Video Premiere: Red Kunz Perform “Four Good Reasons” Live in Switzerland

Posted in Bootleg Theater on July 28th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Gents.

To the best of my knowledge, this is the only time that the bassists and drummers of Red Fang and Kunz (also ex-The Ocean) came together to perform in front of an audience as Red Kunz. Of course, their debut EP, Teeth, Hair and Skin, was tracked live, as we learned in the video premiere of the session two weeks ago, but this gig at Le Romandie in Lausanne, Switzerland, seems to be it for live shows for the time being, though the two component bands — Red Fang and Kunz — have several shows lined up for August, and I guess there’s a chance Red Kunz could get some stage time in there as well.

The song in the video is “Four Good Reasons,” third of the four tracks on Teeth, Hair and Skin, which is out Aug. 15 through Hummus Records and Division Records. As you can see, Kunz‘s Louis Jucker and Red Fang‘s Aaron Beam share vocal duties while drummers Luc Hess and John Sherman tear up their drums behind. A catchy, upbeat heavy rock push ensues, interrupted only by a feedback-soaked, noisy bridge, and though the track is under four minutes long, its momentum is undeniable. And the crowd — which had never heard this or anything else Red Kunz played that night back in January — would seem to agree.

Teeth, Hair and Skin is out Aug. 15 through Hummus Records and Division Records. Special thanks to both labels for letting me host this second premiere, and even more thanks to you for checking it out. The only reason I’m able to do things like this is because you take the time to listen/watch. It is hugely appreciated.

Enjoy:

Red Kunz, “Four Good Reasons” Live

Red Kunz is a project that gathers RED FANG (Aaron Beam and John Sherman) and KUNZ (Louis Jucker and Luc Hess – ex-THE OCEAN, COILGUNS).

PRE-ORDER (release date august 15th 2014) visit:

http://hummus-records.com/portfolio/red-kunz/

http://divisionrecords.bigcartel.com/product/red-kunz-red-fang-kunz-teeth-hair-skin-lp

The whole HUMMUS RECORDS catalog is available for free here: http://hummusrecords.bandcamp.com

Not sure whether RED KUNZ will be performing, but RED FANG and KUNZ will play the following shows together:

2014
Aug 1st — Le Ferrailleur, Nantes, France
Aug 3rd — Le Grillen, Colmar, France
Aug 12th — Les Caves du Manoir, Martigny, Suisse
Aug 13th — Les Caves du Manoir, Martigny, Suisse
Aug 15th — Rock Altitude Festival, Le Locle, Suisse

Red Kunz on Thee Facebooks

Kunz website

Red Fang on Thee Facebooks

Hummus Records website

Division Records website

 

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Red Fang Release Acoustic EP as Free Download

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 24th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

These guys made a free thing!

I think maybe the corporate sponsors haven’t yet gotten the hang of naming releases. Yeah, I understand everybody’s gotta get their name and their brand in there, but at some point, someone should look at a title like TeamRock.com Presents an Absolute Music Bunker Session with Red Fang and realize that maybe, just maybe, it’s a bit on the long side. I guess if the tradeoff is it’s free, then a long title is probably a small enough hill to climb.

That cumbersomely-titled release is available now to snag via Bandcamp, and Red Fang – who are about to head back to Europe, like, tomorrow — also have a new video in the works. They’ve set a pretty high standard in that regard, and it’s always fun to see what they’ve come up with. Just to throw everyone for a loop, they should do a deadpan band-in-warehouse performance clip. Totally boring, totally straightfaced. No one’ll see it coming.

On second thought, that’s a terrible idea.

The PR wire:

This thing. It's free!

RED FANG: Release Free Acoustic EP; Shoot New Music Video

Band Launches UK/European Tour this Friday

In celebration of the band’s upcoming European Tour, Portland, OR’s huggable hard rock supervillains RED FANG have released a free acoustic EP via Metal Hammer, Bandcamp, Amazon MP3 and all streaming portals. The EP was recorded this past March in London as an Absolute Music Bunker session for TeamRock.com. The songs mark the first time the band recorded any acoustic interpretations of their material and the EP includes the original album versions of each track as well. A complete tracklisting is available below.

Additionally, the band recently shot a music video for their new song “The Meadows” from their Scion A/V 7” released in May. The video was directed by David Brodsky (Kylesa, Helmet, Municipal Waste) and will premiere shortly.

RED FANG are gearing up for another month long European tour including numerous festival appearances like Pukkelpop, Lowlands Festival and Reading and Leeds Festival. The shows kick off on July 25th at Rock Im Wald in Germany and end August 23rd at Leeds Festival in the UK. Upon their return, the group will be playing Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle, WA alongside Elvis Costello, Wu-Tang Clan, The Replacements and many others.

RED FANG have been making waves with their latest album,Whales and Leeches, recently performing their single “Blood Like Cream” on The Late Show With David Letterman and releasing another one of their signature, hilarious music videos directed by longtime collaborator Whitey McConnaughy for the same song.

Red Fang Tour Dates
Jul 25 Neuensee GER Rock Im Wald
Jul 26 Lichtenvoorde NL Zwarte Cross Festival
Jul 27 Saarbrücken GER Garage
Jul 28 Milan IT Magnolia
Jul 29 Rome IT Traffic
Jul 31 Viveiro ESP Resurrection Festival
Aug 01 Nantes FR Le Ferrailleur – SOLD OUT
Aug 02 Albi FR Xtreme Fest
Aug 03 Colmar FR Grillen
Aug 05 Giessen GER MUK
Aug 06 Augsburg GER Kantine
Aug 07 Jaromer CZ Brutal Assault
Aug 08 Waldhausen AUT Lake On Fire
Aug 09 Chemnitz GER Rock Im Betonwerk
Aug 10 Saint Maurice de Gourdans FR Sylak Open Air
Aug 12 Martigny CH Les Caves du Manoir
Aug 13 Martigny CH Les Caves du Manoir
Aug 14 Pisa IT Musica W Festival
Aug 15 Le Locle CH Rock Altitude
Aug 16 Hasselt BEL Pukkelpop
Aug 17 Biddinghuizen NL Lowlands Festival
Aug 19 Osnabrück GER Bastard Club
Aug 20 Bochum GER Matrix
Aug 21 Charleville Mezieres FR Cabaret Vert
Aug 22 Reading, UK Reading Festival
Aug 23 Leeds, UK Leeds Festival
Aug 31 Seattle WA Bumbershoot Festival – Fisher Green Stage

http://redfang.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/redfangband
http://twitter.com/redfang

