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Infant Island Release New Single “Kindling” featuring Greet Death

Virginia scream act Infant Island has released their new single, “Kindling,” featuring Greet Death members Harper Boyhtari and Logan Gaval.

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Infant Island, photo courtesy of Infant Island
Infant Island, photo courtesy of Infant Island

Infant Island has released their brand new single, “Kindling.” The band is joined by Harper Boyhtari and Logan Gaval of Greet Death on the soaring new single. The band’s new record, Obsidian Wreath, is out on January 12th on Secret Voice.

Obsidian Wreath, the third album from Fredericksburg, VA’s Infant Island, is an album about trudging through the end of the world: where climate catastrophe, the acceleration of capitalist extractive exploitation, the apathy towards social health which has emerged from the pandemic, and an endless stream of ongoing crises too numerable to be named, constantly haunt the edges of our vision, like a rot that sets in on the borders of being. It’s an album about the hopelessness of the slow, violent decay of the world, about reckoning with a totalizing, impossible condition of reality which never stops confronting you with the question: how do we continue?

This is the question that Infant Island contends with, a question they meet with fervour, with ferocity, with a determination and clarity marked– sustained, even– by grief. Lyrically and musically, the album shifts between light and darkness, using such tropes and their accompanying effects not in their cliché forms as opposing forces but as mutually determined states of being which implicate and deterritorialize the Other.

There must be something beautiful that can emerge from something terrible. This kind of impossible hope, an optimism that only emerges only from the condition of absolute pessimism, guides the album’s thematic considerations. Perhaps this impossible faith has something to do with Obsidian Wreath being a pandemic record. Written in 2020 but released in 2024, the record’s slow birth reflects a force of will which was required to survive a global event which threatened the music industry and the people in it at every level.

This contradictory pessimistic optimism is realized as well in Infant Island’s singular songwriting, which filters Virginia screamo through the melancholic furor of American Black Metal acts like Panopticon and Deafheaven. Obsidian Wreath continues and advances the band’s masterful weaving of heavy genres. They combine screamo and black metal with a deft movement between the sweeping emotionality of shoegazing post-metal, the hard-hitting grooviness of new-school grindcore, and the searing feedback of noise rock.

Infant Island ‘Obsidian Wreath’ album artwork

Infant Island ‘Obsidian Wreath’ album artwork

Each composition flows seamlessly into the next, making this fluidity of sound feel not like an oscillation between styles, but instead like the tracing of the contours of a scene, as though Infant Island are tracing their own artistic singularity through the historicity and creative multiplicity of American extreme metal. One cannot shake the feeling that this is music born from a desire for community. Where we are accompanied through this world not only by our friends and family but by the ghosts, the historical presences we feel but remain forever out of sight, that we unwittingly follow every day.

Produced again by Virginia legend Matthew Michel (Majority Rule, Nø Man) and featuring guest spots from Harper Boyhtari and Logan Gaval, Andrew Schwartz (.gif from god) on “Another Cycle,” and with contributions from members of Undeath, King Yosef, For Your Health, Senza, Malevich, Mikau, and more, one can’t help but feel that sense of community. Infant Island invites you into a scene, welcoming despite all its aesthetic harshness.

Obsidian Wreath is a relentless, furious, and ever-shifting composition which coheres around expert composition and a single-minded interrogation of how we can possibly continue living in the state of this planet.

Obsidian Wreath Track Listing:

1. Another Cycle
2. Fulfilled
3. Found Hand
4. Clawing, Still
5. Veil
6. Amaranthine
7. With Shadow
8. Unrelenting
9. Kindling
10. Vestygian

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Lovin’ Life Music Fest Drops First Year Lineup

Lovin’ Life Music Fest dropped their official lineup this week, and it is exceptional. The festival’s will occur on May 3-5th, 2024, in North Carolina.

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Lovin’ Life Music Fest 2024

Lovin’ Life Music Fest dropped their official lineup this week, and it is exceptional. The festival’s first-ever installment will occur on May 3-5th, 2024, in Uptown Charlotte, North Carolina. The star-studded lineup includes headline sets from Post Malone, Noah Kahan, and Stevie Nicks. From headliners alone, we can tell this festival has something for everyone.

The festival will showcase many popular acts spanning various genres and generations. Supporting acts include Maggie Rogers, Dominic Fike, The Fray, The Chainsmokers, Quinn XCII, Mt. Joy, Young the Giant, and NC’s DaBaby and The Avett Brothers. There will also be a local stage to highlight Charlotte’s own artists throughout the weekend. This is one of the most stacked lineups we’ve seen for the 2024 festival season.

Tickets to Lovin’ Life are on sale now! Grab them while you can; this is sure to be an epic weekend!

Lovin’ Life Music Fest 2024 poster

Lovin’ Life Music Fest 2024 poster

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L.A. Edwards Tease ‘Pie Town’ Album with “Good Luck” Single

L.A. Edwards returns with their new single “Good Luck” and word of a new album ahead of their tour with Lucinda Williams next week.

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L.A. Edwards, photo by Jay Fisher
L.A. Edwards, photo by Jay Fisher

Luke Edwards and his band of brothers, L.A. Edwards, return with their new single, “Good Luck,” ahead of a European tour with Lucinda Williams next week. The Californian family band has also just finished recording their fourth record, titled Pie Town, to be released on July 5th, 2024. The new single “Good Luck” reflects on recent difficult times with family.

Luke Edwards states:

Pie Town is the next step down the Heartland trail for us – it’s a collection of songs about my experiences over the past few years addressing the reticence to “grow up” and all the bulls**t that comes with that loss of innocence. Recorded here in Seattle, it reflects our most expansive and explorative instrumentation. I’m excited for this album, stay young my friends.”

Luke Edwards says of the new single:

“This song is a go-fuck yourself song about someone you still care about. There’s so few lyrics in it, I was hoping to let the melody do the talking and to allow space for interpretation for the listener. But for me, it’s about when you say, “Good Luck with that” as you wave goodbye and close the door.”

The new album will be released on July 5th, 2024, worldwide by Bitchin’ Music Group via The Orchard and Mars Label Group in Europe.

Catch L.A. Edwards play their new single with Lucinda Williams on the below UK & European dates, tickets for which are available at https://www.laedwards.net/.

L.A. Edwards “Good Luck” single artwork

L.A. Edwards “Good Luck” single artwork

Tour Dates:

Thu 29 Feb – London, UK
Fri 01 Mar – Birmingham, UK
Sat 02 Mar – Holmfirth, W Yorkshire, UK
Mon 04 Mar – Amsterdam, NL
Tue 05 Mar – Hamburg, DE
Wed 06 Mar – Berlin, DE
Fri 08 Mar – Köln, DE
Sat 09 Mar – Paris, FR
Mon 11 Mar – Munich, DE
Tue 12 Mar – Vienna, AT
Thurs 14 Mar – Bern, SW
Friday 15 Mar – Chiari, Italy

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Plutocracy Planet Announces Debut LP for Summer 2024

Born of the pandemic shutdown, Plutocracy Planet is an experimental sociopolitical super-collective led by Scott Morrow.

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Scott Morrow aka Plutocracy Planet
Scott Morrow aka Plutocracy Planet

Born of the pandemic shutdown and mobilized by the world’s societal ills, Plutocracy Planet is an experimental sociopolitical super-collective led by former Alarm Magazine editor and musical vagrant Scott Morrow.

Fusing post-hardcore sensibilities with electronics, polyrhythms, atypical time signatures, and a far-reaching instrumental palette including strings, saxophone, piano, harp, marimba, acoustic guitar, and more. The ambitious collaborative project utilizes the talents of more than two dozen venerable vocalists and instrumentalists across hardcore, hip-hop, emo, avant-garde composition, pop, and more.

Greed, inequality, and the endless influence of money in politics serve as the project’s thematic focal points. But between a broad-minded approach and a coalition of lyrical voices, the collective’s forthcoming debut LP also touches on the cult of personality, fear-mongering media, police brutality, toxic masculinity, religious zealotry, factory farming, the billionaire space race, and the singularity.

Lead single “This Very Severity,” whose music video premiered at BrooklynVegan and is out now on DSPs, features emo legend Bob Nanna (Braid, Hey Mercedes, The City on Film) playing a slowly unravelling news anchor, relaying stories of our current fractured reality and an increasingly dystopian future.

Nanna says:

“I was overjoyed to be asked to contribute to the record as I usually don’t dabble in this genre or subject matter too much, and now I think I should way more often. Being able to collaborate on cool, important projects is something that brings me great joy, so being a part of this record was a tremendous pleasure. Please disregard my lack of dress pants in the video.”

Joining Nanna on “This Very Severity” are a pair of instrumental phenoms, guitarist Jason Schimmel (Red Fiction, Estradasphere, Secret Chiefs 3) and bassist Jonathan Hischke (The Sound of Animals Fighting, Le Butcherettes, Hella, Anywhere).

Morrow says:

“It’s unbelievable to me that I get to work with the people on this album. I’ve been a fan—in many cases a super fan—of many of them for 20 to 25 years. It’s a mind-blowing honor that they said yes, and I still don’t really know how the hell I convinced them .”

Plutocracy Planet ‘Plutocracy Planet’ album artwork

Plutocracy Planet ‘Plutocracy Planet’ album artwork

Plutocracy Planet Track Listing:

1. Prologue
2. This Very Severity (f. Bob Nanna)
3. But You Said (f. onelinedrawing)
4. A Simple Refrain (f. Matt Pryor & Swamburger)
5. Commence Mutation (f. Carson Pace)
6. Slaughterhouse Soliloquy (f. Swamburger & Drumcorps)
7. War? (f. Rody Walker)
8. True Crime (f. Angela Mullenhour)
9. Hours and Hours (Work Harder, Not Smarter) (f. Mark Rose)
10. Dance of the Downtrodden (f. Carla Kihlstedt, Nils Frykdahl & Jørgen Munkeby)
11. Remain Silent (f. Emily Jane White, Blueprint & Bruce Lamont)
12. Epilogue

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