ALKALINE TRIO FORM HEART & SKULL LABEL; NEW ALBUM TO BE RELEASED EARLY 2010 ON EPITAPH / HEART & SKULL
Alkaline Trio has announced the birth of Heart & Skull, the band’s own label formed in partnership with Epitaph Records. The band will release its seventh album through Epitaph/Heart & Skull in early 2010.
Commenting on the formation of the new imprint, named for the band’s longstanding logo, Alkaline Trio singer/guitarist Matt Skiba said, “We made the decision to form Heart & Skull to put out our own records after having been through every kind of label deal in the industry, big indies, small indies, majors. We knew it was time to adapt to the shifting tides of the music industry and we could not be more thrilled about doing that in conjunction with the team at Epitaph. Taking control of our own label situation was something we always wanted to do but never thought was possible, but now thanks to Brett Gurewitz and the fine folks at Epitaph, it is. All three of us in Alkaline Trio have always had the utmost respect for the music and the work ethic of the Epitaph, Anti- and Hellcat family and now we’re honored to be working together under one big happy roof. Heart & Skull/Epitaph is truly a dream come true for us.”
Alkaline Trio bassist/vocalist Dan Andriano added, “For our band at this time it really makes sense to release our own records, but we wanted to make sure we could partner up with good people who we would want to share in something very special to us. When Brett called and said he wanted to be involved, that was it. Epitaph is a label I’ve admired and supported for more than half of my life! I couldn’t be more excited for how this is turning out!”
Alkaline Trio first emerged from Chicago in 1996 and has since released the full length studio albums Goddamnit, Maybe I’ll Catch Fire, From Here To Infirmary, Good Mourning, Crimson and last year’s Agony & Irony, which was the highest charting record of the band’s career to date. The band is comprised of Skiba, Andriano and drummer Derek Grant, all of whom are partners in Heart & Skull.
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UPCOMING ‘LET THEM KNOW’ MOVIE SCREENINGS & YOUTH BRIGADE SHOWS
DROPKICK MURPHYS SHOWS ADDED!
YOUTH BRIGADE DATES
10/23/09 SLC,UT @ In The Venue
10/24/09 Denver,CO @ Marquis Theatre
10/29/09 Dallas,TX @ The Lounge on Elm
10/30/09 Houston,TX @ Walter’s on Washington
11/01/09 Gainesville,FL @ The FEST!
11/02/09 New Smyrna,FL @ Beachside Tavern
11/04/09 Anaheim, CA @ The Grove w/Dropkick Murphys
11/05/09 San Deigo, CA @ SOMA w/Dropkick Murphys
11/06/09 Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre w/Dropkick Murphys
11/08/09 Austin, TX @ Fun Fun Fun Fest
OCT 23 / SALT LAKE CITY, UT @ SPYHOP 1OPM *Q&A WITH YOUTH BRIGADE!*
Slug Magazine and BYO Records presents the exclusive SLC screening of ‘LTK’! This screening will take place immediately after the Youth Brigade show at In The Venue on the same night. Seating is limited (movie is F-R-E-E!) and the only way you’re gettin’ in is to RSVP in advance to: firstname.lastname@example.org R.S.V.P now or you’ll be left out in the cold!
OCT 24 / DENVER, CO @ MARQUIS THEATRE 6:30PM *MOVIE/SHOW COMBO!*
Purchase of a ticket ($14 adv / $16 at the door) is good for both the movie and show! Doors at 6:30, movie at 7pm, and show will follow! [Go to website for more info]
OCT 28 / HOUSTON,TX @ THE MINK ON MAIN 8PM
LEFT OF THE DIAL is proud to present this screening and will be offering archive copies of LOTD Issue #7, featuring a lengthy Shawn Stern article, at the showing. A portion of the proceeds from the show will be donated to Rich Cunningham of Happy Days Records, who is undergoing cancer treatment. A record and book sale will also take place before/after the show to raise funds as well. [Go to website for more info]
OCT 28 & 29 / SAN FRANCISCO,CA @ MISSION UNDERGROUND FILM FEST
MUFF is an ongoing film festival with monthly screenings held at the Pirate Cat Radio Cafe. MUFF specializes in screening independent and limited released films with the intent of shining the light on marginalized ideas and creating an outlet for the independent film community. [Go to website for more info]
NOV 7 / AUSTIN,TX @ ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE RITZ (FUN FUN FUN FEST AFTERPARTY!)
