- Lowest Price
- Highest Price
Matthew Ryan Vs. Silver State (Awaiting Repress)1. Dulce et Decorum Est
2. American Dirt
3. Meet Me by the River
4. It Could've Been Worse
5. Hold on Firefly
6. Jane, I Still Feel the Same
7. Killing the Ghost
8. Theyt Were Wrong
9. I Only Want to Be the Man You Want
10. Drunk and Disappointed
11. Closing In$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Dimension DDimension D took nearly three years to complete and sees Alejandra Iglesias assume the role of singer/songwriter. It will be released through Visionquest, the label jointly run by Lee Curtiss, Ryan Crosson, Seth Troxler and Shaun Reeves. I wanted to take my music to a new level, detach myself from the rules of dance music and submerge myself in fantasy, Dinky explains. During the last few years I have been studying jazz, classical guitar and piano, [and] trained in singing to perfect my own style of performing and songwriting.
Iglesias says she used the guitar regularly (and in a mainly unconventional way) throughout the album, which was co-produced and mixed by Matthew Styles, who will perform live with Dinky in a series of dates across the summer. She says she sought inspiration from surf music-especially the dreamy guitar tone that resembles the sea waves-and nature, specifically the sea, insects, forest and animals. Dimension D will be the second full-length release on Visionquest this year, following Footprintz's Escape Yourself in March. For an idea of what to expect, check out the video below, which features Dinky and Matthew Styles performing Measures and Falling Angel.1. I Saw
4. Dimension D
5. Falling Angel
11. La Noche
12. Blayo$19.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Lowtalker EPMenace Beach are UK based twosome Ryan Needham (vocals, guitar) and Liza Webster (vocals / guitar / synths) plus a revolving cast of local musicians. Lowtalker is the band's first release for their new label home Memphis Industries following a string of singles, including the Dream Out EP on French label Desire Records and the Drop Outs 7 on the acclaimed Too Pure Singles Club. Written over a summer of endless bleary-eyed bouts of insomnia, the first few Menace Beach tracks captured the zero attention span and spontaneous, weird-out nature of a couple of minds totally zoned-in to a fuzz pedal and a cassette recorder in the dead of night. After several un-treated breakdowns and a subsequent rash decision to relocate to Leeds, Ryan and Liza shacked up with MJ (Hookworms) to re-imagine their crackly 8-track demos. Joining them on the session, were friends Nestor Matthews (Sky Larkin) Matt Spalding, and Robert Lee (Pulled Apart By Horses) who fought their way through Liza's rats nest of cables and home-made synth modules to blast through the songs during another all-nighter, having so much fun in the process that they all decided to stick around. The Menace Beach vortex has amazingly also recently sucked in Paul Draper of Mansun who performed with them on their Marc Riley session for BBC 6 Music. Ryan says of the new EP : "If, lyrically, the first load of songs we did were a document of losing it again, being ill, moving cities, and all that comes with that, then I guess the songs on Lowtalker are about the aftermath of that; getting better, making friends and trying to reconnect mentally and spiritually. I feel like there's a lot of positivity on there". Lowtalker was recorded, produced and mixed with MJ at his Suburban Home studios in Leeds over four pizza, coffee and falafel fuelled days. The result is a kaleidoscopic vision of fuzzed out, psych-y pop exemplified by key tracks Fortune Teller and Where I Come From.1. Fortune Teller
3. Where I Come From
5. Cheerleader$10.9912 Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Kids In LoveLove is all you need. It's been said many times and many ways of course, but it's truer now than ever.
When The Mowgli's first landed on the scene, their message of positivity and love resonated with audiences everywhere. The group's 2013 major label debut, Waiting for the Dawn [Photo Finish], debuted at #4 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart and yielded the hit "San Francisco". Following its release, the seven-piece-Colin Louis Dieden [vocals, guitar], Katie Jayne Earl [vocals, percussion], Dave Appelbaum [keyboards], Josh Hogan [guitar, vocals], Matthew Di Panni [bass], Spencer Trent [guitar, vocals], and Andy Warren [drums]-performed on Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, CONAN, Watch What Happens Live, and more. Between headline tours and runs supporting everybody from Walk The Moon to Manchester Orchestra, they even cut a song for the Relativity Media hit film Earth To Echo. Along the way, their interpretation of love became even clearer, and it defines their sophomore outing, Kids In Love.
