March 25, 2013

Sound Bites: Paint It Black, Kylesa and Survival

Paint It Black's "Headfirst"

Philadelphia's finest melodic post-hardcore makers Paint It Black made a triumphant return to our stereos late last week with “Greetings, Fellow Insomniacs," the initial preview off their first new effort in 4 years, Invisible, due out April 2nd on No Idea Records. Today, BrooklynVegan posted an interview with frontman Dan Yemin and guitarist Andy Nelson about the new EP as well as their thoughts on the current sea change within indie and punk where bands such as PIB and Ceremony (whom Nelson also plays in) are finding themselves in the cross-hairs of the critical elite's dicings and wider audiences outside the circle pit. They also premiered the brand new track, the fast-kegging “Headfirst," which you can hear below…

Kylesa's "Quicksand"

On May 28th, Kylesa and Seasons of Mist present Ultraviolet, the follow-up to 2010's '90s-inducing alt-rock sludge fest and listmaking effort Spiral Shadow. Back in February, we were introduced to the album with its Recommended ritualistic and ominous fire-breather "Unspoken." Now, SPIN has the newest listen to gauge where the Savanna metal-twisters might be heading with "Quicksand," featuring a similarly damned vocal take from Laura Pleasants in what might be Billy Corgan's version of Hell.

Listen to Kylesa's "Quicksand" here

Survival's "Tragedy of the Mind"

Before there were the transcendental metallic sounds of Liturgy, frontman Hunter Hunt-Hendrix was reconfiguring screamo with Survival, a band born from the ashes of his past life as the frontman of his even-more- previous project, Birthday Boyz. He's since resuscitated the act alongside bandmates Greg Smith and Jeff Bobula, and after nearly a decade of reworking the material they had written over the years, Survival will release its epinymous debut effort on May 14th through Thrill Jockey. First listen "Tragedy of the Mind" makes you wonder what might have happened if Black Sabbath and Cap'n Jazz had been around during the same decade. According to the Thrill Jockey press release, Liturgy are also at work at their next LP, due out sometime next year.

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