_Monster Magnet have announced they will be touring in November to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of their seminal ‘Spine Of God’ album and they’ll be playing it in it’s entirety in London and Manchester.
Dave Wyndorf comments:
"I’m happy to announce that Monster Magnet will be performing “Spine of God” in it’s entirety on tour this coming November.
“Spine” was our first full length album and a big learning experience for us. What I recall most, though was the subject matter. I was a teenager in the early 70’s and my experiences and impressions of that time had stayed strong within me well into my mid twenties. Like anyone, I would tell stories of my childhood days to new friends and acquaintances but for some reason I could never really relate the almost mystical effect those days had on my adolescent mind.
To me, the late 60’s / early 70’s were colorful, sexy, scary and WEIRD..but like, cool-weird, y’know? Biker movies, Acid Rock, Jim Steranko comics, the first Black Sabbath albums, The Stooges, Hawkwind, black light posters, full frontal nudity, dope culture, muscle cars, the Manson murder trial, Hunter S Thompson, Tom Wolfe, the Vietnam war and much, much more.
I had some pretty strange adventures back then…hung out with some pretty strange characters as well. 60’s Flower Power was dying, giving way to a hard bitten, burned out new age. Yeah, the psychedelic imagery was still there.. better than ever in fact. The drugs were there too…MORE than ever, in fact. But the bottom line had changed…There was no political agenda with the New Jersey dirt bag-freak crowd I hung out with…no “peace and love”. The whole point of the early 70’s (it seemed to us) was to get as stoned as possible and blow our minds by any means necessary. And that’s what we did.
And I’m damned lucky to have kept my brain.
In the late 80's I began to write songs about my crazy teen-hood..it seemed to be the only way I could even adequately attempt to describe it… and when I joined Monster Magnet those songs became the foundation of the album, “Spine Of God”. It’s a distorted memoir of a time I thought would last forever but in reality was over before I could even understand it.
Played in it’s entirety, “Spine” is a noisy affair..fuzz boxes set on maximum, echo machines and phaze shifters morphing that distortion and carrying the stories of earth bound, Jersey burn-out culture into another dimension altogether. And, hey..if you listen close enough I swear you'll feel the paranoid shivers of that bad acid kicking in.
This is going to be FUN, motherfuckers.. Bring your earplugs"!
SPINE OF GOD 20th Anniversary Tour - Europe Fall 2012
MONSTER MAGNET + MY SLEEPING KARMA
23rd LONDON – Electric Ballroom
24th MANCHESTER – Academy 2
Jon Lord, founder and former keyboard member of Deep Purple, has died at the age of 71. He co-wrote many of Deep Purple's hits including 'Smoke On The Water'.
He was receiving treatment for a pancreatic cancer he has had since last August.
A statement was issued by his publicist stating that he had died at the London Clinic on Monday 16th July and was surrounded by his family.
Jon was born in Leicester on 9 June, 1941, he began playing piano and taking classical music lessons from a very early age.
He received a scholarship to drama school in London at the age of 19, during which time he began playing jazz and rhythm and blues in pub gigs.
Lord retired from Deep Purple in 2002.
R.I.P Jon Lord - Deep Purple (1941 - 2012)
Fearless Vampire Killers w/ Ashestoangels, Evarane, Boy Cries Wolf & Such Strange Arts - Rayleigh Mill 6/7/12
So come 6th July the Rayleigh Mill was graced by the recently Download Festival rockers and upcoming Suffolk band Fearless Vampire Killers, of whom play Gothic-tinged Pop Rock but dress for the occasion in the sort of steampunk, victorian elegancy. In tow were Gothic Rockers Ashestoangels who hail from the deepest caves of Bristol and have been a frequent name mentionned in the underground rock scene. Folllowing them were three of Essex's finest rock bands, well known pop punkers Evarane, folk rockers (and BOTB 2011 winners) Boy Cries Wolf and newbies Such Strange Arts.
Global Metal Apocalypse caught up with the new boys Such Strange Arts and spoke to them about the band history and what ventures the lads are embarking on.
< Scott had to use light to find the bass strings
Fired up on Pop Punk Rock is Essex lads Such Strange Arts, supported by Classic Rock and framed by the sound of experimental music. However, this Rayleigh quintet bring themsevles together to deliver a stellar performance, both musically and theatrically. By the guitarist doing star jumps effectively mid-air and the drummer twirling the drumsticks around in sync with the audio performance. Such Strange Arts have tonight set the stage alight in preparation for the almighty storms that are brewing in the venue and are forecasted to shower rock music all over the crowd, but for Such Straneg Arts, their work id done, they have done well and are sure to become better with each gig and are a sure band to watch out for.
< Evarane attacked the crowd in numbers
Southend's Evarane did not fail to impress tonight, the Pop Punkers immersed the crowd in their heavenly vocals and melodic music to captivate everyone in the room. With catchy songs like 'The Fear' in their repetoire, it would seem non-apparent to disregard them as an adventurous band, with Beka's vocals echoing a powerful and party-feel vocal sound around the venue, Nile's erotic riffing and the rest of the band giving a full-on rock epic as a backdrop, this is perhaps Evarane at their best, it will be interesting to see how this sextet develop. With Kris on drums (he plays for Crash Mansion too) and the other musicians providing a wall of sound, this is Evarane how you'd expect them to be.
 RHYS STEVENSON
< Toby Shaer tried staring out someone with a bigger violin
The folk rockers Boy Cries Wolf played their socks off with their edgy yet sophistcated mix of rock music, violins and country style atmosphere, none the less the Essex septet (sextet on the night) delivered a brilliant display of what is lacking in the regional music scene, creativity and genious. But one thing that let them down tonight was the fact the lyrics were read off a phone which is really unprofessional but given due it probably was not the vocalist singing tonight and so the excuse is made. Still surely it is down to the band to know how the songs go? It would have been more awkward if the crowd singing over-powered the band. But rest assured it was a decent enough performance tonight.
< Adam thought the bartender spoke to him when shouting out that it's last orders.
Once in a while you find a band that totally dominates their genre category, well Ashestoangels are on that path to glory for Gothic Rock, their performance tonight was one of best that has ever been at the Rayleigh Mill. But whatever happens to the Bristol rockers, they have played well tonight. From Adam's crazy antics on and off stage to the vampire-like look of the band. Ashestoangels certainly blew the night up all over the place with a DIY attitude to their set and naturally the brilliance in the interaction with the crowd, of which was not one bit missed and ended up with Adam Crilly (vocals) bending over on the floor in the middle of the crowd, now that is truly rock 'n' roll.
< Laurence couldnt help but give Kier some loving
It came down to one band and that was Fearless Vampire Killers, the headliners of this evening 'rockathon'. The Suffolk quintet who have recently demolished Download Festival have gone on tour with Ashestoangels and tonight brought their a-game with them. Dressed the part in steampunk/victorian style gothic clothing and playing pop punk / death rock, the five-piece prove why they are an emerging act on the circuit and are sure to emerge victorious at many other future gigs regardless of the venue or line-up, this is a band who have captivated many people and are sure to do this time and time again.
 RHYS STEVENSON
On the 10th July Hopeless Records is excited to announce the world premiere of “Exits and Entrances”- the new music video from We Are The In Crowd! The song comes from the band’s latest album “Best Intentions” released in October of 2011 and was shot during the band’s recent promo trip to Los Angeles, CA.Check out the “Exits and Entrances” music video here.
The band is currently touring North America on the 2012 Vans Warped Tour with Tay Jardine also gracing the cover of this month’s issue of Alternative Press magazine! We Are The In Crowd will join label mates All Time Low this August for a show in Dublin, Ireland and a stint the United Kingdom including the Reading and Leeds Festivals! They return early October on their run with London natives Young Guns!
