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Petal Premiere New Song “Sooner” Off Upcoming Debut LP ‘Shame’

PetalPennsylvania’s Petal, the main melodic-driven band by singer/songwriter Kiley Lotz, have announced not only their debut LP, Shame, to be released on October 23rd by Run For Cover Records, but there is also the premiere of a new song off the LP. Listen to “Sooner” below.

From the press release:

“This record is kind of the apology, the confession and the acceptance of the ways I’ve felt shame in my life and trying to share it with others,” explains Lotz, of Shame. The melodically driven, indie rock record was recorded and produced by Will Yip (Title Fight, Tigers Jaw, Turnover) and draws influence from Death Cab For Cutie and Pedro The Lion.

Written over the course of the past three years, the songs on Shame were written with the underlying theme of dealing with mental illness and its effects on others. Discovering through her writing that everyone has shame and guilt, Lotz began to wonder if the world might be different if everyone were more open and willing to accept help. On “Film Camera Lens”, the record’s opening track, Lotz deals with her acknowledgment and apology for not asking for help when she needed it most. But the record isn’t just a sad experience, on tracks such as “Heaven” and “Photo Booth”, she shines with her ability to express honest declarations of love and compassion for another person.

It comes as no surprise that Lotz is able to express her emotions as she comes from a theater background. After graduating college in Scranton, Pennsylvania, she moved to New York city to pursue a life on stage, making her Off-Broadway debut last spring. “It triggered a lot of things for me personally that I wouldn’t change or regret. But it definitely made me write from a more honest, less scared perspective,” she says of her time in the city. Luckily for Lotz, she’s also been helped by her friends and fellow musicians that make up Petal. Ben Walsh plays guitar and drums and Brianna Collins plays bass and co-wrote the track “The Fire” on Shame. Collins also offers incredible harmonies on the record.

Petal ShameShame Tracklisting:
01) Camera Lens
02) Tommy
03) Heaven
04) Chandelier Thief
05) Feel
06) Sooner
07) The Fire
08) Shame
09) Nature
10) Camera Lens II
11) Photobooth
12) Silly Heart

Review: Queen Kwong – Get A Witness

Queen KwongQueen Kwong
Get A Witness
Dissention Records

There’s a sense of mystery and danger to Queen Kwong’s music. Not necessarily in the sense of knowing that founder Carré Callaway is a proficient songwriter and multi-instrumentalist and as the story goes, but she was asked by Trent Reznor to open a few shows for Nine Inch Nails in 2005 while she was only 17 years old. Ever since then, with a few gaps here and there, Callaway has made Queen Kwong a force in music as evident in the slew of singles and EPs released so far to date. It’s in the music that there’s mystery and danger as each release has been different from anything previously done. Sure, there’s commonalities and running musical themes to still keep them all ingrained in the band’s sound.

It has all been leading up to Queen Kwong’s full-length, Get A Witness. It’s here where we really see and hear and feel just how proficient and “all over the place” musically that Callaway can push us into. Right from the start of the noise-laden “Cold Daggers” which veers close to drum-and-bass territory and well into the more languid songs as the title track and “Red Devil”, it’s evident that the proverbial box of chocolate mentality is at play here. Each song stands apart on its own and yet there’s a seamless flow to all.

The rhythmically-driven “Newt” is a standout track. While the bass and drums plow forward at a menacing pace, the swirling guitars allocated to the background add a haunting ambience to the vocals which evoke frustration and disdain. Halfway through the album a curveball in style is thrown with a cover of Elvis Presley’s “Love Me”, which now has taken a melancholic and solemn sound with the lone sounds of a pipe organs and Callaway’s voice. This take on the song lays a deeper level of heartbreak more so than the original.

The subdued harshness of songs like “Medicated” is where Queen Kwong shines most brightly. Musically it’s a slow approach designed to create ambience and textures with not only the guitars, but also vocals that are on the cusp of becoming a snarl but held back with restraint. The back and forth and build up and explosion keeps teasing and making one guess on where things will lead. This all leads up to the cacophonous climax of “Purrfection” and “Bells On”. Here Queen Kwong regales us with a world of beautiful noise that is the perfect ending to the album.

Queen Kwong’s Get A Witness is what you’d expect and want from a musician and band that is not afraid to experiment and play to different styles of music. This album is harsh, confrontational, noisy, dreamy, calming and jarring. It’s doing exactly what great music should do: stir you down to the core and depths of your heart and leave you a shallow husk of mixed emotions begging for more.

Miserable’s ‘Halloween Dreams’ To Be Re-Released as a Deluxe Edition

MiserableFrom the ol’ inbox:

Kristina Esfandiari is Miserable. Former vocalist of Bay Area shoegazers, Whirr, and current vocalist of King Woman, Kristina writes and performs a brand of moving and evocative music that oozes with nostalgia – and the Halloween Dream EP was no different.

Originally released in the Spring of 2014, Halloween Dream will get the Deluxe Edition treatment on September 4th. Along with the original four songs, the Deluxe Edition of Halloween Dream includes demo versions of each song, recorded at home during the writing process, as well as “Palmistry Notes” – an unreleased song written during the Halloween Dream sessions. All nine songs that make up the Deluxe Edition will be made available digitally.

A cassette tape titled Halloween Dream (Demos) will also be released on September 4th – includes the four demos, along with “Palmistry Notes”. Lastly, the original 7” for Halloween Dream is finally being repressed and will also be released early September.

Halloween Dreams DeluxeHalloween Dreams (Deluxe Edition) Tracklisting
Bell Jar
Orchid
Spinning
Halloween Dream
Bell Jar (Demo)
Orchid (Demo)
Spinning (Demo)
Halloween Dream (Demo)
Palmistry Notes

Watch the music video for Miserable‘s “Orchid” directed by Hannah Roman (Title Fight).

Converge “Thousands of Miles Between Us” coming soon via Deathwish

The long-awaited new live DVD/Bluray release of Converge‘s Thousands of Miles Between Us is nearing its release. The band just posted all details for the release including a limited edition box set that will include a vinyl release for it.

“Thousands of Miles Between Us” from Converge is the long awaited sequel to their landmark 2003 DVD release “The Long Road Home”. “Thousands of Miles Between Us” from Converge will be offered in 3 unique configurations; HD-Digital (Feature set only), 3 X Blu-ray set, and Limited Deluxe Box set versions.

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HD-Digital (Feature set only)
Available as a low priced direct download, a full 20 song Converge set from their Union Transfer (Philadelphia, PA) stop on the “All We Love We Leave Behind” tour. Filmed with multiple camera angles and edited by Jimmy Hubbard (Guitar World, Vice). The live audio was masterfully mixed by acclaimed engineer Alan Douches at West West Side (Motorhead, The Dillinger Escape Plan) in Stereo for the ultimate chaotic live experience (5:1 Surround Sound available on Blu-Ray only).

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3 X Blu-ray set
Blu-ray Disc 1:
A full 20 song Converge set from their Union Transfer (Philadelphia, PA) stop on their “All We Love We Leave Behind” tour. Filmed with multiple camera angles and edited by Jimmy Hubbard (Guitar World, Vice). The live audio was masterfully mixed by acclaimed engineer Alan Douches at West West Side (Motorhead, The Dillinger Escape Plan) and is presented in both 5:1 Surround Sound (exclusive to the Blu-ray) and Stereo configurations for the ultimate chaotic live experience. An HD-Digital Download (in Stereo) of this set is also provided in this edition.

Blu-ray Discs 2 and 3:
Collectively over 15 hours of live, rare, and previously unseen footage spanning over a decade in the life of Converge. Chronologically presented over two Blu-ray discs, this collection features international live performances, interviews, features, music videos, covers, and more.

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Deluxe Box set (Limited): 3 X Blu-ray, Live 2XLP, 160 Page Book, and Accessories

This definitive version for Converge completist includes:

Blu-ray Disc 1:
A full 20 song Converge set from their Union Transfer (Philadelphia, PA) stop on their “All We Love We Leave Behind” tour. Filmed with multiple camera angles and edited by Jimmy Hubbard (Guitar World, Vice). The live audio was masterfully mixed by acclaimed engineer Alan Douches at West West Side (Motorhead, The Dillinger Escape Plan) and is presented in both 5:1 Surround Sound (exclusive to the Blu-ray) and Stereo configurations for the ultimate chaotic live experience. An HD-Digital Download (in Stereo) of this set is also provided in this edition.

Blu-ray Discs 2 and 3:
Collectively over 15 hours of live, rare, and previously unseen footage spanning over a decade in the life of Converge. Chronologically presented over two Blu-ray discs, this collection features international live performances, interviews, features, music videos, covers, and more.

Live Double Album:
Exclusive to the Box set, a vinyl specific stereo mix of the full 20 song feature set by Alan Douches at West West Side (Motorhead, The Dillinger Escape Plan) presented on two 33rpm 12″LPs, and packaged in a Gold Mirror Board Wide Spine LP Jacket.

160 Page 12″X12″ Book:
Exclusive to the Box set, this is the ultimate photographic accompaniment to “Thousands of Miles Between Us”. Featuring Converge captured live by celebrated photographers Matt Miller, Reid Haithcock, and Jimmy Hubbard at shows across the United States.

Accessories:
Exclusive to the Box set, a 16 oz turntable slip-mat, embroidered patch, and more featuring Converge themed artwork from illustrator Thomas Hooper.

All of the above is housed in an incredible 12″ X 12″ Box, printed with Gold Foil on Black Stock.

In stores November 27th (Deluxe Box set shipping TBA).
Pre-ordering information will be announced shortly.

