Swans Wrap 14-Month Touring Cycle; Announce “Final” Album

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 24th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

Kind of sad to have an end-date put on the Swans reunion, which has to-date produced three expansive studio outings since 2010 — those being that year’s My Father Will Guide Me up a Rope to the Sky (review here), 2012’s The Seer and 2014’S To be Kind (review here) — as well as countless tours domestic and abroad, taking the reactivated New York avant gardians around the world and back again. But I get it. Michael Gira, founder, bandleader and wrangler of storms, probably has other things in mind. Maybe a return from Angels of Light‘s dark Americana is in order, or something new altogether. Either way, Swans‘ return has produced some of the richest and most visceral audio of the last half-decade, and we’re fortunate to have had them back while we did.

Of course, there will be more to come before they actually split, I’m sure. Having just finished the touring cycle for To be KindSwans will issue a live album — to be titled The Gate and no doubt immediately sell out upon being made available; once again denying me my limited Swansy goodness — and set to recording their “final” studio outing, which I put in emphatic quotes because one never really knows what’s going to happen.

As a general note to anyone who hasn’t seen Swans in this iteration yet. Do it. Even if you don’t like the band, not seeing them live is something you’ll regret.

Okay, here’s word from Gira:

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Just got home comatose after finishing up the final leg of our 14 month tour for Swans To Be Kind album. We have come to your town, though it’s doubtful we have partied down. It has been a privilege to be inside the sound that on some nights seems to create itself of its own accord, and it’s gratifying that many of you have conveyed to us that it’s been a positive experience for you too… Next step: Sept 1 we commence a new Swans album. This will be the final Swans album (and subsequent tour) for this version / iteration of Swans. Not really sure what the next step will be after that, but that’s perhaps a good thing… We’ll be making a live album/fundraiser (called The Gate) soon, in order to raise the necessary – somewhat daunting – capital for the studio album, which is bound to be an insatiable beast… more soon, Thanks and Love! – Michael Gira

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Swans, “Just a Little Boy” Live at Primavera Sound 2013

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Iguana Release New Album Cult of Helios; Touring with Brant Bjork

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 24th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Germany’s Iguana are kind of a well-kept secret at this point. Heading into their second full-length, Cult of Helios, which is the follow-up to their 2012 debut, Get the City Love You (review here), they’ve done a decent amount of touring around Europe, and played several fests along the way as one might, but I feel like they’re still waiting to have people really catch on to what they do. Cult of Helios is out as of today, and they’re hitting the road with Brant Bjork next week, so it seems likely they’ll come back having turned a few more heads than when they left.

The news is abundant, and under it you’ll find their brand new video for the song “A Deadlock Situation,” which is well worth your time:

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IGUANA are going to release their brand new record “Cult Of Helios” at the end of July, right on time for their tour with Brant Bjork. It contains 4 songs in 32min of finest Psych-Desert-Post-Whatever-Rock. The record is a portrait of IGUANA’s contemporary songwriting and sweetens up the time, waiting for the next full length album.

IGUANA are holding on to their distinct Desert-Session-Psychedelic-Rock. But they managed to sound even more heavy, raw, fuzzy and genuine this time, which mostly is a result of the full-band-live-recordings of „Cult Of Helios” at the band’s own studio. „Cult Of Helios” provides old-school Desert Rock – rough, psychedelic, melodious, but, above all, multi-faceted. The 4 songs represent different tunes in finest Desert-Session-Rock without even relating to any desert-clichés: sometimes instrumental, sometimes just straight, and then laidback again. Somewhere between Doom, Psychedelic, Noise and the Desert Sessions. “Cult Of Helios” is the soundtrack for your summer and will be released as a special-tour-edition during their upcoming shows. It also will be available via Itunes, Spotify and so on.

Tourdates 2015 – IGUANA
26.07. Dresden – Groove Station*
27.07. Hannover – Musikzentrum*
29.07. Saarbrücken – Garage*
15.08. Hohenstein-Ernsttal – Voice of Art-Festival
21.11. Chemnitz – Zukunft
* Supportshow für Brant Bjork

IGUANA performs a sincere, versatile, heavy and progressive kind of Fuzz Rock at its best. Although still being deep-seated with this genre they have moved on to develop their own vision of a deep, melodic and wistful Hard Rock music. It’s some kind of Desert-Psychedelic-Doom-Post-whatever in the broadest sense. However, the band is full of stylistic variability, packed with hooks as well as accompanied by crazily arranged instrumental gimmickries. IGUANA is sick of trends, the mainstream and, above all, the dos and don’ts of Rock’n’Roll. It’s addicted to music – nothing more and nothing less! An outcome made for the stage to unfold its unbridled power. That’s what it has been and always will be!

