Entries tagged with: Ghostlimb
by Andrew Sacher
Ghostlimb, one of the many projects of Justin Smith (Dangers, Graf Orlock, Vitriol Records, etc), are releasing the followup to 2012's Confluence in 2016. It's called Difficult Loves and it's due out February 5 on Vitriol. We've got the premiere of lead single "Treason Fluently," which is a super dynamic hardcore song, switching from sludgy parts to slower atmospheric stuff to mile-a-minute metalcore chugs. It rips pretty hard. The album was recorded, mixed and mastered by the great Jack Shirley. Here's what Justin says about it:
I feel like this one is the most developed in what we have sought to do over the last 10 years. True to form, it is about history, politics, and environmental stuff but it brings in a lot more from the literary realm. The title of the record is from an Italo Calvino book and although it isn't specifically about the kind of short vignettes that are in the book, it is about glimpses into normal peoples' lives. More about capturing a feeling than being a crusader of some dialectical change. The music itself is probably more influenced by metal.That's the artwork above, which was designed by Adam Hunt, who plays with Justin in Graf Orlock (whose new album Crime Traveler also comes out on February 5). Listen to "Treason Fluently" below...
by Andrew Sacher
California hardcore band Dangers (whose lineup includes Justin Smith, also of Ghostlimb) haven't released an album since 2010's Messy, Isn't It, but that just changed this week with a new EP, Five O'Clock Shadows at the Edge of the Western World, which came out via Justin's Vitriol label and Jeremy Bolm's (of Touche Amore) Secret Voice label. In only six short tracks (two of which barely crack the 3-minute mark), they still manage to hit on a bunch of sounds like the noisy punk of the title track, the metallic riffing of "Eureka! Moments" and a mix of both of those things on opening song, "The Mourning Routine." You can purchase the EP on bandcamp and stream it in full below.
Dangers are about to head out on a tour that includes five Northeast shows in three days this weekend, hitting NYC for an afternoon show on Saturday (1/18) at Grand Victory with Vice HC and Trenchfoot. Show starts at 3 PM and tickets are on sale now.
All dates are listed, along with the EP stream, below...
by Andrew Sacher
The term "90s revival" gets tossed around a lot, but one band that sounds like they were ripped straight from the decade are Bay Area rockers High Water. These guys sound like no time has passed since Husker Du, The Replacements, and Dinosaur Jr were influential on the alternative-leaning mainstream, and if bands like the Goo Goo Dolls and Gin Blossoms had went in the punkier direction of their ancestors, they might sound something like High Water. The band, fronted by Neal Sharma (also of hardcore punks Ghostlimb), will release their self-titled debut LP on February 4 via Vitriol Records (run by Ghostlimb's Justin Smith), which was also home to the now-defunct Comadre, whose Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Joyce Manor) recorded the High Water record.
High Water's first single, "Garage Window," has all the swampy jangle and raspy melodies you'd expect from a could-be '90s alt-radio hit. It makes its premiere in this post and can be streamed, along with the LP artwork and tracklist, below...
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
United Nations at Union Pool, Feb 2010 (more by Paul Birman)
United Nations, the shrouded supercrew containing vocalist Geoff Rickly at the helm, are playing shows in middle January, including one at Saint Vitus on January 18 with support from Brooklyn crews Primitive Weapons, Descender, and Black Clouds. Tickets are on sale. Look for the rest of UN to be comprised of Ben Koller (Converge), Lukas Previn (Thursday, Regents), and Jim Carroll (The Hope Conspiracy).
In related news, The Hope Conspiracy have stepped out of hiding to announce work on new material. No details on said material or when/where it will emerge yet.
More United Nations tour dates and some streams are below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
My best guess is that you'd probably call Bay Area band Comadre's sound an offshoot of screamo, but that dirty word is far from fitting for a band this adventurous. On their fourth and self-titled effort, due via Vitriol Records in January 2013, the band mixes bits of emotional hardcore with post-punk, Murder City Devils-style punk-n-roll, and all manner of rocking to come up with tracks like "Cold Rain", "Summercide" and the latest to slip out of the gate, "King Worm," which makes its debut here. Order yours via the label and stream it below, along with a few other tracks and live video.
Don't forget, Vitriol's Ghostlimb will play one of the last Precious Metal shows ever on January 7 at Lit Lounge, alongside The Year is One, new addition Old Wounds (who last played NYC with Gaza) and myself, Fred Pessaro, on the wheels of steel.
Streams are below...
