R.A. is a straightforward, no-frills hardcore band from Merrimack Valley, Massachusetts. They formed in the summer of 2011 and released a demo on Arrest Records, followed by The Awakening EP and a split 12″ with Death Threat, both on local hardcore label Triple B Records. These releases were all well-received, each one even more than its predecessor, which led R.A. to tour extensively around hardcore circles in the US and Canada and to attract the attention of Bridge Nine Records. Now, the band is excited to call Bridge Nine their new home and even more excited to be releasing their first proper full-length album on the label this summer.
R.A. vocalist Josh Hynes commented, “I was first introduced to Bridge Nine as a kid, right when the label started in the late 90′s, and remember picking up the Proclamation 7″ and being hooked right away. It was awesome being able to see the label grow from an underdog label into what it has become today. Throughout the past sixteen years, B9 has put out some of my favorite releases so it is a real humbling experience signing to a label that I was brought up on. As with most labels, it has grown and branched out, but still remains very much a part of the hardcore scene which it was founded on and we as a band couldn’t be happier being here.”
R.A. just finished recording their debut full-length Collateral Damage with Dean Baltulonis at The Wild Arctic in Portsmouth, NH (Agnostic Front, Modern Life Is War, Sick of It All). These ten songs have brutally honest lyrics that cover a wide range of topics and harsh truths with no holds barred. Musically, these songs are equally as punishing as R.A. puts an updated spin on heavy hitting CT and NY-style hardcore. More information will be coming soon on R.A.’s new LP for Bridge Nine.
In the meantime you can catch R.A. in tour in May with The Mongoloids and Modern Pain. Listen to their The Awakening EP below.
Minus the Bear‘s They Make Beer Commercials Like This EP is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. So what better way to pay homage to it than playing a couple of shows? The band will be playing two shows in which they will perform the EP in its entirety along with other songs off their entire discography.
From the band:
One day you wake up and realize you’ve been a band long enough that it’s not your first release that is a decade old, but rather your third release that is passing this milestone! That’s right friends, one of our favorite collections of MTB songs, “They Make Beer Commercials Like This” is turning ten years old this summer! In celebration, we decided to throw a party like it’s 2004 and play the EP in it’s entirety along with a smattering of other MTB classics during an exclusive two night affair in the lovely Pacific Northwest. These shows will be in Seattle at the Columbia Theater June 27; and Portland at the Doug Fir, June 29. Capacity at these venues is extremely limited so you will want to grab tickets while they last, as they are sure to sell out. It’s going to be a ton of fun so dust off your dancing shoes and don’t miss out!
They Make Beer Commercials Like This 10 Year Anniversary Shows:
June 27 – Seattle, WA – Columbia City Theater
June 29 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir
In additional Minus the Bear news and updates, the band posted:
In other news, our longtime comrade Ryan “Roll Tide!” Russell has released his first book of photography titled “Continental Obscura” and it is gorgeous! Filled with photos of his move from Birmingham to Bellingham, it includes a limited edition split 7″ with the unreleased MTB track “Surf-N-Turf” as well as “Sure Shot”, a track from Manchester Orchestra. Be sure to support a great guy and pick it up at ryanrussell.net.
If you aren’t satisfied with just one new 7″ in your collection, then boy do we have something to quench your thirst. The mighty Suicide Squeeze Records has teamed up with Fort George Brewery to offer the “Suicide Squeeze IPA”, and in celebration have released a compilation 7″ with artwork by the ever talented Jesse LeDoux. Limited to 1000 copies, it includes rare tracks from Modest Mouse, Black Mountain, Elliot Smith and Minus the Bear. Regardless of your taste in beverage we are sure you’ll find this offering refreshing and satisfying. Head over here to pick up your copy now.
That’s all for now. We’re busy preparing for more fun news that we’ll fill you in on in the near future, but in the meantime…pick up those tickets, order some vinyl and brush up on your dance moves. We’ll see you soon! xoxo – Cory
Right off their most recent 2xLP All We Love We Leave Behind, Converge have premiere a video for the songs “Precipice” and “All We Love We Leave Behind”. The two songs which go hand in hand as the former is essentially a prelude to the album’s title track, are envisioned in stop-motion and hand-drawn animation techniques by Craig Murray who has previously done videos for the band as well as Narrows and Oxbow. To avoid any misinformation, here’s what Converge themselves say about the video:
We are proud to release the film/video for “Precipice / All We Love We Leave Behind” by director Craig Murray (Converge, Oxbow, Narrows, etc). Both songs appear on the Converge “All We Love We Leave Behind” album, out now via Epitaph/Deathwish Inc.
