SURPRISE 030 | SONIC AVENUES - TELEVISION YOUTH LP
SONIC AVENUES are just four Montreal kids who started riffing punk tunes in 2006, but since getting swept up in the booming punk epicentre of neighbouring Ottawa, they've been catapulted into the ranks of the best pop-punk acts in Canada! After releasing a few singles, SONIC AVENUES dropped a bomb in late 2009 with their debut LP on Ottawa's infamous GOING GAGA RECORDS. Within a few short months, the record had sold-out twice, including out repress in cooperation with SABOTAGE RECORDS. Two years later, after obliterating eardrums from stages across North America and Europe, they returned home to record a crushing follow-up, Television Youth, this time prestigious Portland-based label DIRTNAP RECORDS will handle the pressing overseas. Featuring more of the over-driven guitars, infectious harmonized melodies and blazing 2-3 minute songs that powered their debut, the AVES have nonetheless pushed the limits into new territories with this latest offering. In short, TELEVISION YOUTH is punkier, poppier, louder and dirtier than anything they've done before. Armed with this devastating new arsenal, as well as ambitious touring plans spanning the (un)civilized world, SONIC AVENUES are sure to keep fists in the air and beers a-flyin' for years to come.
First press are 1000 copies, 150 of these come in a screenprinted sleeve done by ANTIPESTO GRAPHICS, who also designed the artwork. We have 50 available for mailorder only and so have SABOTAGE and the band will have them available on their European tour in April. Check the dates at the end of this newsflash. You can stream the entire record on PUNKNEWS.
Single copies of the limited version are 17 EUROS postage and paypal fee paid to firstname.lastname@example.org - the regular edition is 14 EUROS.
You can also order via our webstore and add more records from the mailorder.
NIGHT BIRDS LP REPRESS!
Also just in is the second press of NIGHT BIRDS - THE OTHER SIDE OF DARKNESS LP! This record got a lot of love from critics and fans worldwide and the first press sold out pretty fast. NIGHT BIRDS will be doing a lot of touring in the USA this year and just started working on a new record. Their next release is a track on the ADELINE compilation THE THING THAT ATE LARRY LIVERMORE, compiled by LOOKOUT RECORDS founder, Larry Livermore.
Right now we are working on the debut LP by Portland's new powerpop sensation THE CRY! emerging from the eclectic arts scene of Portland, OR. With heavy power-pop influences like THE BEACH BOYS, EXPLODING HEARTS and THE SWEET, the band has re-crafted the 2 minute pop song for a new generation. THE CRY! effortlessly merges 50′s style vocal harmonies and the jangle of 60′s pop hooks with the raw punkish emotion of the PDX street culture from which they come. Hope to have this out early next month...
They just shot a video for the song THINK I'M IN LOVE check it out:
Another new addition to the label are Chicago's DAYLIGHT ROBBERY who are just finishing the recordings of their second LP! Their THROUGH THE CONFUSION LP was one of my favorite records in 2010 so I am very happy to be releasing this next one in cooperation with RESIDUE RECORDS in the USA.
Also there will be a repress of the SONIC AVENUES - S/T LP in time for their tour as well as another press of RED DONS - FAKE MEETS FAILURE LP. Also still working on the MONDO RAY LP more on this as soon as we have news.
We have a ton of great records stocked at the moment and new arrivals come in every week. Check out the full catalog at http://www.takenbysurprise.net/shop and place an order!
We deal direct all over the world. Trades are possible but I got increasingly picky since I have very limited space plus selling records these days has become a lot harder, so please don't be offended if I turn down your trade request.
Also TBSR releases are available for wholesale from:
SOUNDS OF SUBTERRANIA
SONIC RENDEZVOUS (Benelux)
Currently booking the MOTHER'S CHILDREN | MONDO RAY Euro Tour in May, the dates are almost finished, I'll send out another update once the booking is complete. There'll be shows in Germany, Holland, Belgium, France, Spain, Italy and Austria.
MONDO RAY are touring the East Coast starting this Thursday, check the dates HERE!
Also SONIC AVENUES will tour over here to promote their new album, again with the STEVE ADAMYK BAND who just released a great second LP on DIRTNAP. Here are the dates so far, courtesy of SEDATE BOOKINGS:
13.4. Berlin – Cortina Bob
14.4. Leipzig – Zoro
15.4 Utrecht – ACU
19.4. Madrid – Wurlitzer Ballroom
20.4. Almansa – Codigo de barras
21.4. Castellan - Four Seasons Club
22.4. Valencia – El Loco Club
24.4. Fidenza - Taun
25.4. Villadossola - Titty Twister
26.4. München – Kafe Kult
27.4. Karlsruhe – Alte Hackerei
28.4. Tübingen- Epplehaus
29.4. Münster – Gleis 22
30.4. Venlo - Queensday Festival (early)
30.4. Paris- La Miroiterie (late)
OK, guess that's it for now, keep buying good records and I hope to see you on the road this spring!