Japanther Video Drops w/ USA Today’s Pop Candy, Tour Kicks Off 6/28

“…grimy, hook-crammed art-punk…” — SPIN

“…all the right elements of fuzzy punk pop hit…” — Stereogum


Click Image Above to View Video

Japanther is the music and art project of Matt Reilly and Ian Vanek. Known for their unconventional live performances, the duo has appeared alongside synchronized swimmers, giant dinosaurs & BMX bikers, atop the Williamsburg Bridge, with giant puppets and marionettes, and in the back of a moving truck. Now, they’re gearing up to tour the US in support of their new album, Eat Like Lisa Act Like Bart, which was released via Recess Records last month to praise from SPINStereogumVICE & more. The album is currently available via iTunes.

Album track “Something To Do” is a fun, upbeat cut full of Japanther’s signature fuzzy guitars and distorted vocals atop a driving beat. The track’s accompanying video features animated lyrics dancing over footage of the band rocking out to a raucous crowd. You can check out the “Something To Do” video where it premiered with USA Today’s Pop Candy today or HERE. We dare you not to sing along.

Having played alongside acts like The MisfitsScreaming FemalesDan Deacon & The Death Set, among others, don’t miss the band live in your city!

Japanther on Tour
6/28: San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
6/29: Oakland, CA @ Metro Theater
6/30: Los Angeles, CA @ The American Legion Hall (Growing Up Dumb Festival)
7/1: Chicago, IL @ Schuba’s
7/2: Bloomington, IN @ Rachel’s
7/3: Detroit, MI @ Old Miami
7/4: Detroit, MI @ Gratiot Gallery
7/5: Northport, MI @ 109 E Nagonaba
7/6: Northport, MI @ 109 E Nagonaba
7/7: Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class
7/9: Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
7/10: Philadelphia, PA @ Ortliebs Lounge
7/11: Brooklyn, NY @ Rare Form
7/12: Washington, NJ @ Washington Theater
7/13: Providence, RI @ AS220
7/14: Cambridge, MA @ Cambridge Elks Lodge

Japanther Video Drops w/ VICE, New LP Out Now + US Tour Kicks Off in June

“Stolen Flowers” Video Drops w/ VICE!

Eat Like Lisa Act Like Bart out Now 
via Recess Records, Album Streaming w/ SPIN

US Tour Kicks Off in June

“…grimy, hook-crammed art-punk…” — SPIN

“…all the right elements of fuzzy punk pop hit…” — Stereogum


Click Image Above To View Video

Japanther is the music and art project of Matt Reilly and Ian Vanek, who are known for their unconventional live performances. The band has appeared alongside synchronized swimmers, atop the Williamsburg Bridge, with giant puppets and marionettes, in the back of a moving truck in Soho, and at shows with giant dinosaurs & BMX bikers flying off the walls. Having released more than a dozen albums over the past decade, Japanther released their new LP, Eat Like Lisa Act Like Bartyesterday via Recess Records! You can head over to SPIN or MSN Music to stream the album in full, and it’s available on cassette HERE.

Album single “Stolen Flowers” features the band’s signature punk rock-infused sound, with fuzzed-out guitars and a driving beat. Having recently shared the “Stolen Flowers”MP3, the band is happy to unveil a video for the track, directed by Mason Orfalea of Cerebral Ballzy. You can watch the “Stolen Flowers” video where it premiered with VICE today or HERE, and we encourage you to post & share.

Eat Like Lisa Act Like Bart opens with the upbeat “Do Not Resuscitate,” with layers of buzzing guitar, shimmering synth and regimental percussion. “The Drums Deliver” is braced by a steady drum beat and driven by a wandering vocal line that leads to a sing-along chorus. “Green Spray Paint” features a toe-tapping rhythm beneath distorted vocals, while “125th and Riverside” is a slower jam that trades in fuzzy guitars for bouncy piano accompaniment.

Having played alongside The MisfitsScreaming FemalesDan DeaconThe Death Set and more, Japanther will tour the US in support of their new release this June. Stay tuned for more news coming soon, and be sure to catch the band live in your city!

Japanther on Tour
6/28: San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
6/29: Oakland, CA @ Metro Theater
6/30: Los Angeles, CA @ The American Legion Hall (Growing Up Dumb Festival)
7/1: Chicago, IL @ Schuba’s
7/2: Bloomington, IN @ Rachel’s
7/3: Detroit, MI @ Old Miami
7/4: Detroit, MI @ Gratiot Gallery
7/5: Northport, MI @ 109 E Nagonaba
7/6: Northport, MI @ 109 E Nagonaba
7/7: Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class
7/9: Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
7/10: Philadelphia, PA @ Ortliebs Lounge
7/11: Brooklyn, NY @ Rare Form
7/12: Washington, NJ @ Washington Theater
7/13: Providence, RI @ AS220
7/14: Cambridge, MA @ Cambridge Elks Lodge

Japanther MP3 Drops w/ Stereogum, New LP Out 5/21

Japanther

Eat Like Lisa Act Like Bart out May 21st 
via Recess Records

“Stolen Flowers” MP3 Drops w/ Stereogum Today! 

