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Introducing: FADE

FadeFeaturing members of hardcore bands Shrapnel and Violent Reaction, Birgmingham, Leeds’ FADE push forward the envelope and style of 90′s fuzzed-out indie rock that is closely reminisces such groups like Hum, Swervedriver, and to this writer, Gwen Mars. But FADE aren’t merely aping those sounds of scenes of music past. Oh no. They’re taking that very familiar and much-loved underground template and putting a very youthful spin on it that will easily appeal to jaded fans of the days of MTV’s 120 Minutes and true college radio bands and anyone deeply enamored with today’s newgaze scene led by bands like Whirr, Nothing, and Pity Sex in a much more fuzzier and melodic aspect.

FADE have been around since mid-2013 and already making some waves with fans, especially those looking for something and anything that may be a familiar throwback while still managing to sound current. Their 2013 Demo is a perfect slice of post-hardcore space rock. Jangly and fuzzed-out guitars waving back and forth between noise and melody at the forefront of a solid-driving rhythm. All the while the languid and dreamy vocals expand on the sound to create something to easily get lost in as you close your eyes and sway with the music.

The band has their demo up and available to listen to (and order on 7″ vinyl here) on their Bandcamp page and below. They’re also gearing up for the release of the One With Serenity EP sometime in December, which you can pre-order here. You can also listen to the EP below.

Get into FADE and get spaced out.

Watch Now: OLD MAN GLOOM – “Here Is A Gift For You” Documentary

Old Man GloomUp now to watch and enjoy is the documentary of sludge metal group Old Man Gloom. Titled Here Is A Gift For You, the documentary not only features live performances by the group, but also covers their history and mythos.

Old Man Gloom have a new album, Ape of God, to be released on Nov 11th via Profound Lore and SIGE Records. The LP will be a follow-up to 2012′s NO as released by Hydra Head. The band, consists of Aaron Turner (ISIS, Mamiffer), Nate Newton (Converge, Doomriders), Caleb Scofield (Cave In, Zozobra), and Santos Montano.

OLD MAN GLOOM: HERE IS A GIFT FOR YOU from kenneth thomas on Vimeo.

NOTHING Premiere New Song “July The Fourth”

NothingHot on the heels of the announcement of their split 12″ release with Whirr, Nothing have unveiled one of the songs they contributed to the release, “July The Fourth”. The songs comes at you in a more straight-forward fuzzed-out indie punk than previous outings of their newgaze noisy style. It’s a very interesting and compelling shift that clearly shows Nothing expanding their sound palette and proving that they’re never afraid to experiment and fuck with people’s perceptions of the band.

Kudos to you, Nothing. You keep things edgy and weird and exciting.

WHIRR and NOTHING To Release Split 12″ on November 18th

split_preorder_coverDue out on November 18th via Run For Cover Records, Whirr and Nothing have teamed up for a split 12″. The split will contain two new song from each band as well as a full-length ‘In The Studio’ documentary DVD. You can pre-order now at RFC.

The long-anticipated split by WHIRR and NOTHING is in no way a let down to anyone that’s been waiting for it. The two new songs from each band are perfected with the expertise of veteran producer Will Yip. Whirr’s signature atmospheric haze enthralls more than ever in what seems like a nine-minute dream. Their masterful control of soundscapes is matched only by an intensity that their shoegazing predecessors could only wish to achieve. Nothing’s contribution is a full-on aural assault: the two songs are aggressive, yet harmonious.The ongoing blown-out barrage lulls with only brief periods of quiet melody that hit like armistices. Yet, the songs are harshly beautiful in a way that perfectly captures the Philadelphia band’s definition of reality.

The split 12″ comes with an etched b-side as well as a full-length Whirr/Nothing ‘In The Studio’ documentary DVD.

Track Listing:
01. Whirr – Ease
02. Whirr – Lean
03. Nothing – Chloroform
04. Nothing – July the Fourth

Single Mothers Premiere Video for “Half-Lit”

Single MothersFrom their just-released debut full-length, Negative Qualities, London, ON’s Single Mothers have premiered a video for the song “Half-Lit”.

Exclusive: NIGHT SCHOOL Premiere New Song “Casiotone”

Night SchoolThe pervasive collaborative effort that is being currently found in the Bay Area music scene is where Night School was born into and from. Hailing from Oakland, CA to be exact, among their members is one Alexandra Morte, formerly of Whirr and also currently as one half of the duo Camera Shy, which includes Nick Bassett of Whirr and Nothing.

