Me First and the Gimme Gimmes release their five song EP titled Go Down Under today, and you can hear the entire EP here! This five song EP features a bevy of covers from famed Aussies INXS, Olivia Newton-John and Air Supply. The EP will be available digitally, on CD, and double 7”.
Finally! For the first time in 11 years, you can listen to a brand new Screeching Weasel song. Culled from the new album First World Manifesto, out March 15th, head over to Spin to download “Beginningless Vacation”.
That’s not all. Ben Weasel was recently interviewed by the MTV Music Book Club about his favorite piece of literature. And of course Screeching Weasel is hitting the road throughout 2011, with announced stops in Texas, the East Coast, and the Screeching Weasel 25th Anniversary weekend in Chicago. More dates to come!
The Frustrators, the longstanding, bi-coastal punk rock 4-piece, featuring New England punk-rock hustlers Jason Chandler (vocals, artwork), Terry Linehan (guitar, backing vocals) and Art Tedeschi (drums), and Cali-raised fourth man and bassist, Green Day’s Mike Dirnt, are set to release the Griller EP on Adeline Records on February 15 (available digitally Feb 22.)
January 12, 2011 – Los Angeles, CA – LA rock band Civet have announced plans to release their fourth studio album, Love & War, via Hellcat Records on February 22. Fans can check out the album’s first single, “L.A. Nights,” now at http://soundcloud.com/hellcatrecords/civet-l-a-nights. The album will also be available on vinyl at a later date.
Led by provocative sisters Liza Graves and Suzi Carmichael, Civet hold the torch once held by such groundbreaking female-fronted bands as The Runaways, Bikini Kill, L7, Hole and The Distillers, with the release of their fearless new studio album Love & War.
“Recording the new record was very liberating; we knew what we wanted and went for it!” says Graves. “Our choruses are bigger and badder than the last record, coupled with blazing guitar solos & raw vocals everyone has come to love; that combination of Motörhead grit and ‘77 raw power. There are various influences that can be heard on all the songs, so the whole record doesn’t reflect one particular era or genre. We weren’t afraid to pull from all scopes of the musical spectrum when writing this record.”
After their Hellcat debut, Hell Hath No Fury, in 2008, Civet took the world by storm, touring Europe, Japan and North America extensively with such greats as Flogging Molly, H20, The Adicts, Dropkick Murphys, The Pogues and the Vans Warped Tour. The album received rave reviews from critics and fans and created a whirlwind of press for the band, and anticipation for their follow-up has been mounting ever since.
Civet spent the last several years on the road refining the band’s direction, and when it came time to record their follow up to Hell Hath No Fury decided to forgo an outside producer and record the album themselves. “We knew the vision we had for this record better than anybody, so we decided to go for it!” says Carmichael.
And the result is Love and War, 14 daring and unapologetic tracks about relationships gone wrong, shattered dreams and their journey to where they are today. With a matured sense of reality, the girls dug deeper than ever have before and translated their experiences over the past few years into soul wrenching lyrics and choruses on the new album. “On this record, Suzi and I not only found our voice, but we rediscovered our punk rock ‘n’ roll roots,” says Graves.
Armed with Graves’ trademark deep raspy vocals and Carmichael’s incendiary lead guitars, Civet bare their teeth on songs like the brash party anthem, “L.A. Nights” and the angst fueled “Summer of Hate,” and sink their claws into fans with feverous deploy on one of the band’s best written albums yet.
Love & War Track Listing:
01. Can’t Go Back – 3:13
02. L.A. Nights – 2:55
03. Love & War – 2:56
04. Come On (I Wanna Be Your Girl) – 2:46
05. Sunset Strip – 3:32
06. Summer Of Hate – 3:45
07. Deadbeat – 2:08
08. Buy My Love – 2:52
09. Cryin’ Wolf – 3:22
10. It’s The Truth – 4:51
11. I’m Not The One – 3:24
12. Go Underground – 2:05
13. Reap What You Sow – 5:00
14. You Get What You Pay For – 3:27
SHIROCK TO RELEASE EVERYTHING BURNS (DELUXE) ON FEBRUARY 22 ON THE MOVEMENT GROUP
RELEASE CONTAINS NEW AND UNRELEASED MATERIAL
BAND TO RELEASE 3 TRACK DIGITAL SINGLE FOR NEW SOLUTION ON JANUARY 25
Formed in Nashville, TN-SHIROCK will be kicking off 2011 with the release of Everything Burns (Deluxe), release to include eight new or unreleased tracks, 20 tracks in total, the SHIROCKumentary and the new music video for New Solution. CD will be available on February 22 at all digital outlets on The Movement Group with distribution through RED and specialized marketing efforts via CEN-Creative Entertainment Network.