Playing Crossing Brooklyn Ferry Festival on 4/27

…all the right elements of fuzzy punk pop hit: Short and sweet with blurred out vocals and infectious “oohs.”” — Stereogum

Japanther specializes in a fast and loose brand of punk rock that inspires spastic herky jerky dancing.” — KCRW

Japanther is the music and art project of Matt Reilly and Ian Vanek, who joined forces in 2001 and have taken on multitude of creative endeavors since. Known for their unconventional live performances, the band has appeared alongside synchronized swimmers, atop the Williamsburg Bridge, with giant puppets and marionettes, in the back of a moving truck in Soho, and at shows with giant dinosaurs and BMX bikers flying off the walls. Having released over a dozen albums in the past decade, Japanther is back with a new LP, Eat Like Lisa Act Like Bartwhich will be released May 21st via Recess Records.

Album track “Stolen Flowers” is a short, melodic cut with fuzzed-out guitars and a driving beat, giving listeners a taste of the band’s signature punk rock-infused sound. You can download the “Stolen Flowers” MP3 where it premiered with Stereogum today orHERE, and we encourage you to post & share.

Eat Like Lisa Act Like Bart opens with the upbeat “Do Not Resuscitate,” with layers of buzzing guitar, shimmering synth and regimental percussion. “The Drums Deliver” is braced by a steady drum beat and driven by a wandering vocal line that leads to a sing-along chorus. “Green Spray Paint” features a toe-tapping rhythm beneath distorted vocals, while “125th and Riverside” is a slower jam that trades in fuzzy guitars for bouncy piano accompaniment.

Having played alongside The MisfitsScreaming FemalesDan DeaconThe Death Setand more, Japanther will tour the US in support of their new release this June. They’re also performing as part of the Crossing Brooklyn Ferry Festival on April 27th at BAMcafé, along with TV on the RadioHere We Go Magic, and others. Stay tuned for more from Japanther, coming soon!

Watch FIDLAR Perform “No Waves” and “Whore”

Click Here To Watch FIDLAR Perform “No Waves” + “Whore” On Carson Daly

Click here to read FIDLAR’s Rising piece on Pitchfork

Download and stream “Shit We Recorded In Our Bedroom” demo EP here

“Thanks for coming, man. Want some bum juice?”
“What the fuck is in this shit?”
“Tampico and Everclear. It’s pretty gross.”

When they started in 2009, seeing FIDLAR meant showing up to a house party and eventually having this exchange with one of them. Zac Carper, The bands guitarist and singer (well, one of ’em) would hand you a red cup , throw an arm around your neck and probably end up blurting out how fucked up he was. Their set list would read more like a grocery list of party supplies than a list of songs: “Cocaine. Cheap Beer. Chinese weed. Four Loko.”

After a few years of being a band Zac still plugs in his pedals attached to a skate deck (“Pedal board”, get it?) and says “Hi We’re FIDLAR: F-I-D-L-A-R. It means ‘Fuck It Dog, Life’s a Risk”. Seeing a FIDLAR set consists of drinking and dancing with people that are twice as drunk as you are while the band rips through songs about what they know best: The girl doesn’t call, my ex is a whore, I lost my phone, my car is a piece of shit, my friends are pieces of shit, I do too many drugs, I’m really awkward, I love Del Taco.

FIDLAR is Zac Carper, Elvis Kuehn, Brandon Schwartzel, and Max Kuehn. Elvis and Zac met at Kingsize Soundlabs in LA and recorded a ton of demos with the band before playing a live show. Their first show was on a FMLY bike ride at a skatepark in Culver City. Three years later the band has played with Black Lips, OFF!, Japanther and toured with The Hives. They’ve released two EP’s and just got back from touring Europe.

Listening to them, you can tell that the band did their homework on punk rock and seem dead set on inflicting lessons on anyone willing to listen. Any given song will give you a Germs influenced guitar solo, the catchy “Ooo’s” and “Ah’s” of The Misfits , and lyrics in the same family as Black Flag’s “Six Pack” and “TV Party” . On the same token they can just as easily be compared to any of the bands they cover (Blink 182, FEAR, CCR, Warron Zevon), yet it all comes across entirely their own: Surfier, Faster, more fuzzed out, more personal and a lot more drunk.

