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As many of you already know, my companion Cari works at the Oshkosh Area Humane Society, our local animal shelter. She has made animal welfare the primary focus in her professional life, going above and beyond to connect animals with their forever homes. We have fostered well over a hundred little buddies ourselves (oftentimes those that require special care and attention), and we’ve adopted many companion animals from the shelter ourselves – Mordecai, Tater, Lucifer, Momma Mouse, Harriet Goudini, Radagast, Fredegar, and Jezebel.
The Oshkosh Area Humane Society is a certified non-profit, and spends roughly $90,000 annually on medical expenses for the animals. This is the time of year where the Shelter looks to raise a good portion of that medical budget through donations. OAHS is a Life Saving Shelter, where every adoptable animal is given a chance to find a home. They never euthanize for space. Their mission is to inspire responsible pet ownership and kindness towards all living things. They advocate for animals in need while promoting the human animal bond.
If you have some spare dollars burning a hole in your pocket, please head on over to Cari’s First Giving page to donate now. Every little bit helps more than you can ever know. I’m at the Shelter nearly every day. Animal welfare is a part of our lives. And through her work at the Shelter, Cari has been an important part of the lives of thousands of animals and their people. Her passion and dedication inspires me daily.
Please help if you can: https://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/cari-tetzlaff/walk-for-the-animals-2015
Need something to do so you can take a mental break from the menial and frustrating nature of daily life? Videos from the show 7/31 at Saint Vitus featuring Thou, Fórn, and False are now on youtube:
We are extremely proud and excited to formally reveal the new album title and cover art for the upcoming Kowloon Walled City album, Grievances. Gilead Media will be handling the vinyl release, while Neurot Recordings handles the CD / Digital release. Here is the official press release from Earsplit PR:
KOWLOON WALLED CITY will release their long-awaited new full-length this Fall. Grievances, their third album and first for Neurot Recordings, finds the San Francisco band at its artistic peak, having moved even further away from its sludgy, post-hardcore origins and toward a sparser, sadder, yet still de-tuned heaviness.
This shift began with 2012’s critically successful Container Ships, which Lambgoat described as, “spacious,” and, “mildly hypnotic,” with a, “Shellac-like use of dead time and instrumentation,” and The Obelisk called, “cerebral in approach.” On Grievances, the band takes these elements to even greater extremes. The strings rattle. The guitars crackle and blister. The notes ring out, at turns bleak and beautiful — sometimes both at once.
“We dug into this expansive, less distorted vibe. The songs are mostly slow and bummed out but we still want them to push, to have energy,” said vocalist/guitarist Scott Evans.
Evans, together with guitarist Jon Howell, bassist Ian Miller, and drummer Jeff Fagundes spent over two years working on the seven songs for Grievances. The intense editing process weeded out about two albums’ worth of songs. Howell’s unusual chord changes and discordant aesthetic channel Unwound and Slint. Miller’s gritty bass adds a surprising layer of depth and melody, while Fagundes’ drums resonate in what sounds like an impossibly large room. Evans’ shouted vocals are raw with frustration and disappointment, but without the typical veneer of macho aggression.
“We’re not interested in doing something that’s good enough — we want to do something that we believe is good,” said Miller. “With Scott’s concept and sonics and Jon’s playing and our rhythm section, we feel like should be able to do something interesting. But it’s hard work.”
The concept of work forms the thematic foundation of the entire record, from the cover art to the title and the lyrics. Whereas previous KOWLOON WALLED CITY releases were largely inspired by the band’s hometown of San Francisco, Grievances focuses its attention on our complex relationships with work and the power our employment — and employers — have over us.
As with KOWLOON WALLED CITY‘s previous releases, Evans recorded and mixed, starting in Sharkbite Studios and finishing in his own Antisleep Audio, both in Oakland. “We’re not a fancy band. There are no effects to speak of, no reverb, no delays,” said Evans. “We each play one guitar, one pedal, one amp. So there’s not much to hide behind. I try to respect that in our recording process and our recordings.”
Grievances Track Listing:
1. Your Best Years
4. The Grift
5. White Walls
6. True Believer
7. Daughters And Sons
KOWLOON WALLED CITY formed in 2007 and has released an EP, Turk Street (Wordclock, 2008), and two full-length albums, Gambling On The Richter Scale (Perpetual Motion Machine, 2009) and Container Ships (Brutal Panda, 2012), as well as two splits. Among the bands it has shared stages with are Neurosis, Tragedy, Sleep, Thou, Coliseum, Zozobra, Fight Amp, Roomrunner, The Body, and Helms Alee.
Grievances will be released worldwide on October 9th, 2015 on Neurot Recordings, with vinyl on Gilead Media. Preorders to be announced in the coming weeks.
The full U.S. False tour has begun. Get out to these shows!
7/7 – Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium
7/8 – Billings, MT @ Black Sparrow Tattoo Club
7/9 – Spokane, WA @ The Garrison
7/10 – Seattle, WA @ Highline
7/11 – Vancouver, BC @ Fastcore Fest
7/12 – Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar
7/13 – Sacramento, CA @ Blue Lamp
7/14 – Oakland, CA @ Oakland Metro Operahouse
7/15 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Blue Lagoon
7/16 – Los Angeles, CA @ Complex
7/17 – Phoenix, AZ @ 51 West
7/18 – El Paso, TX @ The Sandbox
7/19 – San Antonio, TX @ Korova
7/20 – Austin, TX @ The Grand
7/21 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links
7/22 – Houston, TX @ Black Barbie
7/23 – New Orleans, LA @ Sisters in Christ
7/24 – Tallahassee, FL @ All Saints Cafe
7/25 – St. Petersburg, FL @ The 9 10
7/26 – Gainesville, FL @ Loosey’s
7/27 – Nashville, TN @ Cafe Coco w/ THOU, Noisem, Alraune, Unsacred
7/28 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Roboto Project w/ THOU
7/29 – Toronto, ON @ The Garrison w/ THOU
7/30 – Montreal, QC @ Rrroooaaarrr Festival w/ THOU
7/31 – Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus w/ THOU
8/1 – Brooklyn, NY @ ABC No RIO w/ THOU (Matinee)
8/1 – New Brunswick, NJ @ TBA (Late show)
8/2 – Baltimore, MD @ 5th Dimension
8/3 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wolf Cycles
8/4 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Roboto Project
8/5 – Cincinnati, OH @ The Drinkery
8/6 – Detroit, MI @ The Sanctuary
8/7 – Chicago, IL @ The 2040
8/8 – Milwaukee, WI @ Quarters
The final False interview (for the foreseeable future) has been published at Noisey. It’s a good read, check it out.