Biography

FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY is an American garage rock / math rock band born in Morgantown, WV, and currently based out of New York City and Wenzhou, China. Formed in 2012, vocalist/guitarist Christopher Henry (an ESL teacher in Wenzhou) and drummer Roman Meisenberg (a NYC-based photographer) have maintained a prolific stream of DIY releases and touring activity, despite their frequent time apart (12 time zones apart to be precise). After a brief stint as a trio with bassist/vocalist Michelle Fincham, who is featured on the January 2014 EP The Cymbal Barks Louder Than You, FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY forged ahead as a duo, embarking on their “Jet-lag Revival Tour” followed by the Li EP in October 2014 (recorded, mixed, and mastered by Jeff Klemm of Akron, Ohio’s Maid Myriad). June 2015 saw the release of the Future Teller EP, at which point the band began working on material for a full-length record.

Crafted over frequent Megabus treks between New York and Morgantown, FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY’s debut LP, Touchless Automatic, was released in April 2016. Touring was not possible at this time as Christopher had recently graduated and accepted a job as an ESL teacher in Wenzhou, China. The following year, in April of 2017, Roman travelled to Wenzhou for FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY’s first international tour. “Spring Roll 2017” spanned two weeks and 8 cities in southern China (Wenzhou, Shenzhen, Dongguan, Guangzhou, Changsha, Nanchang, Xuzhou, Shanghai – watch “Live in Shanghai” via the FYB YouTube channel).

In October 2017, Roman returned to Wenzhou to play more shows and work on new material. A selection of these sessions was released June 8, 2018, as Maydays, quickly selling out during the course of the “Maydays Tour”.

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HUMANS ETCETERA To Release Tenth Album, A Normal Temporary Reaction To Life Events, On New Year’s Eve; “Big Snow Mountain” Video Now Playing – Earsplit Compound

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Eclectic rock/alternative act HUMANS ETCETERA has completed its tenth full-length album, A Normal Temporary Reaction To Life Events, which is being prepared for release on New Year’s Eve through their allies at Nefarious Industries. With the cover artwork, track listing, preorders, and other details, the first audio from the album has been released through an official video for the track “Big Snow Mountain.”

HUMANS ETCETERA is an experimental rock outfit and passion project of singer/songwriter/recording artist, Christopher Henry. Primarily a solo endeavor, occasionally a collaborative effort, the music of HUMANS ETCETERA is created in the time between work with his other China-based bands — Fuck Your Birthday and Polyphozia – both in which Henry wears the singer/guitarist shoes. HUMANS ETCETERA began in 2012 as Henry’s outlet for recording experiments and songwriting, the artist using the project to relax from the pressure of being a full-time college student at West Virginia University and holding down a part-time job as a photo-tech.

A Normal Temporary Reaction To Life Events is an experimental rock album that sews together a mental unravelling from sides both before and beyond sleep. It begins with lulling hypnotic guitar and drum loops and wades deeper and deeper into a psychedelic mess of anxiety and depression. The protagonist is worried about the future, afraid of riding ahead alone, and tries to gather confidence but breaks down at the awareness of reality’s callousness. From here, he tries escapism via alcohol, and soon succumbs to vivid dreams of being lost in the Daisetsu mountains, hypothermia, autosarcophagy, and being transported through dream-death to a world in which the only currency is hope itself. He stands in the metro station with his wallet empty. He stands in the metro station with an empty wallet and feels torn between asking for help or hiding behind a phone screen. The listener must then make the choice: repeat the cycle with the comfort of familiarity or go it alone.

HUMANS ETCETERA’s A Normal Temporary Reaction To Life Events was written and captured incrementally from November 2016 to October 2019 in Wenzhou, China by Christopher Henry, who handles all vocals, guitars, bass, drums, keys, xylophone, sampling, recording, mixing, and cover artwork. The album was then mastered by Bill Henderson at Azimuth Mastering. The “Big Snow Mountain” video was filmed by Henry while traveling in Xiamen, China.

See HUMANS ETCETERA’s “Big Snow Mountain” video at THIS LOCATION.

Nefarious Industries will release A Normal Temporary Reaction To Life Events digitally on December 31st. While all digital platforms will carry the album, those who preorder directly from Nefarious will receive two additional original bonus tracks in addition to the album’s eleven songs. Find preorders at the label webshop HERE and all digital platforms HERE.

Henry is also writing and performing with Fuck Your Birthday, in preparation for recording their next album. Meanwhile, Polyphozia has nearly completed their debut album and are looking at spring 2020 release and China tour. One thing’s for sure, the future won’t be without the prolific delivery of Henry’s musical works.

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A Normal Temporary Reaction to Life Events Track Listing:
1. Dreamlife
2. Post-Art Panic
3. Afraid To Be Afraid
4. This Sucks
5. Lemon
6. For The Sake of Truth
7. Big Snow Mountain
8. Ouroboros
9. Metro Stops: Trojan Hopes
10. Metro Stops: Odd Dreams
11. Metro Stops: Looping Fears
12. Black Friday (bonus track)
13. The Party Is Over (bonus track)

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Full Album Stream: BEDTIMEMAGIC “Pillow Talk” – Decibel Magazine

BEDTIMEMAGIC really doubled down on the misnomers with debut studio LP Pillow Talk. Perhaps the only hint that their music doesn’t have much in common with love-making is the fact that their moniker is in all caps. It’s hard to imagine someone getting down and dirty to the anxiety-provoking noise rock on the ten-song album. […] BEDTIMEMAGIC shout and strum akin to the best of Amp Rep and Sub Pop.” – Decibel Magazine

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FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY: PureGrainAudio Premieres “Go Outside” Video From China/US-Based Duo; Debut Album To See Reissue Via Nefarious Industries – PureGrainAudio

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US/China-based FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY has issued a new video for “Go Outside,” which is now playing through a premiere hosted by PureGrainAudio.

“Go Outside” comes from FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY’s Blow Out The Candles And Make A Split – a split EP with Chinese punk trio Space Monkey – which saw release through Nefarious Industries earlier this year in conjunction with an international run of tour dates through China, Mexico, and the United States.

Vocalist/guitarist Christopher Henry offers of the song, “’Go Outside’ is a song about our dependence on the internet and how much we tremble when it’s missing for a bit. I started writing the song on my acoustic guitar in my old apartment whilst waiting for the cable guy to come up and repair the internet connection. I was like, ‘well if I can’t watch YouTube, I might as well write a fucking song.’ Later, during our 2018 Maydays Tour, we set up shop in our buddy’s living room (thanks Keidan!), and put this track together.”

Drummer Roman Meisenberg offers on the creation of the video, “The concept for the ‘Go Outside’ music video was actually inspired by Darren Aronofsky’s time lapse scene in Requiem For A Dream, which focused on the effects of drug addiction. For our video, I wanted to parallel this and show the effects of internet withdrawal. The main character (our good friend, Dan Ryan, who also lives in Wenzhou) slowly falls deeper into madness as more internet withdrawal drives him into heavy drinking. In a moment of clarity, he runs away, never looking back.

Production wise, we filmed the video in one day in and around Dan’s apartment. To achieve the moving time lapse scene, we mounted the camera onto a motion control device that was attached to a slider. Pro gear aside, we used a skateboard and an ebike to shoot some of the outdoor running scenes. My favorite scene to film was Dan drinking himself into oblivion. I knew I wanted a disorienting visual, so I cradled the camera with some camping rope, twisted it tight, and let it unwind. Hope y’all enjoy the video!”

PureGrainAudio writes with the video’s premiere, “The title of ‘Go Outside’ is a reasonable indication of the song’s lyrical content. More specifically, it’s emphasized in that it was composed from the point of view that we have become overly dependent on the internet to the point that we get uncomfortable when we are not able to access it for any period of time.”

See FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY’s “Go Outside” video through PureGrainAudio’s premiere RIGHT HERE.

Nefarious Industries has just pressed the band’s Touchless Automatic on CD, the first physical incarnation of the album. Touchless Automatic is a long-play record by rock duo FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY. It was made with love in a warehouse and a messy bedroom. Rated T for Teen: because the band name has Fuck in it. Originally released in April 2016, Christopher Henry provides vocals, guitar, and bass, Roman Meisenberg provides drums and vocals. Angela Nagem provides violin and viola on “Waiting For The Horn” and Rose Anne Heater adds backing vocals to “Alrighty Then.” The record was recorded and mixed by Henry, mastered by Justin Francis, and completed with cover art by Aiko Ling.

Find the Blow Out The Candles And Make A Split EP, the Touchless Automatic repress, and all FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY music at Nefarious Industries’ website HERE and Bandcamp HERE.

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FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY: BigMouth Media Live Session Video From China/US-Based Duo Posted – Earsplit Compound

Fuck Your Birthday - Summer Swing 2018

A pro-shot studio performance from China/US-based rock duo FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY has been issued through BigMouth Media out of Philadelphia. The footage of the band’s performance was filmed live in the studio during their recent Tours Truly venture, which saw FYB touring across Southeast Asia and North America over several months surrounding the release of the band’s split EP with Chinese punks Space Monkey, Blow Out The Candles And Make A Split.

SPACE MONKEY’s tracks for Blow Out The Candles And Make A Split, “We Are Space Monkey” and “Billy Billy” were recorded at ACE Station in Guangzhou, China. For FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY’s “The Plan” and “Go Outside,” the drums were recorded in Keidan’s Living Room in Morgantown, West Virginia, the guitars and bass were recorded in a shed in New Martinsville, West Virginia, and the vocals were recorded in Wenzhou, China. All tracks on Blow Out The Candles And Make A Split were mixed by Christopher Henry and mastered by Bill Henderson at Azimuth Mastering.

The band’s Christopher Henry offers with the new live performance, “After yoyoing back up from Baltimore as late as when Batman villains get their just-deserts, trapping some zzzz, and rising/shining at the asscrack of noon, we put the van in park outside of Big Mouth Philly. Them dudes were awesome. They helped us take in some gear, get setup and comfy, then tried to lowkey cremate us! I was like a dangerous human-oil-lamp, dripping from my wrists a kind of super-sweat made of gas-station-snack-regret. Roman was P90Xing behind the kit too. Our jeans didn’t deserve that, so we peeled them off after the first song. It was hot; something PWH would sit in a cinema to see. We slam-dunked a take of the next song. That was the cheat-code required to get them fans back on. We do what we do for the fans. Much love. In the end, we bonded with the crew over tour tales and water, Madmaxed the intro card, and climbed back into the van. Later that night we caught John Wick 3 with D. Eiven and ate Chinese food. Amazing how many fond memories can be juiced out of just one day.”

See FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY’s live BigMouth performance RIGHT HERE.

Blow Out The Candles And Make A Split is available to stream and purchase via all digital platforms HERE and the label webshop HERE.

FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY is preparing to release new official videos in the weeks ahead as they plot new tour dates across China. Watch for further updates to be posted shortly. Henry offers of the recent tour, “About a month of my 2019 was spent traveling around and playing shows on the east coast of America with two of my best friends. I feel extraordinarily lucky to be able to honestly write that sentence. From JFK to Philly, nose up to Boston then toes down to South Carolina and further down to Florida, winding up to West Virginia, diagonal line to Chicago and back to Pittsburgh, and all the points in between; it was a wild ride with so many highlights we can’t wait to share with you all (working on the video diary now). I just can’t wait to do it again!”

FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY Live:
9/01/2019 at 无空搓 WKC – Wenzhou, CN w/ 夏铁牛 Xiatieniu [info]

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FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY Split WIth SPACE MONKEY Out Now On Nefarious Industries; East Coast Tour Continues – Earsplit Compound

FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY & SPACE MONKEY - Blow Out the Candles and Make a Split

Nefarious Industries presents Blow Out The Candles And Make A Split, the new split EP between China/US-based duo FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY and Chinese act SPACE MONKEY. The record is now available as a limited two-song vinyl 7” as well as through all digital providers, the digital featuring an additional track from each band. The record drops as FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY continues the ongoing East Coast leg of their North American tour.

SPACE MONKEY’s tracks for Blow Out The Candles And Make A Split, “We Are Space Monkey” and “Billy Billy” were recorded at ACE Station in Guangzhou, China. For FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY’s “The Plan” and “Go Outside,” the drums were recorded in Keidan’s Living Room in Morgantown, West Virginia, the guitars and bass were recorded in a shed in New Martinsville, West Virginia, and the vocals were recorded in Wenzhou, China. All tracks on Blow Out The Candles And Make A Split were mixed by Christopher Henry and mastered by Bill Henderson at Azimuth Mastering.

Stream and purchase Blow Out The Candles And Make A Split on all digital platforms RIGHT HERE and the label webshop HERE.

Watch for several official videos for songs from the split and more to be released in the weeks ahead.

Having kicked off the international Tours Truly trek in China, touring the West Coast US with labelmates Those Darn Gnomes, and raiding Mexico for several shows, FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY continues to play across the East Coast on the latest run, on their way to play New York City tonight. This branch of the trek sees them playing shows with labelmates Brandon Seabrook, Zevious, Maid Myriad, Nequient, Mine Collapse, and many others scattered through August 4th.

Directly after the US shows, FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY and SPACE MONKEY will celebrate the split by playing two shows together in China August 9th and 10th. FYB is also confirming shows in Japan for October which will be announced in the weeks ahead.

FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY – Tours Truly 2019 remaining dates:
7/12/2019 Kingsland – Brooklyn, NY w/ Zevious, Brandon Seabrook, The Mantle [info]
7/13/2019 Reverb – Baltimore, MD w/ Bigger Waves, Tim Kaye [info]
7/17/2019 Fleetwood’s – West Asheville, NC w/ J. Martinelli, Drew Burgess [info]
7/19/2019 Valdosta DIY House – Valdosta, GA w/ Mama Stone, desmo, Bitter Bones [info]
7/21/2019 Rodeo Rock – Pensacola, FL w/ Happymask, Rat Daughter [info]
7/25/2019 The Nest – Boone, NC w/ Corgi, Krockpot, Boy Legs [info]
7/26/2019 The Comet – Cincinnati, OH w/ Old City, The Actual Fuck [info]
7/27/2019 Liars Club – Chicago, IL w/ Nequient, Mine Collapse, Lavisher [info]
7/28/2019 Annabell’s – Akron, OH w/ Maid Myriad, Actual Form [info]
7/31/2019 Empty Glass – Charleston, WV w/ Said So [info]
8/01/2019 Melody’s – Beckley, WV w/ Seven Planets, Craig Philips, Xman [info]
8/02/2019 Brewstel – Elkins, WV w/ Swamp Drag, Mediogres, Long Hunt [info]
8/03/2019 123 Pleasant St, – Morgantown, WV w/ Clean Dirty Clean, Black Hole Zion, Mediogres [info]
8/04/2019 Howlers – Pittsburgh, PA w/ Wastegate, Craig Philip, The Maplewaves [info]
8/09/2019 191 Space – Guangzhou, CN w/ Space Monkey
8/10/2019 Brown Sugar Jar – Shenzhen, CN w/ Space Monkey

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FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY: “The Plan” Premiered Through New Noise; Split With SPACE MONKEY Sees Release Via Nefarious Industries As East Coast Tour Nears – Earsplit Compound

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Nefarious Industries prepares to release Blow Out The Candles And Make A Split next week, the new split EP between China/US-based duo FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY and Chinese act SPACE MONKEY, as FYB begins the East Coast leg of their North American tour. Ahead of the festivities, New Noise Magazine is now streaming the new FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY single “The Plan.”

Blow Out The Candles And Make A Split will see a limited 7” vinyl release with one track from both FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY and SPACE MONKEY, while the digital version will feature an additional track from each band.

The FYB duo offers with “The Plan” track premiere, “For most folks, the plan is to go to work every day and keep chasing that tiny light at the end of the tunnel. But that plan actually sucks. And we wrote a song that details why it sucks, e.g. the low wages, the destruction of your free time, and the shitty tie that chokes you to death. Listen to this song next time you call-in sick.”

Cut out early and check out FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY’s “The Plan” at New Noise Magazine RIGHT HERE.

Blow Out The Candles And Make A Split will see release via Nefarious Industries on July 12th; find preorders at the label webshop HERE and Bandcamp HERE.

After kicked off their Tours Truly trek in China, running the West Coast US with labelmates Those Darn Gnomes, and raiding Mexico for several shows, FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY continues to tour across the lands in support of the EP. Their East Coast run of the trek begins this Sunday, July 7th in Boston and sees the band playing shows with labelmates and allies Brandon Seabrook, Dying Whale, Maid Myriad, Nequient, Mine Collapse, and many others scattered through August 4th, with additional dates still to be announced.

FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY – Tours Truly 2019:
7/07/2019 Dorchester Art Project – Boston, MA w/ Psychic Weight, DNZL, Easter Bloodhounds [info]
7/09/2019 Dusk – Providence, RI w/ Nghtswm, Snuffed Out [info]
7/12/2019 Kingsland – Brooklyn, NY w/ Zevious, Brandon Seabrook, The Mantle [info]
7/13/2019 Reverb – Baltimore, MD w/ Bigger Waves, Tim Kaye [info]
7/17/2019 Fleetwood’s – West Asheville, NC w/ J. Martinelli, Drew Burgess [info]
7/18/2019 House Show – Boone, NC
7/19/2019 Valdosta DIY House – Valdosta, GA w/ Mama Stone, desmo, Bitter Bones [info]
7/21/2019 Rodeo Rock – Pensacola, FL w/ Happymask, Rat Daughter [info]
7/26/2019 The Comet – Cincinnati, OH w/ Old City, The Actual Fuck [info]
7/27/2019 Liars Club – Chicago, IL w/ Nequient, Mine Collapse, Lavisher [info]
7/28/2019 Annabell’s – Akron, OH w/ Maid Myriad, Actual Form [info]
7/31/2019 Empty Glass – Charleston, WV w/ After Atlas, Said So [info]
8/01/2019 Melody’s – Beckley, WV w/ Seven Planets, After Atlas, Xman [info]
8/02/2019 Brewstel – Elkins, WV w/ Swamp Drag, Mediogres, Long Hunt [info]
8/03/2019 123 Pleasant St, – Morgantown, WV w/ Clean Dirty Clean, Black Hole Zion, Mediogres [info]
8/04/2019 Howlers – Pittsburgh, PA w/ Wastegate, Craig Philip, The Maplewaves [info]

SPACE MONKEY’s tracks for Blow Out The Candles And Make A Split, “We Are Space Monkey” and “Billy Billy” were recorded at ACE Station in Guangzhou, China. For FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY’s “The Plan” and “Go Outside,” the drums were recorded in Keidan’s Living Room in Morgantown, West Virginia, the guitars and bass were recorded in a shed in New Martinsville, West Virginia, and the vocals were recorded in Wenzhou, China. All tracks on Blow Out The Candles And Make A Split were mixed by Christopher Henry and mastered by Bill Henderson at Azimuth Mastering.

Watch for official videos and more to be issued in the weeks ahead.

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SPACE MONKEY: New Noise Magazine Premieres “We Are Space Monkey” By Chinese Punk Act; Split EP With FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY Nears Release Via Nefarious Industries – Earsplit Compound

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New Noise Magazine is hosting the exclusive premiere of “We Are Space Monkey,” by Chinese punk rock trio SPACE MONKEY. The song is found on the band’s upcoming split EP with FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAYBlow Out The Candles And Make A Split, which is nearing July release through Nefarious Industries. The EP will see a 7” vinyl pressing, containing one track from each band, while the digital version of the release will feature an additional track from each band.

SPACE MONKEY’s tracks “We Are Space Monkey” and “Billy Billy” were recorded at ACE Station in Guangzhou, China. For FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY’s “The Plan” and “Go Outside,” the drums were recorded in Keidan’s Living Room in Morgantown, West Virginia, the guitars and bass were recorded in a shed in New Martinsville, West Virginia, and the vocals were recorded in Wenzhou, China. All tracks on Blow Out The Candles And Make A Split were mixed by Christopher Henry and mastered by Bill Henderson at Azimuth Mastering, and the artwork created by Pengdee of SPACE MONKEY.

Pengdee of SPACE MONKEY states, “Youth, to many people, hardly includes more than the time spent nose-diving in textbooks. However, we see youth as the energy source necessary for breaking out of the numbness of adulthood. So, we implore youths everywhere to shirk those chains of conformity, avoid falling into the mentality of the middle-aged man, and run as wild as a space monkey. Pinboard was/is my original band from high school, but then when Junsun and I went to college we started a band to play a simpler slice of punk rock, akin to our favorite bands: The Ramones and The Clash. We decided to title this band SPACE MONKEY after seeing Fight Club, when Tyler calls his gang of henchmen space monkeys. We thought the way they worked off their stress could be compared to the punk rockers moshing in the pit.”

Stream SPACE MONKEY’s “We Are Space Monkey” only at New Noise Magazine RIGHT HERE.

Blow Out The Candles And Make A Split will see release via Nefarious Industries on July 12th. Find preorders at the label webshop HERE and Bandcamp HERE.

Watch for additional audio samples from the split to be issued in the days ahead.

The year was 2010; bōsōzoku style ran rampant through the halls of Guangzhou’s Academy Of Fine Arts, and everywhere you looked there were band-boys spiking and dying their hair. Among them were bassist/vocalist, Junsun, and guitarist/vocalist, Pengdee, two rebellious youths that liked to play by their own rules. They graduated and formed SPACE MONKEY. The team was later completed by Banana, whose skillful drumming keeps audiences front to back bouncing around like crazed apes. The band is now a staple act of the punk scene in Guangzhou, China and its members have been running the God Bless Punk music festival for three years strong, featuring bands from all over China. Lead singer and guitarist Pengdee also plays with side project Pinboard.

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FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY Begins US Tour Today; Split EP with SPACE MONKEY Nears July Release Through Nefarious Industries – Earsplit Compound

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China/US-based duo FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY is currently embarked on their new international Tours Truly venture, which kicked off in China last week. The tour was booked in conjunction with the release of a new split EP with Chinese act SPACE MONKEYBlow Out The Candles And Make A Split, which is confirmed for release through Nefarious Industries in July. The split will see a limited 7” vinyl release with one track from each band, while the digital version will feature an additional track from each band.

FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY is currently in the US, and today, they kick off their West Coast US leg of the trek in Los Angeles with labelmates Those Darn Gnomes. The tour runs through Santa Fe, Denver, Seattle, Portland, Eugene, Humboldt County, and San Francisco.

