Thursday, May 24, 2018

Noisey streaming Japanese Metalpunks SUZISUZI (Yellow Machinegun, ex-Abnormals) new album in full

"Jittery punk chaos... Joyfully manic, solo studded, wild-eyed songs that radiate positive energy even when they're bemoaning the hassles of modern living " -- Noisey

"The stuff punk rock dreams are made of: Loud, careening guitars, rhythms that call to mind multi-vehicle pileups on the interstate, lyrics that may mean everything of may mean nothing at all." -- PopMatters

Japanese punk-metal quartet SUZISUZI (featuring Yellow Machinegun and ex-Abnormals members) are streaming their forthcoming sophomore album Microphone's Counter Attack (Pure Evil Records) in full today via Noisey. Hear and share the full album HERE. (Direct Soundcloud.)

Noisey also previously shared the band's 2016 debut Scream Addict alongside an interview with vocalist/bassist Kaori Okumura HERE. PopMatters recently hosted the album title track HERE.

SUZISUZI ("suzi" in Japanese means "vein") formed after 2 bands -- Yellow Machinegun and Abnormals -- met 15 years ago and became good friends. Yellow Machinegun was an all-girl band that debuted in 1996 in Osaka, Japan. They made a huge impact with their screaming vocal styles, not only in Japan but also among the international hardcore/metal scene, leading to tours with Slayer, Motorhead and S.O.D. (with whom they also released a split album.) 

Abnormals are from Tokyo, Japan and have been attracting punk fans with their dark view of the world since the late 1980s.

Through a chance encounter, the two bands collaborated together to release a split album in 2000, followed by a tour throughout Japan. Since then, the members of Yellow Machinegun and Abnormals have become good friends, and eventually created SUZISUZI.

Abnormals guitarist IxSxO and drummer Murochin asked Yellow Machinegun bassist/vocalist Kaori to start the band together when her band announced a short break. IxSxO was keen to use a girl's name for their band, and Kaori liked the sound of "Susie". Murochin suggested the word "SUZI" (meaning "vein" in Japanese)  after the veins that appears on their necks when the band members scream. Thus, SUZISUZI was born. 

In 2011, SUZISUZI did their first gig in Tokyo and decided to add another female vocal. Kaori called and asked K of the Pure Evil record label to join. She is an old friend of Kaori's who has helped her out with lyrics over the years. The full 4-piece band's debut was in Tokyo in May 2015 and shocked fans... in good way.

In their lyrics, you can hear the band's fun message: “Hey, it’s OK, life is short and don’t waste the time any more in negative vibes.” Sing along with SUZISUZI songs in a very, very positive mood and it will make you feel so happy and clear.

Microphone's Counter Attack will be available on CD and download on May 25th, 2018. Order via and iTunes

Album: Microphone's Counter Attack
Label: Pure Evil
Release Date: May 25, 2018

01) Microphone's Counter Attack!!
02) I BEER!!
03) Customers Rush!!
04) Soil!
06) Long, Fast and Slow
07) Scrap Your Crap!
08) Stoneman!
09) Always Always!!
10) Oh! No! My Train Has Gone!
11) Downtown Mountain
12) Transfer!!

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

MONOLORD announce North American headlining tour following Psycho Las Vegas festival in August

Download poster here

"Universally beloved... Swedish doom royalty." -- Noisey

"A truly modern sound: recognizably doom, but with glistening production values and adventurous songcraft." -- Consequence of Sound 

"The Platonic Form of doom...perfection... faultless." -- Echoes & Dust

"Hugely accessible without having sacrificed their crushing heaviness." -- Metal Hammer

"Monolord's records have only gotten heavier, and now the band has taken a turn for the catchy (yet still crushing)." -- Metal Injection

"Rust is perfect; it’s as fuzzed out as any of the genre’s great records, but the mix is clean and even, allowing the drums and vocals to cut through. Most importantly, there are songs aplenty: you’ll be humming the riffs and vocal hooks immediately." -- Metal Sucks

Gothenburg, Sweden trio Monolord announce North American headlining tour dates following their performance at Psycho Las Vegas festival in August. Please see all dates below.

