Sweat Lodge Premiere “Heavy Head” from Talismana

Posted in audiObelisk on July 29th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Austin four-, maybe five-piece Sweat Lodge will release their debut album, Talismana, via Ripple Music on Aug. 7. A vinyl-ready nine-track/35-minute offering, its unpretentious oldschool-is-the-new-newschool rollout owes some of its modus to West Coast boogie, but true to their Texan roots, the sound across songs like opening hook-megaphone “Tramplifier,” “Bed of Ashes” and “Phoenix Ascent” is somewhat earthier, touching on classic heavy rock and psychedelic influences but refusing to play entirely to one or the other. There are times when the lineup — vocalist Cody Lee Johnston, guitarists Javier Gardea and Dustin Anderson, bassist Austin Shockley and drummer Caleb Dawson — call to mind what might’ve happened had Freedom Hawk and Graveyard ever decided to collaborate, most especially on cuts like “Slow Burn” and “Black Horizon,” but though their ultimate path is straight ahead, the well-vested Sweat Lodge work enough swing and swagger into their approach across the board that the only real choice is to get down and go along for the ride.

They make it a worthy endeavor across the board, and while perhaps in part because of the title one might wait for Sweat Lodge to veer into some vague cultish theatrics, Talismana keeps its all-seeing eye on the prize of ’70s-ish biker motor-riffing and rhythmic sweat lodge talismanasway, the title-track maybe touching lyrically on some of that finding itself fluidly enacting tempo shifts via either-call-it-stoner-or-don’t riffs and swirling leads and echoes. Like a lot of the record, it is not as simple as it first appears — a dreamout taking hold and liquefying the proceedings only to resolidify prior to the finish — but Sweat Lodge make short work of finding a cohesive vibe through such turns, nodding at Deep Purple with “Black Horizon” before the especially ’70s “Boogie Bride” takes hold as the longest cut on Talismana at a manageable 5:51, a summertime fuzz holding firm for the course even as the verses seem to be impatient in their move toward the inevitable leads, the two sides coming together ultimately as Johnston‘s vocals top the semi-psych apex and then let the rocker blues carry out to the whistling start of the penultimate “Heavy Head,” a somewhat more laid back mood but an irresistible roll all the same and one of the record’s catchiest moments.

This careening, deceptively efficient, swinging but not reckless and aesthetically coherent course ends out with “Banshee Call,” somewhat more atmospheric at its start and maybe a bit moodier but still nowhere near overblown. If anything, it underlines the control that Sweat Lodge exercise over the span of Talismana as a whole, which — especially considering it’s the band’s first full-length — is doubly impressive given how poised they manage to remain while letting loose.

I’m thrilled today to host a track premiere for “Heavy Head,” which you’ll find on the player below, followed by some more info off the PR wire.

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The Austin, TX outfit have made good on their promise with a record that delivers more than you could possibly ever ask from it. Pillaging and plundering some of the most explosive eras of hard rock, heavy psychedelia and proto-metal with a conviction and execution rarely found this side of the millennium, in short, Sweat Lodge’s potential is one that knows no bounds.

Seizing on the southern grooves of Fu Manchu, Saint Vitus and the blues-driven majesty of 70s legends Mountain and fellow Texans ZZ Top, across Talismana – riff after punishing riff, howl after soulful howl – the vintage sound of rock ‘n’ roll reigns supreme, sparked through an engine of uncompromising youth. As anyone who witnessed the band’s debut TV appearance on Last Call With Carson Daly in March will testify, charismatic front man and vocalist Cody Lee Johnston’s ability to bring it on home is hypnotic. Backed by the gnarled bass fuzz of Austin Shockley, the Bonham-esque drum play of Caleb Dawson and guitar interplay of Javier Gardea and Dustin Anderson, the band will be unstoppable in 2015 and Talismana an essential record for fans of the genre.

Talismana by Sweat Lodge will be released on 7th August on Ripple Music.

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Borracho and Geezer Post Songs from The Second Coming of Heavy Split LP

Posted in Bootleg Theater on July 23rd, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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The seeds for what has become the first installment of a Ripple Music series of splits titled The Second Coming of Heavy would seem to lie in the label’s 2011 release Heavy Ripples (review here). While not nearly as ambitious in its title, that offering was a double 7″ that featured four bands — Stone Axe, Grifter, Mighty High and Sun Gods in Exile — who were intended to represent Ripple‘s view of the future of heavy rock, or at very least some underground bands who deserved the exposure that teaming up might bring them. As an opening chapter, The Second Coming of Heavy: Chapter One – The Risen has a loftier feel in terms of its aspirations but also takes a different, more pragmatic approach. It’s a 12″ instead of a double-7″, and it halves the number of acts involved perhaps in an effort to make the idea more sustainable, bringing together Washington D.C. riff-riders Borracho and New York heavy blues specialists Geezer.

Pressed in three separate editions of 100 copies each and set to release Saturday morning, the question as regards The Second Coming of Heavy isn’t whether or not the copies will go, but how fast. Borracho and Geezer are both fairly proven entities when it comes to moving units — the former having had vinyl for both of their full-lengths to date and the latter having seen their Gage LP gone more or less before the news was out about its release. I haven’t yet seen a full tracklisting made public for the 12″, and they also seem to be keeping the back cover a secret, but both bands have posted tracks in advance of the official arrival date, Borracho unveiling “Fight the Prophets” and Geezer getting loose with “Tonight.”

geezer borracho the second coming of heavyFor Borracho, the D.C. three-piece released a split earlier this year with Brooklyn stompers Eggnogg (review here), but “Fight the Prophets” finds them swinging a little looser, a little more boldly than they were on their last full-length, 2013’s Oculus (review here), which was the first to feature guitarist Steve Fisher on vocals. Here, he’s all over the swinging groove from bassist Tim Martin and drummer Mario Trubiano, and they sound more comfortable in their sound than they have yet. The mix sounds similar to “King’s Disease” from the aforementioned Eggnogg split, so I’d wonder if “Fight the Prophets” isn’t from the same session, but either way, their next LP has been one to look out for, and their work at least on this track doesn’t lessen that impression in the slightest.

To contrast, Geezer‘s first audio to be made public is something of a shift from the rolling grooves and blues-inflected vibes one has come to expect. A turn toward the upbeat makes “Tonight” a particularly driving offering, marked out with let’s-get-this-show-started energy from the three-piece of guitarist/vocalist Pat Harrington, bassist Richie Touseull and drummer Chris Turco. The trio toured their way into the Midwest this spring — you might recall they issued the single “Long Dull Knife” to mark the occasion — but “Tonight” is as propulsive as I’ve yet heard them get, and the song succeeds because it also manages to hold onto that classic heavy rock/blues feel, resulting in shuffle just begging for crowd participation. One hopes they have occasion to get it soon.

Again, the 12″ is out this Saturday on Ripple. More info and the preorder link follow the songs, both of which are below.

Enjoy:

Borracho, “Fight the Prophets”

Geezer, “Tonight”

Nearly a year in the making, Ripple Music is thrilled to finally unleash the first chapter in the ongoing, limited-edition split 12″ series, The Second Coming of Heavy. Featuring gorgeous art (OBI Cover shown above) by Ghosttown Graphic Art, The Second Coming will feature the best, underground, up-and-coming heavy bands on the planet, with Chapter One featuring stoner blues rockers Geezer, and heavy fuzz monsters, Borracho. Each chapter will come in three editions, shown below, strictly limited to a maximum of 100 each, with no repress. Expect a new chapter to drop about every 3-4 months!

The OBI Edition features a killer, individually number, wraparound OBI strip designed by Ghosttown Graphics. The front is shown above, wait until you see the back! Vinyl is two-tone translucent green and black splatter. Limited to 100 pieces.

Sale starts Saturday July 25th, at 9 am Eastern Standard time, exclusively at www.ripple-music.com

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Aver Sign to Ripple Music

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 2nd, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Congratulations to Australian riffers Aver on signing to Ripple Music, and I promise I didn’t know that was happening earlier this week when I included their Nadir album in the Quarterly Review. Fair enough. Ripple will have a pressing of Nadir out sometime later in 2015 — or maybe 2016, considering the year’s already more than half over — so that those who got stoked on the digital release will be able to have one to take home and put on the shelf. Maybe vinyl-size will be big enough to figure out just what the hell is going on with that cover art.

Nah.

The announcement follows, courtesy of the PR wire:

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Ripple Music is pleased to announce the signing of Australian band AVER and with it, the official international release of their sophomore album Nadir.

Originally self-released earlier in the year to an online fanfare from a dedicated few amid the stoner/psych community, the album has already proven itself to be one of the most exciting and distinctive alternative records of 2015. Fearlessly taking their music exactly where it needs to go, and packing enough technical nous and talent to power an exploratory vessel of sound and substance, at over an hour in length Nadir exposes listeners to soaring instrumentals, heavy psychedelia and spine-crushing progressive cadences. Weighted somewhere between the worlds, galaxies and supernovae of stoner metal and space rock, for the quartet – who originally formed on the Northern shores of Sydney back in 2008 – their signing to the Californian label heralds yet another stellar addition to the ever growing Ripple Music Family, and the beginning of a journey out of the underground and into the void.

While an official release date for the album will follow soon, in the meantime, sit back, strap yourselves in and take a trip and experience AVER’s magnificent ‘Rising Sun’.

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Mothership Announce Tour Dates with Crobot; Live over Freak Valley Due in Nov.

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 24th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Not sure I’m the person to make this kind of declaration, but Mothership are about as much a candidate as Ripple Music has for being a “flagship band.” They rock, first and foremost. They break their collective ass putting in work on the road, and their reach only seems to be expanding as they grow creatively. They’re as representative an act for what appeals most about Ripple as I can think of, and that’s not to take away from anyone else on the label at all, just to say that in the wake of their 2014 sophomore outing, Mothership II (review here), there’s an awful lot the Dallas trio are doing right.

To wit, they’ll release the new live album Live over Freak Valley in Nov., and they’ve just announced yet another US tour, this time with Crobot and Wilson. The PR wire has it like this:

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Mothership to release Mothership Live Over Freak Valley this November | Announce US dates for The Drunk As Sh*t Tour with Crobot and Wilson

After the rerelease of their momentous second album and a storming start to 2015, Mothership – the hard rocking supersonic/intergalactic Texan trio – are pleased to announce the arrival of Mothership Live Over Freak Valley this coming November on Ripple Music.

Recorded at their debut European appearance at the iconic German rock festival, brothers Kyle and Kelly Juett along with Judge Smith have captured their steaming hot stew of UFO and Iron Maiden inspired metal; southern Molly Hatchet and ZZ Top swagger, and deathly Sabbathian doom. A concoction that should by all accounts prove too heavy to handle on record, but as fans will soon discover, Mothership Live Over Freak Valley will deliver the filth and fury of the full Mothership live experience.

Since 2013 the band has travelled non-stop, playing live across the USA, Canada, United Kingdom and Europe; taking to festival stages, nightclubs, and under the sun at whatever motorcycle parties they could find. They are for all intents and purposes a heavy rock juggernaut that has only just begun to tear a hole in the cosmos. And guess what? They have no plans of slowing down for anyone.

Over the coming months Mothership also embark on The Drunk As Sh*t Tour with fellow rockers Crobot and Wilson where the band will have CDs of Mothership Live Over Freak Valley on sale ahead of its official vinyl release on Ripple Music at the end of the year. To catch them live and for the full list of dates see below.

Mothership Live:
10th July – Blue Fox Billiards, Winchester, VA
11th July – Ziggy’s By The Sea, Wilmington, NC
14th July – Trick Shot Billiards, Clifton Park, NY
15th July – The Studio at Webster Hall, New York, NY
17th July – Chameleon Club, Lancaster, PA
18th July – The Met, Pawtucket, RI
19th July – The Lost Horizon, Syracuse, NY
21st July – The Outpost, Kent, OH
23rd July – Frankie’s Inner-City, Toledo, OH
24th July – Cheers Pub – South Bend, IN
25th July – The Stache @ The Intersection, Grand Rapids, MI
26th July – Alrosa Villa, Columbus, OH
28th July – Venue 3405, Joplin, MO
31st July – Q&Z Expo Center, Ringle, WI
1st August – Pov’s 65, Spring Lake Park, MN
7th August – Bourbon Theatre, Lincoln, NE**
8th August – Black Sheep, Colorado Springs, CO**
9th August – The Bluebird Theater, Denver, CO**
18th August – Rockbar Theater, San Jose, CA**
** w. Crobot only

Mothership is Kelley Juett (guitars/vocals), Kyle Juett (bass/vocals) and Judge Smith (drums).

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Mothership, “Serpents Throne” from Live over Freak Valley

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DoctoR DooM Stream “Abso-Fuckin’-Lutely” from New Album This Seed We Have Sown

Posted in audiObelisk on June 24th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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When picking out which track on your album you’re going to call “Abso-Fuckin’-Lutely,” take a page out of French heavy classic rockers DoctoR DooM‘s book, and make it move. Boogie runs rampant throughout the Pamiers four-piece’s debut long-player, This Seed We Have Sown, and true to form, “Abso-Fuckin’-Lutely” has all the swing and ’70s vibe one could ask in this post-Graveyard era. The album is out July 24 on Ripple Music CD and will have vinyl to follow in Sept. from STB Records, and in following-up a 2015 7″, a live outing and their 2012 DoomO EP (review here), it presents a steady flow across its nine tracks, beginning with “The Sun” and ending with the quiet guitar of “To be Continued,” which I wouldn’t be surprised to find echoed at the start of their sophomore outing whenever it might arrive.

Between those two and in the meat of This Seed We Have Sown, the lineup of guitarist/vocalist Jean-Laurent Pasquet, guitarist/backingdoctor-doom-this-seed-we-have-sown vocalist Jérémie Delattre, bassist/keyboardist Sébastien Boutin Blomfield and drummer/drummer Michel Marcq proffer natural tones and upbeat swing, touching here and there on classic Pentagram stylizations and a not unexpected touch of Sabbath on “So Jinxed” or side B’s “At War with Myself,” which is the longest inclusion at 7:14 and the precursor to “Truth in the Dark,” the particularly proto-metallic de facto closer before “To be Continued” finishes the album. Strong instrumental chemistry throughout and songwriting to match gives the tracks a personality of their own despite whatever genre familiarity they present, and though it has its morose stretches, the prevailing vibe is is more given to motion, and that brings us back to where we started.

“Abso-Fuckin’-Lutely” follows “The Sun,” and while it’s one of the “brighter” cuts on This Seed We Have Sown, its shuffle and groove, especially in Marcq‘s performance, show off DoctoR DooM‘s momentum at one of its most irresistible points on the record. They’re not necessarily pushing forward all the time, but definitely side to side, the songs almost dancing to themselves in pure heavy rock revelry. We’re a month out from the (first) release, but you can find “Abso-Fuckin’-Lutely” on the player below, followed by some more info on the album courtesy of the PR wire.

