ALKALINE TRIO SHARE TITLE TRACK FROM NEW ALBUM ‘IS THIS THING CURSED?’

ALKALINE TRIO SHARE TITLE TRACK FROM NEW ALBUM ‘IS THIS THING CURSED?’

BAND’S FIRST STUDIO RECORD IN 5 YEARS DUE OUT AUGUST 31

TOUR BEGINS TONIGHT IN ST. LOUIS

Legendary Chicago punk band Alkaline Trio have released the title track from their forthcoming album Is This Thing Cursed? The ninth studio album from Alkaline Trio, Is This Thing Cursed? is their first new music in five years.

Watch the lyric video for “Is This Thing Cursed?” by Alkaline Trio:

With its soaring vocals and furious intensity, “Is This Thing Cursed?” is the second single to be released from Is This Thing Cursed? Last month Alkaline Trio shared a song called “Blackbird,” which SPIN hailed as a “glossy, pristine pop-punk record that’s anthemic and a bit catchy in its breezy melodies.”

Produced and mixed by Cameron Webb (Pennywise, Motörhead), Is This Thing Cursed? is the first Alkaline Trio album written almost entirely in the studio. According to the band, the album-making process was similar to that of Maybe I’ll Catch Fire—Alkaline Trio’s darkly charged sophomore full-length, a 2000 release featuring the fan favorite “Radio.”

Due out on CD/digital on August 31, Is This Thing Cursed? will be released on vinyl on October 19. Pre-orders are available now at: http://www.alkalinetrio.com

 

TRACKLIST FOR IS THIS THING CURSED?:

1. Is This Thing Cursed?

2. Blackbird

3. Demon and Division

4. Little Help?

5. I Can’t Believe

6. Sweet Vampires

7. Pale Blue Ribbon

8. Goodbye Fire Island

9.  Stay

10. Heart Attacks

11. Worn So Thin

12. Throw Me To The Lions

13. Krystalline

On Friday, Alkaline Trio kicked off their recently announced headlining U.S. tour. The 29-date run wraps up on October 18 in Santa Cruz, California, with Together PANGEA supporting the band for all dates.

 

ALKALINE TRIO TOUR DATES:

Aug 06 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant

Aug 08 Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre

Aug 09 Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom

Aug 10 Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall

Aug 11 Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom

Aug 13 Millvale, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre

Aug 14 Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live!

Aug 16 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom

Aug 17 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel

Aug 18 Boston, MA – House of Blues

Aug 19 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory

Aug 21 Norfolk, VA – The NorVA

Aug 22 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle

Aug 24 Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works

Aug 25 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade – Heaven

Aug 26 Orlando, FL – House of Blues

Oct 04 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory

Oct 05 Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern

Oct 06 San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre

Oct 08 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom

Oct 09 Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo

Oct 11 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex

Oct 12 Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium

Oct 14 Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl

Oct 15 San Diego, CA – House of Blues

Oct 16 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre

Oct 18 Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst

-All dates with together PANGEA as support

SWINGIN’ UTTERS TO RELEASE NEW LP, PEACE AND LOVE, ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 31!

FIRST SINGLE, “HUMAN POTENTIAL,” NOW STREAMING via Brooklyn Vegan

SWINGIN’ UTTERS ANNOUNCE HEADLINING DATES!

SWINGIN’ UTTERS are readying themselves for a busy year. Coming off the heels of celebrating thirty years as a band, and releasing a greatest-hits collection last year, they also managed to write and record a brand new full-length! Today, we’re thrilled to present the first song from the SWINGIN’ UTTERS dynamic new album, Peace and Love. The lead single is called “Human Potential,” and you can take a listen over at Brooklyn VeganPeace and Love will hit the streets on August 31st, and you can pre-order it now! Then, don’t miss them on tour. For all the dates and info, head here!

