Thursday, September 29, 2011

Prince Rama premieres music video, extends Fall tour, plus stream the new album now

VIDEO - "Golden Silence" Official Music Video
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VIDEO - Damon McMahon of Amen Dunes' karaoke version of "Golden Silence" - 


Prince Rama

In order to afford their fans a sneak peek of their forthcoming record, Trust Now, before its release date, Prince Rama recently launched a video series in which their musical friends perform karaoke versions of the songs from the new album.  Participants for the series will be unveiled as the videos are released, but rest assured that the band has an impressive group of luminaries enlisted for the remainder of the project.  The series launched recently via The Fader blog, with G. Lucas Crane of Woods performing the Trust Now track "Incarnation," apparently in a room with very low ceilings.  The second installment featured Sierra Leone's Janka Nabay performing "Summer Of Love."  Today the third installment, featuring Damon McMahon of Amen Dunes doing "Golden Silence" went live, as well as the official music video for "Golden Silence." The band has also announced extended tour dates this Fall with Indian Jewelry in addition to their previously announced run with Gang Gang Dance.

Drawing from a collective mine of times and spaces, Prince Rama (made up of sisters Taraka and Nimai Larson) takes the threads of ancient symbolism and ritual and weaves a surreal universe that is wholly their own.  Their often-unpredictable live shows graze the space between psychedelic ceremony, performance art and initiation rite. 
Trust Now, their 5th full-length album and 2nd album to be released on Paw Tracks was born out of this fantastic ritual space.  Spawned from the vernal heat of the Florida swamps amidst swirling patterns of pine orchards and pre-Columbian artifacts, Prince Rama was whispered into the ears of Taraka Larson, Nimai Larson, and Michael Collins in the summer of 2007 by the clanging of prayer bells and goat-skin drums.  They left the Hare Krishna farm where they were living to attend art school and form a creative nucleus in Boston.  The visceral, devotional and raw "Threshold Dances" and "Zetland" were released as the culminations of those early collaborations.  At this time Taraka also began working for the controversial visionary artist Paul Laffoley, and inspired by his architectural diagrams of utopic space, composed Architecture of Utopia. 

After a series of extensive tours (one of which resulted in a tragic car robbery where all their equipment got stolen), the trio moved to Brooklyn, rebuilt themselves from the ground up and wrote Shadow Temple, produced with the help of Avey Tare and Deakin of Animal Collective and released on Paw Tracks in September 2010. 
A few months later, Michael Collins took a hiatus from the band and the two sisters went on to refine and reinvent their sound through the recording of Trust Now, recorded in a 19th century church with Scott Colburn (Sun City Girls, Animal Collective, Arcade Fire).  Just this past year Prince Rama was also chosen to be artists in residence at Issue Project Room in Brooklyn, where they currently reside and continue their exploration of the link between music and utopia, conducting group exorcisms to the score of old VHS workout music and re-staging apocalypses through chopped and screwed pop songs.


10/01 Houston, TX Fitzgerald's #
10/03 Austin, TX Mohawk #
10/04 Marfa, TX House Show
10/05 Phoenix, AZ Crescent Ballroom #
10/06 Los Angeles, CA Los Globos +
10/07 San Diego, CA Casbah #
10/08 Pioneertown, CA Pappy & Harriet's #
10/10 Big Sur, CA Henry Miller Library #
10/11 San Francisco, CA Independent #
10/12 Eureka, CA Empire Squared #
10/13 Portland, OR Holocene #
10/14 Seattle, WA Neumos #
10/15 Vancouver, BC Biltmore #
10/18 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry #
10/19 Madison, WI Majestic #
10/20 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall #
10/21 Morgantown, WV 123 Pleasant Street #
10/22 New York, NY CMJ
11/11 Brooklyn, NY 11/11/11 UTOPIA = NO TIME Concert For The End of the World Artist Residency @ Issue Project Room
11/12 Brooklyn, NY - Cameo Gallery*
11/13 Philadelphia, PA - Little Bar*
11/14 Pittsburgh, PA - The Shop*
11/15 Chicago, Illinois - Beat Kitchen*
11/16 Columbia, MO - Mojo's *
11/17 Springfield, MO - Outland Ballroom*
11/18 Denton, TX - Hailey's*
11/19 Austin, TX - Mohawk Inside*!
11/20 Houston, TX - Mango's*
11/21 New Orleans, LA - Siberia*
11/22 Pensacola, FL - TBA*
11/28 Jacksonville, FL - Burro Bar
11/29 Gainesville, FL - The Backyard (Boca Fiesta)
11/30 Orlando, FL - Will's Pub
12/01 Miami, FL - Art Basel
12/02 St. Augustine, FL - Red Moonfest

* = w/ Indian Jewelry
! = w/ Melt Banana, 400 Blows
+ = w/ Sun Araw, matthewdavid
# = w/ Gang Gang Dance

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EAST OF THE WALL Present New Track Via NPR; More Fall Tour Dates Confirmed

Today, National Public Radio’s All Things Considered blog is streaming “False Build,” the fourth track from EAST OF THE WALL’s upcoming third full-length, The Apologist. The five-and-a-half-minute track makes it evident that the band’s songwriting is at its strongest to date on this album.

Hear the continually morphing “False Build” now at NPR.

EAST OF THE WALL also released the track “Whiskey Sipper” from the album several weeks ago via MetalSucks.

Recorded by Andrew Schneider at Translator Audio in Brooklyn (Cave In, Pelican, Keelhaul, Unsane, Rosetta), The Apologist surges with nearly fifty minutes of EAST OF THE WALL's trademark challenging progressive metallic prowess, and is approaching release on Octobrer 25th on CD/digital via Translation Loss and for double 12" via Antithetic Records. The CD is available for preorder here and the LP here.

EAST OF THE WALL’s month-long self-booked American tour kicks off in conjunction with the release of The Apologist on October 21st with more shows still being confirmed at this time. The band are still seeking help in some regions so if you can help book a show in one of the noted areas please contact earsplitpr[@] or band[@]

EAST OF THE WALL Confirmed Tour Dates:
9/30/2011 Court Tavern - New Brunswick, NJ w/ Sydbarret, A Fucking Elephant, The Sun The Moon The Stars
10/01/2011 Mexicali - Teaneck, NJ w/ Jolly, Thank You Scientist

EAST OF THE WALL Fall 2011 Tour:
w/ Goes Cube, White Arms Of Athena, Meek Is Murder, more
10/21/2011 The Saint - Asbury Park, NJ [record release] w/ Abacinate, The Ghost In Black And White
10/22/2011 Union Pool - Brooklyn, NY [record release] w/ Dysrhythmia, Meek Is Murder, City of Ships
10/24/2011 Vintage Vinyl - Fords, NJ [record release]
10/25/2011 Gooski's - Pittsburg, PA w/ Tidal Arms
10/26/2011 Annabell’s Bar & Lounge - Akron, OH w/ Tidal Arms
10/27/2011 ***Booking help needed*** Indianapolis/Fort Wayne, IN or Detroit, MI w/ Tidal Arms
10/28/2011 Memories - Chicago, IL w/ Tidal Arms
10/29/2011 Stages Live - Waterloo, IA w/ Iron Thrones
10/30/2011 Triple Rock Social Club - Minneapolis, MN w/ Iron Thrones
10/31/2011 The New Direction - Fargo, ND w/ Iron Thrones
11/01/2011 Latitude 44 - Sioux Falls, SD
11/02/2011 The Bourbon Theater - Lincoln, NE w/ Masses
11/03/2011 Old Curtis Street Bar - Denver, CO w/ Goes Cube, Adai, Iron Horse
11/04/2011 Rock Bottom Bar - Rock Springs, WY w/ Goes Cube
11/05/2011 Burt's Tiki Lounge - Salt Lake City, UT w/ Goes Cube, I Am The Ocean
11/06/2011 Jub Jub's Thirst Parlor - Reno, NV w/ Goes Cube
11/07/2011 ***Booking help needed*** San Francisco/Oakland/Sacramento/Bakersfield, CA w/ Goes Cube
11/08/2011 Coconuts - Capistrano Beach, CA w/ Black Sheep Wall, White Arms Of Athena
11/09/2011 Vacation Vinyl - Los Angeles, CA (early show)
11/09/2011 Three Clubs - Los Angeles, CA w/ Black Sheep Wall, White Arms Of Athena
11/10/2011 TBA - Phoenix, AZ w/ White Arms Of Athena
11/11/2011 Warehouse 21 - Albuquerque, NM w/ White Arms Of Athena
11/12/2011 ***Booking help needed*** Amarillo/Lubbock, TX w/ White Arms Of Athena
11/13/2011 The Door - Dallas, TX w/ White Arms Of Athena
11/14/2011 ***Booking help needed***- Little Rock, AR w/ White Arms Of Athena
11/15/2011 The Squeaky Lizard - Hattiesburg, MS w/ White Arms Of Athena
11/16/2011 ***Booking help needed*** New Orleans/Pensacola/Birmingham
11/17/2011 The Farside - Tallahasse, FL w/ Dickicker
11/18/2011 Cool Hand Luc's - Fort Myers, FL w/ Dickicker
11/19/2011 Will's Pub - Orlando w/ Dickicker
11/20/2011 Club 2 Ten - Savannah, GA w/ Meek Is Murder, Howler, Indian Giver
11/21/2011 The Milestone - Charlotte, NC w/ Meek Is Murder, Mr. Invisible
11/22/2011 TBA - Richmond, VA w/ Meek Is Murder

