The Munsens on Tour Now; Recording Plans Announced

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 16th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

Denver’s okay-seriously-somebody-out-there-it’s-time-to-sign-this-band trio The Munsens are on tour now. For not the first time, they go in support of their 2016 EP, Abbey Rose (review here), the raw groove of which continues to thrill — just take a listen for yourself at the bottom of this post — even as they begin to play material from their forthcoming debut LP, which they’ll record come Spring with the esteemed Mike Moebius at Moonlight Mile in my beloved Garden State of New Jersey.

Ah, North Jersey in Springtime. Cold in the morning, warm in the afternoon, chilly at night. New life all around. I won’t lie, I miss it.

Before they make their way east, The Munsens will hit SXSW and much more besides. As noted, the tour’s already on, so we better get to the PR wire stuff quickly. Keep an eye out for more album news though. I hope to keep up with this one as we get closer to a release date, whenever that might be:

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THE MUNSENS: Denver Metal Trio Embarks On Speedfreak Tour This Week; Band Announces New Record Plans

Denver metallers THE MUNSENS kick off their Speedfreak 2018 Tour February 14th, with additional tour and recording plans to follow.

THE MUNSENS’ upcoming ten-day Speedfreak 2018 will run through Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, Alabama, Louisiana, and Texas, then crossing into Mexico for a show in Juarez, before heading home, closing the tour down in their hometown on February 24th. The tour will encompass both new and return cities for the band and include bills with notable heavy acts including two North Carolina shows with TOKE, as well as shows with Forming the Void, Doomstress, Communion, Bridge Farmers, Abrams, Necropanther, and more.

Two weeks after the Speedfreak dates, THE MUNSENS head back down to Texas for a trio of unofficial SXSW festival appearances 13th, 14th, and 15th, including a return to Boss Tweed Backline’s Black Smoke Conjuring, Wicked Bad’s SX Stoner Jam, and a prime slot at the brand-new Stoner Daze festival.

THE MUNSENS will be unveiling a majority of the material off their upcoming album on these tour dates, and directly following the Austin dates, the band heads back to the East Coast to record a new album, where they will bunker down at Moonlight Mile Recording in Hoboken, New Jersey with Mike Moebius (Pilgrim, Natur, Kings Destroy), who recorded their 2014 EP Weight Of Night. “We’ve been dying to get back and record with Mike for a long while, but the logistics have been tough,” says bassist Mike Goodwin. “We’ve got a really good idea of what we want as a final product with this album and Mike is the guy to get us there.”

The follow up to 2016’s Abbey Rose, the yet-to-be-named new album from THE MUNSENS be the band’s first official “full-length” title; a decidedly caustic and critical assemblage of new tracks running roughly fifty minutes in length. The band has experimented with their sound to a greater degree since Graham Wesselhoff joined the band on drums in the summer of 2016 and this new album will continue to reflect that shift. “Simply put, we want a more aggressive sound on this album,” says Goodwin.

The new album title and release details will be announced later this spring, with a rough album release date of mid-July.

THE MUNSENS Tour Dates:
2/14/2018 Bottleneck – Lawrence, KS w/ Hyperbor, Braingea
2/15/2018 Green Lantern – Lexington, KY w/ Dirtbag, Non Compliant, Yellow Cuss
2/16/2018 The Odditorium – Asheville, NC w/ TOKE, Covenator, Reverend Reach Around
2/17/2018 New York Pizza – Greensboro, NC w/ TOKE, Born Hollow, Noctomb, Darth Kannabyss
2/18/2018 The Nick – Birmingham, AL w/ Doomstress, Beerwolf, Murder of Jane Crow
2/19/2018 Santos – New Orleans, LA
2/20/2018 Freetown Boom Boom Room – Lafayette, LA w/ Forming the Void, Cheater Pipe
2/21/2018 The Lost Well – Austin, TX w/ Communion, Thunderkief
2/22/2018 The Mix – San Antonio, TX w/ Bridge Farmers
2/23/2018 Hysteria – Ciudad Juarez, MX w/ Tarantula, Ultimo Trip
2/24/2018 Hi Dive – Denver, CO w/ Abrams, Necropanther
3/13/2018 Black Smoke Conjuring Festival – Austin, TX
3/14/2018 SX Stoner Jam – Austin, TX
3/15/2018 Stoner Daze – Austin, TX
6/10/2018 71Grind Fest – Colorado Springs, CO
6/16/2018 Austin Terror Fest – Austin, TX
6/30/2018 Electric Funeral Fest – Denver, CO

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The Munsens, Abbey Rose (2016)

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Review & Track Premiere: Naxatras, III

Posted in audiObelisk, Reviews on February 14th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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[Click play above to stream the premiere of Naxatras’ ‘Machine.’ Their new album, III is out Feb. 16.]

