*[stereogum.com] Torche are simply not the sort of metal band to put magical elves and ogres in their music videos. So when the glowy-eyed beasties do show up in their new clip for the soaringly catchy dude-metal anthem “Kicking,” it helps to know that they’re hallucinations that come from a head injury at an uproariously awkward adult kickball game. Director Andrew James Cox manages to hit all the inspirational sports-movie beats while making fun of them at the same time, and that hallucination sequence is a thing to behold. (Some of the visions might be ever so slightly NSFW.) Watch the video below. Torche’s great album Harmonicraft is out now on Volcom.
*[SPIN.com] Ceremony have spent 2012 releasing their SPIN Essential'd Matador debut, Zoo, opening for a reunited Refused, providing insight for our recent essay on hardcore's recent assault on the indie rock middle, and allowing us to capture them in moments of deep contemplation. The list is getting longer by the day. This morning, the A/V Club posted footage of the Bay Area outfit's contribution to the former's excellent "Uncovered" series, a jittery, jackhammering cover of Violent Femmes' 1983 "nerd anthem" "Kiss Off," a song frontman Ross Farrar said he's loved since he was a kid. Watch and compare to their recent Ramones cover.
*While very little information is available at this time, Blue Blood, the new project from former Gift Horse frontman Hunter Morris has posted a six song set on their official Soundcloud page. Check it out now! I'm still pretty crushed that Gift Horse most likely wont be putting out any more music, but the Blue Blood EP definitely helps to ease that pain. We'll be sure to post more info as it comes along...
*[press release] Gaytheist is set to release Stealth Beats via Seattle's Good To Die Records on August 21st. The album is 23 minutes of pummeling yet melodic punk-metal. Despite the heaviness and seriousness of the music, image-wise Gaytheist tends towards the tongue and cheek. For example, the ruler found inside the Stealth Beats album for measuring oneself or partner for a Gaytheist Brand condom. Gaytheist has a string of North West shows in August and September, with more touring in the works.
DOWNLOAD: Gaytheist - "I'm Procrastinate and I Vote" HERE [right click, save as]
Aug 10 Portland, OR - Club 21 (w/ Rabbits, Monogamy Party, etc)
Aug 19 Portland, OR - Alleyway
Sep 08 Portland, OR - The Tube (w/ Rabbits, Fist Fite)
Sep 14 Portland, OR - Kenton Club (Portland Record Release Show)
Sep 15 Seattle, WA - The Comet (Seattle Record Release)
"...combining the howl of the Jesus Lizard with the pop-leaning mania of Torche to thrilling effect." - Spin
*[theprp.com] A stream of Anywhere‘s (The Mars Volta, Triclops! etc.) self-titled debut can be found at Vice.com. ATP Recordings officially released the effort today, July 24th.
*[blip.tv] After a successful Kickstarter campaign to raise money for production of a new album, Quiet Loudly recently headed into the studio. The resultant album, Go Into The Light Smiling, is the band’s first in three years. They stopped by the Break Thru Radio studio to play some songs from the new album and chat with Travis on Serious Business.
*[theprp.com] Porcupine Tree mastermind Steven Wilson recently addressed some false statements attributed to him that led to rampant rumors of Porcupine Tree having broken up. Speaking through his Twitter on the state of the band, Wilson offered:
“There’s no concrete plans regarding PT right now, but that doesn’t mean anything melodramatic like the band broke up! If and when we start working on something new you’ll be the first to know – I appreciate the enthusiasm"