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Bandit Premiere Cover of the Pixies’ “Where Is My Mind?”

BanditNashville, TN’s Bandit are gearing up for the release of their debut full-length, Of Life, out on January 20th, 2015 via Broken Circles. Right now, you can listen to the band’s take on the Pixies classic “Where Is My Mind?”.

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.

Pre-order Bandit‘s Of Life right now at Broken Circles here.

SUMAC Premiere New Song “Thorn In The Lion’s Paw”

SumacWe’ve written a little bit about SUMAC. Plenty actually. So instead of ruining things for ourselves, we’ll let the press release that accompanies their song premiere for “Thorn In The Lion’s Paw”, which you can listen to below.

Sumac is a new band that features an all-star lineup of core members Aaron Turner (Isis, Old Man Gloom, Mamiffer) and Nick Yacyshyn (Baptists), with Brian Cook (Russian Circles, Botch, These Arms Are Snakes) in place for studio and some live performances. Having recently formed, Sumac is excited to release its debut album, The Deal, which will be available on February 3rd from Profound Lore Records on CD and Digital formats and via SIGE on vinyl.

Sumac came to fruition when Aaron Turner had the urge to once again create colossal-sounding music, bringing back the heaviness that he incorporated in Isis as well as what he’s currently creating with Old Man Gloom into a wholly new and different direction. A goal for the band to strive for was to write some of the heaviest music Turner had ever written, and he found the ideal partner with Baptists drummer Nick Yacyshyn. One of the best drummers in heavy music today, Yacyshyn showcases and expands his drumming talents even further with Sumac.

The duo recorded six new tracks in Seattle in late summer of 2014 which would become The Deal with Mell Dettmer (Wolves In The Throne Room, Sunn O))), etc.). There, they were joined by Russian Circles/Botch/These Arms Are Snakes bassist Brian Cook who laid the pulse down for the album. The album was then mixed by Kurt Ballou (Converge) at Godcity Studios and mastered by Mikka Jusslla at Finvoxx Studios in Finland and the end result is an absolutely crushing album. The Deal will bring some familiarity with Turner’s repertoire and will rekindle that classic Hydra Head Records forward-thinking sound and feel.

Sumac The DealThe Deal Track Listing:
1. Spectral Gold
2. Thorn In The Lion’s Paw
3. Hollow King
4. Blight’s End Angel
5. The Deal
6. The Radiance of Being

Deathwish Inc. To Take Its DW FEST To Europe in 2015

DWFest EuropeIn a minimalist announcement of sorts this morning, revered aggressive music label Deathwish Inc. have posted that their DW FEST, which took place back in July 22-23 in Cambridge, MA, will see an European touring version in 2015. From what can be seen in the promo image across dates in Europe, the line-up will include Converge, Trap Them, Harm’s Way, and Young And In The Way.

We are proud to announce DW Fest Europe, a select group of shows featuring Converge, Trap Them, Harm’s Way, and YAITW. These shows start at Temples Festival 2015 alongside a multitude of fantastic bands, then runs for a week in select cities. Converge alone then heads to Forta Rock Festival in Holland to play alongside Slipknot, Lamb of God, Exodus, Clutch, Red Fang, and many more.

Temples Festival
05/29: Bristol, UK @ Temples Festival: Converge, Trap Them, YAITW, Harm’s Way, and many more

DW Fest Europe
05/30: London, UK @ ULU (DW Fest Europe): Converge, Trap Them, Harm’s Way, YAITW
05/31: Hasselt, Belgium @ Muziekodroom (DW Fest Europe): Converge, Trap Them, Harm’s Way, YAITW
06/01: Paris, France @ Trabendo (DW Fest Europe): Converge, Trap Them, Harm’s Way, YAITW
06/02: Geneve, Switzerland @ L’Usine (DW Fest Europe): Converge, Trap Them, Harm’s Way, YAITW
06/03: Karlsruhe, Germany @ Substage (DW Fest Europe): Converge, Trap Them, Harm’s Way, YAITW
06/04: Berlin, Germany @ SO36 (DW Fest Europe): Converge, Trap Them, Harm’s Way, YAITW
06/05: Koln, Germany @ Essigfabrik (DW Fest Europe): Converge, Trap Them, Harm’s Way, YAITW

Converge only:
06/06: Nijmegen, Holland @ Forta Rock w/ Slipknot, Lamb of God, Exodus, Clutch, Red Fang, and more

BLACKLISTED Premiere New Song “Deeper Kind”

BlacklistedPhilly’s Blacklisted will be releasing a new album, When People Grow, People Go, on February 10th, 2015 via Deathwish Inc.

