Austin, TX based Alternative / Post-Hardcore band CALL ME KING has released their official music video for the single “Broken Machines,” off of their August 4th released, sophomore albume, The Writer and the Written.
CALL ME KING has also launched their Can We Borrow Your Cabs Tour, which kicked off August 4th in their hometown and will wind through the South and Midwest before winding down August 25th in San Antonio, TX.
Call Me King is a post-hardcore act based in Austin, TX. Since their founding in July of 2015, Call Me King has gathered over 11,000 followers across various outlets. Call Me King has been featured alongside nationwide acts such as Asking Alexandria, blessthefall, Emery, and more. In January of 2016, after only six months of playing together as a group, Call Me King flew to Ohio to record their debut album …and the snow will turn to ash with founding father of progressive hardcore Craig Owens (Chiodos, D.R.U.G.S., Isles & Glaciers) as producer and Jordan DiSorbo of Before Their Eyes operating as sound engineer. atswtta was released October 7th, 2016 alongside Call Me King’s first tour through the Midwest to promote the album.
Call Me King didn’t take time to rest after that tour, instead doubling down on regional shows to build on their already-established fanbase. They began writing for their second LP, which is currently untitled, in January of 2017. They spent the month of August at Glass Arrow Audio in Toledo recording their second album with Jordan DiSorbo. Call Me King’s video for their single “Sycamore Lane” was released in September 2017 as an Alternative Pressexclusive.
Immediately after returning from the studio, Call Me King was able to join one of their major influences, Emery, as they put on their Fan Appreciation Tour. This was a valuable experience for the band, who received incredibly positive feedback and are currently planning their next such tour.
Call Me King has recently partnered with the Inner Light Agency as management and is working toward the release of their second album, slotted for early Summer of 2018.
Swedish pop-punkers ABANDONED BY BEARS have released “Greyscale,” the groove-filled banger from their highly anticipated new album. The track closes the bands upcoming third studio album, Headstorm, set for worldwide release on August 24, 2018 on Victory Records. To coincide with the release, the band will be serving up old favorites alongside new Headstorm tunes on the inaugural Headstorm Tour, kicking off August 24 in Chicago, IL.
“Up to this point we only made videos for our more poppy and upbeat songs,” admits bassist Gustav Eriksson. “All our videos have always had a more ‘positive’ vibe and although this is not the first time we’ve written an angry song, we’ve never accompanied one with any video. We need to keep trying new things to keep the whole band experience fresh, and for us this was very different compared to visuals we’ve done before. This song reflects a situation in your life where you’ve had to cut the ties with a friend, a significant other or someone close that brought the worst out in you.”
Fronted by the dual vocal combo of Leon Ekelund and Fredric Andersson, ABANDONED BY BEARS is rounded out by guitarist Jacob Devinder and Max Fahlman on drums. The band released The Years Ahead in 2016 under Victory Records and spent a quarter of that year in the US touring ever possible corner. They returned in 2017 for another taste of America before closing out the year with their first ever tour of the UK.
When Headstorm is released on August 24, ABANDONED BY BEARS will spend two months circling the US for the first tour supporting the album. The tour starts in Chicago, ends in Nashville on October 25 and “fans can expect a good mix between the last album The Years Ahead, the new one and even some older, deeper material,” promises Eriksson. “We’ve put together a good set that will appeal to everyone and can’t wait to showcase it. Other than that, we look forward to seeing old friends and faces, make new ones and have a good time like always! Americans are always very friendly and welcoming so we’ll probably end up needing surgery on the muscles of our faces to fix the mile-wide grins!”
