The Story So Far – “Proper Dose”
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Forming the band in early high school, Walnut Creek, California’s THE STORY SO FAR consists of Parker, Kevin, Kelen, Ryan and William. With four studio LP’s under their belt, THE STORY SO FAR have taken the scene by storm, graced the Billboard charts, and topped major tours across the globe. Returning with their most cohesive and confident record to date, THE STORY SO FAR are ready to show just how much they have grown both as people and musicians in the past three years. Striving to experiment in songwriting while retaining their identity proved to be the backbone of “Proper Dose”. On tour basically from now until December, if you can’t make it to one of their shows head over to PURE NOISE RECORDS to grab a copy today!
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Imagine Satan had a bender in the South, landed in Richmond, VA and never recovered. COUGH is the devil’s timeless headache. Powered by self-loathing, drugs and mortality, “Sigillum Luciferi”—originally recorded in 2007—trudges in the wake of 90s doom, but with a looming presence entirely their own. Through swelling laments, COUGH’s inaugural full-length is one of those crucial slabs of sludge that reveals a maturity you wouldn’t expect from a then two-year-old band. Hoarse vocals, charged feedback and bittersweet riffs span six songs that dwell over 57 minutes. The double LP is now reissued on blood-stained, translucent wax, courtesy of FORCEFIELD RECORDS.
Inspired by post-punk, dream pop, and a touch of analog electronics, the Los Angeles/Bay Area quintet FILM SCHOOL began as the brainchild of vocalist/guitarist Greg Bertens. The band has released a slew of introverted, hazy, shoegaze/pop singles and LP’s throughout the mid-2000’s, often with a revolving cast of musicians. Most recently the band has solidified around the mid-2000’s lineup. FILM SCHOOL return this month with ‘Bright To Death’, their fifth album and first full-length LP since 2010’s ‘Fission’. Recorded over 8 days in November 2017 on the outskirts of Joshua Tree, this luminescent collection of 11 songs is the finest showcase yet for the band’s signature layered sonic tones, psychedelic atmospheres, and seductive melodies. Catch them on tour in November or head over to HAUSKAT RECORDS!
Phoenix Arizona’s surf/garage band THE REBEL SET have been together for more than 10 years. They just dropped their third album, “Smidgen Pigeon”, just in time for their east coat tour. The perfect Garage/Punk/Surf dance party album that’s Fun without being silly or contrived. Get it on OUTRO RECORDS!
SUNSHINE VILLAGE spawned from the Graphic Novel, ”Slaves for Gods.” The band starting producing it’s music in the wall of sound tradition. Their latest album, “The Buffalo Trees Saved The Children Of The Sun”, will have its album release and play at The Buffalo Tree Festival (featuring headliners, Beto O’Rourke, Spoon, The Polyphonic Spree, and Sparta ) created by SUNSHINE VILLAGE’S own Dylan Silvers. Only available through MONOLITHIC PICTURES, 25% of the proceeds from all hard copy and digital sales will be donated to Male Cancer Awareness Campaign ( MaleCancer.org ) !!
SOUND OF A SMIRK started in 2010 that’s been through a sonic evolution from solo acoustic folk to full-band rock. This is their third release – after 3 years of writing, 2 years of refining, and 1 year to record. Expanding their sound to heights they’ve never explored; Mixing early 00’s emo influences with punk vibes and adding touches of post-rock in. A vinyl only release, SOUND OF A SMIRK has a release show September 15th in Poughkeepsie, NY at Darkside Records and keep tabs as more shows are announced!