Enter our new Gallows giveaway where one winner will receive some great prizes from the band. Enter here for your chance to win.
Paper + Plastick Records is offering fans a free summer sampler. The second installment of the free digital sampler is filled with 23 tracks that include previously unreleased music from Assassinate The Scientist, Blacklist Royals, Cheap Girls, Failures Union, Farewell Continental, Foundation, Landmines, Rehasher, Spanish Gamble, and This Is My Suitcase. Download the sampler here.
Check out Let’s Get It’s “Digital Spaces EP” streaming now on PureVolume.com. If you like what you hear, make sure to pre-order the album to receive a signed CD and poster from Interpunk, SmartPunk, and MerchNow before it’s too late! “Digital Spaces EP” hits stores and online next Tuesday, August 4th.
Below are the confirmed tour dates for The Decemberists.
Aug. 1 Newport, RI Newport Folk Festival
Aug. 2 Montreal, QUE Osheaga Music & Arts Festival
Aug. 3 Toronto, ONT Kool Haus (w/ Heartless Bastards)
Aug. 5 Madison, WI Orpheum Theater (w/ Heartless Bastards)
Aug. 6 Chicago, IL Metro (w/ Heartless Bastards)
Aug. 7 Chicago, IL Lollapalooza
Aug. 8 Indianapolis, IN Murat Egyptian Room (w/ Heartless Bastards)
Aug. 10 Louisville, KY W.L. Lyons Brown Theater (w/ Blind Pilot)
Aug. 11 Detroit, MI Royal Oak Theater (w/ Heartless Bastards)
Aug. 13 Buffalo, NY UB Center for the Arts (w/ Heartless Bastards)
Aug. 14 Pittsburgh, PA Byham Theater (w/ Heartless Bastards)
Aug. 15 Schwenksville, PA Philadelphia Folk Festival
Aug. 16 Holyoke, MA Mountain Park (w/ Heartless Bastards)
Sept. 20 Burlington, VT Flynn Theater (w/ Laura Veirs & the Hall of Flames)
Sept. 21 Montclair, NJ Wellmont Theater (w/ Laura Veirs & the Hall of Flames)
Sept. 23 Norfolk, VA The Norva (w/ Laura Veirs & the Hall of Flames)
Sept. 24 Charlottesville, VA Charlottesville Pavilion (w/ Laura Veirs & the Hall of Flames)
Sept. 25 Asheville, NC Thomas Wolfe Auditorium (w/ Laura Veirs & the Hall of Flames)
Sept. 27 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium (w/ Laura Veirs & the Hall of Flames)
Sept. 29 St. Augustine,FL St. Augustine Amphitheater (w/ Laura Veirs & the Hall of Flames)
Sept. 30 Orlando, FL Hard Rock Live (w/ Laura Veirs & the Hall of Flames)
Oct. 2 Houston, TX House of Blues (w/ Laura Veirs & the Hall of Flames)
Oct. 3 Austin, TX Austin City Limits Music Festival
Oct. 4 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom (w/ Laura Veirs & the Hall of Flames)
Oct. 6 Lexington, KY University of Kentucky, Lexington (w/ Laura Veirs & the Hall of Flames)
Oct. 7 Columbia, MO Ninth St. Fall Fest (w/ Laura Veirs & the Hall of Flames)
Oct. 18 San Francisco, CA Treasure Island Music Festival
Nov. 18 London, UK Forum
Nov. 19 London, UK Coronet
10/15 Hartford, CT @ Webster
10/16 Providence, RI @ Lupo’s
10/18 Washington DC @ 9:30 Club
10/19 Norfolk, VA @ Norfolk
10/21 Charlotte, NC @ Fillmore
10/22 Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
10/24 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
10/25 Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
10/26 St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Landing
10/28 Houston, TX @ House of Blues
10/29 San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
10/30 Austin, TX @ La Zona Rosa
10/31 Dallas, TX @ Nokia Theater
11/1 New Orleans, LA @ Voodoo Festival
11/4 Tucson, AZ @ Rialto
11/5 Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee
12/3 Boston, MA @ House of Blues
***MORE DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED***
Photos from this year’s Rockstar Mayhem Festival can now be seen in Driven Far Off’s photos section. These photos were taken at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View on July 11, 2009. Bands on the Rockstar Mayhem Festival include Marilyn Manson, Slayer, Killswitch Engage, Bullet For My Valentine, Trivium, The Black Dahlia Murder, Job For A Cowboy, and more.
Breathe Carolina have added a new song off their Fearless records debut Hello Fascination, entitled “Hello Fascination”. Click here to check it out and comment on your thoughts about it below.
The Higher are a band that have shown consistent efforts ever since there debut Histrionics, which cemented them as a band that could compete with all the other pop-punk bands out there. They proved themselves to be a step above the rest with there infectious melodies and impressive vocal range (courtesy of Seth Trotter). Now they are back with their third album, It’s Only Natural. Can they prove themselves to be the mainstream sensation that they have set themselves up to be with their previous albums? Or will they fall just below the bar of hitting it big this time around?
Those expecting “Histrionics: Part Two“ will be disappointed, because it is obvious that The Higher have moved on from the kind of songs that made them known in favor of tracks that have a slicker sheen to them (production-wise), and a much more pop oriented sound (in their melodies and lyrics alike). While some songs do harken back to the days of old (“Beautiful Coffins”) most other tracks embrace a different sort of sound that leaves the days of Histrionics in the dust whilst creating an evolution of On Fire (“Play With Fire”).
One thing that It’s Only Natural is helping to do is re-define what catchy is, as The Higher are going about many different ways to deliver a catchy hook or chorus throughout the album. While some songs are bursting at the seams with large choruses (“Story Of A Man Obsessed”), some dance around with electronic impulses and rhythms to get down with (“The Black Dress”), and some move at a fast pace and consist of clever catchy sentiments (“Undertaker”).
In the end, It’s Only Natural falls short of being like the old days of The Higher. They have defiantly moved on to becoming more pop than rock, and aren’t afraid to show it. The lyrics are less then what they used to be, and their melodies have morphed into something more electronic and less rock (trading their old style for a more boy-band format of harmonies, see: “Other Options”). It’s a love/hate phenomenon that will make this album divide their fan base so drastically. Change is natural in music, and this album will prove whether or not The Higher’s old fan-base is ready for change as they become an emerging pop band of 2009.