Today Is The Day and Lazer/Wulf Announce North American Tour

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Today Is The Day have announced an upcoming North American tour for April and May with Lazer/Wulf. This is their first shows since their nearly fatal van accident last November. They have also completed two new music videos for “Heathen” and “Animal Mother” from their tenth full length album Animal Mother, which was released in October via Southern Lord. The video for “Heathen” has been commissioned to Marcos Morales and Neil Barrett of Novel Concept TV (Primitive Man, etc.), and the visual depiction of the title track, “Animal Mother,” to David Hall of Handshake Inc. (Brutal Truth, Lae, Maryland Deathfest: The Movie), who also directed the band’s intense “Masada” video. View them below.

The current Today Is The Day lineup is completed by bassist Trevor Thomas, drummer Douglas Andrae, and founding guitarist/vocalist, Steve Austin.

Apr 24: Space – Portland, ME
Apr 25: Cambridge Elks Lodge – Boston, MA
Apr 26: Coco 66 – Brooklyn, NY (= no Lazer/Wulf)
Apr 27: Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
Apr 28: Cafe 611 – Frederick, MD
Apr 29: Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
May 01: Hideaway – Johnson City, TN
May 02: New Mountain – Asheville, NC
May 03: Siberia – New Orleans, LA (= no Lazer/Wulf)
May 05: Fitzgeralds – Houston, TX (= no Lazer/Wulf)
May 06: Lost Well – Austin, TX (= no Lazer/Wulf)
May 07: Doublewide – Dallas, TX
May 08: Sister – Albuquerque, NM
May 09: Pub Rock – Tempe, AZ
May 10: Complex – Los Angeles, CA
May 11: Opera House – Oakland, CA
May 12: Dantes – Portland, OR
May 13: El Corazon – Seattle, WA
May 14: Rickshaw – Vancouver, BC
May 15: The Pin – Spokane, WA
May 18: Larimer Lounge – Denver, CO
May 19: Record Bar – Kansas City, MO
May 20: Nether Bar – Minneapolis, MN
May 21: Double Door – Chicago, IL
May 22: Outpost – Kent, OH
May 23: The Shop – Pittsburgh, PA
May 24: Bug Jar – Rochester, NY

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LAE Streaming Break The Clasp

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LAE is streaming their new album Break The Clasp here. The album, out now via The Compound and Battleground Records, was recorded at a woodshop in Montreal by Today Is The Day and Austin Enterprises founder, Steve Austin (also band vocalist), and mastered at Austin Enterprises. Artwork was done by Sonny Kay (The VSS, Angel Hair, Gold Standard Laboratories label) and a layout by Kay and Dave Brenner.

Originally performing as Lae-Tseu, they began performing in the mid-1990s until going through a retransformation in mid-2013, bringing in Austin to record at Marc Lucas Ablasou wood shop and utilizing accordion, trumpet, saws, organs, pianos, and electronics to capture analog onto its debut album. LAE also features Ronald Jean-Gilles, Serge Nakauchi Pelletier, and Stephane Desgroseilliers.

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Today Is the Day Involved In Van Accident

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According to Today Is The Day’s Facebook Page, band vocalist/mastermind Steve Austin was involved in an auto accident, en route to the first date of the tour they were about to start. Fortunately no one was severely injured and everyone in the band is apparently alright. He posted the following statement below:

At 9:30 PM last night while driving to New York to meet up with our Drummer, our van was struck by an out of control car that had collided with another car. My dear friend and TITD merch man Trevor and I had just left my home in Orland, Maine after a 4 day Thanksgiving break in between tours. We had just completed 50 + Shows since October 7th, both Headlining and Main Support for EYEHATEGOD. Our band was set to play 23 more shows starting tonight in Pittsburgh.

We had been driving for 4 hours and had just crossed into Massachusetts.

Suddenly, Trevor said Look Out! I looked towards the passenger window and saw a car heading in a straight line for the side of our 15 Passenger Van. The car was within 3 feet when he saw it and it nailed us perfectly in the side spinning us around 180 Degrees, followed by flipping the Van UPSIDE DOWN. Trevor and I were thrown super hard inside the Van with Glass bursting all around us, hot transmission fluid pouring down and sparks flying everywhere as the Van was sliding backwards and upside down the Middle of I-495 interstate. I truly felt at that moment that I was going to die.

When we came to a stop, I held on tight and waited thinking the next thing that would happen would be a car finishing us off and slamming right into us. I screamed to Trevor to get out of the van immediately for fear that it would catch on fire and explode. We crawled through the Driver and Passenger windows worried that oncoming traffic would hit us. Once out, we made our way to the guard rail. Disoriented and in Shock I was emotionless.

In one terrible second:

#1 New van was completely Destroyed.
#2 Equipment was Destroyed.
#3 Merch was destroyed
#4 Tour cancelled.

EMT’s arrived and Fire Dept. They took me and Trevor by ambulance to the hospital. Cat Scans, X-Rays and Morphine was given. My left arm was cut up by broken glass and the left side of my body was badly beaten and bashed on. We stayed in the hospital for 8 Hours and were finally released early this morning. When we got out the room we had reserved was gone and we spent another hour trying to find shelter and a place to regroup.

