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Virginia’s pageninetynine and Majority Rule reform & announce seven-date benefit tour!

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Pretty damn stoked that longtime friends pageninetynine and Majority Rule are announcing a joint tour this September on the east coast. These two bands, hailing originally from northern Virginia, are reforming (in Majority Rule’s case, after thirteen years) for a special and urgent reason – to mobilize those concerned about the political climate in this country.

Each show will benefit a local grassroots organization on the frontlines fighting for civil rights, LGBT rights, youth rights, immigrant and refugee rights, and reproductive rights and justice.

The shows are as follows:

Sept. 21 – Broadberry, Richmond, VA to benefit Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project
Sept. 22 – St. Stephen’s, Washington, DC to benefit Casa Ruby
Sept. 23 – Baltimore, MD to benefit 901 Arts
Sept. 24 – First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia, PA to benefit Juntos
Sept. 25 – St. Vitus, New York City, NY to benefit New Sanctuary Movement NYC
Sept. 26 – Goldsounds, New York City, NY to benefit New York Legal Assistance Group
Sept. 27 – Great Scott, Boston, MA to benefit the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Action Coalition

Majority Rule and pageninetynine garnered a cult following in the 2000s, touring relentlessly in the U.S., Canada and Europe – often together. They released a split LP and at times shared members and vocal duties. In large part, the bands were fueled by a love of their community in northern Virginia.

Through these shows, they aim to share a broader love for community in general. Beneficiary organizations will be tabling and speaking at events, and members of the band are available for comment about why they are choosing to organize a series of DIY punk shows as a site of resistance. Not only do the bands want showgoers to attend – they hope people will walk away from these events with a sense of how they can participate in building communities where people stand up for others through decisive action.

More information can be found at www.majrule.com

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

30-track Free “Blood” Mixtape + rad Online Store update

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We have just released a 30-track free mixtape called “Blood”, comprised entirely of Robotic Empire label alumni’s newest material. There’s over 20 previously unreleased tracks, which winds up being the debut release of a lot of artists’ new/side/solo projects, and we’re extremely happy to be presenting this to you today.

You can download/stream “Blood” free now via Bandcamp and/or stream Soundcloud:

http://roboticempire.bandcamp.com

https://soundcloud.com/roboticempire/sets/blood-mixtape

To elaborate a bit, we’ve been a label for 15 years now and to celebrate we decided to assemble a unique kind of release – where the primary focus is what’s going on with the amazing musicians we’ve worked with over the years, be it their latest material, an unreleased b-side, or the unexpected solo/side project’s latest stuff. When we started contacting bands the response was overwhelmingly positive, and ver about a two-month material the project snowballed, turning into the free 30 track beast before you!

There are contributions from repeat offenders TORCHE, TILTS, PYGMYLUSH, HOLLOW SUNSHINE, TIDELAND and ALPACA, this sampler also spotlights a swath of new material from members of historic Robo bands PG.99, DAUGHTERS, ISIS, CAPSULE, RED SPAROWES, CRESTFALLEN, YOUNG WIDOWS, STOP IT!!, DIAL, ULTRA DOLPHINS, A STORM OF LIGHT, VERSE EN COMA and many more. The full lineup and tracklisting for “Blood” is as follows:

1. Torche – Andy Low *
2. Passing Phases – In The Dark, In The Fire *
3. The Ar-Kaics – No, No, No
4. Tideland – Let Me In *
5. Big No – Turn It On *
6. Taiga – Excelsius *
7. Tilts – Thomas Jefferson II
8. Gull – Susquehannd (Cut) *
9. Christian Blunda – Faraway *
10. Hollow Sunshine – Stay Down
11. Big Hush – Wholes *
12. Snacktruck – Miracle Ball *
13. Wrong – Call It *
14. Decades/Failures – Blank Clocks *
15. Jaye Jayle – Space Girl *
16. Alpaca – Dark Lands
17. Society – Sympathised
18. Mustard Gas and Roses – The Hard Road *
19. Some Stranger – Cosmic Dust (Call 911)) *
20. Hell Night – Black Hornet
21. Chris Taylor – Train of Thought *
22. Crooked Son – Hum *
23. Medusa – Crack & Bleed
24. Nicholas Sadler – You Don’t Know Where You Are Anymore
25. Idolands – Back Pocket *
26. Ancient Sky – Mistakes *
27. Light Yourself on Fire – Get Got *
28. A Storm of Light – Effigy *
29. Howling Void – The Moaning Ache of a Time on the Edge of Collapse *
30. Pygmy Lush – Serve the Servants (Acoustic Demo) *

* denotes previously unreleased

Worth elaborating on is the lead track from TORCHE, oddly-enough named after Robotic Empire’s label founder. Steve Brooks from the band had the following comment in response to this:

“This is a lost track we recorded for the “Songs for Singles” record in 2010. We weren’t completely satisfied with how it turned out and planned on rewriting it one day. One of the riffs got used in “Letting Go” (Harmonicraft). It’s a tune I kinda forgot about until Andy Low (pack rat) sent us a copy asking if we’d be into having this on his new comp. Sure, why not? If it wasn’t for Mr Low, Rick and I wouldn’t have met, Torche might not have existed and who knows where we’d all be today? We decided to call the song “Andy Low” to make him uncomfortable/feel strange about his name as a song title AND because we love the hell out of him. “Andy Low” is for our boy Andy Low/Robodog/Robotic Empire Records. Enjoy!”

