“Gorgeous, poised vocals over a gossamer production” – BBC Radio 6Music
“Pop with a left field feel that seems to play the game by its own rules” – Clash Magazine
The LGBTQ Music Vote Nominee, Reigen, is a Houston native who relocated to Brooklyn to advance his career as a singer/songwriter and producer. Reigen’s delicate falsetto vocals and synthy RnB style in his song, “Weekend,” earned global blog attention in 2017. His new single, “How To Make Love” is a blend of new wave and modern pop that draws worthy comparisons to Years & Years,Sam Smith and Troye Sivan.
In times where there seems to be a constant threat of war and negativity, Reigen shares a gift with the world in the form of ‘How To Make Love’ as a free download. It opens with his trademark falsetto voice, breathing evocative lyrics. The minor tonality of the song, and the underlying heartbeat-like kick drum throughout the song echoes the everyday threat of war with big political heads currently in power. A warm synth leads up to the chorus, offering hope and security while the harp provides serenity during the choruses.
“How To Make Love” was written, performed, and produced by Reigen, then mixed and mastered by Arthur Indrikovs (James Arthur, Jess Glynne, Calvin Harris).
“Weeks of late night panic attacks and no sleep, unimaginable news echoing in my head, feeling angry. They say love conquers all – how do we make love in a time of war?”
On a rainy day in Pittsburgh (10/05/2017), some seriously brutal metal bands were preparing to kick off a months-long trek across the country. The first day of a tour is typically filled with nerves, last minute preps, and anticipation of the crowds. No need to worry about Steel Town, Pittsburgh represented in full force last night at Diesel Club Lounge.
Although Diesel is not an ideal location for a metal show, due to its origins as a dance club, replete with disco being played in between sets, the club does allow for a very intimate experience. And that is also what is very appealing about the metal genre, for the most part, the bands are very accessible and realize the only way they survive is with the fans who come to the shows, actually purchase their music, and maybe more importantly, buy their merch. Pittsburgh’s own Greywalker started off the evening with their aptly titled Steel City Trash In the past 2 years Greywalker has built a reputation for their relentless live performances and have shared the stage with bands such as Suicide Silence, Nile, Dark Tranquility, August Burns Red & Darkest Hour.
Pittsburgh’s own Greywalker started off the evening with their aptly titled Steel City Thrash style. In the past 2 years Greywalker has built a reputation for their live performances and have shared the stage with bands such as Suicide Silence, Nile, Dark Tranquility, August Burns Red & Darkest Hour. Named the “2nd Best Metal Band” in both the 2015 and 2016 Pittsburgh City Paper Readers Poll’s, they also took home the 1st Place award at the 2016 Brewtal Beer Fest for their beer collaboration with Penn Brewery & Maggie Farm Rum. In 2017 some of Greywalker’s music was transcribed to a 16-Bit format and used as part of the soundtrack to “Coffee Crisis”, a video game manufactured for the Sega Genesis by Mega Cat Studios in collaboration with Black Forge Coffee House. Excerpts from the Coffee Crisis soundtrack were also released on 7″ Late Cut Records cut by FFRecords (source: Facebook). Do yourself a favor and check them out https://www.facebook.com/greywalkermusic/.
Vancouver’s Wormwitch came up next with equal parts black metal and rock n’ roll. WORMWITCH is known for their “high-octane rush of deep, grinding riffs, piston-driven drumming, and thundering bass” (No Clean Singing) Their last release, “Strike Mortal Soil” is about being alive and what that means in today’s society. The band elaborated, “We live in a society both obsessed with and terrified of death. We exist in a world constantly seeking immortality through fame or Gods. “Strike Mortal Soil” means to live with a furious passion. It is to be able to enter one’s grave like lightning, in rejection of eternity. It enforces the message that life has worth, not from your nationality, your land, your God or your flesh, but what you do with yourself.” Definitely a band with showmanship, they were loud, brash, and in your face the way that metal should be. You owe yourself a favor to get to the show early and witness what they are laying down.
Oakland, CA outfit Necrot came in full force. Looking a bit like a rougher and more aggressive Dee Snider, Vocalist/bassist Luca Indrio really got the crowd moving as the pit became a foaming mass of humanity.Forged in 2011, NECROT – founded by current and former members of Acephalix, Vastum, Saviours, Watch Them Die, Atrament, Rude, and more – unleashed the audio bone-crush of their The Labyrinth full-length in 2016 via Tankcrimes. Spewing forth eight tracks amassed from three hard-to-find and long out-of-print demo tapes, the record reaped critical acclaim from fans and media alike compelled by the band’s unrepentant Autopsy, Bolt Thrower, and Sacrilege worship. Bay Area death cult NECROT continues to tour in support of their critically-lauded Blood Offerings full-length released in June via Tankcrimes. The record earned the #29 spot on Billboard’s Hard Rock Chart and #52 on Billboard’s New Artist Chart upon its first week of release and continues to reap critical accolades from fans and critics globally. Comprised of eight-tracks, Blood Offerings was captured by Greg Wilkinson at Earhammer (Vastum, Graves At Sea), mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Nails, Gatecreeper), and comes shrouded in the unhallowed cover art of Marald Van Haasteren (Bolt Thrower, Baroness). Blood Offerings is out now on CD, LP, and digitally on Tankcrimes and on cassette through Sentient Ruin Laboratories. The limited vinyl edition comes as a foil-stamped, gatefold deluxe LP available in four color variants: 150 in purple splatter, 350 in gold splatter, 500 in black, and 1000 in gold.
Pittsburgh may not have been quite ready for what Revocation brought to the table. REVOCATION is touring in support of their critically-lauded sixth full-length, Great Is Our Sin, released last year via Metal Blade Records. Reuniting with producer Zeuss (Hatebreed, Bleeding Through), who helmed 2014’s Deathless and 2012’s Teratogenesis EP, Great Is Our Sin packs the requisite punch, yet retains the organic feel with which it was conceived. Known for their technical prowess, the band remained dedicated to upping the ante without ever losing sight of the importance of good songwriting. Whilst the lineup has changed over the decade-plus REVOCATION has been in existence, guitarist/vocalist Dave Davidson’s passion has never waned, and they are arguably sounding better than ever as they look toward the future. The offering reaped the #1 spot on Billboard’s Top New Artists/Heatseekers chart, #6 on the Current Hard Music Albums chart, #11 on the Top Independent Albums chart, and #17 Current Rock Albums upon its first week of release!
Davidson was absolutely mesmerizing as he blazed on guitar and spit out grinding lyrics, playing off of Gargiulo’s countering axe attack, as the band cranked out very technically complex music that remained as bone-crunching and faces splattering as a band can.
Having delivered five killer albums boasting some of the most potent, technical and abrasive metal unleashed over the last decade, it would be easy for Revocation to sit back and rest on their laurels. However, with their constant drive to push their sound ever forward and refusal to compromise their integrity, this could never be the case – and Great Is Our Sin is their most dynamic, boundary-pushing and weighty release to date. To preview and purchase Great Is Our Sin, please visit: metalblade.com/revocation
The tone shifted as the ominous background tone began to drone and the legends, Decrepit Birth took the stage. For the better part of their 16-year existence, California-based death metallers Decrepit Birthhaven’t followed the rules. From debut album, 2003’s …And Time Begins, to the new album, Axis Mundi, they’ve shuffled the tried and true tenets of death metal into something defiantly other. Certainly, the Surf City denizens have written and continue to write—check out the pit-destroying ‘Transcendental Paradox’ off Axis Mundi—brutally brutal music, but after years of purveying labyrinthine riffs and blasts at light-suffering speeds, they’ve transcended, they’ve transformed, they’ve gone beyond. Decrepit Birth in 2017 isn’t entirely the same band that unfurled …And Time Begins in their twentysomethings.
