Posted in Whathaveyou on July 19th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster
Floridian two-piece Cave of Swimmers hit the road later this week on an East Coast tour that will take them into the beginning of August. Later on next month, they head west to Psycho Las Vegas to play alongside Pentagram, Sleep, YOB, and, well, name a name. Whether or not they’ll tour around that appearance, I don’t know, but this tour would seem to be a precursor to that slot either way, and they go supporting their 2015 album, Reflection, having already toured this past Spring in the Midwest and Southeast.
Dates and info follow:
Miami heavy duo Cave of Swimmers will be on tour this summer doing a US east coast run before playing Psycho Las Vegas Festival in August along with Alice Cooper, Blue Oyster Cult, Electric Wizard and more.
Cave of Swimmers is a band formed by two Venezuelan kids who met in the 4th grade. After moving to Miami in the mid 2000’s, they reunited to form a band with an original take on heavy music. Fast, slow, spooky, sludgy, progressive, you name it: Cave of Swimmers does it their own way.
Their self-titled debut album gained critical acclaim last year after a few tours. They made a name for themselves as a band that’s real with a live show like no other, outta control, and full of raw energy. Their new album “Reflection” was released in the summer of 2015 and they toured February/March 2016 and hit the road again this summer supporting the release.
Cave of Swimmers on tour: July 22 – New Orleans, LA – Siberia July 23 – Atlanta, GA – The Highlander July 24 – Memphis, TN – Murphy’s July 25 – Nashville, TN – Foobar July 26 – Winston-Salem, NC – Test pattern July 28 – Baltimore, MD – The Sidebar July 29 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie July 31 – Salem, MA – Koto August 1 – Brooklyn, NY – Sunnyvale August 2 – Richmond, VA – 25 Watt RVA August 3 – Chapel Hill, NC – The Cave August 5 – Jacksonville, FL House show August 6 – Gainesville, FL – The Atlantic
Posted in Whathaveyou on July 15th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster
Why, it seems like only yesterday Miami’s Shroud Eater were announcing the string of tour dates that would take them west to Psycho Las Vegas. Oh wait. That was yesterday. Well, today the trio are signing to STB Records and having the title of their forthcoming second full-length revealed, so there you go. The album is called Strike the Sun and it will be the follow-up to 2011’s ThunderNoise (review here) — it’s astonishing that it’s been five years since Shroud Eater‘s debut album — and the 2013 EP, Dead Ends (review here). Due out in late 2016 or early 2017, no doubt it will be given the full STB treatment as regards limited editions, special version LPs and so on, and since it’s Shroud Eater, no doubt it will crush.
Word came down the PR wire from STB Records, and I included the tour dates again as well in case you forgot since yesterday:
STB Records is proud to announce that we have signed Miami’s Shroud Eater to release their new full length album, “Strike The Sun”! The album will be released later this year or early 2017. Anyone familiar with this amazing band knows that this album promises to be a monster killer!
The band says: “Shroud Eater is incredibly excited to become part of the STB Records family to release our upcoming full-length album ‘Strike the Sun’. STB’s DIY ethos and fierce commitment to the artistic quality and merit of their bands made it obvious to us that this was the perfect partnership to release this crushing record.”
In anticipation of the album’s release, Summer 2016 will see the Miami, FL sorcerers take their sludge-laden doom out west on a 2-week tour to perform at PSYCHO LAS VEGAS festival at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, (Playing along side label mates Hornss), as well as a headlining slot at the Tennessean Sludge Festival in Murfreesboro, TN. While the band has borne comparisons to metal behemoths like High on Fire, Acid King, Kylesa and others, Shroud Eater stands firmly in a pioneering sound they have culled out as their own.
Shroud Eater on tour: Friday August 19: Jacksonville, FL @ Rain Dogs Saturday August 20: Atlanta, GA @ The Earl with Iron Whip, Savagist, and Tokers Sunday August 21: Murfreesboro, TN @ Tennessean Sludge Fest with Place of Skulls, Order of the Owl, Doomstress, Act of Impalement, Dead Hand, Close the Hatch, and more… Monday August 22: Memphis, TN @ Murphy’s Tuesday August 23: Oklahoma City, OK @ TBA Wednesday August 24: Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad with The Body and Full of Hell, Bathhouse and Ol’ Dagger Thursday August 25: Flagstaff, AZ @ The Green Room Friday August 26: Las Vegas, NV @ Psycho Las Vegas @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino with Pentagram, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Converge, Yob, Wovenhand, The Shrine and many, many more… Monday August 29: Tempe, AZ @ Yucca Tap Room Tuesday August 30: El Paso, TX @ The Sandbox Wednesday August 31: Austin, TX @ Lost Well Thursday Sept 1: New Orleans, LA @ TBA Friday September 2: Tallahassee, FL @ Rotten Fest Saturday September 3: St. Petersburg, FL @ The Bends with Bleeth and Hell’s Fauna
Posted in Whathaveyou on July 14th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster
Miami sludge machine Shroud Eater will journey West next month in order to make an appearance alongside everyone and their cousin at Psycho Las Vegas. That in itself should be news enough to justify this post, since the Floridian trio have been stomping ass for years now, basically waiting for people to notice that fact, and a festival of that caliber would seem to be a good way to make that happen at least in part. However, that’s just the beginning of the story, and Shroud Eater, who premiered their video for the single “Face the Master” here, will also appear at the Tennessean Sludge Fest put on by Murfreesboro’s own Flummox, and at other assorted lucky venues along the way there and back again. To be blunt, it hurts me in organs I don’t know the names of that I’ve never seen Shroud Eater live. Don’t be like me, with my hurty organs.
