Posted on October 27th, 2017

Bad History Month has released "A Platitude and A Final Understanding, "a new song from "Dead And Loving It: An Introductory Exploration of Pessimysticism," which is due out on November 3rd via Exploding In Sound Records.

Bad History Month is the solo project of Sean Bean, formerly one half of Boston's much beloved Fat History Month. Following the departure of FHM's drummer, Sean decided to move forward solo, adapting the name to Bad History Month (also the name of their previous album), as to not confuse anyone. Regardless, Bad History Month continues to expand and experiment; Sean's songwriting delves deep in personal and mental exploration, using studio layering to create a sound that is lush and contemplative.

Dead And Loving It: An Introductory Exploration of Pessimysticism is a benevolent haunted house of a record, sure to spark epiphanies of joyful, compassionate liberation by encouraging us to steal an optimistic glance into the void of Meaninglessness that undergirds our collective existence. Brought on by a drug-free psychedelic awakening experienced by Bean in late 2013 when he belatedly figured out that he's not immortal, Bad History Month has delivered a timeless record built on jaw dropping beauty, soul expanding emotional weight, and goose-bump inducing compositions. The songs also explore the comedown, the inability to truly integrate deep realizations into one's life, and the circular nature of attempts at mental and emotional growth.

"I felt powerful with the certainty that the answer to the question [What is the meaning of life?] was "Life is Meaningless", and it filled me with joy and love and peace and kindness that I'd never felt before. I was free. Inevitably I let something stupid and petty piss me off and I jumped right back in the cage, but I've tried to hold onto the clarity of those months and improve my approach to dealing with myself and the world accordingly."

Dead and Loving It was written and performed by Sean Bean and Friends. Recorded by Mark Fede (Fat History Month) at Bobby Hobby's Lobby and mastered by Scott Craggs at Old Colony Mastering. Artwork by Adric Giles. Additional engineering/instrumentation provided by Fede, Giles, Colby Nathan and Greg Hartunian (Dimples), Dan Angel, Bone, Nick Wiedeman, and Jesse Heasly.

"These songs are about helping yourself feel better about being alive by using your imagination to: envision and experience your own inevitable death; attempt to fathom the meaning-destroying vastness of time and space; embrace the resulting joy, freedom, and empathy that arise from the knowledge that it's all meaningless." says Bean, adding "If the last album was a Tragedy and the previous one was a Comedy, this one is a Self-Help Book."

"When I started writing these songs I knew surprisingly few dead people. In the course of the last three years, I lost three more people who were very close to me. It doesn't change my mind. I don't feel bad saying "Dead and Loving It", because it's not about laughing at or diminishing the pain and terror of mortality. By encouraging an outlook of "Dead and Loving It" I'm attempting to flip the horrors of existence and nonexistence into a light hearted Buddha Jesus-y forgiveness of ourselves and the rest of the sad lunatics destroying the world one breath at a time."

Tour Dates:

11/04 - Rollinsford, NH @ Sue's w/ Paper Castles & more
11/07 - Burlington, VT @ Seaba w/ Longface
11/08 - Boston, MA @ Cambridge Elks Lodge w/ Pile, Ovlov, & Longface
11/09 - Portland, ME @ Apahodion Theater w/ Longface
11/10 - Hamden, CT @ Counterweight Brewery w/ Stevia, Dave Go & Longface
11/11 - Brooklyn, NY @ Alphaville w/ Two Inch Astronaut, Water From Your Eyes & Longface
11/12 - New Brunswick, NJ @ The Grand Exchange w/ Longface
11/13 - Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie w/ Longface, Left & Right, & Soft Fangs
11/25 - Pittsburgh, PA
11/26 - Louisville/Lexington, KY
11/27 - Nashville, TN
11/28 - St. Louis, MO @ Foam Coffee and Beer
11/29 - Milwaukee, WI
11/30 - Madison, WI @ Williamson Magnetic
12/01 - Chicago, IL @ Landland w/ Spencer Radcliffe & Everyone Else & Date Stuff
12/02 - Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo, MI
12/03 - Ann Arbor, MI @ The Blue House
12/04 - Detroit/Kalamazoo, MI
12/05 - Toronto, ON @ The Burdock
12/06 - Montreal, QC @ Quai des Brumes
12/07 - Burlington, VT @ The Monkey House
12/08 - Woodstock, NY @ House Show
12/09 - Brooklyn, NY @ Market Hotel w/ Pile


Posted on October 26th, 2017

Exploding In Sound Records is excited to announce that Ovlov's first three EPs have been remixed and remastered, and are now available together on 12" vinyl for the first time! Dubbed Greatest Hits Vol. II, the record is out December 1st, just in time for the holidays and ahead of the band's long awaited sophomore album. The LP includes Crazy Motorcycle Jump, What's So Great About The City?, and Not The Same Without You. The collection is now available for pre-order. Ovlov's next show is in Boston Bad History Month's album release on November 8th with Pile and Longface.


Posted on October 24th, 2017

[as seen on AV Club]

Radiohead’s third studio album OK Computer turned 20 earlier this year. A critical and commercial success, the album is filled with unpredictable, magnificent tracks, and helped define the band’s direction for over a decade. Filling those shoes on the 20th anniversary of the album is indie rock band Pile, who pull off a faithful cover of “The Tourist,” the closing track from OK Computer.

Pile’s new album, A Hairshirt Of Purpose, is out now. Watch our interview with the band below.


Posted on October 23rd, 2017

Listen to a loud and fuzzed-out, psych rock session from Baked. The Brooklyn-based band recorded live versions of tracks from their 2017 album, "Farnham."


Posted on October 17th, 2017

[as seen on GoldFlakePaint]

Breathless, messy, chaotic, unshackled. So many words that could be cause for scathing concern in certain corners of the room. Throw them all under the punk rock umbrella, however, and you their meaning is transformed; twisted in to thrilling shapes, expanding and collapsing, and resulting in a record like ‘On A Wire‘ – the formidable new record from Floridian post-hardcore act Big Heet.

Released this coming Friday via Exploding In Sound Records, the whole thing is streaming for you below from today and it makes for one of 2017’s most tumultuous and riotous listens; a forceful burst of noise and passion that hits like a mighty gust of wind on an already rain-battered day.

Announced earlier this year, lead track Flint showcased the political aspect to Big Heet’s latest work; a scathing attack on the current government. “”It’s easy to become overwhelmed by our inability to change anything politically when the elected are ok with poisoning their own constituents and destroying the land,” David Settle said of that track. “From the water crisis in Flint and the pipelines at Standing Rock and Sabal Palm, to the mass polluting of South Florida waters by Big Sugar companies (many of whom are top financial supporters of our highest-powered state politicians), its obvious that many in power care more about the corporate hands in their pockets than the lives they’re meant to represent.”

Recorded in the quartet’s Tallahassee practice room, there’s certainly a sense of such claustrophobic surroundings permeating from every second of the record; the whole ten-track record tightly bound, ragged and sweat-drenched, quickly unraveling with each forward-step. The result is something brutal and brilliant; a fired-up document of these hellish times that just might offer some sense of cathartic release when you need it the most.

Check it out below right now.