From the already-mentioned forthcoming Howl EP, MTHR have released an acoustic version of the title track. As if its original form wasn’t haunting enough, the acoustic rendition of “Howl” amps up the melancholy and dreariness conducive to the current cold climate we’re experiencing. Rick Contes’ slow and steady guitar strumming paired with Ally Hoffman’s sweet and dream-like vocals that seems to echo, create a hollow and empty space to get lost in. It’s the sound of doom and gloom at its finest. And that is indeed a fine thing.
Back in 2013, we brought your attention to Boston’s Funeral Advantage. They call themselves dreampop in their style. And this is pretty right on the money. Listening to their music, you get the sense that they have always been around and studied the shoegaze styles of those late 80’s and 90’s bands that pioneered the genre. They are all square in the center of all things My Bloody Valentine, Lush, Slowdive, and even Cocteau Twins. But instead of being some carbon-copy rehashing the music, Funeral Advantage (also known as Fun/Adv) put their own spin by creating a more subdued and restrained approach. This all ends up being a more dream-like sound that adheres to the dreampop tag but also conveys a feeling of warmth and being softly drowned in the waves of the music.
The band has release a handful of EPs and singles and today the band is unleashing a new song, and video, in the form of “Not In My House”. The song is a part of a 2-song flexi 7″ EP (and digital) released by The Native Sound. The video, directed by Justin Ziebell, is a splash of soft colors and images superimposed on the band performing at close-ups while the dream-like sounds echo throughout.
Funeral Advantage has since evolved into a full-fledged band including live/ touring members, and a busy schedule of releases this year. Having shared the stage with bands as diverse as Alvvays, Whirr, Craft Spells and Cloakroom, Funeral Advantage plays a brand of dream pop with roots in The Smith’s grim, yet jangly guitars, and the reverb-drenched pop of current-day bands such as Beach Fossils and Real Estate.
The band’s first release with The Native Sound is a double a-side single available both digitally, and as a limited edition hand-numbered 7″ flexi disc, titled Not In My House / That’s That.
You can pre-order the 7″ flexi and digital here.
Although specifics are not yet announced, Sacramento noise metal band Will Haven have announced that they will be releasing a new EP on May 19th. Titled Open The Mind To Discomfort, this will be the band’s new recordings since 2011′s Voir Dire, which also marked the return of vocalist Grady Avenell.
It’s about time some new Will Haven was unleashed. The world needs it.
Florida’s hardcore punk band As Friends Rust have been in and out of hiatus since their heyday in the late 90′s. The band was and still is comprised of members from notable bands in the Florida hardcore and punk scene. Too many to list. On the heels of the band’s reunion show, and first in seven years, at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, NY on April 30th, they will also see the retrospective collection, The Porch Days: 1998-2000 released.
THE PORCH DAYS: 1998-2000 is a collection of material from the definitive As Friends Rust era. More commonly referred to as the ‘Coffee Black’ era, this lineup, while not the most productive in terms of output, best captured the band’s distinct narrative, and really cemented their brand of melodic hardcore punk.
The release rounds up all of this classic lineup’s gems, from “Home is Where the Heart Aches” and “The First Song on the Tape You Make Her” to the eponymous 6-Song EP including “Coffee Black” and “Like Strings” and additionally features the band’s cover of Circle Jerk’s “Operation” plus live recordings of two songs that were never recorded or released, for a total of 10 from the rusty 5!
From the band:
“There’s a story told in this collection, and it’s not just in the songs and lyrics. It’s in the intangible; in the raw and hasty production, in the urgent live execution, in the clashing of personalities, tastes and writing styles, and in the overall feeling of not being able to rely on anyone but each other and ourselves. Like a pack of feral dogs, this lineup raised each other. We laughed, fought, destroyed and barely ate. But we did all of that together. Welcome to the porch.”
Keep an eye out on Demons Run Amok Entertainment as they’re doing the release.
I am wildly thrilled to shout this out as loud as I can shout out a thing: BEACH SLANG HAS SIGNED TO POLYVINYL!!!
I say the thing and it feels way too “no way” to be real. But it is.
Things like this don’t happen without an army of sweet hearts. To everyone who wrote about us, came to a show, bought a record, told a friend, wore a shirt, sang along and/or believed there was something about this that mattered enough, I don’t know how to say “thank you” in a way that let’s you know how much I really mean it. But, man, know that I do.
Alright, let’s do the thing.
Additionally, the band has started their tour with Cursive. See the dates below.
All things pop and punk and more singer songwriter Charli XCX recently stopped in at BBC Radio 1′s Live Lounge where she tackled a cover of Taylor Swift‘s hit single “Shake It Off”. The “Boom Clap” snarky and punk-inflected singer managed to twist up the song into a faster-paced pop-punk version of the original.
Watch and listen below.
The story of Cayetana is the story of punk rock. No matter the age, no matter the place, punk rock is all about seizing a moment in time. It is about not waiting for approval or permission to create art. Punk rock is simply about doing it yourself and doing it now. So, it did not matter that these three friends came together to start a band yet knew very little about their instruments. This was their journey to take together. And from there, Cayetana was born. Learning and growing together these friends have crafted a sound that is as organic as music can possibly be. So, it is no surprise how perfectly everything fits into place here. The memorable vocals, the affecting lyrics, the rolling, imaginative bass, and the steady, spiky drums all showcase the remarkable chemistry of three musicians / friends completely in tune with one another. Pulling from elements and influences of indie and folk, Cayetana’s sound is all inclusive. It’s raw and unflinching, imperfect and beautiful. Yes, Cayetana grabbed their moment. Yes, Cayetana is punk rock.
Northern California’s Shoegaze duo Them Are Us Too have drawn comparisons to Cocteau Twins, Kate Bush, The Sundays and The Cure. While the group finds common grounds with these classic bands of the genre and style. they up the ante by adding a more current and new sound. The music is dream-like and filled with pop hooks while the vocals have a reverb-drenched noise that cements the duo’s sound square in the middle of the shoegaze and dream-pop styles.
Them Are Us Too have signed with Dais Records and will see the release of their debut LP, Remain, on March 24th. The group has premiered a song off the LP, “Us Now”. Listen below.
Bay-area fuzzed-out noise hooligans WHIRR will be hitting the road in the Spring for a trek all across the U.S. Well, most and some of U.S. and not FloriDUH! Adventures, Wildhoney, and Wild Moth will be joining them at various dates.
April 2 – Denver, CO @ The Moon Room
April 3 – Omaha, NE @ O’Leaver’s
April 4 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean (w/ Pity Sex)
April 5 – Lansing, MI @ Mac’s Bar
April 6 – Lakewood, OH @ Mahall’s
April 7 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Roboto Project
April 8 – New York, NY @ Baby’s All Right
April 9 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Upstairs
April 10 – Washington, DC @ DC9
April 11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Ortlieb’s (early all ages)
April 11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Ortlieb’s (late +21)
April 12 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter (w/ Wildhoney)
April 14 – Atlanta, GA @ The Drunken Unicorn
April 15 – Nashville, TN @ Cafe Coco
April 16 – Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone
w/ Wild Moth
April 17 – Fort Worth, TX @ Lola’s
April 18 – Austin, TX @ Red7
April 19 – San Antonio, TX @ Korova
April 20 – El Paso @ Tricky Falls
April 21 – Phoenix, AZ @ Pub Rock
April 22 – Las Vegas @ Bunkhouse Saloon
April 23 – Bakersfield, CA @ Muso’s Gym
April 25 – Oakland, CA @ 1234 Go Records!
Boasting such diverse and eclectic influences such The Cure, Pink Floyd, and Nick Drake, Seattle native Isaac Aubrey is A Heart In The Stillness. The debut full-length is From Here We’ll Watch the Dawn and it’s deeply-grounded in neofolk that expands the music palette to melancholic doom and gloom. It’s a truly haunting piece of music in not only its simplicity but the nuances of layers and ambience it creates. Pushed further by Aubrey’s deeply personal and observational lyrics and words, this is the type of music that will stir you down to the core.
Here’s the skinny from their press release:
On From Here We’ll Watch the Dawn, Seattle native Isaac Aubrey channels diverse influences such as Nick Drake, early Cure and neofolk, but filters them through an outlook and spirit entirely his own. Armed with little more than voice, acoustic guitar, dreamy synth and sparse percussion, Aubrey pens evocative, dark folk songs to fight through the difficulties of life instead of wallowing. His weathered voice and observant lyrics achieve contemplation without narcissism and depth without pretension. From the stark lament of “A Wound for Everyone” to the loving ode of “Hidden Laws of Providence” to the cathartic passage of “Old Skin,” conviction and wisdom flow abundantly throughout the album’s concise runtime.
From Here We’ll Watch the Dawn is available now from Nostalgium Directive who have also made some great releases in Wildhoney, Hollow Sunshine, Nostalgist, and a few others. The record is limited to 300 copies, and is packaged in a matte-finish jacket screenprinted by Print’s Not Dead with a polylined inner sleeve, a double-sided, poster-sized insert and a download code. You can order it here.