Monday, March 1, 2010
The future is now… we have officially landed with our feet on the ground in 2010. It’s a new year, a new decade, and the time for you to discover your new favorite band has arrived. Allow Exploding In Sound to be your guide, as we are extraordinarily proud to release the brand new, exclusive compilation… GLORIOUS NOISE, now available for FREE DOWNLOAD! Glorious Noise is a true exploration of rock music, with a sound so massive you need to hear it to believe. After an incredible first year of releasing compilations, I can honestly say that I feel this is best release yet. The album features 20 incredible appearances from Traindodge, Mr. Gnome, LIONS, Regular John, Disco Doom, And So I Watch You From Afar, White Belt Yellow Tag, Turbo Fruits, Ceremony, Apteka, Battleme, and more!! Scouring the globe… and the internet… for the greatest bands that need to be heard, Glorious Noise is an international affair, with submissions from the United States, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, and Europe. Great rock music with integrity, intelligence, and intensity is being made worldwide, and Exploding In Sound is dedicated to bringing you the best of the best. The bands comprising the compilation deliver an assorted array of genres including post-rock, grunge, shoegaze, alternative, indie, acoustic, post-punk, and more. As always, the compilation is a 100% FREE digital download, containing artwork, band descriptions, links for further enjoyment, and more. I want to reach out and thank everyone who has helped put this record together, especially the bands, their labels, and management. Without the help, interest, and cooperation of these incredible artists none of this would be possible, because after all this is a glorious celebration of their music and artistic vision. I’d also like to thank the loyal Exploding In Sound fans for your continued support and belief! I am very confident you will love this compilation as much as I do. Don’t forget… support the artists and great music will continue to be made.
Sharing of the download link is HIGHLY recommended and encouraged to anyone and everyone you think might be interested. As this is a FREE compilation, the goal is to gain the maximum audience achievable, and word of mouth is always appreciated. GLORIOUS NOISE HAS ARRIVED, SO LET THE CELEBRATION BEGIN. THE TIME TO EMBRACE THE NOISE IS UPON US ALL… PLEASE DOWNLOAD, SHARE, POST, and SPREAD the word to everyone you know. Great music is being made, and it’s up to us, the fans, to deliver it to as many willing listeners as possible. ENJOY!
Special thanks go out to all of the bands, Jon Turner for his amazing artwork, Ty Griffin, Craig Cirinelli, Matt Drenik, Nik Tropiano, Charlene at Smalltown America, Jules Wilson at Rice Is Nice, Jamie Johnston, Amy Winslow, David Edwards, Gene Griffin, Glynn Wedgewood, Steph Edwardes, Preston Maddox, Larry Suglio, Abby Walthall, Janesta Boudreau, my family, friends, and everyone who is supporting the cause. The amount of great music out there is enormous, so let Exploding In Sound be your guide for all the new rock you need to know.
Extra special thanks to our most gracious Executive Producers: Wade Farmer, Kevin Glassel, Tommy Colgate, Aaron Cattley, Derek Hayes, and Dom DeRiso.
- Dan Goldin / ExplodingInSound.com
Tracklisting and Artist Information:
1. Traindodge – If I Pass You on the Street (from the album I Am Forever)
Oklahoma City’s own local legends Traindodge have been creating an ever progressing array of post-punk and math rock staples since their inception back in 1996. Each of their five albums find the band reinventing themselves, while pushing their sound further in new directions. With a dedicated following, Traindodge have managed to sit just below the mainstream rock circles, garnering far too little attention outside the Midwest and South. Their most recent effort, and easily my favorite, finds the band developing a strong space rock sound into their prog meets post-punk sound by way of complex rhythms and delicate synths. Imagine your favorite elements of Fugazi, Shiner, and Hum combined into one time shifting uncompromising blast of angular rock.
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2. Mr. Gnome – Vampires (from the album Heave Yer Skeleton)
Cleveland, OH duo Mr. Gnome is comprised of the sultry singing and expansive guitar playing of Nicole Barille and the precision drumming of Sam Meister. Together these two have been making an incredible racket while on tour, garnering wide spread acclaim from coast to coast. Their sophomore album Heave Yer Skeleton was one of 2009’s best releases showcasing their incredible ethereal beauty and giddily erupting punk spazz outs. Gorgeous melodies collide with dazzling textures and destructive carnage for a sound that is truly unique. The band has been compared to a wide range of artists including everything from Bjork and Cat Power to Queens of The Stone Age and Death From Above 1979. Sound strange? Give a listen and it will all make sense in time.
