From Oceans to Autumn Confirm May 5 Release for Ether / Return to Earth

Posted in Whathaveyou on April 4th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

First announced late last year, the double-disc sophomore outing, Ether / Return to Earth, from North Carolinian post-rockers From Oceans to Autumn has been given a firm May 5 release through Argonauta Records. To give a sampling of the kind of sprawl on offer, the band have made opening track “Quintessence / Core” — clearly somebody has a thing for multifaceted titles — available to stream in its 13-minute entirety. One of four cuts on the first of Ether / Return to Earth‘s two discs, it enacts a suitably immersive wash over the course of its stretch, and showcases considerable patience in the execution thereof.

Among the big questions I have as regards it is how representative it will be of the record as a whole, or if the band, whose last full-length arrived four years ago — though they also posted Pareto Analysis : Volumes I?-?III Endings in December as the first installment of a “concept series”; rest assured I have no idea what that means — will head in different directions across the subsequent 11 pieces. As ever, we’ll find out when the album arrives.

If you’re the preorderin’ type, those are up now from Argonauta. Art, links, info and audio follow, as per the social medias:

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North Carolina Post Rockers From Oceans To Autumn release cover artwork and new single from their highly anticipated new album, the first in four years.

The song “Quintessence/Core” can be heard here.

The album is a colossal “2 disks” work, where ethereal and dreamlike atmospheres collide at best with psychedelic and dramatic interludes made of vast landscapes and sidereal distances.

“Ether/Return to Earth” will be released in Double CD and Digital Download by Argonauta Records and available from May 5th, 2017.
Preorders run here: http://bit.ly/2oytmX8

TRACKLIST
DISC 1 “ETHER”:
1. QUINTESSENCE/CORE
2. MEDIUM
3. AIR/ELYSIUM
4. STRATUS/VAPOR

DISC 2 “RETURN TO EARTH”:
1. ARRIVAL
2. LIVE AGAIN
3. VISIBLE LIGHT II
4. KEEP A WATCHFUL EYE
5. ISLE
6. 211 SOUTH
7. RECONNECT
8. THROUGH THE AGES

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From Oceans to Autumn, “Quintessence / Core”

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Weedeater Couldn’t Stop Touring if They Wanted To. I Don’t Think They Want To.

Posted in Whathaveyou on March 30th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

North Carolinian sludge mainstays Weedeater haven’t even finished their current tour and have already announced the next one. This, if you’ve been paying attention, you already know is kind of how it goes with Weedeater. Yes, they’re still out supporting 2015’s Goliathan (review here), and I think they’re going to be for a while yet. I mean, it’s not exactly as if they’re doing shit tours at this point. These are good rooms and good bands they’re playing with. Weedeater and Primitive Man? What are you gonna see in your town that night that’s heavier? Not much.

Oh yeah, and then they meet up with The Obsessed and Karma to Burn and Fatso Jetson for a few nights on the West Coast. Hell’s bells. People will be talking about those shows for years. Years. Imagine being fortunate enough to be in the path of that tour. I mean, really.

The PR wire takes it from here:

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WEEDEATER announce western US and Canadian tour

Notorious southern metal outfit WEEDEATER have announced a western US and Canadian tour. The band heads west after their appearance at Berserker Fest 2017 (featuring GWAR, EYEHATEGOD, NEGATIVE APPROACH and more), and will be joined by PRIMITIVE MAN on all dates.

WEEDEATER also be joined by THE OBSESSED, KARMA TO BURN, and FATSO JETSON on select west coast dates. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

WEEDEATER are touring in support of their new album Goliathan’. The album is streaming here. ‘Goliathan’ is available across various CD and LP formats at the Season of Mist E-Shop.

‘Goliathan’ once again features album art by Arik Roper (HIGH ON FIRE, SLEEP, THE BLACK CROWES) and will be available across multiple CD and Ltd. Ed. LP formats. WEEDEATER previously re-issued their first four albums, ‘Jason…the Dragon’, ‘Sixteen Tons’, ‘…And Justice for Y’all’, and ‘God Luck and Good Speed”. The long out of print albums are available as vinyl for the first time, as well as a CD and digitally at the Season of Mist E-shop and at Bandcamp.

WEEDEATER are currently touring on their previously announced US tour. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

WEEDEATER TOUR DATES
W/ ASG
Mar. 30 Savannah, GA @ The Jinx
Mar. 31 Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero *
Apr. 1 Charlotte, NC @ Rabbit Hole
* No ASG

Second leg:
W/ PRIMITIVE MAN
Apr. 13 Huntington, WV @ V Club
Apr. 14 Dayton, OH @ Rockstar Pro Arena
Apr. 15 Pontiac, MI @ Berzerker Fest
Apr. 16 Lombard, IL @ Brauerhaus
Apr. 17 Milwaukee, WI @ Metal Grill
Apr. 18 Fargo, ND @ Aquarium
Apr. 20 Winnipeg, MB @ Windsor Hotel
Apr. 21 Regina, SK @ The Exchange
Apr. 22 Saskatoon, SK @ Amigos
Apr. 24 Edmonton, AB @ Brixx
Apr. 25 Calgary, AB @ Distortion
Apr. 27 Seattle, WA @ Highline **
Apr. 28 Portland, OR @ Star Theater **
Apr. 29 Sacramento, CA @ Starlite **
Apr. 30 San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge **
May 1 Los Angeles, CA @ Regent Theater **
May 2 Albuquerque, NM @ Sister Bar
May 3 Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
May 4 Omaha, NE @ Lookout Lounge
May 5 Rock Island, IL @ Rock Island Brew Co.
May 6 Indianapolis, IN @ Indiana City Brew Co.
May 7 Asheville, NC @ Mothlight
** With OBSESSED, KARMA TO BURN, FATSO JETSON

https://www.facebook.com/weedmetal/
https://weedeater.bandcamp.com/album/goliathan
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Weedeater, Goliathan (2015)

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GIVEAWAY: Win Weedeater Goliathan Vinyl from Season of Mist!

Posted in Features on February 27th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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A winner has been selected and this giveaway has ended. Stored here for archive purposes. Thanks to all who entered.

[TO ENTER GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment on this post with your email address in the form. You’ll be contacted at that address if you win.]
Next month, North Carolina sludge mainstays Weedeater head out alongside heavy rockers ASG on a Southern US tour. The riotous and by-now-more-or-less-legendary-on-stage trio are supporting their 2015 album, Goliathan (review here), which also served as their label debut on Season of Mist and offered some subtle progressive flashes to go with their groundbreaking, searing nod.

You can hear the record in full below, and I know from past experience that the notion of free Weedeater stuff hardly needs selling on my end, but suffice it to say that if you want to get in on some no-cost vinyl, this is a damn good way to do it. And if you’ve never seen them before or if you have, make sure you catch them on the road next month and into the start of April. Dates follow:

WEEDEATER TOUR DATES
W/ ASG
Mar. 14 Atlanta, GA @ Basement* Tickets
Mar. 15 New Orleans, LA @ Siberia* Tickets
Mar. 17 Hattiesburg, MS @ The Tavern*
Mar. 18 Little Rock, AR @ Rev Room*
Mar. 19 St. Louis, MO @ Fubar* Tickets
Mar. 20 Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone* Tickets
Mar. 21 Nashville, TN @ Exit / In Tickets
Mar. 22 Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco Tickets
Mar. 23 Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall Tickets
Mar. 24 Tallahassee, FL @ Sidebar Tickets
Mar. 25 Gainesville, FL @ High Dive Tickets
Mar. 27 Orlando, FL @ Will’s Pub Tickets
Mar. 28 Miami, FL @ Gramps Tickets
Mar. 29 Lake Worth, FL @ Propaganda
Mar. 30 Savannah, GA @ The Jinx
Mar. 31 Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero*
Apr. 01 Charlotte, NC @ Rabbit Hole Tickets

As always, please note no email addresses given are kept, stored, shared or sold. I’m a one-man outfit and I’d rather spend my time writing than selling out your data. That’s just how it is. Thanks and good luck to all who enter!

