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PHOENIX — With Our Arms To The Sun, the Phoenix-based band whose 2017 album, Orenda, was included on Loudwire’s 25 Best Metal Albums of that year, have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the band’s fifth album, The Mogollon Monster.
“This album is a perfect representation of our creative journey so far,” says singer/guitar player Josh Breckenridge. “Our hope that our genuine love for making music and art will rally our fans to come together to help us spread the word about the new album and the Kickstarter campaign.”
Free Download of New Song, “Rebirth,” Available Now
With Our Arms To The Sun is also giving fans a preview of what’s to come on The Mogollon Monster, offering a free download of new song “Rebirth” via their website.
The Kickstarter campaign features a collection of collectible and rare items including an original oil painting from Chet Zar, a Schecter guitar, various versions of the Zar-created album artwork and music and merchandise bundles.
Los Angeles, CA — Soulful pop singer-songwriter, Spencer Sutherland, has released the official music video for his single, “Wallpaper.” The new offering just premiered exclusively on Idolator and can be viewed HERE.
“The ‘Wallpaper’ music video is really saying ‘whatever’ to all the stress in life,” says Spencer. “The video is basically showing how easily your brain can play tricks on you, and then there’s a little twist at the end. I love poking fun at ‘serious’ things because life is not that serious!”
“Wallpaper” appears on Spencer’s debut EP, NONE of this has been about you, which was released last month via BMG. The five-track effort is an introspective journey that spotlights his signature tone and falsetto, reminiscent of the 60s with stripped-down 80s-inspired production. Listeners can hear traces of his major influences on the record, ranging from Marvin Gaye and Bruno Mars, to Prince, Elvis, and The Temptations. Spencer’s honest and relatable approach to lyrics, in tandem with his powerful live performances, culminate in what is being lauded as a fresh new sound in pop.
NONE of this has been about you Track Listing:
1. Sweater 2. Freaking Out 3. NONE of this has been about you 4. Wallpaper 5. It May Sound Strange
Spencer kicked off 2019 with a bang and is an artist on the rise, to say the least. After inking his first major record deal, he unveiled his infectious lead single, “Sweater,” which scored impressive Apple Music playlisting including Breaking Pop (Global), Best of The Week (#2 spot), Hot Tracks (#1 Pop spot), Top Songs–Pop, and Beats of the Week. The smooth and lush title track from his debut EP also landed on Apple’s The A-List: Pop (Global), Pure Pop 50, and Breaking Pop (Global). Additionally, Spencer racked up his first New Music Friday playlisting on Spotify with “Freaking Out,” his vulnerable and vibrant latest song.
Spencer played his first ever sold out headline shows earlier this year in New York City and Cincinnati and is currently on the road supporting Jack & Jack on a massive tour across North America. The trek stops in Orlando this evening and hits major cities including Atlanta, New York, Boston, Toronto, Chicago, and more.
“I’m so excited to be on tour with Jack & Jack,” says Spencer. “I have so much respect for them, and the shows have been crazy. 2019 is turning out to be an amazing year!”
A full list of dates can be found below, with tickets available to purchase HERE.
Spencer Sutherland Tour Dates (supporting Jack & Jack):
April 18 – Orlando, FL @ The Plaza Live April 19 – Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre April 20 – Nashville, TN @ The Cowan April 21 – Charlotte, NC @ The Underground April 23 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore April 24 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts April 25 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza April 26 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza April 27 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club April 29 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre April 30 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues May 1 – Detroit, MI @ Saint Andrew’s Hall May 3 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues May 4 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Cabooze Plaza May 5 – Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium
Spencer will be releasing his sophomore EP later this year and is currently working on his full-length debut album. Stay tuned for more news to come.