We’ll be screening the movie to a lucky crowd as part of FFF Fest’s afterparty festivities! $10 gets you into the best punk doc of the yea! Consider it a worthwhile activity as you’re resting your tired festival feet and taking in some punk history. Also, Youth Brigade will be playing the FFF Fest the following day, Sun 11/8 @ 3:30pm on the Black Stage! [Go to website for more info]
BECCA’S U.S. DEBUT CD ALIVE!! TO DROP ON JANUARY 5TH
ON SIN (SONYMUSIC INDEPENDENT NETWORK)
KICKIN & SCREAMIN EP OUT NOW
2010 TOUR DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON
“the stage presence of Joan Jett and Suzy Quattro all rolled into one 20 year old young woman with a bit of a chip on her shoulder and a edge that we’ve not
seen since those two artists hit rock in the late 70s”
– Young Poor And Angry Press, September 2009
Hailing from Portland, OR and now based out of Los Angeles Becca has already made a mark on the international music charts and she is gearing up to do the same in the U.S. as she gears up for the release for her U.S. debut CD ALIVE!! co-written and produced by singer-songwriter Meredith Brooks who had hits herself with such songs as “Bitch” and “What Would Happen.” Becca’s ALIVE!! to drop on January 5 at all digital outlets and Amazon Disc On Demand via SIN – SonyMusic Independent Network.
Equally adept at belting out full-throttle, female empowering rockers as she is crooning big arena-sized power ballads Becca carves a melodic blast on songs like “I’m ALIVE!,” her vow to live life to the fullest in the wake of the premature death of a friend, and “Turn Up the Stereo,” a cautionary tale to her peers about the dead-end offered by non-stop partying as well as songs examining personal relationships, such as “Turn to Stone,” “Lose You Now” and “Perfect Me,” the expressions of an artist who is wise beyond her years. Sugary enough to give you a tooth ache until she throws you a sucker punch to the gut!
Indie-hardcore Heroes’ Influential albums Revisited and Re-issued
Like Never Before
October 20, 2009 – Los Angeles, CA. – Epitaph Records announces plans to re-issue The Blood Brothers’ classic albums “Burn, Piano Island, Burn,” “Crimes,” “Young Machetes” and “March On Electric Children” on November 17. The CD and digital re-issues will include rare previously unavailable live tracks and videos, music videos and B-sides for the ultimate collectors’ edition.
From 1997 to 2007, The Blood Brothers’ “molotov mixture of suburb surrealism and sonic extremity” (Alternative Press, 2003) rocked and riveted critics and fans around the world. Formed in the suburbs of Seattle, the dueling singers Johnny Whitney and Jordan Blilie along with Cody Votolato (guitar), Morgan Henderson (bass) and Mark Gajadhar (drums) crafted a unique style of convulsive, ground breaking hardcore that was quickly embraced by critics and fans of punk, hardcore and indie rock.
Over their ten years in existence the quintet released five critically acclaimed studio albums (four of which Epitaph is re-issuing), including Burn, Piano Island, Burn, “the most prolific, beautiful, and vital statement of rock since the Stooges’ Raw Power” (PopMatters, 2003), Crimes, the sturdiest bridge between the hardcore underground and indie-rock elitists” (Alternative Press, 2004) and “one of the best of 2006” (PopMatters, 2006), Young Machetes.
