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Crooked Ghost challenge the burden of depression in ‘Black Rainbow’ single. ‘Colors Bleed’ EP is out September 20th

With a new intriguing melancholic offering, post-punks Crooked Ghost present their new single ‘Black Rainbow’, offering a tastes of their forthcoming album ‘Colors Bleed’.

This haunting track follows up the EP’s first single ‘Sinew in Red’,  They also now present the video for this sleek and sultry track about self-obsession and dirty secrets.

“Black Rainbow is a bittersweet song about mental illness and suicide. It sounds bright, but if you look a little closer, the darkness peers through. It’s a song that means a lot to me personally, and I hope it can shine a little bit of light on a dark and taboo subject that really isn’t discussed enough. The video has a ‘dark Ray’ who is skewering ‘light Ray’ who is trapped inside his own heart, desperately trying to communicate with the band through electronic devices. I’m really happy with how this video turned out, Rome and everyone involved did a beautiful job,” says Ray Lark.

Rome Widenhouse, who filmed and directed this video, elaborates: “The video for Black Rainbow explores the relationship of spiritual and material aspects of the self. Often indulgence in impulsive vices comes expense of the spiritual self. Those we surround ourselves with provide us with advice they believe to be helpful, but is little more than revisiting of their own wounds and dysfunction. Black Rainbow describes the plea for help, lost in translation”.

Hailing from Asheville, North Carolina, ‘Colors Bleed’ is the third release from Crooked Ghost, following on the heels of their ‘Skeleton House’ album (released February 2019 on limited edition 12″ colored vinyl). These four new songs see the Ghosts moving in a more colorful direction. The songs are bigger and brighter than those before, with dreamy melodies, and some of Crooked Ghost’s most honest lyrics to date.

This EP was recorded in Black Mountain, NC by longtime friend and producer Edward Madill. The EP itself was inspired by mental illness and the struggles of growing up LGBTQ in a not-so-accepting world.

Formed in 2013 by Ray Lark, Crooked Ghost was initially a channel for leftover songs that didn’t seem to fit in any of the other bands he was involved in, but quickly became the focal point of Ray’s creative energy. Today Crooked Ghost is Ray Lark (guitar, vocals), Chris Saldin (bass), Alex Cannon (keyboard), Jon Wyatt (drums) and Charles Reed (guitar).

The band released their debut LP ‘Strange Burial Rituals’ in March 2017. With two distinct halves (the first is lighter, the second darker), the album plays out like a story, or rather, two opposite stories that are intertwined. Their most recent videos are for ‘Roadkill’ and ‘Sleepwalker’.

The full ‘Colors Bleed’ EP will be released on September 20 on limited edition CD through the band’s own imprint, and will be available digitally across platforms such as iTunes and Spotify.  It can already be pre-ordered via Bandcamp.

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The Hard-Ons Announce Tour Supports and Share New Single & Video From Forthcoming Album


The Hard-Ons are back with their rampaging 12th studio album “So I Could Have Them Destroyed” which is released on Friday 11th Octobervia Music Farmers. Today, they deliver the next taster from the album by dropping new single “Oh, You’re Crushed?”, the accompanying video clipwhich you can watch here and announce the support acts for their upcoming national tour of Australia (see below for details).

Clocking in at a concise 30 minutes through 12 tracks, “So I Could Have Them Destroyed” is a wild but focused memorandum of the current incarnation of the Hard-Ons. Original founding member Keish is welcomed back into the fold, joining drummer Murray and co-founders Ray and Blackie.

“So I Could Have Them Destroyed” sees the Hard-Ons distilling their best musical traits. Brutal velocity. Rampaging guitars. Throbbing rhythms. Beautiful harmonised vocals. Here are 12 electrifying reasons why some artists get better with age. Good to see Hard-Ons sticking to their tried-and-true dogma: NO FAT – JUST MUSCLE.

Remarkably “So I Could Have Them Destroyed” does not sound like any other Hard-Ons release. It straddles the sweet spot between their treacherous and chaos-laden free-for-all approach and the diamond-hard solidity their beautiful melodies crave and deserve.

