The Fierce and the Dead to Release Live USA 17 Oct. 4

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 3rd, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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Back I guess when one could still travel from the UK to play a show or two in the US, London’s The Fierce and the Dead made the trip to historic Gettysburg to take part in the Rites of Spring Festival, or RoSFest, for the more acronym-inclined. I’m not sure who else was at the proggy shindig that year, but if you look at the 2020 lineup, they’ve got Martin Barre playing a special set celebrating the 50th anniversary or Jethro Tull, and that’s pretty rad. The Fierce and the Dead — who were also at Freak Valley earlier this year and who released their latest studio LP, The Europhoric, in 2018 — recorded the set they played in Pennsylvania, and they’ll issue it through Bad Elephant Music as Live USA 17 on Oct. 4. Because if you’re going to make the voyage, make it count.

Preorders are open now, and the instrumental psychedelic rockers are streaming the finale of their festival performance ahead of the arrival of the actual record, so all the better to dig in. The following came down the PR wire:

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Bad Elephant Music is thrilled to announce that The Fierce And The Dead’s new album, Live USA 17, will be released 4th October 2019.

A truly epic live album, Live USA 17 exemplifies The Fierce And The Dead’s performance at the legendary RoSFest, a progressive rock festival, in Gettysburg, PA in 2017 which won over many fans from the USA. This album includes some of the best-loved tracks from If It Carries On Like This We Are Moving to Morecambe and Spooky Action, and previewed 2018’s breakthrough album, The Euphoric.

This album showcases the amazing instrumentals that Matt, Kev, Steve, and Stuart weave. Their opulent psychedelic sound is hypnotic and addictive. Each track melds impressively into the next for a picturesque escape into the band’s musical world.

Matt remembers the concert: “For four lads from Rushden playing a live show in America was about as likely as walking on the moon. I hope you enjoy this document of that unlikely adventure.” He adds, “It represents the end of an era for us, just before we started adding the keyboards live. I’m really pleased with it.”

BEM’s David Elliott is equally excited for the release. “It was a magical weekend and The Fierce And The Dead’s performance was one I was privileged to witness myself. The album captures a mature, working band at the full height of their powers.” Live USA 17 will be available on CD and digital download. You can catch The Fierce And The Dead live on 10th November with Dub Trio at The Underworld Camden.

The Fierce and the Dead are:
Matt Stevens – guitar and noises
Steve Cleaton – guitar and other noises
Kev Feazey – bass
Stuart Marshall – drums

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The Fierce and the Dead, Live USA 17 (2019)

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Freak Valley 2019: C.O.C. to Celebrate 25 Years of Deliverance; Harsh Toke, Pristine, It’s Not Night: It’s Space and The Fierce & the Dead Added

Posted in Whathaveyou on January 21st, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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As a fan generally of cool bands doing cool things, I’m thrilled to see New York’s It’s Not Night: It’s Space heading to Germany to play Freak Valley 2019. The heavy psychedelic instrumentalists are a group who’ve never really fit with one scene or another, and in the context of a fest like this, that’s only going to help them catch on with the well-opened minds of those standing in front of the stage to see them. They’ll kill it, and they’re very clearly in good company in this latest lineup announcement from the Siegen-based festival, which also welcomes Corrosion of Conformity to mark 25 years since the release of their landmark Deliverance LP, San Diego jammers Harsh Toke, Pristine and The Fierce and the Dead to the bill. It’s a good swath of stuff and pretty right on front to back. You’ll get no argument out of me.

I had the pleasure of writing the announcement below, so if the phrasing looks familiar, that’s why, but Freak Valley posted it on the social medias as follows:

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FREAK VALLEY 2019 – CORROSION OF CONFORMITY // PRISTINE // HARSH TOKE // IT’S NOT NIGHT: IT’S SPACE // THE FIERCE & THE DEAD

Happy New Year, Freaks!

New year means new additions to the lineup for FREAK VALLEY FESTIVAL 2019. We’re counting down the months, weeks, days, hours, until we can all party in Netphen and we all know it’s going to be a blast. You obviously know or the fest wouldn’t be TOTALLY SOLD OUT as it is.

Well, as much as we’d like to rest on our laurels and coast into June without putting anymore work in, clearly that’s not going to happen. This announcement is about as special as special gets, as we welcome the classic likes of Corrosion Of Conformity to Freak Valley! Read more below!

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY celebrate 25 years of ‘Deliverance’

In 1994, C.O.C. released an album that would become a landmark for them and for heavy rock as a whole. ‘Deliverance’ wasn’t just a collection of great songs — it was a way to impart a love of classic rock to a new generation of fans, a transitional moment from grunge to the spirit of Sabbath and heavy Southern vibes. Oh yea, and it was a collection of great songs.

For those of you not doing the math, 2019 marks 25 years since ‘Deliverance’ was released, and we’ll be bringing Corrosion of Conformity to Freak Valley for a special set as they celebrate the record that would help define their course for the next quarter-century and hopefully well beyond.

Pristine

A couple months back, Norway’s Pristine posted a video with some in-studio cilps and the usual bit of this and that. They ended with a new song snippet and there was enough rock and roll packed into that 20 seconds of hook to power the entire city of Tromsø. Maybe you heard their 2017 album ‘Ninja’ when it was released on Nuclear Blast, but either way, we guarantee you’ll hear it when they bring their blues rock volume to the Freak Valley stage this June!

HARSH TOKE

From the jammer’s paradise of San Diego, Harsh Toke play some of the coolest smokeout jams ever to come from Southern California. If you don’t know, get yourself up to speed with their split with Earthless or just show up with your eyes and ears and mind wide open and get ready to have all three blown out of your skull. These dudes do “far out” just that extra bit further than you’d expect, but always manage to keep it together. Pure psych-jam bliss headed your way.

It’s Not Night: It’s Space

The best-kept secret of US East Coast psychedelia will be kept no more! New York-based It’s Not Night: It’s Space have mastered a patient instrumental blend of tantric sounds and cosmic vibes that is an incantation unto itself. The kind of sound you get lost in. The kind of vibe that stays with you when they’re done. Live, they’re as much ritual as performance, as can’t wait to have that ritual as a part of Freak Valley 2019! Bring vinyl money.

The Fierce & The Dead

We all know London is a hotbed for heavy, but The Fierce & the Dead stand out from the pack with a synth-laden progressive side to their instrumental approach that lets them move back and forth from psychedelia to crunching riffs and grooves with ease and fluidity. Their 2018 album, ‘The Eurphoric,’ hasn’t left our playlist since it landed, so absolutely, hell yes they’ll be playing Freak Valley 2019, and absolutely, hell yes you should be there to see them.

Line-up 2019:
Wolfmother, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, Brant Bjork, Yob, The Obsessed Official, The Vintage Caravan, Electric Moon, Minami Deutsch / ????, Harsh Toke, Pristine, It’s Not Night: It’s Space, Spaceslug, Arc of Ascent, The Fierce & The Dead, Dead Lord, Slomatics

FREAK VALLEY FESTIVAL 2019 // No Fillers – Just Killers

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It’s Not Night: It’s Space, Our Birth is but a Sleep and a Forgetting (2016)

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