Wreck and Reference “Crying.”
Wreck and Reference “Black Metal.”
Wreck and Reference “No Youth.”
Toby Driver: Madonnawhore CD/LP now shipping.
On the heels of Kayo Dot’s 2016 album Plastic House On Base Of Sky, New York City based avant-garde musician Toby Driver sustains his inexhaustible output with a solo album titled Madonnawhore.
After exploring a retro-futurist noir sound on Kayo Dot’s 2014 album Coffins On Io then delving even further into electronic music with his aforementioned last album, Driver was eager to write a different kind of song. Madonnawhore represents a foray into traditional songwriting, stripped of the progressive flourishes and unpredictability of Driver’s band. These six austere tracks are sparse and atmospheric, evoking empty spaces and the beauty sometimes inherent in death. They occupy a heretofore unexplored place in Driver’s oeuvre, and were recorded primarily as a solo effort but share some lyrical contributions from Jason Byron, who also writes for Kayo Dot.
Although not a concept album, Madonnawhore is united by its exploration of the “madonna-whore complex,” a psychological neurosis first identified by Sigmund Freud whereby a man feels he can only love a woman who maintains a saint-like purity, but desires to be intimate with someone he considers to be debased. This sacred/profane dichotomy has far reaching effects that are seemingly inescapable in modern society and ripe for examination.
Kayo Dot “Hubardo” CD version now shipping. 3LP will be ready in the next couple of weeks.
Finally back in print, the seventh studio album by the veteran avant-garde band Kayo Dot. Meaning “lantern” or “lamp” in the Enochian language of 16th century magicians John Dee and Edward Kelley, Hubardo follows the epic and heartbreaking narrative of a meteor falling to earth and the alchemical transformation of a lonely poet observer.
This album displays aspects of the band’s many forms, even moments that hark back to the act’s former identity, Maudlin of the Well (including an appearance by MOTW vocalist Jason Byron). It is a dizzying trip through genres and moods that blossoms in wild directions, an out-of-control chemical reaction. From beautiful post-rock passages and demented ballads to tripped-out 70s prog fusion, jazz and black metal, Hubardo masterfully incorporates just about every style imaginable during its nearly 100 minute run time.
New York City’s noise duo White Suns have existed since 2006 and have released three full-length albums – Waking In The Reservoir (UgExplode, 2011), Sinews (Load, 2012) and Totem (The Flenser, 2014) – along with a handful of small-run releases. Their material has received accolades from the New Yorker, SPIN, Pitchfork, and Tiny Mix Tapes among others, and they’ve extensively toured the U.S. and garnered a reputation as a threatening and intense live act. This summer, White Suns will release their challenging fourth album, Psychic Drift, via label partner The Flenser, and today, they’ve premiered the album’s first single “A Year Without Summer” on TinyMixTapes.
Following the deconstructed rock instrumentation of 2014’s Totem, White Suns’ Dana Matthiessen and Kevin Barry continue their inexorable plunge into sonic abstraction. Psychic Drift consists of four long-form compositions where synthesizers, field recordings, cut-up samples and lurching rhythms form a tapestry of shifting layers. The focus here is on texture and atmosphere, utilizing repurposed aspects of drone, industrial and harsh noise to create claustrophobic soundscapes that ripple and groan. Look for Psychic Drift to be released June 16th and stay tuned for more songs to premiere soon.
White Suns, Psychic Drift track listing:
3. A Year Without Summer
4. Medicine Walk
“The ostensible soundtrack for the apocalypse.” – Dusted
“…subverting the lines between noise-rock, metal, and the electronic avant-garde with aural assaults that render those distinctions irrelevant.” – Pop Matters
“Every so often a band comes along whose music is so disturbing and jarring on the first initial listen that it prompts you to just stop halfway through their record. But then, you immediately keep playing and delve deeper into the record because it intrigues you and stirs your overall senses, redefining what it means to play heavy music that straddles a very thin line with noise and cacophony.” – The 1st Five
Braveyoung’s new full-legth “Misery and Pride” is out now on CD/LP/Digital.
Portland OR’s Braveyoung return with a new album of somber instrumentals entitled Misery And Pride.While arranging the details for this release, founding member Isaac Jones was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident. He has since recovered, and Braveyoung are eager for their long-awaited second album to see the light of day.
