May 232013

Last night I was talking with my NCS comrade DGR about the fact that we never just copy and paste PR announcements, and about how uninteresting we find most announcements about new music that don’t include actual music. But of course there are exceptions, such as the two featured in this post, where the artwork alone is enough to catch my interest. Also, I’m more inclined to make exceptions when I’ve been out carousing late the night before and have awakened with a hammering hangover and all of today’s posts in various stages of incompletion. Hypothetically speaking, of course. I’m not saying I did that last night. But would you please speak very, very softly for the next few hours?


I have no new music from Revocation to share with you, unless you count the few song fragments that appear in the studio videos I’m going to stick in this post. What I do have is the artwork (above) for their fourth album, which I really like. It’s by Orion Landau, who has created album covers for the likes of Dying Fetus, Obscura, and Nile.

I also have a release date: August 6 (via Relapse). I have the track list, but I don’t know who really cares about song titles. There are ten of them. I also have the album title: its name is Revocation.

And then I have those two studio videos that have been released so far, plus I have tour dates. Most of these dates are for the SUMMER SLAUGHTER tour. Come to think of it, I don’t think we’ve yet posted the SUMMER SLAUGHTER schedule, so that might be interesting to some of you. Mainly I’m writing about Revocation because I’m a big fan. Also, could you please try whispering?

REVOCATION Headline Dates:

7/14 Reading, PA @ Reverb
7/15 Peoria, IL @ Brass Rail
7/18 Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory

THE SUMMER SLAUGHTER TOUR (All Dates from July 19 – Aug 16 with/ The Dillinger Escape Plan, Animals as Leaders, Periphery, Norma Jean, Cattle Decapitation, The Ocean, Revocation, Aeon, Rings of Saturn, Thy Art is Murder)

7/19-San Francisco, CA @ The Regency
7/20-Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
7/21-Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
7/24-Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
7/26-Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
7/27-Houston, TX @ House of Blues
7/29-Orlando, FL @ House of Blues (NO CATTLE DECAPITATION)
7/30-Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
7/31-Knoxville, TN @ Old City Courtyard
8/01-Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
8/02-Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
8/03-Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (NO NORMA JEAN)
8/04-Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
8/07-New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater
8/08-Toronto, ON @ The Sound Academy
8/09-Montreal, QC @ Heavy MTL
8/10-Albany, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
8/11-Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre (NO DEP)
8/12-Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
8/13-Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
8/14-Minneapolis, MN @ Station 4
8/16-Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
8/17-Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
8/19-Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO
8/20-Portland, OR @ Roseland Ballroom

REVOCATION Headline Dates:
8/21 Richland, WA @ Ray’s Golden Lion
8/22 Spokane, WA @ The Center
8/23 Billings, MT @ Railyard
8/24 Cheyenne, WY @ Ernie November Record Store
8/25 Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews



A week ago I wrote about the ending of Misery Signals’ indiegogo album-funding campaign and the immense success they enjoyed with it, raising $104,295 (!!!). This morning I found evidence that they weren’t just sitting around waiting for the campaign to end and then saying to themselves, “Holy shit!  Look at all this fuckin’ money!  What the fuck do we do now?!?”

The first piece of evidence is the fact that they’ve already got finished artwork for the new album, which you can see above. I really like this artwork, too. Unfortunately, the press release I received didn’t identify the artist, which is really bad form in my opinion. It’s bad form for labels, it’s bad form for PR people, it’s bad form for bands. When you make an announcement about album art, you should give credit to the people who create it!!  That seems obvious to me, but you’d be surprised how often it doesn’t happen. I will hunt for that information in the case of Misery Signals’ cover and update this post when I find it.

More evidence that Misery Signals haven’t been sitting around — I’ve also got the name of the new album (Absent Light) and the release date: July 23. It’s been five years since the last Misery Signals album, and I really have no idea how it will compare to what they’ve done before or whether it will be worth hearing. However, expectations will be high because — look at all that fuckin’ money!

And still more evidence of not sitting around. The band have already arranged a tour this summer in support of the new album. Here’s the schedule:

Misery Signals’ “Absent Light Record Release Tour” Dates:

July 9 – New York, NY – Santos Party House
July 10 – Boston, MA – Middle East
July 11 – Montreal, QC – Underworld
July 12 – Toronto, ON – Mod Club
July 13 – Guelph, ON – Club Vinyl
July 14 – Hamilton, ON – Club Absinthe
July 15 – St. Catharines, ON – Level 3
July 16 – London, ON – Rum Runners
July 17 – Chicago, IL – Reggies Rock Club
July 18 – Milwaukee, WI – Miramar
July 19 – Burnsville, MN – The Garage
July 28 – Salt Lake City, UT – The All Stars Tour
July 30 – Phoenix, AZ – Martini Ranch
July 31 – San Diego, CA – Che Cafe
Aug 1 – Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
Aug 2 – Camarillo, CA – Rock City Studios
Aug 3 – Sacramento, CA – Boardwalk
Aug 4 – Portland, OR – Branx
Aug 5 – Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
Aug 6 – Vancouver, BC – Roxy
Aug 7 – Kelowna, BC – Level (upstairs)
Aug 8 – Calgary, AB – Dickens Pub
Aug 9 – Edmonton, AB – Avenue Theatre
Aug 11 – Regina, SK – The Exchange


  1. Hmmm… I really hope that Revocation artwork is a slipcase… not a fan of the surrounding blandness.

  2. i can’t wait for the new Revocation, Teratogenesis was fantastic

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