Blues Funeral Enter the Studio this Weekend

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 20th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Tomorrow, May 21, dual-guitar proto-doomers Blues Funeral will enter the studio to record their debut full-length. What’s been given the title The Search will comprise six songs to be tracked at Lucky Run Studios in the four-piece’s native Houston, Texas, for a total runtime of 41 minutes, give or take. As for who’ll be at the helm, it’s Michael Mikulka, who owns Lucky Run and is known for engineering Kyuss‘ early LP Wretch. Though both would fall under the general umbrella of “heavy,” those legendary desert rockers shouldn’t necessarily be taken as a comparison point when it comes to Blues Funeral, who as the live clip for “Autumn Dream” below shows, owe much more of their approach to organ-laced classic doom, marked out by the combined vocals of guitarists Maurice Eggenschwiler and Jan Kimmel.

Kimmel also handles organ on the track, and the harmonies of voice and instrument in combination with the key work gives an impression not unlike Beelzefuzz, though obviously the processes behind it are different. Kimmel, Eggenschwiler and drummer Cory Cousins come out of the band Sanctus BellumBlues Funeral is rounded out by bassist Gabriel Katz — and the new project has some of that same underlying metallurgy, but it’s still clear that they’re working to establish their own sound as well.

No word on a release date yet for The Search, but you can find album art by David Paul Seymour and some comment that Eggenschwiler was kind enough to give on the upcoming studio time below. Blues Funeral will also open the Houston date for The Obsessed, The Atomic Bitchwax and Karma to Burn tour on June 9, and that info follows:

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Maurice Eggenschwiler on recording:

“It’s crazy to think that we’ve already been playing together as a band for over a year. Though our music tastes are all fairly varied, we all share a mutual affinity for music from the ’60s and ’70s. Especially some of the music that really has a pronounced inclusion of Hammond organ. While we were playing together in Sanctus Bellum we’d always talked about a project that would allow us to bring in more of that shared influence, but never had the time to do it. When Sanctus needed to go on hiatus for a bit, we were finally given that opportunity and from November 2014 to date, we’ve had the chance to write and perform the six songs that are ultimately going to end up on this record… as well as a few others that we’re currently working on arranging and will unveil later. The album title, The Search, was taken in part from the first song that we arranged as a band and is also a bit of a nod to the idea that we’re searching to find that perfect blend of all our influences in this project. We’ve been thrilled to really push the boundaries of our songwriting with this project and are very excited to finally get the music out on a consumable format. We’re excited for what the future holds.”

Blues Funeral is:
Jan Kimmel (El Janni) – Guitar, Nord, Vocals
Maurice Eggenschwiler – Guitar, Vocals
Cory Cousins – Drums
Gabriel Katz – Bass

Blues Funeral live:
June 9 Walter’s Downtown, Houston, Texas w/ The Obsessed, The Atomic Bitchwax & Karma to Burn

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Blues Funeral, “Autumn Dream” Live, Jan. 31, 2016

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Keep it Low 2016: John Garcia, The Atomic Bitchwax, Fatso Jetson & Bright Curse Added

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 20th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Man, I saw Fatso Jetson earlier this year, and let me tell you, wherever they are is where you want to be. They’re one of four bands to join the ranks of Keep it Low 2016 today, along with John Garcia, NJ’s venerable The Atomic Bitchwax and London trio Bright Curse, which only makes an already strong lineup stronger. Interesting that the news from Sound of Liberation mentions a new Garcia full-length. The former Kyuss/Vista Chino singer (along with UnidaHermano, etc.) has made some mention of a new full-band outing to be issued under his name and an acoustic solo record as well, but I haven’t seen concrete word of a release date yet for either. “By the time October gets here” makes for a decent ballpark figure though, so I guess I’ll run with that.

Details from the PR wire:

KEEP IT LOW 2016! Oct. 21st & 22nd… John Garcia, The Atomic Bitchwax, Fatso Jetson & Bright Curse Confirmed!

4 new bands joined the KEEP IT LOW FESTIVAL 2016 line-up this afternoon, bringing the total of bands to 13 so far!

Alongside Colour Haze, Elder, Greenleaf, Monkey3, Toner Low, 1000Mods, Black Rainbows, Duel and Kind, we are stoked to welcome to our 4th edition the almighty John Garcia (coming with his full band, a new album, and surely some Kyuss classics in the set!), legendary US Fuzz Rock Riffmasters The Atomic Bitchwax (still promoting their terrific 2015’s album “Gravitron”), Fatso Jetson (Desert rock godfather Mario Lalli is always welcome at our festival) and Bright Curse (which released their excellent debut album “Before The Shore” last week).

KEEP IT LOW 2016 will happen on October 21st and 22nd in FEIERWERK (Munich) and will greet with 3 stages and around 20 bands, outside beergarden & skatepark. On this upcoming edition we are setting up a cozy and rain protected outside area with food and drink station. We also decided to play already on 2 stages on the Friday night and ending both KIL nights with aftershow parties and Dj Sets (Friday until 3 am and Saturday until 5 am).

Hard Tickets (2-day passes) are available on Woolheads for 65 €! Online tickets are also available on Eventim!

You can purchase tickets on http://woolheads.com/ but be quick! E-Tickets are also available on http://www.eventim.de/

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Fatso Jetson, “Swollen Offering” Live, April 2, 2016

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Maryland Doom Fest 2016: Internal Void to Perform as Standing on the Sun Lineup for First Time in 23 Years

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 19th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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The question of whether or not Internal Void would play at Maryland Doom Fest 2016 was somewhat fluid at first, but over the last couple months, more details have emerged about what the hometown heroes will bring to the festival, and today there’s even more confirmation from their camp. As part of a three-day bill that also features The ObsessedBangMos GeneratorCastlePlace of SkullsOrodruin and many, many more, Internal Void will play a full-hour set that’s set to include a guest appearance from drummer Eric Little (most recently heard bashing skins on the new Church of Misery album), who played on the band’s 1993 debut, Standing on the Sun.

The Maryland Doom Fest 2016 performance will be the first time in 23 years the Standing on the Sun lineup of Internal Void appears together onstage. Fest is set for June 24, 25 and 26 at Cafe 611 in Frederick, MD.

Here’s word from the band:

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INTERNAL VOID – SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

On Friday June 24 2016 Internal Void will be performing a 60 minute career spanning set as part of The Maryland Doom Fest being held at Café 611 in Frederick Maryland.

The line-up will consist of original founding members Kelly Carmichael (g), Adam Heinzmann (b) and JD Williams (v) with longtime friend and IV member for the past 7 years Brian Goad on drums (Brian was also in the line-up for a short period in the mid-90’s and currently plays with the excellent Nagato).

At this time Internal Void would like to announce that original drummer and founding member Eric Little (Dark Music Theory/Church of Misery/x-Earthride) will be joining the band on stage for a couple of songs from the band’s Standing on the Sun era for this special appearance.

This will be the first time in 23 years that the original Standing on the Sun lineup has performed live. So be there at Café 611 and The Maryland Doom Fest on Friday June 24 2016 to witness this reunion.

All the Best and DOOM ON!!
Kelly, JD, Adam, Brian and Eric

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Internal Void, “Standing on the Sun”

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Brimstone Coven Touring the Midwest in July

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 19th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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The show Brimstone Coven are playing on June 25 in Ohio that precedes their run through the Midwest in July is being called Wookfest 2K16. It also features Druid and Clay Otter. A couple dates into the July stint, Brimstone Coven will link up with Castle — on their own extensive tour — for a few shows. They’re out supporting their 2016 debut full-length, Black Magic (review here), released by Metal BladeBlack Magic came out in January and is the follow-up to a 2015 self-titled (track stream here) that was a long-player in runtime but compiled from two earlier EPs.

Shows kick off July 23 in Cleveland and the tour includes stops in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin and Western Pennsylvania. Tour dates and some comment from the band, as well as a stream of the Black Magic title-track, follow here, courtesy of the PR wire:

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BRIMSTONE COVEN: Dark Occult Rockers Announce US Tour Dates

West Virginia-based dark occult rockers, BRIMSTONE COVEN, have confirmed their Summer tour plans which include a one off show in Athens, Ohio on June 25 before kicking off a nine-date mini tour from July 23rd through July 31st alongside Castle on select dates.

Bassist Andrew D’Cagna comments: “The response we’ve received since the release of Black Magic has been phenomenal. Our Coven is growing, but our mission is never ending. We can’t wait to hit the road and spread the word of the Coven to those who’ve not yet witnessed our live ritual… See you this Summer! Behold! Believe!”

BRIMSTONE COVEN:
6/25/2016 The Smiling Skull – Athens, OH
7/23/2016 Maple Grove – Cleveland, OH
7/24/2016 Realm – Toledo, OH
7/25/2016 5th Quarter Lounge – Indianapolis, IN
7/26/2016 Reggies – Chicago, IL **
7/27/2016 High Noon Saloon – Madison, WI **
7/28/2016 Frank’s Power Plant – Milwaukee, WI **
7/29/2016 Shakespeare’s Pub – Kalamazoo, MI **
7/30/2016 Corktown Tavern – Detroit, MI **
7/31/2016 Howler’s – Pittsburgh, PA **
** w/ Castle

Brimstone Coven is:
“Big John” Williams – vocals
Corey Roth – guitar
Andrew D’Cagna – bass
Justin Wood – drums

http://www.facebook.com/brimstonecoven
http://www.metalblade.com/brimstonecoven

Brimstone Coven, “Black Magic”

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Mountain God Sign to Artificial Head; Debut Album in 2017

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 19th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

Last we heard from destructive New York heftmongers Mountain God, the Brooklyn three-piece were unveiling their 2015 single-song EP, Forest of the Lost. The trio have been keeping plenty busy, it would seem, as they’ve now been announced as signing to Artificial Head for the release of what will be their debut full-length after the EP and the prior 2013 demo, Experimentation on the Unwilling (review here). They’ll record in August, reportedly, and the album has been given a tentative release date of Feb. 2017 from Artificial Head, the dead of winter seeming appropriate for the disaffected malevolence in which Mountain God revel.

Vinyl will be limited to 400 copies. Expect more to come in the months ahead regarding preorders, titles, artwork, tour dates and all that other happy this-and-that that goes into releasing records these days. I’m very much looking forward to hearing what they come up with for this album. Keep your fingers crossed for creepiness:

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ARTIFICIAL HEAD RECORDS WELCOMES MOUNTAIN GOD!!!

New York stoner sludge metal band Mountain God have signed with Artificial Head Records for their debut vinyl release!

Formed in 2012, the band has taken their time to unleash two releases of their sound: 2013’s “Experimentation on the Unwilling” and 2015’s “Forest of the Lost”. Both releases have rightfully earned the band its solid reputation for creating a unique style of dark, heavy psychedelic music.

Mountain God is fronted by Ben Ianuzzi (guitar, vocals) along with and Ryan Smith (drums) and Nikhil Kamineni (bass, synths).

Details on the new album are being held close to the vest — but we can reveal that:
• Album is slated to be released in February 2017
• Vinyl only release of 400 copies
• Bonus lathe cut 7” to be included with initial orders
• Exclusive artwork to be created by New York artist, Max Kahan (maxkahan.com)

Recording for the new album will be completed this August with news on touring and more this Fall.

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https://www.facebook.com/MountainGodBand
http://mountain-god.bandcamp.com/

Mountain God, Forest of the Lost (2015)

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Landing Release Third Sight June 17 on El Paraiso

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 19th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Unless you’re looking to be completely consumed by a warm wash of psychedelic serenity, I’d have to advise you to avoid Landing‘s new single at all costs. For the rest of you non-squares, dive into “Delusion Sound” below and I guarantee you won’t touch bottom. The Connecticut-based band formed in 1998 (how have I not heard them before???) but will make their label debut on El Paraiso next month with Third Sight, a new long-player that, at least according to their website, isn’t the only one that will be out this year — a Complekt album is mentioned in an update from February. Whatever. However much they do or don’t do for the rest of 2016, it seems from “Delusion Sound” like Third Sight is going to have plenty of wash to dig into as the lines between post-rock and psychedelia continue to blur. Sign me up for that drift.

Info follows as hoisted from El Paraiso‘s preorder page, also linked below:

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Connecticut’s Landing have specialized in a mild and rural kind of psychedelia over the course of nearly two decades. Recent releases have seen them closer to post-punk and shoegaze territory than ever, but Third Sight – recorded specifically for El Paraiso Records’ Impetus series – builds on the hallucinatory soundscapes of the band’s earliest days.

There’s a unique sense of motoric drift to these four long pieces, and an organic blend of rock instrumentation and analog electronics that brings to mind Eno’s best collaborations in the 1970s. But the group’s flair for fuzzy drones and new weirdsy commune-folk also betrays their affiliation with the experimental American east coast scene –these guys have played shows with their friends in Bardo Pond, releasing a split EP with Windy & Carl and playing numerous Terrastocks throughout their existence.

Listening through this LP is likely to stimulate mental images of rural winds blowing across vast American fields of grass, bonfires, blue rivers and power lines sailing through rolling hills. Landing’s psychedelia possesses a rare timelessness. We are proud to present this offering from the band in the El Paraiso catalog!

http://elparaisorecords.com/releases/landing-third-sight
https://landing.bandcamp.com/
http://www.landingsite.net/
https://www.facebook.com/Landingtryyps

Landing, “Delusion Sound”

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Mollusk to Release Children of the Chron in July

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 18th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Boston-area duo Mollusk have announced a July release for their second album, Children of the Chron. The record finds the two-piece of guitarist/vocalist Hank Rose and drummer Adam O’Day following up their 2014 debut, Gutter with another set of terrifying scenarios, alternately born of real life — “Ride the #9,” about the horrors of public transportation — and imagined — “Zombie Apocalypse,” which might as well be about the same thing — set to noise rock that’s raw and aggressive without losing sight of its purpose or taking itself too seriously, as the shift between tribal drums and grunge downerisms on “Blaze Cave” and “Lesbian Resume” makes plain enough to hear.

Perhaps as a means to clear their collective consciousness of the filth that was and make room for the filth that is, Mollusk have made Gutter available as a free download via a Dropbox link as a precursor to Children of the Chron coming out. That’s right. You don’t even need a download code, or to name your price as zero dollars. They’re just letting you take it. Nothing to lose but a minimum of hard drive space.

They’ve also begun to unveil songs from Children of the Chron at this point as well. “Ride the #9” and the newly-unveiled “When You’re Gone” can be heard on their Reverbnation page, if you can put up with the interface of that site, and they have a new video for “Glacier” that you can see below.

They’re a band of few words, but the info follows:

mollusk children of the chron

It’s Mollusk’s 2nd full length album. COTC is slower, sludgier and stonier. We are the Children Of The Chron.

Mollusk – Children Of The Chron
Tracklisting:
1. Ride the #9
2. Demon Queen
3. The Children of the Chron
4. Glacier
5. Human Tidalwave
6. Blaze Cave
7. Lesbian Resume
8. Torture Chamber
9. When You’re Gone
10 Zombie Apocalypse
11. Mental Hospital

Record to be released in July 2016.Recorded by Sid Lees at HERD Studio in Roxbury MA. 1st Track and video – Glacier.

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https://www.reverbnation.com/molluskband

Mollusk, “Glacier” official video

Mollusk, “When You’re Gone”

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Big Business Announce New Album Command Your Weather Due July 8

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 18th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Big news from Big Business. The L.A.-based outfit have stripped back to the original duo of drummer/vocalist Coady Willis and bassist/vocalist Jared Warren and will release their new album, Command Your Weather, on July 8 through Joyful Noise Recordings. You might recall Big Business‘ last long-player, 2013’s Battlefields Forever, had them working with guitarist/vocalist Scott Martin, and they also released a digital single called True Gold last March, both songs from which — “Blacker Holes” and “Diagnostic Front” — will be featured on Command Your Weather.

In addition to those, Big Business are also streaming the new single “Father’s Day” in advance of the new album’s release. Oh, and there’s also the matter of a long, long list of tour dates in the LP announcement below. Big Business as usual in that department:

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Big Business Announces New LP Command Your Weather, Out 7/8 via Joyful Noise & Gold Metal Records

Big Business has announced the release of its fifth studio album, Command Your Weather, due out July 8th as a co-release between Joyful Noise Recordings and the band’s own Gold Metal Records. It’s currently available for pre-order on all formats, including gold colored vinyl and a limited VIP edition on clear & gold vinyl.

Command Your Weather sees Big Business return to its original two-man lineup of Jared Warren on bass & Coady Willis on drums (both are current members of the Melvins, and Willis is an original member of The Murder City Devils and plays in the all-drumming project Hew Time with Dale Crover and Joe Plummer.) They describe the upcoming release as “an album about the struggle for dominance of will over the power and unpredictability of nature…or just a really great rock record.”

BIG BUSINESS
COMMAND YOUR WEATHER
1. Last Legs
2. Regulars
3. Father’s Day
4. Blacker Holes
5. Popular Demand
6. Own Throats
7. Send Help
8. Diagnostic Front
9. Horses

Big Business will tour in support of their new album this summer — see below for upcoming dates.

Big Business Summer Tour 2016
June 18 – Joshua Tree- Yucca Man Shakedown
June 20 – Las Vegas – Backstage Bar & Billiards
June 21 – Salt Lake City – Urban Lounge
June 22 – Boise – Neurolux
June 24 – Bellingham, WA – The Shakedown
June 25 – Portland, OR – B Side Anniversary
June 26 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
June 28 -Billings, MT- Pub Station
June 30 – Fargo, ND – The Aquarium
July 1 – Minneapolis, MN – The Triple Rock (D4th of July weekend)
July 2 – Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen
July 3 – Ferndale, MI – The Loving Touch
July 4 – Toronto, ON – Velvet Underground
July 5 – Rochester, NY – The Bug Jar
July 6 – Brooklyn, NY – St. Vitus
July 7 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
July 8 – Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
July 9 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
July 10 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Cafe
July 12 – Nashville, TN – The Basement East
July 13 – Atlanta, GA – Aisle 5
July 14 – Birmingham, AL – Saturn
July 15 – Gainesville, FL – High Dive
July 16 – Tallahassee, FL – Sidebar Theater
July 17 – New Orleans, LA – Gasa Gasa
July 19 – San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger
July 20 – Austin, TX – Barracuda
July 21 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey
July 23 – El Paso, TX – Lowbrow Palace
July 24 – Phoenix, AZ – The Rebel Lounge
July 25 – San Diego, CA – Casbah
July 28 – Santa Barbara, CA – Velvet Jones
July 29 – Los Angeles – Bootleg Theater – Bar Stage
July 30 – San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill

http://www.joyfulnoiserecordings.com/products/big-business-command-your-weather
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http://bigbigbusiness.bandcamp.com/
http://bigbigbusiness.com/

Big Business, “Father’s Day”

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