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Planes Mistaken For Stars: New Album Available For Streaming
September 9, 2006
Denver's Planes Mistaken For Stars has made its entire new album, 'Mercy', available for online streaming at this location (scroll down to track # 29 on the media player to launch album).

'Mercy' will drop on October 3 via Abacus Recordings. The follow-up to 2004's 'Up In Them Guts', 'Mercy' was recorded at Seattle's Red Room Recording Studios with producer extraordinaire Matt Bayles (Isis, Pearl Jam, Mastodon). 'Mercy' contains eleven songs executed in Planes Mistaken For Stars incomparable style and features striking cover artwork from Chris Taylor (Darkest Hour, Pig Destroyer), which can be viewed at this location.

The final track listing for 'Mercy' is:

01. One Fucked Pony
02. Crooked Mile
03. Widow: A Love Song
04. Keep Your Teeth
05. To Spit a Sparrow
06. Never Felt Prettier
07. Killed by Killers who Kill Each Other
08. Little Death
09. Church Date
10. Mercy
11. Penitence

The new track "Little Death" has also been posted online at the Planes Mistaken For Stars MySpace page.

Planes Mistaken For Stars will launch a U.S. tour in support of 'Mercy' in early October when they team up with Thrice and These Arms Are Snakes. The critically acclaimed band will also make a high profile live appearance as part of the 2006 Gainesville Fest this October, where they will perform alongside acts such as The Riverboat Gamblers, Transistor Transistor, Dillinger Four and Kylesa.

Planes Mistaken For Stars tour dates:

October 8 San Francisco, CA Slim's (w/ Thrice, These Arms Are Snakes)
October 9 San Francisco, CA Slim's (w/ Thrice, These Arms Are Snakes)
October 10 Santa Cruz, CA The Catalyst (w/ Thrice, These Arms Are Snakes)
October 12 Phoenix, AZ Marquee Theatre (w/ Thrice, These Arms Are Snakes)
October 13 Las Vegas, NV The Joint (w/ Thrice, These Arms Are Snakes)
October 14 San Diego, CA SOMA (w/ Thrice, These Arms Are Snakes)
October 15 Pomona, CA BAMBOOZLE (w/ Thrice, These Arms Are Snakes)
October 17 Denver, CO Marquis Theatre ('Mercy' Record Release Show)
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These Arms Are Snakes Make New Track Available
June 8, 2004
These Arms Are Snakes have posted a new track titled "Big News" online for listening. You can download the song here. "Big News" comes from the band's upcoming new album The Oxeneers or The Lion Sleeps When Its Antelope Go Home, which is set to hit stores September 21st through Jade Tree Records.

These Arms Are Snakes have also lined up a short tour with Murder By Death, Paris Texas, and Communiqué. Here are the dates for that tour:

7/09 Portland, OR - Solid State Cafe
7/10 Seattle, WA - Graceland
7/11 Los Gatos, CA - Los Gatos Outhouse
7/12 San Francisco, CA - 12 Galaxies
7/14 Pomona, CA - Glass House
7/15 Los Angeles, CA - Echo #B
7/16 San Diego, CA - Epicentre
7/17 Tucson, AZ - Skrappy's
7/18 Phoenix, AZ - Modified
7/19 Albuquerque, NM - Launchpad
7/21 Houston, TX - Mary Jane's/Fat Cat
7/23 Austin, TX - Emo's Alternative Lounging
7/24 Dallas, TX - Gypsy Tea Room
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HOME TOWN: Seattle, WA
Steve Snere (vocals)
Brian Cook (bass)
Ryan Frederiksen (guitar)
Joe Preston (drums)
Jesse Robertson (keyboards)

Formed from the ashes of seminal art thrashers Botch and Minneapolis hardcore heroes Kill Sadie, Seattle's These Arms are Snakes are nothing if not confrontational, as says their undyingly earnest front man Steve Snere, "We are not interested in predictable roles. This band will never be conventional, it’s just not in the cards." After the release of last years, This is Meant to Hurt You CDEP on Delaware based Jade Tree it was immediately apparent that these Pacific Northwest bad-boys had little interest in playing it safe. Filled to the brim with sinister guitar licks, equal parts snarly vocals and a pension for ethereal and spaced-out musical interludes. The buzz heavy Snakes were, right out the gate, anything but conventional. The band toured endlessly, plastering both coasts with their livid live shows, eyes squarely focused on progressing and challenging all the current notions of hardcore. After a full year back-and-forth on the road with peers The Blood Brothers, and Hot Water Music the then five-some returned home to put the best foot forward in the writing of their full length, but upon arriving they found themselves losing two founding members to the frequent tedium of a non-stop touring schedule. Says guitarist Ryan Frederiksen, "It was difficult to adjust to playing without [keyboardist] Jesse Robertson and [drummer] Joe Preston, but in the long run it was a paramount decision for them and in turn helped us focus our attentions on making the best record possible." Now pared down to a modest three-piece with Minus the Bear’s Erin Tate sitting in on drums, These Arms are Snakes set out to compose what would become the modestly titled, Oxeneers or The Lion Sleeps When Its Antelope Go Home. Written over a period of three months, the record and its lyrics began initially as a short story written by Snere while working at one of Seattle’s many check cashing services. He explains, "I started to see my job as a window into a world, a cycle where people spent more time chasing the dollar and less and less time actually living." The songs serve as a scathing critique on our current culture of capital, be it the meek or manipulative Oxeneers or The Lion Sleeps When Its Antelope Go Home weaves a bleak parable, as some people struggle to reclaim their lives on Angela’s Secret, "A working woman’s muse, you’ve got the single mother’s blues. You’re starting a new work week, and with the kids at home, it’s going to result in a real lack of sleep," still others set out to capitalize on that very suffering as in The Shit Sisters, "Please let your children sleep tonight Spoon fed quarters till they backed up his throat. An ivy league could have been. An heir to a family coat"Produced by Matt Bayles (Isis, Blood Brothers, Pretty Girls Make Graves) Oxeneers or The Lion Sleeps When Its Antelope Go Home, the completion of the promise made with the potential of This is Meant to Hurt You. The hooks are thicker, the guitars bigger and the songs are a simply stunning culmination of a years hard work and dedication. Says bassist Brian Cook, "Having the time to really work out the sounds and songs with Matt [Bayles] was amazing. His guidance along with our spending more time focusing on the songwriting really helped us hand in a more complete record." The album sparkles with a tight, visceral momentum, both angular and infectious this is the record These Arms Are Snakes set out to make, a confident testimonial, a vicious revision, and a true confrontation in every sense of the word.