High on Fire Announce North American Tour with Pallbearer, Lucifer and Venomous Maximus

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

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June 16 is the release date for High on Fire‘s new album, Luminiferous, and today the fury-heavy trio have announced a North American tour starting in July with support from Pallbearer, Lucifer and Venomous Maximus, because I guess if you’re going to do something, do it in style. The band released a new track today called “The Black Plot” on some other site, but the tour dates and a live video of the same song are below, along with the art and tracklisting for the Kurt Ballou-produced Luminiferous.

It’s all straight off the PR wire:

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HIGH ON FIRE Announces North American Headlining Tour

Legendary Metal Band to Release New Album, Luminiferous, June 16

World-renowned power trio HIGH ON FIRE will release its highly-anticipated new album, Luminiferous, on June 16 via eOne Music. Recorded at Salem, Massachusetts’ GodCity Studios with producer Kurt Ballou, the record is the follow-up to the group’s 2012 release, De Vermis Mysteriis.

HIGH ON FIRE has announced a North American headlining tour in support of Luminiferous. The trio — Matt Pike (guitar, vocals), Des Kensel (drums) and Jeff Matz (bass) — will kick off the 21 city trek on July 30 in San Diego, CA, and will storm stages through August 23 in New Orleans, LA.

Support on the HIGH ON FIRE tour will be provided by Pallbearer, Lucifer and Venomous Maximus. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, May 15.

HIGH ON FIRE tour dates:
North American Luminiferous Tour
July 30 San Diego, CA The Casbah
July 31 Los Angeles, CA Echoplex
August 1 San Francisco, CA The Regency Ballroom
August 3 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theater
August 4 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw
August 5 Seattle, WA Neumos
August 7 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
August 8 Denver, CO The Gothic
August 10 Minneapolis, MN Mill City Nights
August 11 Chicago, IL Thalia Hall
August 12 Ferndale, MI The Loving Touch
August 13 Toronto, ON Opera House
August 14 Syracuse, NY Lost Horizon
August 15 New York, NY Irving Plaza
August 17 Boston, MA Royale
August 18 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg
August 19 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of the Living Arts
August 20 Baltimore, MD Baltimore Sound Stage
August 21 Winston-Salem, NC Ziggy’s
August 22 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
August 23 New Orleans, LA One Eyed Jack’s (* Venomous Maximus will not appear)

Universally recognized as one of the most potent acts in music today, HIGH ON FIRE creates molten heavy metal that merges primal fury and aggression, blackened bombast and hall of fame heaviness. The group’s seventh studio album, Luminiferous, is a supersonic exercise in conquest by volume, delivering calculated catharsis as a volcano of revolving riffs and hailstorm of thundering drums combine to beam a blazing spotlight towards the future of modern metal music.

“We’re doing our part to expose The Elite and the fingers they have in religion, media, governments and financial world downfall and their relationship to all of our extraterrestrial connections in the race to control this world,” comments vocalist / guitarist Matt Pike. “Wake up, it’s happening. All while we stare at a socially engineered lie we think of as normalcy. Unless we wake from the dream, there will come true doom.”

After nearly two decades of trailblazing new passageways to heaviness, HIGH ON FIRE’s strong, stunning archetype continues to both sharpen and evolve; the trio’s vision has never been clearer. The Riff, as always, is King.

Track listing:
1.) The Black Plot
2.) Carcosa
3.) The Sunless Years
4.) Slave the Hive
5.) The Falconist
6.) Dark Side of the Compass
7.) The Cave
8.) Luminiferous
9.) The Lethal Chamber

Pre-order HIGH ON FIRE’s Luminiferous now at this location.

“I’m really happy High on Fire decided to come back to GodCity to do another album,” states producer and Converge guitarist, Kurt Ballou. “Having been a fan of theirs since The Art of Self Defense, the opportunity to collaborate with one of my favorite bands has truly been an honor.”

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High on Fire, “The Black Plot” Live at Saint Vitus Bar

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Neurosis Playing Maryland Deathfest this Month; Confirmed for Heavy Montréal in August

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 4th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Is posting about Neurosis playing Heavy Montréal just an excuse for me to put on “Locust Star” and turn my sitting on the couch into a mini-nodfest? Yes, yes it is. That, however, is among the more valid reasons I can think of for doing just about anything — “it’s an excuse to listen to ‘Locust Star'” — so whatever, it’s news I’m happy to share. This month, the five-piece will lay waste to Maryland Deathfest and in August it’s on to Montreal, where they’ll join a swath of soon-to-be-blown-off-the-stage recognizable names from the more commercial end of the spectrum. A single-day pass costs about $80, but should you happen to be in that part of the world, it seems like a small price to pay to witness the astonished, confused and converted faces you’re bound to see while Neurosis play.

I was hoping for some word of their new album being finished, but nothing doing this time around. If and when I hear something, I’ll let you know. For now, to the PR wire:

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NEUROSIS Confirms Performance At Heavy Montréal This August; Band Prepares To Invade Maryland Deathfest

Today, NEUROSIS confirms the band’s invitation to perform at this year’s upcoming installment of the massive Heavy Montréal Festival, in Montréal, Quebec.

NEUROSIS is one of the latest acts to be confirmed for Heavy Montréal, having just been announced alongside the likes of The Devin Townsend Project, Sanctuary, Obscura, Cattle Decapitation, Revocation and more, joining the roster of artists already confirmed to play at this year’s event, including Slipnot, Faith No More, Korn, Lamb Of God, Iggy Pop, NOFX, Mastodon, Meshuggah, Testament, Nuclear Assault and countless others. The open air Heavy Montréal gala will overthrow Quebec’s largest metropolis on August 7th – 9th, and NEUROSIS will take the stage on the opening night, Friday, August 7th.

Prior to their Heavy Montréal debut, NEUROSIS will make their return to the brutalizing Maryland Deathfest in Baltimore on Memorial Day weekend. Running from May 21st through 24th, the band’s Neurot Recordings kin Yob and Ufomammut will perform the opening night of the event, while NEUROSIS is set to play the final evening, headlining the Edison Lot A stage, following performances from Skepticism, Winter, Goatsnake and Tombs on the same stage.

Additional NEUROSIS live actions will be announced in the very near future.

NEUROSIS Tour Dates:
5/24/2015 Edison Lot – Baltimore Maryland @ Maryland Deathfest
8/07/2015 Parc Jean Drapeau – Montréal, QC @ Heavy Montréal

Following the release of their Live At Roadburn 2007 album and reissues of some of the band’s most seminal recordings throughout 2010 and 2011 – including their Souls At Zero and Enemy Of The Sun LPs and the Sovereign EP – NEUROSIS released one of their most ambitious albums to date, with 2012’s impressive Honor Found In Decay, all through their own cultivated Neurot Recordings. The album showcased the band taking their esoteric but leveling and categorization-free style of extreme music to even diverse areas of exploration, and following the record release show for the album, the outfit disbanded with longtime visuals that had been a part of their live set for decades, thereby empowering their anthems in a more human approach. Since the album’s release, NEUROSIS has been more active tour-wise than they have since before the turn of the millennium, and seemingly shows no time of ending the campaign any time soon.

As their ongoing legacy nears its thirty-year mark, NEUROSIS has become an institution of heavy music. From their beginnings as a hardcore punk band in the mid-’80s to their gradual evolution into a transcendent and genre-defying collective, the Oakland, California natives have broken ground at every turn, pioneering a sound that influenced heavyweights including Isis, Mastodon and High On Fire and inspiring endless legions of fans with their expansive, mind-altering works.

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http://www.facebook.com/officialneurosis
http://twitter.com/neurosisoakland
http://www.neurotrecordings.com
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Neurosis, “Locust Star”

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Stream & Download Mondo Drag’s “Plumajilla” from Self-Titled LP

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

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Though the album from which it stems is rife with organically captured progressive wash, “Plumajilla” is a singularly resonant stretch on Mondo Drag‘s self-titled sophomore full-length. Based at the time it was recorded in Iowa and currently in Oakland, California, the trio recorded Mondo Drag (review here) in 2012 as the one-time-only lineup of vocalist/keyboardist John Gamino, guitarists Nolan Girard and Jake Sheley, bassist Zack Anderson and drummer Cory Berry, shortly after the latter two moved home to the Midwest following their departure from Radio Moscow. They’d leave soon for Europe to launch Blues Pills and GaminoGirard and Sheley would make for the coast, where they’d hook up with bassist Andrew O’Neil and drummer Ventura Garcia in the current incarnation of the band, but the recordings for the self-titled remained, and RidingEasy Records has stepped in to release the album on CD and vinyl on May 12.

Which brings us to “Plumajilla.” The centerpiece of the seven-song outing, it gets underway with a straightforward enough organ-laced swing, but soon shifts into psychedelic guitar layering and begins to build to a head as it moves toward the midsection. Now pay attention, because the three-minute mark is where it all turns. Keys take centerstage and set the foundation for a gorgeously melodic progression that, almost in a mirror of the beginning mondo drag mondo dragof the song, start a build of their own, gradually incorporating guitar, bass and drums along a subtle but immersive course. Again, Mondo Drag‘s Mondo Drag isn’t short on krautrock-minded exploration, but “Plumajilla” is one of those songs that lets you know just how special a record actually is. And I won’t take anything away from the swagger of the opening section either just because the second half is so glorious. Later cuts like “Pillars of the Sky” and attitude-heavy closer “Snakeskin” have their own sense of classic heavy proggery, but the marriage of both sides in “Plumajilla” is one that simply begs to be experienced.

And like the record itself, it’s a there-and-gone moment. For Mondo Drag, the album represents a fleeting time in the band’s existence after their 2010 debut, New Rituals (review here), and before whatever they do next, but it’s given a landmark feel for the lineup it boasts and for the material itself. It will reportedly be the first of three Mondo Drag releases through RidingEasy — worth noting Kozmik Artifactz also had a European issue in January — and I’d be hard pressed to think of a better way for the band to kick off a series than with this as their first installment.

Dig into “Plumajilla” below with volume aplenty and an open mind. PR wire info follows:

Mondo Drag recently signed to L.A. label RidingEasy Records to release the band’s sophomore album, a culmination of many journeys: sonic, physical and temporal.

The creatures known as Mondo Drag originally hailed from deep along the banks of the wild Mississippi River where they created ominous, spiritual, savage psychedelic revival sounds. Under the spiritual guidance of the forefathers of heavy psych, prog, and proto-metal, Mondo Drag has created an amalgamation of sounds the likes of which have not been heard for decades. The band’s unique sound, and rare cohesion probably stems from the fact that core members John Gamino (keyboards, vocals), Nolan Girard, (guitar, synth) and Jake Sheley (guitar) grew up together and have been playing music with each other for 15 years.

Their debut, New Rituals was released by Alive Records in 2010 and for the next fourteen months the band hit the road hard, headlining a half a dozen tours in the US and appearing at numerous psych fests along the way. In the Winter of 2011-2012, the band returned to the studio with new rhythm section, Zack Anderson and Cory Berry, also intermittently involved with popular Swedish band Blues Pills. Shortly after the album’s completion, the pair left to pursue Blues Pills, which was taking off in Europe. Mondo Drag soon replaced them with current drummer Ventura Garcia and bassist Andrew O’Neil upon relocating to Oakland.

Now settled in Oakland, CA the ensemble continues to create cosmically proportioned, churning jams evocative of a rainbow of inspirations such as Blue Cheer, Black Sabbath, Can, Atomic Rooster, Hawkwind, Budgie, Uriah Heep, Deep Purple, Italian prog, Krautrock in general, and heavy space-outs.

Mondo Drag will be available on LP, CD and download via RidingEasy Records on May 12th, 2015.

MONDO DRAG LIVE:
05/21 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall w/ Mammatus

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High on Fire to Release Luminiferous on June 23

Posted in Whathaveyou on April 15th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Can it be a coincidence that the same week Game of Thrones comes back on to put us all in a mindset of battleaxe beheadings and medieval destruction is the same week the first details of High on Fire‘s much anticipated new album, titled Luminiferous, begin to surface? If you don’t see the correlation between the two, it’s wanton slaughter, which is something in which the trio of Matt PikeJeff Matz and Des Kensel have always specialized. This past weekend, they were at Kirk Von Hammet’s Fear FestEvil (get it?), and no doubt more tour dates will surface when the time is right. They’ve never been ones for holding still.

