Steak, Slab City: The New Red Sun Blues

Posted in Reviews on September 11th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

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After two ceremonious vinyl reissues for their 2012 Disastronaught (review here) and 2013 Corned Beef Colossus (review here) EPs, London heavy rock four-piece Steak make their proper debut on Napalm Records with Slab City, also their first full-length. In several ways, the album is a 10-track/49-minute homage to the glories of desert rock, and particularly, Slab City is indebted to Kyuss‘ 1994 genre classic Welcome to Sky Valley in both its mindset and execution, taking its name, as that record does (if unofficially) from a location in the Californian desert. Not only that, but Steak – vocalist Kippa, guitarist Reece Tee (also a principal organizer of the DesertFest in London), bassist James “Cam” Cameron and drummer Sammy Forway – traveled from London to Palm Springs in Southern CA in order to record at Thunder Underground with producer Harper Hug, who also recently engineered outings by Vista Chino and John Garcia, and co-producer Arthur Seay, guitarist of Unida and House of Broken Promises. In addition, John Garcia makes a guest vocal appearance on side A’s “Pisser,” underscoring that track’s particular Blues for the Red Sun-shine, and even unto the goof-off bonus track “Old Timer D.W.” — which, admittedly, is both less pull-you-out-of-the-album and more of an actual song than was “Lick Doo” on Sky Valley – Steak wear their influence on their sleeve. I’m not going to complain about that. With the general quality of their riffing and the compression brought to the recording — Vista Chino‘s Peace makes a decent comparison point, production-wise — by Hug and SeaySteak embark on their first long-player by continuing the progression from their EPs that serves as the steps toward creating their own identity out of that influence. And anyway, it’s not like they’re trying to tell you they wrote “Gardenia” or something.

I’ve been curious to hear how Steak would make the leap from their shorter releases to a full album. They do so reusing only two tracks — “Liquid Gold” from the second EP, and “Machine,” from the first. Each is the second song on its respective half of Slab City, which seems to have been structured with at least thoughts of vinyl. “Liquid Gold” in particular is an early highlight, coming off opener “Coma”‘s noisy and gradually solidifying atmosphere — the first couple minutes of the album, the band seem to be coalescing aurally before the track launches — more expansive sounding than the original and with a different treatment of Kippa‘s vocals, which here are deeper in the mix and piled in effects, whether it’s echo, compression, megaphone, reverb, etc. Sometimes that can signal a lack of confidence on the part of a singer, but I don’t think that’s necessarily the case here. While he’s got a gruff delivery and he’s prone to sticking to it, Kippa doesn’t strike as the kind of vocalist trying to hide behind studio trickery, and the impression across Slab City‘s first three tracks — “Coma,” “Liquid Gold” and the shorter push of the titular cut, “Slab City” — is that the band is trying to find different ways of changing things up around Tee‘s wall of fuzz and the laid back heavy grooves of Cameron (who once again serves as Steak‘s hidden weapon) and Forway, whose tight snare pop manages to ground the proceedings even at their most jammed out. And they do jam. Songs are structured, but even “Pisser” moves through its varied parts and into and out of Garcia‘s parts with a sense that any minute now Steak might just decide to ride a riff for the next eight minutes. They don’t go that far — at least not until closer “Rising,” and even that has purpose — but they make it known effectively that they could and reserve the right to at some future date. The noisy wash of “Quaaludes and Interludes” underscores the dynamic flow of Slab City‘s first half, setting up side B to keep the momentum moving forward.

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It does so successfully. “Roadhead,” which follows “Quaaludes and Interludes,” begins a trio of faster cuts that continues through “Machine” and “Hanoid” as Steak hit full throttle en route to the eight-minute “Rising” and Slab City‘s grandest statement of where they are as a band. Though I doubt you’ll be hearing about it on the radio anytime soon, “Roadhead” is one of the album’s catchiest songs — a solid opener for the second half — and with the familiar roll of “Machine” backing it up, there’s a bit of back and forth play going on with the energy of the material, despite a pretty consistent tempo. Tee alternates between airy lead lines in the verse and a more heads-down chorus rollout, but the groove is palpable either way, and he saves a scorching lead for “Hanoid,” which builds up quickly over a four-and-a-half-minute course and ends with a cymbal wash and feedback to signal the shift into “Rising,” the longest piece on the record and most expansive, bringing in a feedback start, some vague speech in there either sampled or not, drum thud taking hold to transition into the verse. The song is almost at its halfway point be the time they get to the chorus, Kippa raging out his lines over waves of distortion in the guitar and bass. More feedback serves as a transition back through the next cycle, and though it’s basically a verse and a chorus repeated, Steak approach “Rising” with a feel open enough to bring some chaotic vibing to the mix, which is as fitting an end to Slab City‘s movement as one could ask. That makes “Old Timer D.W.” a little extraneous, perhaps, but the bonus track, which begins with a cockney “Come on now, work for your money! Play another song!” and shifts into reverb-drenched slide guitar shenanigans, is clearly serving a purpose beyond what it might convey about the band’s songwriting. Its half-written feel is somewhat incongruous with Slab City‘s overall purposeful nature — if Steak had just been interested in screwing around, they probably would’ve saved the travel expense and stayed in London or at least the UK to do it — but as far as sending messages goes, “we don’t take ourselves too seriously” isn’t a bad thing for a band to say on their first album.

