Canada’s breakout post-hardcore band Sparrows will release a new EP titled Dragging Hell on August 28th via New Damage Records. Today, the band is debuting the record’s first new track, “References To The Dead”.
“Dragging Hell has been a long time coming for us,” says vocalist/guitarist Dan Thomson. “And it’s almost a relief to have these songs coming out, in the best way possible. The time that surrounded the writing of these songs was one of the darkest times in my life, and it definitely comes out in the songs, both lyrically and musically.”
Hailing from the Canadian hotbed for rock music, Toronto, Sparrows have making a name for themselves across North America for the last five years. The band’s striking amalgam of intense, post-hardcore and ambient post-rock, combined with a refined ability to craft memorable songs that increasingly push the boundaries of their sound has helped them stand out amongst their colleagues. Having performed on countless stages over the years, including SXSW, NXNE, CMW and Ottawa Bluesfest, Sparrows has emerged as seasoned vets who become more intriguing with each release.
Tiny Engines recently welcomed Omaha, NE’s See Through Dresses to the label roster. Fresh off recent tour dates with Cursive and Beach Slang the band recorded six new songs that will make up their Tiny Engines debut, End Of Days. The EP will be released in the Fall of 2015. Song premieres and vinyl pre-orders coming soon!
The band has some August tour dates upcoming including dates with Cymbals Eat Guitars and The Good Life. Full dates listed below.
The band’s 2013 Self-Titled LP is available for streaming/download on Bandcamp, iTunes and Spotify.
Principal songwriters Mathew Carroll and Sara Bertuldo, along with drummer Nate Van Fleet and bassist Alex Kirts, have crafted a catalogue of songs indebted to classic post-punk and new wave artists of the 80’s, but their sonic footprint more closely resembles the textural treatments of 90’s dream-pop and shoegaze. The arrangements often build as though to erupt, only to implode. There are moments when Bertuldo and Carroll sound noxious and distant, their voices doused in reverb, their guitars droning and pulsing. When the clouds look dark, See Through Dresses offer flashes of pure pop sunshine to punctuate those moments of isolation and distance.
See Through Dresses Upcoming Shows
AUG 01 – Wichita, KS @ Barleycorns
AUG 02 – Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th Street Collective w/ Cymbals Eat Guitars
AUG 03 – Kansas City, MO @ recordBar w/ Cymbals Eat Guitars
AUG 04 – St. Louis, MO @ Firebird w/ Cymbals Eat Guitars
AUG 05 – Indianapolis, IN @ HIFI w/ Cymbals Eat Guitars
AUG 06 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Roboto Project w/ Cymbals Eat Guitars
AUG 17 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club w/ Dan Mariska & The Boys Choir
AUG 18 – Milwaukee, WI @ Linneman’s w/ Dan Mariska & The Boys Choir
AUG 19 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall w/ The Good Life and Big Harp
AUG 20 – Kalamazoo, MI @ Louie’s Trophy House
AUG 21 – Rock Island, IL @ Rozz-Tox
AUG 22 – Omaha, NE @ O’Leaver’s
Titled Starry Eyes, it will be the band’s second full-length and self-released via their Chewey Records. To mark the occasion of the announcement a video for the song “Summer Sun” is premiering now and it’s all you’d expect and want from this awesome power pop band. The video finds Baby Shakes having a good time and frolicking at the boardwalk during a beautiful summer day at the beach all the while performing their unique style of pop-inflected garage punk.
You can go right ahead and pre-order Starry Eyes directly from the band here.
(Band photo by Sean Waltrous)
Bay area’s Deafheaven have been rumored to be releasing a new album sometime this year. More pressing questions had been what label would they be on now and what will the new sound be, if any? From the minute-long teaser trailer as posted by label Anti-, it looks like we have an answer to the first question, and a tease for the second. It is also being reported that the album’s title is New Bermuda and will be a 2xLP as seen in the small window of info posted around the web. The album is expected to be out in October.
