Pity Sex released a new song What Might Soothe You? on 9/28 and a new album for Spring 2016 titled White Hot Moon. Pity Sex is also touring the West Coast in December, dates below.
Also, below is the art for What Might Soothe You? because man, is it lovely.
Note: tour poster and single art from Pity Sex's Facebook. No infringement intended.
Title Fight Tour By Susan McLean
Title Fight is on tour now. Dates below:
Oct-29 Nashville, TN @ The End
Oct-30 Gainesville, FL @ The Fest
Nov-01 New Orleans, LA @ Voodoo Music Experience
Nov-02 Oxford, MS @ Proud Larry's w/ Desaparecidos
Nov-03 Springfield, MO @ Outland Ballroom
Nov-04 Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th Street Collective
Nov-05 Dallas, TX @ The Door
Nov-06 Austin, TX @ 611 E 7th (Fun Fun Fun Nites)
Nov-08 Austin, TX @ Fun Fun Fun Fest
Note: dates and poster from Title Fight's Facebook
Ocean (Devon Baldwin) By Susan McLean
Devon Baldwin released the next track off her Lungs EP, titled Ocean. Complex talks about how the EP came to be with Baldwin
"All fluid synths and blustering backbeats, 'Ocean' immediately plunges into the propulsive unknown of pop where the inky underworld of Banks meets the fervent electronics of Broods. The track was co-written by Devon and Christoph Andersson who also produced the track. 'Ocean is the first song I finished for this project, I wrote and recorded it after my lung collapsed three times,' Devon told us over email. While the singer's self-described favorite pastimes are 'smoking and watching porn,' she can no longer do the former due to her lungs collapsing so many times. Instead, she drowns out her suffocating past by breathing new life into 'Ocean' as she cooly drifts into its own lane of smoked out noir&b."
Preorder Lungs EP on iTunes now.
Basement (UK) is promising a new full-length album on 1/29/16, titled Promise Everything. The title track, Promise Everything, was just released and you can listen here.
Basement is on tour now with The Story So Far and Turnover, dates from their Facebook:
10/28 Fort Collins, CO
10/29 Lincoln, NE
10/30 Bloomington, IL
10/31 Grand Rapids, MI
11/1 Columbus, OH
11/3 London, Canada
11/4 Toronto, Canada
11/5 Montreal, Canada
11/6 Worcester, MA
11/7 Sayreville, NJ
11/8 Patchogue, NY
11/9 Spartanburg, SC
11/10 Richmond, VA
11/11 Carrboro, NC
11/12 Charleston, SC
11/13 Athens, GA
11/14 Nashville, TN
11/16 San Antonio, TX
11/18 Las Vegas, NV
11/20 Anaheim, CA
11/21 Santa Cruz, CA
11/22 Petaluma, CA
Note: Cover art from Basement's Facebook and not our own
Milo's new album, So the Flies Don't Come was released on 9/25. Milo's art rap has been a favorite since I saw him in Philly. This album holds true to the style we're familiar, yet shows growth in all the right areas.
I really like Rabbletouse, Re: Animist, An Encyclopedia, Going No Place, and Napping Under the Echo Tree, but the whole album flows really nicely and is definitely worth listening to.
According to Facebook, Milo is on tour now:
10/28/2015 Portland ME @ Asylum
10/29/2015 Burlington VT @ Light Club Lamp Shop
10/30/2015 Ithaca NY @ Sacred Root
10/31/2015 Pittsburgh PA @ Evolver Tattoo
11/1/2015 Grand Rapids MI @ Nice Gallery
11/3/2015 Cincinnati OH @ Urban Artifact
11/4/2015 Columbus OH @ Double Happiness
11/5/2015 Oberlin OH @ Oberlin College
11/6/2015 Chicago IL @ Bric-a-Brac
11/7/2015 Milwaukee WI @ Mad Planet
11/8/2015 Madison WI @ Frequency
11/10/2015 Minneapolis MN @ Honey
11/11/2015 Kansas City MO @ Riot Room
11/12/2015 CO Springs CO @ Flux Capacitor
11/13/2015 Denver CO @ 7th Circle Music Collective
11/14/2015 Salt Lake City @ UT Uprok
11/15/2015 Missoula MT @ Real Lounge
11/18/2015 Seattle WA @ Vera Project
11/19/2015 Portland OR @ Kellys Olympian
11/20/2015 Sacramento CA @ warehouse artists lofts
11/21/2015 SF CA @ Thee
11/22/2015 San Jose CA @ Back Bar
11/24/2015 LA CA @ Silver Lake Lounge
Swell EP (Drug Church) By Susan McLean
Drug Church's new EP, Swell was released early in 2015 but is still worth noting. Patrick Kindlon (Self Defense Family) spoke to Noisey
"You've said before that your goal with Drug Church is to alienate people, and this song "Work-Shy" definitely makes me anxious as fuck. What kind of audience were you going after with these new songs?"
I saw Drug Church at a small show at SUNY Oneonta when they were touring with Touché Amoré a few years ago but failed to keep up with their antics since then since releases are sporadic. I liked Zero Zero and Ghost Dad, but But Does It Work? is another good track. For fans of Self Defense Family and 90s punk.
Cold War Kids, Maudlin Strangers, and Kinsey at Toad's Place 10/23 By Susan McLean
Edited 10/28 for new links
Toad's place is a great fairly tight venue to see shows, so I jumped at the chance to see Cold War Kids up close. A substantial drive from Willimantic, we came to New Haven early for food, so we ended up catching all the openers as well.
