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Drained premiere fierce, dynamic demo—listen

Peoria, Illinois’ Drained released their demo today, featuring three new songs. BRP is excited to offer an exclusive premiere of the demo below. Check it out and share your thoughts with us!

The first track of the demo, “At Hells Gate,” opens with ominous chords from guitar and bass accompanied by muted vocals. A heavy, pulsating beat driven by the drums develops, followed by an intoxicating mix of instrumentals. “Burn Slow,” track two, intersects shoegaze and hardcore with emotive vocals and moody guitar. Track three, “Carved” offers harsh guitar and vocals that sound somewhat Deftones-influenced, followed by a heavy change-up that descends into a luscious, experimental guitar, bass, and drum trio. Overall, the demo is ethereal at times and punishing at others, making it a highly dynamic and mesmerizing piece.

Vocalist/guitarist Koby Ward explains: “We feel the new material is a lot more aggressive and honest than our previous music. The lyrical content is more focused on self-reflection while the music represents the frustration that comes with it,” said Ward. “The inspiration comes from things going on in our personal lives and influence from bands that we are currently listening to.”

Rather than a definitive theme, the demo is meant to represent how much the band has progressed since its inception, said bassist/vocalist Elliot Miller.

“We recorded with Guthrie Moore of The Serpent Son. That band got some of us into the hardcore scene and has had heavy influence on us since we started playing music as kids. So for us, that was really fun and he did a really great job on these recordings,” said Ward.

With 2017 in full-swing, Drained is setting tour dates and making plans to release more music later this year.

“We’re planning to do a longer EP or full-length later in 2017 that will be a representation on where the band has progressed within this form. We will be doing a weekend tour with Mended from Wisconsin from March 24-26. We’re super excited for that—Mended took us out last year for our first tour. We will be playing AudioFeed 2017 too! Another show we’re excited for is Ghost Key‘s If I Don’t Make It record release. This will be a huge celebration for Peoria and our friends in Goat Pee,” said Miller.

Don’t miss Drained at a show near you! Check out a full list of tour dates below.

2017 Tour Dates:
March 18 Peoria, IL @ The Rail II
March 31 Springfield, IL @ Black Sheep Cafe
April 15 Peoria, IL @ Pizza Works
April 23 Bloomington, IL @ Meltdown Creative Works
April 21 Glen Carbon, IL @ Venue TBA
April 28 Peoria, IL @ The Rail II
July 1-3 Champagne, IL @ AudioFeed Music Festival
August 6 Berea, KY @ For The Kids Fest 2

Drained was featured on “BRP’s Most Anticipated Music of 2017.” Check out the article here.

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Written by Chelsea Scofield

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Capitol Offense release punishing new single, “Captive”

Decatur, Illinois’ Capitol Offense have released a new song, titled “Captive,” featuring Bryan Prosser of The JïG. BRP is excited to offer an exclusive premiere of the music video for “Captive” below, filmed by EasterDaily (Errick Easterday).

The video features footage from live performances, including the band’s tour with War Prayer last month. “Captive” first enthralls listeners with shredding guitar, followed by fierce vocals, relentless bass, and blistering drums. Just when it can’t get any heavier, a piercing guitar solo takes over, leading into a crowd-killing breakdown.

Vocalist Tyler Brown explains: “Corruption and hatred are things that have played a huge role in this past political year and this song just tackles all my feelings, frustrations and distrust with everything that’s taking place around us right now. We got a chance to work with Errick Easterday (EasterDaily) for our video, and get one of my best friends Bryan Prosser from The JïG on a guest spot. We’ve been sitting on this song for sometime now, and we couldn’t be more stoked to finally get to show everyone a bit of what we’ve been working on these last few months.”

Capitol Offense will release two new songs on Moral Dissension, the band’s split with Bruise that is scheduled to drop in March 2017. Following the release, Capitol Offense will hit the road with Bruise for a Midwest run. More details to be released soon.

Check out the album art for Moral Dissension below.

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Capitol Offense was featured on “BRP’s Most Anticipated Music of 2017.” Check it out here.

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Krelboyne premiere darker, heavier new single— “The Beauty of Not Feeling Anything”

Central Illinois’ Krelboyne released “The Beauty of Not Feeling Anything,” a single from their upcoming EP Ghost of an Empire. The EP drops this Friday, February 3 via Error Records (Digital/CD) and Sonic Dust Records (Cassette). BRP is excited to offer an exclusive premiere of the song below. Check it out and share your thoughts with us!

The single first captures you with its catchy guitar riffs and vocals that’s sure to stop Brand New fans in their tracks. The tune then keeps you listening with explosive drums, bass that won’t quit, and harsh screaming filled with raw emotion.

Bassist Tyler Day explains: “‘The Beauty of Not Feeling Anything’ is a song that has evolved a lot since we started working on it. It’s a song about unhealthy relationships with yourself and with others, which is a recurring theme on this record. Our new EP is darker, heavier, and more personal than anything we’ve put out in the past.”

If you’re interested in pre-ordering Ghost of an Empire, click here!

To accompany their release, Krelboyne will embark on a 12-date tour, kicking off on February 3 in Champaign, Illinois at Blips N Chitz. The band will perform with We Love You at The Green Room in Muncie, Indiana on February 4 and with Forever Losing Sleep at Chalk Zone in Cape May, New Jersey on February 10. The full list of tour dates are shown below.

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Undeserving release “Sympathy”—a new jam for shoegaze fans

Bloomington, Illinois’ Undeserving released a new song today, titled “Sympathy.” The track is off of their upcoming self-titled EP, the band’s first release with Ghost Town Records. From new music to lineup changes, Undeserving have experienced it all in the last few months. BRP’s Chelsea Renee Scofield sat down with vocalist Christopher Biggs and guitarist Greg Tracy to discuss their impending EP, the new lineup, Title Fight covers and everything in between.