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Weedeater, Goliathan (2015)

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Weedeater Touring the Southeast Next Month

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 8th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

Never ones for sitting still too long, North Carolina sludgers Weedeater will head out in their relative back yard next month, stomping their way around the Southeastern US as they continue to support their 2015 Season of Mist label debut, Goliathan (review here). Their fifth album, it was a record that underscored the rolling, consuming riffs that have made Weedeater nothing less than an institution since their late-’90s inception, and the crusty edge they’ve been able to maintain in their approach while adding in more daring elements to their sound like melody, brooding bluegrass banjo, and so on.

You don’t need me to tell you to go see Weedeater if they’re coming through your town. It’s a given. They’ll be out with in the familiar company of ASG for a lot of these shows as well, so yeah. Dig in.

From the PR wire:

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WEEDEATER announce US tour

Notorious southern metal outfit WEEDEATER have announced a US tour. The tour begins on March 14, and sees the band performing alongside ASG on select dates. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

WEEDEATER are touring in support of their new album Goliathan’. The album is streaming here. ‘Goliathan’ is available across various CD and LP formats at the Season of Mist E-Shop.

‘Goliathan’ once again features album art by Arik Roper (HIGH ON FIRE, SLEEP, THE BLACK CROWES) and will be available across multiple CD and Ltd. Ed. LP formats. WEEDEATER previously re-issued their first four albums, ‘Jason…the Dragon’, ‘Sixteen Tons’, ‘…And Justice for Y’all’, and ‘God Luck and Good Speed”. The long out of print albums are available as vinyl for the first time, as well as a CD and digitally at the Season of Mist E-shop and at Bandcamp.

WEEDEATER TOUR DATES
W/ ASG
Mar. 14 Atlanta, GA @ Basement*
Mar. 15 New Orleans, LA @ Siberia*
Mar. 17 Hattiesburg, MS @ The Tavern*
Mar. 18 Little Rock, AR @ Rev Room*
Mar. 19 St. Louis, MO @ Fubar*
Mar. 20 Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone*
Mar. 21 Nashville, TN @ Exit / In
Mar. 22 Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco
Mar. 23 Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall
Mar. 24 Tallahassee, FL @ Sidebar
Mar. 25 Gainesville, FL @ High Dive
Mar. 27 Orlando, FL @ Will’s Pub
Mar. 28 Miami, FL @ Gramps
Mar. 29 Lake Worth, FL @ Propaganda
Mar. 30 Savannah, GA @ The Jinx
Mar. 31 Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero*
Apr. 1 Charlotte, NC @ Rabbit Hole
* No ASG

https://www.facebook.com/weedmetal/
https://weedeater.bandcamp.com/album/goliathan

Weedeater, Goliathan (2015)

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Dr. Keyboardian Posts “Dang Fish” Live Clip

Posted in Bootleg Theater on January 25th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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Right now, on a stage somewhere in North Carolina, Dr. Keyboardian is in the process of getting weird. Is that true? Probably not. I mean, it’s probably not happening at this second, as you’re reading this, but I suppose it could be. Universe of infinite possibilities, folks. That’s one of ’em. And you’d be missing it.

Every now and then, I like being confused, and I’ve yet to have an encounter with the Marion-based experimentalist outfit helmed by former Tasha-Yar drummer Tim Greene that didn’t qualify. Since the end of Tasha-YarGreene has checked in periodically with Dr. Keyboardian updates. It doesn’t always fit with what goes on around these parts — or what goes on around any parts, for that matter — but maybe I’m a sucker for songs about fishing, and maybe Dr. Keyboardian, playing in the clip below captured at a recent show at Crooked Door Coffee as Dr. Keyboardian and the Side Effects with participation in some way or other by Matt Johnson and Mike Holstein, is solidifying around an experimentalist process that I can almost begin to wrap my head around.

Well, no. Not the latter, but again, sometimes I like being confused, so here we are, where weirdness abounds. Am I even certain this is “Dang Fish?” I’m not certain of anything today. The video itself is kind of dark to allow for the video work of Projexorcism to come through, but it’s part of a whole series under the same account that made its way to the YouTubes, so if you find yourself intrigued by the curio streaming underneath this paragraph, there’s plenty more where that came from.

