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Spartan Records Releases ‘Homesick: A Spartan Records Christmas Album’

Spartan RecordsFrom the ol’ inbox:

Seattle based independent label Spartan Records has surprised fans today with the release of Homesick: A Spartan Records Christmas Album. The record features nine renditions of holiday classics, both new and old, by Spartan bands. The album is also available for FREE with the purchase of any physical album at spartanrecords.com through the end of December.

Fans are invited to stream Homesick: A Spartan Records Christmas Album in its entirety and purchase it now at http://spr.tn/homesick14.

Homesick: A Spartan Records Christmas Album features some of the most beloved Christmas songs ever like “Last Christmas” by Trespassers, “O Holy Night” by Shy, Low and “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” by Sullivan as well as new original holiday songs like “Beard of Doom” by Barren Womb and “Three Kings” by Ourlives.

Founded in 2007 by John Frazier, Spartan Records is a boutique independent record label focused on helping innovative artists create and share their art. The label boasts a roster that includes acts like Barren Womb, Ourlives, Schematic, Shy, Low, Sullivan, The Foxery, Trespassers, Waypoint and Young Fox.

Follow Spartan Records athttps://www.facebook.com/spartanrecords for additional updates.

Homesick: A Spartan Records Christmas Album Track Listing:
1. Schematic – “Wonderful Christmastime”
2. Ourlives – “Three Kings”
3. Sullivan – “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”
4. Trespassers – “Last Christmas”
5. Young Fox – “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”
6. The Foxery – “Silent Night” / “Carol of the Bells”
7. Over the Ocean – “O Little Town of Bethlehem”
8. Shy, Low – “O Holy Night”
9. Barren Womb – “Beard of Doom”

SUMAC Teases Material From Debut Album “The Deal”

SumacSUMAC, the new group formed by Aaron Turner (ISIS, Mamiffer, Old Man Gloom) and Nick Yacyshyn (Baptists) with assistance by Brian Cook (Russian Circles, Botch), have released a teaser track (or manipulated combination of songs) from their debut album The Deal on February 2015. The teaser feels like a summation of each members’ bands’ heaviest and most experimental and sonically-jarring moments. If you want to have your noodle baked aplenty in trying to come up with comparisons and “this sounds like…”, then good luck. It’ll take a few listens for it to truly sink in and appreciate the uniqueness of the sounds.

And it’s only a teaser! The mind boggles at what the full album will truly be like. The Deal will be out on February 2015 as mentioned via Profound Lore and SIGE Records.

MTHR Premiere New Song “Wise Blood” Off Upcoming Debut EP

MTHRMTHR, the NC doom-y newgaze outift featuring former members of Center of the Sun and current ones from Young And In The Way, will be releasing their debut EP in the form of the Howl 7″ via Atrum Cultus in 2015.

In the meantime, the band has premiered “Wise Blood” to get a feel and taste of what is to come. The track presents a very languid and plodding rhythm all the more accented by doom-driven distortion of the guitars. Add vocalist Ally Hoffman’s dream-like and slow singing, and you get a song that encompasses all the best aspects of today’s newgaze sound and goes beyond in MTHR putting their own stamp to it.

If “Wise Blood” is any indication, then MTHR are gearing up to be finding their own solid foothold in the influenced-by-everything newgaze scene. And they will easily be at the top.

BLACKLISTED To Release New Album ‘When People Grow, People Go’ On February 10th via Deathwish Inc.

BlacklistedPhilly’s Blacklisted have announced that they will be releasing their new album When People Grow, People Go on February 10th via their long-time label Deathwish Inc.

Here’s the skinny with tracklisting and all:

Recorded by Will Yip at Studio 4, When People Grow, People Go is an eleven song amalgamation of Blacklisted’s brave experimental leanings (No One Deserves… direction) and their unquestionable hardcore heart (Heavier Than Heaven… direction). All of it musically electric, pushed to the point of explosion by vocalist and lyricist George Hirsch’s melancholic introspection. Widening the gap between them and everyone else with their inspiring originality, vulnerability, and power. When People Grow, People Go will be available on CD, Vinyl and Digital formats from Deathwish Inc. on February 10, 2015.

When 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

Heartless Breakers Joins Animal Style Records For New LP Coming in 2015

Heartless BreakersFrom the ol’ inbox:

Animal Style Records is thrilled to announce Salt Lake City, UT’s Heartless Breakers have joined the label’s growing roster. The band’s debut full-length will be out Spring 2015 – more details, song premieres and pre-orders coming soon!

Heartless Breakers (Salt Lake City, UT) formed in the Spring of 2013 and began recording their first EP, Prescriptions, which was released in July of that year. After several regional tours along the West Coast, the band released Lighter Doses in January 2014, which included acoustic renditions of tracks on Prescriptions along with 3 new tunes. Following their most recent West Coast tour the band recorded their soon to be released debut full-length for Animal Style, due out in the Spring of 2015.

Listen to their debut EP Prescriptions below.

All Black Recording Company Partner Up With Touche Amore’s Nick Steinhardt For A Unique Artist Collaboration

ABRC NickAll Black Recording Company, the label started by Deafheaven‘s George Lesage and Derek Prine that has so far released works by Black Monolith and Creepers, have teamed up with graphic designer Nick Steinhardt (who happens to the guitarist for Touche Amore, you may have heard of them) to form their first online artist storefront. This collaborative effort will see the release of Steinhardt’s design work based on the number of bands he has worked with and for.

For the first time, ABRC will be partnering with Nick Steinhardt (23in) to form their first online artist storefront.

