The Cloth to Release New Album Going to Vomit July 4; Tour Dates Announced

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 20th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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Like a rumble coming up from the floor from a show you didn’t know was happening in your basement, Philadelphia noise rockers The Cloth return on July 4 in true American spirit with the four-track EP, Going to Vomit. If you can think of a better way to celebrate national heritage than blistering raw pummel like that of “Drowning Man” or the half-speed punk of “The Fig,” well, you’re probably thinking along the wrong lines to start with, so get on board. There’s still time, if you’re concerned about time. What were you gonna do? Fireworks? Come on.

The Cloth will support the new release by hitting the road alongside Cemetery Flowers. Dates and more info on the EP follow here, as sent down the PR wire:

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the Cloth – “Going to Vomit” – 7.4.2017 and Tour

Greetings, dear reader, from South Philadelphia. THE CLOTH is preparing to hit the road once again, this time in support of their 4th proper release, “GOING TO VOMIT.”

Since 2012 THE CLOTH has been bullheadedly writing, recording, touring, and booking locally for their national DIY family. “GOING TO VOMIT” continues THE CLOTH’s commitment to all things dissonantly catchy, weird and heavy. Lyrical content remains ever dismally resigned, themes ranging from the rejection of class constructs and materialism in western civilization, to the losing of friends and family to time or death, and of course the pent up rage against long-gone slumlords and former employers.

After 5 years THE CLOTH is showing no signs of stopping. “GOING TO VOMIT” comes out on the 4th of July, and the band will be on the road through July 9, with support from CEMETERY FLOWERS.

The Cloth live:
All dates with Cemetery Flowers (ex-Bubonic Bear / Kerosene)
7/4 Golden Pony, Harrisonburg, VA
7/5 The Hideaway, Johnson City, TN
7/6 Go Bar, Athens, GA
7/7 House Show, Durham, NC (msg for address)
7/8 Strange Matter, Richmond, VA
7/9 House Show, Philadelphia, PA (msg for address)

New EP was recorded in the winters of 2016 and 2017 with our good friends James and Dan at the Sex Dungeon, same folks who recorded our first tape “Number One.. Our session with them this past winter was the final session at their guerrilla warehouse studio. We will also have copies on tour of our previous two releases on Reptilian Records: “Number Two,” our 2014 4-song 7″, and “Touched,” our 2016 LP, as well as brand new “Going to Vomit” shirts / pins / stickers.

https://www.facebook.com/thecloth666/
https://thecloth.bandcamp.com/album/going-to-vomit
http://thecloth666.tumblr.com/videos

The Cloth, Going to Vomit (2017)

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Love Gang Launch West Coast Tour this Weekend at Electric Funeral Fest

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 15th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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The vibe was immediate and strong when Denver’s Love Gang released their self-titled debut EP (review here) last year, basking in ’70s prog/heavy influences while running a four-song gamut from the flute-laden “Can’t Seem to Win” to the classic, Skynyrd-referencing, organ-infused road-song “Highway.” They’ve rightly been tapped to appear at this year’s Electric Funeral fest (info here) this weekend in their native realm, and they’ll be using it as a launch point for a West Coast tour alongside Banquet that will find them up in Seattle and down across the border in Mexico, playing alongside the likes of Lords of Beacon House, Mountain Tamer, Heavy Dose and others.

This I deem to be good stuff. The band sent the dates for the tour down the PR wire:

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Denver’s heavy prog/blues 4-piece, Love Gang, will be embarking on a 14-show West Coast tour, beginning in their hometown at Electric Funeral Fest. San Francisco rock n rollers, Banquet (also performing at Electric Funeral Fest), will be joining them on the majority of these dates. Going as far north as Seattle, WA and south to Ensenada, Mexico, Love Gang will be spreading the love to all of these cities for the first time. Catch them with other killer acts including R.I.P., Lords of Beacon House, Roast, Pushy, Chief (SF), Sonolith, and more.

