Dusk. Mist. Cemeteries. City skylines. Autumn. FEELINGS. Fleeting moments. These are some of the things that come to mind when we think of Chris McCaughan’s band, Sundowner. In addition to his work as the guitarist and singer in The Lawrence Arms, over the last seven years Chris has amassed an impressive body of work and played all over the world as Sundowner. On September 3rd, Fat will release his third studio album, Neon Fiction. This time around, Chris is once again joined by multi-instrumentalist and fellow Lawrence Arm, Neil Hennessy. The two have boldly expanded their horizons to experiment with full band instrumentations, dynamic arrangements, and stylistic departures from previous records. Together, Chris and Neil entered Atlas Studios (Alkaline Trio, The Menzingers, Masked Intruder) and crafted ten songs that feature indelible new melodies and Chris’ most personal and confident lyrics. Head over here to view his upcoming show dates and read on for a message from Chris:
Hi there. I feel like we’ve been withholding valuable information for long enough, so here are some gritty details on the new LP. Most importantly, it’s coming out just in time to be the soundtrack to your fading summer! And, secondly, I am stoked to finally share the album cover, tracklisting and the title. Yessir! My good friend, New York City-based photographer, Ben Pier, shot the cover for the record. The photo is awesome and totally captures the vibe of the album. He’s got an amazing way of seeing the world and was instrumental in helping to discover the whole aesthetic of Neon Fiction. You should go check out his work. He’s a rad photographer and an even better dude. Can’t wait for you all to hear these songs.
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Teenage Bottlerocket are unleashing a new video for “Freak Out!”, the title track from their latest full length, at Rolling Stone! TBR are currently on tour with Face to Face and have JUST announced a co-headlining tour with The Queers this Fall! View their dates and read what Miguel, bass player from TBR had to say about making the video with director Andrew Seward below:
Our buddy Andrew Seward invited us to a warehouse to get weird. We weren’t entirely sure what kind of weirdness he was talking about but we decided to roll the dice and meet up. Turns out he was talking about a music video, some of us felt relief that it wasn’t some sort of SM party or something, some of us were not as relieved. Anyway we shot this video. We drank beers, played music and broke things. It was super fun. We are adults. Oh and then we ate tacos, like adults. We love Andrew.
Scenepointblank is premiering the new USELESS ID video “Symptoms”, the title track from their latest full length. They’ll be hitting Italy and Russia this summer with plans for Japan and Australia in the Fall. Symptoms was released in July of 2012 and you can download two free songs here. Guy gives us some background on the song:
While at the studio recording Symptoms with one song short to complete the album, Yotam played a few quiet acoustic demos of potential songs to producer Bill Stevenson. Bill said that out of all the demo songs Yotam played, “Symptoms” stands out and that he thinks it’s got to be one of the best songs on the album if we will record it. He was surprised we didn’t play that one for him till that point. Bill actually liked the song so much that he ended up recording his own lead vocals for the choruses. The video was done by the young and talented Yotam Goren who is a local fan of the band.
06/23/13 Calco, Italy Bong Festival
06/24/13 Magenta, Italy Ideal
06/25/13 Genova, Italy Lucrezia
06/26/13 Bologna, Italy Freaked Out Club
06/27/13 Viareggio, Italy Corsaro Rosso
06/28/13 Livorno, Italy Surfer Joe Diner
06/29/13 San Giacomo, Italy Bobby’s Bar
06/30/13 Oasi San Martino, Italy Acquaviva Delle Fonti
07/02/13 Moscow, Russia FM Club
07/03/13 St Petersburg, Russia Club Dusche
07/04/13 Dovrav, Russia Club Okolitsa
07/06/13 Belgarad, Russia Club Roxbury
07/07/13 Rostov on Don, Russia Club Podzemka
07/10/13 Ljublana, Slovenia Punk Rock Holiday
On September 17th, we’ll be releasing Dead Language, the fourth studio album from our favorite Torontonians, THE FLATLINERS. Dead Language is the follow-up to the band’s acclaimed 2010 album Cavalcade. Recorded by long-time producer Steve Rizun, Dead Language is the band’s most personal and invigorating record to date. The album features 13 new tracks filled with intelligent songwriting, arena-sized choruses, big guitars and a distinct musical fluidity that comes from playing together as a band for over 10 years. Vocalist Chris Cresswell had this to say, “Dead Language is the culmination of 10 years of hard work – our first album in 3 years and our 4th overall. We were finally able to capture our sound and energy as a touring band on record, having recorded the majority of these songs live off the floor. This was easily the most fun we’ve ever had recording and I think that comes through in these songs.” Known for putting on a killer live show, THE FLATLINERS will bring their “perfect concoction of break-neck guitar rhythms, complementary solos, sing-along lyrics and danceable interludes” to a slew of cities over the next few months. Check the awesome cover art below designed by Richard Minino of Black Axe/Horsebites design.
Masked Intruder, our newest pop-punk crimelords, are being put to work. Yep, 6 weeks of hard labor. Masked Intruder headline the Red Scare Across America tour, hitting both coasts! Along with support from Elway and Sam Russo, you might catch special guests like Sundowner, Nothington, or The Copyrights. A very nifty tour, and it’ll be the first time Masked Intruder is hitting many of these towns, so be on alert! View the tour dates below.
7/8- Chicago, IL @ Gman Tavern (acoustic tour kickoff party!)
7/10- Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club (w/ The Manix!)
7/11- Moline, IL @ Bier Stube
7/12- Madison, WI @ The Frequency
7/13- Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen (w/ Brendan Kelly!)
7/14- Detroit, MI @ Small’s
7/15- Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
7/16- Harrisburg (Lemoyne), PA @The Champ
7/17- Baltimore, MD @ Sidebar
7/18- Boston, MA @ Middle East
7/19- New York, NY @ Santo’s House Party
7/20- Brooklyn, NY @ Suburbia
7/21- Philadelphia, PA @ The Fire (w/ Timeshares!)
7/22- Durham, NC @ Motorco
7/23- Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
7/24- Pittsburgh, PA @ 222 Ormsby
7/25- Cincinnati, OH @ Southgate House
7/26- St Louis, MO @ Firebird (w/ The Copyrights!)
7/27- Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground
7/28- Denver, CO @ The Marquis
7/29- Ft. Collins, CO @ Surfside 7
7/30- Salt Lake City, UT @ Shred Shed
7/31- Boise, ID @ Sammy’s
8/1- Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
8/2- Longview, WA @ Chinese Gardens (early matinee show!)
8/2- Portland, OR @ Backspace (w/ Sundowner!)
8/3- Berkeley, CA @ 924 Gilman Street (w/ Druglords of the Avenues!)
8/4- Sacramento, CA @ Luigi’s
8/5- Modesto, CA @ Hero’s
8/6- Santa Cruz, CA @ Blue Lagoon
8/7- San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill (w/ Nothington!)
8/8- Ventura, CA @ Zoey’s Cafe
8/9- Los Angeles, CA @ Five Star Bar (w/ Vultures United!)
8/10- Pomona, CA @ VLHS (w/ The Bombpops!)
8/11- San Diego, CA @ The Void (w/ The Bombpops!)
8/12- Tempe, AZ @ Yucca Tap Room
8/13- Albuquerque, NM @ Gasworks
8/14- Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
8/15- Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar
8/16- Normal, IL @ Firehouse Pizza
8/17- Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club
Head over to Rocket From Russia and listen to an interview with Sturgeon from Leftöver Crack!
PEARS just started their European tour!
Bad Cop/Bad Cop are heading to Riot Fest with surrounding Midwest dates!
Mean Jeans are off to Europe! Get all the info from the good people at All Schools
New Bad Cop/Bad Cop tour dates just added!
The great reviews for NOFX‘s Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories just don’t stop! Check out what The Austin Chronicle had to say about it.
Useless ID are heading to Japan with Frenzal Rhomb!