PISS TEST – SECOND 7″ and MANDATES – SUSPICION b/w WASTIN’ TIME 7″ out now!

SURPRISE 054 | PISS TEST – SECOND 7”
PISS TEST return with a second EP and continue their assault of snotty punkrock jams in the vein of ANGRY SAMOANS, THE LEWD or Portland’s KBD heroes THE STIPHNOYDS. Four new tracks, four new hits.


Buy HERE!

No domestic US version available, get in touch for trades / wholesale!

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SURPRISE 053 | MANDATES – SUSPICION b/w WASTIN’ TIME 7”
Newest single by Calgary’s finest powerpoppunk band following up their great debut LP we repressed earlier this year! Recorded by Teledrome’s Ryan Saddler and mixed/mastered by power pop genius Pat Kearns at Perma Press Studios in Portland!


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Co-released with TEENAGE RAMPAGE RECORDS!

PISS TEST EUROPEAN TOUR AND NEW EP!

PISS TEST from Portland, Oregon are finally Europe bound, to bring their debut album BIGGEST BAND IN EUROPE where it belongs. The band just finished another EP in time for this trip, with hits like LEATHER JACKETS IN THE HEAT or USED TO SKATE, ready to conquer what is rightfully theirs. Find a full stream and the tourdates below and bow to PISS TEST!

PRE-ORDER THE EP HERE!

 

Do. 13.11.2014 – Aachen – Autonomes Zentrum
Fr. 14.11.2014 – Hamburg – Rote Flora
Sa. 15.11.2014 – Bremen – G18
So. 16.11.2014 – Berlin – K19 w/ LEVITATIONS
Mo. 17.11.2014 – Leipzig – Klubraum Plagwitz
Di. 18.11.2014 – Budapest – Művelődési Szint (Müszi) w/ CRIMINAL CODE
Mi. 19.11.2014 – Zagreb – Klub Močvara w/ DIVIDED MINDS
Do. 20.11.2014 – Brno – Vegalite – w/ CRIMINAL CODE
Fr. 21.11.2014 – Vienna – Venster 99
Sa. 22.11.2014 – Munich – Kafe Kult w/ GIVE
So. 23.11.2014 – Tübingen – Pausenhof
Mo. 24.11.2014 – Schwäbisch Hall – Club Alpha 60
Di. 25.11.2014 – Frankfurt – ExZess
Mi. 26.11.2014 – Kortrijk – The Pit’s
Do. 27.11.2014 – Paris – La Mécanique Ondulatoire
Fr. 28.11.2014 – Amsterdam – OCCII w/ THE KIDS
Sa. 29.11.2014 – Rheine – Trinkhalle

CHEMICALS EUROPEAN TOUR 2014! New D.A.G.R.I.P. LP coming soon!

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CHEMICALS return to Europe for a secons round after their succesful first trip in April 2013! They’ve been busy shredding Portland to pieces in the meantime recording a new album entitled D.A.G.R.I.P. with recently reacquired RED DONS drummer Richard Joachim back on board the USS KMKLZ! The record was produced by Tim Kerr (BIG BOYS, POISON 13) at Buzz Or Howl Studios and mastered by Daniel Husayn at North London Bomb Factory. Fun fact: Steve Turner from MUDHONEY is playing guitar on one of the songs.

Here’s a first track called BORDERTOWN for your listening pleasure:



And here’s the tourdates:
Fr. 10.10.2014 – Amsterdam – Pacific Parc – 11pm
Fr. 10.10.2014 – Amsterdam – ADM amsterdam – 3am
Sa. 11.10.2014 – Groningen – ORKZ BAR w/ BAD VISION
So. 12.10.2014 – Berlin – Bei Ruth w/ BAD VISION, Spray Paint, Modern Pets
Mo. 13.10.2014 – Hamburg – Hafenklang
Di. 14.10.2014 – Copenhagen – Ungdomshuset
Mi. 15.10.2014 – Bremen – Sielwallhaus
Do. 16.10.2014 – HELP Germany
Fr. 17.10.2014 – Frankfurt – Dreikönigskeller w/ Nervous Twitch
Sa. 18.10.2014 – Leipzig – LIWI w/ GULAG BEACH, NASTY PACK
So. 19.10.2014 – Munich – Kafe Kult w/ Opiliones
Mo. 20.10.2014 – Opava – U Vočka
Di. 21.10.2014 – HELP Czech Republic / Slovakia / Hungary
Mi. 22.10.2014 – Vienna – Arena Beisl Erdberg w/ Demenzia Kolektiva
Do. 23.10.2014 – Trento – CSO Bruno
Fr. 24.10.2014 – Graz – SUB w/ Divided Minds, Black Gust
Sa. 25.10.2014 – Nürnberg – nürnberg.pop
So. 26.10.2014 – HELP Germany / Holland / Belgium
Mo. 27.10.2014 – Liege – péniche Légia w/ POUTRE
Di. 28.10.2014 – Paris – La Mécanique Ondulatoire w/ HIS ELECTRO BLUE VOICE
Mi. 29.10.2014 – Tours – Le Bar À Mines
Do. 30.10.2014 – Tarbes – CeltiCPuB IsNoTaPuB
Fr. 31.10.2014 – Benidorm – FUNTASTIC DRACULA CARNIVAL
Sa. 01.11.2014 – Benidorm – FUNTASTIC DRACULA CARNIVAL
So. 02.11.2014 – Perpignan – BBC Perpinya w/ Cyclops
Mo. 03.11.2014 – Marseille – la Machine à Coudre
Di. 04.11.2014 – St. Etienne – L’Assommoir café-concert
Mi. 05.11.2014 – Geneva – URGENCE DISK RECORDS
Do. 06.11.2014 – Tübingen – Pausenhof
Fr. 07.11.2014 – Hannover – Stumpf
Sa. 08.11.2014 – Antwerp – Het Bos w/ Acid Baby Jesus
So. 09.11.2014 – Kortrijk – The Pit’s – Bang Zoom Noise Produktions VZW

