A long while back, we fell in love with Center of the Sun, the North Carolina newgaze (& more) outfit that boasted former and current members of Young and in the Way, Grids, Meth Mountain, and Paepliodion (TX). Shortly after the release of their Machine Gun debut LP, the bands called it a day. Needless to say, we were a bit heartbroken and in need for more of their very lovely and ethereal sounds.
Thankfully, now we have M.T.H.R.
From what we’ve heard, they pick up close to where CotS left off and added an additional element of heaviness. Not to mention a more gloomy sense that the band has embraced in the short six months of being together.
The only music that has been posted thus far is a cover of “White Wedding” (done more famously by Billy Idol) by vocalist Ally Hoffman and guitarist Rick Contes outside of the M.T.H.R. moniker for now. The band will eventually released their debut 7″ EP titled Howl in 2015 via Atrum Cultus, which happens to be Contes’ label, which has also handled releases by his other band, Young And In The Way and a few others.
Howl EP Tracklisting
1. Hymn I
3. Wise Blood
4. Miscarry (bonus)
Ides Of Gemini have premiered a video for the song “Seer Of Circassia” off their recently-released Old World New Wave LP. The video, as shot and directed by Daciana Birladeanu, captures the band in haunting and mysterious environments that echo the doom-ladden and explosiveness of their music.
Very exciting news for fans of all things Kristina Esfandiari. The former vocalist for Bay Area’s WHIRR, and currently of Miserable and King Woman, will see the proper debut EP Doubt with King Woman as a full-on band. Prior King Woman releases were principally done by Esfandiari with a number of musician friends collaborating. Doubt will make the release as full-fledged band that includes Colin Gallagher on guitar, Joey Raygoza (of Skin Like Iron) on drums and Sky Madden (Chasms)on bass.
Doubt will be released on February 17th, 2015 via The Flenser on vinyl and digital formats.
Here’s the official press release:
Bay Area, CA’s King Woman, fronted by vocalist Kristina Esfandiari (Ex-Whirr, Miserable), will be releasing their first proper EP release on February 17th, 2015. Titled Doubt, this EP marks King Woman’s first release with a full band and is a dark, brooding gem of introspective heaviness. Doubt finds King Woman awash with churning and crumbling distortion providing a roiling, blackened backdrop for Esfandiari’s throaty, bewitching vocals like a twisted fusion of PJ harvey, Sunn 0))) and Black Sabbath.
Doubt is a follow-up to prior releases Dove/Fond Affections (The Native Sound) and Degrida / Sick Bed (Sleep Genius). Both two-song EP’s were released to great critical acclaim. IMPOSE said Dove had “…both a classical approach to composition and a modern narrative of expressing sadness through slow-sinking quicksand.” King Woman went on to play shows along the West Coast with bands like Ceremony, Planning For Burial and Chasms before catching the attention of fellow San Franciscan Flenser Records, with whom they’ll team up for release of this 4-song EP.
Kristina Esfandiari originally formed King Woman back in 2009, but the band had taken a backseat to her other projects at the time like Miserable and Whirr (with whom she played with from 2012 to 2013), where she found her confidence from a vigorous touring schedule of playing stage shows, floor shows, and everything in between. King Woman got together very organically; Kristina said it just “…kind of happened. I grew up with my drummer, Joey, and guitarist, Colin. I asked Colin to play guitar for one of my shows and the rest is history.” Kristina continued, “We wrote a lot of this EP by Colin sending me guitar ideas and I’d just sing over them, not realizing how good it was. Soon we started getting Joey to jam with us, and then Sky wanted to play bass. Now here we are.” Colin Gallagher, who had given up on music entirely until he played guitar for Esfandiari’s other project, Miserable, commented, “I was going through a lot of self-reflection. For me, the songs are about struggling to change things.” Esfandiari continued, “I started this project as a form of therapy for myself. I wanted to work through being raised in an oppressive religious environment. The theme is just the turbulent journey of de-converting from Christianity and finally coming out of the closet about it and being rejected by a lot of family members and friends because of it.”
Doubt touches on some heavy topics and allows Esfandiari’s lyrical ingenuity to really shine; with nods to issues like religious abuse, sex, metaphysics and heartbreak as well as physical abuse and “…tough topics that weigh heavily on my heart”, she says. “I just write what feels right.” Recorded with engineer Patrick Hills (Tera Melos, 7 Seconds, So Stressed) at Earth Tone in Sacramento, CA earlier this year, Doubt was mixed and produced by Esfandiari herself – which she described as “quite a challenge” – and the four resulting tracks are more cathartic, more brooding and more hypnotic than ever before. The band wears their musical influence on their sleeve: “We love bands like Black Sabbath, OM, Neurosis and Jesu”, said Kristina, and with her lush and dramatic vocals not unlike Mazzy Star and even Beth Gibbons, King Woman has created a sound all their own.
Doom metallers Triptykon have premiered a video for the lead-off track “Tree of Suffocating Souls” off their most recent album Melana Chasmata. Of course Triptykon are mostly known for their unique style of metal that melds doom, goth, black, and even avant-garde elements but also for being the vehicle for Tom G. Warrior’s principal songwriting. Warrior (Thomas Gabriel Fischer) is well-known for his previous bands Hellhammer and Celtic Frost.