"Imagine the metallic flourishes of the math-rock band Don Caballero lasting much longer, the bombastic gruff of Botch injected with melody, and some super-tight, jazz-inspired guitar work." - NPR

"... The Apologist is the same but different; the same wonky, jazzy, proggy via post-hardcore East of the Wall-isms that made Ressentiment (and its predecessor Farmer’s Almanac) so endearing, but done in new ways, evolved to the next level, more ambitious." - MetalSucks

"It’s progressive metal in the truest sense of the word. This album is as raw and musically uncompromising as they come." - Alternative Matter

Rob Crow's "Build" Streaming Now; New Album He Thinks He's People Out October 18

Temporary Residence Ltd Streaming Rob Crow's "Build"
Limited Number Of Downloads Available
New Album He Thinks He's People In Stores October 18
Rob Crow is back after a four-year wait with his latest solo effort, He Thinks He's People. Out October 18 on Temporary Residence Ltd, the label is streaming “Build” from the upcoming record on its Soundcloud page, which you can find here. Continuing its series of limited-release downloads from the album, there are only 100 available of "Build", so be sure to grab one before they are gone!
More dynamic and eclectic than its predecessor, He Thinks He's People marries Crow 's penchant for drawing inspiration from a variety of genres with an uncanny ability to create a subtle, relaxing mood throughout. This is likely attributed to his remarkable voice, a trademark that has helped make Pinback an institution for the past decade. The ease and sincerity with which he delivers lines as wrought as "Sometimes, just hope is the trap" – or playfully revels in the morbid demise of people who talk on their cell phones during movies – is what make Crow truly one-of-a-kind, and a shining light who continues to thrive on the outer edges of pop music.

Butcher the Bar

Announces European Dates with Death Cab For Cutie" talented musician. His no frills style of performance allow his stories to take the spotlight, backed by simple, well-crafted melodies on stripped down instrumentation...definitely a hidden gem." - The Fader
Watch the Video for "Alpha Street West" at Vimeo (Available to Post)

Manchester UK artist Butcher The Bar (aka Joel Nicholson) has debuted a brand new, gravity-defying video for "Alpha Street West," taken from his newest Morr Music release, For Each A Future Tethered. The video comes just in time for a European tour with select dates supporting Death Cab For Cutie. Ben Gibbard first discovered Nicholson's songs earlier this year and started recommending them on the band's Twitter. A few months later he asked Nicholson to join them on the road.

Butcher The Bar gave us insight into his deepest thoughts three years ago with his debut, Sleep At Your Own Speed, an album that dealt with the uncertainties of growing up - recorded in the intimate light of his bedroom.
In For Each A Future Tethered he shares his personal story with wispy serene vocals and creative arrangements.  There is a wider range of musical accompaniment, with the inclusion of trumpets, clarinets, harmoniums and pianos, resulting in a richer, more developed sound. The music is somewhat reminiscent of label mates Seabear, but his earnest songwriting is true to the tradition of great songwriters like Nick Drake, Paul Simon and Elliott Smith.

    Butcher The Bar in Concert  
10-22 - Andenne, Belgium - Centre Culture
10-24 - Magdeburg, Germany - Riff
10-24 - Magdeburg, Germany - Riff
    10-25 - Dresden, Germany - Thalia
   10-26 - Göttingen, Germany - Apex
    10-27 - Krefeld, Germany - Kulturrampe 
    10-28 -  Hamburg, Germany - Uebel & Gefaehrlich (w / Stankowski)
    10-29 - Erfurt, Germany - Franz Mehlhose (w / Stankowski)
    10-30 - Berlin, Germany - HBC (w / Stankowski)
    10-31 - Leipzig, Germany - Werk 2 (w / Stankowski)
    11-01 - Offenbach, Germany - Hafen 2 
    11-02 - Munich, Germany - Feierwerk (w / Stankowski)
    11-03 - Stuttgart, Germany - Universum (w / Stankowski)
    11-04 - Lucerne, Switzerland - Treibhaus (w / Stankowski)
   11-05 - Schaffhausen, Switzerland - Tab Tab
    11-06 - Osimo , Ancona, Italy - Loop Club
    11-08 - Florence, Italy - Glue
    11-12 - Luxembourg City, Luxembourg - Den Atelier (w/ Death Cab For Cutie)
   11-13 - Cologne, Germany - E- Werk (w/ Death Cab For Cutie)
    11-16 - London, England- Hammersmith Apollo (w/ Death Cab For Cutie)
    11-17 - Leeds, England - Academy (w/ Death Cab For Cutie)
    11-18 -  Birmingham, England - Birmingham Ballroom (w / Death Cab For Cutie)
    11-19  - Glasgow, Scotland- Academy (w/ Death Cab For Cutie)

OBSCURA announce North American headline tour

OBSCURA announce North American headline tour

OBSCURA has announced their first ever North American headline tour in support of their latest album Omnivium.   The tour will start Nov. 4 in Wilmington, Delaware and run through Dec. 7 with support from label-mates ABYSMAL DAWN, LAST CHANCE TO REASON (select dates) and ENFOLD DARKNESS (select dates).

OBSCURA recently completed an extensive South East Asian tour as well as their first ever shows in Dubai.

OBSCURA released Omnivium in late March, charting in both the U.S. and Germany for first week sales. OBSCURA debuted at #11 on the Billboard Top New Artists or "Heatseekers" chart in the U.S. and at #14 on the official German Newcomers Chart as determined by Media Control. OBSCURA is currently streaming Omnivium in its entirety online now at this location

OBSCURA Tour Dates:

Oct. 7                 Lichtenfels, Germany                 Way of Darkness Festival

***North American tour with support from ABYSMAL DAWN, LAST CHANCE TO REASON (Nov. 4 -25), ENFOLD DARKNESS (Nov. 28 - Dec. 7)***

Nov. 4 Wilmington, DE      Mojo 13
Nov. 5 New York, NY      Gramercy Theater (as part of MetalsucksFest)
Nov. 6 Montreal, QC         Petit Campus
Nov. 7 Toronto, ON          Hard Luck
Nov. 8 Cleveland, OH       Peabody's
Nov. 9 Joliet, IL                Mojoe's
Nov. 10 St Paul, MN        Station 4
Nov. 11 Winnipeg, MB     The Zoo
Nov. 13 Saskatoon, SK    Louis' Pub
Nov. 14 Edmonton, AB    Pawn Shop
Nov. 15 Calgary, AB        The Distillery
Nov. 16 Vancouver, BC   Rickshaw Theater
Nov. 17 Portland, OR      Branx
Nov. 18 Seattle, WA       Studio Seven
Nov. 20 San Francisco, CA         DNA Lounge
Nov. 21 Hollywood, CA   Key Club
Nov. 23 Tempe, AZ         The Clubhouse
Nov. 25 Denver, CO        The Marquis Theater
Nov. 27 Tulsa, OK          The Marquee Theater
Nov. 28 Dallas, TX          The Rail Club
Nov. 29 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
Nov. 30 Houston, TX       Warehouse Live
Dec. 2 Tampa, FL          Brass Mug
Dec. 4 Orlando, FL         Firestone Live
Dec. 5 Atlanta, GA         Masquerade
Dec. 6 Richmond, VA     Kingdom
Dec. 7 Baltimore, MD     Sonar

"Obscura have absolutely nailed it...their mastery of tempos and moods marks them out as among extremity's smartest." - Terrorizer

