Mars Red Sky, Stoned Jesus and Belzebong to Play Up in Smoke Roadfestival Vol. 7

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 23rd, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster


It hasn’t been long at all since the dates were announced for the Up in Smoke Roadfestival Vol. 6, which will feature GreenleafMy Sleeping Karma and Mammoth Mammoth. Less than a month, actually. And now word comes through that Up in Smoke Vol. 7 will follow almost immediately thereafter, one installment of the package tour ending on Feb. 27 and the other picking up on March 1 and running through the bulk of the month, with BelzebongMars Red Sky and Stoned Jesus on the bill. Maybe Sound of Liberation, the booking agency presenting the shows, is just going to set up a year-long series of tours, have the next one start when the tour is over. Wouldn’t really surprise me — there are certainly enough bands around Europe to make it happen — and maybe if they keep it going long enough, SoL will eventually bring their game to the US. Just a thought.

For now, this is a show I’d love to see:

up in smoke 7

MARCH 2016 will see the next round of the beloved UP IN SMOKE ROADFESTIVAL and be sure… this one will kick ass!!

VOL.7 will feature Ukrainian heavy rockers STONED JESUS (presenting the re-release of their 2011 “Stormy Monday EP”), French fuzzcrafters MARS RED SKY (celebrating their new album to be released on February 26th) and weedian Polish five-piece BELZEBONG (touring their current album “Greenferno”).

All of them are now considered as references in the underground stoner rock scene, respectively crafting a fuzzed-out straightforward heavy rock, thick infectious grooves and melodic aerial guitar riffs all wrapped up in ethereal vocals, or even a powerful, bluesy riffs which straddle sludge and doom.

It’s gonna be a fun damn time leaving nothing but an intoxicating white smoke behind!

01/03 LEIPZIG (DE) Werk 2
02/03 HAMBURG (DE) Hafenklang
04/03 PARIS (FR) Le Divan Du Monde
05/03 ROTTERDAM (NL) Baroeg
06/03 BERLIN (DE) Lido
07/03 COLOGNE (DE) Underground
08/03 STUTTGART (DE) Universum
09/03 LINZ (A) Stadtwerstatt
10/03 VIENNA (A) Arena
11/03 LJUBLJANA (SL) Kino Šiška
12/03 MUNICH (DE) Under The Black Moon Festival
14/03 LAUSANNE (CH) Le Romandie
15/03 PRATTELN (CH) Z7
16/03 WIESBADEN (DE) Schlachthof
17/03 ARLON (BE) L’Entrepôt
18/03 EINDHOVEN (NL) Tuchthuis
19/03 HANNOVER (DE) Faust

More info here:

Mars Red Sky, “Circles” official video

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My Sleeping Karma, Greenleaf and Mammoth Mammoth Team up for Up in Smoke Vol. VI Roadfestival

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

As the name might lead you to believe, Up in Smoke Vol. VI is sixth installment of the roadfestival (package tour) put on by respected show purveyors Sound of Liberation, and it brings together the varied but universally heavy likes of My Sleeping Karma, Greenleaf and Mammoth Mammoth early in 2016 for a run through Belgium, France, the UK, Switzerland, Germany and Austria.

For Greenleaf, by the time they get there, they will have spent a good portion of the last several months on the road. A heavy touring 2015 rounds out next month with a Northern European stint, followed by New Year’s shows in Germany and Switzerland, and after that, they’ll head to Portugal and Spain for an Iberian tour Jan. 15 to Jan. 24. Their new album — which will be their Napalm debut — has been recorded since June, so it may well have seen release by the time they hit Up in Smoke Vol. VI. An early 2016 release seems likely either way.

My Sleeping Karma and Mammoth Mammoth also have been and remain active. Mammoth Mammoth toured Europe this year and My Sleeping Karma recently played the Keep it Low festival in Munich. Both had new records out in 2015 on Napalm as well, so they seem like a fitting match for the tour, which kicks off at Trix in Antwerpen on Feb. 18.

