JADE TREE UNITED UNABLE TO SECURE WIN

Amid a flurry of media activity leading up to the match, Jade Tree United met Elany Arts away at PAL 1 on Monday, February 18.

Both teams had been in the papers leading up to the meeting, as inflammatory letters that were sent to the Jade Tree United offices surfaced in the media. According to reports, Elany Arts players allegedly wrote the letters, however, this has yet to be confirmed by representatives of either side.

Jade Tree United refused to comment on the scandal issuing a statement that “The game is played on the pitch, not in the media.”

With both team in the spotlight this week, the match atmosphere was intense from the very beginning.

It was Elany who were given the first opportunity to score when they were rewarded a penalty in the 5th minute. JTU ‘keeper Brian Olden stopped the kick and made it a double-save when he pounced on the follow up shot from the Elany forward’s feet.

Having avoided yet another disastrous start to a match, the saved penalty seemed to inspire JTU forward with conviction.

8 minutes in and with both sides at 0-0, JTU took the led with a stunning shot from Alex Milne that handily beat the EA goalie.

Drama continued to ensue, as both teams’ off-the-ball play was rough at times, causing problems for the Jade Tree and Elany Arts camps.

Confusion at the Jade Tree back line-combined with a freak accident-saw the ball creep into the JTU net, allowing Elany to level minutes later.

Elany went one up when Jade Tree allowed Elany to gain advantage in the penalty box, failing to make up the distance and allowing Elany an easy shot on goal.

Jade Tree picked up the pace in response and were rewarded for their efforts when Darren Walters received a cross from Alex Milne in the Elany box, settled, and shot low into the right hand side of the net, tying the match at 2-2.

With both teams level at the half, the PAL was a raucous environment as supporters from both sides acting out of order and littering the pitch with garbage.

Returning for the second half, Jade Tree controlled the game, retaining possession, passing easily amongst themselves and pressing forward with pace.

Rich Emge’s took a shot on the Elany net that was parried wide. However, on the rebound, Emge was able to convert and put Jade Tree up 2-3.

Elany Arts were able to get another goal, once again leveling and forcing Jade Tree to respond aggressively, instead of merely defending.

Alex Milne eluded the Elany defenses and was able to get of a cross into the Elany box, where a EA player helped turn the ball into the net, giving JTU the advantage for the second time of the night.

In the final minutes, Elany Arts broke the tie and then added one more for good measure, putting the score at 5-4.

Jade Tree continued to keep their spirits high; attacking the goal and peppering the EA net with shots. Sadly, one by one they were turned away.

And for the second match in a row, Alex Milne fired off a shot and scored at the whistle. This time, however, the goal was not given and Jade Tree were defeated by a mere point. Dejected after a valiant performance, Jade Tree left the pitch with a loss yet again for the season.

Jade Tree’s next opponent, and the last for the 2007-2008 season will be Meet the Soccers, who they play on Tuesday, February 26 at Kirkwood Soccer Club.

PAINT IT BLACK "NEW LEXICON" CD (JT1126) OUT NOW


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PAINT IT BLACK’s New Lexicon was not easy to produce, but it’s gritty, thunderous and ugly—just the way hardcore punk should be.

New Lexicon marks PAINT IT BLACK’s first recording with new drummer Jared Shavelson (Hope Conspiracy, None More Black) and Josh Agran (Knives Out) and boasts guest vocals from Jeff Pezzati (Naked Raygun). Still, many of the best surprises occur behind the scenes.

Rather than straining to re-create “lo-fi” in a studio, New Lexicon rings in an aggressive clarity from engineer J. Robbins’ (Modern Life is War, Against Me!). With a thick low-end up front (think Bad Brains’ Roir sessions), New Lexicon says that aggression doesn’t have to be found only in thick guitars.

From here, the album was passed on to co-producer Oktopus of the indie hip hop group Dalek. Here, the existing sounds of feedback, bass booms and cymbal crashes were twisted into haunting ambient interludes and serpentine waves trailing behind the buzz saw riffs.

With little debate, this is PAINT IT BLACK’s finest hour… or, half-hour, anyway, with 15 songs clocking in at a dizzying 30 minutes, 26 seconds.

New Lexicon is out now in stores and is . The digital version of the album is available from , , , and most other digital music services.

New Lexicon is available on vinyl through and will also soon be available in the Jade Tree estore.

Thoughout Europe, the album is available from and in Japan, .

1. The Ledge
2. Four Deadly Venoms
3. We Will Not
4. Past Tense, Future Perfect
5. Missionary Position
6. White Kids Dying of Hunger
7. Gravity Wins
8. Dead Precedents
9. The Beekeeper
10. Check Yr Math
11. So Much for Honour Among Thieves
12. New Folk Song
13. Saccharine
14. Severance
15. Shell Game Redux

Of course, that’s not all. PAINT IT BLACK is preparing to hit the road in support of the album. Check out the dates below.