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Black Breath at Precious Metal, May 2009 (more by Paul Birman)
I can't tell you how many great bands I have seen over the years at Precious Metal at NYC club Lit Lounge on Mondays. The series, curated by Wetnurse/Today is the Day member Curran Reynolds, is responsible not only for the first appearances from some favorite bands but also many many personal friendships forged in that dingy basement. Now after more than six years as a series, Precious Metal is coming to an end:
Friends, I am proud to announce the Grand Finale of Precious Metal. After 6.66 years and over 300 events, the series I started in May of 2006 will come to an end on January 21, 2013.Upcoming events at Precious Metal include this Monday (12/17) with Tiger Flowers, Meek is Murder, I am Heresy and Black Table; January 7 with Ghostlimb & The Year is One and yours truly on DJ duties; January 14 with Jar'd Loose, Gentlemen, End it and DJ Mike SOS; and the finale on January 21, a benefit for South Sound featuring Hivesmasher, Fashion Week, Flaming Tusk, SOS and DJ Zeena Koda. Make sure and get to the shows and wave goodbye to metal in the Lit Lounge basement. It will be missed.
We had a good run! Monday after Monday, we brought all sorts of heaviness from across the city and around the globe (Iceland, Italy, Australia...) into the den of Downtown grime and glamour that is Lit. These forces combined and added up to something special. I like to think we played a part in the resurgence of a New York City metal scene, one which now looks stronger than ever.
Head below for the full statement on the end of Precious Metal NYC.
Ghostlimb features Justin Smith, the deviated mind that brought you the "cinematic grind" favorites like the Destination Time trilogy, Los Angeles and the engineering achievement that is Graf Orlock's Doombox EP. But Ghostlimb is an entirely different animal. While both practice in skewed hardcore, Ghostlimb eschews humor in favor of a more focused brutality and more straight-ahead punk rock on Confluence, the follow-up to Infrastructure which ill be out via Vitriol Records on July 10th.
Ghostlimb's latest LP spans a taut 23 minutes over twelve tracks, four of which are streaming below -- including "Canidae", which makes its first appearance here. Head below for a stream of the tracks, lyrics to "Canidae," and Justin Smith's interpretation of the song.
While Ghostlimb currently have no tour dates, Graf Orlock does as part of a European tour. A listing of all of those dates, the song streams, lyrics and interpretation are below.
DOWNLOAD: Ghostlimb - "Construction" (MP3)
Justin Smith (or is it Jason Schmidt?) is a bit of a hardcore virtuoso. He writes fist-pumping riffs for Dangers, mixes comedy with brutality in Graf Orlock, and writes thought-provoking lyrics that aren't just to accompany the "mosh parts" on the latest Ghostlimb.
Smith is also head puppet-master of Vitriol Records, and is readying the release of Infrastructure, the new LP from Ghostlimb on April 4th. Following recent splits with Perth Express/Zann and Fischer, Infrastructure is the band's first long-player in more than two years and dabbles in post-hardcore while keeping the ferocity of 2008's Bearing & Distance. Check out "Construction" which makes its first appearance here. Download it above or stream it below.
Ghostlimb's Infrastructure is currently up for presale in two different vinyl colorways, silver and black. The packaging isn't quite the engineering marvel that was the last Graf Orlock, but with these riffs... who cares.
That song stream, the album art and the tracklist is below.
Justin Smith is a knowing and smirky smartass in Graf Orlock , but besides serving as a member of the perennial cinefreak grinders as well as the comparatively more straight-faced Ghostlimb, the guitarist also has the fires burning for another venture, Dangers.
The first Dangers LP Anger crash-landed in 2006 (stream it) and four years the later the band is preparing to unleash their second LP, Messy Isn't It (pictured above). Names after a suicide note by writer Richard Brautigan, Justin Smith will release the record via his own Vitriol Records imprint. Pre order that record now. Dangers recently dropped "Under The Affluence" at Decibel and have dropped a second track called "I'll Clap When I'm Impressed". Get both above.
Dangers isn't currently touring, but both Graf Orlock and Ghostlimb are.... in Japan. Their tour dates, as well as a few videos are below...
by Black Bubblegum
The Ocean live in Milan, Nov 4, 2007 (nerochiaro)
Deutchlanders The Ocean have announced a date (May 26) at the Knitting Factory in NYC with Kylesa, AND Lair Of The Minotaur! New Prostethic signees Withered will also be on hand to start off the night. Tickets are on sale. No word on a full tour, but there is one in the works. The Ocean is currently in Europe with Trap Them. Lair Of The Minotaur have a new album out March 25th.
Illinois' Nachtmystium have released details on their new LP... and EP! Yepper, thats a double whammy from the Chicago dudes with the killer "Instinct". Check out the new song "Your True Enemy" from full-length Assassins and "Depravity" from their Worldfall e.p. at their myspace.
One group heavily influenced by the newly reformed Amebix (along with Hellhammer/early Celtic Frost) is Gallhammer, who have released the limited edition gatefold 2LP of last year's triumphant Ill Innocence. Pick that up at Peaceville and look for the recently announced DVD for "Ruin Of A Church", documenting their 2007 tour with production/audio mix by Justin Broadrick.
Much more below.....