Up in Smoke 2016: YOB, John Garcia, Fatso Jetson and Giöbia Join Lineup

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 23rd, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

The European fall festival scene continues to develop with the news that Up in Smoke 2016 in Switzerland has brought YOBJohn GarciaFatso Jetson and Giöbia to its already-considerable lineup with Electric Wizard, PentagramTruckfightersGreenleaf and so on. Similar to watching the spring Desertfests in Berlin and London take shape, it continues to be fascinating to watch Up in Smoke 2016 and the several fests on weekends in close proximity — Desertfest in Athens and Belgium as well as Keep it Low in Munich — as they come together, which bands will be shared between them, whose tours are we waiting to see announced (looking at you, Fatso Jetson), and what ultimately will be the crux of each.

Interesting to have it work out like this, with fests on consecutive weekends in different areas throughout Europe. I think it only makes everybody’s product stronger, and I just hope that an indoor two-dayer like Up in Smoke 2016 can continue to distinguish itself as it has thus far.

From the PR wire:

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UP IN SMOKE 2016! Sept. 30th / Oct. 1st … John Garcia, Yob, Fatso Jetson & Giöbia added to the line-up!

Here we go, the next 4 bands added to the most outstanding Heavy Rock Line-up Switzerland have ever seen before!!!

Taking place on September 30th and October 1st 2016, in our dear Z7 Konzertfabrik (Pratteln / near Basel / Dreiländereck) this year’s edition will feature John Garcia (X Kyuss with full band show, new album and surely some Kuyss classics in the pocket), the crushing doom metal trio Yob, the legendary Desert Rock Godfather Mario Lalli with his Fatso Jetson and Italian acid/space rock outfit Giöbia, alongside previously announced Electric Wizard, Pentagram, Truckfighters, Elder, Cough, Greenleaf, Monkey3, 1000Mods, Yawning Man, Wucan, Desert Mountain Tribe, Noon and Ephedra.

Also not to forget: No overlapping set times, sleep over/breakfast possibiity in the venue + some more specials to be announced soon to sweeten you the “TWO NOT TO BE MISSED DAYS OF VOLUME WORSHIP” !!! Grab your ticket (2-day passes) right now on our website, on www.z-7.ch and on our Facebook (tab ‘Buy Tickets’). If you prefer to buy an original, real hard-ticket, our partner Woolheads is selling them!

http://woolheads.com/cms/shop-2/festivalmerchandise/up-in-smoke-the-indoor-festival-vol-iv-ticket/
http://www.upinsmoke.de/eventinfo-indoor-festival
https://www.facebook.com/UpInSmokeIndoorFestivalInZ7
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John Garcia, “Pilot the Dune” live in Stockholm, 2014

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Keep it Low 2016: John Garcia, The Atomic Bitchwax, Fatso Jetson & Bright Curse Added

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 20th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Man, I saw Fatso Jetson earlier this year, and let me tell you, wherever they are is where you want to be. They’re one of four bands to join the ranks of Keep it Low 2016 today, along with John Garcia, NJ’s venerable The Atomic Bitchwax and London trio Bright Curse, which only makes an already strong lineup stronger. Interesting that the news from Sound of Liberation mentions a new Garcia full-length. The former Kyuss/Vista Chino singer (along with UnidaHermano, etc.) has made some mention of a new full-band outing to be issued under his name and an acoustic solo record as well, but I haven’t seen concrete word of a release date yet for either. “By the time October gets here” makes for a decent ballpark figure though, so I guess I’ll run with that.

Details from the PR wire:

KEEP IT LOW 2016! Oct. 21st & 22nd… John Garcia, The Atomic Bitchwax, Fatso Jetson & Bright Curse Confirmed!

4 new bands joined the KEEP IT LOW FESTIVAL 2016 line-up this afternoon, bringing the total of bands to 13 so far!

Alongside Colour Haze, Elder, Greenleaf, Monkey3, Toner Low, 1000Mods, Black Rainbows, Duel and Kind, we are stoked to welcome to our 4th edition the almighty John Garcia (coming with his full band, a new album, and surely some Kyuss classics in the set!), legendary US Fuzz Rock Riffmasters The Atomic Bitchwax (still promoting their terrific 2015’s album “Gravitron”), Fatso Jetson (Desert rock godfather Mario Lalli is always welcome at our festival) and Bright Curse (which released their excellent debut album “Before The Shore” last week).

KEEP IT LOW 2016 will happen on October 21st and 22nd in FEIERWERK (Munich) and will greet with 3 stages and around 20 bands, outside beergarden & skatepark. On this upcoming edition we are setting up a cozy and rain protected outside area with food and drink station. We also decided to play already on 2 stages on the Friday night and ending both KIL nights with aftershow parties and Dj Sets (Friday until 3 am and Saturday until 5 am).

