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 – (Monday, December 3, 2012) Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds have confirmed details of an upcoming North American tour in support of Push the Sky Away, the fifteenth studio album by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, to be released in February 19, 2013 by Bad Seed Ltd. on CD, vinyl, digital download and as a deluxe edition.
SharonVan Etten will support for the duration of the tour, which commences March 14 in Dallas and currently runs through April 3 in Denver. Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning Thursday, December 6th at 10am local time. Check local venues for exact times or visit www.nickcave.com and www.aeglive.com or up-to-date information.
The announcement of the tour coincides with the unveiling of Push The Sky Away opening track, “We No Who U R.” the first track to be released from Push the Sky Away. At the heart of Push the Sky Away is a naturalism and warmth that makes it the most subtly beautiful of all the Bad Seeds albums. The contemporary settings of myths, and the cultural references that have time-stamped Nick’s songs of the twenty-first century mist lightly through details drawn from the life he observed around his seaside home, through the tall windows on the album’s mysterious and ambiguous cover.
The songs on this album took form in a modest notebook with shellac covers over the course of almost a year. The notebook is a treasured analogue artefact but the internet is equally important to Nick: Googling curiosities, being entranced by exotic Wikipedia entries “whether they’re true or not”. These songs convey how on the internet profoundly significant events, momentary fads and mystically-tinged absurdities sit side-by-side and question how we might recognize and assign weight to what’s genuinely important.
Push the Sky Away was produced by Nick Launay and recorded at La Fabrique, a recording studio based in a 19th Century mansion in the South of France, where the walls of the main studio are lined with an immense collection of classical vinyl.
“We No Who U R” sets this album in our time; we’re living with the consequences of actions and innovations that seemed so progressive in the industrial era. There’s a calm assessment of the gravity of the situation, and humility. This whole album has a generosity of spirit that’s established here by a children’s choir singing “we know there’s no need to forgive.”
“We No Who U R” is available as of today, December 3rd both as an instant grat download with every pre-order album purchase via www.nickcave.com or iTunes and can also be purchased as a single download from all digital retailers.
NICKCAVE & THE BAD SEEDS
North American Tour 2013
* Sharon Van Etten Supports On All Dates
Thursday, March 14, 2013 – Dallas, TX — McFarlin Auditorium
Saturday, March 16, 2013 – Nashville, TN — Ryman Auditorium
Sunday, March 17, 2013 – Asheville, NC — The Orange Peel
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 – Philadelphia, PA — Keswick Theater
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 – Washington, DC — Strathmore
Friday, March 22, 2013 – Montreal, QC — Metropolis
Saturday, March 23, 2013 – Toronto, ON — Massey Hall
Sunday, March 24, 2013 – Boston, MA — Orpheum Theater
Thursday, March 28, 2013 – New YorkNY — Beacon Theater
Friday, March 29, 2013 – New YorkNY — Beacon Theater
Monday, April 01, 2013 – Chicago, IL — Chicago Theater
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 – Denver, CO — Ogden Theater
THE CHARIOT DEBUT NEW SINGLE, “IN”
“ONE WING” AVAILABLE AUGUST 28th, 2012
(NEW YORK, NY) – Atlanta’s own THE CHARIOT has debuted a brand new track titled, “In,” today exclusively via Altpress.com. Click HERE to listen! “This song was originally going to be the opening track to ‘One Wing.’ It was a last minute decision to move it further in down list, and I think it was for the better.“ says frontman Josh Scogin. THE CHARIOT will release “One Wing,” on August 28th, 2012.
Scogin continues, “The song still has the strength of an opener but this record is a journey and for that reason alone it belongs at track 7. One Wing was designed to be heard in chronological order but having said that, I think this song does a pretty good job standing all alone as well.”
The band recently launched pre-order packages with brand new merch designs. Each physical preorder from the band will receive a link to a live version of “Speak” and the track “and” from the “One Wing” demo recording sessions.
The band goes into great depth explaining their cover art with artist Trey Moseley providing his own words. Click HERE or the image to view a behind the scenes video on the making of the artwork that became, “One Wing.”
