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Man Forever (featuring Kid Millions of Oneida) recently celebrated the release of Pansophical Cataract via Thrill Jockey, and will begin a tour this May.  Apparently members of Besnard Lakes, DD/MM/YY, Tortoise, Brokeback, Turn to Crime, White Gregg, Pelt, Cave, Terminal Lovers, Scarcity of Tanks, The Apes, and more will collaborate with Man Forever at stops along the way.  Here is the list of dates:

May 20 Baltimore, MD The Wind Up Space
May 21 Washington, DC Velvet Lounge
May 22 Charlottesville, VA The Southern
May 23 Winston-Salem, NC Krankies
May 24 Chapel Hill, NC The Nightlight
May 25 Asheville, NC The Get Down
May 26 Nashville, TN Noa Noa
May 27 Atlanta, GA Local 529
May 28 Chattanooga, TN JJ’s Bohemia
May 29 Knoxville, TN The Pilot Light
May 30 Louisville, KY Zanzabar
May 31 Bloomington, IN The Bishop
Jun 01 Columbus, OH Double Happiness
Jun 03 Erie, PA Basement Transmissions Art Gallery
Jun 04 Dayton, OH South Park Tavern
Jun 05 North Manchester, IN The Firehouse
Jun 06 Pittsburgh, PA Gooski’s
Jun 07 Cleveland, OH Pat’s In The Flats
Jun 08 Detroit, MI The El Club
Jun 09 Minneapolis, MN Turf Club
Jun 10 Milwaukee, WI Cactus Club
Jun 11 Madison, WI Mickey’s Tavern
Jun 12 Chicago, IL The Burlington
Jun 13 South Bend, IN Langlab
Jun 14 Toronto, ON Double Double Land
Jun 15 Buffalo, NY The Polish Library
Jun 16 Montreal, QC The Plant
Jun 17 Burlington, VT The Monkey House
Jun 18 Rochester, NY Bug Jar
Jun 19 Easthampton, MA The Flywheel Arts Collective
Jun 20 Binghamton, NY Deddkathaus
Jun 21 Providence, RI The Black Box w/Black Pus
Jun 24 Hudson, NY The Spotty Dog
Jun 25 Boston, MA Great Scott
Jun 26 New London, CT 33
Jun 27 Bridgeport, CT Acoustic Cafe
Jun 28 Albany, NY Valentine’s
Jun 29 Brooklyn, NY Issue Project Room
Jul 11 New York, NY The Stone

Mouth of the Architect

While some people (including this writer) wrongly assumed Mouth of the Architect was on hiatus or broken up when they dropped off the map a year ago, band members were actually in the midst of surgery and military duty.  Renewed, healed, and having settled their obligations, the Dayton, Ohio band are back with their brand of unflinching, atmospheric, metalgaze stomp and are set to release a brand new record in 2013 following their Summer and Fall tours.  We caught up with vocalist/keyboardist Jason Watkins to get the scoop.  Here is what he told us…

Mouth of the Architect have been on a bit of a hiatus as of late. Were you guys just burnt out and needing to pursue other avenues?

Neither. We had to take some time off from everything after we got back from Europe because our guitar player Steve had to go to Kuwait for a year. And our drummer Dave had to get shoulder surgery.

Why is now the right time to regroup for an album and some touring?

Now is the right time only because Dave’s shoulder has healed and he can play drums again.

We’ve been a band for almost 10 years and the whole idea behind Mouth of the Architect was to have something that lasted. Something we could leave behind. It’s always been more of a passion in being creative and honest with conveying emotion by using everything from soft melodic passages to crushing everything with a hammer, or even using acoustic instruments to get that point across. We have no rules in our songwriting. And in that way we can always use Mouth of the Architect as more as our therapist then just a band. So sometimes you may not hear from us for awhile but that doesn’t mean we have buried it.

Have you written all the material for the album you’ll be recording this year? What were those writing sessions like?

