Archive for February, 2017

Smile Empty Soul Announce Release of New Album ‘Rarities’

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Alternative Rock veterans Smile Empty Soul have announced the release of Rarities, a compilation album built out of previously unreleased tracks written over the course of the last 14 years. Out March 10, 2017, Rarities is available to pre-order on the band’s Official Website in multiple bundle opportunities.

I’m happy to be releasing all these songs we’ve recorded over the years that never made our regular albums. its gonna be cool to see them get out there to our fans and maybe play a few of them at our live shows” – Sean Danielsen

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Smile Empty Soul vocalist and guitarist Sean Danielsen also independently released his debut, solo album, Product of Isolation, on January 13, 2017, which was ranked No.18 on the iTunes singer/songwriter chart.

“This album was my first venture into having a home studio and engineering and producing completely on my own. it was an amazing experience to make and i hope people can relate to it. i definitely poured myself into the songs, and i think that shows” – Sean Danielsen

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Alien Knife Fight Announce US Tour Dates With Scott H Biram

Some Girls EP Out NOW!

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Texas based Indie Rock duo Alien Knife Fight, who released their 5 track EP Some Girls released on 1/1/2017, has announced dates for their upcoming West Coast tour with Scott H Biram and Jesse Dayton. Kicking off March 24 at the Triple Nickle Tavern in Colorado Springs, CO before winding through Utah, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and California, finally wrapping up at Fitzgerald’s in Houston, TX on April 14.

AKF 2017 West Coast tour with Scott H Biram & Jesse Dayton:
03/23 @ Hoots Pub, Amarillo, TX
03/24 @ Triple Nickle Tavern – Colorado Springs, CO
03/25 @ 3 Kings – Denver, CO
03/26 @ Hodis Half Note – Fort Collins, CO
03/28 @ Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
03/29 @ Neurolux – Boise, ID
03/31 @ Tractor Tavern – Seattle, WA
04/01 @ Dante’s – Portland, OR
04/04 @ Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA
04/05 @ Bottom Of The Hill – San Francisco, CA
04/06 @ Alex’s Bar – Long Beach, CA
04/07 @ Pappy & Harriet’s – Pioneertown, CA
04/08 @ Rhythm Room – Phoenix, AR
04/13 @ Three Links – Dallas, TX
04/14 @ Antone’s – Austin, TX
04/15 @ Continental Club – Houston, TX (with Sam Pace, and Hilary York)

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Download ‘Some Girls’ on Bandcamp HERE!

Based in the small, dusty junction town of Creedmoor, Texas (population 202) the creative duo Known as Alien Knife Fight craft their sound at all hours in their big, old 1930’s era house/home studio, situated on 3.6 acres that they call Big Bottom Farm.

Bassist/vocalist Monique Ortiz has been performing in duos for over 25 years mainly out of necessity. “I just couldn’t find that third instrument that was the right fit, so rather than be hindered by that, I try to fill out the sound in other ways.”

Her first notable duo project, Bourbon Princess (1997), led to over a decade of collaboration and with members of the band Morphine, which ultimately led up to the formation of A.K.A.C.O.D., with Morphine saxophonist Dana Colley and Binary system drummer Larry Dersch.

In 2010 Monique moved from Boston to Austin, met multi-instrumentalist Michael Howard and they started writing and recording music together. With Mike’s primal beats and Monique’s powerful vocals and growling 2-string slide bass and fretless bass playing, the two gradually shaped their sound into something sinister, sexy, soulful and groovy all at once.

Currently AKF are working on a new record. In March of 2017 they will be touring the west coast in support of Scott H Biram.

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Progressive Indie Band Molehill Delivers Razor-Sharp Single

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At a time when there seems to be a large amount of political discontent in the world, Chicago’s progressive indie group Molehill has debuted a new single that embraces a revolutionary spirit. “Hearts on Fire” inspired by the “Euromaidan” protests in the Ukraine (the birthplace of vocalist Peter Manhart’s mother), is the title track from the band’s forthcoming EP and is rock anthem for the oppressed. With a razor-sharp synth lead, the lush melody carries Manhart’s baritone vocals like a bomber aircraft before it drops the infectious hook. The track is currently charting on Hype Machine.

The song is about the common people rising up to fight an oppressive regime,” says Manhart. “Though the people in this protest were unarmed, the government sent riot police and snipers to kill them, and yet the people’s numbers kept growing until they were finally heard. This song is about the strength of community, sheer willpower, and the resonance of a good and virtuous idea. Though the few in control may try to keep the will of the people down, the masses can change the world if they fight together. With the recent wave of public dissent and protests happening around our country, this seems like an appropriate time to share this song.

“Hearts on Fire” was produced and engineered by J. Hall and Molehill, and is available for pre-order here. The band will be celebrating the release of the single with a Chicago gig this Friday (the 24th) at Logan Square Auditorium.

Molehill had humble beginnings in small local venues in Champaign, IL, and has since grown into an established presence in the Chicago music scene. They have played over 300 shows between the Midwest and Eastern United States, including some of the more prestigious venues in Chicago, as well as national (and international) festivals like Summerfest, Musikfest, SXSW, and Canadian Music Week in Toronto. Molehill has built a reputation for explosive live shows and a tireless work ethic, as well as the work they’ve done towards fostering a more friendly and cooperative music community in the city of Chicago. They were one of the founding members of the Chicago Roots Collective, which was a 10-band collective working together to promote the Chicago music scene and their music, and for the last 2 years Molehill has curated a monthly email list to dozens of local bands to try to promote live music in Chicago and encourage local bands to attend shows, discover new bands, and support each other even more.

Peter Manhart, lead singer, lyricist, and guitar player, started playing piano at the age of 3. At the University of Illinois, he pursued a double major in engineering physics and piano pedagogy, but dropped the piano major after 2 years so that he could focus his practice time on the guitar. He went on to get his physics degree, but also took numerous creative writing and poetry classes to develop his lyric writing ability. After moving from Champaign to Chicago, Peter met bassist Trevor Jones, who was studying double bass at DePaul University. Trevor had spent a large portion of his life in various orchestras and has always had a penchant for well organized noise, whatever the genre. He also grew up watching his father, a music professor, manage and play in a 16-piece jazz big band. This instilled in Trevor a strong business and management sense, and helped him complement Peter not only musically but with the business aspect of the band as well. After Peter and Trevor started working together, drummer Devin Staples joined the group. Devin has been a fixture in the Chicago gospel scene for years, and had also been a member of two highly-respected Chicago bands, NYCO and Cassius Clay. The 4th and final piece of the puzzle, keyboard/synth player Greg Van Zuiden, joined soon after. Greg had recently graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University with a music degree, moved to Chicago, and was looking for a band to join. As the youngest member of Molehill, he was the light-hearted “glue” that helped the band stay strong.

The Hearts on Fire EP continues the group’s tradition of storytelling in music. The dark, brooding “Old Soldier” tells the story of a proud, religious, soldier, living out his last days in a nursing home – “And he sits in a dead room, sterilizer and perfume, and the lights are slowly growing dim.” “Reverie” has the narrator lamenting the loss of a parent long ago, while also thanking that parent, for “you made me the person I am.” Last but not least, the title track was inspired by the “Euromaidan” protests in Ukraine – the birthplace of Peter Manhart’s mother. The song is about the common people rising up to fight an oppressive regime. Though the people in this protest were unarmed, the government sent riot police and snipers to kill them, and yet the people’s numbers kept growing until they were finally heard. This song is about the strength of community, sheer willpower, and the resonance of a good and virtuous idea. Though the few in control may try to keep the will of the people down, the masses can change the world if they fight together. With the recent wave of public dissent and protests happening around the world, this seems like the appropriate time to share this song.

Catch the band at SXSW this year: 
March 15th @ Dirty Dog Bar – 3pm 
March 17th @ Thirsty Nickel – 9pm:
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Blacktop Mojo Release Debut Single “Pyromaniac” From Forthcoming ‘Burn The Ships’ LP

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Blacktop Mojo have released “Pyromaniac”, the debut single off of their upcoming Burn The Ships LP, due out March 10, 2017. Burn the Ships, which was produced by Philip Mosley and mixed and mastered by Austin Deptula, is available to Pre-Order NOW and fans will receive both “Pyromaniac” and “Burn The Ships” 2/24/2017.

It has been one long ass journey to get this point, so we’re very excited to premiere the first track “Pyromaniac” off our new album Burn the Ships. The song holds a special place in our hearts and, not to mention, it kicks ass when we play it live. Hope you all enjoy the song as much as we love playing it…” Blacktop Mojo

“If Soundgarden and Lynyrd Skynyrd were to take a roll in the hay, nine months later, out would pop Blacktop Mojo.”

Formed in September 2012, armed with a simple demo and a dream, they set out to play as many shows as they could, touring and sharing the stage (with the likes of Aaron LewisSaving Abel, & Puddle of Mudd, among others.) During that time, Blacktop Mojo’s self-released their first studio album ‘I Am’ back in 2014. Time has not been wasted since their debut album release. Everything on this journey has led them to this most important moment in their career. The band’s latest offering Burn the Ships is an instant rock’ n roll masterpiece featuring the soon to be classic songs “Where The Wind Blows” and “Dog On A Leash”. Produced by Philip Mosley and mixed and mastered by Austin Deptula. This latest album release will launch Blacktop Mojo into the elite company of some of the great rock bands of all time.

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The Silence Factory Release Music Video For New Single “High”

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Windsor rock band The Silence Factory has released the Official Video for “High”, the second single off of their upcoming EP due out later this year. Produced by Juno award winning and Grammy nominated producer Gavin Brown (3 Days GraceBilly Talent) and the video directed by Jendo Shabo from Moonjump Productions.

“The story is a bit dark, but basically it’s about a guy who feels guilty about the death of his girlfriend – even though it’s absolutely not his fault. The video tries to capture that feeling that people have when bad stuff happens and they think they are to blame. But, in the end, the idea is that the girl comes back and tries to pull the guy into the road to get hit by a car and he realizes it at the last minute and pulls away. So, even though it’s dark it ends on a positive note. The guy finally realizes it’s not his fault so he can just be sad about the loss, but not blame himself.” – Nathan McNevin (Vocals)

 

Sad Vegan Debut Pop-Punk Single “New Years, No Fears”

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Cali-based pop-punk quintet Sad Vegan is streaming the newest single from their upcoming debut EP Another Life, Another Day. The track “New Years, No Fears” follows the EP’s first single “Palm Trees” (streaming here). The catchy tune is offset by some seedier subject matter, where the perspective of a one night stand is shared from both sides.

New Years, No Fears is basically about hooking up with someone one last time before deciding that it’s time to settle down and show commitment to someone else and the regret that comes along with doing that,” explains guitarist and vocalist Bailey Blanton. “That incident also happened to take place on New Years Day so the name seemed fitting. My favorite thing about the song is that it switches from the male perspective of the situation to the female’s.

“New Years, No Fears” will be on Sad Vegan’s upcoming EP Another Life, Another Day, produced by Sam Guaiana (Life PacificColdfront) and mastered by Sam Pura (State ChampsBasement). The record will be available March 3rd via https://sadvegan.bandcamp.com.

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for all the emptiness Announce New EP And Video

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for_all_the_emptiness_-_mt_ep_-_coverDark Electro artists for all the emptiness have released their new EP mt this week. mt marks the third release by for all the emptiness. mt was produced and mixed by Sebastian Komor (Icon of Coil).

The video for the first single “seduced by a disease” can be seen below:

About for all the emptiness

for the all emptiness originally started as an idea by vocalist/composer jonathan kaplan. After viewing Apoptygma Berzerk’s live DVD APBL98 and seeing front man Stephan Groth go into the crowd after a performance and how much their music affected them, it showed how much art can make the world a better place. jonathan took his passion for truth, science, logic, and critical thinking and based their music around those principles.

In 2011 for all the emptiness released their debut album axioms . It was produced by Yone of Decoded Feedback and it served as the foundation for everything to come. axioms was intentionally minimal and themed around being anti-religious, which they felt was a destructive and wasteful force in the world. In 2012 a remix version of axioms was released. It featured remixes by Assemblage 23, Beborn Beton, Decoded Feedback and more. To help promote the release they went on an North America tour with artists Die Sektor, The Gothsicles, and Deviant UK.

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