Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Post Apocalyptic Americana - TJ Kong & The Atomic Bomb to Release Dancing out the Door - Friday The 13th of Oct.


Photo credit: Neil Santos

"Post Apocalypse Blues – that’s what people began calling our music," explains Dan Bruskewicz, frontman of four-piece garage/blues/punk act TJ KONG & THE ATOMIC BOMB. "This record is an exploration of that idea. Apocalyptic Americana. But besides all that, these songs are a celebration. A celebration of giving up control. A celebration of living in the eternal now. Of this very moment. The only moment."

This October, on the decidedly appropriate Friday the 13th, TJ Kong & The Atomic Bomb will be releasing their third full length record, Dancing out the Door, via Good Behavior Records. The band sees this upcoming release as the third installment in a trilogy that began with their debut record, Idiots. According to Bruskewicz, "Idiots explores folk music, Manufacturing Joy explores garage, delta blues and country, and Dancing out the Door adds horns as well as organ and keys to explore our strange version of New Orleans, the holiest of the holies."

The album begins with the intimate and cinematic intro of “Black Bats” which pushes through into the lunatic party of its chorus. They display a laid-back twang on “Mulholland Drive” before an out-of-this-world quote from Muhammed Ali leads into the animated “California Basement Blues”. “Dancing out the Door” displays its strength as the album’s namesake through its powerful drunken sing-along sensation. The tracks “Heat Heat Heat” and “Long Black Dress” show off TJ Kong’s jazz and garage chops respectively, gearing the album up for it’s Herculean New Orleans finish on “Soul Asylum”.

The band's notoriety in the much-buzzed-about Philly music scene comes on two strengths: Bruskewicz's darkly poetic, catchy narratives and a raucous, high energy live show – the likes of which the band was determined to capture in the studio for their third record. Dancing out the Door was recorded to tape over two days at Kawari Sound Studios, enlisting the talents of producer Bill Moriarty (Dr. Dog, Man Man, Ron Gallo) and mastering engineer Joe Lambert. "We recorded the majority of everything you hear live, including vocals," says Bruskewicz. "It’s a very freeing way to work, knowing that perfection is out of the question. 'Perfect is dead.' James Taylor told me that once on a very strange evening in Philadelphia."

TJ Kong & The Atomic Bomb was born when Drummer Dan Cask and Bruskewicz met while working at a bar in Philadelphia. Cask had grown up playing drums in the Philly punk scene, and ran a DIY music venue out of his home in South Philly. The pair bonded over music and film, finding common ground in Iggy and the Stooges, Tom Waits, Jim Jarmusch, Johnny Cash, Stanley Kubrick, David Lynch, punk music of all kinds and 90's grunge. On one fateful Easter Sunday the two decided to combine their talents on a few original songs, and the synergy left an impression that cemented their status as a band. They took their name from the infamous moment in Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove, "The pawn of fate, Lt. TJ Kong rides the atomic bomb to humanity’s ultimate demise, waving his cowboy hat and laughing uncontrollably. That, in a nutshell, is what we’re going for here. Waving our cowboy hats at fate."

From there, the band took off - making a name for themselves with a storied live show that sends people into a dancing delirium. The band's infectious excitement led USA Today to describe them as "One of the most sought after bands in Philly." Soon they were invited to perform at the POP Montreal festival supporting well-known Canadian two piece, Japandroids. The festival extolled the band's performance saying, "Playing Americana 'slash blues', they sing, wail, lament, and brood over being drunk, hungover, alone, depressed, sweaty, and lost. A simple recount of a whiskey-inspired tradition on guitar and harmonica."

In an effort to capture the explosion of angels and demons that Dancing out the Door cultivates, Bruskewicz offers this: "We’re excited about what we found. A joyful madness. These songs all have a different story to tell, not the lame story of the band or our records, but real stories of strange humans doing beautiful things and being imperfect. Kaboom"

TJ Kong & The Atomic Bomb is Dan Bruskewicz (Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica), Dan Cask (Drums), Joshua "J.A.M" Machiz (Upright Bass), and Josh Olmstead (Guitar). Dancing out the Door will be released Friday the 13th of October, 2017 via Good Behavior Records.

SOFT FANGS - ‘FRACTURES’ OUT SEPTEMBER 1ST VIA DISPOSABLE AMERICA



Soft Fangs is the musical project of Brooklyn-based songwriter, John Lutkevich. Since his first EP (soft fangs | 2014) and subsequent full length (The Light | 2016), Lutkevich has been enticing audiences all over with his purposefully crafted dark pop.

Influences like The Beach Boys, Leonard Cohen and Pavement melt together to form a scuzzy tangle - from which emerges a dreamier sound reminiscent of acts like Sparkle Horse - while literary inspiration comes from the magical realism of author Gabriel Garcia Marquez and avant-garde poet Robert Creeley.

