Connecticut’s lo-fi doom gloom duo Have A Nice Life will see their inconic and legendary LP Deathconsciousness reissued by The Flenser on September 16th. The LP has been out of print for a few years now since its initial release on the group’s own Enemies List Home Recordings label and a subsequent reissue.
In 2008, Have A Nice Life released their now cult classic Deathconsciousness LP to a whimper and critical non-interest. Six years after its release, the band followed up with 2014′s stunner The Unnatural World and Deathconsciousness became a force of influence and fanatic obsession. Seamlessly blending with unparalleled depth and weight, shoegaze, post punk, new wave, industrial and noise, the album was originally released on Enemies List Home Recordings (founded by HANL members Dan and Tim). It has since floated in and out of production, with the last instantly out-of-print vinyl pressing occurring in 2009. Now, longtime HANL collaborator The Flenser will re-issue Deathconsciousness with deluxe packaging, including a lengthy accompanying zine and colored vinyl. Have A Nice Life commented, “Working with Flenser lets us keep things comfortable on our end, while also pressing enough copies to actually meet the need and not creating an artificially-inflated collector’s market, as happened with some of our past releases.”
The Flenser’s reissue of Deathconsciousness will be accompanied by a 75-page booklet detailing the dark and forgotten history of the Antiochean cult. Blurring the lines between novella, liner notes, and academic text, the zine itself presents an engrossing narrative. Deathconsciousness is rhythmic, primal and expansive and is a cult-post-punk masterpiece; a mediation on death, loss and unrequited love. Deathconsciousness feels more fresh and engaging with every listen and has held up as a remarkable piece of art. Fans of Have A Nice Life exhibit both cultic thought and action for good reason. It is perhaps a fanbase as dark and mysterious as the Antiochean cult, the album itself revolves around. Now The Flenser is honored to rerelease Deathconsciousness a gorgeous and disarming contribution to the modern lexicon for a larger audience.
Pre-order Deathconsciousness on July 9th from The Flenser. Deathconsciousness Available September 16th:
The Plow That Broke The Plains
1. A Quick One Before The Eternal Worm Devours Connecticut
3. The Big Gloom
7. Who Would Leave Their Son Out In The Sun?
8. There Is No Food
1. Waiting For Black Metal Records To Come In The Mail
2. Holy Fucking Shit: 40,000
3. The Future
4. Deep, Deep
5. I Don’t Love
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Southern California’s titans of metal, Atreyu, have risen from the self-imposed hiatus they embarked upon in 2011. The reunited lineup, featuring vocalist Alex Varkatzas, drummer Brandon Saller, guitarists Dan Jacobs and Travis Miguel and bassist Marc Mcknight, will return to the stage for the first time in three years for an exclusive mainstage performance at AFTERSHOCK 2014 festival on September 14th in Sacramento, CA.
“The time has come,” says drummer Brandon Saller. “We have been spending the last few months planning this moment. Writing new music and thinking about the future while also reflecting on the past. We all came to the conclusion that it was the right time. Our history is too powerful to ignore forever. Our fans have given us too much. The void of Atreyu, in the world and within ourselves, had existed for long enough. We are happy to announce that after almost 4 years, the beast has risen!
With over 1 million records sold in the U.S. alone, Atreyu is back to reclaim their throne. The band dominated the metal scene over the last decade with fan coveted releases like 2006’s A Death-Grip on Yesterday (#9 Billboard Top 200), 2007’s Lead Sails Paper Anchor (#8 Billboard Top 200) and 2009’s Congregation of the Damned (#18 Billboard Top 200), and then bowed out in 2011 to recharge and focus on their personal lives. The wait is over…
“To say we are looking forward to Playing this years AFTERSHOCK Festival is an understatement,” adds frontman Alex Varkatzas. “It’s been 3+yrs since we have rocked the stage as brothers, and to be playing with all these high caliber bands, in the state that we call home, is truly awesome.”
As many fans have already noticed, 2014 also marks the 10 Year Anniversary of the band’s critically heralded, breakthrough album, The Curse. The significant milestone of one of the last decade’s most popular metal releases resonates intense nostalgia and celebration for fans of the band’s early, heavy sound, and adds yet another reason for fans to get excited about Atreyu’s monumental comeback.
