Review & Full Album Stream: Yawning Man, The Revolt Against Tired Noises

Posted in audiObelisk, Reviews on July 2nd, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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[Click play above to stream Yawning Man’s new album, The Revolt Against Tired Noises, in its entirety. It’s out July 6 on Heavy Psych Sounds.]

The California desert is fortunate to have Yawning Man as its soundtrack. For over 30 years in varying forms and degrees of activity, the instrumentalist outfit have been an entity unto themselves. Their sound today seems like the foundation for the laid back groove that is essential to desert rock as a style even in its most aggressive forms, and the tone of founding guitarist Gary Arce is a monument to open spaces. Together with bassist Mario Lalli — also guitarist/vocalist for Fatso Jetson, who are no slouches themselves when it comes to being desert rock legends — Arce resides at the foundation of the style, bringing elements of indie, punk, goth rock and more together into a brew that’s still potent these decades later. They’ve spent the better part of the 2010s touring periodically through Europe, and offered a surprise release in 2015’s Historical Graffiti (review here), which was something of an anomaly studio session in South America with an expanded lineup, but also the band’s first full-length since 2010’s Nomadic Pursuits (review here), so certainly more than a one-off or stopgap in reality.

Their new album, The Revolt Against Tired Noises, is their first release through Heavy Psych Sounds, which also issued Fatso Jetson‘s 2016 LP, Idle Hands (review here), and while its title is confrontational, the revolt Yawning ManArce, Lalli and drummer Bill Stinson — are ultimately leading is peaceful, rife with serene melodies in the guitar and unmitigated fluidity rife with purpose but carrying nonetheless an air of spontaneity, the in-deep-jam feeling that a track like side B opener “Violent Lights” can and will go anywhere its chemistry will allow, which is just about anywhere, period. The Revolt Against Tired Noises also includes vocals for the first time on a Yawning Man album from Lalli on the side A closer “Grant’s Heart” and the later “Catamaran” — the latter which was never recorded by Yawning Man but covered by Kyuss on 1995’s …And the Circus Leaves Town, thus codifying Yawning Man‘s influence on that seminal act. The singing turns out to be something of a footnote in the sphere of the entire eight-song/39-minute release, but it’s one more nuance to their work and provides listeners an anchor to each half of the album, so as not to simply drift into the ether, carried away by otherworldly tones and engaging, hypnotic rhythm.

Much of what’s included is nothing less than gorgeous. With Mathias Schneeberger (Fatso Jetson, Goatsnake, earthlings?, Earth, Yawning Man, The Obsessed, so many others) helming the recording, opener “Black Kite” provides a genuine shimmer leading into the record, and even has a bit of an instrumental hook in its later going, its long fadeout giving way to the title-track, which seems to work in subtle layers but brings Lalli‘s bass and Stinson‘s drums forward along with the guitar, so that all three players stand toe-to-toe in the mix. That has an effect of making “Revolt Against Tired Noises” (which seems to have dropped the “the” from the name of the album) a heavier overall sound, but it’s still consistent with the rest of its surroundings in tone and overall approach, including a midsection that’s as trance-inducing as I’ve ever heard Yawning Man get and an evocative finish that emerges, bringing one back to semi-consciousness for the start of “Skyline Pressure,” which is an extended redux of the title-track to Yawning Man side-project Ten East‘s 2016 album (review here), though also has its origins in Yawning Man proper. At 7:40, it’s the longest inclusion on the record and builds to a head just before four-minutes in — I’d swear I hear keys in there too; anything’s possible — and then drops out to cycle through again, the second journey different and even more pleasing than the first as the song meanders to its ending.

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As noted, there are two songs with Lalli singing on them, and they just happen to be the two shortest tracks on The Revolt Against Tired Noises: “Grant’s Heart” (3:18) and “Catamaran” (3:03). On linear formats — CD/DL — they appear with the six-minute “Violent Lights” between them, but they were clearly divided up to be included one on each vinyl side as well. Whether the origins of “Grant’s Heart” go back as far as those of “Catamaran,” I don’t know, but neither piece is out of place, and Lalli‘s voice is hardly jarring when it shows up, either for those who know the context of who these players are and what they do or for those who don’t. As riotous as Fatso Jetson can sometimes be, Yawning Man‘s vocals are more subdued, holding a melodic kinship to the guitar beneath them, and in “Grant’s Heart,” giving way to that guitar at about two minutes in, only to return in the fadeout a minute later. And while “Catamaran” will be familiar to desert rock heads from the John Garcia-fronted version, in Lalli‘s hands, it still has its chorus kick, but is more about flow than crunch, and very much Yawning Man‘s own, which is odd to say because it was their own in the first place. Especially coming out of the engrossing “Violent Lights,” which has some sense of foreboding in the low end around its halfway point but is otherwise much more about its howling wisps of floating guitar, “Catamaran” is something of a grounding force, but still coherent atmospherically with its surroundings.

“Misfortune Cookies,” which follows, isn’t much longer at 3:31, but reignites the album’s wandering-but-not-lost spirit and brings the guitar back as the center of the melody. An improvised-sounding jam, its run is linear and stretches outward, a long fade leading one to wonder just how much longer it might’ve gone before actually petering out. It leaves like a dream giving way to consciousness as it is, and as Stinson‘s drums start closer “Ghost Beach,” there’s all the more a sense of interaction between the real and the unreal. The Revolt Against Tired Noises may be fostering some kind of rebellion, but it’s doing so with the approach that Yawning Man trademarked a long time ago, and even if it takes them to new places, the paths they use to get there will be familiar and welcoming to longtime listeners and newcomers alike, the bouncing bassline of “Ghost Beach” and Arce‘s wailing, echoing leads both punctuated by the snare as the finale works its way toward dropping out the drums and letting Lalli‘s bass and Arce‘s guitar close out the last minute on their own, which is fair enough. Yawning Man have been perpetually underrated for 30 years. Any acclaim that The Revolt Against Tired Noises can bring them, they’ve long since deserved, but the album is more than just a showcase of legacy. It proves not only that Yawning Man‘s sound is timeless, but that it’s still growing, and that turns out to be its most righteous aspect.

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Yawning Man Add Dates to European Megatour; The Revolt Against Tired Noises out July 6

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 27th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

On July 12, instrumental desert rock legends Yawning Man will play the release show for their new album, The Revolt Against Tired Noises, which officially lands next week via Heavy Psych Sounds. The gig is at Pappy & Harriet’s in Pioneertown, California. Out in the desert, which is about right. It’s the last of a couple shows in California around the release date for the record, two of which will be with Dead Meadow and all of which precede an utterly massive European tour set to kick off on July 25 in the Netherlands. Seven weeks. Not a minor stint. They’ve got killer dates lined up with slots at Lake on Fire, Riff Ritual and a whole bunch of other festival-type doings, but of particular note as well are some of the UK dates like Bristol, where Yawning Man will hook up with instrumentalist compatriots Sons of Alpha Centauri, with whom guitarist Gary Arce has collaborated in the past as Yawning Sons.

Does that mean it’s going to happen this time? Not necessarily, but Sons of Alpha Centauri might bring Arce out on stage during their set or something like that. It’s an intriguing possibility, in any case.

Updated dates for the tour follow here, as posted by Sound of Liberation on the social medias. Still a couple TBAs in there, so there might be another update before they head over:

YAWNING MAN NEW TOUR POSTER

Desert-rock legends Yawning Man will hit the European roads for a 7-week tour! They will be supporting their upcoming album “The Revolt Against Tired Noises”, which will be released in July via HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS!

New dates have been added lately, so check-out the updated list below:

YAWNING MAN in California:
7/5 CASBAH, San Diego CA with Dead Meadow
7/6 CAFE NELA, Cypress Park LA
7/7 TERAGRAM BALLROOM, LA with Dead Meadow
7/12 PAPPY and HARRIETS, Pioneertown CA

