Nick Oliveri Announces Oct. 12 Release for N.O. Hits at All Vol. 5

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 13th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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Mondo Generator frontman and dude-who’s-been-in-more-bands-than-I-can-count-and-yes-that-includes-Kyuss Nick Oliveri has set an Oct. 12 release for N.O. Hits at All Vol. 5 through Heavy Psych Sounds. All reports — and by that I mean the PR wire info below, make no mistake — point to this being the last in the series of Oliverrare tracks and guest spots and whatnots, though I’d have sworn the same thing was said about Vol. 4, so who the hell knows? If Oliveri was at all predictable, he probably wouldn’t have wound up with enough material to do a five-part series of rare tracks in the first place. So there.

For what it’s worth, I still think Heavy Psych Sounds should compile the whole series into a boxed set. Even if it’s just the five CDs bundled together in a cardboard slipcase that can go on the shelf, that’d work. I don’t think I’ve heard any plans in that regard, but again, you never really know what you’re going to get. That’s kind of the whole point.

PR wire info follows:

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Heavy Psych Sounds Records & Booking is proud to unveil details and artwork of NICK OLIVERI – N.O. HITS AT ALL VOL. 5!

Heavy Psych Sounds Records will release the upcoming solo album N.O. Hits At All Vol. 5 by desert rock titan NICK OLIVERI on October 12th 2018! The pre-sale starts on July 17th on Heavy Psych Sounds.

N.O. Hits At All Vol. 5 will be available in the following formats:

– 20 TEST PRESS
– 50 ULTRA LIMITED “IN BURST SIDE A-SIDE B” YELLOW/PURPLE VINYL
– 350 LIMITED SPLATTER TRANSPARENT/PURPLE VINYL
– BLACK VINYL
– DIGIPAK / DIGITAL

Says NICK OLIVERI: „VOLUME FIVE is the last one of a series of compilations in which I recorded the vocals. Bands that I like and bands that like mysinging voice enough to have asked me to “guest vocal” on a song for their records. Some of these have been released and some have not until now. I have sang and/or recorded bass on 50+ releases of bands I love and had the great honor to work with – (DWARVES * MONDO GENERATOR * SVETLANAS * Q.O.T.S.A. * KYUSS * BL’AST * BLOODCLOT * MASTERS OF REALITY * VISTA CHINO * MARK LANEGAN BAND * TURBONEGRO * DEATH ACOUSTIC * THE UNCONTROLLABLE) to name a few.

The good folks at HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS RECORDS are releasing a series called – N.O. HITS AT ALL”. Now for the first time, all these songs and bands I’ve recorded with over the past 25 years are together and available to you to trip out on. So get your head right and put this record on and play it loud!“

The tracklist for Vol. 5 will read as follows:

SIDE A
1. It’s You I Don’t Believe
The Dwarves

Nick Oliveri/Rex Everything – Bass and Lead Vocals
The Fresh Prince of Darkness – Guitar
He Who Can Not Be Named – Guitar & Mask
Josh Freese – Drums
Captain Blag Dahlia – Producer

2. Head
Simon Strokes

Nick Oliveri – Lead Vocals
Rex Everything – Acoustic Guitars

3. 976 – Whore
Mondo Generator

Nick Oliveri – Lead guitar, Bass and Lead Vocals
Ben Perrier – Guitar
Ben Thomas – Drums

4. Wont Let Me Go
Death Acoustic

Nick Oliveri – Lead Vocals
Rex Everything – Acoustic Guitars

SIDE B
5. People Suck
Svetlanas

Nick Oliveri – Bass and Lead Vocals
Olga Svetlana – Lead Vocals
Diste Svetlana – Drums
Ginger – Guitar

6. Crashed Out And Burnt
The Situationalists

Nick Oliveri – bass & Lead Vocals
Lowel Granath – Guitars
Cody Kniceley – Drums

7. Anything That Moves
The Dwarves

Nick Oliveri/Rex Everything – Bass and Lead Vocals
The Fresh Prince of Darkness – Guitar
He Who Can Not Be Named – Guitar& mask
Josh Freese – Drums
Captain Blag Dahlia – Producer

8. Campfire Kyuss
Death Acoustic

Nick Oliveri – Lead Vocals
Rex Everything – Acoustic Guitars

In support of his upcoming release, NICK OLIVERI will be heavily touring this summer again! Make sure to catch the desert rock legend live on the following „DEATH ACOUSTIC“ Dates:

23.07.18 FR – Nantes / La Scene Michelet
25.07.18 FR – Lorient / La Galion
27.07.18 CH – Basel
28.07.18 FR – Ensisheim / Woodstock Guitar Shop
29.07.18 FR – Chambery / Brin Du Zinc
30.07.18 IT – Lecco /The Concept Record Store
31.07.18 IT – M. DI. Ravenna / Hana Bi
01.08.18 AT – Salzburg / Rockhouse
02.08.18 DE – Kempten / Kulturtage
03.08.18 IT – Parma
04.08.18 IT – Pescara
06.08.18 IT – Zerobranco / Altroquando
07.08.18 CH – Biel / Eldorado
08.08.18 DE – Mannheim
09.08.18 NL – Tilburg / Little Devil
10.08.18 FR – Paris / Supersonic

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Brant Bjork Premieres “Chocolatize” from Mankind Woman; Preorders up Today

Posted in audiObelisk on July 3rd, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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One of desert rock’s principal architects, Brant Bjork will release his new album, Mankind Woman, on Sept. 14 through Heavy Psych Sounds and I couldn’t possibly be more thrilled to host the premiere of the first audio from the record. Preorders go up in about two hours’ time through the labels website. “Chocolatize” is the opening track of the 11-song outing, which could easily be considered the beginning of a new era for Bjork, who’s spent the last five-plus years signed to Napalm Records, resulting in two studio LPs in 2014’s Black Power Flower (review here) and 2016’s Tao of the Devil (review here) as well as the 2017 live outing Europe ’16 (review here). In addition to the forthcoming Mankind Woman, his new label home has hopped on board for reissues of his entire catalog from his 1999 solo debut Jalamanta (discussed herealso here) to 2010’s  Gods and Goddesses (review here), bringing new artwork and new vinyl to albums that have long gone underrated as Bjork has, along with his Low Desert Punk Band, jammed his way into hearts and minds throughout the US, Europe and elsewhere, earning consideration as one of the Californian desert’s chief practitioners of groove. I’ve called him the Godfather of Desert Rock more times than I can count, but I’ve yet to come up with anything more fitting for the position he holds in the genre.

Because it’s not just about riffs with Brant Bjork, and I think you can hear this in “Chocolatize.” Since the days of Jalamanta — now nearly 20 years ago; wow — he’s been more about the vibe. He’s got elements of punk and psychedelia and classic heavy rock, to be sure, but all of this is in conversation with influences from funk and soul, drawing from an entirely different kind of heavy ’70s. He’s toyed with this side of his sound to varying degrees throughout his career, but even his most subdued outings — 2007’s mostly acoustic Tres Dias, for example, which will begin Heavy Psych Sounds‘ reissue series — carried that foundation in soul. His signature riffing style, his smooth vocals, the sleek and swinging rhythms he brought to drumming in Kyuss and Fu Manchu: all of it comes together to create something that is Brant Bjork‘s own and largely inimitable, however broad his influence may have an in fact has become over the last two decades. One looks forward all the more to Mankind Woman with “Chocolatize” as a quick preview of what might be in store in terms of a natural production and a more intimate mood than some of what the last couple records have had on offer.

I won’t delay further, except to say that I’m looking forward to putting up a full review of the album closer to the release in September. Brant Bjork has European tour dates scheduled to begin in November that include a stop at the Heavy Psych Sounds Fest, which is being held this year in Austria. You can find all of those below, as well as some more particulars about Mankind Woman, which, again, is due Sept. 14.

Please enjoy. Then put it on repeat and enjoy again.

And again:

Focusing on personal sensitivities, elite hypocrisies, racism, sexism and the daily struggle to find peace, love and understanding in today’s American society. Once again, BRANT BJORK created a record that reminds the listener that it is the ingredients of the jazz, blues and funk, that makes rock music taste so good. A must-have for all collectors, genre-fans and beyond!

