Death Cab for Cutie Comes to Pittsburgh

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Forming in the late 90s’ comes the band Death Cab for Cutie. Originally a side project for frontman Ben Gibbard at the time… twenty so years later and the project has flourished into a well known modern group. Their unusual mixture of instrumentals and vocals proves for a smooth flow of music.  This current tour is in support of their most recent release “Thank You For Today”. The record is blended beautifully. It offers such an easy and peaceful listening. Perfect for a car ride or a lazy day.

Which was exactly what I did driving to the concert. Rolling up the venue and seeing the concert go-ers lining up was truly exciting. As someone who normally goes to hard rock or metal shows, it was surely a change of pace and atmosphere. The audience ranged from those in high school all the way up to people in their fifties. DCFC is a band that appeals to all ages.

The opener for Death Cab was a band called “Lala Lala”. I was truly enjoying myself when they came on. The lead singer Lillie has a beautiful voice. If you’re looking for a band to kick back and listen to, I highly recommend you give them a chance.

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Once when “Lala Lala” wrapped up, DCFC came on around twenty minutes later. They opened up with “I Dreamt We Spoke Again”, which is a perfect starter. The lights and music hit the mood just right. The show being outside, I was unsure whether or not the stage production would suit the outdoors, I was proven wrong. DCFC did an excellent job. The energy and performance were phenomenal. I’m sure thirteen-year-old self would be extremely pleased that I finally got to see one of her favorite bands from when she was in high school. If you ever have the chance and DCFC rolls around, definitely go see them. They put on a fantastic show.

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HARM’S WAY Announces North American Summer Headlining Tour With Support From Jesus Piece, Portrayal Of Guilt, And Fuming Mouth

HARM’S WAY has confirmed a North American summer headlining tour. The near-two-week trek will begin August 7th on their home turf of Chicago, Illinois and run through August 18th in Washington, DC. Support will be provided by Jesus Piece, Portrayal Of Guilt, and Fuming Mouth. See all confirmed dates below.
 
HARM’S WAY w/ Jesus Piece, Portrayal Of Guilt, Fuming Mouth:
8/07/2019 Beat Kitchen – Chicago, IL
8/08/2019 The Sanctuary – Detroit, MI
8/09/2019 The Foundry – Cleveland, OH
8/10/2019 Hard Luck Bar – Toronto, ON
8/11/2019 Chemung County Fairgrounds – Horseheads, NY
8/13/2019 House Of Independents – Asbury Park, NJ 
8/14/2019 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
8/15/2019 Chrome – Waterford, NY (no Jesus Piece)
8/16/2019 The Webster Underground – Hartford, CT (no Jesus Piece)
8/17/2019 Brooklyn Bazaar – Brooklyn, NY 
8/18/2019 R&R Hotel – Washington, DC  
 
HARM’S WAY continues to tour in support of their most recent full-length, Posthuman, out now on Metal Blade Records. Having grown with each subsequent release, Posthuman is a devastating addition to HARM’S WAY‘s catalog. Exclaim! hails, “an impressive display of brute force that keeps its momentum up from beginning to end.” Pitchfork writes, “The swole Chicago hardcore band’s latest album shows their raw strength while adding shades of industrial and groove metal for character.” Adds Metal Injection, “HARM’S WAY Posthuman gives fans absolutely solid hardcore material, promising utter chaos while providing some welcoming blends in variety in regards to tone and sound. From beginning to end, Posthuman is pure savagery and an early contender for one of the year’s heaviest albums.”
 
Earlier this year, HARM’S WAY released a remix EP of Posthuman titled PSTHMN. Commented the band, “PSTHMN is the evolutionary counterpart to our 2018 full length, Posthuman. It includes four remixed and reinterpreted tracks by artists that have continually inspired and influenced the band throughout its tenure. These artists include Justin Broadrick (Godflesh, Jesu, JK Flesh), Andrew Nolan (Intensive Care, The Endless Blockade, Column Of Heaven), and Sanford Parker (Mirrors For Psychic Warfare, Corrections House). Additionally, the release includes a reimagined version of the track ‘Unreality’ by our very own bassist, Casey Soyk. PSTHMN follows the vision of Posthuman and sheds light on influential aspects that have shaped the sound and aesthetic of HARM’S WAY.”

He Is Legend at the Manchester Hall

North Carolina based band, He is Legend, recently came out of hiatus to tour as a supporting act with The Damned Things and Crobot.  They recently made a stop at Manchester Music Hall in Lexington, Kentucky to promote their highly anticipated sixth studio album, White Bat.
Fans lined up early for the show, chattering with excitement about the band’s long awaited return.  Although He is Legend was technically billed as a supporting act for this show, it was clear that the majority of concert goers were looking forward to their performance most of all.  It’s easy to understand fans’ elation after having experienced their live spectacle.
Opening up with their first single off the new album, also titled White Bat, the band’s energy was palpable from the very first notes of the show.  With its chaotic drums, heavy riffs, and horror punk vibes, White Bat was the perfect song to get fans moving and banging heads.  Lead singer Schuylar Croom worked the crowd, even striking a bat-like posture at one point during the act.
The setlist was brief with only eight songs, but this didn’t seem to phase the crowd.  Fans moshed and jumped to classics like The Seduction, Everyone I Know has Fangs, and I am Hollywood.
Following the show, members of the band, including Croom and lead guitarist Adam Tanbouz, mingled with fans, took pictures, and signed autographs.
He is Legend is preparing to embark on a headlining tour in June to promote their latest album.  The tour will kick off with a celebratory show in Wilmington, North Carolina on the 28th, the same day White Bat drops.  Additional tour dates and the music videos for White Batand their latest single, Boogiewoman, can be found below. 
Tour Dates:
Fri, June 28 – Reggie’s 42nd Street Tavern Wilmington, NC
Sat, June 29 – Mothlight Asheville, NC
Mon, Jul 1 – Saint Vitus Brooklyn, NY
Tue, July 2 – Voltage Lounge Philadelphia, PA
Thu, Jul 4 – Canal ClubRichmond, VA
Fri, Jul 5 – The Pinhook Durham, NC
Sat, Jul 6 – The Drunken UnicornAtlanta, GA
White Bat Official Music Video:
Boogiewoman:

Review and photos written/taken by Brandi Moody

SUNN O))) Announces West Coast US September Tour Dates; Life Metal Out Now On Southern Lord

Following the release of their universally acclaimed Life Metal LP and the first leg of their US tour last April, SUNN O))) is pleased to announce a West Coast tour in support of the album. This September, SUNN O))) will canvas the West Coast, featuring performances in Dallas, Austin, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, and more, marking their first dates out west on the Life Metal album cycle. Dates and details can be found below, with more info to surface soon.
 
SUNN O))) released Life Metal, their first new album in four years, last April as part of Record Store Day via Southern Lord. The Steve Albini-engineered album debuted on Billboard’s Emerging Artists at #17, Billboard’s Top Album Sales at #25, in Billboard’s top 25 Hard Rock Albums, and received the Best New Music accolade from Pitchfork, and much more.
 
SUNN O))) will play select festival shows in Europe this July, before returning to US soil for the second leg of their Let There Be Drone: Multiple Gains Stages tour. SUNN O))) will then head back to Europe and the UK this October.
 
Life Metal can now be purchased via the SUNN O))), Southern Lord, and Southern Lord Europe stores. 
 
SUNN O))) Tour Dates:
Summer European Shows:
7/30/2019 Festsaal Kreuzberg – Berlin, DE [tickets] #
7/31/2019 Festsaal Kreuzberg – Berlin, DE [tickets] #
8/01/2019 Dekmantel Festival – Amsterdam, NL
US West Coast
9/01/2019 Granada – Dallas, TX [tickets] *
9/02/2019 Emo’s – Austin, TX [tickets] *
9/04/2019 The Gothic – Denver, CO [tickets] *
9/08/2019 Mayan – Los Angeles, CA [tickets] *
9/09/2019 The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA [tickets] *
9/11/2019 The Showbox – Seattle, WA [tickets] ^
9/12/2019 Revolution Hall – Portland, OR [tickets] ^
Europe + UK Tour:
10/07/2019 Backstage – Munich, DE [tickets] %
10/08/2019 HfG / ZKM – Karlsruhe, DE [tickets] %
10/09/2019 Kaserne Basel – Basel, CH [tickets] %
10/10/2019 Felsenkeller – Leipzig, DE [tickets] %
10/13/2019 Kablys + Kultura – Vilnius, LT [tickets] %
10/14/2019 Vene Teater – Tallinn, EE [tickets] %
10/15/2019 Kulttuuritalo – Helsinki, FI [tickets] %
10/17/2019 Kraken Sthlm – Stockholm, SE [tickets]
10/18/2018 Kulturkirchen Jakob – Oslo, NO [
tickets]
10/19/2019 BLA – Oslo, NO (exclusive duo performance) [tickets]
10/21/2019 Koncerthuset – Copenhagen, DK [tickets]
10/22/2019 Doornroosje – Nijmegen, NL [tickets]
10/24/2019 SWX – Bristol, UK [tickets]
10/25/2019 QMU – Glasgow, UK [tickets]
10/26/2019 The Crossing – Birmingham, UK [tickets]
10/27/2019 Albert Hall – Manchester, UK [tickets]
10/28/2019 Roundhouse – London, UK [tickets]
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SUNN O))) co-founders Stephen O’Malley and Greg Anderson set out on a path toward a new album production for Life Metal. Following pre-production sessions as a trio with T.O.S. on Moog at Dave Grohl‘s 606 Studios in Northridge, California, in July 2018, SUNN O))) spent just over two weeks in Chicago at Electrical Audio (Studio A) with Albini at the helm. The album was mastered and the lacquers cut from tape in October by SUNN O))) ally Matt Colton at Alchemy in London. The LP version is a AAA album, recorded and mixed on tape via a completely analogue production, from the input of the band’s amplifiers and the air coming off the speakers in front of the microphones to needle touching the pressed vinyl on your turntable.
 
