• Broad Shoulders: out August 14, 2012 from Tiny Engines
• AbsolutePunk Premier: Exclusive song stream for “Apology Not F*cking Accepted”
• Band Chat / Full Album StreamTonight @ 7:30pm: hang out with the band & listen to the new record!
Lovingly referred to as the “Chinese Democracy of Emo,” the ten-song album will see an official release date of August 14, 2012 on digital and 12″ formats, with the latter being limited to 500 copies on clear w/ blue smoke (100), dark orange (150) and light brown (250) vinyl. Broad Shoulders is the follow up to Dikembe’s acclaimed 2011 digital EP, Chicago Bowls, which is currently available for free download.
Additionally, AbsolutePunk will be hosting a band chat with Dikembe tonight at 7:30pm EST. Visit the site to hang out with the boys and ask them questions about the new album, future plans or whatever else pops into your brain. Heckling is encouraged. As a special bonus, Broad Shoulders will be streaming in its entirety for the duration of the chat.
In related news, Dikembe has been confirmed for this year’s FEST 11 in Gainesville and more recently, the I Got Brains Fest in Blacksburg, VA in August. Be sure to follow Tiny Engines’ Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter pages for more breaking news and other exciting announcements about the band and the rest of the label’s roster.
It was surprising to virtually no one – save for Dikembe itself – that Chicago Bowls, in all its anthemic, adrenalized indie-cum-emo / punk greatness, took the underground by storm last year. The ironic, pun-laden ode to weed and arguably (and less ironically) the greatest championship squad in NBA history was a breath of fresh air … playful, charismatic and downright infectious without emitting an ounce of pretension. Four revelatory cuts of undeniable, high energy DIY rock ‘n’ roll, Chicago Bowls cajoled the listener to laugh along with song titles such as “Scottie Spliffen” and “Michael Jordank.” There was no doubt that Dikembe’s playful nature was an integral part of its singular sound, and perhaps one of the biggest reasons why we couldn’t wait to hear what the outfit conjured up next.
Accordingly, it would have been easy for Dikembe to rush its debut full-length, but the band wisely spent the appropriate amount of time recording and mixing the ten amazing songs that would eventually make up highly anticipated Broad Shoulders. And from the first long-awaited note, it’s clear that there’s something truly unique manifesting itself Dikembe’s signature sound – powerhouse rhythms, the acrobatic back-and-forth between the guitars and front man Steven Gray’s confident-yet-completely raw and exposed delivery – is all still present, and it’s imparted with even more vigor and conviction than ever before. However, album highlights such as “I Watch A Lot Of Jackie Chan Movies” and “Not Today, Angel” are thoughtful, nuanced and occasionally even haunting. They help to paint a picture of an evolving band and a record that is not only imaginative and memorable, but one that is fully realized and worthy of all the hype.