BRANT BJORK New album “Mankind Woman”
Out September 14th on Heavy Psych Sounds Records
– Vinyl and CD preorder start July 3rd here

TRACK LISTING:
1. Chocolatize
2. Lazy Wizards
3. Charlie Gin
4. Mankind Woman
5. Pisces
6. Swagger & Sway
7. Somebody
8. Pretty Hairy
9. Brand New Old Times
10. 1968
11. Nation Of Indica
Album Art by Robin Gnista

“Mankind Woman” will be available in the following formats:
– 50 Test Pressing Vinyl (Only on Heavy Psych Sounds webshop)
– Limited edition “Colour in Colour” Brown in Orange Vinyl (Only on HPS webshop)
– Limited edition “3 colours A/B side Burst” Yellow / Red / Brown Vinyl (Only on HPS webshop)
– Limited edition “3 Colour Segment” Orange / Purple / Yellow Vinyl (Only on HPS webshop)
– Limited edition “Splatter Version” Transp. Background / Yellow, Purple, Orange, Red, Brown
– Black Vinyl
– CD Digipak and Digital Download

BRANT BJORK EUROPEAN TOUR 2018
02.11.18 NO Drammen |Union Scene
03.11.18 SW Stockholm | Debaser Strand
04.11.18 SW Göteborg | Sticky Fingers
05.11.18 SW Malmö | Kulturbolaget
06.11.18 DE Hamburg | Fabrik
07.11.18 NL Amsterdam | Melkweg
08.11.18 BE Leuven | Het Depot
09.11.18 UK London | Garage
10.11.18 FR Paris | Petit Bain
11.11.18 NL Tilburg | O13
12.11.18 DE Wiesbaden | Schlachthof
13.11.18 CH Zürich | Rote Fabrik
14.11.18 CH Martigny | Caves Du Manoir
15.11.18 IT Turin | Spazio 211
16.11.18 AT Innsbruck | Hafen (Heavy Psych Sounds Festival)
17.11.18 DE Munich | Feierwerk
18.11.18 AT Vienna | Arena
19.11.18 DE Dresden | Beatpol
20.11.18 DE Berlin | Festsaal Kreuzberg

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Brant Bjork Local Angel Reissue Due Sept. 28

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 2nd, 2018 by JJ Koczan

I gotta say, I think it’s frickin’ awesome that Heavy Psych Sounds is starting with the two mellowest Brant Bjork albums as it makes its way through reissuing his catalog from 1999-2010. His fifth album, the mostly acoustic Tres Dias, was announced just over a week ago as being set for release on Sept. 21, and one week after that, the second in the series will be his fourth album, the also-way-subdued Local Angel (discussed here). Originally released in 2004, it’s a record to which I still return on not infrequent occasions, and as it’s going to be available with new artwork by Maarten Donders, it’s even more of a win than it would’ve been anyway. Available in two versions seen below (click them to enlarge), I think you’ll agree it looks pretty badass.

Info from the PR wire:

BRANT BJORK TO RE-RELEASE ‘LOCAL ANGEL’

COMING THIS SEPTEMBER ON HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS!

Local Angel is the fourth solo album by desert rock musician Brant Bjork. It is considered his most intimate and laid back record, mixing acoustic guitars and simple melodies. Produced by Brant Bjork and Tony Mason. Engineered by Tony Mason.
Recorded and mixed at Rancho de la Luna, February 6-15 2004. Mastered by Mathias Cornelius von Schneeberger at Donnor & Blitzen. All songs and music written, arranged, and performed by Brant Bjork.

Front cover angel by www.mistercartoon.com. Layout Bunker/Bjork for Dunart.

Reissue by Heavy Psych Sounds Records in September 2018. New reissue Art by Maarten Donders.

TRACK LISTING:
1. Too Many Chiefs…
2. Love Is My Revolution
3. Chinarosa
4. The Native Tongue
5. Video
6. Right Time
7. The Messengers
8. The Knight Surrenders Today

New artwork by Marcello “Rise Above” Crescenzi

BRANT BJORK has spent over a quarter-century at the epicenter of Californian desert rock. From cutting his teeth alongside Fatso Jetson’s Mario Lalli in hardcore punkers De-Con to drumming and composing on Kyuss’ landmark early albums, to propelling the seminal fuzz of Fu Manchu from 1994-2001 while producing other bands, putting together offshoot projects like Ché, embarking on his solo career as a singer, guitarist and bandleader, founding his own record label and more, his history is a winding narrative of relentless, unflinching creativity.

