Ministry Share “Twilight Zone” off their Upcoming Album AmeriKKKant

02/21/2018

 | 1:32 PM

Dillon Price

Dillon Price

Dillon Price is the founder and sole author of Sound Renaissance. With a background in English and mass communications and a passion for independent music, Price launched SR in 2016.

Ministry is only weeks away from releasing their new album, AmeriKKKant, following 2013’s From Beer to Eternity. The new album is due out March 9th via Nuclear Blast.

Now the industrial-metal titans have released a new track, “Twilight Zone,” off the album. Listen to it above.

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02/21/2018

by Dillon Price

Ministry is only weeks away from releasing their new album, AmeriKKKant, following 2013’s From Beer to Eternity. The new album is due out March 9th via Nuclear Blast.

Now the industrial-metal titans have released a new track, “Twilight Zone,” off the album. Listen to it above.

Turnstile – Time & Space

02/23/2018

 | 6:33 AM

Dillon Price

Dillon Price

Dillon Price is the founder and sole author of Sound Renaissance. With a background in English and mass communications and a passion for independent music, Price launched SR in 2016.

(9.8 / 10)
Genre: Hardcore, punk
Release Date: 2/23/2018
Label: Roadrunner Records
Purchase: MP3 | CD | Vinyl 

Turnstile may be one of those bands that leaves hardcore fans split – some love them, some hate them and the rest simple don’t know what to make of them. They’re innovators in their own right, and figuratively, their music is a reminder that hardcore and punk isn’t confined to a set of rules. There is no uniform blueprint for how songs should be constructed or whether congruous influences can be adopted. Pulling from shoegazy vibrancy, shimmering psychedelia and progressive turbulance, Turnstile emit a vortex of sound – encompassing the classic hardcore-punk template. To say that hardcore has evolved musically since the 80s is rather unfair to the bands that pioneered the genre. Bad Brains, Cro-Mags and Minor Threat were the innovators of their time. And in retrospect, hardcore has exhausted many old avenues while exploring fresh territory. For example, bands like Burn, Quicksand and Shelter have ushered in new ideas at a time when the genre was shifting away from the 80s base of upbeat rhythm sections and anthemic breakdowns.

In 2018, hardcore may be due for an influx of fresh ideas. If every single album sounded like Cro-Mags’ Age of Quarrel, the genre would be rendered unsustainable. But for Turnstile, taking the hardcore-punk template into an entirely different landscape is nothing new. Rewind back to 2015, and you’ll hear a glimmer of wavy, psychedelic backup vocals on “Gravity.” However, Turnstile take their innovative soundscape to a whole new caliber on their sophomore album, Time & Space. “Real Thing” kicks off with explosive guitar chords, wavy interludes and an overall post-hardcore energy – likewise to that of Fugazi and Quicksand. “Generator” and “I Don’t Wanna Be Blind” embody a similar groove that hits with a shockwave of vocal fury, drum dynamics and guitar savagery. With the vocal assistance of Sheer Mag’s Tina Halladay, “Moon” marks one of the albums most potent earworms – swirling with hard-hitting rhythm sections and fluid vocals.

Turnstile kick things into high gear, embracing their early 80s influences. “Big Smile” enters with the fast, adrenaline-pumping energy of a circle pit. Blues-riffs, melodic vocals and hazy chorus overtones meld together, giving the song an abstract sensation. “Come Back For More/H.O.Y.,” originally off the 2016 EP Move Thru Me, gets a complete makeover. What was once a raw hardcore-punk duel- track is ornate with trippy overtones and cunningly added reverb. The album’s closer, and title-track, is yet another firecracker of rage – often accelerating and decelerating between upbeat fury and explosive interludes.