While its origin story has gone through more reboots than Batman, Superman and Spider-Man combined, punk rock has been a consistent presence on the musical landscape for more than 40 years. You might be surprised to know, however, that the Swingin’ Utters have been around for nearly as long —the band celebrated their 30th anniversary with a greatest-hits collection last year. Hell, this Bay Area street-punk band is so well-respected among their peers, there’s even a whole tribute compilation dedicated to their extensive catalog, including covers by the likes of Dropkick Murphys, Fucked Up and Teenage Bottlerocket.

Since that comp came out in 2010, the Utters have issued three more full-lengths, each more fiery than the last, and now sit on the verge of releasing their ninth proper LP. Recorded at Nu-Tune Studios in Pittsburg, California, this past March by Chris Dugan (Green Day, Iggy Pop), the album is titled Peace And Love, but don’t let that fool you: This isn’t some Haight and Ashbury hippie shit. In fact, according to guitarist/vocalist Darius Koski, Peace And Love’s content is as politically outspoken as the Utters have ever been.

“This is, by far, our absolutely most political record we’ve ever done,” Koski says. “We don’t generally write very pointedly political songs. We tend to be a little more vague and abstract. But this one is pretty pointedly disgusted and pissed off and really directly attacking these fuckin’ people in office.”
“I agree it is our most political record,” remarks singer Johnny Bonnel. “When sexism, racism, and nationalism is the agenda, it’s time to speak up.”

Peace And Love certainly pulls no lyrical punches — we’ll give you three guesses as to who “Yes I Hope He Dies” is about, and the first two don’t count — but the Utters also keep things interesting from a musical perspective, whether it’s the Ramones worship of “E.C.T.” (think of it as the long-gestating counterpoint to “Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment”), the surprisingly melodic, Beatles-esque “Seeds Of Satisfaction” (which Koski lovingly refers to as his “surf-goth song”) or the gorgeous, haunting closing track H.L.S., written and performed by guitarist/vocalist Jack Dalrymple and inspired by the sudden death of his former One Man Army bandmate Heiko Schrepel, who passed away in 2015. “Jack actually emailed me that song several years ago, right after Heiko died,” Koski recalls. “Immediately, I knew this is the last song on the record. My only suggestion was that it started with him acoustic, then the band joins in. You don’t really hear Jack that naked ever. That song gives me chills when I hear it.”

The rebellious spirit of the Swingin’ Utters is as present as ever on Peace And Love, although the band looks and sounds a little bit different this time around, thanks to their new rhythm section of Tony Teixeira on bass and Luke Ray on drums. “Both Luke and Tony are stellar musicians who study their work,” says Bonnel. “Luke has amazing ability, but all his drumming is tasteful—it’s never overkill. Tony managed to come up with classic bass lines that made every song a little bit stronger.”Koski echoes Bonnel’s praise, commenting, “We love having these new dudes in the band. Tony is a really melodic, pretty player, whereas Luke is a fucking monster. Tony and Luke are best friends, and they’ve been playing together for years in other bands like Cobra Skulls and Sciatic Nerve, so that really helps.”

It’s been four years since the Utters’ last full-length, so all three songwriters in the band had a stockpile of material when they headed into the studio. That means what you’re getting on Peace And Love is the cream of the crop.
“We usually abandon songs if we think they’re shitty or filler,” Koski admits. “I still have tons of songs; Johnny does too. But we try not to make records super-long.”

Given that the last time the Utters came off a prolonged hiatus, the band ended up cranking out three full-lengths in four years; one has to wonder if Peace And Love is going to be the start of another extended burst of creativity for these punk lifers. Koski isn’t thinking that far ahead, though. In fact, he finds it hard to even enjoy the present. Even though his band has achieved three decades and nine albums together—two feats nearly impossible for most bands—Koski wrestles with his legacy a bit.

“We just keep on going,” he says. “I’m glad we’re still doing it. Johnny’s 50; I’m in my late 40s. I don’t think anything particularly new is gonna happen—we’re not gonna be on TRL any time soon. That’s fine. It’s a total accomplishment to stay together this long, but I’m a total pessimist. I should be totally grateful—and I am! But it’s hard to be a plumber when you wanna be a full-time musician. But wah wah wah—I still get paid to travel and play my songs all over the world. I’m not a millionaire, but who cares? I get to make records, and someone out there cares about them.”