ABANDONED BY BEARS On Tour 2018
8/18 Sodertälje, SE @ Spinnrocken High 5ive Summer Fest
8/24 Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge
8/25 Kalkaska, MI @ The Fireball Lounge
8/26 DeKalb, IL @ The House Cafe
8/27 Madison, WI @ Ruby
8/28 Burnsville, MN @ The Garage
8/29 Omaha, NE @ Lookout Lounge
8/30 Iowa City, IA @ Yacht Club
8/31 Kansas City, MO @ Davey’s Uptown Rambler’s Club
9/1 Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
9/2 Springfield, MO @ Outland Ballroom
9/4 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
9/5 Jerome, ID @ Diamondz Event Center
9/7 Spokane, WA @ The Pin
9/9 Bremerton, WA @ The Charleston
9/11 Portland, OR @ Analog Cafe
9/12 Medford, OR @ King Wah
9/13 Fresno, CA @ Fulton 55
9/14 Tulare, CA @ Barmageddon
9/15 Garden Grove, CA @ The Locker Room
9/16 Oceanside, CA @ Midnight Jack Brewing Company
9/17 Henderson, NV @ Eagle Aerie Hall
9/19 Mesa, AZ @ The Underground
9/20 El Paso, TX @ Love Buzz
9/21 Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar
9/22 Odessa, TX @ The Club
9/23 Denton, TX @ Andy’s Bar
9/25 Lafayette, LA @ The Platform at Dat Dog
9/28 Orlando, FL @ Henao Contemporary Center
9/29 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Beer Punx
9/30 Jacksonville, FL @ Nighthawks
10/2 Ringgold, GA @ Cloud Springs Deli
10/3 Fayetteville, NC @ Drunk Horse Pub
10/5 Scranton, PA @ Irish Wolf Pub
10/6 Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Park Music Foundation
10/7 Amityville, NY @ Amityville Music Hall
10/8 Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge
10/9 Manchester, NH @ Bungalow Bar & Grill
10/10 Brooklyn, NY @ The Kingsland
10/11 West Haven, CT @ RVP Studios: The Cave
10/12 Attleboro, MA @ Patterns Creations
10/13 Brantford, ONT, Canada @ Club NV
10/15 Syracuse, NY @ Spark Art Space
10/16 Corning, NY @ Lando’s Hotel & Lounge
10/17 Erie, PA @ Andromeda’s
10/18 Pittsburgh, PA @ Diesel
10/19 Warren, MI @ Hot Rock
10/20 Indianapolis, IN @ Jokers
10/21 Columbus, OH @ Donato’s Basement
10/22 Fort Wayne, IN @ The Glory Hub
10/23 Lakewood, OH @ Mahall’s
10/24 Covington, KY @ The Thompson House
10/25 Nashville, TN @ The End
Pre-order packages for Headstorm are available now and include an instant download of “Greyscale,” “Headstorm” and “So Far Gone.” The full album will be available everywhere August 24, 2018.
Orange County’s own WANK returns with founding members Bobby Amodeo, Spider, Danny Walker, and new addition of Higgins X-13 (formerly of The Offspring). The band plans to release their new album ‘White Knuckle Ride’ later this year.
On WANK’s return and new record, frontman Bobby Amodeo comments, “WANK is stoked to be back making music. It’s been 20 years since our Maverick Records release, and we’ve spent the last year producing our new album, ‘White Knuckle Ride.’ Song by song, our record stands up – You’ll hear PRD, reggae skank, melodic hooks, and pop harmonies. WANK is rock-ready, and we look forward to destroying a stage near you very soon. Check us out!”
Watch for album release details, a new single and accompanying music video to debut shortly.
WANK guitarist Danny Walker comments about writing the song, “Shut You Down is about an experience I had working in a toxic environment, hitting a boiling point, and responding. When you spend every moment of your day dumping on people, you get what you get. Bad things will happen to bad people.”
WANK formed in 1995 in Huntington Beach, CA. Mixing pop sensibility, rock chops, and punk energy, WANK (influenced by the Beatles and the Clash, among others) quickly gained momentum and garnered a reputation for themselves with melodic songs and highly entertaining live shows. In 1996, WANK self-released their debut, Get a Grip on Yourself. Their continuing success as a live act brought them to the attention of producer Mike Ness of Social Distortion, who oversaw the recording of “Larry Brown” for a split 7″ on Time Bomb Records (1997.) Ness also produced WANK on their version of “Auld Lang Syne,” their contribution to the comp, Christmas Gone Wrong (1997.)
In late 1997, “Forgiven” was added to rotation at the World Famous KROQ 106.7 in Los Angeles, and WANK was still unsigned. An industry bidding war ensued, and WANK signed an historic record deal with Maverick Records. In 1998, following an expedited major label re-release of Get a Grip on Yourself, WANK took their show on the road, touring with The Specials, Goldfinger, Social Distortion, and Warped Tour ’98. The band parted ways with Maverick Records in 1999 and focused on other projects.
In 2000, Amodeo was diagnosed with cancer, and after years of treatment, he’s back and rock ready. Walker formed and fronted Handsome Devil and was signed to RCA in 2001. Handsome Devil released three albums – Love and Kisses (2001), Knock Yourself Out (2004), and Fully Automatic (2007), and toured with The Used, Lit, Zebrahead, and Warped. In 2007, Walker and friends (from Lit, Adolescents, and Cadillac Tramps) formed Rockers in the Round – an acoustic showcase series. Walker released two singer-songwriter albums – Mumble & Strum (2011) and Salvation (2012). Spider focused on session work and artist management, and he’s still the hardest hitting drummer around.
WANK reunited in 2016, self-releasing their 5 song EP – On with the Show and, in 2017, added guitarist Higgins X-13, formerly of the Offspring. In 2018, WANK is in the studio finishing a new full length album for release. Enjoy – WANK is back.
New Brunswick, NJ 3-piece Milkmen has signed with Know Hope Records.
Formed in 2014 while attending Rutgers University, the band immediately hit the ground running as part of the thriving underground scene in New Jersey. Drawing on a wide range of influences, from RX Bandits to Weatherbox to The Sidekicks, the band quickly amassed a loyal following in Northern New Jersey, which quickly spread throughout the state, as well as New York, Philadelphia and throughout the Northeast part of the country. Milkmen started actively touring in 2015 and haven’t slowed down since, touring up and down the East Coast numerous times.
After releasing a few singles, Milkmen self-released their debut self-titled album, recorded at The Kaleidoscope in Lancaster, PA with producer Kory Gable, on December 25, 2015.
Know Hope Records will be reissuing a remixed/remastered version of Milkmen’s self-titled debut album on September 14, 2018, as well as brand new record from the band in 2019.
Following on from their critically praised single ‘Silver Ray’, Melbourne-based indie-rock group Halcyon Drive have just revealed live dates and latest cut ‘Agnosia’ – another gripping number lifted from their forthcoming debut album (due late-2018).
‘Agnosia’ shines a light on the trio’s ability to shape songs eclectically, whilst still retaining apt cohesiveness, to ensure they never sway far from their charming and distinctive sound. Opening with searing fuzz-laden guitars, the track briskly bursts into a frenetic and brazen energy; a fitting foundation for the anthemic melodies of enigmatic front man Michael Oechsle.
Oechsle talks about the meaning behind ‘Agnosia’:
“This is a song about truth. A song about, how in this day and age, it’s harder than ever to break free from whatever media, marketing or influence is being forced down our throats.
I was lucky enough to be brought up by two incredible parents who never pushed me into anything, and always let me find my own truth.
This is a song written from the complete opposite perspective- from the perspective of someone so lost in following or fighting other people’s opinions, that they’ve lost the ability to think for themselves.”
To coincide with the release, the band will play two shows at a Secret Location in Melbourne and Otto’s House Party at World Bar, Sydney. This continues on from a relentless April and May touring schedule, which included performances at The Hills are Alive Festival, headlining Rare Finds indie club night tour circuit and a support slot on Stereophonics sold-out Australian tour.
Previous single ‘Silver Ray’ was widely embraced by the likes of Australian radio stations triple j, 3RRR, SYN FM, 4ZZZ, Radio Adelaide and Edge Radio. The track also received support from worldwide tastemaker blogs Indie Shuffle (USA), Podcart (UK), The Revue (CAN), We Love That (GER), Niche Music (JAP), Red Bull Music, Laundry Echo, Savage Thrills and Pilerats.
In the coming weeks Halcyon Drive will reveal an accompanying music video for ‘Agnosia’.
‘Agnosia’ is now available worldwide
HALCYON DRIVE AGNOSIA LAUNCH PARTIES
FRI 10 AUG | OTTO’S HOUSE PARTY @ WORLD BAR, SYDNEY NSW SAT 18 AUG | SECRET LOCATION, MELBOURNE VIC
After selling out their first ever trip to Australia in 2016, James are preparing for a triumphant return in 2018, this time sporting a brand-new album ‘Living in Extraordinary Times” as well as all their swag of British classics.
James’ 1993 hit ‘Laid’ became the soundtrack to early 90s alternative radio before finding a second life through its use in teen hit American Pie films. James had already had a decade of hits by the time Laidarrived, having risen from Manchester’s legendary Factory Records scene into one of the biggest UK bands in the world by the dawn of the 90s. With alternative hits in Australia including Laid, Sit Down, Sound, Getting Away With It (All Messed Up), She’s a Star and Just Like Fred Astaire, and selling over 25 million records worldwide, the band were triple j staples for over fifteen years, yet took nearly three decades to hit Australian shores.
With sell out shows, great reviews and mad fans, some travelling across Australia to ensure they didn’t miss a single show, a return visit was inevitable.
“We had such a great time in Australia we couldn’t believe it took us so long to get there,” said Tim Booth. “The vibe in every room was just electric and every night was different to the last. We can’t wait to get back there and do it all again, this time with our ‘Living in Extraordinary Times’ record.”
The album seems to touch upon contemporary fissures in society, with Tim Booth commenting: “We knew something was up when Leicester city won the league then Brexit, then Trump. It is as if we’d slipped into an alternate reality, a Philip K Dick reality. We are living in extraordinary times.”
The tour will visit Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth as well as taking James to Adelaide for the very first time.
