United Nation will be heading out to the west coast in November with Silver Snakes. Check out the flyer and dates below!
11/4 Los Angeles CA @ Jewels Catch One
11/5 Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
11/6 Berkeley, CA @ 924 Gilman
11/7 Portland, OR @ Holocene
11/8 Vancouver, BC @ Korean Hall
11/9 Seattle, WA @ Barboza
11/10 Eugene, OR @ The Boreal
11/11 Reno, NV @ Fort Ryland
11/12 Las Vegas, NV @ Eagle Aerie Hall
11/13 Tucson, AZ @ 191 Toole
11/14 Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock
11/15 San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
When All We Love Is Lost and Sports. released their split earlier today. Listen to it here!
Have Mercy have released a music video for a new song, titled “Howl”. Watch the video by clicking Read More!
Prawn is one of those bands who have carved a very specific sound for themselves, yet never seem to come up dry with new ideas and twists to keep it interesting. With the release of Ships in 2012, we’ve been (not so) patiently awaiting to see what the band releases next. I’m glad they took as long as they did, because I believe in those two years their musicianship and ability of creation skyrocketed into what has become Kingfisher.
“Scud Running” kicks off the record with a single note followed by harmonies and strings that add to create a nice atmosphere. The song consists of memorable lines such as “It’s a long way away” and “it’s the floor I’m reaching for” overlapped with triumphant melodies of trumpet and post rock influenced guitar melodies. It’s Prawn signature sound, refined with hints of maturity and fresh energy, as if they’re too excited to show you the rest of the record. It’s the perfect beginning to Kingfisher.
“First As Tragedy, Second As Farce” starts off with a thick, energetic riff that you can’t help but get into. Carrying that energy throughout most of the song until it dies down towards the end with vocalist Tony Clark pours his heart and soul into lyrics such as “If the gods are fair then I am fucked, I am my father’s son”, this song showcases Prawn at their most aggressive and most vulnerable, while still managing to be one of the shortest songs on the album.
“Dialect Of” is one of the catchiest songs on the record. The song makes you feel like you are sailing on an ocean, which turns out to be one of Prawn’s goals in songwriting. “I can’t blame you. I’d do the same if I could” and “You’ve gone foreign now” really stand out, and while encompassing themes of losing someone you held dear still manage to sound uplifting in a refreshing, free kind of way.
“Old Souls” shows the softer, gloomier side of Prawn. The ominous chords in the beginning set the mood and make you feel like you are lost at sea with no hope (a common theme throughout most Prawn songs apparently). “You can rearrange me now, put my feet back on the ground, put the blood back in my veins” are sung quietly before the song unravels into an ethereal drum fronted battalion that charges forward with a frenzy of emotion that keeps on building until the bass heavy outro reminiscent of “Two Ships” concludes the journey.
Prawn’s selective feature of female vocalist Blythe Armitage prove to be extremely well placed and provide what seems to be exactly what you needed to hear, when you needed to hear it. (Listen – Dialect Of, Old Souls, Thalassa)
While some may skip over “Absurd Walls”, it’s personally one of my favorite tracks on this record. The simplicity combined with the noodly, A Great Big Pile Of Leaves-esque guitar melody make this song one of the more pleasant songs featured on Kingfisher.
The first single from Kingfisher, “Thalassa”, took everyone by surprise and set the bar pretty high for the rest of the album. An epic horn section that I had the privilege of hearing performed by Conor Murphy of Foxing is an unexpected but highly effective change up on Kingfisher. Something fresh to bring everyone back before they get too lost at sea (get it?) This song is a highlight because it switches perfectly from upbeat, glorified happiness to haunting, female backed melodies sung under a croaky and distressed voice. Truly Prawn at their most mature and collective yet.
The two closing tracks, “Runner’s Body” and “Halcyon Days” are filled with melodies and chord progressions that perfectly exemplify the feeling of victory, and being content with what predates it. You can almost feel the members’ satisfaction with the beauty they crafted in the half an hour prior.
It’s looking like our top ten lists this year will be oversaturated with Topshelf’s outstanding releases. If you’ve been sleeping on Prawn, now’s the time to wake up.
Rating: 8.2 / 10
Topbunk announced via Facebook today that they have split up. Read a statement from the band below.
“This is the end of Topbunk.
It was agreed upon during the formation of this project that it was a collaborative effort and a 50/50 partnership. I (Gregg) have decided to sever this partnership due to an abundance of continued personal conflict that has recently escalated beyond the point of resolution.
If any music project under the name Topbunk arises, let it be known that I do not endorse said project. If any published Topbunk material is publicly performed, let it also be known that one of the minds whom created the work being performed does not endorse said performance.
The album ‘Ruin A Good Thing’ will still be digitally available on November 11th, 2014. Vinyl preorders for the LP will be beginning in the next few weeks as a once and final pressing via Known Pleasure Records, Holy Hell Records and Paperweight Records.
All upcoming shows are now cancelled.There will be no final show or reunion of any kind.
Thank you to anyone who supported Topbunk in any way. I am so very excited for my future apart from this band.
Dowsing have updated their tour routing for their trip down to Fest. Check out the updated flyer below!
OCT 17 - Moline, IL @ Los Montes
OCT 18 - Omaha, NE @ Lucy’s Pub House
OCT 19 - Kansas City, MO @ Art Closet Studios
OCT 20 - Wichita, KS @ Kirby’s Beer Store
OCT 21 - Little Rock, AR @ Hollow House
OCT 22 - Fort Worth, TX @ 1919 Hemphill
OCT 23 - Houston, TX @ The Summit
OCT 25 - New Orleans, LA @ Community Records Block Party
OCT 26 - Hattiesburg, MS @ Yellow Fiddle
OCT 27 - Mobile, AL @ Industry Bar
OCT 28 - Tallahassee, FL @ PeteTheVenue
OCT 29 - Tampa, FL @ Big Pre-Fest in Little YBOR- Crow Bar
NOV 02 - Gainesville, FL @ The Fest- Boca Fiesta/Palomino (Outside)
NOV 03 - Birmingham, AL @ 1612
NOV 04 - Memphis, TN @ The Bakery
NOV 05 - Springfield, IL @ The Black Sheep
Nothing have released a music video of an acoustic version of “B&E”. Click Read More to watch it!
Sport will be touring down to Fest next month. Check out the flyer below!