Black Hat Bones Sign with Total Volume Booking

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 26th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

Greek heavy rockers Black Hat Bones released their second album, Born in a Thunder, in March, and it looks like they’ll soon enough be taking to the streets to support it. The Athens-based four-piece have inked a deal to work with Total Volume Booking (Geezer, Naxatras, Green Yeti, etc.) to bring their crisp energy to stages around Europe, and while dates haven’t been announced yet, the band hasn’t exactly been shy about getting out in Greece, playing Desertfest Athens last year and more besides.

If you didn’t hear Born in a Thunder, it’s basically a parade of high-energy hooks served straight up like a cold shot of AC/DC-style songwriting, and it’s streaming in full at the bottom of this post from their Bandcamp, so, you know, dig in.

From the PR wire:

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Black Hat Bones (GR) joining forces with Total Volume

Hailing from Sparta, but currently residing in the Greek capital, we present to you Black Hat Bones!

If highly energetic performances, screaming solos, growling bass and a vocalist from which you can’t get your eyes off, are your kind of thing, then you’re in for a treat! After partying in well-known stages throughout Greece, but also taking part in notable festivals like Rockwave Festival, Desert Fest Athens, Fuzztastic planet, as well as the upcoming Ejekt Festival, it’s time for these dudes to cross the borders and spread their high-energy rock ‘n’ roll to the masses!

With their latest work, “Born in a Thunder”, already released in both digital and physical format through the band’s bandcamp, get ready to witness a, what now the guys call, “adrenaline fueled POP music party”.

Bio:

We are Black Hat Bones, a high energy / heavy rock band from Sparta(Greece) formed back in 2009. Since 2011, we moved to Athens(Greece) and we managed to release our first Ep, a digital single and our debut full length album “High Gain Devil Rockers” through Trailblazer Records. All these received some incredible feedback (zines, blogs, radio / tv stations ) from all over the world (Canada to France, UK, Italy , Poland, Netherlands, Sweden, Greece). Our latest album called “Born in a Thunder”is out now in digital & physical format (vinyl 180gr) and we’re currently touring Greece spreading rock ‘n’ roll to the masses, looking forward to cross the borders!

Long story short, we’ve been rockin’ this place for quite some time now, and we’re looking forward to come to your place! So, if you’re still reading this, press one of the links below, and let’s book a show so we can meet, dance, drink, and headbang!

https://www.facebook.com/BlackHatBones/
https://www.instagram.com/blackhatbones/
https://blackhatbones.bandcamp.com/album/born-in-a-thunder-2017
https://www.facebook.com/totalvolumebackline/
http://totalvolumeagency.com/

Black Hat Bones, Born in a Thunder (2017)

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Green Yeti: Preorders for Desert Show Start June 2

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 23rd, 2017 by JJ Koczan

If you’ve been following along the saga of Athenian heavy rockers Green Yeti this Spring, you already know that the three-piece signed to Cursed Tongue Records earlier this month to issue their second album in as many years, Desert Show, on vinyl, merely days after giving it an independent digital release on April 21 and merely days before embarking on their first-ever round of tour dates on May 3. It’s been a busy time, to put it mildly.

The story looks set to continue into summer as Cursed Tongue has set an Aug. 21 release for the Desert Show LP and will launch preorders for the limited vinyl on June 2. There are three editions available that you can see in the banner below, and if you’re wondering, Central European Time is five hours ahead of Eastern US Daylight Time. Just in case you didn’t want to Google “what time is it?”

Here’s all the info I’ve got:

GREEN YETI PREORDERS

We are launching pre-orders for CTR-003 that is Green Yeti – Desert Show vinyl lp on June 2nd via our bigcartel store. Slated release date is August 21.

Vinyl pressing has been ordered and we are awaiting the TP’s within few weeks.

Once again remastered for vinyl by Tony Reed who has done a stellar job making everything really pop.

People familiar with the genres should already be more than acquainted with this green, Greek super nugget of a stoner monster and know what to expect from the Green Yeti band, namely deep fat bass lines, slow pounding cave-man drumming seasoned with intelligent spaced out guitar playing and memorable riffs and hooks.

Stay tuned for further info very soon as this vinyl release will be here before you know it.

