Sunday, February 28, 2010


If anyone is interested in helping fund the printing of physical copies of GLORIOUS NOISE [the upcoming compilation from EXPLODING IN SOUND... due out Monday, March 1st], please shoot me an e-mail (my address is in About/Contact). The compilation is FREE, so there is no return, but I would be happy to work something out.

I am more than willing to pay back at another time, but want to have these ready for SXSW [March 16th], so time is an issue! The compilations are not for sale, and will still be 100% free. The goal is to distribute during SXSW to help promote our the site and our cause. All donations guarantee yourselves a few copies of the CD, as well as executive producer credits (for what it's worth... hah). Please let me know if you would like to help. Thanks so much.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

The Melvins Tour with ISIS and Totimoshi!

[] Melvins have wrapped up work on their new album and will be revealing more details regarding it shortly. In other news, the band have announced the following new dates with Totimoshi, and on select stops, Isis:

With Totimoshi:

June 01st San Diego, CA – Casbah
June 02nd Tempe, AZ – The Clubhouse
June 03rd Albuquerque, NM – Launch Pad
June 05th Austin, TX – Emo’s
June 07th Houston, TX -Warehouse Live
June 08th Baton Rouge, LA – Spanish Moon
June 09th New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks
June 10th Birmingham, AL – Bottle Tree
June 12th Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Festival (no Totimoshi)

With Isis, Totimoshi:

June 14th Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club
June 16th Washington DC – 9:30 Club
June 17th Philadelphia, PA – T.L.A.
June 18th New York, NY – Webster Hall
June 19th Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall Of Williamsburg
June 20th Boston, MA – Paradise
June 21st Boston, MA – Paradise

With Totimoshi:

June 23rd Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
June 24th Detroit, MI – Small’s
June 25th Chicago, IL – Double Door
June 26th Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
June 27th Des Moines, IA – House Of Bricks
June 29th Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
July 02nd Calgary, AB – Sled Island Festival (no Totimoshi)
July 03rd Calgary, AB – Sled Island Festival (no Totimoshi)
July 05th Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
July 06th Seattle, WA – Showbox At The Market
July 07th Eugene, OR – John Henrys
July 09th San Jose, CA – Blank Club

STEREO IS A LIE Reviewed by Room Thirteen

Room Thirteen has reviewed STEREO IS A LIE's single "What We Do," giving the track a score of 12 out of 13...

[] Brit rock meets Texas rock as the band that was recently voted best breakthrough band in Austin, Texas last year purely for their awesome live shows, Stereo Is A Lie, release their first song ‘What We Do’ for the rest of the world to realize what those in the ‘Music Capital of the World’ already know.

The sound is a perfect balance that feels just at home in an arena or an intimate, smokey, bar. ‘What We Do’ has powerful guitars with the ideal blend of distortion and emotional vocals that take you off on the journey with the band making it four and half minutes of pure listening pleasure.

If the debut album, which is due out later this year, is half as good as ‘What We Do’ then expect to hear a lot more from Stereo Is A Lie. Now all we need to do is get them here in the UK.

Arcane Roots Post Third Studio Video

"Hey everyone, come along to guitarworld and start to hear our EP take shape. The day was mainly spent doing one half of the heavy guitars on my SG through my Orange head and a Marshall J2000. Its starting to get BIG! Guitarworld again tomorrow!" - Arcane Roots

As Tall As Lions Announce Headlining Tour

As Tall As Lions have announced the initial dates for their upcoming headlining tour. Here's what the band had to say about it...

"Very excited to announce our headlining tour, something that we've been looking forward to doing for quite some time, since we've been on the road pretty much for the last 6 months supporting some really talented bands. There is already a vibe that these shows are really going to be something musically special, and we know we won't let it happen any other way.

There will be a fanclub presale starting this Monday, March 1st. These tickets will be available to our sincerest fans, through us before they are anywhere else.

FanClub Only Ticket Presale*: - Starting Monday, March 1st

*FanClub Ticket comes at a reduced price along with a signed tour poster.

Here's the dates:

Apr 6 2010 7:00P The Bottom Lounge (Headline Tour) Chicago, Illinois
Apr 7 2010 7:00P The Varsity Theater (Headline Tour) Minneapolis, Minnesota
Apr 9 2010 7:00P Record Bar (Headline Tour) Kansas City, Missouri
Apr 10 2010 7:00P Marquis Theater (Headline Tour) Denver, Colorado
Apr 13 2010 7:00P Clubouse Music Venue (Headline Tour) Tempe, AZ
Apr 14 2010 7:00P Club 101 (Headline Tour) El Paso, Texas
Apr 16 2010 11:00A Coachella Music Festival Indio, California
Apr 19 2010 7:00P Slim’s (Headline Tour) San Francisco, California
Apr 21 2010 7:00P Hawthorne Theater (Headline Tour) Portland, Oregon
Apr 22 2010 7:00P Neumos (Headline Tour) Seattle, Washington
Apr 23 2010 7:00P Neurolux (Headline Tour) Boise, Idaho
Apr 24 2010 7:00P Club Sound (Headline Tour) Salt Lake City, Utah
Apr 27 2010 7:00 House of Blues (Headline Tour) Dallas, Texas
Apr 30 2010 7:00P The Social (Headline Tour) Orlando, Florida
May 1 2010 7:00P Culture Room (Headline Tour) Fort Lauderdale, Florida
May 2 2010 7:00P State Theatre (Headline Tour) St. Petersburg, Florida
May 3 2010 7:00P Vinyl (Headline Tour) Atlanta, Georgia
May 5 2010 7:00P World Cafe Live (Headline Tour) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
May 6 2010 7:00P The Fillmore New York @ Irving (Headline Tour) New York, New York
May 7 2010 7:00P Sonar Club Stage (Headline Tour) Baltimore, Maryland
May 9 2010 7:00P The Middle East (Headline Tour) Boston, Massachusetts

Support acts will be announced soon. Also, there is a chance we might be releasing some more dates in the future.

Alice In Chains Announce New Leg of Tour

[] Alice In Chains have booked the following new leg of American dates for the spring:

April 15th Portland, ME – Civic Center
April 16th Providence, RI – Dunkin Donuts Arena
April 17th Wilkes Barre, PA – Mohegan Sun Arena
April 19th Huntington, WV – Big Sandy Arena
April 20th Norfolk, VA – Norva
April 21st Raleigh, NC – Memorial Auditorium
April 23rd Ft. Myers, FL – Live X
April 24th Tampa, FL – 98Rockfest
April 25th St. Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheatre
April 27th Asheville, NC – Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
April 28th Chattanooga, TN – Memorial Auditorium
April 30th Birmingham, AL – Crawfish Fest
May 01st Memphis, TN – Beale Street Fest
May 19th Glen Falls, NY – Glen Falls Civic Center
May 20th West Long Branch, NJ – MAC Center @ Monmouth University
May 23rd Camden, NJ – MMRBQ @ Susquehanna Bank Center

Quick Notes: Deftones and Open Hand

*[] The Deftones have a video for their track “Rocket Skates” in the works. The clip is currently in the editing stages and is expected to surface in the coming weeks. The song comes from the bands new album “Diamond Eyes“, which is set for a May 18th release date.

