Sub Pop Records re-releases the early and lost catalog of a grunge rock pioneer, TAD with the release of the video for mosh pit worthy “Stumblin’ Man.”
Perhaps best known as the frontman of post-hardcore band Unwound and angular post-punk/post-rock band Survival Knife, Justin Trosper’s latest musical project Nocturnal Habits has Trosper reuniting with Unwound bandmate and collaborator Sara Lund, as well as The Melvins’ Dale Crover, Two Ton Boa’s Scott Seckington and Sherry Fraser. And with the project’s forthcoming debut effort, New Skin For Old Children, Trosper and company have dedicated their focus to sharp songwriting and clean production, while sonically nodding at anthemic, 90s alt rock and shoegaze as you’ll hear on the album’s soaring, latest single “Ecophilia.”
The band will be embarking on a West Coast tour to support the album’s October 28, 2016 release through Glacial Pace Records. Check out tour dates below.
11.04.16 – Portland, OR @ The Bakery
11.05.16 – Olympia, WA @ New Moon
11.06.16 – Seattle, WA @ TBD
11.09.16 – San Francisco, CA @ The Hemlock
11.10.16 – Sacramento, CA @ Red Museum
11.11.16 – San Diego, CA @ TBD
11.12.16 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Smell
Earlier this month, I wrote about the long-lost collaboration between godheadSilo‘s Mike Kunka and The Melvins — the creatively titled outfit, Mike and The Melvins. As the story goes, when godheadSilo went on what eventually turned out to be a permanent hiatus in 1998, Kunka busied himself by tagging along on a tour with The Melvins. And at some point the members of The Melvins — King Buzzo (guitar, bass, vocals), Dale Crover (drums, vocals) and Kevin Rutmanis (bass, vocals)– along with Kunka decided to record an album together. The thrilled folks at Sub Pop Records agreed to fund and release the indie All-Star act’s effort, and the newly minted quartet went into the studio in 1999 with the album slated for release back in 2000. Unfortunately, after some self-described “junior-high level bullshit,” some record label disputes, an illness or two, surgeries and stolen gear, and fortunately some children, the then-unfinished album would up languishing and collecting dust on someone’s shelf — that is until last year, Kunka, King Buzzo, Crover and Rutmanis surprisingly reconvened, finished the album now titled Three Men and a Baby and sent it to Sub Pop Records, who then promptly scheduled its release for April 1, 2016.
Now you might recall that “Chicken n Dump,” the first single off Three Men and a Baby was a punishingly loud, mosh-pit worthy song consisting of layers of sludgy power chords, crunchy bass, thundering drumming, howled vocals and shout along-worthy hooks. And what made it particularly interesting to me was the fact that it managed to sound as though it were released 20 years ago while being remarkably contemporary as the song sonically speaking compares favorably to the likes of Nirvana, Soundgarden — and even METZ. Three Men and a Baby‘s second and latest single “Limited Teeth” has the quartet pairing layers of sludgy power chords, insistent and forceful drumming, a sneering yet anthemic hook and howled vocals to create a song that sounds as though it draws from Reign in Blood-era Slayer and death metal, as the song is abrasive and punishingly loud; in fact, it may be even more punishing than the album’s first single — while being equally mosh pit worthy.
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