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Robotic Empire November Update

Well hello everyone! It’s been a while since our last distro update but so it goes sometimes. Rest assured we have some wonderful goodies for you as always though. We’re sure you’ve been paying attention to our recent cassette releases from Virginia Creep and Daughters but just in case you missed those announcements please scroll through our main Robotic Empire page and read up about them. We still have copies of those in the online store but honestly, not too many remain. One time pressing on those tapes so grab them up! Virginia Creep & Daughters Cassettes

Also, it’s been whispered through the grapevine that Virginia Creep are writing some new songs already. Oh man are we excited! Additionally we hope to release Daughter’s Self-Titled and Hell Songs on cassette soon too so keep watching our social media posts for info on that.


Lots of exciting news on the City of Caterpillar digital release front and reunion show announcements too! You can purchase and download those recordings on The Archivist’s bandcamp page here: The Archivist Bandcamp Catch them live if you can!

Thur. Jan. 12: Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter w/ Malady & Virginia Creep – ON SALE NOW
Fri. Jan. 13: Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter w/ Bermuda Triangles & Big No – SOLD OUT
Sat. Jan. 14: Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brendas w/ Pinkwash & HIRS – SOLD OUT
Sun. Jan. 15: Washington, DC @ Black Cat w/ Pygmy Lush & Malady – SOLD OUT
Mon. Jan. 16: NYC @ Saint Vitus w/ Big Hush & Ghastly City Sleep – SOLD OUT
Tues. Jan. 17: NYC @ Saint Vitus w/ Virginia Creep, Suppression & Skulk Kits – SOLD OUT
Wed. Jan. 18: Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall w/ The Saddest Landscape & Kindling – ON SALE NOW
Thurs. Jan. 19: Rochester, NY @ The Bug Jar w/ Green Dream & Coming Down – ON SALE NOW
Fri. Jan. 20: Detroit, MI @ El Club w/ Reverend & Touch – ON SALE NOW
Sat. Jan. 21: Chicago, IL @ Reggies w/ Planes Mistaken For Stars – ON SALE NOW

Again, read up on all that crucial COC news here: Robotic Empire Records

A side project / sister label to Robotic Empire, Wortcunner Records, have just released the newest album from 1 Mile North titled “Awakened By Decay”. Those are limited to 300 copies on 180 gram black vinyl and available now in the online shop. It’s been 13 years since their last release, and we are stoked to be distributing them! We also carry the two reissues of their classic albums, Minor Shadows & Glass Wars which Wortcunner re-released last year. Those have been remastered for vinyl and are on limited 180 gram colored vinyl, read more about them here: 1 Mile North Albums

New releases abound in the distro and we are excited to have copies of the Hollow Sunshine cassette store day release from Iron Pier, the new American Football on Polyvinyl, Adagio Records imports, new Planes Mistaken For Stars!! (personal favorite), and very eclectic and random cassettes from Land Animal tapes, Cactus Distro and Anthems Of The Undesirable. So much more below for you to read through, good prices too! Deathwish records restocks on critical items just in case you want to add those to your cart. Please take a moment and see if there are any new items you’d like to add to your cart, we appreciate your business more then you know. A small operation like us depends on our lovely customers like YOU! So a big THANK YOU for reading and a big THANK YOU for any purchases you have made in the past and plan to make in the future. As the flurries fall in the NE Washington mountains, we send this update out to you! Read on!

