Los Angeles, CA – Simple Creatures have announced the release of a new single, “Thanks, I Hate It,” today. Stream/download the song HERE.
The track is taken from the band’s forthcoming sophomore EP, Everything Opposite, which is due on Friday, October 11 via BMG. The new effort is now available to pre-order via the following link HERE, and the track listing is as follows:
1. Special 2. One Little Lie 3. Need Me 4. The Wolf 5. NVM 6. Thanks, I Hate It
The group have also recently announced that they’ll be heading to Australia for The Good Things Festival on December 6 (Melbourne), 7 (Sydney), and 8 (Brisbane). Tickets go on sale September 5 and can be purchased HERE.
Los Angeles, CA – In anticipation of their long-awaited debut album, State of Mind, The Faim have unveiled the official music video for lead single, “Humans,” today. The cinematic offering dives into the world of science fiction while also highlighting a visually stunning band performance. The video follows the four-piece as they’re taken captive by a government organization and subjected to tests to determine if they are human or android. To escape, they’ll need the help of someone who’s more than human…watch all the action unfold HERE.
“Creating the music video for our latest single, ‘Humans,’ was our favorite shoot to date,” says Stephen Beerkens (bass/keys). “We worked with an amazing team in Los Angeles, who helped capture the entire video in just one day. The concept represents us searching for both our differences and the things we have in common, which also encapsulates the essence of the song: what it means to be human,” he explains.
Following the release of last year’s debut EP, Summer Is a Curse, The Faim wasted no time creating music for their first full-length effort, State of Mind, due on September 13 via BMG. The album includes eight brand new tracks in addition to previously-released singles, “Summer Is a Curse” and “Amelie.” If you were able to catch The Faim on tour in the U.S. earlier this year, you may have also heard them play “Beautiful Drama” and “Infamous,” two additional fan favorites on the record. The complete track listing can be found below. The Faim will also be unveiling more new music soon in advance of the album release. In the meantime, stream “Humans” HERE, and pre-save State of MindHERE.
The Faim will be returning to the U.S. this fall for a massive co-headline tour with fellow Aussie group, Stand Atlantic. Live Nation’s Ones To Watch and The Noise will present the entire run of dates (25 cities nationwide), which launches on September 17 in Houston, TX. The trek continues to build on the quartet’s global touring momentum, where they’ve sold out their own headline shows, played major European festival staples, and supported the likes of PVRIS, Andy Black, Sleeping With Sirens, and more. Tickets are on-sale now and can be purchased on The Faim’s website HERE. A full list of dates is also included below.
State of Mind Track Listing:
1. Tongue Tied 2. Humans 3. Summer Is a Curse 4. Beautiful Drama 5. Buying Time 6. Infamous 7. Amelie 8. Words Apart 9. Where the River Runs 10. State of Mind
The Faim & Stand Atlantic U.S. Tour Dates:
9/17 – Houston, TX @ HOB Bronze Peacock 9/18 – Dallas, TX @ HOB Cambridge Room 9/20 – Atlanta, GA @ The Loft 9/21 – Tampa, FL @ Crowbar 9/22 – Jacksonville, FL @ 1904 9/24 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre 9/25 – Pittsburgh, PA @ The Rex Theater 9/26 – Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery 9/28 – Boston, MA @ Once Ballroom 9/29 – Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge 10/1 – Detroit, MI @ The Shelter 10/2 – Cleveland, OH @ The Foundry 10/4 – Indianapolis, IN @ Hoosier Dome 10/5 – St. Louis, MO @ Fubar 10/6 – Chicago, IL @ Chop Shop 10/7 – St. Paul, MN @ Amsterdam Bar & Hall 10/9 – Denver, CO @ Marquis 10/10 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Complex 10/12 – Seattle, WA @ The Vera 10/13 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater 10/14 – Sacramento, CA @ Holy Diver 10/16 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom 10/17 – San Diego, CA @ Soma 10/18 – Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction 10/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
The Faim Is:
Josh Raven / Lead vocals Sam Tye / Guitar Stephen Beerkens / Bass, keyboard Linden Marissen / Drums, percussion
Los Angeles, CA — Dance Gavin Dance frontman, Tilian (Pearson), has unveiled his new single, “Half,” today. The new offering is an emotive electro-pop track, laced with soothing beats and catchy rhythms.
“I started building a studio and I wanted to put some beauty in the empty space. Matt Malpass (FEVER 333, Issues, Andy Black) came over and we made a batch of songs. ‘Half’ was my favorite. Fortunately, Rise Records was down with putting it out right away. I’m looking forward to building up an album’s worth of work over the coming months,” says Tilian.
Fans can listen to “Half” HERE and stream/download the song on all digital retailers HERE.
“On his new album, the singer affirms that no matter how many years go by, a true artist can always find a new frontier, not just to explore, but to conquer.” — Alternative Press
Tilian’s summer headline tour is also underway, which hits Atlanta this evening at The Masquerade. The slew of dates also runs throughout the southern U.S. before wrapping on the West Coast in Sacramento on Thursday, 8/22. Tilian is touring in celebration of his latest album, The Skeptic (Sept. 2018 via Rise Records), which hit the #1 spot on Billboard’s Alternative New Artist Chart and racked up 1.5 million total streams in just its first week alone. Tickets to all of the remaining shows can be purchased HERE, and a full itinerary can be found below.
“Explosive, emotional and absolutely stunning, every single track on The Skeptic shines for an entirely different reason.” — The Prelude Press
Tilian is currently working on his next solo album, with more information to be revealed soon. In the meantime, stay up-to-date with him on his social media platforms below.
“There’s no need for skepticism when it comes to the talents of Tilian Pearson.” — The Noise / Live Nation
Tilian Headline Tour Dates:
8/9 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade 8/10 – Orlando, FL @ The Abbey 8/11 – Jacksonville, FL @ 1904 Music Hall 8/13 – Lake Park, FL @ Kelsey Theatre 8/14 – Tampa, FL @ Orpheum 8/16 – Dallas, TX @ Trees 8/17 – Houston, TX @ Secret Group 8/18 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger 8/20 – Phoenix, AZ @ Pub Rock 8/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Troubadour 8/22 – Sacramento, CA @ Holy Diver
Progressive metal’s sensational shred quartet Sifting have revealed a new music video and single for the song “Stop Calling Me Liberty.” The video was directed by Zach Perez at Astral Media. Watch it HERE.
“‘Stop Calling Me Liberty‘ is a song we wrote about The Statue of Liberty.” states front man Eduardo Osuna Gil. “Every day our country is pushed further apart, divided by the partisan politics and nothing gets done for the people. I often think about the Statue of Liberty and how she is a magnificent symbol of liberty and unification watching over our country from Liberty Island. If she could speak to us today, what would she say? I don’t really think she would be pleased. I think she’d be pretty damn pissed off.”
Sifting will release The Infinite Loop on September 27, 2019. The album is a masterpiece of progressive metal featuring 70 minutes of mind-blowing Jedi-like musicianship. It was produced by Steve Evetts (The Dillinger Escape Plan, Suicide Silence, Poison the Well), mixed by Jamie King (Between The Buried And Me, The Contortionist), and features a special guest performance by Derek Sherinian (Sons of Apollo, Dream Theater).
The band previously revealed a music video from the album for the first single “A Critical Affair,” which surpassed 100,000 views on YouTube in just 2 weeks. “A Critical Affair” was directed by Alejandro Fumero Gil. Watch it HERE.
Miami, FL – Torche reveal a third track “Admission” (July 12, Relapse Records), debuting the album’s title track via BillboardHERE.
“This is a song where the music and the lyrics are a perfect match,” explains guitar player Jon Nunez in the accompanying article. “It’s as if they were meant to go together. What I was going through at the time really came through in the song, and the music I gave Steve definitely brought out some rather painful emotions for him [regarding] losing loved ones and the process you go through after. You could even hear a quiver in Steve’s voice, and it was like, ‘Wow, this is something we haven’t done before.’ Steve tends to be really secretive with his lyrics. He needed a little bit of a push, but I think deep down inside he wanted to get this off his chest.”