About Spencer Sutherland
Based in Los Angeles by-way-of Ohio, Spencer Sutherland began to garner mainstream recognition in 2017 with his single, “Selfish,” which was heard on multiple Apple Music Pop Playlists, Sirius XM-Venus, Spotify, Pandora, and iHeartRadio stations. This led to iHeartRadio’s Elvis Duran selecting Spencer as The Today Show’s ‘Artist of the Month,’ followed by him earning a spot among the Top 5 finalists for iHeartRadio + Macy’s Rising Star competition. He was also the first American to compete on the X Factor UK and landed as one of the top 12 finalists on the show.
Los Angeles, CA — Emerging alt-pop trio, Chase Atlantic, have announced a massive headline tour across North America this summer. Presented by Live Nation’s Ones To Watch and The Noise, the 29-date trek launches in Philadelphia on Friday, June 14 and hits major cities including Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, and New York before wrapping in Silver Spring, MD on Thursday, July 25. Lauren Sanderson will also provide direct support on all shows. The fan pre-sale commences on Tuesday, April 9 at 10am local time and will conclude on Thursday, April 11 at 10pm local. More information can be found on the band’s website and social media platforms. The general public on-sale begins on Friday, April 12 at 10am local, with tickets available to purchase HERE. The full touring itinerary can be found below as well.
Sophomore Album, Phases, out June 28 via BMG/MDDN
Chase Atlantic is also pleased to announce the release of their highly-anticipated sophomore album, Phases, out Friday, June 28 via BMG/MDDN. The record serves as a follow up to their latest EP, DON’T TRY THIS (Jan. 2019), and their self-titled debut effort (2017).
“We made this album because we wanted to drastically pivot the angle in which pop culture is viewed and ultimately digested,” says lead vocalist, Mitchel Cave.“Throughout our career so far, Chase Atlantic has always been represented as a ‘go to’ for unique and complex music with high sonic value. We’ve been able to fuse genres and aesthetic together to create a defined nocturnal bliss of our own, blending dreamy melodies with moody progressions, all the while touching on subjects from drug abuse to romantic pieces.”
“This album feels as though it is truly a work of astronomical measures,” he adds. “It’s the first time we were able to honestly and openly hone into something so monumentally special and raw without compromising even an inch of our integrity as artists. We’ve developed a completely new sound within a matter of months that has never been tapped into before. Chase Atlantic is now dwelling within a realm of its own; it’s both scarily isolating and blissfully euphoric at the same time. Welcome to a whole new era.”
The official track listing and more details about Chase Atlantic’s forthcoming album will be revealed soon. Stay tuned for more news to come.
Chase Atlantic Headline Tour Dates:
6/14 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts 6/15 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater 6/17 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts 6/18 – Nashville, TN @ Exit / In 6/19 – Charlotte, NC @ The Underground 6/21 – Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre 6/22 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room 6/24 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues 6/25 – Austin, TX @ Scoot Inn 6/27 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom 6/28 – Los Angeles, CA @ Regent Theater 6/29 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades 7/01 – San Francisco, CA @ August Hall 7/02 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom 7/03 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre 7/05 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot 7/06 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall 7/08 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom 7/09 – Lawrence, KS @ The Granada 7/11 – Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room 7/13 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater 7/15 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues 7/16 – Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe at Old National Centre 7/18 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall 7/19 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall 7/20 – Toronto, ON @ The Opera House 7/22 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club 7/23 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall 7/25 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
About Chase Atlantic:
Chase Atlantic personally write and produce all of their own music, which helped the three-piece build a strong following in Australia during their teenage years. Their stylish, distinctive sound, along with their viral single, “Friends,” captured the attention of Good Charlotte’s Joel and Benji Madden, who subsequently signed them to their esteemed music company, MDDN, in 2015. Since then, the three-piece has seen rapid success – headlining and selling out shows globally, including tours with Blackbear, Sleeping With Sirens, and Lights. Their explosive live performances have also landed slots at notable festivals including Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Firefly, Reading & Leeds, and the final run of Vans Warped Tour.
