Wedge Post “Lucid” Video & Announce German Tour Dates

Posted in Bootleg Theater on December 14th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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German vintage-style heavy rockers Wedge are getting ready to tour the hell out of their home country. I mean, really. Touring the hell right out of it. The Berlin-based three-piece will issue their second long-player, Killing Tongue, via Heavy Psych Sounds on Feb. 9, and in following up their 2014 self-titled debut, they’ve begun to push into a sonic realm more of their own within the sphere of their genre. They’ve got shows booked in January and they’ll spend most of February on the road as well, without ever leaving Germany. Pretty wild. I can’t remember the last time I saw a string of dates this long in Europe just focused on one country. It’s 21 shows!

Because I’m an ignorant-ass American, I don’t know how far the cities listed below are from each other, but as an exercise, this seems like an awesome and intense way for Wedge to continue to hone their craft. I’m going to assume that at no point will they be spending more than, say, four or five hours, on a single drive between shows, and just by way of an example, Kiel to Hamburg is about 90 minutes. So yeah, they’re on tour, but without the stress of crossing long distances, Wedge will have all the more opportunity to focus on what’s important: playing the shows themselves. I’d suspect the flipside of that coin is an awful lot of hurry-up-and-wait before they get on stage every night, but that would happen even if they spent all that extra time traveling between countries in the EU, or anywhere else, for that matter.

I also don’t know the size of the venues they’re playing, but even if it’s small concert spaces and barrooms, the experience is invaluable, and aside from saying something about the economics and cultural situation in greater Europe — mostly it says “Germany gets all the shows” — it just seems to me like there’s an opportunity here for Wedge to make it something really special and grow as artists. It’s hardly their first tour — they were out on a couple weekender runs with Wucan in November on which five of the seven included dates were also in Germany — but even so. As far as playing live goes, it’s an interesting project. I wonder if they’d do it in any other countries as well. You know Heavy Psych Sounds could make that happen in Italy…

I had intended here to talk about the video and the sound of “Lucid” itself, which departs some of the post-Kadavar vibes of the self-titled, but got sidetracked thinking about the good times these guys could potentially have on this tour. I hope it goes well and would be interested to know if it changes how they feel about Killing Tongue by the time it’s done.

Should you happen to be in Germany in Jan./Feb., dates follow the video here.

Please enjoy:

Wedge, “Lucid” official video

Heavy Psych Sounds Records & Booking is proud to announce the WEDGE GERMAN TOUR 2018

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The German vintage retro ’70 rock’n’roll band Wedge will tour Germany in winter 2018. Supporting their acts the rockers Big Foot. Wedge will play also new stuff of their sophomore album Kiling Tongue which will be released in february 2018 via Heavy Psych Sounds.

09.01. Hannover, Cafe Glocksee
10.01. Kiel, Schaubde
11.01. Hamburg, Hafenklang
12.01. Jena, Kulturbahnhof
13.01. Eisenach, Schlachthof
01.02. Nürnberg, Z-Bau
02.02. Frankfurt/M., Feinstaub
03.02. Heilbronn, Emma23
04.02. Freiburg, Slow Club
05.02. Tübingen, Münzgasse
07.02. Köln, Sonic Ballroom
08.02. Oldenburg, Polyester Klub
09.02. Husum, Speicher
10.02. Berlin, TBA
14.02. Leipzig, Black Label
15.02. München, Import/Export
17.02. Ravensburg, Haus am See
21.02. Göttingen, Dots
22.02. Bielefeld, Forum
23.02. Düsseldorf, R25
24.02. Münster, Rare Guitar

WEDGE was born into the spotlight in 2014. The trio was founded in Berlin by guitarist/singer Kiryk Drewinski (ex-Liquid Visions & ex-The Magnificent Brotherhood), drummer Holger “The Holg” Grosser & bassist/organist Dave Götz and named itself after the first stone tool of human history. Their sound is accordingly archaic, extremely effective, “made from solid rock” and, when used correctly, causes fire … especially live! WEDGE blends mainly elements of classic rock, 60s garage and some Psychedelic with a proper dose of joy while playing.

WEDGE IS
Kiryk Drewinski- Vocals / Guitars / Harmonica
Holger ‘The Holg’ Grosser – Drums / Percussion
David Götz – Bass / Organ / Electric Piano / Mellotron

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Surya Kris Peters Releases New Album Drones from the Wood as Name-Your-Price Download

Posted in Whathaveyou on December 8th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

Surya Kris Peters

In discussing his new solo release, Drones from the Wood, below, Samsara Blues Experiment frontman and Berlin-based solo artist Christian Peters, aka Surya Kris Peters, likens it to his 2016 debut under the moniker, The Hermit (review here), and fair enough. Peters has been on something of a prolific tear ever since that record surfaced, issuing the Holy Holy Holy (review here) long-player and the EP 2nd Chances (review here) earlier this year — the latter not actually a Surya release, but one under his own name — and of course Samsara Blues Experiment putting out one of the best records of 2017, but Drones from the Wood (is that a Tull reference in the title?) is the latest manifestation of this creative hot streak, and it’s available as a name-your-price download now from the Bandcamp page of Peters‘ label, Electric Magic Records.

Get yourself some dronescapes. Go on, it’s been a long week. You’ve earned it.

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Chris Peters: “This is my 3rd longplayer as Surya Kris Peters, and the fourth full-length solo album including early stuff as Soulitude. With this one I think I am going back a bit in direction of “The Hermit”, mostly shorter numbers, a bit classical influenced as I felt I’d really wanted to do more symphonic stuff. Basically it’s a mixture of influences from the 70s (most of all Jean Michel Jarre & Tomita), but also a bit of romantic ’80s, and the bits of my own ‘weirdness,’ I guess. I might pretty much have found my own niche also with this project. Plus: This is also the first time I did my own kind of mastering.”

Music to be filed under: Ambient / Drone / Minimal / Early Electronic

Tracklisting:
1. This Great Delusion 05:35
2. Drones From The Wood 06:11
3. Escaping Suburbia 05:43
4. Far Away And Out Of Time 03:40
5. Intermission: Like A Breath Of Fresh Air 02:23
6. Once More With Feeling 01:37
7. Last Supper At Sakura’s 02:16
8. Plastic Flowers For Laura 01:45
9. Elysian Fields 04:41

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Surya Kris Peters, Drones from the Wood (2017)

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Desertfest Berlin 2018: High on Fire, Weedeater, Church of the Cosmic Skull and Freedom Hawk Join Lineup

Posted in Whathaveyou on December 4th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

Someday I’ll get to Desertfest Berlin. The flagship German edition of the festival brand makes a resounding argument for 2018 by adding High on Fire as its third headliner (London has done likewise), and they’ll join Graveyard and Monster Magnet at the top of an increasingly diverse bill of acts from Europe, the UK, the US and beyond. Slipped into the festival news below is also word that UK prog-psych cultists Church of the Cosmic Skull will have a new album out next year, which is invariably good news for those who worship at the altar either of melody or, you know, the devil.

The times will be good at Desertfest Berlin 2018, is the underlying point. One of these years, I’ll get there.

From the PR wire:

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HIGH ON FIRE TO HEADLINE DESERTFEST BERLIN!

NEW BANDS ANNOUNCED FOR 2018!

It feels like Christmas eve already, but no… it’s “just” another exciting announcement for DESERTFEST BERLIN 2018! Today we are more than thrilled to unveil our third headliner, the mighty HIGH ON FIRE, alongside a bunch of additionnal killer bands for next year’s edition: the much loved drug-guzzlers WEEDEATER, the highly-acclaimed psych-prog-pop-rock powerhouse CHURCH OF THE COSMIC SKULL (who will release their much-anticipated second album next spring), and last but no least, the heavy-groovy rockers FREEDOM HAWK!

HIGH ON FIRE (USA)

2018 will mark the Oakland outfit’s 20 years anniversary! To celebrate, the band will peform a special anniversary set entitled “Twenty Sunless Years with High On Fire”. We are more than proud, that our DESERTFEST BERLIN will be part of their upcoming anniversary shows! They will undoubtedly mix up some old and new stuff, but they want to hear from the fans first! So let them know what you want to hear!

WEEDEATER (USA)

Hailing from North Carolina, Weedeater is going to take over all your green – be forwarned! With an excellent mix of Stoner, Sludge & Doom, the trio will make sure to transform the entire Arena Berlin into a heavy tuned psychedelic wonderland and we just can’t wait to see this live!

CHURCH OF THE COSMIC SKULL (UK)

Church Of The Cosmic Skull define themselves as an “ever-growing spiritual organization, spreading the light of the Cosmic Rainbow across this planet and beyond”… Well, we cannot wait for them to bring these lights of the Cosmic Rainbow over the Arena Berlin and are very much looking forward to finally see their outstanding live performance on our stage in 2018!

FREEDOM HAWK (USA)

The amazing Freedom Hawk are rounding up today’s line-up announcement! This trio’s brand of heavy rock capitalizes on the best of the heavy ‘70s, with a hint of modern and massive fuzzy sound. Be prepared when they will bring their heavy riffs and rolling groove to DESERTFEST BERLIN 2018!

The Desertfest Berlin line up is getting thicker and ticker, and we are far from being done: A third of the line up is still to be announced! Desertfest Berlin 2018 will be outstanding so join us in the capital of the almighty Riff! Regular weekend tickets for the 7th DESERTFEST BERLIN can be purchased here: https://www.desertfest-tickets.de/produkte

DESERTFEST BERLIN @ ARENA // 4th, 5th & 6th MAY 2018 – 2 STAGES in 1 MAIN HALL –
NO OVERLAPPING SETS!

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High on Fire, “The Black Plot” official video

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Samsara Blues Experiment Announce March 2018 European Touring

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 22nd, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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I know I said as much around the time they were putting the album out this past Spring, and before that as they took to touring and doing shows again after a couple years’ absence, but the resurgence of German psych rockers Samsara Blues Experiment stands among my favorite heavy happenings of 2017. Doesn’t at all hurt either that their fourth long-player, One with the Universe (review here), wound up as one of the strongest releases of the year — or will wind up among them when list-time hits next month, anyhow — or that the band has continued to tour on multiple continents. Even if I didn’t get to see them, the Berlin trio’s continued thriving only makes the European heavy underground as a whole stronger. And yes, I mean that.

Samsara Blues Experiment just took part this week in Dutch outfit The Machine‘s 10th anniversary show, and the news that they’ll once again hit the road come next March couldn’t be more welcome, as it will see them carry over the active streak from 2017 to 2018. They promise more to come as well, so I’ll be keeping an eye out to the best of my ability. Till then, dates in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Switzerland and Germany follow here, as presented by Sound of Liberation and posted by the band:

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Samsara Blues Experiment – EU Tour 2018

Live is life!

2018 heady touring coming up…

03.03. Berlin, Zukunft Am Ostkreuz

08.03. Tilburg (NL), 013
09.03. Groningen (NL), Vera
10.03. Brüssel (BE), Magasin 4
11.03. Amsterdam (NL), Melkweg
12.03. Paris (FR), Backstage
13.03. Lyon (FR), CCO Villeurbanne
14.03. Luzern (CH), Treibhaus
15.03. Aschaffenburg, Colos-Saal
16.03. Dortmund, Piano (Rock Hard Night)
17.03. Dresden, Beatpol

More tours to come…

Stay hot!

PS: We know you want us in Italy, UK & Ireland, Spain, the East, and North of the wall of snow and everywhere else, and we are somehow working on it too.

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Desertfest Berlin 2018: Church of Misery, Elder, Graveyard, The Black Wizards, Maidavale and Vonavibe Join Lineup

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 13th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

Desertfest Berlin 2018 welcomes its second round of bands, including the likes of Graveyard, Elder, The Black Wizards, Church of Misery, MaidaVale and Vonavibe. As is tradition, some of the bigger acts named here are shared with the London-based edition of the fest — Graveyard and Elder — though there’s usually some staggering, so while I don’t believe Church of Miseryhave joined the UK lineup, they may yet. As for the other three, to the best of my knowledge, they’re all Berlin’s as of now, so in keeping with the usual modus of the two Springtime Desertfests, they’re gradually beginning to distinguish themselves from each other even as they share groups between them in common cause. It’s always fun to see this happen over the few months that the lineups take shape.

To wit, this from the PR wire:

desertfest berlin 2018 poster

DESERTFEST BERLIN ANNOUNCES GRAVEYARD, ELDER, CHURCH OF MISERY & MANY MORE FOR 2018!

Today, a third announcement for DESERTFEST BERLIN 2018 has been revealed! Six new kick-ass bands have been added to next year’s line-up, including GRAVEYARD as second headliner! The Desertfest Berlin crew wanted the Swedes for many years, and it’s now finally happening! On top ELDER, CHURCH OF MISERY as well as many more exciting acts have been added to the 2018-festival edition, which will take place between May 4th – 6th 2018 at the Arena in the heart of Berlin:

GRAVEYARD (SWE)
ELDER (USA)
CHURCH OF MISERY (JP)
THE BLACK WIZARDS (POR)
MAIDAVALE (SWE)
VONAVIBE (GR)

But make no mistake: not even half of the entire line up is announced yet and way more great bands will be announced soon. DESERTFEST BERLIN 2018 will be outstanding, so better make sure to join the capital of the almighty Riff! Early bird tickets are already sold out, regular weekend tickets for the 7th DESERTFEST BERLIN can be purchased here: https://www.desertfest-tickets.de/produkte

DESERTFEST BERLIN @ Arena // 4th, 5th & 6th May 2018 – 2 STAGES in 1 MAIN HALL – No overlapping sets!

MONSTER MAGNET – GRAVEYARD – EYEHATEGOD – CHURCH OF MISERY – ELDER – PLANET OF ZEUS –
NEBULA – DOPELORD – YURI GAGARIN – DEATH ALLEY – JEX THOTH – THE BLACK WIZARDS – MAIDAVALE
THE NECROMANCERS – VONAVIBE – AND MANY MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED!

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Church of Misery, Live at Blowup Vol. 3, Oct. 13, 2017

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Operators Post “Rolling Hitch” Video

Posted in Bootleg Theater on October 31st, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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Berlin-based five-piece Operators released their third album, Revelers (review here), earlier this year and thereby reignited the dynamic rock and roll throwdown of 2013’s Contact High (review here) and 2012’s Operators (review here), with their most charged and dynamic outing yet. The band, who take elements from classic heavy but never lose themselves full-on into vintage-ism and never have, are somewhat underrated at this point as songwriters, as organ-soaked cuts like “Pusher” and “Walkin’ on Air” demonstrate, but as they demonstrate in their new video for the 10-minute LP finale “Rolling Hitch,” that’s done just about nothing to slow their party down. And especially in this video, which is their second from the record behind a clip for “Messina,” that party comes to life.

And hey, if you’re going to throw a throwdown, where better to do so than on the water? Operators get some friends together, hit the dock and let the good times and grooves alike roll as they will. The song features a guest appearance from Wight guitarist/vocalist René Hofmann, who also recorded and mixed Revelers, and though he doesn’t seem to be in the clip, the band obviously had a blast in putting it together. Seriously, is there anything better than watching a band live on a boat? Immediate awesomeness. Of the one or two times I’ve been fortunate enough to do such a thing, it’s never failed to thrill, and hey, if Operators wants to open a cruise line, they’ve got a pretty good commercial for why you should show up right here. I’d hit up that ship.

Check out “Rolling Hitch” below, followed by some more info from the band, and please enjoy:

Operators, “Rolling Hitch” official video

We are proud to present our second music video for our new album ‘Revelers’!

An ongoing journey. Settling down and moving ahead again. Tied knots and sharpened blades. ‘Rolling Hitch’ deals with making peace with yourself, with the neverending quest to find serenity.

Filmed by our dear friend Fabian Willi Simon on a magnificent boatride on the ‘Anarche’, Aug 19th 2017. Thanks to everybody who helped to make this happen.

Res ipsa loquitur. Enjoy with an open mind.

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Wedge to Release Killing Tongue in February; Preorders Available Nov. 3

Posted in Whathaveyou on October 30th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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On first impression, the second album from Berlin vintage-style heavy rockers Wedge feels immediately more their own. The trio debuted in 2014 on Heavy Psych Sounds with a self-titled long-player, and as of Friday, preorders will be open for Killing Tongue, their nine-song follow-up, to be released via the same label on Feb. 9.

There hasn’t been any audio made public from it yet, which kind of makes sense considering we’re still three months out from it landing, and I’m not saying I’ve got it on right now or anything, but the turns sound a bit sharper, the songwriting feels more efficient, and the most-definitely-post-Kadavar vibe that pervaded the self-titled seems to have abated somewhat. All the better for the young band to come into their own with a blues-psych track like “Fire Eyes,” with its pairing of rhythmic chain crunch and airy guitar and vocals.

One to look forward to for 2018 for sure and one I’m looking forward to getting to know better for sure.

Info follows from the PR wire, and Wedge also have some shows this coming month for which I hoisted the dates from social media:

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WEDGE sign to Heavy Psych Sounds ; new album coming February 2018!

PRESALE STARTS: OCTOBER 30th
RELEASE DATE: FEBRUARY 9th

Heavy Psych Sounds Records is proud to announce the return of German vintage rock’n’rollers WEDGE! The Berlin-based trio decided to renew their deal with the Italian label for the release of their sophomore full-length, due out February 2018.