Producer and long-time friend of the band Lachlan Mitchell has thankfully managed to clear any unnecessary musical clutter and has harnessed sheer power and melody resulting in a crystal clear documentation. Brilliantly highlighted is the band’s incredible song-craft and musicianship, that has been cultivated and developed over a ridiculously energised career that started back in 1982.

The pulsating, super-charged bare-chested glory that is the Hard-Ons has now been given an extra dimension with the return of Keish. Here comes the pigeon-hole busting punk-metal-powerpop release of the year.

More good news: The Hard-Ons are undertaking a tour to launch this sizzling new nugget! These shows are sure to be as usual, action-packed and electrifying.
The Hard-Ons “So I Could Have Them Destroyed”
National Headline Australian Tour 2019

Evelyn Hotel, Melbourne VIC – Tickets
with guests Arse

River Rocks, Geelong VIC  – SOLD OUT

Friday 15th November 2019

Rosemount Hotel, Perth WATickets
with guests Leeches & Mascara SnakesSaturday 16th November 2019
Mojos, Fremantle WA Tickets
with guests Leeches & HussyFriday 22nd November 2019

Vinnie’s Dive Bar, Gold Coast QLDTickets

Saturday 23rd November 2019

The Foundry “Punk Fest”, Brisbane QLD Tickets
with guests Fat, The Cutaways, CopiusFriday 29th November 2019
Altar, Hobart TASTickets
with guests ItSaturday 30th November 2019
Pub Rock Diner, Devonport TASTickets
with guests Without Fall
Crown & Anchor, Adelaide SA – Door Only
with guests Meatbeaters, Cull The Band, Get SomeSaturday 7th December 2019
Brighton & Seacliff Yacht Club, Seacliff SA – Door Only
with guests Numbskulls, MeatbeatersFriday 13th December 2019
Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney NSWTickets
with guests Arse & The Mis-MadeSaturday 14th December 2019
Dicey Riley’s, Wollongong NSWFREE Entry
Tickets on-sale now

Beauty in Chaos & Jammer Direct present ‘Behind the Beauty: Remixing the Chaos’ film

Beauty in Chaos, in collaboration with Jammer Direct and Jammerzine, announces the film ‘Behind the Beauty: Remixing the Chaos’, which premiered on Jammer Direct. This marks two milestones for Jammer Direct – this documentary is their first film project and its release also helped launch Jammer Direct’s official Roku channel this month.

This film takes you behind the scenes of the making of the new ‘Beauty Re-Envisioned’ album from Beauty in Chaos, curated by guitarist Michael Ciravolo. It explores the ‘how and why’ of the album through its creators, featuring interviews with Wayne Hussey (The Mission), Ashton Nyte (The Awakening), guitar slayer Zakk Wylde, dUG Pinnick (King’s X), Evi Vine, Tim Palmer, Tish Ciravolo, Paul Wiley (Marilyn Manson), producer Michael Rozon and BIC curator Michael Ciravolo. Rolan Bolan also provides commentary on his collaboration with BIC and Wayne Hussey to re-create his father’s seminal T. Rex track ‘20th Century Man’.

There’s also more in this peek behind the curtains of SAINTinLA Studios in Los Angeles to learn the story of the evolution from record to remix – track by track – to better encounter the beauty behind the chaos.

Directed by Ryan Martin (creator or Jammer Direct and Jammerzine) and Sophia Ciravolo, this film also includes music video segments were directed by Vicente Cordero at Industrialism Films.

“I think this documentary gives an intimate peak behind the curtain of the ‘why and how’ of this record.  I feel we got an amazing cross section of ‘re-envisions’ of these songs… that shed a new and different light on many of these songs,” says Michael Ciravolo.

Based in L.A., Beauty in Chaos is an alt-rock collective that involves numerous musical luminaries. Produced by Michael Rozon, ‘Beauty Re-Envisioned’ is their second-long play, including a wide array of remixes and alternate versions of tracks off the debut album ‘Finding Beauty in Chaos’.

It features contributions by Wayne Hussey, Ashton Nyte, Simon Gallup (The Cure), Al Jourgensen (Ministry), Zakk Wylde, Robin Zander (Cheap Trick), Rolan Bolan, Kevin Haskins (Bauhaus, Love and Rockets), producer Tim Palmer, Pete Parada (The Offspring), John Fryer, Alexander Kretov / Ummagma, Paul Wiley, Kitty Lectro, dUg Pinnick, ICE-T, Michael Anthony (Van Halen), Mark Thwaite, Evi Vine, Michael Aston (Gene Loves Jezebel), Sine Division, Betsy Martin, Kevin Kipnis, Tish Ciravolo, Statik, Johnny Indovina, Dirk Doucette, Roman Marisak, Sounds Of Sputnik, Tim Perry, Ulrich Krieger, Lola Bates and Danny Lohner (Nine Inch Nails, A Perfect Circle).

Beauty in Chaos is the brainchild of guitarist Michael Ciravolo. Originally from New Orleans, he is perhaps best known as President of Schecter Guitar Research. Ciravolo has played guitar in Human Drama for the past 30 years, as well as playing live and recording with Michael Aston’s Gene Loves Jezebel since 1998.

Previewing this album, Beauty in Chaos’ single ‘Un-Natural Disaster’ ft. dUg Pinnick, Zakk Wylde and Ice-T (Collide Mix) premiered in Rolling Stone, followed by ‘Drifting Away’ ft. Robin Zander and Michael Anthony (Synthetic Capricorn Mix), remixed by Paul Wiley and Steven Alexander Ryan (The Black Queen) and ‘Storm ft. Ashton Nyte (Acoustic Version)’.

‘Behind the Beauty: Remixing the Chaos’ is now streaming on Beauty in Chaos’ official YouTube channel. Apart from Roku, itwill soon also be available via Amazon Prime and has already been approved and translated for broadcast on China’s largest independent TV station IQIYI, available to 500 million active users.

‘Beauty Re-Envisioned’ is available on deluxe CD, limited-edition heavy-weight colored vinyl and digitally via 33.3 Music Collective at Apart from the 14 core tracks, album orders placed via the website also come with 11 bonus remixes.

Between the UK and Germany: Def Robot present debut album ‘Makers of Mountains’


British outfit Def Robot present their new album ‘Makers of Mountains’, which will be released on June 7. This is their first batch of songs to be unleashed from the dark minds of Def Robot, addressing such themes as global ignorance of the destruction of our planet, relationship breakdown, guilt and hope, arrogance and censorship.

Paul Taylor and David Hancox, began life as Def Robot earlier this year, guided by a shared enthusiasm for punk, rock and Americana, mixed with northern English grit and dark film noir. Their sound and songs gradually came together.

“We are here to paint a bleak but thrilling picture like a brooding electric storm in a desert at night, with two shadowy figures on the horizon,” says David Hancox.

This is not the first time Taylor and Hancox have collaborated, being bandmates in several bands prior to this including Manchester-based Furball, Slouch and Kerosene.

“In 2018, we had reconnected, because we started working on unreleased Kerosene tracks, which were re-recorded, edited and mastered by all of the band,” explains Paul Taylor.

“We had found that our own recording and production skills had been individually worked on, in the intervening years since our former bands had ceased to be. Having been in three different bands together previously, it felt natural to start a fourth!”

Today Def Robot straddles the geographic divide between Berlin and Kendal (South Lakeland District of Cumbria). While historically renowned for pipe tobacco and snuff and grey limestone, today it is perhaps best known for its mint cake and the Kendal Calling Festival. The band recorded, produced, mixed and mastered this album in Manchester, Kendal and Berlin.

Pavement, Wilco, Fugazi number among their influences, as do the Pixies, Mike Watt, Descendents and Ennio Morricone, as well as 80s and 90s Manchester music.

As of June 7, ‘Makers of Mountains’ will be released on CD and digitally across online stores such as Apple Music and streaming platforms like Spotify. The album can also be ordered directly from the band in both format via Bandcamp.

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