Don’t Need A

Cloak/Dagger’s new 7″ and digital release packs in another round of aggressive rock, hard to categorize but easy to feel. Listeners will appreciate the warning shot before the full-length Lost Art, leaves them with a throbbing, euphoric bruise that defies the cookie-cutter punk ‘n roll mould. From Barth’s winding guitars and Mazzola’s burr-throated bellow, punk’s signature urgency crashes into a mid-tempo rock swagger pumping the best of forebears like Hot Snakes, Circle Jerks and The Avengers. Don’t Need A is avialable on vinyl from in the US and in Europe.

Track List:
1. Don’t Need A
2. Jesus Had A Twin
3. Twenty On One

We Are

On their debut full length release for Jade Tree, CLOAK/DAGGER keep it fast and simple. Produced and recorded at Headbanging Kill Your Mama Music Studios by Chris Owens (Lords), We Are is a bombastic, rough around the edges approach to minimalist hardcore. Combining the jagged aggression of bands like Swiz and Black Flag with the spastic urgency of Drive Like Jehu, We Are CLOAK/DAGGER embraces a lyrically raw directness that transcends the false conceptions and misgivings of modern punk, offering up honest commentary on the balance between life both with and without excess. In the end, We Are CLOAK/DAGGER embraces the long lost art of disposability, steering away from the culture of celebratory fake aggression, into a new era of raw, incendiary punk music.

Recorded May 2007 at Headbangingkillyourmamamusic with Chris Owens
Special thanks to the city of Richmond, all our friends and you.
All songs by Cloak/Dagger. Layout by Rich Perusi. Photos by Andy Norton.
(c) & (p) Jade Tree 2007 / JT1125

1. Bended Knee
2. Sunburnt Mess
3. Runways
4. Kamikazes
5. New Years Resolution
6. Walk the Block
7. J.C. Pays the Bills
8. Hollywood Hills
9. Generato
10. Red Hair
11. Set the Alarm
12. Last Call
13. Quit Life

Surf Song

Richmond’s CLOAK/DAGGER return to burn through two more of their signature anthems to alienation on this 7 inch. The Swiz and Jehu references still ring true, but the Daggers have solidified their own sound and forged on. “Surf Song” resonates with anyone estranged by the detachment of the modern technological era (and maybe some geographically challenged would be surfers). On the flip, “Concentration Camps” gives us the tender side of CLOAK/DAGGER with brooding on the frustration of an infatuation-based attention deficit disorder. “Real life is not much fun” according to CLOAK/DAGGER, but with a single like this added to the mix, we beg to differ.

Layout by Rich Perusi
Mixed by Paul Michel

1. Surf Song
2. Concentration Camps

Lost Art

Is it punk? Hardcore? Garage? Make up your own mind about Cloak/Dagger’s latest full-length, Lost Art.

Colin Barth’s winding guitars juggle melody, punch and vitriol on par with the Avengers, John Reis, Mission of Burma and Greg Ginn. Play it loud on tracks such as “Deathbed Rebels” that push the punk envelope a bit further with frenzied, circle-pit fodder reminiscent of the Circle Jerks and Big Boys.
Underneath, snaking rolls of bass drive the proceedings with the flawless percussive thrust of the Ramones, Hot Snakes and bygone Boston hardcore heroes F.U.s, Jerry’s Kids. Over this Jason Mazzola distinguishes the band with a full, arching tenor that’s more bellow than scream. Mazzola’s delivery and lyrics shine especially on numbers like “Lower Eastada” and “Dead Idols,” where the band’s punk ‘n roll swagger takes over (think more Johnny Thunders, less Ray Cappo). After listening to Lost Art, you won’t be worried about categorizing the band, only when they go back on tour.

Recorded by Chris Owens at Headbanging Kill Your Mama Music Studio

All songs by Cloak/Dagger (C) 2009 Dixie Punks Publishing ASCAP

Thanks very much to Grave Mistake Records, Rich Perusi, Adam Juresko, Aaron Barth, Eric GW, Garth Petrie, Brian McTernan, Jade Tree, Government Warning, Paint It Black, every friend and every band we have played with, Richmond, DC and you.

(c) & (p) Jade Tree 2009 / JT1128

1. Billions Millions
2. Dead Idols
3. Don’t Need A
4. Broken Wrists
5. Deathbed Rebels
6. Eyes On The Wall
7. Same Old Story
8. Dead Town Beat
9. Lower Eastada
10. In My Orbit
11. Fast Food Dream
12. Lost Art
13. Tragic Sleep

Pinata Breaks Demo Takes

Piñata Breaks, Demo Takes is a digital only release that features the band’s most recent and a collection of demo tracks, including one previously unreleased song. These nine songs will trigger memories of favorites such as Black Flag, Circle Jerks and even Hot Snakes, but they offer an entirely new experience with raw energy that can only be rivaled by the band’s live show.