Besides releasing music, IGUANA is dead keen on playing live! IGUANA are touring Europe for some years now in the good old manner of DIY. IGUANA have already had 140 gigs and they have hit the stage of dozens of festivals and clubshows together with bands such as Saint Vitus, Brant Bjork, Los Natas, Kadavar, Blues Pills, The Atomic Bitchwax, Dozer, Spidergwad, Dyse, Colour Haze and many many ingenious acts more. Not just old hand doom legend Wino Weinrich knows that these boys are killer. Numerous club-shows in Europe and of course in the German scene’s most appreciated live hot-spots (Stoned From The Underground, Void Fest, Keep It Low Fest) proved that IGUANA embodies the never-ending story of live celebrated love to chunky riffing, psychedelic jamming and rhythms that are out-of-the-ordinary! Look forward to the sound of former desert sessions along with instrumental gimmickries and stoner-doom attacks yet charmingly and a little crazily wrapped up.

IGUANA are going to release their brand new record “Cult Of Helios” at the end of July 2015, right on time for their tour with Brant Bjork. It contains 4 songs in 32min of finest Psych-Desert-Post-Whatever-Rock. The record is a portrait of IGUANA’s contemporary songwriting and sweetens up the time, waiting for the next full length album. “Cult Of Helios” is the soundtrack for your summer and will be released as a special-touredition during their upcoming shows. It also will be available via Itunes, Spotify and so on.

Discographie:
•“Iguana – Cult Of Helios” special tour release “Sweet Home Records” 2015
•“Iguana – Get The City Love You” full lenght debut album on “Sweet Home Records” 2012
•“Iguana – B|L|U|E|S”extended reissue on “Sweet Home Records” 2011
•“Iguana – B|L|U|E|S” on “Sweet Home Records” 2008
•“Iguana – Wheeler Dealer” on “Sweet Home Records” 2006

www.iguana-music.de
www.facebook.com/iguana666
https://twitter.com/iguanagermany
www.soundcloud.com/iguanagermany
www.youtube.com/user/IguanaVideochannel

Iguana, “A Deadlock Situation” official video

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The Luck of Eden Hall UK Tour Starts July 30

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 23rd, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Long-running Chicago psych rockers The Luck of Eden Hall are getting ready to head to the UK for a round of tour dates between now and Aug. 11, playing in England, Scotland and Wales on a round of gigs ahead of finishing up their new album, The Acceleration of Time. Their most recent release is the single “The Happiness Vending Machine,” for which they made a video you can see below and which was issued back in Sept. of last year. They’ve got a new single in the works with a theme taken from and artwork by Neil Gaiman that has a Kickstarter in progress. This tour was also crowdfunded, so apparently they get some pretty good support.

The stint in the UK will be bookended by two Midwestern gigs, one in Michigan and one later in Aug. with The Psychedelic Furs in Skokie, Illinois. The PR wire keeps us all informed:

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After completing a successful Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for airfare, lodging and rentals, Chicago psych-pop group The Luck of Eden Hall has confirmed the dates for their second UK tour.

The tour, which will begin with a show at London’s 12 Bar Club on July 30 and wrap up with a headlining performance at the book release party for Dave Thompson’s A Séance at Syd’s at The Half Moon, Putney on August 11, will also touch down in Sheffield, Cardigan, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Liverpool. In addition, the band will be recording a live album for Fruits de Mer Records at MWNCI Studios, August 3-5.

Upon returning to the states, The Luck of Eden Hall will be supporting The Psychedelic Furs at Skokie’s Backlot Bash on Saturday, August 29 and will be putting the finishing touches on their upcoming album, The Acceleration of Time.

