Sasquatch Recording New Album for 2020 Release

Posted in Whathaveyou on December 10th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

This past weekend, mostly Los Angeles-based heavy rockers Sasquatch entered Mad Oak Studios in Allston, Massachusetts, to begin recording the yet-untitled (so far as I know) follow-up to their 2017 LP, Maneuvers (review here). That album was issued, appropriately enough, by Mad Oak Records, as both the imprint and the studio are owned by drummer Craig Riggs, also vocalist for Roadsaw and Kind and drummer for White Dynomite — and obviously the not-L.A. contingent in the trio. Riggs, guitarist/vocalist Keith Gibbs and bassist Jason Casanova are working with producer Andrew Schneider, who mixed Maneuvers, on the recording, and they’ve finished basic tracks and are currently en route through guitar overdubs, vocals and additional keys courtesy of Dave Unger (also White Dynomite).

I was fortunate enough to see Sasquatch when they came through with Nebula in September (review here), and they were nothing less than on fire. Any rock and roll euphemism for holy-shit-that’s-awesome you want to apply, go ahead and apply it. The basic fact of the matter is they kicked ass. And having spent so much of this year on the road — not mention the time they were in Europe last year, touring the year before, and so on — their hitting the studio is nothing if not well-timed. I could go on and on about various aspects of how good this band are, but I’ll level with you: if you’re into rock and roll and you’re not looking forward to a new Sasquatch record, you’re fucking up. That’s all there is to it.

Their 2020 calendar already has a few confirmations. They’ll be back in Europe, for one thing, to play Sound of Liberation‘s 15th anniversary shows in Germany and Resurrection Fest in Spain, and one can only imagine a tour will be unveiled in the coming months. They’re also set for April 17 in Calgary at the Electric Highway Festival alongside Wo Fat and many others. Seems like it’ll probably be another busy year. All the better, then, they’ll be supporting a new album.

Here’s a pic of them with Schneider (L-R it’s RiggsGibbsSchneider and Casanova) enjoying some tasty-looking beverages to celebrate the completion of basic tracks — guitar, bass, drums — for the record:

sasquatch and andrew schneider

Basics are done! Time to celebrate with a round of Mai Tais! 10 songs. Moving on to guitar overdubs. Then vocals. And then Dave Unger comes in to add some keyboard flavor.

We are tracking right through this week. Hopefully done and ready to mix.

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Sasquatch, Live at Ace of Cups, Cleveland, Ohio, Sept. 8, 2019

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Snail Recording Pink Floyd Cover “Fearless”; New LP in the Works

Posted in Whathaveyou on December 3rd, 2019 by JJ Koczan

snail in studio

As 2019 starts to wind down, it’s time to start looking ahead at some of what next year will offer, and I can pretty much tell you right now that if a new Snail full-length actually materializes, there’s just about no damn way I’m not going to spend a lot of time telling you to listen to it. Now then, the three-piece based in Los Angeles and Seattle aren’t quite recording the LP yet — that starts next month. But they’re currently tracking a take on Pink Floyd‘s “Fearless” as well as a new song called “Nothing Left for You” that will feature alongside it on a precursor single. Digital release seems to be how it’s going to happen, given the timing, but of course they’re open to a 7″, because why wouldn’t they be, should someone be up for releasing. Can’t imagine there wouldn’t be a taker there.

So we’re not to titles or release dates for the album yet. Hold your horses and I’ll do the best to do the same, but realizing it will have been five years since 2015’s Feral (review here) was released by the time the new one arrives, well, I think you’re almost justified in letting the anticipation run wild. It’s officially “a while in the making” as far as I’m concerned.

Bassist/vocalist/recording engineer Matt Lynch — pictured above with drummer/vocalist Marty Dodson this past weekend, while vocalist/guitarist Mark Johnson will track his parts in the Pacific Northwest — was kind enough to give an update on the proceedings:

We are recording Pink Floyd’s Fearless and a song I wrote that has lyrics partially inspired by Fearless [“Nothing Left for You”]. We have been wanting to cover Fearless for over 20 years now and feel the time is finally right. This will be released as an advanced digital single for the coming LP. Unless of course someone wants to put it out on a 7”, which would rule.

Currently no working title for the LP. We want to release this advance single for the new year, so early January. We are recording the rest of the basic tracks for the LP the second week of January. The material’s direction is similar to Feral in that it is varied with a wide range of sound and influences. There is melodic psych and heavy doom. Straight up Camaro stoner rock to galloping metal.

These two [tracks] Mark will do his parts from home in Seattle. The rest of the LP we will all do together at [Mysterious Mammal Recording/All Welcome Records] as much as possible with continued overdubs for Mark’s parts at home as usual.

SNAIL IS
Mark Johnson – Guitars, lead vocals, keys
Matt Lynch – Bass, keys, vocals
Marty Dodson – Drums, percussion, vocals

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Snail, “Nothing Left for You” drum recording

Snail, Feral (2015)

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Heavy Psych Sounds Fest California Lineups Announced

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

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With a poster that would seem to honor the Frank Kozik heavy rock works of yore — and by “yore,” I mean about 20-25 years ago — Heavy Psych Sounds Fest will return to California for the second time in 2020, bringing the mightiest Golden State trio Earthless as headliners for stops in San Francisco and Los Angeles, while none other than desert ultra-pioneers Yawning Man will headline a second night in SF with a totally different lineup at a totally different venue. So it works out to be two nights in San Fran, one night in L.A., and the first San Fran show and the L.A. show are the same four bands — Earthless, DanavaHigh Reeper and Crypt Trip. Meanwhile, as that bill heads south along the coast to L.A., moving into SF is the five-pack of Yawning ManBrant Bjork — who’ll do a solo acoustic show! — Hot LunchTurn Me on Dead Man and recent Heavy Psych Sounds label signees Disastroid.

Not frickin’ shabby, as the kids might (not) say.

You had to know Heavy Psych Sounds Fest would be back in Cali in 2020 after the successful West Coast stint earlier this year, so now where know where and when and with whom it’s happening. Ticket presales are on as of today, so do it up.

Here’s the info:

heavy psych sounds fest california 2020 poster

Earthless, Brant Bjork, Yawning Man and More to Team Up for Heavy Psych Sounds U.S. Festival Dates

Influential Italian Rock ‘N’ Roll Record Label Continues to Expand Its Sphere into North America; Spring 2020 Showcases in Los Angeles and San Francisco Announced

Respected underground rock record label Heavy Psych Sounds is proud to announce details of its 2020 U.S. ‘Heavy Psych Sounds Fest’ live events. Set for March 27 in San Francisco and March 28 in both San Francisco and Los Angeles, the special shows will spotlight an exclusive selection of Heavy Psych Sounds’ blue-chip roster, including live sets from acts such as ex-Kyuss musician Brant Bjork, Yawning Man, High Reeper and Crypt Trip, as well as special guests Earthless, Danava and more.

Headquartered in Rome, Italy, Heavy Psych Sounds specializes in presenting the best artists in the global heavy psych, doom, fuzz blues and space rock realms, and the Heavy Psych Sounds Fest series is no exception, spotlighting the ever-growing label’s dedication to its craft. Earlier this year, the label launched the U.S. festival series with shows in Austin, Dallas, LA and San Francisco; the events met to shining acclaim.

“We are so delighted to announce the second edition of the Heavy Psych Sounds Fests set for this coming spring in California,” says Heavy Psych Sounds label owner Gabriele Fiore. “We are excited to get so many cool bands on board as these line-ups look incredibly rad. Heavy Psych Sounds Records is so proud to have a growing roster of both trendsetting and up-and-coming U.S. based bands and these special shows will prove exactly why.”

HPS FEST CALIFORNIA

Friday 27 March
San Francisco – Rickshaw Stop
EARTHLESS
DANAVA
HIGH REEPER
CRYPT TRIP

TICKETS PRESALE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/83735662621

Saturday 28 March
San Francisco – Bottom of the Hill
YAWNING MAN
BRANT BJORK solo acoustic show
HOT LUNCH
TURN ME ON DEAD MAN
DISASTROID

TICKETS PRESALE: http://www.bottomofthehill.com/stubmatic/event20200328.html

Saturday 28 March
Los Angeles – The House of Machines
EARTHLESS
DANANVA
HIGH REEPER
CRYPT TRIP
THE FREEKS

TICKETS PRESALE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/heavy-psych-sounds-fest-california-at-the-house-of-machines-tickets-84274821259

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Yawning Man, Macedonian Lines (2019)

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Floral Fauna Set Dec. 9 Release for Debut Album Pink & Blue

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 22nd, 2019 by JJ Koczan

Call it a win for social media advertising, I guess, but I was dicking around Thee Facebooks earlier this week and saw King Volume Records‘ sponsored post for the debut album from Floral Fauna releasing on Dec. 9 and decided to check it out based on nothing more than the imprint putting it out and the awesome-looking cover. Still value in catching the eye. Anyhow, fortunately, my click-twice efforts were rewarded with two streaming tracks from the impending Pink and Blue, the title-cut and the snarky “When You Smile,” as both dig into classic ’60s garage rock vibes and meld these together with neo-psychedelic reach and production value. The mood is liquid, if liquid is a mood — it is — and the expanse of reverb is subtle but definitely there for something that still might be called “garage.” I don’t know how many cars it holds, but it definitely holds a mighty pedalboard.

The central figure here is Chris Allison, whom you might recognize from his other band, Lord Loud, who released their debut LP, Passé Paranoia (review here), on King Volume in 2017. He’s joined by a range of guests as fleshed out in the album details below.

Streaming tracks follow as well. Enjoy:

floral fauna pink and blue

Floral Fauna – Pink & Blue

Floral Fauna is a seed planted in fertile soil by Chris Allison. Following in the footsteps of psych contemporaries, Floral Fauna’s sound has retro sounding roots. But its vines are grasping out for new, sonic footing. Like leaves throughout the seasons, this debut album contains a plethora of colors and sounds.

It playfully skips around from lush organ/synth/string pads to crunchy and dead garage riffs. Guest musicians helped with the harvest; big names like Julian Porte (Levitation Room), Geoff Halliday (Hands), Julian Medina (Nadu), Emily Howard (Human Behavior) and even Michael Feld from his other heavy psych band Lord Loud. Floral Fauna couldn’t be more excited for this sunrise. It’s going to be a beautiful bloom!

Releases December 9, 2019.

Tracklisting:
1. Pink and Blue
2. Over and Over
3. Wah Hoo Hoo
4. Left Behind
5. Great White Silence
6. Pages of Time
7. When You Smile
8. Red Anxiety
9. Herds of Jellyfish
10. Awoke One Morning
11. Velvet and Jade

Floral Fauna is:
Geoff Halliday – drums (1-5, 7, 10)
Jim Wimberly – drums (9, 11)
Michael Feld – drums (6)
Julian Medina – drums (8)
Emily Howard – clarinet (9)
Noam Goldstein – flute (7)
Julian Moon – piano (6)
Chris Allison – other instrumentation, vocals

Mixed by Chris.
Mastered by Adam Boose at Cauliflower Audio.

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Floral Fauna, Pink & Blue (2019)

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War Cloud Premiere “Giver” Video Filmed on European Tour

Posted in Bootleg Theater on November 22nd, 2019 by JJ Koczan

war cloud

Oakland’s War Cloud released their second album, State of Shock (review here), earlier this year on Ripple Music, and as you might guess from the photo above, it was a ripper. The Bay Area four-piece tapped into harder-edged NWOBHM dual-axe chicanery and brought their sound to a new, tighter place than it was at even on their 2017 self-titled debut (review here), upping the irons and still holding enough underlying boogie-readiness so that the overall vibe was fun rather than overly stately. Nothing wrong with that if it’s your thing, but a bit of Oakland grit in their sound certainly feels genuine enough and is true to the history of where they’re coming from as well. It was, simply put, an easy record to dig. If you heard it, you already know this.

If you didn’t hear it — go ahead and slap the back your hand for me (not really; “we don’t hit,” as I constantly remind The Pecan) — it’s streaming in full at the bottom of this post. The band’s new video, however, is for the track “Giver,” and “Giver” isn’t on State of Shock. It’s on War Cloud. Might seem odd that they’d go back and make a clip for a song from the prior album, but consider it’s a new recording, and a live recording done on their European tour, and that the footage in the video also comes from that same tour — the recording was done in Germany, the video shot in Italy, so it’s a bit of multinational conglomerate — and it all starts to make a little more sense. By the time you actually get to watch the thing and witness the sheer righteousness on display, it seems downright logical.

Now then, I won’t keep you from it, except to say that when the band comments below about hearing the progression and shift in sound from the original version on the first record and this one, I tend to agree. They’re a meaner, sharper group on the whole, and clearly that suits their songs new and old. Makes a pretty good argument for showing up to catch them live. Go figure.

Enjoy:

War Cloud, “Giver” official video premiere:

War Cloud on “Giver” video:

It was recorded in a 300 year old barn about an hour outside Cologne, Germany. The recording is live so it only took time to set up, we ran through the song about three or four times. The stage footage was shot at Moto Guzzi Motoraduno in Lecco, Italy and Officine Sonore, in Vercelli, Italy.

We decided to revisit this song because it’s fun to play it faster than it was on the first album, my vocals are more developed and in line with the second album’s sound, the solos are different because we have a different guitarist and it’s a total crowd pleaser!

The new album was received with hails and horns! We only had 2 singles out while we were over there because the record didn’t drop until the last day of tour, but folks were still calling them out by name! We were playing lots of songs no one has ever heard before like “Tomahawk,” “White Lightning,” and “Means of Your Defeat,” and could instantly tell it would be a hit by the crowd’s response. Pits formed, beer was spilled, horns were raised. It was a blast and we can’t wait to get back to Europe!

WAR CLOUD:
Alex Wein – Vocals/Guitar
Nick Burks – Guitar
Joaquin Ridgell – Drums
Taylor Roach – Bass

War Cloud, State of Shock (2019)

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High Priestess: New Album Recording Underway for 2020 Release

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 21st, 2019 by JJ Koczan

Los Angeles atmospheric doom three-piece High Priestess toured Europe for most of May earlier this year supporting their 2018 self-titled debut (review here) on Ripple Music, making well-received stops at Desertfest London and elsewhere on the continent before seeming to have set about putting the finishing touches on material for their second long-player. That album is currently in progress according to a pair of thee social medias updates, one from the band and one from bassist/vocalist Mariana Fiel. They entered the studio this past Tuesday and plugged away at getting the instrumental tracks done ahead of returning for vocals, with guitarist/vocalist/organist Katie Gilchrest helming the proceedings.

As the trio of Fiel, Gilchrest and drummer Megan Mullins had one of the best debuts of the year last year, it should go without saying the follow-up is right up there with the slew of anticipated outings for 2020. Ripple will once again stand behind the work, and while there’s no targeted release date set and obviously it all depends on when they get in to finish the rest of making it, plus mixing, plus mastering, a Spring release doesn’t seem entirely unlikely. That would put them back on track for another trip abroad as well, were they inclined to travel.

I also asked the band if they had anything they wanted to add about the record to what was posted and they gave an awesome update. Here’s what they had to say:

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High Priestess on new album recording:

We recorded the second album in our practice space where we did our first album. The room itself sounds great and there is something about playing in there closely together that conjures a special energy. Magic is created, from song creation to completion and we love setting mics up and capturing essentially a live performance. Katie owns Mythology Mastering, a music production company, and used her mobile recording setup to do the job.

Percussion, vocal, guitar and keyboard overdubs are following this week. We made sure to have a ritual beforehand with a High Priestess candle to set intentions for the recording and what follows. We channeled the balance of light and dark energies, creating heaviness while keeping it ethereal.

The album will begin with an eerie call of the elements in a ritualistic setting and from there, we slowly take you on a journey into the depths of an inferno with our most enchanting music yet. We can’t wait to unveil it to the universe!

– We started unloading around 11 AM, had mics set up around 1:45 PM, by 7:30 PM we opened up the bubbly to celebrate the recording of the instrumental parts of our new album, to be released in 2020 by Ripple Music.

– The only casualties today were while trying to tune back to E my tuning peg took a dump. Luckily there was an unused bass laying around *cough* thanks Josh *cough* to record the last song. Super stoked about today though, bass issues aside, it went seamlessly… the energy was perfect and I couldn’t be more grateful to have mega multitalented Katie not only laying down the heavy riffs and solos galore, but also setting and coordinating all the mics and making sure the sound was perfect and Megan laying down the thunder of doom on the drums.

High Priestess is:
Katie Gilchrest – guitars, vocals, organ
Mariana Fiel – bass, vocals
Megan Mullins – drums, percussion

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High Priestess, High Priestess (2018)

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Sleep Announce ‘Hypersleep’ Indefinite Hiatus Starting in January

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 12th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

Sleep (Photo by JJ Koczan)