"In a world of stale, copy and paste, auto tune bullsh*t clouding the airwaves, there is one band defining the future of metal music. That band is Obscura." - Skulls N Bones

"an unstoppable force in the world of tech death." - The New Review

"Omnivium is streamlined, focused, and artfully crafted." - Revolver

GODS AND QUEENS: Fall European Tour Confirmed; Three Releases Now Streaming

GODS AND QUEENS: Fall European Tour Confirmed
Three Releases Now Streaming

Philadelphia-based indie bandits GODS AND QUEENS have confirmed a new date European tour, set to take place through most of November and into December, with twenty-five shows confirmed at press time. Having already toured Europe four times since 2009 -- three of the trips fully self-booked -- this latest venture sees the band again taking their angular, nonconformist rock and unpredictable live show to European fans, invading underworld venues they’ve antagonized previously as well as new scenes.

GODS AND QUEENS have almost been killed driving off a cliff in the Massif Central region of France, accidentally stabbed their European driver early this year, resulting in 38 stitches, and once finished a five-week tour of Europe with a broken-footed drummer. Besides headlining several of their own DIY-booked Euro tours, they’ve also toured stateside with Coliseum, Blacklisted, Young Widows and more. Their live shows consist of a raucous blend of volume and seriousness, blatant antagonism aimed directly towards the audience, or ditching their own songs mid-set to play the entire Land Speed record by Hüsker Dü.

The GODS AND QUEENS lineup is led by guitar/vocals Jamie Getz (ex-Lickgoldensky, ex-Versoma), joined by bassist Ben Roysden (Fire In the Hearts And Minds) and drummer Jeff Ziga (Armalite, Affirmative Action Jackson). Existing in their own musical purgatory -- too heavy to be an idie rock band, yet too indie rock to be a heavy band -- they play noisy, melodic rock, not far off from, and directly influenced by 1990′s stalwarts Unwound, Lowercase, June Of 44, Lush or Lungfish, yet they mostly get booked on metal shows. With releases out via Robotic Empire, Adagio830 and Sons Of Vesta, all records in the GODS AND QUEENS catalog are Untitled, and all of their song titles are "Untitled" followed by a number. Stream all three Untitled records now on their Bandcamp page.

GODS AND QUEENS November 2011 European Tour:
11/09/2011 La Miroiterie - Paris, France
11/10/2011 Le Bar des Capucins - Lyon, France
11/11/2011 Edoné - Bergamo, Italy
11/12/2011 Arci Valverde - Forli, Italy
11/13/2011 Borederline - Pisa, Italy
11/15/2011 TBA - Koper, Slovenia
11/16/2011 Radio Student FM 89.3 - Ljublijana, Slovenia *early show  - Jamie solo/acoustic set
11/16/2011 Pekarna - Dvorana Gustaf Maribor, Slovenia
11/17/2011 Menza Pri Koritu - Ljubljana, Slovenia
11/18/2011 Medika - Zagreb, Croatia
11/19/2011 Kino Bosna - Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovnia
11/21/2011 TBA - Split, Croatia
11/22/2011 Széfra - Budapest, Hungary
11/23/2011 Venster 99 - Vienna, Austria
11/24/2011 SUB - Graz, Austria
11/25/2011 AZ Conni - Dresden, Germany
11/26/2011 Saechsischer Bahnhof - Gera, Germany *early show
11/27/2011 Schokoladen - Berlin, Germany *early show
11/28/2011 Exhaus - Trier, Germany
11/29/2011 Waldmeister - Solingen, Germany
11/30/2011 AZ - Aachen, Germany
12/01/2011 De Onderbroek - Nijmegen, Netherlands
12/02/2011 Secret Spot - Oostende, Belgium
12/03/2011 Vera - Groningen, Netherlands *free show
12/04/2011 ACU - Utrecht, Netherlands *early show

LA dubpunks SWAHILI BLONDE prep new full-length for November; premiere tripped-out video on LA Times

LA dubpunks SWAHILI BLONDE prep new full-length for November; premiere tripped-out video on LA Times
Psycho Tropical Ballet Pink due in November on Neurotic Yell Records; October Residency at The Echo in LA begins Monday
VIDEO: Purple Ink
(via LA Times)
Directed by Burke Roberts
LISTEN: Purple Ink
"There are Saharan desert blues licks that barely snag onto the backbeat; smatterings of filtered-out percussion that could come from the Caribbean in the distant future or from bombed-out East Berlin in the '80s; and enough reverb to drown midsize animals." - LA Times
"ESG meets Rolling Thunder Revue-era Dylan–minimalist punk-funk blown out with troubadour violins and face painted flare" - RCRD LBL
Basing songs around cryptic shout-outs and jittery backings styled around the Slits, were their dub reggae teachings replaced by a schooling around New York’s original No Wave scene, Swahili Blonde almost make a point of never settling into a holding pattern. - The Line Of Best Fit
Alternating between tightly-wound and loosely fluid, the Los Angeles group Swahili Blonde tastefully mine the legacy of No Wave, Dub, Krautrock, and Post-Punk creating a sound that is immediately playful and fun, but also futuristic; revealing it's complexity and new layers upon repeated listens. From the ashes of the rawkus now-defunct LA dub-punks WEAVE!, Swahili Blonde was formed in 2009 when former WEAVE! drummer and vocalist, Nicole Turley, started experimenting in her studio; creating unconventional dubby art-rock arrangements while giving a recorded voice to paralleled realities, vibrant visuals, and delightfully mismatched rhythms and patterns. Since then, Swahili Blonde has become a reputed dynamic and engaging live act, as an 8-piece band featuring members of The Like, Dante Vs Zombies, Corridor, WEAVE!, and DEVO.
Swahili Blonde's new album Psycho Tropical Ballet Pink is a trippier, more percussive counterpart to 2010's debut Man Meat, which tapped into a scrappier punk spirit (a la Raincoats and The Slits). Their new record contains loads of surprises: Caribbean influences, sideways grooves, doo-wop vocal harmonies, and earworm-y instrumental interplay, while flourishing with the use of orchestral horns and strings. On Psycho Tropical Ballet Pink' s opener "Etoile De Mer", it's clear that the band is exploring new directions with a track that takes the rhythmic pulse of their previous work and submerges it underwater. "Zelda Has It" takes things even deeper marrying angular funk with spooky atmospheres. Things emerge from the visceral underwater seascape on their soaring cover of A-Ha's "Scoundrel Days" before launching into "Purple Ink" suggesting a Beefheart-ian approach to deconstructing the 99 Records catalog, with its stop-starts, spiraling guitar melodies, and polyrhythmic sense of timing. The album closes out with the driving synth dub instrumental "Science Is Magick" and the spaced out "The Golden Corale" where strings sweep over galloping percussion.
Accented by guest performances throughout the album from Laena Geronimo (violin), Brad Caulkins (sax), and John Frusciante (guitar), Psycho Tropical Ballet Pink consistently keeps the listener on their toes with John Cale-esque violin shrieks, shimmering guitars, sitar, even Tijuana Brass horns. While unpredictable, Turley's realized vision is unified by its homage to Swahili Blonde's dub/punk/funk influences filtered thru today's anything-goes post-global lens, and the result is a fascinating album from one of the most interesting bands to emerge from Southern California in recent memory.
10.3 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo w/ Dreamtapes, Crooked Cowboy & The Freshwater Indians, Raw Geronimo with DJ Jason Mason (Dub Club/Punky Reggae Party)
10.10 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo w/ Secret Circuit, Residual Echoes, The Black Apples with DJ Jimi Hey
10.17 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo w/ Chains Of Love, Corridor, Jail Weddings with DJ Butchy Fuego
10.24 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo w/ Seasons, Free Moral Agents, Siddhartha with DJ David Orlando (Dub Club/Punky Reggae Party)
Psycho Tropical Ballet Pink
out November 15th on Neurotic Yell Records

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Former Thieves Announce October US Tour Dates * November - December US Dates w/ Very Special Guest To Be Named Shortly

Announce October US Tour Dates and Special Appearances w/ Hatebreed, Comeback Kid, We Are The Union and More
November - December US Tour w/ Very Special Guest To Be Named Shortly
Debut Album "The Language That We Speak" Out Now on No Sleep Records!

