High-energy Boston pop punk band Bleacher Days 12/12 at Black Forge

The high-energy Boston pop punk band Bleacher Days will be setting out on tour next month with Riviera (who recently performed at the Warped Rewind at Sea event). The punk package will be stopping in Pittsburgh on 12/12 at Black Forge.

Bleacher Days’ new EP I only Saw True Purpose will be out on 12/8 and was produced by Chris Piquette (Trophy Wives, Lions Lions). You can see a music video for the single “Once Again” here: https://youtu.be/S0IVPoGjdk4. The angst-charged, introspective songs on the new EP are poppy, but still pack enough punch to keep the mosh pits moving. Vocalist Wren Mohammed says the new record “is the product of frustration resulting from our lives and our relationships. The songs are a blunt chronicle of the back end of a 7 year relationship I was in and start to finish, each song is just frustration.

Boston-based pop punk band Bleacher Days has arrived with a new music video for their single “Some Strain of You,” premiering with Idobi Radio. The track comes via the band’s new EP I Only Saw True Purpose that was produced by Chris Piquette (Trophy WivesLions Lions).

The EP as a whole is essentially chronicling the end of a 7 year relationship I was in,” says vocalist Wren Mohammed. “‘Some Strain Of You’ functions as the moment you realize future plans you may have envisioned with someone simply aren’t gonna go the way you planned all this time, while also working as a criticism for someone using substances (be it drugs, alcohol or even an over usage of escapism such as television or video games) to deal with those negative emotions, as well as criticizing your own naivety. Those things, though they may numb the pain, are simply not healthy for you in such large and frequent doses. You’ve got to rid yourself of bad habits for yourself, and no one else.

When asked about the video, Mohammed told Idobi “Honestly the video was kind of spontaneous. We hit up our boy Dan Fried (Just Fly Casual) and sent him the song, not really knowing what we wanted to do with it. He had the idea of shooting the gang in some cool spots. So we brainstormed and just went to some places around Massachusetts we thought we look cool on camera haha. It all worked out because we ended up going places where we all had some memories with certain people that we didn’t exactly want to think about, and we managed to make new memories through shooting the video. So like recording the EP itself, the experience was wicked cathartic. It’s a real good look into who we are as people and how interact with each other. Some of our friends even make some guest appearances in it!

Bleacher Days will be setting out on tour this December with Riviera (who recently performed at the Warped Rewind at Sea event). The punk package will start in Stroudsburgh, PA and end in Attleboro, MA on 12/16 (full list of dates below).

In its first year of hard work, Bleacher Days has made an immediate impact on New England shows, rallying bands together and promoting in person on their way to selling out a 250 cap room with their most recent headliner. A feeling of camaraderie consumes the room when the band takes the stage and the relationships within the band run deeper than the band’s one year age would suggest. Longtime friends, past musical projects, and once abandoned ideas is what brought Bleacher Days together.

I Only Saw True Purpose is available now on Spotify.

some strain of you
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Tour Dates:
12/8 Stroudsburgh, PA @ Sherman Theater
12/9 Winchester, VA @ Blue Fox
12/10 Chicago, IL @ Township
12/11 Cleveland, OH @ Marshall’s Locker Room
12/12 Pittsburgh, PA @ Black Forge 
12/13 Columbus, OH @ Donato’s Basement
12/14 Erie, PA @ Basement Transmissions
12/15 West Haven, CT @ The Cave
12/16 Attleboro, MA @ Patterson Creations

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Concert Review: Megadeth, Meshuggah, and TesseracT @StageAE Pittsburgh

Love him or hate him Dave Mustaine knows how to scorch on guitar, put together a killer band, and melt your metal face off when playing live.  The music of Megadeth has never been under question, but more of Dave’s attitude and his singing voice.  While Dave’s personality has not exactly calmed, his singing on their newest effort, Dystopia, is vastly more palatable to the ear.  Seeing Megadeth live can certainly change one’s opinion as well, for they play fast and hard and keep the crowd engaged the entire time.

