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Beauty in Chaos Un-Natural Disaster ft. dUg Pinnick, Zakk Wylde and Ice-T (Collide Mix) 33.3 Music Collective 21 June 2019

Beauty in Chaos presents ‘Un-Natural Disaster’ ft. dUg Pinnick, Zakk Wylde and Ice-T (Collide Mix)
First track preview of new ‘Beauty Re-Envisioned’ album

LA-based supergroup Beauty in Chaos presents their new single ‘Un-Natural Disaster’ (Collide Mix) ft. dUg PinnickZakk Wylde and Ice-T. Remixed by Statik of Collide, this track also featured The Offspring’s Pete Parada on drums and BIC mastermind Michael Ciravolo on guitar.

This is the first song to be previewed from the soon-to-be-released album ‘Beauty Re-Envisioned’, which will contain an extremely wide variety of remixes and alternate versions of many of the tracks that appear on their debut album ‘Finding Beauty in Chaos’. Both albums are produced by Ministry‘s Grammy-nominated producer Michael Rozon at Ciravolo’s own SAINTinLA Studio.

This track breaks the constraints placed on the debut album, not only due to the addition of synthesizers, but also in the wicked unleashing of blistering guitar solo by guitar guru Zakk Wylde.

“Zakk plays more notes on this solo than I did on the entire album, but with taste, technique and a ton of flair,” Michael Ciravolo laughs.

For this project, Ciravolo – a New Orleans native – teamed up with King’s X’s dUg Pinnick, who previously lived in Houston. Their shared experiences and memories of the chaos caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Harvey, along with the ‘beauty’ of those who came to help the victims, profoundly shaped the song’s music and lyrics.

“When Michael sent me the music and asked me if I would sing and play on it, I immediately said yes. I think it rocks!! And some deep lyrics were my thoughts. Since I come from Katy Texas, where it flooded a few years ago very badly and, not very far away, it was the same for New Orleans, I thought it was appropriate to sing about the un-natural disasters that are happening due to man’s ignorance,” says dUg Pinnick.

“It was fun putting my bass part on the track and a big surprise being on the same song with Ice-T and Zakk Wylde. What a great opportunity, I’m glad to be a part of this project. And the video shoot was wet!! Lol! And so much fun… and even captures the serious topic of this song.”

Ice-T, famed rapper, actor and frontman of Body Count, also spits out a poignant exclamation point to the extent of these tragedies.

“This song really hits close to home as I was born and raised in New Orleans. I lived in Los Angeles when Katrina hit, but watched as friends and family lost everything. My elderly Aunt was evacuated as the city’s services shut down, and sadly she did not survive the move to Alabama. She along with at least 1200 others lost their lives as a result of this devastating hurricane,” says Michael Ciravolo.

Vicente Cordero, who directed the accompanying video, also directed the three previous Beauty In Chaos videos, delivers a visually stunning interpretation of this song. Production credit for all four goes to Industrialism Films.

Originally from New Orleans and now based in LA, Michael Ciravolo has played guitar in Human Drama for the past 30 years, most recently on ‘Broken Songs for Broken People’ (2017). Perhaps best known as President of Schecter Guitar Research, he has also played live and recorded with Michael Aston’s Gene Loves Jezebel since 1998.

The debut album ‘Finding Beauty in Chaos’ features numerous music luminaries, including Wayne Hussey (The Mission), Simon Gallup(The Cure), Robin Zander (Cheap Trick), Pete Parada (The Offspring), dUg Pinnick (Kings X), ICE-T (Body Count), Michael Aston (Gene Loves Jezebel), Michael Anthony (Van Halen), Dirk Doucette (Gene Loves Jezebel), Ashton Nyte (The Awakening), Pando (A Flock of Seagulls), Evi VineBetsy Martin (Caterwaul / Purr Machine), Marc Danzeisen (The Riverdogs), Kevin Kipnis (Purr Machine / Kommunity FK), Rudy Matchinga (Red Scare), Johnny Indovina (Human Drama), and Tish Ciravolo (StunGun/ Daisy Rock Guitars).

On June 21, ‘Beauty Re-Envisioned’ will be released via LA-based label 33.3 Music Collective on deluxe CD and limited-edition heavy-weight colored vinyl. It will also be available digitally across online stores, including iTunes, and streaming platforms like Spotify. CDs and vinyl can be ordered from the Beauty in Chaos website at

Words by dUg Pinnick and Ice-T
Music by Michael Ciravolo
dUg Pinnick – vocals and bass
Ice-T – vocals
Zakk Wylde – lead guitar solo
Michael Ciravolo – electric guitars
Pete Parada – live drums
Statik / Collide – drum programming, textures and synths
Mixed by Statik of Collide
Original recording by Michael Rozon
Video produced by Industrialism Films
Directed by Vicente Cordero
Album artwork by Not That, This

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Posted by on March 30, 2019 in Rock


News (10 March 2019)


The sound of muet has been described as, sonically defiant art rock sung under the shadow of a long brim hat about tales of the tragic, the romantic, and the bizarre. The band features vocalist Steven Seibold (Hate Dept.), Daniel Evans on guitar and bass (Dead on TV), and drummer Vince McAley (Die Warzau, Chemlab, GoFight, Dead on TV). Based out of Chicago, the trio is set to release their debut eponymous full-length album on Metropolis Records on March 22nd, 2019 on both CD, vinyl and through all digital formats.

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Aftermath I is the first annual Post-Apocalyptic Music Fest in Toronto featuring the finest of Toronto’s dark underground music scene that includes A Primitive Evolution, Hot Lips, SQUID LID, Phantom High and Dirty Wizardz who will all take to the stage to punish your eardrums and ignite your soul! The desolation and darkness of the event was designed by local artists Stu Dead of playdead cult and James Fisher of Zirco Fisher Art x Music. Post-Apocalyptic and/or Cyber-punk and/or Industrial Goth dress encouraged but not required.

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Of all the bands to emerge out of the European shoegaze movement of the last decade, Italian four-piece Rev Rev Rev have been the most formidable and commanding; their reverberating walls of fuzz drifting into crushing noise-rock territory at times. With a penchant for the dark, heavy and noisy, it was clearly only a matter of time until the band worked with the London-based label Fuzz Club.

To celebrate their inevitable signing, as well as their upcoming trip to the States for this year’s SXSW, Rev Rev Rev are sharing the new single ‘Clutching The Blade’ taken from their forthcoming third LP Kykeon, due for release later this year.
The new cut offers a no-holds-barred intro into what’s to come. Talking about the track, they explain “’Clutching The Blade’ is a good snapshot of our sonic virulence. Among the new songs, it’s the one that truly conveys the energy of our live show, whilst keeping a mechanic feel that contributes to the ominous atmosphere. The song itself is about being trapped in the quicksand of a certain situation, or what can feel like destiny, and the appalling feeling that the more you struggle, the faster you sink.”
Since their 2013 self-titled debut album, followed by 2016’s Des Fleurs Magiques Bourdonnaient LP, the Modena outfit has picked up rave reviews, consistently been hailed as one of the finest proponents of the modern shoegaze revival, clocked up considerable BBC6 airtime and brought their notoriously all-consuming live show across the UK and mainland Europe, sharing the stage with the likes of The Telescopes, Ringo Deathstarr and Gonjasufi.
SXSW shows schedule runs as follows:
Mar 13 5.15-5.45 pm Spider House 
Mar 13 11.00-11.40 pm The Velveeta Room
Mar 14 3.05-3.25 pm The Catherine
Mar 15 4.00-4.30 pm (tbc) Kitty Cohen’s 
Mar 15 10.45-11.25 pm 720 Club Patio
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Posted by on March 10, 2019 in Rock


Kenny Roby and 6 String Drag -The Jag Sessions: Rare & Unreleased 1996-1998 (Schoolkids Records 13 April 2019)

Americana Pioneers Kenny Roby & 6 String Drag to Release LP for Record Store Day
The Jag Sessions: Rare & Unreleased 1996-1998 to be issued on vinyl

Schoolkids Records has anounced the new 6 String Drag album ‘The Jag Sessions: Rare & Unreleased 1996-1998’, which will be released especially for Record Store Day. This will be issued on limited edition 12” red vinyl with just 500 copies to be made available.

