Carousel, 2113: Strange Revelations

Posted in audiObelisk, Reviews on August 26th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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[NOTE: Press play above to hear the full stream of Carousel’s 2113. Thanks to the band, label and PR for letting me host the premiere.]

Don’t let its minimalist cover fool you, Carousel‘s 2113 is brimming with life. The Pittsburgh four-piece’s second offering through Tee Pee Records after a raucous debut two years ago with Jeweler’s Daughter (reviewed and streamed here), the nine-song/46-minute collection also marks the arrival of guitarist Matt Goldsborough, who doubles in labelmates The Skull. His addition to the lineup with returning guitarist/vocalist Dave Wheeler, bassist Jim Wilson and drummer Jake Leger, is even more noteworthy because, while Goldsborough is is perhaps best known for his stint replacing Victor Griffin a couple years back in PentagramLeger also doubles as the drummer for reunited heavy rockers Bang, so more than most who work in the style, Carousel can claim direct lineage to the classic form from which they take inspiration.

Accordingly, 2113 makes for some of the most seamless ’70s modernization I’ve heard since Stone Axe, songs like “Man Like Me” and the talkbox-infused “Photograph” digging deep into a ’70s-sytle aesthetic and rhythm without necessarily needing the vintage production trappings that others sometimes take on. As was the case with Jeweler’s DaughterCarousel work smoothly as a two-guitar foursome, this time around Wheeler and Goldsborough finding harmonies right from the start with opener “Trouble” that reinforce the timelessness that Thin Lizzy once so readily tapped. It’s a party vibe early, but the bulk of 2113 isn’t so easily caged into one mindset or another, much to the benefit of the album as a whole.

Wheeler‘s frontman presence is a major force throughout, but ultimately it’s his and Goldsborough‘s guitars both that lead the charge, while Wilson and Leger lock in alternately swinging and driving grooves to push songs like “Photograph” forward at an efficient but not at all rushed-sounding clip through its several included solos. The shift in approach between that cut and the subsequent “Buried Alive in Your Arms” — which almost beats the listener over the head with its hook and thus proves among the more immediately memorable inclusions — signals a sense of structural variety that continues throughout the record, but wherever they wind up, Carousel keep 2113 sounding consistent and largely effortless, swagger perhaps the album’s most unifying theme.

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Fitting enough, Wilson gives a highlight bass performance on “Jim’s Song,” and the shortest track (at 2:54) winds up smartly placed to hold onto the momentum the band have thus-far built leading into the centerpiece of the tracklisting, “Highway Strut,” which is about as close as Carousel come to a mission statement on the record. Elsewhere, on “Buried Alive in Your Arms” or the later “Man Like Me,” or on the bonus track Joe Walsh cover “Turn to Stone,” one finds tales of loves lost and found, but “Highway Strut” feels like it’s in the middle for a reason. Also likely the opener of the vinyl side B, it’s a classic road song in the Grand Funk tradition of the sort that Dixie Witch once did so well, and while by the time it comes around, Leger has already broken out the cowbell once on “Photograph,” it couldn’t be more appropriate than it is highlighting the titular strut of the centerpiece.

“Strange Revelation” is about as close as Carousel get to psychedelia, with some added spaciousness in the guitar, but the prevailing vibe remains more boozy than druggy. Starting quiet, it trades back and forth for the first couple minutes until locking itself in around the halfway point through its seven-minute run, building to a satisfying apex that prefaces the title-track soon enough to follow “Man Like Me,” which like “Jim’s Song” on side A, is smartly located where it is. In this case, its straightforward thrust, dual leads and catchy chorus not only stand on their own, but act as a buffer between “Strange Revelation” and “2113.” If you want to go one farther, one can hear a touch of Joe Walsh in the guitar progression as well, tying the original song to the finale cover, but most importantly, “Man Like Me” is strong enough to sound like more than just an interlude between 2113‘s two longest tracks, the latter of which checks in at 7:42 well spent between AC/DC chug and some more of that highway strut they noted earlier.