Red Fang, TeamRock.com Presents and Absolute Music Bunker Session with Red Fang (2014)

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PREMIERE: Watch Red Kunz Record Teeth, Hair and Skin Debut LP Live

Posted in Bootleg Theater on July 15th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

It's a project, but you know, a little off to the side. (Photo by Prune Simon-Vermot)

In January, bassist/vocalist Aaron Beam and drummer John Sherman of Portland, Oregon, heavy rock forerunners Red Fang flew to Switzerland after appearing on The Late Show with David Letterman. There, they met up with drummer Luc Hess and bassist/baritone guitarist/vocalist Louis Jucker, also known as the duo Kunz and also the rhythm section of The Ocean, to record an album together. Thus emerged Red Kunz.

You can read below the day-by-day breakdown of how it happened over the course of the week, but what’s staggering about the results on their Division Records/Hummus Records debut LP, Teeth, Hair and Skin, is both how fresh the material sound and also how solid and tight Red Kunz are as a band. You’d figure Jucker and Hess would work well together, and Beam and Sherman likewise, but on Teeth, Hair and Skin it’s all four of them. It doesn’t sound like two bass/drum duos jamming out at the same time. It sounds like a four-piece band who’ve been playing together for years.

I think even they must’ve been surprised, since the instrumental tracks they recorded live that you can see in the video below wound up as the final takes for the album, with Beam and Jucker putting their vocals on afterwards. No argument though. With the performances they give here — you’ll note Beam is set up in front of Hess and Jucker in front of Sherman – Red Kunz managed to capture a spontaneity that works exceedingly well with the upbeat bounce of the five songs, “Transatlantic,” “The Beggar,” “Four Good Reasons,” “Prisms” and “Teeth, Hair and Skin,” while still getting a full and clear sound.

Teeth, Hair and Skin is out Aug. 15 through Hummus Records and Division Records. Much more info follows the clip below, including pre-order links, but for now, enjoy the making of Red Kunz‘s debut as it happened:

TEETH, HAIR & SKIN will be released on August 15th.

Red Kunz is a project that gathers RED FANG (Aaron Beam and John Sherman) and KUNZ (Louis Jucker and Luc Hess – ex-THE OCEAN, COILGUNS).

This was shot on wednesday january 15th. Although it was not meant to be, these are the final versions you can find on the record. Vocals were recorded the day after so this is completely instrumental.

Filmed and edited by Camille De Pietro & Nathan Jucker (Le Manoir)

PRE-ORDER (release date august 15th 2014) visit:

http://hummus-records.com/portfolio/red-kunz/

http://divisionrecords.bigcartel.com/product/red-kunz-red-fang-kunz-teeth-hair-skin-lp

The whole HUMMUS RECORDS catalog is available for free here: http://hummusrecords.bandcamp.com

Not sure whether RED KUNZ will be performing, but RED FANG and KUNZ will play the following shows together:

2014
Aug 1st — Le Ferrailleur, Nantes, France
Aug 3rd — Le Grillen, Colmar, France
Aug 12th — Les Caves du Manoir, Martigny, Suisse
Aug 13th — Les Caves du Manoir, Martigny, Suisse
Aug 15th — Rock Altitude Festival, Le Locle, Suisse

Good records sometimes need to go that easy:

Saturday, January 11th 2014 : Aaron Beam and John Sherman “RED FANG” fly to Switzerland straight after the band’s performance at the famous Letterman Show in New York to meet Louis Jucker and Luc Hess “KUNZ” at the airport. The 4 guys drive to Lausanne, straight to the venue LE ROMANDIE, put their two bass amps and drums on stage, then go out for a beer in a funny local cover bands festival.

Sunday 12th, They write 4 songs in the deserted venue and go to sleep.

Monday 13th, a whole crew of video makers, graphic designers and other creative minds set up its camp in the club’s backstage. Mission is to get the most work done within a week.

Tuesday 14th, Everyone is super pumped and party a little too hard.

Wednesday 15th, The band spends the day tracking songs, goes out for a walk, buys a small acoustic guitar in a pawn shop, comes back to the club, plays the tunes again in front of the crew’s cameras and decides to keep these takes as the final ones.

Thursday 16th, Aaron and Louis write vocal lines and lyrics in Jucker’s attic studio. John and Luc drink beers and eat pizzas.

Friday 17th, The whole town is gathered in a packed venue to see the new born RED KUNZ playing their first record : TEETH, HAIR AND SKIN, 20 minutes of raw bass riffing and double drums battles that somehow manage to sound like proper catchy songs. Fact is that they were all conceived and taped within a single and cool week of friendship, beers, and jams.

Red Kunz on Thee Facebooks

Kunz website

Red Fang on Thee Facebooks

Hummus Records website

Division Records website

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Wino Wednesday: Saint Vitus, “The Troll” Live in Portland, OR, 2010

Posted in Bootleg Theater on July 9th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Happy Wino Wednesday.

I’m not gonna say I’m posting Saint Vitus‘ “The Troll” only because I feel like I haven’t left the house in two weeks, but I will allow that was the original impetus behind my selecting the song, which originally appeared on 1988′s Mournful Cries. The blinds pulled down, the window air conditioner blasting, my ass firmly planted on the couch for untold hours to come, I’m nothing if not consistent. Oh sure, I’ll emerge to take a bag of trash out, or to pour water from a pot when, say, the pipes under my kitchen sink start leaking water all over the floor this morning for no apparent reason, but having been unemployed for over three solid months and having been sans The Patient Mrs. for two weeks, I’ve more or less reverted to shut-in status. I try not to put the tv too loud so the neighbors won’t hear which baseball team I like. Their front door is about six inches from mine and people judge you for that shit.

So yeah, if the theme I want to work with is self-removal from human society, then “The Troll,” albeit exaggerated, fits that. As a complementary motivation for this clip in particular, which was filmed June 26, 2010, in Portland, Oregon, drummer Henry Vasquez absolutely kills it here. This was earlier into his tenure behind the kit for Vitus, and I remember seeing them in Brooklyn later in 2009 when he’d first joined and thinking he was playing some of the parts fast. He’s more settled in this video, but still has a killer swing in giving his ride cymbal a workout. There was no way he wasn’t going to come across loud, but of course Dave Chandler‘s guitar and Mark Adams‘ bass hold their own, and Wino gives an excellent retelling of the lyrics, to which, if I haven’t made it clear, I’m having an easy time relating these days.

Enjoy and have a great Wino Wednesday:

Saint Vitus, “The Troll” live in Portland, Oregon, June 26, 2010

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Witch Mountain, YOB, Mountain God and More Confirmed for First Annual Hoverfest

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 2nd, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Sir.

Called to assembly by Hovercraft Amplifiers and Nanotear Booking, the first annual Hoverfest is set to unfold on Aug. 23, 2014. They’ve put together a maddeningly good lineup for their initial installment, culling together Oregon-based acts YOB, Witch Mountain, Holy Grove and Eight Bells, rounding out with New York ambient sludgers Mountain God and getting none other than Billy Anderson to run the sound for the night. Figure it’s gonna be a good time.

Naturally, Hovercraft will provide the backline, and company founder Nial McGaughey provides some insight below via the PR wire on what brought it all together:

A sort of poster.

HOVERFEST: First-Annual Portland Heavy-Music Festival Featuring YOB, WITCH MOUNTAIN & More Announced

On behalf of Hovercraft Amplifiers, we are thrilled to announce the first-annual Hoverfest, a festival of friends of and music created with Hovercraft amps, which will take place on August 23rd, 2014 in the blocked-off alleyway by Type Foundry Studios at 611 N. Tillamook St. in Portland, Oregon. Presales will be available in the coming weeks, but in the meantime, here is some info on this incredible event. The event is being graciously hosted by Cravedog Media, booked by Nanotear, and the live music on the day of the show will be mixed by the legendary Billy Anderson. Presales will be available in the coming weeks, but in the meantime, here is some info on this incredible event.

Initial Lineup (More TBA):
YOB
Witch Mountain
Holy Grove
Eight Bells
Mountain God

The Facebook event page can be found HERE.

More info on the inception of Hovercraft Amplifiers and Hoverfest:

As the world of heavy music continues to burst at the seams in the Pacific Northwest and worldwide, so does the need for the equipment to keep things loud. Nial McGaughey, local Portlander and engineering wizard, has been building custom, recycled tube amplifiers since 2010 under the name Hovercraft Amplifiers, a name which is becoming increasingly synonymous with the ear-crushing, chest-thudding sounds of Pacific Northwest heavyweights like YOB, Blackwitch Pudding, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, and many more.

After 13 years of playing in bands and building amplifiers for 65amps in Los Angeles, McGaughey returned to Portland to start a new life. The very first Hovercraft amp was built in his living room as he was going through a divorce. Once he figured out how to replicate the sound of highly sought-after, generally unobtainable vintage or custom tube-amps using recycled and sustainable materials, he kept tweaking the sound to improve it even further.

Once he was satisfied with the sound he had created with his own custom amplifer, he consigned it at Old Town Music. Within a couple of weeks he got a phone call that it had sold. That first customer was so satisfied with the amplifier that he started telling people how great it sounded—he loved how reasonably priced it was and the fact that it was made locally, from recycled parts. The demand became so high that Old Town Music requested that McGaughey bring more in to sell. From there, he opted to post some amps on Ebay, which began selling within five minutes of being listed. 500 amps and four years later, the shop space has been transformed into a pile of parts that reaches the garage rafters.

More recently, McGaughey’s self-described “oh shit” moment was when he was in the audience at Stumpfest, and all of the bands were using a backline of Hovercraft amplifiers and cabinets. It was then that he realized he had done something incredibly spectacular and special and wanted to give back to the bands that create such amazing music using the gear. The first annual Hoverfest is the perfect way to celebrate how far Hovercraft Amplifers has come and to reflect on the amazing support the business has gotten from the people who love what they do.

Links:
facebook.com/hoverfestpdx
facebook.com/events/1508809612663911
hovercraftamps.com
cravedog.com
nanotear.com
southerncrosspr.com
billyanderson.net

Witch Mountain, Live at the Underworld, Camden, UK, June 14, 2014

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Blackwitch Pudding to Release Covered in Pudding Vol. 1 Tape EP in August

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 20th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Blue pudding.

Meanwhile, in the wizarding world of Blackwitch Pudding — otherwise known as Portland, Oregon — the mysterious hooded three-piece have set about assembling a new EP called Covered in Pudding Vol. 1 that they’ll release in limited numbers on tape just as summer hits its most excruciating. The three-piece impressed last year with their big ol’ tones on the full-length Taste the Pudding (vinyl review here), and I seriously doubt that they’ll get any less crust-caked for the cassette. Only 200 copies will be pressed, and it looks like it’s tape or digital or nothing, so if you dug Taste the Pudding or are looking to get introduced, they’ve got it all worked out as to how that might take place.

Covered in Pudding Vol. 1 – presumably the first in a series of pudding coverings — will be out on Aug. 12, and automatically wins for the song title “Bong Hits and Lust.” Some tracks just beg you to listen.

The PR wire has the cover art and details:

I hope all their album titles involve the word "pudding." Anyone remember Barry and Levon from The State?

