Listen to “GN” here!
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 10:11 AM (PST) by Shane Dover
Wind & Words EP was released on June 9 and follows their 2016 album Impermanence. The EP has been recorded, engineered, and produced by Chris Teti of The World Is A Beautiful Place And I Am No Longer Afraid To Die.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 10:32 AM (PST) by Shane Dover
The track is taken from the band’s upcoming EP of the same name, Wind & Words EP. The EP is set to be released on June 9 and follows their 2016 album Impermanence. The EP has been recorded, engineered, and produced by Chris Teti of The World Is A Beautiful Place And I Am No Longer Afraid To Die.
Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 11:30 AM (PST) by jaystone
Chicago-based post-country/indie-rock (?!?) duo Ratboys, who are delightfully awesome, have got a new full-length coming out in a couple of months. It’s called GN, and it’ll be released through Topshelf Records. And while it’s not due out until June 30th, the band have debuted the lead single, a wonderland of sonic goodness that they call “Control,” and you can check it out below.
Pre-orders for GN are available in myriad formats by clicking right here.
“You” comes from the band’s latest album, titled “Break,” which was released on March 11, 2016. Since the release of the album, Slingshot Dakota have also released a 2 song EP titled “Broken” on February 24. You can find the stream of this release below the video.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 12:00 PM (PST) by jaystone
The dynamic duo that is Slingshot Dakota have teamed up with Chicago’s Ratboys for a three-week-ish tour that’ll take the two bands to and from the annual SXSW festival in Austin. The second night of the aforementioned tour was a sold out (in advance!!) stop at Boston’s O’Brien’s Bar, where the Topshelf Records labelmates teamed up with local bands Lilith and Pushflowers for one of the more positive and musically diverse and inspiring bills that yours truly has had the good fortune to take in in quite some time.
Pushflowers got things rolling on the evening, and while yours truly had not previously heard the four-piece, that was for good reason: this particular occasion marked their first ever show. In point of fact, knowing that it’s a band’s debut show can, at times, make showgoers almost as nervous as the actual band who’s playing said show. After a very brief first song false-start, any and all fears were quickly laid to rest, as co-front-women Rocio Del Mar and Justine DeFeo led the band through a groove-heavy half-hour danceable set of synth-pop-infused rock tunes. So groove-heavy and danceable, in fact, that crowd-members and fellow bands alike were left with the impression that the band were lying about it being their first show. Not your textbook Dying Scene band, for sure, but a hell of a lot of fun nonetheless.
Allston-based three-piece Lilith were up next. Like Pushflowers, they’re also not your textbook Dying Scene band, but as I said a few paragraphs ago, this was a fun and diverse lineup. Lilith are raw and more than a little show-gazey in style and substance, with a slightly stripped-down version of a sound that would have been a perfect fit in the college radio scene in the Northeast or the Pacific Northwest two decades ago. Thankfully, we have them here now.
Ratboys are serving as direct support on this tour, though they could certainly be headlining venues like O’Brien’s in their own right. Ratboys are a garage band with serious chops (honestly — watch David Sagan play guitar for half a song and you’ll get it), who thankfully have a knack for seemingly not taking themselves too seriously (let’s just say there were Crocs involved). Frontwoman Julia Steiner has a bit of an unassuming presence about her yet she has a voice and a playing style that is truly captivating. Ratboys are one of the catchier bands that I’ve had come down the digital ‘pike in the last small handful of years, and their live sound is a few notches above their recorded sound, which is a wonderful, welcome sign.
And speaking of bands whose live presence blows the proverbial doors off their recorded sound…Slingshot Dakota turned in a next-level intense performance, the likes of which have become their trademark. I’ll state rather simply and directly that if you haven’t seen Slingshot Dakota live, you’re doing yourself a disservice. The wife-husband combo of vocalist/keyboardist Carly Comando and her partner-in-crime Tom Patterson are easily one of the more dynamic live bands going. Comando’s voice and playing show range as she quiets things down and forces you to pay attention before the duo drop the intensity hammer down and beat you into submission. Where some drummers in such a situation would be content to serve simply as the sonic backbone to the band, Patterson plays loud and heavy, and is a constant ball of percussive energy. You sometimes forget that you’re watching a two-piece band, until one of them pauses between songs to steal a playful kiss from the other. That the two of them have chemistry probably goes without saying, but they seem to continually be genuinely in awe of getting to play with and inspire each other personally and creatively.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 11:21 AM (PST) by Shane Dover
Baltimore rockers Have Mercy have announced a new album, which is titled “Make The Best Of It.” The artwork is to the left, the album is set to be released April 21st.
In addition to this announcement, the band has premiered a music video for the first single from the upcoming album, which is titled “Coexist.” You can watch the video below, as well as see a larger version of the cover art.
Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 2:29 PM (PST) by jaystone
Pennsylvania indie-punk duo Slingshot Dakota are teaming up with their Topshelf Records labelmates Ratboys for three weeks of tour dates around the eastern half of the United States. The pair of pairs hit the road March 3rd in New Paltz, New York, and wrap things up March 23rd in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with a few shows at Austin’s SXSW festival thrown in the mix as well.
Check out the full rundown below!
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 10:24 AM (PST) by Shane Dover
Florida progressive/emo/whatever band You Blew It! has announced a headlining US tour in support of their new album, “Abendrot,” which was released on November 11 through Triple Crown Records. The tour begins February 3rd, 2017, you can find tour dates and locations below.
You Blew It! will be supported by Nashville emo punks Free Throw and SC emocore group All Get Out. You Blew It! are also streaming their entire new album, “Abendrot,” which you can listen to below the tour dates.
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 9:33 AM (PST) by Shane Dover
The EP is set to be released November 11th through Triple Crown Records, and follows their last release, EP “Pioneer of Nothing” which came out January 27, 2015.
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at 4:21 PM (PST) by milhouse
The track will appear on the band’s upcoming vinyl box set entitled “Declaring War On Nostalgia”, which will be released November 11th.
The Saddest Landscape last released “Darkness Forgives” on October 23, 2015 through Topshelf Records.
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 5:02 PM (PST) by milhouse
Today, the band has made a new track from the album available to stream. The song is entitled “Kiss With Spit” and you can have a listen here.
“The Bend in the Break” has an October 14th release date and follows the band’s 2014 album “Five O’Clock Shadows At The Edge Of The Western World”.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at 7:24 PM (PST) by Bizarro Dustin
The band’s latest released was 2014’s Five O’Clock Shadows At The Edge Of The Western World.
Monday, June 13, 2016 at 7:38 PM (PST) by Supermartinguy
In response to Sunday’s horrific tradgedy, Florida progressive/emo/whatever band You Blew It! have just released a new EP Pulse. The EP is a collection of B-sides and other unused tracks, and all proceeds will go towards The Centre, Orlando’s largest LGBT centre, which is currently providing support to survivors of the terrible night. Check it out below, and show your support on Bandcamp.
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 7:58 PM (PST) by jaystone
Nai Harvest’s last release was their 2015 full-length “Hairball,” which also came out on Topshelf.
If you've never heard of Debt Neglector, now's the time to check them out. They're a relatively new punk band hailing from my home state, sunny Florida. Most notably, their lineup features former New Mexican Disaster Squad bassist Alex Goldfarb. The band's debut album Atomicland releases August 18th through Smartpunk Records. I highly recommend giving the title track a listen here.