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Vow of Volition Make the Final Round of the Battle for Warped Tour

The Vans Warped Tour was the first festival for many of us back in the day. As young'ns, it's likely we didn't necessarily think about all that went into figuring out the bands to book and play the whole shebang. Part of that process, at least locally, seems to be through a series "battle of the bands" style competitions specifically for landing a spot on the fest. Quite a few Portland bands have been furiously playing against one another for said spot, and djent/prog metal act Vow of Volition are one of the acts that made it to the finals.

Warped Tour was always the type of festival that included much in the realm of pop punk, punk punk, emo and metal, so Vow of Volition's advancement to the final round is no surprise. Their incredibly technical, at times jazzy metal stands out in Portland's pretty linear popular music scene, and is much worthy of the attention its getting.

Those that want to support Vow of Volition in driving home the permanent spot can go to the Battle for Warped Tour finals Saturday at the Hawthorne Theatre.





New Inside Voices Demo EP Available for Streaming

An air of strange saturates in the new four-song demo from Inside Voices. Steered by the omnipresent push of percussion and the commander-control, dispensed vocals in a space-station setting, an over-arching intensity hangs in the atmosphere - one that lies dormant and then is realized in switch-flipping, musical reactions that tip the scales. It's a gradual swell of heaviness that asserts its stake on a shoegazing headspace.





Salt Cathedral's "Rudeboy" is an undeniable earworm

The latest single from Salt Cathedral proves that the dancehall inspired pop that has taken root in the mainstream hasn’t scared away any alt-pop artists from dipping their toes in this distinct style of music. “Rudeboy” features mercurial production, shifting from Caribbean percussion to a chopped up vocal sample that acts as a synth on the hook. The soft, pulsating beat is a backdrop for a song about breaking through unsureness and finding something truly real in a relationship. –Tucker Pennington





New Track: "WTFK" - Yowler

Black Dog In My Path, the forthcoming album from Yowler, a.k.a. Maryn Jones (All Dogs, Saintseneca), is scheduled for release on October 12 via Double Double Whammy. Hypnotic vocals and the pull of kick and snare instantly draws you into the record's lead single, "WTFK". There’s a solemn sincerity to Jones's delivery, which gains power as the instrumentation opens up. Don't miss Yowler at PhilaMOCA on Thursday, October 11!





Kathy Foster's New Project Roseblood

When the Thermals first announced they were disbanding, everyone in the indie rock scene was, understandably, a little sad. However, we don’t have to be too sad for too long because bassist Kathy Foster’s latest project, Roseblood, is just as enjoyable. It’s a much different side to Foster, slower and sadder than the work she did in the Thermals. This past month Roseblood released a music video for their first single, “Black Veil." The song is beautiful and melancholic, full of the passion and vitality Foster is known for. The lyrics are cerebral without being pretentious, thought provoking without making the listener work too hard. It’s a testament to Foster’s skill and experience. The music video, directed by Jeff Rowles, is dark and gloomy. It’s a clear step in the moodier, darker direction Roseblood is aiming to take.
 
Roseblood will be playing In The Lot, Sunday August 26th with Twin Peaks, Dude York, No Kind of Rider, and the Black Tones.

-By Avril Carrillo, photo by Jason Quigley

 

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