SHIROCK IS: Chuck Shirock – lead vocals, guitar, Pap Shirock – lead vocals, keys, Adam Gatchel – drums, Kevin Whitsett – bass, Evan Weatherford – lead guitar
Also coming to all digital outlets on January 21 will be a 3 track single for song New Solution, release will include single version, LP version and dance remix produced by KCORIHS.
Already making quite a buzz with their DIY efforts SHIROCK makes music that capitalizes on the transformative power of rock and roll and its ability to move and inspire people. Everything Burns (Deluxe) is filled with bold, anthemic songs that bristle with restless urgency and passionate optimism. You can hear it not only in the sonics — the sweeping melodies, the textured layers of gritty guitars and plaintive keyboards, and Chuck’s fervent wailing vocals — but also in the lyrics, which are rooted in the personal, the political, and the spiritual. Produced by Jay Ruston, who has also worked with The Donnas, Everclear, Matisyahu, and Cold War Kids, Everything Burns (Deluxe) may sound grand and expansive, but underneath the soaring arrangements is a singer/songwriter album at heart, creating an interesting tension that allows the songs to feel both personal and universal.
At the end of 2010 Chuck and Pap partnered with the band’s manager to launch a company called The Movement Group. The Movement Group houses everything SHIROCK does, including the band’s independent record label. The Movement Group has partnered with Sony, RED Distribution and Creative Entertainment Network (CEN) to launch the label division of the company in order to take the songs on Everything Burns to the next level. “We think being independent keeps the art of our music genuine. We form partnerships and friendships that wisely keep us moving forward,” Chuck says. And finally, by the end of 2010 SHIROCK had performed over 100 high school shows. “Historically, young people ignite cultural revolutions. We want to meet our fans as soon as we can in their life journey, and be the soundtrack for them as they seek to impact the world around them.”
To celebrate 12 years of bringing music to the masses, GC Records is offering a Free Punk Rock Comp available for download here: http://www.facebook.com/gcrecords?v=app_4949752878 … So, get it and, um, play it. Spread the word.
Billy Brown (Deadly Sins, Ashers, Unseen, Crash and Burn) is getting ready to release his first solo album, The Best Of Tragedies. We are streaming 2 songs as free as a preview to the upcoming release.
Track: 02 The Space
Track: 03 Sacrifice
Limozine release their new single Siamese Twins via Beatatlas Records on Nov 22nd.
Limozine’s new single ‘Siamese Twins’, with B-side ‘Jennifer X’, is the bands fourth single and the first single to be taken from their forthcoming third album ‘Full Service’. Limozine were first picked up by BBC6’s Tom Robinson who chose the bands second single ‘You Da Boss’, and the B-side ‘Honey Yeah,’ to feature on his Fresh on the Net show. ‘You Da Boss’ also featured on the new music playlist on BFBS Worldwide Radio, was chosen for the A list on Total Rock Radio and received multiple plays by Gideon Coe on 6 Music. The single was featured on the ‘Classic Rock Jukebox’ in the March issue of Classic Rock magazine.
Continue reading Limozine – Siamese Twins
SOCIAL DISTORTION ANNOUNCE JAN/FEB WEST COAST
HARD TIMES TOUR DATES
October 25, 2010 – Los Angeles, CA – Iconic Southern California rock ‘n’ roll band Social Distortion have announced a January/February west coast tour in support of their highly anticipated forthcoming album, Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes, which is scheduled for release on January 18. Touring in support will be Lucero and Chuck Ragan, with The Aggrolites playing select dates. Tickets will go on sale on Friday, October 29 and can be purchased through http://www.socialdistortion.com/tours/.
