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Run, Forever Joins Tiny Engines

By , 4 June, 2012, No Comment

RUN, FOREVER Joins Tiny Engines

Settling: New Full-Length Out early Fall 2012 on 12″ + Digital formats
• Band recording with Dave Rosenstraus(ex-Pissed Jeans)

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Tiny Engines (Tigers Jaw, Restorations, CSTVT, Look Mexico) is excited to welcome Run, Forever to its growing roster of bands. The independent label will release the Pittsburgh, PA outfit’s newest full-length, Settling, in the Fall of 2012 on 12″ vinyl and digital formats.

Currently, Run, Forever is at the Braddock Hit Factory Studio with ex-Pissed Jeans bassist Dave Rosenstraus finishing up with recording and mixing for the ten songs that will appear on Settling. The album is the follow-up to the punk trio’s well-received 2010 debut long-player, The Devil, And Death, And Me, which was released by Solidarity Recordings. Last year Run, Forever released an EP titled A Few Good Things, as well as a Split with Atlanta’s The Wild, which can be downloaded for free at If You Make It. Both 7-inches were also issued by Solidarity.

To watch a great video for the title track from The Devil, And Death, And Me, go here. You can also download the song “A Sequence Of Sad Events” (free mp3).

Known for its tireless work ethic and resolute DIY attitude, Run, Forever has spent much of the last two years on the road, playing to enthusiastic fans in tiny clubs, sweaty basements and crowded house shows around the country. From fist-pumping, sing-along punk anthems to swinging folk rockers to more intimate acoustic numbers, the outfit’s songs touch on issues such as the corruption of organized religion, politics and – on its debut – the struggle to overcome the tragic loss of former band mate. Run, Forever never fails to impress with its ability to write driving, gritty tunes without sacrificing melody or falling into predictability, and its music is one of those rare specimens that resonates profoundly in both our ears and our hearts.

Stay tuned for plenty more Run, Forever news in the coming months, including final artwork and track listing, exclusive song premieres and a full U.S. tour in October leading up to FEST 11. Also, be sure to follow Tiny Engines’ Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter pages for all the latest updates.

PRESS QUOTES
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- Combining the 3 piece punk assault of The Thermals & the Springsteen bastard-son rock of Titus Andronicus, RF let loose an onslaught of pub-ready rallying cries.Speed of the Pittsburgh Sound
- Looks like the Menzingers have got company. Much like Chamberlain Waits, Run, Forever drips with all the passion associated with the Clash/Billy Bragg playbook. Punknews.org
- Cathartic, passionate and full of brooding and often insightful wordplay, Run, Forever play honest, engaging music without any sort of studio effects or gimmicks,AMP
- A combination of anthemic punk and folksy rock, chock full of broad builds, aggressive verses and melodic choruses … An unexpected gem.Reviewsic.com
- A pulsating, anthemic and rather addictive example of impassioned and deceptively simplistic songs … a contender for debut of the year. Scanner Zine
- If you’re like me, and you enjoy a healthy dose of emotional punk, then Run, Forever should be a wise choice. ThePunkSite.com
- Taking us back to a time of music simplicity without the need for over-polished vocals or instrumental work.Absolutepunk.net
- Songs ring with raw, gritty, emotional scarring … this is the type of catharsis that only great music can produce.Jersey Beat

Dikembe – New Song Premier From Broad Shoulders LP On Tiny Engines

By , 29 May, 2012, No Comment

DIKEMBE – Debut Full-Length Completed / New Song Premier

Broad Shoulders: out this Summer from Tiny Engines on 12″ Vinyl + Digital formats
Alternative Press Premier: Exclusive song stream for “We Could Become River Rats
• Artwork / Track Listing revealed, live videos, fest confirmations + more!

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Tiny Engines (Tigers Jaw, Restorations, CSTVT, Everyone Everywhere) is stoked to announce the completion and upcoming release of Broad Shoulders, the long-awaited, occasionally delayed debut full-length from Gainesville, FL’s Dikembe.

Lovingly referred to as the “Chinese Democracy of Emo,” the ten-song album is tentatively scheduled for a mid-Summer release on 12″ vinyl and digital formats, with pre-orders launching in June. Broad Shoulders is the follow up to Dikembe’s 2011 digital EP, Chicago Bowls, which is currently available for free download.

To celebrate today’s announcement, Tiny Engines and Dikembe have teamed up with Alternative Press for an exclusive debut of the song “We Could Become River Rats.” To stream the first single from Broad Shoulders, go here.

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.

TRACK LISTING
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01. Nothing. Stuff.
02. Apology Not Fucking Accepted
03. I Watch A Lot Of Jackie Chan Movies
04. We Could Become River Rats
05. I Just Don’t Understand What All These Kids Dig About Him
06. Not Today, Angel
07. Librarians Kill For That Kind Of Quiet
08. That’s How What Works
09. I’m Gonna Deck Your Halls, Bub!
10. Sorry I Can’t Stick Around

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. Speaking of live performances, check out live renditions of new songs from Broad Shoulders here and here. Of course, we’ll be premiering more exclusive tracks in the next couple months as well. Be sure to follow Tiny Engines’ Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter pages for more breaking news and other exciting announcements.

Cattle Drums – On Tour

By , 16 May, 2012, No Comment

CATTLE DRUMS – Spring Tour Announced
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* Spring Tour (5/17 – 5/31)
* New demos up on the Cattle Drums Bandcamp
* Debut LP coming Fall 2012 on Tiny Engines
* The Boy Kisser Sessions + 3 available for free download on Bandcamp
* Sample “Who Punched Pat Moore’s Face” from RCRD LBL

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Cattle Drums (Oneonta, NY) are heading out for a two week Spring tour ahead of finishing recording on their debut LP, due out in the Fall of 2012 on Tiny Engines (Tigers Jaw, Restorations, CSTVT, Look Mexico). You can hear two early demos from the upcoming album at the Cattle Drums Bandcamp.

The band’s debut LP will be the follow up to The Boy Kisser Sessions + 3 EP which was released digitally on Tiny Engines in 2011. The Boy Kisser Sessions + 3 is an eight song collection that put together the original debut of the band with three newer tracks that were recorded near the end of 2010. The EP can be downloaded for free here. Of course you can still download via iTunes as well.

You can sample the track “Who Punched Pat Moore’s Face” on RCRD LBL. Additionally, you can listen to “Sluts And Coconuts” from The Boy Kisser Sessions + 3 (mp3)

Remember when indie music was wild and unpredictable? Remember when bands were hard to pigeonhole into neat little sub-genres? Well, Cattle Drums will remind you if you have forgotten. Hailing from upstate NY, you might shrug your shoulders at a band named Cattle Drums but you would be remiss by doing so. Mixing post-punk, emo/hardcore, shards of math rock and even traces of dark Americana, Cattle Drums distinguish themselves as purveyors of a sound not yet recognizable to our pampered, innocent ears. Lyrically ambiguous and instrumentally ambitious with harsh, aggressive tones, Cattle Drums truly are a wild awakening for the senses. These songs truly defy classification and open the listener up to create their own unique interpretation of the Cattle Drums sound. Need a shock to the system to break you from the mundane of the daily grind? Delve into the madness of the Cattle Drums experience and witness a band operating only by their keen sense of artistic expression. Eccentric and chaotic yet always melodic and intoxicating, Cattle Drums are kicking up dust and noise unlike anybody else right now. Just imagine what is yet to come.

