Posted in Whathaveyou on November 16th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster
Indiana heavy post-rock trio Cloakroom recently signed to Relapse Records ahead of what will be their second full-length. They’ve given a preview of the impending album with the track “Big World,” which seems to owe as much sonically to The Cure as to Russian Circles — actually there are moments early on that remind me of a less poppy take on Peder Bergstrand‘s work in Iaredroid, but that seems more likely to be happenstance than influence — and have announced tour dates for January that will presumably be their way of shaking off both the holidays and the post-studio rust of having not gotten out for a while. Recording is set to begin in the “coming weeks” according to the PR wire.
As you can see for yourself in the info below:
CLOAKROOM: Announce January Tour Dates; Set To Enter Studio
Newly signed Relapse artists CLOAKROOM has just confirmed a short headlining tour for January 2017. Support will be provided by Jaye Jayle with Pinkwash on select dates. A full list of dates is included below.
CLOAKROOM’s new digital single “Big World” can be streamed and downloaded via Bandcamp HERE. The single is an alternate version of a track that will appear on their forthcoming Relapse debut, which they plan to record at their own recording studio in the coming weeks. The album will be due out in mid-2017.
CLOAKROOM Tour Dates: *All dates with Jaye Jayle* Jan 18 Cleveland, OH Now That’s Class Jan 19 Washington, DC DC9 * Jan 20 Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus * Jan 21 Philadelphia, PA Boot & Saddle * Jan 22 Columbus, OH Double Happiness *w/ Pinkwash
Hailing from the harsh rurals of Northwest Indiana, CLOAKROOM consist of three initiates writing music that blurs the contemporary and resuscitates the meaning of being a “rock band” in these seemingly stagnant times. Four years and counting, the band has spun their introverted web of genre and boundary dissolving rock n’ roll. Where one may hear the high, lonesome pangs of long lost country, another may note the hallucinogen-roused layers of psychedelic-rock. Being given such apocryphal descriptors such as “shroomgaze” only seems to further estrange CLOAKROOM‘s sound and public presence from all tangibility. The band is a pensive chimera of equal parts; overdriven moody sonic-abrasion, an adherence to the pop music formula, and the quiet moments of a ghost contemplating its ethereal form. CLOAKROOM aren’t reinventing the wheel, they’re building an interstellar vessel.
CLOAKROOM is: Brian Busch Robert Markos Doyle Martin
Look, some shit just works. This track taken from their upcoming LP, Only Ghosts (out Oct. 10 on Relapse), marks the sixth time that Portland, Oregon’s Red Fang have collaborated with video director Whitey McConnaughy, and clearly it’s a system that isn’t broken. Hell, I think you could very easily make the argument that it was the viral takeoff from “Prehistoric Dog” from their 2009 self-titled debut that had a major part in Relapse picking them up for 2011’s Murder the Mountains (review here). And each subsequent clip the four-piece and McConnaughy have made together has been likewise entertaining and likewise successful. Remember “Wires” (posted here)? That was awesome.
You’ve probably seen this already — because the internet — but I wanted to get “Shadows” posted anyway, particularly as it comes coupled with a mighty package of tour dates that only further emphasize the fact that in addition to handing heavy rock and roll its ass with songwriting and their sense of humor, Red Fang also outwork just about everybody on the road. One doubts they’re sleeping on floors at this point, or at least not every night, but even as they moved through 2013’s Whales and Leeches (discussed here), they have kept that ethic going and as a result have become a powerhouse live act worthy of stepping into the headliner role they’ve taken on over the last several years. Dudes kill it. On just about every level.
Interested to dig into the Ross Robinson-produced Only Ghosts, and “Shadows” provides even more intrigue.
Red Fang, “Shadows” official video
Red Fang mess with the wrong comic book collectors in the band’s new video for “Shadows.”
“We had the pleasure of working with Whitey (McConnaughy) again on another music video,” Red Fang singer/guitar player Bryan Giles explains of the Predator like clip. “It was a crazy adventure through the woods in rural Oregon. It has stunt men, real firepower and some great explosions! We had a blast on this one.”
