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SPB exclusive: Crushing - Slug

SPB exclusive: Crushing - Slug

Scene Point Blank's featured July stream is the new Slug by Crushing. Crushing is a solo-ish project by Jay Cavalier of Brighton, also known for drumming with Personal Best.

Give it a listen and keep reading, as Cavalier explains the method behind the madness.

In his own words, the inspiration to Slug, Cavalier explains, is:

I started toying with the idea of a concept EP in the summer of 2017. The idea of writing and developing a character through song appealed to me because I've always found it hard to write lyrics about anything and having that focus really helped. Once the EP was written I still had a lot of ideas and fleshed it out into a full album. By February 2018 the story had grown into an unwieldy 16-odd tracks, a mix of interpretive instrumentals, character speeches and pop songs (including a fake live karaoke Daniel Johnston cover). Over the following year I tweaked and boiled down the story and music incessantly until it became the 9 songs it is now. The hardest thing about self-producing is the lack of deadline. I had a seemingly infinite amount of time to tweak and write new ideas, and soon the project started to take its toll.


The story itself takes place after the breakup of a typically dull human romance. It follows the life of an immaculately conceived slug born of the negativity and sadness once belonging to a human person (kind of like the slime in Ghostbusters 2). The slug then goes out into the world only to find there is no real place in society for an ugly little slug who only knows how to be very glum and nothing else.
In the 6 months prior to the release of the album I had slowly and willingly clambered into a pit of self-doubt, lethargy, and procrastination. The one thing that kept me going creatively for so long had become an impossible task constantly looming over me, threatening my creative capacity. It had become the Slug. I would show it love and nurture it like a parent would a child, but I couldn’t stand being around it. Working on it gave me both a definite sense of purpose and stomach-curdling anxiety, like a strong cup of coffee in lieu of a substantial breakfast. Until one day I decided enough was enough. I woke up at 8:30am on a Sunday, made that substantial breakfast and began the finishing touches on Slug. I learned a hell of a lot about the writing process and when to stop. I release the album on a Friday. On the Saturday my close friend and PR professional called to sternly tell me I'd released it all wrong and I should have done more planning before releasing it - he's definitely right, but I needed it out of the house.

Order the record here.

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Cro-Mags are back

Posted July 7, 2019, 5:21 p.m.
Cro-Mags are back

Cro-Mags, fronted by bassist Harley Flanagan, have a new single coming via Victory Records -- it's the first new music in 20 years from the hardcore pioneers. Titled Don't Give In, the 3-song EP will be available on limited press vinyl on August 2.

"I had a lot of inspiration writing these songs; I experienced a lot of loss-- the loss of friends, by suicide, cancer, depression, mortality and ultimately the beauty of life; and the need to fight for it, for every breathe,” Harley Flanagan said in a recent interview with Revolver. “We all fight our battles, and they are different, but none of us are unique in the fact that we have to fight, and often alone. In that way we all have something in common.

“I feel like I crashed and burned enough times and managed to rise back up. But that is life; you have to fight for what you want, and you also have to know how temporary it all is. This is a lot of what inspired these songs."

Besides Flanagan, the new materia features Gabby Abularach (Gil Evans Orchestra and also played on Cro-Mags’ Alpha Omega and Near Death Experience, Rocky George (formerly of Suicidal Tendencies and Fishbone and on Revenge, and Gary "GMan" Sullivan (the B-52's, Berny Worrel of Parliament Funkadelic, TM Stevens.

The band plays three dates with the Misfits in September and will head to Europe this fall.

Cro-Mags Tour Dates with MisfitsSept 7 - Denver, CO - Fiddler's Green Amphitheater *Sept 11 – Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena*Sept 14 - Seattle, WA - White River Amphitheater *Headlining European Tour w/ Red Death
Sept 27 - Essen, Germany - Turock Sept 28 - Limburg, Belgium - Limburg Hardcore Fest Sept 29 - London, United Kingdom - Underworld Sept 30 - Paris, France - Gibus Oct 01 - Stuttgart, Germany @ De Keller KlubOct 02 - Prague, Czech Rep @ Futurum Oct 03 - Budapest, Hungary @ Hu Dürer KertOct 04 - Graz, Austria @ Explosiv Oct 05 - Leipzig, Germany @ Naumanns Oct 06 - Berlin, Germany @ Musik & Frieden
Oct 17 - Las Vegas, NV - The Bunkhouse

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Records New UV-TV

Posted July 7, 2019, 3:01 p.m.

New UV-TV

UV-TV - Happy

Deranged Records will release a new LP on July 19, HAPPY. The band just revealed a track with the same title here. Formed in 2015 in Gainesville, FL, HAPPY, is the group's second album.

Records New Frank Turner in August

Posted July 7, 2019, 2:47 p.m.

New Frank Turner in August

Frank Turner - No Man's Land

Frank Turner, who performs tonight at King Tuts in Glasgow, has a new album on the way. On August 16, Turner will release his eighth solo album, titled No Man's Land. More than an ...

Records Everything That Dies Someday Comes Back

Posted July 7, 2019, 2:27 p.m.

Everything That Dies Someday Comes Back

photo by Loren Green

The Body and Uniform have announced a new collaborative record between the two bands. Titled Everything That Dies Someday Comes Back, it will release on August 16 on Sacred Bones. The album title comes from ...

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Bands Redd Kross share another new song

Posted July 7, 2019, 1:57 p.m. in Bands by Loren

Redd Kross share another new song

photo by Julian Fort

With the new album Beyond the Door set to release on August 23 (Merge Records), Redd Kross have premiered a second track from the upcoming ...


Redd Kross on Tour With The Melvins:
09.03 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah09.04 – Santa Ana, CA @ Observatory09.05 – Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour09.07 – Sacramento, CA @ Holy Diver09.08 – Berkeley, CA @ Cornerstone09.10 – Eugene, OR @ Wow Hall09.11 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge09.13 – Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s09.14 – Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s09.15 – Spokane, WA @ The Big Dipper09.16 – Missoula, MT @ Top Hat Lounge09.17 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge09.19 – Ft. Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre09.20 – Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre09.22 – Kansas City, MO @ The Record Bar09.23 – Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room09.24 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue09.25 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon09.26 – Chicago, IL @ Metro09.27 – St. Louis, MO @ The Ready Room09.28 – Louisville, KY @ Louder Than Life Festival09.30 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue10.01 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme10.02 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop10.03 – Detroit, MI @ El Club10.04 – Columbus, OH @ A&R Music Bar10.05 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Red Theatre10.07 – Syracuse, NY @ Wescott Theatre10.08 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club10.09 – Hamden, CT @ Space Ballroom10.10 – Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw10.11 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony10.12 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts10.13 – Baltimore, MD @ Otto Bar10.15 – Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry10.16 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle10.17 – Charlotte, NC @ Visulite Theatre10.18 – Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club10.19 – Birmingham, AL @ Saturn10.21 – Orlando, FL @ The Social10.22 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Rom10.23 – Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum10.25 – Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall10.26 – New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks10.27 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon10.28 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live Studio10.29 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger10.30 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk10.31 – Dallas, TX @ Trees11.03 – Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress11.04 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom11.05 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Bunkhouse Saloon
Beyond the Door Track List:
1. The Party2. Fighting3. Beyond the Door4. There’s No One Like You5. Ice Cream (Strange and Pleasing)6. Fantástico Roberto7. The Party Underground8. What’s a Boy to Do?9. Punk II10. Jone Hoople11. When Do I Get To Sing “My Way”

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Records New action from Subhumans UK

Posted July 7, 2019, 1:25 p.m. in Records by Loren

New action from Subhumans UK

Subhumans - Crisis Point

The long-running Subhumans (UK) are back with a new LP, Crisis Point, on September 13 on Pirates Press Records. Active from 1980-1985 and then reunited ...

