Friday, November 17, 2017

Speak Into My Good Eye Just Released Their 58-Song, 24-Hour Songwriting Challenge Comp. Come Party with Them Tomorrow at AP Brewery for Freaksgiving.

The 4th Annual...

I'm just gonna be straight with you here. There are 58 songs on Speak Into My Good Eye's 4th Annual 24-Hour Songwriting Challenge compilation. It only came out a short time ago; and, well, I haven't had a chance to listen to all of it. That doesn't matter, though, because I will.

We've heard the contributions from Lowlight, No Wine For Kittens (ft. Jon Stewart), Brian Erickson, and Yawn Mower in the form of track premieres. I've bopped around the comp and listened to fantastic songs from Jackson Pines ("Bay Ridge," the birthplace of my parents, my brother, and me), Francie Moon, NO ICE, The Brixton Riot, Ben Pagano, and Firemaid. I can't wait to start digging through the rest of it.

You can start your own exploration by heading over to Speak Into My Good Eye's Bandcamp page. That's where you can purchase either the whole thing or individual tracks knowing that your contributions will go to support the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255).

Tomorrow, November 18th, Speak Into My Good Eye will be celebrating the release of this year's compilation when they join us for our Freaksgiving Fuzz Fest, presented by the Garden State Beard and Mustache Society, Little Dickman Records, and CoolDad Music, at Asbury Park Brewery.

24-Hour Songwriting Challenge participants, Yawn Mower and Dentist (whose members participated as No Wine For Kittens), will be joining The RockNRoll HiFives for a Friendsgiving celebration that will be remembered for generations to come. There will be beards. There will be beers. Oh... ...just come. It's only 5 bucks, and it all benefits the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

If you can't make it to the show, please think about purchasing some portion of this year's SIMGE comp. And... just some financial advice... I've done the math; and, at $1 a track for 58 tracks individually, the $10 full comp purchase option is a STEAL!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

What's Going On: 11/16, 11/17, 11/18 & 11/19, 2017


It's finally here! Freaksgiving Weekend. We'll get to that in a second. First, there is plenty of other stuff to mention.

On Thursday night, our friends in Baked play Alphaville in Brooklyn with Casper Skulls and Bueno. The Stanleys, Dave Mooney, Brenyama, and The Anderson Council are at Asbury Park Brewery. The Planes play maybe their last show with The Sharp Shadows, The Regrets, and Shelter Dogs at Cape House. Lost Boy ?, Rats Mouth, and Mean Siders play the Thursdays for a Cause show at Our Wicked Lady. Tyler The Creator sold out Starland Ballroom. The Jesus and Mary Chain are at The Stone Pony.

Asbury Park Brewery hosts Save Face, Holy Pinto, ManDancing, and Grin & Bear on Friday. Also on Friday, Michale Graves returns to Brighton Bar in Long Branch. Dentist head up to NYC for a show at the Delancey with Mïrändä, Above The Moon, and Raina Bee & The Hive. Meatbodies, The Nude Party, and Breanna Barbara play Market Hotel in Brooklyn. Montclair's Meatlocker has Tula Vera Spowder, and Haybaby. You Vandal, The Moms, Feeny, John Mellor's Bastardos, and Oral Support play Trenton's Millhill Basement. Luna are at a sold-out Monty Hall in Jersey City. Hair Magic, The Brixton Riot, Lieder, and The Anderson Council play Roxy & Duke's Roadhouse. 

On Saturday, Joe Fletcher returns to Belmar's 10th Avenue Burrito. Makin Waves takes over the whole Langosta / APYC complex with Roots Fest featuring Accidental Seabirds, Jackson Pines, Coach N Commando, Lowlight, and more. Little Silver play Rockwood Music Hall's Stage 3. The Story So Far play a sold-out House of Independents with Turnstile and Drug Church. Colossal Street Jam are at The Saint with Soho Rodeo and Red November. Wetbrain head to Philly for a show at 1fiftyone gallery with Tessellations and Mandala. Starland has night 1 of Circa Survive and Thrice. In the afternoon, Supro hosts a live music showcase at Transparent Clinch featuring Danny Clinch & Friends, Matter, Rachel Ana Dobken Band, and American Trappist.