Time & Space is major trajectory forward for Turnstile – and they are not afraid to inject a juxtaposition of various genres and styles into the architecture of hardcore and punk. When listening to this album, expect the unexpected. The layers to each song are as unique as they come and may take you by surprise – such as the punchy rhythm pianos on “High Pressure” or the colorful vocal overtones on “Right To Be.” There’s a difference between liking an album and being completely blown away by it. I’ve listened to many albums that I’ve liked, even if nothing extraordinary left a lasting impression. However, Time & Space has me hooked. It may be early in the year, but thus far, this is my favorite album of 2018.







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02/23/2018

by Dillon Price

Turnstile may be one of those bands that leaves hardcore fans split – some love them, some hate them and the rest simple don’t know what to make of them. They’re innovators in their own right, and figuratively, their music is a reminder that hardcore and punk isn’t confined to a set of rules. There is no uniform blueprint for how songs should be constructed or whether congruous influences can be adopted. Pulling from shoegazy vibrancy, shimmering psychedelia and progressive turbulance, Turnstile emit a vortex of sound – encompassing the classic hardcore-punk template. To say that hardcore has evolved musically since the 80s is rather unfair to the bands that pioneered the genre. Bad Brains, Cro-Mags and Minor Threat were the innovators of their time. And in retrospect, hardcore has exhausted many old avenues while exploring fresh territory. For example, bands like Burn, Quicksand and Shelter have ushered in new ideas at a time when the genre was shifting away from the 80s base of upbeat rhythm sections and anthemic breakdowns.

In 2018, hardcore may be due for an influx of fresh ideas. If every single album sounded like Cro-Mags’ Age of Quarrel, the genre would be rendered unsustainable. But for Turnstile, taking the hardcore-punk template into an entirely different landscape is nothing new. Rewind back to 2015, and you’ll hear a glimmer of wavy, psychedelic backup vocals on “Gravity.” However, Turnstile take their innovative soundscape to a whole new caliber on their sophomore album, Time & Space. “Real Thing” kicks off with explosive guitar chords, wavy interludes and an overall post-hardcore energy – likewise to that of Fugazi and Quicksand. “Generator” and “I Don’t Wanna Be Blind” embody a similar groove that hits with a shockwave of vocal fury, drum dynamics and guitar savagery. With the vocal assistance of Sheer Mag’s Tina Halladay, “Moon” marks one of the albums most potent earworms – swirling with hard-hitting rhythm sections and fluid vocals.

Turnstile kick things into high gear, embracing their early 80s influences. “Big Smile” enters with the fast, adrenaline-pumping energy of a circle pit. Blues-riffs, melodic vocals and hazy chorus overtones meld together, giving the song an abstract sensation. “Come Back For More/H.O.Y.,” originally off the 2016 EP Move Thru Me, gets a complete makeover. What was once a raw hardcore-punk duel- track is ornate with trippy overtones and cunningly added reverb. The album’s closer, and title-track, is yet another firecracker of rage – often accelerating and decelerating between upbeat fury and explosive interludes.

Time & Space is major trajectory forward for Turnstile – and they are not afraid to inject a juxtaposition of various genres and styles into the architecture of hardcore and punk. When listening to this album, expect the unexpected. The layers to each song are as unique as they come and may take you by surprise – such as the punchy rhythm pianos on “High Pressure” or the colorful vocal overtones on “Right To Be.” There’s a difference between liking an album and being completely blown away by it. I’ve listened to many albums that I’ve liked, even if nothing extraordinary left a lasting impression. However, Time & Space has me hooked. It may be early in the year, but thus far, this is my favorite album of 2018.







Against Me! & Turbonegro Playing West Coast Shows Before Punk Rock Bowling

02/20/2018

 | 8:15 PM

Dillon Price

Dillon Price

Dillon Price is the founder and sole author of Sound Renaissance. With a background in English and mass communications and a passion for independent music, Price launched SR in 2016.

It’s getting close to that time of year again. Punk Rock Bowling Los Vegas is coming May 25th to 28th. Leading up to the annual festivity, Against Me! have announced some upcoming California shows from May 24th to 26th. Joining them will be Turbonegro, who are also on the PRB roster.

