The Attack “Old School” Punk Pittsburgh

“Who did this poster? I want to meet these guys.”  Well, they played the show tonight.  “What do you mean they played the show?”  The Attack, they were one of your openers.  Charlie and Brad- they made the poster.

And so this is how Charlie and Brad, owners of Enemy Ink and members of The Attack started a long relationship with The Misfits.  Opening for The Misfits in Pittsburgh December 8, 2013 and having been on tour throughout the fall into winter and many times before this, The Attack has a vast history not only with legends like Jerry Only, but a ton of other bands as well.  To get a really good primer on The Attack a great place to start would be to watch the recent trek they did on Record Store Day this Black Friday.  We sat down with guitar player Brad Palkevich, in the coolest custom traveling band van, to talk with him about that day and a lot of other things going on with The Attack.  Check it out here…

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The Attack are super cool, laid back, and very personable guys.  But don’t let that fool you.  Their stage show is punk intensity and fury at it’s finest.  What is so endearing about them is that it leaves the bullshit of many of today’s neo-punk posers behind and goes to the root of why many of us fell in love with the genre in the first place and exposes the younger generation to that sound at the same time.  With a sound that is reminiscent of 80’s founders like Black Flag, Minor Threat, and 7 seconds combined with elements of later influences like Dropkick Murphys, Bad Religion, and H20, The Attack have a purity that is rarely found these days, and it feels damn good.  If asked how the show was the response is quite simple, “it was fun!”  How often can one say that anymore from a show?

*Show highlight: The massive crowd sing-along to “Bad Moon Rising”.  No offense to LagWagon’s version (which is awesome), but this one has a different feel and was a bit more lighthearted, which gave it a Irish Bar drinking song feel that certainly sits well in this town.

All Photos ©AWeldingphoto and Pittsburgh Music Magazine

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The Misfits Walk Among Us in Pittsburgh at Altar Bar 2013

The history of The Misfits is so vast, from their inception in 1977 until their current line-up today, that it is hard to really sometimes wade through what is fact and what is fiction.  Only one book out there really attempts to put it to ink, This Music Leaves Stains: The Complete Story of the Misfitsand it leaves much to be desired because without the true players telling the story, it’s pretty tough to get down to the middle ground that may be the truth.  What can be said for sure is this: Jerry Only is one hell of a nice dude despite his onstage scary persona (to outsiders only).  The Misfits crew has quite the number of friends in each city and is known to host one heck of a gathering in each.  Jerry and Dez are punk royalty after all, Jerry with Glenn Danzig having started The Misfits and Dez Cadena, currently a Misfit, and formerly in legendary Black Flag.  These guys have been in the biz forever, yet still manage to maintain what punk ethics that they can while retaining their sanity.

Pittsburgh loves their Misfits, and each year we usually get treated to them in some fashion.  After we talked to Doyle (Jerry’s brother and ex-Misfit guitarist) when he played with Danzig recently at Stage AE, we can only hope that maybe one day Pittsburgh will play host to Glenn, Jerry, and Doyle at least on the same stage if Glenn decides one day it’s time (and no one is getting any younger, except maybe Doyle!).  Anyways, the current lineup of our beloved Misfits is no reason to scoff regardless, having Eric “Chupacabra” Arce on drums to round out a trio that makes it seem like punk is still where it always was, in our hearts.

With a ridiculously packed set and a completely packed house, The Misfits gave everyone a great time and had us all shouting 1,2, 3,4 before each song, remembering what it was or at least getting a glimpse of what was missed.  The age range was somewhere between 14 and 50, which was really very cool.  These were not chaperones at an Asking Alexandra show, but young and young-minded mingled and moshed together for an evening of what makes us all one in the first place, our love for music and The Misfits.

The setlist was vast but highlights included: “Monkey’s Paw”, “TV Casualty”, “I Turned Into A Martian”, “Attitude”, “Ghouls Nite Out”, “Horror Business” and of course, “Die Die My Darling”.

