U.S. tour dates February 22nd through March 12th, 2020.
The official video for Hot Snakes’ “I Shall Be Free,” directed and animated by Tiger Reis (the clip’s 13-year-old auteur and offspring of the band’s Swami John Reis), is out today! “I Shall Be Free” is a brand new single you can also listen to now through all the various DSPs. This new song follows the December 2019 release of the single “Checkmate,” which is also available now through all DSPs. And, “I Shall Be Free” will also be available directly from the band, in very limited numbers, as a physical 7” at their upcoming shows, starting Feb. 27. The 7” will also include the exclusive b-side “A Place in the Sun.”
“I Shall Be Free” is the second single in the series of four 7”s leading up to the next full-length LP. Each single being a seasonal release. “I Shall Be Free” is the Spring installment. The song is defiant anti-work protest punque. The slash your face chords and bassless undertow channels an AC/DC-Cramps hybrid that completely misses the mark. Primo Hot Snakes.
Hot Shakes Tour Dates + Ticket Links
Hot Snakes have confirmed US tour dates beginning February 22nd in Chicago for Music Frozen Dancing 2020 at the Empty Bottle. This is a FREE OUTDOOR BLOCK PARTY show which features performances from labelmates Pissed Jeans as well as HIDE, and others. Gates will open at 1PM and it costs $ZERO DOLLAR$ to get in. Donations to benefit the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless will be graciously accepted. The event is all ages, so bring the kids and scar them for life!
Hot Snakes will then embark on a 12-date run starting February 27th at The Rebel Lounge in Phoenix, AZ, with additional shows in Tucson, Oakland, Seattle, Portland, and Santa Cruz, ending on March 12th in Solana Beach, CA at the Belly Up Tavern.
Feb. 22 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle outside (Music Frozen Dancing 2020) * Feb. 23 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle (Music Frozen Dancing After Party) ^ Feb. 27 - Phoenix AZ - Rebel Lounge Feb. 28 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress Feb. 29 - Las Vegas, NV - Backstage Bar & Billiards Mar. 01 - Long Beach, CA - Alex’s Bar Mar. 03 - Oakland, CA - New Parish Mar. 05 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey Mar. 06 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge Mar. 07 - Bend, OR - Volcanic Theater Mar. 08 - Sacramento, CA - Goldfield Trading Post Mar. 10 - Santa Cruz, CA - Catalyst Club Atrium Mar. 11 - Fresno, CA - Strummer’s Mar. 12 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up *w/ Pissed Jeans & HIDE ^ w/ Pink Avalanche
The most recent Hot Snakes album, 2018’s Jericho Sirens is available everywhere from Sub Pop and through all DSPs. And the band’s reissued catalog - Automatic Midnight, Suicide Invoice and Audit in Progress - is also available from Sub Pop.
“Cars In Space” is “the swirling words and thoughts before a breakup,” says Fran Keaney. It’s bold and classic, and propelled by the band’s singular chemistry. Its accompanying video, directed by Nick Mckk and Julia Jacklin, is set in broad daylight at an old-school Australian drive-in.
“Cars In Space” is the first taste of new music from Rolling Blackouts C.F. since their “In The Capital” / “Read My Mind” 7”, and its predecessor, 2018’s Hope Downs, “a debut album that applies their infectious brand of motorik jangle rock to lovelorn ruminations and geopolitical laments” (Pitchfork). Hope Downs was released to an incredible reception, earning year-end praise from Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Stereogum, Paste, and more. Meanwhile, the band’s renowned live show led to selling-out their mammoth Hope Downs Australian tour, as well as sold-out performances in London, San Diego, San Francisco, Denver, Chicago, Toronto, Vancouver, Philadelphia, New York City and more. The huge touring schedule also included shows at the world’s biggest music festivals, from Coachella, The Great Escape, Primavera, and Shaky Knees to Lowlands, Pukklepop, Green Man and Splendour in the Grass.
