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The Obelisk Presents: The Top 20 Debut Albums of 2016

Posted in Features on December 15th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Please note: This post is not culled in any way from the Year-End Poll, which is ongoing. If you haven’t yet contributed your favorites of 2016 to that, please do.

Of all the lists I do to wrap up or start any given year, this is the hardest. As someone obviously more concerned with first impressions than I am and thus probably better-dressed once said, you only get one chance at them. For bands, that can be a vicious bite in the ass on multiple levels.

To wit, you put out a great debut, fine, but there’s a whole segment of your listeners who’re bound to think you’ll never live up to it again. You put out a meh debut, you sell yourself short. Or maybe your debut is awesome but doesn’t really represent where you want to be as a band, so it’s a really good first impression, but a mistaken one. There are so many things that can go wrong or go right with any LP, but with debuts, the stakes are that much higher because it’s the only time you’ll get the chance to engage your audience for the first time. That matters.

And when it comes to putting together a list of the best debuts of the year, how does one begin to judge? True, some of these acts have done EPs and singles and splits and things like that before, and that’s at least something to go on, but can one really be expected to measure an act’s potential based on a single collection of songs? Is that fair to anyone involved? Or on the other side, is it even possible to take a debut entirely on its own merits, without any consideration for where it might lead the band in question going forward? I know that’s not something I’ve ever been able to do, certainly. Or particularly interested in doing. I like context.

Still, one presses on. I guess the point is that, like picking any kind of prospects, some will pan out and some won’t. I’ve done this for enough years now that I’ve seen groups flame or fade out while others have risen to new heights with each subsequent release. It’s always a mix. But at the same time, it’s important to step back and say that, as of today, this is where it’s at.

And so it is:

KING BUFFALO ORION

The Obelisk Presents: The Top 20 Debut Albums of 2016

1. King Buffalo, Orion
2. Elephant Tree, Elephant Tree
3. Heavy Temple, Chassit
4. Holy Grove, Holy Grove
5. Worshipper, Shadow Hymns
6. Vokonis, Olde One Ascending
7. Wretch, Wretch
8. Year of the Cobra, In the Shadows Below
9. BigPig, Grande Puerco
10. Fuzz Evil, Fuzz Evil
11. Bright Curse, Before the Shore
12. Conclave, Sins of the Elders
13. Pale Grey Lore, Pale Grey Lore
14. High Fighter, Scars and Crosses
15. Spirit Adrift, Chained to Oblivion
16. Bellringer, Jettison
17. Church of the Cosmic Skull, Is Satan Real?
18. Merchant, Suzerain
19. Beastmaker, Lusus Naturae
20. King Dead, Woe and Judgment

Honorable Mention

There are many. First, the self-titled from Pooty Owldom, which had so much weirdo charm it made my head want to explode. And Iron Man frontman Dee Calhoun‘s acoustic solo record was technically a debut. And Atala‘s record. And Horehound. And Mother Mooch. And Domkraft. And Spaceslug. And Graves at Sea? Shit. More than a decade after their demo, they finally put out a debut album. And Second Grave‘s full-length would turn out to be their swansong, but that doesn’t take away from the quality of the thing. There were a lot of records to consider in putting this list together. As always, it could’ve been a much longer list.

For example, here are 20 more: Swan Valley Heights, Arctic, Blues Funeral, Teacher, Psychedelic Witchcraft, Nonsun, Duel, Banquet, Floodlore, Mindkult‘s EP, Mountain Dust, Red LamaRed Wizard, Limestone Whale, Dunbarrow, Comacozer, Sinister Haze, Pants Exploder, Akasava, Katla and No Man’s Valley. That’s not even the end of it. I could go on.

Notes

It was a fight to the finish. There’s always one, and as late as yesterday I could be found kicking back and forth between King Buffalo and Elephant Tree in the top spot. What was it that finally put King Buffalo‘s Orion over Elephant Tree‘s self-titled? I don’t know. Ask me tomorrow and the answer might be completely different.

