Rocket from the Crypt

Rocket from the Crypt is an American rock band from San Diego, California, originally active from 1989 to 2005.

The band gained critical praise and the attention of major record labels after the release of their 1992 album Circa: Now!, leading to a recording contract with Interscope Records. They experienced a surge of popularity with the release of the albums Scream, Dracula, Scream! (1995) and RFTC (1998), accompanied by numerous vinyl singles and EPs released on independent labels. However, album sales were not as high as expected and Interscope soon turned their attention to higher-grossing acts. The band left the label, and shortly thereafter drummer Atom Willard departed the group.

After a period of inactivity in 1999 and 2000, during which Reis formed Hot Snakes and Sultans and launched his Swami Records label, the band signed to Vagrant Records and recruited new drummer Ruby Mars. They experienced a revitalization of creative energy and released two more albums, but were not as prolific as in the past.

Over the next few years the band members became increasingly involved with other projects and Rocket from the Crypt became less the focus. They decided to disband in 2005, playing a sold-out farewell show on Halloween in their hometown of San Diego.

The band reunited in 2011 for an appearance on the television program Yo Gabba Gabba!, and have scheduled a reunion tour of Europe for 2013. On March 31, 2013, the band played a free secret reunion show at Bar Pink in San Diego's North Park neighborhood. Less than 200 people attended, likely because the show was not officially made public until one hour before the 6:30 pm showtime. This "resurrection" show on Easter lasted about 80 minutes, to the delight of the lucky few fans who were tipped off. The band boarded a 6:00 am flight to Europe on April 1, 2013, to begin their European tour.

The Flatliners

If you spent every minute, every penny of your adult life on the road, you might make a record like Dead Language.
There’s something that happens when four people have been playing music together, day in and day out, for ten years. In every basement, every colossal concert hall, every small European nation that would have them, the same four people playing the same four instruments. A full decade of plane tickets and van repairs and hangovers and fast food. At some point, the interaction between instruments, between members, transcends the brotherly love of most touring bands and enters the terrifying realm of twin telepathy. The Flatliners aren’t just four dudes banging out riffs five hundred miles from home every night. They’re four dudes banging out riffs in the hallways of the Overlook Hotel just like the unsettling twin girls in the The Shining. You see what I’m getting at yet?
It’s been three years since Cavalcade (2010), The Flatliners’ most successful album to date. A behemoth of a record, it brought famous friends like A Wilhelm Scream and Dillinger Four into the fold for huge songs like “Shithawks” and “Bleed.”
Which is why Dead Language is the perfect response – it’s the brutally crisp sound of four people in a room, the sonic payoff of a decade of learning how to play as one fierce unit. Its strength doesn’t come from racks of guitars or bass drops, but from its sparse precision. The band’s songwriting chops are as honed as their playing, allowing them the freedom to bang out their point quickly (“Young Professionals”) or take their time to make an impact (“Ashes Away”).
The Flatliners’ records have always been an accurate, honest portrait of where the band lived, from the youthful explosion of Destroy to Create (2005) to the nuance of blooming adulthood on The Great Awake (2007), Which is why Dead Language, the band’s most direct and vital record to date, is the monument to the honesty of ten years in the trenches that it has to be.

Tight Phantomz

Mike Lust, former frontman of the underrated Chicago band Lustre King, set aside any remaining rock inhibitions with Tight Phantomz, a group he formed years ago with fellow LK member Jay Dandurand. The band’s 2005 debut, Crazy When Wet, brought a little David Lee Roth sex swagger to its dirty rockin’ blues. That incarnation of the group would disband a year later, but Lust decided to keep making music—and keep making music. His latest,Silk Prison, is a double album (36 tracks) that departs from his band’s earlier swagger for something moodier. The album’s been languishing in purgatory for ages, though, as Lust has been looking for a label for years. The fact the band plays a show about every six months probably isn’t helping anything either.

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