New Items
1 Mile North – Awakened By Decay 180 GRAM BLACK VINYL 2×12″ (Wortcunner) $24.99
American Football – Self-Titled 2006 – 180 GRAM ORANGE COLORED VINYL 12″ (Polyvinyl) $24.99
Baton Rouge – Fragments D’Eux Memes 12″ (Adagio830) $10.99
Crows An Wra – Kalopsia – CLEAR BLUE COLORED VINYL 12″ (Adagio830) $10.99
Dark Blue – Red White and Dark Blue – BLUE COLORED VINYL 12″ (Adagio830) $10.99
Daughters – Canada Songs Cassette (Robotic Empire) $7.99
Frameworks – Smother – WHITE COLORED VINYL 12″ (Deathwish) $9.99
Grumbling Fur – Furfour 12″ (Thrill Jockey) $18.99
Harm Wulf – Hijrah – BLUE COLORED VINYL 12″ (Deathwish) $9.99
Hey Colossus – In Black & Gold Cassette (Cactus) $7.99
Hollow Sunshine – Coward, Leader, Omega Cassette (Iron Pier) $5.99
Left Cross – Servants Of Death Cassette (Anthems Of The Undesirable) $4.99
Levitations – Dust 12″ (Adagio830) $10.99
Mere Phantoms – Famine For A Slow Death – CLEAR COLORED VINYL 12″ (Anthems Of The Undesirable) $9.99
Meth Drinker – Self-Titled Cassette (Cactus) $7.99
Moutheater – Passing Key – PURPLE COLORED VINYL 12″ (Anthems Of The Undesirable) $9.99
Neaux – Fell Off The Deep End Cassette (Iron Pier) $5.99
Oathbreaker – Rheia 2×12″ (Deathwish) $19.99
Oozing Wound – Whatever Forever – YELLOW COLORED VINYL VINYL 2×12″ (Thrill Jockey) $23.99
Planes Mistaken For Stars – Prey – MAGENTA COLORED VINYL 12″ (Deathwish) $9.99
Romannis Motte – Time Sequences Cassette (Anthems Of The Undesirable) $4.99
Sect – Self-Titled Cassette (Cactus) $7.99
Self Defense Family – Colicky 12″ (Iron Pier) $14.99
Senior Fellows – The Christened Remains of an Evolutionary Catastrophe 12″ (Dead Tank) $10.99
Sport – Bon Voyage – PINK COLORED VINYL 12″ (Adagio830) $10.99
Sport – Slow 12″ (Adagio830) $10.99
Statiqbloom – Mask Visions Poison 12″ (Vendetta) $10.99
Super Unison – Auto 12″ (Deathwish) $9.99
Swallowing – Songs For The Saved Cassette (Anthems Of The Undesirable) $4.99
Totem Skin – Still Waters Run Deep 2×12″ (Adagio830) $10.99
Totem Skin – Weltschmerz 12″ (Adagio830) $10.99
Uninhabitable – Self-Titled 12″ (All We Know) $9.99
Various Artists – Heteroticisms Volume 1: TUTH / Heinali Cassette (Land Animal) $4.99
Various Artists – Heteroticisms Volume 2: Scattered Purgatory / Eolomea Cassette (Land Animal) $4.99
Various Artists – Heteroticisms Volume 3: Anders Brorby / Oomny Mozg Cassette (Land Animal) $4.99
Virginia Creep – Self-Titled Cassette (Robotic Empire) $4.99
Wrekmeister Harmonies – Light Falls 12″ (Thrill Jockey) $18.99

Restocks
Cult Leader – Lightless Walk 12”- DARK RED COLORED VINYL (Deathwish) $9.99
Decades Failures – Goodby3 12” (Dead Tank) $9.99
Doomriders – Grand Blood 12″ – PURPLE COLORED VINYL (Deathwish) $9.99
Integrity – The Blacklest Curse 12” – CLEAR WITH BLACK SMOKE COLORED VINYL (Deathwish) $10.99
Oathbreaker – Eros Anteros 12” (Deathwish) $9.99
Planes Mistaken For Stars – Mercy 12”- PURPLE SILVER COLORED VINYL (Deathwish) $9.99
Trap Them – Seizures In Barren Praise 12” (Deathwish) $9.99

Robotic Empire Online Store

Archival songs from City of Caterpillar now available

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City of Caterpillar has digitally released archival recordings from 2001-2002, including a lost song recorded during their self-titled album session but initially shelved due to vinyl side-length limitations.

“As the Curtains Dim; (little white lie)” joins the two songs from ‘A Split Personality’ split 7″ with pg99, remastered in 2016 for a fuller sound, across all main digital services.