But don’t mistake them, Steak might be up for tossing off a riff here and there, but even when they do so, they’re playing to a very specific idea, and Slab City — desert hued and desert captured — is a record by a group of players who knew precisely what they wanted to accomplish in making it. It is not haphazard. The two EPs set up a comic-book-style narrative between them, and I don’t know if Slab City continues that or not (hazards of digital promos), but in terms of their overarching progression, it proves just how ready they were to take on the long-player task, and justifies the ambitious method by which they recorded the album through high-grade riffs, memorable songs and a molten flow between its component tracks. Steak leave themselves room to grow, but don’t let that take away from the fact that Slab City is a markedly impressive debut and as true a work of desert rock as one is likely to find no matter the geography.

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London DesertFest 2015: Sleep, Orange Goblin and My Sleeping Karma Added to Lineup

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 29th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Three bands deep and already DesertFest London — which from here on out I’ll be presenting with the capital ‘f’ in accordance with their own stylization and in contrast to years past; I’m tired of feeling like I’ve got it wrong — has an enviable lineup. Sleep was already confirmed shortly after this year’s fest, and they’ll headline Koko, a place about which I know nothing but assume is sizable, as Orange Goblin celebrate their 20th anniversary. Not bad shakes. I’ve seen both of those bands, and they destroy, but I’ve never seen My Sleeping Karma and they’re on my wishlist at this point, their last several records having been so very, very good.

While I consider the finer points of starting an NPR-style pledge drive in order to cover travel expenses (no, not really), check out the announcement from the PR wire:

DESERTFEST LONDON 2015 : Sleep, Orange Goblin and My Sleeping Karma confirmed

European stoner/doom/psych festival DESERTFEST LONDON just unveiled the first batch of bands to be part of its fourth edition, taking place on April 24-26th, 2015 in Camden. Tickets are on sale now, so it’s time to make plans for next spring!

First bands confirmed are:

SLEEP (headlining Koko’s on Sunday 26th)
ORANGE GOBLIN
MY SLEEPING KARMA

For the fourth year running, Camden’s finest venues will be hosting one of the most exciting stoner/doom/sludge/psyche gatherings in Europe, for a full weekend of fuzzed-out tunes, psychedelia and partying. After they announced their long-awaited return a few weeks ago, American stoner rock pioneers SLEEP will be treating the Desertfest crowd to their twenty minutes long smoked-out sonic odysseys, with an exclusive headlining set at London’s famous venue Koko’s on the Sunday. Camden’s ground is set to tremble once again this year, with UK metal heavyweights ORANGE GOBLIN delivering their fiery metal anthems, for a one-off 20th anniversary special performance. This first announcement couldn’t be complete without a cosmic touch (because it wouldn’t be DESERTFEST if we weren’t sonically high at least once), brought to you by German psych trio MY SLEEPING KARMA.

Keep an ear to the ground as more bands will be announced really soon!

DESERTFEST LONDON
April 24-26th 2015 in Camden Town
Koko – Electric Ballroom – The Underworld – The Black Heart

3-day tickets (£99.50) available at THIS LOCATION

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Sleep, “Sonic Titan” Live in Boston, Aug. 24, 2014

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New Orange Goblin Album Back from the Abyss Due in October

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 15th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Well, one of the few remaining questions I had about releases in 2014 was whether or not the new Orange Goblin was going to arrive before the end of the year, and it looks like Candlelight Records has taken care of answering that. London’s heavy rock forerunning stalwarts will have Back from the Abyss – I’ll just assume that’s not their statement on touring in the US — out this October, gunning for an autumnal addition to the year-end best-of lists and, I’m sure, getting it. I know I’ll be keeping a slot open. There’s a new track posted at Loudwire that I haven’t listened to yet, but I wanted to get the news posted right away because, well, it’s new Orange Goblin, and that’s kind of a big deal.

They’ll head out on tour in Europe with Saint Vitus immediately following the release. No doubt much boozy destruction will ensue.

The PR wire has it like this:

ORANGE GOBLIN’s New Album Coming This October

Candlelight Records today confirms October 7th as the North American release date for ORANGE GOBLIN’s new album, Back From The Abyss. Recorded earlier this year in London, the album reunites the band with producer Jamie Dodd. It was mastered at Turan Audio in late July. Back From The Abyss will be available for preorder via iTunes and Amazon beginning August 26th. Fans can begin to preorder the CD today via Candlelight’s official webstore and Bandcamp page.

Loudwire.com is celebrating the announcement with an exclusive North American stream of the album’s first single, “The Devil’s Whip.” Vocalist Ben Ward says, “This song is a real old-school banger stuffed full of riffs, sleaze, filth, and speed… just like the best metal should be! It’s Motörhead-style, outlaw-biker rock in all its glory, destined to get heads banging, fists pumping, drinks flowing and asses shaking. If you don’t find yourself breaking the speed limit to this song, desperate to find the roughest bar in town, start a fight and spending the night in a cell, then you are quite clearly already dead. Let’s ride, let loose, let’s rip… that’s right, you can’t escape ‘The Devil’s Whip.'”

Back From The Abyss follows the band’s most successful release, 2012’s A Eulogy For The Damned, and the recent reissue of their 2007 album Healing Through Fire. Featuring twelve new songs, it delivers the quartets now internationally respected heavy metal. Decibel Magazine calls the band’s sound, “maximum riffage and turbo doom.” Blabbermouth dubs them, “a big burly bag of rock goodness.” Rocking hard as fans have come expect, Back From The Abyss shows not only the band’s tried-and-true blues and doom but the high caliber of their musicianship.

ORANGE GOBLIN will kick off the Autumn with a European tour alongside doom legends St. Vitus. Set to begin in France on October 9th, the tour will work its way through thirteen countries before concluding in Germany on November 14th. On the tour’s announcement Ward said, “We are extremely excited to be going on tour with our good friends and long-time heroes St. Vitus. Vitus are one of the bands that inspired us to form ORANGE GOBLIN all those years ago and to be able to promote our new album and celebrate their thirty-fifth anniversary at the same time just blows my mind.”

American dates in support of Back From The Abyss are anticipated to start early in the new year. Details to be announced shortly.

Together since 1995, ORANGE GOBLIN has released seven full-length studio albums. A Eulogy For The Damned was the band’s first for Candlelight Records and closed a five year recording hiatus. The album was supported with the most live dates by the band in their history; touring that saw the band on North America soil first alongside Clutch then on a full-scale headline tour that found them on thirty-eight stages across the US and Canada. Two videos were filmed and released for the album, including “Red Tide Rising” and the special Scion A/V video for “Acid Trials.”

Back From The Abyss Track Listing:
1. Sabbath Hex
2. Ubermensch
3. The Devil’s Whip
4. Demon Blues
5. Heavy Lies The Crown
6. Into the Arms of Morpheus
7. Mythical Knives
8. Bloodzilla
9. The Abyss
10. Titan
11. Blood Of Them
12. The Shadow Over Innsmouth

ORANGE GOBLIN is vocalist Ben Ward, guitartist Joe Hoare, bassist Martyn Millard, and drummer Christopher Turner. The band are endorsed by Marshall Amplification, Orange Amplification, Fender Bass Guitars, Natal Drums, Meinl Cymbals, Vater Sticks, Remo Skins, Vans, Volcom, Boss Pedals, Rotosound Strings, and Jagermeister.

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Orange Goblin, “The Devil’s Whip” from Back from the Abyss (2014)

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Steak Premiere Video for “Rising” from New Album Slab City

Posted in Bootleg Theater on August 14th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

UK heavy rockers Steak may have gone to the desert to record Slab City, but they went to the woods to film the video for “Rising.” Their full-length debut is due out Sept. 9 on Napalm Records, following two successful EPs, 2013’s Corned Beef Colossus (review here) and 2012’s Disastronaught (review here), and a host of European tours and festival slots. The London-based four-piece of vocalist Kippa, guitarist Reece Tee, bassist Cam and drummer Sammy will join forces with their labelmate John Garcia – who also puts in a guest appearance on the album — for a round of dates with his solo live band this fall. I’m not sure how many sjpws they’re doing together, but posters have started to surface, and what it all rounds out to is the next stage of progression for one of the fertile UK scene’s most potent up and coming acts.

Dudes in comics.Slab City was tracked at California desert hotspot Thunder Underground in Palm Springs, and I don’t know where the “Rising” clip was captured, but there isn’t a speck of sand to be seen. Off in the woods at night, there’s magical drug/artifact smoking, weird reincarnation rituals, and in the meantime, with spotlights behind branches like they used to do on the X-Files, Steak can be found jamming out with tree-falls-in-the-forest abandon. If you’re looking to get a feel for what Slab City is all about, the song itself is a more than suitable representation of its desert-minded grooves and bulk supply of spacious riffage. It is the apex of the record as well as its longest track and one of its most powerful executions, the band tackling the form of desert rock and invariably bringing something of their own to it.

“Rising” was directed by Samuel Smith and produced by Smith and Kieron Allender. Please enjoy:

Steak, “Rising” official video

Steak‘s Slab City will be out Sept. 9 on Napalm Records. The album is available now for pre-order. More info at the links.

