Florida’s hardcore punk band As Friends Rust have been in and out of hiatus since their heyday in the late 90′s. The band was and still is comprised of members from notable bands in the Florida hardcore and punk scene. Too many to list. On the heels of the band’s reunion show, and first in seven years, at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, NY on April 30th, they will also see the retrospective collection, The Porch Days: 1998-2000 released.
THE PORCH DAYS: 1998-2000 is a collection of material from the definitive As Friends Rust era. More commonly referred to as the ‘Coffee Black’ era, this lineup, while not the most productive in terms of output, best captured the band’s distinct narrative, and really cemented their brand of melodic hardcore punk.
The release rounds up all of this classic lineup’s gems, from “Home is Where the Heart Aches” and “The First Song on the Tape You Make Her” to the eponymous 6-Song EP including “Coffee Black” and “Like Strings” and additionally features the band’s cover of Circle Jerk’s “Operation” plus live recordings of two songs that were never recorded or released, for a total of 10 from the rusty 5!
From the band:
“There’s a story told in this collection, and it’s not just in the songs and lyrics. It’s in the intangible; in the raw and hasty production, in the urgent live execution, in the clashing of personalities, tastes and writing styles, and in the overall feeling of not being able to rely on anyone but each other and ourselves. Like a pack of feral dogs, this lineup raised each other. We laughed, fought, destroyed and barely ate. But we did all of that together. Welcome to the porch.”
Keep an eye out on Demons Run Amok Entertainment as they’re doing the release.
I am wildly thrilled to shout this out as loud as I can shout out a thing: BEACH SLANG HAS SIGNED TO POLYVINYL!!!
I say the thing and it feels way too “no way” to be real. But it is.
Things like this don’t happen without an army of sweet hearts. To everyone who wrote about us, came to a show, bought a record, told a friend, wore a shirt, sang along and/or believed there was something about this that mattered enough, I don’t know how to say “thank you” in a way that let’s you know how much I really mean it. But, man, know that I do.
Alright, let’s do the thing.
Additionally, the band has started their tour with Cursive. See the dates below.
All things pop and punk and more singer songwriter Charli XCX recently stopped in at BBC Radio 1′s Live Lounge where she tackled a cover of Taylor Swift‘s hit single “Shake It Off”. The “Boom Clap” snarky and punk-inflected singer managed to twist up the song into a faster-paced pop-punk version of the original.
Watch and listen below.
The story of Cayetana is the story of punk rock. No matter the age, no matter the place, punk rock is all about seizing a moment in time. It is about not waiting for approval or permission to create art. Punk rock is simply about doing it yourself and doing it now. So, it did not matter that these three friends came together to start a band yet knew very little about their instruments. This was their journey to take together. And from there, Cayetana was born. Learning and growing together these friends have crafted a sound that is as organic as music can possibly be. So, it is no surprise how perfectly everything fits into place here. The memorable vocals, the affecting lyrics, the rolling, imaginative bass, and the steady, spiky drums all showcase the remarkable chemistry of three musicians / friends completely in tune with one another. Pulling from elements and influences of indie and folk, Cayetana’s sound is all inclusive. It’s raw and unflinching, imperfect and beautiful. Yes, Cayetana grabbed their moment. Yes, Cayetana is punk rock.
Northern California’s Shoegaze duo Them Are Us Too have drawn comparisons to Cocteau Twins, Kate Bush, The Sundays and The Cure. While the group finds common grounds with these classic bands of the genre and style. they up the ante by adding a more current and new sound. The music is dream-like and filled with pop hooks while the vocals have a reverb-drenched noise that cements the duo’s sound square in the middle of the shoegaze and dream-pop styles.
Them Are Us Too have signed with Dais Records and will see the release of their debut LP, Remain, on March 24th. The group has premiered a song off the LP, “Us Now”. Listen below.
Bay-area fuzzed-out noise hooligans WHIRR will be hitting the road in the Spring for a trek all across the U.S. Well, most and some of U.S. and not FloriDUH! Adventures, Wildhoney, and Wild Moth will be joining them at various dates.
April 2 – Denver, CO @ The Moon Room
April 3 – Omaha, NE @ O’Leaver’s
April 4 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean (w/ Pity Sex)
April 5 – Lansing, MI @ Mac’s Bar
April 6 – Lakewood, OH @ Mahall’s
April 7 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Roboto Project
April 8 – New York, NY @ Baby’s All Right
April 9 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Upstairs
April 10 – Washington, DC @ DC9
April 11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Ortlieb’s (early all ages)
April 11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Ortlieb’s (late +21)
April 12 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter (w/ Wildhoney)
April 14 – Atlanta, GA @ The Drunken Unicorn
April 15 – Nashville, TN @ Cafe Coco
April 16 – Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone
w/ Wild Moth
April 17 – Fort Worth, TX @ Lola’s
April 18 – Austin, TX @ Red7
April 19 – San Antonio, TX @ Korova
April 20 – El Paso @ Tricky Falls
April 21 – Phoenix, AZ @ Pub Rock
April 22 – Las Vegas @ Bunkhouse Saloon
April 23 – Bakersfield, CA @ Muso’s Gym
April 25 – Oakland, CA @ 1234 Go Records!