In a recent interview the band was asked what their mindset was when going into the studio on “One Wing,” and front man Josh Scogin commented, “Let’s get weird.”
THE CHARIOT is: Josh Scogin (vocals), Stephen “Stevis” Harrison (guitar), David Kennedy (drums) and Brandon Henderson (guitar).
MOTLEY CRUE OFFER 24 HOURS OF FREE “SEX” THIS MONDAY FOLLOWING SIRIUS XM’S SEXCLUSIVE WEEKEND DEBUTING THE BAND’S NEW SONG
Los Angeles, CA – International rock icons, Crüe will be offering up 24 hours of free “Sex” with their first new original song in almost 4 years on Monday, July 16th via their website www.motley.com. Sirius XM will be giving Motley fans a SEXclusive sneak peak of the track as they debut it all weekend long starting on Friday, July 13th.
Nikki Sixx asks, “What better way to give back to our loyal fans who have been with us for over 3 decades than free ‘Sex?'” Sixx adds, “We can’t wait to play the new song every night on The Tour this summer.”
Mötley Crüe will be launching The Tour, their co-headlining jaunt with KISS and arguably the biggest rock spectacle of the summer, on July 20th in Bristow, VA. The more than 40-city North American trek marks the first time Mötley Crüe and KISS are sharing the same stage since 1982. For more information and tickets, please visit www.motley.com/tour.
Mötley Crüe began 2012 at the top of their game with a sold-out residency in Las Vegas, and first ever for the hard rock genre, at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The band was featured in an award-winning and highly televised Superbowl commercial for Kia. The band is currently wrapping up a European tour.
About Motley Crue:
After over 80-million albums sold worldwide, Mötley Crüe returned to the top of the charts in 2008 with Saints of Los Angeles, their first studio album with the original line-up — Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars, Tommy Lee and Vince Neil — in a decade and the ninth studio album in their career. Based on the band’s New York Times bestseller The Dirt, the disc debuted at #1 on the Independent Album chart and was the top debut of the week on the Billboard Top 200 albums at #4. “Saints of Los Angeles,” which was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance was also noted as the #1 Rock Song of the Year in 2008 by iTunes critics.
Half a million rock fans old and new celebrated Crüe Fest, the top touring rock festival in the summer of 2008, featuring Mötley Crüe, Buckcherry, Papa Roach, Sixx:A.M. and Trapt. Continuous touring around the world brought the band back to the U.S. for 2009’s Crüe Fest 2, which featured ten bands on two stages as well as treated fans to a show comprised of two separate sets — the complete track listing from the hit album Dr. Feelgood (for the first time ever) followed by the best of the rest.
First Track From Upcoming Album on Hopeless Records
After coming out of hiatus last year with their seventh studio album When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes to worldwide acclaim, Hopeless recording artists YELLOWCARD are getting ready for another big and powerful year with “ALWAYS SUMMER”, the first released track from the upcoming album due out later this Summer. With a new and firm lineup (Josh Portman fills in for departing bassist Sean O’Donnell), Yellowcard have been hard at work in the studio with longtime producer Neal Avron, creating another career highpoint in a history filled with pinnacles.
A fresh and energetic guitar-led track, “Always Summer” crashes out of the gate with their dual-guitar attack with a muscular rhythm section and punctuated by Sean Mackin’s distinctive violin, providing a perfect rallying cry that not only are Yellowcard back, but they’re here to stay. Confident and strengthened by the fan support they’ve received on their return with WYTTSY, this song is not only a love song of sorts, but also a thank you to their fans, in which Ryan Key sings, “I think I have everything I need / It got dark, but now I think I see / The World around is full of arms still reaching out to me.” The track will be streamed exclusively on Absolutepunk.net on Monday, May 21st and will be available on iTunes starting Tuesday, May 22nd.
Kicking off the Summer with a special performance at USA 7’s Collegiate Rugby Championship at PPL Park in Chester, PA, on Saturday, June 2nd, Yellowcard will be one of the headliners on this Summer’s 2012 Vans Warped Tour which begins in Salt Lake City, UT on June 16th and wraps up on August 5th in Portland, OR.