They had a lot in common. Not necessarily in terms of style — King Buffalo basked in spacious Americana-infused heavy psych jams while Elephant Tree proffered more earthbound riffing and melodies — but each executed memorable songs across its span in a way that would be unfair to ask of a debut. The potential for what both bands can turn into down the line played a part in the picks, but something else they share between them is that the quality of the work they’re doing now warrants the top spots. Orion and Elephant Tree were great albums, not just great first albums.

From there, we see a wide swath of next-generation encouragement for the future of heavy rock, whether it’s coming from Sweden’s Vokonis or Philadelphia’s Heavy Temple, or London’s Bright Curse, or Los Angeles duo BigPig. The latter act’s punkish fuzz definitely benefited from guitarist/vocalist Dino von Lalli‘s experience playing in Fatso Jetson, but one hopes that as the years go on his own multifaceted songwriting style will continue to grow as well.

A few offerings weren’t necessarily unexpected but still lived up to the anticipation. High Fighter‘s EP prefaced their aggro sludgecore well. Ditto that for the grueling death-sludge of Massachusetts natives Conclave. The aforementioned Bright Curse, Merchant, Fuzz Evil, Atala, Bellringer, Holy Grove, Wretch and Worshipper all had offerings of one sort or another prior to their full-length debuts — in the case of Bellringer, it was just a series of videos, while Wretch had the entire The Gates of Slumber catalog to fall back on — but each of those albums offered surprises nonetheless.

It would’ve been hard not to be taken by the songwriting on display from the likes of Holy Grove, Year of the Cobra, Pale Grey Lore and Beastmaker, who between them covered a pretty broad variety of atmosphere but found ways to deliver high-quality crafted material in that. Those albums were a pleasure to hear. Put Boston’s Worshipper in that category as well, though they were just as much a standout from the pack in terms of their performance as what they were performing. Speaking of performance, the lush melodies from Church of the Cosmic Skull and classic progressive flourish were enough to make me a believer. Simply gorgeous. And one-man outfit Spirit Adrift shined, if in that matte-black doom kind of way, on an encouraging collection of modern melancholic heavy that seemed to hint at sprawl to come.

As we get down to the bottom of the list we find Pennsylvania ambient heavy post-rockers King Dead. Their Woe and Judgment was released digitally last year (2015) but the LP came out earlier this year, so I wasn’t quite sure where to place them ultimately. I know they got some mention on the 2015 lists somewhere, but while they’re an act who’ve flown under a lot of people’s radar as yet, I have good feelings about how they might continue to dig into their sound and the balance of bleakness and psychedelic color they bring to their material. They’re slated for a follow-up in 2017, so this won’t be the last list on which they appear in the next few weeks.

Like I said at the outset, putting out a debut album is a special moment for any band. Not everyone gets to that point and not everyone gets beyond it, so while a list like this is inherently bound to have some element of speculation, it’s still a worthy endeavor to celebrate the accomplishments of those who hit that crucial moment in their creative development. Hopefully these acts continue to grow, flourish, and build on what they’ve thus far been able to realize sonically. That’s the ideal.

And before I go, once again, let me reinforce the notion that I recognize this is just a fraction of the whole. I’d like it to be the start of a conversation. If there was a debut album that kicked your ass this year and you don’t see it here, please drop a note in the comments below. I’m sure I’ll be adding more honorable mentions and whatnot over the next couple days, so if you see glaring omissions, let’s have ’em.

Thanks for reading.

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Mothership Reveal Art and Track Details for High Strangeness

Posted in Whathaveyou on December 14th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

Dallas heavy rock forerunners Mothership have confirmed High Strangeness as the title of their new album, which will see a March 17 release in the US via Ripple Music with European issue through Heavy Psych Sounds. The name of the record marks a departure from the self-titled path the band previously walked with 2014’s Mothership II (review here) and 2012’s Mothership (review here), but if upping their game is to be the theme on which the trio is working this time around, I guess the swirl-laden Adam Burke art fits into that as well when compared at least to the cover of their debut. This remains one of my most anticipated records for 2017, and if it’s not on your list as well, that’s probably your loss.