“We’ve gone through an evolution throughout the years,” says founding member and primary songwriter Matt Sotelo. “The last couple of albums we had, Diminishing Between Worlds and Polarity, were more progressive death metal. They were different from …And Time Begins, which is a different genre of death metal. It’s more brutal. I’m the type of guy who likes to experiment. …And Time Begins has no solos. It’s all really fast palm-muted riffs. The other albums breathed more with the guitars. I let chords ring out on Diminishing Between Worlds and Polarity. Axis Mundi is a combination of all the stuff I’m into. I like it a lot right now. It’s more melodic. The riffs repeat intentionally. I want to have fun with these songs.”
For those paying attention, seven long years separate Polarity from Axis Mundi. The absence would kill the fan velocity of most bands. But not Decrepit Birth. Even after 2014’s The Summer Slaughter Tour—the last time the West Coasters were on tour—the group’s legion of freaks have stayed true to their death metal masters, pleading and pining with regularity on social media for new technically-proficient savagery. That wait will soon be over withAxis Mundi, but what was Decrepit Birth up to while the world turned and burned?
“We did tours up to 2014,” Sotelo remembers. “That’s four years of tours [since the release of Polarity]. We were doing maybe two or three tours a year. Also, since Polarity, I’ve been writing new music. I’d work on new music and then scrap it. I’d change things around. So, it took a little while. I also had a son shortly after Polarity came out. I was really busy with a newborn baby. So, it wasn’t really until 2014 that I started to buckle down to write new music.” The new and older music is so worth getting out there to see live, for they are an experience like no other. Vocalist Bill Robinson has a voice that defies description in its sewer level graphic gravel tone. The band plowed through a crazy tight set leaving the crowd feeling as though they had been drawn and quartered. An added bonus was seeing Sean of Decrepit Birth all over his fretboard with his Beardly Customs bass, made by our good friend Rick Link.
Written in Sotelo’s kitchen or at his computer desk—a fairly prosaic picture compared to the next-level intensity upon which Axis Mundi pivots—the majority of Decrepit Birth’s new, trail-blazing music originally had a different shape and color. Sotelo eventually axed songs he labeled “crazy and wild” for a more economical approach. Relatively speaking. He was more into the feel of the riff than expanding upon the multitude of multitudes he normally emits like a mad scientist with eight arms.
“The first song I finished was ‘Hieroglyphic,’” recalls Sotelo. “I will say ‘Hieroglyphic’ is a good representation of this album. It’s got a little bit of everything in it. It shows what we’re about right now. The last song I wrote was the last song on the album, an instrumental called ‘Embryogenesis.’ I used a 7-string guitar on it, but not in the way that a lot of people use 7-string guitars. It’s not percussive. It’s layered. See, I like to experiment. I’m glad I got to try something that wasn’t standard death metal. I’m not trying to put down bands or fans, but I like songs that have weird things going on, like samples or MIDI parts.”
Sotelo cites the strength of songs like opener ‘Vortex of Infinity – Axis Mundi’, ‘Hieroglyphic’, ‘Mirror of Humanity’, and ‘Epigenetic Triplicity’ on Decrepit Birth’s reconfigured lineup. Drummer Samus Paulicelli and bassist Sean Martinez aren’t exactly new to the group—both have acclimated nicely over the last few years—but they’ve pushed Decrepit Birth, compositionally and musically, up a few notches. Axis Mundi wouldn’t have been the same without their involvement.
“They’re two very talented musicians,” Sotelo beams. “I’m lucky to have them working with me. Both of them bring a lot. Sean probably is the best bass player—technically—we’ve had in the band. His bass lines and the way he plays bass are amazing. If you listen closely, he’s doing a lot of cool lines. As for Samus, he has his drumming to offer, which is huge. There’s very little he can’t do. He’s amazing. But he also contributed [to the songwriting process]. He’s a good songwriter, an amazing all-around musician. He wanted to help me write the songs. Not the riffs, but help arrange the songs. He wanted to create something different from what I came up with. So, I let him. I decided to have Samus help us out. He’s got the skill. It’s a lot of good stuff he contributed to the record.”