The big event on Saturday is Freaksgiving: A Friendsgiving Fuzz Fest over at Asbury Park Brewery, brought to you by The Garden State Beard and Mustache Society, Little Dickman Records, and CoolDad Music. The event will serve as the 6th annual Garden State Beard & 'Stache Competition as well as the release show for Speak Into My Good Eye's 24-hour Songwriting Challenge Compilation. Dentist, Yawn Mower, and The RockNRoll HiFives will provide the music. It's The RockNRoll HiFives' 100th show. Johnny Pork Roll & Coffee Truck will be there... umm... umm... umm... I think there will be a raffle and some cool vendors. And it all goes to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and 1-800-273-TALK. It's only $5. Come!!!

While you're recovering from Saturday, you can check out BOYTOY, The Tide Bends, Von Mons, and The Off White at The Saint on Sunday. Also on Sunday, The Story So Far are at House of Independents for a not-yet-sold-out show as far as I can tell. Thrice and Circa Survive are back at Starland. The Asbury Park Record Show returns to The Stone Pony.

Have fun. Come say hi at Freaksgiving on Saturday. Don't drink and drive.

THURSDAY (11/16)

Alphaville (Brooklyn): Casper Skulls / Baked / Bueno, 8pm, $10

The Asbury Hotel, Soundbooth (Asbury): Open Mic, 7:30pm

Asbury Park Brewery (Asbury): The Stanleys / Dave Mooney / Brenyama / The Anderson Council, 7:30pm, $10

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): Frank Lombardi / Joe P, 8pm, FREE

BoonTunes (Boonton): Dizasterpiece / Silence=Death / False Accusation / Korey Costa / more, 6:30pm, $10

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): Circuitry / The Color Nothing / Seven)Suns / Fat Chance, 7pm, $10

Cape House (Brooklyn): The Planes / The Sharp Shadows / The Regrets / Shelter Dogs, 7pm

House of Independents (Asbury): Chester Bennington Tribute, 7:30pm, $10 adv, $12 door

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): Joe P / Frank Lombardi, 8pm, FREE

Meatlocker (Montclair): Kool Weirdos No Rules Tour, 8pm

Our Wicked Lady (Brooklyn): Lost Boy ? / Rats Mouth / Mean Siders, 8pm, $5

The Saint (Asbury): Lakehouse Music Academy Mid-Semester Takeover, 5:30pm, FREE

Starland Ballroom (Sayreville): Tyler The Creator, 8pm, SOLD OUT

The Stone Pony (Asbury): The Jesus and Mary Chain, 7pm, $35 adv, $38 door

FRIDAY (11/17)

10th Ave Burrito (Belmar): The Devil's Cut, 9pm

Asbury Park Brewery (Asbury): Save Face / Holy Pinto / ManDancing / Grin & Bear, 7pm, $8

The Asbury Hotel, Soundbooth (Asbury): Sonic Blume / Danny Scerbo / Georgia Owen / Monte, 9pm

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): Steve Reilly, 9:30pm, FREE

BoonTunes (Boonton): American Beauty / Hazeli / Mom Fight / Feed Me to The Forrest, 7pm, $10

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): Michale Graves / After The Burn / Funeral Students / Collective Man / Kill To Create / Dumpweed, 6:30pm, $15 adv, $18 door

Chubby Pickle (Highlands): Bill Gilbert's Kick Cancer's Ass Benefit ft. T Burke / On The Rocks / The Slims / Cranston Dean, 7pm

Clash Bar (Clifton): Smock / Hate Club / Cheem / The Cartwheelers / Spicy Girl, 8pm, $10

The Delancey (NYC): Mïrändä / Dentist / Above The Moon / Raina Bee & The Hive, 6:30pm, $10

House of Independents (Asbury): 90s Dance Party, 9pm, FREE

iPlay America (Freehold): P-Funk North, 9pm, FREE

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): Billy Hector, 9:30pm, FREE

Market Hotel (Brooklyn): Meatbodies / The Nude Party / Breanna Barbara, 8pm, $12

Meatlocker (Montclair): Tula Vera / Spowder / Haybaby, 9pm

Millhill Basement (Trenton): You Vandal / The Moms / Feeny / Johnny Mellor's Bastardos / Oral Support, 9pm, $7