We Are The In Crowd’s album “Best Intentions” is currently on sale for just $4.99 over at iTunes music! Purchase the album here
July 9 - Kansas City, KS – Sandstone Amphitheatre
July 10 - Indianapolis, IN –Klipsch Music Center
July 11 - Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Center
July 12 - Pittsburgh, PA – First Niagra Pavilion
July 13 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
July 14 - Montreal, QC – Parterre Ile Notre Dame at Parc Jean- Drapeau
July 15 – Toronto, ON- The Flats At Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
July 17 - Buffalo, NY –Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
July 18 - Scranton, PA –Toyota Pavilion
July 19 - Boston, MA –Comcast Center
July 20 - Philadelphia, PA –Susquehanna Bank Center
July 21 - New York, NY – Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
July 22 – Hartford, CT – The Comcast Theatre
July 24 – Columbia, MD- Merriweather Post Pavilion
July 25 - Virginia Beach, VA – Farm Bureau Live At Virginia Beach
July 26 - Atlanta, GA- Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
July 27 - Orlando, FL –Central Florida Fairgrounds
July 28 - Miami, FL – Cruzan Amphitheatre
July 29 - Tampa, FL – Vinoy Park
July 30 - Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
July 31 - Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
Aug 1 - Milwaukee, WI – Marcus Amphitheatre
Aug 4 - Seattle, WA – King County’s Marymoor Park
Aug 5 - Portland, OR- Rose Quarter Riverfront
w/ All Time Low
Aug 20- Dublin, Ireland- Olympia Theatre
Aug 22- Aberdeen, UK- Musical Hall
Aug 23- Edinburgh, UK- Edinburgh Picture House
Aug 25- Reading Festival
Aug 26- Leeds Festival
Oct 8- Portsmouth, UK- Wedgewood Rooms
Oct 9- Norwich, UK- Waterfront
Oct 11- Cardiff, UK- Solus
Oct 12- Wolverhampton, UK- Wulfrun Hall
Oct 13- Manchester, UK- HMV Ritz
Oct 14- Glasgow, UK- O2 ABC Glasgow
Oct 16- Leeds, UK- Met Uni
Oct 17- London, UK- O2 Shepard’s Bush Empire
American post-hardcore outfit Chiodos, featuring a reunited lineup of Craig Owens (vocals), Bradley Bell (keyboards), Jason Hale (guitar), Pat McManaman (guitar), Matt Goddard (bass) and Derrick Frost (drums), has announced a multitude of summer and autumn tour dates and festival performances. The upcoming shows will be Chiodos' first time performing with this lineup since 2009.
"Everyone seems really excited to be doing this again, which was something I honestly didn't think I would ever say at one point," explains Bell, one of the band's founding members. "Now it just feels right and we're looking forward to playing shows and making more music together.”
Owens agrees, adding, "It's crazy to think that it's been almost three years...and that in less than one month, we'll all be on the same stage together again. Until then, we are all just preparing for whatever may happen next with an optimistic view on it all; Thankful to be playing music we love, with people we respect."
A new teaser video featuring behind-the-scenes footage of recent rehearsals can be found here.
Chiodos originally formed in 2001 and went on to later release two full-length records together with this lineup. Their first full-length album, 'All's Well That End's Well', was released on July 26, 2005, debuting at #3 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart and #164 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart.
'Bone Palace Ballet', the band's follow-up full-length, was released on September 4, 2007 and debuted at #1 on the Billboard Independent, Alternative, Rock and Hard Rock Charts and #5 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart. To date, the two albums combined have sold over 500k units worldwide. The band will be performing songs from both 'All's Well That End's Well' and 'Bone Palace Ballet' at the upcoming shows.
Tickets for the Chiodos' headlining show in Cleveland and for all festival dates, and pre-sale tickets for the remaining headline shows, are on sale now.
VIP packages, which include a ticket, two song acoustic set at soundcheck, meet and greet with the entire band, commemorative laminate and a poster, are available for all headlining shows. For more information regarding tickets, please visit chiodostix.com. All upcoming tour dates can be found below.
Aug 10 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's w/ The Most Dangerous Animal & Bell Histoire
Aug 11 Birch Run, MI @ Birch Run Expo Center - Dirt Fest
Aug 18 Pontiac, MI @ Pontiac Silverdome - Motors & Music
Chiodos w/A Loss For Words, Before Their Eyes, Set It Off
Aug 24 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Aug 25 Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
Aug 26 Boston, MA @ Royale
Sep 14 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection w/The Word Alive
Sep 15 Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
Sep 16 Chicago, IL @ Humboldt Park - Riot Fest
Oct 13 Dallas, TX @ Palladium Ballroom - Firefest 5
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