YAWNING MAN in Europe:
25.07 (NL) Utrecht – Db’s
27.07 (UK) Manchester – The Rebellion
28.07 (UK) Bristol – The Louisiana
29.07 (UK) London – The Black Heart
30.07 (FR) Paris – Glazart (NEW DATE!)
31.07 (D) Wiesbaden – Schlachthof
03.08 (IT) Osoppo – Pietra Sonica Festival
04.08 (A) Waldhausen – Lake On Fire Festival
05.08 (PL) Chorzow – Red & Black
06.08 (PL) Warsaw – Chmury
07.08 (D) Berlin – Toast Hawaii (NEW DATE!)
08.08 (SWE) Malmö – Norra Gränges (NEW DATE!)
09.08 (DK) Copenhagen – KB 18 (NEW DATE!)
11.08 (A) Döbriach – Sauzipf Rocks
13.08 (IT) Brescia – Festa Radio Onda D’Urto
14.08 (IT) Treviso – Benicio Live Gigs (NEW DATE!)
15.08 (IT) Porto Recanati – Copacabana Pulp Beach
16.08 (IT) Pescara – Frantic Fest
17.08 (IT) Molfetta – Eremo Club (NEW DATE!)
18.08 (IT) Galatone – Sagra Del Diavolo
19.08 (IT) Potenza – Pipistrello Pub (NEW DATE!)
21.08 (IT) Savignano – Sidro Club (NEW DATE!)
22.08 (IT) Como – TBA (NEW DATE!)
23.08 (IT) Vinadio – Balla Coi Cinghiali Festival (NEW DATE!)
24.08 (CH) Luzern – Sedel
25.08 (IT) Bolzano – Mountain Sessions
27.08 (HU) Budapest – Robot (NEW DATE!)
30.08 (GR) Thessaloniki – Street Mode Festival
31.08 (RO) Timisoara – Reflektor (NEW DATE!)
01.09 (RS) Belgrade – Atom Akademija (NEW DATE!)
02.09 (BU) Sofia – Mixtape 5
03.09 (HR) Zupanja – MKC
04.09 (SI) Ljubljana – Dvorana Rog
06.09 (FR) Clermont-Ferrand – Raymond Bar
07.09 (FR) Montpellier – Le Black Sheep
08.09 (SP) Barcelona – Riff Ritual fest
09.09 (SP) San Sebastian – Dabadaba
10.09 (SP) Gijon – Sala Memphis
11.09 (PO) Porto – Woodstock 69
12.09 (SP) Madrid – Wurlitzer Ballroom
13.09 (SP) Bilbao – Maritime Museum Bar

YAWNING MAN IS
Gary Arce – Guitar
Mario Lalli – Bass
Bill Stinson – Drums

https://www.facebook.com/yawningmanofficial/
https://yawningman.bandcamp.com
http://www.yawningman.com/
https://www.soundofliberation.com/yawning-man
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Yawning Man Announce July 6 Release for The Revolt Against Tired Noises

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 18th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

Preorders start May 22. I’m not really sure what else you need to know. It’s a new Yawning Man album, so a bigtime covet is a given, and it’s out in July and you can preorder it starting next week. Oh, I suppose you’ll probably be interested to know they’ll be touring for it, that Heavy Psych Sounds is putting it out, that Mathias Schneeberger recorded, and that it’s been given the punk-as-hell title The Revolt Against Tired Noises. The follow-up to 2016’s Historical Graffiti (review here), which was pressed to vinyl by Lay Bare Recordings, it will mark the desert rock legends’ first collaboration with Heavy Psych Sounds, which also counts Yawning Man bassist Mario Lalli‘s other long-running band, Fatso Jetson, on its roster.

The PR wire has the specifics like this, but really, everything you need to know is in the first sentence above:

yawning man the revolt against tired noises

Desert heavy psych godfathers YAWNING MAN to issue new album “The Revolt Against Tired Noises” on July 6th via Heavy Psych Sounds.

Experimental desert rock legends YAWNING MAN announce the release of their new album “The Revolt Against Tired Noises” this July 6th on Heavy Psych Sounds Records.

The aural experience of YAWNING MAN summarizes as an intense yet graceful kaleidoscope of polyphonic musical textures. Dramatic and flowing, dark, intense and emotional. July 2018 finds the band releasing their most musically exciting recording to date with their 6th full length LP, “The Revolt Against Tired Noises” on the ambitious up and coming independent label, HPS Records. The songs on this release are described as “an emotional and visceral expression of pure melodic darkness and beauty”, the album was recorded at Gato Trail Studios in Joshua Tree, CA and produced and engineered by friend and long time collaborator, Mathias Schneeberger (Mark Lanegan, Greg Duli, SUNN O))), Earth, The Obsessed).