Night School‘s music while cemented and part of the newgaze sounds, it evokes also a persistence in incorporating garage rock and the doo-wop of groups like The Shangri-las and The Ronettes. It’s a fuzzier sound than expected from a vocal-heavy group. The sugary melodies are washed over by the fuzziness of the guitars and rhythms and the dream-like vocals wrap it all nicely in a package that then becomes difficult to categorize. And it’s such a great feeling to just listen and lose yourself in their sound.

Night School have a four-song EP, Heart Beat, due out on October 7th (that’s tomorrow!) via Graveface Records (and you can order here).

And just in time for that oh-so glorious release, we offer you another teaser from the EP in the song “Casiotone”. As opposed to the first song released, “Birthday”, with its pop sounds and harmonies stretched out to make it a bouncy affair, “Casiotone” finds the group taking on a more lo-fi and melancholic approach. It’s a true sound of what languid and dreamy garage pop is like. The song gets bombastic and loud as it progresses while still maintaining a persistent melody and pop-infused delivery. With this second song off the EP, Night School paint themselves out of that corner that could potentially pigeonhole them in some lengthy word-filled category. Let’s just say that Night School are the perfect pop group for the slighty-jaded newgazers.

NO DEVOTION To Release “10,000 Summers” EP On October 27th

No DevotionNo Devotion, the new indie-rock endeavor fronted by former Thursday and United Nations vocalist Geoff Rickly that also includes the remaining members of the UK band Lostprophets, will see their debut EP 10,000 Summers released on October 27th via Collect Records.

From the press release:

To celebrate the release of the EP, No Devotion will be making its U.S. live debut at Glasslands in Brooklyn, NY on Tuesday, October 28 with Ricky Eat Acid, labelmates Black Clouds and Creepoid. Pre-order information on the EP as well as tickets for the band’s upcoming appearance can be found on the band’s official website, http://www.nodevotion.com.

This is a story that starts with an ending. An atypical story for modern music, this is a tragedy that isn’t mythologized, a drama that couldn’t have been manufactured. In this story, a popular band does not rediscover friendship to deliver the best album of their careers. The story of No Devotion truly has no precedent.

By now, most people-or at least most anyone reading this-know what happened to Lostprophets, the Welsh sextet whose multi-platinum, fifteen-year career died instantly with the horrific actions of its former lead singer. What most people haven’t seemed to consider, however, is how the lives of the band’s remaining members – Lee Gaze, Luke Johnson, Mike Lewis, Jamie Oliver, and Stuart Richardson – were profoundly impacted. Harshly uprooted from their settled lives and careers, their own notions of trust and betrayal tested beyond measure, there was never going to be an ending in which everything could simply go back to where it was before.

“We didn’t know if we would ever make music again,” Richardson recalls, “if people would look us in the face. Everything felt like it was over.”

There was a long period of reflection, a sort of self-preservation for themselves and their families. And then, the music did come, albeit not like before.

By the time they approached former Thursday vocalist Geoff Rickly with a batch of instrumental tracks, an updated creative template had been forged and the singer’s famously eclectic musical interests – which he spent the last few years exploring as both a solo artist and as a member of United Nations – somehow perfectly aligned with this new direction.

“To be honest, I never really listened to Lostprophets,” Rickly admits. “But with this music, we speak a common language. You don’t really grow out of punk, you grow with it. To my mind, post-punk was about taking a more sophisticated approach to that sound, and I think we all have a shared respect for that era of modern music.”

After much consideration, Rickly agreed to front the new project. In light of the recent controversy, no one believed that this was an easy request.

“I had always liked these guys in passing: they’re funny and self-aware. I didn’t think it was fair, what was happening to them. And, well, the music was too good to pass up,” he says, simply.

Which is to say that this story is not so much about alienation as it is about connection, and it’s not about redemption as much as personal reclamation. No Devotion provided a vehicle for its members to become themselves again, and the two songs that comprise this, their debut 12-inch for Collect Records, were the fuel.

“We didn’t know what else to do,” Richardson explains. “We just wrote music. I didn’t know if anyone would ever want to hear it, I didn’t know if anyone ever would hear it. I just needed to occupy my brain.” He pauses, then adds, “We just needed this.”

OCTOBER
28 – Brooklyn, NY – Glasslands (w/ Ricky Eat Acid, Black Clouds, Creepoid)

Tour: Beach Slang with Cheap Girls, Signals Midwest, and Lee Corey Oswald

Beach SlangPhiladelphia, PA’s Beach Slang is heading out for a run of dates with Cheap Girls, Tiny Engines labelmates, Signals Midwest, and Lee Corey Oswald.

