Sonic Avenues – Disconnector LP/CD Out Now!

Sonic Avenues New Album And Tour




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Disconnector is the fourth studio album (3rd for Dirtnap) by Montreal-based band Sonic Avenues, to be released on October 7th 2016. The 12 songs featured on the album were recorded in the winter of 2016 by Adrian Popovich and Sonic Ave’s vocalist/guitarist Maxime Desharnais at Mountain City and Sound Salvation Studios (the latter being Desharnais’ home).

Disconnector sees the band drawing its drive, dynamics and lyrical content from the desire of getting as far away possible from a formula of creative comfort. The approach resulted in an array of songs featuring the band playing with new instrumentation, different tempos and a variety of song structures. Sonic Avenues’ conscious effort to offer abrupt contrasts along with new textures has them further developing their own dynamics, turning dark and quiet into fast, noisy, fuzzed out sing-alongs.

Musically, a lot of the inspiration around the songwriting revolved around bands like Adrian Borland’s The Sound, Gary Numan, DEVO and A Flock Of Seagulls just to name a few.

Lyrically, Disconnector continues to build on the thoughtful vibe largely established on their last LP (2014’s well received Mistakes). Their new work, which favors an approach of select contexts subjugated by phonetic writing, explores themes of future and destiny, human potential and its annihilation, self-control, abandon, etc.

In terms of sheer energy, the band’s punk roots are still in evidence. Given the subsequent development in lyrical and musical maturity, though, if you didn’t know what to listen for, this could almost be a different band from the one that released their s/t debut LP back in 2009.

Never ones to make the same record twice, Sonic Avenues has always been a band that’s measurably grown and progressed with each successive LP, but we think you’ll agree that Disconnector marks their biggest, boldest step forward yet.

Sonic Avenues on tour!
10/06: Montréal, QC @ La Vitrola*
10/18: London, ON @ Call The Office*
10/19: Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class*
10/20: Columbus, OH @ Bourbon Street Cafe*
10/21: Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR*
10/22: Chicago, IL @ Bric-A-Brac Records*
10/23: Milwaukee, WI @ Riverwest Public House*
10/24: Springfield, IL @ Black Sheep Cafe*
10/25: Lexington, KY @ TBA*
10/26: Chattanooga, TN @ JJ’s Bohemia*
10/27: Tampa, FL @ Tequilas (Pre-Fest)
10/29: Gainesville, FL @ Boca Fiesta (Fest)
10/31: Athens, GA @ Flicker Bar*
11/01: Wilmington, NC @ Reggie’s*
11/02: Philadelphia, PA @ The Pharmacy*
11/03: Asbury Park, NJ @ TBA*
11/04: New York City, NY @ Cake Shop*
11/05:  Brooklyn/NYC @ TBA*
* w/ Steve Adamyk Band

Martha – Blisters In The Pit Of My Heart LP Out Now!


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Over eleven expertly crafted pop songs, produced once again by MJ from Hookworms, Martha returns with their second album, Blisters In The Pit Of My Heart, explores the difficulties in staying political, passionate and punk. Hailing from the small town of Pity Me, UK, Martha plays energetic, impassioned power pop with intricate vocals and lush four-part harmonies, informed by ’90s indie rock and contemporary garage punk. The band is J. Cairns (guitar), Daniel Ellis (guitar; Onsind), Naomi Griffin (bass; No Ditching), and Nathan Stephens Griffin (drums; Onsind).

Their debut album Courting Strong came out in 2014 and was included in NPR’s top 50 albums of that year, winning them the epithet, “One of Britain’s best rock bands.” If the band’s first album was about punks growing up, then Blisters In The Pit Of My Heart is about grown-ups staying punk, trying to stay creative and passionate, and making the most of everything in spite of the many obstacles that get in the way. It finds strength and solace in friendships, love, and motivation from the people in your life who really inspire you. Influenced by bands like The Replacements, Heart, Billy Bragg, Thin Lizzy, Cheap Trick, The Go-Go’s and Radiator Hospital, the album bursts into life with “Christine,” inspired by the 1980’s British TV drama Threads about nuclear war. It’s followed by the rousing “Chekhov’s Hangnail,” with backing vocals from Ellis Jones of Trust Fund. Catchy “Precarious (The Supermarket Song)” finds romance in the washing powder aisle, while “Goldman’s Detective Agency” re-imagines 19th century anarchist Emma Goldman as a private eye vanquishing corrupt cops and politicians. Every song here is a potential single, from the infectious outsider anthem “The Awkward Ones” to the Billy Bragg / Coronation Street-referencing “Curly and Raquel.” 

The album concludes with “St Paul’s (Westerberg Comprehensive),” about being caught up in the toxic culture of a Catholic comprehensive school. “It’s for the kids who had the guts to be queer at school and for those who didn’t figure themselves out until they got out of school.” Passion and love drip out of every second of Blisters In The Pit Of My Heart.

  • First 300 on color vinyl, available mailorder-ONLY!
  • Comes with digital download

We will not be selling this digitally on Bandcamp, but you can always download from Itunes, stream on Spotify, or paypal us $8, and we’ll send ya WAV files.

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Martha Tour Dates

Martha UK Tour Dates! New album out July 1st in N. America!



Radioactivity/Bad Sports Tour

Starts next week! New Bad Sports 12″ coming in August!
Wed 6/8 – Huntville, AL @ Salty Nut Brewery
Thu 6/9 – Nashville, TN @ Betty’s
Fri 6/10 – Indianapolis, IN @ State Street Pub

Sat 6/11 – Cleveland, OH @ Mahall’s

Sun 6/12 – Washington D.C. @ The Black Cat
Mon 6/13 – Philadelphia, PA @ Philamoca
Tue 6/14 – Boston, MA @ Middle East
Wed 6/15 – Montreal, QB @ Casa del Popolo
Thu 6/16 – Ottawa, ON @ Ottawa Explosion
Fri 6/17 – Toronto, ON @ Silver Dollar
Sat 6/18 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle

Sun 6/19 – St. Louis, MO @ San Loo

Steve Adamyk Band – Graceland LP Out July 29th

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Blame Canada. Or for that matter, Ottawa. The Capital’s kings of punk- power-fuzz are back and better than ever. After a whack of records and worldwide touring, “Graceland” is Adamyk’s most dynamic and cohesive record to date, without breaking the mould. Colleen Green (Hardly Art) sings on it, Mike Krol  (Merge) croons on it and members of Sonic Avenues are now staples in the band.

This time, the band bunkered down in Montreal with engineer Adrian Popivich (Solids, The Dears) to bring Graceland to life. In the meantime, scream along to “Through My Fingers”, or get lost in the depths of “High Mile”; the choice is yours.