Green Yeti: Preorders for Desert Show Start June 2

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 23rd, 2017 by JJ Koczan

If you’ve been following along the saga of Athenian heavy rockers Green Yeti this Spring, you already know that the three-piece signed to Cursed Tongue Records earlier this month to issue their second album in as many years, Desert Show, on vinyl, merely days after giving it an independent digital release on April 21 and merely days before embarking on their first-ever round of tour dates on May 3. It’s been a busy time, to put it mildly.

The story looks set to continue into summer as Cursed Tongue has set an Aug. 21 release for the Desert Show LP and will launch preorders for the limited vinyl on June 2. There are three editions available that you can see in the banner below, and if you’re wondering, Central European Time is five hours ahead of Eastern US Daylight Time. Just in case you didn’t want to Google “what time is it?”

Here’s all the info I’ve got:

GREEN YETI PREORDERS

We are launching pre-orders for CTR-003 that is Green Yeti – Desert Show vinyl lp on June 2nd via our bigcartel store. Slated release date is August 21.

Vinyl pressing has been ordered and we are awaiting the TP’s within few weeks.

Once again remastered for vinyl by Tony Reed who has done a stellar job making everything really pop.

People familiar with the genres should already be more than acquainted with this green, Greek super nugget of a stoner monster and know what to expect from the Green Yeti band, namely deep fat bass lines, slow pounding cave-man drumming seasoned with intelligent spaced out guitar playing and memorable riffs and hooks.

Stay tuned for further info very soon as this vinyl release will be here before you know it.

Please welcome Green Yeti to the CTR-family and now let us have a good time! Kick back, grab a green (leaf or bottle), indulge in the Yeti’s second march and enjoy the desert show.

Green Yeti is:
Bass: Danis Avramidis
Guitar & Vocals: Michael Andresakis
Drums: Giannis Koutroubis

https://www.facebook.com/greenyetiband/
https://twitter.com/GreenYetiBand
https://greenyeti.bandcamp.com/album/desert-show
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http://cursedtonguerecords.bigcartel.com/

Green Yeti, Desert Show (2017)

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Green Yeti Sign to Cursed Tongue Records for Desert Show Vinyl

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 2nd, 2017 by JJ Koczan

As they get ready to head out on their first round of tour dates tomorrow, Athens-based heavy trio Green Yeti have secured a vinyl release for their new album, Desert Show. It’s their sophomore outing behind last year’s The Yeti has Landed, and the fact that it was recorded in February, was posted digitally on April 21, and has already been picked up for an LP pressing even before the band has gotten out to do shows to support it should tell you something about the vote of confidence behind these Greek riffbearers. Cursed Tongue Records (Devil’s Witches, Neon Warship) is expected to have preorders up shortly ahead of a summer release.

Madness ensues via the PR wire:

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GREEN YETI SIGNS TO CURSED TONGUE RECORDS

We are extremely happy and proud to let you all know that Greece, Athens premiere stoner psych doom desert rock band Green Yeti has joined ranks on the CTR roster for a release of their phenomenal second album ‘Desert Show’ on limited high quality vinyl this summer.

People familiar with the genres should already be more than acquainted with this green, Greek super nugget of a stoner monster and know what to expect from the Green Yeti band, namely deep fat bass lines, slow pounding cave-man drumming seasoned with intelligent spaced out guitar playing and memorable riffs and hooks.

We are already deep in the process with getting the album ready for vinyl production and soon we will reveal time and details for pre-orders. But for now we can assure you that this album will get the full red carpet treatment; 180 grams vinyl, multiple editions, posters, patches, stickers and all the usual stuff that hallmarks our vinyl releases.

Stay tuned for further info very soon as this vinyl release will be here before you know it.

Please welcome Green Yeti to the CTR-family and now let us have a good time! Kick back, grab a green (leaf or bottle), indulge in the Yeti’s second march and enjoy the desert show:

Green Yeti tour dates:
03/5 – Volos (GR) – @Manitou
04/5 – Thessaloniki (GR) – @Ypogeio
05/5 – Sofia (BG) – @Live n Loud
06/5 – Svishtov (BG) – @Club Disorder
07/5 – Bucharest (RO) – @Soundart Fest
19/5 – Athens (GR) – @Sonic Ritual Fest

Green Yeti is:
Bass: Danis Avramidis
Guitar & Vocals: Michael Andresakis
Drums: Giannis Koutroubis

https://www.facebook.com/greenyetiband/
https://twitter.com/GreenYetiBand
https://greenyeti.bandcamp.com/album/desert-show
https://www.facebook.com/CursedTongueRecords/
http://cursedtonguerecords.bigcartel.com/

Green Yeti, Desert Show (2017)

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Review & Track Premiere: Devil’s Witches, Velvet Magic

Posted in audiObelisk, Reviews on March 15th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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[Click play above to stream ‘Mountain of the Devil’s Witch’ from Devil’s Witches’ debut album, Velvet Magic, out March 20 on Cursed Tongue Records.]

