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“While ‘Carrboro’ shows that Milemarker hasn’t lost its ability to drape new wave flourishes atop its post-hardcore attack, it’s clearly approaching its new album with its eyes on the future instead of the past.” — The AV Club
Reunited 90s-00s synth punk band Milemarker are streaming their new album Overseas today via Noisey. The album is their first in 11 years, and the band is currently in the midst of their first U.S. tour since 2008. Overseas is available to hear and share at Noisey and Soundcloud.
Brooklyn Vegan recently launched the video for album track “Untamed Ocean”, available above.
Milemarker also recently reissued their landmark Y2K album Frigid Forms Sell (Jade Tree/Lovitt) on vinyl. The reissue is the album’s first time on vinyl in 16 years, and includes 7 unreleased tracks. The demo version of “Industry For the Blind” is available to hear below.
Coming a decade after their last full-length release, Overseas is notable for being such a focused and cohesive effort. Fans of early 2000s releases like Frigid Forms Sell and Anaesthetic will find a clear sonic continuity in the angular, aggressive guitars, tense melodic vocals and soaring keyboard hooks. New members Lena Kilkka (synth, vocals) and Ezra Cale (drums) deepen the krautrock and electronic tendencies, pushing the sound in unexpected directions. Recorded in Berlin and Hamburg, Germany (where the band is now located), with Electrical Audio studios’ Greg Norman (Russian Circles, Godspeed You Black Emperor!) behind the board, Overseas combines the confidence and swagger of a band that has grown up playing music together with the fresh ears and attitude of a brand new band.
Formed 1997 in Chapel Hill, NC by Al Burian, Dave Laney and Ben Davis, Milemarker quickly gained recognition in the independent music scene for their explosive live shows and adventurous instrumentation. The band became known for its combination of post-hardcore punk with new wave electronics, and grew to include singer/synth player Roby Newton, as well as drummers Sean Husick and Noah Leger.
Milemarker played nearly 1000 shows in support of their releases Frigid Forms Sell (Lovitt, 2000) and Anaesthetic (Jade Tree, 2001), touring extensively in North America, Europe and Japan, along the way sharing the stage with bands such as Wire, Mission of Burma, At The Drive-In, The Hives, Thursday, Blood Brothers, International Noise Conspiracy, High On Fire, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Muff Potter, Cave In, Les Savy Fav, Spoon, Monochrome, Turbostaat, The Faint, The Locust, and Hot Snakes.
Milemarker added double drummers Tony Lazzara and Noah Leger as well as string arrangements from siblings Beth and Tim Remis for the recording and US tour around Ominosity (Eyeball, 2005). In 2008 the band completed a US and European tour with founding member Ben Davis, including performances at the SXSW and Fusion festivals.
In 2009, guitarist Dave Laney moved to Hamburg and bassist Al Burian moved to Berlin. Milemarker reformed in 2014 and returned to the stage in 2015 with Lena Kilkka on keys and vocals and Ezra Cale on drums.
Overseas will be available as LP/CD/MC/Download via Lovitt Records on August 26th, 2016.
08/26 Washington DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
08/27 Carrboro NC @ Cat’s Cradle
10/05 Pilsen, CZ @ Paprika
10/06 Brno, CZ @ Kabinet Muz
10/07 Trencin, SK @ Bio Luc
10/09 Ljubljana, SLO w/ Tides from Nebula @ Klub Gromka
10/10 Zagreb, HR @ Mochvara
10/11 Wien @ Reiz
10/12 Budapest, HU @ Durer Kert
10/13 Olomouc, CZ @ prostor divadla Na cucky
10/14 Prague, CZ @ 007 w/ Savak @ 007
10/15 Munich @ Kafe Kult w/ Savak
10/16 Dresden @ Groove Factory
Record label: Lovitt Records
Release date: August 26, 2016
01. Conditional Love (STREAM)
02. Untamed Ocean
03. Carrboro (STREAM)
04. The Dreamer
05. Blue Flag
08. Uh Ah
Album: Frigid Forms Sell
Record label: Lovitt Records
Release date: June 24, 2016
02. Frigid Forms Sell You Warmth
03. Signal Froze
04. Sex Jam One: Sexual Machinery
05. Sex Jam Two: Insect Incest
06. Cryogenic Sleep
07. Industry for the Blind
09. Internet Relay Chat With The Central Intelligence Agency
10. Server Error
Bonus demo tracks:
01. Tundra (demo)
02. Signal Froze (demo)
03. Cryogenic Sleep (demo)
04. Industry For the Blind (demo) (STREAM)
05. Sex Jam One: Sexual Machinery (demo)
06. Server Error (demo)
07. Chronology of the Service Industry (demo)
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