Rozamov to Release This Mortal Road March 3

Posted in Whathaveyou on December 7th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

Boston three-piece Rozamov have been pretty tightlipped when it’s come to their debut album. I had to go back and look at the dates, but it was last summer that I visited them at New Alliance Audio (feature here) while they were tracking the full-length, the title for which has been revealed today as This Mortal Road, so to say it’s been a while in the making seems fair, but to have them announce a solid release date — March 3 — through not one but two record labels in Battleground Records (LP) and Dullest Records (CD/CS), well, that’s definite progress.

And not like they haven’t been busy in the interim, playing Psycho California, breaking in new drummer Jeff Landry and touring earlier this year with Moon Tooth to support their split single with Los Angeles’ Deathkings (review here). Bottom line is dudes have hardly been sitting on their collective ass — plus there were haircuts to get! (been there, can relate) — but I’m glad to see This Mortal Road making its way toward fruition.

The PR wire brings background and preliminaries:

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ROZAMOV: Boston Doom Outfit Completes Debut LP For Release Through Battleground Records And Dullest Records

Boston, Massachusetts-based doom metal outfit, ROZAMOV, has completed their first full-length recording, This Mortal Road. The band has hooked up with diverse underground labels, Battleground Records and Dullest Records, who are now solidifying the album for release in early 2017.

Since 2011, ROZAMOV has left their mark on the US metal circuit with their infectious psyche-tinged grueling doom, the band name having quickly spread beyond their local scene through touring abroad, having opened for countless national acts, and much more. Having independently released two EPs – 2012’s Rozamov and 2013’s Of Gods And Flesh – ROZAMOV now prepares to desensitize the masses with their proper debut album, This Mortal Road.

Following an already busy 2015, including performances at Psycho California, Converse Rubber Tracks Live alongside Slayer and Doomriders – with a corresponding Converse feature on the back cover of Decibel Magazine, a tour with Destroy Judas, and the release of a split 7″ with Deathkings, amidst the bleak and historic winter of 2014-15, ROZAMOV entered New Alliance Audio in Cambridge to record This Mortal Road. The result is a blistering sonic catharsis featuring the longest, heaviest and most progressive tracks the band has ever produced, the album recorded and mixed by Jon Taft at New Alliance Audio, and mastered by Nick Z at New Alliance East Mastering. The recording lineup for the album includes Tom Corino (bass/vocals/noise guitar), Matt Iacovelli (guitar/vocals/piano), and Will Hendrix (drums).

This Mortal Road will see release March 3rd on vinyl through Battleground Records (Vehemence, Eight Bells, CHRCH, Lago), on CD and cassette through Dullest Records (Cleanteeth, Crowhurst, Lambs, Hush), and digitally through the band. Stand by for the track listing, cover art, and additional details, audio samples, and more to be released in the coming weeks.

Since recording This Mortal Road, in 2016 ROZAMOV has completed a brief Canadian tour with Moon Tooth and added drummer Jeff Landry to the lineup, while finalizing the new album for release. A North American tour is currently being booked for March alongside the release of This Mortal Road.

https://rozamov.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/Rozamov
http://www.facebook.com/battlegroundrecords
http://battlegroundrecords.bigcartel.com
https://dullestrecords.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/DullestRecords

Rozamov, “Ghost Divine”

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Desertfest London & Berlin 2017: Sleep Added as Headliners

Posted in Whathaveyou on December 7th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Sleep will headline at both Desertfest London and Berlin 2017. Ain’t their first time at the rodeo, but let’s face it: anytime Sleep do anything it’s news, and all the more so because usually what they’re doing is stuff like headlining Desertfests. It was only a week ago that the London incarnation of the multi-city festival brand announced it was bringing reformed desert rockers Slo Burn over for a headline slot, and before them, Turbonegro had been unveiled with the first lineup announcement in October, so that’s three headliners unveiled for a three-night festival before the New Year has even hit. I wouldn’t fret. No doubt Desertfest London 2017 still has plenty of tricks up its sleeve.

