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Sergie Loobkoff (Samiam, Felled Trees) gives track-by-track of Felled Trees’ “Where We Been”

As you are probably aware,  Felled Trees is a “super group” of sorts, featuring current and former members of bands such as Texas Is the Reason, Samiam, Knapsack, Thrice, RX Bandits,  and No Motiv, that solely exists to act as a tribute to famed college indie rock darlings Dinosaur Jr. Guitarist Sergie Loobkoff recently sat down with to discuss his love for each of the Dinosaur Jr. songs that were included on the band’s album, Where We Been.

You can check it out here. Each track accompanies Loobkoff’s writing, so if you want to hear the Felled Trees versions of these songs all in one place, now you can.

Where We Been was released on October 15th via Siren Records.

Felled Trees stream Dinosaur Jr cover album “Where We Been”

The “supergroup” Felled Trees, comprised of members of Thrice, Samiam, Texas Is The Reason, Suedehead, and RX Bandits are currently streaming their Dinosaur Jr cover album “Where We Been.” You can check it out in its entirety here.

“Where We Been” will be released on October 15th (tomorrow) via Siren Records.

New Music: Felled Trees – “I Ain’t Sayin” (Dinosaur Jr. cover)

As you’re no doubt aware, Felled Trees is a collaborative effort in which a bunch of punk scene vets got together to produce an album of Dinosaur Jr. covers. Today, the band released their version of the track “I Ain’t Sayin’,” which originally appeared on Dino Jr’s 1993 album “Where You Been.” The normal “Trees” consist of Samiam‘s Sergie Loobkoff on guitar, No Motiv‘s Roger Camero on drums and Thrice‘s Ed Breckenridge on bass, and their version of “I Ain’t Sayin'” features Blair Shehan from The Jealous Sound on vocals. Click here to check it out.

“Where We Been” is die out next Tuesday (October 15th) on Siren Records.

Felled Trees release new single “Start Choppin’” off of Dinosaur Jr. tribute album

The “supergroup” Felled Trees, comprised of members of Thrice, Samiam, Texas Is The Reason, Suedehead, and RX Bandits, have just released another single off of their upcoming Dinosaur Jr. tribute album.  Due out on October 15th, “Where We Been” will be available via Siren Records.

You can give “Start Choppin’” a listen right here.

Felled Trees release new single “Get Me” off of Dinosaur Jr. tribute album

The “supergroup” Felled Trees, comprised of members of Thrice, Samiam, Texas Is The Reason, Suedehead, and RX Bandits, have just released a single off of their upcoming Dinosaur Jr. tribute album.  Due out on October 15th, “Where We Been” will be available via Siren Records.

You can give “Get Me” a listen right here.



Felled Trees (Thrice, Texas Is The Reason, RX Bandits) announce Dinosaur Jr. tribute album “Where We Been”

All star supergroup Felled Trees (Thrice, Samiam, Texas Is The Reason, RX Bandits) have announced a Dinosaur Jr. tribute compilation titled “Where We Been”.

You can watch a short interview and tracklisting for the album here.

“Where We Been” is slated for an October 15th release date via Siren Records.

Jeff Hershey & The Heartbeats to release punk rock tribute EP

Rock & soul outfit Jeff Hershey & The Heartbeats have announced a forthcoming punk rock tribute EP entitled “Underground Classics” along with a three-week European tour. Underground Classics is the follow-up release to 2011’s Soul Music: Volume 1, and features renditions of vintage punk rock tracks like Fear’s “I Love Livin’ in the City” and The Misfits’ “Some Kinda Hate.”

The EP will be a vinyl-only release, with a streaming premiere of “Some Kinda Hate” (by Misfits) on May 22nd. Fans can pre-order the 4 song 7” vinyl package at the Siren Records webstore.

Many may remember Jeff Hershey from his days with Vagrant Records punk band No Motiv, where he contributed to the release of three full-length records during the early-mid 2000s.

In addition to announcing a new release, Jeff Hershey & The Heartbeats are headed overseas for a three-week tour of Europe, including stops in Paris, Berlin, and Madrid. The tour kicked off this past Wednesday, May 15th, and will finish up on June 9th in Levden. The tour will be followed by one stop in NYC at Mercury Lounge on June 11th and a hometown record release show in Ventura, CA at Bombay on June 15th.

Music Video: Jeff Hershey & The Heartbeats – “Don’t Come Around”

I was just introduced to a new band today in the form of Jeff Hershey & The Heartbeats, a self-described no-nonsense throwback soul band based out of Ventura, CA. If you are a SoCal native, the name Jeff Hershey may sound familiar, as he was the bassist/vocalist for the now defunct punk band No Motiv. Hershey has kept his passion for music going, and, with The Heartbeats, he presents a wonderful collection of tracks harking back to the soulful days of sax-heavy, feet-moving music. Fans of Hepcat, The Aggrolites, and the like will love this band.

