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

 

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Big Kizz Post Video for “Eye on You”; Debut Single out June 9

Posted in Bootleg Theater on May 9th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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For those about to boogie, there are likely few debuts set for the remainder of 2017 as anticipated as that of Swedish trio Big Kizz, who hail from the fertile ground of Örebro, boast a pedigree that includes names like SpidersWitchcraft and Graveyard, and are set to issue their first single, Eye on You, via Tee Pee Records on June 9. The 7″ offering will feature three songs — two originals and a take on Roky Erickson‘s “White Faces” — and the three-piece of guitarist/vocalist Pontus Westerman (also of Lady Banana), bassist John Hoyles and drummer Axel Sjöberg have newly unveiled the leadoff track in a video that you can see below.

The clip emphasizes a party vibe with the band playing in a small room, people jumping around, some drunk dude beforehand saying he likes punk and so on — standard tiny-show fare — but more importantly, the song itself finds Big Kizz digging into a stylized blend of garage fuzz and classic-style boogie rock that leaves little room for frills. Stripped down to the point where proto-glam and punk rock were hardly distinguishable from each other — think circa 1976 — “Eye on You” has a bounce and hook that even if they hadn’t been told to do so would likely have the crowd in the video jumping around anyway, and bodes well early for the rest of the single to come. It should fit well alongside that Roky Erickson cover, to be sure.

And Big Kizz have a long way to go before they get there, but remember that it was a decade ago that Graveyard made their debut through Tee Pee Records as well, so it’s a bit of a reunion for Sjöberg and the imprint and some symmetry that I like. Will be interested to hear when it shows up if the full-length plays to these kinds of influences exclusively — if it does, it might be like 28 minutes long — or if they present a more multifaceted sound, represented only in part by the initial single. A teaser! Intrigue! Questions! Sometimes it’s nice to have a reminder of what makes anticipating a new album so much fun.

PR wire follows the video.

Enjoy:

Big Kizz, “Eye on You” official video

BIG KIZZ is the red hot new rock band featuring drummer Axel Sjöberg (ex-Graveyard), guitarist John Hoyles (Spiders, ex-Witchcraft) on bass and vocalist / guitarist Pontus Westerman from Swedish garage outfit Lady Banana. The classic power trio, who plays good time Rock ‘n’ Roll energized with elements of power pop and punk, has signed to NYC indie Tee Pee Records and will release its debut EP, Eye on You, on June 9.

BIG KIZZ’s bad-as-hell debut features the swinging originals “Eye on You” and “Baby Boy” and a rousing remake of the Roky Erickson ripper “White Faces”. The 3-song release is but a precursor to BIG KIZZ’s full-length debut, tentatively slated for release this fall.

“We used the multibillion dollar budget that Tee Pee gave us for this video and spent it all on something else other than the video,” Sjöberg comments. “But we’re pretty confident that it will win all the awards in the world! And that you’ll have a good time watching it!”

Big Kizz is:
John Hoyles (bass)
Pontus Westman (guitar / vocals)
Axel Sjöberg (drums)

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Big Kizz to Release Debut EP Eye on You June 9

Posted in Whathaveyou on April 12th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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Former members of Graveyard and Witchcraft come together in Big Kizz, a new trio who’ll release their debut EP, Eye on You, June 9 via Tee Pee Records. Since the split last year and subsequent reformation of Graveyard earlier in 2017, the central question is what would become of now-former drummer Axel Sjöberg. He joins former Witchcraft and current Spiders member John Hoyles (here on bass) as well vocalist/guitarist Pontus Westerman, also of garage rockers Lady Banana. It should come as no surprise that Tee Pee would pick them up. If you’ll recall, it was the same label that issued the debut Graveyard album a decade ago.

No audio has surfaced yet, but it seems like Big Kizz are on a much different wavelength than either Sjöberg‘s or Hoyles‘ former outfits. I guess we’ll find out in June.

This just came in off the PR wire:

big kizz eye on you

BIG KIZZ (ex-Graveyard, Witchcraft) to Release Debut EP, ‘Eye on You’, June 9

Scandinavian Power Rock Trio Signs with Tee Pee Records

BIG KIZZ is the red hot new rock band featuring drummer Axel Sjöberg (ex-Graveyard), guitarist John Hoyles (Spiders, ex-Witchcraft) on bass and vocalist / guitarist Pontus Westerman from Swedish garage outfit Lady Banana. The classic power trio, who plays good time Rock ‘n’ Roll energized with elements of power pop and punk, has signed to NYC indie Tee Pee Records and will release its debut EP, Eye on You, on June 9.

BIG KIZZ’s bad-as-hell debut features the swinging originals “Eye on You” and “Baby Boy” and a rousing remake of the Roky Erickson ripper “White Faces”. The 3-song release is but a precursor to BIG KIZZ’s full-length debut, tentatively slated for release this fall.

Pre-order “Eye on You” at THIS location.

“I’ve been doing this too long to quit rocking now,” Sjöberg comments. “When I turn a page and wonder what to do in life, I go to country lyrics and in this case Willie Nelson: “The life I love is makin’ music with my friends, and I can’t wait the get on the road again.” So that’s just what I did; I made music with my friends. We’re taking it to Norway first and then we’ll just see where it takes us after that. That’s the beauty of it: music is fucking magic. I hope you feel it too.”

Live premier!

May 3th Oslo – Revolver
May 4th Kristiansand – Vaktbua – Odderøya
May 5th Bergen – Hulen
May 6th Sandnes – Tribute

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