Hard Tickets (2-day passes) are available on Woolheads for 65 €! Online tickets are also available on Eventim!

You can purchase tickets on http://woolheads.com/ but be quick! E-Tickets are also available on http://www.eventim.de/

https://www.facebook.com/Keep-It-Low-Festival-486297638124519
http://www.keepitlow.de/

Fatso Jetson, “Swollen Offering” Live, April 2, 2016

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Up in Smoke 2016: Greenleaf, Wucan and Desert Mountain Tribe Added to Lineup

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 6th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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By my count, Up in Smoke 2016 currently has 13 bands slated for its lineup. According to the ticket page, the end goal is a total of 20 — listed as Electric Wizard and 19 others, which is fair enough — so they’re well on their way to unveiling the complete bill, still more than four months off from the fest itself. I’ll admit to having missed an announcement (if you admit to having missed that I missed it) before this latest one, which brings GreenleafWucan and Desert Mountain Tribe, but better late than never in including it here, especially since it adds TruckfightersElder1000mods, and Cough, as well as Swiss instrumentalists Ephedra, to the mix. That’s enough for a fest right there.

Of the latest bunch, Greenleaf easily steal the headline. The Swedish outfit will be out heralding their latest LP and Napalm Records debut, Rise Above the Meadow (review here), which continues to astonish. I’ll have an interview with guitarist Tommi Holappa up in the next couple weeks, so keep an eye out for that, but in the meantime, here’s the latest from Up in Smoke 2016:

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We couldn’t post that before Desertfest as we planned, but those of you who were in Berlin last week-end got the news… for others, there you go! Swedish heavy-rockers Greenleaf, Germand kräuterrock quartet Wucan and English psych-noisenik three-piece Desert Mountain Tribe are confirmed for UP in SMOKE indoor festival in Z7 2016!

Alongside the previously announced bands, we are proud to add to this year’s line-up:

– Swedish high-voltage fuzz rockers Truckfighters,
– Massachusetts’ ultimate progressive stoner rock trio Elder,
– Virginia’s sludge/doom mongers COUGH,
– Hellenic grooviest psychedelic outfit 1000mods,
– and Switzerland’s instrumental heavy rockers Ephedra!

E-tickets can be purchased on www.upinsmoke.de, on www.z-7.ch and on our Facebook. If you prefer to buy a hard-ticket, our partner Woolheads is selling them!

20 Bands – 2 Stages
2 days of Volume Worship

No Overlapping Stage Times
Indoor Camping possible

http://woolheads.com/cms/shop-2/festivalmerchandise/up-in-smoke-the-indoor-festival-vol-iv-ticket/
http://www.upinsmoke.de/eventinfo-indoor-festival
https://www.facebook.com/UpInSmokeIndoorFestivalInZ7
https://www.soundofliberation.com

Up in Smoke 2015 wrap-up video

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Keep it Low 2016: Elder, Greenleaf, Black Rainbows, 1000mods, Duel and Kind Added

Posted in Whathaveyou on April 27th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Seems I missed a recent announcement from Keep it Low 2016 — aka Keep it Low Issue #4 — whereby the Munich-based autumnal gathering added Kind1000mods 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 Monkey3Colour Haze and Toner Low. It already looked like a good time. Now it looks like an even better one.

Dig it:

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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.

IMPORTANT: Our Early Bird action lasts until Monday, May 1st! You can purchase yours on http://woolheads.com/ but be quick! E-Tickets are also available on http://www.eventim.de/

Elder, New Song Live at the Sinclair, Cambridge, MA, 03.16.16

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Up in Smoke 2016: Electric Wizard, Pentagram, Monkey3, Yawning Man and Noon Added

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 19th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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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:

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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.

http://www.upinsmoke.de/eventinfo-indoor-festival
https://www.facebook.com/UpInSmokeIndoorFestivalInZ7
https://www.soundofliberation.com/

Electric Wizard, Live in Minneapolis, MN, April 8, 2015

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Sasquatch Announce European Tour

Posted in Whathaveyou on December 19th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

sasquatch (Photo by Patrick Baleydier)

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:

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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

https://www.facebook.com/sasquatchrocks/
http://www.sasquatchrock.us/Sasquatch/Flog/Flog.html
https://smallstone.bandcamp.com/album/iv
https://www.soundofliberation.com/news

Sasquatch, IV (2013)

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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

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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:

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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

More info here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1219599248054173/
https://www.facebook.com/Sound-of-Liberation-UG-183095098426785/

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:

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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

http://www.soundofliberation.com/
https://www.facebook.com/MySleepingKarma
https://www.facebook.com/greenleafrocks/
https://www.facebook.com/mammothmammothband
http://shop.napalmrecords.com/

Greenleaf, Live in Athens, 2015

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