Posted in Whathaveyou on June 25th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster
Seattle four-piece Terminal Fuzz Terror pretty clearly have a thing for severe statements. The experimental heavy rockers made their full-length debut in March on Robotic Empire with Vol. 0: In the Shadow of the Mountain (not sure if it’s the one they’re talking about, but I hear Rainier is lovely), and that too had its sharpened edges, the Tad Doyle-recorded tracks quick to turn riffy convention on its head to suit punkishly defiant purposes. In their new video for “Senseless Boogie,” one again finds Terminal Fuzz Terror pushing toward the edge of abrasion for the sake of going against the norm.
It’s an admirable goal, but I’d hardly call the boogie senseless. The boogie is its own excuse for being.
Nonetheless, it’s a killer track and anyone trying to be a wrench in the apparently-ceaseless gears of genre tropes is cool by me. News of its arrival and the video itself follow, courtesy of the PR wire:
MOTOSONIC PSYCH-ROCKERS TERMINAL FUZZ TERROR RELEASE NEW VIDEO ONLINE
The video for “Senseless Boogie”, the newest single from Terminal Fuzz Terror’s Robotic Empre debut, Vol.0: In the Shadow of the Mountain, is now streaming online.
Combining live footage with esoteric drag racing carnage, the video for “Senseless Boogie” is just as chaotic, unhinged, and groovy as the music itself. The Video was filmed by Seattle Photographer/Director Chris Mighton and marks his first collaboration with the band.
ABOUT THE BAND: Terminal Fuzz Terror is a Seattle based Motosonic Rock band comprised of D. Rodriguez (guitar, vocals), D. Nelson (guitar, vocals), A. Crawshaw (drums) and J. Kleine (bass) who unleash a raw fury of rock n’ roll drifted through the filters of punk, psychedelia and blues on their vinyl debut, Vol. 0: In The Shadow Of The Mountain. Pummelling percussion and wailing riffs accompany a vocal delivery that channels an obliterated Jim Morrison at the height of religious revelry! The magnanimous 17-minute title track B-side closes the album with a long form, slow burning mind melter.
Vol. 0: In The Shadow Of The Mountain was recorded at Witch Ape Studio, engineered and mixed by Tad Doyle (TAD) and mastered by James Plotkin. Vinyl edition comes housed in a silk screened jacket printed by drummer A. Crawshaw at Broken Press in Seattle, WA and is limited to 300 copies.
Posted in Whathaveyou on June 24th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster
I dig stuff like this. I’ve always been a fan of bootlegs, and that’s not quite what dronemasters SunnO))) are calling this raw, uncut, unmixed, unmastered, as-they-are series of live releases, but it works out to be the same anyway. They don’t seem to care about era, or recording quality, or anything of that sort and that’s just fucking awesome, particularly since you can listen to something before you shell out the $5 on Bandcamp to download. A lot of bands start out projects like this with good intentions and fall off after a while because it’s so much to keep up with. Hopefully by outsourcing the recording process to their fans, SunnO))) will be able to make it sustainable.
They’re heading to Europe in July to play a slurry of fests, and Southern Lord has some vinyl repressings out now, as the PR wire informs:
SUNN O))) RELEASE LIVE ARCHIVES OF UNMIXED AND UNMASTERED TAPER & FAN RECORDINGS ON BANDCAMP, SUMMER TOUR SCHEDULE APPROACHING & VINYL REPRESSES AVAILABLE
It is a great pleasure to announce that the cathartic reverberations of SUNN O))) have been documented and can now be accessed via their live bandcamp page. Compiled of taper and fan recordings, spanning from their 2002 show at the Blackbird in Portland up to their recent headlining show at Temples Festival 2015, these documents are presented in their raw and unedited beauty.
SUNN O))) invite you to contribute to this sonic archive…
“SUNN O))) live archives. Unmixed, unmastered raw footage grabbed by underground tapers which we now present to you. We would like to invite you to also submit your own recordings of any of our concerts (even ones already posted) to this archive. If you have photos and visuals from the posted shows, please send them too. Hail to our great fans!”