The first show will happen at Ventura Theater on May 24th. The following two shows will happen at The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall in Berkeley and The Regent Theater in Los Angeles.

Tickets go on sale this Friday (2/23) at 10 AM PST. See the show listings and ticket info below:

Thursday, May 24th | Ventura Theater, Ventura, CA – TICKETS
Friday, May 25th | The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, Berkeley, CA – TICKETS
Saturday, May 26th | The Regent Theater, Los Angeles, CA – TICKETS



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Against Me! & Turbonegro Playing West Coast Shows Before Punk Rock Bowling

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02/20/2018

by Dillon Price

It’s getting close to that time of year again. Punk Rock Bowling Los Vegas is coming May 25th to 28th. Leading up to the annual festivity, Against Me! have announced some upcoming California shows from May 24th to 26th. Joining them will be Turbonegro, who are also on the PRB roster.

The first show will happen at Ventura Theater on May 24th. The following two shows will happen at The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall in Berkeley and The Regent Theater in Los Angeles.

Tickets go on sale this Friday (2/23) at 10 AM PST. See the show listings and ticket info below:

Thursday, May 24th | Ventura Theater, Ventura, CA – TICKETS
Friday, May 25th | The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, Berkeley, CA – TICKETS
Saturday, May 26th | The Regent Theater, Los Angeles, CA – TICKETS



Melvins Share “Stop Moving to Florida” off their Upcoming Album

02/19/2018

 | 1:26 PM

Dillon Price

Dillon Price

Dillon Price is the founder and sole author of Sound Renaissance. With a background in English and mass communications and a passion for independent music, Price launched SR in 2016.

Featuring Jeff Pinkus of the Butthole Surfers

The Melvins recently announced that they would team up with Butthole Surfer’s Jeff Pinkus for a double dose of bass on their forthcoming album, Pinkus Abortion Technician.

The new album is due out April 20th via Ipecac Recordings. In the meantime, check put their new single, “Stop Moving to Florida.” It’s a heavy-hitting track with crafty guitar-work and crunchy bass undertones. Listen to it above.

In support of the album, The Melvins will be hitting the road for a North American tour. The tour starts on April 26th in San Diego, CA and runs through mid-August.

 




 

Melvins 2018 Tour Schedule
April 26 San Diego, CA Casbah
April 29 Dallas, TX Tree’s
April 30 Austin, TX Mohawk
May 1 Houston, TX White Oak Music Hall
May 3 Baton Rouge, LA Spanish Moon
May 4 Birmingham, AL Zydeco
May 6 Charlottee, NC Visulite Theater
May 7 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle
May 9 Baltimore, MD Ottobar
May 10 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts
May 11 Brooklyn, NY Warsaw
May 12 Hamden, CT Space Ballroom
May 13 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
May 14 Montreal, QC Corona Theatre
May 18 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
May 19 Pittsburgh, PA Rex Theater
May 20 Louisville, KY Headliner’s Music Hall
May 22 Nashville, TN 3rd & Lindsley
May 23 Memphis, TN Hi-Tone
May 24 St. Louis, MO The Ready Room
May 25 Kansas City, MO Record Bar
May 31 Phoenix, AZ Crescent Ballroom
July 12 Santa Ana, CA The Observatory
July 13 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour
July 14 Fresno, CA Strummer’s
July 16 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
July 17 Sacramento, CA Holy Diver
July 19 Seattle, WA Neumo’s
July 20 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom
July 21 Vancouver, BC Venue Nightclub
July 24 Edmonton, AB Union Hall
July 25 Calgary, AB Marquee Room
July 27 Winnipeg, MB Pyramid Cabaret
July 28 Fargo, ND The Aquarium (Dempsey’s Upstairs)
July 29 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
July 30 Madison, WI High Noon Saloon
July 31 Chicago, IL Park West
August 2 Grand Rapids, MI The Pyramid Scheme
August 3 Detroit, MI El Club
August 4 Columbus, OH A&R Music Bar
August 5 Indianapolis, IN The Vogue Theatre
August 6 Rock Island, IL Rock Island Brewing Company
August 7 Des Moines, IA Wooly’s
August 8 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room
August 10 Englewood, CO Gothic Theatre
August 11 Ft. Collins, CO Aggie Theatre
August 13 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
August 14 Las Vegas, NV The Bunkhouse Saloon

