Crusades – The Sun Is Down And The Night Is Riding In

Crusades’ debut LP The Sun Is Down And The Night Is Riding In opens with an extremely ominous and slow marching drum – very reminiscent of Fucked Up’s opener from Hidden World (which may or may not be where “Crusades” came from), except the band dwell on the dark biblical passages left behind by Fucked Up. But before you know it, “Attic” has kicked into gear and it’s time to get freaky. Crusade’s obvious influences lie somewhere between The Misfits and The Copyrights, blending dark and satanic imagery with mile-a-minute pop punk hooks, yet are distinctly neither wholly.

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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


The Menzingers Post New Song

The Menzingers have posted a new song entitled “The Obituaries” via SoundCloud. The track is the first material to be released off their upcoming Epitaph debut, which is scheduled for a spring 2012 release.

In January, the Philadelphia-based band will be joining Rise Against and A Day To Remember on the eastern leg of their US tour.


Fest 10 Wrap Up Video

A great wrap up video from this year’s The FEST 10 in Gainesville, FL.


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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2000 Miles of Debt and Doubt: The Ten Inch Tour

Jay over at the new Up And At Them live music blog just completed a new mini-doc called 2000 Miles of Debt and Doubt featuring the Fest 9 tour of the bands The Great Explainer and Pacer. Check it out as well as other live videos from Crucial Dudes…!


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