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Saturday, September 24, 2005

Pleasure overload, PLEASURE OVERLOAD

Image Of The Invisible by Thrice

We're more than carbon and chemicals
We are the image of the invisible
Free will is ours and we can't let go
We are the image of the invisible
We can't allow this, the quiet cull
We are the image of the invisible
So we sing out this, our canticle
We are the image of the invisible

We all were lost and we are found
No one can stop us or slow us down
We are the named and we are known
We know that we'll never walk alone

We're more than static and dial tone
We are the image of the invisible
We're emblematic of the unknown
We are the image of the invisible
So raise the banner, bend back your bows
We are the image of the invisible
Remove the cancer, take back your souls
We are the image of the invisible

Though all the world may hate us, we are named
The shadow overtake us, we are known

That is on a secular label? You can listen to the brand new Thrice song at The new album Vheissu
is out Oct 18th on Island Records. It's possibly the most anticipated album of the year.

4:46 a.m. *

Updates up the wazooo

In a very Tooth And Nail-esque move, The Miltia Group has signed like, 300 bands in the last few months. The newest additions to the MG family include, The Class of '98, Cartel, Let Go, Man Alive, fielding, and The Panic Division. We're especially stoked on Man Alive, the first rock band in...maybe ever, to call Isreal home. Check them out at

Sept, 27th is shaping up to be a real gas. Panic! at the Disco, David Crowder Band, Project 86, Grandaddy, My American Heart, and Wolf Parade are just some of the great bands dropping albums (figuratively) this Tuesday. The buzz around the new Crowder album is to say the least...necessary. Mark our words that this (21 track) album will raise the bar for artistic minded worship music, like no album before it. A Collision is coming.

Who or what is Family Force 5, how did they get signed to Maverick, and is "crunk-rock" even a thing? Our opinion? Well if first impressions are everything, we're stumped. Our snob instinct says rap/rock should stay in the grave where it belongs, but the loser in us is intrigued. It's a little bit like northern lights, they're cool to look at, but it's mostly pieces of garbage up in space. Business Up Front, Party In The Back is scheduled for release early 2006. Check out the video at and make sure it wasn't all a dream.

In a great credibility move, Kevin Max (four-time Grammy Award winner, and member of Christian powerhouse group dcTalk) is set to release his second solo title, The Imposter, on Northern Records, Oct. 11th. The project is the (relatively) anticipated followup to 2001's Stereotype Be. It features 12 songs plus a bonus track.

In a move pretty much proving that they are really NOT breaking up, emo visionaries Thursday have announced that they are entering the studio with acclaimed producer Dave Fridmann (the Flaming Lips, Sleater-Kinney) to work on the follow-up to 2003's War All The Time. They have 16 songs ready to go and hope to have the record out in early-to-mid 2006. For reals? For reals.

Future "mainstreamo" band Taking Back Sunday have also announced that they are entering the studio with acclaimed producer/"fungineer" Eric Valentine (Queens Of The Stoneage, Third Eye Blind) to work on the follow up to 2004's Where You Want To Be. The album (their major label debut) will release on Warner Bros., after sales of two previous albums helped the staff of Victory Records finance...well, everything.

Foo Fighters (maybe you've heard of them) have the new video for their latest single "D.O.A." posted at I hear the kids are up in arms about it.

2:54 a.m. *

Friday, September 23, 2005

Does music matter?

Check out Ryan Hamm's editorial at Relevant Magazine on why he is a music critic and why music matters. I think he is correct in saying that music should be a way to experience God on earth, and I also agree with his point that that experience does not have to be limited to so-called "Christian" music. I do think it is a shame that there is so much Christian music out there which does not point to God at all through its artistic form, or lack thereof. The world needs more true musicians, not overproduced junk. Are you listening, CCM?

Derek out.

