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SPB exclusive: Constant Insult - History in Shorthand

SPB exclusive: Constant Insult - History in Shorthand

Constant Insult - History in Shorthand

SPB is excited to feature the new full-length player from Constant Insult.

Titled History in Shorthand, the 11-song record comes out on Jan. 31, 2020 and is the follow-up to a 2015 self-titled EP.

The band formed in 2014 with the idea of writing songs “that sound like the Rolling Stones combined with the Marked Men.” The band changed directs along the way. There is still a focus on tight songwriting with memorable hooks, but the band’s general sound is best described as accessible, driving punk with an underlying relatable charm that shines through. The rhythm section pummels and pushes while vocal harmonies and dark melodies provide a balanced range of emotions.

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Tours Teenage Bottlerocket + The Eradicator coming to Australia

Posted Jan. 26, 2020, 10:53 a.m.

Teenage Bottlerocket + The Eradicator coming to Australia

photo by Jamy Cabre

Teenage Bottlerocket, from Wyoming USA and on Fat Wreck Chords, will be headed to Australia in May with The Eradicator along for support. They will be joined by Brisbane's Flangipanis.

Teenage Bottlerocket is touring in support of Stay Rad!, while The Eradicator released Peak Eradicator last year. Eradicator fans should stay tuned to SPB, as we have a feature with the band currently in development.

Records New Horseneck next month

Posted Jan. 26, 2020, 10:25 a.m.

New Horseneck next month

photo by Lance Jackman

California-based Horseneck return with a new LP, Fever Dream, on Feb. 21. The band includes current and former members of Will Haven and Chelsea Wolfe and have one previous record.

Playing post-hardcore/sludge rock, the band has debuted "Pen15" to give listeners a taste of what's to come. Listen after the jump.

Records New from Escuela Grind

Posted Jan. 26, 2020, 9:53 a.m.

New from Escuela Grind

photo by Colin Kmiecik

Escuela Grind, formed in 2016, will release its first full-length on March 20. Titled Indoctrination, the album features 17 songs in total and will be released on vintl and digital platforms by Armageddon Labelwith help from To Live A Lie (USA) and RSR (Europe).

Pulling from a variety of styles in the hardcore, grindcore, and powerviolence realm, the band features. While members Katerina Economou, Jesse Fuentes (Kill the Client, Creator|Destroyer), Jason Balthazar Eldridge (Hearse), and Kris Morash (Your Brain on Drugs).

Check out the track "Inspirational Significance" below.

Records sleepmakeswaves 3-part EP series

Posted Jan. 26, 2020, 9:40 a.m.

sleepmakeswaves 3-part EP series

photo by Loren Green

Post-rock group sleepmakeswaves, who last released Made of Breath Only in 2017, will return to action this year -- opting to forgo the traditional LP format and instead release a series consisting of 3 EPs:

No Safe Place releases on Feb. 21, Out Of Hours releases on April 17, and Not An Exit on May 15.

A single, "Cascades," is out now:

Records The debut of Midwife

Posted Jan. 25, 2020, 6:31 p.m.

The debut of Midwife

photo by Alana Wool

Midwife's Forever debut LP comes out on April 10 (The Flenser). The Denver, CO project features multi-instrumentalist Madeline Johnston and covers a range of ethereal, metal-influenced tones over 6 songs.

The project began in 2015, evolving into Forever, which utilizes soft guitars and delicate, breezy melodies.

Listen to "Anyone Can Play Guitar" here:

Records Solo Malkmus

Posted Jan. 25, 2020, 5:24 p.m.

Solo Malkmus

photo by Loren Green

Onetime Pavement frontperson Stephen Malkmus returns to action with the album Traditional Techniques, on March 6 on Matador Records. The album is his third recod without Pavement or his follow-up backing band, the Jicks. It's described as a new path from 2018's Jicks release, Sparkle Hard and 2019's solo Groove Denied.

Inspiration began while recording Sparkle Hard and progressed to include new instrumentation, modern folk, and Malkmus' unique voice.

The record's release will be followed by a North American tour. Watch a video for "Xian Man" below.

Records New Primals' Horse Girl Energy

Posted Jan. 25, 2020, 12:13 p.m.

New Primals' Horse Girl Energy

New Primals - Horse Girl Energy

Noise rock trio New Primals of Minneapolis has announced the March 20 release of its debut full-length Horse Girl Energy, with a preview single "Modern Lover" video after the jump.

The band formed four years ago and, following lineup change, is now releasing its 10-song debut complete with fierce yet touching spastic howls and hooks.

Check out the video:

Bands Vinnie Fiorello writes a children's book

Posted Jan. 25, 2020, 11:52 a.m.

Vinnie Fiorello writes a children's book

Vinny Fiorello - Sometimes Robots Just Like Being Robots

Vinnie Fiorello, drummer of Less Than Jake, has written a new children's book illustrated by Eric Davison. Davison also created the artwork for LTJ's Anthem record.

Speaking of the project, Fiorello says:

When I was growing up there was nothing that I liked more than robots, and even to this day a collection of robots sits on a large shelf in my office as I toil away on various things. As I get older the idea of robots becomes slightly deeper than the beeps and buzzes that I love. These stories slid around my head and out of my hands from coast to coast, on napkins and in notebooks, they are intercontinental, written in airplanes and tapped away in taxis as I traveled around the world.This is my love letter to my first love, a robot.

Fiorello also runs Paper + Plastick Records, Wunderland War, and recently sold artwork to raise funds to assist with Australian wildfire recovery.

Tours YOB 2020

Posted Jan. 25, 2020, 11:21 a.m.

YOB 2020

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2020 will be a busy year of touring for YOB, who will perform at Fire in the Mountains festival thsi year, preluded by dates in the US and Europe.

The band released Our Raw Heart in 2018 (Relapse Records). Hit the bump for specifics.

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