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Who Cares That You’ve Never Heard Of Them: Their Album Is Finished!

That’s right, local pop-punkers Scattered Rivalry are finally ready to release their debut album, the interestingly named Prayer In Bad Weather. Should you care? Maybe, if you find yourself nostalgic for the days when local bands like Bro-9 and Junior Varsity made ripples on the local music scene. It’s worth noting that the 10-track album wrapped up most recording at Asheville’s Starlight Studios in April, but only recently finished the mastering. The CD is being released by Charlotte-based indie label White Horse Records. (White Horse is so indie, in fact, that the only other thing they appear to have released is last year’s album by emo-punk-lite local act Code Adam.) No word yet on the actual release date for Prayer, but chances are very good that the band will have them available for sale before the end of summer. Visit www.myspace.com/ScatteredRivalry

Secret Lives Hints At A Concept Album

Meanwhile, Secret Lives of the Freemasons have been stealthily writing a new album, their follow-up to their 2005 debut This Was Built to Make You Dance. Their sophomore release, The Weekend Warriors, is planned for release later this year, but other details are unclear. According to a blog by vocalist Brien Worsham on their MySpace page, the disc is loosely penned around a theme, “a story of a weekend of partying and everything that goes along with it (drinking, fights, f**king, sadness, love, breaking up). All that good stuff.” The album is expected to clock in at a respectable 11 to 12 tracks, and demos should be available through the band’s MySpace page in coming weeks. No word yet on whether or not the new record will be released on the group’s last known label, Astro Magnetics. Visit www.MySpace.com/SecretLivesOfTheFreemasons

Minor Threat

Arden-based rockers Opus Grey appear to be gearing up for an official release of some kind. The group has offered up three roughly produced tracks (which they’ve charmingly defined as both “raw” and “bloody”) and vaguely alluded to something that might be an upcoming CD, called Megafauna. If this is a hint at an album to come, and if slop-bucket metal is your thing, it’s probably worth visiting the group’s profile page at www.MySpace.com/OpusGrey

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