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AFI lead vocalist Davey Havok and guitarist Jade Puget have announced a November 18 release for XTRMST, the self-titled debut album from the duo’s new straight-edge hardcore band. The first single from the album, “Conformist,” will be available this coming Tuesday, October 7. In conjunction with this announcement, the pair have posted a brand new album track online called “Words For The Unwanted.” Listen now at www.xtrmst.com.
“Jade and I have been talking about starting a straight edge hardcore band for years,” says Havok. “We started writing and recording in early 2012 and chose the name XTRMST because it expresses the messages represented on the record. The straight edge movement is not one of moderation. It’s based in undeniable objective truths.”
“The straight edge philosophy is something that Davey and I gravitated towards at a young age, drawn by concepts and ideals that seem almost foreign in modern society,” says Puget. “Like much of the other subcultures we were a part of growing up, it put us at odds with 99% of the people around us, which was something we embraced. Being sXe for over 20 years and being musicians, it seemed natural that this crucial ideology would find a musical expression.”
The 14-track XTRMST album was produced and mixed by Puget at his home studio and at The Treehouse in Los Angeles, and its November 18 release will come via Dim Mak Records, the indie label founded by DJ/producer (and former member of hardcore band This Machine Kills) Steve Aoki. Although Aoki and Dim Mak are most often seen as leaders in the electronic dance music space, the release of the XTRMST album marks a return to Aoki and Dim Mak’s hardcore roots. “I got into straight-edge hardcore when I was a teen. It was my community, it was the reason I picked up a guitar, it’s the reason I was in bands, and ultimately it was the reason why I started Dim Mak,” says Aoki. Although no longer a staunch straight-edge follower today, Aoki expands, “I met Davey a while back and we bonded over our shared experiences in straight-edge culture. We found a lot of kinship there, and so it made sense for us to release an album that represents the spirit of what originally birthed Dim Mak.”
“I wanted these songs to be chaos, at times difficult to listen to, the wild architecture difficult to understand, but with a taste of the hardcore we grew up on thrown in. The vocals are raw and the main vocal in every song is the first take,” says Puget.
Fans began buzzing about XTRMST this past March, when Vacation Vinyl in Los Angeles offered free copies of a four-song cassette featuring a simple XT logo next to a sign that read, “Do you like hardcore? Fan of Straight Edge? If so – take this tape for free!” The tapes disappeared instantly and rumors of a new project from Havok and Puget lit up the Internet. When the rumor mill went into overdrive, Puget took to Twitter to announce, “Now that the cat is out of the bag, XTRMST is indeed Davey and I. More to come.”
“These songs are the purest expression of emotion, with no thought towards commerce or accessibility,” says Puget. “And the album was made with the amount of money you have in your pocket right now – just 2 people expressing their love and hate into microphones in a tiny room.”
01. Words For the Unwanted
03. Social Deathplay
08. The Breed
10. The Way
11. Swallow Your God
12. Dirty Nails
14. Coward Bow Your Head
Into It. Over It. will finish out the year on the road, playing dates this November and December with Lemuria in a unique tour that will feature both doing individual sets (Evan Weiss performing solo) as well as playing songs together. Along the way special guests will join them from time to time on stage as they travel from city to city. Upcoming tour dates below including Into It. Over It. full-band headline shows and dates with American Football and Mineral already in progress this October.
