Saturday, December 31, 2011

Best Albums of 2011

Some are famous, some are less so, but together these ten entries represent what we at Blind Carrot Magazine found to be the most interesting work produced in 2011. Purchase links to some of them are included at the bottom, and those that were not included we mean no disrespect, but it is New Year's Eve, and time to get offline now. Here's to 2012.

Frank Turner "England Keep My Bones"
Jack's Mannequin "People and Things"
Foo Fighters "Wasting Light"
Unquiet Nights "21st Century Redemption Songs"
The Decemberists "The King Is Dead"
Social Distortion "Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes"
Cold War Kids "Mine Is Yours"
M83 " Hurry Up, We're Dreaming"
The Black Keys "El Camino"
The Horrible Crowes "Elsie"






Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Best of 2011: Jack's Mannequin "People and Things"

Today we return from Christmas break to announce the first entry in our Best of 2011 list:
Jack's Mannequin "People and Things" along with a new series of photos shot at the recent Fox Theater Pomona show.
photos by Preston McClusky










Friday, December 23, 2011

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Skrillex Comes to LA in January

He may still be Sonny Moore to me, but to much of the world he is known by his new moniker, Skrillex, and he is headed to LA for a series of small venue shows in January. Due to his gigantic burst of popularity over the last year, you had best hop to it if you want to secure tickets for these shows.

Tue 01/24/12  Hollywood, Dim Mak Studios
Wed 01/25/12  Los Angeles, EchoplexFri 01/27/12  Los Angeles, The Avalon/BardotSat 01/28/12  Hollywood, The PalladiumSun 01/29/12 Los Angeles, The Event Deck at LA Live

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Silverstein Kicks off New Year With A Tour


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 21, 2011


SILVERSTEIN Kicks Off New Year
With A Tour And Short Songs


SILVERSTEIN
Photo Credit: Brooks Reynolds
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While the rest of the industry settles down for the holiday, Toronto-based post-hardcore veterans SILVERSTEIN are not only preparing for the release of SHORT SONGS on February 7, 2012, they're also getting their tour shoes laced up and ready to run. Preparing for a national tour supporting August Burns Red (additional support from Texas In July with Letlive and I The Breather on assorted dates), the eight week US and Canadian trek kicks off on January 13th at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ and circles around North America, wrapping up in Philadelphia at the TLA on March 3rd.
Short Songs Artwork
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Short Songs is the follow-up to their critically acclaimed fifth studio album Rescue, which debuted at #37 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart. Produced by John Valeriote, who produced both Rescue and the Transitions EP, the two-sided release consists of 22 tracks comprised of brand new originals and seminal punk covers - all of which are under 90 seconds. Some of the covers include "Coffee Mug" (originally by Descendents), "Destination: Blood!" (Orchid), "Scenes From Parisian Life" (The Promise Ring), and "The Ballad of Wilhelm Fink" (Green Day). Responding to a thread on Punknews.org, the band had some fun and re-recorded NOFX's "It's My Job To Keep Punk Rock Elite" and changing the lyrics to reflect their reply to some of the comments on the post. The result was a tongue-in-cheek non-album track exclusively streamed at http://www.punknews.org/bands/silverstein titled "It's Your Job To Keep Punk News Elite."
Silverstein is Shane Told (Vocals / Guitar), Neil Boshart (Guitar), Josh Bradford (Guitar), Billy Hamilton (Bass), and Paul Koehler (Drums). Silverstein will be releasing Short Songs via Hopeless Records on February 7, 2012 and touring extensively throughout North America and Europe in 2012.

SILVERSTEIN on tour with August Burns Red
w/ August Burns Red, Letlive, Texas In July
Jan 13 Starland Ballroom Sayreville, NJ
Jan 14 Sonar Baltimore, MD
Jan 15 Amos’ Southend Charlotte, NC
Jan 17 The Music Farm Charleston, SC
Jan 18 Rocketown Nashville, TN
Jan 19 The Masquerade Atlanta, GA
Jan 20 House Of Blues Lake Buena Vista, FL
Jan 21 Revolution Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Jan 22 The Ritz Ybor Tampa, FL
Jan 23 Freebird Live Jacksonville, FL
Jan 25 House Of Blues Houston, TX
Jan 26 Diamond Ballroom Oklahoma City, OK
Jan 27 House Of Blues Dallas, TX
Jan 28 Emo’s East Austin, TX
Jan 29 White Rabbit San Antonio, TX

w/ August Burns Red, Texas In July, I The Breather
Jan 31 Rialto Theatre Tucson, AZ
Feb 01 House Of Blues Las Vegas, NV
Feb 02 House Of Blues Los Angeles, CA
Feb 03 House Of Blues San Diego, CA
Feb 04 House Of Blues Anaheim, CA
Feb 05 Regency Ballroom San Francisco, CA
Feb 07 The Summit Music Hall Denver, CO
Feb 08 The Complex Salt Lake City, UT
Feb 09 Knitting Factory Boise, ID
Feb 10 Hawthorne Theatre Portland, OR
Feb 11 El Corazon Seattle, WA
Feb 13 MacEwan Hall Calgary, AB
Feb 14 The Starlite Room Edmonton, AB
Feb 15 Louis’ Pub Saskatoon, SAS
Feb 16 The Garrick Winnipeg, MB
Feb 17 The Cabooze Minneapolis, MN
Feb 18 House Of Blues Chicago, IL
Feb 21 Bogart’s Cincinnati, OH
Feb 22 House Of Blues Cleveland, OH
Feb 23 St. Andrews Hall Detroit, MI
Feb 24 University of Guelph Guelph, ON
Feb 25 The Sound Academy Toronto, ON
Feb 26 Metropolis Montreal, QC
Feb 27 Northern Lights Clifton Park, NY
Feb 29 House Of Blues Boston, MA
Mar 01 Irving Plaza New York, NY
Mar 03 Theatre of Living Arts Philadelphia, PA

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Hey LA....3 Street Drum Corps Performances in January

Hey, hey LA....three chances to catch our boys in Street Drum Corps in January.
photo by Preston McClusky


Saturday January 7, 2012 Dim Mak Studios
1643 Cosmo St
Hollywood, CA 90028
http://www.facebook.com/DimMakStudios
*Free Show (21 + Over)

Saturday January 14, 2012 Guitar Center Drum Off
Club Nokia
800 West Olympic Blvd #335
Los Angeles, CA 90015
http://gc.guitarcenter.com/drum-off-2011/
*Special Free Pre Show Street Performance (At the outside entrance)


Saturday January 28, 2012 Bar Sinister 1652 N. Cherokee Ave
Hollywood, CA
http://www.barsinister.net/
18 + Over show! 

Monday, December 19, 2011

Mabbitt and Thrasher Release Cover of "Making Christmas"

Craig Mabbitt has released a really cool cover of Danny Elfman's "Making Christmas" from "Nightmare Before Christmas". The stellar guitar work is thanks to guitar-god-in-the-making Kevin "Thrasher" Gruft who has been playing with Escape the Fate of late (though you may know him better from his time with lovehatehero). Check it out HERE.

photo by Ashlei Brittany

Friday, December 16, 2011

Enter Shikari to Release "A Flash Flood of Colour" in January


ENTER SHIKARI
A Flash Flood Of Colour released January 17, 2012

on Hopeless Records


ENTER SHIKARI
Photo credit: JOE DILWORTH
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NEW YORK, NY – "Our music will always be written as a response to the world around us," says vocalist Rou Reynolds of UK-based electro-punk-rockers ENTER SHIKARI. "As the music is incredibly passionate, I find it hard to write about frivolous subjects because it'd feel extremely fake if I was running about a stage every night shouting my head off about some girl, or something else as equally mind numbing for the listener." Proof is in the pudding, as they say, with the release of their new album A FLASH FLOOD OF COLOUR on January 17, 2012 via Hopeless Records. An urgent state-of-the-world address, their third album is an impassioned call to arms, an empowering liberation transmission aimed at the head, heart and hips. It’s an album about community, about love and friendship, about self-determination and self-respect. And if we might be so bold, in simple terms, it’s the first great album of 2012.

Co-produced by the band and Dan Weller (Young Guns, Gallows) in Bang Saray, Thailand and London, England during May/June 2011, and mixed in Vancouver, Canada by Mike Fraser (AC/DC, Metallica, Biffy Clyro), A Flash Flood Of Colour is Enter Shikari's follow-up to 2009’s acclaimed Common Dreads. An incandescent snapshot of the modern age – of globalization and recession, repression and protest, commerce and control, activism and engagement – it’s music for a newly jolted generation, a soundtrack for the mosh-pit, the dance floor and the front lines. "The record is a collection of very individual songs, written over the last few years really," he explains. "They all do share a common theme though, well at least I think so - that of looking at things objectively and scientifically and the sense of empowerment for us all that comes out of that. We feel we simply have to speak out for what is actually important and relevant when surrounded by such a large percentage of art that has condensed itself into soulless, pointless muck, whether it's glorifying violence or propping up a culture of over-consumption and greed."
A Flash Flood of Colour
album art
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While politics and world events seem to have a large stake in the make-up of Enter Shikari, it's important to note that first and foremost, the music is what takes centerstage. A Flash Flood Of Colour is 11 tracks of adrenalized, beats-heavy punkrockdubstephardcoremetalambienttechnonoisecore, custom-built to shake foundations. Preceded by first single "Sssnakepit," a mind-melding amalgam of old school drum and bass and thrillingly propulsive distortopunk riffing which legendary BBC DJ Zane Lowe immediately hailed as his "Hottest Record" upon its September release, it's an album which distills the sound and fury of the modern world into a compelling, unified, slamming and utterly vital whole. "There's so much raw emotion on this record," Rou continues. "'Constellations' contains such an appreciative and sympathetic zest and a basic admiration for life, love and the universe. I believe this is something we've never come close to broadcasting before, at least on such an immediate level. At the other end of the spectrum, 'Pack of Thieves' is lyrically rather bitter and realistic. But it turns that into such excitement and empowerment in terms of what can be achieved as we move out of this era. And the music is some of the most positive sounding we've ever made."
From the stirring wake-up call of opening track "System…" ('Our generation's got to fight to survive...') through to the atmospheric, emotive kiss-off of the aforementioned "Constellations" (both an optimistic signpost to a brighter tomorrow and Rou’s open-hearted ‘thank you’ to the people, books, records and films that have shaped and guided Shikari on their journey thus far), A Flash Flood Of Colour throws up a dizzying, kaleidoscopic range of moods, tones and hues. "With this record we never sat down and consciously thought about what our intent might be," he says. "As with most things in this band, we just took each day as it came without any specific goals. We're happy with what we were creating so just let it happen and continued from where we left off on Common Dreads. We're a disorganised bunch really, and musically speaking, anything that we manage to pull off, is largely down to luck. Ha!"
Looking forward to next year, Rou concludes, "2012 will mark our first proper headline tour in the U.S. This will be your first proper chance to devour Shikari with all the condiments and fancy cutlery. Indulge!"
Enter Shikari is Rou Reynolds (vocals / electronics), Rory Clewlow (guitar / backing vocals), Chris Batten (bass / vocals), and Rob Rolfe (drums). A Flash Flood of Colour will be released on January 17, 2012 via Hopeless Records.
www.entershikari.com
www.facebook.com/entershikari

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Like Moths to Flames Contest



Check out this link for details on Like Moths to Flames’ vocal cover contest and how you can win some awesome prizes!




Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Talk In The Static at 4th and B


 Opening for The Motels last Saturday night at 4th and B was San Diego locals The Talk In The Static. This band came highly recommended from 4th and B talent buyer Ashlei Brittany,  and with good reason. The band turned up with amazingly infectious energy and a sizable crowd that had clearly turned out special to support them. Frontman Nate Cangemi has not only a strong voice and multi-instrumental prowess, but some mad dancing skills too.He was a bundle of energy and very entertaining to watch.  With two other members taking lead on different songs as well as changing up instruments from song to song there was a great deal of variation in the set, showcasing the best of their respective skills. San Diegans have long been known for supporting their locals so it was great to see this band garner so much affection from the crowd. This band is definitely one to watch.

The band closed their encore set (which was a true encore as demanded by the crowd and not a pre-planned affectation as they so often are) with a high energy cover of "Wake Up" by Arcade Fire that unfortunately didn't seem to entice as much crowd participation as one would have hoped, but was a great effort by the band and an excellent choice of encore.
Here's hoping 4th and B brings them back real soon.



Monday, December 12, 2011

Anthony Raneri to release Solo EP


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 12, 2011
BAYSIDE'S ANTHONY RANERI
TO RELEASE SOLO EP

Guests Include Members of
RX Bandits, Beat Union, My Chemical Romance


Anthony Raneri
Photo credit: Michael Scott Slosar
Click for hi-res
NEW YORK, NY – "This has been a long time in the making," says ANTHONY RANERI, lead vocalist/guitarist for BAYSIDE, about his upcoming solo EP. "I'm going to go into the studio and record four or five unreleased songs that I have written over the last three years. I always wanted these songs to see the light of day but I knew they wouldn't work for Bayside."
Breaking the news on Gumshoe Radio (the weekly idobi Radio-featured show that he and Bayside bassist Nick Ghanbarian host), the as-yet-untitled project will begin the recording process on December 13, 2011 at Hurley Studios in Costa Mesa, CA. Among the guests planned for the recording are Steve Choi (RX Bandits), Davey Warsop (Beat Union) and Jarrod Alexander (My Chemical Romance, Dead Country). "I basically wanted to create an awesome environment in the studio with a couple of good songwriting minds and really good vibes, stir it up and see what comes out," he says about his collaborators. An in-depth announcement with Anthony appears at Altpress.com here: www.altpress.com/features/entry/anthony_raneri_bayside_solo_wheres_the_band_tour.
A companion piece of sorts to his Where's the Band? Tour (an annual live package which features acoustic sets by frontmen of likeminded bands), this release is scheduled to coincide with the 2012 tour which, aside from himself, includes Ace Enders (Early November), Chris Conley (Saves the Day), Evan Weiss (Into It. Over It.), and Matt Pryor (The Get Up Kids). "I have been playing solo acoustic shows for about four years now. I always toyed with the idea of actually releasing some music but never really had the time. It seems like people that have been coming to the solo shows are really interested in a release, so I figured I'd give it a shot."
Stylistically different from Bayside, the songs don't adhere to a single style or genre. "As an artist, I wanted to try and challenge myself with some other kind of styles," he explains. "There is some alt-country style songs, some reggae songs... just some cool music. I have really eclectic musical tastes, so this is my chance to explore creating songs in other styles."
The release of the EP is planned for release around mid-January and the Where's the Band? Tour kicks off January 19th at the Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg, PA (dates can be found at the tour's Facebook page here: www.facebook.com/wherestheband). "I'm really looking forward to the recording process," says Anthony. "It's going to be very interesting."

Saturday, December 10, 2011

COME SEE THE MOTELS: 4TH AND B TONIGHT

If you are anywhere near San Diego, you all need to get down to 4th and B right now. The Motels just finished soundcheck, and I must say that Martha Davis sounds just as amazing now as she did in the 80's. There are tickets available at the door so dump whatever you are doing and get here NOW!

Brand New Head to The UK

Just a quick heads up for our UK friends. Brand New will be playing a series of dates in February of the coming year. Only a couple of them are sold out at this point which still gives you the opportunity to catch this amazing band live. Check out the dates on their Facebook page.

photo by Preston McClusky

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Jack and White: Gemini EP

It only takes one look at the press surrounding Jack and White to discover that most people are approaching this project through the lens of Brooke White and her experience with American Idol. I, however, approach this project through checking up on what Jack Matranga has been up to since the dissolution of Self Against City. It doesn't really matter what brings you to this project as much as it matters that you do take time to check it out. In listening to this EP you will immediately grasp the delicious jangly feel of the 70's "California Sound". There is something deliberately peculiar about the dynamic between these two musicians that is strongly reminiscent of the connection between Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. It's that odd sense through their music that they are finishing each other's sentences and thoughts. Really the only complaint would be a heartfelt desire to see Jack take the lead occasionally.

Track Listing:
Gemini
Double Trouble
Inside Outside
Telephone Games
Smoke and Mirrors
Feathers




Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Introducing...CAPELLE


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Introducing…. CAPELLE
UK based rock outfit gears up for a strong 2012

New York, NY – (December 6, 2011) – It is not often that a UK-based rock electro band with only one US tour under its belt has plans to return, a documentary entered in not one but two leading film festivals, multiple music videos AND a new album recently completed. It may not be common, but Capelle has made it look easy.
Capelle was formed in 2006 by Australian native and current London resident Nic Capelle. Like his recent accomplishments, Nic’s process is unusual. In addition to writing and producing, he hand selects his team based on the task at hand – the band’s line-up of musicians has been a revolving door, allowing Nic to choose the best people for the project or album he’s working on. For the band’s debut album “Money Now, Money How, Money When,” released in 2008, he worked with Fotis Vayenas on Guitar, Quinton Van Rooyen on Bass and Matteo D’Ignazi on drums. In 2011 he toured with Sam Holland on guitar, Eddie Wilson on Bass and Matteo D’Ignazi once again on drums. 2012 will see the UK line-up as Rick Taylor on Bass and he’ll be working with super talented drummer Gabe Rowland (formerly of LA based Peek Show) to promote the band’s sophomore album, “Crooked Deluxe,” due for mainstream release in early 2012. This deluxe edition album includes a Club Remix of first single “Muscle Car” and the making of the Muscle Car music video, which was shot near Joshua Tree.
Though it is quite common these days for a band to film and chronicle its on-tour shenanigans, once again Capelle has forged its own path by turning its 2011 US tour footage into a full-length documentary. The piece highlights the band’s journey – finding themselves in America, jamming with some greats across the country and gives passengers a first-hand look at what it’s like to make it in the music industry.  Wrought with emotion, the documentary, in addition to chronicling the band’s experiences traveling across the US, takes a look at contemporary music juxtaposed with the cities visited, many of which are steeped in music history, as well as popular American culture. As Nic puts it,  “Take an unknown rock band, plus every penny they've got and drop them in America to embark on a self-funded nine week tour in a rented RV, from Los Angeles to New York. That’s Capelle.”
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Monday, December 5, 2011

The After Party to tour with Allstar Weekend



To Tour with Allstar Weekend January 13-February 26
Band Releases New Music Video (“California”)
Self-Titled EP Out Now
Kansas City KS’ The After Party will support Allstar Weekend on a winter tour that kicks off in Minneapolis, MN on January 13 and winds down February 26 in Chicago, IL.
With songs that instantly catch listeners' ears, and a sound that combines the best of the boy band era with modern day pop, it's no surprise that The After Party is quickly becoming a favorite for music lovers across America. The quartet has already begun to make an impact in the music scene in a relatively short amount of time.
In November of 2009, the group released their debut EP "All The Wrong Places," produced by Kevin Gates (Nevershoutnever, Romance On A Rocketship, The Ready Set). These six songs, along with face time on MTV's Teen Cribs, instantly brought attention to the band and allowed them to begin touring nationally. Though the boys were fresh out of high school, their charisma and professionalism on and off stage gained the band respect and a dedicated following, opening opportunities such as a featured performance at the Texas State Fair, an acoustic tour sponsored by Hot Topic, and support performances with acts like Cartel, Allstar Weekend, the GS Boyz, and Runner Runner.
The After Party released their self-titled sophomore EP last spring with producers Zack Odom and Kenneth Mount (All Time Low, Mayday Parade, Cartel) and by listening to tracks like "Can’t Stop" and "Secret Lover" it is evident that the group has graduated from playing adolescent pop rock songs into writing Top 40 hits, ready to take over radio and clubs alike. This new age boy band is going to change the scene, one song at a time.
The After Party has just posted their new music video for the latest single, “California” which can be viewed here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4dxglxxAd8&feature=youtu.be.
Their previous videos (“Can’t Stop” and “Secret Lover” can be viewed at: www.youtube.com/theafterpartyrox.

