Oak and 1968 to Embark on Weekender Next Month

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 6th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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Who the hell doesn’t want to get out for a weekender every now and then? Next month, London’s Oak and Cheshire’s 1968 will head off together for a three-day stint, starting out at The Black Heart in Camden Town and heading to the continent-proper in order to make stops in Ghent, Belgium, and Paris, France. Decent amount of ground to cover in not a huge amount of time, but the way it’s split up is hardly insurmountable, even with the inevitable traffic of a major urban center. Should be good shows, is what I’m saying. And I dig a weekender tour, so yeah. Right on.

Oak released their third EP, the aptly-titled Oak III, last Spring and have been steadily supporting it around the UK since, while 1968 issued their Ballads of the Godless debut album last year through Black Bow Records, having recorded at Skyhammer Studios1968 also were in America earlier this year, making a stop at Planet Desert Rock Weekend in Las Vegas, which hosted a range of international bands. Good gig to get.

Maybe you’ll be in London, Ghent or Paris to catch these two bands, maybe you won’t. I won’t be. But sometimes I’m just glad to see people getting out to do shows. That’s pretty much the story here. That and a cool poster.

Here it is, speaking of:

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OAK – MAJOR UPDATE

We are proud to announce that we will pay a short visit to Belgium and France alongside 1968 in September. Oak is a stoner rock band from London. We tried to sound like Kyuss but fucked it all up. We take retro blues rock riffs influenced by the likes of Cream, make it filthy and downtuned and then get an actual mad man to yell over the top of it.

12th of Sept: London UK, The Black Heart
13th of Sept: Ghent BE, Muziekcentrum Kinky Star
14th of Sept: Paris FR, L’international

Event links below:
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Poster by Jo Riou Graphic Designer

Oak is:
Clinton Ritchie: Drums
Richard Morgan: Bass, Backing Vocals
Kevin Germain: Guitars
Andy Valiant: Vocals

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Oak, Oak III EP (2018)

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GURT Premiere “Weed it and Weep” from Bongs of Praise

Posted in audiObelisk on July 31st, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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I’ve said it more times than I can count over the 75 years I’ve been running this site (because you’re only as old as you feel), but charm goes a long way in my book. UK sludgehoisters GURT have it down, and their third full-length, Bongs of Praise, will see release Sept. 6 as an offering that manages to be both wildly heavy and brazenly fun, a debauched party record that takes neither itself nor you too seriously and ends up a good-time blister-raising 45 minutes of pummel and shove, seeming to capture just that very moment where you’re drunk enough that everything is awesome but the room hasn’t started to spin yet. You might also be high. Scratch that. You’re definitely high.

GURT have been raising hell for the better part of a decade at this point, which puts them ahead of many in London’s ultra-packed underground scene, and they’ve never lacked for a distinguishing factor in the raw fuckall of their approach, with screamer Gareth Kelly bringing forth a seemingly endless supply of weed puns — and even though I don’t really smoke, I fucking love weed puns; see “The Joint of No Return,” “Rolling Stoned,” and indeed the title of the album itself — over chugging, uptempo riffs that sacrifice no weight for movement, the band’s experience coming through in the it’s-a-given chemistry between guitarist Rich Williams, bassist David Blakemore and drummer Bill Jacobs both in the speedy cacophony of “Jazz Cabbage” (video posted here) and the more rolling pace of “Gauze and Effect.” gurt bongs of praiseThere’s no pretense to be had anywhere that GURT are shooting for anything more than having fun, and for as heavy, brash and downright nasty as Bongs of Praise is pretty much from intro “Dr. Strangeleaf” onward, they make the invitation to the listener to come along and, you know, also get high, plain to hear in their energetic rush.

Credit for that has to go in no small part to Jacobs, of course, but the riffs to which he’s playing are also straightforward enough to catch attention without wavering. “Weed it and Weep” — premiering below — launches the album after “Dr. Strangeleaf” and is willfully obnoxious like it’s about to get kicked out of the venue it’s playing, and though GURT will dig into various styles of bludgeonry throughout cuts like the gotta-be-an-inside-joke “Squidgy Black Slide” and the later, probably-als0-an-inside-joke “Marijuanarmchair” before rounding out with the title-track’s play off the tenets of epic metal, the unifying factor, screams aside, is the obvious glee with which GURT execute Bongs of Praise. This is a band having a blast doing what they do, and refusing to pretend otherwise. Why the hell would they?

