IOANNA GIKA COMPOSES NEW MUSIC FOR DIOR SS2023  

"Delighted to have new music in the Dior SS2023 show, with choreography by greats Imre and Marne van Opstal of Nederlands Dans Theater fame, at the historic Jardin des Tuileries. Many thanks to designer Maria Grazia Chiuri and to music supervisors Michel Gaubert and Ryan Aguilar.

I was thrilled to have been able to enlist the talents of people dear to me to bring these new ideas to life. Many thanks to @sarahdavachi @amhmll @alexmaax @mattcohenmusic 

The new track that opens the show, was a collaboration centered around the stunning harpsichord of the magnificent Sarah Davachi. Thank you @sarahdavachi for trusting me to weave together a song from the fabric of your greatness. 

The fourth track of the show, nestled between legendaries Bjork and Perfume Genius came to fruition because a dear friend and artist understood what I meant when i said “Renaissance rave” and “the sound of an octopus crawling on land for the first time” and tbh everybody needs a talented cohort who understands such important terms. -  via @Ioannagika

Makeup: @veronickparadis 
Hair: @hikageyumiko 
Attire: Dior couture

INTERVIEW: RUSSIAN CIRCLES ON PANDEMIC LIFE AND ARENA TOURS  

 

Russian Circles’ eighth full-length studio album, Gnosis, is officially out via Sargent House. It’s a record that was very much shaped by the COVID-19 shutdown, the band forced to embrace new approaches to songwriting with the prospect of touring put on hold. The result finds them leaning into their heavier tendencies while still maintaining the wide sonic landscape the instrumental three-piece is known for. 

Guitarist and founding member Mike Sullivan answered some questions for us regarding the record’s sound, the writing process, recording in two different locations and touring with some of heavy rock’s biggest names.

Full Interview via newnoisemagazine.com

THE BLU-RAY OF THE ARMED: ULTRAPOP LIVE AT THE MASONIC NOW AVAILABLE 

 

The film by The Armed "ULTRAPOP: Live at the Masonic" is available on blu-ray. 

“Available for PRE-ORDER NOW. Trust us, seeing the film in all it's glory is worth going physical for this one. Included are glorious full-resolution versions of the "PARADISE DAY," "WITNESS," "NOWHERE TO BE FOUND," "HEAVILY LINED," "FT FRANK TURNER," AN ITERATION," + "AVERAGE DEATH" music videos as well so you can peruse the Dan Greene Saga before enjoying the film.” - The Armed 

Digital download of the film is included with blu-ray purchase. 

Shipping on or around September 30th. 

Available Hello Merch (US) and Evil Greed (EU). Both stores ship worldwide

David Knudson talks Botch’s new song & more on the new episode of Brooklyn Vegan Podcast 

David Knudson's been having a busy year. He put out his first solo album, The Only Thing You Have to Change is Everything (including a song with his former Minus the Bear bandmate Jake Snider on vocals), his beloved '90s mathcore band Botch put out their first new song in over 20 yearsalongside Sargent House's new reissue of We Are The Romans, he's been posting tons of guitar playthrough videos of old Minus The Bear and Botch songs, and he's got another new solo EP that'll be out before the end of the year (which will feature Cursive's Tim Kasher). With all of that, plus the upcoming 20th anniversary of Minus The Bear's classic debut album Highly Refined Pirates, we decided to catch up with Dave for the latest episode of the BrooklynVegan podcast.

BRUTUS DROP NEW SONG AND VIDEO “VICTORIA” FROM FORTHCOMING LP UNISON LIFE  

Brutus have a new album on the way, Unison Life, on October 21st via Sargent House, and here is the next single from it. “Victoria” shows the more melodic side of the band and is a song that grapples with aging while folding in the whole concept behind Unison Life. Singer Stephanie Mannaerts notes: “Victoria is about getting older. You know grown-up life is lurking around the corner, but you're not afraid of what's coming because we're all going to go down together.” The song comes with a Jonas Hollevoet-directed video that sent the band around Belgium in search of nostalgia in the places that were important to them in their youth.

 

INTERVIEW WITH MIKE SULLIVAN / GUITARWOLD.COM 

Russian Circles have come back swinging from the pandemic. Their new record, Gnosis, is their most unapologetically heavy yet. That's saying something, because their last album, 2019's Blood Year, was already crushing. 

There's an even greater directness to Gnosis. It builds on their trademark blend of post-metal, black metal atmospherics, and calculated use of dissonance. Pure metallic catharsis is no longer confined to just the climax of a track, but forms the bedrock of many of the strongest riffs on the record. 

From the lead track Conduit on, there's a singularity of purpose to Gnosis. It pummels the listener not simply with riffs, but riffs with a strong melodic hook. It's not an undynamic record, either. In fact, thanks to the deft hand of Kurt Ballou on production, the mix has room to breathe in between the hammer blows.

Full interview via Guitarworld.com

BOTCH RELEASE FIRST NEW SONG IN 20 YEARS 

Tacoma, Washington mathcore/metalcore greats Botch have released a new song and video, “One Twenty Two”. Their first song in twenty years, it will be included on the re-issue of their wildly influential second album, We Are the Romans, which was also announced today, available as a 2xLP and CD on November 4th via Sargent House. Watch the Dimitri Luedemann-directed video. There was never any intention for the band to release anything else, but when guitarist David Knudson went to write his debut solo LP, it made sense. He explains: 

“During Covid, I was writing my debut solo LP, and mentally, I was sick of everything in quarantine. Lots of frustration had set in at home, and I figured the best way to deal with it was to write something heavy. I had no intention of writing anything for Botch, but when I was thinking of a singer to collaborate with, I thought, “Hey, I know the best hardcore singer ever to do it,” so I hit up Dave V. He was super excited and so it just kind of snowballed from there. There was never any intent or conversation about getting back together or writing. It just happened so naturally and was a great release for all of us to make it happen without any of the traditional pressure an “active” band faces.” 

Bassist Brian Cook, guitarist David Knudson, drummer Tim Latona, and vocalist Dave Verellen formed Botch in 1993, becoming one of the most ground-breaking and influential bands during a pivotal shift in heavy music. Their final show was June 15, 2002, the same day as the release of their final EP, An Anthology of Dead Ends. The members would go on to play in These Arms Are Snakes, Minus the Bear, and Russian Circles, among others, with acclaim for the band coming mostly post-breakup. We Are the Romans went on to become one of the most influential albums ever for the genre garnering posthumous acclaim across the board.

 

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