Quarterly Review: Katatonia, Marmalade Knives, King Witch, Glass Parallels, Thems That Wait, Sojourner, Udyat, Bismarck, Gral Brothers, Astral Glide

Posted in Reviews on July 9th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

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Welcome to the penultimate day of the Summer 2020 Quarterly Review. I can only speak for myself, but I know it’s been a crazy couple months on this end, and I imagine whatever end you’re on — unless and probably even if you have a lot of money — it’s been the same there as well. Yet, it was no problem compiling 50 records to review this week, so if there’s a lesson to be taken from it all, it would seem to be that art persists. We may still be painting on cave walls when it comes to the arc of human evolution, but at least that’s something.

Have a great day and listen to great music.

Quarterly Review #31-40:

Katatonia, City Burials

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Marmalade Knives, Amnesia

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King Witch, Body of Light

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Glass Parallels, Aisle of Light

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Eminently listenable and repeat-worthy, Glass Parallels‘ debut LP, Aisle of Light, nonetheless maintains an experimentalist flair. The solo-project of Justin Pinkerton (Golden Void, Futuropaco), covers a swath of ground from acid folk to psych-funk to soul vibes, at times bordering on shoegaze but seeming to find more expressive energy in centerpiece “Asphyxiate” and the airy capper “Blood and Battlegrounds” than any sonic portrayal of apathy would warrant. United by keys, pervasive guitar weirdness and Pinkerton‘s at-times-falsetto vocals, usually coated in reverb as they are, Aisle of Light brings deceptive depth for being a one-man production. Its production is spacious but still raw enough to give the drums an earthy sound as they anchor the synth-laden “March and April,” which is probably fortunate since otherwise the song would be liable to float off and not return. One way or another, the songs stand out too much to really be hypnotic, but they’re certainly fun to follow.

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Thems That Wait, Stonework

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Stonework is the self-aware debut full-length from Portland, Maine, trio Thems That Wait, and it shoulders itself between clenched-teeth metallic aggression and heavier fuzz rock. They’re not the first to tread such ground and they know it, but “Sidekick” effectively captures Scissorfight-style groove, and “Kick Out” is brash enough in its 1:56 to cover an entire record’s worth of burl. Interludes “Digout” and “Vastcular” provide a moment to catch your breath, which is appreciated, but when what they come back with is the sure-fisted “Paragon” or a song like “Shitrograde,” it really is just a moment. They close with “Xmortis,” which seems to reference Evil Dead II in its lyrics, which is as good as anything else, but from “Sleepie Hollow” onward, guitarist/vocalist Craig Garland, bassist Mat Patterson and drummer Branden Clements find their place in the dudely swing-and-strike of riffs, crash and snarl, and they do so with a purely Northeastern attitude. This is the kind of show you might get kicked at.

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Sojourner, Premonitions

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Complexity extends to all levels of Sojourner‘s third album and Napalm Records debut, Premonitions, in that not only does the band present eight tracks and 56 minutes of progressive and sprawling progressive black metal, varied in craft and given a folkish undercurrent by Chloe Bray‘s vocals and tin whistle, but also the sheer fact that the five-piece outfit made the album in at least five different countries. Recording remotely in Sweden, New Zealand, Scotland and Italy, they mixed/mastered in Norway, and though one cringes at the thought of the logistical nightmare that might’ve presented, Sojourner‘s resultant material is lush and encompassing, a tapestry of blackened sounds peppered with clean and harsh singing — Emilio Crespo handles the screams — keyboards, and intricate rhythms behind sprawling progressions of guitar. At the center of the record, “Talas” and “Fatal Frame” (the shortest song and the longest) make an especially effective pair one into the other, varied in their method but brought together by viciously heavy apexes. The greatest weight, though, might be reserved for closer “The Event Horizon,” which plods where it might otherwise charge and brings a due sense of largesse to the finale.