In the meantime, pry open your brain stem and enjoy:

Dr. Keyboardian, “Dang Fish” live in Marion, NC, Jan. 14, 2017

Do not take Dr. Keyboardian with food. No dancing while under the influence of Dr. Keyboardian. Do operate heavy machinery while taking Dr. Keyboardian. Side effects include heavy breathing and palpitations.

Dr. Keyboardian. Gluten-free, organic, locally grown and zero calories since 2013. Eat it.

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Tasha-Yar on Bandcamp

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Toke Release New Album Orange; Limited Tapes Available

Posted in Whathaveyou on January 3rd, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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New Year, new riffs. North Carolina sludge specialists Toke could never be accused of being too obscure in their intentions, and their new album Orange (also written as a parenthetical) is no different. They sludge, sludge hard and sludge often. Big tones, big riffs, aggro stoner vibes. The new six-tracker follows a 2015 self-titled and a demo from 2014 (review here) that seems to have disappeared from the interwebs, and has been released as a limited-to-100-copies-and-already-mostly-gone cassette that will no doubt find favor with those seeking to start 2017 off with a fervent nod.

I had the pleasure of watching the Wilmington-based three-piece of bassist/vocalist Bronco, guitarist Tim and drummer Jeremy perform at last year’s Maryland Doom Fest (review here), and even in that riffiest of settings, they managed to stand out for the impact of their presentation. They’ve spent some time on the road since (they had before as well), and seem to be working on establishing momentum toward a larger underground impact. I’ve yet to hear of them doing anything up to this point that hasn’t turned heads in their direction, and seeing them live was an oh-okay-these-guys-are-for-real moment of clarity.

To listen to “Blackened” from Orange, or “Weak Life,” which brings in a guest appearance from Sourvein‘s T-Roy Medlin, I hear nothing to diminish that impression. They were pretty brief in their announcing the album’s arrival, but all the info that’s out there on the digital and cassette versions is below. Their debut is also getting a vinyl treatment from Goya‘s Opoponax Records imprint this month, so heads up on that.

Be informed:

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New album is live! Go snag a digital copy then a cassette!

Limited to 100 cassettes and 70% are gone! Only 20 being sold online.

Find tracks on tokenc.bandcamp.com.

We will also email you a copy of the album within 48 hours!

Tracklisting:
1. Within The Sinister Void 03:58
2. Weight Of The World 03:43
3. Blackened 03:41
4. Weak Life (Feat. T-Roy of Sourvein) 03:17
5. Legalize Sin 03:53
6. Four Hours For Hours 05:05

Released January 1, 2017

Toke is:
Bass/Vocals – Bronco
Drums – Jeremy
Guitars – Tim

Recorded and mixed by – Rick Contes
Mastered by – Dennis Pleckham
Logo Art by – Nick Males
T-Roy of Sourvein appears courtesy of Metal Blade Records

https://www.facebook.com/TokeDoom/
https://tokenc.bandcamp.com/
http://tokedoom.bigcartel.com/product/orange-cassettes

Toke, Orange (2017)

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Freedom Hawk & Irata Announce Feb. West Coast Tour Dates

Posted in Whathaveyou on January 2nd, 2017 by JJ Koczan

I mean, uh, sold. Right? Virginian heavy rockers Freedom Hawk head west next month alongside North Carolinian chuggers Irata, and I’m not even sure this one needs comment from me other than to reinforce the notion that you should make every effort to go to whichever one of these shows is closest to where you live. They’ve also got the last date of the tour open on Feb. 19 somewhere around Austin — or, presumably, a reasonable day’s drive between Austin and the Eastern Seaboard — and how much fun would it be to book those two bands somewhere and put on a kickass show to round out their tour? I like that idea. If I lived in Eastern Texas or somewhere else down south, I’d probably like it even more right about now.

Freedom Hawk are heralding an impending Ripple Music reissue for their 2008 debut album, Sunlight, and still supporting their 2015 fourth long-player, Into Your Mind (review here), while Irata — who upon returning from this tour will roll out again alongside All Them Witches — go on the back of their 2015 Retro Futurist offering, Loris.