The band will be heading into the studio this month to track a new single with Andrew Goldstein (Hot Chelle Rae, Selena Gomez, Big Time Rush, Jason Derulo.)
To purchase The After Party’s self-titled EP: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-after-party-ep/id420699690.
To purchase the latest single, “California”: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/california-single/id470427048.
The After Party Tour Dates (supporting Allstar Weekend):
Jan 13 Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater
Jan 14 Kansas City, MO - Beaumont Club
Jan 16 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
Jan 17 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
Jan 18 Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
Jan 20 Vancouver, BC – The Vogue
Jan 21 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
Jan 22 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
Jan 24 Chico, CA – El Rey Theatre
Jan 25 Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades
Jan 26 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
Jan 27 San Diego – House of Blues
Jan 28 Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
Jan 29 West Hollywood, CA – House of Blues
Jan 31 Tucson, AZ – The Rock
Feb 1 Queen Creek, AZ – Queen Creek PAC
Feb 3 San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
Feb 4 Dallas, TX – House of Blues
Feb 5 Houston, TX – House of Blues
Feb 6 New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
Feb 8 Fort Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
Feb 9 Orlando, FL – House of Blues
Feb 10 Atlanta, GA – Center Stage
Feb 11 Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues
Feb 12 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
Feb 14 Silver Springs, MD – The Fillmore
Feb 15 Philadelphia, PA – TLA
Feb 16 Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar
Feb 17 Huntington, NY – Paramount Theatre
Feb 18 Boston, MA – House of Blues
Feb 19 Bergen, NJ – NJPAC
Feb 20 Staten Island, NY – St. George Theatre
Feb 22 Toronto, ON – QE Theatre
Feb 23 Grand Rapids, MI - The Intersection
Feb 24 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
Feb 25 Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room
Feb 26 Chicago, IL – House of Blues

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Alesana - SOMA - Photos

More of Alesana being their ever so photogenic selves.
all photos by Ashlei Brittany













Friday, December 2, 2011

Twin Atlantic Announce "Twinstagram Mosaic Project"


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Glasgow’s Twin Atlantic 
Announce the ‘Twinstagram Mosaic Project’ Letting Fans Dictate Artwork For a Limited Edition Lithograph

Band’s Critically Acclaimed Debut Full-Length, Free, Available Now on Red Bull Records

Produced By Gil Norton (Foo Fighters, Pixies, Jimmy Eat World)



Glasgow’s TWIN ATLANTIC, who just wrapped up their SOLD OUT U.S. tour as support for AWOLNATION and Middle Class Rut, have announced the launch of a groundbreaking new promotion in partnership with popular photo social networking site Instagram.

The Twin Atlantic 'Instagram Project' will be launched on December 2nd and is the first of its kind.  The project will pull in fans' Instagram uploads tagged with the hashtag #freetwinatlantic and pull them all into their own grid allowing fans to interact with their own photo socially and share it with friends via Email, Facebook walls and Twitter.

But that's not all… once enough fans have done it, exclusive content will be unlocked, like a FREE download of the Hadouken! remix of the song 'Make A Beast Of Myself', very special acoustic videos and a few surprises too, meaning fans of the band can get their mitts on some great goodies!

As the fans' pictures continue to grow, the photos will be pulled into a mosaic image of the 'Make A Beast Of Myself' single cover of the Virgin Mary and made into a lithograph composed of all the fans' images.  This very special litho will be available for presale during the promotion.