Even if you’re the stand-in-the-back-of-the-room type, as I am, GURT make it easy to appreciate their hash-oil-drenched party vibe and stonerly worship. In its riffs, barks, weight and groove, Bongs of Praise is admirably conscious of who the band are in making it, and though they probably wouldn’t take this as a compliment, I mean it as one when I say they sound like they know what they’re doing, because for all its shenanigans, there’s a core of confidence and songwriting underneath that can be neither completely hidden nor faked when it isn’t there. I’m not saying GURT have matured — and I think “One Hit Wonder” backs me up on that — but just that their particular approach to stoner sludge has developed to a point where it is decidedly their own, whatever familiar elements might persist in it. In the end, that ends up just being part of the fun.

Check out “Weed it and Weep” on the player below, followed by a quick quote from the band and more from the PR wire.

And enjoy:

GURT, “Weed it and Weep”

GURT on “Weed it and Weep”:

We are proud to release the third track from ‘Bongs of Praise’ in new track ‘Weed it and Weep’. We have being playing it live for a year now since our Euro tour with Brume last summer, so some of our well-versed fans may already know it well, but finally we have the album version out in the world and sounding like an absolute rager!

They take the blues and groove of 70s rock and drag it backwards through the swamps of Louisiana. The drums are thunderous, the vocals demonic and the guitars down-tuned, down-tempo and down right sexy. This is not doom, this is not sludge: this is GURT.

In 2014, they unleashed their debut album ‘Horrendosaurus’ through independent label When Planets Collide, and which they promoted through a three week European tour with Dopethrone, as well returning home to a packed out audience to open Bloodstock’s second stage.

Released in 2017, their sophomore album ‘Skullossus’ explored darker and more menacing shades of sludge doom. Through a theatrical performance, their sound swelled in size as they toyed with their repertoire; adding rip-roaring, guttural vocals, psychedelic rhythms and classic rock’n’roll-worshipping riffs. On top of their two full-lengths and seven EPs, GURT have been relentlessly touring the UK and Europe, sharing the stage with the likes of Weedeater, Red Fang, Eyehategod, Black Tusk, Valient Thorr, Cough. In their own right way, they have cast their hypnotic savagery to the crowds of Bloodstock, Desertfest, Riffolution (UK) as well as Stonerhead (Salzburg) and 2019’s Monospace Fest (Paris)

GURT live:
08.29 – UK – COVENTRY, The Phoenix
08.30 – UK – FALMOUTH, The Fish Factory
08.31 – UK – MANCHESTER, Riff Fest
09.01 – UK – TBA
09.02 – UK – TBA
09.03 – UK – BRISTOL, The Old England
09.04 – UK – LONDON, MacBeth

GURT are:
Gareth Kelly – Vocals
Bill Jacobs – Drums
David Blakemore – Bass
Rich Williams – Guitar

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Pure Reason Revolution Reunite; New Album in the Works

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 30th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

I don’t know how many of you reading this might know Pure Reason Revolution, but they were a cool band. They put out their first record in 2003 and I dug the crap out of it, particularly the ultra-lush melodic progressive heavy psych they displayed in the extended “The Bright Ambassadors of Morning,” the video for which you can see below. Put it this way, the first time I heard Church of the Cosmic Skull, this was the band they reminded me of. They’d ultimately put out three records and an EP before calling it a day in 2011, but they’re back with a new album in progress, and yeah, I’m curious to hear what they might come up with after all this time, particularly as they’ll be working with a company like InsideOut Music, where prog is what they do and they’re not about to, say, take a 12-minute song and try to make it a pop hit. I have no idea what’s in store for their fourth long-player, but I know I’m certainly willing to give it a shot when the time comes.

The PR wire brought word of the reunion:

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Pure Reason Revolution reunite; sign to InsideOutMusic for release of first new studio album in nearly 10 years

Jon Courtney & Chloë Alper have reunited the much-loved Pure Reason Revolution, playing their first show in close to 8 years at the recent Midsummer Prog Festival in the Netherlands, and performing their debut album ‘The Dark Third’ in full. They comment: “The festival & crowd reaction was incredible. We were touched that people had travelled from Canada, Russia, Italy, Spain, UK & many more countries. The tracks are exciting as ever to play & it’s encouraging to see the material still has relevance & connects.”

The band have also revealed they are working on a brand new studio album, and have signed to InsideOutMusic for its release in 2020. Jon Courtney comments: “We’re currently working on material for the new album which returns to a more progressive sound & it’s nice to remind ourselves of the genesis of PRR” while Chloë adds: “it’s sounding spectacular.”

Pure Reason Revolution originally parted ways in November 2011, following touring in support of their 2010 album Hammer & Anvil. Since then, Jon Courtney started Bullet Height and released their debut album ‘No Atonement’ in 2017, while Chloë Alper began a new band called Tiny Giant as well as playing live with the likes of Charli XCX & James.

The band originally formed back in 2003, releasing their much-loved debut album ‘The Dark Third’ in 2006 via Sony BMG. They went on to release the albums ‘Amor Vincit Omnia’ in 2009 & ‘Hammer & Anvil’ in 2010.

Look out for more information on the bands forthcoming new album.

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Trippy Wicked Post Seasick Steve Cover “Things Go Up”

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 1st, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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Alright, I’ll go ahead and admit I didn’t know who Seasick Steve was. The third in a seemingly ongoing series of singles from Trippy Wicked and the Cosmic Children of the Knight that were recorded along with what became their 2009 debut long-player, Movin’ On (review here), “Things Go Up” is indeed a take on the Seasick Steve song of the same name, and I suppose if you’re more down than I am with your modern blues — as no doubt you are — you might already know it comes from the Oakland country bluesman’s 2006 album, Dog House Music, but yeah, I’d never heard it. Hey, I never said I knew everything. Usually I say the opposite.

Trippy Wicked‘s “Things Go Up” gives the slide-acoustic groove of the original version a thickened-fuzz treatment while guitarist Peter Holland toys with a Southern US accent as heard on parts of the album itself. And “toys” is the operative word. They’re clearly having a good time, and with all the American singers who’ve pretended to be from London over the last century of recorded music, it seems only fair. Two-way street, and so on.

Some comment from bassist Dicky King and the track itself follow, courtesy of the PR wire:

trippy wicked things go up

TRIPPY WICKED RELEASE NEW SINGLE

Trippy Wicked & The Cosmic Children Of the Knight have just released a doomed out cover of Seasick Steve’s “Things Go Up”

Bassist Dicky King commented “I had never heard the original by Seasick Steve, but when Chris and Pete played it to me I loved it. We ran through this version and straight away it had that “Trippy touch” to it, while keeping close to the original. Pete’s vocals worked really with that southern sound and the riffs and drums were full on heavy with a hint of groove. I used to forget the name of the track and always say “let’s do Up & Down” which of course set me up for taking some stick. The song would go down well in a live set too and many a time people would be shouting out for us to play it, so we must have been doing something right with our take on it.”

Listen to the track here: http://smarturl.it/ThingsGoUp?IQid=c

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The Red Widows Release Debut Album Fuzzifixion Today

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 5th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

History shows again and again how nature points out the folly of those who write of British bands bearing goofy names and/or album titles. Thus, when I see London’s The Red Widows have dubbed their debut full-length Fuzzifixtion — as in, like being crucified except the cross is fuzz, I guess; maybe you’re nailed to a giant Big Muff? — I find no reason to think the release itself is a joke. And even if I did, the thing’s out today, so it would be easy enough to pop over to their Bandcamp and find out. Whatever time it is where you are, it’s probably past noon GMT.

DHU Records has already signed on to do the vinyl, and that’ll be out in a few months, but hey, you like instant gratification — and you like it now! — so today seems as good a time as any for the digital release. Get a jump on all those Friday releases. Weekend-monopolizing jerks.

Have at it:

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The Red Widows – Fuzzifixion to be unleashed digitally Wednesday June 5th 2019

The Red Widows Debut Full Length Album “Fuzzifixion” to be unleashed digitally June 5th

This Wednesday June 5th noon-ish The Red Widows will unleash their full length debut album Fuzzifixion digitally on bandcamp!

