Canadian shit disturbers “Die Mannequin” are back with a new “Neon Zero” feel for everyone to groove with! Watch the new video below, read the press release and sooner rather than later you can read my review on the new record. Buy “Sucker Punch” here and keep your ears and eyes open for the new album “Neon Zero” to be released in October!
“Proving people wrong is my favourite pastime,” laughs the singer-guitarist. “I always feel like I have something to prove. It’s kind of in my DNA. I know people have been like, ‘Oh crap, what is Die Mannequin doing?’ Because I haven’t been in the forefront for the last few years. I’ve been regrouping. But now I’m back.”
And back in the groove. Make that a new groove. A neon groove. Neon Zero, the band’s third full-length and their first for eOne Music Canada, finds Die Mannequin not just resurrected but reborn. Rejuvenated. And retooling their wham-bam-thank-you-man punk and guttersnipe metal with an inspired injection of edgy electronics, big beats, massive melodies and polished production. It’s the sound of the mosh pit invading the club floor (and vice versa). The look of a studded leather jacket over a miniskirt and heels. The equivalent of Courtney Love sucker-punching Metric’s Emily Haines and teaching Iggy Azalea the real meaning of a new classic. You need it simpler? It’s an album that puts the DM in EDM. And turns it into Evil Dance Metal.
You could call it a comeback. An evolution. Even a revolution. But you already know what Failure will say about that.
“It’s really just been a natural progression,” she explains. “If it sounds like a big change for people, that’s just because of the years between the last record (2009’s Juno-nominated Fino + Bleed) and now. I’ve been DJing quite a bit over the past few years, and what I do is very contemporary and quite dancey. And I’ve been writing a lot on piano again. I’ve always had so many different influences that weren’t necessarily just rock. But when I started in music I was 14 and 15 and I kind of got stuck in this teenage punk hell of having to play the same songs for 10 years.”
Well, it hasn’t all been hell. Those songs — like Do it or Die and Saved by Strangers (from their EP-compilation Unicorn Steak), not to mention their 2009 top-20 track Bad Medicine — helped Failure and longtime partner-in-grime bassist Tony Bleed crawl their way from underground clubs to arena stages where they’ve opened for dudes named Marilyn and Axl. Along the way, they earned that Juno nom for Rock Album of the Year, along with a nod in the New Group category. But for every high on the rock ’n’ roller coaster there’s a comedown, and Failure has been no exception to the same catalog of professional setbacks and personal indiscretions as countless other fluorescent heroes.
Getting here from there didn’t come easy. But then, nothing good does. And even if it did, Failure doesn’t do easy. For Neon Zero, she spent eight months of madness holed up with co-producers Arion Anderson and Nathan Quinn and mixed by Gavin Brown (Metric, Billy Talent, The Trews) and Lenny DeRose (Metric, Hey Ocean, Walk Off The Earth), sleeping in the studio and painstakingly crafting these tracks — mostly by herself, mostly from scratch. Then she got down to business, bashing and belting out the bulk of the album in an eight-day marathon with Vancouver’s Andrew Conroy. The ends justify her means. The stomping swagger of first single Sucker Punch, the ecstasy and violence of Welcome to the Badlands, the pulsing fuzz of Murder on the Dance Floor, the grind-groove of Knock Me Out, the ominous slow-burn of Pretty Persuasion, the live-for-the-moment anthem We Own the Night, even the tender-hearted neo-balladry of I’m Just a Girl — they upgrade and update DM’s scrawled sonic signature with sharp synths, layered vocals, undeniable grooves. But Diemaniacs needn’t fear the repurposing — it all comes without sacrificing one iota of Failure’s guitar-shredding grit.
“I am such a riffy chick,” she admits. “I can’t help myself. I’m a guitar wanker. There is never enough rock in it for me. I love bands like Sleigh Bells and The Kills, where you have both electronic and rock. That was the whole point, to show you could have it all together. It’s trickier. You have to put more brainpower into it. But when it works, it’s way deep and way more guttural. The music sounds better when you can get it to run hand in hand.”
Now, freed from the shackles of her past, with the most focused, consistent and fully realized work of her career firmly in hand, Failure is ready to run headlong into the future.
“I made this album because I want to kick down doors,” she explains. “I want to be able to really evolve and grow as an artist and not have to do the same old thing again. I don’t want to have to play by the rules. That’s why I needed to do this.”