In support of their debut album, "The Language That We Speak" released this Spring on No Sleep Records, Iowa's Former Thieves have announced a string of US tour dates taking place this October, including select special appearances with Hatebreed, Comeback Kid, We Are The Union and more, followed by a massive two-month tour with a very special guest to be named soon, as well as Vanna, The Crimson Armada, and Listener, taking place this November and December throughout the majority of the continental US.

Coming from the barren and simple fields of Iowa, Former Thieves have created a pummeling new record that personifies the feelings and emotions of coming from nothing and fighting the entire way to what they have created. "The Language That We Speak" takes the listener through a thorough commentary on the frustration of Midwestern life. Articulate, sharp, and sincerely pissed.

Recorded December 1st through 10th 2010 at The Red Room in Seattle, WA with Chris Common (Mastodon, The Sword) at the helm, No Sleep Records released "The Language That We Speak" on April 19th 2011. The record is available on CD, vinyl, and digital formats and recalls the sounds made famous by the likes of Converge, Botch, Coalesce, and Modern Life Is War while maintaining its own unique formula.

Former Thieves Live!
10/11 Brass Bells Studio Oklahoma City, OK
10/12 The Pine Box Midland, TX
10/13 Sunshine Theater Albuquerque, NM *
10/14 Mesa Theater & Club Grand Junction, CO *
10/24 Vaudeville Mews Des Moines, IA ^
10/25 Mojo's Columbia, MO
10/26 Downtown Music Hall Little Rock, AR
10/29 The Laboratory Gainesville, FL (The Fest)
10/30 The Speakeasy Lake Worth, FL
10/31 Warehouse 8B Jacksonville, FL%
11/01 Sector 7G Augusta, GA %

w/ Very Special Guest, Vanna, The Crimson Armada, Listener
11/04 The Firehouse Birmingham, AL
11/05 New Brookland Tavern West Columbia, SC
11/06 Greene Street Music Hall Greensboro, NC
11/08 Kimgdom Richmond, VA
11/09 Somar Baltimore, MD
11/10 The Note West Chester, PA
11/11 Gramercy Theater, New York, NY
11/12 The Palladium Worcester, MA
11/13 The Loft @ The Chance Poughkeepsie, NY
11/14 Mohawk Place Buffalo, NY
11/15 Underworld Montreal, QC
11/16 The Annex Wreck Room Toronto, ON
11/17 42nd Street Rock House Greensburg, PA
11/18 MXTP Grand Rapids, MI
11/19 The Bottom Lounge Chicago, IL
11/20 Camelot Arena Portage, IN
11/22 Fubar St. Louis, MO
11/23 Outland Ballroom Springfield, MO
11/26 Marquis Theatre Denver, CO
11/28 The Venue Boise, ID
11/29 Aclub Spokane, WA
11/30 Studio Seven Seattle, WA
12/01 Hawthorne Theater Portland, OR
12/02 The Boardwalk Orangevale, CA
12/03 Soma Sidestage San Diego, CA
12/04 Chain Reaction Anaheim, CA
12/05 The Underground Mesa, AZ
12/06 Open Gate Church El Paso, TX
12/07 Jake's Sports Center Lubbock, TX
12/08 White Rabbit San Antonio, TX
12/09 Red 7 Austin, TX
12/10 Fair Park Dallas, TX
12/11 Warehouse Live Houston, TX
12/13 The Handle Bar Pensacola, FL
12/14 Double Down Live Gainesville, FL
12/15 The Social Orlando, FL
12/16 The Orpheum Tampa, FL
12/17 The Masquerade - Hell Atlanta, GA

* = w/ Hatebreed
^ = w/ Comeback Kid
% = w/ We Are The Union, Koji, Last Call

Stream "The Language That We Speak" here!

The Postelles To Support The Kooks On Fall North American Tour



The Postelles will support The Kooks on the first leg of the U.K. band's upcoming North American tour, beginning with a show at the Trocadero in Philadelphia on November 15th and including two sold-out nights at Webster Hall in New York City (11/16, 17). Prior to The Kooks dates, The Postelles will be the main supporting act on The Wombats' entire U.S. tour, which launches with a CMJ show at Webster Hallon October 19th and concludes at the Crocodile Café in Seattle on November 12th. The Postelles, who recently performed at Atlanta's Music Midtown Festival (with Coldplay, The Black Keys) and Dave Matthews Band Caravan's stop at New York City's Randall's Island, will also be playing numerous headline shows and festivals between now and the end of the year. See below for itinerary.    