Metalcore legends and Compassionate Misanthropists Shai Hulud will have a new 8-song EP coming out soon on No Sleep Records. The EP, titled Sincerely Hated, will not only mark the band’s No Sleep debut but it will be their new material since 2013’s Reach Beyond The Sun, released on Metal Blade Records.
To celebrate this announcement, the band has premiered a new song off the EP. “Colder Then The Cold World” finds the band shredding through their style of hardcore in a more frenetic and break-neck speed. It brings back memories of “Faithless is He Who Says Farewell When The Road Darkens”, but amped up to 1,000 and ripping your throat out. All in under a minute.
Shai Hulud head honcho Matt Fox had this to say about the EP and partnering up with No Sleep:
“Warmth and gratefulness runs as deeply within Shai Hulud as cynicism and misanthropy. Since the band’s inception we have been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to affiliate ourselves with record labels we not only respect, but whose output helped shape both our band and our individual lives. This is something we could never take for granted. Having been respectively welcomed into the Revelation Records and Metal Blade Records families has been a boon, professionally, and personally, nothing short of a fanciful dream made real.
Come 2015, this continual windfall of opportunity led us to work with No Sleep Records, arguably a leading underground label with drive, heart and ethics. We have respected Chris Hansen and company years before No Sleep became a staple label who broke some important and game-changing bands. At risk of repeating a same sentiment, it’s an honor to have been brought into such a discerning and respectable fold – fully contradicting Groucho Marx’s classic take on membership.
As a band who came from less than nothing, recognizing we are not owed anything by anyone, our long and often arduous journey has been given seemingly inexhaustible secular blessings. It’s with inexpressible gratitude we announce our collaboration with No Sleep Records on the upcoming release. It’s the latest in a series of very fortunate events. Now, if we only had a fraction of such a blessing with tour vehicles, we’d truly be unstoppable.”
Excelsiors, one and all.
Formed in 2005, Loma Prieta have been a mainstay of the Bay Area hardcore community for a decade. While the band’s sound is difficult to describe, it is clear that they come from the tradition of creative Bay Area hardcore bands such as Mohinder, Funeral Diner, Bread and Circuits, Yaphet Kotto, and Indian Summer. Eschewing sub-genres in favor of organically writing songs that are personally fulfilling, Loma Prieta ultimately makes each recording unique while managing to forge a distinctive voice all their own.
Self Portrait is the latest album from Loma Prieta; a ten-song masterwork recorded by Jack Shirley at The Atomic Garden Recording Studio (Deafheaven, Whirr, etc.). Opener “Love” layers unorthodox melodies amid a tangle of pensive, despondent vocals. These humanly complex qualities loudly bleed into every aspect of the album. Driven by feedback-drenched guitar work “Black Square”, “Roadside Cross”, “Net Gain”, and “More Perfect” veer from one post-everything sub genre to the next, leading to the beautifully skewed “Nostalgia”, a song that creeps from the haze with dark harmonic leanings. “Never Remember”, “Merciless”, and “Rings” venture down a similar crash and bang path before closer “Satellite” takes flight. An emotional epic that delves deep into introspection before finding total sonic obliteration.
“Self Portrait” will be released on CD, cassette, and digital formats on October 2nd, and on vinyl on November 13, 2015.
See Loma Prieta on tour in Europe and the UK from July 23rd through August 22nd. More information, including song premieres and album pre-order for Self Portrait coming soon. In the meantime, look for a two-song seven inch, featuring side A “Love” and exclusive B-side “Trilogy, 0 (Debris)”, to be available on July 24th.
Loma Prieta – Self Portrait Track Listing:
2. Black Square
3. Roadside Cross
4. Net Gain
5. More Perfect
7. Never Remember
Loma Prieta – On Tour
23/7 – Duisburg, Germany @ Asta-Keller
24/7 – Bielefield, Germany @ AJZ
26/7 – Rokycany, Czech Republic @ Fluff Fest
27/7 – Wroclaw, Poland @ Ciemma Strona Miasta
28/7 – Krakow, Poland @ Kawiarnia Naukowa
29/7 – Berlin, Germany @ Cassiopeia
30/7 – Hamburg, Germany @ TBA °
31/7 – TBA
01/8 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Underwerket
02/8 – Gothenburg, Sweded @ Skjul Frya Sex
03/8 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Gula Villan
05/8 – Hannover, Germany @ Ujz Korn
06/8 – Darmstadt, Germany @ Oettinger Villa
07/8 – Cologne, Germany @ Underground
08/8 – London, UK @ Unicorn
09/8 – Cardiff, UK @ The Globe *
10/8 – Nottingham, UK @ Rescue Rooms *
11/8 – Edinburgh, UK @ Studio 24 *
12/8 – Manchester, UK @ TBA
13/8 – Liverpool, UK @ Academy 2 *
14/8 – Bristol, UK @ The Stag and Hounds
15/8 – Ypres, Belgium @ Ieperfest *
17/8 – Hamburg, Germany @ Logo **¯
18/8 – Holland, Netherlands @ Paradiso **¯
19/8 – Paris, France @ Glazart **¯
20/8 – Chemnitz, Germany @ AC 17 ¯
21/8 – Gottingen, Germany @ T-Keller ¯
22/8 – Karlsruhe, Germany @ New NOISE ¯
*Show with Touche Amore
°Dangers show only
¯Loma show only
Minus the Bear will be hitting the road this Fall to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Menos el Oso, in which the band will play the record from front to back, and surely more. See below for dates and support.
There has been a palpable air of excitement for the return of Queen Kwong to these shores over the past few months. LA’s Queen Kwong, aka Carré Callaway took on London for a free 4 show residency in the capital earlier this year leaving packed audiences mesmerised by the sheer power and savagery of the band’s superb brand of punk rock.
‘Get A Witness’ is the second single from the eagerly awaited debut album that has now been announced for release on 28th August. The album also titled ‘Get A Witness’ will be released on 12” vinyl, CD and download.
Trent Reznor discovered the group’s leader when she was just 17 and Carré has since been turning heads wherever she goes with unforgettable live shows and DIY releases. 2015 has already been an exciting year for Queen Kwong, selling out 4 London shows in a week, slots at The Great Escape, a special Maida Vale session for Radio 1 and the band are currently on tour in the US with infamous space rock band Failure by special invitation.
Queen Kwong have been championed by various DJ’s with Zane Lowe choosing the band as one of his last ever tracks on his Radio 1 farewell show. Daniel P Carter kicked things off for Queen Kwong at the station early on with big support for recent track Cold Daggers, which was championed right across the station’s daily output.
Sultry and sinister in equal measure, Carré is joined on stage by Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland, former Marilyn Manson bassist Fred Sablan and Awol Nation drummer Hayden Scott who effortlessly create eerie swathes of raw psychedelic guitar, backed by an absolutely killer rhythm section. This pedigree line up causes intrigue to many a rock fan, but it is Carré’s uncanny gift to combine menace and sure-fire confidence that are leaving audiences wanting more.
Queen Kwong are due to return this August in support of their debut album ‘Get A Witness’ and will be bringing their sleaze, swagger, noise and heart wrenching beauty to both Reading & Leeds Festivals on The Lock Up Stage. This will be the perfect chance to witness the quartet’s visceral, primal sound that is fast becoming their trademark.
We love 90’s music. Grunge, alternative, indie, Brit-pop, shoegaze, etc. And Nirvana. So when one of our favorite newgaze bands, Nothing, covered “Something In The Way” for Robotic Empire’s Whatever Nevermind compilation album, we were ecstatic. Nothing‘s version is just as stripped down as the original but with a more haunting and almost creepy feel.
Now in the Kevin Haus directed video, the melancholy and darkness is amped up with jarring images and some incredibly-shot long takes. And just in case, it’s NSFW.