As ever, Wheeler and Goldsborough affirm the forward position of the guitars, a layer of acoustics adding a sentimental touch to the second half of the track, which is entirely instrumental and topped with interwoven solos prior to a long fadeout. I don’t know whether “Turn to Stone” is included on the vinyl edition of the album — I’d assume not, but one wouldn’t want to feign certainty — but they fit the cut by the former Eagles/James Gang frontman smoothly into the overarching flow either way, even if after the fade of “2113,” there’s not much left that really needs to be said. It’s a quick listen, with or without “Turn to Stone” at the end of it, and Carousel‘s second makes a more than suitable answer to their debut, finding them as players working in more nuanced ideas without losing the natural spirit so essential to what they do.

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Harsh Toke and Sunder Announce European Tour Dates

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

Rules. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been quietly hoping for news of Harsh Toke putting together a follow-up to their 2013 Tee Pee Records debut Light up and Live, but if that’s not forthcoming, word that the San Diego jammers are headed back to Europe for a run alongside their newcomer labelmates Sunder is a more than decent consolation prize. Still wouldn’t mind some album news, but I’ll take what I can get.

Sunder‘s first release for Tee Pee is set to be a flexi 7″ that’s due out Sept. 11. They’ll reportedly have more to follow. They had two records out under their former moniker, The Socks, so they’re not exactly a brand new band, but it should be interesting to hear when the time comes what aesthetic shifts surface to go along with the name change. Their demo (review here) was right on.

Tour info culled from the information superhighway:

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HARSH TOKE & SUNDER // european tour // October 2015

Swamp Booking, Vivarium Music Group, Crusher Records and Tee Pee Records proudly present:

HARSH TOKE and SUNDER on tour
Oct. 01 – Holland, Landgraaf – Oefenbunker
Oct. 02 – Germany, Siegen – Vortex
Oct. 03 – Germany, Mannheim – mohawk club
Oct. 04 – Germany, Kassel – Goldgrube
Oct. 05 – France, Paris – La Mecanique Ondulatoire
Oct. 06 – France, Lyon – Ayers Rock Boat
Oct. 07 – France, Strasbourg – Mudd Club
Oct. 08 – Germany, Köln – Limes
Oct. 09 – Germany, wurzburg -Immerhin
Oct. 10 – Belgium, Antwerp – Desertfest
Oct. 11 – Germany, Berlin – Bassy
Oct. 12 – Austria, Vienna – Arena
Oct. 13 – Germany, Munich – Backstage
Oct. 14- Germany, Lichtenfels – Paunchy Cats
Oct. 15 – Swiss, Horstklub – Kreuzlingen
Oct. 16 – Swiss, Olten – Le Coq D´Or

HARSH TOKE
SAN DIEGO – USA

Psychedelic rockers HARSH TOKE explore sound and space through music. On the San Diego Acid Rock band’s debut album Light Up and Live, loud, heavy guitars, swimming bass lines and smashing drums warp to full throttle, working together to launch the group’s “Haze Maze” of unapologetic psychedelic-blues into interstellar overdrive. Recorded by Brian Ellis (also of the prog-rock band ASTRA) and mastered by Carl Saff (Earthless, OFF!, Unsane)

HARSH TOKE are equal parts atmospheric and anarchic, merging raging, blind fury musicianship with unprecedented white-knuckle volume abuse. Tense and surreal, HARSHTOKES’ songs slowly build from hallucinatory haze into grand overtures of noise and feedback; a cosmic buffet of pounding, pummeling and punishing planes of sound. Heavy. Cosmic. Kinetic.

HARSH TOKE lay down sizzling grooves with every needle on the soundboard pinned to the red. If Blue Cheer could be called “Louder than God” in 1968, forty five years later, HARSH TOKE can easily be pegged as “Louder than Satan.” Run for your lives – into the din.

