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London-based trio Dream Wife – vocalist Rakel Mjöll (she/her), guitarist Alice Go (she/her), bassist Bella Podpadec (they/them) – released their electrifying third album, Social Lubrication, this Summer via Lucky Number to critical acclaim. Known for their explosive live shows, Dream Wife will return stateside later this week with a string of dates kicking off in NYC at Brooklyn Made. To celebrate their forthcoming run of shows, they today share brand new track “Love You More”, recorded during the Social Lubrication album sessions. Drawing from the likes of Pixies and Hole for inspiration, the band says, “‘Love You More’ is not your typical love song, but a love song to the self and choosing to love perfectly imperfect bodies. It has a gritty underbelly, dealing with self-acceptance, body dysmorphia, disaster capitalism, climate collapse and depression. From the micro to the macro, the song explores the relationship between the self and both the body and the earth as experiences of home, as a vessel for feeling.” Listen to the song below:
In addition to Dream Wife’s upcoming run in the U.S., the band today announce a handful of new European shows and festival appearances, and 5 further UK headline dates for early 2024. This October and November they will be touring widely across EU/UK/IE, including performing at Pitchfork Paris and their biggest London show to date, at Electric Brixton. See below to find a show near you and get your tickets HERE.
1.Kick In The Teeth
2.Who Do You Wanna Be?
3.Hot (Don’t Date A Musician)
7.I Want You
Social Lubrication is an entirely self-written album, produced by Alice Go (of Dream Wife) alongside Matthew Peel, mixed by duo Alan Moulder (Nine Inch Nails, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Killers, Depeche Mode) and Caesar Edmunds (Wet Leg, Beach House). The album finds the band once again playfully tackling big subjects like bodily autonomy, dismantling the patriarchy, and using your platform for the greater good, while truly translating the visceral nature of their riotous live shows to tape for the first time. Social Lubrication follows their UK Top 20 breakthrough with their sophomore record So When You Gonna…. What came next was remixes for the likes of Rina Sawayama, Nova Twins, and Porridge Radio, and international touring at festivals such as Lollapalooza (US), Laneway (AU), Summersonic (JP), Primavera (ES) and Pitchfork (FR) as well as opening slots for Garbage, The Kills, and even the Rolling Stones at Hyde Park.
Dream Wife have come a long way since their 2018 self-titled debut. Their last album, smashed the Official UK Top 20 album charts (the only indie album recorded and produced by all women at the time to do so), and earned them universal praise and countless sold-out shows Alongside their accolades, however, Dream Wife have always advocated for upholding the community on a truly ground level and paying it forward. Proceeds from direct digital sales of So When You Gonna… went to Black Minds Matter and Gendered Intelligence. In 2021, the band released a megamix for Rainbow Mind, a mental health charity for LGBTQIA people, with contributions from Shirley Manson, The Big Moon, Big Joanie and Girli among others.
Tour Dates (US in bold)
September 15th – Brooklyn, NY, USA @ Brooklyn Made
September 17th – Portland, OR, USA @ Mississippi Studios
September 18th – Seattle, WA, USA @ Barboza
September 20th – San Francisco, CA, USA @ Bottom Of The Hill
September 21st – Los Angeles, CA, USA @ Zebulon
October 5th – Manchester, UK @ New Century Hall
October 6th – Birmingham, UK @ Castle & Falcon
October 7th – Bristol, UK @ Strange Brew (Matinee show)
October 7th – Bristol, UK @ Strange Brew
October 8th – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
October 10th – Dublin, Ireland @ The Grand Social
October 11th – Limerick, Ireland @ Dolans
October 12th – Galway, Ireland @ Roisin Dubh
October 19th – London, UK @ Electric Brixton
November 4th – Brighton, UK @ Mutations Festival
November 6th – Paris, France @ Pitchfork Paris
November 7th – Rennes, France @ Ubu
November 8th – Amiens, France @ La Lune Des Pirates
November 10th – Strasbourg, France @ La Laiterie
November 11th – Mannheim, Germany @ Elektrik Pony Cup
November 12th – Kortrijk, Belgium @ Sonic City
November 14th – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Loppen
November 15th – Hamburg, Germany @ Molotow
November 16th – Berlin, Germany @ Gretchen
November 17th – Chemnitz, Germany @ Atomino