Meanwhile, in Berlin, I believe Sleep count for the first headliner announcement. The prior two lineup updates from Desertfest Berlin 2017 (posted here and here) included the likes of Mars Red SkySamsara Blues ExperimentLowriderEcstatic VisionThe Cosmic DeadTuberThe Well and Satan’s Satyrs. As the two festivals have worked hard to each establish their own personality over the last several years, I’ll be interested to see who shows up in the top spots for Berlin from here on out. Maybe they go local?

I’m also still holding out hope for a new Sleep album sometime in, you know, ever. Guitarist Matt Pike said this year the plan was to record early 2017. At this point it will have been three years since they released their single The Clarity (review here), and eight since they started playing reunion shows, so they’re nothing if not due, but my inclination is to keep my fingers crossed Pike, bassist/vocalist Al Cisneros and drummer Jason Roeder can make it happen while also believing it when I see it. Cautious optimism. I wouldn’t mind a new Om record from Cisneros either, while we’re at it. Roeder, who this fall put out the fantastic Fires Within Fires (review here) with main outfit Neurosis, is off the hook for the time being.

Sorry, got sidetracked. Awesome news for Desertfesters in London and Berlin, in whose number I continue to daydream of counting myself.

The PR wire has it:

SLEEP TO REIGN AT THE ROUNDHOUSE AS THEY HEADLINE DESERTFEST LONDON 2017!

After conquering Koko, Sleep are back; this time to reign at the Roundhouse. That’s right, not only did we bag seminal doom legends Sleep to headline the sixth Desertfest, we’ll also be descending on the iconic Roundhouse for the whole of the Sunday.

Forming in 1990 on the bones of previous band Asbestosdeth, Sleep carved out an almost mythological name for themselves in their original stint of less than a decade. The first three-piece lineup of Al Cisneros, Matt Pike and Chris Hakius recorded two of doom’s most revered albums in Holy Mountain and Dopesmoker (or Jerusalem for the purists), with the latter not even seeing release until the years in which Sleep slept.

As Cisneros and Pike found other outlets for their heaviness through Om and High on Fire, a resurging stoner and doom scene declared Sleep as a monolithic pillar of the scene, due mostly to their downtuned, distorted riffs but also their uncompromising love for a certain plant. The time was perfect for a Sleep reunion. In 2009, after over a decade in slumber, Sleep awoke for Cisneros, Pike and Hakius to play two final sets together. Whilst Hakius decided to retire from music after the shows, the rest of the band decided Sleep weren’t quite ready to be put to bed. Recruiting Jason Roeder of Neurosis, Sleep continued to sporadically play shows, before teasing us with The Clarity; a fantastic single ten-minute track which proved that Sleep still had it and we wanted more of it.

We Desertfesters got some of it in 2015, when Sleep closed out Desertfest with an unforgettable set at the Koko. The moment the curtain raised with the first few strains of Dopesmoker hitting is a moment etched into the memory of an entire building full of Weedians. A blisteringly loud green cloud of sound, a pure mad wall of riffs and a room full of grinning, sweaty, hairy doom pilgrims. It’s one of the unquestionable highlights of our first five years of Desertfest; so we’ve invited them back.

But if it’s worth doing again, it’s worth doing bigger and better. That’s why this year, Sleep will be headlining the much larger Roundhouse. The famous London venue, just a short walk from Desertfest’s other stages, boasts an increased capacity, meaning nobody should miss their chance to space out to ‘Dragonaut’. Like the Koko in previous years, the Roundhouse will host bands throughout the Sunday; and to welcome the venue into the Desertfest family, we have huge plans, so keep your eyes peeled.

So drop out of life and ride the dragon to Desertfest 2017 when Sleep blow the roof off the Roundhouse.

SLEEP to headline DESERTFEST BERLIN

It is a very exciting day for us! We are finally ready to unveil our first headliner for next year’s DESERTFEST BERLIN, and what a name this is…! You guys have been asking for them for many years, it is the most common request we receive via mail or Facebook… and we finally managed to bring them to Berlin next year…: Californian stoner doom legends SLEEP!!!

Formed in 1990, the extravaganza outfit SLEEP is one of the most widely-respected and influential acts in the stoner/doom metal universe, best known for “Dopesmoker”, the unfuckwithable 63-minute album/song that acts as one of the greatest tribute to weed that metal has produced. They haven’t really done much since then as original band’s members split off into prolific acts such as Om and High On Fire. And so in 2009 when they were reborn with Al Cisneros, Matt Pike and the estimable Jason Roeder (Neurosis), SLEEP’s popularity grew tremendously.