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SUNDER
LYON – FRANCE

The Gods of Rock have seen fit to bestow upon the masses a reincarnation of the psychedelic force previously known as The Socks.

Comprising the same lineup, this incarnation of reverberation that goes by the name ofSunder is destined to sell out stadiums throughout the world, splitting heads through the ears with their brand of thunderous, heavy rock.

Signed to Crusher Records in Europe and Tee Pee Records in the States, Sunder is poised to leave their mark the world over.

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Harsh Toke, “Light up and Live”

Sunder, “Deadly Flower” (Demo)

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Lineup Announced for Cosmic Sonic Rendezvous; Saviours, Witch, The Skull and More to Play

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 17th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

Respected purveyor Tee Pee Records will host what they’ve dubbed the Cosmic Sonic Rendezvous on Sept. 5 and 6 at The Wick in Brooklyn. The two-day fest is headlined by Witch and Saviours, and will feature a pair of sets from The Bevis Frond as well as Tee Pee label-denizens CarouselMirror Queen and The Skull, as well as Brooklyn natives The Golden Grass and Boston’s Worshipper. Pretty badass to get The Bevis Frond over at all, so yeah, two sets makes sense, and it’s not like Witch play out every day, so mark it down as a win for brand extension and rock and roll in general.

This one doesn’t really need me to sell it. The PR wire brings details:

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TEE PEE RECORDS & THE WICK PRESENT: COSMIC SONIC RENDEZVOUS!

September 5th & 6th at The Wick in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Day 1: doors 6pm, show at 7pm. featuring SAVIOURS, THE SKULL, MIRROR QUEEN, THE BEVIS FROND
tickets: http://bit.ly/1KjuqRK

Day 2: doors 6pm, show at 7pm. featuring WITCH, CAROUSEL, THE BEVIS FROND, THE GOLDEN GRASS, WORSHIPPER
tickets: http://bit.ly/1Kjuv82

Welcome to the inaugural edition of Cosmic Sonic Rendezvous! Tee Pee Records has always been proud to offer a lovingly loud collection of the finest rock bands to the world, and it seemed only natural to create a unique event and annually bring together many of our favorites to New York City.

While most of the bands on the Tee Pee roster have a definite guitar-based sensibility, there is quite a range therein that we and the bands are constantly exploring. Fans of underground rock know that they are witnessing a contemporary explosion of creative bands purveying in everything from joyous riff-rock to full-on psych; from the heaviest doom to neo-thrash; from bands who nod to the occult to a new wave of space-rock to bands who hearken to the blues; etc, etc.

We hope you enjoy these two fantastic nights of music, comprised of bands both rising and those that are stalwarts. Some have albums out on Tee Pee, while others we gleefully listen across what is not a great divide. We feel they all represent what is at least one part of the underground rock ethos: you do it because you simply have to, and you love it loud.

See you there!

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Brooklyn, NY 11206

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Saviours, “Final Live” at the DNA Lounge, San Francisco, CA

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The Skull to Tour Europe in Spring 2016

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 14th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Good news out of the camp of Chicago doomers The Skull in that the five-piece band, which features two former members of Trouble and now two former members of Pentagram, are headed to Europe for the first time since the release of their 2014 debut album, For Those Which are Asleep (review here). That record was a trad-doom gem issued by Tee Pee that boasted highlight work from some of those who set the traditions of doom in motion in the first place. With the still-relatively-recent addition of ex-Pentagram drummer Sean Saley to the lineup, The Skull will set out late in Feb. 2016 and continue through a goodly part of March with more dates still to be added.

While these cats are known for regularly breaking out Trouble songs during the set — you might say that’s how they started out — it says something at this point that if you’re going to see them play, it’s probably even more to get the cuts from For Those Which are Asleep. If you haven’t heard that record, you probably should.

The news came late last night down the PR wire:

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The Skull NEW tour dates

THE SKULL featuring former Trouble members including vocalist Eric Wagner and bassist Ron Holzner are heading to Europe in March 2016 for performances across the continent!