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Udyat, Oro

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The order of the day is sprawl on Udyat‘s recorded-live sophomore LP, Oro, as the Argentinian outfit cast a wide berth over heavy rock and terrestrial psych, the 13-minute “Sangre de Oro” following shorter opener “Los Picos de Luz Eterna” (practically an intro at a bit over six minutes) with a gritty flourish to contrast the tonal warmth that returns with the melodic trance-induction at the start of “Los últimos.” That song — the centerpiece of the five-track outing — tops 15 minutes and makes its way into a swell of fuzz with according patience, proceeding through a second stage of lumbering plod before a stretch of noise wash leads pack to the stomp. The subsequent “Después de los Pasos, el Camino Muere” is more ferocious by its end and works in some similar ground, and closer “Nacimiento” seems to loose itself in a faster midsection before returning to its midtempo roll. Oro borders on cosmic doom with its psychedelic underpinnings and quiet stretches, but its movement feels ultimately more like walking than floating, if that makes any sense.

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Bismarck, Oneiromancer

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To anyone who might suggest that extreme metal cannot also be forward-thinking, Bismarck submit the thoughtful bludgeon of Oneiromancer, a five-song/35-minute aesthetic blend that draws from doom, death, hardcore and sundry other metals, while keeping its identity in check through taut rhythm and atmospheric departures. Following the chants of opening intro “Tahaghghogh Resalat,” the Chris Fielding-produced follow-up to Bismarck‘s 2018 debut, Urkraft (review here), showcases an approach likewise pummeling and dynamic, weighted in ambience and thud alike. “Oneiromancer” itself starts with blastbeats and a plundering intensity before breaking into a more open midsection, but “The Seer” is absolutely massive. Despite being shorter than either the title-track or “Hara,” both of which top nine minutes, and closer “Khthon” underscores the blood-boiling tension cast throughout with one last consuming plod. Fucking raging. Fucking awesome. Pure sonic catharsis. Salvation through obliteration. If these are dreams being divined as the title hints, the mind is a limitless and terrifying place. Which, yes.

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The Gral Brothers, Caravan East

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I won’t say it’s seamless or intended to be, but as Albuquerque, New Mexico, two-piece The Gral Brothers make their initial move on Caravan East between cinematic Americana and industrial brood, samples of dialogue on “Cactus Man” and violin in the seven-minute soundscaper “In Die Pizzeria” seem to draw together both a wistfulness and a paranoia of the landlocked. Too odd to fall in line with the Morricone-worship of Cali’s Spindrift, “Crowbar” brings Spaghetti West and desert dub together with a confidence that makes it seem like a given pairing despite the outwardly eerie vibes and highly individualized take, and “Santa Sleeves” is beautiful to its last, even if the lone bell jingle is a bit much, while “Silva Lanes” pushes even further than did “Circuit City” into mechanized experimental noisemaking. They end with the birdsong-inclusive “Ode to Marge,” leaving one to wonder whether it’s sentiment or cynicism being expressed. Either way, it’s being expressed in a way not quite like anything else, which is an accomplishment all on its own.

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Astral Glide, Flamingo Graphics

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When you’re at the show and the set ends, Flamingo Graphics is the CD you go buy at the merch table. It’s as simple as that. Recorded this past March over the course of two days, the debut album from Floridian foursome Astral Glide is raw to the point of being barebones, bootleg room-mic style, but the songwriting and straightforward purposes of the group shine through. They’re able to shift structures and mood enough to keep things from being too staid, but they’re never far off from the next heavy landing, as “Devastation” and the closer “Forever” show in their respective payoffs, that latter going all out with a scream at the end, answering back to the several others that show up periodically. While their greatest strength is in the mid-paced shove of rockers like “Space Machine” and “Scarlett” and the speedier “Workhorse,” there are hints of broader intentions on Flamingo Graphics, though they too are raw at this point. Very much a debut, but still one you pick up when the band finishes playing. You might not even wait until the end of the show. Meet them back at the table, and so on.

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LáGoon to Release Maa Kali Trip LP June 29

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 10th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

Portland-based fucko freaks LáGoon have a new record coming out on June 19. It’s not this one. This is Maa Kali Trip, which the band put out in March. It’s being released on June 29 on a black and orange LP through Interstellar Smoke Records. You might recall yesterday I posted about Mystery Dudes signing to the label and said there was more news to come — well, here we are. Maa Kali Trip has more the garage’d-out sample-laden sludge than you can shake your bag of caps at, and the record nestles itself into a place that’s likewise filthy, heavy and psychedelic. If you’re feeling freaky, you’re probably not feeling freaky enough. Nonetheless, you persist.

Maa Kali Trip is, of course, streaming in its both-proto-and-post-grunge, sometimes-screamy anti-glory below. Preorders for the vinyl — limited copies, of course — start Friday. The new one from LáGoon is called Father of Death. It’s their fourth overall, and I don’t know if Interstellar Smoke will be putting that out too or not, but hey, if you can handle one trip, maybe you can sign up for another go.

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Album comes in single-pocket cover and poster A3 size. Hand-crafted heavy weight 180gr vinyl, Orange & Black solid colour. To get the highest quality sound, pressing in 45 RPM.

Maa Kali Trip is the third full length offering from the Portland, Oregon based two-piece.

The songs on this album were inspired by the maa kali mushroom truffle. Turn up your stereo and step inside the maa kali trip.

Album Art – David Paul Seymour

Orange Haze Edition is limited to 250 pcs Worldwide; at the Store you will have 180 pcs avaialable (!)

Shipping is scheduled at 29th of June 2020.

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Band Members:
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Drums – Brady Maurer

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Days of Rona: Nathan Carson of Witch Mountain & Nanotear Booking

Posted in Features on May 25th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

The ongoing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the varied responses of publics and governments worldwide, and the disruption to lives and livelihoods has reached a scale that is unprecedented. Whatever the month or the month after or the future itself brings, more than one generation will bear the mark of having lived through this time, and art, artists, and those who provide the support system to help uphold them have all been affected.

In continuing the Days of Rona feature, it remains pivotal to give a varied human perspective on these events and these responses. It is important to remind ourselves that whether someone is devastated or untouched, sick or well, we are all thinking, feeling people with lives we want to live again, whatever renewed shape they might take from this point onward. We all have to embrace a new normal. What will that be and how will we get there?

Thanks to all who participate. To read all the Days of Rona coverage, click here. — JJ Koczan

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Days of Rona: Nathan Carson of Witch Mountain & Nanotear Booking (Portland, Oregon)

How have you been you dealing with this crisis as a band? As an individual? What effect has it had on your plans or creative processes?

Witch Mountain was in a fortunate position, at first, because we were in a writing phase between tours with no deadlines or responsibilities. But as time went on and the pandemic accelerated we were eventually forced to cancel our June headlining tour. We have more live plans for later in 2020, and of course they’re all in potential jeopardy now. At least we are still able to write remotely, and will probably resume jamming in person once it feels safe to do so.

Personally, we’re all hanging on, but most of us are laid off or out of work. Kayla had a musical canceled that she’d been prepping for months. Justin’s effects pedal company Mr Black is on life support. Rob has been engineering studio sessions and working other side gigs (he’s got more mouths to feed than the rest of us). For me — a tour booking agent by day – -my entire industry has come crashing down. I lost an entire season of income that is likely to stretch into a year of inactivity. The future is a gigantic question mark when it comes to how live music will resuscitate, and when.

How do you feel about the public response to the outbreak where you are? From the government response to the people around you, what have you seen and heard from others?

Portland is a great place to live overall. The majority of people here want clean air, clean water, and have progressive values. So even though we are sandwiched between two states with some of the larger outbreaks in the country, we’ve done a great job of slowing the spread here.