November 19th – Poznan, Poland @ Klub Pod Minoga
November 20th – Warsaw, Poland @ Voodoo
November 22nd – Prague, Czechia @ Cafe V Lese
November 23rd – Munich, Germany @ Ampere
November 24th – Milan, Italy @ Biko Club
November 25th – Annecy, France @ Le Brise Glace
November 27th – Barcelona, Spain @ Sala Razzmatazz 3
November 28th – Madrid, Spain @ Wurlitzer Ballroom
November 29th – San Sebastián, Spain @ Dabadaba
November 30th – La Rochelle, France @ La Sirene
December 2nd – Nijmegen, Netherlands @ Zeitgeist Festival
December 3rd – Rotterdam, Netherlands @ Rotown
January 6th – Bognor Regis, UK @ Rockaway Beach
February 13th – Cardiff, UK @ Clwb Ifor Bach
February 14th – Nottingham, UK @ Bodega Social Club
February 15th – Sheffield, UK @ Crookes Social Club
February 16th – Glasgow, UK @ The Garage
February 17th – Newcastle, UK @ The Grove
March 2nd – Athens, Greece @ Gagarin 205
More on Dream Wife & Social Lubrication:
Dream Wife have always been adept at merging the political with the playful, and Social Lubrication is no different. Vital statements are hidden within hot and heavy dancefloor anthems about making out, having fun and staying curious. In the band’s words, the album is: “Hyper lusty rock and roll with a political punch, exploring the alchemy of attraction, the lust for life, embracing community and calling out the patriarchy. With a healthy dose of playfulness and fun thrown in.” There is a sense of fun and openness that is central to Social Lubrication, as well. “There’s a lot of lust in this album and taking the piss out of yourself and everyone you know,” says Rakel. “It’s almost quite juvenile in that way.”
Also at the core of the album sits the live show. “The live show is the truth of the band,” says guitarist Go. “That’s at the heart of what we do and of the statements we’re making.” It’s this energetic, pedal-to-the-metal sound which wound up running through Social Lubrication like a live wire. You can hear it via the loud, dirty riffs and choruses built for dancing together in shared spaces. For Go, who produced the album, it was important to bottle this joyful, frenetic feeling within each song. “We wanted to get that rawness and energy across in a way that hadn’t been done before,” she says. The live show is, most importantly, where the band and fans come together.
In that way, Social Lubrication continues this celebration of community and is a middle finger to the societal barriers enforced to severe connection, playfulness, curiosity and sexual empowerment. “Music is one of the only forms of people experiencing an emotion together in a visceral, physical, real way,” says Go. “It’s cathartic to the systemic issues that are being called out across the board in the record. Music isn’t the cure, but it’s the remedy. That’s what Social Lubrication is: the positive glue that can create solidarity and community.”
“The album is speaking to systemic problems that cannot be glossed over by lube,” says Podpadec. “The things named in the songs are symptoms of f-ed up structures. And you can’t fix that. You need to pull it apart.”
Venera, the hypnotic, ambient duo featuring Atlanta-based composer/filmmaker Chris Hunt and James Shaffer (Korn), have shared a third, and final preview of the pair’s forthcoming album, Venera (Oct. 13, Ipecac Recordings), with today’s release of “Disintegration” .
“We hoped to explore drifting, gridless timelines of drums and guitars, which converge midway in a wall of harmony and chorale,” explains Hunt of the five-minute song that features drummer Deantoni Parks (Mars Volta, John Cale). He continues, speaking directly to the video, which also features words by author Blake Butler: “Blake’s text sees and explodes light and experience in a way that is deeply committed to density and emotion – an honest voice in ‘Disintegration.’”
Venera previously released a pair of songs: “Swarm” and “Hologram” featuring Rizz from VOWWS, which Revolver described as “mesmerizing” and EDM.com noted: “with its deep bass and ambient sound design, the experimental bass track is both haunting and chilling.”
Several guests join Hunt and Shaffer on the self-produced Venera. Parks (Mars Volta, John Cale) also contributes to “Erosion” and HEALTH’s Jacob Duzsik contributes vocals on “Ochre,” and Alain Johannes lends his voice to “Triangle.”
Album pre-orders (https://venera.lnk.to/venera) are available now, with Venera available digitally, as well as physically on CD, and an assortment of vinyl, including limited-edition red, snowy white and skull gold variants.
2. Erosion (ft. Deantoni Parks)
3. Ochre (ft. HEALTH)
5. Disintegration (ft. Deantoni Parks)
6. Hologram (ft. VOWWS)
8. Triangle (ft. Alain Johannes)
L.A.-based James Shaffer and Atlanta-based Chris Hunt converged in early 2022 in Downtown Los Angeles while working on songs for singer Xhoana X. Their kindred interest and backgrounds in dramatic texture, electronics and experimentation inspired an improvisation-based recording process which seeks to explore a sonic universe defined by evolving atmosphere, cinematic noise and select collaborations with other artists.
prepares to kick-off USA tour next week
On October 6th, metallic hardcore outfit Capra will unleash their sophomore full-length, Errors, via Metal Blade Records / Blacklight Media Records. Maintaining all the elements that made their 2021 debut so compelling – raucous energy, frantic riffs, the from-the-gut lyrics and soul-searing delivery of vocalist Crow Lotus – Capra has stepped things up on this record, with stronger songwriting and a determination to reach the next level. For a preview of Errors, the video for the new single “Human Commodity” (produced by Jai Benoit & Jerik Thibodaux, and feat. Walls Of Jericho‘s Candace Puopolo) can be viewed here:
Tyler Harper (guitar) comments: “We are so honored to have worked with Candace Puopolo on this track. I grew up listening to Walls of Jericho and they were always a major influence on my music. To have a legend involved with what we’re doing is such a rad feeling.”
The debut single, “Tied Up”, can also be heard at: https://blacklightmediarecords.com/capra/ – where the album can be pre-ordered in the following versions:
–red/white marble vinyl
Tracking in Estuary Recording Studios in Austin, Texas, with Andrew Hernandez, Errors was mixed by Taylor Young and mastered by Brad Boatright, the latter two having worked on In Transmission (2021). Guitarist Tyler Harper comments, “I knew that I wanted it to pick up where the first album left off, but that it needed to have an entirely new attitude. If you listen to the last song from ‘In Transmission‘ into the first song on ‘Errors’, it’s a continuation. From there the album steers off into a direction that still feels similar, but is new.” Coming primarily from a hardcore background, giving listeners a sense of nostalgia for the sounds of the late 90’s and early 2000’s hardcore and punk scenes, but also incorporating elements of metal that complement the overall tone, everything the band does on Errors resonates with emotion; nothing is forced.
For collaborations, Capra recruited Walls Of Jericho vocalist Candace Puopolo to add her inimitable tones to “Human Commodity,” while their friend Dustin Coffman from Glassing added backing vocals to a handful of tracks. Producer Hernandez also added some piano to “Nora,” which closes out the album in a very different manner than anything they’ve previously explored. In a complete juxtaposition to the tracks that precede it, “Nora” is atmospheric and lithe, delicate and haunting. “I’ve always wanted to show a prettier/lighter side to this band where it’s not always aggressive,” says Harper. “Life is a rollercoaster and sometimes you need to throw some pretty piano into it.” Since Capra‘s inception, Harper has always envisaged each album being a continuation of the last, and then breaking it off into its own journey, seeing “Nora” as “a fun way to start album three!”
Until then, the band will tour like the road warriors they have become, bringing Errors to North America and overseas (see below for all upcoming dates). Capra are eager to bond with fans new and old. Lotus explains that crucial connection: “Care about us because we care about you. And because we are a part of creating something our community can be proud of.”
Capra USA tour dates
w/ Zao, Your Spirit Dies
Sept. 16, 2023 – Chattanooga, TN @ Dark Roast*
Sept. 17, 2023 – Cincinnati, OH @ Legends*
Sept. 19, 2023 – Detroit, MI @ Sanctuary
Sept. 20, 2023 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
Sept. 21, 2023 – Louisville, KY @ Mag Bar
Sept. 22, 2023 – Louisville, KY @ Kentucky Exposition Center (Louder Than Life) *
Sept. 24, 2023 – Greenville, SC @ Radio Room
Sept. 28, 2023 – Pensacola, FL @ Easy Going Gallery*
Sept. 29, 2023 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa*
Nov. 4, 2023 – San Diego, CA @ Petco Park (Dia De Los Deftones)
2. Tied Up
4. Trauma Bond
7. Human Commodity
9. Obligatory Existence
Crow Lotus – Vocals
Tyler Harper – Guitar
Jeremy Randazzo – Drums
Trevor Alleman – Bass
Following the recent release of their new, critically acclaimed #1-charting album BLACKOUT via Better Noise Music, rock vanguards FROM ASHES TO NEW have announced a headlining tour in late fall/early winter with support from rockers The Word Alive, Catch Your Breath and heart-hop artist Ekoh.
The 20-city tour launches November 11 in Boston at Big Night Live and will stretch across the Midwest before returning to make its final stop December 16 in FROM ASHES TO NEW’s home state Pennsylvania at Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center (HMAC). See full dates listed below. Tickets will be available for the general public on Friday, September 15 at 10:00 a.m. local time via the band’s website (https://www.fromashestonew.com/). A fan pre-sale is live as of today, September 12, to those subscribed to FROM ASHES TO NEW’s various socials and lists.
Vocalist Matt Brandyberry says: “Our new album ‘Blackout’ dropped recently and we knew we couldn’t finish 2023 without the ‘Blackout Tour.’ We are beyond excited to be headed out on our first headlining tour since 2022 and can’t wait to run it back with our friends in The Word Alive! We added Catch Your Breath and Ekoh because they have both been killing it and we know the FATN family will absolutely love them. This will be our biggest production and highest quality stage show yet, so get those tickets and get ready to tear it up this Nov/Dec.”
FROM ASHES TO NEW’s explosive blend of hard rock, hip-hop, electronic, and alternative music saw BLACKOUT land the #1 spot on several iTunes and Spotify Rock and Metal charts across the globe. Produced by Brandyberry, alongside longtime collaborators and producers Grant McFarland and Carson Slovak, BLACKOUT acts as a prequel to their 2016 debut album DAY ONE. Its 12 tracks include the band’s fifth Top 10-charting rock radio single “Hate Me Too,” (#8) which Top Shelf Music Magazine praised it for showcasing “From Ashes to New’s prowess in crafting emotionally charged narratives against a powerful musical backdrop, making it a fan favorite and a prime example of the band’s unique sound.” FROM ASHES TO NEW’s current radio single, “Nightmare,” is now in the Top 20 and growing. Stream and/or download BLACKOUT or grab a physical copy on CD, vinyl or cassette at https://fatn.ffm.to/blackoutalbum.
“THE BLACKOUT TOUR Pt 1” Tour Dates:
11/21 Portland, ME – State Theatre
11/22 Boston, MA – Big Night Live
11/24 Syracuse, NY – Sharkey’s
11/25 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
11/26 Pittsburgh, PA – Preserving Underground
11/28 Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue
11/29 Ft Wayne, IN – The Clyde Theatre #
11/30 Flint, MI – Machine Shop
12/1 Harrison, OH – The Blue Note
12/3 Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
12/4 St Louis, MO – Red Flag
12/5 Fayetteville, AR – JJ’s
12/6 Oklahoma City, OK – Tower Theatre
12/8 Colorado Springs, CO – Sunshine Studios
12/10 Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theater
12/11 Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater #
12/12 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave #
12/13 Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
12/15 Niagara Falls, NY – Rapids Theatre
12/16 Harrisburg, PA – HMAC
# From Ashes to New with The Word Alive & Ekoh only
Introducing, PASSCODE, a 4 piece Female Fronted Japanese music group with a band behind them. They came to America for their first U.S. Tour stopping in 3 different cities: New York, Dallas, and Los Angeles. I had the greatest opportunity to have covered, photographed, and captured some great moments of their first Live Performance in Los Angeles thanks to the wonderful staff of The Echo and Echoplex.
Written by Don Marcelo
Passcode’s music and style comes to us with a blend of heavy metal/hard-rock (Kawaii metal) and electronic-pop-EDM sounds all meshed as one, incorporating those sounds with choreographed dance moves as one would often see on KPOP and JPOP groups.
The show was non-stop action full of intensifying energy and emotions from the group and from the fans. There was even a small mosh pit inside this 400 plus capacity venue.
PASSCODE won many hearts of Americans (including me) with their unique style of music. One word to describe their style of music and stage presence: AWESOME!
Thank you (arigato gozaimasu) PASSCODE. Honored and grateful to have captured some amazing moments of your first performance in Los Angeles. We will see you back again in the U.S.
Follow and support PASSCODE and each member for more great music and content.