Could there be more shows announced this year? Could there be new music to be released? Stay tuned as the story of Atreyu is far from over…
Atreyu Tour Dates:
September 14 – Sacramento, CA – AFTERSHOCK 2014
A few weeks back, French hardcore band Birds In Row posted on their Facebook page an announcement indicating an end to the band. The post (along w/ our announcement of it) was quickly taken down hours later and a sense of uncertainty was left lingering. The band has now formally posted an update on their FB:
We’ve been through confusing times lately and it feels like we need to clarify things a little here now.
We are still a band. Sorry for the misinformation and all the buzz around it. This was not our intention. The fact is that changes will occur within the band and that it will take time.
Sorry that we were not able to play the OTB and Floodfloor fests this weekend. I was just not possible. Thanx to Old Town Bicyclette and Floodfloors for their support.
And finally, thanx for your messages and support.
See you all in a bit.”
– Birds in row.
Birds In Row‘s most recent release was 2012′s You, Me & the Violence on Deathwish Inc. That record, although seemingly being criminally underrated, has shifted the ideology of what hardcore and aggressive can be. Thankfully the band is not completely calling it quits and only making changes as stated.
Geoff Rickly of Thursday has teamed up with the remaining members of Lostprophets to create new band No Devotion. The band has debuted a song, “Stay”, tonight and have announced that a 12″ single will be released on July 22nd via Rickly’s own Collect Records imprint.
The first song, “Stay”, introduces No Devotion stylistically as a more subdued and ambient-driven unit than the members’ previous bands. It still bears some of the former bands’ sounds but goes in a more experimental direction, especially with Rickly playing around in more hushed and soft vocal tones.
Listen to “Stay” below and to pre-order the 12″ single, head on over to Collect Records here.
The debut single from Richard Jamie Oliver, Stuart Richardson, Luke Johnson, Mike Lewis, Lee Gaze, and Geoff Rickly is as distinct as first impressions get. “Stay” is a sharp and immediate exercise in pop-noir, while “Eyeshadow” brings post-punk into the present tense: It’s uptempo for the downtrodden.
All The Ways You Let Me Down
Violently Happy / Bridge Nine
Summertime is the worst time here. It’s hot and sticky all day long and raining almost every other hour. And as if the sweltering heat is not enough to worry about, we have hurricanes to be on the lookout for. It just plain sucks during the summer. But thankfully, this summer season we have a new offering from pop-punk cuties Candy Hearts. With All The Ways You Let Me Down, Candy Hearts are still subscribing to their own formula of pop punk with the assistance of New Found Glory‘s Chad Gilbert once again. But beyond the initial surface of the record there is another level that goes much more into a territory of power pop.
As expected and very much always welcomed, vocalist and guitarist Mariel Loveland stays within the same themes as previous recordings: longing and pining for that special someone, celebrating friendships, and expressing how much fun and carefree life can be as long as you try to make it so. It’s the foundation of any and all effective pop punk and power pop music. Couple that with the driving rhythms and crunchy guitars that permeate melodies and sing-along choruses and you have what could be the single-most perfect summertime album.
There is no real need to spend time dissecting the intricacies of each and every song on this record and sharing what you should think of it. Rest assured that from the start with the playfulness of “I Miss You” to the celebratory centerpiece of “Coffee With Friends” until the peak and end of “Top Of Our Lungs”, All The Ways You Let Me Down is the epitome of a fun-size sugary sweet pop punk album.
Candy Hearts‘ All The Ways You Let Me Down reminds us all that summer time and life itself can and is a fun time. As long as you put your best foot forwards and keep a smile on your face and stay POSI, then nothing and no one will let you down. At least not by any of your own doing. Candy Hearts have definitely improved our summer experience ’round here.