It’s a good morning for heavy metal:

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HIGH ON FIRE to Release New Album, Luminiferous, June 23

Legendary Metal Band Poised to Light Up Heavy Music Landscape with Release of Seventh Studio Album

World-renowned power trio HIGH ON FIRE will release its highly-anticipated new album, Luminiferous, on June 23 via eOne Music. Recorded at Salem, Massachusetts’ GodCity Studios with producer Kurt Ballou, the record is the follow-up to the group’s 2012 release, De Vermis Mysteriis.

Universally recognized as one of the most potent acts in music today, HIGH ON FIRE creates molten heavy metal that merges primal fury and aggression, blackened bombast and hall of fame heaviness. The group’s seventh studio album, Luminiferous, is a supersonic exercise in conquest by volume, delivering calculated catharsis as a volcano of revolving riffs and hailstorm of thundering drums combine to beam a blazing spotlight towards the future of modern metal music.

“We’re doing our part to expose The Elite and the fingers they have in religion, media, governments and financial world downfall and their relationship to all of our extraterrestrial connections in the race to control this world,” comments vocalist / guitarist Matt Pike. “Wake up, it’s happening. All while we stare at a socially engineered lie we think of as normalcy. Unless we wake from the dream, there will come true doom.”

After nearly two decades of trailblazing new passageways to heaviness, HIGH ON FIRE’s strong, stunning archetype continues to both sharpen and evolve; the trio’s vision has never been clearer. The Riff, as always, is King.

Track listing:

1.) The Black Plot
2.) Carcosa
3.) The Sunless Years
4.) Slave the Hive
5.) The Falconist
6.) Dark Side of the Compass
7.) The Cave
8.) Luminiferous
9.) The Lethal Chamber

“I’m really happy High on Fire decided to come back to GodCity to do another album,” states producer and Converge guitarist, Kurt Ballou. “Having been a fan of theirs since The Art of Self Defense, the opportunity to collaborate with one of my favorite bands has truly been an honor.”

HIGH ON FIRE features Matt Pike (guitar, vocals), Des Kensel (drums) and Jeff Matz (bass).

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High on Fire, “The Sunless Years” live at Saint Vitus Bar

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Blackwülf Sign to Ripple Music

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 11th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Riffy Oakland metallers Blackwülf are the latest act to join forces with Ripple Music in what’s been an active early 2015 for the label, who announced last week that they’d also signed Desert Suns and that they’ll release a series of splits called The Second Coming of Heavy beginning in April. Their streak continues with Blackwülf, whose umlaut-laden sans-frills heaviness will make its label debut in June.

To mark the occasion, Blackwülf are streaming the song “Wings of Steel” — the reference to Judas Priest‘s “Painkiller” may or may not be intentional — from the album, and you can hear it via the Soundcloud player under the PR wire info that follows:

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Ripple Music announce signing of Californian Quartet Blackwülf

Ripple Music is thrilled to announce the signing of Oakland, California’s Blackwülf to their ever-growing and impressive roster of artists in 2015.

The band – made up of vocalist Alex Cunningham, guitarist Pete Holmes, drummer Dave Pankenier and bassist Scott Peterson – prowl the musical feeding grounds of stoner rock, doom-cloaked soundscapes and vintage heavy metal. Dark sonic forests that provide coverage for their unholy mix of parapsychological anger and aggression, and bluesy head-banging riffs.

With a résumé that includes member stints with bands like San Francisco’s Acid King, The Nads, Tucson’s Naked Prey and Mountain Pig, Blackwülf is already a seasoned predator. Formed in 2012, it wasn’t until January of last year that the band unleashed their debut album Mind Traveller on Wicker Man Recordings, pressed on clear red vinyl and featuring jacket illustrations from acclaimed San Franciscan artist Alan Forbes (Queens Of The Stone Age, The Misfits). The record, much like Blackwülf themselves was unabashed in its typical, “What you see is what you get” aesthetic. Melding heavy stoner riffs to sincere, pure rock indulgence that has since paved the way for the self-released 7” split single ‘Acid Reign’ with Portland’s Black Snake last September.

Offering up another dose of melody and raw power and a nod to the golden old schools of heavy 70s and 80s pre-thrash metal Blackwülf will release their new album this June via Ripple Music.

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www.twitter.com/blackwulfusa
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Blackwülf, “Wings of Steel”

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Secrets of the Sky to Release New Album on Metal Blade Records

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

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Oakland progressive doomers Secrets of the Sky have signed to Metal Blade Records for the release of their as-yet-untitled second album later this year. The new record, which follows 2013’s To Sail Black Waters, has been recorded and is I guess just kind of hanging out until the schedules align. Figure with Secrets of the Sky‘s blend of black metal, doom, post-whathaveyou and penchant for atmospherics, you’d expect a summer or fall release, but we’ll see if they want to wait that long. Probably depends on tour plans as well, since I doubt Secrets of the Sky would’ve been picked up had their promotional plan involved sitting on ass.

Bottom line? Same as ever: More to come as I hear it. For now, this from the PR wire:

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Secrets of the Sky signs to Metal Blade Records

Oakland, CA natives, Secrets of the Sky, have signed with Metal Blade Records and will be releasing their sophomore album in the summer of 2015! The psychedelic, doom act released “To Sail Black Waters” through Kolony Records in late 2013.

After touring in support of “To Sail Black Waters” over the past two years, Secrets of the Sky are prepared to take their next step. They’ve completed tracking their sophomore album at Trident Studios with producer/engineer Juan Urteaga (Testament, Machine Head, Cattle Decapitation). Details and new music will be released this summer.

Secrets of the Sky comments on joining forces with Metal Blade Records: “We are very excited to be joining the Metal Blade Records roster. The Metal Blade legacy, reputation and commitment to heavy music has stood the test of time. The staff we have been working with genuinely “get” what it is that our band is doing and have been tremendously supportive of it thus far. We are also pleased to announce that our second full length will be released in the coming months. The album was again recorded by Juan Urteaga at Trident Studios and is another abstract concept piece. We believe we pushed ourselves in writing it to further develop our sound and we put more focus on creating a collection of songs that flow from beginning to end, while still retaining the cinematic qualities we originally set out with on our debut.”

Watch the Andrew Nethery-directed “Decline” video from their previous album on the official band youtube channel, youtube.com/SecretsoftheSkyBand.

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Secrets of the Sky, “Decline” official video

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Saviours to Release New Album on Listenable Records

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 5th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Longtime residents of Kemado Records‘ lineup, Oakland heavy thrashers Saviours have signed to Listenable Records for the release their next album, to be recorded this Spring with none other than Billy “I have the original mixes of Dopesmoker under my desk” Anderson following a quick West Coast tour in March. Saviours mark a decade since the release of their Warship debut EP in 2015, and they’ve been slugging it out the hard way most of that time, heavy touring and a string of four-to-date full-lengths that have kept them in public consciousness as they’ve heralded a new breed of West Coast heavy rock.

It’s been four years since Death’s Procession, their last LP, and I don’t think I’m telling you anything you don’t know when I say the climate for heavy bands has changed in that time and is continuing to change, so I’ll be interested to see what kind of response Saviours gets, and if the band is able to transition to maturity while keeping the brashness that’s served for the last 10 years as the core of their sound.

While I stroke my beard and consider the possibilities fully aware of my own ridiculousness, feel free to dig into this off the PR wire:

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SAVIOURS ink deal with Listenable Records!

California’s SAVIOURS continue to forge ahead with towering riffs, colossal rhythm, monumental guitar harmonies and an obsession with the end of times, the occult, psychedelics and arcane. Still building upon the foundations laid by Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Thin Lizzy and Motörhead, SAVIOURS enter their second decade in a new partnership with French label LISTENABLE RECORDS, preparing a new album for a Fall 2015 release.

The band generously comments: “We’re very happy to finally announce our deal with Listenable. They’re true supporters of what we do and have been a pleasure to work with thus far. Since last June we’ve been beating the new songs into submission and now its really starting to take shape and sound killer. There are some doomy crushers and faster ragers in the mix so its sounding like a natural and logical continuation of where we left off with Death’s Procession. In March we’ll play some West Coast shows then begin recording at Type Foundry in Portland with the inimitable Billy Anderson. Can’t wait to get this new record out, its been too fucking long!”

SAVIOURS new album will be recorded this spring for a later 2015 release.

The band will also be in for a short West Coast tour this March.

