Head over here to check out "Thirst," the lead single from City and Colour's upcoming joint The Hurry and the Harm.
Statement from the band below...
After seven years, we've decided to put Gifts From Enola to sleep. For those who didn't pick up on the subtle (and sometimes not-so-subtle) hints, we knew that A Healthy Fear would be the last thing we were going to do for a long while. The band slowly became a full-time occupation over the years, and once we all graduated college, we had the opportunity to hit the road non-stop and hang on to the music industry zipline by our fingertips the best we could. Despite all of the incredible experiences we had, the experiment left us vehicleless and in financial discomfort after a handful of years of grinding it out full-time. We decided to let our frustrations and any negativity out the best way we knew how; writing songs and recording an album. This eventually became that new one with the guillotine on it, A Healthy Fear. Since completing that record, we've transitioned from constantly living and breathing all things Gifts From Enola, to hopping into the "real world" and placing the band much further down on our respective priority lists. It's caused a strange feeling, and one that's similar to when you sense a long-distance relationship weakening over time. Instead of drawing it out and existing as a band that plays a couple of shows every year, we'd rather cut the cord now and go out with an album that we think does a good job at defining everything we wanted to do under the name Gifts From Enola.
We're incredibly grateful for the experiences we had and the fact that our long, riffy rock songs let us see places of the world we never thought we'd see as musicians. Anybody who ever picks up an instrument should make the attempt to record music and tour with your friends because it's an incomparable experience. Don't set lofty goals or have ridiculous expectations; just enjoy traveling and playing music because you're doing exactly that. One of the main reasons we decided to break up now was because we didn't want to lose sight of that. We got whatever ill will we felt towards the struggles of being a full-time touring band out of our system on A Healthy Fear, and are now able to reflect on everything we did with smiles. That may not have happened if we kept trying to push it.
Or maybe we just got freaked out from watching that Anvil documentary one too many times.
Either way, we're super glad that we decided to hit the road when we could over the past six months to play these new songs live and see as many of our home-away-from-home friends as we could one more time before we self-destructed. We had an amazing couple of jaunts, and were able to appreciate the experiences more than ever. We're still the tightest of friends with one another and are going to keep playing music together in a variety of different contexts. We'll make sure to announce all related projects as they come to fruition. Who knows, maybe much further down the road we'll put on our Gifts From Enola jerseys again and release something new; but for the foreseeable future, this is it for us.
We want to thank everyone who has been involved with the band at any point during our little career. That includes tour mates, local friends, global friends, internet friends, anyone who ever booked a show, gave us a place to stay, bought merch, played our records for their friends, sent us encouraging e-mails, helped jump one of our vehicles on the side of the road, or got weird enough to fit into our encyclopedia's worth of inside jokes and tall tales that will make us laugh forever. There are far too many individuals to list; but we truly believe you know who you are. All of you made a handful of 18-19 year old kids that were just trying to learn how to use Garage Band very happy over the years.
Now that it's all done, we're leaving everyone with four full-length albums and two split records that show, if nothing else, a band with an honest desire to change. No matter how little or big the changes may have been, or how apparent our growing pains may have seemed, we always wanted to try new things and never wanted to become complacent with a specific sound. Regardless of if you like our old material, new material, or none of the above, we do hope that people can appreciate our aspirations to challenge ourselves and evolve despite the unfortunately deep pigeonhole we had to (and continue to) dig out of.
We're going to be playing one final show in our town of conception, Harrisonburg, VA, at Blue Nile on June 8th. We plan on celebrating the past seven years to the fullest and playing plenty of material off of all our releases. Come party with us one more time.
Farewell friends, we love you.
-Gifts From Enola
I don't know that it has been mentioned on this site previous to this, but Kaddisfly have reunited and are tracking Horses Galloping on Sailboats, their long awaited follow-up to Set Sail the Prairie. You can have some sweet, sweet studio video here.
As part of their Kickstarter for Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon, Murder By Death took cover requests from backers. The 15-track album is now available for streaming and purchase.
According to Spin.com, the release of the new Ghost album, Infestissumam, has been delayed slightly due to some controversy regarding its artwork. The album will apparently now be released on April 16th, a week later than planned, because four compact disc manufacturers have refused to print a portion of the deluxe version artwork.
"We kept on getting turned down because of the CD art, which is basically a 16th century illustration of an orgy," a source close to the band told SPIN. The NSFW illustration, inspired by the work of Gustave Dore, showcases what looks like a forest nymph orgy, but it's the religious iconography at the top that convinced manufacturers to turn off the printing press. Even though the Infestissumam booklets had all been printed, the band struggled to find anyone in the States to print the CD for them. "They weren't surprised. The comment was 'Well, I thought this would have happened sooner,'" the source said. "The artwork was meant to provoke some sort of thought, but it's been one obstacle after another."
To avoid further delay, Spin states that Ghost (Ghost B.C., if you're a lawyer) has chosen to simply reuse the art found on the standard edition of Infestissumam.
Newly signed to Rise Records, Evergreen Terrace will head into the studio late this spring to record their Rise debut, titled "Dead Horses". Tracking will commence on June 1st at Martell Studios in Kingsland, GA and the effort expected to hit stores this fall.
Baroness return with a North American tour supporting their critically-acclaimed albums, Yellow & Green. The tour kicks off 5/24 with a performance at Union Transfer in John Baizley's adopted hometown of Philadelphia.
"It's hard to find the words to express how excited we are to announce this tour," explained guitar player Pete Adams. "Seven months ago, who knew when it would be or even if we could get back on the road. But here we are, picking right back up where we left off. A heartfelt thanks to everyone's unconditional love and support for us through, let's hope, the hardest time this band will ever see. We told you we'd be back so let's do this thing!"
5/24 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer
5/25 Baltimore, MD Ram's Head Live
5/26 Norfolk, VA Jewish Mother
5/28 Charleston, SC The Music Farm
5/29 Atlanta, GA Center Stage
5/31 Dallas, TX Trees
6/1 Austin, TX Chaos in Tejas (Mohawk)
6/2 Houston, TX Free Press Summer Festival
6/4 Lawrence, KS Granada Theatre
6/5 St. Louis, MO The Firebird
6/8 Grand Rapids, MI The Pyramid Scheme
6/9 Madison, WI The Majestic Theatre
6/11 Indianapolis, IN Deluxe @ Old National Centre
6/12 Cincinnati, OH Taft Ballroom
6/14 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Small's
This summer Kylesa will be heading out on tour with Blood Ceremony, White Hills, and Lazer/Wulf. Check out the dates below.
April 19 Savannah, GA The Dollhouse (Free show)
May 10 Gainesville, FL High Dive
May 11 Orlando, FL Backbooth
May 12 Miami, FL Churchhill’s
May 13 Tampa, FL The Orpheum
May 15 New Orleans, LA One Eyed Jack’s
May 16 Houston, TX Walters
May 17 Dallas, TX Trees
May 18 Austin, TX Mohawk
May 20 Albuquerque, NM Blackwater
May 21 Denver, CO Marquis Theater
May 22 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
May 24 Santa Cruz, CA Catalyst
May 25 San Francisco, CA Slim’s
May 27 Portland, OR Star Theater
May 28 Seattle, WA Chop Suey
May 29 Vancouver, BC Electric Owl
May 31 Calgary, AB Dickens
June 1 Regina, SK The Exchange
June 2 Winnipeg, MB The Pyramid
June 3 Minneapolis, MN Triple Rock Social Club
June 4 Iowa City, IA Gabe’s Oasis
June 5 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge
June 6 Grand Rapids, MI Pyramid Scheme
June 7 St. Louis, MO The Firebird
June 8 Columbus, OH Ace of Cups
June 9 Lexington, KY Cosmic Charlies
June 11 Toronto, ON Lee’s Palace
June 12 Ottawa, ON Maverick’s
June 13 Montreal, QC Il Motore
June 14 Brooklyn NY Northside Fest (Music Hall of Williamsburg)
June 15 Albany, NY Bogie’s
June 16 Boston, MA Middle East Downstairs
June 18 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts
June 19 Washington, DC Rock & Roll Hotel
June 20 Asheville, NC Asheville Music Hall
June 21 Atlanta, GA The Earl
June 22 Savannah, GA The Jinx
Dessa is heading out on tour. Check out the dates below and buy tickets here.
Then head on over to Lambgoat and give Savage Masters a listen!
"Quicksand" comes from Kylesa's upcoming album, Ultraviolet. The album art has also been revealed and can be seen below.
...but whatever, it's still fun.
Intronaut and Scale The Summit will hit the road in June with Mouth of the Architect and Castle also appearing on select dates.
6/4 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
Dates w/ Mouth of the Architect
6/5 Seattle, WA @ Highline
6/6 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater
6/7 Calgary, AB @ Calgary Metalfest
6/8 Edmonton, AB @ Pawn Shop
6/10 Winnipeg, MB @ Osborne Village Inn
6/11 St Paul, MN @ Station-4
6/12 Chicago, IL @ Double Door
6/13 Cleveland, OH @ Now That's Class
6/14 Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar
6/15 Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
6/16 Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon
6/17 Montreal, QC @ Il Motore
6/18 Toronto, ON @ Wreck Room
6/19 West Chester, PA @ The Note
6/20 Boston, MA @ Great Scott
6/21 Baltimore, MD @ Metro
6/22 Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
6/23 Nashville, TN @ Exit / In
6/24 Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
6/25 Orlando, FL @ The Social
6/26 Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
6/28 Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald's
6/29 Austin, TX @ Red 7
6/30 Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
Dates w/ Castle
7/1 Lubbock, TX @ Jake's
7/2 Santa Fe, NM @ Warehouse 21
7/3 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
7/5 San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
7/6 Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy
Check out the video for "Back to Hackney," the first new song released from Great Cynics' upcoming album Like I Belong.
We've all had enough of terrible Punk Goes Pop-style covers. Our Last Night offers something a bit different. Take a listen of their cover of Adele's "Skyfall" in the comments.
A handful of instrumental demos have surfaced from the weeks before City of Caterpillar disbanded.
Taking influences from the likes of Isis, Rosetta, Earth, and Sunn O))), From Oceans To Autumn weave thoughtful introspective ambient passages with momentum-building instrumentation. We are proud to present the stream for Pareto Analysis Volume II: The Vital Few from this promising unsigned band.
Intronaut‘s new album “Habitual Levitations (Instilling Words With Tones)” can be streamed online below courtesy of Vpro.nl. The stream arrives just over a week ahead of the albums coming March 19th release date on Century Media.