NY IN 64: New Jersey Instrumental Act Featuring You And I and East Of The Wall Members Releases Debut LP Details, New Track

Mar 26 2015

New Jersey’s instrumental quartet, NY IN 64 — featuring former members of You And I and current residents of East Of The Wall — will release their recently completed debut LP, NY64via Magic Bullet Records on April 7th with a vinyl edition to follow shortly after. The enigmatic album’s artwork, track listing and additional details have been revealed this week, in addition to new live shows the band is booking in support of its release.

NY IN 64’s maiden voyage into album land explores vast, lush terrain in genre territories some may apply “post” prefixes to, or refer to as “progressive,” but the simple fact is, the band merely executes spectacularly crafted, instrumental, melodic, hardcore/rock, constructed from an unbreakable core, and its shimmering layers seemingly weaving directly into the earth as they unfold. With turmoil and tranquility interwoven throughout the entire album, the seven dynamic sequences that formulate NY 64 were recorded in November at Volume Fact and Backroom Studios (The Dillinger Escape Plan, Foxy Shazam, Meek Is Murder) by guitarist Chris Alfano, and mastered by Nick Zampiello at New Alliance East, and the cover photography and layout by guitarist Justin Hock.

Magic Bullet Records has unveiled the track listing and cover art for NY 64, which will see official release on CD and digital outlets on April 7th. A 12” vinyl version will be released in the near future as well, with a street date to be confirmed shortly. Digital preorders via Bandcamp have been posted HERE; CD and LP preorders will be available shortly.

NY IN 64’s sixth track “Maintaining Now, The Contact,” is now playing via Bandcamp HERE and Youtube HERE.

 

NY 64 Track Listing:
1. Soon, You Will Lose Me
2. Bystander
3. A Towering Relic
4. Washington Square
5. The World’s Fair
6. Maintaining Now, The Contact
7. Stan & Steve

NY IN 64 has begun booking new shows in support of their debut album, including a short record release trek. The three-city run sees the band playing Wayne, New Jersey on Wednesday, April 8th — just one day after the record is released — followed by a show in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Friday, April 10th and a set in New York City on Saturday, April 11th. Additional tour dates will be announced in the coming weeks, along with additional album news and more.

NY IN 64 Live:
4/08/2015 Gili’s Place – Wayne, NJ w/ Locktender, Entia, Forever Losing Sleep, Facility
4/10/2015 Lava Space – Philadelphia, PA w/ Locktender, Soul Glo, To Tremble
4/11/2015 ABC No Rio – New York, NY w/ Locktender, Cinema Cinema, Sangharsha

After taking a fifteen-year hiatus from writing music together, Justin Hock and Thomas Schlatter — both part of the writing team behind ‘90s screamo band, You And I — began laying down the framework to collaborate once again. To flesh out the outfit, Schlatter and Hock recruited New Jersey musical veterans Chris Alfano and Seth Rheam, best known for their work in the progressive powerhouse East Of The Wall, among many other acts, completing the lineup for NY IN 64. Completely void of vocals, the raw energy of ‘90s hardcore supplied by Hock and Schlatter, mixed with the refined technical aspects of progressive metal Alfano and Rheam deliver, were like two worlds colliding, however, resulted into something that seamlessly blended the two contrary styles. While injecting the energy and enthusiasm of a basement show into a more refined musical composition, NY IN 64 attempts to harness two sides of many coins; youth and age, rawness and precision, joy and hostility.

Now in the webstore: THIS WILL DESTROY YOU “S/T” 2xLP on gold vinyl!

Mar 19 2015

1twdy-goldNow in the webstore: THIS WILL DESTROY YOU S/T LP on gold vinyl.

Copies are also available at every show on the band’s current western US and Canada tour!

Whenever possible, please support your local record store by obtaining this record in person. And, if that’s not possible:
• United States: copies of the LP are available now in the webstore.
• Canada/World: copies of the LP are available now from Dischord Direct.
• Stores/Distributors: please get your copies from Cobraside Distribution.

Now in the webstore: THIS WILL DESTROY YOU “Young Mountain” LP on GREEN vinyl!

Mar 19 2015

1mbl081-1greenNow in the webstore: THIS WILL DESTROY YOU Young Mountain LP on green vinyl.

Copies are also available at every show on the band’s current western US and Canada tour!