Having already announced a number of key festival appearances this summer, these offer an ample opportunity to add to this archive. Such appearances include the recently announced Le Guess Who? Festival whereby Stephen O’Malley and Greg Anderson will showcase their similar, adventurous musical inclinations with a very special four-day program titled SUNN O))) presents at Le Guess Who? Festival 2015. The program will include a performance by the legendary Annette Peacock, who will return to The Netherlands for the first time in over twenty tears. SUNN O)))’s full live listings can be found below:
SUNN O))) EUROPEAN LIVE SHOWS 17/07/2015 BE, Dour – Dour Festival 19/07/2015 FI, Joensuu – Ilosaarirock Festival 06/08/2015 CZ, Josefov – Brutal Assault festival 07/08/2015 PL, Katowice – OFF festival 09/08/2015 DE, Berlin – Heimathafen Neukolln 11/08/2015 RU, Moscow – PIPL (with Phurpa) 13/08/2015 NO, Oslo – Øya festival 14/08/2015 SE, Gothenburg – Way Out West 15/08/2015 DK, Copenhagen – Koncerthuset 16/08/2015 DE, Hamburg – Kampnagel 18/08/2015 UK, London – Southbank Centre, David Byrne’s Meltdown (with Phurpa) 19/11 – 22/11/2015 NE, Utrecht – Le Guess Who? Festival
Additionally, Southern Lord are repressing the following SUNN O))) titles; Black One in limited edition Clear vinyl, øø Void in limited edition Green vinyl and SUNN O)))/Ulver, Terrestrials in Black vinyl. These are now available on the SUNN O))) storesunn.southernlord.com.
Posted in Whathaveyou on June 23rd, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster
Vowel-happy psych rockers WEEED will make their debut on Illuminasty Records next month with the dogwhistle-titled Our Guru Brings us to the Black Master Sabbath. Or maybe that’s not even a dogwhistle. Might just be a regular whistle, since it seems to blare so loud and clear that they might as well have called it “Get Ready for Some Heavy Shit.” Theirs is at least a more creative title than that, and the album’s molten jams, if the newly-unveiled “Bullfrog” is any indicator, drive hard to live up to it, with a sense of exploratory psych earthier than one thinks of as space rock but still well into levitation and other expanded-consciousness trickery.
WEEED are set to tour beginning the day after Our Guru Brings us to the Black Master Sabbath comes out, crossing the country and making their way back to their Bainbridge Island, Washington, home in support of the new record. Info, quotes for emphasis, tour dates and audio follow, snagged off the PR wire:
Weeed: Our Guru Brings Us to the Black Master Sabbath
Releasing 7/7/15 on Illuminasty Records
We are thrilled to e-troduce the 2xLP from WEEED, their first with Illuminasty, Our Guru Brings Us to the Black Master Sabbath, a dynamically heavy record—but one with plenty of head-space. Embraced and at times, frustratingly defined by fans of so-called ‘Psychedelic’ rock, and tie-dyed bucket hats—WEEED’s work stands out as defiantly benevolent, with their compelling blend of the avant-garde and hallucinogenic finesse.
Although originally raised in the damp backwoods of Bainbridge Island, Washington, WEEED has wasted no time in touring the last few years in their local region and along the west coast. The resulting embrace from fans has led the band to expand their itinerary with Our Guru…, this time around all of the U.S. (See full dates below). “The album is a climax in the synchronicity that brought each of our lives to this moment, together,” says drummer John Goodhue. “We see it as a logical progression and zenith of our communal and individual growth, as well as the convergence of our aged and recent musical influences.”
To define these songs’ wide sonic boundaries through ubiquitous touchstones such as Sleep , Weedeater, Boris or Electric Wizard would deny the band of its own sonic milieu. Our Guru…, exemplifies a band charting the human experience through various traditional Chinese compositions, Tuvan and Mongolian throat ensembles, krautrock, and desert blues. Try out their first single, “Bullfrog” and you’ll fly in at first lick.