TOUR
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MAY 17 – Binghamton NY @ 16 Walnut
MAY 18 – Philladelphia, PA @ The Treehouse w/ Greek Favorites, Lana Avacada
MAY 19 – Richmond VA @ 2815 Garland Ave.
MAY 20 – Wilmington, NC @ The Soapbox w/ Museum Mouth
MAY 21 – Greenville, NC @ The Pool House (402 Highland Drive)
MAY 23 – Aiken, SC @ HIC Warehouse Indoor Skateboard Park
MAY 24 – Savannah, GA @ No Control
MAY 25 – Gainesville, FL @ Turkey Town w/ Dikembe
MAY 26 – Jacksonville, FL @ Shantytown Pub
MAY 27 – Valdosta, GA @ TBA w/ Farm
MAY 29 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade – Latest Disgrace Showcase
MAY 30 – Raleigh, NC @ House Show
MAY 31 – TBA

You probably haven’t heard anything quite like Cattle Drums before.RockFreaks.net
Some of the more wildly unpredictable and yet melodic stuff I’ve heard all year and it’s got promise written all over it.Punknews.org
Almost conversational in tone in the vein of Say Anything (absent the whining, don’t fret), the vocals add a nice touch to an aggressive and unpredictable take on melody.RCRD LBL
There’s an obvious musical intelligence on offer here, and ‘The Boy Kisser Sessions’ is a rare little treat.Punktastic
The New York band play an energetic and refreshing blend of post-hardcore and punk that will appeal to fans of bands like At The Drive-In or Bear Vs. Shark.Two Way Monologues
Cattle Drums are a post-punk band with all the right influences, Fugazi, Dismemberment Plan and earlier At The Drive In all come to mind.Clean Cut
Reveling in heartfelt passions and rollicking rhythms, The Boy Kisser Sessions + 3 is a kinetic eight-song record that calls to mind early mewithoutYou, At The Drive-In, and that exciting, vibrant era of indie guitar rock as second-wave emo was flirting openly with punk and hardcore music.Dryvetyme Onlyne

Tiny Engines – Red Collar / Best Practices Pre-Orders Now Available

By , 3 May, 2012, No Comment

RED COLLAR: Welcome Home LP Pre-Order Available Now On TINY ENGINES

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* Welcome Home Out 6/12/12
* Stream tracks on Punknews.org and Alternative Press
* Band named one of Alternative Press’ 100 Bands You Need To Know in 2012
* Upcoming shows with Less Than Jake, Restorations, Signals Midwest + The Fest

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Welcome Home, the sophomore full-length from Durham, NC rock band Red Collar, is now available for pre-order from Tiny Engines (Tigers Jaw, CSTVT, Look Mexico, Restorations). The 12″ LP will see a June 12, 2012 release date. Also worth noting, all vinyl pre-orders come with an instant mp3 download for the 10-song album. The album is also available for early digital purchase here.

The Welcome Home 12″ vinyl is limited to 500 pressed on three colorways (75 White w/ black swirl 180 gram vinyl / 150 Clear w/ black smoke 180 gram vinyl / 275 Black 180 gram vinyl). All pre-orders will be entered to win a test pressing of the record. There are also vinyl combo packs and vinyl + tee packages available.

You can hear a brand new song, “Choices” on Punknews.org. Also, “American Me” can be heard on Alternative Press as well. The band was recently named as one of Alternative Press’ 100 Bands You Need To Know in 2012 along with fellow Tiny Engines labelmates, Signals Midwest (Issue #285).

Three years in the making, Red Collar’s Welcome Home fulfills the promise of the band’s acclaimed debut full-length, 2009′s Pilgrim. Welcome Home continues the tradition of heart pounding indie punk & roll from the Durham, NC quartet but expands the palette with dynamic results. Red Collar combine the jagged rhythms of DC punk along with the soulful, working class spirit and lyrical bend of bands like The Hold Steady and The Gaslight Anthem. Never shying away from their influences, the band proudly displays the earnestness of Springsteen, the boldness of The Replacements and the swagger of The Clash firmly on their sleeves. All that you know and love about Red Collar remains but Welcome Home opens up into hauntingly beautiful songwriting territory that touches on the timelessness of Americana roots. Red Collar is back and they are better than ever! Welcome home indeed.

Red Collar will be playing Treasure Fest in Charlotte, NC later this month sandwiched in between a show with Less Than Jake and their LP release show in Durham with labelmates Restorations and Signals Midwest. The band will also be playing Death To False Hope Fest in June and are confirmed, once again, for The Fest in Gainesville in October.

Upcoming Shows
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MAY 16 – Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall w/ Less Than Jake
MAY 18 – Charlotte, NC TREASURE FEST @ Snug Harbor w/ Restorations, Signals Midwest, Jr. Astronomers & more
MAY 19 – Durham, NC LP RELEASE SHOW @ Motorco Music Hall w/ Restorations, Signals Midwest, Maple Stave
JUN 29 – Durham, NC DEATH TO FALSE HOPE FEST @ Motorco Music Hall w/ The Holy Mess, Mixtapes, Elway, Banquets, The Fake Boys & more

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BEST PRACTICES: The EP LP 12″ Pre-Order Available Now On TINY ENGINES

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* The EP LP Out June 19, 2012
* Stream full album here
* Upcoming shows / The Fest / Recording soon

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Tiny Engines (Tigers Jaw, CSTVT, Look Mexico, Restorations) welcomed Providence, RI’s Best Practices to its expanding roster earlier this year. The label is excited to announce the band’s debut, The EP LP, is now available for pre-order on one-sided 12″ vinyl. The 12″ will see a June 19, 2012 release date. Also worth noting, all vinyl pre-orders come with an instant mp3 download for the 9-song album. The album is also available for early digital purchase here. You can stream the entire record on Bandcamp.

The The EP LP 12″ vinyl is limited to 500 pressed on three colorways (75 Yellow / 175 Black w/ screened B-side / 250 Translucent Green). All pre-orders will be entered to win a test pressing of the record. There are also vinyl combo packs and vinyl + tee packages available.

Featuring current/former members of Light The Fuse And Run, Wow, Owls!, Weak Teeth and Jesuscentric, Best Practices is a return to the fundamentals of punk rock. On the band’s Tiny Engines debut, The EP LP, the quartet lets loose a whirlwind of (garage power pop) punk fury. Recorded with Will Killingsworth (Orchid, Ampere) at Dead Air Studios, Best Practices pummel their way through 9 songs in 12 glorious minutes. The band comes close to careening off the edge at points but never seem to overtake themselves. Chock full of razor sharp hooks Best Practices lays down a furious gauntlet that is as catchy as it is exhausting. All your left with as The EP LP fires towards the finish line is the feeling that you just want to do it all over again.

Best Practices have some confirmed hometown shows upcoming and will be swinging South down to VA and back up through Philly in August (details to come). The band has also been confirmed for The Fest in Gainesville in October. Also, the band will be heading back into Dead Air Studios in late June/early July to record new material. Stay tuned!

Upcoming Shows
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MAY 23 – Providence, RI @ AS220 w/ Peace Be Still, Greys
JUN 06 – Providence, RI @ Squid Amps w/ Homelife, Eyes Wide
JUL 02 – Providence, RI @ Dusk w/ You Blew It, The World Is A Beautiful Place…

Be sure to follow Tiny Engines’ Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter pages for more exclusive news!