The video was conceptualized by Murray, using the narrative put forth of the death of a canine companion as told in J. Bannon’s lyrical writings. Murray uses powerful visual metaphor and imagery to communicate the crushing weight of loss and the strength of unconditional love the song explores.
Additionally, the band has also created a new shirt design using images from the video to coincide with this release. The shirt is available now through the Converge online store (here) and 100% of all proceeds will go to the Northeast Animal Shelter in Salem, Massachusetts, a home for animals who currently have none.
Given the subject matter of the song and now its accompanying video, you can’t help but feel jarringly moved. It’s a haunting song to begin with and now even more so with the emotionally heaviness of the images in the video.
All Black Recording Company
In recent years, black metal has been mired with some controversy and dissension within its ranks, not necessarily by a throwback to burning churches down nor quasi-fascist rhetoric. It is more due to an outspoken division between purists of the genre and those who have appropriated the black metal styling and mixed them up with other disparate sounds. This rift has actually been beneficial though as some bands have pushed any and all preconceived notions of what a marriage between genres and sounds is like. It’s in this fine line between purism and experimentation that Black Monolith happily exists.
Black Monolith is the one-man project of Oakland, CA native Gary Bettencourt. In 2011, BM released the 2011 Demo to much fanfare in the underground of extreme metal circles. It was a raw and accurate representation of what a basis of black metal mixed with elements of grind and crust could and does sound like. Fast forward now to 2014 and we have the first full-length, Passenger, tearing these ideas anew and eschewing any shortcomings of these aggressive and at-times, listener unfriendly music. The noise of Passenger is a downhill ride, speeding like a bat out of the hell of one’s idea of black metal, the sound of the sun-soaked wishing for eternal darkness, the doom and gloom of Southern California.
Off their upcoming new album, Desideratum, Planning For Burial have released a new song, “Where You Rest Your Head At Night”. As previous outings, the song, and album, finds the group straddling a fine line between plenty of genres such as post-metal, shoegaze, doom, drone, and black metal. It’s the epitome of amalgamation and reproducing all your influences in unique ways. The new album is slated to be released on May13th via The Flenser.
Planning For Burial is the product of a single wunderkind taking healthy obsessions with certain influences and filtering them through a droning, gloomy spyglass that evokes only the most concrete blues (the emotion not the music) this side of the gray waters of the Atlantic. While Planning For Burial gets lumped in with the whole wave of “bedroom recording artists” (which is where the project toiled for years until debut LP Leaving finally was released in 2010), the mastermind behind the project sets himself apart from his peers due in no small part to his background in sound. Like labelmates Have A Nice Life, Planning For Burial‘s brand of dark shoegaze/gloomgaze is hard to categorize, but it’s sound contains elements of slowcore, shoegaze, doom, drone, 90′s alt rock, 80′s goth, and black metal, while never being defined by any one of those genres.
Over the course of the last four years, Planning for Burial has been sporadically popping up in live venues (sharing the stage with a wide breadth of musical compatriots from Chelsea Wolfe to Deafheaven, while seeming out of place at none) along the east and west coasts and releasing a slew of EPs and splits on various labels. Now, Planning for Burial is gearing up to release Desideratum on San Francisco’s Flenser Records on May 13th and the band will announce more tour dates for this summer very soon.
Desideratum Track Listing:
1. Where You Rest Your Head At
3. 29 August 2012
North Carolina’s amalgamation of hardcore and blackened metal, Young And In The Way have released a video for the song “Be My Blood”, off their upcoming new release from Deathwish Inc., When Life Comes to Death, out on May 27th. The video, as shot by Max Moore Films, finds the band performing the song live in their dingy and dark basement that easily pushes forth the imagery of what their music hints at.
You can now pre-order When Life Comes to Death right now in multiple formats including vinyl, CD, and digital, as well as snazzy shirt. Head on over to Deathwish Inc.’s webstore here.
