Pyreship Premiere Video for “Die/Sect”

Posted in Bootleg Theater on June 21st, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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Houston four-piece Pyreship made their debut this Spring with The Liars Bend Low on Black Bow Records. It’s a release that brings together sludge tones and groove with post-metallic atmospheres, and as you can see in the video for “Die/Sect” from the album, the Texan outfit keep a mindful approach toward live presentation as well as crafting a moody impression. Starting off with a clip from Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me — or at least one from the show that says the name of the movie; I haven’t watched the new episodes yet, so no spoilers please, as much as anything might ever possibly be explained — and featuring imagery of strafing bombs and other apocalyptic this-and-that as well as footage of the band on stage.

Here’s a fun fact: First time I watched the “Die/Sect” video, I was sitting on the couch with my lovely and loving wife, The Patient Mrs., and I pointed to a guy in the front of the stage and I said, “Hey, there I am.” I told her it was a little while ago, when I was still bearded, and you know what? She believed it was me. It’s not me. I don’t know who it is, but I’ve never had the pleasure of seeing Pyreship live. They make a good case for doing so with this song and this video, but still. I haven’t gotten there. It was hilarious though, because, yeah. Dudes all look alike.

If you missed where it was mentioned above, The Liars Bend Low came out on Black Bow Records, which is the label helmed by Jon Davis, guitarist/vocalist of UK demolition experts Conan. Not a minor endorsement to have, and Pyreship recently shared the stage with Conan and Forming the Void as well as part of supporting the album, so all the more of a connection there. One can hear some influence in the roll of “Die/Sect,” which if you haven’t already skipped to it, follows immediately here.

I’ve also included the full stream of the record at the bottom of the post, because why the hell not.

Enjoy:

Pyreship, “Die/Sect” official video

Official music video for Die/Sect from Pyreship’s album “The Liars Bend Low”. Released 5/26/2017 on Black Bow Records.

You can find all the latest Pyreship news and links to our music and merch at https://pyreship.com/ check it out!

Pyreship is:
Sam -Guitar and screaming
Jason – Guitar and singing
George – Bass
Steve – Drums

Pyreship, The Liars Bend Low (2017)

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Mr. Plow Announce Return and Plans for New Album Maintain Radio Silence

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 17th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

Welcome back, Mr. Plow.

I always liked the Houston-based post-Fu Manchu heavy rockers, from whose lineup the likes of Sanctus Bellum and Blues Funeral at least in part sprang. Aside from the quality of their songwriting across their three records, 2000’s Head On, 2003’s Cock Fights and Pony Racin’ and 2006’s Kurt Vonnegut-themed Asteroid 25399, the charm of their references to Carlo Rossi, The Big Lebowski, and of course The Simpsons — among many others — went a long way in presenting a down-to-earth attitude that made it that much easier to relate to where they were coming from. Just a group of dudes having a good time playing cool tunes. Zero pretense.

Last time I wrote about them in more than an off-hand referential way was in 2009, so yeah, it’s been a minute, but Mr. Plow have announced they’re back and will hit the studio this September to record a new album, to be titled Maintain Radio Silence. Seems to me more likely it’ll be out in 2018 than 2017, but it’s one to watch for nonetheless, as these guys were always underrated as songwriters and after more than a decade, I’m intrigued to hear the glut of material they’ve apparently come up with and how it’s evolved from where they ended their initial run, which was some of their best work.

They posted the following on their website:

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Mr. Plow – Breaking Our Silence

Well, folks, it’s been a long time since we’ve recorded. Our last album, Asteroid 25399, was released in 2006. We then went into a long hiatus while I (Greg) moved to Florida for three years. But the time has come. We’ve now written 14(!) new tunes, and have been regularly playing more than half of them live. We’ve got studio time on the calendar for the last two weeks in September at Lucky Run studios in Houston, where our bandmate, Cory Cousins, recorded with his other band, Blues Funeral.

The title of the new album will be Maintain Radio Silence. It will be the first album with Cory on drums. Cory’s energy and musical inventiveness have given us renewed life and drive to rock. The new songs are clearly Plow songs but are also a clear evolution in our sound: shorter, punchier, and maybe heavier than anything we’ve done before. We’ve all been recording demos of ideas and sharing them back and forth, building the songs up before we even get together to work on them as a unit. And the ideas just keep coming. We’re talking about releasing this on vinyl as a double album. We’re also in the process of getting our first three albums on iTunes and Spotify and other streaming services.

