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Tool – “Fear Inoculum”

Tool have finally released a new song, “Fear Inoculum”, with the full album due out August 30th. Pre-order link here.

tool_travisshinnpicture: Travis Shinn for Revolver

It has been 13 years since their last release.
Way too much has happened in that time. In some cases things have spiraled out of control. In others it has move forward. Sometimes feeling divided right in two.

The new album supposedly clocks in at/around 85 minutes with all 7 songs being the radio friendly run time of 10 minutes each.

In an in depth interview that the band did with Revolver Magazine, for which they also have a special edition coming out, and this is a snippet of what they had to say:

Maynard:
“I feel like this is [about] wisdom through age, through experience. Hopefully through aging you find wisdom in some of the things you’ve encountered. Learning from your mistakes, learning from your successes. So if anything is a broad stroke of this album, it would be embracing where we are right now, acknowledging where we’ve come from and some of the things we’ve grown through.”

Adam:
“Things like, ‘I’m gonna wear socks with sandals. I don’t give a fuck what people think, I’m just gonna be comfortable.’ [laughs] So it’s about the little things in life. It’s making those choices and moving on and growing. There’s a little bit of Frank Herbert’s Dune in that, so I’m into it. I’m so excited for this new record. The songs are very long but they are like movements. It’s like two or three songs in one, but they relate. They flow. So I don’t know. We’ll see how it goes. But I am ecstatic.”

Danny:
“They pretty much ended up that way. There were times when I thought, ‘Ok, this is getting kind of ridiculous.’ [Laughs] I was a bit worried about it because I kinda like the contrast of having short songs and long songs, but all of them ended up being really long. So I had to step back and go, ‘If this is where we are as a band and this is where we’re meeting, I just have to accept it.’ I try to look at it as movements within an individual song and the overall piece is a symphony or something. As long as it’s moving forward and progressing and keeping people’s attention, I’m not too worried about the length.”

Apparently Justin didn’t say much/anything, or maybe he did, be sure to read up on that interview as soon as you can.

Put some headphones on or make sure you and your neighbors listen to the new song:

 

Immunity
Long overdue
Contagion
I exhale you
Lying
I opened up to you
Venom in mania

Now, contagion
I exhale you

The deceiver says, he says
You belong to me
You don’t wanna breathe the light of the others
Fear the light
Fear the breath
Fear the others for eternity
But I hear them now inhale the clarity
Hear the venom, the venom in
What you say inoculated

Bless this immunity
Bless this immunity
Bless this immunity

Exhale, expel
Recast my tale
Read my allegorical elegy

Enumerate
All that I’m to do
Calculating steps away from you
My own
Mitosis
Growing through
Delusion from mania

Exhale, expel
Recast my tale
Weave my allegorical elegy

Forfeit
All control
You poison
You spectacle

Exorcise the spectacle
Exorcise the malady
Exorcise the disparate
Poison for eternity
Purge me and evacuate
The venom and the fear that binds me

Unveil now
Lift away
I see you
Running

Deceiver
Chased away
A long time
Coming

 

Words by: Alfredo Tellez & Edith Morales.

Flavio Etcheto

Flavio Etcheto es un músico/productor/artista que ha estado involucrado en la escena musical de una manera u otra desde hace más de 30 años.
Su carrera ha estado marcada por grandes aportes y colaboraciones en discos que son (ó deben ser) considerados de los más importantes en estos últimos 20 años, en los cuales se pueden incluir “Conga” y “Cámara 1” de Daniel Melero y en “Colores Santos” de Daniel Melero y Gustavo Cerati. Es aquí donde se marca un cambio de rumbo en la carrera de Gustavo Cerati.
Por qué? Porque es aquí donde pienso que Gustavo Cerati encontró a alguien con quien compartir y rebotar ideas para ir a explorar nuevos territorios musicales. Honestamente creo que sin la colaboración en estudio, y en vivo, de Flavio Etcheto la carrera musical de Gustavo Cerati hubiese quedado en la nostalgia y no en innovar y seguir creando nuevos sonidos.
Hoy en día Flavio Etcheto se encuentra en gira promocionando su más reciente disco “Superbrillantes”, editado en el sello Casa Del Puente Discos. El disco esta increíble por que muestra otro lado del pop en español que no tiene tanta representación hoy en día en la radio o en la prensa.