"Our first album essentially said, 'What's up everyone? We're The Mowgli's, and we believe love can change the world," explains Katie. "Over the past couple of years, we really came to terms with who we are as a band. With Kids In Love we're exploring the intricacies of love. It's such a broad concept. This time around, we get into intimate love, personal love, as well as universal love. We've found art is the best vehicle to ponder what this really means."
"Before, the concept was painted in very broad strokes," Colin goes on. "Our intention was to start a movement and a culture around what we do. We put all of that under a microscope on this album and talked about personal experiences and stories, the lack of love, and finding it again."
"We've learned so much about the business, ourselves, and this message," adds Josh. "We've become more direct. It's a little wiser."
In order to properly convey that sentiment, the group teamed up with producer Tony Hoffer [The Kooks, Silversun Pickups, Fitz & The Tantrums] in his Los Angeles studio during the summer of 2014. With Hoffer at the helm, they fine-tuned their sound into an elegant amalgam of influences. Additionally, they recorded with prior collaborators Captain Cuts [Smallpools, Tove Lo] - a production team that includes Ryan Rabin of Grouplove, and worked with Matt Radosevich [Walk The Moon, One Direction] on two additional tracks. "We wanted to create songs that we knew we would enjoy playing live, songs we hoped that speak to people's personal experiences with love and life and loss and everything that comes with being a kid - or really anyone - in love," Katie explains.
"We've been on tour incessantly, and this album was really written all over the country," Colin recalls. "It was composed in green rooms, hotels, parking lots, and everywhere in between. I went to Nashville for a week on a whim and tried to learn how to write country music. I was so lucky to work with some of the best in the business. I wanted to bring some of those storytelling elements into the music too. We really grew up, and the songs reflect that journey."
The first released track "Through The Dark" builds from a shimmering acoustic guitar into an unshakable harmony between Josh and Colin. It shines its own kind of musical light.
"Everybody goes through dark times," Josh asserts. "We're trying to put a positive spin on that though, and show you can get through that darkness no matter what."
Colin continues, "In a weird way, it feels like the answer to Waiting for the Dawn. It's a hopeful and encouraging song."
Then, there's the first single "I'm Good." It begins with a sun-soaked clean guitar and resounding percussion before snapping into a delightful refrain that's undeniably unforgettable. You'll feel good after one listen
Elsewhere on the album, "Whatever Forever" is augmented by driving handclaps and a group chorus that proves infectious. Lyrically, it stemmed from some shared ink within the band. "Colin and I both got a tattoo of that phrase a few years ago in a hotel bar during Hurricane Sandy," smiles Josh. "We'd seen it on the wall of a bar, and it felt like the perfect new life motto. We're not worried about anything; we're just going for it."
"That's a personal favorite," concurs Colin. "After one show, I had a girl walk up to me and say, 'I've been dealing with so much and hurting so badly. I adopted 'Whatever Forever' as my mantra. I needed that.' Sometimes, you need to distance yourself from what hurts."
Ultimately, The Mowgli's open up their hearts once more, and the results are nothing short of inspiring. "We just want people to feel good," Katie concludes. "It's a domino effect. If someone leaves a show feeling great, maybe they pay it forward. If we can contribute a little bit of joy, companionship, and happiness, we're doing our part to make the world a little brighter."
"I want them to feel inspired to do something positive," Josh agrees. "It's all about sharing that." Colin leaves off, "I want this to be a positive transformative experience. It's almost like falling in love. When you're in a good mood, you tend to react positively. I hope it adds more positivity and love to the world."1. You're Not Alone
2. I'm Good
3. Bad Dream
4. What's Going On
5. Through the Dark
6. Whatever Forever
7. Make It Right
8. Love Me Anyway
9. Shake Me Up
10. Home To You
11. Kids In Love
12. Sunlight$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
We Are The Romans (Awaiting Repress)The year was 1999. Prince told us to party like it is 1999. The world had us thinking there would be computer mayhem after the year 1999. The same year that George W. Bush told us that he would be a republican candidate for the upcoming election. It was the same year that the Euro was introduced as a major form of currency. Yet after all of events, three blunders and one economic uprising (give you a hint, the economic uprising did not have anything to do with George W. Bush), there was one record in 1999 that changed a genre of music as we know it or perhaps even created one. In 1999 in Tacoma, Washington the four members of Botch created an album that is considered one of the best within its genre entitled, We Are The Romans. A title that is a statement about the United States thought of immortality, but a realization that we are not. The album cover shows what appears to be New York City with a huge blot of black ink covering the city. Within the blot is a red target, signifying that the United States is indeed a target. The even more disturbing aspect of the art is the fact that when you first open the contents, there is a picture of destroyed buildings. That picture, perhaps, tells the story of what will happen in the near future to the United States or maybe Botch themselves. Now then, let us get to the album that Norma Jean tried to base an entire album off.