July 25 @ Shakespeare¹s Pub, Kalamazoo, Michigan
July 30 @ 12 Bar Club, London, England
Aug 1 @ The Rocking Chair, Sheffield, England
Aug 6 @ Bannerman’s, Edinburgh, Scotland
Aug 7 @ Nice n¹ Sleazys, Glasgow, Scotland
Aug 8 @ The Magnet, Liverpool, England
Aug 9 @ 13th Dream of Dr. Sardonicus Festival, Cardigan, Wales
Aug 11 @ The Half Moon, A Seance At Syd’s book release show, London, England
Aug 29 @ Backlot Bash w/ The Psychedelic Furs, Skokie, Illinois

http://theluckofedenhall.com/
https://www.facebook.com/theluckofedenhall
https://theluckofedenhall.bandcamp.com

The Luck of Eden Hall, “The Happiness Vending Machine”

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Serpents of Secrecy Announce Al “The Yeti” Bones as Vocalist

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 23rd, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Ontario-based singer Al “The Yeti” Bones brings a considerable measure of pedigree to the lineup of Serpents of Secrecy. That band, which already boasts three of the four members of the recently-defunct Sixty Watt Shaman and also count Foghound and King Giant on their collective resumé, can add lines for Bones‘ (né Alex Petrovich) experience in Gypsy Chief GoliathMister Bones and underrated bruisers The Mighty Nimbus to that mix. He also released a solo album (track stream here) in 2014.

The group’s debut full-length is underway now, being recorded with the venerable J. Robbins, as the PR wire informs. Normally I’d say congratulations either to the band or to Bones himself, but I think this time it’s worth congratulating both, as everyone here seems to win out. Looking forward to that record:

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SERPENTS OF SECRECY: Reactivated Southern Doom Pioneers Welcome Al Yeti Bones To The Vocal Position; Full-Length Album Underway

After weeks of auditions, reactivated southern doom bringers, SERPENTS OF SECRECY – featuring ex-Sixty Watt Shaman members, bassist Rev. Jim Forrester (Foghound), drummer Chuck Dukehart III (Foghound) and guitarist Todd Ingram (King Giant) — are very pleased to welcome current Gypsy Chief Goliaths/former Mighty Nimbus frontman, Al Yeti Bones, to the mic.

SERPENTS OF SECRECY was initially forged in 2013 but ultimately put on hold while Rev. Jim, Dukehart III, and Ingram participated in the reformation of Sixty Watt Shaman. However, following two years of performances including DesertFest Berlin and London, the increasingly difficult challenges related to schedules and logistics within the Sixty Watt camp led to the revival of SERPENTS OF SECRECY.

Recording of a full-length album is already underway in Baltimore, Maryland at Magpie Cage Studios with J. Robbins (Clutch, Wino, The Sword etc.). The first round of tracking is complete and additional sessions are planned in the coming weeks. “We were working with several candidates and heard some great vocalists but Al’s demos had the attack, passion and feel that best matched the music we’re writing,” said Ingram of the decision to bring in Yeti Bones. “His performances were the first ones where all three of us thought, ‘yep, this is our guy.’ And his enthusiasm for this project has truly been impressive. He sent us vocal takes less than twenty-four hours after receiving the rough tracks.”

“I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of this band,” says Yeti Bones. “It’s been nearly a decade since I’ve been involved with anything stateside, and the name SERPENTS OF SECRECY truly spoke to me. Fitting for what we are doing and the road we travel down, which is one that has been relatively silent to the public waiting for the right time to strike by unleashing this beast unto the world.”

“The songs cover a lot of ground musically and emotionally,” elaborates Forrester of the forthcoming tunes. “Much of the material was written and even recorded in a very despondent atmosphere. So the songs range from a palpable anger and aggression to very somber in tone.” “And there are some head nodding, all-consuming anthems in there as well,” adds Dukehart.

SERPENTS OF SECRECY plans to release the album in late 2015/early 2016. Further info to be announced in the coming weeks.

http://www.serpentsofsecrecy.net
http://www.facebook.com/Serpents-of-Secrecy
http://www.twitter.com/serpenssecrecy

Al “The Yeti” Bones, “I’m so Tired”

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Desertfest Belgium 2015 Adds Goatsnake, Dozer, Ruby the Hatchet, Sunder, Moon Duo and The Progerians to Lineup

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 23rd, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Well shit, Desertfest. If you wanted me to come that badly, you could’ve just booked a flight. I’d show up. I guess going out and getting Goatsnake to headline is a pretty badass way to send the message as well though, so I won’t argue. I’m not sure I’ll actually be able to make it — do you have any idea how much a week in Europe costs? It’s insane — but it’s nice to feel wanted, even in this most abstract and completely imaginary of ways.