Tuvimos la oportunidad de platicar brevemente acerca de su más reciente producción antes de su visita a Tijuana, este Domingo 28 de Julio en el anfiteatro del ICBC.

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– Felicidades por “superbrillantes”; Está increíble el Ep. De dónde y por qué llega este disco?

Este disco llega en respuesta a la necesidad de decir cantando en formato de canción una cantidad de sentimiento enorme que me ha hecho emocionar mucho a medida que se iba revelando con las canciones que forman este álbum, tiene un clima apacible contemplativo y he sido muy meticuloso en la selección de todos los elemento y sus sonoridades además de estar acompañado por Jupi Medvescig en guitarra eléctrica que ha brindado una caricia orgánica al resultado final. Me he sentido revitalizado al cantar nuevamente después de mucho tiempo. He sentido mucho placer y realización en lo personal y advierto que este proyecto me está abriendo las puertas nuevamente.

– Hay 2 canciones en particular que inevitablemente puedo decir que me recordaron a lo mejor del disco Bocanada, “Encontrarnos” y “Superbrillantes”.
Cuál fue la inspiración detrás de este disco? 
(Aparte a eso es de lo mejor que escuchado en español en años.)

Muy halagado gracias, si es cierto y seguramente se parece a mí mismo, si tomamos en cuenta que en Bocanada he compuesto varias sonoridades como así también he escrito algunas de sus letras y frases, además fue un disco en el cual participe desde el momento cero junto a Gustavo y fue mágico en la interacción que tuvimos en todo el proceso creativo y en los vivos. La inspiración llega y vino en este momento de mi vida donde tomo en cuenta tanto camino recorrido y siento un orgullo sano al ver el tendal de obra y cantidad de discos en los que participé siempre comprometido con la música la electrónica y la cultura rock. Confluyen en Superbrillantes una gran energía, tal vez cosecha de tantas hermosas experiencias musicales, grabaciones, giras, momentos compartidos con tantos personajes y el genio indiscutible de Gustavo Cerati quien confió en mí en un momento clave como fue la creación de Bocanada.
La canción Superbrillantes hace referencia a las estrellas que nos dan luz a contracara de la oscuridad en el enigma de la noche y en esas frases homenajeo justamente a él y a todas las personas de las cuales me he influido y que gozan de luz propia.

– Vienes a Tijuana a presentar tu disco y hacer un homenaje al 20 aniversario de Bocanada. Pero, tu relación con Gustavo no empezó en ese disco.
Llevabas trabajando/colaborando desde Dynamo/Colores Santos, no es así?
Fue a través de Daniel Melero la colaboración?

Si voy a presentar el material de Superbrillantes mi nuevo disco y en mi repertorio para vivo preparamos unas versiones (Alma y Perdonar es divino) a 20 años de la aparición de Bocanada que suenan preciosas. Mi relación con Gustavo viene de larga data, en Colores Santos fue mi primera participación musical con él y de la buena mano de otro genio Daniel Melero, aunque ya conocía a Gustavo y había hablado con él, me había parecido una personalidad gigante y a la vez con una onda única.

– Gustavo siempre fue alguien que le gustaba aventurarse a nuevos caminos y sonidos en sus discos. No le gustaba repetirse sus discos. Tú tuviste un impacto muy grande en el camino musical de él, digo, aparte de trabajar en los discos de Soda estuviste presente en sus discos de solista y formabas parte de su banda en vivo cuando iba de gira. Tu aporte musical en los discos de Gustavo fueron inmensos. Hay algunos de los cuales estés más orgulloso?

De todas mis participaciones pienso que han sido provechosas para las composiciones como para los oyentes así que sí, siento como antes dije un orgullo sano, que me deja en paz porque siempre me comprometí con la música y la cultura de contenido consistente y he actuado en favor de algo más completo, más feliz.

– Qué sigue para Flavio Etcheto?

Espero que más años, realmente me gustaría seguir entusiasmado, componiendo y tocando música.

– Hay alguna colaboración musical que te gustaría tener?

Por ahora estoy muy muy completo con Pedro Moscuzza (Baterista) y Jupi Medvescig (guitarrista) que me acompañan en la banda y es un placer compartir con ellos toda esta etapa maravillosa.

– En tus presentaciones recientes en Argentina estuviste a lado de Tamaryn, Qué tal estuvieron esos shows?

Si estuvieron muy buenas las tocadas pero con Tamaryn tocamos en Santiago de Chile, en Lima Perú, en Bogotá y en Medellín Colombia. Fue una gira muy linda en donde abrí sus shows a motivo de la edición de su nuevo disco por el sello Casa del Puente Discos el cual también es el sello que editó Superbrillantes en Digital Cd’s y vinilo de 12″.
El público fue precioso y muy receptivo creo que gustó mucho mi show y el de Tamaryn también, todo positivo.

– Hay algo que pudieras recomendar, o algo que te haya gustado recientemente, ya sea discos, cine, libros o lo que a ti se te haga interesante.

Sí, el sello Casa del Puente Discos, que tiene una gran cantidad de artistas buenísimos y el último álbum de Cornelius y el de Cigarettes After Sex.
Por: Alfredo Tellez y Edith Morales

METZ – “Dry Up”

METZ just released a video for their new ripping song “Dry Up” which will be included in their upcoming B-Sides and rarities album “Automat” out July 12th on SubPop.

 

 

In a statement the band said:

“METZ have been making music together for over 10 years,” says the band’s frontman Alex Edkins. “It’s been a blur. We’ve very rarely allowed ourselves to look backward. We’ve been hyper-focused on always moving forward at breakneck speed, perpetually fixated on what’s next. The video for ‘Dry Up,’ as well as the Automat album, is an attempt to pause, take a breath, look backward and take stock of our past. It’s intended to express how grateful we are to be able to do what we do. It’s a love letter to the incredible places we’ve traveled, the beautiful people we’ve met, to community, music, and friendship.

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Tracklisting:

  1. Soft Whiteout
  2. Lump Sums
  3. Dry Up
  4. Ripped on the Fence
  5. Negative Space (7 inch version)
  6. Automat
  7. Wet Blanket (Demo)
  8. Dirty Shirt
  9. Leave Me Out
  10. Can’t Understand
  11. Pure Auto
  12. Eraser

Included here are the band’s first three 7” singles, recorded 2009-2010 and originally released by We Are Busy Bodies Records; a demo version of “Wet Blanket,” the explosive single from 2012’s METZ; two tracks from the limited-edition bonus single that accompanied preorders of METZ; “Can’t Understand,” originally released in 2013 by [adult swim]; and both tracks from the band’s 2015 single on Three One G. 

Consumers of the vinyl format of Automat will be rewarded with a bonus single that includes three additional tracks: a cover of Sparklehorse’s “Pig,” from a very limited 2012 Record Store Day split single originally released by Toronto’s Sonic Boom record shop; “I’m a Bug,” a cover of The Urinals’ art-punk classic, originally released on YouTube (not an actual record label) in 2014; and METZ’s previously unreleased rendition of Gary Numan’s “M.E.”

They will be performing, at which we can imagine might be a highlight of the festival, at this years edition of Desert Daze. Here’s to hoping additional dates are announced to coincide with that date.

 

Words by: Alfredo Tellez & Edith Morales.