Please welcome Green Yeti to the CTR-family and now let us have a good time! Kick back, grab a green (leaf or bottle), indulge in the Yeti’s second march and enjoy the desert show.

Green Yeti is:
Bass: Danis Avramidis
Guitar & Vocals: Michael Andresakis
Drums: Giannis Koutroubis

https://www.facebook.com/greenyetiband/
https://twitter.com/GreenYetiBand
https://greenyeti.bandcamp.com/album/desert-show
https://www.facebook.com/CursedTongueRecords/
http://cursedtonguerecords.bigcartel.com/

Green Yeti, Desert Show (2017)

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audiObelisk Transmission 061

Posted in Podcasts on May 15th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

the obelisk podcast 61

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Yes! A new podcast! Are you stoked? I’m stoked. If you’re not, you will be when you look at the list of bands included. In any case, let’s be stoked together, because rock and roll, and heavy psych and good music and, well, yeah. That’s pretty much stuff to be stoked about. It’s been absurdly long since the last time we did one of these. Too long. I don’t really have an excuse other than… gainful employment? Don’t worry, though. That’ll be over soon enough. Then it’ll be podcasts out the ass.

There’s some killer goods here though. Yeah, I decided to do a “Yeti” double-shot with Green Yeti into Telekinetic Yeti. That’s my version of me being clever. But both bands are righteous, and if you haven’t heard the Savanah record, or that new Tia Carrera jam, or the Cachemira or Big Kizz or Yagow or Vokonis or the Elder — oh hell, frickin’ all of it — it’s worth your time. That Emil Amos track just premiered the other day and I think will surprise a lot of people, and I liked the way it paired with the dark neofolk of Hermitess. And of course we get trippy in the second hour, as is the custom around here. But first a moment of prog clarity from the aforementioned Elder. That’s a good time as well.

As always, I hope you enjoy.

Track details follow:

First Hour:

0:00:00 Vokonis, “The Sunken Djinn” from The Sunken Djinn
0:06:47 Tia Carrera, “Laid Back (Frontside Rock ‘n’ Roll)” from Laid Back (Frontside Rock ‘n’ Roll)
0:16:33 Supersonic Blues, “Supersonic Blues Theme” from Supersonic Blues Theme / Curses on My Soul
0:19:28 Emil Amos, “Elements Cycling” from Filmmusik
0:22:28 Hermitess, “Blood Moon” from Hermitess
0:26:24 Savanah, “Mind” from The Healer
0:34:22 Yagow, “Non-Contractual” from Yagow
0:42:35 Big Kizz, “Eye on You” from Eye on You
0:45:53 Cachemira, “Jungla” from Jungla
0:52:05 Green Yeti, “Black Planets (Part 2)” from Desert Show
0:58:02 Telekinetic Yeti, “Stoned and Feathered” from Abominable

Second Hour:

1:02:10 Elder, “The Falling Veil” from Reflections of a Floating World
1:13:20 Riff Fist, “King Tide” from King Tide
1:24:15 Cavra, “Montaña” from Cavra
1:39:18 Causa Sui, “A Love Supreme” from Live in Copenhagen

Total running time: 1:55:53

 

Thank you for listening.

Download audiObelisk Transmission 061

 

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Desertfest Athens 2017: Saint Vitus and Radio Moscow Join Bill with Graveyard, Colour Haze, Orange Goblin and More

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 11th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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Hard to argue with what Desertfest Athens 2017 has put together thus far for this October. The second incarnation of the Greece-based brand extension of the Desertfest — see also London, Berlin, Antwerp and no doubt more to come; just by way of naming cities off the top of my head, Barcelona, Rome, Los Angeles/San Diego and Stockholm all seem like ripe, yet-unexplored ground that might be worth trying out — enters itself into what will no doubt become a considerable Fall fray of fests if last year was anything to go by. Successive weekends, one after the other, sometimes two on at the same time. It was sheer madness. Will it be again? Yeah, probably.

I’ll be honest, it was hard to keep up with in 2016 for what was happening when, but the good thing was it put a whole buttload of bands on tour and gave them huge shows to anchor between slews of club and theater gigs, so I can’t think it was anything but a win all around for the groups involved. You can see from the lineup so far below for Desertfest Athens 2017 that it no doubt will be as well for anyone who makes the trek out to actually see the show. Been a while since I caught Colour Haze, Orange Goblin, Saint Vitus or Radio Moscow, and golly, it sure would be awfully nice to tick all those boxes over the course of two days. Ah, to daydream.

Full lineup and latest announcement follows. I’ll be keeping up with this one going forward as best I can, so stay tuned for more:

desertfest athens 2017 poster

2ND DESERTFEST ATHENS

ACRO
06-07.10.2017

Graveyard
Colour Haze
Orange Goblin
Radio Moscow
Saint Vitus
Sadhus: The Smoking Community
Allochiria
Puta Volcano

+ more names tba

The announcements from Desertfest Athens 2017 continue. After the six bands already announced (Graveyard, Color Haze, Orange Goblin, Sadhus, Allochiria, Puta Volcano), two extraordinary names are added to the line-up: the legendary Saint Vitus and Radio Moscow.

The name Saint Vitus is synonymous with doom metal, as they are among the bands that created the idiom with their recordings in the SST record label in the 1980s. Extremely influential, they remain a reference point for metal sound and feature at the major festivals of the genre.

With their famous debut (produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys) released in 2007, psychedelic blues rockers Radio Moscow burned hearts. Ten years later, Parker Griggs’s prominent trio remains one of the hardest working bands in the world, with significant discography and unstoppable touring.

Soon we will be announced many names from the line-up of Desertfest Athens 2017.

Early-bird tickets are exhausted. Now only two-day tickets are sold for 50 euros.

https://www.viva.gr/tickets/music/acro/desertfest-athens-2017/
https://www.facebook.com/events/141861139680368/
https://www.facebook.com/Desertfest-Athens-189161564797514/

Saint Vitus, “Zombie Hunger” Live in Portland, OR, 10.16.16

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Green Yeti Sign to Cursed Tongue Records for Desert Show Vinyl

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 2nd, 2017 by JJ Koczan

As they get ready to head out on their first round of tour dates tomorrow, Athens-based heavy trio Green Yeti have secured a vinyl release for their new album, Desert Show. It’s their sophomore outing behind last year’s The Yeti has Landed, and the fact that it was recorded in February, was posted digitally on April 21, and has already been picked up for an LP pressing even before the band has gotten out to do shows to support it should tell you something about the vote of confidence behind these Greek riffbearers. Cursed Tongue Records (Devil’s Witches, Neon Warship) is expected to have preorders up shortly ahead of a summer release.

Madness ensues via the PR wire:

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GREEN YETI SIGNS TO CURSED TONGUE RECORDS

We are extremely happy and proud to let you all know that Greece, Athens premiere stoner psych doom desert rock band Green Yeti has joined ranks on the CTR roster for a release of their phenomenal second album ‘Desert Show’ on limited high quality vinyl this summer.

People familiar with the genres should already be more than acquainted with this green, Greek super nugget of a stoner monster and know what to expect from the Green Yeti band, namely deep fat bass lines, slow pounding cave-man drumming seasoned with intelligent spaced out guitar playing and memorable riffs and hooks.

We are already deep in the process with getting the album ready for vinyl production and soon we will reveal time and details for pre-orders. But for now we can assure you that this album will get the full red carpet treatment; 180 grams vinyl, multiple editions, posters, patches, stickers and all the usual stuff that hallmarks our vinyl releases.

Stay tuned for further info very soon as this vinyl release will be here before you know it.

Please welcome Green Yeti to the CTR-family and now let us have a good time! Kick back, grab a green (leaf or bottle), indulge in the Yeti’s second march and enjoy the desert show:

Green Yeti tour dates:
03/5 – Volos (GR) – @Manitou
04/5 – Thessaloniki (GR) – @Ypogeio
05/5 – Sofia (BG) – @Live n Loud
06/5 – Svishtov (BG) – @Club Disorder
07/5 – Bucharest (RO) – @Soundart Fest
19/5 – Athens (GR) – @Sonic Ritual Fest

Green Yeti is:
Bass: Danis Avramidis
Guitar & Vocals: Michael Andresakis
Drums: Giannis Koutroubis

https://www.facebook.com/greenyetiband/
https://twitter.com/GreenYetiBand
https://greenyeti.bandcamp.com/album/desert-show
https://www.facebook.com/CursedTongueRecords/
http://cursedtonguerecords.bigcartel.com/

Green Yeti, Desert Show (2017)

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Half Gramme of Soma to Release Groove is Black in May; Opening Track Streaming

Posted in Whathaveyou on April 11th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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I promise you I’m not just posting this track because of its title. But the title certainly doesn’t hurt. Athenian heavy rockers Half Gramme of Soma will release their second album, Groove is Black, in May through Fuzz Ink Records, and ahead of making it available for preorder — presumably that’s coming soon, since “May” is going to hit any minute now — they’re streaming the opening cut… “Gloomy Eggplant.”