*Open Hand are planning an April release date for their new album “Honey” through Anodyne Records. The outing will feature collaborations with Matt Talbot of HUM fame and Christopher “Kid” Reid of Kid n’ Play. More information on the bands current incarnation and their upcoming effort can be found online HERE.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Jonathan Demme's Neil Young Film Comes to Theaters, DVD

[] The Silence of the Lambs/Rachel Getting Married director Jonathan Demme is an old hand at filming Neil Young, filming live shows, and filming Neil Young live shows. Demme previously directed Young's 2006 concert film Heart of Gold, as well as the non-Neil concert docs Stop Making Sense (Talking Heads) and Storefront Hitchcock (Robyn Hitchcock). He also got TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe to sing Young's "Unknown Legend" in Rachel Getting Married. The man knows what he's doing, so the news that he's directed another Neil Young concert film is welcome indeed.

On March 19, Young's movie Neil Young Trunk Show will open at a few theaters across the country, where it'll run for a week, and Reprise will release it on DVD and Blu-ray later in the year. Demme filmed Young playing two shows at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania when he was on his 2007 Chrome Dreams II tour. In the movie, he plays both electric and acoustic songs, and the set list includes "Mexico", "Kansas", "The Sultan", "Cinnamon Girl", "Cowgirl in the Sand", "After the Gold Rush", "The Believer", and a 20-minute version of "No Hidden Path". Watch the movie's trailer below.

Thom Yorke Performs New Songs (Videos)

[] Thom Yorke, still monopolizing our front page. During a benefit show for the UK's Green Party last night at the Cambridge Corn Exchange, Yorke played three brand new, never-before-heard songs: "The Daily Mail", "Give Up the Ghost" (whoa), and "Mouse Dog Bird". Watch solid-sounding YouTubes of the tunes below, via At Ease.

Yorke performed without his newly christened band Atoms for Peace, which is touring the U.S. in April. Check out the night's entire setlist-- which included the rarity "I Froze Up", most of The Eraser, and some Radiohead faves-- at At Ease.

SXSW's LP Questionnaire/Pick Three - Hardy Morris of Dead Confederate

[] Well well, here we go. SXSW draws ever closer which means it's that time of year again, good people. Time for another round of LP Questionnaires and Pick Threes. I just know you've been kept up nights wondering where the heck they were.

Since I spent the off season on the SXSW blog writing about Dead Confederate, I think it's only fitting that I kick things off with DC dreamboat Hardy Morris.

Guitarist/singer Morris can be found in Hoboken these days working on the band's second album. They'll be playing all new material at the festival this year and he had this to say, "The new record is definitely a new direction for us. We approached it totally differently from the start. We had a lot of material coming in to the studio and we just put it all down and have been sifting through to see what we like. A good bit of it is nothing like the last record and some of it is darker and heavier. There are extremes going on, but for now they are really working, to me at least. It feels pretty engaging at this point. We still have some work to do, but it’s been an experience so far."

Dead Confederate plays the Bungalow on Thursday, March 18 at 1am. Okay, I know that's technically Friday and everything but sometimes the truth isn't the thing that makes the most sense.

And now, please enjoy the goodness that is...

The LP Questionnaire
Name: Hardy Morris
Pro Wrestling Name: Legendary Jackhammer?

1. Pretend you’re 15. Name three songs you'd put on a mix tape for your girlfriend/boyfriend.

If I’m 15, then it’s 1995-96. I actually remember a mix tape that my brother and I made that we used to put on when we went to sleep. I don’t remember all that was on it, but I know “In Bloom” was on there and “Creep” by Radiohead and other popular songs from that time. It had “Drown” by Smashing Pumpkins from the Singles soundtrack. I was also obsessed with Neil Young’s Harvest around that time, so maybe "Alabama." I was just learning guitar and would try to play along to that album a lot. I loved the back cover where they’re all set-up in that big barn. I wanted to be there.

2. Which evil villain would make the best President?

Aren’t politicians villains anyway? They are virtually interchangeable. They have complex schemes, an indispensable amount of money, they work and live in buildings with secret chambers and stuff. They’re the same thing!

3. What was your favorite cartoon as a child?

I liked and still love Looney Toons. Classic. Porky Pig, Yosemite Sam… fun for all ages.

4. What superpower do you wish you had?

Time travel. No doubt.

5. What would the title of your autobiography be?

Hardy Morris: The Life and Times of the One and Only Real American Cowboy

Jemina Pearl: I really liked Be Your Own Pet so I’d like to see what she’s up to now. We are working with the same producer, John Agnello, and he’s been raving about her new stuff.

Deer Tick: They are pals of ours and I really like their records, so I’m looking forward to seeing them. (Deer Tick are also playing here and there.)

Demolished Thoughts: J. Mascis and Thurston Moore’s new side project. And the whole Ecstatic Peace! showcase in general.

Them Crooked Vultures Video Interview on Spinner

[] Bluesy metal trio Them Crooked Vultures -- Josh Homme, John Paul Jones and Dave Grohl -- are the textbook definition of a supergroup. But backstage at New York's Roseland Ballroom before a recent concert, these acclaimed musicians came across as anything but heavy.

In this exclusive video interview, the guys -- who will reportedly be recording a second album this summer -- discuss their first gig and their recent visit to 'Saturday Night Live.'

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club "Candid Interview"

A "candid interview" with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club during pre-produciton for the Beat The Devil's Tattoo World Tour

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Deftones Begin Announcing Tour Dates

[] Deftones have begun lining up scattered festival dates in support of their new album “Diamond Eyes“. The album itself is due out on May 18th, while the bands itinerary currently runs as follows:

April 24th Mexico City, MEX – Vive Latino
May 22nd Columbus, OH – Rock On The Range
June 11th Copenhagen, DEN – Copenhell
June 12th Donington Park, UK – Download Festival
June 13th Burgenland, AUT – Nova Rock

Dredg Post Tour Webisode

[] A webisode documenting dredg’s winter 2009 European run with Judgement Day has been posted online and can be seen below:

The Blind Pets Get "Smashed" with Great Grunge Grooves

It's like the old saying goes... great music is hard to find. Alright, maybe that's not quite the saying, but the same sentiment can be implied. America's greatest grunge influenced breeding ground, more commonly known as Austin, TX, is the home to many of Exploding In Sound’s absolute favorite up-and-coming bands. The cities strong sense of the early 90’s Alt Nation scene remains intact inspiring a new generation of bands. The sound that first swept the country nearly twenty years ago has developed into a burgeoning underground movement in the last few years, despite popular trends and a lack of support from commercial radio. Enter The Blind Pets, a band who have fully embraced their grunge roots, infused them with infectious grooves, and may very well bleed pure rock n’ roll. On the band’s snarling 2009 debut album Smashed, the trio rip with angst filled fury, stoney riffs galore, catchy vocals, and guitar grooves so melodically contagious they could make Josh Homme blush. Their sound can best be described as a combination of Kyuss and Fu Manchu’s fuzzed out bliss, the raw punk attitude of Mudhoney, and the dark yet undeniably catchy menace of Texas’ own Toadies. Then throw in a healthy dose of influence from the aforementioned Homme’s Queens of the Stone Age, The Pixies, Nirvana, and the Stooges’ own brand of garage rock for extra goodness. The culmination of this sound is well rounded and truly something to behold, as The Blind Pets are more than ready to kick ass on their own terms. In a scene that is over saturated with bands, the music contained on Smashed will speak loudly for itself and with the proper word-of-mouth should catapult the band to national recognition.

The title track opens with the rustling of bottles before the roaring sonic assault of the band picks up full throttle. Lead singer/guitarist Joshua Logan’s voice is cool and casual as the band dive headfirst into their psychedelic tinged jams. The Blind Pet’s rhythm section, consisting of Dustin Hannah (bass) and John Dougherty (drums), stampede together with intensity, coupled with the buzzing guitars for a seriously energetic start. “Triumph” swirls with feedback and hard hitting cymbals, as the slow chaotic build grows. As the verse launches, listeners are introduced to Logan’s frantic yet hazy vocal tone overtop classic stoner guitar riffs and sludgy bass and drum acrobatics. The spirit of Austin is alive and well in the hearts of The Blind Pets, who prove throughout the album their true propensity for captivating grooves, blazing solos and monstrous fills. Their first single, “Fever,” unleashes the first glimpse into the grunge friendly catchiness that lies very prominently in the band’s vast array of musical ability. The jangly guitars fuse together with the head-rocking rhythm, as single notes are shaken into stunning vibrato waves and wah pedals are cranked way up to 10. Logan sings the opening line “She’s got the fever running through her head,” and with that the song sinks in like the most enjoyable fever you’ve ever experienced. The punk leanings of “Clinic” forge a sense of apocalyptic excitement as the guitars rage and thrash into Nirvana inspired frenzy before the dazzling solo draws closer to QOTSA with deep bluesy action that can only be described as… rifftastic.

“Downtown Girl,” returns to a relatively calmer state, but still pounds courtesy of Hannah’s Earth shaking bassline and Logan’s superb lyrics. Strong and clear vocal melodies lend themselves to simplistic lyrics such as, “I got a girl, yeah she don’t mess around, when she wants a new boyfriend… she goes downtown.” The catchy low end bounces with the punchy buzz saw guitars to provide one of the many songs on the record easily suited to be a 90’s radio hit. “Merchant & Consumer” burrows with a thick fuzz groove that bursts around the hypnotic rhythms. Logan puts his best Cobain meets Scott Hill inspired vocal delivery forward as he repeats the scathing hook. Psychedelic blues licks are drenched in overdrive as Dougherty excellently bashes with all his strength. “The Others” is a tripped out journey by the way of desert rock and good time grunge, powered primarily by the sun soaked guitar riff and vocal melody. There is an undeniably memorable quality to the whirling verses and the hard grooving punch of the hook. Dougherty plays like a man possessed, as he wails on the kick drum, cymbals, and snare with forceful precision. The chorus on “Buy Yourself” contains booming garage rock verses, as Logan shouts, “and I don’t want to talk about, don’t want to know about it, don’t want to hear about it,” in pure Stooges fashion. The band stomps in and out of their resonant grooves with raw stoner punk excitement.

“Know It All” and “Something to Touch” further the hypnotic intensity with stunning riffs, superb vocal melodies, and heavy charging hooks. The rhythm section continues to slam with confidence providing the structure for the dirty wailing blues guitar to explore. Frantic and fairly evil in tone, The Blind Pets rock so hard on their debut, I can only imagine what their live show is like. The band will be performing at several showcases during this year’s SXSW and I know that catching them will be a definite personal priority. The guitars on “Suicide” are reminiscent to the Toadies at times, with big wavering effects creating washes of elastic noise. The deep drumming rolls over all in its path during the bridge as Logan lays down a warping solo Kim Thayil can admire. “Lost Parade” storms with a fast tempo of swirling guitars and bass, spiraling in perfect unison with Dougherty’s drumming. Logan’s vocals are given a chance to shine as the intensity is momentarily dropped to a march when he sings, “better run when you see them coming, drop some bombs on your head, machine gun man I got your ground in ruins, for supply and demand,” before the roar of guitars rise back into control.

The crowning moment of the album very well may come at its finale, with the impeccable last track “The News” and its accompanying hidden track, “Tough Love”. The Zeppelin-esque stomp on “The News” is pushed forward from the opening vocals, “When I was a baby boy, my mother used to buy me toys,” as well as the blistering blues riff, and never looks back. The super fuzzed out guitars swell into a thick swampy blues flavor that buzzes over Dougherty’s alluring cymbal work and hyper pulsating rhythms. What is truly astounding though is the fact that the “secret” song “Tough Love,” is arguably the best track on the record. Opening with a long blast of feedback and cascading drums, the song warps together into a vicious grunge/blues masterpiece. The snare and lush bass tone draw immediate focus over the expansive wandering guitars that epically drift in the desert atmosphere. The vocals are at their very finest as Logan sings the outstretched opening line, “I am the mountain, you are the sea, and that’s you and me… yeah birds and bees. I get high sometimes… I feel low, I’m losing my head, I’m out of control.” His vocals shine brightly again during the bridge where he chases his falsetto of “hey now mama, wont you come around, I’ve got some news for you” with the grungy croon of “I ain’t talking no one night stand girl, I ain’t talking no rendezvous.” After leading back into the incredible thrust of the chorus the album freefalls into the massive, noisy, and most electrifying solo on the record. Logan’s playing sounds as though dripped from his soul as the guitar wails and moans through distorted licks and stunning feedback interplay. The Blind Pets are on to something big, nasty, and unapologetic, and the time to take notice has arrived. The 90’s may be gone, but the spirit of the music we all know and love remains strong. For all the influences shown throughout the near hour of music, they have managed to truly capture their own sound, borrowing from the past to make something new, exciting, and unique. The Blind Pets have delivered a debut album worthy of countless repeat listens, so show your support and embrace a phenomenal rock n’ roll album that quite simply… rocks.


"The Others":

Stephen Brodsky's "Here's To The Future" Pushed Back

[] Cave In frontman Stephen Brodsky’s new solo outing “Here’s To The Future” has been bumped back to a March 23rd release date via Hydra Head. The outing will be released both digitally and on cassette and will sport the following track listing:

01 – “Here’s To The Future”
02 – “Human Contagious”
03 – “@ The OSC”
04 – “Mass Appeal”
05 – “Spellng B”
06 – “Halo 4A Hula-Hoop”
07 – “Retail Therapy”
08 – “Here In Spirit”
09 – “MLK“

We Were Promised Jetpacks Release New EP in March!!

[] We Were Promised Jetpacks will be releasing a new EP on March 9, 2010. Titled The Last Place You'll Look, the EP features three new songs and two alternate versions of songs from their last full length, These Four Walls which was released in 2009. It was recorded over five days at Andrew Bush's apartment studio in December 2009 – with singer Adam Thompson's vocals recorded in Bush's kitchen.

The band went into writing and recording the EP with the explicit goal of making the new songs less urgent than their album, explained Thompson; to this end, they used strings and piano, and, made full use of the studio. You can download a track from the EP via Stereogum.

The Last Place You’ll Look tracklist:

01 “A Far Cry”
02 “Short Bursts” (alternative version)
03 “The Walls Are Wearing Thin”
04 “With the Benefit of Hindsight”
05 “This is My House, This is My Home” (alternative version)

Tour dates:
02/23 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room
02/24 – La Jolla, CA @ The Loft – UCSD
02/26 – Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
02/27 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
03/01 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
03/02 – Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s
03/03 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
03/05 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
03/06 – Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive
03/07 – Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot Saloon
03/08 – Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
03/09 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
03/11 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
03/12 – Cleveland, OH @ The Grog Shop
03/13 – Columbus, OH @ The Summit
03/15 – St Louis, MO @ The Old Rock House

Jimi Hendrix producer on new album Valleys Of Neptune

[] Earlier this week, MusicRadar presented an exclusive track-by-track review of Jimi Hendrix's Valleys Of Neptune, which we're already calling one of 2010's best albums.

Recently we got a chance to sit down and talk with John McDermott, a co-producer of the CD, to discuss the project's evolution, where Jimi Hendrix was at artistically when the tracks were recorded and how Valleys Of Neptune figures in the late guitarist's legacy.

And make no mistake: when it comes to all things Hendrix, McDermott is the man. He's written four books on the artist, serves as the catalogue director for the Hendrix estate and is one of the organizers of the Experience Hendrix Tour. You think you know Jimi? This guy knows Jimi!

Valleys Of Neptune is such a refreshing listen. It's intimate; it doesn't sound overly fussed over; and it certainly sounds as though Jimi was having a good time recording the tracks.

"That's the thing: it's real. These aren't sketchy demos or anything like that. It's a real record. And as you said, he was having a good time in the studio. More than anything, Jimi loved creating. The recording studio was his refuge. Even more than the concert stage, it's where he could be himself.

"Making music was what Jimi was all about. When he made some money, he didn't buy fancy houses; he didn't buy himself a Graceland - he bought a recording studio. That speaks volumes about the kind of guy he was."

The record reflects a very pivotal time for him artistically. He had just put out Electric Ladyland and he was starting to experiment with outside musicians. He was evolving.

"That's right. The context of when these recordings were made is quite important. Prior to when he hooked up with Chas Chandler, he didn't have the opportunity to record; he didn't have the finances; he wasn't signed to a label.

"Unlike The Beatles or Bob Dylan, however, after he had success, he was more of a free agent. He could hire an Eddie Kramer. He could book The Record Plant and record all night long if he wanted to.

"That was the difference between him and a lot of artists. That's not to say that The Beatles and Dylan couldn't explore their artistry, because obviously they could. But Jimi got that chance very early on in his career."

A few of these cuts mark the last times that Noel Redding recorded with Jimi. What were the problems between the two of them?

"It's very interesting. The chemistry Jimi had with Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding was undeniable. Those were three musicians who intuitively knew how to play together. Not a lot of people could play on the same level as Jimi. Many have tried: there are jams that exist where Jimi was playing with other musicians, and it's clear those guy were just not up to the task. The only people who could truly give Jimi the kind of support and give-and-take that he needed were Mitch Mitchell, Noel Redding, and later on, Buddy Miles and Billy Cox."


Thom Yorke Forms Atoms For Peace with Flea / Announce Tour

[] In a Dead Air Space blog, Radiohead frontman, Thom Yorke, has announced plans for an upcoming tour with his newly named side project, Atoms for Peace. The band, which features producer Nigel Godrich, drummer Joey Waronker (Beck/R.E.M/), multi-instrumentalist Mauro Refosco and Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), will hit the road for two weeks in April, with the final stop at this year's Coachella.

Eclectic LA producer and beat connoisseur, Flying Lotus, will support. Don't miss out! Tour Dates:

5 New York, NY - Roseland Ballroom *
6 New York, NY - Roseland Ballroom *
8 Boston, MA - Citi Wang Theatre *
10 Chicago, IL - Aragon Ballroom *
11 Chicago, IL - Aragon Ballroom *
14 Oakland, CA - Fox Theatre *
15 Oakland, CA - Fox Theatre *
17 Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara Bowl
18 Indio, CA - Coachella

* with Flying Lotus

Veil Veil Vanish Reviewed on Blurt Magazine

Blurt Magazine have reviewed Veil Veil Vanish's full length debut Change In The Neon Light, giving the record a score of 9 out of 10...

[] Dark. Lush. Dreamy. Serene. Chilling. Those are just some of the words that come to mind when trying to describe Change in the Neon Light, the phenomenal and striking debut album by Veil Veil Vanish---San Francisco's latest dark gem to rise from the music underground. It's no shock that this band will be compared to The Cure. For starters, lead man Keven Tecon's vocals definitely echo Robert Smith, only more powerful and less whimpery. It's a fair and totally legit comparison, not to mention a compliment, only The Cure hasn't made an album this good since the mid ‘80s.

Opening title track "Change in the Neon Light" sets the tone with saturated guitars, beautiful synths, and mesmerizing walls of sound. It's one of those songs that immediately sweeps you off your feet and has you drifting into bliss. It's not often that albums open up with mellow tracks, but ones produced as well as this captivate you and pack a subtle punch and set the mood for what's to come. And what does come is something that borders perfection.

The supersonic "Anthem For a Doomed Youth" kicks things into high gear with its catchy chorus killer guitar. "Exile City" is equally infectious with a melody that will get trapped in your head for days, but it's the pulse-pounding "Modern Lust" that injects a little bit of a dark wave influence. It's insanely catchy, dancy, menacing and has these wicked layers of synths that soar and teleport you back to an ‘80s club dance floor. The band would be crazy to not make this a single.

Things come to a close with the chilling and eerie "The Wilderness"---a track that's like hybrid of The Cure's "A Forest" and Siouxsie and the Banshees' "Land's End." A gorgeous yet haunting number you want to turn off the lights to, it's the perfect closer and bookend track to its opener. By the time you get to the halfway point of the album, you have a realization that this album is some sort of masterpiece. It's equally strong from beginning to end and never disjointed. At just 9 tracks and just shy of 39 minutes, the album's only flaw is that it ends too soon and leaves your senses craving for more. It's a dreamy and atmospheric album that's never over-produced and trying to be something that it's not. Sure, the band may musically resemble The Cure, early The Ocean Blue ("Between Something and Nothing"), Slowdive and even The Killers is some ways, but they are no cheap imitation---in fact, they may even be destined to be greater than those bands. Veil Veil Vanish is certainly a band to keep a close eye on.

Standout Tracks: "Change in the Neon Light," "Anthem For a Doomed Youth," "Exile City," Modern Lust," "The Wilderness"

[Be sure to check back here often as Veil Veil Vanish will be featured on the upcoming Exploding In Sound compilation GLORIOUS NOISE, due out on March 1st.]

Mr. Gnome Release Animated Teaser Video

Mr. Gnome have posted a new animated teaser for their latest album, Heave Yer Skeleton...

Be sure to check back here often as Mr. Gnome will be featured on the upcoming Exploding In Sound compilation GLORIOUS NOISE, due out on March 1st.

Stone Temple Pilots Announce Details for Self Titled Album

STP fans, brace yourselves for the brand new Stone Temple Pilots album, set to release on May 25th! Here's an exclusive, first look at the track listing from the self-titled album:

Between the Lines
Take a load off
Huckleberry Crumble
Hickory Dichotomy
Dare if You Dare
Hazy Daze
Fast as I can
First Kiss on Mars

Blood Into Wine Reviewed in Boston Phoenix

[] Early on in Blood into Wine — which is directed by Ryan Page and Christopher Pomerenke — we see Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan squatting in dirt and pruning the vines in his Arizona vineyard. The filmmakers ask, why do people drink wine?

Keenan launches into a weird riff comparing the complexity of a grape to the hyper-evolved genetics of the "supreme being" in The Fifth Element. He adds: "That's my hippie explanation — other than, you know, [to] get drunk at prom, get those panties off." This combo of stoner profundity and brutal deadpan humor will be all too familiar to fans of Reverend Maynard, and it's fitting that a documentary about the rocker's new foray into winemaking should offer a good mix of both, plus a unique glimpse into viticulture.

Will only Tool fans and Å“nophiles enjoy it? That's possible, but surely everyone can appreciate the gorgeous Verde Valley vistas and out-of-left-field celebrity cameos, which include Bob Odenkirk as a grape-mauling French wine snob.

Anthony Kapfer's "Domino Effect" Music Video

Check out the official music video for Anthony Kapfer's song "Domino Effect," from the album A SERIES OF EVENTS [download for free at the above link]. Rube Goldberg Machine made and shot by Joseph Herscher.

The Postman Syndrome Ready Unreleased Demos Album

[] Plans are moving ahead with the posthumous release of The Postman Syndrome’s assorted collection of demos, “God Relieve Our Grief: A Mausoleum Of Stillborn Demos“. The band are currently plotting a May 22nd release date for the outing and pending enough pre-orders will do a physical pressing of the release, rather than merely releasing it digitally. The tentative track listing for the effort runs as follows:

“Heads Below Or Tails” [STREAM HERE!]
“Water Signs”
“The Order Of Levin” (new drums, remix)
“Be Fruitless and Vanish” (new drums, remix)
“Sent” (aka untitled song #3)
“Pedovile” (remix)
“Beards Mahoney” (remix)
“It’s A Burden, I Know” (new drums, guitars, vocals, remix)
“The Consequence Of Cowardice” (new recording, guest vocals by Greg and Joe from Fake Gimms)

A few additional segues will also appear on the collection. More info on pre-ordering the release can be found HERE. Furthermore, a record release show by the bands current incarnation East Of The Wall, is also being planned for May 22nd and will take place at Brighton Bar in Long Branch, NJ.

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Announce New Album / Tour

TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS today announced their 2010 North American tour and the upcoming release of Mojo, their first studio album in eight years, set for release on Reprise Records this spring. The North American tour, produced by Live Nation, will take the band through a mix of top arenas and amphitheaters across the US and Canada beginning May 6th in Raleigh, NC. Tickets go on sale beginning Monday, March 8 at

Special guest artists on the tour will include a mix of appearances by My Morning Jacket, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Joe Cocker, ZZ Top, and Drive-By Truckers.

All 2010 Tour tickets purchased online will include an MP3 download of every track on the Heartbreakers' electrifying new album, Mojo. It will work like this; once fans purchase tickets online they will receive an email with codes entitling them to download two tracks from Mojo ("First Flash Of Freedom" and "Good Enough.") Then, on the release date of the album, currently slated for this spring, ticket buyers will be sent a download of the entire album. Also included with every online ticket purchase, to be delivered at the end of the 2010 tour, will be a selection of live tracks recorded during the tour.

Mojo is a fiery statement from a band that is making some of their most exciting music over three decades into their career. "Good Enough" from the new album is now available for streaming at the revamped More details on the new album to follow soon.

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002, their first year of eligibility, and in recent years have continued to build on their already legendary success. The band's sold-out 2008 tour was the biggest of their career and came right after the band's acclaimed Super Bowl XLII halftime performance with a worldwide audience of nearly a billion people. The 2009 release of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers' career spanning Live Anthology garnered glowing reviews including a rave four and a half stars from Rolling Stone. The 2007 release of the Peter Bogdanovich-directed documentary Runnin' Down A Dream earned a Grammy award and established the Heartbreakers' story as a striking embodiment of the American Dream.

TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS released their debut album in 1976. They have since sold more than 60 million records. Between the Heartbreakers' recordings and his solo work, Tom Petty has received 18 Grammy nominations and been honored with lifetime achievement awards including Billboard's Century Award, MTV's Video Vanguard Award, and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Tom Petty, with the Heartbreakers at his side, has become a rock and roll icon lauded by fellow musicians and music lovers worldwide. Tom Petty's Sirius/XM radio show, Tom Petty's Buried Treasure, is one of the most beloved and popular shows on satellite radio. It features Tom Petty spinning favorite tunes from his extensive private music collection.

May 06 Raleigh Time Warner Cable Pavilion at Walnut Creek (w/Joe Cocker)
May 07 Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (w/Joe Cocker)
May 09 Tampa St. Pete Times Forum (w/Joe Cocker)
May 15 Dallas Center (w/Joe Cocker)
May 16 Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (w/Joe Cocker)
May 18 Phoenix US Airways Arena (w/Joe Cocker)
May 22 Los Angeles Hollywood Bowl (w/Joe Cocker)
Jun 02 San Diego Cricket Wireless Pavilion (w/Joe Cocker)
Jun 03 Irvine Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (w/Joe Cocker)
Jun 05 Oakland Oracle Pavilion (w/Joe Cocker)
Jun 08 Vancouver GM Place (w/Joe Cocker)
Jun 11 Seattle The Gorge (w/Joe Cocker)
Jun 12 Seattle The Gorge (w/Joe Cocker)
Jun 15 Calgary Pengrowth Saddledome (w/Joe Cocker)
Jun 16 Edmonton Rexall Place (w/Joe Cocker)
Jun 19 Winnipeg MTS Centre (w/Joe Cocker)
Jun 22 St Paul Xcel Energy Center (w/Drive-By Truckers)
Jun 23 Omaha Qwest Center (w/Drive-By Truckers)
Jun 25 Milwaukee Summerfest (w/ZZ Top)****
Jul 10 Indianapolis Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (w/Drive-By Truckers)
Jul 13 Kansas City Sprint Center (w/Drive-By Truckers)
Jul 15 Cincinnati Riverbend Music Center (w/Drive-By Truckers)
Jul 17 Chicago United Center (w/Drive-By Truckers)
Jul 20 Cleveland Blossom Music Center (w/Drive-By Truckers)
Jul 22 Detroit Palace of Auburn Hills (w/Drive-By Truckers)
Jul 24 Pittsburgh First Niagra Pavilion (w/Drive-By Truckers)
Jul 28 New York Madison Square Garden (w/TBD)
Jul 31 Philadelphia Wachovia Center (w/TBD)
Aug 11 Atlanta Philips Arena (w/Crosby, Stills and Nash)
Aug 12 Nashville Sommet Center (w/Crosby, Stills and Nash)
Aug 14 Darien Lake, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center (w/Crosby, Stills and Nash)
Aug 15 Bristow Jiffy Lube Live (w/Crosby, Stills and Nash)
Aug 17 Hartford Comcast Theater (w/Crosby, Stills and Nash)
Aug 19 Boston Comcast Center (w/My Morning Jacket)
Aug 21 Boston Comcast Center (w/My Morning Jacket)
Aug 24 East Rutherford IZOD Center (w/My Morning Jacket)
Aug 25 Toronto Air Canada Center (w/Crosby, Stills and Nash)
Aug 27 Saratoga Springs Saratoga Performing Arts Center (w/Crosby, Stills and Nash)

***Summerfest show in Milwaukee, WI onsale March 6

For more information on Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, their upcoming album Mojo, their upcoming tour, The Highway Companions Fan Club, and premium ticket packages, please visit and

(Damn) This Desert Air: The Exploding In Sound Interview

Exploding In Sound writer Ty Griffin has returned with his most recent interview...