While most of Decrepit Birth’s peers aim lyrically and conceptually for the jugular—blood and guts are a never-ending font of inspiration—the Golden Staters have opted for the mystical and the arcane. Chief lyric writer and frontman Bill Robinson gets many of his ideas from literature and imbibing in mind-altering substances. For Axis Mundi, Robinson centered the lyrics on a theme. From opener ‘Vortex of Infinity – Axis Mundi’ through ‘Epigenetic Triplicity’ he’s taking the listener on a synodic journey, where portals to inner and outer spaces are opened for the intrepid.
“I’m going to be honest here,” says Sotelo. “Bill is responsible for all the lyrics and the concept. I know axis mundi is the center of the world. The world energy center. Energies of the heavens coming down to the Earth. A portal. So, there’s a theme. They’re connected. We’re not the typical lyric writers in death metal. Bill’s lyrics are almost psychedelic. Weird and esoteric. He’s out there. They’re not happy. They’re not hippie shit. They’re fringe, on the edge. They’re dark. And I like it that way! For this album, it’s an all Bill thing. Even the cover.
Recorded at three different studios over the course of a year, Axis Mundi sounds incredible. The clarity, the power, the musicianship, and the brutality aren’t vying for attention. They’re in absolute harmony. The guitars—tracked by Sotelo at his home studio—are razor sharp yet spine-snappingly heavy. The drums—tracked by Ryan Forsyth at Private Ear Studios in Winnipeg, Canada—are genre-defining, recalling what Sean Reinert, Gene Hoglan, and Steve Flynn did for Death and Atheist, respectively. And the bass— tracked by Sean, also at his home studio—has a great deep-end against the ceaselessly wicked rhythms. Tracks like ‘Hieroglyphic’, ‘Spirit Guide’, and ‘The Sacred Geometry’ wouldn’t have crushed skulls and blown minds if it wasn’t for the accomplished mixing and mastering of Stefano Morabito at 16th Cellar Studios.
“I spent a lot of time recording at my own leisure at my own house,” recalls Sotelo. “I have my own recording equipment. We did go out to a professional studio in 2015 to record the drums. We were there for about a week. I took those drums home and started to record my guitars. That took about four to five months. The reason being I had a lot going on personally. I didn’t have a lot of time to knock out the whole album. Plus, I was experimenting with new things while tracking. That’s just how I do it. We can’t do what normal bands do. We’re so spread out. Sean lives in New York, I live in California, and Samus lives in Winnipeg. That’s a big triangle. It’s hard to get together to play music. It’s a bit unfortunate, but that’s how it is. That means we’re writing songs all the way up to and including tracking. I will say this: recording is a lot cheaper and it’s a lot less pressure.”
With remarkable songs—check out ‘Hieroglyphic’—, an exceptional production, and high concept lyrics, Decrepit Birth will re-shape death metal on Axis Mundi. They’re blasting the doors of convention wide open, paving the way for future generations to explore beyond death metal’s four proverbial corners. Much like the band’s influences from the early ‘90s, Decrepit Birth has different optics on the genre and what has meant and continues to mean. Of course, Sotelo sees Axis Mundi from an entirely pragmatic viewpoint.
“I don’t know if we’re going to re-shape death metal,” he counters. “We’re just a band. We’re doing this. We’re fans of the genre. We do our own thing with it. It’s our own paint job. What sounds cool to us. We don’t aspire to be the most technical band out there. The technicality isn’t our main goal. Technicality is part of what we are. When we were writing this album, we wanted the songs that had riffs that repeat. There’s more structure with our new stuff. We’re trying to write good music. We want to entertain people out there. Hopefully, everybody likes Axis Mundi.”
Decrepit Birth are: Matt Sotelo (guitar), Bill Robinson (vocals), Samus Paulicelli (drums), and Sean Martinez (bass). With minds agape and riffs afire and invocations cast, they invite you to enter Axis Mundi!
