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AFI’s Davey Havok and Jade Puget Announce BLAQK AUDIO’s “The Material Tour”

AFI’s Davey Havok and Jade Puget Announce BLAQK AUDIO’s “The Material Tour”

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DAVEY HAVOK and JADE PUGET have announced a string of live shows for their electronic alter ego, BLAQK AUDIO. The dates will begin May 4th at the House of Blues in San Diego, CA, in support of Blaqk Audio’s new album MATERIAL, which is set for an April 15th release through Blaqknoise/Kobalt. They’ll be joined on the tour by indie band Night Riots.

The duo recently gave fans a preview of the record with lead track “Anointed,” which can be streamed HERE.  Fans can get “Anointed” as an instant download by clicking HERE to pre-order MATERIAL on iTunes.

Produced and recorded by Puget, MATERIAL is Blaqk Audio’s third release following 2012’s Bright Black Heaven and 2007’s Cexcells.

Though best known for their work with multi-platinum rock band AFI, Havok and Puget’s shared love of electronic music runs deep. Havok, who counts Devo’s Freedom of Choice and Duran Duran’s self-titled debut among the first albums he owned, saw his tastes evolve over the years from the synth pop of Erasure and Pet Shop Boys to Depeche Mode and ultimately to the heavier, darker Skinny Puppy, Ministry, Front 242 and Lords of Acid. Later, Havok immersed himself in the “futurepop” genre, which combined dark dance-y electronica with melodic vocals. From roughly 1999 to 2003, his contemporary musical diet consisted almost exclusively of artists falling under the industrial/ebm/futurepop/bigbeat/trance umbrella.

In an interview with influential Los Angeles radio station KROQ, Havok talked about the differences between Blaqk Audio and AFI: “Blaqk Audio is pure electronica whereas AFI uses organic instruments,” says Havok. AFI has drums and bass and guitar and there’s none of that in Blaqk Audio.”

Puget shared his bandmate’s long-standing love of electronic music, beginning with a passion for Daft Punk, Depeche Mode, Ministry, Squarepusher, Nitzer Ebb, and Front 242, spending a great deal of time programming electronic music, which in turn led to a plan to start an entirely electronic side project: no organic instruments, just synths, keyboards, drum machines, and software.

“Being huge music fans and fundamentally driven by music in a creative sense, BA is a wonderful outlet for our long-standing love of electronic music,” says Havok. “Were it not for BA, I’d still be writing this type of music, even if it never saw the light of day.”

The tour will see them playing music from all three Blaqk Audio releases. Dates are as follows (with additional shows TBA):

May 4 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA

May 5 – Observatory – Santa Ana, CA

May 6 – Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA

May 7 – Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA

May 10 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR

May 11 – Croc – Seattle, WA

May 13 – In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT

May 14 – Bluebird – Denver, CO

May 16 – Turf Club – Saint Paul, MN

May 17 – Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL

May 18 – Mod Club – Toronto, ON

May 20 – Sinclair – Cambridge, MA

May 21 – U Street Music Hall – Washington, DC

May 22 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY

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AFI’s Davey Havok And Jade Puget (XTRMST) Release Music Video For “Conformist”

AFI’s Davey Havok And Jade Puget (XTRMST) Release Music Video For “Conformist”

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AFI lead vocalist Davey Havok and guitarist Jade Puget have released the first music video for their straight edge hardcore band XTRMST. Making its debut on NOISEY, the video is for their first single“Conformist” – watch it here. The track is off the duo’s self-titled debut album, which NOISEYboasts as “…dark, frantic, and moody, tinged with electronics and very slick.” The LP is set for release next week on Monday November 17 via Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak Records. Pre-orders are now live for the album on iTunes, and you can grab the “Conformist” single HERE.

“Jade and I have been talking about starting a straight edge hardcore band for years,” says Havok. “We started writing and recording in early 2012 and chose the name XTRMST because it expresses the messages represented on the record. The straight edge movement is not one of moderation. It’s based in undeniable objective truths.”

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XTRMST

“The straight edge philosophy is something that Davey and I gravitated towards at a young age, drawn by concepts and ideals that seem almost foreign in modern society,” says Puget. “Like much of the other subcultures we were a part of growing up, it put us at odds with 99% of the people around us, which was something we embraced. Being sXe for over 20 years and being musicians, it seemed natural that this crucial ideology would find a musical expression.”

The 14-track XTRMST album was produced and mixed by Puget at his home studio and at The Treehouse in Los Angeles, and its November 17 release will come via Dim Mak Records, the indie label founded by DJ/producer (and former member of hardcore band This Machine KillsSteve Aoki. Although Aoki and Dim Mak are most often seen as leaders in the electronic dance music space, the release of the XTRMST album marks a return to Aoki and Dim Mak’s hardcore roots. “I met Davey a while back and we bonded over our shared experiences in straight-edge culture. We found a lot of kinship there, and so it made sense for us to release an album that represents the spirit of what originally birthed Dim Mak,” states Aoki.

“These songs are the purest expression of emotion, with no thought towards commerce or accessibility,” says Puget. “And the album was made with the amount of money you have in your pocket right now – just 2 people expressing their love and hate into microphones in a tiny room.”

“XTRMST” track listing:

1. Words For the Unwanted

2. Conformist

3. Social Deathplay

4. Merciless

5. Exterminate

6. Sharper

7. Extremist

8. The Breed

9. Humanity

10. The Way

11. Swallow Your God

12. Dirty Nails

13. Juliets

14. Coward Bow Your Head

 XTRMST online:

www.xtrmst.com

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www.twitter.com/xtrmst

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XTRMST: AFI’s Davey Havok and Jade Puget Unveil New Hardcore Side-Project

XTRMST: AFI’s Davey Havok and Jade Puget Unveil New Hardcore Side-Project

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AFI lead vocalist Davey Havok and guitarist Jade Puget have announced a November 18 release for XTRMST, the self-titled debut album from the duo’s new straight-edge hardcore band. The first single from the album, “Conformist,” will be available this coming Tuesday, October 7. In conjunction with this announcement, the pair have posted a brand new album track online called “Words For The Unwanted.” Listen now at www.xtrmst.com.

“Jade and I have been talking about starting a straight edge hardcore band for years,” says Havok. “We started writing and recording in early 2012 and chose the name XTRMST because it expresses the messages represented on the record. The straight edge movement is not one of moderation. It’s based in undeniable objective truths.”

“The straight edge philosophy is something that Davey and I gravitated towards at a young age, drawn by concepts and ideals that seem almost foreign in modern society,” says Puget. “Like much of the other subcultures we were a part of growing up, it put us at odds with 99% of the people around us, which was something we embraced. Being sXe for over 20 years and being musicians, it seemed natural that this crucial ideology would find a musical expression.”

XTRMST

XTRMST

The 14-track XTRMST album was produced and mixed by Puget at his home studio and at The Treehouse in Los Angeles, and its November 18 release will come via Dim Mak Records, the indie label founded by DJ/producer (and former member of hardcore band This Machine KillsSteve Aoki. Although Aoki and Dim Mak are most often seen as leaders in the electronic dance music space, the release of the XTRMST album marks a return to Aoki and Dim Mak’s hardcore roots. “I got into straight-edge hardcore when I was a teen. It was my community, it was the reason I picked up a guitar, it’s the reason I was in bands, and ultimately it was the reason why I started Dim Mak,” says Aoki. Although no longer a staunch straight-edge follower today, Aoki expands, “I met Davey a while back and we bonded over our shared experiences in straight-edge culture. We found a lot of kinship there, and so it made sense for us to release an album that represents the spirit of what originally birthed Dim Mak.”

“I wanted these songs to be chaos, at times difficult to listen to, the wild architecture difficult to understand, but with a taste of the hardcore we grew up on thrown in. The vocals are raw and the main vocal in every song is the first take,” says Puget.

Fans began buzzing about XTRMST this past March, when Vacation Vinyl in Los Angeles offered free copies of a four-song cassette featuring a simple XT logo next to a sign that read, “Do you like hardcore? Fan of Straight Edge? If so – take this tape for free!” The tapes disappeared instantly and rumors of a new project from Havok and Puget lit up the Internet. When the rumor mill went into overdrive, Puget took to Twitter to announce, “Now that the cat is out of the bag, XTRMST is indeed Davey and I. More to come.”

“These songs are the purest expression of emotion, with no thought towards commerce or accessibility,” says Puget. “And the album was made with the amount of money you have in your pocket right now – just 2 people expressing their love and hate into microphones in a tiny room.”

“XTRMST” track listing:

1. Words For the Unwanted

2. Conformist

3. Social Deathplay

4. Merciless

5. Exterminate

6. Sharper

7. Extremist

8. The Breed

9. Humanity

10. The Way

11. Swallow Your God

12. Dirty Nails

13. Juliets

14. Coward Bow Your Head

 

XTRMST online:

www.xtrmst.com

www.facebook.com/xtrmst

www.twitter.com/xtrmst

http://instagram.com/xtrmst

https://soundcloud.com/xtrmst-xtrmst

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KILLBOT: A Collective Featuring JDevil, Sluggo & Tyler Blue To Release ‘Sound Surgery’ On October 22nd!

KILLBOT: A Collective Featuring JDevil, Sluggo & Tyler Blue To Release ‘Sound Surgery’ On October 22nd!

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For SOUND SURGERY, their debut EP set for release October 22 on Dim Mak RecordsKILLBOT mobilizes for annihilation.  The electronic dance music collective featuring JDevil [aka Jonathan Davis of Korn], Sluggo and Tyler Blue stands ready to terminate everything in its path. Fusing together dubstep anarchy, heavy metal precision and JDevil‘s immortal voice, the trio engages a new phase for destructive electronic music.  The track “Wrecked” made its debut yesterday via Dubstep.net at:

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That monster came to life with the hip hop-infused assault of “Wrecked” and the violent, visceral sex crunch of “I’ll F**k It” as the first two songs they laid down for SOUND SURGERY. On the latter, a guttural guitar riff by JDevil builds alongside the synth swells before exploding into a classic freakout scream from the frontman.   Wrote Christopher Weingarten of SPIN.com (9/24), “If you dug Korn’s Path of Totality and its no-bullshit mix of piston-popping wubbery and mosh-ready riffs, then this should be your jam of jams. Its corrosive, buzzsaw effects bring dubstep’s already enveloping textures into new levels of extremity—the Tasmanian Devil scatting from Korn klassic ‘Twist,’ sputtering textures that make Flux Pavilion sound like Belle & Sebastian, and noises that sound like sticking your head in a Tesla coil. Shut the fuck up, get up, and hear it now!”

Another favorite on SOUND SURGERY is “Feel Alive” which walks a fine line between industrial goth elegance and modern EDM mayhem. JDevil’s croon evokes the ’80s bliss of some of his oldest influences, while paving the way for a new sound altogether.  Then there is the title track, an instrumental that opens the EP, embracing the trio’s passion for synth and hardcore bass.

KILLBOT was formed in January 2012 when JDevil had stumbled upon Sluggo’s “The Dark Crystal” track and, as a diehard film of the same name, veritably freaked. The legendary singer began corresponding with the Phoenix-based “metalstep” pioneer and invited him out to his Southern California home to cut some tracks.  Meanwhile, Sluggo had just met the California-based rising producer Tyler Blue online (who specializes in dance-heavy bass music), and the two hit the road together for what would be an impromptu jam in JDevil’s lair. It was more like a band coming together and less like lonely DJs emailing each other ProTools files.

“We got in my studio and just fucking went for it,” recalls JDevil. “It was one of the most natural things I’ve ever done. I can’t really describe it. After 12 hours, we had two songs, and I knew that KILLBOT could be like the Swedish House Mafia of bass music—just way more evil.”

“You can tell right off the bat this is something no one has done before,” adds Sluggo. “The three of us bring a lot to the table. We’re a good team, and we made something completely original between my ‘metalstep,’ Tyler’s club groove andJDevil’s darkness. It’s a monster.”

The track listing for SOUND SURGERY is:

  1. Sound Surgery
  2. Feel Alive
  3. Wrecked
  4. I’ll F**k It

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