Complacency kills creativity, and nobody seems to know that better than Comeback Kid.
Outsider, the long-running hardcore outfit’s latest LP, showcases that in spades. Capturing the all-out intensity of the band’s riotous live shows, it’s as urgent and unrelenting as anything they’ve done in the past. And yet while many of their peers consider sonic evolution an enemy of their scene, Comeback Kid has built a career on progression and evolution, continually expanding their now-signature sound while never compromising its integrity.
“We’re a hardcore band, but we don’t feel like we belong to any particular sect of that,” states frontman Andrew Neufeld, speaking on behalf of bandmates Jeremy Hiebert (guitar), Stu Ross (guitar), Ron Friesen (bass), and Loren Legare (drums). “We don’t want to be limited in any sense, and prefer to work on our own terms.”
Indeed, over the course of their career, they’ve covered a lot of territory – both musically and literally.
Comeback Kid first united in 2000 and dropped their debut LP, Turn It Around, in 2003. Its follow-up, 2005’s Wake the Dead, further cemented the band’s foundation of energetic, punk-propelled hardcore. With the departure of original vocalist Scott Wade, Neufeld moved from guitar to lead vocals ahead of 2007’s Broadcasting... More recent releases like Symptoms + Cures and 2014’s Die Knowing find the band incorporating a wider array of elements and influences into their combustible sonic concoction.
Outsider – Comeback Kid’s sixth full-length and first on the iconic Nuclear Blast Records (New Damage Records in Canada) – represents the pinnacle of that progress to date, simultaneously pushing new boundaries while returning to the in-your-face immediacy of their first releases.
“It’s always been about refining what we do and incorporating new things,” Neufeld affirms. “This time around, we were really focused on songs that we knew would connect from the stage.”
To that point, “Surrender Control” is essentially a clinic in inciting a riotous moshpit with an anthemic chorus while “Absolute” injects some thrash metal into more familiar CBK staples of call-and-response gang vocals and a punishing outro breakdown. They’re as furious as anything in the band’s back catalogue and effective foils to more ambitious offerings like “Hell of a Scene,” which combines blazing blast beats in the verses with an infections melodic hardcore chorus, and the more hard rock-centric “Consumed the Vision.”
Neufeld’s voice is as powerful and piercing as ever while also pushing into new, often more melodic territory. That’s fitting considering the wide breadth of topics he tackles in his lyrics, from the plight of innovative thinkers to a world ripe with distractions from meaningful interactions to wrestling with personal demons, however they might materialize.
Of course, these 13 tracks will be volatile in the live environment. As longtime road warriors who are strangers to nowhere, Comeback Kid is sure to continue conquering new corners of the world. “We’ve always prided ourselves on trying to reach as many places as possible,” Neufeld offers, and their still-swelling crowds everywhere from Southeast Asia to South America to mainland Europe are proof of that. They’ve performed at virtually every major heavy music festival and shared the stage with a who’s who of their peers across virtually every genre that seeps into their ever-evolving sound.
After six LPs, an EP, two live albums, and countless shows over the course of 15-plus years, Comeback Kid still takes pride in pushing sonic boundaries and bringing their riotous live show across new borders.
“We still feel lucky to be a part of this,” Neufeld says assuredly. “It’s bigger than us and we have no intentions of slowing down or standing still.”
It's gonna be a weird, fun time in the bowels of October on lower Decatur St.
CASUAL BURN: Born out of wedlock on the edge of a landfill, surviving on stolen sticks of dime store bubble gum, rollerskating their way into your hearts ♥
ANIMAL SHOW: NY Touring band who get off by terrorizing the streets of NYC with their degenerate noise. They are a punk band. They are forever stuck in the New York groove.
U.S. NERO: New Orleans Post apocalyptic surf punk for the inner misanthrope. Make U.S. Nero part of your fractured identity today.
PRIMPCE: Local New Orleans experimental, puke laughter, construction worker meltdown, cerebral noise.
Live Nation presents SWINGIN’ UTTERS plus GALLOWS BOUND & HiGH
Only at SANTOS BAR
The Swingin’ Utters have been kicking around the San Francisco Bay Area for 25 years now. They’ve met their wives and their best friends on these streets; they’ve grown and aged right here in the Bay Area. This has ignited the very essence of what goes into their value system and more importantly their music, because it is a reflection of those experiences. For example, the band took a break to raise their families, right at the height of their popularity! Did it faze them? Not really. That’s the thing with these guys. It is family first, with music always germinating within those life choices. During the Utters’ semi-hiatus, they all continued playing music in bands like Druglords of the Avenues, the Re-volts and Filthy Thieving Bastards. Their life experiences influence what goes into their records. A case in point is their debut: 1995’s The Streets of San Francisco; their first full length and an essential “streetpunk” masterpiece. Fat Mike took notice of their grit and honesty, and signed them to Fat Wreck Chords. From there they put out a ton of great records, including A Juvenile Product of the Working Class, Five Lessons Learned, Brazen Head, Swingin’ Utters and Dead Flowers, Bottles, Bluegrass, and Bones. For 10 years the Utters toured relentlessly with the likes of Rancid, NOFX, Dropkick Murphys and everyone in between. Which brings us back to celebrating their 25th anniversary, the band fully recharged with their second album in three years and no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
$10 ADV. TICKETS HERE
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28TH
+ DJ Grant Mayland (Dark Energy | Minneapolis)
Doors @ 9PM - $7 at the Door
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WINGTIPS was officially formed in 2014 by Vincent Segretario after informally having used the moniker for a number of previous experimental solo performances. In 2016, the band released their EP titled "GREYAREA". The album is an androgynous sound of transition; an interpolation of darkly shimmering layers of angular guitar and pulsating darkwave. Sharpening their anthemic rush with an increasing penchant for melody and an atmosphere equally informed by post-punk as sweeping electronica, "GREYAREA" contextualizes new romantic for the post-millenial end times. In August 2018, WINGTIPS' new single, “Relativity,” -- their first work in close to two years - was released. The track is a soaring anthem stepped in mid to late 80's nostalgia whose keyboard driven production is a cross between John Hughes soundtrack cuts from Thompson Twins or OMD, and guitar work reminiscent of The Cure’s "Disintegration". It’s the culmination of everything they have worked towards so far – a perfect summer dream anthem for all the outsiders, with hooks so compelling they are cinematic in scope. Recently, WINGTIPS have supported bands such as FRONT 242, ZOLA JESUS, THE TWILIGHT SAD, and many more. Their debut studio LP arrives in 2019.
PROVOKER are a band from the Bay Area, featuring members of San Jose and Oakland punk bands. The collective plays a cracked version of new wave/dark wave—steady beats, warbled horror soundtrack synths, reverb, gauze-like layers of guitar sound over undeniable melody. There is a narcotic effect to their brand of synth pop, fusing the mood and atmosphere of "Pornography"-era The Cure with a brighter MGMT aesthetic. Provoker is both hangover and remedy for 80’s oversaturation, skipping the pomp and grandiosity for something more organic.
The veil between the past and present, the living and the dead - will be at it’s thinnest this Hallow’s eve...
1135 Decatur has been the host to some of the most amazing dance music spaces of all the eras. If you grew up here in New Orleans, you know what I’m talking about.
Two floors to conjur all the past & present lords of dark music.
Ceremonial exorcisms in your blackest attire+ an awesome balcony to release them...
S A N TO R I A
Avi Buffalo: Ah, yes, age—much was made of it when Avi Buffalo’s first album hit the ground running, and for good reason: While his Millikan High School classmates were preoccupied with quaint and youthful pursuits, Avi Buffalo was busy making an off-kilter pop gem that eventually bowled over NME, The AV Club, Pitchfork, the BBC, and numerous other outlets on both sides of the Atlantic whose tastes are respected by the general public. Like a lot of kids his age, Avi celebrated the end of high school in Europe, but instead of visiting the Louvre and Buckingham Palace, their overseas journeys took them to the festival stages of Reading, Leeds, Glastonbury, the Pavement-curated All Tomorrow’s Parties in Minehead, and beyond. Buffalo is ready to take on the world (again), armed with all of the experience he’s compiled over the past few years. And he’s made sure this time around will be just as memorable as the first.
Live Nation presents DAYS N DAZE plus THE BRIDGE CITY SINNERS
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 4
9 DOORS, 10 SHOW
Houstonians Whitney Flynn and Jesse Sendejas formed Days N Daze as a duo in 2008. Since then, they've taken on different musicians to create a full recording and touring band. Presently, the band's rhythm section includes bassist Geoff Bell and percussionist Meagan Melancon. Flynn and Sendejas remain the band's principal songwriters.
The group's sound has been described as "riot folk" or "thrashgrass." Song themes run the gamut from social (gang violence, terrorism, annihilation of the environment for corporate pocket-lining, the mundane and unavoidable anxieties of modern life, et al) to recreational (how the fuck did we end up in jail?).
Days N Daze embraces the D.I.Y. ethic by recording, packaging and promoting its music independently.
