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Southern MA // July 2nd, 2014 – Progressive indie rockers, WAR GAMES will release their second EP, The Acoustic Sessions next Wednesday, July 2 via digital retailers.
The EP features a variety of fan-selected songs, which the band broke down and rebuilt in acoustic form. With a fresh, new sound on familiar classics, guitarist Ian provost noted, “I think they’ll be pleasantly surprised with how everything has come together.”
Currently, members of WAR GAMES have been hard at work, attending every date of this year’s Vans Warped Tour to distribute promotional “Rhode Island / Southern Massachusetts 2014 Compilation” CDs featuring tracks of their own music as well music from across the local scene. Working in conjunction with their clothing sponsor, SelfMade Co. the band viewed the opportunity to reach beyond their own needs and cross-promote.
The Acoustic Sessions is War Games’ first release since their 2012 Mountains. It will be followed by a full-length album this fall.
‘The Acoustic Session EP’ Track Listing
01: The Only Debt We Bear is Love
02: Don’t Lose Your Head
03: Mountains (featuring Rich Ferri)
04: Crashing Like a Wave
05: Submerge Me
WAR GAMES is:
Kyle Therrien (Main Vocals)
Andy Calheta (Bass and Vocals)
Ian Provost (Guitar)
Josh Zeolla (Drums)
Matt Dilecce (Guitar)
(for fans of Crüxshadows, Angelspit and Ayria)
Watch Valerie’s Music Video for ‘Scarred’ Exclusively via AltSounds: HERE
Brooklyn, NY // June 24th 2014: Industrial rock star Valerie Gentile (of The Cruxshadows, Black Tape for a Blue Girl and Angelspit) has launched her career in the solo artist world and premiered her music video for single, “Scarred”. The track hailed from the extremely successful Kickstarter-funded album “Love is Luxury”. Valerie has partnered up with AltSounds to give fans a visual treat to pair with her already well-received single.
The video takes elements of pop culture, femme fatale and film noir smashed together in a chaotic, raw yet undeniably alluring blend. “I decided to make a video for ‘Scarred‘ because whenever I hear it I get a sense of victory and can’t help but smile,” said Gentile. “’Scarred’ was my moving out of LA, F**k you bad boyfriend song. I wanted the song to sound like an electronic dance hit that would be on the radio waves of LA, but more bad ass.” Inspired by the success of her EP’s Kickstarter campaign, Gentile put out a similar request on Facebook to assist with funding for the video. Through the help of generous fans, she was able to raise over $700 to cover production costs, providing special thanks to each donor in the credits. Furthermore, her longtime friend Michael Abiuso (The Venetia Fair, SwitchBitch Records) provided his time and talents as co-star in the film.
The film was directed by d. yee another friend of Gentile’s and growing NYC photographer. “Valerie approached me with a reference to two ’90s videos of the band Garbage,” d. yee noted. “The videos were lush with hues of reds and textures – marker streaks, film grain, washed out footage, and so on. The color palette from both of these videos provided the launching point for the ‘Scarred’ video… a distinctive look and feel starts set in when the actual footage was filmed. My treatment boards were the primary and loose shooting guide for ‘Scarred’. This allowed room for some happy accidents and surprises rather than adhering to a shooting script.”
Working with a small but talented team, the video for “Scarred” displays the creativity, effort and input of all involved. “I can’t thank them enough for a great experience,” said Gentile. “I wish all my creative projects were that much fun!”
Bio: Valerie Gentile is one of goth and industrial music’s most prominent guitarists of recent vintage. Gentile’s new solo work follows on a long career of touring and recording with such luminaries as The Crüxshadows, Angelspit, and Black Tape for a Blue Girl. Her 2013 debut solo EP, “Love Is Luxury”, swims comfortably between classic goth-rock and modern industrial dance, with dark new wave-tinged songwriting and sharp alto vocals throughout.
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Music Video For Single, ‘Captain Humility’ Out July 1st
Purchase Ionia’s “Captain Humility” via Bandcamp: HERE
Available on itunes and all major digital outlets Thursday!
MANHATTAN, NY // New York City’s very own IONIA is proud to release their debut EP entitled “Captain Humility” today! The five-piece dynamic band delves deep into your psyche with powerful lyrics and resonating music. Their upcoming music video, for “Captain Humility” will be released July 1st. The video was written, directed and produced by singer Blaise Beyhan and is a continuation of the storyline from their first video “Mutiny”. The addition of film adds an entirely new dimension to their already spine-tingling music.