The trio released their first studio album on Heavy Psych Sounds in September 2014, which quickly sold out. Following the buzz of WEDGE’s debut, the group now unveils their eagerly awaited follow-up “Killing Tongue” …and it truly kills! Although also deeply rooted in the rock’n’roll of the late 60s & early 70s, this album clearly is a strong progression from its precursor, presenting a multicolored spectrum of sounds and more diverse songwriting. Power trio-untypical arrangements and instruments like electric sitar, clavinet and harpsichord among others are accompanying especially some of the new psychedelia soaked tunes. But of course you can expect plenty of good old fuzz guitar and Hammond organ driven material as well.

Killing Tongue was recorded & mixed at LowSwing Studios in Berlin by Guy Sternberg and mastered by Brian Lucey at Magic Garden Mastering in California/USA.

WEDGE is a 60s-sounding, psychedelic and heavy rockin’ Berlin trio founded by guitarist/singer Kiryk Drewinski (ex-Liquid Visions/The Magnificent Brotherhood), drummer Holger “The Holg” Grosser and bassist/organist Dave Götz, and named themselves after the first stone tool of human history. Their sound is accordingly archaic, extremely effective, made from “solid rock” and, when used correctly, it causes fire… especially on stage!

WEDGE IS
Kiryk Drewinski- Vocals / Guitars / Harmonica
Holger ‘The Holg’ Grosser – Drums / Percussion
David Götz – Bass / Organ / Electric Piano / Mellotron

WEDGE shows in November:
02.11. (de) Munich, backstage *
03.11. (en) Milan, space space *
04.11. (CH) Chur, Palazzo Beat Club *
16.11. (de) Fulda, culture cellar *
17.11. (de) Leipzig, moritzbastei *
18.11. (de) Regensburg cultural centre old malthouse at gogo low fest vol. II ***
19.11. (de) Berlin, Cassiopeia **
* W / Wucan
** W / Wucan & Eat Ghosts
*** W / Siena Root, Swan Valley Heights & Welcome Inside The Brain

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Wedge, “’61 SG” official video

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Desertfest Berlin 2018 Adds Death Alley, Yuri Gagarin & Dopelord

Posted in Whathaveyou on October 18th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

You know it’s still early days when it comes to filling out the Spring festival season in Europe because there’s still so much room for more logos on the poster for Desertfest Berlin 2018. No doubt the final design will be much more full by the time the first weekend in May rolls around and the festival actually gets underway at its new home in Arena Berlin, but already we’re seeing bands joining the bill at a pretty decent clip. The latest batch includes three more joining the ranks of Monster Magnet, Eyehategod, Nebula, Planet of Zeus, Jex Thoth and The Necromancers, and as you can see in the headline above, it’s an international and sonic swath unto itself, with Death Alley from the Netherlands, Yuri Gagarin from Sweden and Dopelord from Poland each bringing something different sound-wise to the already diverse roster.

Early-bird tickets are on sale now for those who like to plan ahead. Sound of Liberation made the announcement thusly:

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It’s time to unveil a few more bands for DesertFest Berlin 2018!!

Making up for last year cancellation, we are thrilled to finally welcome Death Alley on the stage of Desertfest Berlin 2018! These Dutch destroyers deliver heavy punked-out proto-metal and defining the good ol’ rock ‘n’ roll played with metal finesse and a hint of a black psychedelic soul cherry on top.

Hailing the mighty weedian cult and slow riff worships, we’re also stoked Poland’s stoner doomsters Dopelord will make their way to Berlin! Last but not least, we have decided to open up stage one more time to Yuri Gagarin. We heard your protest that not everybody could see them perform last year so it was clear the beloved Swedish rockers had to be back in 2018, taking over our new and bigger stage with more space at the ARENA BERLIN!

We hope this new bunch of exciting bands is fitting your expectations, and we’re waiting for you all in the capital of the almighty Riff !

There’s only very few early bird-tickets left, better be quick and grab them on www.desertfest-tickets.de/produkte/150!

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DesertFest Berlin 2018 / May 4th – 5th – 6th / ARENA BERLIN

with Monster Magnet / EYEHATEGOD / Nebula / Planet of Zeus / Dopelord / Death Alley / Yuri Gagarin / Jex Thoth / The Necromancers and more to be announced!

Presented by: Sound of Liberation & GreyZone Concerts & Promotion

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Yuri Gagarin, At the Center of all Infinity (2015)

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