As a parting gift, the band has also released a digital album entitled A Salesman’s Life. The new collection of tracks includes two new songs, a pair of b-sides from last year’s Mad/Sad, and several newly-recorded acoustic takes of tracks from Mad/Sad. You can check the tracks out on Bandcamp, where you can also name your own price to download the album.
Read on for a statement from the band’s Facebook page.
Hey everyone, some news to tell. After 6 years of being a band we are hanging it up.
Thank you to everyone and anyone who has supported this band. We’ve met some amazing people along the way and it means the world to our little band that anyone has cared. Our last show will be at The Court Tavern on January 25th with some of our best buds, so it will be a party.
In the meantime, we’ve released a digital compilation of a bunch of songs for free download. “A Salesman’s Life” contains two new songs that were recorded this summer and some b-sides from our last record with a few acoustic versions. Please check it out in the comments below.
That is all for now. Thank you for being our friend.
Much, and at times not enough, has been written about HAVE A NICE LIFE. The post-metal newgaze acoustic ambient group has been going since around 2008 and have been a secret entity kept hidden within the underground scenes. Those who know, know. HANL are the type of band and music who you hear about in whispers from friends and other bands who may also be entrenched in that same underground music scene. Once you get exposed to HANL‘s music, and their philosophy to an extent, you are hooked. And haunted.
It goes without saying that after the much-acclaimed release of Deathconsciousness back in 2008, and a few singles and limited releases here and there since, we were due for their comeback. And they are back with the release of The Unnatural World, on February 4th, 2014 via their own Enemies List Home Recordings label in a joint effort with Flenser Records. And now we have the first piece of proof of this new release in the form of “Defenestration Song”. The track finds the band treading familiar territory while polishing up a bit the production and upping the noise factor in their sound. But don’t fret. The lo-fi, home recordings aspect is still evident as it has always been crucial in their approach.
“Defenestration Song” is currently streaming thanks to the folks at NPR Music and you can listen to it here.
Chicago-based emo supergroup Their / They’re / There have released a video for “New Blood.”
For the uninitiated, the band features Evan Weiss of Into It Over It, Mike Kinsella of Owen, American Football, and Cap’n Jazz, and Matthew Frank of Loose Lips Sink Ships. The track appears on their recently released EP Analog Weekend (out now on Topshelf Records and Polyvinyl Records) and you can watch the video below:
Most recently, ANNE, really one-man outfit nowadays, released the digital-only Jerusalem EP. A video for a track off Pulling Chain, “Blonde Men” has premiered as well. Watch below, along with the tracklisting for the release.
Anne – Pulling Chain Tracklist:
1 – Modesty
2 – Disruption
3 – Guarnieri
4 – Terms
5 – Concession
6 – Blonde Men
7 – Blessings
8 – Interruption
From three quarters of Salt Lake City, UT metal band Gaza, here comes Cult Leader. Comprised of Michael Mason, Casey Hansen, and Anthony Lucero who continued working together after Gaza’s demise on early 2013, Cult Leader have now joined the Deathwish Inc. family and will gear up to release their debut LP Nothing For Us Here in early 2014. Check out the preview for the track “Skin Crawler” below. If it doesn’t make you want to start a one-person pit and stage dives off your living room coffee table, then I don’t know what will.
Cult Leader are the next evolutionary leap forward for three-quarters of Gaza, arguably one of the best metallic bands of the last decade. After the early 2013 dissolution of the aforementioned band, remaining members Michael Mason, Casey Hansen, and Anthony Lucero were joined by bassist Sam Richards to form this brand new beast.
“Nothing For Us Here” is a complex crusher as you would expect. Brilliantly heavy, technical musicianship complimented by Anthony Lucero’s newfound brutal vocal delivery (previously he played bass in Gaza). All of it coming together as an unconventional tangle of metal/hardcore/punk wreckage. Proving that even in their primordial state, Cult Leader are capable of standing as contemporaries Converge and Coalesce as new monsters of the aggressive music genre.
Digital hardcore pioneers, a band that was way ahead of the times in the subjects and sounds of hacktivism and internet freedom, Atari Teenage Riot, have a new album coming out in 2014. The follow-up to 2011′s Is This Hyperreal? should prove to be yet another ascension in the group’s melding of noise, electronic music, hardcore punk, and social and political awareness. The band has release a teaser trailer for the release as well as announcing their first live performance of 2014 in London.
Touché Amoré and Mewithoutyou will be embarking on a North American tour in 2014 starting in February which will taken all across the U.S. mostly. Seahaven, Drug Church, and Caravels will be along on select dates.
dates w/ Drug Church
2/6 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
2/7 Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Sound
2/8 Boise, ID @ The Crux
2/9 Seattle, WA @ Neumos
2/10 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
2/12 San Francisco, CA @ Slims
2/13 San Diego, CA @ Epicentre
2/14 Los Angeles, CA @ Ukrainian Culture Center
2/15 Phoenix, AZ @ Nile Theater
2/17 Austin, TX @ Mohawk
2/18 Houston, TX @ Fitzgeralds
2/19 Dallas, TX @ Prophet Bar
dates w/ Caravels
2/21 Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
2/22 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
2/23 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
2/24 Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
2/26 New York, NY @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
2/27 Boston, MA @ The Sinclair
3/1 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
3/2 Washington, DC @ Black Cat
3/4 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
3/5 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
3/6 Orlando, FL @ The Social
Newgaze “supergroup”, if there’s no other way to put it, Death Of Lovers, have premiered a new video, and thusly song, for another track off their upcoming Buried Under A World of Roses EP to be released on February 4, 2014 via Deathwish Inc. The new song, “Cold Heaven” finds the band in a much-more aggressive sound than previous outing and even more so than the sound of their respective main bands in Whirr and Nothing.
The video itself also supports this “heavier” approach in bombarding the viewer with images of pop culture cut in with footage of wars, poverty, despair, and misery from all around the world. It’s a macabre dichotomy of our current obsession with pop icons and the reality of the outside world and our misplaced faith.
Center of the Sun came about a meeting of some bands of the heavier spectrum who got together and created a new take on the whole newgaze stylings of late. They recorded one album, Machine Gun, played a shows here and there, and sadly ended close to 18 months after the love affair started. Center of the Sun quickly became one of the interesting bands of this whole newgaze scene. As a final hurrah, the band finished recording a cover song that took place during the Machine Gun sessions and have released it, along with a second cover, in the form of the 1993 EP. We’re calling it an EP since it is more than one song.
1993, available to stream for free, contains two covers: “Machine Gun” originally done by Slowdive and “Fade Into You” by Mazzy Star. Both are new takes on the originals and have an added layer or two of ambience that while remaining faithful to the source material, clearly take on a new life as injected by Center of the Sun.