BLACKWITCH PUDDING unveil details of new EP, ‘Covered In Pudding Vol. 1′

It’s been nearly a year since the wizards of Blackwitch Pudding released their infamous debut LP, Taste the Pudding, and they have grown restless. Though one might question why, after 600 years of conjuring evil riffs, casting spells and wreaking supernatural havoc upon this planet that the trio has only created one full-length record, but the truth is, for centuries, pesky, silly mortals have been ripping them off and making the themes more palatable for straight-laced human consumption. So the robed wizards of doom have resurfaced again with a new EP, Covered In Pudding Vol. 1, to prove once and for all that they were here first, that their riffs shall ring true, and that rock and roll should be about an average wizard’s favorite things: sex, drugs, witch-babes and filth.

Who are these mortals who nicked their tunes? You’ll have to hear Covered In Pudding Vol. 1, out August 12th both digitally and on 200 limited-edition, wizard-conjured cassettes, and figure it out for yourself.

Covered In Pudding Vol. 1 Tracklist:
1. Night Of The Blackwitch
2. Toke’n Man
3. Gods Of Grungus
4. Bong Hits And Lust

Paying Homage to the rotten filth from which they were born, Blackwitch Pudding are actually a band of three wizards. Legend has it they were raised from a stagnant, used puddle of ergot, left by the mysterious Blackwitch no less than 600 years ago. Trained in the dark arts of doom and witchery, these wizards wander the cosmos in search of nothing, for their path is a simple one: The riffs must be heavy and the smoke must be heavier.

Covered In Pudding Vol. 1 is the follow-up to Blackwitch Pudding’s Billy Anderson-mastered, self-released debut, Taste The Pudding. Released in August 2013, it was so heavy, catchy and bewitching that the riffs cast by this power trio of wizards left thousands spellbound.

The band, their records, their merch, their live shows and the entire experience of Blackwitch Pudding is a self-sustaining, self-produced operation. Great lengths have been taken to ensure that no part of the spectacle that is Blackwitch Pudding has been overlooked. The sights, the sounds, the smells, the lights and the crushing feeling you get in the pit of your stomach travel to every stage, forest, and cabin they play. Hand-crafted by a loyal cadre of dark-art comrades, everything that goes into the Blackwitch Pudding experience is tailored to send the listener, and even more so the concert goer, into an unforgettable celestial black hole of stoned-out doom.

The wizards of Blackwitch Pudding are:
Space Wizard – Guitar, Vocals
Lizard Wizard – Bass, Vocals
Wizard Wizard – Drums, Vocals

Links:
blackwitchpudding.com
blackwitchpudding.bandcamp.com
facebook.com/blackwitchpudding
twitter.com/blackwitchpuddn

Blackwitch Pudding, Taste the Pudding (2013)

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Rabbits to Release Untoward LP this Summer on Lamb Unlimited

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 16th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Already veterans of the rosters of Good to Die and Relapse Records, Portland, Oregon, three-piece weirdo rockers Rabbits have announced the release their forthcoming third album, Untoward, on Lamb Unlimited, an imprint helmed by No More RecordsAlan Schneider and Chris Spencer of Unsane.

The album’s called Untoward. It’s out this summer. Rabbits also had a cleverly-named comp of singles released at the end of last year that’s streaming below.

Okay:

RABBITS: Portland Outsider Trio Confirms Inbound Third LP Via Lamb Unlimited

Portland, Oregon’s most steadily producing noise metal tacticians, RABBITS, will release their third studio full-length this Summer via Lamb Unlimited, the label spawned of Chris Spencer of Unsane and Alan Schneider of No More Records.

Debauchery-fueled ruckus, intoxicating hangover nightmares, scathing audio beatings you can’t help but ask for repeat doses of, RABBITS does something brutally infectious with every pulsating moment of their seemingly haphazard but ultimately succinctly executed delivery. Formed in 2003 by three musicians with prior time spent in Angel Hair, The VSS, Hutch and assorted West Coast acts, the contorted tones of RABBITS immediately drew comparisons to Melvins, Karp, Jesus Lizard, Cows, Flipper, Butthole Surfers, Volcano Suns, Harvey Milk and others. Like auditory sandpaper, their grating noise-soaked sludge/rock grooves harshly wears down the listener with a demoralizing and punishing rhythmic attack, with all levels jacked to the max.

With nearly thirty minutes of all new material, RABBITS’s inbound third LP undertaking, Untoward, captures the snarling trio’s most back-alley, gutter dredging, ultimately sinister cavalcade of captivatingly negative hymns yet, the record exhaustingly tracked live to tape at Type Foundry, Portland in one day and mixed in two. The engineering duties on Untoward were tag-teamed by Jeremy Romagna, who recorded/mixed the band’s Lower Forms debut, their early 7″ releases, all the covers on the band’s recent SOS collection, in addition to records from Trees, Tecumseh, Wives and more, and Fester, who recorded the band’s Bites Rites sophomore LP and subsequent splits with Whores and Arabrot, and a long line of other notable acts including Nux Vomica, Usnea, Stoneburner and others, then mastered by Ryan Foster at Foster Mastering.

Lamb Unlimited will welcome RABBITS to their collective releasing Untoward on audiophile LP and digital download on August 12th. The track listing and cover artwork, which was hand-sewn by Anne Mersereau and photographed by James Rexroad, have been released.

Untoward Track Listing:
A1. Ever Mind
A2. Pack Up Your Shit
A3. So Fake It’s Real
A4. Reek and Ye Shall Find
B1. An Odd Coloration
B2. Like You A Lot

Amidst a slew of EPs, splits and other independent releases the band has produced since their 2003 inception, RABBITS’s debut LP, Lower Forms, was released via Relapse in 2011, which was followed only a year later with their Bites Rites LP via Good To Die Records. The band has also since revived Portland DIY label Eolian Empire, their cohorts who released multiple early RABBITS releases, and have since inundated the planet with a variety of potent releases from only Portland-based acts, including Prizehog, Towers, Diesto, Honduran, Dead, Drunk Dad and more. Amidst sporadic Western US touring in recent years, the band will forage throughout North America and Europe in support of Untoward. Stand by for further tour info, audio transmissions, a video for the track “So Fake It’s Real” and more on Untoward in the coming weeks.

http://rabbitusmaximus.com
https://www.facebook.com/RabbitusMaximus
http://rabbitusmaximus.bandcamp.com
http://lambunlimited.com
https://www.facebook.com/LambUnlimited

Rabbits, S.O.S. (Singles, Other Shit) (2013)

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The Obelisk Radio Adds: Iron Man (x2), Electric Citizen, Disenchanter, Junior Bruce and Anuseye

Posted in Radio on May 30th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Click here to listen.