New York-based progressive metal fusion quartet Valence recently announced the release of their upcoming album, Cognitive Dissidents, out April 12, 2019. Expertly fusing genres like metal, rock, jam, classical, jazz, and more, Valence‘s varied, yet cohesive, influences offer every listener a passport to a new state of mind that is cerebral and emotive, while not sacrificing accessibility.
Today, Valence have revealed a third new track from Cognitive Dissidents, entitled “Walrus“, which is available to stream via New Noise MagazineHERE.
Guitarist Geoffrey Schaefer says about the track: “‘Walrus‘ is one of the more eclectic songs on Cognitive Dissidents that really highlights the way we incorporate jam band influences in with the progressive metal. You can really hear this about two and a half minutes into the song, as well as with the section that comes about five minutes in. It’s also one of the longer songs on the album, but one that we don’t think feels long.”
Check out other videos featuring tracks from Cognitive Dissidents :
Cognitive Dissidents, the ambitious follow up to their Independent Music Award-winning 2014 EP, Laser Baron, was recorded and produced at Westfall Studios in Long Island, NY.
Valence wastes no time in launching Cognitive Dissidents intro the stratosphere with lead single “Damnit, Lana!” (linked above), setting the course for what is about to be one hell of a ride. Rock technicality blends into a seductive Latin fusion-inspiredsection driven by multi-talented percussionist Chris Romano, only to finish as an unrelenting metal opus. “II. Calmer Than You Are” shows the softer side of Valence, illustrating a synth-laden soundscape led by bassist Wilhelmus Sapanaro. The band continue to flex their tech-muscles on tracks like “III. Preferred Nomenclature“, in which guitarists Michael Buonanno and Geoffrey Schaefer burn through over five minutes of deft ebb and flow – fluxing between absolute mano-a-mano, battle-like shreddery, deep grooves and classically-influenced passages. “Walrus“, amid its journey, provides an unexpected mid-track jam trip before the album closes with “Red Sky at Morning” – a 14+ minute sonic escapade that can only be described as positively monumental.
Rather than utilizing samples, bassist Wilhelmus Sapanaro performed upright bass and cello and guitarist Michael Buonanno performed violin and viola on Cognitive Dissidents to maintain an organic sound.
1. Damnit, Lana! 2. Prelude: Parlance of Our Time 3. I. If You’re Not into the Whole Brevity Thing 4. II. Calmer Than You Are 5. III. Preferred Nomenclature 6. Walrus 7. Red Sky at Morning
Valence has performed across the eastern United States and Canada with artists like Scale The Summit, Sarah Longfield, Consider The Source, Felix Martin and more, and will soon expand their national footprint later in 2019. In the meantime, Valence has several U.S. performances booked this winter and spring. See below for all confirmed tour dates:
Valence Tour Dates:
4/13 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ Darkside Records – Record Store Day 4/26 – Holbrook, NY @ Rams American Pub 4/28 – Philadelphia, PA @ Milkboy 4/29 – Orange, VA @ 3 B’s Bar & Grille 5/1 – Raleigh, NC @ Slims 5/2 – Atlanta, GA @ Smith’s Olde Bar 5/3 – Asheville, NC @ Odditorium 5/24 – Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus w/ Black Crown Initiate // Album Release Show
Visit this Facebook event for a listing of these shows.
“…Valence is a style unto themselves, and listening to them is more about a direct connection to the moment than a study of any genre.” – William Berger, Author, Wagner Without Fear et al.; Producer and Commentator, the Metropolitan Opera
“Ever watch a band enjoy themselves so much while playing live, that their mood becomes Infectious? It’s literally impossible not to smile while these dudes are having the best time on stage. It also helps that they can all super shred on their instruments too.” – Metal Injection
“If you love some of the acrobatic, complex, and heavy material of current acts like Scale the Summit, Between the Buried and Me and Animals as Leaders, this is a band you need to check out.” – Sea of Tranquility
“When we hear prog, we actually expect the music to suck hard like a mouthful of coarse-grade sandpaper, because we know it’s a clever ruse. It’s a way for many failed musicians to pretend they have relevance. Valence, however, have given us more to expect out of this “prog” thing…” – Deaf Sparrow
Michael Buonanno – Guitar, Violin, Viola Geoffrey Schaefer – Guitar Wilhelmus Sapanaro – Bass, Upright Bass, Cello Chris Romano – Drums
Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, Suldusk – a new project led by other-worldly front woman Emily Highfield – weaves acoustic tones of dark folk with elements of doom, atmospheric black metal and post rock. Suldusk will release their debut full-length album, entitled Lunar Falls, on April 12, 2019. The album is available for pre-order now via Bandcamp.
As an early gift to listeners, Suldusk is streaming their entire new album a full two weeks early! Stream it now via Decibel MagazineHERE.
Emily Highfield says, “It is very exciting to finally release Lunar Falls, the first Suldusk album. It has realized my vision of fusing acoustic elements with post rock and metal influences.”
In addition to the digital version, Lunar Falls will also be released as a Collector’s Edition Digipack-CD (first press, limited to 1000 copies) and LP (limited colored vinyl with poster) via the Northern Silence ProductionsWebshop or Bandcamp page. The black/white half-and-half edition of the vinyl, which is limited to only 99 copies, is only available via the NSP webshop while stock lasts.
Check out Suldusk‘s latest music video for the track “Aphasia” HERE.
Lunar Falls‘ undercurrent theme is about living on the margins, and the intolerable suffering and sacrifice in the quest for identity. Nature provides much of the lyrical inspiration as the source of refuge and guidance throughout this quest. Lunar Falls is dedicated to the memory of late singer-songwriter Aleah Starbridge (Trees of Eternity).
With Lunar Falls, Emily Highfield explains that she wants to convey an escape to a soothing and real place. Her organic, earthly approach to music creates an immersive soundscape – a powerful panorama of shimmering guitars, haunting melodies and atmospheric density.
Highfield says, “Lunar Falls is a sonic midnight forest trek – at times beguiling and soothing, and at once harsh and raw. Like nature itself. Bands that inspire me are immersive, honest and risk takers. I’m inspired by and love acoustic-driven and atmospheric/depressive metal – like Agalloch, Opeth, Saor, Unreqvited, Heretoir and Trees of Eternity.”
Suldusk first turned heads a few years ago after front woman and then-solo artist Emily Highfield uploaded some of her compositions to Soundcloud. When the melancholic black metal-infused acoustic track “Drogue” ended up reaching over 10,000 plays in less than a month, Highfield knew she was onto something great. This inspired Highfield to create the live and current incarnation of Suldusk – a chamber metal ensemble which has since been embraced by audiences and underground musicians alike.
Lunar Falls was engineered, mixed and produced by Mark Kelson, with additional engineering by Jesse Oberin. The album was mastered by Joseph Carra at Crystal Mastering.
Lunar Falls track listing:
1. Eleos 2. Solus Ipse 3. The Elm 4. Aphasia 5. Three Rivers 6. Autumnal Resolve 7. Catacombs 8. Nazaré 9. Drogue 10. Sovran Shrines
“Emily Highfield, the sole creator of Suldusk, has succeeded in creating thoroughly entrancing musical experiences through seamless juxtapositions of contrasting musical styles. Even her vocals are representative of those contrasts – both caustic in their acidity and beautifully ethereal in their clarity.” — No Clean Singing
“Mysterious, hypnotic, compelling songwriting. Haunting and beautiful, very original – gentle, soothing, and then at times unexpectedly powerful when it conjures other-worldly dark screams from the collective sub-conscious – like Mother Nature venting her fury!” — David Hirschfelder, Internationally award-winning soundtrack composer
“Varyingly described as acoustic Black Metal, Blackgaze or Doom Folk, Suldusk have a sound that is entirely their own and utterly captivating… While no comparison can truly capture the magic of Suldusk, fans of Opeth‘s ‘Damnation‘ album are likely to be impressed.” — Overdrive Magazine
Los Angeles, CA —The Faim have shared another brand new song,“Amelie,” in anticipation of their forthcoming debut album, which is due in September. “Amelie” is an explosive pop-rock anthem that follows the release of “Fire,” the first track from the record that dropped in January. “Fire” received critical acclaim in the press and landed on notable playlists including Spotify’s New Noise and Pop Rock Shot, as well as Apple Music’s Breaking Alternative in 40 countries worldwide.