Restorations – Premiere New Song / Artwork & Tracklisting Revealed For Upcoming 7″ on Tiny Engines

By , 24 April, 2012, No Comment

RESTORATIONS – Premiere New Song From Upcoming 7″ on TINY ENGINES
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* “A” exclusively debuting on Alternative Press
* Recorded with Jon Low (Twin Sister, mewithoutYou, Sharon Van Etten)
* A/B 7″ Artwork / Tracklisting Revealed
* Upcoming shows with labelmates Red Collar, Signals Midwest and Monument

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Tiny Engines (Tigers Jaw, CSTVT, Look Mexico) is excited to unveil the newest release from Philadelphia, PA’s Restorations, a 7″ titled A/B. The band entered Miner Street Studios in Philadelphia in March to record two new songs with Jon Low (Twin Sister, mewithoutYou, Dr. Dog, Sharon Van Etten) and Tiny Engines will be releasing the 7″ this Summer. The release follows up Restorations critically-acclaimed Self-Titled debut LP, released on Tiny Engines in 2011.

You can stream the first track off A/B, simply titled “A”, on Alternative Press right now.

Restorations is currently writing for their upcoming sophomore full-length, tentatively scheduled for early 2013. The band will be stepping out for a weekend celebration of shows with label mates Red Collar, Signals Midwest and Monument in May.

WEEKEND TOUR
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MAY 18 – Charlotte, NC TREASURE FEST @ Snug Harbor w/ Red Collar, Signals Midwest, Jr. Astronomers & more
MAY 19 – Durham, NC RED COLLAR LP RELEASE SHOW @ Motorco Music Hall w/ Red Collar, Signals Midwest, Maple Stave
MAY 20 – Washington, DC @ The Dugout w/ Signals Midwest, Monument, Ryan Ford

Red Collar – Debut New Song / Artwork & Tracklisting Revealed For Upcoming LP on Tiny Engines

By , 9 April, 2012, No Comment

RED COLLAR – Debut New Song / Release Artwork & Tracklisting for upcoming LP on Tiny Engines
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* Welcome Home To Be Released 6/12/12
* Exclusive Song Premiere of “American Me” on Alternative Press
* Artwork/Tracklisting Released
* Band named one of Alternative Press’ 100 Bands You Need To Know in 2012
* Upcoming shows announced

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Tiny Engines (Tigers Jaw, CSTVT, Look Mexico, Restorations) welcomed Durham, NC rock band Red Collar to its roster recently. The band has completed their sophomore full-length, Welcome Home, and the Carolina-based label will release the album on 12″ vinyl this summer. Welcome Home is the follow up to the band’s debut full-length, 2009′s Pilgrim. Pre-orders for the vinyl will begin in May with an official release date set for June 12, 2012.

You can hear a brand new song, “American Me”, on Alternative Press right now! The band was recently named as one of Alternative Press’ 100 Bands You Need To Know in 2012 along with fellow Tiny Engines labelmates, Signals Midwest (Issue #285).

Three years in the making, Red Collar’s Welcome Home fulfills the promise of the band’s acclaimed debut full-length, 2009′s Pilgrim. Welcome Home continues the tradition of heart pounding indie punk & roll from the Durham, NC quartet but expands the palette with dynamic results. Red Collar combine the jagged rhythms of DC punk along with the soulful, working class spirit and lyrical bend of bands like The Hold Steady and The Gaslight Anthem. Never shying away from their influences, the band proudly displays the earnestness of Springsteen, the boldness of The Replacements and the swagger of The Clash firmly on their sleeves. All that you know and love about Red Collar remains but Welcome Home opens up into hauntingly beautiful songwriting territory that touches on the timelessness of Americana roots. Red Collar is back and they are better than ever! Welcome home indeed.

Red Collar will be playing Treasure Fest in Charlotte, NC in May and Death To False Hope Records Fest in their hometown of Durham, NC in June. The band’s record release show will be happening May 19th at Motorco Music Hall in Durham with Restorations, Signals Midwest and Maple Stave.

TRACK LISTING
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01. Orphanage
02. American Me
03. The Old Piano Roll
04. Fade Into The Night
05. This House
06. Dodge K
07. Choices
08. Two Daughters
09. Losing My Accent
10. Welcome Home

State Lines – Premiere New Song / Artwork & Tracklisting Revealed For Upcoming 7″ On Tiny Engines

By , 4 April, 2012, No Comment

STATE LINES – Premiere New Song / Release Artwork & Tracklisting from Upcoming 7″ on TINY ENGINES
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* Self-Titled 7″ Artwork / Tracklisting Released
* Vinyl Pre-order Coming Soon
* Exclusive Song Premiere of “Win Free” on Alternative Press

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Tiny Engines (Tigers Jaw, CSTVT, Look Mexico, Restorations) welcomed Long Island, NY’s State Lines to it’s growing roster earlier this year. The band has completed their sophomore release, a Self-Titled 7″, and the record will be released in May with pre-orders coming soon.

You can hear a brand new song, “Win Free”, on Alternative Press right now!

This 4 song 7″ is the follow up to State Lines’ debut full-length, Hoffman Manor, which can still be downloaded for free here.

The band will be playing Stay Sweet Fest in Richmond, Virginia later this month with fellow Tiny Engineers Tigers Jaw, Signals Midwest and Monument. Other notable bands playing include The Menzingers, Cheap Girls, The Sidekicks, Bridge & Tunnel, Algernon Cadwallader, Spraynard, Daytrader, Mixtapes, Run, Forever, Broadcaster, Grey Area, Go Rydell, Luther, Kite Party and more.

State Lines make quite the first impression as the first chords ring out on their sophomore release. Recorded this Winter with Sainthood Reps’ Bradley Cordaro, these four songs brim with confidence and overflow with punk energy while playfully pulling at those pop heartstrings we all possess. But while State Lines have plenty of youthful spirit left over they bite deeper with lyrical depth.

Though their pop-punk forefathers are irrefutably influential, they have inspired a generation of bands that seem to steal the wrong cues and follow them towards the same predictable ends. State Lines isn’t one of these bands; they’ve identified the spark and spirit that made their predecessors feel so initially fresh and have bottled it, choosing to express this explosive essence without following their winding, wandering path. While it is doubtful that State Lines has finished growing yet, it is refreshing they seem to know exactly where they are going.

TRACK LISTING
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01. 5′s On The Elephant
02. Plenty Of Time
03. Cave In
04. Win Free

“The reason I listen to music is because of bands like State Lines.” Absolute Punk
“These guys are a breath of fresh air in a seemingly stagnant and boring scene.”Jersey Beat
“These guys have that unmistakable early 00- era sound that’s reminiscent of the early work of Brand New, Taking Back Sunday and The Early November with a little bit of Tigers Jaw thrown in for good measure.”Bedwetting Cosmonaut

State Faults – Pre-Order Debut LP from Tiny Engines

By , 28 March, 2012, No Comment

STATE FAULTS – Pre-Order Debut Full-Length from TINY ENGINES
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Desolate Peaks 12″ LP out April 24, 2012
• Songs streaming on Alternative Press, AMP and Absolute Punk
• Test pressing contest, limited-edition slipmats, tees + more!

