Somewhere between Thursday, Hopesfall, Strongarm, Shai Hulud, and the like, you find Household. The band has been shifting their sound slowly and that shift continues onto their new split with Infinite Me. Time Spent saw the band shift away from the melodic hardcore sound of their debut to a more post-hardcore/Thursday style sound. The band has always encompassed the hardcore/punk roots of emo, so it makes their further shift in sound for this split ep unsurprising. We’ll see if it’s just for this ep or if it’s a long term change in direction for the band. The 3 tracks that encompass the first half of the split, Distant Truth 1,2, & 3, play as one long song. Vocal issues for vocalist Josh Gilbert have transitioned the band away from screaming, but in my opinion his singing voice is even better than his screaming voice. You can hear the band’s raw hardcore roots in the music of Distant Truth Pt 1, which was never fully “hardcore” anyway. The band taps into that DC hardcore/punk vein that keeps on giving. When the music breaks and Gilbert sings “I found this out too late for love” you hear a glimpse of Underoath. The band hasn’t lost their edge. Although the progression of the song/3 tracks softens with each change. Pt 2 still chugs along but takes a more punk/emo turn. Pt 3 finds the band shifting into a groove inspired indie rock sound. And yet even in that vein, the riff still reminds me of the band’s hardcore roots. While vocals have shifted, musically Household taps into the same sound that has guided them since With Or Without.
Because of the sonic shifts, you almost don’t notice when Infinite Me’s side of the split kicks in. Sharing a home of state of Minnesota with Household, the emo/grunge act compliments Household perfectly on this split. I might even say their half of the split outshines Household. The quiet/loud component of Infinite Me’s music is some weird combination of Dinosaur Jr, Failure, and early Sunny Day Real Estate. It might be a tough combo to wrap your head around but sonically it makes sense when you hear the fuzzed out guitars of Rot With Me or the driving bass of Follow You. Infinite Me is the definition of emo but they clearly wear their other influences on their sleeve. The 3 songs on this split made me hit up the band’s Bandcamp page and download their back catalog. This is your new favorite band.
A new sound for an old favorite and a new band to fall in love with. This Household/Infinite Me split is perfect! 5 out of 5 Stars.
Minneapolis emo outfit Infinite Me has shared their new music video for the song “Follow You.” The song is taken from the band’s upcoming split ep with Household. That split will be out on May 5th via Blood and Ink Records. You can pre-order the album at https://store.bloodandinkrecords.com/collections/preorders?mc_cid=81aa2f62dd&mc_eid=b682935b82.
You can watched the video for Follow You at http://www.imposemagazine.com/tv/infinite-me-follow-you
Blood and Ink Records have announced the signing of Slow Bullet, the solo project of Sam DeBurgh. Slow Bullet’s new record, Penance, will be out on October 28th. You can pre-order Penance at https://store.bloodandinkrecords.com/collections/slow-bullet. Purevolume is premiering the first single from Penance, Still Close Enough To Go Back. You can hear that song at http://www.purevolume.com/news/PREMIERE-Slow-Bullet-Still-Close-Enough-to-Go-Back
North Carolina metal band Joy has signed with Blood and Ink Records. Joy will release a new, five-song EP, titled Of Nothing, on June 17th. The band worked with producer Kris Hilbert, whose previous clientele includes Torch Runner and Between The Buried And Me.
Joy’s new song, “Hope Less,” premiered yesterday at Metalsucks.net. Andrew Langhans, Joy’s vocalist, had this to say about “Hope Less”:
“The lyrics of ‘Hope Less’ came about as I was overwhelmed and stressed about the direction my life was headed. The monotony of day-to-day happenings and the occasional feeling of being lost has made me wonder from time to time if I should lower my expectations on what my life will amount to. I realize this isn’t the most positive outlook, but it’s something I have wrestled with. I want my lyrics to be true to myself and honest with whoever listens.”
Blood and Ink Records artist Tigerwine posted photos on Instagram over the weekend from Glow In the Studio in Atlanta, Georgia. Hayden Trobee, Tigerwine’s lead singer, has confirmed working with producer Matt Goldman and had this to say, “Matt has worked on so many records we love; to get the opportunity to have his wisdom and insight to help make this record, means the world to us. The new record is kind of an elaboration of ‘Lull’. We feel as if we are picking up where it left off. We’re very very proud of the songs and excited for everyone to hear them. ”
Shane Riley is also seen in the band’s Instagram photos playing drums in the studio. Riley is the longtime fill in drummer for Comrades. Tigerwine confirms Riley has officially joined the band to play drums, making the band a 4-piece. Steve Lichtenwalker will now be playing guitar.
Riley had this to say about joining the band, “When the guys first messaged me about joining the band, I thought they were joking. But we started actually discussing it, and it was the easiest decision I’ve had to make since I started playing drums.”
The bands new full-length will also be released via Blood & Ink Records later this year. More details to follow.
Blood and Ink Records act Withered Bones have premiered the video for their new single Shallow Roots over at Alternative Press. You can watch the video at http://www.altpress.com/features/entry/withered_bones_blood_ink_records_debut_video_for_heartfelt_shallow_roots_si
Withered Bones will be hitting the road in April with Castaway.
04/05 San Jose ,CA @ The X Bar
04/06 Redding, CA @ Sweet Spot
04/07 Grants Pass, OR @ Eaden Ballroom
04/08 Bremerton, WA @ The Charleston
04/09 Spokane, WA @ The Pin
04/10 Twin Falls, ID @ House Show
04/11 Reno, NV @ Fort Ryland
04/12 Las Vegas, NV @ The Cave
Blood and Ink Records band Comrades have announced an East Coast Tour starting in February. The band will be taking out label mates Tigerwine with Chris Bernstorf appearing on select dates. You can see the dates below.
02/06 Denver, CO @ 7th Circle
02/07 Hutchinson, KS @ The Dive
02/09 Athens, AL @ The Alabama Opry
02/10 Boone, NC @ House Show
02/11 Chattanooga, TN @ JJ Bohemia’s
02/12 Fort Payne, AL @ DeKalb Theatre
02/13 Panama City Beach, FL @ A&M Theatre
02/15 Tampa, FL @ House Show
02/16 Margate, FL @ Inkwell Pub
02/17 Orlando, FL @ Backbooth
02/18 Valdosta, GA @ Ashley Street Station
02/19 Charleston, SC @ Joe Pasta
02/20 Apex, NC @ The Lodge
02/22 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter *
02/23 Johnstown, PA @ Crucified Church *
02/24 Philadelphia, PA @ Deep Sea Hideout *
02/25 Lancaster, PA *
02/26 Hammonton, NJ *
02/27 Kingston, NY @ The Hearth *