This will be a follow-up to 2009′s No One Deserves To Be Here More Than Me, which found the band treading a more experimental and non-hardcore sound much to the pleasant surprise for long-time fans.

The band has now premiered a new track, “Deeper Kind” off the new album, and by hearing it, it’s evident that Blacklisted has returned to their hard-hitting and pummeling abrasive sound. Coupled with vocalist George Hirsch’s deeply-personal lyrics delivered in his usual pissed-off style, then we’re in for a treat with this new record.

BlacklistedWhen People Grow, People Go Track Listing:
01. Insularized
02. Turn In The Pike
03. Riptide
04. Deeper Kind
05. Gossamer
06. Burnt Palms
07. Foreign Observer (w/ Nick WOJ of Cold World)
08. Calendars
09. Wooder Ice
10. Bottle Rockets
11. When People Grow, People Go

OLD MAN GLOOM Announce West Coast Run of Dates in 2015

Old Man Gloom“Behold! A fiendish masterpiece from the bowels of hell!”

Old Man Gloom have announced a run of dates in the West Coast for 2015. Venues to be announced surely. If this is for real that is. You never knew from this band of merry pranksters.

02/26/15 – VANCOUVER, BC
02/27/15 – SEATTLE, WA
02/28/15 – PORTLAND, OR
03/02/15 – CHICO, CA
03/03/15 – SAN FRANCISCO, CA
03/04/15 – LOS ANGELES, CA

Sweet John Bloom Joins Tiny Engines To Release Debut LP in Spring 2015

Sweet John BloomFrom the ol’ inbox:

Tiny Engines is stoked to welcome Cambridge, MA’s Sweet John Bloom to the roster. The label will be releasing the band’s debut LP, Weird Prayer, in the Spring of 2015.

Featuring former members of Daniel Striped Tiger, Four Eyes and Lost Twin, Sweet John Bloom first took form in the Spring of 2013. The band recorded their debut EP as a trio shortly after but later expanded to a four piece before recording their debut full-length, Weird Prayer. Recorded with Justin Pizzoferrato (Dinosaur Jr, Speedy Ortiz, California X) and Seth Manchester (Battles, Fang Island, The Body) during the Summer and Fall of 2014, Weird Prayer expands and evolves Sweet John Bloom’s brand of catchy punk rock. Clocking in at 15 songs and 35 minutes the band truly runs the gamut between indie rock, power pop and pop/punk. Diverse yet completely unified as a whole, Weird Prayer is a debut LP to be reckoned with and marks Sweet John Bloom as a band you need to know in 2015.

Check out a live video for one of the upcoming album tracks on Allston Pudding. The band’s 2014 Picky EP is available for download on Bandcamp.

Video: Bad Cop – “Shotgun”

Nashville’s always rowdy punkers Bad Cop have released a video for the song “Shotgun” off their recently-released EP Wish You Well…and Goodbye. The EP is available to download for FREE from the band. Click here.

Drugh Church To Release New EP ‘Swell’; Listen to New Song Now

Drug ChruchFrom the ol’ inbox:

Albany bred punk rock band Drug Church has announced plans to release a new EP called Swell on February 10th with No Sleep Records. The new song “But Does It Work?” has been premiered.

On “But Does It Work?” Drug Church goes for pop crossover with their own “Teenage Dirtbag” style one-hit-wonder. Regarding the purely coincidental similarities to a certain college-rock staple, the band says, “if ripping off The Pixies was good enough for Nirvana, it’s good enough for Drug Church.” The Albany-area band hopes to buy at least one pool off the success of this track.

Drug Church, monsters of alt-rock, have weathered a year of dope shows and fan adoration since the release of their seminal punk masterpiece Paul Walker. Now, the chickens have come home to roost. The band has dedicated itself fully to a true ‘sophomore slump’ EP full of indulgent missteps and overreaching stabs at pop crossover. All that being told, they’re “the sickest band ever” has yielded real results.