Poster and dates follow:

up in smoke 6



Instrumental Groovers MY SLEEPING KARMA, Australian Desert Rockers MAMMOTH MAMMOTH and one of Sweden’s finest Rock bands GREENLEAF have just announced they will be playing on the UP IN SMOKE TOUR VOL VI!

This is a killer package! Find all upcoming tour dates below & make sure to catch them live near you!

Up in Smoke VOL VI:
My Sleeping Karma – Greenleaf – Mammoth Mammoth
18.02.16 BEL – Antwerp, Trix
19.02.16 UK – London, Garage
20.02.16 F – Paris, Divan Du Monde
21.02.16 F – Nantes, Le Ferrailleur
22.02.16 CH – Pratteln, Z 7
23.02.16 D- Munich, Feierwerk
24.02.16 D – Berlin, Lido
25.02.16 D – Leipzig, UT Connewitz
26.02.16 D – Stuttgart, Universum
27.02. 16 A- Vienna, Arena

Greenleaf, Live in Athens, 2015

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The Machine and Seven that Spells Announce Tour Dates

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 10th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

Dutch heavy rockers The Machine and Croatian krautrock specialists Seven that Spells are teaming up to hit the road in November. The shows are only in Germany and Switzerland, so it’s not exactly full-coverage even as regards Western Europe, but it’s a week of dates anyway and better than nothing. Jeez, what’s the worst that happens, you fly to Germany and see a show? Live with it.

The Machine will be out supporting earlier-2015’s Offblast! (review here), their fifth outing and most accomplished work to-date, while Seven that Spells hit the road on the heels of a Sulatron Records reissue of their 2012 album, Superautobahn, their most recent studio release being last year’s The Death and Resurrection of Krautrock: IO (review here), the second installment of a to-be-concluded trilogy.

Tour is presented by Sound of Liberation and info is as follows:

the machine seven that spells tour

When We Switch Our Amps On The Cities Go Dark Tour (THE MACHINE & SEVEN THAT SPELLS)

The Machine & Seven That Spells will be touring Germany (ok and Switzerland) for one week in November 2015.

13.11 : Kulturbahnhof Jena // Jena GER
14.11 : Feierwerk // München GER
15.11 : Sedel Garage Luzern // Luzern CH
16.11 : Immerhin Würzburg // Würzburg GER
17.11 : Bassy Club // Berlin GER
18.11 : Kulturzentrum Faust // Hannover GER

Beyond. We are the dogs of the western Jazz society looking for dope. Modern, aggressive psychedelic wall of sound incorporating polymetrics and occasional Viking funeral rites; hailing from the 23rd century where rock is dead, Seven That Spells returned in time where its still possible to change the tragic course of the boring history.

THE MACHINE is a rock band from the Rotterdam area (NL). Through the years the band has been crafting its own (loud) brand of both hard-hitting tracks and instrumental takeoffs. Rooted in heavy rock, THE MACHINE refuses to be pigeonholed and prefers a modern experimental approach to the well known concepts of yesteryear.

The Machine, “Coda Sun” official video

Seven that Spells, The Death and Resurrection of Krautrock: IO (2014)

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Keep it Low 2015 Adds My Sleeping Karma, Steak and Sgt. Sunshine

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 10th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

keep it low festival

By way of being completely honest, I knew My Sleeping Karma were being added to the third Keep it Low festival, which is set for Oct. 16 and 17 in Munich. I know because I asked. I’ve been giving some pretty serious thought — now that I have an income again — toward getting on a plane and making my way out for the two-day event, whose lineup is nigh-on-unfuckwithable, what with Causa SuiColour HazeFatso JetsonSamsara Blues Experiment, and so on, but the chance to see My Sleeping Karma was something that I knew would put it over the edge in my mind. And so the confirmation of their appearance has done precisely that. I’m going to do everything in my power to make it happen. Flights will be booked.

