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IN SHORTS #31 šŸ“¢ Quick News Roundup, December 13th

Photo: TOUCHE AMORE byĀ Amanda Hatfield for BrooklynVegan
TOUCHE AMORE by Amanda Hatfield

Photo: TOUCHE AMORE byĀ Amanda Hatfield for BrooklynVegan


As Sweden’s rogue metal/hardcore faction BROKEN CROSS prepares for the release of its second full-length album, Militant Misanthrope, the LP’s first single has been deployed through an exclusive premiere of “C.O.T.E.” below.

Recorded at Studio Underjord in Norrkƶping, Sweden (Vanhelgd, Year Of The Goat, GriftegƄrd), and mastered by Joel Grind (Toxic Holocaust), Militant Misanthrope is completed with drawings inspired by the 1980s/90s anime style and werewolf folklore, created by Dwid Hellion (Integrity).

Militant Misanthrope will see release on February 2nd, on LP with Apocalyptic Visions, on cassette via Judas Chair Collective, and on CD through Psychic Rebellion.


Mutant League Records is celebrating their 5-year anniversary by giving away a free compilation album with music from Belmont, Crywank, Lucky boys Confusion, and more!

Mutant League Records is an American independent record label based in Chicago. Established in 2012, Mutant League has released albums for seminal pop-punk groups such as The Movielife, Seaway, and Allister, among others.


TOUCHE AMORE will be celebrating their 10th anniversary at their 1000th live performane in February, detailed in the message below:

February 16, 2018 marks the 10 year anniversary of the first show we ever played (The 580 House in Pasadena, CA). This also just so happens to land on our 1,000th show. To celebrate this date we will be playing in Los Angeles at The Regent Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. Joining us will be our oldest friends in La Dispute (first show together in the U.S. since 2011), Self Defense Family (who we released a collaborative 7″ with in 2015), and WarmThoughts (Feat. Elliot and Clayton)


Screamo legends CITY OF CATERPILLAR have announced a string of Japanese dates with post rockish post hardcore act HEAVEN IN HER ARMS, who have released their latest record “White Halo” earlier this year. GO HERE to see the poster and the dates.

CITY OF CATERPILLAR played a European reunion tour earlier this year – go here to see more details.


Indonesian straight edge hardcore punks STAND CLEAR are streaming their new LP Keep It Clear, Keep It Alive, and it literally glows with positive energy and pure power. See for yourself!


British alt hip hop experimental jazz rockers KING KRULE performed three of their new tracks at a special tiny gig for NPR called NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

Bob Boilen — The Ooz, the title to King Krule’s latest album, is the perfect name for his music. It conjures, in my mind, a word mashup of “cool” and “jazz.” The music is eerily evocative with lyrics that talk about the sorts of depression singer and guitarist Archy Marshall has dealt with in his young life. And, at 23, he has a lot to say on the subject. His opening song at the Tiny Desk, “Midnight 01 (Deep Sea Diver),” includes the line, “Why’d you leave me? Because of my depression? / You used to complete me but I guess I learnt a lesson.” The song continues with water-sinking metaphors and how he deals with the pressure. All this comes from someone who honestly looks like he couldn’t care less, which seems like a far cry from the words and care he puts into his twisted, woozy tones.

Those tones are played here by five other musicians, including sax, guitars, bass, drums, live vocal processing of Archy’s voice and electronics. It’s a winning path down a musical road rarely traveled ā€“ and an acquired taste well worth dipping in.


Boston, Massachusetts’ art punk rockers ENERGY are back with a new single “Cirice”. Listen below.


Serbian screamo / emoviolence one man act EVA RAS has teamed up with Ukrainian screamo band THE WORST IS YET TO COME for a new split record, available for streaming below and on cassette via Confusion Specialist Records. Check it out below and head over here to read our introductory interview with EVA RAS. The rest of his records are available here and here.

A split between bands coming from Ukraine and Serbia, getting together with their tunes. But not without reasons. Their tunes come with raw passion and sincerity and their longing to stay connected to each other, despite both being from separate places.


Hamilton, Ontario, Canada based post punk band BLACK BARON is streaming a new single called “Seek Your Pleasure”. Listen below and expect the cassingle release show on December 29 at Hammer City Records in Hamilton, Ontario.


Australian prolific experimental psych rockers KING GIZZARD AND THE LIZARD WIZARD are streaming 2 new tracks,
teasing their 5th new record this year!

AFI frontman Davey Havok is releasing a new book titled ā€œLove Fast Los Angelesā€ on February 6th. See the trailer below.

Alvin is a party photographer. His controversial, taste-making site has brought fortune and fame to hundreds including the wild girls of the hit reality series ā€œAll Fā€™s.ā€ With a fiery, freshly broken heart, Al attempts to enact his vendetta against a former online-teen- heart-throb while struggling to gain the affection of disaffected socialite, Sky Monroe. In this millennial love story, filled with fast cars, pop stars, outrageous poseurs, lavish parties, golden guns, designer drugs and drag queens, dark Hollywood looms behind a blinding spotlight, directing all. Here celebrity is god, irreverence is revered, and obsession takes the wheel to run every red light in this pop fueled noir.


TURNOVER (Run For Cover Records) announce their return to our shores for a run of shows across both sides of the country in support of their new album ā€œGood Natureā€. Joining TURNOVER on this run is Baltimore hardcore outfit TURNSTILE. GO HERE to see the dates and HERE to see their full live schedule for 2018.

All members of Polish death metal act DECAPITATED have been released from jail and will await trial for kidnapping and rape charges. They were ordered to remain in the state of Washington. GO HERE to learn more details.

San Francisco punk rock act DEAD TO ME (Fat Wreck Chords) have announced a West Coast tour for February, alongside WESTERN SETTINGS and DFMK. GO HERE to see the dates.

Following their lauded new album, Shapeshifter released in October 2017 on Rise Records, Chicago pop punkers KNUCKLE PUCK have detailed plans to take to the road across North America in Spring 2018. Joining Knuckle Puck for all dates will be BOSTON MANOR, Free Throw, Hot Mulligan, and Jetty Bones. GO HERE to see the dates.
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