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3. LIONS – Poster Child (from the album Let No One Fall)
LIONS are one of Austin, TXs most beloved hometown bands, and their infectious grunge / riff rock sound has started to spread throughout the country and internationally thanks to tours with Toadies, Local H, and Monster Magnet. Singer/guitarist Matt Drenik and guitarist Austin Kalman lead the quartet through monolithic riffs ranging from menacing to psychedelic and everywhere in between. The band gained more mainstream exposure as their music was prominently featured on FX’s hit show, Sons of Anarchy, as well as an appearance in Guitar Hero. Their southern blend of stoner rock riffs, grunge mentality, and melodic vocals makes for an incredible live show with the band’s sonic assault at full force.
BUY THE ALBUM.
4. Regular John – Language (from the album The Peaceful Atom is a Bomb)
Ever since I first picked up a copy of The Peaceful Atom is a Bomb, Regular John’s debut full length album, I have been nothing short of obsessed. The quartet hail from Sydney, Australia and have been making big waves on their home soil over the past year. The band were honored with the award for “Best Rock Album of the Year” at the Australian Rolling Stone Magazine Awards this past winter, following huge touring opportunities as part of Big Day Out and an opening slot on Karnivool’s national tour. Their sound is a mix of all that is good in hard rock, borrowing from grunge, prog, garage, experimental, and punk rock and molding it into a conscious and intelligent auditory experience. The album gets better with every listen, so show your support and let the band know the rest of the world is listening.
BUY THE ALBUM.
5. The Blind Pets – Fever (from the album Smashed)
Austin, TX’s newest destructive force comes by way of The Blind Pets, whose riotous groove filled grunge sound recalls everything that recent rock albums have been missing. Riffs are fuzzy, memorable, and heavy on the power chords, as the trio churn out potential hit singles left and right. The band displays an undeniable talent for deep stoner grooves, but remains loyal to the simplicity of punk rock. All three members of the band bash away at their instruments with young excitement and skillful accuracy on their debut record Smashed, proving to the world once and for all that grunge ain’t dead. The 90’s may be gone, but the spirit of the music we all know and love remains strong in the hearts of The Blind Pets.
BUY THE ALBUM.
6. Disco Doom – The Magic Arc Song (from the EP Green Exciter)
When you think Zurich, Switzerland, rock music probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind, but just one listen to Disco Doom should thoroughly change that. Don’t let the name fool you, Disco Doom are neither doom metal nor disco music, but instead shoot for the highest echelon of indie guitar rock. Disco Doom spent much of 2008 and 2009 on tour, as they were personally invited to support alt/indie legends Built to Spill. The pair makes a great duo, as Disco Doom sound like the unpredictable offspring of their touring partners, Dinosaur Jr., and The Flaming Lips. Their debut album Dream Electric was released this past November, and leaves me stunned with each listen. Angular guitars, sub sonic bass lines, and quirky anything goes psychedelic pop tendencies contribute to their underappreciated masterpiece.
BUY THE ALBUM.
7. And So I Watch You From Afar – A Little Bit of Solidarity Goes a Long Way (from the album And So I Watch You From Afar)
To call And So I Watch You From Afar post-rock would be unfair. The band does play an exclusively instrumental brand of rock, but their spastic intelligence has more in common with the monolithic heaviness of ISIS, albeit wired on speed, than it does Mogwai. Belfast, Ireland’s favorite progressive instrumentalists spend the majority of their time on the road, building a rabid following at their explosive concerts. Wrapping up their recent tour with the mighty Oceansize, And So I Watch You From Afar are gearing up for their American takeover this March with several shows in New York City as well as a full schedule at SXSW. Intense, crushing, creative, and stunning, for these four lads, the music does all the talking. Be sure to check out their brand new Letters EP, now available from all digital retailers.
BUY THE ALBUM.
8. White Belt Yellow Tag – You’re Not Invincible (from the upcoming album Methods)
Following the demise of seminal English post-punk experimentalists Yourcodenameis:milo, lead guitarist Justin Lockey wasted no time forming a new project with a new focus. Recruiting multi-instrumentalist Craig Pilbin, the duo known as White Belt Yellow Tag have created a sound that can best be described as atmospheric alternative rock with healthy doses of space-age reverb and layering. The band are joined live by drummer Tom Bellamy (formerly of The Cooper Temple Clause), quickly becoming a favorite of Radio 1’s Zane Lowe and for good reason. White Belt Yellow Tag fuses together pop structures and melodic accessibility with soaring wall of sound guitars and an ethereal grandiosity similar to UK darlings Muse or Doves. Pilbin’s voice is both gentle and powerful, a welcoming sound for modern rock radio.
BUY THE EP.
