• Maïak creates one of the best post-rock albums of 2015

    10 apr 2015, 18:56 av Velvetleaf



    Maïak creates one of key post-rock releases of 2015. They created to something big, something to be heard! The album is called “A Very Pleasant Way to Die”.

    Filled with the symbolic weight of a catastrophe that arose as the punishment of man’s guilty arrogance in an outburst remained silent, Maïak delivers a dark and powerful instrumental rock that evolves between tenuous melancholy and chaotic blast. Released by Fluttery Records which usually release amazing post-rock, ambient and modern classical albums.

    This post-rock storm comes from Switzerland. If you haven't heard it yet, here they have “A Very Pleasant Way to Die” on Bandcamp.
  • Recommended Release: The Kut - 'Rock Paper Scissors' EP - 20.04.15

    10 apr 2015, 16:52 av criminalrecords

    The Kut are due to release their 'Rock Paper Scissors' EP on Criminal Records, Monday 20th April. This last few months has seen some great support from Scuzz, BBC Introducing, MTV-U, Planet Rock, Kerrang! AXS America, Vevo, Putpat TV and Club NME, and we are delighted to be putting this record out on your radar.

    Listen here >>
    1. I Want You Maniac
    2. Alekhine's Gun
    3. I Don't Need Therapy (clean)
    4. Bad Man

    SUPPORT THE KUT ON LAST FM
    Give the track's a heart here to help The Kut get more exposure on Last FM
    http://www.last.fm/music/The+Kut/Alekhine%27s+Gun


    Photography by Joe Brady.

    Inspired by bands like Deftones, L7, Hole, Incubus, Tool, Placebo, Nirvana, Faith No More and others, The Kut are a rock trio born from the alternative scene. Having been voted into in the winning spots for MTV UK Brand New Unsigned 2014 Poll, their ‘Make Up’ EP was produced by James LeRock Loughrey (Skindred / White Zombie / My Vitriol / Page & Plant / Def Leppard), featuring 3 brand new tracks plus 2 previous releases ‘DMA’ and ‘Closure’. The 2014 record saw immense support from Scuzz TV, BBC Introducing, Kerrang! Planet Rock, Kerrang! Radio, AXS, MTV-U, Putpat TV, Vevo and 16 cable channels across the USA.

    Their forthcoming 'Rock Paper Scissors' EP is a quicker than expected follow up to the 'Make Up' EP, and includes horror pop halloween single 'I Want You Maniac'. Alekhine's Gun is second single from the 'Rock Paper Scissors' EP, out 13th April. The Kut release their latest single 'I Don't Need Therapy' on Monday 6th April, which "is about rejecting the ill advice that people try to ram down your throat in the guise of helping you out." The track mixes riot grrrl grunge with contageous riffage and is soon to be accompanied by forthcoming video, produced by Mike Gripz (Boy Better Know / Frisco).

    The debut single from the EP 'I Want You Maniac' was added to the playlists of MTV-U and AXS TV. These US channels joined major UK support from Scuzz TV, Planet Rock, BBC Introducing and Jim Gellatly's New Music Showcase among others. The EP has also been played out in the clubs including Club NME and Medication.

    Pre-order the EP now and get the singles at http://thekut.bandcamp.com

    Or show your support at http://thekut.co.uk | http://thekut.bandcamp.com | http://twitter.com/thekutgirlsrock | http://facebook.com/thekutgirlsrock

    [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N68dzvnPMu4[/youtube]
  • The Kut - 'I Don't Need Therapy' single (Criminal Records)

    5 apr 2015, 15:26 av criminalrecords

    The Kut release the 'I Don't Need Therapy' single and tour dates ahead of their EP release 'Rock Paper Scissors'.

    Listen here: I Don't Need Therapy (clean)

    The Kut - Rock Paper Scissors EP
    Releases 13.04.15 (Criminal Records)

    Listen here >>
    1. I Want You Maniac
    2. Alekhine's Gun
    3. I Don't Need Therapy (clean)
    4. Bad Man

    Click the play button to listen

    SUPPORT THE KUT ON LAST FM
    Give the track's a heart here to help The Kut get more exposure on Last FM
    http://www.last.fm/music/The+Kut/Alekhine%27s+Gun


    Photography by Joe Brady.

    ABOUT THE KUT

    Inspired by bands like Deftones, L7, Hole, Incubus, Tool, Placebo, Nirvana, Faith No More and others, The Kut are a rock trio born from the alternative scene. Having been voted into in the winning spots for MTV UK Brand New Unsigned 2014 Poll, their ‘Make Up’ EP was produced by James LeRock Loughrey (Skindred / White Zombie / My Vitriol / Page & Plant / Def Leppard), featuring 3 brand new tracks plus 2 previous releases ‘DMA’ and ‘Closure’. The 2014 record saw immense support from Scuzz TV, BBC Introducing, Kerrang! Planet Rock, Kerrang! Radio, AXS, MTV-U, Putpat TV, Vevo and 16 cable channels across the USA.

    Their forthcoming 'Rock Paper Scissors' EP is a quicker than expected follow up to the 'Make Up' EP, and includes horror pop halloween single 'I Want You Maniac'. Alekhine's Gun is second single from the 'Rock Paper Scissors' EP, out 13th April. The Kut release their latest single 'I Don't Need Therapy' on Monday 6th April, which "is about rejecting the ill advice that people try to ram down your throat in the guise of helping you out." The track mixes riot grrrl grunge with contageous riffage and is soon to be accompanied by forthcoming video, produced by Mike Gripz (Boy Better Know / Frisco).

