Brant Bjork Signs to Heavy Psych Sounds for Reissues & New Music; Headlining Stoned & Dusted in May

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One really, really hates to use corporate newspeak buzzwords like ‘gamechanger,’ but this is a pretty big deal. After three releases on Napalm Records —  2014’s Black Power Flower (review here), 2016’s Tao of the Devil (review here) and 2017’s Europe ’16 (review here) live LP — desert rock pioneer Brant Bjork has inked a deal with Italian imprint Heavy Psych Sounds.

While it’s not necessarily surprising Bjork would go with another European imprint following the end of his term with Napalm, which is based in Austria, he steps into position as the most recognizable figure on Heavy Psych Sounds and arguably the label’s biggest act. His back catalog from 1999’s Jalamanta (discussed here) through 2010’s Gods and Goddesses (review here) will be reissued as part of the deal, and Bjork will move forward with new releases as well, including the long awaited Jakoozzi album that’s been talked about for years.

I had the pleasure of writing the announcement below, so please check it out and get yourself informed. No timetable yet so far as I know on the reissues, but I’d be surprised if they didn’t start to surface by the end of the year. I wonder if they’ll go in order.

From my keyboard to the PR wire and back again:

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Brant Bjork Signs to Heavy Psych Sounds

New Album Coming Soon; Back Catalogue to be Reissued; Jakoozzi to Finally See Release

In a union born of a meeting in the desert night, Heavy Psych Sounds could not be prouder to announce the signing of desert rock legend Brant Bjork to its ever-growing roster. Starting immediately, the entire Brant Bjork discography from 1999-2010 is available through the label’s digital platforms: iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Bandcamp, Deezer, and more.

As a founding member of and a main songwriter in Kyuss, Brant Bjork is a pivotal figure in desert rock. His time on drums in Fu Manchu only solidified his position, and when he released his first solo album, Jalamanta, in 1999, he brought new elements of soul to the style and crafted a sound all his own that he continues to develop to this day.

In 2014, Bjork formed the Low Desert Punk Band and released two albums, Black Power Flower (2014) and Tao of the Devil (2016), as well as a live album on Napalm Records. In signing to Heavy Psych Sounds, his much-anticipated collection of funk-influenced material, Jakoozzi, will at long last be released, and the man himself will set to work on his next studio LP.

“Super psyched to sign with Heavy Psych Sounds Records,” enthuses Bjork. “I’m looking forward to making brand new rock, re-releasing my catalog and the long-awaited Jakoozzi album. Most definitely, Heavy Psych Sounds Records are the people to help me do this. I met Gabriele when Black Rainbows supported us in 2016, and then we had him come to the desert to play Desert Generator. Good guy doing good things for rock and roll. Right on.”

“We are absolutely thrilled to partner with Brant Bjork,” affirms label head Gabriele Fiori. “Bringing in Brant Bjork is a desert rock dream come true and we can’t wait to help expose a whole new generation to his previous releases and work together for a long time to come on new music as well! Brant will be our top artist and we are looking to work hard with him to bring his music around the globe!”

Brant Bjork — along with his partners Mario Lalli and manager Ryan Jones — are throwing a generator party called Stoned and Dusted which will take place at a secret desert location in Joshua Tree, CA, on May 26 and 27. Brant will headline the event alongside The Obsessed, Nebula, Yawning Man, and many more. Stay tuned for more news from Brant Bjork and Heavy Psych Sounds in the coming weeks and months.

Brant Bjork, Live at Desert Generator 2017

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One Response to “Brant Bjork Signs to Heavy Psych Sounds for Reissues & New Music; Headlining Stoned & Dusted in May”

  1. StevhanTI says:

    Big deal indeed and ol’ Gabi Fiori spearheading himself straight to the capo delle capi spot of European Heavy Pshych ;-)

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