Partly Cloudy – Arm Your Weapons

Partly Cloudy – Arm Your Weapons / 2007 Self / 5 Tracks / /

Partly Cloudy has been around for quite a few years. The act was founded by Dave Harms in 1995 and released an album, “State of Mind” on Long Island Recording. This 5 song EP marks their latest foray into punk music. The disc’s opening track is “Helpless”, and it shows the band as a mix of acts, with influences as diverse as AFI, JFT, and even earlier Green Day. The band seems to have a little bit of a classical metal sound with “…But to Me It’s Everything”, but what should get individuals most excited about the band would have to be their use of a very dark and brooding instrumental section that presents itself between the stanzas. Continue reading “Partly Cloudy – Arm Your Weapons”

Art Brut Announce Mini September Tour, Including 3 US Festivals

Art Brut is “Very very cool…the most entertaining [band]…they’re great” – Daniel Radcliffe on Art Brut, to Conan O’Brien

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Spin Magazine “Complicated shows a real grasp of musical history.” [Jul 2007, p.99] Continue reading “Art Brut Announce Mini September Tour, Including 3 US Festivals”

Diego Sandrin – A Fine Day Between Addictions

Diego Sandrin – A Fine Day Between Addictions / 2007 Self / 13 Tracks / /

For those individuals that have to have pretty much any punk recording, the name Diego Sandrin will be familiar. She was the mastermind behind the Italian punk group Ice and the Iced. Other individuals may know Sandrin for the fact that Lisa Marie Presley included a song that she wrote with Sandrin on her album “To Whom It May Concern”. There seems to be a pretty good buzz behind this album already, as the Sony Vaio line has chosen one of the tracks from “A Fine Day Between Addictions” – “Sammy’s Farm” – to be loaded on their computers. Continue reading “Diego Sandrin – A Fine Day Between Addictions”

Epitaph’s Escape The Fate Announce Fall Tour

Las Vegas-based hard rock/screamo outfit Escape The Fate will embark on their Hot Topic Presents Black on Black headlining tour in September to support their debut album, Dying Is Your Latest Fashion. The tour will kick off September 1st in the group’s hometown of Las Vegas. The band is currently wrapping up an incendiary stint on this year’s Van’s Warped tour. Continue reading “Epitaph’s Escape The Fate Announce Fall Tour”

Demetra – S/T

Demetra – S/T / 2007 Self / 11 Tracks / /

“Beam Me Up Scotty” is the first track on this, Demetra’s self-titled released. While there are sci-fi beeps and bloops that seem to bring the band into a dance-punk type of style, the female vocals that are present during the track recall acts like Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, The Donnas, and Battershell. The style of rock music that Demetra play on this album is very hooky, catchy, and will have no problem finding fans. “Girlfight” starts out with a very Bay City Rollers meets Toni Basil sort of cheerleader chant, before going into the slightly harder Ramones-type of instrumentation that first presented itself during “Beam Me Up Scotty”. It is during this “Girlfight” that the vocals start to shift towards a stylistic unity with late-nineties rockers Switchblade Kittens. Continue reading “Demetra – S/T”

Scott Marrow – For All The Time You Spend Losing…You Better Enjoy Your Failures

Scott Marrow – For All The Time You Spend Losing…You Better Enjoy Your Failures / 2007 Whiteroom / 9 Tracks / / /

Man, I was completely expecting something else from Scott Marrow. I really thought that what would result with “For All The Time You Spend Losing” would be yet another boring singer-songwriter with an acoustic guitar. However, Marrow impresses with eir blend of Two Gallants, The White Stripes, Lucero, and Latterman during “Didn’t Mean To Say I Told You So”. The production may be a little bit on the rough side, but Marrow is able to shine even through the fuzz and haze that is present. What is the strongest suit to Marrow on these opening tracks has to be the spontaneity that ey brings to the disc. Continue reading “Scott Marrow – For All The Time You Spend Losing…You Better Enjoy Your Failures”

Free Mixtape From Median Available Online.

Median’s Relief In The MakingIt’s been a long time coming, but Median’s Relief, the highly anticipated debut album from Justus League member Median, is only eight short weeks away from landing on store shelves worldwide.  The album, which hits stores September 25th on Halftooth Records, features outstanding production from 9th Wonder, Khrysis, Nicolay, Ant B, and more, as well as guest appearances from the likes of Joe Scudda, Chaundon, L.E.G.A.C.Y. and Spectac. Continue reading “Free Mixtape From Median Available Online.”

Nebelhexe – Essensual

Nebelhexe – Essensual / 2007 Candlelight / 10 Tracks / / /

Nebelhexe may better be known as Andrea Haugen, who has been around goth and metal-like rock music for well over a decade. The disc itself starts with “Underworld”, a song that has Haugen sing in a very Stevie Nicks meets Switchblade Symphony style. The instrumentation has an Enya/Enigma sound to it, which means there are tribal drums mixed in with a more ambient instrumentation. “Invisible Entity” follows “Underworld”, and comes forth like a shambling, confused creature. There are guitars present that would sound perfect on Marilyn Manson’s “Antichrist Superstar” album, but the tribal sound comes forth again. Continue reading “Nebelhexe – Essensual”

Atreyu News and Notes

Atreyu have filmed a 5-part video series documenting the recording process of their new album, Lead Sails Paper Anchor, due out August 28th.  Atreyu teamed with producer John Feldman (The Used, Good Charlotte) on the follow-up to A Death-Grip On Yesterday.  The second installment of the video focuses around drummer/co-vocalist Brandon Sallers and his methods for recording his drum tracks on the new record. Continue reading “Atreyu News and Notes”

The Masons – Let You Down Easy

The Masons – Let You Down Easy / 2007 75 or Less Records / 14 Tracks / / /

“Preemptive Denial” is a track that has in it a very early nineties alternative sound, with equal hints the B-52s and Sonic Youth. There is a simplistic approach to the vocals that matches well with the instrumentation present during songs like “Preemptive Denial”. The thing that makes this track into a success and the band pick up more momentum has to be the fact that the song cuts out at the two and a half minute mark rather than trying to work the same style for four or five minutes. The band keeps the instrumentation tightly reined in for the disc’s second track “I Am A Raindrop”. The vocals seem to meander a little more during this track. Continue reading “The Masons – Let You Down Easy”