Thursday, April 27, 2017

Kraken Quartet - percussion-driven band (drums, marimba, vibes, synths) stream entire forthcoming album


"An astonishingly complex, challenging yet warmly engaging piece of work." -- Echoes & Dust

"A layered, rich, effortlessly complex sound." -- Fecking Bahamas 


Austin, Texas band The Kraken Quartet are streaming their forthcoming album Separate | Migrate in its entirety today via Echoes & Dust. Hear and share the full album HERE. (Direct Soundcloud). 

Austin Chronicle recently shared "The Gates" HERE. Watch an impressive in-studio video performance of the song from the band's Audiotree session on YouTubeFecking Bahamas recently launched "Ox" HERE. Bandcamp Weekly featured the first single, "Chance the Dog (the Song)" in their stream HERE and Heavy Blog is Heavy premiered the song HERE. Watch this live multi-camera studio performance of "Chance the Dog" on YouTube

A massive force of percussion and electronics, The Kraken Quartet is a genre-crossing group known for its highly energetic and engaging performances. Since their formation in 2012, the Austin-based group has been heralded for merging elements of math rock, minimalism, indie, post-rock, electronica, and the avant-garde. 

The Kraken Quartet has been featured on festivals and broadcasts including Fast Forward Austin, Audiotree Live, Austin Instrumental Music Festival, WNYC, KUTX, SoundSpace, and more. Their debut full-length album, Separate | Migrate, will be released on April 28th. 

The Kraken Quartet is Chris Demetriou, Andrew Dobos, Taylor Eddinger, and Sean Harvey. The group is proud to use Vic Firth sticks and mallets, and Grover Pro Percussion and Hammerax instruments.


THE KRAKEN QUARTET LIVE:

05/04 Austin, TX @ Cheer Up Charlie's (album release show)



Artist: The Kraken Quartet
Album: Separate | Migrate
Release Date: April 28, 2017
Record Label: self-released

01. Chance the Dog (the song)
02. House 11
03. The Gates
04. Interlude One
05. Ox
06. Clover
07. Interlude Two
08. Amethyst
09. Giant Battle Robot's Day Off
10. Separate | Migrate








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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Charming Disaster stream full album ahead of release, East Coast tour continues

"Gothic folk murder balladry, not unlike PJ Harvey at her most ornate. But there's an accessibility and pop sensibility that also nods to the likes of Andrew Bird or Regina Spektor. It's darkness cut with a melodic immediacy, and it's a thing of fanciful beauty." -- Treble


Brooklyn, NY duo Charming Disaster are streaming in full their forthcoming sophomore album Cautionary Tales today at Impose Magazine. Hear and share the dark literary leaning full length HERE. (Direct Soundcloud.)

GhettoBlaster Magazine premiered the third single, "Little Black Bird" this week, available to hear and share HERE. Lead single "Sympathetic Magic" recently launched via TrebleZine HERE. Northern Transmissions previously shared "Snake Bit" HERE

The band is currently on an East Coast tour in support of the album release. Please see complete dates below. The duo's NYC hometown album release party is April 29th at Hell Phone Speakeasy. Tickets & info HERE.

Charming Disaster is a songwriting and performance duo formed by musicians Ellia Bisker (of Sweet Soubrette and Funkrust Brass Band) and Jeff Morris (of Kotorino) in 2012. Inspired by the gothic humor of Edward Gorey and Tim Burton, the noir storytelling of Raymond Chandler, the stylish aesthetic of French new wave film, the murder ballads of the Americana tradition, and the dramatic flair of the cabaret, they write songs that tell stories - exploring themes like love, death, crime, ancient mythology, and the paranormal. 

Their song "Ghost Story" was featured on the podcast Welcome to Night Vale, and they were awarded "best closing credits music" by the 2016 Garden State Film Festival for their song "Right Words to Say" (featured in the short film Mary and Louise). They released their debut album, Love, Crime & Other Trouble, in 2015, and their second album, Cautionary Tales, will be released in spring 2017. 

Many of the songs on Cautionary Tales were created in February 2015, when the duo spent two weeks holed up in an isolated cabin in the snowy woods of northern Michigan. Cautionary Tales expands on Charming Disaster's spooky, offbeat universe of paranormal romance, circus and carnival characters, con artists, and Egyptian mythology with new songs of espionage, occult practices, supernatural creatures, and the end of the world as we know it. The album's musical influences include traditional murder ballads, the duo collaborations of PJ Harvey and John Parish, and the folkier side of Led Zeppelin. Charming Disaster's literary bent is also in evidence, with references to cult fantasy novels Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell and The Golden Compass as well as ancient lore from Greek and Norse mythology.  

Cautionary Tales will be available on CD and download on April 21st, 2017. Preorders are available via Bandcamp

CHARMING DISASTER LIVE:
04/20 Wilmington, NC @ (secret house concert)
04/21 Hillsborough, NC @ Mystery Brewing Company
04/22 York, PA @ (secret house concert)
04/29 New York, NY @ Hell Phone Speakeasy (official album release show)
07/20 New York, NY @ Joe's Pub



Artist: Charming Disaster
Album: Cautionary Tales
Label: Charming Disaster Music
Release date: April 21st, 2017

01) Sympathetic Magic
02) Snake Bit
03) Selene & Endymion
04) Phosphorescent Lilies
05) Ragnarok
06) Little Black Bird
07) Days Are Numbered
08) Infernal Soiree
09) What Remains
10) String Break Song










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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Belgian band BRUTUS signs to Sargent House, shares first track from worldwide release of debut album 'Burst'


"A powerful and thrilling blend of punk, rock, indie and hardcore that'll get the teeth in your skull rattling." - NME

"Brutus contribute an intriguing new voice to underground music." -- Rock Sound

"They're in a field of their own... this is one of the albums of the year" (5/5 Ks) -- KERRANG!


Sargent House is proud to announce the addition of Belgian trio Brutus to its management and label roster. Sargent House will soon release the band's debut album Burst in North America and the rest of the world in partnership with Hassle Records, the band's European label. "My reaction was immediate, the second I heard the first track I was hooked and knew I wanted to be part of this band's team," says Cathy Pellow, who also manages such artists as Chelsea Wolfe, Deafheaven, Russian Circles to name just a few. 

Metal Injection premieres the first single from the album, "All Along" today, available to hear and share HERE. (Direct Soundcloud.) 

Hailing from Leuven, Belgium, Brutus create a pummeling, meteor-shower of sound. Vocalist/drummer Stefanie Mannaerts mixes black-metal blast beats with math-rock flourishes whilst belting out the most impassioned vocals that shift from deceptively melodic to outright larynx-punishing in the blink of an eye. Meanwhile, guitarist Stijn Vanhoegaerden takes ethereal post-rock tones to hardcore punk levels of speed and energy alongside Peter Mulders' powerful sub-frequency shift. The three conspire to make a sound as monolithic and frantic as it is emotive.

"For this record, I had to dig deep into hidden and guarded emotions," Stefanie reveals. "It's not so easy to sing about myself, so I used the third person. And it's also not easy to drum a blast-beat over a melodic vocal to capture some exact feelings. 'All Along' is for a loved one, a band, the friends around me that are actually able to stand me."

Having gigged rigorously across Belgium, in April 2016 Brutus decamped to Vancouver, BC to record Burst. "We sent an email to Jesse Gander (Japandroids, White Lung), his reply with sushi emoji's was an instant ticket," Stefanie explains. "The time in Canada, living together and working in the studio was refreshing, inspiring, healing and confronting at the same time." Burst is the perfect title for this debut album, then. "It's the perfect title for me," Stefanie adds. "It's a ball of emotions, ready to burst with frustration and anger. But also with tons of energy, love... everything at once." Trouble comes in threes... and so does Brutus.

Burst will be available digitally worldwide on May 12th, 2017 and physically on June 30th, 2017 via Sargent House. Pre-orders for LP/CD via HelloMerch and download via iTunes

BRUTUS LIVE:
04/21 Liege, BE @ Reflektor
04/22 Hasselt, BE @ Cafe Cafe
04/27 Leuven, BE @ Het Depot
04/30 Meerhout, BE @ Groezrock Festival
05/06 Charleroi, BE @ Rockerill
05/19 Middelkerke, BE @ De Zwerver
05/26 The Hague, NL @ Sniester Festival
06/10 Retie, BE @ Retie Rockt
07/07 Gloucester, UK @ 2000 Trees
07/14 Herk-De-Stad, BE @ Rock Herk
07/15 Dour, BE @ Dour Festival
07/29 Michelau, DE @ Rock Im Wald
08/13 Budapest, HU @ Sziget Festival
08/19 Bristol, UK @ ArcTanGent Festival
09/02 Heusden, NL @ Misty Fields


Artist: Brutus
Album: Burst
Label: Sargent House
Release Date: May 12, 2017 (download) / June 30, 2017 (physical)

01. March
02. All Along
03. Not Caring
04. Justice De Julia II
05. Drive
06. Bird
07. Crack / Waste
08. Looking for Love on Devils Mountain
09. Horde II
10. Baby Seal
11. Child


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Monday, April 17, 2017

Kraken Quartet - percussion-driven band (drums, marimba, vibes, synths) - share new track from upcoming album


Austin, Texas band The Kraken Quartet share a new track from their forthcoming album Separate | Migrate today via the Austin Chronicle. Hear and share "The Gates" HERE. (Direct Soundcloud.) Watch an impressive in-studio video performance of the song from the band's Audiotree session on YouTube

Bandcamp Weekly recently featured the first single, "Chance the Dog (the Song)" in their stream HERE and Heavy Blog is Heavy premiered the song HERE. Direct Soundcloud HERE. Watch this live multi-camera studio performance of "Chance the Dog" on YouTube

A massive force of percussion and electronics, The Kraken Quartet is a genre-crossing group known for its highly energetic and engaging performances. Since their formation in 2012, the Austin-based group has been heralded for merging elements of math rock, minimalism, indie, post-rock, electronica, and the avant-garde. 

The Kraken Quartet has been featured on festivals and broadcasts including Fast Forward Austin, Audiotree Live, Austin Instrumental Music Festival, WNYC, KUTX, SoundSpace, and more. Their debut full-length album, Separate | Migrate, will be released on April 28th. 

The Kraken Quartet is Chris Demetriou, Andrew Dobos, Taylor Eddinger, and Sean Harvey. The group is proud to use Vic Firth sticks and mallets, and Grover Pro Percussion and Hammerax instruments.


THE KRAKEN QUARTET LIVE:
04/22 Denton, TX @ Courthouse Square
05/04 Austin, TX @ Cheer Up Charlie's (album release show)



Artist: The Kraken Quartet
Album: Separate | Migrate
Release Date: April 28, 2017
Record Label: self-released

01. Chance the Dog (the song)
02. House 11
03. The Gates
04. Interlude One
05. Ox
06. Clover
07. Interlude Two
08. Amethyst
09. Giant Battle Robot's Day Off
10. Separate | Migrate








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Friday, April 14, 2017

Art-pop trio Swansea share new single, members of Loch Lomond, Blue Cranes' clever, danceable album 'Flaws' out 4/28


"Super innovative and ultra catchy. Full of great quippy lyrics that will make you think Flaws is unstoppably fun." -- Impose

"Rich, layered, danceable works that continuously evolve off of their initial pivot points. An immediately entrancing cut, 'Gain Their Grace' bursts at the seams with smart turns to keep the grooves and hooks coming on strong not unlike the best Little Dragon has to offer." -- Speak In My Good Eye


Portland trio Swansea premiere a new track from their forthcoming sophomore album, Flaws today via Speak In My Good Eye. Hear and share the ebullient "Gain Their Grace" HERE. (Direct Soundcloud.)

Impose Magazine previously shared album track "Red Mittens" HERE. (Direct Soundcloud.)