Toronto, ON – Bif Naked announces the digital release of her sixth full-length album, Bif Naked Forever: Acoustic Hits & Other Delights on December 4, 2012 (Reliant Music/Warner Music Canada/Her Royal Majesty’s Records). The concept for the acoustic album came through Bif’s re-discovery of her extensive catalogue of hits while on tour with her guitarist performing them as they were originally written. The reconnection with John Dexter (Reliant Music) who worked with Bif on her debut album Bif Naked has added the magic of two new studio tracks via Platinum-selling producer/songwriter Ryan Stewart (Carly Rae Jepsen, Victoria Duffield) including the first single, “So Happy I Could Die.” Beginning November 27, CBCMusic.ca will stream the full album with additional live performance content. “This is such an extraordinary time in my life, and in my art I am drowning in the thrill of creating and performing music that makes me tremble. I am extremely excited to have the original team together who were pivotal on my first album. The inclusion of Ryan Stewart as producer and co-writer has brought a fantastic element to this album,” says Bif Naked. “Music and art give me hope, and this record has been made with warm love and deep feelings that I so enjoy sharing with my beautiful fans.”Highlighting Bif Naked’s 20-year career in music, Bif Naked Forever: Acoustic Hits & Other Delights contains her most infectious and introspective songs including “Lucky,” “Moment of Weakness,” “I Love Myself Today” and the hit single “Spaceman,” which reached #2 on the Billboard International Singles charts. The Other Delights on the album include the newly recorded “Nobody Knows,” “The Only One” and the lead single “So Happy I Could Die.” Since Bif Naked’s debut self-titled album released internationally in 1995, she has gone on to release five full-length albums including Platinum-selling I Bificus (HRMR / Atlantic), the certified Gold album Purge (HRMR/Atlantic) followed by Superbeautifulmonster (HRMR/Bodog/RED). In 2009, she released The Promise (HRMR/Universal), which takes a candid look at her triumphant journey through breast cancer.
Currently in the process of penning her autobiography scheduled to be released in the coming year via Harper Collins Publishing, Bif dedicates her time as a public speaker and advocate on women’s empowerment, wellness and animal rights issues. Her credits include painter, cartoonist and actress, having starred in 2000’s Lunch with Charles with Nick Lea and Sean Lau and appeared in The L Word, the Daria television movie, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The Chris Isaak Show. She has also performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, hosted and appeared on MTV, MuchMusic and multiple shows throughout Europe/UK and North America.
Bif Naked Forever: Acoustic Hits & Other Delights Track Listing: * Denotes new studio tracks 1. So Happy I Could Die* 2. The Only One* 3. Spaceman 4. Daddy’s Getting Married 5. My Bike 6. October Song 7. Nobody Knows* 8. Supergirl 9. Moment of Weakness 10. Lucky 11. Tango Shoes 12. Honeybee 13. I Love Myself Today 14. Chotee Website:www.bifnaked.com Facebook:www.facebook.com/pages/Bif-Naked/52180916228 Twitter: @bifnaked
THIS OR THE APOCALYPSE REVEAL ALBUM DETAILS, VIDEO TEASER
THIS OR THE APOCALYPSE REVEAL ALBUM DETAILS
“DEAD YEARS” AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 25, 2012
(NEW YORK, NY) – THIS OR THE APOCALYPSE have announced their brand new album “Dead Years” which will be released September 25, 2012.“‘Dead Years’ is full of some of the most painfully honest material we’ve ever written,“ says front man Ricky Armellino.
This will be the band’s first release since “Haunt What’s Left,” produced by Josh Wilbur and Lamb Of God‘s own Chris Adler in 2010.
Produced by Kevin Lankford and engineered by Andreas Magnusson, this is some of the band’s most aggressive material to date. Armellino continues, “The album features both some of the saddest, most melodic songs we’ve ever played and it also holds some of the angriest.”
When asked what fans can expect, Armellino concludes: “It’s about war and family, how we’re really never unaffected by the world around us, no matter how hard we try to get away from it. We’re very proud to finally get the opportunity to release it.”
1. Hell Praiser
2. Power Hawk
3. In Wolves
5. Hate the Ones You Love
6. You Own No One but You
7. A Damn Moment
8. Gaunt and Fierce
9. Kill’em With Guidance
10. Hard Branch to Snap
Originally releasing their debut record “Monuments,” in 2007 the band has not slowed down since. With a few dozen tours under their belt with bands like We Came as Romans, Periphery and Born of Osiris the band is hardly new to the hands-on approach. Things like giving lessons while on tour and actively taking a role in their day to day is what sets THIS OR THE APOCALYPSE apart.
THIS OR THE APOCALYPSE is: Ricky Armellino (Vocals), Jack Esbenshade (Guitar), Matthew Marcellus (Bass/Vocals), Aaron Ovecka (Drums) and Rodney Phillips (Guitar/Vocals).
Last Tuesday, I had the opportunity to see The Love Machine live at The Historic Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto,it was a free show party celebrating the release of their new Vinyl. If you haven’t heard of this band or seen them yet, they are something you don’t want to miss. Playing to a full house of fans and friends this foursome has more explosive energy than a box of fireworks.
This creative group from Ottawa consists of Allan Gauthier, Sean Prescott, Jordan David and Mike Laing, their sound is just as uplifting as their lyrics. This great collaboration of musicians is what makes me want to go to shows, their performance was infectious and their music was great I couldn’t help but go home and listen to their tracks over again.
Since becoming a band in 2004 The Love Machine have become a force to be reckoned with and I hope to be seeing more of them very soon. If you want to know more of what these guys are about, stop by their website www.loveisonyourside.viinyl.com and read the first few sentences of their bio; “In a fast-paced world filled with chaos and uncertainty, stands The Love Machine – a band consisting of four hopefuls. Dreamers, some may call them, or optimists, as others may say. But in all reality, The Love Machine are a group of believers; genuine believers in love and a collective positivity.”
The Love Machine will be playing in Toronto at the El Mocambo December 10th 2011 and in Ottawa, they have a Annual Holiday Party on the 23rd of December at Greenfields. Check them out!
If you want more of The Love Machine, you can download a song on the website or you can simply listen to the tunes on their Myspace.
LYFE JENNINGS’ CONTROVERSIAL NEW SINGLE “STATISTICS”
PROVES THE NUMBERS DON’T LIE
“STATISTICS” #1 MOST ADDED URBAN RADIO
Burbank, CA – Lyfe Jennings’controversial new single “Statistics” is #1 most added at Urban Radio this week. The song will be featured on his fourth and last studio album “I Still Believe,” to be released by his own label, Jesus Swings, through Asylum/Warner Bros Records on July 27.
In his “blunt” but truthful style, Lyfe breaks down the statistics about men and offers some rules women should follow to be with the 10% worth having. Lyfe says the song was inspired by Steve Harvey’s book “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man: What Men Really Think About Love, Relationships, Intimacy and Commitment.”
According to Lyfe, “25% of all men are unstable, 25% of all men can’t be faithful, 30% of them don’t mean what they say and the 10% of the remaining 20 is gay. That leaves you a 10% chance of ever finding your mate, that means you better pay attention to these words that I say I’m going teach you how to expose the 90% and show you what to do to keep the other 10.”
The four rules that follow are even more powerful and have created debates on Twitter and the blogs. See what the fans are saying:
“That song is the hottest thing that has been on bossip for a looooooong time….”
“Very true and i especially like rule #4. but those statistics are FRIGHTENING!!”
“He always has a message and it’s great he doesn’t do music for the industry but for himself…he won’t release something that doesn’t have a purpose or meaning.”
“LOVE THE SONG I KNOW THIS WILL BE A HIT, SIMPLY BECAUSE ITS TRUE”
“STATISTICS is STRAAAAIT FYAH!!!I cant wait to hear the rest of LJ’s album!”
“LOVE THE SONG, LOVE THE SONG, LOVE THE SONG!!! WISH THERE WERE MORE SONGS OUT THERE WITH POSITIVE AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING MESSAGES.”
“OMG…..This song was right on time…I just found out today the man that I was suppose to marry was ‘doing his thing’ behind my back. I stayed in bed most of the day sad and hurt, but after hearing this song, it dropped some science on my mind, and encouraged me. My time, space and energy is worthy of people who will not abuse it. Great Song!!!! Best I’ve heard in 2010.”
The soulful singer has experienced supernatural favor on a number of occasions, including his most famous coming off a prison bid. As referred to in many of his lyrics, music became Jennings’ escape during his 10-year sentence. It was during his incarceration that Jennings honed in on his musical abilities – singing, playing and writing about his experiences while behind bars. His debut album 268-192, titled after his identification number, received overwhelming acclaim including the New York Times, who called Jennings, “…a socially minded R&B singer” after hearing the pain and rawness in his voice and message.
Born in Toledo, Ohio on June 3, 1978, Chester “Lyfe” Jennings is a Platinum-selling R&B/Soul singer-songwriter, producer and instrumentalist. With his authentic, soulful voice and innovative lyrical ability, Jennings transformed the music world with his 2004 debut 268-192. The critically acclaimed album has sold over 1.1 million copies in the U.S. to date providing the necessary vehicle for Lyfe Jennings to stake his claim as a pivotal part of the R&B/Soul movement. Follow Lyfe on Twitter: @Lyfeonline419