“Low & Behold is the unlikely collaboration between Jason Martin (Starflyer 59) and Ryan Clark (Demon Hunter) – now 7 years in the making. Drawing from Starflyer’s signature brand of shoegaze, and injecting a healthy dose of 80’s nostalgia, ‘Uppers’ is a study in classic darkwave. Reverb-drenched guitars and haunting vocals recall a raw aesthetic of sound pioneered by groups like The Sisters Of Mercy, Depeche Mode, and Echo & The Bunnymen.”
Stream the full album now. Official release date is Halloween, with pre-order “coming soon.”
From the band’s GoFundMe page: “To all our current and future fans, XL & Death Before Dishonor endeavors to give you the album you’ve long waited for. You know the new drill, not many bands are using record labels anymore. So I am asking ” YOU” my faithful fans to help fund this new album. XL & DBD will travel east to the Daytona Beach area in Florida to record our 3rd and best effort at Sound Mind Studios. This is happening next month, so we need you to act quickly friends. We’ll need travel funds, funds for production, food, lodging, and the time off from work to make this happen. So drop us $10, $20, $50, $100, $500, $1000 or th e whole $5000 if you got it like that. help the legendary XL and Death Before Dishonor fulfill their long awaited destiny to bring you another album that the known world has waited for.
Todd Stevens- A.K.A – XL”
Thumper Punk Records is pleased to announce the release of “Innocent”, the new acoustic solo EP from JohnnyBoy, the lead singer of Oxnard’s punk giants The WAY. JohnnyBoy delivers six authentic, heart-felt songs that honestly deal with the struggle between right and wrong, good and evil, failure and redemption. Stripped down to just his acoustic guitar, JohnnyBoy embraces his human frailties with songs structures that are delicate but equally powerful. The journey uncovers temptation, failure and misery, and also the healing redemption of God’s grace freely given.
“Innocent” CDs are available through the Thumper Punk Records webstore (http://thumperpunkrecords.storenvy.com/collections/35134-all-products/products/14426163-johnnyboy-innocent-ep), and digital downloads at iTunes, AmazonMP3, and all the usual places.
Thumper Punk Records (www.thumperpunkrecords.com) helps artists record, produce and distribute music that reflects a positive, Christ-centered message.
It might be 8 years too late, but here it is: Bram Cools presents ‘Contemporary Christian Muzak’ (2004-2007) is finally available as an album. (digital download only now, but if there is demand a CD-R edition might be produced too!)
So what is ‘Contemporary Christian Muzak’? It is not at all elevator music composed for use in megachurces as the name might suggest, but rather a weird lo-fi/indie project from Bram Cools with spiritually-minded songs for all audiences. The songs here are from the time when it had its live incarnation in the ‘Contemporary Christian Muzak’ collective (2004-2007). Since the band itself has not been recorded the versions here are the original demo-versions with Bram going in extreme multitrack mode sometimes, playing a whole noise-orchestra all by himself!
Weird things are going on indeed on this album. The opener ‘St-John opens’ will probably scare some people away already with its free-form impro, but don’t worry: the rest of the album will mostly contain actual songs and not just freaky soundscapes… The second song and Bram Cools classic ‘father I am tired’ for example shows some of what can be expected: Bram in excessive multitrack with a lot of instruments, vocals and noise, and a psalm-like cry for help in this dark world. Throughout the rest of the songs we find a musical universe that is far from mainstream and will never be commercial, with very diverse arrangements, compositions to express the spiritual struggle and the search for a life centred on Love.
So give it a listen and if you like it you can download it free or at a chosen price, and share with people who might enjoy it.
Fans of Wickeds End will be pleased to know that the band has released a full-length live demo on BandCamp. If the full demo is as good as the four songs they have had up on their site, this whole thing will be a must have for fans of experimental crossover thrash. So check it out on the Wickeds End BandCamp page to catch up with one of the top underground bands from the 90s.
Lo-Fidelity Records recently launched a Kickstarter to fund the re-issue of Adam Again’s classic Dig album on CD and vinyl. If you read this magazine, you know about Dig. It rules. This one-time limited edition re-issue will feature re-mastered sound and Lo-Fidelity’s usual attention to quality. This is almost funded with plenty of time left, but most of the CDs and Vinyl versions will not be available outside of the Kickstarter project – so don’t delay!
A bit of underground music trivia: Way back in 1999, Sean Doty (of Veil of Ashes fame) decided to do a side/solo project that he called Unveiled. He got Michael Roe to produce and the 77s to be his backing band. This independent album (originally called Youth Music) quickly became a much sought after collector’s item. Finally, after too long in the vaults, it has been re-issued. Now more accurately labeled as Sean Doty and the 77s, the album itself is called Unveiled and features new artwork. You can snag a digital copy at CD Baby and iTunes.
The new issue of Down the Line is now out! Check out interviews with Unteachers, Riki Michele, Glower, Harry Barnes (discussing Blue Collar Records, home of 441, Undercover, and Adam Again), DW Dunphy, and commentary on the Stained Glass Rainbows documentary. Download your free copy now.