Swansea formed in 2011 when Portland, Oregon mainstays, musician/actress/writer, Rebecca Sanborn (Loch Lomond, Blue Cranes) and drummer, Ji Tanzer (Blue Cranes, Rebecca Gates) recruited Kansas City multi-instrumentalist/singer Kyleen King to expand the sound of their long standing duo project. 

As a trio, in 2012 the group released their first full length album Old Blood and completed multiple tours of the United States. Between 2013-2015, Swansea toured Europe and found significant success in scoring and licensing music for a diverse array of films, including the track & field documentary We Grew Wings (2013), the feature length, multi-award winning dramas Light of Mine (2013), A Standing Still (2014) and Death On A Rock (2015). 

With the engineering/production help of John Askew (Neko Case, Wild Flag), Swansea's sophomore album, Flaws is slated for a Spring 2017 release on the Self Group label. Stylistically, Swansea combine artful narrative and atmospheric sweep with a touch of dancey, off-the-cuff toughness, often drawing comparison to LCD Soundsystem, St. Vincent and My Brightest Diamond.

Flaws will be available on LP and download on April 28th, 2017 via Bandcamp



Artist: Swansea
Album: Flaws
Label: Self Group
Release date: April 28th, 2017

01. Red Mittens
02. Gain Their Grace
03. Just Like it Used to Be
04. This Time
05. Samurai
06. Brighter
07. No Power
08. Cincinnati
09. No Blame
10. Blue Sky (digital only bonus)











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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Brown Acid: The Fourth Trip compilation streaming ahead of release at Dangerous Minds

"A great distillation of what the underground was capable of back in the day, and still feels as fresh and poignant now." -- Clrvynt


The forthcoming edition of the popular compilation series of long-lost vintage 60s-70s proto-metal and stoner rock singles, Brown Acid: The Fourth Trip, is streaming in full beginning today at Dangerous Minds. The album, curated by L.A. label RidingEasy Records and retailer/label Permanent Records, is available to hear and share HERE. (Direct Soundcloud.)


Brown Acid: The Fourth Trip continues the epic collection of rarities and hits streets on April 20th. Brooklyn Vegan previously shared Kanaan's "Leave It" HERE. Clrvynt showcased the previously unreleased single by series standouts Zekes HERE

About Brown Acid: The Fourth Trip:

If you thought we were getting close to the end of the Brown Acid series with our last Trip, you were dead wrong...we’re only just getting rolling. The well of privately released hard rock, heavy psych, and proto-metal 45s is deep and we are nowhere near tapped out. Most of these records were barely released and never properly distributed so they ain’t easy to find, but they’re out there if you’re willing to dig...and we aren’t afraid to get our hands dirty. Hard calluses have formed from handling the shovel and we’ve sifted through a lot of dirt, but we’ve dug up another ten tremendous records to share with all the heavy heads out there. This volume brings together eight insanely rare and skull-crushingly heavy 45s as well as two previously unreleased bangers.  

You may remember the Zekes’ jaw dropper “Box” from the First Trip. If you don’t, you better go back and refresh your memory, you stoner. That song rips! And so does this previously unheard recording we legally obtained from the Beverly Hills records vaults. “Comin' Back” is the longest tune we’ve yet to include on this series and it’s a full-on rager! The only surviving copy of this recording came to us on the original 1/4” master tape from Hollywood’s long-defunct Demars & Duffy Music. We did our best to preserve the recording and we think you’ll appreciate the rawness.

There have been numerous groups named Bad Axe over the years, but the one you hear here is the baddest. This five-piece fresh outta high school kicked out this jam (and a few others) in a Chicago studio in 1973 just for the hell of it. As a garage band, they were previously named The Burlington Express and they went on to be known as Bitch, but these dudes hit their stride as Bad Axe and “Coachman” is their crowning achievement. It went completely unreleased until 2014 when Permanent Records issued it and “Poor Man, Run” as a limited edition 45 with a killer picture sleeve. It’s long out-of-print and only obtainable now on Brown Acid.