Whenever possible, please support your local record store by obtaining this record in person. And, if that’s not possible:
• United States: copies of the LP are available now in the webstore.
• Canada/World: copies of the LP are available now from Dischord Direct.
• Stores/Distributors: please get your copies from Cobraside Distribution.

Now in the webstore: ZEX “Fight For Yourself” LP on clear vinyl!

Mar 19 2015

1mbl181-1clearNow in the webstore: ZEX Fight For Yourself LP on clear vinyl.

This is from the first pressing of the worldwide reissue on Magic Bullet Records.

Fight For Yourself is the debut full-length from Ottawa, ON’s ZEX. Channeling traditional heavy metal crunch and leads into their classic punk rock approach, ZEX’s drops ten insatiably infectious and fully unruly anthems, the album recorded at Meatlocker Studio with Paul Yogi Granger in Ottawa and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege in Portland.

More information on the release is available here.

You can order now on:
• Limited Black vinyl
• Clear vinyl

The album features 10 songs:

01. Fight for Yourself
02. Wild Blood
03. We’re Rebels
04. Screaming at the Wall
05. XXX
06. Wanderlust
07. World of Trash
08. Break Free
09. On Our Own
10. Savage City

Whenever possible, please support your local record store by obtaining this record in person. And, if that’s not possible:
• United States: copies of the LP are available now in the webstore.
• Canada/World: copies of the LP are available now from Dischord Direct.
• Stores/Distributors: please get your copies from Cobraside Distribution.

Now in the webstore: ZEX “Fight For Yourself” LP on black vinyl!

Mar 19 2015

1zex-blackNow in the webstore: ZEX Fight For Yourself LP on black vinyl.

This is from the first pressing of the worldwide reissue on Magic Bullet Records.

Fight For Yourself is the debut full-length from Ottawa, ON’s ZEX. Channeling traditional heavy metal crunch and leads into their classic punk rock approach, ZEX’s drops ten insatiably infectious and fully unruly anthems, the album recorded at Meatlocker Studio with Paul Yogi Granger in Ottawa and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege in Portland.

More information on the release is available here.

You can order now on:
• Limited Black vinyl
• Clear vinyl

The album features 10 songs:

01. Fight for Yourself
02. Wild Blood
03. We’re Rebels
04. Screaming at the Wall
05. XXX
06. Wanderlust
07. World of Trash
08. Break Free
09. On Our Own
10. Savage City

Whenever possible, please support your local record store by obtaining this record in person. And, if that’s not possible:
• United States: copies of the LP are available now in the webstore.
• Canada/World: copies of the LP are available now from Dischord Direct.
• Stores/Distributors: please get your copies from Cobraside Distribution.

ANCIENT VVISDOM announce US/CANADA tour with SÓLSTAFIR

Mar 09 2015

Solstafir April - May 2015 USA Tour Admat V5Great news for fans of ANCIENT VVISDOM: the band will be direct support on all upcoming SÓLSTAFIR tour dates of the United States and Canada.

The tour comes on the heels of Sacrificial, the band’s third studio album to date (available in the webstore here).

Here’s all the dates. Please mark your calendars!

4/22/2015 BROOKLYN, NY - THE SHOP
4/23/2015 MONTREAL, QC - L’AIL’ZE
4/24/2015 OTTAWA, ON - MAVERICKS
4/25/2015 TORONTO, ON - GARRISON
4/26/2015 ROCHESTER. NY - BUG JAR
4/27/2015 PITTSBURGH, PA - 31st ST PUB
4/28/2015 COLUMBUS, OH - ACE OF CUPS
4/29/2015 GRAND RAPIDS, MI - PYRAMID SCHEME
4/30/2015 MILWAUKEE, WI - TBD
5/1/2015 MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NETHER BAR
5/3/2015 CHICAGO, IL - REGGIES
5/4/2015 KANSAS CITY, MO - RIOT ROOM
5/5/2015 DENVER, CO - LARIMER
5/6/2015 SALT LAKE CITY, UT - BAR DELUXE
5/8/2015 SPOKANE, WA - THE PIN
5/9/2015 VANCOUVER BC - RICKSHAW
5/10/2015 SEATTLE, WA - EL CORAZON
5/12/2015 SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OAKLAND OPERA
5/13/2015 LOS ANGELES, CA - LOS GLOBOS
5/14/2015 SCOTTSDALE, AZ - PUB ROCK LIVE
5/15/2015 ALBUQUERQUE, NM - SISTER
5/16/2015 FORT WORTH, TX - SONS OF HERMANN
5/17/2015 AUSTIN, TX - RED 7
5/18/2015 NEW ORLEANS, LA - ONE EYED JACKS
5/20/2015 RICHMOND, VA - STRANGE MATTER

IDES OF GEMINI : Additional US dates added for March and April!

