Chief State to Live Stream Album Release This Saturday


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Vancouver Pop Punk Band CHIEF STATE Announce Live Streamed Album Release Acoustic Set For This Saturday, March 28 at 6pm PST

Vancouver pop-punk five-piece Chief State is release the new LP ‘Tough Love’ this Friday, March 27 via Mutant League Records.

Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, the band’s album release shows have been canceled. Instead, they’re going to live stream an acoustic performance this Saturday 3/28 via the Mutant League Records Youtube channel.

Tune in at 6pm PST on Saturday to hear Chief State perform songs from “Tough Love” (along with some old fan favorites). The band will also be giving away copies of the new album “Tough Love” on CD.

 

Chief State ‘Acoustic Album Release Show’ live stream link:  http://youtube.com/c/mutantleaguerecords/live.

 

Frontman Fraser Simpson says,

“We were massively disappointed to cancel our release shows due to the coronavirus. It does at least give us a unique opportunity to take our performance to fans around the world and not just in Vancouver though! We’re excited to share some acoustic renditions of our songs old and new. We’ll be taking questions and chatting between songs so it’s a great opportunity to get to know us and all that we get up to! We’ll also be doing some giveaways so tune in on Saturday 3/28 at 6pm PST for some quarantine hangs!”

Also Available on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/6VPNti4uGOqVefUpsv8j3G?highlight=spotify:track:1aGTb2ys7nZzeoKKmHh9Ll

Pre-order ‘Tough Love’ here: http://mutantleaguerecords.limitedrun.com

https://smarturl.com/chiefstate

‘Tough Love’ track listing:

1. Try Hard

2. Deciduous

3. Reprise

4. Something Good For Once

5. Biding Time

6. Choke

7. Peace Of Mind

 

Chief State to Live Stream Album Release This Saturday

Fearing Unveil New Single from Upcoming Debut LP on Funeral Party


The Sound Of Amongst Liars Are a Loud and Fierce Powerhouse

Punk Rock Band

 

Fearing is a dark post-punk band based out of Oakland, California who formed in 2016, when an online friendship quickly blossomed between James Rogers (bass/vocals) & Brian Vega (guitar/vocals). What started as collaborations between the two and their bedroom synth projects; Fearing was formed out of the desire to combine both of their talents and to create something new & fresh in the Bay Area. The addition of Mike Fenton (drums) & Joey Camello (guitar) helped to further expand the sound and depth of the band. 
After two sold out EPs & a handful of tours under their belt; their debut LP, Shadow, is scheduled for release on April 10th, 2020 dark music label, Funeral Party. Shadow finds Fearing further exploring their unique sonic territory, seamlessly blending elements of French coldwave, European post-punk, and the first wave of shoegaze to create something truly unique in today’s rising dark music scene. 
Tour Dates
Apr 10 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
Apr 11 Seattle, WA – Chop Suey
Apr 14 San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
Apr 15 Reno, NV – The Holland Project
Apr 17 San Diego, CA – The Casbah
Apr 18 Las Vegas, NV – The Bunkhouse Saloon
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Dig Your Roots into New Punk Rock from Soraia


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Philadelphia rock quartet Soraia release their new album ‘Dig Your Roots’ today, March 13 via Steven Van Zandt’s label Wicked Cool Records.

The album, produced and engineered by Geoff Sanoff (Bruce Springsteen, Fountains Of Wayne, Dashboard Confessional) is now available for pre-order / pre-save with three instant grat tracks, including the brand new single “Dangerous” (which had its debut on David Fricke’s SiriusXM ‘Writer’s Block’ show last night, and is this week’s “Coolest Song in the World” on Little Steven’s Underground Garage) as well as the tracks “Still I Rise” and “Evergreen.”

Soraia epitomizes raw power, unrelenting energy, chaos, and freedom. With a live show that is frenetic and intensely interactive, the band’s chemistry has been cemented through years of fierce, persistent touring from the dingiest dives to the most massive amphitheaters, helping them attract a worldwide fanbase.

Personal growth, rebirth, even revolution – such transformative concepts are the heart of what Soraia is all about. These heady themes inform the songs on Dig Your Roots, the band’s latest album, out today on Wicked Cool Records.

“I look at Dig Your Roots as a continuation of what was begun on Dead Reckoning,” says singer and frontwoman ZouZou Mansour of the new album’s relationship to their 2017 Wicked Cool LP. That record’s release prompted Rolling Stone/Mojo scribe David Fricke to write Soraia’s “searing guitars, burning soul and true CBGB grit…are the rock you need, in your face now.”

“Dig Your Roots is coming to terms with the light and dark inside myself and in the world,” ZouZou shares. “I come from a diverse multicultural and multireligious background – my father was Muslim and Egyptian, and my mother was Belgian and Catholic. I was ‘different,’ and I hid some of my background from people, thinking I wouldn’t be accepted. Digging my roots is being proud of who I am, letting it come before me even at times, being proud of where I come from, and asking the listener to do the same.

“Dig Your Roots also refers to loving what grounds you: the people, the lifestyles, the places you live, where you grew up. It’s being willing to dig up your roots and re-plant if where you are no longer keeps you free – metaphorically, of course. Inherently, I want this to be the message of the record: if you’re down, get up.”

As a spiritual descendent of iconic women in rock such as Patti Smith and Joan Jett, ZouZou’s Philadelphia-based band also embodies elements of kindred spirits of the ’90s and beyond – like PJ Harvey and The Kills, with more than a sprinkling of ’60s Garage Rock and Soul. Their primal sonic attack spreads a message of perseverance through trials of love, loss and letting go.

