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Tau Cross record new album

Posted Jan. 4, 2017, 8:18 a.m.
Tau Cross record new album

With members and ex-members of Amebix, Misery, and War//Plague, Tau Cross recently completed recording their second LP.

Tentatively titled A Pillar of Fire, the album was recorded over time in multiple studios due to the members living in Scotland, Minneapolis, and Seattle.

"This approach can be challenging given the location of the band members, but it is a necessity that we have tried to turn into a strength. Video conferencing and messenger services have been helpful in guiding the process to completion," says Miller.

The new album follows their self-titled 2015 release and will be on Relapse Records.

1QI: Die Young, Colombian Necktie, Black Table

Posted Dec. 30, 2016, 6:25 a.m.
1QI: Die Young, Colombian Necktie, Black Table
Welcome to our almost daily quickie Q&A feature: One Question Interviews. Follow us at facebook & twitter and we'll post an interview three days each week, typically every Tuesday-Thursday.
After our social media followers get the first word, we post a wrap-up here at the site and archive them here. This week check out Q&As with Die Young, Colombian Necktie and Black Table.

Daniel Albaugh (Die Young)
SPB: What is the longest (in terms of time) tour you’ve been on? Would you be out for that long again?
Daniel: In Die Young's touring hey-day, mainly 2004-2008, we did quite a few tours that were roughly two months long. Sometimes the tours that included international dates in Asia or Europe felt the longest simply because crossing an ocean and being in a totally different place for weeks at a time gave us the illusion (see what I did there) that we had been out longer than we had. Like the tour in 2006 where we played shows out to California, hopped a plane to Japan and then toured East Asia for three weeks, flew back to California, then played up to Seattle, flew to Alaska for a few shows, then flew back down to Seattle and crossed into Canada to play about a week's worth of shows there, and then toured all the way back down the midwest to Texas. That was about 7 and a half weeks in all, but when I got home it had felt like a lifetime within a lifetime. We did several tours like that, particularly in Europe, where the crossing of borders and oceans and time zones all the time really fucked up our sense of time. 
I remember Dan Yemen looking in our van outside of a show we played with Paint It Black at Gilman St. in Berkeley, CA. We were sleeping mainly on our merch bins. He was impressed, and he said, "Wow, you guys tour like real men." That still makes me chuckle and feel a little proud.But fuck no, as glorious as all that was at that time in my life, I would never do tours that are that long ever again. All my gym gains would go out the window. I love sleeping in the same bed as my lady, and I'd worry about my dogs and cats too much. Touring is miserable, honestly, especially after you have done it for years and years. Like falling in love, it's easy and fun at first, even when it is challenging, but after time it becomes a real chore. At this point we prefer to keep things short and sweet so we can still enjoy playing shows. I really do enjoy playing shows much more now than when we were playing 200+ a year.
Juan Hernandez (Colombian Necktie – guitar)
SPB: What band has been your favorite to tour with? 
Juan: We actually don't have a favorite but we definitely have a most memorable. Last year we went out on tour with friends Black Sheep Wall and we were playing in SLC. We went to this wing spot that had a spicy wing eating contest. Basically you had 12 wings that were insanely spicy and you had to eat them in 30 minutes. The singer Brandon decided he wanted to try it so we cheered him on. Three wings deep he calls it and goes pale. After he runs to the restroom the rest became interested and tried them. It was the wrong decision. It ended up being a super hilarious bonding experience but painful spicy memory.
Ryan Fleming (Black Table)
SPB: What is the most tiresome stereotype about black metal?
Ryan: We don't consider ourselves Black Metal, but I'll speak about how I view scenes in general. It's similar to Animal Farm. It begins as an exciting rebellion against the confinement and closed thinking of a situation, but it eventually becomes the same thing. A new set of rules, standards and control. Genres are created to make sense of and compartmentalize new thinking. When those rules and standards create a barrier to creativity, expression or growth they need to be torn down.

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Bands All kinds of Real McKenzies action

Posted Dec. 22, 2016, 8:20 a.m.

All kinds of Real McKenzies action

photo by Loren Green

The Real McKenzies will have a busy 2017. The band is set to release Two Devils Will Talk in March, followed by supporting dates in Canada and the US US tour just before the band ...

Bands Bleached covers The Ramones

Posted Dec. 17, 2016, 2:30 p.m.

Bleached, who released Welcome the Worms earlier this year, has issued a new release to raise funds for Planned Parenthood: digital covers of "Bonzo Goes to Bitburg" (The Ramones) and "Eve of Destruction" (Barry McGuire ...

Bands Power Trip returns with Nightmare Logic

Posted Dec. 14, 2016, 9:41 p.m.

Power Trip returns with Nightmare Logic

photo by Johnny Milano

Fresh off a run of dates with legends Napalm Death, Power Trip are back with news of a new album and a another US tour. The new record is to be titled Nightmare Logic, out ...

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Bands New At The Drive-In song released

Posted Dec. 9, 2016, 5:30 a.m. in Bands by Matt

New At The Drive-In song released

Reformed post-hardcore superstars At The Drive-In have released a new song (and accompanying lyric video) called "Governed By Contagions". The band reunited back in 2012 ...

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Bands 1QI: Something Is Waiting, Somni, Knife Hits

Posted Dec. 4, 2016, 3:29 a.m. in Bands by Cheryl

1QI: Something Is Waiting, Somni, Knife Hits

Welcome to our almost daily quickie Q&A feature: One Question Interviews. Follow us at facebook & twitter and we'll post an interview three days ...

Eddie Gobbo (Something Is Waiting)
SPB: What is your favorite album cover of all time?
Eddie: Bruce Springsteen - Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ
Luke (Somni)
SPB: What is the best movie you’ve seen this year?
Luke: I've seen a lot of great films this year, so this is tricky. I'm going to go with The Witch (dir: Robert Eggers), a great little horror film set in yee olde times featuring a goat called Black Philip. It was brilliant! I'm a big horror fan, and this was what I'd call a proper horror film, but others might not. By that I mean that it doesn't rely on jump scares or gore, instead building up tension through the atmosphere and the relationships between the characters. For me it was about loss, isolation, family, hysteria, madness and evil goats -  a perfect date-night movie! I'd love to see more horror films like this (or films in general), so grounded in realism you can taste the dirt under the characters' fingernails, so if there's any magic, witchery or general strange goings-on you're much more likely to go with it. Check it out!
Jake Smith (Knife Hits)
SPB: Who is your favorite flyer/gigposter artist?
Jake: I narrowed my answer to a tie between two amazing artists and they happen to be two of my best friends. From my earliest days of playing shows in Florida (about 15 years ago), Vivek Vasudeva made the coolest flyers for our bands, I remember one that looked like the National Enquirer with pictures of "bat boy" and each headline was a piece of information about the show. He STILL makes amazing posters/flyers for shows in his now hometown of Portland, OR. My other favorite is Ryan Fromdeland, sometimes he throws together flyers in Photoshop that look like newspaper clippings from science fiction movies in the ‘60s, or sometimes he'll draw something by hand with a unique style, extreme detail, and always punk as fuck. Over the years, these two artists really seem to have influenced each other. It's amazing to watch friends influence one another with their art whether it be music or pen on paper, or anything else.

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Bands 1QI: Fight Amp, Dear Country, CHUCK

Posted Nov. 10, 2016, 2:35 p.m. in Bands by Cheryl

1QI: Fight Amp, Dear Country, CHUCK

Welcome to our almost daily quickie Q&A feature: One Question Interviews. Follow us at facebook & twitter and we'll post an interview three days ...

Jon DeHart (Fight Amp) 
SPB: What are your expectations, emotionally, for your final tour? How do you think it will feel different than the countless tours before this one?
Jon: I think this last tour will be about as bittersweet as we could expect. It's gonna suck to not play these songs anymore, but at the same time it's a relief because we're confident that we're ending on a high note. Fight Amp was always hyper focused on the future, so this time around it'll be nice to take some time to reflect on all the cool things we got to do over the years. We'll be lucky if I don't bust out crying. 
Arrica Rose (Dear County)
SPB: Have you ever forgotten lyrics mid-song? How did you recover?
Arrica: I have forgotten lyrics. If it's my song I'll do a 2nd verse same as the 1st, use what lyrics come to mind sort of thing, or mumble a bit until they come back. If it's a cover song I'll ask the audience for help, they usually don't know either and then we can laugh about it together until I remember. Mark W. Lynn (lead guitar for Dear County) says that I should just do the funky chicken dance when I forget lyrics and they're sure to come right back to me. 
Twitter: @dearcounty
SPB: What do you like to do on a tour off date?
CHUCK: It's kind of a funny question for me because, I've never properly toured, I've only played about 6 shows. There's a few reasons why. First and foremost, I have very little confidence in myself as a live musician. I think I can be a pretty good songwriter from time to time, but I play most instruments by ear, so my skills on stage aren't that impressive. All the live shows I have played are just me with an acoustic guitar, and as I'm getting a little older (30 next year!!) the idea of gigging on a regular basis in small rooms half full of disinterested people with just me on stage sounds exhausting and, well, kinda sad. I don't have the musical confidence for it and I don't want to feel like rejection is part of my musical equation. At the end of the day, making music is a really fun hobby for me and I don't want to ruin that. The solution would be to build a band and practice a lot and get a better live show going, but finding all the time, energy and money for that with a full time job, high cost of living (NYC) and not that much space, is very challenging. But, I think if you don't tour, you can't really be angry that you don't have a fan base. That's the trade off you make. Shout to all bands who successfully tour and are good musicians and have fans. That is not easy, even if music videos and movies make it look like a big 24-hour party. If a day comes where people want me to play, I will show up. But for now I'm just gonna continue writing and singing songs in my little bubble. Album cover photo shoots with friends. Little dinky music videos. Even if no one is listening, it's sort of like every day is a tour off date for me.

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Bands Power Trip dates and album news

Posted Nov. 5, 2016, 9:02 p.m. in Bands by Loren

Power Trip dates and album news

photo by Johnny Milano

Touring next month with Napalm Death, Power Trip have announced a new LP to release next year. Titled Nightmare Logic the new album follow's ...

POWER TRIP Live Dates:
11/12: Underground Arts - Philadelphia, PA # 11/13: Baltimore Sound Stage - Baltimore, MD * 11/14: Brighton Music Hall - Boston, MA *11/15:Les Poisson Rouge - New York, NY *11/16: Arizona Pete's - Greensboro, NC #11/17: Masquerade - Atlanta, GA #11/19: Numbers - Houston, TX #11/20: Red Box - San Antonio, TX #11/21: Gas Monkey - Dallas, TX #
# - w/ Napalm Death, The Black Dahlia Murder, Abnormality* - w/ Napalm Death, Pig Destroyer, The Black Dahlia Murder, Abnormality

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Bands The Damned plan new album

Posted Oct. 29, 2016, 1:56 p.m. in Bands by Loren

The Damned plan new album

photo by Ian Dickson

As we approach Halloween, The Damned have announced a limited edition picture disc release of a new single, New Rose, to release on Nov. 4 ...

US SHOWS 2016:
October 29th - New York - Gramercy Theatre SOLD OUTOctober 30th - New York - Gramercy Theatre SOLD OUTNORTH AMERICAN SHOWS 2017:April 6 - Los Angeles, CA - Belasco TheaterApril 7 - San Diego, CA - House Of BluesApril 9 - Las Vegas, NV - House Of BluesApril 11 - San Francisco, CA - The FillmoreApril 12 - Sacramento, CA - Ace Of SpadesApril 14 - Portland, OR - Crystal BallroomApril 15 - Vancouver, BC - The CommodoreApril 16 - Seattle, WA - The ShowboxApril 18 - Salt Lake City, U - The DepotApril 19 - Denver, CO - Summit Music HallApril 21 - St. Louis, MO - Del Mar HallApril 22 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine LineApril 23 - Chicago, IL - House Of BluesApril 24 - Louisville, KY - Mercury BallroomApril 26 – Indianapolis, IN - Deluxe at Old National Ctr.April 27 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart’sApril 28 - Cleveland, OH - House Of BluesApril 29 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrews HallApril 30 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix TheatreMay 2 - Montreal, QC - Club SodaMay 4 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock ClubMay 5 - Brooklyn, NY - WarsawMay 6 - Asbury Park, NJ - Stone PonyMay 7 - Philadelphia, PA - TLAMay 9 - Baltimore, MD - Sound StageMay 11 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade/HeavenMay 12 - Lake Buena Vista, FL - House Of BluesMay 13 - St, Petersburg, FL – State TheaterMay 14 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - RevolutionMay 16 - New Orleans, LA - House Of BluesMay 17 - Houston, TX - House Of BluesMay 18 - Dallas, TX - House Of BluesMay 19 - Austin, TX - Mohawk OutdoorsMay 21- Phoenix, AZ - Marquee Theater

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Bands 10 records Kinks vinyl box set on the way

Posted Oct. 16, 2016, 12:49 p.m. in Bands by Loren

10 records Kinks vinyl box set on the way

On Dec. 16, BMG will release The Mono Collection, a new 10 album vinyl box set collection of material from The Kinks, circa 1964-1969. The ...