Newgaze stalwarts WHIRR will be releasing their new album, Sway, on September 23rd. The band worked again with Jack Shirley at Oakland’s Atomic Garden. This will be the band’s second full-length and first with Graveface Records, who previously released their Around EP and a reissue of their debut EP Distressor. Graveface will also be releasing a reissue of their Pipe Dreams LP aptly titled Pipe Dreams Redux.
Here’s the full-on skinny from Graveface’s site:
When Sway begins, you might at first press pause, reaching for your headphone wire or peeking behind your speaker cables to make sure nothing has come undone. The blister of distorted guitar that opens the album comes only from the right channel, howling and hanging there in irascible isolation until it seems that something must be wrong.
But be patient: After a dozen seconds, the rest of Whirr—a five-piece of blanketing rock focus and comforting pop finesse—pours in from the left channel. They meet the guitar in the middle, together racing headlong into a short section that’s heavy as metal but pliable enough to be the springboard for the galloping shoegaze beauty that soon arrives.
For the next 36 minutes, you need not worry again about lost connections, split channels or anything else, really. More than any Whirr release to date, Sway creates a definitive sense of immersion, sculpting an environment that breathes you in instantly and breathes you out only when the record snaps into silence.
That bifurcated start is an appropriate image for Whirr in 2014. Last year, the band headlined a tour with the Philadelphia group and fellow admirers of heaviness and harmony, Nothing. Not only did the crews become fast friends, but their respective founders—Whirr’s Nick Bassett and Nothing’s Dominic Palermo—decided to start a group of their own, Death of Lovers. When the shared tour was finished, Bassett headed to Philadelphia for a month of writing and recording. He’s never really left. He calls Philadelphia home now, so Whirr has become a bicoastal band.
In Philadelphia, Bassett worked on Death of Lovers’ debut for Deathwish Inc., toured as the bassist for Nothing and steadily composed new material for the next Whirr album, their first full-length for Graveface. Back in Oakland, the rest of Whirr had committed to the project full-time, too, so the West Coast contingent wrote and rehearsed new material without Bassett. Joey Bautista took the lead on two songs, Loren Rivera on three.
Indeed, against most odds, Bassett’s move made for a more democratic Whirr. In their salad days, Bassett had written most of the material and built the bulk of the arrangements, too, using the support only to enrich and enliven them. After a slew of splits and singles and EPs, Sway is the second Whirr LP, but it is only the first to be rendered by a fully functional rock band, having shaped the songs slowly and over some distance.
Before the quintet entered Oakland’s Atomic Garden to work with longtime producer and collaborator Jack Shirley, they reworked the contributions of all three writers, massaging the material into a cohesive dynamo. Rivera, for instance, rewrote the words for Bassett’s material, folding his songs into the album’s presiding sense of dusky melancholy.
“It’s not conceptual, entirely, but it’s intended to ebb and flow in a certain way—one song being aggressive, then dropping out and being pretty but devastating,” Bassett says. “We tried to create an atmosphere, where you listen and get vibed into one tone. ”
That rhythm presides over Sway, tying its distinct parts into a seamless unit. The restless “Heavy” churns somewhere between Godflesh and Gish, its lumbering beat and foreboding guitar buoyed by a melody that feels like a secret hymn for which you’ve long searched. Gorgeous and sprawling, “Sway” floats through luxuriating guitars and pillowed vocals, offering an impressionistic but intoxicating inversion of Whirr’s typical propulsion. Even here, during the record’s prettiest moment, Whirr maintains a righteous minimalism, emblematic of members who met one another as skateboarding high-school kids.
“The aesthetic of the band is more aimed at mature punk rather than alternative rock,” Bassett confirms. “There are these more aggressive punk elements—noisy feedback, a snare roll that just goes into super-punchy, driving songs.”
“Clear” brilliantly paints its lyrical quest for lucid communication—“I want words/to understand you,” runs one plaintive, surging bit—in music that takes up the same challenge. Whirr pushes past a pastel instrumental haze into a hangdog march, with near-whispered vocals bruised by Devin Nunes’ drums and Eddie Saldago’s orotund bass line. But as the end approaches, the band builds together, the riffs and the rhythm colliding into one triumphant, redemptive crest.