SAVIOURS Possess The West 2015 Tour
18.03 – LOS ANGELES (CA) Los Globos
19.03 – SAN DIEGO (CA) Soda Bar
20.03 – SAN FRANCISCO (CA) DNA Lounge
21.03 – RENO (NV) Shea’s Tavern

SAVIOURS IS:
Austin Barber – Guitar & Vocals
Sonny Reinhardt – Guitar & Vocals
Scott Batiste – Drums
Andy Anderson – Bass

DISCOGRAPHY
Full length albums:
“Crucifire” – LP / CD (Level Plane, 2006)
“Into Abaddon” – LP / CD (Kemado, 2008)
“Accelerated Living” – 2LP / CD (Kemado, 2009)
“Death’s Procession” – LP / CD (Kemado, 2011)

EP and singles:
S/T Demo – Cassette (Self released, 2004)
“Warship” – 12″ EP / CDEP (Level Plane, 2005)
“Cavern Of Mind” – 12″ EP (Kemado, 2007)
“F.G.T.” – 7″ EP (Kemado, 2009)
“Burnin Cross” – 7″ EP (Kemado, 2009)
“Acid Hand” – 7″ EP (Kemado, 2009)
“The Eye Obscene” – 12″ EP (Kemado, 2011)
“Crete’n” – 12″ EP (Kemado, 2011)

SAVIOURS LINKS
www.killforsaviours.blogspot.com
www.facebook.com/pages/Saviours
www.saviours.bandcamp.com

LISTENABLE RECORDS
www.shop.listenable.net
www.facebook.com/listenablerecs
www.listenable-records.bandcamp.com
Spotify : listenablerecs

Saviours, “The Eye Obscene”

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Mondo Drag Post “Zephyr” Video

Posted in Bootleg Theater on January 19th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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It’s the shortest track on the album, but “Zephyr” is a pretty efficient summary of what Oakland-based Mondo Drag have going on their self-titled offering (review here), newly released as of Jan. 16 on Kozmik Artifactz. The keys-laden shuffle and resonant psychedelic boogie that fades in to start the record continues as a running theme throughout, and though it’s just a snippet of the fleshed-out and expansive whole, “Zephyr” serves well along with the trippy imagery, animated cover art and stellar photography that get interlaced along with the video itself, the whole thing feeding into a space rock thick on vibe and progressive in tone. So like I say, an efficient summary of the album.

Recorded in Iowa before the band relocated to the West Coast, Mondo Drag features the rhythm section of Zack Anderson and Cory Berry, both formerly of Radio Moscow, who would go on to found Blues Pills after recording with Mondo Drag guitarists Nolan Girard and Jake Sheley and vocalist/keyboardist John Gamino, who have continued on in Oakland, bringing in bassist Ventura Garcia and drummer Andrew O’Neil to help forge the next stage of the five-piece. When output might arrive from Mondo Drag as they are now, I don’t know, but for being the result of a brief period in the band’s history, the self-titled offers a glimpse at something special. So think of the new clip as a glimpse at the glimpse, if that makes any sense. Either way, those must have been some jams that birthed these songs.

Video for “Zephyr” below, followed by the album release announcement and live dates off the PR wire:

Mondo Drag, “Zephyr” official video

HEAVY PSYCH ROCKERS MONDO DRAG RELEASE NEW ALBUM; OFFER FIRST VIDEO SINGLE

Heavy psych / prog band MONDO DRAG has just released their Self-Titled LP and a music video for the single, ‘Zephyr’. The Oakland, CA-based outfit’s heavy-hitting Self-Titled LP has been released via Kozmik Artifactz – on CD and vinyl (180-gram, gatefold LP).

Mondo Drag
“Zephyr”
Album: Mondo Drag
Label: Kozmik Artifactz
Artwork by: Robert Beatty
Video: Matt Robeson

This album features the lineup of John Gamino (vocals / keyboards), Nolan Girard (guitar), Jake Sheley (guitar), and the rhythm section of Zack Anderson (bass), and Cory Berry (drums), both formerly of Radio Moscow and founding members of Blues Pills.

UPCOMING LIVE DATES
January 25 – San Francisco, CA – Brick And Mortar Music Hall
February 13 – Oakland, CA – Leo’s Music Club (RECORD RELEASE SHOW)
February 27 – San Francisco, CA – Brick And Mortar Music Hall (NOISE POP)

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