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Wash Down “Suds” with Indie-Punks Sik Oheso’s New Self-Titled Album [Premiere]

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You’re getting two for the price of one today, so let’s not get excessive, ok? Brand new band Sik Oheso is releasing their self-titled debut on March 27th, but you get to hear it here, now! If that’s not good enough, we’re also giving away a free download of the album opener “Suds.”

The self-titled, ten-track, indie punk extravaganza is a collection of all of the best singles and EPs that the band has released in their short time together. What’s different this time around, though, is that the tracks have actually been mixed to their full potential, and received the treatment which proper releases are due with many of the songs being deeply personal.

“Suds” is one of the standout tracks from the record, one that deals with the overpowering, long-term stain of shame and guilt that you just can’t get past. Lead singer Shawn Mehrens explains; “‘Suds’ is about soap-proof guilt, about the terrible feeling you’ve done something hurtful to a good friend and that no matter what you do to make it up to them, even if you slept in suds forever you still couldn’t get that shit off your hands. As with most of our songs, Jon wrote the music and emailed it to me without vocals, and I musta been trapped in a helluva hungover shame-spiral when I wrote the lyrics for this one because the song still really makes me want to wash my hands. It’s fuckin catchy though! I get it stuck in my head.”

Barely one year old, Sik Oheso originally started out as a solo project of Yi that he planned to only pursue for more personal reasons. You see, Yi is a highly accomplished individual outside of music, primarily as a filmmaker who has directed series work for HBO for over a decade and also as a professor at the world-renowned Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. As a musician, Yi originally committed himself to releasing one song a month in 2019, with the assistance of Mehrens on vocals.

When their first song, “Everyone Will Die,” was included on the “Fresh Finds” playlist as selected by the editors of Spotify, and a second single was recognized even further on Spotify, Yi and Mehrens became more motivated to pursue the project as a more committed endeavour. To transition the project to a full-fledged band, the two discovered Nashville guitarist Lance Lee (Del Tha Funkee Homosapien) and Wild Ones’ Seve Sheldon to complete the lineup. With it still being early days, Sik Oheso continue to figure things out and flesh out their sound. All we can say is so far, so good.

Sik Oheso Track Listing:

1. Suds
2. Where the Buffalo Sleep
3. Animalia
4. All Makes Sense
5. Space Ice
6. Bad Tide
7. Everyone Will Die
8. Idiots Can’t Fly
9. On the Roll
10. Spun

Artwork for ‘Sik Oheso’ by Sik Oheso

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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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Cosmic Ninja Evolve Their Genre Bending Style on New EP ‘Filth’

Bristol rock ravers Cosmic Ninja evolve their genre-bending sound on their brand new EP ‘Filth,’ released earlier this month.

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Cosmic Ninja, photo by Pacific Curd Photography
Cosmic Ninja, photo by Pacific Curd Photography

Cosmic Ninja has been taking the UK by storm over the last few years with their eclectic sound and raucous live show. The band has just released their most accomplished and exciting work in their new EP, Filth.

Their energetic appeal, disregard for genre conventions, and punk ethos have made the band stand out in a deeply creative scene. Filth is packed full of tracks that feel distinctive and
packed full of unique character while embedded with Cosmic Ninja DNA.

Recorded with John Mitchell (Enter Shikari, Architects) at Outhouse Studios in Reading, the EP bursts with energy and intensity throughout, melding impassioned political lyrics with dizzying electronics and huge riffs. From the angst-filled raps to the soaring, memorable choruses, the diversity and guile shown on the new EP are staggering, and with their sights set on themes like the political status quo, injustice, equality, and mental health, their message feels clearer and more important than ever.

A track that exemplifies the feel of the EP is “Stone Cold,” a track as dynamic and unpredictable as anything you’ll hear this year. Euphoric synths compliment a sound that skitters from groovy to melodic to spiky before reaching its apex with a colossal metal breakdown. Everything about the track feels laser-focused and precise, embodying everything that Cosmic Ninja is.

Filth is blessed with an abundance of similar highlights and moments of awe-inspiring creativity throughout. The powerful, socially conscious messaging that adorns these tracks feels vital and relevant, and the conviction in the dual vocals makes for a release that feels as authentic and pure as it does all-encompassing.

Cosmic Ninja ‘Filth’ EP album artwork

Cosmic Ninja ‘Filth’ EP album artwork

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Bayside Announces ‘There Are Worse Things Than Being Alive’ Due April 5th

Esteemed punk act Bayside is thrilled to announce their forthcoming album ‘There Are Worse Things Than Being Alive.’

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Bayside, photo by Will Buckley
Bayside, photo by Will Buckley

Esteemed punk act Bayside is thrilled to announce their forthcoming album, There Are Worse Things Than Being Alive. The highly anticipated record serves as a follow-up to their dynamic 2019 release, Interrobang, and features tracks from the previously released The Red and The Blue EPs as well as six brand new songs. These new songs see the band continue to captivate with a mix of introspective storytelling and a powerful blend of punk, rock, and metal. There Are Worse Things Than Being Alive is set to leave an indelible mark on the music scene, solidifying Bayside’s position as one of the most influential bands of their generation.

Fans can stream Bayside’s haunting new single “The Devils” and can pre-save/pre-order There Are Worse Things Than Being Alive, out digitally on April 5th and physically on May 10th.

On the new single, frontman Anthony Raneri shares:

“We just wanted to write a ripper that keeps you on your toes. The chant was a melody that I kept humming to myself when I was walking my dogs. I put some words to it and we were going to use it as a bridge. We loved it so much we thought the song had to start that way.”

Fans can hear new music live for the first time on Bayside’s forthcoming North American headline tour. The Worse Things Than Being Alive tour, kicking off on April 3rd in Pittsburgh, features support from Finch, Armor For Sleep, and Winona Fighter.

Raneri adds:

“We’re so excited to be touring with a couple of real pioneers in this genre. It’s been close to 20 years since we played a show with either band. So excited to finally run it back.”

Additional stops on The Worse Things Than Being Alive tour include Baltimore, Nashville, Austin, Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, New York, and more. Tickets, including VIP packages, are on sale now at: www.baysidebayside.com.

Bayside ‘There Are Worse Things Than Being Alive’ album artwork

Bayside ‘There Are Worse Things Than Being Alive’ album artwork

Tour Dates:

April 3 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Roxian Theatre
April 4 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
April 5 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
April 6 – Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
April 7 – Nashville, TN @ Brooklyn Bowl
April 9 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (Heaven)
April 10 – Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
April 12 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
April 13 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheatre
April 14 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
April 16 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
April 17 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
April 19 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
April 20 – San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park
April 21 – Berkeley, CA @ The UC Theatre
April 23 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
April 24 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
April 26 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Union Events Center
April 27 – Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
April 29 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
April 30 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
May 1 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore Detroit
May 3 – Philadelphia, PA @ Franklin Music Hall +
May 4 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5 +
May 5 – Boston, MA @ Roadrunner +

+ – Indicates no Winona Fighter

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