Pitchfork review of SRA’s HOUND “Out of Time”!

Available now! Exclusively from ILD.

By Paul Thompson

This year, for Halloween, Hound frontman Perry Shall went as AC/DC’s Angus Young. I don’t mean to say Shall merely “went as” Angus Young for Halloween; what I mean is, from the socks-and-shorts to the upturned brim, this dude was Angus Young. I bring this up to underscore Shall’s greatest strength as a frontman: he has a real knack for inhabiting the look and feel of a very particular era of rock’n’roll, the post-prog, pre-NWOBHM intermingling of hard-rock and proto-punk. At no point during Hound’s Out of Time—a triangulation of “Highway Star”, the first few Queens of the Stone Age LPs, and a not-unhealthy fixation with one Lemmy Kilmister—do Shall and company attempt to flaunt tradition, to push well-defined boundaries, to reinvent the wheel. Rather, the band’s looking to get back to something elemental: burly, bongwater-splattered rock’n’roll, the kind designed to sound particularly righteous coming from a pinstriped AMC Gremlin.

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More than anything, Out of Time is unrelenting; just over 27 minutes of low rumbles and snaky leads, pausing only for the delicately fingerpicked “Colintro”—courtesy of bassist Colin McGinniss, also of None More Black—just past the halfway point. Shall’s not a flashy player, neither as swaggering as Angus or as restless as “Fast” Eddie. Still, as a student of the classics, he’s picked up just the right combination of attack and restraint, and Out of Time does lean every bit as well as mean. Taken together, the album’s arid production—a kind of bleary, mid-fi tunnelvision—and near-monomaniacal drive are transportive, beamed in directly from the middle of a long, dark night spent blasting down some backwater at 90 MPH, lids heavy, heart pounding.

Leadoff single and snarling highlight “Little One” plunges a particularly toothsome Shall riff headlong into a roaring McGinniss bassline. Better still is “I Can’t Take It No More”, an anxious, hard-charging punker that finds an unusually excitable-sounding Shall screaming his way around the chorus. He’s not exactly a brazen presence behind the mic; throughout plenty of Out of Time, he coats his voice in a thin layer of fuzz, or deadpans his way through his delivery, allowing certain lines to get stuck in the surrounding sludge. Even at full howl, though, Shall’s never in any danger of overpowering these monstrous riffs, and Out of Time sounds best whenever he drops the inhibitions and fully leans into these songs. To that end, the Sabbath-indebted slowdown—”Houdini”, “Stupid Dreams”—sandwiching the outlying “Colintro” is a slight momentum-sapper; they don’t plod, exactly, but they don’t quite get the blood going like the scrappier stuff surrounding them.

Lyrically, Out of Time isn’t much to chew on. While Shall smartly sidesteps the dunderheaded machismo too often associated with capital-R rock revivalism, what he offers in its stead—anxiety, boredom, and self-doubt, more or less—is only a mild improvement. “If god was real, I think she’d be disgraced,” Shall sings on “Stupid Dreams”; it’s maybe the single most intriguing thought to be found on Out of Time, one Shall all but leaves unexplored. Still, this de-emphasis on lyrics is in keeping with tradition; despite what your uncle’s trying to tell you with that wrongheaded “Led Zeppelin vs. Nicki Minaj” meme he keeps slapping on your Facebook wall, the hard rock canon Hound are harkening back to has a long, storied tradition of dumb, overwrought, or otherwise beside-the-point lyrics. At this point, Hound seemingly aren’t all that interested in toppling their influences or killing their idols; instead, they’re trying to inhabit them, to pile up enough riffs to tap into that deathless feeling of plowing down the road, windows down, speakers blaring, the night ahead of them. That much, they nail.

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The Shrine Vs. Japan: Blood, Honor, and DIY in the Land of the Rising Sun

VIA: Venice, CA skate-rock rippers THE SHRINE recently upended the Land of the Rising Sun on their first Japanese tour, banging out five shows in Tokyo, Kanazawa, Gunma, Niigata and Ibaraki. They returned like conquering heroes, with tales and photos galore—of old-school skate crews, bloody head wounds, and very polite Japanese fans going berserk. Unlike most bands that have the opportunity to tour Japan, THE SHRINE didn’t take the established booking-agent route. Instead, their tour was organized by a particularly enthusiastic and well-connected fan: Tsuyoshi Nishiyama, who runs a skate shop called Felem Skates in Sakai, Ibaraki. Just a few days after getting home, The Shrine’s vocalist/guitarist Josh Landau met us for a beer at Footsie’s in Los Angeles to give us the rundown on the entire saga.
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In addition, THE SHRINE have a new 12-inch for Waiting For the War due via Tankcrimes . Stream the title track on the Noisey site as well.

Read the full interview with THE SHRINE at Noisey!

December new release book!

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The December 2014 new release book is out and can be downloaded here. Ship date is November 25th. Street date is December 9th.

Below is a list of this months current releases! Make sure to get your pre-orders in and let us know if you have any questions!


LABEL SKU FORMAT ARTIST TITLE UPC MSRP
Aborted Society ABSOC031-1 LP ADELIT@S/KOHOSH Split 096012503110 $13.99
Patac PATAC029-1 LP BLOOD FARMERS Headless Eyes 045635351981 $18.99
Patac PATAC030-7 7″ RAJOITUS/RATSTAB Split 045635351998 $5.98
Specialist Subject SPS032-1 LP CAVES Leaving 055450003217 $30.98
Specialist Subject SPS032-2 CD CAVES Leaving 055450003224 $20.98
Specialist Subject SPS030-1 LP DOE First Four 055450003019 $30.98
Specialist Subject SPS028-1 LP BIG WOW Teamwork Makes the Dreamwork 055450002814 $30.98
SRA SRA029-2 CD TROPHY WIFE All the Sides 61979002921 $10.98
Tankcrimes TC86-1 12″EP SHRINE Waiting for the War 879198108610 $13.98

GhostxShip “The Here And Now” video premiere & tour dates!

Via LambGoat.com

This past summer, Syracuse, NY straight edge hardcore band GhostxShip released a new album titled Cold Water Army through Innerstrength Records.
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Fast forward three months and the band has now issued a music video for “The Here And Now,” a bruising track from the effort. Check out the video below and be sure to keep up with GhostxShip via Facebook!

Also check out these Fall 2014 tour dates!
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Specialist Subject’s HELEN CHAMBERS dates coming right up!

MS. CHAMBERS‘ debut LP, Penny Arcade, is out now, exclusively from ILD!

First four opening for LAURA STEVENSON:
Oct 24 – Buffalo, NY @ Waiting Room Upstairs
Oct 25 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance Theater
Oct 26 – Philadelphia, PA @ MilkBoy Philadelphia
Oct 27 – Richmond, VA @ The Camel
Oct 29 – Tampa, FL @ Little Ybor 2
Oct 31 – Gainsville, FL @The Fest 13

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