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BEARTOOTH Announce Fall 2014 North American Headlining Tour; Premiere Video for “The Lines”

Hardcore five-piece Beartooth has announced their first-ever North American headline tour. The month-long string of dates kicks off October 3 in Chicago, IL and finishes October 31 with a hometown show in Columbus, OH.

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Hardcore five-piece Beartooth has announced their first-ever North American headline tour. The month-long string of dates kicks off October 3 in Chicago, IL and finishes October 31 with a hometown show in Columbus, OH. Vanna, Sirens & Sailors, Sylar and Alive Like Me will support, tickets go on sale Friday, August 15th. The shows follow a Summer-long run on Warped Tour, from which Beartooth emerged as one of the tour’s breakout bands. Beartooth will later join Pierce the Veil and Sleeping with Sirens on a US run starting in November.

Beartooth has also premiered the video for their song “The Lines” off their debut album ‘Disgusting’ today online. Watch the Drew Russ-directed clip below. ‘Disgusting’ was released June 10, 2014 via Red Bull Records. Written, performed, produced and mixed by 21 year-old Caleb Shomo, ‘Disgusting’ shares equal inspiration with brutal metalcore as with old-school punk like The Ramones and the bombastic theatricality of Queen. The end result is a back-to-basics hardcore stomp interspersed with anthemic choruses that prompted Alternative Press to name ‘Disgusting’ one of their “Best Albums of the Year So Far”.

Headlining Tour Dates:

10/03 – Chicago, IL – The Beat Kitchen
10/05 – Toronto, ON – Hard Luck Bar
10/06 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium (Upstairs)
10/07 – Philadelphia, PA – The Barbary
10/08 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
10/09 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
10/10 – Richmond, VA – The Canal Club
10/11 – Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theater
10/12 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
10/14 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
10/15 – Orlando, FL – Backbooth
10/17 – Houston, TX – Walters
10/18 – Dallas, TX – The Door
10/19 – San Antonio, TX – Backstage Live
10/21 – Mesa, AZ – Nile Theatre
10/22 – San Diego, CA – Soma Sidestage
10/23 – Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
10/24 – Sacramento, CA – Assembly Music Hall
10/26 – Murray, UT – Murray Theater
10/28 – Denver, CO – The Marquis Theater
10/30 – St. Louis, MO – Fubar
10/31 – Columbus, OH – The Basement

Tour Dates (w/ Sleeping with Sirens, Pierce the Veil):

11/05 – Fresno CA – Woodward Park Amphitheater
11/07 – Pomona, CA – The Fox Theatre
11/08 – Tuscon, AZ – Rialto Theatre
11/09 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
11/11 – Lubbock, TX – Lonestar Pavillion
11/13 – Tulsa, OK – Brady Theater
11/14 – Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom
11/15 – North Myrtle Beach, SC – HOB Myrtle Beach, VA
11/16 – Norfolk, VA – The NorVa
11/19 – Lancaster, PA – Freedom Hall
11/20 – Toms River, NJ – Pine Belt Arena
11/20 – Albany, NY – Washington Avenue Armory
11/22 – Hartford, CT – The Webster
11/24 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount
11/25 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount
11/29 – Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom
11/30 – Plymouth, MI – Compuware Arena
12/01 – Clive, IA- Flags Event Center
12/03 – Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater
12/05 – Reno, NV – Knitting Factory
12/06 – Las Vegas, NV – The Joint @ Hard Rock Hotel

For more information, please visit: www.facebook.com/BEARTOOTHband.

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Slightest Clue Release Their Rocking, Five-Track EP ‘Carousel’

Vancouver indie rockers Slightest Clue recently released their ‘Carousel’ EP, inspired by the beginning, middle, and end of a relationship.

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Slightest Clue
Slightest Clue

Vancouver’s Slightest Clue is like the secret after-school project of four kids who would have passed each other without a glance in the hallway at school, but once they’re plugged in and ready to play their distinct blend of post-punk, alternative rock, and dark pop, all bets are off.

Produced by Matt Di Pomponio, their new EP, Carousel, is inspired by the beginning, middle, and end of a formative romantic relationship, spanning the trajectory from love to this loss of connection. The closing track, “Carousel,” marks the ultimate bittersweet reflection with unique harmonic layers to portray those contrasting emotions, shifting between grand and quiet tones.

Commenting on the album, the band states:

“The main theme is love, loss of relationship, and connection. The arc of the story is our foreshadowing of the end in our first song ‘These Days’ speaking on the day to day fights and how neither person can seem to get back to a happy place in the relationship. ‘Why Can’t I Call You?’ is the initial spark of infatuation and obsession with someone before you know them. ‘When You Wake Up’ talks of the blissed out honeymoon stage where everything is working and nothing could go wrong. ‘Suit Uptight!’ represents the mounting frustrations and resentments building tension from unmet needs. And finally our closing track ‘Carousel’ is the end and the bittersweet reflection of a cherished relationship that can no longer return.”

Each member, Malcolm McLaren, Hannah Kruse, Sean Ries, and Nick Sciarretta, brings distinct influences and experiences: a stage actor whose playlists go from Talking Heads to Sonic Youth to Björk, a hook-obsessed recovering choir girl, an electrical engineer whose personal idol is John Bonham, and a guitarist who played for (and left) 10 other bands before deciding this was the one for him.

Slightest Clue ‘Carousel’ [EP] album artwork

Slightest Clue ‘Carousel’ [EP] album artwork

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Track-by-Track: The Pineapple Thief’s Bruce Soord Cuts Through ‘It Leads To This’

The Pineapple Thief frontman Bruce Soord breaks down each track on the progressive rock band’s new record ‘It Leads To This.’