SteakSgt. Sunshine — stop and imagine seeing Sgt. Sunshine live for just a minute; I mean, seriously — and A Great River in the Sky were also confirmed for the lineup. It goes like this:

New announcement! 4 more bands confirmed for Keep It Low – Festival 2015:
– German mind-blowing sonic quartet MY SLEEPING KARMA
– the British fuzzed-out sandy rock tornado Steak
– Swedish heavy psych jammers Sgt.Sunshine
– and the new psychedelic outfit A Great River In The Sky.

95% of the line-up has now been unveiled, and KEEP IT LOW VOL I & II had been sold out in advance, so to be part of the big family happening with Beergarden, Skatepark and the coolest bands, better get your ticket now! Limited Hardtickets and online/print-at-home tickets can be ordered on (55€ + shipping/taxes). Rock on!

MY SLEEPING KARMA is a German Instrumental quartet that takes you into a mind-blowing sonic experience. They are no beginners, no amateurs, and when they hop on stage they make you forget about everything around you: they take you by the hand into the deepest and hidden corners of your very soul.

MY SLEEPING KARMA combines the organic aspect of psychedelic groove rock with emotional shades of aphasian landscapes.With ‘Moskha’, their fifth album released in the Spring 2015, MY SLEEPING KARMA achieved their strongest record to date. The sound and tone of the album perfectly fits into the Instrumental Progressive – and Ambient Post Rock realms. From the start the listener is kidnapped by the spherical sound, between enormous atmospheric compositions with pure rock riffs and psychedelic melodies perfectly intertwined into this scenery.

Immerse yourself, both with the risk of completely losing yourself in this brand new masterpiece, because you might not be able to emerge again.

STEAK are from London, UK. Gritz lovin, whore hoppin’ mud slingin’, if you want fuzzed up stoner grooves, then you want a piece of STEAK…

Within four years, STEAK have established themselves as one of the British stoner rock scene’s most satisfying acts. Following the sandy steps of their American elders Fu Manchu or Kyuss, STEAK’s enthusiastic stoner rock sound is driven by ballsy riffs and contagious grooves, sparingly tinged with moments of pure cosmic escapism.

After two critically acclaimed EPs ‘Disastronaught’ and ‘Corned Beef Colossus’, and a serie of successful gigs across Spain, France, Switzerland and the UK, STEAK released last year their debut album ‘Slab City’ via Napalm Records. Just listen to that psychedelic purr, it will surely make you lift off and soar through the sky!

SGT. SUNSHINE is a three piece rock band formed in Malmoe, Sweden by the guitarist and lead singer Eduardo Fernandez, bass player Pär Hallgren and Christian Lundberg on drums. They recorded some demos around 1998-99 that placed them amongst one of the leading underground rock bands of the time.

For over 15 years, Swedish rockers have released 3 albums (2002?s Sgt. Sunshine – an album that many years later still rings in the ears of those who were fortunate enough to hear it – 2007?s Black Hole and 2013?s III), carving out a potent and sparkling blend of desert groove and heavy psych jamming.

Currently signed on Heavy Psych Sounds Records, SGT. SUNSHINE is working on their new album that will be released beginning of 2016. We might have new songs to listen @ Keep It Low!

My Sleeping Karma, Live at Keep it Low I

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Stoned Jesus Announce Release Tour for The Harvest

Posted in Whathaveyou on January 28th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

stoned jesus

Ukrainian heavy rockers Stoned Jesus will have their third album, The Harvest, out by the time they hit the road on their European tour. The arrival of that record is something to look forward to — it has plenty of company this year, but is a standout nonetheless — and it will also mark the trio’s first US gig as part of the Psycho California fest in May. This tour happens before that, however, and it will include stops at the Mars Red Sky-affiliated Make it Sabbathy in Bordeaux at a whole host of festivals, among them Sky High and Riff Ritual. Something tells me we’re working on a theme.

