Thomas Barnett (Strike Anywhere)

Strike AnywhereIn the ten years of its melodic and angry existence, Strike Anywhere has consistently grabbed listeners with a passion that comes straight off of the band members’ heart-covered sleeves. Any music fan does themselves a disservice not to see this band live – to witness and partake in the flurry of fists all lead by a chorus of one. The raspy eloquence continues with the new album, Iron Front, on October 6, almost exactly a decade after they played their first show ever. Lead singer Thomas Barnett generously took a break from his morning coffee and Patsy Cline to speak to Gen Handley over the phone about the new album, how to evade Nazi skinheads in Moscow as well as some sound advice he received from a fellow punk vocalist.

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Quote Unquote Records “MAXIMUM SUMMER” underway

Donation-based label Quote Unquote Records is starting their MAXIMUM SUMMER with a few releases. We’re a bit behind, so here is what’s been released so far:

Tomorrow will see the release of The Taxpayers’ Rhythm in the Cages. MAXIMUM SUMMER is the label’s ode to the “fun part of summer.” From now until Labor Day in the USA they’ll be releasing an album a day. Keep an eye on for releases from The Arrogant Songs of Bitches, Hard Girls the Brass and more.
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The Misfits (Mexico, US, Canada)

The Misfits have announced extensive touring this fall. In late September the band will head down to Mexico for a week of shows. Following those dates they’ll kick off a US leg in Tucson, AZ on October 3rd. Early November sees the veteran band in Canada for a number of shows, followed by more US touring throughout December.

The Misfits these days are a three piece consisting of bassist Jerry Only backed by former Black Flag members Dez Cadena and Robo.
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Win tickets to see “Let Them Know: The Story of Youth Brigade and BYO Records”

On September 10, 2009, BYO Records will be hosting a premiere of Let Them Know: The Story of Youth Brigade and BYO Records at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre in Hollywood, CA. Along with the film, the event will feature live performances from BYO Records acts like 7 Seconds, Swingin’ Utters and Youth Brigade. It all kicks off at 7:00pm.

BYO has provided us with a set of passes to the film and live show. To win, you just need to enter our contest.
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Foo Fighters to release Greatest Hits

Foo Fighters have announced plans to release a new greatest hits album November 3, 2009. Titled Greatest Hits, the record will feature two new tracks as well as material from Foo Fighters, The Colour and the Shape, There Is Nothing Left to Lose, One by One, In Your Honor and Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace.

The two new songs are “Wheels,” which made its live debut at President Obama and the USO’s July 4 barbeque at the White House honoring military heroes, and “Word Forward”–both recorded especially for this collection at the band’s own fabled 606 studio complex with producer Butch Vig.
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North Lincoln (Canada, UK, the Fest)

North Lincoln Grand Rapids, MI’s North Lincoln has announced tour dates in support of Midwestern Blood. The band will play shows in Ontario and Quebec in September and October, followed by a trip over to the UK. They’ll be back in the US by the time the Fest rolls around in Gainesville, Florida.

The band has a new 7″ on Kiss of Death Records on the way in time for the Fest. Kevin Nunn’s other band Wormburner is also playing the event.
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Landmines post new track from upcoming EP, announce European tour

Richmond, VA melodic hardcore unit Landmines will be heading to Europe this Fall. The tour will carry the group through the UK, Czech Republic, Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

The band is also preparing to release their new EP, Hell Is What You Make It, around the same time as the European tour. A new track from the EP, titled “Evileye”, has been posted on the band’s MySpace page.

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Exclusive: Outbreak announce new album

Outbreak Think Fast! Records hardcore act Outbreak have announced their next album. The record is due out November 10, 2009 and follows their Work to Death [7 inch] which was released earlier this year.

Additionally, Think Fast! has announced that a stream of a new song and pre-orders will be posted this coming Thursday, September 3rd, at 9:00pm EST. Outbreak will be touring with Hour Of The Wolf in October/November, including a stop at The Fest. More tour announcements are expected to surface in the coming months.

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Dirtnap to reissue the Marked Men’s”Fix My Brain”

In late 2009 Dirtnap Records will reissue The Marked Men‘s 2006 full length Fix My Brain on both CD and LP. The record was originally released via Swami Records. In a recent interview Marked Men vocalist / guitarist Mark Ryan discussed the circumstances of that release:

The Swami thing happened because John [Reis] contacted us and said, “Hey I like your band and would like to do something with you.” We were pretty starstruck because we’re all fans of his band, and we thought it would be a good idea. Well, It WAS a good idea. One of the main reasons we went back to Dirtnap was because Ken was already going to rerelease our first record because Rip it Off couldn’t do it, and Dirtnap already did our second record, so it made things a lot simpler, and I’ve always had a great experience working with Ken. And, he knows the band isn’t functioning anymore, and he’s cool with that. Swami is slowing down quite a bit and it doesn’t seem to be doing much as a label anymore.

The release is expected in November.
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Katatonia to release New Album

Katatonia have announced plans to release their upcoming eighth studio album. The Swedish band will release Night Is the New Day on November 2, 2009 in Europe and November 10, 2009 in North America. The band is currently finishing up mixing the new record in their hometown of Stockholm.

Following the completion of the album, Katatonia will head out on a European tour with the likes of Porcupine Tree and Paradise Lost.
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The Fall Of Troy: “Panic Attack”

The Fall Of Troy Mukilteo, WA’s The Fall Of Troy have released a song from their upcoming full length In The Unlikely Event. “Panic Attack” was released to subscribers of the band’s mailing list, which you can sign up for on their website. It was however released with the note “feel free to rip, burn, share etc” so here’s a download link from one of their fans.

In the Unlikely Event is due out October 6th on Equal Vision. It was produced by Terry Date (Deftones, Slipknot, Smashing Pumpkins).
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