Hamilton aggressive melodic hardcore four-piece Prophets are releasing their new EP What I Hide on June 21. The record will be four songs for five dollars and available everywhere via the internet. In support of the release Prophets are hitting the road this summer for an extensive North American tour with Victory Records’ Conveyer (U.S.) and High Hopes (U.K.).
“What I Hide will be the most personal release to date and will see a new side of Prophets that people have yet to see,” vocalist Ian Flynn says. “Each track holds weight in a pretty messed up part of my life, the feelings are real, not just something to engage people, this shit hurt and this is my apology letter, my sign of hope and my personal revolt.”
Three years in the making, Prophets released their first single “Separate” last August, followed by “Desperate” in November. After the band’s 2012 full-length The Youth blew the psychotic minds and stole the black hearts of heavy music fans all over the world, the masses waited not-so-patiently for a follow up. The new sound is more dynamic and mature than The Youth, incorporating some more clean vocals and a well-versed instrumentation. There’s a cathartic, angst-ridden nostalgia reminiscent of early 2000s hardcore bands, showing off an interesting new take on the band’s formula.
“It was a quite a contrast from our last record which was, for lack of better wording, me being angry at people and letting myself vent over a microphone. This time it took a lot out myself emotionally, which for people who know me, don’t really see that side because I’m stoked on life 99.9% of the time,” Flynn says. “I’d be lying if I said there wasn’t a few tears shed in process. It was something we did as a group and I can speak for everyone that we are so glad people get to hear these songs, finally.”
In April Prophets announced they would be having their biggest summer yet as direct support to Minnesota’s Conveyer alongside High Hopes. The 30-day tour will see the band hitting American full-force for the first time in their career.
“I think it’s every small to mid-level Canadian touring band’s dream to say ‘WE’RE GOING TO AMERICA’, and I can happily say that now, excited is an understatement. The dudes in Conveyor took a shot on us and we are forever grateful for it,” Flynn continues. “As lame as this is, I remember watching videos online of Bury Your Dead at Chain Reaction and Mat Bruso saying ‘CALIFORNNNNNNIIIAA’ and thinking, I want to do that one-day. Now I can say that too.”
Inspired by aggression and influenced by triumphant expression, Prophets have been speaking for the kids who can’t since 2009.
All songs written by Prophets
Produced by Derek Hoffman at FoxSounds Studios
Mixed by Sam Guaiana at Room 21
Mastered by John Neclario at Nada Mastering
TOUR DATES (with High Hopes and Conveyer)
6/29 – Fargo, North Dakota – New Direction
6/30 – Burnsville, Minnesota – The Garage
7/01 – Milwaukee, Wisconsin – Studio 200
7/02 – Urbana, Illinois – Audiofeed Festival
7/03 – Port Huron, Michigan – The Dog House
7/04 – Windsor, ON, Canada – The Beer Exchange
7/05 – London, Ontario, Canada – Rum Runners
7/06 – St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada – Detour Music Hall
7/07 – Hamilton, Ontario, Canada – Club Absinthe
7/08 – Toronto, Ontario, Canada – Sneaky Dee’s
7/09 – Montreal, Quebec, Canada – On Rock Community
7/10 – Kingston, Ontario, Canada – Overtime Sports Bar
7/11 – Ottawa, Ontario, Canada – Cafe Dekcuf
7/13 – Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada – Black Pirates Pub
7/14 – Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada – Bandwidth Theatre
7/15 – Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada – The Mercury
7/16 – Calgary, Alberta, Canada – Kensington Commons
7/18 – Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada – The 333
7/19 – Bremerton, Washington – The Charleston
7/20 – Grants Pass, Oregon – Eaden Ballroom
7/21 – Fresno, California – Dynamite Vinyl
7/22 – Van Nuys, California – White Oak Music
7/23 – San Diego, California – Soma
7/24 – Tempe, Arizona – Fiftyonewest
7/25 – El Paso, Texas – Mesa Music Hall
7/26 – Albuquerque, New Mexico – Blu Phoenix
7/28 – Colorado Springs, Colorado – Black Sheep
7/29 – Omaha, Nebraska – Lookout Lounge
7/30 – Des Moines, Iowa – Lefty’s
7/31 – Eau Claire, Wisconsin – The Plus
“If you are the big tree, we are the small axe, sharp and ready, ready to cut you down” – The words of Bob Marley ring truer each year as the powers that officiate us continue to push their own agendas and sweep greater misdeeds under the metaphorical rug. Legendary blues musician Tomás Doncker and his band the True Groove All-Stars, featuring Mac Gollehon, Marla Mase and Josh David, have announced a handful of summer tour dates in support of their racially charged full-length The Mess We Made, released in November of last year. The group continues to standup so that their message will be heard.
