While I am not a fan of We Came As Romans, I was intrigued when I heard that they had released their cover of Taylor Swift‘s “I Knew You Were Trouble” that will be featured on the upcoming Punk Goes Pop Vol. 6. The songs on the compilation are almost always awful, but I love it nonetheless because bad covers are my bread and butter. If you’re interested in how this track sounds, check out the music video for We Came As Romans‘ cover of “I Knew You Were Trouble” after the jump. Continue reading
Mogwai have announced the release of a new EP entitled Music Industry 3. Fitness Industry 1. which will follow up the band’s most recent full length, Rave Tapes, which was released earlier this year. The new EP will feature three new songs and three remixes by the likes of Blanck Mass, Pye Corner Audio and Nils Frahm. The EP will be released digitally and on CD and LP on December 1st via Rock Action The EP’s track listing and the band’s forthcoming fall tour can be seen after the break.
Mogwai have also provided a stream of opening track off the of the forthcoming release, “Teenage Exorcists”, which can be streamed below.
The instrumental collaboration between Porcupine Tree bassist Colin Edwin and guitarist/composer Jon Durant, Burnt Belief, have released a new track from their forthcoming record over at Pop Matters. The new track is entitled “Précis” and it will be featured on the duo’s sophomore album, Etymology, which is due out October 21st via Alchemy Records. The track is a progressive, dynamic jazz number that is highly complex and highly catchy. Edwin had the following comments on the track:
“‘Précis’ seemed like an appropriate title, as it condenses the ingredients that make Burnt Belief what it is: deep atmospheres, unexpected twists, dynamic changes and the evidence of Jon and myself reacting to each other.”
Feel free to stream the new track after the break and place your pre-order for the record at this location.
Post-punk/new wave outfit Publicist UK (Goes Cube, Revocation, etc) have announced that will begin recording their debut full length recording next month. The band will be recording the new effort at Wild Arctic Sounds in Dover, New Hampshire with Dean Baltulonis (Sick of It All, etc) and will be mastered by former Amphetamine Reptile in-house engineer Dave Gardner. A mid-2015 release through Relapse Records is expected.
The band’s demo tracks “Slow Dancing To This Bitter Earth” and “Never Gone To School” can be streamed after the break.
Publicist UK is: Zachary Lipez (Freshkills) on vocals, Dave Obuchowski (Goes Cube) on guitar, Dave Witte (Municipal Waste, etc) on drums and Brett Bamberger (Revocation, ex-East of the Wall) on bass.
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.