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Jade Tree is pleased to announce the latest addition to the roster, Richmond, VA’s CLOAK/DAGGER. CLOAK/DAGGER are currently fine tuning songs for an upcoming debut EP to be recorded in the Fall, with more details to be announced in the coming weeks.
CLOAK/DAGGER is a relatively new project, with roots that began in October of 2005. The band, comprised of Colin Kimble, Jason Mazzola and brothers Aaron and Colin Barth, recorded a demo following a handful of practices, which was released on Halloween of last year. Taking hints from a variety of influences, the demo combined the jagged aggression of bands like Black Flag and the Circle Jerks with the more urgent execution of the Drive Like Jehu/Rocket from the Crypt/Hot Snakes camp. The demo was well received around the Richmond area, and eventually landed in the reviews at Maximum Rock and Roll, referencing CLOAK/DAGGER as "Not retro, but real punk rock."
The band continued to practice throughout the Winter, playing shows up and down the East Coast with the likes of PAINT IT BLACK, FUCKED UP, Big Business, Career Suicide and Government Warning, before eventually recording a 4-song 7" for Grave Mistake Records. The Pinata EP, released earlier this Summer, finds the band navigating their way through a tighter, rawer sound, and has been described as "Black Flag fighting Hot Snakes scraped raw and turned up to 10."
Cloak/Dagger will be playing a handful of shows through the rest of the Summer, including tonight with the likes of fellow Jade Tree artists PAINT IT BLACK, and The Loved Ones. If you’re in or around the Philadelphia area, the show is at the First Unitarian Church, and starts at 7:30 PM. CLOAK/DAGGER will be playing songs from the Pinata 7" along with selections from their upcoming EP.