This digital release is available from , , , and a host of other .

Pinata 7″
Originally released on .
Recorded at Minimum Wage by Lance Koehler
Layout by Rich Perusi
Thanks to every band and every friend. The city of Richmond and you.

Demo Takes
All songs recorded by Peter Appleby at Steel Reserve. Logo by Rich Perusi.
Thanks to all our friends.
www.myspace.com/wearecloakdagger http://www.myspace.com/wearecloakdagger

1.Daggers Daggers
2.Paranoid
3.Electrocution
4.Sewing Circles (Demo)
5.Set the Alarm (Demo)
6.Last Call (Demo)
7.Violent Times (Demo)
8.New Years Resolution (Demo)
9.White Fence (Previously Unreleased Demo)

Cloak/Dagger Begin 2010 European Tour


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Cloak/Dagger is heading back to Europe for a month of shows in Germany, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Belgium and The Netherlands. The Daggers will be joining Double Negative, Mean Jeans, Spermbirds and Youth Of Today among others. Then, when the band returns, they will will play Ruiner’s final show at Sonar in Baltimore.

September 15, 2010 Frankfurt, Germany EXZESS
September 16, 2010 Zuerich, Switzerland Dynamo Werk 21
September 17, 2010 Stuttgart, Germany Juha West
September 19, 2010 Bielefeld, Germany AJZ
September 20, 2010 Potsdam, Germany Black Fleck
September 21, 2010 München, Germany Kafe Marat
September 22, 2010 Freiburg, Germany KTS
September 24, 2010 Eindhoven, Netherlands Dynamo – NL
September 25, 2010 Hoofddorp, Netherlands CILINDER FEST @ The Farm
September 25, 2010 AC Venlo, Netherlands ROCK & ROLL FEST @ Perron 55
September 26, 2010 Messancy, Belgium Rider’s Park
September 30, 2010 Brno, Czech Republic Yacht Club
October 1, 2010 Weimer, Germany Gerber 3
October 2, 2010 Tessenderlo, Belgium Jh Tessloo
October 3, 2010 Hamburg, Germany Hafenklang

October 9, 2010 Baltimore, MD Sonar

Remember to check the for the most current listings.

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Tracklist
1. Billions Millions
2. Dead Idols
3.
4. Broken Wrists
5. Deathbed Rebels
6. Eyes On The Wall
7. Same Old Story
8. Dead Town Beat
9. Lower Eastada
10. In My Orbit
11. Fast Food Dream
12. Lost Art
13. Tragic Sleep

Lost Artis available on CD, LP and as a digital download. Each LP includes a coupon allowing a download of the songs in MP3 format. All formats are now available for in the Jade Tree Store as well as fine record stores and digital music services everywhere.

New FBM Events|Cloak/Dagger

FBM is at it yet again with a few new get togethers up and down the Eastern seaboard. The first one comes to Richmond, VA on April 10, 2010, and it’s dubbed the FBM Ramp Jam and Punk Show. Featuring an assortment of Richmond-area bands such as Cloak Dagger, No Friends and more, the event goes down at The Bike Lot. Ramp jamming starts at 5pm, bands start at 7pm.

Following the Richmond jam, FBM heads to New York state for the BMX Swap Meet and Tailgate with Joel Barnett. The Joel Barnett Upstate Fiasco comes to East Shore Skatepark on May 1, 2010, and aside from the riding, the Fiasco will feature a BMX swap meet. The swap meet will consist of new and used parts from riders, companies and more. Feel free to bring your own parts to sell or trade (along with chairs and tables to display your goods.) The Fiasco starts at 3pm.

CLOAK/DAGGER [I] LOST ART [/I] REVIEW

Just when some were wont to declare that punk rock itself was tantamount to a “lost art,” this Richmond, VA quartet of positively crankin’ agro rockers comes roaring with a vengeance out of the Appalachian corridor to affirm the movement is alive and kicking. In the same ballpark as Dillinger Four and Fucked Up, not to mention departed hometown brethren Avail, Cloak/Dagger pack a surly, steamrolling wallop, delivering big time sensory overload and attitude to burn. Couple that ferocity and heaviness with a speed demon thrust a la the Didjits and Briefs, and you have a damn potent cocktail spilling over your glass and onto your Doc Martens. /Lost Art/ is a near-bludgeoning “example of what” this barn-burning crew are mightily capable of.