12:51 a.m. *

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Rockin' the Billboard

Switchfoot debuted at number 3 on the Billboard 200 with sales of 131,000 units in the first week of release of Nothing Is Sound. And this is only two weeks after Casting Crowns' Lifesong debuted at number 9. People are starting to notice, and the lines between the Christian and secular markets are continually getting a good way.

Derek out.

10:14 a.m. *

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Together at Last

One dash of Destiny's Child, 2 teaspoons of Fugazi. Is it a recipe for disaster? See the smash up everybody's talking about for yourself, at

7:07 p.m. *

the Reviews are in

Taylor and Kirk have posted some reviews in the "Reviews" section. Go figure, and go check it out.

6:29 p.m. *

Heavy Sights and Sounds

The long awaited third release by Demon Hunter "The Triptych" is not far off now. The album is set to hit stores everywhere on October 25th, but you can hear the new song first at

Also Norma Jean's new video for "Absentimental: Street Clam," is now online at Finally, a band that brings together the chaos of hardcore music and the joy of clams.

11:04 a.m. *

Building Hope...and ROCK

Calling all Big Hearts! Make sure to mark your calendars for the Building Hope Benefit Concert, October 14th 2005 at WestPortal Church in Saskatoon, SK. The line up is one to take seriously, and could be the best indie/hardcore show in the 306 this fall.
Whittaker, Silence Through Injustice, The Reception, and Means are all scheduled to kick various amounts of ass for a good cause. Have we mentioned how much we love Means? We freaking love them. All 4 bands have PureVolume sites that you should definitely check out. Tickets will be sold in advance and at the door ($10 either way). Contact Zach at for more info. Make sure to tell your friends, cause the bands playing are travelling from all around Western Canada and agreed to play for nothing but gas money. Have a heart.

Date: Fri, October 14th 2005
Location: Westportal Church (3134 -33rd St W, Saskatoon, SK.)
Time: 7:00 pm
Cost: $10 (for charity)

6:01 a.m. *

Waking Replacements

Whispers have been floating through cyberspace, that Tooth And Nail breakout piano/rock act Waking Ashland have decided to call it quits just days before the beginning of a tour with Jamison Parker, An Angle, and others. They recently quashed those rumours with the following press release:

"Apparently the last post left people confused. Hopefully this clears up everything. Andrew and Thomas will not be playing with Waking Ashland anymore. However Waking Ashland will not be missing any shows or taking any time off because of this. We will all miss those two guys and will always remember all the great times that we have had over the past year and a half. We wish both of them all the best and stll consider them some of our best friends. As with any relationship sometimes problems and conflict arise. We worked really hard to try and make it work. But at some point you see the inevitable approaching....and basically what we did is took the initiative in order to not miss a beat. We will continue to push forward and we hope all of you guys will come along for the ride."

Make sure to check out the excellent video for their first single "I Am For You (Don't Give Up)" at their MySpace site and at Tooth And Nail.

5:41 a.m. *

And the Rest Will come shortly...

Orange County heroes Project 86 release their 5th and arguably most aticipated album in less than one week. And the Rest Will Follow... is being heralded as the bands most diverse and important record to date. You can hear 5 songs from the album at their PureVolume site and see the new E-Card at Tooth And Nail.

5:19 a.m. *

On the road...

In what's shaping up to be one of the best tours this fall, Story Of The Year hits the road later this week with Anberlin, Funeral For A Friend, and He Is Legend. Both He Is Legend and Anberlin's latest videos can be seen at

Meanwhile, starting October 6th
Mae begins headlining the much anticipated "This Music Is Much Too Loud" tour. Special guests include Mashlin, Circa Survive, Discover America, The Working Title, and New Orleans buzz band Mute Math. Bzzzzzzzzz......

Next, Pedro The Lion will open their arms to the lovely people of Europe and the UK starting September 7th. The tour will last until September 20th and hit most of Western Europe and England. The line up for these shows will be David Bazan on vocals and guitar, TW Walsh on bass, and Trey Many on drums. Expect a great show from openers The Amazing Pilots as well. And you remember Headphones right? David Bazan's electronic side project Headphones will be hitting the road again in October and November. The line-up for these shows will be David Bazan on vocals and keyboards, and Nick Peterson on drums.

And, not to be outdone The Juliana Theory (fresh off a divorce with Epic Records) have made plans for not one, but two super tours this fall. Tour #1 (in progress) bills them with Lovedrug, The Goodwill, and Days Away, while Tour #2 finds them lifting a wing for Jamison Parker, June, and The Fury. It should all wrap up sometime around Christmas (no pun intended).
TJT's latest album Deadbeat Sweetheartbeat (out Sept 13th on PaperFist Recordings) is their 2nd attempt to follow up 2000's Emotion Is Dead (widely considered one of the best emo albums of all time). By the by if you haven't heard "Shotgun Serenade" at their PureVolume site you probably won't be able to share in our excitement for this record.

3:40 a.m. *

Monday, September 19, 2005

Mission statement?

This community is very early on in its existence, but I think it is appropriate to begin to think about what its purpose should be. I think we are endeavouring to create a place in which people who love music can discuss that music on a different level than what they might usually encounter. Eventually there should be news, reviews, and interviews, but right now it's just this blog. There are still a couple of bugs to be worked out in the HTML, but this is pretty much what bringbackvinyl is going to be all about. Join in if you dare.

Derek out.

9:44 p.m. *

Here comes The Rocket Summer

It was only a matter of time before Militia Group indie favourites The Rocket Summer became "that band you loved before they went mainstream". In a deal announced recently, L.A. Reid and Paul Pontius of Island/DefJam records flew down to a show in Dallas, where Bryce Avery and Co's Hanson meets Dashboard styles wooed them into a gablillion dollar record contract. The Rocket Summer join an Island Records roster currently housing bands like U2, The Killers, Bon Jovi, Fall Out Boy, Thrice, Mariah Carey, Sum 41, Thursday, Hoobastank and more or less every other band ever.

6:52 a.m. *

Mae is for...Everyone

Everyone's favourite Virginia quintet has spent the better part of September continuing their quest for world domination. The guys in Mae were asked to join the Weezer/Foo Fighters tour as opening act for a string of (most likely) sold out shows. I'm sure they reluctantly accepted. In honor of what could be the biggest break of their career we dug out a review of their latest record The Everglow, written back in March of this year when said album "dropped".

Mae is good...nay, great at writing subtle, catchy songs that sneak up and grow on you, like some sort of delightful fungus. Straight up, The Everglow might be one of the best CDs Tooth And Nail has ever put out. I realize this is the same label that put out Life In General, Emotion Is Dead, Drawing Black Lines, Pedro The Lion's 1st album, Mike Knott's Strip Cycle, all the Starflyer albums, Blindside's first 2 releases, and Supertones Strike Back; not to mention freaking The Moon Is Down, and Underoath's Joshua Tree of Screamo They're Only Chasing Safety. Figuring out why Mae's latest album belongs in such company is a much harder task, like trying to explain why a joke is funny. Rarely has a musical puzzle been put together so wonderfully, and even more rarely has an album been so dead on in doing what it set out to accomplish. Drummer Jacob Marshall's study in how senses perceive information, perfectly sums up the hard to pinpoint beauty in Mae's sound. "What would music look like if you could see it? What would it feel like and how would it taste?" In this case every piece is a perfect fit. Each sincere, cheesy lyric. Each over the top piano melody. Every form-fitting snare crack and cymbal crash is noticably thought out and shows 5 close-knit people practicing incredible musical awareness. In and of itself these things could still make for an underwhelming album, but hand in hand with catchy pop hooks, soaring melody lines, and the fantastic production of Ken Edwards (Blink 182, Jimmy Eat World, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club) Mae will doubtless improve with every album until they either get signed to Geffen Records or die in a tragic bus accident. I guess it's all the same really...


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