Catch the BRANT BJORK live on the following dates in Europe this Fall, with very special guest Sean Wheeler:

EUROPEAN TOUR 2018
02.11.18 NO Drammen |Union Scene
03.11.18 SW Stockholm | Debaser Strand
04.11.18 SW Göteborg | Sticky Fingers
05.11.18 SW Malmö | Kulturbolaget
06.11.18 DE Hamburg | Fabrik
07.11.18 NL Amsterdam | Melkweg
08.11.18 BE Leuven | Het Depot
09.11.18 UK London | Garage
10.11.18 FR Paris | Petit Bain
11.11.18 NL Tilburg | O13
12.11.18 DE Wiesbaden | Schlachthof
13.11.18 CH Zürich | Rote Fabrik
14.11.18 CH Martigny | Caves Du Manoir
15.11.18 IT Turin | Spazio 211
16.11.18 AT Innsbruck | Hafen (Heavy Psych Sounds Festival)
17.11.18 DE Munich | Feierwerk
18.11.18 AT Vienna | Arena
19.11.18 DE Dresden | Beatpol
20.11.18 DE Berlin | Festsaal Kreuzberg

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Review & Full Album Stream: Yawning Man, The Revolt Against Tired Noises

Posted in audiObelisk, Reviews on July 2nd, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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[Click play above to stream Yawning Man’s new album, The Revolt Against Tired Noises, in its entirety. It’s out July 6 on Heavy Psych Sounds.]

The California desert is fortunate to have Yawning Man as its soundtrack. For over 30 years in varying forms and degrees of activity, the instrumentalist outfit have been an entity unto themselves. Their sound today seems like the foundation for the laid back groove that is essential to desert rock as a style even in its most aggressive forms, and the tone of founding guitarist Gary Arce is a monument to open spaces. Together with bassist Mario Lalli — also guitarist/vocalist for Fatso Jetson, who are no slouches themselves when it comes to being desert rock legends — Arce resides at the foundation of the style, bringing elements of indie, punk, goth rock and more together into a brew that’s still potent these decades later. They’ve spent the better part of the 2010s touring periodically through Europe, and offered a surprise release in 2015’s Historical Graffiti (review here), which was something of an anomaly studio session in South America with an expanded lineup, but also the band’s first full-length since 2010’s Nomadic Pursuits (review here), so certainly more than a one-off or stopgap in reality.

Their new album, The Revolt Against Tired Noises, is their first release through Heavy Psych Sounds, which also issued Fatso Jetson‘s 2016 LP, Idle Hands (review here), and while its title is confrontational, the revolt Yawning ManArce, Lalli and drummer Bill Stinson — are ultimately leading is peaceful, rife with serene melodies in the guitar and unmitigated fluidity rife with purpose but carrying nonetheless an air of spontaneity, the in-deep-jam feeling that a track like side B opener “Violent Lights” can and will go anywhere its chemistry will allow, which is just about anywhere, period. The Revolt Against Tired Noises also includes vocals for the first time on a Yawning Man album from Lalli on the side A closer “Grant’s Heart” and the later “Catamaran” — the latter which was never recorded by Yawning Man but covered by Kyuss on 1995’s …And the Circus Leaves Town, thus codifying Yawning Man‘s influence on that seminal act. The singing turns out to be something of a footnote in the sphere of the entire eight-song/39-minute release, but it’s one more nuance to their work and provides listeners an anchor to each half of the album, so as not to simply drift into the ether, carried away by otherworldly tones and engaging, hypnotic rhythm.

Much of what’s included is nothing less than gorgeous. With Mathias Schneeberger (Fatso Jetson, Goatsnake, earthlings?, Earth, Yawning Man, The Obsessed, so many others) helming the recording, opener “Black Kite” provides a genuine shimmer leading into the record, and even has a bit of an instrumental hook in its later going, its long fadeout giving way to the title-track, which seems to work in subtle layers but brings Lalli‘s bass and Stinson‘s drums forward along with the guitar, so that all three players stand toe-to-toe in the mix. That has an effect of making “Revolt Against Tired Noises” (which seems to have dropped the “the” from the name of the album) a heavier overall sound, but it’s still consistent with the rest of its surroundings in tone and overall approach, including a midsection that’s as trance-inducing as I’ve ever heard Yawning Man get and an evocative finish that emerges, bringing one back to semi-consciousness for the start of “Skyline Pressure,” which is an extended redux of the title-track to Yawning Man side-project Ten East‘s 2016 album (review here), though also has its origins in Yawning Man proper. At 7:40, it’s the longest inclusion on the record and builds to a head just before four-minutes in — I’d swear I hear keys in there too; anything’s possible — and then drops out to cycle through again, the second journey different and even more pleasing than the first as the song meanders to its ending.

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As noted, there are two songs with Lalli singing on them, and they just happen to be the two shortest tracks on The Revolt Against Tired Noises: “Grant’s Heart” (3:18) and “Catamaran” (3:03). On linear formats — CD/DL — they appear with the six-minute “Violent Lights” between them, but they were clearly divided up to be included one on each vinyl side as well. Whether the origins of “Grant’s Heart” go back as far as those of “Catamaran,” I don’t know, but neither piece is out of place, and Lalli‘s voice is hardly jarring when it shows up, either for those who know the context of who these players are and what they do or for those who don’t. As riotous as Fatso Jetson can sometimes be, Yawning Man‘s vocals are more subdued, holding a melodic kinship to the guitar beneath them, and in “Grant’s Heart,” giving way to that guitar at about two minutes in, only to return in the fadeout a minute later. And while “Catamaran” will be familiar to desert rock heads from the John Garcia-fronted version, in Lalli‘s hands, it still has its chorus kick, but is more about flow than crunch, and very much Yawning Man‘s own, which is odd to say because it was their own in the first place. Especially coming out of the engrossing “Violent Lights,” which has some sense of foreboding in the low end around its halfway point but is otherwise much more about its howling wisps of floating guitar, “Catamaran” is something of a grounding force, but still coherent atmospherically with its surroundings.

“Misfortune Cookies,” which follows, isn’t much longer at 3:31, but reignites the album’s wandering-but-not-lost spirit and brings the guitar back as the center of the melody. An improvised-sounding jam, its run is linear and stretches outward, a long fade leading one to wonder just how much longer it might’ve gone before actually petering out. It leaves like a dream giving way to consciousness as it is, and as Stinson‘s drums start closer “Ghost Beach,” there’s all the more a sense of interaction between the real and the unreal. The Revolt Against Tired Noises may be fostering some kind of rebellion, but it’s doing so with the approach that Yawning Man trademarked a long time ago, and even if it takes them to new places, the paths they use to get there will be familiar and welcoming to longtime listeners and newcomers alike, the bouncing bassline of “Ghost Beach” and Arce‘s wailing, echoing leads both punctuated by the snare as the finale works its way toward dropping out the drums and letting Lalli‘s bass and Arce‘s guitar close out the last minute on their own, which is fair enough. Yawning Man have been perpetually underrated for 30 years. Any acclaim that The Revolt Against Tired Noises can bring them, they’ve long since deserved, but the album is more than just a showcase of legacy. It proves not only that Yawning Man‘s sound is timeless, but that it’s still growing, and that turns out to be its most righteous aspect.

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Yawning Man Add Dates to European Megatour; The Revolt Against Tired Noises out July 6

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 27th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

On July 12, instrumental desert rock legends Yawning Man will play the release show for their new album, The Revolt Against Tired Noises, which officially lands next week via Heavy Psych Sounds. The gig is at Pappy & Harriet’s in Pioneertown, California. Out in the desert, which is about right. It’s the last of a couple shows in California around the release date for the record, two of which will be with Dead Meadow and all of which precede an utterly massive European tour set to kick off on July 25 in the Netherlands. Seven weeks. Not a minor stint. They’ve got killer dates lined up with slots at Lake on Fire, Riff Ritual and a whole bunch of other festival-type doings, but of particular note as well are some of the UK dates like Bristol, where Yawning Man will hook up with instrumentalist compatriots Sons of Alpha Centauri, with whom guitarist Gary Arce has collaborated in the past as Yawning Sons.

Does that mean it’s going to happen this time? Not necessarily, but Sons of Alpha Centauri might bring Arce out on stage during their set or something like that. It’s an intriguing possibility, in any case.

Updated dates for the tour follow here, as posted by Sound of Liberation on the social medias. Still a couple TBAs in there, so there might be another update before they head over:

YAWNING MAN NEW TOUR POSTER

Desert-rock legends Yawning Man will hit the European roads for a 7-week tour! They will be supporting their upcoming album “The Revolt Against Tired Noises”, which will be released in July via HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS!