After “sporadically writing riffs for a while” SLEEP returned with a new song (their first official release in over a decade) for the Adult Swim singles series. “The Clarity” is nearly 10 minutes of mystical, slow-riffing awesomeness. Back then, asked about the possibility of a new studio album, the band refused to offer specific details. But recently, upon Southern Lord’s announcement of the impending re-release of “The Clarity” on vinyl (scheduled for February 2017), Matt Pike said publicly that SLEEP will record a new album next year as well!

SLEEP did what it had done and what it had left to do. Largely and without pause, make music in tune with The Ages. Best to be enjoyed? Live and living. See, hear, feel, do it. Well, beyond just music and well into the experiential joy of pure being. SLEEP.

Also confirmed for our 2017 edition of DESERTFEST BERLIN: SAMSARA BLUES EXPERIMENT, MARS RED SKY, LOWRIDER, TOUNDRA, ECSTATIC VISION, THE COSMIC DEAD, TUBER, SATAN’S SATYRS, WUCAN, VENOMOUS MAXIMUS, THE WELL, GOLD, TSCHAIKA 21/16.

There are still 20 more acts to be unveiled, including 2 other headliners, so stay tuned! And do not miss your chance to be part of the amazing DESERTFEST BERLIN experience… Check out our Website to get your tickets, or the links below in this release! We were sold out last year in February, so better be quick!

Let’s turn all together the DESERTFEST BERLIN 2017 into another milestone when it comes to Berlin and festivals!

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/desertfest-2017-tickets-27305267791
http://www.desertfest.co.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/DesertfestLondon
https://twitter.com/DesertFest
https://www.instagram.com/desertfest_london/
http://www.desertfest.de/tickets
https://www.facebook.com/DesertfestBerlin
http://woolheads.com/shop-2/festivalmerchandise/desertfest-berlin-2016-early-bird-ticket-action-1/
https://shop3.ticketscript.com/channel/html/get-products/rid/4MGC3S6H/eid/327518/validity/any_day/language/en

Sleep, Live at Psycho Las Vegas 2016

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Six Organs of Admittance to Release Burning the Threshold Feb. 24

Posted in Whathaveyou on December 7th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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This is the time of year that kind of has me randomly scouring social media accounts and websites of artists I dig looking for signs of impending new music. It just so happens that I hit up the Six Organs of Admittance page last week and found an update from Ben Chasny saying he’d finished work on a new record, so yeah, Six Organs was already included in my notes for the inevitable Most Anticipated of 2017 list, but it’s cool to get a name for the impending — Burning the Threshold — as well as a confirmed Feb. 24 release date through Drag City and, best of all, new audio in the form of the seven-minute “Taken by Ascent,” into which I’d encourage you to dig below. Seriously. Hit that up.

Chasny has spent the last year-plus with Six Organs of Admittance pursuing the elusive limits of his own Hexadic songwriting system, as first explored on 2015’s Hexadic (review here) and then subsequently on the complementary Hexadic II, but Burning the Threshold seems to be a return to a more grounded approach. You’ll note the acoustic foundation of “Taken by Ascent,” but that’s hardly the limit of the arrangement, which winds up working in keys, acoustic strum and leads, drums, bass, and so on, for a full-band feel that maintains the serenity of its opening even as it continues to expand into psychedelic see-you-later-ism.

Really, you should hit that up.

Art, info, tour dates and whatnot from the PR wire:

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Six Organs Of Admittance announces new LP Burning The Threshold for Drag City; record release show in London

Six Organs of Admittance’s recent output has been a fascinating exercise in relinquished control, as Ben Chasny spread the word of his Hexadic system of musical composition by creating two albums according to its principles. Now, for the first time since 2012’s Ascent, Chasny is restoring his authorship of Six Organs of Admittance, and Drag City will be releasing the brand new full length record Burning The Threshold on February 24th – and to mark the occasion, there will be a special show at London’s St Pancras Old Church on 22nd of February.