In the mid to late ‘90s, Kenny Roby and 6 String Drag stood out as pioneers of the nascent alt-country movement. After a leaving a mark on this, as well as the Americana / No Depression scene, the Carolinas quartet essentially broke up.

The band’s second record ‘High Hat’ was produced by Steve Earleand Ray Kennedy and was released in 1997 on Earle’s Warner Brothers imprint label E-Squared Record. This album remains an undisputed classic of its era.

In early 2014, 6 String Drag reformed with the ‘High Hat’ line-up and recorded their 2015 comeback record ‘Roots Rock & Roll’ to much fan excitement and critical acclaim.

In January 2018, the band reissued a 20th anniversary reissue of ‘High Hat’ on CD, vinyl and digitally, following up with their fourth full-length studio record ‘Top of The World’ in March 2018. This album features 6 String Drag founding members and frontmen Kenny Roby and Rob Keller, along with new members Dan Davis and Luis Rodriguez. Both releases are available through Schoolkids Records through Redeye Worldwide Distribution.

‘The Jag Sessions’ album is a collection of unreleased rarities and record quality demos recorded by Byron McCay at Jag Studios in Raleigh, NC between 1996 and 1998. Previously, these recordings have only been circulated among fans and digitally as low flying CD releases for sale at shows.

This album represents the first time any versions of this collection and the songs found here are available on vinyl. Some of the collection are songs originally recorded for Columbia Records in 1996 for a demo deal with this label, but that ultimately never came to fruition. The songs from 1998 were recorded as pro demos and were intended for release as a new EP following ‘High Hat’.

Outside of the four 6 String Drag albums, Kenny Roby has released four critically acclaimed solo LPs – ‘Mercury’s Blues’ (1999), ‘Rather Not Know’ (2003), ‘The Mercy Filter’ (2006), and ‘Memories & Birds’ (2013), in addition to various compilations.

The album will be available from RSD-participating record stores on April 13 as an official Record Store Day release. The 12″ red vinyl edition of ‘The Jag Sessions’ also comes with download card featuring two bonus tracks not included on vinyl.

01 Brasstown
02 Cry Cry Cry
03 Just a Shame
04 Elaine
05 Red
06 Just Another Thing
07 Mercury’s Blues
08 The Changeup
09 Murder-Go-Round (Bonus track – download only)
10 Gasoline Maybelline
11 Bottle of Blues
12 Blues Too Blue to Mention
13 No One’s Arms
14 Trouble on the Jackson Farm (Bonus track – download only)

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Posted by on March 7, 2019 in Rock


Alice Tambourine Lover – Down Below (Go Down Records, 20th March 2019)

Wandering between lazy Mazzy Star/Cowboy Junkies atmospheres and more gritty moments reminiscent of Mark Lanegan, the comeback of Bologna-based duo Alice Tambourine Lover lingers on their stripped down psych blues signature sound, this time plunging more on the psychedelic side, still keeping a folk-like authenticity.

In their fourth LP Down Below, out via heavy psych rock label Go Down Records (IT), dreamy vocals by Alice Albertazzi intertwine with Gianfranco Romanelli‘s guitar textures, while occasional e-bow, leslie and harmonica phrases gently take the edge off.

Dust and honey mix together in a dark homage to lysergic Nineties, a moody landscape where the hallucinated desert of Meat Puppets fades into Mojave 3’s desolated moorland.

Alice Tambourine Lover were founded in 2011 as a side-project of psych band Alix, with five albums released among which Ground, recorded by David Lenci and Good One, recorded by Steve Albini.

In 2012 they played All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival, headlined by Neurosis, Shellac, Red Fang, Uzeda. They have released, all on Go Down Records, Naked Songs (2012), Star Rovers (2013) and Like A Rose (2015), which features two songs by Dandy Brown (Hermano, Orquesta Del Desierto) and John Garcia (Kyuss, Unida, Hermano).