New dates have been added lately, so check-out the updated list below:

YAWNING MAN in California:
7/5 CASBAH, San Diego CA with Dead Meadow
7/6 CAFE NELA, Cypress Park LA
7/7 TERAGRAM BALLROOM, LA with Dead Meadow
7/12 PAPPY and HARRIETS, Pioneertown CA

YAWNING MAN in Europe:
25.07 (NL) Utrecht – Db’s
27.07 (UK) Manchester – The Rebellion
28.07 (UK) Bristol – The Louisiana
29.07 (UK) London – The Black Heart
30.07 (FR) Paris – Glazart (NEW DATE!)
31.07 (D) Wiesbaden – Schlachthof
03.08 (IT) Osoppo – Pietra Sonica Festival
04.08 (A) Waldhausen – Lake On Fire Festival
05.08 (PL) Chorzow – Red & Black
06.08 (PL) Warsaw – Chmury
07.08 (D) Berlin – Toast Hawaii (NEW DATE!)
08.08 (SWE) Malmö – Norra Gränges (NEW DATE!)
09.08 (DK) Copenhagen – KB 18 (NEW DATE!)
11.08 (A) Döbriach – Sauzipf Rocks
13.08 (IT) Brescia – Festa Radio Onda D’Urto
14.08 (IT) Treviso – Benicio Live Gigs (NEW DATE!)
15.08 (IT) Porto Recanati – Copacabana Pulp Beach
16.08 (IT) Pescara – Frantic Fest
17.08 (IT) Molfetta – Eremo Club (NEW DATE!)
18.08 (IT) Galatone – Sagra Del Diavolo
19.08 (IT) Potenza – Pipistrello Pub (NEW DATE!)
21.08 (IT) Savignano – Sidro Club (NEW DATE!)
22.08 (IT) Como – TBA (NEW DATE!)
23.08 (IT) Vinadio – Balla Coi Cinghiali Festival (NEW DATE!)
24.08 (CH) Luzern – Sedel
25.08 (IT) Bolzano – Mountain Sessions
27.08 (HU) Budapest – Robot (NEW DATE!)
30.08 (GR) Thessaloniki – Street Mode Festival
31.08 (RO) Timisoara – Reflektor (NEW DATE!)
01.09 (RS) Belgrade – Atom Akademija (NEW DATE!)
02.09 (BU) Sofia – Mixtape 5
03.09 (HR) Zupanja – MKC
04.09 (SI) Ljubljana – Dvorana Rog
06.09 (FR) Clermont-Ferrand – Raymond Bar
07.09 (FR) Montpellier – Le Black Sheep
08.09 (SP) Barcelona – Riff Ritual fest
09.09 (SP) San Sebastian – Dabadaba
10.09 (SP) Gijon – Sala Memphis
11.09 (PO) Porto – Woodstock 69
12.09 (SP) Madrid – Wurlitzer Ballroom
13.09 (SP) Bilbao – Maritime Museum Bar

YAWNING MAN IS
Gary Arce – Guitar
Mario Lalli – Bass
Bill Stinson – Drums

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Nick Oliveri Announces ‘Death Acoustic’ European Tour Dates

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 26th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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You could probably count on one hand the number of people on the planet who could call a solo-project ‘Death Acoustic’ and get away with it. Nick Oliveri is one of them, clearly. The Mondo Generator frontman/Dwarves bassist whose tenure in Kyuss and Queens of the Stone Age has assured him a permanent place in the hearts of desert-worshipers worldwide will head back to Europe next month for a new acoustic tour put together by Heavy Psych Sounds. That same booking agency’s label wing recently released the four-part N.O. Hits at All series of lost tracks, off-album cuts and previously unissued takes from Oliveri, whose penchant for onstage intensity is only mirrored all the more his unwillingness to compromise on the ‘Death’ part when it comes to playing unplugged.

Shows start July 23, as per the PR wire:

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NICK OLIVERI announces “Death Acoustic” European summer tour

NICK OLIVERI finally returns to Europe this summer, to bring his solo project “Death Acoustic” live on stage again!

There are not many words needed to introduce this living rock legend: Nick Steven Oliveri is an American musician from Palm Desert, California. He plays the bass guitar, acoustic and electric guitar, and is a vocalist. Nick is most widely known as the bassist of Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age and the Dwarves, and has also performed with the reunited Kyuss under the names Kyuss Lives! as well as in Vista Chino. As a bandleader, his main project is called Mondo Generator, a punk/metal hybrid formed back in 1997.