Life Metal features guest contributions from composer/musician/vocalist Hildur Guðnadóttir, longtime friend Tim Midyett (Silkworm, Bottomless Pit, Mint Mile), composer Anthony Pateras, and more. The album is wrapped in amazing, Renaissance style paintings by visual artist Samantha Keely Smith, and bold, imaginative photography from Ronald Dick.

BEDTIMEMAGIC: Nefarious Industries Welcomes Boston Bass And Drums Duo; New Album To See Summer Release

Nefarious Industries expands its peculiar family of musical entities with the acquisition of Boston-based bass and drums rock duo, BEDTIMEMAGIC. The outfit is putting the final touches on their impending new Andrew Schneider-produced Pillow Talk full-length release, which will drop this summer.
 
Ahead of the disbursement of Pillow Talk‘s details, BEDTIMEMAGIC is already posting tour dates for the coming months in support of the record, including several New England dates in July, the Extreme Noise Terrier mini tour in August, and more.

They’re self-described “trash rock”. They perform so loudly that you’ll second guess your current life insurance policy. Their aesthetic depicts monochromatic, broken, distorted, half-man half-canine outsiders wearing glasses. But don’t let those dog singlets fool you: lyrically and musically,
 BEDTIMEMAGIC is a serious band.
 
Their sound is majestic, caustic, plagued with feedback, lush chords, and conflicting rhythms. Sonically, they herald the early experimental days of ’90s and ’00s punk, angular hardcore, and noise rock. Visually, however, they’re two dads in their forties wearing pug wrestling onesies, playing a larger-than-life drum kit, a foot-pedal organ straight out of Black Sabbath or Rush, and a Rickenbacker 4003 bass that’s heavily modified, pumped through a wide range of toxic, custom amplification.
 
The whole concept ultimately doesn’t make sense on paper. Yet live and on recordings, it works. Nicholas Pentabona stands six foot tall, ostensibly rotund. He barks hot breath into a black honeycomb microphone whilst whirling around more than a man of his definition rationally would. The guitar flips behind his head, over his lap, off his shoulder and into the air. Feet tap dance along a thick effects board revealing nothing more than a line of cables drawing more and thicker distortion. Low end frequencies jostle the listener’s precious teeth around, clearing even the most impacted sinuses.
 
“People are paying to see a show,” he says. “Your job is to give them one.” His past is rife with dozens of former acts: The Taste Of Silver, HYEO, Crippling Fear, Fuck Everyone — to name a few. He reckons he’s been doing this music stuff for the better part of nearly three decades. Behind a handmade wall of percussion is Morgan Berns. Slightly taller, bespectacled, shorter in hair and slenderer in build, he broadcasts a mosaic of tattoos. His swings and crashes of the drumsticks are powerful and determined. He craves the desperate chaos of the upcoming beat but forces himself to hold back to stay in tempo. His arms cascade through the air like furious battalions. Berns has modeled himself a peculiar beast of burden; he not only sings while playing drums but also plays a single-octave organ with his left foot. The organ compliments the bass and allows for Pentabona to free from constantly playing the melody. He has earned his stripes with bands such as Coleman, Blacktail, LIVVER, and Bury The Needle, toting musicality through the best years of his life.
 