This week brings even more radio adds than I expected. I had kind of a hard time whittling it down to figure what I wanted to write about, to be honest with you, but we got there in the end, and I’m thrilled to have another batch of additions to the playlist for this week. Doing this seems to have quickly become a Friday ritual for me, and frankly, I can think of worse ways to spend the afternoon than listening to and writing about a bunch of records. Like just about everything else, for example.

Adds for May 30, 2014:

Iron Man, The Passage & Generation Void

Two brand new vinyl reissues from Shadow Kingdom Records. Digital promos are particularly useless in the case of badass LPs, and I’m pretty sure both of these albums by Maryland doom stalwarts Iron Man, 1994′s sophomore outing, The Passage, and it’s 1999 follow-up, Generation Void, are already on the Radio playlist, but screw it, it’s Iron Man. If the chances of hearing an Iron Man song go up with each file added, then it’s worth tossing both of these records on the server. Generation Void is a full-on lost classic of doom, and if you don’t already own it, I’d imagine the vinyl of The Passage justifies picking it up based on the artwork alone. Either way, you’re never gonna lose when it comes to these guys, and Shadow Kingdom‘s loyalty in following up its CD reissues with LP versions is commendable. On Thee Facebooks, Shadow Kingdom website.

Electric Citizen, Sateen

Led by guitarist Ross Dolan and vocalist Laura Dolan, this Cincinnati four-piece traffic in high-order retro-minded Sabbathisms that keep in mind just how much boogie went along with all that darkness. To wit, the shuffle at the heart of the organ-laced “The Trap” and “Burning in Hell” or the push in the earlier “Magnetic Man.” Sateen, the band’s debut on RidingEasy Records, features riffs and leads heavily, and Laura‘s croon never strays from the forefront in delivering a barrage of hooks through the ’70s-worship production, but as with Sabbath themselves, the foundation of what Electric Citizen accomplish in these memorable, immediately familiar tracks is built on a foundation of rhythmic excellence in the bass and drums, here provided by Nick Vogelpohl and Nate Wagner, respectively. That organ ain’t half-bad either. The album arrives with no shortage of hype, but it’s a shockingly cohesive debut in style and performance, and the songwriting more than earns its way. On Thee Facebooks, RidingEasy Records.

Disenchanter, On through Portals

The Sept. 2013 Back to Earth demo from Portland, Oregon, doom-blues metallers Disenchanter has been sitting on my desk for an embarrassingly long time. That release is added to the playlist as well, but on the early-2014 follow-up, On through Portals, the trio of guitarist/vocalist Sabine Stangenberg, bassist Joey DeMartini and drummer Jay Erbe stretch out the form somewhat. Both arrive as EP-style releases, but On through Portals tops half-an-hour and executes a darkened psychedelic flow over its three extended tracks — “Journey to Abydos/Moon Maid” (12:15), “Invoke” (7:38), and “Into Darkness” (11:20) — so it could just as easily pass for a short album. Either way, the partial shift in aesthetic suits Disenchanter well, and what seems to have been in-process on their first demo comes closer to fruition here. Songs are patient and lumbering, but never boring, and Stangenberg‘s vocals layer effectively at the front of the mix to give the impression of a consummate frontwoman in the making. I won’t declare their development finished, but On through Portals is a big and interesting step for Disenchanter to take. On Thee Facebooks, on Bandcamp.

Junior Bruce, The Nomad


Just two tracks on this latest release from Southern heavy rockers Junior Bruce. The Nomad is the second of two (to date) digital releases following Junior Bruce‘s 2012 debut full-length, The Headless King, and intended as a complement to last year’s The Burden. Fair enough. Taken as such or on their own, The Nomad‘s two cuts, “The Promised Sleep” and “Nomad,” offer unpretentious heavy rolling groove from the Floridian five-piece fronted by Scott Angelacos and featuring bassist Tom Crowther, both also of Hollow Leg and formerly Bloodlet and Hope and Suicide. Molasses riffs from guitarists Nate Jones and Bryan Raymond and steady crash from drummer Jeff McAlear further distinguish “Nomad” in the Southern tradition, and the single/EP is twice as intriguing in the context of Hollow Leg‘s most recent recording, “God Eater” (discussed here), which moved in a more rocking direction as well. It seems to work for both bands. On Thee Facebooks, on Bandcamp.

Anuseye, Essay on a Drunken Cloud


Cuts like “J R” and “Wrong Blues” take ’90s crunch and heavy rock vibes to heart, but where Italy’s Anuseye really distinguish themselves on their Vincebus Eruptum Recordings debut — other than with their somewhat unfortunate moniker — is in the weirdo jamminess of “Push Magic Button” or the psychedelic exploration of “Earthquake.” Essay on a Drunken Cloud boasts a few riffs and effects-laced stretches like that in “Cursed Pills” that might call to mind guitarist Luca Stero and vocalist/guitarist Claudio C.‘s and prior work together in That’s all Folks, but Anuseye has a personality of their own here, with bassist Michele V. and drummer Antonello C. keeping step with the strange vibes every step of the way. The balance shifts effectively between psych rock and noisy post-punk, but songs like “Demon Pulse” and the penultimate “S.S. Abyss” find an engaging and unexpected middle ground on which to make an impression. And then they do. For those days when you feel like you’re heard everything a riff can do, Essay on a Drunken Cloud might just convince you there’s still territory to be discovered. On Thee Facebooks, at Vincebus Eruptum.

