Pre-orders for Have A Nice Life‘s upcoming new LP The Unnatural World are up now via The Flenser (here). The album is set to be released on February 4, 2014 and it’s already generating buzz thanks to the band’s overwhelming underground following. The LP is available on black vinyl and the already sold-out Milky Clear w/ Ox Blood Haze. Order it on black anyways as it’s going to be great just as well. We promise.
New England’s Have A Nice Life has been a truly enigmatic band since its inception. It’s two primary members, Dan Barrett and Tim Macuga, met while studying at UMass Amherst and began performing “oddly aggressive acoustic songs” at local coffee houses and open mics together. After graduating, Dan and Tim kept writing and minimally released a few demo recordings that continued to sail under the radar. Over the course of the next five years, these recordings were expanded upon and became Have A Nice Life‘s debut LP, Deathconsciousness (2008), which was initially pressed on 100 CD-R’s and expected to sell pretty casually. Over time, the album (which was accompanied by a dense, 100-page booklet) generated quite a bit of interest through online exposure and glowing fan reviews and eventually sold out its first pressing. Have A Nice Life kept printing copies, eventually on formal CD and vinyl formats on their own label, Enemies List, to keep up with the seemingly endless demand from an almost cult-like following.
Two years later, Have A Nice Life released an EP, Time Of Land, once again via Enemies List at their three only live shows in 2010. The curious were able to find a scavenger hunt link in the liner notes that led one intrepid soul to uncovering an additional “hidden track” buried deep in the woods of western Massachusetts a few months later. A digital copy of the record was (and still is) made available free online.
Since 2010, Have A Nice Life has remained relatively dormant – if you count being dormant as continuously re-pressing Deathconsciousness and penning their new full-length album, The Unnatural World. This eight-song, 35 minute LP is Have A Nice Life’s most monumental work yet; a colossally-sounding, perfectly-orchestrated example of industrial shoegaze. For the first time, the band has teamed up with San Francisco-based dark music label The Flenser to co-release the full-length alongside their own Enemies List. HANL commented, “We’re excited to be co-releasing the record with another label that shares our values and approach. 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. It’s the best of both worlds.”
Have A Nice Life‘s The Unnatural World is scheduled for a February 4th, 2014 co-release via The Flenser & Enemies List. Also, be on the lookout for exclusive re-pressings of Deathconsciousness on vinyl coming in 2014 from The Flenser.
If you’re still on the fence about HOLLOW SUNSHINE from the two posts we’ve done about them so far, here’s the full stream of their Held Above LP. Listen to it at full blast and submerge yourself into some fuzzed-out doom-ladden pop. You’ll thank us later.
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1/5 Philadelphia, PA @ The Note
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1/7 Providence, RI @ Fete Ballroom
1/8 New York, NY @ Webster Hall
1/9 Allentown, PA @ Planet Trog
1/10 Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose
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1/12 Kokomo, IN @ Center Stage
1/14 Detroit, MI @ Shelter
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1/19 Nashville, TN @ The End
1/21 Douglasville, GA @ The 7 Venue
1/22 Orlando, FL @ Back Booth
1/23 Pensacola, FL @ Handlebar
1/25 Dallas, TX @ Winter Jamboree
1/28 Tupelo, MS @ Goodtime Charlie’s
1/29 Fayetteville, AR @ George’s Majestic Lounge
1/30 Little Rock, AR @ Rev Room
1/31 Lubbock, TX @ Jake’s
2/1 Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
2/3 Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
2/4 Tempe, AZ @ Nile Underground
2/5 Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
2/6 West Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky
2/7 Fresno, CA @ Strummers
2/8 Walnut Creek, CA @ Red House Live
2/9 Sacramento, CA @ Assembly
2/11 Reno, NV @ Jub Jubs
2/12 Portland, OR @ Branx
2/14 Seattle, WA @ Studio 7
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2/16 Billings, MT @ Railyard
2/18 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
2/19 Wichita, KS @ Museum Of Heart
2/20 Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
2/22 Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
2/23 Wareham, MA @ 3065 Live
Sludge-doom-pop duo Hollow Sunshine have premiered a video for the track “Here For Now” off their just-released debut LP Held Down. The video is described as “handheld and woozily out of focus—like the world is whizzing by when you’re just the right side of tipsy.”
As their first track released was evident (here), the band continues their unique style of a doom-ladden shoegaze with traces of pop throughout. As we previously wrote about the band, it’s as if the 90′s shoegaze bands discovered sludge metal and played with a mentality for ambient music.
San Francisco alt-rockers Third Eye Blind, who really don’t need any type of elaborate introduction, have released, or rather announced the release of a massive vinyl box set that will appeal to their more hardcore fans. The limited edition box set contains their catalog on 180gram vinyl along with bonus tracks. The set is limited to 500 copies and carries a price tag of $199.99. Below are the full details from the band:
As a thank you to our loyal following, we’ve created a hand-signed and numbered limited edition 180-gram vinyl boxed set of our catalog and bonus tracks, including the full-lyric version of “Slow Motion”. The collection marks the first vinyl release for Out of the Vein and the Red Star EP. Four of the albums have been printed in rare colored vinyl, and the self-titled debut features the original cream colored album cover, only available in this boxed set. With a limited run of 500, each set includes an embossed logo “placeholder” signed by founding members Stephan Jenkins and Brad Hargreaves for the band’s upcoming album in 2014.
