A-F newcomers, DOLLAR SIGNS, are gearing up for a LONG list of shows across the U.S. on the Summertime Radness Tour! The band will be on tour with the likes of Bat Boy, Mean Girls, SPANISH LOVE SONGS, and more!
Check out a full list of dates below! New album 'This Will Haunt Me' is out on 07.13 on A-F Records! Pre-order a copy on limited edition colored vinyl today!
06.16 - Norfolk, VA - Wolves Den 06.17 - Huntington, WV - The Cricket Cave 06.19 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Roboto Project 06.20 - Lancaster, PA - The Lizard Lounge 06.21 - Lowell, MA - Uncharted Gallery 06.22 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bazaar 06.23 - Philadelphia, PA - Hole Foods *All June shows w/ Bat Boy
07.21 - Charlotte, NC - The Evening Muse (Record Release Show!) 07.27 - Houston, TX - Secret Group 07.28 - Austin, TX - DIY Show 07.29 - Denton, TX - Killer's Tacos 07.31 - Phoenix, AZ - The Trunk Space 08.02 - San Diego, CA - Che Cafe (w/ Spanish Love Songs) 08.03 - Pomona, CA - Characters (w/ Spanish Love Songs) 08.04 - Oakland, CA - Octopus Literary Salon 08.05 - Sacramento, CA - Cafe Colonial 08.06 - Portland, OR - Twilight Bar 08.07 - Seattle, WA - The Black Lodge 08.10 - Denver, CO - 7th Circle 08.12 - Kansas City, MO - DIY Show 08.13 - St. Louis, MO - DIY Show 08.15 - Minneapolis, MN - Midway Access 08.16 - Milwaukee, WI - DIY Show 08.17 - Chicago, IL - Aux Arts Space 08.18 - Lexington, KY - Al's Bar
In addition to their forthcoming album 'This Will Haunt Me' A-F newcomers, DOLLAR SIGNS, have also dropped a brand new music video for the first single from the record "Waste My Life Away"!
Watch what happens when a bunch of puppets get themselves into a whirlwind of trouble when they take a trip to Las Vegas?? Will they all make it out alive? Watch the full video (and check out this exclusive NOISEY article) below to find out!
Dollar Signs - Waste My Life Away
Order 'This Will Haunt Me' on limited edition colored vinyl, OR a t-shirt bundle HERE!
This week we are excited to announce the next addition to the A-F roster, DOLLAR SIGNS!
Puppet art by Willow Quillen
What started as a writing exercise and a hobby became so much more as the years went on; the gang got larger and the shows got bigger. Now, the band has tackled their most intricate and complex work yet - 'This Will Haunt Me' (coming out on July 13th, 2018 on A-F Records). A record that spans topics such as death, depression, grief, and acceptance.
You can pre-order your copy of 'This Will Haunt Me' on limited edition colored vinyl, AND as a t-shirt bundle TODAY! Just click the image below to be redirected! More to come this week from the Dollar Signs gang!
SWISS ARMY sat down with filmmaker and director of their music videos, Pat Francart, to discuss film, inspiration, skulls, Pat’s brain and more. Check out the interview and both music videos below…
Pat Francart & Swiss Army's Brandon Lehman
SA: We’ll start simple: When did you start getting into filmmaking and what was the catalyst that brought you into it?
Pat: I was probably eight or nine, and I went to my cousin Justin’s house. He and his brother Jonathan built a miniature set with a dinosaur and a caveman, and they were shooting stop-motion with the family video camera. When they showed me the finished footage, the dinosaur bent down and grabbed the caveman in its teeth and lifted him up. It was magical.
SA: Who/what are some of your favorite filmmakers and/or pieces of work?
P: James Whale’s “Frankenstein,” Orson Welles (especially “F for Fake”), and George Romero, who was and is an inspiration to regional independent filmmakers.
SA: You used some pretty cool and old cameras for these music videos. Tell us a little about those.
P: We shot “Paris Mountain” with a 1970s-era Bolex, which is a wind-up home movie camera. It’s an agile camera - no batteries, extremely fast and easy to use. You can go from firing off single frames and making insane stroboscopic images to shooting slow motion just by moving your thumb.
We shot “1,000 Pardons” with an Arriflex SR-II, which is essentially a professional documentary camera. That particular camera traveled all over the world with a National Geographic filmmaker named Kenneth Love.
Swiss Army - Paris Mountain
SA: What made you decide to use film instead of a more modern, digital format?
P: My day job in commercial and industrial film is totally digital and “modern.” Personal work shouldn’t feel like your day job or you’ll just have day job ideas. The more I can differentiate my personal working methods from my day job working methods, the more I can differentiate my work.
SA: What challenges did using film bring while shooting the videos?
P: Film itself is never really a challenge. If you can use a light meter, you can shoot film. The challenges came from other nonsense I decided to put myself through, like hand processing and scanning. The only restriction is on shooting time. You have finite film. But I like that because I hate long shooting days.
SA: Once you’re done shooting a video on film, what happens next?
“Paris Mountain” is hand-processed and hand-transferred 16mm. By that I mean I literally crammed the exposed film into buckets of photographic chemicals, then digitally photographed each frame of film by hand. I shot negative film, but processed it in the wrong chemicals to produce a positive image. Kodak calls this “a highly unstable misuse” of their emulsion. I had to teach myself how to bucket-process color film, which involves a lot of time and temperature control. All of the red flashes on the film are products of accidental film re-exposure from light leaking through the red caps of the processing tanks.
“1,000 Pardons” was processed professionally by a lab, but lab scanning is expensive, so I employed my friend Nathan Inglesby to build a film scanning machine. He produced what is essentially a 3D-printed reverse projector, where the projector lens is the lens of a mirrorless digital camera that photographs each frame as it passes by. It runs at a speed of about one frame per second. We shot about 22 minutes of film, and I digitized about 16 minutes of that, which comes to about 23,000 frames, which took around six hours to capture. Focus, jitter, and workflow issues meant I captured all that footage at least twice, so twelve-ish hours of capture time.
Swiss Army - 1000 Pardons
SA: How does shooting a music video compare with, say, making an experimental film or feature movie?
P: It depends on your working methods. In my case, it’s closer to an experimental film. I like to work from a single visual idea and marry my techniques to that idea.
SA: Some of the visuals of these videos are insane. What was your inspiration or references for them?
P: “1,000 Pardons” was directly inspired by a scene in the 1932 film “Vampyr,” where the protagonist finds himself awake, but paralyzed in a coffin.
“Paris Mountain” has a lot of antecedents - mostly “underground” filmmakers like Jonas Mekas and Marie Menken.
SA: There are a lot of skeletons in both videos. Are you obsessed with death?
P: I would say my skeleton is obsessed with stardom.
SA: For the 1,000 Pardons video, how on earth did you obtain a coffin?
P: I had one made to Brandon’s exact size by my friend Kevin Moran, who is a carpenter. We’re starting an artisanal coffin business.
SA: From your experience, might anyone in Swiss Army have a future career in acting, if music doesn’t work out?
P: As long as the movie doesn’t take place near water, they’ll all do fine. I’ve never seen grown men so bad at swimming.
SA: What’s next for you as a filmmaker?
P: Hopefully more work on celluloid with more musicians. I like making music videos because I have a short attention span. And probably brain damage from all the photochemistry.
SA: Any shoutouts to anybody before we go?
P: I want to thank Tom Bugaj for re-hiring me at Pittsburgh Filmmakers and putting E-6 photochemicals in my hands. And I always need to thank my partner Sara Zullo for being my all-time assistant director.
Because of all of your huge support since the release of SPANISH LOVE SONGS''Schmaltz', we are currently SOLD OUT of the first pressing "Blue & White" vinyl! A few copies of the first pressing may be found on the road from the band (on tour now!) or possibly even your local record store! And now we're pleased to bring you a SECOND pressing!
Today, you can now get your hands on a copy of 'Schmaltz' on "double mint" vinyl! These will ship out IMMEDIATELY so go ahead and treat yourself to one HERE!
Catch Spanish Love Songs on tour now in Europe, and the second part of their North American tour starting soon after!
04/25 - Koln, DE - Stereo Wonderland 04/26 - Breda, NL - Claiming The Crown 04/27 - Munster, DE - Uncle M Fest 04/28 - Berlin, DE - Cassiopeia 04/29 - Braunschweig, DE - B58 04/30 - Hamburg, DE - Gangeviertel 05/01 - Prague, CZ - Rock Cafe 05/02 - Wiener Neustadt, AT - Triebwerk 05/03 - Burghausen, DE - Mathilda 05/04 - Montecchio, IT - La Mesa 05/05 - Zurich, CH - Obenuse Fest 05/06 - Koblenz, DE - Circus Maximus 05/07 - Bochum, DE - Rotunde 05/08 - Antwerp, BE - Boukenborgh
05/10 - Lancaster, PA - Lizard Lounge 05/11 - Washington, DC - The Pinch 05/12 - Charlotte, NC - Lunchbox Records 05/13 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade 05/14 - Little Rock, AR - White Water Tavern 05/15 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk 05/16 - Dallas, TX - Three Links 05/17 - El Paso, TX - The Neon Rose 05/18 - Phoenix, AZ - The Rebel Lounge 05/19 - San Diego, CA - La Escalera Fest 05/20 - Tijuana, MX - La Escalera Fest
'Paris Mountain' serves as Swiss Army's second A-F release, and FIRST full-length, and we think it's a BANGER! The record is out today on limited edition random-colored vinyl, or on a "coke bottle clear" variant for subscribers to the 2018 Record Club!