All photos  ©2013 AWelding and Pittsburgh Music Magazine

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The Attack Ready US Dates w/ The Business * Premiere New Song “Under The Gun” Off Upcoming new Album Out 2014

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

The Attack Live!
11.30 The Jinx – Savannah GA w/ The Business
12.01 Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC w/ The Business
12.02 Empire – Richmond, VA w/ The Business
12.03 SideBar – Baltimore, MD w/ The Business
12.04 Brighton Bar – Long Branch, NJ w/ The Business
12.06 Empire – Springfield, VA w/ The Misfits
12.07 Reverb – Reading, PA w/ The Misfits
12.08 The Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA w/ The Misfits
12.10 Ziggy’s By The Sea – Wilmington, NC w/ The Misfits
12.11 The NorVA – Norfolk, VA w/ The Misfits
12.13 Vinyl Music Hall – Pensacola, FL w/ The Misfits
12.14 Grand Central – Miami, FL w/ The Misfits
12.15 Brewsters Roc Bar -Jacksonville, FL w/ The Misfits
12.16 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA w/ The Misfits
12.17 Ziggy’s – Winston Salem, NC w/ The Misfits
12.19 Emporium -Patchogue, NY w/ The Misfits

In support of their recently released Record Store Day-exclusive EP “Rise Sing Deliver,” and in between their ongoing US tour with The Misfits, Orlando street punk and hardcore band THE ATTACK is preparing to head out on a string of US tour dates with punk legends The Business taking the band along the East Coast before the rejoining The Misfits in the Southeast portion of the US.

In addition, The Attack has recently premiered their new song “Under The Gun” which will appear on the band’s upcoming new LP of the same name out in 2014 (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.

For more information, visit:
www.theattack.us
www.facebook.com/rahrahrahrecords
www.paperandplastick.com

EXCLUSIVE & MASSIVE interview with DOYLE (Former Misfits) on tour with Danzig

I never expected to hang out with Doyle, Misfits legend as well as guitarist and leader of Doyle, for an hour.  For someone of his legendary status to give me the unprecedented access and complete honesty to any question I threw at him was the absolute highlight of the hundreds of interviews I’ve done.  You won’t find a more humble guy who is pure rock n’ roll than Doyle.  Share the experience with me here in this two part interview as Doyle and I discuss everything from working out, Danzig, the future of Doyle, his personal life, the past, the business, stealing music, and so much more…

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Editor in Chief Alan Welding with Doyle
Editor in Chief Alan Welding with Doyle

The Attack Premiere Record Store Day Tour Documentary/ Altar Bar in PGH 12/8 with The Misfits

Watch The Attack’s 2013 Record Store Day Tour Documentary here!

The Attack Premiere 2013 Record Store Day Tour Documentary
Announce Second US Tour w/ The Misfits Beginning This Week, feat Dates w/ The FU’s, Total Chaos, The Dickies and More!

In support of their recently released Record Store Day-exclusive EP “Rise Sing Deliver,” released in conjunction with celebrated Florida punk label Paper + Plastick Records, Orlando street punk and hardcore band THE ATTACK is announcing a second string of US tour dates with friends The Misfits,taking the bands to both coasts, including stops along the way in Boston on Halloween night where the two will be performing alongside local punk legends The FU’s, Austin, TX performing a late night Fun Fun Fun Fest appearance with Total Chaos, and two LA dates with DI and The Dickies.

Says guitarist Brad Palkevich, “Jerry Only and Dez Cadena are punk rock from day one. We are really excited to join them on tour a second time. These guys represent everything that got us into music in the first place. DIY, carry the torch, never say die Punk rock from a time when no one bitched about who sang or played better. Just people doing exactly what they want, playing the music they want from the heart and not giving a fuck about what anyone has to say. Make no mistake this is the punk rock Misfits tour.”

In addition, the band recently premiered their amazingly well produced Record Store Day Tour Documentary, which captures the band’s six-city, one-day Florida tour in support of their latest release. Says Palkevich, “We support Record Store Day because Record Store Day supports and promotes underground music, independent businesses and vinyl records. Three things everyone needs more of.”

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.