Monty Hall (Jersey City): Luna / Chris Forsyth / The Solar Motel Band, 9pm, SOLD OUT

PHÂRMÂCY (Philly): Timeshares / Save Ends / Ramona / Earth Telephone, 7pm

Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse (Dunellen): Hair Magic / The Brixton Riot / The Anderson Council / Lieder, 8pm

The Saint (Asbury): Nicole Govel / Tor Miller / Ernest / MACK, 7:30pm, $10

Starland Ballroom (Sayreville): Kane Brown, 7pm, SOLD OUT

The Stone Pony (Asbury): Start Making Sense (Talking Heads Covers), 7:30pm, $17 adv, $20 door

Wonder Bar (Asbury): Wonder Mic, 8pm, FREE

SATURDAY (11/18)

10th Ave Burrito (Belmar): Joe Fletcher, 9pm

1fiftyone gallery (Philly): Tessellations / Mandala / Wetbrain, 7pm, $5-$10

The Asbury Hotel, Soundbooth (Asbury): Emily Grove, 7pm

Asbury Park Brewery (Asbury): Freaksgiving: A Friendsgiving Fuzz Fest. 6th Annual Garden State Beard & 'Stache Competition ft. Dentist / The RockNRoll HiFives / Yawn Mower, 7pm, $5 (proceeds benefit American Foundation for Suicide Prevention)

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): Makin Waves Roots Fest ft. Coach N Commando / Lowlight / Jeff Linden & The Black Spot Society, 9:30pm, FREE

BoonTunes (Boonton): Electric Sensei / Crowd The Airwaves / Jean Pool / Danni May, 7:30pm, $10

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): Negative Sky / Robots & Monsters / The Ghost In Black & White / more, 7pm, $10

The Bronze (Brooklyn): A Deer A Horse / Haybaby / Mallrat / Hexgirlfriends, 8pm, $8-$10

Chubby Pickle (Highlands): Move For Hunger Benefit ft. Kasey Jean / Sons Of Wexford / Wynward, 9pm

House of Independents (Asbury): The Story So Far / Turnstile / Drug Church, 8:30pm, SOLD OUT

John & Peter's (New Hope, PA): Small Planet Radio / The Fletchers / Avery & The Man Devils / The Bryan Hansen Band / Matt Cook, 7pm

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): Makin Waves Roots Fest ft. Accidental Seabirds / Jackson Pines / The Porchistas, 9pm, FREE

Meatlocker (Montclair): Best of Essex Part 2, 9pm

Millhill Basement (Trenton): Tiger Sex / SICK SHIT / Ellen and the Degenerates, 9pm

Old Franklin Schoolhouse (Metuchen): Tom Petty Open Mic, 7pm

Paramount Theatre (Asbury): Dream Theater, 7pm, $25+

Rockwood Music Hall (NYC): Little Silver, 6:30pm

The Saint (Asbury): Colossal Street Jam / Soho Rodeo / Red November Sky, 7:30pm, $10

Starland Ballroom (Sayreville): Circa Survive / Thrice, 6pm, $37.50

The Stone Pony (Asbury): Luke Combs, 7pm, SOLD OUT

Transparent Clinch (Asbury): Supro Live Music Showcase ft. Danny Clinch / Matter / Rachel Ana Dobken Band / American Trappist, 4pm, FREE

Wonder Bar (Asbury): Adam Ezra Group, 7pm, $10 adv, $20 door

SUNDAY (11/19)

The Asbury Hotel, Soundbooth (Asbury): Sandy Mack, 4pm, FREE

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Interview: Ken Geiger Sits Down Again with Full Of Hell's Spencer Hazard

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Photo: Nick Lacuna
21st Birthday Celebration

By Ken Geiger

How does one celebrate their 21st birthday? I feel like the stories I have heard involve drinking lethal amounts of alcohol at the bars. Did I end up doing the same thing? Unsurprisingly, I did not. Instead, I went to go catch the wild behemoth that is Full of Hell live at the Highline Ballroom, playing alongside Cattle Decapitation, Revocation, and Artificial Brain. While I enjoy some of those bands a great deal, none of them could quite match the live intensity that the Ocean City, Maryland grindcore outfit brings every single time they step on a stage.

