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Watch: Signals Midwest perform “At This Age” for Live From At The Rock Room

Ohio’s Signals Midwest have released the third and final video from their recent Live From The Rock Room session. It’s for “At This Age,” the title track form their latest full length. Check it out below.

 

At This Age came out in September, 2016 through Tiny Engines. It’s the band’s fourth studio album, following 2013’s Light on the Lake.



Signals Midwest release “Alchemy Hour” music video

Ohio’s Signals Midwest have released a music video for “Alchemy Hour,” which is taken from their latest album At This Age. Check it out below.

At This Age came out in September, 2016 through Tiny Engines. It’s the band’s fourth studio album, following 2013’s Light on the Lake.



Dikembe stream cover of Superdrag’s “Sucked Out”

Gainesville’s Dikembe have announced that they will be recording and releasing a series of cover songs over the course of 2017.  They have kicked things off this month with a cover of Superdrag’s “Sucked Out.”

You can check it out below.

Dikembe last released Hail Something on July 7th, 2016.



Yeesh (post-punk) release new music video – “End Results”

Philadelphia post-punk trio Yeesh have a new video out for their song “End Results.” Check it out below.

The track comes from the band’s latest album, Confirmation Bias, which they released this past summer via Tiny Engines.



Sinai Vessel (emo) stream new song, “Ramekin”

North Carolina emo band Sinai Vessel has a new LP coming out on January 27th, but in the meantime, you can check out their new single “Ramekin” below.

“Ramekin” will appear on the band’s upcoming album, Brokenlegged, which will be released on January 27th on the Tiny Engines label.  Sinai Vessel last released the EP Profanity in 2013.



Sinai Vessel stream new song “Looseleaf”

North Carolina’s Sinai Vessel are streaming their new song “Looseleaf,” which comes from their upcoming album Brokenlegged, that is set to be released on January 27th, 2017 via Tiny Engines.

You can give it a listen below.

Sinai Vessel last released the EP Profanity in 2013.



Tiny Engines offer full digital discography as pay-what-you-want fundraiser

 

 

We told you earlier this evening that we’ll try to keep you abreast of as many upcoming fundraisers as we can, particularly in the wake of last week’s rather disastrous national election results. We know it’s still early, but this particular one may be the best one yet.

North Carolina-based indie label Tiny Engines has offered up their entire digital catalog (more than five-dozen releases) up as “pay-what-you-want” download. You’re no doubt familiar with a large portion of Tiny Engines’ roster, which includes (or at least included) bands like Beach Slang, The Hotelier, Mannequin Pussy, Cayetana, Signals Midwest, Save Ends, Dikembe, Run Forever, Somos, and a crap ton more. You could obviously take advantage of this deal and pay as little as possible, but honestly, this deal is really, really rad, and it serves to benefit both Planned Parenthood and the Southern Poverty Law Center, so dig a little deeper, okay? Check out the offer here.



Sinai Vessel stream new song “Dogs”

North Carolina’s Sinai Vessel have announced that they will be releasing a new full length album, called Brokenlegged, on January 27th, 2017 via Tiny Engines.

To give you a taste of the new album, the band is streaming the first song, “Dogs.”  You can listen to it here.

Sinai Vessel last released the EP Profanity in 2013.



Mannequin Pussy streaming new LP “Romantic”

Earlier this month, Philadelphia’s Mannequin Pussy announced their US tour in support of their upcoming, sophomore LP “Romantic”. The album is now available for pre-order through Tiny Engines on CD and vinyl formats here, and can be found on digital format at the band’s bandcamp page.

The album can also be streamed right now exclusively on NPR’s ‘First Listen’ here.

“Romantic” is the follow up album to Mannequin Pussy’s 2013 debut LP “GP”.



Album Review: Signals Midwest – “At This Age”

I’ve gotta be that guy. Of all the musical revivals that I’ve bore witness to, the emo revival is the one I never got quite on board with. I don’t have anything against emo, per se. It’s just an area of punk I’ve only ever had a passing interest in. I like some Rites of Spring, I dig Sunny Day Real Estate; newer bands I like are Dads and Pet Symmetry. Not a huge emo dude.

So, when I decided I wanted to check out At This Age I wasn’t really planning on having to talk about emo at all. In fact, the last time I heard Signals Midwest, I seemed to remember them being a chuggier pop punk band– the sort of midwest punk that owes debts to Dillinger Four and the Lawrence Arms, but just a tad bit more somber. I wasn’t too far off, but if that was my last impression, they’ve certainly grown. Signals Midwest is no longer a garter snake slithering about the middle of America, they are now a big-ass python that has swallowed whole a figurative rat of emo influences. Go figure.

Their sound is typified by gentle arpeggios, prominent basslines, emotive lyricism, and dynamic songwriting. But, they also have well-defined melodies that make even their saddest songs instant brain candy (“Endless west side summer” is the refrain that refuses to leave my head). And they temper it all with more traditional punk influences so that the angst never feels anything less than concrete. So, maybe I’m not a big emo guy. It happens. But as it turns out, I am a Signals Midwest guy.

Title track “At This Age” captures a lot of what I love about the album. It knows when to be ethereal, and it knows when to pump up the volume and trade the arpeggios for fat chords. The lyrics cut deep too. I think just about any lost twenty-something can find resonance in a line like, “Always thought at this age I would be, settling into a major city/ Always thought at this age I would be further than I am now.”

The album itself has the feel of a concept album. It carries with it the depressive weight of being stuck in between changing seasons. I like the way it moves, it meanders without ever feeling slow, and at thirty-minutes long, it certainly doesn’t overstay its welcome. From album opener “You’re Gonna Be Golden” to the intense and crushing “Song for Ana” it doesn’t ever lose its sense of pace despite being largely mid tempo.

At This Age is the perfect autumnal welcome mat. It’s a checkpoint for Signals Midwest, a rite of passage for them as well as, I imagine, their fans. Some albums do that, you know? For me The Menzingers’ On the Impossible Past will forever be connected to memories of my time in Moscow, ID, riding around in the backseat of friends’ cars. The best music is the kind that becomes a part of you. At This Age is the sort of album that for the right person at the right time imprints itself on a memory.

4/5



Mannequin Pussy announces tour in support of “Romantic”

Philadelphia, PA’s Mannequin Pussy have announced a lengthy US tour in support of their new album Romantic. The tour kicks off later this month in Baltimore, MD, and will wrap up in December.

Check out the tour dates below to see if the band’s playing a show near you.

Romantic is set to release on October 28th through Tiny Engines. It will be Mannequin Pussy’s second album, serving as the follow-up to 2013 GP.



Signals Midwest stream new album, “At This Age”

Ohio rockers Signals Midwest have just released a complete stream of their brand new album “At This Age”. The album consists of 10 philosophical and anxiety ridden tracks, creating a tone that fits in perfectly with the summer’s end. Check it out here.

“At This Age” is set to be released on September 2nd via Tiny Angels. You can pre-order the album here.



Album Review: The Hotelier – “Goodness”

Over the past few years, the Hotelier (previously spelled “The Hotel Year”) has morphed from an impressive no-bullshit pop punk band into seemingly the biggest band of the “emo revival.” Home, Like No Place Is There was a record that connected with fans all over the world for its brutal honesty and relatability dealing with heavy subject matters. Records like it come around once or twice every ten years or so. This said, Goodness was one of the most anticipated punk-anything records of 2016, and while it might not break ground sonically or lyrically for fans the way their last record did, it doesn’t mean they weren’t pushing their boundaries or combatting people’s expectations.

Christian Holden, the voice behind The Hotelier, loves to challenge the status quo and people’s’ notions of what are acceptable and unacceptable. The same attitude that went into putting a group of naked elderly people onto the album cover also went into certain musical choices on the album. A good example can be found at the very beginning of the record, where there’s an unexpected spoken word track (“N 43° 59’ 39.927” W 71° 23’ 45.27””).

Goodness is a quality record in the fact that each song seems to be thoughtfully written and catchy. “Goodness Pt. 2”, the song’s second track, opens the record by layering instrument after instrument one by one thus creating anticipation in the listener until everything crashes in toward the middle. “Piano Player”, one of the more uptempo songs on the record, holds its own for five and a half minutes, something unheard of for a more punk rock sounding song. “Soft Animal”, possibly the best song on the record, appears at a time when the record needs a kick in energy. On top of it all, it can’t be stated how much feeling Holden obviously put into the lyrics and subject matter on this album.

When listeners hear “I’m freezing” repeated through the chorus of “Fear of Good”, they will actually see the singer shivering, coatless in a snowy town. “Opening Mail for My Grandmother” which begins with “your grip on my forearm/insert the wrong name” paints a sad picture of one’s grandparent slipping away to the end of their life and observing them as their body and brain deteriorate over time. In “Soft Animal,” when the words “Make me feel alive/make me feel like I don’t have to die/make me believe that there’s a God sometimes,” there’s no doubt that Holden actually has felt that sense of longing for purpose. However, while Holden has stated in interviews that Goodness is more or less a positive record (“Taoist love record” they say), the way the lyrics were written in conjunction with the actual instrumentals make that hard to pick up on.

Here’s the thing: each song on this record is good. But the great thing about this band’s previous records were that they were journeys in themselves. The first songs left listeners feeling different than the last songs did. Goodness on the other hand has the problem of keeping listeners in one place or frame of mind. The last song feels like the first. Unfortunately, this makes for kind of an overly melancholy record. It’s not one of those things where they made the same album twice, because this album is definitely different and a departure from their previous work, but no song in this collection particularly sticks out from the rest, whereas with Home, or even with INGO, almost every song was uniquely individual in the emotions they evoked or the way they evoked them.

Goodness gets a 3.5/5. That said, The Hotelier are still one of the best bands in the game right now and I hope they’re around for years and years to come. This record was simply where they’re at now – I’m excited to see where they go in the future.

3.5/5 Stars



Mannequin Pussy stream new song “Emotional High” off upcoming album “Romantic

Philadelphia punk rockers Mannequin Pussy are streaming a new song called “Emotional High.” This song is the fourth track off of their upcoming album Romantic. You can give it a listen below.

Romantic is scheduled for release sometime in October via Tiny Engines. It will follow the band’s 2013 debut full-length, GP. 



Signals Midwest stream new song “Alchemy Hour” from upcoming album “At This Age”

Ohio rockers Signals Midwest have premiered another new track from their upcoming album At This Age. Give “Alchemy Hour” a listen below.

At This Age releases on September 2nd through Tiny Engines. It will be the band’s first album since 2013’s Light On The Lake