According to frontman Josh Raven, “The concept behind Amelie draws on the idea that everyone is born the same, but we become the people we are due to the influence of our surroundings. These influences can affect us both positively and negatively, but only we control the way we react to them.” Stream and download “Amelie” on all digital platforms HERE.
The official music video for “Amelie” is also out today, which captures The Faim on their first ever headline tour of Europe and Australia, where the majority of shows sold out completely or were upgraded due to popular demand. This achievement marks a huge milestone in the group’s career, considering they played their first live shows just over a year ago. Watch the new video HERE.
North American Tour Dates With Andy Black Kick Off Sunday, April 7 in Sacramento
The Faim will be heading back to North American in April and May for their massive tour supporting Black Veil Brides’ frontman, Andy Black, on his solo headline run. The 28-date trek launches on Sunday, April 7 in Sacramento and concludes in Virginia Beach on Friday, May 17. The band will also play in major cities and venues along the tour includingThe El Rey in Los Angeles, The Gramercy Theatre in New York City, and Metro in Chicago. The four-piece was also just confirmed to play Reading & Leeds Festivals in the U.K. for the second year in a row, sharing the BBC Radio 1 Stage with Bastille, CHVRCHES, The Story So Far, and more. A full list of dates can be found below, and all tickets are available to purchase HERE.
New music from The Faim is on the way, with more details about their debut album to be revealed soon. Stay tuned and keep up with the band on social media below.
The Faim Tour Dates Supporting Andy Black:
4/7/19 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades 4/9/19 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon 4/10/19 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre 4/12/19 – Las Vegas, NV @ Vinyl 4/13/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre 4/14/19 – Mesa, AZ @ The Nile Theatre 4/16/19 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot 4/17/19 – Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre 4/19/19 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill 4/20/19 – San Antonio, TX @ The Rock Box 4/22/19 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade 4/23/19 – Orlando, FL @ The Plaza Live 4/25/19 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts 4/26/19 – Greensboro, NC @ The Blind Tiger 4/29/19 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre 4/30/19 – Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage 5/1/19 – New York, NY @ The Gramercy Theatre 5/3/19 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium 5/4/19 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes 5/6/19 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Elevation 5/7/19 – Chicago, IL @ Metro 5/8/19 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater 5/10/19 – Cleveland, OH @ Phantasy Nightclub 5/11/19 – Detroit, MI @ The Majestic 5/13/19 – Toronto, ON @ The Opera House 5/15/19 – Montreal, QC @ L’Astral 5/16/19 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts 5/17/19 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Elevation 27
8/17/19 – St. Polten, Austria @ FM4 Frequency Festival 8/23/19 – Leeds, U.K. @ Leeds Festival (BBC Radio 1 Stage) 8/25/19 – Reading, U.K. @ Reading Festival (BBC Radio 1 Stage)
The Faim Is:
Josh Raven / Lead vocals Sam Tye / Guitar Stephen Beerkens / Bass, keyboard Linden Marissen / Drums, percussion
PHOENIX — Holy Fawn, the Phoenix-based band who describe themselves as “four creatures making loud heavy pretty noises, release a video for “Dark Stone” as the band’s buzzed about under-the-radar album, Death Spells, gets a proper release via Triple Crown Records (home to Caspian and Covet).
“This record came out of nowhere and absolutely knocked me on my ass. I knew nothing of it, had zero idea what to expect and literally had goosebumps for a majority of my first listen.” – Riley Breckenridge (Thrice)
Death Spells initially received a DIY, regional release in 2018, with the band’s friend putting out the 10-song album via his label, Whelmed Records. Word about the young band began to grow out of the Southwest with fans and friends sharing the songs and “Drag Me Into The Woods” video via social media, eventually tipping off a handful of in-the-know writers and musicians.
Stereogum proclaimed it as one of the “Top 50 Records of 2018,” New Noisedubbed it a “sonic adventure,” and Heavy Blog Is Heavy/Arctic Drones’ writer David Zeidler saying, “a little-known indie band from Arizona being touted as the next big thing by respected musicians isn’t something I’m likely to gloss over lightly… I was sufficiently impressed, but it wasn’t until the band released the first single from Death Spells, ‘Arrows’… that I fully realized how exciting and potentially important this band could be.” Thrice’s Riley Breckenridge said he “literally had goosebumps for a majority of my first listen” and Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe offered, “listening from top-to-bottom will take you on a trance-inducing journey.”
“The album is beautiful, heavy, & hypnotizing- listening from top to bottom will take you on a trance-inducing journey” – Randy Blythe (Lamb Of God)
Holy Fawn kicks off a western U.S. tour this evening at Club Congress in Tucson. Dates are:
March 28 Tucson, AZ Club Congress March 29 Tempe, AZ Yucca Tap Room March 30 San Diego, CA Space March 31 Los Angeles, CA The Echo April 3 San Jose, CA Ritz April 4 Oakland, CA Elbo Room April 5 Eugene, OR HiFi Music Hall April 6 Portland, OR High Water April 7 Seattle, WA Vera Project April 9 Salt Lake City, UT Diabolical Records April 10 Las Vegas, NV Shawteau
Oregon – YOB, who kick off a new round of North American tour dates on Tuesday, share a recently taped Amoeba Green Room session. The session was filmed during the band’s previous national tour and features the songs “The Lie That is Sin,” “Breathing from the Shallows,” and “Our Raw Heart,” the title track from the band’s critically-acclaimed 2018 album. View the session HERE.
Born in Berkeley, CA in 1990, Amoeba Music Hollywood is the world’s largest independent record store. Nestled deep inside Amoeba Hollywood is its Green Room, home for each of its visiting artists and an intimate performance space. Amoeba’s Green Room Sessions have featured stripped down, acoustic performances by Julien Baker, First Aid Kit, and Father John Misty, as well as full-throttle, powerhouse electric sets from Youth Code, U.S. Girls, and The Heavy.
Our Raw Heart surfaced on a wide range of best of 2018 lists, nabbing the #1 spot in Decibel Magazine’s extensive year-end issue, as well as receiving nods from NPR, Rolling Stone, ArtForum, Mashable, New York Magazine’s Vulture, Noisey, Treble and more.
Consequence of Sound’s Heavy Consequence said of the album that they placed at the top of their 2018 countdown: “Our Raw Heart… possesses a serene almost uplifting quality,” while PopMatters, who also placed the release at the top of their Best Metal of 2018 list, said “… true art… offers us an insight into the most frightening of human emotions. Our Raw Heart acts as a portal to another’s pain…”
“YOB‘s eighth album, Our Raw Heart, is a riveting document of Scheidt‘s year,” said Rolling Stone in an online feature. “A gauntlet of sickness and health, clarity and confusion, the record wrestles with mortality and ultimately perseveres.”Decibel Magazine, in their July cover story said “one of the byproducts” of Scheidt’sillness “is a brilliant new album that takes the YOB blueprint of punishingly heavy, delightfully angular doom/sludge into unexplored areas of heart-breaking melody and triumphant resolve.” The album has won accolades from the Associated Press (“Yob… swing effortlessly between menacing distortion and hushed reverie”), NPR (“…the group’s sprawling gravity and thunderous majesty have taken an introspective turn…”), Pitchfork (“…metal that sounds sensuous, bellicose, and jubilant all at once”).