Please contact me at info@takenbysurprise.net if you can help with the open dates.

AUDACITY – MELLOW CRUISERS LP pre-order!

The AUDACITY – MELLOW CRUISERS LP is finally up for pre-order after a set of rejected testpressings caused some delay. Shipping will start around October 15. Maybe earlier, fingers crossed. The band is still on tour in Europe, make sure to catch them play if you can!

“The Fullerton quartet Audacity could have been just another semi-anonymous pop-punk bunch, if only it had put a little less creativity into the music on its second album. Instead, the band attacks its rough-hewn but unshakably melodic songs from a variety of angles while always retaining its anarchic spirit throughout the album’s too-short 29 minutes.”

This record was originally released by RECESS RECORDS and BURGER RECORDS in the USA.

ORDER HERE!

NEIGHBORHOOD BRATS – RECOVERY LP out now!

SURPRISE 048 | NEIGHBORHOOD BRATS – RECOVERY LP
Here’s the first proper full length album by this California powerhouse. After a slew of singles and EPs, this Long Beach, CA based quartet develop their style of aggressive Dangerhouse Records meets early 80s SoCal Hardcore even further. Yes, the L.A. Times called them a “female fronted BLACK FLAG” – it’s that band. 12 new cuts, might be your feel bad record of the year, including hits like ONE WASTED YEAR (it’s about a year that was wasted), SUBURBIA (pretty self explanatory) or THE PHARMACY IS CLOSER THAN THE LIQUOR STORE (this one’s about geography and drugs). You’re not a dummy, right, so you will buy it.

The North American version will be out on DERANGED RECORDS.

Limited screenprinted sleeve version available here.
Regular pretty stellar looking version available here.

NIGHT BIRDS EUROPEAN SUMMER TOUR 2014

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Here are the NIGHT BIRDS summer tourdates for Europe! I’ll be tagging along for all the shows, come say hi!

31.07. – Amsterdam – Winston
01.08. – Hamburg – Hafenklang
02.08. – Leipzig – Zoro
03.08. – Brno – Kabinet Muz
04.08. – Budapest – Trafik Klub
05.08. – Tolmin – Punkrock Holiday
06.08. – Bologna – Freakout
07.08. – Schaffhausen – Neustadt 52
08.08. – Paris – La Mécanique Ondulatoire
09.08. – London – The Black Heart
10.08. – Ieper – Ieperfest
11.08. – Helsinki – Kuudes Linja

First song from the new HYSTERESE LP is streaming now!

Howdy,
here’s a first song from the upcoming second HYSTERESE LP called “ANGST”.

 

The record will be out for their tour in June, check the dates below and get your ass out to the show. This release will be another cooperation with Sabotage Records. Our buds at Dirt Cult Records will release it in the USA, so yankees keep an eye out for it!

HYSTERESE EUROPEAN TOUR SPRING 2014
Fr. 06.06. 2014 / Karlsruhe / Alte Hackerei /w Modern Pets + Weird Owls
Sa. 07.06. 2014 / Mannheim @ Pfingstfest / Juz
So. 08.06. 2014 / Ravensburg @ Obtrusive Farewell Show / Jugendhaus
Mo. 09.06. 2014 / Brno / Vegalite
Di. 10.06. 2014 / Zagreb / Grey Room (AKC Medika)
Mi. 11.06. 2014 / Graz / tba /w Tragedy + Boredom
Do. 12.06. 2014 / Linz / Kapu /w Tragedy + Boredom
Fr. 13.06. 2014 / München / Kafe Marat /w Gride
Sa. 14.06. 2014 / Wien / EKH /w Born For Slaughter
So. 15.06. 2014 / Köln / Az Köln
Mo. 16.06. 2014 / Lille / Centre Culturel Libertaire (CCL) /w Bakounine
Di. 17.06. 2014 / Nijmegen / De Onderbroek
Mi. 18.06. 2014 / Münster / Gleis 22 /w Neighborhood Brats + No More Art
Do. 19.06. 2014 / Hamburg / Hafenklang /w Tragedy + Suicidas
Fr. 20.06. 2014 / Berlin / Kastanienkeller /w Minus Apes
Sa. 21.06. 2014 / Mülheim a.d.R / Az Mülheim /w Mr. Burns