Deafheaven Announce 2017 European Dates 

Deafheaven will be heading to Europe April and May 2017 with Youth Code. Tickets will be on sale soon.

Apr 20 Tilburg, NE @ Roadburn Festival  
Apr 21 London, UK @ Koko *
Apr 22 Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
Apr 23 Glasgow, UK @ Saint Luke’s *
Apr 24 Manchester, UK @ Gorilla *
Apr 25 Birmingham, UK @ 02 Institute *
Apr 26 Cardiff, UK @ Tramshed *
Apr 28 Wiesbaden, DE @ Schlachthof *
Apr 29 Meerhout, BE @ Groezrock Festival
May 01 Prague, CZ @ Lucerna Music Bar *
May 02 Berlin, DE @ Binuu *
May 03 Leipzig, DE @ Taubchenthal *
May 05 Copenhagen, DK @ A Colossal Weekend
May 06 Krems, AT @ Donau Festival

* w. Youth Code

Bearded Gentlemen Conversation w/ Emma Ruth Rundle 

Singer/songwriter, Emma Ruth Rundle, released her newest studio album, Marked For Death, at the end of September. Rundle, of Marriages and Red Sparowes fame, now has three solo efforts to her name. This newest album being her greatest and heaviest yet. Marked For Death is a riveting composition that sees Emma confront herself and deeper personal issues over the course of eight songs. In addition to being a talented musician, Emma is a visual artist. She expresses herself through watercolor, oils, and pencil on canvas, depicting emotional complexities that often resembles the content of her music. Jon Robertson and I were fortunate enough for the opportunity to send Emma some questions regarding her new solo album as well as her time in Marriages and her visual art.

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Emma Ruth Rundle In Treble’s Top Albums And Top Songs Of 2016 

#21 Album of 2016: Marked For Death

Emma Ruth Rundle’s made some powerful statements as a player in a greater whole, as a member of Marriages and Red Sparowes. Her third album as a solo artist is the one that carries the heaviest weight, however, its eight songs mired in both emotional devastation and ominous beauty. Recorded during the winter in the California desert, its chilling and often stark atmosphere reflects the surroundings in which it was made. Her songs evade easy categorization—gothic folk with a side of doom metal perhaps, as displayed in the haunted rise and fall of the title track or the skeletal ballad “Real Big Sky,” which closes the album on an emotional gut punch that leaves an even deeper and more painful mark than the album’s loudest songs—which are devastating in their own right. Marked For Death gains its power from hopelessness and transforms it into eerie, sometimes crushingly heavy beauty—wounded clarity in the eye of a storm of swirling guitars. – Jeff Terich

#32 Song of 2016: “Protection”

Protection” is a continuous downward spiral into hopelessness and despair. On a record in which darkness is a constant, draped over anything and everything instead of merely nipping at the heels, “Protection” finds something climactic and anthemic about hitting a low. Emma Ruth Rundle portrays an unreciprocated dependency in terms both evocative (“Heaven sends him down to me“) and unglamorous (“I am worthless in your arms“) while finding a sort of romantic irony in it all: “But you offer this protection no one has given me.” As she grazes rock bottom, it explodes into a powerful, almost metal climax. Each echoing guitar riff parallels the comfort of those coldly protective arms, delivering triumph where there should only be defeat – Jeff Terich

Via Treble Magazine’s Top Albums of 2016 and Top Songs of 2016

Empty Houses ‘Daydream’ in PopMatters Best Albums of 2016 

Empty Houses

“Throwback pop” is such an overused term at this point that albums fitting such a template are no longer revolutionary—they’re merely expected. What follows? A little bit of fame and maybe some NPR exposure, the artist goes on to play some sizable halls and festival billings, mild applause, we usually don’t hear from them again, the world keeps a-spinnin’. How lovely it is, then, to see Detroit’s Empty Houses come out of nowhere with an album as utterly unpretentious as Daydream. Bright, sunny, and thankfully stripped down, the piano-driven numbers of this trio evoke Carole King one moment, Motown the next, but all with their modern spin on song structures that we thought were forgotten to the sands of time. The group vocals on the title track transport you back to an earlier era, one of buying records on vinyl or cassette, dancing in the living room, and perhaps even getting your parents to join along with you. The real shocker is that this is a new band, out there right now, ready to recreate those moments for you in person. Don’t take treasures like this for granted.

(via PopMatters)

Helms Alee is KISW’s Band Of The Week 

After nearly a decade of existence, one can only assume that a band is either entering their sunset years or striding with such artistic strength and confidence that they are creating a whole new legacy for themselves. With Helms Alee, it is obviously the latter scenario. The band set a high bar for themselves with their spectacular debut album Night Terror, but every subsequent release has trumped their previous endeavors.