The eight songs offered here are the results of a conscious focus to the poetry in melody, finding new sounds and melodic passages that conjure visuals and express emotion and movement. Six of the eight songs are in the instrumental tradition the band is mostly know for however two tracks feature the rare appearance of a vocalist (bassist Mario Lalli) alongside Gary Arce’s dream weaving guitar work. One of these tracks of notable mention is the song “Catamaran”, a Yawning Man song made popular by the legendary influential desert rock band Kyuss on the 1995 Elektra release “And the Circus Leaves Town”. The song was never released by YAWNING MAN, however the Kyuss cover of the song proved to be a favorite among Kyuss fans. Spreading the word about Yawning Man’s unique rock music. Yawning Man will finally release this classic, properly recorded for the first time in 30 years. “The Revolt Against Tired Noises” is just that , a statement of a unique creative chemistry that’s always changing and evolving.

A full European, UK, North American / Canadian and South American tour is in planned to support the release. The album will be available on LTD “Half-Half” Red Clear Blue Viny, Ultra Ltd 200 “Cornetto Version” Transparent & Blue Special Colouring (Only From HPS Website), 30 Test Press (Only From HPS website), Black Vinyl, Digipak and Digital.

YAWNING MAN “The Revolt Against Tired Noises”
Out July 6th on Heavy Psych Sounds Records
Pre-order from May 22nd

TRACK LISTING:
1. The Black Kite
2. The Revolt Against Tired Noises
3. Skyline Pressure
4. Grant’s Heart
5. Violent Lights
6 Catamaran
7. Misfortune Cookies
8. Ghost Beach

YAWNING MAN IS
Gary Arce – Guitar
Mario Lalli – Bass
Bill Stinson – Drums

Yawning Man on tour:
25.07.18 | NL | Utrecht | Db’s
27.07.18 | UK | Manchester | The Rebellion
28.07.18 | UK | Bristol | The Louisiana
29.07.18 | UK | London | The Blackheart
31.07.18 | DE | Wiesbaden | Schlachthof
03.08.18 | IT | Osoppo | Pietra Sonica Festival
04.08.18 | AT | Waldhausen | Lake On Fire Festival
05.08.18 | PL | Chorzow | Red & Black
06.08.18 | PL | Warsaw | Chmury
11.08.18 | AT | Döbriach | Sauzipf Rocks Festival
13.08.18 | IT | Brescia | Festa Radio Onda D’Urto (*)
15.08.18 | IT | Ancona | Go Down Beach Fest (*)
16.08.18 | IT | Pescara | Frantic Fest (*)
17.08.18 | IT | Bari | Go Down Beach Fest (*)
18.08.18 | IT | Galatone | Sagra Del Diavolo (*)
24.08.18 | CH | Luzern | Sedel
25.08.18 | IT | Bolzano | Mountain Session
30.08.18 | GR | Thessaloniki | Street Mode Fest
02.09.18 | BU | Sofia | Mixtape 5
03.09.18 | HR | Zupanja | MKC
04.09.18 | SI | Ljubljana | Dvorana Rog
06.09.18 | FR | Clermont-Ferrand | Raymond Bar
07.09.18 | FR | Montpellier | Le Black Sheep
08.09.18 | SP | Barcelona | Rocksound
09.09.18 | SP | San Sebastian | Dabadaba
10.09.18 | SP | Gijon | Sala Memphis
11.09.18 | PO | Porto | Woodstock 69
12.09.18 | SP | Madrid | Wurlitzer Ballroom
13.09.18 | SP | Bilbao | Maritime Museum Bar

(* with ANANDA MIDA)

https://www.facebook.com/yawningmanofficial/
https://yawningman.bandcamp.com
http://www.yawningman.com/
https://www.soundofliberation.com/yawning-man
https://www.facebook.com/Sound-of-Liberation-UG-183095098426785/
https://www.facebook.com/HEAVYPSYCHSOUNDS
http://www.heavypsychsounds.com
https://heavypsychsoundsrecords.bandcamp.com

Yawning Man, Historical Graffiti (2016)

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Yawning Man Sign to Heavy Psych Sounds; New Album this Summer

Posted in Whathaveyou on April 27th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

Yeah, this one makes sense to me. Don’t get me wrong, it’s awesome news that a new Yawning Man is happening and I honestly think that Heavy Psych Sounds is the perfect label to give them the respect they’ve long since deserved. It’s just that with Fatso Jetson already on the roster, and having recently signed Brant Bjork and released that trilogy of Nebula reissues, Heavy Psych Sounds has made itself something of a haven for desert rock of that classic Californian ilk, so yeah, signing Yawning Man makes a whole lot of sense.

