News from 4/2018

NEWS : MON, APR 2, 2018 at 6:00 PM

Watch METZ Perform ‘Strange Peace’ Tracks “Mr. Plague,” “Cellophane” and “Mess of Wires” on The Chris Gethard Show

Plus there’s an updated international tour schedule for 2018.

Last week, METZ delivered incredible performances of Strange Peace tracks “Mr. Plague,” “Cellophane” and “Mess of Wires” for The Chris Gethard Show on TruTV (which airs Tuesdays at 11pm/10pm CT).

[Photo Credit: Andrew Bisdale/truTV]

METZ Tour Dates + Ticket Links

METZ have added new dates to their previously announced 2018 international tour schedule.  New Canadian and European headlining and festival dates include: Quebec City at Festival D’ete on July 11th; Leipzig, Germany at UT Connewitz on July 18th;  Berlin, Germany at Cassiopeia on July 19th; August 16th in Wiesbaden, Germany at Schlactof; Reading Festival on August 25th;  Leeds Festival on August 26th; Cardiff, Wales at The Globe on August 27th; and Asten-Heusden, Netherlands for the Misty Fields Festival on August 31st. Sub Pop label mates Moaning, will open a slew of EU shows (select dates).

Apr. 17 - Lisbon, Portugal – MusicBox *
Apr. 18 - Porto, Portugal – Hard Club *
Apr. 19 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso Noord
Apr. 20 - Rotterdam, Netherlands – Motel Mozaique
Apr. 21 - Esch-sur-Alzette, LU - Out of the Crowd Festival
Apr. 23 - Milan, IT - Magnolia *
Apr. 24 - Bologna, IT - Freakout, Bologna *
Apr. 25 - Munich, DE - Strom *
Apr. 26 - Cologne, DE - Gebaude 9 *
Apr. 27 - Belfort, FR - Impetus Festival
Apr. 28 - London, UK - Test Pressing Festival*
Apr. 30 - Glasgow, UK - Stereo *
May 01 - Dublin, IE - Whelan’s
May 02 - Manchester, UK - Soup Kitchen *
May 03 - Ramsgate, UK - Ramsgate Music Hall * [Sold Out]
May 04 - Brussels, BE - Les Nuits Botanique [Sold Out]
May 05 - Leffinge, BE - De Zwerver *
May 23 - Taipei, Taiwan - The Wall
May 25 - Beijing, China - TBC
May 26 - Shanghai, China - TBC
May 29 - Hong Kong, China - TTN Livehouse
May 31 - Manila, Philippines - Mow’s Bar
Jun. 01 - Singapore - Decline
Jun. 02 - Bangkok, Thailand - Norma
Jun. 04 - Tokyo, Japan - Fever
Jun. 05 - Tokyo, Japan - Fever
Jun. 06 - Nagoya, Japan - Tight Rope
Jun. 07 - Osaka, Japan - Conpass
Jul. 11 - Quebec City, QC - Festival D’ete
Jul 18 - Leipzig, DE - UT Connewitz,
Jul. 19 - Berlin, DE - Cassiopeia
Jul. 21 - Tromso, Norway - Bukta Festival
Aug. 16 - Wiesbaden, DE - Schlactof
Aug. 25 - Reading, UK - Reading Festival
Aug. 26 - Leeds, UK - Leeds Festival
Aug. 27 - Cardiff, UK - The Globe
Aug. 31 - Asten-Heusden, NL - Misty Fields Festival
Sep. 14 - Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre (Westward Festival)
* w/ Moaning

Strange Peace is available now on CD / LP / DL / CS worldwide (except in Canada) from Sub Pop right here. In Canada, Strange Peace is available from Royal Mountain Records over here.

Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : TUE, APR 3, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Watch Beach House’s Stunning New Video For “Dark Spring,” The Third Song Off Their Highly Anticipated 7th Album Titled ‘7’

7 will be available worldwide from Sub Pop, with the exception of Europe and Australia/New Zealand, where the album will be available from Bella Union and Mistletone, respectively

Beach House have delivered an immersive new video for  “Dark Spring,” the opening track from their forthcoming album  7.  Director Zia Anger describes the video as “a very organic thing made with a lot of people (who are also filmmakers), that I love and trust. An anomaly in process.” 

