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Well, today’s actually our Good Friday Roll Out. It’s one of those days you head out on the road nary a person in sight. Except maybe those that are hanging out in front of the barista I’m trying to get a coffee from. You know your day is starting off right when the girl in front of you attempts to pay with a $100 bill that has what looks like a smiling Ben Franklin embedded within it. You just can’t make this shit up. Well, it actually lifted my spirits seeing that. I tell everyone, “There’s comedy all around us, we don’t even have to look far for it.” It’s gold I tell you, gold. That’s jump-started my day to lead me into some found music and sounds I have lodged somewhere in between my console and steering wheel.

I’ve been listening to the XETAS band a lot lately, not simply to write anything about the Texas group but for the sheer enjoyment of the group’s music. The band has offered up its full-length player The Tower (12XU) which could be a punk-enthusiast’s wet dream. From beginning to end the 3-piece outfit comprised of drummer O.D.J., guitarist/vocalist D and bassist/vocalist K (no further info was given on what the hell their names actually are) the group put together 10 tracks of dramatic power. Musically, every track is downright filthy(!) held together by dissonance and distortion. From beginning to end Xetas doesn’t let up, holding onto the grime only as the glue holding things together. Rhythmic thrust? Yeah, that’s what’s powering every single track. They get down right melodic on “The Lamb,” one of the more straight-forward songs that catapults guitar notes to the forefront. But for me it’s songs like the title track, with its hardcore leanings that I’ll find myself driving down desert roads blaring with windows down. You’ll want to shout, “FUCK YEAH!” over and over again for no reason except for being lost in the music. I’m so enamored with this band because the leave it all out there, balls-to-the-walls so to speak, without give a shit as to what anyone thinks. I can appreciate that.

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Sadistik, didn’t shock anyone when he announced his new album Altars was being released on Equal Vision Records. The label had been known in the 90’s as a purveyor of straight-edged hardcore, founded by Ray Cappo (Youth Of Today, Shelter) which has been home to a number of artists like The Dear Hunter, Saves The Day, Coheed and Cambria, Bane and others. But this isn’t about emo and hardcore bands the label releases, it’s about Cody Foster, who many recognize as Sadistik. The last release I came across, the E.P., Salo Sessions, was pretty introspective and filled with artistry. Hearing of his forthcoming release, Oh I jumped at the chance to listen to it. It could have gone only one of two ways: either I’d love it or pan it. Fortunately, Altars doesn’t disappoint. But its not without issues here. I appreciate the artistry on his new album but rarely can you find him straying from the singular timbre throughout the album. There’s a sadness lingering throughout the album that are at times aggressive and at others, passive. But the mood always remains the same, extroverted but travelling down cold, dark alleyways. Lurking below is a figure wearing a top hat with false promises of love and joy, which comes with a price. This is what Altars projects, it’s my opinion so take it or leave it. It’s intriguing though, as “God Complex” forces you to clench fists, pound tables, and punch walls. It finds listeners cowering under Sadistik’s voice as if he were above reproach. Stay out of his way as his words cut like knives on flesh, thrusting forward with keys and a drumbeat.

Sadistik

He’s much more inviting on “Free Spirits,” or at least musically that’s how he lets you in. There’s a balance here between his lyricism and the beat driving it. His words storm through moments of self-deprecation – just a moment though – and searching for solace while musically the hypnotic beat lulls you right in.  This is, the perfect track. As I mentioned previously, there’s so much darkness throughout Altars, “Roaches” haunts with apocalyptic imagery while “Sacrifice” pulls cold death into the beat filled with Catholic symbolism. I’m a fan of Sadistik and his way with words, and on Altars, he gives so much of himself and then some. It’s been some time since I’ve heard an artist this visceral, and I mean that in the most literal sense.

