Entries tagged with: Run Forever
by Andrew Sacher
Illinois' Looming had one of the more unfairly overlooked records with this year's Nailbiter on No Sleep. It's indie rock with powerhouse vocals from Jessica Knight that any fans of Hop Along or Screaming Females should really check out. They're wrapping up the year with a video for "Output" off the album, which premieres in this post. Directed by Erik Rojas, the video splices footage of the band performing with images of exploding shapes. Jessica says they "wanted the video to embody the concept of change and growth because 'Output' has a bottled up and stagnant feeling about it." Check it out below.
Looming are also kicking off a tour with their labelmates Run Forever later this month that runs through January. All dates (none in NYC) on the tour flyer below.
photos by Mimi Hong
Three Topshelf Records bands came together in NYC over the weekend for a show at Aviv on Saturday (11/14): New Orleans' fast-and-fuzzy Donovan Wolfington, Bethlehm, PA's driving piano pop duo Slingshot Dakota, and Braddock, PA's grungy Run Forever. Local support came from Doubting Thomas Cruise Control, making for a diverse bill all around.
More pictures below...
by Andrew Sacher
Run Forever photo by Brian Wilson (no, not *that* Brian Wilson)
Pennsylvania indie rockers Run Forever mentioned back in the spring that they'd have a new album out on No Sleep this year, and it's since been announced. The record is self-titled and was co-produced by Matt Talbott of Hum and Kyle Gilbride of Swearin', and it actually kinda sounds like the love child of those two bands. It's scrappy and grungy like the latter, but the former's thick atmospheres are all over this too. The record features "Big Vacation" which came out as a single earlier this year, plus the recently-revealed "Separate Bedrooms" and "Weight Under Me" and the brand new "Ivory" which premieres in this post. Here's what songwriter Anthony Heubel tells us about that one:
Ivory is kind of a mix of a bunch of different events put into one song. I got a phone call when we were in Texas that a friend I grew up with had died, so that's a big part of it. Some of it's about the disconnect of being on tour, and using that as a way to block things out sometimes. There are some other secret lines in there too.Listen to all four songs and check out the artwork and tracklist below. Run Forever drops on October 9 and pre-orders are available.
by Andrew Sacher
Last time we heard from Pittsburgh indie rockers Run Forever, it was their 2014 split with Adventures, and now they have a new three-song 7" single, Big Vacation, coming July 10 via No Sleep (pre-order) ahead of a TBA full length. We've got the premiere of the title track, which opens like a stripped-down jangly version of Nirvana's "Serve the Servants" before heading in the mope-rock direction of the newest Tigers Jaw and Title Fight albums. Those bummer vibes are reflected in the song's content too. Singer Anthony Heubel tells us:
I tried for a really long time to be the guy that loves everyone, the 24/7 good mood, always happy to see you type. Just an optimistic person that inspires people through his seemingly endless amount of optimism through trying times. I have finally accepted that I will never be that person. I have always loved songs that poke fun at the human experience, mundane life styles, American culture, whatever you want to call it. I really like to put those things under a microscope and frame songs in that way. Big Vacation is a song about looking around you and feeling like everyone is trying to sell you something to make you're life better, or more personalized or more convenient.Listen below.
Run Forever have dates coming in June with their No Sleep labelmates Looming, but unfortunately none in NYC. Hopefully they'll make their way back here soon.
photo: Pianos Become the Teeth at Webster Studio in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)
Pianos Become the Teeth went on a short headlining tour last year in support of their great 2014 album Keep You, and they've now announced a much longer one. Like last time, this one will include support from Gates, as well as hardcore rippers Loma Prieta.
Pianos also play two nearby festivals: Long Island's Spring Mixtape Fest on 3/28 with Title Fight, Defeater and more (tickets); and Asbury Park's Skate & Surf on 5/16 & 17 with Cloud Nothings, American Nightmare, Beach Slang and many more (tickets).
In addition to those, they also play SXSW and two other fests. Before Skate & Surf they play Cleveland's Spring Fling Festival (5/15) with The Movielife, mewithoutYou, Defeater, Iron Chic, Loma Prieta and more. Tickets are on sale. Full lineup below.
And a few days after Skate & Surf they play Michigan's Bled Fest (5/23) with Touche Amore, Modern Life Is War, The Early November, Modern Baseball, Small Brown Bike, Restorations and more. Tickets are on sale. Full lineup below.
As we've mentioned, BrooklynVegan is presenting a few events during CMJ and one of those is the No Sleep Records showcase happening October 21 at The Paper Box which starts at 6 PM and is FREE. The set times have now been finalized and they look like this:
Maps For Travelers: 6:00 - 6:20If you show up early, you can get a No Sleep vinyl sampler which are being given away and limited to 150 copies.