It goes without saying that It was Truly a Miracle that he and I were not killed yesterday. Fuck Black Friday and all that it stands for. People had been driving wildly going from store to store to save $10 bucks in the name of xmas. The capper was that the 2 cars that had collided were full of liars that would not admit they were the ones who hit us even though the police can paint match who did.

I am beaten and bruised and recovering. With the help of my friend Aarne Victorine that plays in UXO with me and his friend, we were able to pry open the back door with a winch to be able to get our broken stuff out of the van a few hours ago and rent a U-Haul to be able to get what’s left home.

I am devastated and still in shock since this happened. I am extremely sorry to the fans in the towns that we were supposed to play in over the next few weeks. If we weren’t injured so badly, I would have still wanted to try to make it to you some how. But for now, I am a father with 2 kids, wife and 2 dogs trying to figure out how to move forward after losing everything yesterday. I just want to let everyone know, that Trevor and I will be ok. It will take some time. Mentally, it was just way to heavy to deal with and we will need some space and time to try to make sense of what just happened.

I leave for home in the morning and will begin to pick up the pieces after I get to feeling better and can physically address the things going on.

Take care of yourselves out there during these holidays. People are careless and drive crazy during this time of year and no matter how careful you are, the other drivers can take your life in a second. I am thankful to be alive right now and can’t wait to be with my family. Again, don’t worry. If what happened yesterday didn’t kill me, I don’t know what could. Love and Peace to everyone. If you don’t hear from me, for a while it is because I am just trying to get myself back together.

Today Is The Day Announce Upcoming Shows

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Today Is The Day has announced a string of shows to promote their latest album, Animal Mother, out now via Southern Lord. With cult leader and guitarist/vocalist Steve Austin joined by drummer Jeff Lohrber (Enabler, ex-Harlots) and bassist Sean Conkling (Regression, Burn Your Halo, Sprawl), the album was recorded, produced and mastered at the frontman’s Austin Enterprises in Maine, features original artwork by Samantha Muljat (Bl’ast, Earth, Baptists), and has reaped international critical acclaim for several months now.

Nov 29: The Shop – Pittsburgh, PA
Nov 30: Yonka House – Detroit, MI (w/ Hollow Earth)
Dec 01: Frank’s Power Plant – Milwaukee, WI (w/ Northless)
Dec 02: Hexagon Bar – Minneapolis, MN
Dec 03: Eronel – Dubuque, IA
Dec 04: Fubar – St. Louis, MO
Dec 05: TBA – Champaign, IL
Dec 06: Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL
Dec 07: Blind Bob’s – Dayton, OH
Dec 08: Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC
Dec 09: Bandito’s – Richmond, VA (w/ Hex Machine)
Dec 10: Cafe Nine – New Haven, CT

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LAE Releases “Break The Clasp” For Streaming

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LAE has released its title track to their debut album Break the Clasp (out November 25th via The Compound Records and Battleground Records) for streaming here. Another song “Sister” can be heard here and a trailer for the album here. The album was recorded at a woodshop in Montreal by Today Is The Day and Austin Enterprises founder, Steve Austin (also band vocalist), and mastered at Austin Enterprises. Artwork was done by Sonny Kay (The VSS, Angel Hair, Gold Standard Laboratories label) and a layout by Kay and Dave Brenner.

Originally performing as Lae-Tseu, they began performing in the mid-1990s until going through a retransformation in mid-2013, bringing in Austin to record at Marc Lucas Ablasou wood shop and utilizing accordion, trumpet, saws, organs, pianos, and electronics to capture analog onto its debut album. LAE also features Ronald Jean-Gilles, Serge Nakauchi Pelletier, and Stephane Desgroseilliers.

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Today Is The Day – Animal Mother

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If you ever want to get some perspective on the insular, incestuous musical world we live in, spend some time lurking on the Metal Archives forums, especially the threads where they discuss which bands have been blacklisted. A group of self-appointed cultural guardians seeking to define an incredibly narrow, clearly broken definition of Metal by striving with one hand to fit those bands they don’t approve of into different labels, and with the other to think of excuses to justify the bands they want to include anyway, it is the perfect reminder that the walls between genres are not – SHOULD not be – as firmly defined as we would sometimes like them to be.

Steve Austin’s perennial hate machine Today Is The Day fall very much outside of the Metal Archives High Council’s definition of Metal (they are “noise rock” or “sludge-core”, or some other short-hand for “we do not approve”), but when Animal Mother’s (Southern Lord) first track thunders in on a wave of filth and despair the question is instantly rendered irrelevant.  Animal Mother’s main musical coin is the filthy, heaving riff topped with Austin’s pained, furious roars and screams, but these collide with deliberate awkwardness into melodic passage, uncomfortable acoustic explorations and electronic noises.