DnD is best known for is its live shows, which are energetic to the point of audience members stripping their clothes off in ecstatic, music-induced jubilation (or, too much PBR). The band has performed throughout the United States and Canada in venues ranging from house shows to festivals. DnD independently booked and promoted a full U.S tour with New Zealand’s Night Gaunts after their split release in 2015. They also had the privilege to tour with Leftover Crack and featured on LOC’s newest album “Constructs of the State”. On the road, DnD has played the D.I.Y. staple Mountain Blood Fest, at Skatopia's Bowl Bash and has played multiple sold out shows across the states including New York City and Los Angeles. At home, it performs routinely at well-regarded spaces such as Walter's and Warehouse Live. The band was honored to be awarded Best Punk Act in 2015 by The Houston Press.
2016 Days N Daze will be releasing their seventh full length album “CrustFall” and will be touring Europe through Pumpkin Records.
W/ Portrayal of Guilt/FleshMother
Miami, FL noise rock quartet WRONG formed in 2014 from the ashes of Capsule and released their debut EP Stop Giving last October via Robotic Empire. Featuring former members of Torche and Kylesa amongst their ranks, WRONG play Helmet / Unsane inspired heavy noise rock and were described by Noisey as an "outfit with impeccable credentials and a firm handle on the art of the bludgeoning groove" and by PunkNews as "very promising indeed".
WRONG signed with Relapse Records in the summer of 2015 after making waves on their first North American tour with Torche and Nothing. The band will spend the rest of 2015 touring with House of Lightning and will put the finishing touches on their debut full-length at PineCrust studios in Gainesville, FL this August. The debut will see an early 2016 release while the band will continue to bring their relentless live show to a neighborhood near you for years to come.
Celebrating their 33rd Anniversary together, Atlanta-based folk rock act, Drivin N Cryin, have spent most of 2018 on tour. In October 1985 Drivin N Cryin played their first show at Atlanta’s famed 688 Club. The band quickly gained attention for their blistering live shows, and amassed a rabid fanbase in the fertile soil of the late-1980s Southeast music scene. Now, 33 years later and releasing four full length albums on Island Records and one on Geffen Records, founding members Kevn Kinney and Tim Nielsen find themselves enjoying a milestone anniversary for the band, having survived the pressures of fame, a shifting musical landscape, multiple lineup changes, and miles of backroads and highways to arrive here.
With a gold record, 10 full-length albums, and a handful of EPs to their credit, the band still refuses to rest. In 2012, a documentary about the band entitled Scarred but Smarter: Life n Times of Drivin' N’ Cryin' was produced. In 2015, a collection of 10 choice cuts from the band’s 4-EP “Songs” series, entitled Best of Songs, was released on Nashville’s Plowboy Records. Additionally, the band was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame the same year. The following year, Drivin N Cryin released a vinyl-only album, entitled Archives Vol One, with a collection of basement recordings from the years 1988 to 1990.
With Dave V. Johnson as their drummer, and the band's newest member Laur Joamets (originally Sturgill Simpson) now being added to the lineup, Drivin N Cryin is continuing to tour the U.S. to great acclaim.
Island Records re-released their much celebrated “Mystery Road” album through Universal Music Group (2017) & Darius Rucker cut “Straight to Hell” on his new album, “When Was the Last Time”, released October 2017 with guest vocal appearances by Luke Bryan, Charles Kelley, and Jason Aldean. “Mystery Road” was recently named one of The 50 Best Southern Rock Albums of All Time by Paste Magazine.
A quote from the band’s lead singer, Kevn Kinney, gives a little insight into what Drivin N Cryin is all about: “We are a band that's like your record collection.” Drawing influence from a wide array of musical elements, Drivin N Cryin has developed a unique sound over the years. Their name derives from the eclectic nature of this sound: a little drivin' rock n roll and a little country twang. Comfortable with their past and confident in their future, the band has an arsenal of songs, a full tank of gas, and no plans of stopping any time soon.
w/ The Cosmic Americans & Greazy Alice
9pm 21+ $15 ADV. Tix
The Smoking Popes // Chad Price // Amuse // HiGH
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10TH
8PM Doors, 9PM Show, $12 Adv / $15 DOS
ADVANCE TICKETS: https://holdmyticket.com/event/322999
The Smoking Popes (Chicago indie punks back on tour!)
Chad Price (Solo Folk/Punk from the singer of ALL)
Amuse (Indianapolis pop-punk on Dodgeball Records)
HiGH (NOLA punk darlings + it's IZZY's BDAY!)