Pittsburgh Setlist

Kicking off with Hanger 18, Dave and company blazed a path immediately, moving about the stage more than any band that preceded them.  Kiko Loureiro is one helluva guitar player, just burning up the fretboard and following in the footsteps of Megadeth’s greats, including Chris Broderick and Marty Friedman, which is no easy feat.  Of course the legendary and original Megadeth bassman David Ellefson was engaging and entertaining and drummer Dirk Verbeuren filled the shoes of recording drummer Chris Adler (Lamb of God) with perfection.  Adding to the show were excellent graphics on the giant screen behind the band.

The second half of the show was filled with Megadeth gems such as, “Sweating Bullets”, “Symphony of Destruction”, and “Peace Sells”, all crowd pleasers.  The performance, musically, from all four band members was impeccable.  Dave’s voice went in and out at times which may or may not have been a sound issue.

Combining Megadeth with the ultra heavy Meshuggah was not only brilliant tour planning, but a great gift to Pittsburgh.  The steel city does not often see the Swedish band and the number of concert goers who came out just to witness their ferocity was palpable.  Meshuggah has been around since 1987, a time when many of the crowd were in high school or college.  Currently touring their eighth studio record, THE VIOLENT SLEEP OF REASON, the band was very cognizant of playing a nice mixture of their history.

The unbelievable aspect of Meshuggah is their ability to replicate what is put to wax, live, and perfectly.  Any musician can tell you the complexity of Meshuggah’s material and that it is a major feat to pull it off in concert.  Add to that the brutal and guttural vocals of Jens Kidman and it becomes an even tougher equation. Watching Mårten Hagström and Per Nilsson (Scar Symmetry), filling in for Fredrik Thordendal,  trade riffs was a clinic in metal guitar, playing so many strings it was dizzying.  The entire set was intense and mind blowing.  Also, getting to witness Tomas Haake throw down on drums was a special treat for he is definitely in the top five of metal drummers.  The seven song set (Clockworks, Born in Dissonance, Do Not Look Down, The Hurt that Finds You First, Violent Sleep of Reason, Bleed, and Demiurge)was a non-stop barrage of goodness.

TesseracT has been to Pittsburgh many times and the British prog metal band never disappoints.  Although not as “in your face” as the two main acts, TesseracT are extremely technical and melodically proficient.  They are a technically proficient band live, but maybe not the most exciting, although the crowd was very respectful (singer Daniel Tompkins’ words) and engaged.

All photos © 2017 AWeldingphoto

 

THE WILD! coming to Jergel’s supporting BUCKCHERRY

Details:
11/21/2016 Warrendale, PA Jergel’s

 

They are The Wild! And they are crazy. Hey, what else did you expect? “Let’s face it,” laughs Wild! singer-guitarist 14717116_967608313368217_2417229195737620525_nDylan Villain. “When your band is called TheWild — with an exclamation point — you’ve set the bar high for yourself. It’s gotta be150mph right from the jump.” And that is exactly how these guys roll. On the stage, on record or on the road. But hey, don’t take it from us. Pick up their explosive debut album GxDxWxB, out April21, 2015 on eOne Music Canada, and hear for yourself, expertly produced by MikeFraser (Aerosmith, Jimmy Page, Dave Ghrohl, Van Halen) at the legendary WarehouseStudio in Vancouver, BC with additional production completed at the city’s ArmouryStudios.  If rock barnburners like Road House, Party ’Til You’re Dead, Straight to Hell andBanger don’t get your blood running, you might wanna check your pulse. And if you don’t agree that their southern-fried blues-punk riffs justify The Wild!’s hard-earned rep as the sons of every great rock’n’roll band from AC/DC to ZZ Top, you best get your ears cleaned, chump. Make no mistake. Villain and partners in crime — burly bearded singer-bassist Boozus, chrome-domed drummer Reese Lightning and recently recruited rhythm guitarist PistolPete — come by that sound and that rep honestly. The band hails from the wilds ofKelowna, B.C., where they grew up like every other rural teenager. “We were riding around in crappy vehicles down dirt roads, listening to old rock’n’roll, punk rock & metal records going to bush parties, hunting and fishing,” Villain says. The latter was earned over the course of a decade together in the rock ’n’ roll trenches, honing their notoriously over-the-top live show in every warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse that would have them.

Now they’re a thicker than water.  They’ve been through the fire. And they bring it with them every time they step on the stage. “It’s definitely about that fire,” stresses Villain.“Sure, you’ve gotta play well. But there’s something more than just hitting the right notes and playing everything perfect. You’ve gotta give it everything every night. 150%.You have to put your foot to the floor and never stop — red line that the whole goddamn way.” You might think these guys are nothing but redneck beer drinking hellraisers. But there’s a method to the madness. “We know who we are,” Villain explains.“We know what we’re like. We’re a powder keg. We like to have a good time &everything you’ve heard is probably true. But there’s more to us than just that.” 2012 proved to be an eventful year for The Wild! with their first single, Road House,released. Road House was then featured on The Jason Ellis Show on FACTION(Sirius/XM) and is in current rotation in the UK (Steve Taylor’s show ‘Retro Rock’ on102.5FM – Stourbridge), Canada (Power 104.7FM – Kelowna) and on various online stations such as Punkradiocast.ca and Hotshotbands.com. After teaming up withVancouver hip-hop music video director, Stuey Kubrick, the Road House music video received more than 10,000 views in its first week and an additional 20,000 views within the first month. Backing the vision, sound and attitude of The Wild! Adrian Grenier, star of Entourage and owner of Wreckroom Records in NYC, posted a link to the Road House video on his Twitter feed. Sonically, their riffs are steeped in blues and punk, two more subjects near and dear to the band. “We take a huge influence from the blues… and I’m talking about the Delta blues that’s not really heard by a lot of people. But we’ve also got a punk attitude about this whole thing. That’s the thing about great punk rock: You’re not trying to do anything. You’re not overthinking it. You’re just doing it. It was the same with the oldDelta bluesmen. They had conviction. They really meant what they were doing and sodo we. No matter what we do it’s at 11. We just wanna live hard. We just wanna live free.”

NOFX Takes On Big Pharma In Their New Music Video For Oxy Moronic

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NOFX’s new song “Oxy Moronic” is an addictive punk rock anthem about the highs and lows of big pharma, from their upcoming album “First Ditch Effort.”

FRIGHTWIG… They Matter More Than Ever, So Wake Up!

FRIGHTWIG… They Matter More Than Ever, So Wake Up!

No one gave a shit about her, passed out drunken in your hall

Pissed because she broke your mirror, spilled your Mannitol

You’ll never get your ten bucks now, so really, she’s ahead

If you had her class, you’d be with her real punks are dead.

“Crawford” – FRIGHTWIG

THE WORLD we live in is getting crazier, as conservative America continues to pretend women don’t have rights over their bodies, and brute prejudices continue to try and trample over all the good people.

FRIGHTWIG loves to rock, FRIGHTWIG loves to party, but FRIGHTWIG is also angry. And when FRIGHTWIG gets angry, they speak their mind. And when FRIGHTWIG speaks, people step on board for the un-holiest, yet most righteous, of proper punk rock revivals.

They’ve been busy spreading their live message this year. In San Francisco standing up for Pussy Riot at a City Lights benefit last January! Playing benefits for San Francisco musicians in need. A triumphant Coming Out Of Hibernation hometown headliner at Cafe Du Nord! They are back from two barnstormers in LA with Imperial Teen at the Satellite and the Off Sunset Festival, showing FRIGHTWIG is deliciously prepared for live action.

This year, they’ve also been busy in the studio, recording the EP, HIT RETURN. It’s now mastered and the artwork is in the final stages.

To give a taste of what’s coming, go and soak up their new video of this same song, ‘Crawford’, which deals with the sadder side of their punk rock brethren’s mortality. Catchy, heavy, fuzzy, and underscored by Eric Drew Feldman’s psychedelic keyboard textures; ‘Crawford’ is a superb celebration of fallen loved ones. The video was filmed by Pow Zine (aka Dennis Gonzales) for POW! Productions. Shot with one camera and one iPad during a rehearsal last April 2013 in San Francisco! Shot in about 40 minutes ­- yes it’s gritty, but so is FRIGHTWIG! Here is the link for the ‘Crawford’ video: http://youtu.be/iEC563vRI9M

To keep up with FRIGHTWIG and their activities, go to the FRIGHTWIG website: http://frightwig.org/

FRIGHTWIG Facebook Group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/429247990446320/

FRIGHTWIG Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Frightwig/175743092577216