03 – Flint, MI – Flint Local #
04 – Hamilton, ON – Club Absinthe #
05 – London, ON – Rum Runners #
07 – Toronto, ON – Sneaky Dee’s #
08 – Montreal, QC – Cabaret Underworld #
09 – Burlington, VT – Signal Kitchen w/ Kevin Devine, #
10 – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Loft #
11 – New York, NY – Webster Hall w/ American Football (SOLD OUT)
17 – Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock
18 – Fargo, ND – The Aquarium
19 – Billings, MT – Railyard Ale House
21 – Reno, NV – The Holland Project
22 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent w/ Mineral
24 – Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy Theatre w/ Mineral
25 – Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy Theatre w/ Mineral
26 – Pomona, CA – The Glass House w/ Mineral
27 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom w/ Mineral
28 – El Paso, TX – The Lowbrow Palace
Oct 31 – Nov 2nd – Gainesville, FL – FEST 13 (set date TBA)
03 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade w/ Mineral
04 – Greensboro, NC – The Blind Tiger w/ Mineral
21 – McAllen, TX – Cine El Rey *
22 – Corpus Christi, TX – The Nasa *
23 – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s (Upstairs) *
26 – San Antonio, TX – 1011 *
28 – Austin, TX – Red 7 (Inside) * (Fun Fun Fun Nites Show)
29 – Albuquerque, NM – Gasworks *
30 – Phoenix, AZ – Rhythm Room *
01 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar *
02 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room *
03 – Fresno, CA – Strummers *
04 – Oakland, CA – New Parish *
05 – Portland, OR – Slabtown *
06 – Seattle, WA – Corazon *
07 – Boise, ID – The Crux *
08 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court *
09 – Denver, CO – Hi Dive *
10 – Lincoln, NE – VEGA *
# = With Foxing, Kittyhawk
* = With Lemuria
Whirr‘s debut LP, Pipe Dreams, originally released by Tee Pee Records in 2012, will see itself reissued this coming October 7th by Graveface Records. The reissue, now titled Pipe Dreams Redux, will not only be remastered by Jack Shirley, but it will also have brand new artwork and the originally-intended tracklisting and “very simply the way the band intended you hear/see it.”
Pre-orders for Pipe Dreams Redux are up and live now at Graveface’s webstore. More info as it becomes available and hopefully a teaser or two of these remastered songs.
Pipe Dreams Redux Tracklisting
2. Home Is Where My Head Is
8. Formulas and Frequencies
Celebrating 15 years as an independent record label, Robotic Empire gives you “Blood”, a 30 track free mixtape comprised entirely of label alumni’s side projects, solo material and/or otherwise rare/unreleased songs. Enjoy!
Additionally, the label expands on the idea behind the compilation:
Founded in 1999 under then-moniker Robodog Records, the label changed names 3 years later to Robotic Empire, exploring a wide range of genres and formats over 100+ releases. The longrunning independent label has carved out a reputation as one to push the envelope and a multitude of genres to new limits.
With this 15-year-celebratory free digital compilation simply titled “Blood”, a significant amount of the Robotic Empire’s illustrious musicians are represented through their current, side and solo projects.
With contributions from repeat offenders TORCHE, TILTS, PYGMYLUSH, HOLLOW SUNSHINE, TIDELAND and ALPACA, this sampler also spotlights a swath of new material from members of historic Robo bands PG.99, DAUGHTERS, ISIS, CAPSULE, RED SPAROWES, CRESTFALLEN, YOUNG WIDOWS, STOP IT!!, DIAL, ULTRA DOLPHINS, A STORM OF LIGHT, VERSE EN COMA and many more.
The lead track from 10-year label veterans TORCHE is oddly-enough named after Robotic Empire label owner, Andy Low. When asked further about the song, TORCHE vocalist/guitarist Steve Brooks commented:
“This is a lost track we recorded for the “Songs for Singles” record in 2010. We weren’t completely satisfied with how it turned out and planned on rewriting it one day. One of the riffs got used in “Letting Go” (Harmonicraft). It’s a tune I kinda forgot about until Andy Low (pack rat) sent us a copy asking if we’d be into having this on his new comp. Sure, why not? If it wasn’t for Mr Low, Rick and I wouldn’t have met, Torche might not have existed and who knows where we’d all be today? We decided to call the song “Andy Low” to make him uncomfortable/feel strange about his name as a song title AND because we love the hell out of him. “Andy Low” is for our boy Andy Low/Robodog/Robotic Empire Records. Enjoy!”
