MATT PLESS Perfects “Ashtray” with Re-Recording of ‘Tumbleweed’

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Baltimore, MD Folk-Punk Singer/Songwriter MATT PLESS has returned to his 2013 released masterpiece Tumbleweed with a re-recording of the acoustic 12 track LP. Invoking the lyrical brilliance of BOB DYLAN, the instrumental diversity of THE VIOLENT FEMMES, and the folkish undertones of FLOGGING MOLLY, Tumbleweed is an explosion of dynamic discordance, mixing driving, confrontational punk acoustic jams with gentle, canorous melodies. The opening track for the album, “Ashtray,” is the perfect introduction to this uniquely focused musician’s fusion of rock, Americana, and acoustic folk.

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“’Ashtray’ came about because I smoked an ashtray-worth of cigarettes in the half hour that it took to write the song…I had been playing music full time for quite a while. I was tired of finding myself performing at shows that were as empty as my pockets and was frustrated at the state of my life, the world, and the indie art community. I had been listening to a lot of obscure music circulating in the punk scene and had stumbled across a song by another artist which included a lyric that said: “If I found God anywhere it would be by the tracks”. From there, inspiration threw me my own variation on the line that would open “Ashtray”: “Someone asked me if I found God, yes, I think we’ve met a couple times. But, I’m not sure if it was Him ’cause I can’t look Her in the eye” – Matt Pless

Cover Art for Tumbleweed

Track List:
1. Ashtray
2. Piggy Bank
3. My Crooked Ways
4. Mad Child’s Lament
5. What You Will
6. The Book of You and I
7. Portland
8. Talkin’ Information Blues
9. The Crayon Song
10. White Picket Fences
11. My Idea of Heaven
12. In the Past Tense

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Combining elements of folk, punk, pop and roots rock, Matt Pless can lyrically turn a phrase with the best of them. He has been compared to some of the top songwriters of our time, including John Lennon, Paul Simon, John Prine, and Bob Dylan. Known for his engaging and thought-provoking, witty word labyrinths, Matt’s music spans topics from love and loss to social commentary to ethereal train-of-thought abstractions, and everything in between.

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VIZA Releases Highly Anticipated Double CD Set for ‘The Unorthodox Revival: Vol. I & II’

In tandem with their highly praised performance at AFTERSHOCK Festival, Los Angeles based Alternative/Indie Rock Band VIZA has released their long awaited The Unorthodox Revival: Vol. I & II, available now to stream as well as in a double CD set. Having previously been revealed to fans through a series of YouTube audio streams with stunning, unique artwork created for each, The Unorthodox Revival: Vol. I & II showcases the band’s diverse creative styles and incredible musicianship in a selection of tracks that are sure to both satisfy long-term and entice a whole new crowd of fans.

“I personally think this is our best work, due in part to the fact each song had its respective time to perfect and our incredible engineer Yury Anisonyan who was on board,” – K’noup (Vocals, Guitar)

“Even though these songs were released digitally on YouTube and Spotify, we want our dedicated fans to be able to enjoy these songs in album form too, and that allows us to incorporate the album artwork physically as well!” – Kzirian (Vocals. Oud)

 

The Unorthodox Revival Vol. I Track List:
1. Viktorious
2. Cash Karma
3. Velvet Shade
4. A World Of Broken Mirrors
5. Aphrodite
6. Vicious Game

 

The Unorthodox Revival Vol. II Track List:
1. Pinches
2. Sheep
3. Diabolic Angel
4. Dancing Twig
5. Tom Waits for Her
6. Pathway

Click to Purchase Two Disc Set of The Unorthodox Revival: Volume I & II

Viza continues to captivate the global music scene with an erratically amusing blend of energized international rock. Unique in its musical arsenal is the inclusion of loud and percussion blended with more traditional rock elements such as guitar, bass, and drums. This fascinating fusion, combined with dramatic and powerful live performances have garnered Viza significant success all over the world.

Among the band’s extensive touring schedule, Viza has performed at one of Europe’s largest and most prestigious music events at Hungary’s Sziget Festival’s main stage (alongside KornThe KillersAxwellThe Vaccines, and The XX, among several others) as part of a month long European tour in August 2012. Viza has also performed at Sweden’s Malmofestivalen, Norway’s Kartfestivalen, Slovenia’s Schengenfest and Trnfest and Greece’s Rockwave Festival (alongside The ProdigyGogol BordelloFlogging Molly, and Marky Ramone’s Blitzkreig), and has toured Europe 6 times in the past 2 years alone.

Demonstrating a knack for reinventing old rock classics, Viza covered the Doors tune “Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)” by adding its own strong seasonings and aggressive fusion style in a compelling reimagination of this classic rock ballad, which is available for free download.

Aside from a passion for music, touring and song writing, Viza’s extensive performances around the globe also serve as their voice for promoting social consciousness of human rights and community issues – as well as providing opportunities to fund-raise for various charities, homeless shelters and orphanages.

