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Vow of Volition Make the Final Round of the Battle for Warped Tour

The Vans Warped Tour was the first festival for many of us back in the day. As young'ns, it's likely we didn't necessarily think about all that went into figuring out the bands to book and play the whole shebang. Part of that process, at least locally, seems to be through a series "battle of the bands" style competitions specifically for landing a spot on the fest. Quite a few Portland bands have been furiously playing against one another for said spot, and djent/prog metal act Vow of Volition are one of the acts that made it to the finals.

Warped Tour was always the type of festival that included much in the realm of pop punk, punk punk, emo and metal, so Vow of Volition's advancement to the final round is no surprise. Their incredibly technical, at times jazzy metal stands out in Portland's pretty linear popular music scene, and is much worthy of the attention its getting.

Those that want to support Vow of Volition in driving home the permanent spot can go to the Battle for Warped Tour finals Saturday at the Hawthorne Theatre.

   

Mentalease "Push A Button"

Mentalease released their first EP, “Push A Button”, since 2014 today. This is the fuzzy and warped shoegaze of Spencer Harris, Wesley Hunt, and Daniel Martinson.

You can catch Mentalease at The Burlington tonight, January 17th, with Forest Management, Esper Werm, and Eric Mewmiller.

   

New Track: "Probably Die" - Lizdelise

Lizdelise's Holy Matrimony is slated for release on February 1, but you can take a listen to her latest single, "Probably Die," below. Synth and vocals lift one into the clouds in a confessional, intimate, love letter kind of way. Expressing the impact of potential loss, whilst simultaneously describing the ability to bounce back, the song maintains an enchanting, rough-around-the-edges-in-all-the-right-places dynamic, with its crunchy guitars and siren vocals. You can catch Lizdelise at Silk City on Monday, January 21, supporting Tiger Oil's album release show, along with Death's Dynamic Shroud.

   

The Deli LA Premieres: talker releases cathartic music video for "Intimidated"

Introspective singer-songwriter talker lets her guard down on the video for her latest single, "Intimidated." A stark depiction of a frayed relationship that's in shambles, Celeste Taucher (who goes by the nom de plume talker) sings as if having a conversation with herself before it erupts into a starling finish, where she finds the courage to break the silence that separates them. Nevertheless, she strums her guitar with quiet confidence, fueling her repressed anger until she frees that tension with a rush of crushing guitars. Taucher accomplishes a grunge-informed ballad which teems with cathartic release. 

"Intimidated" is taken from talker's still-unnamed forthcoming EP, which comes out of February 22. Watch the video below. Juan Rodríguez

Photo Credit: Bridgit Fatora

 

   

New Whaler Jr. EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Whaler Jr., a.k.a. Brendan McHale (of RFA) recently posted his new EP. Atta Boy begins with its compact, breezy title track, while “Tired” casually coasts contrasting its self-accessing narrative with a sense of ease, throwing in some guitar sparks for good measure. “Coffee Fiddles” delicately awakens in acoustic strums, as wafts of morning brew welcome the day. This latest batch of recordings brightens with its thoughtful, bouncy bursts of energy.