A little over 60min of earth shattering DOOM will hit your speakers through 5 Hymns to our Lord Satan; Unholy dirges of the unlight worshipping Amps not Gods! So sit back and let the Heavy Fuzz consume you whole!

Vinyl release is being processed and is scheduled for late summer. DHU Exclusive, Test Press and Band Editions will be available on Limited Edition 2LP

More info and details coming soon…

STAY DOOMED STAY HEAVY

The Red Widows ~ Fuzzifixion (DHU040)
Tracklist:
A1. Pendulum 13:20
B1. Lucifer’s Maiden 16:33
C1. There Is No God 10:20
C2. Cursed Forever 9:37
D1. His Name Is Death 12:12

Killer artwork/photography done by David Johnson / The Doom Aesthetic

The Red Widows
Starr Red Widow: Singer & Bass
Rev. Mojo fuzz: Guitars & Backingvocals
Slöth: Drums

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Here are 37 Yung Druid Download Codes — Have at It

Posted in Features on June 4th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

London heavy psych rockers Yung Druid released their self-titled debut album last month on Totem Cat Records. Preceded by the single “Take Me to Your Dealer” (video premiere here), which also serves as the leadoff of the six-track outing, it’s a moh-dern stoh-ner’s delight, with shades of the UK’s having-a-really-good-time-doing-this atmosphere that might generally manifest in a sillier, longer moniker, coupled together with a laid back approach in cuts like “Sleepy Eyes (Sonic THC)” and the Zeppelin-and-Sabbath “Underneath the Aching Sky,” with a ride cymbal drift in the latter that’s neither overstated nor under-present in the song.

Guitars are duly fuzz-coated to suit the giant-doober-smoking four-piece’s vibe on “Lung,” and even in the meandering daydreamy expanse of “Sleepy Eyes (Sonic THC)” and the melo-grunge roll of closer “Morning Come,” or the relatively minimalist spaceout jam in “Went into a Wooden Room” before it, they hold to a sense of patterning that speaks to their ability to cast forth an aesthetic that sounds loose but isn’t at all without a plan it’s working from but is entirely unpretentious in its execution. If you asked them, they’d probably just call it stoner and leave it at that. And yes, as regards character, I consider that a compliment.

While we’re talking about positive personality attributes, the band approached me with the killer idea of hosting a giveaway for a bunch of downloads of the album. My response was of course yes, obviously, and you’ll find below 37 free codes to let you get your hands on some tunes to make your day. No comment necessary — though if you wanted to leave one to tell the band thanks, I’m sure they’d appreciate it — and all you have to do is grab the thing from the link and enjoy. If you find afterward you need to own a physical copy — understandable — Totem Cat‘s got you set.

If the code you use doesn’t work, just do the next one down the line. When they’re gone, they’re gone:

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Yung Druid download codes

Redeem at: https://yungdruid.bandcamp.com/yum

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Yung Druid, Yung Druid (2019)

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Gurt Post “Jazz Cabbage” Video; Bongs of Praise Coming Soon

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

I don’t think I knew it before, but Gurt‘s isn’t the first one I’ve seen and I think I might be a sucker for Lego-style animated videos. There’s always something new to discover about yourself. While I venture into solipsist meditations, you might check out the video in question which is for a short screamer called “Jazz Cabbage.” It’s probably about weed. It comes from Gurt‘s impending new full-length, Bongs of Praise, which likely also is about weed. Nothing wrong with working on a theme.

The shenanigans sludgers will release Bongs of Praise sometime in the coming months, which I assume means whenever the hell it’s done and they feel like it. Somehow a lack of specificity suits their aesthetic.

Info from the PR wire:

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UK sludge purveyors GURT to release new album ‘Bongs Of Praise’ ; watch blistering first video now!

London party doom purveyors GURT announce the release of their third album ‘Bongs Of Praise’ and share a thundering first excerpt with the animated video for ‘Jazz Cabbage’!

They take the blues and groove of 70s rock and drag it backwards through the swamps of Louisiana. The drums are thunderous, the vocals demonic and the guitars down-tuned, down-tempo and down right sexy. This is not doom, this is not sludge: this is GURT.

