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The Fest 11 – Featured Band

Label owner Matt Medina says, “Last year I went to The Fest for the first time after missing it for too many years. I am excited to return to Gainesville again this year joining 10 bands I’ve had the pleasure of working with over the years. To both celebrate the event and introduce folks to some new tunes I decided to put together a free digital compilation of these 10 bands making the trek to this years Fest. There are some newer faces and some familiar ones that have become my extended family. Each track I picked, selecting my favorite from each release and hopefully displaying the diversity that’s found on the label. I hope you enjoy and get acquainted with some tunes you haven’t heard before. As a thank you for the support we have also included a 10% off coupon in the download good for any non pre-order item in the webstore valid till 11/2.”

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The Groundbreaking Ceremony – Featured Band

Front man Jonnie Baker says, “We had originally planned on releasing a “making of…” video a month or so back, but our focus shifted towards the music video itself, in the end. We shot for over 12 hours a day for three days straight right before we left for Warped Tour, and the video’s been in post for the last three months really going through the grinder. Maybe we’ll release one in the future using all of the extra footage we have. We really wanted to put out the absolute best music video that we could, and working with Don Hampton (our director) was an absolute treat. He’s such a big name in the action sports world and has such great artistic vision and attention to detail and connections, we just absolutely couldn’t have had a better film team behind us for this music video. Camp Woodward really opened their arms to us, and played a huge part in making this video as great as it could be, and we can’t thank them, or Don enough. We look forward to working with them again in the future, and wanted to give a shout out and BIG thanks to everyone involved: Gary Ream, Dave Metty, Jeff Brockmeyer and Steve “Maverick” Haus from Camp Woodward, our film crew Michael Craven, Mark Stetzer, Jason Cline, Carley Greiner, Abbie Moyer, and Ken Grau. We also want to thank Gardy Raymond, our special effects editor/colorist — and of course Redbull — for going out of their way to give us wings when we were shooting for 12 hour days and needed it!”

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The Burning of Rome – Featured Band

The Burning of Rome began as a creative outlet for mastermind and front man, Traub.  The small studio project quickly outgrew the four-track tape recorder on which it was born and Traub began collaborating with local musicians who were eager to help bring his vision to life.  After several rotating members, The Burning of Rome has settled in its current and longest-running inception of the band: Traub (keyboards/lead vocals), Joe Aguilar (guitar / vocals), Aimee Jacobs (glockenspiel / synthesizer / vocals), and Lee Williams (drums / percussion).  Together they’ve unleashed Traub’s creation upon the world.  Each song, though disguised alarmingly well by infectious hooks and provocative allusions to historical references, elicits intensely moving accounts of Traub’s interpretation of the human experience. 

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Antidote – Featured Band


Antidote formed in the depths of New York City in the early 1980’s when guitarist Robb Nunzio decided to start a band. Nunzio reflected, “One day I heard Black Flag and things just changed for me. I started Antidote with my buddy Arthur from Queens on drums who just left The Misfits and Tom Victor (Prong, Danzig) played bass in the beginning. Louie, our first singer, was a roadie for the Bad Brains. They gave us our first breaks.” The Thou Shalt Not Kill 7 inch came out in the summer of 1983 and at the time, no one had heard NYHC sound so clear and well-produced. “As fate would have it, the original lineup split up and I decided on the strength of the music to keep going with my friend and High & The Mighty singer Drew Stone on vocals. We went on to perform the songs on Thou Shalt Not Kill and many others for eight years before calling it quits”, Nunzio continued. Fast forward to 2008 and Antidote reunited to play the A7 reunion show in NYC, which was the first time they had been on stage together in over 15 years. Current Antidote vocalist Drew Stone commented, “We couldn’t believe how many people packed the room to see us and as soon as we hit the first notes, the place exploded. Throughout the set everyone barked out the lyrics to the songs and the room was electric – it was intense and best of all it was a lot of fun.” What started out as one ‘reunion’ with Nunzio, Stone and longtime bass player Zum led to the band getting bigger and better and reignited more interest in Antidote than ever.  In 2010, Bridge Nine re-released Antidote’s classic album Thou Shalt Not Kill and the band was part of the “Gallery East Reunion Show” with  DYS, Jerry’s Kids, FU’s and Gang Green, which was documented as a part of the “xxx ALL AGES xxx” Boston Hardcore documentary.

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Slingshot Dakota – Featured Band

Carly Comando and Tom Patterson are two people who carry the weight of an entire band. Their set-up is simple: Carly is on keys and Tom plays drums. They do things with these instruments that most bands can’t do with a standard set up: they cram the sonic space they are in. Originally this was actually the case as they began as a three-piece featuring Jeff Cunningham and Latterman’s Pat Schramm. But narrowing it down to a duo in 2006 did no harm; Carly’s keyboard seems to take on the role of several more people as it adds multiple dimensions to their sound.

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Indian Handcrafts

Everything about Canadian power-duo Indian Handcrafts seems to defy possibilities: a two piece that’s louder than a hundred bands, kicking out one of the year’s most riff-rollicking albums that was recorded while the guitarist had a broken hand! They’re two friendly, soft-spoken Canadian guys sounding like the Funkadelic Mothership crash landing on top of the Planet Caravan in Interstellar Overdrive. Indian Handcrafts’ well honed, massive melodic heft seems to belie the simplicity of instrumentation between drummer/vocalist Brandyn James Aikins and guitarist/vocalist Daniel Brandon Allen. While their songs feature hints of heavy, technically skilled bands like Big Business, Hella andTweakbird, there are also strong melodies and a vocal intensity inviting comparisons to artists ranging from Death From Above 1979 to Jack White. Top that all off with a rhythmic groove reminiscent of a hybrid of ZZ Top’s Tres Hombres and Funkadelic’s Standing On The Verge of Getting It On and it’s clear that Indian Handcrafts are much, much more than the sum of their parts. Bursting out of Barrie, Ontario this pair of charming gentlemen immediately impacted the world with a self-released 8-song debut album in 2011. Cathy Pellow of Sargent House quickly took notice and signed the band on to management and the label. Shortly thereafter, Civil Disobedience For Loserswas recorded in Los Angeles with Kasai and featuring special guest appearances by Melvinsdrummers Dale Crover and Coady Willis. Even with such superfriends assisting the proceedings, Indian Handcrafts prove their own exceptional strengths throughout the album. “The doctor said if you go and record that’s your problem if it gets worse,” Allen explains of recording with a broken hand. “It was a little painful some days, but because of being there in the surroundings it was easy to get around that. It healed fine.” Overall, the duo says the recording came together very quickly under Kasai’s guidance, but it’s the bond between Aikins and Allen that gives Indian Handcrafts its lean, ferocious personality. “We first started this band when playing in another band that was pissing us off,” Aikins says. “We were the two who always got along. I can’t ever see us having anyone else in the band. Unless Toshi played tambourine.” Album opener “Bruce Lee” kicks off (as it were) with a storming drop tuned guitar riff for whichSoundgarden would’ve killed decades ago and surreptitiously eases into a breakdown worthy ofFunkadelic’s Cosmic Slop before leaping headlong into a blazing double-time group chant crescendo led by triple marching snare drums courtesy of Aikins and special guests Crover and Willis of the Melvins. “Red Action” pulls Grand Funk boogie into a violent confrontation with HEALTH level effect pummeling as Aikins and Allen trade vocal-chord shredding harmonized screams. “Terminal Horse” blazes along on a harmonized riff while the dual vocalists spit out lyrics as if their lives depended on it. Elsewhere, Indian Handcrafts go in for the kill on the explosive “Centauri Teenage Riot” pitting the fury of teen angst against a wall of guitars and the dual drum attack of Aikins and Crover. On “The Jerk” chiming, delay-soaked post-punk guitar counters a propulsive 60s R&B beat as the vocalists spin a tale of seemingly depraved sex: “said you wanted a lovah, so we went down south and tried to find you a lovah/ You wanted a lovah/ You got with the other.” Throughout, infectious guitar riffs, intense vocal harmonies and pounding drums spin wildly out of control as they churn out headbanging rock so catchy it seems like it’s been a forgotten art for countless decades.
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H2O – Featured band

Since their formation in 1995, H2O has released five full-length albums (and one tribute album) and toured every nook and cranny on planet Earth.  Their  second album, Thicker Than Water, was originally released in 1997 on Epitaph Records and was highly acclaimed; resonating with classic elements of East Coast hardcore and West Coast melody.  A collection of sincere, in-your-face songs about personal responsibility, positivity and loyalty are highlighted in songs like “Wake Up,” “Everready” and the title track. Bridge Nine Records is excited to re-press this essential album that has been out of print for years.  Thicker Than Water is a must-have collector’s item for hardcore fans on either coast and everywhere in between.

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Sleep Maps – Featured

New York City heavy-psych band Sleep Maps announce their return this fall with a teaser video premiere courtesy of Consequence of Sound. The band’s new long-form EP (4 songs spanning 28 minutes), Medals quickly follows their recent debut full length in May 2012.

The latest from mastermind multi-instrumentalist Ben Kaplan is a deeply moving work, both musically and thematically as it addresses the shallow pageantry presented to war veterans, many of whose lives have been forever shattered by their experiences.

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Goodtime Boys – Featured Band

As the most recent addition to the Bridge Nine roster, the UK’s Goodtime Boys are gearing up to release their double-EP effort for the label, titled What’s Left To Let Go.  This 10-track album features five tracks from Goodtime Boys’ previously released EP Are We Now or Have We Ever Been that were remixed and remastered by Jay Maas of Getaway Recordings (Defeater, Cruel Hand), and five brand new cuts recorded earlier this summer by Lewis Johns at The Ranch in Southampton (two of which appeared on the new Every Landscape 7inch). Guitarist Kai Woolen-Lewis said, “These songs are a document as our last year as a band; some were honed on tour and played live a whole bunch, some were written just in time to record, but even still this double-EP feels like a whole body of work and now we’re just really excited for people to hear it.”

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Indian School – Featured Band

From 2000 – 2005, Arturo Barrios, Justo Gonzalez and Gabriel Camacho where all part of AUDIO KARATE (Kung Fu Records), a great indie pop punk band that turned in two completely different albums, 2002’s Space Camp and 2004’s much darker Lady Melody. They hadn’t reached GREEN DAY levels of popularity, but could write same damn catchy songs and been dragged across the globe by bands like THE VANDALS and THE ATARIS, winning over fans in various countries. Then they called it quits.  

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