Tuesday, February 24, 2015 0 Engineers

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Sunday, February 22, 2015 0 Engineers

Album: At Dark - At Dark


Band: At Dark
Album: At Dark
Label: Self Released
Year: 2012








Tracklist
01. Around Dark
02. The Battle Of A Hundred Slain
03. War Against The Storm
04. Strays
05. Blood And Bone
06. Endless
07. Of Wolves
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At Dark is a post-metal band from Sydney, Australia and a side project of two of We Lost The Sea members.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015 0 Engineers

EP: Tides - Last Rites


Band: Tides
Album: Last Rites EP
Label: Self Released
Year: 2015








Tracklist
01. XII
02. XIII
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Tides was an American post-rock/metal outfit which started out in Plattsburgh, NY, relocated to Boston, MA and then in Providence, RI. Started out as a three-piece band and their debut EP “Resurface” was recorded as such. Tim Fickeisen, a second guitarist, joined in 2006 with the debut of “From Silence” to help recreate the songs live.

These  2 songs in "Last Rites" represent the final creative output of the four individuals who collectively made music under the name Tides. Both tracks where originally recorded in 2009 as reference demos for an album that was never completed.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015 0 Engineers

Album: 1099 - Young Pines


Band: 1099
Album: Young Pines
Label: Self Released
Year: 2015








Tracklist
01. Memfis
02. Yeager
03. Astoria
04. Palatine Light
05. Man The Harpoons
06. Krystallfabrikken
07. The California Energy
08. Hjorten
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1099 is a band from Trondheim, Norway consisting of Anders Kalland (guitar), Kristian Krokfoss (guitar, piano), Lars-Erik Berg (bass) and Pål Leer (drums, saxophone)live and on recordings they invite good friends to play with them.

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Monday, February 16, 2015 0 Engineers

The Inquisition: 041.threestepstotheocean


1. How did you came up with the name of the band? 

If I remember correctly, during a flight, our drummer Davide saw this 3 little islands in the sea and he came up with the name three steps to the ocean. At the time we thought that it was a very evocative/epic/spleen name and we got that. We recently decided to change it in threestepstotheocean (there's not such a difference but we prefer like that) 

2. Do you have a standard procedure of creating a song? Do you just jam around or is there a main riff and the track is build up on it? 

We usually start with a guitar riff then we jam and record everything. If the result satisfies us we go ahead with the structure. When we have a proto-song, we try to arrange it with something that sounds stimulating to us. Sometimes a song grows up fast and without problems, other times we spent months in one arrangement and at the end we decide to delete everything. So it's a long, and often frustrating process. 

3. What are your influences and what kind of music do you hear when you are at home? 

Everyone who made an interview always answer "oh we listen to a lot of music", so to be different I will say that I didn't listen to a lot of music in this period. For the new album, "Migration Light" we took inspiration from something different from the past. We are an instrumental post-something band and we will be forever compared to some historical bands, which we obviously like, but we really tried to do something different from our previous works.

4.Which is the one album that you can't live without? 

I remember when, for the first time, I've heard "Adrenaline" by deftones, Chino Moreno's screams and Carpenter's guitar riffs literally opened my mind. Since then I started listening and discovering heavier music (I was a huge alternative-rock fan) so it's one of the most important albums of my life, not the best, but a sort of turning point in my music background. 

5. What's the first record you've ever bought? 

Probably "Punk In Drublic" by NOFX. I had a lot of tapes made by my friend but "Punk In Drublic" is the first CD I ever bought with my money. 

6. Name a band that you would like to share the stage or tour with? 

NOFX. Just kidding. For example we never played with Lento, it's incredible. But we will, sooner or later. For sure we'll never play with deftones...and we would like a lot. 

7. Did the internet and specially the blogs helped to spread your music around the world? Name a place (country) that you were surprised to know your music has reached to? 

Internet and blogging are huge help for underground bands. From the beginning we tried to use the social networks (Myspace was the first) to do a fan base and the blogs helped us to spread it all around the world. It was the only way to promote ourselves out of our city, we met people who helped us touring around Italy and Europe. Once again, it's very important for us. We reached places like Indonesia, Egypt but we have 16 likes on facebook from Iran...this is quite amazing. 

8. Do you support the idea of Bandcamp where fans can decide the price or services like Spotify? 

When we released Scents we decided to put it on Bandcamp with the "name your price" solution. The idea was a free download but a lot of people gave us money for the download...we were pretty surprised of that. Our goal was to be heard by the largest possible number of people. Spotify is quite different from Bandcamp, for sure it's the main trend right now, but i think it's very cold and impersonal. For Migration Light's release we'll put it for sure in free download on Bandcamp and in streaming on Spotify but Bandcamp is more rewarding for a band like us, compared to Spotify. It's not fair that bands have no chance to get money in any possible way, in my opinion. 

9. Where do you see yourselves in 5 years? 

In our rehearsal room trying to play something that we like, probably being fatter and for sure older. 

10. Is the artwork of an album important nowadays in the digital era? 

The artwork is an important part of the album. For us it's a way to express the concept and the album's mood. We always spent a lot of time for the artwork and usually we make a different version for CD, vinyls and t-shirts. We're currently working at the artwork of "Migration Light", we have some ideas, and we're collaborating with a really good photographer. We really love to collaborate with different artists for each artwork.

11.What's your favorite album cover? 

Celeste's artworks are amazing. The idea and the contrast between the images and the music are pretty cool. I would have had this idea for our albums.


12. It seems that a lot of people are turning on vinyl again. Why do you think that is and which is your preferable media format? 

Vinyl is the best format for everyone who loves everything of an album. The artwork is huge, the sound is unique, I think that the vinyl forces you to listen with attention to the music. But we are also aware that the digital formats are easier to find and to listen in other situations. So we release everything in all the possible formats: vinyls, CD and digital. 

13. What's the funniest story or moment as a band? 

Usually, in a band, the funniest moments happen in tour. This is also for us, especially when someone is particularly drunk or stoned. Francesco for example is very funny in that moments. But sometimes we realize that what we think it's funny, it's just funny for us.

threestepstotheocean are currently mixing their new album "Migration Light".

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015 0 Engineers

EP: Year Of No Light / Bagarre Générale - Split


Band: Year Of No Light / Bagarre Générale
Album: Split EP
Label: Musicfearsatan
Year: 2015







Tracklist
01. Year Of No Light - Sar Ha-Olam
02. Bagarre Générale & Year Of No Light - Chapelle Ardente
03. Bagarre Générale - Furvent
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Year Of No Light (often abbreviated as YONL) is a French post-metal band from Bordeaux formed in 2001. For their début album, Nord, YONL drew influence from several genres, including post-rock, sludge, somber psychedelics and depressive atmospheric shoegaze".[ The second album, Ausserwelt, was not released until 2010 after a significant line-up change in 2008 which established the band as an instrumental sextet, including two drummers and three guitarists. Ausserwelt saw the band's sound develop in the direction of black metal and doom metal while retaining a progressive, post rock feel.


Bagarre Générale is a bit like running naked in the forest by firing into the air with an assault rifle and two or three acids that dissolve under the tongue. Bagarre Générale is an epic , massive and unreal music with sonic guitars, delivering a terror magma supported by a relentless and insatiable rhythm section.


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The Inquisition: 040.Waypoint


1. How did you came up with the name of the band? 

When we started the band, we decided we wanted to use some sort of nautical term for our band name. After a couple hours of hard Googling, we found Waypoint and it just kinda stuck. 

2. Do you have a standard procedure of creating a song? Do you just jam around or is there a main riff and the track is build up on it?

We usually just jam around, but lately our songwriting has gotten a bit more structured and we start with a main riff and see where it takes us. 

3. What are your influences and what kind of music do you hear when you are at home? 

We're influenced by a pretty wide variety of music. Anything from post-rock and shoegaze to jazz and blues. Here in Jackson there's a bunch of different kinds of bands, so you never really know what kinda of music you're gonna see when you go see a band somewhere. It keeps it interesting for sure. 

4. Which is the one album you can't live without? 

I probably couldn't live without "Come Now Sleep" by As Cities Burn. It's been my favorite album since the first time I heard it. 

5. What's the first record you've ever bought? 

I didn't start collecting vinyl until a few years ago, so my first record was O'Brother's "Death Of Day." The first CD I ever bought was probably P.O.D.'s "Southtown," which still jams just as hard by the way. 

6. Name a band that you would like to share the stage or tour with? 

We would love to tour with O'Brother. We played a show with them one time in Jackson and it was awesome. Really cool guys that make incredible music. 

7. Did the internet and specially the blogs helped to spread your music around the world? Name a place (country) that you were surprised to know your music has reached to? 

