The Atomic Bitchwax Announce Full US Tour with Mos Generator and Against the Grain

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 12th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Some shows are a no-brainer, and if NJ riff-winders The Atomic Bitchwax are coming through your town with Mos Generator and/or Against the Grain on the bill, that’s pretty much a night you can mark off on your calendar. They’re out supporting their 2015 LP, Gravitron (review here), on Tee Pee Records, and this will be their most extensive run through the US in some time, after celebrating the new album’s release overseas in Europe.

Mos Generator will be on the tour from Sept. 1-18, and Against the Grain seem to be on the whole run. Dates follow as hoisted from the Bitchwax‘s Thee Facebooks page:

the atomic bitchwax us tour

ITS ON!!!!!!
THE ATOMIC BITCHWAX
w/ MOS GENERATOR
AGAINST THE GRAIN
NORTH AMERICAN SUMMER TOUR 2015

New Jersey’s legendary, riff-centric power trio THE ATOMIC BITCHWAX (aka TAB) returns with gargantuan riffs and jaw-dropping psych sonics on its sixth full length LP,Gravitron. Now featuring TWO members of MONSTER MAGNET – bassist/vocalist Chris Kosnik and drummer Bob Pantella – alongside shred-tastic gunslinger Finn Ryan, the band has perfected its unique style of NYC hard rock that High Times appropriately tabbed, “thunder-boogie.”

On Gravitron, THE ATOMIC BITCHWAX’s Rush-like riff mazes and carpal-tunnel-inducing riffs are on full display; every note bleeds with urgency. There’s far too much exuberant energy on the record to lazily tag this as “Stoner Rock”; this is high-octane, ’70s-based hard rock infused with stabs of psychedelia and landslides of Tommy Bolin-inspired guitar heroics ! Gravitron is an A-level masterclass in bad ass Rock’N’ Roll and cements the THE ATOMIC BITCHWAX as an undeniable force in today’s heavy music landscape.

8/13/2015 Brooklyn NY The Shop
8/14/2015 Philadelphia PA Kung Fu Necktie
8/15/2015 Cambridge MA Middle East
8/16/2015 Montreal QC Foufounes Electriques
8/17/2015 Ottawa ON Mavericks
8/18/2015 Sudbury ON Townhouse
8/19/2015 Toronto ON Bovine
8/20/2015 Rochester NY Montage
8/21/2015 Pittsburgh PA 31st St pub
8/22/2015 Dayton OH Rock Star Arena
8/23/2015 Detroit MI Smalls
8/24/2015 Chicago IL Double Door
8/25/2015 Milwaukee WI Metal Grill
8/26/2015 Kansas City MO Riot Room
8/27/2015 Denver CO Larimer Lounge
8/29/2015 Boise ID Neurolux
9/1/2015 Seattle WA Studio Seven
9/2/2015 Vancouver BC Rickshaw
9/3/2015 Portland OR Panic Room
9/4/2015 Oakland CA Leos
9/5/2015 Los Angeles CA Loaded
9/6/2015 Phoenix AZ Club Red
9/8/2015 Albuquerque NM Launchpad
9/9/2015 Dallas TX Three Links
9/10/2015 Austin TX Red 7
9/11/2015 Houston TX Rudyards
9/12/2015 New Orleans LA Siberia
9/13/2015 Atlanta GA Masquerade
9/16/2015 Richmond VA Strange Matter
9/17/2015 Baltimore MD Metro Gallery
9/18/2015 New York NY Bowery Electric

http://teepeerecords.com/collections/frontpage/products/atomic-bitchwax-gravitron
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The Atomic Bitchwax, “War Claw” Live at Desertfest Berlin 2015

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Tony Reed to Play Drums on Mos Generator’s East Coast Tour

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 27th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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This year has already brought a handful of surprises from long-running Port Orchard, Washington, heavy rock trio Mos Generator. Like a new lineup. And touring. And live records. And splits. If you don’t believe me, go back a few posts. Today the hyper-active riffers keep the thread going with the announcement that Tony Reed, founder, songwriter and driving force behind the band, will step back from playing guitar on their upcoming East Coast tour in order to fill-in on drums.

He’ll still be singing, but I’m pretty sure this marks a first for Mos Generator, though Reed‘s history drumming goes back farther than that. Reed and still-relatively-newcomer bassist Sean Booth will be joined by new guitarist Scott Riley for the run — which ends giving them just one day’s break before they leave for a European tour with Elder — as the man himself explains:

2015 has been a very hectic and interesting year for Mos Generator. I have had many firsts since January, including playing acoustic shows and doing the longest U.S. tour of my career. Since the split with the original rhythm section in September of 2014 it’s been a rough road keeping a complete rhythm section intact. I’m not surprised, I knew it would be tough but I never thought I would have to end up playing drums and singing for some dates. As I am writing this I am thinking to myself that this is complete insanity, but, as insane as it sounds I am also looking forward to the challenge. So… May 5 through May 13, rather than cancel the tour I will turn my guitar duties over to my old friend Scott Riley and I will mount the kit with one of those horrible Sammy Hagar microphones and do my damnedest. It’s a good thing we’ve got the steady bass playing of Sean Booth to keep it all together. He’ll be the only one that doesn’t look like a deer in headlights. TR

MOS GENERATOR on tour:
with Wounded Giant
6/3    Sioux Falls, SD, Total Drag Records
6/5    Philadelphia, PA, Millcreek Tavern
6/6    Baltimore, MD, The SideBar (Moving The Earth Fest)
6/7    Washington DC, The Pinch
6/9    New Haven, CT, Three Sheets
6/10  Cambridge, MA, TT The Bear’s
6/11  Dover, NH, Dover Brickhouse
6/12  Portland, ME, Empire
6/13 Amityville, NY, Amityville Music Hall (Eye Of The Stoned Goat 5)

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Mos Generator, “As Above So Below”

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Mos Generator and Stubb Split Available to Preorder from HeviSike Records

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 22nd, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

Pressed in a total edition of 400 copies, the new split between Mos Generator and Stubb, titled The Theory of Light and Matter, is available now to preorder from HeviSike Records. The release (track stream here) will be out next month in time to coincide with Mos Generator‘s upcoming European tour dates, and will be available in either black/red marble or white vinyl, sold with an included download. Stubb have gigs coming up supporting The Midnight Ghost Train and Siena Root, while Mos Generator will spend the summer on the road with Elder after hitting the East Coast again for the Eye of the Stoned Goat fest on June 13.

Preorders here. Release details follow:

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MOS GENERATOR // STUBB

Band : Mos Generator, Stubb
Title : The Theory of Light and Matter
Label : HeviSike Records
Catalog ref. : HVSK-1207
Format : Vinyl
HVSK-1208 Mos Generator // Stubb – The Theory of Light & Matter

– Limited Edition with OBI Strip –

Two of the most exciting power trios combine forces to deliver a split album on HeviSike Records. Washington, USA stoner rock titans MOS GENERATOR explore a more progressive territory akin to their 2005 album ‘The Late Great Planet Earth’. London, England three-piece STUBB who are well known for their high-energy blues-rock demonstrate their more experimental side.

MOS GENERATOR have built a dedicated following through a heavy touring schedule and releasing consistently top quality music. The band’s 2015 schedule includes tours of both West Coast and East Coast, USA before visiting Europe on a 33 date European summer tour in support of ELDER. 2014 saw the Port Orchard trio release their opus ‘Electric Mountain Majesty’ (Listenable Records).

STUBB are familiar to the European touring circuit having made numerous appearances at events such as Freak Valley and Desertfest and have shared a stage alongside heavyweight contemporaries such as Earthless, Gentlemans Pistols, Sungrazer and The Machine. The London trio recently released their second LP ‘Cry of The Ocean’ (2014, Ripple Music) to critical acclaim.

Available as a strictly limited edition vinyl LP and digital download, THE THEORY OF LIGHT & MATTER is an essential purchase for fans of heavy psychedelic rock. Mastered specifically for vinyl. Cover art by Harley & J. 150 copies Red/Black Marbled (HeviSike Exclusive), 250 White (Band and Distribution)

Pressing Details:
150 Copies – Black/Red Marbled – HeviSike Records Exclusive
250 Copies – White vinyl (For distribution, only 30 copies available here)
Total press: 400 copies
Artwork by Harley & J
Contains OBI Strip with all information
Mastered specifically for vinyl

PRE-ORDER: Friday 22nd May 2015
RELEASE DATE: Monday 22nd June 2015

http://hevisike.bigcartel.com/product/mosgenerator-stubb
http://hevisike.com/release/mos-generator-stubb/
https://www.facebook.com/MosGenerator
https://www.facebook.com/Stubbrock
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Mos Generator, “As Above So Below”

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Moving the Earth Fest III Set for June 6 with Borracho, Mos Generator and More

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 6th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

The same tour that’s bringing Mos Generator and Wounded Giant east for the Eye of the Stoned Goat out on Long Island will also make a stop at Moving the Earth III in Baltimore. The West Coast acts will top the bill, which is rounded out by a who’s-who of Baltimore and nearby bringers of heavy, including Philly’s Wizard Eye and Delaware’s Wasted Theory. I’m expecting news any minute now about the new Foghound record, and they just played Sludgement Day in MD as well and will also be at the Maryland Doom Fest. I’d paint it as different festivals vying for supremacy — I haven’t mentioned Autumn Screams Doom or Vultures of Volume yet — but I think it’s more just that there’s a ton of killer heavy shit from Baltimore and the surrounding area, so getting together a bill of seven or 15 or 30 righteous acts makes more sense than not. Hell, if I lived there, I’d probably do it too. Plus, the door’s dirt cheap, so what the hell?

Lineup for Moving the Earth III and poster by Bill Kole of Ol’ Time Moonshine follows, yanked from the Thee Facebooks event page:

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Moving The Earth Fest 3!!!

Saturday, June 6
The Sidebar
218 E Lexington St, Baltimore, Maryland 21202

Moving The Earth Fest’s 3rd edition features 2 kickass bands on tour from the great northwest in MOS GENERATOR and WOUNDED GIANT!!!

Moving The Earth Fest 3 headliners MOS GENERATOR ( Ripple Music/ Small Stone Records) are coming all the way from the Great Northwest to rock your face off!

Joining them on this edition are…
DC sonic bulldozers, *BORRACHO*
Delaware’s riff slinging sons-a-bitches *WASTED THEORY*
Bmores own heavy/fuzz/riff-rock destruction machine, *FOGHOUND*
Philly heavy/stoner rock spellcasters, *WIZARD EYE*
Annapolis heavy/psych mountain movers *MOUTAINWOLF*
And last but not least… Charm City’s *PEARLY GOATS* kick things off in smokin’ style!

DJ EL SUPRIMO
will also be spinning killer vinyl all night long between sets!

Kickass event poster by Bill Kole!

Come early, stay late! All killer, no filler!

Doors at 6pm + $13 ( cheap!)

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https://www.facebook.com/MovingTheEarthFestival

Borracho, “I’ve Come for it All”

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Mos Generator Premiere “As Above So Below” from Split LP with Stubb

Posted in audiObelisk on May 5th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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If time has proven aything at all, it’s that Tony Reed likes to keep busy. With his band Mos Generator having already released the live album In Concert: 2007-2014 (track stream here) on Listenable Records and just last week confirmed a new 7″ through Stickman Records to coincide with their upcoming European tour with Elder, Reed and bassist Sean Booth next join forces with HeviSike Records, who will issue a split LP called The Theory of Light and Matter that boasts three new tracks from Mos Generator and three from UK trio Stubb, whose albums Reed has mixed and mastered in the past.

That level of output shouldn’t really be news to anyone who’s followed Reed‘s work for just about any length of time at all, but the difference is now Mos Generator is ready to take the show on the road. They’ll tour the East Coast for the second time this year early next month, and then they take off for the aforementioned European jaunt, and that’s another full month gone mobile. Not only that, but with Reed working in his own studio and putting together material at an ever-more prolific clip, there’s no sign whatsoever that this swath of mos-generator-stubb-the-theory-of-light-and-matter-harley-and-jproductivity is anything but the beginning, which of course is just fine so long as you’re into things like choice riffs and quality songwriting. The split with Stubb includes “As Above So Below,” “Catspaw” and “There’s No Return from Nowhere,” and will be released by HeviSike in an edition of 400 copies with artwork by Harley & J.