With over two million albums sold and eight singles that have received significant Top 40 and Alternative radio airplay including the smash “Ocean Avenue”, Yellowcard’s most recent studio album, When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes debuted on at #19 on Billboard’s Top 200 albums and top ten charts worldwide when it was released last Spring. Their upcoming album is set for release this Summer and features guest vocals from Alex Gaskarth (All Time Low), Cassadee Pope (Hey Monday), and Tay Jardine (We Are The In Crowd).
Yellowcard is Ryan Key (vocals/guitar), Sean Mackin (violin), Longineu (“LP”) Parsons (drums), Ryan Mendez (guitar) and Josh Portman (bass).
THE USED Release First Music Video For “I Come Alive”
Vulnerable Debuts at #21 on Top 200 Current Album Chart!
April 5, 2012 –The Usedhave released the first music video for “I Come Alive” off their 5th studio album, Vulnerable, which hit #21 Top 200 Current Albums, #4 Independent charts, #3 Hard Music charts, #12 Digital Album chart and #7 Alternative Chart one Neilson Soundscan in Canada. Vulnerable also chartted #8 on the Billboard Top 200 charts in The USA.
The Used and director Aaron Hymes came up with the treatment for the video that was shot over the course of two days in California. Singer Bert McCracken wants to share: “The music video for “I Come Alive” is simply a piece of art to be enjoyed. Our band in no way condones violence or teen bullying. The song, for me, is about falling down or hitting the ground; when things happen to you in life. That’s pretty much what ‘Box Full of Sharp Objects’ was about as well, on the first record. Taking a hit can be the most inspirational thing that can happen to you.” This is the first album release off their own record label Anger Music Group partnered with Hopeless Records. The band recently announced a headlining tour kicking off May 12th with Dead Sara and Stars In Stereo and will also play Main Stage on this summer’s 2012 Vans Warped Tour. Turning personal adversity into art is The Used’s trademark and Vulnerable was a record that simply had to be made. It marks a particular triumph for singer Bert McCracken, who is now reenergized after suffering a broken hand and elbow last year, falling from a stage in Orange County, Calif., and then spending four months getting surgery and recuperating. The experience partially birthed the title and concept of Vulnerable. “Me feeling that vulnerability kind of sparked this creative fire inside of me,” says McCracken. “This record’s really about becoming more than just who you are, and allowing yourself that vulnerability to be a more powerful person. It’s a lot more positive than a lot of records we’ve written in the past. I think everyone could use some positivity nowadays.” The Used—which also includes guitarist Quinn Allman, bassist Jeph Howard and drummer Dan Whitesides formed in Orem, Utah in 2001, signing to Reprise Records that same year. Championed by producer and collaborator John Feldmann, the band issued their gold-certified Self-Titled debut in 2002, quickly cementing the Used as leaders among the post-hardcore elite, thanks in part to unforgettable singles like “Box Full of Sharp Objects,” “The Taste of Ink” and “Buried Myself Alive.” The band then released the CD/DVD combo Maybe Memories in 2003, now certified platinum, featuring B-sides, live cuts, demos and unreleased tracks, while still another gold record followed—2004’s In Love And Death—spawning singles “Take It Away,” “All That I’ve Got” and “I Caught Fire.” 2007’s Lies For The Liars, hit #5 on the Billboard Top 200, led to 2009’s Artwork, which peaked at #10 on the Billboard Top 200. As if that weren’t enough to keep a band busy, since 2001 the Used has also destroyed countless stages the world over, touring with a who’s who of modern rock and heavy music contemporaries, and have been featured acts at major festivals like Warped Tour, Taste of Chaos, Ozzfest, Projekt Revolution and the UK’s Reading and Leeds festivals. “I