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A sense of tension and unease pervades Batom Rouge, the upcoming third release (following 2017’s Pharamoans and the following year’s Secrets) from Baton Rouge trio Shadow People. Describing their sound as being “emotional sludge core,” the band combines despairing lyrics and intense vocal delivery with punchy instrumental parts and a healthy dose of noise.
Perhaps unsurprisingly given the title’s reference to their hometown, the new EP features tracks tackling issues affecting the Louisiana capital including substance abuse and overwhelmed levees – a topic the band would know a thing or two about having experienced the floods that have besieged the city in the past number of years – and throws in a few choice sound samples to boot. Premiering below, it’s album track “State and Perish,” whose name is an interesting play on words considering Louisiana administrative geography, about which vocalist/guitarist Matt Conradi says, “I hope that levee breaks AND WASH AWAY!”
The band has upcoming shows in Baton Rouge (on March 7th for the album release) and Memphis, and the new EP can be preordered here.
New year, new podcast episode! Featuring music from The Holy Circle, Good Shade, The Coathangers, Dead Bars, Post/Boredom, Soot Sprite and Ancient Shores.
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Posted Feb. 17, 2020, 12:30 p.m.
Gouge Away have two news bits today. Once year after the release of Burnt Sugar, the group is releasing a 2-song EP and kicking off a tour with Circa Survive.
A new single titled “Consider b/w Wave of Mutilation” releases on March 20 on Deathwish, Inc and was ecorded by Jack Shirley at The Atomic Garden (Deafheaven, Oathbreaker). The b-side is a Pixies cover. Additionally, 25% of the profits from the sale of this 7" will be donated to the International Rescue Committee.
Tuor dates are listed below.
Posted Feb. 17, 2020, 11:57 a.m.
Always busy, Thee Oh Sees will be on tour in the UK this May, Europe in May, and North American this September. The group is also booked for a charity concept presented by Panache Booking & 1720 In Los Angeles in May to benefit The Elizabeth House & East LA Women's Center.
Hit the bump for specifics.
Posted Feb. 17, 2020, 10:58 a.m.
On April 10, Hex Records will release How Long Have I Been On Fire?, the fifth full-length from Portland, OR's Gaytheist. To get fans ready, the band has a new single "The Dark Deep," embedded after the bump.
The band will play several dates across the Pacific Northwest this spring, with additional tour plans coming this summer.
Posted Feb. 17, 2020, 10:25 a.m.
…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead recently returned to action with the release of X: The Godless Void and Other Stories -- the Texas group's first album in six years. As they celebrate 25 years as a band, the group will also embark on a headlining North American tour that begins on April 21 in Quebec City.
Hit the bump for specific tour dates and information.
Posted Feb. 17, 2020, 9:54 a.m.
In 2020, the Chiago-based hardcore band La Armada will release a series of digital singles under the theme of Songs for the Exiled, with each new track focusing on places its members have lived. The group was formed in the Dominican Republic in 2001, and has been based in Chicago since 2009.
The band also shared news of its first lineup chance in 19 years:
We would like to announce that our brother Javier Fernandez, aka Bruka, our lifelong lead singer and comrade, will no longer be an active member of La Armada. Bruka’s fierce voice and militant activism have been a major force within this band. He’s made the tough decision to pursue other challenges that make it impossible to commit to the band’s heavy touring/recording schedule. We have had a long and meaningful journey together, his legacy in the band is unquestionable.
That being said, we are happy to officially introduce our new lead singer Casper Torres, all the way from Puerto Rico. Casper is an old friend and an experienced hardcore-punk veteran (KDC, Rhinoceros) with explosive on-stage presence some serious studio chops. Some of you met him while on tour with us last year. For those in Europe, you already saw the energy he brings to the stage. We are excited to have him on board and together we’re creating songs that continue to push heavy music forward with the same intensity and social justice tradition. We can’t wait to share it with you.
La Armada has released three studio albums, two splits, and three EPs so far.
Posted Feb. 15, 2020, 1:28 p.m.
Pittsburgh punk project The Homeless Gospel Choir is back with a brand new single, "Young and in Love" (below), in preview of a new album this spring.
The band will release This Land Is Your Landfill on April 25 on A-F Records (USA) and Hassle Records (UK/EU). While The Homeless Gospel Choir is a full band, the project is led by songwriter Derek Zanetti but the new album involves a supporting cast of musiciansto round out the sound with extra volume. The lineup includes Matt Miller (Endless Mike and the Beagle Club, Wingnut Dishwashers Union), Maura Weaver (Mixtapes, Ogikubo Station), Megan Schroer (Boys, Kitty Kat Fan Club), and Craig Luckman (Small Pollen, Belly Boys), and more.
The project wll be touring this year as well, including scheduled dates with Good Riddance and Harley Poe.
Posted Feb. 15, 2020, 1:17 p.m.
Denver, CO's Pentecastal gospel, backwoods punk group Slim Cessna’s Auto Club has announced two tour legs this spring. Follwing a Fort Collins, CO show with Murder By Death, the long-running country punks will hit the road with Legendary Shack Shakers, then after a short break, they return to the road joined by The Bellrays.
Posted Feb. 15, 2020, 10:25 a.m.
"Sick One," the lead single from Drain's upcoming April 10 album California Cursed is steaming now (below).
The Santa Cruz, CA-based band recently joined Revelation Records and the new record is open to pre-order at the start of next month, March 2.
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