The Ataris 'So Long Astoria' 15th Annv. Tour w/ The Queers
To the countless fans who loudly asked for it...
Here you go!!
We are excited to announce the second leg of The Ataris "So Long, Astoria" 15th Anniversary tour!
(*The dates marked TBA will be announced later this week.)
And for the fans who missed out in Southern California and Las Vegas due to Kris having pneumonia.
We will be announcing some make up dates and a couple bonus West Coast dates for December very soon!
See you all at the shows!
THE ATARIS - "SO LONG, ASTORIA - 15TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR"
(MIDWEST / EAST COAST / SOUTHERN U.S.)
10.18 - Minneapolis, MN - The Cabooze
10.19 - Des Moines, IA - The Gaslamp
10.20 - Saint Louis, MO - Fubar
10.21 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
10.22 - Cincinnati, OH - Northside Yacht Club
10.23 - Columbus, OH - Rumba Cafe
10.24 - Indianapolis, IN - The Hi-Fi
10.26 - Detroit, MI - Diesel Concert Lounge
10.27 - Pittsburgh, PA - Smiling Moose
10.28 - Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place
10.29 - Stanhope, NJ - Stanhope House
10.30 - Boston, MA - Hard Rock Cafe
10.31 - Philadelphia, PA - Voltage Lounge
11.1 - Brooklyn, NY - Kingsland
11.2 - Easton, PA - One Centre Square
11.3 - Durham, NC -Motorco
11.4 - Charleston, SC - Tin Roof
11.6 - Orlando, FL - The Soundbar
11.7 - Miami, FL - Gramps
11.8 - Jacksonville, FL - 1904 Music Hall
11.9 - Satellite Beach, FL - The Sports Page
11.10 - Ocala, FL - O'Malley's Alley
11.11 - Pensacola, FL - Vinyl Music Hall (w/ The Queers)
11.12 - New Orleans, LA - Santos Bar (w/ The Queers)
11.14 - Houston, TX - Satellite Bar (w/ The Queers)
11.15 - Austin, TX- Grizzly Hall (w/ The Queers)
11.16 - San Antonio, TX - TBA
11.17 - Dallas, TX - TBA
KRISTOPHER ROE of THE ATARIS - ACOUSTIC
10.15 - Merriam, KS - Aftershock Live Music Venue
STRANGE 80's 2
10.12 - Strange 80's 2 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre
(Members of No Doubt, Anthrax, The Ataris, Slipknot, Stray Cats and countless others playing songs of the 80's supergroup style with all proceeds going to benefit mental health. Hosted by Finn Wolfhard of Stranger Things.)
The Dirty Nil w/ Dead Soft and The Diplocrats
The Dirty Nil Embark on First US Headlining Tour
Following co-bills with The Who, Against Me!, Juno “Breakthroughs” Headline in Chicago, LA, NYC, and more this Fall
Listen to “Pain of Infinity” at Alternative Press: XX
After pummeling through 350+ shows over the last three years, 2017 Juno Award “Breakthrough Group of the Year” winners The Dirty Nil embark on their first ever US headlining tour. The band will play tracks from their upcoming LP ‘Master Volume’ (out September 14th on Dine Alone Records) with a raw, kinetic, straight-up rock & roll energy that’s equal parts punk intensity and 80s-rock-god decadence. Equipped with an
inimitable live “swagger” (Brooklyn Vegan), guitarist/vocalist Luke Bentham, bassist Ross Miller, and drummer Kyle Fisher will juxtapose their muscular, venomous riffs and clap-along choruses with stories from the road of good-natured run-ins with the cops and impromptu stripteases in German Christmas Markets.
Watch their no-holds-barred live show video for “Bathed in Light” HERE
Flirting cooly with some of life’s cruelest realities and made to reach the back of the arenas, ‘Master Volume’ rips open with “That’s What Heaven Feels Like,” a late-night ode to living fast and dying young (specifically, blasting through the windshield of your lover’s car) that plays like a greased-up, sucker-punched “There Is
A Light That Never Goes Out,” and ends with “Evil Side,” a six-minute epic perfect for a midnight graveyard stroll. In between, the band alternates between playful lyrics and power riffs (“Please, Please Me,” a ferocious punk track that’s sonically the opposite of its melodic 60s namesake, but shares the same raunchy subject matter) and topical issues like millennial numbness and substance.