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Wino Wednesday: Saint Vitus 35th Anniversary Tour, Live in Portland, OR

Posted in Bootleg Theater on May 21st, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

The Saint Vitus 35th anniversary tour began May 8 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and will wrap up this coming weekend in Texas. The legendary doom four-piece have been playing their landmark 1986 album, Born too Late – the first to have found Scott “Wino” Weinrich, then recently out of The Obsessed, fronting the band — in its entirety, and while most of that record gets aired at Vitus shows anyway with songs like “Clear Windowpane,” “Dying Inside,” and “The War Starter” as set regulars along with standard finale “Born too Late,” it’s still something special and only underscores the band’s long-standing relevance in their genre and the figurehead position they’ve moved into since coming back in 2009.

Portland, Oregon, was the ninth of the total 15 shows on this West Coast run. The gig took place at Branx on May 17, with Sons of Huns and Washington heavy rockers Mos Generator – don’t forget, MosTony Reed recorded Vitus‘ 2012 album, Lillie: F-65 – and was captured on video by the native Portland outlet Doomed and Stoned. Aside from making me wonder how many “EC f’n W” t-shirts guitarist Dave Chandler has, it looks to have been a killer time as Vitus made their way through the songs from Born too Late and added choice cuts from the rest of their hugely influential catalog. Nine shows into the tour, they’re deadly tight throughout the set, with Wino, Chandler, drummer Henry Vasquez and bassist Mark Adams – who doesn’t show up much in the clip, but has a Grumpy Cat shirt on when he does, while we’re on the subject of wardrobe — on fire as the gig plays out. All the better as they get ready to take this show to Europe this fall.

Whether you watch the whole thing or skip around — the Born too Late stuff isn’t in order, but it’s all there — it’s worth checking out. Hope you enjoy and have a great Wino Wednesday:

Saint Vitus, Live in Portland, OR, May 17, 2014

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Witch Mountain UK & European Tour Starts May 27; Mobile of Angels Due this Fall

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 15th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad Portland four-piece Witch Mountain are headed back to Europe to tour at the end of the month and into next. That’s great. Go get ‘em. What I find even more exciting than that prospect is that Witch Mountain‘s fourth album, the Billy Anderson-helmed Mobile of Angels, is set to release in September. Svart will have it out on Europe and Profound Lore in North America, and Witch Mountain will team with Oslo doomers Tombstones for the tour, so if nothing else, they’re going into the follow-up to 2012′s Cauldron of the Wild (review here) in good company. I’d expect this is the first of several tours to come in support of Mobile of Angels. In addition to crisscrossing the US for Cauldron of the Wild, the band also toured Europe with appearances at Roadburn and both Desertfests, and they’ve shown no signs of slowing down.

The PR wire has it like this:

WITCH MOUNTAIN returns to tour Europe – new album in September

WITCH MOUNTAIN is pleased to announce its second voyage to the old world. This tour comes shortly before the release of WITCH MOUNTAIN’s highly anticipated fourth album, Mobile of Angels. The new record was produced in May 2014 at Type Foundry studios in Portland, Oregon by master “Engine-Ear” Billy Anderson and will feature the artwork of Mark McCormick. With Mobile of Angels, WITCH MOUNTAIN stretches out into new musical frontiers, while still remaining firmly in the tradition of classic heavy doomed rock ‘n’ roll. The album will be released in September 2014 in Europe by SVART RECORDS, and in North America by Profound Lore.

To coincide with the Euro tour, SVART RECORDS is also issuing a limited vinyl version of the band’s earlier album South of Salem. This edition of the classic album is expanded to a double-LP with a second disc consisting of rare tracks, unreleased cover songs, and demos.

SLAM Alternative Music Magazine and Vibra Booking present:

WITCH MOUNTAIN – Europe 2014
27.05.2014 NO – Oslo, Pokalen*
29.05.2014 SWE – Tyrolen, Muskelrock*
30.05.2014 DK – Kopenhagen, Musikcafeen*
31.05.2014 DK – Aalborg, 1000Fryd*
01.06.2014 GER – Hamburg, Hafenklang*
03.06.2014 GER – Berlin, Cassiopeia*
05.06.2014 A – Vienna, Arena*
07.06.2014 I – Bologna, Freak Out Club*
08.06.2014 I – Milano, Lo If Club*
10.06.2014 F – Paris, La Fleche D’Or*
12.06.2014 UK – Barrow, New Cons*
14.06.2014 UK – London, Underworld*
15.06 2014 UK – Bournemouth, Anvil*
16.06.2014 B – Antwerp, Kavka*
17.06.2014 NL – Tilburg, Little Devil*
18.06.2014 GR – Thessaloniki, Eight Ball
19.06.2014 GR – Athens, Six Dogs
21.06.2014 F – Clisson, Hellfest 2014
*Tombstones supports

MORE INFO:
www.witchmountain.net
www.svartrecords.com
www.facebook.com/svartrecords

Witch Mountain, Cauldron of the Wild (2014)

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Lord Dying at Work on Second Album

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 14th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Presumably, Portland’s Lord Dying will pause the recording process to take part in the Scion Rock Fest this weekend in Pomona, California, but on the other hand, maybe they’ll be done by then. Depends on how much finesse they want to have with their destructive methods. The extreme sludge rockers are working with Toxic Holocaust‘s Joel Grind on the follow-up to their Relapse debut, Summon the Faithless, and they expect a winter release. That should leave plenty of time to get it done without needing to crunch in this weekend.

The PR wire brings news that youse can use:

LORD DYING Enter the Studio

Sophomore Record to See Winter Release via Relapse

Northwestern riff-masters LORD DYING have entered the studio to record the follow-up to their full-length debut Summoning the Faithless. The record will be produced and engineered by Toxic Holocaust’s Joel Grind and mastered by Brad Boatright at Portland’s Audio Siege Studios. The album will feature eight tracks of blistering riffs and neck-snapping grooves and be the band’s first recordings with new drummer Rob Shaffer (Dark Castle, Monarch). It is expected to see a winter release.

The band weighed in on the upcoming record:

“We are very proud to be releasing our new record into the world. It is our most concise and brutal offering to date. Crank it up, bang your head and come see us on the road!”

Earlier this year, LORD DYING sandwiched a US headlining tour in between two European treks with Red Fang. They will rejoin their fellow Portlanders along with Crowbar, Exhumed, Coffins, Windhand, and more at the Scion Rock Fest in Pomona, CA on May 17th. More details, including the full line-up, can be found HERE.

LORD DYING’s debut Summon the Faithless is available now on Relapse Records. The album is available in CD and LP formats which can be purchased HERE and digitally via iTunes.

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Lord Dying, “Dreams of Mercy” official video

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On the Radar: Pushy

Posted in On the Radar on April 29th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

It’s only a practice recording, and a first one at that, but with “El Hongo,” Portland, Oregon’s Pushy made an opening statement that stands them out from both the bulk of West Coast heavy rock that seems to drive toward a skater-ized ideal of gnarly and much of international ’70s ritualizing, which is bent either on analog-worship or cult-minded vagaries. There’s no telling in listening to “El Hongo” where Pushy will necessarily end up — they might decide sometime between now and their first record that they really, really like Satan — but at least from the rough take we get from their rehearsal space, the four-piece seem to have more in common with a nascent movement of upbeat, positive-vibing classic heavy rock than with downtrodden grit or whiskey-soaked dudely caricature.

The band is an amalgam of Portland scene-dwellers — your scene hasn’t arrived until things start getting incestuous — including Crag Dweller‘s Travis Clow, Adam Burke of Fellwoods, Hosmanek‘s Ron Wesley and Bison Bison‘s Dylan Reilly, and what the conglomeration get down to on “El Hongo” (“the fungus”) marks itself out as classic ’70s boogie right from the first strike of the cowbell. Fitting to the band’s name, there’s not much subtle about it, and while the recording is raw the groove is smooth, the swagger so deep you can almost smell it and there’s enough there to give an impression of a good time not so disparate from that which Brooklyn’s The Golden Grass have on offer with their 2014 self-titled outing, serving a lighthearted reminder that the reason a bunch of friends might get together to write songs in the first place is because they think it’s fun.

Obviously it wouldn’t be fair to judge the band’s ultimate mission by what they do with their first public recording, but even the fact that they basically tossed off a rehearsal-space jam and put it out there for name-your-price download speaks to a laid back approach, and for these kinds of grooves, that’s just the way you want to take it. Nice and easy.

Pushy, “El Hongo” demo (2014)

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Pushy on Bandcamp

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The Body Announce US Tour Dates

Posted in Whathaveyou on April 24th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

I have no confirmation of this — pure speculation on my part — but it seems likely to me that The Body are getting ready to do some recording while they’re on the East Coast. My understanding is they’ve still done stuff in their former hometown of Providence, Rhode Island, since relocating to the other side of the country in Portland, Oregon, and though they’re coming fresh off an appearance at Roadburn and they’ve got a brand new collaborative effort with New Orleans sludge devastators Thou, history has shown the duo are never far off from the next project, album, EP, whatever it might be.

And not that they haven’t spent plenty of time on the road over the course of the last few years anyway, and not that Christs, Redeemers isn’t worth the extra support, but they’re at the St. Vitus Bar on May 8, then they break for nine days, then pick back up in Ithaca on May 17 before heading west and south. Again, I’ve got no solid word on anything, but if they wanted to put something to tape in or around Providence at that time, they’d be able to do so. I guess we’ll see.

Dates and info follow, fresh off the PR wire:

The Body Announces US Dates in May

Christs, Redeemers is out now

The Body have announced a string of US dates following their first-ever tour of Europe and a performance at the famed Roadburn festival, which kick off at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn on May 8th. The avant-doom duo released their third LP, Christs, Redeemers, last October on Thrill Jockey, and have followed it with collaborative one-offs with electronic producer The Haxan Cloak and doom band Thou.

The Body US tour dates
Thu. May 8th – Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus
Sat May 17th – Ithaca, NY – Just Be Cause
Sun May 18th – Pittsburgh, PA – Abandoned Store
Mon May 19th – Cincinnati, OH – 3 Kings Bar
Tue May 20th – Bloomington, IN – The Bishop
Wed May 21st – St. Louis, MO – Apop Records

http://thrilljockey.com/thrill/The-Body/Christs-Redeemers
https://www.facebook.com/pages/the-body/334047229514

The Body, “An Altar or a Grave” official video

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Prizehog Announce Five Weeks of Touring for May/June

Posted in Whathaveyou on April 15th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

I don’t care who you are, a five-week tour is commendable, and for a band like Portland trio Prizehog — whose new, delightfully weird album Re-Unvent the Whool (streamed here), is available now on vinyl through Eolian Empire – all the more so. It’s not like these dudes and lady are hitting the road on the back of a hot new radio single, you know what I mean? They’re basically kicking ass with friends’ bands and bringing their strange sounds to as many heads as they possibly can. It’s not something a lot of people are willing to do, but it’s something I can respect the hell out of, and fortunate that Prizehog can make it work.

They’re playing with some killer acts along the way — Towers, Vaz, The Great Sabatini — in case you’d like to do some more digging while you’re digging this:

PRIZEHOG: Portland Celestial Space Sludge Outfit Announces Five-Week US Tour

Still riding a fresh wave of killer reactions to their walloping third LP, Re-Unvent the Whool, Portland, Oregon-based, PRIZEHOG, has announced the routing for their upcoming Spring US tour.

Embarking off of their home turf on May 2nd, the counter-clockwise path this tour makes will find PRIZEHOG winding through the entire continental US for five full weeks before closing down with the final gig in Seattle on June 8th and returning to their daily habitat. See true celestial space sludge for yourself on this massive endeavor including a short run with friends and faves, Vaz, as well as killer acts like Burnt Books, hepa/Titus, Tinsel Teeth, arbogast, The Great Sabatini, labelmates Towers and Big Black Cloud, and more throughout the itinerary.

