The Faint stream ‘Egowerk’ LP + share ‘Quench The Flame’

The Faint stream ‘Egowerk’ LP + share ‘Quench The Flame’

The Faint press shot
Photo Credit: Bill Sitzmann

The group helped start an electro-pop-punk movement have returned with an 11-track LP with themes on modern society, the internet, and ego – specifically social media and its dark effects. With their first studio record in four years, ‘Egowerk,’ out tomorrow (Friday, March 15) via Saddle Creek, The Faint have shared an exclusive album stream with Talkhouse ‘Hear First. Ahead of the album release, the band also revealed a palpitating, beat brazen single, Quench The Flame. Take a listen via YouTube below. 

Despite The Faint’s nihilistic musings on ‘Egowerk,’ Fink and drummer, Clark Baechle remain optimistic that things can improve if society is willing to absorb dueling perspectives. “The more you learn about any issue, any issue at all, the more you understand that it’s more complicated than you think,” Fink says. “I’d like to see people less convinced that they’re right about everything all the time. I guess I think we’ll figure it out as time goes on.”

As their work progressed in the ‘00s, The Faint became famous for their all-consuming live shows, where fans could channel all of their energy into jumping, leaping, and shouting in passionate tandem with the band. The guys, in turn, feed off of that energy. “I always think of the audience—from what I can see beyond my mop of hair and the blinding lights—as this buzzing hive of bees,” says bassist Michael “Dapose” Dappen of the live show experience. “All trying to dance in their socially allowed spaces, vibrating into this wave of heat. The heat is what always gives me this excited energy to play harder. Like when you’re in a sauna. You want to make it hotter and hotter and see how much you can handle.”

The Faint will be on tour in support of the album – full list of dates below and here.

Tour Dates

5/2: Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom*
5/3: Long Beach, CA @ Just Like Heaven Festival %
5/4: Long Beach, CA @ Just Like Heaven Festival %
5/5: San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park*
5/7: Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theatre*
5/8: Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theatre*
5/13: San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel*
5/14: San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel*
5/17: Portland, OR @ Star Theater*
5/18: Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile*
5/21: Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall*
5/22: Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater*
5/24: Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room*
5/25: Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room*
7/27: Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall^
7/29: New York, NY @ The Bowery Ballroom^
7/30: New York, NY @ The Bowery Ballroom^
8/2: Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts^
8/3: Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club^
8/4: Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall^
8/6: Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop^
8/7: Detroit, MI @ El Club^
8/9: Chicago, IL @ House of Blues^
8/10: Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave ll (Downstairs)^
8/12: Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Cafe^
8/13: Kansas City, MO @ Madrid Theatre^
8/15: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live!^
8/16: Austin, TX @ Scoot Inn^

* w/ Choir Boy, Closeness
^ w/ Ritual Howls, Closeness
% Festival (no support)

NRVS LVRS share new single ‘Whatever & Ever’

NRVS LVRS share new single ‘Whatever & Ever’

NRVS LVRS

San Francisco-based band NRVS LVRS have shared their latest single Whatever & Ever. The single follows up the band’s acclaimed album ‘Electric Dread’. Whatever & Ever is available on all digital streaming services now. Take a listen to the track via Soundcloud below.

Whatever & Ever looks at our dissatisfaction with living in a perpetual stream of apocalyptic news, unsolicited opinions, and curated personal brands. Recorded in Los Angeles with Eric Palmquist (Wavves, Night Riots), the song asks if the empty dopamine hit from each new notification is making us ‘dumber / or maybe just distracted’ and makes the case for resignedly dancing through the end times. With synthesizers glitching & gurgling beneath him, A. Gomez’ wounded baritone invites us to consider the possibility that nobody was ever in charge & the party is winding down. NRVS LVRS have also announced a west coast tour which kicks off on Friday in Reno at The Loving Cup. All upcoming shows are listed below. 

NRVS LVRS (pronounced “Nervous Lovers”) is the dreamy darkwave project of husband & wife duo Andrew Gomez and Bevin Fernandez. While citing acts like Massive Attack, Can, and Kate Bush as influences, their music flirts with caustic electro-pop elements similar to that of The Knife, Bat for Lashes, or Crystal Castles. The dulcet tones of Fernandez’ soaring vocals complimented by Gomez’ low crooning glide over layers of ominous synths, driving guitar, and precise percussion to create compelling electronic soundscapes. 