Over the last two years, Greek trio Naxatras have worked quickly to establish themselves at the forefront of their home country’s fertile and widely varied scene. If 1000mods helped put this generation of Greek bands on the map in the wider European underground sphere, then it’s Naxatras brazenly showing that the country has more to offer than straightforward riff-led fare. Naxatras songs — their third album, III, has seven of them and tops out accordingly at 64 minutes long — wind their way around and through the consciousness in display of a penchant for sonic naturalism that goes even beyond the band’s no-compromise approach to recording analog at Magnetic Fidelity with Jesus I. Agnew, who helmed III, the preceding 2017 single All the Stars Collide into a Single Ray (discussed here), its 2016 predecessors, II (review here) and EP (discussed here), as well as their 2015 self-titled debut (discussed here).

Rather, that naturalism extends to the play itself, as the trio of bassist/vocalist John Vagenas, guitaist John Delias and drummer Kostas Harizanis embrace their inner chillout and bring to bear tracks of marked patience, fluidity and soothing. Yeah, III has its heavy moments — more than enough of them throughout extended jams like “On the Silver Line” (9:56), 11-minute opener “You Won’t be Left Alone” and even a later piece like “Prophet,” on which Vagenas‘ bassline sets a foreboding tone while the cymbals crash around and the guitar howls. Raucous as they get, however, it’s the drift of cuts like “White Morning,” the subtle reggae nods of “Land of Infinite Time” and the soothing pastoralia of the acid-folkish closer “Spring Song” that most typify the album’s impression, earthy and resonant as it is.

The only real question when it comes to listening to III is whether to blast it and be consumed by the tonal warmth, to let it wrap around you like a blanket of fuzz, or to put in headphones, get lost in the easy, patient rhythms of the thing and find that even a song like centerpiece “Machine,” which works in multiple, almost disjointed stages of building jamming, tense low end, and a bit of reggae guitar before giving away near the halfway point to whalesong volume swells and a turn to a moodier drone that’s so drastic it might just as easily have been a different song before making its way back to the initial progression with trance-inducing fluidity, ending just before the 11-minute mark. Like all of Naxatras‘ work, III blends instrumental and vocalized material to a place of marked flow, lending an even more exploratory sensibility to songs like “Prophet” and “You Won’t be Left Alone,” the latter opening with an introductory hypnosis before giving way to the warm fuzz of the song itself, its main riff popping in and out to allow for vocal lines.

These, again, are sparse and become part of the background context in which the record takes place rather than a direct frontman-style delivery. “You Won’t be Left Alone” might be the most direct in this regard, though “Pophet” has its moments as well and “Spring Song” is clearly meant to be working in a tradition of soothing hippie soulfulness. Nonetheless, it’s the instrumental portion of III that serves as the band’s clear focus — that’s nothing new for them in terms of overall aesthetic balance — and with their having spent significant time on the road around the first two records, the results can be heard in the ease of their transitions say, near the end of “Prophet” or as they dig into the 12-minute “Land of Infinite Time” with the bass leading the way through each measure traveled.

naxatras (Photo by Marko Devcic)

If you ultimately choose the hi-fi route, and let’s say, relax with a highball in your it’s-been-a-long-day burgundy housecoat and put III on your vintage turntable to ease your worried mind, no doubt you’ll find it does just that. It is a work of such patience as to be legitimately soothing in a way few records that can still justifiably be called heavy are, and yet that presence of tone and weight of rhythm is still very much a factor in what Naxatras do, even at their funkiest or quietest. If you go the headphone route, the listening experience is somewhat lonelier, but the spirit of III continues to resonate that calming, wholesome sensibility that seems to derive purely from the collective performance of HarizanisDelias and Vagenas, and if one is listening to Naxatras and perhaps looking to understand what it is that has allowed the band to have such an impact and to find such a considerable audience in a relatively short amount of time, the answer is right there in their interaction as a trio.