I would say that 80 percent of the record is complete. And it has been an amazing process. Steve started his own recording studio in Detroit, where he lives, so we spend our time split between here and there writing. Having a studio you can go to whenever you like to write/demo out parts for songs has opened a whole new way for use to really develop the structure of things. We all are very excited about the way everything is coming together.

How does that material differ from Quietly?

I would say it is definitely more progressive. The vocals are way more melodic and the guitar riffs are way more straight forward. Quietly, to me, was more like slowly walking up a flight of stairs just to jump off the top. And this album feels more like an automatic weapon.

We are doing everything ourselves this time around. But we did record two new songs back in October 2011 with Brian Whitten. One of which was for the Falling Down IIV compilation out of France. I think that just may of come out this month actually. There are a ton of awesome bands on it, Julie Christmas and Monarch to name a few. And all the music has to be unreleased material.

Didn’t MOTA collaborate with Julie Christmas not long ago? What was that like?

We became friends with Julie and Made out of Babies after touring with them a few years ago. Julie did a guest vocal track for the song “Generation of Ghost” on Quietly and I played keyboards for the song “Stranger” on their record The Ruiner. Hopefully we can do more stuff together in the future, there has been some talking. But the process was quick. It was all done by email. Sending songs back and forth.

In the past MOTA have had some pretty major lineup changes, shake ups? Has everything settled in the MOTA camp now? Are you still on terms with the guys who’ve left?

Most definitely. Greg was in my wedding a few years back and is still one of my close friends. Struck by Lightning and MOTA have played handfuls of shows together since they started. And I just talked to Alex the other day and he was kind enough to let me hear the new shit he’s been working on. It is incredible.

Will you be working with Translation Loss for the forthcoming album? When do you expect that to hit the street?

We will indeed. As for now we are looking at a spring 2013.

Are the June dates a warm up for a larger tour?

Sort of. We just wanna do as much as we can this Summer since Dave is all healed up and we can start playing again. But we are going back to Europe for a month in September. And hopefully we’ll be taking Enabler with us. And then a full U.S. tour after the album comes out.

How will Neon Warships schedule affect Kevin’s availability to tour/record with MOTA?
That’s not really an issue at all. We all have other things we do. Kevin and Dave also play in Bringers of Disease who are based out of Columbus now. Steve has his own projects that he works on and I have a band with my wife and my solo stuff I do under the name Curmudgeon. If you love making music/art then you’re gonna do it every day because that is where you heart is. We all stay pretty busy when we’re not working on MOTA, but when we are everyone pours themselves into it. Just like you would do for anything you care about.

(Mouth Of The Architect have mapped out their upcoming U.S. tour. A September European tour is also in the works with more details pending. The group’s schedule at present runs as follows:

06/01 Columbus, OH – Ace Of Cups
06/02 Bowling Green, OH – Howard’s
06/03 Lakewood, OH – The Foundry
06/15 Philadelphia, PA – JR’s Bar
06/16 Brooklyn, NY – St. Vitus
06/17 Baltimore, MD – The Golden West
06/22 Chicago, IL – Ultra Lounge
06/23 Milwaukee, WI – Borg Ward
06/24 Mishawaka, IN – Wander Inn
06/29 Indianapolis, IN – The Night Porter
06/30 Nashville, TN – Cafe Coco
07/01 Cincinnati, OH – The Mayday)

The Love Below have announced a run of shows this May and June, including an A389 Records showcase in California as well as several performances at this year’s Chaos In Tejas gathering in Texas.  During the A389 label showcase in Pomona, California the band perform alongside Integrity, Ringworm, Seven Sisters Of Sleep, Young And In The Way and more.  The band will perform two shows at this year’s installment of the annual Chaos In Tejas throwdown alongside Sham 69, Saint Vitus, Absu, Ringworm, Dropdead, Nasum, Winter, The Mob, and dozens more in Austin, Texas.

The Love Below are supporting their debut LP, Every Tongue Shall Caress, which was released in early April.  Here are the dates:

5/19/2012 The Glass House – Pomona, CA @ A389 showcase w/ Integrity, Ringworm, more [info]
5/31/2012 The Nile – Phoenix, AZ w/ Cold World, Backtrack, Dead End Path
6/01/2012 Dads Club – Las Cruces, NM
6/02/2012 Skrimbleshanx – Austin, TX @ Chaos in Tejas [info]
6/03/2012 Beerland – Austin, TX @ Chaos in Tejas [info]
6/04/2012 Dedicated Art Space – Little Rock, AR
6/05/2012 Crosstown Arts – Memphis, TN
6/06/2012 The Spot – Tupelo, MS
6/07/2012 TBA – Columbia, SC
6/08/2012 Empire – Richmond, VA
6/09/2012 Golden West – Baltimore, MD
6/10/2012 The Model Home – Philadelphia, PA
6/11/2012 Ray Cappo’s Cantina – New Brunswick, NJ
6/12/2012 Rock n’ Roll House – Middletown, CT
6/13/2012 Radio Bar – Somerville, MA
6/14/2012 The Acheron – Brooklyn, NY
6/15/2012 O’Reilly’s – Philadelphia, PA
6/16/2012 The West End – Ashtabula, OH
6/17/2012 The Albion – Chicago, IL
6/18/2012 Medusa – Minneapolis, MN
6/19/2012 The Fox Hole – St. Louis, MO
6/20/2012 Cafe Berlin – Columbia, MO
6/21/2012 The Newsroom – Kansas City, MO
6/22/2012 Blast-O-Mat – Denver, CO
6/23/2012 Dads Grand Theatre – Albuquerque, NM
6/24/2012 Wall Street – Phoenix, AZ

In support of their upcoming new EP titled Easy Listening, out May 22 on Concession Records, Canada’s pummeling angular punk trio Greys have premiered a full stream of their latest release one week early exclusively at Aux.tv.

In addition, the band is preparing to kick off a series of spring and summer North American tour dates this weekend.  The EP stream and dates are below:

Stream “Easy Listening” from Greys exclusively @ Aux.tv!

5/18 Montreal, QC @ Theatre Ste-Catherine (Pouzza Fest)
5/19 Fredericton, NB @ FStudio
5/20 Charlottetown, PEI @ Babas
5/21 Halifax, NS @ Gus’ Pub
5/22 Saint John, NB @ Pub Down Under
5/23 Providence, RI @ AS220
5/24 Long Island, NY @ TBA
5/25 Williamstown, NJ @ 1619 House
5/26 Lowell, MA @ Dirty Douglas
5/27 New York, NY @ Fat Baby
5/29 Philadelphia, PA @ Model Home
5/30 Pittsburgh, PA @ Intermission Lounge
6/11 Windsor, ON @ Phog Lounge
6/13 Grand Rapids, MI @ Mulligan’s
6/14 Chicago, IL @ Gnarnia
6/15 Milwaukee, WI @ Scheme City
6/17 Winnipeg, MB @ Frames Gallery
6/19 Saskatoon, SK @ Sweatlodge
6/20 Edmonton, AB @ Wunderbar
6/23 Kamloops, BC @ Little Big House
6/24 Abbotsford, BC @ Aftermath
6/26 Tacoma, WA @ New Frontier
6/28 Seattle, WA @ The Space
6/29 Bellingham, WA @ Shakedown
6/30 Nanaimo, BC @ Crace Mountain
7/01 Vancouver, BC @ Zoo Shop
7/04 Edmonton, AB @ Wunderbar
7/7 Madison, WI @ The Wisco

Greyhaze Records have announced that they’ve signed Warfather, a devastating new unit conceived by ex-Morbid Angel’s Steve Tucker.  After starting out as vocalist/bassist for death/thrash act Ceremony, Tucker moved on to handle bass and vocals on Morbid Angel’s infamous Formulas Fatal to the Flesh, Gateways to Annihilation and Heretic LPs. In 2009

More exciting for us is the fact that Nick McMaster (Krallice, Nader Sadek, Castevet) is handling bass duties in the band. Warfather are currently in the final stages of tracking the yet-to-be-titled album.

