-----THE UNSEEN SELF TOUR DATES ----- Fri 06/16/17 Sacramento, CA @ Starlite Lounge Sat 06/17/17 Bend, OR @ 3rd Street Pub Sun 06/18/17 Portland, OR @ The Analog Cafe Mon 06/19/17 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven Tue 06/20/17 Vancouver, BC @ Astoria Pub Wed 06/21/17 Nelson, BC @ The Royal Thu 06/22/17 Spokane, WA @ The Pin! Fri 06/23/17 Boise, ID @ The Shredder Sat 06/24/17 South Lake Tahoe, CA @ American Legion Sun 06/25/17 Las Vegas, NV @ The Dive Bar Mon 06/26/17 Mesa, AZ @ Club Red Tue 06/27/17 Santa Ana, CA @ TBA Wed 06/28/17 Los Angeles, CA @ Whisky A Go Go Thu 06/29/17 San Diego, CA @ The Merrow Fri 06/30/17 Fresno, CA @ Full Circle Brewery Sat 07/01/17 Monterey, CA @ Planet Gemini
Group set to tour North America w/ UK's Conan - May/June
Apewhale is extremely proud to join forces with the legendary Tucson, AZ Sludge/Gloom group NORTH in honor of the 10 Year Anniversary of their sophomore album, "Ruins."
In the decade plus they’ve been a band, Tucson, AZ’s North has ebbed and flowed their way into being one of the most respected outfits in the underground metal scene. Line-up changes and personal setbacks just saw North return stronger, more focused and adding additional weapons to their arsenal.
Originally starting off in 2005 as an instrumental act, North explored the heavier side of post-rock. Formed by Evan Leek (bass) and Zack Hansen (drums) and rounded out by guitarists Ty Engle and Matt Mutterperl, the band’s first recordings were done in Hansen’s bedroom and self-released. They soon made a name for themselves in the AZ scene, supporting others in the genre such as Caspian, Tera Melos and This Will Destroy You in those bands’ SW tour stops.
2007 saw the release of the bands second offering, "Ruins," to critical acclaim. Later reissued on CD and Vinyl by Cavity Records in 2008, the album has been out of print for years.
"It's incredibly hard to believe it's been 10 years since the release of this record, hard to believe the things North has been through as a band, both the good and the bad. We're excited that Apewhale is re-releasing the record to all the old fans and new, I know people still have a connection to the songs and we look forward to new connections being forged, to both the old music and the new. A melding of two of the many versions of North that have existed, and will exist in the future.
It's fitting that 2017 is the 10th anniversary of the record about the end of civilization, the ruin of civil society and the free state, and the resulting rebirth in a world of ash and fire. " - Zack Hansen
Apewhale have pressed 400 copies of "Ruins" on Black & Red Starburst Vinyl, and are set to release the special edition LP on May 26th, 2017. Pre-Orders are available here and here.
"RUINS" Track Listing Side A: 1 - The Black Gate (3:35) 2 - Ethereal Uncovering (3:23) 3 - Ruins (6:03) Side B: 1 - Nex In March (4:25) 2 - Ash (5:34) 3 - Farewell When The Road Darkens (5:21)
NORTH TOUR DATES W/ CONAN
5.10 - Glendale, CA - Complex ^ 5.11 - Oakland, CA - Metro ^ 5.12 - Portland, OR - Dante’s ^ w/Witch Mountain 5.13 - Vancouver, BC - Astoria ^ 5.14 - Seattle, WA - Highline ^ 5.16 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock ^ 5.17 - Chicago, IL - Beat Kitchen ^ 5.18 - Indianapolis, IN - Black Circle Brewing^ 5.19 - Cleveland, OH - Now That’s Class ^ 5.20 - Pittsburgh, PA - Smiling Moose ^ 5.21 - Toronto, ON - Garrison ^ 5.22 - Montreal, QC - Katacombes ^ w/Dopethrone 5.23 - Boston, MA - Great Scott ^ 5.24 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory ^ 5.25 - Maryland, MD - Maryland Death Fest * 5.26 - Raleigh, NC - Kings ^ 5.27 - Atlanta, GA - 529 ^ 5.28 - New Orleans, LA - Siberia ^ 5.29 - Houston, TX - White Oak ^ 5.30 - Austin, TX - Sidewinder ^ w/EYEHATEGOD 5.31 - Kansas City, MO - Riot Room ^ 6.1 - Denver, CO - Hi-Dive ^ w/Graves At Sea 6.2 - Colorado Springs, CO - 71 Grind 6.3 - Albuquerque, NM - Sister ^ w/Graves At Sea 6.4 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress ^
Cyborg Octopus have unveiled the new video for their track "Baptism Of Clay." Get the full story and check out the video now at Decibel Magazine.
"Progressive metal has yielded countless great bands over time, many of whom exchange the convenience of an easily classifiable sound for challenging and off-the-wall compositions. Enter Cyborg Octopus.
One listen to the Northern California group confirms that they are indeed hard to describe, but easy to remember. Cyborg Octopus fuse jazz, Latin, funk and electronic music with progressive metal; the end result is an album’s worth of songs, called Learning to Breathe, that have all of the aforementioned sounds plus an abundance of chunky grooves and face melting solos.
We can see how it would be easy to believe an actual cyborg is making Cyborg Octopus’ music, but you can ditch that thought. Check out this clip of Cyborg Octopus playing “Baptism of Clay” for a SharkBite Studio Session." — Vince Bellino
SAN RAMON, CA - In a move sure to rock suburban basements and community youth centers across the globe, Cyborg Octopus has announced both a new single, “Shark Pit,” and the retirement of odd time signatures, blastbeats and sweeps in favor of what founder David Wu describes as “true-2-roots hardcore.”
“True to Roots is all about supporting your local scene, no matter what the cost,” Wu said, while distributing pre-sale tickets to teenagers loitering at the local skate park. “By the way, if you pay cash for presales, you can catch us tonight at the Melted Pizza Youth Collective for $17 instead of $20 at the door.”
According to keytar and saxophone player Patrick Corona, "True 2 Roots" is more than a ploy for maintaining a loyal fan base.
“The new sound echoes modern hardcore greats like Mouthbreather, Double Digit IQ and Spinkick. These guys are out there, making careers for themselves playing YMCA event centers into their forties and fifties, they really have their shit together. We even got serious and hired a financial advisor to guide us through this transition.”
"The fact of the matter is, Cyborg Octopus had a business decision to make,” says the band’s financial advisor, Harold T. Ignoramus. “There’s no money in progressive metal. True 2 Roots appeals to TODAY'S fans: yellow-belt karate students whose parents stopped paying for classes at the local dojo. With any luck, the right band can make TENS of HUNDREDS of dollars in this business. I believe Cyborg Octopus has the sound to be THAT band, and their latest release is poised to propel them to the top.”
While third-party reports from recent concert-goers describe the band’s new single, “Shark Pit,” as a “lame” sing-along about friendship, the seemingly oblivious Cyborg Octopus remains positive that these new tactics are guaranteed to lead to “the big bucks.”
“All of us are hyped,” said bassist George Lallian. “The new lyric video hit twenty views on YouTube, so our guitarist Bobby quit his job as shift manager at Vape Emporium. Things are really looking up.”
Portuguese death metal outfit COLOSSO has announced a North American Pressing and Distribution deal with APEWHALE ENTERTAINMENT. Guitarist Max Tomé comments "After five years of working strictly DIY, we sign our first contract with the upcoming (but very promising) indie label Apewhale Entertainment, for the release of our second album Obnoxious in the North American territory. We're both honoured and proud to do it! From now on, we'll have a better and more proficient way to connect with our North American fans - something we've always longed for.”
COLOSSO’S latest offering “Obnoxious” will be available in North America via APEWHALE on December 2nd, 2016. Pre-Orders for CDs and Merch Packages are available here: