Posted in Whathaveyou on April 27th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster
Seems I missed a recent announcement from Keep it Low 2016 — aka Keep it Low Issue #4 — whereby the Munich-based autumnal gathering added Kind, 1000mods and Duel to its lineup. All three interesting picks. It’ll be Kind‘s first time abroad, and working with Duel means involvement from Heavy Psych Sounds, so it’s not such a surprise that in the latest round of additions, we also get Black Rainbows joining on. Elder take their place at/near the top of the bill as well, and probably the biggest question there is for Keep it Low 2016 at this point is whether or not the new Elder LP, which I hear is in the works, will be out by the time October gets here. I know I’m curious as hell to know what the trio have come up with this time around.
Also bringing their formidable presence to Keep it Low 2016 are Greenleaf, whose new album, Rise Above the Meadow, stands tall among the finest heavy rockers of the year so far, and the previously announced Monkey3, Colour Haze and Toner Low. It already looked like a good time. Now it looks like an even better one.
Keep It Low – Festival 2016 gets even better with the addition of:
– Massachusetts’ ultimate progressive stoner rock trio Elder (whose last album “Lore” is considered as one of the best releases of 2015),
– Sweden´s fantastic Heavy Rockers Greenleaf (who released their new album “Rise Above The Meadow” via Napalm Records in February),
– and Italian fuzz-fueled rockers BLACK RAINBOWS (who released a few weeks ago their fifth LP “Stellar Prophecy” via HeavyPsych Sounds)!
– the Hellenic grooviest psychedelic quartet 1000mods,
– the brand new Texas-based southern heavy rock outfit DUEL (featuring 2 ex Scorpion Child members)
– and Boston’s tripped out stoner doom supergroup KIND_band (featuring members of Elder, Black Pyramid, Sasquatch, Roadsaw and Rozamov).
Kind released their debut album “Rocket Science” last year via Ripple Music, Duel unleashed their first full length “Fears Of The Dead” in February via Heavy Psych Sounds, and 1000Mods are currently working on their third one, to be released next fall.
Posted in Whathaveyou on February 19th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster
Pretty courteous if you think about it for Up in Smoke 2016 to give you six months of advance notice that you should get your ass to Switzerland — which, yes, I phrased that way because it might as well be Mars. Still, if you think about starting lineups, Sound of Liberation isn’t screwing around in this first batch of announcements, bringing out big guns in Electric Wizard, Pentagram, Monkey3 and Yawning Man and showing further dedication to Europe’s booming underground with Noon.
I’m especially curious to see how Yawning Man shakes out. The Gary Arce-led desert rock progenitors recently unveiled a new four-piece lineup with Bill Stinson still on drums, Justine Summer Heaven presumably on bass and Malene Arce (LewdFlesh) on… vocals, maybe? They reportedly have a new EP in the works for the summer, so we’ll hear how it turns out, hopefully.
I got sidetracked. That release will hopefully be out by September, which is when Up in Smoke 2016 is set, at Z7 in Switzerland, with indoor camping and more, as the PR wire informs:
UP IN SMOKE 2016! Sept. 30th / Oct. 1st … Electric Wizard, Pentagram, Monkey3, Yawning Man, Noon confirmed!
We are proud to present our UP IN SMOKE INDOOR FEST IV, that will take place on September 30th and October 1st 2016, in our dear Z7 Konzertfabrik! Two days of stoner/heavy-psych/doom music in Basel-area (Switzerland) featuring 20 outstanding acts on two stages with no overlapping sets, and an indoor campsite!!
ELECTRIC WIZARD, which have been announced last fall, will headline one of the nights, and we are stoked to tell you today that Pentagram, Monkey3, Yawning Man and Noon are confirmed as well for this new edition! 2-day passes (e-tickets) are already on sale on our website, on www.z-7.ch and on our Facebook. If you prefer to buy a hard-ticket, our partner Woolheads is selling them!
Enjoy our new design made by Elvisdead, grab your ticket, and stay tuned! More names will come in March.
Posted in Whathaveyou on December 19th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster
Why wouldn’t you go see Sasquatch? Maybe if your foot got run over in the parking lot of the venue or something like that, but otherwise, all excuses are invalid. The Los Angeles trio make a return trip to Europe in February/March on a headlining run that finds them traveling solo, at least so far as what’s been announced. I could easily imagine them teaming up with a Euro band from Sound of Liberation‘s roster between now and then, but even if they do end up rolling out on their own, no doubt they’ll find welcome wherever they go. I think it may have been a decade since I saw the band (wow.), but I still remember quite vividly how much ass they kicked, and it was plenty.
Their latest album, IV (review here), was released in 2013 on Small Stone, and this will be their second Euro excursion to support it, after traveling in 2014 to play Desertfest Berlin and more.
Here’s word from the PR wire:
SASQUATCH European Tour 2016
Wreaking havoc with their forth Small Stone release, Sasquatch continue to lead the way with their fiery brand of rock n’ roll. Drawing on influences from 70’s metal, rock, and psychedelia, the band falls somewhere between an amalgamation of Black Sabbath, old Soundgarden, Deliverance-?era Corrosion of Conformity, Mountain, and a bastardized version of Grand Funk Railroad. Their songwriting approach is clear; keep the focus on the hook. The band was formed in Los Angeles in 2001 by Philadelphia transplant Keith Gibbs (guitar, vox) and Detroit natives Rick Ferrante (drums) and Clayton Charles (bass). Upon Clayton’s departure in 2007, the guys recruited Chicagoan Jason Casanova (Behold! The Monolith, Tummler) to join the fold.
After shaking some walls with not one, but two, closely packed studio albums (conveniently named Sasquatch I and II) in 2004 and ’06, the power trio went subterranean until 2010 before resurfacing with a new lineup and propulsive third opus (entitled, you guessed it…III), to the relief of many impatient fans and the Small Stone Records Board of Directors.
The band’s latest album “IV” debuted in late 2013 followed by extensive touring in Europe and the US over the course of 2014. What fans hear is arguably the power trio’s most mature, inspired and diverse song-?set to date, chunked with compositional twists, both heartwarmingly familiar and totally unexpected, plus thundering power chords, sizzling solos, shrewd melodic flights and even super-trippy moments – but all of it heavy on the heavy, as they say…always. Unprecedented attention was also devoted to spinning engaging new yarns out of those evergreen rock and roll stories about love lost, hate found, relationships built and lives trashed, homes wrecked, etc.
In fall of 2015, Cargo Records Germany will be releasing the complete Sasquatch back catalog on vinyl for the first time in Europe (I, II, and III). Look for the band to be gearing up for an early 2016 European tour and placing the finishing touches on their follow-?up to “IV”. All’s fair in Love and Doom.
Sasquatch European Tour: 19.02.2016 Basel Kaschemme CH 20.02.2016 Erfurt Tiko D 21.02.2016 Berlin Wild At Heart D 22.02.2016 Dresden Ost Pol D 23.02.2016 Stuttgart Kellerclub D 24.02.2016 Duesseldorf Pitcher D 25.02.2016 Brussels Magasin 4 BEL 26.02.2016 Paris Glazart FR 27.02.2016 Nantes La Scene Michelet FR 28.02.2016 Clermont Ferrand Tba FR 01.03.2016 Gijon Casino Acapulco SP 02.03.2016 Porto Cave 45 POR 03.03.2016 Lisboa Stairway Club POR 03.03.2016 Lisboa Stairwa Club POR 04.03.2016 Madrid Sala Marvillas SP 05.03.2016 Barcelona Rocksound SP 06.03.2016 Zaragoza La Ley Seca SP 07.03.2016 Tba 08.03.2016 Milano Lofi ITA 09.03.2016 Bologna Freakout ITA 10.03.2016 Tba ITA 11.03.2016 Pisa Cafe Albatross ITA 12.03.2016 Lucerne Sedel CH
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 Greenleaf, My 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 Belzebong, Mars 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:
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!
UP in SMOKE ROADFESTIVAL VOL. 7: 01/03 LEIPZIG (DE) Werk 2 02/03 HAMBURG (DE) Hafenklang 03/03 BRUSSELS (BE) VK 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 13/03 INNSBRUCK (A) PMK 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
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:
SOUND OF LIBERATION & NAPALM RECORDS PRESENT MY SLEEPING KARMA | GREENLEAF | MAMMOTH MAMMOTH
LIVE AT UP IN SMOKE ROADFESTIVAL VOL.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
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:
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.
ROCK AND ROLL 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
SEVEN THAT SPELLS: 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: 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.
Posted in Whathaveyou on July 10th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster
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 Sui, Colour Haze, Fatso Jetson, Samsara 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.
Steak, Sgt. 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 onwww.keepitlow.de/tickets(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!
Posted in Whathaveyou on January 28th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster
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 – “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