Big news for vinyl collectors this week! The 1998 release from ANTI-FLAG, 'Their System Doesn't Work For You' is being pressed on vinyl for the first time ever!
TSDWFY serves as the FINAL entry to last year's 2017 Record Club, and members can expect their copies immediately! The 2018 Record Club members have already had a headstart on the A-F Records EXCLUSIVE variant so make sure to get your pre-orders in quick as they're only available to 300! 500 additional random-colored vinyl will also be pressed! Furthermore, a t-shirt bundle alongside the DOUBLE LP is also available! Click the images below to be directed to the pre-orders + more details!
The punx in TARAKANY! are here with a brand new song and video for "Killing Pigs" from their forthcoming full-length 'The Power of One' out 06.08.18 on A-F Records! Check it out below:
Dmitry of the band had this to say about the song:
"The idea of this song is coming out of belief in equal rights for every being on our planet. And if there are people who’s agenda is non-violence behavior, how can they be involved in killing living beings? There are so many ways to feed yourself without violence and it’s such a shame that because of prejudice, habits and propaganda of meat industry, a lot of people yet not realized this simple idea. Especially, this issue is really big in Russia where vegans and vegetarians even nowadays still not understood. Just by denying flesh of animals as a food you can cause an aggression.
We are really happy to share these beliefs with a lot of musicians in punk and hardcore scene, here in Russia and worldwide as well, and we are honored to have some of them on this record which is called Killing Pigs: Chris #2 of Anti-Flag, Yotam of Useless ID, Russ from Good Riddance, Willem from Antillectual an Nico from Rogers, that’s a great pleasure for us to have you supporting us, thank you very much for being a part of this."
You can pre-order 'The Power of One' today on limited edition colored vinyl (only 150 pressed!) while 2018 Record Club members can expect their copy on an opaque dark green vinyl!
Tracklisting: 1. Lie For Lie 2. For Those In The Minority 3. Killing Pigs 4. What I Can Change 5. 7 Billion 6. The Power of One 7. Let's Not Get Political 8. Who You Were Yesterday 9. Out of the Way 10. The End of Hatred
This week we're excited to announce that we have signed Russian punk rock band, TARAKANY!
Tarakany! hail from Moscow, Russia, and have been traveling across the country as well as eastern & western Europe for the better part of 20+ years! Their lyrics run the gamut from political themes such as human rights, discrimination, inequality and corruption to lighter fare such as sex, partying and clueless music critics. No matter the topic, there is almost always a dose of irreverence and clever wordplay.
'The Power of One' will be available on limited edition colored vinyl with the 2018 Record Club members receiving an "opaque dark green" vinyl variant, while everyone else can pre-order a copy on random-colored vinyl! Both variants are only available to 150 pressings, so act fast to get a copy for yourself!
1. Lie For Lie 2. For Those In The Minority 3. Killing Pigs 4. What I Can Change 5. 7 Billion 6. The Power of One 7. Let's Not Get Political 8. Who You Were Yesterday 9. Out of the Way 10. The End of Hatred
Only 2 more weeks remain until SWISS ARMY drop their debut full-length album 'Paris Mountain' on the masses! This week, we partnered up with New Noise Magazine to bring you a brand new music video for the band's next single, "1000 pardons"! Check it out below:
Swiss Army - 1000 Pardons
'Paris Mountain' is due out on 04.27.18! It will be available on limied edition random-colored vinyl, OR subscribers to the 2018 Record Club can expect an exclusive "coke bottle clear" variant limited to 150! Pre-order your copy by clicking the image below!
Upcoming SWISS ARMY tour dates:
4/27 – Elyria OH @ Blank Slate (Ed Fest) 4/28 – Pittsburgh, PA @ The Smiling Moose (Paris Mountain Release Show!) 5/04 – Akron, OH @ Kling Thing! 5/05 – Columbus, OH @ The Dollhouse 5/11 – Detroit, MI @ Hamtramck Korner Bar 5/12 – Buffalo, NY @ Sugar City
The spicy boys in LAWN CARE are back this week with a new video for their song "Rust Belt" from their sophomore release 'Replacement Therapy' released last summer!
In the new video, they put their taste buds to the test lathering up wings from our favorite local snack spot, Spak Bros. using hot sauces varying on different levels of the schoville scale! Do they have what it takes to climb to the top?! Find out below:
Tracklisting: 1. Hard To Change 2. Regret Accountant 3. Farmers Tan 4. Rust Belt 5. Four Day Weekend 6. Biddy Lounge Song 7. Disarming Smile 8. If You Die In The Summer, You Die In Real Life 9. Excelsior 10. Mister Sunshine 11. I Guess This Is Goodbye 12. Replacement Therapy