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Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Secret Stuff Premiere New Song on Couch King - Debut EP 'This Is Fine' Out on Friday, January 29

Nashville's Secret Stuff is premiering a new song ("No Promises") off their upcoming debut 5-song EP, This Is Fine, on Couch King.

The EP will be released digitally and on 12" vinyl and cassette this Friday, January 29 on Spartan Records. Engineered and produced by Jon Hicks (Relient K, Haste the Day, Dance Gavin Dance) in his aptly-titled studio, Jon’s House, This Is Fine captures the angst and misery of formative years, set on the backdrop of struggling to do even that. It focuses on shortcomings, the burdens of stress, overly critical self-analysis, and coming to terms with it all (the acknowledgement of which is where the title originates).

The EP is now available for pre-order in the Spartan Records store and on Bandcamp.

The band is currently on tour with label mates The Foxery.

Tour Dates

1.26.16 Springfield, MO - The Outland
1.27.16 Oklahoma City, OK - 89th Street Collective
1.28.16 Denton, TX - Gatsby's Mansion
1.29.16 Little Rock, AR - Vino's
1.30.16 Memphis, TN - TBA

DOLL SKIN Announce Dates Supporting Dead Kennedys, Hellyeah, a Headlining Club Tour and Appearance at SXSW

Coming off of a huge 2015, with an even bigger start to 2016, all girl Phoenix Rock quartet DOLL SKIN has quickly become an up and coming band that is hard to take your eyes off of. With highlights including performing on SHIPROCKED CRUISE with Five Finger Death Punch, Halestorm, Seether, Hellyeah, and more, an appearance at 2016 Winter NAMM including massive signings with Lita Ford and Megadeth’s David Ellefson (and a well-received performance at the annual Indie Schecter Guitars Party), and a string of West Coast dates supporing metal supergroup Metal Allegiance, culminating in a performance at The legendary Whisky a Go-Go as part of the Lemmy Kilmister memorial.

2015 saw the Worldwide release of Doll Skin’s debut EP In Your Face, through Ellefson’s own label EMP LABEL GROUP, distributed via Megaforce Records, (also known as the launching pad for legendary big 4 thrash bands Metallica and Anthrax and many more) and Cargo Records in Europe, and set Doll Skin on a trajectory straight to the ranks of the Hard Rock elite.

Since its release, the band has garnered massive worldwide press and airplay, including 2 months of repeat spins on Rodney on the Roq on the World Famous KROQ, grabbing rotation and winning cage matches all over the US, topping playlists in Japan, and finding a home on playlists across Europe. The band is set to hit the road again, with supporting dates for Punk legends The Dead Kennedys, Hellyeah, and an appearance at SXSW, in the midst of their first headlining radio tour.

The debut video “Family of Strangers” has already reached over 40,000 views via Vevo and Youtube, and the band just released the lyric video for their recently released second single “Wring Me Out”, unleashed earlier this month.

Doll Skin is endorsed by: Schecter Guitars, Blackstar Amps, KORG, Lag Guitars, Pearl Drums, ISP Technologies, Hartke, ProMark, Daddario, Samson, Sonall, and Sinister Guitar Picks.

Tour dates:

2/19 - Colorado Springs, CO. @ The Blacksheep w/ HELLYEAH 2/21 - Scottsdale, AZ. @ Live Wire w/ HELLYEAH 3/10 - Phoenix, AZ. @ Nile Theater w/ Dead Kennedys 3/11 - Tucson, AZ. @ Rialto Theater w/ Dead Kennedys 3/12 - Albuquerque, NM. @ The Co-Op 3/14-21 - Austin, TX. @ SXSW 3/23 - Oklahoma City, OK. @ Thunder Alley 3/26 - Sioux Falls, SD @ Brennan Rock and Roll Academy 3/29 - Dubuque, IA @ The Venue w/ Green Death 3/30 - Madison, WI @ The Red Zone 3/31 - Mankato, MN @ The Whats Up Bar 4/01 - Joliet, IL. @ The Tree 4/02 - Des Moines, IA @ Wooly's w/ Green Death

MANTAR - 'Ode To The Flame' details revealed

Northern Germany's infernal extreme metal duo Mantar have revealed the cover artwork and tracklist for the band's forthcoming album, ‘Ode To The Flame’.