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02/19/2018

by Dillon Price

The Melvins recently announced that they would team up with Butthole Surfer’s Jeff Pinkus for a double dose of bass on their forthcoming album, Pinkus Abortion Technician.

The new album is due out April 20th via Ipecac Recordings. In the meantime, check put their new single, “Stop Moving to Florida.” It’s a heavy-hitting track with crafty guitar-work and crunchy bass undertones. Listen to it above.

In support of the album, The Melvins will be hitting the road for a North American tour. The tour starts on April 26th in San Diego, CA and runs through mid-August.

 




 

Melvins 2018 Tour Schedule
April 26 San Diego, CA Casbah
April 29 Dallas, TX Tree’s
April 30 Austin, TX Mohawk
May 1 Houston, TX White Oak Music Hall
May 3 Baton Rouge, LA Spanish Moon
May 4 Birmingham, AL Zydeco
May 6 Charlottee, NC Visulite Theater
May 7 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle
May 9 Baltimore, MD Ottobar
May 10 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts
May 11 Brooklyn, NY Warsaw
May 12 Hamden, CT Space Ballroom
May 13 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
May 14 Montreal, QC Corona Theatre
May 18 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
May 19 Pittsburgh, PA Rex Theater
May 20 Louisville, KY Headliner’s Music Hall
May 22 Nashville, TN 3rd & Lindsley
May 23 Memphis, TN Hi-Tone
May 24 St. Louis, MO The Ready Room
May 25 Kansas City, MO Record Bar
May 31 Phoenix, AZ Crescent Ballroom
July 12 Santa Ana, CA The Observatory
July 13 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour
July 14 Fresno, CA Strummer’s
July 16 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
July 17 Sacramento, CA Holy Diver
July 19 Seattle, WA Neumo’s
July 20 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom
July 21 Vancouver, BC Venue Nightclub
July 24 Edmonton, AB Union Hall
July 25 Calgary, AB Marquee Room
July 27 Winnipeg, MB Pyramid Cabaret
July 28 Fargo, ND The Aquarium (Dempsey’s Upstairs)
July 29 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
July 30 Madison, WI High Noon Saloon
July 31 Chicago, IL Park West
August 2 Grand Rapids, MI The Pyramid Scheme
August 3 Detroit, MI El Club
August 4 Columbus, OH A&R Music Bar
August 5 Indianapolis, IN The Vogue Theatre
August 6 Rock Island, IL Rock Island Brewing Company
August 7 Des Moines, IA Wooly’s
August 8 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room
August 10 Englewood, CO Gothic Theatre
August 11 Ft. Collins, CO Aggie Theatre
August 13 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
August 14 Las Vegas, NV The Bunkhouse Saloon

Turnstile Now Streaming Time & Space At NPR First Listen

02/19/2018

 | 1:05 PM

Dillon Price

Dillon Price

Dillon Price is the founder and sole author of Sound Renaissance. With a background in English and mass communications and a passion for independent music, Price launched SR in 2016.

Baltimore hardcore-punks, Turnstile, are less than a week away from releasing their sophomore album, Time & SpaceSpace, via Roadrunner Records.

The New Album will follow up 2016’s Nonstop Feeling and will be the first to be released on Roadrunner.

The album is now streaming in full at NPR First Listen.




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02/19/2018

by Dillon Price

Baltimore hardcore-punks, Turnstile, are less than a week away from releasing their sophomore album, Time & SpaceSpace, via Roadrunner Records.

The New Album will follow up 2016’s Nonstop Feeling and will be the first to be released on Roadrunner.