Kinsey was the first. They weren't anything spectacular, but not particularly offensive either. Follow Kinsey on Twitter and check out their bandcamp.
This was the first any of us had heard of Maudlin Strangers but we were quick converts. With lots of energy and great lyrics, we were jamming in no time. Check out their Overdose EP, as well as their new single Gingerale below. I really like Stay Young, Overdose, and Gingerale. Culture Collide says:
"The project of songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jake Hays, Maudlin Strangers released his debut EP Overdose this year. Recorded at home in his bedroom in Agoura Hills, California, Hays’ sound morphed through his demos, bringing him to this latest phase of his sound, which he describes as 'dark disco.'"
Cold War Kids put on a great show. They played enthusiastically and sang with feeling, and seemed happy to be there. They describe themselves as Rock/Soul/Punk, but I see them more as alt rock. I really liked their 2011 album Mine Is Yours, especially Skip the Charades, but hadn't kept up with them since. Their newest album is Hold My Home, and they've grown during my lapse of attention. First, Go Quietly, and Hotel Anywhere are favorites off the new album, but I also suggest checking out All This Could Be Yours, Mexican Dogs, St. John, and Hospital Beds.
Catch the East Coast tour until 10/29.
Dealer (Foxing) By Susan McLean
Hopefully, as faithful Bruised Knuckles readers (**aggressively winks in your direction**), you know that I love Foxing. As soon as I fell in love with their first album, The Albatross, and saw them live, I was not-so-patiently awaiting more. Foxing released The Magdalene as a first single, and I knew then that the second album was going to be incredible. Available for streaming now, and for purchase on 10/30, this is an album you need to listen to.
Foxing's sophomore album is just as emotional as the former, but quieter, cleaner, more concise. If the first was a tsunami of emotion, this is more a monsoon, building steadily until you don't even notice you're about to drown in the floodwater, then when the album is suddenly over, you realized Foxing created real emotions with just a series of sounds, and that blows your mind. Or maybe that's just me.
Brooklyn Vegan says:
"If it doesn't seem that way at first, it's because rather than making their sound even bigger and risk falling into cheap bombast, Foxing have actually scaled back. There's nothing as immediate as "Rory," but over time the whole record will hit you much harder. It hit me on something like my seventh listen, on headphones in the subway. It was at some point during the one-two punch of "Indica" into "Winding Cloth" -- I completely forgot about my surroundings and just lost it in my head to these songs. It's the kind of thing only a truly powerful song can make you do, and eventually I realized that every song on this album is that kind of song. That's a very personal and uncritical way of looking at it, but these are songs that are meant to be appreciated on a deeply personal level.
Give Dealer a listen. Indica, Night Channels, Winding Cloth, The Magdalene, Glass Coughs, and Coda are my favorites, but the album as a whole is a piece of art.
Also catch them on tour with TWIABP, Brightside, and TTNG:
Foxing -- 2015 Tour Dates
11/02 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder *
11/04 - Newport, KY - The Southgate House Revival^
11/05 - Columbus, OH - The Basement^
11/06 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Pyramid Scheme^
11/07 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean^
11/08 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry^
11/10 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater^
11/11 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court^
11/12 - Reno, NV - The Holland Project^
11/13 - Portland, OR - Analog Theater^
11/14 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret^
11/15 - Seattle, WA - The Vera Project^
11/17 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Shop^
11/18 - Los Angeles, CA - Roxy Theatre^
11/20 - Phoenix, AZ - The Rebel Lounge^
11/21 - El Paso, TX - Mesa Music Hall^
11/23 - Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey Bar N Grill^
11/24 - Austin, TX - Sidewinder^
11/25 - Houston, TX - Walters^
11/27 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade^
11/28 - Nashville, TN - The End^
11/30 - Richmond, VA - The Camel^
12/01 - Morgantown, WV - 123 Pleasant St^
12/02 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar^
12/03 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg^
12/04 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer^
12/05 - Ithaca, NY - The Haunt *
12/06 - Boston, MA - The Sinclair *
12/12 - St. Louis, MO @ The Firebird (Album Release Show)
* - w/ TWIABP, Brightside
^ - w/ TWIABP, TTNG, Brightside
Note: album art, quote, and tour dates from Brooklyn Vegan, no copyright infringement intended
I found Devon Baldwin when she was featured in Let's Get Lost by G-Eazy, which I fell in love with.
Baldwin is releasing a debut EP titled Lungs soon, and the first track, Backwards, is available now through Soundcloud. Baldwin is such a fresh new artist she still has a lot of growing to do, but I expect big things from her soon. Give Backwards a listen for a fun pop track and stay posted for the Lungs EP. Check out Baldwin's website here (love her aesthetic).
Colour Blind (Seaway) By Susan McLean
Seaway released their second full album today, titled Colour Blind. The album is decent, my favorites are The Day She Left and Best Mistake. Seaway blends old pop-punk and new pop-punk, but they still need to grow a little bit to be on the caliber of the rest of the pop-punk world.
..."the album's artwork which looks to maybe have taken some graphic cues from Turnstile's '90s-esque Nonstop Feeling."
Seaway has been touring alongside Sorority Noise, Knuckle Puck, and Head North since 10/14 until 11/21, check out the dates here.
Note: quote from AP and album art from Seaway's Facebook page
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