One of the first bands that I discovered through Exploding In Sound is New Jersey’s (Damn) This Desert Air. Through EIS’s Bands You Need to Know in 2009, I was introduced to their song, Halo Around The Moon [listen/download below], and was immediately hooked to their Space Rock/Alternative influenced sound.

I got the opportunity to interview the guys and they answered a few questions covering topics including their sound, influences, their new upcoming EP, record label developments, and more:

How would you describe (D)TDA’s sound to someone who hasn’t heard your music?

Alf: I tend to describe it as alternative rock with a hint of both the maturity of prog rock and the angst of punk rock combined.

Craig: We could cite space rock, alt rock of the 90's, post-hardcore, etc... yet genre tag's aside, hopefully we're viewed as a band that translates an emotional experience to the listener—something you hang on to without a reason you can put your finger on.

What musician or musicians are your biggest influence for the instrument that each of you play in (D)TDA?

Alf: While my style may not necessarily match theirs, the following bass players (in no particular order) have always been my favorites: Steve Harris (Iron Maiden), Karl Alvarez (Descendents / All), Jason Black (Hot Water Music), Sergio Vega (Quicksand), Joe Lally (Fugazi), Billy Gould (Faith No More)

Mike: Yanni mostly...but really I learned a lot from touring with the bands I worked for, especially Quicksand.

Shawn: I love so much music from so many genres and eras its hard to pinpoint. Some people I've always really appreciated are David Gilmour & Jimmy Page. A band that I really appreciate guitar-wise as a whole is Further Seems Forever – they are very complex and intricate.

Craig: I try not to put too much emphasis on influence with specific individuals, as I might have when I was younger. I'm moved by the sound of a band overall and vocals are just an extension of this. I'm attracted to melody and depthful lyrics, yet some unmelodic voices are absolutely perfect for certain bands and can move me deeply with their delivery and conviction. I've been compared to an array of singers in the past, and that array can come with flattery, yet also a bit of self-suspicion, you know? As in "do I really sound like him? Is that what everyone hears? Am I emulating without realizing?" Truthfully, my inspirations have always changed on a daily basis—so I can name big influences from 10 years ago, but they might be quite contrasting to who's moving me now.

Who are some bands that you guys are listening to right now that you want people to know about?

Alf: Coming from more of a punk rock / hardcore history, I'd been on an old school NYC Hardcore kick for the longest time - Cro Mags, Leeway, Sick of it All, Gorilla Biscuits, etc. It wasn't really until I joined this band that I started to listen to music more similar to the (D)TDA sound. Craig has been a huge influence on my listening lately, always sending more and more bands for me to check out. Some of the bands I've been introduced to lately are Oceansize, FAR, Open Hand and most recently Karnivool from Australia. Karnivool has completely monopolized my listening opportunities, whether it's driving, at work, etc. It's all I've been listening to because it's just THAT good. We recently had a "band field trip" to see them at Don Hill's in NYC. One of the most powerful bands I've seen in a loooong time.

Craig: Some other bands that happen to be in regular rotation (and can use more ears embracing them) are Junius, Truckfighters, Freedom Hawk, Biffy Clyro, Solar Powered Sun Destroyer, Roman Traffic, Exeter & Jesu. (3/4 of this list was inspired by the man who's publishing this interview...for ranting about them on his blog & compilations)

For the “The Nurse Who Loved Me, A Tribute to Failure,” you covered the song, “Sergeant Politeness”, off of the legendary album, “Fantastic Planet”. Why did you choose that particular Failure track?

Craig: Well, timing would be the best answer... We might have chosen a different Failure track had we had an early option, but I'm very proud we did "Sergeant Politeness" as it was always one of the many favorites of mine and my drummer's, regardless. When I say we might have chosen a "different track," I just mean that we might have chosen a song that was more open and spacious versus the full out rock. "Sergeant Politeness" seemed to fit our band very well, and when we found out it was available, we went ahead and bashed it out with a little twist of adding the jam on "Segue 1" at the end.

Mike, you joined (D)TDA back in July replacing former guitarist, John Kohler. How has the experience been for you so far? Was there any kind of initiation process?

Mike: I've known Ti and Alf for many years. Ti and I played in a band together ages ago and Alf was a fellow New Brunswick local in the 90's. I randomly ran into Alf at a store and well, the rest is history. In general we've all been in and around the same music scene so stepping in was really comfortable. They say I'm not truly in the band until I can successfully make Ti tap out in the rehearsal space. Despite flipping over a couch and breaking a table...I guess I'm still auditioning.

Was it a stressful process finding a new guitarist to replace John?

Alf: I didn't really find it to be that stressful, mainly due to the fact that we totally lucked out with a "right place/right time" situation. Although we were sorry to see him go, John's departure was 100% amicable. Other factors in his life were inhibiting his ability to continue to rock with us and he was willing to continue to play with us until we found someone to take over for him. While visiting my dad one day down the Jersey shore, I ran into my old friend Mike whom I had known through playing in different bands together in the old New Brunswick, NJ music scene. I had just joined the band and had been posting about my new musical endeavor on both MySpace and Facebook to spread the word. When I ran into Mike, he commented how much he liked the sound of the new band. That's when the idea hit me, knowing Mike's musical background... "Just how much do you like the band, Mike? Enough to play guitar?"

Shawn: I was very nervous about finding someone. Its so hard to find someone that is the complete package. We really wanted someone who could obviously play well – but some who could help with the writing process and someone who had good stage presence. I think the most important thing for us though was someone who we could all get along with.

You guys have a new EP entitled Distance Waits set to release sometime in 2010. Have you set the a release date?

Alf: Not yet. Unfortunately, it's all dependent on the label who releases it and their already scheduled releases. We'd much prefer to have it out ASAP, but such is the music biz.

Craig: The new EP looks like it's a "go" for April 2010 and should be out both stateside USA through one label, as well as overseas through a very cool German label who's been showing us a great deal of gushing lately.

[*editors note: Distance Waits will be released in the United States on April 27th and Europe on April 9th.]

How has the recording experience been for you guys during this new EP? What did you guys do differently during the recording process for this EP compared to the 2007 EP?

Alf: We are very privileged to have a situation where Shawn (our guitarist) has a small recording studio setup in his guitar shop. While this makes it much less stressful to record (we're not watching the clock/paying by the hour), it does take a little longer to complete. I was not on the 2007 EP so I default to the (D)TDA veterans on the remainder of this question...

