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Belgium’s Newmoon Sign with Secret Voice; “Invitation To Hold” 7″ EP Out Soon

NewmoonBelgium’s Newmoon have joined the Secret Voice family to soon release their Invitation To Hold 7″ EP. 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.

HAVE A NICE LIFE Premiere Video for “Dan and Tim, Reunited by Fate”

Have_a_Nice_LifeConnecticut’s post-anything & everything group Have A Nice Life have premiered a video for the song “Dan and Tim, Reunited by Fate” off their recently-released The Unnatural World LP thanks kindly to the folks at Alarm Magazine. The video, directed by Gardenback, has imagery “bathed in a thick red-orange light, follows a scared and confused-looking guy, floating between reality and dreams of a ritualistic ceremony.” Furthermore, “Other than shots of flickering flames, skulls, and the doe-eyed Loren Peta, we don’t see much of the action happening in the scene. Instead, the song helps to tell the chilling narrative, reflected in the man’s nervous eyes.”

Needless to say, it adds a new level of allure to an already great song in a great record. Read our review of The Unnatural World here.

You can still pick up The Unnatural World from The Flenser here. And you should. Nay. You must!

Introducing: Wayfarer

Wayfarer Promo PhotoI’m a sucker for simple folk songs played by former members of punk and post-hardcore bands. There’s something about the sort of songwriting sensibilities that musicians with backgrounds in heavier styles of music bring to the craft of penning pared-down tunes with little more than their voice and an acoustic guitar. Rocky Votolato did it following his time in Waxwing, Derek Archambault of Defeater is doing it with his solo project Alcoa, Chris McCaughan has been at it for years with Sundowner, and Chuck Ragan has long proven himself more than capable of holding his own in his time away from Hot Water Music. Continue reading…

UNRESTRAINED Release New Song “Ethel Mertz”; New Album ‘Forward Onto Death’ Out On May 2014

UNRESTRAINEDPortland, OR’s hardcore band Unrestrained are set to release a new album, Forward Onto Death, in May 2014 via Trip Machine Laboratories. To whet your appetite, the band has premiered a song and video for the track “Ethel Mertz”.

Unrestrained‘s sound is deeply-rooted in 90′s hardcore. Listening to them will harken back to bands like Indecision, Deadguy, Kiss It Goodbye, and a few others but they have they have their own style and feel. None more so evident than with this new track. Even the video itself lends for a view of what hardcore was really like and what it meant. Unrestrained are the real deal when it comes to hardcore.

Battleghost Announces EP, Releases Video For “Stateless”

Battleghost - Transient EPVirginia pop-punk outfit Battleghost has announced that they’ll be releasing a new EP entitled Transient. The EP is currently slated for a May 15th release.

You can check out the video for “Stateless”, the lead track from the upcoming EP, below, and read on for the Transient EP track listing.

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Frontier(s) To Release New 12″ EP “White Lights” on May 24th on Tiny Engines

FrontiersFrontier(s), the post-punk band comprised of members of Elliott, Falling Forward, Mouthpiece, and The Enkindels, will be making their Tiny Engines debut on the White Lights 12″ EP. The EP is set to be released on May 24th and saw band recording once again with Elliott / Wax Fang drummer Kevin Ratterman (My Morning Jacket, Young Widows, Coliseum) at La La Land Studios in the band’s hometown of Louisville, KY.

Furthermore, the EP was originally scheduled to be a two or three song 7″, but the band ended up recording 5 songs and over 20 minutes of new music.

Pre-ordering info as well as a song premiere coming soon in April. Check out the tracklisting below.

frontier-smallWhite Lights Track Listing

1. Higher Hills
2. 33/3
3. Our March
4. The Low High
5. Bare Hands

Tigers Jaw Announce U.S. Tour with Pity Sex, Petal, Loose Planes and Wild Moth

Tigers Jaw TourTigers Jaw have posted your dates for a jaunt across the U.S., mostly major cities, starting in June. Pity Sex, Petal, Loose Planes and Wild Moth will be along as well.