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Kamchatka Announce Exclusive UK Show on Sept. 19

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 4th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Headlining in the UK for the first time, Swedish trio Kamchatka have announced a show Sept. 19 at The Black Heart in Camden Town, London, on Sept. 19. The three-piece released their fifth album, The Search Goes On, earlier this year on Despotz Records and boast the formidable presence of Per Wiberg in their ranks. Their last stop off in the UK was at the 2012 Download festival, and their resume also boasts an opening slot for Clutch, whose drummer Jean-Paul Gaster is a former collaborator.

I’ll grant that Camden is a long ways away for me to be plugging a show, but I’ve been to that venue as a part of Desertfest and met the people who run it and found them to be exceedingly welcoming, and the room upstairs where bands play is badass. I can think of an infinite number of less pleasant ways to spend an evening, so yeah, it’s not the most geographically central place for me to note a gig happening, but I think the circumstance warrants the mention.

From the PR wire:

Kamchatka – UK Exclusive Event

Snuff Lane Promotions has team up with Chaos Theory Music to proudly present – Exclusive Kamchatka UK Headlining event. (Only UK performance of the year).

Despite fans demanding more shows since their performance at 2012’s download festival, as well as having been spotted supporting the likes of Clutch, we’re flabbergasted that this is Kamchatka’s debut UK Headlining event.

In support of their new album ‘The Search Goes On’, the band has recently recruited the addition of Per Wiberg (Ex-Opeth, Spiritual Beggars…) – we’re certain that this is a must see event and request fans to attend to be a part of Stoner Rock history Tickets are due to go live today; with an unmissable line-up still to be announced, including another Swedish act for special guest support.

We would greatly appreciate any articles you’d announce in relation to our event, so please do request any additional information or press material to support.

Event: Kamchatka – UK Exclusive
Date: Friday 19th September
Venue: The Black Heart, London
Tickets: £10.00 (Advance)
Support: TBA.

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Kamchatka, “Tango Decadence” official video

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Wino Wednesday: Spirit Caravan, “Dead Love/Jug Fulla Sun” at London Desertfest 2014

Posted in Bootleg Theater on July 16th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Yeah, I know this isn’t the first Wino Wednesday clip culled from the video evidence snagged at this year’s Desertfest in London. Not even close, actually. But unlike Wino‘s sit-in with Weedeater (seen here) and his acoustic set with Spirit Caravan bandmate Dave Sherman (seen here), this week’s video is actually of Spirit Caravan performing. If that’s too minor a distinction, I apologize. Stick around and it’ll be something else next week.

For now, shot from the side of the stage in a rather nostalgic black and white, we see Sherman, drummer Henry Vasquez and, deep in the shot, Wino himself performing “Dead Love/Jug Fulla Sun” from Spirit Caravan‘s classic 1999 debut, Jug Fulla Sun. In a big way, the album would define the band going forward, and while their 2001 follow-up/swansong, Elusive Truth, brought new edges to the sound and they continued to progress right up to the new studio tracks they included with their final offering, the 2003 The Last Embrace compilation, Jug Fulla Sun remains a standout 15 years later in capturing the trio as they were in a natural, heavy rolling state. It’s hard to imagine the smooth instrumental “Dead Love” section and “Jug Fulla Sun” without each other, and as Sherman stomps out the groove in the early going of the latter, I can’t help but agree. Simply one of heavy rock’s best nods.

Spirit Caravan just reissued Jug Fulla Sun on a limited, hand-screened LP — Exile on Mainstream had them for sale — and they looked absolutely gorgeous. It’s a worthy investment as the band’s reunion continues and they promise work on a new album, which would be their first studio outing since Elusive Truth. More on that to come, I’m sure, but until then, hope you enjoy “Dead Love/Jug Fulla Sun” and get a sense of just how much vitality there is at the heart of this band.

Happy Wino Wednesday:

Spirit Caravan, “Dead Love/Jug Fulla Sun” Live at Desertfest London 2014

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Enos to Release Live at the East Slope DVD

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 11th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Last year, UK space metallers Enos released a live EP called The East Slope. It came out in April 2013 and was captured — live, obviously — about a month earlier. Here we are, more than a year later, and the Brighton two-guitar foursome have sent word down the PR wire that Live at the East Slope will now be put out as a DVD on Aug. 2, an occasion they’ll celebrate by playing a release show alongside Bright Curse and Wizard Fight.

What’s the lesson? It takes much longer to make a live video release than a live audio one.

Kudos to Enos, and to Rapture Films as well I guess, for making it happen at all. In this age of instant YouTubely gratification, it’ll make a fine inclusion at the merch table for anyone who wants to delve deeper than an album might allow for, and while one awaits their next studio outing following late-2012’s All too Human, it should provide enough of a fix to hold even the most ardent of followers.

Details and whatnots:

Live Enos DVD released 2nd of August 2014!

