Australia’s The Veronicas are a very enigmatic and curious duo. At least for fans of pop music here Stateside. They’re a pop group but aren’t afraid to mix it up and toy with different styles of music. Whether it’s dabbling in electronica to goth to power pop and punk, The Veronicas are all over the place. In recent years they’ve been very sporadic in releasing new music. So here we are now with some new tunes in what could promise a new album this year.
The twin sisters are back with “You Ruin Me”, a very laid-back and angst-ridden and quite melancholic ballad. It may not be the usual style for the duo, but it works perfectly. And the video, in always keeping with their dramatic and often-times tongue-in-cheek humor, is fitting for the song itself. It’s a tale of scorned objects of affection and seeking that oh-so satisfying revenge.
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have teamed up again to work with director David Fincher in a movie adaptation of the Gillian Flynn novel Gone Girl. The movie is due out on October 3rd, as it is not only highly-anticipated being that they novel was very well-received and it is an excellent read, but Reznor and Ross working again on film work, has plenty of fans clamoring for the new music and sounds.
A teaser track, “The Way He Looks At Me”, has been released and it’s evident that a new style is being taken and done to reflect the darker nature of the film and novel. Listen below.
Hostage Calm debuted the Max Moore-directed video for their track “A Thousand Miles Away From Here” today. The track comes from the band’s new full-length Die On Stage, out this week via Run For Cover Records and currently available for purchase via the label’s webstore.
Beach Slang are on a roll lately premiering songs from their upcoming second 7″ EP Cheap Thrills On A Dead End Street. This time we’re getting “Dirty Cigarettes”. It sounds like a more melodic and dirty throwback to the alterna-pop of the late 90′s. A time when bands who may have been in the underground and far away from the mainstream started getting some recognition from a wider audience. And it’s quite good.
Cheap Thrills On A Dead End Street is due out on 10/28 via Tiny Engines.
As part of the Alliance of Sound Tour, our favorite strict BPM group Youth Code will head out this Winter to support Skinny Puppy and VNV Nation on a trek across North America. The tour rolls out on November 28th in Toronto and well into mid-December.
Youth Code are also preparing the release of their A Place To Stand 12″ EP via Dais Records. The EP contains four new tracks on the A-side which push the duo’s brand of industrial and EBM music. Side B encompasses four remixes of earlier YC tracks. The EP is out on 9/23 and you can find more info over at Dais Records here. Pitchfork are now streaming the EP. Listen here.
Youth Code on Tour
11/28 – Toronto, ON – The Sound Academy*
11/29 – Montreal, QC – Metropolis*
11/30 – Boston, MA – House of Blues*
12/2 – New York, NY – Best Buy Theater*
12/3 – Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero Theatre*
12/5 – Tampa, FL – Jannus Landing*
12/6 – Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre*
12/8 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant*
12/9 – Chicago, Il – The Vic Theatre*
12/10 – Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights*
12/12 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre*
12/13 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex*
12/15 – Seattle, WA – Showbox Sodo*
12/16 – Vancouver, BC – Queen Elizabeth Theatre*
12/17 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater*
12/19 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom*
12/20 – Pomona, CA – The Fox Theater Pomona*
(* w/ Skinny Puppy, VNV Nation & Haujobb)
Creepers, the San Francisco-based all-encompassing metal band featuring current members of Deafheaven, will see their debut LP, Lush, out on October 28th via the All Black Recording Company. The band has premiered the song “Stuck” via the good folks at Pitchfork. Listen to it here.
San Francisco, CA’s CREEPERS is proud to announce the release of their debut LP Lush via All Black Recording Company. Co-founded by Shiv Mehra and Daniel Tracy, who are also present members of Deafheaven, CREEPERS has made a name for itself in the Bay Area, playing numerous shows as well as releasing their Forked Tongues EP which streamed on Invisible Oranges and Brooklyn Vegan in October of 2013.
Recorded and mixed by Andrew Oswald (Ash Borer, Fell Voices) and mastered by Jack Shirley (Whirr, Joyce Manor), the seven song LP is a swirling mix of shoegaze, grunge, psychedelia, and prog rock that is as ethereal as it is hook laden.
On the release, Daniel Tracy comments, “Creepers has been a project of ours for awhile and Shiv and I are extremely excited about this album. Not only to be releasing it through ABRC, but also because in the last year, we’ve gained Varun and Chris and made something we’re proud of. We can’t wait for people to check it out and listen.”
Lush is to be released October 28, 2014 via All Black Recording Company.
You can now pre-order Lush directly from ABRC here. Available in LP and digital formats. And there’s a very snazzy shirt too!
Shiv Mehra – Vocals/Guitar
Daniel Tracy – Drums
Varun Mehra – Bass Guitar
Christopher Natividad – Guitar
Broken Circles is thrilled to announce the addition of Nashville, TN’s Bandit to the label’s roster. The band’s debut full-length, Of Life, will be available January 20, 2015.
In 2011, Angela Plake began performing her songs under the moniker, Bandit. In winter 2012, she moved to Nashville, TN and joined forces with old friend, Dan Bishop. Together with drummer, Charles Miller, the new Bandit lineup recorded their first full-length, “Of Life,” in 2014. Influenced by haunting life concepts and mounds of brilliant authors, the trio shatters the stereotype of shallow garage band tracks. Plake’s challenge for herself and every listener is to acknowledge all of the philosophical curiosities that tend to be ignored and pick them apart in a way that makes them beautiful, all the while still claiming life as a thrilling adventure.
