Friday, 21 October 2016


Atlanta power trio WHORES. have debuted an all new single titled "Mental Illness As Mating Ritual". It is the third track we've heard from the band off their forthcoming debut LP.

“’Mental Illness As Mating Ritual’ is a super personal song," says frontman and guitarist Christian Lembach. "It's sort of about four different things: parallel universes, health care, circuses and laundry. Everyone experiences suffering at some point, and some people hurt so much and for so long that a healthy and fulfilling life can feel like it's make-believe."

"Mental Illness As Mating Ritual" is available for streaming and as an iTunes Instant Gratification download, meaning that fans who preorder the record will receive the song instantly.

WHORES. will release GOLD. on October 28th, 2016 via Entertainment One (eOne), the first for their new label home. GOLD. will be available overseas via SPV. The debut LP was recorded at Parhelion Studios with producer Ryan Boesch (Helmet, Fu Manchu, Melvins) The band is also revealing the artwork for GOLD. done by Patrick Copeland.

GOLD. is the follow up to the highly buzzed about EP Clean (2013), which was widely cheered by critics. Also recorded by Boesch, the record sold out within a month, prompting the band to quickly release a second pressing. Clean is now on its fourth pressing.

The band will join TORCHE in supporting RED FANG later this fall. Dates will kick off on November 18th at Slim's in San Francisco, spanning coast to coast before wrapping up at the Wonder Ballroom in Portland on December 17th. "Red Fang and Torche are both huge inspirations, and we're flattered to be a part of this amazing tour," says Lembach. "Imminent tacos to follow."

The band has also announced its plans to participate in the 2016 AFTERSHOCK FESTIVAL this October, playing alongside the likes of SLAYER, TOOL, PRIMUS, BARONESS and DEAFHEAVEN. The band will also set out on headlining dates surrounding their appearance at AFTERSHOCK FESTIVAL.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Crowbar Debut Title Track from New LP

October 20, 2016 - Riff lords Crowbar have debuted the self-titled track "The Serpent Only Lies" today, the third track from the NOLA legends' forthcoming LP. " In my opinion, this song is the epitome of the Crowbar sound," says frontman Kirk Windstein. "It starts out fast and heavy and breaks into a wall of melodic doom before switching gears again. Play it loud!"

The "The Serpent Only Lies" single is available for streaming and as an iTunes Instant Gratification download, meaning fans who preorder the record will receive the song instantly.

Crowbar will release The Serpent Only Lies, on October 28, 2016 via Entertainment One (eOne) in North America and via SPV overseas. "We are so excited about our 11th studio record! The Serpent Only Lies is a powerful follow up," adds Windstein. "Eliran Kantor did a brilliant job with the artwork!" The Serpent Only Lies will be the follow up to the highly buzzed about Symmetry in Black. That album sold over 4,000 copies in its first week of release in 2014, the highest of any LPs in the band’s 27 year career, beating out its predecessor, 2011's Sever the Wicked Hand.

1. Falling While Rising 2. Plasmic And Pure 3. I Am The Storm 4. Surviving The Abyss 5. The Serpent Only Lies 6. The Enemy Beside You 7. Embrace The Light 8. On Holy Ground 9. Song Of The Dunes 10. As I Heal

For nearly three decades, the name Crowbar has been synonymous with HEAVY. Since rising ominously from the swamplands of New Orleans in 1990, they’ve been hailed internationally as one of the world’s foremost purveyors of crushing, melodic sludge. The Serpent Only Lies, is both an affirmation of the band’s staying power and a nod to their legacy. “To me, it’s a fresh-sounding version of old-school Crowbar,” says Windstein.

“I intentionally went back and listened to a lot of old Crowbar stuff, like the self-titled and Broken Glass albums, to get a feel for what my mindset was 20-plus years ago. I also went back and listened to the bands that influenced Crowbar in the beginning, like Trouble, Saint Vitus, Melvins, and the first Type O Negative record. So it was kinda me doing my homework.”

The result is an album that stands toe-to-toe with those early Crowbar classics while maintaining the lumbering hooks of mid-period standouts like 1998’s Odd Fellows Rest and 2000’s Equilibrium. “Even lyrically, the approach was a little more old-school,” Windstein offers. “Some of the songs have less lyrics to let the riffs breathe a little more, which I had kind of gotten away from over the years. It was a conscious thing to go back to that.”