Swingin’ Utters — 2018 Tour Dates
08/23/18 Morro Bay, CA at The Siren
08/24/18 Long Beach, CA at Alex’s Bar
08/25/18 San Diego, CA at Casbah
08/26/18 Las Vegas, NV at Dive Bar
08/28/18 Tempe, AZ at Yucca Tap Room
08/30/18 Albuquerque, NM at Launchpad
08/31/18 Colorado Springs, CO at The Black Sheep
09/01/18 Denver, CO at Streets of London
09/02/18 Salt Lake City, UT at Urban Lounge
09/04/18 Reno, NV at Shea’s Tavern
09/05/18 Sacramento, CA at Harlow’s
09/06/18 Albany, CA at Ivy Room
09/07/18 San Jose, CA at The Ritz
09/08/18 Redding, CA at The Dip
Peace and Love  track listing:
Undertaker, Undertake
Sirens
Louise and Her Spider
E.C.T.
Dubstep
Constant Companion
Deranged
Demons of Springtime
Human Potential
Seeds of Satisfaction
Yes I Hope He Dies
Sleeping
Imitation of Silence
Drinkist
H.L.S.

THE INTERRUPTERS NEW ALBUM ‘FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT’ IS OUT TODAY VIA HELLCAT RECORDS

THE INTERRUPTERS NEW ALBUM ‘FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT’ IS OUT TODAY VIA HELLCAT RECORDS

PRODUCED BY GRAMMY-AWARD WINNING PRODUCER TIM ARMSTRONG AND MIXED BY GRAMMY-AWARD WINNING PRODUCER TOM LORD-ALGE

“SHE’S KEROSENE” CURRENTLY CLIMBS ALTERNATIVE RADIO CHARTS

PLAYING NOW AT KROQ LOS ANGELES, KTCL DENVER, KUCD HONOLULU, 91X SAN DIEGO, KXTE LAS VEGAS + MORE

 THE INTERRUPTERS JOIN THE FINAL WARPED TOUR JULY 14 – AUGUST 5

“Dynamo singer Aimee will cool you off with her gravelly chops and punky petulance.” – Billboard

The Interrupters new album Fight the Good Fight is out today and available today at indie retail stores and digital streaming services.

Listen to Fight the Good Fight at Spotify now

The Los Angeles-based band’s single “She’s Kerosene” is currently climbing the Alternative Radio Charts. The song holds rank at #52 on Alternative with adds at stations KROQ Los Angeles, KTCL Denver, KUCD Honolulu, 91X San Diego, KXTE Las Vegas, KRBZ Kansas City, KRAB Bakersfield, WBTZ Burlington, VT, WKZQ Myrtle Beach, Music Choice Alternative, KXNA Fayetteville, AR, KACV Amarillo, TX, KFRR Fresno, WEQX Albany, KYRK Corpus Christi, KJEE Santa Barbara + more.

Fight the Good Fight was produced by longtime collaborator, Rancid front man, and Grammy Award-winning producer Tim Armstrong with the band at Ship-Rec Recorders in Los Angeles. The album was mixed by Grammy-award winning mixer Tom Lord-Alge (Blink-182, Fall Out Boy, Weezer).

The follow-up to 2015’s Say It Out Loud, Fight the Good Fight finds The Interrupters delivering their two-tone-inspired, powerfully melodic, punk-fueled sound with more vitality than ever before. With Armstrong and Alge at the helm, Aimee and the Bivona brothers channeled the raw energy of their lives shows by recording almost entirely to tape. “There’s a certain feeling you get from that process that you can’t really get digitally,” says guitarist Kevin. “There’s no overthinking anything—everyone’s got to be fully present and committed. It was definitely high-pressure, but also really fun.”

On July 14, the band will join the final run of the Vans Warped Tour this summer in support of Fight the Good Fight.

 

FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT TRACKLIST:

  1. Title Holder
  2. So Wrong
  3. She’s Kerosene
  4. Leap Of Faith
  5. Got Each Other (feat. Rancid)
  6. Broken World
  7. Gave You Everything
  8. Not Personal
  9. Outrage
  10. Rumors And Gossip
  11. Be Gone
  12. Room With A View

Formed in 2011, The Interrupters came together when the Bivona brothers (guitarist Kevin Bivona, bassist Justin Bivona, drummer Jesse Bivona) found themselves on bills with Aimee during a 2009 tour. With their self-titled debut arriving in 2014, the band soon shared stages with bands like Rancid, Blink-182, and Bad Religion. The Interrupters embarked on a world tour in support of the release, headlining their own shows as well as supporting Green Day in Europe, Australia and South America, solidifying the band’s status as a dynamic force on the stage.

 

THE INTERRUPTERS TOUR DATES

14-Jul    Holmdel, NJ                        PNC Bank Arts Center
15-Jul    Hartford, CT                        Xfinity Theatre
17-Jul    Toronto, ON                       Budweiser Stage
18-Jul    Cuyahoga Falls, OH          Blossom Music Center
19-Jul    Cincinnati, OH                    Riverbend Music Center
21-Jul    Chicago, IL                           Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
22-Jul    Shakopee, MN                  Canterbury Park
23-Jul    Milwaukee, WI                  Marcus Amphitheatre
24-Jul    Indianapolis, IN Klipsch Music Center
25-Jul    Darien Center, NY            Darien Lake PAC
27-Jul    Montreal, QC                     ‘77 Montreal 2018
28-Jul    Wantagh, NY                      Nikon at Jones Beach Amphitheatre
29-Jul    Columbia, MD                    Merriweather Post Pavilion
30-Jul    Charlotte, NC                     PNC Music Pavilion
31-Jul    Atlanta, GA                         Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
2-Aug    Jacksonville, FL                  Cypress Lot at EverBank Field
3-Aug    Orlando, FL                         Tinker Field
4-Aug    St. Petersburg, FL             MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amp
5-Aug    West Palm Beach, FL       Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre

July 14-August 5: Vans Warped Tour

 

For More Information on The Interrupters, visit:

http://www.wearetheinterrupters.com/

https://www.facebook.com/wearetheinterrupters

https://twitter.com/Interruptweets

https://www.instagram.com/interrupstagram/

CULTURE ABUSE’S BAY DREAM OUT NOW

“Melodic garage-punk […] about letting go of the things that don’t matter.” – NPR 
“Sharp, polished piece of driving, guitar-centric power-pop” – Stereogum
“All the bad vibes are immediately being dashed away, replaced with something cheerier and sometimes downright saccharine.” – Noisey

Today marks the release of Bay Dream, the sophomore album from Culture Abuse. Bay Dream is the band’s first full-length release for Epitaph Records. Listen to Bay Dream at Spotify now.

Bay Dream includes the recently released single “Dip.” In creating the track’s high-concept yet lo-fi video (which premiered on Tuesday), director Ryan Baxley built a human-sized photocopy machine, and essentially turned the clip into an animated zine. Watch the video for “Dip” by Culture Abuse here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVTiKdTTOjE

Having just completed a tour with Turnstile and Touché Amoré, Culture Abuse are on tour now with The Bronx in Europe. Culture Abuse will return to the US in July for three record release shows in New York, Los Angeles, and Oakland, with special guest appearances. In addition, Culture Abuse will join Nothing for a co-headlining tour in the US in September.

