Three Trapped Tigers- Silent Earthling

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Since the release of their début album Route One Or Die (Blood And Biscuits) half a decade ago, Three Trapped Tigers have become quite a niche and almost cult act. Far from a household name, but those in the know are all too aware of how spectacular this band has proven in such a short space of time, carving a unique sound of their own which shows familiar nuances and wide influences that blend so seamlessly.

On album number two, Silent Earthling (Superball Music/Century Media) have managed to maintain their new, signature sound mostly familiar but still sound vibrant, urgent and fresh. With a notably more ‘rock’ feel than its predecessor, this still shows the wide spectrum of styles as before, just with an arguably different focus, perhaps due to the embrace from the forward thinking rock fraternity (including a support slot to Deftones) and the signing to metal/prog heavyweights Century Media/Superball.

With a core that ranges from the near math rock take of instrumental progressive rock akin to The Fierce & The Dead and, at times, the softer electronic rock of the likes North Atlantic Oscillation, Silent Earthling also shows dynamic and experimental electronica influences from the likes of Vangelis and Brian Eno. Toss in some near drum and bass elements and subtle Hip Hop basslines and you have a wonderfully vibrant mix, which is bursting with character and imagination, and fits together so seamlessly.

Superbly textured, fluid and atmospheric, Silent Earthling is a versatile and deep record but one that is still hugely accessible and far from daunting, and is incredibly fun and immersive from the off. It has been a long time coming for a new album from these guys, and with this follow-up they have proven they really are a name to trust, and with an album that should appeal to so many, it’s about time they hit more people’s radar.

9.0/10

CHRIS TIPPELL

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Matt Skiba And The Sekrets- KUTS

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Matt Skiba is very busy these days. He’s fronted Alkaline Trio for close to two decades and also dabbled in side projects like Heavens and The Hell. In case you didn’t know, he’s also currently filling in for Tom Delonge in Blink 182.

And because apparently the devil makes good use of idle hands Skiba just released KUTS (Superball Music) with The Sekrets. The Sekrets almost being a supergroup for the Alternative Press crowd as it also features AFI bassist Huntar Burgan and My Chemical Romance’s Jarrod Alexander on drums.

Are you still with me? Good, because if you are a fan of any of those aforementioned groups then you are in for a pleasant surprise with KUTS.

The formula here hasn’t drastically changed. It’s simple, yet effective songwriting mated to a bright, but not overbearing mix. And that’s not to say that 2012s Babylon or Haven’t You EP weren’t good, but The Sekrets are starting to stretch their sound a little more as opposed to sticking with traditional pop-punk compositions. While there still are bits pf punk fire from time to time like on opener ‘Lonely and Kold’ and ‘She Said’ it seems that Skiba and his cohorts have been revisiting their The Smiths, The Cure, and Echo & The Bunnymen LPs.

This more post-punk approach really sets in on the second half of KUTS. Songs like ‘Way Bakk When’ and ‘Hemophiliak’ shift The Sekrets’ emphasis to melancholy as opposed to two minutes of aggression. ‘Never Believe’ and ‘Vienna’ close out the album and finds Skiba further channeling Johnny Marr with simple but haunting music to compliment his almost world-weary vocals. 

Skiba finds a way to honor some of his musical heroes without it coming across as just a love letter to the late 70s and early 80s. But then again the man has time for what seems like 400 other musical projects. Not sure how he does it, but hopefully he won’t stop soon.

8.0/10

HANSEL LOPEZ

Music Video: Matt Skiba and the Sekrets – Album Teaser Video

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Matt Skiba and the Sekrets are streaming a teaser video for their new album Kuts, which will be out June 2, 2015 via Superball Music. The band features Jarrod Alexander (of A Static Lullabye,) bassist Hunter Burgan (of AFI,) and of course, led by Matt Skiba (Alkaline Trio).

KUTS Track Listing:

01: Lonely and Kold
02: She Wolf
03: Krazy
04: She Said
05: I Just Killed to Say I love You
06: Way Bakk When
07: Krashing
08: Hemophiliak
09: Never Believe
10: Vienna

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Music Video: Amplifier – Black Rainbow

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Amplifier is streaming their brand new music video “Black Rainbow,” off of Mystoria, out now via Superball Music. Watch it below.

They are in the midst of a UK tour with Black Moth. Dates are below.

Apr 23:, Slade Rooms – Wolverhampton (UK)
Apr 24: Gorilla – Manchester (UK)
Apr 25: Jazz Café (Desert Fest) – London (UK)
Apr 26: Talking Heads – Southampton (UK)
Apr 27: The Haunt – Brighton (UK)

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Matt Skiba and the Sekrets Releasing Kuts In June

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Matt Skiba and the Sekrets is releasing their second album entitled KUTS on June 2, 2015 (North America) and June 1, 2015 (Europe) via Superball Music. The album was produced by Rob Schnapf (Elliott Smith, Beck, the Vines) and the album cover was photographed by Jonathan Weiner and posted above.

Skiba’s first album with the Sekrets, 2012’s Babylon, received adulation from both fans and press. Now, Matt Skiba and his Sekrets (Hunter Burgan on bass, Jarrod Alexander drums) ready the release of KUTS. Skiba’s ongoing work in Alkaline Trio has been a well-documented punk rock success story, and the vocalist/guitarist has recently performed several gigs as a temporary member of punk/alt icons Blink-182.

Says Skiba of KUTS:

“The writing style and entire approach to this new one was a stronger desire to do something fairly different from my other band. We used sounds hugely influenced by early David Bowie stuff and took more chances. I knew that the playing of Hunter and Jarrod would bring entirely new elements to the songs that would help shape them in a huge way and influence ideas that I would never have thought of on my own. They did great stuff for the last record but had even more freedom on this one. It really shaped the way this record sounds.”

KUTS Track Listing:
01: Lonely and Kold
02: She Wolf
03: Krazy
04: She Said
05: I Just Killed to Say I love You
06: Way Bakk When
07: Krashing
08: Hemophiliak
09: Never Believe
10. Vienna

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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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Maybeshewill Streaming “In Amber” Music Video

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Maybeshewill is streaming their music video for “In Amber,” off their recently released album Fair Youth, out now via Superball Music, here.

Fair Youth is an overwhelmingly positive record, with the band creating a musical solution to dealing with real world problems and difficulties. It touches on themes of nostalgia and oneirism, and the connections, disconnection and constant feeling of motion that comes with spending so many months of the year on the road.

Band guitarist/keyboardist Jamie Ward took the production helm once again, and this time Maybeshewill vastly expands the pallet of sounds and instruments at their disposal. By working with live instrumentation wherever possible, but also augmenting the real with electronic flourishes, it is simultaneously the most and least organic Maybeshewill record to date.

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Fair Youth has been shaped largely by influences from outside the musical world they exist in – from washes of hazy Shoegaze guitars to glitchy Electronica; chopped and screwed Hip-Hop beats to ornate Chamber Pop orchestration, as well as countless other threads coming together. It’s the band re-imagined as a larger ensemble – a hundred year old grand piano, string and brass sections, an enormous old drum kit, glockenspiels, vibraphones and a sea of guitars – while still remaining a cohesive whole.

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Maybeshewill Releasing Fair Youth February 24

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Leicester’s Maybeshewill is releasing their fourth full length release Fair Youth via Superball Music on February 24, 2015.

Band guitarist/keyboardist Jamie Ward took the production helm once again, and this time Maybeshewill vastly expands the pallet of sounds and instruments at their disposal. By working with live instrumentation wherever possible, but also augmenting the real with electronic flourishes, it is simultaneously the most and least organic Maybeshewill record to date. Fair Youth has been shaped largely by influences from outside the musical world they exist in – from washes of hazy Shoegaze guitars to glitchy Electronica; chopped and screwed Hip-Hop beats to ornate Chamber Pop orchestration, as well as countless other threads coming together. It’s the band re-imagined as a larger ensemble – a hundred year old grand piano, string and brass sections, an enormous old drum kit, glockenspiels, vibraphones and a sea of guitars – while still remaining a cohesive whole.

Autumn of 2015 will mark Maybeshewill’s live debut in North America, with dates to be announced at a future point in time.

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