The band has given two previous previews of music from the 11-song album with streams of the songs “Slide” and “Times Missing”. The trio of tracks are available as instant downloads with digital pre-orders. Admission is available in various formats (CD/LP/CS/Digital) with several limited edition vinyl versions already sold out. More information can be found via Relapse’s webstore. Admission’s cover art was created by Richard Vergez, a Cuban-American visual artist, whose work has been shown at No Romance Galleries (TriBeCa), Urban Arts Society (Chicago) and Kids of Dada (London).
Torche released their fourth album, and Relapse Records’ debut, Restarter in 2015. The collection found the band on most year-end best of lists with Entertainment Weekly describing the album as “gloriously fuzzy, sludgy, hard-hitting” and calling the band members “four of loud rock’s most adroit genre-benders.”The Washington Post called Restarter “otherworldly” and the Chicago Tribune saying “Torche’s music connects muscle, songcraft and drive in a way that few bands of recent vintage can match.”
Touche Tour Dates:
July 8 Tampa, FL Crowbar July 9 Jacksonville, FL The Justice Pub July 10 Chapel Hill, NC Local 506 July 11 Lancaster, PA The Chameleon * July 12 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance * July 13 Huntington, NY The Paramount * July 14 Hartford, CT Webster Theatre * July 15 Winooski, VT Monkey House * July 16 Buffalo, NY Town Ballroom * July 17 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Smalls * July 18 Cleveland, OH Now That’s Class July 19 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall July 20 Detroit, MI The Majestic * July 21 Indianapolis, IN Deluxe * July 22 Grand Rapids, MI Pyramid Scheme July 23 Palatine, IL Durty Nellies * July 24 Des Moines, IA Wooly’s * July 25 Minneapolis, MN Fine Line July 26 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room * July 27 Lawrence, KS Granada Theater * July 28 St. Louis, MO The Ready Room * July 31 Washington, DC Black Cat ^ August 1 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts ^ August 2 Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Bazaar ^ August 3 Allston, MA Great Scott ^ August 4 Providence, RI The Met ^ August 5 Asbury Park, NJ Asbury Lane ^ August 6 Harrisonburg, VA Golden Pony # August 7 Wilmington, NC Reggie’s 42nd Street Tavern # August 8 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade # August 9 Orlando, FL The Plaza & August 10 Miami, FL Las Rosa’s (FREE SHOW) # September 21 Asheville, NC Heavy Mountain November 1-3 Gainesville, FL The Fest November 9 Austin, TX Levitation
^ (w/ Wear Your Wounds) # (w/ Whores.) * (w/ Baroness) & (w/ Baroness & War On Women)
Los Angeles, CA — Simple Creatures, comprised of long-time friends Mark Hoppus (blink-182) and Alex Gaskarth (All Time Low), release a new track, “Special” today. The first offering from EP2 (due out later this year) was produced by Zakk Cervini, and is available to download HERE.
The band will make their highly anticipated festival debut this Saturday, headlining the “Avalanche” stage at Download Festival in the U.K. after playing a few intimate club shows earlier this year in a few select cities across the U.S. and in London.
Mark and Alex released their debut EP, Strange Love, in March.
Simple Creatures evolved from a long-standing friendship and a musical kinship. Hoppus and Gaskarth took a beat from their individual bands to have some fun in the studio, and came away with a new band with a new sound.
“On paper, this collaboration between two of pop-punk’s most recognizable and commercially powerful songwriters should have proved entirely predictable – a crush of pit-friendly anthems and surging riffola. Except their latest out is anything but. The first single, ‘Drug’… an explosive rush of heavy-hearted pop that clatters and crackles with programmed drum breaks, scuzzy guitars and skittering melodies, with both singers sharing vocal duties,” wrote Kerrang!
Los Angeles – 3Teeth share a third track from their forthcoming album, Metawar (July 5, Century Media), streaming the song “Affluenza” via Metal Injection.