9. Let Our Enemies Beware – Personal Space Invaders (from the album Against Karate)
There is no band on this compilation more suiting to the title of “Glorious Noise” than London’s post-punk / metal masterminds Let Our Enemies Beware. The band experiment with a crushing blend of aggressive riffs, complex rhythmic structures, twisted vocal melodies, and enormous wavering post rock guitars to create post-metal that is unapologetic, artistic, engaging, and unique. Heavily distorted, generally abrasive, often strange, Let Our Enemies Beware aren’t afraid to explore the vast realms of rock with a sinister sense of humor and colossal force of noise. Their debut album Against Karate is a dark and mesmerizing trip through hypnotic beauty, bludgeoning apocalyptic bursts of noise, and genuine musical anarchy.
BUY THE ALBUM.
10. STEREO IS A LIE – What We Do (previously unreleased)
Austin, TX’s STEREO IS A LIE is the brainchild of frontman Glynn Wedgewood, originally from the UK. The band take the influences of both their current and former scenes into effect when creating their mix of brit-pop inspired , southern charmed shoegaze. STEREO IS A LIE were recently honored by Austin’s Deli Magazine, having been awarded the “Best Emerging Artist of 2009,” an impressive feat when considering the sheer quantity of bands Austin has to offer. After months of laboring over their debut album, the band appears ready to take the entire nation by storm later this year. Their songs, with confident vocal swagger and arena ready guitar sounds will quickly appeal to fans of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Alberta Cross, The Verve, and more. It’s been a long time coming to get these guys onto Exploding In Sound, but the wait was well worth it.
11. Battleme – No Time For Blood (previously unreleased)
Battleme is the acoustic side project from LIONS frontman Matt Drenik. While he finds time to roar and stomp with his main band, Battleme’s music finds Drenik letting out his inner singer/songwriter with incredible results. Gentle acoustic guitars strum below his relaxed vocal delivery and keen sense for song craft. His debut song “Burn This Town” was originally featured in FX’s Sons of Anarchy, and the track instantly drove straight up the iTunes charts thanks to the sincere writing and easy going performance. Heavily influenced by the late great Elliott Smith, Drenik is working on his debut album during some down time from LIONS. Heart wrenching lyrics, gorgeous chord progressions, and simple lo-fi recordings all add to the bedroom studio ambiance and simplicity we’ve already grown to love.
BUY THE "BURN THIS TOWN" SINGLE.
12. Apteka – Traitors (from the Traitors 7”)
Chicago, IL’s Apteka have an undeniable style. Part shoegaze, part psychedelic, and entirely awesome, the quartet make music that jangles with distortion while steadily grooving with noisy experimentation. This is rarely the shoegaze luscious dreamscapes are made of, but rather a visceral attack of thick layered guitars, stampeding rhythms, and angst filled vocals. The result is equal parts My Bloody Valentine, Autolux, and Smashing Pumpkins colliding with a dash of pure Led Zeppelin rock n’ roll and a pinch of punk rock exuberance. The band made a big splash at last year’s SXSW, labeled as a “must see act”, and look to do the same this year at SXSW 2010 when they are playing the Kill Red Rocket Records showcase amongst several others. Just in time for the festival, Apteka are offering this compilation track on a brand new 7” with an accompanying b-side that is equally impressive with some awesome cover art to match.
BUY THE 7”.
13. Turbo Fruits – Mama’s Mad Cos I Fried My Brain (from the album Echo Kid)
Turbo Fruits, Nashville, TN’s esteemed power trio, are the next big thing in indie pop-rock. The band, featuring ex-Be Your Own Pet member Jonas Stein, offer swirling garage punk guitars, surf inspired solos, and charming vocals that triumphantly double for added enjoyment. The steadily fast tempo is reminiscent at times to the electro punk of Death From Above 1979, only with a heavier influence from The Beach Boys and an occasionally chaotic, but always fun, sense of innocent wonderment and tongue-in-cheek humor. Currently on tour with Surfer Blood throughout mid April, the band certainly looks to make a big splash on the nation’s rock scene with their memorable songs, roaring guitar solos, intensely catchy melodies, and an undeniable knack for blistering care-free sun soaked garage pop.
BUY THE ALBUM.
14. Postdata – Tobias Gray (from the album Postdata)
Postdata, the solo project from Wintersleep frontman Paul Murphy showcases the singer at his most intimate. Hailing from Nova Scotia, Canada, the Postdata project finds Murphy teaming up with brother Michael to create unbelievably personal music with a focus on family, death, and dreams. The songs are stripped down and haunting in their beauty, with minimalistic acoustic guitar, sparse atmospheric synths, and an always stunning vocal delivery. The album flows with a candlelit beauty, flickering with memorable ambiance and sentimentality. Imagine the framework of your next favorite Wintersleep song given the space to breathe and drift in simplistic splendor, and you will understand why this album has quickly become one of my favorites of 2010.