Social Distortion’s west coast run marks the first time since 2004/2005 the band has done a full tour of the region. The band is currently trekking across the country on a headlining US tour, ripping through classics and previewing songs from their long awaited new studio album, Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes, for diehard fans.
Their first album in over six years, Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes, builds on singer Mike Ness’ twin footings, one in the haunted American landscapes of Hank Williams and the other in the raw swagger of Exile-era Rolling Stones. While these twin pillars have always been behind Social Distortion’s anthemic songs, on Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes they come roaring to the fore, in one of the hardest rocking, most soulful, albums of Ness’ career. Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes’ first single, “Machine Gun Blues,” will be available for download exclusively through iTunes beginning November 16.
Fans and critics are taking notice as Social Distortion unveils new songs at shows across the country and west coast supporters are chomping at the bit to get in on the action. Don’t miss one of rock ‘n’ roll’s great live bands in a city near you!
Social Distortion Tour Dates:
1/20 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues (w/Lucero and Chuck Ragan (of Hot Water Music))
1/24 – Bakersfield, CA – Kern Fairgrounds Ex Hall #2 (w/Lucero and Chuck Ragan (of Hot Water Music))
1/25 – Ventura, CA – Ventura Theatre (w/Lucero and Chuck Ragan (of Hot Water Music))
1/27 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium (w/The Aggrolites and Chuck Ragan (of Hot Water Music))
1/31 – Modesto, CA – Centre Plaza (w/Lucero and Chuck Ragan (of Hot Water Music))
2/1 – Davis, CA – Davis Freeborn Hall (w/Lucero and Chuck Ragan (of Hot Water Music))
2/3 – San Francisco, CA – The Warfield (w/The Aggrolites and Chuck Ragan (of Hot Water Music))
2/8 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom (w/The Aggrolites and Chuck Ragan (of Hot Water Music))
2/12 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo (w/The Aggrolites and Chuck Ragan (of Hot Water Music))
2/15 – Reno, NV – Grand Sierra Theatre (w/Lucero and Chuck Ragan (of Hot Water Music))
2/16 – Fresno, CA – EOC Gym Events Center (w/Lucero and Chuck Ragan (of Hot Water Music))
2/19 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues (w/Lucero and Chuck Ragan (of Hot Water Music))
2/20 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues (w/The Aggrolites and Chuck Ragan (of Hot Water Music))
Smoke Or Fire are set to release their third full length on Fat titled The Speakeasy on November 9th, recorded by Matt Allison at Atlas Studio. A member change welcomes Ryan Parrish (Darkest Hour) who lends his talent on drums; while this recording marks the first time Gwomper (AVAIL) was part of the writing process since he took over stewardship of bass when long time member Ken Gurley left the band. The Speakeasyis a complete album in the truest sense, lacking nothing, while offering varied, yet equally enthralling melodies and music on each of the 13 tracks. Constructed around the cornerstone of the guitar driven, heavy punk rock sound they are known for, this album evolves much further. Innovative melodies are ushered along by clever guitar work as gruff vocals give way at times to a more polished pitch. Catch Smoke or Fireon a wee east coast run and be sure not to miss them at our CMJ showcase on October 23rd! Take a peek at what Joe McMahon had to say about recording The Speakeasy below:
We were so happy to be able to record the new record with Matt Allison in Chicago. Matt is not only a great friend of ours, but really becomes the 5th member of the group when you’re in the studio with him. We were working with a pretty slim time period on this record, and everyone really showed up. Ryan Parrish killed it on drums, and made such great contributions during the writing process. It was also a lot of fun to watch Gwomper record his Bass on the record. He gets so into it, I think he moves around more while he’s recording than he does on stage. The only hitch we ran into was me losing my voice half way through recording vocals. When that happens all you can do is wait until it comes back, and you have no idea how long that’s going to be. It took 6 days before I could start singing again. When the record was finished, Jeremy and I both agreed it was the first time we had left the studio with everything coming out exactly the way we wanted. The songs, the artwork…everything. We couldn’t be happier with this record.