San Francisco natives Gomez and Fernandez — recording as NRVS LVRS since 2014 — can be found offstage crate digging at Amoeba, cheering on the Warriors, and supporting the Bay Area art scene. The pair’s 2015 debut LP on Breakup Records, The Golden West, was praised by SF Weekly as “crepuscular and opaque, with a grimy layer to it that thinly disguises the vein of pop running through the song[s].” NRVS LVRS has since opened for acts like Jagwar Ma and Telekinesis and received glowing reviews from PopMatters and Noisey.

NRVS LVRS tour dates
03.08 – Reno, NV @ The Loving Cup
03.09 – Redding, CA @ The Dip
03.10 – Arcata, CA @ B.A.D. Collective Presents Outer Space
03.13 – Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
03.14 – Bellingham, WA @ The Firefly Lounge w/ Lié, Glitchlette, Scum Eating
03.15 – Portland, OR @ Dan Cable Presents The Library at Growley’s Taproom
03.16 – Victoria, BC, Canada @ House Show
03.17 – Victoria, BC, Canada @ Venue TBA
03.22 – San Fransisco, CA @ Everything Elastic Presents Amnesia 

Fontaines D.C. share new single ‘Roy’s Tune’

Fontaines D.C. share new single ‘Roy’s Tune’

Fountaines D.C. press shot
Credit: Richard Dumas

Following the announcement of their highly-anticipated debut album ‘Dogrel’, Fontaines D.C. have shared a video for their new single Roy’s Tune.

The accompanying video, directed by Liam Papadachi and featuring IFTA (Irish Film and Television Academy) award-winning actor Dafhyd Flynn, is a quiet and soulful portrayal of a day in the life of a young family, struggling to make ends meet, and coming to terms with how their lives have now changed after the birth of their baby girl. It’s a poignant and gentle ode to perseverance (or ‘hanging on’), matching the lament and hopeful optimism of the single. Watch the video via YouTube below.

Speaking about the single, guitarist Conor Curley says, “It’s sung to Ireland – from a mindset of frustration, depression, and a loss of innocence.

I used to work in the service industry, at a small burrito place in Dublin, and I’d walk home at night because I couldn’t afford public transportation. Grian and I didn’t have any money, so we were sharing a double-size bed in the same converted office block. One night on my way home I was walking by The George, which is the biggest gay nightclub in Dublin, and a guy was getting kicked out by the bouncers. He kept yelling at them, “I’m gonna kill you stone dead!,” and that turn of phrase stuck out to me.

A couple years back the EU awarded Ireland €14 billion in back taxes from Apple, but the government here refuses to do anything with the money out of fear Apple will move their headquarters. They care more about a giant corporation than the people of our country, and all we can do is sit there and take it.

We wanted this to be a moment of reflection on the album. We included this song with the purpose of showing our intent as a band and as Songwriters from the get go. That we intend to explore whatever emotions or ideas we see, and not just make ‘another post-punk album’.”

Fontaines D.C. Dogrel cover art

‘Dogrel’ track listing

1. Big
2. Sha Sha Sha
3. Too Real
4. Television Screen
5. Hurricane Laughter
6. Roy’s Tune
7. The Lotts
8. Chequeless Reckless
9. Liberty Belle
10. Boys In The Better Land
11. Dublin City Sky

‘Dogrel’ is due out 12th April 2019 via Partisan Records and is available to pre-order hereThe album will be released on limited edition transparent yellow vinyl, CD as well as all digital platforms.

Alongside the new single, Fontaines D.C. have announced a new Dublin live date for December 2019 at Vicar Street. This will be the band’s biggest Irish show to-date and is currently the only Dublin date scheduled for 2019 so far. The band will also perform in the US for the first-time this weekend with two shows at NYC’s Union Pool March 7 + 8 (both sold out), ahead of a trip to SXSW, before embarking on their sold-out UK headline tour in April and then travelling back to the US supporting IDLES on their Spring run.

Fontaines D.C. have toured extensively over the last year supporting Shame on their UK tour and selling out every date their own UK headline tours in December 2018 and April 2019. Similarly, the band have recently completed a 20+ run of sell out dates across Europe and Scandinavia and are set to appear at various festivals across 2019 including End Of The Road, Truck Festival, Y Not Festival, SXSW and more.