What The Press Is Saying About “Captain Humility” E.P.:
“I applaud Ionia for staying true to themselves and creating something so unique and worthwhile for their listeners” – Limerence Magazine
“You will fall in love with this eclectic masterpiece” – Music Beacon
“It’s an EP you should check out if you enjoy deep lyrics and often passionate delivery” – Barebones Entertainment
“It’s an EP that hits home when it comes to what society is like. It’s a brilliant follow-up to their last release, Mutiny.” – Between The Blades
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Texas Showdown Tattoo & Music Festival Announces 5th Annual Headliners: Deftones, Drowning Pool, & Wu-Tang Clan
El Paso, Texas – Texas Showdown Festival, the country’s largest tattoo & music festival, is returning to El Paso County Coliseum for 3 days of tattooing, music, sideshows, and more from July 18th-20th!
The Texas Showdown Festival music lineup includes headliners Deftones, Drowning Pool, and Wu-Tang Clan along with support from The Casualties, Lower Class Brats, Murder FM, 12 Stones, Crazytown, Bridge To Grace, Grind, Bash, Snow Tha Product, Sheek Louch, D-Block, Rare Individuals, Explicit Content, and a surprise guest!
Over 300 tattoo artists from around the globe will be tattooing including celebrity artists from popular TV tattoo shows. The festival also features a variety of sideshows as well as human body suspension shows.
El Paso County Coliseum
4100 E Paisano Dr
El Paso, TX 79905
The psycho-maniacal spazzgazm of progressive-math-metal mayhem known as Autocatalytica are reinvigorating the spirit that every ‘heavy music’ connoisseur was drawn to in the first place. Staying true to some serious roots of Strapping Young Lad’s “Alien” and The Dillinger Escape Plan’s “Calculating Infinity” the Brooklyn based quartet announce the release of their upcoming LP as June 28th. Full of flying technical passages and precise stops juxtaposed with lush melodic passages, Autocatalytica layer on the sound and the talent.
“We’re seeking to bring something visceral and fearless to a scene unwittingly trapped by it’s own stale tradition,” states the multi-talented front-man and producer Eric Thorfinnson. “We didn’t use any drum replacement, click tracks, or grid alignment,” adds drummer Emmett Ceglia. Which uniquely veers far from the standard this day and age and adds sincerity and DIY-rooted truth in musicianship again. “We made the thing about as DIY as one can,” said Ceglia. “Hell, even the cover art is my own blood!”
“This record really combines the raw chaos of early Dillinger Escape Plan while capturing the gritty, wall of sound production of My Bloody Valentine’s ‘Loveless’” – SwitchBitch Noise
“To put it simply, Autocatalytica sounds something like if Converge were just getting started as a new band and wanted to add a hint of 80’s prog influenced melodies” – Absolute Punk
Formed as a solo project in 2009, Thorfinnson has always drawn inspiration from a vast collage of different artists. From the Mars Volta, to Bjork, to Devin Townsend, to 20th century composer Bela Bartok, Autocatalytica’s sound is sure to surprise and intrigue listeners of all persuasions. Upon moving to Boston to study at Berklee in 2010, Thorfinnson acquired guitarist Erik Sorensen, Drummer Emmett Ceglia, and bassist Jon Anderson. Over the next few years the band played it’s first shows and in April of 2012 released it’s debut EP “Horror Vacui”. The effort stays true to the relentless variation and passion of the solo project, including everything from the math-metal freakout of “Puketicus” to the re-arrangement of 20th century Claude Debussy’s piano piece “Tarantelle Styrienne”
Thorfinnson relocated to Brooklyn in the fall of 2012 and immediately began splitting his time between NYC and Boston to rehearse and write a follow up record. In June 2013 the group began recording its eponymous LP, while continually playing shows along the east coast in between intense sessions. By the spring of 2014 the whole band had relocated to Brooklyn, and completed the LP. In April the group underwent it’s inaugural tour entitled “The Master Egg Tour” much to the excitement of audiences all along the east coast. Now the group stands poised to release it’s LP and shows no signs of slowing down any time soon.
Eric Thorfinnson – Guitar/Vocals/Engineering/Production
Erik Sorensen – Guitar
Will Purcell – Bass
Emmett Ceglia – Drums
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Indie pop duo TeamMate has released their latest single “Don’t Count Me Out” on Rostrum Records. With a melodic, uplifting combination of synths, Dani Buncher’s fluid drums, and Scott Simons’s inspirational vocals, “Don’t Count Me Out” is positioned to be the feel-good summer anthem of 2014.