BUY THE ALBUM.
15. Talons – Keys & Codes (from the album Talons)
Sydney, Australia’s Talons can be described by one word, and one word only… RAW. Their wild post-punk fury is addictive and catchy while the band churns out quick, energetic, jagged bursts of sonic bliss. When you listen to the band’s self-titled debut, it’s a similar rush to getting kicked in the face, only more pleasing. This is punk rock at its best… snarling, ripping, engaging, and honest. The intensity fuels track after track with a swelling sense of aggression, but never without careful attention to melody and musicianship. Their angular punk spirit is met with an equal love of grunge, as overdriven distortion bleeds from their guitars, wailing with scathing feedback. Fans of early Nirvana, The Bronx, and Fugazi will all appreciate Talons relentless agitation and the charismatic pummeling provided with each spin of their exceptional record.
BUY THE ALBUM.
16. Sugar Army – Building Castles (from the album The Parallels Amongst Ourselves)
The isolated major city of Perth seems to be a breeding ground for truly epic rock music, first the the world was introduced to Karnivool, and now please welcome, Sugar Army. The band recently released their 2009 debut album The Parallels Amongst Ourselves, a record that is gigantic in every way imaginable. The young band show incredible maturity throughout their record, flexing their ability to shift between the groove heavy alternative rock of Arctic Monkeys, the epic prog pop of Muse, and the noisy shoegaze of The Jesus and Mary Chain. Fresh off this year’s Big Day Out festival, there’s no question the band are aiming for greatness as they look to continue making their mark down under with a constant barrage of singles from their song focused debut.
BUY THE ALBUM.
17. Ceremony – Dreams Stripped Away (previously unreleased)
With all the deviation in the shoegaze sound, Virginia’s Ceremony is proud to stay firmly grounded in the roots of the genre. After the demise of Skywave, a band considered by many to be responsible for the resurgence of shoegaze in America, bassist Oliver Akerman formed the incredible A Place to Bury Strangers, and remaining members Paul Baker and John Fedowitz formed the equally excellent Ceremony. Picking up directly where Skywave left off, the duo’s guitars make a tremendous amount of noise thanks to some serious pedal magic. Blisteringly loud washes of guitars are as piercing as they are soothing, contrasting the lo-fi drum machine rhythms tucked just below the mix. Baker’s vocals add great texture, sounding relaxed and calming amongst the breaking dance beats and all encompassing storm of guitar effects.
BUY THE ALBUM.
18. Prayer For Animals – Neutral Bees (from the album Swell)
These Texas boys have embraced their surroundings, developing an amalgamation of rock genres into their own southern fried blues attack on the masses. With prevalent influences ranging from alt country, Americana, surf, and psychedelic rock, Prayer For Animals have created a beast entirely their own, and are on to something as distinctive as it is incredible. This is the LCD inspired blues rock of the 70s, the down home spirit of Americana, and sun bleached surf rock rolled into one tight and cohesive package. The band wails through an eclectic range of ambitious stylistic shifts, with diverse influences including Neil Young, The Doors, Pavement, and Television. Prayer for Animals has delivered a debut release that manages to sound relaxed and genuine despite its sweeping musical complexity and intricate creativity.
BUY THE ALBUM.
19. Black Nite Crash – Jonah Dive (from the 12” inch split release with Sky Parade)
Seattle, Washington’s Black Nite Crash are named after the final single from legendary shoegazer pioneers Ride, fitting for a band eager to respect their peers, but anxious to leave their own legacy. A strong emphasis on the vocals places Black Nite Crash further into the alternative realm than most shoegaze bands dare to venture, but the band emerge from the haze with successful clever songwriting and infectiously slow building grooves and breaks. Their debut album Array is a gorgeous trip through dense and inspired guitar manipulation and controlled sonic chaos. The band just released a new split 12” with Sky Parade on Custom Made Music, followed by a new full length this coming fall.
BUY THE 12".
20. Veil Veil Vanish – Anthem for a Doomed Youth (from the album Change in the Neon Light)
Veil Veil Vanish just released their debut full length, Change in the Neon Light, and the press is already running rabid to feature the band. Creating a dark and moody atmosphere often described as “new-gaze” (new wave meets shoegaze), VVV have drawn comparisons to The Cure thanks to their danceable pop rhythms and lush vocals. Significantly heavier than Robert Smith and company, San Francisco’s Veil Veil Vanish are making music on their own terms with post-punk embellishment and swirling dance floor inspired rhythms to accentuate their melodic wall of sound.
BUY THE ALBUM.
Posted by Dan Goldin at 12:51 PM