They may decide their next time out to just up and down and take a more active approach overall, or they may continue down this path of turning heavy psych jams into a statement of counterculture folksomeness to represent a movement of heavy hippies that, if it exists, could hardly ask for better PR than it gets in “Prophet” and the penultimate “White Morning.” Whatever they do and wherever they go from here, Naxatras have put all questions to rest about how well earned their place is at Greece’s heavy psych forefront, if there were any to start with. Their jams have an individualized character that speaks to the honest chemistry shared between them as players, and each of their successive full-lengths has furthered the seemingly ongoing process of their cohesion.

III, in that regard, is no different. But it also finds Naxatras reaching further stylistically than they have up to this point outward from that core of psychedelic jamming, and doing so successfully as demonstrated in the proggy “On the Silver Line,” the bouncing “Land of Infinite Time” and the lullaby dreamscape that finishes in “Spring Song.” One doubts these excursions of stylistic nuance represent the sum total breadth the three-piece have and will have to offer, and so it’s easy to argue coming out of III‘s immersive hour-plus that Naxatras‘ potential as a unit has never been so writ large even as their sound itself has never been so realized.

Naxatras, III (2018)

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Review & Full EP Stream: Green Lung, Free the Witch

Posted in audiObelisk, Reviews on February 12th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

green lung Free the Witch

[Click play above to stream the Free the Witch EP by Green Lung in its entirety. EP is out Feb. 19 on Deckhead Records.]

It’s only been eight months or so since London’s Green Lung issued their debut two-songer digital single, but apparently that’s been enough time for them to clarify a few things about their sound. Most notably: their sound itself. With the Deckhead Records tape release of their debut EP, the four-song Free the Witch, the four-piece turn away from some of the more blown-out aspects of the prior Green Man Rising (review here), with a crisp production that brooks no sacrifice either in its atmospheric spaces or tonal depth but nonetheless strikes with a clean, bright impression, whether it’s in the righteous hooks of opening duo “Lady Lucifer” and “Free the Witch” — which seem to be in competition with each other to determine the catchier chorus — or in “Living Fossil” and the eight-minute finale “Older than the Hills,” which respectively delve into low-end-driven nod (still pretty damn catchy) and slower, more patient build and payoff (also still pretty damn catchy).

Of course, a big part of the difference might be that this time around, Green Lung, which is comprised of vocalist Tom Templar, guitarist Scott Masson, bassist Andrew Cave and drummer Matt Wiseman, went to an actual studio — Bear Bites Horse, where the likes of Torpor, Terminal Cheesecake and Vodun have also recorded — to work with engineer/mixer Wayne Adams instead of putting the songs to tape in their practice space as they did with Green Man Rising, but another way in which Free the Witch distinguishes itself from the prior outing and in general is in the band’s focus on structure. These songs are executed with purpose, and while they have a flow, most especially between the latter two on a one-into-the-next level, and a sense of space throughout, they remain vigilant in their direction. They are as efficient.

That’s not to say they’re spare. “Lady Lucifer,” “Free the Witch” and “Living Fossil” all run between five and six minutes long, and even in the raucous, crashing opener — which surely would be or would’ve been or could still be, I suppose, a highlight of any debut full-length — there is room in that time for atmospheric diverging. This comes paired with a notable change in the vocal approach of Templar, who gave hints of the echoing style he uses here on “Green Man Rising,” but seems at least for the time being to have left behind the gruff, Ben Ward-style bark with which that post-Sabbath melodic approach shared time. It is another way in which Green Lung seem to be following the path of fellow Londoners Elephant Tree, whose aesthetic underwent similar clarifying between their first EP and album.

green lung

I wouldn’t bet that Green Lung are finished growing into themselves, but as “Lady Lucifer” gives way with a drum fill to the forward gallop of the complementary “Free the Witch” — a two-sided tape, indeed, since the latter ends in silence before “Living Fossil” takes hold — the work they’ve undertaken in beginning their progression is appreciable both in its effort and outcome. Their debut EP, in other words, kicks a good bit of ass. And as an early-outing EP should, it acts as a showcase of their material and potential for the longer term; promise displayed in their songwriting and breadth alike. “Free the Witch,” with a noteworthy guest organ spot in a pre-solo jam section by Joe Murgatroyd (also backing vocals), resolves with a slowdown into largesse that earns Templar‘s cavernous effects, and eases the way into “Living Fossil,” which though faster initially, continues to broaden the sphere.