“Standing on the top of a mountain/I bet you feel totally far out now.” These quick opening lines begin to give the setting in which Velvet Magic, the Cursed Tongue Records debut LP from garage cult rockers Devil’s Witches, plays out the course of its 41 minutes. We are in Vietnam — or we end up there, ultimately — and it is the late ’60s. People are dying. The horrors of war, murder, sexual exploitation, drug culture and various other brain-addling traumas are taking place all around, and Devil’s Witches are on hand to tell a story that incorporates all of them. The band who, in the tradition of Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats are noteworthy for the amount of information withheld from the public — no lineup, no photos, no place of origin, no details on how they got together, etc.; just music and softcore retro pornography for a social media presence — are hardly the first to bathe in these troubled and troubling waters.

From Dracula to Apocalypse Now to Game of Thrones, lines have been crossed between sex and violence and murder for as long as humans have known what lines are, and honestly, probably longer. Doesn’t make it politically correct — and looking at the Branca Studio cover art for Velvet Magic, it should be pretty apparent that we’re a ways off from that — but doesn’t mean the narrative can’t be art, either. And much to their credit, whoever they are, Devil’s Witches are embarking on a narrative with these nine songs, adding a core of ambition and intent to the record by drawing the listener deeper into an increasingly dark, heroin chaos in terms of story while establishing a sound that draws on classic psychedelia and modern doom and offers quality songcraft and lyrical intrigue in kind.

Lyrics, obviously, are a point of focus, since they’re what draws Velvet Magic together — the title-line finally delivered in the penultimate title-track, and then again, in French, in closer “Requiem pour un Vampire” — but while it’s probably fair to call it nascent, Devil’s Witches have a depth to their approach that goes beyond storytelling as well. Opener “Apache Snow” announces its arrival with a thickly-fuzzed riff set to a slow-rolling progression of drums (or drum machine) and even-thicker bassline, and while these elements are generally more doom than rock, Devil’s Witches bring them to a psychedelic vibe with languid, drawling vocals that become as consistent a theme as Vietnam itself throughout subsequent tracks, whether that’s the shorter and straightforward hook “Motorpsycho” or side B’s “Mountain of the Devil’s Witch,” which offsets its more grueling motion with a classic organ solo in a retro/current blend that comes through clearly thanks in part to a mastering job by Mos Generator‘s Tony Reed.

The early cuts — “Apache Snow,” “Motorpsycho,” “Black Cauldron” and the entrancing instrumental “Pornodelic Opium Dreams” (which serves as a better description for Velvet Magic on an aesthetic level than anything I’m likely to come up with) — set up this duality of approach, and while I don’t know how many people are actually in the band and it could be anywhere from one to five given the fullness of sound in the album’s layers of guitar, bass, drums, keys and vocals, Devil’s Witches underscore the narrative movement of the tracks with a corresponding instrumental push into even darker, more threatening fare, beginning a sinister turn after “Pornodelic Opium Dreams” with the centerpiece “Voodoo Woman.”

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Not that any point prior has been lacking in low end, but the organ-led five-minute hypnodrift of “Pornodelic Opium Dreams” seems especially well placed in making “Voodoo Woman” come across as all the more sinister in its darker turn. Guitar leads the way with rumble underscoring, and with flourish of toy piano, Devil’s Witches push into more driven riffing and a winding rhythm that’s faster and effective in conveying the decaying mental state of our unnamed protagonist. There’s still a hook, naturally, and a corresponding structure to support it, but “Voodoo Woman” represents a shift for Velvet Magic, and that continues on “Mountain of the Devil’s Witch,” which is the longest inclusion at seven minutes flat and arguably the outing’s bleakest moment. It finds its way into a doomly nod and, like “Voodoo Woman,” offsets it with a tinge of thickened metal, but picks up in its chorus all the same with the first of several sharp tempo changes that drops back for the next verse only to thrust forward again, and so on.