The rest of the records included on this volume vary in rarity, but at least two of them were virtually unknown until we discovered them.  You’ll win the lottery before you find copies of all of the original 45s in even the best record stores.  Many of the records included in this volume are owned only by the members of the bands and some of the band members don’t even have personal copies.  That’s just how hard these guys hit it back in the day!  We’re lucky some of these guys are still alive and well enough to give us permission to use their masters.


About the Brown Acid series:

Some of the best thrills of the Internet music revolution is the ability to find extremely rare music with great ease. But even with such vast archives to draw from, quite a lot of great songs have gone undiscovered for nearly half a century -- particularly in genres that lacked hifalutin arty pretense. Previously, only the most extremely dedicated and passionate record collectors had the stamina and prowess to hunt down long forgotten wonders in dusty record bins - often hoarding them in private collections, or selling at ridiculous collector's prices. Legendary compilations like Nuggets, Pebbles, ad nauseum, have exhausted the mines of early garage rock and proto-punk, keeping alive a large cross-section of underground ephemera. However, few have delved into and expertly archived the wealth of proto-metal, pre-stoner rock tracks collected on Brown Acid: The Fourth Trip

Lance Barresi, co-owner of L.A./Chicago retailer Permanent Records has shown incredible persistence in tracking down a stellar collection of rare singles from the 60s and 70s for the growing compilation series. Partnered with Daniel Hall of RidingEasy Records, the two have assembled a selection of songs that's hard to believe have remained unheard for so long. 

"I essentially go through hell and high water just to find these records," Barresi says. "Once I find a record worthy of tracking, I begin the (sometimes) extremely arduous process of contacting the band members and encouraging them to take part. Daniel and I agree that licensing all the tracks we're using for Brown Acid is best for everyone involved," rather than simply bootlegging the tracks. When all of the bands and labels haven't existed for 30-40 years or more, tracking down the creators gives all of these tunes a real second chance at success. 

"There's a long list of songs that we'd love to include," Barresi says. "But we just can't track the bands down. I like the idea that Brown Acid is getting so much attention, so people might reach out to us."

Brown Acid: The Fourth Trip will be available everywhere on LP, CD and download on April 20th, 2017 via RidingEasy Records. Pre-orders are available for digital (with immediate download of the first single) at Bandcamp, physical pre-orders at RidingEasy Records



Artist: Various Artists
Album: Brown Acid: The Fourth Trip 
Label: RidingEasy Records
Release Date: April 20th, 2017

01. Kanaan "Leave It"
02. Stone Garden "Oceans Inside Me"
03. Headstones "Carry Me On" 
04. Wrath "Rock N’ Roll Fever"
05. Bungi "Numbers"
06. Erving Forbush "The Train"
07. Zekes "Comin' Back" (previously unreleased)
08. Bad Axe "Coachman"
09. Ash "Warrant"
10. Axas "Lucifer"




Artist: Various Artists
Album: Brown Acid: The Third Trip 
Label: RidingEasy Records
Release Date: October 31st, 2016


01. Grand Theft "Scream (It’s Eating Me Alive)" (STREAM)
02. Chook "Cold Feet" (STREAM)
03. Lindholm Brothers "No Time For Last Goodbyes"
04. Diehard "Heartbreak" 
05. Blown Free "The Wizard" 
06. Factory "Time Machine"
07. Inside Experience "Be On My Way"
08. Cold Swett "Quit Your Foolin'"
09. Elliott Black "Highway Song"
10. First State Bank "Before You Leave"
11. Flash Beverage "The Train"


Artist: Various Artists
Album: Brown Acid: The Second Trip
Label: RidingEasy Records
Release Date: April 20th, 2016

01. Ash "Midnight Witch" (STREAM)
02. Sweet Crystal "Warlords"
03. Raving Maniac "Rock and Roll Man"
04. Crossfield "Take It" (STREAM)
05. Spiny Norman "Bell Park Loon" (Unreleased)
06. Glass Sun "Silence of the Morning"
07. Volt Rush Band "Love To You"
08. Buck "Long Hot Highway"
09. Iron Knowledge "Show Stopper" (STREAM)
10. Sonny Hugg "Daybreak"