Dates and assorted links follow:
Shroud Eater – Summer Tour
Join us as we raid across the states this summer starting Friday, August 19 through Saturday September 3!
Sunday August 21: Murfreesboro, TN @ Tennessean Sludge Fest with Place of Skulls, Order of the Owl, Doomstress, Act of Impalement, Dead Hand, Close the Hatch, and more… https://www.facebook.com/tnsludgefest/
Thursday August 25: Flagstaff, AZ @ The Green Room
Friday August 26: Las Vegas, NV @ Psycho Las Vegas @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino with Pentagram, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Converge, Yob, Wovenhand, The Shrine and many, many more… http://psycholv.com/
Posted in Whathaveyou on February 24th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster
Progressive heavy rock duo Cave of Swimmers head out on a Southern tour the day after tomorrow, supporting their 2015 release, Reflection, and playing their first live dates of the year. Listening to Reflection, it’s kind of hard to imagine how Cave of Swimmers can manage to conjure such a full-band vibe on stage — actually, my first question is whether or not that process involves a laptop — but they’ve been at it a few years now, having gotten their start with a self-titled EP/LP in 2013 that was later picked up for a pressing through The Path Less Traveled Records, so it seems reasonable to assume that one way or another they’ve got it figured out.
And while we’re on the subject, if they do have a laptop with them, I acknowledge that for some that’s an issue or a strike against, but I do not feel that way. Rock and roll by any and all means necessary. Only time I might be bummed out is if someone stopped a show to check their email. Then it might be overboard. Unless it’s an art-piece, like, part of the show in a Tony Clifton kind of way or something like that. Then it would be brilliant. Context is everything.
What was I saying?
Oh yeah, tour dates. Here they are:
Miami duo Cave of Swimmers is going on tour this Friday. They are known to put on a live show like no other. They are out of control and full of raw energy that is infectious. They have gained recognition throughout the country and have been invited all over Florida to open for national acts. Their most recent show took place in Gainesville on December 18 and opened for thrashers High On Fire and Crowbar. They’re also playing Psycho Las Vegas Music Festival 2016 in August.
Reflection Winter Tour Feb 26 St Petersburg, FL @ The Bends Feb 27 Gainesville, FL @ The Atlantic Feb 29 Nashville, TN @ Springwater Mar 1 Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone Mar 2 Tulsa, OK @ Soundpony Mar 4 Ft. Worth, TX @ The Grotto Mar 5 San Antonio, TX @ Faust Tavern Mar 6 Houston, TX @ Super Happy Fun Land Mar 10 New Orleans, LA @ Siberia Mar 11 Metairie, LA @ The Babylon Mar 12 Sarasota, FL @ Cabana Inn
Posted in Whathaveyou on February 11th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster
Miami four-piece Torche and Norwegian noise-rock troublemakers Kvelertak have teamed up for a North American tour starting April 8 in Nashville. Kvelertak will headline (which, to be honest, surprised the hell out of me), but Torche also have additional dates on the itinerary on which they’ll headline as they continue to support last year’s Restarter (review here), their fourth album and first to be issued through Relapse Records. They’ve already toured in the US and Europe for it, and since they’ll head to France in June for Hellfest, more European appearances don’t seem all that unlikely, barring exclusivity or anything like that.
Either way, Torche are touring, and that’s never been bad news. The PR wire fills us in:
TORCHE Announces Headlining US Dates, Tour With Kvelertak
TORCHE has announced a slew of new North American dates beginning this coming April and May. The Miami stoner/sludge rockers will be directly supporting Norway’s Kvelertak on a nearly month-long tour throughout the US and Canada. On either end of the tour, TORCHE will also be playing two weeks of headlining dates in the US East and Southwest. Up-and-comers Wild Throne will support on the majority of the dates. Check out a full itinerary below.
TORCHE recently released Restarter, the band’s debut for Relapse Records and its best-selling album to date. The ten-song collection landed on multiple worldwide charts and was universally lauded by press outlets worldwide. Pitchfork called Restarter TORCHE’s “most compelling record since Meanderthal,” and Entertainment Weekly dubbing the band “loud rock’s most adroit genre-benders.”
Restarter is available on CD/LP/2xLP/Digital and can be purchased via Relapse at THIS LOCATION or streamed & purchased digitally via TORCHE’s Bandcamp page HERE.
***All Dates with Kvelertak & Wild Throne unless noted*** Apr 8 Nashville, TN The End* Apr 9 Louisville, KY Haymarket Whiskey Bar* Apr 10 Columbus, OH Skully’s^ Apr 11 Buffalo, NY The Studio @ Waiting Room* Apr 12 Portland, ME Port City Music Hall Apr 13 New York, NY Irving Plaza Apr 14 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts Apr 15 Pittsburgh, PA Altar Bar Apr 16 Washington, DC DC Brau (Festival) Apr 17 Cambridge, MA Middle East Apr 18 Quebec City, QC L’Anti* Apr 19 Montreal, QC L’Astral Apr 20 Toronto, ON Opera House Apr 23 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge Apr 24 Minneapolis, MN Mill City Nights Apr 25 St Louis, MO The Ready Room Apr 26 Lawrence, KS Granada Theatre Apr 28 Denver, CO Bluebird Theatre Apr 29 Salt Lake City, UT In The Venue Apr 30 Boise, ID Neurolux May 1 Seattle, WA El Corazon May 2 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theatre May 3 Portland, Or Hawthorne Theatre May 5 San Francisco, CA The Independent May 6 Los Angeles, CA Fonda Theater May 7 San Diego, CA The Hideout* May 8 Phoenix, AZ Crescent Bar* May 10 Austin, TX Barracuda* May 11 Dallas, TX Three Links* May 12 Houston, TX Rudyard’s^ May 13 New Orleans, LA Siberia^
Posted in Whathaveyou on December 30th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster
Way I see it, the more Floor play, the better off the universe as a whole is, so while a couple home-state gigs might not seem like much — certainly not compared to the European and US tours they’ve already done in support of last year’s studio return, Oblation (review here), on Season of Mist — it’s better than nothing. Particularly notable for the three-night run is the fact that House of Lightning will provide support for each show, which means drummer Henry Wilson will be pulling double-duty, and while this post didn’t at all start out that way, it’s kind of become an excuse for me to post the video accompanying, which is a live set and spliced-in interview footage captured for Atlanta Public Television. If you have a minute, check it out, because it rules.
The PR wire lines on the dotted:
FLOOR announce Florida tour dates
Cult underground rock outfit FLOOR (Steve Brooks (also of TORCHE)- Guitar, Vocals, Anthony Vialon – Guitar, Henry Wilson – drums) have announced their first US shows in almost 2 years. The dates, which begin on January 7, see the band playing Miami, Gainesville, and Winter Haven. More information can be found below.
FLOOR previously released new footage shot during their most recent US tour. The footage, shot live at The Bottletree in Birmingham, AL, by regional television show “We Have Signal” is streaming now.
FLOOR are touring in support of their first new album in over ten years. ‘Oblation’. The follow-up to their ground-breaking, cult-classic, self-titled album, ‘Oblation’ delivers on the highest of expectations. From start to finish, the drop-tuned, down-tempo trio mine the power of the riff, their signature melodies, and patented “bomb-string” attack. Instant FLOOR classics like “War Party”, “Sister Sophia”, “Find Away” and the title track prove beyond doubt that ‘Oblation’ is their legacy writ large and that the band is as vital as ever.
Posted in Whathaveyou on October 22nd, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster
I don’t know, don’t you just feel good knowing that Torche are out there? Even if they’re not coming to your town this time around, it’s a pretty reliable supposition that they’ve been there before and they’ll get there again, and as they continue to support earlier-2015’s Restarter (review here), I’m just glad to know they’ll be kicking off the New Year doing what they do best in delivering boots to the collective ass of a live audience. Because they’re a fucking good band, and good bands should be playing live, as Torche are, rampaging through Europe (again?) next month before breaking for the holidays.
That’s your sports wisdom for the day, pointing out the obvious. If you need me, I’ll be in my zen rock garden.
Sadly, no, that’s not true. I neither have, nor spend time in, a zen rock garden. Even if I did, I’d just ruin it by bringing my laptop.
Here are the tour dates:
TORCHE: Announces January US Headlining Dates
Miami stoner rockers TORCHE have just announced a short new run of headlining US dates beginning this January. The 10-day tour is set to kick off just five weeks after the band’s month-long European headlining tour concludes this November. After having toured in Australia, New Zealand, North America, and Europe over the past year, TORCHE will now bring their unique brand of rock to the US South for two weeks kicking off January 14. A complete listing of dates is available below.