Bolstered by the recording and production expertise of Kurt Ballou at God City Studios, Stillicide (their new album), is not only the group’s strongest collection of songs, it is arguably their best sounding release to date. The heavier moments are that much more oppressive; their melodic angles are that much more beguiling, and the juxtaposition between Verellen’s patriarchal roar and the siren song vocals of James and Margullis is that much more exhilarating. If there was only one band you could listen to for the rest of your life, Helms Alee would satiate most every emotional yearning. And if you could only pick one of their albums, you’d gravitate towards the best document of their textural range and songwriting chops. You’d gravitate towards Stillicide.

(via KISW)

Deafheaven And Emma Ruth Rundle Announce Spring US Tour w/ This Will Destroy You 


Deafheaven will be heading on a U.S. with Emma Ruth Rundle and This Will Destroy You. Dates listed below. Tickets will be on sale Friday, December 2. 

Feb 23 San Francisco, CA –The Independent (Noise Pop)
Feb 26 Las Vegas, NV – The Bunkhouse Saloon
Feb 28 Albuquerque, NM – Sister
Mar 02 Austin, TX – The Mohawk
Mar 03 Dallas, TX – Trees
Mar 04 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live Studio
Mar 05 New Orleans, LA – The Republic NOLA
Mar 07 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
Mar 08 Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge
Mar 10 Charlotte, NC – The Underground
Mar 11 Richmond, VA – The Broadberry
Mar 12 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Sound Stage
Mar 13 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts  
Mar 14 Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw
Mar 15 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
Mar 17 Detroit, MI – Shelter at St. Andrew’s Hall
Mar 18 Bloomington, IL – The Castle Theater
Mar 19 Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall
Mar 20 Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line
Mar 21 Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
Mar 23 Denver, CO – The Summit Music Hall
Mar 24 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
Mar 25 Boise, ID – Treefort Fest
Mar 26 Seattle, WA – Neumos
Mar 27 Eugene, OR – WOW Hall

Emma Ruth Rundle Interview With Independent 


“In theatre, blood is ketchup; in performance, everything is real”

Marina Abramović, artist

For Emma Ruth Rundle, the experience of making Marked For Death was all about performance. The album represents a starkly vivid autobiographical portrayal of one person’s descent into substance abuse and self-loathing. The focus is often defeat and self-destruction but also transformation, marking the end of a personally fraught year in Rundle’s life. Recorded in bleak isolation at a remote idyllic artists residence called The Farm, about an hour and a half’s drive outside Los Angeles, Marked For Death is not only the most deeply personal work of Rundle’s career to date, but it’s quite possibly the best record of her esteemed career, even if she did have initial reservations. ‘I really wasn’t that proud of the record when I finished it’ she says, ‘I really didn’t like it! I was in a very dark place and that made it difficult to write in some senses. I knew that I wanted to make a record that was very emotionally honest, that was coming from the heart and from my direct experience. It’s been really well received which is kind of freaking me out; people seem to really like this record!’

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Emma Ruth Rundle Interviewed by Overblown 

I can vividly recall the first time I listened to singer-songwriter Emma Ruth Rundle. I was about to cook dinner and looking for something to accompany my endeavour. I’d received an email about Rundle and so decided to give her a shot. I then burned the dinner. Such is the captivating nature of the LA native’s work.

Honest and heart felt, her songs are intense and emotional. Drawing on emotions of heartbreak and loss, she creates quietly defiant tracks that are truly beautiful somewhat like pearls made from parasites that invade oysters and clams.

She took some time to speak to us about her new album, Marked For Death, touring with King Buzzo from the Melvins, and what inspires her music.

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Helms Alee “Stillicide” Album Review // New Noise 


Helms Alee have basically mastered the art of kitchen sink modern metal. Their sound takes influence from so many different styles (notably: stoner, shoegaze, prog, math rock, pop, and psych) to create something that shouldn’t sound so cohesive. They continue to get better with each release, and Stillicide is Helms Alee at their most focused (at least as can be expected). The results are their best compositions, alternating between hooky 90s-influenced hard rock and something altogether heavier and more progressive. Unlike a lot of groups under the stoner and prog umbrellas, Helms Alee are much more concerned with rocking out and making you nod along than they are with wowing you with absurd technicality or mind-melting compositions.

While this could fit in with other drug-influenced groups, Helms Alee feel like a product of their city: here is a group of Seattleites who studied up on what they loved about all sorts of styles, and coffee was their fuel to get them through that studying. Well the band have absolutely aced their test. It’s certainly the group’s best work yet, basically turning everything that made them great into a better version of that: better riffs, better hooks, and more impressive songs. Helms Alee are proving to be just as impressive in theory as they are in practice.

Don’t miss Helms Alee’s “Stillicide” album release shows in Portland, OR and their hometown of Seattle, WA:
Nov 22 - Portland, OR @ Lola’s
Nov 23 - Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile

Via New Noise - 4.5/5

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