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MATTER OF PLANETS: The Ballad of Baberaham
CD | April 7, 2015


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*Digital download available from the artist via Bandcamp.

With their cascading, complex drums underpinning epic instrumentals characterized by spacey, twinned melodic guitars, Matter of Planets found the perfect description for their sound when they christened it "sci-fi post-prog metal." On this debut full-length, they follow the titular character through an epic, but good-humored, adventure.

"[T]echnical, intricate and smashing" -Technical Music Review, 2018


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NORTHERN BEACHES: September 28, 2012: Youngstown, Ohio
DIGITAL | December 24, 2013

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No longer available (sorry)



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NORTHERN BEACHES: Appendices
DIGITAL | December 24, 2013



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Showing their penchant for increasingly experimental sounds and live performances that use their recorded output as a starting point, not an end, Appendices captures the excitement, power, and originality of this band as they honed their sound in 2011 and 2012.



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NORTHERN BEACHES: Music for Dying in Bars
LP | August 26, 2013


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On Music for Dying in Bars, the ever-progressing Northern Beaches guides a journey through beauty and terror, sadness and inspiration, insightful commentary and pure expression. With influences from punk rock, dub, the avant-garde, jazz, electronica, and prog, N.B. veers from the melodic to the confrontational, from the simple to the intensely complex, and from the meticulously composed to the completely improvised. This is a one-of-a-kind album and an epic listening experience.

"ZACHARY SUNDERMAN's guitars are dust storm dense, DAN FRANKLAND's bass murky and muffled, and BRANDON MACE's drums angular and chaotic, while Sunderman's sporadic vocals are poetic yet peeved. ... [T]he eclectic album lurches and heaves like a sputtering, soot-spewing blast furnace." -Mark Suppanz, The Big Takeover No. 73


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RAM'S HEAD: Last of the Lost
LP | October 24, 2013


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The first installment in Bastion's campaign to issue the experimental electronic pop music recorded by Karl Steffey before his untimely death at age 26, Last of the Lost is the perfect introduction to the idiosyncratic sounds Karl was making. Entirely automated, right down to the vocals, Last of the Lost is a sometimes humorous, sometimes harrowing journey through love and loss, dashed hopes and bitterness. Revealing influences from UK post-punk and industrial music, and overlapping considerably with the electronic indie movement that has grown since this music was made, this first offering from Ram's Head is a challenging, emotional, and entirely unique musical experience not to be missed. Moreover, it is the music of a man who poured every ounce of his existence into his work, and who now can finally share the vibrancy of that existence with the world.

End-of-year staff pick, Gotta Groove Records


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NORTHERN BEACHES: "Civil Floor Disobedience"
7" | December 14, 2012



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No longer available, but copies (in plain paper sleeve) come with orders of Music for Dying in Bars (BAST007).

Recorded mostly live at N.B.'s practice space to computer and cassette simultaneously, this 7" single follows up on the new paths the band has been hinting at, presenting two tracks of heavy, thick, political dub-punk.



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NORTHERN BEACHES: Song of the Coelacanth
CD | August 21, 2011


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The first release from the Midwestern band Northern Beaches showcases a guitar-driven indie-punk approach that treads the line between melodic song craft and heady experimentalism. 2011's Song of the Coelacanth explores pleasing grooves as well as sonic onslaughts, tight control as well as absolute abandon, directness as well as complexity; but never does it fail to integrate its multiple moods into a coherent whole.


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RED SUN: Werewolves on Mars
CD | August 14, 2010


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Following this release, Red Sun went on to release a split 7" with Mockingbird and a live CD, and members formed Pillars, Matter of Planets, and other bands.



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