Artist: Various Artists
Album: Brown Acid: The First Trip  ALBUM STREAM
Label: RidingEasy Records
Release Date: August 11th, 2015

01. Zeke's "Box"
02. Snow "Sunflower"
03. Tour "One of the Bad Guys"
04. Zebra "Wasted"
05. Bob Goodsite "Faze 1"
06. Raw Meat "Stand-By Girl"
07. Punch "Deathhead"
08. Bacchus "Carry My Load"
09. Lenny Drake "Love Eyes (Cast Your Spell On Me)"
10. The Todd "Mystify Me"
11. Josefus "Hard Luck"



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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Charming Disaster weave tragic romantic tale in "Snake Bit" debut, tour starts Friday

"Gothic folk murder balladry, not unlike PJ Harvey at her most ornate. But there’s an accessibility and pop sensibility that also nods to the likes of Andrew Bird or Regina Spektor. It’s darkness cut with a melodic immediacy, and it’s a thing of fanciful beauty." -- Treble


Brooklyn, NY duo Charming Disaster premiere a new track from their forthcoming sophomore album Cautionary Tales today at NorthernTransmissions. The song "Snake Bit" reinterprets the tragic romantic Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice and is available to hear and share HERE. (Direct Soundcloud.)

Lead single "Sympathetic Magic" recently launched via TrebleZine HERE. (Direct Soundcloud). 

The band launches an East Coast tour this week in support of the album release. Please see complete dates below. 

Charming Disaster is a songwriting and performance duo formed by musicians Ellia Bisker (of Sweet Soubrette and Funkrust Brass Band) and Jeff Morris (of Kotorino) in 2012. Inspired by the gothic humor of Edward Gorey and Tim Burton, the noir storytelling of Raymond Chandler, the stylish aesthetic of French new wave film, the murder ballads of the Americana tradition, and the dramatic flair of the cabaret, they write songs that tell stories - exploring themes like love, death, crime, ancient mythology, and the paranormal. 

Their song "Ghost Story" was featured on the podcast Welcome to Night Vale, and they were awarded "best closing credits music" by the 2016 Garden State Film Festival for their song "Right Words to Say" (featured in the short film Mary and Louise). They released their debut album, Love, Crime & Other Trouble, in 2015, and their second album, Cautionary Tales, will be released in spring 2017. 

Many of the songs on Cautionary Tales were created in February 2015, when the duo spent two weeks holed up in an isolated cabin in the snowy woods of northern Michigan. Cautionary Tales expands on Charming Disaster's spooky, offbeat universe of paranormal romance, circus and carnival characters, con artists, and Egyptian mythology with new songs of espionage, occult practices, supernatural creatures, and the end of the world as we know it. The album's musical influences include traditional murder ballads, the duo collaborations of PJ Harvey and John Parish, and the folkier side of Led Zeppelin. Charming Disaster's literary bent is also in evidence, with references to cult fantasy novels Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell and The Golden Compass as well as ancient lore from Greek and Norse mythology.  

Cautionary Tales will be available on CD and download on April 21st, 2017. Preorders are available via Bandcamp

CHARMING DISASTER LIVE:
04/14 Baltimore, MD @ (secret house concert)
04/15 Kingston, NY @ The Anchor
04/16 Becket, MA @ Dream Away Lodge
04/18 Charlottesville, VA @ Blue Moon Diner
04/19 Greensboro, NC @ Common Grounds
04/20 Wilmington, NC @ (secret house concert)
04/21 Hillsborough, NC @ Mystery Brewing Company
04/22 York, PA @ (secret house concert)
04/29 New York, NY @ Hell Phone Speakeasy (official album release show)
07/20 New York, NY @ Joe’s Pub



Artist: Charming Disaster
Album: Cautionary Tales
Label: Charming Disaster Music
Release date: April 21st, 2017

01) Sympathetic Magic
02) Snake Bit
03) Selene & Endymion
04) Phosphorescent Lilies
05) Ragnarok
06) Little Black Bird
07) Days Are Numbered
08) Infernal Soiree
09) What Remains
10) String Break Song










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