Monolord's recently released third album, Rust received universal praise in reviews, and landed atop multiple Album of The Year lists for 2017 -- including the #1 Album of 2017 on the Doom Charts collective of journalists, bloggers, radio and podcasters. Rust is available to hear & share on YouTube and Bandcamp.

Monolord is a rare breed: A band both encompassing and transcending genre; a vortex of heavy rock density that consumes all others. Their thunderous, tuneful heft has built a rabid international fanbase in short order since their 2014 debut. But Rust, the band's third full length, truly exemplifies why some refer to them as the Nirvana of doom.

Monolord's enveloping, syrupy sludge is a vibe, it's a state of mind. Not riffs for riffs sake, but a collective buzzing, rattling and rumbling that's more total environment than collection of songs. Together, guitarist/vocalist Thomas Jäger, drummer Esben Willems and bassist Mika Häkki create a massive, dynamic sound with ultra-low frequencies serving as its fourth member. 

Rust is available on LP, CD and download, released September 29th, 2017 via RidingEasy Records

08/18 Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Hotel (Psycho Las Vegas)
08/22 Memphis, TN @ The Hi Tone
08/23 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
08/24 Asheville, NC @ Mothlight
08/25 Lexington, KY @ Cosmic Charlie’s
08/26 Newport, KY @ Southgate House
08/27 Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups
08/28 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
08/29 Detroit, MI @ Sanctuary
08/30 Indianapolis, IN @ White Rabbit
08/31 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle (Scorched Tundra)
09/01 Millvale, PA @ Funhouse
09/02 Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk
09/03 Toronto, ON @ The Garrison
09/04 Montreal, QC @ Vitrola
09/05 Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
09/07 Raleigh, NC @ Raleigh (Hopscotch)
09/08 Richmond, VA @ Capital Ale House *
09/09 Washington DC @ Rock N Roll Hotel *
09/10 Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus Bar
09/11 Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie

* with Red Fang

Artist: Monolord
Album: Rust
Label: RidingEasy Records
Release Date: September 29th, 2017

01. Where Death Meets The Sea
02. Dear Lucifer
03. Rust
04. Wormland
05.Forgotten Lands
06. At Niceae

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Monday, May 21, 2018

The Young Mothers share 1st track from forthcoming album, Jazz/Hip-Hop/Punk group of free/avant all stars; ex-MF Doom, ex-White Denim, Free Radicals, Shape of Broad Minds

"A sound that blends free jazz and hip-hop, seeing no distance between them... Latin fuses with African fuses with European and on and on until there is no distinction. This uncompromising group of players delivers an unforgettable listening experience that listeners will doubtless be parsing for some time to come." -- PopMatters

Austin, TX iconoclasts The Young Mothers share the first track from their forthcoming sophomore album today via PopMatters. Hear and share "Attica Black" HERE. (Direct Soundcloud.)

The band just wrapped up a handful of Texas dates and will head over to Europe for a summer tour. See current dates below. 

Self Sabotage Records proudly presents Morose, the anticipated follow up by The Young Mothers, a juggernaut of a collective formed in 2012 and featuring a super group of heavy-hitters who have helped steer the direction of creative music in New York, Chicago, Texas, and Scandinavia. 

