Posted in Whathaveyou on November 14th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster
Next month, Austin, Texas, three-piece The Well head west to support their new album, Pagan Science (review here), which is out now via RidingEasy Records. They’ll be joined in this endeavor by Beastmaker from Fresno and R.I.P. from Portland, so for a significant portion of the run what you’re getting is three bands kicking ass from town to town, each with their own style, each with something different to offer.
I only mention it in that way because the other day I put up a news post about a European tour Sweden’s The Order of Israfel are doing early next year with Year of the Goat and Tombstones (info here) that I said should be read as a reminder of how much ass Europe’s heavy underground kicks. Well, please take my posting about this tour as saying the same thing about the US heavy underground. For the last decade or so, I’ve watched as a new generation of heavy rock has taken root and flourished in the States like nothing that was here before, and while there are a lot of European bands I really, really dig, that doesn’t necessarily come at the expense of my appreciation for the hometown team, as it were.
That’s my preach. Oh yea, and The Well are friggin’ awesome and you should listen to them (I made it easy by putting the album stream at the bottom of this post). Can’t forget that. This tour includes a stop for them at The Decemburger fest/competitive-eating whathaveyou on Dec. 3 (info here), and since I seem to be working on a theme today, I’ll also note they’ll be at Maryland Doom Fest 2017 (info here) next June.
Tour dates follow:
West coast! Heading out with @beastmakerband and @r.i.p.p.d.x next month:
12.01 – Dallas, TX @ Doublewide 12.02 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Blue Note 12.03 – Denver, CO @ Decemburger Fest at Hi-Dive 12.04 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge 12.05 – San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick* 12.06 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Satellite* 12.07 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill+ 12.08 – Grants Pass, OR @ G Street+ 12.09 – Seattle, WA @ Fun House+ 12.10 – Portland, OR @ Kenton Club+ 12.11 – Nevada City, CA @ Coopers* 12.12 – Fresno, CA @ Fulton 55*
[Click play above to hear a new track from The Well’s Pagan Science. Album is out Oct. 14 on RidingEasy Records.]
In 2014, Austin trio The Well offered up Samsara (review here), their first full-length, on RidingEasy Records. The album wasn’t a revelation in style from what they’d accomplished on their 2012 single, Seven (review here), or the subsequent First Trip EP, but it was a definitive step forward and, to my ears, represented a key piece in the arrival of a new league of US bands ready to take up the mantle of heavy rock.
With the follow-up, Pagan Science (also on RidingEasy), guitarist/vocalist Ian Graham, bassist/vocalist Lisa Alley and drummer Jason Sullivan confirm that supposition. They’ve put in no shortage of road time in the interim, and that would seem to have affected the songwriting in making their material tighter, with shorter, crisply executed songs that manage to fit four more tracks in and still only be five minutes longer than the preceding outing at a vinyl-able 44 minutes.
Not only that, but the arrangements of Alley and Graham‘s vocals, as heard on songs like “I Don’t Believe” and the closing Crosby, Stills and Nash cover “Guinnevere,” as well as the flow between tracks particularly earlier in the proceedings, how “Skybound” picks up from the curiously but rightly placed second-track interlude “Forecast” and leads directly into “A Pilgrimage”‘s tales of gypsy woes all speak to the growth the three-piece have actively undertaken over the last two years, and it makes Pagan Science an expansion of reach even as it seems to have tightened the reins on some of the loose, jammy feel of the first LP.
As in the best of cases, songs feel written to stand out and run together in kind. The band returned to work with producer/engineer Chico Jones at Micro Mega Studio (Mark Deutrom also worked on the last one) earlier this year, so there’s some consistency in overall sound. From the harmonies that signal the beginning of opener “Black Eyed Gods,” The Well still skulk around a murk somewhere between garage doom, heavy psych, classic stoner and yet-undefined Sabbath-born impulses.
