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Released on June 9, 2015 via Melotov Records
Melotov Records founder Melanie Voltz has put her Los Angeles-based label on the map in a big way in recent years, putting out albums by a wisely curated stable of bands from across the nation and across the full spectrum of hardcore: ACxDC, Old Wounds, The Banner, Seizures, Outer Heaven, and more.
Melotov’s next release is one that resets the bar once more for the label and the scene at large. June 9th, Melotov releases Velvet and Stone, the new full-length by LA’s own Tidemouth.
Tidemouth began life in 2008 as a screamo/grind beast, in line with bands like Orchid and the Three One G Records roster. A collection of demos and one 2010 EP captured this early phase. In 2015 now the band reappears, evolved into something completely new.
On Velvet and Stone, Tidemouth puts forth a raw, blackened version of hardcore punk, in line with current minimalists like Raspberry Bulbs. Primal drums and eerily warm, almost-clean guitar tones create an unsettling balance of violence and calm. On top of this is painted a heavy streak of dark, melodic goth-ness that elevates the music to a whole other place.
The album continues on in this fashion – bluesy, gothy, brutal, and totally memorable – bringing the band’s love for classic mopers like Bauhuas, The Cure, and some of the aforementioned LA bands into a new, violent setting. Every second counts and it is the lack of things as well as the presence of things that makes Velvet and Stone such a knockout. Frontman Mike Kilker states that the band set out to make a “raw, haunting, and heavy” album, and they have succeeded on all counts.
Listen here to an exclusive première of the track ‘Sunlight Sonata’, taken from Velvet and Stone: