Posted on October 28th, 2018

Stove are gearing up to release their sophomore full-length 's Favorite Friend, this Wednesday, October 31st from Exploding In Sound Records. Today the band have shared one last preview of the upcoming record with "Stiff Bones", an early album standout with a wall of guitars colliding perfectly into Steve Hartlett and Jordyn Blakely's interwoven vocals. Stove began as a solo project but has since turned into a full-fledged band with the additions of drummer/vocalist Blakeley, bassist Alex Molini, and guitarist Mike Hammond. 's Favorite Friend is a testament to the specialness of that creative team-up.

Hartlett is a prolific songwriter and 's Favorite Friend is arriving hot on the heels of Ovlov's critically acclaimed second LP, TRU (which earned praise from NPR, The Fader, Pitchfork, Stereogum, and more), but much of Stove's bountiful creativity can be chalked up to the uncommon cohesion of its lineup. Each member took a vital role in shaping the songs and collectively defined Stove's sound as a unit. The album was written and recorded during a tumultuous time with Hartlett and Blakely having both recently lost loved ones, and much of 's Favorite Friend' grapples with grief and the sometimes harsh realities of time passing. Despite this, 's Favorite Friend is not a bleak album--its creation became a refuge for the members of Stove to unpack life's painful moments and find comfort in the bond between friends making art together.

Stove have also announced a lengthy run of U.S. tour dates that will see the band hitting most of the East Coast and Midwest with support from Maneka. See full itinerary below.

Tour Dates:

11/03 - Brooklyn, NY @ Alphaville (Album Release Show) w/ Water From Your Eyes, Rock Solid, & Gustaf
11/23 - New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge w/ The Dirty Nil & Dead Soft
11/25 - Portland, ME @ Sun Tiki Studios w/ Maneka
11/26 - Boston, MA @ O'Briens w/ Maneka, Pet Fox, & We Can All Be Sorry
11/27 - Providence, RI @ AS220 w/ Maneka, Halfsour, & Sneeze
11/28 - Wallingford, CT @ WAMLEG w/ Maneka, Crag Mask, & Witch Hair
11/29 - Philadelphia, PA @ Cafe Blamp w/ Maneka, Tact, & Rachel Browne
11/30 - New Brunswick, NJ @ In The West w/ Maneka, Spowder, & Glazer
12/01 - Richmond, VA @ Hardywood w/ Maneka
12/02 - Winston Salem, NC @ Monstercade w/ Maneka
12/03 - Durham, NC @ Pinhook w/ Maneka
12/04 - Atlanta, GA w/ Maneka
12/05 - Nashville, TN w/ Maneka
12/06 - St. Louis, MO @ Foam w/ Maneka
12/07 - Chicago, IL @ LandLand w/ Maneka
12/08 - Ann Arbor, MI @ Metal House w/ Maneka
12/09 - Cleveland, OH @ Mahalls w/ Maneka
12/10 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Howler's w/ Maneka
12/11 - Brooklyn, NY w/ Maneka


Posted on October 11th, 2018

[as seen on Consequence of Sound]

Rick Rude, a band we choose to believe is named after one of the greatest wrestlers of all time, impressed the hell out of us with their 2016’s Make Mine Tuesday. Now, the New Hampshire quartet are back with a brand new LP, Verb For Dreaming, which will dropkick your hearts when it lands on November 16th via Exploding In Sound Records.

Rick Rude is comprised of three different songwriters, all of whom credit their upbringing as “people of the woods, small towns and tight communities” with crafting an aesthetic that revels in the intimate. In its fuzzy blend of the loud, sloppy, and melodic, their music hearkens back to the grunge outfits that emerged from the Olympia wilderness more than two decades ago. To listen to their new single, “Slow Cooker”, is to stand alongside a sweat-flecked microphone, swaying to the dirty, distorted melodies the band crafts with smirking abandon.

Vocalist and bassist Jordan Holtz says of the track:

“‘Slow Cooker’ is a song about trying to be efficient and writing music on the weekends, but in the mindset where you just finished your work week and all you want to do is relax, recharge and do everything else other than write. Writing songs is one of my all-time favorite things to do, but sometimes I feel like it takes me forever to get to a finished product due to everyday variables and distractions. This song speaks to the process of trying to get down to business for the sake of progress, but then constantly getting off-track and the never ending cycle of going back and forth between the two.”

Hear it below.


Posted on October 10th, 2018

[as seen on The Fader]

Rock band Stove began as the second project of Ovlov frontman Steve Hartlett, and, with their upcoming album 's Favorite Friend, has fully grown into itself. Today, The FADER is debuting the second single from the project, "Duckling Fantasy," on which drummer and vocalist Jordyn Blakely takes the lead.

Clocking in at a minute and 45 seconds, the track is a storm of guitars with Blakely's soft vocals cutting through the noise like a shard of lightning. In an email to the FADER, she explains that the track is "is about me coming to terms with my father's death and the frustration of having unresolved tension with people in your life who are now deceased." I imagine the energy explosion on the song, no matter how brief, is a welcome cathartic release.

Blakely adds: "I wanted the groove and rhythm to feel disorienting and unsettling to help embody those feelings of anger and discomfort. 'Duckling Fantasy' is a joke from a prank phone call series. When I was picking a title that phrase came to mind since—in terms of the song—I am the duckling, and the fantasy is for my dad to still be living; for reality to be the opposite of itself.

"At the time we were recording there were a lot of changes happening in our individual lives, our relationships with each other and the band, and politically and socially (we recorded in January 2017), so a lot of that energy came through—especially the theme of loss and adapting to or accepting difficult changes."


Posted on October 4th, 2018

[as seen on The Alternative]

Kal Marks‘ booming and beautiful Universal Care only sounds better as the hell year rages on. The Boston trio’s latest combs the matted nest of nihilism for glints of the mythic humanity, a sense of meaning in the most fatalistic of modern times. They’re not the only ones desperately mining for hope, but no other band of their ilk (post-hardcore, indie-punk, shoegaze) has emulated the numbness of our daily lives the way they do on this record. Its muddiness recalls the bleak, perpetual daze of staring into our sickly news feeds. Its erratic alternations between ferocity and genuine yet fleeting awe capture the emotional binary that’s replaced our long-lost technicolor of feelings. But in its lyrics, they’re determined to use love—both banal and grandiose—as their reason to see out this era. “All error is reason to start again / It’s fun to pretend you’ll never end,” goes one of its most profound lines.

The title of the album’s closer, “Today I Walked Down to the Tree, Read a Book, and When I was Done I Went Back Inside,” presents the mundane as epic in order to acknowledge the pervasive cliche of its narrative: love is all you need. “That you are the one, there’s no other I want / and no other form of art can explain / but you always got me figured out,” sings vocalist Carl Shane with a frankness that supplants his poetic abilities. It’s a warm, sincere, and endlessly uplifting finale to an album that’s otherwise just sincere—and therefore mostly drab.

The song’s arc is innately cinematic, and now there’s an accompanying video that crystallizes its rare wholesomeness via quirky claymation. It was created by Carly Lieberman and you can, and should, watch it below:


Posted on October 3rd, 2018

[as seen on Kerrang!]

Man, what the Hell is up with Fond Han? One minute, the New Jersey experimental band ring out with haunting indie rock guitar strums; the next, they sound like twenty grown men in bunny suits coming to snuff you out. Musical comparisons include Fantômas, Lightning Bolt, Ween, and the X-rated episode of Peewee’s Playhouse that the Manson Family buried in the desert — though none independently quite capture the band’s sound.

Case in point: today, we here at Kerrang! are pleased to premiere Fond Han’s new track, Squirrely, and man — that is not just a clever title. The song, off of the band’s upcoming album Wronked, is a swift, yet thorough blast of chattering guitars, tinny drums, rattles, moans, and dreamy whispers. It’s a little like a vicious, ugly animal in a sealed jar — part of you wants to keep it at arm’s length at all times, but mostly you just want to keep flicking the glass in the hopes that it’ll freak out.

Listen to Fond Han’s Squirrely below and hear what two Cenobites trying to catch a chicken sounds like: