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3:07 pm - Thu, Jun 12, 2014
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IDLEHANDS SIGNS TO
EQUAL VISION RECORDS / HEADPHONE MUSIC

PREMIERES MUSIC VIDEO FOR “MELLOW CHRIST”

ANNOUNCES SUMMER TOUR DATES

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San Diego, CA’s Idlehands has signed to Headphone Music, an Equal Vision Records imprint.

The experimental indie-rock quintet is also premiering a music video today, for “Mellow Christ” featuring Justin Bonifacio of Ghost Parade. The video is premiering now on Youtube.com/equalvision.

The song originally appeared on a split 7” with Ghost Parade and will also be featured on Idlehands' debut full-length album, which will be released later this year. The new album was recorded in Portland, OR with producer Kris Crummett (A Lot Like Birds, Closure In Moscow), and is the follow-up to the band's 2013 EP,Common Soul.

“Along with releasing “Mellow Christ” as our new music video, we are so excited to be announcing our signing to Headphone Music / Equal Vision Records,” sharesIdlehands’ vocalist Johnny O’Hagan.

“We will be joining a great team of artists, from both past and present. This has been a step we have been working towards for quite some time. We anticipate a bright future with our new home at Headphone Music and Equal Vision Records!”

Idlehands is comprised of Johnny O’Hagan (vocals), Michael Brekka (guitar), Seancarlo Ohlin (guitar), Phil Di Raffaele (drums), and Matthew Joaquin (bass).

The band has several upcoming summer tour dates confirmed, including a show tonight in Riverside, CA and a short set of tour dates throughout California with Hail The Sun and My Iron Lung, that kick off tomorrow in San Diego. Idlehands will then head out on a two-week run of shows in July, with Icarus The Owl. All upcoming tour dates can be found below.

TOUR DATES
Idlehands
 
Jun 12 Riverside, CA @ Worthington’s Tavern

Hail The Sun w/My Iron Lungs and Idlehands 
Jun 13 San Diego, CA @ The Che Café 
Jun 14 Bakersfield, CA @ Jerry’s Pizza 
Jun 15 Sacramento, CA @ Midtown Barfly

Idlehands 
Jun 18 San Francisco, CA @ Sub Mission

Icarus The Owl w/Idlehands 
Jul 22 Norman, OK @ Industrial Skate Park 
Jul 23 Fort Worth, TX @ Tomcats West 
Jul 24 Houston, TX @ Mangos 
Jul 26 San Antonio, TX @ Korova 
Jul 27 El Paso, TX @ Low Brow Palace 
Jul 28 Tempe, AZ @ 51 West 
Jul 29 Van Nuys, CA @ White Oak Music Hall 
Jul 30 San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar 
Jul 31 Bakersfield, CA @ Jerrys Pizza 
Aug 01 Chico, CA @ 1078 Gallery 
Aug 02 Seattle, WA @ Vera Project 
Aug 03 Portland, OR @ Rotture

11:00 am - Thu, Sep 12, 2013
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A LOT LIKE BIRDSTO RELEASE ‘NO PLACE’FULL-LENGTH ALBUM OCTOBER 29ON EQUAL VISION RECORDS US CO-HEADLINE TOUR DATES WITHLIONS LIONS ANNOUNCED


Sacramento, CA’s A Lot Like Birds will release their new full-length album, and Equal Vision Records’ debut - No Place, on October 29.
The dynamic ten track album takes listeners on an eerie roller coaster of beautiful chaos, with arching cinematic interludes laced between destructive gut-wrenching, chill-inducing masterpieces. The complex construction of No Place sets one into a mesmerizing world of darkness and dread led by urgency, intensity and fear.
The album was recorded with Kris Crummett [Closure In Moscow, Fear Before], who also recorded the band’s previous release, Conversation Piece.
“I have always been prone to gravitate towards the more grandiose side of composing, to a nearly unachievable extent when time limits are involved, since day one of this band. From experimenting with a wide array of instruments (strings, horns, auxiliary percussion), to incorporating various programming (beats, synths, MIDI instruments), to a lot of effects and effect modulation, completing the vision on this album required a lot of hard work and patience. Kris [Crummett] embodied both of those skills, along with incredible diligence, and honestly to a point of near disbelief from the rest of us,” reveals guitarist Michael Franzino. “He genuinely cared about this, and without him this record quite literally would not have happened.”
No Place showcases A Lot Like Birds idiosyncrasies through dark, intricate soundscapes, that range from crazy and chaotic to beautiful and melodic. Thematically the album revolves around a single concept, exploring the emotions behind rooms in a home. Guitarist Ben Wiacek elaborates, “The idea was to identify the emotional dichotomy of the “home” experience; the home is a place of serenity and/or a place of chaos. You’ll notice this album is much darker but more focused than anything we’ve done before, and I hope we achieved something that will be considered important and relevant to a lot of people’s lives.”
"It’s no secret that musicians can spend more time on the road than they do at home, but aside from that, a home had been a completely lost concept to me for the past few years," adds co-vocalist Cory Lockwood. “And as I realized that I felt more at home while away from my "hometown" and felt more sheltered with no guarantee of shelter each night, I really started to examine the idea of home. What a home means to a person, and with further exploration, what each particular room can mean. We had already been discussing the direction of our next album and how we might want to try our hand at one particular concept. And so this was the concept I brought to the table: let’s build a house. Each song, one room. Important to itself but still a part of the whole.”
In regards to the album title, Lockwood explains, “I had been playing around with idioms regarding the idea of home, and while thinking about the phrase ‘…there’s no place like home…’ I thought to myself, that in our positions, no place IS home. We make a home of any place that we happen to be in at that time, and then we move on. So the title No Place stuck. “
Illustrator Bradley Edwards created A Lot Like Birds’ spectacular cover artwork for No Place, which depicts his detailed interpretation of the house represented in the album, and fills the home with dark creatures, items and symbols that directly correlate to the album’s lyrics. Edwards also designed the band’s cover art for Conversation Piece.
Known for their wild live performances – which often include anything and everything from swinging from the rafters, spontaneous mid-set crowd surfing, and launching guitars 25 feet in the air, to simply focusing on the music - the six-piece band features duel vocalists, Cory Lockwood and Kurt Travis, who seamlessly intertwine, layer and harmonize while interchanging singing, screaming and spoken word duties, while guitarists Michael Franzino and Ben Wiacek alternate frantic riffs with ambient wails and bassist Michael “Butter” Littlefield and drummer Joe Arrington deliver driving grooves, uniting the band’s sound.
A Lot Like Birds has also just announced a Fall co-headline tour with Lions Lions. Following the run, A Lot Like Birds will set out on a separate full US headliner, with additional lineup and tour date details to be announced soon. The No Place tracklisting can be found below, along with all upcoming A Lot Like Birds tour dates.
TRACKLISTING No Place 1. In Trances 2. No Nature 3. No Nurture 4. Next to Ungodliness 5. Connector 6. Myth of Lasting Sympathy 7. Hand Over Mouth, Over and Over 8. Kuroi Ledge 9. Recluse 10. Shaking of the Frame A Lot Like Birds w/Lions Lions Oct 11 Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep Oct 12 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre Oct 14 Portland, OR @ Backspace Café Oct 15 Spokane, WA @ The Center of Spokane Oct 16 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon Oct 18 Sacramento, CA @ The Boardwalk Oct 20 Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction Oct 21 Mesa, AZ @ The Underground Oct 24 San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit Oct 26 Grand Prairie, TX @ South By So What Festival

A LOT LIKE BIRDS
TO RELEASE ‘NO PLACE’
FULL-LENGTH ALBUM OCTOBER 29
ON EQUAL VISION RECORDS 

US CO-HEADLINE TOUR DATES WITH
LIONS LIONS ANNOUNCED

Sacramento, CA’s A Lot Like Birds will release their new full-length album, and Equal Vision Records’ debut - No Place, on October 29.

The dynamic ten track album takes listeners on an eerie roller coaster of beautiful chaos, with arching cinematic interludes laced between destructive gut-wrenching, chill-inducing masterpieces. The complex construction of No Place sets one into a mesmerizing world of darkness and dread led by urgency, intensity and fear.

The album was recorded with Kris Crummett [Closure In Moscow, Fear Before], who also recorded the band’s previous release, Conversation Piece.

“I have always been prone to gravitate towards the more grandiose side of composing, to a nearly unachievable extent when time limits are involved, since day one of this band. From experimenting with a wide array of instruments (strings, horns, auxiliary percussion), to incorporating various programming (beats, synths, MIDI instruments), to a lot of effects and effect modulation, completing the vision on this album required a lot of hard work and patience. Kris [Crummett] embodied both of those skills, along with incredible diligence, and honestly to a point of near disbelief from the rest of us,” reveals guitarist Michael Franzino. “He genuinely cared about this, and without him this record quite literally would not have happened.”

No Place showcases A Lot Like Birds idiosyncrasies through dark, intricate soundscapes, that range from crazy and chaotic to beautiful and melodic. Thematically the album revolves around a single concept, exploring the emotions behind rooms in a home. Guitarist Ben Wiacek elaborates, “The idea was to identify the emotional dichotomy of the “home” experience; the home is a place of serenity and/or a place of chaos. You’ll notice this album is much darker but more focused than anything we’ve done before, and I hope we achieved something that will be considered important and relevant to a lot of people’s lives.”

"It’s no secret that musicians can spend more time on the road than they do at home, but aside from that, a home had been a completely lost concept to me for the past few years," adds co-vocalist Cory Lockwood. “And as I realized that I felt more at home while away from my "hometown" and felt more sheltered with no guarantee of shelter each night, I really started to examine the idea of home. What a home means to a person, and with further exploration, what each particular room can mean. We had already been discussing the direction of our next album and how we might want to try our hand at one particular concept. And so this was the concept I brought to the table: let’s build a house. Each song, one room. Important to itself but still a part of the whole.”

In regards to the album title, Lockwood explains, “I had been playing around with idioms regarding the idea of home, and while thinking about the phrase ‘…there’s no place like home…’ I thought to myself, that in our positions, no place IS home. We make a home of any place that we happen to be in at that time, and then we move on. So the title No Place stuck. “

Illustrator Bradley Edwards created A Lot Like Birds’ spectacular cover artwork for No Place, which depicts his detailed interpretation of the house represented in the album, and fills the home with dark creatures, items and symbols that directly correlate to the album’s lyrics. Edwards also designed the band’s cover art for Conversation Piece.

Known for their wild live performances – which often include anything and everything from swinging from the rafters, spontaneous mid-set crowd surfing, and launching guitars 25 feet in the air, to simply focusing on the music - the six-piece band features duel vocalists, Cory Lockwood and Kurt Travis, who seamlessly intertwine, layer and harmonize while interchanging singing, screaming and spoken word duties, while guitarists Michael Franzino and Ben Wiacek alternate frantic riffs with ambient wails and bassist Michael “Butter” Littlefield and drummer Joe Arrington deliver driving grooves, uniting the band’s sound.

A Lot Like Birds has also just announced a Fall co-headline tour with Lions Lions. Following the run, A Lot Like Birds will set out on a separate full US headliner, with additional lineup and tour date details to be announced soon. The No Place tracklisting can be found below, along with all upcoming A Lot Like Birds tour dates.

