KEN mode trail their new album with an intense video

KEN mode have announced their seventh full-length album “Loved” which will be released via Season Of Mist/New Damage Records on August 31st. As an early indication of the album, the band have shared the video for the opening track “Doesn’t Feel Pain Like He Should”.

The album represents yet another pivot point in the group’s sound, a departure from the indie/noise punk focused songs on their previous album, Success. Drawing from the noise and industrial sonics of the 80’s and 90’s, KEN mode has mixed in the decidedly more extreme tone and presence of death and black metal to their sound.

ABOUT THE BAND

Kill Everyone Now mode. KEN mode: an ethos legendary Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins would use to describe the band’s state of mind while taking the stage for the endless touring cycle of their genre-defying classic album ‘My War’. This proved to be the psychological foundation/attitude for the project brothers Jesse and Shane Matthewson would form in 1999 in their home of Winnipeg, MB, Canada that would see them produce a manic form of metal and hardcore infused with noise rock.

Cutting their teeth in the early 2000s with a pair of records – 2003’s Mongrel and 2006’s Reprisal – on Philadelphia’s Escape Artist Records, the group would find breakout underground notoriety with their JUNO award-winning album, 2011’s Kurt Ballou produced Venerable. This marked a decided shift for the band, embarking on an unrelenting touring schedule for the following 5 years. This included releasing two additional full-lengths 2013’s Matt Bayles produced Entrench and 2015’s Steve Albini produced Success (both JUNO nominated and highly critically acclaimed) and seeing them hit a multitude of major festivals and doing live sessions for institutions such as BBC Radio and Daytrotter.

With such a heavy schedule burnout was inevitable, and in 2016 the band took a step back to regroup: core members, Shane and Jesse, formed their own music business management services company, MKM Management Services – who now maintains a who’s who of Canadian metal, punk, and hardcore bands as its clientele; Jesse went to Thailand to study Muay Thai full time; while bassist Scott Hamilton released records with his other bands Adolyne and Greylight District and managed film programming at the Broadway Theatre at his home in Saskatoon. In 2017 the band began writing with a newfound focus and desire, in the most collaborative effort they have ever put together.

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Neolithic release new “Cult of Ignorance” EP

Following of their split release with Martyrdöd, Baltimore, Maryland-based crust/metal band Neolithic release their Cult Of Ignorance EP through Deep Six Records on March 16th.

The band draws much of their influence from d-beat hardcore and death metal, aiming to create their own sound of aggressive down-tuned pitch-black death/crust. The band’s lyrics touch on subjects of corruption, war, and death. The new band was only formed less than a year ago, in the Spring of 2017, by five Baltimore-area scene veterans, with vocalist Evan Harting (Putrisect), bassist Matt Mutolo (Putrisect), drummer Jon John Michaud (ex-Swarm Of The Lotus), and guitarists Mitchell Roemer (ex-Pulling Teeth, ex-Old Lines) and Dustin Thornton (ex-Ruiner). Influences from the early Earache catalogue artists like Bolt Thrower, Napalm Death, and Brutal Truth are in play brought together with a more modern, brutal, crusty groove.

The  7″ EP comprises three new tracks of the band’s brutalizing, bottom-heavy death riffage. Surging atop pillaging hardcore/punk beats, the volatile vocal attack ranging from scathing to guttural through the tracks “Blinded,” “Cult Of Ignorance,” and “Rapacity.” The EP was recorded by Kevin Bernsten at Developing Nations and mastered by Brad Boatright at AudioSiege.

Airplay will be forthcoming via Aural Delights on March 15th.

LINKS

https://neolithicmd.bandcamp.com

http://www.instagram.com/neolithicband

http://www.deepsixrecords.com

http://www.facebook.com/deepsixrecords

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NOTES
  • The Bridport Dagger recently performed in an echo chamber under the river Thames and supplied sound design for a seven day immersive play in Berlin. The band incorporate elements of flamenco and rockabilly alongside the melodrama of Scott Walker.
  •  The new single ‘Wolves’ was recorded at Brixton Hill Studio and was released digitally on Friday the 13th October, 2017. The band will soon be heading back to the studio in November to record songs for their debut album.
  • Influences include Suicide, Nadine Shah, Anna Calvi, Roy Orbison, Guadalupe Plata, Clinic, The Gun Club, Flamenco, Get Your Gun, Ennio Morricone, Wim Wenders and film noir.
  • Jangly and throbbing “First Born Is Dead” feel to the Wolves single which is derived, to some extent, from the work of Jeffery Lee Pierce.

 

LINE-UP

  • Chaz Foster – Bass and Guitars
  • Lawrence Rice – Guitars
  • Neil Walsh – Viola
  • Jason Idnani-Powdrill – Vocals, Guitars
  • Arran Goodchild – Drumming, Keys, Percussion​
 
RELEASES
  • Wolves (Single)
AIRPLAY
  • Aural Delights 256

LINKS

Balwan

Pure Phase Ensemble 6 feat. Anton Newcombe has unveiled the video for ‘Balwan’, the second track teasing the forthcoming ‘Live at SpaceFest!’ LP, to be released through Nasiono Records. This new single was preceded by the first one ‘God Drugs’, which sees The Brian Jonestown Massacre ringmaster Anton Newcombe at his best. The album includes seven tracks.