[Photo Credit: Peter Ryle]
Rolling Blackout Coastal Fever Tour Dates + Ticket Links
Fri. Feb. 14 - Perth, AU @ Perth Festival
Sun. March 1 - Brisbane, AU @ Nine Lives Festival
Sat. March 14 - Sydney, AU @ Sydney Opera House w/ Pixies
Sun. March 15 - Sydney, AU @ Sydney Opera House w/ Pixies
Wed. March 18 - Melbourne, AU @ Brunswick Music Festival
Sat. March 28 - Bambra, AU @ Meadow Festival
Fri. May 22 - Madrid, ES @ Tomavista Festival
Sat. May 23 - London, UK @ All Points East
Sun. May 24 - Warrington, UK @ Neighbourhood Weekender
Tue. May 26 - Edinburgh, UK @ The Liquid Room
Sat. May 30 - Neustrelitz, DE @ Immergut
Mon. June 1 - Sala Apolo, ES @ Primavera Sound
Wed. June 10 - Bergen, NO @ Bergenfest
Fri. June 12 - Porto, PT @ NOS Primavera Sound
Sat. June 13 - Hilvarenbeek, NL @ Best Kept Secret
The Homesick’s new album, which features the singles “I Celebrate My Fantasy,” “Male Bonding,” “Kaïn,” and the title track, was produced by the band at Schenk Studio in Amsterdam, mixed by Casper van der Lans, and mastered by Mikey Young (Total Control, Eddy Current Suppression Ring).
LP purchases of The Big Exercise through megamart.subpop.com and select independent retailers in North America will receive the limited Loser edition on bright yellow vinyl (while supplies last). Meanwhile, preorders in the UK and Europe from select independent retailers will receive the limited Loser edition on opaque yellow vinyl (while supplies last).
The Homesick’s international tour schedule in support of The Big Exercise resumes February 21st, 2020 at Groningen at Vera and ends March 7th, 2020 in Utecht at Ekko. Additional live dates to be announced soon.
Feb. 21 - Groningen, NL - Vera Feb. 28 - Nijmegen, NL - Merleyn Mar. 03 - Mainz, DE - Schon Schön Mar. 04 - Oberhausen, DE - Gdanska Mar. 05 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso Mar. 06 - Rotterdam, NL - WORM Mar. 07 - Utrecht, NL - EKKO
About The Homesick’s The Big Exercise: If their debut Youth Hunt marked The Homesick’s tryst with faith and pastoral life, the band’s upcoming second album The Big Exercise brings them to more grounded, tangible pastures. With its title ripped from a passage in the Scott Walker-biography Deep Shade Of Blue, the record is a concentrated effort by Jaap van der Velde, Erik Woudwijk and Elias Elgersma to explore the physicality of their music in fresh ways (read more at Sub Pop).
Tracklisting: 1. What’s In Store 2. Children’s Day 3. Pawing 4. I Celebrate My Fantasy 5. Leap Year 6. The Small Exercise 7. The Big Exercise 8. Focus On The Beach 9. Kaïn 10. Male Bonding
Masked outlaw crooner Orville Peck made his live debut on national late night TV last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live! This performance was a part of his participation in Apple Music’s Up Next program, which highlights emerging talent in the music world. Watch Orville’s rendition of “Dead of Night” above and the web exclusive “Take You Back (The Iron Hoof Cattle Call)” below.
Thin Mind, Wolf Parade’s fifth album is out now worldwide through Sub Pop, with the exception of Canada through Royal Mountain Records. The album, which features the singles “Forest Green,” “Julia Take Your Man Home,” and “Against the Day,” was produced by John Goodmanson at Risque Disque on Vancouver Island, BC, mixed by Goodmanson at Bogroll Studios in Seattle, and mastered by Noah Mintz at Lacquer Channel Mastering in Toronto. The album packaging features artwork from comic book artists Simon Roy and Hayleyglyphs throughout.