The West Coast US leg of Tours Truly is followed by a week-long tour in Mexico in late June which is still being finalized. July sees FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY on the East Coast for a three-week inundation, playing shows with labelmates and allies Brandon Seabrook, Dying Whale, Maid Myriad, Nequient, Mine Collapse, and many others through the first week of August. Two new shows in August have been booked in China upon the band’s return.

See the currently confirmed dates below and watch for updates in the weeks ahead as the routing is finalized.

SPACE MONKEY’s tracks for Blow Out The Candles And Make A Split, “We Are Space Monkey” and “Billy Billy” were recorded at ACE Station in Guangzhou, China. For FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY’s “The Plan” and “Go Outside,” the drums were recorded in Keidan’s Living Room in Morgantown, West Virginia, the guitars and bass were recorded in a shed in New Martinsville, West Virginia, and the vocals were recorded in Wenzhou, China. All tracks on Blow Out The Candles And Make A Split were mixed by Christopher Henry and mastered by Bill Henderson at Azimuth Mastering.

Blow Out The Candles And Make A Split will see release via Nefarious Industries on July 12th; find preorders at the label webshop HERE and Bandcamp HERE.

Watch for audio samples and more to be issued in the weeks ahead.

FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY – Tours Truly 2019:
6/05/2019 Coaxial – Los Angeles, CA w/ Those Darn Gnomes, In the Womb, Endometrium Cuntplow, Counsil [info]
6/07/2019 Particles – Santa Fe, NM w/ Those Darn Gnomes, Ceremonies, Mischief and Confusion [info]
6/09/2019 Thought//Forms Gallery – Denver, CO w/ Those Darn Gnomes, Galleries, Narcissa [info]
6/12/2019 Screwdriver – Seattle, WA w/ Those Darn Gnomes, Jayomi, Communal 40 [info]
6/13/2019 Twilight – Portland, OR w/ Those Darn Gnomes, Mercury Tree, Leafminer [info]
6/14/2019 The Urgus (house show) – Eugene, OR w/ Those Darn Gnomes
6/16/2019 House Show – Humboldt County, CA w/ Those Darn Gnomes
6/17/2019 Honey Hive Gallery – San Francisco, CA w/ Those Darn Gnomes, Key West, Car Made Of Glass [info]
6/21/2019 TBA – Puebla, MX
6/29/2019 Rockstar Bar – Puebla, MX
7/09/2019 Dusk – Providence, RI w/ Nghtswm, Tiny Diamonds, Snuffed Out [info]
7/12/2019 Kingsland – Brooklyn, NY w/ Zevious, Brandon Seabrook, The Mantle [info]
7/15/2019 Reverb – Baltimore, MD
7/19/2019 Valdosta DIY House – Valdosta, GA
7/21/2019 Rodeo Rock – Pensacola, FL w/ Surrounder
7/25/2019 House Show – Boone, NC
7/26/2019 The Comet – Cincinnati, OH w/ Old City, The Actual Fuck
7/27/2019 Liars Club – Chicago, IL w/ Nequient, Mine Collapse, Lavisher [info]
7/28/2019 Annabell’s – Akron, OH w/ Maid Myriad, Actual Form [info]
7/31/2019 Empty Glass – Charleston, WV w/ After Atlas, Said So
8/01/2019 Melody’s – Beckley, WV w/ Seven Planets, After Atlas, Xman [info]
8/02/2019 Brewstel – Elkins, WV w/ Swamp Drag, Mediogres, Long Hunt
8/03/2019 123 Pleasant St – Morgantown, WV w/ Clean Dirty Clean, Black Hole Zion, Mediogres [info]
8/04/2019 Howlers – Pittsburgh, PA w/ Wastegate
8/09/2019 191 Space – Guangzhou, CN w/ Space Monkey
8/10/2019 Brown Sugar Jar – Shenzhen, CN

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THOSE DARN GNOMES: PopMatters Premieres “Birds” As Calling Whitetails To A Tuned Bow Nears Release Via Nefarious Industries; West Coast Tour With Fuck Your Birthday Begins This Week – Earsplit Compound

Those Darn Gnomes Live 2019 [photo by Anita Martinez]
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As Nefarious Industries prepares to release Calling Whitetails To A Tuned Bow, the album from San Diego’s THOSE DARN GNOMES, PopMatters has unveiled the lead track, “Birds,” offering the first dose of the album to the public. The collective’s unhinged, unpredictable, and utterly explosive blend of free-jazz, noise, metal, and musical experimentation pushes the boundaries of sanity and safety through every minute of the new release.

With four tracks in forty minutes, Calling Whitetails To A Tuned Bow is one of the most intriguing, challenging, genre-defiant, and off-the-chain albums of the year. Fans of Naked City, Ornette Coleman, Fantômas, Zu, Boredoms, Oxbow, Merzbow, Ruins, other boundary-bulldozing extreme music icons, THOSE DARN GNOMES should be the next thing you check out.

THOSE DARN GNOMES’ Christian Molenaar offers, “Assembling Calling Whitetails To A Tuned Bow was a messy process; this album features a wider range of songwriting methods than any we’ve made before. While our previous records brewed dense blends of free improvisation and convoluted compositional techniques (serialist canons, tangled webs of counterpoint, aleatoric games to name a few), I knew I wanted to take things farther and try to incorporate more new ideas. To that end, I spent a good deal of this album’s gestation time on intricate sound design from unique sources: namely, slime mold.”

Molenaar elaborates, “While writing this album and living in absolute filth I ended up accidentally cultivating slime mold (physarum) and, rather than simply cleaning my house like a functional human, I began researching tools to track the mold’s growth rates. Once the data was collected, I processed it in a variety of ways to transform it into music, from feeding it to synthesizers as raw MIDI information to creating complex generative music programs in Pure Data and Max. The resulting noise formed the foundation around which much of Calling Whitetails To A Tuned Bow was based. ‘Birds’ is the album’s opening statement and serves to tease what’s to come throughout the rest of the album; layers of collapsing instrumentation collide with otherworldly electronic noise over the course of epic-length pieces. This record contains a lot of surprises, but ‘Birds’ teases a few early on.”

PopMatters writes, “A collision of avant-garde jazz, the wild, wooly experiments of composer Harry Partch, Beatnik poetry, shattered noise, shards of black box theater, the sinister weirdness lurking behind the childlike chaos of The Muppet Show. Somewhere in there are moments of calm and one drifts away on a bed of acoustic jazz meditations that recall Ralph Towner’s best, most imaginative work in that world during the 1970s; strains of minimalism, lysergic opera, and ancient campfire songs emerge before we’re thrust back into a core of molten weirdness that provides total catharsis. ‘Tis only the beginning.”

Strap in and get scorched by THOSE DARN GNOMES’ “Birds” at PopMatters RIGHT HERE.

Nefarious Industries will release Calling Whitetails To A Tuned Bow on all digital platforms and eco-wallet CD on June 28th. Find preorders at the label webshop HERE and Bandcamp HERE.

Watch for additional audio and videos and much more on the new album to be issued over the weeks ahead.

Following their advance release show for the new album last week, THOSE DARN GNOMES will begin their West Coast tour with labelmates Fuck Your Birthday this week. The tour kicks off in Los Angeles tomorrow, Wednesday June 5th, with shows in Santa Fe, Denver, Seattle, Portland, Eugene, Humboldt County, San Francisco, and a repeat Los Angeles performance closing down this end of the tour on June 21st. Additional tour dates are to be expected and updated steadily through the entire year.

THOSE DARN GNOMES Tour Dates:
6/05/2019 Coaxial – Los Angeles, CA w/ Fuck Your Birthday, In the Womb, Endometrium Cuntplow, Counsil [info]
6/07/2019 Particles – Santa Fe, NM w/ Fuck Your Birthday, Ceremonies, Mischief and Confusion [info]
6/09/2019 Thought//Forms Gallery – Denver, CO w/ Fuck Your Birthday, Galleries, Narcissa [info]
6/12/2019 Screwdriver – Seattle, WA w/ Fuck Your Birthday, Jayomi, Communal 40 [info]
6/13/2019 Twilight – Portland, OR w/ Fuck Your Birthday, Mercury Tree, Leafminer [info]
6/14/2019 The Urgus (house show) – Eugene, OR w/ Fuck Your Birthday
6/16/2019 House Show – Humboldt County, CA w/ Fuck Your Birthday
6/17/2019 Honey Hive Gallery – San Francisco, CA w/ Fuck Your Birthday, Key West, Car Made of Glass [info]
6/21/2019 Infinite Noise Outrageous Loud – Los Angeles, CA
6/29/2019 UC San Diego – San Diego, CA

Calling Whitetails To A Tuned Bow is THOSE DARN GNOMES’ first release for Nefarious Industries and sees a further expansion and refinement of the band’s sprawling, genre-defying sound. Here, the group explores the outer reaches of progressive metal, free improvisation, and avant-garde sound design through the incorporation of algorithmic compositional techniques derived from mold cultivation, homemade instruments, and a greater focus on abrasive weirdness. The album captures the intense, antagonistic, and damaging sound that has become the live THOSE DARN GNOMES experience, particularly with the new lineup comprised of Christian Molenaar (voice, electronics), Noah Souza (saxophone), Jonathan Piper (tuba), Joe Molenaar (bass), Russell Case (tenor guitar), and Nathan Hubbard (drums).

While the lineup of THOSE DARN GNOMES has since shifted, Calling Whitetails To A Tuned Bow was performed and self-recorded at Apollo’s Crotch by then core members Mark Steuer, Christian Molenaar, Russell Case, and Bryon Wojciechowski, who collectively deliver a crushingly odd blend of instruments. A throng of guest musicians provides a barrage of additional instrumentation, coalescing in a demented layering of guitars, bass, drums, percussion, power electronics, brass and woodwind instruments, an array of stringed instruments, keys, and more. The album’s cover collage was created by Robert Khasho, visually depicting the abstract dementia of the album.

Those Darn Gnomes - Calling Whitetails to a Tuned Bow

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THOSE DARN GNOMES: San Diego Free-Jazz/Metal Instigators To Release Calling Whitetails To A Tuned Bow Via Nefarious Industries; Trailer, Preorders, And Tour Dates Posted – Earsplit Compound

Those Darn Gnomes Live 2019 [photo by Anita Martinez]
[photo by Anita Martinez]

Nefarious Industries presents one of the most mind-melting releases of the year, with Calling Whitetails To A Tuned Bow, the third full-length from San Diego’s THOSE DARN GNOMES. The collective’s unhinged, unpredictable, and utterly explosive blend of free-jazz, noise, metal, and musical experimentation pushes the boundaries of sanity and safety through every minute of the new release.

See a brief trailer for THOSE DARN GNOMES’ Calling Whitetails To A Tuned Bow at THIS LOCATION.

Calling Whitetails To A Tuned Bow is THOSE DARN GNOMES’ first release for Nefarious Industries and sees a further expansion and refinement of the band’s sprawling, genre-defying sound. Here, the group explores the outer reaches of progressive metal, free improvisation, and avant-garde sound design through the incorporation of algorithmic compositional techniques derived from mold cultivation, homemade instruments, and a greater focus on abrasive weirdness.

While the lineup of THOSE DARN GNOMES has since shifted, Calling Whitetails To A Tuned Bow was performed and self-recorded at Apollo’s Crotch by then core members Mark Steuer, Christian Molenaar, Russell Case, and Bryon Wojciechowski, who collectively deliver a crushingly odd blend of instruments. Additionally, a throng of guest musicians provide a barrage of additional instrumentation, coalescing in a demented layering of guitars, bass, drums, percussion, power electronics, brass and woodwind instruments, an array of stringed instruments, keys, and more. The album’s cover collage was created by Robert Khasho, visually depicting the abstract dementia of the album.

With four tracks consuming nearly forty-one minutes, Calling Whitetails To A Tuned Bow is one of the most intriguing, challenging, genre-defiant, and off-the-chain albums of the year. Fans of Naked City, Ornette Coleman, Fantômas, Zu, Boredoms, Oxbow, Merzbow, Ruins, other boundary-bulldozing extreme music icons, THOSE DARN GNOMES should be the next thing you check out.

Nefarious Industries will release Calling Whitetails To A Tuned Bow on all digital platforms and eco-wallet CD on June 28th. Find preorders at the label webshop HERE and Bandcamp HERE. Watch for full audio samples, insight into the bizarre recording tactics employed on the album, and much more to be issued over the weeks ahead.

Those Darn Gnomes - Calling Whitetails to a Tuned Bow

Calling Whitetails To A Tuned Bow Track Listing:
1. Birds
2. Hall
3. A Cliff In Our Garden
4. The Frail Stag (Vanity Sounds The Horn And Ignorance Unleashes The Hounds Overconfidence, Rashness, And Desire)

Calling Whitetails To A Tuned Bow captures the intense, antagonistic, and damaging sound that has become the live THOSE DARN GNOMES experience, particularly with the new lineup comprised of Christian Molenaar (voice, electronics), Noah Souza (saxophone), Jonathan Piper (tuba), Joe Molenaar (bass), Russell Case (tenor guitar), and Nathan Hubbard (drums).

Notorious for going haywire upon unsuspecting audiences live, THOSE DARN GNOMES performs with dizzying regularity throughout their local region, and has already performed several dozen sporadic shows this year. They’ll take the act further out of bounds in support of the new record, having confirmed a hometown release show for Calling Whitetails To A Tuned Bow on May 31st. The band has also a West Coast tour with labelmates Fuck Your Birthday and several other shows for June. Watch for continual live updates all year.

THOSE DARN GNOMES Live:
5/31/2019 San Diego Content Partners – San Diego, CA * album release show
6/05/2019 Coaxial – Los Angeles, CA w/ Fuck Your Birthday
6/06/2019 Weird Hues – San Diego, CA w/ Fuck Your Birthday
6/09/2019 Thought//Forms Gallery – Denver, CO w/ Fuck Your Birthday
6/13/2019 Twilight – Portland, OR w/ Fuck Your Birthday, Mercury Tree, Leafminer
6/14/2019 The Urgus (house show) – Eugene, OR w/ Fuck Your Birthday
6/17/2019 Honey Hive Gallery – San Francisco, CA w/ Fuck Your Birthday
6/21/2019 Infinite Noise Outrageous Loud – Los Angeles, CA
6/29/2019 UC San Diego – San Diego, CA

THOSE DARN GNOMES Current Lineup:
Christian Molenaar – vocals, electronics
Noah Souza – saxophone
Jonathan Piper – tuba
Joe Molenaar – bass
Russell Case – tenor guitar
Nathan Hubbard – drums

Calling Whitetails To A Tuned Bow Core Members:
Mark Steuer
Christian Molenaar
Russell Case
Bryon Wojciechowski

Calling Whitetails To A Tuned Bow Additional Musicians:
Lucas Broyles – guitar
Tall Can – melodica
Cindy Elizondo – piano
Ken Fitzgerald – trumpet
Doug Hall – French horn
Willie Marshall – voice
holy! – guitar, voice
Queen Erika Andrews – violin
Mortal Bicycle – banjo, bass, concertina, harmonica
Erin Monaghan – clarinet, trumpet
Noah Souza – guitar
Raphael Tosti – percussion
Katie Walker – viola, voice

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SPACE MONKEY – FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY Split EP To See Release Through Nefarious Industries – Earsplit Compound

FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY & SPACE MONKEY - Blow Out the Candles and Make a Split

Nefarious Industries lifts the veil on a new split 7” from two outer-boundary musical acts, SPACE MONKEY and FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAYBlow Out The Candles And Make A Split will see a 7” vinyl release with one track from each band, while the digital version will feature an additional track from each band.

SPACE MONKEY’s tracks “We Are Space Monkey” and “Billy Billy” were recorded at ACE Station in Guangzhou, China. For FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY’s “The Plan” and “Go Outside,” the drums were recorded in Keidan’s Living Room in Morgantown, West Virginia, the guitars and bass were recorded in a shed in New Martinsville, West Virginia, and the vocals were recorded in Wenzhou, China. All tracks on Blow Out The Candles And Make A Split were mixed by Christopher Henry and mastered by Bill Henderson at Azimuth Mastering.

Offers FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY’s Christopher Henry of the split, “Our tracks on Blow Out the Candles and Make A Split are a simultaneous foray into poppy song structuring, punk-spirit summoning, and mountainous dynamic landscaping. In ‘The Plan,’ there’s a classic third chorus-key-change, and ‘Go Outside’ has a vocal refrain perfect for singing along on the first listen. Both tunes are packed with plenty of power-chords and punk-beats. But they’re far from one-dimensional. There are valleys that fall to almost a whisper, and peaks that nearly reach wall-of-sound status. In an 80/20 mix of singing to screaming, we complain about the 9-5 grind and about the weak WiFi signal in my old apartment. But we know we’ve got it good, and we’re stoked to be releasing this split with our pals in SPACE MONKEY, so you don’t even need to ask us what we wished for.”

SPACE MONKEY’s Pengdee states, “Youth, to many people, hardly includes more than the time spent nose-diving in textbooks. However, we see youth as the energy source necessary for breaking out of the numbness of adulthood. So, we implore youths everywhere to shirk those chains of conformity, avoid falling into the mentality of the middle-aged man, and run as wild as a space monkey. Pinboard was/is my original band from high school, but then when Junsun and I went to college we started a band to play a simpler slice of punk rock, akin to our favorite bands: The Ramones and The Clash. We decided to title this band SPACE MONKEY after seeing Fight Club, when Tyler calls his gang of henchmen space monkeys. We thought the way they worked off their stress could be compared to the punk rockers moshing in the pit.”

Blow Out The Candles And Make A Split will see release via Nefarious Industries on July 12th; find preorders at the label webshop HERE and Bandcamp HERE.

Watch for audio samples and more to be issued in the weeks ahead.

Blow Out The Candles And Make A Split Track Listing:
1. SPACE MONKEY – We Are Space Monkey
2. SPACE MONKEY – Billy Billy (digital only)
3. FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY – The Plan
4. FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY – Go Outside (digital only)

FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY will embark on the widespread Tours Truly trek surrounding the release of the split. Leading with several shows in China in late May and early June, the band will cross the Pacific for a West Coast US tour alongside labelmates Those Darn Gnomes which will consume half of June, followed by a week in Mexico in late June. July sees them on the East Coast for a three-week inundation, playing shows with labelmates and allies El Drugstore, Brandon Seabrook, PAK, Dying Whale, Maid Myriad, Nequient, Mine Collapse, and many others through the first week of August. See the currently confirmed dates below and watch for updates in the weeks ahead as the routing is fleshed-out and finalized.

FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY Tours Truly 2019:
5/25/2019 WKC – Wenzhou, CN w/ Flower N’ Flames
6/01/2019 Hi Livehouse – Hangzhou, CN @ Rock Fest
6/05/2019 Coaxial – Los Angeles, CA w/ Those Darn Gnomes
6/06/2019 Weird Hues – San Diego, CA w/ Those Darn Gnomes
6/09/2019 Thought//Forms Gallery – Denver, CO w/ Those Darn Gnomes
6/13/2019 Twilight – Portland, OR w/ Those Darn Gnomes, Mercury Tree, Leafminer
6/14/2019 The Urgus (house show) – Eugene, OR w/ Those Darn Gnomes
6/17/2019 Honey Hive – San Francisco, CA w/ Those Darn Gnomes
7/12/2019 Kingsland – Brooklyn, NY w/ El Drugstore, Brandon Seabrook
7/13/2019 TBA – Jersey City, NJ w/ PAK
7/14/2019 TBA – Philadelphia, PA
7/17/2019 TBA – Asheville, NC
7/19/2019 TBA – Valdosta, GA w/ Machinist!, Dying Whale
7/21/2019 Rodeo Rock – Pensacola, FL w/ Surrounder
7/26/2019 The Comet – Cincinnati, OH w/ Old City, The Actual Fuck
7/27/2019 Liars Club – Chicago, IL w/ Nequient, Mine Collapse, Lavisher
7/28/2019 Annabell’s – Akron, OH w/ Maid Myriad, Actual Form
7/31/2019 Empty Glass – Charleston, WV w/ Niota, After Atlas
8/01/2019 Melody’s – Beckley, WV w/ Seven Planets, After Atlas, Xman
8/02/2019 Brewstel – Elkins, WV w/ Swamp Drag, Mediogres, Long Hunt
8/03/2019 123 Pleasant St – Morgantown, WV w/ Clean Dirty Clean, Black Hole Zion, Mediogres
8/04/2019 TBA – Pittsburgh, PA

FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY is an American garage rock/math rock band born in Morgantown, West Virginia, and currently based out of New York City and Wenzhou, China. Formed in 2012, vocalist/guitarist Christopher Henry and drummer Roman Meisenberg have maintained a prolific stream of DIY releases and touring activity, despite their frequent time apart. After a brief stint as a trio with bassist/vocalist Michelle Fincham, who is featured on the January 2014 EP The Cymbal Barks Louder Than YouFUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY forged ahead as a duo, embarking on their Jet-lag Revival Tour followed by the Li EP in October 2014, which was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Jeff Klemm of Akron, Ohio’s Maid Myriad. June 2015 saw the release of the Future Teller EP, at which point the band began working on material for a full-length.

Crafted over frequent Megabus treks between New York and Morgantown, FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY’s debut LP, Touchless Automatic, was released in April 2016. Touring was not possible at this time as Christopher had recently graduated and accepted a job as an ESL teacher in Wenzhou, China. The following year, in April of 2017, Roman traveled to Wenzhou for FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY’s first international tour. Spring Roll 2017 spanned two weeks and eight cities in Southern China. In October 2017, Meisenberg returned to Wenzhou to play more shows and work on new material. A selection of these sessions was released in June 2018 as Maydays, quickly selling out during the Maydays Tour.

The year was 2010; bōsōzoku style ran rampant through the halls of Guangzhou’s Academy Of Fine Arts, and everywhere you looked there were band-boys spiking and dying their hair. Among them were bassist/vocalist, Junsun, and guitarist/vocalist, Pengdee, two rebellious youths that liked to play by their own rules. They graduated and formed SPACE MONKEY. The team was later completed by Banana, whose skillful drumming keeps audiences front to back bouncing around like crazed apes. The band is now a staple act of the punk scene in Guangzhou, China and its members have been running the God Bless Punk music festival for three years strong, featuring bands from all over China. Lead singer and guitarist Pengdee also plays with side project Pinboard.

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FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY:
Roman Meisenberg – drums
Christopher Henry – guitar, bass, vocals

Space Monkey

SPACE MONKEY:
Junsun – bass, vocals
Pengdee – guitar, vocals
Banana – drums

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HUMANS ETCETERA: Gift That Came Here Streaming At Svbterranean; EP Out Via Nefarious Industries Friday + Proceeds To Benefit Toys For Tots – Earsplit Compound

Humans Etcetera: In The Street[photo by Alyssa Maloof]

HUMANS ETCETERA – the eclectic rock/alternative output of one Christopher Henry – will release the Gift That Came Here EP via Nefarious Industries this Friday, and Svbterranean is now streaming the entire record alongside a track-by-track breakdown of the release. Aall proceeds from the EP will be donated to Marine Toys For Tots, which distributes gifts to less fortunate children.

HUMANS ETCETERA’s Gift That Came Here lands a year after the release of the act’s Intelligent Skeleton EP, and sees Christopher Henry delivering six varied, instrumental, post-rock songs. While wholly ukulele-driven, the soloist also plays guitar, bass, drums, and synths, and handled all other sampling, mixing, mastering, artwork, and videos for the release. Beyond its sound, Gift That Came Here was created with a heartfelt message and goal in mind. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Marine Toys For Tots, delivering gifts to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts for Christmas. Additionally, the artist is raffling off the ukulele used on the record; every purchase will count as an entry into the contest, and the winner will be announced on the EP’s release date.

Svbterranean offers with their stream of the release, “The six-track EP is comprised of twenty-three minutes of ukulele-driven post-rock songs that aim soothe and uplift listeners, and will most definitely succeed.”

Stream HUMANS ETCETERA’s Gift That Came Here through Svbterranean at THIS LOCATION.

Gift That Came Here will see release this Friday, November 30th. Find preorders at the Nefarious Industries webstore HERE and Bandcamp HERE. See the videos for the EP’s “Eavesdropper” HERE and “Always Aging Away” HERE.

Melding ‘90s alternative rock and post-hardcore with indie, world, experimental, and modern rock elements, HUMANS ETCETERA is an experimental rock outfit founded by West Virginia native, Christopher Henry (Fuck Your Birthday, Polyphozia, ex-Clean Dirty Clean), who has been residing in China for the past several years. The transformation has helped shift his musical views into new directions, creating HUMANS ETCETERA to be the conduit in expressing these sounds.

Christopher Henry reveals, “I’m hoping to use this release to rake in a nice chunk of coin for Marine Toys for Tots. My hope is that by playing the ukulele, a gift that immigrants brought to Hawaii, it will in-turn help bring more gifts to some less fortunate children this winter. I hope Gift That Came Here might help you on a long and lonely day too. Perhaps you can even vicariously experience what it was like to compose it. I mean, you could do a lot worse with your time.”

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HUMANS ETCETERA: No Echo Premieres “Always Aging Away” Video; Proceeds From Gift That Came Here EP To Benefit Toys For Tots – Earsplit Compound

Humans Etcetera: In The Street
[photo by Radio The Artist]

Eclectic rock solo outfit HUMANS ETCETERA – the creation of one Christopher Henry – will release a newly-completed EP, Gift That Came Here, in late November through Nefarious Industries. No Echo has premiered the outfit’s new video for “Always Aging Away” alongside a brief interrogation with the artist about this release, as all proceeds from the EP will be donated to Marine Toys For Tots, which distributes gifts to less fortunate children.

Melding ‘90s alternative rock and post-hardcore with indie, world, experimental, and modern rock elements, HUMANS ETCETERA is an experimental rock outfit founded by West Virginia native, Christopher Henry (Fuck Your Birthday, Polyphozia, ex-Clean Dirty Clean), who has been residing in China for the past several years. The transformation has helped shift his musical views into new directions, creating HUMANS ETCETERA to be the conduit in expressing these sounds.

HUMANS ETCETERA’s Gift That Came Here lands a year after the release of the act’s Intelligent Skeleton EP, and sees Christopher Henry delivering six varied, instrumental, experimental post-rock songs. While wholly ukulele-driven, the soloist also plays guitar, bass, drums, and synths, and handled all other sampling, mixing, mastering, artwork, and videos for the release. Beyond its sound, Gift That Came Here was created with a heartfelt message and goal in mind. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Marine Toys For Tots, delivering gifts to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts for Christmas. Additionally, the artist is raffling off the ukulele used on the record; every purchase will count as an entry into the contest, and the winner will be announced on the EP’s release date.

See HUMANS ETCETERA’s “Always Aging Away” video at No Echo RIGHT HERE.

Gift That Came Here will see release on November 30th, preorders have been posted at the Nefarious Industries webstore HERE and Bandcamp HERE. A video for the EP’s “Eavesdropper” is also playing HERE.

Christopher Henry reveals, “I’m hoping to use this release to rake in a nice chunk of coin for Marine Toys for Tots. My hope is that by playing the ukulele, a gift that immigrants brought to Hawaii, it will in-turn help bring more gifts to some less fortunate children this winter. I hope Gift That Came Here might help you on a long and lonely day too. Perhaps you can even vicariously experience what it was like to compose it. I mean, you could do a lot worse with your time.”

Humans Etcetera - Gift That Came Here

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HUMANS ETCETERA To Release Gift That Came Here EP With Proceeds To Benefit Toys For Tots; “Eavesdropper” Video Debuted At PureGrainAudio + Preorders Posted – Earsplit Compound

Humans Etcetera: On The Wall
[photo by Radio The Artist]

Eclectic rock solo outfit HUMANS ETCETERA – the creation of one Christopher Henry – will release a newly-completed EP, Gift That Came Here, in late November through Nefarious Industries. The proceeds from the EP will be donated to Marine Toys For Tots, which distributes gifts to less fortunate children. To help spread the news, PureGrainAudio has debuted the EP’s first single, through a premiere of the song “Eavesdropper,” as preorders for the benefit release are posted.

Gift That Came Here will see release thirteen months after HUMANS ETCETERA’s Intelligent Skeleton EP, and sees creator Christopher Henry delivering six varied, instrumental, experimental post-rock songs. While wholly ukulele-driven, the soloist also plays guitar, bass, drums, and synths, and handled all other sampling, mixing, mastering, artwork, and videos for the release. Beyond its sound, Gift That Came Here was created with a heartfelt message and goal in mind.

Christopher Henry reveals, “I’m hoping to use this release to rake in a nice chunk of coin for Marine Toys for Tots. I vividly recall being twelve years old and getting nothing for Christmas. My Santa (my grandpa) had a stroke that summer and passed away. I hadn’t realized that my grandpa alone had been responsible for bringing Christmas gifts to my brother and I, and I also couldn’t understand why my own parents didn’t manage their money well enough for that. I remember just not being able to explain it to my classmates when they inevitably asked me, ‘So what did you get for this Christmas?’”

“This EP will be used to raise money for the Marine Toys For Tots Foundation. All the funds raised will be donated directly. My hope is that by playing the ukulele, a gift that immigrants brought to Hawaii, it will in-turn help bring more gifts to some less fortunate children this winter. I hope Gift That Came Here might help you on a long and lonely day too. Perhaps you can even vicariously experience what it was like to compose it. I mean, you could do a lot worse with your time.”

The song “Eavesdropper” has been released through a video which has been premiered through PureGrainAudio, who issues, “HUMANS ETCETERA may sound like a full band, but it’s actually not! We are happy to bring you the exclusive premiere of the music video for ‘Eavesdropper,’ from multi-instrumentalist Christopher Henry.”

See HUMANS ETCETERA’s “Eavesdropper” via PureGrainAudio RIGHT HERE.

Gift That Came Here will see release on November 30th, and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Marine Toys For Tots, delivering gifts to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts for Christmas. Additionally, the artist is raffling off the ukulele used on the record; every purchase will count as an entry into the contest, and the winner will be announced on the EP’s release date.

Preorders have been posted at the Nefarious Industries webstore HERE and Bandcamp HERE.

Melding ‘90s alternative rock and post-hardcore with indie, world, experimental, and modern rock elements, HUMANS ETCETERA is an experimental rock outfit founded by West Virginia native, Christopher Henry (Fuck Your Birthday, Polyphozia, ex-Clean Dirty Clean), who now resides in China for the past several years. The transformation has helped shift his musical views into new directions, creating HUMANS ETCETERA to be the conduit in expressing these sounds.

Henry elaborates on the EP’s foundation: “I got this ukulele in the winter of 2017 to help with teaching a Chinese ESL student. He was preparing for a summer abroad at Berklee and needed to learn the basics of music theory in English. In my spare time at work though, the uke was there to accompany me. I messed around with it and recorded a bunch of little things. These demos were the seeds from which these songs grew.

“However, the concept of this EP wasn’t realized until I got bored one afternoon and decided to wiki the ukulele,” he continues. “I read about Madeiran workers in Hawaii developing a uke in 1879. And I stumbled upon a sweet quote taken from the memoirs of Liliʻuokalani. She was a writer, a musician, as well as the last sovereign monarch of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi and consequentially imprisoned when the kingdom had fallen. She wrote: ‘To compose was as natural to me as to breathe; and this gift of nature, never having been suffered to fall into disuse, remains a source of the greatest consolation to this day… Hours of which it is not yet in place to speak, which I might have found long and lonely, passed quickly and cheerfully by, occupied and soothed by the expression of my thoughts in music.’ I really related to that.

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Are You an “Eavesdropper”? Good! Watch HUMANS ETCETERA’s Weird New Music Video [Exclusive Premiere] – PureGrainAudio

HUMANS ETCETERA may sound like a full band, but it’s actually not! We are happy to bring you the exclusive premiere of the solo project’s new music video for “Eavesdropper.” The venture is the creation and brainchild of Christopher Henry, a highly creative person who is also a diverse multi-instrumentalist, specializing in guitar, drums, bass, synths, ukulele and even sampling.” – PureGrainAudio

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FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY: “Frankenstein” Video Premier; Maydays Out Friday

Nefarious Industries presents “Frankenstein” by American garage rock / math rock duo FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY. Born in Morgantown, WV, and currently based out of New York City and Wenzhou, China, the band’s infectious sophomore record, Maydays, is available June 8, 2018, in a limited edition 6-panel Digipak CD format and at digital retailers worldwide.

“‘Frankenstein’ is a song about the narrative of the same name. I also think it acts as an analogy for what a song is to a musician; sometimes a real monster, yet we have a deep-rooted desire to make one. This track is a Frankenstein’s monster, as it was pieced together with drums from our previous LP, Touchless Automatic. The video is a collage of a bunch of moments leading up to our tour.”

Pre-order Maydays from the Nefarious Store and via Bandcamp.

Fuck Your Birthday - Maydays

““Afterlife” drips with an earnest sound that is as catchy as it is sneeringly in-your-face. It reminds me of when I used to stay up late in high school, recording college radio shows to cassette, and just hoping the DJ actually says what they’re playing. This is the type of song that I would have loved to find on Napster and force my friends to listen to. In the age of crystal clear production in million-dollar studios, FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY is a welcome throwback to a time when bands just said “Fuck it. Let’s record an album and hit the road.”” – Toilet ov Hell

“Weaving together elements of garage, math, pop and indie rock with dashes of post-hardcore edge here and there, FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY seem to be masters at all things catchy and eclectic. With its slow-burning verses, massive guitar chords, and earworm choruses, “Cargo Shorts” is what would happen if Weezer had more balls. From the angular pop of “Afterlife” to the dreamlike passages of “Ho Chi Minh”, Maydays is a delightfully volatile half-our rock record.” – Svbterranean

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Premiere: FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY “Afterlife” – Toilet ov Hell

““Afterlife” drips with an earnest sound that is as catchy as it is sneeringly in-your-face. It reminds me of when I used to stay up late in high school, recording college radio shows to cassette, and just hoping the DJ actually says what they’re playing. This is the type of song that I would have loved to find on Napster and force my friends to listen to. In the age of crystal clear production in million-dollar studios, FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY is a welcome throwback to a time when bands just said “Fuck it. Let’s record an album and hit the road.”” – Toilet ov Hell

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SVB Exclusive: FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY Debut New Single “Cargo Shorts”

“Weaving together elements of garage, math, pop and indie rock with dashes of post-hardcore edge here and there, FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY seem to be masters at all things catchy and eclectic. With its slow-burning verses, massive guitar chords, and earworm choruses, “Cargo Shorts” is what would happen if Weezer had more balls. From the angular pop of “Afterlife” to the dreamlike passages of “Ho Chi Minh”, Maydays is a delightfully volatile half-our rock record.” – Svbterranean

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Label Spotlight: Nefarious Industries – Decibel Magazine

Check out this rad spotlight on Nefarious Industries, up now at Decibel. Everything you every wanted to know about the label, and a glimpse at what’s coming in 2018!

If you seek off-kilter music, Nefarious Industries is the label you need to be following. More a collective of like-minded individuals than a proper record label, Nefarious Industries is home to a diverse array of artists that range from very metal, to metal-related, to not metal at all. Two of Nefarious’ most-trusted operators took the time to speak to Decibel about running “a label that showcases the most adventurous and least commercially viable artists that it can manage to locate.”

Read the entire feature HERE.

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HUMANS ETCETERA: Intelligent Skeleton By China-Based Outfit Streaming At Treble; Album Out This Week Via Nefarious Industries – Earsplit Compound

HUMANS ETCETERA, the creation of China-based American multi-instrumentalist Christopher Henry, will unveil the outfit’s eighth full-length, Intelligent Skeleton, via Nefarious Industries this Friday.

Advancing its release, Treble is now streaming the entire album early, alongside an interesting set of track-by-track notes on the recording of Intelligent Skeleton, the mag noting in part of the release, “The album is a melodic, sometimes dreamy, sometimes abrasive indie rock record that recalls the likes of alt-rock heavyweights like Failure as well as slowcore heroes Low.”

Stream HUMANS ETCETERA’s Intelligent Skeleton and check out the feature at Treble RIGHT HERE.

Nefarious Industries will release Intelligent Skeleton digitally on October 13th, in addition to a special limited run of 25 preorder bundles containing printed materials — 10 stickers in 5 unique designs, a digital download card, an 8×8 poster with cover art backed with lyrics/notes, and handwritten letter of thanks.

Find preorders for Intelligent Skeleton and see the previously-released “Silkworm,” “Exam,” and “Bedsores” videos RIGHT HERE.

HUMANS ETCETERA is an experimental rock outfit founded by West Virginia native, Christopher Henry (Fuck Your Birthday, ex-Clean Dirty Clean), who is now living in China, the band’s output melding ‘90s alternative rock and post-hardcore with modern experimental rock elements. Intelligent Skeleton was written, produced, recorded, mixed, and mastered by Henry in Wenzhou, China, who plays all vocals, drums, guitars, bass, synth, sampling, and more. The album also features tambourine by Cai Qing 蔡清 on “Vice” as well as piano by Huang Yalun 黄亚伦 and guzheng from Zhang Guogao 章国杲 on the song “Gravebody,” and is completed with an original cover drawing by Zhu Weikai 朱为凯.

New playthrough videos from the album and more will be issued shortly. Henry has been working on the next HUMANS ETCETERA full-length for some time now, and has plans of finishing that for release sometime in 2018. His other outfit Fuck Your Birthday is also heavily underway on their record for release through Nefarious Industries in 2018 as well. Stand by for additional updates on both bands in the coming weeks.

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