Just off the PR wire:

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MOTHERSHIP to Release New Album, ‘High Strangeness’, March 17

Dallas, Texas heavy rock band MOTHERSHIP will release its new album, High Strangeness, on March 17, 2017 via Ripple Music. Recorded and mixed by Ryan Lee (Crypt Trip) at Fire Station Studios in San Marcos, TX and mastered by Tony Reed (Mos Generator / Stone Axe), the album delivers eight strong songs of the band’s self-coined “supersonic intergalactic heavy rock”. High Strangeness is the highly anticipated follow-up to MOTHERSHIP’s 2014 LP, Mothership II. Artwork for the new album was created by artist Adam Burke (Ruby the Hatchet).

MOTHERSHIP’s stout sound delivers an amped-up take on ’70’s heavy rock fury, laced with electrifying psychedelics and space rock elements. The group formed in 2010 when brothers Kyle and Kelley Juett decided to start a new band with their father John Juett on drums. In 2011, Judge Smith would assume drum duties and the trio began to hone its heavy, blues-based sound by performing live at every opportunity. Non-stop road warriors, MOTHERSHIP has risen to headliner status in 2016 and is the go-to opener for D-Town’s national touring shows, having shared the stage with Slayer, Alice in Chains, Ghost, Baroness and more in the last twelve months alone. The band was named Dallas’ Best Metal Act at the 2016 Dallas Observer Music Awards, earning the honor amidst a strong group of contenders that included True Widow and Pinkish Black.

“Our third album is fueled by the very supersonic intergalactic heavy rock and roll music that brought us together,” comments bassist / vocalist Kyle Juett. “We are confident that this new batch of tunes will fire up those who are already on board with us and motivate others to take a “trip on the ship” as well. These songs perfectly capture what will be the next chapter in our ongoing saga across this great planet and beyond. We are now playing a few new songs in our live set, so come out and hear ’em before they are released!”

Track listing:

1.) High Strangeness
2.) Ride the Sun
3.) Midnight Express
4.) Crown of Lies
5.) Helter Skelter
6.) Eternal Trip
7.) Wise Man
8.) Speed Dealer

High Strangeness will see release in Europe via Heavy Psych Sounds Records.

On January 6, MOTHERSHIP will kick off a short run of U.S. tour dates leading up to its appearance as part of the 2017 ShipRocked Cruise. The just-announced dates are as follows:

MOTHERSHIP tour dates:
January 6 Denton, TX Dan’s Silver Leaf
January 7 Oklahoma City, OK Blue Note
January 8 Fayetteville, AR The Smoke & Barrel Tavern
January 9 Kansas City, MO The Riot Room
January 10 St Louis, MO Fubar
January 11 Nashville, TN Springwater Supper Club and Lounge
January 12 Atlanta, GA The Basement (Orange Amplifiers Showcase)
January 13 Orlando, FL Will’s Pub
January 14 Savannah, GA The Jinx 912
January 16 ShipRocked Cruise
January 17 ShipRocked Cruise
January 18 ShipRocked Cruise
January 19 ShipRocked Cruise
January 20 Miami, FL Churchill’s Pub
January 21 Tampa, FL Crowbar

Mothership is:
Kelley Juett – Guitars/Vox
Kyle Juett – Bass/Vox
Judge Smith – Drums

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mothershiphaslanded.com
facebook.com/mothershipusa
twitter.com/mothershipusa
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https://www.facebook.com/HEAVYPSYCHSOUNDS/
www.heavypsychsounds.com

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Mothership Sign to Heavy Psych Sounds for European Distribution; Album out March 17

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

Pretty much every time something cool happens concerning Texas-based heavy rockers Mothership, my reaction is the same: Well, they earned that.

