GUEST POST: Simon Glacken Of I Like Press Top Ten Of 2016

Ghost Cult once again brings you another “End Of Year” list, full of memories, and other shenanigans from our favorite bands, partners, music industry peers, and other folks we respect across the world. Today we have Simon Glacken of I Like Press, one of the top publicists in the UK. If you happen to not know his name, you certainly know the bands he reps due to his tireless work such as Anathema, Paradise Lost, Katatonia, Darkthrone, 65daysofstatic, Bloodbath, Black Moth, The Pineapple Thief, My Dying Bride, TesseracT, Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard, SikTh, Mos Generator, Crippled Black Phoenix, and Cradle Of Filth to name just a few. We thank Simon for his thoughtful and detailed list of his Top Ten Albums of 2016. Continue reading

Vanishing Life Debuts New Single, Debut Album Out Tomorrow

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Punk rock supergroup Vanishing Life which counts members of Rise Against!, Quicksand, …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Gorilla Biscuits and Bad Religion, have their début album Surveillance dropping tomorrow from Dine Alone Records. Check out new single ‘Thinking Weightless’ below: Continue reading

Failure Announce US Tour, Add Troy Van Leeuwen To Lineup

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Failure has announced a fall US tour as they continue to tour behind their June release The Heart is A Monster (InResidnece). Joining the group will be former member Troy Van Leeuwen (Queens Of The Stone Age, A Perfect Circle) who played on their landmark Fantastic Planet album, as well as four songs on the most recent release.

Ken Andrews commented on Troy Van Leeuwen’s return for the tour:

 

This is a very special tour to me for a couple of reasons.. One reason is the fact that we have some very cool bands joining us: Hum, Torche, Local H, And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead. The second reason this tour is so special to me is that we have managed to secure our dear friend and former band mate, Troy Van Leeuwen as the fourth member of Failure for this tour. I’m personally excited by this as it’s going to allow us to expand our live sound and repertoire. Think “Snow Angel” and “I Can See Houses” from The Heart Is A Monster, as well as a few gems from the past like our cover of “Enjoy The Silence.”

 

Failure has also confirmed appearances at The CMJ Festival, Aftershock Festival, and their Australian live debut an appearance at Soundwave 2016.

 

Soundwaves Founder AJ Maddah took to Twitter and personally confirmed Failure’s appearance, saying

Getting Failure to play Soundwave 2015 is my personal definition of success! Fantastic Planet changed my life.”

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Failure, by Boston Chuck Photography

Failure tour dates with Hum, Torche, Local H, … Trail Of The Dead

Oct 09: Freebird Live – Jacksonville, FL *
Oct 10: Revolution – Ft. Lauderdale, FL *
Oct 11: House of Blues- Orlando, FL *
Oct 13: Norva – Norfolk, VA **
Oct 14: FLOODfest (CMJ) Brooklyn Bowl- New York, NY
Oct 15: Mr. Smalls Theatre – Pittsburgh, PA **
Oct 17: The Firebird- St. Louis, MO ***
Oct 20: The Rock- Tucson, AZ ***
Oct 21: Crescent Ballroom- Phoenix, AZ ***
Oct 22: Fremont Country Club – Las Vegas, NV ***
Oct 25: Aftershock Festival- Sacramento, CA
Oct 27: The Regent- Los Angeles, CA ****
Oct 28: TBA
Oct 29: The Music Box- San Diego, CA ****

Jan 23: Soundwave- Brisbane, QLD
Jan 24: Soundwave- Sydney, NSW
Jan 26: Soundwave- Melbourne, VIC

* – w/Hum and Torche
** – w/Torche
*** – w/Local H
**** – w/Trail of the Dead and Local H
The band will offering a Technical VIP package (in addition to their regular VIP fan experience) designed for the professional musician, engineer or technician interested in knowing the tech behind the show. With this VIP upgrade, Ken Andrews gives a limited number of fans a personal tour of the Failure live set up, the specific equipment used onstage, a live demonstration of the guitar/ bass rigs, monitoring system, as well as a tour of the front of house equipment, and a Q&A session with Ken. VIP packages are available via www.failureband.com. These packages, as well as general on-sales, are available this Friday, Sept. 4.

