Post-hardcore legends At The Drive-In have officially released their first new song in 16 years. The new track, “Governed By Contagions”, comes from their forthcoming album, which will be released at some point in 2017. The track features the guitar fireworks that we’ve come to expect from Omar Rodriguez Lopez, pulsating drums, and the incredible vocal range of Cedric Bixler-Zavala, who seems to be all-systems-go after his vocal chord injury earlier this year that forced the band to cancel several of their comeback shows.Listen to “Governed By Contagions” below! We’ll provide more information on the new At The Drive-In album as it’s announced.
2016 runner-up Tyler Soppe was the 2017 Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod national champion. At left is Clay Smith of Speedway Motors and at right is IMCA President Brett Root. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography)SHERRILL, Iowa – Advice from a driver who’s been there and won that helped Tyler Soppe in his quest for the IMCA Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod national championship.Soppe parlayed 25 feature wins and track titles at Farley Speedway and Maquoketa Speedway into the 2017 national title.“We knew it would be close because of bonus points but we had a pretty good idea we had the national championship wrapped up,” said Soppe, from Sherrill, Iowa, and a first-time Allstar Performance Iowa State champion as well. “It was nice to be able to call people and tell them we’d won it after we got the official notice from IMCA.”Driving a 14-year-old car purchased for $1,500 as recently as 2015, Soppe was the national runner-up last year. He ascended to the top spot in the standings in mid-July this season and took the crown ahead of defending champion Tony Olson and two-time king Matt Looft.“I had raced an outlaw super bomber, which is similar to an IMCA Stock Car, at Farley, Maquoketa and Dubuque. When those tracks announced they’d go IMCA, I raced both classes before converting full-time to the Northern SportMod five years ago,” Soppe said. “It was a class I could race anywhere and just as importantly, it fit my budget.”“Last year, Shannon Anderson suggested we pay more attention to our number of starts. I figured if anyone knew how to get it done (Anderson won his career seventh IMCA Hobby Stock national title this season) it was him,” continued Soppe. “Getting second last year was awesome. To get it done this year was crazy.”Both 2016 and 2017 campaigns saw Soppe overcome mid-summer doldrums. He won just one of 11 outings after taking the lead in the national points race this year.“Once we stopped having fun then it seemed like stupid things started to happen. Little things would break or we’d lose the driveshaft while leading,” he said. “Sometimes you overdo things. We went back to having fun and we started winning again.”His 58 starts this year came at 11 different tracks and Soppe collected checkers at seven of those venues.A six-time winner at Farley, Dubuque and Maquoketa, he also raced to more than his share of special event success at both Benton County Speedway and Independence Motor Speedway.“There were a few races that really stood out for us this year. The Wednesday night fair race at Dubuque where we started last and won was one of them,” Soppe said. “I’ve had pretty good luck at Benton County and we always plan to go there when Dubuque doesn’t race. One of my favorite tracks is Marshalltown, although I have yet to win there, and I like Independence because the track is always so consistent.”Soppe now has a career total of 66 feature wins in the division.Starts-58Wins-25Additional Top Fives-23HIS CREW: Brother Dalton, Adam Bush and Tyler Zierden. HIS SPONSORS: Dubuque Mulch, Dubuque Fire Equipment, Fire Power Graphics, Nu Tech Seed, Cal-Co, Seegy’s Race Products and Jeff, Lexi and Angie Valentine, all of Dubuque; Peosta Mini-Storage of Peosta; Durango Depot of Durango; Wagner Nursery of Asbury; Eichman’s Bar & Grill of Sargeville; TDS Welding of Sherrill; Superior Cleaning Services of Independence; Corky’s Racing Products of Waterloo; Ti-Lube of Mount Ayr; Broker Shane Heister Associated Real Estate Counselors of Preston; Bob Harris Custom Suspension of Ames; DriveDirtCars.com; Dynamic Drivelines of Des Moines; Out-Pace Racing Products of Freeport, Ill.; rhrswag.com; and Superior Steering Wheel of Mission, Texas.
Despite the commencement of rehabilitation works to correct a dam breach in the backlands of Mahaicony, East Coast Demerara, flooding continues to plague inhabitants along Company Dam, New Providence. According to reports received by this publication on Thursday, when high tides come in, the community is flooded.It was only on Friday last that the Mahaica Mahaicony Abary-Agricultural Developmental Authority (MMA-ADA) had undertaken to rehabilitate repairs to two major breaches along the Perth Canal. As it stands currently, while works have been ongoing sporadically, sections of the breaches are not yet closed, resulting in flooding from the high tides.One resident told Guyana Times his yard normally floods and he has is not able to replant any of his subsistence crops that perished when the flood waters inundated the area. He explained that when the tides come in the lands become flooded and when it goes out the water would eventually recede but poodles would remain.“No plants can’t grow back – I used to plant bora, ochro, bulanger,” the resident who works as a labourer noted. It was further explained that this situation has added to the difficulties which some residents have been encountering in finding employment.The flood waters are also affecting farmers in areas along Branch Road, Mahaicony who have the expensive undertaking of pumping out flood waters.During the last month Guyana Times had been highlighting that the unrepaired breach flooded hundreds of acres of farmlands during high tides as well as several house lots along Company Dam, New Providence.This newspaper was told Monday that MMA-ADA had deployed a hymac in the canal on Friday to commence corrective works but setbacks have delayed the rehabilitation.When Guyana Times contacted the farmers who were adversely affected, they related that they are overjoyed that works have begun but noted that some flood-waters would still come up on their lands.General Manager of MMA-ADA Aubrey Charles when contacted last week confirmed that works to repair the breach had begun. Based on his assessment, he noted that some months after the dam was constructed, it settled and its height was reduced.“After the settlement, the height of the dam was below the designed level,” Charles had told this publication.The General Manager also said the spring tide overflow caused soil erosions which facilitated widening of the breaches, occasioning heavy flooding.The dam at Perth Canal was rehabilitated around seven months ago when the dry weather caused by El Niño had prevailed but it collapsed shortly after.The farmers told Guyana Times they had made several appeals to the MMA-ADA to repair the broken sections but their repeated calls went unheeded.They expressed frustration over the fact that the recent El Niño period was the ideal time to have done the repairs but nothing was done to assist them. Now that the rainy season has started, they lamented they have to suffer losses yet again.Meanwhile, this publication was made aware that MMA-ADA has visited areas in Branch Road, Mahaica, and works were conducted to correct a malfunctioning pump which had caused flooding in the area. It is unclear if the magnitude of corrective works in the areas has been responsible for the stalled works.Water being pumped off farmlands earlier this month