Dates, links, audio and whatnots follow, as seen on the social medias:

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Freedom Hawk / Irata US Tour

February 3 – February 17

Freedom Hawk and Irata Live will embark on a tour to the US West Side to continue the search for the perfect riff!!

Freedom Hawk will also have in tow their Small Stone 2015 release – Into Your Mind AND a hot off the press Ripple Music special remastered limited edition Vinyl/CD (Jan 27) release of their 2008 self released album – Sunlight.

IRATA will have their 2015 Retro Futurist release “Sweet Loris.” in tow and will be jamming these righteous tunes on tour with Freedom Hawk before returning to the road in March, 2017 with Nashville band All Them Witches.

HIWATTAGE Booking presents…
FREEDOM HAWK & IRATA:
THE ENDLESS SEARCH FOR THE PERFECT RIFF – WEST SIDE TOUR – FEB 2017!!

3-Feb Nashville, TN Springwater
4-Feb Fort Worth, TX The Rail Club club
5-Feb El paso, TX Rockhouse Bar & Grill
6-Feb Open (drive day)
7-Feb San Diego, CA Soda Bar
8-Feb Anaheim, CA Out Of The Park Pizza
9-Feb San Francisco, CA Thee Parkside
10-Feb Eugene. OR Old Nick’s Pub
11-Feb Portland, OR High Water Mark Lounge
12-Feb Seattle, WA Funhouse Seattle
13-Feb Yreka, CA, Chromaphonic Music Hall
14-Feb Sacramento, CA Starlite Lounge
15-Feb Las Vegas, NV, Beauty Bar
16-Feb Tucson, AZ The Flycatcher
17-Feb Fort Stockton, TX The Garage
18-Feb Austin, TX Swan Dive
19th-Feb Open (hit us up)

https://www.facebook.com/events/402574540082569/
https://www.facebook.com/freedomhawkmusic/
http://www.freedomhawk.net/
https://smallstone.bandcamp.com/album/into-your-mind
https://ripplemusic.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/iratabandofficial/
http://www.iratalive.com/
https://retrofuturist.bandcamp.com/album/irata-loris

Freedom Hawk, Into Your Mind (2015)

Irata, Loris (2015)

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From Oceans to Autumn Announce Ether / Return to Earth 2CD Due in 2017

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 8th, 2016 by JJ Koczan

Most recently heard from with late-2014’s Advent studio sessions recording, which was released digitally just days after it was completed, North Carolina post-rockers From Oceans to Autumn have announced that their second official full-length, titled Ether / Return to Earth, will be out in 2017 on Argonauta Records. It’s a double-CD, so presumably one is Ether and the other is Return to Earth, and while we’re speculating, it doesn’t seem unlikely either that the titles perhaps give some clue as to the sounds contained in each of the album’s two parts — as in, maybe the second is where From Oceans to Autumn come across more grounded sonically than the first. Just guessing here, folks. Just guessing.

No word on a definite, nailed-down release date yet, but Argonauta had the following pretty picture and verbiage on the subject, and if you wanted to check out Advent, it’s name-your-price from the Bandcamp player at the bottom of the post:

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FROM OCEANS TO AUTUMN, new “double album” to be released in 2017!

North Carolina based outfit FROM OCEANS TO AUTUMN return after their last album “A Perfect Dawn” of 2013 and several digital EPs released in 2014/2015.

Being a perfect blend of Post Rock / Ambient and Instrumental Post Metal sonorities, this will be a massive effort by the band, a stunning double album where huge landscapes typical of a band as JAKOB meets the impressive “wall of sound” of ROSETTA.

From Oceans to Autumn’s Brandon Helms (also in MAGI and MOUNTAINS AMONG US) says: “Writing and recording of this double album has been going on for 2 years off and on. Mainly in the fall months. We wanted something a little different, yet was still us at heart. The songs are more airy, with the guitars seemingly drift in and out of consciousness.”

“Ether/Return to Earth” is a sound experience where ethereal and dreamlike atmosphere of the first part is in opposition to the darker and “otherworldly” feel of the second one.

FROM OCEANS TO AUTUMN come-back has been scheduled in 2017 and will be released as 2CD/DD by ARGONAUTA Records.

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From Oceans to Autumn, Advent (2014)

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