Norwegian bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten (The ThingFree FallAtomic) moved to Austin, Texas in 2009. He'd experimented with stateside living for a few years in Chicago before that, but the city of barbecue, food trucks, and outlaw country music has become his home base. Texas has a deep creative music history, but most Texas improvisers found their notoriety elsewhere, seeking to escape segregation and poverty for a chance to 'starve a little better' on the coasts. However, the Texas of 2018 is not the Texas of 1958 and the groundwork for this potent convergence was laid around a decade ago in Houston when Ingebrigt met and linked up with trumpeter/rapper Jawwaad Taylor (Shape Of Broad Minds, MF Doom), and what became a transliteration of his Chicago Sextet into a scrappy Lone Star variant called The Young Mothers has formed a group identity all its own and now has a second album under the belt (their first, A Mothers' Work Is Never Done was self-released in 2014). Instrumentally The Young Mothers has some similarity with its Windy City relative - in addition to sharing drummer Frank Rosaly and Flaten, the vibraphone chair is held down by percussionist & diabolical vocalist Stefan González (Yells At EelsAkkolyte), and Jason Jackson (Alvin Fielder, Pauline Oliveros, William Parker) on tenor and barry is their saxophone firebrand. Furthermore, the group features guitarist Jonathan Horne (Plutonium Farmers, ex-White Denim) and prolific wordsmith and improviser JAWWAAD on trumpet, electronics, and rhymes, and it is here that structural similarities between the Young Mothers and Flaten's other folksy-modal projects end.

The Young Mothers was named after a Houston community project for teen mothers (Project Row Houses) that Flaten's then-partner had been a part of, and while it may strike one as an odd moniker for a group that melds free improvisation, Tejano-inspired horn lines, the long unfurling electricity of surf rock, tough word-science and crust metal vocals, but relocating to a then-unfamiliar locale and birthing/raising a melange of sonic approaches into a working ensemble is not insignificant, if not quite actual motherhood. (On a side note; another strong connection to the Project Row Houses is the Houstonian artist and legendary sculptor Jesse Lott who made the beautiful album art!) Anyways, while they may have exhibited a homespun ricketiness in the beginning, through touring nationwide and after several festival performances and tours in Europe they've honed their sound into something truly their own, and one that's not insignificantly comparable to historical melds in Scandinavian-American-World Music - the work of Don CherryMaffy Falay's Sevda, and more recent efforts from Two Bands and a Legend and The Cherry Thing successfully merge varied strains of contemporary music with creative improvisation. Flaten's round, deep tone and precise attack certainly act as an anchor, a fulcrum for sculpted vibraphone resonance, the dry breaks and shimmering floes of Rosaly's kit, all of which stoke Horne's flinty guitar and the throaty exhortations of brass and verbal declaration. Check "Black Tar Caviar" for some of the most unruly combinations of threads on this disc; from dual cymbal and tuned gong tempi supporting Jackson's Gato Barbieri-like burrs, the palette of accents gradually increases until feedback-laden scorch signals a second movement, raps and death howls in tandem against a Cherry-like folk theme and sludgy electric bass grooves/strangled flourishes. It's a fine microcosm of ten of what The Young Mothers are up to. 

And as Håker Flaten tells us; "a lot has changed since I initiated this band in 2012, it has grown into its own thing with a truly collective spirit. I created a monster and its time to let go" - luckily for all of us, this band has stretched its legs further than the Houston/Austin/Dallas triangle and we at Self Sabotage Records are ready to help them to hopefully reach out much further with an album we believe is remarkable! We hope you feel the same.

Morose will be available on LP, CD and download on June 22, 2018 out via Self Sabotage Records (Pre-order at Big Cartel-Self Sabotage).

05/30 Poitiers, FR @ Jazz & Poitiers
05/31 Oslo, NO @ Blå
06/02 Bergen, NO @ Verftet/Nattjazz
06/05 Barcelona, ES @ Sala Artte
06/06 Huesca, Spain @ TBD
06/07 Trieste, IT @ Dobialab
06/08 Novara, IT @ Novara Jazz
06/09 Novara, IT @ Novara Jazz
06/10 Novara, IT @ Novara Jazz
06/12 Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rosa
06/13 Hamilton, ON @ Something Else Festival 

Artist: The Young Mothers
Album: Morose
Record Label: Self Sabotage Records
Release Date: June 22nd, 2018

01. Attica Black
02. Black Tar Caviar
03. Bodiless Arms
04. Francisco
05. Untitled #1
06. Jazz Oppression
07. Morose
08. Osaka
09. Untitled #2
10. Shanghai

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Mike Spine shares 2 new tracks, "like The Kinks' Ray Davies meets Ted Leo"

"Gorgeously arranged folk-rock...Likely to get stuck in your head after the first spin." -- TrebleZine

"Spine balances punk energy, his own political frustrations and bursts of guitar shredding with catchy harmonies, making for a sound that brings to mind the likes of Joe Strummer and Ted Leo but with a slightly gritty edge." -- Glide Magazine

Seattle/Europe based troubadour Mike Spine shares new tracks from his forthcoming double album anthology today. GhettoBlaster Magazine hosts the singsong ballad "Kiss and Remember" HERE (Soundcloud), while Glide Magazine shares the rocking anthem "Meteorite" HERE (Soundcloud.)

TrebleZine recently unveiled "Crumble" HERE(Soundcloud.) And, UK outlet XSnoize previously shared lead single "Delirious" HERE. (Direct Soundcloud.)

Mike Spine is a critically acclaimed Seattle born and Seattle/Europe based musician known for his captivating live performances, intelligent songwriting and support of humanitarian issues. He has played hundreds of shows in five continents since 1995 and has received press and radio airplay throughout the US, Europe, UK and Asia.

Forage & Glean, Volumes I & II, is the 10th full-length studio album for Mike Spine. It is a 32 track double album, an anthology containing the best of Mike's songwriting and recordings from the last two decades.

Volume I is a collection of Spine's best work of folk rock and rock songs, including the memorable and more relevant than ever "Crumble", personal political songs such as "Meteorite", and the labor themed "Sand in Your Teeth".  There's also a hauntingly beautiful version of "The French Girl" and the stripped down "Black Diamond", the lyrically dense and moving tale of families immigrating to work in the coalmines outside Seattle in the early 1900's.

Volume II contains Spine's more explosive rock and punk material. It opens with the dynamic anti-war song "Kiss and Remember" and then launches into fiery, complex and catchy rockers, which touch on the themes of global warming with "Second Hand", empire "Transylvania" and the anti-corruption song, "Power Broker", before transitioning into the hook filled songs like "Iron Lake" hybrid country punk song "Another Day" and the rocker version of "Meteorite".

For twenty years, Mike Spine bounced between the worlds of folk rock, underground rock and punk, while simultaneously working as an inner city language arts and social studies teacher in Seattle, Portland, New York and London.

Since retiring from public school teaching in 2011, Mike has spent his time focused on music, having performed hundreds of concerts and benefit shows in multiple continents, ranging from Italy to Vietnam, Cambodia and Costa Rica. The last few years he has split his time between the US and Europe, touring extensively throughout the EU and often living out of a motorhome for months at a time.

The songs on Forage & Glean were predominantly recorded and mixed at Haywire Recording in Portland, Oregon with longtime engineer Rob Bartleson (Wilco, Pink Martini, Pond, etc.). The album was mastered by Ed Brooks (Pearl Jam, REM, Heart, Fleet Foxes, etc.) at RFI/Resonant in Seattle, Washington. 

The recordings were made with a highly talented pool of band mates from the United States, Europe and South America over the last decade. 

Core musicians on Volume I include Joey Prude and Chris Croft on Drums, Martin Flores on guitars, Katie Toft and Ali Ippolito on piano, accordion and backing vocals, Amelia Claire on backing vocals, Robert Bartleson on electric bass, Brian Casey on upright bass, Barbara Luna on violin and Mike Spine on guitars, vocals, songwriting, arrangements, etc.

Core musicians on Volume II include: Jeff Gall and Chris Croft on drums, Martin Flores on guitars, Richie Parish on guitar and bass, Jack Peters on bass, Amelia Claire on backing vocals and Mike Spine on guitars, vocals, etc.

Forage & Glean, Volumes I & II will be available on CD and download on June 1st, 2018. Pre-orders are available HERE.