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DoctoR DooM was formed in the French town of Ariège in the Midi-Pyrénées by guitarists Jean-Laurent Pasquet and Jérémie Delattre. Having come together out of a shared appreciation for forgotten 60s and 70s music, it didn’t take long for the duo to find kindred spirits in drummer Michel Marcq and bass player Sébastien Boutin Blomfield as they sought to pull together the rhythm section required to knock out a monumentally heavy live set. Initially performing covers of Coven, Thin Lizzy and Deep Purple, out of the riffs and drum rolls of old grew new, original numbers that would later surface fully formed on their 2012 debut DoomO EP on STB Records.

This Seed We Have Sown by DoctoR DooM will be released worldwide on 24th July 2015 on Ripple Music, with a limited vinyl released on STB Records out toward the end of June.

DoctoR DooM:
Jean-Laurent Pasquet (Vocal, Guitar)
Jérémie Delattre (Guitar)
Sébastien Boutin Blomfield (Bass, Keys)
Michel Marcq (Drums)

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Ripple Music Celebrating Fifth Anniversary

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 17th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Let’s face it: Five years of anything in the music industry is an accomplishment. Thriving and helping to support an international underground are one thing, but sheer survival is a feat worthy of praise. Ripple Music, whose first release was JPT Scare Band‘s 2010 offering, Acid Blues is the White Man’s Burden (review here), mark half a decade of existence this month, and they’ll do so in fitting style. A righteous sale of their releases is on now for anyone who might need to catch up, and there’s a label compilation out now that features 24 tracks culled from Ripple offerings, and a free download of some sort coming soon from the Cody Foster Army.

Ripple‘s growth in its five years has been considerable, but I don’t think anything yet has compared to what they’ve undertaken thus far in 2015. We’re about halfway through the year, and Ripple has signed Kind, Chiefs, Switchblade Jesus, Bonehawk, Space Probe Taurus, Blackwülf, Blue Snaggletooth and Red Desert, and that’s in addition to working with Geezer, Borracho, Supervoid and more on their The Second Coming of Heavy series of vinyl splits and continuing their association with ascendant acts like Mos Generator and Mothership. If nothing else, they’re busy.

Congratulations and continued success to Todd and John from the label. Info on their five-year doings follows, as culled from the Ripple Music Thee Facebooks page:

This month marks our 5 year anniversary. Yes! 5 years since we released JPT Scare Band “Acid Blues is the White Man’s Burden.” Lot’s of ups and downs since then but we wouldn’t be here without your continual support. So to all who’ve picked up an album, sent us a letter of encouragement, volunteered to help out, or simply said, “hey”, we thank you. And as a token of our appreciation, starting tomorrow through the end of the month, all early Ripple releases in stock will be at an amazingly low “Anniversary Sale” price. Stop by and stock up, and thank you!

Lots of fun stuff planned this month to celebrate our 5th Year Anniversary and say thank you! First up, the big sale with the lowest prices we’ve ever done! Next, keep your eyes open for our Free 5 Year Anniversary Download Compilation featuring 24 bands we’ve worked with over the years, and also stay tuned for a fun, free project from the Cody Foster Army.

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Sweat Lodge Confirm Aug. Release for Talismana on Ripple Music

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 16th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Originally announced last Dec. as being due early this year, Talismana, the Ripple Music debut from Austin, Texas, heavy rockers Sweat Lodge has now been confirmed for and Aug. 7 release. The four-, maybe five-piece recently shot a video for a to-be-revealed song from Talismana, and they will also take part in the North West Hesh Fest this Aug. as part of a West Coast tour in support of the album, where they’ll join a lineup that also features YOBWeedeater and Diesto.

The PR wire has words and sounds, you have eyes and ears, so let’s do this thing:

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Austin psych rockers Sweat Lodge confirm release of debut album this August

Talismana by Sweat Lodge will be released on 7th August 2015 on Ripple Music

Ripple Music is pleased to announce the official release of Talismana, the long-awaited debut album from one of America’s most exciting and downright badass psychedelic metal bands, Sweat Lodge.