Beach House Tour Dates + Ticket Links

Beach House’s massive worldwide tour in support of 7 begins April 30th in Chattanooga, TN at the Signal and ends October 20th in Dublin, IE at Vicar Street. Newly added shows include: September 27th in Madrid at La Riviera; September 28th in Barcelona at Razzmatazz;  and by popular demand, a second London show on October 17th at Troxy.
Apr. 30 - Chattanooga, TN - The Signal
May 01 - New Orleans, LA - Civic Theatre
May 02 - Little Rock, AR - Metroplex Live
May 04 - Oxford, MS - The Lyric
May 05 - Tulsa, OK - Cain’s Ballroom
May 07 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theatre
May 08 - El Paso, TX - Tricky Falls
May 11 - Mexico City, MX - Auditorio Blackberry (ALBUM RELEASE SHOW)
May 13 - Mayer, AZ - Form Arcosanti
Jun. 02 - Barcelona, ES - Primavera Sound
Jul. 26 - Philadelphia, PA - Tower Theatre
Jul. 27 - Raleigh, NC - The Ritz
Jul. 28 - Atlanta, GA - Buckhead Theatre  [Sold Out]
Jul. 30 - Dallas, TX - Bomb Factory
Jul. 31 - Austin, TX - ACL Live at the Moody Theatre  [Sold Out]
Aug. 02 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
Aug. 03 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fairbanks Lawn at Hollywood Forever Cemetery [Sold Out]
Aug. 04 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fairbanks Lawn at Hollywood Forever Cemetery  [Sold Out]
Aug. 05 - San Diego, CA - The Observatory at North Park  [Sold Out]
Aug. 07 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theatre  [Sold Out]
Aug. 08 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theatre
Aug. 10 - Portland, OR - Keller Auditorium
Aug. 12 - Vancouver, BC - Orpheum Theatre
Aug. 14 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot
Aug. 15 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
Aug. 17 - St. Paul, MN - The Palace Theatre
Aug. 18 - Chicago, Il - Chicago Theatre
Aug. 19 - Detroit, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre
Aug. 20 - Toronto, ON - Sony Centre
Aug. 22 - New York, NY - United Palace Theatre
Aug. 23 - Brooklyn, NY - Kings Theatre [Sold Out]
Aug. 24 - Boston, MA - House of Blues [Sold Out]
Aug. 25 - Washington, DC - The Anthem
Sep. 25 - Lisbon, Portugal - Coliseu dos Recreios
Sep. 26 - Porto, Portugal - Teatro sa da Bandeira
Sep. 27 - Madrid, ES - La Riviera
Sep. 28 - Barcelona, ES - Razzmatazz
Sep. 30 - Lyon, France - Epicerie Moderne
Oct. 01 - Köln, DE - Gloria
Oct. 02 - Berlin, DE - Huxleys
Oct. 04 - Lund, SE - Mejeriet
Oct. 05 - Gothenburg, SE - Trädgar’n
Oct. 07 - Oslo, NO - Rockefeller Music Hall
Oct. 08 - Stockholm, SE- Münchenbryggeriet
Oct. 09 - Copenhagen, DK - Forum Black Box
Oct. 11 - Hamburg, DE - Kampnagel
Oct. 12 -  Utrecht, NL - TivoliVredenburg
Oct. 13 - Brussels, BE - AB
Oct. 15 -  Paris, FR - Olympia
Oct. 17 - London, UK - Troxy
Oct. 18 - London, UK - Troxy [Sold Out]
Oct. 19 - Manchester, UK - Albert Hall
Oct. 20 - Dublin, IE - Vicar Street