05/23 Milan, IT @ Al Baggese
06/02 Lake Como, IT @ Mountain Lake Music Festival
06/03 Lake Como, IT @ Mountain Lake Music Festival

Artist: Mike Spine
Album: Forage & Glean, Volumes I & II
Label: Global Seepej Records
Release Date: June 1st, 2018

01. Delirious
02. Meteorite
03. Sand In Your Teeth
04. The French Girl
05. Crumble
06. Sinaloa
07. La Frontera
08. Primrose Hill
09. Nora
10. Mouth of Hell
11. Razors
12. The Beautiful Sunset
13. Cutter
14. Black Diamond
15. The Accordion
16. Spanish Anarchy

Volume II

01. Kiss and Remember
02. Second Hand
03. Transylvania
04. Power Broker
05. Iron Lake
06. Another Day
07. Meteorite (Rock Version)
08. Lick and Squeal
09. Miklukho-Maklay
10. La Frontera (Rock Version)
11. Mott Haven
12. First Day of Spring
13. Mouth of Hell (Rock Version)
14. The Ointment
15. Joys of Oil
16. Battle in Seattle

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The Scientists announce first-ever U.S. tour, Aussie garage-punk legends reunite for rare dates & new singles

Australian punk legends, and unwitting influencers of the original "grunge" sound, The Scientists announce their first-ever U.S. tour today. the brief trek kicks off September 28th in Portland, OR. Please see all dates below. 

Founder and songwriter Kim Salmon has reunited the mid-80s lineup with Tony Thewlis, Boris Sujdovic, and Leanne Cowie with plans to release a few new singles on In The Red Records

Hear & share The Scientists' Absolute "best of" compilation (originally released on Sub Pop in 1991) at Bandcamp

09/28 Portland, OR @ Dante’s w/ Mudhoney
09/29 Seattle, WA @ The Neptune w/ Mudhoney
09/30 San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
10/02 Los Angeles, CA @ Zebulon
10/03 Los Angeles, CA @ Zebulon
10/05 Austin, TX @ Beerland
10/06 Austin, TX @ Beerland
10/07 Chicago, IL @ The East Room
10/09 Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool
10/10 Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool
10/11 Greenfield, MA @ The Root Cellar

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The Elephant Parallax streaming hook-laden new album via Metal Injection

"Has elements of Karnivool's love of delay pedals, the spastic stylings of The Mars Volta, and maybe a touch of the vocal work you'd heard in 3. So everything good about progressive rock, basically!" -- Metal Injection

"An interesting beast that defies easy categorization. Fans of quirky, tight bands with lots of attitude and nuance like Biffy Clyro and Dredg should find a whole lot to like here." -- Metal Sucks

The Elephant Parallax are streaming their forthcoming release Loam & Sky ahead of release starting today via Metal Injection. Hear and share Loam & Sky in full HERE. (Direct Soundcloud.)

Metal Sucks recently launched epic closing track "Incenfeminalgia II" HERE. Heavy Blog Is Heavy shared "Ohrei" HERE. And, Metal Injection previously shared the hook-laden single "The Conscious" HERE.

The Elephant Parallax is a heavy eclectic band native to Los Angeles. Its members include David Renteria on guitars, Stephen Charouhas on bass, and Paul Charouhas on drums. Vocals are shared by all members. 

Loam & Sky is the sonic exploration of earthly lows and divine highs, the microcosmic space of thoughts and dreams, devastating loss, love, and ability to evolve through time. A paradigm-shifting, range broadening release that leaps forward into new sonic spaces for The Elephant Parallax. It was recorded at L.A.'s legendary Ocean Way Recording (Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, Tom Petty) which contributes to the massive and classic sound of the songs. 

David Renteria formed the concept for the band in 2007 as a musical symposium of united outcasts, and found Stephen and Paul to complete the group. The band started working on arranging complex and challenging material, with a frontiersman approach, where each member's influences and musical personalities were explored. The group completed a demo in late 2007 entitled Apes Who Looked Up followed by their debut album, the Elephant Parallax, released in 2010. The band's live performances showcase their diverse musicianship, intense energy, and raw passion forged and driven by sound, in full spectrum. 

