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Music: The Fest 17

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

Music: Looking Forward to The Fest 17

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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Fatherson's new album seesaws between visceral, enveloping rock music and experimental, cinematic soundscapes, which should come as no surprise as the Scottish trio's back catalogue ... read more

Regular Columns: Soundtrack in film

Thanks to insight from professionals in the field, and the freedom to explore the use of sound in film, Beyond Casual Observation has featured a ... read more

Interviews: Kyle Falconer

In 2007, a group of young Scottish musicians called The View became one of the key bands in the mid-‘00s British indie music scene with ... read more

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SPB exclusive: Words a Game

SPB exclusive: Words a Game

Out today, Scene Point Blank has teamed up with Coin Toss Records to share a reissue of Words A Game, originally released on CD in 1995, and now on LP and digital formats for the first time.

Featuring 12 songs, the files were remastered for vinyl, along with new art in place of the cardboard sleeve the band first released over two decades ago.

Give it a listen below, and read vocalist Brian nicewander’s recollection about the recording here:

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Records Quits self-titled debut to release in January

Posted Dec. 15, 2018, 8:32 p.m.

Quits self-titled debut to release in January

Influenced by the likes of Drive Like Jehu, Metz, and Circus Lupus, Denver's Quits released their self-titled debut on cassette on Dec. 14 via Sleeping Giant Glossolalia. The band hits the US West Coast next month.

The band features bassist Neil Keener who joined after the album recording, and has also played with Planes Mistaken For Stars and Wovenhand.

Watch a video for "Worm Burden" here.

MP3s Adult Swim shares dream-themed comp

Posted Dec. 15, 2018, 7:08 p.m.

Adult Swim shares dream-themed comp

photo by Loren Green

Adult Swim is streaming a compilation titled Fever Dreams, curated by Dana Swanson with the intent to "create something that sounded incredible while driving at night. I’m also beyond fascinated with the dichotomy of the dreams that you have when you’re sick and half-awake: anything is possible, but someone else is behind the wheel.”

The compilation includes tracks by S U R V I V E, Marie Davidson, Majeure, and more.

 

Records Dead Swords announce debut full-length

Posted Dec. 15, 2018, 6:32 p.m.

Dead Swords announce debut full-length

Dead Swords - Ender

Featuring members of The Gaslight Anthem and Bottomfeeder, New Jersey's Dead Swords will release their debut in 2019.

Comprised of Alex Rosamilia (The Gaslight Anthem) and Corey Perez (Bottomfeeder/Let Me Run), the shoegave band will release the 11-song Ender on Human Blood Records on March 8.

The band previously released two EPs, Skeletons and Broken Souls.

“When I started Dead Swords, I really wanted to focus on letting the music be able to breathe,” Rosamilia says of the project. “I have always been a fan of bands like Pink Floyd, My Bloody Valentine, or The Cure; bands that write songs that sprawl about over the course of seven-t0-eight minutes. ‘Ender’, as well as the rest of the record, is my homage to those bands and those songs that take you for a 10-minute trip without you realizing how long you've been sat there."

Curious fans can listen to the song "Ender" on Spotify now.

Records New Aneurysm in February

Posted Dec. 15, 2018, 6 p.m.

New Aneurysm in February

photo by Tyler Hallet

Boston's Aneurysm will release its first full-length on February 1. Titled Awareness, it was recorded at GodCity Studio in Salem, MA, by Chris Johnson (bassist of Deafheaven and Doomriders) and will be released joinyl by Tor Johnson Records (vinyl), Constant Disappointment Records (vinyl and CD), and Suspended Soul Records (cassette).

The band plays jagged, punk-fuelled noise rock. Get a taste by checking out "St. E's."

The band has released three 7"s previously.

Records New from Bad Mojos

Posted Dec. 15, 2018, 5:41 p.m.

New from Bad Mojos

photo by Dulce Mujer Gato Ramirez

Switzerland's Bad Mojos have set a Dec. 21 release date for the upcoming I Hope You OD, on Voodoo Rhythm Records.

The band formed in 2015 and previously released records on No Front Teeth Records and Kink Records. They'll be playing dates Switzerland and Denmark soon. Check out the song/video "Commit a Crime" at PureGrainAudio.

Tours Baroness + Deafheaven co-headlining across North America

Posted Dec. 15, 2018, 11:01 a.m.

Baroness + Deafheaven co-headlining across North America

This spring, Baroness and Deafheaven will hit the road together, starting on March 8 in Houston, TX, and cross the US and Canada in a joint headlining tour, joined alby by Zeal & Ardor.

It will be Baroness' first continent-wide tour in roughly three years. SPB had the pleasure of seeing Deafheaven live earlier this year in Seattle.

Records The Vandoliers plan new record in February

Posted Dec. 15, 2018, 10:31 a.m.

The Vandoliers plan new record in February

photo by Mike Brooks

Dallas-Forth Worgh group the Vandoliers will release a new album titled Forever on Feb. 22, 2019. The album is their third in total and first for Bloodshot Records.

Since forming in 2015, the band most recently released The Native in 2017.

Check out "Troublemaker" here:

 

MP3s Mad Caddies Christmas song

Posted Dec. 15, 2018, 9:30 a.m.

Mad Caddies have released a digital sincle, I'm Going Surfing for Xmas," shared below. Their Fat Wreck Chords labelmates Me First and the Gimmes Gimmes recently released Christmas music as well.

 

Mad Caddies will play Canada and Europe in 2019.

Obituaries Buzzcocks’ Pete Shelley passes away

Posted Dec. 15, 2018, 8:58 a.m.

Pete Shelley, the vocalist/guitarist of the influential Buzzcocks, passed away last week at the age of 63 due to an apparent heart attack.

The Buzzcocks formed in 1975 and were known for songs including “Ever Fallen In Love…(With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve),” “What Do I Get?” and “Orgasm Addict.” The band was primarily active from 1975-1981, then again from 1989 to the present. Shelley also released albums under his own name in between Buzzcocks releases.

 

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