Definitely. The internet has a crazy way of helping people find out about your band and it's always surprising. We have had a few people buy merch from us in Australia and I think that is totally insane. 

8. Do you support the idea of Bandcamp where fans can decide the price or services like Spotify? 

For sure. I love getting free music, and any way people can get their hands on our music is a positive thing, whether they paid for it or not. 

9. Where do you see yourselves in 5 years? 

Hopefully not still in college (haha), and out of Mississippi touring full-time. A lot can happen in five years though, so who really knows. 

10. Is the artwork of an album important nowadays in the digital era? 

I definitely think so. I do all of our artwork for Waypoint and I know how seriously we all take it and how important it is to us to have designs that reflect the band, so hopefully other people feel the same way. 

11. What is you favorite album cover? 

That's a hard one. Probably Wild Nothing's "Nocturne" or Title Fight's "Floral Green".


12. It seems that a lot of people are turning on vinyl again. Why do you think that is and which is your preferable media format? 

I think in the digital age where people can pretty much get any album they want for free online, people are realizing that it's nice to get something concrete that you can hold in your hands and see in person. That's why I started buying vinyl. The artwork is cooler, you're actually supporting the bands, and you get the whole experience of listening to a record.

13. How does it feel for a band, to see their first vinyl released? 

It's incredible and really surreal. As big supporters of vinyl, it's something we've wanted to do since the band started. Can't thank John and Spartan Records enough for making it happen for us.

14. What's the most vivid story or moment as a band? 

That's another hard one. All we do is goof around so it's amazing that we get anything done at all. I guess the most vivid story for me that doesn't involve us screwing around is when we played a show with As Cities Burn on their reunion tour. Playing a show with my favorite band ever was a huge deal to me and pretty much all of our friends were there. It was just a really special moment for me. Also I vividly remember throwing up like 4 times before we played because I was so nervous.

Waypoint released their latest EP "Creature Of Habit" on Spartan Records.

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Monday, February 09, 2015 1 Engineers

The Inquisition: 039.The Union Trade


1. How did you come up with the name of the band?

Well, we made a huge list, and then kept whittling it down as we were writing our first few songs. One of the tentative names was “The Tuesday Rumor” We for sure were not sold on it; I [Don] went to SXSW just as a fan in 2006. One drunken night at 2am I met a few guys from Band Of Horses and we were talking about bands names, “The Tuesday Rumor” was quickly called a pussy name, they recommended “The Gift” and we were all surprised that it was actually available. That name was added to the running. We later narrowed to The Union Trade. The name itself is actually from a song by Early Day Miners. The reason we settled on it was we felt it embodied the way we wanted to be as a band and how we wanted to make music. The Union Trade really is a collective effort. Everyone has roles, but there's no official band leader, no single songwriter.

2. Do you have a standard procedure of creating a song? Do you just jam around or is there a main riff and the track is build up on it?

For the most part our songs start as a guitar or keyboard idea. Whoever has it just starts playing and the rest of us work out our part. Sometimes the same person has a second part, and we work to connect them. Other times, we realize it fits with some other idea we've had sitting around for a while.We also start every practice by just jamming. As soon as a couple of us are in the band room, we pick up our instruments, usually with out saying much. There's no more magical moment in our band than being the last person to arrive and before you even open the door you hear some exciting new song in the works. You just walk in, pick up your instrument and join in. A few songs have come from ideas we came up with and latched onto during those jams at the beginning of practice.A very few songs have come in with the chord changes mostly done. But everything is put through our collective process and arranged in the band room. Parts and arrangements always evolve and everyone has input in the final product.Except for those few lightening strike moments, we have a pretty slow process that involves coming up with the initial arrangement, recording a one mic demo, listening, sitting on it and revising it over time until we're happy with it.

3. What are your influences and what kind of music do you hear when you are at home?

Influences vary quite a bit between band members, part of what makes our sound a little different from most bands in our genre. Overall the vision is to create musical landscapes that mean something to all of us.Our tastes are broad and these different influences, from shoegaze, and post punk, to early Emo, grunge and indie rock all play their part in making what we hope is our own unique take on instrumental post rock. But we've really all come together over a few instrumental post rock bands we admire and respect, in particular, Mogwai, Explosions In the Sky, This Will Destroy You and Caspian to name a few.