The video is the sixth video to pair Red Fang and director McConnaughy with the first clip from the partnership being 2010’s “Prehistoric Dog,” which saw the Portland-based band challenge a local role playing troupe only to suffer the consequences. The most recent video from the band is the 2013 clip featuring Fred Armisen and a horde of beer thirsty zombies in “Blood Like Cream.”
“Shadows” is the second new song to preview music from the band’s Ross Robinson produced album, Only Ghosts (Oct. 14, Relapse Records).
The band kick off an extensive fall tour on Sept. 26 with the first leg being a month of European tour dates followed by a month of U.S. dates. Label mates Torche will open on both runs with Whores joining the U.S. dates.
Red Fang tour dates: September 22 Portland, OR Northwest Hesh Fest September 26 Brighton, UK Concorde 2 September 27 London, UK Koko September 28 Bristol, UK Bierkeller September 29 Leeds, UK Leeds Stylus September 30 Manchester, UK Manchester Academy 2 October 2 Birmingham, UK Institute2 October 3 Glasgow, UK Garage October 4 Newcastle, UK Riverside October 5 Southampton, UK Engine Rooms October 7 Athens, Greece Desert Fest October 9 Paris, France Trabendo October 10 Munich, Germany Strom October 11 Vienna, Austria Szene Wien October 12 Berlin, Germany Huxleys October 13 Cologne, Germany Essigfabrik October 14 Antwerp, Belgium Desert Fest October 15 Leipzig, Germany Conne Island October 16 Hamburg, Germany Markethalle October 18 Odense, Denmark Posten October 19 Oslo, Norway John Dee October 20 Stockholm, Sweden Debaser Medis October 21 Malmo, Sweden KB October 22 Munster, Germany Skater’s Place October 23 Karlsruhe, Germany Substage October 24 Amsterdam, Netherlands Melkweg (OZ)
November 18 San Francisco, CA Slim’s November 19 Pomona, CA Glasshouse November 20 Los Angeles, CA Teragram Ballroom November 22 San Diego, CA Casbah November 23 Phoenix, AZ Rebel Lounge November 25 Austin, TX Mohawk November 26 Dallas, TX Three Links November 27 Houston, TX Warehouse Studio November 29 Atlanta, GA Masquerade (Hell) November 30 Durham, NC Motorco December 1 Washington, DC Rock and Roll Hotel December 2 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts December 3 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg December 4 Boston, MA The Sinclair December 5 New York, NY Mercury Lounge December 7 Pittsburgh, PA Spirit Lounge December 8 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom December 9 Detroit, MI El Club December 10 Chicago, IL Metro December 11 Bloomington, IL Castle Theater December 13 Denver, CO Bluebird Theater December 14 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge December 15 Boise, ID Neurolux December 16 Seattle, WA Showbox
Torche appears on all European and U.S. dates except Heshfest Whores appear on all U.S. dates except Heshfest
Posted in Whathaveyou on August 29th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster
At this point, one almost receives an email with a subject announcing a Windhand tour and expects it to list a month-plus of dates. That’s kind of just how the Virginian outfit have operated for the last couple years — already they’ve put in considerable time supporting last fall’s Jack Endino-produced Grief’s Infernal Flower (review here) — but this time around it’s just a handful of gigs for December alongside Relapse Records labelmate extremists Ilsa that will take them as far north from Richmond as the Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn before they head back, a quick run of pre-holiday dates.
Maybe they’re testing out new material ahead of 2017? Maybe they’re taking a victory lap for Grief’s Infernal Flower? Or maybe they just feel like getting out and doing a couple nights to wrap the year. Can hardly hold it against them either way.
The PR wire has details and a couple September shows as well:
WINDHAND Announce US Tour Dates With ILSA
Stoner/doom heavyweights WINDHAND have announced a new run of US tour dates this coming December along with labelmates and recent Relapse signees ILSA. The bands will be leveling Washington D.C., Boston, and New York beginning December 1; WINDHAND will also be playing select US dates in September. Check out a full itinerary below.
