[U.S.] The Saddest Landscape to Reissue First Two Records
The Saddest Landscape are celebrating their 10 year anniversary this year and plan to commemorate the milestone by self-releasing and reissuing their now out-of-print first two albums. A Kickstarter campaign has just launched to aid in their efforts.
Still signed to Boston indie Topshelf, the label will also release a brand new, limited edition 7” titled Redefining Loneliness this Fall.
[U.S.] New Release --> The Coup - 'Sorry to Bother You'
Revolutionary musical collective The Coup will release their new album Sorry to Bother You this October 30th via Anti-. The Coup consists of vocalist-writer and activist Boots Riley accompanied by a versatile cadre of musicians. To listen to the albums opening track care of Huffington Post, please go here.
Sorry to Bother You is an audacious new work by a visionary band. The tracks merge danceable beats, punk urgency and the astute social commentary of hip-hop to craft a refreshingly unique sound that draws from the past but never sounds anything but futuristic. “I think our albums are always really different than what else is being put out there at the time,” Riley says. “It’s why I think people can listen to the records and not know when they were made and it’s why our audience is constantly evolving.” Called one of their “10 most influential people” by Vibe Magazine, Riley has also collaborated with Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), New Orleans band Galactic, Atari Teenage Riot and more. He is currently a prominent figure in the Occupy Movement, participating in actions and speaking on racism, capitalism, and grassroots organizing throughout the world.
For their latest, Boots Riley conspired with co-producer and longtime friend Damion Gallegos, intent on creating a radical new sound utilizing unconventional recording techniques and seemingly incongruous musical styles. The result is an exhilarating highly original music that perfectly animates Riley’s provocative and poetic lyrics. The album, which features guest appearances by Vernon Reid, Anti-Flag, Das Racist, Killer Mike, Japanther, Jolie Holland, and Joe Henry among others, explodes on the opening track Magic Clap an energetic burst of hip-hop infused soul driven by a relentless punk beat. While the song has the rousing celebratory vibe of a classic radio hit, there is a more profound significance within Riley’s lyrics. “We started out trying to make a mid seventies punk thing and then found the Motown roots of that,” Riley explains. “The meaning of the song can be found in the last line, ‘When we slap back, that’s the magic clap.’ It’s about everything that leads up to that moment when people decide to fight back, when thought leads to action.”
OPR: Relapse is extremely proud to announce the signing of Richmond, VA’s Inter Arma. The group consisting of (T.J. Childers - Drums, Steven Russell - Guitars, Trey Dalton - Guitars, Mike Paparo - Vocals, Joe Kerkes - Bass) formed in 2006 and released their debut full-length Sundown via Forcefield in 2010. Combining a punk rock ethos with an esoteric blend of psychedelia, black metal, and doom/sludge, the quintet quickly developed a name for themselves in the underground through relentless touring and mesmerizing live performances. The band commented on the signing:
"It’s pretty crazy to think that we’ll be tacitly associated with bands like Neurosis, Amorphis, Human Remains, Disembowelment, Dillinger Escape Plan, Incantation, Mastodon, et al. That’s a pretty high standard to hold yourself to, but we’ll give it our damndest.”
Additionally, the band recently released a brand new 12” EP entitled Destroyer via Toxic Assets which can currently be streamed at this location. They plan to finish recording their second full-length and Relapse debut later this summer for an early 2013 release. In the meantime, Inter Arma will be hitting the road in support of the release for a four week run. A complete listing of dates is here.
Having just completed their most extensive national tour to date, Tasmania’s Luca Brasi have also been busy in the studio, recently laying down 2 new tracks and a cover of The Gifthorse song Passed the Break for an upcoming 7″ / digital release. The new tracks were recorded by Nic White and Lincoln le Fevreand are the first to feature the band’s newly added guitarist Pat Marshall. Tasmania will be released on September 24 on Poison City.
Following the 2011 ARIA nominated second album Ethereal Surrogate Saviour, this October will see yet another new release from the enigmatic rock group Coerce. With all four members now firmly located in Melbourne for the first time since their inception in 2008, the band is looking forward musically with a 4 track 10″ vinyl and digital release titled Genome.
A project the band has been looking forward to, Genome will be recorded as a pop up studio in the Old Council Chambers, Trades Hall in Carlton starting next week. A national trust building full of rich Victorian and Australian history, this house of the working class is a perfect location for Coerce and the new release to be created. Dedicating their interim releases as a chance to explore and diversify their sound, similarly to the previous 2010 split album with Robotosaurus, the Trades Hall will become a lab for creating new ideas and sounds. Genome will be recorded and produced by the bands guitarist and lead vocalist Mike Deslandes and will be released on their in-house label Capitalgames with a national tour planned in late 2012 in support of the release.
Mike Deslandes comments on the new release;
‘This time we’re in a different city and in a different set of circumstances to record the band. We wanted to get out of the traditional studio setting and we’ve always spoke about a hide away or somewhere a space with a bit of history to record with in. The Trades Hall came up as a viable option and it’s a place I’m excited to create and work in. I’m excited that the project will lend to being a direct result of our surroundings. I’m looking for the building to flavour and join the band as a sound.’
[INT] New Release --> Neurosis - 'Honour Found in Decay'
It is said that great art has the power to take us outside of ourselves and bring us closer to ourselves simultaneously. Few bands have accomplished this rare feat on a more profound and consistent basis than Neurosis. For nearly three decades, their music has touched the hearts and minds of young men and women seeking contact with something beyond the physical world, something intangible, something that expresses the inner tumult of the human condition in a way that transcends time and space. Something that not only provokes questions but maybe even hints at answers.
Since 1985 this matchless force has surpassed the boundaries of any genre, never ceasing to mutate and progress their songwriting and sonic delivery, and never failing to mesmerize audiences both in the studio and onstage. And as the anticipation from their diehard fanbase reaches a boiling point, this week Neurosis unveil the title of their eleventh full-length studio creation, which will manifest itself as Honor Found in Decay.
The follow-up to their acclaimed 2007-released Given to the Rising album, the music on Honor Found in Decay is both torturous and transcendent. It is the ongoing exposition of a vast internal dialogue that seems to carry the weight of eons. With the right kind of ears and eyes, it can seem like the trials and tribulations of mankind are being channeled through five individuals: Steve Von Till, Scott Kelly, Noah Landis, Jason Roeder and Dave Edwardson. And yet? They will be the first ones to tell you that they are just regular people trying to make sense of the world around them. Aided by Josh Graham, their resident visual guru, they transmit their interpretations through multiple sensory planes. The degree to which Neurosis allows them to step out of their everyday lives is the distance between one and zero, the distance between thinking and doing, the distance between this minute and the one that may or may not follow. Which is to say: Neurosis takes them outside of themselves and brings them closer to themselves. Simultaneously.
This next chapter in the evolution of Neurosis will see worldwide release through the band’s own Neurot Recordings this Autumn, in Germany October 26, in the UK October 29, and in North America on October 30.
Further details on Honor Found in Decay will be made available over the coming weeks.