Shawn: The recording experience for this new EP has been very interesting. We basically did the same process as last time. The first EP was recorded by our old guitarist James and then mixed by our friend Matt Haick. This EP was recorded at my studio over a span of several months and was finally mixed by Brian Virtue [which we are very excited about]. This whole process took much longer than it probably should have – but we are so pleased with the end result that it was worth it. Our main problem is that we are all perfectionists and ended up gong back and re-doing parts and trying new things, etc. Im glad we actually took our time with this project because it would be so different if we just went into a studio for only a few days. This whole process has been a huge learing experience – we now know what to do and not do for next time.

What can (D)TDA fans expect with the new songs on the upcoming Distance Waits EP?

Mike: More dynamics, more kicks in the gut. An evolutionary next step in the progression of the bands songwriting.

Alf: More dynamics as we continue to define ourselves as a band and our sound, especially after two new members (myself and Mike).

Craig: The louder parts hit harder and the softer parts are more delicate. Much attention was spent getting the personality out of the performance vocally and building the landscape of the instruments to compliment one another. Recording to me, is a door of evolution that the songs themselves need to step through. The option of creation/re-creation while recording, is time spent unlocking secrets around the structured playing the songs have lived as up until the studio. I think we managed to get all of our secrets out on the table and a better identity to each individual song.

I live in Texas, and I would love to see you guys live. How would you describe your live show? Any chance of an upcoming tour that would have (D)TDA swinging through the Lone Star State?

Mike: The songs translate well to a live show that doesn't suck. We'd love to get down to the Lone Star State. I've yet to be able to consume the 72oz. steak at the Big Texan. Any offers?

Alf: While we always want to sound as precise and as tight as possible, there is a raw energy in the live set with a few added tweaks to make it a more interesting experience than just listening to the recording. There's a very good chance we'll be swinging through Texas at least once in 2010.
Are there any new developments with (Damn) This Desert Air that you would like to talk about?

Craig: Well, we've just signed to a German label, Bastardized Recordings, and we can tell you we're very pleased with them and they seem to have a great plan in store for overseas promotion. They'll handle Germany, and all parts of Europe for that matter and have been growing strong for about a decade. With that said, Pop-Up Records is the American label set to jointly release the new EP in a similar timeframe.
I’d like to thank the guys from (Damn) This Desert Air for taking the time to answer these questions for the interview and for their amazing music they make. [live photos are courtesy of Luke Bodenstein; band photo courtesy of Pete Tabbot]

The Distance Waits EP will be available this April through Pop-Up Records in the U.S. and Bastardized Recordings in Europe.

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Quick Notes: Deftones, Them Crooked Vultures, Weird Owl

*[] The Deftones look to have chosen the title track to their new album “Diamond Eyes” to serve as the first single from it. The song is presently slated to arrive at radio on March 30th, while the album will land in stores on May 18th.

*Them Crooked Vultures have chosen their track “Mind Eraser, No Chaser” to serve as the second single from their latest self-titled release with the track scheduled to impact at radio on March 02nd.

*Weird Owl, a band I really can't say enough great things about, have posted two new demos on their Myspace page HERE! The demos are for the tracks "Mirrors in the Mud" and "Mountains on Top of Buried Stars".

"Recorded last week in a place still and frozen. Dig 'em if you please." - Weird Owl

If you have yet to check out their full length debut album EVER THE SILVER CORD BE LOOSED, be sure to do that ASAP!!

MUST SEE: The Entrance Band Concert Review / Photos

[] I’ve seen The Entrance Band before, and they are really good. A power trio full of the jammy heaviosity of early Blue Cheer, but modern, nimble, sexual. This show was different, though. This show was special. This was a real rock and roll show, a brilliant gut wrenching pagan festival. Bootleg was packed to the gills. There was an electricity in the air. Do people candy flip anymore? If so, people were candy flipping to The Entrance Band. It was like being at a great show at the Fillmore in 67 but squished into a tiny venue.

Guy drove his muscular, brilliant band as hard as he could for an hour, laying violent guitar lines over silky grooves. Paz, the sexiest woman alive, got a crazy grin on her face most of the way through the show, stripped off her bass and dove head long into the crowd. When they came back for an encore there was another stage dive from Paz, Guy loudly killed his guitar and curled up shirtless in a ball on the floor screaming “blood blood blood blood blood” for 5 full minutes. After it was over and the band had piled onto of each other on the floor, Paz was carried backstage by some random guy from the audience and the dude next to me jumped up and shared a hug with Guy for several minutes.


Stone Temple Pilots Announce More Dates

Stone Temple Pilots are continuing to announce tour dates in the US [including a stop at this year's SXSW!!] and overseas, check them out below...

March 18, 2010 - Austin, TX @ Austin Music Hall (SXSW)
March 19, 2010 - Bossier City, LA @ Horseshoe Casino Riverdome
March 20, 2010 - Thackerville, OK @ WinStar Casino
March 22, 2010 - Kansas City, MO @ The Midland by AMC
March 24, 2010 - Sioux City, IA @ Tyson Events Center
March 26, 2010 - Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
March 27, 2010 - Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
March 30, 2010 - Louisville, KY @ The Palace Theatre
March 31, 2010 - Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
April 02, 2010 - Indianapolis, IN @ Lawn at White River State Park
April 03, 2010 - Robinsonville, MS @ Harrah's Tunica Event Center
May 22, 2010 - Washington DC @ RFK Stadium (WWDC Radio Show)
May 23, 2010 - Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center (WMMR Radio Show)
June 11, 2010 - Nickelsdorf, Austria @ Nova Rock Festival
June 13, 2010 - Derbyshire, UK @ Download Festival
June 14, 2010 - Dublin, Ireland @ Olympia Theatere
June 16, 2010 - London, UK @ Brixton Academy
June 19, 2010 - Scheessel, Germany @ Hurricane Festival
June 20, 2010 - Neuhausen, Germany @ Southside Festiva
June 22 2010 - Paris, France @ La Cigale
June 23 2010 - Nijmegen, Netherlands @ Nijmegen
June 25 2010 - Dessel, Belgium @ Graspop Festival
June 26 2010 - St. Gallen, Switzerland @ Open Air St Gallen Festival

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Veil Veil Vanish Interviewed on

[] A little while back, I told you about the debut album from Veil Veil Vanish, Change in the Neon Light. After hearing a couple of songs, I knew I liked the band, and I definitely wanted to dance to them, but I wasn’t totally sold. Now, after listening to the full album, which I have played over and over, and having this awesome conversation with the band members, I am indeed totally sold.

So I want to extend a huge thank you to the members of Veil Veil Vanish, Cameron Ray (Guitar), Keven Tecon (Vocals/Guitar), Amy Rosenoff (Bass), Robert Marzio (Drums), and Justin Anastasi (Keyboard) for taking the time to answer some of my questions. I’d also like to thank Rey Roldan of Another Reybee Production for suggesting and helping to make this interview happen.