The Attack US Tour w/ The Misfits!
10/18/13 FORT WAYNE, IN @ PIERRE’S
10/19/13 DETROIT, MI @ HARPOS
10/20/13 CHICAGO, IL @ CONCORD MUSIC HALL
10/23/13 COVINGTON, KY @ MADISON THEATER
10/24/13 KNOXVILLE, TN @ NV
10/25/13 STROUDSBURG, PA @ SHERMAN THEATER
10/26/13 LANCASTER, PA @ CHAMELOEN
10/27/13 POUGHKEEPSIE, NY @ THE CHANCE THEATER
10/30/13 NEW YORK, NEW YORK @ BB KINGS
10/31/13 BOSTON, MA @ WILBUR THEATRE w/ THE FU’s
11/01/13 SARYVILLE, NJ @ STARLAND BALLROOM
11/06/13 DALLAS, TX @ GAS MONKEY
11/07/13 SAN ANTONIO, TX @ MISSION COUNTY PARK OUT DOORS
11/08/13 AUSTIN, TX @ ELYSIUM FUN FUN FUN FEST w/ TOTAL CHAOS
11/09/13 HOUSTON, TX @ CONCERT PUB NORTH OUT DOOR STAGE
11/11/13 TUCSON, AZ @ RIALTO THEATRE
11/12/13 LAS VEGAS, NEVADA @ LVCS
11/14/13 SACRAMENTO, CA @ ACE OF SPADES
11/15/13 WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA @ HOUSE OF BLUES w/ DI + THE DICKIES
11/16/13 SANTA ANA, CA @ THE OBSERVATORY w/ DI + THE DICKIES
11/17/13 VENTURA, CA @ VENTURA THEATRE
11/18/13 OAKLAND, CA @ OAKLAND METRO OPERAHOUSE
11/20/13 DENVER, CO @ SUMMIT MUSIC HALL
11/22/13 NASHVILLE, TN @ EXIT INN
11/23/13 CLEVELAND, OH @ AGORA THEATRE
12/08/13 PITTSBURGH, PA @ THE ALTAR BAR
12/10/13 WILMINGTON, NC @ ZIGGY’S BY THE SEA
12/11/13 NORFOLK, VA @ THE NORVA
12/13/13 PENSACOLA, FLORIDA @ VINYL MUSIC HALL
12/14/13 MIAMI, FL @ GRAND CENTRAL
12/15/13 JACKSONVILLE, FL @ BREWSTER’S MEGAPLEX
12/16/13 ATLANTA, GA @ THE MASQUERADE
12/17/13 WINSTON-SALEM, NC @ ZIGGY’S

“Rise Sing Deliver” Track List:
Side A) Betting Man
Side B) The Reason

Live versions of each song from ‘Rise Sing Deliver’ can be seen here:
The Reason (The Observatory, Orange County, CA)
Betting Man – The Key Club, Los Angeles, CA)

For more information, visit:
www.theattack.us
www.facebook.com/rahrahrahrecords
www.paperandplastick.com

A Misfit Shines: Doyle’s Debut Abominator Slays Expectations

In the Pantheon of punk, there’s always a special place for The Misfits. Where Black Flag and Minor Threat used crazy, hardcore elements and The Ramones spearheaded elements from pop music like The Kinks, The Misfits were the ones who descended into the darker realm of horror-themed images and creepy-as-hell aesthetics. In comparison to the motorcycle-riding, leather-jacket-wearing rebels in the high school parking lot, The Misfits were the guys dressed in black, goth gear and smoking behind the bleachers. After the multiple restructurings of the Misfits lineup, guitarist Paul Caiafa (best known as Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein) took his time to move back into music. After some appearances with former Misfits singer Glenn Danzig on tour with his band, Doyle finally broke his silence and moved into full-fledged solo work. Abominator is the first record from Doyle’s self-titled band and it’s one of the most surprisingly strong solo debuts you’ll see this year.

Doyle is Caiafa’s outlet to let his inner metalhead loose. While there are moments of punk pacing and rapid-fire rhythms, Doyle is no punk band. The rambunctious punk fundamentals of Doyle’s former band are set aside in favor of some blisteringly heavy riffs more in-tune with the heavy metal world. The title track is a furious opener, with vocalist Alex Story screaming his lungs out seconds into the album. Doyle himself is able to add squealing guitar solos into nearly every track on the album, another stark contrast to the hardcore-influenced work of early Misfits recordings. With the ability to focus on metal melody and virtuosity instead of simply punk endurance, Doyle’s skill as a guitarist is clearer than ever. Even more so is his talent in songwriting; he’s in the spotlight now, so passing off the same power chords and punky tones just doesn’t cut it anymore. Fortunately, it pays off on Abominator. Doyle just shines here.