Beautiful DelilahSo MystifyingJust Can't Go to SleepLong Tall ShortyI Took My Baby HomeI'm a Lover Not a FighterYou Really Got Me Side B
CadillacBald Headed WomanRevengeToo Much Monkey BusinessI've Been Driving On Bald MountainStop Your SobbingGot Love if You Want It
Disc Two – ‘Kinda Kinks’ (1965) Side A
Look for Me BabyGot My Feet On the GroundNothin' In the World Can Stop Me Worryin' 'Bout That GirlNaggin' WomanWonder Where My Baby Is TonightTired of Waiting for You Side B
Dancing in the StreetDon't Ever ChangeCome On NowSo LongYou Shouldn't Be SadSomething Better Beginning Disc Three – ‘The Kink Kontroversy’ (1965) Side A
Milk Cow BluesRing the BellsGotta Get the First Plane HomeWhen I See That Girl of MineI Am FreeTill the End of the Day Side B
The World Keeps Going RoundI'm On an IslandWhere Have All the Good Times GoneIt's Too LateWhat's in Store for MeYou Can't Win Disc Four – ‘Face To Face’ (1966) Side A
Party LineRosy Won't You Please Come HomeDandyToo Much On My MindSession ManRainy Day in JuneHouse in the Country Side B
Holiday in WaikikiMost Exclusive Residence for SaleFancyLittle Miss Queen of DarknessYou're Looking FineSunny AfternoonI'll Remember Disc Five – ‘Something Else By The Kinks’ (1967) Side A
David WattsDeath of a ClownTwo SistersNo ReturnHarry RagTin Soldier ManSituation Vacant Side B
Love Me Till the Sun ShinesLazy Old SunAfternoon TeaFunny FaceEnd of the SeasonWaterloo Sunset Disc Six – ‘Live At Kelvin Hall’ (1967) Side A
Till the End of the Day (Live)A Well Respected Man (Live)You're Looking Fine (Live)Sunny Afternoon (Live)Dandy (Live) Side B
I'm On an Island (Live)Come On Now (Live)You Really Got Me (Live)Medley: Milk Cow Blues/ Batman Theme/ Tired of Waiting for You/ Milk Cow Blues (Live) Disc Seven – ‘The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society’ (1968) Side A
The Village Green Preservation SocietyDo You Remember Walter?Picture BookJohnny ThunderLast of the Steam-Powered TrainsBig SkySitting By the Riverside Side B
Animal FarmVillage GreenStarstruckPhenomenal CatAll of My Friends Were ThereWicked AnnabellaMonicaPeople Take Pictures of Each Other Disc Eight – ‘Arthur or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire’ (1969) Side A
VictoriaYes Sir, No SirSome Mother's SonDrivin'BrainwashedAustralia Side B
Shangri-LaMr. Churchill SaysShe's Bought a Hat Like Princess MarinaYoung and Innocent DaysNothing to SayArthur Discs Nine and Ten – ‘The Kinks’ (a.k.a. “The Black Album”) (Compilation 1970) Side A
You Really Got MeLong Tall ShortyAll Day and All of the NightBeautiful DelilahTired of Waiting for YouI'm a Lover Not a Fighter Side B
A Well Respected ManTill the End of the DaySee My FriendsDon't You FretDedicated Follower of FashionSunny Afternoon Side C
Dead End StreetDeath of a ClownTwo SistersBig Black SmokeSusannah's Still AliveAutumn Almanac Side D
Waterloo SunsetLast of the Steam-Powered TrainsWonderboyDo You Remember Walter?DandyAnimal FarmDays

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Bands Axis and Seraph the Light as one

Posted Oct. 13, 2016, 6:47 p.m. in Bands by Loren

Axis and Seraph the Light as one

photo by Scott Wilkinson

Axis and Seraph The Light have announced a joint EP and tour where the two bands will take the stage and play as one. The ...

In December the two bands will hit the road, performing the new songs together onstage.
Dec 2 - Tampa, FL @ Lucky You TattooDec 3 - Miami, FL @ The GranaryDec 5 - Atlanta, GA @ 529Dec 6 - Nashville, TN @ The EndDec 7 - Memphis, TN @ Rock House LiveDec 8 - Birmingham, AL @ The FirehouseDec 9 - Tallahassee, FL @ Adelaide Schnittman Hall

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