Having moved on to other projects, Whitney and Votolato with indie-rockers Jaguar Love and Blilie, Gajadhar and Henderson with post-punk outfit Past Lives, The Blood Brothers called it quits at their creative peak, leaving behind a catalog the helped define a genre and continues to influence bands around the world.
Skarhead’s brand new album “Drugs, Music & Sex” hits US stores on November 17th!
Skarhead was founded in 1995 by Lord Ezec and the EP “Drugs, Money, Sex” was released that same year. Their follow up album, “Kings At Crime” took the worldwide hardcore scene by storm in 1999 and instantaneously became one of the all time classic hardcore records. Today 10 years after the release of “Kings At Crime” Lord Ezec, a street fighting legend from Queens and leader in the hardcore community, is back as frontman of the world’s most infamous hardcore bands!
“Drugs, Music & Sex” is already a classic and Ezec has managed to record another timeless album for those who love a good blend of street brutality and the most ignorant hardcore party anthems a band can create. A record with yet another impressive and distinct list of collaborations featuring some of hardcore’s greatest from the now and legends from the past such as Freddy Cricien, CIV, Eddie Leeway, Jamey Jasta and Armand from Sick Of It All, to name only a few. Thirteen brand new tracks that will shake the fundaments of the hardcore, metal and punk scene!!!
October 14, 2009 – Los Angeles, CA. – Revered psychobilly trio Nekromantix will be taking their hellacious stage show on the road, joining horror-rock legend Rob Zombie for a cross country spree of mayhem and menace on the Hellbilly Deluxe 2 Tour starting October 29. The tour will also feature Captain Clegg & the Night Creatures last seen rocking a murderous Michael Myers in the recent drive-in classic “Halloween II.”
Fronted by flattopped bandleader Kim Nekroman and his beloved coffin bass, the Nekromantix and their furious sinister sound will help ignite this depraved rock and roll freak show as it detonates in the heat scorched metropolis of Phoenix on October 29th, before rocking the fleshpots of Las Vegas and descending on the decadent streets of Hollyweird and beyond. Continue reading Nekromantix On Tour With Rob Zombie
I Scream Records signs deal for the European release of the new Death By Stereo album!
In stores in Europe on October 5th!!
I Scream Records signed a deal with Serjical Strike Records, Death By Stereo’s new label, for the release of “Death Is My Only Friend”, in Europe.
Laurens Kusters says: “We’re extremely excited to have Death By Stereo join our, ever growing, European roster.”
Since their inception in 1998, Death By Stereo has been balancing consciousness and chaos with their unique genre-bending amalgam of hardcore, metal and punk.
“Death Is My Only Friend”, the band’s 5th studio album, was produced & recorded by Jason Freese (Green Day, Jewel, Goo Goo Dolls) and mixed by Jay Baumgardener (Linkin Park, Evanesance). “Death is My Only Friend” finds the band’s sound venturing into uncharted musical waters and they have created the biggest sounding Death By Stereo record to date.
“We are excited to be at our new home at I Scream Records for our European release. Europe has always been important for us and we can’t wait to come back over.” ads the band.
The European release date for “Death Is My Only Friend” is set for October 5th!
Revolver : “this California hard core quartet continues on it’s tough but tuneful course, nestling blunt social criticism in melodies so upbeat it’s hard to believe the band is as pissed off as it claims.”
Alternative Press : “Ragers like “Welcome To The Party” or “Fear Of A Brown Planet” are reminders that few bands are able to combine melody and unbridled aggression as ardently as DBS-and for the most part, frontman Efrem Schulz’s operatic vocals manage to complement the band’s technically minded music instead of overshadow it.”