Their dense, yet essential sound has also caught the attention of film directors Iris Elezi and Thomas Logoreci, who chose “Hungry
Thieves” (Alice Tambourine Lover) and “The Sweet SmellingRoads” (Alix) for the soundtrack of the film “Bota Cafè“.

You can pre-order the album HERE


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21/04 La Mancha – Ruvo (BA)
23/04 Cabaret Voltaire – Bari
25/04 Palmares Pub – Santa Sabina (BR)
26/04 Coopera – Putignano (BA)

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Posted by on March 5, 2019 in Rock


Tiny Fighter – Tell Me (Bay Terrace Records 26 April 2019)

Stockholm-based Tiny Fighter announces new ‘Tell Me’ EP, preview title track

Swedish-Australian indie pop outfit Tiny Fighter have announced their new ‘Tell Me’ EP, to be released via Stockholm-based label Bay Terrace Records. Ahead of that, they are previewing the title track, which features stunning deadpan vocals from frontwoman Therese Karlsson.

The new EP was recorded and produced by legendary multi-Grammy, Gold & Platinum Award producer Thomas ‘Plec’ Johansson at The Panic Room in Skövde, a quiet country town in southern Sweden. This collaboration allowed them to further refine and push their sound.

On previous releases, they recorded in Los Angeles and Stockholm with Daniel Rejmer (Foals, Ben Frost, Girls Names), extending on the more melodic moments from their previous work with bands such as Fire to the Stars and Mid-State Orange.

Tiny Fighter offers an enticing mix of indie-rock and berserker chamber pop. Despite the staggering odds against them ever meeting, Therese Karlsson (a truck driver from Kalmar in southern Sweden) and Tim Spelman (a doctor from Melbourne, Australia) met in Stockholm and began collaborating in 2017. Tiny Fighter quickly expanded into a 5-piece with the addition of Tommy Wilen, Marcus Wallberg and Robin Zimmermann, bringing all the dynamics and volume of their recorded material on to the stage.

“Tell Me is an appeal for clarity – both personally and politically – in a setting where distrust and ambiguity appear increasingly to dominate people’s relationships, both with each other and the broader world in general. It’s about exasperation, about a need for a simple, straight answer – tell me, yes or no,” says Therese Karlsson.

Tiny Fighter has quickly built a strong reputation for their stirring live performances and for their ability to tastefully mix catchy indie-pop with darker themes and arrangements. Sharon Van Etten, Catpower and Agnes Obel number among their influences, as d Gyllene Tider, Mitski, Veruca Salt and Kim Shatturk/The Muffs.

“After starting life as a duo, this is the first recording with a full band, and I think that’s reflected in the stronger, fuller sound compared to our earlier singles,” says Tim Spelman.

Based on the success with their first three singles ‘New Century’‘Want Friends’ and ‘Hollow Talk’, Tiny Fighter have grown from an artsy studio project to a full-fledged live band capable of selling out tours and filling larger music venues. Tiny Fighter completed a run of sold-out shows throughout Scandinavia and Europe in the summer of 2018, followed by a North American tour in November 2018.

Tiny Fighter will be returning to North America in May 2019 for a run of east coast and Midwest dates. They kick things off on May 6 in Toronto for performances during Canadian Music Week.

As of April 26, the ‘Tell Me’ EP will be available across online stores like iTunes and streaming platforms such as Spotify, but it can already be pre-ordered via Bandcamp.

1. Tell Me
2. Where Are You Now
3. Katrina

Performed by Tim Spelman & Therese Karlsson
‘Tell Me’ written by Tim Spelman & Therese Karlsson
‘Where Are You Now’ written by Tim Spelman, Therese Karlsson & Tommy Wilen
‘Katrina’ written by Alex Jamal, Tim Spelman & Therese Karlsson
Recorded, produced and mastered by Thomas “Plec” Johansson at The Panic Room
Everything else by Thomas “Plec” Johansson
Cover artwork by Kyle V James
‘Tell Me’ video by Kyle V James & Mallori Taylor

May 6 – 12: Canadian Music Week, Toronto
Mat 13 – 20 Tour through New York, New Jersey, Boston (dates to be confirmed)

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Posted by on February 21, 2019 in Rock



Noctorum – The Afterlife (Schoolkids Records 15 February 2019)

Noctorum (Marty Willson-Piper, Dare Mason) present ‘The Moon Drips’ off ‘The Afterlife’ LP

Noctorum, a duo comprised of guitarist/singer-songwriter Marty Willson-Piper and producer Dare Mason, present their new single ‘The Moon Drips’ ahead of their fourth album ‘The Afterlife’ and following the singles ‘Piccadilly Circus in the Rain’ and ‘A Girl With No Love’.

This is the duo’s first long-play in seven years. Slated for release on February 15, this album will be made available on heavy-weight gatefold vinyl, CD and digitally via Schoolkids Records. Fortunate PledgeMusic contributors received an advance copy after Noctorum’s campaign successfully achieved 113% of its target for the album.

‘The Moon Drips’ is the album’s opening track. It tells the tale of a perilous journey on a mysterious caravan that takes the unwitting across the Texan-Mexican border to a geographically impossible jump, landing in Bohemia and Prussia. As these two worlds collide, winds howl, trumpets blast, violins yearn and 19th century sequencers outmode harpsichords as creatures of the night fly silhouetted against the glowing disc of the moon, a backdrop for realised shadows as they pounce on reality itself.

Named for the village Noctorum, located near to their childhood homes on The Wirral (near Liverpool), Dare and Marty liked its association with night and its Latin derivation. This collaboration has an eclectic focus, making the quiet loud and vice-versa, singing words that might be spoken and playing indoor instruments that should be heard outside. It has to be imagined to exist.

Formed in 2002, Noctorum released their debut album Sparks Lane’ on Heyday Records in 2003. In 2006, they followed up with the album ‘Offer The Light’ on that same label, later re-releasing it as a digipak in 2010 via Second Motion Records. Heyday released their third album ‘Honey Mink Forever’ in 2011.

Marty Willson-Piper has been writing and performing internationally for over 35 years. He is best known as a long-time member of Australian psychedelic rock band The Church, who he was with from its inception through to 2013. He joined All About Eve in the ’90s, releasing two studio albums and several live albums with them. He is also lead singer and lyricist with Swedish band MOAT and a touring member of Swedish Prog legends Anekdoten. Since the mid-1980s, Willson-Piper has maintained a steady solo output, releasing six solo studio albums and three live solo albums to date. He has also co-written music with many artists, including Grace Slick, Aimee Mann, Susannah Hoffs and Linda Perry.

As a house engineer at London’s world famous Townhouse Studios, Dare Mason has worked with the likes of Prince, Paul McCartney, Boy George, Tina Turner, Ravi Shankar and Soul II Soul, among others. After becoming a freelance producer/engineer in 1991, he produced albums for The Grid, The Church, Placebo and AC Acoustics, working in London, New York, Sydney and Stockholm. He finally moved to Cornwall, where he set up the VIP Lounge studio in 2001. Nowadays, Dare is mainly known as a mixing engineer, having mixed recordings by Brix Smith (ex The Fall), Cinerama and Tommy Tokyo. Dare is also a composer, songwriter and accomplished guitarist, singer and dabbler in keyboards, usually contributing musically to the artists he produces.

All three singles are now available across online stores and streaming platforms like Spotify. The full album ‘The Afterlife’ album will be released on February 15, and can now be ordered in all formats via Schoolkids Records.