Sound of Liberation sent the dates for the full run down the PR wire:

stoned jesus tour poster

STONED JESUS – “The Harvest” Release Tour – March 13th to April 4th!

Ukrainian outstanding trio STONED JESUS will hit the European roads again from MARCH 13TH to APRIL 4TH, three weeks during witch they will spread a brand new load of tunes picked from their upcoming (and long awaited) album, “THE HARVEST”!!

To be released in March, “THE HARVEST” is Kiev’s outfit’s third album, and features 6 awesome tracks (believe us!) including their already famous “Here Comes The Robots”! Do not miss this song’s video premiere: subscribe now to their new official YOUTUBE CHANNEL!

Then, check-out the dates and the stunning tour poster, buy your tickets, and get ready to be reaped!

13.03.15 (D) Esslingen – Hell Over Hesslingen Festival
14.03.15 (D) Frankfurt – Sky High Festival
15.03.15 (D) Freiburg – White Rabbit
17.03.15 (D) Karlsruhe – Alte Hackerei
18.03.15 (D) Würzburg – Immerhin
19.03.15 (D) Jena – Kulturbahnhof
20.03.15 (D) Kiel – Schaubude
21.03.15 (D) Berlin – Heavy Spring Equinox Sessions
23.03.15 (D) Hamburg – Rock Cafe
24.03.15 (D) Dresden – Ost Pol
25.03.15 (D) Lichtenfels – Paunchy Cats
26.03.15 (It) Milano – Lo Fi
27.03.15 (Ch) Olten – Coq D’or
28.03.15 (It) Vicenza – E20 Underground
30.03.15 (F) Bordeaux – Make It Sabbathy
31.03.15 (F) Clermont Ferrand – Raymond Bar
01.04.15 (F) Chambery – Brin De Zinc
02.04.15 (F) Nice – Caught By The Fuzz
03.04.15 (Sp) Barcelona – Riff Ritual Festival
04.04.15 (Sp) Madrid – Stoner Fest

More info and Updates on WWW.SOUNDOFLIBERATION.COM

Stoned Jesus, “Here Come the Robots”

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Ufomammut Announce Ecate European Release Tour with Conan

Posted in Whathaveyou on January 27th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

ufomammut (Photo by Andrea Tomas Prato)

Not to take credit where I shouldn’t or anything like that, but last month, I was talking about Ufomammut and Conan being in the US around the same time for Maryland Deathfest and how a tour with the both of them would be the heaviest thing in the universe and blah blah blah. Now here we are just weeks later and Ufomammut is teaming up with Conan for the release tour celebrating the arrival of their new album, Ecate, on Neurot Recordings — and it’s happening in Europe. Don’t get me wrong, it’s cool to be anywhere on a planet where this kind of thing comes together, but it sure would be neat to have that bill on the same continent where I live. Call me crazy.

Sound of Liberation sent word of impending destruction:

ufomammut ecate visuals


APRIL 18TH TO 30TH 2015

Few days ago, UFOMAMMUT unveiled details about their upcoming 7th album “ECATE”, which is due out on MARCH 30TH 2015 via Neurot Recordings! Here is their PR company statement, in case you missed it:

“The Italian power trio, known for their almightily heavy capabilities and psychedelic prowess, have as many discernible similarities as they do differences to their formative roots. Never pandering to the easy classification of doom, UFOMAMMUT charge their sludgy output with inimitable energy and wild, wayfaring ambition which is matched by the tightknit musical understanding that flows telepathically between the three members; Poia, Urlo, and Vita.

On their latest album, UFOMAMMUT take a confident step forward with their craft, orchestrating atmospheric processions that take the six songs on the album to places as of yet uncharted, the only guide being that of Ecate (Hecate in English), the three-sided goddess who moves between the realms of the living, the dead, and the gods.

Traditionally associated with matters of the liminal (statues of her can be found at crossroads and city walls, where she would be believed to either bless or curse travellers), she represents the link between the past, the present and the future in a way which resonates true with Ufomammut, and with the name of the band, too.”