 

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Secret Space are now streaming their new single “I’ve Come Around.” The song comes off of the band’s debut album The Window Room, coming to Equal Vision Records on June 17. The single follows the release of the band’s music video for their first single “Stars,” which premiered earlier this month via Noisey. Pre-orders for The Window Room are now available physically and digitally via Equal Vision Records. Produced by Will Yip (Circa Survive, Citizen, Turnover), The Window Room seamlessly blends the heavy, atmospheric rock of the band’s early releases with crossover caliber pop-rock anthems.

Secret Space have also recently announced they will be touring with Turnover and Sports this June. Pre-sale tickets for the tour are available here. A full list of dates can be found below.

06/16 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar

06/17 – Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church

06/18 – Amityville, NY – Amityville Music Hall

06/19 – Brooklyn, NY – Market Hotel

06/20 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge

06/21 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair

06/22 – Toronto, ON – Sneaky Dees

06/23 – Buffalo, NY – Waiting Room Studio

06/24 – Cleveland, OH – Now That’s Class

06/25 – Lansing, MI – The Loft

06/26 – Chicago, IL – Subterranean

06/27 – Pittsburgh, PA – Smiling Moose

06/28 – Richmond, VA – Strange Matter

Vinnie Caruana, long known and respected in the punk community for fronting The Movielife and I Am The Avalanche announced the release of his debut solo LP. Titled Survivor’s Guilt, this album will be released in North America on Equal Vision Records on May 27, 2016, and on Big Scary Monsters in the UK and Europe. More details around the record will be announced very shortly, including upcoming tour dates in the U.S. and UK.

A band’s trailer was broken into overnight at a hotel in Miamisburg, Ohio just outside of Dayton. The California-based band, Capsize, has been robbed of over $10k worth of gear. It is indeed a hugely devastating financial blow to such a young band. Below is a list of some of the stolen items:

Black Gibson les Paul classic custom w/bkp aftermath set

Natural finish Fender American standard telecaster 60th anniversary edition w/BKP piledriver

Soldano hot rod 50

Marshall JCM 900 slx

Mesa rectifier cabinet

Black Gibson ES-139

Red Gibson Les Paul Studio

Peavy 5150 100w Head (Wood Stain)

Ernie Ball VP Jr

Boss TU-2 Tuner

Boss NS-2 Noise Suppressor

Electro Harmonix Nano Soul Preacher

Xotic EP Booster

Neunaber Wet Reverb Stereo

Electro Harmonix Memory Man Hazarai

Boss DD-7 Delay

Digitech Jamman

Fender jazz bass

Boss TU-3 chromatic

Tuner

Proco Rat

Boss NS-2 Noise Suppressor

Tech 21 Sans Amp

Help us get the word out to local retailers and buyers who may come across their gear in stores, pawn shops, garage sales, Craigslist and anywhere else that might resell instruments and gear.

Houston, TX’s Waterparks has announced their signing to Equal Vision Records and released their debut single – “Crave” – via digital accounts such as iTunes and Spotify. The new song was recorded with producers Benji Madden (Good Charlotte, 5 Seconds of Summer) and Courtney Ballard (5 Seconds of Summer, All Time Low).

“We’re super excited to be signed to Equal Vision Records. We’ve all been listening to EVR bands since 8th and 9th grade so actually joining the label’s roster is insane. We’ve always seen Equal Vision as a label that lets bands be as weird or experimental as they want to be, so we thought it was a great fit for us,” says vocalist Awsten Knight. “Also, Say Anything is on this label, so now Max Bemis kinda has to be friends with us. Hi Max.”

A puppy-filled music video for “Crave” will premiere on Monday, November 9.

Waterparks has also partnered with MDDN.co., which was founded by the Madden Brothers in 2014. MDDN specializes in management, publishing, and production. MDDN defines itself as being for artists, created by artists.

Of the new partnership Joel Madden shares, “We are extremely excited to be working with Waterparks. One of the best young bands we’ve heard in years. They are talented musicians, prolific writers, and a great live band. We are excited for the future of this band, and proud to be a part of their team.”