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Desolate Peaks, the debut full-length from Santa Rosa, CA’s State Faults, is now available for pre-order from Tiny Engines (Tigers Jaw, CSTVT, Look Mexico, Restorations). The 12″ LP will see a April 24, 2012 release date. It’s also worth noting that all vinyl pre-orders come with an instant mp3 download for the 11-song album. The album is also available for early digital purchase here.

The Desolate Peaks vinyl is limited to 500 pressed on three colorways (75 Blue/Grey / 150 Deep Red / 275 Beige). The first 45 pre-orders will receive a limited-edition State Faults slipmat. Additionally, all pre-orders will be entered to win a test pressing of the record. There are also 3 LP packs and Tee + LP combos available for purchase.

You can hear brand new songs streaming from Desolate Peaks on Alternative Press, AMP and Absolute Punk. You can also stream another new song, “Arrowhead”, here.

Written over the span of close to a year, Desolate Peaks, is the debut full-length from State Faults. The band delivers on the album title imagery with an intense emotional landscape rarely traveled. Drawing upon elements of 90′s emo and post-hardcore, State Faults is explosive but not to the extent where it overpowers the nuances of the band’s songwriting. These songs are always able to breathe to their full potential. The band is adventurous and always pushing forward but never choose to wallow in grandiosity. On Desolate Peaks State Faults is able to find a perfect balance between craft and composition.

Desolate Peaks will be the follow up to the band’s debut EP, Head In The Clouds, which can still be downloaded for free here.

Formed in early 2010, State Faults consists of four soulmates with a DIY ethic trying to make honest and emotionally charged music. Huddled together in the California heat, the band created a tightly knit sound which gave birth to an impressive self-released debut EP, Head In The Clouds. Released in late 2010, the EP quickly spread through word of mouth and the band began to cultivate a devoted following. In what can only be described as an advancement of the sound created on Head In The Clouds, the band’s Tiny Engines debut, Desolate Peaks, takes State Faults to new uncharted levels.

Be sure to follow Tiny Engines’ Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter pages for more exclusive news over the next few months.

Red Collar Joins Tiny Engines

By , 27 February, 2012, 1 Comment

RED COLLAR joins TINY ENGINES / New LP Out Summer 2012
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* Welcome Home To Be Released 6/12/12
* Band named one of Alternative Press’ 100 Bands You Need To Know in 2012
* Artwork / Tracklisting coming soon

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Tiny Engines (Tigers Jaw, CSTVT, Look Mexico, Restorations) is honored to welcome Durham, NC rock band Red Collar to its roster. The Carolina-based label will release the band’s sophomore full-length, Welcome Home, on 12″ vinyl this summer. Welcome Home is the follow up to the band’s debut full-length, 2009′s Pilgrim. Pre-orders for the vinyl will begin in May with an official release date set for June 12, 2012.

The band was recently named as one of Alternative Press’ 100 Bands You Need To Know in 2012 along with fellow Tiny Engines labelmates, Signals Midwest. The issue (#285) hits streets in early March!

Three years in the making, Red Collar’s Welcome Home fulfills the promise of the band’s acclaimed debut full-length, 2009′s Pilgrim. Welcome Home continues the tradition of heart pounding indie punk & roll from the Durham, NC quartet but expands the palette with dynamic results. Red Collar combine the jagged rhythms of DC punk along with the soulful, working class spirit and lyrical bend of bands like The Hold Steady and The Gaslight Anthem. Never shying away from their influences, the band proudly displays the earnestness of Springsteen, the boldness of The Replacements and the swagger of The Clash firmly on their sleeves. All that you know and love about Red Collar remains but Welcome Home opens up into hauntingly beautiful songwriting territory that touches on the timelessness of Americana roots. Red Collar is back and they are better than ever! Welcome home!

Stay tuned for final artwork/tracklisting as well as upcoming song premieres. Also, be sure to follow Tiny Engines’ Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter pages for more exclusive news upcoming.

“As hard as it has become to forge an original sound in any scene these days, Red Collar have done a nice job in carving out a new niche with Pilgrim.” Punknews.org
“To be eloquent: this shit needs to be played loud! “Consequence of Sound
“Stocked with highlights, Pilgrim—a dynamic departure that shows Red Collar is as capable of measured albums as it is explosive shows—counts as a triumph.”Indy Week
“This Durham, NC band follows up their promising initial EP with an even better debut album, injecting the EP’s anthemic, post-hardcore sound reminiscent of Fugazi and Mission of Burma with a healthy dose of blue-collar Springsteen rock, a natural fit for the band’s class-conscious idealism, expressed in catchy songs with bristling guitar hooks and shouted gang choruses.”KEXP
“The band from Durham, North Carolina delivers an amazing, ambitious, and surprisingly complex album that combines jagged post-punk with heartland Americana that would make Springsteen smile. Pilgrim is one-of-a-kind and one heck of an exciting listen. One of 2009′s best for sure.”Can You See The Sunset

State Faults – New Song Premiere / Album Artwork & Tracklisting Revealed

By , 20 February, 2012, No Comment

STATE FAULTS – Debut New Song / Release Artwork & Tracklisting
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* Desolate Peaks to be released by Tiny Engines in April
* Pre-order coming soon
* Artwork/Tracklisting Released
* Exclusive Song Premier for “Sleeptalker” on Alternative Press

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Tiny Engines (Tigers Jaw, CSTVT, Look Mexico, Restorations) welcomed Santa Rosa, CA’s State Faults (formerly Brother Bear) into its fold late last year. The band has completed their debut full-length, Desolate Peaks, and the record will be released on 12″ vinyl in April 2012 with pre-orders coming soon.

You can hear a brand new song, “Sleeptalker”, on Alternative Press right now!

You can also stream another new song, “Arrowhead”, from Desolate Peaks, on Bandcamp.

Written over the span of close to a year, Desolate Peaks, is the debut full-length from State Faults. The band delivers on the album title imagery with an intense emotional landscape rarely traveled. Drawing upon elements of 90′s emo and post-hardcore, State Faults is explosive but not to the extent where it overpowers the nuances of the band’s songwriting. These songs are always able to breathe to their full potential. The band is adventurous and always pushing forward but never choose to wallow in grandiosity. On Desolate Peaks State Faults is able to find a perfect balance between craft and composition.

Desolate Peaks will be the follow up to the band’s debut EP, Head In The Clouds, which can still be downloaded for free here.

Formed in early 2010, State Faults consists of four soulmates with a DIY ethic trying to make honest and emotionally charged music. Huddled together in the California heat, the band created a tightly knit sound which gave birth to an impressive self-released debut EP, Head In The Clouds. Released in late 2010, the EP quickly spread through word of mouth and the band began to cultivate a devoted following. In what can only be described as an advancement of the sound created on Head In The Clouds, the band’s Tiny Engines debut, Desolate Peaks, takes State Faults to new uncharted levels.

Be sure to follow Tiny Engines’ Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter pages for more exclusive news over the next few months.