Launching the release with a chunky riff topped with a near-immediate verse from Reed, who also drums on the split — oh yeah, did I mention that in addition to putting all this stuff together in the last year, the band has also completely revamped its lineup? — one finds many of the recognizable elements of Mos Gen‘s approach intact. The track is heavy but clearheaded, and builds on some of the melodic progression the band showed on their last full-length, 2014’s Electric Mountain Majesty (review here), but still remains essentially true to their classic form, a spacious break in the middle setting up a finish that is, like the song itself, quintessentially their own. As the first cut of the included six, it’s a memorable start to side A, and quickly affirms that The Theory of Light and Matter offers plenty of both.

I’m thrilled today to host the premiere of “As Above So Below,” which you can find on the player here, followed by info from HeviSike on the release and Mos Generator‘s upcoming tour dates, starting with their East Coast run in June. Please enjoy:

MOS GENERATOR // STUBB – The Theory of Light & Matter (LP) HVSK-1207

Two of the most exciting power trios combine forces to deliver a split album on HeviSike Records. Washington, USA stoner rock titans MOS GENERATOR explore a more progressive territory akin to their 2005 album ‘The Late Great Planet Earth’. London, England three-piece STUBB who are well known for their high-energy blues-rock demonstrate their more experimental side.

MOS GENERATOR have built a dedicated following through a heavy touring schedule and releasing consistently top quality music. The band’s 2015 schedule includes tours of both West Coast and East Coast, USA before visiting Europe on a 33 date European summer tour in support of ELDER. 2014 saw the Port Orchard trio release their opus ‘Electric Mountain Majesty’ (Listenable Records).

STUBB are familiar to the European touring circuit having made numerous appearances at events such as Freak Valley and Desertfest and have shared a stage alongside heavyweight contemporaries such as Earthless, Gentlemans Pistols, Sungrazer and The Machine. The London trio recently released their second LP ‘Cry of The Ocean’ (2014, Ripple Music) to critical acclaim.

Available as a strictly limited edition vinyl LP and digital download, THE THEORY OF LIGHT & MATTER is an essential purchase for fans of heavy psychedelic rock. Mastered specifically for vinyl. Cover art by Harley & J. 150 copies Red/Black Marbled (HeviSike Exclusive), 250 White (Band and Distribution)

MOS GENERATOR on tour:
with Wounded Giant
6/5/15 Millcreek Tavern- Philadelphia, PA w/ Wasted Theory, Righteous Bloom
6/6/15 Sidebar Tavern- Baltimore, MD w/ Wasted Theory, Borracho, Foghound, Mountainwolf
6/7/15 The Pinch- Washington, DC w/ Wasted Theory, Borracho
6/9/15 Three Sheets – New Haven, CT w/ Bedroom Rehab Corporation
6/10/15 TT The Bear’s Place- Cambridge, MA w/ Elder, Worshipper
6/11/15 Dover Brickhouse – Dover, NH w/ Gozu, Iron Chin
6/12/15 Empire- Portland, ME w/ Murcielago
6/13/15 Amityville Music hall- Long Island, NY “Eye of the Stoned Goat 5 Festival” w/ Weed is Weed, Gozu, Brimstone Coven, Doctor Smoke, Curse The Son, Ol’ Time Moonshine, John Wilkes Booth

