Red State State of Mind

Jackie Broyles and Dunlap from Red State Update have been busy since releasing their new CD How Freedom Sounds. Covering the elections and everything from aliens to Budweiser, the duo is making a name for themselves as musicians as well. I have streaming links to their theme song and Jackie’s cover of “Simple Man” feat. Dunlap.

Red State State of Mind

Simple Man

Red Star Update on YouTube:

Biden Picked as Obama’s VP:

Finally, the cat’s out of bag and the top-secret mission swirling about RSU headquarters for the past week is a secret no longer. Jackie Broyles and Dunlap, the dynamic and deviant duo that make up the good ol’ boy humor of Red State Update, have announced their alignment with one of Nashville’s most prominent independent labels, Dualtone Music Group.

The uncouth Tennessee two have created quite a niche acting as comedic political pundits during the current presidential campaign season. Jackie and Dunlap’s first big shot at mainstream celebrity happened last July when CNN chose their video to feature during the YouTube Democratic debate. Since then, Red State Update comedy shorts created for You Tube and MySpace have attracted thousands of subscribers. Total online views between YouTube and MySpace is over 10 million—and several of their videos have been featured on YouTube’s main comedy page, including one of their most current sketches entitled, “Hillary Wins, McCain Clinches, Huck Out.”

Dunlap, naturally clad in his trade mark American flag T-shirt and tipping back a can of Budweiser couldn’t be happier since signing with Dualtone: “Listen, I’d love to give you a quote for a press release, but since becoming an Important Recording Artist, I’m pretty busy. I just bought a Rutherford County school bus and am having it converted into a Rolling Awesome Party Carriage. Right now I’m picking out carpet for it. I’m looking for something that will brighten the interior and not show vomit. Like most Important Recording Artists, my afternoon will consist of making a video. It’s gonna be chock full of sexy girls in lace bras and cheerleader skirts, washing my Rolling Awesome Party Carriage. They’re gonna get soakin wet and soapy, and I’m hoping the hot sun will disorient them. It’s gonna be like a Hank Williams Jr.-directed remake of Calligula. It ain’t a music video, it’s just somethin’ for me to enjoy later.”

“You go on and blow all your money,” responds an aggravated Jackie. “You’ll be back in my store beggin’ for free beer in a week. I just want to let y’all know that I had a ball singin’ all these songs, whatever they were. I think we’ve made a pretty good record that’ll stand the test of time, like George Jones’ I Am What I Am or Garth Brooks’ Chris Gaines. I ain’t sayin’ I’m Dottie West, God bless her soul, but I did the best I could. When I was a boy, I used to sing in choir. Course, that was back when they’d let you smoke in church.”

“The guys from Red State Update are hilarious,” says Scott Robinson, President of Dualtone Music Group. “We’ve been aware of these guys for a while now and had been watching their videos on YouTube just like millions of other folks. When we reached out to them about recording an album, we had no idea if they’d be interested but we’re really excited they were! So we brought them to Nashville and put them in the studio and we’ve just been amazed with their talent…they’ve really been able to come up with some funny stuff.”

In making their decision to sign a big-time recording deal, Dunlap adds, “Joining forces with Dualtone not only enables me to meet my short term goals, like makin’ a hit album, scorin’ with Rihanna, and buying a castle, but it also gets us to our rightful place on the world stage. People listen to Important Recording Artists. That’s how Fergie stopped the genocide in Darfur. And the timin’ is perfect, what with Jackie runnin’ for president and all. We can finally show off Jackie’s brilliant political mind to a much larger audience, because nothing gets people into the voting booth like when a candidate has a new CD droppin’.”

“I ain’t runnin’ for president, I don’t want nothin’ to do with that mess. You need to stop sayin’ that before I smack you in the damn mouth,” fires back the irritated Jackie, clad in his infamous red plaid flannel and overalls with a Marlboro Red cigarette dangling dangerously from his bottom lip.

“Y’all get ready. This is going to be the biggest selling album since albums stopped sellin’,” exclaims Dunlap. “Hell, if we sell like thirty, I bet we’ll chart in the Top Ten.”

Watch for Red State Update on the campaign trail as they make featured appearances on both TV and the Web throughout the rest of the year leading up to the Presidential election.