CLOAK/DAGGER [I]DON’T NEED A[/I] REVIEW

As Grave Mistake did with Kamikazes for the band’s first full-length, We Are, we’ve got a snazzy Cloak/Dagger single in support of their newest LP.

If there were three tight, top-notch examples of the band’s garage punk’n'roll on last year’s Lost Art, "Don’t Need A" was certainly one of them. Consequently, it’s one of my five favorite songs off that album and therefore, I can endorse the A-side of this 7" wholeheartedly.

Grave Mistake ensures a worthwhile vinyl purchase for C/D fans, however, with two B-sides. "Jesus Had a Twin" is faster and scrappier, calling up the band’s early ’80s hardcore influences more directly than usual, and it segues perfectly into "Twenty on One," like the songs were made for each other. The latter ends a little more abrupt than I’d like, but it’s got a more original, mid-tempo flow that doesn’t necessarily fit in cleanly with any of the modes explored on Lost Art. It’s therefore pretty interesting for the band.

3.5 OUT OF 5 STARS

CLOAK/DAGGER-Lost Art (Jade Tree, CD)/Don’t Need A (Grave Mistake, 7" EP)

Cloak/Dagger continue to not fit any set niche while kicking out some brash music. Hell, they say as much on "Don’t Need A," which states "avoid classifications at all costs." Jabbing punk/post-punk/garage in various permutations. Do I use the words nervy or edgy too much? Probably, but it fits the bill here. The songs rock AND roll with authority but there’s almost an aura of nervousness, here, too much caffeine coursing through their collective veins. Not only in Jason’s vocals, but instrumentally, as well. The guitar is snakier, not relying solely on powerchords and generating a speedy gnarl. And while it was recorded at the same studio as their first album, "Lost Art" benefits from what seems like some tweaking in the production qualities–on the last album, the bottom end was a tad too prominent. There’s still a good amount of rhythmic punch but it’s not as claustrophobic-sounding. From speed bombs like ""Fast Food Dream," "Same Old Story" and "Deathbed Rebels" (and, truth be told, those aren’t the stronger tracks) to the moodier "Dead Town Beat" and "Lost Art" (both Hot Snakes-esque) Cloak/Dagger keep things moving with an appealing, energetic pulse. Add this one to my best of ’09… The 7" pairs the aforementioned "Don’t Need A" with two non-LP tracks–the fast and frenetic "Jesus Had A Twin" that moves seamlessly into the bashing "Twenty On One." Collect ‘em all. (Jade Tree: 2310 Kennwynn Rd., Wilmington, DE 19380, www.jadetree.com/Grave Mistake: PO Box 12482, Richmond, VA 23241, www.gravemistakerecords.com)

Cloak/Dagger to Join Off With Their Heads on East Coast


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Cloak/Dagger will be heading out for weekend of shows on the East Coast next weekend, including several with recent Epitaph signing .

Upcoming Dates:
02/11 Wilkes Barre, PA @ Cafe Metropolis w/ Strike Anywhere [Updated]
02/12 Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes w/Off With Their Heads
02/13 Baltimore, MD @ Golden West Cafe/Off With Their Heads
02/13 Baltimore, MD @ House Show 1622 Park Ave
02/14 Richmond, VA @ Gallery 5 w/Off With Their Heads, Brainworms

Here are a few other dates to remember for May:

05/15 Wilmington, NC @ Rad Fest-Wilmington, NC with Leatherface, New Mexican Disaster Squad
05/29 Baltimore, MD @ The Ottobar w/ Polar Bear Club

Remember to check the for the most current listings.

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Tracklist
1. Billions Millions
2. Dead Idols
3.
4. Broken Wrists
5. Deathbed Rebels
6. Eyes On The Wall
7. Same Old Story
8. Dead Town Beat
9. Lower Eastada
10. In My Orbit
11. Fast Food Dream
12. Lost Art
13. Tragic Sleep

Lost Artis out out now on CD, LP and as a digital download. Each LP includes a coupon allowing a download of the songs in MP3 format. All formats are now available for in the Jade Tree Store as well as fine record stores and digital music services everywhere.

Jason Mazzola’s (Cloak/Dagger) Best of 2009 List

Jason Mazzola of Cloak/Dagger passed along his Best of 2009 list, music and otherwise. Take a look:

1.Sonic Youth The Eternal
A band that has been around for so long should be putting out bad records not good ones. They threw in some Wipers influence and split the vocal duty and song writing just right on this one. Can’t wait to hear what they come up with next and how many bands can you say that for who were around since 81, or 91 even 2001.

2.Wasted Time Futility
I am happy to say one of the best releases in hardcore this year is from Richmond and that is by no means why it is on this top 10. Start to finish this is a full on pissed hardcore punk metal freak sound track in the vein of SSD or Negative Approach, this is killer. A classic.