The two have been a unit since 2014. Both were drawn together over their love of weird time signatures, edited pop-tendencies, funk, and of course, dogs. Typically, Pentabona is free with his speech and candor, while Berns is more reserved and thoughtful to his tongue. Both enjoy food immensely.
 
“We have a lot of things that we want to inevitably say,” notes Berns, “I think, maybe part of what we talk about is that you can’t take things, yourself, too seriously. I’m impressed when people can see the humor in how we’re presenting a stronger concept. So maybe that’s the message: Go fuck yourselves.”
 
BEDTIMEMAGIC Tour Dates:
7/12/2019 The Worthen Attic – Lowell, MA w/ Needle Play, Toothless, Bad Move, Skytigers   
7/25/2019 The Hong Kong – Cambridge, MA w/ Labor Hex, The Wayward, Hex Machine
Extreme Noise Terrier Mini Tour:
8/23/2019 Cherry St Station – Wallingford, CT @ CT Punkfest 
8/24/2019 Friendship Mountain – Egg Harbor City, NJ
8/25/2019 TBA – Philadelphia area
11/08/2019 ONCE Ballroom – Somerville MA w/ GayC/DC

FRIENDSHIP: Southern Lord To Issue Undercurrent LP By Japanese Blackened Hardcore Outfit In June; Tracks Streaming + Preorders Posted

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Their second LP,
 
Stream the tracks “Demise,” “Vertigo,” and “Fiend” from FRIENDSHIP’s Undercurrent at Bandcamp HERE.
 
Just like with the Hatred LP, Daymare Recordings handles the release of FRIENDSHIP‘s Undercurrent digitally and on CD, and now Southern Lord delivers the vinyl on Friday, June 14th. Find preorders at Bandcamp HERE and find merch options and bundles at the Southern Lord US webshop HERE and Euro shop HERE.
 
Undercurrent Track Listing:
1. Demise
2. Vertigo
3. Punishment
4. Lack
5. Abandon
6. Fiend
7. Plague
8. Garbage
9. Wrecker
10. Hatred
 
Following their 2014 formation in the Tokyo area, FRIENDSHIP quickly issued their debut demo cassette, and quickly became known for their monolithic live volume levels and became notorious for releasing over a hundred shirt designs. The band also shortly thereafter self-released two CD EPs which both sold out in under a month (recently reissued as I and II on vinyl and cassette via Sentient Ruin), 
 
FRIENDSHIP signed with Daymare Records in 2016 for the release of their debut full-length, Hatred. Recorded in Tokyo, Hatred was mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege and released on CD and digital versions via Daymare in June 2017. The vinyl version and international digital edition followed through Southern Lord in November 2017, and a cassette version was released by Sentient Ruin.
 
Over these recent years, FRIENDSHIP has shared stages with Full Of Hell, Sumac, Primitive Man, Endon, Palm, and many others, including supporting the mighty Sleep in Tokyo, as a part of Leave Them All Behind 2018. In September 2018, the band performed at Bloodshed Festival, as well as seven shows across the UK. Immediately following the tour, FRIENDSHIP began the construction of their follow-up album, which now rears its bestial head as Undercurrent.
 
Watch for FRIENDSHIP tour dates and more to be posted over the months ahead.

THENIGHTTIMEPROJECT: PopMatters Debuts “Final Light” Video As Pale Season LP Nears Release Via Debemur Morti; Band Features Former/Current Members Of Katatonia, October Tide, And Letters From The Colony


PopMatters is hosting the exclusive premiere of “Final Light,” the new single from melancholic Swedish outfit,
 THENIGHTTIMEPROJECT, formed by current and former members of Katatonia, October Tide, and Letters From The Colony. The song is delivered in an official video, weeks ahead of the Pale Season album’s worldwide release through Debemur Morti Productions in late June.
 
THENIGHTTIMEPROJECT‘s second album, Pale Season was recorded at Valley Sound Studio/Nailvillage, mixed by guitarist Alexander Backlund at Nailvillage, mastered by Tony Lindgren at Fascination Street Studios, and completed with cover art by Denis Forkas and design by Kadriel Betsen. 
 
With the debut of their epic new video for “Final Light,” which was directed by Dronicon Films, THENIGHTTIMEPROJECT‘s Alexander Backlund notes, “‘Final Light’ is about the relativity of time. It can feel as if life is slowing down while time is speeding up, or vice versa. We all get caught in the clasp of stagnation sometimes, and it’s important to recognize and act upon it. Time is a finite resource. I really enjoy the instrumentation as it captures elements I like from the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s. You got the roaring organs, the big hair-metal guitars in the middle 8 section together with a grunge-like heaviness and aggression.”
 
