The Hazytones Touring Next Month; Playing SXSW and More

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 15th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

THE HAZYTONES

Canadian trio The Hazytones will be taking their heavy psychedelic cultistry on the road next month, heading south to swing their way into Texas for a couple dates at SXSW, including the SX Stoner Jam that seems to have become the epicenter of March heavy touring in the States. To get there, they’ll make their way down the East Coast beforehand, stopping in Brooklyn and Philly en route to North Carolina — that’s about eight and a half hours in the car, by the way — and on to New Orleans and Austin from there. A couple brutal rides, it seems, but they go supporting the worthy cause of their second album, II: Monarchs of Oblivion (review here), which came out this past Fall on Ripple Music, so they should have plenty to keep them motivated along the way.

Plus it’s warm in Austin. That should help too.

They head back north via Memphis, Chicago, and Lansing, Michigan, then wrap with dates in Hamilton and Toronto before getting back to Montreal. It’s a good run, and a smart one. They’ll do well.

Dates and whatnot came down the PR wire:

the hazytones tour poster

The Hazytones tour

Formed in 2015, The Hazytones’ shadowy sound is the epitome of a “hazy tone”. The band’s black acid-drenched shock rock drips with harmonies that harken back to the trippiest of late 60’s psych and its chained-to-the brain hooks bleed with a palpable, eerie energy that surges and swings in equal measure. Live is where the band really finds its swagger, flinging themselves around the stage and converting new disciples with each and every performance. With full European and North American tours already under their belts, The Hazytones are a developing band on the rise, who delivered a sweeping salvo with the release of their substantial sophomore LP, II: Monarchs of Oblivion.

The Hazytones live:
03.08 Lucky 13 Brooklyn NY
03.09 Astromonster Records Philadelphia PA
03.10 The Milestone Club Charlotte NC
03.11 Santos Bar New Orleans LA
03.12 Kick Butt Cafe Austin TX
03.14 Spider House SX Stoner Jam Austin TX
03.15 The Mix San Antonio TX
03.16 Kick Butt Cafe Gravity Fest Austin TX
03.17 The Growlers Memphis TN
03.18 Reggies Chicago IL
03.19 Displaced Manor Lansing MI
03.20 This Ain’t Hollywood Hamilton ON
03.21 Cherry Cola’s Toronto ON

The Hazytones are:
Mick Martel – guitar/vocals
Adam Gilbert – bass/backing vocals
Antoine St-Germain – drums

https://www.facebook.com/TheHazytones/
http://www.twitter.com/TheHazytones/
https://www.instagram.com/thehazytones/
https://thehazytones.bandcamp.com/releases
https://www.facebook.com/theripplemusic/
ripplemusic.bandcamp.com

The Hazytones, II: Monarchs of Oblivion (2018)

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Gone Cosmic to Release Sideways in Time April 9

Posted in Whathaveyou on January 30th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

gone cosmic

There’s no audio to go with this post. I even looked for some crappy YouTube clip of Calgary’s Gone Cosmic, who played their first show last May and are set to deliver their full-length debut, Sideways in Time, April 9 through Kozmik Artifactz. Nothing there either. So I guess you’re gonna have to take my word for it this time. I’ve heard the record. I probably wouldn’t post about it otherwise, though the cover art is plenty nifty, a Kozmik Artifactz release comes with a fair amount of trust behind it and the band has members of Chron Goblin involved, so okay, yeah, maybe I would post about it anyway.

But I don’t need to. I’ve heard the record. It’s right on, and once some audio does get out from ahead of the Springtime release, as audio invariably does in this track-premiere-minded universe, I have little doubt you’ll agree. But it’s early, so we’re not there yet. The galaxy wasn’t built in a day. You gotta be patient with this stuff sometimes.