Listen to “Pain of Infinity,” which Alternative Press says, “XXX,” HERE
When creating the classic horror, pop-art ‘Master Volume’ cover, designer/illustrator and longtime collaborator Christopher Blackwell of Providence, RI apparel/accessory brand Hungry Ghost Press said he “wanted to do something that felt a little bit gnarly for ‘Master Volume’ - kind of an ode to trash and metal bands that we all grew up on. The whole Dine Alone team have an awesome love and appreciation for vinyl, and the amount of time and energy they put into their releases is refreshing to see. Artwork is
only part of the job- what really ties the album together is the packaging and how the listener can experience the record while listening to the music."
Since they busted out of their quiet hometown of Dundas, Ontario, in 2011, The
Dirty Nil have been making bold impressions with their hard-to-define (only accurate label: rock & roll) sound. Championed by the likes of Vice Noisey and Stereogum and praised by Pitchfork for smashing “the boundaries separating ‘indie,’ ‘pop punk,’ and
‘alt-rock,” the band have cut their teeth on co-bills with everyone from The Who, The Menzingers, and Alexisonfire to Against Me! and Bleached.
The upcoming tour kicks off October 25 at Underground @ DIME in Detroit, MI, and hits many of the nation’s premiere music clubs, including The Echo in LA and Mercury Lounge in NYC, before closing out with a four-night homecoming streak in Ontario.
‘Master Volume’ Track Listing:
1. That’s What Heaven Feels Like 2. Bathed In Light
3. Pain Of Infinity
4. Please, Please Me
5. Auf Wiedersehen 6. Always High
7. Smoking Is Magic 8. Super 8
9. I Don’t Want That Phone Call 10. Evil Side
The Dirty Nil Tour Dates:
Thu, October 25, 2018 - Detroit, MI - Underground @ DIME
Fri, October 26, 2018 - Chicago, IL - Cobra Lounge
Sat, October 27, 2018 - TBA
Sun, October 28, 201 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
Tue, October 30, 2018 - Winnipeg, MB - The Good Will
Wed, October 31, 2018 - Saskatoon, SK - Amigos
Thu, November 1, 2018 - Edmonton, AB - The Starlite Room – Temple Fri, November 2, 2018 - Calgary, AB - Commonwealth Bar & Stage
Sat, November 3, 2018 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret Sun, November 4, 2018 - Victoria, BC - Lucky
Tue, November 6, 2018 - Seattle, WA - Funhouse
Wed, November 7, 2018 - Portland, OR - Sirens (Upstairs)
Fri, November 9, 2018 - San Francisco, CA - Hotel Utah Sat, November 10, 2018 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo Sun, November 11, 2018 - Phoenix, AZ - Rebel Lounge Tue, November 13, 2018 - Austin, TX - Barracuda
Wed, November 14, 2018 - Dallas, TX - Three Links
Thu, November 15, 2018 - New Orleans, LA - Santos
Fri, November 16, 2018 - Atlanta, GA - Purgatory at The Masquerade
Sat, November 17, 2018 - Nashville, TN - The End
Sun, November 18, 2018 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
Tue, November 20, 2018 - Washington, DC - DC9
Wed, November 21, 2018 - Philadelphia, PA - Voltage Lounge
Fri, November 23, 2018 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
Sat, November 24, 2018 - Boston, MA - Middle East - Upstairs
Mon, November 26, 2018 - Quebec City, QC - L'ANTI
Tue, November 27, 2018 - Montreal, QC - Bar Spectacle L'Escogriffe Wed, November 28, 2018 - Ottawa, ON - Babylon
Thu, November 29, 2018 - Kitchener, ON - Wax
Fri, November 30, 2018 - London, ON - Rum Runners
Sat, December 1, 2018 - Toronto, ON - The Opera House
Last year the Buttertones put out Gravedigging, but on their newest Midnight In A Moonless Dream, they’re digging deeper and discovering something dark. If Gravedigging felt like an oversaturated spaghetti-western desertscape, Midnight is much more biting—music made for the swampland that spit out Australia’s mad Scientists, or for the Mickey Spillane night city where the Cramps met all those garbagemen and werewolves. Or maybe the Buttertones are heading for an even more primal place: “Show more teeth / Bite your way in,” sings guitarist Richard Araiza. “You’re back in the jungle again!”
They’d started in 2011 as a trio of music-school misfits. Araiza, bassist Sean Redman and drummer/multi-instrumentalist Modesto ‘Cobi’ Cobiån all wanted to pursue something more than boring industry adequacy, and soon locked together their current five-piece line-up with sax player London Guzman and guitarist Dakota Boettcher. With Gravedigging, they leapt from backyard parties to back-to-back tours, including their first trip to Europe, and scored a Coachella slot for 2018. It was a year that made them sharper, stronger, even more sophisticated. And when they were ready to record, they were ready to do things differently.
Midnight was made in two flash sessions at Long Beach’s Jazzcats studio with Gravedigging producer Jonny Bell, whose genre-smashing record collection and appetite for experimentation made for a perfect match. (He’s really a guru, they say.) What was supposed to be a six song EP during the summer of 2017 bloomed into a full-length by the end of that December. Midnight was like a trust fall, the band says—leap of faith after leap of faith, cut to tape as it happened by a tight and tour-tested band. On this album, they’d decided, everything would be new—not just new sounds, like their first-ever string section, but new ways of working together and writing together. They worked on trust and instinct, by feeling instead of thinking. If it worked, they’d keep it, and if it didn’t, they’d burn it and move on. Gravedigging played like the soundtrack to a good heist movie, but Midnight was like the true story itself—a perfect and intricate crime, executed by a crew of professionals under cover of night.
On the vicious “Winks and Smiles,” the spirit of sax and violence that powered cult-classic L.A. punkers the Deadbeats suddenly comes to life; on the starked-out “You and Your Knife” and fog-and-smoke follow-up “Brickhead,” you’ll hear the cryptic echoes of Suicide or Bauhaus. It’s music made for dancers but also for doomed romancers, and you’ll hear it best on the pocket symphony “Eros,” which closes the album with Lynch-ian vision and power—here Araiza sings with almost startling passion, and if you don’t linger on the idea of graveyard angels in perpetual embrace, it’s a love song for the ages. This is the strong stuff, the kind that comes in an unmarked bottle and burns when it hits.
“It’s the darkness that brings us together,” laughs Guzman—in person, this is a band who prefer comedy to tragedy, even if they do claim to spend hours listening to Smiths records all day. But there’s still a tension and even a sinister new dimension on Midnight that the Buttertones never quite had before. Like lead single “C4,” which ignites like something from a New York no-wave song, with slashing sax and ferocious drums and a piano riff falling of a cliff before Araiza fights through the noise and gunsmoke, and what’s the very first word on the whole album? “Bang!” he shouts—and that says it all.
Cannabis Corpse was founded by Landphil and Hallhammer in the summer of 2006. The band was a heart felt tribute to smoking pot and the most brutal band in the universe CANNIBAL CORPSE! The original demo “Blunted at Birth” was recorded in the kitchen of a shit hole apt. in “Oregon Hill” a small neighborhood in Richmond VA.
- SOULFLY 'RITUAL' TOUR ANNOUNCED -
Metal icons Soulfly are set to release their devastating new album Ritual, on October 19th via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Today, the band announce their first tour in support of Ritual, which will take place next January/February. Joining them are Montreal based melodic death metallers Kataklysm, as well as INCITE, Chaoseum, Alukah and Skinflint
Commented vocalist/guitarist Max Cavalera:
"Fuck yeah! We’re finally getting ready to tour America and Canada! We have the almighty KATAKLYSM and thrash masters INCITE with us to pulverize city after city, night after night! We are gonna destroy everything that comes in our path! Join us and let the ritual begin!!!"
Tickets go on sale everywhere on Friday October, 19th at 10am local time. Purchase links will be available at www.soulfly.com/shows so check back then for details.
Confirmed dates are as follows:
1/25/2019 Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater
1/26/2019 Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey
1/27/2019 Austin, TX - Come & Take It Live
1/28/2019 New Orleans, LA - Santos
1/31/2019 - 2/4/2019 - 70000 TONS OF METAL CRUISE (SOULFLY only)
SOULFLY, KATAKLYSM, INCITE, CHAOSEUM (Feb 5-11), ALUKAH (Feb 12 - 18), SKINFLINT (Feb 19-26)
2/05/2019 Orlando, FL - Soundbar
2/06/2019 Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
2/07/2019 Frederick, MD - Cafe 611
2/08/2019 Clifton, NJ - Dingbatz
2/09/2019 Reading, PA - Reverb / Tsunami Fest
2/10/2019 Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
2/11/2019 New York, NY - Gramercy Theatre
2/12/2019 Toronto, ON - Mod Club
2/13/2019 Flint, MI - Buick City Events Center
2/14/2019 Joliet, IL - The Forge
2/15/2019 Ft Wayne, IN - Piere's
2/16/2019 Dayton, OH - Oddbodys
2/17/2019 Lexington, KY - Manchester Music Hall
2/18/2019 Kansas City, MO - Riot Room
2/19/2019 Colorado Springs, CO - Sunshine Studios Live
2/20/2019 Grand Junction, CO - Mesa Theater
2/22/2019 Spokane, WA - The Pin
2/23/2019 Seattle, WA - Club Sur Rocks
2/24/2019 Portland, OR - BossaNova
2/25/2019 Petaluma, CA - Phoenix Theatre
2/26/2019 Los Angeles, CA - 1720 Club
Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires
w/ Nana Grizol, Bad Moves, Cult Wife
Stay tuned for specific times--this show is gonna' be great! everybody has a new record out but BAD MOVES's record is REALLY REALLY new and is SO FUCKING GOOD so plz come to the show!