The Austin, TX outfit have made good on their promise with a record that delivers more than you could possibly ever ask from it. Pillaging and plundering some of the most explosive eras of hard rock, heavy psychedelia and proto-metal with a conviction and execution rarely found this side of the millennium, in short, Sweat Lodge’s potential is one that knows no bounds.

Seizing on the southern grooves of Fu Manchu, Saint Vitus and the blues-driven majesty of 70s legends Mountain and fellow Texans ZZ Top, across Talismana – riff after punishing riff, howl after soulful howl – the vintage sound of rock ‘n’ roll reigns supreme, sparked through an engine of uncompromising youth. As anyone who witnessed the band’s debut TV appearance on Last Call With Carson Daly in March will testify, charismatic front man and vocalist Cody Lee Johnston’s ability to bring it on home is hypnotic. Backed by the gnarled bass fuzz of Austin Shockley, the Bonham-esque drum play of Caleb Dawson and guitar interplay of Javier Gardea and Dustin Anderson, the band will be unstoppable in 2015 and Talismana an essential record for fans of the genre.

Talismana by Sweat Lodge will be released on 7th August on Ripple Music

Sweat Lodge:
Cody Lee Johnston (Vocals)
Caleb Dawson (Drums)
Javier Gardea (Guitars)
Austin Shockley (Bass)
Dustin Anderson (Guitar)

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Sweat Lodge, “Slow Burn”

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Borracho Set for Upcoming Weekender & Vinyl Release

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 2nd, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

Ahead of the any-day-now release of their new split with Geezer that marks the start of Ripple Music‘s The Second Coming of Heavy series of 7″s, Washington D.C. riffly trio will embark on a weekend of gigs this week with shows in Brooklyn, Baltimore and their native D.C. The Baltimore date is particularly notable for being the Moving the Earth fest, but all three are choice shows, playing as they are with the likes of Mirror QueenThe Brought LowMos Generator and their former split-mates in Cortez. Sounds like a good weekend.

Dudes will have three songs on that Geezer split and also have a bundle deal going with their vinyl, as detailed below:

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Coming at You Live + The Second Coming of Heavy

The fine folks at Ripple Music will soon be issuing the first volume in their new split LP series, The Second Coming of Heavy, and we’re proud to join our comrades Geezer to kick it off in heavy style. We’ve got three brand new tracks — Fight the Prophets, Superego, and Shark Tank — alongside four new Geezer rompers, and the whole thing will be packaged in three ultra-limited editions. Keep your eyes peeled. Release and pre-order info will be announced soon, and we’re looking at a June release date!

We’re heading north for a doozie of a weekend with some of our favorite bands. On Friday, June 5, after more than a year, we’re returning to Brooklyn for an I-95 corridor connection with our brothers from Boston, Cortez, the kings of Queens, The Brought Low, and Brooklyn beasts Mirror Queen. Saturday we join a hell of a festival lineup in Baltimore, with Mos Generator, Wounded Giant, Foghound, Wizard Eye, Wasted Theory, and more at the Moving the Earth Fest. And Sunday the 7th we bring some of the gang from Charm City back to DC to cap the weekend.

June 5 – Brooklyn, NY @ Lucky 13 Saloon w/ Cortez, The Brought Low & Mirror Queen
June 6 – Baltimore, MD @ Moving the Earth Festival w/ Mos Generator, Wounded Giant, Foghound, Wasted Theory & more!
June 7 – Washington, DC @ The Pinch w/ Mos Generator, Wounded Giant & Wasted Theory

Missed out on our last couple releases? No worries, you can grab the lot during this limited time bundle sale. Split 7”s with Cortez and Eggnogg make for heavy listening sessions, and will round out your Borracho vinyl collection nicely. Grab them both for a cool $10 until July 1. Check out the deal on our Bandcamp page.

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Borracho, “King’s Disease”

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