As Lacuna Coil prepares to release their new album ‘Broken Crown Halo’ on April 1st via Century Media Records, the band has issued the following statement regarding departures of two band members:
It is with a heavy heart that we share this news with you today: Our two brothers Cris ‘Pizza’ Migliore and Cristiano ‘CriZ’ Mozzati have decided to retire from LACUNA COIL.
Both Pizza and CriZ have had big changes impact their lives recently – we know how stressful and difficult it can be to balance both real life and the life of a professional touring musician, and we have nothing but total respect for their decisions to focus on their families and lives at home.
We have such incredible memories of traveling and exploring the world together with Pizza and CriZ, and we want to wish them both all the best as they begin these exciting new chapters in their lives. We will never forget the important roles they played in this band, or the incredible times we shared together.
THANK YOU PIZZA AND CRIZ! WE LOVE YOU GUYS!!
Cristina, Andrea, Marco, and Maus.
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Shonen Knife are set to release a new album entitled ‘Overdrive’ on April 16th via Good Charamel Records. The Osaka, Japan veteran band will hit the road in support of the release, including stints in Europe and Japan, with September and October appearances being planned for North America.
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Prawn are set to begin recording a new full-length with Greg Dunn of Moving Mountains this Saturday (January 18), with plans to release the project in late spring/early summer.
The follow up to 2012′s ‘Ships’, the new album will be recorded at AudioPilot Studios in Boonton, New Jersey, and will be preceded by a split with Rockford, IL’s Joie De Vivre, out on February 11th via Count Your Lucky Stars/Topshelf Records. The Ridgewood, NJ post rock outfit also released a 4-way split with Frameworks, Kittyhawk and Droughts last November on Fair Weather Records.
Prawn is touring with labelmates You Blew It! and Special Explosion this winter.
with You Blew It!
Feb. 4 – Annadale On Hudson NY at Bard College
Feb. 5 – Purchase, NY at SUNY Purchase
Feb. 6 – New Britain, CT at Pulaski Club Downstairs
Feb. 7 – Cambridge, MA at Cambridge Elks Lodge w/ Crying
Feb. 8 – Brooklyn, NY at Shea Stadium w/ Crying
Feb. 9 – Philadelphia, PA at The Fire w/ Crying
with Special Explosion
Mar. 3 – College Park, MD at Hostage House
Mar. 4 – Richmond, VA at Gallery 5
Mar. 5 – Chapel Hill, NC at Chapel Hill Underground
Mar. 6 – Atlanta, GA at Wonderroot
Cut Teeth will begin recording their full-length follow up to last summer’s ‘Televandalism’ EP with Pete Grossman at Bricktop Studio on January 18th, where the Chicago, Illinois indie punk rock band will be tracking bass and drums. Band members Dan Yingling, Kyle Johns, Matt Jordan, Dustin Currier will record everything else with drummer/engineer Jordan’s studio in Crystal Lake, Illinois in the following weeks. The album is expected to be released in spring/early summer via Topshelf Records.
Kill Devil Hill have signed on with Century Media Records in a multi-album deal for North America. The band are set to release their second album this fall on their new home.
“It’s a real pleasure being on a label that feels like home!” Rex Brown said after signing to Century Media. “Since day one with Century Media, it’s been great knowing that they have the same mutual beliefs and goals that we do – to keep hard rock and metal alive and kicking, and to bring our music to as many fans as we can! These guys have the best track record around when it comes to hard rock and metal music, and it’s great to know that we’re on the same page and striving for the same things!”
Kill Devil Hill features Pantera bassist Rex Brown, former DIO, Black Sabbath and Heaven and Hell drummer Vinny Appice, ex-Pissing Razors singer Dewey Bragg and session/touring guitarist Mark Zavon. Kill Devil Hill will be touring this fall to preview their new studio release.
The Strokes’ guitarist Albert Hammond, Jr. will release his latest album ‘AHJ’ on October 8th via Julian Casablancas’ Cult Records. The EP follows Hammond’s previous solo efforts, 2006′s ‘Yours to Keep’, and 2008′s ‘¿Cómo Te Llama?’. Of the new EP’s relationship with his earlier releases, Hammond said, “It’s a combination of both previous recordings, which in turn makes it feel like it’s the best material that I’ve made so far.”
‘AHJ’ was produced, engineered and mixed by Grammy-winning producer Gus Oberg and recorded at Hammond’s two studios, Broome Street in Manhattan and One Way Studios in upstate New York. Of working with Oberg, Hammond stated, “I’ve been working with him since my first solo project, after we met and became best friends. We get along and we understand each other musically, so everything just flows.” Hammond played all of the instruments on the EP himself, excluding drums on several tracks, which were played by longtime collaborator Matthew Frank Romano.
Commenting on his inspirations for ‘AHJ’, Hammond said, “Once you play music for a living, you’re always thinking about stuff. Conversations with friends and things you hear in movies – things come up and become lyrics. Hearing other people’s songs becomes like competition – you hear something and mentally you want to beat it. Life in general is pretty inspiring.”
1. Cooker Ship
2. Strange Tidings
3. Carnal Cruise
4. Rude Customer
5. St. Justice
Boston rock band A Loss For Words has revealed details for their new album ‘Before It Caves’, which will be released on October 8th via Velocity/Rise Records. Check out the tracklisting for band’s follow-up to their 2011 effort ‘No Sanctuary’ below.
ALFW will be supporting the record on this fall’s The Lost Boys Tour, along with co-headliner Handguns. The trek, presented by New Noise Magazine and Loud & Obnoxious Clothing, will kick off on October 4 in West Chester, PA. The tour features direct support from New Jersey punks Major League and additional support from City Lights, The Shades, Stickup Kid and Light Years on select dates.
Frontman Matty Arsenault commented:
Hey guys! We’re beyond excited to finally announce our new record Before It Caves. We’re really proud of this record and think we’ve written our best stuff yet for you guys. We were lucky to have some good friends join us on some of these tunes so big thanks to the The Wonder Years, Polar Bear Club, and PVRIS. We’re also stoked to be getting back on the road in October to play some of the new stuff on The Lost Boys tour with a bunch of our good friends. Pre-orders are up at merchnow.com so go check that out and support us! Finally, what we’re most excited about is that today we can show you the first single off our new record, titled ‘Distance’ featuring Lynn Gunn from PVRIS. We hope you enjoy it, thank you for the endless support and we look forward to seeing you in October.
‘Before It Caves’ Tracklisting:
2. Conquest of Mistakes
4. All This Time
5. No Pioneer
6. 20 Block
7. No Merit to Envy
9. The Kids Can’t Lose
10. The Torch and The Name
11. Brace Yourself
12. Siesta Key
13. All Roads Lead to Home
Farewell, My Love have launched pre-orders for their new LP ‘Gold Tattoos’, which will be out on September 10th via Standby Records.
In a joint statement, the Phoenix, Arizona band says:
We are thrilled to announce the release of our debut full length album ‘Gold Tattoos’ out September 10th via Standby Records. We’ve composed 12 tracks consisting of every emotion, melody, note & lyric that we feel represents both the band & each member individually. This album chronicles all of the endeavors that this band has experienced throughout its lifetime. We are very proud to share with all of you everything we have been working on. Thank you all for your support, we love you.
Boston indie rockers The Color and Sound have joined the New York-based Working Group Artist Management roster (Allison Weiss, Never Shout Never, Man Overboard, The Ready Set). The band, featuring Chris, Ally, Nick, Joe, Steve, and Christen, recently released their EP available for download/stream below.
Patriotic rock band Madison Rising is firing back at rock artists such as Dee Snider of Twisted Sister and Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine for their criticisms of the Mitt Romney presidential campaign for Mitt and his running mate Paul Ryan using their music on the campaign trail, suggesting that they are large beneficiaries of the capitalistic system embraced by the Republican ticket that has brought both musicians enormous personal wealth.
“I think American’s are getting really tired of the divisive undertones of all of these musicians and how they constantly attack anyone who supports the system they benefited from so much,” Rich Mgrdechian, Madison Rising’s manager, said in a press release. “It really is ironic how guys like Tom Morello, Bruce Springsteen, Dee Snider and all the other anti-American loudmouths have made an absolute fortune bashing capitalism. They clearly have no shame whatsoever. They’re capitalists, they’re artists, they’re musicians, they’re Americans – and so are we. The only difference is that we don’t try to hide it.”