TRACKLISTING 
No Place
 
1. In Trances 
2. No Nature 
3. No Nurture 
4. Next to Ungodliness 
5. Connector 
6. Myth of Lasting Sympathy 
7. Hand Over Mouth, Over and Over 
8. Kuroi Ledge 
9. Recluse 
10. Shaking of the Frame 

A Lot Like Birds w/Lions Lions 
Oct 11 Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep 
Oct 12 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre 
Oct 14 Portland, OR @ Backspace Café 
Oct 15 Spokane, WA @ The Center of Spokane 
Oct 16 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon 
Oct 18 Sacramento, CA @ The Boardwalk 
Oct 20 Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction 
Oct 21 Mesa, AZ @ The Underground 
Oct 24 San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit 
Oct 26 Grand Prairie, TX @ South By So What Festival

7:37 pm - Thu, Apr 4, 2013
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Get on over to AltPress.com RIGHT NOW and treat your ears and eyes to A Lot Like Birds' new video for “Vanity's Fair” — the band just might have also revealed some exciting news about their recording plans for their next full-length album in the feature…check it all out HERE!

Get on over to AltPress.com RIGHT NOW and treat your ears and eyes to A Lot Like Birds' new video for “Vanity's Fair” — the band just might have also revealed some exciting news about their recording plans for their next full-length album in the feature…check it all out HERE!

12:45 pm - Wed, Feb 27, 2013
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KURT TRAVIS TO RELEASESELF-TITLED EP ON MARCH 12PHYSICAL PRE-ORDERSNOW AVAILABLE

A Lot Like Birds' vocalist Kurt Travis will release a new, self-titled EP on March 12 via Equal Vision Records.
The latest issue of Alternative Press offers a full page feature on A Lot Like Birds, marking them as one of the “100 Bands You Need to Know in 2013”. The issue is out now and available HERE. This will be Travis' second solo release, following a previous EP entitled Wha Happen? through Doghouse Records in January 2012. Physical pre-orders for the new album are available now through his MerchNOW store, with iTunes digital pre-orders set to launch next week.
The Sacramento, CA-based band features duel vocalists, Cory Lockwood and Kurt Travis, who seamlessly intertwine, layer and harmonize, while interchanging singing, screaming and spoken word duties. Guiding the melodies along with the alternating of intricate riffs and airy, ambient wails are guitarists Michael Franzino and Ben Wiacek, as well as the flowing rhythms of bassist Michael “Butter” Littlefield and drummer Joe Arrington.
A Lot Like Birds has been writing intensely over the past year for their forthcoming Equal Vision release, and will return to Portland, OR in May 2013 to record their next full-length album with producer Kris Crummett [Closure In Moscow, Fear Before], with whom the band also recorded their previous release, Conversation Piece.
A Lot Like Birds is currently on a European headlining tour with support from Violet. Soon after their return to the States, Travis will begin a US tour as direct support to Jonny Craig, which will stop at several festivals along the way, including SXSW, NeverSayNever Fest and SouthBySoWhat?!
The tracklisting for the Kurt Travis EP can be seen below, along with all upcoming Kurt Travis solo dates and the remaining A Lot Like Birds full band European tour dates.
KURT TRAVIS EP TRACKLISTING 1. mt utumno 2. illuvatar 3. the valar 4. the maiar 5. angband TOUR DATESA Lot Like Birds w/Violet Feb 27 Paris, FR @ Le Klub Feb 28 London, UK @ Ace’s and Eight’s Jonny Craig w/ Kurt Travis, Hail the Sun, The Seeking Mar 08 Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction Mar 09 Mesa, AZ @ The Nile Mar 10 Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad Mar 11 Lubbock, TX @ Jake’s Mar 13 Mission, TX @ NeverSayNever Fest Mar 14 Austin, TX @ SXSW Mar 15 Austin, TX @ SXSW Mar 16 Dallas, TX @ SouthBySoWhat?! Mar 17 San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit Mar 19 Mobile, AL @ Alabama Music Box Mar 20 Atlanta, GA @ Purgatory Mar 21 Wilmington, NC @ Soapbox Mar 22 Richmond, VA @ Kingdom Mar 23 Springfield, VA @ Empire Mar 24 New York, NY @ Studio at Webster Hall Mar 26 Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose Mar 27 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s Mar 28 Detroit, MI @ Pike Room Mar 29 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge Mar 30 St. Louis, MO @ Firebird Mar 31 Tulsa, OK @ The Oculus Apr 02 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre Apr 03 Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue Apr 05 Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades Apr 06 Lancaster, CA @ Industry Theatre Apr 07 San Francisco, CA @ The Parkside