3.Marked Men Ghosts
Short, fast, good songs that got stuck in my head all year. Simple and brilliant like the Ramones. Catchy lyrics and hooks played like they mean it that will make you want to hit the dance floor. I will be playing this for years.

4.Pissed Jeans King Of Jeans
Lyrics so simple, honest and clever I wish I wrote them. Think Jesus Lizard and a touch of Pixies in a blender and you get punk that is hard to classify and for lack of a better word well, rocks.

5.Mos Def The Ecstatic
It’s rare that a hip hop album comes out that start to finish is well written, smart and relevant to the times. I could not believe how good this was when I first heard it. I played it three times in a row. Songs about art and war and issues that are bigger then just Mos Def that can speak to every one if they would give it a chance. My soundtrack to the gym this year.

6.Obits I Blame You
I love Ricks voice, he could sing over a Creed song and I would like it. This is surf style laid back rock songs perfect for the beach and long drives. Of course the lp art done by Rick also looks amazing. My favorite lyrics of 2009 are from Fake Kinkade – I’ve felt the power of imagination move ordinary men.

7.The Shitty Limits Beware the Limits
Snotty, sloppy, clever Wire style punk from the UK that still has a hardcore edge to it. Definitely give this a listen if you haven’t heard it.

8.Dinosaur Jr. Farm
J. Mascis and Lou Barlow back again for another solid release. Cover art rules, J’s voice sounds great and the awesome solos are there as always. Loved seeing them live this year and J. played solos even in between the songs. A true guitar hero.

9. Morrissey Years of Refusal
The songs on this are the most rocking since Your Arsenal and it’s Morrissey you either love him or hate him, you know the deal. His best release in some time.

10.Young Governor Hidden Love
Catchy, fast, songs with awesome vocal patterns that reminds me of Jay Reatard a comparison I’m sure has been made before but this definitely has its own powerful sound. I found myself listening to this a lot lately.

Best live bands 2009
Jesus Lizard, Fucked Up, Wasted Time, My Bloody Valentine, The Night Marchers.

WTF hardcore moment 2009
Chain Of Strength The Hundreds shirt
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Best blog 2009
: eBay and hardcore together as one by people who update the site as much as I check it.

Best movie 2009
Fantastic Mr. Fox

Best Reunion Show 2009
Zero Boys No Way Fest Richmond, VA

Best Fest
Fun Fun Fun Fest Austin, TX.

Cloak/Dagger [I]Lost Art[/I] Review

Cloak/Dagger’s latest offering Lost Art makes no qualms about what it is meant to be- an unapologetic 
sonic assault unafraid to wear its influences proudly on its sleeve. Laden with buzz saw guitars in the vein 
of Greg Ginn, Lost Art delivers the listener to a time when punk rock was where it 
belonged- underground, portraying a sense of importance and change. With riffs and infectious hooks 
reminiscent of everyone from Black Flag and The Circle Jerks to more recent throwbacks Hot Snakes, 
the accessibility of Cloak/Dagger harks to a time when those in the crowd would later that evening
become those on the stage.



The songs of Lost Art were written to echo throughout abandoned warehouses and the
crowded row home basements of the seediest of neighborhoods. "There’s a time and a place 
for everything," Mazzola howls on stand out track "Broken Wrist" and I believe him to be right. 
Yet only time will tell if this is the time and place for the culture to return to where it once came from. 




If the revolution comes, bands like Cloak/Dagger will surely be leading the battle cry. Lost Art brings with it 
a sense of both where punk rock has been and, if we are lucky, where it is headed. The Richmond four-piece 
successfully pay tribute to those who have come before them, sans the usual trapping of losing 
a sense of self in doing so. Make no mistake; Cloak/Dagger is very much Cloak/Dagger and Lost Art is the 
testament.

Cloak/Dagger [I]Lost Art[/I] Review

Who?

Cloak/Dagger are some bastards. Their fuzzy, often hypnotic take on mid-90’s punk rock is unabashed in every way. They’ve created a fairly straightforward record that retains an experimental aftertaste, but whatever it is that they are, Cloak/Dagger are it to the extreme. And that makes them bastards I respect.

How Is It?

Well I mean, “Broken Wrists” sounds a lot like “Same Old Story” and also “Billions Millions” in that they need but two minutes to invade our brain space with shouted, catchy choruses and tweaking guitar riffs. But when you have something so memorable in common, does it really matter that the formula seems repetitious? That just sounds like smart business to me. Jason Mazzola’s frantic vocals bring his self-reflective lyrics to light in impressive fashion: “One more year has passed me by / And I feel no different / But something’s changed,” from “In My Orbit,” comes slathered in grunge over guitars clearly influenced by bee stingers. Basically it’s all fast, hazy and lots of fun. An accessible punk rock record isn’t the norm these days, especially if it can appeal to actual punks and us lovelorn pansies. Something for everyone has never been punk’s motto, but in these dudes’ hands, or at least on Lost Art, it very well may be.

Recommended If You Like: Hot Snakes, Circle Jerks, gobs, Striking Distance, mobs, other bands that I’ve never heard of listed on the band’s allmusic page

Cloak/Dagger [I]Lost Art[/I] Review

So, I’m a punk snob. It’s sad because I’m not that guy who’s like, “I only listen to obscure punk that nobody’s heard of.” Or the dude who’s all,”I only listen to the REAL punk by the ?°»70s pioneers.” I’m not even the dude who says, “It’s only punk if it has a purpose – or no purpose at all.” Punk has become one of the most prestigious of all genres of music. It’s really quite silly, but it makes sense because it has no rules, yet it has strict rules. That’s what I love about punk music. I like punk that I should be ashamed to like, i.e. Blink 182 (PRE-“Take Off Your Pants and Jacket”). That’s right, I said it. I like that I can be super “moved” every time I listen to “In My Eyes” (Minor Threat). I like that I can listen to The Stooges and really understand why they titled a record “Raw Power” because that’s exactly what it is. But I digress. My point is, anyone who loves punk music SHOULD be a punk snob. If you hear punk you don’t like, it sucks, plain and simple. Punk is not to be tolerated; it is not “gray area” music. It is to be loved or hated. I absolutely HATE a ton of popular and “cool” punk bands for my own special reasons. But that’s what keeps punk alive: passion.

It seems all the recent punk bands I have come across either suck at actually playing musical instruments, or they’re trying too hard (but trying hard not to look like they’re trying so hard – you follow?). I got the Cloak and Dagger album, “Lost Art,” and I thought, “Oh great, here we go with another crappy punk attempt.” I couldn’t have been happier to hear the opening track. DUDE! It kills! Right? A band with rhythmic taste, an ear for hooks, and some good ol’ pissed off frontman action. I SO love a band that is easy to listen to, but I love a band more who makes me want to kill one of them so I can join. This album follows the (no) rules: It sounds like it was recorded straight off the mics and left to sound as it should, you know, raw! Eleven out of 13 tracks are under three minutes; who wants to hear a punk song drag on? It has pop hooks all over it, guitars and vocals alike. I’m talking international level HOOKS, kind of like The Hives (that’s right, the HIVES) to name a hooky band. I love that! I love songs that rock nuts and get stuck in my head! Cloak and Dagger can definitely play their instruments, but not like metal dudes or math-rockers, there’s a TON of SOUL in there. YES! I think this is one of my favorite records of 2009 and I hope it catches fire because there’s something there that makes up for me only being 30 and missing the first movement. I am officially going to enter this album into my permanent rotation. Nice work. Nice work.

Cloak/Dagger [I]Lost Art[/I] Review

CLOAK/DAGGER are putting a waterproof seal around the band’s early hardcore foundation, wrapping up with the past and moving forward to a punk/garage present. Whatever has fueled the band’s transition, it bears a certain similarity to the one taken by Canadian stars FUCKED UP. Lost Art, like the former’s The Chemistry of Common Life, is a comparatively stripped down affair that puts great emphasis on gyrating guitars, blister-forming bass lines, and manically disposed lead vocals.

There is a serious amount of fuzzed-out boogie in Lost Art, which makes sense when you cram 13 songs into 30 minutes and barely take the time to adjust tempos and song structures. With the straight-line sting of pea-shooter ammunition, CLOAK/DAGGER cut through the surface with sardonic, observational lyrics (”Sell us more fast food and dreams of fast cars / we’ll just eat shit and smile and take the finance charge”), and stir-crazy frustration. “Same Old Story” is a push-through-the-boredom slashing edict that admits defeat over inspiration (ear burning guitar licks notwithstanding), while album opener “Billions Millions” is a cheeky riff on rich and famous dead musicians (with a major HOT SNAKES musically lean). Lost Art’s standout is the fifth track, the scorcher “Deathbed Rebels” which pauses the band’s mainly mid-tempo garage rock for an early blast of LA punk that shrouds the vocals in a cloud of dust.

I’m almost never immediately bowled over by music in this style — too little of it sticks out at first, and with few exceptions, that’s true about Lost Art, but dammit, this one’s a grower, and it won’t take long for its sour, snotty attitude and aesthetic to burrow into place.