The Black Dahlia Murder did not waste any time in riling up the audience. They came loaded for bear and popped off right away. Any band that has earned an army of devout followers through dropping seven killer full-lengths – and touring their collective ass off for sixteen years – could perhaps be forgiven for thinking they could take it easy as they wade into their eighth release. But that’s just not The Black Dahlia Murder‘s style, and Nightbringers is a testament to that. Having released their most accomplished, aggressive, and emotionally diverse music to date in the form of 2015’s Abysmal, the Michigan quintet has once more pushed themselves to new heights, and the 34 minutes of searing melodic death metal that comprises Nightbringers is riveting listening. “I always feel a responsibility to the people who support this band when we start making a new record,” asserts vocalist Trevor Strnad. “The pressure that comes from people being excited to hear what you come up with next can be intimidating, but it’s so exciting that those people love you so much for just doing what you do. It makes you want to honor what you’ve done in the past, but also excite them with where you go next, and that definitely drove us on ‘Nightbringers‘.When we started writing I honestly didn’t know we had this album in us, and I feel really proud of it. It’s a great moment for us.” Hearing some of these tunes for the first time was riveting, to say the least. BDM is at the top of their grimy game, attacking with more “thrashiness” and brutal audible onslaught than ever before. Swinging for the fences, the band is poised to take their riff-heavy metal to new heights this year.
Rather than meticulously plan things out or stick rigidly to any kind of template, when it comes to writing, The Black Dahlia Murder prefer to let things happen organically. In the hands of guitarist Brian Eschbach – who co-founded the band with Strnad in 2001 – and new recruit Brandon Ellis(Arsis, ex-Cannabis Corpse), Nightbringers is rich with dynamic riffs that are at once fresh and classic TBDM, resulting in a collection that shifts through many moods and effortlessly incorporates various elements of extreme metal. With guitarist Ryan Knight having amicably stepped down in 2016, the addition of twenty-four-year-old Ellis to the band’s ranks has helped usher in an exciting new era. “He’s very professional for his age, I think he’s skilled far beyond his years, and his live energy is exceptional. When Max (Lavelle, bass) joined the band he challenged a lot of us on stage to raise our personal bar, and Brandon’s pushed that even further,” states Strnad. “Brandon coming into the band and writing a bunch of songs was an awesome surprise too. He really took the reins, and this record is also the most involved that Alan (Cassidy drums) has been too. The way that we were doing the demos and bouncing things back and forth he had a lot of room to do what he wanted to do, and I think it’s definitely a more colorful album for that. I also think as we get older the emotional content goes up. I think we better realize how to grip the listener. Personally, I try to write lyrics that are going to match each part, and kind of ramp up those feelings that we’re putting across.” Strnad’s statements are vividly borne out by every moment of Nightbringers. For fans attending 2017’s Summer Slaughter tour, the first taste of the record came with the inclusion of the title track in their set, which has an undeniable immediacy to it, rich with hooks and boasting a “circusy, evil and playful” air. By contrast, “Catacomb Hecatomb” is suffused with tragedy, the mournful tone of its slower passages deeply affecting. This too is dramatically different to “As Good As Dead”, which has some swagger to it that Strnad likens to Megadeth, or “Matriarch”, described by Eschbach as a “wild, neoclassical romp” and stands as one of the most cutthroat and all-out aggressive tracks in the quintet’s arsenal. Upon first hearing the latter, Strnad was intent on matching its visceral intensity. “I felt inspired to write very violent lyrics to it. It’s told from the perspective of a woman who is trying to have a child and not having any luck, and she goes kind of crazy and stalks this other woman who is due to have a child. She finds her moment to take it from her, cutting it right out of her stomach.” While Strnad explores a variety of themes and ideas with his lyrics, they are united by the album’s title, which embraces a tenet that has been central to The Black Dahlia Murder‘s output since the very beginning. “Death metal and nighttime are synonymous to me. We are the rulers of the darkened hours that the Christian good fears. A lot of archaic ideas that are still upheld – such as marriage and monogamy – came from Christianity, whether people want to acknowledge it or not, and to me, death metal has always been bucking that. It’s ‘being-the-villain music’, because we’re the enemy of Christianity, the enemy of all that is good and traditional. Death metal is for free thinkers, it’s for showing people the path to inner strength and operating on your own will, instead of being told what to do and living in fear, and songs like the title track and ‘Kings Of The Nightworld’ are about leading a legion of awakened minds into battle.” Following this theme also motivated Strnad to forge into ever-darker territory, even when this meant tearing things up and starting over. “I felt I needed to rise to the occasion to make as much of the blood and guts and heinousness as possible, and there was actually a couple of points where I rewrote some songs. I just didn’t feel like they were dark enough, or violent enough, so I was really trying to ramp up the monstrous aspects of things – the grizzlier the better!”
Rather than decamp to a single studio, the members split off when it came time to start laying down the songs – all well versed in how to get the best out of their individual performances. With former bassist Ryan Williams once again assisting, the drums were tracked at The Pipe Yard in Plymouth, Michigan and rhythm guitars and bass in the band’s practice space in Warren, Michigan. Ellis then recorded his many blistering solos in his home studio, while Strnad opted to record at his home in Auburn Hills, Michigan with Joe Cincotta (Suffocation, Internal Bleeding) of Full Force Studios overseeing his sessions. For the unique and haunting cover art they turned to Kristian Wahlin, aka Necrolord, who has designed seminal artwork for the likes of At The Gates, Bathory, Emperor and also TBDM‘s 2007 release, Nocturnal. “I think he’s the most prominent artist when it comes to classic releases in the melodic death metal genre, and kind of bringing things full circle with it being the ten-year anniversary of‘Nocturnal’felt right. By now people probably wouldn’t have expected us to go back to him, so it’s kind of a surprise, but at the same time it’s a very classic cover too.” With the band celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the aforementioned album by playing it in its entirety on Summer Slaughter, it has given them a moment to reflect not only on the road that has led them to here but also that which lies ahead. “When I think back to when we started the band, I feel very proud of everything we’ve done, and I also see a lot of improvement over the years,” says Strnad. “In the early songs, I can hear us as kids, and then segueing into our adulthood as musicians and writers, but sixteen years in, I still feel young as a band. I feel like we have a shit ton left to do, and I think we’re sitting pretty with the best lineup we’ve ever had. I also think ‘Nightbringers‘ could be our finest hour yet. I feel very strongly that it will affect people, I want to get all of these songs in people’s ears, and I want them to check out everything we’ve got on this record. There’s so much variety and so many great ideas, and I think that this could take us to another place.”
The Black Dahlia Murder tour dates w/ Suffocation, Decrepit Birth, Necrot, Wormwitch
Oct. 6 – Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall Oct. 7 – Lowell, MA – Mill City Ballroom Oct. 8 – Poughkeepsie, NY – Chance Theater Oct. 10 – New York, NY – Highline Ballroom Oct. 11 – Teaneck, NJ – Debonair Music Hall Oct. 12 – Baltimore, MD – Ram’s Head Live Oct. 13 – Easton, PA – One Center Square Oct. 14 – Lancaster, PA – The Chameleon Oct. 16 – Montreal, QC – Les Foufounes Electriques Oct. 17 – Ottawa, ON – Bronson Center Oct. 18 – Toronto, ON – Opera House Oct. 20 – Joliet, IL – The Forge Oct. 21 – Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere’s Oct. 22 – St Louis, MO – Delmar Hall Oct. 23 – Omaha, NE – The Slowdown Oct. 25 – Ringle, WI – Q & Z Expo Center Oct. 26 – Winnipeg, MB – Pyramid Cabaret Oct. 27 – Regina, SK – The Exchange Oct. 28 – Edmonton, AB – Starlite Oct. 29 – Calgary, AB – Marquee Oct. 31 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater Nov. 1 – Seattle, WA – Studio Seven w/ Exhumed Nov. 2 – Eugene, OR – WOW Hall w/ Exhumed Nov. 3 – Lake Tahoe, NV – Vinyl @ Hard Rock w/ Exhumed Nov. 4 – Petaluma, CA – Phoenix Theater * w/ Exhumed Nov. 5 – San Bernardino, CA – KnotFest ** w/ Exhumed Nov. 6 – Mesa, AZ – Club Red w/ Exhumed Nov. 7 – Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock Cafe Nov. 9 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom Nov. 10 – Birmingham, AL – Zydeco Nov. 11 – Louisville, KY – Diamond Pub Concert Hall Nov. 12 – Indianapolis, IN – Emerson Theater