WINDHAND Live: Sep 06 Atlanta GA The Earl Sep 07 Nashville TN Exit/In Sep 15 Durham NC Motorco Music Hall
***All Dates With Ilsa*** Dec 01 Washington DC Black Cat Mainstage Dec 02 Boston MA Brighton Music Hall Dec 03 New York NY Mercury Lounge Dec 04 Brooklyn NY St Vitus
WINDHAND are still touring in support of their critically-acclaimed 2015 full-length Grief’s Infernal Flower, which can be streamed and purchased at the band’s Bandcamp page here.
D.C. death metal crew ILSA signed to Relapse last year and released a two-song split with labelmates COFFINS this past February. The split is available for streaming and purchase at this location.
Posted in Whathaveyou on August 9th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster
I like a tour with an element of contrast, and to pair Virginia’s Cough with Massachusetts trio Elder strikes me as particularly brilliant. It’s a classic light and dark. Cough head overseas behind their new album, Still They Pray (review here), a massive slab of full-on bum-you-the-fuck-out doom that rolls its grooves like boulders. Elder? Still supporting 2015’s album of the year Lore (review here), they lead the charge with fleet-footed progressive heavy rock that even as it maintains its tonal crunch only seems to be becoming brighter in its tone.
So yeah, like I say: Some contrast. Awesome.
From the PR wire:
COUGH Announce EU Tour Dates With Elder
Fresh off the release of their highly-acclaimed new record Still They Pray, Richmond stoner/doom veterans COUGH have announced a European tour with contemporaries Elder set to begin this coming October. The band will be performing throughout Western Europe and the UK, including appearances at Up In Smoke Festival in Switzerland and Desertfest in Belgium. The band will also be performing select US dates before their departure – see a full list of dates below.
COUGH Live: Aug 12 Philadelphia, PA Kung Fu Necktie Aug 13 Brooklyn, NY Union Pool
***European Tour*** Oct 01 Pratteln, CH Up In Smoke Festival @ Z7 Oct 02 Nürnberg, DE Kunstverein / Z – Bau Oct 03 Budapest, HU Dürer Kert Oct 04 Berlin, DE SO 36 Oct 06 Nantes, FR TBD Oct 07 Lyon, FR TBD Oct 10 London, UK Underworld Oct 11 Edinburgh, UK Bannermans Oct 12 Manchester, UK Rebellion Oct 13 Coventry, UK The Phönix Oct 14 Bristol, UK Exchange Oct 15 Antwerp, BE Desertfest Belgium @ Trix
Nov 12 Long Beach, CA Di Piazza’s – Midnite Communion Festival Nov 18 Indianapolis, IN 5th Quarter – Doomed and Stoned Festival
COUGH’s new album Still They Pray is out now via Relapse Records on CD/2xLP/Digital. Physical orders and bundle deals are available via Relapse.com here, and digital copies can be ordered through COUGH’s Bandcamp page at this location.
Posted in Whathaveyou on August 4th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster
The reason I say it’s Red Fang‘s first tour in the US for their new album Only Ghosts is because we know damn well it won’t be the last. Forerunners of Portland’s heavy rock scene and having already had a significant influence on the development thereof, Red Fang will issue Only Ghosts on Oct. 14 via Relapse Records, and while they were already booked to head overseas with Torchewhen the record was announced and the first track streamed, it seems the two groups will partner for a US run a few weeks after the European one is finished. Whores will also join in on the fun for the US dates, which bring the band right up to the holidays.
Doubtless they’ll be back on the road in 2017 — the future! — so keep an eye out in the next couple months for more to come. A corresponding Spring run doesn’t seem unlikely, though we also know that’s when a lot of US acts go abroad to take advantage of festival season. Either way, the cycle is just starting, as much as it ever stopped.
From the PR wire:
RED FANG Announce US Tour With Torche; Music Featured on PBR Can Crusher Pinball Machine
In addition to their recently-announced UK/EU dates this coming fall, Portland hard rockers RED FANG have announced a new US tour with labelmates Torche set to kick off this November. The trek will see the bands touring from coast to coast in support of their signature brands of stoner metal for a full month. Noise rockers Whores will also support; tickets will be on sale this Friday at 10 AM PST. Check out a full itinerary of dates below.