 

Mini Mansions – “Guy Walks Into A Bar…”

 

Mini Mansions are on tour behind their upcoming release “Guy Walks Into A Bar…” out July 26th.
Mini Mansions are singer and guitarist Michael Shuman (bassist of Queens of The Stone Age), bassist Zach Dawes (The Last Shadow Puppets) and singer and keyboardist Tyler Parkford (Arctic Monkeys’ keys on tour). And for this leg of the tour they have Jon Theodore on drums!!!

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Tracklisting for the new album:

1. Should Be Dancing
2. Bad Things (That Make You Feel Good)
3. Don’t Even Know You
4. Forgot Your Name
5. I’m In Love
6. Time Machine
7. Works Every Time
8. Living In The Future
9. GummyBear
10. Hey Lover
11. Tears In Her Eyes
They’ve released a couple of videos/singles so far, this one is the collaboration with Allison Mosshart (The Kills / The Dead Weather) “Hey, Lover”:

 

This is “GummyBear”:

 

This is their most recent one “I’m In Love”:

 

And TONIGHT they are playing the Casbah!

If you have plans, you need to cancel them. Get up and go to a show on a Wednesday night.

 

Words by: Alfredo Tellez & Edith Morales.

 

Esya – “Absurdity of ATCG (I)”

Esya has released “Absurdity of ATCG (I)” on May 24th, which of there are only 300 copies signed and numbered, and you can pick up directly from here bandcamp.
This is a follow up to her EP “Absurdity Of Being” released last July.

Her 1st single was “Nothing”, of which she said:

“…Nothing” is “an acknowledgement of a moment in your life that changes everything you thought you knew – The profound impact of our relationships, choices and experience. The song is a dedication to a friend lost, not in body but in mind – from a tragic experience that changed their entire being.”
 “The repetitious nature of hope in our lifetime, the hope that our lives will turn out the way we want. The hope that our desires and dreams will be fulfilled, reciprocated and sometimes we may loose or find ourselves throughout that process.” 

 

 

Tracklist:
1. Everything
2. Nothing
3. Atmosphere
4. Machine Dance
5. Wild Nights

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Esya, who is also the bassist for Savages, delivers on this album a bass and synth heavy album that pulsates and fixates itself in searching inward for questions that have not been asked yet. It is most definitely worth your time immersing yourself in this.

 

Words by: Alfredo Tellez & Edith Morales.

Operators – “Radiant Dawn”

Operators are back.
Operators have returned.
Operators delivered a message.
Operators released a new album on May 17th thru Last Gang Records.
Operators are coming to town. They’re playing the Casbah on Friday 6/14.

 

Who are Operators?
That would be Dan Boeckner, who also plays in Divine Fits / Wolf Parade / The Handsome Furs, Devojka and Sam Brown, who is also the drummer from Divine Fits.
This new album, titled “Radiant Dawn” to be released sometime in May, is the highly anticipated (for us at least) follow up to 2016 Blue Wave.

The new album looks / sounds / feels dystopian. That may very well be because nowadays, some more than others, feels like we are living in that dystopian future we once read about. Which in turn now means we have another soundtrack for it.
Their press release said this: “The album’s nine tracks meld raw analog hardware with Boeckner’s distinct voice to create an immersive cinematic sound. Interspersed between the tracks are instrumental intertitles that amplify the album’s 1970s sci-fi dystopian feel.”

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Tracklist:
1.Days
2.Feel Emotion
3.Faithless
4.(Public Void)
5.In Moderan
6.(Airlock)
7.Terminal Beach
8.(Object Sighting)
9.Despair
10.(Under Occupation)
11.Come And See
12.Strange
13.(The Radiant Dawn)
14.Low Life
Their first single was “Faithless (Visualizer)”:

 

The rest of their world tour is:

June 13 – Los Angeles CA – Teragram Ballroom
June 14 – San Diego, CA – Casbah
June 15 – Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar
June 17 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
June 18 – Denver, CO – Lost Lake
June 19 – Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
June 20 – Dallas, TX – Three Links
June 21 – Austin, TX – 3TEN ACL Live
June 22 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
June 24 – Atlanta, GA – Earl
June 25 – Nashville, TN – High Watt
June 26 – Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups
July 10 – Allston, MA – Great Scott
July 11 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
July 12 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
July 13 – Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall

August 29 – Tromsø, NO – DRIV Festival
August 31 – Skopje, MK – Zradvo Mladi Festival
September 1 – Belgrade, RS – Elektropionir
September 3 – Budapest, HU – Durer Kert
September 4 – Zagreb, HR – Vintage Industrial Bar
September 5 – Vienna, AT – Fluc
September 6 – Prague, CZ – Meet Factory
September 7 – Berlin, DE – Torstrassenfestival
September 11 – Rijeka, HR – – Klub Zivot
September 12 – Ljubijana, SL – KINO ŠIŠKA
September 15 – Colmar, FR – Le Grillen
September 17 – Luxembourg, LX – De Gudde Wellen
September 18 – Rotterdam, NL – Rotown
September 19 – London, UK – Sebright Arms
September 20 – Bucharest, RO – Control Club
September 21 – Cluj Napoca, RO – Form Café

Words by: Alfredo Tellez & Edith Morales

Kurt Cobain.

I was 12 years old.
I was sitting on a bus full of other students from my junior high school. We were waiting for the rest of the students to cross the border so they could load up the bus and take us on a school road trip, it could’ve been Magic Mountain or any of those bullshit annual trips.
I didn’t hang with these other kids. Nor the ones we were waiting for. I was just waiting for this long ass bus ride to an amusement park to begin so I could wander alone in the park, and maybe tag along with some other weirdos, but I seriously doubt it that could happen.
In the midst of waiting, and listening to the whole lot screaming and talking loudly on a school bus, one of the older kids comes in rushing to the bus and gets the tape player he had brought from home.
I’m sitting 3, maybe 4, rows away from where all this bullshit chaos nonsense is happening.
And he says to his friends something to the effect of:
– “hey, shut the fuck up and listen”.
– his friends comply.

He goes ahead and pops in a cassette. Puts the vomume close to the max, if not at the max. And this is the first time, of about 25 consecutive times on that same bus ride, my 12 year old ears listen to “Smells Like Teen Spirit”.
And needles to say. My 12 year old brain sort of exploded. I had always been surrounded by people I knew whenever music discovery time happened, but here I was alone and surrounded by a shitload of strangers that to this day don’t remember their names but that one asshole kid who was at least 3 years older than me played a song in an environment that caused my head and heart to be filled with the joy of liking something new.
The rest of the day I hummed and made up lyrics to the song while I wandered around the amusement park by myself.

Goddamn right music can change your life.

Words by: Alfredo Tellez & Edith Morales

Chastity

Chastity, Brandon Williams outfit from Toronto, released his album “Death Lust” on Captured Tracks back on July of 2018.

They just released a video for the new single “Innocence”.

Children was the other video and single released of their new album and is a must watch also.

The first single released was “Heaven Hell Anywhere Else”:

All in all Chastity is a good torch bearer for the continuation of post rock and ferocious noise. Which might be why they are the best band to open up the tour with Dilly Dally who will be playing the Casbah on April 2nd.
Do not sleep on Chastity album and see them live if you can.

Words by: Alfredo Tellez & Edith Morales.

Boy Harsher live at the Casbah

Boy Harsher kicked off their latest leg of their tour in support of their most recent album “Careful”, which was released February 1st by Nude Club Records, at the Casbah with their sold out show.

The gothsynth pop duo took the stage to a sold out crowd, and from the first notes that were played the crowd was ready to be taken on this darkwave of a journey.
The sound delivered from Jae Matthews and Augustus Miller is ripe for the goth, darkwave, post punk, Bauhaus loving scene that San Diego has.

Here’s a gallery from the show:


They’re on the the last dates of their US tour, make sure you go out and see them live. Buy their record. Support the sold out dates anyway you can.

 

 

Words and pictures by: Alfredo Tellez and Edith Morales.

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