Amidst the closing-in of this confirmed run, PRIZEHOG will be announcing their next tour lining up for this July alongside labelmates, Hot Victory.

PRIZEHOG US Spring Tour:
5/02/2014 Slabtown – Portland, OR w/ Towers, Big Black Cloud
5/07/2014 Lobot Gallery – Oakland, CA w/ Mansion
5/08/2014 The Eagle – San Francisco, CA w/ hepa/Titus, Peace Creep
5/09/2014 Redwood Bar – Los Angeles, CA w/ hepa/Titus
5/10/2014 The Tin Can – San Diego, CA w/ Ghetto Blaster
5/11/2014 C St – Flagstaff, AZ w/ New Gods
5/12/2014 Sister Bar – Albuquerque, NM w/ Fando
5/13/2014 Three Links – Dallas, TX w/ Bludded Head, Spacebeach
5/14/2014 Vinos – Little Rock, AR
5/15/2014 Springwater – Nashville, TN w/ Tijuana Goat Ride
5/16/2014 TBA – Birmingham, AL
5/17/2014 The Highlander – Atlanta, GA
5/18/2014 The Foxfield – Columbia, SC w/ Burnt Books
5/19/2014 TBA – Richmond, VA
5/20/2014 Gold Bar – Baltimore, MD w/ Vaz, Multicult
5/21/2014 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA w/ Vaz
5/22/2014 Cake Shop – Manhattan, NY w/ Insect Ark, Columboid
5/23/2014 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY w/ Vaz, Mossenek, Collapsible Baton
5/24/2014 AS220 – Providence, RI w/ Vaz, Tinsel Teeth
5/25/2014 O’Brien’s – Boston, MA w/ Vaz
5/26/2014 The Lair – Buffalo, NY w/ Fox 45, Tainted, Jerry Grind
5/27/2014 TBA – Pittsburgh, PA/Cleveland, OH
5/28/2014 Beat Kitchen – Chicago, IL w/ arbogast
5/29/2014 Quarters – Milwaukee, WI w/ Soup Moat
5/30/2014 The Hexagon Bar – Minneapolis, MN w/ The Funeral and the Twilight
5/31/2014 Trumpet Blossom – Iowa City, IA w/ Acoustic Guillotine
6/01/2014 TBA – Omaha, NE/Kansas
6/02/2014 Bar Bar – Denver, CO w/ Echo Beds
6/03/2014 The Parlor Bar – Laramie, WY w/ Unpaid Butlers
6/04/2014 Burts Tiki Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT w/ Cornered By Zombies, The Great Sabatini
6/05/2014 Filling Station – Bozeman, MT w/ Acheron Thodol
6/06/2014 Zootown Arts Community Center – Missoula, MT
6/07/2014 TBA – Spokane, WA w/ Hooves
6/08/2014 Black Lodge – Seattle, WA w/ Don Peyote, Same Sex Dictator

Orders for Re-Unvent the Whool are live at the Eolian Empire fort HERE, available in a digital package as well as 180-gram vinyl LP including a 24″ x 24″ poster of the Chris Jehly cover art and download of the album.

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Prizehog, Re-Unvent the Whool (2014)

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Ape Machine Announce Weekender Tour; Supporting Motörhead in Arizona

Posted in Whathaveyou on April 7th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Whatever else might happen to Ape Machine over the course of their existence, they’ll be able to say they opened for Motörhead. No matter the trials, the victories, the downs and ups that might come to them as a band and as people, when they finally shuffle off this mortal coil, they will do so having played gigged with gods.

I don’t know if this will be the case for the members of the band, but that certainly seems like the kind of thing that, when you’ve had a shitty day and everything seems super-fucking dire and whatever else, you might feel much, much better after you sit back for a second and say, “Wait. I opened for Motörhead.” That’s bound to work for a while, anyway.

The Portland, Oregon, four-piece will fulfill their destiny on Tax Day in Arizona. Info follows, courtesy of the PR wire:

APE MACHINE announce new tour dates; opening for MOTÖRHEAD

Portland, Oregon stoner-rockers APE MACHINE have joined forces with TKO BOOKING and now share a roster with the likes of Motörhead, Anthrax, Superjoint Ritual and other legendary acts. For now, they have revealed three new spring dates in support of their latest record, Mangled By The Machine, which is out now in the Ripple Music store here.

The name APE MACHINE is a nod to the days of reel-to-reel magnetic tape audio recording; a fitting moniker for the heavy-hitting quartet as the band plays through vintage tube amplifiers and lays down its songs using exclusively throwback quality studio equipment. With a heady mix of animal aggression and technical precision, APE MACHINE’s music carries an organic depth and warmth rarely heard since the time of rock’s glorious early years (or your Dad’s bad ass record collection) infused with an exceptional modern sensibility. When the mystical lyrics of vocalist Caleb Heinze lock in with the band’s stone-cold groove, APE MACHINE demonstrates an earth-shaking ability to rock. A true four-piece, the group has been called “a rock and roll band with a finger on the pulse of the ’70s and their asses firmly in the present” and “real heavy-psych for the iPhone generation” that delivers “true guts and glory rock and roll.”

Blending equal parts rock ‘n’ roll, blues, stoner rock and psychedelia, Ape Machine is out to melt faces and pound the apathy out of otherwise jaded listeners with a wall of heavy rock n’ roll tones unheard since the days of bell bottoms, long hair and blaring tube amplifiers.

Ape Machine’s mission is to combine intense melody, cutting riffs and blistering live improvisation. Where many bands rely on meticulously rehearsed, just-like-the-record-parts, Ape Machine provides a live experience that is as unique as each evening it shares with an audience.

4/13 Portland, OR @ The Know (w/ Berri Txarrak, and Order of the Gash)
4/14 San Diego, CA @ The Casbah – 2 sets on patio stage
4/15: Chandler, AZ @ Ovations Live! (w/ Motörhead!)

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apemachine.com
facebook.com/apemachinemusic

Ape Machine, Mangled by the Machine (2013)

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