image

Strung Out
Transmission.Alpha.Delta
Fat Wreck Chords
ADDS 3/31/15
DIGITAL ONLY

Noisey album premiere: http://noisey.vice.com/blog/strung-out-transmission-alpha-delta-album

Transmission.Alpha.Delta is the latest blast from the undisputed champs of metal-laced punk-rock, STRUNG OUT. True to form, the band continues to evolve their patented sound through 12 new tracks saturated with lightning fast riffs, clobbering rhythms, and fresh vocal melodies.

Transmission.Alpha.Delta perfectly tightropes between the catchy essence and energy of STRUNG OUT’s early work and the darker, even more aggressive tenor of their later releases. In an effort to record their strongest album to date STRUNG OUT teamed up with producer Kyle Black (Paramore, Comeback Kid, Set Your Goals, New Found Glory, Shai Hulud) and labored for nearly a year in and out of the studio. The result of that effort is incredible.

Every song on the album blends a massive charge of sound with numerous intricate elements that each jump right off the page. From the throttling pace of “Rats in the Walls” to the electrifying melody of “Nowheresville”, Transmission.Alpha.Delta never lets up. Of course, neither does the band. STRUNG OUT is primed to unleash an all-out blitz on the US, Europe, and Australia with a slew of dates lined up throughout 2015. Contact us if you'd like to request Tix / Interviews / Etc.


RIYL: Bad Religion, Rise Against, Lawrence Arms, Pennywise
TRY: #4, 1, 2, 11
DIRTY: #3

Download full album here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

More Info Here:
http://www.strungout.com
http://www.fatwreck.com/band/index/12
https://www.facebook.com/strungout
https://twitter.com/StrungOut



image

Big Little Lions
A Little Frayed, A Little Torn
Far Flung / Blaster Records
ADDS 3/31/15
DIGITAL ONLY

“The duo's sound mixes the new school folk of Mumford and Sons with a dance rhythm that keeps the music sounding light and upbeat. It also doesn't hurt that their songs are very catchy and aided by how well Austin and Otten's voices complement each other.” - Examiner.com

Big Little Lions, the ferocious songwriting duo of Helen Austin and Paul Otten, craft precisely detailed, harmoniously resonant music bi-coastally; Otten in his Ohio valley studio and Austin in her little red studio on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

Both successful singer/songwriters in their own right, their paths first crossed at a conference panel on songwriting success (between them they have had hundreds of TV, movie and ad placements.) In their collaborative body of work as Big Little Lions, Austin is the heart and soul and Otten is the bones and blood.

Most of their forthcoming Far Flung / Blaster Records release A Little Frayed, A Little Torn was written via email, with the duo sending anything from an initial idea to an entire song to one another, followed by myriad additions and alterations pinging back and forth across the ether. In fact, Austin and Otten have actually found a certain freedom in being able to write without the other person’s energy invading one’s space – says Austin, “there was one time we were trying to write a lyric in the same room... so I waited until Paul went to the bathroom and when he returned I had a verse and chorus!”

Austin’s accolades include a JUNO win, a Canadian Folk Music Award, an ISC win and a John Lennon Songwriting Competition Grand Prize while Otten was recently awarded the John Braheny Songwriting Award, was a Song of the Year Contest finalist and produced several of the tracks on Helen’s most recent JUNO award winning album. Together they have won 1st place in the International Songwriting Contest won the top prize of Song of the Year in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition.


RIYL: Chairlift, She and Him, The Lumineers, Run River North, Saintseneca, Good Old War
TRY: #1, 3, 9

Download full album here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

More Info Here:
http://biglittlelions.com
https://www.facebook.com/biglittlelions
https://twitter.com/biglittlelions
https://www.youtube.com/user/biglittlelions
https://soundcloud.com/biglittlelions



image

William Elliott Whitmore
Radium Death
Anti-
ADDS 3/31/15
DIGITAL ONLY

“these stark folk/blues tunes could be a century old” - SPIN

Whitmore proves that you don’ t need more than a banjo, an expres- sive voice and a heartfelt story in order to craft something truly extraordinary.” - AP

Known for the sparse, haunting qualities of his mostly solo recordings of what he refers to as “roots-folk music,” in which his husky voice is often accompanied by little more than a banjo or acoustic guitar, William Elliott Whitmore sought to add some new pitches to his bullpen for his new ANTI- release Radium Death. “I purposefully went into it wanting to make a little bit of a departure, sonically, using an electric guitar a little bit more and adding more instrumentation, more full-band type stuff,” says Whitmore. “I wanted to switch it up a little bit and plug in to see what that felt like.”

“I was reading a lot about the so-called ‘radium girls’ of the early 1900’s, these assembly lines of women painting watch dials with radium to make them glow in the dark,” he says, detailing how the workers would lick the tips of their paintbrushes to get them pointy while dipping them repeatedly into the chemical substance before it was known to be dangerous. “So, in my mind ‘radium death’ came to represent something that you’re told is good for you—maybe by a higher power—but really is killing you. It represents those lies that are told, and how we can protect ourselves against them.”