The album is now streaming in full at NPR First Listen.




Dr. Dog share “Go Out Fighting” off Their Upcoming Album

02/19/2018

 | 6:56 AM

Dillon Price

Dillon Price

Dillon Price is the founder and sole author of Sound Renaissance. With a background in English and mass communications and a passion for independent music, Price launched SR in 2016.

Critical Equation is due out April 27th via Thirty Tigers

Philly neo- psychedelic stalwarts, Dr. Dog, are gearing up to release their 10th album, Critical Equation. It will be out April 27th via Thirty Tigers and will follow 2016’s Abandoned Mansion.

The band just released a new single off the upcoming album. It’s called “Go Out Fighting” and embodies a retro feel – laden with slap-back delay and snappy guitar-work. Listen to it above.

 



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02/19/2018

by Dillon Price

Philly neo- psychedelic stalwarts, Dr. Dog, are gearing up to release their 10th album, Critical Equation. It will be out April 27th via Thirty Tigers and will follow 2016’s Abandoned Mansion.

The band just released a new single off the upcoming album. It’s called “Go Out Fighting” and embodies a retro feel – laden with slap-back delay and snappy guitar-work. Listen to it above.

 



Faz Waltz – “Julie” / “I’m Bleedin'”

02/17/2018

 | 12:40 PM

Dillon Price

Dillon Price

Dillon Price is the founder and sole author of Sound Renaissance. With a background in English and mass communications and a passion for independent music, Price launched SR in 2016.

(8 / 10)
Genre: Rock and roll, glam, punk
Release Date: 1/3/2018
Label: Spaghetty Town Records
Purchase or Stream at Bandcamp

There seems to be a prolific glam craze going on in Italy. Most notably, Giuda have taken the forefront of raw, cutting-edge glam-punk with a slew of releases and several US tours. But basking in Italy’s underworld of rock and roll, is a band that shares a lot of common ground with Giuda. Faz Waltz, from Cantù, Italy, have unleashed two new tracks at the start of 2018.

“Julie” reminisces in classic rock and roll romanticism and love-song simplicity, with the lyrics, “I wanna make you mine.” Think circa late 1971 to 1977. The song opens with snarling riffage and vocal swagger – rivaling the likes of classic glam-punk bands The New York Dolls and Eddie & The Hot Rods.

“I’m Bleedin'” a plea for love – propelled by dynamic drum intervals and raw guitar riffs. The song also embodies a subtle, anthemic element of early music by The Clash.

Fans of classic glam-rock take note. Faz Waltz are worth the listen. You can stream “Julie” and “I’m Bleedin'” below and check out some of their other releases at their Bandcamp page.

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Faz Waltz – “Julie” / “I’m Bleedin'”

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02/17/2018

by Dillon Price

There seems to be a prolific glam craze going on in Italy. Most notably, Giuda have taken the forefront of raw, cutting-edge glam-punk with a slew of releases and several US tours. But basking in Italy’s underworld of rock and roll, is a band that shares a lot of common ground with Giuda. Faz Waltz, from Cantù, Italy, have unleashed two new tracks at the start of 2018.

“Julie” reminisces in classic rock and roll romanticism and love-song simplicity, with the lyrics, “I wanna make you mine.” Think circa late 1971 to 1977. The song opens with snarling riffage and vocal swagger – rivaling the likes of classic glam-punk bands The New York Dolls and Eddie & The Hot Rods.

“I’m Bleedin'” a plea for love – propelled by dynamic drum intervals and raw guitar riffs. The song also embodies a subtle, anthemic element of early music by The Clash.

Fans of classic glam-rock take note. Faz Waltz are worth the listen. You can stream “Julie” and “I’m Bleedin'” below and check out some of their other releases at their Bandcamp page.

Shannon and The Clams – Onion

02/16/2018

 | 10:37 PM

Dillon Price

Dillon Price

Dillon Price is the founder and sole author of Sound Renaissance. With a background in English and mass communications and a passion for independent music, Price launched SR in 2016.