Seriously, it’s just getting repetitive at this point.

The news that the Dallas trio, in addition to issuing their new album through Ripple Music in North America — as has been their custom across their last two outings: 2014’s Mothership II (review here) and 2012’s Mothership (review here) — will have a European release through Italy’s oft-discussed Heavy Psych Sounds is something of a surprise, but it engenders much the same response. Yup, they earned it.

Not that it was really a question at this point, what with their multiple-times-over veteran status, but this pretty much makes a European tour in 2017 a lock expectation as well for Mothership as they start to support the album, the title of which still awaits confirmation, though it’s US shows first starting right after the New Year that will lead them toward the new release’s arrival date, which they’ve hinted will be March 17.

News from Heavy Psych Sounds, live dates and a teaser for the new record follow. Dig it:

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Mothership – Heavy Psych Sounds

HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS Records & Booking is incredibly proud to announce that Mothership signed with us for their next album for European territory!

http://www.heavypsychsounds.com/bands/mothership.htm

“We are more than proud to welcome Dallas supersonic rockers MOTHERSHIP in the Heavy Psych Sounds roster, for the European release of their upcoming third album in the beginning of 2017!

With their unconditional and ever-growing love for rock’n’roll, the heavy-groovin’ trio is set deliver yet another stellar offering of theirs – which official release date and details will be revealed soon.

Keep a sharp eye on the radar…”

Mothership live:
1/6 – Denton, TX – Dan’s Silver Leaf
1/7 – Oklahoma City, OK – Blue Note
1/8 – Fayetteville, AR – The Smoke & Barrel Tavern
1/9 – Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
1/10 – St Louis, MO – Fubar Saint Louis
1/11 – Nashville, TN – Springwater Supper Club and Lounge
1/12 – Atlanta, GA – The Basement (Orange Amplifiers Showcase)
1/13 – Orlando, FL – Will’s Pub
1/14 – Savannah, GA – The Jinx 912
1/16 – ShipRocked Cruise 2017
1/17 – ShipRocked Cruise 2017
1/18 – ShipRocked Cruise 2017
1/19 – ShipRocked Cruise 2017
1/20 – Miami, FL – Churchill’s Pub
1/21 – Tampa, FL – Crowbar

Mothership is:
Kelley Juett – Guitars/Vox
Kyle Juett – Bass/Vox
Judge Smith – Drums

mothershipusa.bandcamp.com
mothershiphaslanded.com
facebook.com/mothershipusa
twitter.com/mothershipusa
ripple-music.com
ripplemusic.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/HEAVYPSYCHSOUNDS/
www.heavypsychsounds.com

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The Linus Pauling Quartet Premiere “Brisket” Video

Posted in Bootleg Theater on November 22nd, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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You might be able to search the earth and find a batch of heavy rock weirdos with as much charm as the Linus Pauling Quartet — because, hey, it’s a big planet — but I can safely guarantee you’re not going to have an easy time of it, and unless you’re ultra-stubborn and committed to the quest, it’s probably just going to be easier to hand the title over to the Houston five-piece and call it even. They made their label debut through Vincebus Eruptum Recordings early this year with Ampalanche (review here) and ran a gamut from flute-laden riffs to drones running more than three quarters of an hour, proving once again that while they’re definitely the kind of band who might line their press shot with empty bottles of Shiner Bock, they’re also just about limitless in their creativity.

And when it comes to the charm referenced above, that’s definitely a major factor as well. To wit, their new video that premieres today for “Brisket” tells the all-too-true (allegedly) story of LP4 guitarist/vocalist Charlie Naked who, hungover, missed a barbecue and went on a pilgrimage for the titular smoked meat. If you’re not simultaneously laughing and hungry by the time his journey takes him into the woods to meet the Meat Wizard — yup — gain his power and fulfill his beefy destiny while the band plays out a psychedelic break with tips on rubs and how long to smoke brisket, well, I simply have nothing for you. You’ll also note that Naked‘s beard length changes at several points throughout the clip. This is completely unexplained and unaddressed by the band. Once again: Charm.