Well, it’s been a while but we’ve not been dragging our heels. After a lot of work (and swearing) by Rapture Films and ourselves the Live at The East Slope DVD is set for release on the 2nd of August 2014! The film captures our Sussex University show from the 22nd of March 2013 (the release show for the vinyl version of All Too Human) and features over an hour of psychedelic noise. The set is made up of tracks from both All Too Human and Chapter One and a couple of tracks from this show were released on The East Slope live EP last year. Filmed live at The East Slope Bar on the Sussex University campus Live at The East Slope features the show as it was on the night from start to finish (with a few additional animations here and there) and we fell it perfectly captured the atmosphere of the night. On the night we had the full light-show from Innerstrings Psychedelic Lightshow as well as a guest appearance from Sigrid Jakobson for a rendition of Collisions. The full track list is…

1. All Too Human
2. In Space
3. Floating
4. Left For Dead
5. Collisions
6. Another Solution
7. Launch
8. Devil Makes Work
9. Transform
10. Who Knew?
11. Back To Earth

And just to whet your appetite here’s the live version of Left For Dead.

To celebrate the release we’ll be performing live at The Unicorn in Camden on the 2nd of August, this will be your first chance to pick up a copy for yourself. Support comes in the form of Wizard Fight and Bright Curse, doors are at 7.30pm so get there early!! As well as that we have another Brighton show at The Hope on the 8th of August with support from The Ingrates, Deaf From Behind and The Tricks. Doors are at 8pm, tickets available here.

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Enos, “Left for Dead” from Live at the East Slope (2014)

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Stubb Announce Tracklisting for Cry of the Ocean

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 25th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

It’s a quick post from London heavy rock trio Stubb, but it serves as a reminder of yet another record set to arrive in the coming months worth watching out for. Actually, there’s no release date yet, but I’m hoping this one makes it out before the end of the year. Stubb‘s 2012 self-titled debut (review here) was a winter album, and if their second outing and first for Ripple Music, Cry of the Ocean, follows suit, I’ll take it.

Stubb recorded the album at Skyhammer Studios, owned by Jon Davis of Conan, and Cry of the Ocean will mark the first recorded appearance by drummer Tom Fyfe, who came aboard to replace Chris West (also ex-Trippy Wicked), who played on the first record and subsequent single, Under a Spell (review here). Fyfe joins guitarist/vocalist Jack Dickinson and bassist/vocalist Peter Holland, who now also plays in Elephant Tree.

So yes, Stubb‘s sophomore full-length will find the band in a different situation than did their debut, and opening with a two-parter — even, let’s say if part one is an intro and part two is the song itself — speaks to a progressive ambition on their part, but I have little doubt that the songwriting will deliver, and if you heard the first record, you know that’s what it’s all about with these guys. Well, that and the thick-bottom grooves they lock in along the way.

Will keep you apprised when I get more info on the release — things like the art, arrival date, and so on — but here’s the tracklist, courtesy of the band:

These are the song titles in order for our new album ‘Cry Of The Ocean’

Cry Of The Ocean Part 1
Cry Of The Ocean Part 2
Heavy Blue Sky
Sail Forever
Heartbreaker
Devil’s Brew
Snake Eyes
You’ll Never Know

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Stubb, “Under a Spell”

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Steak to Release Slab City this September

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 19th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

After probably more than a year and countless email reminders, I’ve finally upgraded the WordPress back end to this site. I was up half the night doing so, and it’s a process that’s not yet finished. A serious pain in the ass, and as usual, for everything that works about the new version, there’s some minor tweak made that fucks up something I used all the time that was in no way broken to start with. Ugh.

Nonetheless, as the dudely dudes of London’s Steak remind us, life goes on. In their case, it goes on to the desert, where it records a full-length debut for Napalm Records called Slab City that’s due out in September. I’m looking forward to hearing this one, as both of Steak‘s EPs to date have been dead-on ragers, all riffs and ass-kickery and whatnot. The London outfit have also put in steady road time these last several years, so it should be interesting to hear what they’ve come up with.

The artwork and tracklisting have been unveiled for Slab City and you can see both below. I had no idea drummer Sammy had four arms. That’s probably a big help:

STEAK Unveil Title, Track Listing, Artwork & Release Dates of Upcoming Album!

They say the British prefer their steak bloody; almost most of them still eat it raw. However, here lies an English piece of STEAK ahead, which is really nice and dry. The Stoner Rockers have just unveiled the artwork, title, track listing & release dates of their upcoming album Slab City (01.09.2014 in the UK & 09.09.2014 CAN/USA, Napalm Records):

Track Listing:
1. Coma
2. Liquid Gold
3. Slab City
4. Pisser
5. Quaaludes and Interludes
6. Roadhead
7. Machine
8. Hanoid
9. Rising
10. Old Timer D.W.

