Last year, METZ, the furious Canadian post-harcore power trio, gave us their clanging, banging, utterly badass album “II”. And now, as an encore, they’ve teamed up with a kindred spirit to record a couple of new songs. “Swami” John Reis is a garage-punk veteran who’s spent decades in bands like Drive Like Jehu, Rocket From The Crypt, and Hot Snakes. For a Record Store Day 7″, Reis booked himself some studio time with METZ, and the team ended up with two new songs which walk the line between the freewheeling old-school honk of Rocket From The Crypt and METZ’s guttural bash. It’s pretty awesome! Give it a listen via Pitchfork.
What happens when a seemingly irresistible force meets an immovable object is a serviceable metaphor for the music METZ creates, both live and on record. The guitars are titanic, the drums ill-tempered, the vocals chilling, and the volume worrisome.
The music of Kacy and Clayton exists outside of time, and burgeons with beautiful contradictions. It’s psychedelic and traditional, contemporary and vintage, melancholic and joyous. All at once, it showcases a slightly psych-folk sound of Linda Perhacs, Fleet Foxes, and First Aid Kit; rare country blues records and English folk tunes; and 1920s disaster songs and murder ballads. Their songs often are sugar-coated pills, tales of murderous jealousy, dilapidated graveyards, and infanticide, all delivered with Kacy Anderson’s (19) sweet, lithe voice, and Clayton Linthicum (21)’s hypnotic fingerpicking.
Kacy and Clayton are second cousins who hail from the Wood Mountain uplands of Southern Saskatchewan, Canada. Strange Country, their third album “Strange Country”, finds the duo honing their songcraft and building on, rather than replicating, the tradition of British folk they love so much. Produced by Shuyler Jansen of the Deep Dark Woods, the album was recorded over seven freezing Canadian winter days last year at Ghetto Box Studios, a historic community hall turned studio. It was released at the beginning of this month through New West Records.
Starting tomorrow Kacy and Clayton will team up with label mates Daniel Romano on an extensive European tour – their first one ever on this side of the Atlantic:
26-05-2016: Newcastle (UK) @ The Cluny 2
27-05-2016: Glasgow (UK) @ The Classic Grand
28-05-2016: Aberdeen (UK) @ The Tunnels
29-05-2016: York (UK) @ The Crescent
30-05-2016: Oxford (UK) @ The Bullingdon
31-05-2016: London (UK) @ The Lexington
01-06-2016: Antwerpen (BE) @ De Roma
02-06-2016: Gent (BE) @ Dok
03-06-2016: Groningen (NL) @ Oosterpoort
04-06-2016: Utrecht (NL) @ TivoliVredenburg
05-06-2016: Amsterdam (NL) @ Paradiso
06-06-2016: Nijmegen (NL) @ Doornroosje
07-06-2016: Mannheim (DE) @ Kulturbruecken
09-06-2016: Berlin (DE) @ Privatclub
10-06-2016: Flensburg (DE) @ Volksbad
14-06-2016: Paris (FR) @ Divan Du Monde
When Solids‘ debut LP “Blame Confusion” came out in 2014 on Fat Possum/Dine Alone their revved-up take on alt-rock from the early ’90s was lauded for the way it interwove poppy melodies into a dense relentless soundscape– an approach informed by its members’ formative years spent playing in hardcore bands.
Their new “Else” EP out on Topshelf/Dine Alone sees the band checking in after a year of near-endless touring–having played more than 200 shows in 2014-2015 with the likes of Pity Sex, Makthaverskan, Nothing, PUP, Single Mothers, Metz–and reflects that road weariness with a group of a songs that vibrate at a lower frequency documenting the waiting the bleary-eyed confusion and the blur of days that come with life on the road.
The EP begins with a melancholic deconstruction of the ’90s slacker ethos explored on their first LP and charts Solids’ transition into a wider and more experimental sound borrowing strands from Dinosaur Jr. , Hum and Unwound and coiling them into an anxious alienated sound that’s all their own. The final product is a snapshot of a band that’s travelled 5000 miles in 19 minutes; a band that’s chained itself to the road in search of inspiration.
With “Else” out the band will tour Europe again:
We are excited to announce tourdates for Portland’s Summer Cannibals. The band are set to release their 3rd full-lenght album “Full Of It” through Kill Rock Starts / V2 Benelux at the end of the week. With this release European dates are to follow as well. See them in the Netherlands this October:
Summer Cannibals are a female fronted four-piece that brings raw and driving guitar rock. With shredding from front woman Jessica Boudreaux and and attitude that honors the band’s namesake – a song performed by Patti Smith. The Portland Oregon four-piece pick up where locals like The Wipers and The Thermals left off, with modern-grunge burners that aren’t so angry as to preclude a windows-rolled-down car singalong.
This summer has some cool punkrock shows in store:
For some reason it’s hard to think of The Flatliners as veterans of the punk scene, but at this point it’s undeniable: going strong for over ten years, they’ve released four albums and a litany of EPs and singles that have delivered each and every time. It’s their ability to always sound fresh that keeps them from feeling like they’ve been around for as long as they have.
Now they have released “Division of Spoils”, 23 tracks culled from this decade of the Flatliners’ existence. This collection of B-sides, singles, and covers demonstrates their uncanny ability to produce excellent Fat Wreck-style punk rock. Now one of the premiere bands on the label, the Flatliners’ B-game is better than most bands’ A-game, and “Division of Spoils” makes this fact plain.
Go see this band in Rotterdam’s Baroeg on August 5th!
The legendary A Wilhelm Scream from Massachusetts are known for their mix of fast melodic guitarriffs mixed with a fast punkrock sound and raw vocals of frontman Nuno Pereira. For fans of Good Riddance, Gnarwolves, Strike Anywhere and Propagandhi.
The American Strung Out has been touring for over 25 years. They’re known for their – in the genre – complex skatepunk with metal and hardcore influences and were one of the first bands to sign to Fat Wreck Chords. With 8 full lengths, 1000s of shows and over a million albums sold these gentlemen know how to deliver a good dose of punkrock.more news »