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New Video: Namesake (f.k.a. Honduras) Releases a Frenetic Visual for Breakneck Ripper “Population”

A love of Bob Dylan and basketball brought Patrick Phillips to New York — but it was the scene at Bushwick’s Shea Stadium that lead him to form a band with Tyson Moore, Josh Wehle and Paul Lizarraga. Initially formed as Honduras, the New York-based indie act now known as Namesake, experienced some early success with their free-spirited full-length debut, 2015’s Rituals, including opening for Interpol. But a wrench was thrown into their plans when frontman Patrick Phillips was arrested at work. As Phillips recalls it, the night cops swarmed on the venue where he was bartender ring at the time was his worst nightmare. However, with the passing of time, Phillips now sees the ordeal and the night he spent in jail as a sort of dark stroke of serendipity that forced him to reevaluate the coping mechanisms in his lie that were simply not working: He saw it was time to embrace his bisexuality, confront the abuse he had experienced in the past and address his addictions and anger.

“Without hitting that rock bottom, I feel like I could have kind of kept simmering on low and just kept going about my life,” Phillips says. “I needed therapy, and I needed something to happen to get me there. It was a pretty scary experience, and it could have gotten a lot worse, but I really was able to make the most out of a really crappy situation.”

Tyson Moore left the band last year, and a name change just felt necessary to the remaining band members — perhaps offering a fresh, new start. Namesake’s first album as Namesake, Redeeming Features manages to benefit from Philips’ shift in perspective. Released earlier this month, the album manages to tackle heavy themes but while being fun. “There’s just something beautiful about attacking really heavy lyrical matter, but at the same time, you can tap your foot along to it,” says Phillips. “You’re able to acknowledge things about yourself and to be truthful. But you have to tell your story with a smirk, because we all have our own stuff to go through. It can’t be too self-serious! You definitely have to be truthful with yourself.”

Redeeming Features‘ latest single “Population” is a breakneck ripper that’s one part surf rock, one part post punk centered around wiry guitar blasts, a propulsive motorik-like groove, Phillips snarl vocals delivering incisive observations about our current socioeconomic climate of rampant greed and inequity, the desperation and frustration of Joe and Jane Public trying to get by in New York — or anyplace else.

Directed, shot, edited by Namesake’s Josh Wehle, the video for “Population” begins with `the band’s Phillips presumably passed out on the street after a night of wild debauchery. Waking up, he walks down a quiet city street when he comes across an ad that reads “It’s not too late to save yourself call 212-555-HELP.” Phillips calls the line and expresses every bit of rage within his soul before hanging up the phone. Two other working women in gray suits call on the same phone and do the same. Life is infuriating and unfair

Although they’ve gone through a number of lineup changes and members relocating to various locations up an down the Pacific Coast — with members currently based in Seattle, Vancouver and OaklandHappy Diving is a indie rock quintet that initially formed in the Bay Area back in 2013 and within a short period of time, the quintet developed a reputation regionally for high-energy live shows and for being remarkably prolific. Building on the buzz that they’ve received, the quintet reconvened to write and record the material that would comprise their forthcoming full-length Electric Soul Unity which is slated for an August 19, 2016 through Tophself Records.

“Head Spell,” the latest single off Electric Soul Unity is a slow-burning 90s alt-rock inspired ballad consisting of enormous, buzzing and sludgy power chord and anthemic hook that sounds as though it draws from the likes of Pavement, Dinosaur, Jr. and others — while also firmly adding their names to a growing list of 90s alt rock inspired contemporary acts, including Brooklyn-based trio Dead Stars.

The band will be on tour throughout the summer and it’ll include an August 8, 2016 stop at Shea Stadium. Check out the tour dates below.


JUL 23 – Oakland, CA @ The Rat’s Nest
JUL 24 – Santa Rosa, CA @ Arlene Francis Center (w/ Gun Outfit, Tony Molina)
JUL 25 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hi Hat
JUL 26 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
JUL 27 – Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
JUL 28 – Albuquerque, NM @ Small Engine Gallery
JUL 29 – Oklahoma City, OK @ TBD
JUL 30 – Ft Worth, TX @ Purple Palace
JUL 31 – Houston, TX @ Vinyl Edge Records

AUG 1 – New Orleans, LA @ Saturn Bar
AUG 2 – Nashville, TN @ Two Boots
AUG 4 – Richmond, VA @ TBD
AUG 5 – Raleigh, NC @ Pinhook
AUG 6 – Baltimore, MD @ TBD
AUG 7 – Philadelphia, PA @ Lava Space
AUG 8 – Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium (w/ Ovlov, Patio, Peaer)
AUG 10 – Providence, RI @ Tommy’s Place
AUG 11 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott (w/ Kindling, California X)
AUG 12 – Amherst, MA @ TBD
AUG 13 – Montreal, QB @ Poisson Noir
AUG 14 – Toronto, ON @ Smiling Buddha
AUG 15 – Detroit, MI @ TBD
AUG 16 – Milwaukee, WI @ High Dive
AUG 17 – Bloomington, IN @ Jan’s Rooms
AUG 18 – Eau Claire, WI @ TBD
AUG 19 – Duluth, MN @ Northern Isolation Fest
AUG 20 – Minneapolis, MN @ Dead Media (early show)
AUG 21 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Total Drag
AUG 24 – Calgary, AB @ Tubby Dog
AUG 26 – Vancouver, BC @ Antisocial Skate Shop
AUG 27 – Olympia, WA @ TBD
AUG 27 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos (w/ Chastity Belt, So Pitted)
AUG 29 – Portland, OR @ TBD
AUG 30 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill (w/ Creative Adult, Never Young, Plush)


Electric Soul Unity is Happy Diving‘s forthcoming album, out August 19 on Topshelf Records“Head Spell” is the west coast band’s version of a ballad — tender yet loud, the inescapable wall of riffs pummel any shred of sentimentality into a fist-pumping scorcher. The album’s brilliant first single, “Holy Ground” is an onslaught of in-your-face rock.

Formed in the suburbs of San Francisco’s East Bay in 2013, Happy Diving has gained notoriety for their blistering, high-energy performances and prolific release output. Though the band has seen various member and location changes (now with members living in Seattle, Vancouver and Oakland), the five-piece reconvenes this summer for their first ever North American tour, playing shows with Tony MolinaOvlov, California XChastity BeltSo Pitted, and Creative Adult along the way.


New Video: Sharkmuffin’s Riotous Karaoke Party Video for “Tampons are for Sluts”

The past year or so has been a breakthrough year for Brooklyn-based trio Sharkmuffin. Earlier this year, Billboard listed the band as one of their 20 All-Female Bands You Should Know, and their long-awaited full-length debut Chartreuse comes out today,  through State […]