Nevertheless, there are plenty of people in the grocery stores not wearing masks, and people driving like maniacs on the roads. It’s sad that trusting science has become a partisan issue, or that people who believe a fetus has a soul seem willing to sacrifice the weak and elderly in order to prop up Wall Street and the corporate economy.

What do you think of how the music community specifically has responded? How do you feel during this time? Are you inspired? Discouraged? Bored? Any and all of it?

I’ve seen some great livestreams, which is not something I was particularly interested in before. Of course I do have a 65” 4k tv with high speed internet, 5.1 sound, and a thumping subwoofer. So that’s helping my enjoyment of watching concerts from home quite a bit.

I’ve been able to use this time to catch up on household and archival projects that seemed like they’d never get done based on my past lifestyle. My aim is to use this time as wisely and effectively as possible. The ultimate goal right now is to write the novel-length sequel to my book Starr Creek that I’ve been planning for years. Even if I had decided to save my money and take six months off from work to write the book, my booking clients couldn’t have just put their bands and tours on hold. But now that we’re all forced to stay home, I will have the luxury of writing full time during daylight hours, instead of just on evenings and weekends. I definitely aim to walk away from this situation with something to show for it.

What is the one thing you want people to know about your situation, either as a band, or personally, or anything? What is your new normal? What have you learned from this experience, about yourself, your band, or anything?

I just feel very fortunate to play music with such thoughtful, rational people. No one in Witch Mountain is looking to take unnecessary risks. No one in our band is concerned with conspiracy theories or bucking scientific advice. We love making music, and we’ve had a long term vision from the start. That’s why the band is still around after twenty-three years.

This will all pass and then we’ll find out what that new normal is. In the interim, we are passing files over the internet, slowly working on new material, designing and shipping out merch–like the WM logo face mask that we launched the last time Bandcamp waived fees for a day, etc.

Otherwise, we are taking this one day at a time, slow and steady, just like our music.

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Pushy Stream Hard Wish; LP Reissue out Friday on Tee Pee

Posted in audiObelisk on May 6th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

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Hey, just so we’re clear and you don’t think I’m trying to put one over: this is decidedly not a premiere. Pushy‘s debut album, Hard Wish, originally came out in 2018 through Germany’s Who Can You Trust? Records, and hell, I did a premiere for it at the time, and I’m pretty sure it’s been on Bandcamp ever since, so no, not a premiere. But Tee Pee Records is giving the classic heavy rockin’ eight-tracker a domestic US look on vinyl this week, and that’s definitely enough of an occasion for me to want to host Hard Wish again. Not that good records need an excuse anyway, but you know what I mean.

On guitar/vocals in the Portland, Oregon-based Pushy one finds Adam Burke, formerly of Fellwoods, and best known for the striking paintings he’s provided as cover art for everyone from Ruby the Hatchet to Hexvessel to this site to Fit for an Autopsy. He shares vocal duties with bassist Neal Munson, as Ron Wesley and Travis Clow round out the four-piece on guitar and drums, respectively, and across Hard Wish, they tap influences from earliest AC/DC, earliest King Crimson, earliest Judas Priest, not-quite-earliest Black Sabbath and a host of others brash, ballsy and boozed-up. Clow and Munson make a nodder highlight out of early cut “Blacktop,” but from “Fanny’s” to “I’ll Be Gentle,” the focus here is on attitude, on swagger, and songs like “El Hongo,” the driving “Lonesome Entry” and “Nasty Bag” have plenty of that, while “If I Cry” and closer “Lay of the Land” expand the palette a bit with some deceptively nuanced jams built around the live-feeling energy of the recording itself.

Bottom line is there’s plenty to dig here for ’70s aficionados and other-type heads looking for a groove to make their day, and really, again, I’m not trying to say this is a premiere — because it isn’t — but with the Tee Pee release of Hard Wish out this Friday (preorders below, if that’s your thing), I’m just glad to have a chance to revisit it, because it rocks and sometimes that’s just what you need. Anytime Pushy wants to get going on a follow-up, that’d be fine by me.

Please enjoy:

Portland-based hard rock outfit PUSHY are making waves in 2020. The band has announced that their debut album ‘Hard Wish’ will get a worldwide release on chocolate brown vinyl via Tee Pee Records. Boasting the unmistakable swagger and retro flair of rock n’ roll from a time when Woodstock was still young, Pushy descend upon listeners with boisterous, rabble rock vocals, raw, electric guitar riffs and natural percussion that feels all too authentic in contrast to the swath of modern music. Perhaps the most striking quality of Hard Wish is also its most plainly stated; that it sounds so sincerely like four musicians working harmoniously together as one in the same room.

The vinyl release of ‘Hard Wish’ is out May 8th on Tee Pee Records. Fans can pre-order the LP at the link found here.

‘Hard Wish’ Tracklisting:
1. Fanny’s
2. Nasty Bag
3. Blacktop
4. If I Cry
5. El Hongo
6. Lonesome Entry
7. I’ll Be Gentle
8. Lay of the Land

Pushy is:
Guitar – Ron Wesley
Drums – Travis Clow
Bass, vocals – Neal Munson
Vocals, guitar – Adam Burke

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Days of Rona: Eric Crespo of Abronia

Posted in Features on April 23rd, 2020 by JJ Koczan

The statistics of COVID-19 change with every news cycle, and with growing numbers, stay-at-home isolation and a near-universal disruption to society on a global scale, it is ever more important to consider the human aspect of this coronavirus. Amid the sad surrealism of living through social distancing, quarantines and bans on gatherings of groups of any size, creative professionals — artists, musicians, promoters, club owners, techs, producers, and more — are seeing an effect like nothing witnessed in the last century, and as humanity as a whole deals with this calamity, some perspective on who, what, where, when and how we’re all getting through is a needed reminder of why we’re doing so in the first place.

Thus, Days of Rona, in some attempt to help document the state of things as they are now, both so help can be asked for and given where needed, and so that when this is over it can be remembered.

Thanks to all who participate. To read all the Days of Rona coverage, click here. — JJ Koczan

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Days of Rona: Eric Crespo of Abronia (Portland, Oregon)

How are you dealing with this crisis as a band? Have you had to rework plans at all? How is everyone’s health so far?

Yeah, we’ve had to rework plans for sure. We had shows booked in April–including a festival in California we were going to drive down to play. All canceled of course. Just today we decided to postpone our upcoming European tour until summer of 2021. It was slated to start July 24th and go until August 9th.

Things aren’t really officially canceling that far out yet, but the writing is on the wall. Only about half of the tour was booked when the shit started to hit the fan and our booking agent was finding it impossible to get anyone to agree to confirm shows for the summer months, with so much uncertainty about. We kind of came to the conclusion to cancel jointly with our booking agent–it’s nice to not be waiting around for news about it anymore. It’s kind of relieving in a way–just to not be in limbo about it anymore. Of course we’re heartbroken that we have to wait over a year to go on the tour, but it coulda been worse. Luckily, we hadn’t bought tickets yet. We were just about to buy our tickets in January when things started going south, but decided to hold off to see how things played out.

I guess the new plan is to try to get another album out before our European tour in the summer of 2021. We’ve got some local-ish shows and festival planned for summer, but who knows if those things will happen. Doesn’t seem likely that shows will be for sure happening again like they used to until there’s a vaccine widely available.

Everyone’s health is tip-top. It’s frustrating to not be able to meet up for practice. We’ve been emailing ideas for new stuff back and forth and we’ve been doing weekly zoom meetings where we talk about all the new music and everything else. Better than nothing, but it’s a far cry from the productivity we can achieve by being in the same room together.

What are the quarantine/isolation rules where you are?

Here in Portland, Oregon, it’s shelter in place. Meeting up in groups is prohibited. Parks are closed. Schools are closed until at least May but everyone thinks they’ll be closed for the rest of the school year. Basically you’re only supposed to go out for necessary supplies and exercise, unless you’re going to work and your job is deemed essential.

How have you seen the virus affecting the community around you and in music?

It seems pretty brutal. I do live sound as well as studio recording and mixing and of course there’s no opportunities for live sound engineers. And of course a lot of musicians work in bars or restaurants when they’re not on tour and all the bars and restaurants are shutting down and laying everyone off so the damage to the music community is pretty massive

What is the one thing you want people to know about your situation, either as a band, or personally, or anything?

Well we’re gonna keep being a band. This thing is really exposing all the shortcomings of our country and hopefully it will lead to better things in the future.

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Days of Rona: Andrew James Costa Reuscher of Megaton Leviathan

Posted in Features on April 22nd, 2020 by JJ Koczan

The statistics of COVID-19 change with every news cycle, and with growing numbers, stay-at-home isolation and a near-universal disruption to society on a global scale, it is ever more important to consider the human aspect of this coronavirus. Amid the sad surrealism of living through social distancing, quarantines and bans on gatherings of groups of any size, creative professionals — artists, musicians, promoters, club owners, techs, producers, and more — are seeing an effect like nothing witnessed in the last century, and as humanity as a whole deals with this calamity, some perspective on who, what, where, when and how we’re all getting through is a needed reminder of why we’re doing so in the first place.

Thus, Days of Rona, in some attempt to help document the state of things as they are now, both so help can be asked for and given where needed, and so that when this is over it can be remembered.

Thanks to all who participate. To read all the Days of Rona coverage, click here. — JJ Koczan

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Days of Rona: Andrew James Costa Reuscher of Megaton Leviathan (Portland, Oregon)

How are you dealing with this crisis as a band? Have you had to rework plans at all? How is everyone’s health so far?

Well as far as the band I was just in the middle of reimagining a new lineup and configuration for the next incarnation of the band. So officially it’s just me. I was working on booking a Fall West Coast tour then the pandemic hit. I’m not exactly paying my mortgage being a Megaton Levia-dude so I’m not too worried about my “music career.” I can blow y’all’s minds later. I’m going to clip along and make music regardless and the studio is a place where I thrive. Fortunately I, like many other musicians, have a home studio, though I has some tasty outboard gear I need to learn how to caress correctly. This downtime gives me more time to focus on getting better at drums as well. I’ve been playing for many years but never tracked myself on my albums — that might change.

What are the quarantine/isolation rules where you are?

I’m a… I guess I’ll just say an autism worker by trade. I run an agency and have contractors under my license. I’ve had my hands full directing and making sure everyone is handling this correctly. Fortunately the state of Oregon is letting us work remotely with our clients via Facetime text whathaveyou. Some of my guys are busy out there risking their lives getting supplies for these dudes. I currently live with my client and that has its challenges. Luckily marijuana is deemed essential so that helps him. In my house we don’t have company. We keep the distance and fuck those Clorox wipes we use bleach water and rags and clean the fuck out of the house regularly. We all wash our hands, shower and clean our clothes. I have type-two diabetes and some other health issues. I’ve gotten myself off of insulin and lost 40 pounds but I’m not exactly getting younger so I’m not taking any chances.

How have you seen the virus affecting the community around you and in music?

Yeah, my heart goes out those who got hit while out on the road. Hugs my dudes, it’s hard enough as it is. I feel it. But you know what man I think the world needs art and I wish it was respected more in general. It’s a sign of a prevalent society and if your paying attention society doesn’t respect music at all. People put a lot of work into it and risk. I hope this pandemic challenges the way society views such things and quits taking it for granted. America is killing its youth.

What is the one thing you want people to know about your situation, either as a band, or personally, or anything?

