Archive for September, 2016

Kenny Dubman Releases Lead Single Off Debut Solo LP, ‘Reckless Abandon’

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New Jersey Guitarist and Songwriter Kenny Dubman (Prophet) has released “Ain’t Too Late For Memphis” off of his debut, solo LP Reckless Abandon. “Ain’t Too Late For Memphis” and Reckless Abandon are available to order on his Official SiteiTunes, and Amazon.

” ‘Ain’t Too Late For Memphis’, the leadoff track from Reckless Abandon’, is a comeback anthem. It’s the story of a musician that’s been out of the game for a long while and longs to break back in, but is not quite sure about how to make it happen….yes, it’s a bit autobiographic! ‘Memphis’ is really just a metaphor for getting off your ass and jumping in with both feet, which is definitely the route I took to make the album. Wrote the songs, rehearsed the band, and got in the studio as quickly as I could. Full steam ahead with reckless abandon, literally and figuratively!” – Kenny Dubman

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Reckless Abandon is the first solo effort from NJ native and lifelong six-stringer Kenny Dubman, a veteran of 3 albums with NJ melodic rockers Prophet. Loaded with earthy, organic 70’s influenced hard rock, Reckless Abandon will most certainly fill a gaping void in today’s musical climate. “I wanted to make a song record first; making a guitar record was never really part of the equation” says Dubman, though guitar fans will likely want for nothing on this offering. Blending elements of Bad CompanyDeep PurpleKansas, and Lynyrd Skynyrd with subtle hints of QueenOzzyMontrosePink Floyd, and RushReckless Abandon pays homage to it’s 70’s rock roots while still forging an identity of it’s own….due in no small part to Dubman’s powerful, raspy vocal performances. Lyrically, Reckless Abandontackles some deep and dark subject matter; not much boy-meets-girl fare on this record. “I’m not sure where these song ideas came from; I feel like they were channeled through me rather than originated within….like I didn’t really write them. I think the great Tony Joe White sums this syndrome up best: ‘….the music is all given to me anyway. Writing and playing and doing music not for the benefit of having a number one record, just to let it out of your soul, means somebody has fed it down to you.’ That’s right on the money”. Origin non-withstanding, Kenny Dubman has created (or channeled) something special on this record.

Do it justice. PLAY IT LOUD.

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Sunndrug (Ex-Norma Jean & Spitfire) Debut New Song

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Virginia Beach quintet Sunndrug has signed with Mind Over Matter Records to release their debut full-length, Exit Wounds, this fall. The group is streaming a new single from the album called “Shining”.

‘Shining’ was the last song we wrote before starting to record the album,” says vocalist Jimmy Reeves, who is also known for being the original bassist of the band Spitfire. “Its working title was ‘bonham song’ because the sonic inspiration for it came from the way Led Zeppelin played the blues. Its a jilted love story based around the setting of a well curated online life being a mirage for a person whose reality doesn’t live up to it. The end of the song is a moment on the record I’m particularly proud of because I think the music evokes something even without lyrics.

Sunndrug began as a songwriting outlet for Reeves as he worked his way through a crumbling relationship of over 10 years. When Reeves started writing Exit Wounds, he rekindled a musical partnership with former bandmate Chris Raines, who was the original drummer of Spitfire and also spent some time drumming in the metalcore band Norma Jean. The album constructs a narrative of a man coming apart at the seams as he attempts to get a fix on a reality that is nothing more than sand in his fist. After they completed the 12 tracks they enlisted a seasoned crew of musicians to help them take the songs to the stage.

Exit Wounds was mixed by Jeremy Simeon Howell Griffith and mastered by Andreas Magnusson. Pre-orders will soon be live at http://www.mindovermatterrecords.com/ and the album will also be available on vinyl.

Tour Dates:

9/10 @ 25 Watt – Richmond, VA
9/23 @ Back Bay Brewing – Virginia Beach, VA
9/24 @ The Garage – Winston-Salem, NC
11/05 @ Back Bay Brewing – Virginia Beach, VA

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No matter how far we wander, we always return home. For Jimmy Reeves and Chris Raines, this is true in the sense of not only their geography but also their musical partnership.

Exit Wounds began as a song-writing outlet for Reeves as he worked his way through a crumbling relationship of over 10 years and his former bandmate was yearning for a new musical venture after his hiatus from the road. The two continued to construct a narrative of a man coming apart at the seams as he attempts to get a fix on a reality that is nothing more than sand in his fist. During this time, Reeves made his way back to Virginia Beach.

The duo completed the song writing and then enlisted a seasoned crew of musicians to help them take these songs to the stage and Sunndrug was officially born.

Their debut record touches on themes of self-loathing and self-idolatry – that voice in your head that whispers to you that no one knows better than you do. Besides, you’re numb. Keep going, no matter the cost.

Exit Wounds is dark not only in its subject matter, but also in its tone and instrumentation. By seamlessly integrating electronics into the ebbing and flowing crashes, parts of this debut LP almost feel industrial, but not without a thick layer of melody floating on top of it. This is the sound of despair. This is the sound of thinking you’ve got it all figured out when nothing is as it seems.

For fans of: o’brother, Mars Volta, Mutemath, Nine Inch Nails

Boat Race Weekend Release First Single from Upcoming EP

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Emo trio Boat Race Weekend from Spokane, WA has announced that their new EP Throw Your Head to the World! will be released on 10/14. Today, the band is streaming the first single “Broken Teeth” on Soundcloud, a full-bodied track that is a reminder to smile, even while facing tough times.

It’s about having the strength and the courage to continue on, to work hard and persevere through the pain with your chin up,” says guitarist/vocalist Evan Kruschke. “It’s about smiling when it seems the world has given you nothing to smile about and knowing that despite whatever you have been through, or done, or seen, you are loved, and a blessing to many.

Throw Your Head to the World! was engineered, mixed, and mastered by Dawson Scholz (The Ongoing Concept) at Talk Studios in Rathdrum, Idaho. The cover photo was shot by Gianluigi Fiori, a bar owner in Italy that Kruschke came to know after spending some time performing in the country.

These are easily 4 of our favorite songs we have ever created,” says drummer Jay Orth. “We believe that this EP captures our true sound; from the song-writing, to the instrumentation, to the production. We wanted an EP that sounded like us, like how we sound in a live setting, something authentic- nothing overproduced. Dawson nailed it and we are very proud of it.

Pre-order Throw Your Head to the World! now on Bandcamp.

 Upcoming Shows:
9.10 @ The Charleston – Bremerton, WA
9.26 @ The Pin – Spokane, WA
10.15 @ The Big Dipper – Spokane, WA

About Boat Race Weekend:

Boat Race Weekend is an indie/alternative band based in Spokane , WA, comprised of three childhood best friends. Drummer Jay Orth, guitarist/singer Evan Kruschke, and bassist Collin Price attended Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA where they were asked to perform at a University event on short notice. They had to form a band and learn 9 cover songs in one week. When told that they had to have a band name, they jokingly came up with Boat Race Weekend after their favorite, legendary hometown event, the hydroplane races. The band then went on to perform at more Gonzaga events and house shows. Eventually, the trio began writing original music and performing around Spokane and throughout the Pacific Northwest. The band released their debut album, The Talisman in March 2015 which was featured on Indie Rock Cafe’s “Best DIY music of 2015”. The band’s live energetic performances earned them a place on Music Connection’s “Hot Live and Unsigned Bands of 2015”. Boat Race Weekend has constantly been playing shows throughout Washington, Idaho, and Oregon and has performed with bands such as The Story So Far, Comeback Kid, and Listener. The new EP “Throw Your Head to the World!” was recorded in rural Rathdrum, ID and was produced by The Ongoing Concept’s Dawson Scholz.

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Not A Planet Debut New Song “The World We Know”

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Indie rock quartet Not A Planet have released their new EP Smoke Bombs and Cigarettes: The History of Now on September 9th.  Listen to their second single “The World We Know” now.

“‘The World We Know’ is a tongue in cheek ‘State of the Union’ and commentary on our culture’s proneness and desire for violence, drama, and distraction,” says vocalist Nathan Corsi. “We tried to encapsulate the tension musically with very restrained verses and an explosive, frantic climax in the chorus. It’s almost like going through news cycles and waiting for the next tragedy or atrocity. The pressure just builds until suddenly, it bursts.”

Smoke Bombs and Cigarettes: The History of Now was produced by Jacob Bunton and engineered by Jason Elgin, with mastering by Brian Lucey (Black Keys, Muse, Dr Dog). The EP is the band’s sophomore release and follows up 2013’s The Few, The Proud, The Strange LP. Pre-orders are available now at the band’s website and fans that sign-up for the mailing list will receive a free download of the first single “Tell the Truth”.

Every day, Not A Planet is hustling.

In a circuitous route, Nathan Corsi, an Akron, Ohioan, made his way to Kansas City after a featured role in a year-long documentary about life as a busker in New York. It wasn’t long before Nathan and Liam Sumnicht, drummer native to KC, who love each other very much, made a rock and roll baby together, and named it “Not A Planet”. A rotating cast of bass players tagged in and out alongside the duo on national tours and local shows for years, but in 2012, William Sturges enlisted as a permanent player. They toured extensively as a trio until 2015, and during that time, put out the NapSack EP and The Few, The Proud, The Strange LP. Their music won local and national awards, and earned fans from all over the world. Accompanying Not A Planet since mid-2015, Nathan Showalter is touring with the band, with keys and harmonies that fill out further the already lush sound.

New music from the Not A Planet EP Smoke Bombs and Cigarettes, is being released late summer, with the first single “Tell The Truth” streaming now.

Undeniably fervent performances, bristling harmonies and catchy-as-fuck rock and roll songs are the Not A Planet signature.

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Smoke Signals Release “Epilogue” Music Video

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Metalcore quintet Smoke Signals has released a new music video and single for “Epilogue” off their forthcoming full length ANXIETY which is set to release on September 12th. Engineered, mixed and mastered by Simon Pettiford at Darkened Dreams Studios, the band’s new album is sure to turn heads as they push the limits of hard rock while combining their take on metal. Pre-orders are available today on the band’s web-store.

Guitarist, Britton Shrum commented, “”Epilogue” is a different type of song than we are normally used to writing. We really wanted to push the limits of the music we were already creating. This band will always be about pushing the limits of our creativity. “Epilogue” is a song about living life with depression, constantly second guessing things and then the effect that it can have on your life.” – Britton Shrum

In support of the quintet’s album release, they will be playing a string of shows in Texas next month. Keep up with the band on social media to find out when they play a city near you.

Watch Smoke Signals‘ new music video below.

About Smoke Signals:

Smoke Signals is metalcore band from Little Rock, AR. Blending a wide range of influences to create a refreshing vision in a genre becoming known for it’s cliches, Smoke Signals seeks to bring something to the table that is heavy, catchy, raw, visceral, emotionally charged, and above all else…REAL.

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FIGURE Announces Forthcoming ‘Monsters 7’ With Horror Filled Teaser! Pre-Order ‘Monsters 7’ NOW with Immediate Free Download of “The Ritual” with Dack Janiels

Heavy Bass and Universal Studio’s Hollywood Horror Nights soundtrack producer FIGURE has announced the release of his highly anticipated Monsters 7 with an intense mini-mix visualizer featuring imagery from such horror classics as The Evil Dead, The Shining, andSuspiria. Dropping October 7th, Monsters 7 is available for pre-order NOW with an immediate download of “The Ritual (ft. Dack Janiels)”.

“Keeping on with my tradition of all things spooky and creepy , Monsters 7 takes it back to some of my favorite haunts. Enjoy the Nightmares” – FIGURE

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Monsters 7 Track List:
1. The Exorcist
2. Black Magick
3. The Ritual (with Dack Janiels)
4. The Omen
5. RedRum (with Code Pandorum)
6. Hellraiser (with Bare)
7. Suspiria

Pre-Order ‘Monsters 7’ HERE & Download Figure and Dack Janiels “The Ritual” Free!

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Josh Gard, also known as Figure, has become a household name in bass music with a catalog that spans over 5 years and over 100 tracks. Figure is best known for his signature, heavy bass sounds, but his music has crossed various genres as heard on his most recent full-length LP, Gravity (2015, DOOM MUSIC). Figure also runs DOOM MUSIC which originally started as an outlet for his own music, but in 2016 will see the release catalog expand to include original releases from other artists for the first time, in addition to the highly anticipated Monsters 7.

Figure is back with his 7th annual Monsters release, seven brand new songs including guest appearances by Bare, Dack Janiels, & Code Pandorum. Following up his 2015, 66-track digital box set Monsters 6.66 this album is straight to the point, heavy bass and classic, monsters-inspired sound that Figure has crafted over the years. Having toured extensively throughout his career, you can hear the desired intent for his music to be heard in clubs and on large festival stages across the globe. Monsters 7 ranges from Dubstep & Drumstep all the way to heavy metal influenced sounds with live instruments played by Figure himself.

Figure started 2016 on the Paradox Tour with Excision, running through over 60 cities in just under three months playing for sold out crowds across North America, making solo trips to Europe and Australia in the spring and is now on tour again across North America headlining the Outta This World Tour withProtohype ( #OTWTour ). The touris a collection of weekend club dates, playing every major US market, including but not limited to New York, Los Angeles, Denver, Houston, San Francisco, Montreal, Vancouver, Orlando, Atlanta and many more. Figure will also make solo headline appearances this Halloween at Chicago’s Freaky Deaky & Maryland’s Nightmare Festival, ending 2016 with trips back to Europe to headline stages at I Love Techno Festival & Splash upon the end of the #OTWTour.

This Halloween Figure’s music will once again be featured at Universal’s Hollywood Horror Nights theme park in LA, having been featured in the theme park now for three years in a row. Figure’s song “Monster Mania” was featured in 2016’s brand new season of Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s episode titledBeing Frank, as well as various other Film/Tv placements in previous years.

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TSG Roster To Take Over Graveyard Tavern 10 Year Celebration Outdoor Festival Stage Alongside Styles & Complete

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The iconic Atlanta venue Graveyard Tavernhas announced the lineup of their October 8th 10 Year Celebration, including many of the hottest, emerging artists from the TSG Management roster. Headliners Electronic Hip Hop Duo Styles & Complete will be joined by CEDEK,Blaqout, Darku J, Mr. Kristopher, and Warden as well as Atlanta mainstaysJproppa, Mighty High Coup, and Sofa King Evil.

Get a taste of the TSG Graveyard Celebration below:

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