Riffs lead the way through the shuffle of “Black Eyed Gods,” and the effect of pairing that with the 41-second low-end noise wash of “Forecast” isn’t to be understated in giving Pagan Science an open sensibility immediately.
The drive of the speedier “Skybound” is introduced and from there, The Well dig deeper into the heart of what their second record is all about — Graham and Alley coming together vocally over Sullivan‘s steady roll busting out memorable tracks that remain spacious in their intent and echo while working around a deceptive structure that even in a longer cut like “Skybound,” which is one of four songs to top five minutes, though none hit 5:30, holds the material together even as they directly tie songs into another to create the whole-album spirit.
“A Pilgrimage” has a landmark chorus and laid back solo that should translate well to the stage if it hasn’t yet, with Alley and Graham trading parts back and forth to conversational effect and though “Drug from the Banks” seems to shift the narrative, its build and chug balance an airy feel in the verse and far-back hook that keep the momentum going, underscoring the efficiency that’s taken root beneath the spiky leaves of The Well‘s sound.
Further in that argument, the chants that mark the arrival of centerpiece “Byzantine” make that song feel all the more appropriate for its position and its gradual unfolding, but it’s still under four minutes long, despite leaving a much grander impression.
I’m not sure where the vinyl split is, if it’s before “Byzantine” or after, but that track is a definite landmark for Pagan Science either way, and “One Nation” picks up with Graham‘s vocals introducing the hook before the rest of the band crashes in with a two-and-a-half-minute nod of some lyrical social comment cloaked in suitably ethereal language.
Could that be The Well showcasing a punk side? Possible, but it fits nonetheless, and “One Nation” ends with a cymbal wash that leads into the ultra-languid bass-highlight start of “Choir of the Stars,” the back half of the album’s own instrumental (save for some samples that may be shouting, may be dogs barking; it’s all pretty obscure) that works to a mirror the effect of “Forecast” in broadening the context of its surroundings. Again, it’s just three minutes, but the effect is longer lasting.
With a sort of Eastern minor-key flair that draws on Om without directly emulating them, “Brambles” introduces the closing trio with a purposefully repetitive course no less memorable than that of “A Pilgrimage” earlier, and “I Don’t Believe” provides immediate complement in that regard, with its long-since-dropped-out-of-life righteous vibe and sing-along section in the second half leading to a faster charge to close out.
Might be fair to think of “Guinnevere,” since it’s a cover and since “I Don’t Believe” caps with such a push, as a bonus track, but it works exceedingly well with the rest of the material here and offers one last vocal highlight from Alley and Graham while taking the central progression of the original and turning it into a more malevolent, thickened riff backed up by atmospheric noise.
It ends Pagan Science on a somewhat understated note, but if anything, The Well‘s second offering makes the clear point that the band is ready to keep rolling onward on their forward course, progressing and expanding and refining what they do as they go, but going most of all. As a part of that up and coming surge in American heavy rock, they only prove themselves more crucial here.
Posted in Whathaveyou on September 8th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster
Kind of nice to post some US tour dates for a change. Don’t get me wrong, I love covering stuff from Europe or happening in Europe, and as regards this fall, that’s clearly where the party’s at, what with the 7,000 festivals — exact number — happening every weekend and all, but it’s nice to know that as the heavy underground turns its focus toward the old world, the new won’t be entirely bereft of good times.
To wit, the teaming up of Oakland psych-proggers Mondo Drag, who’ll be out supporting this year’s The Occultation of Light (review here) after a European run this Spring, a residency in L.A. and a stop at Psycho Las Vegas, with their RidingEasy Records labelmates in Austin troublemaking trio The Well, who’ll have their new one, Pagan Science, out on Oct. 14, and San Marcos upstarts Crypt Trip is sure to take some of the sting out of not being in Switzerland, or Belgium, or Germany, or wherever on any given day. It’s nice to know somebody still cares, that’s all.
Hope you go to a show and make it worth their while, because that’s how tours keep happening. You don’t need me to tell you that shit. We’re cool. It’s all those other jerks we need to worry about.
RidingEasy announced the dates thusly:
Mondo Drag, The Well and Crypt Trip are hitting the road! What show will you be at???
10/7/2016 Rock Island, IL @ Rock Island Brewing Co 10/8/2016 Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge 10/9/2016 Detroit, MI @ El Club 10/11/2016 Pittsburgh, PA @ Spirit 10/13/2016 Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class 10/14/2016 Asbury Park, NJ @ Wonder Bar 10/15/2016 Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus 10/16/2016 Baltimore, MD @ Metro 10/17/2016 Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage 10/18/2016 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter Thursday 10/20/2016 Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn Friday 10/21/2016 New Orleans, LA @ Siberia Saturday 10/22/2016 Houston, TX @ End It Fest Sunday 10/23/2016 Austin, TX @ Hotel Vegas Wednesday 10/26/2016 Phoenix, AZ @ Yucca Tap Room Thursday 10/27/2016 San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
Posted in Reviews on September 1st, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster
Austin-based heavy rockers Bellringer have been kicking around since showing off a since-retracted self-titled demo EP (review here) in 2014. Changes in personnel involved have given an added sense of intrigue as the band trickled out singles in videos like “Von Fledermaus” (posted here), “Click Bait” (posted here), and “Art Thief” (posted here) throughout the second half of 2015, but they went relatively quiet after that until announcing their debut full-length, Jettison.
As has been the case all along, at the center of the project is Mark Deutrom, known for playing bass in the Melvins during their major label period (arguably their peak era) as well as his solo work under the Mark D moniker, bands like Clown Alley, production work for early Neurosis and Melvins, The Well, and so on.
Here, Deutrom is credited with writing, recording and mixing the material, as well as providing vocals, guitar and various keys throughout, so he is very much at the core of the proceedings, though the rotating cast around him makes formidable contributions as well, be it on bass, drums, flute, vocals, or other. What’s most striking about Jettison isn’t necessarily the lineup, though. It’s how much Bellringer‘s album material willfully seems to remove itself from the prior singles.
None of those songs are featured on Jettison, and apart from opener “The God of Roosters Does Not Forget,” Deutrom works in a much more open creative spirit, veering into lounge lizardry in the back half of “Inner Freak” and calling out The Doors and others in the lyrics to the subsequent “Cowboy Fight.” Things get strange, and as the six tracks/36 minutes of Jettison play out, that strangeness only becomes more welcome.
Looking at it as a two-sided release gives some context to “The God of Roosters Does Not Forget,” which is the shortest cut included at 2:55, in that “Cowboy Fight,” which would start side B, is also shorter than the two songs that follow it, and maybe more straightforward in its easy desert bounce and emergent thicker push. It cycles through twice at a slower pace than “The God of Roosters Does Not Forget,” which seems to show some of Deutrom‘s underlying punker roots, but if one is expecting Bellringer to do the same thing twice, that just doesn’t seem to be the band’s modus or purpose.
Nonetheless, it’s a pointed turn when the Angelo–Badalamenti-circa-Twin-Peaks synth line starts the eight-minute “Quitter,” holding a long note as the sort of grumbling guitar tone kicks in, rolling out an immediate nod that it maintains for most of the duration, Deutrom joined by vocalists Chico Jones and Jennifer Deutrom (the latter of whom also did the album art), as well as drummer James Flores, bassist Brian Ramirez and percussionist/vocalist Monique Ortiz — who is also listed as contributing fretless bass, but I’m not sure if that’s here or on “Inner Freak” or “Double Yellow Line” or “Demon,” on which she also appears — as he switches from the mellow but heavy verse to a chorus of “aahs” that makes up in memorability what it lacks in lyrics.
In the final third, an extended version is underscored by a guitar solo, not overdone, but drawn out and playing with sentiment in a similar fashion as the keyboard intro. That dreamy line is how Bellringer end the song, immediately showing more patience than anticipated. With drums, more percussion and a funked-up guitar line at its start, “Inner Freak” is about the groove, presenting its verse as a duet between Deutrom and Ortiz. It’s right at the four-minute mark that the song breaks and shifts into bizarro-jazz territory, Bryan Kennard adding flute along the way to the noodling guitar and shuffling snare. The bass and guitar follow the flute as “Inner Freak” ends, giving way to the aforementioned “Inner Freak” at the start of Jettison‘s second half.
And “Inner Freak” does well in regrounding the proceedings somewhat, reminding me of Chris Goss‘ most desert-y work with Masters of Reality as Bellringer has in the past. What makes the following “Double Yellow Line” a highlight, however, is its ethereal tonality, its spaciousness, its mellotron, and its languid flow — completely different from everything on the album to that point and yet not at all out of place in style or substance.
A mellow vibe pervades, with just a hint of foreboding before the second verse, but it’s carried by Deutrom‘s vocals from there and Aaron Lack‘s drums do well in giving them and the guitar plenty of room to breathe and spread out as they do. I doubt they were an influence, but it’s the kind of hypnotic effect that Sungrazer‘s Rutger Smeets could often produce during quieter jams, or that seems to come so naturally to Gary Arce of Yawning Man. Of course, the context is different with “Double Yellow Line,” but it’s an otherworldly excursion that greatly broadens the reach of Jettison overall.
Its subdued vibe continues into the start of closer “Demon,” though with more prominent bass fuzz and a horror-flick organ line, repetitions of “demon” and lines derived therefrom, the mood shifts as well. The organ disappears and returns at around four minutes in, and then an angular start-stop line of thicker guitar provides transition into an extended solo that serves as the album’s final movement, closing instrumentally with a couple last measures of chugging insistence and keys, which are sustained until everything else has stopped, then cut short as well.
I’ve been trying to come up with a solid reason Bellringer might call the record Jettison, and I can’t decide between a few. On the one hand, it’s a synonym for “release.” Might as well call the album “Album,” but it would fit with some of the sonic quirk in the material in its subtle cleverness. There’s also to jettison in the sense of shooting outward or letting go. A somewhat more satisfying notion is that Deutrom, as the force behind the songwriting, is letting go of this material by releasing it in the first place — the notion of jettisoning these songs to attain some kind of catharsis.
I don’t know if that’s the case, obviously, but if Jettison is the result of Deutrom feeling these ideas needed to get out, neither am I inclined to argue with the results of his efforts in that regard. His will to defy expectation and change approach becomes one of the record’s most satisfying aspects, and while it seems superfluous to point out again this is a debut given his pedigree, to think of Jettison as the beginning of an exploration, one can only hope that exploration will continue.
[Click play above to stream Quin Galavis’ My Life in Steel and Concrete in full. Album is out now on Super Secret Records.]
True, the new double-LP My Life in Steel and Concrete from Austin-based singer-songwriter Quin Galavis might be singular in the construction of its title, and in the moniker of the performer who indeed is at its core, but it’s far from a solo offering. Long ways off. The Super Secret Records release, which spans 20 tracks/75 minutes of has-a-lot-to-say varied craftsmanship, instead often boasts the sound of a full four-piece, if not more, and like Galavis‘ prior work under his own name (as opposed to his work with bands like Nazi Gold, False Idol and The Dead Space), it brings in a host of guests from around Austin’s populous weirdo scene, including Thor Harris (Swans), and in the past, Eva Vonne of Sans Soleil.
Songs jump from style to style easily, from the joyous and string-inclusive Wes Anderson-ready indie of “Can’t Erase” to the more raging noise punk of “Dead Born,” blown out vocals and all, but being disjointed seems to be part of the fun for Galavis and company. Each side of the 2LP receives a subtitle — A is ‘The Tragedy of Miss Foster,’ B ‘The Long Walk of Mr. Morrow,’ C ‘The Tears of Lady Guadalupe’ and D ‘The Ancient Fire of Northway’ — but if there’s some narrative connecting them, I wouldn’t dare speculate as to its plotline.