Check out TeamMate “Don’t Count Me Out”:
“Don’t Count Me Out is a song we’ve drawn from personal experiences but hope it has a universal theme. We’ve been playing it live for awhile and the response from the audiences really helped us know how to produce the song for the studio version.” – Dani Buncher
“We’re excited to still be in each other’s lives and working towards something together. We couldn’t have guessed after all this time this is where we’d end up.”
– Scott Simons
TeamMate was also selected as a Spring 2014 Taco Bell Feed the Beat band.
LA Bass Masters BLACKBURNER have announced their fifth and most groundbreaking LP, “From Dusk To Dub”! With an incredible array of guests including Lil Wayne, Royce da 5’9” (Eminem’s partner in Bad Meets Evil), Styles P, Kurupt, Jadakiss, Pusha T and more, “From Dusk To Dub” features a new, innovative trap sound from the renegade electro dubstep duo!
Check out BLACKBURNER ‘Hotel Bitches Feat. Lil Wayne & Royce Da 5’9’ From “Dusk TO Dub”:
Also take an early listen to Blackburner “Young Gotti ft. Kurupt” on EDM.com!
Preorder BLACKBURNER “Dusk To Dub” on iTunes!
The duo are also gearing up to hit the road with a full tour schedule set to begin at the end of June with performances in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Las Vegas, Denver, Chicago and more!
BLACKBURNER “From Dusk To Dub” Tour Dates:
July 5 @ Bar Sinister Hollywood, CA
July 7 @ Tiki Bar Costa Mesa, CA
July 8 @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall San Francisco, CA
July 9 @ Alhambra Theater Portland, OR
July 10 @ El Corazon Seattle, WA
July 14 @ Blackwater Music Albuquerque, NM
July 16 @ Seventh Circle Music Collective Denver, CO
July 20 @ Cicero’s St. Louis, MO
July 21 @ The Frequency Madison, WI
July 22 @ Debonair Chicago, IL
July 24 @ Rake’s End Cincinnati, OH
July 25 @ JR’s Bar Philadelphia, PA
July 28 @ The Marlin Room New York, NY
July 29 @ O’Brien’s Allston, MA
July 31 @ The Cave West Haven, CT
August 3 @ Smites Old Bar Atlanta, GA
The Vans Warped Tour – A limited amount of “Rhode Island / Southern Massachusetts 2014 Compilations” will be given out each day of ‘The Vans Warped Tour’. To acquire one just ask anyone working at the SelfMade Co. Tent.
‘War Games‘ singer, Kyle Therrien and bassist, Andrew Calheta are heavily involved in Warped Tour each year, regardless of whether or not their band ‘War Games’ is. Every summer since 2009 the two musicians work for ‘War Games’ clothing sponsor SelfMade Co. selling merchandise at the brands tent at ‘The Vans Warped Tour’
“It’s a great way to keep ourselves busy with in the music scene and industry. We performed once on the ‘Kevin Says Stage’ in 2009 and then we did a 22 day stint of ‘Warped’ performances on the ‘OurStage.com Stage’ in 2012 but whether the band is playing or not you’ll see us out there” says ‘War Games’ Frontman Kyle Therrien.
This year will be no different. Andy and Kyle will be working the rigorous full US tour in the middle of summer. Andy will do the first half right up until the Mansfield MA. date onJuly 10th, then from there Kyle will be taking the reins and finishing the tour off, right up until August 3rd. Since their band has no involvement with ‘Warped’ this year, Andy, Kyle and the rest of ‘War Games’ began brainstorming ways in which they could make the singer and guitarist involvement in the tour benefit their band in some way.
“After stumbling upon some good ideas, we then began to brainstorm ways we could not only benefit our band, but some of our favorite local Southern MA / Rhode Island bands as well” -Kyle Therrien
“Normally when asked to do this type of thing for Warped Tour we always say no. It can be a very saturated market and a challenge to give a car away to these kids, never mind a CD. Anything you hand them most likely will end up on the ground as soon as they walk around the corner. However in this particular case it’s Andrew and myself distributing the music. We have been doing this for over five years now. Over the years we have observed and learned what it takes to get these kids to take home the record and listen to it. All it takes is talking to kids and spending time on each and every one we distribute the CD to. Our methods of talking to kids and promoting at ‘Warped Tour’ have successfully helped us to gain the fan base we have. Still to this day we have kids approach us at Warped who met us on our first year working on the tour in 2009 who have been devoted fans ever since, which is truly heartwarming and rewarding. Our main goal is to gain some exposure for our local scene on a national level and what better platform than ‘The Vans Warped Tour” -Kyle Therrien
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