I’ve never been more excited about the music we’re creating. Hope to see you at a show soon. The pic [above] is from our recent gig at Rudz with Ape Machine, Pyreship, and The Dirty Seeds.

Mr. Plow is:
Greg Green – Bass
Jeremy Stone – Guitar and Vocals
Cory Cousins – Drums
Justin Waggoner – Guitar and Vocals

http://mrplow.com/
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Mr. Plow, “Mexican Smoke” Live in 2011

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Blues Funeral Hit the Studio this Weekend to Record Awakening; Album Art & Tracklisting Revealed

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 16th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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Today, Houston’s Blues Funeral reveal the David Paul Seymour cover art for their forthcoming second album, Awakening. On Saturday, the progressively-tinged heavy rock/metal four-piece actually hit the studio to record the thing. Ha. The follow-up to their 2016 debut, The Search (review here), will reunite the band with Jeremy Dudman and Mike Mikulka at Lucky Run Studios for recording and mixing, and as Seymour did the front-piece for that outing as well, it seems like they’re definitely not fixing what wasn’t broken about their first time out. With a likewise quick turnaround from one batch of songs to the next, I’ll be interested to hear how the last year of doing shows and developing this material finds them having progressed from where they were with The Search. I guess we’ve probably got a little ways to go before we get there.

So be it. “Band hits studio” is always one of my favorite kinds of stories to post, since it’s one of the best times a band can possibly have together, so all the best to Blues Funeral as they embark on the making of Awakening. I’m happy in the meantime to unveil the cover art and the tracklisting, which you can see below:

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Blues Funeral – Awakening

Houston’s Blues Funeral to Enter Lucky Run Studios 5/20 to record Sophomore Album ‘Awakening’

Houston-based progressive metal quartet Blues Funeral will enter Lucky Run Studios on 5/20 to record their sophomore album. The band will once again be working with Jeremy Dudman and Mike Mikulka for recording and mixing. ‘Awakening’ is the follow up to the band’s self-released debut, ‘The Search.’ The cover art unveiled here continues the longtime collaboration with artist, David Paul Seymour.

“‘Awakening’ is a groove-laden slab of progressive metal inspired by the music of the 60’s and 70’s,” comments the band. “The sound on this record is very much a continuation of many of the ideas explored on our debut record, ‘The Search’. We maintain our focus on things like guitar harmonies, organ, and harmony vocals. That said, ‘Awakening’ takes those ideas and pushes them into some areas that may surprise some listeners. With this record, we feel that we’ve really challenged ourselves with the arrangements and are looking forward to tackling this in the studio!”

Track Listing:
1) Shadow of the Snake
2) Awakening
3) Illusions of Reality
4) Firedrake
5) Casimir
6) The Gathering Dust

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Blues Funeral, “Shadow of the Snake” Live

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Josefus Announce New Lineup and Recording Plans

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 11th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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By my count, the most recent Josefus studio album was Son of Dead Man, released in 1990, but of course the Texas-based outfit are more known for their works during the heavy rock surge of 1969-1970, during the course of which they offered three records to the overarching cause of the development of heavy rock. 1969’s Get off My Case and their two 1970 releases, Dead Man and Josefus — most particularly Dead Man — have continued to find relevance and influence among subsequent generations of Texan groups, and as they look to make a return this year to play End Hip End It this October in Houston and move forward with their first long-player in nearly 30 years, they do so crossing the generational divide in their own right.

The new lineup of Josefus, in addition to founding vocalist Pete Bailey and founding guitarist Dave Mitchell, features bassist/backing vocalist Doomstress Alexis, also of Doomstress and Project Armageddon, and drummer Michael Morris of Lone Star Hippie, and they’ve begun work tracking new material already while also dealing with a host of medical issues, scheduling conflicts, and so on. No exact release date has been set, but it doesn’t seem unreasonable to think there’s a chance Josefus could have the record together by the time End Hip End It comes around, if not actually pressed and ready for the merch stand.

They posted a quick rehearsal teaser on Thee Facebooks this past weekend that I’d embed here but for the evilness of the social medias involved. Instead, I’ve included Dead Man as a refresher at the bottom of this post, along with the info the band sent down the PR wire below about their upcoming plans.

