Red Scare adds Druglords of the Avenues, additional label news

Red Scare Industries has announced the newest member to the Chicago-based label. San Francisco’s Druglords of the Avenues, featuring Swingin’ Utters frontman Johnny Bonnel, will be releasing their next album with Red Scare. The label also provided some updates on happenings with their other bands, including a new 7″ from Nevada’s Cobra Skulls, an update on the Teenage Bottlerocket/The Sidekicks Canadian tour, and the third annual Red Scare Fest in Chicago. Here’s the scoop from label-dude Tobias:

We’ve added a new band to the Red Scare posse: San Francisco’s Druglords of the Avenues! Fronted by Johnny Bonnel of the Swingin’ Utters, these guys have that great Bay Area streetpunk sound that you know and love. Fans of bands like Swingin’ Utters, Street Dogs, DKM, etc will love this stuff. Druglords have whipped up a few copies of their debut album, “Sing Songs”, to sell at shows, but those are almost gone and that’s where we come in. We’re honored to have these guys on board and look for more shows and more new material down the road!

Cobra Skulls are out on tour right now with their new 7″. Three new songs from those bastards. And believe it or not, iTunes actually has it available ON TIME!!! Way to go, nerds.

Got some good news and bad news regarding the upcoming Red Scare Tour with Teenage Bottlerocket. First the bad: the Sidekicks won’t be making it up to Canada because of a serious family illness. We send all those guys the best and are all hoping for a positive outcome. On the bright side though, I (Toby), the proprietor of this crappy label will be joining the tour to sell merch and give out free shit. You heard right, FREE SHIT! What more do we gotta do to get you silly Canadians and Canadiens out to the show?

One last thing..can ya keep a secret? Well, we’re working on our 3rd annual Red October showcase in Chicago on the weekend of October 18th. Some dumb band named the Falcon is playing, but don’t worry, we have a bunch more good ones in mind. Tickets go on sale this Saturday and more info is on the way!

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Mastodon to release new album in early 2009

Artist Direct recently sat down with Mastodon to get a status update on their follow up to 2006’s highly acclaimed Blood Mountain.

We finished the bulk of it. All of the basic tracks are done. We finished them on the Monday before we flew out to Seattle to start this tour. We go home on August 23rd. Then we have 10 days booked in the studio to touch up things, add any bells and whistles, take away anything we don’t want, mix it and then figure out the sequencing. We have until Labor Day to finish it. We’re hoping that it comes out in January. It should see light at the beginning of 2009.

The band are working with Brendan O’Brien (Pearl Jam, AC/DC, Bruce Springsteen, Rage Against the Machine) as the producer for the new record, with the lyrical focus set to explore topics relating to Czarist Russia.
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Underground Communiqué to release Zero to Sixty EP

Chicago’s Zero to Sixty have signed on with Underground Communiqué Records to release their debut five-song EP, The Hour Has Come. The record will come as a one-sided 12″ record. The songs will consist of the four songs from the bands self-released 3″ CD-R plus a newly recorded song.

The band formed in 2007 by Dan Precision (ex-Rise Against, Break the Silence and 88 Fingers Louie), Denis Buckley(also ex-88 Fingers Louie), three members of a local band called 1dickens(Mirek, Lukas and Chris) and Mike Ford who spent time in Break the Silence and as a touring drummer in Shai Hulud. Underground Communiqué says

If you haven’t done the math yet…that’s six guys(1 vocals, 3 guitarists! 1 bass and 1 drummer)! Zero to Sixty is bringing back the three guitar attack!!! They debuted at last years Riot Fest and recorded their demo at Dan’s Bombshelter Recording Studio.

You can hear two tracks from the EP on the band’s MySpace page
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No Choice to release new record this August

Cardiff’s No Choice have recorded a new record titled Anesthetize This… Annihilate That. While no label has been confirmed yet the release is expected to see a release this August. The record is the band’s final with founding drummer Spike, who’s calling it a career and moving on. Taking his place on future tours will be Jim, formerly of No Fit State Circus among other acts.

No Choice released Dry River Fishing in 2002 via No Idea and Newest Industry, followed by a split 7″ with Fifth Hour Hero in 2004.
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Black Mountain at Stanley Park Singing Exhibition with New Pornographers, Evaporators, Destroyer

Black Mountain has been added to the upcoming Stanley Park Singing Exhibition in Vancouver, BC. The New Pornographers spearheaded event take place at Stanley Park’s Malkin Bowl over two days to close out the summer. August 31st will feature a line up of Neko Case, Destroyer, the Evaporators, Andrew Bird and Deerhoof. The New Porns and Black Mountain will be on September 1st with Stevie Jackson of Belle and Sebastian, the 1900s and Visqueen.
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Prank Records announces 13th anniversary show with World Burns To Death, Iron Lung

San Francisco hardcore label Prank Records has announced its 13th Anniversary show. The show, produced by local promoter Alcoholocaust, will take place on August 23rd at lAnnie’s Social Club and wll feature Austin’s World Burns To Death. Seattle’s Iron Lung and Oakland’s Desolation (members of Born/Dead, Scurvy Dogs and Strung Up) will also appear. New bay area band Needles will appear as special guests. That band features Jim and Brian from Talk Is Poison and a line up that’s served time in bands like the Pattern, California Love, Limp Wrist, Los Crudos, Dead and Gone, Year Future and more.

World Burns To Death is supporting their new LP The Graveyard Of Utopia. The show is expected to be their only west coast appearance of the year.
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Finch delays new self-released EP

Although Finch‘s new self-titled EP can be found online through digital retailers, fans looking to pick up a copy at their local Hot Topic, who has exclusive rights to the album’s physical release, will find themselves out of luck until Friday.

Although the CD version of the album was scheduled to be released simultaneously with the digital version, the band’s website now displays the delayed release date. reports that the delay was due to manufacturing errors.

FInch will be the band’s first self-released album. Finch is currently on an extensive North American tour in support of the album.
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The Composure, Black Sunday, Madison Bloodbath

Pittsburgh’s The Composure (ex Punchline) has posted the new song “Opinions Are Expected.” The track was recorded by Marc McClusky (Farewell, Powerspace, Ludo). You can find it over at MySpace.

Louisville, KY’s Black Sunday has posted two different cover versions of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” for free download. You can find the songs at MySpace. The band is also in talks with several labels and will announce a new home soon.

Californian act Madison Bloodbath has released the first video from their upcoming full-length Gittin’ Loose With Madison Bloodbath. The clip features the song “The A.L. Is A Junior Circuit” and can be viewed in HD at Vimeo. A.D.D. Records will be releasing the new record.
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Rarities album from The Vandals

The Vandals will be releasing a rarities album on August 12. BBC Sessions and Other Polished Turds will be released only digitally, with the band promising “A collection of the bands most rare tracks all sharing one thing in common in that they were recorded when the band didn’t give a crap, so they are fun, funny, and unpretentious.” The Vandals are currently on the road with The Warped Tour.

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