Mar 09 2015

In addition to their previously announced live run supporting acclaimed indie rockers, Mountain Goats, West Coast sound alchemists, IDES OF GEMINI, are pleased to announce a gaggle of headlining shows this Spring. With various performances scattered prior to and preceding the tour, the band will bring their eclectic sonic rituals to Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Indiana, Missouri, Colorado, and Utah with even more exhibitions in their plotting stages. See confirmed dates below.

IDES OF GEMINI: 
3/29/2015 Mango’s – Houston, TX *
3/30/2015 Siberia – New Orleans, LA *
4/01/2015 Thirsty Hippo – Hattiesburg, MS *

w/ Mountain Goats:

4/02/2015 Mercy Lounge – Nashville, TN
4/03/2015 Grey Eagle – Asheville, NC
4/04/2015 The Jinx – Savannah, GA
4/07/2015 Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC
4/08/2015 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
4/09/2015 Webster Hall – New York, NY
4/10/2015 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY * (no Mountain Goats)
4/11/2015 City Winery – New York, NY
4/12/2015 City Winery – New York, NY
4/13/2015 Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA
4/14/2015 House of Blues – Boston, MA
4/16/2015 Bogart’s – Cincinnati, OH
4/17/2015 Majestic Theatre – Detroit, MI
4/18/2015 Vic Theatre – Chicago, IL
4/19/2015 First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
4/21/2015 Headliners – Louisville, KY
4/22/2015 Wexner Center – Columbus, OH
4/23/2015 Mr. Smalls Theatre – Millvale, PA

IDES OF GEMINI:

4/24/2015 Wunderkammer Art Gallery – Fort Wayne, IN *
4/26/2015 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO *
4/27/2015 Larimer Lounge – Denver, CO *
4/28/2015 Metro Bar – Salt Lake City, UT *

*new dates

IDES OF GEMINI will be touring in support of their critically championed, Chris Rakestraw (Danzig)-produced Old World New Wave full-length released in September via Neurot Recordings. Featuring nine dark, absorbing soundscrapes, the record continues to reap approval from fans and critics alike. Bearded Gentlemen Music dubs the record “…an enjoyable dream-doom filled sonic journey from start to finish,” while Noisey notes, “…there’s enough droney doom on [Old World New Wave] to make you feel like you’re stuck in David Lynch’s dreams.” Invisible Oranges boasts, “IDES OF GEMINI has a knack for atmosphere, for creating a world of sound and inviting the listener in. Their music has the feel of a classic horror film: all psychology, no fake blood or cheap startles. If there’s a goth revival afoot in metal culture – and, given last year’s releases by In Solitude, Beastmilk and others, there’s certainly an argument to be made for that – then IDES OF GEMINI is among its most evocative front-runners.” Adds Decibel, “A stark blend of black metal-derived guitar riffs, rigid, martial beats, and the haunting, gothic vocal harmonies of bassist Sera Timms and drummer Kelly Johnston-Gibson, this album washes over the listener, feeling simultaneously comforting and unsettling. Better yet, there are moments that see the band exploring more hook-oriented material… which makes you wonder just how much the band’s 2013 tour with Ghost B.C. had an effect on them.”

THIS WILL DESTROY YOU nominated for 2015 A2IM Libera Award: “Best Sync” (“American Sniper”)

Mar 09 2015

THIS WILL DESTROY YOU is nominated for “Best Sync” at the 2015 A2IM Libera Awards (aka “The Libbys”). The nomination comes for the song “The Mighty Rio Grande” driving various trailers for the incredibly successful “American Sniper” movie trailer campaign. We will find out winners June 25, 2015.