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The Pineapple Thief in 2023, photo by Tina Korhonen
The Pineapple Thief in 2023, photo by Tina Korhonen

It’s been a bit of a renaissance period for The Pineapple Thief over the last few years. This revitalization has resulted in the brand-new album It Leads To This. Released on February 9th via Kscope Records, the eight new songs comprise more of frontman Bruce Soord’s observations and deductions about life and the world around him. The initial concept for the record came together rather quickly, but the actual lyrical and musical components took time. Finalizing these songs required much work and collaboration between Soord and his three bandmates. Each member had a conception of what was satisfactory regarding the songs. Coming to that common ground took time, but in the end, each member was extremely pleased with the final product.

The release of It Leads To This coincides with the 25th anniversary since The Pineapple Thief formed. In that time, they have released over 20 full-length albums and EPs. It Leads To This proved to be one of the most intense writing periods ever for the band. They worked on these new tracks for almost three years. Each band member pushed each other to go above and beyond what they felt capable of. It was extremely fruitful from an artistic perspective, but personally, it did pose challenges for the band members.

Joining us today for an exclusive track-by-track rundown of It Leads To This is Bruce Soord himself. He takes us through each song on the record, their inspirations, motivations, and how they came together.

1. “Put It Right”

Bruce Soord: “This was the first song we wrote for the album, right in the depths of the pandemic. I remember standing outside my studio, which is in the garden of my home, when we were in full lockdown. I looked at the blue sky, not a vapour trail to be seen. Even the hum of my small town was gone. As a songwriter, you’re obviously going to take that in and use it. I started to ponder the fragile state of the world. I mean, how can the world be brought to its knees overnight? Which then led to thoughts about the past, essentially a re-evaluation. Are we all to blame? Was I to blame?”

2. “Rubicon”

“As soon as the lockdown was lifted, I remember talking to (drummer) Gavin (Harrison), and he had the idea to write some songs in the same room. I know, radical, right? So I got in the car and drove to his house. Honestly, in the history of The Pineapple Thief, I had never written in this way. Songs were built up in our various studios over weeks and months.. But we were up for trying something new. It could have been a very long disaster – a 6 day jam in E. But to my surprise, we wrote four songs in this way. The first one being Rubicon.

“The verses are in a ‘5/4 shuffle’ which is quite unique (see Gavin’s drum playthrough on the Vic Firth YouTube channel). The song is actually about Julius Caesar crossing the Rubicon, destroying the Roman republic for his own selfish ambitions. History repeating itself indeed…”

3. “It Leads To This”

“Following on from the theme of ‘Put It Right,’ this is essentially a positive song about focusing on the right things in life. What are going to be your biggest regrets on your deathbed? It’s obvious but also easy to miss. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard, I wish I had spent more time with my family and friends. It’s a love song really. ‘For all this time, I didn’t notice you…’”

4. “The Frost”

“I came up with the riff on my 6-string baritone guitar, so it has a low, edgy feel which I really love. This was a song that came together really quickly between the four of us (plus some great contributions from our touring guitarist Beren Matthews on guitars and backing vocals who played throughout the record). It’s about spending your life with a soulmate, through thick and thin, no matter how bad things get.”

5. “All That’s Left”

“Thematically, this continues the theme from ‘It Leads to This’ and, for me, is dominated by the riff and the middle section, which I love playing live. Again, it’s low in register, written using my baritone, massive drums.”

The Pineapple Thief ‘It Leads To This’ album artwork

The Pineapple Thief ‘It Leads To This’ album artwork

6. “Now It’s Yours”

“Written during the sessions with Gavin, this song goes on a bit of a journey. Soft, atmospheric, big riffs, a guitar solo… Lyrically, looking at the world as an older guy with a family about to be let loose into the world. What the hell are they going to inherit? Well, now it’s yours…”

7. “Every Trace Of Us”

“Again written during the Gavin sessions, I remember Gavin had the intro riff written on his Wurli keyboard he has in his studio. I took it, added some more chords in the progression and the song snowballed from there. Lyrically this is about the pressure of modern life, expectation, pressure, and the mental repercussions of it all. Modern life can tear every trace of us apart.”

8. “To Forget”

“I had this finger-picked acoustic guitar part, which the band liked, so I developed the first part of the song and came up with the words pretty quickly. Us humans, especially as we grow older, have to come to terms with loss and, in a lot of cases, tragedy. Touching on the debate as to whether life is a gift or a curse (I am firmly in the ‘gift’ camp). However, living with tragedy isn’t easy. Remembering isn’t easy, to forget is impossible.”

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Frankie Flowers Releases Her Brand New Single “LUST”

Waterloo, Ontario, genre-bending alternative punk artist Frankie Flowers has released her brand new single “LUST.”

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Frankie Flowers, photo by Victoria McWwan (@vic_shmik)
Frankie Flowers, photo by Victoria McWwan (@vic_shmik)

Frankie Flowers is an emerging alternative artist from Waterloo, Ontario. She creates a genre-bending sound by merging her love for dark-wave and post-punk music, as well as combining elements from other genres. Frankie has a dark, psychedelic, and eclectic vibe that urges you to escape reality and experience the unknown.

Her aptly-titled new single “LUST” feels dark and desperate, with echo and reverb that drown out the verses, in contrast with the punchy chorus.

Commenting on the single, Frankie states:

“You can lust for anything. People, money, power; we’re all longing for something.”

Frankie Flowers “Lust” single artwork

Frankie Flowers “Lust” single artwork

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