Of the new video itself, Backlund offers, “Dronicon Films did an amazing job on the video as well. It’s a different angle, but visually it just works so well together with the overall texture and ambience of the song. At times it kind of looks like the cover art for the album, Dirt, by Alice in Chains, but with an Argentinian viking shaman.”
 
Alongside the video’s premiere, PopMatters writes in part, “…the new single/video from the album spotlights the group’s brand of melancholic progressive rock with sublime riffs and rhythms that will appeal to fans of Katatonia as well as those who appreciate the delightfully strange turns of Porcupine Tree and Dream Theater. But THENIGHTTIMEPROJECT is arguably more accessible than all that, raising the question: What if contemporary bands in the genre crafted radio hits like their forefathers in Yes? Anthemic without being stupid, smart without being pretentious, THENIGHTTIMEPROJECTprovides an exhilarating listen with this track.”
 
View THENIGHTTIMEPROJECT’s “Final Light” video only at PopMatters RIGHT HERE.
 
Debemur Morti Productions will release THENIGHTTIMEPROJECT‘s Pale Season on CD, LP, and all digital platforms worldwide on June 28th. Preorders are available at the label’s North American webshop HERE and the Euro shop HERE, and the digital via Bandcamp where prior single “Embers” is playing HERE.
 
Melancholic progressive rock quartet THENIGHTTIMEPROJECT is comprised of Fredrik and Mattias Norrman, (guitars and bass, respectively), who spent fifteen years in Katatonia, and are now also active in October Tide, as well as guitarist/vocalist Alexander Backlund and drummer Jonas Sköld, who both also currently hold rank in Letters From The Colony.
 
The title of their second album, Pale Season does not refer to the eight months where the weather in Sweden is a signature grey. Instead, it refers to those less-colorful patches of memory – years that fly by without anything spectacular happening, which pale in comparison to the vividness of one’s childhood or the early days of romance. This, in other words, is an album for all those moments lost in between the extremes of the emotional spectrum. Elements of Porcupine Tree, Opeth, Anathema, Katatonia, and A Perfect Circle combine to create a record that is sublime in every way. A paean to melancholia, Pale Season is also not without its moments of physical and emotional heft and will launch THENIGHTTIMEPROJECT on to the international stage.

BLEACH EVERYTHING Releases New Zine + “I Killed a Werewolf Once [It’s On Film]” Single; Debut LP Announced + Footage Of Gary Busey And Ice-T Posted

Richmond, Virginia-based hardcore punk outfit BLEACH EVERYTHING has announced their long-awaited impending debut LP, So We Gnaw, now confirmed for release through Dark Operative on July 12th. Preceding the album, the horror-influenced outfit has circulated a previously unreleased demo track, “I Killed a Werewolf Once (It’s On Film),” which is included as a postcard flexi with the second issue of the band’s own zine, which is also now available. Video clips of celebrities Gary Busey and Ice-T speaking in relation to the single have also been posted.
 
BLEACH EVERYTHING‘s 2012 demo track “I Killed a Werewolf Once (It’s On Film)” and the second issue of the Bleach Everything fanzine, are based on the band’s theory that Gary Busey may believe all of his films are documentaries, based on him having the same lines in multiple films. With this in mind, the band secured exclusive video of Ice-T discussing this theory and what he saw when filming Surviving The Game with Busey. On top of that, once Busey was made aware of what was transpiring, he filmed a heartfelt message to the band members where he offers life advice on how BLEACH EVERYTHING should create art together. The zine features essays, artwork, photos, and more from band members Brent Eyestone and Graham Scala, as well as Colin Tappe, Ice-T, Tyler Thomas, and Gary Busey himself.
 
BLEACH EVERYTHING’s “I Killed a Werewolf Once (It’s On Film)” is streaming with the Ice-T footage HERE, the Gary Busey footage HERE, and direct at Bandcamp HERE.
 
Strictly limited to 1000 copies, Bleach Everything Zine #2 is only available directly from Dark Operative’s webshop HERE and Bandcamp HERE, as well as through Revelation Records mailorder.
 
“I Killed a Werewolf Once (It’s On Film)” was recorded by Bob Quirk in Spring 2012, mixed by Brent Eyestone, Kelly Posadas, and Ben Mellott at Nothing But Noise, mastered by Bryan Walthall at StereoImage, and features artwork by Steak Mtn.