PIERCE THE VEIL HEAD OUT ON FALL HEADLINING TOUR KICKING OFF OCTOBER 17TH IN PHOENIX, AZ WRAP UP WARPED TOUR TO MUCH CRITICAL ACCLAIM

PIERCE THE VEIL HEAD OUT ON FALL HEADLINING TOUR KICKING OFF OCTOBER 17TH IN PHOENIX, AZ WRAP UP WARPED TOUR TO MUCH CRITICAL ACCLAIM

Fresh off of the punk-rock boot camp known as Vans Warped Tour, PIERCE THE VEIL have announced a fall headlining tour commencing October 17th in Phoenix, Arizona and finishing up in the band’s hometown of San Diego, CA on November 29th. The six-week trek will be the first headlining tour for the band – Vic Fuentes (vocals), Tony Perry (guitar), Jaime Preciado (bass), and Mike Fuentes (drums) – with support from Breathe Carolina, Four Letter Lie, and Emarosa.

In addition to the abundance of praise from the Warped Tour attendees and regional press, the tour’s founder, Kevin Lyman, listed PIERCE THE VEIL as one of the next big things in the scene in a recent interview with Hurley. “It’s fun to see Pierce The Veil… where kids are just running to see [them],” Lyman stated. PIERCE THE VEIL received some additional attention when they were bumped up to the Main Stage in several cities including Camden, NJ and Saskatoon, SK. “Best summer of our lives!” affirmed vocalist, Fuentes. “We’re looking forward to revisiting everyone on our headliner.”

Earlier this year, the band posted an acoustic duet song titled “She Makes Dirty Words Sound Pretty” featuring Vic Fuentes and Emarosa vocalist, Jonny Craig. Now that the two bands will be touring together, fans can expect to hear the song live. Attendees can also expect an even more energetic live show than what PIERCE THE VEIL has become known for. “We are taking 2 months off right now to just prepare for the tour, so expect something fun and memorable,” explained Fuentes. The band will be performing nearly every song from their 2007 debut, A Flair For The Dramatic.

Tour Dates
10/17 Phoenix, AZ – Phix Gallery
10/18 Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
10/20 San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
10/21 Dallas, TX – The Door
10/22 E. Houston, TX – The Java Jazz
10/23 Metairie, LA – The High Ground
10/24 Little Rock, AR – Vino’s
10/25 Pensacola, FL – The Red Door
10/26 Orlando, FL – The Social
10/28 Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits
10/30 Douglasville, GA – The 7 Venue
10/31 Wilmington, NC – The Soapbox Laundrolounge
11/01 Virginia Beach, VA – Club Relevant
11/02 Baltimore, MD – The Ottobar
11/04 Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
11/06 New York, NY – The Knitting Factory
11/07 S. Hackensack, NJ – School Of Rock
11/08 Buffalo, NY – Xtreme Wheelz
11/09 Detroit, MI – The Shelter
11/11 Tinley Park, IL – Mojoes Rock House
11/12 Mt. Vernon, IL – The Living Room
11/13 Evansville, IN – Boney Junes
11/14 Joplin, MO – The Foundry Music Theatre
11/15 Wichita, KS – OZ Café
11/16 Denver, CO – Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom
11/17 Salt Lake City, UT – Studio 600
11/18 Pocatello, ID – Icon
11/20 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
11/21 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
11/22 Orangevale, CA – The Boardwalk
11/23 Modesto, CA – Sidelines
11/24 Fresno, CA – The Belmont
11/25 Las Vegas, NV – Jillian’s
11/26 W. Hollywood, CA – The Troubadour
11/28 Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
11/29 San Diego, CA – Soma Sidestage

Gringo Star: Debut Album All Y’All Now Released November 4th

DEBUT ALBUM, “ALL Y’ALL”

RELEASED NOVEMBER 4TH
(My Anxious Mouth Records)

Produced by Ben H. Allen (Gnarls Barkley, The Hives, Animal Collective).

By condensing a palate of swirling and innovative guitar voyages and a sweat-soaked baroque punk ethos that loses itself in carpet-crawling majesty, Gringo Star has emerged as Atlanta’s favorite rock and roll sons. Brothers Nick and Pete Furgiuele, along with Pete DeLorenzo and Matt McCalvin have continually built momentum, crisscrossing the country and honing their chops on rock and roll’s frontline. Crafting an art-damaged and intense presence, the group’s sound falls somewhere between The Animals, Motown and The Kinks.

In person, the group’s soft-spoken demeanor instills a sense of alluring mystery, but on stage, Gringo Star explode. Never ones to hang on to the same instruments for too long, each member of the group sprints and hurdles from station to station, swapping out guitar for bass for drums for voice, keyboard for accordion, kazoo for tambourine. As a result, the band’s multifaceted musicianship culminates in dense and cerebral rock mantras that are hard-wired to the head and heart.

Fall Tour Dates (more forthcoming)

08/22 – Head On The Door – Montgomery, AL
09/14 – SCAD Party – Savannah, GA
10/03 – Star Bar – Atlanta, GA
10/04 – Star Bar – Atlanta, GA
10/10 – Sticky Fingers – Little Rock, AR
10/12 – Off Broadway – St. Louis, MO
10/13 – Day Trotter Session – Rock Springs, IL
10/14 – Beat Kitchen – Chicago, IL
10/15 – Southgate House – Covington, KY
10/18 – Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA
10/19 – BAR – New Haven, CT
10/25 – JJs Bohemia – Chattanooga, TN

THEREFORE I AM SIGNS TO EQUAL VISION RECORDS SET TO RECORD LATER THIS YEAR DEBUT FULL LENGTH SET FOR SPRING 2009 RELEASE

THEREFORE I AM SIGNS TO EQUAL VISION RECORDS SET TO RECORD LATER THIS YEAR DEBUT FULL LENGTH SET FOR SPRING 2009 RELEASE

Equal Vision Records is proud to announce the latest addition to their roster: Boston, MA’s THEREFORE I AM. The five-piece is set to record their debut full length later this year at Strangeways Recording studio in Providence, RI with producer and ex-Hot Rod Circuit drummer Michael Poorman (Piebald, Tsunami Bomb, Paulson) for a Spring 2009 release. Poorman also produced the band’s 2007 EP, Escape.

Since THEREFORE I AM’s formation in 2004, they’ve self-released 3 EP’s and toured the U.S. many times over with the likes of Vanna, Endwell, The Dear Hunter, and The Receiving End Of Sirens. The band – Alex Correia (Vocals), Brian Marquis (Guitar/Vocals), Travis Alexander (Guitar), James Creighton (Bass), and Chris Fernandes (Drums) – plan to get back on the road once they are finished recording, tentatively in February ’09.??About their decision to sign with Equal Vision, Marquis explains, “EVR’s past and current roster boasts bands that have fought the same battles that we face today being thrown between many different genres. Growing up with many of those bands and seeing their success, and more importantly their impact, in underground and popular music is what gives us the reassurance that we’re working with the right team.”

The band has prepared a video announcing the signing at AbsolutePunk and can be viewed here

ISM vocalist waterboarded in powerful upcoming video for Sacred Cows

New York-based rockers, ISM, outraged by the apathy of modern society rail against it, making an album (URGENCY) rife with polemical commentary and displayed in the most extreme examples in their video for the first single, “Sacred Cows”.

The controversial torture techniques of water-boarding, electrocution and more are exhibited right in front of people’s faces in the “Sacred Cows” video (to be seen in late August), where ISM front-man, Andre Mistier, LITTERALLY endures such TORTURE. While these shocking happenings caught on film might come as a surprise to some, the theme of “Sacred Cows” is to show society’s apathetic acceptance to the world around them: from Guantanamo Bay to pop-icons.

The single, and the album on which it can be found, “Urgency” (released nationwide on 8/5) points out questions and choices we make in reaction to everything – from customs to societal norms. Life is too short and precious to not ‘tip the sacred cow’ of ideals: challenge information, motivation, bombast, our-selves. To challenge these things is to be truly alive.

“We in America have become so desensitized that mounting death tolls and atrocities committed in our name no longer even register to us. I agreed to do this video because I no longer wanted to watch- I wanted to get up and feel something, and share that motivation with others. The only reason people are shocked is because I’m from America and I chose to let it happen.” says vocalist, Andre Mistier.

While on tour on the West Coast last month, Mistier launched a blog that deals with the issues that URGENCY brings to light. To keep up to date with his thoughts and the band’s daily experiences fans are encouraged to check out the blog here: http://andremistier.blogspot.com/

URGENCY is released by STM Records and in stores nationally through BDG/RED Distribution.