The tracklist for ‘Ode To The Flame’ reads as follows:

01. Carnal Rising 02. Praise The Plague 03. Era Borealis 04. The Hint 05. Born Reversed 06. Oz 07. I, Omen 08. Cross The Cross 09. Schwanenstein 010. Sundowning

‘Ode To The Flame’ will be released on April 15th via Nuclear Blast.

Mantar commented: "Actually we discussed the possibility of having no cover at all. We kinda liked the idea of boycotting the need of any so called "art" which bands try to get people's attention with. The theme of the record is so one-dimensional and obvious that we decided to skip artwork and just put the title on the record to make it look more like an old book. A manifest, a challenge. We don't want people to speculate about any meaning. The meaning is clear: kill, destroy, fuck shit up."

Regarding the album title, Mantar states: "The title ‘Ode To The Flame’ is chosen in tradition of the debut record, ‘Death By Burning’ to maintain the cleansing power of fire as the key theme. Fire is able to reset anything and will erase this planet one day from any plague that's been around. Furthermore it's obviously an ode to passion and iron will. ‘Ode To The Flame’ isn't dramatic, it's drastic. By all means."

Watch the official in-studio video teaser here:

Ever since their inception in 2013 and the release of their first album in 2014 the band has been recognised as one of the hardest working in the German extreme metal underground. Melding the most sinister elements of styles like black metal, doom and punk, representing unfiltered pure primal rage, Mantar have proven to be one of a kind. Their extremely intense live shows have been seen all over the world and have blown away unaware audiences with their unconditionally tight and brutal performances. Mantar is a pure evil elemental force captured by only two uber passionate artists that strife for ultimate raw sonic power.

THE FRANKLYS announce 18 date UK tour

“Dirty rock’n’roll, played by girls. You know, the kind your mother warned you about...”

The Franklys embark on their most extensive and ambitious tour since they formed and promise each show will be ‘loud, raw, energetic, sweaty, and an exciting spectacle!” The Franklys first tour of 2016 starts in Brigton on February 29th and finishes 18 shows later with 2 shows in one day, first the Freehold Festival in Liverpool followed by The Firebug in Leicester on April 8nd.

The Franklys, are an all girl rock 'n' roll band based in London. 50% Swedish, 25% British, 25% American, 100% rock’n’roll.

This four piece force of nature features a rhythm section as solid and driving as an army tank, which consists of all-American drummer Nicole Pinto and home grown talent Zoe Biggs on bass. Fronting up the quartet like a pair of firecrackers are Swedish pair Jen Ahlkvist (lead vocals and rhythm guitar) with her bitter sweet and ever so edgy vocals, and Fanny Broberg (lead guitar), contributing double-barrelled screaming guitars and melodic guitar hooks, lending a rich variety to the styles and sounds that cascade off the stage.

The Franklys love ’50s rock’n’roll, ’60s psych, ’70s punk, ’80s new wave and you will love The Franklys, so catch them at a show near you.

The Franklys UK Tour Dates


29th Brighton Sticky Mike’s


3st Cambridge Anglia Ruskin 4th Ipswich Cult Cafe 5th Chelmsford The Asylum 9th Edinburgh Sneaky Pete’s. 10th Glasgow Nice’n’Sleazy 11th Stanley The Top House 12th Northallerton The Fleece 17th London The Finsbury 18th Liverpool Bumper 19th Leeds Milo Bar 20th Manchester The Castle Hotel 24th Brighton Green Door Store 25th Winchester Railway 26th Bedford Esquires


1st Cardiff Clwb Ifor Back 2nd Liverpool Threshold Festival 2nd Leicester The Firebug