Michigan indie-rockers Pity Sex have announced that they will be releasing a split 7″ with Code Orange side project Adventures. I love both of these bands, so I am stoked that they will be not only releasing new music, but that they will be together on wax. Freakin’ sweet, right? Well, don’t think that Pity Sex stopped at just that awesome announcement. The band is also streaming a rad new track titled “Acid Reflex,” which you can check out after the jump. It’s amazing. Simple as that. Continue reading
It’s difficult to reconcile that Happy Diving has only been a band for a little under a year. With only a four track demo out so far, the criminally unknown East Bay, California band embody a natural propensity for eased songwriting with catchy hooks and melodies that suggest a band in the long term, combining the groove and drive of early Weezer and California X alongside the depressive morose of shoegaze and dream pop into a unique concoction all their own. Today brings the second single, “Sad Planet”, off of the group’s recently announced, upcoming debut LP, Big World, recorded earlier this year with producer Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Whirr). It’s a track that’s more of the same, in a best way possible. Stream “Sad Planet” along with the first single “Weird Dream” below and pre-order Big World, due October 21st via Father/Daughter Records, here.
The Japanese post-rock titans Mono have announced that they will be releasing two new albums this year, The Last Dawn and Rays of Darkness. Both albums will feature contrasting styles (The Last Dawn is reported to be “lighter” and Rays of Darkness “heavier”) and will both be released on October 24th (Europe), 27th (U.K.), 28th (North America) and November 5th (Japan). The band commented on the upcoming releases:
“When we started in 1999, we set out with a simple mission: from bliss to bludgeon, no matter how long or winding the path may be. After ‘For my parents’, we had finally reached the logical conclusion of that era, it was time to remember where we started and re-think where we were heading!
Less strings? Louder? Quieter? Lighter? Darker? Yes. “The Last Dawn” and “Rays of Darkness” are a pair of new albums. Recorded simultaneously yet conceptually, and creatively disparate, the two act as both opposing and complementary sides to a story. No strangers to narratives, the twin albums explore familiar themes: hope and hopelessness, love and loss, immense joy and unspeakable pain. Those elemental parts of life, and the complicated relationships that we create have, never been more resonant through our music.”
The band have also shared the track “Where We Begin” from The Last Dawn and can be streamed after the break. The band will also be embarking on Asian and European tours in support of the releases. Those dates can be found below along with album pre-order information and artwork and track listings.
Connecticut post-rock/emo collective The World is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die have announced the release of a new eight track EP. The new EP, which will be released on October 7th, will be entitled Between Bodies and will be a collaborative effort between the band and spoken-word artist Chris Zizzamia. The release’s artwork and track listing can be seen after the break.
The band will also be heading out on tour this Fall with support from You Blew It!, Citizen, Hostage Claim, the Grizzly, Rozwell Kid and The Hotelier on select dates. Those dates can be found after the break as well.
Swedish fully-improvisational progressive rockers My Brother The Wind have released a new trailer for their forthcoming album, Once There Was a Time When Time and Space Were One, which is due out on October 14th. The clip previews some material from the upcoming record, and it sounds like it will be quite the epic affair. You can check out the trailer after the break.
The new album from experimental act Blackwolfgoat, Drone Maintenance, can now be streamed in full over at Decibel. Despite the album’s title, Drone Maintenance is not strictly drone. The album is full of solo guitar work that combines elements of psychedelia, folk and others along with loud reverberating drones. The album is officially out today via Small Stone Recordings and you can get your copy at this location. Be sure to stream the record first over at Decibel.