2015 Guru Tour: 7/8 – Seattle,WA @ The Sunset w/Ancient River 7/9 – Tacoma, WA @ 733 w/Clocks and TBA 7/10 – Olympia, WA @ Guest House w/Heavy Petting, Sawtooth 7/11 – Portland, OR @ TBA w/TBA 7/12 – Arcata/Eureka, CA @ TBA w/TBA 7/13 – San Francisco, CA @ TBA w/TBA 7/14 – Oakland, CA @TBA w/TBA 7/15 – Santa Cruz, CA @TBA w/TBA 7/16 – Los Angeles, CA @Programme Skate/Sound w/TBA 7/17 – Los Angeles, CA @ Rockwood House w/Melanie Odelle and TBA 7/18 – San Diego, CA @ Ken Club w/Deep Sea Thunderbeast, Barrows 7/19 – Phoenix, AZ @ Yucca Tap Room w/TBA 7/20 – Albuquerque, NM @ TBA w/TBA 7/21 – Austin, TX @ Beerland w/TBA 7/22 – Lafayette, LA @ Artmosphere w/Melanie Odelle 7/23 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa w/TBA 7/25 – Nashville, TN @ Queens Ave w/TBA 7/26 – Atlanta, GA @ TBA w/TBA 7/27 – Athens, GA @ TBA w/TBA 7/28 – Asheville, NC @ Tiger Mountain w/TBA 7/29 – Winston/Salem, NC @ The Garage w/Daddy Issues, Blizzard Babies 7/30 – Philadelphia, PA @ TBA w/TBA 7/31 – Kempton, PA @ House w/TBA 8/1 – Boston, MA @ Spare Room Sessions and The Banana Hammock 8/2 – NYC, NY @ Shea Stadium w/ TBA 8/3 – Kingston, NY @ The Anchor w/INNIS and Shana Falana 8/4 – Cleveland, OH @ TBA w/TBA 8/5 – Cincinnati, OH @ TBA w/TBA 8/6 – St Louis @ Foam Coffee & Beer w/Rip Rap and Sole Loan 8/7 – Chicago, IL @The Cobra Lounge w/ Killer Moon 8/8 – Chicago, IL @ Wally’s World w/TBA 8/9 – Milwaukee, WI @ TBA w/TBA 8/10 – Minneapolis, MN @ House w/TBA 8/11 – Columbia, MO @ Cafe Berlin w/TBA 8/12 – Kansas City, MO @ TBA w/TBA 8/13 – Denver, CO @ Lions Lair w/TBA 8/14 – Boulder, CO @ TBA w/TBA 8/15 – SLC, UT @ Diabolical Records w/TBA 8/16 – Boise, ID @ House w/Sloths 8/17 – Missoula, MT @ The VFW w/TBA 8/18 – Spokane, WA @ TBA w/TBA 8/19 – Bellingham, WA @ The Shakedown w/ dræmhouse 8/20 – Seattle,WA @ Blue Moon w/ dræmhouse 8/21 – Bainbridge Island,WA @ Mushroomson Airplane w/TBA
Posted in Radio on May 29th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster
I didn’t want to look, but in the end curiosity won out. April 17 was the date of the last batch of radio adds, so yes, it’s been more than a month. Not for lack of stuff coming either, just the want of time. As such, and not knowing when I might get the opportunity to do something like this again, I’ve got 31 records added to the playlist this afternoon — you can see them all at the Playlist and Updates Page — and as you can tell both by the below and by that list, it’s a mix of bigger and up and coming names, a couple older records, and a few singles and other things maybe not as widely available. If you find something you dig, then killer. If not, there’s always next month. Ha.
The Obelisk Radio adds for May 29, 2015:
All Them Witches, A Sweet Release
It is getting increasingly difficult to chart the discography of Nashville’s All Them Witches, between self-released live outings, hosted bootlegs, represses, physical vs. digital releases and one-offs like A Sweet Release or their last EP, 2014’s Effervescent (review here), but something tells me they like it that way. A Sweet Release was issued as something of a surprise on April 20, and collects mostly live jams that, though they listed it as an EP, actually runs longer than either of their two full-lengths, Lightning at the Door (review here) or their debut, Our Mother Electricity (review here). At 58 minutes, the five-track outing mostly invites the listener to get immersed. That is, it’s less about songs and more about jams, and that’s true from the two-movement-split-by-manipulated-stage-banter exploration of “It Moved We Moved/Almost There/A Spider’s Gift,” the opener and longest cut included at 24 minutes (immediate points), to the quiet guitar noodling of two-minute closer “Sweet Bear.” In between, extended pieces like “Howdy Hoodee Slank” and “Interstate Bleach Party” (both over 11 minutes) find the four-piece of bassist/vocalist Michael Parks, Jr., guitarist Ben McLeod, Fender Rhodes-ist Allan van Cleave and drummer Rob Staebler comfortable and well in their element, their onstage chemistry having developed them into one of the most promising acts in American heavy rock — yes, I mean that — while “El Paso Sleep on It” proves a singular highlight with its laid back unfolding, the interplay of guitar and bass begging further development into what might on a regular release be called a song. A holdover to their third full-length? Maybe, but that doesn’t stop A Sweet Release from living up to its name, and for the already converted, new All Them Witches of any sort is unlikely to rouse complaint, the band having established in their early going that anything can and might happen both in terms of what they put out and what sonics they set in motion on their releases. All Them Witches on Thee Facebooks, on Bandcamp.
Black Mare & Lycia, Low Crimes/Silver Leaf Split
L.A.-based vocalist Sera Timms, known for her work in Black Math Horseman and Ides of Gemini and who also has a full-length due this year for the Gary Arce collaboration Zun, is the sole driving force behind Black Mare, and the otherworldly transit of “Low Crimes” makes a worthy answer to her 2013 full-length under the moniker, Field of the Host (review here), even if it is just one song. For this new Magic Bullet Records split, she works with bandmates from Ides of Gemini and MGR and partners with Lycia on the B-side, long-running Arizona outfit Lycia offer a sampling of their darkened atmospherics on “Silver Leaf,” holding to an edge of gothic drama in their spoken word vocals but setting it to a straightforward, near-minimal rhythm for a feel distinctly American. By its very nature, it’s a quick release, over in about 11 minutes, but both acts offer ethereal moodiness that seems to effect the listener even after play as ceased, the waves of electric guitar and tom rolls in “Low Crimes,” not to mention Timms‘ own far-back vocals, and the interplay of voices and subtle backing chimes and other elements of “Silver Leaf” complementing each other in a way that seems to enhance the enjoyment of both. Black Mare on Thee Facebooks, Lycia on Thee Facebooks, Magic Bullet Records on Bandcamp.
Bell Witch, Four Phantoms
For a release as outwardly heavy as Bell Witch‘s Four Phantoms (on Profound Lore) is, the follow-up to 2012’s Longing (review here) has surprised all the more because its primary impression isn’t of aural, but of emotional weight. The four-track, 66-minute offering plays two 22-minute cuts off two 10-minute cuts, and there are themes running between them alternating between “Suffocation” and “Judgement,” but for all the harsh death-doom crawl that a song like opener “Suffocation, a Burial: I – Awoken (Breathing Teeth)” has, and for all its growling lurch, the woeful riffing and mourning leads from bassist Dylan Desmond (also Samothrace) set a resonant, melancholic course that the album continues to develop throughout, hitting a particularly striking moment when it brings in Erik Moggridge (also known as Aerial Ruin) with Desmond and drummer/vocalist Adrian Guerra (Sod Hauler) for a guest vocal spot on third track “Suffocation, a Drowning: II – Somniloquy (The Distance of Forever)” that’s as gorgeous as its chanting is dark. Minimalist stretches in “Judgement, in Fire: I – Garden (Of Blooming Ash)” only add to the spaciousness of Four Phantoms‘ overall feel, and closer “Judgement, in Air: II – Felled (In Howling Wind)” seems not to deconstruct so much as to will itself into an oblivion of a plod, bass aping a guitar lead over wide-gap crashes in true dirge fashion. It’s a no-doubter to feature on many year-end lists, but however loud the hype gets, the genuine expressiveness Bell Witch bring to a sound usually thought of either as cold or overly theatrical puts them in a class of modern doom alongside their labelmates in Pallbearer and Loss. Bell Witch on Thee Facebooks, Profound Lore on Bandcamp.
Lasers from Atlantis, Lasers from Atlantis
Running a line somewhere between extendo-heavy-psych jamming and more concrete heavy rock and doom impulses, London foggers Lasers from Atlantis seem more than content to play one off the other on this Extreme Ultimate issue of their self-titled, originally recorded in 2010. Classic prog and kraut-ish space idolatry rules the day on “Reverb City,” down to the Hawkwindy thrust out of the atmosphere, but by the time they get down to “Protectress,” track five of the total six, they’ve completely given over to low-end rumble, feedback viciousness and a still-swinging-but-much-much-darker groove. That might make the middle two cuts, “Illuminated Trail” and “Hopi Lori,” the most interesting of the bunch, and it’s especially on the latter where the two sides seem to meet, but it’s in “Hopi Lori” even more that the transition seems to take place and the band — Volkan Kiziltug and Aubrey Jackson Blake on synth, Theo Alexander on guitar/vocals and Pat Oddi on drums — make the turn toward consuming darkness that continues to ooze forth in “Protectress” and closer “Slaves,” which though it’s somewhat faster than the cut before it, is pure, high-order psychedelic doom. A band so willing to let go of their progressive edge when it suits them is a rare thing, which makes it a bummer that Lasers from Atlantis seem to have called it quits, but if it’s a posthumous release, their self-titled at least shows they were up to something interesting in their time together. Lasers from Atlantis on Thee Facebooks, Extreme Ultimate on Bandcamp.
Contra, Son of Beast
Son of Beast is the debut offering from Cleveland trio Contra, and its four tracks could just as easily constitute a demo or an EP, whatever you want to call it, but with the lineup of guitarist Chris Chiera (ex-Sofa King Killer), bassist Adam Horwatt and drummer Aaron Brittain (Fistula), they come across as having a solid idea of what they’re looking for sound-wise, and their first outing is a solid one. Production is clean but not overly so on the three shorter pieces, and the seven-minute closer “Humanoid Therapy” follows-up on the mid-paced stonerism of “Snake Goat” by alternating from slower push to a more rushing pace. Instrumental for the duration, one can hear the places a vocalist might go on “Bottom Feeder” or “100 Hand Slap,” but Contra — who apparently owned both regular NES and Super Nintendo — don’t overstay their welcome either, proving cohesive in their fuzz, schooled in their groove and ready to start their development as a band, wherever it might take them. Contra on Thee Facebooks, on Bandcamp.
I’m going to try very, very hard not to let it go so long before the next round of adds. When I fail at that, you can feel free to call me out on it. In the meantime, to see all 31 releases that joined the playlist this afternoon, hit up The Obelisk Radio Playlist and Updates Page. It’s a good time.
Posted in Whathaveyou on May 27th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster
Well that’s about as easy a sell for a bill as you can get. Neurosis — on their longest US run in a decade and a half — partnered with Brothers of the Sonic Cloth, with support from Isis-offshoot Sumac and The Body. It’s like a moment of clarity, almost obvious, even though it’s a surprise to have Neurosis hitting the road so hard after so long. Mark your calendars. Attendance is mandatory.
From the PR wire:
NEUROSIS To Embark On Their Most Extensive Stateside Tour In Over Fifteen Years This Summer
As their thirtieth anniversary nears, NEUROSIS will be hitting the road in their most extensive touring of the North American continent in over fifteen years this Summer, the announcement falling as the dust still settles on Baltimore following their crushing performance at this year’s Maryland Deathfest.
Not since prior to the turn of the millennium has the mighty NEUROSIS embarked on a tour of this size, as this week the band confirms more than a dozen new tour dates between the end of July and the middle of August throughout the Midwestern, East Coast, and Southern US states and the lower Eastern portion of Canada. Besides the extensive nature of the tour, they will also be playing in cities and states which they have not visited since the ’90s.
For this widespread endeavor, NEUROSIS will bring an array of excellent acts to the stage with them, including support from labelmates Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, featuring Tad Doyle, for the entire trek, as well as eight shows with nomadic doomsday cult, The Body, five dates with expansive rock duo, Sumac (members of Baptists, Old Man Gloom, ex-Isis, etc.), and one show each with Pinkish Black and labelmates Iron Tongue. This all comes in addition to NEUROSIS’ previously announced inclusion in the massive, three-day Heavy Montréal Festival consuming August 7th-9th, where the band will perform the opening night with the likes of Mastodon, Meshuggah, Gorguts, Arch Enemy and many others.
Tickets for the impending NEUROSIS tour will go on sale for all shows this Friday, May 29th.
NEUROSIS Tour Dates: 7/31/2015 Liberty Hall – Lawrence, KS w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body 8/01/2015 Mill City – Minneapolis, MN w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body 8/02/2015 The Majestic – Madison, WI w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body 8/03/2015 Thalia Hall – Chicago, IL w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body 8/04/2015 Expo Five – Louisville, KY w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body 8/05/2015 St. Andrews – Detroit, MI w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body 8/06/2015 Opera House – Toronto, ON w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body 8/07/2015 Heavy Montréal- Montréal, QC w/ Mastodon, Meshuggah, Gorguts, Arch Enemy 8/08/2015 Paradise – Boston, MA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac, The Body 8/09/2015 Warsaw – Brooklyn, NY w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac 8/11/2015 Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac 8/12/2015 Broadberry – Richmond, VA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac 8/14/2015 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac 8/15/2015 House Of Blues – New Orleans, LA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Iron Tongue 8/16/2015 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Pinkish Black
Posted in Whathaveyou on May 13th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster
Seattle trio Serial Hawk have signed to Bleeding Light Records and will issue their debut full-length, Searching for Light, Sept. 18 on LP, CD and download. The album was engineered and mixed by Robert Cheek (Chelsea Wolfe, Tera Melos) at Red Room Studios and ExEx Audio and mastered by Blake Bickel at Dynamic Sound Service, and was completed shortly before the three-piece embarked on a full US tour last fall.