Quote label founder Andy Low in reaction to assembling this release:
“I’m truly humbled and fairly weirded-out to have a song named after me. But far more importantly, I’m blown away by the sheer talent that surrounds this free ‘mixtape’ release. Every song included amazes me in some manner, and the culmination of all this material yields the same kind of excitement I felt on the cusp of releasing our most influential records through the label’s history.
If you can, please take the time to check out the full release, especially the songs by bands you haven’t heard before. It was sequenced with a classic mixtape feel in mind, and set to flow as best possible with such a wide variety of material! With two tracks for each year of the label’s existence, there is a plethora of great new tunes lurking in here, which I hope you’ll find and enjoy.
A genuine and hearty thankyou is due to every artist who is a part of this, it means the world to be celebrating 15 years as a label with such amazing musicians, and their projects past, present and future!”
Blood Track Listing
1. Torche – Andy Low *
2. Passing Phases – In The Dark, In The Fire *
3. The Ar-Kaics – No, No, No
4. Tideland – Let Me In *
5. Big No – Turn It On *
6. Taiga – Excelsius *
7. Tilts – Thomas Jefferson II
8. Gull – Susquehannd (Cut) *
9. Christian Blunda – Faraway *
10. Hollow Sunshine – Stay Down
11. Big Hush – Wholes *
12. Snacktruck – Miracle Ball *
13. Wrong – Call It *
14. Decades/Failures – Blank Clocks *
15. Jaye Jayle – Space Girl *
16. Alpaca – Dark Lands
17. Society – Sympathised
18. Mustard Gas and Roses – The Hard Road *
19. Some Stranger – Cosmic Dust (Call 911)) *
20. Hell Night – Black Hornet
21. Chris Taylor – Train of Thought *
22. Crooked Son – Hum *
23. Medusa – Crack & Bleed
24. Nicholas Sadler – You Don’t Know Where You Are Anymore
25. Idolands – Back Pocket *
26. Ancient Sky – Mistakes *
27. Light Yourself on Fire – Get Got *
28. A Storm of Light – Effigy *
29. Howling Void – The Moaning Ache of a Time on the Edge of Collapse *
30. Pygmy Lush – Serve the Servants (Acoustic Demo) *
* denotes previously unreleased
When Nothing recorded their Downward Years To Come EP as released by A389 Recordings, a few of the songs didn’t make the final cut and ended up being reworked for their debut LP, Guilty of Everything. One of those originals songs was “B&E” and it was initially an acoustic track. Now Nothing head honcho Domenic Palermo has not only released the acoustic version of the song, but also made a video to accompany it. The black & white video is culled from footage of home surveillance systems to create a piece of an actual home invasion.
As Palermo himself puts it:
“I have been sleeping at very strange hours since returning from Asia. The past 6 days I’ve woken up at 5:24 or just minutes past like some low-budget horror film. So when it happened this morning, I went downstairs, sat at my dining room table, and started searching for home invasion video footage. I started ripping clips and splicing it together until it started looking like one break in. This went on until the sun finally came up.”
The acoustic version of “B&E” is available in the Downward Years To Come V2 EP out from A389 Recordings.
Chicago’s Dowsing, fresh off a Summer tour with The Sidekicks and Sundials, will head back out in October for a Fall run including dates at Pre-Fest in Tampa, FL and The Fest in Gainesville, FL. All dates are listed below. Facebook events page here. Tour poster here.
The band is out in support of their 2013 debut LP I Don’t Even Care Anymore as well as their recent split EP with Annabel, both out now on Count Your Lucky Stars.
Dowsing Fall Fest Tour
OCT 17 – Moline, IL @ Los Montes
OCT 18 – Omaha, NE @ Lucy’s Pub House
OCT 19 – Kansas City, MO @ Art Closet Studios
OCT 20 – Wichita, KS @ Kirby’s Beer Store
OCT 21 – Little Rock, AR @ Hollow House
OCT 22 – Fort Worth, TX @ 1919 Hemphill
OCT 23 – Houston, TX @ The Summit
OCT 25 – New Orleans, LA @ Community Records Block Party
OCT 26 – Hattiesburg, MS @ Yellow Fiddle
OCT 27 – Mobile, AL @ Industry Bar
OCT 28 – Tallahassee, FL @ PeteTheVenue
OCT 29 – Tampa, FL @ Big Pre-Fest in Little YBOR- Crow Bar
NOV 02 – Gainesville, FL @ The Fest- Boca Fiesta/Palomino (Outside)
NOV 03 – Birmingham, AL @ 1612
NOV 04 – Memphis, TN @ The Bakery
NOV 05 – Springfield, IL @ The Black Sheep
NYHC mainstays Madball have premiered a video for “Doc Marten Stomp” off their most recent album, Hardcore Lives. The video was shot and directed by Dave Causa.
Wovenhand, the band led by musician and lyricist David Eugene Edwards also of 16 Horsepower, have announced a run of dates in the U.S. for November. The band will be joined by Pontiak on a majority of dates that also include a stop at Fun Fun Fun Nites in Austin, TX.
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. Its 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 is always unforgettable in spirit and sound.
Wovenhand released its landmark effort Refractory Obdurate this past April via a partnership between Deathwish Inc. and Glitterhouse Records. Refractory Obdurate is a moving masterwork that shows Wovenhand exploring louder roots hinted at on prior albums.
Wovenhand – On Tour With Pontiak
Tue 11/4/2014 Santa Fe, NM- Skylight (no Pontiak)
Thur 11/6/2014 Lubbock, TX- Bash Riprock’s
Fri 11/7/2014 Austin, TX- FFF Nites, Venue TBA // Free Show
Sat 11/8/2014 Dallas, TX- City Tavern
Mon 11/10/2014 El Paso, TX- Lowbrow Palace
Tue 11/11/2014 Phoenix, AZ- Pub Rock Live
Wed 11/12/2014 Los Angeles, CA- Jewel’s Catch One ** ^^
Thur 11/13/2014 Atascadero, CA- Molly Pitcher // Free Show
Fri 11/14/2014 San Francisco, CA- Bottom of the Hill
Sat 11/15/2014 Arcata, CA- The Alibi
Mon 11/17/2014 Portland, OR- Hawthorne Theatre
Tues 11/18/2014 Bellingham, WA- The Shakedown
Wed 11/19/2014 Vancouver, BC
Thur 11/20/2014 Seattle, WA- Highline **
Fri 11/21/2014 Boise, ID- Neurolux
Sat 11/22/2014 Salt Lake City, UT- The Garage
** w/King Dude
^^ w/Spencer Moody, DJ Chelsea Wolfe
A four track preview of the Gone Girl soundtrack composed, arranged, performed, programmed, and produced by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, has been premiered. The four tracks explore the different contrasts and feels for the attached scenes and surely expand on the film work already done by Reznor and Ross. The movie is due out on October 3rd.
You can pre-order the soundtrack now in either a double-LP, CD, or digital formats. Click here to order.
Australia’s The Veronicas are a very enigmatic and curious duo. At least for fans of pop music here Stateside. They’re a pop group but aren’t afraid to mix it up and toy with different styles of music. Whether it’s dabbling in electronica to goth to power pop and punk, The Veronicas are all over the place. In recent years they’ve been very sporadic in releasing new music. So here we are now with some new tunes in what could promise a new album this year.
The twin sisters are back with “You Ruin Me”, a very laid-back and angst-ridden and quite melancholic ballad. It may not be the usual style for the duo, but it works perfectly. And the video, in always keeping with their dramatic and often-times tongue-in-cheek humor, is fitting for the song itself. It’s a tale of scorned objects of affection and seeking that oh-so satisfying revenge.