I’m not that important. Hope I’ll be around to do my thing on the ebb-tide. I’ve been working out doing yoga and feeling the fire, looking forward to bringing it to the 15 or so people who show up to my shows when they happen. Personally it’s a good time to focus on magick music and getting to now thyself. Be the change you want to see in the world. Vibe on.

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https://www.instagram.com/megaton_leviathan/
https://megatonleviathan.bandcamp.com/
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Days of Rona: Sara Pinnell & Benjamin Blake of Young Hunter

Posted in Features on April 10th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

The statistics of COVID-19 change with every news cycle, and with growing numbers, stay-at-home isolation and a near-universal disruption to society on a global scale, it is ever more important to consider the human aspect of this coronavirus. Amid the sad surrealism of living through social distancing, quarantines and bans on gatherings of groups of any size, creative professionals — artists, musicians, promoters, club owners, techs, producers, and more — are seeing an effect like nothing witnessed in the last century, and as humanity as a whole deals with this calamity, some perspective on who, what, where, when and how we’re all getting through is a needed reminder of why we’re doing so in the first place.

Thus, Days of Rona, in some attempt to help document the state of things as they are now, both so help can be asked for and given where needed, and so that when this is over it can be remembered.

Thanks to all who participate. To read all the Days of Rona coverage, click here. — JJ Koczan

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Days of Rona: Sara Pinnell & Benjamin Blake of Young Hunter (Portland, Oregon)

How are you dealing with this crisis as a band? Have you had to rework plans at all? How is everyone’s health so far?

Benjamin Blake: The timing was really interesting for us. We were living in a house together and got an eviction notice in January because it was being sold to be turned into condos, and we found a perfect new place down the street almost immediately. But the weekend that the Coronavirus stuff started to get really serious around here was our moving weekend, so we were finding out that we didn’t have jobs while we’re tackling this massive move. It was a crazy weekend, but luckily we landed in our new house right as the lockdown started. So we’ve been spending a lot of time getting settled in to the new place, and last week we recorded a new song in our living room, which we will likely do more of. We had plans to record our new album in California in April, so we are mentally adjusting to that getting postponed. For a second time, actually- we initially were going into the studio last autumn, but that one was postponed largely due to the PG&E blackouts surrounding the wildfires there. So we’ve been joking that if these apocalyptic events could just hold off for a minute, we could finally make this apocalyptic rock album we’ve been working on for the past few years. We’re all in good health, we are happy to report.

What are the quarantine/isolation rules where you are?

Benjamin Blake: Portland is currently in more or less the same type of lockdown as most major coastal cities, from what I understand. I don’t know that people are being fined or anything, but pretty much people are only going out to get groceries, go to work if they have it, or picking up takeout orders.

How have you seen the virus affecting the community around you and in music?

Benjamin Blake: It just seems like life in on pause for a lot of folks. I think all of us in the music industry and also the service industry are just in shock, making the most of the free time we don’t get enough of, but also coping with both a deeply uncertain future (it’s impossible to even entertain what plans to make or to try to establish a timeline around making whatever dreams we want to make real happen) and missing seeing the people that make up the community we look to every weekend at concerts that gives so much value to why we all do what we do. It’s strange to not know when anyone will be able to play a show or see a show, and it feels like we’re all just doing our best to cope until the day comes when that becomes a real thing again. Sara and I both bartend at a venue here, and we went in to grab something last week, and the sadness of not knowing when that place will fill up with life, music, creative energy, and noise was both eerie and sad- we’ve both watched the place fill up with those things that are its lifeblood night after night, and watched each night become it’s own unique thing for everyone there. Not knowing when that will happen again is just one of the many heartaches that we’re all coping with.

What is the one thing you want people to know about your situation, either as a band, or personally, or anything?

