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Hailing from Santa Cruz, CA, Requiem, hosted a CD release party at the legendary Catalyst Club right in the heart of downtown Santa Cruz. Requiem celebrated the release of their debut album, The Unexplainable Truth, with a night of impressive local music. Opening up for the hosts, two local bands, brought their A game to the table as they proved that Santa Cruz should be on the map for an amazing music scene. Not only did Requiem play 10 songs off the new record, fans were also given a first glimpse of a brand new music video for “Sticks & Stone & Her Lovely Bones.” Guitarist and co-vocalist, Jacklyn Paulette was also recently voted into Revolver Magazine’s Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock. Requiem is an artist that you need to know!

“Laura! Laura! Laura!” was the chant heard throughout the venue while the crowd waited in anticipation for Against Me! to hit the stage. Last Tuesday, August 19th, Against Me! played to a lively crowd at The Catalyst in Santa Cruz, CA. In mid-2013, the band went through a few line-up changes, acquiring Atom Willard (Angeles & Airwaves, Social Distortion), as the new drummer, and Inge Johansson (The (International Noise Conspiracy) as the new bass player. Even with a few changes to the line up, Against Me! tore up the stage!

The Catalyst is yet another jewel-of-a-find brought to my attention by Forcefield Records; this is some odd-yet-cool, sludgy and heavy stuff. The press kit says that the album will appeal to fans of Nirvana, Converge and the Melvins, and while I guess that’s true, I personally think fans of heavier stuff will love these guys as well.