LP orders through megamart.subpop.com and select independent retailers in the U.S. will receive the limited Loser edition on clear vinyl with red and green swirls (while supplies last). Meanwhile, LP orders in the UK and Europe through select independent retailers will receive the limited Loser edition on yellow vinyl (while supplies last).
Sub Pop Records is extremely proud to announce the return (for our 14th year!) of the Sub Pop Loser Scholarship. Further details on the scholarship are below, and even further below is some clarification on what we mean by “Loser.”
Sub Pop Records is offering a grand total of $15,000 in college scholarship money to three eligible high school seniors. There are three scholarships—one for $7,000, one for $5,000 and one for $3,000. As longtime, proud losers ourselves, we’re exceedingly happy to be able, in some small way, to help further the education of art-enthused misfits from the NW. Individuals from all cultures and communities are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be residents of Washington or Oregon, and graduating seniors on the way to full-time enrollment at an accredited university or college. We are looking for applicants who are involved and/or interested in music and/or the creative arts in some way. However, you do not need to be pursuing an education in the arts.
To apply you must submit an essay, one page or less, using any combination of the following questions as a guide (or write something completely your own, be inspired and creative!). Please list the school you are graduating from and the school you plan to attend in the fall at the top of your essay along with your contact information.
- What are you doing in the arts/music field in your community? - What does being a Sub Pop ‘Loser’ mean to you? - What are your influences and/or who inspired you to become involved in the arts? - Describe your biggest failure and explain how it has brought you closer to your goal(s). - Discuss a special attribute or accomplishment that sets you apart. - How has your family or community background affected the way you see the world? - Why should you be the Loser winner?
Applicants are strongly (!) encouraged to send digital links and/or provide hard copies of their artwork, photos of community involvement, radio show links, videos, etc. along with their essay (we have never had a winner who submitted only an essay w/no extras). However, please be aware that Sub Pop will not return any of this material, so please don’t send originals. Sub Pop will give equal opportunity to all applicants who fit the criteria outlined above.
The deadline for applications is Thursday, March 19th, 2020. Please send all submissions and attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday, March 19th. We will announce the scholarship winners during the first week of April.
What we talk about when we talk about “Loser.” Here at Sub Pop Records, we use the word “loser” a lot. You may have noticed. We’ve printed it on things we sell (hats, shirts, stickers, mugs, and more!), we call the first, colored-vinyl, limited-edition pressings of the records we release the “Loser Edition,” and every year since 2007 we’ve awarded tuition money to college-bound NW high school students through the “Sub Pop Loser Scholarship.” And, it’s possible we take for granted that you guys catch our drift and understand what we mean when we’re all “loser this,” and “loser that.” So! The following…
Sub Pop’s use of the word “loser” goes back to the foundation of the label and is meant as a celebration of unabashedly being ourselves without conforming to any preconceived ideas of “normal.” To be a loser is central to the very idea of underground art and culture - all of it happening and thriving outside of the mainstream, and not necessarily looking for a way in. Bruce Pavitt’s “New Pop Manifesto” in the 1st issue of Subterranean Pop included, “The important thing to remember is this: the most intense music, the most original ideas… are coming out of scenes you don’t even know exist… Only by supporting new ideas by local artists, bands, and record labels can the U.S. expect any kind of dynamic social/cultural change…” And, since 2007, with the Loser Scholarship, we’ve been adding students to that list, and putting our (or, our co-founder, big boss and biggest loser ever, Jonathan Poneman’s…) money where our mouth is. Sub Pop Records strives to bring attention to music and art from the fringes that might otherwise remain marginalized. And, in that same spirit, through our annual Loser Scholarship, we’re looking for art-enthused misfits in NW high schools, losers like us, to help them pay for college. We stand proudly with and support the misfits, weirdos and losers, because we believe that when we’re able to proudly be nothing other than our true selves, we have the ability to make the world stronger, smarter and better.
So, good luck, Losers! And, again, please send all submissions and attachments to email@example.com by Thursday, March 19th.