noise rock, post-hardcore, and screamo that is alternately fierce and unhinged but with tempered emotion.

Check out “Maelstrom” now:

Records SPB exclusive: Cyberplasm - The Psychic Hologram

SPB exclusive: Cyberplasm - The Psychic Hologram

Cyberplasm - The Psychic Hologram

Coming on June 21, Cyberplasm will release a new LP to the world titled The Psychic Hologram.

The band pulls from a diverse influence, mixing noise punk guitars, atmospheric drum processors, and furiously shouted vocals for a blistering belt of hardcore that’s both perfectly suited to the genre while simultaneously destroying it.

The band will be on tour this fall in support of the new record. Pre-orders are available from Iron Lung.

Give a listen to the 11-song record here:

Shows T1 Fest in Joliet

Posted June 23, 2019, 6:30 p.m.

T1 Fest in Joliet

A new festival, the T1 Festival, will run on NOvember 8-9 in Joliet, featuring several Illinois punk bands playing to raise funds for the JDRF, (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). The event was organized by Jim Costanzo who was inspired after his nephew was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. The two-day event features several notable names, including Brendan Kelly, Flatfoot 56, Smoking Popes, The Lillingtons, 88 FIngers Louie, The Brokedowns, Dan Vapid & The Cheats, and more.

Records New Ledge song, new Ledge album

Posted June 22, 2019, 7:31 p.m.

New Ledge song, new Ledge album

photo by Susan J. Hobson

The sludge project known as Ledge will release its second LP on August 30 via Translation Loss Records. Titled All I Hope For, the sophomore release follows a complex, angry theme that was penned by frontman and project masterming John Hoffman, formerly of Weekend Nachos.

The concept for All I Hope For is a journey along the mind process of someone who is feeling so hateful that they could blow up the world and end the human race," Hoffman says of the record. "There are songs that touch on feeling alienated, misanthropic and fed up, and there are a few songs that specifically illustrate observations of entitled hypocrites as well as neglectful and abusive drug addicts. On a daily basis I struggle with living amongst the scum I write about and in a large way this album details my own fantasies of destroying them."

The album was recorded and mixed by Andy Nelson and mastered by Brad Boatright.


Records New Reunions LP out now

Posted June 22, 2019, 6:58 p.m.

New Reunions LP out now

Reunions returned with a new LP, their first long-player, tited Winer Hear, Summer Skin yesterday. The self-released record continues the band's blend of classic emo/punk by way of San Francisco.

The new record was written and recorded over a two year period and follows-up two prior EPs.

Records HR's Give Thanks

Posted June 22, 2019, 6:34 p.m.

HR's Give Thanks

photo by Scott Wilkinson

HR, best known as the vocalist of Bad Brains, will return with a new solo album dubbed Give Thanks on Oct. 18.

The new reggae album focuses on themes of gratitude and unity and will be issued by Hardline Entertainment. Limited edition vinyl is available in several colors, which will be hand-numbered and signed by HR.

Records 40 years of Unknown Pleasure

Posted June 22, 2019, 5:33 p.m.

40 years of Unknown Pleasure

photo by Loren Green

In 2019, Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures celebrates 4 years since its release.

First released in 1979, the band is marking the occasion by collaborating with a variety of film directors to re-image in the music in the context of 2019. Visual coordinator Warren Jackson has commissioned a short film for each track on the album, which will be released throughout the year. "I Remember Nothing," directed by Helgi and Hörður kicks things off:

Records Thom Yorke live dates plus Anima

Posted June 22, 2019, 3:56 p.m.

Thom Yorke live dates plus Anima

photo by Ebru Yildiz

Thom Yorke has announced the "Tomorrow's Modern Boxes" North American Tour this fall, where he will be joined on stage by Nigel Godrich and visual artist Tarik Barri. The shows will consist of Yorke's solo material, including songs off The EraserTomorrow's Modern Boxes, Atoms For Peace's Amok, and new/unreleased works.

Leading up to the newly announced North American dates, Yorke will also perform in Europe and Asia. Date and venue info is listed below.

Yorke will also release a new album, Anima, on July 19 on XL Recordings.

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Stuffed & Ready is the third album released by LA band Cherry Glazerr. It’s surprising this is their third album and it’s taken me this long to notice them, but regardless, my timing feels perfect. With an album name like Stuffed & Ready, it’s hard to ignore the boldness of the band. Lead vocalist Clementine Creevy has a dream-like quality to her voice creating this fuzzy, pop-rock atmosphere that produces both a daring and intimate atmosphere throughout the record. I can feel ...

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