They tell their own story below better than I could ever hope to, so I won’t delay any further except to say that if you haven’t yet checked out Ampalanche, I’ve added the full stream from Bandcamp to the bottom of this post — which I don’t usually do for something like a video premiere since obviously if there’s any single piece of media I want you to pay attention to, it’s the one being premiered — because that’s how worth your time I think it is.

Info and audio follow the video. Enjoy:

The Linus Pauling Quartet, “Brisket” official video

Do you smell that, friends? The scent of smoke rising from the mesquite fired hecatombs across the state of Texas as it rises to the pleasure of the Gods and Goddesses of Barbecue. This ritual sacrifice of cattle that is carefully overseen by the Meat Wizards across the state as they imbibe in an elixir of barley and hops is a sacred rite among Texians.

We here at the LP4 are no strangers to this ritual yet sometimes when we (OK, Charlie) are drinking and carrying on like Sir John Falstaff at Glitter Karaoke, we may find ourselves oversleeping. This indeed is the nightmare Charlie found himself in one Saturday morning when he awoke to find that he was running late to a Blood Brothers BBQ. Having missed the Brisket, he set about writing the words that grace this track from the LP4s latest release, Ampalanche on Italy’s Vincebus Eruptum Records.

The video you are about to see is inspired by these events with a wink and a nod to Joe Massot.

“Brisket” is the first video of the latest album, Ampalanche, by the Linus Pauling Quartet

For more on Blood Brothers BBQ visit facebook.com/BloodBrosBBQ

Credits:

Pequod Films Presents – The Linus Pauling Quartet’s “Brisket”

Starring Charlie Naked and his amazing randomized beard length and introducing Clinton Heider as The Meat Wizard.

Director/Editor/Storyboard/Camera: Ramon Medina, with assistance and suggestions from Charlie Naked, Clinton Heider, Stephen Finley, and Larry Liska.

The Linus Pauling Quartet:
Stephen Finley: Bass
Clinton Heider: Rhythm and Lead Guitars, Backing Vocals
Larry Liska: Drums
Ramon Medina: Rhythm and Lead Guitars, Backing Vocals
Charlie Naked: Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar

The Linus Pauling Quartet, Ampalanche (2016)

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The Well, Beastmaker & R.I.P. Touring the West Coast Next Month

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 14th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

Next month, Austin, Texas, three-piece The Well head west to support their new album, Pagan Science (review here), which is out now via RidingEasy Records. They’ll be joined in this endeavor by Beastmaker from Fresno and R.I.P. from Portland, so for a significant portion of the run what you’re getting is three bands kicking ass from town to town, each with their own style, each with something different to offer.

I only mention it in that way because the other day I put up a news post about a European tour Sweden’s The Order of Israfel are doing early next year with Year of the Goat and Tombstones (info here) that I said should be read as a reminder of how much ass Europe’s heavy underground kicks. Well, please take my posting about this tour as saying the same thing about the US heavy underground. For the last decade or so, I’ve watched as a new generation of heavy rock has taken root and flourished in the States like nothing that was here before, and while there are a lot of European bands I really, really dig, that doesn’t necessarily come at the expense of my appreciation for the hometown team, as it were.

That’s my preach. Oh yea, and The Well are friggin’ awesome and you should listen to them (I made it easy by putting the album stream at the bottom of this post). Can’t forget that. This tour includes a stop for them at The Decemburger fest/competitive-eating whathaveyou on Dec. 3 (info here), and since I seem to be working on a theme today, I’ll also note they’ll be at Maryland Doom Fest 2017 (info here) next June.

Tour dates follow:

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West coast! Heading out with @beastmakerband and @r.i.p.p.d.x next month:

12.01 – Dallas, TX @ Doublewide
12.02 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Blue Note
12.03 – Denver, CO @ Decemburger Fest at Hi-Dive
12.04 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge
12.05 – San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick*
12.06 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Satellite*
12.07 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill+
12.08 – Grants Pass, OR @ G Street+
12.09 – Seattle, WA @ Fun House+
12.10 – Portland, OR @ Kenton Club+
12.11 – Nevada City, CA @ Coopers*
12.12 – Fresno, CA @ Fulton 55*

*w/Beastmaker
+w/Beastmaker & R.I.P.

Poster design by legend @nickpotts

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http://thewellaustin.bandcamp.com/
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http://www.ridingeasyrecs.com/

The Well, Pagan Science (2016)

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Gypsy Sun Revival Release Self-Titled Debut on Nasoni Records

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 3rd, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

Last time ultra-respected German imprint Nasoni Records dipped its hands into the Texas heavy underground, it was to highlight the work of Wo Fat, so if Fort Worth’s Gypsy Sun Revival wanted to turn a couple heads with their self-titled debut, no doubt the company they’re keeping will help greatly. They issued the album, which it just so happens was engineered by Wo Fat‘s Kent Stump, this summer digitally — you can stream and download below — and Nasoni has pressed it up in an edition of 300 copies that one can only imagine will be short-lived in terms of availability. Because Nasoni, and rock and roll, and that’s how it goes.

Info on the release came down the PR wire for your perusal:

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Get immersed in the vast immensity of endless soundscapes and penetrating psychedelia with this Texas trio. This self-titled, debut album takes listeners on a long-distance trip through mind-bending riffs, cosmic jams, and a full-blown guitar freakout. The hypnotic rhythms, groove, and general disregard for traditional song arrangement make this album unique and leave the listeners in anticipation, not knowing what is around the next corner. Embrace the journey and let Gypsy Sun Revival fill your mind.

Gypsy Sun Revival, a psychedelic rock band from Texas, released their debut album on June 14, 2016, which has been well received in the underground community. Their debut album consists of seven songs which contain heavy, spaced-out guitars, tight jams, and even a full-on freak out. This three-piece band wants listeners to “get immersed in the vast immensity of endless soundscapes and refined, penetrating psychedelia”.

Nasoni Records is a Berlin, Germany based record label that specializes in vinyl pressing of psychedelic and rock music from around the world. They have a 20-year history of providing mind-blowing underground releases to the general public, and have published albums from some of the most influential bands in the psychedelic rock scene. Gypsy Sun Revival is proud to be added to the list of Nasoni bands. Gypsy Sun Revival’s debut album will consist of 300 limited edition colored vinyl records with a mindbending artwork insert.

“With this release, the band’s aim was to take listeners on a trip to the outer reaches and have them fully enveloped in the experience of the music,” says multi-instrumentalist, bassist, and singer Lee Ryan. “We think that Nasoni Records will be a great medium for our listeners to get a high-quality pressing of our music “ says Will Weise, guitarist. The band continues to gain loyal followers by playing many gigs and proving their road-worthiness. There is even news of a follow-up release to be announced next year.

www.facebook.com/gypsysunrevival
www.gypsysunrevival.com
https://gypsysunrevival.bandcamp.com/
http://www.nasoni-records.com/GYPSY_SUN_REVIVAL_release_S_T.html

Gypsy Sun Revival, Gypsy Sun Revival (2016)

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New Mothership Album Due Early 2017

Posted in Whathaveyou on October 13th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

In the wide world of heavy rock sloganeering, there are few urgencies as compelling as ‘Trip on the Ship.’ The invitation, courtesy of reliably brash Texas trio Mothership, is set to be renewed in the first part of 2017 with the coming of a third album. As yet untitled, one can only imagine it’ll be called Mothership III in the spirit of 2014’s Mothership II (review here) and 2012’s Mothership (review here), but that’s by no means confirmed, so don’t go quoting me on it or anything.

