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SPB Video Premiere: "Dance Cop" by No Men

SPB Video Premiere: "Dance Cop" by No Men

Describing themselves as "equal parts 69, 420, and 666," Chicago-based three-piece No Men unleash their sophomore full-length record, Hell Was Full So We Came Back, on November 15th. A follow-up to their 2016 debut LP Dear God, Bring the Doom, the new album delivers fuzz-drenched noise rock with lyrics touching on a variety of themes, some relating to the uneasiness of American life circa 2019.

Regarding the upcoming album's second single, the band says:

"DANCE COP" is the second single from the forthcoming second NO MEN album, HELL WAS FULL SO WE CAME BACK. The video was shot by Matt Engers, Kelsie Hardison, and Andrew Morrison in Chicago and features footage of the band performing live both at the Empty Bottle and a downtown loft in a variety of increasingly outlandish clothing created by local designer Sophagus. With the red lights and downright mean riffs, it may seem like the recipe for a bad trip, but the video turns out to be a pretty darn good time, full of good ol' mischief and mayhem.

For me, the tightly-edited video's combination of almost hallucinatory performance footage and intense color scheme alongside the dark, intermittently thrashing and percussive song make it a winner. The band seems to be enjoying themselves throughout, and I honestly can't say no to a music video featuring a cameo from the Grave Digger monster truck.

Rock out with "Dance Cop" below, and catch No Men on one of their upcoming tour dates. The single releases on Spotify tomorrow, and you can preorder Hell Was Full, So We Came Back on vinyl from Let's Pretend Records or on tape and CD from State Champion Records.

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Exclusive: GRIDFAILURE - Psychological Badlands: Henchpersons Instrumentals

Exclusive: GRIDFAILURE - Psychological Badlands: Henchpersons Instrumentals

Psychological Badlands: Henchpersons Instrumentals is the sixth new release from Gridfailure in 2019.

While Gridfailure has already released five records this year, Psychological Badlands: Henchpersons Instrumentals stands out as an illustration of what makes the Dave Brenner experimental project so unique.

Get a first taste via our exclusive stream, here:

Recorded, designed, and mixed by Brenner at The Compound in Rockland County, NY, this project was pieced together from several sessions dating back to 2016 when Gridfailure first got underway. The record features a number of musicians, including Benjamin Levitt (Megalophobe, Gridfailure live), Pete Tsakiris, Richard Muller (The Third Kind, Vise Massacre, Gridfailure live), BJ Allen (Full Scale Riot), Lane Oliver (Feel Happiness), Steve Truglio (Jean-Luc Ponty Band, King Dead), and Joe D'acci, It’s a collaborative, often spontaneous, lo-fi musical mutant.

Brenner explains:

With GRIDFAILURE, virtually everything is an experiment or amalgamation of recordings in one way or another, unless it’s performed live… then everything is an experiment/improvised attack. Everything recorded in the project is somewhat of a free-range feeling or mode, rather than a song, whether I’m putting together a specific song, riff, or beat for a conceptual recording, or I’m completely freestylilng lyrics live at a show. Everything is meant to embody a tone or mood; there’s a lot of duality in the lyrics and concepts, and I think in a “genre-free” way.

GRIDFAILURE’s records are rooted in feelings of catastrophe, paranoia, confusion; themes are ecological collapse, revenge, horror. Even the most melodic or mellow movements are usually doused in scathing noise or feelings.

While the majority of what I record and release is of my own performance and DIY/untrained self-recording, much of the music on some of these releases are rooted in working with friends; this is one of those albums. I created this from random recordings made with random jams with friends – Henchpersons – here at my abode, aka, The Compound. Most of the tracks have an improvised core with one or more of my cohorts and I recording random jams together, some of the songs have several of these sessions intertwined, and some even have outside help. Some recordings were captured at parties or random gatherings, some were recorded at 4am with windows open, some with three folks sending a signal to one track, some simply captured on a recording from a simple hand-held recorder or device. With extra instrumentation from an outside source or two, some field recordings, and a wealth of editing later, this is a lighthearted record in comparison to most of GRIDFAILURE’s material, but it holds a wealth of personal value above all else, and I plan on getting back together with some of these folks to rebuild/some of these tracks at some point.

Psychological Badlands: Henchpersons Instrumentals is available on Oct. 31 with two tracks available now for a Misfits-inspired price of just $1.38. 

Gridfailure also plans to launch part 2 of the five-album Sixth Mass-Extinction Skulduggery series, collaborative albums with Fyrhtu, Pornohelmut, Feel Happiness, Megalophobe, Chrome Waves in the near future.

Psychological Badlands: Henchpersons full instrumentation and track listing:
Fluid Explosive Tectonics
David Brenner – Keyboards, Analog Drum Machine, Effects, Samples
BJ Allen – Analog Drum Machine, Effects
Lane Oliver – Guitar 
Get To The Door
David Brenner – Bass, Effects, Percussion, Field Recordings, Samples
Benjamin Levitt – Analog Synth, Analog Drum Machine
Richard Muller – Electronic Drums, Percussion
BJ Allen – Analog Drum Machine, Effects 
Tie Off The Bleeders
David Brenner – Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Drums, Analog Drum Machine, Effects, Field Recordings
Lane Oliver – Guitar, Percussion, Effects 
Stalking Through The Ceiling
David Brenner – Keyboards, Xylophone, Electric Drums, Percussion, Effects, Field Recordings, Samples
Richard Muller – Electronic Drums, Percussion
Pete Tsakiris – Guitar 
When All Clocks Stopped
David Brenner – Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Percussion, Effects, Field Recordings
BJ Allen – Analog Drum Machine, Effects
Pete Tsakiris – Guitar
Lane Oliver – Guitar 
Smolderhead
David Brenner – Keyboards, Percussion, Effects, Field Recordings, Samples
Benjamin Levitt – Analog Synth, Accordion, Effects
BJ Allen – Analog Drum Machine, Percussion 
Badlands Inversion
David Brenner – Bass, Keyboards, Percussion, Effects, Field Recordings
Steve Truglio – Drums/Percussion
Lane Oliver – Guitar 
Subduction Becoming
David Brenner – Acoustic/Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion/Contact Percussion, Effects
Pete Tsakiris – Guitar, Effects 
Buttercup/Greased Rat
David Brenner – Guitar, Bass, Analog Synth, Electronic Drums/Percussion, Effects, Field Recordings, Samples
Benjamin Levitt – Keyboards, Accordion, Effects
Richard Muller – Electronic Drums, Percussion
Event Horizon Meditations
David Brenner – Guitar, Bass, Analog Drum Machine, Percussion, Effects, Field Recordings
Pete Tsakiris – Guitar, E-Bow, Analog Drum Machine, Effects
Joe D'acci – Guitar, Effects
BJ Allen – Analog Drum Machine, Percussion, Effects
Cadaver Angels
David Brenner – Guitar, Keyboards, Analog Drum Machine, Percussion, Effects, Field Recordings
Pete Tsakiris – Guitar, Analog Drum Machine, Effects

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Bands Wish Granters (Mike Watt) debut in November

Posted Oct. 15, 2019, 9:10 p.m.

Wish Granters (Mike Watt) debut in November

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On Nov. 15, Recess Records and Water Under the Bridge Records will release the debut record from Wish Granters. The new project features Mike Watt, plus members of Pale Angels, Toys That Kill, and Atomic ...

Records Body Stuff EP 3

Posted Oct. 15, 2019, 6:41 p.m.

Body Stuff EP 3

Body Stuff 3

On January 10, Curran Reynolds and Ryan Jones will release Body Stuff 3. The duo features former members of Today Is The Day, with Reynolds as primary songwriter and vocalist.  Following the release of EPs ...

Records New song from Mark Lind, new LP to come

Posted Oct. 15, 2019, 5:19 p.m.

New song from Mark Lind, new LP to come

Featuring the former Ducky Boys frontman Mark Lind, the aptly dubbed Mark Lind and The Unloved have announced they will relase a new album named The Last Bastion on Nov. 8. The Last Bastion will ...