The record is important both socially, as a response to the Charleston massacre- the shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Carolina on the evening of June 17, 2015 that saw nine people lose their lives to unjust racial hatred, and musically, with Doncker and his band providing a fresh and impassioned take on their genre. Check out a list of the tour dates and the album stream below.
June 5 – Blues In The Loft, South Orange, NJ
June 11-12 – Armonk Fol-De-Rol, Armonk, NY
June 18 – Trenton Art All Night Festival, Trenton, NJ
July 2 – Paul’s Tavern, Lake Como, NJ
July 9 – Sprout Music Collective, West Chester, PA
August 27 – Sprout Music Collective, West Chester, PA
September 11 – South Mountain International Blues Festival, West Orange, NJ
Stream the album here.
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Last week, Canadian-Ukrainian dream-pop duo Ummagma released a beautiful video for their newest single “Galacticon.” The video features stunning aerial footage taken over the western Ukrainian town of Kremenets. “Galacticon” is from their latest EP Frequency, which was released last December. Frequency follows up Ummagma’s 2012 independently released LPs Ummagma and Antigravity, and their 2013 EP Split, which was created with Finland’s Virta.
Ummagma formed in 2003 when Alexander Kretov and Shauna McLarnon met in Moscow. Kretov, who is originally from Kremenets, began making music as a child. McLarnon, who grew up in the Canadian Yukon, began songwriting while travelling across Northern Canada and Russia. When the duo met at a concert, Kretov was a solo guitarist and McLarnon was singing acapella and working with various musicians in Moscow. Ummagma formed from that faithful meeting, and since then the duo have won several awards, their music has held key spots on various charts, and the band was nominated for CBC Radio Canada’s “Rookie of the Year” Bucky Award 2012.
Legendary shoegazers The Veldt recently announced their return to life with a new EP called The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur: The Drake Equation, available worldwide on April 8. The band also released a string of Spring tour dates, including a stop-off in Toronto at The Silver Dollar Room on April 3 with Mimico, Noah Bird and Enoch Ncube. They will be following the EP up later this year with a full-length titled Resurrection Hymns via SonicBLAST! Records.
After their 1989 debut, The Veldt began a controversial career as black musicians playing white music. They were criticized for being “difficult” and not having a sound that’s more similar to bands like Living Colour, but they won the hearts and ears of indie and alt rock lovers world wide. Though never quite breaking through to the mainstream, The Veldt made their mark on the music industry and helped open doors for marginalized voices everywhere.
04/01 London, ON – 765 Old East Bar & Grill
04/08 Ottawa, ON – Zaphod’s Ottawa
WAYHOME 2016 is coming
The anticipation has been killing most fans who remember three days of hipster paradise last summer in Oro-Medonte. The festival has been releasing teasers and trailers over the past week and finally revealed their line up today. It’s no surprise that LCD Soundsystem are headlining…they had to play at-least one major Canadian festival. There are some pleasant surprises in the mix such as: Chet Faker, Gary Clark Jr, Mac DeMarco, FIDLAR, Ray LaMontagne and Third Eye Blind…(who would have thought!?).
Full line up:
Gary Clark Jr.
The Last Shadow Puppets
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
Matt and Kim
Kurt Vile & The Violators
Third Eye Blind
A Tribe Called Red
Half Moon Run
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Keys N Krates
Femi Kuti & The Positive Force
All Them Witches
The Paper Kites
Returning to Burl’s Creek Event Grounds in Oro-Medonte, ON, from July 22 to 24. Tickets go on sale February 16th with festival passes going for $209.99-$249.99.