by Andrew Sacher

Nai Harvest
Nai Harvest

When I was recently discussing emo bands, I only mentioned North American bands, but there of course emo bands in other countries, like the UK. Granted, most British emo bands sound like American bands, but there have been some great ones, like Plaids, Crash of Rhinos, and the most recent one to grace my ears, guitar/drum duo Nai Harvest. These guys released a solid album earlier this year, Whatever, which does the mathy, shouty, Midwest thing pretty well, and they've now teamed up with the trusty Topshelf Records (and Dog Knights) to release their new EP, Hold Open My Head, on March 3. They released the title track this week, which calms down the post-hardcore tendencies of Whatever and veers more towards emo's indie rock side. You can stream that track, along with a full stream of Whatever, below. The band's only dates at the moment are a European tour with Gnarwolves, and those dates are listed below too.

In other Topshelf news, Florida's You Blew It! recently announced that they'll release their sophomore LP, Keep Doing What You're Doing, for the label on January 14. The first single from that album, "Award Of The Year Award," is also indebted to the mathy, shouty Midwest sound and you can stream that below. The record was produced by Evan Weiss (Into It. Over It., Their/They're/There, etc). As discussed, You Blew It! are going on a tour with The Front Bottoms, which doesn't hit NYC but does hit Long Island on January 30 at 89 North (tickets). The Front Bottoms also play two sold-out NYC shows, including a BV holiday show. All You Blew It! dates are listed below.

Speaking of Evan Weiss and Topshelf, we just mentioned that Topshelf bands The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die and A Great Big Pile of Leaves were added to the Into It. Over It. tour. Their/They're/There tours with Birthmark even sooner.

Nai Harvest and You Blew It! streams, along with the lists of dates, below...


Nai Harvest - "Hold Open My Head"

Nai Harvest - Whatever

Nai Harvest & Gnarwolves -- 2013 Tour Dates
December 09, 2013 - Devizes, Corn Exchange
December 10, 2013 - Plymouth, White Rabbit
December 11, 2013 - Bristol, Exchange
December 12, 2013 - London, Old Blue Last
December 13, 2013 - Cambridge, Portland Arms
December 14, 2013 - Leeds, Cockpit
December 15, 2013 - Glasgow, Audio
December 16, 2013 - Nottingham, Red Rooms
December 17, 2013 - Lincoln, Scene
December 20, 2013 - Brighton, Haunt


You Blew It! - "Award Of The Year Award"

You Blew It! -- 2014 Tour Dates
1/06/2014 Atlanta, GA @ Under the Couch*
1/07/2014 Nashville, TN @ The Owl Farm*
1/08/2014 Indianpolis, IN @ The Hoosier Dome*
1/09/2014 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Pyramid Scheme^
1/10/2014 Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot Ballroom^
1/11/2014 Palatine, IL @ Durty Nellies^
1/12/2014 Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room^
1/13/2014 Fort Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre^
1/14/2014 Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Sound^
1/15/2014 Reno, NV @ NVWR Radio
1/16/2014 Oakland, CA @ Oakland Metro^
1/17/2014 Santa Cruz, CA @ The Crepe Place^
1/18/2014 Hollywood, CA @ Troubadour^
1/19/2014 Ventura, CA @ Ventura Theatre Upper Deck^
1/20/2014 Mesa, AZ @ The Nile Underground
1/21/2014 Albuquerque, NM @ The Gasworks^
1/22/2014 Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory%
1/23/2014 Dallas, TX @ Club Dada%
1/24/2014 San Antonia, TX @ The Limelight%
1/25/2014 New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks%
1/26/2014 Gainesville, FL @ High Dive%
1/28/2014 Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall - Casbah%
1/29/2014 Alexandria, VA @ The Lab%
1/30/2014 Patchogue, NY @ 89 North%
1/31/2014 Bethlehem, PA @ Blast Furnace @ Artsquest Center%
2/01/2014 Pawtucket, RI @ The Met%

* = w/ The Wild
^ = w/ The Front Bottoms & The Wild
% = w/ The Front Bottoms


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