Enemies and Weatherbox // East Coast Tour Dates Announced
There was no way we were gonna have Enemies come over from Ireland and only play the west coast! ;) So, in addition to the band’s dates at SXSW and the west coast with Weatherbox and Prawn, the band will also be playing a handful of dates on the east coast (all dates are with Weatherbox) — info below!
For Enemies, this tour marks the Irish band's first North American performances since October 2013 and first real North American tour ever. They will follow up their most recent offering, Embark, Embrace, with a new release on Topshelf later in 2016. Catch all bands on the following dates:
Perhaps my favorite thing about running a record label is that we're music fans and geek out about this shit just as much as anyone else. So weeks like this are just the best, y'know?!
We premiered two new songs today. Two really, really, really good songs. Do yourself a favor if you've got a few minutes:
Tigers Jaw is going out with a bang — they've got a full US tour with our favorites, Pianos Become the Teeth, and a monster of a split that we occasionally can't believe actually is even happening. I know Tigers Jaw aren't fans of punctuation, but this one puts an exclamation point to the end of a great run.
Listen to their new song "Fake Death" below and pre-order their split with Code Orange Kids, Self Defense Family and The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Diein our store.
Weatherbox is a band that's a household name in our office. This band can do no wrong. They're underrated and underappreciated but there's absolutely no way that trend'll continue if they keep pumping out songs like this (and they always do and always will, so yeah). If you're a fan of the Topshelf catalog but not familiar with this band, I implore you to take a moment and give this song a listen — you're gonna like it.
In a niche where bands come and go (see above ): ), these guys are journeymen with absolutely no quit. They've been at this forever and just keep getting better. They'll be out on tour this summer with The Front Bottoms and I can't properly convey enough to you to make it out to a show and see them if you get the opportunity — they're great.
Lastly, the newest and youngest band on our roster, Have Mercy, premiered a new track from their debut full length album this week and it is — by all accounts — incredible. Melodies and hooks for days, you guys. They'll be at BLED Fest next month... schedule accordingly, people.
I'm not the only one who loves it:
“…Shimmering cascades of guitar noise and harrowing vocals. We’ve been playing it on repeat for so long that our friends are starting to worry.”
“…an emotional powerhouse that’ll remind you why you fell in love with music in the first place.”
Sainthood Reps premiere "Deadlines"; pre-orders for their split with Weatherbox are now up!
After coming on strong with Monoculture in summer 2011, Sainthood Reps are a band that have left many eager to hear more — and where they'd take their sound after such an impressive release (myself included). The wait to hear those next steps is over today as you can now stream a new song from the band on Absolutepunk. The song, "Deadlines", is the band's contribution to a split with brethren Weatherbox which we'll be releasing May 7, 2013. Pre-order the record now in the Topshelf Records store.
We're really excited to announce that we'll be releasing a split between two of our favorite bands. The split will feature a track from each band and will be available digitally and physically as a 7" record later this spring.
Weatherbox has been in constant rotation for us for the better part of the last decade and are, in my opinion, one of the most talented and supremely underrated bands going (do yourself a favor). Their track, titled "Big News", was recorded on October 5, 2012 at Audio Design Studios in San Diego, CA — and recorded, mixed & mastered by Ben Moore. Be sure to catch them on their upcoming tour with Bad Books & The Front Bottoms:
Feb 01 - Pomona, CA @ The Glasshouse**
Feb 02 - San Diego, CA @ The Che Cafe
Feb 09 - Denver, CO @ The Moon Room at Summit Music Hall
Feb 10 - Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot Music Hall
Feb 11 - Saint Louis, MO @ Blank Space
Feb 13 - Newport, KY @ Thompson House*
Feb 14 - Chicago, IL @ Subterranean*
Feb 15 - Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot Ballroom*
Feb 16 - Columbus, OH @ A&R Music Bar*
Feb 17 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Small's Theatre*
Feb 18 - Danbury, CT @ Heirloom Arts Theatre*
Feb 19 - Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair*
Feb 20 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom*
Feb 21 - Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live*
Feb 22 - Towson, MD @ The Recher Theatre*
Feb 23 - Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506*
Feb 24 - West Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern*
Feb 25 - Atlanta, GA @ The EARL
Feb 27 - Tallahassee, FL @ The Hidden Hand
Mar 02 - Dallas, TX @ The Prophet Bar
Mar 03 - Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
Mar 04 - Albuquerque, NM @ The Gasworks
Mar 05 - Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock
* = w/ Bad Books, The Front Bottoms
** = w/ Finch
Sainthood Reps seemingly came out of nowhere a few years ago and blew us away with the release of Monoculture. They've become good friends of ours since and a band that's been really fun to watch grow. Their track "Deadlines" was recorded at MXXTRXX in Cresco, PA in December 2012, engineered and recorded by Bradley Cordaro (with assistant engineering by Chris Russell and Ryan Sadis) and mixed by Will Yip and Vince Ratti.
The pairing of the two for a split made a lot of sense to us both sonically / stylistically and considering that they recently toured pretty extensively together. We'll have more details on it soon — for now, though, be sure to follow bothbands on Facebook and junk.