Cloak/Dagger [I]Lost Art[/I] Review

To get an idea of how much I dig Cloak/Dagger, I spent a good half hour a few weeks back figuring out how to order their “Don’t Need A” 7” from Germany cause it wasn’t out here yet. This meant translating a German order form and hoping in the end they’d ship overseas and not just keep my PayPal funds and laugh at me in German. Turns out you can preorder it now from Grave Mistake stateside but hindsight’s 20/20 so fuck me I guess.

If you read this site often enough I think you might find a common thread in a lot of our stuff. We just as well might promote ourselves as “FSS – Like That Show thirtysomething But With More Punk Rock”. The other night as I chugged along in my basement on the ?°»ol elliptical machine like a fat hamster in a wheel I rocked “Lost Art” from my ghetto blaster. I love this band. They’re fed up with most of the same shit I’m fed up with. And the older I get the longer the list gets. Tolerance is not my forte.

The first line on the album is “I want to be paid for nothing.” I’ve worked with people like this. Gone to school with them. They think the world owes them something for nothing, whereas people like myself are content knowing that most times you give more than you’ll ever get. Look at the FSS. The money truck isn’t exactly backing up to our doors. But fuck it. We’ll keep on going even if to spite people (I’m serious).

Dead Idols?°¦ the line goes “my heroes aren’t my heroes anymore and I’m ashamed of what they once were, what they are now and what it is that I don’t want to be.” No one is infallible. No one a saint. No one worth idolizing. I look up to people sure. Do I trust in them implicitly? Umm, no. Did you see that Joe Strummer documentary last year? I met him once and he was a hella nice guy, and he put out an atomic ton of unbelievable music in his life. But he was also real asshole to friends completely writing them off and let’s not forget how he treated ol’ Mick. I might have ignored the second part of that a long time ago but now I can see the whole picture. Keep it coming Cloak/Dagger, I’m just breaking a sweat on this elliptical bastard.

Don’t Need A?°¦ “I’m gonna live my life by my rules and what you think has nothing to do with me.” Pretty much what punk rock is about in one sentence. It’s how I’ve tried to live my life since I listened to my first Black Flag album at 16. I’m picking up my pace.

Deathbed Rebels?°¦ straightforward message, get out of bed and make life happen for you or just wait to die and hope to get it right the next time round. Who knew Cloak/Dagger believed in reincarnation?

Dead Town Beat?°¦third track with “death” in the title. Sensing a theme.

Lower Estada?°¦ an ode to Johnny Thunders and NYC circa ’77?°¦ but more than that it’s an ode to surviving and kicking ass in the process. “Show them no mercy. Go Johnny Go!”

Fast Food Dream?°¦ this is the shit that put me on this ridiculous exercise regimen in the first place. Born into a consumer culture that taught me to consume the worst possible shit and now I’m paying for it. If I have kids some day they aren’t coming within 500 feet of a goddamn Walmart or McDonalds.

“Lost Art” is the perfect title to this album. Punk rock the way Cloak/Dagger does it is in many ways a lost art. I’m not saying they’re the only ones with the spirit. I’m not saying they’re the only ones giving it their all. But they’re one of the few bands out right now that are any good at it. And they’re one of the few bands out right now that remind me of the greats like the Flag. Get this at fine record stores everywhere. And the vinyl comes with a download code so you don’t have to worry about hooking your record player up in your basement every time you want to burn a few calories in hopes of reaching your forties.

Cloak/Dagger’s Jason Mazzola Lists His Top 5 Hardcore Albums


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Decibel Magazine has just posted a feature in which Jason Mazzola of Cloak/Dagger expounds upon his picks for top 5 hardcore albums of all time.

[Decibel Magazine]

Lost Art is out now!

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Tracklist
1. Billions Millions
2. Dead Idols
3.
4. Broken Wrists
5. Deathbed Rebels
6. Eyes On The Wall
7. Same Old Story
8. Dead Town Beat
9. Lower Eastada
10. In My Orbit
11. Fast Food Dream
12. Lost Art
13. Tragic Sleep

Release of the Day: CLOAK/DAGGER – “Lost Art”

A new CLOAK/DAGGER full-length is something received well around these parts. This one is less tied to a hardcore foundation, and more in-tune with loud, short blasts of off-kilter guitar punk rock. Think HOT SNAKES, meets newer FUCKED UP, but a notch less complicated. This is the first Jade Tree full-length since last year’s PAINT IT BLACK release New Lexicon. At least their selectivity has kept quality in mind.