7, the group’s 7th full-length record, will be available on CD/LP/CS/DL May 11th, 2018. The new Beach House album will be available worldwide on Sub Pop, except in Europe and Australia/New Zealand, where it will be released by Bella Union and Mistletone.
7 features standouts including the Valentine’s Day ‘18 single “Lemon Glow” [lsten here], along with “Black Car,” “Drunk In LA,” “Dive,” and today, their latest offering, the soaring, captivating “Dark Spring”[listen here]. All of the songs on 7 began in Beach House’s home studio in Baltimore, and were finished at Carriage House in Stamford, CT and Palmetto Studio in Los Angeles.  The album was produced by Beach House and Sonic Boom, and mixed by Alan Moulder.
7 is available for preorder now from Sub PopBella Union (Europe), and Mistletone (Australia / New Zealand). Pre-orders of the LP through and select independent retailers in North America will receive the limited Loser Edition on opaque yellow vinyl. A new T-shirt design is also available now.

Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : MON, APR 2, 2018 at 12:00 AM


Sub Pop is currently accepting resumes from energetic, responsible, detail-oriented, and dependable candidates for a part-time/weekend/night Sales Clerk position at our new-ish and (let’s not be coy about it…) terribly impressive store at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. This guy.

Responsibilities include:

 • Greeting and assisting customers in a friendly manner. 
 • Full compliance with Sea-Tac operation rules and strict TSA regulations and restrictions. 
 • Efficient handling of cash and credit card transactions. 
 • Ability to work collaboratively and communicate effectively. 
 • Availability to work nights, weekends, and holidays. 
 • Assisting in organizing and restocking the store. 
 • Maintaining the general appearance of the store. 
 • Contributing to the team retail effort by accomplishing related tasks as needed. 

Qualified candidates will have: 

 • Previous experience in the retail environment. 
 • Knowledge of the Sub Pop catalog, Pacific Northwest music, the Seattle music community, and the City of Seattle.
 • A friendly and enthusiastic disposition with customers and staff. 
 • Strong and clear communication skills. 
 • A general understanding of retail Point of Sale systems. 
 • Flexibility in schedule and willingness to work early or late hours. 

The Sub Pop Airport Store at Sea-Tac is open unusually long hours, generally 6am - 10pm, and 365 days a year. 

Please send your resume to

Posted by Chris Jacobs

NEWS : THU, APR 5, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Listen To Forth Wanderers’ New Track, “Ages Ago” From Their Self-Titled Sub Pop Debut (out April 27th)

On Forth Wanderers’ “Ages Ago,” vocalist Ava Trilling paints the image of a constantly-shifting enigmatic lover. “I wasn’t sure who they were, they changed constantly (hence the metaphor describing the “grey coat” and cutting their hair just to “stay afloat”),” she says. “I wasn’t going to wait any longer to find out.” The “Ages Ago” visual was animated by guitarist Ben Guterl. Listen here, then listen on repeat in the hallowed halls of Spotify or Apple Music.

Earlier this week, NPR Music’s “All Songs Considered” included Forth Wanderers track, “Taste,” in their weekly mix, and offered this: “Forth Wanderers thrives in distance. Singer Ava Trilling writes the lyrics in New York, guitarist Ben Guterl builds the backbone of music in Ohio. “Taste,” in particular, came from diametrically opposed places in their young love lives. Guterl worked through the song’s production to impress his now-girlfriend. Trilling writes, however, that she “was in a difficult place with my relationship at the time.” Still, the distance — emotional and physical — doesn’t undercut the dizzying intimacy of the song [hear here].”

Forth Wanderers Tour Dates + Ticket Links

Forth Wanderers’ previously announced Northeastern U.S. tour runs May 3rd-5th, 2018. Additional live dates to be announced soon.
May 03 - Washington, DC -  Rock & Roll Hotel
May 04 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
May 05 - Brooklyn, NY - Market Hotel

Forth Wanderers, featuring the standouts “Nevermine”, “Not for Me”, and “Ages Ago”, was produced and recorded by Cameron Konner in Philadelphia over 5 days in the summer of 2017. The album will be available on CD/LP/CS/DL through Sub Pop right here.  LP pre-orders through and select independent retailers will receive the limited Loser edition on opaque orange vinyl.