Tigers Jaw are releasing a new album, Charmer, via Run For Cover Records on Juen 3rd, just in time for the tour.

06/16 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer (Record Release Show)
06/17 Boston, MA @ Middle East Downstairs
06/18 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
06/19 Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck
06/20 Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
06/22 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
06/23 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
06/25 San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
06/26 Los Angeles, CA @ Center For Arts, Eagle Rock

Wildhoney To Release Debut LP via Deranged Records and Forward Records

WildhoneyBaltimore newgazers Wildhoney will not only be heading into the studio (Beat Babies Studios) in June to record their first full-length, but the LP will be released via a split collaboration between Deranged Records (Fucked up, The Men, Pleasure Leftist, White Lung) and Forward Records (Pity Sex and Radiator Hospital). Wildhoney have been creating some waves since their self-titled 7″ on Nostalgium Directive was released (review here) and they have a new 3-song EP titled Seventeen Forever out on April 20th on Photobooth Records. Listen to the track “Seventeen Forever” below.

Wovenhand Stream New Track “Hiss”; New Album “Refractory Obdurate” Available Now To Order

WovenhandDavid Eugene Edwards is Wovenhand. The former 16 Horsepower frontman formed Wovenhand in 2001 to release his more solo and unique efforts. Throughout numerous releases, Wovenhand‘s music has garnered some interesting and fitting comparisons, but in the end, the music stands out. For their seventh studio release, Refractory Obdurate, Wovenhand have partnered up with Deathwish Inc. for a launch date of April 29th. You can now pre-order the LP here.

In the meantime, Wovenhand have premiered a song off the LP titled “Hiss”. The track finds the group in a hard-driving rhythm that echoes the soundtrack to some twisted Western film as directed by David Lynch. It treads on some familiar sounds while still eliciting new and undiscovered emotions. If this is just a taste of the LP, the mind boggles at how great the whole thing will be. Listen to “Hiss” below.

Wovenhand is a band led by dedicated life-musician and lyricist, David Eugene Edwards. Over the last two decades, his prolific work in both Wovenhand and the legendary 16 Horsepower has influenced and inspired a generation of musicians throughout the expansive alternative music world.

Wovenhand cannot be described in traditional terms. Their sound is an organic, weavework of neo-folk, post rock, punk, old-time, and alternative sounds. All coming together as a vehicle for David’s soulful expression and constant spiritual self exploration. Sometimes sad and sorrowed and at other times uplifting, Wovenhand are always unforgettable in spirit and sound.

Refractory Obdurate is a moving masterwork that shows Wovenhand exploring louder roots hinted at on prior albums. As they maintain their melodious course, “Good Shepherd”, “Field of Hedon”, and “Hiss”, stomp forth with a newly amplified punk rock heart. While “The Refractory”, “Salome”, and “Obdurate Obscura” each ascend epically into a multi-layered haze. Ten songs in all, Refractory Obdurate plays as a beautifully crafted patchwork that transcends genres and expectation; a true artistic achievement, that only Wovenhand could offer.

20140225-112944.jpgRefractory Obdurate Track Listing:
01. Corsicana Clip
02. Masonic Youth
03. The Refractory
04. Good Shepherd
05. Salome
06. King David
07. Field of Hedon
08. Obdurate Obscura
09. Hiss
10. El-bow

Review: White Suns – Totem

White SunsWhite Suns
Totem
The Flenser Records

Every so often a band comes along whose music is so disturbing and jarring on the first initial listen that it prompts you to just stop halfway through their record. But then, you immediately keep playing and delve deeper into the record because it intrigues you and stirs your overall senses, redefining what it means to play heavy music that straddles a very thin line with noise and cacophony. This is akin to what was felt the first time hearing the music of an artist like Merzbow. But even though it may not be as extreme as that Japanese innovator of noise music, White Suns have created a very similar feel and kinship with Totem. Continue reading…