After a brilliant sophomore release, East of the Wall are entering the studio once again in May to record their third full-length, entitled The Apologist. I went out after work and caught up with guitarist and vocalist Kevin Conway, after hearing a great live set at Union Pool, where they played a few songs from their upcoming record, The Apologist (Translation Loss Records).
Read the interview after the Jump.
Defeater's new record, Empty Days & Sleepless Nights is, perhaps the most highly anticipated hardcore record of Spring 2011. This release, on Bridge9 records is a follow-up to the critically acclaimed Lost Ground EP and something of a partner record to Defeater's debut full-length, Travels.
At first listen, it is obvious that the band has progressed musically. This record is more overtly somber, lacking many of the Verse-like qualities that their previous efforts have displayed. There are more melodies in the guitar and although Defeater has never been a very typical band, they have further rejected the normally accepted styles of hardcore on this record.
More after the jump.
Recent Deathwish Inc. Signees, Touché Amoré have been busy little bees recently. With the announcement of a new full-length, Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me, a US tour in support of Title Fight, South By Southwest and... ok, maybe they haven't been much busier than most other bands out there, but they sure haven't been lazing about.
If you're following TA vocalist, Jeremy Bolm, Deathwish Inc. or Fuckyeahthewave on Tumblr, this isn't new news, but if you're one of those "I just don't get Tumblr" people, Bolm has been posting lyrics to the new album one at a time on his Tumblelog. Definitely worth checking out.
Lyrics and video after the jump.
Coachella, listen up. THIS IS HOW YOU DO A FESTIVAL.
As far as 3-day festivals go, there are a bunch and they all have a few really good bands on them, but the weekend of May 21 will be quite legendary. Louisville, Kentucky is home to Krazy Fest, a 3-day hardcore and punk rock festival that pulls no punches. Sure, it doesn't have the clout that Coachella has, or the brutality of the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, but this is a wet dream for any fans of underground hardcore. Every band in The Wave will be in attendance, This is Hell, Former Thieves, Title Fight, 7Seconds, Frontier(s), Cave In, Coalesce, and so many other great bands will be playing.
The best part is that a 3-day pass is just $75... no, wait, the best part is that there won't be any of that Attack Attack/Vanna-type bullshit there, the second-best part is that a 3-day pass is just $75. I'm tempted to say that there won't be any Warped Tour fluff either, but Anti-Flag will be playing. Here's hoping that I'll get to go.
Title Fight are hitting the road in May to support their upcoming full-length, Shed (coming May 3rd on SideOneDummy). This tour has 33 stops on it, including The Boneyard in my hometown, Will's Pub in Orlando and Santo's Party House in NYC.
This will be Title Fight's first headlining tour. Shed is Title Fight's first release on SideOneDummy Records, following their signing to the label in January of this year; it is also their first full-length, making this a spring of firsts for Title Fight. Don't be that guy, don't miss out.
Dates after the jump
I've been writing a serial about The Wave for some time (though I haven't posted any of it yet), and one of the things I noticed was that all 5 bands are about due for new records this year.
Defeater's been in the studio for a minute now, and today Bridge 9 released a bulletin announcing the title and tracklist for their new Double LP. I want to talk about how excited I am to have some new Defeater in my life, but I am only capable of understating the fact.
Defeater's new record is a dual LP called :