After three years of vigorously touring the world, RED FANG, the beer-loving Portland-based rock band re-emerge with their greatest and latest full-length album, Only Ghosts. Produced by the legendary Ross Robinson (At The Drive In, The Cure, Slipknot, and many more) and mixed by Joe Barresi (Queens of the Stone Age, Kyuss, Melvins), Only Ghosts consists of 10 new tracks of the band’s signature, high-impact, hook-filled, hard rock. RED FANG prove once again they are top-notch songwriters who have mastered the heavy anthem without taking themselves too seriously. Only Ghosts is a rock album of incredible magnitude that demands to be played at maximum volume!
Only Ghosts is set for release this October 14 on CD/LP/Digital via Relapse Records. Physical pre-orders are available via Relapse.com here, and digital pre-orders can be found at the band’s Bandcamp page at this location.
RED FANG Live: Aug 4 Copenhagen, DK Jr Vega Aug 5 Wacken, DE Wacken Open Air Aug 6 Utrecht, NL Tivoli Pandora Aug 7 Lokeren, BE Lokerse Feesten
Aug 17 Tacoma, WA Jazzbones Aug 18 Walla Walla, WA Main Street Studios Aug 19 Missoula, MT The Palace Lounge Aug 21 Spokane, WA All Age Rage @ The Viking Sept 22 Portland, OR Northwest Hesh Fest
**All Dates from Nov 18 – Dec 16 with Torche and Whores*** Nov 18 San Francisco, CA Slims Nov 19 Pomona, CA Glasshouse Nov 20 Los Angeles, CA Terragram Ballroom Nov 22 San Diego, CA Casbah Nov 23 Phoenix, AZ Rebel Lounge Nov 25 Austin, TX Mohawk Nov 26 Dallas, TX Three Links Nov 27 Houston, TX Warehouse Studio Nov 29 Atlanta, GA Masquerade (Hell) Nov 30 Durham, NC Motorco Dec 1 Washington, DC Rock and Roll Hotel Dec 2 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts Dec 4 Boston, MA The Sinclair Dec 5 New York, NY Mercury Lounge Dec 7 Pittsburgh, PA Spirit Lounge Dec 8 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom Dec 9 Detroit, MI El Club Dec 10 Chicago, IL Metro Dec 11 Bloomington, IL Castle Theater Dec 13 Denver, CO Bluebird Theater Dec 14 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge Dec 15 Boise, ID Nuerolox Dec 16 Seattle, WA Showbox
***All Dates with Torche*** Sept 26 Brighton, UK Concorde 2 Sept 27 London, UK Koko Sept 28 Bristol, UK Bierkeller Sept 29 Leeds, UK Leeds Stylus Sept 30 Manchester, UK Manchester Academy 2 Oct 2 Birmingham, UK Institute2 Oct 3 Glasgow, UK Garage Oct 4 Newcastle, UK Riverside Oct 5 Southampton, UK Engine Rooms Oct 7 Athens, Greece Desert Fest Oct 9 Paris, FR Trabendo Oct 10 Munich, DE Strom Oct 11 Vienna, AT Szene Wien Oct 12 Berlin, DE Huxleys Oct 13 Cologne, DE Essigfabrik Oct 14 Antwerp, BE Desertfest Oct 15 Leipzig, DE Conne Island Oct 16 Hamburg, DE Markthalle Oct 18 Odense, DK Posten Oct 19 Oslo, NO John Dee Oct 20 Stockholm, SE Debaser Medis Oct 21 Malmo, SE KB Oct 22 Munster, DE Skater’s Place Oct 23 Karlsruhe, DE Substage Oct 24 Amsterdam, NL Melkweg (OZ)
The band has also premiered the first in a multi-part series of behind-the-scenes webisodes documenting their studio sessions for Only Ghosts. The clip, which can be seen here or below, focuses on John Sherman and the drum tracks for the new album.
Additionally, RED FANG’s music and likeness are featured on Pabst Blue Ribbon’s new pinball machine, the Can Crusher, which was unveiled at San Diego Comic-Con. The machine, developed in partnership with Stern Pinball, Inc., features a retro game design with art by Dirty Donny.
RED FANG is: John Sherman – Drums Aaron Beam – Bass, Vocals David Sullivan – Guitar Maurice Bryan Giles – Guitar, Vocals
Posted in Whathaveyou on August 2nd, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster
What, you thought Inter Armaweren’t going to announce Fall 2016 tour plans? The Richmond genremashers rarely let a season go by without hitting the road for at least some measure, and whether they’re chipping away at the US region by region or heading abroad, the reliable thing is that they’re out there somewhere. To wit, right now they’re finishing a run alongside Withered, and next month, they’ll be out with Call of the Void as they continue to support their 2016 album, Paradise Gallows (review here), which of course came out on Relapse.
They’ve got a new video as well for “The Summer Drones” that follows the info below, sent along the PR wire:
INTER ARMA Announce US Tour Dates With Call of the Void
As their current US tour with Withered draws to a close, Richmond genre-benders INTER ARMA have announced a new run of US dates with Relapse labelmates Call of the Void. The tour will kick off this September 22 and will see both bands crushing cities throughout the Midwest, South, and East Coast. A full list of dates is available below.
The band’s music video for Paradise Gallows track “The Summer Drones” recently premiered and can be seen below.
Paradise Gallows is out now on CD/2xLP/Digital via Relapse Records. Physical orders, including limited vinyl colors and bundles, are available via Relapse.com at this location, and digital orders can be found at Bandcamp here.
INTER ARMA Live:
***All Dates With Withered*** Aug 2 Atlanta GA The Earl Aug 3 Asheville NC Mothlight
***All Dates With Call Of The Void*** Sep 22 Harrisonburg, VA Golden Pony Sep 23 Charlotte, NC Snug Harbor Sep 24 Savannah, GA The Jinx Sep 26 Tallahassee, FL Club Downunder Sep 27 Memphis, TN Hi-Tone Cafe Sep 28 Fayetteville, AR Ryleigh’s Sep 29 Little Rock, AR Vino’s Sep 30 Des Moines, IA Vaudeville Mews Oct 01 Iowa City, IA Gabe’s Oasis Oct 03 St Louis, MO Firebird Oct 04 Champaign, IL The Accord Oct 05 Grand Rapids, MI Pyramid Scheme Oct 06 Columbus, OH Ace of Cups Oct 07 Buffalo, NY Waiting Room Oct 08 Montreal, QC Casa Del Popolo Oct 09 Portland, ME Space Oct 10 New Haven, CT Cafe Nine
Posted in Whathaveyou on July 20th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster
If you want to feel old today, we’re now 16 years removed from Unearthly Trance first getting together. The Brooklyn trio reunited in Spring 2015 and have made select appearances since, playing local shows and doing a West Coast run last fall that included a stop at Midnite Communion III in Long Beach, California, where they joined Morne, Dopethrone and a host of expertly-curated others.
Six years have gone by since their fifth album, V (review here), was issued by Relapse Records, but the band has posted notice that their upcoming sixth full-length, to be titled Stalking the Ghost, has finished its recording process. Tracking took place with Colin Marston (Gorguts, Behold! the Arctopus) at The Thousand Caves, and Relapse will once again handle putting it out.
There’s still a lot to be learned about the record — most importantly what it might sound like. V was the most developed album that Unearthly Trance put out during their initial run, but guitarist/vocalist Ryan Lipynsky has been exploring a variety of different influences in acts like The Howling Wind and Serpentine Path — in which Unearthly Trance bassist Jay Newman and drummer Darren Verni also play — so whether or not that might have any impact on Stalking the Ghost is up in the air. Their doomly form had become pretty amorphous stylistically by the time they called it quits, so even if they’re picking up where they left off, it seems fair to expect some expanse of ground to be covered.
No release date yet, but one to look forward to:
We have finished recording our new album entitled “Stalking The Ghost”! We all think it came out absolutely massive and is our best work yet. Colin Marston was a pleasure to work with and we are beyond excited to have this album be released on Relapse Records!
