Posts Tagged ‘Europe’


I think Joe used to like this band (R.I.P., buddy).

All right, so this was one of those albums that got lost in the shuffle. And by lost in the shuffle, I mean they gave me the download for free, I lost it, and then proceeded to listen to it on loop on Spotify. Hopefully they got at least a little bit of money. Anyway, Battlestations is this super-cool post-rock band from Brussels, Belgium. Before you say, “Ben, you always say something’s super-cool and never back it up”, I’ll give you this: In A Cold Embrace gives me this incredible feeling that I hated, therefore I loved. What I mean is that I don’t think I’ve heard an album that’s made me feel this alone since the first time I listened to Boards of Canada (try Geogaddi). Granted, the album artwork and the song titles (“You Are Not Welcome Here”) didn’t help, but it was much more than that. The songs constantly feature sounds going in reverse, which ALWAYS freaks me out, and really deep voices saying things that I don’t even want to decipher.

Between being scared half to death and suppressing the urge to turn on the lights, there was really something to love about this album. Their inspirations are all over the place, and I swear, they have some of the most impressive and eclectic layering  their songs. On their first track, they go from this cLOUDDEAD trip-hop beat to featuring a flamenco-style Spanish guitar, all the while over this guttural SunnO))) drone. The combination seems out there, but it blew my mind with how awesome it sounded together.

Track 2, “Comrade/ The Way We Grieve”, gave me the chills. Again with the layering, the entire song was like one big, fantastic game of “We Love Katamari“. The bass line was outrageous, and the fact that build-up broke all of a sudden after 5 minutes was a little bit disappointing. However, that’s part of the reason why I love this band and this album: they constantly keep you on your toes. You never know what you’re getting next, and it’s beautiful.

Rating: I literally could rant and rave for a paragraph for almost every song, but that would take entirely too long for the point I’m trying to get across: buy this album. It’s for fans for those who enjoy off-the-beaten-path instrumental music. If you’re the kind of person who likes their music one part experimental, one part heavy, one part haunting, and one part beautiful, Battlestations is your band. 4/5 kegs. [P.S.- Totally wins the “Creepiest Album Art Ever” award. By far.]




Big Kids, those rad dudes from Oakland, just posted a new song “Dad’s Datsun” from their upcoming sophomore LP Phone Home. And I have to say, this new song has me pretty stoked and regretful for not getting into these guys sooner. Look for it sometime in May and check them out on tour in Europe.  and

Check out the review of Black Kites and Teenage Cool Kids a while back. We like these guys too.


Liferuiner Announces European Tour

Posted: November 17, 2010 by Is This Revolutionary? in To Be Sorted
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Honestly, say what you want about them, but Liferuiner is probably one of my favorite hardcore bands of all time. They’re just so god damn funny. Since their re-emergence, they’ve released 3 new shirts: 1 with Lindsey Lohan, another featuring Home Alone and the last, my personal favorite, Charles Manson [Note: if anyone buys this for me, they will be my favorite person ever. :D]. Now, they’re touring across Europe after finishing up a tour in Canada. These guys probably will never stop, so you better start liking them now. Check out the dates here:


THE OCEAN Robbed In Spain.

Posted: October 26, 2010 by Is This Revolutionary? in General Discussion, Shows
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Well it looks like the boys in THE OCEAN were robbed, and just like “oh give us your money” but like completely had the wool pulled over their eyes and really got robbed. The Ocean are on tour in Europe aka DAS OLD COUNTRY and apparently this is ow it went down:

“Two guys in a black BMW pulled us over with fake police IDs. They asked for our van papers and IDs and wanted to know if we had any money to declare. We were not skeptical at this point, as it is normal in Europe that you have to declare larger amounts of money when you’re crossing borders, so we told them we had merch money with us, and the guy wanted to see it. When we showed them the merch wallet, the guy reached through the open window, seized it and ran back to the BMW in front of us, where his colleague was waiting with the engine running. Unfortunately our van and trailer don’t match the speed of a BMW,

but fortunately it’s not allowed to carry guns in Europe, as otherwise we would be in jail now for shooting the guy in the face.”

Damn, that’s a fucking shame. They have set up a way to get donations to cover their costs here

and is you donate some money will receive a copy of the police report and a Thank You card signed by all band members, well isnt that sweet?

they are still touring around Europe, so catch them around with Anthema

11/09/2010 Rocking Chair – Vevey, Switzerland
11/10/2010 Z7 – Pratteln, Switzerland
11/11/2010 Estragon – Bologna, Italy
11/12/2010 Alpheus – Rome, Italy
11/13/2010 New Age – Treviso, Italy
11/14/2010 Magazzini Generali – Milan, Italy
11/15/2010 Boogaloo Club –  Zagreb, Croatia
11/16/2010 Listhalle – Graz, Austria
11/17/2010 Viper Room – Vienna, Austria
11/18/2010 Diesel Club – Budapest, Hungary
11/21/2010 Akademija – Belgrade, Serbia (Headline Show)
11/22/2010 Randall –  Bratislava, Slovakia
11/23/2010 Rock Café – Prague, Czech Republic