    The single is the third from the 'Rock Paper Scissors' EP, with the full record scheduled for release on Monday 13th April via Criminal Records. The EP was again produced by James LeRock Loughrey (Skindred / White Zombie / Def Leppard). Lead vocalist Maha postulated that Rock Paper Scissors "probably has the closest resemblance to the material we've been playing out on the live sets this last year".

    The debut single from the EP 'I Want You Maniac' was added to the playlists of MTV-U and AXS TV.  These US channels joined major UK support from Scuzz TV, Planet Rock, BBC Introducing and Jim Gellatly's New Music Showcase among others. The EP has also been played out in the clubs including Club NME and Medication.

    Pre-order the EP now and get the singles at http://thekut.bandcamp.com

    http://thekut.co.uk | http://thekut.bandcamp.com | http://twitter.com/thekutgirlsrock

    [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N68dzvnPMu4[/youtube]
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  • Meet the first single from Mister Sir's debut concept work "Sleep"!

    24 mar 2015, 06:28 av mistersirband

    The song is available for streaming here:

    The album is available for pre-ordering here:
    https://mistersirband.bandcamp.com/album/sleep

    Memoirs of a Lucid Dreaming Practitioner. Part I
    Sleep onset, the first stage of NREM sleep.
    One of the most unusual experiences at this stage is the maintaining of consciousness during the transition from waking state to dormant state. Seconds after hypnic jerks, which serve as a signal from the motor part of the nervous system about somewhat maintaining a control over the body, comes the paralysis, and the consciousness disconnects from reality, switching off to “sleep mode.” But if you keep the consciousness after the jerk, you can witness the process of transition to sleep “with your own eyes”. With your own mind, to be more accurate, because by virtue of the inevitable paralysis you won’t even be able to open your eyelids. Right after the paralysis you might even get soreness in the head and your whole body. It seems as if your brain gets suddenly imposed to a swelling current for 5-10 seconds at first and then to a decreasing one. We shall call each period of such increases and decreases in soreness “an impulse.” On the morrow of two or three impulses painful sensations pass off and the consciousness finally enters a dream relieved. However, in the middle of every impulse a drowsy person, whilst being helpless and paralyzed, gets anxious and in a cold sweat. Modern medicine insures that all of these fears are groundless, and sleep paralysis is harmless. But nevertheless you wonder every time: “What if I don’t wake up in the morning?”


    The Nightmare, by Henry Fuseli (1781) is thought to be one of the classic depictions of sleep paralysis perceived as a demonic visitation.
  • music is the key to empathy

    11 mar 2015, 21:49 av annaoj

    empathy is the light in humanity
    i want to feel more of it every day

    music showed me how
    all these songs are a collection of people’s memories
    and they resonate with me because

    i feel things you have felt before
    and if i haven’t felt it
    i want to understand it
    because i want to understand you
    because i care about you
    even though i know i will never meet see or speak to you

    i want to make a vested effort
    to stop invalidating people’s feelings
    because i have no barometer for your pain
    i will never fully understand the context of your life

    when i catch myself judging people
    i must wave those thoughts away

    when people treat me badly
    i must remind myself that there is a greater source of pain in their lives
    from the past or present
    this is not who they really are

    we were not born with this anger and hatred
    we learned it

    i was a disgusting child filled with anger
    and took it out on innocent people
    already a psychopath at age 5

    my behavior was sickening
    i did things to people that fill me with regret
    i hope that they forgot
    but i know that it’s somewhere in their minds

    violence never leaves you
    terror is vivid

    once someone has woven violence into your life
    even if you manage to rip out all the seams
    there will still be stitch marks left
    holes remain there forever

    sometimes it seems impossible but
    we can let our hatred rest
    instead of feeding ourselves rage and bitterness

    anger tarnished my mind
    it is too much to carry
    violence breeds violence

    i don’t want to be part of this cycle anymore

    empathy will lead the way

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4y9SVjSkSI
  • there’s safety in music that doesn’t exist in reality

    10 mar 2015, 23:49 av annaoj

    why is it only socially acceptable to express our strongest emotions
    when they’re under the guise of art

    why have there been so many hit songs on the radio
    about grief and depression
    that we can sing along to and it’s fine
    but if you just talk about it then suddenly something is wrong with you
    you need to see a *professional*

    if you tell people you listen to death metal
    no one is going to say you need help
    but if you tell them you think about death
    people will direct you to a stranger on the phone

    fear and shame wrap around me
    suffocating me right at the moment i want to speak the most

    http://youtu.be/s83vjwmKLw4
  • jewel was homeless for a year when she was 18

    10 mar 2015, 03:11 av annaoj

    a few years ago i met a man who was homeless - living in his car

    he would come into the store that i worked at and sit on the couch
    the manager was chill she didn’t mind

    he brought a johnny rockets breakfast combo inside
    and gave his pomeranian the scrambled eggs

    jewel’s --standing still-- started playing on the store radio
    and we talked about how she used to be homeless

    her boss was sexually harassing her
    she said no
    he fired her

    she had to live in her car while she played gigs
    i wonder what her life was like that year
    before she got a record deal

    it bothers me that i can’t remember his name
    and have branded him in my mind as .that homeless guy.
    i think his name might be steve
    i hope i am right
    i hope he and his dog are still healthy

    i think of him when i listen to -standing still-

    http://youtu.be/W3WMMwlHgZI