Release Dates:
01.09.2014 UK
05.09.2014 G/A/S, BENELUX & FIN
08.09.2014 Rest of Europe
09.09.2014 USA/CAN
10.09.2014 NOR/SWE/ESP

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Steak, “Liquid Gold” Live, Feb. 2014

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Steak Added to Desertfest Belgium 2014 Lineup

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 21st, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Set to release their debut LP on Napalm Records this September, the dudely dudes in London heavy rockers Steak have been announced as the latest addition to the formidable lineup of the first Desertfest Belgium, set for Oct. 10-12 in Antwerp. They join a cast of some of the heaviest heavy, with Electric Wizard, YOB, Pallbearer and All Them Witches accounted for and presumably more to come, but it all seems to be part of Steak‘s plan for global domination, as the four-piece drop hints in the PR wire info below of further Euro touring this fall in addition to the dates they already have lined up with Swedish rock masters Greenleaf.

Get yourself informed so you know when and how they’re coming for you:

STEAK confirmed to play Desertfest Belgium 2014

London’s finest stoner rockers STEAK are confirmed for the first edition of Desertfest Belgium in Antwerp, along with Electric Wizard, Yob, Brant Bjork, Kadavar and many more.

Within two years, STEAK have established themselves as one of the British stoner rock scene’s most satisfying acts. Following the sandy steps of their American elders Kyuss or Fu Manchu, STEAK’s music is driven by ballsy riffs and contagious grooves, tinged with moments of pure cosmic escapism.

After their two critically acclaimed EPs Disastronaught and Corned Beef Colossus and a serie of successful gigs across Spain, France, Switzerland and the UK, the fuzzy foursome flew out to Palm Springs’ very own Thunder Underground studio this winter to record their first full-length record, due out on September 4th via Napalm Records.

The album was produced by Harper Hug (Vista Chino, Brant Bjork, Nick Oliveri) and co-produced by Unida’s guitarist Arthur Seay, and will feature guest vocals from desert rock legend John Garcia. Before going on a full European tour this fall, Steak will hit the stage of the first Desertfest Belgium edition to introduce their new tunes to the crowd. Not to be missed!

The band will also play UK’s brand new music event ALT-FEST, as well as a couple of gigs to support the release of their first full-length, due out September 4th via NAPALM RECORDS.

UPCOMING LIVE SHOWS
08.16.14 – ALT-FEST (UK) Kettering
09.04.14 – CARDIFF (UK) Moon Club **
09.05.14 – MANCHESTER (UK) Kraak **
09.06.14 – LONDON (UK) The Borderline ***
10.10.14 – DESERTFEST BELGIUM (Antwerp) Trix Centrum ***
** w/ Greenleaf
*** w/ Greenleaf and Sedulus

(Full European Tour coming in November)

After the undeniable success of both Desertfest London and Berlin, the brand expands a bit more with the first edition of DESERTFEST BELGIUM in Antwerp this October. Get ready for three days of stoner rock, doom, sludge and psychedelia in a super friendly and chilled atmosphere.

DESERTFEST BELGIUM
October 10-11-12th in Antwerp (Belgium)
Tickets and infos on www.desertfest.be

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Steak, “Glanshammar” official video

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Wino Wednesday: Acoustic with Dave Sherman at London Desertfest 2014

Posted in Bootleg Theater on May 14th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Particularly since he started doing acoustic sets now over four years ago, Wino has shown up in some unexpected places. I seem to recall a set from the Volcom store in Los Angeles from 2011, and in 2010 he had that in-store at Substance Records in Bulgaria. There are countless other examples, but the point is he’s taken advantage of the “have guitar will travel” ethic, and if you’ve got a corner that’ll hold a dude and his guitar, it seems like maybe you’ve got a shot at getting Wino to play sooner or later. Something to keep in mind, no doubt.

Already at Desertfest in London to headline with the reunited Spirit Caravan, Wino found time to also bust out an acoustic set at the Vans store in Camden Town. I remember I was hoping to see Trippy Wicked there last year, also playing acoustic, and couldn’t figure out where it was, then quite literally walked by it on my way to The Underworld, so yeah, it’s right in the mix with the rest of the Desertfest venues, and if I’m not mistaken, this year there were also a few signings and other events happening throughout the weekend. I’ve never been much for autograph hunting, but cool anyway if the bands playing take the time for it. Ditto that this acoustic set.

In the beginning of the clip — in which Wino is joined by his Spirit Caravan bandmate Dave ShermanWino mentions this is one of the earliest songs he wrote. I haven’t been able to place it, if it’s a The Obsessed track or what, so if you know the name of the song, please let me know. The chorus is sort of vaguely familiar, but I don’t know if that’s just because I watched the video five times in a row or what. Either way, hope you enjoy and have an excellent Wino Wednesday:

Wino Acoustic at Desertfest London, April 25, 2014

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Orange Goblin to Reissue Healing through Fire on June 10

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 8th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Presumably it’s Orange Goblin‘s plan to have their new album ready to roll out by the time they hit the road with Saint Vitus on the latter’s European tour celebrating their 35th anniversary. The kings of London’s heavy scene are currently in the studio making said album (as the pic above proves), and in the meantime, they’ve announced that Candlelight will reissue their 2007 outing, Healing through Fire, with bonus tracks on June 10 in North America and May 26 everywhere else.

