Tokyo-based screamo band Blue Friend will release their debut full-length I Will Be Your Friend in September via Dog Knight Records. It’s twenty-five minutes of dissonant, harsh screamo in the vein of classics like Beau Navire or modern groups like Old Gray. Today we’re got an exclusive stream of the track “Kowai.” Hit the replies to check it out, and then you can pre-order the LP via Dog Knight’s site.
In celebration of this week’s release of Anberlin's final album, Lowborn, we have been posting an in-depth, three-part interview special looking back over the band’s 12-year career. The final installment with guitarist Christian McAlhaney is now available here, while part II with vocalist Stephen Christian is here and part I with drummer Nate Young is here.
From the moment they asked me to be in the band, its been pretty epic, honestly. I feel very blessed and very grateful to have been able to have done this in two different bands now. Most musicians and kids growing up who had dreams and aspirations of being in a touring band, Id say for 99% of them it doesnt work out. It doesnt pan out. For me to have done it once in Acceptance toured, been on a label, put out records thats an amazing, amazing thing. To do it twice, and even on a bigger scale with Anberlin, I feel extremely blessed.
You can read our interview with The Ghost Insidehere. The band is set to release their fourth full length album in the fall on Epitaph Records, which includes guest vocals from Jason Butler of letlive.
Lyrically, its about the fact that Im getting a little older now, and its about the opportunities that you have when youre younger. When you first start getting into adulthood, you have so many open doors and so many opportunities and so many places to go and things to do literally, the world is whatever you want it to be.
It’s pretty hard to argue that Rise Records isn’t one of the top independent record labels out there. Thinking about it, the first time I had ever heard of the label was when Drop Dead, Gorgeous played at a Christian festival Tomfest in July of 2006. I remember learning about new bands through the label’s sampler CD’s (remember those?) - this was one of my first exposures to bands like The Devil Wears Prada and more. The following AbsolutePlaylist is a collection of what I consider to be Rise Records very best - hopefully you find a new artist or two to check out and support. Definitely include links to your own favorites in the replies.