I cannot say that I instantly was head over heels for this band either when I first heard them. It took some intense listening sessions to realize that they were not just your average grind or powerviolence band that is setting out to write nothing but a minute and a half of riffs and call it a song. Full of Hell are setting trends that I feel many new underground bands aspire to incorporate into their own aesthetic: great merchandise, frequent collaborations with other artists, and an embrace for noise music that not everyone is brave enough to accept. It is truly something else that excites me to no end.

I managed to catch up with the band's guitarist, Spencer Hazard, on this night in the city to figure out more about Full of Hell than I already knew. What makes this band work their asses off so much? Can anyone define their sound? Is Buffalo Wild Wings still worth eating at? The man himself answers it all below.

K: Ken S: Spencer

K: How has the tour been so far?

S: It's been great so far. I think each band has collectively said this is one of the biggest tours they've been on, especially us. The turnout is good, reception to our music is great, and I feel like we're playing to new crowds.

K: What made you pick the songs you've been playing?

S: So it's mostly just Trumpeting Ecstasy stuff. Last time we toured with the Cavalera Brothers, the record wasn't released yet. So we definitely wanted to give people more of the newer songs.

K: How did you get Limbs Bin to play noise with you guys for this tour? What do you think he adds to your live sound?

S: He did merch for us on our tour with Entombed A.D. earlier this year, and on the way back from that tour, he did opening sets for us. So, when it came time to do this tour, we kind of thought "why don't we try to just do a collab set this time?" It's progressed slowly over the course of the tour. We're adding drum machine at some points in the set, some trash percussion here and there.

K: Do you think any recorded stuff can come out of this collaboration?

S: Oh, definitely. We wanted him to be on Trumpeting, but it never panned out. We felt that maybe the record would have been a little bloated if we added some of his elements to what was already there. When we write this next one, though, we will keep in mind some ideas that he has and put them in there.

K: Moving onto the new record, it sounds like all the songs flow so well into each other. Were those songs recorded individually, or done in one long marathon run?

S: With this record, every song was written individually. Some songs were written like forever ago, while others were written right up to the day we began recording. We wanted the record to feel natural, but it wasn't written or recorded to serve as one big piece. There were just some noise interludes to kind of make some songs flow better together.

K: How did it feel to work with so many big names in metal? You got to work with Aaron Turner, Kurt Ballou, Nate Newton to name a few. Are those guys fans?

S: It's a surreal feeling. I mean with Aaron Turner, we all grew up being huge fans of Hydra Head Records (the label that Turner runs). That was the label of the generation Dylan and I come from. But since both us and Sumac (Turner's latest band) were on Profound Lore at the time, we just decided to call and ask him if he wanted to do it. It turned out he was a huge fan.

As for Nate, we had played with Converge in Europe; so the connection was there already. Overall, though, I feel like we have become peers with these groups we looked up to when we were younger. It's no longer just little kids being like "oh, can you guys please be on our record?" It's a friendly collaboration thing.

K: Speaking in the vein of collaboration, how did it feel to feud with Santos from Old Man Gloom on Facebook?

S: Well isn't that top honor if you want to be an internet troll?

K: (laughs) That is true.  Anyways, are there leftover songs from the Trumpeting recording sessions?

S: There might be riffs, but I can't exactly remember. I do remember, though, that when we were writing for the record, there were songs meant for the split we did with Nails that originally going to be on Trumpeting, and vice versa. I think, if those songs were on the album though, instead of the split, it would have given it a whole different feel.

K: In general, I feel like Full of Hell is one of the bands that never stops working. I see clips online. You went back to the studio before this tour. A second collaboration with The Body is being sold at the merch table now. Where does this drive to keep working at such an insane pace come from?

S: I mean, I feel as though if you're a musician, why wouldn't you want to keep writing new music and trying new things? That's kind of the end goal of being a musician. We love to be interactive with our art. Even with t-shirt designs, we like to help design them or choose the artists who make our designs. Being hands-on with our band is integral to me. If I'm not writing or touring, I go crazy.