(6.8 / 10)
Genre: Doo Woo, garage, punk
Release Date: 2/16/2018
Label: Easy Eye Sound
Purchase: MP3 | CD | Vinyl

Reminiscing in throwback genres often finds bands struggling for fresh, original material. But that’s not say that throwbacks can’t be reintroduced during a time when musicians are relentlessly discovering ways to please the ears of jaded listeners. But what’s old is new, at least for Oakland’s Shannon and the Clams – who base their gritty soundscape around 50s doo wop and rockabilly with 60s surfy garage. Following 2015’s Gone By Dawn, the band finds regeneration on their fifth studio album, Onion.

Black Key’s Dan Auerbach offers his magic touch – propelling Onion into more accessible territory. While the band’s musical template remains gritty, the melodies on “The Boy” and “Love Strike” are brighter and poppier, in a radio-friendly kind of way. Singer Shannon Shaw belts out spirited vocals that reach behind the two-dimensional dynamics and add a layer rasp and soulfulness. Cody Blanchard’s surf-guitar overtones radiate with more brightness, as they’re met with Will Sprot’s crunchy organ sounds and feathery rhythm sections.

Auerbach’s influence on this album has it’s pros and cons. The production of Onion embodies a crisp feel, with a blues-driven similar to that of Black Key’s later discography. But this album struggles to find the loose dynamics that gave albums like Gone By Dawn and Dreams in the Rat House a breath of light. We don’t hear the same blast of piercing drums and shimmering undertones that we heard on earlier releases.

However, the vintage appeal is still deeply intact as Shannon and the Clams unleash sporadic bursts of lively songwriting. “Onion” and “I Leave Again” enforce the band’s lo-fi zeal with the static of the organ and raw guitar riffs. Overall, Onion is an expanded trajectory for Shannon and the Clams. Auerbach has lend the band a slew of resources to create something prolific and hook-laden. This may be an opportunity for Shannon and the Clams to tap into a wider audience, which in turn, may call for fresh ideas.







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02/16/2018

by Dillon Price

Reminiscing in throwback genres often finds bands struggling for fresh, original material. But that’s not say that throwbacks can’t be reintroduced during a time when musicians are relentlessly discovering ways to please the ears of jaded listeners. But what’s old is new, at least for Oakland’s Shannon and the Clams – who base their gritty soundscape around 50s doo wop and rockabilly with 60s surfy garage. Following 2015’s Gone By Dawn, the band finds regeneration on their fifth studio album, Onion.

Black Key’s Dan Auerbach offers his magic touch – propelling Onion into more accessible territory. While the band’s musical template remains gritty, the melodies on “The Boy” and “Love Strike” are brighter and poppier, in a radio-friendly kind of way. Singer Shannon Shaw belts out spirited vocals that reach behind the two-dimensional dynamics and add a layer rasp and soulfulness. Cody Blanchard’s surf-guitar overtones radiate with more brightness, as they’re met with Will Sprot’s crunchy organ sounds and feathery rhythm sections.

Auerbach’s influence on this album has it’s pros and cons. The production of Onion embodies a crisp feel, with a blues-driven similar to that of Black Key’s later discography. But this album struggles to find the loose dynamics that gave albums like Gone By Dawn and Dreams in the Rat House a breath of light. We don’t hear the same blast of piercing drums and shimmering undertones that we heard on earlier releases.

However, the vintage appeal is still deeply intact as Shannon and the Clams unleash sporadic bursts of lively songwriting. “Onion” and “I Leave Again” enforce the band’s lo-fi zeal with the static of the organ and raw guitar riffs. Overall, Onion is an expanded trajectory for Shannon and the Clams. Auerbach has lend the band a slew of resources to create something prolific and hook-laden. This may be an opportunity for Shannon and the Clams to tap into a wider audience, which in turn, may call for fresh ideas.