Given that, and knowing that you are so looking forward for more information, we are thrilled to present UFOMAMMUT’s “Ecate Release Tour”, from APRIL 18TH to 30TH 2015, highlighted by appearances at both Desertfests!

On many shows, they will be supported by Liverpool’s brain crushers CONAN, for what is going to be incredibly heavy events! Check-out the dates, and be there!

18.04 (Ch) TBA on Feb. 5th
19.04 (Fr) Paris, Glazart (+ CONAN)
20.04 TBC
21.04 (D) Bielefeld, Forum (+ CONAN)
22.04 (D) Wiesbaden, Schlachthof (+ CONAN)
23.04 (D) Munich, Feierwerk (+ CONAN)
24.04 (D) Berlin, Desertfest (+ CONAN)
25.04 (Be) Brussels, AB (+ CONAN)
26.04 (Uk) London, Desertfest (+ CONAN)
28.04 (D) Siegen, Vortex (+ CONAN)
29.04 (D) Stuttgart, Kellerclub
30.04 TBC

Watch also below the first two in a series of video trailers for the album, which we shall be revealing over the course of the next few weeks. These short videos offer a chance to explore the story behind the recording of the album and the roots of their sound, re-affirming the band’s DIY approach to everything they do.


Ufomammut, Ecate Recording Sessions

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Colour Haze and Radio Moscow Kickoff Up in Smoke V Tour on Feb. 27

Posted in Whathaveyou on January 26th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

colour haze

Colour Haze and Radio Moscow on the bill. Given enough time, I’m quite sure I could come up 100,000 things I’d want to see less than that. Start with “anything” and work your way back from there. It might take a few minutes, but given how high that show would be in this hypothetical hierarchy of stuff-I’d-like-to-see, there’s plenty of room for monuments, mountaintops, oceans, and so on. We’d hit the 100,000 mark no problem. I’m sure of it.

The two acts will begin headlining the Up in Smoke Volume 5 tour — actually they call it a “psychedelic roadfestival,” which I like — on Feb. 27, joined for a stretch by Cherry Choke, whose new album, Raising the Waters, is due out next month on Elektrohasch, and meeting up along the way with The Sun and the WolfMars Red SkyThe Midnight Ghost Train and others. Watching Colour Haze play a hometown show in Munich with Radio Moscow and Mars Red Sky? Yeah, I’d catch that if the opportunity were to present itself.

PR wire info comes courtesy of Sound of Liberation, who put the whole thing together:

colour haze radio moscow up in smoke v tour

COLOUR HAZE – Up In Smoke Tour (with RADIO MOSCOW and guests) kicks off in 1 month – Check Videotrailer, Dates and News

2011 seems like yesterday when we decided to pack up 3 to 4 awesome bands in a bus to tour Europe and rock your ears! 4 editions have gone by, 2 packed indoor festivals have witnessed your love for the music and the concept, so ladies and gentelmen, get ready!

In a month, we will write a new volume in the UP IN SMOKE history, and it will be a blast!! The fifth edition of your favorite roadfestival will feature 3 awesome bands for your pleasure:

Europes most well known psychedelic institution COLOUR HAZE which have their brand new album “To the Highest Gods we Know” in their suitcase!

America’s most heavy blues machine RADIO MOSCOW whose last album “Magical Dirt” (released in June 2014) sent all of us on another trip into heavy psychedelic headphone heaven.

UK’s fuzz driven psych rockers CHERRY CHOKE (from March 1st to 7th only) whose new album “Raising The Waters” will be released in the next weeks! Stay tuned for updates, you don’t wanna miss it!

On the other shows, Colour Haze and Radio Moscow will go with other outstanding special guests. Watch the amazing TRAILER made by, and check-out the listing below for details and tickets’ links. We invite you to join the trip! Come on and blow up your mind at the UP IN SMOKE ROADFESTIVAL!