Twin Atlantic’s critically-lauded debut full-length, FREE, was recorded at Red Bull Studios in Santa Monica, CA with legendary producer Gil Norton (Foo Fighters, Pixies, Jimmy Eat World). Free, the follow up to the well-received debut EP, Vivarium, expands upon the band’s signature sound, melding angular riffs with energetic choruses.  Explosive and hard charging, yet melodic and thoughtful, the tracks cut deep and ring true to the listener, leaving a lasting impression.

The video for the title track and current U.S. single “Free” was directed by Howard Greenhalgh (Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun”) and can be viewed here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TAJ_be8S8A.  

Twin Atlantic is expected to return to the U.S. for another tour in early 2012. Details will be announced shortly. The band is currently on tour throughout the UK:

Dec 2nd / Birmingham – o2 Academy 2 (+14)
Dec 3rd / Nottingham – Rescue Rooms (+14)
Dec 4th / Manchester – Club Academy (+14)
Dec 6th / Wrexham – Central Station (+14)
Dec 7th / Leeds – Cockpit (+14)
Dec 9th / Edinburgh – HMV Picturehouse (+14)
Dec 10th / Glasgow – o2 Academy (+14)
Dec 11th / Aberdeen – Forum (+16)
Dec 12th / Dundee – Fat Sam’s (+14)






Praise for Twin Atlantic’s FREE:

 “an ambitious and truly spectacular debut… Free is the sound of a band losing the chains...and writing songs that the hairs on the back of their necks adore... Holding nothing back sounds exactly like this, everyone else please take note. 9 out of 10”- Rock Sound

"A record so strong it's hard to single out standout tracks, and even harder to locate points of weakness, and by anyone's standards, this is one hell of an achievement."- Kerrang!

“...densely woven guitars and rattling choruses...Twin Atlantic are doing nothing wrong and much that is right--their future looks bright indeed."- Q Magazine

"A great rock band that will continue to push more doors open for themselves...4 out of 5- Alterthepress



@twinatlantic

Monday, November 28, 2011

The Early November Sign to Rise Records


For Immediate Release
November, 28, 2011


Rise Records Signs
The Early November

New Album Coming Spring 2012

More Tour Dates Announced



Rise Records is proud to announce the signing of The Early November. The influential New Jersey band is currently locked away at The Living Room Studio in Hammonton, NJ working on their first new record in six years, set to be released in the spring of 2012.

In a joint statement the band says, "We are pleased to announce that after a few years of rest and even longer since last recording, The Early November will be making another record to be released by the fine folks at Rise Records. Our very own Ace Enders will be recording and producing and even in these early stages, we are all incredibly excited and happy. Look for it and much more of The Early November in 2012. From the bottom of our collective heart, thank you all for the support all these years. It's truly overwhelming."

Lead singer and guitarist Enders also had this to say regarding the band’s decision to sign with Rise: “When we decided to make this album we thought really hard about where to release it. Since so much has changed in the music business we were afraid that we wouldn't find a place that allowed us the artistic integrity that our label did in the past. After talking with Rise we were really happy to find that support and excitement from them so we can make the record that we want to make for the long time fans.”

The band has just released a signing video which can be viewed here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7tIAT_swm8.

The Early November has announced some more dates so be sure to see them live!

December 26th - Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
w/ Man Overboard & Hostage Calm

December 28th - Pittsburgh, PA @ Alter Bar
w/ Man Overboard & Hostage Calm

December 29th - Towson, MD @ Recher Theater
w/ Man Overboard & Young Statues

December 30th Vineland, NJ @ Hanger 84 (on sale 11/30 @ 12pm EST)
w/ Man Overboard, Young Statues, Shotgun Bang




Sunday, November 27, 2011

We Love Drummers: Jeremy Bryan of Alesana

More photos of Alesana from the recent SOMA show, this time focused on drummer Jeremy Bryan, who was quite glaringly left out of the recent Alternative Press Drummer feature. Oh, and if a representative of Vic Firth happens to be reading this, we will happily put you in contact with the photographer, as your sticks are quite brilliantly featured in these photos.
photos by Ashlei Brittany