It has been quite a buzz-heavy eight years for multi-genre'd rock band The Birthday Massacre (TBM). Building within different scenes and creating their own niche of 80s electronica with aggressive cinematic rock with a keen eye towards artistic integrity, they have never sold out for commercial acceptance, yet the mainstream has begun to embrace their brand of dark electropop.
With a new EP Looking Glass ready for release on May 6, 2008 on Metropolis Records and a great new video for the title track that was recently debuted on MySpace, TBM will be hitting the road with NYC disco-metal upstarts Mindless Self Indulgence this Spring. Their underground dominion will undoubtedly soon be breaking into the mainstream.
"Haha! I doubt that's our official title," laughs guitarist, Michael Falcore about being called one of the best underground bands. "We've been underground for so long that it has become our element. Every band has to carve their own niche nowadays. We've already done that, so I guess we're lucky in that way. We cater to our fans directly and that's the way we've always done it. We've never know any other way."
The Looking Glass EP collects the single of the same name, two new tracks ("Shiver", "Nowhere"), three remixes ("Falling Down (Crawling Pulse Mix)", "Red Stars (Space Lab Mix)", "Weekend (NYC 77 Mix)") and one amazing cover ("I Think We're Alone Now") and comes bundled with the video for the title track. A great collection of new songs and new interpretations from the catalogue, Looking Glass captures the band in a pivotal place in their career, poised for their breakthrough.
"This EP has a fairly eclectic range of sound and style so it’s difficult to compare one track with another," explains rhythm guitarist Rainbow, about why he doesn't have a favorite track from it. "I’m really happy with the remixes. Nobody threw a cheesy kick beat behind the original tracks and passed it off as a ‘dance remix’. Everyone brought something real to the table."
Formed in 2000 under the name Imagica, the band has been evolving and growing to one of music's best kept secrets, due in part to their awe-inspiring three albums, 2002's Nothing and Nowhere, 2005's Violet and last year's Walking with Strangers, and their darkly magical live shows. Gearing up for this spring tour with fellow Reybee clients Mindless Self Indulgence (tour dates below), TBM won't need to hold their own to match their stagemates' manic antics.
"We’re happy to be with them," explains Rainbow. "We've had a working relationship with them for awhile now so when they asked us to tour with them, we gladly accepted. We appreciate them as a band and respect them for what they've accomplished on their own without any help from the major record labels. We’ll keep up as long as our bus doesn’t break down."
Currently preparing both for the tour and the release of their new EP, TBM will begin work on their fourth album once the tour winds down.
"There’s new material in the works," he concludes. "It’s early in the process but we’re excited about it. We’re going to pick up with it when we get back home… assuming we survive the tour."
Looking Glass will be released on May 6, 2008 on Metropolis Records.
Tour dates are as follow:
Mr. Smalls Theatre
Ram’s Head Live
East Rutherford, NJ
St. Petersburg, FL
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
The Club @ Firestone
House of Blues
New Orleans, LA
San Antonio, TX
Mexico City, MX
Los Angeles, CA
House Of Blues
Las Vegas, NV
Croatian Cultural Centre