This week: Dark Palms, Iron Reagan, Gatecreeper, All Pigs Must Die, Mammoth Grinder, David Shire.
Dark Palms, “Jack Burton” single: Pre-order Now (Bandcamp)
Dark Palms’ 2016 release Hoxbar Ghost Town was an album of the year for me. They created a catchy, fuzz-bomb, muscular goth rock masterpiece. The music was anthemic and cinematic, and frankly a breath of fresh air. Up for pre-order now via their Bandcamp page is their new single “Jack Burton,” b/w “Dust” (which will be available soon). “Jack Burton” continues in the same musical vein as previous releases, while still upping the ante in production and writing. I just keep replaying it the way I did their debut single “Ghost Horse.” You need Dark Palms in your life! They create a sound that can appeal to a wide swathe of humanity, without sounding homogenized or commercial. You can pre-order “Jack Burton” here and preview it on Northwest Music Scene and follow the group on Twitter for updates.
Iron Reagan & Gatecreeper, Split LP: Available March 2, 2018 (Relapse Records)
Modern crossover metal group Iron Reagan and crushing death metal band Gatecreeper are teaming up this March for what I expect to be a pretty epic split LP via Relapse Records. So far, each band has released one track each from the album and they’re both worth getting excited about. Iron Reagan dropped “Paper Shredder” which reminds me of Anthrax in their prime, but with a real pronounced hardcore influence. Gatecreeper unleashed “War Has Begun” which is a pummeling, stalking dragon of a track, and very doom laden. The album will have some nice variant vinyl styles and the cover looks rather cool. Relapse has T-shirt/album bundles up for pre-order right now. This will certainly be one of the must-own albums of 2018.
All Pigs Must Die On Tour This February
In support of their excellent crossover/thrash album, Hostage Animal, All Pigs Must Die will be hitting the road this winter for a west coast tour with Vancouver’s Baptists in support. The band released Hostage Animal last year via Southern Lord. I wasn’t familiar with the group when I reviewed the album, but was blown away by them. The dates are below and I’d say don’t miss out if they come to your town.
2/16 Vancouver, BC @ Astoria
2/17 Seattle, WA @ Highline
2/18 Portland, OR @ Tonic
2/20 San Francisco, CA @ Golden Bull
2/21 Los Angeles, CA @ Hi Hat
2/22 Ventura, CA @ The Garage
2/23 San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
2/24 Costa Mesa, CA @ Wayfarer
Mammoth Grinder, On Tour/New Video (Relapse Records)
In support of their hardcore/death metal epic release, Cosmic Crypt, Mammoth Grinder will also be hitting the road this winter for several dates. In addition they’ve released a video for “Servants of the Most High.” The video, directed by Samu Salovaara, is a trippy and scary meditation on death and ritual, which matches the music perfectly. The album is available via Relapse Records in all formats and features some amazing art work. Tour dates below.
February 2 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club ^
February 2 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter ^
February 4 Raleigh, NC @ The Maywood
February 5 Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
February 6 Memphis, TN @ Rock Room
February 7 Little Rock, AR @ Vino’s
February 8 Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
February 9 Houston, TX @ White Swan
February 10 Austin, TX @ Sidewinder
February 11 San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
February 12 El Paso, TX @ Neon Rose
February 13 Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress *
February 14 Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge *
February 15 San Diego, CA @ Space Bar
February 16 Los Angeles, CA @ The Resident
February 17 Oakland, CA @ Eli’s Mile High
February 18 Santa Cruz, CA @ Bocci’s
February 20 Salt Lake City, UT @ Beehive Social Club
February 21 Denver, CO @ Streets of London
February 22 Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
February 23 Minneapolis, MN @ Hexagon Bar
February 24 Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge
February 25 Detroit, MI @ Cellarman’s
February 26 Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class
February 27 Pittsburgh, PA @ Rock Room
February 28 Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
March 1 Boston, MA @ Middle East
March 2 Brooklyn, NY @ St. Vitus
March 3 Montclair, NJ @ The Meatlocker
David Shire, Apocalypse Now: The Unused Score: Available Now (La-La Land Records)
This is a mind-blower that completely took me by surprise. Our fearless leader, Andy Burns, hipped me to this alternate score to Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now, one of my all time favorite movies. It was released, I’d say somewhat quietly, late last year. David Shire had worked on the film’s score for over a year, but when he had the audacity to moonlight on another gig, Coppola fired him and commissioned a new score (sounds like a pretty egotistical move on Coppola’s part, considering he wasn’t even communicating with Shire much). This synth-heavy masterpiece, at times, sounds like John Carpenter and it’s brilliant. I’d love to watch a version of the film with Shire’s work restored. Listen to the full score here via Pop Up Sounds. To me, Apocalypse Now is a damn near perfect movie, but not using Shire’s music seems like a hell of a missed opportunity. You can purchase the album via La-La Land Records.