Extreme Metal Unit’s New LP, ‘Memory Theater’, Out Now!Escuela Grind
New England extreme metal unit Escuela Grind has launched a spring North American tour in support of its celebrated new LP ‘Memory Theater’. The seven-week trek, which kicked off on April 29 in Montreal, Québec and will run through June 18 in Rochester, NY will see the fast-rising group criss-cross the continent, mixing headlining live performances with special guest appearances as support for former Dillinger Escape Plan vocalist Greg Puciato, and also The Acacia Strain.
“Who’s ready to be ripped apart by endless hooks?! Touring Europe with Napalm Death was killer but we are also very stoked to be back in the States doing what we love,” says the band. “It’s going to be rad. See you out there. SKREEEEEE!”
Escuela Grind’s ‘Memory Theater’ LP was released last September via MNRK Heavy(High on Fire, Crowbar) and features nine tracks of sharp, scorching underground music that rages and rips in equal measure. ‘Memory Theater’ is seven minutes shorter than Slayer’s ‘Reign in Blood’, but with a few songs running past the three-minute mark, it’s downright epic by grindcore norms. The album met to scads of fan and critical acclaim, and landed on oodles of year-end ‘best of’ lists, while being extolled as “invigorating” by Revolver, “incredible” by Bandcamp Daily, and “a giddy rush of nonstop thrills” by Treble, while SPIN opined, “For sheer galvanizing rage, no other heavy album this year matched ‘Memory Theater.” ‘Memory Theater’ is available for purchase at this location.
“On the new LP, we wanted a fantastical architectural theme, as the Memory Theater is meant to symbolize this internal building, composed of infinitely-expanding, constructed rooms,” said vocalist Katerina Economou. “We wanted the artwork to show that each song is a ‘room’ within the mind. And each room contains symbolic objects of all ideas. Sound-wise, we realized how important the physical aspect of our live performances is, and how we wanted our riffs and grooves to make people move. We demoed and composed these songs multiple times to get them exactly the way we wanted them.”
Escuela Grind U.S. tour dates
* = direct support for Greg Puciato
# = direct support for The Acacia Strain
May 17 New York, NY Gramercy Theatre * / 16+, $35
May 19 Syracuse, NY The Lost Horizon # / 16+, $25
May 20 Albany, NY Empire Underground # / 16+, $20 ADV – $25 DOS
May 21 Portland, ME The Cavern # / All Ages, $25
May 25 Wallingford, CT Seventh Street Station / 21+, $15 ADV – $20 DOS
May 26 Harrisburg, PA JP Lovedraft’s / 21+, FREE SHOW
May 27 Baltimore, MD Soundstage (as part of Hell in the Harbor Fest w/ Cannibal Corpse, Dwarves, etc.) / All Ages, tickets HERE
May 29 New Orleans, LA The Goat / 21+, $15
May 31 Austin, TX Come and Take It Live * / All Ages, $35 ADV – $40 DOS
June 2 El Paso, TX No Push Mosh / All Ages, $15
June 3 Tucson, AZ Old Sheepdog Brewery / All Ages, $15
June 6 San Diego, CA Voodoo Room @ House of Blues * / All Ages, $30
June 7 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theater * / All Ages, $39.50
June 8 Santa Ana, CA La Santa / All Ages, $15
June 9 Sacramento, CA Cafe Colonial / All Ages, $15
June 11 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad / All Ages, $12
June 12 Oklahoma City, OK 89th Street OKC / All Ages, $15 ADV – $17 DOS
June 13 Tulsa, OK The Whittier Bar / 21+, $12
June 14 Memphis, TN Hi-Tone Cafe / $18+, $15
June 15 Murfreesboro, TN Graveyard Gallery / All Ages, $15
June 16 Columbus, OH Big Room Bar / All Ages, $15
June 17 Cleveland, OH No Class / All Ages, $15
June 18 Rochester, NY Photo City Music Hall / All Ages, $15
Escuela Grind is available to speak with interested media. To chat with the band and/or attend a live performance, simply contact Carl Schultz at Action! Public Relations.Escuela Grind “Forced Collective Introspection” (Official Music Video) While its music might be intimidating on first listen, the overwhelming spirit behindEscuela Grind is a message of empowerment. As it destroys musical boundaries, the quartet attacks the idea of “gatekeeping” with equal ferocity. Anytime Katerina Economou, Jesse Fuentes (drums), Kris Morash (guitar), and Tom Sifuentes (bass) convene, an aural apocalypse will ensue. Escuela Grind stitches together a new metallic hardcore monster from the rotten corpses of grindcore and power violence with gleefully unhinged blasts of percussive bombast and chaos. An architect by trade, Economouexplores philosophy, politics, and experiential experimentation, building a kind of structure amidst the band’s musical cacophony.
Escuela Grind released a video for the song, “Forced Collective Introspection”. Directed by Michael Jari Davidson (Alice in Chains), the barn-burning clip is an ode to the 1971 science fiction film, THX 1138, a work of sociological commentary set in a dystopian world where individuality and love are forbidden. The clip debuted via Knotfest which surmised, “Escuela Grind manage to incorporate social commentary in their brand without soapboxing, weaponizing their powerviolence in a way that is compelling in meaning and commanding in execution.” Stream Escuela Grind’s “Forced Collective Introspection” video at this location.Escuela Grind “Cliffhanger” (official video) Escuela Grind has also released a video for its rampaging track, “Cliffhanger”, which adroitly showcases the kinetic energy of the group’s much talked about live performances. “Cliffhanger” debuted via Decibel who proclaimed, “The track showcases both sides of Escuela Grind’s sound: the firing-on-all-cylinders brand of grindcore that you would expect from a band called “Grind School” and a few two-step hardcore breakdowns that convert the energy into a more moshable state. Produced by Converge guitarist/GodCity producer Kurt Ballou, Memory Theater is the heaviest Escuela Grind have ever sounded.” Stream Escuela Grind’s “Cliffhanger” video at this location. ‘Memory Theater’ track listing:
1.) Endowed With Windows
2.) My Heart, My Hands
3.) Cliffhanger (stream VIDEO)
4.) Strange Creature
5.) Faulty Blueprints
6.) All Is Forgiven (stream VIDEO)
7.) Forced Collective Introspection (stream VIDEO)
8.) The Feed
9.) Memory Theater
Escuela Grind also released a video for the song, “All is Forgiven”, which the group calls “a skull cracker”. The high-intensity clip blends reality with virtual reality. “All is Forgiven” premieres via Brooklyn Vegan who succinctly surmises, “This shit bangs”. Experience Escuela Grind’s “All is Forgiven” video at this location.Escuela Grind “All Is Forgiven” (Official Music Video) Find Escuela Grind online at Escuela-Grind.com and follow the band on Bandcamp,Facebook, Instagram, and twitter.
“Whether you call what Escuela Grind does “power violence” or grindcore,” there’s no doubt the music the quartet creates together is pure fucking mayhem.” – No Echo
“bursts of unthinkable sonic rage that still manage to keep the listeners rapt with their density and dynamics…Escuela Grind’s misanthropy as enjoyable and intelligent as it is unending.” – Kerrang!
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