Yes, friends. “Gloomy Eggplant.”

If you’re the type to keep a list of the best song titles of the year, and if “Gloomy Eggplant” doesn’t make that list — shame on you.

But again, I’m not just posting the track — which you can hear at the bottom of this post courtesy of Half Gramme of Soma‘s Bandcamp — because of the title. It’s a righteous heavy build over the course of six minutes and the bodes well for the rest of the album to come. I haven’t heard the full release yet, but heavy grooves abound here and that’s never a bad place to start.

From the PR wire:

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Half Gramme Of Soma – Groove Is Black ‘New Album’

Fuzz Ink Records proudly presents Half Gramme Of Soma’s – Groove Is Black second album release.

After the second sun abruptly forced its mass in, the now binary star thrust into a violent spiral orbit towards its imminent destruction. Captive to constant daylight and under the heat of 349PW, the gigantic entities were left stranded on the deserted planet that, due to gravitational distortions, awkwardly resembled familiar vegetables. Moments before reaching their kindling point, they swallowed their last drop; their bodies burst into flames and their psyche into the black.

Half Gramme of Soma is a 5-piece Rock band formed in early 2011, based in Athens, Greece. Blending heavy rock sounds with a wide range of influences, HGoS were introduced to the Greek music scenery by their strong live appearances. In early 2013 they put out their s/t debut album which was followed by the “Marche au Noir” Ep in late 2014. Since the start of 2015 Half Gramme of Soma consist of new members from the wider Smoking Community, housed in the 13th floor of an infamous Piraeus’ appartment block. In May 2017, the second full-length studio album, and first with the current lineup, Groove is Black?, is going to land on earth and rock our rocky home with some otherworldly vibes.

Release date May 2017 on cd and vinyl via fuzz ink records!!! pre-orders soon!

01. Gloomy Eggplant
02. Mega Rollo Booster
03. Red Kiss
04. Groove is Black
05. Jerk
06. Doofie
07. No Man’s God
08. Drowned

Half Gramme of Soma are (from left to right):
Motor – Vox
Choco – Guitars
Mak – Bass
Psilos – Guitars
ToPill – Drums

https://halfgrammeofsoma.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/hgosband/
https://www.facebook.com/telaradiko/
http://shop.fuzzink.com/

Half Gramme of Soma, “Gloomy Eggplant”

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Green Yeti Announce May Tour Dates

Posted in Whathaveyou on March 23rd, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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We all know it’s a special moment in the life of a band when they hit the road for the first time. Often it’s not more than a tentative weekender, maybe hitting a couple different towns over subsequent nights before going back to work on Monday, the 48-hour rock star in a packed van. Inside jokes, lousy food, plenty of volume — those are good times. Cheers to Athens trio Green Yeti on getting out for a few nights and making it happen. They’re hooked up with Total Volume Agency supporting their 2016 debut, The Yeti has Landed — streaming below — so I get the feeling that the five-night run they’ve got booked for early May won’t be their last, but only one tour can be your first tour, and I hope theirs is awesome.

Dates and the David Paul Seymour poster came in from the PR wire:

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Green Yeti – Mini Tour 2017

Brace yourselves! The Yeti is about to leave its cave and make a short trip to explore new, unforeseen lands!

Hailing from the feral wilderness of the Athenian underground, Green Yeti descended to the world of man three years ago, in order to spew out their savage psychedelic riffage. Featuring members of Brotherhood of Sleep, Reversed Nature, Stonenrow and Spacement, they have shared the stage with the likes of Stoned Jesus, Egypt, Dopelord and The Re-Stoned. Yeti’s full-length debut: “The Yeti Has Landed” launched last year; making its way fast to many 2016 best-of lists!