Colour Haze & Radio Moscow
Plus Special Guests

27.02 (D) Stuttgart, Universum (w/ The Sun & The Wolf)
28.02 (D) Cologne, Live Music Hall (w/ The Sun & The Wolf)
01.03 (UK) London, The Garage (w/ Cherry Choke)
02.03 (FR) Paris, Le Divan du Monde (w/ Cherry Choke)
03.03 (BEL) Brussels, Magasin 4 (w/ Cherry Choke)
04.03 (D) Hamburg, Markthalle (w/ Cherry Choke)
05.03 (D) Berlin, SO36 (w/ Cherry Choke)
06.03 (A) Vienna, Arena (w/ Cherry Choke)
07.03 (A) Salzburg, Rockhouse (w/ Cherry Choke)
08.03 (D) Leipzig, Taubchenthal (w/ Kalamahara)
09.03 (D) Munich, Feierwerk (w/ Mars Red Sky)
10.03 (IT) Milano, Lofi (support band tba)
11.03 (D) Frankfurt, Das Bett (w/ The Midnight Ghost Train)
12.03 (NL) Tilburg, 013 (support band tba)
13.03 (D) Würzburg, Posthalle (w/ The Grounding)
14.03 (D) Hannover, Faust (support band tba)

Up in Smoke V tour trailer

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Colour Haze to Headline Up in Smoke Tour with Radio Moscow and Cherry Choke

Posted in Whathaveyou on December 8th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Straight out of the not-too-shabby department — actually it’s from Sound of Liberation, the European booking agency that put it together — comes word that Colour Haze‘s previously-alluded-to European run supporting the Feb. 23 vinyl release of their new album, To the Highest Gods We Know, will be the headlining slot on the fifth Up in Smoke tour. Joining them on the bill for the duration is Radio Moscow — which, if you’d just like to take a second and imagine the kickassery of seeing Colour Haze and Radio Moscow on the same show, I think you’ll see why it’s something to be excited about — and Cherry Choke will open seven dates as well, and Mars Red Sky will step in as special guests (anyone want to fly me to Munich?), as will others on select individual dates.

Wild stuff, and if you’re fortunate enough to be there to see it, here are the dates, courtesy of Sound of Liberation:

colour haze tour dates

We are proud to present the UP IN SMOKE ROADFESTIVAL VOLUME 5!!
This fifth edition will feature 3 awesome bands for your pleasure:

– Europe’s most well known psychedelic institution COLOUR HAZE
(with their new album “To the Highest Gods we Know” in their suitcase!)

– America’s most heavy blues machine Radio Moscow

– and UK’s fuzz driven psych rockers Cherry Choke
(from March 1st to 7th only – special guests on the other shows)

We invite you to join the trip! It’s in February/March and it will be a blast!!!

27.02.2015 (GER) Stuttgart – Universum (w/ The Sun & The Wolf)
28.02.2015 (GER) Cologne – Live Music Hall (w/ The Sun & The Wolf)

01.03.2015 (UK) London – The Garage
02.03.2015 (FR) Paris – Le Divan du Monde
03.03.2015 (BEL) Brussels – Magasin 4
04.03.2015 (GER) Hamburg – Markthalle
05.03.2015 (GER) Berlin – SO36
06.03.2015 (A) Vienna – Arena
07.03.2015 (A) Salzburg – Rockhouse

08.03.2015 (GER) Leipzig – Taubchenthal (w/ Kalamahara)
09.03.2015 (GER) Munich – Feierwerk (w/ Mars Red Sky)
10.03.2015 (IT) Milano – Lofi
11.03.2015 (GER) Frankfurt – Das Bett (w/ The Midnight Ghost Train)
12.03.2015 tba
13.03.2015 (GER) Würzburg – Posthalle
14.03.2015 (GER) Hannover – Faust

More info on

Colour Haze, Live at Duna Jam 2014

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