Listen to City of Caterpillar at:

Bandcamphttps://thearchivistlabel.bandcamp.com

iTuneshttps://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/artist/city-of-caterpillar/id14942896?app=itunes

Apple Musichttps://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/artist/city-of-caterpillar/id14942896?mt=1&app=music

Amazon Musichttps://www.amazon.com/dp/B00SQ0UBPU

Google Playhttps://play.google.com/store/music/artist/City_of_Caterpillar?id=Aas66nbqfoo7zvzzqukm36ofatq

Spotifyhttps://open.spotify.com/artist/6zRqJkcK9YW5muISa2kwZR

This accompanies the announcement of five additional reunion shows in January 2017, extending their previously announced (now sold out) tour dates. New shows added in Richmond, Boston, Rochester, Chicago and Detroit now have tickets available at the following locations:

Thur. Jan. 12: Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter w/ Malady & Virginia Creep – ON SALE NOW
Fri. Jan. 13: Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter w/ Bermuda Triangles & Big No – SOLD OUT
Sat. Jan. 14: Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brendas w/ Pinkwash & HIRS – SOLD OUT
Sun. Jan. 15: Washington, DC @ Black Cat w/ Pygmy Lush & Malady – SOLD OUT
Mon. Jan. 16: NYC @ Saint Vitus w/ Big Hush & Ghastly City Sleep – SOLD OUT
Tues. Jan. 17: NYC @ Saint Vitus w/ Virginia Creep, Suppression & Skulk Kits – SOLD OUT
Wed. Jan. 18: Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall w/ The Saddest Landscape & Kindling – ON SALE NOW
Thurs. Jan. 19: Rochester, NY @ The Bug Jar w/ Green Dream & Coming Down – ON SALE NOW
Fri. Jan. 20: Detroit, MI @ El Club w/ Reverend & Touch – ON SALE NOW
Sat. Jan. 21: Chicago, IL @ Reggies w/ Planes Mistaken For Stars – ON SALE NOW

City of Caterpillar announce additional reunion shows, release lost song

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One month after announcing their first live performances in 13 years, City of Caterpillar unveil a previously unreleased song and additional reunion shows in Richmond, Boston, Rochester, Detroit & Chicago for January 2017.

These five dates have been added to the recently announced (now sold out) reunion shows, with details as follow:

  • Thur. Jan. 12: Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter w/ Malady & Virginia Creep – ON SALE
  • Fri. Jan. 13: Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter w/ Bermuda Triangles & Big No – SOLD OUT
  • Sat. Jan. 14: Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brendas w/ Pinkwash & HIRS – SOLD OUT
  • Sun. Jan. 15: Washington, DC @ Black Cat w/ Pygmy Lush & Malady – SOLD OUT
  • Mon. Jan. 16: NYC @ Saint Vitus w/ Big Hush & Ghastly City Sleep – SOLD OUT
  • Tues. Jan. 17: NYC @ Saint Vitus w/ Virginia Creep, Suppression & Skulk Kits – SOLD OUT
  • Wed. Jan. 18: Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall w/ The Saddest Landscape & Kindling – ON SALE
  • Thurs. Jan. 19: Rochester, NY @ The Bug Jar w/ Green Dream & Coming Down – ON SALE
  • Fri. Jan. 20: Detroit, MI @ El Club w/ Reverend & Touch – ON SALE
  • Sat. Jan. 21: Chicago, IL @ Reggies w/ Planes Mistaken For Stars – ON SALE

Additionally premiering today via NPR, is a long lost song recorded during the band’s self-titled album sessions but shelved due to vinyl length limitations. 14+ years later, “As the Curtains Dim; (little white lie)” is now available to listen via NPR’s ‘All Songs Considered’ segment, who called the song “classic City Of Caterpillar, set in a heavy and gloomy groove… scattered by jigsaw puzzle melodies and droning overtones“. Read more / listen here:

http://www.npr.org/sections/allsongs/2016/11/13/501595372/hear-city-of-caterpillars-previously-unreleased-song-as-the-curtains-dim

“As the Curtains Dim; (little white lie)” will be available everywhere this Friday, November 18th. Digital pre-orders are now live:

iTuneshttps://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/as-curtains-dim-little-white/id1173761526?app=itunes
Bandcamphttps://thearchivistlabel.bandcamp.com/album/as-the-curtains-dim-little-white-lie

In addition, two early City of Caterpillar recordings originally released on ‘A Split Personality’ split 7″ with pg.99 have finally been mastered, also set for digital release everywhere this Friday with pre-orders available here:

iTuneshttps://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/innocent-face-ghosts-shadows/id1173763469?app=itunes
Bandcamphttps://thearchivistlabel.bandcamp.com/album/an-innocent-face-the-ghosts-of-shadows-passing-in-city-streets

Related Links:
Download City of Caterpillar – https://thearchivistlabel.bandcamp.com/

Stream City of Caterpillar – https://open.spotify.com/artist/6zRqJkcK9YW5muISa2kwZR

Live footage – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOj7znern1UVqDxCkqoqKESZzSN_J87bG

Virginia Creep Cassette Available in the Online Store now!

