For a lack of better description for those who are uninvited, Noisem are a bunch of young metalheads. They hail from Baltimore, MD and have been making plenty of waves in the metal and extreme music scenes for some time now. They are loud and fast and will appeal to any seasoned and new metalhead no matter what.
The band is now just release a new 7″ EP of new material via A389 Recordings. The A side features a brand new song, while the B side is a few covers. But they have made this release fun for fans in that there are three different versions of the 7″ in which each one has a different cover on that B side. Here’s the full skinny from the band and their label:
We’re really excited to announce a new NOISEM 7″. Recorded during the same sessions as the RSD split w/ OCCULTIST we decided to do something fun with this release and invite RSR Records (Europe) and Amputated Vein Records (Japan) to be a part of this release.
Side A features the brand new song ‘Consuming’. They’ve been opening their sets with for most of this, so if you if you’ve seen them live, you know it’s that song with the sick slow ending.
Side B is where it gets fun: The band recorded three classic cover songs by Terrorizer, Slayer and Cannibal Corpse to use as three b-sides and these songs have been dispersed randomly among the three versions of the 7″s.
There are three versions of the 7″ all limited to 500 copies each.
The red version can be ordered via A389 Recordings
The European Gold version can be ordered via RSR Records
The Japanese Blue version w/Obi Strip can be ordered via Amputated Vein Records
I Am King
Name any band and there will be plenty of fans who will be polarized in their self-entitled thoughts whenever a new record comes out and the sound or style has changed. Disregarding the notion that the band may want to evolve and grow, fans often tend to want familiarity and feel threatened at any sort of change. If you’re a fan of Code Orange (Kids), then you will either be throwing in the towel or completely embracing, and appreciating, I Am King.
On this new outing, Code Orange find themselves retreading some of the more familiar hardcore elements they blew the gates off of on 2012’s Love Is Love//Return To Dust and not only making their sound heavier but also more expansive and experimental. Throughout the eleven songs that make up the album you will find plenty of chugga-chugga riffing and rhythms that will make you scream nu-metal but there is an underlying “agro” factor that has made the band angrier and more in-your-face.
“Heavy” and “experimental” are two words that will come to mind as the album progresses. From the dissonant noise bookends that open the title track and close in “Mercy”, there is plenty of sampling and ambient noisescapes peppered throughout. As if that sonic shift and novelty for the band weren’t enough, halfway through the record you get to “Starve” where guitarist and vocalist Reba Meyers adds clean vocals in a dream-like state that counterbalance the aggressiveness of the song to make it menacing. And let’s not forget her sense of urgent pleading in the background vocals on “Bind You,” that make the song even more stunning than it is.
The addition of a few guests lending their vocals on “Slowburn” (AJ Borish of Path to Misery), “Mercy” (Joe Sanderson of Eternal Sleep), “My World” (Eric Schaeffer of Unit 731), and “Unclean Spirit” (Scott Vogel of Terror), it’s evident that Code Orange are willing to pay plenty of homage to hardcore of past and celebrate the aggressive music of today. This collaborative effort is what can always make any band even more interesting and well-rounded than usual.
The well-aged fans may find some parallels and comparisons to some of the more ugly sounds that made Vision of Disorder’s 1999 album Imprint such a paradigm-shift in hardcore. Code Orange are doing the same here. They’re once again changing the rules to the hardcore game on their own terms. And that’s what bands should always strive for: evolve in their songwriting and music. If all fans are as open-minded as they claim to be, then I Am King is Code Orange’s best and most intricate recording to date.
The Bay area has to be one of the most musically incestuous scenes out there. That whole area and music scene, esp. the new wave of shoegaze bands, are churning out great sounds and bands that share members with each other. There is no such as side projects for anyone there. It’s all about every musician staying busy and exploring different styles no matter who with. This pervasive collaborative effort is where Night School comes in. Hailing from Oakland, CA to be exact, among their members is one Alexandra Morte, formerly of Whirr and also currently as one half of the duo Camera Shy, which includes Nick Bassett of Whirr and Nothing.
Night School‘s music while cemented and part of the newgaze sounds, it evokes also a persistence in incorporating garage rock and the doo-wop of groups like The Shangri-las and The Ronettes. It’s a fuzzier sound than expected from a vocal-heavy group. The sugary melodies are washed over by the fuzziness of the guitars and rhythms and the dream-like vocals wrap it all nicely in a package that then becomes difficult to categorize. And it’s such a great feeling to just listen and lose yourself in their sound.
“Because I had nothing better to do.” When a coincidental event turns into a landmark moment, sometimes you have to acknowledge its random significance. This seems to be the case for northern California three piece Night School. Already accomplished singer Alexandra Morte (Whirr, Camera Shy) was at work on some new material, but was having trouble finding a drummer. Enter Baylie Arin, the pair integrate song ideas, and plot their first EP.
That EP took six hours to record. The songs were bounced back-and-forth between Morte and Arin, who contributed various alternative synth, post-punk, and shoegaze elements. Recorded, mixed, and mastered at Atomic Garden in Palo Alto by Jack Shirley, that six hour session produced Heart Beat; four tracks of pure bliss rock inspired by the sad love songs of 1960’s girl groups like The Shirelles, The Crystals, and The Shangri-las. After the recording of Heart Beat, Sarah Trevena, a friend of Arin’s, was asked to join Night School as lead guitarist. Night School’s spontaneous debut fuses garage-rock sounds with the intimacy and soul of the previously mentioned artists. It is as if by total coincidence that Night School was even formed and these songs were written. I’m glad they didn’t have anything better to do.
Night School have a four-song EP, Heart Beat, due out on October 7th via Graveface Records (and you can pre-order here). If the first song “Birthday” is any indication, then this EP and band will be received very warmly by all fans of this style of music.
An exclusive trailer for the upcoming Gwar documentary, Let There Be Gwar, delving into the band’s history has been released. No date for official release as of yet.
Bay Area’s newgaze noiseters WHIRR have rolled out another new song off their upcoming second full-length, Sway, out on September 23rd via Graveface Records. If you’ve ever wondered what would happen if My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive got together and decided to up the punx, then “Lines” is exactly what that may sound like.
And don’t worry. If you were concerned about WHIRR when you heard about the band ditching any female vocals from their sound, then “Lines” will put you at ease that they’ve managed to be all well.
After being out of print for a few years, Minus the Bear‘s 2007 2xLP Planet of Ice is getting reissued in a new remastered format courtesy of Bernie Grundman. Being released by Suicide Squeeze on September 30th, Planet of Ice 2xLP is available on three different vinyl colors of your choosing: Custome Ice, Purple, and Black 180gram. You can pre-order any or all, along w/ some t-shirt and poster bundles, right now at Suicide Squeeze’s webstore. Each color variant is limited to 1,000 copies.
There has also been a reissue of the band’s 2004 EP They Make Beer Commercials Like This. The EP is also available on three different vinyl colors: Orange, Blue, and Pink, each limited to 1,000 copies.
With the impending release date on September 2nd, Code Orange are now premiering a full stream of their second full-length I Am King. To be released via Deathwish Inc., Code Orange finds themselves retreading some of the same ground covered on 2012’s Love is Love//Return to Dust while now managing to be heavier and more in your face. There is also a jarring sense of misanthropy and Code Orange doing this to satisfy themselves and no one else.
I Am King TRACK LISTING:
01. I Am King – 00:00
02. Slowburn – 02:38
03. Dreams In Inertia – 05:10
04. Unclean Spirit – 10:10
05. Alone In A Room – 12:23
06. My World – 15:32
07. Starve – 18:28
08. Your Body Is Ready… – 22:16
09. Thinners Of The Herd – 23:42
10. Bind You – 26:29
11. Mercy – 28:13
Animal Style Records is excited to announce Asheville, NC’s Old Flings have joined the label’s roster. The band is currently writing songs for their sophomore LP, due out early 2015 on Animal Style.
The new LP will follow up the band’s debut LP, Spite, released on Self Aware & Bitter Melody Records in 2012.
Old Flings is a three piece rock band whose influences range from Samiam to Gin Blossoms to Hot Water Music to 90s-era Revelation Records. While the name Old Flings certainly hints at reflection on love lost and romantic despondency, the band was born out of all emotional struggle and heartache, the kind which every person has and will endure. The lyrics cover other issues, such as broken friendships, anger and betrayal, family, friendship, personal loss to suicide, growing up with religion, hopelessness and depression.
Since the release of their 2012 debut LP, Spite, Old Flings has contributed to four split 7” EPs released across an array of indie labels: North Carolina-based Bitter Melody Records, New York-based Tour Van Records, Tampa, FL-based Kiss of Death Records, and UK-based Speedowax Records. After several tours up and down the East Coast, an excursion into Canada, and several regional and national festivals, the band is taking time off from their semi-regular touring schedule to focus on writing for a forthcoming sophomore full-length album.
In the mean time, you can catch Old Flings at the Fall Line Fest in Richmond, VA on Sept 6th and The Fest in Gainesville, FL on Nov 1st.
Several months ago, in anticipation of the birth of my son, I wrote “Atlas” for him. At the time, I could only imagine the feelings I’d have for him when I’d have to leave for tour. I didn’t truly understand the power and relevance of the song’s sentiment. Now, after having him in my life for almost three months and with Neverender just a few weeks away, I’m starting to feel it. This will be my first tour away from Atlas. And sure, it will be hard, but it’s all for him. I’d like to share that song with you.