with Cigarette Bums and The Lemons 8pm 21+
MONDAY, OCTOBER 15th
Doors @ 8PM - Show @ 9PM
$7 at the Door 21+
Local heroes The Noise Complaints
Sweet sounds of The Lemons
And on tour from Los Angeles, garage punk rippers w surfy power pop antics
The Cigarette Bums
And also on tour from Los Angeles
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14TH
Doors @ 9PM - $10 Advance / $12 Day of Show
ADVANCE TICKETS: https://holdmyticket.com/event/323285
(Rock-N-Roll from Ramones drummer Richie Ramone!)
(Houston, TX rock-n-roll ft. Robert Conn from THE PAGANS)
- A charity event benefitting BreakOUT! and Planned Parenthood
- Featuring a drag show hosted by Siren and including acts by queens such as Laveau Contraire, Annie Bacterial, Tarah Cards, and Fabigail Tchoupitoulas.
- Cocktails by Alex Utter and Ryan Joyce of the French 75 Bar, sponsored by Campari
- Wednesday, October 10th, downstairs at Santos from 10pm till 2am
- Cover: $10 suggested donation at the door. All tips go to charity!
From Sweden - Tribulation
w/ Benni and TBA
Emerging from the darkness of the Swedish death metal abyss in 2004, Tribulation has stood apart from what was already a crowded scene, betraying an uncompromising vision that refused to be shackled by any genre stereotypes.
Countless bands have gotten the trajectory wrong. Too many haven’t figured out the musical calculus. More than is fair have veered off the proverbial map never to be heard of again. And they’ve all suffered greatly from it. Not Tribulation. From 2009’s The Horror to 2013’s The Formulas of Death, the Swedes secretly figured out how to refactor death metal’s tenets to their favor. No more were Tribulation merely the product of their influences but rather something more, a step beyond wanton barbarity and the unharnessed fire of youth. Likewise, the venture between 2015’s The Children of the Night—a breakout moment for the Stockholmites—and new album Down Below is a yet another step into the unknown, where shadowy creatures glare with eyes ablaze and howl with white fangs bared. The years between and miles traveled could’ve forced the Swedes off their fiendish path, but they stayed true. From its obsidian core to its fluttering expanses, Down Below is a triumph of darkness and death. Or, very much Tribulation. “I wouldn’t say that evolution is as dramatic this time around,” says guitarist Adam Zaars. “There are elements from both The Formulas of Death and The Children of the Night (and The Horrorfor that matter) on the new album, but with a new flavor. Down Below is heavier and a bit rawer than Children and it wanders in similar territories when it gets more expansive, but it’s surely on different paths. It’s a very peculiar process when making music because you hear quite instantly whether something works if you try something ‘bold.’ And often you feel it even before you try it out and you have to tell everyone else to bear with you until you reach the point (whatever and where ever that is) where your idea has manifested in the way that you first saw or heard it. I think it’s the same for all of us. It’s all very Tribulation at least!” Indeed, Down Below has the hallmarks of Tribulation’s previous oeuvre. Frontman Johannes Andersson is as reptilian as ever, hissing and croaking poetic threads of necro-romance, while the guitars of Zaars and Jonathan Hultén seduce the dead and spellbind the living, and drummer—in his first appearance for Tribulation—Oscar Leander swings through Andersson’s bass playing with star-quality confidence. But there’s more to Down Below than Tribulation let on. There’s creepy pipe organs, John Carpenter-esque slasher movements, ominous church bells, and monk calls woven through and into the Swedes’ Jugendstil-inspired death. While most are conspicuous in their new travails, the Swedes hide their moody innovations on Down Below. “You can fit a lot into the space that we’re creating, but it’s always got to be of the right substance,” Zaars says. “It’s all a matter of balancing on the edge and not falling. I think that’s often what we do, actually. We push it all quite hard in many different directions and try not to fall over, be it cheesiness, pretentiousness or whatever. As an example, we have been writing about the vampire theme for a while now, a theme that is very, very cheesy if you do it in the wrong way (which to me is pretty much every way). Vampires and folk influences, it sounds like a pretty horrible mix, but it’s all very dear to us and so we treat it with respect. We try the same approach in the music. We take it all very seriously, and hopefully that works.” Written by Zaars and Hultén under the spell of countless blood moons, Down Below is the result of Tribulation exploring the painstaking process of songwriting