Cloak/Dagger [I]Lost Art[/I] Review

One of the most respected bands in punk-rock right now, Cloak/Dagger’s second album Lost Art provides an intriguing contrast between punk’s past and present. Given the plethora of god-awful pop-punk goons and hardcore bands around today using distorted down-tuned guitars and indecipherable screamed vocals to pave over their lack of invention, Lost Art perfectly illustrates that the genre can still sound volatile and exhilarating in 2009 with clean-cut guitar tones and hyperactive rhythms.

Picking up right where 2007′s We Are left off, ‘Billions Millions’ sets out at a breakneck speed and the pace never relents for one second, with Colin Barth’s buzzsaw guitars frequently touching on the primal world’s of Hot Snakes and Fucked Up. Elsewhere, the frantic ‘Deathbed Rebels’ is an effervescent ball of energy, ‘In My Orbit’ recalls Greg Ginn at his finest, while closing number ‘Tragic Sleep’ provides one of Lost Art’s finest moment late on with its bouncing riffs and galloping drums.

All things considered Lost Art is a timely reminder of how exciting stripped down, no-frills punk can still be, but just don’t expect its genius to be clogging up column inches in the likes of NME or Kerrang! any time soon.

Cloak/Dagger "Lost Art" LP/CD/Digital Released Today


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Tracklist
1. Billions Millions
2. Dead Idols
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4. Broken Wrists
5. Deathbed Rebels
6. Eyes On The Wall
7. Same Old Story
8. Dead Town Beat
9. Lower Eastada
10. In My Orbit
11. Fast Food Dream
12. Lost Art
13. Tragic Sleep

Is it punk? Hardcore? Garage? Make up your own mind about Cloak/Dagger’s latest full-length, Lost Art.

Colin Barth’s winding guitars juggle melody, punch and vitriol on par with the Avengers, John Reis, Mission of Burma and Greg Ginn. Play it loud on tracks such as “Deathbed Rebels” that push the punk envelope a bit further with frenzied, circle-pit fodder reminiscent of the Circle Jerks and Big Boys.

Underneath, snaking rolls of bass drive the proceedings with the flawless percussive thrust of the Ramones, Hot Snakes and bygone Boston hardcore heroes F.U.s, Jerry’s Kids. Over this Jason Mazzola distinguishes the band with a full, arching tenor that’s more bellow than scream. Mazzola’s delivery and lyrics shine especially on numbers like “Lower Eastada” and “Dead Idols,” where the band’s punk ‘n roll swagger takes over (think more Johnny Thunders, less Ray Cappo). After listening to Lost Art, you won’t be worried about categorizing the band, only when they go back on tour.

Lost Artis out out now on CD, LP and as a digital download. Each LP includes a coupon allowing a download of the songs in MP3 format. All formats are now available for in the Jade Tree Store as well as fine record stores and digital music services everywhere.

The band just returned from in Gainesville where they played to a sold out crowd on Halloween (check out Jason’s ).

Upcoming Dates:
11/28/2009 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter (was Nanci Raygun)
12/19/2009 Richmond, VA @ Gallery 5

Remember to check the for the most current listings.

Cloak/Dagger [I]Lost Art[/I] Review

Violence. Cloak/Dagger is all about violence and its the barely restrained display. Better make that unrestrained display: Listening to Lost Art is like enjoying ringside seats at a prolonged battle between a saber-toothed tiger and a giant spider: It’s pretty damn cool, but you may just be putting yourself in the line of danger should the situation get a little out of control.

Of course, that’s a perfect aura of danger in which to wrap yourself if you’re an underground punk act, and Cloak/Dagger do the garage/punk/rock’n'roll hybrid better than most and certainly meaner than just about all. Sounding like a surly, distempered cousin of Obits or Night Marchers, Cloak/Dagger whips out the vintage, clean-cut guitar tones and rips through a hyperactive and volatile that picks up right where 2007′s We Are (review) (Jade Tree) left off. That is, it’s kicking your head in and crashing forward.

Lost Art revives the dead art of punk songwriting. The sort of songwriting that’s unabashedly confrontational, hard on your ears by its very design and polarizing. Most of all it’s polarizing: Either you’ll feel Cloak/Dagger’s passion and hatred of all things mundane, or you’re the very thing its music wants to destroy. Heaven help you if you’re the latter.

If you’re the former, you’re in for a treat. "Billions Millions" slips a slinky guitar solo into a tune that’s otherwise all barked vocals, pummeling bass and rhythms with the all subtleties of a rocket-propelled grenade. "In My Orbit" and "Deathbed Rebels" work much the same angle, tackling tunes with all the rambunctious, coming-unwound-at-the-seams energy of punk while secretly making love to the pop credentials of a garage outfit. It’s not really a formula that’s hard to think up, but it’s one that’s hard to execute with all the ability Cloak/Dagger brings to this album.

