Wednesday, December 31, 2014 3 Engineers

Poll: Best release of 2014!

So the time has come! The poll is up and will be open until 31st December. There are 100 choices for the best release of the year and you can select up to 20 albums. You are welcome to add your own answer at the end of the poll!

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Monday, November 24, 2014 0 Engineers

Streaming: To Destroy A City - Sunless

Band: To Destroy A City
Album: Sunless
Label: n5MD
Year: 2014

01. The Messenger
02. Theta
03. Stand Before Me
04. Escape / Return
05. Last Contact
06. First Light
07. Understanding In The Between
08. Daylight Station
09. Visionaries

Chicago-based To Destroy A City was formed after Andrew Welch (drums/synths/programming), Jeff Anderson (guitar/keyboards), and Michael Marshall (guitar) met through various iterations of previous musical projects. When the three finally sat down together in the summer of 2010, they moved quickly, writing and recording their debut within a year's time. The self-titled album was released by n5MD in September 2011. The remix companion album, Rebuild, was released in 2012 and featured reworked tracks by local scene-mates as well as other artists from the n5MD roster. To Destroy A City’s sophomore full-length album entitled Sunless is due in the fall of 2014. On Sunless, To Destroy A City expands on where they left off, drawing from cinematic, literary, and musical influences to craft a sprawling yet cohesive follow-up. Sonically, To Destroy A City moves effortlessly between delicate ambient passages to beat-induced grooves to soaring melodic peaks. Electronic beat production is intertwined with live percussion, while layers of guitars, synths and pianos forge the melodic foundation of the tracks. The uninitiated may find To Destroy A City analogous to label mates Lights Out Asia and port-royal, and, due to some periodic drifting into similar spaces, the wide-screen ambient guitar duo Hammock.

Friday, November 21, 2014 0 Engineers

Band: A Film In Color

Band: A Film In Color
Album: A Study In Terror (Single)
Label: Self Released
Year: 2014

01. A Study In Terror

Band: A Film In Color
Album: To Scale A Mountain EP
Label: Self Released
Year: 2014

01. I
02. II

Ambient instrumental band based out of Northern New Jersey.

Thursday, November 20, 2014 0 Engineers

The Inquisition: 023.Black Clouds

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

It just fit the was a dark period for us musically after our last band broke up. Although, we turned that negative vibe into a positive one by forming this band. 

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? 

There is a lot of experimenting with sounds and textures to form ideas. That said, there is often a goal in mind, either thematically or conceptually. Justin and Ross flesh it out on guitar, bass, and keys. Then Jimmy comes in with fresh ears and as a band we piece together the full songs with drums. 

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

Influences (as a band) for the most part are soundtracks, movies, and bands like Nine Inch Nails and Sigur Rós...artists who aim to perform on a grander scale. It's all about setting the tone/vibe and creating an actual experience for everyone's ears and eyes. That said, we all listen to a plethora of stuff individually and have a shared admiration for a lot of bands and artists. It would be tough to make a concise list here. 

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

Ross: Either Aimee Mann - "Bachelor no. 2" or These Arms Are Snakes - "Easter". Very different, but both are just perfect and have a huge impact on me. 
Jimmy: Not sure. I guess Ramones - “Ramones” or Queens Of The Stone Age - “Songs For The Deaf” 
Justin: Pretty difficult to choose one, but Sigur Rós - “( )” is a pretty big staple for me. 

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

Justin: First LP was Iron and Wine - “Sea and the Rhythm” ( I got into vinyl pretty late - only about 5 or 6 years ago). The first ACTUAL album was probably a tape by Green Day or something in the early 90s. 
Jimmy: Wayne's World Soundtrack 
Ross: Tape: Metallica - "And Justice For All" CD: NIN - "Broken" LP: Sunny Day Real Estate - "Rising Tide" 

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

Nine Inch Nails 

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? 

YES! Knowing people listen to us in Greece or Russia is pretty crazy. There is no doubt that the internet is a huge part of growing as a band. Blogs, YouTube, bandcamp, and even torrent sites are crucial in reaching those places. 

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

Yes, definitely. Bandcamp really helps smaller artists out namely because of keeping a high percentage of profit from sales. Spotify is also a great service because it instantly puts a band’s music in the hands of anyone with a computer or phone. 

9. Where do you see yourselves in 5 years? 

Still writing the music we want in a way that is fresh and challenging. Also, hopefully working on film scores/soundtracks, movie trailers, and touring in bigger rooms with bands we look up to. 

