Friday Full-Length: Baby Woodrose, Money for Soul

Posted in Bootleg Theater on February 12th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

Baby Woodrose, Money for Soul (2003)

There are very few bands I listen to that every time I put a record on, I experience zero regrets. You know how it is. Maybe you’re not sure what you really want to be hearing at a given moment, and you grab an album, play it, and are kind of “meh” as you make your way through it. It’s been a long time since I listened to Baby Woodrose and felt anything other than jubilation at how utterly righteous they are. The long-running Danish outfit released their second album, Money for Soul, on 2003 through Bad Afro Records — the same imprint which will reportedly have a new LP out from them later this year — and 13 years later it remains a stunning work of cohesive, comprehensive psychedelic garage rock. Spearheaded by the guitar and vocals of principle songwriter Lorenzo Woodrose, blazing cuts like the title-track, the buzzsaw-toned “Hippie Chick” and fuzz-drenched opener “Honeydripper” dig right into the best aspects of all things raw and tripped-out, and while a good portion of the record is headed straight for the roots of psych rock, its arrangements are by no means lazy, with intermittent flourish of keys and synth to go with the guitar, bass and drums that draw heavy inspiration from 13th Floor Elevators and build on the foundation for what Baby Woodrose would become that was first set with their 2001 debut, Blows Your Mind!, and the earlier demos that eventually surfaced in 2011 on the collection Mindblowing Seeds and Disconnected Flowers (review here).

Fans of Monster Magnet will hear a lot of commonality between the two bands throughout Money for Soul, whether on “Volcano” or “Disconnected,” but Baby Woodrose have always had one foot in a stripped-down songwriting approach, and their songs overall are leaner and less given to extended space rock excursions. Careful layering of acoustic and electric guitar on “You Better Run” reminds of Rubber Soul‘s post-British Invasion experimentation, and while the song is just over two minutes long and there’s barely a second to spare in its upbeat push, Baby Woodrose — then the trio of Lorenzo, bassist Riky Woodrose and drummer Rocco Woodrose — never lack for atmosphere there or on the subsequent stomper “Rollercoaster,” the midsection cut “Carrie” being particularly emblematic in this regard, with a drawback on some of the rhythmic thrust featured elsewhere to highlight the organ, delay guitar and vocal arrangement, all of which conjure a psychedelic spaciousness to match the Turtles-style backing vocals and emotional crux of the lyrics. Rounding out with “Volcano,” Money for Soul holds its ethic to a riotous, raunchy finish that’s about as close as they come to the cosmos, sound-wise, but the lyrics, sampled orgasms, etc., make sure a terrestrial theme is established one way or another.

As noted above, Baby Woodrose will reportedly have a new album out this year on Bad Afro. To be titled Freedom, it will be their first since 2012’s lush Third Eye Surgery (review here), and they’ll also be playing Freak Valley in May. Third Eye SurgeryMoney for Soul, 2007’s Chasing Rainbows and 2006’s Love Comes Down will also be reissued throughout 2016 on vinyl by Bad Afro, about which details can be found at Baby Woodrose‘s Thee Facebooks page.

As always, I hope you enjoy.

It just so happens that today is The Patient Mrs.‘ birthday. I’ll spare you the rundown of what she wanted/what she got, but it’s been an interesting year to say the least, so whatever it was that she wanted/got, it’s a pale fraction of the glories and tributes she deserves. We’ll be heading down to Connecticut tomorrow to see her family and have dinner and this and that. It’s also supposed to be the coldest weekend in the last decade in Massachusetts where we live, so there’s that going on. If the car breaks down and we get stranded or if the heater breaks like it did last year and begins spewing steam and flooding the second floor so that the kitchen walls beneath run wet, I’m sure I’ll bitch about it using a variety of social media. Because that’s the recourse we’ve afforded ourselves in this existence.

Gonna stop that paragraph before things take a turn. The bottom line? Happy birthday to The Patient Mrs., for whom my love continues to expand like a Deep Purple jam on Made in Japan. Like a 20-minute version of “Space Truckin’.”

Next week, look out for that Borderland Fuzz Fiesta mixtape. It’s happening on Monday, and there’s some new Yawning Man in there you’re gonna want to hear, among many other gems. Also Monday, a track premiere from Youngblood Supercult, and later in the week, look out for full album streams from Droids Attack and Greenleaf, both of whose records will show up on my Top 30 at the end of the year, without a doubt.

We’re a ways off yet, but I’ve also started planning for the next Quarterly Review. That’ll be at the end of next month, so keep an eye open.

I hope you have a great and safe weekend. Please check out the forum and the radio stream.

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The Vintage Caravan Post “Babylon” Video; On Tour Now

Posted in Bootleg Theater on February 9th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Icelandic trio The Vintage Caravan kicked off their first European headlining tour this past weekend, and to mark the occasion, they’ve unveiled the second, even-weirder video to come from their sophomore album, Arrival (review here). “Babylon” was the first audio to come from Arrival early last year in a lyric video (posted here) and its hook is resonant enough that if you checked out that track even once, it’ll probably come back to you here. Plus, it’s significantly longer than was “Crazy Horses,” which was the first video from the record, so the three-piece have more time to really get strange as they go on.

And they do. What starts with an awkward YouTube-style interview that takes Polish ‘zines down a peg quickly takes a turn as the band gets chased by volcano zombies and captured by merpeople, gives birth to an all-white demon, winds up at some weird tea party and then, finally, gets on stage to finish the song. The last video was weird. This one’s weirder. Call it artistic progression.

The Vintage Caravan stay on the road throughout much of March in Europe, and since they rounded out 2015 on tour, I wouldn’t be surprised if they had plans upcoming either for summer or fall as well. And hey, as cinematic as the clips for “Crazy Horses” and “Babylon” have been, it’s always possible the band will make it a trilogy of videos from Arrival before moving forward with their next album. We’ll see if they manage to survive next time.

Enjoy:

The Vintage Caravan, “Babylon” official video

THE VINTAGE CARAVAN RELEASE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR “BABYLON”!

Icelandic classic rock trio THE VINTAGE CARAVAN have released the music video for the song “Babylon” off their successful latest album, Arrival.

The band commented about the song,”From the beginning we always wanted to do a video to “Babylon”. It’s definitely one of the heavier, more primal songs off the last album Arrival.”

 

The Vintage Caravan on Tour:
04.02.2016 Kolding (Denmark) – Godset
05.02.2016 Aalborg (Denmark) – 1000Fryd
06.02.2016 Copenhagen (Denmark) – BETA
07.02.2016 Kiel (Germany) – Die Pumpe
09.02.2016 Leeuwarden (The Netherlands) – Neushoorn
10.02.2016 Den Bosch (The Netherlands) – W2
11.02.2016 Antwerp (Belgium) – Het Bos
12.02.2016 Sittard (The Netherlands) – Volt
13.02.2016 Dresden (Germany) – Chemiefabrik
14.02.2016 Lille (France) – La Péniche
15.02.2016 Paris (France) – La Mécanique Ondulatoire
17.02.2016 Nantes (France) – Scène Michelet
18.02.2016 Bordeaux (France) – Void
19.02.2016 Bilbao (Spain) – Santana 27
20.02.2016 Almada (Portugal) – Cine Incrivél
21.02.2016 Madrid (Spain) – Sala Caracol
22.02.2016 Barcelona (Spain) – La 2
25.02.2016 Aarau (Switzerland) – Kiff
26.02.2016 Milan (Italy) – Lo Fi Club
27.02.2016 Mödling (Austria) – Red Box
28.02.2016 Graz (Austria) – Explosiv
29.02.2016 Salzburg (Austria) – Rockhouse
02.03.2016 Innsbruck (Austria) – Weekender
03.03.2016 Budapest (Hungary) – Dürer Kert
04.03.2016 Prague (Czech Republic) – Nova Chmelnice
05.03.2016 Cracow (Poland) – Zascianek
06.03.2016 Warsaw (Poland) – Hydrozagadka
08.03.2016 Lichtenfels (Germany) – Paunchy Cats
09.03.2016 Erfurt (Germany) – Museumskeller
10.03.2016 Bonn (Germany) – WDR Crossroads (only The Vintage Caravan)
11.03.2016 Nürnberg (Germany) – Der Cult
12.03.2016 Munich (Germany) – Under The Black Moon (Backstage) (Only The Vintage Caravan)
13.03.2016 Münster (Germany) – Sputnik Cafe
18.03.2016 Düsseldorf (Germany – Pitcher (Only The Vintage Caravan)
19.03.2016 Düsseldorf (Germany – Pitcher (Only The Vintage Caravan) – SOLD OUT

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Karma to Burn Post “62” Video; Euro Tour Starts Next Month

Posted in Bootleg Theater on February 9th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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The new Karma to Burn video begins with guitarist/founder Will Mecum walking down a very European hallway and then down a very European street before entering a very European bar in Biel, Switzerland, which, wouldn’t you know it, has a Marshall full stack and a brew awaiting his arrival. Mecum proceeds to riff out in the bar, in the bar’s bathroom, in a hockey arena, and finally, in a liquor store surrounded by beer bottles. He’s the only member of the West Virginian trio — rounded out by bassist Eric Clutter and drummer Evan Devine — to be seen in the clip, and if there was any lingering doubt about whose show the band is at this point, that should pretty much put it to rest.

karma to burn mountain czarKarma to Burn release a new EP, Mountain Czar, later this month on Rodeostar Records, and the song “62” that features in the clip comes from that EP and has also been issued as an advance single. All this is to precede the band’s next European tour, which starts March 12 and features Sons of Morpheus in the support slot. Karma to Burn have been on the road steadily since the release of their latest full-length, Arch Stanton (review here), in 2014. They toured hard in the US and Europe both last year.

In addition to this upcoming run through Europe, they’ll also be playing the Maryland Doom Fest (info here) this summer, and I highly doubt that’ll be the last date they announce for the year. You can see from the list of tour dates under the video below, they’re not exactly shy about getting out there:

Karma to Burn, “62” official video

Single “62” is available! Check out iTunes store or your preferred digital download choice. EP “Mountain Czar” out on 26 February 2016.

Video directed, filmed & edited by Roberto Miola.

KARMA TO BURN –EUROPEAN TOUR 2016 (with support from Sons of Morpheus)
12.03 – Bikini Test, Le Chaux De Fonds, CH
18.03 – Le Peniche, Douai, FR
19.03 – The Anvil, Bournemouth, UK
20.03 – The Oobleck, Birmingham, UK
21.03 – The Key Club, Leeds, UK
22.03 – The Full Moon , Cardiff, UK
23.03 – Think Tank, Newcastle, UK
24.03 – King Tuts, Glasgow, UK
25.03 – Star & Garter, Manchester, UK
26.03 – The Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton, UK
27.03 – The Arts Centre, Colchester, UK
28.03 – The Underworld, London, UK
30.03 – Effenaar, Eindhoven, NL
31.03 – Bastard Club, Osnabrueck, DE
01.04 – Hafenklang, Hamburg, DE
02.04 – Beta, Copenhagen, DK
03.04 – TBC
04.04 – John Dee, Oslo, NO
05.04 – Truckstop Alaska, Gothenburg, SE
06.04 – TBC
08.04 – Kuudes Linja, Helsinki, FI
09.04 – Progresja, Warsaw, PL
10.04 – Durer Kurt, Budapest, HU
11.04 – Flying Circus Pub, Cluj Napoca, RO
12.04 – Cassiopeia, Berlin, DE
14.04 – Freakout Ckub, Bologna, IT
15.04 – Officina Degli Angeli, Arbizzano, IT
16.04 – Raindogs House, Savona, IT
17.04 – Warm Audio, Lyon, FR
18.04 – Venue TBC, Montpellier, FR
20.04 – Rocksound, Barcelona, ES
21.04 – Caracol, Madrid, ES
22.04 – Dabadaba, San Sebastian, ES
23.04 – Le Korigan, Luynes, FR
24.04 – Le Glazart, Paris, FR
25.04 – Magasin 4, Brussels, BE
26.04 – Asteriks, Leeuwarden, NL
27.04 – MTC, Cologne, DE
28.04 – Feierwerk, Munich, DE
29.04 – B72, Vienna, Austria
30.04 – Le Nouveau Monde, Fribourg, CH

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Merlin Post Video for “Bad Trip”; Electric Children Preorder Available

Posted in Bootleg Theater on February 8th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

merlin electric children video

Laser-light doom rockers Merlin will release their new album, Electric Children, next month through 4one8 Records and Poisoned Mind Records. The former has made preorders available for the CD version now ahead of the March 11 release date, and in celebration, the Kansas City outfit have a new video for the song “Bad Trip.” It’s a track that was originally premiered here back in November, but the new clip takes us further into the band’s live methodology, finding the four-piece of vocalist Jordan Knorr, guitarist Carter Lewis, bassist Joey Hamm and drummer Caleb Wyels playing mostly in the dark with lighting effects surrounding. I’m pretty sure it’s a basement — at one point you can see a hot water heater — so it may well be their practice space, but they do well in setting the atmosphere either way.

That’s true of the song itself as well. “Bad Trip” is under three minutes long, but the grandiose vibe Merlin conjure is writ large throughout the track’s thudding first half and manic second. In an alternate universe, one might’ve seen the video late at night on Headbanger’s Ball with the lights off and been stoked out on the skeleton in the strobe-lit electric chair at the end, but even in the context of YouTube, the point gets across. “Bad Trip” is the opener of Electric Children, and after it the record unfolds with elements of psychedelic roll and classic doom, Merlin continuing to foster the progression that 2014’s sophomore outing, Christkiller (review here) made so plain.

More to come before the release of the album, but for now, if you’re not flash-sensitive, dig into “Bad Trip” below and enjoy:

Merlin, “Bad Trip” official video

Merlin – “Bad Trip” now available!

We are happy to inform you that MERLIN’s first video clip for the new album “Electric Children” is now available to watch, stream, share, tweet… as you see fit!

The new album is coming out on March 11 in the USA through MVD and in Canada on March 18 through Conveyor / Universal Music distribution.

Pre-sales are running now and will ship on or before March 5!

You can pre-order the CD right here: http://www.prcmusic.com/store/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=1406

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Friday Full-Length: Orange Sunshine, Love = Acid Space = Hell

Posted in Bootleg Theater on February 5th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

Orange Sunshine, Love = Acid Space = Hell (2003)

Talk about a few records dying for reissue. Not that Netherlands-based acid rockers Orange Sunshine haven’t kept up pressings for their three studio full-lengths, 2001’s Homo Erectus, 2003’s Love = Acid Space = Hell and 2006’s Bullseye of Being, through their own Motorwolf imprint, but I’m talking about wide-distro, color-LP, all that do-it-up nonsense that sells out on preorders before anyone’s heard a note. Can’t say the band wouldn’t deserve such fare. As it happens, 2016 marks 15 years since their debut came out, and they’ve been steadily kicking ass all the while, proffering dangerous groove and garage-derived heavy in the spirit of the free-swinging classics. My prevailing memory of them may always be seeing them at Roadburn 2010 (review here) and bearing witness to a set that featured not one, not two, but three Blue Cheer covers. That’s the kind of band Orange Sunshine are. They’re the kind of band who might cover Blue Cheer three times if they feel like doing so.

As an ethos, it’s hard to argue, and whether it’s the harmonica-topped shuffle of “I’m a Man” or the megafuzzed interlude “Population III” — presumably a sequel to the 1969 album from Blue Cheer guitarist Randy Holden, Population II (discussed here) — and subsequent 15-minute closer “Hey Mama,” they live it all over Love = Acid Space = Hell. That finale is a jam worthy of Cactus, which is not praise I deliver lightly, and it comes only after Orange Sunshine have scorched their way through “Ain’t No Way” (which nods at Thin Lizzy‘s “Boys are back in Town”), the freaked-out “H-Theme” and the proto-punk “Wham Bam Thank You Ma’am,” making the vast, vast majority of the retro-stylized heavy rock that’s come out of Europe in the last decade sound positively safe by comparison in terms of songwriting and production. Kids wanna sound like the first Witchcraft record. They should wanna sound like Orange Sunshine.

The last few years have been quiet in terms of studio outings, but in 2013, Who Can You Trust? Records issued a tape called Burnout at Roadburn, and Lay Bare Recordings followed that up in 2014 with Live at Freak Valley (review here), so Orange Sunshine — the power trio of drummer/vocalist Guy Tavares, guitarist Arthur van Berkel and bassist Mehdi Rouchiche — haven’t been completely absent, though any major-scale touring or studio work seems to be on hold as van Berkel has battled Crohn’s Disease. Still, their records, the two live outings and a couple other odds and ends singles are all available for downloading/streaming on Bandcamp, so there’s plenty to dig into either way, whether or not more shows up eventually.

A snow day today has been much needed and much appreciated. In addition to being able to sneak in a couple extra posts about new Causa Sui and Heavy Psych Sounds stuff, it’s just been good not to have to drive to work and to be able to sit on the couch with The Patient Mrs. with our laptops and the dog, hang out and still be reasonably productive. We’re not supposed to get a foot even, so shoveling shouldn’t be too terrible when the time comes.

I didn’t get that Borderland Fuzz Fiesta mixtape up this week. Should be able to make that happen next Wednesday, so keep an eye out for it. I’ll start putting it together this weekend. Also next week, reviews of Spidergawd and hopefully Rotor, a track premiere from Talmud Beach on Tuesday and videos from The Vintage Caravan and Merlin, along with whatever else should happen into my purview between now and then. Heard a cool demo this week by Brooklyn newcomers River Cult that I’d like to write about. Might be time to resurrect On the Radar since I can’t seem to find time to do a proper post of radio adds. We’ll see.

I hope you have a great and safe weekend, whether you’re snowed in or not. If you need me, I’ll be in my pajamas as much as humanly possible, rounding out the third season of Star Trek (yup again; my greatest fear is that the new series due in 2017 will be a gritty reboot of The Next Generation) and trying not to spend money. See you back here Monday if I can actually go that long without posting something.

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Causa Sui Unveil First Track from Return to Sky in New Video

Posted in Bootleg Theater on February 5th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Last month, Danish instrumentalists Causa Sui announced their upcoming album, Return to Sky, with a teaser video. That clip was short, but it showed the band reaching well beyond the warm desert-style tones of 2013’s Euporie Tide in favor of a more angular, experimental approach. Today, the band affirms both a March 18 release date and their progression in the first full-song to come from Return to Sky, titled “The Source,” in a kaleidoscoping new video. The track is still psychedelic in its roots, but Causa Sui are pretty clearly looking to expand what that designation means and what they do with it, playing off the chemistry they’ve developed over their decade-plus together and the various avenues members have pursued in solo projects over the last several years.

The four-piece’s reputation has rightly skyrocketed since Euporie Tide, but “The Source” seems more intent on building off what that album accomplished rather than repeating it, and some rougher edges and percussive thud along with the spacious guitars work well to do just that early on as Causa Sui make their way toward a tripped-out atmospheric break in the second half, guitars and keys creating a wash that caps the track on a long fade. Presumably that’s to set up the entry of the next song on Return to Sky, but not having heard the album yet in its entirety, I can’t speak to just how that interplay between tracks might go. However, as anyone who heard Euporie Tide, the subsequent Live at Freak Valley (review here) or Pewt’r Sessions 3 (review here) can attest, these guys are no strangers to creating a sense of flow from one piece to the next.

Use your imagination. They’re clearly using theirs:

Causa Sui, “The Source” official video

Causa Sui are back with a new studio record, the successor to 2013’s Euporie Tide, which consolidated the band as a crucial underground force in the European psych scene and spread their unique brand of warm-toned stoner rock to a wider audience. Return To Sky is a condensed piece of acutely experimental, yet immensely engaging, instrumental rock.

Each of the album’s five epics unfolds as a microcosm of the band’s genre-transcending psychedelia at large, yet adds something different to the whole. There’s a kind of musical metamorphosis taking place that’s deeply ingrained in the band’s natural flux by now: heavy, detuned riffs are transformed into wide, pastoral soundscapes, and fluid minimalism warped into swirling crescendos and back again. Occasionally the band even manages to sound turbulent, fuzzed-out yet strangely peaceful at the very same time.

Whereas so much of today’s psychedelic scene comes off as merely a tribute to a certain period of the past, Causa Sui seem to be on a different mission. More than any other record in their catalog Return To Sky declares their roots in the avant rock of the late 1990s – where different eras and genres merged into something that resonated as much with the present as it celebrated the past. It also reveals the fact that members of the band has had their hands in many different projects since the band’s debut album in 2005: solo excursions into synthesizer music, collaborations with members of Sunburned Hand Of The Man and Tortoise as well as film soundtracks, guest spots with krautrock legends Faust and Damo Suzuki and various improv sessions. It has all worked a subtle influence on the kind of band they have become.

Causa Sui’s music is now more earthy and heavy than ever before, but it’s ability to absorb everything from shoegaze and vintage Italian film music to spiritual jazz, afrobeat and minimalism into its fabric has matured as well. Never before has Causa Sui sounded as deep and mesmerizing as on this set.

Causa Sui:
Jonas Munk: Guitars & electronics
Jess Kahr: Bass
Jakob Skøtt: Drums & Percussion
Rasmus Rasmussen: Keys and electronics

Produced by Jonas Munk
Artwork by Martin Rude

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Spidergawd Post Video for “El Corazon del Sol”

Posted in Bootleg Theater on February 5th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

spidergawd (Photo by Uta Freia Beer)

Norwegian outfit Spidergawd released their third album, Spidergawd III, at the end of last month on Stickman Records and Crispin Glover Records. I’m planning on reviewing it next week, so I won’t say too much about it at this point other than that “El Corazon del Sol” boasts one of its biggest choruses. The four-piece filmed the video for the track at the Pstereo festival (I’m going to assume the ‘p’ is silent) in their hometown of Trondheim last summer, and it looks like they pulled a good crowd. Reasonably so. For my money, Spidergawd are one of the finest acts to emerge in the last couple years, playing a brand of catchy and hard-hitting heavy rock and roll that’s traditional and unpretentious but refuses to be indebted to anything other than itself in the songwriting.

Let me stop myself there. It’s the studio version of “El Corazon del Sol” — the title is delivered in English translation in the hook — in the video, so if you’re not acquainted yet with the band’s methods, it’s a good way to become so. If you’re in Europe, you’re probably already hip to these guys, and for those in the catching-on phase in the US, they seem to have eyes toward making inroads in North America as well. They recently announced they’ll be showcasing this year at SXSW, coming over following tours this month throughout Europe and next month in Norway specifically. I wouldn’t be surprised if a US tour followed at some point before the end of the year. You can find all the currently-confirmed dates — except for the specifics on SXSW, which have yet to be announced — under the video below.

Enjoy:

Spidergawd, “El Corazon del Sol” official video

HEY! New video!

This video was captured during the gig at Pstereo festival last summer in Trondheim with several GoPro cameras mounted on stage.

Thank you Brage Smith and Kent Willy Nilsen at Response Distribution AS for working your asses off for us! You really are the best!

Spidergawd on Tour:

FEBRUARY (Europaturné)
10/02 Posten, Odense DK
12/02 Blåfrostfestivalen, Rognan NO
13/02 Bitterzoet, Amsterdam NL
14/02 Het Bos, Antwerpen BE
15/02 Tower, Bremen DE
16/02 Vera, Groningen NL
17/02 Gebäude 9, Köln DE
18/02 Schlachthof, Wiesbaden DE
19/02 Kofmehl, Soloturn CH
20/02 Lo-Fi, Milano IT
21/02 TBA, Zürich CH
23/02 Zwölf Zehn, Stuttgart DE
24/02 Shakespear, Salzburg AT
25/02 Strom, München DE
26/02 Beatpol, Dresden DE
27/02 Glocksee, Hannover DE
28/02 Hafenklang, Hamburg DE

MARCH (Norgesturné)
02/03 Rockefeller, Oslo NO
03/03 Lundetangen, Skien NO
04/03 Folken, Stavanger NO
05/03 Hulen, Bergen NO
09/03 Felix, Lillehammer NO
10/03 Energimølla, Kongsberg NO
11/03 Gregers, Hamar NO
12/03 Byscenen, Trondheim NO

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Conan Post New Video for “Throne of Fire”

Posted in Bootleg Theater on February 4th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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The new Conan video was created by Riff Lodge Animation. I mention it because it kicks ass. With art by the ubiquitous David Paul Seymour and animation by Tim Granda, the clip for “Throne of Fire” resounds as a labor of love for heavy in much the same way as Conan‘s sound itself. The track is taken from the trio’s latest offering, Revengeance (review here), which is out now, and is among the more stampeding of the album’s material its ultra-thick roll pushed forward with momentum that only increases as it heads toward its finish, drummer Rich Lewis crashing and bashing along the way as bassist/engineer Chris Fielding and guitarist Jon Davis trade roars and shouts that cut through the tonal mire.

Based in the UK, Conan will kick off a US tour with Serial Hawk next month in support of the new album, and it will be their second time in North America behind a run last year supporting 2014’s Blood Eagle (review here), which was recorded with a different lineup. As the interplay between Davis and Fielding is so essential to what makes Revengeance as brutal across the board as it is, it seems fair to imagine the three-piece will be well at home in the new songs as they bring them over for the first stretch since the record came out. Not that they didn’t kill it last time they toured the US, but having an audience that knows what’s coming when “Throne of Fire” hits is bound to make a difference, and if you’d like to prepare yourself for such an eventuality, the video, as noted, kicks ass.

Tour dates follow the clip, but I’ve also reposted a note from Riff Lodge Animation, who have a film project titled The Planet of Doom in the works that they’re going to have a Kickstarter going for later this year. You might want to check that out. Again, the video is a good example of why.

Enjoy:

Conan, “Throne of Fire” official video

RIFF LODGE ANIMATION, the team behind “The Planet of DOOM”, is stoked to reveal the “Throne of Fire” music video we created for CONAN! It was written and illustrated by David Paul Seymour and directed / animated by Tim Granda (Doom Cycle).

If you’ve been curious as to what the forthcoming “The Planet of DOOM” movie will look and smell like, this is for you!

While we were in production with this video, several of the bands and artists have been collaborating and turning in work. We are thrilled with the results!

In April, we’ll be releasing our full-length movie trailer to kick off our KICKSTARTER campaign. It will feature music by Mos Generator and art by The Art Of Skinner, Vance Kelly, David Paul Seymour, Brian Profilio, Jason Cruz and many more.

This trailer will mark the start of our KICKSTARTER campaign, and we’re going to need all your help when that time comes so start sharing this info with all your friends NOW.

CONAN W/Serial Hawk:
3/3: Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
3/4: Detroit, MI @ Berserker Fest
3/5: Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck
3/6: Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class
3/8: Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
3/9: Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
3/10: Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
3/11: Raleigh, NC @ King’s
3/12: Knoxville, TN @ Pilot Light
3/13: Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
3/16: Austin, TX @ SXSW
3/18: Albuquerque, NM @ Sister Tavern (Free Show)
3/19: Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge
3/20: Glendale, CA @ Complex
3/21: Oakland, CA @ Metro
3/22: Sacramento, CA @ Press Club
3/24: Portland, OR @ Star Theater
3/25: Boise, ID @ Treefort Fest
3/26: Seattle, WA @ Highline w/ Bell Witch, Mitochondiran

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