Death By Stereo will be on tour in Europe this November as a part of the 2009 Persistence Tour (with Ignite, Evergreen Terrace and more)
November 27th – De Mast in Torhout (Belgium)
November 28th – Turbinenhalle in Oberhausen (Germany)
November 29th – Klokgebouw in Eindhoven (The Netherlands)
November 30th – Backstage Werk in Munich (Germany)
December 1st – Gasometer in Vienna (Austria)
December 2nd – Posthalle in Würzburg (Germany)
December 4th – Garage in Saarbrücken (Germany)
December 5th – Alter Schlachthof in Dresden (Germany)
December 6th – Docks in Hamburg (Germany)
For more info: www.deathbystereo.com
Death By Stereo on myspace: www.myspace.com/deathbystereo
Think Fast! Records Signs Worldwide Distribution Deal with Trustkill Entertainment
Up and coming rising hardcore label Think Fast! Records has signed a worldwide distribution deal with Trustkill Entertainment. The label’s bands and releases will be in good hands with Trustkill’s global network of executives and marketing/distribution partners in the physical, digital, and mobile landscape.
“We’re very excited to have a label like Trustkill get behind our distribution efforts. Our new deal will allow a growing hardcore/punk label like Think Fast! to be spread on a larger scale and on a global level” comments Think Fast! co-owner, Ryan O’Connor. Continue reading Think Fast! Records
NEW OS MUTANTES SONG PREMIERES ON STEREOGUM TODAY
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR KICKS OFF AUGUST 28
Revered Tropicália band Os Mutantes have emerged after thirty-five years to record a sumptuous new album entitled Haih or Amortecedor due out 09-08 on Anti Records. The new songs are the result of an astonishing collaboration between band leader Sergio Dias and Tom Zé, renowned Brazilian musician and fellow instigator of the Dadaist influenced cut and paste Tropicália movement. The result is an album which both captures the classic Os Mutantes sound while moving it distinctly forward.
When the first new song “Teclar” debuted in July, Pitchfork remarked: “Lead Mutante Sergio Dias isn’t trying to sound like a kid anymore, something more veteran figures should probably try when they record new stuff. The track is slower and more languorous than the Os Mutantes of old. Hints of Eastern melodic scales and pastoral British folk creep in alongside the mix of traditional Brazilian music and Beatles-informed psych that first brought this band into the game.”
The Mutantes are now set to premier a second song off their anticipated new album today at www.stereogum.com. Like most of the new songs, “Anagrama,” is collaborative composition between Dias and Zé. The result is an enthralling mix of modern psychedelia and sensuous folk pop.
“When I first wrote this song it was too personal but I loved the melody,” Diaz explains. “So underneath there are lines of some other lyrics that I am singing. It’s a very poetic love song but it was just too personal, so Tom Zé did this really amazing thing where he cut off the last syllable of every word so you would have to figure them out in your head. There is a telephone voice referencing the other lyrics. The music is kind of a here there and everywhere, a bossa nova with a bit of Loving Spoonful in the guitar.”
LOS ANGELES ROCK OUTFIT PHATHOM
RELEASE 2 MORE TRACKS FROM THEIR NEW CD
‘THE NEW PIRACY’
VIA FREE MUSIC DOWNLOAD CAMPAIGN
Here all tracks release here:
Los Angeles based band, Phathom-Matthew Sikora (Vocals, Guitar), Jason Stone (Guitar, Vocals), Yannick d’Assignies (Bass, Vocals) and Anton Tilgren (Drums) are ready to give away two more tracks from their latest CD ‘The New Piracy’. Instead of your tradition street date release the band has opted for an ongoing online campaign where they will give away 2 new songs each month as free downloads. The first 4 songs have already hit the Internet produced by Charlie Paulson of Goldfinger/Black President and co-produced and recorded by Mike Sutherland (Pennywise, Pepper, as well as Phathom’s “Zombie Love”). This month’s tracks are titled, “Bliss” and “House Of Glass”.
Since the band’s formation and in the spirit of DIY Phathom has remained independent of any record label aid and currently resides with Hardline Entertainment under the management of Ken Seaton.
The Phathom online campaign has the support of Rockstar Energy Drink’s site www.RockStar69.com and www.Gibson.com, www.TheInterlude.com and www.addicted2shows.com who will also be posting the songs for free download.