Fu Manchu Announce 25th Anniversary Tour

Posted in Whathaveyou on April 24th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

fu manchu (Photo by Andrew Stuart)

You know Fu Manchu‘s 25th anniversary tour is gonna be hell on wheels, but that’s no big deal. Actually, wait, it is a big deal. It’s frickin’ awesome. The masters of fuzz will head out starting this June on a round of shows spanning months and countries, hitting the West Coast of the US before hightailing it to Europe in September and not looking back. This is the first leg of the tour, and they’ll be reissuing 1999’s hook-factory King of the Road on 2LP through their own At the Dojo Records imprint to mark the occasion, also playing the album front-to-back at a free show in Chicago as one of two sets.

Two sets! At a free show! That’s twice the Fu at no cost to you, the consumer. If this was an infomercial, you’d already be dialing.

The band posted the following on Thee Facebooks:

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FU MANCHU announce 1st leg of their 25th Anniversary 2015 / 2016 Tour

The band will be hitting the West Coast of the USA, Canada and 14 countries in Europe from mid June through the end of October. There will also be a special FREE Chicago show at The Double Door on July 11th.

The band will be touring without an opening act in most markets and playing a 2 set show of rarely played songs spanning their 11 Album career and an entire set of their album “King Of The Road” from start to finish for the first time. “King Of The Road” will be reissued as a double LP for the tour. More shows will be added soon. Tickets go on sale this friday.

june 13 Costa Mesa CA wayfarer
june 25 calgary, canada sled island festival- Dickens
june 26 calgary, canada sled Island club show- The Palamino
july 11 chicago, IL double door (free show)
july 15 san francisco, CA bottom of the hill
july 17 portland, OR hawthorne
july 18 seattle, WA neumos
july 19 vancouver, canada rickshaw
july 21 reno, NV jub jubs
july 22 san jose, CA the ritz (support by Dusted Angel)
aug 8 west hollywood, CA troubadour
aug 15 san diego, CA casbah

Sat 26 Nijmegen Doornroosje, Netherlands
Sun 27 Haarlem Patronaat, Netherlands
Mon 28 Hamburg Kunst, Germany
Wed 30 Copenhagen Beta, Denmark

Thurs 1 Malmo Babel, Sweden
Fri 2 Oslo John Dee, Norway
Sat 3 Stockholm Debaser Strand, Sweden
Mon 5 Helsinki Nosturi, Finland
Tues 6 Tallin Rock Cafe, Estonia
Thurs 8 Poznan Minoga, Poland
Fri 9 Berlin Astra, Germany
Sat 10 Erfurt HsD Gewerkschaftshaus, Germany
Mon 12 Budapest A38, Hungary
Wed 14 Vienna Szene, Austria
Thurs 15 Salzburg Rockhouse, Austria
Sat 17 Milan / Mezzago Bloom, Ilaly
Sun 18 Geneva Usine, Switzerland
Mon 19 Zurich Mascotte. Switzerland
Wed 21 Munich Strom, Germany
Thurs 22 Cologne Gebaude, Germany
Fri 23 Paris Le Marpquinerie., France
Sat 24 London Islington Academy, UK


Fu Manchu, King of the Road (1999)

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Sun and Sail Club Post Drum Cam in-Studio Footage

Posted in Bootleg Theater on April 21st, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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The second Sun and Sail Club record, The Great White Dope, is due out on May 12. Adding further supergroup clout to the four-piece is vocalist Tony Adolescent of The Adolescents, who came aboard to front the faster collection of material following 2013’s Mannequin (discussed here) at the behest of guitarist/principle songwriter Bob Balch. Not that they were exactly lacking supergroup clout before. Balch and drummer Scott Reeder‘s positions in Fu Manchu, bassist Scott Reeder‘s pedigree in Kyuss and The Obsessed (he’s also currently in Fireball Ministry) and Tony Adolescent‘s, as noted, in The Adolescents, are bound to (continue to) bring some built-in interest from fuzz heads, but the Sun and Sail Club material — experimental and progressive last time, faster and more straightforward on The Great White Dope — stands on its own as well. Then it runs around a lot. Must be that dope.

Preorders are being taken for the album now, and the band has posted some footage from the studio of the album’s making. Balch is no stranger to instruction, running PlayThisRiff.com and working with members of Black CobraFatso JetsonDead MeadowC.O.C.Orange Goblin and countless more in that capacity, but the clip below of “Dresden Fireball Freakout Flight” is a little different, centered around Reeder‘s drums as we watch him lay down the track that will eventually make the final cut. A quick song and a video worth watching until the end for anyone who ever underappreciated heavy rock drumming — who would do such a thing? — the amount of laughter before and after the track is done, particularly as Reeder trips over his drum throne, really just emphasizes the good time these guys are clearly having in the studio. Of course, that’s what it’s all about.


Sun and Sail Club, “Dresden Fireball Freakout Flight” in-Studio Footage

Sun & Sail Club Premiere DRUM CAM/STUDIO FOOTAGE for Upcoming LP “The Great White Dope” Available May 12th

Following the premiere of the first new song from their upcoming sophomore LP, Dresden Fireball Freakout Flight, Southern California stoner-thrash super group SUN & SAIL CLUB have premiered new drum cam/studio footage for their upcoming album, titled “The Great White Dope” available starting May 12th.

“The Great White Dope” is the followup to 2013’s critically acclaimed “Mannequin” LP, and boasts a lineup consisting of members Bob Balch (Fu Manchu), Scott Reeder (Fu Manchu / Smile), Scott Thomas Reeder (Kyuss / The Obsessed) and now introducing Tony Adolescent of legendary punk bandThe Adolescents on vocals.

“The Great White Dope” raises the bar from the band’s previous release, to create one of the most aggressive and mind-blowing albums of the past decade.

Sun & Sail Club is:
Bob Balch (Guitars / Fu Manchu)
Scott Reeder (Drums / Fu Manchu, Smile)
Scott Thomas Reeder (Bass / Kyuss, Fireball Ministry, The Obsessed)
Tony Adolescent (Vocals / The Adolescents)

“The Great White Dope” Track List:
1. Krokodil Dental Plan
2. Dresden Fireball Freakout Flight
3. Baba Yaga Bastard Patrol
4. Migraine With A Chainsaw Reduction
5. Level Up & Shut It Down
6. Fever Blister & The Great White Dope
7. Full Tilt Panic
8. Alien Rant Factory
9. Inside Traitor Outside View
10. Cypherpunk Roulette

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High on Fire to Release Luminiferous on June 23

Posted in Whathaveyou on April 15th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Can it be a coincidence that the same week Game of Thrones comes back on to put us all in a mindset of battleaxe beheadings and medieval destruction is the same week the first details of High on Fire‘s much anticipated new album, titled Luminiferous, begin to surface? If you don’t see the correlation between the two, it’s wanton slaughter, which is something in which the trio of Matt PikeJeff Matz and Des Kensel have always specialized. This past weekend, they were at Kirk Von Hammet’s Fear FestEvil (get it?), and no doubt more tour dates will surface when the time is right. They’ve never been ones for holding still.

It’s a good morning for heavy metal:

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HIGH ON FIRE to Release New Album, Luminiferous, June 23

Legendary Metal Band Poised to Light Up Heavy Music Landscape with Release of Seventh Studio Album

World-renowned power trio HIGH ON FIRE will release its highly-anticipated new album, Luminiferous, on June 23 via eOne Music. Recorded at Salem, Massachusetts’ GodCity Studios with producer Kurt Ballou, the record is the follow-up to the group’s 2012 release, De Vermis Mysteriis.

Universally recognized as one of the most potent acts in music today, HIGH ON FIRE creates molten heavy metal that merges primal fury and aggression, blackened bombast and hall of fame heaviness. The group’s seventh studio album, Luminiferous, is a supersonic exercise in conquest by volume, delivering calculated catharsis as a volcano of revolving riffs and hailstorm of thundering drums combine to beam a blazing spotlight towards the future of modern metal music.

“We’re doing our part to expose The Elite and the fingers they have in religion, media, governments and financial world downfall and their relationship to all of our extraterrestrial connections in the race to control this world,” comments vocalist / guitarist Matt Pike. “Wake up, it’s happening. All while we stare at a socially engineered lie we think of as normalcy. Unless we wake from the dream, there will come true doom.”

After nearly two decades of trailblazing new passageways to heaviness, HIGH ON FIRE’s strong, stunning archetype continues to both sharpen and evolve; the trio’s vision has never been clearer. The Riff, as always, is King.

Track listing:

1.) The Black Plot
2.) Carcosa
3.) The Sunless Years
4.) Slave the Hive
5.) The Falconist
6.) Dark Side of the Compass
7.) The Cave
8.) Luminiferous
9.) The Lethal Chamber

“I’m really happy High on Fire decided to come back to GodCity to do another album,” states producer and Converge guitarist, Kurt Ballou. “Having been a fan of theirs since The Art of Self Defense, the opportunity to collaborate with one of my favorite bands has truly been an honor.”

HIGH ON FIRE features Matt Pike (guitar, vocals), Des Kensel (drums) and Jeff Matz (bass).


High on Fire, “The Sunless Years” live at Saint Vitus Bar

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Fatso Jetson and Farflung to Release Split on Heavy Psych Sounds

Posted in Whathaveyou on April 2nd, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

Not the most obvious pairing to bring together desert legends Fatso Jetson and the more space-minded Farflung, but now that it’s been done, the idea of the two bands getting together seems like a no-brainer in terms of the potential results. Italian imprint Heavy Psych Sounds will have those results out in May on vinyl and CD, with preorders starting later this month. Seems fair to expect that the 200 vinyl copies will go.

For Fatso Jetson, this new split follows the Early Shapes split released in 2014 with Herba Mate (review here) that found the band pushing into comparatively languid textures, something Mario Lalli has said doesn’t necessarily portend things to come. It’ll be the first new music from Farflung in a longer while, their last full-length being 2008’s A Wound in Eternity, though 2012 saw them issue splits with Black Rainbows and similarly underrated New York troupe White Hills — a release that should’ve been called “Got Here a Decade Early, Sorry About That,” but ultimately carried another title.

Black Rainbows guitarist/vocalist Gabriele Fiori being the driving force behind Heavy Psych Sounds, a continued association between the label and Farflung makes sense, what with the space and the Hawkwind and the whathaveyou. The label made the announcement with due circumstance, and you can find it along with the cover art below:

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Heavy Psych Sounds Records is Stoked to announce the Desert/Space Split of the Century!


These two monsters of the psych scene together in a wonderful split record!!

The fathers of the Desert Rock meet the Space Rock Lords. 4 brand new tracks for about 30 minutes of unreleased music. Released in 200 Ltd clear blue vinyl / black vinyl / cd and digital. Out May 8, Presale Starts April 24 on www.heavypsychsounds.com

Distributed by: Cargo Germany, Goodfellas, All That’s Heavy , Cobraside, Shellshock Uk


Fatso Jetson, “Trans World Sleep”

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Blaak Heat Shujaa Post Live Video for “Anatolia”; Next LP in Pre-Production

Posted in Whathaveyou on April 1st, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

Very interested to hear what Los Angeles desert rockers Blaak Heat Shujaa come up with for their next album. Their second record and first full-length on Tee Pee, The Edge of an Era (review here), is just about two years old at this point, and with their having recently switched out bassists, bringing on board Tom Davies, formerly of Nebula and currently also of The Freeks, I’m expecting good things to come from the three-piece, who manage to blend technical intricacy and psychedelic vibing in a way that detracts from neither.

Their next LP, yet untitled, is currently in pre-production, which I guess is something one does when working with the likes of Matt Hyde, who’s about as “real producer” as real producers come while still retaining an understanding of the sonically weird. No word yet on a release date, but the trio have put the new instrumental track “Anatolia” to use in a band-performing-in-a-dark-room video by longtime associates Andrew Baxter and Cole Jenkins, and while I’m pretty sure the recording is live, the sound is studio-clear so it’s easy to get a feel for what they’re doing in the relatively quick four-minute track.

And as you make your way there (the video’s at the bottom of this post, if I haven’t said that yet), take special note of the fact that the announcement of the clip’s arrival comes with the band mentioned as Blaak Heat only, no Shujaa. They haven’t said anything one way or another that I’ve seen, but I can’t help but wonder if a name change isn’t in the works or if one’s already taken place. Will let you know when I know.

Till then:

blaak heat shujaa (Photo by Steve Thill)

BLAAK HEAT unleashes new song and video, “ANATOLIA”

Los Angeles-based, American-British-French psych rockers BLAAK HEAT have released footage of a live performance for a new song, “Anatolia”. Shot at Helena Markos’s Tanz Akademie by BLAAK HEAT official filmmakers Andrew Baxter and Cole Jenkins, the video is the band’s first officially released material since 2013.

BLAAK HEAT recently announced the arrival of new bass player Tom Davies (Nebula, The Freeks) and is currently in pre-production for its new album with Grammy Award winning-producer Matt Hyde (Slayer, Deftones).


Blaak Heat Shujaa, “Anatolia”

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Quarterly Review: Motherslug, Worshipper, Ape Machine, Churchburn, OMSQ, Unhold, The Heave-Ho, Crypt, Oceanwake, Lunar Electric

Posted in Reviews on March 31st, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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When I finished yesterday’s reviews, I felt suitably beat, but as ever, there was a bit of catharsis to it too. Today’s pile takes us all the way to the other end of the world and back again to my (relative) back yard, and then loops around one more time for good measure with a few stops in between. While I’m coherent enough to form sentences, you’ll pardon me if I get right to it.

Quarterly Review #11-20:

Motherslug, Motherslug

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If the name Motherslug or the cover art look familiar, it’s because the Melbourne double-guitar five-piece initially released their self-titled EP late in 2012 (review here). This NoSlip Records release, however, takes the tracks from that, couples them with cuts from Motherslug’s subsequent outing, a 2014 two-tracker called Three Kings in Darkness, and remasters both for vinyl as one 39-minute full-length. There’s a bit of progression evident in the newer cuts, “Trippin’ on Evil” and “Three Kings in Darkness,” but the LP smartly arranges them so that each ends its respective side, led into by two songs from the self-titled, so the impression is more that Motherslug are expanding their riffy, Southern-style sludge rock sound – which is still true, it just initially happened over two releases – rather than they’re mixing and matching different recordings. By the time you get to either, however, Motherslug will have already bowled over you with rolling, thick sludge riffs that could just as easily have come from Maryland or Virginia as Australia.

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NoSlip Records

Worshipper, Black Corridor/High Above the Clouds

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Allston(e) newcomers Worshipper make an accomplished-sounding debut with Black Corridor/High above the Clouds, two self-released tracks that mark their first release as a band. The two-guitar four-piece balance classic metal riffs and doom tendencies with soaring-style clean vocals and fast-moving grooves, as much Candlemass as High on Fire. “Black Corridor” wows with its solo but more with its hook, guitarist John Brookhouse and bassist Bob Maloney sharing vocals while Alejandro Necochea adds guitar and Dave Jarvis draws it all together on drums, and “High above the Clouds” adds some choice early-Dio “Egypt”-ology to the mix. It’s a sense of grandeur that’s neither overblown nor mishandled by the winding track, which coupled with its predecessor demonstrates Worshipper’s firm grip on a style melding heavy rock and metal into a take of their own, and a progression beginning that seems to have a definite idea of where it wants to end up. One can’t help but look forward to finding out.

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Worshipper on Bandcamp

Ape Machine, Live at Freak Valley

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Hard to think of a band from Portland, Oregon, these days as being underrated, but Ape Machine fit the bill all the same. The four-piece of vocalist Caleb Heinze, guitarist Ian Watts, bassist Brian True and drummer Damon de la Paz played Germany’s Freak Valley festival as part of a 2013 European tour in support of the then-recently-released Mangled by the Machine (review here), their third album and Ripple Music debut, and accordingly, most of what shows up on the 48-minute Live at Freak Valley comes from that record, later album cuts like the swaying “Strange are the People” and stomp-slide-fueled “Ruling with Intent” leading to a run through Mangled by the Machine’s first five tracks, in order, to close the set. With a cover of Deep Purple’s “Black Night” (something they also did on their second record) in tow with others from their first two records, Live at Freak Valley makes a solid intro to a group more people should know.

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Churchburn, The Awaiting Coffins

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A compilation that draws from Churchburn’s 2013 self-titled and two tracks recorded late in 2013/early in 2014 – opener “Embers of Human Ash” and the subsequent “V” – The Awaiting Coffins revels in its extremity of doom and no-light-shall-pass atmospherics. The duo of vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Dave Suzuki (ex-Vital Remains, among others) and Ray McCaffrey (ex-Sin of Angels) issue the CD/LP via Armageddon Shop, and while there are plenty of droning moments, acoustic interludes and stretches of depressive noise, the Rhode Island outfit is primarily brutal. Suzuki, joined on vocals for the first two cuts by guitarist Kevin Curley and bassist Mike Cardoso, leads a pummeling charge in “V” that’s more death than death-doom, but far be it from me to quibble. For “Come Forth the Swarm,” the Sin of Angels cover “Crown of Fallen Kings” and “Kneel upon Charred Remnants,” it’s just McCaffrey and Suzuki, and the dynamic is different and the recording rawer, but the bleak territory being explored has a similar root. Add on an unlisted cover of Celtic Frost’s “Return to the Eve,” and The Awaiting Coffins is even more of a sure thing.

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Armageddon Shop

OMSQ, Thrust/Parry

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Instrumental save for some samples, spoken proclamations and field recordings, Thrust/Parry was released by Belgian outfit OMSQ in limited numbers via Navalorama Records on CD to mark the occasion of a late-2014 UK tour, and it showcases an outfit of rare sonic adventurousness. Progressive, heavy structures unfold across three overarching movements in the 68-minute whole of the album, which at any moment makes shifts between dense riffs and crashing drums and exploratory washes of noise sound not only smooth but fitting, culminations like “North Sea” and 16-minute closer “4:48” as much about finishing a story as providing a sonic payoff, each cut serving not only the movement of which it’s component, but also the overarching flow of the record as whole. Stylistically wide open an unhindered by genre constraints, Thrust/Parry is a challenging listen that satisfies in proportion to how much one is willing to shift along with its changes in mood and style. Evocative throughout, it proves more than worth the effort.

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Navalorama Records

Unhold, Towering

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Swiss five-piece Unhold trace their lineage back to an early-‘90s demo, but Towering (on Czar of Crickets) is their fourth album since their 2001 full-length debut, Walking Blackwards, and their first offering in seven years since Gold Cut in 2008. Something of an unexpected return from the Bern troupe, then, but not unwelcome, their Neurosis-influenced post-hardcore/post-metal finding renewed expression in the moody unfolding of “I Belong” or the tense bellow of the later, keyboard-infused “Hydra,” moments of triumph in ambient/crushing tradeoffs of “Voice Within” as guitarists Thomas Tschuor and Philipp Thöni step back and pianist Miriam Wolf takes lead vocals for a movement almost Alcest-like in its melodic course. Drummer Daniel Fischer and bassist Leo Matkovic are less a foundation than part of Towering’s nodding, modern-proggy whole, and it probably works better that way in smoothing out the various turns in extended pieces like the title-track or “Dawn,” which provides the apex of the album with the calmer “Ascending” and “Death Dying” as an epilogue.

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Czar of Crickets

The Heave-Ho, Dead Reckoning

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Three words: Rock and roll. With Boston four-piece The Heave-Ho, it’s less about subgenre and more about paying homage to a classic ideal of straightforward expression. Dead Reckoning, the debut full-length from the lineup of guitarist/vocalist Pete Valle (ex-Quintaine Americana), bassist Keith “Barry” Schleicher (ex-Infernal Overdrive), drummer Dylan Wilson and lead guitarist Lawrence O’Toole, is eight songs (plus a closing radio edit, presumably for WEMF) of unpretentious rendition, steady in its delivery of grown-up-punker hooks and barroom rock such that, when Valle calls for “guitar!” prior to the solo in “Buffalo,” it’s entirely without irony or cynicism. Would be hard for “Thirsty Jesus” not to be a highlight on its title alone, but the lyrics also hold up. With a clean production style, centerpiece moment of clarity in “Afraid to Die,” and particularly riotous finish in “The Line,” Dead Reckoning has little use for stylistic nuance and a confident delivery across the board. Drunk as it is, it does not stumble.

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Crypt, Kvlt MMXIV

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Though Adelaide three-guitar six-piece Crypt title their debut release Kvlt MMXIV, it’s actually a Jan. 2015 release, a half-hour’s worth of stoner chicanery pressed up in a recycled-material digipak with a fold-out liner poster – the lyrics, yes, are written in a rune font – and the disc held in place by a piece of cork. The presentation of the songs themselves is no less off the wall, the lumbering “Green Butter” taking hold from the crust-raw opener “Siberian Exile” with unhinged low-end, drum stomp and some deceptively subtle airy guitar, and the weirdo blues howl of the following “These Last Days” only broadens the scope. Seems fair to say “expect the unexpected” since so much effort has been put into throwing off the frame of reference, but as the fuzz of “Idle Minds” and ambience into righteous groove of closer “Dead River” show, Crypt have more working in their favor than variety for its own sake, namely a fire in their delivery that burns away any slim chance this material had of sounding stale.

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Oceanwake, Sunless

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Ferocious death-doom meets with melodic atmospheres on Oceanwake’s second album, Sunless – a title that’s not quite a full summary of what the Finnish five-piece have on offer throughout the four tracks/44 minutes. Opener “The Lay of an Oncoming Storm,” also the longest cut at 15:35 (immediate points), shifts back and forth between lumbering brutality and sparse guitar atmospherics, and while one waits for the inevitable clean vocals that would put Oceanwake in league with countrymen Swallow the Sun, they don’t come yet. Instead, the track explodes into crashes and screams. Ten-minute closer “Ephemeral” holds the most satisfying build, but between the two, “Parhelion” (9:09) and “Avanturine” (8:03) manage to remind of the particular melancholic beauty of death-doom – including some of those melodic vocals – and how resonant its contrast of light and dark can be when held together by an emotional core as resonant as that of Oceanwake. Sunless is gorgeous and devastating, and not necessarily alternating between the two.

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ViciSolum Productions on Bandcamp

Lunar Electric, Lunar Electric


While one struggles not to be skeptical of any release in this day and age that opens with a “Radio Edit,” I won’t discount the quality of songwriting L.A.-based Lunar Electric display throughout their self-titled EP. Now a duo driven by guitarist/vocalist Dre DiMura, the band is highly-stylized but brims with a classic heavy rock swagger in “Bread and Circuses” (the aforementioned radio edit) and the subsequent “Moonlight,” a steady swing emerging in layers of heavy riffing and DiMura’s own croon, pushed ahead by the straightforward drumming of Kaleen Reading and the low-end heft of bassist Geena Spigarelli. They make a solid trio across “Moonlight” and “Sleepwaker,” which follows with its chugging break foreshadowing closer “Crossfire Child” (video premiere here) while building a tension of its own, though it seems unlikely that whatever Lunar Electric do next will have the same lineup because of geographic spread. Too bad. While young, and somewhat brooding, Lunar Electric nonetheless offer up a work of marked potential in their EP’s quick 17-minute span.

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Slow Season Premiere “Wasted Years” Video; Tour Dates Announced

Posted in Bootleg Theater on March 31st, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Visalia, California, four-piece Slow Season made their debut on RidingEasy Records late last year with their second album, Mountains (review here), and they’ve been hitting it ever since. Earlier this month, they were out with labelmates The Well and made a stop at SXSW, and in April they’ll be playing with Joy for Record Store Day before launching a US tour in May that starts with Grizzly Fest — held at the Fresno Grizzlies minor league stadium — alongside Fuzz, and a slot the next day at Psycho California with PentagramSleep and about a million others. Not a bad way to launch a tour, and they’ll play with the likes of Mothership, BlackoutZedGoyaHot Lunch and Sons of Huns on the road as well, so it’s not like it’s a letdown after the first two nights either.

There’s a reason I start with touring, and it’s because on tour is also where Slow Season filmed their new video for the song “Wasted Years” from Mountains. You’ll see banners for The Grotto in Fort Worth and The Lost Well in Austin as the four-piece of Hayden Doyel (bass), Daniel Rice (vocals/guitar), Cody Tarbell (drums) and David Kent (guitar) switch between one show and another the song, suitably enough, remaining the same all the while. The clip has a humble, DIY vibe — no computer graphics, no fancy production other than some snappy editing — but it fits with the natural vibe of the track itself, with its catchy but not beat-you-over-the-head-with-the-chorus hook and steady, welcoming roll. As vibes go, Slow Season‘s is an easy one to dig into, organic but unpretentious, and mindful of songwriting even more than aesthetic.

They were recently in the studio again, though I’m not sure to what end, but if I hear of a new release I’ll let you know. In the meantime, enjoy the clip for “Wasted Years” below, followed by the dates for Slow Season‘s upcoming tour:

Slow Season, “Wasted Years” official video


**STARS & BARS TOUR 2015**
5/16 – Grizzly Fest, Fresno w/ FUZZ
5/17 – Psycho CA, Santa Ana w/ Om, Sleep, Pentagram, Earthless, Pallbearer, BANG!, Radio Moscow, and more!
5/18 – Sweet Springs, Los Osos •¥
5/19 – Blue Lagoon, Santa Cruz •¥
5/20 – El Rio, San Francisco w/ Hot Lunch •
5/21 – Rock Bar, w/ Zed •¥
5/22 – The Know, Portland w/ Sons of Huns •
5/23 – Christo’s, Salem w/ Sons of Huns •
5/25 – Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City w/ Red Telephone
5/26 – Three Kings Tavern, Denver w/ Cloud Catcher
5/27 – Foam, Kansas City
5/28 – The Scene, St. Louis +
5/29 – Cobra Lounge, Chicago +*
5/30 – Louie’s, Kalamazoo +*
5/31 – TBA, Columbus ¥
6/1 – TBA, Nashville ¥
6/2 – TBA, Birmingham ¥
6/3 – TBA, Memphis ¥
6/4 – The Blue Note, OKC ¥
6/5 – Double Wide, Dallas ¥
6/6 – The Lost Well, Austin ¥
6/8 – TBA, Santa Fe
6/9 – TBA, Phoenix w/ Goya
6/10 – Brick by Brick w/ Great Electric Quest, Red Wizard, LOOM
•w/ Blackout
+w/ Dead Feathers
*w/ Bone Hawk
¥ w/ Mothership

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Sun and Sail Club to Release The Great White Dope in May

Posted in Whathaveyou on March 25th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Following up on the project’s 2013 debut, Mannequin (discussed here), Sun and Sail Club will issue their sophomore outing, The Great White Dope, in May, and as you can hear in the teaser clip below, there are some major changes in store. Foremost, where they were formerly a mostly-instrumental trio with some vocoder work by guitarist/project-spearhead Bob Balch — joined in the band by his Fu Manchu bandmate, drummer Scott Reeder, as well as bassist Scott Reeder of Kyuss/The Obsessed/Fireball Ministry fame; living the dream of an all-Scott Reeder rhythm section — they’ve now brought aboard vocalist Tony Cadena, aka Tony Adolescent of The Adolescents, and adopted a suitably punkish mentality.