The heavy psych three-piece, is about to embark on its first Eastern European outing this May, on a mini tour organized by Total Volume, home of bands like Nightstalker, Egypt, Valley of the Sun and more. If monster riffs, bleak atmospheres, spaced out vocals and foggy psychedelia is your thing; then you’ve hit bullseye!

Come and celebrate with us, our 2017 Spring Tour!

Original artwork by David Paul Seymour.

Dates:
03/5 – Volos (GR) – @Manitou
04/5 – Thessaloniki (GR) – @Ypogeio
05/5 – Sofia (BG) – @Live n Loud
06/5 – Svishtov (BG) – @Club Disorder
07/5 – Bucharest (RO) – @Soundart Fest
19/5 – Athens (GR) – @Sonic Ritual Fest

Green Yeti is:
Bass: Danis Avramidis
Guitar & Vocals: Michael Andresakis
Drums: Giannis Koutroubis

https://www.facebook.com/greenyetiband/
https://twitter.com/GreenYetiBand
https://greenyeti.bandcamp.com/
https://www.totalvolumeagency.com
https://www.facebook.com/totalvolumebackline

Green Yeti, The Yeti Has Landed (2016)

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Nightstalker European Tour Dates Announced

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 17th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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It was half a decade between releases before Greek heavy rockers Nightstalker unveiled their seventh album, As Above, So Below (review here), late last year. They’re wasting precious little time in getting out to support it. This Spring, the Athens-based outfit will head out for slots at Riffolution, Hell Over Esslingen and Soundart festivals over the course of March, April and May, and around those appearances, they’ll spend a good amount of their days touring. I don’t know when the last time the veteran four-piece hit the road was, but they’re covering a good amount of ground across Europe this time, and it seems likely more dates will follow for later in 2017.

Shows are presented by Total Volume Agency, who sent the following along the PR wire:

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Nightstalker – European Tour 2017

It’s the original superfreaks Nightstalker – louder than ever!

There’s not much to say about Nightstalker. The three decades on heavy rock duty, the countless hours on stage, as well as the worldwide praise and respect speak for themselves. With last-year’s nifty “As Above, So Below” in their luggage, the legendary Greek four-piece will bring its smoked up ter-RIFF-ic grooves to no less that 12 countries across Europe, in a massive tour organised by Total Volume.

Check the dates, find a town near you, grab a beer and come say high!

Dates:
25/3 – Manchester (UK) @ Riffolution Festival
01/4 – Sofia (BG) @ Live N Loud
02/4 – Bucharest (RO) @ Quantic
05/4 – Cluj (RO) @ The Shelter
06/4 – Timisoara (RO) @ Daos Club
07/4 – Novi Sad (RS) @ The Quarter
08/4 – Graz (AT) @ Club Wakuum
10/4 – Vienna (AT) @ Das Bach
12/4 – Regensburg (DE) @ Alte Mazerei
13/4 – Berlin (DE) @ Wild At Heart
15/4 – Copenhagen (DK) @ Beta2300
19/4 – Cologne (DE) @ Limes
20/4 – Arnhem (NL) @ Willemeen
21/4 – Oldenburg (DE) @ Cadillac
22/4 – Munster (DE) @ Rare Guitar
25/4 – Paris (FR) @ Le Batofar
26/4 – Lucerne (CH) @ Bruch Brothers
28/4 – Linz (AT) @ Ann And Pat
29/4 – Frankfurt (DE) @ Yachtklub
30/4 – Esslingen (DE) @ Hell Over Esslingen Festival
01/5 – Erba (IT) @ Centrale Rock
03/5 – Zagreb (HR) @ Vintage Industrial Bar
06/5 – Bucharest (RO) @ Soundart Festival

Nightstalker is:
Argy (Vocals)
Andreas Lagios (Bass)
Tolis Motsios (Guitars)
Dinos Roulos (Drums)

https://www.facebook.com/nightstalkerband/
https://nightstalker.bandcamp.com/
http://www.nightstalkerband.com/
http://shop.bilocationrecords.com/index.php?k=1072&lang=eng
https://www.facebook.com/oakislandrecords/
https://www.facebook.com/totalvolumebackline/

Nightstalker, As Above, so Below (2016)

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