TICKETS ON SALE 10:00 AM, FRIDAY 22 JUNE Via MJRPresents.com
JAMES AUSTRALIAN TOUR 2018
Wednesday 14 November – 170 Russell – Melbourne, VIC
Friday 16 November – The Metro – Sydney, NSW
Saturday 17 November – The Tivoli – Brisbane, QLD
Monday 19 November – The Gov – Adelaide, SA*
Tuesday 20 November – Astor Theatre – Perth, WA
Underworld and Iggy Pop announce details of a 4 track EP, Teatime Dub Encounters, due for release on July 27th via Caroline Australia.
While overseeing the soundtrack for T2 Trainspotting, Underworld’sRick Smith arranged a meeting with Iggy Pop in a room at the Savoy Hotel on London’s Strand to discuss working on collaborative music for the film.
Says Rick Smith“Iggy was staying at The Savoy and graciously said ‘yeah you know we we can meet and talk about something’ because we both felt a strong connection to Trainspotting and to Danny. I turned up thinking I’ve got one chance here to convince this gentleman that we should work together. So I turned up with basically half my studio, hired a hotel room, set up and sat waiting.”
Their respective tracks “Lust for Life”and “Born Slippy (Nuxx)” had perfectly bookended the first Trainspotting film two decades previously. On arrival, Iggy found a fully working studio set up and eagerness to get cracking.
Says Iggy Pop“When you are confronted with somebody who has a whole bloody studio there in the hotel room, a Skyped director who has won the Oscar recently and a fucking microphone in front of you and 30 finished pieces of very polished music, you don’t want to be the wimp that goes ‘uh uhhh’, so my mind was racing.”
Teatime Dub Encounters is the result of a few clandestine hotel room recording sessions, that began a few weeks after Underworld and Iggy Pop had each released their last albums (Barbara Barbara, we face a shining future and Post Pop Depression respectively) on the same day (March 18th 2016). It is neither historical or a tribute to past work, it is the work of artists in motion, engaged in a process that they both bring to all of their work – one that uses spontaneity as a spur for creativity.
The first track from Teatime Dub Encounters – “Bells & Circles” – was premiered live as part of Underworld’s recent headline performance at the BBC Biggest Weekend Belfast. A second track – “I’ll See Big” – is streaming everywhere now. Something of a flipside to “Bells & Circles”, “I’ll See Big” is a wash of gorgeous ambient sound that features Iggy recounting how friends – however dysfunctional – have saved him from a lifetime of bad decisions. The lyrics for “I’ll See Big” were inspired by a conversation Iggy had with Danny Boyle about the subtext of both Trainspotting films.
Underworld & Iggy Pop Teatime Dub Encounters EP
Out July 27th via Caroline Australia
Paul McCartney invites you on a musical journey to Egypt Station, estimated time of arrival September 7, 2018 by way of EMI Music Australia.
Sharing a title with one of Paul’s own paintings, Egypt Station is the first full album of all-new McCartney music since 2013’s international chart-topping NEW. Preceded by two of its tracks just released as double A-sides – plaintive ballad “I Don’t Know” and raucous stomper “Come On To Me” – Egypt Station was recorded between Los Angeles, London and Sussex, and produced (with the exception of one Ryan Tedder track) by Greg Kurstin (Adele, Beck, Foo Fighters).
Of the forthcoming album’s enigmatic title, Paul says, “I liked the words ‘Egypt Station.’ It reminded me of the ‘album’ albums we used to make.., Egypt Station starts off at the station on the first song and then each song is like a different station. So it gave us some idea to base all the songs around that. I think of it as a dream location that the music emanates from.”
True to the inspiration behind its title, Egypt Station’s 14 songs combine to convey a unique travelogue vibe. Between the opening and closing instrumentals “Station I” and “Station II,” each song finds Paul capturing a place or moment before transporting the listener seamlessly to the next destination. Stops along the way include an acoustic meditation on present day contentedness (“Happy With You”), a timeless anthem that would fit on virtually any album of any McCartney era (“People Want Peace”), and an epic multi-movement closer clocking in at seven minutes with a song suite structure harkening back to the days of Paul’s previous combos (“Despite Repeated Warnings”). The result is a kaleidoscopic journey through myriad musical locales and eras, yet firmly rooted in the here and now–with Paul’s singular unmistakable melodic and lyrical sensibility serving as a guide.
Confirmation of Egypt Station’s release puts an end to speculation about a new Paul McCartney album that began with the whiting out of his Instagram account as Paul turned up at various landmarks in Liverpool. The capper was a June 9 surprise gig at Liverpool’s tiny Philharmonic Pub, during which “Come On To Me” was debuted alongside a set of classics spanning Paul’s career. Further details to come…