[Photo Credit: Julia Leiby]

Following the band’s acclaimed 2015 EP SlopForth Wanderers amplifies the heartfelt sentiments of the band’s earlier works into massive anthems. Ben Guterl and Duke Greene’s guitars have never sounded so sharp, Noah Schifrin and Zach Lorelli’s terse rhythm section is restless, and vocalist-lyricist Ava Trilling seems more self-assured than ever. “We have embraced our roles in the collaboration process,” says Guterl. “Everyone’s gotten better at their instruments and we trust each other more because we know how the machine works.” This spirit soars through Forth Wanderers, resulting in exuberant, profound songs driven by tightly bound melodies and a loving attention to detail (read more here).

Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : FRI, APR 6, 2018 at 3:55 PM


[Photo: Ruby McShane]

After reading through hundreds upon hundreds of well thought-out and highly inspirational applications, we here at the Terribly Official Sub Pop Records Scholarship Committee have chosen three extraordinarily qualified student winners for our 2018 Sub Pop Loser Scholarship.

Our $7,000 winner this year is Ruby McShane of Lincoln High School in Portland Oregon. Ruby blew us away with her sensational photography, drawings, mixed media card designs, and incredibly caring attitude. Her volunteer work helping refugees feel more acclimated in her community was a true inspiration. In her application essay Ruby showed us an incredible love for music and visual arts as well as an outgoing compassion that set her apart from all of the other applicants. Working to stop the bullying of non-conformists is a cause we here at Sub Pop can definitely get behind and Ruby is all about it. Reed College will be lucky to have Ruby in attendance next year as she brings her great talent, activism and creativity to their campus. 

Yasmin Ettobi of Central Kitsap High in Silverdale, Washington walks away with $5,000 this year for her submission to the Sub Pop Loser Scholarship. As a young writer Yasmin found that writing for the school paper wasn’t quite enough, and turned her efforts to covering music. Yasmin soon began writing album reviews, live show reports and editorial articles for a grip of online publications, all at the age of 17. Passion shines through her writing about music and it is clear to us that Yasmin is going to grow into an incredible journalist, as her music writing skills are already top flight. As a KEXP volunteer, a member of the MoPop youth advisory board, and a  photographer at live shows, Yasmin has already heavily contributed to her local music community and we’re confident she’ll be making many more contributions to the scene as the years go by.

Mia Barnes of Franklin High School in Portland will be receiving $3,000 as a 2018 Sub Pop Loser Scholarship winner. Mia is the most talented illustrator we have seen apply for the Loser Scholarship in many years. Her drawings and paintings are out of this world: alien-like, monstrous, gross, and beautiful. We’d be fools not to mention Mia’s incredible application, which came in the form of a four-page, hand-illustrated comic letting us know exactly why she deserves to be a Loser winner. Mia’s talent for illustration, layout and design is going to grow into something even more special in the years to come. Our scholarship committee could not get enough of Mia’s comic and as soon as we saw her application, we knew she was definitely a Sub Pop Loser. 

This year we had a record number of applicants for the Loser Scholarship, which made this the hardest selection process we’ve ever had. For those losers who didn’t win this year: thank you for applying, we loved your submissions too! You made this decision really tough on us and you’re an incredibly inspiring bunch of people. We’re certain that you will go on to blow us all away with your future accomplishments.

Thanks for playing.

Posted by Andrew Sullivan

NEWS : TUE, APR 10, 2018 at 7:00 AM


Melbourne’s Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever are thrilled to announce that their highly-anticipated debut album, Hope Downs, will be released on June 15 via Sub Pop. To coincide with this news, they’ve shared the above featured video (and single), “Talking Straight.”

Fittingly recorded in a house in the middle of the Northern NSW bush, “Talking Straight” hits hard with its driving rhythm and melodic, interweaving guitars, while reflecting on the loneliness of being a small person in the big universe. In singer/songwriter/guitarist Joe White’s own words:

“The concept came about when I heard someone talking about the possibility of us, humans, being alone in the universe, and how sad that would be. The idea in this song is that we might be lonely, but we could be lonely together.”

“Talking Straight” marks the second release of new music from the band for 2018. Previous single “Mainland” saw the band receive accolades from the likes of Pitchfork, Stereogum, and Paste, to name a few. The two songs collectively show how, after a pair of buzz-building EPs, Hope Downs is truly that album that was promised. The album title, taken from the name of a vast open cut mine in the middle of Australia, refers to the feeling of standing at the edge of the void of the big unknown, and finding something to hold on to. It’s a record that focuses on finding the bright spots at a time when cynicism all too often feels like the natural state. Rolling Blackouts C.F. are here to remind us to keep our feet on the ground—and Hope Downs is as delicious a taste of terra firma as you’re going to get from a rock band right now.

Having recently wrapped Australia’s Laneway Festival, where the band were a highlight act, Rolling Blackouts C.F. will gear up for a huge few months as they head over to North America and Europe to play a run of headline shows and festivals including Coachella, Shaky Knees, The Great Escape and Primavera Sound. (see dates below.)

Hope Downs is now available for pre-order here and will come in the following formats:

- Standard LP on black vinyl
- The limited Loser edition LP on light ice blue vinyl (while supplies last!)
- CD
- Cassette
- Digital


1. An Air Conditioned Man

2. Talking Straight

3. Mainland

4. Time In Common

5. Sister’s Jeans

6. Bellarine

7. Cappuccino City

8. Exclusive Grave

9. How Long?

10. The Hammer

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever Tour Dates + Ticket Links

Fri. Apr. 13 - Sun. Apr. 15 - Indio, CA @ Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival

Tue. Apr. 17 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
Fri. Apr. 20 - Sun. Apr. 22 - Indio, CA @ Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
Tue. Apr. 24 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
Wed. Apr. 25 - Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
Fri. Apr. 27 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
Sat. Apr. 28 - Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
Mon. Apr. 30 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
Wed. May 2 - Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern - SOLD OUT
Thu. May 3 - Nashville, TN @ The Basement
Fri. May 4 - Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Festival
Sat. May 5 - Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
Sun. May 6 - Washington, DC @ DC9
Tue. May 8 - Toronto, ON @ The Garrison
Thu. May 10 - Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
Fri. May 11 - Allston, MA @ Great Scott
Sat. May 12 - Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade (2 Shows, Early Show SOLD OUT)

Thu, May 17th, Brighton, UK @ The Great Escape Festival
Fri. May 18 - Nottingham, UK @ Rescue Rooms
Sun. May 20 - Glasgow, UK @ CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts
Mon. May 21 - Manchester, UK @ Gorilla - SOLD OUT
Tue. May 22 - London, UK @ Electric Ballroom
Thu. May 24 - Paris, FR @ Point Ephemere
Sat. May 26 - Amsterdam, NL @ London Calling at Paradiso

Sun. May 27th, Groningen, NL @ Vera
Mon. May 28 - Hamburg, DE @ Molotow
Tue. May 29 - Berlin, DE @ Lido
Thu. May. 31 - Brussels, BE @ AB Club

Sun. June 3 - Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound

Tue. June 5 - St. Albans, UK @ The Horn

Wed. June 6 - Birmingham, UK @ The Hare & Hounds

Thu. June 7 - Guildford, UK @ Boileroom

Fri. June 8 - Porto, PT @ Primavera Porto

Sat. Aug. 11 - Rees-Haldern, DE @ Haldern Pop Festival

Thu. Aug. 16 - Trondheim, NO @ Pstereo Festival

Fri. Aug. 17 - Bigginghuizen, NL @ Lowlands Festival

Sat. Aug. 18 - Kiewit, BE @ Pukklepop Festival

Sun. Aug. 19 - Brecon Beacons, UK @ Green Man Festival

[Photo Credit: Warwick Baker]

Time to follow Rolling Blackouts C.F. absolutely everywhere online:  Twitter | Instagram | Facebook |

Posted by Rachel White