While it seems to follow a similar structure to the title-track, with a bass-led break from the boogie at its midpoint where the preceding cut was more guitar-led, instead the penultimate cut picks up with its chorus again and moves into a secondary hook to finish with a vibrant last push and a ringout that paves the way for Cave to set the stage for “Older than the Hills,” which pushes further outward. Much as they were able to control the stricter chorusmaking of “Lady Lucifer,” so too do Green Lung prove ready to handle the increased stretch of “Older than the Hills,” which, again, is the slowest and most patient inclusion here, proclaiming its hook in a wide space of its own creation.

If it seems like I’m painting a picture of nothing but encouraging signs from the band, I am, and consciously, but that’s not to say I think their creative evolution has peaked or is finished. Rather, what’s impossible not to take away from Free the Witch is that Green Lungas a unit have begun what one hopes will be the ongoing task of growing as a band, and while their first single indicated a drive toward an individualized sound, to hear that come so much more to fruition after such a short stretch of time is satisfying to say the least. It is still soon to speculate on what a debut long-player from them might bring, but if they’re able to employ the lessons of these songs the way they were those of the single coming into this EP, they would seem to be poised to make a significant sonic impact. The real work is ahead of them, but even in leading one to think of Green Lung‘s longer-term prospects, Free the Witch helps establish their presence in London’s crowded scene and in the greater heavy underground. A success on every level.

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Cosmic Fall to Release In Search of Outer Space March 30; Stream “Lumberjam”

Posted in audiObelisk, Whathaveyou on February 9th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

Berlin-based heavy psych jammers Cosmic Fall will issue their new album, In Search of Outer Space, on March 30 with preorders beginning Feb. 23. I’m sure you’ve already checked out their stuff, because you’re hip to what’s happening and on your stuff and always ahead of the game and other-cliches-meaning-aware-of-the-world-around-you, but if not, you should know up front: these freaks can J-A-M.

And they do. Case in point the new track “Lumberjam” premiering at the bottom of this post. In Search of Outer Space is their third full-length and follows the 2017 stopgap Jams for Free (review here), which introduced new guitarist Martin Morawski. Well, Morawski continues to make himself at home on his first proper studio offering with the band, whether it’s the drifting wisps of tone early in “Spacejam” or the nodding crunch that appears at the end of “Narcotic Votex.”

The band promises a vinyl release and In Search of Outer Space being a little over 40 minutes makes that a much more plausible reality. No plans have been revealed yet, but that’ll come, so keep an ee out. In the meantime, here’s the record announcement from the PR wire and the “Lumberjam” debut:

cosmic fall in search of outer space

We’re more than happy to announce our third album! It is called “In Search Of Outer Space” and will be released on March 30, digitally and on CD. There will be a vinyl version too, but we don’t have all the details, yet.

Presale starts on Friday, February 23 via bandcamp. We will also release two songs of the album then. It’s the first album with our new guitar player Martin, with whom we play since last august.

We recorded it in fall last year in our rehearsal room and it was mixed by our guitar player, mastered by Eroc (http://www.eroc.de/erocs_mastering_ranch_english/eroc_s_mastering_ranch_english.php).

Stay tuned for more information.

Tracklist:
1. Jabberwocky 11:36
2. Narcotic Vortex 08:00
3. Purification 04:12
4. Lumberjam 06:56
5. Spacejam 07:44
6. Icarus 04:50″

lineup:
Drums – Daniel Sax
Bass – Klaus Friedrich
Guitar – Marcin Morawski

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Cosmic Fall, “Lumberjam”

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Groan Announce New Lineup and First Live Show in Two Years

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 7th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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Maybe London heavy rockers Groan were being more literal than it at first seemed when they titled the opener of their 2015 Highrospliffics EP (review here) as ‘Run out of Fucks,’ because apparently it’s been two years since the last time they played a show. That’s a situation the charm-laden outfit will rectify later this month when they hit the stage at The Black Heart in Camden — which I have no doubt continues to be as awesome a place to see a gig as I remember it being, despite whatever changes it may have undergone in the far-too-many-years since I was last there — alongside Butcher in the Fog, Beggar and Jackknife Seizure.

