If you keep up with the varied tastes of the writers on this site, then you surely have heard and fallen in Love with Funeral Advantage. The Boston shoegaze/dreampop band have announced their debut full-length Body Is Dead to be released on 8/25 via The Native Sound. To get fans revved up for the LP, a new song (and video) has been premiered: “Sisters”.
After two years, and multiple EPs and split releases, Funeral Advantage is finally here with a debut full-length album. Titled after the 10-minute long closing track, Body Is Dead serves as an excellent introduction to indie/ dream-pop of Tyler Kershaw, and an even better continuation of his past work. Following on the heels of his most popular release, in the split 7″ with Former Ghosts, Body Is Dead incorporates many of the electronic and indie rock elements of that release, but infuses a deeper semblance of pop. This collection of 10 new songs is without a doubt the catchiest and dreamiest thus far. Body Is Dead will be released on August 25th, both digitally and on limited edition 12″ vinyl.
The Fall Of Troy came out of hiatus a while back and have been playing shows here and there. Surely to gauge interest in their return and also to work on new material. The band has announced a lengthy run of U.S. tour dates in which they will perform Doppelgänger in its entirety and more.
The band posted on their FB:
So we think the overwhelming consensus since our return has been ‘play Doppelgänger’ and ‘new record?!’ So here’s a bit on both.
We are working tirelessly on the new record and will be giving you a sneak peek soon.
‘When is soon?’ Soon is when we tour Doppelgänger in its entirety later this year.
We will be hitting the road this September and November to play 2 sets for you, one being Doppelgänger front to back and the other being comprised of some favorites, rarities, and a new song or two.
If that isn’t exciting enough, we are lucky enough to tour with And So I Watch You From Afar & Slothrust in September and KYLESA & Powwers in November. WHAT?!
Thank you for making this our job!
Tim, Thomas, and Andrew
See the dates below along with supporting bands.
A video from the recent collaboration between Alex Barnett and Faith Coloccia has made it out. The video for “Rose Eye” is as abstract as they get and it’s a fitting visual interpretation of the music contained in Barnett + Coloccia‘s Weld LP. From Noisey: “Recorded live, the duo toil in dark ambient, noise, and techno on the release, using processed vocals, field recordings and tape manipulation to great affect.”
Marriages have announced their first extensive tour in the U.S. this summer in support of their latest album, Salome (Sargent House). Joining them at the Denver stop for the majority of the tour will be Philadelphia’s Creepoid, who are also on the road in support of their soon to be released album, Cemetery Highrise Slum (June 23, Collect Records). Check out all of Marriages‘ tour dates, spanning July 11th through August 12th in the United States, then in the UK for ArcTangent Festival in Bristol and London with Deafheaven in late August, below.
Marriages recently returned from their first ever tour in Europe this past spring, where they received rave reviews from performances at Roadburn Festival as well as the following three weeks as support to Wovenhand. These shows followed the April 7th release of Salome, Marriages‘ timeless 9-song monolith of a debut LP that was hailed as “immediate, but also timeless” by Stereogum. Propulsive, frequently iridescent, the compositions on Salome are confident and evocative, the sound of a band focusing their strengths to great effect. Throwing open the curtains on not only their sound but on their songwriting as well, members Emma Ruth Rundle, Greg Burns, and Andrew Clinco seem perfectly at ease scaling anthemic peaks and heartbreaking valleys, often in a single composition. Salome finds Marriages fully embracing their skill at crafting timeless songs with chillingly epic results.
MARRIAGES – ON TOUR
July 11 San Francisco, CA @ Portero del Sol Park
July 13 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
July 14 Seattle, WA @ Barboza
July 15 Boise, ID @ Neurolux *
July 16 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
July 17 Denver, CO @ Lost Lake *
July 18 Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre *
July 19 Fargo, ND @ Aquarium *
July 20 Minneapolis, MN @ Nether Bar *
July 21 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall *
July 22 Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig *
July 23 Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose *
July 24 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg *
July 25 Philadelphia, PA @ Ortlieb’s Lounge
July 26 Hamden, CT @ The Space *
July 27 Washington, DC @ DC9 *
July 28 Boston, MA @ Great Scott *
July 29 Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery *
July 30 Raleigh, NC @ Kings *
July 31 Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn *
August 1 New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks *
August 5 Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Downstairs *
August 6 Austin, TX @ Red 7 *
August 7 Dallas, TX @ The Foundry *
August 8 Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th St. Collective *
August 9 Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad *
August 10 Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress *
August 11 Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge *
August 12 San Diego, CA @ Casbah *
August 13 Los Angeles, CA @ Los Globos Downstairs *
August 22 Bristol UK @ Arctangent Festival
August 24 London, UK @ Scala ^
* w/ Creepoid
^ w/ Deafheaven
Bristol, England’s Milk Teeth has been blazing a noisy trail since their inception in 2013. And now with their second release in the form of the Sad Sack EP, the band proves even more that they’re not only the kindred spirits to the 90’s grunge movement but with a noisy edge that is fitting for today’s music fan that has grown tired of whatever may be of trend. They recently signed on with Hopeless Records to gain more exposure in the U.S.
The band has been touring non-stop all across Europe with numerous bands, too many to count. Somehow the band still found time to shoot a great live video for the song “No Fun” off the EP. The video was directed and shot by Michael Dickinson and Martyna Wisniewska, and Joshua Halling. The video showcases Milk Teeth‘s frenetic live shows and also the fun the band themselves have throughout.
If you’re fortunate enough to catch the upcoming Appleseed Cast tour and you’re stoked to see Adjy and Annabel opening the bill, you might want to be a little extra early to catch the fourth (possibly lesser known, but no less deserving) band on the bill. That band, you may have noticed, is called Coaster, and they happen to feature Seth Engel of Options and The City On Film (the latter you might recognize as the primarily solo + friends vehicle for Bob Nanna of Braid).
Got your attention? Tight. If any band name-dropped above catches your interest at all, you won’t be disappointed with what Coaster have on offer, either. This is solid, straight-forward self-described “pop / DIY rock and roll” that hits your brain hard in dopamine triggers. Stream “Paralyzed” below now, and if you dig what you hear, keep in mind it’ll be appearing on the band’s EP, Slow Jams, due out June 30 on Community Records (pre-order here).
Tour Dates supporting The Appleseed Cast and Adjy:
06/25 – Wichita, KS @ Marple
06/25 – Denton, TX @ Dan’s Silver Leaf
06/27 – Austin, TX @ Red 7
06/28 – Norman, OK @ Opolis
07/01 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
07/02 – Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
07/03 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
07/05 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
07/06 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
07/07 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
07/10 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
07/11 – Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern
07/12 – Victoria, BC @ Logan’s
07/13 – Vancouver, BC @ Cobalt
07/15 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
07/16 – Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive *
07/17 – Omaha, NE @ Reverb *
07/18 – Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room *
* with Annabel
Correction: This story initially stated Dads would be included on this tour. However, they have dropped off the bill and Adjy have taken their place. The story has been updated to reflect this change.
Back…way back in July of 2012, we got you hip to The 3rd Wave SKA Preservation Society Vinyl Reissue Project being done by Connecticut-based Asbestos Records. The project yielded the release of some great Ska records by The Slackers,T he Toasters, Stubborn All-Stars, and Bruce Lee Band.
The project was so succesful and well-received yet again, and now a third round has launched. Set up via a Kickstarter project as before, the releases on deck for round 3 are:
Thumper – No One Left the Disco Alive – Boston’s bastard child of ska, punk and metal Thumper was a true anomaly in the trad heavy Northeast Ska scene of the mid 90s. They were an early pioneer of a sound that would go on to influence the next decade of misfit ska-core acts. This classic disc was released out of New Haven’s Tune Inn on Elevator Records.
The Flaming Tsunamis – Fear Everything – Picking up where Thumper (and other locals such as Sgt Scagnetti) left off, this New Haven CT band produced some of the weirdest/most brutal ska-core the scene had ever witnessed up to this point. Zombies vs Robots had cemented the bands growing sci-fi/horror core influences, and shifting away from poppy-er early material, this record brought full on metal-core influences, along with weird time signature changes, jazz breakdowns, and just overall madness. In retrospect they became one of the most influential bands of the “post 3rd wave” era, creating slews of imitators in their wake who couldn’t approach their intensity.
High School Football Heroes – Close Only Counts in Horseshoes and Hand Grenades – Born out of the same scene (and literally the same block) that birthed “emo” giants such as Brand New and Taking Back Sunday HSFH was one of the Northeast’s best ska-ifluenced acts of the early to mid 00’s. Their dual vocaled lead, and strong Long Island pop punk influences especially shine through on this record, which is more or less the blueprint for the recent “Easycore Ska” movement. This album holds the distinction of being the highest selling proper album our label has ever done, and the band gained a ton of notoriety by not only playing Warped Tour all summer (after not being invited) but becoming Against Me!’s horn section for the tour in the process.
The Suicide Machines – On the Eve of Destruction – While not a proper album, this collection serves as a treasure trove of all the early demos, alternate versions, 7” and comp tracks, and Eps that the Suicide Machines released before their landmark album “Destruction By Definition” . TSM was easily one of the single most influential and important Ska-Punk / Ska-core acts of the 90s, and these are the tracks tha started it all.
For more information on the project and the releases themselves, head on over to The 3rd Wave SKA Preservation Society Vinyl Reissue Project Kickstarter page here. And pledge…because you know you want these records…and you love SKA. Who doesn’t? People living under a rock…that’s who doesn’t love SKA. But you don’t live under a rock…unless you’re that one weird dude who thinks the world is going to end.
There is something about MTHR covering a song and not only making it their own and putting a darker spin on it. But all the while, still retaining the essence of the original. The band just unearthed a cover version of Jewel’s “Who Will Save Your Soul” that they recorded last year.
The band commented: “A cold November night last year with too much whiskey, wine and cigarettes yielded a cover song we’ve been hiding from you.”
Doe are a North London indie-punk trio whose years of DIY efforts have paid off, bringing their 90s-inspired sound all the way across the pond to those of us here in the states. The band blends the twin guitar attack of Sleater-Kinney, the hummable fuzz pop of early Weezer, and the weaving melodies of Helium into their own super catchy pop. Here, the band plays “Swings And Roundabouts,” performed during their recent visit to Saltlands Studio for BTR Live Studio.
If you’re old enough to remember watching Hee-Haw or Laugh-In, or at least watched any of the numerous re-runs that were shown on Nick At Night, then you will appreciate the hell out of Kacey Musgraves‘ video for her new single “Biscuits”. The song is off her upcoming new album Pageant Material, and in typical Musgraves fashion, it’s bringing a new legitimacy and honesty to country music. Musgraves has been very outspoken in bucking the current conservative nature of country and show the good-ol-boys club that women can freely speak their minds and hearts and make great music while at it.
Preach on Ms. Musgraves!