Loam & Sky will be available on CD and download on May 18th, 2018. Pre-orders are available HERE.

06/14 Los Angeles, CA @ The Redwood 

Artist: The Elephant Parallax
Album: Loam & Sky
Label: Self-released
Release Date: May 18th, 2018

01. The Conscious
02. Star Stuff
03. Ohrei
04. Incenfeminalgia II

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Svvamp premiere new single from upcoming RidingEasy sophomore album via Doomed & Stoned

"A near-perfect debut record." -- New Noise Magazine

"There isn't one song that wouldn't work as a 45rpm single. And perhaps the band's greatest strength lies in their utter lack of pretense." -- The Obelisk

"An irresistibly bluesy stoner romp that’s every bit as addictive as their first." -- Doomed & Stoned

"Arguably the band of the year." -- Doom Charts 

Jönköping, Sweden trio Svvamp premiere a new single from their forthcoming sophomore album Svvamp 2 today via Doomed & Stoned. Hear and share "Alligator" HERE. (Direct YouTube.)

The Obelisk recently shared "Hillside" HERE. (Direct YouTube.) Paste Magazine previously launched the lead single, "Queen" HERE

Svvamp’s self-titled debut was a breath of fresh air -- unpretentious and free, primordial homespun classic rock that landed in the Top 20 Albums of 2016 in the Doom Charts consortium of writers and radio. The most common remark being just how genuine and uncontrived it sounded, unlike most bands that posture and mimic the sounds of yesteryear.

So, it may be hard to grasp how fully realized the band sounds on Svvamp 2, while still sounding as laid back as their debut. Perhaps it can be partly attributed to Svvamp’s jump from self-recording on a 4-channel cassette deck to self-recording on a comparatively expansive SIX-channel system. That’s two whole more tracks to fill up, folks! The obvious comparison to the groundbreaking psychedelic albums of the late 60s, when artists began experimenting with studios moving from 4, to 8 to 16 tracks, is fitting here, too.

“On Svvamp 2 the sound is more raw in the sense that it’s stripped,” vocalist/ drummer Adam Johansson explains. “So the music is more bare. We make sure all of the instruments are treated equally, they all have their place in a song. Obviously, with 6-tracks now available we’ve had a bit of fun with that.”

Svvamp is three friends -- Johansson, Henrik Bjorklund and Erik Stahlgren, all of whom share lead vocal duties -- drawn together for the sake of jamming and a love of rock, folk and blues. Their resulting heavy psych sound bears hints of Cream, Eric Bell-era Thin Lizzy, CCR and Crazy Horse.

Svvamp 2 opens with a lightly plucked electric guitar line that Clapton would be proud to claim his own, before quickly launching into the heavy riff anthem “Queen”, echoing the bare chested bravado of Grand Funk Railroad. “Sunshine Street” is charmingly unapologetic garage pop reminiscent of Big Star. “The Wheel” is a hook-loaded bluesy rocker, while “How Sweet It Would Be” hearkens to the glazed zombie drive of Canned Heat’s “On The Road Again.” Elsewhere, “Alligator” brings on a showstopping stomp of dueling guitars, syncopated drums and wailing, distorted vocal howls to close out the proceedings with fitting aplomb.

“We definitely wanted to mix styles and genres, so the music stays interesting for the band, like the first record,” Johansson says. “Our approach is still fairly straightforward and live. And, all of us sharing lead vocal duties solidifies that the band consists of three equal members.”

Svvamp 2 will be available on LP, CD and download on June 8th, 2018 via RidingEasy Records. Preorders are available at

Artist: Svvamp
Album: Svvamp 2
Label: RidingEasy Records 
Release Date: June 8, 2016

01) Intro
02) Queen
03) The Wheel
04) Sunshine Street
05) How Sweet It Would Be 
06) Hillside
07) Surrender
08) Out Of Line
09) Blues Inside
10) Alligator 

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