Dates:
6/17 – Denver, CO @ Electric Funeral Fest 2017
6/19 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court w/ Banquet, Heavy Dose, Reverberation
6/20 – Caldwell, ID @ the Ranch w/ Banquet
6/21 – Seattle, WA @ the Kraken w/ Banquet, The Sharp Teeth
6/22 – Bend, OR @ DI Pizza w/ Solo Viaje
6/23 – Portland, OR @ Blackwater Bar w/ R.I.P., Banquet, PUSHY
6/24 – Salem, OR @ The Space w/ Beef Kitchen, Face Transplant
6/25 – Arcata, CA @ The Alibi w/ Banquet
6/26 – San Francisco, CA @ Elbo Room w/ Banquet, Chief
6/27 – Los Angeles, CA @ All-Star Lanes w/ Roast, Mountain Tamer
6/28 – Fullerton, CA @ The Continental Room w/ Lords of Beacon House, Roast
6/29 – Ensenada, MX @ House show
6/30 – Ensenada, MX @ TBA
6/31 – Las Vegas, NV @ Motor City Cafe w/ FreeLSD’s BADTRIP, Sonolith

Tour flier by Kaegan Cotie

Love Gang is:
Kam Wentworth
Grady O’Donnell
Shaun Goodwin
Leo Muñoz

http://www.facebook.com/lovegangco
https://lovegangco.bandcamp.com/

Love Gang, Love Gang EP (2016)

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Zaraza to Issue Spasms of Rebirth CD in July; New Video Now Playing

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 6th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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Multi-continental two-piece Zaraza are set to press their first record in more than a decade next month. The CD is called Spasms of Rebirth, which seems appropriate enough both for thinking of the band as a returning entity given how long it’s been since their last long-player and in terms of the visceral, primal kind of violence from which the material on the album is derived. Released for streaming in May, Spasms of Rebirth finds its semi-industrialized main comparison point in Godflesh, but as you can see in the video below for opening track “Church of Gravity,” there’s plenty of experimentalist bite of its own to go around as well from the pair of Jacek Damaged and Brain Damage, whose last full-length was 2003’s No Paradise to Lose.

The PR wire brought the following:

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ZARAZA to unearth new album after nearly 15 years

ZARAZA are a Canadian/Ecuadorian duo and have been around for almost 25 years. Despite that and their innovative music, they’ve been very underground and largely overlooked. After a gap of around 15 years, they’ve finally come up with a new full length album. Fans of DRUG HONKEY in particular should dig this.

ZARAZA, the Canadian/Ecuadorian industrial sludge/doom band announce their latest full length after a gap of almost 15 years. Having been around since 1993, they were among the pioneers in the creation of this kind of bizarre yet forward-thinking sludge/doom metal, merging the aesthetics of bands like GODFLESH, SWANS, CORRUPTED, UNHOLY, DISEMBOWELMENT and SKEPTICISM to create a sound that’s unique. Over the years, they’ve only tried to establish their identity by expanding upon their groundbreaking template by including elements of crushing sludge and sonic dissonance, and despite innumerable struggles and distance-related issues, the duo have released an album that’s worth the wait. It’s gargantuan in its scope and revolutionizes the method to go about playing sludge/doom with this pensive, electrically-charged atmosphere.

Line up:
Jacek Damaged – vox, guitars, bass, programming
Brian Damage – keyboards, samplers, vocals

Track list:
1. Church of Gravity 06:11
2. Maskwearer 07:03
3. Inti Raymi 05:10
4. Blood.ov.Psychiatrists 05:20
5. Roadkill to You 06:45
6. Wulkan 08:00
7. [BONUS] Wulkan (Brian Damage Remix) 05:58

https://zaraza.bandcamp.com/album/spasms-of-rebirth
https://www.facebook.com/zarazadoom/

Zaraza, “Church of Gravity” official video

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Green Lung Post Green Man Rising Single as Name-Your-Price Download

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 6th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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I don’t know about you, but when UK newcomers Green Lung call their debut single Green Man Rising, my head immediately goes to Type O Negative. I acknowledge not everyone is from the New York area, so that association might not be universal, but given how both “Green Man Rising” and “Freak on a Peak” take flight in their hooks, I can’t help but wonder if the London-based outfit aren’t looking to be in conversation with October Rust-era Type O, among other, more directly stonerly influences. It’s an engaging mix, either way.

And I’d be remiss too if I didn’t consider the nature-worship and rolling grooves of Alunah as a point of reference along with Steak and the godfathers in Orange Goblin, but Green Man Rising — as one might expect for a debut single — hits with a bit of a rawer take. Cool vibe in any case, and the solo in “Freak on a Peak” and a name-your-price download only sweeten the pot for Green Lung as one to watch in springing from London’s seemingly-perpetually-fertile underground.

