Massachusetts queer-core punks Dump Him released their newest full-length production Dykes To Watch Out For on August 30th via Get Better Records & Musical Fanzine Records. Though the ten-song record clocks in at a rather brief 23 minutes, do not be fooled; Dykes is like a punch to the face from Regina George- awesome!
The record explodes right out of the gate with a wall of guitar feedback before charging into ‘Puritan’; a fast, melodic, firecracker of a song that merges the catchiness of indie pop punk with the raw, visceral sound of 2010’s DIY rock music. Following ‘Puritan’ is the album’s title track, which can only be described as a DIY punk magnum opus. ‘Dykes To Watch Out For’ is an infectious track with a chorus that will have listeners humming for a week after they hear it. The track opens with a nasty drum fill courtesy of drummer Larz Brogan before a wall of guitar explodes into the mix; by the time the first chorus is out, it’s clear that this song is an instant classic. The track goes out with a face-melting guitar solo courtesy of the band’s producer Zach Weeks.
The record pushes on with memorable guitar riffs, explosive drumming, and a healthy dose of the basement punk vibes we all know and love. Tracks like ‘Trash’ and ‘Dreams, Live 1997’ feature some particularly tasty licks from lead guitarist Mattie Hamer; bassist Otto Klammer takes a mean, fuzz-laden solo on ‘Dreams’ and is easily one of my personal favorite moments on the record. While vocals on the record are primarily delivered by guitarist Jac Walsh, each band member takes a singing part at some point on the release. Each member sang whatever lyrics they wrote, which makes for a very inclusive dynamic when listening to this record. It shows that Dump Him is not simply a band, but also a team; a family.
The band is currently touring the continental United States in support of Dykes. The tour kicked off September 3rd in Philadelphia, and will make stops in the midwest, the pacific northwest, and California before heading home to New England where the band will play a homecoming show on September 27th in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Dykes To Watch Out For is available now on all major streaming platforms, so do yourself a favor this week and stream it. The album is also available on bandcamp for the “name-your-price” option, so listeners are encouraged to donate to the band while they complete the remaining dates of their album release tour. The remaining dates are listed below. Information regarding venues can be acquired through messaging the band’s facebook page.
9/9 Seattle, WA @ Vera Project
9/10 Portland, OR @ Black Water
9/11 Olympia, WA @ New Moon
9/12 Tacoma, WA @ 607
9/13 Corvallis, WA @ Mudville Stadium
9/14 Oakland, CA @ Hawk And Pony
9/15 San Francisco, CA @ The Knockout (21+)
9/16 Fresno, CA @ Friends Know
9/17 Los Angeles, CA @ Zebulon
9/19 Denver, CO @ The Horse House
9/20 Wichita, KS @ DIYMCA
9/22 Cincinnati, OH @ XTUD1O
9/23 Pittsburgh, PA @ Glove World
9/24 Brooklyn, NY @ Rubald
9/27 Cambridge, MA @ The Democracy Center
By: Nick Manduley
Orlando, Florida post-hardcore outfit I Met a Yeti dropped their latest single “All Magic Users Swim In The Loomy Gloom” on August 16th. The single is off the five-piece band’s sophomore EP Camp Yeti which is due out October 4th. “All Magic Users” is an explosive track of intricate lead guitars and R&B inspired vocal melodies that can only be described as beautiful. Every performance on this track is executed with deadly precision; guitarists Anthony Gonzales and Ricardo Antonio Rodriguez provide some aggressive riffage and clean-cut lead sections, while bassist Lui Wancel and drummer Alexander Torresola hold down an absolutely air-tight rhythm section. Vocalist Daisy Chamberlin delivers a wonderful vocal performance ladened with soaring harmonies and infectious melodies, but do not be mistaken; Chamberlin’s screamed vocals are a true testament to their vocal prowess.
I Met a Yeti broke into the math rock scene during the summer of 2016 with their single “Windows.” The track features a cacophony of clean toned guitars, dreamy vocal melodies, and somber screams. The five-piece released their debut EP …I Can Still See You later that year just before Christmas; the release features face-melting tracks such as “Is It Free, Or Isn’t It?” and “Where’s Nelson?” which ends with a rather cheeky quote by Sassy the Sasquatch from DIY animator Jarrad Wright’s critically acclaimed web-series, The Big Lez Show.
The band will be embarking on an eight day tour of the southeast and Texas in support of Camp Yeti. This tour will kick off on October 13th in Denton, Texas and conclude on October 21st in Orlando. “All Magic Users Swim In The Loomy Gloom” is currently available on all major streaming platforms.
Camp Yeti Tour Dates
10/13 – Denton, TX – Backyard on Bell (PlusFest 2)
10/14 – Austin, TX – TBA
10/15 – San Antonio, TX – Twin Sister Cantina
10/16 – Houston, TX – Notsuoh
10/17 – Baton Rouge, LA – Southside Arts Center
10/18 – Woodstock, GA – Connect Live
10/19 – Jacksonville, FL – Raindogs
10/21 – Orlando, FL – Soundbar
By: Nick Manduley
East coast progressive post-hardcore bands With Sails Ahead and Pulses announced eight-day tour of the American southeast that will be taking place in late September. Dubbed the “woodland creatures” tour, the run will kick off September 21st in Richmond, Virginia and go to South Carolina, Florida, and North Carolina before concluding in Falls Church, Virginia on the 28th. Fans following the bands on Facebook can keep up to date and get a good laugh by joining the “Creatureposting” group; a Facebook group created by both bands to share information regarding the tour dates, as well as (and primarily) high quality meme content.
With Sails Ahead released their latest EP Morning Sun on March 9th, 2018. The critically acclaimed record was produced and recorded by Kevin Antreassian (The Dillinger Escape Plan) at Backroom Studios, and mixed and mastered by Derek Moffat (Dreamhouse) at 608 Studios. Creating their own unique blend of prog-influenced alternative rock, the group has found themselves sharing the stage with critically acclaimed acts such as Tilian Pearson of Dance Gavin Dance, Emarosa, Hail the Sun, Royal Coda, and more. The band recently released a music video for their single “Pixelated” which brilliantly parodies the worst clichés of being a band in the DIY music scene. Fans can expect new music from With Sails Ahead sometime this winter.
Pulses (stylized as “pulses.”) are a band that takes influence from as many genres as possible and incorporates them into their post-hardcore style, creating a unique sound that can only described as superb. The band released their first full length record bouquet. in 2017 and went on to share the stage with acts such as Eidola, Strawberry Girls, The Ongoing Concept and Kurt Travis of Royal Coda. The band made waves online via several music videos, most notably for their songs ‘What’s Good (What’s Really Good)’ and ‘I Drink Juice (Aqua Berry Cherry)’. The band is looking forward to expanding on their sound on their upcoming sophomore full length record, due out in the fall of 2019.
‘Woodland Creature’ tour dates:
9/21 – Yellowhouse – Richmond, VA
9/22 – New Brookland Tavern – Columbia, SC
9/23 – Will’s Pub – Orlando, FL
9/24 – Shantytown Pub – Jacksonville, FL
9/26 – Kaboom Underground – Raleigh, NC
9/27 – Ice House – Greensboro, NC
9/28 – VFW 9274 – Falls Church, VA
By now you’ve heard about Return For Refund‘s newest release, the Lift You Up EP. After seeing the band live at their tour stop in Guelph, Canadian Beats took sometime to listen through the whole album, and write a comprehensive review! The blog commented on the band’s unique approach to recording the album live-off-the-floor, saying the resulting album is “ambitious and emotionally gripping with a supercharged hit of adrenaline!”. Canadian Beats also acknowledged how each track brings something new to the album, citing “Don’t You Say” as the most rock anthem-worthy, “Lift You Up” as most 90’s grunge reminiscent, and “My Gun” as their favorite music moment of the album. Read the article here to get their full analysis of the album!
Return For Refund has been on the road since March, as a part of their ‘Lift You Up’ tour, delivering hard-hitting rock shows at each and every stop. On April 14th, the band played at DSTRCT in Guelph, ON and Nicole Wolfe (@solissplendor) was their to capture every moment. Check out the full photo review on Canadian Beats here!
If you haven’t had the chance to see R4R live in action, your last chance to do so is April 19th at the Hard Rock Cafe! Tickets and more information for this Canadian Music Week show can be found here.
Ships Have Sailed have left the comfort of the West Coast to head out on an East Coast Tour hitting both Somerville and Cambridge. Vanyaland got the inside scoop on what it’s like to break down each show to cater to the audience.
“We are able to cater to a wider variety of venues and really tailor our set to the show we’re playing. We’ve been playing full-scale sets, but here and there we’ve been stripping down to ‘almost acoustic’ and playing all the tracks off Whispers as well as some of the softer stuff off ‘Someday’… it’s really gratifying to see people respond to the range we can offer, and it helps keep the sets fresh for us as well!”
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In an interview with Concert Crap, Will Carpenter of Ships Have Sailed discussed the band’s November East Coast Tour, their accomplishments, and their social media habits.
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