On April 30, !!! will release their fifth full-length album THR!!!ER. “Over the course of many long van rides and post-coffee verbal riff sessions", guitarist Mario Andreoni explains, "Thriller didn't merely come to represent the selling of a lot of records...it became synonymous with an artist(s)' and/or genre(s)' artistic high-water mark. INXS’ Kick is the Australian Thriller...Alanis's Jagged Little Pill is the Canadian Thriller...Wham’s Make It Big is the blow-dryer’s Thriller...every recording by the 13th Floor Elevators is the dosed-man's Thriller...Sister Ray by Velvet Underground is the Thriller of musical fever dreams. One day at the studio, Nic [Offer, vocalist] drew THR!!!ER on a napkin and I liked it...then we made our THR!!!ER.” Famous for their high-energy live shows and relentless touring schedule, the band have really focused their efforts on crafting an album with tighter song structures. To help with this, the majority of the album was recorded with Jim Eno, the drummer in Spoon and one of the key forces behind the boards for the band. Like many people, Jim was a fan of !!!’s live show, but he felt that they too often tried to capture these performances in the studio. Instead of trying to chase this feeling, Jim encouraged them to create a different type of excitement by using weirder sounds, inventing new dynamics within each song and introducing unexpected changes. “They had this working flow that was a little rigid and I wanted to break them out of it,” says Jim.
WhoMadeWho had their way with Mark Lanegan’s “Deep Black Vanishing Train”, while Lanegan responded with a cover of WMW’s “Below the Cherry Moon”, from their latest release “Brighter”. The very limited vinyl will only be available through the website www.wmwlanegan.com (where you can listen a preview) which launches December 1st. December 31st both tracks will also be made available digitally. During the past few months both WhoMadeWho and Mark Lanegan have been working on each other’s tunes. Earlier this year, the Copenhagen based trio reached out to Lanegan with the idea of a joint release, the idea seemed to be obvious to Lanegan: “I think they’re really great. They’ve made some great albums and I’d consider myself a fan.” In the meantime WhoMadeWho started working on Lanegan’s “Deep Black Vanishing Train” from his amazing album, “Funeral Blues”. The warm feelings and respect for a fellow musician are also reciprocated by the Danes towards Mark. As guitarist and co-vocalist, Jeppe Kjellberg, adds “ It’s a great honor to get this kind of respect and recognition by a musician you admire. I was very moved the first couple of times I heard his take on one of our songs. His deep voice and this authentic American accent highlights the feeling and lyrics even more. “ The two tracks will be released on a red 7”, limited to only 1.111 copies. The hand numbered vinyl will be shipped in a custom made envelope that will stress that you should not open the package and spin the record before Christmas day. The collaborating musicians have also decided, that on the time of Christmas celebrations and in the spirit of giving, all the money from the proceedings of the release should be donated to support the work of Amnesty International. http://www.amnesty.org/
The most controversy rock band on the planet is goin to try to beat a Guinness World Record. The Melvins are preparing the fastest US Tour ever, fifty-one shows in fifty state (plus one in the US Capital, Washington D.C.), in fifty days. Buzz Osbourne, singer of the band, will present the tour on Fox News, Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld on june 28. The Melvins 2012 Tour Dates: 07/01 – Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall | 07/03 – Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre | 07/04 – Ottawa, ON @ Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest | 07/05 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House | 07/06 – London, ON @ Call The Office | 07/07 – Hamilton, ON @ Club Absinthe | 07/09 – Winnipeg, MB @ West End Cultural Center | 07/10 – Regina, SK @ The Exchange | 07/11 – Saskatoon, SK @ Louis’ Pub | 07/12 – Calgary, AB @ Republik | 07/13 – Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room | 07/15 – Vancouver, BC @ Venue | 07/17 – Bellingham, WA @ Wild Buffalo House of Music | 07/18 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre | 07/20 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s | 09/05 – Anchorage, AK @ Bear Tooth Theatre and Pub | 09/06 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox at The Market | 09/07 – Oregon @ TBA | 09/08 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux Lounge | 09/09 – Missoula, MT @ Top Hat Lounge | 09/10 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Sound | 09/11 – Casper, WY @ TBA | 09/12 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theatre | 09/13 – Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck | 09/14 – Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note | 09/15 – Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room | 09/16 – Des Moines, IA @ House of Bricks | 09/17 – Sioux Falls, SD @ The Vault | 09/18 – Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium | 09/19 – Minneapolis, MN @ Grumpy’s | 09/20 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon | 09/21 – Chicago, IL @ Double Door | 09/22 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue Theatre | 09/23 – Louisville, KY @ The Vernon Club | 09/24 – Detroit, MI @ Smalls | 09/25 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop | 09/26 – Morgantown, WV @ 123 Pleasant Street | 09/27 – Jermyn, PA @ Eleanor Rigby’s | 09/28 – South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground | 09/29 – Dover, NH @ Dover Brickhouse | 09/30 – Portland, ME @ Asylum | 10/01 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club | 10/02 – Pawtucket, RI @ The Met Cafe | 10/03 – New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place | 10/04 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg | 10/05 – Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell’s | 10/06 – Wilmington, DE @ Mojo 13 | 10/07 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar | 10/08 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat | 10/09 – Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theatre | 10/10 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle | 10/11 – Knoxville, TN @ The Square Room | 10/12 – Greenville, S @ The Handle Bar | 10/13 – Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club
10/14 – Birmingham, AL @ Bottle Tree | 10/15 – Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall | 10/16 – Jackson, MS @ Duling Hall | 10/17 – Little Rock, AR @ Juanita’s Cantina | 10/18 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon | 10/19 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk | 10/20 – Norman, OK @ Opolis Production | 10/21 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad | 10/22 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom | 10/23 – Las Vegas, NV @ Artifice | 10/24 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery | 10/25 – Honolulu, HI @ The Republik