Boasting such diverse and eclectic influences such The Cure, Pink Floyd, and Nick Drake, Seattle native Isaac Aubrey is A Heart In The Stillness. The debut full-length is From Here We’ll Watch the Dawn and it’s deeply-grounded in neofolk that expands the music palette to melancholic doom and gloom. It’s a truly haunting piece of music in not only its simplicity but the nuances of layers and ambience it creates. Pushed further by Aubrey’s deeply personal and observational lyrics and words, this is the type of music that will stir you down to the core.
Here’s the skinny from their press release:
On From Here We’ll Watch the Dawn, Seattle native Isaac Aubrey channels diverse influences such as Nick Drake, early Cure and neofolk, but filters them through an outlook and spirit entirely his own. Armed with little more than voice, acoustic guitar, dreamy synth and sparse percussion, Aubrey pens evocative, dark folk songs to fight through the difficulties of life instead of wallowing. His weathered voice and observant lyrics achieve contemplation without narcissism and depth without pretension. From the stark lament of “A Wound for Everyone” to the loving ode of “Hidden Laws of Providence” to the cathartic passage of “Old Skin,” conviction and wisdom flow abundantly throughout the album’s concise runtime.
From Here We’ll Watch the Dawn is available now from Nostalgium Directive who have also made some great releases in Wildhoney, Hollow Sunshine, Nostalgist, and a few others. The record is limited to 300 copies, and is packaged in a matte-finish jacket screenprinted by Print’s Not Dead with a polylined inner sleeve, a double-sided, poster-sized insert and a download code. You can order it here.
Right off their debut LP Lush, Creepers have premiered a video for the song “Vanishing”. The video lends itself perfectly with its colorful and varied images to represent what the song itself is all about. The intro with its hallowed drums that sounds as if recorded at the bottom of a well, give the video’s beginning an eery feel especially when attached to the visuals that feel going hand-in-hand.
Detroit’s own metalcore powerhouse Walls of Jericho have been at it since forming in 1998. With a slew or records and releases up until a hiatus in 2008, the band made their mark in the aggressive music scene, especially in the resurging metalcore genre. Now the band is back in full-force having not only played a few shows already but also with announcing to having joined Napalm Records for a new album.
Here’s the skinny from the announcement the band posted:
Austrian Metal Powerhouse Napalm Records is pleased to announce the signing of Detroit Michigan’s WALLS OF JERICHO. The band is currently working on their new album, which is their first full length since 2008. After releasing a demo track “Restless” earlier this year, the band felt the itch again and decided to get back to recording. The resulting album be released by Napalm Records later this year.
Drummer Dustin Schoenhofer on signing with Napalm Records:
“All of us in WALLS OF JERICHO are proud and very excited to have signed with Napalm Records and are looking forward to finally finding the right partnership to release our new music with. We would like to thank both Napalm and all our Fans and Family for being so patient with us these past seven years since our last release cause its long overdue.”
Thomas Caser, Napalm Records VP:
“We are thrilled to work with one of the most exciting acts out of this genre and one of the best live bands out there! WALLS OF JERICHO have left their mark in the music industry and yet there is so much more to come for this band. Watch out for the band’s new album this year and make sure you catch them live at some point if you have not seen them!”
Seemingly overnight, stylized bands playing strains of melodic hardcore have sailed up the pop charts. But for WALLS OF JERICHO things have played out a bit differently. During the scene’s ascension, the band’s members have all but shunned the idea of a genre tag or an “image” and have instead focused their energies on making music that will survive strictly on its musical merits.
Most bands in the world can be lumped into one category or another, they are shuffled, redefined, and in that way they begin to lose the qualities that could make them important or meaningful. The greatest bands, the most influential or memorable, are the ones who don’t try to fill the role set for them, who don’t pursue anything other than the desire to make music, and the need to express that art to an audience. From the start this has been the mind-set of WALLS OF JERICHO.
WALLS OF JERICHO is:
In a very unexpected and “WOAH!!!” moment, Minus the Bear have announced that they have parted ways with drummer Erin Tate, who is also a founding member since the band’s start in 2001. In somewhat cliche story, the reason for the separation is due to “personal and creative differences.”
Here’s the band’s statement on the separation:
“It is with heavy hearts that we regret to inform you that due to personal and creative differences Minus the Bear and Erin Tate have decided to part ways.
“Erin is one of those rare talents and we consider ourselves lucky to have been able to share the past 14 years with him since this band first started. His creativity, talent, and drive undoubtedly helped get Minus the Bear to where we are today. We wish him the best of luck in all of his future endeavors.
“The band will continue touring and we are currently working on the follow up to Infinity Overhead. 2015 is going to be an exciting year and we look forward to sharing what we have in store.”
Whatever course that Tate takes, we wish him the best of luck. And surely Minus the Bear will keep plugging along as they’ve always had.