OCT 10 – Chicago, IL @ Township w/ Cheap Girls & The Gunshy
OCT 11 – Fort Wayne, IN @ Brass Rail w/ Cheap Girls
OCT 12 – Toronto, CAN @ Cave w/ Cheap Girls, Tragic Hearts & Liver
OCT 13 – Buffalo, NY @ The Mohawk w/ Cheap Girls, Newish Star, Softlines
OCT 14 – Brooklyn, NY @ St. Vitus w/ Cheap Girls, Signals Midwest & Lee Corey Oswald
OCT 15 – Boston, MA @ Middle East w/ Cheap Girls, Signals Midwest & Lee Corey Oswald
OCT 16 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes w/ Cheap Girls, Signals Midwest & Lee Corey Oswald
OCT 17 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fire w/ Cheap Girls, Signals Midwest & Lee Corey Oswald
OCT 18 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe w/ Cheap Girls, Signals Midwest & Lee Corey Oswald
OCT 19 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop w/ Cheap Girls, Signals Midwest & Lee Corey Oswald

OCT 31 – NOV 02: Gainesville, FL @ The Fest!

Four Year Strong Announces 2015 Winter Tour Dates

Four Year StrongFrom the ol’ inbox:

New England melodic-hardcore band Four Year Strong has announced plans for a headlining tour in January with support from Canadian hardcore band Comeback Kid. The tour will kick off on January 6th in South Burlington, VT and end on January 24th in Amityville, NY. VIP and pre-sale tickets will go on sale Tuesday, October 7th at 10AM ET. Tickets will be available to the general public on Friday, October 10th at 10AM ET. Visit FourYearStrongMusic.com for additional information.

Four Year Strong will also be on the road this fall for “The Go Down In History Tour” with Transit, Such Gold and Seaway in support of their new EP, Go Down In History.

Four Year Strong Tour Dates:
Nov 1 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge (w/Transit, Such Gold)
Nov 2 – Lawrence, KS – Granada Theatre (w/Transit, Such Gold, Seaway)
Nov 3 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theater (w/Transit, Such Gold, Seaway)
Nov 4 – Murray, UT – Murray Theater (w/Transit, Such Gold, Seaway)
Nov 6 – San Francisco, CA – Slims (w/Transit, Such Gold, Seaway)
Nov 7 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour (w/Transit, Such Gold, Seaway)
Nov 8 – Pomona, CA – Glass House (w/Transit, Such Gold, Seaway)
Nov 9 – San Diego, CA – SOMA (w/Transit, Such Gold, Seaway)
Nov 11 – Mesa, AZ – Nile Theater (w/Transit, Such Gold, Seaway)
Nov 13 – Houston, TX – Walter’s Downtown (w/Transit, Such Gold, Seaway)
Nov 14 – Dallas, TX – The Door (w/Transit, Such Gold, Seaway)
Nov 15 – Austin, TX – Red 7 (w/Transit, Such Gold, Seaway)
Nov 17 – St. Louis, MO – Ready Room (w/Transit, Such Gold, Seaway)
Nov 18 – Columbus, OH – Skully’s (w/Transit, Such Gold)
Nov 19 – Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theatre (w/Transit, Such Gold)
Nov 20 – Cleveland Heights, OH – Grog Shop (w/Transit, Such Gold, Seaway)
Nov 21 – Buffalo, NY – Waiting Room (w/Transit, Such Gold, Seaway)
Dec 27 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium (w/State Champs, A Loss For Words)
Jan 6 – South Burlington, VT – Higher Ground (w/Comeback Kid)
Jan 7 – Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre (w/Comeback Kid)
Jan 8 – Toronto, ON – The Opera House (w/Comeback Kid)
Jan 9 – Pontiac, MI – The Crofoot (w/Comeback Kid)
Jan 10 – Louisville, KY – Vernon Club (w/Comeback Kid)
Jan 11 – Nashville, TN – Exit/In (w/Comeback Kid)
Jan 13 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle (w/Comeback Kid)
Jan 14 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade (w/Comeback Kid)
Jan 15 – Charleston, SC – Music Farm (w/Comeback Kid)
Jan 16 – Ybor City, FL – The Orpheum (w/Comeback Kid)
Jan 17 – Orlando, FL – The Beacham Theatre (w/Comeback Kid)
Jan 18 – Jacksonville, FL – Underbelly (w/Comeback Kid)
Jan 20 – Richmond, VA – The Broadberry (w/Comeback Kid)
Jan 21 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar (w/Comeback Kid)
Jan 22 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza (w/Comeback Kid)
Jan 23 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer (w/Comeback Kid)
Jan 24 – Amityville, NY – Revolution (w/Comeback Kid)

Video: NEWMOON @ Hightime Sessions

NewmoonNewmoon recently stopped in at Hightime Studios and recorded a live set that includes songs off their debut 7″ EP Invitation To Hold as well as some new material. The Belgium shoegaze and dream-pop influenced band proves that they’re a great unit live in their style of ethereal music.