The tour cycle for The Serpent Only Lies marks the return of original Crowbar bassist Todd “Sexy T” Strange, who left the band back in 1999 but now joins Windstein, drummer Tommy Buckley and guitarist Matt Brunson in forging Crowbar’s future. “Todd helped start the band, so having him back is important to me and, I think, the fans,” Windstein offers. “It’s a great feeling to be standing onstage next to him. It’s a breath of fresh air for the band and makes us stronger.”

“Having this be our eleventh record, we’re very fortunate because so many bands don’t last this long,” Windstein adds. “My whole outlook on music as a career is the Motörhead outlook, which is that slow and steady wins the race. If you continue to put out killer records, continue to kick ass onstage every night and continue to treat your fans with respect, that’s the stuff people will remember.”

Rejjie Snow debuts new track "Pink Beetle"

Rejjie Snow just released his new track, Pink Beetle which was hand selected by BBC Radio 1's Annie Mac as her 'Hottest Record in the World.' The track was produced by Rahki (Kendrick Lamar), who is currently working with Snow on his debut album, which will be available via 300 Entertainment (Fetty Wap, Young Thug). The track is his second on the label, following the release of D.R.U.G.S, which received hype from the likes of Billboard, XXL Mag, FADER, Dazed, i-D and was added into rotation on Beats 1 by Zane Lowe as a Breaking Record.

Rejjie Snow has been rhyming since he was a kid in north Dublin. Moving to Georgia, USA aged 17 on a soccer scholarship, before switching from sports to the mic full time to drop his first mixtape, Rejovich in 2013. The five track set introduced the world to his surreal style and villainous eloquence, and has amassed over six million plays. In June 2015, Snow released his debut single proper, All Around the World, produced by Cam O’bi (Chance the Rapper, Vic Mensa), quickly followed by Blakkst Skn, produced by Kaytranada and featuring Rae Morris, in November.

BRETT NEWSKI Chicken-Scratches Sharp Lyrics to Raw Pop Tunes Wherever He Is

There’s something unorthodox about the indie-pop songs of singer/songwriter and full-time nomad BRETT NEWSKI. Yet, underneath the 3-minute songs, 4-note melodies and odd ball lyrics lie eyes that have seen things – from asking “Would you like fries with that” to touring tirelessly across Europe in a car called (unironically) “Chuck Ragan the Car”, to dodging komodo dragons while trying to write his latest independently released album LAND, AIR, SEA, GARAGE (release date: November 1, 2016). And to kick off the release of this record, he’s hitting the road, including a handful of dates joining Violent Femmes on the West Coast. (dates below)

Instead of charging at the music industry through the front door with a label deal (or with a bulldozer on a reality competition show), he toughed it out, avoiding the “American Dream” at all costs. Sans label, instrument endorsements, or even a heavy-hitting manager who could hook him up with dream collaborations, like McCartney or Dylan, Newski instead took to the road with a couple of bucks and became a nomad. He found inspiration (and paid gigs) in Vietnam, South Africa, Germany, and (gasp) Wisconsin to write this album, Land, Air, Sea, Garage – his second. “The album is about diving into the world with no safety net and landing on your feet,” he says.

Kicking off with the power-pop team sing-a-long of “Garage” with its la-la-la’s ringing out like an outtake from an early Matthew Sweet record, Land, Air, Sea, Garage is rife with pop gems that posit themselves deep and fast. From the acoustic twang of “Mind At Large” to the placid ballad “I Won’t Die A Nun” to singalong of “Bending Spoons & Skipping Prayers” to the contemplative closer “While The World Outside Dissolves”, the album showcases Newski’s impeccable ability to “anchor songs with super catchy melodies and melancholy lyrics with subtle wit” (as Guitar World says quite accurately), making common press comparisons to the likes of Frank Turner, Weezer, Jonathan Richman, Elliot Smith and Mountain Goats not too far out of the ordinary.

A creatively prolific artist who dabbles not only in music and touring but in amateur filmmaking as well, Newski and his tour manager “The Danimal” have created a YouTube web series called “Crusty Adventures” which documents the dark underbelly of touring and the strange events that unfold between gigs, including tales of blackmail in Germany, flaming brake rotors down a mountainside in Norway, and soberingly, the terrorism in Brussels during the wake of the Paris attacks.

In addition to filmmaking, he also spent some time in Saigon, writing jingles for television campaigns. These jingles included a massively successful commercial for tampons, which earned him the esteemed title “The Vagina King of Vietnam” by his creative director.

Land, Air, Sea, Garage was recorded at a surf camp in (literally) the Sri Lankan jungle (where it wasn’t uncommon for him to glance out the window of his hut and spot a komodo dragon foraging for its next meal) and at the equally exotic locale of Madison, Wisconsin. It was produced by Brett Newski and The Danimal except “Mind At Large” which was produced by Victor Delorenzo of Violent Femmes and will be released in the U.S. on November 1, 2016.

Land Air Sea Garage - US: 21 Oct Pomona, CA Fox Theater w/ Violent Femmes 23 Oct San Diego, CA Observatory North Park w/ Violent Femmes 24 Oct Ventura, CA Ventura Theatre w/ Violent Femmes 03 Nov Racine, WI George’s Tavern 04 Nov Madison, WI The Frequency 05 Nov Milwaukee, WI Cactus Club 06 Nov Chicago, IL Uncommon Ground 10 Nov Burnsville, MN The Garage 11 Nov Minneapolis, MN The Warming House 12 Nov Rock Island, IL Rozz Tox 13 Nov Des Moines, IA The Basement – Des Moines Social Club 14 Nov Cedar Falls, IA Cedar Valley House Concerts 15 Nov Cedar Rapids, IA Mad Modern 17 Nov Newport, KY Southgate House Revival Room 18 Nov Toledo, OH Fleetwood’s Taproom 19 Nov Pittsburgh, PA Black Forge Coffee House 20 Nov Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom 22 Nov Appleton, WI Stone Cellar Brewpub 23 Nov Bloomington, IL Castle Theatre 01 Dec New York, NY Rockwood Music Hall 03 Dec Boston, MA Cafe 939 04 Dec Philadelphia, PA Bourbon & Branch

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

DEVILSKIN unveil new video 'Pray' from their forthcoming new album 'Be Like the River' released on November 11th

DEVILSKIN are amped to announce their second studio album, Be Like The River will release on Friday November 11, 2016. To coincide with the release of Be Like The River, the band unveil a new video for the single Pray. Pray is a killer track with a punchy, combative riff and a deep message about friendship, betrayal and hope. Watch now the Pray video directed by Tim Van Dammen here:

The band comment "we are beyond excited to be releasing our new studio album Be Like The River on November 11th. The title comes from a lyric of ours 'Be like the river and cut through the stone', the message is about reaching your goals through perseverance and unwavering determination. It has been an incredible journey so far for Devilskin and we feel this album really encapsulates and represents our evolution as a band, as songwriters and as people.”

Be Like The River will be available as an 11 track album, 13 track deluxe pack and Gatefold LP vinyl edition. Pre-Sales are available now from iTunes. The album was recorded at Modern World Studios, Tetbury in the United Kingdom after Devilskin’s European Tour. After the success of We Rise the band maintained their strong working relationships, continuing the very successful and creative association with Producer Clint Murphy, Murphy produced and mixed the album, and working alongside Ryan Smith from Sterling Sound New York who mastered both albums.

Barny Bewick from Indium Design created the artwork for the album. Devilskin say “we are incredibly proud of these songs and it was crucial to have the right visuals for the album so we again utilised the talents of Barny to create artwork that is as stunning and evocative as the music on the album.” Devilskin’s debut album We Rise released in 2014, went straight to the top of the charts remaining as the Number 1 Album and Number 1 Kiwi Artist Album for 3 weeks and achieving Gold Sales after only 2 weeks. UK and European show followed where the band were met by critical acclaim .

Devilskin have established themselves as a household name in their native New Zealand. Formed in Hamilton in 2010 this four piece rock band are bonded by blood. Paul (bass) and Nic (drums) are father and son, Jennie (vocals) is Nics’ Aunt and Pauls’ sister in law, Nail (guitar) is Pauls evil twin.

Following the release of their second album Be Like The River Devilskin “start 2017 with a massive gig in Christchurch out doors & next to Canterbury Cathedral that was damaged in the earthquakes in 2010, we see the New Year in with our friends HALESTORM before we head to Australia with them for some shows on the East Coast. We definitely want to get back to the UK and Europe early in the new year and we are currently locking in dates. Watch this space! “