The Hope Conspiracy European Tour 2010

24 09 2009

It’s been a while, but after almost 5 years, Boston’s The Hope Conspiracy finally have anounced another European tour. Even though it’s just a few dates, it looks promising. They just released a new 7″ called True Nihilist on Deathwish Records. They have anounced a total of 6 dates so far.

6 Stockholm, Sweden

7 Berlin, Germany

8 Koln, Germany

9 Antwerp, Belgium

10 Athens, Greece

11 tba

12 London, UK

For more information check out the band’s myspace page.


Back up and running.

24 09 2009

It’s been a crazy year over here at the NGI headquarters. In between finishing school and working my ass of on some other projects this blog kinda got pushed to the backseat. I will try to update it more frequently in the future, but I can’t promise you guys anything.

Thanks for sticking around.


Bridge 9 Records signs Dead Swans

24 01 2009

UK hardcoreband Dead Swans signed to Bridge  9 Records. This confirms a longtime rumor and we couldn’t be happier for them. This means a full-length album is in the works and hopefully will be out soon.

Bridge Nine has announced yet another signing for 2009 and this time, they went across the pond and signed up the Dead Swans from the UK for the label’s first ever worldwide deal with a band from overseas. Label Manager Karl Hensel said, “It’s been a goal of ours to work with a band from overseas for a long time. Bridge Nine is a global label, and there’s a lot of great hardcore from the UK and Europe and we recognize that. Dead Swans was a band that a few Bridge Nine bands tipped us off about, and after checking around, it was a very easy decision.”

Formed in 2006, Dead Swans have been making a name throughout the UK and Europe with a ferocious blend of hardcore that takes the musical influence from turn of the century Boston hardcore like American Nightmare and Right Brigade. They add a discordant melody and double bass metallic edge that, when combined with vocalist Nick Worthington’s strained voicebox abuse, creates a mix that has been garnering the Brighton, UK band global attention. As such, they have shared the stage and the road with a very impressive list of bands worldwide-from Bridge Nine’s Ruiner and Verse to Blacklisted, Integrity, Alexisonfire, Cancer Bats, and Gallows.

Dead Swans have been enjoying an incredible past 12 months, considering all they’ve released to date is a demo, the Southern Blue EP on Thirty Days Of Night, and a split 7” with Architects. In fall of 2008, the Dead Swans were nominated for a Kerrang! Award as the Best British Newcomer-which was both as surprising as it was flattering. As guitarist Stewart “Pid” Payne stated, “It was real strange- a hardcore band being shortlisted at Kerrang! Awards, but we went for the experience. We got to hang out with the guys in Cancer Bats and Gallows, we got to meet Metallica and we heckled abuse at anyone we felt deserved it. It was a night we won’t be forgetting soon”.

During March and April, the band will be touring the UK and Europe with This Is Hell and the Blackout Argument that will lead them into April, when the band will be entering the studio to record their debut full-length which will hit stores later in 2009. Payne stated, “We are real happy about signing to Bridge Nine. We all want to travel worldwide with this band and working with B9 is going to allow us to do this. On top of that, being part of a label that in our opinion has put out some of the best hardcore records ever is exciting!”

Dead Swans myspace

Bridge 9 Records website

Teenage Lust 7″ release-show

21 01 2009

On the 28th of February, Teenage Lust will be releasing their brand new 7″ called ‘We Have’. Please come and join the fun. It’s a free show. There’s no reason to miss this.

Other bands playing are True Colors, Blade, A Strength Within and State Of Affairs.

Teenage Lust myspace

Seasons Records myspace

Bouncing Souls new album

17 01 2009

Infamous New Jersey punkrockband, the Bouncing Souls, are currenty working on a brand new album. Here is the official statement:

Hi everyone, the songs are coming out awesome, better even than our own expectations, and we’re STOKED! We tracked all the drums and bass at the Magic Shop in NYC, and have since been passing the days in Kate’s basement (a.k.a. “Little Eden Studios” ) here in Asbury Park NJ. Most of the guitars are done and some of the vocals so far. Stay tuned right here for more info on the 2009 release of these 12 new badass Souls tunes to keep your soul satisfied.”

More information about artwork, a specific releasedate etc. is yet to be confirmend. But as soon as we hear more, we’ll let you know.

Bouncing Souls website

Retrospective #4: Undeclinable Ambuscade (part 3)

15 01 2009

When 2001 rolled around, it was time again for Epitaph’s yearly tradition; releasing another Punk-O-Rama. By then they were up to #6. Around the time, I already knew most of the bands on Epitaph and I just kept buying Punk-O-Rama’s to keep my collection intact. In the mean time, it had been really quiet around Undeclinable Ambuscade, until I put on Punk-O-Rama #6. As I was checking out the song, I noticed a band called “Undeclinable” on there. At first I though Epitaph had fucked up and forgotten a part of the name, but when listening to the song (Whatever) it was something totally different. It wasn’t bad or anything, but it wasn’t the typical Undeclinable Ambuscade sound. I liked it though. It was slow, but melodical. I couldn’t quite figure out what it was, but the song had me singing along in no time. I was floored… This band I had never heard of got me to like slower/poppy punkrock. I didn’t think I’d ever listen to anything slower than NOFX, let alone songs about liking girls. What the fuck? I didn’t think much of it, until I was checking out Epitaph’s new releases on their website.