 

Your Favorite Enemies Supporting And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead On Upcoming Tour

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Montreal alt rockers Your Favorite Enemies will be supporting …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead across the US. Stream the music video for “Where Did We Lose Each Other” below.

The six piece first came together in 2006, and quickly gained an enormous following world-wide. Through their own imprint Hopeful Tragedy Records, Your Favorite Enemies has sold over 150,000 copies of their studio efforts independently and garnered massive critical acclaim, including being nominated by the Juno Awards for Rock Album Of The Year 2015. Their vivacious live performances led to numerous tours in over ten different countries (including a historical show at the millennial temple Otagi Nenbutsu-Ji as part of a benefit tour in Japan), as well as to sharing stages with everyone from Story Of The Year to Iron Maiden. While actively touring and recording, the band is also heavily involved with social causes as Amnesty International spokespersons.

Your Favorite Enemies will be offering fans a free EP during each stop of their North American tour with …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead (while supplies last).

Your Favorite Enemies Upcoming North American Dates (more TBA):
Apr 24: Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK
Apr 25: Ready Room – St. Louis, MO
Apr 26: Hifi – Indianapolis, IN
Apr 27: Thalia Hall – Chicago, IL
Apr 28: The Loving Touch – Detroit, MI
Apr 29: Lees Palace – Toronto, ON
Apr 30: Mr. Smalls – Pittsburgh, PA
May 01: Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY
May 02: Le Poisson Rouge – New York, NY
May 03: Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
May 04: Underground Arts: Black Box – Philadelphia,
May 06: Rock N Roll Hotel – Washington, DC
May 10: Gasa Gasa – New Orleans, LA
May 11: Fitzgeralds – Houston, TX
May 12: Korova – San Antonio, TX
May 13: Club Dada – Dallas, TX
May 14: Holy Mountain – Austin, TX

Your Favorite Enemies are:
Alex Foster (vocals)
Jeff Beaulieu (guitar)
Sef (guitar)
Ben Lemelin (bass)
Miss Isabel (vocals and keyboard)
Charles Moose Allicie (drums)

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And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead Streaming “Lie Without a Liar” Music Video

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And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead are streaming their Hugo Zesati directed music video for “Lie Without a Liar,” off of IX, out now via Superball Music. Watch it below.

The band are currently on tour with Your Favorite Enemies and Boyfrndz as support.

Apr 24: Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK
Apr 25: Ready Room – St Louis, MO
Apr 26: HiFi – Indianapolis, IN
Apr 27: Thalia Hall – Chicago, IL
Apr 28: The Loving Touch – Detroit, MI
Apr 29: Lee’s Palace – Toronto, ON
Apr 30: Mr. Smalls – Pittsburgh, PA
May 01: Music Hall Of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY
May 02: Le Poisson Rouge – New York City, NY
May 03: Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
May 04: Underground Arts: Black Box – Philadelphia, PA
May 06: Rock N Roll Hotel – Washington D.C.
May 07: Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC
May 08: Masquerade (Shaky Knees Festival Late Night) – Atlanta, GA
May 10: Gasa Gasa – New Orleans, LA
May 11: Fitzgeralds – Houston TX
May 12: Korova – San Antonio, TX
May 13: Club Dada – Dallas, TX
May 14: Holy Mountain – Austin TX
May 15: Hole InThe Wall – Austin TX

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And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead Streaming “Lie Without a Liar” Video Preview

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…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead have completed work on “Lie Without a Liar,” directed by Hugo Zesati, will premiere worldwide March 11th. A sneak-peek of the video can be seen here.

Their latest album, IX, was released in the autumn of 2014 via Superball Music and drew wide-ranging critical acclaim.

The band has confirmed tours in both Europe and North America. Dates for the North American tour are posted below.

