Just Like Vinyl Bridges Old School And New School Metal

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The story behind the naming of Just Like Vinyl is quite the interesting one.  The band, which formed from the ashes of other bands, states in its bio that it got its name courtesy of a homeless man.  According to the band’s bio on its Facebook page, the man in question overheard members Thomas Erak and Jake Carden talking about what to name the band.  He suggested the name, Just Like Vinyl, because music on vinyl was better than so much of today’s music.  So the name stuck.  In listening to the band’s new album, Black Mass, audiences can hear hints of music from the vinyl era.

Those hints of rock’s old days really start in on ‘Walk You Home,’  The guitar riffs on this song are throwbacks to the likes of Iron Maiden and Judas Priest.  That old school musical style mixed in with the more modern vocal styling make this song one of the album’s standout moments.  Lyrically, the song carries a familiar topic as it touches on relationship issues.  There’s more hint of it when the band launches into ‘First Born.’  It’s almost an old school Metallica style.  And the vocals on this piece have a slight Rob Halford tinge, too.  There’s even more of that mix of classic and new school metal in ‘’Pressure/Release.’  There’s even a touch of pop punk on the album’s penultimate track, ‘Lucky Stars.’  Whether for these tracks or the others on this disc, Just Like Vinyl offers something for fans of both old school and new school metal.  The album is available now in stores and online. 

The band will be performing a pair of dates in Seattle, Washington in November and December.  It will follow them up with a show in Mill Creek, Washington on January 18th, 2013.  To get all the latest tour dates and news about Just Like Vinyl, fans can go online to http://www.facebook.com/justlikevinylwa

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Blaqk Audio’s New LP Is A “Bright” New Record

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AFI’s Davey Havok and Jade Puget have hit the switch yet again on the way back machine and taken audiences once more back to the heyday of the techno boom with the new Blaqk Audio record, “Bright Black Heaven.”  This album takes listeners even deeper into the electronic influences of both men with tracks the likes of ‘Faith Healer’, ‘Everybody’s Friends’, and ‘Bliss.’ 

‘Faith Healer’ is a blatant throwback to Depeche Mode.  Even the vocals are eerily similar to that of Depeche Mode’s front man Dave Gahan.  While it’s a blatant throwback to Depeche Mode, the keyboard parts actually throw in a more twenty-first century touch with their effects, bridging that generational gap and bringing the two together for what is the album’s first really catchy track.

‘Everybody’s Friends’ is another high point to “Bright Black Heaven.”   While the song is lyrically steeped in the standard topic of relationships, it’s the music that really stands out.  This song is an instant club hit.  It would have just as popular in the 80’s thanks to its keyboard work.  The real surprise of the song is that as catchy as it is, it would be interesting to hear a remix of this song.  A remix might actually be that much catchier.  Much the same could be said of ‘Bliss.’  But instead of mixing older techno and new, this song instead favors more of the newer sound, showing growth from the duo’s debut album, “Cex Cells.”  Hearing this track and comparing it to work from “Cex Cells” it would be no surprise to see this duo out on tour with the likes of Linkin Park or even collaborating with them at one point or another.

Speaking of touring, no dates are currently listed.  But fans can get all the latest tour dates when they come along by going online to http://www.blaqkaudio.com, http://www.facebook.com/blaqkaudio, http://twitter.com/realblaqkaudio, and http://www.youtube.com/blaqkaudioofficial.  The duo’s new album, “Bright Black Heaven” is available now in stores and online.  It can be ordered online via iTunes at http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/blaqk-audio/id258737071

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Blaqk Audio, AP Magazine Premiere Inside Bright Black Heaven Documentary

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Blaqk Audio and Alternative Press magazine have teamed up to present a new video that gives fans a chance to see behind the scenes of the duo’s new album, “Bright Black Heaven.”  The video gives fans the opportunity to hear Davey Havok and Jade Puget talk about four of the songs on the upcoming album, which is due out September 11th.  Those songs are:  ‘Cold War’, ‘Fade To White’, ‘Faith Healer’ and ‘Deconstructing Gods.’  Fans will also get to hear the duo discuss some of its favorite lyrics and more.  To check out the video, just follow the link here:  http://www.altpress.com/aptv/video/video_premiere_inside_blaqk_audios_bright_black_heaven_part_1

While fans count down the days until the release of “Bright Black Heaven” they can check out both a teaser video with bits and pieces of some of the album’s songs, and the official lyric video for the song, ‘Faith Healer.’  Both videos can be found online at http://youtu.be/KsoECZzVvu8 and http://youtu.be/C7scl5bBbV0 respectively.  ‘Faith Healer’ is currently available for sale via Amazon, Google Play and iTunes now.  Pre-sales of the full album are also available online now at iTunes.  A lmited number of deluxe edition pre-order bundles are also available at http://www.blaqkaudio.com/presale.