In a recent live review, the LA Weekly observed: "[The Postelles] delivered a high-energy, highly-danceable set...laying on the hooks and melodies thick and with unquestionable confidence" while praised their "killer live show" and urged: "everyone go see them on tour."

Numerous tracks have already been licensed from The Postelles' self-titled debut album, which was produced by the band and The Strokes' Albert Hammond, Jr. "Sound The Alarms" was heard in last week's season premiere of ABC's "Revenge" and has also been tapped for EA Sport's new Need For Speed The Run video game, which will be released in November. "White Night" was used in Fox's "Raising Hope" and the CW's "Vampire Diaries" and "90210" while lead single "123 Stop" was heard in the trailer for the film How Do You Know, which starred Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson and Jack Nicholson.

"Songs like 'Stella' and '123 Stop' are high-energy power pop," said Relix while the New York Post put "Boy's Best Friend" on its list of summer "songs that sizzle." "The Postelles sound like the wound-up early hours of what will be a long Saturday night on the town," observed Rolling Stone. "There are elements of both mod and punk, but The Postelles have a sneering attitude all their own." SPIN praised their "hooked-at-the-gills, head-bobbing rock'n'roll groove" while Blurt noted: "The four-piece is defined by their simplicity, featuring straightforward hooks reminiscent of a bygone era of rock 'n' roll."

The Postelles followed the June release of their full-length album with Summer Undercovers in July. The free digital EP featured covers of The Smith's "Ask," Joe Jones' "California Sun," Wreckless Eric's "Whole Wide World" and The Ramones' "Beat on The Brat."

Formed in high school, The Postelles - comprising Daniel Balk (lead vocals/rhythm guitar), David Dargahi (vocals/lead guitar), John Speyer (bass) and Billy Cadden (percussion) - began playing shows around Manhattan when they were high school seniors. On the strength of theirWhite Night EP, also co-produced by Albert Hammond, Jr., they toured with Kings of Leon, Vampire Weekend, Interpol, The Kills, The Wombats and Free Energy. They've played such major festivals such as Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo (twice), All Points West and Iceland Airwaves, performed at The Who Tribute Concert at New York City's Carnegie Hall and recently supported the legendary Chuck Berry.

Upcoming Shows  
Date    City/State/Province                 Venue                         
10/7     Los Angeles, CA                     Culture Collide Festival
10/8     San Jose, CA                          Left Coast Live Festival
10/19   New York, NY                         Webster Hall (CMJ)               w/ The Wombats 
10/21   Washington, DC                     9:30 Club                                "
10/22   Brooklyn, NY                          Prospect Park-Rock 'N Roll Marathon-free 10am set
10/22   Philadelphia, PA                     Johnny Brenda's                     w/ The Wombats 
10/24   Charlottesville, VA                  Jefferson Theater                    "
10/25   Chapel Hill, NC                       Local 506                                "
10/26   Atlanta, GA                             The Loft                                   "
10/29   Houston, TX                            Fitzgerald's                             " 
10/30   Austin, TX                               The Parish                              "
11/1     Dallas, TX                               Granada Theater                     "
11/2     Kansas City, MO                     Record Bar                              "
11/4     Columbus, OH                        Outland on Liberty                   "
11/5     Chicago, IL                              Subterranean                          " 
11/7     Minneapolis, MN                     The Varsity Theater                 "
11/10   Portland, OR                           Wonder Ballroom                     "
11/11   Vancouver, BC                        The Venue                                "
11/12  Seattle, WA                              Crocodile Cafe                         "
11/15   Philadelphia, PA                      The Trocadero                         w/ The Kooks
11/16   New York, NY                          Webster Hall - SOLD OUT      "
11/17   New York, NY                          Webster Hall - SOLD OUT      "
11/19   Boston, MA                              House of Blues                        "
11/20   Washington, DC                      9:30 Club                                 "
11/22   Montreal, QC                           Club Soda                               "
11/23   Toronto, ON                             Sound Academy                     "
11/25   Columbus, OH                         Newport Music Hall                "
11/26   Chicago, IL                              The Vic Theatre                      "
11/27   Uncasville, CT                         Wolf Den-Mohegan Sun         Headlining
12/6     Los Angeles, CA                      Bootleg Theater                     "

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