Punk’s quickly skimming off the chaff that’s been the pop-punk and mall-punk layers as it branches back into the underground with more and more determination with each year. Lost Art should help the style find its center and regroup, as Cloak/Dagger love all those things that make all the best punk so great — and also anathema to mainstream success.

Cloak/Dagger "Don’t Need A" Digital Download and 7" Now Available


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We are pleased to announce the release of Cloak/Dagger’s three song digital download Don’t Need A along with the 7” from our friends at Grave Mistake Records. As we approach next Tuesday’s release of Lost Art, this release offers the title track “Don’t Need A” from the LP along with two non-album tracks on the B-side.

Cloak/Dagger’s new digital release and 7" packs in another round of aggressive rock, hard to categorize but easy to feel. Listeners will appreciate the warning shot before the full-length Lost Art, leaves them with a throbbing, euphoric bruise that defies the cookie-cutter punk ‘n roll mould. From Barth’s winding guitars and Mazzola’s burr-throated bellow, punk’s signature urgency crashes into a mid-tempo rock swagger pumping the best of forebears like Hot Snakes, Circle Jerks and The Avengers. Don’t Need A is available on vinyl from Grave Mistake in the US and Adagio830 in Europe.

Don’t Need A Digital Download

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Track List:
1. Don’t Need A
2. Jesus Had A Twin
3. Twenty On One

Now you can here for only 89 cents a song!

Don’t Need A 7" from Grave Mistake Lost Art CD/LP+MP3/Digital Download

Tracklist
1. Billions Millions
2. Dead Idols
3. Don’t Need A
4. Broken Wrists
5. Deathbed Rebels
6. Eyes On The Wall
7. Same Old Story
8. Dead Town Beat
9. Lower Eastada
10. In My Orbit
11. Fast Food Dream
12. Lost Art
13. Tragic Sleep

Lost Art will be released on CD and LP on November 3rd and is now available and will be shipped immediately. Each LP includes an MP3 download coupon. The album will also be available in digital form through iTunes, Amazon MP3, eMusic, Jade Tree store and most other digital music stores.

Cloak/Dagger will be celebrating the release of Lost Art with a show at in Gainesville on October 31 at The Atlantic. The band goes on at 5pm.

Cloak/Dagger Vinyl Added to Jade Tree Store


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As we get closer to the release of Cloak/Dagger‘s Lost Art we’ve added a few more vinyl selections to the store. When the band left for Europe we decided to make a few extra copies of the test pressings for them to bring along. Out of the total 280 pressed, we have just put 45 of them in the store. These are hand stamped white label LPs in a stickered jacket. They will ship on 10/19 with the LP and CD pre-orders. These copies also include a digital download of the record.

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Also added to the store are 100 copies of the record on white vinyl.

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In addition, we have small number of the three song Don’t Need A 7" released by in Europe. A US version will be available soon, but these are available immediately.

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And of course, if you haven’t ordered already, Lost Art is available on CD and LP (with MP3) in the Jade Tree store.

Tracklist
1. Billions Millions
2. Dead Idols
3.
4. Broken Wrists
5. Deathbed Rebels
6. Eyes On The Wall
7. Same Old Story
8. Dead Town Beat
9. Lower Eastada
10. In My Orbit
11. Fast Food Dream
12. Lost Art
13. Tragic Sleep

Lost Art will be released on CD and LP on November 3rd and is now available for in the Jade Tree Store. Each LP will include a coupon allowing a download of the songs in MP3 format. The album will also be available in digital form through iTunes, Amazon MP3, eMusic, Jade Tree store and most other digital music stores.

For all of those heading down to Gainesville for The Fest, be sure to head over to the Cloak/Dagger show at The Atlantic:

10/15/2009 Gainesville, FL United States @ The Atlantic [The Fest VIII]

Cloak/Dagger Twitter on Tour


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On the heel of announcing Lost Art Cloak/Dagger have hit ground in Germany for the European tour leading up to the release of the record. The guys decided to get on the old Twitter while on the road.

Cloak/Dagger: | Jade Tree:

Lost Art will be released on CD and LP on November 3rd and is now available for in the Jade Tree Store. Each LP will include a coupon allowing a download of the songs in MP3 format. The album will also be available in digital form through iTunes, Amazon MP3, eMusic, Jade Tree store and most other digital music stores.

Tracklist
1. Billions Millions
2. Dead Idols
3.
4. Broken Wrists
5. Deathbed Rebels
6. Eyes On The Wall
7. Same Old Story
8. Dead Town Beat
9. Lower Eastada
10. In My Orbit
11. Fast Food Dream
12. Lost Art
13. Tragic Sleep