SOME STUFFS: Destruction Unit bring up the “Holy Ghost” and present themselves to European fans for tour

Deep Trip (Sacred Bones) is an album that has placed Destruction Unit on the road for the majority of 2013, and it seems like they’re not ready to stop, not with a one-month tour of Europe that is happening right now, and will be happening every day from now until mid-November. Show these guys your love and support if they’re near you:

October 15… Hamburg, Germany (Hafenklang)
October 16… Hannover, Germany (Sturmglocke)
October 17… Uthrect, Holland (DB’s)
October 18… Harlem, Holland (Patronaat)
October 19… Antwerp, Belgium (Kavka)
October 20… Kortrijk, Belgium (The Pit’s)
October 21… Liege, Belgium (Carlo Levi)
October 22… Paris, France (Point FMR)
October 23… London, UK (Old Blue Last)
October 24… Newcastle, UK (The Tyne Bar)
October 25… Manchester, UK (The Soup Kitchen)
October 26… Brighton, UK (Prince Albert)
October 27… Rennes, France (Sympathetic Bar)
October 28… Bordeaux, France (TBA)
October 29… Barcelona, Spain (Sala Sidecar)
October 30… Madrid, Spain (Wurlitzer Ballroom)
October 31… Libson, Portugal (ZDB)
November 1… Guimaraes, Portugal (CAAA)
November 2… Bermeo, Spain (Beleza Malandra Ateneo Kulturala)
November 3… San Sebastian, Basque (Bukowski)
November 4… Tolouse, France (TBA)
November 5… Marseille, France (La Machine a Coudre)
November 6… Carpi, Italy (Mattatoio)
November 7… Roa, Italy (Dal Verme)
November 8… Milano, Italy (Cox 18)
November 9… Luzern, Switzerland (Sudpol)
November 10… Verona, Italy (White Rabbit)
November 11… Lubiana, Slovenia (TBA)
November 12… Wien, Austria (Arena)
November 13… Padova, Italy (Bastione Alicorno)
November 14… Karlsruhe, Germany (Alte Hackerei)
November 15… Lepzig, Germany (Raum Der Kulturen)
November 16… Berlin, Germany (Auster Club)

The band also made a video for the song “Holy Ghost” before they went to Europe, head back to the top and click play right now.

RECORD CRACK: WTCHS/Das Rad unite to release a 7″ lathe single

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Two Canadian bands are combining their efforts to release not just a split 7″ single, but a split 7″ lathe.

WTCHS offer the five minute “Overkilmer/Some Girls”, which sounds like it was recorded on cassette with a portable deck, complete with layers of normal bias tape hiss and warping amounts of reverb and echo. Das Rad‘s two contributions are clearer in quality but is loud and ruthless as what’s on the other side of the record. In fact, have a look at the video for one of Das Rad’s songs on the record, “Heavy Flow”.

Only 33 copies are being made of this lathe by the Perdu label, each one coming in silk-screened packaging and a four-page booklet. To order or listen to the songs, click to the Bandcamp player below. The record will be released on September 21st. BTW: all of the songs on the 7″ can be downloaded for free.

REVIEW: Judy’s Funeral’s “Four Track Extended Play”

 photo JudysFuneral_cover_zps80558e38.jpg Judy’s Funeral are a band from Poland who are about the darker and gloomier side of life, or at least gloom and glum but without feeling eternal doom. That’s the style of rock they play on Four Track External Play, which could easily be a 4-song EP as indicated by the title but the EP actually ends with a nice ten minute piece that helps to seal the deal on what these guys are about. “The Machine” has all of the instruments turned up beyond a notch, as a voice is heard as an echo in the distance, barely coming through. Part of what makes this work is struggling to figure out what he’s singing, but realizing that getting lost in the power and volume is best. “252” is a bit ethereal in nature, starting off with jangling guitar and subtle taps of the drum cymbals before one finds themselves secluded (or maybe it’s seduced) by the overwhelming embrace of guitar and bass echoing on itself. It’s instrumental, and it feels so good. “By Night” may remind people of what an electronic combo from Germany would have sounded like with a new wave band from Liverpool, with drums that bang on like watching a marathon race from start to finish. “Your Sorry Life” is industrial in nature, and while one may be unsure of what’s going on, the listener wants to keep on going before the voice heard smashes and suffocates you.

The EP’s closer, the 10-minute “Before You Fade Away”, shows the group showing their complexities, musicianship, and songwriting skills in a fashion that presents them as a group to pay attention to. It’s not noise for the sake of making noise, or a piece where volume is the sole reason for existing, there is a bit of depth in this melodramatic song where taking the journey throughout is part of the joy (or sadness) in enjoying it. In the end, I like the order of Judy’s Funeral disorder, and how they’re able to balance it so that one doesn’t think the group will create music in one specific way. Whatever people choose to hear from them, may that be a reason to stay around and want to hear more.

REVIEW: Bestial Mouths’ self-titled album

 photo BestialMouths_cover_zps2d777078.jpg Bestial Mouths are about to release their self-titled debut album on Clan Destine Records, and if you’re a fan of gothy pop/rock with occasional glimpses of metal industrial music, you will fall in love with this band. This Los Angeles band create music that has the vibe of early 80’s artists like Siouxsie & The Banshees and Lene Lovich, right down to the distant echo and reverb of the vocals and the cold feel of the music being played. A part of it sounds dated, but a lot of this music still sounds as power as it did back then, and Bestial Mouths are doing it as if it’s brand new and not-ready for anyone but the devoted.

This is the band’s second album, so I’m curious to know what they’ll be doing with future releases, as it seems they’re set with their musical voyage. It should be an interesting trip nonetheless.

REVIEW: Iceage’s “New Brigade”

Photobucket Iceage are a band who are heavily influenced by the deep, alternative sounds of the early 1980’s, and New Brigade (What’s Your Rupture?) shows how durable those original sounds. Do Iceage bring anything new to those new wavy, post-modern songs? It depends. Some songs sound like The Cure with bits of Love & Rockets, other tracks are on the level of New Bomb Turks with Big Black with songwriting sensibilities. It reminds me of the kind of music that you really had to search for after watching a segment about it at 1:14am on Night Flight.

I’m not sure how much lasting power this will have, but I think right now they have what it takes to feel good… right now. Whether or not they will add something new to their sound remains to be seen and heard.

(New Brigade will be released on June 21st.)

REVIEW: Fops’ “Yeth Yeth Yeth”

Photobucket Sometimes all you need is 11 songs in 35 minutes to make a point, then get the hell out of the studio and damage the world. This is what Fops do on their debut album, Yeth Yeth Yeth (Monotreme), but the musicians involved are not new to the scene. They are a duo consisting of vocalist Dee Kesler and lyricist Chadwick Donald Bidwell, and together they create a sound that could be like a cross between Velvet Underground, Let’s Active, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Joy Division, and anything dark, gloomy, and gothy that will make you want to squeeze into a latex outfit, walk to your local graveyard, and light your favorite incense as you move your body in egocentric figure 8’s. That may sound funny, but the music is not, and rather than place an alluded stereotype as I did, create your own vibe with it. It has the feel of those dark mood albums of the late 70’s early 80’s but with a sense that a little bit of sunshine will help change their ways. My hope is that Fops will continue to make music that longs for the sunshine, as that will be what makes them strong. Finding the sunshine would only turn them into something different, although I’d probably enjoy that too.

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