As ever, a head full of ideas were driving Chasny to think and speak music as a spirituality superimposed onto a reality, with the ghosts of both whispering at each other. In the end, what sits in our listening ears is the sound of communion. Nobody plays acoustic music quite like Six Organs of Admittance, and Burning the Threshold brings a wealth of his established lightness into one of his sweetest musical meditations yet.

Ben is in a particularly expansive mood this time around, singing and playing with all the thoughts affixed to a quiver of potent melodies launching forth and arcing out through dimensions, seeking infinite space. This space radiates out from the album’s first single, “Taken By Ascent”, a seven minute plus burner that engulfs the surrounding realm with empathetic waves. Featuring resounding vocals by Hayley Fohr, polished drumming provided by Chris Corsano and flourishing keys by Cooper Crain; “Taken By Ascent” fervidly pushes Six Organs of Admittance into new and thrilling territory.

With this new music, Ben Chasny has created a potent tonic for our times. Looking at the world through clear eyes beneath a knitted brow, but with a laugh rising up from its heart, Burning the Threshold brings us a powerful draught of essence.

SIX ORGANS OF ADMITTANCE – RECORD RELEASE SHOW
Thursday February 22nd at St. Pancras Old Church in London

SIX ORGANS OF ADMITTANCE – US TOUR
02/03/17 – Vancouver, BC at The Cobalt
03/03/17 – Seattle, WA at Fremont Abbey Arts Center
04/03/17 – Portland, OR at Bunk Bar
06/03/17 – San Francisco, CA at The Chapel
07/03/17 – Los Angeles, CA at Bootleg Bar
08/03/17 – San Diego, CA at Soda Bar
23-26/03/17 – Knoxville, TN Big Ears Festival – TBD date
28/03/17 – Atlanta, GA at The Earl
29/03/17 – Asheville, NC at Mothlight
30/03/17 – Raleigh, NC at Kings
31/03/17 – Washington, DC at DC9
01/04/17 – Brooklyn, NY at Union Pool
02/04/17 – Boston, MA at Great Scott
03/04/17 – Portland, ME at Space Gallery
05/04/17 – Philadelphia, PA at Johnny Brenda’s
06/04/17 – Pittsburgh, PA at Club Cafe
07/04/17 – Cleveland, OH at Beachland Tavern
08/04/17 – Detroit, MI at Third Man Records
09/04/17 – Chicago, IL at Empty Bottle
10/04/17 – Minneapolis, MN at 7th St. Entry
12/04/17 – Milwaukee, WI at Collectivo Coffee
14/04/17 – St. Louis, MO at Duck Room at Blueberry Hill
15/04/17 – Louisville, KY at Zanzabar

http://www.sixorgans.com/
https://twitter.com/6organs
http://www.dragcity.com/

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Mothership Sign to Heavy Psych Sounds for European Distribution; Album out March 17

Posted in Whathaveyou on December 6th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

Pretty much every time something cool happens concerning Texas-based heavy rockers Mothership, my reaction is the same: Well, they earned that.

Seriously, it’s just getting repetitive at this point.

The news that the Dallas trio, in addition to issuing their new album through Ripple Music in North America — as has been their custom across their last two outings: 2014’s Mothership II (review here) and 2012’s Mothership (review here) — will have a European release through Italy’s oft-discussed Heavy Psych Sounds is something of a surprise, but it engenders much the same response. Yup, they earned it.

Not that it was really a question at this point, what with their multiple-times-over veteran status, but this pretty much makes a European tour in 2017 a lock expectation as well for Mothership as they start to support the album, the title of which still awaits confirmation, though it’s US shows first starting right after the New Year that will lead them toward the new release’s arrival date, which they’ve hinted will be March 17.

News from Heavy Psych Sounds, live dates and a teaser for the new record follow. Dig it:

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Mothership – Heavy Psych Sounds

HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS Records & Booking is incredibly proud to announce that Mothership signed with us for their next album for European territory!

http://www.heavypsychsounds.com/bands/mothership.htm

“We are more than proud to welcome Dallas supersonic rockers MOTHERSHIP in the Heavy Psych Sounds roster, for the European release of their upcoming third album in the beginning of 2017!

With their unconditional and ever-growing love for rock’n’roll, the heavy-groovin’ trio is set deliver yet another stellar offering of theirs – which official release date and details will be revealed soon.

