Personality Cult Unveil Punk Rock ‘New Arrows’ Album
What started as a solo project for North Carolina’s Ben Carr has evolved into a full-band supergroup of sorts, featuring past and present members of Paint Fumes, Last Year’s Men, Natural Causes, Bass Drum Of Death, Missing Pages, Mind Spiders, Sweet Talk, Sweet Knives, and probably a bunch more that we’re forgetting about!
Dirtnap Records was tipped off to this monster of an album by Jeff Burke (Radioactivity/Marked Men) as he was recording it a few months back in NYC. Soon after the sessions, Carr and Burke began trading the earliest mixes of the album with Carr recording all of the overdubs during and after his shifts at Wilmington, North Carolina’s flagship record shop, Gravity Records. After a single listen to the finished product, we were tripping over ourselves to immediately get ahold of the band and offer to put the record out. Seriously, it’s THAT good!
Fast propulsive punk with hooks for days, and dark undercurrents swirling underneath. While sonically this doesn’t fall too far from what you’d associate with many beloved Dirtnap bands of the past, these guys really nail the delicate balance of taking a familiar sound and putting their own unique spin on it, in the end sounding like nothing but themselves.
Following a s/t LP on Drunken Sailor Records, Personality Cult have just released their Dirtnap debut (and debut as a full band) “New Arrows” today, February 14th, 2020. This is the best new band we’ve heard in awhile, so do take note.
Vancouver pop-punk five-piece Chief State has released the first single off their forthcoming album titled “Tough Love,” which will be released in early 2020.
The song was recorded in Vancouver by Tim Creviston (Spiritbox, Misery Signals, Parting Ways).
Chief State’s guitarist Nik Pang says, “Deciduous is a song about the transition in seasons from summer into fall and winter. As the weather gets colder and the days get shorter, a lot of people, myself included, tend to isolate themselves and get into a really negative headspace. The song uses the metaphor of deciduous and evergreen trees to explain how some really struggle through the colder months, while others remain unchanged. As much as the song is about struggling with seasonal depression, it still keeps a relatively positive outlook, because after all, it never stays cold forever.”
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Atlanta-based indie pop artistK Michelle DuBoispresents her new single‘Feast or Famine’. A percussive foundation akin to Kate Bush ‘Running Up that Hill’ and a synth-heavy full-on 80s style production serve as a backdrop for a cheeky delivery of lyrics conveying obsession with another.
This single comes on the heels of her single‘Waves Break’, an upbeat and fun track foreshadowing her forthcoming album, which will be released in early 2020.
“I’m releasing this one a bit under the radar as I’m yet undecided whether this will be part of the full album releasing early 2020. It’s got a more commercial vibe than I usually put out there, which makes me feel shy about it, but I love it! The new album collection is a bit heavier than this tune but I myself do enjoy an eclectic mix so maybe,”says K Michelle Dubois. Last year, K Michelle DuBois presented her third solo release ‘Harness’, highlighted by the singles ‘Wild Weed’,‘Orchid’ and‘Love and Only Love’. DuBois also recently collaborated with Wales-based post-punk dreampop artist Lights That Change on the single ‘Untold’.
While most of DuBois’ solo output intertwines classic power-pop with 90s college rock, ‘Harness’boasts a heftier sonic tone than her previous album‘Astral Heart’(2016) with its bouncy rhythms, jangly guitars and sing-song charm.
Based in Atlanta, GA, Dubois’ counts Blondie and Divinyls among her influences, along with Stevie Nicks, Roxy Music, Flaming Lips, Grandaddy, and Fever Ray. DuBois’s live band includes Chandler Rentz (drums), Jim Prible (bass), André Griffin (keys) and Dan Dixon (guitar), who also recorded, produced and mastered this album at RCDC studio in Atlanta.
K Michelle DuBois got into music very young, building harmonies to pass the time during the family’s frequent road trips. She began writing her own material as a teenager in Nashville after receiving a bass guitar for Christmas. Initially crafting her early songs on bass, a Yamaha synthesizer and a drum machinein her parents’ four-track studio, she experienced a flood of creative possibilities upon discovering open-tuning on acoustic guitar, thereafter solidifying her commitment to songwriting.
After forming her early bandUltrababyfatand releasing ‘Silver Tones Smile’ (1998), the group’s infectious pop-punk sound garnered national attention, leading to opening slots for numerous noteworthy acts Pavement and PJ Harvey, and a 2001 stint on The Warped Tour as one of the few female-led bands showcased in the festival’s lineup.
After the band disbanded in 2005, DuBois formed Luigito explore her more progressive, art-rock leanings. After seven years together and ample critical acclaim, she re-emerged as a solo artist under the tempered guidance of producer Ben Price at Studilaroche, releasing her debut album‘Lux Capone’in 2012. DuBoisalso contributes vocals for Atlanta-based dream-gaze collectiveParsons Rocket Project.
‘Feast or Famine’ can be found via online stores, such asiTunes, and streaming platforms suchSpotify, where you can also find ‘Waves Break’. It is also be available throughBandcamp, along with her latest ‘Harness’album. (links below)
CREDITS Written by K Michelle DuBois Guitars, percussion and production – Dan Dixon Vocals, keys, percussion and co-production – K Michelle DuBois Drums – Chandler Rentz Recorded at RCDC, Peoplestown, Atlanta, GA by Dan Dixon Cover photo – Ally Land
Impressive Debut Single from Folk Pop Band The Pairs
New Alternative Punk Rock Hardcore Music from Sleave
New Alternative Punk Rock Hardcore Music from Sleave
SLEAVE have just released their debut album ‘Don’t Expect’via UK indie label Engineer Records.
Formed in Richmond, VA in 2016, Sleavebegan after Julien Robert and Charlie Bowen met at a party, where they quickly bonded over a shared interest in punk and alternative music. A series of impromptu jam sessions at Julien’s parent’s house during the fall of 2015 quickly turned into a full project. During this time, Sam Mclelland joined the band on bass and in January of 2016, Sleaveofficially formed.
The band’s presence grew steadily over the next two years, in which they debuted two releases (‘Gold EP 2016’ and Better Now/Empty Talk 7” 2017) and played countless shows in and around Richmond. The band then took a performing hiatus in 2018 to record what was rumored to be their first full-length album. The band worked tirelessly with the help of Pedro Aida of Audio Verite Studios and Andreas Magnusson, both of whom they had worked with on previous releases. During this time, Daniel Salinas replaced Sam Mclelland on bass; and the current Sleave lineup was formed.
Finally, in June 2019,Sleave announced their partnership with UK label Engineer Records, and that their first album was finally completed.
Sleave’s sound brings together elements of alternative rock, punk, and American hardcore while also being reminiscent of the American grunge and emo movements of the 90’s.