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Regular Columns: Hip-Hop vs Punk

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Interviews: Walking On Cars

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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:

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"Theatre of Work" by Bad Breeding

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Bad Breeding are back with a brand new LP on June 21. Titled Exiled, it’s the British peace punk group’s fourth release in as many years and features 12 barn-burning politically-minded ragers. SPB is lucky to team up with Iron Lung Records (US) and One Little Indian Records (UK) to share a “Theatre of Work” off the LP.

The second longest track on the record, “Theatre of Work” is a noise-punk statement on working conditions in the UK.

 

“The noxious smog of neoliberalism has been most poisonous in the conditions of my working life, where capital dominates and the chance for genuine human flourishing has been shackled by the entrenched suffocation and manipulation of the labour market,” vocalist Christopher Odd explains of the track. “This song explores the theatre of being tied to agency work and zero-hours contracts, dogged by insecurity, stripped of confidence and laid bare to the laughable fatalism of being exploited by the very concepts you’re taught as necessary to your own survival.”

It features a guest appearance by Lewis Evans on saxophone.

Catch the band on a UK tour with Uniform or playing at Fluff Festival in the Czech Republic next month.

Videos New video from Wear Your Wounds

Posted June 15, 2019, 1:02 p.m.

New video from Wear Your Wounds

photo by Reid Haithcock

Wear Your Wounds just debued "Shrinking Violet," below, from their upcoming Rust on the Gates of Heaven, set for official release on July 12 (Deathwish Inc.)

T new black and whtie video, directed and edited by Reid Haithcock, is the second teaser for the 11-song record. Founded by Jacob Bannon (Converge), the band has expanded to a five-piece with additional guets contributions.

Following the new record's release, the group hits the road again with Torche for a short run.

Bands Pallbearer: new label and other updates

Posted June 15, 2019, 12:01 p.m.

Pallbearer: new label and other updates

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Pallbearer announced an upcoming fourth full-length album, which will see release on Nuclear Blast.

The doom monsters also have released a new single, “Atlantis,” as part of the Sub Pop Singles Club (Sub Pop Records).

We’re very excited to finally be able to share another piece of new material with you. As many of you probably know by now, Pallbearer has always been very "album-oriented" — when we are writing music, it’s often with the big picture in mind. However, we also thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to release pieces that might not necessarily fit into a larger album. Thanks to the Sub-Pop Singles Series, we were thrilled to have the chance to write a brand new song, "Atlantis," plus also document how ‘Thorns,’ a song from our previous LP had taken on a different bit of attitude after being road-worn for a couple of years.

The band will be on tour this summer, including a couple of shows playing debut Sorrow and Extinction in its entirety, plus dates with Baronnes.

Tours Deathgrave West Coast tour

Posted June 15, 2019, 11:28 a.m.

Deathgrave West Coast tour

San Jose, CA's Deathgrave will cover the US West Coast this summer, touring in support of last year's debut So Real, It's Now (Tankcrimes). The tour hits eight cities in total.

Tours SUNN O))) tour dates

Posted June 15, 2019, 11:04 a.m.

SUNN O))) tour dates

photo by A.F. Cortes

Fresh off the release of Life Metal, on Southern Lord, SUNN O))) has announced US and European tour dates leading into the fall.

The band will play select festival dates in Europe in JUly, then hit the US in September, and head back overseas in October.

Records Ty Segall's First Taste

Posted June 9, 2019, 9:02 p.m.

Ty Segall's First Taste

photo by Denée Segall

Due on August 2, Ty Segall returns with a new album named First Taste. The new LP will release on Drag City and ventures into new territory with the inclusion of koto, recorder, bouzouki, harmonizer, mandolin, saxophones and brass instrumentation at different points.

Besides the new record, Ty Segall & Freedom Band will be playing full-album sets beginning on July 26 in select cities.

Listen to "Taste" here:

Records The Pixies set release date

Posted June 9, 2019, 6:40 p.m.

The Pixies set release date

The reformed Pixies have announced they will release a the new Beneath the Eyrie on Sept. 13 on Infectious/BMG.

The 12-song release features Black Francis on vocals, Joey Santiago on guitars, David Lovering on drums, and Paz Lenchantin on bass.

The band also revealed a new song, "On Graveyard Hill," below.

The reformed band will play at Daydream Festival in Ausut, followed by the UK in September and Europe in October.

Records New Wiretap Records fundraising compilation

Posted June 9, 2019, 1:32 p.m.

New Wiretap Records fundraising compilation

Wiretap Records has released a new compilation, simply named ATTENTION! A Wiretap Charity Compilation. The label is releasing a new charitable comp each quarter, with this one featuring 20 songs and sendin 100% of proceeds to support the ACLU.

The comp features songs by Hey, Chels, Allweather, Big Nothing, Problem Daugher, and more. Check it out here.

Records 2 vinyl Panopticon releases from Bindrune

Posted June 9, 2019, 1:24 p.m.

2 vinyl Panopticon releases from Bindrune

photo by Loren Green

Bindrune has announced two new pressing of Panopticon releases.

One is the single-sided LP The Crescendo of Dusk, which features two previously unreleased tracks: "The Crescendo of Dusk" and “The Labyrinth.” 

The label is also releasing Social Disservices on colored vinyl and expanded artwork.

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