Posted in Whathaveyou on July 13th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster
Forerunners of Portland’s heavy rock scene Red Fang have set an October 14 official release date for their new album, Only Ghosts, through Relapse Records. Their fourth long-player, Only Ghosts follows 2013’s Whales and Leeches (discussed here), and in addition to just being a new full-length from Red Fang — which would already make it noteworthy — the latest outing earns further distinction via the Ross Robinson production job, which one can hear in the opening track “Flies,” streaming now.
Red Fang, of course, will tour the living crap out of Only Ghosts, starting in Europe around the release and presumably covering the rest of the universe from there.
Just off the PR wire:
RED FANG Announce New Ross Robinson-Produced Album ‘Only Ghosts,’ Share New Song + Pre-Orders
After three years of vigorously touring the world, RED FANG, the beer-loving Portland-based rock band whose new album was included in Rolling Stone’s list most anticipated 2016 releases, re-emerge with their greatest and latest full-length album, Only Ghosts. Produced by the legendary Ross Robinson (At The Drive In, The Cure, Slipknot, and many more) and mixed by Joe Baressi (Queens of the Stone Age, Kyuss, Melvins), Only Ghosts consists of 10 new tracks of the band’s signature, high-impact, hook-filled, hard rock. RED FANG prove once again they are top-notch songwriters who have mastered the heavy anthem without taking themselves too seriously. Only Ghosts is a rock album of incredible magnitude that demands to be played at maximum volume!
Only Ghosts was recorded earlier this year at Robinson’s Venice, Calif. studio. In a recent Revolver Magazine interview, bass player Aaron Beam joked that the experience of working beachside was “pretty miserable,” later adding that working with Ross encouraged the band to take a different approach to recording. “He really digs into the meaning behind the songs so that when you’re recording, you’re doing it with conviction and purpose. It’s less about the little technical things. He’s more concerned with getting a performance and focusing on what you’re trying to give the world by making this music in the first place.” The band’s Bryan Giles and Aaron Beam also added,
Working with Ross and Joe [Baressi] on this record was a huge leap forward for us. The process was very challenging and rewarding, and I think we’re a better band for it. This album expresses exactly where we’re at. We’re super proud of it and can’t wait for people to hear it!
Only Ghosts is set for release this October 14 on CD/LP/Digital via Relapse Records. Physical pre-orders are available via Relapse.com here, and digital pre-orders can be found at the band’s Bandcamp page at this location.
Only Ghosts tracklisting:
1. Flies 2. Cut It Short 3. Flames 4. No Air 5. Shadows 6. Not For You 7. The Smell of the Sound 8. The Deep 9. I Am a Ghost 10. Living in Lye
The band will be heading overseas for festival appearances and a headlining tour with Torche in September/October – view a full itinerary below. North American tour dates will be announced soon.
RED FANG Live: August 4 Copenhagen, Denmark Jr Vega August 5 Wacken, DE Wacken Open Air August 6 Utrecht, Netherlands Tivoli Pandora August 7 Lokeren, Belgium Lokerse Feesten September 22 Portland, OR Northwest Hesh Fest
* Dates below with Torche * September 26 Brighton, UK Concorde 2 September 27 London, UK Koko September 28 Bristol, UK Bierkeller September 29 Leeds, UK Leeds Stylus September 30 Manchester, UK Manchester Academy 2 October 2 Birmingham, UK Institute2 October 3 Glasgow, UK Garage October 4 Newcastle, UK Riverside October 5 Southampton, UK Engine Rooms October 7 Athens, Greece Desert Fest October 9 Paris, France Trabendo October 10 Munich, Germany Strom October 11 Vienna, Austria Szene Wien October 12 Berlin, Germany Huxleys October 13 Cologne, Germany Essigfabrik October 15 Leipzig, Germany Conne Island October 16 Hamburg, Germany Markethalle October 18 Odense, Denmark Posten October 19 Oslo, Norway John Dee October 20 Stockholm, Sweden Debaser Medis October 21 Malmo, Sweden KB October 22 Munster, Germany Skater’s Place October 23 Karlsruhe, Germany Substage October 24 Amsterdam, Netherlands Melkweg (OZ)