Keep a sharp eye on the radar…”

Mothership live:
1/6 – Denton, TX – Dan’s Silver Leaf
1/7 – Oklahoma City, OK – Blue Note
1/8 – Fayetteville, AR – The Smoke & Barrel Tavern
1/9 – Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
1/10 – St Louis, MO – Fubar Saint Louis
1/11 – Nashville, TN – Springwater Supper Club and Lounge
1/12 – Atlanta, GA – The Basement (Orange Amplifiers Showcase)
1/13 – Orlando, FL – Will’s Pub
1/14 – Savannah, GA – The Jinx 912
1/16 – ShipRocked Cruise 2017
1/17 – ShipRocked Cruise 2017
1/18 – ShipRocked Cruise 2017
1/19 – ShipRocked Cruise 2017
1/20 – Miami, FL – Churchill’s Pub
1/21 – Tampa, FL – Crowbar

Mothership is:
Kelley Juett – Guitars/Vox
Kyle Juett – Bass/Vox
Judge Smith – Drums

mothershipusa.bandcamp.com
mothershiphaslanded.com
facebook.com/mothershipusa
twitter.com/mothershipusa
ripple-music.com
ripplemusic.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/HEAVYPSYCHSOUNDS/
www.heavypsychsounds.com

Mothership, New Album Teaser

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Moon Coven Release Self-Titled LP on Transubstans Records

Posted in Whathaveyou on December 6th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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So although the PR wire info below lists it as coming soon, it seems like Moon Coven‘s self-titled sophomore outing is actually available to order now — as in right now, today — through Transubstans Records. The Swedish psych outfit offered up their debut, Amanita Kingdom, in 2014, and seem to have posted the self-titled earlier this fall, at the start of November, for at least partial streaming. It’s streaming in full now, as well as available via name-your-price download on Bandcamp, but after checking out the roll of album-centerpiece “Haramukh High,” you may indeed find yourself craving the full experience. You won’t hear me argue against that impulse, at very least.

You can dig into the vibes of the full stream below and see where you’re at with it, but in my experience there are few around whose tastes are as reliable as Transubstans. When they get behind something, it’s almost never happenstance.

Goes like this:

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Transubstans Records: OUT SOON: MOON COVEN – S/T

Almost three years after the critically acclaimed debut album, “Amanita Kingdom”, MOON COVEN returns! Stronger and heavier than ever. Expect a psychedelic journey to the unknown grounds of your brain while experiencing a healthy dose of the deadliest sludge out there. The band comes back with their self titled effort and it’s clear they’ve taken their ambient ambitions to a whole new level. Prepare to become dazed, prepare to be strung out. Prepare for MOON COVEN!!

Tracklist:
01 Storm (listen)
02 Old Ground
03 Conspiracy
04 New Season
05 Haramukh High
06 Winter
07 The Third Eye
08 Ice Temple
09 White Sun

MOON COVEN is a five piece Heavy/Psychedelic/Rock band from Malmö/Stockholm, Sweden, with roots in Jönköping. Heavy distorted riffs meets harmoniously floating vocals that results in dreamy music with a hypnotic effect. MOON COVEN offers a paradoxical but satisfying musical landscape, it is massive and delicate at the same time.

Moon Coven is:
David
Axel
Justin
Oscar
Fredrik

https://www.facebook.com/mooncoven/
https://mooncoven.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/transubstans
http://www.transubstans.com/
http://www.recordheaven.net/

Moon Coven, Moon Coven (2016)

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Giöbia Sign to Heavy Psych Sounds Booking

Posted in Whathaveyou on December 6th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

This one makes sense. Italian imprint and booking agency Heavy Psych Sounds — founded and run by Gabriele Fiori of Roman trios Black Rainbows and Killer Boogie — is among the foremost ambassadors of his country’s heavy underground. In the meantime, Milan’s Giöbia have emerged as a powerhouse of spaced-out groove, their fourth and most recent long-player, Magnifier (review here), having come out via Sulatron Records last year to the thrill of lysergic braincell-miners worldwide. Pairing the two up to put the band on the road? Yeah, again, that makes sense.

I’d expect an announcement of a Giöbia European — or at very least Italian — tour to follow shortly behind this one that brings the band onto the Heavy Psych Sounds booking roster. So far as I know, they’ll still be releasing through Sulatron — which is run by Dave “Sula Bassana” Schmidt of Electric MoonZone Six, etc. — but there’s never been anything wrong with keeping more than one kind of the right company, so cheers to the band. Maybe a new release in 2017 as well? We’ll see.

Here’s what Heavy Psych Sounds had to say about all of it:

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HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS Records & Booking is really thrilled to announce that Giöbia started to be part of the booking roster!

So from today for any gig inquire please write to: info@heavypsychsounds.com

Giöbia has been one of the most influential psychedelic bands in Italy over the last years. Seduced by the lysergic side of the ‘60s, by exotic mantras and the evocative power of space-rock, Giöbia is a band from Milano, Italy with many facets and one only faith, that is to turn every encounter with sound into a psychedelic experience.

The band counts four members: leader Bazu (vocals and string instruments), Saffo (organ, violin, vocals), Detrji (bass) and Betta (drums) and their name – Giöbia – comes from an ancient pre-christian festivity celebrated in Northern Italy when a big straw puppet resembling a witch is burnt as a propitiatory ritual towards the forces of nature.

https://www.facebook.com/giobiaband/
https://giobiagiobia.bandcamp.com/
http://www.heavypsychsounds.com/bands/giobia.htm
https://www.facebook.com/HEAVYPSYCHSOUNDS/

Giöbia, Magnifier (2015)

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The Crazy World of Arthur Brown Announce US Tour

Posted in Whathaveyou on December 5th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Psychedelic legends The Crazy World of Arthur Brown have just announced their first US tour dates since 1969. They’ll be joined on the early 2017 run by Electric Citizen, and if you’re reading this, I doubt very seriously you need me to tell you the level of occasion this is. Aside from the sheer performance aspect of what Arthur Brown brought to music, to space rock, to heavy prog and to psychedelia, just the sheer scale of time here makes this one all the more special, as well as the fact that also taking part in the shows will be current bands answering the sonic call that Brown put out all those years ago — from freakout freaks White Hills to nod-riff legends Acid King to doomweavers Pallbearer. I’m sorry, but there’s just no way to lose out on seeing one of these shows.

Of course, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown played Psycho Las Vegas earlier this year, and sure enough, it’s Psycho presenting these shows. You’ll find the full set of their performance at the bottom of this post.

Here’s a press release I wrote, newly circled back from the PR wire:

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The Crazy World of Arthur Brown Announces First US Tour in 47 Years!

After a highlight performance at Psycho Las Vegas 2016, hugely influential UK heavy psychedelic progressive oddities The Crazy World of Arthur Brown announce their 2017 “ZIM ZAM ZIM” tour – their first run of US shows since 1969.

The God of Hellfire himself, Arthur Brown, will be celebrating 50 years since releasing the debut single “Devil’s Grip,” which helped shape the British and worldwide psychedelic movement. Pushing theatrics to their dystopian hellscape limits would earn Brown acolytes in everyone from David Bowie and Alice Cooper to KISS, Marilyn Manson and Lady Gaga to the entire genre of black metal, and his influence continues to spread today.

“Last time I toured US with the Crazy World was early 1969,” Brown confirms. “It was our third tour there. At the time, the band had been headlining massive festivals, alongside Hendrix, Frank Zappa, Jefferson Airplane, and other top attractions of the time. Iggy Pop and Alice Cooper were still only mildly famous, somewhere down the bill.”

ZIM ZAM ZIM takes its name from The Crazy World of Arthur Brown’s latest album, released in 2014. They’ll be joined on this landmark trip by Ohio rockers Electric Citizen, and shows will feature generational sonic offspring like White Hills, Acid King, Pallbearer, Danava and Jex Thoth.

Psycho Las Vegas presents
THE CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN w/ Electric Citizen
ZIM ZAM ZIM – USA TOUR 2017

2/15 Los Angeles, Regent Theater w/ White Hills
tickets: http://www.theregenttheater.com/

2/16 Las Vegas, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino w/ White Hills
tickets: https://crazyworld-lasvegas.eventbrite.com

2/17 San Francisco, Slims w/ Acid King
tickets: http://www.slimspresents.com/

2/18 Portland, Star Theater w/ Danava
tickets: https://crazyworld-portland.eventbrite.com

2/21 Chicago, Reggies
tickets: http://www.reggieslive.com/

2/23 New York, Le Poisson Rouge
tickets: https://venuepilot.co/events/11217/orders/new

2/24 Austin, Barracuda w/ Pallbearer & Pinkish Black
tickets: https://crazyworld-austin1.eventbrite.com

2/25 Austin, Barracuda w/ Acid King & Jex Thoth
tickets: https://austin-night2.eventbrite.com

https://www.facebook.com/arthurbrownmusic/
http://www.arthur-brown.com/

The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Live at Psycho Las Vegas 2016

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Dealer to Release Billionaire Boys Club Feb. 17; New Song Streaming

Posted in Whathaveyou on December 5th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

In what’s no doubt a grueling chronicle of the Bay Area’s culture clash between the creative class and the tech sector, Oakland heavy noise rockers Dealer make their debut in Feb. 2017 with Billionaire Boys Club. The trio have a somewhat tumultuous background for a band putting out their first record, with changes in the construction of the lineup, a cessation of activity and whatnot along their way to entering the studio this past summer with Brainoil‘s Greg Wilkinson behind the board, but as they introduce the album with the track “A.M. Gold,” streaming below, they’d seem to have effectively channeled that instability into sonic propulsion. I’d expect the outing to follow to be pretty brash based on what I’m hearing here, and that’s cool by me. California needs harsh heavy punk to keep it honest.

To the PR wire:

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Oakland trio DEALER to release debut album Billionaire Boys Club in February | Stream and share new song ‘AM Gold’

Billionaire Boys Club will be released worldwide on Wicked World Records on 17th February 2017

The exact moment of Dealer’s formation is almost impossible to pin down. Lost in a fug of thick smoke, alcohol and noise; somewhere and someplace out of time and mind.

Tentatively starting out life as Sexless – featuring founding member Kevin Klausen on guitar/vocals and fellow Los Angelean Samantha Mancino on drums – the duo would make a habit of throwing open jam sessions to anyone in earshot. Years prior and by his own admission, Klausen had lost heart after numerous false starts attempting to form his own band and gave up on making music to assume the mantle of tour manager for close friends, The Shrine. Helping the band across Europe and struck by their professionalism, after years on the road he returned in the Spring of 2013 with a handful of songs and a newfound focus.

“After seeing all these straight ahead rock and roll bands everywhere we went, I was really eager to start my own project but wanted to do something totally different,” explains Klausen. “We started out as this grungy weirdo dissonant punk band. In the early days we treated it more like a sort of art statement rather than a categorical band, it was really abstract and fun but in a way very naive.”

Relocating to Oakland, Sexless performed their first few shows with whatever bassist they could land until the night they met Aaron Cundy of local outfit Easy Living. Followed soon after by the conscription of John Zamora on drums after the departure of Mancino they soon hit upon the sound they were seeking. Sorely shredding their way through discordant moments of pre-punk history – often in a crazed reverie of hard rock solos and cocksure hellfire – they stalked the grooves of Black Flag’s Slip It In and the riffs of Voivod’s Killing Technology. All the while, sporting the sharpest Canadian tuxedos they could find.

When Zamora eventually chose to leave the band in May 2015, Klausen and Cundy sought total reformation. Drafting in new drummer Darien McKinney for shows with the likes of The Shrine, Ho99o9, Lecherous Gaze and Joy, they performed their final gig as Sexless on 4th June 2016 before entering Earhammer Studios to record their debut album with producer Greg Wilkinson (Iron Lung, Graves at Sea, Lecherous Gaze) just two days later. A proposed, “cocktail of heavy metal, punk, grunge and rock and roll,” the trio emerged with Billionaire Boys Club in hand as Dealer; the Leather-Era…

Released on LP, CD, digital and cassette Billionaire Boys Club is released worldwide on Wicked World Records on 17th February 2017.

Dealer:
Kevin Klausen – Guitar/Vocals
Aaron Cundy – Bass
Darien McKinney – Drums

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