Foreign Tongues: 6:35 - 6:55
In Between: 7:10 - 7:30
Rescuer: 7:45 - 8:05
Run Forever: 8:20 - 8:40
Aviator: 8:55 - 9:15
The Felix Culpa: 9:30 - 9:50
Xerxes: 10:05 - 10:25
Chris Farren: 10:35 - 10:55
'68: 11:10 - 11:40
John Nolan: 11:50 - End
Xerxes (photo by Mary Burks)
As discussed, Xerxes are releasing a new album, Collison Blonde, on October 21 via No Sleep and also playing their label's CMJ showcase (BV co-presents) that same day. Since we last spoke, they released another song from the LP ("A Toast") and played two others from it in an Audiotree session ("Use As Directed" and "Nosedive"). You can watch the Audiotree video and stream "A Toast" below. They also added more tour dates around that showcase, including a run with Coliseum surrounding both bands' appearances at The Fest. All of their dates are listed below as well.
The No Sleep/BV CMJ showcase, which is free and happens October 21 at The Paper Box, also includes Aviator, Rescuer, The Felix Culpa, John Nolan, Run Forever, Maps For Travelers and more. It starts at 6 PM, and those who show up early will receive No Sleep's 2014 12" vinyl sampler (limited to 150 copies), which includes new and unreleased music from Xerxes, The Felix Culpa, Aviator, Run Forever, Maps For Travelers, Old Lines, Puig Destroyer, Lee Corey Oswald and more. Those in attendance will also have a chance to win a No Sleep 2014 Vinyl Subscription, an Orbit Basic Turntable from U-Turn Audio, a gift certificate from Keep Company, and a snowboard and outfits from Glamour Kills.
Full tracklist for the No Sleep sampler, and the Xerxes dates/streams, below...
Olga Bell at Rough Trade in May (more by Chris La Putt)
NYC's annual CMJ Music Marathon (Oct. 21-25) already announced one batch of artists and they've now revealed many more, including some whose shows were previously announced like A Place to Bury Strangers, DIIV, James, and more. Other additions include The A-Bones, Adult Jazz, Amanda X, Beliefs, The Beverleys, Bishop Nehru, Blue Hawaii, Dilly Dally, The Dirty Nil, Doug Gillard, Dusted, Ex-Breathers, Fielded, Girlpool, Guy Blakeslee, Heavenly Beat, HSY, J Fernandez, Jack & Eliza, Krill, Lia Ices, Literature, Nude Beach, Olga Bell, Paul Collins Beat, Pinact, Popstrangers, Radical Dads, Residual Kid, Run Forever, September Girls, She Keeps Bees, Shilpa Ray, Solids, Weyes Blood and a bunch of others.
Full list below...
by Andrew Sacher
Louisville post-hardcore rippers Xerxes are set to release the followup to their 2012 debut LP, Our Home Is A Deathbed, with a new album titled Collision Blonde on October 21 via No Sleep. We've got the premiere of its brand new single, "Exit 123," which is a terrific track that fans of this kinda stuff should dig. Here's what vocalist Calvin Philley had to say about it:
I cooked at a restaurant in southern Indiana about 50 hours a week for about a year leading up to the recording of collision blonde. I got fired during the recording process but that's a different story. Exit 123 is the first exit after you cross the bridge over the ohio river from Louisville to New Albany on I-64 west and the route I took to work. I have severe anxiety about driving and it only gets worse as things pile up in my life with girls, money, work and anything else. Once I just panic attacked all the way to work, thought I was dying and all that. I fantisized about running through the guardrail in my shitty Chevy SUV. That's it. I got myself fired in April and haven't been back to Indiana since.The album was produced by emo renaissance man Evan Weiss. Listen to the new song below.
Xerxes are also on board for this year's No Sleep CMJ showcase which is also their record release show and which BrooklynVegan is proudly co-presenting. We already mentioned the showcase doubles as a tour stop for Aviator, Rescuer and The Felix Culpa; and it also includes Taking Back Sunday's John Nolan, '68, Fake Problems' Chris Farren, Run Forever, In Between, Foreign Tongues and Maps For Travelers. The show happens October 21 at The Paper Box (17 Meadow St in Brooklyn), it's FREE to the public (no badges required) and starts at 6 PM. 18+.