TRACK LISTING
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01. Sleepwalker
02. Cities
03. Arrowhead
04. Shiver
05. Faultlines
06. Wayfarer
07. Teeth And Bones
08. Sleeptalker
09. Hallways
10. Vespers
11. Skeletons

Best Practices Joins Tiny Engines

By , 14 February, 2012, No Comment

BEST PRACTICES joins TINY ENGINES / The EP LP Out Spring 2012
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* The EP LP Artwork / Tracklisting Released
* Stream two tracks here
* Vinyl Pre-order coming in March

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Tiny Engines (Tigers Jaw, CSTVT, Look Mexico, Restorations) is stoked to welcome Providence, RI’s Best Practices to its growing roster. The label will release the band’s debut, The EP LP, on 12″ vinyl in the Spring.

You can stream two tracks, “Welcome To Erf” and “Future Cougar” from the 9 song record here. A new song from the album will be added for streaming each week leading up to the vinyl pre-order.

Featuring current/former members of Light The Fuse And Run, Wow, Owls!, Weak Teeth and Jesuscentric, Best Practices is a return to the fundamentals of punk rock. On the band’s Tiny Engines debut, The EP LP, the quartet lets loose a whirlwind of (garage power pop) punk fury. Recorded with Will Killingsworth (Orchid, Ampere) at Dead Air Studios, Best Practices pummel their way through 9 songs in 12 glorious minutes. The band comes close to careening off the edge at points but never seem to overtake themselves. Chock full of razor sharp hooks Best Practices lays down a furious gauntlet that is as catchy as it is exhausting. All your left with as The EP LP fires towards the finish line is the feeling that you just want to do it all over again.

Be sure to follow Tiny Engines’ Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter pages for more exclusive news!

TRACK LISTING
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01. DeerHunter
02. Welcome To Erf
03. Triple Kittens
04. Reindeer Games
05. All The Bull
06. Operation: Stein Grab
07. Future Cougar
08. Devona
09. Get Confident, Stupid

State Faults – Winter Tour

By , 13 January, 2012, No Comment

STATE FAULTS – Winter Tour 2012
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* Winter Tour (1/14-1/30)
* Desolate Peaks to be released by Tiny Engines
* Artwork/Tracklisting coming soon
* Exclusive Song Premier for “Arrowhead” on Alternative Press

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Santa Rosa, CA’s State Faults (formerly Brother Bear) is heading out on tour in support of their upcoming debut full-length, Desolate Peaks. The album will see a Spring release on Tiny Engines (Tigers Jaw, CSTVT, Look Mexico, Restorations).

Head over to Alternative Press to here the exclusive premeiere of “Arrowhead” from Desolate Peaks.

Desolate Peaks will be the follow up to the band’s debut EP, Head In The Clouds, which can still be downloaded for free. You can also check out a demo of the track “Vespers”. A new, re-recorded version of the song will appear on Desolate Peaks.

State Faults consists of four soulmates with a DIY ethic trying to make honest and explosive music. Formed in early 2010, the group immediately began writing and recording music within the cramped confines of a 2nd floor apartment. Huddled together in the California heat, the group created a tightly knit sound, drawing upon elements of 90′s emo and post-hardcore. Those early days gave birth to the band’s impressive self-released debut EP, Head In The Clouds. Released in late 2010, the EP quickly spread through word of mouth and State Faults continue to cultivate a devoted following. In what can only be described as an advancement of the sound created on Head In The Clouds, Desolate Peaks promises to take State Faults to new levels.

Stay tuned for artwork, tracklisting and more exclusive song premieres from State Faults’ Desolate Peaks! The State Faults Winter Tour begins this weekend. Jan 14-26 with Ruptures. More dates to come.

WINTER TOUR
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JAN 14 – San Luis Obispo, CA @ Punk House
JAN 15 – Fresno, CA @ The Bel Tower
JAN 16 – San Francisco, CA @ Submission Gallery
JAN 17 – Stockton, CA @ A Plea For Peace
JAN 19 – Portland, OR @ The North Hole
JAN 20 – Bremerton, WA @ The Charleston
JAN 21 – Seattle, WA @ Punk House
JAN 23 – Boise, ID @ The Venue
JAN 24 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Boing! Anarchist Collective
JAN 25 – Las Vegas, NV @ Yayo Taco
JAN 26 – Phoenix, AZ @ Conspire
JAN 27 – Albuquerque, NM @ The Gasworks
JAN 28 – Austin, TX @ House Show
JAN 29 – Arlington, TX @ House show
JAN 30 – Hattiesburg, MS @ The Tavern

Signals Midwest – Winter Tour Starts This Week

By , 3 January, 2012, No Comment

SIGNALS MIDWEST – Short Winter Tour Announced
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Latitudes And Longitudes 12″ LP out now
• Digitally released via Bandcamp + iTunes
• “The Quiet Persuader” video on Alternative Press

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Cleveland, OH’s Signals Midwest is heading out on tour in support of their sophomore full-length, Latitudes And Longitudes. The album is now available and shipping from Tiny Engines (CSTVT, Look Mexico, Restorations, Tigers Jaw).

The Latitudes And Longitudes vinyl is limited to 500 pressed on three colorways (75 teal / 150 maroon / 275 cream). The digital version is available via Bandcamp and iTunes now.

Signals Midwest recently unveiled the video for “The Quiet Persuader” off Latitudes And Longitudes. You can watch the exclusive premier of the video courtesy of Alternative Press. The video was directed/edited by Aaron Freeder.

Rarely do you come across a young band that startles you with such inherent quality. While Cleveland, Ohio’s Signals Midwest might be rooted in the ethos of punk rock the band quickly transcends the tag both musically and lyrically on their sophomore album, Latitudes And Longitudes. Paying tribute to the continual growth of legends like Small Brown Bike and Fairweather while echoing modern bands such as Balance And Composure and The Menzingers, Signals Midwest provide a unique perspective that resides firmly outside the punk-by-the-numbers formula. Call if post-pop/punk if you will.

Listen to “Limnology” from Latitudes And Longitudes (mp3)

Signals Midwest formed in late 2008 as a trio and issued their first full-length album in 2009. In 2010 the band expanded to a quartet with the addition of a second guitar player. That would be a pivotal move in the band’s collaborative development. Experimenting with and expanding their sound, Signals Midwest quickly outgrew the standard pop/punk pace. With 2011’s Latitudes And Longitudes there is a fleshed out maturity that shines through. Recorded mostly live, the album bristles with the kind of energy and purpose that emanates from a band confidently growing comfortable in their own skin.

The Signals Midwest Winter Tour begins this week. The band will be playing with a handful of great bands including The Lawrence Arms, Restorations, Spraynard, The Holy Mess, Everyone Everywhere, Sundials and Jet Set Sail. As always, if you’d like to attend a show or speak with the band, please drop me a line here.