On Swell, Drug Church push their idiosyncratic blend of punk and alt to new heights of sick. Recorded with J. Robbins (every band, ever) in a big, professional studio, Swell delivers the biggest Drug Church sound to date. It’s pretty much the life-changer you assumed it would be.

Pre-order Swell over at No Sleep Records here. Listen and watch “But Does It Work?” below.

Drug Church SwellSwell Tracklisting:
01. But Does It Work?
02. Mall SWAT
03. Work-Shy
04. Ghost Dad
05. Zero Zero

Harm’s Way Announce World Tour Dates in 2015

Harms WayHarm’s Way have announced tour dates all over the world for 2015! This is just the beginning!

01/19: Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey w/ Black Breath
01/20: Vancouver, BC @ 333
01/21: Bremerton, WA @ The Charleston
01/23: Pomona, CA @ PBW w/ Disgrace and Enough Said
01/24: Sacramento, CA @ Colony w/ Disgrace and Enough Said
01/25: Oakland, CA @ Oakland Metro w/ Disgrace and Enough Said
01/26: Ventura, CA @ Ventura Music Factory w/ Disgrace and Enough Said

01/30: Bangkok, Thailand @ Immortal Bar w/ Palm
01/31: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia @ Alt+HQ w/ Palm
02/01: Kuching, Malaysia @ Appleseed Studio w/ Palm
02/02: Singapore, Singapore @ Aliwal Arts Centre w/ Palm
02/03: Johor Bahru, Malaysia @ Embrace Hall w/ Palm

02/05: Perth, AUS @ Last Night w/ Legions
02/06: Adelaide, AUS @ Animal House w/ Legions
02/07: Melbourne, AUS @ Bendigo Hotel w/ Legions
02/08: Melbourne, AUS @ Drop Out w/ Legions
02/10: Wollongong, AUS @ Rad Bar w/ Legions
02/12: Sydney, AUS @ Hermanns w/ Legions
02/14: Canberra, AUS @ Magpies w/ Legions
02/15: Newcastle, AUS @ Cambridge Hotel w/ Legions
02/17: Grafton, AUS @ 140 w/ Legions
02/18: Byron Bay, AUS @ YAC w/ Legions
02/20: Brisbane, AUS @ The Brightside w/ Legions
02/21: Brisbane, AUS @ 199 w/ Legions

02/26: Osaka, Japan @ Hokage
02/27: Yokkaichi, Japan @ Club Chaos
02/28: Tokyo, Japan (ShinJuku) @ Antiknock w/ Loyal to the Grave
03/01: Tokyo, Japan (Shibuya) @ Garret w/ Loyal to the Grave
05/29: Bristol, UK @ Temples Festival w/ Converge, Trap Them, YAITW, and more

L7 Announce and Post A Very Possible Reunion

L7L7, the legendary 90′s alt-punk band from L.A. that got lumped in with the emerging grunge scene at the time, essentially called it quits back in 2001. The band posted a cryptic good-bye of sorts on their website: “L7 are on an indefinite hiatus. We know that’s vague, but that’s just the way it is. The future of the band is a bit up in the air at the moment.” And they were never heard from again outside of individual members’ new bands and projects.

Now today, the band announced via their official site and FB page that they will reunite as the time is right, and “Why the hell not?” as they’ve written.

Greetings People! We want you to know that the love and support you have shown us here on Facebook this year has taken us all a bit by surprise. What started as a simple band page for us to post some archival photos we had been sifting through for an upcoming L7 documentary has turned into a wellspring of enthusiasm for the band. For this WE THANK YOU!

Many of you have asked when we might return for a reunion. Well, it’s been 14 years since our last show, longer if you consider our original line up. But we (Donita, Suzi, Jennifer, and Dee) are hearing you, we are talking about it, and we kinda agree. Why the hell not?

Here’s the situation…

They say to raise a child it takes a village, well to get interest from promoters for L7 to do reunion shows it’s going to take an ARMY. An army of you all. No joke.

Here’s what we need…

We need your continued enthusiasm, your spreading the word by “Sharing” our posts and getting your friends and enemies to “Like” our page.

First and foremost WE NEED YOUR EMAIL ADDRESSES at our new website http://l7theband.com/

We need to reach you all directly. No spam, no problem.

Let’s show ‘em all! Your love and support will make this happen!

For those about to rock, WE SALUTE YOU.

Love, L7 xo

So there you have it. L7 are back! And perfect timing.