Arm Your Enemy – Vanguard (WHOA-0016)

Hold on tight, Detroit rockers Arm Your Enemy are charging on to the scene with their debut release, Vanguard.

Mixing elements of punk, indie and classic rock with layers of pop-influenced melodies, Vanguard is like a volcano, building in strength until it erupts. Vanguard displays the bands’ full range of emotions, from introspective and a bit sullen (Counting City Lights) to pissed off with a taste for vengeance (We Came for Blood).

eleased 28 January 2014
Ryan Alexia – Bass and Vocals
Keith Britt – Vocals
Matthew Edwards – Guitar and Vocals
Jay Miller – Drums
Franco Pecorelli – Guitar and Vocals

All Lyrics and Music written by Matthew Edwards;
Except Lyrics to Guilty Accusations by Keith Britt

Recorded in July and August 2013 at Rhythm 11 Studios in Chesterfield Township, MI.
Mixed and Mastered by Vin Strockis and Will D’Anna at Rhythm 11
Produced by: Vin Strockis, Will D’Anna and Arm Your Enemy

Every Last Stitch – The Mizzerables (WHOA-0015)

Every Last Stitch, the debut album from The Mizzerables, is an 11 song artillery shot, whistling by your ear and blowing you off of your feet. Part therapy session, part declaration of independence, The Mizzerables tell you all what it’s like to love, long and learn life’s lessons the hard way.

From the single, “Bottoms Up” to more aggressive tracks like “Everything I Need,” “Rise With Me,” and “Every Last Stitch” through the infectious hooks on tracks “Fourteen,” “Beauty Queen,” “Fatal Valentine” and “Scarlett Letters,” Every Last Stitch gives you everything punk and rock fans could ever want.

The single, “Bottoms Up,” will be released July 9th on iTunes, Amazon, and at the band’s bandcamp page, and the accompanying video will be out on BlankTV (dategoeshere). The full album will be available on iTunes, Amazon, and at the band’s bandcamp page on July 23rd. CD & Vinyl release dates will be forthcoming.

The Mizzerables will be premiering the video at the Whoapacolypse show July 13 at the Token Lounge in Westland, MI. The digital album release show will be on Thursday, July 25th at Liars Club in Chicago, IL.

The bulk of the album was engineered and mixed by Adam Instefjord, who has also worked with Lights Alive… (etc waiting for list) at the band’s Chicago studio. The final track, “Scarlet Letters,” was engineered and mixed by Jeff Dean at Million Yen Studios. Jeff has worked on albums from The Bomb, Dead Ending, Samiam, and more. The album was mastered by Doug McBride at Gravity Studios, where he has worked with acts such as Veruca Salt and Smashing Pumpkins.

Music like this, by artists like these, is the glue of the world. It’s what holds it all together. Without this, life would be meaningless. These are the kinds of tunes that will make you want to run up on the roof and sing them at the top of your lungs for everyone to hear. So check them out, you won’t be sorry.

The Wanton Looks – The Wanton Looks (WHOA-0013)

The Wanton Looks first album is a 12-track hard-driving tramp through love, lust and the occasional schizophrenic episode over a soundtrack of forceful yet melodic guitars and a propulsive backbeat.

Long known in the Chicagoland area for their frenetic, take no prisoners live shows, the Wanton Looks have masterfully translated that energy to this record.

The self-titled album is full of tight hooks, simple and poetic vocals and and an occasional, unexpected guitar solo that will knock you on your ass.

Influenced by their experiences in the punk scene, folk bands, their love of Motown and more, the Wanton Looks bring a powerful brand of distorted, heartfelt (and a little edgy) rock and roll the likes of which you rarely find.

Split – Few and Far Between / Cruise Italy (WHOA-0014)

Sometimes two things that are amazing on their own come together through some twist of fate, and a legendary team is formed.

Continuing the tradition of great collaborations, veteran Detroit (and Brooklyn) indie rockers Few and Far Between join Cruise Italy on a new 7″ split from Whoa! Records.

The record is a study in contrast. While Cruise Italy takes a carefully wrought, melodic approach on their track, Young Villains, Few and Far Between take a more aggressive tack.

On one side, Few and Far Between’s track Left for Dead is a hawkish missive about trying to find the inspiration to break out of the routine of our workaday lives. Its anthemic choruses are made truly powerful with help from Jay Navarro (Suicide Machines/Break Anchor/Hellmouth)

On the other side, Cruise Italy charts a more measured and poetic approach with their contribution to the record. The warm and somber tone of Young Villains weaves a tale of someone taking a leap and starting a new life.

The contrasting tones of each track make for a perfect combination. This is a record you’re not going to want to miss out on.

White City Blackouts – About the Mess / Seized Up (WHOA-0012)

Chicago’s About the Mess and Detroit’s Seized Up teamed up in early 2012 to record four tracks about Life, Love, and Partying. Available on 7″ vinyl and for digital download.

The Elephant Graveyard – The Black List (WHOA-0011)

The myth of the elephant graveyard, a secret place where older elephants go to die and a gold mine of bones and ivory has fascinated treasure hunters for centuries.

It’s not hard to see while driving around the Black List’s hometown of Detroit, why the band would identify with that legend. The decaying hulks of Detroit’s glory days gone by — picked over by copper thieves, pickers and hipsters — are the industrial version of the myth. The Black List’s gritty, no-nonsense brand of rock could be from nowhere else.

Elephant Graveyard, the Black List’s follow-up to their 2007 release The Beginning of the End, is a hard-driving, 10 track record that shoots out of your speakers like a freight train rolling down the tracks, then steamrolls over you again and again, not letting up until the final note is played.

Like their previous album, the band charges through the Elephant Graveyard‘s ten tracks at a furious pace, but this time the music has a nuance that hasn’t always been a part of the Black List’s repertoire.

“It’s not all about aggression anymore,” Black List frontman Jim said. “It’s still there, it’s just not the focus.”