Check it out:

Josefus – New Lineup May 2017

Josefus singer Pete Bailey had been feeling like the inspirational well was dry though the want to continue creating music was still there. Two days after celebrating his 70th birthday in November 2016 he checked in to the hospital for a scheduled minor surgery. Things took a dramatic change when severe complications from a massive infection developed forcing Pete to spend three months in both the hospital for treatment and rehabilitation to avoid a massive stroke or worse. It was during this time of isolation that Pete suddenly found his inspirational well surge.

Once released from the hospital Pete & Dave started working on songs together with an intense drive and contacted Richard Cagle at Montrose Studios about doing a new record. Unfortunately existing drummer Leesa Harrington-Squires (Lez Zeppelin) & bassist Mark Weathers were unable to commit to the project. Dave called bassist Doomstress Alexis (Doomstress/Project Armageddon) and drummer Mike Morris (Lone Star Hippie) whom they were all familiar with and asked if they could dedicate time to putting a record together.

Four writing and rehearsal sessions later and they were in the studio tracking drum and bass for several songs. Dave and Pete will be laying down guitars, vocals and harmonica for the existing tracks while Alexis is on a scheduled tour with Doomstress but once she is back, tracking will continue on several more songs already developed from writing sessions.

A short video teaser from the studio session was uploaded to the Josefus Facebook page and has had a massive response, especially with fans from across Europe asking for a European tour and festival appearances! Josefus plans on doing shows and some touring later this year and is already booked to play End Hip End It psych fest with Doomstress on October 22nd in Houston, TX. Europe is definitely on the radar as well.

ORIGINAL MEMBERS
Pete Bailey – Vocals & Harmonica
Dave Mitchell – Guitars
NEW MEMBERS
Michael Morris (Lone Star Hippie) – Drums & Backing Vocals
Doomstress Alexis (Doomstress/Project Armageddon) – Bass & Backing Vocals

Facebook studio teaser video: https://www.facebook.com/josefusmusic/videos/10155499351477262/

End Hip End It psych fest event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/444285199249564/

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Josefus, Dead Man (1970)

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Doomstress Announce ‘May-Day Mayhem’ Tour Dates

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 1st, 2017 by JJ Koczan

Hell, you know I’m a sucker for a cleverly-named tour. Texas heavy rockers Doomstress, after sharing the stage with the formidable likes of The Obsessed, Karma to Burn and Lo-Pan later this week, will head out on their ‘May-Day! Mayhem’ tour, playing shows in the South and the Midwest as they loop their way around the circuit. They’ll keep good company all the while, between the likes of Fiddle Witch, The Judge, Iron Tongue, Stone Machine Electric, Devil to Pay, Forming the Void and so on. You can always tell a band is well liked when they play with a bunch of awesome people.

This marks Doomstress‘ second tour of the year after hitting the West Coast with Portland’s Disenchanter. Dates and lineup info come courtesy of the PR wire:

doomstress tour poster

DOOMSTRESS May Day! Mayhem Tour

DOOMSTRESS (DHU Records) will be hitting the road once again in mid May after just finishing a 2 week western US tour w/labelmates Disenchanter!

The May-Day! Mayhem Tour will see the band zig-zagging across the central, midwest & southern US.

The DOOMSTRESS lineup for this tours will consist of:
Doomstress Alexis- bass/vox
Brandon Johnson- lead & rhythm guitar
Matt Taylor- (touring) rhythm & lead guitar (Serpent Sun)
Alex Erhardt- (touring) drums (The Scourge-feat members of Helstar/Finger Guns)