The band, somewhat unsurprisingly, also have a new lineup they’ll be unveiling that includes Tom Mowforth from Uncle Acid, so, you know, not too shabby there either in terms of pedigree. They threaten new material below as a possibility as well. If nothing else, they’re due for something of a resurgence.

Here’s their update:

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First Groan Show Since 2016!

Groan are back!
Long time no speak, Groan fans.

It’s been nearly two years since Groan last performed live, way back in 2016. We’re thrilled to announce that we’re playing a one-off show in London this month on February 24th. Get tickets here.

It wouldn’t be a Groan comeback without a change in lineup (this four piece has had eleven different members in our eight years), and we’re excited to reveal that joining us on drums is Tom Mowforth (Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats, Limb). Mazzereth remains at the helm with Linz (Vodun) and Leigh on guitar and bass.

It’s a Saturday night, it’s only £5 for a ticket, and it’s in the new and improved, bigger and better Black Heart. We’re supported by some great bands too. What’s not to like?!

We’ll see you there. And who knows what will happen next – we might even be writing for the first time since Highrospliffics!

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Groan, Highrospliffics (2015)

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Zhora Post Vintage-Style Animated “Riverchrist” Video

Posted in Bootleg Theater on February 6th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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Irish sludgechuggers Zhora — also stylized as zhOra — released their second album, Ethos, Pathos, Logos, late last year, and in addition to its somewhat metaphysically-encompassing title, the Clonmel-based four-piece unleashed with it torrents of progressively pummeling riffs, harsh shouts and purposefully contemplative onslaught. Philosophical exploration through physical or aural punishment? They wouldn’t be the first to tap into flogging for mind expansion by any means, but I guess when something works you roll with it.

The track “Riverchrist” is the second of the total 11 on Ethos, Pathos, Logos, and its new video that you can see below is a deeply creative endeavor involving oldschool-looking animation and a narrative of human sacrifice resulting in a priest or monk of some kind meeting, trapping and — maybe — ultimately joining with his god. It gets kind of murky as these things will, but it’s visually stunning all the same and though in cases like this it’s usually something mined from the public domain or just snagged from a part of a movie or short film or something like that, nope, this one’s all original. Kudos to Goat Planet, which produced the clip.

In addition to the gigs listed below with The Faceless and Conan and MonolordZhora have been confirmed to take part in the inaugural Crypt of the Riff festival (info here) alongside Elder DruidGarganjuaHornets and others. One imagines further appearances are to come throughout 2018 as they continue to support Ethos, Pathos, Logos, but in the meantime, you can check out the “Riverchrist” video here, followed by more info from the PR wire.

Enjoy:

zhOra, “Riverchrist” official video

Irish sludge powerhouse ZHORA have released a new video for their track ‘Riverchrist’, taken from their sophomore album Ethos, Pathos, Logos which was released on 27 October 2017.

‘Riverchrist’ revolves around the fictional character ‘Sin Eater’ and his dominion over vast lands and its people. Written through a first person perspective, his malevolent yet precarious demeanor illustrates the fictional deity and his world of no mercy.

Animation by Goat Planet – https://www.facebook.com/goatplanet/

The Irish sludge metal group have also announced two upcoming shows:

February 6th with THE FACELESS
May 15th with CONAN and MONOLORD

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Mane of the Cur to Release Retreat of the Glaciers in March; New Single Posted

Posted in Whathaveyou on January 31st, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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Portland, Oregon’s Mane of the Cur will mark the release of their new album, Retreat of the Glaciers, at this year’s Ceremony of Sludge on March 9, where they’ll join the likes of Disenchanter, Witch Mountain, Usnea, Will and many others at the two-night shindig made all the more special by the coming of their new record. If you can dig it — and oh, I believe you can — the progressive heavy rockers have newly unveiled the eight-plus-minute single “9 Lives” as a precursor to the full-length’s arrival. It’s the second song from Retreat of the Glaciers behind “1000 Years,” which went up for stream and download to mark the beginning of preorders for the limited cassette version of the long-player, which will be limited to 100 copies.