*= no Suffocation
**= no Necrot, Wormwitch
The Black Dahlia Murder tour dates w/ Cannibal Corpse, No Return (Feb. 9-25), In Arkadia (Feb. 27-Mar. 18) Feb. 9 – Hannover, Germany – Musikzentrum Feb. 10 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega Feb. 11 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Sticky Fingers Feb. 12 – Stockholm, Sweden – Klubben Feb. 13 – Oslo, Norway – Parkteatret Feb. 15 – Kolding, Denmark – Godset Feb. 16 – Hamburg, Germany – Gruenspan Feb. 17 – Geiselwind, Germany – Music Hall Feb. 18 – Bochum, Germany – Matrix Feb. 20 – Kassel, Germany – 130bpm Feb. 21 – Prague, Czech Republic – Palac Aropolis Feb. 22 – Bratislava, Slovakia – Majestic Music Club Feb. 23 – Munich, Germany – Backstage Feb. 24 – Magdeburg, Germany – Factory Feb. 25 – Stuttgart, Germany – im Wizemann Feb. 27 – Geneva, Switzerland – L’Usine Feb. 28 – Milan, Italy – Live Club Mar. 1 – Grenoble, France – Belle Electric Mar. 2 – Toulouse, France – Le Metronum Mar. 3 – Bilbao, Spain – Santana 27
Mar. 4 – Madrid, Spain – Penelope Mar. 6 – Barcelona, Spain – Razzmatazz 2
Mar. 7 – St. Etienne, France – Le Fil Mar. 8 – Caen, France – Cargo Mar. 9 – Antwerp, Belgium – Trix Mar. 10 – Cologne, Germany – Essigfabrik Mar. 11 – Eindhoven, Netherlands – Dynamo Mar. 13 – Norwich, UK – Waterfront Mar. 14 – Manchester, UK – O2 Ritz Mar. 15 – Glasgow, UK – O2 ABC Mar. 16 – Bristol, UK – Bierkeller Mar. 17 – Nottingham, UK – Rock City Mar. 18 – London, UK – O2 Forum Kentish Town Mar. 19 – Dublin, Ireland – Tivoli* Mar. 20 – Limerick, Ireland – Dolan’s Warehouse* Mar. 22 – Belfast, Ireland – Limelight 2*
*= no The Black Dahlia Murder
2016 brought an injection of great new songs to country music, and Pandora listeners liked it, enough to give these 25 tracks a total of 38 MILLION thumbs up! Chris Stapleton takes the lead, appearing most frequently on our list, with a year for the history books beginning with his November 2015 CMA Awards performance with Justin Timberlake. Stapleton wasn’t the only break-through this year. The list of top 25 include several new acts who hit it big this year including Cam, Kane Brown, Chris Lane, Jon Pardi, and Cassadee Pope. Look no further for the year’s biggest love songs, break-up songs, drinking songs, and a ray of ‘Humble and Kind’-ness, just in time for the holidays.”
– Rachel Whitney, Pandora’s Country Curator
1. Die A Happy Man, Thomas Rhett
2. H.O.L.Y., Florida Georgia Line
3. Tennessee Whiskey, Chris Stapleton
4. You Should Be Here, Cole Swindell
5. Came Here to Forget, Blake Shelton
6. T-Shirt, Thomas Rhett
7. Somewhere on a Beach, Dierks Bentley
8. Think of You (Feat. Cassadee Pope), Chris Young
9. Home Alone Tonight (Feat. Karen Fairchild), Luke Bryan
10. Drunk On Your Love, Brett Eldredge
11. From the Ground Up, Dan + Shay
12. Head Over Boots, Jon Pardi
13. Middle of A Memory, Cole Swindell
14. Different For Girls (Feat. Elle King), Dierks Bentley
Super Deluxe Edition featuring unreleased songs, demos, mixes, remasters, new notes from Pete Townshend, 80-page book, rare memorabilia and much more
5CD Box SetDigital Release Date – November 18, 2016 Physical Release Date – December 9, 2016 (New Release Date!)