BV has TBA CMJ showcases too so stay tuned for that. Stream the new Xerxes track below...
by Andrew Sacher
Touche Amore @ Revolution in July (more by Mimi Hong)
No Sleep Records is putting out a new compilation this week, A Comp For Mom, which is a tribute to label founder Chris Hansen's mom who recently passed away. Here's what Chris had to say about it:
A Comp For Mom is a special project i planned over the past month of my mom's life, to release in her honor and to help raise funds for her medical bills. Now it will be released in memory of her. 100% of the proceeds will be going towards any medical bills/other expenses incurred after her passing, after that 100% of the proceeds will go into a Linda Hansen Memorial Fund.The comp features rare and unreleased tracks by La Dispute, Into It. Over It., Now, Now, Run Forever and more, as well as covers such as Allison Weiss taking on The Beatles' "In My Life," Daisyhead doing Jimmy Eat World's "Work" and, recorded special for this compilation, Touché Amore's version of The National's "Available" that they played at Revolution last month. The song, which is a digital-only bonus track, mostly features singer Jeremy Bolm using clean vocals until the song's end when he brings back his trademark scream.
I love you Mom, say hi to Dad for me.
You can pre-order A Comp For Mom now. A full stream of the compilation premieres in this post and can be listened to below.
As discussed, two Pittsburgh punk bands, Adventures (who share three members with Code Orange Kids) and Run Forever are releasing a split 7" this week (1/28) via No Sleep. You've already heard one track from each band, and now a stream of the entire thing makes its premiere in this post. Check it out below.
The two bands are doing some previously discussed release shows, including one in NYC happening this Saturday (2/1) at Suburbia with The Hotelier and osoosooso. Admission for that show is $5 at the door.
7" stream below...
by Andrew Sacher
Pittsburgh punks Adventures share three members with Code Orange Kids but favor melodic indie rock-tinged punk over the vicious post-hardcore of their other band. They recently announced that they'll be releasing a split with fellow Pittsburgh band Run Forever, who take a bit of influence from the big, grungy riffs of '90s alt-rock. The split's due out on January 28 via No Sleep, but you can stream one track from each band now, below.
Adventures and Run Forever are also playing a few release shows for the split this month, including one in Brooklyn on February 1 at Suburbia (330 Melrose). That show also includes Pitchfork-approved pop punk band (and Run Forever's Tiny Engines labelmates) The Hotelier (formerly The Hotel Year) and their tourmates osoosooso. That show is $5 at the door.
by Andrew Sacher
Circle Takes the Square (photo by Danin Drahos)
As discussed, Gainesville's The Fest is returning this year from October 31 to November 3, and they've just expanded their lineup to include more artists. Additions includes post-hardcore/screamo giants Circle Takes The Square, who have been reunited for a bit but still only rarely play US shows; Geoff Rickly's United Nations, who are also back, but have not been as active as Geoff's solo project; punk vets ALL; Titus Andronicus (who have multiple NYC-area appearances coming up); Fake Problems and more.
Those recent additions join previously announced names like Torche, White Lung, Bouncing Souls, Ceremony, Braid, Paint It Black, Samiam, Knapsack (reunion), The Draft (reunion), The Menzingers, The Lawrence Arms, Hop Along, Code Orange Kids, Creative Adult, Pity Sex, Mean Jeans, Retox, Lemuria, Greys, Tenement, Tim Barry, Toys That Kill, The Night Marchers and more. Tickets for The Fest are on sale now.
Circle Takes The Square returned in December, 2012 with Decompositions Volume Number One, their first album of new material since reuniting and second overall. It's not the instant masterpiece that their 2004 debut, As the Roots Undo, is, but it's still damn good. Download it in its entirety at bandcamp (name your price) or stream it in its entirety, along with the updated The Fest lineup, below.
by Andrew Sacher
Ann Arbor, MI four-piece Pity Sex may have ties to the emo scene (they're about to tour with The World Is A Beautiful Place And I Am No Longer Afraid To Die and they're on Run for Cover Records), but their new album, Feast of Love, which is due out on June 25, is straight up shoegaze/dream pop in the realm of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, and it may very well win over fans of that scene. No music has been revealed from the new album yet, but you can check out a video of them playing one of its songs, "Drown Me Out," along with "Coca Cola" from 2012's Dark World EP at Brooklyn's Suburbia this past October along with a stream of the whole of that EP, below.
Pity Sex are about to wrap up a tour with Run, Forever which hits Long Island tonight (5/20) for a show at Zebra Club in Copiague, NY, and in June they'll kick off that tour with The World Is A Beautiful Place and Dads which hits Brooklyn on July 20 at Suburbia. Daylight are on that show and a few others too.
UPDATE: The band just released the first single from the record, "Wind Up," which you can listen to below (via Stereogum).
All dates are listed, along with that video, below...