The UK foursome’s wicked sense of humour bubbles at the surface of their latest release ‘Bongs of Praise’. Without any sense of irony, the band deliver sleaze in the best possible way, and first excerpt ‘Jazz Cabbage’ makes no exception and delivers a blistering, crushing minute-long sludge onslaught, enhanced by this fun animated video crafted by Dead Walk Designs.

GURT’s new album ‘Bongs Of Praise’ will see a release in the coming months, while the band are still on a hunt for a label to host their new sludgy adventures. Stay tuned as more details will be unveiled soon!

Since their genesis in 2010, the band have laced up their boots and stomped over everything you thought you might have known about them and the beloved conventions of metal. GURT collide their barbaric sound with lines of funk and tongue in cheek lyricism to mould what has been hailed as “party doom”. In 2014, they unleashed their debut album ‘Horrendosaurus’ through independent label When Planets Collide, and which they promoted through a three week European tour with Dopethrone, as well returning home to a packed out audience to open Bloodstock’s second stage.

Released in 2017, their sophomore album ‘Skullossus’ explores darker and more menacing shades of sludge doom. Through a theatrical performance, their sound swelled in size as they toyed with their repertoire; adding rip-roaring, guttural vocals, psychedelic rhythms and classic rock’n’roll-worshipping riffs. On top of their two full-lengths and seven EPs, GURT have been relentlessly touring the UK and Europe, sharing the stage with the likes of Weedeater, Red Fang, Eyehategod, Black Tusk, Valient Thorr, Cough. In their own right way, they have cast their hypnotic savagery to the crowds of Bloodstock, Desertfest, Riffolution (UK) as well as Stonerhead (Salzburg) and 2019’s Monospace Fest (Paris)

GURT are:
Gareth Kelly – Vocals
Bill Jacobs – Drums
David Blakemore – Bass
Rich Williams – Guitar

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Gurt, “Jazz Cabbage” official video

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Trippy Wicked Release Lost Single “Hark at You” from Movin’ On Sessions

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 10th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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London’s Trippy Wicked and the Cosmic Children of the Knight continue their celebration of the 10th anniversary for 2009’s debut full-length, Movin’ On (review here), by releasing another yet-unheard track from those sessions. How many songs did they record that didn’t make the album? I don’t know, but “Hart at You” is the second one released behind “Evil” (posted here), which they put out last month. “Hark at You” has a bit of the sleaze that “Southern” from the album accomplished, but is noisier and more of a banger in terms of tempo. Like its predecessor, it’s a fun cut and kind of a hidden gem that could just as easily have wound up on the record. Seems to me they’re building an EP one song at a time here, but if these tracks all wind up collected at some point or other, this is still a cool way to unveil them so that each gets properly highlighted.

Dig it:

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To celebrate the 10 year anniversary of their album “Movin On” TRIPPY WICKED & THE COSMIC CHILDREN OF THE KNIGHT have just released “Hark At You”.

Drummer Chris West commented “Hark at You was a song we were often playing live around the time of Movin On. I don’t remember if we’d already decided not to include it on the album by the time we were mixing but we treated the mix a little different to most of the others. It’s mostly mono guitar on the track with extra guitar/stereo stuff happening during the slower parts. The drums are also slightly off to one side to make a bit of room in the mix. For me at the time it seemed a little too rough sounding, but listening to it now I love how raw and gnarly it is.”

Listen to the track here: https://trippywicked.fanlink.to/Hark

The early years of Trippy Wicked & the Cosmic Children of the Knight are a mix of lineup changes, demos, gigs to empty rooms and stylistic development. Throughout that time the constants of founding members Pete Holland (guitar, vocals) and Chris West (drums), a DIY ethic, and a gut feeling they were onto something worth pursuing remained true. Early 2019 saw the reformation of the ‘not quite original but longest serving lineup’ of Holland and West with later addition bassist Dicky King. (West having previously quit the band in 2013 before his return.)

Along with the announcement of the lineup change, Trippy Wicked also noted they are writing their third full length album and will return to playing live after a two-year break.

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Trippy Wicked and the Cosmic Children of the Knight, “Hark at You”

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