Big thanks to @portugaltheman for the Google Hangout invite to talk #EvilFriends today for TheEngineFace.com
We’re not really the site you come to for breaking news - that’s not who we are and that’s not what we want to be. Some things though require immediate attention.
Tonight, in an Instagram flurry, it looks like EngineFace favorite Portugal. The Man revealed the name and cover art for their new album, Evil Friends.
Just a few weeks ago, visual evidence emerged that the band has been working with Danger Mouse in the studio - an overall tremendous sign for the universe. The new album is supposedly going to be released sometime this summer.
An amazing thing happened today: With little fanfare, a video of never-before-seen footage documenting an early Rage Against the Machine performance at legendary Long Beach, California shop Zed’s Records back in 1992 appeared on YouTube. Late this afternoon, it had a little more than 2,000 views. As of post time, the video has been seen almost 40,000 times.
The 40-minute performance is mesmerizing - twenty-plus years later you can feel the manic energy coming through the screen as the band rips through songs that would become RATM pillars while jammed in a space the size of a closet.
If for nothing else, if you want to watch a master play the ever-living shit out of a guitar, move ahead to the 30-minute mark for a closeup of Tom Morello’s work on “Know Your Enemy.” The intro will level you, and when Zack de la Rocha’s mic conks out midway through, with pulsating humanity right on top of him, Morello’s playing keeps the loosely-controlled fury together and sees the song all the way through. Just awesome.
Here’s the track listing:
‘Take the Power Back’
‘Bullet in the Head’
‘Settle for Nothing’
‘Killing in the Name of’
‘Know Your Enemy’
And here’s the video. Enjoy:
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Thx to @TheShakenAngels for the overseas delivery of their brand new EP “Talkin’ to You.” All out guitar assault.
Check out this gig poster for an upcoming show by the fascinating Battleme at the Bunk Bar in Portland, Oregon. Battleme is the moniker of Matt Drenik, former front man for the Austin, Texas-based Lions (the band behind what is possibly one of my favorite covers ever). Drenik is long overdue for an in-depth piece here on The EngineFace. His story is incredible (read his own “about” section from the Battleme site) - he went from making straight-up rock ‘n roll music in Austin, to picking up and moving to Portland in order to find himself and his music (while battling health issues). He came out of a sort self-imposed exile with an eclectic collection of songs filled with everything from rock to synth to soul. Truly amazing. Below you can stream “Pocket Full of Flies,” one of my favorite tracks from Battleme’s 2012’s self-titled release. —PC Follow Patrick on Twitter Follow The EngineFace on Twitter
Bath, England trio The Family Rain have quickly become one of our new favorite bands since we first heard their debut single “Trust Me … I’m a Genius” back in December. From that first song, we said then that we can see them headed for great things, and the new track they released for download today does nothing but bolster that opinion. Check the bass monster that is “Carnival” here, recorded in the band’s basement, available as a free download:
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