The Pilgrim Premiere “Dragonfly” from Walking into the Forest

Posted in audiObelisk, Reviews on April 3rd, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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Available to preorder since January, the debut album from The Pilgrim will be released April 26 through Heavy Psych Sounds. The 10-song/38-minute Walking into the Forest is a new venture for Gabriele Fiori, who’s already well known for being the head of the Heavy Psych Sounds label and booking agency as well as the frontman of Black Rainbows and Killer Boogie. Hey, some people like to stay busy.

Before the album was being announced, I was fortunate enough to be asked to write the bio for The Pilgrim, and of course I jumped at the opportunity as I tend to do. My motivation was pretty simple, and I think listening to Walking into the Forest makes the argument perhaps best of all, which was why I was so keen to host the premiere of “Peace of Mind,” the album’s opening track, when the time came for the announcement to go out. With The PilgrimFiori and his cohort drummer Filippo Ragazzoni don’t just take on new textures, but as songs like the Hawkwind cover “Brainstorm” show, there’s a definite tie-in with the work Fiori has done in the past. It comes in a more peaceful form throughout “The Time You Wait” and the finger-picked beginning of “Pendulum,” perhaps, but that sense of collective psychedelic trip is still there, and it feels all the more resonant for its foundation in earthy acoustic guitar, to which quiet-but-welcome drums/percussion are added along with keys and vocals. “Peace of Mind” begins the record at a hippie ramble, and soon enough after, “Sailor” seems to speak to the exploration that’s getting underway in this material, with a broader melodic scope and an affecting, bigger finish.

Because that’s what Walking into the Forest is: the beginning of a new exploration. It’s right The-pilgrim-walking-into-the-forestthere in the title in the word “into,” which implies you’re starting from somewhere else and entering the forest, and it’s right there in the prominent front foot of the Maarten Donders cover art. These songs may have been years in the making, but the recording unites them in the purpose of feeling out and establishing this unfamiliar sonic terrain, where it’s not about the effects wash or the space rock thrust, or about the classic ’70s shuffle, but about creating a not entirely dissimilar atmosphere through the most natural of folkish elements — a guitar and a voice. That’s the core of what The Pilgrim does, but of course Fiori and Ragazzoni expand the sound with drums and keyboards, echo on the vocals and so on. It’s all part of conjuring an acid folk vibe, and they do it well from “Peace of Mind” through the relatively subdued guitar/keys finish of “Suite #2.” Not every song is trying to manifest the same idea — that would invariably lead to a monotonous listening experience, which the album isn’t, but they all work together in order to create the sense of journeying along with the duo in the creative process.

When asked for the bio, Fiori described the song “Dragonfly” as a “mind-dream,” which I like a lot, as well as his favorite on the album. Indeed, the track traffics well in the ethereal, and makes its presence felt through early intertwining of soft vocals and guitar with spaced-out keys before the strumming and drumming picks up before the two-minute mark. Those keyboard droplets stay consistent throughout, and late in the track a sweeping solo comes forward in the mix and ends up gently leading the way out just past the song’s fifth minute — it’s the only inclusion on Walking into the Forest to cross that line.

Fiori, as noted, or at least implied, has a fairly manic (and admirable) work ethic, so it’s easy to imagine that, should he choose to focus on it, a second The Pilgrim record could arrive sooner than the years it took to put together Walking into the Forest. Between Black RainbowsKiller Boogie, putting out other bands’ albums and booking events like the Obelisk-co-presented Heavy Psych Sounds Fest tour in the US (info here), he’s not exactly short on current projects, but sometimes once you start on a path through the forest, the best thing to do is just keep going and see where it leads you.

I’ve included that bio I wrote for the album here, in case you’re interested. It’s under the player with the premiere of “Dragonfly” and a quick comment from Fiori about the track specifically.

Please enjoy:

Gabriele Fiori on “Dragonfly”:

Dragonfly is the fourth track of the album and the one I personally like the most because its different phases; one is heavenly and choral, but then suddenly starts with rhythm parts and nice vocals, to end with a guitar solo that intertwines with the other instruments to create something truly magic.

The Pilgrim’ debut album Walking Into The Forest will be released on April 26th via Heavy Psych Sounds. Cover art by Maarten Donders.

Preorder available now: https://www.heavypsychsounds.com/shop.htm?#HPS092

Bio:

Gabriele Fiori — already frontman of Rome-based outfits Black Rainbows and Killer Boogie and a key figure in Europe’s heavy underground as the head of the Heavy Psych Sounds label and booking agency — was not exactly lacking for things to do. And yet, a couple years back, The Pilgrim started to nebulously take shape as an idea for a solo-project, something different than the hard-driving psychedelia and garage heavy rock for which he’d already been so revered.

It wasn’t until Jan. 2018 that he really got to putting songs together, but the end result on Walking into the Forest is a space-folk release with a personality unto itself. Songs like opener “Peace of Mind” evoke some of Fiori’s more rocking side, while “Sunset in the Desert” feels like an ode to the acoustic album Kyuss never made, and side B, which starts with the Hawkwind cover “Brainstorm” and ends with the moody strum of “Suite #2” — originally from Void Generator’s 2004 debut EP; when Fiori was in the band — hones a cosmic drift and textures that nonetheless remain accessible and organic thanks to their acoustic foundation.

“The main point in common with Black Rainbows is the diversity of the songs,” Fiori explains. “You have mind-dreams like ‘Dragonfly’ or ‘Sailor,’ or the more folk rock ‘Peace of Mind,’ passing through space with ‘The Time You Wait’ and the melodic-melancholic ‘When I Call Your Name.’”

In completing the arrangements, Fiori turned to Black Rainbows drummer Filippo Ragazzoni, and as he says, “Songs came out so spontaneously and easy. I always played acoustic guitar and wanted to push further on this path. The songwriting, rehearsing and recording approach was so different from usual Rainbows or Boogie style, both to me and Filippo for drums, because all the instruments needed to be played smoothly, softly.”

With Walking into the Forest, Fiori evokes a sound that is both classic and fresh, melodically rich and creatively constructed. It is a new outlet for Fiori that demands spiritual as well as auditory engagement, and an all-things-permissible sonic context that one can only hope The Pilgrim continues to explore.

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1782 Self-Titled Debut Preorders Available; Album out May 24

Posted in Whathaveyou on March 26th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

Together, Marco Nieddu and Gabriele Fancellu served as the rhythm section of the heavy rock outfit Raikinas, who issued their last album, Arkadia, in late 2016 through H42 Records. Signed to Heavy Psych Sounds under their newfound moniker 1782, the duo will release their self-titled debut full-length in May, and are streaming the song “Oh Mary” to mark the occasion of the album announcement. Unlike some of the tracks you can see listed below that feature a range of guests — including Heavy Psych Sounds label head and Black Rainbows/Killer Boogie guitarist/vocalist Gabriele Fiori and their Raikinas bandmate Alfredo Carboni, who contributes vocals — “Oh Mary” is just the duo on their own, so should give a decent impression of where they’re headed with their sound on the whole.

Oh maybe it doesn’t, I don’t know. Haven’t heard the record. Fuck it. Riffs are cool. Have some.

PR wire says:

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1782 SIGN TO HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS + PREMIERE WITCH HAUNTING SINGLE FROM UPCOMING DEBUT ALBUM

Due out May 24th 2019!

It was a cold December day in 2018, when Marco Nieddu and Gabriele Fancellu formed a Doom band called 1782, in honor of all the “witches” murdered by the bigoted minds of many generations. Just a month later, the band entered the studio to record the single “She Was A Witch”, released by Electric Valley Records in within the same month. Only a few days after its release, the single turned out to be a great success, especially on social media and by listeners of the genre. On February 8th, 1782 started recording their homonymous debut album with Alfredo Carboni at the RKS studios in Ossi, Sardini, and inked a worldwide record deal with the leading cult & fuzz rock label Heavy Psych Sounds Records!

May 24th 2019 will see 1782 release their self-titled debut of a doom metal masterpiece, dedicated to a lady called Anna Göldi, who was condemned, tortured and killed, in one of the last witchcraft trials happened in Europe. 1782 deal with macabre themes: from spells to ruthless torture, from the pleasure of sex to the most perfidious revenge. This record got seven tracks of pure Doom Metal sounds with mega-riff Stoner Doom intervals, accompanied by a rhythm section of powerful drums, intense bass and super-fuzzy guitars. The band’s first full-length album also features high class guest musicians such as BLACK RAINBOWS ‘Gabriele Fiori shredding a blistering guitar solo in ‘She Was A Witch’, guest vocals by Alfredo Carbon of RAIKINAS or Nico Sechi on Hammond.

Today 1782 are proudly sharing with us a first single to the track ‘Oh Mary’! Says the band: „The lyrics of this song tell the story of a woman, who really existed and joined the circle of Sardinian legends. Maria, forced to marry an old man and pointed out by the women of her village because she was pregnant, decides to kill herself by throwing into a well. According to the myth, Maria kidnapped the children of all the women who had humiliated her, while taking them to her grave to feed on their bodies.“

Preorder here: https://allthatisheavy.com/collections/pre-orders-1?view=list

Tracklist:
1. Intro (…To the Church)
2. Night Of Draculia
3. The Spell (Maleficium Vitae) [feat. Alfredo Carboni]
4. She Was A Witch [feat. Gabriele Fiori]
5. Black Sunday
6. Oh Mary
7. 1782 [feat. Nico Sechi]
8. Celestial Voices [Pink Floyd cover, feat. Alfredo Carboni & Nico Sechi]

Coming May 24th with Heavy Psych Sounds, the album will be available in the following album formats:

– TEST PRESS
– ULTRA LTD GOLD
– RED BACKGROUND SPALTTER Black-Blue-White-Gold
– BLACK VINYL
– CASSETTE via Electric Valley Records
– DIGIPAK
– DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

To Pre-Order your album copy, visit:
www.heavypsychsounds.com/shop.htm#HPS106

1782 is:
Marco Nieddu – Guitar, Bass and Vocals
Gabriele Fancellu – Drums and Backing Vocals

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Ufomammut Set to Mark 20th Anniversary with Spring Tour

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 4th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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You might recall that when they hit their 15th anniversary in 2014, Ufomammut released the retrospective documentary, XV (review here), to mark the occasion. It seems their 20th year will be noted by seeing them do what they do best: tour and destroy. The Italian cosmic doom magnates have continued their forward-thinking, heavy-like-planets approach and managed to do nothing but grow each time out, and if you’ve never seen them live, well, that sounds like a personal problem it’s probably time to rectify. They’ll be out in Europe this Spring, doing a route mostly through Germany with a couple stops in the Netherlands and one in Switzerland — plus a couple dates TBA — but look for more to come because there’s an awful lot of year left and as they’ve shown over the last two decades, Ufomammut are hardly shy when it comes to getting out. To wit, they’ve already been announced as headliners for Oslo’s Høstsabbat festival in October. So yeah, more to come.

Shows are presented by Sound of Liberation:

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20 YEARS UFOMAMMUT | FIRST TOUR DATES

In this year 2019, Ufomammut is celebrating 20 years as a band.

The band was formed in February of 1999 by Poia, Urlo and Vita in a small room in the middle of nowhere in Italy.

The idea was to survive the boredom of living in a little town while also having the intention of creating music to spread all around the globe.

After eight albums, plenty of tours, festivals and kilometers on the road, the band is ready to celebrate this important anniversary event with their marvelous and loyal fans with a special European tour this spring.

27.03 – Feierwerk – Munich (D)
28.03 – UT Connewitz – Leipzig (D)
29.03 – Mau Club – Rostock (D)
30.03 – MarX – Hamburg (D)
31.03 – Iduna – Drachten (NL)
2.04 – Junkyard – Dortmund (D)
3.04 – Doornroosje – Nijmegen (NL)
4.04 – TBA
5.04 – Gaswerk – Winterthur (CH)
6.04 – TBA

Music: “Plouton” by Ufomammut
Video by Lù www.malleusdelic.com

Stay tuned & keep your eyes peeled:
Many more dates to come!

Do not miss this.

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The Pilgrim Premieres “Peace of Mind”; Walking into the Forest Available to Preorder

Posted in audiObelisk, Whathaveyou on January 30th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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This is the first audio to come from The Pilgrim‘s debut album, Walking into the Forest, and when one finds out that the figure behind the project — who might indeed be the pilgrim in question — is Gabriele Fiori, known as the head of Heavy Psych Sounds and frontman of Black Rainbows and Killer Boogie, that will do little to prepare you for what’s coming. Sure, there’s still a bit of psychedelic edge — okay, more than a bit — to The Pilgrim‘s work, but as Fiori launches this new project, he indeed begins a new exploration in style and form. Space folk, acid psych, classic psychedelic serenity — all of these feed into The Pilgrim‘s work on Walking into the Forest but there’s a foundation in rock too, and it could hardly be more appropriate that “Peace of Mind” is the track to be unveiled with the album announcement, because it sums up a lot of the point of view on display throughout.

Fiori, whose presence in Black Rainbows and Killer Boogie The-pilgrim-walking-into-the-forestbleeds through those bands’ recordings in larger-than-life form, creating an increasingly grand cosmic wash in the former and a classic heavy shuffle in the latter, rawer, but still turned on and tuned in, is very much front and center throughout Walking into the Forest. And fair enough so, since ostensibly it’s a solo-project. But with effects on his vocals and layers of keys and the drums of Black Rainbows bandmate Filippo Ragazzoni worked in intermittently, there’s a wide-open sensibility to the creative sphere in which he’s working. He’s honest in terms of his influences — he’s not coming out of the gate pretending he’s Hank Williams or something — but it’s new ground for him to cover, and he does well in making it his own as he makes his way through the album.

I’ll have a proper review up — I also wrote the bio, so might post that — at some point between now and April 26, which is the set release date, but you can take a listen to “Peace of Mind” on the player below and get yourself introduced.

Info follows from the PR wire, as well as a quote from Fiori himself.

Enjoy:

Gabriele Fiori on The Pilgrim:

“This is a project I really care about, it has been in my pocket for so long but without any available time for it. Finally we made it! And I am so happy, proud and relieved to have accomplished it. To me, it’s an authentic work, it came out really spontaneously from the inside and it’s a challenge cause we never played so low and calm!”

PEACE OF MIND is the first single of The Pilgrim debut album Walking Into The Forest. The record will be released on April 26th via Heavy Psych Sounds. Cover art by Maarten Donders.

Preorder available now: https://www.heavypsychsounds.com/shop.htm?#HPS092

AVAILABLE IN:

20 test press vinyl
250 marbled yellow background – red vinyl
250 orange background splatter in black green blue vinyl
black vinyl

digipak (6 panels)

digital

The Pilgrim is the latest solo project of Gabriele Fiori, frontman of Rome-based outfits Black Rainbows and Killer Boogie.

With “Walking into the Forest”, Fiori evokes a sound that is both classic and fresh, melodically rich and creatively constructed. It is a new outlet for Fiori that demands spiritual as well as auditory engagement, and an all-things-permissible sonic context.

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L’Ira del Baccano Stream Si Non Sedes Is: Live MMVII Reissue in Full

Posted in audiObelisk on November 9th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

lira del baccano circa 2007

You know how it is. A lot of bands make a show of recording live in the studio in an attempt to capture their natural sound or give their listeners some glimpse of what they sound like on stage. Nothing against it. In making their first full-length, L’Ira del Baccano went one further and just actually made a live album. Si Non Sedes Is: Live MMVII celebrates its 11th anniversary in 2018 with a reissue/remaster via Subsound Records that’s pressed to CD and gatefold 2LP to make it physically available for the first time. And indeed, it’s the Roma-based instrumentalist outfit, as they were 11 years ago, showing off progressive heavy rock textures in a stage setting. I don’t know what methods were used to capture it, how many mics, etc., but especially without vocals, there isn’t much ‘tell’ to give it away as live on stage as opposed to live in the studio — which isn’t to take away from the energy of the four-piece’s delivery, just to note the overarching clarity of the recording — and if it were a bootleg you were finding in a bin at some record show, it would have a little round sticker on the front cover (which would probably be a huge pain in the ass to peel off) grading the sound as A+. And so it is.

Then comprised of guitarists Alessandro “Drughito” Santori (also engineering) and Roberto “Malerba” (also synth, lead, noise), bassist/synthesist Massimo “Miss” Siravo and Alessandro “Fred” Salvi on drums, L’Ira del Baccano impress quickly on the nine-minute opener “Doomdance,” which unfurls with a patience and instrumental chemistry that undercuts the idea of just how new they were at the time. The subsequent “Sussuri di Nascita Celeste/Grateful to Jerry” dips into metal-tone riffing and proggy synth work at the same time, creating an interesting dynamic that will continue to be a theme. Their turns are sharp, theirlira del baccano si non sedes is live mmvii stops precise, and their material fluid. They roll through the early going of “875” and into an effects-topped jam in its midsection smoothly, and move into more straightforward riff-led fare on “Don Bastiano” before rounding out the original album with the 18-minute “Tempus Inane Flago Requiem Spatiumque Furori,” which bookends a sprawling cosmic exploration with crunchier riffing and caps Si Non Sedes Is — caps the set, really — with an apex that stands up to both its own breadth and that of the entire outing before it.

Two bonus tracks follow, one of which builds on “Sussuri di Nascita Celeste/Grateful to Jerry” for another live jam, and one of which is a remix of “Doomdance,” and with those, that pushes the reissue to a comprehensive seven tracks/71 minutes. That’s well into the kind of runtime I’d generally consider unmanageable, and indeed, it’s a good chunk of time, but after 11 years and this being the first physical pressing one can hardly hold wanting to make the most of it against the L’Ira del Baccano, whose work proves immersive and full in its spaces and tones and able to conjure a variety of moods and vibes in a sans-pretense vision of heavy that runs between prog metal, heavy rock and psych without giving itself over entirely to any of them. I’ll admit, I was kind of hoping “Doomdance (Apocalypse ’80 Mix)” would be new wave, and it’s not, but a synthy redux all the same makes it easy enough to get over that.

There must have been a moment at which the members of L’Ira del Baccano were talking about recording their debut album and they made the decision to put out Si Non Sedes Is: Live MVII instead. Obviously they knew they’d recorded the show, but I have no idea if they knew it would be their album at the time or if that decision was made after. That’s a brave choice for a new band to make, essentially putting the rawest form of their work out as their opening statement. Some bands never do a live record because they’d rather not let their audience experience their live sound outside the context of an actual show. L’Ira del Baccano make the right call at that point and have continued to build stylistically on the parameters these songs put forth. In other words, it’s worth digging into the record, both on its own and in context of what the band have gone on to do with their sound. Fortunate then that it’s streaming in full below.

L’Ira del Baccano‘s Si Non Sedes Is: Live MVII is officially released on Nov. 16 through Subsound Records. You’ll find it on the player here, and Santori offers some comment after about the record and this release in particular.

Please enjoy:

Alessandro “Drughito” Santori on Si Non Sedes Is: Live MMVII:

I am very glad to see finally a proper release for the recording that signed for us a new “birth” as band back in 2007. Si non Sedes iS was recorded during the first two concerts in three years for LOOSIN’ o ‘ FREQUENCIES, a name we had since 1996, and those were also the very first “officially instrumental” gigs for us. We actually decided to change the name of the band to L’IRA DEL BACCANO only after the mix was ready and some friends suggested to open a page on MySpace. We are still very proud of these recordings and we definitely have to say thank you to some people we “met” on the web back in those days, people who showed interest for our vision and musical path; all things that gave us the confidence to proceed on our journey as musicians.

L’IRA DEL BACCANO & SUBSOUND RECORDS presents the FIRST TIME EVER official release in Double Gatefold Vinyl and DIgipak of the band instrumental first album from 2007 ” SI NON SEDES IS…LIVE MMVII(originally and until today only available in digital download)

After the last two critically acclaimed studio albums : “TERRA 42 (2014)” & ” PARADOX HOURGLASS (2017)” The Doomdelic Instrumental Space Rockers L’IRA DEL BACCANO decided that was time for their very first instrumental effort to have a physical release after 11 years. All these 2018 versions had Spectral & Balance correction by Pisi Mastering Studio.

Lineup:
Alessandro “Drughito” Santori – Guitars, Sound Eng., Structures, Themes, Production
Roberto “Malerba” – All FX Guitars. Leads, Noises, Synths
Alessandro “Fred” Salvi – Drums
Massimo “Miss” Siravo – Bass, Synth

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L’Ira del Baccano Announce Si Non Sedes Is: Live MMVII Reissue out Nov. 16

Posted in Whathaveyou on October 2nd, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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For those disinclined toward Roman numerals, MMVII is 2007. For those disinclined toward Latin, the title Si Non Sedes Is is something about ‘if you’re not sitting’ or something like that. Put the two together and you get Si Non Sedes Is: Live MMVII, the until-now digital-only debut from Rome-based heavy rockers L’Ira del Baccano, which is set for release as a CD and 2LP this November through Subsound Records. The trip back to their origins follows the four-piece’s 2017 album, Paradox Hourglass (review here), which came out on the same label, and can be streamed in its instrumentalist entirety at the bottom of this post. There are bonus tracks with the LP editions however, including an “’80s mix” of the song “Doomdance Apocalypse,” the delightful weirdness of which previously featured on a 2010 split with the awesomely-named Watermelon Time.

L’Ira del Baccano have some live dates booked in order to promote the reissue. All info was posted as follows:

lira del baccano si non sedes is live mmvii

L’IRA DEL BACCANO & Subsound Records are proud to announce the first time release of the band instrumental first album from 2007:” SI NON SEDES IS…LIVE MMVII” (until today only available in digital download)

*****PRE SALES STARTS : OCTOBER 5th *****
*****OFFICIAL RELEASE : NOVEMBER 16th *****

-Available in : DIGIPAK / DOUBLE GATEFOLD “Black” / DOUBLE GATEFOLD “Special” coloured VINYL / DIGITAL
( Both Vinyl versions will have 2 Bonus Tracks for a total of +16:38 minutes!!!)

-The album was recorded live in concert when the band’s name was still LOOSIN’o’FREQUENCIES (formed in 1996,with a mcd produced by the Guru of Doom Paul Chain) and marked the official change of the band in “instrumental”. The Italians then decided to change name after the mix was ready and right before opening their “MySpace” page. During 2008 the album started to circulate in the underground with enthusiastic reviews.

-Tracklist ( tracks 6 & 7 are VINYL ONLY Bonus ):
01 Doomdance -09:21
02 Sussurri Di Nascita Celeste/Grateful to Jerry -8:29
03 875 -10:51
04 Don Bastiano -7:42
05 Tempus Inane Flago Requiem Spatiumque Furori -18:32
06 Live Jam on “Sussurri Theme* 7.55 (INEDIT VINYL ONLY bonus track) -7:55
07 Doomdance Apocalypse ’80 mix (VINYL ONLY bonus track;from ” Split 2010 ” digital ep) -8:43

Artwork by Fabio Listranii
Produced & Mixed by Alessandro Drughito Santori

SI NON SEDES…TOUR 2018 :
-07 Nov IT TBA
-08 Nov WÜRZBURG – IMMERHIN
-09 Nov MAGDEBURG – TONNE27
-10 Nov BERLIN – ZUKUNFTt AM OSTKREUZ ( w/ Samsara Blues Experiment)
-11 Nov OSNABRUCK – DIRTY+DANCING
-12 Nov HAMBURG – HAFENKLANG (w/ Samsara Blues Experiment)
-13 Nov WEIMAR – C-KELLER
-14 Nov NUREMBERG – Z-BAU
-15 Nov STRASBOURG – L’ELASTIC BAR (w/ Bull Terrier)
-16 Nov FREIBURG – WHITE RABBIT
-17 Nov SALZBURG – ROCKHOUSE

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Fvzz Popvli European Tour Starts Oct. 4

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 11th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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They’re going here, they’re going there. They’re going to Germany, like you do. Italian scuzzrockers Fvzz Popvli are set to release their second album, Magna Fvzz (review here), on Oct. 5 through Heavy Psych Sounds, and the night before, they’ll begin a run of more than three weeks’ worth of shows to support the record. You’ll note that this is the “European Tour Part I,” which means there’s a “Part II” lurking somewhere on the horizon.

I’d guess probably in the Spring if you were going to make me guess — which would be an odd thing for you to do — but it’s further evidence in any case of the band’s will to tour as they have done basically since they got going a couple years ago. They might not stop with “Part II,” either.

The PR wire has it accordingly:

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FVZZ POPVLI – MAGNA FVZZ EUROPEAN TOUR part I

Magical Mistery Van & Heavy Psych Sounds are proud to announce the first leg of the “Magna Fvzz European Tour” from October 4th to 28th in Italy, Germany, Swtizerland, Netherlands, Austria and France. Ready to catch FVZZ POPVLI on the road?!? Check their routing here!

Raised in Rome by Pootchie and Datio in A.D. MMXVI, with the conception of powertrio a direct and rough way for bring heavy fuzzy riffs. Their sound melt Black Sabbath style heavy riffs with the attitude of the roughest garagepunk bands like The Stooges, adding the psychedelia from 70’s getin’ their own style! The band released and promote an “EP” in May 2017 with a tour in Italy, Switzerland and Germany.

In June 2017 them become a part of the Heavy Psych Sounds Records (Brant Bjork, Nick Olivieri, Fatso Jetson, Yawning Man, Nebula, Giöbia, Duel, Black Rianbows.) roster for promote their first album “FVZZ DEI” out in September 2017, the album has brought the band on more than 70 european stages in 8 countries gettin’ the chanche to play in the mysterious DUNA JAM. In June 2018 the band recorded their 2nd album “MAGNA FVZZ”, will be released October 5th !!

04.10.2018 – I – Verona – Stoner Mafia Party
05.10.2018 – A – Graz – Club Q
06.10.2018 – A – Bludenz – Villa K
07.10.2018 – CH – Basel – Renèe
09.10.2018 – CH – Biel – Labiu
10.10.2018 – F – Stuttgart – Keller Klub
11.10.2018 – F – Nancy – The Riveter
12.10.2018 – F – Rouen – Les 3 Pièces
13.10.2018 – NL – Hengelo – The Sound – Innocent
15.10.2018 – D – Osnabruck – Dirty + Dancing
16.10.2018 – D – Dresden – Elbsludge
17.10.2018 – D – Leipzig – Black Label
18.10.2018 – D – Berlin – Toast Hawaii
19.10.2018 – D – Nuremberg – Projekt 31
20.10.2018 – D – Zittau – Bunter Hund
21.10.2018 – A – Wien – Weberknekt
23.10.2018 – D – Rosenheim – Asta
24.10.2018 – CH – La-Chaux-De-Fonds – Lac
25.10.2018 – CH – Geneve – D’urgence Disk
26.10.2018 – F – Roquebrune Cap Martin – Secret Show
27.10.2018 – IT – Parma – Splinter Club
28.10.2018 – IT – Bologna – Mikasa

FVZZ POPVLI ARE:
FRANCESCO “POOTCHIE” PUCCI – Guitar and Voice (BEESUS,The Wisdoom)
DATIO PALATIO – Bass (The Anthony’s Vinyls)
George – Drums

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Review & Track Premiere: Fvzz Popvli, Magna Fvzz

Posted in audiObelisk, Reviews on August 28th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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[Click play above to stream ‘And Let it Die…’ from Fvzz Popvli’s Magna Fvzz. Album is out Oct. 5 on Heavy Psych Sounds.]

Roman ‘u’-averse scuzzriffers Fvzz Popvli return on a quick turnaround with their second album for Heavy Psych Sounds, Magna Fvzz. The follow-up to last year’s Fvzz Dei (discussed here) arrives after multiple rounds of touring and an appearance at Duna Jam in Sardinia and finds the fuzz of the masses taking the form of a blender of modern influences from the likes of Kadavar, Uncle Acid, Black Rainbows and Electric Wizard, as well as a swath of US West Coast heavy jams brought through a filter of distance and the three-piece’s other component elements. It’s a fascinating and enticing blend, and Fvzz Popvli — the trio of Francesco “Pootchie” Pucci (see also: Beesus and The Wisdoom), bassist Datio Palatio and drummer Doncalisto — put it all together to emerge with a burgeoning personality of their own on dug-in cuts (cvts?) like “Rvmpletvm” and opener “And Let it Die…,” the total seven-track/39-minute offering rounding out with the 12-minute closer “Magna Fvzz” with Bazu from psych rockers Giöbia sitting in on synth.

That song is led into by “Rvmpletvm” and “Cherry Bowl,” which are the only two other tracks over five minutes long, so there’s a distinct feeling of pushing further along an outward path leading into the finale, and with the uptempo garage dirt in the tones of “And Let it Die…” and the bounce and swing of the subsequent “Napoleon,” the outset of Magna Fvzz is immersive enough to make sure the listener is brought on board for the trip. “Napoleon” more fully unveils a penchant for rolling groove that the more brash leadoff hinted at, and that only lets the trio build a more fervent momentum pushing through one song into the next on the way to the instrumental closer, which, again, is where everything seems to find its far-out limit, as much as there is one, with space being endless and all that.

More than anything else, Fvzz Popvli sound like a band moving in the right direction. They’re headed toward finding a niche between their points of inspiration that is becoming their own sound, and in the meantime, an emerging sense of songwriting and aesthetic craft serves them well on this sophomore outing. Magna Fvzz is somewhat more humble (hvmble? okay, I’ll stop) in its aesthetic than the grandiose title might lead one to believe, but the willful arrogance there, the use of the superlative, doesn’t feel accidental. It speaks to an underlying influence out of classic punk — The Stooges walk by and wave — that Fvzz Popvli manifest amid the grit of Pucci and Palatio‘s tonality and the blown-out effects on the vocals. To wit, the speedy “The Deal” rolls out with bruise-leaving fuckall, its 3:35 run the shortest on the album not for any radical change in structure so much as tempo, and finds Pucci tearing into a solo that’s one of the highlights of the record and perhaps the most direct tie to the Pacific Coast underground; bands like Radio Moscow and Earthless seeming to inform its jammed-out, off-the-cuff vibe.

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Following “And Let it Die…” and “Napoleon,” “The Deal” seems to be the culmination of this aspect of the band’s personality, as the remaining four-tracks will push into new territory. That’s a classic mullet of an album structure — business up front, party in the back — but Fvzz Popvli wear it like a band-logo trucker hat and bring their sound to life with due vibrancy and naturalism, an organic live feel permeating the proceedings and adding to the flow between the songs as well as the impact of them individually, each seeming to bring something different to the collection as a whole while also offering standout moments like the “na-na-na” hook of “And Let it Die…” or Doncalisto‘s kick into a gallop in the second half of “The Deal.” All of this works together to give Magna Fvzz the feel of being the work of a group in the process of coming into their own, and as with Fvzz Dei and their initial single, Lost in Time (discussed here), before it, the potential for where Fvzz Popvli might end up is writ large in this material.

Perhaps nowhere more than in the centerpiece “Get Me,” which would seem to be the gateway to the back end of Magna Fvzz and with a 4:20 runtime emits a decidedly grunge feel early on, a mellow start with Pucci‘s still-effects-drenched vocals highlighting some melody while enacting a build that launches into fuller tone shortly before the halfway point and continues to build as it goes forward, a buzzsaw lead taking hold just before the three-minute mark seeming to be the culmination of the filth-laden side of Fvzz Popvli‘s sonic persona, and Pucci‘s vocals answer back with a particularly Obornian sneer. The subsequent “Rvmpletvm” is more patient but still plenty grime-caked in its low-end fuzz, though some layered-in acoustic guitar adds nuance and a sense of subtlety one might not expect for an album that has thus far been so pointed in its intent. Thus Magna Fvzz‘s sonic expansion is underway, and “Cherry Bowl” continues it with a more direct vocal melody and swirling guitar over a swinging and hypnotic progression on a long, minute-plus fadeout leading to the title-track’s initial noise-barrage and drum-led unfolding.

I don’t know if “Magna Fvzz” itself is improvised, but even if they went into the studio with a general plan, a good deal of it would seem to be captured live, and that comes through especially with the wash of synth added to the core three-piece’s sound. One almost wishes there were vocals somewhere in its mire to tie it more to the six songs preceding, but neither would I trade the noise-barrage after seven minutes in and the final build that follows from the ground up, a nodding and resonant finish that leads to noise and a cold stop as though everyone just decided they’d gone far enough. I’m not inclined to argue. Fvzz Popvli had an encouraging debut and answer it here with a purposeful sense of creative progression underway. Their greatest impact may still be yet to come — recall the band only formed two years ago; whatever bands their members were in before, they’re still relatively new as a group — but the potential in their scvzz fvzz is right there waiting to be heard.

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