CULTURE ABUSE TOUR DATES:

Jun 15 Nickelsdorf – Nova Rock

Jun 16 Hamburg – Logo

Jun 18 Leipzig – Conne Island

Jun 19 Prague – Eternia

Jun 20 Berlin – So 36

Jun 21 Karlsruhe – NCO Club

Jun 22 Belgium – Graspop Metal Meeting

Jun 23 Schessel – Hurricane Festival

Jun 24 Neuhausen ob Eck – Southside Festival

Jun 25 Poitou-Charentes – La Mars

Jun 26 Decines-Charpieu – Warm Audio

Jun 29 Antwerp – Sommer Glom @ Kavka

Jun 30 Munster – Vainstream Rockfest

Jul 2 London, UK – Rough Trade East

Jul 3 Bristol, UK – Rough Trade

Jul 4 Nottingham, UK – Rough Trade

Jul 19 Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade (Record Release Celebration)

Jul 27 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo (Record Release Celebration)

Jul 28 Oakland, CA – Good Mother (Record Release Celebration)

Sept 7 Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel

Sept 8 Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop

Sept 9 Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups

Sept 11 Detroit, MI – The Shelter

Sept 12 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall

Sept 13 Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry

Sept 14 Kansas City, KS – Record Bar

Sept 15 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater

Sept 18 San Jose, CA – The Ritz

Sept 19 San Francisco, CA – GAMH

Sept 20 Los Angeles, CA – The Regent

Sept 22 San Diego, CA – Soda Bar

Sept 23 Phoenix, AZ – Rebel Lounge

Jun 16, Jun 25, Jun 26 with The Bronx

Jun 18 – Jun 21 with Modern Life is War and Cro-Mags

Sept 7- 23 with Nothing

Culture Abuse – Promo Photo – Credit Dan Monick

For more information on Culture Abuse, visit:

https://cultureabuse.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/cultureabusefanzine/

https://twitter.com/cultureabuse

https://www.instagram.com/cultureabusefanzine

THE FILAMENTS – LOOK TO THE SKIES

 
THE FILAMENTS have released a new track called “Rip-Off World” from their new LP “Look To The Skies,” out June 15th. You can listen to the new song HERE.
 
The band previously released the title track, “Look To The Skies,” which can be listened to HERE.
 
Since The Filaments reformed in 2009, they’ve taken their long-established track record of amazing songwriting and energetic stage performances to new heights, and have been steadily attracting swaths of new fans across England, Europe and the world. With multiple full-lengths and countless tours under their belts, these veterans are still full of drive, and roaring to deliver this amazing new album to the world.
 
This music, like the band, is really one-of-a-kind. Almost like UK ’82 style punk battered by a barrage of dub, 2-tone ska, psychobilly and even a bit of traditional Oi!/streetpunk. It creates an overall sound that is like nothing else; it has something for everyone, and a general appeal that gets people from all segments of the punk community dancing and singing along.
 
The Filaments are now absolute staples in the punk world, especially at the essential European festivals like Rebellion and Punk ‘n’ Disorderly; but they have also graced the stage at larger outdoor getups like Glastonbury (UK), and others. They are as punk as it gets, but because their music is so unique and SO FUN, and their positive message is so clear, they are by no means ‘too punk’ to scare off the masses. In fact, their very clear message rings even louder, and they stand out even more amidst a backdrop of so much banality.
 
TRACK LISTING:
1. Fuck The “Alt”-Right
2. Look to the Skies
3. Rip-Off World
4. No Men to Parade
5. Living in the Crosshairs
6. Underdogs
7. Tread Carefully
8. Ask No Favors
9. All We’ve Ever Known
10. The Verge
11. Killing Machine
 
CATCH THE FILAMENTS ON TOUR!
06/08/2018 – Dijon, France – Maloka Fest
06/09/2018 – Opwijk, Belgium – Loco Fest
06/16/2018 – London, UK – Underworld Camden (Record release show)
08/04/2018 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Rebellion Festival
08/09/2018 – Bristol, UK – Boomtown Festival
09/14/2018 – Derby, UK – Hairy Dog
10/06/2018 – Rennes, France – The Bobbleshop Rennes
 
Find THE FILAMENTS online:

SQUIDHAT RECORDS WELCOMES BAY AREA SKA LEGENDS MONKEY TO THEIR ROSTER

SQUIDHAT RECORDS WELCOMES BAY AREA SKA LEGENDS MONKEY TO THEIR ROSTER WITH THE RELEASE OF “INTERMITTENT” ON CD & LIMITED EDITION ORANGE VINYL

Las Vegas, NV, April 14, 2018 –SquidHat Records is proud to announce the release of Intermittent waves, the new album from Monkey. Available digitally, on CD or limited edition orange vinyl nationally and internationally through MVD Entertainment. The street date is 5/5/18.

