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September 2015
"Hardcore Friends
Lithuania’s debut full-length album Hardcore Friends via Lame-O Records begins with the mad-dashing punk jolt of “God In Two Persons.” The song quickly gathers momentum as a rush of power chords and percussion develop an instantaneous flow of energy, and Eric Slick’s controlled agitation questions and states, “What is on your mind?/You do it all the time.” “Pieces” pushes a crusty grunge aesthetic, as the spoken lyrics linger, embedding them in one’s mind. “I need something that I can’t hold on to./Please believe I would never do you wrong.” What initially speaks to a fundamental instrumental rawness is balanced by a melodic refinement.
Dominic Angelella unlocks the window of vulnerability in “I Wanna Drink Poison.”  A simple percussion and guitar allow his delicate vocals to etch a confession that aches with authenticity. Eventually, the light breeze of instrumentation transforms into a powerful gust, and Angelella laments, “I Don’t See Anybody.” With it’s bare acoustic guitar lead, “Coronation Day” provides an uplifting tonal change - a brief yet well-placed breath of fresh air. “Deaf Gene” begins with a gentle drifting before reaching a high-pressure, uncorked rage -  “…My hands are tired it’s the first time since time…” releasing the frustration until Angelella’s vocals soothe Slick’s aggression giving it a moment to simmer before relinquishing the reins and roaring to its conclusion.   
Densely packed drums and guitar quickly rouse one’s senses in “Place Of No Tomorrow,” revving the engine between short yet effective exhibitions of force. Its vocals are exuberant, while still having a disgruntled bite as that universally need for a new scene appears in the chorus reverberates, “God, this part of town is killing me./I need to breathe and see the place of no tomorrow.” Closing with its title track, Hardcore Friends leaves a lasting impression. As Angelella poignantly questions, “If I fall in love with an idea again, if I fall in love, would you make sure that I’m careful with it?” The guest vocals of Frances Quinlan (Hop Along) and Rachel Browne (Field Mouse/Anomie) offer a dynamic sense of earnest support as the album rumbles to a close.
A pair of hardcore friends in Eric Slick and Dominic Angelella has sealed its brotherly bond with an album that fuses punk-rock attitude and assertiveness with a resounding melodic pop sensibility. The energy and emotion are palpable. - Michael Colavita

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Gemini Club "Fret and Regret"

Gemini Club released a new single this week, "Fret and Regret", that is available from free courtesy of Red Bull Records. The single is a part of the LISTEN UP! series which also feature new tracks from Baby Baby, Little Wolves, Steve Aoki, and AWOLNATION.

Gemini Club will be a part of the mega beach bash, Mamby on the Beach 2015, at Oakwood Beach on July 11th and 12th.


Advance Base

This week Owen Ashworth (aka Advanced Base) released the first single, "Trisha Please Come Home", from his forthcoming album Nephew in the Wild. The album will be released on Aug. 21st via Orindal Records/Tomlab, and is the follow-up to his 2012 debut as Advanced Base.

Advanced Base will be touring this July but does not have any local shows scheduled at this time.


Tinkerbelles 40 Walls Tour

Is it possible to play 40 shows in 10 days across 7 states? Well, the duo of Adam Mohundro (bass/vocals) and Christian Dawson (drums/vocals) formerly of Gypsyblood will be finding out later this month. Tinkerbelles, who released their thrashing 7" Fine Asses late last year via the local label Teepeespeek Recordings, will be taking on this challenge, with sponsorship from Lagunitas Brewing Co., beginning June 19th. You can find all of the dates and locations here.

Below is the band's wild video for their track "When Puppies Cry".



Lever recently released their debut LP, Hover Bored. The '90's indie rock inspired 4-piece band match their energetic sound with entertaining lyrics. Below is the video for their single, "Last Call".

You catch Lever at Tully Monster Pub & Grill in Morris, IL on June 13th with Dunwich Rats, Programmable Animal and Delta 88 and at The House Cafe in DeKalb, IL on June 18th.



Woongi (aka David Curtin) released a new EP today called Black Trumpets. The EP is filled with a mixture of dream and indie pop with layers of synths, electronics, traditional instrumentation, and solid vocals from Curtin.

Below is disturbing the video for the track "Beyond The Leaves" which was directed by Alex Jensen.




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