NICK OLIVERI has started the fruitful collaboration with Heavy Psych Sounds Records, who took care of releasing his latest records such as the highly acclaimed ‘No Hits At All’ series over the last years, and from now on will be also handling the booking of his unique and excellent live shows! This summer, NICK OLIVERI will finally return back to Europe and will present his Acoustic solo project: The mighty “DEATH ACOUSTIC” where he will play songs from his past projects and original ones! Excited to come back to Europe and to bring his solo project live on stage again, make sure to catch him on the following dates, presented by Heavy Psych Sounds Records & Booking:

NICK OLIVERI EUROPEAN TOUR
23.07.18 – Nantes (FR) La Scene Michelet
25.07.18 – Lorient (FR) La Galion
27.07.18 – Basel (CH) TBC
28.07.18 – Ensisheim (FR) Woodstock Guitar Shop
29.07.18 – Chambery (FR) Brin Du Zinc
30.07.18 – Lecco (IT) The Concept Record Store
31.07.18 – M. DI. Ravenna (IT) Hana Bi
01.08.18 – Salzburg (AT) Rockhouse
02.08.18 – Kempten (DE) Kulturtage
03.08.18 – Parma (IT) TBC
04.08.18 – Pescarra (IT) TBC
06.08.18 – Zerobranco (IT) Altroquando
07.08.18 – Biel (CH) Eldorado
08.08.18 – Mannheim (DE) TBC
09.08.18 – Tilburg (NL) Little Devil
10.08.18 – Paris (FR) Supersonic

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Brant Bjork to Reissue Tres Dias Sept. 21 on Heavy Psych Sounds

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 21st, 2018 by JJ Koczan

brant bjork (Photo Aija Svensson)

Well, it’s been several minutes — upwards of eight! — since the last time I posted an update about the many doings of desert rock legend Brant Bjork, so it seems only fair that news should come down the PR wire heralding word that, one week after the release of his new album, Mankind Woman (info here), he’ll be reissuing 2007’s Tres Dias through Heavy Psych Sounds as the beginning point of a series that will see his entire catalog from 1999 through 2010 — that’s Jalamanta (discussed here) through Gods and Goddesses (review here), by my count — to the general benefit of humanity at large. Interesting that the series would start with Tres Dias, which is the largely-unplugged predecessor to 2007’s Somera Sól (discussed here), since it is arguably Brant ‘s most minimal and intimate record, but I guess it’s more fascinating than either starting at the beginning and working up or starting with the newest one and going back. Mix and match. Should be fun.

And of course, Bjork will head over to Europe for a sizable tour this Fall, the dates for which you can also see below, along with the revamped Tres Dias cover art.

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BRANT BJORK to reissue “Tres Dias” album on September 21st through Heavy Psych Sounds Records

Heavy Psych Sounds Records is proud to start the reissuing of BRANT BJORK’s solo back catalogue from 1999 to 2010! First reissue is “Tres Dias”, coming along a brand new artwork and special and limited vinyl editions.

“Tres Dias” is the fifth solo album released by the godfather of desert rock BRANT BJORK. The album was recorded in Joshua Tree, California, before Christmas 2006. This 8-track album is a mix of old and new tracks.

BRANT BJORK has spent over a quarter-century at the epicenter of Californian desert rock. From cutting his teeth alongside Fatso Jetson’s Mario Lalli in hardcore punkers De-Con to drumming and composing on Kyuss’ landmark early albums, to propelling the seminal fuzz of Fu Manchu from 1994-2001 while producing other bands, putting together offshoot projects like Ché, embarking on his solo career as a singer, guitarist and bandleader, founding his own record label and more, his history is a winding narrative of relentless, unflinching creativity.

For someone so outwardly laid back, he’s never really taken a break. And while BRANT BJORK has shown different sides of himself on an album like his 2007’s mostly-acoustic Tres Dias, when you’re listening to Brant Bjork, you know it, because there’s no one else who sounds quite like him. He comments: “Been a long time since i celebrated these recordings. Couldnt think of a better time to re-release. Fresh art to represent “brand new old times”. Enjoy!”

“Tres Dias” was produced, recorded, and mixed by Tony Mason at Back of the Moon Studios, Joshua Tree, CA in 2007. The original artwork has been designed by Bunker/Bjork, the re-issued artwork comes by Marcello “Rise Above” Crescenzi.