The hardest working band on the West Coast is back with their sizzling sixth album! This 5 piece high-energy ska group from the SF Bay Area is famous for intense live shows and rock-steady rhythms that not only get the crowds dancing but have won them several awards, including the prestigious California Music Award. Monkey sets the pace for in-your-face ska, performing over 200 shows per year, while constantly recording and touring.

Archie and The Bunkers Cover The Screamers

Stream “122 Hours of Fear” via Dangerous Minds

Songs From The Lodge Out 4/20 on Dirty Water Records (pre-order)

Archie and The Bunkers is the Cleveland-based duo of Emmett and Cullen O’Connor, brothers who have been playing music together for as long as they can remember. With Cullen on organ and Emmett on drums, they play “hi-fi organ punk” and have made a big splash since forming in 2013, sharing stages with everyone from Iggy Pop and The Sonics to Echo and the Bunnymen, Black Lips, and Thee Oh Sees and releasing music on Norton, In The Red, and Jack White’s Third Man Records.

Today, they share a cover by one of their biggest influences, LA synth-punk band The Screamers. Dangerous Minds caught up with the O’Connors to chat about their journey — which started when they were just thirteen and fifteen years old — and their new album, Songs From The Lodge, due out next week on Dirty Water Records. You can read the piece (which also includes anecdotes from former Cramps member Nick Knox & Norton Records founder Miriam Linna) here, and stream the duo’s take on “122 Hours of Fear” via SoundCloud.

Archie and The Bunkers will celebrate the release of their new album with a hometown show at Mahall’s on April 28th — more info here.

Songs From The Lodge is currently available for pre-order.

   Track Listing:           
1. Bill’s Bad Day
2. You’re My Pacemaker
3. She’s A Rockin’ Machine
4. The Cutting Edge
5. Riot City
6. Fire Walk With Me
7. The Roaring ’20s
8. Laura
9. Lost in Today
10. Midnight Attraction
11. 122 Hours of Fear

STRUNG OUT TO RELEASE NEW EP, BLACK OUT THE SKY, ON FRIDAY, MAY 11!

FIRST SINGLE, “TOWN OF CORAZON,” NOW STREAMING

STRUNG OUT U.S. & CANADA WITH PENNYWISE ANNOUNCED!

We’re fired up to finally share with you the details of the new Strung Out EP, Black Out the Sky, to be released on May 11th. While Strung Out has made their name on intense, frenetic slabs of metal-influenced tech-punk, there is more to the band than meets the eye. It might come as a shock to learn that the band’s new eight-song release is an acoustic affair, but as vocalist Jason Cruz explains, it’s not nearly as surprising for the band members.

“Every song starts on an acoustic guitar for the most part,” Cruz begins. “If it’s a good song, it can be played acoustic. For about the past five years, I’ve been pushing the band to release a record in this format.”
The result is six brand new songs, as well as two re-worked older songs, “Matchbook” and “UnKoil.” Today, you can hear the first new track from the EP, “Town of Corazon,” over at Brooklyn Vegan. It’s a surprisingly subdued song from a band who is usually anything but that. As if that weren’t enough, Strung Out is touring the US and Canada with Pennywise, which kicks off this week!

Cruz and his bandmates—Kiley, Ramos and bassist Chris Aiken—began working on Black Out The Sky in January 2017 with producer Kyle Black, who they had previously teamed up with on 2015’s blistering Transmission.Alpha.Delta, and who played a role in the band deciding to re-work two older songs, “Matchbook” and “UnKoil,” for the release.

