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Helmet Celebrates 25th-anniversary of Landmark LP ‘Meantime’ With Vinyl Release

Helmet Celebrates 25th-anniversary of Landmark LP ‘Meantime’ With Vinyl Release

MALIBU, CA – July 12, 2016 – Helmet, rehearsal

In the heady musical atmosphere of the early 1990s, Helmet’s 1992 breakthrough album Meantime stood out for its uniquely dynamic approach.  Often described as a thinking person’s heavy metal band, the New York foursome merged the influence of leader Page Hamilton’s avant-garde background with a hard-rocking sensibility to create some of the era’s most innovative and influential music.  Meantime‘s distinctive mix of inscrutable lyrics, bludgeoning guitar riffs and jarring stop-start rhythms scored with fans and earned respect from multiple generations of musicians.

On June 23, 2017, UMe celebrates the 25th anniversary of Meantime‘s original release with a special vinyl reissue of this modern classic.  The anniversary edition will be available in a limited-edition colored vinyl pressing, as well as a standard black vinyl version.

Having cut his teeth playing with avant-garde guitar icon Glenn Branca and indie stalwarts Band of Susans, Page Hamilton launched  Helmet in 1989, and the band released its debut album Strap It On on the independent Amphetamine Reptile label the following year.  Helmet soon became the subject of an unprecedented major-label bidding war, ultimately signing with Interscope and releasing Meantime in June 1992.

Produced mainly by the band members, Meantime finds Helmet—the classically-trained Hamilton on guitar and vocals plus guitarist Peter Mengede, bassist Henry Bogdan and drummer John Stanier—creating music that’s fiercely aggressive yet hypnotically precise, with such tracks as “Unsung,” “Role Model,” “Give It” and the Steve Albini-produced “In the Meantime” showcasing Hamilton’s staccato riffs, jazz-influenced chords and ominous vocals.  The New York Times called Helmet “a band that made important connections between indie-rock and metal.”

As Allmusic observed, “Arguably one of the most influential and overlooked rock records of the ’90s, Meantime threw the rule book out the window. Led by the classically trained Page Hamilton, Helmet’s bludgeoning riffs combined with their stop-go-stop-go minimalist attack changed the face of aggro-rock. Its importance cannot be overstated”  Although Helmet disbanded in 1997, Hamilton revived the band in 2004, and the group has continued to tour and record.

Even while he band was absent from the spotlight, Helmet continued to exercise considerable influence on multiple generations of bands.  Their songs have been covered by the likes of Chevelle, Deftones, Faith No More, Pig Destroyer and Soulfly, and the band inspired a 2016 Helmet tribute album titled Meantime Redux.  Helmet has also been cited as a key influence on such bands as Godsmack, Korn, Marilyn Manson, Mastodon, Pantera, Queens of the Stone Age, Sepultura, Slipknot, Staind, System of a Down and Tool.

Helmet are currently on tour in support of their newest album Dead To The Worldreleased this past October on earMUSIC.

Tour dates are as follows:

Jun 10 – Whelan’s – Dublin, Ireland

Jun 13 – KULTURFABRIK – Esch Sur Alzette, Luxembourg

Jun 14 – L’Empreinte – Savigny-Le-Temple, France

Jun 15 – L’Ouvre-Boite – Beauvais, France

Jun 16 – Hellfest – Clisson, France

Jun 17 – Graspop 2017 – Dessel, Belgium

Jun 19 – Z7 Konzertfabrik – Pratteln, Switzerland

Jun 24 – Melomane Music Fest – Medford, OR

Helmet’s seminal status can largely be traced back to Meantime, which sounds more powerful than ever in his 25th-anniversary vinyl edition.

Refusing to rest on its laurels, the band continues to record and tour, breaking new ground and gaining new generations of rock fans all across the globe.

Pre-order Meantime here:

Limited Edition Colored-Vinyl: https://ume.lnk.to/HelmetMeantimeColor

Black Vinyl:  http://ume.lnk.to/HelmetMeantimeBlack

 

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THE SHINDIG MUSIC FESTIVAL 2015: Impressive Artist Lineup Announced For Festival’s Amazing Third Year!

THE SHINDIG MUSIC FESTIVAL 2015: Impressive Artist Lineup Announced For Festival’s Amazing Third Year!

The Shindig Festival 2015

The Shindig Festival 2015

24-7 Entertainment has announced the artist lineup third triumphant year of The Shindig Music Festival to Carroll Park in Baltimore, MD on Saturday, September 19, 2015.

This year’s two main stages will be anchored by rock radio staples GODSMACK and 90’s alternative giants STONE TEMPLE PILOTS. Joining the energy fueled festivities will be the legendary Anthrax, Chevelle, HelmetReverend Horton Heat plus a Shindig favorite to be announced after May 16! Rounding out the rock fest will be exciting new buzz bands Nothing More and Crobot plus homegrown talent SilvertungBlack Angel Down and More to Monroe.

A “Shindig” is defined as “a large, lively party celebrating something”. In this case, the “something” is the working class, rock & roll spirit which makes up the very core of the city of Baltimore. Last year’s Shindig attracted over 10,000 live music fans; the most ever gathered at Carroll Park for an event.

The all-day festival will feature two identical main stages with NO OVERLAPPING SETS of music.

The Woods is home to the Ripley’s “Believe it or Not” Side Stage featuring an array of rare talent including a performance by local shock-rock troupe Dingleberry Dynasty, plus Sword Swallowers, Fire Breathers, Aerial Acrobats, Burlesque performances, Tattoo Contests, and many other visually captivating oddities. The Vending Village is also located in The  Woods, which offers a variety of Baltimore’s most popular restaurant and retail options with plenty of shade and seating to relax.

Curated by well-known MD independent promoter, Paul Manna of 24-7 Entertainment, The Shindig is truly a labor of love. Manna says, “I was born and raised in Baltimore and creating a festival vibe we haven’t seen here was my goal. I think the unique charm and laid back feel of The Shindig is palpable from the moment you step on the grounds. I’m so grateful for the overwhelming amount of fans who come out each year to share in the festival experience we work so hard on attempting to perfect”.

Ben Hyman, Director of Pigtown Main Street says, “The Shindig showcases our historic neighborhood to thousands of new people. They are yet another example of our investment in Pigtown, including the opening of nine new businesses and hundreds of thousands of dollars in economic development.”

Carroll Park is located only 1.5 miles from Camden Yards, M&T Bank Stadium, I-95, and I-395 in the heart of historic Pigtown. The Shindig is proud to welcome festival lovers from all over the region to our beloved hometown of Baltimore, MD for another year of great music and memories.

~ 10% of Gross Ticket Sales are donated to three Baltimore Non-Profits ~

Department of Recreation and Parks, Baltimore Montessori Public Charter School, and Pigtown Main Street Association

The Shindig Festival’s Past Lineups:

2014 Lineup – Jane’s Addiction – Rise Against – Gogol Bordello – Clutch – Halestorm – Lucero – Fishbone – J Roddy Walson & The Business – Larry and His Flask.

2013 Lineup – Dropkick Murphys – Joan Jett & The Blackhearts – The Gaslight Anthem – Clutch – Mighty Mighty Bosstones – Reverend Horton Heat – The Hold Steady.

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Ume Premiere “Run Wild” Video on mtvU, On Tour This Fall with Helmet and Toadies

Ume Premiere “Run Wild” Video on mtvU, On Tour This Fall with Helmet and Toadies

Ume have just premiered the new music video for their single “Run Wild” next week on mtvU. “Run Wild” is the current single off of the band’s current album Phantoms (Modern Outsider Records). CLICK HERE TO CHECK IT OUT! 

Ume is currently in the studio working on their new album with producer Adam Kasper (Queens of the Stone Age, Cat Power, Foo Fighters) with funds raised from a highly successful Kickstarter campaign. Later this month, the band will return to the road for a fall tour with Helmet and Toadies. Please see below for all tour dates.

UME LIVE DATES

OCTOBER
18th – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
19th – Phoenix, AZ – Marquee Theatre
20th – Las Vegas, NV – Vinyl at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
21st – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up Tavern
23rd – Los Angeles, CA – House of Blues
24th – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
26th – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
27th – Orangevale, CA – The Boardwalk
28th – Reno, NV – Cargo @ CommRow
30th – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
31st – Seattle, WA – Showbox at the Market

NOVEMBER 
1st – Spokane, WA – A Club
2nd – Boise, ID – Revolution Concert House
4th – Austin, TX – Fun Fun Fun Fest
7th – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
8th – Fayetteville, AR – George’s Majestic Lounge
9th – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
10th – Lubbock, TX – The Office

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Ume To Premiere Music Video For “Run Wild” on mtvU, To Opening For Smashing Pumpkins

Ume To Premiere Music Video For “Run Wild” on mtvU, To Opening For Smashing Pumpkins

Ume will premiere the new music video for their single “Run Wild” next week on mtvU. “Run Wild” is the current single off of the band’s current album Phantoms (Modern Outsider Records).

Ume recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to help raise funds for the recording of their new album with producer Adam Kasper (Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, Cat Power). In less than 24 hours, the band exceeded their goal. Fans can still contribute to the Kickstarter campaign which offers prizes like a meal with the band at Austin’s Barley Swine (where the band taped their episode of Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations), music lessons with the band over Skype, a digital recording of any cover song and more.

CHECK OUT UME’S KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN

Ume hits the road this fall with Helmet and the Toadies starting October 18th in Houston. Prior to the tour, the band will play two SOLD OUT shows supporting Smashing Pumpkins this Thursday September 27th at Stubb’s in the band’s hometown of Austin and Friday September 28th at Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa. Please below for full tour dates.

UME TOUR DATES – SEE THEM LIVE:
 
SEPTEMBER
27th – Austin, TX – Stubb’s  w/Smashing Pumpkins
28th – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom w/Smashing Pumpkins
OCTOBER
18th – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
19th – Phoenix, AZ – Marquee Theatre
20th – Las Vegas, NV – Vinyl at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
21st – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up Tavern
23rd – Los Angeles, CA – House of Blues
24th – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
26th – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
27th – Orangevale, CA – The Boardwalk
28th – Reno, NV – Cargo @ CommRow
30th – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
31st – Seattle, WA – Showbox at the Market
NOVEMBER
1st – Spokane, WA – A Club
2nd – Boise, ID – Revolution Concert House
4th – Austin, TX – Fun Fun Fun Fest
7th – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
8th – Fayetteville, AR – George’s Majestic Lounge
9th – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
10th – Lubbock, TX – The Office

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