Torche, the Florida/Georgia-based band the Village Voice dubbed “the legitimate sons of a union between Hüsker Dü and the Melvins,” release their Relapse Records’ debut, Restarter, on Feb. 24.
In an in-studio piece with Rolling Stone, bass player Jonathan Nuñez said the quartet began working on the 10-song album in November of 2013 and finished recording in the spring of this year. Nuñez told the magazine “The music is like what we do: very driving, very heavy on the toms, real pounding rhythm section, the guitars are just nonstop, but with a melodic twist. Then the vocals come in and it’s this whole Psychedelic Furs – and maybe Guided By Voices – phrasing.”
“Moving forward, leaning backwards, twisting sideways and loving every new release,” said singer/guitar player Steve Brooks. “Restarter is moody and still very much a Torche record.”
The cover art for Restarter was done by Santos (Kylesa, High On Fire).
Torche’s most recent release, 2012’s Harmonicraft, was hailed as “a true game-changer” by the BBC while CMJ said it “isn’t just the best Torche release: It’s a contender for one of the best loud rock releases of the year.” The band’s 2008 release, Meandrathal, was Decibel Magazine’s album of the year and Pitchfork dubbed the band “fine purveyors of metallic sludge.”
Having recently wrapped up a trek to Australia and New Zealand, Torche launch a new round of U.S. dates on Dec. 27 as they join Clutch and Lionize for a brief outing. The band has also announced a Spring 2015 European outing.
December 27 Cincinnati, OH Bogart’s
December 28 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
December 29 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
December 30 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
December 31 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
January 3 Atlanta, GA Center Stage
January 4 Lake Buena Vista, FL House of Blues
January 6 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
January 7 Houston, TX House of Blues
January 8 Dallas, TX House of Blues
January 9 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom
January 10 Austin, TX Emo’s
May 22 London, UK Underworld
May 23 Leeds, UK Belgrave Social Club
May 24 Galway, IR Roisin Dubh
May 25 Cork, IR Craine Lane
May 26 Dublin, IR Grand Social
May 27 Belfast, IR The Limelight
May 28 Glasgow, UK CCA
May 29 Manchester, UK Sound Control
May 30 Bristol, UK Temples Festival
May 31 Nimes, FR This is Not a Love Song
June 1 Nantes, FR Le Ferrailleur
The good folks at Deathwish Inc. have repressed the overlooked (for some odd reason) debut 12″ EP by Death Of Lovers. Buried Under A World Of Roses is the coming out party by DOL which is comprised by members of Nothing and Whirr, two bands that are red-hot nowadays in the newgaze and punk-noise scenes. If you’re into either or both of these bands, then you know the hype is well-placed and due. Which then begs the questions of why not more has been said and written and exclaimed about Death Of Lovers. Then again, we could be in our bubble shutting out the rest of the world, which is exactly what the music in Buried Under A World Of Roses will make you want to do on repeated listens.
The 12″ EP has been repressed in a very pretty translucent blue vinyl and limited to 1,000 copies. Get your copy now over at Deathwish Inc.’s webstore.
Watch and listen to the video for “Cold Heaven” to remind yourself how awesome Death Of Lovers are.
(Repress picture courtesy of DW)
Released in 1995, Still was the debut LP from Long Island’s Vision of Disorder. The bend melded an aggressive hardcore sound with dashes of metal and true 90′s angst that was somewhat missing from the thuggish style of NYHC at the time. Lyrically the band approached things on a more personal level with views against the world and fighting to stand up while continuously being knocked down by life.
From that release onward, Vision of Disorder still pushed the boundaries of emotional heaviness with little to no regard to any boundaries and trappings that hardcore and NYHC may have had. They dipped their musical toes in aggro metal with 1998′s Imprint and even turned heads with the song “By The River” featuring Pantera‘s Phil Anselmo on guest vocals. Thankfully the band is still at it to this day, with a few hiatuses here and there and post-VOD group Bloodsimple.
To celebrate the 20 years of Still, the LP has been reissued by Dignified Bastard and available in a few snazzy vinyl colors. Some more limited than others of course for all the collector scum out there. Order it now here.
In the meantime, reminisce of those days with this live video from 1995 of the band playing “D.T.O.”. It even has vocalist Tim Williams rocking the bleached dreads and nipple rings. Ah, the 90′s.
Taylor Swift whose new album 1989 just released and not only veers deep into a new and unique pop sounds for the former country pop singer, and is looking to have the highest first week sales by any female artist ever, has announced tour dates for a world tour in support of the new album. Onsale dates should be this week and the tour looks to be hitting major cities in large-sized arenas.