Despite some surprisingly catchy riffs, Animal Mother is not the most accessible of releases, and there are moments which can sorely test the listener’s resolve.  Repetition is generally used well, but some songs stretch a little beyond their welcome, and occasional jarring transitions between passages and tracks can leave the reader a little bewildered.  These aren’t so much criticisms, however, as simply how Austin does things.  He could write a catchy album of dirty riffs if he chose, but he’d much rather air his musical dirty laundry in public and drag you through the cramped, twisting, uncomfortable labyrinth of his thoughts.

Easily taking its place alongside Coffinworm, Indian and Primitive Man as one of 2014’s most overwhelmingly filthy and hateful albums, whether or not Animal Mother is Metal is a question entirely devoid of meaning.

 

8.5/10

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Today Is The Day Release the First single from Animal Mother

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Legendary noise, post-metal pioneers Today Is The Day are readying their new album Animal Mother, for release on Southern Lord. They have dropped a new single in the form of a malicious new video for the song ‘Masada’. The video was created with David Hall of Handshake Inc. Led by mastermind Steve Austin, TITD boasts a killer new lineup consisting of Sean Conkling (Regression, Burn Your Halo, Sprawl) and drummer Jeff Lohrber (Enabler, ex-Harlots).

 

From the Press Release:

The first single from Today Is The Day’s tenth LP, Animal Mother, has been released via Metal Injection through a disturbing new video for the ninth track, “Masada,” as the band begins to divulge the newest developments in their massive upcoming tour schedule.

Produced by visual architect David Hall of Handshake Inc., the disturbing accompaniment for “Masada” delivers the track in a vibrant, high-contrast collage of footage, combining imagery born of nature’s itinerary and humanity’s inherently sadistic and perverse ways. Cult leaders summon more flies to the fire while children learn to handle automatic weapons. Brains decay and maggots feast upon the flesh of mammals, while a twisted, obfuscated plot unfolds amidst several unnamed humans in this disgustingly satisfying slab of cinematic madness. Undeniable lust, seething anger, inward loathing and outward aggression all flow in an occult blend of Americana that is as unique as the song. In other words, it’s “Today Is The Day as fuck.”

Issued director David Hall of the video: “I’m always honored when Steve Austin asks me to create a video for Today Is The Day. Early on we decided that ‘Masada’ should be the track people hear first from the new album because it really represents the album in terms of rock and diversity and TITD insanity. Steve wanted a video that would infect minds and reflect the madness of the music. I ate some meatloaf and went on a vision quest and was shown a couple in a desert being corrupted by their dysfunction and desire to control one another. So this is what I made.”

Southern Lord will release Animal Mother on LP, CD and digital download in North America on October 14th, as the band’s first venture for the label. With Animal Mother still lurking in the shadows, the band prepares for an extensive bout of widespread live actions in support of the album. From October 7th through the 26th, Today Is The Day will shred through the US on a headlining tour with direct support from Chicago deviants, Lord Mantis. This is the first phase of touring which will expand in the coming days, taking the band out on several more excursions through the rest of the year and well into 2015. Stand by for more major developments about to be issued in the coming days.

Today Is The Day w/ Lord Mantis:

10/07/2014 Geno’s – Portland, ME

10/08/2014 Sonny’s – Dover, NH

10/09/2014 Spotlight Tavern – Beverly, MA

10/10/2014 Dusk – Providence, RI

10/11/2014 The Pinch – Washington, DC

10/12/2014 The Acheron – Brooklyn, NY

10/13/2014 Kung-Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA

10/14/2014 Church – Boston, MA

10/15/2014 The Depot – York, PA

10/16/2014 Cafe 611 – Frederick, MD

10/17/2014 TBA – Long Island, NY

10/18/2014 Jabber Jaws – Allentown, PA

10/19/2014 Hideaway – Johnson City, TN

10/20/2014 The Handlebar – Pensacola, FL

10/21/2014 Siberia – New Orleans, LA

10/22/2014 TBA

10/23/2014 Ground Zero – Spartanburg, SC

10/24/2014 TBA

10/25/2014 Hangar 21 – Shreveport, LA

10/26/2014 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO

10/26/2014 Hi Tone – Memphis, TN

As always, the dejected and vengeful hymns Today Is The Day delivers with their latest opus are among the most scathing passages of audio one will experience, as Animal Mother unloads just short of a solid hour of pure anguish. The band’s lineup features the rhythm section of bassist Sean Conkling (Regression, Burn Your Halo, Sprawl) and drummer Jeff Lohrber (Enabler, ex-Harlots), fronted by cult leader, founding guitarist/vocalist Steve Austin. Through fifteen diversified attacks,Animal Mother‘s wrath recalls elements of several seminal TITD albums, merging the dementia ofTemple Of The Morning Star with the blazing delivery of In The Eyes Of God, yet several acoustic and more melodic angles elevate the LP’s material to entirely different dimensions. The Animal Mother recordingsessions took place at the notorious architect’s own Austin Enterprises in the deeply wooded Maine wilderness this brutal past Winter, the material fully produced and mastered by Austin, and shrouded in original artwork by Samantha Muljat.

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