KURT TRAVIS TO RELEASE
SELF-TITLED EP ON MARCH 12

PHYSICAL PRE-ORDERS
NOW AVAILABLE

A Lot Like Birds' vocalist Kurt Travis will release a new, self-titled EP on March 12 via Equal Vision Records.


The latest issue of Alternative Press offers a full page feature on A Lot Like Birds, marking them as one of the “100 Bands You Need to Know in 2013”. The issue is out now and available HERE. This will be Travis' second solo release, following a previous EP entitled Wha Happen? through Doghouse Records in January 2012. Physical pre-orders for the new album are available now through his MerchNOW store, with iTunes digital pre-orders set to launch next week.

The Sacramento, CA-based band features duel vocalists, Cory Lockwood and Kurt Travis, who seamlessly intertwine, layer and harmonize, while interchanging singing, screaming and spoken word duties. Guiding the melodies along with the alternating of intricate riffs and airy, ambient wails are guitarists Michael Franzino and Ben Wiacek, as well as the flowing rhythms of bassist Michael “Butter” Littlefield and drummer Joe Arrington.

A Lot Like Birds has been writing intensely over the past year for their forthcoming Equal Vision release, and will return to Portland, OR in May 2013 to record their next full-length album with producer Kris Crummett [Closure In Moscow, Fear Before], with whom the band also recorded their previous release, Conversation Piece.

A Lot Like Birds is currently on a European headlining tour with support from Violet. Soon after their return to the States, Travis will begin a US tour as direct support to Jonny Craig, which will stop at several festivals along the way, including SXSW, NeverSayNever Fest and SouthBySoWhat?!

The tracklisting for the Kurt Travis EP can be seen below, along with all upcoming Kurt Travis solo dates and the remaining A Lot Like Birds full band European tour dates.

KURT TRAVIS EP TRACKLISTING 
1. mt utumno 
2. illuvatar 
3. the valar 
4. the maiar 
5. angband 

TOUR DATES
A Lot Like Birds w/Violet
 
Feb 27 Paris, FR @ Le Klub 
Feb 28 London, UK @ Ace’s and Eight’s 

Jonny Craig w/ Kurt Travis, Hail the Sun, The Seeking 
Mar 08 Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction 
Mar 09 Mesa, AZ @ The Nile 
Mar 10 Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad 
Mar 11 Lubbock, TX @ Jake’s 
Mar 13 Mission, TX @ NeverSayNever Fest 
Mar 14 Austin, TX @ SXSW 
Mar 15 Austin, TX @ SXSW 
Mar 16 Dallas, TX @ SouthBySoWhat?! 
Mar 17 San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit 
Mar 19 Mobile, AL @ Alabama Music Box 
Mar 20 Atlanta, GA @ Purgatory 
Mar 21 Wilmington, NC @ Soapbox 
Mar 22 Richmond, VA @ Kingdom 
Mar 23 Springfield, VA @ Empire 
Mar 24 New York, NY @ Studio at Webster Hall 
Mar 26 Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose 
Mar 27 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s 
Mar 28 Detroit, MI @ Pike Room 
Mar 29 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge 
Mar 30 St. Louis, MO @ Firebird 
Mar 31 Tulsa, OK @ The Oculus 
Apr 02 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre 
Apr 03 Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue 
Apr 05 Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades 
Apr 06 Lancaster, CA @ Industry Theatre 
Apr 07 San Francisco, CA @ The Parkside
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