FIDLAR’s first LP is coming out via Mom + Pop and Wichita recordings. Recorded at their home studio, The album is set to be 14 tracks long and out in early 2013. FIDLAR are your dumbass friends that find a beer, scrape the shit off their shoes, and tell you how the hardest thing about waking up late and trying not to fuck up your life is having to do it with no job, no money and everyone bumming your cigarettes.

Tour Dates

10-08 San Diego, CA – House of Blues *
10-09 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre *
10-10 Ventura, CA – Ventura Theatre *
10-26 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo ^
10-31 New Orleans, LA – House of Blues %
11-01 Houston, TX – House of Blues %
11-02 Austin, TX – Fun Fun Fun Fest
11-04 Dallas, TX – House of Blues %
11-08 Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern %
11-09 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore %
11-12 Salt Lake City, UT – The Grand %
11-14 Columbia, MO – Mojo’s
11-15 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant #
11-16 Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts #
11-17 Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall #
11-19 Chicago, IL – House of Blues #
11-21 Cleveland, OH – Cambridge Room #
11-23 Phadelphia, PA – TLA #
11-27 New York, NY – Irving Plaza #
11-28 Boston, MA – House of Blues #
12-01 Paris, France – Espace B
12-02 Utrecht, Holland – Le Guess Who Festival
12-04 London, England – Dingwalls
12-06 Manchester, England – Soup Kitchen
12-07 Glasgow, UK – The Cathouse

* with the Hives
^ with Pangea, the Shrine and Meat Market
% with Delta Spirit
# with Delta Spirit and JEFF the Brotherhood

Riot Fest and Carnival Chicago in September Promises Big Acts

After a landmark year in 2011, the eighth annual RIOT FEST–the music festival which celebrates rock, indie, punk and underground artists from every era–is expanding for the first-time ever into an outdoor music event and carnival in 2012. The RIOT FEST & CARNIVAL will feature a wide mix of artists ranging from Gaslight Anthem, NOFX, Alkaline Trio, Built To Spill, AWOLNATION, Gogol Bordello, Frank Turner, Coheed and Cambria, Less Than Jake and many more. It’s set for Friday, September 14, Saturday, September 15 and Sunday, September 16 in Chicago on the beautiful grounds of Humboldt Park which boasts rolling fields, pavilions, tall trees, picturesque gardens a lake and lagoons with a majestic view of the Chicago skyline.

Promoters are encouraging fans not to miss out by unveiling the majority of the diverse line-up for 2012 and offering an early-bird 2-Day pass for $36.00, plus surcharges for a limited time. 3-day passes begin at $90.00 and include all shows at Humboldt Park, Congress Theater and after-parties. VIP passes are available for $155.00 and include private stage-viewing areas, a sectioned off VIP area in the park with a private bar and drink tickets. Tickets are available at http://www.riotfest.org.

RIOT FEST & CARNIVAL is expanding to its new location Humboldt Park–which is flanked by a handful of hip neighborhoods including Wicker Park and the Division Street corridor–in order to accommodate a large carnival atmosphere featuring three main music stages, thrilling rides, games, vendors and gourmet food trucks thoughtfully arranged on the gorgeous park grounds with stunning views of downtown Chicago for an enjoyable experience. With temperatures averaging around a perfect 75°F/24°C, September is one of Chicago’s most popular months for travelers from all over the world.

A wide array of confirmed talent is on tap for RIOT FEST & CARNIVAL, including RISE AGAINST, IGGY & THE STOOGES, ELVIS COSTELLO, THE OFFSPRING, A DAY TO REMEMBER, COHEED AND CAMBRIA, DESCENDENTS, GOGOL BORDELLO, THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN, DROPKICK MURPHYS, NOFX, THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM, ALKALINE TRIO, AWOLNATION, THE PROMISE RING, GWAR, AUGUST BURNS RED, FRANK TURNER, BUILT TO SPILL, LESS THAN JAKE, REVEREND HORTON HEAT, FISHBONE, NOBUNNY, A WILHELM SCREAM, SCREAMING FEMALES, TEENAGE BOTTLEROCKET, OFF WITH THEIR HEADS, DEALS GONE BAD, WHITE MYSTERY, LARRY AND HIS FLASK, THE STORY SO FAR, JAPANTHER; and the first show for a reunited CHIODOS (original line-up) as well as a reunion for SLAPSTICK.

More acts and events will be announced in the coming weeks leading up to the festival.