The album unfolds like an ominous premonition of the turbulent years since its completion. Brooding drones and chamber string arrangements shape these stripped-down eulogies, but the menace of their punk roots remains. The album takes its name from text in Czech author Milan Kundera’s novel, Ignorance.
Order, download, and stream “Misery and Pride.”
Planning For Burial’s “Below the House” is out today. We hope you enjoy it.
You can order direct from us, on Bandcamp, from Throatruiner in Europe or direct from our distributor Revolver USA.
In late 2014, Planning For Burial’s Thom Wasluck left the red house in New Jersey he’d called home for the last decade to return to his childhood bedroom in the mountains of Pennsylvania. Back in the house where he grew up, Wasluck found himself cut off from the familiarities of the previous decade as he put himself to work in the family trade. The monotony of routine quickly set in; work, home, and alcohol day after day became the norm. The childhood room that had given birth to his primordial four-track recordings was now a place of emptiness. These conditions set the stage for Planning For Burial’s third full-length, Below the House.
In terms of genre, Planning For Burial is often simply characterized as “gloom,” which can be seen as a blend of slowcore, shoegaze, doom, 90s alt rock and drone, and this album offers nine sullen and frequently heavy songs that brim with nostalgia and suburban ennui. It is a return to form of sorts to his beloved first album, 2010’s Leaving — an introverted work characterized by its heavy dynamics and personal obsessions.
Since the beginning, Planning For Burial has been a solo endeavor. Wasluck has been recording music himself and touring extensively as a one-man band, playing hundreds of shows in DIY spaces and nightclubs, where he has shared the stage with acts like Deafheaven, King Woman and Chelsea Wolfe. Both incredibly loud and intimate, Planning For Burial plays with an unrivaled passion and funereal grace that is equally at home in basements and large venues.
…so freakish, it makes the blackest of blacks look gray by comparison. – Needle Drop
…an achievement for industrial, one of the most pissed-off, angry records one can come into contact with. – CLRVYNT
…reaches back past the sleek ’90s take on the genre to the early and dark underbelly of industrial, invoking the work of Throbbing Gristle, early Skinny Puppy and Einstürzende Neubauten. – Burning Ambulance
On the heels of the release of their poignant and punishing new album End Position, Austin duo Street Sects have another batch of tour dates to support the album. Having completed a west coast tour to close out 2016, Street Sects will now tour out east and back on a 27-date tour featuring support from bands such as Planning For Burial, HIDE, and Decide Today in various markets. Check out all tour dates below.
Street Sects formed in 2013 after vocalist Leo Ashline emerged from the fog of a thirteen year battle with addiction and began collaborating with friend and multi-instrumentalist Shaun Ringsmuth. Disgusted with life but eager for catharsis, the duo embraced the experimental attitude and disillusionment of early industrial music pioneers, eschewing traditional rock music instrumentation and arrangement in favor of modern sampling technology and harsh electronics. Together they released a series of singles and honed their fierce and confrontational live performance, eventually writing and recording what would become End Position. Ashline’s pessimistic lyrics explore an array of intense, personal obsessions and the violence inherent in modern life, and End Position is a provocative existential statement on the bleeding-edge of extreme music.
See Street Sects on tour this spring and stay tuned for more news to come soon.
STREET SECTS, ON TOUR:
March 31 Houston, TX @ Civic TV Laboratories %
April 1 New Orleans, LA @ Circle Bar +
April 2 Birmingham, AL @ DISCO
April 3 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
April 4 Athens, GA @ ATHICA
April 5 Columbia, SC @ TBA
April 6 Charlotte, NC @ World Famous Milestone Club
April 7 Harrisonburg, VA @ MACROCK DIY FEST
April 8 Baltimore, MD @ The Sidebar $ ₩
April 9 Norfolk, VA @ Charlie’s American Cafe
April 10 Richmond, VA @ Leigh/Adams
April 11 Philadelphia, PA @ The Pharmacy $
April 12 Providence, RI @ Machines with Magnets
April 15 New York, NY @ Sunnyvale & =
April 16 College State, PA @ Witch House
April 17 Buffalo, NY @ Dreamland
April 18 Pittsburgh, PA @ TBA #
April 19 Columbus, OH @ House with No Name #
April 20 Detroit, MI @ The Precinct #
April 21 Ann Arbor, MI @ Far House #
April 22 Cincinnati, OH @ The Mockbee #
April 23 Indianapolis, IN @ Haunted Manor #
April 24 Chicago, IL @ Smartbar # ÷
April 25 Milwaukee, WI @ Triple Zero #
April 26 Minneapolis, MN @ TBA #
April 27 Quad Cities, IA @ TBA
April 28 Kansas City, MO @ Blind Tiger
April 29 Ft Smith, AR @ Planet Zero
% with Spit Mask
+ with Jasper Denhartigh (formerly of Heat Dust)
₩ with Axebreaker (Terence Hannum of Locrian)
$ with Planning for Burial
& with Field Agent (Stephen Lee Clark of Deafheaven)
= with with Psalm Zero
# with Decide Today
÷ with HIDE
San Francisco’s Succumb plumb the depths of modern death metal with primitive elegance, but what sets them apart from their peers is vocalist Cheri Musrasrik. The juxtaposition of death metal riffing and propulsive drums with Musrasrik’s cavernous howl and sophisticated lyrics make for a unique listening experience in today’s crowded landscape. Their self-titled debut will be released on CD, LP and digital formats by The Flenser on May 5th.
Listen to the track Survival now on Decibel and Soundcloud.
Succumb was formed in 2014 by a group of friends with diverse musical backgrounds, who share a common love for Canadian death metal, war metal, and 1990’s Napalm Death. That same year they released a demo under the name Cloak and played a handful of local shows, attracting the attention of The Flenser. The following year they were joined by Harry Cantwell (Bosse-de-Nage, ex-Slough Feg) on drums and got to work writing their self-titled debut album. Succumb was recorded by bay area luminary Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Bosse-de-Nage, Botanist, Oathbreaker, etc.).
Musrasrik cites authors and poets like Yeats, Jean Genet and Emile Zola as her primary lyrical influences. Throughout Succumb she tackles themes such as human experimentation, autoerotic asphyxiation, BDSM, prostitution, opium dens and dystopias with a literary flair.
1. The Initiate
2. Destroyer II
6. Coal Dark Earth
7. The Flood
You can now pre-order Toby Driver’s upcoming solo record “Madonnawhore” on CD and LP. Vinyl is limited to 500 copies on blue vinyl. Vinyl is shipping in late April 2017.
We are also repressing Kayo Dot’s legendary monolithic album “Hubardo” on 2CD and 3LP. The 2xCD version comes in a 6 panel jacket with a new 20 page booklet. The vinyl edition is very similar to the first pressing that was self-released by the band. Vinyl is on both blue and black vinyl. Blue vinyl is limited to 200 copies. Vinyl is expected to ship in May 2017.
Trevor de Brauw’s first solo outing is out today on vinyl, CD, and digital formats.
Check out the album review on Pitchfork:
During Uptown, the darkest parts sometimes allow for flickers of light, though other times the darkness swallows the light whole. It is an apt soundtrack for the start of 2017, then, when signs of pending apocalypse and revolution seem to bleed into one.
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On the heels of Kayo Dot’s 2016 album Plastic House on Base of Sky, New York City based avant-garde musician Toby Driver sustains his inexhaustible output with a solo album titled Madonnawhore. Due out April 21st from The Flenser, the album’s first single “Avignon” can be heard today on BrooklynVegan or directly on Soundcloud.
After exploring a retro-futurist noir sound on Kayo Dot’s 2014 album Coffins on Io then delving even further into electronic music with Plastic House on Base of Sky, Driver was eager to write a different kind of song. Madonnawhore represents a foray into traditional songwriting, stripped of the progressive flourishes and unpredictability of Kayo Dot. These six austere tracks were recorded as a solo effort; they are sparse and atmospheric, evoking empty spaces and the beauty sometimes inherent in death. They occupy a heretofore unexplored place in Driver’s oeuvre, further demonstrating his immeasurable talent.
Although not a concept album, Madonnawhore is united by its exploration of the “madonna-whore complex,” a psychological neurosis first identified by Sigmund Freud whereby a man feels he can only love a woman who maintains a saint-like purity, but desires to be intimate with someone he considers to be debased.
In addition to the release of Madonnawhore, on April 21st The Flenser will reissue Kayo Dot’s beloved Hubardo album on double CD / triple LP formats. Originally released in 2013, Hubardo is Kayo Dot’s 100-minute magnum opus that has been a longtime out-of-print fan favorite. Look for more details and pre-orders to be announced soon.
Madonnawhore Track List:
1. The Scarlet Whore – Her Dealings With The Initiate
3. The Deepest Hole
5. Craven’s Dawn
6. Boys On The Hill
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