Featuring original TROUBLE vocalist Eric Wagner and long time TROUBLE bassist Ron Holzner, THE SKULL are giving their legendary former band a run for their money with their new Tee Pee Records / Plastic Head release “For Those Which Are Asleep”.

In 2012, THE SKULL hit Europe as headliner for the Hells Pleasure Fest in Germany, and then followed up as headliner for their own European tour in November 2012 which included performances in Germany, Netherlands, and Sweden; including co-headlining the Hammer of Doom Festival with Pentagram in Wurzburg, Germany. In 2014, THE SKULL’s European headlining tour included headlining the Day of Doom Festival in Barcelona, Spain, as well as venues in Portugal and a headline show at Camden World in London, England playing the classic Trouble album “Psalm 9″ in its entirety on this tour.

THE SKULL’s current show includes a large blend of Trouble classics and rarities spanning the Eric Wagner and Ron Holzner periods with the band as well as new “The Skull” material from their critically acclaimed record “For Those Which Are Asleep” played in Europe for the first time ever. The show also includes the occasional cover and expanded live jam versions. It’s doom that rocks.

THE SKULL
(ex-Trouble, ex-Pentagram)
For Those Which Are Asleep European Tour 2016
Presented by Rock Hard Magazine, Guitar Magazine, DrumHeads Magazine, & Grow!
26.02.2016 NL-Tilburg, Little Devil
27.02.2016 NL-Amsterdam, Q-Factory
29.02.2016 DE-Cologne, Underground
01.03.2016 DE-Bielefeld, Forum
03.03.2016 DE-Hamburg, Klubsen
04.03.2016 DE-Leipzig, Bandhaus
09.03.2016 DE-Dresden, Chemiefabrik
10.03.2016 DE-Berlin, Cassiopeia
11.03.2016 DE-Markneukirchen, Framus & Warwick Music Hall
12.03.2016 DE-Munich, Backstage
14.03.2016 AT-Graz, Explosiv
15.03.2016 SK-Bratislava, Muzeum Obchodu
17.03.2016 AT-Wien, Viper Room
18.03.2016 AT-Innsbruck, Weekender
19.03.2016 IT-Bologna, Freakclub
20.03.2016 DE-Karlsruhe, Jubez

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The Skull, “Sick of it All” Live at The Foundry

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The Atomic Bitchwax Post New Video for “No Way Man”

Posted in Bootleg Theater on August 10th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Having a rough afternoon? Perhaps you’re dug deep into the usual post-weekend every-decision-I’ve-ever-made-is-wrong blues? Well, The Atomic Bitchwax are here for you. The winding NJ heavy rock power trio have a brand new video out for the track “No Way Man” from their 2015 album, Gravitron (review here), and if anything’s going to lift your spirits at all, it’s the Bitchwax. And by you, I mean me. And by “blues” I mean “it’s complicated.”

Nonetheless, what isn’t complicated is the kicking of ass that The Atomic Bitchwax deliver with from-the-word-go intensity on Gravitron, which is available now via Tee Pee Records. Inarguably their heaviest-sounding album, it shows off the chemistry that the lineup of bassist/vocalist Chris Kosnik, guitarist/vocalist Finn Ryan and drummer Bob Pantella have built up over the better part of the last decade both in the studio and on stages across — well, mostly across Europe, but a bit in the States as well.

To that end, the Bitchwax kick off a North American run this week — emphasis on North American; dates in Canada and all; no Mexico this time out — in support of Gravitron. I’m not sure if they ever went cross-country for 2011’s The Local Fuzz (review here), but they’ll be out on the West Coast and in-between this time, and I can speak even beyond my Garden State bias to say it’s well worth the effort to catch them if you can.

And while we’re talking about “catching them if you can,” the track “No Way Man” is a suitable challenge to anyone who’d try to keep up with The Atomic Bitchwax‘s frenetic pacing and blink-and-miss-it rhythmic turns. Tour dates follow the clip below, filmed edited by Shotwell Productions with further editing by The War Machine. Have fun:

The Atomic Bitchwax, “No Way Man” official video

THE ATOMIC BITCHWAX recently announced their upcoming U.S. headline tour, which kicks off Thursday, August 13th in Brooklyn, NY at The Shop. The tour will feature support from Mos Generator and Against The Grain. See below for a full listing of all currently confirmed tour dates.

THE ATOMIC BITCHWAX U.S. Tour Dates:
8/13 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Shop
8/14 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
8/15 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
8/16 – Montreal, QC @ Foufounes Electriques
8/17 – Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks
8/18 – Sudbury, ON @ Townehouse
8/19 – Toronto, ON @ Bovine Sex Club
8/20 – Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
8/21 – Pittsburgh, PA @ 31st Street Pub
8/22 – Dayton, OH @ RockStar Pro Arena
8/23 – Hamtramck, MI @ Smalls
8/24 – Chicago, IL @ Double Door
8/25 – Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club
8/26 – Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
8/27 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
8/29 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux
9/1 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
9/2 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw
9/3 – Portland, OR @ Panic Room
9/4 – Oakland, CA @ Leos
9/5 – Los Angeles, CA @ Loaded
9/6 – Mesa, AZ @ Club Red
9/8 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sister Bar
9/9 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links Deep Ellum
9/10 – Austin, TX @ Red 7
9/11 – Houston, TX @ Rudyards
9/12 – New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
9/13 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
9/15 – Raleigh, NC @ Pour House
9/16 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
9/17 – Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
9/18 – New York, NY @ Bowery Electric
9/19 – Providence, RI @ Firehouse 13

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The Skull Announce West Coast Tour Dates

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

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Fascinating transition for The Skull, who since the release of their 2014 Tee Pee Records debut album, For Those Which are Asleep (review here), have gone from being more Trouble than Trouble to owing just as much of their collective pedigree to Pentagram with the addition of drummer Sean Saley alongside guitarist Matt Goldsborough — both of whom I’m pretty sure were in Pentagram when I saw them at Desertfest London in 2013. Go figure.

What that means to The Skull‘s overall aesthetic will of course remain to be seen, guitarist Lothar Keller (who was never in either Trouble or Pentagram — yet!) having such a huge role in what they do, as well as bassist Ron Holzner and vocalist Eric Wagner, but wherever they go from their first album, I’m glad to see them getting out for a decent bit of touring, even if it’s headed west instead of east. The rest will sort itself out, but more time on stage can only make them a tighter unit and expand on what they were already able to bring to the studio the first time around.

The PR wire has tour details:

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The Skull Announces North American Tour Dates

Doom Titans featuring Ex-Members of Legendary Metal Bands TROUBLE and PENTAGRAM Set to Hit the Road

THE SKULL, featuring vocalist Eric Wagner and bassist Ron Holzner, formerly of metal legends TROUBLE, guitarist Matt Goldsborough and drummer Sean Saley (both ex-PENTAGRAM) and guitarist Lothar Keller, has announced a North American tour in support of its debut album, For Those Which Are Asleep.

THE SKULL will launch the 16-city trek on September 11 in Milwaukee, WI. The tour will run through September 29 in New Orleans, LA. At the shows, THE SKULL will perform both songs from For Those Which Are Asleep and time-tested favorites from its canon of TROUBLE classics. The just-announced live dates are as follows:

THE SKULL tour dates:
September 11 Milwaukee, WI Metal Grill
September 12 Kansas City, MO Riot Room
September 13 Denver, CO Larimer Lounge
September 15 Spokane, WA The Pin
September 16 Boise, ID Neurolux
September 17 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw
September 18 Seattle, WA El Corazon
September 19 Portland, OR Star Theatre
September 20 Oakland, CA Opera House
September 22 Los Angeles, CA Satellite
September 23 San Diego, CA Hideout
September 24 Phoenix, AZ Pub Rock
September 25 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad
September 26 Fort Worth, TX Lola’s
September 27 Tulsa, OK Downtown Lounge
September 29 New Orleans, LA Sibera

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The Skull, “Send Judas Down” live in Dayton, OH, Dec. 2014

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Sacri Monti, Sacri Monti: Slipping from the Day

Posted in audiObelisk, Reviews on July 20th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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[Please press play above to hear a full stream of Sacri Monti’s Sacri Monti, which is out July 24 on Tee Pee. Preorders are available here. Thanks to the label, PR and band for allowing me to host the album.]

SoCal five-piece Sacri Monti traffic in liquefied kosmiche bliss. The natural word to follow that is “exclusively,” but that’s not quite true in this case, as it would indicate a single-mindedness that neither they nor their self-titled six-track/43-minute Tee Pee Records full-length debut actually possess, the album instead working in a natural-flowing, bright toned spectrum of guitar-driven, organ-laced classic heavy psych, six-stringers Brenden Dellar (also vocals) and Dylan Donavon, Evan Wenskay (organ, synth, Echoplex), bassist Anthony Meier (also of Radio Moscow) and drummer Thomas Dibenedetto (also of JOY) touching on progressive ideas and methods without going full-on krautrock noodle or losing their sense of groove, which remains paramount through the initial shuffle of “Staggered in Lies” and the harder-hitting swing of “Glowing Grey” in the 14-minute one-two punch that leads off.

The established track record of their rhythm section should speak for itself, but it’s worth pointing out that as is the case in the best of heavy psych scenarios, it’s the drums and the bass anchoring the bulk of this material, the especially memorable “Slipping from the Day” seeming that much dreamier because of the solid foundation from which it spreads itself out. Dellar, Donavon and Wenskay enact an immersive swirl on “Staggered in Lies” and vibe remains prevalent throughout the cuts that follow, Sacri Monti‘s Sacri Monti kaleidoscoping through a wash of fuzzy distortion that seems to revel in the chaos of its own making.

Improv seems to play pretty heavily into the band’s methodology, so it’s not really such a surprise that “Slipping from the Day,” “Glowing Grey” and “Sitting around in a Restless Dream” would differ from the versions included on Sacri Monti‘s Demo 2014, released on tape by Under the Gun Records. “Slipping from the Day,” formerly a 12-minute jam, is here trimmed down to six and a half, and it proves a highlight toward the middle of the record, soaked in wah and centered around the repeated line, “Hold on, you’re really slipping from the day,” and variations thereupon. The psychedelic fervor Sacri Monti conjure isn’t to be understated, and it really is an album-long vibe, but far from monochromatic, “Sitting around in a Restless Dream” takes ’70s biker riffing and launches it into a stratosphere of swirling boogie, Dellar‘s voice echoing out as Wenskay seems to manipulate the Echoplex for further looped intricacy — just in case things weren’t freaked out enough.

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At just over five minutes, “Sitting around in a Restless Dream” is the shortest of the six cuts, but it packs plenty of space into that time and one has the feeling that on any given night Sacri Monti happen to play it, it might range much further. The subsequent “Ancient Seas and Majesties” brings a turn that pushes the guitar forward, finding a middle ground between the otherworldly mastery of “Slipping from the Day” and the earthier “Staggered in Lies,” the organ seeming to follow the vocals as much as it sets matches step with the bass and drums and adds to the melody proffered by the guitar. In short, it’s everywhere, and it works much to the advantage of the song and the album as a whole.

If you thought by the time you got there that Sacri Monti had no more tricks up their collective sleeve, the languid, bluesy initialization of “Sacri Monti” serves as a swift correction, unfolding gracefully over the course of its first two-plus minutes with a building wave of keys and guitars, the latter introducing the next movement’s riff at 2:40 into the total 12-minute run. It’s mostly instrumental, which is fitting since the band have toyed with structures throughout, but when the vocals do arrive in the second half of the song one can’t help but be reminded of some of Hypnos 69‘s proggy triumphs, and Sacri Monti seem to be working form a similar base of influences in their finale.

As the song comes to its head — hypnosis long since enacted on the listener — and spends its last minute or so wrapping up, one can’t help but hope that the fivesome continue to explore that side of their sound, and begin to mold energy as readily as they do volume, resulting in a shift of atmospherics no less molten than the overarching affect of their debut. As it stands, Sacri Monti is an exciting opening salvo from an act whose promise feels written into each of its jams, and whose balance between songcraft and improvisation serves as an immediately distinguishing factor amid an increasingly crowded Southern Californian heavy psych scene.

The way their songs play out here, they’d almost have a harder time not sounding like themselves, since so much of what they do is based around the forming chemistry of their lineup that one hopes will continue to grow the more time they spend on stage. How much that will happen owing to members’ obligations elsewhere, I don’t know, but if Sacri Monti‘s debut is an alert to the lysergic converted of a pursuit under way, it’s one that well earns any and all attention paid.

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Earthless and Elder Announce Australian Tour

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 16th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

File this one under “Damn Those are Gonna be Some Good Shows” as Earthless and Elder pair up to tour Australia beginning Oct. 22. It’s a quick run, but an utterly badass pairing of bands, that, if I happened to be on the other side of the planet, I’d be sure to hit up. This will be Elder‘s first time down there — you might recall a couple years back they were all set to go with YOB (who will be there next month as well) but it didn’t pan out — while I’m pretty sure Earthless have made the trip before. Either way, there’s just nothing about those two getting together that doesn’t flat out rule.

News came down off the PR wire a couple minutes ago:

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EARTHLESS (USA) & ELDER (USA) AUSTRALIAN TOUR OCTOBER 2015

LIFE IS NOISE is proud to announce the heavy-psych double-bill of the year, as Elder and Earthless tour Australia this October.

Earthless want you to know how it feels to touch the sky. With smoldering guitar riffs that stretch from here to infinity, the San Diego trio are at once cosmic and timeless, rooted in a profound respect for the Zeppelin/Sabbathian tradition yet with eyes firmly cast forward. Never mind the retro rock revivalists or the ’70s throwbacks – Earthless aren’t nostalgists; they’re sonic luminaries dragging psychadelia by the wah pedal into the 21st century and beyond.

Isaiah Mitchell is the kind of guitar prodigy that comes along only once in a generation. Underpinned by the military precision of Mario Rubalcaba’s drumming and Mike Eginton’s fundamental grooves, Mitchell’s chaotic fretwork is as unpredictable as it is ambitious.

Elder are a sleeper cell of colossal talent. Never has three-piece so seamlessly merged the atmosphere of doom with the depth of stoner rock and the vitality of psychedelic rock. Their latest album, Lore, is a quiet masterpiece – a blizzard of riffs that shine with melody, dynamism and songwriting sophistication well beyond the young band’s years.

Few bands have the gall to cover Jimi Hendrix, and even fewer can do it well, but Elder did just that in June when they released a rip-roaring cover of Voodoo Child (Slight Return) for the Hendrix tribute Electric Ladyland Redux. Nick DeSalvo’s guitar sounds on the brink of bursting into flames as he blazes through solo after solo.

Elder’s sonic mastery extends beyond the studio – the trio’s live documents and show-stealing sets at Roadburn and Psycho California are a testament to Elder’s limitless potential.

Elder and Earthless have never shared a stage before. There’s no telling what havoc these two riff lords will wreak. Don’t miss the psych trip of the year. Witness these two blow minds on the following dates:

Perth – The Rosemount Hotel – October 22,
Melbourne –The Corner – October 23, 2015
Sydney – Newtown Social – October 24, 2015
Brisbane – Crowbar – October 26, 2015

Tickets on sale now through lifeisnoise.com, Oztix and venue outlets.

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Earthless, “Violence of the Red Sea”

Elder, Lore (2015)

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