I stumbled across the band Undeclinable and noticed something strange about their album called Sound City Burning… The artwork had the Undeclinable Ambuscade logo on it. Ho-ly shit. This was the same Undeclinable Ambuscade, or I guess Undeclinable that wrote Their Greatest Adventures and One For The Money? No way! Yes way! Upon further research I discovered Undeclinable Ambuscade had decided to change their name. And that was a good thing. I mean come on, what does ‘Ambuscade’ even mean? Apparently it means: ‘the act of concealing yourself and lying in wait to attack by surprise’. Yeah, I didn’t know either. Now think about it… If that is the meaning of ambuscade, the bandname just doesn’t make sense… Who thought of this? Come the fuck on. Were they trying to be intelligent with this? Or did they just throw two random words together? I’m gonna go with the latter…

Anyways. The reason for the namechange apparently was the band growing up. They wanted a more mature name to go with the more mature sound of their newest album, Sound City Burning. I can agree with that. Sound City Burning doesn’t sound anything like the previous two albums, yet you can still hear it’s the same band. Right of the bat you hear this band tried to do something different, and they did it very well. With Sound City Burning, the band started to experiment with the more melodical side of punkrock. There’s a lot of slower songs on there, but they’re all very melodic and mature-sounding. Songs like Whatever, Lonely And Burning and About Me are much more mature than anything on their previous records. Even the artwork was much more mature, and for the first time I actually liked it. It seemed the band was making the crossover to poppunk in the vein of Saves The Day and maybe Piebald, everything pointed that way,… But not quite.

Here and there you notice it’s still the same Undeclinable Ambuscade as before. Songs like Lipsdick and Cyber Centuries Fantasies show that it’s still a fun punkrockband that likes to joke about blowjobs and nerds. As fun as this can be, this is kinda what ruined Sound City Burning for me. On one hand, you have a bunch of mature, serious songs that are still catchy, but just more serious, both musically and lyrically. And then on the other hand, there’s a bunch of songs about blowjobs, the internet and the classic ‘die for what you stand for’. They aren’t bad, but it’s just too typical. They’re partysongs. They don’t really mean anything. That’s what kills it for me. Sound City Burning would have been perfect without all of the ‘funny’ stuff on it. The album has 15 songs on it. I think if they had cut that down to 10 or 11 (I can live with their cover of Is She Really Going Out With Him?), Sound City Burning would have been pretty much perfect. Don’t get me wrong, the album is good as it is, but it feels as if they tried to do something new, but didn’t have the guts to go for it all the way.

So when the album was released, the band started touring again. To me this was major. My very first ‘real’ punkrockshow was Undeclinable, Facing Down and Homer in a small club. It ruled. Undeclinable was great. They mixed up the old and the new and they sounded great. To me they were the best band around at that time. Over the years I must have seen them 6 or 7 times. My first band even got to play with them. But then around 2003 I think, the band just completely dropped of the face of the earth. Their website said they were broken up, but a few months later it would say they were just on hiatus. I didn’t really keep track after that, and my musical taste kind of drifted away from them, until last year. Last year, some guy announced that ‘The Undeclinables’ would be playing a show he was putting on. I searched the interweb again and found out Undeclinable was back, once again under a different name. However, something was different. Apparently, there had been some problems between Jasper and the rest of the band while writing Sound City Burning. Jasper got burned out on everything and just decided to quit. Rather than letting the band die a worthy death, they decided to find another singer and turn the band into a mere shadow of it’s former self. I think I listened to half a song only to notice this just sucked. Right now, I think the band is broken up again, and it better just stay that way.

I must admit, these past three retrospectives have been a pleasant trip down memory lane for me. I relived all kinds of moments when listening to these three albums. So I guess the only thing that’s left is which album I like most? All in all, I must admit that I like Sound City Burning the most. Well that may not be true entirely, but right now, it’s the album I enjoy the most. If you had asked me this back when I was 16 I’m pretty sure I would have answered this question differently. The overal sound and atmosphere of Sound City Burning are good. It’s layed back but still agressive. It’s one of those records that you sing along to front to back. On my iTunes, I deselected the songs I didn’t like, so basicly, Sound City Burning without the ‘stupid’ songs is their best album.

Undeclinable – Sound City Burning released on Epitaph Records in 2001

Painted Hills EP preview

15 01 2009

Painted Hills posted their new EP, entitled Magnolia, on myspace. Until next week you’ll be able to listen to all four songs on there. Then it will be taken offline until the record is actually released. So be quick! You might remember us posting about this a while back (search for Jon Owen), this is the band. Go check it out if you like folk/country music. It’s good, and they don’t wear cowboyhats.

Painted Hills myspace