Botch had only produced two full-length albums during their brief career as a band. We Are The Romans was the second of the two and a major advancement from their earlier release, American Nervoso. While American Nervoso was an amazing record in its own regard, it was not produced well and not as groundbreaking, musically, as We Are The Romans. During this release they came up with catchy and yet menacing guitar riffs, thick distorted sludgy bass riffs, extremely technical drumming.
As an opener, "To Our Friends in the Great White North," kicks you directly, square in the nuts. With an initial shout, the guitar, bass, drums immediately follow. A consistent downward scale is played on the guitar that soon slyly transitions in a chug-to-high chord section. It then begins to break down as the pace begins to slow down. On and off head banger riffs follow at a slow dissipated pace that leads into a clean vocal section chanting
it's your fault (it's your fault)
***ing up the kids (***ing up the kids)
The chant is repeated for a few solitary moments and then it becomes tacit with just a high-hat keeping tempo that quickly turns until another heavy part with intense guitar work. The initial reactions after this song that it was simply mind blowing. The album maintains its ride of almighty power into the next song "Mondrian Was A Liar" with math metal elements incorporated. "Transitions from Persona to Object" continues the theme of memorable guitar riffs with a hook that is repeated and altered throughout the duration of the entire song. While the noises protruding may not be the most pleasant to the ear, they certainly add to the effect of destruction. While some may say that the repetitive nature of the song continues for far too long (clocking in at just over six minutes), the overall feeling was that it could not be abruptly stopped after any given point. It eventually comes to a halt when the drums are the only remaining instrument left. "C. Thomas Howell as the Soul Man"" provides a sloppy and gritty performance with classic tapping guitar riffs. Also contained is a three note distorted bass riff that evolves into a clean break within the song that builds up into chaos that then tapers off.
More than half way through the album, We Are The Romans needed a shot of pure adrenaline. In what is the climax of the album, "Saint Matthew Returns to the Womb" has an unspeakable feeling about it. The song practically defines metalcore (in an album that is the start of metalcore, as we know it, perhaps). A song that combines classic elements of brutal metal and what can be considered "fun" hardcore. It is a true staple strong in the short lifespan of Botch. Finally, in what maybe be considered the song that may have predicted Botch's downfall, "Man The Ramparts." Surely, one can look at the album in the eyes of America's downfall, but ironically, Botch may have fell first. Think about it this way, it was their last full length without conflicts of the direction the band was going. It is a song about preparing for what is ahead, because it will soon be a collapse, but not without a last stand.
We'll man the ramparts
With arrows ready
With our flags up
We are the Romans
The song can almost be related to a battle. It starts as it were trudging along to the beat of a war drum with off time guitar and bass. It then starts the battle with a brutal scream and fiery fierceness to it. As it continues, it slowly disassembles and then regains composure into the previous intensity. The song dies down, with every beat and it begins to fade into a choir hymn saying We are the Romans as almost collecting forces to join for one last hurrah. Eight minutes and thirty now elapse, the quintessential loudest section of the entire song ERUPTS. Precise drumming and abrasive chords carry on until the final hits of the instruments and the last screech and it everything stops.
It is over. The piercing screaming, the rhythmically brilliant drumming, the coarse sound of the bass, and the memorable guitar riffs are no longer. While "I Wanna Be A Sex Symbol On My Own Terms" is the only track that I feel was a grave disappointment, they produced an unbelievably solid record. We are the Romans was a completely original album in its own regard and left a legacy behind. They made the music that was out there more interesting and complex. Botch created a fusion that was perfected with this release. I am glad one thing will never change, no matter what year it is next; I can still listen to this album.
- Ryan Flatley (Sputnik Music)1. To Our Friends In the Great White North
2. Mondrian Was A Liar
3. Transitions From Persona To Object
4. Swimming The Channel Vs. Driving The Channel
5. C. Thomas Howell As The Soul Man
6. Saint Matthew Returns To The Womb
7. Frequency Ass Bandit
8. I Wanna Be A Sex Symbol On My Own Terms
9. Man The Ramparts
10. Untitled$25.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now