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

Yes - it totally is. It’s such an important piece to the overall work - especially in our case where we try to thematically blend visuals with the music and don’t use vocals to convey any message. It’s fair to say that artwork is a huge part of steering our writing/creative process. To us, we feel it's just as important today as it was in the analog days. 

11. What is your favorite album cover? 

Jimmy: Probably Radiohead's Kid A.

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? 

Justin: Vinyl is rad because it forces you to be in the album. You have to pull it out of the jacket, and flip it over. It makes you sit, listen, and focus. Digital is great, but in terms of really connecting sometimes vinyl is more engrossing. 
Jimmy: People want something tangible and something that's real. With download cards it also makes sense to buy vinyl because it's only a little bit more than an itunes purchase and you feel like you own something. You can hold it. I prefer digital and vinyl equally. It just depends on the situation at the time. 
Ross: I think playing an iPod in the car, on a treadmill, or walking is a way to give background noise or provide accompaniment to a task or activity. Listening to a record IS the activity. No fast forwarding, doing it to speed up a drive/run. The task is putting the record on, caring for it, collecting it, and listening to it. 

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

Justin: Backstage right before we played the 9:30 Club in DC. It’s kind of a childhood (and even adult) dream as a musician growing up in the area - since it’s just such an iconic venue. So, right before and during our show - was just surreal - like WE ARE ACTUALLY DOING THIS! 
Jimmy: Headlining the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC with our friends opening the show. Dream come true. #1 Bucket list check. 
Ross: We have played some really amazing shows, but I think the first practice together with just the three of us in a room when we made it through our first whole song together as Black Clouds was a pretty refreshing and surreal moment.

Black Clouds recently released their second album "Dreamcation".

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014 0 Engineers

Video: Collider - Dinosaur

You can stream or buy the whole single on the band's bandcamp.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014 0 Engineers

News: Ølten's Crowdfunding

What is Ølten? Isn’t it a town? 

Ølten is made up of 3 guys who love Werner Günthör, beards, checked shirts and old amplifiers. It’s basically a guitarist playing the bass, a bassist playing the guitar and a drummer playing the moog... After the success of their 1st EP in June 2013, the band is now keen to release a full album, which will be produced and recorded at the Studio Mécanique in La Chaux-de-Fonds. 

Where is my money going? 

It’s very simple, you pre-order our album in the format of your choice to help us finance the costs of vinyl and CD pressing,mixing, mastering and graphic design. As well as receiving a beautiful object, you can also choose to spend some time with us or just look sexy in your new underwear and socks!

What happens next? 

After being recorded and mixed by Julien Fehlmann at the Studio Mécanique in La-Chaux-de-Fonds, the album will spend some quality time in the skilled hands of Magnus Lindberg (sound engineer and Cult of Luna’s drummer) for mastering. Mr Tomas Liljedahl from The Old Wind and Breach will be lending us his voice for one track. The packaging will be crafted by talented graphic designer Laurent Güdel. Release planned in March 2015 by Hummus Records and Division Records.

Support the crowdfunding project here!

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Monday, November 17, 2014 0 Engineers

Video: Lights & Motion - Chronicle Album Trailer

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Album: Jet Plane - Loud To Sleep

Band: Jet Plane
Album: Loud To Sleep
Label: Ricco Label
Year: 2014

01. Laurel Trees/21 Guns
02. Loud To Sleep
03. Snow Rock
04. Fog
05. Sundog
06. (You Can Hear Them) Whisper
07. Whale

The beautiful and cruel story written by a sadness-filled pure heart.

A mysterious and enormous country, surrounded by the grandeur nature of Eurasia: Russia. This is the second album 'Loud to Sleep' from Jet Plane, a Russian instrumental rock band who are able to clear the wasteland of post-rock music with a cold and bleak sound like a Russian killer winter. Once you hear the opening track 'Laurel Trees/21 Guns’, or the album title track 'Loud To Sleep’, which feature the fantastic sound of a bagpipe that is a musical contribution to the band’s originality, you will be able to find that they are worthy to be called a Russian Godspeed You! Black Emperor. In addition, the fifth track 'sundog' sets a standard of instrumental rock music that is a masterpiece in no way inferior to Mogwai’s 'Two Rights Make One Wrong'.

Their stoic sounds are created by minimum amount necessary of music instruments such as guitars, bass and drums, and accented with bagpipe, violin, and glockenspiel. This album includes only 7 tracks, but it can be said that this chronicle story with 60 minutes is 'The most beautiful punk music in the world’, created in the 'Lost Generation' of the present day.

All we need is a weapon by the name of Jet Plane.

Sunday, November 16, 2014 0 Engineers

Video: TV On The Radio - Happy Idiot

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Sticky Post: TOP 20 poll entries suggestions

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