The “Tres Dias” reissue on HPS Records will be available as:
– 30 Test Press (only on HPS webstore)
– 250 LTD Vinyl in Green/Yellow Quad (only on HPS webstore)
– 500 LTD Vinyl in Gold
– Black Vinyl
– CD and digital

BRANT BJORK “Tres Dias” reissue
Out September 21st on Heavy Psych Sounds Records
– Vinyl and CD preorder start July 3rd here

TRACK LISTING:
1. Too Many Chiefs…
2. Love Is My Revolution
3. Chinarosa
4. The Native Tongue
5. Video
6. Right Time
7. The Messengers
8. The Knight Surrenders Today

Catch the BRANT BJORK live on the following dates in Europe this Fall, with very special guest Sean Wheeler:

EUROPEAN TOUR 2018
02.11.18 NO Drammen |Union Scene
03.11.18 SW Stockholm | Debaser Strand
04.11.18 SW Göteborg | Sticky Fingers
05.11.18 SW Malmö | Kulturbolaget
06.11.18 DE Hamburg | Fabrik
07.11.18 NL Amsterdam | Melkweg
08.11.18 BE Leuven | Het Depot
09.11.18 UK London | Garage
10.11.18 FR Paris | Petit Bain
11.11.18 NL Tilburg | O13
12.11.18 DE Wiesbaden | Schlachthof
13.11.18 CH Zürich | Rote Fabrik
14.11.18 CH Martigny | Caves Du Manoir
15.11.18 IT Turin | Spazio 211
16.11.18 AT Innsbruck | Hafen (Heavy Psych Sounds Festival)
17.11.18 DE Munich | Feierwerk
18.11.18 AT Vienna | Arena
19.11.18 DE Dresden | Beatpol
20.11.18 DE Berlin | Festsaal Kreuzberg

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Brant Bjork, Tres Dias

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The Well Announce August European Tour Dates

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 19th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

With reportedly more dates to come, Austin heavy rockers The Well have announced a European tour for this August presented by Heavy Psych Sounds. I haven’t heard anything about it, but I wouldn’t necessarily be surprised if they had a new album on the way either before or after this run, which as of now is set to start on Aug. 8 in Rome. Their last outing was 2016’s Pagan Science (review here) on RidingEasy Records, which was awesome and put them on the road in the US, and interestingly, in addition to the shows below, The Well have also been confirmed to take part in Keep it Low 2018 in Munich this October. I don’t necessarily imagine that the band will just be on tour in Europe for two months-plus in order to do it all in one trip, but in light of the whole “more to be announced” thing, I guess anything’s possible.

Heavy Psych Sounds sent word of the tour as follows:

the well photo Andy Ray Lemon

THE WELL – EUROPEAN SUMMER TOUR

Austin-based power trio The Well redefine heavy rock by merging massive riffs with sophisticated melodies. Their progressive sound stems from a nostalgic desire to blend different musical styles as diversified as Joy Division to Blue Cheer. The group blossomed when guitarist/vocalist Ian Graham was fired from his previous band. Determined to redirect his musical focus, Graham hooked up with bassist Lisa Alley and the two began picking out riffs in their east-side garage. Rounding out their sound, they stole drummer Jason Sullivan from Graham’s old band in a tale of vengeance and karma. His solid groove and reckless tribal beat gave the three-piece their ideal primal attack.

Due to their psychedelic doom edge, The Well reap comparisons to Black Sabbath, Sleep, Electric Wizard and Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats. As fans of cult horror films, they embrace the sinister, revel in dark themes and find inspiration in haunting echoes. The dual vocals of Graham and Alley evoke an ancient language that carries a mystic spell.

08.08.2018 IT Roma
09.08.2018 IT Parma
10.08.2018 AT Dornbiarch-Sauzipf Fest
13.08.2018 IT Brescia-Radio Onda D’Urto fest
15.08.2018 IT Alessandria-Cascina Bellaria
16.08.2018 DE Mannheim
17.08.2018 DE Nürnberg – Z Bau
18.08.2018 DE Münster – Rare Guitar
19.08.2018 CH Basel
20.08.2018 FR Chambery-Le BrinDu Zinc
21.08.2018 IT Mantova

with many more to be announced soon!

THE WELL ARE
Ian Graham – Guitars / Vocals
Lisa Alley – Bass / Vocals
Jason Sullivan – Drums

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The Well, Pagan Science (2016)

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