IDES OF GEMINI, BLACK MARE, LYCIA, BOSS KONG Record Store Day releases available for digital pre-order via Bandcamp

Feb 25 2015

mbl188-webmbl184webmbl073On Record Store Day 2015 (04.18.15), we’ll be issuing three 7″s in stores:

IDES OF GEMINI Carthage b/w Strange Fruit
BLACK MARE & LYCIA Split
BOSS KONG The Humans Soundtrack Volume II

We realize that some of our more progressive/ecological listeners have abandoned physical formats in recent times and get their content almost exclusively via Bandcamp. If that applies to you, you can pre-order each album now for only $2.00 apiece at the following links and you’ll receive the songs on 04.14.15, a full 5 days before the 7″s are in (crowded) stores! Here’s the links:

• IDES OF GEMINI Carthage b/w Strange Fruit on Bandcamp
• BLACK MARE & LYCIA Split on Bandcamp
• BOSS KONG The Humans Soundtrack Volume II on Bandcamp

SWEET COBRA: Chicago Outfit Signs With Magic Bullet Records For Anxiously Awaited Earth LP This Spring Featuring Matt Talbot Of Hum And Kurt Ballou Of Converge

Feb 20 2015

Magic Bullet Records is ecstatic to announce the signing of Chicago-based SWEET COBRAfor the release of their anxiously awaited new studio album, Earth, late this Spring. The band’s triumphant new LP was recorded and produced by Matt Talbot of Hum and Kurt Ballou of Converge, and also features guest musical contributions from each artist. Earth is their first full-length recording since their lauded 2010-released Mercy.

Recording was completed in late 2013 with Matt Talbot (Hum) and Kurt Ballou (Converge) at Talbot’s Earth Analog Studios near Champaign, Illinois, mixed by Ballou at his Godcity Studio in Salem, Massachusetts, and with final mastering by Carl Saff. Earth shows the band hungrier than ever, with the trusted and infectious ferocity fans will expect as well as a slick, more accessible approach.

Issued Magic Bullet Records owner Brent Eyestone on getting hooked by the material on Earth, even before its final mastering, “Holy hell… it’s completely badass! Kind of a new sound for the band; catchier, and I can see the appeal of the sound being much broader than their previous output. I get similar feelings from the best Queens of the Stone Age, Quicksand, and Young Widows records… super catchy slabs of heaviness.”

The members of SWEET COBRA collectively offered a humble statement on the signing with Magic Bullet and the upcoming release of Earth: “We are honored to be working with Magic Bullet and have always felt a kinship to the label and artists they release. Earth is a deeply personal album for us, and it was a liberating experience to explore new sounds and dynamics in these songs with Matt and Kurt at the helm capturing it.”

Earth will see release late this Spring on multiple formats; stand by in the coming weeks for an official street date, additional insight and audio samples from the LP. Also watch for SWEET COBRA tour dates throughout the year, including an already sold-out show with Hum in Grand Rapids on April 25th.

SWEET COBRA Tour Dates:
3/27/2015 Drunken Donut – Joliet, IL
3/28/2015 Melody Inn – Indianapolis, IN w/ Kvlthammer
4/04/2015 The Burlington – Chicago, IL w/ Auxes
4/25/2015 Pyramid Scheme – Grand Rapids, MI w/ Hum, Cloakroom (SOLD OUT)

The dedication of its members and the band’s storied lineage has helped make SWEET COBRA a household name to fans of bold rock and post-hardcore internationally, and a staple within the bustling music scene of their hometown of Chicago. Founded in 2003 by former members of a wide array of notable underground acts and boasting the fury and angular qualities of their hardcore/noise-rock/metal roots with a more straightforward rock rhythm and delivery, the band came into existence and toured alongside the likes of Pelican, Russian Circles, Coliseum, Black Cobra, Doomriders, The Life And Times, Young Widows and many more. SWEET COBRA toured regularly throughout the first decade of the 2000s, and released a crushing load of recorded material, including three LPs — 2004’s Praise through Seventh Rule Recordings, 2007’s Forever through Hawthorne Street Records, and 2010’s Mercy on Blackmarket Activities — as well as split releases with Doomriders, Get Rad, and Young Widows among other releases.

In fall 2009, with Mercy just completed, second guitarist Mat Arluck lost his ongoing fight with cancer. Arluck’s death left a deep scar on the entire Chicago music scene (and beyond). SWEET COBRA committed to soldier on as a three-piece, as they began, resulting in a transformation of the band in the following years. The members have pushed forward — playing shows, constructing new material, and exploring new sounds. These efforts have culminated in the upcoming release of Earth.