I’m sorry — and don’t get me wrong, tapes are awesome — but I have to believe someone will pick this up for a CD and/or vinyl release at some point soon if that’s not already in the works. You can stream both advance tracks at the bottom of this post and I think you’ll pretty immediately hear where I’m coming from in that assessment. I’m hoping to have more coverage of Mane of the Cur and Retreat of the Glaciers as we get closer to the March release date, so stay tuned. Till then, the band was kind enough to send the following along the PR wire:

mane of the cur 9 lives

Mane of the Cur – Retreat of the Glaciers

Portland, Oregon’s heavy rock quintet, Mane Of The Cur announces release of 2nd full length Album, Retreat Of The Glaciers. See them live at Ceremony of Sludge VII at Tonic Lounge March 9th 2018.

Heavy rockers, Mane Of The Cur are proud to announce the release of their second album, Retreat of the Glaciers. This 2 year in the making album will have its release date at the next annual heavy music festival, Ceremony of Sludge VII on March 9th, 2018. A pre-sale of ROTG will begin Tuesday January 30th from the band’s Bandcamp website.

In addition to the pre-sale order of the Retreat Of The Glaciers at www.maneofthecur.bandcamp.com, a 2nd full length track, 1000 years, will be available for unlimited streaming and download. This song has a touch of 80’s hard rock vocals with not-so-subtle lyrical political commentary. MOTC released its 1st single, 9 Lives in December 2017 and it is currently streaming and available for download. This “single” has a slightly more doomy and contemplative timber, clocking in at a cool 9 minutes. The band is very happy with the direction that they have taken with this new release both collaboratively and musically.

MOTC will be donating 40% of sales of this single to the non-profit organization, Music Unites (musicunites.org) in memoriam of Samuel Lennon. Music Unites is an organization dedicated to bringing music education to underprivileged children in underfunded inner city school systems.

Mane Of the Cur was originally formed in 2012 in Portland, OR and the current line-up of Blaine Burnham (Lamprey, Hot Won’t Quit), Cory DeCaire (Old Junior, Hound the Wolves), Nathan Baisch (Ghostmob), Shawn Mentzer (Ghostmob) and Melynda Amann (Jamais Jamais, Eight Bells) has been playing together since February 2015. MOTC have opened for heavy hitters such as Lord Weird Slough Feg, Brothers of the Sonic Cloth, Witch Mountain and Holy Grove and played local festivals, Hoverfest and Ceremony of Sludge.

Tracklisting:
1. Retreat of the Glaciers
2. Uncovering Time
3. 1000 Years 04:19
4. White Beard
5. 9 Lives
6. Reefer Magnus (Lonely Mountain)
7. 1 Bullet
8. Tiberious

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Mane of the Cur, “9 Lives”

Mane of the Cur, “1000 Years”

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Stone Machine Electric Announce Garage Tape Reissue

Posted in Whathaveyou on January 31st, 2018 by JJ Koczan

Mind you, I don’t know if in the process of putting it out on compact disc, Texas duo Stone Machine Electric are actually re-titling their limited 2014 cassette — initially dubbed Garage Tape (review here) — as Garage Tape, er, CD?, but being relatively familiar with the Lone Star twosome’s work over the last however many years, I’d absolutely believe it. In fact, it’s precisely the kind of weirdo charm in which Stone Machine Electric specialize, and as one awaits further word of their next album, I’ll happily take whatever comes from these two deeply underrated psych jammers.

If you didn’t hear it the first time around, Garage Tape was comprised of two side-consuming, sprawling jams that came with a bonus track in the digital form. I don’t know if that will be included on the CD or not, but the chance to hear it all together as one flowing jam session seems like a pretty righteous opportunity, so yeah, here’s the info. Ships in March, apparently. That seems like forever from now, but apparently is very much not that thing:

stone machine electric garage tape

STONE MACHINE ELECTRIC – Garage Tape, er CD?

Texas heavy duo, Stone Machine Electric, is re-releasing the mind-bending “Garage Tape” onto, what else, but CD. This is by semi-popular demand. Sshhh, yes, vinyl would be nice, we know.

You can pre-order this fabulous format at: https://stonemachineelectric.bandcamp.com/album/garage-tape

Garage Tape tracklisting:
1. Side A 20:52
2. Side B 21:38

Improvised live on July 26, 2014 in Kitchens’ garage.

Expect these to start shipping beginning to mid-March.

For further information, contact the band at band@stonemachineelectric.net

Stone Machine Electric started in the summer of 2009 with founding members Mark Kitchens and William (Dub) Irvin. Dub had asked Kitchens if he’d be interested in helping him start a band since the two had been in other bands together in previous years.

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Stone Machine Electric, Garage Tape (2014)

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