Seattle based independent label Spartan Records has announced plans to release influential post-hardcore/emo band Sense Field’s landmark album, Tonight and Forever, on vinyl for the first time ever on December 16th. The limited edition vinyl will be available exclusively at Spartan Records’ website on hot pink (200), hot pink/sea blue swirl (100), milky clear with hot pink, purple, orange and electric blue splatter (100) and hot pink in dark purple in milky clear (100). Pre-orders are available now at http://spr.tn/tonightandforever.
Formed in 1991, Sense Field was one of the original bands to breakout in the mid-90’s “emo” scene along with acts like Jimmy Eat World, Sunny Day Real Estate and Texas Is The Reason. During that time the band released classic full-length records Sense Field, Killed For Less and Building which help establish them as one of the scene’s most highly regarded bands.
Later in 2001, the band returned with their breakout record Tonight and Forever, which garnered the band massive success with their single “Save Yourself.” The song was also featured on the official soundtrack for the hit TV show “Roswell,” which catapulted the band to mainstream audiences and performances on late night TV shows like “The Tonight Show” and “The Late Late Show.”
Following Tonight and Forever the band went on to release their last full-length record Living Outside in 2003, before disbanding. In 2012 and 2014 they reunited briefly for Revelation Records’ 25 Year Anniversary Shows.
Animal Style Records is excited to announce Memphis, TN’s Pillow Talk have joined the label’s roster. The band recently wrapped up recording on a new EP for their Animal Style debut, coming early Spring 2015 – details, pre-orders and song premieres coming soon!
Pillow Talk hail from Memphis TN and formed in the Spring of 2013. The band immediately began touring the East Coast and soon recorded their first EP, Recreational Feelings. After several regional tours with Turnover and Foxing, wrecking their van in a tornado, and a stint at SXSW, the band came home wanting to find a new sound. They found themselves spending the summer of 2014 writing spacier and melody driven material for their upcoming EP, due out early 2015 on Animal Style Records.
The band will be heading out on a short winter tour with Keep from VA in late December into early January.
You can check out a demo of a new song, “Make You Real” right now over at Half Cloth.
Upcoming Winter Tour
DEC 27 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter w/ Sinai Vessel
DEC 28 – Philadelphia, PA – Kat Kat Phest @ Lavender Town
DEC 29 – Boston, MA @ TBA
DEC 30 – Long Island, NY @ TBA w/ Sinai Vessel
JAN 01 – Easton, PA @ Connexions Art Gallery
JAN 02 – Cleveland, OH @ Mahall’s Lanes
JAN 03 – Covington, KY @ Backstage Cafe
JAN 04 – Indianapolis, IN @ Grammaw’s House
JAN 05 – Chicago, IL @ Friendzone
JAN 06 – St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
JAN 07 – Springfield, IL @ House Show
JAN 08 – Memphis, TN @ Crosstown Arts
From their split with Whirr, which is not only the best split ever record hitting shelves today courtesy of Run For Cover Records, Nothing has premiered a video for one of their two tracks, “Chloroform”. You can very well imagine what the contents of the video may entail from the title alone.
We recently posted a review of the Whirr / Nothing split here.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of their debut LP Anything Else But The Truth, The Honorary Title will see the album released on vinyl as a double-LP for the fist time ever. Originally released by Doghouse Records in 2004, the vinyl 2xLP release will feature all the tracks from the album in addition to the bonus tracks in the 2xCD re-release.
This is a very limited release on a variety of vinyl color combinations courtesy of Enjoy The Ride Records. You can order it now here.
Anything Else But The Truth Tracklisting
1. “Frame by Frame” 4:25
2. “Bridge and Tunnel” 3:54
3. “Everything I Once Had” 3:49
4. “Cut Short” 4:19
5. “Points Underneath” 3:29
6. “Anything Else but the Truth” 4:05
7. “Revealing Too Much” 4:03
8. “Snow Day” 4:20
9. “Disengage” 4:03
10. “The Smoking Pose” 2:34
11. “Petals” 4:10
12. “Cats in Heat” 4:31
13. “Soft, Pale and Pure” 3:40
14. “Reason to Celebrate” 5:04
15. “Never Said” 3:12
16. “Smoking Pose” (Alternate version) 3:58
17. “Bridge and Tunnel” (Alternate version) 6:50
Official press release:
AFI lead vocalist Davey Havok and guitarist Jade Puget have released the first music video for their straight edge hardcore band XTRMST. Making its debut on Noisey, the video is for their first single “Conformist” – watch it here. The track is off the duo’s self-titled debut album, which Noisey boasts as “…dark, frantic, and moody, tinged with electronics and very slick.” The LP is set for release next week on Monday November 17 via Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak Records.
“Jade and I have been talking about starting a straight edge hardcore band for years,” says Havok. “We started writing and recording in early 2012 and chose the name XTRMST because it expresses the messages represented on the record. The straight edge movement is not one of moderation. It’s based in undeniable objective truths.”
“The straight edge philosophy is something that Davey and I gravitated towards at a young age, drawn by concepts and ideals that seem almost foreign in modern society,” says Puget. “Like much of the other subcultures we were a part of growing up, it put us at odds with 99% of the people around us, which was something we embraced. Being sXe for over 20 years and being musicians, it seemed natural that this crucial ideology would find a musical expression.”
1/2 San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
1/3 Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
1/4 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
1/5 San Diego, CA @ Voodoo Room