The box features a large embossed 3EB logo on the front, with Third Eye Blind in gold leaf written down the spine. Each box is also individually numbered out of 500. The box includes:
-Third Eye Blind – Third Eye Blind – 2xLP Black 180gm – Original cream color jacket, only available in the box set.
-Third Eye Blind – Blue – 2xLP Blue 180gm
-Third Eye Blind – Out of the Vein – 2xLP Green 180gm
-Third Eye Blind – Ursa Major – 1xLP Speckle 180gm – First time this album is available on 180gm.
-Third Eye Blind – Red Star EP – 1xEP 140gm 10″ – Only available in the box set.
-3EB Embossed Placeholder – Signed by band
To order this hefty set, which has an expected shipping date of December 16th, click here.
On January 19th this year, Decibel magazine celebrated its 100th issue with a special show in Philadelphia. The footage was shot and compiled to make the “Decibel’s 100th Issue Show: The Movie” which you can pick up now as a limited edition DVD (here).
A who’s-who of extreme music luminaries crisscross the globe to celebrate Decibel’s 100th Issue Celebration Show at Philadelphia’s Union Transfer. Somehow, we captured the madness on DVD. Decibel’s 100th Issue Show: The Movie not only includes a two-hour film featuring blistering performances by Converge, Pig Destroyer, Repulsion, Municipal Waste, Tombs and Evoken.
A clip of Converge performing “Locust Reign” from The Poacher Diaries split with Agoraphobic Nosebleed can be seen below now.
One of Boston’s heaviest bands, New Lows will be releasing a new 5-song EP, Abhorrent Endings, via Deathwish Inc. soon. The EP is going to be “A crude five song crusher that shows the band digging into the rubble in search of something darker and heavier than ever before. A purposefully unpolished and brilliantly flawed exercise in aural chaos that will leave you bruised yet wanting more.”
If the music in the EP is anything close to their last release, Harvest of the Carcass, then you can bet that New Lows will be delivering yet another heavy assault on the senses.
In the meantime, listen to the title track of the EP to tie you over until it comes out.
Hollow Sunshine hail from California. The duo of musicians create a style of music that can only be described as doom-ladden garage pop noise. Musically, the guitars are crunchy and low and as the rhythm plods along, the vocals bring it all up with pop sensibility that is not lost on the listener. It’s as if the 90′s shoegaze bands discovered sludge metal and played with an ambient mentality.
Hollow Sunshine is comprised of vocalist Morgan Enos and guitarist/songwriter Reuben Sawyer. Sawyer is well-known in the underground for his work as visual artist under the Rainbath Visual moniker. He has done work for bands like Deafheaven, Chelsea Wolf, Inter Arma, just to name a few. The band has just recently released their debut LP, Held Above, via Robotic Empire. The LP and Hollow Sunshine‘s music are described as existing “within a delicate balance between blown out sludge, narcotic drone and pop sensibilities. Yet this contrast between heaviness and catchiness, with melodic vocals providing a calm and consistent drift throughout, sets Hollow Sunshine well apart from contemporaries.” And that is pretty dead-on for anyone who has yet to listen and is curious.
Listen to the title track “Held Above” below and make up your own mind. If you’re keen on getting the LP, head over to Robotic Empire’s webstore here.
Jane Doe 2xLP has been repressed in Translucent Blue while Axe To Fall on White. Limited numbers as usual. But we’re guessing still plenty to go around this time.
To order, head on over to Deathwish Inc.’s webstore here.
Hailing out of Nashville, alt-punk outfit Daisyhead have joined up with No Sleep Records for an upcoming split 7″ and debut full-length sometime in 2014. The full press release is below where you can get all the info. You can also listen to two tracks off their recently-released I Couldn’t Face You 7″.
November 7, 2013 – Los Angeles, CA – Huntington Beach based indie label No Sleep Records is proud to announce the signing of emerging Nashville rock band Daisyhead. Joining the label’s eclectic and burgeoning roster which includes Balance and Composure, Sainthood Reps, The Swellers and La Dispute among others, Daisyhead has plans to tour and release a new split 7” in early 2014 that will be followed by their debut full-length album.
“We are honored to be a new addition to the No Sleep family,” says Zach Chiarizzio (bass/vocals). “We all grew musically listening to many of the bands on the roster, and to go from avid listeners to a spot on the lineup is truly surreal. From our first interaction Chris and the whole crew have made us feel right at home.”
Daisyhead, currently made up of Chiarizzio, Michael Roe (vocals/guitar), Curtis Durard (guitar) and Chad Burroughs (drums), formed in 2012 and has quickly become one of the most promising new bands in the emo/alternative rock revival scene. The band’s sound takes listeners back to the heyday of the 90’s post-hardcore/alternative rock and early 2000’s era of Revelation Records while injecting their own unique edge and style. Following the recent release of their debut EP, I Couldn’t Face You, via Spartan Records, word of the band has spread like wildfire and their audience continues to grow with each listen and live show.
Follow Daisyhead at https://www.facebook.com/daisyheadtn and keep an eye out for a new split 7” and debut full-length album coming in 2014.