DRUM MEDIA: Black Flag Column (Issue 349)

Published in Drum Media (WA) | 01.08.13 | Issue # 349




Every now and then a band does something that really throws a spanner in the works. With their new album due out in a few months, Michigan’s The Swellers have begun work on a US tour that’s simple, effective, and sounds awesome.

I discussed the Australian Warped Tour in my last column, and The Swellers were part of the recent US lineup. They’ve obviously taken onboard its DIY mentality because this October they plan to embark on a US tour largely based around house shows, asking fans to email them if they can host a house show.

“The plan is to play anywhere and everywhere we can. Even multiple shows in a day if we can. Acoustic sets will also make an appearance quite a bit,” the band posted on Facebook. I imagine the same kind of concept in Australia probably wouldn’t go down as well, but it would be interesting to see someone give it a crack. Playing at a slew of farms on the 12-hour drive between cities would be interesting, but I doubt the rural community would enjoy such a venture. The band will be filming the whole experience, so hopefully a DVD will surface.

Another band going back to their roots, last month announcing the departure of bassist Dave Anderson and split with label UNFD, Melbourne’s The Getaway Plan temporarily streamed a new single on their Soundcloud last week. The tune, Lovesick, will be released on double A-side 7” Lovesick/Mirrors this month. It was taken down on Sunday night for some reason, but you can score a download of it when you pre-order the new 7” off their website. Lovesick/Mirrors is the band’s first independent release since leaving UNFD. It seems a wise choice to test the waters with a release like this. You can catch them at Rosemount Hotel Saturday 14 September and YMCA HQ Sunday 15. Lovesick takes off where there last record, Requiem, left off.

And The Getaway Plan aren’t the only ones who have been busily working on their next release: Tonight Alive have premiered single Lonely Girl off their upcoming album, The Other Side, AFI have (finally!) given some concrete information on their new record, Burials, which is set to be released October 22 via Republic Records, The Devil Wears Prada – who were here a couple of weeks back with A Day To Remember – have announced their new record, 8:18, will be released on Roadrunner Records September 17, Californian pop punkers Zebrahead are streaming new single Until The Sun Comes Up on their website and New York punk rockers Iron Chic (featuring members of Latterman) have revealed they’re gearing up to hit the studio to work on their first full length since 2010’s Not Like This. To top it all off, Anti-Flag are streaming a re-recorded version of 1999’s Police Story on PropertyOfZach.com. Grab your iPods and credit cards and go crazy!

It’s been a quiet couple of weeks in hardcore, and unfortunately the only notable occurrence was North Carolina’s Double Negative deciding to call it quits. They’re great at writing lyrics and music, but not so much goodbyes: “Double Negative has decided to call it quits. A thank you list would be to long, you know who you are and we do too. But thanks to everyone.” Sooth those burns with the knowledge that Ex-Nora bassist C. Spliedt now writes children’s books. On top of whipping up designs for The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Gaslight Anthem and Poison The Well, he’s been illustrating for kids. His first release, How Do The Animals Live?, is available from Amazon. Maybe Double Negative vocalist Justin Gray will go on to open up a daycare center.