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SPB Premiere: "A Ways Away From Me" by Slumberbox

SPB Premiere: "A Ways Away From Me" by Slumberbox

After debuting with a self-titled 2017 EP, Seattle's Slumberbox is gearing up for the release of new EP, Estoy Listo, Quiero Morime. The Spanish to English translation of the title is (purposely, I would assume) imperfect, but judging from the fantastically dark album art created by the band's drummer, Andrew Gomez IV, I think one can get a pretty good idea.

Slumberbox's brand of alternative rock combines elements from post-rock and punk along with emo-tinged vocals, and the band's new material indicates a pretty serious maturation in terms of sound over the past couple of years, with the emotional impact of Ronald Navarro's vocals now complimented by a sense of real sonic power in the overall mixing of the punchy instrumental parts.

¿Están listos? Check out the EP's first track below, find the band on Facebook, and head to Glory Kid records to preorder the release.

Estoy Listo, Quiero Morime by Slumberbox

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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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Posted Oct. 15, 2019, 5:19 p.m. in Records by Loren

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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

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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

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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 ...

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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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Records Swans share new track, "The Hanging Man"

Posted Oct. 12, 2019, 12:46 p.m. in Records by Loren

Swans share new track, "The Hanging Man"

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Swans, in preparation to release the new double vinyl/double CD album leaving meaning., have shared the  song "The Hanging Man." (Watch it below.) The ...


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25 April - Leipzig DE - Conne Island26 April - Krems an der Donau AT - Donau Festival at Stadtsaal Krems28 April - Berlin DE - Festsaal Kreuzberg29 April - Prague CZ - Divaldo ARCHA Theatre30 April - Warsaw PL - Progresia3 May - Stockholm SE - Nalen4 May - Copenhagen DK - Vega Main Hall5 May - Hamburg DE - Übel & Gefährlich8 May - Barcelona ES - Razzmatazz9 May - Madrid ES - KristonFest at Sala la Riviera10 May - Porto PT - Hard Club13 May - Zürich CH - Rote Fabrik 14 May - Milan IT - Santeria Social Club15 May - Belfort FR - La Poudriere18 May - Wiesbaden DE - Kulturzentrum Schlachthof19 May - Paris FR - Le Trabendo20 May - Amsterdam NL - Paradiso Music Hall22 May - Brussels BE - AB23 May - Cologne DE - Gebäude 926 May - London UK - EartH27 May - London UK - EartH North American tour dates will be announced soon. Michael Gira embarks on a solo tour with Norman Westberg this week, full details below. MICHAEL GIRA - SOLO TOUR WITH NORMAN WESTBERG
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