Whatever it’s ultimately named, the third Mothership record will be preceded by a new 7″ single, and as they did prior to the last outing, the trio of bassist/vocalist Kyle Juett, guitarist/vocalist Kelley Juett and drummer Judge Smith have started to play new material live. One can’t help but wonder how the significant amount of road time they’ve put in since Mothership II — touring alongside Corrosion of Conformity, labelmates Wo Fat and Brant Bjork, among others — will have factored into their songwriting. It certainly produced a leap forward their last time out, and for a band with the kind of vital delivery as theirs, it’s all the more a crucial part of the growth process.

Ripple put forth a quick line about the coming of the single and the album, and I hit up the band for some comment on the impending doings. You can see what they had to say below:

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Mothership new 7″ and new full-length album coming early 2017!

Mothership on their next record:

“Our third offering is fueled by the same supersonic intergalactic heavy rock and roll music that has brought us together today. We are confident this new batch of tunes will solidify your being on board with us, and motivate you to invite others to take a trip and join us as well. These songs perfectly capture the next chapter in our saga across this great planet and beyond. We are currently playing a few of these songs in our set, so come out and hear ’em LIVE before they are released!”

Mothership is:
Kelley Juett – Guitars/Vox
Kyle Juett – Bass/Vox
Judge Smith – Drums

mothershipusa.bandcamp.com
mothershiphaslanded.com
facebook.com/mothershipusa
twitter.com/mothershipusa
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Mothership, “Serpents Throne” live at Ride for Dime 2016

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Doomstress Announce “Southern Bounty” Tour Dates

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 29th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

A scant couple months after rounding out the summer with a run through the Midwest, Houston-based dark heavy rockers Doomstress will head out on their next tour, this time hitting the Southeast on a run dubbed “Southern Bounty.” Sure enough it’s harvest season, and by the time they go, Doomstress will have released their new single, Wicked Woman, on limited vinyl through DHU Records, so all the more appropriate in terms of their timing. In October, they’ll also make a hometown appearance at the End Hip End It fest, alongside Radio MoscowMondo DragCrypt Trip and a vast assortment of others.

Worth noting that bassist/vocalist “Doomstress” Alexis Hollada and lead guitarist/backing vocalist Brandon Johnson will be joined this time around by a different drummer and second guitarist, rounding out the latest lineup of the four-piece. I’ll be curious to see how their lineup ultimately shakes out past this second single and headed into whatever might be next, be it an EP, full-length debut or what. Till then, tour starts Nov. 4:

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DOOMSTRESS – Southern Bounty Tour

Doomstress “Wicked Woman” 7″ vinyl from DHU Records officially released on Halloween adn we are hitting the road again! DOOMSTRESS – Southern Bounty Tour to cover 6 states across southeastern US beginning with our hometown debut in Houston, TX at End Hip End It psych fest and spreading across the gulf coast into Florida and Georgia

On this tour, the DOOMSTRESS lineup will consist of:
Doomstress Alexis – bass & vocals
Brandon Johnson – lead guitar & backing vocals
Andy Kaos Vehnekamp – drums (Texas Massacre/H.R.A./The Guillotines) and
Davis Jumper – 2nd guitar (PuraPharm/Saxon King)

10/22-Houston/Old Town Spring, TX @ End Hip End It psych fest (www.endhipendit.com)
11/4-Lake Charles, LA @ Luna Live
11/5-Hattiesburg, MS @ The Tavern
11/6-Lafayette, LA @ Steam Press Cafe
11/7-Birmingham, AL The Nick
11/8-Atlanta/Macon, GA @ tba
11/9-Jacksonville, FL @ Shantytown Pub
11/10-Tampa, FL @ Lucky You Tattoo
11/11-Ft. Lauderdale @ Kreepy Tiki Bar
11/12-Gainseville, FL @ Hardback Cafe

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#SouthernBountyTour
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Doomstress, Supernatural Kvlt Sounds (2016)

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