K: Compared to some of your other outputs recently, Trumpeting Ecstasy is not overly experimental. Rather, it's more death metal and straightforward. Was it a conscious decision to write more in that vein? The way I see it, Full of Hell kind of feels like it has become a world where you guys suck in other musicians to work with you. Do you think that the band has a defined sound anymore, and is it what we got on Trumpeting?

S: As with Trumpeting, we wanted to go with more straightforward. The last few releases with The Body and [legendary Japanese noise artist] Merzbow were so experimental, so we just said, "We haven't done something that has defined our own sound in a while." We have been working with other people to try and get a sound. So we wanted to write the record to show more of our own personal characteristics.

I feel as though with our music, it isn't really a collective. We just like to work with other people in a way that pushes our own boundaries, but not let the collaborations define us. I don't like to pigeon-hole our sound. We are massively influenced by bands like Swans, Bastard Noise, and Godflesh. All of whom try and push themselves sonically. That's my biggest thing as a musician. I want to push our music and be as creative as possible.

K: I see the Swans influence, although you have yet to push the 30-minute song threshold yet.  Maybe one day.

S: (laughs) Yeah, one can dream.

K: Moving onto your band's future, though… Full of Hell and The Body are set to release Ascending a Mountain of Heavy. Last time we spoke, you said your previous collaboration, One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache, was not written before entering the studio. Did that writing style change this time around? Did you try anything new in the studio, or are you just comfortable with what you guys do together by now?

S: We tried new stuff. Definitely nothing was written before the studio. We just wanted to try different things with different sounds and drum beats. You can tell that on the record, which is sonically diverse. The record is so different from the other one though, that we want to see how the public reacts to it. There are a lot more harsh elements and experimentation. We feel like One Day is just so sonically crushing, but felt that Ascending could push that sound even further.

K: Now with just Full of Hell itself, is there any other new music coming out? Possibly a new collaboration you could hint at?

S: We have one split written and recorded that's due out next year, but beyond that, we are probably going to just take a little break.

K: You guys deserve it. But before we end this, I need to ask: Why did you betray Buffalo Wild Wings?

S: The last few times I've gone, the food has been subpar in comparison to when I used to go, when it would be a completely magical experience. Now it's become a mundane, boring, every day restaurant experience. Until they gain my trust, I will not be going back.

K: And do you think Family Guy sold out?

S: They jumped the shark when Brian died.

Full of Hell's new record, Trumpeting Ecstasy, is now out on Profound Lore Records.

Additionally, they will be releasing a new collaboration with The Body, entitled Ascending a Mountain of Heavy Light, on November 17th through Thrill Jockey Records.

Premiere: New Single from Tag Cloud


Last spring, we premiered the video for "Found a Sparkle" from Brooklyn's Sheen Marina. That song was a short burst of experimental noise pop. In addition to playing in Sheen Marina, guitarist Justin Mayfield has been crafting solo songs since 2010. Mayfield has given his project the name Tag Cloud and compiled those songs into the album Gnarly, and we've got one of those tracks today.

"Leafy," says Mayfield, "is another track where the lyrics are largely taken from broken imagery in dreams, but I also think it's about how inundated we are with information daily. It's easy to confuse and mislabel thoughts, facts, opinions, and observations because we're always taking things in and not giving ourselves enough time to stop and stare, or let our brains wander, or look at a tree and just think about what's in front of our eyes for a second. In my head, this all leads to us being prone to being taken advantage of by the more powerful entities, as we're distracted and confused by a barrage of media, and this overwhelming feeling resembles a piece of / the beginning of the world ending (chaos). Or it's just growing pains of an advanced civilization. Who knows?"

"Leafy" is jazzy art rock. Almost like an antidote to some of the information overload Mayfield talks about, it's calm, laid-back, and much dreamier than Mayfield's other band.

Tag Cloud has an interesting plan for releasing Gnarly. The idea is to reveal each track at different online outlets, separated by a few weeks at a time, via premieres like this one, until the entire album is out. Each song will come with its own individual artwork that, when taken together, will form the whole album cover. We're happy to be a part of that.