So do you want the good news or the bad news?
Let's get the bad news out of the way first. GIFTS FROM ENOLA has broken up, apparently due to financial woes. They were one of the best epic-instrumental rock/metal bands that I've ever had the pleasure of listening to. If you dig Pelican or any other instrumental band like that, get your hands on From Fathoms (2009), as that is one killer record! One of those tracks is on the April mix that you can download below. In their later years, they started to incorporate vocals, but at the expense of the instrumentals, which kick much less ass.
Steady Diet - official video (from the final album "A Healthy Fear"):
The good news - WAXWING has reformed! For those who are unaware of this emo/shoegaze/indie rock band from the late 1990s and early 2000s; they released 3 full lengths in 3 years and a few 7"s. They broke up back in 2003 as the guitarist, Cody Votolato, started touring with The Blood Brothers full-time. The vocalist and 2nd guitar player, Rocky Votolato, began his career as an amazing folk-rock singer/guitarist who has now released 7 solid albums and a slew of fantastic EPs as a solo artist. Listen to the Waxwing mp3 below and tell me there's no emotion in that song. I dare ya.
Link for the official blog that released the news:
Laboratory - audio track of one of my favourites from Waxwing (from the "One for the Ride" album, also released on a 7"):
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