Category Archives: News

The Jealous Sound ‘A Gentle Reminder’ Pre-Order

gentlereminderThe Jealous Sound will be releasing their sophomore LP, A Gentle Reminder, on January 31st. The record is their first full-length since 2003’s Kill Them With Kindness. The band has released 2 songs from the record, ‘Your Eyes Were Shining’ and ‘Change You’ as well as February tour dates which can be seen below.

Burnt Toast Vinyl has announced pre-orders for the limited test presses (no longer available) and the regular pre-order which consists of pink vinyl and includes a download code. Go here to pre-order A Gentle Reminder.

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The Casket Lottery Sign to No Sleep Records

The Casket LotteryNo Sleep Records has announced The Casket Lottery as the latest addition to their roster. The Kansas City natives, formed in 1997, recently reunited in 2011 to perform with old friends, Small Brown Bike. The band recorded with Ed Rose in Fall/Winter for a full length set to be released this summer. No Sleep will also be releasing a 7″ EP from the band and a solo 7″ from frontman Nathan Ellis, both of which can be expected sometime this Spring.

A statement on the No Sleep Records website hints at the albums content, ‘The band’s latest will be a darker album than anything they’ve recorded in the past. Said direction was hinted at with “Survival is for Cowards” and “The Smoke and Mirrors EP” yet the “weight of the day” theme has been revisited to set the tone of goth punk songs that are as angry and triumphant as ever.’


La Dispute Raises Donations to Benefit Michigan Writing Center

La DisputePost-hardcore outfit La Dispute, in conjunction with No Sleep Records, is encouraging listeners to raise donations for 826 Michigan, a Michigan-based non-profit writing and tutoring center, by purchasing from the band’s digital discography on Bandcamp.

La Dispute will donate the proceeds raised from all of today’s Bandcamp purchases to 826 Michigan. The band requires no minimum donation, and donations will be raised for twenty-four hours Christmas day.

Through the work of tutors and volunteers, 826 Michigan is an organization dedicated to developing students’ creative and expository writing skills.

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Caravels – Floorboards

Floorboards is technically a reissue of an album that was released last year. In the updated version, however, it is paired with 2008’s The Earthling Sessions, a three-song EP comprised of the band’s early material. Merging the two releases was a logical decision on label Topshelf Records‘ part, as the record retains the feel of a cohesive full-length. The Earthling Sessions is not simply a tacked-on demo, but an essential piece of the Caravels discography that complements its full-length counterpart both stylistically and thematically. Here, the two become a potent combination. Continue reading


Lieutenant-S/T

The debut album from Buffalo, New York’s Lieutenant comes after a long wait. With unfinished demos and pre-mastered CD-r’s floating around the better part of a decade, all loose ends were finally tied earlier this year to finally give the band’s self-titled LP the release it deserves. Featuring members spanning a number of Buffalo bands such as Lemuria, Running For Cover, To Hell And Back, and Resist Control, current (or is it former?) members of Lieutenant have mostly moved on to their respective labels, hence the three way collaboration on the LP pressing between Art Of The Underground, Peter Walkee, and Warm Bath.

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Interview: Caravels

Near the start of a lengthy fall tour, the members of Caravels found themselves in a discouraging predicament when their van suddenly broke down in New Mexico. They chose to persevere, however, following the subsequent outpouring of support. Anxious fans sent e-mails and offered donations, so the band decided to press on. It is this spirited sense of enthusiasm that probably best characterizes Caravels’ approach to life on tour. On November 6th, they played two house shows within the span of twelve hours, both of which featured an entirely unique set of dynamic post-hardcore. I spoke to singer Michael Roeslein in Willimantic, Connecticut shortly after the band played to a small number of people in a cold, musty basement. Continue reading


National Underground Wants To Buy You A Drink At Fest 10


National Underground loves The Fest more than just about anything, and we want to enjoy it this year with all of our loyal readers. So this year we’re buying you a round. Free beers at Fest, does it get any better? Probably not. Our news editor, Dan Case, will again be liveblogging his Fest experience and will be responsible for providing the beverages to the masses.

So, all you need to do is follow Dan via our twitter feed (@NatlUnderground) or our Facebook page, and he’ll keep you posted on where to find him in Gainesville. Find him, prove that you are of legal drinking age, and let him know you’d like to obtain an ice cold beverage. It’s that easy. He might have some other goodies too…

Hope to see and meet you all there!

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Bands You Need To Know- Run, Forever

Run ForeverThere really isn’t a good reason why Run, Forever shouldn’t already be your favorite new band. The Pittsburgh, PA-based trio has found their stride playing tunes that blend the folk-rock sounds of early Against Me! and The Sidekicks’ ‘90s emo-pop homage to create a sound that should be welcoming to anyone that appreciates anything that falls under the blanket term of punk music. The band’s debut full-length The Devil, And The Death, and Me is beautifully morbid and insanely poppy, and their recently released split 7” with Atlanta’s The Wild takes from the most intense, driving sounds of their full length and turns it up a notch. If you want to check out a band that in a couple months/years will have you can saying “I knew about this band before they got huge,” then go listen to Run, Forever pronto. A band this good cannot go unnoticed for very long.

Be sure to check out Run, Forever at FEST 10 on Friday Oct. 28th at The Laboratary at 11:20pm


Daytrader Sign To Rise Records

Queens, NY-based Daytrader has announced that they have signed to Rise Records. In addition to the signing, the band has undergone a lineup change, and will now feature Scotty Giffin (ex-Crime In Stereo) on drums and Matt Mascarenas (Reviver) on bass. Daytrader plans to enter the winter with acclaimed producer Mike Sapone (Brand New, Taking Back Sunday) to record their follow-up to 2011’s Last Days Of Rome. The forthcoming album is scheduled for a spring 2012 release.


Bands You Need To Know- Run, Forever

Run ForeverThere really isn’t a good reason why Run, Forever shouldn’t already be your favorite new band. The Pittsburgh, PA-based trio has found their stride playing tunes that blend the folk-rock sounds of earlyAgainst Me! and The Sidekicks’ ‘90s emo-pop homage to create a sound that should be welcoming to anyone that appreciates anything that falls under the blanket term of punk music. The band’s debut full-length The Devil, And The Death, and Me is beautifully morbid and insanely poppy, and their recently released split 7” with Atlanta’s The Wild takes from the most intense, driving sounds of their full length and turns it up a notch. If you want to check out a band that in a couple months/years will have you can saying “I knew about this band before they got huge,” then go listen to Run, Forever pronto. A band this good cannot go unnoticed for very long.

Be sure to check out Run, Forever at FEST 10 on Friday Oct. 28th at The Laboratary at 11:20pm