WINTER TOUR
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JAN 05 – Pittsburgh, PA @ 222 Ormsby Ave w/ Mace Ballard, Playoff Beard, Edhoculi, Trophies
JAN 06 – Brooklyn, NY @ Suburbia (330 Melrose St.) w/ Living Room, Ma Jolie, Manners, Night Owls, Parkview
JAN 07 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Treehouse w/ Restorations, Glocca Morra, Everyone Everywhere, Jet Set Sail, Ma Jolie (email signalsmidwest@gmail.com for address)
JAN 08 – Washington, D.C. @ Wasted Dream (431 Kenyon St. NW) w/ The Harrison Four
JAN 09 – Richmond, VA @ “House Address” House w/ Hold Tight!, Spraynard, Sundials, Pedals On Our Pirate Ships (email signalsmidwest@gmail.com for address)
JAN 10 – Baltimore, MD @ Charm City Art Space (1731 Maryland Ave.) w/ Foozle!
JAN 11 – Boston (Somerville), MA @ Starlab (32 Prospect St.) w/ Dan Webb & The Spiders, Ridgemont, Kid Bastard
JAN 12 – Bradford, PA @ Homewood Snowboard Factory (57 Holley Ave.) w/ Shady Ave., HisDayHasCome, Squid Vicious
JAN 15 – Cleveland, OH @ The Grog Shop w/ The Lawrence Arms, The Holy Mess, Lord

…the rambunctious, extroverted energy is more reminiscent of NYC favourites Bomb the Music Industry! (“Family Crest”) or Latterman (“Construction Paper”), and Signals Midwest return every break and twist in better shape than when they borrowed it. “Memo” opens moody before turning into a downright pretty, sprawling anthem and a similar build occurs in “I Was Lost,” which eventually sustains an intensity that’s more cathartic than suffocating (bass solo, hello). Its dynamics are powerful and unrelenting, in an exhilarating way; Latitudes and Longitudes is an album that must be taken in all at once, and definitely much more than once.Exclaim

Cattle Drums – Winter Tour Starts This Week

By , 2 January, 2012, No Comment

CATTLE DRUMS – Short Winter Tour Announced
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* Winter Tour with Old Shelves (1/4 – 1/13)
* The Boy Kisser Sessions + 3 still available for free download on Bandcamp
* New Demos Available Here
* Band recording debut LP

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Cattle Drums (Oneonta, NY) are heading out for a short Winter tour in support of the band’s debut, The Boy Kisser Sessions + 3, on Tiny Engines (Restorations, Tigers Jaw, CSTVT, Look Mexico).

The Boy Kisser Sessions + 3 is an eight song collection that puts together the original debut of the band with three newer tracks that were recorded near the end of 2010. The EP was digitally released in February 2011 on Tiny Engines and can be downloaded for FREE. Of course you can still download via iTunes as well.

The band recorded new demos in late 2011 that you can listen to here. After this short tour, Cattle Drums will head back into the studio to continue writing/recording for their debut LP which will see a 2012 release.

Remember when indie music was wild and unpredictable? Remember when bands were hard to pigeonhole into neat little sub-genres? Well, Cattle Drums will remind you if you have forgotten. Hailing from upstate NY, you might shrug your shoulders at a band named Cattle Drums but you would be remiss by doing so. Mixing post-punk, emo/hardcore, shards of math rock and even traces of dark Americana, Cattle Drums distinguish themselves as purveyors of a sound not yet recognizable to our pampered, innocent ears. Lyrically ambiguous and instrumentally ambitious with harsh, aggressive tones, Cattle Drums truly are a wild awakening for the senses. These songs truly defy classification and open the listener up to create their own unique interpretation of the Cattle Drums sound. Need a shock to the system to break you from the mundane of the daily grind? Delve into the madness of the Cattle Drums experience and witness a band operating only by their keen sense of artistic expression. Eccentric and chaotic yet always melodic and intoxicating, Cattle Drums are kicking up dust and noise unlike anybody else right now. Just imagine what is yet to come.

The Cattle Drums Winter Tour begins this week.

WINTER TOUR
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JAN 04 – Binghamton, NY @ 16 Walnut
JAN 05 – Goshen, NY @ The Hive
JAN 06 – Allentown, PA @ Secret Art Space
JAN 07 – Brooklyn, NY @ Don Pedro’s
JAN 08 – New Paltz, NY @ Snug’s
JAN 09 – @ TBA
JAN 10 – Providence, RI @ AA220
JAN 11 – Portland, ME @ Slainte Wine Bar
JAN 12 – Burlington, VT @ Buffalo Bill’s Basement
JAN 13 – Troy, NY @ 51 3rd – Old Troy Bike Rescue

State Faults joins Tiny Engines

By , 28 November, 2011, No Comment

STATE FAULTS joins TINY ENGINES / New LP Out Early 2012
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* Desolate Peaks to be released by Tiny Engines
* Artwork/Tracklisting Coming Soon
* Exclusive Song Premier for “Arrowhead” on Alternative Press

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Tiny Engines (Tigers Jaw, CSTVT, Look Mexico, Restorations) is proud to finally expand West and welcome Santa Rosa, CA’s State Faults (formerly Brother Bear) into its fold. The label will release the band’s debut full-length, Desolate Peaks, on 12″ vinyl in early 2012.

Head over to Alternative Press to here the exclusive premeiere of “Arrowhead” from Desolate Peaks.

Desolate Peaks will be the follow up to the band’s debut EP, Head In The Clouds, which can still be downloaded for free. You can also check out a demo of the track “Vespers”. A new, re-recorded version of the song will appear on Desolate Peaks.

State Faults consists of four soulmates with a DIY ethic trying to make honest and explosive music. Formed in early 2010, the group immediately began writing and recording music within the cramped confines of a 2nd floor apartment. Huddled together in the California heat, the group created a tightly knit sound, drawing upon elements of 90′s emo and post-hardcore. Those early days gave birth to the band’s impressive self-released debut EP, Head In The Clouds. Released in late 2010, the EP quickly spread through word of mouth and State Faults continue to cultivate a devoted following. In what can only be described as an advancement of the sound created on Head In The Clouds, Desolate Peaks promises to take State Faults to new levels.

Stay tuned for artwork, tracklisting and more exclusive song premieres from State Faults’ Desolate Peaks!

Be sure to follow Tiny Engines’ Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter pages for more exclusive news over the next few months.

Signals Midwest – Pre-Order New LP from Tiny Engines

By , 8 November, 2011, No Comment

SIGNALS MIDWEST – Pre-Order New Full-Length from TINY ENGINES
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Latitudes And Longitudes 12″ LP out Dec 20, 2011
• Digitally released via Bandcamp + iTunes
• “The Quiet Persuader” video on Alternative Press
• Test pressing contest, limited-edition poster prints + more!

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Latitudes And Longitudes, the sophomore full-length from Cleveland, OH’s Signals Midwest, is now available for pre-order from Tiny Engines (CSTVT, Look Mexico, Restorations, Tigers Jaw). The 12″ LP will see a December 20, 2011 release date, while the digital version is available via Bandcamp and iTunes now. It’s also worth noting that all vinyl pre-orders come with an instant mp3 download for the 10-song album.

The Latitudes And Longitudes vinyl is limited to 500 pressed on three colorways (75 teal / 150 maroon / 275 cream). The first 50 pre-orders will receive a limited-edition poster print with exclusively designed by Jeff Finley. Additionally, all pre-orders will be entered to win a test pressing of the record.

Signals Midwest recently unveiled the video for “The Quiet Persuader” off Latitudes And Longitudes. You can watch the exclusive premier of the video courtesy of Alternative Press. The video was directed/edited by Aaron Freeder.

Rarely do you come across a young band that startles you with such inherent quality. While Cleveland, Ohio’s Signals Midwest might be rooted in the ethos of punk rock the band quickly transcends the tag both musically and lyrically on their sophomore album, Latitudes And Longitudes. Paying tribute to the continual growth of legends like Small Brown Bike and Fairweather while echoing modern bands such as Balance And Composure and The Menzingers, Signals Midwest provide a unique perspective that resides firmly outside the punk-by-the-numbers formula. Call if post-pop/punk if you will.