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Tours The Locust on the road this fall

Posted Oct. 14, 2019, 7:29 p.m. in Tours by Loren

The Locust on the road this fall

The Locust have announced six live dates this October-November, playing in Texas, Colorado, and California, including one date with Big Business. The band went on ...

Upcoming shows:
Oct 29 - Dallas, TX @ Gas MonkeyOct 30 - San Antonio, TX @ Paper TigerOct 31 -  Austin, TX @ MohawkNov 2 - Denver, CO @ SummitNov 7 - San Diego, CA @ Music Box w/ Silent, The Creepy CreepsNov 29 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent w/ Big Business, Geronimo

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Records New Beach Slang in January (with guest bassist)

Posted Oct. 14, 2019, 7:21 p.m. in Records by Loren

New Beach Slang in January (with guest bassist)

photo by Loren Green

After releasing the MPLS covers EP earlier this year, Beach Slang has announced a new record in early 2020 featuring guest bassist Tommy Stinson (The ...


Beach National Tour Dates # = w/ Goo Goo Dolls10/22: Brooklyn, NY @ St. Vitus11/5: Hamden, CT @ Space Ballroom11/7: Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose11/8: Kalamazoo, MI @ Kalamazoo State Theatre #11/9: Appleton, WI @ Fox Cities Performing Arts Center #11/10: Madison, WI @ Orpheum Theater #11/12: Louisville, KY @ Palace Theatre #11/13: Huntsville, AL @ Mark C. Smith Concert Hall at the Von Braun Center #11/15: Chattanooga, TN @ Tivoli Theater #11/16: Knoxville, TN @ Tennessee Theatre #11/17: Charleston, SC @ Charleston Gaillard Center #11/19: Richmond, VA @ Carpenter Theatre #11/20: Columbus, OH @ Palace Theatre #11/22: Hershey, PA @ Hershey Theatre #11/23: Atlantic City, NJ @ Tropicana Showroom at Tropicana Atlantic City #11/25: Toronto, ON @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre #11/26: Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place

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Records Jeff Rosenstock live: Thanks, Sorry!

Posted Oct. 14, 2019, 6 p.m. in Records by Loren

Jeff Rosenstock live: Thanks, Sorry!

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Jeff Rosenstock wil soon release a live record, recorded over four nights at The Bowery Ballroom in New York, NY. It released on a triple ...

Labels Bloodshot announced 25th anniversary comp and shows

Posted Oct. 13, 2019, 8:48 p.m. in Labels by Loren

Bloodshot announced 25th anniversary comp and shows

Bloodshot Records is celebrating its 25th anniversary as a label this year. On Nov. 8 the label will release a new 22-song compilation to mark ...

Full Artist and Track listing:
1. Wild Earp & The Free For Alls "The Last Honky Tonk in Chicago"2. Tammi Savoy & the Chris Casello Combo "If It's News to You"3. Jon Langford's Hillbilly Lovechild "I Am a Big Town"4. Half Gringa "Wearing White"5. Brendan Kelly & the Wandering Birds "Lay Me Down"6. The Family Gold "The Sun Is Going Down"7. Big Sadie "You Never Told Me"8. ROOKIE "Head Over Heels"9. The Dyes "Liza Jane"10. Robbie Fulks "Lonely Ain't Hardly Alive"11. Freakwater "Sway"12. David Quinn "Long Time Gone"13. The Hoyle Brothers "A Little Bit of Buck"14. Bethany Thomas & Tawny Newsome "Dinosaur"15. Sima Cunningham "Weeds and Daisies"16. The Lawrence Peters Outfit "I Wrote You a Song"17. Kelly Hogan "Gotta Have My Baby Back"18. The Saluda Moonlighters "Honky Tonkin' in the Moonlight"19. Los Gallos "Yeah Yeah Yeah"20. Joybird "The Sweetness"21. The Western Elstons "Toast That Lie"22. The Handsome Family "Tower of Song"
Live events:

On November 9th at Workshop 4200 - Album Release Party, featuring performances by ROOKIE, Wild Earp & The Free For Alls, Big Sadie, David Quinn, and The Dyes
On November 17th at Empty Bottle for the Chicago Honky Tonk Matinee, featuring Kelly Hogan & The Western Elstons 

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MP3s New single from SNST

Posted Oct. 13, 2019, 11:27 a.m. in MP3s by Loren

New single from SNST

The band SNST, featuring Chris Broach (Braid/The Firebird Band) and Sonja Broach -- pronounced "Sunset," by the way -- recently shared a new single online (and ...

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Records Chicago trio Luggage release new song, new album details

Posted Oct. 13, 2019, 11:01 a.m. in Records by Loren

Chicago trio Luggage release new song, new album details

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Luggage will release their third LP, Shift, next month on Nov. 22 via Corpse Flower. Described an a "monolithic minimalist trio," the new LP follows ...

Luggage, Shift track listing:
1. Cam2. Shift3. Rain4. Every Day5. Blurred6. Watching7. July8. Rest LUGGAGE, ON TOUR:
Nov 27, Chicago, IL. Empty Bottle (record release show)Dec 2, Detroit, MI. Outer LimitsDec 4, Kingston, NY. Tubby'sDec 5, New York, NY. Trans PecosDec 6, Columbus, OH. Cafe Bourdon Street

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Tours Mandatory Attendance World Tour

Posted Oct. 13, 2019, 9:35 a.m. in Tours by T

Mandatory Attendance World Tour

A tour with “mandatory” in its title. No really. Tim and Eric, AKA creators of Adult Swim’s best shows (Tom Goes to the Mayor ...

Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim Tour Dates:
Wed. Jan. 15 - Sydney, AU @ Enmore TheatreThu. Jan. 16 - Brisbane, AU @ The TivoliSat. Jan. 18 - Perth, AU @ Astor TheatreMon. Jan. 20 - Adelaide, AU @ The GovTue. Jan. 21 - Melbourne, AU @ Hamer HallMon. Jan. 27 - San Diego, CA @ Balboa TheatreTue. Jan. 28 - Phoenix, AZ @ Orpheum TheatreThu. Jan. 30 - Dallas, TX @ Majestic TheatreFri. Jan. 31 - Austin, TX @ ACL Live at the Moody TheaterSat. Feb. 1 - Houston, TX @ Cullen Performance HallMon. Feb. 3 - New Orleans, LA @ The Joy TheaterTue. Feb. 4 - Atlanta, GA @ TabernacleWed. Feb. 5 - Nashville, TN @ War Memorial AuditoriumFri. Feb. 7 - Durham, NC @ Carolina TheatreSat. Feb. 8 - Washington, DC @ Lincoln TheatreMon. Feb. 10 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Met PhiladelphiaTue. Feb. 11 - Brooklyn, NY @ Kings TheatreThu. Feb. 13 - Boston, MA @ Orpheum TheatreFri. Feb. 14 - Albany, NY @ The EggSat. Feb. 15 - Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music HallMon. Feb. 17 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Carnegie Music Hall of OaklandTue. Feb. 18 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora TheatreWed. Feb. 19 - Detroit, MI @ The Masonic - Jack White TheaterThu. Feb. 20 - Indianapolis, IN @ Clowes Memorial HallFri. Feb. 21 - Columbus, OH @ Express LiveSat. Feb. 22 - Chicago, IL @ Chicago TheatreSun. Feb. 23 - Madison, WI @ Orpheum TheaterTue. Feb. 25 - Minneapolis, MN @ State TheaterFri. Feb. 28 - Seattle, WA @ Moore TheatreSat. Feb. 29 - Vancouver, BC @ Vogue TheatreMon. March 2 - Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert HallWed. March 4 - San Francisco, CA @ The WarfieldFri. March 6 - Los Angeles, CA @ Theatre at Ace HotelSat. March 7 - Los Angeles, CA @ Theatre at Ace Hotel

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