Follow FRIGHTWIG on Twitter:  @FrightwigDeanna, @cfrightwig,

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FIDLAR Releases New Single “Awkward”

Available On Tour-Only Split 7″ With The Orwells

To Play Festivals Including Austin City Limits and Bumbershoot

Just a few short days after releasing their outrageously NSFW “Cocaine” video, FIDLAR return with more. “Awkward” is the first new music to properly surface since the release of the LA garage rockers’ self-titled debut this January. Recorded with Rob Schnapf at MANT Studio in LA earlier this summer, the track is the type of uproarious, profane anthem only FIDLAR are capable of writing. “Awkward” is available to stream now, and will be available for purchase in the US iTunes store tomorrow.

In other news, FIDLAR hits the road with Chicago skuzzballs The Orwells this fall. A tour-only, split 7″ will commemorate the run. “Awkward” will comprise one side, while The Orwells’ new “Always N Forever” will comprise the other. Check out the dates below.

Tour Dates

8/29/13 – San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill
9/01/13 – Seattle, WA – Bumbershoot Festival
9/02/13 – Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret
9/19/13 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
9/20/13 – Santa Barbara – CA – Velvet Jones *
9/23/13 – Tucson, AZ – Club Congress *
9/24/13 – Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom *
9/26/13 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge *
9/27/13 – Kansas City, MO – Czar Bar *
9/29/13 – St. Louis, MO – Firebird
9/30/13 – Columbia, MO – Mojo’s *
10/02/13 – Atlanta, GA – Drunken Unicorn *
10/4-6 +10/11-14 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits
10/07/13 – New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks *
10/08/13 – Baton Rouge, LA – Spanish Moon *
10/14/13 – Nashville, TN – Exit/In *
10/18/13 – Toronto, ON – Hard Luck *
10/19/13 – Montreal, QC – Il Motore *
10/23/13 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair *
10/24/13 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom *
10/25/13 – Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church *
10/26/13 – Washington, D.C. – Rock and Roll Hotel *
10/28/13 – Pittsburgh, PA – The Smiling Moose Upstairs *
10/29/13 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop *
10/31/13 – Chicago, IL – Subterranean *
11/01/13 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon *
11/02/13 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry *

* w/ The Orwells

Press Quotes

“And as they like to remind you in interviews and at their live shows, FIDLAR is an acronym for “fuck it, dog, life’s a risk.” That said, across these 39 minutes, they also make life sound like a lot of fun.” – Pitchfork

“On their self-titled debut, the fierce LA band blends messy house-[arty punk with fuzzy surf vibes and comes off like the Pixies if they wore lamp shades on their heads.” – Entertainment Weekly

“Punk’s not dead! And FIDLAR are here from Los Angeles to prove it with three-chord thrashes that summon the spirit of 77” – Guardian

“This doped-up, hard-partying Los Angeles four-piece are set to be the most exciting punk band of 2013.” – NME

“When they’re not guzzling cheep swill and writing rock & roll thrashers about it, Los Angeles punks FIDLAR have shown a knack for crafting sunnier pop cuts befitting their hometown.” – Rolling Stone

“FIDLAR isn’t just another California punk band churning out hard-driving rock (although tracks like “Cheap Beer” certainly live up that expectation); rather they infuse their songs—like the stand-out “Gimme Something”—with a subtly sunny pop vibe that shows off their LA roots” – TIME Magazine

“Carper and his bandmates may in fact be incorrigible do-nothings, but they’ve got something to show for it: an ever-growing catalog of readymade garage-punk classics that draw omnivorously on a half century of bad-ass pop, from Phil Spector to Nirvana to the late, great Jay Reatard.” – Noisey

“FIDLAR channel elements of classic acts like the White Stripes and Pixies, while practically begging for a co-headlining tour with contemporaries like Bass Drum of Death and JEFF the Brotherhood” –SPIN

“The tune can be summed up in a handful of image descriptions; sandboarding, grim reaper, suicidal flip-up hat, skull mask, and shred.” – Filter Magazine

“We all have a major music crush on FIDLAR here at VICE” – VICE

Click Here To Listen To “Awkward”

“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 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.