Also worth noting that none of the characters mentioned in those subtitles are Galavis himself, so it’s entirely possible that My Life in Steel and Concrete, despite its autobiographical and somewhat indulgent veneer, isn’t about Galavis at all. Not knowing is part of what ultimately makes the record fun, in a similar fashion to how, as one track moves into the following à la the post-grunge crunch of “Distaste” going right into the Angels of Light-style neofolk of “Glorious Man,” it’s never quite clear what’s coming next. These shifts are stark, as noted, but what anchors My Life in Steel and Concrete across its considerable breadth is the songwriting.
No matter in what form Galavis and company — in the past his band has included Graham Low on bass/cello, Shelley McKann on keys/glockenspiel/vocals and Matt Hammer on drums, but the exact lineup here is unclear — choose to express this kind of post-modern disaffection of caring too much to care at all, it comes through with a defined structure, each track a world that seems to have its own rules and parameters that become clearer as it progresses, from the stomp and jangle of foreboding opener “Hand of Light” through how “Manuel’s Rose Garden” and “Powell’s Rose Garden” seem to mirror each other despite the varied theatrics contained within them.
Galavis is hardly the first songwriter to show range, but even more impressive are the turns of mood My Life in Steel and Concrete makes as it plays out and the fact that as the darkened echoes of “Turn You In” and the wrenching intensity of “Hate” move through the push of “Be Patient” into the minimalist pastoralia of “A Gift for Salt,” there’s no dip in the quality of execution or the seeming purposefulness of the arrangements. As easy as it is to tag Galavis as “experimental” and be done with the issue of classification — about as descriptive as tagging the moon as “round” — there’s very little even in the feedback peppering “Vile and Disgusting” that feels accidental.
Each side ultimately has its personality, though I’ll admit that’s harder to get a handle on in digital form than it probably would be on the vinyl, and a darker ambience unites much of the material, but Galavis saves some brighter moments for the final movement. “Idumea” — the title from a region in Southern Israel — is a retitled take on the 18th century hymn sometimes simply called “And am I Born to Die,” which Neil Young, Steve Von Till and Current 93 have also recorded in years past. Galavis‘ version is a stunner of a violen-led duet following the poetic drama of “Powell’s Rose Garden,” duly mournful but effective in capturing the feeling that they might be leading a chorus in a small, box-shaped church.
The subsequent tracks, from the swinging “Tree Burning” to the banjo-inclusive ramble of “Those Little Dreams” and into the Elton John-esque piano ballad of closer “Wake Up” let go of some of the severity of earlier cuts like “Dead Born” or “Hand of Light” or “Hate,” and if there is a narrative thread telling a story in My Life in Steel and Concrete, one imagines the album’s final side is where that story finds its resolution. In this way, ‘The Ancient Fire of Northway’ becomes a kind of exhale through which Galavis et al can at last breathe out, and the sense of relief is palpable from “Idumea” onward to the end.
Could it have been two albums instead of a 2LP? It probably could’ve been three, each with a different aesthetic, but the diversity of the songwriting and the immersiveness of the work as a whole would lose impact were such capitulations toward accessibility made. It’s supposed to be a challenge. That’s the idea.
Posted in Whathaveyou on August 9th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster
Having already shown their riffly wares at Heavy Metal Parking Lot 3 at SXSW in their native Austin, Texas, and traveled north to Colorado for the Denver Electric Funeral fest, heavy rock trio Greenbeard have announced intentions to show up in further illustrious spaces — Psycho Las Vegas, Northwest Hesh Fest, Stoned Meadow of Doom — throughout the next month-plus. They’ll reportedly also be recording a new album with Matt Bayles to follow-up their well-received Stoned at the Throne for Sailor Records, which is an action preceded by the new single “Love Has Passed by Me,” for which they also happen to have a new video.
Bottom line? No shortage of news from these cats. By all means, dig in below:
Greenbeard announces video release, tour schedule, and recording of new album.
Sailor Records band, Greenbeard, agrees to upcoming studio session with Matt Bayles in Seattle, WA. Greenbeard is also releasing a music video for their upcoming single, “Love has Passed By Me” with Washington based video production company, The Dead Suits. In addition, the band will be playing a string of high profile shows in the upcoming months. Further action includes a live video/lighting theater tour featuring the visual artwork of Federico Moreno.
Matt Bayles is a Seattle based producer operating his studio, Red Room Recording. Bayles has recorded and produced bands including Isis, Soundgarden, Minus the Bear, Mastadon, Botch, and Fall of Troy. Bayles will be working with Greenbeard on recording their upcoming record (title TBD) which will be released in mid 2017 on Sailor Records.
The Dead Suits is a Washington based video production company helmed by Editor/Videographer, Tony Moser. Greenbeard collaborated with Austin videographers, Jay Conlon and Andrew Simonds, to shoot local footage with the band, which was sent over to Moser to combine with his footage shot in Kennewick, WA. Greenbeard met Tony while on tour, playing a show at Ray’s Golden Lion in Eugene, Oregon. Months later, Tony reached out to the band proposing his interest in producing a music video with them. Coincidentally, Greenbeard was in search of a videographer to produce a music video for their recently recorded single, “Love Has Passed By Me”.
“Love Has Passed By Me” is the new single released by Greenbeard recorded and mixed by Miles Randall in Austin, TX. Eric Wofford of Cacophany Recorders mastered the track. Wofford is an esteemed contributor to Austin’s recording scene. Notable works include The Black Angels, Ume, White Denim, Okkervil River, and Lord Buffalo.
Federico Moreno is a filmmaker, live video projectionist, and lighting artist residing in Austin, TX. Federico has worked with Bob Mustachio, Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, Dead Meadow, and Austin’s Levitation festival helping to produce living and fluid lightscapes interlaced with video. Moreno and Greenbeard are working together on producing a theatrical video performance to be housed in theaters across the country for late 2017.
Greenbeard’s upcoming show schedule is filled with exciting festivals, and the band will be rubbing shoulders with a number of class acts. – 08/24/16. Psycho Las Vegas (Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV) — w/ Fatso Jetson, Mac Sabbath, Electric Citizen, Mothership, and Mudhoney… – 09/02/16. Stoned Meadow of Doom (The Slowdown, Omaha, NE) — w/ Weedeater, Egypt, Wofat… – 09/09/16. Video collaboration with Federico Moreno (Texas Theater – Dallas, TX) – 09/24/16. Northwest Heshfest (Dante’s, Portland, OR) — w/ Red Fang, Deafheaven, Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, American Sharks…
Posted in Whathaveyou on August 5th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster
Austin-based heavy rockers Duel made their debut earlier this year with Fears of the Dead (review here) on Heavy Psych Sounds, and today the band announces that the booking wing of the same concern has lined up their European tour, set to include slots at Desertfest Belgium 2016, Keep it Low and the Heavy Psych Sounds Fest as well, where Duel will join Fatso Jetson and others in Parma, Italy, ending their run in the same country where it will have started.
Joining Duel for the stretch will be Komatsu from the Netherlands, who are getting ready to release their new album, Recipe for Murder One, on Sept. 23 via Argonauta Records.
Heavy Psych Sounds announced the dates thusly:
HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS Records & Booking is proud to announce the dates for the upcoming European Fall Tour of DUEL. The band will be supported the entire tour by Komatsu band from Netherlands.
Tour Supported by Soz Sozconcerts
The tour will feature two great festivals: Desertfest Belgium and Keep it Low Festival!
Tour Dates: 11.10.2016 IT Pescara-Scumm 12.10.2016 IT Viterbo-Secret Show 13.10.2016 IT Ravenna-Bronson 14.10.2016 IT Treviso tba 15.10.2016 IT Lago di Como tba 16.10.2016 BE Antwerp-Desert Fest Belgium 17.10.2016 DE Lichetenfeld-Paunchy Cats 18.10.2016 CH St Gallen-Rumpeltum 19.10.2016 AT Wien-Das Bach 20.10.2016 CH Basel-Hirschneck 21.10.2016 CH Luzern-Bruch Bros 22.10.2016 DE Munich-Keep It Low 23.10.2016 AT Feldkirch-Graf Hugo 24.10.2016 AT Salzburg-Rockhouse 25.10.2016 DE Dresden-Tba 26.10.2016 DE Berlin-Urban Spree 27.10.2016 DE Leipzieg-Liwi 28.10.2016 CH Olten-Coq D’Or 29.10.2016 IT Parma-Mu/HPS Fest 3
DUEL is heavy psychedelic stoner doom metal from Austin, Texas. Hugely influenced by the darker sounds of early 70’s Proto-metal. Features two ex Scorpion Child (Nuclear Blast)members. Their sound is menacing and brutally old school. Total purists, their tunes cut right to the bone with heavy, deep groove and blistering tone. Tough and Loud! Hard rock as it should be!
Posted in Whathaveyou on July 21st, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster
As noted earlier this year, Austin rockers Heavy Glow signed to respected German imprint Kozmik Artifactz for the release of their next album. I’m not sure on the status of that next outing, but before they get there, they’ve just reissued their 2014 sophomore outing, Pearls and Swine and Everything Fine (review here), with the label’s usual deluxe, limited edition vinyl treatment. It’s available now and comes either in black or black and orange marble with a matte gatefold cover. Pretty snazzy, and if you’ve heard the record before you already know it has hooks to match.
From the PR wire:
Heavy Glow’s 2nd Album Re-Released!
Heavy Glow’s “Pearls & Swine and Everything Fine” re-released through Kozmik Artifactz (Germany.)
A message from our label in Germany announcing the re-release of our 2014 album “Pearls & Swine and Everything Fine” on very special edition colored 180 gram vinyl, with new artwork, full lyrics, new photos, and gatefold packaging:
Heavy Glow from Austin, Texas are a classic rock trio and they deliver their rock with a fresh and modern vibe. Heavy Glow constructs “Pearls & Swine” on a foundation of fuzz-fueled hard rock, appointed with psychedelically-tinted blues and beautifully textured washes of Motown/Memphis soul. Simultaneously, a punkish verve cattle prods the retro rock vibe squarely into right now.
“Pearls & Swine and Everything Fine” features Joe’s exquisite bass runs while Jared plugs his guitar into rock’s heavy history with nods to Jimi Hendrix, Ritchie Blackmore, and Tony Iommi. At the same time, melodic pop subtlety underpins the album’s heaviest chord stomp moments; witness the swinging soul delicacy of “Fat Cat.”
It’s all welded together by Jared’s totally now perspective, his innate ability to focus his love of rock/soul/psychedelia through a contemporary lens to create Heavy Glow’s modern classicism. Heavy and melodic, raucous & guitar-driven: That’s Heavy Glow!
Vocals/Guitar – Jared Mullins Bass – Joe Brooks Drums – St. Judas
Available as CD & limited vinyl
VINYL FACTZ – 166x black marbled orange (exclusive mailorder edition, handnumbered) – 150x black – plated & pressed on high performance vinyl in Germany – matte laquered 300gsm gatefold cover – special vinyl mastering
TRACKS A1. 45 Shakedown A2. Look What You’re Doing To Me A3. Mine All Mine A4. Fat Cat A5. Love Ghost
B1. Domino (Black Flowers) B2. Hello September (Goodbye April) B3. Got My Eye On You B4. Nerve Endings B5. Headhunter