With two members of The Ultra Electric Mega Galactic in tow, one might expect Aboleth to have a kind of spaced-out aspect to their sound, but it’s a different band for a reason. As the newcomer trio’s first EP, suitably titled EP I, shows, Aboleth‘s is a bluesier take, more earthbound and doomed, like those moments when Witch Mountain enacted some shuffle to go with their lumber. Baguitarist (what’s a baguitar anyway?) Collyn McCoy and vocalist Brigitte Roka are joined by drummer Dan Joeright (who also played for UEMG live), for the initial outing, which features three tracks in demo-style introductory handshake form and will reportedly be out on cassette next month.
They sent word down the PR wire about the release:
L.A. DESERT DOOMERS ABOLETH PREMIERE DEBUT EP
AVAILABLE JUNE 17th AS DIGITAL DOWNLOAD AND LIMITED-EDITION CASSETTE
Los Angeles trio ABOLETH releases its debut three-song digital EP on June 17th care of the band’s Bandcamp page. In addition to the digital release they are taking pre-orders for a limited-edition cassette with artwork by the band’s vocalist, Brigitte Roka.
Recorded in Yucca Valley, CA at drummer Dan Joeright’s studio, Gatos Trail (Big Business, Behold! The Monolith), the trio meld melodic doom with metal, blues and murder rock. The EP was mixed and mastered by Matt Lynch (Snail) at his Mysterious Mammal Studios.
Aboleth could almost be considered an Ultra Electric Mega Galactic splinter cell. Joeright was touring drummer for UEMG when the instrumental psych-rockers visited Europe in 2014. UEMG bassist Collyn McCoy is also here on “baguitar” (a bass/guitar hybrid previously utilized in his band Trash Titan). But the pièce de résistance is singer Brigitte Roka, a 20-year-old siren with a voice that is equal parts Janis Joplin and Chris Cornell.
Per McCoy: “UEMG started working with Brigitte last summer, incorporating vocals into our traditionally instrumental format. Meanwhile, I was writing material for a new Trash Titan record. I asked Brigitte to contribute vocals on a few songs, which lead to us writing together, which lead to a sound that was much heavier, doomier and metallic than the swamp blues of Trash Titan. So we figured why not just spin this off into its own thing?”
Joeright, who’d previously played drums in New York avant-noise bands Sulfur and A/N (featuring Algis Kizys and Norman Westberg from SWANS), was the perfect complement to their nascent sound. Drawing from their desert environment for inspiration, the trio’s stripped-down take on heavy rock melds sludge metal riffs with Allman-esque slide guitar and Roka’s distinct whisky-worn-yet-soaring vocals. The resulting EP will sit nicely fans with of Black Mountain, Witch Mountain, and mid-period Soundgarden.
The trio will return to the studio later this summer to record a second EP, with a full length to follow later in the year.
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