Marty Willson-Piper – lead vocal, electric lead and rhythm guitars, bass, swedish cittra
Dare Mason – keyboards, backing vocals
Olivia Willson-Piper – backing vocals
Richard Evans – trumpet
Steve Jackson – drums
Written and produced by Marty Willson-Piper & Dare Mason
Lyrics by Marty Willson-Piper
Recorded and mixed by Dare Mason at the VIP Lounge, Penzance, England
Mastered by Poppy Weinberger for Riverfish Mastering
Design by Olivia Willson-Piper & Lizzie Tucker

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Posted by on February 1, 2019 in Rock


Twilight Fields – Songs From the Age of Ruin (1 February 2019)

Twilight Fields pays homage to Bruce Cockburn’s wisdom ahead of new LP ‘Songs From The Age of Ruin’

As a tribute to Canadian songwriter activist Bruce Cockburn and a reminder that these issues are just as relevant now as they were in 1984, when he released his ‘Stealing Fire’ album, Twilight Fieldspresents his own rendition of ‘Lovers in a Dangerous Time’.

This track is one of 14 found on the new album ‘Songs from the Age of Ruin’, slated for release in early 2019. This new single follows up the  rather politically-charged single ‘Demagogue’, an expression of anti-populist sentiment.

Twilight Fields is the solo moniker of singer-songwriter Allister Thompson, who single-handedly handles all writing, playing, engineering, mixing, mastering for this project, in addition to designing everything himself from his home studio in North Bay, Ontario.

‘Songs from the Age of Ruin’ is a warning to the present and an apology to a possible future. This uneasy but compelling song cycle begins with the bombing of Hiroshima and absurdities of the atomic age and proceeds to tackle such difficult topics as homelessness and economic inequalities (‘Lazarus’), the evils of populism and political repression (‘Demagogue’, ‘Taken Away’), the toxicity of social media communication (‘Offended’), animal rights (‘The Animal’s Song’), and the utter stupidity of war (‘Soldier Song’). It concludes with a three-part “climate change suite” (‘Loss’, ‘Barren Planet’, ‘Why Did We Do It?’) that lays bare the tragic human consequences of catastrophic climate change.

“I wanted to pay tribute to one of the greatest protest singers in music history, my fellow Canadian Bruce Cockburn,” explains Allister Thompson. “This is his most famous song, but probably also his best, known for its timeless lyrics. However, those lyrics about keeping faith in dark days have never been more timely, 35 years after its original release. My version pays homage to the original arrangement while amping things up a little. The video shows environmental destruction but also the brave people who fight against it.”

This album pays grateful homage to such artists as Billy Bragg, New Model Army, Killing Joke, Midnight Oil, and The Levellers, as well as other artists influencing his music like Leon Rosselson, Bob Dylan, Robert Wyatt, and Phil Ochs. Apart from the current single, the album also features a cover of Thin Lizzy‘s song ‘Holy War’.

“While growing up, certain passionate, activist musicians were very influential to me. So much so that I’d say they changed and shaped the person I would eventually become. There has never been a more crucial time for musicians to step up and add their voices to the chorus of reason necessary to take us back from the brink of total destruction,” says Allister Thompson.

“The year 2019 finds the human species standing at a crossroads, with only two possible directions: survival or extinction. Artists should contribute their strong and clear voices to dialogues that could lead to our survival and renewal.”

Allister Thompson has had a varied musical career, initially playing with Toronto-based glam-rock band Crash Kelly, together with Sean Kelly (now guitarist for Nelly Furtado), and opening for such notable artists as The Black Crowes and Alice Cooper. He later veered towards making traditional folk music, progressive rock and ambient music, recording several ambient rock albums as Twilight Fields and numerous albums of ambient / Krautrock / psychedelia under the monikers The Gateless Gate and Khan Tengri.

‘Demagogue’ is now available via online stores and streaming platforms, including Spotify and iTunes. The full album ‘Song From The Age of Ruin’ LP will be released on February 1, 2019 and can be ordered via Bandcamp.

1  Prologue: The Ruined City
2  Bomber
3  Lazarus
4  Demagogue
5  Offended
6  Taken Away
7  The Animal’s Song
8  Soldier Song
9  The Holy War
10 Maximum Darkness
11 Lovers in a Dangerous Time
12 Why Did We Do It? (The Last Ones)
13 Loss
14 Epilogue: Barren Planet

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Posted by on January 17, 2019 in Rock