High Tone Son of a Bitch on Tour Now; Billy Anderson Joins Lineup

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

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I’ve been seeing the immediately recognizable moniker of Oakland, CA’s High Tone Son of a Bitch pretty steadily of late, particularly since their performance this past April at Desertfest NYC (review here). This weekend, the five-piece took off on a round of West Coast touring that will mark their inaugural run with producer Billy Anderson on bass. Yes, that Billy Anderson — commonly referred to around these parts as Billy “Frickin'” Anderson, or some more vulgar variation thereof. One might recall Anderson‘s work with his band Blessing the Hogs or teamed with Los Natas members in Solodolor, etc. Well, now he’s in High Tone Son of a Bitch, so there’s another line on what’s arguably the heavy underground’s most enviable curriculum vitae.

They’re in L.A. tonight with Orange GoblinEarthless and Black Cobra for a show that would appear to be a festival in everything but name, and they’ll join the Anderson-produced Holy Grove this weekend as the tour wraps up in California. Badass.

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High Tone Son of a Bitch Announces West Coast Tour Dates

Billy Anderson Joins Bay Area Group Featuring Members of Kalas, Noothgrush, Neurosis, Necrot, Saviours and More for Later Summer Swing

Oakland psych rock band High Tone Son of A Bitch (aka HTSoB) has announced west coast tour dates in support of its comeback EP, ‘Death of a New Day / Eye in the Sky’. Set to launch on August 30 in Santa Cruz, CA, the 10 city tour will run through September 9 in Sacramento. Famed producer / bassist Billy Anderson, who recorded the group’s new EP, will join HTSoB on the live dates and remain a part of the band’s lineup, moving forward. The just-revealed live schedule is as follows:

High Tone Son of A Bitch live dates:

September 2 Los Angeles, CA Regent Theater (w/ Orange Goblin, Earthless, Black Cobra)
September 3 Fresno, CA TBD
September 4 Crockett, CA Toot’s Tavern (w/ Rockman)
September 5 Nevada City, CA Cooper’s
September 6 Pacifica, CA Winters Tavern
September 7 Oakland, CA Elbo Room (w/ Holy Grove)
September 8 Cupertino, CA Homestead Bowl & The X Bar (as part of Bowling and Beers in Hell fest w/ Holy Grove, Solar Haze, etc.)
September 9 Sacramento @ Blue Lamp (w/ Holy Grove)

Formed in 2003 by the brothers Paul and Andrew Kott with bassist Ron Nichols (a veteran of Neurosis’ Noah Landis’ legendary punk band Christ on Parade), and named after named after the bumper sticker on an automobile from the Steven King novel, ‘The Dark Half’, HTSoB ultimately pulled together the talents of an all star cast, with the line-ups and contributing guests coming from and heading into bands like Kalas, Cruevo, Noothgrush, Hammers of Misfortune, Neurosis, and others. The original lineup’s trajectory was cut short by tragedy when Andrew, who was struggling with addiction, died unexpectedly. In 2018, Andrew Kott’s step-son Juan, who plays in the Latin Grammy-nominated Mexican regional band Banda Troyana, urged Paul to start HTSoB up again. Paul then gradually re-formed a revised lineup of the band that has now fully arisen in triumph from the ashes of tragedy.

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High Tone Son of a Bitch Set June 21 Release for New Single

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 28th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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I couldn’t help but feel that, as I watched High Tone Son of a Bitch perform recently at Desertfest NYC (review here) that I had seen them before. I narrowed the possibilities down to some drunken afternoon at SXSW circa 2004 — I recall Paul Kott‘s past band, Kalas, played there one year, but the details are long gone. Hazards of the trade when it comes to drinking in the Texas sun, which, if I’m honest I’d probably be okay never doing again. At least the drinking part.

What matters more than whether or not I’d seen them before is the likelihood that I’ll see them again, what with the band pressing forward after a long absence with a new single release next month. The two-tracker is called Death of a New Day / Eye in the Sky and it’ll be out June 21, along with back catalog reissues that are only fair enough for a band who wasn’t around for so long.

The PR wire has details, a preorder link and a new track streaming:

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Reunited California Metal Band High Tone Son of a Bitch to Release New EP, ‘Death of a New Day / Eye in the Sky’, June 21

Bay Area Group Featuring Members of Kalas, Noothgrush, Neurosis, Necrot, Saviours, Alaric, and More Returns!

Oakland, CA underground metal band High Tone Son of a Bitch (aka HTSoB) will release a new EP, titled ‘Death of a New Day / Eye in the Sky’ on June 21.

The reunited Bay Area band, which features a core of Russ Kent (Noothgrush, Alaric), Chris Corona (Wildeyes), Joe Fucko (Strychnine), Paul Kott (Kalas, Cruevo), and Johann Zamora (Men of Porn, Totimoshi), along with studio and itinerant live contributions from HTSoB’s first singer, Scott Wagner, Dave Edwardson (Neurosis), and Sonny Reinhardt (Necrot, Saviours, Word Salad), and whose unique vision of heavy psychedelic hard rock breaks the genre box, recorded the new 2-track EP at Sharkbite Studios with famed producer Billy Anderson (Sleep, High on Fire). The EP features the herculean new song “Death of a New Day” along with a re-imagined, post doom metal take on the 1982 Alan Parsons Project classic “Eye in the Sky”. Pre-order ‘Death of a New Day / Eye in the Sky’ at this location.

Fresh off a crowd-capturing live performance as part of the inaugural Desertfest New York — where the band shared the stage with Elder, Windhand, Worshipper, and more — and a U.S. tour run with Weedeater and The Skull, High Tone Son of A Bitch has fully returned and is firing on all cylinders. First formed in 2003 by the brothers Paul and Andrew Kott with bassist Ron Nichols (a veteran of Neurosis’ Noah Landis’ legendary punk band Christ on Parade), and named after named after the bumper sticker on an automobile from the Steven King novel, ‘The Dark Half’, HTSoB ultimately pulled together the talents of an all star cast, with the line-ups and contributing guests coming from and heading into bands like Kalas, Cruevo, Noothgrush, Hammers of Misfortune, Christ on Parade, Men of Porn, Neurosis, and others. The original lineup’s trajectory was cut short by tragedy when Andrew, who was struggling with addiction, died unexpectedly. In 2018, Andrew Kott’s step-son Juan, who plays in the Latin Grammy-nominated Mexican regional band Banda Troyana, urged Paul to start HTSoB up again. Paul then gradually re-formed a revised lineup of the band that has now fully arisen in triumph from the ashes of tragedy.

In its first outing as a band in 13 years, High Tone Son of A Bitch teamed up with old friend Billy Anderson to create a sprawling new vision of heavy music. The new original, “Death of a New Day”, features HTSoB vocalist Russ Kent joining forces with singer Scott Wagner (who sang on the group’s 2003 debut EP ‘Better You Than Me’) to set epic melodic vocal lines against a backdrop of titanic riffs that descend into and emerge from a synth and guitar-drenched psychedelic black hole. “Eye In the Sky” sees HTSoB put its spin on the Alan Parsons Project’s pop hit. Heavy and audacious, the song’s psyched-out “Vietnam helicopter” synth intro and sparse build-up crawl into an epic doom undertaking. Charting a new course that builds on its original direction, High Tone Son of a Bitch’s ‘Death of a New Day / Eye in the Sky’ EP bends the possibility of the future of heavy music in a new direction, and sets a new course for the band’s bright future.

Track listing:

1.) Death of A New Day (6:43)
2.) Eye in the Sky (10:17)

Simultaneously upon the release of ‘Death of a New Day / Eye in the Sky’, High Tone Son of A Bitch will digitally reissue both of its previous releases, the aforementioned 2003 EP ‘Better You Then Me’ and the ‘Velocipede’ EP (2004). Both the Alex Newport-produced ‘Better You Then Me’ and ‘Velocipede’ will also see limited edition 2-on-1 vinyl release via Throne Records (Spectral Lore, Corrupted, etc.)

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