DOOMSTRESS – May-Day! Mayhem Tour:
5/6- Houston, TX @ Satellite Bar w/The Obsessed, Karma to Burn & Lo-Pan
5/12- Houston, TX @ Rudyards Pub w/Messa (Italy), Witchcryer, and Fiddle Witch & the Demons of Doom
5/13- Bryan, TX @ Revolution Cafe w/Piss Penny & Dethtruck
5/14- Hot Springs, AR @ Maxine’s Live
5/16- St. Louis, MO @ Sink Hole w/Space Trucker & The Judge
5/17- Lawrence, KS @ Replay Lounge w/Custom Black & Stone Grower
5/18- Minneapolis, MN @ Eagles Club! 34 w/Livid, Nightosaur & Trash Catties
5/19- Madison, WI @ Mickey’s Tavern w/Red Museum, Clean Room & Wife!
5/20- Chicago, IL @ Underground Lounge w/Thorr-Axe & Black Road
5/21- Indianapolis, IN @ State Street Pub w/Devil to Pay
5/22- Louisville, KY @ Highlands Tap Room – Metal Mondays w/Sparrowmilk
5/23- Nashville, TN @ Autograph Rehearsal Space w/tba
5/24- Birmingham, AL @ The Nick Rocks w/The Murder of Jane Crow & Silver Tongued Devilz
5/25- Little Rock, AR @ White Water Tavern w/Iron Tongue
5/26- Ft. Worth, TX @ The Grotto w/Power Flower, Stone Machine Electric & Gypsy Sun Revival
5/27- Beaumont, TX @ The Gig w/Forming the Void, The Dirty Seeds & Socially Awkward

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Doomstress, “Apathetic Existence” Live at the Foundry

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Doomstress and Disenchanter Announce ‘How the West was Doomed’ Tour

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 28th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

Let’s face facts: There shouldn’t be a single date on this tour that’s TBA. Sorry, but that’s the way it is. I’m not saying it’s a vast conspiracy or anything, but for real, Denver, Boise, San Francisco, San Diego, Tucson, etc., where are you on this one? Disenchanter and Doomstress hitting the road together? Between bands in the TBA geography and club promoters with nights to fill, it should be an absolute no-brainer for heavy rock heads. The call makes itself. Get on it if you’re not already on it.

Shit, you guys need a show in Massachusetts? Come on up, we’ll figure something out. Worst case, you play my house and I’ll make everyone a delicious low-carb dinner and milkshakes afterward. Yeah, I know it’s not exactly on the routing for a West Coast run, but a gig’s a gig. Let me know. Offer’s on the table.

Take a look at the dates below, and if you can help out the bands, it’s as easy as the paragraph above makes it sound. You can probably even let them fend for themselves as regards dinner, if that’s how it absolutely has to be:

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DOOMSTRESS & DISENCHANTER – How the West was Doomed

This April, DHU Records labelemates: DOOMSTRESS (Houston, TX) & DISENCHANTER (Portland, OR) join up to tour the western US on the “How the West was Doomed Tour”.

Tour begins April 4th w/Doomstress in Colorado Springs, CO before being joined by up Disenchanter.

Doomstress & Disenchanter – “How the West was Doomed Tour”
4/4 Colorado Springs, CO @ The Triple Nickel (Doomstress only)
4/5 tba
4/6 Seattle, WA @ Darrell’s
4/7 Portland, OR @ Kenton Club (Doomstress only)
4/8 Eugene, OR @ The Boreal
4/9 tba
4/10 Sacramento, CA @ Starlite
4/11 tba
4/12 Los Angeles, CA @ The Complex (w/Old Blood)
4/13 Las Vegas, NV @ Beauty Bar (w/Demon Lung)
4/14 Flagstagff, AZ @ Green Room
4/15 Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
4/16 tba

Doomstress is:
Doomstress Alexis (bass & vox)
Brandon Johnson (gtr/backing vox)
Tomasz Scull (drums)

Disenchanter is:
Sabine Stangenberg – Lead Guitar/Vocals
Joey DeMartini – Bass

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www.doomstress.bigcartel.com
www.facebook.com/DisenchanterPDX
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Doomstress, Supernatural Kvlt Sounds (2016)

Disenchanter, Strange Creations (2015)

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Project Grimm Announce The Crass Menagerie out Feb. 15

Posted in Whathaveyou on January 18th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

In 2015, ultra-respected Italian print ‘zine Vincebus Eruptum did a story in its 19th issue (review here) highlighting the prodigious and sometimes bizarre Houston noise rock scene. Around the same time, the label wing of the same publication hooked up with the Linus Pauling Quartet to release the early-2016 full-length, Ampalanche (review here), basically putting their money where their mouth is. Or at very least continuing to in a manner beyond the already considerable factor of running a print outlet in the 2010s.