09/05/2019 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern09/06/2019 - Montreal, QC - Foufounes Electriques09/07/2019 - Quebec City, QC - Envol Et Macadam Festival09/08/2019 - Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall09/09/2019 - Somerville, MA - Once Ballroom09/10/2019 - Brooklyn, NY - Kingsland09/11/2019 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar09/12/2019 - Durham, NC - Motorco09/13/2019 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade09/14/2019 - St Augustine, FL - Sing Out Loud Festival (no FEA)09/15/2019 - Orlando. FL - Will’s Pub

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Bands Deaf Club announced EP, debuts video

Posted July 7, 2019, 12:58 p.m. in Bands by Loren

Deaf Club announced EP, debuts video

Featuring members of The Locust, Run With The Hunted, Fissue, Weak Flesh, and ACxDC, Deaf Club has unleashed a video tor the song "Bright Side ...

Records Multicult's Simultaneity Now announced

Posted July 1, 2019, 9:42 p.m. in Records by Loren

Multicult's Simultaneity Now announced

photo by Ben Price

Baltimore, MD's angular Multicult will release its fifth album, Simultaneity Now, on August 2 on Learning Curve Records. Check out the song "Grieflex" below ...

Simultaneity Now by Multicult
Aug
1 - Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery w/ City of Caterpillar2 - Athens, GA @ Caledonia Lounge w/ Super Thief3 - Durham, NC @ The Pinhook w/ Super Thief4 - Atlanta, GA @ The Earl w/ Super Thief5 - Chattanooga, TN @ The Spot w/ Super Thief6 - New Orleans, LA @ Circle Bar w/ Super Thief7 - Austin, TX @ Barracuda w/ Super Thief9 - Chicago, IL @ Co-Prosperity Sphere w/ Tongue Party10 - Minneapolis, MN @ Mortimer's w/ Tongue Party11 - Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews w/ Tongue Party13 - Denver, CO @ 3 Kings Tavern w/ Tongue Party15 - Seattle, WA @ Clock Out Lounge w/ Tongue Party16 - Portland, OR @ High Water Mark w/ Tongue Party17 - Oakland, CA @ Elbo Room w/ Tongue Party18 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Lexington w/ Tongue Party
Sep
13 - Portland, ME @ Geno's w/ Vincas14 - Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory w/ Vincas15 - Philadelphia, PA @ Ortlieb's w/ Vincas
Lineup:
Nick Skrobisz - guitar, vocalsRebecca Burchette - bassJake Cregger - drums
Discography:
Simultaneity Now (2019, Learning Curve Records)Centroid - split 7" w/ Bardus (2018, Corpse Flower Records)Position Remote (2016, Reptilian Records)Repeating Decimal - split 7" w/ Power-Take-Off (2015, Learning Curve Records)Variable Impulse (2014, Sleeping Giant Glossolalia)Jaws 7" (2013, Reptilian Records)Spaces Tangled (2012, Sleeping Giant Glossolalia)The Costume 7" (2011, Amplified Noise Recordings)Multicult (2010, self-released)

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Records New Mean Jeans, "Party Line"

Posted July 1, 2019, 9:02 p.m. in Records by Loren

New Mean Jeans, "Party Line"

photo by Jose Corona Jr

Mean Jeans have unleased a new single called "Party Line" as a teaser of their upcoming new album titled Gigantic Sike. Gigantic Sike features 11 ...


MEAN JEANS12 Jul in Portland, OR @ Punk In Drublic Fest - Portland MeadowsGigantic Sick track listing:
1. Party Line2. Basement Animal3. Just a Trim (Don't Buzz Me Alright)4. One More Before We Go5. Stuck in a Head6. Buddy's Leaving7. I Fell Into a Bog8. What the Fuck Is up Tonight?9. Turning Green10. Blackout Magazine11. Time Warp

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Records Meatwound to release third LP

Posted July 1, 2019, 8:54 p.m. in Records by Loren

Meatwound to release third LP

Meatwound - Culero

Meatwound are back with a pummeling new record, Culero, which releases August 2 through Financial Ruin. The record is the band's third and will ...