…And You Will Know us By the Trail Of Dead with Your Favorite Enemies & Boyfrndz as support
Apr 24: Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK
Apr 25: St Louis, MO – Ready Room
Apr 26: HiFi – Indianapolis, IN
Apr 27: Thalia Hall – Chicago, IL
Apr 28: The Loving Touch – Detroit, MI
Apr 29: Lee’s Palace – Toronto, ON
Apr 30: Mr. Smalls – Pittsburgh, PA
May 01: Music Hall Of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY
May 02: Le Poisson Rouge – New York, NY
May 03: Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
May 04: Underground Arts: Black Box – Philadelphia, PA
May 06: Rock N Roll Hotel – Washington DC
May 10: Gasa Gasa – New Orleans, LA
May 11: Fitzgeralds – Houston TX
May 12: Korova – San Antonio, TX
May 13: Club Dada – Dallas, TX
May 14: Holy Mountain – Austin TX
May 15: Hole In The Wall – Austin TX

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…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead – IX

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In their 20 year history, Austin, Texas act …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead have never been a by the book kind of band, always shifting and turning in unpredictable directions. An incredibly hard band to pigeonhole, one that has over time been adorned tags such from hardcore, to prog, to indie rock and even mathcore; trying to quickly define this band is a waste of time.

This ‘trend’ of the unexpected continues on ninth album, IX (Superball Music), with songs that were originally intended for use in film and television as instrumentals, before the creative rivers flowed some more. Also surprisingly is how refined and near simplistic it all is (in comparison to previous work at least). Still far from being an AC/DC template like band but IX does relinquish their sense of indulgence and expansion for a more streamlined approach, somewhere between their punk influences and indie rock, with the merest suggestion of prog. ‘A Million Random Digits’ is one of the more up tempo moments and has an aggressive streak in comparison to the synth driven ‘Jaded Apostles’ that precedes it.

On the first instrumental effort, ‘How To Avoid Huge Ships’ is where we are reminded just how bombastic this band can be when they turn up the prog; with piano and strings bolstering and building the song over its course, bigger and bigger. It is in this latter half of the album where the band’s extravagant side rears its head again, with these instrumentals and the long players like ‘Lost In The Grand Scheme’, in contrast to the short and sharper blocks in the previous half.

IX is another turn in this band’s very winding road and one that sees many of their sides come together, and at times in an all new perspective. There are signs of their punk like volatility and their whimsical prog side and a little in between. Another fine addition to their already captivating catalogue; this band simply refuses to be boring.

 

7.0/10

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CHRIS TIPPELL

 

 

 

Midnight Masses – Departures

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Former …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead member Jason Reece is well known for being an Indie Rock enfant-terrible, destroying equipment and playing squalling discordant alt rock á la Sonic Youth. Yet with Midnight Masses, Reece has looked to produce more gentle, soulful material which still beats with the same black heart of his main act.

 

Manifesting in 2008, Midnight Masses have been labelled with many genres such as ‘Gothic Americana’ and ‘Grunge Gospel Folk Rock’. Truly there is no easy way to encapsulate this band into a catchy genre sound bite, and they are all the better for it. Singer Autry Fulbright’s take on his band’s multifaceted sound is “The sound of a city… In the middle of a desert” whatever that means.

 

Amassing over 14 members, Midnight Masses weave hazy psychedelic landscapes with some 1960’s atmospherics, Gospel vocal passages and Krautrock textures. Think Josh Homme, Neu! and Unkle jamming under an isolated desert sky and you’ll be close. As experimental as this all sounds, there are some very catchy tunes on Departures (Superball/Century Media),‘All Goes Black’ has a beautifully catchy chorus despite the melancholy overtones that permeate its every nuance. Since Fulbright wrote their debut to cope with the loss of his father, several other members of the group also experienced the loss of loved ones which accounts for the largely solemn feel.

 

Introspective and indulgent, painting with a myriad of styles Departures occasionally loses its way. When following the path of gothic alt rock on ‘Am I A Nomad’ or the surprisingly upbeat ‘Clap Your Hands’ provide a much levity from navel gazing to produce moments of true beauty. Undeniably talented, the overall impact is blighted by a lack of cohesion, leaving the mind able to wonder aimlessly when it should be focussed on the journey ahead.

 

Grief and loss have made some truly extraordinary records, yet the lack of clear direction towards either big city lights of earthy rural darkness leaves us somewhere in no man’s land.

 

6.0/10.0

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ROSS BAKER