To date, Waterparks has released two EPs: Black Light (2014) and Airplane Conversations (2012). The band will release a new album in 2016 via Equal Vision Records.

The trio will perform as direct support to Good Charlotte on their recently announced upcoming reunion show in Los Angeles, CA at the Troubadour on November 19.

Waterparks is comprised of vocalist/guitarist Awsten Knight, guitarist/vocalist Geoff Wigington, and drummer Otto Wood.

Atlanta, GA’s Come and Rest has signed to Equal Vision Records and is now premiering their music video for “Slowburn” via Youtube.com/equalvision. The song comes from the band’s sophomore EP, Blacklist, which was originally self-released and will now be re-released through Equal Vision Records on November 13.

“We like to take risks and we are never satisfied with where we are. We are constantly looking for new ground to build on,” shares vocalist Noel Alejandro. “EVR is the same way. We have the same mindset and it is only natural that we are now working together. There couldn’t be a better fit for us, we are so happy to a part of this family.”

Of the new EP he reveals, “Blacklist was written at a time where all four of us were going through a really tough time with life. The similar situations of angst and anxiety brought us closer together. All we had was each other. We wrote Blacklist for us to be able to move on. On this EP, people can expect transparency. Everything from the bass to the keys has a voice. A purpose. Expect fast paced melodic music that we hope you can connect with. Everything that we do on Come and Rest we also want to capture live, so everything also has a voice on stage.”

Blacklist was recorded at Good Fortune Audio with Chris Galvez and mixed and mastered by Brian Hood (Being As An Ocean, Gideon). Pre-orders for the EP are available now at comeandrest.merchnow.com.

Come and Rest will kick off their next headline tour, with support from More To Monroe, this Friday in Nashville, and will celebrate their EP’s release with a hometown show on November 13 at The Masquerade. The two bands are also offering a free, four-song sampler via Bandcamp. All upcoming tour dates can be found below.

Come and Rest is comprised of vocalist Noel Alejandro, guitarist Daniel Goehring, bassist Josh Harmon, and drummer Mitchell Garrett.

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Upgrade HipHop hails from Hudson Valley, NY and will be releasing an album on hardcore rock label Equal Vision Records. The label is known for releasing albums by Converge, Circa Survive, and Deer Hunter to name a few but this isn’t about Equal Vision, it’s about Upgrade. His new album, the appropriately named Chemical Imbalance: Another Dose is an unflinching look at his own life dealing with mental illness, subject matter most artists tend to shy away from. With this album though, Upgrade HipHop goes in head first to give listeners an idea of his own struggles and complications.

Take a first listen to  Upgrade’s “I Don’t Fit In” taken from his Chemical Imbalance: Another Dose dropping on 11/13/2015

 

Check out Upgrade HipHop’s previously released video for “Side Effects.”

Pre-order the album: http://upgradehiphop.merchnow.com

Fist In The Air has just premiered a new video by Hudson Valley, NY emcee, Upgrade HipHop (aka Upgrade). With the premiere of “Side Effects” comes news of his signing to Equal Vision Records (Weerd Science, Circa Survive). The label will release an expanded version of Upgrade’s 2014 independent album, Chemical Imbalance. Containing three new bonus tracks the Chemical Imbalance: Another Dose version will be released on November 13.

In the video for “Side Effects” the emcee is tormented by masked persecutors, reflective of the underlying dark beat (courtesy of Mike “Ruler Of The World” Kalajian and Joe D) and the psychological state of the emcee. Lyrically it is an unflinchingly raw look into Upgrade’s lifelong battle with a panic disorder, anxiety and depression.

Watch “Side Effects” Video Premiere Here

While dwelling in various parts of upstate New York, Upgrade has been constantly developing as an emcee over the past decade. Some career highlights include sharing stages with Mac Miller, Styles P, Chris Webby, Saigon and Big Sean. Through a chance encounter he also received a big supporter in the personage of Josh Eppard (of Coheed & Cambria / Weerd Science). Ironically as his career began to flourish his struggle with panic attacks became more pronounced. In turn, finding the right medication and correct dosage added to the burden.

Recalling that time Upgrade says “2014 was the darkest period in my life up to this point. I could hardly leave my house, I couldn’t drive any more, and I would have to have my mom or a friend drive me to my shows. Most people didn’t realize how bad I was doing. I wrote Chemical Imbalance as I was going through all of that it and it is the most honest thing I have written. I wanted people to know exactly the bullshit I have to deal with to go through the day.” An example of this period is the album track “Further Down the Rabbit Hole” which features a guest appearance from Eppard (in his Weerd Science guise). The emcee recalls “I left my house for the first time in a month to record that track, I think you can tell in my take.”

Currently in a better place mentally and lyrically exorcised, Upgrade HipHop has filmed multiple videos for Chemical Imbalance: Another Dose (to premiere soon) and intends to tour in support of the album.

More info: www.UpgradeHipHop.com

The Dear Hunter unveiled their brand new music video for the single “Waves” off their recently released album, Act IV: Rebirth In Reprise, out now via Cave & Canary Goods / Equal Vision Records. Earlier this summer, Billboard premiered the track calling it “a majestic, lushly produced slab of orchestral rock music.” The video is streaming now on Vevo.

Act IV marks the long-awaited continuation of the band’s six album concept series chronicling the story of a boy at the turn of the century, only referred to as “The Dear Hunter.” The Dear Hunter is the main project of multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and songwriter Casey Crescenzo. From the beginning, it was a high-concept project: Casey mapped out multi-page treatments for a six-album story arc about the birth, life, and abrupt death of the boy. Act IV highlights the band’s cohesive growth as a group with Casey, Nick Crescenzo (drums, percussion), Robert Parr (guitar, keyboards), Nick Sollecito (bass), Maxwell Tousseau (guitar, keyboards) and Andrew Brown (keyboards), The Dear Hunter that fans have been experiencing and will experience on this tour. Order the album on iTunes, Amazon MP3, MerchNOW, and GooglePlay. You can stream the album on Spotify and Apple Music.  All details can be found at TheDearHunter.com.

Starting this week the band will kick off their fall headlining tour, The Rebirth Tour, on September 11 in Akron, OH at Musica. The tour is making stops along the way at Riot Fest on September 12 in Chicago and in major music markets like Seattle, LA, Austin, and Nashville, before coming to an end at the legendary New York rock club, Irving Plaza, on October 21. CHON and Gates are supporting the tour. A complete list of tour dates is below and more information and tickets can be found at: http://www.thedearhunter.com.

Sep 11 – Akron, OH – Musica^

Sep 12 – Chicago, IL – Riot Fest

Sep 13 – Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club^

Sep 15 – Ferndale, MI – The Loving Touch^

Sep 16 – St. Louis, MO – The Ready Room^

Sep 18 – Lawrence, KS – Granada Theatre^

Sep 19 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre^

Sep 22 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile^

Sep 23 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge^

Sep 25 – Orangevale, CA – The Boardwalk^

Sep 26 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s^

Sep 27 – Fresno, CA – Strummer’s^

Sep 29 – West Hollywood, CA – The Roxy Theatre^

Oct 1 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory^

Oct 2 – San Diego, CA – The Irenic^

Oct 3 – Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom^

Oct 6 – Austin, TX – The Parish^

Oct 7 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill^

Oct 9 – Nashville, TN – Exit/In^

Oct 10 – Atlanta, GA – Vinyl^

Oct 11 – Newport, KY – Thompson Home^

Oct 13 – Washington, DC – Rock and Roll Hotel^

Oct 15 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer^

Oct 16 – Asbury Park, NJ – The Stone Pony^

Oct 17 – Boston, MA – The Royale^

Oct 21 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza^

^ – Support from CHON & Gates

The Dear Hunter have shared “Waves,” the second track from their forthcoming album Act IV: Rebirth In Reprise, out September 4 on Cave & Canary Goods / Equal Vision Records. The track premiered today via Billboard who called it “a majestic, lushly produced slab of orchestral rock music.” Fans will receive an instant download of “Waves” when they pre-order the record at iTunes, MerchNOW, or Amazon MP3 starting Friday, July 10. Previously released song “A Night On The Town” is also available as a grat track alongside “Waves” when you pre-order the album.

Listen to “Waves” streaming now on Billboard

Pre-order the album and receive the instant grat track at iTunes, MerchNOW, or Amazon MP3

Watch the lyric video for “A Night On The Town” on YouTube

The release of Act IV marks the long-awaited continuation of the band’s six album concept series chronicling the story of a boy at the turn of the century, only referred to as “The Dear Hunter.” The album is available for pre-order starting today at iTunesAmazon MP3MerchNOW, and GooglePlay. Album art and full tracklisting are below. All details can be found at TheDearHunter.com.

This August and early September the band is touring the UK and Europe, marking it their first UK headlining tour with some dates supporting Manchester Orchestra. While in Europe the band will play Pukkelpop Festival in Belgium on August 22. Upon return, the band will kick off their fall headlining tour, The Rebirth Tour, beginning September 11 in Akron, OH at Musica. The tour is making stops along the way at Riot Fest on September 12 in Chicago and in major music markets like Seattle, LA, Austin, and Nashville, before coming to an end at the legendary New York rock club, Irving Plaza, on October 21. CHON and Gates are supporting the tour. A complete list of tour dates is below and more information and tickets can be found at: http://www.thedearhunter.com.

INTERNATIONAL TOUR DATES

Aug 19 – Milan, Italy – Circolo Magnolia*

Aug 20 – Vienna, Austria – B72

Aug 21 – Munich, Germany – Strom* Aug 22 – Hasselt, Belgium – Pukkelpop Festival

Aug 23 – Cologne, Germany  – Gebaude 9*

Aug 24 – Berlin, Germany – Magnet*

Aug 25 – Hamburg, Germany – Molotow*

Aug 27 – Brighton, United Kingdom – Concorde*

Aug 28 – Nottingham, United Kingdom – Bodega Social

Aug 29 – Newcastle, United Kingdom – Think Tank?

Aug 30 – Glasgow, United Kingdom – King Tuts

Sep 1 – Cardiff, United Kingdom – Clwb Ifor Bach

Sept 2 – Southampton, United Kingdom – Joiners

Sep 3 – Birmingham, United Kingdom – The Rainbow Cellar

Sep 4 – London, United Kingdom – Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen

* – Supporting Manchester Orchestra

NORTH AMERICAN HEADLINING TOUR DATES

Sep 11 – Akron, OH – Musica^

Sep 12 – Chicago, IL – Riot Fest

Sep 13 – Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club^

Sep 15 – Ferndale, MI – The Loving Touch^

Sep 16 – St. Louis, MO – The Ready Room^

Sep 18 – Lawrence, KS – Granada Theatre^

Sep 19 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre^

Sep 22 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile^

Sep 23 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge^

Sep 25 – Orangevale, CA – The Boardwalk^

Sep 26 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s^

Sep 27 – Fresno, CA – Strummer’s^

Sep 29 – West Hollywood, CA – The Roxy Theatre^

Oct 1 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory^

Oct 2 – San Diego, CA – The Irenic^

Oct 3 – Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom^

Oct 6 – Austin, TX – The Parish^

Oct 7 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill^

Oct 9 – Nashville, TN – Exit/In^

Oct 10 – Atlanta, GA – Vinyl^

Oct 11 – Newport, KY – Thompson Home^

Oct 13 – Washington, DC – Rock and Roll Hotel^

Oct 15 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer^

Oct 16 – Asbury Park, NJ – The Stone Pony^

Oct 17 – Boston, MA – The Royale^

Oct 21 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza^

^ – Support from CHON & Gates