Click here To Watch “Cocaine” Video On Funny or Die

Ahleuchatistas to Tour with Buke & Gase in Support of Heads Full of Poison

With a moniker that screams “enigma,” Asheville, North Carolina instrumental rock duo Ahleuchatistas belong to the beyond-category sector of such iconic, genre-flouting combos as John Zorn’s Naked City, Captain Beefheart’s Magic Band, Swans, Tortoise, and Sun City Girls. The duo of Shane Perlowin (guitar and bass) and Ryan Oslance (drums) combine wicked precision with intense abandon, droll humor with analytical construction, and a sly gregariousness with uncompromising vision. This pair interweaves elements of punk rock, jazz, classical music, speed metal, grindcore, progressive rock, noise, folk musics from Asia and North Africa, electronic music, and ambient aesthetics, along with volatile, unpredictable improvisation, flowing organically in a virtual world of their own. Cerebral but never ponderous, Ahleuchatistas make immediate music that reaches for the mind, heart, and gut.

Ahleuchatistas kick off a tour of North America supporting Buke & Gase in support of their seventh album, Heads Full of Poison, out now on CD/digital via Cuneiform Records and as a double LP on Harvest Records. On stage and throughout the album, Perlowin and Oslance perform with a rare unity of purpose, without any self-indulgence or water-treading, displaying a virtually orchestral palette.

AHLEUCHATISTAS TOUR DATES:
(all shows with Buke & Gase)
Wed. Jan. 30 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
Thu. Jan. 31 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
Fri. Feb. 1 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
Sat. Feb. 2 – Washington, DC @ DC 9
Mon. Feb. 4 – Montreal, QC @ Il Motore
Tue. Feb. 5 – Toronto, ON @ The Drake
Wed. Feb. 6 – Detroit, MI @ Pike Room
Thu. Feb. 7 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
Fri. Feb. 8 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
Sat. Feb. 9 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
Mon. Feb. 11 – Denver, CO @ Walnut Room
Tue. Feb. 12 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
Thu. Feb. 14 – Vancouver, BC @ Media Club
Fri. Feb. 15 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza
Sat. Feb. 16 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
Mon. Feb. 18 – San Francisco, CA @ Café Du Nord
Tue. Feb. 19 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
Wed. Feb. 20 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah

AHLEUCHATISTAS SHARE “LIGHTED STAIRS” VIDEO

With a moniker that screams “enigma,” Asheville, North Carolina instrumental rock duo Ahleuchatistas belong to the beyond-category sector of such iconic, genre-flouting combos as John Zorn’s Naked City, Captain Beefheart’s Magic Band, Swans, Tortoise, and Sun City Girls. A duo armed only with guitar and drums, Ahleuchatistas combine wicked precision with intense abandon, droll humor with analytical construction, and a sly gregariousness with uncompromising vision. This pair interweaves elements of punk rock, jazz, classical music, speed metal, grindcore, progressive rock, noise, folk musics from Asia and North Africa, electronic music, and ambient aesthetics, along with volatile, unpredictable improvisation, flowing organically in a virtual world of their own. With a devoted international cult following, Ahleuchatistas is considered by many to be one of the most innovative and ever-developing instrumental groups of the past decade. Cerebral but never ponderous, Ahleuchatistas make immediate music that reaches for the mind, heart, and gut.

LISTEN TO AHLEUCHATISTAS’ “WISPS”

On their seventh album, Ahleuchatistas’ Heads Full of Poison is a sonic brew that reveals new flavors, new spices with every aural taste. Now a duo of charter member Shane Perlowin (guitar and bass) and Ryan Oslance (drums), Heads Full of Poison was developed over a two-year period, road-tested and honed with numerous performances, including nearly 100 in Europe. It combines highly detailed composition with a looseness that encourages a range of interpretation. Throughout the album, Perlowin and Oslance perform with a rare unity of purpose, without any self-indulgence or water-treading, displaying a virtually orchestral palette.

STELLAR CORPSES PREMIERE NEW HALLOWEEN EDITION VIDEO

Santa Cruz punk rockers Stellar Corpses are premiering an all-new Halloween edition video for their debut single “Vampire Kiss,” today at AOL’s Noisecreep! Recently filmed in Hollywood at a raucous house party, by director Jared Sagal (Rockerrazzi Films), check out the band performing the track singer Dusty Sheehan tells Noisecreep “is a tribute to the greatest vampire movie of all time, The Lost Boys, filmed in our hometown of Santa Cruz.” The band also recorded two webisodes full of behind-the-scenes footage and interviews to accompany the video.