“’Affluenza’ is the all-consuming epidemic of our time. It’s a socially transmitted disease that infects via the prosthetic digital nervous system when exposed to the conspicuous consumption based infotoxins emitted from Kim Kardashian’s ass.” – Alexis Mincolla
Singer Alexis Mincolla, in a recent interview with Kerrang!, discussed the NSFW clip for “Exxxit” and the concept behind the song and accompanying video, saying, “I wanted to kind of show this play off self-destruction as a form of liberation. Because I think that’s constantly what people are doing. People work Monday through Friday, 9-5, and then Friday 5 o’clock hits and we just want to get fucking obliterated.”
Metawar pre-orders, which include an immediate download of “American Landfill” and “Exxxit,” are available now HERE.
3Teeth have a busy summer ahead of them, aside from the July 5 release of Metawar, the Los Angeles-based band head to Europe, joining Ministry for a two-week trek, followed by a month of North American headlining shows (dubbed the “Metatour”).
3Teeth Tour Dates:
June 30 Berlin, Germany Huxleys July 2 Bristol, UK SWX July 3 Glasgow, UK SWG3 Studio Warehouse July 4 Birmingham, UK O2 Institute July 6 London, UK O2 Shephard’s Bush Empire July 7 Paris, France La Machine du Moulin Rouge July 9 Oberhausen, Germany Kulttempel July 10 Prague, Czech Republic Roxy July 11 Budapest, Hungary A38 July 15 Salt Lake City, UT Metro Music Hall July 16 Denver, CO Marquis Theater July 18 Lincoln, NE Bourbon Theatre July 19 Kansas City, MO Riot Room July 20 St. Louis, MO Fubar July 22 Minneapolis, MN Studio B @ Skyway Theatre July 23 Madison, WI High Noon Saloon July 24 Chicago, IL Reggies Rock Club July 25 Detroit, MI El Club July 26 Columbus, OH A&R Music Bar July 28 Montreal, QC Heavy Montreal July 29 Toronto, ON Velvet Underground July 31 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall August 1 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom August 2 Philadelphia, PA Voltage Lounge August 3 Baltimore, MD Baltimore Sound Stage August 4 Chapel Hill, NC Local 506 August 5 Nashville, TN Exit/In August 7 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade (Hell) August 8 New Orleans, LA The Parish at House of Blues August 9 Houston, TX Scout Bar August 10 Dallas, TX Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill August 11 Austin, TX Empire Control Room August 14 Tucson, AZ 191 Toole August 15 Phoenix, AZ The Rebel Lounge August 16 San Diego, CA Brick by Brick August 17 Los Angeles, CA Teragram Ballroom August 18 San Francisco, CA Slim’s June 30 to July 11 w/Ministry
Author & Punisher opens July 15 to August 14 GosT opens July 15 to August 5
3Teeth released their self-titled debut album in 2014, seeing the 14-track collection top the iTunes electronic charts and gaining the outfit widespread attention, both amongst music lovers and musicians, leading to the band’s opening slot on two legs of Tool’s 2016 North American tour. Once off the road, 3Teeth locked themselves in the studio, releasing their sophomore album, <shutdown.exe>, in the Spring of 2017. The album debuted at #23 on Billboard, and took the band across North America and Europe — headlining, and supporting acts such as Rammstein and Danzig.
Alexis Mincolla (vocals) Xavier Swafford (keyboards) Andrew Means (modular synth/bass) Chase Brawner (guitar) Justin Hanson (drums)
The Los Angeles based band called Highland consists of a drummer from Fargo, a guitarist from Santa Clarita, and a vocalist from San Diego. They all have a deep love for pop-punk, metal, and alternative music, which brought them together via Craigslist.
Highland made their music industry debut in October with a cover of Mason Ramsey’s “Famous”, where they successfully transformed a viral country tune into a hardcore banger. Their track gained momentum, and was recognized by major Spotify playlists, racking them up with more than 75K streams on their first ever release.
After taking some time to write and record, Highland is here with their single, “Growing Up”. Their powerful drums, clean vocals, and stellar guitar get you addicted to their sound. They have a ton of music in the works, as they are ready to deliver only the best to their fans. Stream it HERE.
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
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