Today, the band has premiered the music video for their song “Don’t Come Around”, which appears on their debut album, “Soul Music vol. 1” – released last May through Siren Records.

Check out the music video for “Don’t Come Around” here.

Album Review: No Motiv – “Winterlong”

A lot has changed in the seven years since we last heard from No Motiv. The Oxnard, CA, four-piece first made a name for themselves opening for Face to Face on the latter band’s ill-fated tour for “Ignorance is Bliss” back in 1999, and were (for a while, anyway) the longest-running member of the Vagrant Records family. Their last release, 2004’s “Daylight Breaking,” brought the band their most success. But then they disappeared, going several years at a time without performing or, really, making much noise whatsoever. They were emo before emo was emo, and certainly before emo turned into whatever it became in the years since they got started.

Since No Motiv’s last release, the traditional record-label model of making of music has all but completely collapsed on itself, MySpace emerged as a social networking monster and a legitimate platform for artists to upload their music to the masses, only to also be wiped from the face of the earth by the facebooks and the bandcamps of the world. We’ve also witnessed scenes pop up and change drastically, particularly where what we used to call ‘emo’ music is concerned, while the tastes of the teenage pop-culture consumers have changed in seemingly unpredictable ways (remember when the fluorescent-clad, friendship-bracelet-wielding fourteen-year-old set used to listen to bubblegum pop?).

Alas, No Motiv has finally reemerged with the six-song EP “Winterlong.” From the opening howl that kicks off album opener “Beginning from the End,” No Motiv make a forceful announcement of their return to the game (not to mention drawing looks of horror and bewilderment from your co-workers). The song hits pretty hard, with former bassist Roger Camaro now pushing the tempo behind the drum kit, joining new(er) bassist Jeff Hershey in solidifying a tight, no-nonsense rhythm section behind the dueling distorted melodic power chord attack of Max McDonald and Jeremy Palaszewski, who doubles as the bands frontman. “No yesterdays, no past, just present” Palaszewski sings in his trademark tenor, simultaneously echoing sentiments that may involve a relationship with a significant other and the relationship between band members.

“Bled” follows in dark, heavy, minor-chord fashion, drawing much of its influence from the Tool end of the metal spectrum, dealing with the idea of losing one’s identity over and over again. The song’s bridge section is mellow and stripped down, bordering on ‘shoegazer.’ “Once Again Sundays” begins with a riff that is eerily reminiscent of an old Cold song (yes, the Fred Durst discovered nu-metal band), though Cold always had a penchant for writing clean, swirling melodies, so that’s not a bad thing. Another song with a decent, stripped down, atmospheric bridge section that focuses on Palaszewski’s vocals.

“Dead As The Day” starts on a down-tempo, melodic note, which continues through the verse and pre-chorus, but increases in intensity through the chorus sections. I wasn’t quite sure of it through the first listen, but it has quickly become a personal favorite, due to the hard, raw, aggressive tone that it finally develops. “In You” is also a little more on the melodic side, and not as aggressive, though it is equal parts haunting and introspective at different points, with lyrics that (again) ponder a relationship gone bad. “Deathwish” closes “Winterlong” in much the same way that the EP began; aggressive and driven steadily forward by the rhythm section, who never let off the gas pedal while the guitars alter between muted and heavy. (A slight bone to pick: I’m not sure exactly how they recorded the kick drum, but whatever mic they used makes it sound incredibly thin and almost like an electronic click-track; really the only negative I could find on the album).

Whatever you’d call No Motiv at this point (maybe emo, not quite punk, not quite metal, not quite melodic hardcore), their sound is as solid as it has ever been. “Winterlong” doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but it does prove that there is still room in the game for the old guard in the emo game (or whatever we’re calling them now…probably something along the lines of melodic post-hardcore, but who knows).  4.5/5

Streaming Audio: No Motiv – “Winterlong”

Recently reformed Oxnard, CA, punk/post-hardcore band No Motiv are streaming their newest EP, “Winterlong,” right here. Check it out.

“Winterlong,” which was released yesterday (August 30th) through Siren Records, marks No Motiv’s first new music since their 2004 Vagrant Records release “Daylight Breaking.”

No Motiv signs to Siren Records, announces new album, offers free music

After a lengthy hiatus, Oxnard, California, OG punk/post-hardcore outfit No Motiv announced a flurry of new activity. The band officially departed from their longtime Vagrant Records home, signing with upstart label Siren Records.

Also today, the band announced that their long-awaited new EP, “Winterlong,” will officially drop on August 30th. Additionally, they are offering up a new single “Once Again Sundays” from that very release. Click here to check it out.

No Motiv’s last release was 2004’s “Daylight Breaking.”