“Kyle is a fan of the band,” the singer says. “I am the kind of person who wants to stray and go out into the unknown when I’m in the studio, but Kyle represents our fans. He didn’t let me stray too far with the melody or the music—just far enough to keep it fresh.”

With no set deadline on the release, the recording process went on for nearly the entirety of 2017, allowing for song arrangements to bloom in ways Strung Out songs never had before. “The songs came out really super-dark, not jingly-jangly acoustic stuff,” Cruz says. “We had to get other musicians involved. Some of it is sparse and intimate, and some of it has a lot going on.”

During the recording process, the band decided they needed to part ways with Jordan Burns, the band’s drummer since 1993. Cruz stresses that this decision was not an easy one to make, but it had to happen for the continued existence of Strung Out. “I think the band needed it,” Cruz admits. “It needed to happen for the band to survive and grow. We got to a point where we were going to break up if it didn’t.”

While in the studio, Strung Out realized some of the acoustic songs still needed drums. So the band enlisted their friend Sean Winchester, an accomplished drummer who has played with Everclear, Buckcherry and more, to fill out their sound. For their upcoming live shows, Strung Out will enlist RJ Shankle of California skate-punk band (and former tourmates) Runaway Kids to man the throne. Cruz is ecstatic about not only the fresh blood in his band, but what it means moving forward.

“Really, the whole theme of this record is rebirth,” he explains. “It’s the rebirth of our brotherhood and being a band. It’s astounding when you can keep a relationship together for three decades. There’s something so special about the music we write. We’re brothers beyond any kind of blood. It vindicates that we’re doing something right.

“I always ask myself, ‘What nerve do I have to get in front of a microphone?’” Cruz continues. “The fact that I kept this relationship together for 30 years says we worked through some shit. In our darkest times, we always came out with something beautiful because of it. In my mind, that gives me the right to get in front of that microphone.”

On Black Out The Sky, Cruz continues to dig deep internally, exploring parts of himself he’s yet to fully understand, taking the listener along for the ride, no matter how bumpy it may get.

“When we were kids, we all said, ‘Fuck God, fuck religion, fuck the government, let’s destroy it all,’” the frontman states. “Great. We did that. Punk rock did that. What are you gonna replace it with? Black Out The Sky is all about looking inward and finding what’s always been there, that intuition, that something to all of us. I don’t know what it is, but it’s the journey to find it and acknowledge it.”

Musically, the EP careens from songs that could be ported to full-band electric arrangements easily (“Requiem,” the title track) to mid-tempo grunge indebted to Alice In Chains (“The Architect”) to a full-on rollicking country song (“Duke Of Sorrow”). Cruz’s favorite number is “Town Of Corazon,” a surprisingly fragile song from a band who is usually anything but that. “’Town Of Corazon’ has the most balls we’ve ever displayed because it’s sweet and tender,” he admits. “It brings reference to spring and a new awakening. I’m so tired of screaming, the same riff, the same breakdown… I can’t stomach it anymore. Slipping in a sweet melody is the punkest thing we could do.”

Nearly three decades in, Strung Out is not driven by trends but instead by each other. As Cruz relays, “There is no ‘me’ in this band. It’s us. Whatever we think of, we’re gonna do it. Sometimes, people want to maintain a youthful aura about their band. That’s gone. We’re old dudes. But we’ve learned a thing or two. There’s nothing wrong with being an old dude. Lemme show you a road that I found; come with me.”

