Straight Line Stitch has been around forever—nine years, to be precise. It's hardly been an unsuccessful run, with two EPs, one full-length CD (2006's self-released To Be Godlike), appearances at the Vans Warped Tour and shows alongside Slayer, Anthrax, Killswitch Engage, and Napalm Death. But the group's initial development was slowed by frequent lineup changes.
Things began to turn around in 2003, when singer Alexis Brown joined the band. Now, with a permanent roster that includes Brown, guitarists Pat Pattison and Seth Thacker, bassist Jason White, and drummer Patrick Haynes (Haynes and Thacker are the only remaining original members), SLS has its sights set on bigger things.
The group has signed a deal with Raging Nation Records, an imprint of Koch Records. The album When Skies Wash Ashore, recorded earlier this year in Millbrook, N.Y., is scheduled for release in August and features a guest spot by Hatebreed vocalist Jamey Jasta. A video for the song "Remission," from the 2007 EP The Word Made Flesh, premiered on MTV2's Headbanger's Ball in March.
Straight Line Stitch shares headlining duties with Whitechapel at the Valarium on Thursday, June 19, at 8 p.m. A Different Breed of Killer and Awake in the Nightmare open the show, which has been rescheduled from a June 13 date.
In other new-release news, local indie popsters Gamenight and Mouth Movements will commemorate their new split CD Blue and Green with a show at Pilot Light on Wednesday, June 25. The disc, which will officially be on sale in early July for a mere $8 from the Southern California label Missing Words, was recorded this winter and spring at Fahrenheit Studio in Johnson City.
Dance the Night Away
Circle Modern Dance is spearheading an online petition in protest of the University of Tennessee's proposal to cut the dance minor program from the school's College of Education. (On Tuesday morning, the university announced that a decision on $21 million in cuts will not be made until October.) An e-mail earlier this week from Circle artistic director Joy Davis and administrator Dillard Sholes encouraged dance supporters to sign the petition in defense of the program.
"This is a grave situation, as this program has been in existence since the 1930s, has served hundreds—thousands—of students... and is an important presence in the Knoxville dance community at large! The reasons go on and on as to why this program should not only stay at UT, but should be nurtured! As our cultural awareness grows in realizing the importance of arts integration and mind-body connection, it is appalling to think that the state university would cut a program of this nature! It is simply unacceptable to cut an arts program at a major cultural institute in this day and age!!"
The petition can be found at spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?key=p4ym9ZsixR-0U0ovXxXorUg
Jingle All the Way
It's such a simple thing, really, the radio jingle. Somebody somewhere understands the science and art of it, but for most of us it's a thing of mystery and magic—straightforward enough to get its point across in just a few seconds, complex enough to hook itself inside your head for days.
So the jingle contest set for the next couple of weeks at The Crown & Goose in the Old City could be a lot more interesting than it sounds at first. The pub is looking for its own jingle for an upcoming radio ad campaign, and will hold auditions on Tuesday, June 24, Wednesday, June 25, and Thursday, June 26, with R&B singer Jaystorm, Crown & Goose owners Jeffrey and Pat Nash, radio host Phil Williams, and Metro Pulse's own Jack Neely serving as judges. The final round will be held on Tuesday, July 1.
The winner will be included in the pub's radio campaign and receive $500. Visit thecrownandgoose.com.