TORCHE recently released Restarter, the band’s debut for Relapse Records and its best-selling album to date. The ten-song collection landed on multiple worldwide charts and was universally lauded by press outlets worldwide.
TORCHE Live: ***All Dates With Jeff Carey and Day Old Man*** Jan 14 Savannah, GA Jinx Jan 15 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade – Hell Jan 16 Johnson City, TN The Hideaway Jan 17 Chattanooga, TN JJ’s Bohemia Jan 18 Memphis, TN The Hi-Tone Jan 19 Birmingham, AL Saturn Jan 20 Tallahassee, FL Club Downunder Jan 21 Gainesville, FL The Wooly Jan 22 Orlando, FL Will’s Pub Jan 23 Miami, FL Churchill’s Pub Jan 24 Tampa, FL New World Brewery
Probably Cavity‘s most remembered work owing in no small part to a Hydra Head reissue in 2002, Supercollider first appeared three years earlier in 1999 on Man’s Ruin Records, with different artwork but a no less vicious roll, feedback-soaked riffing developed over the course of a tumultuous seven years since the band’s inception in 1992. By the time they got around to Supercollider, third of the four records they’d release before calling it quits after 2001’s On the Lam, bassist Daniel Gorostiaga was the only remaining founding member of the band, but their lineup changes had brought on board players who would and had already helped to shape the style of heavy for which Miami has since become known, a shared lineage with their contemporaries in Floor finding the roster of guitarist/vocalist Anthony Vialon and drummer Henry Wilson (both known for their work in that band and featured in the reunited trio now active) on board for these 10 tracks, along with Gorostiaga and guitarist/vocalist Ryan Weinstein. The stew they’d concoct over the 41 minutes of Supercollider showcased a hook early in its opening title-track but was ultimately more sinister in its purposes on subsequent pieces like “Damaged IV” and “Last of the Final Goodbyes.”
And as much as Cavity‘s impact these years later on Miami heavy stems from the people who were a part of its lineup and their ongoing contributions — Wilson went on to form Dove after Floor, and now also plays in House of Lightning, Vialon is back in Floor, whose guitarist/vocalist Steve Brooks (also Torche) also did a stint in Cavity, as did Holly Hunt drummer Beatriz Monteavaro, former Torche guitarist Juan Montoya, and both guitarist/vocalist Jason Landrian and drummer Rafa Martinez of Black Cobra, among many others — that’s not to understate the actual influence their music had. One can hear the roots of much of what came after in Cavity‘s earlier work, and even bands like Kylesa and Mastodon, who are both from a ways north, in Georgia, owed Cavity a debt in their early days. Supercollider is more heavy rock and less punk than some of what Cavity did, but it still retains an ethic and penchant for meanness, staring down the listener, and its blend has remained its own over the 16 years since its release.
Some form of Cavity, whatever lineup it might be, are due for a reunion — and there have been talks of such for the last several years — but until we get there, a revisit to Supercollider will have to do. Hope you enjoy.
This weekend is my grandmother’s 100th birthday. A hundred fucking years. More life than you or I can imagine. I’ll be heading down to Jersey to celebrate with family and then back up on Sunday, so the writing that I might otherwise be doing to get ahead of the game on Monday is pretty much out of the question. She may or may not know who I am when I get there, but you’d best believe I’m gonna be there anyway. Some things you don’t miss.
So look for a new podcast on Monday. We’re due anyway. That and whatever news comes up will have to suffice.
Tuesday, a track premiere from DoctoR DooM, and hopefully a review of some Anathema vinyl if I can find time to write it — those reissues; they’re awesome — and Thursday, a track premiere from boozy rockers Plainride. I’ll also have a Freedom Hawk review sometime next week in addition to the Anathema, but I’m going to start preparing the Quarterly Review this coming week ahead of getting those posts up — 10 reviews a day for five days — the week starting June 27, so if I keep it a little more sparing on actual posts up next week, three or four a day instead of five, or six, that’s why. I’m not just lazy; I’m working on other stuff.
Speaking of, the job is going well, if you’re wondering. It doesn’t look like they want to shitcan me, which is important, and I was able to bring the little dog Dio to the office twice this week, so I mark that a win. Looking like they’re going to send me to San Francisco next month as well to write about a conference on semiconductors that runs from July 14-16, so you know I’ll be parlaying that to a visit to Amoeba Music and hopefully Aquarius Records too, the two of them comprising something of a record-buying Mecca I’ve been fortunate enough to stop through on more than one occasion in my life. Would be cool to find a show to hit as well. Mammatus play on July 9 with Trans Am. Just missed it. Timing is everything.
Alright, it’s just after 6PM and I’m pretty sure I’m the only person still in this office building, so time to get the hell out and go sit in traffic for an indeterminate amount of hours. I hope you have a great and safe weekend, wherever you’re at, and I hope you please take some time to check out the forum and radio stream.