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Our dudes Virginia Creep drop their first EP today, and we’re stoked to present this debut bruiser to ya:

Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/1eYC1SfEV3bvDlnycQ4CTp

iTunes – https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/virginia-creep-ep/id1153767804?app=itunes

Bandcamp – https://roboticempire.bandcamp.com/album/virginia-creep-ep

Cassette w/ Sticker + Download – https://www.roboticempire.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=73&products_id=6565

All veterans of underground/independent music, Virginia Creep treads new territory for the band members with a left-of-center, haunting & melodic approach.

Their self-titled first offering ranges the spectrum of rock, punk, grung and hardcore within just three songs.

Photo by Hanna Stevens

Virginia Creep premiere full EP via All Music

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Alternative noise rock quartet Virginia Creep announce the stream of their debut EP today via the All Music site. Set for widespread release this Friday October 28th, All Music is running an advance premiere of the full EP now:

http://www.allmusic.com/blog/post/album-premiere-virginia-creep-ep

Virginia Creep’s self-titled EP is being released by longtime collaborators Robotic Empire, who have previously worked with members’ other outfits Pig Destroyer and Tideland. The first official recordings from the band will be available on both cassette and digitally, with pre-orders live now at the following locations:

iTunes – https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/virginia-creep-ep/id1153767804?app=itunes
Bandcamp – https://roboticempire.bandcamp.com/album/virginia-creep-ep

Cassette – https://www.roboticempire.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=73&products_id=6565

Virginia Creep’s first single ‘Vortex’ recently premiered via The AV Club, who sited “while it members have a pedigree on the more extreme end of heavy music, ”Vortex” is wholly concerned with taking simple riff and twisting it in as many different directions as possible, snagging everything it can into its swirling orbit”.

Brooklyn Vegan also noted the track as “haunting, ever-shifting… a kind of sludgy, southern-tinged post-hardcore that would have fit right in on Touch and Go in the 90s”.

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/pig-destroyers-j-r-hayes-forms-virginia-creep-listen-to-vortex-from-debut-ep/

‘Vortex’ is available now across all digital platforms with the band’s official verified Spotify profile currently touting a band-curated ‘Influences’ playlist.

Check their Spotify profile here: http://www.avclub.com/article/virginia-creep-gets-lost-vortex-its-new-song-243637

In addition, Virginia Creep has been selected to perform alongside the long-awaited return of post-hardcore legends City of Caterpillar early next year, supporting the reunited group on two shows:

Thursday, January 12th 2017 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter w/ Malady – https://www.facebook.com/events/199727067131331/

Tuesday, January 17th 2017 – Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus w/ Suppression & Skulk Kits (Brandon solo) – https://www.facebook.com/events/1118150438270980/

Daughters announce tour dates, Canada Songs Expanded Cassette available now in Online Store!

It’s been over 7 years since Daughters last hit the road, and after many ups and downs (plus two Nirvana covers later) we are thrilled to announce the Providence boys are back in action and officially on tour as of today.

The full lot of east coast shows are sold out, but folks out west can still

DAUGHTERS LIVE:
10/20 Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus – SOLD OUT
10/21 Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus – SOLD OUT
10/22 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s – SOLD OUT
10/23 Allston, MA @ Great Scott – SOLD OUT
10/23 Allston, MA @ Great Scott – SOLD OUT
11/06 San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar *
11/07 Tempe, AZ @ Yucca Tap Room *
11/08 Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex *
11/09 San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside – SOLD OUT *
11/11 Portland, OR @ Ash Street *
11/12 Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt *
11/13 Seattle, WA @ Highline *

* with The Body, Loma Pieta

http://bandsintown.com/daughters

To celebrate, we have pressed up an expanded cassette reissue of Daughters debut album, Canada Songs, now with their first 4-song EP included as an added bonus.

With a full-color double-sided insert and high quality digital download included, Canada Songs + EP is now available to order via our Online Store:

https://www.roboticempire.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=73&products_id=6566
Enjoy reading an interview Lex did with Clrvynt here:
http://clrvynt.com/daughters-interview/

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City of Caterpillar announces reunion shows

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Over a dozen years after disbanding, the long defunct City of Caterpillar announce a string of reunion shows for early 2017.
 
The quartet initially formed in Richmond, Virginia in 2000, carving out a handful of demos and EPs before releasing their sole, self-titled album in 2002. Renown for an innovative combination of punk rock, emotional hardcore and dramatic instrumental crescendos, City of Caterpillar disbanded in late 2003 but went on to endure a postmortem legacy shared by few of their peers.
 
Posthumously, Pitchfork referred to them as a band “who successfully blended abstract-rock with hardcore immediacy” while All Music elaborated “The band’s moody, sometimes spastic, sometimes brooding breed of dark rock is both well-written and timeless — spacy expressionism and straight-to-the-heart honesty. Albums of this breed only come along a few times in a genre.
 
In 2015, renewed interest in the band grew with digital reissues of their LP and Demo + Live Recording collection, followed by a 2016 vinyl reissue of the landmark self-tited LP.
 
Vice’s music outlet Noisey recently revisited the group in a lengthy retrospective feature, saying that City of Caterpillarencompassed an era” and “strangled…stretched, and mutated screamo until it reflected both the shattering chaos and the eerie quietude of its time“.
 
Performing for the first time in 13 years with their classic lineup of Brandon Evans (guitar/vocals), Kevin Longendyke (bass/vocals), Jeff Kane (guitar) and Ryan Parrish (drums), City of Caterpillar have scheduled four East Coast shows with a slew of longtime friends’ bands supporting:
 
Friday, January 13th 2017 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter w/ Bermuda Triangles, Big No – 8pm, $15, 18+
 
Saturday, January 14th 2017 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brendas w/ HIRS, Pinkwash – $15, 21+
 
Sunday, January 15th 2017 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat Backstage w/ Pygmy Lush, Malady – $15, All Ages
 
Monday, January 16th 2017 – Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus w/ Big Hush, Ghastly City Sleep – $15, 21+
 
Tickets for all shows are available via:
 
 
Philadelphia – https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1360923?utm_medium=bks (tickets on sale 12pm EST)
 
DC – https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1361287?utm_medium=bks (tickets on sale Thursday, 12pm EST)
 
 
 
Relevant Links:
Download City of Caterpillar – https://thearchivistlabel.bandcamp.com/
 
 
 

Virginia Creep announces debut EP, premieres first song via The AV Club

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Born in the sprawling suburban wastelands on the outskirts of Washington DC, Virginia Creep emerge from an unexpected hotbed of forward-thinking subversive artists.

With a rich lineage that includes bloodlines as diverse as Tideland, Pig Destroyer, A Papier Mache Monster, Nit Pic & many more, Virginia Creep sound as appropriately bipolar as the myriad divisions surrounding them.

A formidable beast spanning a multitude of heavy rock sub-genres, the forthcoming debut EP from this new quartet merges the wide ranging backgrounds and influences of J.R. Hayes (vocals), Aaron Mason (guitar), Ben Tufts (drums) and Christopher Wright (bass).

All veterans of underground/independent music, Virginia Creep treads new territory for the band members with a left-of-center, haunting melodic approach. Their self-titled first offering ranges the spectrum of rock, punk, grunge and hardcore within just three songs.

Opening track “Vortex” is now streaming via The AV Club, who said “while it members have a pedigree on the more extreme end of heavy music, ”Vortex” is wholly concerned with taking simple riff and twisting it in as many different directions as possible, snagging everything it can into its swirling orbit”:

AV Club Vortex Stream

Available Friday, October 28th both digitally and on cassette through long running collaborators Robotic Empire, Virginia Creep hit the ground running with a powerful first release.

The EP can be pre-ordered now via iTunes or Bandcamp with immediate download of “Vortex” (additionally, you can stream the single next Friday, October 14th via Spotify, Apple Music, etc):

EP pre-order via iTunes – iTunes Pre-Order
EP pre-order via Bandcamp – Bandcamp Pre-Order

The cassette edition comes with double-sided full color artwork, vinyl sticker and includes a digital download of the full EP, available to pre-order now via Robotic Empire’s Online Store:

Robotic Empire Online Store

Related Links:
Virginia Creep Facebook
Robotic Empire Facebook
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