All in good fun, of course. The idea behind Sun and Sail Club was experimental from the very beginning, so it seems reasonable that would extend to the range of style the band actually plays. Balch offers some comment on the new album in the below info, hoisted from the PR wire:

sun and sail club the great white dope

Sun & Sail Club Announce New Album “The Great White Dope” out May 2015

Sophomore LP features members of Fu Manchu, Kyuss, The Obsessed and Tony Adolescent!

SUN AND SAIL CLUB is a band that features Bob Balch on guitar (FU MANCHU), Scott Reeder on drums (FU MANCHU, SMILE), Scott Thomas Reeder on bass (KYUSS, FIREBALL MINISTRY, THE OBSESSED) AND NOW punk legend Tony Adolescent (THE ADOLESCENTS) on vocals.

When asked how Tony became part of the equation Balch replies…

“On the last record ‘Mannequin’ I recorded all the vocals using my guitar and a vocoder. I’m a big fan on Kraftwerk and Black Moth Super Rainbow and that album reflects that 100%. On this record I wanted to hear a singer. My first idea was Tony from THE ADOLESCENTS. I grew up listening to them. FU MANCHU covered their song “Things Start Moving” and he came up and sang it with us in Orange County. I watched that footage and was way into his voice with our sound. Not to mention his lyrics too! He rules.”

“I had a few riffs floating around, nowhere near a full record. I contacted Tony and he agreed to sing on the record. He hadn’t even heard one note! Once I read that response I was super pumped and wrote almost the entire record in 3 hours with his vocals in mind. The end result is a record that is super inspired and aggressive with songs that get right to the point.”

On the recording process Balch reveals…

“I always wanted to make a record that was punk influenced with big drums and fuzzy guitars. Like ‘What if the BAD BRAINS had to play a set on FU MANCHU’s gear?'”

“I sent the tunes to Reeder (drummer) and then drove up to Orange County to demo them. We jammed once and then we were in the studio the following week to track drums and rhythm guitars. We went with our buddy Andrew Giacumakis’ studio to record drums and rhythm guitars. We got him to mix too. His ears are impeccable. He plays in a band named MOAB and we love the tones he gets. He recorded drums, bass and mixed the last FU MANCHU record “Gigantoid” as well. Then we had Carl Saff at Saff Mastering master the record. He mastered the MOAB stuff and that stuff sounds massive!”

“From there I went to “The Racket Room” to get some vocals with Tony Adolescent and Jim Monroe at the board. Jim recorded guitars on the last FU MANCHU record and recorded the ADOLESCENTS a bunch of times so that decision made perfect sense.”

“Then I headed out to the desert to record leads and bass at Scott Reeder’s “Sanctuary.” It was always my intention and always will be my intention to record there. Not only because Reeder gets the best guitar, bass and drum tones ever, but also that way he can watch me fumble through the tracks on bass then annihilate my tracks by recording some of his own.”

The end result is a record that sounds massive and inspired. How could it not, given the members involved?

SUN AND SAIL CLUB “The Great White Dope” will be released May, 2015.

* Album layout by Peder Bergstrand (Lowrider, I Are Droid), Artwork by Helen Green

Pre-order “The Great White Dope” here!

“The Great White Dope” Track List:
1. Krokodil Dental Plan
2. Dresden Fireball Freakout Flight
3. Baba Yaga Bastard Patrol
4. Migraine With A Chainsaw Reduction
5. Level Up & Shut It Down
6. Fever Blister & The Great White Dope
7. Full Tilt Panic
8. Alien Rant Factory
9. Inside Traitor Outside View
10. Cypherpunk Roulette

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Sun and Sail Club, Album Teaser #2

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