ON INSTAGRAM: Follow Passcode as follows:
PASSCODE band page @passcodeo
Kaede Takashima @kpy_passcode
Nao Minami @passcode_nao
Hinako Ōgami @passcode_hina
Emily Arima @passcode_emily
The band behind the group:
Photography by Don Marcelo Photography
DEBUT ALBUM IMPII HORA OUT SEPTEMBER 29 VIA METAL BLADE RECORDS
For more than 20 years, vocalist/guitarist Michael Poulsen has been spearheading Danish rock and roll machine Volbeat, releasing eight full-lengths, selling millions of albums, and filling stadiums worldwide. Before fronting Volbeat, however, Poulsen formed death metal band Dominus, which recorded four fast, brutal albums in the mid ’90s. When Poulsen was putting together songs for Volbeat‘s 2021 album, Servant Of The Mind, he wrote a bunch of death metal riffs and saved them on his phone. Then, when he was done with the Volbeat record, he reopened the rusty gates to Armageddon and started putting together songs for his new death metal band Asinhell, whose debut album Impii Hora (Latin for Ungodly Hour), is a tribute to Poulsen‘s favourite old-school groups.
Impii Hora will be released September 29th via Metal Blade. Pre-order it here.
Today, the band has shared new song “Desert Of Doom” and its official video. Watch it below.
“‘Desert Of Doom’ was inspired by Bolt Thrower, Death, Entombed, and Motörhead. Bang your head ’til it doesn’t bang no more!,” says Poulsen.
Poulsen has rekindled the death metal fire that fuelled his first band Dominus. He began jamming on riffs with long-time friend and neighbour, drummer Morten Toft Hansen (Raunchy). The two started playing in Morten’s tiny garage: no mics, no P.A. — just a drum kit and a combo amp turned all the way up like they used when they were teenagers. Soon, the pair were completing a new song every time they got together. When it came time to add vocals, Poulsen turned to his good friend, who also happened to be one of his all-time favourite death metal growlers: Marc Grewe (Insidious Disease, ex-Morgoth).
“I had known Michael quite a long time and he always mentioned that we should do a death metal project one day, but I never took him too seriously because he was so busy with Volbeat,” Grewe says. “Then he called for real and said, ‘Yeah, I want to do it now. Are you up for it?’ Immediately, I was like, ‘Yes, of course!'”
With Asinhell fully formed, the three convened with Volbeat producer Jacob Hansen to produce, mix, and play bass on their debut album. When it was time to add lead guitar to the album, Michael looked no further than friend and The Arcane Order axeman Flemming C. Lund.
IMPII HORA TRACK LISTING:
“The Ultimate Sin”
“Foj For Helvede”
The album will be available in the following formats. Pre-order it here.
- Jewel case CD
- 180g Black Vinyl (Europe excl.)
- Crimson Red Marbled Vinyl (Europe excl.)
- White Vinyl (Europe excl., ltd. 1000)
- Gold/Black Dust (EMP excl., ltd.300)
- Clear w/ Red/White Splatter Vinyl (Europe Band store excl., ltd. 500)
- Silver Vinyl (US excl.)
- Silver w/ Red Splatter Vinyl (US. excl.)
- Black & White Melt Vinyl (US excl.)
- Red/Black Splatter Vinyl (US Band store excl., ltd. 500)
Michael Poulsen — Guitar
Marc Grewe — Vocals
Morten Toft Hansen — Drums
German heavy/power metallers, Savage Blood, are gearing up for a thrilling chapter in their musical journey. Their highly anticipated new album, “Wheel Of Time,” is set for release on November 16th, courtesy of MDD Records.
Produced under the expert guidance of Jörg Uken at Soundlodge Recordings, “Wheel Of Time” showcases Savage Blood’s signature blend of intense riffs and sweeping melodies. The album promises to transport listeners into a fantasy-infused, partly dark, and epic musical landscape.
True to their traditional metal roots, with a powerful infusion of power and thrash influences, “Wheel Of Time” is an invitation to embark on a sonic adventure. The album will be available initially in CD format, with a vinyl release to follow at a later date.
Preorder “Wheel Of Time” now:
Savage Blood invites fans and metal enthusiasts to explore the captivating album artwork, expertly crafted by Giannis Nakos of Remedy Art Design. The artwork offers a glimpse into the mystical world waiting to be unveiled.