3 x LP* and 2 x LP* E-Commerce Exclusive Will Be Released February 10*
In the half century since its release, The Who’s debut album My Generation hasn’t lost any of its raw, visceral power and still stands as the ultimate musical declaration of teenage rebellion. The title track alone has been covered innumerable times by the likes of Oasis, Green Day, Patti Smith, Billy Joel, Alice Cooper and Iron Maiden amongst many more.
Back in 1965, the band was considered to be so dangerous that the tailors tasked with turning a Union Jack into a pop art mod jacket for the cover feared that they would be jailed for desecration of the nation’s flag.
The Who’s surly demeanour that day in 1965 at Surrey Docks and the brazen appropriation of the symbol of state is the best advert possible for My Generation. It’s an album that sounds like it looks: terse, confrontational and full of youthful angst and energy.
Brunswick Records first issued My Generation in the UK in December 1965, and later in the U.S. under the title The Who Sings My Generation in April 1966, and was produced by Shel Talmy who shot to fame with his work with The Kinks, a group that the teenage Pete Townshend admired greatly.
During a break in touring in 2015 Pete Townshend discovered tapes in his audio archive featuring previously unheard demos for the album which also included three totally unreleased songs that The Who hadn’t ever revisited “The Girls I Could Have Had,” “As Children We Grew” and “My Own Love.”
The spectacular 79-track, five-disc super-deluxe edition of My Generation features these unheard songs as well as unreleased demos, unreleased alternate mixes, new remasters and a stereo remix which was created using new overdubs from Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend. For this mix Townshend used the same exact guitars and amps as the original album with Roger using same type of microphone.
The super-deluxe edition also features a stunning 80-page color book with many rare and unseen period photos, candid and insightful new notes from Pete Townshend and period memorabilia.
Of the super-deluxe box set Pete Townshend commented“Gathering these demos for this collection has been enjoyable; it’s wonderful for me to have these tapes made fifty-two years ago to listen to. I hope you enjoy them. They have a naiveté and innocence, a simplicity and directness, and an ingenuousness that reveals me as a young man struggling to keep up with the more mature and developed men around me. What an incredible group of strong, talented, young and engaging men they were!”
Los Angeles, CA…September 7…Two-time CMA nominee and country singer/songwriter chats with the legend from East Tennessee in the newest installment of Cracker Barrel’s Front Porch series, about songwriting, the Imagination Library and what Dolly hopes her legacy will be, plus Cam also discovers the two have a signature hue in common. Watch the video here.
“Yellow roses are her thing, she loves yellow! It can be her color forever,” the California native laughs. “It was insane! It’s crazy to meet someone that’s such a legend, for so many years, and so smart.”
Watch the two also play a rousing game of “Dolly or Not Dolly,” as they try to guess whether a witty one-liner belongs to the “I Will Always Love You’ songstress or to someone else.
Just last week the Grammy nominated artist announced her first tour as a headliner, The Burning House Tour. Beginning October 27 at Joe’s Bar on Weed Street in Chicago, and ending December 10 at the Orleans Showroom in Las Vegas, the 13-date series will include stops in 12 U.S. cities, see below:
Joe’s On Weed Street
The Thirsty Cowboy
The Trocadero Theatre
New York, NY
Paradise Rock Club
Des Moines, IA
Shelby Township, MI
Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas, NV
Today, Cam also announced the tour’s VIP ‘Sleepwalking’ Adventure, an intimate hang and Q&A with the artist herself. VIP tickets can be purchased atcamcountry.com on Thursday, September 8. General Admission will go on saleFriday, September 9.