Tour dates

11-16 MAR 2019 / US / Austin, TX / SXSW

11 APR 2019 / UK / Bristol / Thekla SOLD OUT
12 APR 2019 / UK / Leeds / Brudenell Social Club SOLD OUT
13 APR 2019 / UK / Manchester / Gorilla SOLD OUT
14 APR 2019 / UK / Glasgow / King Tuts SOLD OUT
16 APR 2019 / UK / Nottingham / Rescue Rooms SOLD OUT
17 APR 2019 / UK / London / The Garage SOLD OUT
18 APR 2019 / UK / Brighton / The Haunt SOLD OUT
19 APR 2019 / BE / Diksmuide / 4AD (Friday)
20 APR 2019 / NL / Rotterdam / Motel Mozaique Festival
22 APR 2019 / FR / Paris / Le Point Ephemere

05 May 2019 / US / Raleigh, NC / Kings Barcade* SOLD OUT
06 May 2019 / US / Richmond, VA / The Broadberry*
07 May 2019 / US / Baltimore, MD / Metro Gallery* SOLD OUT
08 May 2019 / US / Albany, NY / The Hollow*
10 May 2019 / US / Brooklyn, NY / Brooklyn Steel* SOLD OUT
11 May 2019 / US / Washington, DC / Rock & Roll Hotel* SOLD OUT
12 May 2019 / US / Washington, DC / Rock & Roll Hotel*  SOLD OUT
14 May 2019 / US / Cleveland, OH / Beachland Ballroom*
16 May 2019 / US / Kansas City, MO / recordBar*
17 May 2019 / US / Dallas, TX / The Curtain Club*
18 May 2019 / US / Austin, TX / Barracuda* SOLD OUT
20 May 2019 / US / Phoenix, AZ / Valley Bar*  SOLD OUT
21 May 2019 / US / San Diego, CA / Belly Up*
22 May 2019 / US / Los Angeles, CA / The Fonda*
24 May 2019 / US / San Francisco, CA / Great American Music Hall*
25 May 2019 / US / San Francisco, CA / Great American Music Hall* SOLD OUT
27 May 2019 / US / Portland, OR / Wonder Ballroom* SOLD OUT
28 May 2019 / US / Seattle, WA / Neumo’s* SOLD OUT
31 MAY 2019 / DE / Neustrelitz / Immergut Festival

01 JUN 2019 / FR / Nimes / This is Not A Love Song Festival

04 – 06 JUL 2019 / ES / Catalonia / Vilanova i la Geltrú’s International Festival
13 JUL 2019 / UK / Glasgow / TRNSMT Festival
20 JUL 2019 / FR / Carhaix-Plouguer / Les Vieilles Charrues
26 JUL 2019 / UK / Oxford / Truck Festival
27 JUL 2019 / UK / Rainton / Deer Shed Festival
28 JUL 2019 / UK / Pikehall / Y Not Festival

29 AUG 2019 – 1 SEP 2019 / UK / Wiltshire / End of The Road Festival 

01 NOV 2019 / ES / Madrid / Chango
02 NOV 2019 / ES / Barcelona / Razzmatazz 3
04 NOV 2019 / DE / Cologne / Gebäude 9
05 NOV 2019 / DE / Berlin / Bi Nuu

19 NOV 2019 / UK / Manchester / O2 Ritz 
20 NOV 2019 / UK / Liverpool / O2 Academy
21 NOV 2019 / UK / Glasgow / SWG 3
22 NOV 2019 / UK / Leeds / Stylus
23 NOV 2019 / UK / Sheffield / Leadmill
25 NOV 2019 / UK / Birmingham / O2 Institute
26 NOV 2019 / UK / Oxford / O2 Academy 
27 NOV 2019 / UK / London / O2 Forum 
28 NOV 2019 / UK / Brighton / Concorde 2 
30 NOV 2019 / UK / Bristol / SWX 

1 DEC 2019 / UK / Southampton / The 1865
7 DEC 2019 / IRE / Dublin / Vicar Street

 * = supporting IDLES

Odonis Odonis announce ‘Reaction’ EP + share ‘Collector’

Odonis Odonis announce ‘Reaction’ EP + share ‘Collector’

Odonis Odonis

Toronto trio Odonis Odonis will release their ‘Reaction’ EP on April 12 via Felte (pre-order). The band has shared the first single Collector, which is lifted from the forthcoming EP. The track is available on all streaming services now, but you can take a listen via YouTube below

Odonis Odonis merges pulsing electronics and foreboding textures to create a palpable sense of doom. Drawing on EBM and industrial influences, ‘Reaction’ finds the band further refining the sound they carved out on 2017’s ‘No Pop’ LP. Noisy synths saturate the sonic space, cut with sharp, bruising rhythms. The band offers up club fare with the throbbing four-on-the-floor “Insect” lashed with whip-cracking drum breaks. A heavy atmosphere layered with taunting vocal provocations creep throughout the four-song EP, and by the final track “Rip,” howling screams propel a crushing climax.

The EP was written while the band was touring to support their superb album ‘No Pop,’ and the evolution between the two releases is seamless. During this time, the band perfected the songs by testing them out live, chiseling away to the core of each piece. Recording also took place simultaneously while writing, and much of what made the cut is comprised of or structured around first takes. Produced, mixed, and mastered by the band themselves, ‘Reaction’ is a concise, focused collection of songs that perfectly captures the band’s unrestrained energy and spontaneity.

Odonis Odonis Reaction EP cover

‘Reaction’ tracklist

1. Collection
2. Promise
3. Insect
4. Rip

Odonis Odonis have also announced North American tour dates which will included shows in Chicago, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Seattle, Los Angeles and performances at SXSW. 

Odonis Odonis tour dates

03.12 Austin, TX @ Barracuda (Felte Showcase) + @ 11:45pm 
03.14 Austin, TX @ Cheer Up Charlies (Ad Hoc) @ 5:30pm
03.15 Austin, TX @ Swan Dive (M is for Montreal) @ 12am 
03.16 Wichita, KS @ Club Boomerang 
04.04 Toronto, ON @ The Garrison 
04.05 Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks
04.06 Montreal, QC @ Le Ritz 
04.11 Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle *
04.12 Bloomington, IL @ Nightshop ~  
04.14 Indianapolis, IN @ Indy CD & Vinyl (Record Store Day) ~  
04.18 Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory ~
04.19 Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie ~
04.20 Hamden, CT @ Space Ballroom ~ 
05.25 Seattle, WA @ Central Saloon 
05.26 Vancouver @ Astoria
05.27 Portland, OR @ Lovecraft
05.29 Oakland, CA @ Elbo Room Jack London 
05.30 Modesto, CA @ The Shire
05.31 Los Angeles, CA @ Zebulon 

+ w/ Kirin J. Callinan, Numb.er, Devon Church, Gold Cage, The Pantones 
* w/  Xeno & Oaklander, Public Memory
~ w/ Public Memory

Nightwatchers announce signing to Lövely Records + debut album

Nightwatchers announce signing to Lövely Records + debut album

Nightwatchers press photo

Nightwatchers have announced their signing to Lövely Records. The french band will release their debut album ‘La Paix ou le Sable’ on April 12th. Nightwatchers have toured Europe repeatedly and released two EPs during the last couple of years. The upcoming album ‘La Paix ou le Sable’ deals with the decolonization wars of the French Colonial Empire, highlighting a side of French History that sometimes remains unknown, poorly known, or even denied. 

Nightwatchers said about the signing, “We’re very pleased to present you Fellah’s Temptation, first “post-punk-ish” single of our first album. “La Paix ou le Sable” focuses on the decolonization wars of the French Colonial Empire. Appeal to the population, Algeria, 1954. “A terrible misfortune will descend upon the rebels’ heads, after which the French peace will reign again.”

The album contains 14 tracks of highly energetic and melodically punk rock filled with influences from proto-punk, post-punk and dark-wave. The first single Fellah’s Temptation is out now on all digital platforms and album pre-order is available via Freight Train. Listen to the single via Bandcamp below.

Nightwatchers La Paix ou le Sable cover artwork
Nightwatchers La Paix ou le Sable cover artwork

Live dates

March
08/03 – Lausanne (CH)
09/03 – Nurnberg (DE)

April
19/04 – Toulouse (FR) Release party!

May
03/05 – Saint-Etienne (FR)
04/05 – Zurich (CH)
05/05 – Olomouc (CZ) 
06/05 – Wien (AT)
07/05 – Bratislava (SK)
08/05 – Praha (CZ)
09/05 – Leipzig (DE)
10/05 – Strausberg (DE)
11/05 – Bremen (DE)
12/05 – Hamburg (DE)
15/05 – Mannheim (DE)
16/05 – TBA
17/05 – Lille (FR)
18/05 – Orléans (FR)
30/05 – Nantes (FR)
31/05 – Rennes (FR)

June
01/06 – Campeneac (FR)
07/06 – Paris (FR) @ This Is My Fest

August
31/08 – Chaulgnes (FR) @ Festival EUL’SKALI