Seems fair to look at Vincebus Eruptum Recordings picking up Houston’s Project Grimm (ex-The Mike Gunn) to issue their first album in well over a decade, The Crass Menagerie, as an extension of the same impulse. The record is set to arrive on Feb. 15, and feature eight tracks split up over two sides of a vinyl limited to just 300 copies, 100 red, 200 black, that, when you buy it direct from the label, come with a copy of Vincebus Eruptum No. 21.

Preorders are up now. Vincebus Eruptum Recordings posted the following info on the subject:

project grimm the crass menagerie

PROJECT GRIMM “The Crass Menagerie”

Issue date: 15th of February 2017

Limited edition vinyl (VELP016): 300 copies (100 copies on red vinyl + 200 copies on black vinyl)

Track-list:
A1 – E. Pluribus Merman
A2 – Solvent
A3 – Cloud No Larger Than A Man’s Hand
A4 – New Two
B1 – Deliveryman’s Threat
B2 – Cartographer
B3 – Grifters
B4 – A German Beach

The first album by the Houston cult band after 15 years!!! From the ashes of THE MIKE GUNN to that heavy-psych unique sound! The trio is composed by John Cramer (ex Mike Gunn) on guitar and vocals, Drew Calhoun on bass and Ricky Costello on drums.

THAT VINYL WILL BE SHIPPED TOGETHER WITH A FREE COPY OF VINCEBUS ERUPTUM MAGAZINE N.21

The cost contains the fee to subscribe and/or the donation to the Associazione Culturale VINCEBUS ERUPTUM

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Project Grimm, Huge Beings (2003)

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Funeral Horse Premiere “Underneath all that Ever Was” Video

Posted in Bootleg Theater on January 13th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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With their new video, Houston bizarro heavy rockers Funeral Horse are more or less saying goodbye to their 2015 album, Divinity for the Wicked (review here), but true to form, that’s hardly all they’re saying. The clip premiering below for “Underneath all that Ever Was” starts off with a Stranger Things reference, digs into a narrative about a downer bureaucrat — played by drummer Chris Bassett — working a suicide prevention hotline and not caring, cuts suddenly to guitarist/vocalist Walter “Paul Bearer” Carlos on his phone waiting to shoot for his solo, and then goes back to Bassett‘s character drinking at his desk, only to be visited by Death, who very cleverly high-fives him, ending his life, and leaving a slew of distraught people on the other end of the suicide hotline.

Got all that? If so, you’re one up on me. Fortunately, director Larry Czach — who also worked with the band on their video for “There will be Vultures” (posted here) — was on it, but suffice it to say it’s very much Funeral Horse‘s thing to be on their own wavelength, so they’re right at home in “Underneath all that Ever Was” in addition to being part of a longstanding tradition of weirdo Texan noisemakers. The three-piece have a few live dates in the Lone Star State this month at which they’ll introduce new bassist Clint Rater, and then it’s back to preparations for their next full-length, which will presumably be out sometime before the end of the year, likely on Artificial Head Records. I’d make a prediction as to when specifically, but I think both the song and video below bear out the futility of trying to predict anything when it comes to Funeral Horse.

A few words from Carlos and Bassett follow, as well as the tour dates.

Please enjoy:

Funeral Horse, “Underneath all that Ever Was” official video

Walter Carlos on making the video:

Working on this video was an intense experience in that it was more like a movie production. We purposely wanted to make something that had more of a cinematic quality to it rather than standard band footage. At one point, we did have some live shots of the band, but that got scrapped in production in favor of the guitar diva scene. We decided on the song “Underneath All That Ever Was“ because it’s not only one of our favorites to play live, it’s one of our darkest topics… which fit with the theme of the failed suicide prevention consultant from the video.

This marks the second collaboration between the band and Larry Czach –- who produced the video for “There Shall Be Vultures” –- also from the current record. Larry has a long history in the Houston music scene -– going back to 1970 when he ran lights for psychedelic rock bands that came to town.

Chris Bassett on making the video:

It was a blast working on this video! We got to work on a lot of ideas to help bring the story to life. Working with Larry was a breeze. He listened to our ideas but also had some neat tricks up his sleeve for capturing the essence of what the story was all about. I think it worked out quite well.

Funeral Horse January Texas Tour (with Shadow Giant from Louisiana)
01/25 Satellite Bar (Houston, TX)
01/26 Black Monk (Corpus Christi, TX)
01/27 TBA (McAllen, TX)
01/28 Faust (San Antonio, TX)

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