But while Abominator is still a very heavy album, it doesn’t go too far in that intensity. Story’s vocals are near-guttural, but there’s just a smidgen of melody, one that keeps him in the realm of Pantera instead of Sepultura. That walking of the line between extreme metal and melodic heavy metal allows Doyle to pick the best parts of both without suffering too much from either side’s weaknesses. The catchy “Cemeterysexx” may be as romantic as getting your girlfriend a torn-up Jhonen Vasquez comic compilation for your anniversary, but for a song about getting dirty in a graveyard, it’s tone is surprisingly radio-friendly. “Dreamingdeadgirls” is a bizarre left turn, with a surprisingly lighter chorus, one that’s juxtaposed with some gritty verses about necrophiliac relations with murdered women. As you might expect, it’s a fiendish record.

The grindy, gritty metal sounds, above all odds, don’t outstay their welcome. “Valley of Shadows” has a solid pace, one that lets Doyle experiment with his guitar rhythms while still making the song purely metal. “Land of the Dead” has a tight chorus reminiscent of older Metallica recordings mixed with a low “crush” growl that wouldn’t be out of place in a band like Slayer. Doyle performs a very smart act in adding a plentiful amount of variety in Abominator. Behind a doom metal verse in “Love Like Murder” instantly moving to a thrash metal chorus in the same song, Doyle clearly didn’t feel comfortable in sticking to one subgenre of metal music. That decision makes Abominator a much more appealing record altogether.

If Abominator has a mark against it, it would be in the lyrics, which feel juvenile. While The Misfits were the pioneers of integrating horror themes and creepy imagery into their punk songs, the topics of necrophilia and occult practices don’t seem to hold weight here. They don’t sound dark enough to be taken seriously (even by Hot Topic regulars), nor do they sound ironic enough to joke around with; they exist in this half-parody, half-conviction limbo. It’s never clear why the lyrics are what they are, so it damages Doyle’s aesthetic, adding in an indecisive mystery that distracts more than intrigues.

It’s very comforting seeing how Doyle is able to step outside of the shadow of his most iconic project and finally put his talent in songwriting and axe-rocking into legitimate effect. Abominator is a shockingly tight album with some great musicianship from Doyle, with his fellow bandmates keeping up with him every step of the way. Even better is his yearning for difference, his ability to keep the intensity on high and the variety constant. It’s not easy moving into solo work from one of the most prolific backgrounds in punk and goth rock history, but Doyle proves that it can be done. Abominator is a beast of an album with a little something for any variety of headbanger. It’s one of the best surprises of 2013.

**Editors Note: Hopefully you are all well aware that Doyle is on tour with Danzig and he is even doing a Misfits set with Glenn.  When he stops in Pittsburgh on 10/21, Doyle promised to chat with us for a bit, so stay tuned for an exclusive interview from Stage AE!!!

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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


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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

Stellar Corpses Announce New U.S. Tour Dates

Santa Cruz punk rockers Stellar Corpses have announced a handful of new dates, extending their U.S. concert tour in support of their new studio album Dead Stars Drive-In. The band recently wrapped the first leg of the tour and will be adding additional dates throughout the year. For up-to-date show information and to purchase tickets, please visit:www.stellarcorpses.com/shows.
Stellar Corpses debut album Dead Stars Drive-In (Santa Carla Records) is available in stores and online now! Produced by the multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning Joe McGrath (AFI, Morrissey, Green Day, Blink-182, Alkaline Trio), the band blends a musical amalgamation of punk, rockabilly, hard rock and melodic rock, thrown in for good measure, on an album that defies musical expectations. Stellar Corpses have been supporting punk rock legends TSOL, Tiger Army, Nekromantix, Voodoo Glow Skulls, and classic horror punk rockers The Misfits, on tour.
“Vampire Kiss,” the groups’ new video for their first single off the album was 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 calls “a tribute to the greatest vampire movie of all time, The Lost Boys, filmed in our hometown of Santa Cruz.” View everything online:
Stellar Corpses, which literally means “dead stars” in astronomy (Dusty’s idea from studying astronomy in college), have become a fixture in the Santa Cruz hard rock music scene over the years, 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 backing vocals and upright bass, Emilio Menze on backing vocals and guitar, with Kyle Moore on drums.

STELLAR CORPSES CONFIRMED TOUR DATES:

 

DATE                             VENUE                                                  CITY/STATE

March 23                        Sharonville Convention Center                  Cincinnati, OH

(Horrorhound Weekend with The Koffin Kats, Harley Poe, The Big Bad, and more!)

March 24                        Third Street Dive                                      Louisville, KY

March 25                        Lindberg’s                                                Springfield, MO

March 26                        Wreckroom at Zietaine Nights                    Amarillo, TX

March 27                        Rocky Point Cantina                                 Phoenix, AZ

March 28                        House of Blues                                         San Diego, CA w/Tiger Army

March 29                        Favorites                                                  Las Vegas, NV

March 30                        The Bum Steer                                          Winchester, CA

April 12                           Tropics                                                     Fullerton, CA

April 13                            Webers                                                    Reseda, CA

April 14                             Babylon                                                  Fresno, CA

Stellar Corpses…morbidly fun punk rock from Santa Cruz: www.stellarcorpses.com

 

Become a fan on Facebook: www.facebook.com/StellarCorpses

 

View videos on YouTube: www.youtube.com/stellarcorpses

 

Follow the band on Twitter: @StellarCorpses

“Capturing Music: A Music Photography Seminar”

After a busy year culminating with shoots for Megadeth, Coheed and Cambria, Motionless in White, The Misfits, GWAR, Arsis and Epica, spreads in Alternative Press Magazine, Revolver Magazine AND Outburn Magazine, as well as time well spent raising over $1,500 for late Suicide Silence singer Mitch Lucker’s daughter Kenadee with a legacy print series (all proceeds went to Kenadee’s education fund), JEREMY SAFFER can now announce the new dates for his first west coast music photography seminar in conjunction with SoundCheck Hollywood.

The seminar will take place on February 9th and 10th at Soundcheck Hollywood, located at 8872 Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood, CA.

SEMINAR DETAILS:
The two-day seminar and workshop will focus on portrait work with musicians and will cover the entire process—from setting up the photo shoot, scouting locations, posing, different types of lighting and lighting equipment for different situations, shooting endorsements, promotional images, CD layouts, and magazine layouts, to walking attendees through the process of what to do post-shoot, invoicing, getting repeat business, and even how to price yourself. Many other business aspects of being a professional photographer within the music industry will be discussed.

The first day will be the official seminar day, where all of the above is taught in the morning, as well as a lightroom and photoshop post processing tutorial. In the afternoon of day one, attendees will complete mock-photo shoots experimenting with different types of lighting equipment, lighting set-ups, poses, etc. Jeremy has also expanded the music photography business section even more, and will also include private portfolio critique for attendees that specifically request it.

On the second day of the seminar, attendees will experience a hands-on photo shoot of special guest bands done first by Jeremy (as a real-life example), and next by themselves! Attendees will take over and complete a real photo shoot with the band in various locations.

Hopeful attendees must act now; there are only 10 tickets available to this seminar!

On February 9th at 6pm, SoundCheck Hollywood will re-open to the public for a brief meet and greet/signing where Jeremy will be signing his copies of his book Bring The Noise and will have exclusive limited edition prints available for purchase at a special one-time only price.

For more information and tickets, please visit www.jeremysaffer.com/soundcheckseminar.

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

Italian Deathrock Masters HORROR VACUI Release “In Darkness You Will Feel Alright”

Absolute Goth/Deathrock performed by five Vampire Punks! Horror Vacui are a Post-Punk Gothic band that formed in the UK and Italy, referred to as the European answer to Spectres, Lost Tribe, Funeral Parade and Moral Hex. The definition of Horror Vacui is “Fear Of Emptiness”, a statement that perfectly suits the atmosphere which features highly memorable guitar riffs, infectious bass lines, thunderous drums and haunting vocals. Lyrical content is varied and deals with issues ranging from mental health, to anti-militaristic activism, to the governments moral decay. This exclusive CD pressing includes six bonus demo tracks that are not found on the vinyl LP version. For fans of Anasazi, Bauhaus, Bludwulf, Christian Death, The Cure, The Dead Boys, Depeche Mode, Fields Of The Nephilim, Lords Of The New Church, The Misfits, The Ramones, Screaming Dead, Sisters Of Mercy and Swans. In Darkness You Will Feel Alright!

You can pre-order your copy for only $10 including shipping at http://hpgd.comoj.com/store/hpgd053.html

Album Sampler:

1. Intro
2. Black Rivers
3. I Like It When A Soldier Dies
4. Corvus Corax
5. Everytime
6. In Darkness You Will Feel Alright
7. Yersinia
8. Arabian Spring
9. Leave Me Alone
10. Outro
11. A Destructive Game (demo)
12. I Like It When A Soldier Dies (demo)
13. Black Rivers (demo)
14. Everytime (demo)
15. Insanity (demo)
16. In Darkness You Will Feel Alright (demo)

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