SWEET COBRA:
Jason Gagovski - drums and cymbals
Robert Arthur Lanham Jr. - guitar
Botchy Vasquez (aka Tim Remis) - vocals and bass

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ROBERT TRUJILLO completing JACO PASTORIUS documentary: you can support!

Feb 18 2015

1jacopledgeOur friend Robert Trujillo has spent the last 5 years of his life chasing the story of the late, great Jaco Pastorius around the globe, spearing no expense from his personal funds. As the project nears completion, extra funds are necessary to handle licenses, manufacturing, and more (making a film is not cheap!).

I recently saw a rough cut of the film after a charity jam with Robert and our friends Ricky from Torche and Graham from Bleach Everything. It was powerful and completely engaging. What really shines through is Robert’s passion for Jaco’s music and story, so I’m happy not only to have donated to the campaign, but now help raise awareness to the project and spread the word.

If Jaco’s music touched your life at any point, or if you’re simply interested in learning more about the subject matter, I urge you to pre-order the film or pick up some of the many exclusive prizes that Robert has offered fans and supporters online. Robert is one of the coolest people I’ve encountered in life and I know he’d appreciate your support.

Check out everything here.

IDES OF GEMINI Announces US Live Rituals With Mountain Goats

Feb 11 2015

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West Coast atmospheric sound conjurors, IDES OF GEMINI, will bring their sonic rituals to the stage this Spring supporting indie folk rock trio, Mountain Goats. Slated to commence on April 2nd, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee, the journey will coil its way through seventeen cities coming to a close April 23rd, 2015 in Millvale, Pennsylvania.

“We are beyond thrilled to be going on tour with Mountain Goats this Spring,” IDES OF GEMINI guitarist J. Bennett says. “And we’re honored that John Darnielle and his bandmates chose to bring us along for the ride. I can’t think of another bill that’s quite like this one, so I’ve gotta give them huge props for taking a chance on us and doing something different.”

IDES OF GEMINI w/ Mountain Goats: 
4/02/2015 Mercy Lounge – Nashville, TN
4/03/2015 Grey Eagle – Asheville, NC
4/04/2015 The Jinx – Savannah, GA
4/07/2015 Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC
4/08/2015 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
4/09/2015 Webster Hall – New York, NY
4/11/2015 City Winery – New York, NY
4/12/2015 City Winery – New York, NY
4/13/2015 Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA
4/14/2015 House of Blues – Boston, MA
4/16/2015 Bogart’s – Cincinnati, OH
4/17/2015 Majestic Theatre – Detroit, MI
4/18/2015 Vic Theatre – Chicago, IL
4/19/2015 Cedar Cultural Center – Minneapolis, MN
4/21/2015 Headliners – Louisville, KY
4/22/2015 Wexner Center – Columbus, OH
4/23/2015 Mr. Smalls Theatre – Millvale, PA

IDES OF GEMINI features Bennett, drummer Kelly Johnston-Gibson and the haunting vocal prowess of singer/bassist Sera Timms, also of West Coast dark-psych conjurors Black Mare. The trio will be touring in support of their critically championed Old World New Wave full-length released in September via Neurot Recordings. Captured at Valley Recording in Burbank, California, engineered and mixed by Chris Rakestraw (Danzig) and mastered by Grammy award winning producer Matt Hyde (Slayer), Old World New Wave offers up nine tracks of dark, mesmerizing soundscrapes. Bearded Gentlemen Music crowns the record “…an enjoyable dream-doom filled sonic journey from start to finish,” while Noisey notes, “…there’s enough droney doom on [Old World New Wave] to make you feel like you’re stuck in David Lynch’s dreams.” Invisible Oranges gushes, “IDES OF GEMINI has a knack for atmosphere, for creating a world of sound and inviting the listener in. Their music has the feel of a classic horror film: all psychology, no fake blood or cheap startles. If there’s a goth revival afoot in metal culture — and, given last year’s releases by In Solitude, Beastmilk and others, there’s certainly an argument to be made for that — then IDES OF GEMINI is among its most evocative front-runners.” Adds Decibel, “A stark blend of black metal-derived guitar riffs, rigid, martial beats, and the haunting, gothic vocal harmonies of bassist Sera Timms and drummer Kelly Johnston-Gibson, this album washes over the listener, feeling simultaneously comforting and unsettling. Better yet, there are moment that see the band exploring more hook-oriented material… which makes you wonder just how much the band’s 2013 tour with Ghost B.C. had an effect on them.”

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