The songs assembled, while not a concept album, present a cohesive look into those recurring Whitmore themes of respect, protection, sustenance and survival. The blazing (even by WEW standards) opener, “Healing To Do,” pulls no punches, kicking in immediately with the rhythmic shuffle of a full band, an organ, and Whitmore’s upbeat rasp. The pace continues with songs like “Trouble in Your Heart,” “1000 Deaths” and “Don’t Strike Me Down,” preaching patient hope, rebirth, renewal, and revolt over stomping drums, acoustic strumming and even an electric guitar solo.


RIYL: Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, Sean Rowe, Justin Townes Earle
TRY: #1, 2, 3, 4, 6

Download full album here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

More Info Here:
http://williamelliottwhitmore.com
https://www.facebook.com/williamelliottwhitmore
https://instagram.com/teamwhitmore/
http://www.anti.com/artists/william-elliott-whitmore/



image

Mint 400 Records Presents 1967
Various Artists
Mint 400 Records
ADDS 3/31/15
DIGITAL ONLY

A compilation of songs written and recorded in the year 1967.

You may be asking yourself why a compilation of music from the specific year of 1967? First let me say Mint 400 Records is an interesting mix of artists that have a wide host of influences but a majority have a little bit of that element that made bands from the late 60’s so influential. One of the labels most popular bands Sink Tapes could possibly be confused for The Velvet Underground if you played their tracks side by side and others like Murzik will make you think it’s the second coming of Leonard Cohen. Bands like Jersey City’s One and Nines are an exact replica of the kinds of bands that were coming out of 60’s era Motown while Zach Uncles & The Mosquitos could be confused with The Ventures any day of the week. The majority of bands on Mint 400 Records have a strong 60’s influence and 1967 seemed like the year that was most important.

1967 had the summer of love and bands like The Rolling Stones and The Beatles had all started to move far past writing bubble gum pop type singles. All of this possibly inspired by The Beach Boys landmark album Pet Sounds (which the Mint 400 Roster has already covered in its entirety) was a precursor to this great movement in music. Incredible albums from 1967 include The Velvet Underground’s Nico/Warhol album, Love’s Forever Changes, The Doors debut, Pink Floyd’s The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn and about a hundred other of the most important records of all time. Although we were only able to sample a small portion of this era we hope the listener sees how these songs translate today into arrangements that are just as exciting now as they were then.

"I liked the idea of covering a classic song originally recorded using a whole band with horn and string sections behind it. Especially during the bridge of "Can't take my eyes off you", the combo of brass and strings creates a nice progression and harmony reminiscent of swing era jazz that you just don't hear nowadays. It's also a really simple and happy sort of love song where the singer is just saying how much he/she loves someone in many different ways and it really reflects the whole peace and love ideology of the late 60s." - Matt Nguyen | Netorare Fan Club

“We really enjoy playing classic covers and picking apart the instrumentation, harmonies, melodies & arrangements and then later incorporating that into the original music we write. Projects like this inspire us to write our own classics. The music of especially 1967 has a complexity and simplicity all within the same song that is still sought after in modern music.” - Neil Sabatino | Fairmont

“When I heard the theme of the compilation album, my first thought was ‘I want do a song from the Jungle Book'… the Jungle Book sits in the heart of what I might call the Disney’s ‘Golden Years’, the near 50 years from 1950 to around 1998 where they were churning out classic after classic. It may at first seem incongruous to throw a Disney song in the mix with bunch of influential 60’s rock but, considering the influence of the music of Disney’s films, I think it’s actually quite fitting.” - Adam Howard | The Duke of Norfolk

This is a Free Download available at: tinyurl.com/MINT400PRESENTS1967


TRY: #1, 2, 4, 5

Download full album here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

More Info Here:
http://mint400records.com
https://twitter.com/mint400records
https://www.facebook.com/mint400records
https://soundcloud.com/mint400records



image

Great Lake Swimmers
A Forest Of Arms
Nettwerk
ADDS 3/24/15
DIGITAL ONLY

Canadian indie darlings Great Lake Swimmers will release their sixth album, A Forest Of Arms, on April 21, 2015 via Nettwerk Records. With a surging rhythm section, razor sharp violin, and flourishing banjo and guitars, Tony Dekker and his band mates have created some of their most dynamic songs to date. The first single “Zero In The City” has premiered on Paste.

As with past Great Lake Swimmers albums, A Forest Of Arms was recorded in several locations over the span of several months, covering extensive new territory while remaining true to the group’s refined sound. One of these unique and unusual locations was the Tyendinaga Cavern and Caves in Tyendinaga, Ontario. A number of the vocal and acoustic guitar tracks were recorded amid the haunting acoustics, stalactites, and circling bats in the caves. A Forest Of Arms was recorded and engineered by their long time live sound technician Justin Shane Nace and was mixed by the talented Howie Beck (Feist).

Great Lake Swimmers consists of Dekker on lead vocals and guitar, long time guitarist and banjo player Erik Arnesen, Miranda Mulholland on violin and backing vocals, Bret Higgins on upright bass and newcomer Joshua Van Tassel on drums. There are also several special guest appearances on the album by Kevin Kane (Grapes Of Wrath).

The band is on tour this spring/summer so let us know if you'd like to check out a show!


RIYL: Horse Feathers, Bowerbirds, The Low Anthem, The Deep Dark Woods, Iron & Wine
TRY: #2, 7, 9, 1

Download full album here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

More Info Here:
http://www.greatlakeswimmers.com
https://www.facebook.com/greatlakeswimmers
https://twitter.com/greatlakeswim