And that’s the victory of Sway, too, an album written by five people on two coasts but executed with the force and splendor of, at last, a fully unified Whirr.
Graveface will release Sway on CD, LP and digitally September 23
Hardcore punk/rap metal veterans Downset recently announced their highly-anticipated return with an upcoming performance at the revelled This Is Hardcore Festival in Philadelphia, PA on July 27th. Now, the band can announce their full plans for 2014, which include a brand new album, entitled One Blood, which will hit stores on July 21, 2014.
Produced by Downset guitarist Brian Ares Schwager and mixed by Wesley Seldman, One Blood was recorded in three locations – Venice and Overland rehearsal studio in Culver City, CA, The Basement in Baltimore, MD, and Creating Better Sounds studio in Palmdale, CA.
“One Blood is Downset in its truest form, coming straight from our hearts to touch the hearts of others,” states Schwager.
Downset will perform several east and west coast dates this summer. See below for a current listing of tour dates with ticket prices and door times.
Vocalist Ray Oropeza adds, “The east coast is where Downset will launch our live tour for the One Blood album. To all of our fans that have supported us for the past 20+ years, ‘I Will Always Be There For You, I Will Always Be There, ALL I GOT!’”
7/24 Albany, NY @ Bogies
7/25 Worcester, MA @ Palladium
7/26 New York, NY @ Blackthorne 51
7/27 Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory (This Is Hardcore)
8/15 Phoenix, AZ @ Joe’s Grotto
8/16 Los Angeles, CA @ The Whiskey A Go-Go
8/17 Las Vegas, NV @ LVCS
Louisville’s post-punk Frontier(s) will be heading out on a short summer tour this August. The small tour will be in support of their soon-to-be released White Lights EP from Tiny Engines Records. Tour dates below along w/ the tour poster art.
Pre-order the White Lights 12″ EP here.
Hardcore hybrid group Cold World are set to release their new album How The Gods Chill on August 5th via Deathwish Inc. In the meantime, you can listen to the first new track off the album, “Hell’s Direction”, right now over at Noisey.
Years in the making, How The Gods Chill is the definitive Cold World album that the hardcore world has been clamoring for. Recorded by Will Yip (Studio 4) and Arthur Rizk (Salomon’s Gate), How The Gods Chill is a thirteen song amalgamation of Hip Hop character and Hardcore heart. Openers “Blind” and “The Real Deal” bounce and stomp akin to “Urban Discipline” era Biohazard. While “Never Knows Best” and “No More Fun and Games” melodically and respectfully pay homage to influential legends Only Living Witness and Life Of Agony. It wouldn’t be a Cold World album without a myriad of diverse guest appearances. Queens rapper Meyhem Lauren, George Hirsch of Blacklisted, legendary Kool G. Rap, and even Max B are all featured on the album, altogether creating an infectious melting pot of sound and spirit unlike anything out there today.
HOW THE GODS CHILL TRACK LISTING:
3. The Real Deal
4. Never Knows Best
5. Cracks of Hate (ft. Meyhem Lauren)
6. No More Fun and Games
7. Tome Check-in
9. Find Your Way
11. Youthful Expression 2014
12. Hell’s Direction (ft. Kool G. Rap)
13. Max B. Outro
Belgium’s Newmoon, who recently signed with Secret Voice to release their debut 7″ EP, now have their Invitation To Hold 7″ EP available for pre-order via Deathwish Inc. The 7″ (and digital download) will see an official release date on August 5th. The 7″ vinyl is available on two different colors: Opaque Pink and Opaque Yellow.
The artwork for the EP was designed by Nick Steinhardt, who has done the art for his own band Touche Amore and the likes of Deafheaven.
With a sound “reflecting 90′s heroes Slowdive and modern bands as The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Newmoon bears the innocence and humbleness to become much more than they could ever expect.”
Newmoon started in 2013 as a two-man project and quickly became a fuller band (five members) whose music is layered in reverb and influenced by volume, eventually recording their debut EP Invitation To Hold. This is the first European act to sign up with Jeremy Bolm’s (Touché Amoré) Secret Voice label.
Listen & watch their video for “Aria” off the EP.