Blaqk Audio will be performing at a handful of West Coast dates to support the album beginning September 6th in San Diego, CA at the Cabas.  This show is sold out.  the group’s September 8th show in Long Beach, CA and September 14th show in Los Angeles are also sold out.  That means that tickets are still available for the duo’s shows in Las Vegas on September 7th, September 10th in Sacramento, September 11th show in San Francisco, and September 12th show in San Jose.  To get information on tickets and lots more, go online to http://www.blaqkaudio.com, http://www.facebook.com/blaqkaudio, http://twitter.com/RealBlaqkAudio, and http://www.superballmusic.com.

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Blaqk Audio Announces Dates For New Album, Tour

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LOS ANGELES, CA–AFI members Davey Havok and Jade Puget have announced the release date for the new release from their side project, Blaqk Audio.  The duo’s new album, “Bright Black Heaven” will hit store Tuesday, September 11th.  This release is the second for the pair.  Their debut release, “CexCells” was released in 2007.

“Bright Black Heaven” will be released via the pair’s Superball Music imprint, Big Death.  Fans can download a free MP3 of the song, ‘Bliss’, from “Bright Black Heaven” now. 

Along with the upcoming release of “Bright Black Heaven”, Blaqk Audio has also announced a handful of West Coast headlining tour dates in support of the new album.  The first of those dates will be at The Casbah in San Diego, California on September 6th.  Blaqk Audio will head to Las Vegas Nevada from there to

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perform at the Hard Rock – Club Vinyl the following night.  The pair will return to California for five more dates after its performance in Vegas.

Fans can get a full listing of tour dates and to get the latest Blaqk Audio news, and download the free MP3 now online at http://www.blaqkaudio.com.  Fans can also follow the band on its Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/blaqkaudio, on Twitter at http://twitter.com/RealBlaqkAudio, and at http://www.superballmusic.com.

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Matt Skiba and the Sekrets a secret no more to audiences

Alkaline Trio frontman Matt Skiba has spent the past fifteen years fronting the well known Chicago based emo band.  Now, Skiba has struck out on his own, so to speak with what could actually be argued to be an emo supergroup in Matt Skiba and The Sekrets.  Skiba was joined on this debut release by AFI bassist Hunter Burgan and My Chemical Romance drummer Jarrod Alexander for this project.  The resulting sound makes for an album that fans of The Killers and Jimmy Eat World will enjoy, along with long time fans of Alkaline Trio.  It also carries themes similar to that of work from Alkaline Trio.

“Babylon” has all the sounds that fans of Jimmy Eat World and The Killers will enjoy.  And fans who have followed Alkaline Trio over the years will find “Babylon” to be familiar territory, lyrically and musically speaking.  One of the prime examples of this is in ‘All Fall Down.’  Skiba sings in the song, “You’re searching for the answers\Out in the deep blue sea\You’re spreading like a cancer\Across my memory\Give me some radiation\Give me some sense of relief.”  This is just one of the handful of songs on the album that delve into the myriad of emotions in the ups and downs of relationships. 

Of course, songs centered on personal relationships aren’t all that Skiba and his bandmates cover on “Babylon.”  There are also songs of personal struggles.  One of the more prominent of those is the album’s opener, ‘Voices.’  Skiba sings in the song’s chorus, “All alone with the voice in your head\SKin and bones\Hell knows\all the poison  that you’ve been fed\All alone with the voices in your head\In the dark\As you walk hand in hand\with the living dead\The living dead.”  The song comes across as someone fighting his or her own inner conflict.  Again, fans who have followed Skiba’s other band, Alkaline Trio, for some time, will find this and the rest of the songs on this album familiar territory.

The familiar sounds aren’t all that make “Babylon” an interesting album.  The album’s packaging may seem trivial in the grand scheme of things.  But in reality, it helps to give the album its own identity.  The packaging for the album isn’t the standard plastic case.  Nor is it the standard soft case, either.  Rather than simply being an open and close case, audiences have to slide out the sleeve on which the disc sits.  The disc is protected by light backing.  The lyric booklet sits behind that backing.  All said, it makes for easy access without the worry of breaking the case.  And the backing for the disc is soft enough that there is no worry about the disc being scratched up when it is removed and replaced. 

“Babylon” is obviously a niche album.  Fans who have been with Alkaline Trio since the beginning with likely enjoy this album.  And it’s just as enjoyable for younger audiences.  Those listeners will be able to relate to much of the material on the record.  Musically though, it’s an album that could easily find its way onto the mainstream charts, given the right support from program directors  at radio stations nation wide.

Fans who want to catch Matt Skiba and The Sekrets live will get their chance this Thursday.  The band will be performing in Chicago.  The band will finish off the East coast half of its tour next Wednesday, June 13th before heading to California for a handful of dates in the second half of the month.  Fans can keep up with all of the band’s latest news and tour dates on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/mattskibaandthesekrets

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