May 20, 2015 – Bossier City, LA – CenturyLink Center
May 22, 2015 – Baton Rouge, LA – LSU Tiger Stadium
May 30, 2015 – Detroit, MI – Ford Field
June 2, 2015 – Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center
June 3, 2015 – Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena
June 6, 2015 – Pittsburgh, PA – Heinz Field
June 8, 2015 – Charlotte, NC – Time Warner Cable Arena
June 9, 2015 – Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena
June 13, 2015 – Philadelphia, PA – Lincoln Financial Field
June 20, 2015 – Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia Germany – Lanxess Arena
June 21, 2015 – Amsterdam, North Holland Netherlands – Ziggo Dome
June 23, 2015 – Glasgow, Scotland United Kingdom – SSE Hydro
June 24, 2015 – Manchester, NW England United Kingdom – Arena
June 27, 2015 – London, England United Kingdom – British Summertime Hyde Park July 6, 2015 – Ottawa, ON – Canadian Tire Centre
From their upcoming “Neon Gleam / Down to Drown” 7″ single to be released in January via Anybody’s Flowers, Philly’s Night Sins have released a video for the A-side of the 7″. “Neon Gleam” presents Night Sins’ deeply-rooted sound in 80′s goth and new wave. Think of Sisters of Mercy playing early The Cure songs.
You can purchase the digital single now on Night Sins’ Bandcamp page.
Mamiffer have not only launched pre-orders for their new LP Statu Nascendi, but they have also premiered a new song off it, “Enantiodromia”. The lengthy track finds Coloccia and Turner treading some new grounds in not only sonic textures but also getting a bit heavier in their sound. The haunting and ethereal elements of Mamiffer‘s music is ever-present and the way it builds up in tone and ambience makes the song even more memorable and menacing.
In a recent short interview with Self-Titled Magazine, Coloccia expands on the song itself:
“Enantiodromia” is based on a song we have been playing live for about four years. It is based on a 4-track demo that became the song “Death Shawl” (from the first Mamiffer album ‘Hirror Enniffer’). Later I played that same demo backwards as part of a recording for the song “Dead Settlers”, which is one of the first songs Aaron and I wrote together. Learning to play this was a great challenge for me as the original organ composition was backwards and I had to reinterpret and transpose it for the live setting. Once we had begun to perform it the song began to re-write itself into “Enantiodromia”; in its original incarnation the song held a very dark shadow energy, and now as it has changed through the years, it has become a bringer of light. This song is very special to me.”
Pre-order Statu Nascendi here.
There is no denying that Brooklyn three-piece noiseters Mannequin Pussy have the single-best name of a band in ages, but their style of loud and snotty-as-fuck punk is great. The band just recently debuted a video for the song “My Baby (Axe Nice)” off their Gypsy Pervert LP from Tiny Engines. The song is a bit more subdued than their usual sound but it goes to show the band’s willingness to stretch out and not be stuck in any given category. Check it.
As an added bonus, we also got the video for “Clue Juice” which is more bombastic and loud and the video itself is a glimpse into a Mannequin Pussy house show and party. As it should very well damn be!
In what has got to be the funniest and most amusing TV commercial from overseas, Finnish cough drops brand ZYX have devised a pretty genius take on their product and how it helps black metal vocalists. Just watch and let it amuse you.
Baltimore newgazers Wildhoney have a new album coming out, Sleep Through It on Jan. 20 on Deranged and Forward Records. While we wait with abated breath for it, the band has graciously premiered a new song off it, “Fall In”. The song is more restrained and subdued when compared to previous efforts but it has a more noisy feel and delves deeper into the pop elements of the shoegaze and dream pop that Wildhoney has carefully crafted to be all their own. Lauren Shusterich’s vocals add a more languid and softer feel to the overall delivery.
Wildhoney are a band that you can drift away with.
Bad Timing Records have announced the upcoming release of a 7″ single for Kevin Devine‘s “She Can See Me”. You can pre-order the 7″ now in the Bad Timing Records store. The 7″ includes the two different versions of the single, which originally appeared on Bulldozer and Bubblegum.
The release represents a partnership between Bad Timing Records, Kevin Devine‘s own Devinyl Records, and Manchester Orchestra‘s Favorite Gentleman Recordings. This team up is expected to mastermind several more releases throughout 2015, so be sure to check back to keep up with the latest news.