Pure Phase Ensemble is an eclectic rotating group of musicians, who come together every year in December during Gdansk’s illustrious SpaceFest!,. The group’s makeup constantly changes, guided by the artistic vision of a new curator every year and directed by Anna Szynwelska and Karol Schwarz of Nasiono Records, who has been responsible for its musical cohesion from the very outset.

Anton Newcombe led this current incarnation, along with with Emil Nikolaisen of Scandinavian rock band Serena Maneesh. The six other musicians involved this year were drawn from various Polish alternative bands. They include Karol Schwarz (7faz, KSAS), Olga Myslowska (Polpo Motel), Maciej Karminski (Jesien), Marcin Lewandowski (Judy’s Funeral, Castlings, Soon), Jakub Zwirello (Oslo Kill City, Szezlong), and Kacper Graczyk (Aiodine, coding).

Photo credit: Clemens_Mitscher

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PLAYLIST

  1. They Called Him Zone – Death Drive – Single
  2. Jen Cloher – Waiting In The Wings – Jen Cloher
  3. The Dream Syndicate – Filter Me Through You – How Did I Find Myself Here
  4. The War on Drugs – Up All Night – A Deeper Understanding
  5. Gentle Brent – Lollipop Girl – Just Dandy
  6. Dälek – Nothing Stays Permanent – Endangered Philosophies
  7. Bionatops – IntroVAINous – Voices
  8. Iguana Lovers – Illusion – Surfing Caos
  9. AJ Dávila – 17 – El Futuro
  10. Steely Dan – Aja – Aja
  11. Jen Cloher – Dark Art – Jen Cloher
  12. Dave Graney and Clare Moore – I Been Trendy – Let’s Get Tight
  13. Bionatops – Soured – Voices
  14. The Dream Syndicate – 80 West – How Did I Find Myself Here
  15. Iguana Lovers – Surf and Destroy – Surfing Caos
  16. The Allman Brothers – In Memory of Elizabeth Reed – At Fillmore East
  17. Japan – Life in Tokyo – The Singles
  18. Dälek – Battlecries – Endangered Philosophies
  19. Seazoo – Shoreline – Single
  20. Bionatops – Voices – Voices
  21. Filthy Friends – Despierta – Invitation
  22. Dave Graney and Clare Moore – Drifting Donna Reed – Let’s Get Tight
  23. The Dream Syndicate – Out of my Head – How Did I Find Myself Here
  24. Iguana Lovers – Nuevo Orden – Surfing Caos
  25. Dälek – A Collective Cancelled Thought – Endangered Philosophies
  26. Hotel Wrecking City Traders – Quasar – Passage to Agharta
  27. The Fall – It’s The New Thing – Early Fall

Fly I Will, Because I Can

Brooklyn-based quartet My Favourite Things have announced the new album ‘Fly I Will, Because I Can’, which is planned for release on July 14, 2017, but are already teasing the first single ‘A Little Closer, loaded with shoegaze and dreampop goodness.
This is the third album from My Favourite Things, founded in Brooklyn by Dorothea Tachler (formerly of Igloo, The Swirlies, Alles Wie Gross). Fans of  dreampop and shoegaze should enjoy the album’s melancholic swaying, melody-rich offerings. This album should also appeal to lovers of artists such as James Yorkston and Bonnie “Prince” Billy.
From a young age, her Korean/German/Croatian background has immersed her in a diversity of musical influences, which have shaped her. In 2009, she released “rarara” (Afterhours/Japan), followed by “Tomorrow’s Far Away” in 2013, featuring guest vocals from several friends and former band-mates, including Valerie Trebeljahr of Lali Puna, Damon Tutunjan from The Swirlies, Daru Oda (Norah Jones), Sean Meadows (June of 4, Lungfish), and Doug Scharin (Codeine, HIM, Rex).
Once again, Dorothea wrote and produced all the songs with their many textures, owing to the use of multiple instruments, many of which she also played: violins, flutes and autoharps weave in and out of twinkling glockenspiels, vibraphones and intricate, sometimes shredding guitars, delivered on a solid bed of a grabbing bass and ripping drums, with Dorothea’s balmy voice hovering and twinkling atop.
When performing live, My Favourite Things appear in different formations, ranging from a solo act to a five-piece band, featuring prominent musicians from the buoyant New York scene: Yoshio “Tony” Kobayashi on drums, Yusuke Yamamoto on vibraphone and synthesizers, Michael Figgiani on bass, and various other talents.
The band has played many venues in the unforgiving NYC music circuit, transporting transfixed audiences from their chaotic built-up urban environments to a twilight world of their own favourite things. Last year, My Favourite Things also toured Germany, featuring Notwist frontman Markus Acher on drums, along with other talented and experienced musicians from Germany’s active band scene.
This album marks a new era for Dorothea, who uses songwriting as a medium to deal with difficult situations that life has dealt her. “This album has made me grow as a songwriter, producer and recording engineer. From a different perspective, this record was like my journal in a difficult time, ridden with a lot of changes: a lot of my friends and family had moved away, my relationship ended, I lost my apartment and had to move, and I became sober, which lead to losing specific social contacts I had until then, who I had thought of as friends – it was all hard, but rewarding in the end to go through this process,” explains Dorothea Tachler.
“Music was my anchor and my lighthouse in stormy and dark nights, and putting my inner turmoil into words really helped me process it better. It was kind of my metamorphosis, being disintegrated like a chrysalis, and being shaped into something new.”
This is an exquisite collection of songs and Tachlers voice is rich and incredibly moreish – to be featured on Aural Delights 237.