In the interim, here’s that cover and a likewise nifty band bio, plus links where you can keep an eye out:

gone cosmic sideways in time

Gone Cosmic – Sideways in Time – April 9

Sideways In Time, the debut album from Gone Cosmic, was recorded in September 2018 at OCL Studios. Produced, recorded and mixed by Josh Rob Gwilliam, Sideways In Time is a diverse and ambitious first release navigating the celestial highs and primordial lows of gravity-defying anthems. Hypnotic psych-rock pulses meet electromagnetic solar-powered soul on feature tracks such as pummeller ‘Deadlock’, galactic trip ‘Misfit Wasted’, and interstellar odyssey ‘Faded Release’.

Championed by a soaring songstress Abbie Thurgood (The Torchettes), whose boldly evocative tones recall Skunk Anansie chanteuse Skin and Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard, and accompanied by an agile and aggressive psych-rock outfit, composed of guitarist Devin “Darty” Purdy (Chron Goblin), bass player Brett Whittingham (Chron Goblin), percussionist Marcello Castronuovo (Witchstone), Gone Cosmic has carved out an expansive domain that stretches from sweltering Southern sludge pits to breath-stealing sonic spacewalks.

A blood (orange)-scented breeze that bows the trees, Gone Cosmic chases the infinite haze from the skies and puts it right back in your eyes. Groove-mining breakdowns become the stuff of legend as the four pieces’ floor-thudding tail kick and hellfire halo holler originates a whole that is far more potent than the sum of its individual elements. Meet your new astromancers, the phase-shifting and hard-rocking force that channels the empyreal sounds of heaven on Earth.

Tracklisting:
1. Dazed
2. Deadlock
3. Siren
4. Faded Release
5. Turbulent
6. Misfit Wasted
7. Bear The Weight
8. My Design

Gone Cosmic is:
Abbie Thurgood
Devin Purdy
Brett Whittingham
Marcello Castronuovo

https://www.facebook.com/gonecosmic/
https://www.instagram.com/gonecosmic/
https://gonecosmic.bandcamp.com
http://kozmik-artifactz.com/
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Tunic Premiere “Dry Heave” Video from Debut Album Complexion out Feb. 8

Posted in Bootleg Theater on January 29th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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Press (or click, as it were) play on Tunic‘s debut album, Complexion, and the assault is immediate. The Winnipeg three-piece of guitarist/vocalist David Schellenberg, bassist Rory Ellis and drummer Sam Neal (since replaced by Dan Unger) open the 11-track Self Sabotage Records offering with “Nothing Nothing,” and the will to pummel is right there, right up front, and no less visceral than the shouts that top the tense and angular riffs. Shades of post-hardcore and noise rock come together in the spirit of cooperative aggression, and the clenched-fist, gritted-teeth riotousness only abates after the initial salvo of “Nothing Nothing,” “Envious,” “Getting Sick” and “Evan” leads to “Sand,” which even though it’s 56 seconds of feedback, still feels like a respite by the time it arrives. Punch punch punch, kick kick kick, ouch ouch ouch.

“Dry Heave,” for which the band has a new video premiering below, is the centerpiece of this quick-moving monument to disaffection, and at 3:06, it’s also the longest song on Complexion. They use that “extra” time relative to most of the other tracks in order to tunic complexionopen up the proceedings of the verse a bit and let the drums hold the tension along with the bass as the guitar comes and goes. II don’t know if the vocals there have extra bite or not, but the fact that they’re not coinciding with a rush of guitar certainly makes it seem that way, and the finish — especially with the striking image of the three of them ducking under water — feels particularly troubled, whether or not it may have been meant to convey the sensation of dry heaving. Side B picks up with “Blessed,” which kicks the guitar into emergency-mode quickly, and resumes the cacophonous spirit into the sharp corners of “Empty Hands” (second longest at 3:02), which slows down somewhat but builds to a violent wash of crash at its finish. After the interlude “Paper,” the closing duo of “Pores” — which, of course, includes some guest sax — and “Frontal Lobe” round out with a reaffirmation of the prior intensity and the skillful control with which it’s been wielded all along.

While Neal double-times the hi-hat, Schellenberg spaces out the guitar a bit at the end, but of course by then Complexion‘s foremost impression is set in the scathe elicited earlier. There’s method behind it, though, and wherever it might reside in terms of genre, the passionate underpinning in the record makes Tunic‘s intention toward catharsis plain to hear. You might get out of breath, and it might be because you’re trying to keep up, but even if they run circles around you, understand that there’s a reason they’re doing so.

European tour dates have been announced and can be see in the poster under video player below, as well as a couple Midwestern US shows listed. Album is out Feb. 8, and you can read more about it in the PR wire info that follows.

Enjoy “Dry Heave”:

Tunic, “Dry Heave” official video premiere

Tunic is born of spite. After years of touring someone else’s bass lines across the globe, David Schellenberg was told he wasn’t good enough. So he did the only logical thing: buy a guitar, quit your long-time band, and abandon everything you think you know about music. Armed with no skill and a blissfully ignorant embrace of discordant noise, Schellenberg started crafting songs, quickly enlisting childhood acquaintance Sam Neal on drums and roommate Rory Ellis on bass.

Over the past 4 years and half a dozen d.i.y. releases, tunic has managed to unleash and tame their unique blend of noise rock and hardcore. Relentless touring has taken them across Canada, Europe and the States, filling clubs, basements, and abandoned prisons with noise. The band released the single “Teeth Showing” on Toronto’s Buzz Records in 2018, which they toured with new drummer Dan Unger.

Tunic’s debut album “Complexion” was recorded in six days in their hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba with Montreal-based engineer and producer Jace Lasek (Suuns, Land of Talk, Wolf Parade). Complexion picks up where previous releases left off; 11 songs of feedback-laden filth laid over churning blows of drum and bass. Harsh verses about hurting those you never meant to hurt; choruses that sever ties where you never thought you had to. This is unconventional hardcore. This is broken indie rock. This is naïve art.

Tunic live:
Feb 1, 2019 – The Handsome Daughter, Winnipeg, MB, CAN
Feb 11, 2019 – Magasin 4, Brussels BE
Feb 13, 2019 – Le Cirque Electrique, Paris FR
Feb 14, 2019 – Raymond Bar, Clermont Ferrand, FR
Feb 15, 2019 – Le Farmer, Lyon, FR
Feb 16, 2019 – Joe Koala, Bergamo, ITA
Feb 18, 2019 – Freakout, Bologna, ITA
Feb 19, 2019 – Osteria Al Castello, Chiuppano, ITA
Feb 20, 2019 – Magazzino Paralello, Cesena, ITA
Feb 21, 2019 – Eterotopia, San Giuliano Milanese, ITA
Feb 22, 2019 – G.O.B., Viareggio, ITA
Feb 24, 2019 – 100-as Klub, Budapest, HU
Feb 25, 2019 – Dvorana Gustaf, Maribor, SLO
Feb 26, 2019 – Fluc, Vienna, AU
Feb 27, 2019 – Eternia, Prague, CZ
Feb 28, 2019 – Bajkazyl Brno, Brno, CZ
Mar 01, 2019 – Ann and Pet, Linz, AU
Mar 02, 2019 – Alte Hyovereinsbank, Oettingen, DE
Mar 03, 2019 – Secret show, Sulzbach-Rosenberg, DE
Mar 04, 2019 – Dynamo, Zurich, CH
Mar 07, 2019 – Capri Bar, Breman, DE
Mar 09, 2019 – Le Petit Bitu, Namur, BE
Mar 13, 2019 – SXSW, Austin, TX
Mar 14, 2019 – SXSW, Austin, TX
Mar 15, 2019 – SXSW, Austin, TX
Mar 16, 2019 – SXSW, Austin, TX
April 16, 2019 – 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis, MN*
April 17, 2019 – Vaudeville Mews, Des Moines, IA*
April 18, 2019 – Gabe’s, Iowa City, IA*
April 19, 2019 – Art-in, Madison, WI*
April 20, 2019 – X-Ray Arcade, Milwaukee, WI*
* w/ Blessed

tunic on this record is:
Rory Ellis
Sam Neal
David Schellenberg

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Tunic website

Self Sabotage Records on Bandcamp

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Tumbleweed Dealer Catalog to Be Reissued; TDIII: Tokes, Hatred & Caffeine Preorder Available

Posted in Whathaveyou on January 24th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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I’ll admit that Tumbleweed Dealer‘s TDIII: Tokes, Hatred and Caffeine got by me when it was first released in 2016. No excuse; I keep telling you I suck at this. Fortunately, British Columbia-based Coup Sur Coup Records is stepping up to help those such as myself by reissuing the Montreal instrumental trio’s third long-player, and indeed their entire back catalog, one at a time, in limited numbers. It marks the first physical edition of the 12-track, mellow-but-still-awake strong>TDIII: Tokes, Hatred and Caffeine, and 40 tapes are being pressed. 40. Four zero. As in, preorders are up and if you want one, you might consider it time to make that happen before it’s actually out and gone.

There’s a teaser up, and you can stream all of Tumbleweed Dealer‘s multi-genre-informed fare at their Bandcamp page.

Coup Sur Coup label head Max Cayer sent the following over about the reissue program:

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Tumbleweed Dealer – TDIII: Tokes, Hatred and Caffeine

Coup Sur Coup Records is proud to announce the re-issue of Tumbleweed Dealer back catalog on cassette tapes, starting with the latest release, 2016’s TDIII: Tokes, Hatred And Caffeine.

Seb and I, we go way back. Although we never played in bands together, we shared jam spaces, and funnily enough, have replaced each other in many bands. In some instances, I replaced him on bass, other times he replaced me on bass.
Same thing with Jean-Francois, we go way back. As we met in high school, and my first real “metal” band was with him, again a long, long time ago.

It was only natural that at some point we ended up working together. I’ve always enjoyed what he was doing with Tumbleweed, and always intended to invite him to release something. It took a bit of convincing, Seb not being one to do things just for the sake of it, but I’m glad he came around. I was planning on bugging him relentlessly until he would have allowed me to re-release Tumbleweed Dealer’s back catalog anyways, as it deserves to be out there in other formats than just digital. This is some pretty unique sounding music, and it deserve to be put to tape.

So, for the first time in physical format, and limited to 40 copies, that are sure to sell out. Act quick.

Assembled, dubbed, printed in Castlegar, British Columbia.

Here’s the link to the pre-order https://coupsurcoup.bandcamp.com/album/tdiii-tokes-hatred-caffeine

Tumbleweed Dealer is:
Seb Painchaud – Guitars
Miguel Valade – Bass
Jean-Francois Richard – Drums

http://www.facebook.com/TumbleweedDealer
https://tumbleweeddealer420.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/coupsurcouprecords
http://www.instagram.com/coup_sur_coup_records
https://coupsurcoup.bandcamp.com/

Tumbleweed Dealer, TDIII: Tokes, Hatred and Caffeine reissue teaser

Tumbleweed Dealer, TDIII: Tokes, Hatred and Caffeine (2016)

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Ian Blurton’s Future Now Premiere “Space is Forever”

Posted in audiObelisk on January 17th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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Ian Blurton’s Future Now played their first show this past New Year’s Eve at Bovine Sex Club in their native Toronto. The project is spearheaded by its eponymous figure, whose career in bands and production goes back decades to his work in Change of Heart, who released their debut album in 1986. Along the way, Blurton has helmed outings for Blood Ceremony, Electric Magma, Cursed, The Weakerthans and a wide swath of others in just as wide a swath of genres, and as one might imagine, his new project benefits from an array of influences. Joined by guitarist Aaron Goldstein, bassist Anna Ruddick and drummer Glenn Milchem, Blurton elicits a vibe in the band’s first single, “Space is Forever,” that brings to mind the sharp-hewn indie quirk of Pinback while tapping into a classic heavy strut with its rhythm and a timeless melody that speaks to hours spent in sunshine and gives its progressive edge an accessible complement.