You can listen to the first single, “Dragons”, below.
Of Life – Track Listing
1. The Drive Home
4. Losing In A Sense
5. Forgetting Days
6. Through The Glass
7. Where Is My Mind
9. Of Life
Thanks once again to the folks at Disposable America, Funeral Advantage‘s demo cassette is seeing a limited reissue in some snazzy colors to choose from. If you’re not familiar with Fun/Adv, and you should be, here’s what we posted about them a while back:
Funeral Advantage call themselves dreampop in their style. And this is pretty right on the money. Listening to their demo, you get the sense that they have always been around and studied the shoegaze styles of those late 80’s and 90’s bands that pioneered the genre. They are all square in the center of all things My Bloody Valentine, Lush, Slowdive, and even Cocteau Twins. But instead of being some carbon-copy rehashing the music, Funeral Advantage (also known as Fun/Adv) put their own spin by creating a more subdued and restrained approach. This all ends up being a more dream-like sound that adheres to the dreampop tag but also conveys a feeling of warmth and being softly drowned in the waves of the music.
It’ll sound bold as fuck, but remember the first time you heard Joy Division and how it made you feel and all the thoughts that started swirling in your head? Well, that is the first impression I got when I listened to Funeral Advantage. It was a familiar sound, especially given my predilection for all things 90’s alternative and shoegaze and Brit-pop, but it also felt new and mysterious. And that’s what makes some bands and their music great. The feeling you get that is unlike anything else.
This is the second pressing of Funeral Advantage‘s debut, remastered and now including the previously digital exclusive track The Cure‘s “2Late.” Cassettes are dual a-sided. Limited to 100 copies (40 black, 20 red, 10 purple, 10 green, 10 yellow, 10 blue). Order it now here.
Run For Cover Records has announced that they will release a split 7″ with new material from Pity Sex and Adventures on October 7, 2014. Recorded by Will Yip at Studio 4, each band contributes one original track and one cover track
Pity Sex released their debut full-length Feast of Love in summer 2013 via Run For Cover Records to critical acclaim from places including NPR, Pitchfork and SPIN for their fuzzy, guitar-driven hooks and catchy pop melodies. The band also went on to enjoy four consecutive weeks in the CMJ Top 10.
Adventures hail from Pittsburgh and includes three members of brutal Deathwish hardcore band Code Orange – but don’t be fooled, the two sound nothing alike. Adventures trades the primal aggression and growled vocals for serene melodies and 90′s grunge disdain. They are set to release their debut full-length via Run For Cover in early 2015.
You can already pre-order the split 7″ over at RFC’s webstore here. Listen to Pity Sex’s “Acid Reflex” below.
Whirr have certainly become a very prolific and notorious band in the newgaze scene as of late. They began making waves with their first release, the Distressor EP, the Pipe Dreams full-length and with plenty of singles and 7” EPs in between and after, there hasn’t been any slowing down for these guys. With their newest release, and second full-length, Sway, Whirr have shifted things a bit and shutdown the naysayers. Since its inception, Whirr have had a revolving door of female vocalists but on the new album (and if you’ve caught the band live in the past year or so) things have changed with guitarist Loren Rivera handling the vocals. Any concerns with how this would affect the band’s sound and feel are completely dispelled once you delve into Sway.
The album opens with a very dissonant and distorted lone guitar riff in “Press” and as soon as the rest of the band jumps in, and the very languid vocals appear, it’s clear that this will not be the same Whirr from previous outings. Although feeling more subdued and restrained, the band sounds like they just want to break out into noise at any given moment. Songs like “Mumble” and “Dry” echo some of the noisier and deeply melodic tendencies of My Bloody Valentine but in a manner that Whirr makes their own without aping the OG shoegazers sound. Although that may be the case for a lot of the newgaze bands who aren’t afraid to make their influences clear, for Whirr, they tend to veer off that path and also dabble in sounds that are more in line with fuzz-pop and even dream-pop. Firmly still rooted in newgaze, they go beyond that with elements of punk and even some sludge metal.
While things do get a little heavier and noisier with “Heavy” (no pun intended there) and “Lines”, two of the more standout songs are “Clear” and “Sway” as they’re completely counter to Whirr’s desire to be the loudest band ever. Both of these songs are completely subtle and more controlled in a manner that creates an ambience of peace and safety. They’re the type of songs that push you into a warm embrace and drown you deep in their soft dream-like echoes. It makes it very easy to close your eyes and tune out the rest of the world.
With Sway, Whirr have proven that there can be a very effective and successful back-and-forth dance with noise and melody. The band’s ability to evolve in their songwriting to expand their sound and reach yet another plateau are quite clear here. What started as wall of guitar sounds typical of shoegaze and buried vocals in the Distressor days, has now evolved in an even balance of noise and melody placing that wall of sound in its appropriate places and having the whispered now-male vocals carry the song effortlessly. The music in Sway ebbs and flows in a seamless manner that distinctly recalls a soundtrack for what could’ve been a Kurosawa film of later years. It’s a mood-setting album that you slip into and drown out within yourself. And make sure you play it loud.