Makes sense. Healing through Fire was a brilliant record that never got its due Stateside, considering its release was just around the time Sanctuary Records was imploding. After coming to the US to support 2004’s Thieving from the House of God, the four-piece never got back to support it either beyond an appearance at the 2009 Planet Caravan festival in North Carolina, and by then the album was already two years old. It’s been more or less begging for a reissue since, despite having been included in Orange Goblin‘s 5CD box set in 2011.

Nice to be mentioned in the press release below, so thanks to Candlelight for that, even though I’m not at The Aquarian anymore and the noted interview with Ben Ward appeared here in its full, unabridged form. I’ll take what I can get, I guess. Ward had some interesting stuff to say about Healing through Fire in that interview, so if you get the chance, it might be worth a look ahead of this reissue.

The PR wire takes it from here:

‘HEALING THROUGH FIRE’ TO BE RE-ISSUED!!

While fans await the new album from England’s ORANGE GOBLIN, Candlelight is set to reissue the misisng piece from the band’s stateside catalog. Originally released in 2007, the Mark Daghorn produced Healing Through Fire was issued via Sanctuary Records. The album closed a 3 year recording gap for the band (previous album Thieving From The House of God released 2004 via Rise Above Records) and would be the only album the quartet would release for Sanctuary.

Talking with The Aquarian Weekly’s JJ Koczan in 2011, vocalist Ben Ward noted, “it would have been nice to play for our US fans and promote Healing Through Fire, but for some reason or another, it just never materialized.” ORANGE GOBLIN would not return to America until 2011; the tour put together to promote the release of a limited 5-cd box set released by Rise Above/Metal Blade Records. It was during The Aquarian Weekly interview that Ward enthusiastically said, “we’re finally going to get the opportunity to play the material from Healing Through Fire for American audiences. We’re going to go out and play four or five songs off that record for the crowd.”

Lyrically inspired by The Great Plague and London ’s Great Fire of 1666, the band still considers it to be one of their best albums. Ward says, “this album has been very hard to find in recent times. We are glad that people can once again hear what I consider to be one of our finest albums. Songs like “The Ballad of Solomon Eagle,” They Come Back,” “Vagrant Stomp,” and many more that are regularly featured in our live set can now be heard again. As a band, we are delighted.”

Currently recording the follow-up to the mega-successful A Eulogy For The Damned, ORANGE GOBLIN are expected to return to the US to tear up clubs later this year. Working again with Jamie Dodd, bass guitar and drums have been tracked with guitars and vocals expected to be completed by May 17. The final mix is anticipated by early June . The band announced last week a full European tour with doom legend Saint Vitus. Set to begin in France on October 9, the tour will work its way through 13 countries before concluding in Germany on November 14. On the tour’s announcement Ward said, “we are extremely excited to be going on tour with our good friends and long-time heroes Saint Vitus. Vitus are one of the bands that inspired us to form ORANGE GOBLIN all those years ago and to be able to promote our new album and celebrate their 35th Anniversary at the same time just blows my mind. This tour is going to be awesome.”

The reissue of Healing Through Fire includes two live bonus tracks taken from the band’s studio performance at BBC’s famous Maida Vale studio in London for the Radio One Rock Show in August 2007.

ORANGE GOBLIN’s still untitled new album is anticipated for release in October.

Band
Ben Ward – vocals
Joe Hoare – guitar
Martyn Millard – bass
Chris Turner – drums

Tracklisting
1. The Ballad of Solomon Eagle
2. Vagrant Stomp
3. The Ale House Braves
4. Cities of Frost
5. Hot Knives And Open Sores
6. Hounds Ditch
7. Mortlake (Dead Water)
8. They Come Back (Harvest of Skulls)
9. Beginners Guide to Suicide
10. The Ballad of Solomon Eagle (live at the BBC, bonus)
11. The Come Back (Harvest of Skulls) (live at the BBC, bonus)

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Orange Goblin, Healing through Fire (2007)

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Bright Curse to Record New Album at Skyhammer Studio

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 7th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

London-based heavy rockers Bright Curse have made it known that this summer they’ll be recording their second long-player at Skyhammer Studio, the base of operations run by Conan‘s Jon Davis and in-house engineer Chris Fielding. The trio who released their debut on vinyl through Bilocation Records are the latest in an admirable and evidently ongoing series of names to record at Skyhammer, and with Bright Curse‘s songs floating somewhere between heavy psych and doom, it should make for an interesting mix of influences at work. I guess we’ll hear how it comes out.

Until then, the PR wire:

BRIGHT CURSE to record their debut album this summer

After a critically acclaimed debut EP Bright Curse released in November 2012 and re-edited by German label Bilocation Records/Kozmik Artifactz in 2013, the psychedelic doom trio formed by Romain Daut (guitar & vocals), Zach Mizzi (drums) and Jack Boughton (bass) is finally fully ready to record their debut album. This July, BRIGHT CURSE will head to Skyhammer Studio in Cheshire for one week, to lay down their cosmic ideas and heavy riffage. The album will be recorded and produced by CONAN’s Chris Fielding and Jon Davis.

Here are a few words from BRIGHT CURSE’s frontman Romain about the upcoming events: “It’s been a long time since we’ve been looking for the right producer to work on our second record. We really wanted to reinforce the thickness of our sound, make it deeper and heavier, and get a real homogeneity between the psychedelic and heavy parts. I think that working with a member of Conan as well as a man who worked with Electric Wizard and Serpent Venom will definitely help in that way. We are really looking forward to it!”.

More infos about the album will be given in due time, but for now, check out their debut EP Bright Curse on brightcurse.bandcamp.com and let the magic flow through your speakers…

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Bright Curse, “Fear the Lord” Live at Desertfest London 2014

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Wino Wednesday: Covering Skynyrd with Weedeater at Desertfest London 2014

Posted in Bootleg Theater on May 7th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Spirit Caravan were headliners at Desertfest London 2014, topping the first-night bill on April 25 at the Electric Ballroom with Ed Mundell‘s The Ultra Electric Mega Galactic, Sasquatch and Monkey3. Needless to say, many righteous solos likely ensued. Weedeater played the next night right before Kvelertak in the same venue, and I guess as Spirit Caravan had already played the Berlin Desertfest, they had the weekend to hang out and do things like signings, a Wino acoustic set, and maybe sit in with Weedeater while they cover Lynyrd Skynyrd‘s “Gimme Back My Bullets.”

Weedeater toured with Saint Vitus in 2012 — the Brooklyn show is already legendary as far as I’m concerned — so this isn’t the first time they and Wino have shared a stage. I doubt that tour was either. But so far as I know, it’s the first time Wino has actually sat in with the band, and he both plays guitar and sings on the song, adding his voice to the gravel-throated screams of Weedeater bassist “Dixie” Dave Collins and his tone to the molasses-riffing of Dave Shepherd while relatively-recently added drummer Travis Owen faces sideways and beats the living hell out of his kit. Wino sort of relinquishes vocals to Collins as the song progresses in favor of tearing into leads with Shepherd, but the point gets across either way.

A take on “Gimme Back My Bullets” (sans Wino) appeared on Weedeater‘s 2007 album, God Luck and Good Speed. The trio, now signed to Season of Mist after releasing that album and its 2011 follow-up, Jason… the Dragon, on Southern Lord, are expected to have a new record out sometime later this year or early in 2015 and have reissued much if not all of their catalog through their new label. Meanwhile, Spirit Caravan‘s reunion run has ended and Saint Vitus embark on their 35th anniversary tour playing Born too Late in full tomorrow (dates here). More to come on that, I’m sure.

Enjoy and have a great Wino Wednesday:

Weedeater with Wino, “Gimme Back My Bullets” Live at Desertfest London 2014

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Sleep to Headline London Desertfest 2015

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 1st, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Desertfest London gets right back into it. Fresh off the 2014 edition and with the prospect of a Belgian franchise this fall, the festival has announced that stoner metal gods Sleep will headline London’s installment in 2015. Don’t get me wrong, everything I’ve seen these guys do so far has been awesome and it’s been a blast to watch this fest grow, but Sleep puts them in an entirely different category. I thought they’d have a hard time outdoing the 2014 fest, with Boris, Weedeater, Spirit Caravan and so on, and they basically did it in one band. Take that, planet earth.

The PR wire brings the good news and the dates. Desertfest London 2015 is set for April 24-26. You can take your hoverboard to get there, because it’s the future!

Dig:

First headliner for DESERTFEST LONDON 2015 is announced!

We hope your Desertfest 2014 experience in Camden was as exciting and full of good surprises as ours. Once again, the festival was a success thanks to everyone involved, and thanks to you! So to help you cope with the usual post-Desertfest comedown, we decided not to wait any longer before unveiling the first headliner for Desertfest 2015…

We are more than thrilled to confirm the venue of American stoner rock pioneers SLEEP at Desertfest next spring! And as epic as it gets, it will be an EXCLUSIVE SHOW for the legendary trio formed by Matt Pike, Al Cisneros and Jason Roeder, so we can already guarantee you of the epicness of this very performance at the Electric Ballroom.

Get a glimpse of SLEEP live at Hellfest 2013 to get in the mood!

DESERTFEST LONDON 2015 will take place on April 24th to 26th in Camden. Feel free to spread this awesome news in your publications.

DESERTFEST LONDON
April 24th-26th 2015 in Camden Town
The Electric Ballroom – The Underworld – The Black Heart

More infos on www.thedesertfest.com
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Sleep, Live at Hellfest 2013

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