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(new single) Giants Chair return after 23 years with new song, new album out soon with Spartan Records!

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Influential 90’s midwestern emo band Giants Chair is back after a 23-year absence. A new album, ‘Prefabylon’ will be released on December 6 via Spartan Records.

A new song titled “Kids Running” is debuting today in partnership with Talkhouse. Check out the track and an essay written by frontman Scott Hobart here.

Hobart writes: “I don’t know about you, but I can’t sit down with a stack of old VHS tour tapes of my ‘90s post-punk emo rock band GIANTS CHAIR without thinking about my unease with nostalgia. This is a band that hasn’t made a record — scarcely even played — in the last 23 years… but a band that, nevertheless, has somehow found itself with a new record to be released on December 6, 2019. Like one of my early songwriter heroes, Bob Dylan, I don’t want to look back. I don’t want to tempt my mid-life fate getting wistful or woeful about the “good ‘ol tour days.” But I’m sitting here with these tapes whirring in this borrowed TV/VCR combo because, after all these years, this band is desperate to find some footage to help us pull together some kind of music video by the end of this adult work week. So, here I am at 48. Faced, literally, with myself believing in myself and this same old, well… young, ‘90s emo rock band — at 25 years of age, 23 years ago and now. To quote a more-recent songwriting hero, David St. Hubbins, as he considers what his epitaph should be… “And why not?”

Contemporaries and tour mates of bands such as Jimmy Eat World, Boys Life, The Dismemberment Plan, Hoover, Sweep the Leg Johnny, Cap’n Jazz, Shiner, Boilermaker, and more, Giants Chair released a pair of albums on Caulfield Records in the 90’s and were a part of the early emo scene with acts like Boys Life, Shiner, Christie Front Drive, and fellow Kansas City bands such as Molly McGuire and Season to Risk.

Pre-order ‘Prefabylon’ here: https://spr.tn/giantschair.

The band has confirmed a series of shows in late November, in support of the upcoming release. See dates below.

About Giants Chair:

In the midwest in the early nineties, three musicians serendipitously found one another and began to power a sound. This sonic synergy charged not only the band’s own individually-heralded releases but would also influence decades of artists-to-come who would cut their rock-n-roll teeth on Giants Chair records. After years of writing and recording, after innumerable sweaty basement shows, after thousands of miles of highway blur, and a million fragmented memories, lives progressed, and the fire that fueled Giants Chair gave way to new responsibilities — but it never went out.

In the fall of 1989, Scott Hobart (guitar, lyrics, vocals) and Byron Collum (bass) both arrived to attend the Kansas City Art Institute. After a catalytic connection and several early band iterations in Kansas City, Hobart and Collum opted for a move to Collum’s hometown of Green Bay, WI in the winter of 1993 to play with drummer Paul Ackerman. The trio relocated back to Kansas City the following spring as Giants Chair with their debut 7” Hot Boy on Caulfield Records. Soon after the band assembled enough songs to record their first full length album, Red and Clear, a cryptic epic – it was equal parts raw and refined. While many of the band’s peers trended toward post-rock deconstruction in the following years, Giants Chair returned with Purity and Control, the record that solidified the band’s signature balance of tight rhythms and forward melodies — deceptively simple hooks that collide with lush and layered sonic force.

For more than two decades now these records have lived on turntables, blasted through car speakers, rattled apartment walls, destroyed headphones, and have finally become recognized as the timeless artifacts of emotional experience and endeavor that they are for so many people. Yes, for many, each Giants Chair release serves as a time machine that can instantly transport them back to an earlier memory — a soundtrack for their wobbly path toward adulthood. As decades decay, the path remains, and it is no less mysterious for any of us. Now, in perfect time, 2019 marks the return of Giants Chair with the release of the bands highly-anticipated new album on Spartan Records, Prefabylon. …and a soundtrack continues.

“I feel like the band kind of found US again,” says Hobart, “like a two-decade long slap-back echo, and I’m sitting on the couch playing guitar to it. Similar to a lot of people in the world right now, we’re feeling pretty anxious, and I think these songs come from that.”

Thematically, as a concept, Prefabylon is rooted in lyrics of their new song “Lost Again” — Lost between ghost towns — prefabulous ruins / makeshift intentions to shelter hope’s fools. “I was thinking about people building lives and meaning out of leftovers — how hope springs eternal, but sometimes it’s ill-fated,” says Hobart. “So the title/concept for me is kind of a double-meaning — it calls into question disposable means and values, but also respects that, really, that’s all humans have ever done — made lives out of leftovers.”

