You know a band from your city is awesome when one of my favorite people in music, Greg Puciato of the Dillinger Escape Plan, has to ask about them or shout them out every time he's in town. So it goes with Miami's own Poison the Well, the decade-plus-running metal-ish, hardcore-ish, straight-up crushing quintet. While things seemed to have been quiet on the PtW front in recent months, the band recently announced it would be heading back to the studio to work on its fifth studio album, to be released in May 2009. Like 2007's Versions, the album will be released on Ferret Music; the producer this time around will be J. Robbins, who's worked with Against Me!, Clutch, and Modern Life is War, among others.
But in the last couple of days, PtW has announced some other good news for fans starving for new material. As a sort of teaser before the release of the album, the band's going back to that old punk/hardcore standby medium, the seven-inch. Three will be released leading up to next May, and the first, "I/III," drops November 11. While it'll be available for legal digital download, it'll be more fun to order the whole physical package through the band's MySpace page, starting October 24 -- that includes the record itself, a poster, and a specially designed T-shirt. -- Arielle Castillo