by Andrew Sacher

photo by Ethan Hansen

Boston's Aviator are yet another fine example of modern bands keeping alive '90s/'00s screamo and melodic hardcore -- see also Touche Amore, Pianos Become the Teeth, Defeater, Frameworks, State Faults, etc etc etc. Their debut full length album, Head In The Clouds, Hands In The Dirt, follows EPs, splits and a demo dating back to 2010 and comes out August 19 via No Sleep (pre-order). Its new single "There Was A Light (It Went Out)" (a Smiths reference?) greatly proves what they're capabale of. Vocalist TJ Copello sings a lot on the new album, but it's all screamed/shouted vocals on this single. The track opens with some big riffs, and once those vocals come in the band transition into post-rock atmospherics, then to pounding indie rock and finally to crushing post-hardcore. Here's what drummer Aviv Marotz had to say about it:

Between heavy riffing and some rock-god moments, this song is one of our favorites to play live. I'm really happy with the way [video director] Erik Rojas pulled out the emotion of this song, accurately displaying feelings of anxiety and stagnation. Amen.

The video premieres in this post. Check it out, with the album artwork and tracklist, below.

Aviator also have many tour dates coming up, including a run with Taking Meds that hits NYC on August 25 at The Studio at Webster Hall with Au Revoir and For Everest (tickets). After that, they'll go on a fall run with two of their labelmates, the likeminded Rescuer and the recently reunited Felix Culpa. The tour hits NYC on October 21 for No Sleep's CMJ showcase. Stay tuned for venue and the rest of the lineup for that. Both Aviator and Rescuer also play The Fest.

All dates are listed, with the new video and LP info, below...



01. Pipe Dreams
02. Weathervane
03. There Was a Light (It Went Out)
04. Dig Your Own Grave and Save
05. Forms (les feuilles mortes)
06. I Hold Myself in Contempt
07. Bipolar Vortex
08. Head Noise
09. ...But I Won't Be There
10. Fever Dreams


Aviator -- 2014 Tour Dates
22 Aug 14 @ TWOB Fest (Philadelphia, PA) w/ Lovechild
23 Aug 14 @ Charm City Art Space (Baltimore, MD) w/ Lovechild
24 Aug 14 @ DAV Hall #66 (Hammonton, NJ) w/ Lovechild
25 Aug 14 @ Studio at Webster Hall (New York, NY) w/ Taking Meds
26 Aug 14 @ Roboto (Pittsburgh, PA) w/ Taking Meds
27 Aug 14 @ Bug Jar (Rochester, NY) w/ Taking Meds
28 Aug 14 @ 36 Seminary (Binghamton, NY) w/ Taking Meds
29 Aug 14 @ Democracy Center (Cambridge, MA) w/ Taking Meds
30 Aug 14 @ Village Pizza (Bloomfield, CT) w/ Taking Meds
31 Aug 14 @ North End Studios (Winooski,VT) w/ Tyler Daniel Bean
5 Sep 14 @ Flywheel Arts (Easthampton, MA) w/ Vetter Kids
6 Sep 14 @ TBA (Dover, NH) w/ Vetter Kids
7 Sep 14 @ TBA (Providence, RI) w/ Vetter Kids
6 Oct 14 @ Sons of Hermann Hall (Dallas, TX) w/ Rescuer, Seasons Change
7 Oct 14 @ The Korova Basement (San Antonio, TX) w/ Rescuer, Seasons Change
9 Oct 14 @ The Underground (Mesa, AZ) w/ Rescuer, Seasons Change
11 Oct 14 @ Chain Reaction (Anaheim, CA) w/ Rescuer, Seasons Change
12 Oct 14 @ Eagle Aerie Hall (Las Vegas, NV) w/ Rescuer, Seasons Change
13 Oct 14 @ The Shred Sled (Salt Lake City, UT) w/ Rescuer, Seasons Change
14 Oct 14 @ TBA (Denver, CO) w/ Rescuer, Seasons Change
16 Oct 14 @ The Garage (Burnsville, MN) w/ Rescuer
17 Oct 14 @ The Beat Kitchen (Chicago, IL) w/ Rescuer, The Felix Culpa, Cut Teeth
18 Oct 14 @ Mac's Bar (Lansing, MI) w/ Rescuer, The Felix Culpa
19 Oct 14 @ Mahall's (Lakewood, OH) w/ Rescuer, The Felix Culpa
20 Oct 14 @ The Smiling Moose (Pittsburgh, PA) w/ Rescuer, The Felix Culpa
21 Oct 14 @ No Sleep CMJ Showcase (New York, NY) w/ Rescuer, The Felix Culpa
22 Oct 14 @ The Middle East Upstairs (Cambridge, MA) w/ Rescuer, The Felix Culpa, Foreign Tongues
23 Oct 14 @ The Space (Hamden, CT) w/ Rescuer, The Felix Culpa
24 Oct 14 @ The Barbary (Philadelphia, PA) w/ Rescuer, The Felix Culpa
25 Oct 14 @ Metro Gallery (Baltimore, MD) w/ Rescuer, The Felix Culpa
26 Oct 14 @ Strange Matter (Richmond, VA) w/ Rescuer, The Felix Culpa
27 Oct 14 @ TBA (Raleigh, NC) w/ Rescuer, The Felix Culpa
28 Oct 14 @ Foxfield Bar & Grille (Columbia, SC) w/ Rescuer
31 Oct 14 @ Fest 13 (Gainesville, FL)

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