How better, then, to herald the upcoming release than with another cross-country trek? Starting May 22 in Eugene, OR, Serial Hawk — guitarist/vocalist Will Bassin, bassist Adam Holbrook and drummer Sean Bulkley — will pound the streets from the West Coast out for a quick swing through the Northeast before making their way quickly back through the Midwest, hitting Nebraska and Wyoming before swinging back through Idaho en route to a tour-ending hometown show at Black Lodge on June 14.
The album contains four cuts, one of which — “Lying in Wait” — was released as a precursor 7″ last fall, and comes after Serial Hawk‘s 2011 demo and 2012 EP Buried in the Gray. Offered up with immediate bombast and riffy largesse, its grooves crash heavy and unfold in patient turns of pace and development. Oh yeah, and it crushes. Lots of crushing.
Cover art for Searching for Light is a collaboration between Samantha Muljat (who also did Today is the Day and Earth‘s 2014 outings) and Sara Winkle. You’ll find it below, followed by the tracklisting for the album — I don’t want to give away too much, but that title-track is a glorious 18 minutes long — as well as Serial Hawk‘s tour dates and a quick teaser video of which it’s my pleasure to host the premiere.
Serial Hawk, Searching for Light Track Listing: 1. Desolate 2. Lying In Wait 3. Of Decay 4. Searching For Light
Serial Hawk Spring 2015 Tour May 22 – Eugene, OR – The Wandering Goat May 23 – Sacramento, CA – Starlite Lounge May 24 – Redwood City, CA – Bobby D’s May 25 – San Luis Obispo, CA – Sweet Springs Saloon May 26 – Glendale, CA – The Complex May 27 – San Diego, CA – The Hideout May 28 – Phoenix, AZ – Rogue Bar May 29 – Santa Fe, NM – The Cave May 30 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Observatory May 31 – Bryant, AR – M. F. Metal Music June 01 – Birmingham, AL – Syndicate Loung June 02 – Atlanta, GA – 529 June 03 – Raleigh, NC – Slims Downtown June 04 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie June 05 – Boston, MA – Cambridge Elks June 06 – New Haven, CT – Three Sheets June 07 – Pittsburgh, PA – Smiling Moose June 08 – Chicago, IL – Cobra Lounge June 09 – Omaha, NE – The Hideout June 10 – Laramie, WY – Buckhorn Bar June 11 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Music Garage June 12 – Boise, ID – The Crazy Horse June 13 – Portland, OR – The Know June 14 – Seattle, WA – Black Lodge
Posted in Whathaveyou on April 1st, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster
I’ve been hearing rumors going around of Conan doing US tour dates between their stops at Psycho CA and Maryland Deathfest, and I think they’d have been hard pressed to find a band as suitable to tour the US for the first time with as Seattle’s Samothrace, whose own tones carry plenty of crush. The difference is Samothrace‘s material on their last album, 2012’s Reverence to Stone (review here), stretched out and unfolded gradually, a full atmospheric soundscape that also happened to be punishing as hell. Good matchup, in other words. I would not expect any venue they played to remain standing.
The PR wire tells it like it is:
SAMOTHRACE Confirms May Cross-Country US Tour Dates With Conan and Mantar; New Material In The Works
Seattle’s quintessential, exploratory doom metal quartet, SAMOTHRACE, has broken their live silence with another round of national tour dates for this Spring, today announcing their upcoming cross-country May tour with UK doom/stoner outfit, Conan, and German sludge act, Mantar. On the slow, steady, international tour campaign in support of their 2012-released Reverence To Stone LP, SAMOTHRACE has toured Europe twice since the album’s release — once for Heavy Days in Doomtown III in 2013 and again for Roadburn Festival in 2014, with additional tour dates surrounding both festivals — yet the band has not had an opportunity to tour heavily in their native country for quite some time.