Culero Track Listing:
1. Void Center2. Fist Of God3. Refusal4. Final Archive5. Elders6. Oral History7. Nightmare Farm8. A Minor Problem9. Monday10. ...In The Fields With The Beasts
MEATWOUND Tour Dates:
7/27/2019 VFW - Tampa, FL *Culero LP release show w/ Horsewhip, Pyre9/05/2019 The Bricks - Tampa, FL w/ Thunderclap, Horsewhip9/06/2019 The Atlantic - Gainesville, FL w/ Thunderclap, Horsewhip9/07/2019 TBA - Savannah, GA w/ Thunderclap9/08/2019 TBA - Columbia, SC w/ Thunderclap9/09/2019 TBA - Richmond, VA w/ Thunderclap9/10/2019 Slash Run - Washington, DC w/ Thunderclap9/11/2019 TBA - Philadelphia, PA w/ Thunderclap9/12/2019 TBA - Allentown, PA w/ Thunderclap9/13/2019 The Nest - New York, NY w/ Thunderclap9/14/2019 TBA - Providence/Jersey w/ Thunderclap9/15/2019 Dead Air Studios - Amherst, MA w/ Thunderclap9/16/2019 TBA - Buffalo, NY w/ Thunderclap9/17/2019 Legion Of Doom - Columbus, OH w/ Thunderclap9/18/2019 State Street Pub - Indianapolis, IN w/ Thunderclap9/19/2019 TBA - Louisville, KY w/ Thunderclap9/20/2019 TBA - Nashville/Asheville w/ Thunderclap9/21/2019 TBA - Atlanta/Athens w/ Thunderclap9/22/2019 Rain Dogs - Jacksonville, FL w/ Thunderclap11/01-03/2019 The Fest - Gainesville, FL

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Records Who is on the Good Vibes & High Fives tour?

Posted July 1, 2019, 8:01 p.m. in Records by Loren

Who is on the Good Vibes & High Fives tour?

photo by Will Bolton

Bowling For Soup recently announced a co-headlining tour with Less Than Jake, part of Bowling For Soup's larger 25th anniversary celebration throughout the year ...

BOWLING FOR SOUP TOUR DATES:W/Reel Big Fish & Nerf HerderJune 25 - Silver Spring, MD - The FillmoreJune 26 - New Haven, CT - College Street Music HallJune 27 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance TheaterJune 28 - Worcester, MA - The PalladiumJune 29 - Portland, ME - AuraW/Reel Big Fish & MESTJuly 21 - Seattle, WA - The ShowboxJuly 22 - Portland, OR - Crystal BallroomJuly 24 - Crystal Bay, NV - Crystal Bay Casino/Crown RoomJuly 25 - Berkeley, CA - The UC TheatreJuly 26 - San Diego, CA - House of BluesJuly 27 - Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn BowlJuly 28 - Los Angeles, CA - Mayan TheatreJuly 30 - Phoenix, AZ - The MarqueeAug 1 - Salt Lake City, UT - The DepotAug 2 - Ft. Collins, CO - MishawakaAug 3 - Denver, CO - Ogden TheatreW/Less Than Jake & Authority ZeroOct 1 - Oklahoma City, OK - Tower TheatreOct 2 - Kansas City, MO - KnuckleheadsOct 3 - St. Louis, MO - Ready RoomOct 4 - Omaha, NE - SlowdownOct 6 - Madison, WI - MajesticOct 8 - Pontiac, MI - CrofootOct 9 - Columbus, OH - Athenaeum TheatreOct 10 - Millville, PA - Mr. SmallsOct 11 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues

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