On his latest release ‘Fractures,' Lutkevich says: “The LP is a collection of songs that I wrote over the past year in fragments and then recorded in three days during a snowstorm in Maine. I wanted to take these songs that I’d written leisurely over the span of a year and then record them very quickly. It’s the first album where I've enlisted the help of others to engineer, so I let my good friends Bradford Krieger & Chaimes Parker (Big Nice Studio) handle all of the recording aspects, and I just got to run from instrument to instrument.”

Songs like ‘Honey Colony,’ drip around the ears of the listener, melding the story of a bee with that of a workaholic, while other songs like ‘Elephant Girl’ and ‘We Don’t Live Together Anymore’ take on abstract interpretations of loneliness and alienation.

“The album varying in concept is precisely the concept, hence it’s title. They are fractures from my life and other people’s.”

Monday, 21 August 2017

Ash Costello and Piggy D's THE HAXANS release new music video "Lights Out"



THE HAXANS are a brand new power-duo featuring Ash Costello (New Years Day) on vocals and Matt Montgomery (aka Piggy-D, Bassist of Rob Zombie) on vocals and guitar. This unique, Goth Pop infused project are set to release their debut album “Party Monsters” on Friday Oct 13th 2017 via Another Century Records. The brand-new music video for the track “Lights Out” can be seen here:



Costello states: "For years we have felt like mad scientists, secretly working on our music hidden away from everyone else... and we are so excited to finally share our creation with the world! I genuinely love what we have made, and cannot wait for you to hear it! We are two weirdos that hope we can call upon all the rest of the weirdos in the world to join in on our fun."

Montgomery adds: "Finally it's party time! We figure after a few years of building this Frankenstein in the garage, we should let it get out and walk around a little. Maybe someone will try to beat it up, Maybe someone else will fall in love with it, who knows? But it's out there and it's loose, and you never know where it will turn up!"

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

STARSAILOR Release New Video ‘ALL THIS LIFE’... New Album Out September 1st



British quartet STARSAILOR have unveiled the video for their latest single "All This Life," the title track from their upcoming album, which is out September 1, 2017 via Cooking Vinyl. Lead singer and guitarist James Walsh explains, “'We are delighted with new video. Robbie Knox and his team did a fantastic job of capturing the essence of the song. The lighter moments of enjoyment with good friends are the fuel that gets us through the more testing or mundane times in life'.

The video is a heartfelt accompaniment to the track’s sentiment. It depicts the monotony of everyday life, pictured in faded grey flashbacks, set against the band and their friends enjoying an evening around a blazing campfire as the late afternoon fades into night. It’s a testament to enjoying moments of love and happiness when the routine of normal life can otherwise seem bleak.

All This Life is the band’s fifth studio album and their first release since 2009. The album finds Starsailor re-energised and on outstanding form. This year Starsailor has played to a packed out Big Top Stage at Isle Of Wight Festival and performed at British Summer Time in London’s Hyde Park supporting Phil Collins and Blondie.



‘ALL THIS LIFE’ TRACK LISTING: 1. Listen To Your Heart 2. All This Life 3. Take A Little Time 4. Caught In The Middle 5. Sunday Best 6. Blood 7. Best Of Me 8. Break The Cycle 9. Fallout 10. FIA (F**k It All) 11. No One Else

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD ANNOUNCE RETURN TO UK



HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD have announced their return to the UK. The Los Angeles five piece kick off their tour in Glasgow, Scotland on 24th Jan 2018, before hitting England for shows in Manchester, Birmingham, Norwich and London. Known for atomic live performances, the quintet regularly sells out shows around the world from Massachusetts and Miami to Moscow and Manchester, and are looking forward to their UK return:

"We are so happy to be heading out for a tour in Europe. We love playing there, the crowds are great and we love the culture. Can't wait to see old friends and make new ones. See you soon!" The band recently released the first single/video from their forthcoming album called “California Dreaming”, racking up close to 1.8 million YouTube views in just 3 weeks.

Since the release of their RIAA platinum-certified 2008 debut, Swan Songs. the group’s unmistakable and inebriating distillation of rock, hip-hop, industrial, and electronic has incited the rise of a bona fide cult audience comprised of millions. For the uninitiated, think Trent Reznor producing Enter The Wu-Tang Clan – 36 Chambers in 2020, and you’re halfway there…Quietly infecting the mainstream, their 2011 sophomore effort American Tragedy went gold and bowed at #4 on the Billboard Top 200, while 2013’s Notes From The Underground seized #2. In 2015, Day of the Dead spawned another smash in the form of the title track, which amassed 21.1 million Spotify streams and 17 million YouTube/VEVO views.

Now they gear up to release fifth album ‘V’, out October 27th via BMG.

HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD UK TOUR: 24 January - Glasgow, UK at O2 Academy Glasgow 25 January - Manchester, UK at Manchester Academy 26 January - Birmingham, UK at O2 Academy Birmingham 27 January - Norwich, UK at The LCR 30 January - London, UK at KOKO