Enticed to get back into stateside touring again, SAMOTHRACE will begin dredging their slow-motion, organic, tonal exodus across the US for the first half of May, beginning as they rendezvous with the then-ongoing cross-country Conan and Mantar tour on May 11th, in Denver, Colorado. From there, the unstoppable caravan will cut a line from the Southwestern Rockies realm out to the West Coast, down through the Southwest and up through the lower Midwestern states to the Northeastern lands, while each band boasts specific and exclusive one-off performances throughout the trek. SAMOTHRACE will then execute a return headlining performance at Brooklyn’s Saint Vitus Bar on May 24th, and then end their portion of the journey with a stop in Colorado Springs to play as part of What’s Left Presents Seven-One-Grind Fest alongside a list of carnage including Capitalist Casualties, Weekend Nachos, Theories, Connoisseur, Destroyer Of Light, Hummingbird Of Death, Primitive Man, and many others. The first round of dates have been released and another batch will follow in the coming days.
SAMOTHRACE Tour Dates: 5/11/2015 Marquis Theater – Denver, CO w/ Conan, Mantar 5/14/2015 Oakland Opera House – Oakland, CA w/ Conan, Mantar 5/16/2015 51 West – Tempe, AZ w/ Conan, Mantar 5/18/2015 The Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK w/ Conan, Mantar 5/23/2015 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA w/ Conan, Mantar 5/24/2015 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY 5/30/2015 Seven-One-Grind Fest – Colorado Springs, CO w/ Capitalist Casualties, Weekend Nachos, Primitive Man, more
In addition to more tour plans in the works, SAMOTHRACE is writing and prepping for not only a yet-to-be announced split release with some good friends from down South, as well as their next LP to be recorded later this year.
In the meantime, a SAMOTHRACE Live at Roadburn 2014 LP is now available for preorder through Burning World/Roadburn Records, the platter limited to 300 copies. The band will have a limited supply in-hand by the beginning of the tour but they are not expected to last long. The band will also have the repress vinyl editions of Reverence To Stone as well as their debut LP, Life’s Trade, and several new merch items on tour with them, which are also available now on the SAMOTHRACE Bandcamp pageHERE, and the vinyl via 20 Buck Spin as well, rightHERE.
Posted in Whathaveyou on March 30th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster
My only complaint about Brothers of the Sonic Cloth going on tour is I won’t get to see them. Beyond that, it’s good to see the Tad Doyle-fronted Seattle three-piece getting out in support of their Neurot Recordings self-titled debut (review here), which was released on Feb. 17. The album slays, if you haven’t heard it, and while I keep my fingers crossed that at some point this outfit comes east, I’m glad to know at least someone will get to have their ass handed to them, even if it’s not me just yet.
The PR wire puts it like this:
BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH: Seattle Doom Trio Confirms West Coast Tour
Seattle’s BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH — featuring legendary guitarist/vocalist Tad Doyle, formerly of Tad and Hog Molly, veteran bassist Peggy Doyle and drummer Dave French (The Anunnaki) — will bring their apocalyptic tidings to the streets next month for a long-anticipated run of West Coast performances. Slated to launch on May 21st on their home turf, the trek will quake eight stages through May 30th in Boise and follows the trio’s previously announced record release show at The Columbia City Theater in Seattle with additional live dates to be broadcast in the weeks to come.
Comments Doyle, “After having done our first U.S. West Coast tour back in 2012, we are stoked to be able to bring our songs out on the road once again to a town near you. We look forward to seeing our friends and making new ones as we trudge the highways with 1,500 filthy watts of amplification and drums big enough to be heard from the other side of a mountain range.”
BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH: 4/18/2015 The Columbia City Theater – Seattle, WA 5/21/2015 Chop Suey – Seattle, WA w/ Baba Yaga 5/22/2015 Dante’s – Portland, OR w/ Atriarch, Rabbits 5/23/2015 Starlight Lounge – Sacramento, CA 5/24/2015 Parkside – San Francisco, CA 5/27/2015 Sister – Albuquerque, NM 5/28/2015 Hi-Dive – Denver, CO 5/29/2015 Metro Bar – Salt Lake City, UT 5/30/2015 Neurolux – Boise, ID
Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth is currently available on CD or LP atTHIS LOCATION.