Art, info and audio follow:

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Green Lung Release Debut Single ‘Green Man Rising’

Formed in March 2017, GREEN LUNG play heavy psychedelia that is more attuned to wild woodlands than desert dunes. Made up of current and former members of stoner heavies Oak, occult doom trio Tomb King and instrumental sludge minimalists Deadbox Radio, the London-based four-piece have combined strengths to record an opening salvo that balances gargantuan heaviness with intricate melody.

‘Green Man Rising’ gallops from lysergic guitar freakouts to megalithic breakdowns and will soon have the listener frenziedly worshipping at the altar of its titular leaf-adorned deity. B-side ‘Freak on a Peak’ is no less potent, a cosmic paean to wilderness that couples soaring vocals with a riff that’s as ruggedly magnificent as any mountain range.

Recorded at Vatican Studios with engineer Steve Good, these two monumental tracks announce Green Lung as one of the freshest and most dynamic new bands on the UK heavy scene.

Tracklisting:
Side A: Green Man Rising
Side B: Freak on a Peak

Green Lung is:
Vox: Tom Killingbeck
Guitar: Scott Masson
Bass: Andrew Cave
Drums: Matt Wiseman

Gigs

The band will be playing a launch show with Wychhound and Purple Kong at Surya on Wednesday, June 7th.

We are also playing the Stone Frequency All Dayer alongside Mammoth Wizard Weed Bastard, Desert Storm and Sigiriya at the Black Heart on the 22nd July.

greenlung.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/greenlungband/
http://instagram.com/greenlungband

Green Lung, Green Man Rising (2017)

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Tuber Release New Album Out of the Blue

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 2nd, 2017 by JJ Koczan

tuber

Whatever else you might say about Tuber‘s newly-issued second full-length, Out of the Blue, it certainly lives up to its name. Last time we heard from the Greek instrumental four-piece, they were playing Desertfest Berlin 2017, thanking the crowd, and then all of a sudden, they’ve got a follow-up to their 2013 debut, Desert Overcrowded, posted on their Bandcamp. And it’s not just another record — it’s one that brings in copious keyboard elements and different styles to add progressive flair and scope to the band’s riffy underpinnings.

To wit, the whole thing’s streaming now and you can check out the synthy pulsations of “Cat Class” or the proggy post-fuzz of “Luckily Dead” as the band seem to draw inspiration from various heavy and hard rocks across the ages as they find a way to unite it all with a nod-ready groove. The sudden nature of Out of the Blue‘s arrival doesn’t make it any less welcome, certainly, and it shows quickly that while it may have taken three-plus years for Tuber to get this record out, they haven’t at all been stagnant during that time. Vinyl and CD are reportedly coming soon but can be preordered now.

I’ll have a proper review in the weeks to come, but for now, here’s all the info, audio and links, culled from the social medias and their Bandcamp page. Dig it:

tuber out of the blue

Here it is, “Out of the Blue”, our new record available NOW for digital download and physical preorder for Vinyl and CD through https://tuber.bandcamp.com/album/out-of-the-blue

You can also listen to it, at its entirety, on our YouTube channel https://goo.gl/Fk2COq

Soon also available through iTunes, Spotify, etc

Tracklisting:
1. Out Of The Blue 07:06
2. Russian 05:39
3. Cat Class 06:47
4. Noman 08:14
5. Moon Rabbit 06:30
6. Luckily Dead 07:23

Released May 31, 2017

All music written, arranged and performed by Tuber
Produced by Paris Fragkos and Tuber at Flow Recordings, Serres, GR
Mixed by Paris Fragkos www.facebook.com/flowrecordings
Mastering by Brad Blackwood at Euphonic Masters, Memphis, Tennessee.
Cover Layout by Originalreplica.gr
Photography by Panagiota Karagiorgou
Released by NEDA, June 2017

Tuber is:
Yannis Gerostathos
Yannis Artzoglou
Nickos Gerostathos
Paris Fragkos

https://www.facebook.com/tuberband/
https://tuber.bandcamp.com/album/out-of-the-blue

Tuber, Out of the Blue (2017)

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Egypt Announce Cracks and Lines Preorders Available; July Euro Tour Confirmed

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 29th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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Egypt head back to Europe in July for a tour that rounds out with slots at Stoned from the Underground in Germany and Red Smoke in Poland, and by the time they go, the Fargo, North Dakota, three-piece will have issued their new album, Cracks and Lines. You might recall the band posted the 11-minute title-track of the record back in March — though one didn’t know at the time it shared its name with the record; very sneaky — to give a substantial tease to the follow-up to 2015’s Endless Flight (review here) and reassure their broadening listenership that their bluesy sludge rock remains well intact moving into their next release.

Good to know and good to hear. I’d already been looking forward to the rest of the album, and if you’re in a similar mindset, they’ve got preorders up now through their Bandcamp and have posted the album art and tracklist. Though “Cracks and Lines” itself was 11 minutes long, I’m thinking the rest of the offering might be pretty short since they refer to it as an “EP/LP.” Either way, new Egypt and I’ll take it.

They were also recently confirmed for Glory or Death Records‘ upcoming Thin Lizzy tribute (info here), so plenty going on. Here’s info from their social medias:

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Egypt – Cracks and Lines

The digital and CD preorders of our new EP/LP/album “Cracks and Lines” are now live on bandcamp. The release date is set for 6/20 for the digital/CD. Physical CDs should be in our hands on or before the release date. If a delay occurs we will let everyone know. Vinyl will be coming, but a bit down the road. Check it out. Cheers.

Tracklisting:
1. Final Heist
2. Cracks and Lines
3. Dirge
4. Watchin’ You
5. What Lights This Ocean

Here are our 2017 European tour dates. We’re super stoked to be heading back over to Europe this Summer. Check it. Presented by Total Volume & Eclipse Productions!

1-jul Rare Guitar – Münster DE
2-jul Le Garage – Liege BE
3-jul Le Glazart – Paris FR
4-jul Le Ferraileur – Nantes FR
5-jul OFF
6-jul Coq D´Or – Olten CH
7-jul Dome of Rock Festival – Salzburg AT
8-jul KVLT – Budapest HU
9-jul EXIT festival – Novi Sad RS
10-jul Club Daos – Timisoara RO
11-jul Elektropionir – Belgrade RS
12-jul Vintage Industrial Bar – Zagreb HR
13-jul Das Bach – Vienna AT
14-jul Club 007 – Prague CZ
15-jul Stoned From the Underground Fest – Erfurt DE
16-jul Red Smoke Festival – Pleszew PL

EGYPT is:
Aaron Esterby – Bass/Vocals
Chad Heille – Drums
Neal Stein – Guitar

https://www.facebook.com/events/1506362106083449/
https://www.facebook.com/egyptband/
https://egypt1.bandcamp.com/

Egypt, Cracks and Lines (2017)

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Stinkeye Release Llantera June 15; West Coast Tour Announced

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 26th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

Phoenix, Arizona, three-piece Stinkeye have finished work on their debut album, Llantera and are wasting no time in getting it out to the public. After catching the ear with the four-track Llantera Demos (review here) last year, the band will issue the completed seven-song record on June 15. All four songs from the demo — “Orange Man,” “Pink Clam,” “Llantera” and “Fink Ployd” — will appear on the full-length, and upon the release, Stinkeye will turn around and quickly hit the road the next night to begin supporting it on the West Coast, heading up to Oregon and back south again.

A few shows on that stint are still coming together, so if you’re in a position to help out the band with a gig or put them up for the night or give them food or whatever it is you can do, I doubt they’d argue with you. It’s the right thing to do, in any case.

I’ll hope to have more on this to come, but here are the album announcement and tour dates to start with, as sent over by the band:

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60’s psychedelic Hash Rock trio from the scorching pavements of Phoenix, Arizona, STINKEYE release their debut album “LLANTERA” June 15th. The drums for the album were recorded at Deep Roots Studios in Tempe, AZ, but most of the record was done at Savage Tactic Studios.

Tracklisting:
1. The Calm
2. Orange Man
3. Pink Clam
4. Llantera
5. Bringer of Grief
6. No Spoon
7. Feed

The album release will followed immediately by a two-week tour through the West Coast starting June 16th. Several dates still TBA.

Stinkeye on tour:
Friday June 16 Bancroft San Diego CA*
Saturday June 17 Gnar Burger Los Angeles CA*
Sunday June 18 Black Light Long Beach CA
Monday June 19 TBA Los Angeles CA
Tuesday June 20 TBA CA
Wednesday June 21 TBA San Francisco CA
Thursday June 22 Johnny B’s Medford OR
Friday June 23 House Show Redmond OR
Saturday June 24 TBA Portland OR
Sunday June 25 TBA Eugene OR
Monday June 26 TBA Medford OR
Tuesday June 27 Winters Tavern San Francisco CA
Wednesday June 28 TBA Los Angeles CA
Thursday June 29 TBA San Diego CA
* with Colour TV

https://www.facebook.com/stinkeyeblows/
https://stinkeye666.bandcamp.com/releases

Stinkeye, Llantera Demos (2016)

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The Obelisk Radio Adds: Big Kizz, Mt. Mountain, Mage, Hypertonus, Lee Van Cleef

Posted in Radio on May 22nd, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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We’re only slightly overdue for a batch of adds to The Obelisk Radio. I need to start setting a reminder or something. By the time this post goes up, my hope is that we’ll actually be off the backup server and back on the full or at least mostly-full playlist. It’s been a long road, as the terrible opening theme to Star Trek: Enterprise once said, but I think Slevin has it ready to roll, and there’s still some rebuilding to do, but I think it can be an ongoing thing working on the new hard drive. We’ve worn the crap out of that backup playlist. It would be nice to not have to use it for a while. Fingers crossed, anyhow.

Whichever server these files wind up on, they’ll be joining some playlist as soon as humanly possible. Let’s do the rundown in the meantime.

The Obelisk Radio Adds for May 22, 2017:

Big Kizz, Eye on You

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Some who take on the debut single from Swedish trio Big Kizz will find the band reminiscent of some of the rawer moments of long-running Danish garage-psych rockers Baby Woodrose, but for many, an additional draw to the three-track/eight-minute offering (delivered via Tee Pee Records) will be the lineup, which features bassist John Hoyles (Spiders, ex-Witchcraft), guitarist/vocalist Pontus Westerman (also of Lady Banana), and perhaps most notably, drummer Axel Sjöberg in his first recorded appearance after splitting with Graveyard. Turns out he’s still a fantastic drummer. His play in leadoff cut “Eye on You” and the push he brings to “Baby Boy” and the closing Roky Erickson cover “White Faces” will surely lead some to relate Big Kizz to Sjöberg‘s former outfit, if only in their earliest going (which was also on Tee Pee, remember), but the truth is the trio show themselves to be on a different trip throughout Eye on You, as they bring the aforementioned garage stylization forward amid classic boogie and, particularly in “Baby Boy,” nod toward mid-’60s psychedelia in a quick but fluid bridge. The Roky Erickson cover could hardly be more fitting, handclaps and all, but it’s the sense of movement in the two originals that shows the most potential here as Big Kizz seem to set their eyes on establishing their dynamic and building from there. Will be interested to hear what they do with the context of a full-length and if some of the psych in “Eye on You” and “Baby Boy” is relegated to flourish or if it comes to the fore as they develop, but they’re off to a rousing start.

Big Kizz on Thee Facebooks

Big Kizz at Tee Pee Records

 

Mt. Mountain Dust

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Devotees and pilgrims of longform psychedelia will no doubt and should rejoice at Dust (on Cardinal Fuzz), the maybe-second long-player from Perth, Australia, five-piece Mt. Mountain, which from its 17-minute titular opener and longest track (immediate points) unfolds a ritual of superior immersion and conscious trance inducement. Over the course of four songs/37 minutes total, Mt. Mountain unfold a sprawl reportedly intended to capture the atmosphere of the Australian Outback — and maybe they get there, I don’t know; I’ve never been — but either way, the balance of repetition and depth in “Floating Eyes” and the shimmer of the nine-minute “Kokoti” speak to a varied ecosystem that, indeed, one might get lost in, never to return. Mellotron, organ, djembe and percussion play a central role in the overarching sense of mind-expansion along with the guitar, bass, vocals, drums, etc., but it’s the combination of elements, the variety between tracks — they’re jam-based, but distinct songs, to be sure — that really stands Dust apart from much of drift-minded modern heavy psych. One advises patience with the drones of the opener and the cautious first steps that the fading in percussion seems to be taking, as the rewards are considerable when it comes to the front-to-back experience Mt. Mountain offer, which is stark, striking, marked by underlying threat and casts a feeling of the infinite that no doubt was the very intent behind its making.

Mt. Mountain on Thee Facebooks

Cardinal Fuzz webstore

 

Mage, Green

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Self-released in a six-panel digipak with decidedly grim artwork courtesy of Dominic SohorGreen is the third full-length from Leicestershire, UK, heavy rockers Mage. Last heard from with 2014’s Last Orders (review here), they retain the blend of heavy rock groove and metallic aggression that’s become their signature sound, and continue the march forward in finding a space between post-Down/Orange Goblin dude-rockery and doomlier fare. Vocalist Tom blends harsh growls and a cleaner approach on opener “Nowhere to Nothing” and the later “Primitive Drive” while mostly avoiding sounding like Phil Anselmo, and as guitarist Woody, bassist Mark and drummer Andy dig into the slower roll of “Eclipse King,” Mage seem to hit the mark they’re shooting for in terms of style and songcraft. The centerpiece title-track has a little more head-bob to its central progression — and then there’s that wah; always fun — but they’re right to mess around with the proportion of stylistic elements throughout to add variety, and the 10-minute closer “Vultures Mass” does well in taking the punch of “Nowhere to Nothing” and “Heroic Elegy” at the album’s start and pushing it outward into a satisfying apex. Straightforward in its intent, given a sense of mass via a recording job at Skyhammer Studios and executed with a clean conscience, Green is the work of a band who know what they want from their sound and know how to make it happen, which, thankfully, they do in these tracks.

Mage on Thee Facebooks

Mage on Bandcamp

 

Hypertonus, Tidal Wave

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Tidal Wave is the self-issued debut full-length from German instrumentalist three-piece Hypertonus, and it lands some six years after the band first got together, preceded by a semi-eponymous 2013 EP, HPRTNS. If the more-than-half-a-decade stretch seems like a while for a group to get to their first long-player, it might be, but one suspects the Bremen-based troupe comprised of guitarist Patrick Büch, bassist Arne Staats and drummer Hannes Christen spent a significant amount of that time in the jam room developing their sound, because what they cast over this nine-track/45-minute outing is a keen progressivism and chemistry that feels not at all happenstance. With shifts into and out of technically-minded parts that seem to be driven by Staats‘ bass, Hypertonus reportedly tracked Tidal Wave live, and I have no reason not to believe it, particularly given the eight-minute closer “Phantasmagoria (Improvisation Jam),” which departs from the quick psych-meditation of “Aeropause” and the almost jazzy rhythms and post-rock guitar of “Expect the Sky Below” to bring the band’s style even more to life for the listener to take on. It’s a heady release, and some of the changes come across as willfully choppy — playing with expectation in a “now we’re over here!” kind of way — but there’s a marked sense of accomplishment throughout that’s nothing if not well earned.

Hypertonus on Thee Facebooks

Hypertonus on Bandcamp

 

Lee Van Cleef, Holy Smoke

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Pressed to gorgeous-sounding vinyl by White Dwarf Records last November, the five-track instrumental Holy Smoke is the debut LP from Naples, Italy, jammers Lee Van Cleef, and aside from its righteously striking cover art, one finds primary impressions in the gotta-hear-it bass tone of Pietro Trinità La Tegola, the molten lysergism in Marco Adamo‘s guitar and the grounding-but-not-too-grounding effectiveness of drummer Guido Minervini in anchoring a jam like the 13-minute “Banshee,” which takes the best lessons of groups like Germany’s Electric Moon and Portugal’s Black Bombaim and brings them to methodical, engagingly rumbling fruition. Nod persists through the more uptempo, Tee Pee Records-style centerpiece “Hell Malo,” but the three-piece seem even more comfortable dug into the post-Sleep riffing of the subsequent “Mah?na,” finishing that track with a standout wash of a guitar lead ahead of the brighter-feeling closer “Towelie,” which underscores an otherworldly vibe that turns out to have been in Holy Smoke all along. Lee Van Cleef have already followed Holy Smoke up with a single titled “Everyone Should Kill an Old Hippy” (discussed here) — it’s worth noting that this album starts with “Heckle Yuppies,” so they’re not fans of them either — and one can’t imagine it will be long before they answer back with another full-length offering. The question is how they’ll ultimately distinguish themselves from the crowded European jam-based heavy psych underground, but there’s nothing in these tracks to give the impression they can’t or won’t do so as they continue to grow.

Lee Van Cleef on Thee Facebooks

White Dwarf Records on Thee Facebooks

 

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