Listen to “Limnology” from Latitudes And Longitudes (mp3)

Signals Midwest formed in late 2008 as a trio and issued their first full-length album in 2009. In 2010 the band expanded to a quartet with the addition of a second guitar player. That would be a pivotal move in the band’s collaborative development. Experimenting with and expanding their sound, Signals Midwest quickly outgrew the standard pop/punk pace. With 2011’s Latitudes And Longitudes there is a fleshed out maturity that shines through. Recorded mostly live, the album bristles with the kind of energy and purpose that emanates from a band confidently growing comfortable in their own skin.

Be sure to follow Tiny Engines’ Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter pages for more exclusive news over the next few months.

Dikembe Joins Tiny Engines

By , 28 October, 2011, No Comment

DIKEMBE Joins TINY ENGINES

• Debut LP Broad Shoulders out early 2012
• Exclusive song stream @ Alternative Press
• Live Video: “Sorry I Can’t Stick Around
• Limited-edition tape (Jeremy Records) available @ FEST

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Tiny Engines (Tigers Jaw, CSTVT, Look Mexico, Restorations) is stoked to welcome Gainesville, FL’s Dikembe to its growing family of bands. The label will release the quartet’s debut full-length, Broad Shoulders, on 12″ vinyl and digital formats in early 2012. Pre-orders will launch at the beginning of December.

Featuring front man Steven Gray and bassist Ryan Willems from fellow Tiny Engines roster mates Wavelets – as well as members of Senders (Kiss of Death) and The Young Hookers – Dikembe is putting the final touches on the 11-song LP, which is its first official physical release. Earlier this year the outfit released a free digital EP, Chicago Bowls, to a good amount of blogosphere and message board acclaim. You can download those four songs here.

To celebrate today’s announcement, the band and label have teamed up with the folks at Alternative Press to debut the song “Librarians Kill For That Kind Of Quiet” Swing by the site and listen to the exclusive stream of this brand new track here.

While we’re on the topic of new cuts from Broad Shoulders, Dikembe recently premiered a live video at Punknews.org for “Sorry I Can’t Stick Around.” Shot by Jeremy Silveira at Turkey Town in Gainesville, go here to watch the band kill it with a live version of what will be the album closer. Additionally, this past summer four piece contributed “That’s How What Works” to the Topshelf Records 2011 Label Sampler. This compilation features some of the very best of the underground emo / punk scenes, including CSTVT, Pianos Become The Teeth, Touché Amoré, Moving Mountains, Restorations, Balance And Composure, La Dispute, Grown Ups, Everyone Everywhere, Bars Of Gold and much much more. To download the track from Dikembe and 67 other amazing songs, go here.

In related news, Dikembe will be making a hometown appearance at The FEST this weekend. The boys play at Loosey’s on Sunday at 7:40 p.m. alongside fellow Tiny Engines outfit Restorations, as well as Nightlights, Junior Battles, Dig It Up, Failures Union and more. Dikembe will have copies of a “FEST-exclusive” cassette tape from Jeremy Records titled Every Time You See Me I Look Like I Hit The Lotto Twice. The tape is limited to 30 copies and includes two new songs from Broad Shoulders, the four tracks from Chicago Bowls as well as offerings from six other Florida bands you should be listening to.

Finally, it’s worth noting that a big chunk of the Tiny Engines’ roster (Tigers Jaw, Look Mexico, Annabel, Wavelets, the previously mentioned Restorations and of course, Dikembe) will be playing at FEST this weekend. For a quick recap and show details, go here. Check em out and say hi for us!

Be sure to follow Tiny Engines’ Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter pages for more exclusive streams, mp3s and videos from Dikembe over the next month!

Wavelets – Pre-Order Debut LP / Out Digitally Today

By , 12 October, 2011, No Comment

WAVELETSPre-Order Debut Full-Length from Tiny Engines

Athaletics 12″ LP out Nov 29, 2011
• Digital release today via Bandcamp + iTunes
• Download free mp3s from RCRD LBL + PureGrainAudio
• Test pressing contest, limited-edition prints, FEST show + more!

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Athaletics, the debut full-length from Gainesville, FL’s Wavelets is now available for pre-order from Tiny Engines (Tigers Jaw, CSTVT, Look Mexico, Restorations). The 12″ LP will see a November 29, 2011 release date, while the digital version is out today via Bandcamp and iTunes. It’s also worth noting that all vinyl pre-orders come with an instant mp3 download for the 9-song album.

Pressed on 180 gram vinyl, Athaletics is limited to 500 on three colorways (75 clear / 150 transparent red / 275 black) and includes a hand-screened insert and an mp3 download code. The first 50 pre-orders will receive a limited-edition, hand-screened print with exclusive artwork by Wavelets’ drummer, Lee Kraft. Additionally, all pre-orders will be entered to win a test pressing of the record.

Tiny Engines and Wavelets recently teamed up with RCRD LBL and PureGrainAudio.com to give away two new tracks from Athaletics. Download free mp3s for “Cannonball” and “Cam Taylor Is So American Kushball” here and here.

Additionally, Wavelets was recently included on the Topshelf Records 2011 Label Sampler. This compilation features some of the very best of the underground emo / punk scenes, including Pianos Become The Teeth, Touché Amoré, Moving Mountains, Balance And Composure, La Dispute, Grown Ups, Bars Of Gold and much much more … not to mention most of the Tiny Engines Roster as well. To download “My Dad The Manatee” from Wavelets, plus 67 other amazing songs, go here.

Recorded by Matt Finch and Ryan Williams at Black Bear Studios (Hot Water Music, Chris Wollard, City Of Ships), Athaletics traverses nine tracks of somersaulting, emotionally charged indie rock (let’s just call it emo) that initially feels a little out of place in relation to the tuneful, gruff punk that Gainesville and its bearded denizens have become known for. Still, great music transcends scenes, genres and geographical limitations; in that sense Wavelets is thriving with its boundless energy and freewheeling, friends-first attitude … not to mention the outfit’s ability to create music that is both intricately complex and instantly catchy. It’s this unique blend of technicality and structural ingenuity that initially grabs our attention, but it’s Athaletics comforting nostalgia and sense of fun that really wins us over and begs for repeat spins. Recommended for fans of Algernon Cadwallader, Street Smart Cyclist and Weatherbox.

Since its 2009 inception, Wavelets has self-released a handful of digital EPs and singles, as well as a 7″ split with hometown brethren, Senders. To download the band’s full discography, go here. Also, if you have an extra minute, do yourself a favor and download the new EP from Dikembe, which features Wavelets front man Steven Gray as well as bassist Ryan Willems.

Finally, don’t forget to catch Wavelets at this year’s FEST 10 in Gainesville. The band will be playing on Friday (10/28) at Bar 1982 with Grown Ups, Spraynard, Go Rydell, Nightmares For A Week and more. For additional information, go here.

Signals Midwest joins Tiny Engines / New LP Out Digitally Today

By , 26 September, 2011, No Comment

SIGNALS MIDWEST joins TINY ENGINES / New LP Out Digitally Today
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* Latitudes And Longitudes available for only $6 on Bandcamp
* Vinyl pre-order coming soon
* Live From Bad Racket video of “In Tensions”
* “The Quiet Persuader” video premiere coming to Punknews.org in October
* Upcoming October shows

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Tiny Engines (Tigers Jaw, CSTVT, Look Mexico, Restorations) is excited to welcome Cleveland, OH’s Signals Midwest to its growing roster. The label will release the band’s sophomore full-length, Latitudes And Longitudes, on 12″ vinyl in November.