Bassist Travis Smith continues to be a crucial root of the Soraia tree, co-writing five of the album’s new songs with ZouZou, including “Superman Is Gone” and “Wild Woman.” “Travis delved into places on this album that we didn’t go to on the last record,” she reveals. “That’s scary. But he did it, which ultimately made me do it, too. It’s like, ‘Hold my hand, we’re going into this dark cave, and who knows what’s going to happen…”

Roots also finds drummer Brianna Sig with her first Soraia co-write, the enchanting “Don’t Have You.” “Her melody for the choruses reminded me of how The Sirens would lure sailors in Greek mythology,” ZouZou relates. “It was haunting and beautiful – and if Soraia isn’t both of those things, then I don’t know what we’re doing here.”

The band faced an unexpected challenge when guitarist Mike Reisman, who co-wrote four Dig tracks, including 2019 single “Evergreen,” left the group. “Mike can’t tour for longer periods of time anymore,” says ZouZou. “It hurt. He still works with us and we still connect. But you grow closer with who remains, and grow yourself.” Going forward, Nick Seditious is handling guitar duties.

Further nourishing their roots is the continued support of Wicked Cool’s Stevie Van Zandt. The label head has been an advocate ever since naming their breakout track “Love Like Voodoo” the Coolest Song in the World on his syndicated radio show and SiriusXM channel Little Steven’s Underground Garage in 2013. In January 2020, Dig Your Roots’ opening cut “Dangerous” becomes the tenth Coolest Song they’ve earned.

Van Zandt has even become a creative collaborator, penning “Why” for Dead Reckoning and co-writing two Roots tunes: 2019 Coolest Song “Still I Rise” and forthcoming single “Darkness (Is My Only Candle).” “I trust him more than anyone in knowing what I’m trying to say and who I am,” says ZouZou.

Complementing them in the studio once again is producer/engineer Geoff Sanoff, whose credits include notable work with Bruce Springsteen, Fountains Of Wayne and Dashboard Confessional. “He’s a member of the band when we’re in there,” ZouZou acknowledges.

Soraia has come a long way since their punked-up cover of The Kinks’ “(I’m Not) Like Everybody Else” hit #1 on Rock radio in South America in 2015. Their independently released debut album In The Valley Of Love And Guns from 2013 features five songs co-written with Jon Bon Jovi.

“I’m all about playing a fun song and throwing myself around, that’s Rock ’n’ Roll at its heart,” ZouZou remarks. “But I’m also about telling the stories of resurrection and life and hope and darkness.”

The latest release in Wicked Cool Records’ ongoing partnership with The Orchard as distributor, Dig Your Roots kicks off another busy year for the label, following up the success of 2019 Billboard Heatseekers Top 10 albums by Jesse Malin and The Dollyrots. Both Malin and The Dollyrots are already slated to release new music for the label in 2020, as are Wyldlife, The Empty Hearts, Ryan Hamilton & The Harlequin Ghosts and many more.

 

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Chief State Could Easily Be Opening Up For Larger Bands


Punk Rock Indie Band

Chief State – ‘Tough Love’

Good Ol’ Fashion Bona Fide Music From Dallas Cosmas

So it’s February 2020 & I have to say Pop-Punk has been off my radar for a while.

Had the pleasure to be re-introduced via some new blood ( they formed in 2016 ) who hail from Vancouver, British Columbia.

‘Chief State’ is a five piece of young lads who have an album being released late March through ‘Mutant League Records’.

Their new collection of songs has been titled ‘Tough Love’ & just a few days ago their new single (Reprise) debuted its video.

The track opens with high energy riffage & It’s matched with the angst-coated scream of,

“I’ll Tread Light Where You Lay, I Should Be Pushing You Away”

Ah now you see, that’s what I’ve been missing!

Catchy guitar licks follow to lead into an anthemic chorus, perfect for a bunch of punters to chant along to
while the clacking of skateboards is heard in the distance.

‘Chief State’ have stuck to the structure that has made this genre popular & it must be hard to bring something fresh to the plate.

Frontman Fraser Simpson’s lyrical content is written from personal experience & ‘Reprise’ has depth I hadn’t personally felt from punk in a long time.

These guys could easily be opening for larger acts & dare I say, leave some of the dinosaur bands thinking they need to step up their game.

Looking forward to the new album release but for the single I’m giving 8.5 Maple Leaves out of 10

 

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Personality Cult Unveil Punk Rock ‘New Arrows’ Album


 

Punk Rock BandWhat 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.

 

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Personality Cult Unveil Punk Rock ‘New Arrows’ Album

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Punk Rock Debut Single Deciduous from Chief State 


Punk Rock Debut Single Deciduous from Chief State 

Indie Punk Rock Band

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.”

Stream “Deciduous” through your preferred music service here:

https://orcd.co/deciduous

Punk Rock Debut Single Deciduous from Chief State 

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K Michelle DuBois New Single Reawakens 80’s Music


K Michelle DuBois New Single Reawakens 80’s Music

Indie Pop Punk Singer

Atlanta-based indie pop artist K Michelle DuBois  presents 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 machine in 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 band Ultrababyfat and 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 Luigi to 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. DuBois also contributes vocals for Atlanta-based dream-gaze collective Parsons Rocket Project.

‘Feast or Famine’ can be found via online stores, such as iTunes, and streaming platforms such Spotify, where you can also find ‘Waves Break’. It is also be available through Bandcampalong 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

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New Alternative Punk Rock Hardcore Music from Sleave


New Alternative Punk Rock Hardcore Music from Sleave

Hardcore Rock Band Sleave

SLEAVE have just released their debut album ‘Don’t Expect’ via UK indie label Engineer Records.

Formed in Richmond, VA in 2016, Sleave began 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, Sleave officially 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.

 

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New Alternative Punk Rock Hardcore Music from Sleave

 

 

New Alternative Punk Rock Hardcore from Sleave

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