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Normally when a band emails DS asking us to check out their debut album recorded at their friend's "home studio" I prepare myself for an obligatory 30 second listen of a horribly produced screech fest before I move on to the next email. Let me tell you, in the case of Athens' Fold The Nuts I'm extremely glad I make a point of listening to every single band that emails us, even those with names as bad as "Fold The Nuts". What I discovered was a 6 song gem of a skate punk release. Fantastic guitar solos, great speed, melodic vocals with just enough angst and clearly this friend with a home studio knows what he's doing behind the knobs. Do yourself a favor and check out the band's self-titled debut below. You can thank me later. --------------------------------------
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Bay Area progressive punks Wild Moth have unveiled plans for their sophomore full length!
Entitled “Inhibitor,” the album will be released May 26th courtesy of Iron Pier, the same label that brought you Weed Hounds and Self Defense Family. Pre-orders aren’t available yet, but you can go here to sign up for early notification of pre-order dates.
Wild Moth are also just about to head out on the road for a month’s worth of Western US tour dates. Check out full details below.Add to My Radar
Lemuria released their third studio album, The Distance Is So Big, on June 18, 2013 through Bridge Nine Records. Dads released their sophomore album, I’ll Be the Tornado, on October 7, 2014 via 6131 Records.Add to My Radar
You Blew It! are definitely evolving by the release and Pioneer of Nothing shows exactly why. Given their twinkly nature and emo-flagship disposition, there’s nothing vastly new on this three-tracker, however, the way the balancing act with clean productions and rough-scratchy sounds that feel like demos come unbound, you can sense that these guys are ready to stop giving a fuck what haters think…and keep doing what they’re doing.
They’re more assured in their sound – wispy, sincere a la Keep Doing What You’re Doing but still so underground and accessible a la Grow Up, Dude. “Lanai” and “Bedside Manor” are melodic jingles that exemplify this balance and as catchy as they get, there’s still an underlying tension. In the ballad “Your Side” which closes off things, there’s a lot of cynicism here that also shows no matter how crooning they get, You Blew It! aren’t the juvenile kids you loved in 2012. There’s something much more real and in their evolution, the musical sense of urgency in each chord comes out.
For fans of Into It. Over It. and American Football, if you wanted to hear the long-lost love-child of Cap’n Jazz, then this is the band you should be listening to.
3.5/5 StarsAdd to My Radar
The Used guitarist Quinn Allman has just announced he will be taking a temporary leave of absence from the band. While The Used is on tour, Allman will be replaced by Saosin guitarist Justin Shekosk. The band had the following to say about the temporary lineup change:
We are saddened to announce that Quinn will be taking a temporary hiatus from the band for the next year.
Quinn is a vital part of the group and ee wish him the best in his upcoming endeavors and look forward to the day he rejoins us on the road.
We are thrilled, however, to share that Justin Shekoski of Saosin will be filling in for Quinn as we hit the road this year! Justin has been a close friend to all of us for many years and will help make this tour a memorable one!
South Carolina’s Big Awesome have released a stream of a new song titled “What Grows Up Must Get Down”. The track will appear on their upcoming full-length, Party On, and you can give it a listen below.
Big Awesome will release Party On this coming Spring via their new label home, Jetsam-Flotsam Records.Add to My Radar
Good news for Blaqk Audio fans; album #3 is in the works!
In a new interview that appeared on The Sunset Strip, Davey Havok had this to say regarding the electronica duo that also includes his AFI bandmate, Jade Puget:
And Jade and I, we’re done writing the new Blaqk Audio record; so we should be recording [that] very soon I would hope… And I would imagine that would come out this year as well.
Blaqk Audio’s last album, “Bright Black Heaven,” was released back in September 2012 on Superball Music. No word on why they spelled “black” correctly in the title.Add to My Radar
On Friday, January 2, not even a full 48 hours into 2015, Shinobu took the metaphorical bar that we all use to measure how great or terrible things can be, and launched it into the atmosphere by releasing their brand new album 10 Thermidor. It’s always kind of unfair when a band sets the bar high so early into a new year, but at the same time, who really cares when the music is this good?
For an album with two songs that surpass the six minute mark, 10 Thermidor is a surprisingly quick listen and it’s over much too soon. It’s easy to get lost in the melodies of each and every song. From the opening progressions of “Untitled Michael Haneke Project”, 10 Thermidor casts its hook and reels listeners in with things like the repeated refrain of “It’s a lie” in “Culture, Inc.”, the aggressive, in-your-face “Jokes”, and the bouncing bass and “oooos” of “9 Thermidor”. By the time you reach the title track, it’s hard to believe that it’s already over.
Whether it’s Jeff Rosenstock’s production [Editor's note: I've been informed that Rosenstock did not produce this album, his involvement was merely as the "hot-shot record mogul"] or due to guitarist/vocalist Mike Huguenor’s time spent with the likes of Hard Girls, Classics of Love, and The Bruce Lee Band, or simply because it’s just the natural progression of musical evolution between friends, 10 Thermidor is Shinobu’s most accessible album to date. Gone are the short interludes and filler tracks, resulting in a much more consistent listen. That said, the album still has plenty of quirks to keep it grounded in Shinobu’s indie rock background, including quietly layered keyboards to oddball guitar riffs, and a two minute emptiness in “The Void” (pretty clever, you guys).
Being the first record to be released in 2015 (well… probably the first), can be a lot of pressure, but 10 Thermidor handles that pressure with ease. It’s a fun, catchy, strong album and a promising start to a new musical year. Don’t sleep on it because of its early January release.
4 / 5 – Don’t let this one slip into the void, stream it below!
RIYL: Pavement, Bomb the Music Industry!, Laura Stevenson and the CansAdd to My Radar
We already told you about the Restorations‘ spring tour with PUP and The Get Up Kids, but they just announced even more dates. Restorations added another 11 shows with Michigan’s Cheap Girls. You can find all of the dates for their tour below.
Restorations most recently released LP3 on SideOneDummy Records.Add to My Radar
The song is off the band’s upcoming EP, Pioneer Of Nothing, which is due out next week (January 27th) on Jade Tree Records.Add to My Radar
Post-hardcore band Self Defense Family has announced the release of an upcoming two-song split 7′ with Creative Adult on March 10, 2015. Additionally, the collective will release another split, Self Love, with Touche Amore on the same date.
All of this follows the band’s last album, Duets, which came out on September 30, 2014 via Iron Pier. It shadowed their debut full length, Try Me, that was released January 7, 2014 through Deathwish Inc.
The group will be touring with Makthaverskan, Creative Adult, and The Solids this spring. Check out those dates below.Add to My Radar