think Vulnerable is really new for us. There’s a lot of hip-hop influence, beats and drum and bass kind of stuff, but it’s also still a Used record, by all means,” explains McCracken. “Just like any other Used record, it’s a horse of many colors: There are a lot of soft and heavy sounds, there are a lot of brutal, sharp, bright sounds, and the tempos are anywhere from ultra-slow to super fast and heavy. There are a lot of different conceptual feelings on the record.” “This record is for all those people who weren’t the coolest people around. We never were. This record’s for kids like us, who just love music, because it saves their lives every day,” McCracken says. “At the end of the day, I’m the only one who has to live and die with myself. I want to make it a good one for me. I only have one life to live.” The Used Headlining Tour Dates:
5/12/12- Buffalo, NY Town Hall 5/13/12- Albany, NY Northern Lights 5/15/12- Philadelphia, PA TLA 5/16/12- Huntington, NY Paramount 5/18/12- Providence, RI Lupo’s 5/19/12- Boston, MA House of Blues 5/21/12- New York City Irving Plaza 5/22/12- Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock 5/23/12- Charlotte, NC Fillmore 5/30/12- Silver Spring, MD Fillmore 5/31/12- Cincinnati, OH Bogart’s 6/1/12 – Milwaukee, WI The Rave 6/3/12 – Winnipeg Garrick
6/5/12 – Edmonton Starlite
6/6/12 – Calgary Macewan Ballroom
6/9/12 – Vancouver Vogue
6/10/12- Seattle, WA Showbox at the Market 6/11/12- Portland, OR Roseland Theatre
Vans Warped Tour Dates:
Jun 16 Salt Lake City, UT Jun 17 Denver, CO Jun 20 Las Vegas, NV Jun 21 Irvine, CA Jun 22 Pomona, CA Jun 23 San Francisco, CA Jun 24 Ventura, CA Jun 27 Chula Vista, CA Jun 28 Scottsdale, AZ Jun 29 Las Cruces, NM Jun 30 San Antonio, TX Jul 01 Houston, TX Jul 03 Dallas, TX Jul 05 Maryland Heights, MO Jul 06 Auburn Hills, MI Jul 07 Tinley Park, IL Jul 08 Shakopee, MN Jul 09 Bonner Springs, KS Jul 10 Noblesville, IN Jul 11 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Jul 12 Burgettstown, PA Jul 13 Holmdel, NJ Jul 14 Montreal, QC CA Jul 15 Toronto, ON CA
Australia’s ARCANE SAINTS Stream New Single “Never Say Die” + Canadian Tour Dates
Australian grunge rockers ARCANE SAINTS whom will be crossing the Pacific for their first Canadian tour encouraged by Canadian rockers The Trews, have just unleashed their new song “Never Say Die”, which is now streaming at the following link.
The band will be touring both Quebec and Ontario from April 21st to April 28th.
“We’re extremely excited to be an Australian band touring Canada for the first time. Having recently opened for The Trews here in Australia they could not speak highly enough about the Canadian rock scene and this inspired us to tour the great north.” commented vocalist/ guitarist Michael John.
With two EPs, frequent commercial radio airplay and an appearance on MTV’s “Up and Coming Bands” documentary behind them in their relatively short career, Arcane Saints are prepping to show the Canucks some great Aussie rock!
Arcane Saints came together when singer/guitarist Michael John (a relative of Iron Maiden founding member Steve Harris), invested his prize money from an international song writing competition and got a one-way ticket to Melbourne, Australia from his home country of New Zealand to form the quartet with bassist Jim Luxford, guitarist Michael “Sheep” Gooding and drummer Sam Sablinskis.
Jason Reeves to Release New Single, “Sticks & Stones,” Through All Digital Retailers on February 15th
Song Will Premiere on AOL’s PopEater; Track Is the First Radio Single From Platinum-Songwriter’s Upcoming New Album The Lovesick, Due This Summer From Warner Bros. Records
BURBANK, CA–(Marketwire – February 2, 2011) – Singer-songwriter Jason Reeves will premiere his new single, “Sticks & Stones,” on AOL’s PopEater [www.popeater.com]. The track, which will be available for purchase from all digital retailers on February 15th, is taken from Reeves’ upcoming new album, The Lovesick, which is due for release this summer on Warner Bros. Records.