from new vantage points. While Hultén wrote predominantly on his own, Zaars teamed up with Andersson and Leander. They acted not only as bandmates—musicians able to play out Zaars’ maniacal pieces—but also as a feedback loop. Together, they put the sinful skeletons of Down Below to digital tape. The two methodologies worked well between Tribulation’s touring schedule—the Swedes played over 170 shows in support of The Children of the Night—and other band-related commitments. “I worked more closely with Johannes and Oscar,” says Zaars. “I had them on hand throughout the process to help me see if certain ideas worked or not, as well as being open to whatever ideas they had. Very valuable! Oscar also helped me a lot in that he has more skills than I when it comes to music software (and hardware for that matter) so we could record demos of my songs more easily which is something I have never done before. I usually come with the songs to the rehearsal room to try it out there for the first time and then record the demos with the entire band. This saved us a lot of time that we didn’t have in the first place. It was difficult as well. Maybe more difficult than ever. But the result is absolutely worth all the hard work that we’ve all had to put in to this!”
Down Below was recorded at Soundtrade Studios and Studio Cobra, respectively. Soundtrade, renowned for hosting Swedish music legends ABBA, Yngwie Malmsteen, and Europe, is where Leander tracked the drums with Martin Ehrencrona (Vampire, The Oath) at the helm and Linus Björklund at his side. After the Soundtrade sessions were over—about a week, according to Zaars—Tribulation cut over to Studio Cobra, with Ehrencrona in tow, to record the bass, guitar, vocals, and other instruments. For three months the Swedes toiled into the dead of countless nights—where songs like ‘The Lament,’ ‘Lady Death,’ ‘Lacrimosa,’ and ‘Here Be Dragons’ invoked the vaults of heaven to remarkable effect—to realize Down Below. Harvest, however unpleasant, was positively plentiful. “We chose Cobra because we recorded some stuff there for Children and really enjoyed the time there,” Zaars says. “Both the time in Soundtrade and Cobra were very enjoyable. Cobra and Martin gave us the opportunity to be creative. It was a new experience for us to work with a producer as we have this time, and I think we all really enjoyed it. I left a few things unfinished in some of my songs so that we could have his input and he’s been giving input and ideas wherever and whenever he’s had some. You give and you take and you kill a lot of your darlings, but in the end that’s almost always a good thing, and this time it really elevated the songs.” Certainly, Tribulation have come away with an album full of gems. From the death-rock shake of ‘The Lament’ and the windy Carpathian haunts of ‘Subterranea’ to the gloomy post-punk of ‘Nightbound’ and the infectious refrains of ‘Here Be Dragons,’ Down Below is unbelievably great. But it doesn’t stop there. Inside the songs, Tribulation parlay awe and shock into something more impressive. Some of Zaars and Hultén’s best solo work can be heard on ‘Lady Death,’ ‘Cries from the Underworld,’ and ‘The World.’ Time-keeper Leander has also proven himself worthy of his newly appointed position. His ability to play simple yet clever continuously gets better as Down Below progresses. Check out ‘Here Be Dragons’! And Andersson’s vocals—even in their sublime decay—emote heavy sheaves of hate, mourning, loss, and fear. If The Formulas of Death was arboreal and The Children of the Night urban, then Down Below must be nestled in between. “A bit of both for sure,” says Zaars. “We were aiming in one direction that was a bit more foresty and that direction kind of made its own twists and turns, as it always is when we do something. We let it happen, we let it guide us. When we speak in terms like this I would say that it’s still somewhat in the city, but that city is much older, or in a different era, than the city that Childrenresided in. And it’s a lot closer to the forest, and even ventures quite deep into it.” Changes are inevitable. The force of momentum powerful. As with The Children of the Night, so too with Down Below. Tribulation has succumbed to change and momentum, but the Swedes didn’t let it become them. They’ve evolved (or are evolving) on Down Below. To wit, the evocative vibe of places frightful and things malign remains strong, as does Tribulation’s roots as an inspired death metal act. What’s changed is the approach and the inspirations affecting the approach. Down Below isn’t just Album of the Year material, it’s the type of effort that will be remembered for decades. Music from the other, indeed!
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