Just in time for their tour with Deafheaven, Wreck & Reference will be releasing a new album, Want, on June 10th via The Flenser. Clocking in at 37 minutes, the album was recorded by the band with assistance in mixing and mastering by Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Whirr, Loma Prieta). Want sees the band taking a new sonic direction while maintaining their hold on experimental, electronic, and post metal genres. The album is being described as “a trainwreck of contradictions that is devastatingly addictive.”
Wreck & Reference will be heading out to support Deafheaven in their summer tour, along with Pallbearer as well. Tour dates are all below. This tour promises to be intensely heavy.
You can get a small taste of what Want will sound like in this clip:
Want Track Listing:
1. Corpse Museum
2. Apollo Beneath The Whip
3. Stranger, Fill This Hole In Me
5. A Glass Cage For An Animal
6. A Tax
9. Machine Of Confusion
WRECK & REFERENCE, ON TOUR:
8 Boston, MA @ Sinclair w/ Deafheaven, Pallbearer
9 Philadelphia, PA @ Barbary w/ Deafheaven, Pallbearer
10 Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel w/ Deafheaven, Pallbearer
11 Richmond, VA @ Canal Club w/ Deafheaven, Pallbearer
15 Miami, FL @ Churchill’s w/ Deafheaven, Pallbearer
16 Orlando, FL @ Backbooth w/ Deafheaven, Pallbearer
17 Tampa, FL @ Crowbar w/ Deafheaven, Pallbearer
18 New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jack’s w/ Deafheaven, Pallbearer
20 St. Louis, MO @ Firebird w/ Deafheaven, Pallbearer
21 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick w/ Deafheaven, Pallbearer
22 Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon w/ Deafheaven, Pallbearer
23 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock w/ Deafheaven, Pallbearer
24 Lawrence, KS @ Granada w/ Deafheaven, Pallbearer
26 Houston, TX @ FItzgerald’s w/ Deafheaven, Pallbearer
27 Austin, TX @ Red 7 w/ Deafheaven, Pallbearer
28 Dallas, TX @ Club Dada w/ Deafheaven, Pallbearer
30 Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom w/ Deafheaven, Destruction Unit
1 San Diego, CA @ Casbah w/ Deafheaven
2 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall w/ Deafheaven
5/10 Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
5/11 Marietta, GA @ Swayzes
5/12 Jacksonville, FL @ Atticus Bar
5/13 Pembroke Pines, FL @ Talent Farm
5/14 Ybor City, FL @ The Orpheum
5/16 Corpus Christi, TX @ Boozers
5/17 McAllen, TX @ Fallback Records
5/18 San Antonio, TX @ Korova
5/20 Tucson, AZ @ 191 Toole
5/21 La Jolla, CA @ Che Cafe
w/ One Year Later
5/22 Pomona, CA @ Aladdins JR
5/23 Berkeley, CA @ Gilman
5/25 Salt Lake City, UT @ Shred Shed
5/26 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
5/27 Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot
5/28 St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
5/29 La Crosse, WI @ The Warehouse
5/30 Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge
5/31 Lakewood, OH @ Foundry
6/1 Winchester, VA @ Driven Fest
The Summer festival concert season keeps going into high gear with more announcements. Slated for August 23rd, 2014 in Tampa, FL, the Southern Darkness Festival will be a day-long fest with multiple bands of all kinds of genre and styles, mostly at the heavy and aggressive level, performing across three venues.
From the official announcement:
This one day festival will take place at multiple venues (The Orpheum, Crowbar, Ybor Live) in historic Ybor City. The festival is centered around two guiding principles: that people should be stoked on all of the bands playing, keeping a kind of coherent “narrative,” and that ticket prices should be kept low. Advance tickets are $35 and day of show prices $40 (on-sale in late April via ticketfly.com). Although some of the bands fall within different genres, we believe there is a common commitment that will appeal to anyone interested in extreme forms of music.
Southern Darkness Fest Line-up:
Pelican, All Pigs Must Die, Maruta, Centuries, Sannhet, Mouth of the Architect, Black Tusk, Jungbluth, Yautja, Order of the Owl, A Storm of Light, Phobia, Strong Intention, Zoroaster, Everything Went Black, Weekend Nachos, Lord Mantis, Coke Bust, ASG, Junius, Set and Setting, Traitor Crucifix, and Cosm.
For more information and updates, stay tuned to the fest’s official site: http://southerndarknessfest.com/