It does not feel happenstance, which is to say there’s more to come. Blurton will release a solo album in May titled Signals Through the Flames, and the band seems to be so formative that I’m not even sure if “Space is Forever” has anyone else playing on it, but the clearheadedness of its aesthetic moves — the way it drifts smoothly into echoes as it fades — tell the tale of more to come either way. I’ll go one step further and note that New Year’s Eve was like two and a half weeks ago, and I don’t think the four-piece lineup of Ian Blurton’s Future Now were around all that long before that, so there could well be some changes as they continue to take shape. They might, for instance, decide just to call themselves Future Now, since although born out of the Ian Blurton solo-project, they’re a full band now one way or the other. Whatever they end up calling themselves by the time Signals Through the Flames lands, “Space is Forever” is a catchy, tightly-structured but still laid back-feeling cut that sounds fresh even as it taps into familiar genre elements. The power of songwriting laid bare.

Whatever the coming months and beyond (that’s not to say “the future”) might bring for them — as of Twitter two days ago, they were recording a B-side for a new 7″, so it may well be that this song will feature there — I’m happy today to host the premiere of “Space is Forever,” which you’ll find on the ol’ Bandcamp embed below, followed by a few words from Blurton about the track and a couple Ontario live dates.

I hope you enjoy:

Ian Blurton on “Space is Forever”:

The song is about staring into the endless infinity of space and trying to find light in its darkness. It’s about days becoming nights and nights becoming days and the sun and moon leading us through them. It’s about pondering the planetary phases of the solar system and coming to the realization that the future is now.

Ian Blurton’s Future Now upcoming live shows:
Sat Jan 19 Toronto at The Horseshoe Tavern – Biblical, Whoop-Szo, IBFN
Sat Feb 2 Hamilton at This Ain’t Hollywood – Not Of, IBFN, Mount Cyanide

Future Now (the band) has been put together to play shows in support of Ian’s upcoming solo record (Signals Through The Flames, due out in May) and two pre-LP tracks of which Space is Forever is one. They consist of Toronto heavy hitters Glenn Milchem on drums (Holy Fuck/Starvin’ Hungry), Anna Ruddick on bass (Randy Bachman) and Aaron Goldstein on flying V (Daniel Romano) backing Ian, a 35+ year veteran of the Toronto music scene as a musician and producer (Cursed, Tricky Woo, Blood Ceremony).

Ian Blurton on Twitter

Ian Blurton on Bandcamp

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Gypsy Chief Goliath Premiere “Stranger Desires” Lyric Video; Masters of Space and Time out Feb. 22

Posted in Bootleg Theater on January 10th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

Gypsy Chief Goliath (photo by Syx Langemann)

When one thinks of Gypsy Chief Goliath, one thinks of Al ‘Yeti’ Bones, and when one thinks of Al ‘Yeti’ Bones, one thinks of burl. Across two decades of work in bands like Mister BonesThe Georgian SkullThe Mighty Nimbus and, briefly, Serpents of SecrecyBones has been the dude bringing the dudeliness to maximum burl factor. And yet, in “Stranger Desires” from Gypsy Chief Goliath‘s fourth album, Masters of Space and Time — due out Feb. 22 on Kozmik Artifactz — he takes a more melodic approach rather than bellowing out with the gruffness he’s shown in the past. A softer side? Not really with those riffs behind him, but what the band are doing with “Stranger Desires” is taking on more of a classic heavy rock sound than they’ve had in the past — even 2016’s Citizens of Nowhere (review here) kept up the thread — and as one can hear in the track below, it suits them well.

Of course, with six dudes listed in the lineup — curiously, only five appear in the photo above; an invisible keyboardist would also be a nod to classic heavy rock — as guitarists Dustin Black and John Serio, bassist Darren Brush, drummer Adam Saitti and key-specialist Mark Calcott join Bones in this revamped mission, it’s not just about the guitarist/vocalist positioned in the center of the stage. Gypsy Chief Goliath seem to be making this semi-departure as a group. On “Stranger Desires,” with organ running alongside the guitar, they tap into proto-metal in style while keeping to a modernist impact in terms of the production, and ’70s rock and ’80s metal collide with a fervent rhythmic push through a chorus that edges close to poppy in its affect. Make your way through the song two or three times and you’re going to start to hear some of the depth to it. The first listen? All about the change. The second? All about the hook. But one or two more and you start to hear weird things going on that are both exciting and new for the band.

I haven’t heard all of Masters of Space and Time, just this track, so I can’t comment on how well it might showcase the album as a whole, but Bones says in the quote below it’s a “fitting introduction,” so it may well be that this evolution is playing out across the entire offering. If so, right on. It certainly works here.

Please find “Stranger Desires” premiering in the lyric video below, followed by more info from the PR wire.

And please enjoy:

Gypsy Chief Goliath, “Stranger Desires” lyric video premiere

GYPSY CHIEF GOLIATH’s Al Yeti Bones offers of the single, “’Stranger Desires’ is a tune about strange times. Simple. Lyrically, without getting political, because that is not my forte, it’s just to be interpreted loosely as weird times we live in, and that’s it. What we seem to appreciate on a global scale in terms of needs; entertainment and mainstream media and how the two have been cross-pollinated to unglue a lot of information and dirty the lines between fact and fiction. Realistically speaking I guess it’s always been this way. Nothing is new there. The lyrics are vague regarding specific topics, as I would hate to offend anyone, as I’m Canadian and too nice of a guy. But the tune itself, is the first thing we’ve put out in a few years and I felt this would be a fitting introduction to the new album. It’s different than previous work, but I hope people dig it! Crank it!”

Kozmik Artifactz will release Masters Of Space And Time on LP, CD, and all digital services worldwide on February 22nd.

GYPSY CHIEF GOLIATH Live:

1/12/2019 Call The Office – London, ON w/ White Swan
1/25/2019 Dominion House – Windsor, ON
3/02/2019 Willie Johns Big Easy – Niagara Falls, ON
3/16/2019 Dominion House – Windsor, ON *record release show

GYPSY CHIEF GOLIATH:
Al Yeti Bones – vocals, guitars
Adam Saitti – drums
Darren Brush – bass
Dustin Black – guitars
John Serio – guitars
Mark Calcott – keyboards

Gypsy Chief Goliath website

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Gypsy Chief Goliath on Instagram

Kozmik Artifactz website

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Heron and Seven Nines and Tens Split Tape Available Now

Posted in Whathaveyou on January 4th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

Tonight in Vancouver, Seven Nines and Tens and Heron will play the release show for a new split tape on Coup Sur Coup Records that’s been given the title, Passages of the Pacific Northwest. The label’s Bandcamp page has 10 handmade copies available, at least one of which was gone before this morning. The bands will each also have 10 copies for sale at the show, which is to be held at Astoria Hastings, and that seems to be it for the pressing. Well, you know I’m a sucker for a ultra-limited tape, so here we are. 30 copies definitely hits that standard.

Fortunately, even if you’re not the Walkman type, the label — which also released a varied noise/ambient comp called Feedback Through a Magnifying Glass Volume I that boasted a few familiar names — is streaming the release in full, and you can make your own passage at the bottom of this post.

The show is put on by The Collective Agency. Info follows:

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Vancouver Avantgarde-Jazz-Stoner Metal Masters Seven Nines and Tens return to Astoria Hastings on January 4th with HERON, Lucia, and The Ship Of.