STRUNG OUT  Tour Dates:

03/09/18 Boise, ID at Knitting Factory w/ Pennywise
03/10/18 Bend, OR at Midtown w/ Pennywise
03/11/18 Spokane, WA at Knitting Factory w/ Pennywise
03/13/18 Victoria, BC Canada at Capital Ballroom w/ Pennywise
03/14/18 Vancouver, BC Canada at Commodore w/ Pennywise
03/16/18 Costa Mesa, CA at OC Fair & Event Center Musink w/ Descendents, Blink 182
03/17/18 Edmonton, AB Canada at Union Hall w/ Pennywise
03/19/18 Saskatoon, SK Canada at O’Brians Event Center w/ Pennywise
03/20/18 Winnipeg, MB Canada at Garrick w/ Pennywise
03/22/18 Des Moines, IA at Woolys w/ Pennywise
03/23/18 Omaha, NE at Sokol w/ Pennywise
05/18/18 Los Angeles, CA at Regent Theater w/ Strife, La Armada, Twilight  (Record Release Show)

BLACK  OUT THE SKY  track listing:

1. The Architect
2. Black Out the Sky
3. Town of Corazon
4. Unkoil (from An American Paradox)
5. Requiem
6. Duke of Sorrow
7. Matchbook (from Twisted by Design)
8. Presidio

Introducing: GRAVVES

Oh, The Joy Set For Release On 27th April 2018

Matching witty, tongue-in-cheek lyrics to jagged guitars, GRAVVES are noise merchants bar none.
They occupy a space where punk fury, alt-rock hugeness and truly infectious songs coexist. Blasts of vicious feedback live alongside a swagger ladened with naggingly catchy hooks.

This Spring will see the emerging trio from North Wales release their new EP Oh, The Joy through Loner Noise Records on the 27th April. The EP is loud, infectious and downright cataclysmic – The 6 songs of Oh, The Joy showcases a band taking aim at bigger things.

“We’re super excited for people to finally hear the new songs we’ve been working on.” said vocalist Adam Hughes. “The EP took us a bit longer than it should of to finish, but we couldn’t be happier with the outcome. We are now just looking ahead to losing our voices and breaking our bodies on the road.”

In support, GRAVVES will take to the road, including appearances at Wrong Festival, Sound City and Focus Wales.

28 APR 2018 – Liverpool UK, Wrong Festival
06 MAY 2018 – Liverpool UK, Sound City
10 MAY 2018 – Wrexham UK, Focus Wales Festival
11 MAY 2018 – Preston UK, The Ferret
12 MAY 2018 – Wrexham UK, Focus Wales Festival
26 MAY 2018 – Llanidloes UK, Kingsfest
27 MAY 2018 – Birmingham UK, Die Das Der

Oh, The Joy follows the bands 2017 debut EP Rattle, also released through Liverpool-based Loner Noise Records. Singles ‘Tribes’ and ‘My Pet Rihanna’ received widespread airplay by the likes of BBC Radio 6, BBC Radio Wales, Amazing Radio and Kerrang! Radio. The release also received numerous gleaming reviews online, being described as “a bratty, scuzzy brand of balls-out grunge rock, bursting with snarling punk attitude.”

Oh, The Joy will be available on CD and Digital Download from the 27th April 2018

GRAVVES are:

Adam Hughes – Bass, Vocals
David Thomas – Guitar, Vocals
Tom Williams – Drums

GRAVVES online:

http://www.gravves.com/
https://www.facebook.com/gravvesgravvesgravves/
https://twitter.com/gravvesgravves

 

BOOZE & GLORY THE REGGAE SESSIONS VOL. 1 AVAILABLE TODAY!

Liam and Mark from Booze & Glory are fanatical about Jamaican music. From Ska to Rocksteady, from Calypso to Reggae. From Trojan Records, Studio 1 to Crab Records. From Desmond Dekker, The Maytals to Jimmy Cliff, from Alton Ellis, Kingstonians to Derrick Morgan. From Pressure Drop to Liquidator, from Long Shot Kick De Bucket to Skinhead Revolt…
 
Just before completing their new (punk) full length “Chapter IV” (Burning Heart), Mark and Liam, and THE LONDONIANS (UK) laid down these amazing tracks with VESPA, from Poland.
 
These “Jamaican” versions of “London Skinhead Crew”, “Only Fools Get Caught” and “Leave The Kids Alone” are just the start – they were as much fun to record as they are going to be for all of us to dance to for years to come. And the best part is that it is called “Volume 1” for a reason.