Nick Steinhardt, recognized by his design work ranging from mainstream rock and pop to hardcore and metal, will be releasing his first series of custom products and prints inspired by the artwork he has created within various corners of the music world.

Batch 001 features artwork originally done for Deafheaven’s album “Sunbather” and specific international tours. This unique, specialized merchandise is outlined below:

“Sunbather” 50”x50” Custom Jacquard Woven Blanket
100% Cotton
Made in the USA

Poster Series
Printed by Burlesque of North America
Set of 3 x 2 color 18”x24” prints on French Pop-Tone papers

This relationship will continue with further music and design partnerships to allow fans and creative types to enjoy a well rounded spectrum of one of today’s most original, interesting designers.

To check out and attain this first wave of designs released, head on over to ABRC’s webstore here.

Deathwish Inc. To Release A Deluxe Edition of Blacklisted’s ‘Heavier Than Heaven Lonelier Than God’


In 2008, Philly’s hardcore band Blacklisted released what is arguably one of their best albums, Heavier Than Heaven, Lonelier Than God. The record made waves all across the hardcore and aggressive music scenes and cemented the band as a force to be reckoned with. From the heaviness of the music itself and the vulnerability and openness of George Hirsch’s lyrics screamed and sung in his signature style, this was a record to be deemed a classic in hardcore.

Now the good folks at Deathwish Inc. will be re-releasing it in a deluxe format. Limited to 500 copies, the deluxe edition will have alternate artwork, gatefold packaging, a 12″x12″ 24 page booklet, and be on 180gram virgin Black vinyl.

This over-the-top and snazzy release will be available at 12am EST on 11/28 as part of Deathwish Inc’s Black Friday Sale.

Keep your eyes peeled at http://store.deathwishinc.com/ for when it goes up.

M.T.H.R. Debut Cover of The Jesus And Mary Chain’s “Just Like Honey”

MTHRAny band in this newgaze scene attempting to cover a song considered a “classic” from any 80′s and 90′s shoegaze band can be not only a daunting endeavor but also a recipe for disaster. On one hand you have the fevered following that the original band has and sometimes unwillingness to accept anything else beyond their beloved groups. But on the other hand, you have an opportunity to hear a new take on that classic track by a current band that not only pays homage to the original but puts their own spin and style to it, thusly making it sound anew.

That latter approach is exactly what we have with M.T.H.R. covering The Jesus And Mary Chain‘s “Just Like Honey” from their 1985 debut LP Psycho Candy. M.T.H.R. have managed to amp up the sound of the original making it fuzzier and somewhat heavier. Ally Hoffman’s ethereal and floating vocals give the song a more dream-like quality that is an extension of the original. And with additional vocals performed by Kacie Smagacz towards the end during the chorus give the song an openness that is a signature move much welcomed in the newgaze of today.

This is a great cover that honors the original song and goes beyond it for today.

No Devotion Offer Free Remix Downloads

No DevotionAs a “thank you” to its fans for such an uplifting 2014, the members of rock band No Devotion – Geoff Rickly, Lee Gaze, Luke Johnson, Mike Lewis, Jamie Oliver and Stuart Richardson – are offering two remixes of their debut single, “Stay.” Capping off a wonderful year that included a successful UK run, vibrant U.S. live debut, two strong singles and more, No Devotion is currently recording their debut full-length album that will be released in 2015. Remixes of “Stay” from Ricky Eat Acid (prolific producer whose 2014 album, Three Love Songs, has received a generous amount of critical acclaim from the likes of The Fader, Pitchfork, Interview Magazine, etc.) and Ansible (Gregg Dunn, the principal singer-songwriter of Moving Mountains and notable pop-ambient producer) are now available through Collect Records’ SoundCloud page HERE.

“Ricky Eat Acid is the rare artist that moves fluidly through the worlds of indie-pop, electronic, ambient, DIY and punk,” No Devotion frontman Geoff Rickly said. “His calm, confident touch changes the way people approach the separations between genres. I wanted to see how he would approach “Stay,” a strangely hooky quasi-pop song by a goth-shaded post-punk band comprised entirely of ex-members of more aggressive outfits. If anyone could provide a new context for a band with this amount of baggage, I thought Ricky Eat Acid was it.”

“Ansible, on the other hand, doubles down on the storied roots of the track by toning down the drama,” Rickly went on to mention. “This makes a ton of sense, considering the fact that before crafting beautiful vibrant, electronic soundscapes as Ansible, Greg spent time on tour with Thursday in Moving Mountains. Greg reveals the connection between indie-pop and massively restrained down-tempo punk and, in the process, ends up lightening No Devotion’s sound.”

NEST Premiere Video for “Head In A Hole”

NestNashville, TN’s Nest are premiering their new video for the song “Head In A Hole”, off their 2014 EP, Hadal, released in January on Broken Circles.

Influenced by bands such as Mew, Appleseed Cast, and low, Nest combine elements of indie rock, post-hardcore, and alt-rock to create their own blend of cohesive, moody, glacial, atmospheric rock that pulls the listener under and doesn’t let go. The band’s debut EP and shows with acts like Owen, HRVRD, and Into It Over It have helped them gain a significant following in Nashville and surrounding regions. On the heels of this burgeoning popularity, Nest released a new collection of songs entitled Hadal that show off their neoteric direction. A tenacious listen of the back and forth between the melodic guitar bursts and the way the drums and bass float like bubbles in tar, Hadal establishes the band as one of underground rock’s most promising newcomers. Nest have safely stayed in their namesake refuge and are finally reared and ready to fly the coop to bigger things.