ELDER / MOS GENERATOR – Live in Europe 2015
20.06.2015 F – Clisson, Hellfest 2015, (only ELDER)
22.06.2015 ESP – Madrid, Wurlitzer Ballroom
23.06.2015 ESP – Barcelona, Riff Ritual Fest Sala Boveda
25.06.2015 CH – Luzern, Sedel
26.06.2015 GER – Kloster Weil, JH
27.06.2015 GER – Siegen, Vortex
29.06.2015 UK – Cardiff, Moon Club
01.07.2015 UK – Edinburgh, Bannermans
02.07.2015 UK – London, Garage,
03.07.2015 UK – Bristol, The Louisiana
05.07.2015 B – Leuven, Sojo
08.07.2015 GER – Hamburg, Hafenklang
10.07.2015 GER – Erfurt, Stoned From The Underground Festival 2015
11.07.2015 A – Nikolsdorf, Stick & Stone Festival 2015
12.07.2015 HUN – Budapest, Dürer Kert
13.07.2015 A – Vienna, Arena
15.07.2015 ROM – Bucarest, Fabrica Club
16.07.2015 I – Milano, Lo fi Club
17.07.2015 I – Prato, No Cage
20.07.2015 F – Paris, Glazart
21.07.2015 F – Nantes, Club tba
23.07.2015 A – Salzburg, Rockhouse
24.07.2015 GER – Beelen, Krach Am Bach Festival 2015
25.07.2015 GER – Dresden. Chemiefabrik
26.07.2015 GER – Nürnberg, Zentralcafe
27.07.2015 GER – Munich, Backstage, Free & Easy Festival
29.07.2015 GER – Wiesbaden, Schlachthof
31.07.2015 B – Waarshoot, Roadkill Festival 2015
01.08.2015 GER – Bielefeld, Forum, Stickman Records showcase
02.08.2015 GR – Drama, Fuzztastic Planet Fest 2015, (only ELDER)
04.08.2015 NOR – Oslo, Pokalen
05.08.2015 DK – Copenhagen, Pumpehuset
06.08.2015 GER – Berlin, Cassiopeia
08.08.2015 A – Nepomukteich Waldhausen, Lake on Fire Festival 2015

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Mos Generator Unveil Chelsea Wolfe Cover; Touring Europe with Elder

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 1st, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Port Orchard, Washington, heavy rock specialists Mos Generator will have a new 7″ out on Stickman Records in conjunction with their recently-announced European tour alongside Elder. The A side is a cut called “Wroomb” penned by guitarist/vocalist Tony Reed in 1994, and the B side, which has just been posted and which you can hear below, is a cover of Chelsea Wolfe‘s “Tracks (Tall Bodies).” Recorded as a duo with Reed and bassist Sean BoothMos Gen‘s take keeps the melodic drama of the original intact but adds a weighted plod, and of course a solo from Reed never hurts either.

I’ll have more on Mos Generator next week as well, but for now here’s the tour announcement and the track. Cover art for the 7″ is “Entangled Cosmic Deities” by Coffeelips:

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*ELDER / MOS GENERATOR EURO TOUR 2015*

We are thrilled to announce our European Tour with Mos Generator this summer!! This is by far our most extensive trip at home or abroad, and we’re excited to share LORE with all our European friends.

We’ll be making some stops along the way at Hellfest Open Air Festival, Riff Ritual Festival, Fuzztastic Planet Festival, Free & Easy Festival, Lake on Fire and Stoned from the Underground – Festival, Stick and Stone festival as well as playing a special Stickman Records showcase with the legendary Motorpsycho. In short: this is one for the books!

More shows to be added and confirmed… we will keep you posted. Full dates below:

VIBRA Agency, Stickman Records, Listenable Records, SLAM Magazine and Visions present:
ELDER / MOS GENERATOR – Live in Europe 2015
20.06.2015 F – Clisson, Hellfest 2015, (only ELDER)
22.06.2015 ESP – Madrid, Wurlitzer Ballroom
23.06.2015 ESP – Barcelona, Riff Ritual Fest Sala Boveda
25.06.2015 CH – Luzern, Sedel
26.06.2015 GER – Kloster Weil, JH
27.06.2015 GER – Siegen, Vortex
29.06.2015 UK – Cardiff, Moon Club
01.07.2015 UK – Edinburgh, Bannermans
02.07.2015 UK – London, Garage,
03.07.2015 UK – Bristol, The Louisiana
05.07.2015 B – Leuven, Sojo
08.07.2015 GER – Hamburg, Hafenklang
10.07.2015 GER – Erfurt, Stoned From The Underground Festival 2015
11.07.2015 A – Nikolsdorf, Stick & Stone Festival 2015
12.07.2015 HUN – Budapest, Dürer Kert
13.07.2015 A – Vienna, Arena
15.07.2015 ROM – Bucarest, Fabrica Club
16.07.2015 I – Milano, Lo fi Club
17.07.2015 I – Prato, No Cage
20.07.2015 F – Paris, Glazart
21.07.2015 F – Nantes, Club tba
23.07.2015 A – Salzburg, Rockhouse
24.07.2015 GER – Beelen, Krach Am Bach Festival 2015
25.07.2015 GER – Dresden. Chemiefabrik
26.07.2015 GER – Nürnberg, Zentralcafe
27.07.2015 GER – Munich, Backstage, Free & Easy Festival
29.07.2015 GER – Wiesbaden, Schlachthof
31.07.2015 B – Waarshoot, Roadkill Festival 2015
01.08.2015 GER – Bielefeld, Forum, Stickman Records showcase
02.08.2015 GR – Drama, Fuzztastic Planet Fest 2015, (only ELDER)
04.08.2015 NOR – Oslo, Pokalen
05.08.2015 DK – Copenhagen, Pumpehuset
06.08.2015 GER – Berlin, Cassiopeia
08.08.2015 A – Nepomukteich Waldhausen, Lake on Fire Festival 2015

https://www.facebook.com/MosGenerator
http://stickman-records.de
https://www.facebook.com/elderofficial

Mos Generator, “Tracks (Tall Bodies)” (Chelsea Wolfe cover)

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Mos Generator Announce East Coast Tour Dates with Wounded Giant

Posted in Whathaveyou on April 2nd, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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A rather considerable regret I’ve had this past month is that I didn’t get to pick up a copy of the Mos Generator/Isaak split that Heavy Psych Sounds put out in January when I saw Mos Generator open for Elder in Rhode Island (review here). Looks like I’ll get a second chance in June, when the Port Orchard, Washington, trio return to the East Coast, this time bringing Seattle’s Wounded Giant with them. Not to say I called it that the two bands would be touring together as both were sharing spots on the Eye of the Stoned Goat 5 festival to be held in Long Island on June 13, but I did.

That fest will provide the closing argument on the eight-show run, and the rumor mill has it that Mos Generator have even more touring announcements to come — word has been kicked around of a trip to Europe alongside a certain Massachusetts trio who just released one of the year’s best albums, and with whom, if that doesn’t make it clear enough, Mos already toured in the States — and given guitarist/vocalist Tony Reed‘s work ethic, I can’t imagine that’ll be the end of it. Mos Generator‘s new live album, In Concert 2007-2014, is available now to preorder from Listenable Records at the links below.

Also pay particular note to who they’re playing with each show on this tour, because there’s not one band on the list who isn’t worth showing up to see:

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Mos Generator Announce East Coast Tour with Wounded Giant

Port Orchard, Washington heavy rockers MOS GENERATOR fresh off of their six week US tour run have announced they will fire up another string of east coast dates with Seattle Washington’s WOUNDED GIANT. Starting off with eight stops along the East Coast with both bands featured on this Summer’s “Eye of the Stoned Goat 5” Festival in Long Island, New York.

MOS GENERATOR with Wounded Giant
6/5/15 Millcreek Tavern- Philadelphia, PA w/ Wasted Theory, Righteous Bloom
6/6/15 Sidebar Tavern- Baltimore, MD w/ Wasted Theory, Borracho, Foghound, Mountainwolf
6/7/15 The Pinch- Washington, DC w/ Wasted Theory, Borracho
6/9/15 Three Sheets – New Haven, CT w/ Bedroom Rehab Corporation
6/10/15 TT The Bear’s Place- Cambridge, MA w/ Elder, Worshipper
6/11/15 Dover Brickhouse – Dover, NH w/ Gozu, Iron Chin
6/12/15 Empire- Portland, ME w/ Murcielago
6/13/15 Amityville Music hall- Long Island, NY “Eye of the Stoned Goat 5 Festival” w/ Weed is Weed, Gozu, Brimstone Coven, Doctor Smoke, Curse The Son, Ol’ Time Moonshine, John Wilkes Booth

http://www.shop.listenable.net/fr/5994-mos-generator-in-concert-2007-2014-cd-pre-order.html
https://listenable-records.bandcamp.com/album/in-concert-2007-2014
https://www.facebook.com/MosGenerator
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Mos Generator, In Concert 2007-2014 (2015)

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Live Review: Elder, Mos Generator and Magic Circle in Providence, RI, 03.06.15

Posted in Reviews on March 9th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

mos generator 1 (Photo by JJ Koczan)

It was the release show for Elder‘s third album, Lore (review here), put out and put on by Armageddon Shop, but also the launch for the Massachusetts trio’s tour with Mos Generator, bringing a new incarnation of the long-running West Coast heavy rock outfit east for the first time. With Magic Circle taking a break from recording their forthcoming second album to open the show with plenty of material of their own to unveil, newness was a sort of running theme for the night. Parking near AS220, however, was not. After chickening out on a spot in front of a hydrant — kudos to whoever took it — I wound up in a pay lot before magic circle 1 (Photo by JJ Koczan)making my way into Providence’s foremost tour-stop for the first time.

Sandwich orders named for playing cards — Jack of Clubs, Queen of this or that, etc. — were shouted out from a counter opposite the bar, and the place was packed. It sold out, but I was early and managed to get in. Doors opened at 9PM and already there was a decent amount of people who showed up. Magic Circle can be pretty elusive, and by that I mean they’re not on Thee Facebooks, so the chance to see them on such a sans-filler bill wasn’t one to pass up. Armageddon Shop labelmates of Elder‘s, though much more entrenched in doom, they got going maybe a little after 9:30 and it was easy enough to see why AS220 was the kind of place where out-of-towners play. It’s a decent-sized room that still gives an impression of intimacy, with a wide stage, lights if you want them — Magic Circle frontman Brendan Ratigan asked almost immediately that they be turned down — and what seemed like full sound going through the house P.A. Standing in front, I wasn’t in the best place to judge the latter, but the two guitars of Magic Circle came across well if that’s anything to go by.

Their 2013 self-titled debut (review here) brooked little argument in Magic Circle (Photo by JJ Koczan)cuts like “Winter Light,” “Rapture” and “Scream Evil,” which were aired, and since the last time I managed to see them was their first show, just over three years prior, their presence on stage had evolved markedly, Ratigan‘s theatrical movements timed to the changes from drummer Q and bassist Justin DeTore, or the riffing of guitarists Chris Corry and Dan Ducas, which seems to have gotten even more in line with traditional/classic metal on their newer songs. They didn’t give a name for the second record, but “The Damned Man,” “Lightning Cage” and set opener “Journey Blind” were distinguished by faster tempos offsetting doomed riffs and an aggressive — in the case of “Lightning Cage,” almost thrashing — rendering. That might have been a symptom of the live setting, or it might be Magic Circle tapping into their Boston hardcore roots. In any case, they made it work and having gotten a taste, I’m even more intrigued to find out what the whole of their sophomore outing will bring upon its arrival later this year.

They had new material. Mos Generator had a new band. Founding guitarist/vocalist Tony Reed swapped out drummer Shawn Johnson and bassist Scooter Haslip for Scotty VanDweller and Sean Booth, respectively, earlier this year, Mos Generator (Photo by JJ Koczan)and as I understand it, at least part of the reason why was to facilitate touring. Reed announced from the stage that it was Mos Generator‘s first time on the East Coast in many years, and AS220 gave them due welcome as they ran through songs mostly from 2012’s Nomads (review here) and last year’s Electric Mountain Majesty (review here), making highlights of “Beyond the Whip,” the slower “Early Mourning” and the title-track of the latter, which offered the evening’s most unabashed boogie. “Lonely One Kenobi” and set-finale “This is the Gift of Nature” featured from Nomads and provided a fitting showcase for the burgeoning dynamic between ReedBooth and VanDweller. They had been playing more or less nightly since the middle of February, and if I’m not mistaken, had driven two days from Minneapolis to Providence for this gig, so while one might’ve gotten the sense of this version of the band being a recent advent — and mind you, if I didn’t know that going in, I’m not sure I would have — they’d already had a couple weeks to start smoothing rough edges, and it showed.