Quote label founder Andy Low on assembling this release:

“I’m truly humbled and fairly weirded-out to have a song named after me. But far more importantly, I’m blown away by the sheer talent that surrounds this free ‘mixtape’ release. Every song included amazes me in some manner, and the culmination of all this material gives me the same kind of excitement I felt on the cusp of releasing our most influential records over the years.

If you can, please take the time to check out the full release, especially the songs by bands you haven’t heard before. It was sequenced with a classic mixtape feel in mind, and set to flow as best it can with such a wide variety of material! With two tracks for each year of the label’s existence, there is a plethora of great new tunes lurking in here, which I hope you’ll find and enjoy.

A genuine and hearty thankyou is due to every artist who is a part of this, it means the world to be celebrating 15 years as a label with such amazing musicians, and their projects past, present and future!”

The “Blood” mixtape can be downloaded now for FREE via Robotic Empire’s bandcamp page, or streamed in full via Soundcloud:

http://roboticempire.bandcamp.com

Enjoy!

In addition, we’ve also had a great round of new items come into our Online Store:

NEW ITEMS & RESTOCKS:
* Acid King – III 12″ – COLORED VINYL (Kreation) $11.99
* Anti Ritual – Self-Titled 12″ (Vendetta) $9.99
* Argentinum Astrum – Malleus Maleficarum 12″ (Forcefield) $9.99
* Barn Owl – Ancestral Star 12″ (Thrill Jockey) $16.99
* Bastard Sapling – Dragged From Our Restless Trance 12″ – GREY COLORED VINYL (Forcefield) $9.99
* Body, The – Christs, Redeemers 2×12″ (Thrill Jockey) $16.99
* Catalyst, The – Voyager 12″ – ORANGE COLORED VINYL (Forcefield) $9.99
* Code Orange Kids – I Am King 12″ (Deathwish) $10.99
* Cold World – How The Gods Chill – WHITE COLORED VINYL 12″ (Deathwish) $10.99
* Converge – Axe To Fall 12″ – WHITE COLORED VINYL (Deathwish) $10.99
* Cult Leader – Nothing For Us Here 12″ (Deathwish) $9.99
* Doomriders – Darkness Come Alive 12″ – BLACK VINYL (Deathwish) $9.99
* Doomriders – Grand Blood 12″ (Deathwish) $9.99
* Expo 70 / Plankton Wat – Split 12″ (Debacle) $9.99
* Forn – The Departure Of Consciousness 12″ (Vendetta) $9.99
* Godflesh – Self-Titled -TEST PRESS VINYL 12″ $39.99
* Graves At Sea – Documents Of Greif 12″ – PICTURE DISC VINYL (Kreation) $11.99
* Moloch – Possession 12″ – BLACK VINYL (Vendetta) $9.99
* Music Blues – Things Haven’t Gone Well 2×12″ (Thrill Jockey) $16.99
* Nachtmystium – Demise 12″ – PURPLE SILVER COLORED VINYL (Kreation) $11.99
* Oozing Wound – Retrash 12″ (Thrill Jockey) $14.99
* Protestant – In Thy Name 12″ (Halo Of Flies) $10.99
* Soft Pink Truth, The – Why Do The Heathen Rage? 12″ (Thrill Jockey) $9.99
* Touche Amore – Is Survived By 12″ (Deathwish) $9.99
* Trap Them – Seizures In Barren Praise 12″ – BLACK VINYL (Deathwish) $11.99
* Whitehorse / Negative Standards – Split 12″ (Vendetta) $9.99
* Whitehorse – Fire To Light The Way / Everything Ablaze 12″ (Vendetta) $9.99
* Windhand – Self-Titled 12″ – ORANGE COLORED VINYL (Forcefield) $9.99
* Wovenhand – Refractory Obdurate – GREEN COLORED VINYL 12″ (Deathwish) $10.99
* Wrekmeister Harmonies – You’ve Always Meant So Much To Me 12″ (Thrill Jockey) $14.99
* Yautja – Songs of Descent 12″ (Forcefield) $9.99
* Young And In The Way – When Life Comes To Death 12″ (Deathwish) $10.99
* Zoroaster – Self-Titled 12″ (Kreation) $11.99

You can check out all of that and heaps more at http://www.roboticempire.com/store

Big ups & JAH BLESS! – Team Robo