North American Tour
Tickets, as well as exclusive ticket and merch bundles, are on-sale now. The bundles, which can be found via YOB‘s website, include an entry ticket, an exclusive t-shirt as well as the option of vinyl or CD versions of Our Raw Heart.
YOB Tour Dates:
(All dates with Voivod and Amenra except where noted)
March 26 Minneapolis, MN Fine Line March 27 Chicago, IL Thalia Hall March 28 Columbus, OH Ace of Cups SOLD OUT March 29 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop March 30 Toronto, ON Phoenix March 31 Buffalo, NY Town Ballroom April 2 Portland, ME Geno’s SOLD OUT April 3 Boston, MA Royale April 4 Brooklyn, NY Warsaw April 5 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer April 6 Richmond, VA Broadberry April 7 Raleigh, NC Kings April 9 Knoxville, TN Concourse April 10 Atlanta, GA Masquerade (Hell) April 11 New Orleans, LA One Eyed Jack’s April 12 Houston, TX Warehouse April 13 Austin, TX Barracuda April 14 Dallas, TX Gas Monkey April 16 Denver, CO Marquis Theater * April 18 Phoenix, AZ Club Red + April 19 San Diego, CA Brick by Brick + SOLD OUT
* – No Voivod + – YOB only
Travis Foster (drums) Aaron Rieseberg (bass) Mike Scheidt (vocals/guitar)
Spotlights premiere new song, “The Particle Noise,” via Kerrang! magazine. The song is from the band’s forthcoming album, Love & Decay (April 26, Ipecac Recordings). Listen via Kerrang!HERE.
Guitar player/singer Mario Quintero talks about the meaning behind the track, “’The Particle Noise’ is a multi-dimensional song. Mainly being a love story about the beginning of the universe. A moment so intense that it encapsulates what it means to exist. This all being a metaphor for this person’s infatuation with another, so strong it tears them to pieces and reforms them over and over.”
About the record, Mario continues “It’s intangible, It’s intense. It’s beautiful. There’s an impending darkness underneath everything and a sense of unease, but it’s also honest and vulnerable. It’s just really important to us. Regardless of why anyone might react, that’s why we do it.”
Mario handled the production work on the eight-song album, which was recorded in he and bass player/singer Sarah Quintero’s basement. Love & Decay also finds the band officially grow to a trio, with touring drummer Chris Enriquez becoming a full-time member.
The physical version of Love & Decay features a bonus track: “Sleepwalker.” Album pre-orders including a mauve-colored 2LP set, are available now with digital pre-orders including an instant download of “The Particle Noise” and the previously released song, “The Age of Decay”. Pre-order Love & DecayHERE.
Praise For Seismic:
“Seismic is also imbued with an almost celestial warmth. After all, if you’re going to shoegaze, why not do so from way up in the stars.” – RECORD COLLECTOR
“Seismic…both sharpens up the guitar and intensifies the somnambulist sheen…they are at their best when strands of guitar and synthesizer tangle and weave, producing something akin to a lullaby, albeit one that’s far from sleep-inducing…it is nimble and concise, thoughtful and focused – a sideways take on the genre and a refreshing change from the downbeat onslaught of their nearest contemporaries.” – THE WIRE
“With vast soundscapes under heavy skies and tinged with a noir 80s nuance that elevates Spotlights‘ stylishly forward-thinking atmospheric bludgeon.” – METAL HAMMER
“… the Quinteros make some truly huge-sounding music, much of it crushing. There’s an ethereality and grace about it, however, which makes the ambitious expanse of Seismic consistently interesting throughout its hour-plus runtime.” – TREBLE ZINE
“They avoid many of the common pitfalls associated with some shoegaze or sludge artists in that the album never feels like it drags. Sometimes doomy, sometimes romantic, it’s as heavy as it is beautiful.” – GHETTOBLASTER
Spotlights‘ story happens void of spectacle, show, or tableau. However, in this day and age, that might be why their story feels so serendipitous and strange, if not utterly surprising. This story also instantly appealed to some rather influential peers who lent an early endorsement. Two musicians – a husband-and-wife duo, Mario [guitar, synths, vocals] and Sarah [bass, guitar, vocals] – simply pick up their instruments and mainline dense distortion, spacey soundscapes, and unnervingly serene vocal transmissions directly from the heart. This unpredictable, yet unassuming sound quietly heralded their arrival in 2016 on the DIY debut album, Tidals.