02/22/2008 Allentown, PA @ Jan’s Room (with War Hungry, Middle America, and Torch Bearer)

PAINT IT BLACK / STRIKE ANYWHERE / THE RIVERBOAT GAMBLERS

03/01/2008 New York, NY @ Knitting Factory New York*
03/02/2008 Providence, RI @ The Living Room
03/03/2008 Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East
03/04/2008 Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Park Convention
03/05/2008 Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
03/06/2008 Washington, DC @ Black Cat Backstage
03/07/2008 Virginia Beach, VA @ Peppermint Beach Club

*Word on the street is that there are still a few tickets available to the exclusive in-store in NYC with the purchase of New Lexicon.

Keep an eye on the for any tour related updates and further details.

PAINT IT BLACK ADD ANOTHER SONG ON MYSPACE


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Head over to the PAINT IT BLACK to hear the song "We Will Not", which the band just added for your enjoyment.

PAINT IT BLACK’S New Lexicon will be released on February 19th and is . The digital version of the album will be available from iTunes, Amazon MP3, eMusic, and a host of other digital music services.

New Lexicon will be available on vinyl through .

will be releasing the album throughout Europe and will be releasing the album in Japan.

1. The Ledge
2. Four Deadly Venoms
3. We Will Not
4. Past Tense, Future Perfect
5. Missionary Position
6. White Kids Dying of Hunger
7. Gravity Wins
8. Dead Precedents
9. The Beekeeper
10. Check Yr Math
11. So Much for Honour Among Thieves
12. New Folk Song
13. Saccharine
14. Severance
15. Shell Game Redux

PAINT IT BLACK PRE-SALE AND IN-STORE AT GENERATION RECORDS


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When PAINT IT BLACK gets to NYC to play the Knitting Factory with Strike Anywhere on March 1st, they will be stopping by for an exclusive in-store performance. Generation will be selling New Lexicon on February 12th and the first 50 customers to pick it up will be given a spot on the guest list for the special performance. Keep an eye on the for any further details. But, all you really need to know is to be there on the 12th.

PAINT IT BLACK’S New Lexicon will be released elsewhere on February 19th and is . The digital version of the album will be available from iTunes, Amazon MP3, eMusic, and a host of other digital music services.

New Lexicon will be available on vinyl through .

will be releasing the album throughout Europe and will be releasing the album in Japan.

1. The Ledge
2. Four Deadly Venoms
3. We Will Not
4. Past Tense, Future Perfect
5. Missionary Position
6. White Kids Dying of Hunger
7. Gravity Wins
8. Dead Precedents
9. The Beekeeper
10. Check Yr Math
11. So Much for Honour Among Thieves
12. New Folk Song
13. Saccharine
14. Severance
15. Shell Game Redux

JADE TREE UNITED GOES DOWN FOR THE COUNT

Jade Tree United met Environmental Alliance away at PAL 1 on Sunday, January 27, in a match of what should have been between two evenly matched teams (equal on points in sixth place).

Jade Tree, whose form has been slipping, were doomed from the start of the match as both starting ‘keeper Brian Olden and back up Jim Brooks both fell ill mere hours prior to the match.

United, without a proper goalie, had to make due with Casey Gallucio and Alex Milne alternating time between the posts.

JTU played a conservative game, trying to protect their goal and move tentatively forward.

EA however, seized the opportunity and attacked the JTU goal with abandon.

Before too long, JTU was down 3-0.

Ryan Mann opened the scoring for Jade Tree when he received the ball from Shane Chanpimol deep in the EA box, sending the ball screaming over the EA ‘keeper’s head.

Chanpimol then netted his first of the night when Rich Emge sent a long ball in, providing Chanpimol the opportunity to beat the EA ‘keeper who was way off of his line.

EA added two more goals to the score line as the match passed without incident into halftime at 5-2.

The second half found JTU wanting, and initially, the team looked poised to tie the match.

Casey Gallucio took a corner kick, which came back to him, and made good on it with a goal for Jade Tree.

Defenders Tony Coates, Al Agra and Victor Alvarez were also instrumental in the build up that led to Chanpimol’s run through the mid-field, where he deftly avoided EA’s defense. Thoroughly frustrated, EA took out Chanpimol, giving JTU a penalty kick.

Chanpimol easily converted the kick. Jade Tree now had four goals to EA’s five.

And then suddenly, the game changed dramatically.

Jade Tree, who had been dealing with ‘keeper issues all night, saw EA put 4 consecutive goals past them.

Things only got worse when Tony Coates gave up on own goal and Darren Walters made a miserable clear that resulted in an oncoming EA player scooping up the ball and sailing it into the net.

At this point, Jade Tree clearly began to crumble. The rot had set in and the team was obviously tired, frustrated and directionless.

Rich Emge did add one more to the JTU tally with a fantastic volley from mid-field that went well over the head of the ‘keeper.

As the match wound down, Jade Tree were beaten mercilessly as EA racked up a total of 16 goals to JTU’s 6.

Manager Darren Walters summed it up “We played as well as we good without a real goalie. However, we should have done better and I am disappointed at the overall performance.”

With the transfer window closed and several players out on International duty, Walters is looking at a team that needs to build itself back up from within. Jade Tree and Walters will look forward to doing just that when they return to action on Thursday, January 14 away against DS Wilson Excavators.