Our conversation was via e-mail and I want to note that so you know that all responses are coming directly from the band, in their own words and voices. I very much appreciate the time they obviously took to give these thoughtful and articulate comments—some of which really made me revisit my own views. And without further ado, here is Veil Veil Vanish:

When I was first introduced to your band, I looked at your Myspace and was instantly in love with the film-noir typesetting and images. I see on your Facebook page that you classify your sound as Punk Noir. That’s a unique term, can you describe what it means and how it characterizes your music? Is this also where your name comes from?

JUSTIN - Aggressive guitars with plenty of shadow and space.

ROBERT - The term noir doesn't just mean dark. It's more of a feeling that is similar in style to film noir in that there is suspense and tension, as opposed to anxiety and nervousness. It has a kind of feeling of intensity, as if something is about to happen, and that reflects the state of music and art today. The old industry is ended and something new is emerging. Depending on your attitude, facing something unknown can be frightening or exciting. It’s that feeling of anticipation that is captured by noir music.

KEVEN - I think the term Punk Noir is interesting for now. We will probably change it to something else by next week though. I feel that we are always in motion and where we are going next will be completely different.

I’ve read that your sound has been called “musical anguish” by one critic. After listening to your songs and looking at titles like “Anthem for a Doomed Youth,” “Exile City,” “Detachment” and “Pharmaceutical Party Platform,” I can definitely see where that person was coming from. In fact, I think back to when I was first introduced to this kind of music via Joy Division, Bauhaus, and The Cure and in retrospect, that seems like the exact way I would have described what I loved about it. It put how I felt into music—musical anguish. How do you feel about the term?

KEVEN - I don't think that term is particularly relevant to us. "Musical anguish" to me sounds very passive and introspective. I feel that our music is much more abrasive and extroverted. Lyrically I feel more of an affinity toward punk music. I think there has been a change in attitude from quiet disdain to outward aggression as many people's lives seem to have fallen apart. Half the people I know as well as half of our band are currently unemployed. I think those song titles would be more at home on a Discharge album then anything Joy Division did.

I agree with you that your style is much more than just atmospheric anguish. I saw that you have very creative ideas about how guitars should be used—more for texture than your typical rock sound. Can you talk about that a little?

KEVEN - Experimenting with sounds keeps things interesting to us. Every palette of sound is a tool yet there is no one right way to use it. A lot of our guitar sounds are very synthetic and affected to the point that many times when you might hear a keyboard it is actually a guitar. I like the idea that you don't always know what a sound is coming from. ATOM really gave us a lot of room to experiment sonically and I'm sure half of the things we did will still go unnoticed while listening! Even some of the drum sounds are actually guitars being sampled.


Be sure to check back here often as Veil Veil Vanish will be featured on the upcoming Exploding In Sound compilation GLORIOUS NOISE, due out on March 1st.

Sweethead Set US Release Date

Sweethead have set an American release date for their self titled debut album. Here's what the band had to say...

"We are delighted to announce that our debut US album will be released on May 11, 2010 by The End Records. The US album will feature a brand new song and some different material than the European and United Kingdom release. It will also have a different look than its international counterpart, so keep your eyes peeled for it.

We will be doing shows in the United States to support the release. But to our friends abroad: don't fret... We'll be playing some of the summer festivals and doing our own shows as well.

Look for updated tour information on Myspace as well as at and of course on our Facebook page. We love you guys! Can't wait to see you on the road!"

Walter Schreifels "Open Letter to the Scene" Video

[] has posted a new video in its ongoing Pink Couch Sessions series, this one featuring Walter Schreifels performing the title track to his upcoming solo record, An Open Letter to the Scene.

Open Letter to the Scene will be released later this year by Academy Fight Song in the US, Dine Alone Records in Canada, Big Scary Monsters in the UK, Arctic Rodeo in the rest of Europe and High Hopes Records in Japan.

Jimi Hendrix's "Valleys of Neptune" Track By Track Review

[] We are thrilled to review Jimi Hendrix's new album for 2010, Valleys Of Neptune. But what is especially thrilling is to come right out with the startling fact that one of the best albums of 2010 was recorded 40 years ago.

Painstakingly curated and produced by engineer/producer Eddie Kramer, John McDermott and Janie Hendrix, Valleys Of Neptune includes more than 60 minutes of music never commercially available on a Jimi Hendrix album, and it's a vital addition to the artist's astonishing catalogue.

To listen to Jimi Hendrix is a sensation that never gets old. As it is in all art forms, or even sports for that matter, witnessing fantastically gifted people, wound up and at the peak of their powers and displaying feats of magic that we can only marvel at, fills the senses with all kinds of possibilities.

Hendrix was one of those such people. He caressed his guitar strings with the same flair that Picasso wielded a paintbrush, and even when his attack was intense and brutal, he had a way of making every note seem like inspired improvisation. In his hands, a guitar was a shape-shifting instrument of change, and Valleys Of Neptune proves this from beginning to end…


FMQB's Quick Notes: Muse, Twilight Singers, The Stooges, and more

*[] Muse bassist Chris Wolstenhome has spoken out against Warner Music's plans to pull its artists' music from online streaming services. Speaking to the BBC, Wolstenhome said, "It’s like taking your song off the radio, isn’t it? The corporations are setting the rules on these things because they’re clutching at straws. They’ve lost so much money on record sales because of the Internet." He added, "As far as bands are concerned, you just want people to hear your music whichever way they can."

*Greg Dulli has given Spin an update on his next Twilight Singers release. Dulli says he hopes to finish the record by the end of March and that he has already recorded 20-22 songs. Dulli revealed that he has recorded a duet with Ani DiFranco, who has appeared on previous Twilight Singers releases, and longtime friend and collaborator Mark Lanegan appears on the as-yet-untitled album as well.

*With The Stooges being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in March, Iggy Pop is plotting out the next three years for the band. This will include the expanded re-release of 1973's Raw Power, touring and recording a new album. "We'll give it a good, sharp poke for the next three years and then step back and see where we are, see what we can do with it after that," Pop told "After that we should step back and pick our shots once in awhile. Hopefully we can be like something that convenes for certain occasions." He added that, "This year will probably be heavier on the international (dates). We haven't booked farther in the States because right now the world has made better offers. But I'm certain that sometime within the cycle we will do a proper U.S. tour as long as no one else expires or breaks."

*The Kurt Cobain biopic is still in the works, with Oren Moverman, the director of the Oscar-nominated film The Messenger, tapped to direct and re-work the script. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the film is based partially on the 2001 Cobain biography Heavier Than Heaven.

*Velvet Revolver still has not found a new singer, but once Slash is finished touring with his solo project, he will turn his attention to doing just that. "I think Duff [McKagan] is doing something with Jane’s Addiction right now so we’re all sort of all over the place doing whatever until we can all regroup. We did listen to a lot of singers, but there hasn’t been anybody that’s going to be the guy so far," Slash told Rolling Stone. "It’s really hard to do something with a voice that’s already really well known in an original band. We want someone who is really good that hasn’t been recognized by the whole country as being amazing, but somebody who is just on the precipice of just being discovered."

*Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins will release his second solo album with his side project, The Coattail Riders, on April 19. Red Light Fever will include appearances from Dave Grohl (of course), as well as Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor and Elliot Easton of The Cars.