Sara Pinnell: I would say, we are feeling some amount of shock and moving through each day like it’s surreal and strange, We are also trying to find grounding energy, using this time to come together more than our work schedules would otherwise allow, and write/create any way we can. We are extremely privileged to be able to do that. We spend a great deal of time tapping into the larger picture, trying to understand how we can be of service to everyone affected by this pandemic in our communities, and also we are grappling with the great uncertainty of it all. We feel frustration, anger, sometimes rage about the grave injustice this pandemic alone is responsible for on a global level, and playing music together is what brings us back to the center. As much as we want things to go back to “normal,” we hope a major shift in the paradigm as we know it transpires from all of this chaos.

https://www.facebook.com/Young-Hunter-127424170682508/
https://younghunter.bandcamp.com/
https://thefearandthevoidrecordings.bandcamp.com/
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Days of Rona: Andrea Vidal of Holy Grove

Posted in Features on April 9th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

The statistics of COVID-19 change with every news cycle, and with growing numbers, stay-at-home isolation and a near-universal disruption to society on a global scale, it is ever more important to consider the human aspect of this coronavirus. Amid the sad surrealism of living through social distancing, quarantines and bans on gatherings of groups of any size, creative professionals — artists, musicians, promoters, club owners, techs, producers, and more — are seeing an effect like nothing witnessed in the last century, and as humanity as a whole deals with this calamity, some perspective on who, what, where, when and how we’re all getting through is a needed reminder of why we’re doing so in the first place.

Thus, Days of Rona, in some attempt to help document the state of things as they are now, both so help can be asked for and given where needed, and so that when this is over it can be remembered.

Thanks to all who participate. To read all the Days of Rona coverage, click here. — JJ Koczan

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Days of Rona: Andrea Vidal of Holy Grove (Portland, Oregon)

How are you dealing with this crisis as a band? Have you had to rework plans at all? How is everyone’s health so far?

We’ve definitely had to adjust, but if you’re already an active band-you’re used to that whole “change of plans at the last minute” sort of thing. Certainly not on this scale though, this has been surreal to say the least. We had some dates booked in April in support of our Smokeout date that we’ve had to cancel, and for the time being practice has been relegated to a few Skype calls. Everyone is healthy currently, and feeling very grateful for that. We took a hit financially with the merch we ordered for the canceled run, but that pales in comparison to putting our health, our families health and anyone attending our shows at risk. Personally, it has been very difficult to watch countless tours and festivals canceled, but oddly comforting watching the community come together and show support despite these setbacks.

What are the quarantine/isolation rules where you are?

Here in Oregon we are forbidden from leaving our homes unless absolutely necessary. Bars, restaurants and other “non essential” business are closed… thank Iommi that weed stores however, are very, very much open.

The local businesses that remain open have been showing tremendous support to their employees and the community, and I feel very fortunate that — although at the moment I am very much unemployed — my basic needs are met.

How have you seen the virus affecting the community around you and in music?

For me, I find myself listening to records that I haven’t picked up in years. I’ve been reorganizing my home a bit, and coming across bits of my past while doing so has been soul reviving. The most striking thing is that for the first time in my life I have plenty of opportunity to dedicate time on my physical and mental health. I’m very grateful for that. You can’t escape yourself, and that’s even more evident while in quarantine!

What is the one thing you want people to know about your situation, either as a band, or personally, or anything?

Hard to say exactly what 2020 holds for Holy Grove. Psycho Smokeout is rescheduled for October, and though we currently have a few irons in the fire, there is some level of uncertainty surrounding each one. Thankfully, we have new music to to keep us busy. Our only band philosophy is to write the best music we possibly can — so we’re going to lean into that. It’s just about the only thing we can count on. I find joy in writing lyrics for Holy Grove. For a moment, I get to express some form of poetry that wouldn’t be able to be published or put out into the world otherwise. I am really thankful to be filling my notebook once again.

https://www.facebook.com/holygroveband/
http://holygrove.bandcamp.com/
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