Jason wrote “Sticks & Stones” with Danelle Leverett (the JaneDear Girls) and Jordan Lawhead. “It’s a twisted take on a classic children’s rhyme,” Reeves says. “It’s strength and defiance in the face of a lover’s disintegration. It’s armor for a fragile heart and an anthem for the breaking unbroken.”
The Lovesick was produced by Adam Smith and features Reeves’ songwriting collaborations with Kara DioGuardi, who, as WBR’s Senior Vice President of A&R, signed Reeves to the label, and Reeves’ frequent collaborator, singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat. Reeves co-wrote 10 tracks on Caillat’s platinum debut album Coco, including the smash hit singles “Bubbly” and “Realize,” as well as 10 tracks on the deluxe edition of her album Breakthrough.
Of another track on The Lovesick, “Helium Hearts,” Billboard noted that it “is nicely designed to make girls swoon and solidly position Reeves as a solo artist.” The magazine also raved that Reeves’ “melodic voice carries a hint of Bob Dylan.”
The 26-year-old Iowa City native has toured for the past few years in support of his debut album, The Magnificent Adventures of Heartache (and Other Frightening Tales), which was released by Warner Bros. Records after selling briskly as an independent release in 2007 through Reeves’ MySpace page. The album’s hook-filled songs of love, hope, heartbreak, and renewal, matched with Reeves’ engaging tenor voice, led iTunes to name Reeves one of the Top Indie Singer-Songwriters of 2007.
Reeves will perform three shows in February, at The Hub in Cedar Falls, IA, on the 17th, at The Maintenance Shop in Ames, IA, on the 18th, and at Space in Evanston, IL, on the 19th, followed by a radio promo tour in March with dates to be announced.
If you don’t know who Art Of Dying is…You are missing out on some spectacular tunes, seriously what are you waiting for? A Five piece, three from Vancouver and two from Ontario, Art Of Dying is: Jonny Hetherington – Vocals, Greg Bradley – Guitar, Jeff Brown – Drums, Cale Gontier – Bass and Tavis Stanley – Guitar. They have the tightest sound I have heard from a rock band in years and I’m sure their record label agrees, Reprise Records/Intoxication Records signed the Vancouver based band in Dec. 2009. With catchy melodies and lyrics, fierce Vocals and dual Guitars how can you not like this band. They are due to drop their new record “Vices and Virtues” MARCH 22nd 2011 and are about to embark on the first ever ‘Avalanche Tour’ with Stone Sour, Theory Of A Deadman, Skillet and Hailstorm coming to a US city near you March 24th to May 1st 2011, for more information hit up www.AvalancheTour.com or www.ArtofDying.com
AOD have released the first single ‘Die Trying’ a hard edged inspirational tune that you can playback over and over.
Request ART OF DYING at your local radio stations by calling, emailing, stalking whatever you need to do but don’t get yourself arrested, even though that would be some serious dedication ‘Die Hard’! The future for this band is so bright I can’t even look without squinting! BUY ‘DIE TRYING’ –> HERE
A little message for all of you!
“Art of Dying is fuelled by the Die Hards! We love and appreciate your tireless support. Keep the calls and emails to radio coming. Together we are building something amazing. The art of dying is my life to live!”
Check the links below to find a station near you; I know it’s not all of them but you know where you live and who plays the tunes that rock your radio. More Canadian links after tour dates.
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SWITCHBOARD: 905.521.9900, MONDAY TO FRIDAY 8:30AM-5:00PM; CLOSED HOLIDAYS
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NEWSROOM EMAIL: NEWS@900CHML.COM STUDIO LINE: (905) 645-1079 | 1-800-267-ROCK
PETERBOROUGH – CKWF THE WOLF 151 KING ST.
PETERBOROUGH, ON K9J 2R8 EMAIL:INFO@THEWOLF.CAMAIN OFFICE: 705-748-6101 FAX: 705-742-7708 STUDIO LINE: 705-740-9653
OR #1015 BELL MOBILITY (WOLF CONTEST/REQUEST LINE)
ST-CATHERINES – CHTZ HTZ FM
12 YATES ST.
ST. CATHARINES, ON L2R 5R2