4. Which is the one album you can't live without?

Don: Neil Young “Desire”Nate- For a while now it's been The National's High Violet

5. What's the first record you've ever bought?

Don: It was a tape; NWA “Straight Outta Compton” My first actual record would have been Michael Jackson “Thriller”
Nate: Guns N Roses. Appetite For Destruction. On tape.

6. Name a band that you would like to share the stage or tour with?

Explosions In The Sky, Yann Tiersen

7. Did the Internet and specially the blogs helped to spread your music around the world? Name a place (country) that you were surprised to know your music has reached to?

Absolutely. Most surprising country, Estonia.

8. Do you support the idea of Bandcamp where fans can decide the price or services like Spotify?

This is one of the toughest questions in the industry today. We listen to Spotify and Pandora a lot. As a band, we really appreciate how much streaming services like Spotify and Pandora have helped us get exposure around the world. The royalties are minimal, as Thom Yorke has called attention to, but we appreciate the beer and pizza money I guess. It's also better than someone pirating our music.We're new to Bandcamp. As the founding band of Tricycle Records we went the indie label route before Bandcamp existed - we wanted to control songwriter and publishing rights. But we recently put our entire catalog up on Bandcamp because it is a great community, they let you set your price, and it's another great channel for music fans to discover new music. We use set prices on Bandcamp, I think for some bands letting fans name the price is great, but Bandcamp is just one outlet that we sell music and making vinyl is expensive. We are still waiting for people to pay more than our asking price. Bandcamp even jokes about it putting (your mom) every time they mention name your price in the band dashboard.

9. Where do you see yourselves in 5 years?

Five years from now will have been 14 years since we founded The Union Trade. Crazy to even imagine that. But hopefully we'll be looking back at some amazing place that this album and our music enabled us to travel and play. Hopefully more new music. But I know that we'll be most happy that we got to spend time every week, playing and creating with each other. If that wasn't the best part about it, The Union Trade would have ended a long time ago.

10. Is the artwork of an album important nowadays in the digital era?

Yes. Absolutely. In addition to being the guitarist in The Union Trade, Don also happens to be an incredible visual designer and photographer. Physical music still sells, and we want that experience of holding our art in your hands to make an impact. Thanks to Don, every album by The Union Trade has done that. Even in digital formats, the artwork that goes along with the music can help convey a feeling or add meaning. That is the first album where we included a digital booklet with the iTunes download. There's always been an important connection between album art and music. There's something visceral in seeing an artists interpretation of an audio work. Even in the digital era.

11. What is you favorite album cover?

Don: That would be Yo La Tengo “And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out.” Gregory Crewdson’s photograph was used on the cover and he is my absolute favorite photographer. Conveying that much of a story and surreal, evocative emotion in 1/100th of a second.


Nate: Electric Ladyland - It was the first album I stole from my parent's collection.

12. It seems that a lot of people are turning on vinyl again. Why do you think that is and which is your preferable media format?

Listening to vinyl is an entirely different experience than digital music players, or even a CD. Vinyl is just so much more conducive to full album listening. It's just so easy to hit next on an iPhone. When I select a record, put it on the turntable and drop the needle, I'm going to listen until the flip. I even appreciate and enjoy the songs I might skip on a digital player more on vinyl.I would definitely say vinyl is my favorite format for The Union Trade music. Because we try to craft and album, not singles, and because we love creating album art for our music and vinyl is the classic visual format for album art.

13. What's the most vivid story or moment as a band?

Playing actually goes by so fast, and it’s almost out of body. So, the most vivid memories for me (Nate) are not when we're playing. For me the most vivid are walking around with the band at SXSW in Austin when we were just being music fans and friends in between our shows there.

The Union Trade released their new album "A Place of Long Years" on February 3rd 2015 on Tricycle Records. Personally I think it's a killer album and their best yet.

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Album: Tyler Krug - The Young Mind, The Weary Heart


Band: Tyler Krug
Album: The Young Mind, The Weary Heart
Label: Self Released
Year: 2015







Tracklist
01. The Young Mind
02. Anthem
03. Prisoner Of His Own Citadel
04. Dissolve
05. Who Art Thou, Redeemer?
06. Decay/The Weary Heart
07. Night Song
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Tyler Krug is from Atlanta, USA and writes instrumental rock and textures range from dense and distorted to light and ambient. "The Young Mind, The Weary Hearts" is his second release and as it seems Tyler found the recipe to create beautiful solo albums.

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