Stellar Corpses’ new studio album Dead Stars Drive-In was produced by multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning Joe McGrath (AFI, Morrissey, Green Day, Blink-182, Alkaline Trio). Blending a musical amalgamation of punk, rockabilly, hard rock and melodic rock, thrown in for good measure, Dead Stars Drive-In defies musical expectations. In support of the release, Stellar Corpses have recently been on tour supporting Tiger Army, punk rock legends TSOL, Nekromantix, Voodoo Glow Skulls, and classic horror punk rockers The Misfits. The band recently added a new slate of Southern California live shows, with additional tour dates to be announced.

With musical influences ranging from Elvis, Black Flag, Social Distortion, Stray Cats, and Bad Religion, to Black Sabbath, The Misfits, Danzig, Rancid, Sepultura and Megadeth, it’s no wonder Stellar Corpses chose to work with producer McGrath pouring everything they had into a stellar first album. Dead Stars Drive-In features special guest turns from Hunter Burgan and Jade Puget from the revolutionary goth punk band AFI, and Michale Graves of The Misfits.
Dead Stars Drive-In covers all sorts of subjects beginning with the title track, an ode to the dark side of Hollywood and how some of its brightest stars eventually burned out. “But to this day, their lights shine as bright as ever, and we will go on loving them always,” Sheehan explains.

Stellar Corpses, which literally means “dead stars” in astronomy (Grave’s idea from studying astronomy in college), have become a fixture in the Santa Cruz hard rock music scene over the years. They are by no means an overnight success story. The band met in high school and have been around, playing clubs, building their fan base one-by-one with their dynamic and interactive live shows.

Stellar Corpses is Dusty Sheehan on vocals and lead guitar, Dan Lamothe on upright bass and backing vocals, Emilio Menze on guitar and backing vocals, with Kyle Moore on drums.

STELLAR CORPSES CONFIRMED LIVE SHOWS:

DATE VENUE CITY/STATE
October 30 The Viper Room Los Angeles, CA
November 1 The Hood Palm Desert, CA
November 2 Bar Eleven San Diego, CA
November 3 So Cali Studio Los Angeles, CA
November 4 Slide Bar Fullerton, CA
November 10 The Cosmopolitan/Sunset Sessions Las Vegas, NV
November 30 The Alley Sparks, NV
December 01 Oakland Metro Oakland, CA
May 25, 2013 Tucson Rodeo Grounds (Hot Rods and Horror Festival) Tucson, AZ

* additional dates TBA

FIDLAR Announces Self Titled LP Out January 22nd

Click Here To Listen To “White on White” on Pitchfork

Click Here To Listen To “Cheap Beer”

“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 Philadelphia, 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

Press Quotes

“Punk’s not dead! And Fidlar are here from Los Angeles to prove it with three-chord thrashes that summon the spirit of 77” – Guardian

“Rock needs a band like this from time to time. Someone to remind all those Coldplay’s of the world where music’s balls are.” – Nylon Guys

“FIDLAR channel elements of classic acts like the White Stripes and Pixies, while practically begging for a co-headlining tour with contemporaries like Bass Drum of Death and JEFF the Brotherhood” – SPIN

“The tune can be summed up in a handful of image descriptions; sandboarding, grim reaper, suicidal flip-up hat, skull mask, and shred.” – Filter Magazine

“We all have a major music crush on FIDLAR here at VICE” – VICE

“They remind me of Pixies a lot (an obvious link, given the singer’s Frank Black style screeeeeeam), but there’s also some really, really nice’n’fuzzy guitars in there that sound like they’ve been nicked from the blueprint Death In Vegas followed on ‘Aiesha’.” – NME

“FIDLAR has an agressive, straightforward, but melodic conception of punk.” – LA Times

“But one wouldn’t mistake the band for one of its slacker subjects, not when they play this fast. The tracks sizzle with the aggression and bargain-price fidelity of the SoCal punk tradition, though FIDLAR’s catchy hooks have more in common with Social Distortion and Wavves than Black Flag. ” – MTV Buzz