ISM TOUR DATES:
Aug 22 The Outpost Kent, Ohio
Aug 23 CD101 Summerfest Columbus, Ohio
Aug 27 Maxwell’s Hoboken, New Jersey
Aug 28 The Kyber Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Aug 29 The Saint Asbury Park, New Jersey
Sep 5 All Asia Café Cambridge, Massachusetts

JARS OF CLAY / MUSIC BUILDS TOUR starts this Thursday 8/21 – FREE CLOSER MP3

Jars of Clay is heading out on a six-week amphitheater tour with Third Day, Switchfoot and Robert Randolph. The tour kicks off August 21st in Detroit and the guys are offering a Free Download for “Closer”.

Click Here to Download The “Closer” Single and host as a Free MP3 Download on your site!

AUGUST
Thu 8/21 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
Fri 8/22 Indianapolis, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center Indianapolis
Sat 8/23 Chicago, IL Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island

SEPTEMBER
Sun 9/7 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre
Thu 9/11 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center
Fri 9/12 Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater
Sat 9/13 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
Sun 9/14 Washington, DC Nissan Pavilion
Thu 9/18 Birmingham, AL Verizon Wireless Music Center Birmingham
Fri 9/19 Raleigh, NC Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek
Sat 9/20 Atlanta, GA Lakewood Amphitheatre
Sun 9/21 Nashville, TN Sommet Center
Thu 9/25 Phoenix, AZ Cricket Wireless Pavilion
Fri 9/26 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless
Sat 9/27 San Diego, CA Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
Sun 9/28 Sacramento, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre

OCTOBER

Thu 10/2 Oklahoma City, OK Ford Center
Fri 10/3 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Sat 10/4 San Antonio, TX Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Sun 10/5 Dallas, TX Superpages.com Center
Fri 10/10 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
Sat 10/11 Kansas City, KS Sprint Center
Sun 10/12 Denver, CO Pepsi Center

Ponytail Continue World Domination Tour – North American Tour with Don Caballero, Head to Europe

Ponytail Continue World Domination Tour – North American Tour with Don Caballero, Head to Europe

Baltimore royales Ponytail are heading out across North America once again in support of their acclaimed release, Ice Cream Spiritual (We Are Free). After touring across the US with Joan of Arc, the band are teaming up with Don Caballero to visit our neighbors to the North (and Midwest), before heading overseas for a European tour. More amazing tours in store through the end of ’08 and into ’09 as well! Dates below for this round…

Ponytail – Tour Tour Tour!
8.19 Arlington, VA @ IOTA Club and Cafe*
8.20 Baltimore, MD @ Sonar*
8.21 Virginia Beach, VA @ Steppin’ Out*
8.22 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brendas*
8.23 New York, NY @ Knitting Factory*
8.24 Boston, MA @ Harper’s Ferry*
8.25 Montreal, QC @ Club Lambi*
8.26 Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace*
8.27 Hamilton, ON @ Casbah*
8.28 London, ON @ Call the Office*
8.29 Pontiac, MI @ Pike Room*
8.30 Chicago, IL @ Subterranean*
9.04 London, UK @ Bardens Boudoir w/Upset the Rhythm
9.05 Nottingham, UK @ Chameleon
9.07 London, UK @ Womble Crawl
9.08 Manchester, UK @ Satan’s Hollow
9.09 Liverpool, UK @ Korova
9.10 Dublin, IE @ Whelans
9.11 Galway, IE @ Roisin Dubh
9.12 Midlands, UK @ TBC
9.13 Paris, FRANCE @ Fleche D’or
9.15 Clermont Ferrand, FRANCE @ Raymond Bar
9.16 Fribourg, SWITZERLAND @ Frison
9.17 Brussles, BELGIUM @ VK
9.18 Amsterdam, HOLLAND @ Bitterzoet
9.19 Tilburg, THE NETHERLANDS @ ZXZW 2008
9.20 London, UK @ The Amersham Arms
9.22 London, UK @ The End
* w/Don Caballero

PonyexPress:
“Baltimore geeks whip up some chipper, punky noise…one sexy, sweaty mess.” – Blender Magazine

“one of the more agile and enterprising instrumental rock records of the year.” – Pitchfork [8.4 Review, Top 5 Live Show of SXSW]

“[an] art-punk joyride…led by irresisitable squawker Molly Siegel.” – SPIN Magazine

“Energy crisis? Don’t tell Ponytail–the four Baltimoreans have discovered something cleaner than oil and more powerful than nuclear, and they’re using to to make wickedly fun, blazingly melodic rock.” – Time Out New York

“Ponytail is the sound of ecstasy; tall exclamation points of guitar, mad rambunctious percussion and wild-eyed ululations, an enormous blast of shocking pink bouncing off the walls and shooting up toward the sun. It’s absolute happiness, a drill boring straight down into the human id, recording everything it finds.” – eMusic.com

“Known for its infectious jams and barnyard noise lyrics, Ponytail is a Baltimore Art School four-piece with the pomp and preposterousness to become the next buzzing indie darling.” – Impose Magazine

FEAR BEFORE THE MARCH OF FLAMES HEAD OUT ON FALL HEADLINING TREK KICKING OFF SEPTEMBER 5TH IN DENVER, CO

FEAR BEFORE THE MARCH OF FLAMES HEAD OUT ON FALL HEADLINING TREK KICKING OFF SEPTEMBER 5TH IN DENVER, CO

Denver, CO’s FEAR BEFORE THE MARCH OF FLAMES have just announced a headlining run, kicking off September 5th in the band’s hometown and wrapping up October 28th in Salt Lake City, UT. Support for the tour will include I AM THE OCEAN and label-mates, DAMIERA.

The 7-week trek marks the first full US tour for the band – David Marion (vocals), Adam Fisher (guitar/vocals), Zachary Hutchings (guitar), Mike Madruga (bass), Clayton “Goose” Holyoak (drums) – since their support slot with CIRCA SURVIVE in late ’07. In addition to the shared general excitement of being back on the road, the band also feels particularly close to this tour because of its DIY elements. The band members and a close friend booked the tour themselves – without the assistance of an agent – at smaller, intimate venues and threw away any sort of rider. “For this tour we decided to go back to the organic roots of why we started this band. It was to play with friends and see the country. After being on such a light touring schedule for the last 9 months we really had time to think about where we want this band to fit. This tour encapsulates our mind frame for playing music,” affirms Madruga. In addition to low ticket prices for the attendees, the band has encouraged their tour mates to share equipment to cut back on gas expenses and has thrown away any sort of rider for the promoters. Fisher adds, “I think bands these days think they deserve so much. In my opinion we’re lucky to do what we do. It’s comforting to know there are other bands who are down for the cause and willing to be part of this.”

FEAR BEFORE THE MARCH OF FLAMES have just wrapped up recording their fourth full-length with producer Casey Bates (who also produced the band’s 2006 release, The Always Open Mouth) at his studio in Seattle, WA and plan to play some of the new tunes on the tour. “It will be the first time we have performed them, so they will definitely transform during the course of the tour,” says Madruga.

Tour Dates
w/Damiera, I Am The Ocean
09/05 Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre
09/06 Fort Collins, CO – Hodi’s Half Note
09/07 Rapid City, SD – Imperial Inn
09/08 Billings, MT – Railyard Ale House
09/09 Minot, ND – The Red Carpet
09/10 Fargo, ND – The Aquariam
09/11 Sioux Falls, SX – Nuttys North
09/12 Omaha, NE – Saddle Creek Bar
09/13 Lawrence, KS – Jackpot
09/14 Springfield, MO – The Vault
09/15 Iowa City, IA – Picador
09/16 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
09/17 LaCrosse, WI – The Warehouse
09/18 Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen
09/19 Pontiac, MI – The Eagle Theatre
09/20 Cleveland, OH – The Agora
09/21 Covington, KY – Mad Hatter
09/22 Buffalo, NY – SoundLab
09/24 Wallingford, CT – The Cellar Door
09/25 Allston, MA – ICC Church
09/26 Ithaca, NY – TBA
09/27 Watertown, NY – Velocity
09/29 Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club
09/30 Richmond, VA – The Canal Club
10/01 Charlestown, SC – Oasis
10/02 Atlanta, GA – TBA
10/03 Little Rock, AR – The Village
10/04 Tulsa, OK – The Marquee
10/05 Houston, TX – Walters
10/06 Austin, TX – Red 7
10/07 Dallas, TX – The Door
10/08 Amarillo, TX – TBA
10/09 Albuquerque, NM – Telos
10/10 Tucson, AZ – TBA
10/11 Phoenix, AZ – The Sets
10/13 Victorville, CA – Karma
10/14 San Diego, CA – TBA
10/15 Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
10/16 Bakersfield, CA – Studio 99
10/17 San Jose, CA – TBA
10/18 Modesto, CA – Sidelines
10/20 Roseburg, OR – The Grande Hall
10/21 Portland, OR – Satyricon
10/22 Longview, WA – Reid’s Pit Stop
10/23 Seattle, WA – King Cobra
10/24 Richland, WA – Ray’s Golden Lion
10/25 Spokane, WA – Big Dipper
10/26 Missoula, MT – Union Hall
10/27 Blackfoot, ID – TBA
10/28 Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue

INFERNOPHONIC TURNS ON STAR WARS NEXT GENERATION AS STAR WARS: CLONE WARS HITS THEATERS EYE OF THE JEDI IS MOST POPULAR TRACK ON NJ BAND’S ACCLAIMED DEBUT CD, SPARK IT UP AMID LATEST WAVE OF STAR WARS MANIA

INFERNOPHONIC TURNS ON STAR WARS’ NEXT GENERATION AS STAR WARS: CLONE WARS HITS THEATERS ‘EYE OF THE JEDI’ IS MOST POPULAR TRACK ON NJ BAND’S ACCLAIMED DEBUT CD, ‘SPARK IT UP’ AMID LATEST WAVE OF STAR WARS MANIA

“A breathing, live sound that will remind you of when music was played by bands.” – Guitar Player

“Think Wolfmother fronted by Heart’s Wilson sisters.” – Sea of Tranquility

CLIFTON, NJ – New Jersey rock band INFERNOPHONIC has been thrust into the midst of the latest wave of “Star Wars Mania” with the arrival of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. It’s no accident that “Eye of the Jedi,” the classic hard rockers’ richly melodic and spiritually topical Star Wars tribute, now has become the most popular track on its acclaimed new debut album, SPARK IT UP.

“Eye of the Jedi” easily is the most downloaded song on the band’s MySpace page (www.myspace.com/infernophonic), and it’s also the one song fans consistently have been demanding in concert all summer long. No INFERNOPHONIC show is complete these days, without “Eye of the Jedi” as the final encore. The audience simply won’t have it any other way.

“The reaction to ‘Jedi’ has been phenomenal,” says Kevin Bolembach, the band’s bass-playing ringmaster. “It’s a catchy tune with a nice, simple arrangement, and I think the subject matter catches listeners and stays with them because it’s something they grew up with and have heard of before. I mean, who doesn’t want to be a swashbuckling Jedi, swinging a light saber around? It’s amazing how these names and mythologies from the Star Wars movies have become permanently embedded in our culture.I believe that it attests to the strength of the concepts behind them.”

Inspired by the timeless philosophies in Jedi mythology, INFERNOPHONIC wrote “Eye of the Jedi” in 2002 as Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, was hitting theaters. Six years later, the band made “Eye of the Jedi” the final track on its debut album. Released in June, SPARK IT UP, has been hailed by Guitar Player, Guitar World, Music Connection and a fast-growing list of others, and has charted in the Top 5 Most Added at FMQB and CMJ.

INFERNOPHONIC’s lyrical themes –written almost entirely by head-turning lead vocalist Elaine Tuttle – primarily center around spiritualism, self-help and resistance to oppression through free-thinking. As Bolembach notes, those ideas have a kinship to the pure and noble Jedi lifestyle and its somewhat vulnerable focus to withstand the corruptive pressures of outside forces.

“I think one of the lines in ‘Jedi’ sums it up best,” he says. “It goes, ‘No time to debate with all the ones that hate – won’t even try to relate, I’ll find a better way to levitate.’ In other words, evil is all around you, but you need to rise above it.”

Heavy without the metal and meticulous in its musicianship, INFERNOPHONIC returns the swaggering spirit and soulful splendor to hard rock in a funked-up, female-fronted fury on SPARK IT UP. With Tuttle being singled out as “red hot singer” (Guitar World) who “conjures comparisons to Grace Slick, Ann Wilson and other ballsy banshees” (Music Connection), INFERNOPHONIC is a true musician’s band that’s pummeling rock’s current conventions with a wallop reserved for the hard-hitting giants of the past four decades. Stacking contemporary influences such as Red Hot Chili Peppers and Audioslave on a firm foundation of forefathers Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple, the ferocious foursome is rounded out by. Fortifying the attack are the lightning licks of guitarist Pat Piegari (Lourds) and the deep, dirty backbeat of drummer Ross Kantor.

