For every rush of adrenaline there’s the eventual lull. For each euphoric high there’s the comedown to follow. Thunderheads (Aqualamb Recordings) — the debut record of LaMacchia — plays like the 3am winding down of a night of excess. Thrills and sensual desires wedded to a shadow of sadness and introspection.
Alternative Rock legends Failure has joined the chorus of bands leaving the dominant streaming service in the world, Spotify, following the public row with Neil Young. Young, Joni Mitchell and many other artists and fans are leaving the service for a variety of reasons. Failure has shared a message to fans over social media. The band gave a lengthy explanation of their feelings on the matter and urge fans to support them by using Bandcamp to purchase their entire catalog, including their recent release, Wild Type Droid (read our review here). The band will embark on a headline tour supporting the album.
Failure’s sixth album and third since their 2014 comeback is considerably scaled back compared to their previous outings. At just under forty minutes long, Wild Type Droid (Failure Recordings) is their shortest full-length since their debut, 1992’s Comfort, and a far cry from the hour-plus ventures that have come to define them since the classic Fantastic Planet. This setup suggests a more casual approach than usual but instead results in one of their most focused releases to date.
Rock supergroup Gone Is Gone has shared a new video for their latest single “Death of a Dream” from the upcoming If Everything Happens for A Reason…Then Nothing Really Matters at All via the Clouds Hill label on December 4th. The video for, “Death of a Dream” was created by longtime collaborator Freangel Pacheco who has worked with the band on the socially distanced videos for the album during the pandemic and features additional footage by Troy Sanders capturing shots of him in the ‘dream-like’ video. The band includes Sanders (Mastodon) Tony Hajjar (At The Drive-In), Troy Van Leeuwen (Queens of the Stone Age) and Mike Zarin (Sencit Music).
Errant, the solo side project from Immortal Bird/Thrawsunblat artist Rae Amitay releases her debut EP this week, on April 3rd, 2020, via Manatee Rampage Records. Recorded by Pete Grossmann at Bricktop Recording in Chicago, Illinois, the EP includes three original songs and a cover of Failure‘s classic ‘Saturday Saviour,’ and Rae played everything (synth, guitar, bass, drums, screamed and sung vocals) herself. Pre-orders are live at the link below. Brooklyn Vegan is streaming the entire release now on their site right now!Continue reading →
Classic Alt-Metal and Rock legends Failure have confirmed they will perform their first three albums, Comfort, Magnified and Fantastic Planet, in their entirety in a trio of July residencies: July 9 to 11 at Chicago’s Thalia Hall, July 16 to 18 at The Echoplex in Los Angeles and July 23 to 25 at New York City’s Bowery Ballroom. These performances will celebrate the released of the April 7th 2020 release of the Vinyl Box Set: Failure 1992 – 1996. The four-piece vinyl box set featuring the three ‘90s-era albums. With the original masters finally being unearthed, Comfort, Magnified and Fantastic Planet have been meticulously restored, remixed, and remastered by Ken Andrews to a new level of sonic fidelity that eclipses all previous iterations of the band’s early work. Newly discovered will be unreleased songs from each of these classic 1990s albums, making this a must purchase set for fans and collectors. Continue reading →
And so concludes a very interesting approach to releasing an album, one that, I believe has serious merit to it. Released in four instalments throughout the year as a quadrilogy of EP’s In The Future Your Body Will Be The Furthest Thing From Your Mind (Failure Music/Pledge), Californian alternative rockers Failure has come up with a way to appeal to the immediacy of today’s playlist culture while also getting material to their fans as soon as it is ready, with no long lead-ins, no convoluted or extended marketing campaigns, just “here’s some new material” at regular intervals throughout the year.Continue reading →