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Explain the meaning behind “Sympathy” and why you chose to write and record the song.
BIGGS: Sympathy” is pretty straightforward, it’s one of the slower shoegaze songs off of the record [laughs]. When I wrote this song I was in a very dark place and I wanted to write about it. This song is about not feeling like you’re good enough to be with someone, so you change how you are to please that person.

What can you tell us about the upcoming EP? What can fans expect from it?
TRACY: A mix of influences and no one solid sound throughout. Part of this is due the fact that Undeserving and what we wanted to do was so different and new to us. We all come from bands that have never went for this sound before. The actual five-track EP was musically written in two days over a couple hours in my apartment.
   Not only were these songs written in a couple days, but it was almost a full year ago. So these are old songs finally being released. I wrote all the guitar and had Dalton start on drums. We’ve spent the last seven months playing these songs live since then. We never took the time to record because honestly we were to busy with playing shows.

You guys have been dropping hints about a possible record deal, what’s up with that?
BIGGS: We’ve been working with Ghost Town Records, based out of Wisconsin. They’re a start-up label doing some really cool stuff for some upcoming bands and we couldn’t be more excited to work with them.

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The band has faced some lineup changes lately, but that didn’t stop you guys. What can you tell us about these changes?
BIGGS: We’ve been going through some lineup changes with the recent departure of our second guitarist Kyle Hughes. I sing for the band, Dalton McKinley plays guitar, Greg Tracy plays guitar, Daniel Ledbetter (MethXDealer, Krelboyne) is on bass and Cory O’Connor plays drums for us. We also have Josh Kayne (PINE), who fills in for drums when Cory is not able to play.

The cassette for this release looks sick. Who did you work with to release this EP, and who was in charge of design?
BIGGS: This tape is being put out through Ghost Town Records and was designed by Eyetooth Collective, I believe. I had the idea of the grey with swirl to match the album art which was done by Trae Roberts (Hogarth, Bruise) while we were actually in the studio. We love that dude and he worked so hard making this sound exactly how we wanted. Big props to Trae—that man is a machine and every band he touches is gold. Shout out to Hogarth and Bruise. Solid ass bands.
We also had Derrick Goodson of No Victory design the tape sleeve for us. All the homies from the hardcore scene have helped us so much and we’re so grateful.

Serious question, are you guys going to cover Title Fight?
BIGGS: We’ve talked about covering Title Fight many times. We’ve even been accused of stealing Title Fight riffs, so we might as well [laughs].

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Written by Chelsea Renee Scofield

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Hogarth unveil ‘lit’ video for “Directed”

To celebrate the band’s spring tour, Montpelier’s Hogarth surprised fans today with a brand new song and video, “Directed.” Shot and edited by Errick Easterday of Easterdaily, the video is set in a dark room, completely lit by clear Christmas lights. One could say it was “lit.”

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“The concept of the song is about someone, or people who try to put the blame on someone else when clearly they are in the wrong for something they did,” said drummer Travis Scriba. “We recorded the video with our long time friend Errick Easterday, and it was a blast. Errick is very creative and we are incredibly stoked with his work.”

Hogarth embarked on their spring tour yesterday, kicking off near the band’s hometown in Marion, Indiana. Tonight, they’re performing their second show at the House of Representatives in Normal, Illinois. Don’t miss the band at a date near you, check out the tour poster below.

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Written by Chelsea Scofield

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Plans premiere emotional video for “Dépaysement” (exclusive)

Following the release of the band’s debut song in November 2015, Plans are back with a music video for “Dépaysement.” The video was shot and edited by Justin Barsha, of Justin Barsha Films. BRP is excited to offer an exclusive premiere of the music video below. Check it out and share your thoughts with us!

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According to vocalist/guitarist Cody Almond, the song is about struggling with depression and dealing with the death of his cousin.

Read more: Plans release debut single “Dépaysement,” discuss upcoming EP, more

“It’s the first thing people heard from us as a band. It was intended to set the stage for what we wanted, and we couldn’t be happier with it,” he said.

Almond explains: “The video was so much fun to do, especially working with Justin. He made the awkward process of a camera in your face feel easy and natural to us. He was super helpful in making sure we didn’t look uncomfortable or awkward, especially the parts where it’s just me, staring at the camera. We’d be sitting in a little, dark room with the song playing off of a camera, and I’d have to sing, full volume, to everyone. But, we were able to laugh at ourselves and enjoy it. Although we kept the mood light, Justin made sure we got the vibe of the song across, which was super important to me.

Almond shared an update about the band’s upcoming schedule, stating that their EP is finished and they are currently waiting for the master tracks.

“We’d like to throw it around to some labels, but aren’t going to put off releasing it for long because we’re label hungry. I couldn’t be more excited for it. Hopefully, a new single is to come soon,” he said.


 

Written by Chelsea Scofield

Photo by Justin Barsha

Crewneck unleash explosive new album, ‘Smile’

Dayton, Ohio’s Crewneck are giving their fans the best Valentine’s gift of all: a brand new album.

The album, titled Smile, was released earlier today, including four songs: “Sty,” “Cry,” “Die,” and “Con,” featuring Ian Nix of WVRM. Grab you digital copy of Smile here.

This one’s for all you lovers out there, Happy Valentine’s Day ♥,” said vocalist/guitarist Cody Davidson.

Earlier this month, Crewneck released “Might As Well,” a single featuring Street Rat’s Dallas Garris. Check it out below.


Written by Chelsea Scofield

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