When Jack Grisham left legendary Long Beach punk band T.S.O.L. in 1983, he went on to form goth-inspired rock outfit Cathedral of Tears. Dubbed ‘darkwave’, Grisham formed the band with fellow T.S.O.L. alum Greg Kuehn, and while the band was relatively short-lived, their one release (1984’s self-titled EP) has found resonance and a following that still reverberates today.
Prior to the release of the EP, a 3-song demo was recorded. It was never officially released after the label found the songs not to their liking. Grisham took matters into his own hands and stole the masters and drove them to Los Angeles radio station KROQ himself. In a 2011 interview, Grisham tells the story of how the songs took off after that;
“I stole the master tapes from the studio and drove them straight to KROQ. As I was driving away they were already playing “Black Emotion” on the radio. It went on to be the #4 most requested song on KROQ in 1984”
Now some 35 years after the demo was recorded, Pine Hill Records will officially release the Cathedral of Tears demo that includes an early version of the song “Black Emotion”. We are very pleased to be able to share the lyric video for the demo, which you can check out above.
Pine Hill Record will release the 3-song demo as a 7″ on October 4th. The limited-edition release will be available in a run of 250 gray colored vinyl, and 250 clear vinyl. You can pre-order the 7″ now via Pine Hill Records.
Hangtime share “Can I Take You Out” video
There’s no escaping the 90s sound
Not too long ago we had a short chat with Canadian pop-punk band Hangtime about their new EP and the video for the track “One Nine Nine Five”. The aptly titled song is a throwback to a pop punk thought long gone but as this Toronto band will attest, is by no means dead. Now the band have debuted their new music video for the track “Can I Take You Out”; a sweetly romantic, melodic pop punk ode.
The track is a cut from their 2019 EP Invasion, which you can pick up via Bandcamp. Hangtime have a couple of upcoming Canadian shows on the horizon; with all the details available on their Facebook page.
When we spoke to the band and where their sound comes from, guitarist/vocalist Warren Gregson explained their influences;
“There’s no escaping the 90s sound I’m afraid, that’s just who we are. Actually, our biggest influences go back further than that. Most of us were first listening to bands like ALL, Misfits, Dag Nasty, Big Drill Car, Bad Religion, Doughboys, Nils… etc, back in the 80’s. I suppose that’s where the 90s sound for many other bands originated as well.”
Check out the new video and let’s reminisce about some good old school pop punk.
Longwave return with “If We Ever Live Forever”
Longwave still know how to make an impression
New York indie rockers Longwave are returning with their first album in a decade. Titled If We Ever Live Forever, the album is the follow-up to 2008’s Secrets Are Sinister. The band have recently been releasing new music over the last year, with the single “Stay With Me” hitting airwaves in October of last year. Longwave have now revealed the music video for the new song “If We Ever Live Forever”, which you can view above.
If We Ever Live Forever is due for release October 25th via Bodan Kuma Recordings and will be followed by a short run of dates through the eastern side of North America. You can pre-order the new Longwave album from the band’s webstore.
Longwave first burst on to the scene with 2000’s Endsongs, but really started making waves with their 2003 release The Strangest Things (which included the hit single “Tidal Wave”). The latter was the band’s major label debut for RCA Records. We last covered Longwave in 2005, reviewing their terrific album There’s A Fire.