The Self Defense Family “Self Immolation Family” b/w “World Virgins” 7″ EP, the second installment of the band’s “Island Series” of recordings will be released by Deathwish Inc. in the not too distant future.  The EP was recorded at Sundlaugin in Mosfellsbaer, Icland, the studion owned by Sigur Ros.  The session was engineered by Birgir Jón “Biggi” Birgisson.

Listen now: http://soundcloud.com/deathwishinc/self-defense-family-self-immolation-family

Not Your Kind Of People, the new album from Garbage is available exclusively on iTunes (U.S. only) for one week, starting today. The band’s first album in seven years, Not Your Kind Of People will be available at all retailers starting next Tuesday, May 22.

The band is currently on the road and will return to the U.S. on May 18 for a live performance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. The full list of live dates can be found below:

MAY

16th               Paris, France                           Olympia – SOLD OUT

22nd              New York, NY                          Webster Hall – SOLD OUT

23rd               Washington, DC                     930 Club – SOLD OUT

25th               Atlantic City, NJ                       House of Blues

26th               Boston, MA                             Paradise Rock Club – SOLD OUT

28th               Toronto, ONT                          Phoenix Concert Theatre – SOLD OUT

 

JUNE

1st                  Santa Barbara, CA                   KJEE Summer Round Up, Santa Barbara Bowl

2nd                Mountain View, CA                  Live 105 BFD, Shoreline Ampitheater

3rd                 San Diego, CA                           91x X-Fest

9th                 Warsaw, Poland                       Orange Warsaw Festival

11th               Samara, Russia                         Rock on Volga Festival

12th               Odessa, Ukraine                       Prosto Rock Festival

16th               Hultsfred, Sweden                   Hultsfred Festival

17th               Aarhus, Denmark                    Northside Festival

19th               Amsterdamn, Holland            Melkweg Max

22nd              Neuhausen ob Eck, Germany Southside Festival

23rd               Scheessel, Germany                 Hurricane Festival, Red Stage

24th               Paris, France                             Solidays Festival

27th               Luxemburg                                Rockhal

28th               Werchter, Belgium                   Rock Werchter, Pyramid Marquee

29th               Arras, France                            Main Square Festival

 

JULY

1st                  London, UK                               Brixton Academy

2nd                Wolverhampton, UK                Civic Hall

3rd                 Manchester, UK                        Manchester Academy

4th                 Glasgow, UK                              Barrowlands

6th                 Bucharest, Romania                 B’Estfest

8th                 Herouville St Clair, France      Festival Beauregard

11th               Vigevano, Italy                         10 Giorni Suoanti Festival

12th               Rome, Italy                                Fiesta Campanelle Roma Rock

14th               Bilbao, Spain                            BBK Live Festival

15th               Aix-les-Bains, France               Musilac Festival

17th               Arles, France                            Les Escales du Cargo Festival

19th               Oporto, Portugal                     Mares Vivas Festival

21st                Nyon, Switzerland                   Paleo Festival

 

AUGUST

4th                  Montreal, QUE                         Osheaga Festival

11th                Omaha, NE                               Maha Festival, Stinson Park

18th                Osaka, Japan                            Summer Sonic Festival

19th                Tokyo, Japan                            Summer Sonic Festival

Kurt Vile has announced that he’ll play a significant run of shows this Summer.  Here are the dates:

May 17 Chameleon Club Lancaster, PA
May 18 Nelsonville Music Festival Nelsonville, OH
May 19 Blind Pig Ann Arbor, MI
May 20 Lincoln Hall Chicago, IL
May 21 High Noon Madison, WI
May 22 400 Bar Minneapolis, MN
May 23 Aquarium Fargo, ND
May 25 Bitmore Vancouver, Canada
May 26 Sasquatch Music Festival George, WA
May 27 Star Theatre Portland, OR
May 30 The Fillmore San Francisco, CA
Jun 06 Catalyst Atrium Santa Cruz, CA
Jun 07 Largo @ The Coronet Los Angeles, CA
Jun 08 Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown, CA
Jun 10 Bonnaroo 2012 Music & Arts Festival Manchester, TN
Jun 15 Maxwell’s Hoboken, NJ
Jun 16 Central Park Summerstage New York, NY w/ Dawes
Jun 22 Hurricane Festival Scheessel, Germany
Jun 23 Southside Festival Neuhausen Ob Eck, Germany
Jun 26 WWDIS Summer Festival Stockholm, Sweden
Jun 27 Peace And Love Festival Borlänge, Sweden
Jun 30 HIPPODROME D’EVREUX Evreux, France
Jul 07 Minne Waterpark Brugge, Belgium
Jul 08 Melkweg Oude Zaal Amsterdam, Netherlands
Jul 09 Salle Pleyel Paris, France
Jul 12 Plaine De La Machine A Feu Elouges, Belgium
Jul 13 Plaine De La Machine A Feu Elouges, Belgium
Jul 14 Plaine De La Machine A Feu Elouges, Belgium
Jul 15 Plaine De La Machine A Feu Elouges, Belgium
Aug 03 OFF Festival Katowice, Poland

BBC are planning a season of programming on the topic of punk, it’s history, and it’s ongoing influence. The season, marking 35 years since punk achieved mainstream national attention within the UK, will center around BBC4 documentary series Punk Britannia. The series, comprised of three parts, will feature the likes of John Lydon, Mick Jones, Siouxsie Sioux, Mark E. Smith, Pete Shelley, and Adam Ant.

In a marked contrast from much of the BBC’s 25 years of punk coverage in 2002, the importance of US proto-punk and the New York bands will be addressed, as well as acknowledging the role the 1970s pub rock scene played in the development of British punk.

Maryland’s Strong Intention are getting ready to release their Razorblade Express EP via Patac Records on June 1.   Since the mid-‘90s Strong Intention have been punishing the underground with their own blend of New York-influenced hardcore breakdowns and blistering grindcore. Their unique sound has allowed them the longevity to play out and tour with such undisputed acts as Cripple Bastards, Disfear, Phobia, Extreme Noise Terror, Rotten Sound, D.R.I., Lock-Up and Misery Index, among others over their extensive career.

The six-track EP features bass work by Cattle Decapitation’s Derek Engemann as well as a guest appearance by Eyehategod frontman Mike IX Williams on the title track and “3rd Space Gorilla Generator.” The first pressing is limited to just 500 copies.

In conjunction with the release, Strong Intention will tour with Phobia. The East Coast Filth Tour 2012 will commence June 3 in Detroit. Check tour dates below. The band will be joined by Misery Index/Pig Destroyer drummer Adam Jarvis for the short stretch of dates:

w/ Phobia

6/02/2012 Sonar – Baltimore, MD w/ Marduk, 1349 *

6/03/2012 Halfway House – Detroit, MI

6/04/2012 Now that’s class – Cleveland, OH

6/05/2012 Strange matter – Richmond, VA

6/06/2012 Millcreek – Philadelphia, PA

6/07/2012 El N Gee – New London, CT

6/08/2012 Sonar – Baltimore, MD

6/09/2012 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY

6/10/2012 Radio – Somerville, MA

6/11/2012 Boagie’s – Albany, NY

6/23/2012 Café 611 – Frederick, MD w/ Agnostic Front, Sheer Terror *

* No Phobia