With all of the the band’s original core components and members still intact (no small feat of itself!) listeners needn’t brace for any departure from the band’s signature post-punk DNA. Equal parts early new wave, skate punk, prog, political folk, and 70’s and 80’s radio rock, Giants Chair’s influences can be traced across their now ‘era-transcending’ catalogue. “As a band,” Hobart says “I think we must sound ‘midwestern.’ It’s essentially classic, no-frills, rock elements creating a big wall of melody. At turns, the music reminds me of rolling landscape, sky and highways, old factories and farms, distant street lights and radio towers – how these things make me feel. Kind of a lonely, but somehow-hopeful ache while looking west… then the sky shatters. I remember saying at some point early in the music writing that I was hearing AC/DC meets My Bloody Valentine, but I guess we’ve always erred, to some extent, on the side of AC/DC. And maybe more ‘D.C.’- as in District Of Columbia” by now” Hobart laughs.

Fans conquer, with Prefabylon, Giants Chair is simply picking up where they left off — the same guys, the same process, the same gear, and the same feel. After a year of intensive writing and focused pre-production, Prefabylon came to life at Weights and Measures Soundlab in Kansas City, MO. with the help of engineer Duane Trower. When the band was finally ready, drums, bass and foundational guitars were tracked live, lightning-in-a-bottle, in two sessions. Over the weeks that followed, vocals and the remaining guitar elements were meticulously added to the mix. “I’m hearing that we sound like we never stopped playing,” says Hobart. “I’d like to think that’s the timeless wonder of limitation that our minimal talents force us to work with. Guitar, bass, drums, mouth. Tape it all together and turn it way-the-fuck up.”

While most listeners will rest easy in the notion of sonic familiarity, those looking for artistic evolution will find it in Prefabylon’s lyrics. “I didn’t want to write or sing or yell about growing old – as frustrating as it can be,” says Hobart, “so, at first, I think I was going down the old safe road of lyrical crypticism – but, ultimately, I found it hard to be passionate in sheer abstraction. I really felt like I wanted to be more coherent in all this emotionalism. But, while I don’t want to be middle-aged ranting, I also can’t help that the things I’m most passionate about by now, are things about being a 48 year-old father of 2 sons, married for 21 years to the same patient woman, living in a big, rich, wasteful commercial of a country on an ailing planet — sometimes wishing I could just get in the van with my rock and roll brothers and head West forever.”

While time passes for all of us, certain feelings and emotions have the ability to remain constant with the proper amount of stoking – and volume. It is through these feelings, these memories, that glimpses of refuge and hope still shine earnestly. The wheels spin, the cycles cycle, and we all tire, but there is enchantment in things, like these records, these sonic timestamps that point us back to who we were at our best — and our worst. And now we have another. While it’s unlikely that we head west forever, through records like Prefabylon, we can certainly keep that forward spirit alive and burning – maybe laughing back, from time-to-time, at our futures forgotten, before nostalgia kills us.

Tracklist

1. Rust Belt Rooster

2. Black Static

3. Dirty Winter

4. Kids Running

5. Vaguely Familiar

6. Ghost Love

7. Russian Racehorse

8. Time Lapse Shadows

9. Lost Again

10. House Lights

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Giants Chair — 2019 Tour Dates

11/22 The Heavy Anchor St. Louis, MO

11/23 Cactus Club Milwaukee, WI

11/29 The Brick Kansas City, MO

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(new video) JX ARKET released a new video for Faded Colors

Remember JX ARKET? We recently reviewed their new record. Italian post-hardcore act JX ARKET has released a new video for the track “Faded Colors”, new single taken from the album “About Existence” available now via Antigony Records. The video was directed by the crew RATAVÖLOIRA.

The album consists of 7 Post-Hardcore/Metal tracks with sounds reflective of the late 1990s-early 2000s, for fans of Thursday, Saosin, Finch e Glassjaw.
You can listen and buy the album in physical and digital on Antigony Records’s Bandcamp and in every digital store at this link.

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(review)DETOXI-First Flesh

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This is a debut full length by Detoxi, band hailing from Ventura, California. The members of the band are in no way strangers to the underground scene having played in many bands throughout the years. This record contains 10 songs. The music of Detoxi is a mixture of horrorpunk, postpunk and goth darkness with keyboards adding to the overall vibe as if watching some old Hammer horror movie which I love so much. The vocal lines are melodic and singer sounds great, the music is upbeat, energetic and even, how should I put it, dancable. Modus Operandi, Masks or Nonsense are the songs that will really ignite your old darkened heart hehe. This is a nice record! 8/10

https://detoxi.bandcamp.com/

(new video) Abertooth Lincoln show the world the real image of Average White Boy!

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Progressive punkrock band from Dayton, Ohio, Abertooth Lincoln released their brand new video from the forthcoming new e.p.

This video shows us the real picture of average right wing white boy who supports the current American policy and agenda. Check it out here!

Follow the band on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/abertoothlincoln/

 

 

(news-new video)Sleep In Music Video + Tour Dates

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New Jersey emo-rock outfit Sleep In have just released a new music video for their song “Cleaner Days.” The video pays homage to the iconic printer smashing scene from Office Space. “Cleaner Days” comes from their 2017 Black Numbers debut Tension & Release. The band has a run of Fall tour dates planned throughout the Northeast including a stop at The Fest 17 in Gainesville, FL.

“Cleaner days” for me is a way to touch on how growing up in my social setting and being a kid diagnosed with “ADHD” led to heavy prescription medication and how that translates into being an adult and self-medicating, always trying to find the blurred line between addiction and recreation. Those experiences taught me how easy it is to lose control. I think the chaotic nature of the music lent itself to that exact feeling of insanity, and inspired me to write these lyrics. – Tom Fowler (Vocals)

Tour Dates:

10/24 – Richmond, VA @ Yellowhouse
10/25 – Savannah, GA @ The Uprising
10/28 – Gainesville, FL @ The Fest
11/8 – Glassboro, NJ @ Rowan House Show
11/16 – Flemington, NJ @ Flemington DIY*
11/17 – Long Island, NY @ Creative Corner*
11/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Pharmacy*

Bio: Sleep In. was once marketed as the new project from Eric McNelis, who cut his teeth alongside scene staple Evan Weiss in The Progress. Sleep In.’s 2014 debut LP Settling was undoubtedly a conversation piece anchored in nostalgia for that project, its no-frills approach to angular indie rock diminished by its somewhat-star power. No longer searching for a point of entry, this Cherry Hill, NJ five-piece returns with the Tension & Release EP, their first for indie label Black Numbers.

Sleep In. began at the intersection between smoldering first impressions and charring afterthoughts, where the meat of their tracks negotiated between fireworks and graceful fades. The seven songs on Tension illustrate a different seesawing, whether in the band’s invertebrate guitars that split and fold, or vocals that cascade upwards beyond the confines of the EP’s cautious, yet bright rock construction. Instead of holding in their energy for one final explosion, the songs here truly find their sweet release, simmering to completion for delayed gratification and a continual process of exposure and exploration, whether in the drums that burble and snap or the storytelling that drifts inward more often than generalizing the band’s transitory phase.

On Tension & Release, Sleep In. has finally found their comfort zone while not abandoning their original home base, a genre-agnostic offering that is more a reflection of a whole than the sum of its parts.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sleepinband
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/sleepinband
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/sleepinband
Bandcamp: http://sleep-in.bandcamp.com
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7k5pDjVawZrHGmRPPR29vO?si=Gy-77QnzSJ-aQEpPd5w8CQ

(new single)ATLAS FOR HOME – New single “Join The Club”, e.p. out in September on Red Toad Music(Krod Records)

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Up-tempo pop-rock song in the same vein as New Found Glory, Alkaline Trio or The Starting Line, “Join The Club” is about the actual conformism generated by the society and feeling the need to be oneself and not something else.

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ATLAS FOR HOME is an alt-rock/pop-rock band based in Paris and consists of Valentin Guérin (Vocals/guitar), Marion Gualandi (Bass), Paul Robin (Guitar/back vocals) and Tom Raynal (drums). Since 2012, the quartet works on its musical identity.

Atlas For Home released in 2014 its first EP “ More Than A Year “ (2014) (with the pop anthem “Feeling Alive”), inspired by bands such as The Dangerous Summer and Angels and Airwaves. Since then, AFH progresses to a more aggressive, rock identity, currently represented by the Biffy-Clyro inspired “ Home “.

In France, Atlas For Home had the opportunity to open for international bands (Man Overboard, State Champs, Moose Blood) and local heroes (STAMP, The Earl Grey, Soulfakers). The band is known for its good mood and its unifying side.

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(record review)Prey Drive-“Tabula Rasa e.p.”(Krod Records)

Prey Drive are hailing from Norwich, UK and they recently signed for the excellent label Krod Records. “Tabula Rasa” is their brand new e.p. and I am happy I reviewed it for this zine.

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The e.p. contains 4 songs filled with emotion, melody, beauty, sadness and hope. I love the feelings it intermingles in me while listening to the songs. “Brand new skin” made me hope for the new and better me, while I shed my current skin and walk to the horizon to the better future. Sad, but song full of hope. “More than magic” is a song for which the guys made a video you can watch below and it is more upbeat punky song with some nice guitar hooks, backing vocal harmonies and excellent song structure. The title track made me smile and made me sad at the same time as I caught myself daydreaming and whispering some distant poem from the corners of my brain. Mighty and emotional, this song remains in memory long afterwards listening. The last one “Like Animals” has a sad and a bit weird piano start and later evolves into melodic pop emo punk masterpiece of forlorn desire, wanting, happiness which also brings sadness to the likes of us, whose philosophy some men just can´t understand. Awesome e.p.

8/10

Follow Prey Drive on Fb: https://www.facebook.com/preydriveband/

Follow Krod Records on Fb: https://www.facebook.com/krodrecords/