Dad Brains – Self-Titled
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What happens when a bunch of hardcore and punk rockers enter fatherhood? Of course, they’re going to write songs about it! For Southern California’s DAD BRAINS, these veterans of the scene take a lighthearted approach on their debut 7”, available now on PIRATES PRESS RECORDS. With the first single, “I’m Old,” debuting on LA Weekly on Father’s Day and a complementary picture flexi available through mailorder and at record stores around the world, this EP clocks in at just under 10 minutes with incredibly hilarious and equally catchy songs that any father can relate to. Sticking to the album cover’s color scheme, grab a Yellow, Green, Red, or classic Black 7” today from PIRATES PRESS RECORDS!
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Industrial metal visionary AUTHOR & PUNISHER delivers his sixth full-length recording and RELAPSE debut “Beastland”. Drawing inspiration from his career as a mechanical engineer, Tristan Shone (the creator and sole artist behind AUTHOR & PUNISHER) forged a relationship with design, sound, and fabrication that ultimately yielded his hand-built “Drone Machines” which mapped the journey away from traditional instrumentation towards custom made “precision machinery.” A robotic experimentation in industrial metal, noise, doom and drone, AUTHOR & PUNISHER traverses through dark, uncompromising, and often disturbing soundscapes with occasional detours into rich melodies and splinters of light. ‘Beastland’ is AUTHOR & PUNISHER’s career-defining statement and a powerful listening experience that further blurs the line between man and machine. Hang tight as A&P head out on a EU and US tour starting in October!
“Snap Outtavit” finds Daniel Smith largely making music with his family again—sisters Megan and Rachel, brothers Andrew, David and his wife Elin – not to mention a bunch of kids of the various Smiths. As with the early DANIELSON records, the verses here are often chromatic, and the rhythms are often exceedingly slippery, and there are modulations. If you didn’t know better, you might even say the DANIELSON songs are a bit progressive, with canny and exceedingly sophisticated arrangements, but just when they appear to be musically demanding, the songs give way to big beautiful hooks (often in the choruses), repetitions that are often sung by massive ensembles of Smiths, sometimes in counterpoint, antiphons of Smiths, and with the ecstatic and prophetic quality that such hooks should entail, even as Smith’s lyrics have become more allusive and less patently gospel-oriented, with the result that they are even more powerful, emblematic, and persuasive. Preorder one of these amazing silkscreened records from JOYFUL NOISE today!
Over the past few years, and through a few different iterations, Seattle-based math-rock emo-punks SCARVES have thoroughly established themselves. Just in time for a full US tour starting in a little over a week, GOOD EYE RECORDS is releasing ‘Dinner Dates for the End of Days’. Wrote and rehearsed under a cloud of smoke and ash from British Columbia forest fires. If “apocalyptic emo math rock” doesn’t get you excited in 2018, nothing will. Each song is a portrait of an end times that’s positively inspiring and undeniably heart-warming. Catch SCARVES on tour in a city near you or grab a copy from GOOD EYE if you can’t make a show!
In 1970, Southern soul music maverick Jerry Williams, Jr. made the most radical move of his career. Frustrated with music business politics Williams reinvented himself as SWAMP DOGG, an irreverent anti-hero smashing the conventions of commercial R&B music. But the music business wasn’t ready for SWAMP DOGG, nor was the rest of America. His bizarre album titles and wild cover art turned the average consumer off, while his subversive lyrics earned him a spot on Richard Nixon’s infamous enemies list. Now, nearly fifty years after his debut release, Swamp Dogg stands on the precipice of another radical reinvention. His latest creation, “Love, Loss, and Auto-Tune”, is a nine song collection featuring production by Poliça’s Ryan Olson, and finds SWAMP DOGG’S bluesy southern soul colliding head-on with 21st Century electronic music production techniques. Check out SWAMP DOG at a few select upcoming events or grab a copy from your friends at JOYFUL NOISE!
The dazzling, sprawling sonic atmospheres conjured by Brooklyn-based band PARROT DREAM envelop and spur the dreamer in all of us. Formed in Santiago, Chile in 2013, the duo relocated to Brooklyn, NY and quickly began making strides amassing more than half a million streams on Spotify. PARROT DREAM’S “Light Goes” was written over a span of two years and touches on themes of connection, love, memories and clarity and can only be found over at GOOD EYE RECORDS!