Shadow Witch Post Stooges Cover “I Wanna Be Your Dog”

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 16th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

Of course there’s The Riff, but the real test of any cover of The Stooges‘ ‘I Wanna Be Your Dog’ that’s trying to be reasonably loyal to the original is the word ‘here.’ The cloying, seething, sex-starved desperation in Iggy Pop‘s vocal just on that one word was like a siren of hormonal charge going off 50 years ago that can still be heard echoing today. Much to the credit of Shadow Witch frontman Earl Walker Lundy, he nails the “here” and thus the song as a whole, capturing the spirit of the original while bringing it into the band’s own sonic context of dark heavy rock.

Released as a free download, the single is intended as a precursor to Shadow Witch‘s new LP, which is expected in November through Argonauta Records. Gotta keep that momentum up.

Lundy offered some comment on the selection via the PR wire:

shadow witch wanna be your dog

All set to go for the new album “Under the Shadow of the Witch” by U.S. Heavy Psych Doomers Shadow Witch, all details to be revealed in the next days!

To shorten the wait the band just releases today an exciting cover song of THE STOOGES classic “I Wanna Be Your Dog” you can listen to here:

About this song, Earl Walker Lundy, the bands vocalist, says:

“It actually started as a joke ! I was in the middle of this really intense affair, and all the songs we were writing started to be about that, about that girl, that obsessive all-powerful romance. Our drummer thought it would be funny to play a cover that related to the situation. We all love The Stooges, so even though people might not think Stooges when they hear Shadow Witch, it really is an influence. Anyway, when we were recording the album we thought “hey, why not ?!? “ We’d been playing it, and it felt kind of ironic and a bitter-sweet reference to what the album is all about ~ love/obsession/addiction. Also we just want to tease y’all a little; not give away too much just yet.”

The album was recorded with 40 year industry veteran Paul Orofino, who has recorded everyone from “classic rock” stalwarts Mountain, Foghat, Golden Earring, and Blue Oyster Cult to the extremes of Immolation.

Earl says “We really wanted this record to be a big step up sonically from our last, and working with Paul was an incredible opportunity to make that happen. He’s truly a master of his craft, and brought ideas to the table that became integral to the production of the album. I think it’s our strongest work yet.”

Shadow Witch, “I Wanna Be Your Dog”

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Witchkiss Touring to Descendants of Crom with Temple of the Fuzz Witch

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 14th, 2019 by JJ Koczan


I was at the big Neurosis show the other night, and on my way out the door afterward, I happened to see Witchkiss guitarist/vocalist Scott Prater and drummer/vocalist Amber Burns hanging out. I don’t really know them, but I did go up and say that I had enjoyed their set at Maryland Doom Fest (review here), and that I hoped to see them again. Lo and behold, here’s a tour announcement providing opportunity to do precisely that. I won’t be able to make the trip into Brooklyn for this gig, as I’ll be out of town, but that’s hardly their fault or the fault of Temple of the Fuzz Witch, with whom they’re touring. I guess it’s my fault. Ah, to be raised Catholic. So much guilt.

Anyhoozle, after playing both Maryland Doom Fest and New England Stoner & Doom Fest earlier this year, Witchkiss will be making their way to Descendants of Crom in Pittsburgh as a part of this run, makes the last in a pretty impressive trifecta of Eastern Seaboard-ish festivity. They’ve got dates to add to this tour and I would expect their momentum to continue carrying forward into 2020, so will do as they advise and keep an eye out.


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New York doom band WITCHKISS are pleased to announce that they will be doing a short US tour in September.

The band commented ” We are super excited to be playing some new material! We will be joined by “Temple of the Fuzz Witch” on all of the shows except for our stop at the “Descendants of Crom Fest” in Pittsburgh on September 21st. Keep an eye out because it’s likely we will be adding a couple more dates in this run”

9/19/19 ~ Mohawk Place ~ Buffalo, NY
9/20/19 ~ Buzz Bin ~ Canton, OH
9/21/19 ~ Descendants of Crom Fest @ Cattivo ~ Pittsburgh, PA *No TOTFW*
9/22/19 ~ Frankies ~ Toledo, OH
9/23/19 ~ Reggies ~ Chicago, IL
9/24/19 ~ Highlands ~ Louisville, KY
9/25/19 ~ Odditorium ~ Asheville, NC
9/26/19 ~ Tapp Room ~ Boone, NC
9/28/19 ~ Wonderland ~ Richmond, VA
9/30/19 ~ Ottobar ~ Baltimore, MD
10/4/19 ~ 13th Floor ~ Florence, MA
10/5/19 ~ Knitting Factory ~ Brooklyn, NY

Amber Burns ~ Drums / Vocals
Scott Prater ~ Guitar / Vocals
Tyler Irish ~ Bass

Witchkiss, The Austere Curtains of Our Eyes (2018)

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Hey Zeus Post “I Don’t Want It” Video

Posted in Bootleg Theater on August 13th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

hey zeus i dont want it

Hey, look. It’s never happened to me, but yeah, I totally understand where sometimes you wake up in the alleyway around the side from ONCE Ballroom in Somerville, Mass., and go inside the venue to have a kind of acid-laced virtual reality religious experience. I mean, who hasn’t been there, right? Hello?


This coming weekend, Boston heavy rockers Hey Zeus bid safe travels to guitarist Pete Knipfing, who’ll relocate to Tennessee, presumably for the relative proximity to the Stax Museum. They’re playing Great Scott with Cocked ‘n’ Loaded and Scissorfight to mark the occasion — event page here — and while it seems that Knipfing will continue to work remotely to stay involved with the band, even just the geographic loss of the former Lamont axeman is significant. Makes it way harder to book a weekender or pop over to O’Brien’s for a show. The change comes just about seven months after the release of their awaited debut album, X (review here), which was issued through Argonauta Records, and they’re a four-piece. It’s not like they have an extra guitarist just hanging around to pick up the slack.

Come what may, “I Don’t Want It” is indicative of the kind of infectious songwriting and energy that is writ large throughout X. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Hey Zeus a couple of times — the lineup of Knipfing, vocalist Bice Nathan (also production and percussion), bassist Ken Cmar and drummer Todd Bowman — and the feeling of righteousness-in-riotousness that the studio versions of “I Don’t Want It” or the peelout-ready “Save Your” brought to beat had its foundations in what the band did together in a live setting. Was it Radio Bar where they covered Deep Purple twice in the same set? The entire room, hammered. What the hell ever happened to that place?

But maybe it makes all the more sense then that as the band says goodbye to Knipfing, they’re having a blowout. That’s kind of been their thing all along. If you’re in the area and reading this, you’re probably already planning to go, but if not, and if you haven’t given X its fair shot yet, the hook-driven energy of “I Don’t Want It” is a compelling argument in favor of doing so. And, of course, all the best to Knipfing on the big move.


Hey Zeus, “I Don’t Want It” official video

“I don’t want it” by Hey Zeus
Featuring Victoria Norton

Argonauta Records

Produced by Bice
Directed by Michael Cimpher

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Lowburn Post Lyric Video; New Album Phantasma Coming Soon

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 7th, 2019 by JJ Koczan


Finnish bruisers Lowburn announced last year that their second record would be out earlier in 2019. Well, so maybe not. But there’s plenty of year left, as the calendar tells us, so they’ve still got time to issue what has been dubbed Phantasma, the follow-up to their 2015 debut album, Doomsayer. The full-length, still in progress, it would seem, will see release through Argonauta Records, whenever they get there, and though specifics on that are sparse, new music is better than release dates, and Lowburn have some of that to show off and no fooling. The track is called “Cloud Valley” and they’ve got it up on Bandcamp and as a lyric video on the YouTubes. They’re also promising tour dates in the works, though it’s hard to imagine that won’t be a 2020 kind of deal by the time they get there. I might speculate the same for the album at this point, but one never knows, I guess. Especially when the one is me. I never know.

At least not until the PR wire tells me:

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LOWBURN (feat. ex-members of BATTLORE) return with brand new record during 2019 & unleash lyric video!

Finland’s fuzz rock doom fusion, music veterans Lowburn, have announced to return with a brand new album during 2019 with powerhouse label Argonauta Records. Formed in 2012 by Tomi Mykkänen and Henkka Vahvane after Battlelore went on hiatus, Lowburn are currently putting the final touches on their upcoming, hotly anticipated full length. The band released a critically debut EP back in 2013, followed by a split-7″ with fellow band Church of Void, finally the doom and stoner rock scene will see their long-awaited comeback!

Today the band is already sharing with us a first glimpse, and released a lyric video for the song Cloud Valley. Dive into some new Lowburn tunes right HERE!

“Cloud Valley was the first song done for the new album.“ Guitarist and vocalist Tomi explains. “It’s a part of the “punk”-series of our songs with Running On Fumes (first LOWBURN song ever) and The Last One meaning that the working title had punk in it. Using Cloud Valley as the first single will give the fans a feeling of familarity but it still it showcases the overall sounds for the album. It has the rocking, the psychedelia and heavier parts. Overall it’s a good first single and an invitation to listen to the diverse musical journey PHANTASMA is.”

While Lowburn are currently hard at work to finish their upcoming album, the band has announced to get on the road in support of Phantasma,too. Stay tuned for further news, a touring schedule and more new sounds to be revealed in the days ahead!

Lowburn is:
Henkka Vahvanen – drums
Antti Vesikko – bass
Tomi Mykkänen – guitar and vocals
Tommi Lintunen – guitar

Lowburn, “Cloud Valley” lyric video

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Rainbows are Free Sign to Argonauta Records; Head Pains Due Nov. 29

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 2nd, 2019 by JJ Koczan

It was really just a question of who — I said as much in May — and Argonauta Records makes sense not just because of their seemingly-perpetual signing spree but because of what they’re able to do in picking and promoting quality acts. Rainbows are Free will release Head Pains, their third album, through Argonauta on Nov. 29. Lock it down. The record is killer. That’s all there is to it. Good band gets signed. Everybody gets that warm feeling in their belly that only comes when things go right in the world.

I’m going to hope to have more to come ahead of the release, but the signing announcement seems like an occasion worth marking, so here it is as it came down the PR wire:

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RAINBOWS ARE FREE sign to Argonauta Records + reveal album details!

Brand new record due out in November 2019!

Oklahoma heavy psych doom prog-rockers Rainbows Are Free have inked a worldwide deal with Italian powerhouse label Argonauta Records, who will release the band’s third and hotly anticipated album, Head Pains, on November 29th 2019.

Recorded at the legendary Bell Labs studios, engineered and mixed by Trent Bell of Chainsaw Kittens fame, in Norman, OK, the band just recently not only revealed the cover art but also a first track taken from their upcoming Head Pains!

“Rainbows Are Free are excited to join forces with Argonauta Records for the release of our upcoming third record, Head Pains.“ The band comments. “Gero has curated an impressive roster of some of the heaviest underground stoner, doom,and sludge bands in the world, and we are happy to count ourselves among them. While we were deep in the throes of the dubious task of finding a new label to put out this record, we were constantly being referred to Argonauta every step of the way. It is no accident that we landed at Argonauta’s doorstep, and thankfully, they let us inside.“

Rainbows Are Free’s sonic locus appears on the rock n’ roll family tree at the point where proto-metal and heavy psychedelia shared a common apocryphal ancestor before branching off into their own distinct lineages. RAF formed in late 2007 as the conglomerate of several long-time heavy rock bands from Norman, OK. In February 2008, RAF self-released their eponymous demo EP, followed by the critically acclaimed full length album Believers In Medicine two years later with Guestroom Records Records. The band’s sophomore album, Waves Ahead of the Ocean, saw RAF taking on a new level with shows all over the States with acts such as High on Fire, Dead Meadow, St. Vitus, The Sword, Big Business, Pallbearer, Kylesa and many more. Often appearing in costumed stage dress, the band fronted by the soaring and snarling nigh 7-foot cyclone of weirdness that is Brandon Kistler, continues to shock and amaze fans by introducing an element of good-humored theatrics to accompany their live sonic assault. This is achieved in no small part due to the guitar prowess and songwriting of Richie Tarver, joined by the ambient soundscapes of Joey Powell on rhythm guitar, the thunderous low end of Jason Smith on bass, and Bobby Onspaugh on drums. Rainbows Are Free continue to bring their unique brand of psychedelic heaviness on tour as they support the release of Head Pains due out Fall 2019.

Head Pains is set to be released in CD and Digital formats on November 29th via Argonauta Records, with vinyl support from Tulsa-based Horton Records. Watch out for many more album updates and tunes to be revealed in the days ahead!

RAF is:
Brandon Kistler -Vocals
Richie Tarver – Lead Guitar
Jason Smith – Bass
Joey Powell – Rhythm Guitar
Bobby Onspaugh – Drums

Rainbows are Free, “Shapeshifter”

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ZOM Announce Icelandic Tour for Next Month

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 30th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

I’ve had the good fortune of flying to Reykjavik a few times over the years, and from the air, Iceland is stark and gorgeous and like nothing else I’ve ever seen. I’ve never, however, had enough time there to actually leave the airport. It’s always fly-in-fly-out. Pittsburgh’s ZOM, on the other hand, will shoot over for a three-date run of Iceland at the end of August, hitting Reykjavik, Hafnarfjörður and Dalvik, a trip that will let them drive up the western coast of the country for a time before cutting inland a bit as they make their way north. Looks like an awesome way to do a weekender, and hey, if you could get three shows together in Iceland, wouldn’t you do it? Absolutely you would. It’s frickin’ Iceland. You go if you can go.

ZOM released their Argonauta Records debut, Nebulos, last year, and have been playing shows steadily since. This trip marks the first time they’ll leave the States for a show, though somehow one doubts it will be the last. An initial incursion, then.

Their announcement and the show details follow here. Because if you could go see a band from Pittsburgh in Icleand, wouldn’t you do it? Absolutely you would.

You get the idea:


ZOM to tour Iceland this August!

Pittsburgh, USA Stoner/Groove Heavy Rockers, ZOM (Argonauta Records) will embark on a tour of Iceland in late August, 2019.

It’s the band’s first trip overseas as a group in what they hope will be the first of many.

ZOM started as a recording project between Gero von Dehn (Von Dane/Monolith Wielder) and Andrew D’Cagna (Brimstone Coven/Ironflame) but morphed into a full fledged band after the recording of their debut release, Nebulos.

ZOM now features von Dehn (v/g), Ben Zerbe (Monolith Wielder-d), Matt Tuite (Penance/Blackfinger-g) and Sam Pesce (Del Rios-b).

Joining them on all three dates will be Icelandic heavy rockers, Alchemia. Southern flavored, stoner rockers, Volcanova (Iceland) will be perform on select shows.


Thur Aug 29th Gaukurinn Reykjavik
With Alchemia and Volcanova

Friday Aug 30th R6013 or íslenski rokkbarinn Hafnarfjörður.
With Alchemia and Volcanova

Sat Aug 31st – Dalvik Theatre Leikfelag Dalvikur Dalvik
With Alchemia

ZOM, Nebulos (2018)

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Rancho Bizzarro Premiere “King of the Van” Video; Possessed by Rancho EP out Friday

Posted in Bootleg Theater on July 30th, 2019 by JJ Koczan


We all know the King of the Road says you move too slow. I’m not sure what the King of the Van says, mostly because Italy’s Rancho Bizzarro — that’s two ‘z’s and two ‘r’s — are instrumental, with time neither for lyrics nor pretense amid their fuzzy riffs and forward movement. Across the 23-minutes of their new EP, Possessed by Rancho — out this Friday on Argonauta Records — the Livorno four-piece careen through a desert cruising vibe, kicking up sand behind them as they push through in straightforward fashion, like if Karma to Burn had been from California instead of West Virginia, or I guess in this case on the west coast of Northern Italy. Fair enough. Either way, once they’re through the opening jam of “Open Bar Deluxe” — also the longest track on the release by far at 7:55 — the band settle with “King of the Van” into the heavy rocking sway that will ultimately define their course, as they follow-up their 2017 self-titled debut with further development in tone and rhythm, working from a familiar foundation, but bringing character to moments like the brash, drum-led outset of “El Motardo Loco,” with a classic-rocking riff that balances energies off each other between its guitar solo and insistent groove, before a sample from The Road Warrior opens “The Vengeance of Lord Humungus” with the song’s titular character indeed promising the song’s titular vengeance. Nothing if not appropriate.

“The Vengeance of Lord Humungus” shoves through with the expected brashness and “Giusquiamo Slow Drink” pulls back the drums to round out with atmospheric guitar and feedback lines.RANCHO-BIZZARRO-POSSESSED-BY-RANCHO-COVER It’s a departure, figuratively in terms of sound and literally in terms of the EP ending, but an effective wrap-up just the same. Certainly by then Rancho Bizzarro have gotten their point across in the energetic “King of the Van” and “El Motardo Loco,” the more expansive layered leads of “Open Bar Deluxe” — that must’ve been some selection of beverages — and the bruiser Truckfighters-style rollout of “The Vengeance of Lord Humungus.” They just wrapped up a string of Spring and Summer live dates, so I won’t claim to know what Rancho Bizzarro are up to for the Fall to come as they celebrate the release of Possessed by Rancho, but for a band who obviously base a lot of what they do sonically in terms of being able to build and harness momentum the EP release does precisely that for them on another level, keeping up the vitality of the prior record and acting as a step along the way toward the next one. Plus, if you don’t have 20 minutes of your day to dedicate to quality riffs, you may want to rethink your priorities. I’m not trying to tell you how to live your life, but yeah, I guess I kind of am. Quit your job. Go party. Rock and roll.

No, really, do it. I’ll wait.

One more time: Rancho Bizzarro‘s Possessed by Rancho is out Aug. 2 on Argonauta. Here’s the video for “King of the Van,” followed by a bit of the ol’ PR wire whatnot.

Please enjoy:

Rancho Bizzarro, “King of the Van” official video premiere

When Palm Desert tunes meet Detroit sounds, it’s time for RANCHO BIZZARRO to take over! The Italian four-piece, known from their excellent jam sessions drenched into fuzzy instrumental Stoner Rock with the hint of a classic 70’s attitude, has announced the release of a brand new EP, coming on August 2nd 2019 via Argonauta Records! Following the band’s self-titled 2017 debut album and their critically acclaimed MONDO RANCHO EP (2018), the upcoming ‘Possessed By Rancho’ EP will deliver a new trip of a sound between motorcycles, vans, women and bars!

Rancho Bizzarro is:
Izio (bass) / Matt (guitar) / Mark (guitar) / El Meloso (drums)

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Wasted Theory Announce Indefinite Hiatus; All Shows & Euro Tour Cancelled

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 24th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

Yo, I saw Wasted Theory like a month ago and they sure didn’t look like a band who were about to announce an ‘indefinite hiatus.’ In fact, they kicked plenty of ass. I haven’t always seen eye-to-eye with the ultra-dudely Delaware heavy rockers on pressing issues like flagrant use of cartoon boobs in artwork and writing songs called “Doomslut Rodeo” — by contrast, totally cool with “Bongronaut” (video posted here) — but what the hell, guys? What happened between June and July that you went from, “about to tour Europe for the first time” to “effectively not a band anymore?”

Because that’s right, Wasted Theory were heading abroad this Fall to tour with Plainride, and pushing to do it on their own, no less. Their 2018 album, Warlords of the New Electric (review here), burned each and every barn that had the misfortune to be in its path, and it just seemed like momentum was much more on their side than not. I mean, some breakups I get. Bands run their course, interest wanes, sometimes the fanbase doesn’t show up and people get discouraged. Hell, maybe someone gets a job, right? Could happen. But Wasted Theory were just talking about starting to write some new material, and here we are. I am genuinely surprised and genuinely curious.

Are they done for good? Maybe not. “Indefinite hiatus” is not “fuck you we’re never doing this again,” to be sure, but they’re certainly done for now. They always brought it on stage, and for as much as they engaged their audience, they were clearly no less driven by their own passion.

Their announcement was fairly short and went like this:

wasted theory (Photo by Shane Gardner)

It is with a heavy heart that we must officially announce that Wasted Theory will be going on an indefinite hiatus. All upcoming performances will unfortunately be cancelled.

There is no bad blood between the members of the band and we truly appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding during this time. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has played an integral part in the band over the years, with special mention to our label Argonauta Records for their support and belief in us. We don’t exactly know what the future holds for Wasted Theory, I guess only time will tell.

Until we meet again…. stay high Wastoids!

Wasted Theory, Warlords of the New Electric (2018)

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