The Skulx Is What Happens When Cadaver Dogs Meet Foxy Shazam

SkulxCadaver Dogs. Foxy Shazam. Two bands that although treading similar sounds are still completely different than one another. So it only makes sense for the two bands to get together and create a wholly new entity of sound and mayhem.

That’s where The Skulx come in. Take Foxy Shazam’s trumpeter and back-up vocalist Alex Nauth colliding with Cadaver Dogs’ Mathew Franklin and Lex Vegas and things will get weird. And awesome.

As evident from their first glimpse at their upcoming record, “Do What You Do” is a showcase of each bands’ unique sound but all mixed up, slowed down a bit, and carrying a snotty attitude that is inspiringly punk rock. With horns. And melodic vocals. There’s so much to delve into their sound that it’s already a waste of time to pinpoint each and every quality. It’s just over the top fun.

The Skulx will be heading out on a tour starting September 19th and hitting up some major cities. Until their record is ready to pummel people’s ears, the band will have a special lathe cut vinyl single released by Mind Over Matter Records. So if you catch The Skulx on tour, get your hands on that single. It will sell out like hot cakes!

9/19 – Columbus OH — Independent’s Day Festival
9/20 – Kalamazoo MI — Shakespeares Lower Level
9/21 – Ferndale MI — The Loving Touch
9/22 – Akron OH — The Rialto Theatre
9/23 – Rochester NY — Water Street Music Hall
9/24 – Watertown NY — The Flashback Lounge
9/25 – Providence RI — Simon’s 677
9/27 – Brooklyn NY — Black Bear Bar
9/29 – Lynchburg VA — Rise Above Tha Ashes LLC
10/1 – Nashville, TN — Rocketown
10/2 – Muncie IN — Be Here Now
10/3 – Cincinnati, OH — TBA

Watch Seapony’s Video for “Couldn’t Be” and Be Transported to a DreampopLand

SeaponySeattle’s Seapony are one of those bands that dabbles in an indie pop that is hard to tell if they’re hooked on all kinds of dreampop and borderline shoegaze influences. Thankfully we don’t have to beat ourselves up too much in figuring it all out thanks to their new video for “Couldn’t Be” off their upcoming new album, A Vision. The song, and video, are a slice of just letting go of all and being whisked away to a dreamland of pure lovely pop music.

Photo by Lydia Brewer Photography

DEAFHEAVEN Premiere New Song “Brought to the Water”

DeafheavenDeafheaven have premiered a new song off their upcoming new record New Bermuda. “Brought to the Water” bears all the familiar sounds and style the band has put forth thus far, but amped it up and also expanded the sonic palette to keep fans guessing and hooked further. George Clarke’s vocals come across as more “polished” (at least for black metal-style delivery standards) and the band dabbles in previously untouched styles such as thrash with some sweetly melodic guitar solos.

if you were expecting Sunbather Pt. 2, then you may as well walk away and listen to something else. This is the more evolved and progressive Deafheaven and if the new song is any indication, New Bermuda will stand the test of time and widen their fanbase.

Queen Kwong Premiere Video for “Get A Witness”

Queen KwongFrom Queen Kwong‘s upcoming debut LP, Get A Witness, the band as spearheaded by Carré Callaway, have premiered a video for the title track. Carré explained about the video to Clashmusic:

“‘Get A Witness'” is the title track on the record. I chose the song to be the title track on my debut LP because it’s one of the most personal and meaningful songs to me. I didn’t have time to really develop a concept for the video because we were on tour with Failure during the time it needed to be made. We shot it in a Motel 6 somewhere in Tennessee and we didn’t have much to work with. So, Hayden Scott (my drummer who is also amazing behind a camera) and I decided to just make it simple and beautiful which worked out really well because it let the song and lyrics be the main focus of the video.”

Get A Witness, is due out on August 28th via Dissention Records.

STRIFE Return With New Song and EP

StrifeLong-running and modern HxC torch-bearers Strife have returned with a new EP, Incision, that will easily decimate any naysayers and continue the band’s legacy. For this EP, the band have enlisted Iggor Cavalera again for all the drums and on the title track being premiered, Aaron Melnick (ex-Integrity) and Ringworm‘s Human Furnace. This pedigree of hardcore gives “Incision” a Clevo-style feel to the song.

The Incision EP is being released by guitarist Andrew Kline’s own label, War Records, and you can of course pre-order the hell out of it! Just go here.

Listen: Potty Mouth – “Cherry Picking”

Potty MouthNorthampton, MA’s Potty Mouth are channeling some serious alt-90’s vibes and sounds in their new song “Cherry Picking”, off their upcoming new self-titled EP out on 8/21. The EP is being self-released by the band. Fans of the band and any of the 90’s grunge sounds leaning into pop territory will get hooked on “Cherry Picking” right off the bat. It’s a fun song that not only harkens back to those days you were sporting bleached tips, Jncos, and Stussy shirts, but of the current trend of bands that genuinely got influenced and are taking that scene and sounds into current styles.

(Photo by Jesse Riggins)