Along with Goatsnake, the golly-I-wish-they’d-do-another-record Swedish heavy rockers Dozer will be brought in for an appearance — oddly enough not accompanied by Lowrider — and Ruby the Hatchet, Sunder, Moon Duo and The Progerians have been added to the bill as well, which, if you’ll recall, wasn’t exactly hurting, with Ufomammut, Orange Goblin, Greenleaf, Siena Root and so on already confirmed.

Still, if the question is “Goatsnake?” then the answer is definitely Goatsnake.

This from the PR wire:

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Goatsnake, Dozer, Moon Duo and more added to the DESERTFEST BELGIUM lineup!

We are happy to announce that Californian sludge-blues royalty GOATSNAKE have been added to the DESERTFEST ANTWERP 2015 line-up! Additionally, we have confirmations for the touring beast that is DOZER, the face-melting psych of MOON DUO, those fine purveyors of stoner SUNDER and RUBY THE HATCHET, and another slice of Belgian psych with THE PROGERIANS. Spread the news!

Bands already confirmed are: Goatsnake, Orange Goblin, Fatso Jetson, Dozer, Moon Duo, Greenleaf, Valient Thorr, Ufomammut, Causa Sui, Siena Root, Glowsun, Carlton Melton, Child, Ruby The Hatchet, Planet Of Zeus, Psychonaut, The progerians, Wheel Of Smoke, Sunder, Fever Dog and 3rd Ear Experience.
More acts to be announced in the coming weeks…

DESERTFEST BELGIUM 2015
October 9-11th at Trix Muziekcentrum – Antwerp
3 day tickets (96€) on sale HERE

More infos at www.desertfest.be

After a great first edition that saw the likes of Electric Wizard, Brant Bjork, Yob, Kadavar tear down Antwerp, the DESERTFEST promoters decided to run their second Belgium edition this fall. Located in Antwerp outskirts, the Trix venue will once again host the world’s best heavy bands, spread over three stages drenched in that underground atmosphere we all love. Beware of the sandstorm!

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https://twitter.com/desertfestBE
http://www.desertfest.be/

Goatsnake, Live in Glendale, CA, May 21, 2015

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Snail West Coast Tour Starts July 30

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 22nd, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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I’ll have much more about Snail‘s fourth album, Feral, as we get closer to the Sept. 25 release date, but by way of an early heads up, it’s killer. The tones, the vibe, it all takes the steps the band made with 2012’s Terminus (review here) and matches them in force with the memorable songwriting and thick-toned rolling psychedelia of 2009’s return, Blood (review here), the effect both crushingly heavy and airborne all at once. Their first album as a trio since their 1993 self-titled debut (reissue review here), Feral marks the beginning of a new era for the West Coast outfit, and it’s only fitting they should get out and tour a bit to mark the occasion.

They’ll hit the road starting July 30 with company along the way from SasquatchThe Freeks and Virginia’s Akris, so if you happen to be on the West Coast, keep an eye out. Info follows as seen on the PR wire, along with the album preorder link and paragraph of their new bio that I wrote this past weekend, way overdue as it was:

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With the challenge of a “first new album” — 2012’s Terminus — behind them, Snail set to work on Feral, their fourth full-length and first for Small Stone. Taking the varied approach of Terminus to new degrees of psychedelia and sonic heft, songs like “Smoke the Deathless” and “Thou Art That” epitomize the weighted melodic appeal of the band, while closer “Come Home” steps forward in its brazen emotionalism. Topped off with mind-bending artwork by Seldon Hunt, Feral is their best work to date, demonstrates the progressive capacity of the once-again trio of Johnson, Lynch and Dodson, and shows that Blood and Terminus may have just been the start of the wildness to come.

Snail will be slowly and deliberately crushing the West Coast with tourmates Akris and The Freeks in late July/early August 2015. See dates below:

July 30 – Tower Bar, San Diego, CA with Sasquatch and Desert Suns
July 31 – Cafe Nela, Los Angeles, CA with The Freeks and The Ultra Electric Mega Galactic
August 1 – Cellar Door, Visalia, CA with The Freeks
August 2 – The Golden Bull, Oakland, CA with Blackwulf, Forgotten Gods, Lowcaster
August 4 – Starlite Lounge, Sacramento, CA with Akris and Amarok
August 6 – Ash Street Saloon, Portland, OR with Akris and Night of Elegance
August 7 – The Astoria Pub, Vancouver, BC with Akris, Mendozza and Bog
August 9 – The Highline, Seattle, WA with Akris and Dura Madre

https://smallstone.bandcamp.com/album/feral
https://www.facebook.com/snailhq
http://www.snailhq.com/
http://www.mysteriousmammal.com/

Snail, “Building a Haunted House”

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Egypt Post New Rough Mix Track “Tres Madres”

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 22nd, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

egypt (Photo by Marco Wenzel)

New Egypt is a no-brainer of awesome. North Dakota’s heaviest trio are freshly returned from their first European tour, which included a stop at Freak Valley 2015, and are looking to keep the high going as they make their way toward the release of their sophomore album, to be titled Endless Flight perhaps in honor of their having made the trip across the Atlantic on United Airlines. Whatever their motivation, I haven’t seen a solid release date yet, but if it’s that or new music, I’ll take the new music every time. While I add Endless Flight to my growing list of 2016’s most anticipated, they give a first glimpse with a rough mix of “Tres Madres.”

Here’s word from the band as well as an update to their bio (which I feel comfortable enough reworking because I’m pretty sure I wrote it in the first place), and of course the song itself:

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Here is an unmastered rough mix of the song Tres Madres from our new record that will hopefully be released this summer/fall. We really hope to have the new album out soon. Hope you dig the song. Cheers everyone.

Rough mix of Tres Madres from the upcoming album Endless Flight.

More than a decade after starting out, Egypt were more active and more widely known than they’d ever been, having racked up shows alongside the likes of Dead Meadow, Jucifer, Today is the Day, Acid Mothers Temple, Weedeater, Church of Misery, and Orange Goblin.

There’s nothing happenstance about it, and in an age where word can travel faster than it ever has, Egypt have slow-burned their way to the fore of the American stoner rock underground. In 2015, they’ve expanded beyond those borders with their first European tour. Where they go from here includes a new album, titled Endless Flight, and who knows what else to come, but for a band who regrouped by popular demand and have only gathered momentum since, Egypt are just beginning to shape their empire.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Egypt-Doom/220951734668136
https://egypt1.bandcamp.com/
https://soundcloud.com/alcohawk/tres-madres

Egypt, “Tres Madres (Rough Mix)”

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Hey Colossus and Hotel Wrecking City Traders Split 12″ Coming Friday

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 22nd, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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This one sounds like a winner. On Friday, Wild Animal Records and Bro Fidelity Records will release a split between UK outfit Hey Colossus and Melbourne’s Hotel Wrecking City Traders on 12″ vinyl that contains one extended track from each band. Apparently the two acts had been in touch for some time but finally got to play together when the Aussie duo hit Europe for a tour last year, including a slot at Desertfest in London.

I’ll admit I don’t know Hey Colossus nearly as well as Hotel Wrecking City Traders, but the six-piece band released a full-length titled In Black and Gold on Rocket Recordings, and if you know that label, that should be enough to pique your interest. In the meantime, Hotel Wrecking City Traders released their second full-length, Ikiryo (review here), last year just about the time they took off for Europe and followed it up with a single, “Loose Alcoholic,” at the end of 2014.

Split’s out at the end of the week, so here’s some PR wire info if you’d like to prepare:

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HEY COLOSSUS / HOTEL WRECKING CITY TRADERS SPLIT 12 INCH

This split’s been in the pipeline since 2006, Melbourne’s HWCT + London/Somerset’s HC have been long time talkers, finally meeting when they did some shows together in 2014. The Australian duo tore it round Europe for 3 weeks, HC hooked up for 3 of the shows (including the London Desertfest).

One long tune each.

HWCT go JAM-HEAVY with ‘Droned and Disowned (Pt.2)’, ripping on some mid 80’s NY insistent guitar clang, building and building, being led by the drums, chased by the riffs, 22 smoke filled mins.

HC take it doooooown with ‘Heaven Blows’, a 3am ‘question where you’re going with your life’ come down tune, drones flying about, twinkly dream synths, vocals from outta nowhere.

Split 12 / Download is out July 24th on Wild Animals Records + Bro Fidelity Records, both labels out of Melbourne, 216 copies (Various colored vinyl).

https://www.facebook.com/hotelwreckingcitytraders
https://hotelwreckingcitytraders.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/heycolossus
http://geni.us/itunesblackngold
http://wildanimalsrecords.blogspot.com.au/

Hotel Wrecking City Traders, “Loose Alcoholic” (2014)

Hey Colossus, In Black and Gold (2015)

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