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SICK OF IT ALL To Release “When The Smoke Clears” Celebrating Their 30 Year Anniversary

The year 2016 marks the 30th anniversary of the legendary New York Hardcore band SICK OF IT ALL. In order to celebrate this special occasion SICK OF IT ALL are releasing “When The Smoke Clears” on November 4th, 2016. The band didn’t just record five brand new tracks in their unique and classic old school style, but they also dug deep in their photo archives and pulled up rare photos as well as iconic shots from their past and present. Everything was compiled for a strictly limited, luxurious 60 page coffee table Artbook that is wrapped in fake leather and that comes with personal liner notes from people such as Davey Havok (AFI), Dennis Lyxzén (Refused), Chuck Ragan (Hot Water Music), Arthur Smilios (Gorilla Biscuits) and Matt Kelly (Dropkick Murphys).

SICK IF IT ALL already toured Europe three times this year including summer festivals such Hellfest (F), Punk Rock Holiday (SI), Rocco Del Schlacko (DE), Ieper (BE) or Ruhrpott Rodeo (DE). In October they will come back for another two weeks prior to the release of “When The Smoke Clears”. In January of 2017 they are heading to Australia for five shows with Refused.

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SICK OF IT ALL – Tour Dates

with Wisdom In Chains, Crowned Kings
13.10.16 (NL) Amsterdam – Melkweg
14.10.16 (DE) Essen – Turock
15.10.16 (DE) Chemnitz – AJZ Chemnitz
16.10.16 (AT) Graz – PPC
18.10.16 (DE) Augsburg – Kantine
19.10.16 (CH) Geneva – L‘Usine
20.10.16 (DE) Saarbrücken – Garage
21.10.16 (F) Nancy – Le Hublot
22.10.16 (BE) Lokeren – Brakfest V
23.10.16 (F) Paris – Trabendo
25.10.16 (DE) Cologne – Underground
26.10.16 (DE) Hanover – Musikzentrum
27.10.16 (SE) Malmö – Babel *
28.10.16 (SE) Gothenburg – Kajskjul 46 *
29.10.16 (NO) Oslo – Vulkan Arena *
* without Wisdom In Chains, Crowned Kings

with Refused
20.01.17 (AU) Brisbane – Tivoli
21.01.17 (AU) Sydney – Enmore Theater
22.01.17 (AU) Adelaide – HQ
24.01.17 (AU) Melbourne – Prince Bandroom
26.01.17 (AU) Fremantle – Metropolis

The Attack Announce Southeast Dates w/ Flogging Molly, Mephiskapheles and More * New 10″ EP “Under The Gun” Out Summer 2014

Stream new song “Under The Gun” from The Attack here!

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02.15.14 Tabernacle Atlanta, GA w/ Flogging Molly
02.16.14 The Rita Ybor Tampa, FL w/ Flogging Molly
02.18.14 House of Blues Lake Buena Vista, FL w/ Flogging Molly
02.19.14 Revolution Fort Lauderdale, FL w/ Flogging Molly
04.03.14 High Dive, Gainsville FL w/ Mephiskapheles
04.05.14 Crowbar, Ybor City, Tampa FL w/ Mephiskapheles
04.06.14 Will’s Pub, Orlando FL w/ Mephiskapheles

Fresh off their recent US tour with The Misfits, and Northeast run with The Business, Orlando street punk and hardcore band THE ATTACK is preparing to head out on a string of Southeast US dates with punk favorites Flogging Molly, followed by additional Southeast dates with the recently reunitedMephiskapheles.

In addition, The Attack has recently premiered the title track to their upcoming 10″ EP “Under The Gun,” out this Summer (more details coming soon).

About The Attack:

” For devotees on either side… …the Attack make us realize that there’s more in common than divergent between traditional punk rock and hardcore.” – mxdwn.com

“…this quartet delivers the kind of vintage melodic hardcore that will take true punkers right back to the days of CBGB’s Sunday matinees…” – Pop Matters

“…Florida-based group that intentionally straddles the line between classic hardcore and old school melodic street punk.” – Metal Sucks

“…turn-of-the-century melodic punk/hardcore.” – Punknews

“If the Attack is nostalgic for anything, then, it’s not a sound, but an attitude that three chords, a six-pack and a fire in your belly is all you need to overthrow the system.” – The Orlando Weekly

…’some honest, true to the cause punk rock…” – Exclaim!

The Attack brings Punk back to basics; short, fast riffing songs about the social, music, and media driven politics of today. The simplicity of punk has been lost on a divided underground driven more by fashion and ruled by icons that have become the same rock stars the punk movement rebelled against in the seventies. Across the country everything Punk, from all ages shows to facebook pages, has become a popularity contest that defies the original intent of the alternative music scene.

The Attack is ruled by a DIY ethos and driven by a goal to re-unite the punks and skins and hardcore kids under the same underground flag. The Attack’s lyrics are true shot from all sides anthems. The Attack never panders to one political party or music scene forming an opinion, agenda and sound of its own.

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