After its halfway point, “Mountain of the Devil’s Witch” finds itself in an instrumental stretch with more swing to its groove, and that serves as a fitting transition into the interlude “Jupiter Kush,” a wah-drenched brief two-and-a-half-minutes that devolves into noise before the title-cut kicks in, immediately mad with chugging but headed somewhere sweeter if still out-of-mind in its chorus — “My love my dove gold is your favorite color/My heart is black so we are perfect together” — as we seem to have hit the point where the character is disintegrating into a psychotropic ether of sex and the cosmic. A telling moment is the section of lead guitar in the second half, which toys with pop-psychedelia in a way that much of Velvet Magic has avoided, but where “Mountain of the Devil’s Witch” drifted out with no return, Devil’s Witches draw “Velvet Magic” back for a final verse and chorus, highlighting the sense of craft at work beneath the story all along.

At a little over three minutes, “Requiem pour un Vampire” feels as much an epilogue as a distinct inclusion, answering some of the atmosphere of “Pornodelic Opium Dreams” and “Jupiter Kush” in its subdued and almost playful spirit of organ and guitar bounce amid its delivered-in-French lyrics. The title comes from a 1971 Jean Rollin exploitation horror flick, as if the vibe wasn’t thick enough throughout, and how it relates directly to the story being told on Velvet Magic, I don’t know, but at very least it’s not musically out of place, and it may be intended as a bonus or hidden track for the LP. Either way, it’s one last bit of nuance from Devil’s Witches‘ whose debut full-length successfully lives up to its narrative intentions without losing sight of the need to still make its individual songs stand out on their own as well as serve the entire, overarching flow.

That’s a rare enough feat for more experienced acts, let alone a first album, and it will be interesting to see how much storytelling remains a part of the band’s approach. Almost invariably, the mystique around bands of their ilk fades away — names are included over time, origins unveiled, etc. — but in their thoughtful execution of these tracks, Devil’s Witch demonstrate the backbone of aesthetic to stand up even after the world finds out who they are.

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Devil’s Witches Sign to Cursed Tongue Records; Velvet Magic LP Coming Soon

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 7th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

Cult garage-psych rockers Devil’s Witches will release their debut album, Velvet Magic, on Cursed Tongue Records this summer. A few videos like the one you can see at the bottom of this post have leaked out in advance of the record — which will also have a tape release via Golden Dawn Recordings and reported potential CD issue as well — and therein one finds an aesthetic of copious fuzzsploitation and the post-Uncle Acid perverse. What Devil’s Witches seem to bring of their own to these elements is a narrative structure, which is ambitious for their first long-player, but seems to be cohesive and aesthetically suitable, at least going by what I’ve heard.

Kind of a heads up on this one, I guess. Don’t watch the video if you’re at work. Do take note of their use of the word “pornodelic” in a song title, because you’ll rarely find a more efficient descriptor for this entire genre of bands. Can pretty much guarantee I’m going to swipe that and use it from here on out. Credit where it’s due.

And info off the PR wire:

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Devil’s Witches – Velvet Magic

Purveyors of heavy-psychedelic-fuzz ‘Devil’s Witches’ have signed to Cursed Tongue Records for a vinyl release of their debut album ‘Velvet Magic’ late summer 2017. Cassette and digital is due for March/April. Combing the melodic doomy grooves of a late 60s, early 70s vibe Devil’s Witches takes you on a tale of the occult and the Vietnam War.

Their debut ‘Velvet Magic’ is a concept album telling the preternatural tale of a discharged US Vietnam soldier. He is chosen by the mysterious ‘Voodoo Woman’, an occult female vixen who casts her feminine magic and seduces him. Abhorred by the violence and misery of the 1960s she uses her supernatural powers to transcend the earth and start a new world!

The story spans from the jungles of Vietnam, to the go-go bars of L.A. onto the Black Forest mountain region of south-west Germany and into France. ‘Velvet Magic’ is a tale of sex, seduction, exploitation, war and redemption.

Devil’s Witches – ‘Velvet Magic’ (2017)
Tracklist:
1. Apache Snow
2. Motorpsyho
3. Black Cauldron
4. Pornodelic Opium Dreams
5. Voodoo Woman
6. Mountain of the Devil’s Witch
7. Jupiter Kush
8. Velvet Magic
9. Requiem pour un Vampire

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https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYX0mnYDKTR-1InEbhQimDw
http://cursedtonguerecords.bigcartel.com/
https://www.facebook.com/CursedTongueRecords/

Devil’s Witches, “Apache Snow” official video (NSFW)

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