Ghost Cult continues our “End of Year Guest Post Extravaganza” with a slew of posts from bands, industry, PR pros, and more! We’ll be sharing lists, memories, and other shenanigans from our favorite bands, partners, music industry peers, and other folks we respect across the globe. In this edition, Claire Simson, guitarist of Mountain Caller shares an in-depth review of her Top Albums List for 2020. Their excellent covers album The Truthseeker is out now (buy and stream it here!
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Seminal alternative rock/post-hardcore outfit Hum have released a new album, Inlet, their first since 1998’s Downward Is Heavenward on Bandcamp, streaming in its entirety. The new album was enginered by Hum members Matt Talbott and Tim Lash along with James Treichler. Released via Talbot’s own Earth Analog Records, the album is available via various digital platforms with vinyl due out late this summer.
Deftones’ wildly successful Dios De Los Deftones festival last fall has spawned a sequel! DDLD2 will feature Deftones heading up a bill featuring Chvrches, Gojira, JpgMafia, Hum, Youth Code, and Brutus. The fest takes place November 2nd at Petco Park in San Diego, California. Deftones are currently pressing towards the release of their ninth album later this year. Tickets start at $75 and are available at Ticketmaster.com. Exclusive VIP packages go on sale Tuesday, July 30 at 10 a.m. PST. Presale opportunities will be available on Wednesday, July 31 starting at 10 a.m. PST).
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.”
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.
The Chicago Riot Fest 2015 will be happening on September 11-13, 2015 at Douglas Park. More artists are expected to be announced, including one more headliner who has yet to be announced.
Faith No More
Snoop Dogg (performing Doggystyle)
Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley
Rancid (performing …And Out Come The Wolves)
Ice Cube & Special Guests (performing Straight Outta Compton Remix)
Coheed And Cambria
Taking Back Sunday
Rodrigo y Gabriela
Drive Like Jehu
The Dirty Heads
Stephen “Ragga” Marley
The Academy Is… (performing “Almost Here“)
The Lawrence Arms
Echo & The Bunnymen
Bootsy Collin’s Rubber Band
The Devil Wears Prada
The Airborne Toxic Event
Eagles Of Death Metal
De La Soul
Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness
Babes In Toyland
The Joy Formidable
The Dead Milkmen
Lee Scratch Perry
Less Than Jake
The Thurston Moore Band
Mariachi El Bronx
Every Time I Die
The Dwarves (performing “Blood Guts And Pussy“)
Steve Ignorante & Paranoid Visions
The Dear Hunter
Into It. Over It.
The White Buffalo
Post Mallone With FKI
Modern Life Is War
Fit For Rivals
Barb Wire Dolls
Sleep On It
Tasha The Amazon
The Municipal Drainage Project
Special performances will also be made by The Rock-Afire Explosion and the Hellzapoppin Circus Sideshow Revue.
Chicago’s Sweet Cobra have signed to Magic Bullet Records and they have also completed their long-awaited new album, Earth, due out later this spring. The album was created with producers Matt Talbot of Hum and Kurt Ballou of Converge. Recorded at Talbot’s studio Earth Analog Studios near Chamapign Illinois, and mixed at Ballou’s Godcity Studios in Salem MA, Earth also features guest musical contributions from each producer/artist. This will be the first album of new music from the group since 2010’s acclaimed Mercy album.
Magic Bullet Records Owner Brent Eyestone commented on Earth:
“Holy hell… it’s completely badass! Kind of a new sound for the band; catchier, and I can see the appeal of the sound being much broader than their previous output. I get similar feelings from the best Queens of the Stone Age, Quicksand, and Young Widows records… super catchy slabs of heaviness.”
Sweet Cobra Tour Dates
March 27th Drunken Donut – Joliet, IL
March 28th Melody Inn – Indianapolis, IN w/ Kvlthammer
April 4th The Burlington – Chicago, IL w/ Auxes
April 25th Pyramid Scheme – Grand Rapids, MI w/ Hum, Cloakroom (SOLD OUT)