Post-rockers Pianos Became The Teeth have recently signed to Epitaph Records where they will release their new album Keep You later this year and the band has released the albums first single “Repine.” I absolutely love this track and, well anything PBTT have ever done. Am I excited? Yes. Am I ready to hear this album? Yes. Should you pass up listening to “Repine?” No. Check out the track after the jump. Continue reading
Akron, Ohio’s self-dubbed kaleidoscopic rock trio Maid Myriad will be releasing their debut full length album, With Haste On Its Breath, on October 7th via Nefarious Industries. The band combines an array of influences, including progressive rock and 90’s post-hardcore/emo, into a dynamic and emotional display of alternative rock mastery. We at American Aftermath are proud to premiere the opening number from the album, “Encircled”. The track’s dream-like verses, driving riffs that close out the track and Jeff Klemm’s near angelic vocals are sure to be stuck in your head all day. In fact, we guarantee that. Check out the track after the break.
Jaye Jayle, the solo project of Young Widows frontman Evan Patterson, will be releasing a new 7″ single entitled The Beast Keeps Cool on September 9th via Jade Tree Records. Brooklyn Vegan have premiered the single and its B-side “It’s Jayle Time” and the video for “The Beast Keeps Cool”. In contrast to Young Widows abrasive blues/noise-rock hybrid, Jaye Jayle is more psychedelic in sound and calls to mind the psychedelic-based bands of the 60’s and even the band Grails at times. Check it out for yourself at Brooklyn Vegan.
Primus have announced the release, in conjunction with their upcoming themed tour, of their tribute album to the music of Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory. The new album, which will be titled Primus & The Chocolate Factory with The Fungi Ensemble, will be released on October 21st. Mike Dillon of Critters Buggin and Sam Bass of Frog Brigade make appearances on the album along with studio drumming from Tim “Herb” Alexander. Primus frontman Les Claypool said of the album in a recent Rolling Stone:
“As we started putting it together, especially with the expanded soundscape of having string and vibraphone and marimba, it started sounding to me like one of the early Peter Gabriel records meets Dark Side of the Moon meets The Residents. That’s what I get out of it. Obviously that’s some big-ass horn-tooting to be doing.”
The Residents vibe can definitely be heard in the group’s rendition of “Pure Imagination”, which can be streamed after the break. The album’s track listing and corresponding tour dates can be seen below.
It is unsure whether or not Tim Alexander will be performing with the band on tour, due to his recent open-heart surgery.
Blackwolfgoat, the experimental drone project of one Darryl Shepard (Black Pyramid, etc), will release its new full length album late next month. The new record will be entitled Drone Maintenance and will see a release through Small Stone Recordings on August 26th. The album is described as a quasi-concept album in which Shepard is sent into the future to repair rogue drones. The album’s artwork and track listing can be seen after the break.
Swedish instrumental improvisational cosmic rock outfit My Brother Wind have announced the release of their third full length album. The new record will bear the title Once There Was a Time When Time and Space Were One and will be released through Free Electric Sound on October 14th. The entire album was tracked in a single day back in January of 2013 and was mastered by Hans Fredriksson. The album’s artwork and track listing can be seen after the break.
Math rock trio Adebisi Shank have premiered a new track from their forthcoming album, This Is The Third Album of a Band Called Adebisi Shank, over at Hit Flix. The new track is entitled “World in Harmony” and it features five minutes of colorful riffs, quirky SNES-inspired electronic melodies, and robotic vocals. It’s erratic but extremely catchy and fun. Head over to Hit Flix to check it out.
This Is The Third Album of a Band Called Adebisi Shank is due out August 12th via Sargent House.
The Life and Times have premiered a new track from their forthcoming album, Lost Bees, over at A.V. Club. The new track is entitled “Passion Pit” and it features pulsating bass lines, driving, spacey riffs and dreamy vocals. Basically, it’s The Life and Times being stellar at what they do. Check out the new track over at A.V. Club now.
Lost Bees will be released on August 5th via SlimStyle Records. Check out the band’s forthcoming tour dates after the break.
Chemikal Underground will soon be reissuing Mogwai’s classic 1999 album, Come on Die Young, on July 21st in a 4xLP box set. The second half of the new reissue features over an hour of bonus material, which can now be streamed exclusively at The Guardian. The material includes various demos and takes, rarities and a few unreleased jams. Head over to The Guardian to get your Mogwai fix now and pre-order your copy of the box set at this location.