A Stirring In The Noos Coming this May via Relapse Records.
I’m a few days late in posting this, but !upstarter officially turned 18 years old last Friday.
It is amazing how much things have changed, how much things have remained the same, and how time marches the fuck on.
I’ve been privileged to listen to and meet so many great bands from across the globe. I’ve been able to go to a shit ton of shows I wouldn’t have otherwise even known about. It’s been a fantastic way to keep touch with the music and people that I love.
I wish that I could say that !upstarter is a thriving enterprise, but the truth is that these days it’s just a one man operation. That one man seems to have little time or motivation to muster more than a half-assed attempt most of the time anymore. I swear a lot that I’ll work on it, and I suppose in the last few months I have, but I’m not making any more promises.
Enough of the whining though. HAPPY FUCKING BIRTHDAY, !upstarter.
NEW ALBUM, ‘ODD BOAT,’ OUT APRIL 28TH
In support of the release the band will embark on a cross-Canada tour. A video for ‘Distress’, the first single off ‘Coven’ is available here.
Feb. 17th – Jimmy Jazz. Guelph, ON.
Feb. 18th – D-Beatstro. Toronto, ON.
Feb. 19th – The Assylum. Sudbury, ON.
Feb. 23rd – Sewing Machine. Edmonton, AB.
Feb. 25th – The Vineyard. Chilliwack, BC.
Feb. 26th – 333. Vancouver, BC.
Feb. 27th – The Space. Kamloops, BC.
Mar. 1st – Distorion. Calgary, AB.
Mar. 2nd – Liquid Cafe. Medicine Hat, AB.
Mar. 3rd – Mercury Cafe. Regina, SK.
Today marks the long-awaited release of After the Party, the new album from The Menzingers. The fifth full-length from the Philadelphia punk band, After the Party arrives as the follow-up to 2014’s widely acclaimed Rented World.
Produced by Will Yip (Title Fight, Balance & Composure, Pianos Become the Teeth), After the Party is a raw yet introspective look at getting older but not quite growing up. Throughout the album, singer/guitarists Greg Barnett and Tom May, bassist Eric Keen, and drummer Joe Godino offset their nuanced songwriting with anthemic harmonies, furious power chords, and larger-than-life melodies.
After the Party is a “a force of freewheeling expression and determined resolution” that “showcases the band at their boldest and brightest yet,” according to The Line of Best Fit. The review also notes that the album “reflects on the world around us and becomes a spark of motivation for something new.”
After the Party features several critically lauded singles from The Menzingers, including “Lookers” (hailed by Noisey as a “classic and thoroughly catchy piece of Menzingian songwriting”), “Bad Catholics” (a track whose “penetrating lyrics [are] packed into a sly haymaker of a hook,” according to Stereogum), and “Thick as Thieves” (which “flirts with a touch of abstraction” and “recalls the power pop-rock of the early 1980s,” in the words of New York Times pop critic Jon Caramanica).
AFTER THE PARTY TRACKLIST:
1. Tellin’ Lies
2. Thick as Thieves
4. Midwestern States
5. Charlie’s Army
6. House on Fire
7. Black Mass
8. Boy Blue
9. Bad Catholics
10. Your Wild Years
11. The Bars
12. After the Party
13. Livin’ Ain’t Easy
As previously announced, The Menzingers will soon tour in support of After the Party, with Jeff Rosenstock and Rozwell Kid opening up. The national tour kicks off February 26 in Pittsburgh and continues through April 1 in Boston.
In addition, The Menzingers will play an acoustic in-store at Wilkes Barre, PA’s Gallery of Sound tomorrow at 4 p.m.
Tickets for the tour are on sale now.
THE MENZINGERS TOUR DATES:
Feb 04 Wilkes Barre, PA – Gallery of Sound (record in-store)
Feb 26 Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls
Mar 01 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
Mar 02 Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
Mar 03 Chicago, IL – Metro
Mar 04 Minneapolis, MN – Cabooze
Mar 05 St. Louis, MO – Blueberry Hill
Mar 07 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live Studio
Mar 08 Dallas, TX – Trees
Mar 09 Austin, TX – Barracuda
Mar 12 San Diego, CA – The Irenic
Mar 13 Pomona, CA – The Glasshouse
Mar 15 San Francisco, CA – Slims
Mar 17 Denver, CO – The Summit
Mar 18 Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater
Mar 21 Birmingham, AL – Saturn
Mar 22 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade Heaven
Mar 23 Orlando, FL – The Social
Mar 24 Orlando, FL – The Social
Mar 25 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
Mar 26 Tampa, FL – The State Theatre
Mar 28 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
Mar 29 Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
Mar 30 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
Mar 31 Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore
Apr 01 Boston, MA – Royale
Punk-rockabilly trio The Hangmen release long-awaited new studio material in March on vinyl and download.
The cult UK-band’s long-travelled international collision course to oblivion landed them again within earshot of recording equipment in 2016 (and someone reckless enough to turn it on). This alignment borne the three-track EP, ‘Necronomicon’.
Summoning part of an ever-expanding original repertoire to shatter the occasion, the new release offers a glimpse into the current state of the rock & roll band’s dark and wild sound. It complimenting a discography of eight albums, a handful of other EPs and several compilation appearances over the past 25 years.
In homage to the movie ‘Evil Dead’, the title track ‘Necronomicon’ takes the horrorbilly-punk association a disturbed step or three further than most.
But the song and accompanying video offer more than just another horror movie-themed rock ‘n’ roll track, as the band deliver a frantic composition and twisted visuals that mirror the rollercoaster-ride-to-madness experience of the cult terrorfest that inspired them.
Available on limited edition 10″ vinyl as well as download, additional tracks ‘Collarbomb’ and ‘The Great Brain Robbery’ serve to assure that the band’s insanity prevails and still rocks in readiness for the next full length studio album, currently in progress.
The Hangmen are for the no-frills ‘Play Loud’ crowd, regulars on the international psychobilly scene and punk scenes, but set are apart by a knack for never repeating themselves (or anyone else) and a distinctive sound so raw that it attracts bacteria.
Play this and run…
Pre-order here: https://hangmen666.bandcamp.com/album/necronomicon-ep
The limited edition 10″ vinyl version is available to pre-order now and comes with free instant gratification download of the title track, followed by free downloads of the remaining tracks on the release date.After pre-orders, the next available copies of the vinyl record will be on sale at Bedlam Breakout Psychobilly Festival in Northampton, England, when the band performs there on the Saturday night (March 11 2017) of the event.
The download-only version will be available from the usual major online outlets.
New York punk act, The Scutches, have announced a handful of west coast tour dates.
4/6- Double Down Saloon, Las Vegas, NV
4/7- Palo Verde Lounge, Tempe/Phoenix, AZ
4/8- Tower Bar, San Diego, CA
4/9- Redwood Bar, Manhattan Beach, LA
4/10- The Caravan, San Jose, CA
PRE-ORDER THE RECORD AND STREAM THEIR NEW SONG, “THINGS CHANGE,” NOW!