And since it’s worth specifically pointing out, I stood in front of Booth‘s bass amp for mos generator 3 (Photo by JJ Koczan)the set and his tone was an absolute delight. VanDweller had more than enough swing to carry across Mos Generator‘s classic influences, and Reed made a charismatic frontman — the only other time I’ve seen him on stage was with Stone Axe, in which he played guitar and handled backup vocals — goading the crowd after each song and reminding the room “We’re working hard up here!” before laughing at how long he’s used that line, but in true West Coast form, Booth fed his bass through a Verellen Meat Smoke preamp, and at least from where I was positioned, there was a good part of the set that played out like a commercial for the thing. Obviously that’s not all there is to developing a tone, but it certainly didn’t hurt. Mos Generator will be back on the Eastern Seaboard this summer for the Eye of the Stoned Goat 5 after finishing out this tour and, if I’m not mistaken, hitting Europe, and I’ll look forward to checking out how the intervening time on the road has brought them together.

elder 1 (Photo by JJ Koczan)So we’ve gone from new material to new band, and with Elder, it’s a new album. Lore turned plenty of heads in the weeks leading up to its Feb. 24 release through Armageddon Shop (Stickman Records in Europe), and positioned as the evening’s headliner, drummer Matt Couto, bassist Jack Donovan and guitarist/vocalist Nick DiSalvo gave the album its due, playing it front to back for the packed-out AS220. No doubt the room would’ve been more familiar with the record a little further down the line, but it’s hard to call it a release show two months later, and “Compendium,” “Legend,” “Lore,” “Deadweight” and “Spirit at Aphelion” had no trouble winning the crowd over. Though it was upwards of 20 degrees and still very much winter outside as the sheets of ice and piles of dirty frozen snow on the sidewalk could attest, up near the stage it was broiling hot, and it’s not exactly as if Elder‘s winding riffs are simple or like the spiraling prog-rock apex of “Legend” requires little effort. Like Reed and company before them, Elder were also working hard up there.

For a good cause, though. Elder will spend most of the rest of this month on tour, hitting SXSW, the Midwest and of course the East Coast, and while they’ve done strings of dates in Europe before, and while they’ll play Psycho California this May ensuring at least a little time out west, their arrival as a “touring band” feels due. They could complete this run, do the Psycho CA fest, and not book anything else for the rest of the year. That’s entirely possible, but I don’t think it’s the way things are going to play out, and the vitality they showedelder 2 (Photo by JJ Koczan) on stage looked sustainable. That is to say, Elder seemed ready at AS220 for the task they’d set for themselves. Their sound has progressed from the stoner roots of their 2008 self-titled through 2011’s Dead Roots Stirring (review here) and the subsequent 2012 EP, Spires Burn/Release (streamed here), and Lore is a fitting snapshot of where their creative evolution is now: Clear-headed, crisp in its delivery and the beneficiary of some of the best elements of their prior work. I missed the extra Mellotron-esque guitar layers in what on the record is the highlight moment of the title-track, I’ll be honest, and there were some kinks to iron out in changes elsewhere, but their enjoyment of the songs felt earnest, and they played like a band hitting their stride, which is more than one could feasibly ask for the first night of a tour.

One could see it even in the visual continuity on stage between DiSalvoCouto and Donovan, elder 3 (Photo by JJ Koczan)their comfort with each other’s style. Right down to how they stood, with Donovan turning to face the others, completing a sort of semi-circle with DiSalvo also angled slightly inwards and Couto in the middle, facing out, they looked like a professional band who had sorted out what they wanted to do and how they wanted to do it. Their sound was the same way, and though they’d played for an hour, when they were done and the house lights came up, people were still shouting for more. Rightfully so. On a night where each act had something fresh to offer the room, Elder not only presented their third album to mark the occasion of its release, but stood on the precipice of a new era for themselves, and jumped, loudly, into its beginning.

More pics after the jump. Thanks to you for reading, to John Pegoraro for the company and to Fred Struckholz for the poster.

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