Doors @ 8pm
Bands @ 9pm
$10 in ADV at Red Cat Records or from the bands
$13 at the Door

Split is: High-bias cassette tape, of random colours, dubbed one by one in Castlegar, BC. Includes unreleased material and songs never released on physical format. Only 10 copies available here, and both bands will have 10 copies at their joint show January 4th 2019!

1. Heron – Tears of the Sun 05:57
2. Heron – Parallels of a Knife 07:03
3. Heron – Uncomfortable Silences 07:38
4. Seven Nines And Tens – Castles on St-Clair’s Beach ( Unreleased song ) 05:06
5. Seven Nines And Tens – Rave Up (Live) 06:11
6. Seven Nines And Tens – Kemptville (Live) 02:55

Coup Sur Coup also recently issued the compilation “Feedback Through A Magnifying Glass Volume I” featuring Kevin Hugnagel, J.D. Pinkus, Vision Eternel and others. Available here.

http://www.sevenninesandtens.com/
sevenninesandtens.bandcamp.com

https://www.facebook.com/herondoom
https://heronvan.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/coupsurcouprecords
http://www.instagram.com/coup_sur_coup_records
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Heron & Seven Nines and Tens, Passages of the Pacific Northwest

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Rough Spells Sign to DHU Records; Debut Album out This Year

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

DHU Records has announced the pickup of Toronto-based cultists Rough Spells, who issued their debut EP, Modern Kicks for the Solitary Witch — please tell me they got the title out of an alternative-lifestyle shoe catalog that was trying to be hip; even if it’s not true and I’m sure it isn’t, please just let me believe it — last summer. Tapes were pressed just last month through Hoove Child Records, and DHU will present the as-yet-untitled long-player sometime before the end of 2019, which is pretty much now. I like the fact that the signing was the result of an Instagram comment and the mysterious interference of a dude named Reggie (please also let me believe it was Reggie Jackson; I’ve got a whole narrative going here), and it seems like all manner of witchly doom is set to unfold, so cool by me. I’ll admit their signing is the first I’m hearing of the band, so I look forward to digging in.

If you’re in a similar situation, you can check out the EP at the bottom of this post, courtesy of the band’s Bandcamp. The announcement came, of course, from the PR wire:

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DHU Records signs Rough Spells to release debut full length in 2019

DHU Records is thrilled to announce the signing of Toronto, Canada’s Dysfunctional/Doom outfit Rough Spells!

When in the summer of 2018 DHU Records first was introduced to Rough Spells via a comment on Instagram, a spell was cast and the stars started to align.

A man by the name of Reggie, who is an acquaintance of the band, sent DHU a message informing he’ll be in Amsterdam for a week and would love for us to hear this record nobody had yet heard of outside of Canadian borders.

With only 2 songs available on Soundcloud and a 6 song LP that was in existence but only sold locally, we thought it wise to spread this outstanding classic to the world through the vinyl community, and so it did, like wildfire!

Since then they opened a Facebook account, put their record titled “Modern Kicks for the Solitary Witch” up on Bandcamp and Spotify so listeners can now fully enjoy these 6 powerful incantations and at DHU we are over the top excited to be working with them!

DHU Records will release Rough Spells as of yet untitled Debut Full Length in 2019 on Limited Edition vinyl

STAY DOOMED STAY HEAVY

Rough Spells:
Sarena Sairan: Vocals/Guitar
Maija Martin: Guitar/Vocals
Dave Lucas: Bass
Tobey Black: Drums

https://www.facebook.com/Rough-Spells-441982039657307/
https://www.instagram.com/roughspells/
https://roughspells.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/DHURecords/
https://www.instagram.com/dhu_records/
https://twitter.com/dhu_records
https://darkhedonisticunionrecords.bandcamp.com/
darkhedonisticunionrecords.bigcartel.com/

Rough Spells, Modern Kicks for the Solitary Witch (2018)

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