After two years of burning up the Northeast with their incendiary live shows, INFERNOPHONIC was asked to record SPARK IT UP by Alan Evans of Soulive. Evans brought the band into world-famous Applehead Studios in Woodstock, NY (Coheed & Cambria, King Crimson, Medeski Martin & Wood) to plug into its coveted vintage gear, clandestine recording techniques, and cutting edge mixing technologies. Those studio qualities held special meaning for Bolembach, a self-professed gear head who is also founder and president of Godlyke, Inc., an equipment company obsessed with tonal quality. It should come as no surprise that SPARK IT UP is a sonic smorgasbord that will leave every musician wondering: “How did they get that tone?”

Able to melt and meld a diverse audio arsenal to create a new sonic experience, INFERNOPHONIC is a breed apart. SPARK IT UP is sure to ignite the molten core within any hard rock fan, regardless of age, by a band that is glorious in all its heavenly rage.

2007 was the year for The Mint Chicks self-produced Crazy? Yes! Dumb? No! in New Zealand.

2007 was the year for The Mint Chicks self-produced Crazy? Yes! Dumb? No! in New Zealand.

At last years NZ Music Awards, they won Album of the Year, Best Group, Best Rock Album, Video of the Year and Album Cover Art of the Year, which was designed by band member Ruban Nielson.

This fall, The Mint Chicks will release Crazy? Yes! Dumb? No! on Milan Records on October 21st

Click Here To Listen To Walking Off A Cliff Again

Click Here To Watch Walking Off A Cliff Again Video

VICE:
“This album is a super choice”

REAL GROOVE: Voted #1 Album of the Year by readers
“With 50% more votes than any other album”

Voted #1 Album of the Year- NZ Herald

Time Out/ NZ Herald: 5 out of 5
“It’s not that there haven’t been good albums this year. Just not many for us to go 5 star nuts over. But here, at last, is one.”

Critic- 8.7/ 10
“If you were planning on buying one New Zealand Rock n Roll record this year, or even ever, you are pushing shit up a hill to find a better one than this.”

Local dates in Portland below. US tour announced soon!

Lil Bio on the Mint Chicks:
After playing a sting of house parties in 2001, power trio the Mint Chicks decimated many packed, sweaty living rooms for years before being discovered and signed by legendary New Zealand record label Flying Nun. Since then the band has released two EPs and two albums under the Flying Nun banner in Australasia and have become known for mixing hooks with modern noise rock and experimental punk rock music. Their sound, paired with their explosive live show, has put The Mint Chicks on the map. Their latest album release, Crazy? Yes! Dumb? No! marks their first release in the United States by indie label Milan Records in October 2008 on CD, digital and vinyl.

It’s still a mystery today how Flying Nun even knew about this band, since they were holed up in living rooms and using people’s stereos for vocal P.A’s. Fast forward , the band has just dominated the 2007 New Zealand music awards, they also achieved a gold record and huge critical success in their home country of New Zealand. This success has come from an album that band members and brothers Ruban and Kody Nielson produced in their garage for next to nothing and mixed with their father. The album is a glorious example of musical D.I.Y. To this day, they have never been in a professional recording studio or met a producer.

After being one of the most talked about bands in their home country, the half-Hawaiian Nielson brothers have taken their dual citizenship and their drummer Paul Roper and moved The Mint Chicks to Portland, Oregon. The band is eager for new creative challenges and a fresh start. They’ve been able to play house parties again, which has quickly evolved into larger venues in Portland as well as shows in Austin at SXSW, Las Vegas and other key West Coast markets. It’s a far cry from back home in New Zealand and Australia where they have sold out headlining tours as well as having supported the White Stripes, Death From Above, TV on the Radio, Blood Brothers, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and the Black Lips. Now setting up in a basement in Portland, plotting world domination, The Mint Chicks want a Grammy for their Mum’s mantelpiece.

Local Portland Dates:
8.11- The Tube with Crocodiles- Portland, OR
8.23- Someday Lounge w/ Soft Tags (fundraiser for the Prids van crash)- Portland, OR
9.2- Ash Street Saloon w/ Ascetic Junkies + Jeezum Crow (free show)- Portland, Oregon
9.17- East End w/ the Girls + the Leaders Portland, Oregon