Sleep‘s Nostromo-software social media check-in method has provided the update that after their coming three-night stint at Thalia Hall in Chicago, they’ll go into an indefinite ‘hypersleep,’ which is basically being interpreted as a hiatus. Hey, fair enough. I mean, it’s been a decade, and for a band who were done, who lost their original drummer and whose bassist and guitarist had moved on to other, interesting, groundbreaking projects, to ask Sleep to get back together to even do a couple gigs a year was a lot, let alone the kind of touring they wound up doing over the course of the 2010s, headlining festivals and eventually releasing new material, first in the 2014 single “The Clarity” (review here) and then in last year’s holy-shit-there’s-a-new-Sleep-album The Sciences (review here) as well as its companion single “Leagues Beneath” (discussed here) and the follow-up 2019 3LP live album, Live at Third Man Records (review here), so it doesn’t seem unreasonable if they want to step away from it all for a bit. Matt Pike has continued with High on Fire and Al Cisneros has kept Om kind of in his pocket for a while now. Maybe they’ll get those revved up to full-time status — High on Fire kind of already are (they’re about to tour again), but still — while Jason Roeder works on other stuff, including Neurosis, who’ve also been touring more over the last several years.

The point is that listeners were lucky to get as much as they got from Sleep over the last 10 years, because it was never supposed to be like that. And to listeners’ credit, I think it was audience that kept the band going. People kept showing up, and that kept the material vital. Few and far between are the acts who’ve had as much of an influence on the heavy underground worldwide, from the crustiest doom to the stonedest of the stoned, and though they’ll be missed while they’re gone, it seems worth it to appreciate the fact that they came back at all rather than be like, “Oh this is bullshit because Sleep aren’t playing my house,” or whatever. These guys don’t owe anyone anything. Just the opposite.

Hey Sleep — thanks for everything. Hope to see you again soon.

Here’s their post and dates:

sleep hiatus

Sleep live:
Dec. 29 Thalia Hall Chicago IL
Dec. 30 Thalia Hall Chicago IL
Dec. 31 Thalia Hall Chicago IL

Sleep are:
Al Cisneros
Matt Pike
Jason Roeder

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Disastroid Sign to Heavy Psych Sounds; Mortal Fools out Feb. 14

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 11th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

disastroid

Yup, called it. Pardon the moment of self-congratulations, but when Heavy Psych Sounds announced its latest sampler last week, I couldn’t help but notice the tracklisting contained a seemingly new cut from San Fran three-piece Disastroid. That led to speculation they’d signed to the venerable Italian imprint, and indeed, that has turned out to be the case. They’ll release a new album, titled Mortal Fools, on Valentine’s Day. So yes, called it. Look at me, paying attention. What’s the prize again?

To mark the occasion of preorders going live, they’re streaming a new song that you can find at the bottom of the post here, following word from the PR wire making the whole thing official. These guys might seem like an odd fit for the label, being more punkish than a lot of the desert rock or SoCal boogie HPS has picked up of late, but they had a split with Fatso Jetson a few years back and there are some behind the scenes links to the desert scene that might’ve come into play as well.

Cool news either way. From the PR wire:

disastroid mortal fools

Heavy Psych Sounds Records & Booking is really proud to start the presale of the album DISASTROID – Mortal Fools

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Today we are extremly proud to welcome the Bay Area’s noise metal trio DISASTROID in our roster.

The presale of their brand new album MORTAL FOOLS starts today: https://heavypsychsoundsrecords.bandcamp.com/album/disastroid-mortal-fools-presale

RELEASE DATE:
FEBRUARY 14th, 2020

San Francisco veterans Disastroid have been serving up sludgy, grunge-infused stoner rock for the better part of a decade now, refining a sound that weaves heavy riffs together with angular guitar lines, odd time signatures, and hazy walls of fuzz. As influenced by 90’s noise rock as they are by modern psych, doom, and post-metal, Disastroid delivers thick, satisfying stoner rock stomp while also embracing layers of noise, tripped-out feedback, and some unpredictable song structures.

Their original approach, captured on their 2014 record “Missiles” and the 2017 follow-up “Screen”, has made them one of the most essential bands in the Bay Area music scene. Their latest, “Mortal Fools” is their heaviest and most expansive-sounding album to date. Produced by Tim Green (Nation of Ulysses, The Fucking Champs), it’s sonically focused on what Disastroid does best, laying singer/guitarist Enver Koneya’s deep vocals and fuzzed-out riffs on top of a relentless, pummeling rhythm section. At the same time, it’s loose enough that it takes some unpredictable twists and turns, conveying the band’s rough edges, sense of humor, and noisy, experimental streak.

DISASTROID is:
Enver Koneya – Vox/Guitar
Travis Williams – Bass Guitar
Braden McGraw – Drums

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