Brooklyn Vegan stumbled upon the project and streamed “Walls.” The song eventually entranced musician and producer Aaron Harris (ISIS/Palms) who shared it with Palms’ singer, and Deftones frontman, Chino Moreno. An invite to open the Deftones summer tour soon followed and kickstarted an envious touring resume, with the band having been picked to open for the Melvins, Quicksand, Hum, Glassjaw, Pelican and Pallbearer. Ipecac Recordings co-founders Mike Patton and Greg Werckman fell under the band’s spell and signed them. Spotlights’ Ipecac Recordings’ debut, Seismic, arrived in in the Autumn of 2017. During the following months, Spotlights also recorded an Audiotree session and released the Hanging By Faith EP.
Mario Quintero – Guitar/singer Sarah Quintero – Bass/singer Chris Enriquez – Drums
Los Angeles, CA (February 24, 2019) – The 91st Academy Awards saw the world’s biggest rock band own Hollywood’s biggest night.
Legendary rock band QUEEN + Adam Lambert opened—and stole—the show at the star-studded Oscars, performing a medley of two of their most iconic songs, “We Will Rock You” and “We Are The Champions,” getting a much-deserved standing ovation from Tinseltown’s elite. Watch their electrifying tour de force HERE.
Queen Is First Rock Band to Ever Open the Oscars
It was also a history-making performance, as QUEEN is the first rock band to ever open the Academy Awards. “Guitarist Brian May was the first to appear on stage, shredding on his guitar to the iconic beat of ‘We Will Rock You,’” wrote Rolling Stone. “Lambert joined, paying homage to (Freddie) Mercury’s gravity-defying vocals and unmistakable showmanship.”
Bohemian Rhapsody Is Highest-grossing Biopic of All Time
QUEEN, who were recently the No. 1 streamed artist on Spotify, was celebrating the Oscar nomination and blockbuster success of the award-winning 20th Century Fox film, BohemianRhapsody, a tribute to the band’s enduring legacy and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and convention to become one of history’s most beloved entertainers. Bohemian Rhapsody is the highest-grossing biopic of all time and the fifth top-grossing release of all time for Fox.
The legendary “Bohemian Rhapsody” single, regularly cited as one of the greatest songs ever recorded, was recentlyrecognized as the world’s most-streamed song from the 20th Century, as well as the most-streamed Classic Rock song of all time. “Bohemian Rhapsody” hit No. 1 on the iTunes Rock Chart and No. 10 on Spotify’s Global Top Songs Chart and has been on that chart every week since the film’s release.
QUEEN original band members Brian May and Roger Taylor will team up once more with vocalist Adam Lambert for the Rhapsody tour, an epic 25-date run from mid-July through late August. The North American headline tour will be produced by Live Nation.
After blowing everyone away on the eighth season of American Idol, Adam Lambert went on to release his debut album For Your Entertainment which included the international hit “Whatya Want From Me” and earned him a Grammy Award nomination. Adam followed this success with his second album Trespassing which became the first album to reach the number one spot in the US and Canada by an openly gay artist. His highly anticipated third album The Original High was executive produced by Max Martin and Shellback and included the smash hit “Ghost Town.” Adam joined the cast of Glee for a six-episode story in 2013 and performed the role of Eddie in Fox’s The Rocky Horror Picture Show. He went on to judge on The X Factor Australia where his artist, Isaiah, won the show. 2019 will see Adam releasing his fourth album, and also exploring the world of film, voicing character Emperor Maximus in upcoming animated-live action hybrid movie Playmobil: The Movie. His new song “Feel Something” came out on February 22nd.