Pre-orders for the Latitudes And Longitudes vinyl will begin late October/early November with an official release date set for late November. The album is available digitally now. For a limited time you can download Latitudes And Longitudes for $6 at the Tiny Engines’ Bandcamp. You can also download via iTunes.

Listen to “Limnology” from Latitudes And Longitudes (mp3)

Rarely do you come across a young band that startles you with such inherent quality. While Cleveland, Ohio’s Signals Midwest might be rooted in the ethos of punk rock the band quickly transcends the tag both musically and lyrically on their sophomore album, Latitudes And Longitudes. Paying tribute to the continual growth of legends like Small Brown Bike and Fairweather while echoing modern bands such as Balance And Composure and The Menzingers, Signals Midwest provide a unique perspective that resides firmly outside the punk-by-the-numbers formula.

Signals Midwest formed in late 2008 as a trio and issued their first full-length album in 2009. In 2010 the band expanded to a quartet with the addition of a second guitar player. That would be a pivotal move in the band’s collaborative development. Experimenting with and expanding their sound, Signals Midwest quickly outgrew the standard pop/punk pace. With 2011’s Latitudes And Longitudes there is a fleshed out maturity that shines through. Recorded mostly live, the album bristles with the kind of energy and purpose that emanates from a band confidently growing comfortable in their own skin.

Check out a live video of the album opener, “In Tensions”. The song was the first performance in the “Live from Bad Racket” series sponsored by Ohio Authority.

Also, the band recently shot a video for “The Quiet Persuader” which will premeire on Punknews.org in October.

Signals Midwest has a couple of dates in the Cleveland area coming up supporting some amazing bands.

UPCOMING SHOWS
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OCT 05 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern w/ Nothington and Cobra Skulls
OCT 09 – Cleveland Heights, OH @ The Grog Shop w/ Strike Anywhere, The Menzingers, Dead To Me and The Holy Mess

Be sure to follow Tiny Engines’ Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter pages for more exclusive news over the next few months.

Restorations Announce October Tour

By , 20 September, 2011, No Comment

RESTORATIONS – October Tour Announced (10/21 – 10/30)
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• In support of SELF-TITLED LP (Tiny Engines)
• Shows with Look Mexico, Red Collar + more
• Appearances at CMJ, Southband and Down + The FEST 10
• Free mp3s, videos + more

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RESTORATIONS has just announced an East Coast Tour in October – including stops at CMJ, Southband and Down and The FEST – in support of its SELF-TITLED debut LP released earlier this year on Tiny Engines (Tigers Jaw, CSTVT, Look Mexico, Everyone Everywhere).

Joining the Philly outfit will be a couple bands who know a thing or two about performing live: Look Mexico and Red Collar. Restorations will also share the stage with the likes of Bridge And Tunnel, None More Black, Dead To Me, Nightlights, Banquets, Dikembe, Junior Battles and more.

See below for a full tour schedule and other details. As always, if you’d like to attend a show or speak with the band, drop me a line here.

Recorded by Algernon Cadwallader‘s Joe Reinhart and mixed by Jonathan Low (Dr. Dog, Danielson, mewithoutYou), Restorations’ Self-Titled LP is limited to a pressing of 500 and features gatefold jackets with art and design by Bruno Guerreiro. Grab your copy here or from the band at shows. The album is also available digitally via iTunes and Bandcamp.

OCTOBER TOUR
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OCT 21 – Brooklyn, NY – Acquatic People CMJ Showcase @ Fifth Estate Bar w/ Look Mexico, Tidal Arms, Summer Pledge, Ghastly City Sleep
OCT 22 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fire w/ Look Mexico, Kite Party, Lightnening
OCT 23 – Camden, NJ @ Rutgers Camden w/ Look Mexico, Bridge And Tunnel, Banquets
OCT 24 – Alexandria, VA @ Little Man’s Garage (restorationstheband@gmail.com for address) w/ Look Mexico
OCT 25 – Chapel Hill, NC @ The Cave w/ Look Mexico, Red Collar, Gray Young
OCT 26 – Wilmington, NC – Southbound and Down Fest @ The Soapbox w/ Red Collar, Look Mexico, None More Black, Dead To Me, more
OCT 27 – Jacksonville, FL @ TBA w/ Red Collar
OCT 30 – Gainesville, FL – The FEST @ Loosey’s w/ Dikembe, Junior Battles, Nightlights, Failures Union, more

ADDITIONAL MEDIA
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• Music video: “When You’re Older
• Free mp3s: “Broken Vacuum” + “Neighborhood Song
• Listen: “Nonlocality” + “Canadian Club” at The Switchboard Sessions
• Watch: “Nonlocality” + “Broken Vacuum” (Acoustic Performance)
• Release show footage: live performance of full record
• Listen: The Key Studio Sessions (WXPN)

BIO
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On Restorations’ Self-Titled debut full-length, the Philly quintet creates songs that are layered, tension-building monsters which lean heavily on a rhythm section that could probably knock a hole in the side of a Sherman tank. Still, that never takes away from the band’s ability to craft warm, stirring melodies, enduring hooks and dynamic song structures. Cascading guitars, pulsing waves of reverb and spacey flourishes are held together by Jon Loudon’s raspy-yet-tuneful growl. His delivery transmits confidence, wisdom and a bit of wear and tear – perhaps from years fronting underground DIY heroes Jena Berlin – but he also sings with a soulful, youthful exuberance that feels like he genuinely loves the process of creating music. If you’ve been searching for a thoughtful, nuanced take on punk and indie rock – and all the sub-genres they entail – Restorations might just be your new favorite band.

PRESS QUOTES
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- Running roughshod across genre boundaries and scene expectations, Restorations is the kind of simmering, nostalgia-steeped record with the power to creep up and haunt you.A.V. Club
- If you pine for music with true staying power instead of the hype-machine bullsh*t then you could stand to set this on repeat to wash away that excess. Beat The Indie Drum
- This S/T trumps anything the band has done, showcasing its unique ability to fuse Americana, folk, shoegaze and roots rock all with a punk rock spirit.AMP
- A shoo-in for my year-end top 10 … a tremendous album with big, indulgent song structures and sheets of beautiful sound.When You Motor Away
- Songs with the same awe-inspiring guitar work as Mogwai and the lyrical and vocal grit and resonance of a Jay Farrar record.Exclaim
- Restorations’ compositions are vast & its song structures are unconventional. More than worth the effort it requires.Alternative Press
- An incredible album, and it just keeps growing on me … the sort of band that sings people’s lives.Independent Clauses
- Thank you, Restorations, for renewing my faith in the rock band with two absolutely fantastic songs.Tympanogram
- Captivating from beginning to end, this is one album that should be in your music collection.Oh So Fresh!
- A rich sound built up on the basis of folk punk and beardcore … a truly fantastic record.Punknews.org
- It will be hard to unseat these guys as my new band of the year.Stuffed Drunk and Merry
- There’s never once a moment where the forward button is a temptation.Verbicide