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Small Band Round-Up (08/04/13)

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10:18 AM on 08/04/13
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SBRUIndie-rock band This Glass Embrace (RIYL: Lydia, Straylight Run, Bright Eyes) have created an innovative lyric video for their song "Playing For Sympathy", shot using stop-motion and pieces from board games. Watch the video here:


Band's website: http://thisglassembrace.bandcamp.com
88 To Yesterday (www.facebook.com/88toyesterday) has just released its debut EP “Choose Your Own Adventure” online.
The EP is available at http://88toyesterday.bandcamp.com and is a name your price download.
Help Me Help You is an indie/emo band from NYC/New Jersey. RIYL - American Football, Saves The Day, and You Blew It!.

They just recently released their debut EP "Post Stadium-Era."

Music: http://helpmehelpyou.bandcamp.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/helpmehelpyou13
Twitter: https://twitter.com/hmhytsa
Spider Mansion, is a one man band from Wisconsin, bringing you tales of heartbreak, sadness and growing up, all in the twinkliest way possible! Fragile piano melodies, soft acoustic guitars and light percussion contrast with these screams and shouts, this release will be sure to have your feelings in full swing by the end.

For fans of artists such as Empire! Empire! and Snowing.

If you like the sound of what you're reading, you can stream/download it for free here: http://littleleaguerecords.bandcamp....y-and-thirteen
Climate Control Releases Debut Album
Preludes Is Out Now!


Having been a constant in the South African rock scene since 2007, Climate Control is ready to break down the walls between the underground and mainstream with the release of their debut full-length album, Preludes.

Produced and engineered by Clinton Watts (Bury Tomorrow, Freedom for Your Life, OneDaySky) at Watts Productions, Preludes is a love affair between melody and aggression, which successfully captures and channels the Johannesburg band’s energetic and intense performance. “I've always placed emphasis on writing songs with hooks, and our band will always have that element of melody, as well as aggression,” says clean vocalist/guitarist Nicolas Gonzalez. “We want to make relevant music – but, at the same time, music which isn't compromised for the purpose of fitting into a specific scene.”

Watch the music video for “A Bouquet of Hate, An Ocean of Questions” here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fk7CFaDdLtE

Stream “This Chemical Overload” here: http://garycool.com/2013/03/coolest-...ical-overload/

Buy the album here: https://itunes.apple.com/za/album/preludes/id649305008

Preludes Track Listing:
1. Exordium
2. Clear Perception
3. Death Rattle
4. Thoughts of a Weak Minded Individual
5. The Road
6. Unforgiven
7. This Chemical Overload
8. A Bouquet of Hate, An Ocean Of Questions (ft. Spencer Martin)
9. Te Amo, Adiós
10. Intermission 8
11. Spiralling…
12. Praelüdium (Preludes)
The Shondes’ upcoming album The Garden will be released on independent record label Exotic Fever on September 17, 2013, and has already been dubbed “nothing short of incendiary” by bestselling Bruce Springsteen biographer Peter Ames Carlin. The new album trailer offers fans a taste of the exuberant title track which opens with explosive violins and an intense, sing-along chorus that asks: “Who told you to give up? Who said you’re never good enough? Who told you to give up on the garden?”

Amid live clips of their unstoppable on-stage energy, singer Louisa Solomon explains “The Garden is an album about growing up -- the kind of growing up you do over and over again.” And indeed, the upcoming record seems emblematic of The Shondes fully coming into their own. Described by Producer Tony Maimone (founding member of seminal experimental rock band Pere Ubu) as “a band of scrappers,” the hard-working Brooklyn band has earned their reputation for delivering emotional punch, building an international fanbase over many years on the road.

The Garden may finally be the album that captures the live energy that makes this band so special. With rarely a shred of irony, their rock and Riot Grrrl roots come together in this collection of believable, spirited anthems. Peter Ames Carlin says: "The Garden has the same wild finesse and seething humanity of the Shondes' earlier work -- except now it all sounds better than ever....These power-punk-whip-smart- Brooklynites are the real thing, and then some."

The band is also excited to announce that The Garden’s photography was shot by iconic rock photographer Frank Stefanko, best known for his portraits of Patti Smith and Bruce Springsteen (including the beloved covers of albums The River and Darkness on the Edge of Town). Singer Louisa Rachel Solomon says “What an incredible vote of confidence it is to work with a legend like Frank. He has a gift; he sees things the rest of us don't. It’s been a real honor to collaborate with and get to know him.”

Stefanko is among the few who have heard the album, and says the songs are “quite infectious... They take hold and stick with you,” while Peter Ames Carlin says they “rage, soothe and dream,” and that Louisa Rachel Solomon’s singing “traces new extremes in expression and power.”

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ra_yj...ure=youtu.b e
Polar Bears in Purgatory - Witnessed Your Fall


It was directed by Scottish comedian Chris Thorburn.

Polar Bears in Purgatory are a Melodic Punk Rock Band from Ayr. They released their first album "Sick, Sad World" in May of this year and are playing across Scotland in September.

RIYL: NoFX, Early Blink 182, Early Propagahndi
Send all submissions for the Small Band Round Up to christian.wagner@absolutepunk.net with "SBRU" in the subject header. Also, please include all relevant links, genres, and any bands you may sound like.
11:13 AM on 08/05/13
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Circus Fires out of Madison, WI is now streaming their debut album "All Living Things" on their bandcamp page. They are releasing the album 8/13/2013, and are having their CD release show this Saturday (8/10/13) at the High Noon Saloon in Madison, WI.


Absolutepunk.net gave it a 90% review - http://www.absolutepunk.net/showthread.php?t=3232161
From the review: Circus Fires brings a unique combination of indie-creativity and musicianship that I can only really liken to Mancherster Orchestra circa- I'm Like a Virgin Losing a Child. However, that comparison mainly grows stronger due to the amount of sheer talent tapped into on the bands' first full-lengths.

Circus Fires succeed in releasing not only one of the strongest debuts I've ever heard, but what should be seen as one of the best albums to appear out of the blue this year. Should they take off, here's to wishing them luck with the success that should follow All Living Things and continuing to release music that easily surpasses some of their peers.

For fans of Saves the Day, Thrice, Anberlin, Jimmy Eat World, and Make Do and Mend.

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