So does the fact that the band’s new album, the official title of which has yet to be unveiled but which I’ve speculated might be called The Revolt Against Tired Noises based on art posted by the band — don’t quote me on it, the record that for years I called Gravity is Good for You never materialized as that; though to be fair it wasn’t keen detective work that told me that title, it was the band itself — is coming out this summer. For the vast majority of bands, you don’t go ahead and book a seven-week tour of Europe without a new release to promote. I’d expect it sometime around July or August, then — the tour is also called ‘The Revolt Against Tired Noises’ — though if it wanted to show up sooner, say like, today, in my inbox, I certainly wouldn’t complain.

Either way, killer and sensible news all around. It’s nice when the universe makes the math work.

From the PR wire:

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Experimental desert rock godfathers YAWNING MAN sign to Heavy Psych Sounds Records!

Heavy Psych Sounds Records is proud to announce the signing of US desert rock godfathers YAWNING MAN on their roster. The band is currently working on their their sixth album, which details will be unveiled soon.

Formed in the late 1980’s, the lineup of Gary Arce, Mario Lalli, and Bill Stinson rounds out their year-long active recording and touring schedule. Arce and Lalli’s background together date back to the start of YAWNING MAN with Stinson’s background steeped in the SST Records world through performing and recording with Gregg Ginn and Chuck Dukowski of Black Flag for several years. YAWNING MAN is acknowledged and recognized throughout the underground heavy music community as a key piece in the developments of the desert/stoner rock subgenres. While their contemporaries gravitated toward the heavy riffs of grunge, and post punk, YAWNING MAN leaned in another direction with their unique and organic, cinematic compositions and psychedelic improvisations… the perfect soundtrack to encompass the spacious moonscape atmosphere of the well documented “generator parties” of their area in the late 1980’s.

It was at these gatherings where they developed this distinctive style and sound by enchanting spectators with their seemingly endless free form instrumental sessions, which echoed through the beautiful deserts, mesas, and landscapes of the Coachella Valley. As time passed, their legend grew with notable names of the Palm Desert music scene paying homage to the group through mention and praise, notably with legendary desert band Kyuss (Joshua Homme, Brant Bjork, John Garcia, Scott Reeder) doing their own rendition of the YAWNING MAN track “Catamaran” on the 1995 Elektra release …And The Circus Leaves Town. Festival appearances include Hellfest (FR), Azkena Fest (ES), Reverence Fest (ES) Desertfest London, Desertfest Berlin, Up in Smoke (CH), Psycho Las Vegas (US), Stoned & Dusted I & II (US), and various others. The recent documentaries on the Deserts unique music scene Lo Sound Desert and Desert Age give light on YAWNING MAN’s influential impact on underground rock music.

YAWNING MAN New album coming soon on HPS Records…

YAWNING MAN IS
Gary Arce – Guitar
Mario Lalli – Bass
Bill Stinson – Drums

Yawning Man on tour:
25.07.18 | NL | Utrecht | Db’s
27.07.18 | UK | Manchester | The Rebellion
28.07.18 | UK | Bristol | The Louisiana
29.07.18 | UK | London | The Blackheart
31.07.18 | DE | Wiesbaden | Schlachthof
03.08.18 | IT | Osoppo | Pietra Sonica Festival
04.08.18 | AT | Waldhausen | Lake On Fire Festival
05.08.18 | PL | Chorzow | Red & Black
06.08.18 | PL | Warsaw | Chmury
11.08.18 | AT | Döbriach | Sauzipf Rocks Festival
13.08.18 | IT | Brescia | Festa Radio Onda D’Urto (*)
15.08.18 | IT | Ancona | Go Down Beach Fest (*)
16.08.18 | IT | Pescara | Frantic Fest (*)
17.08.18 | IT | Bari | Go Down Beach Fest (*)
18.08.18 | IT | Galatone | Sagra Del Diavolo (*)
24.08.18 | CH | Luzern | Sedel
25.08.18 | IT | Bolzano | Mountain Session
30.08.18 | GR | Thessaloniki | Street Mode Fest
02.09.18 | BU | Sofia | Mixtape 5
03.09.18 | HR | Zupanja | MKC
04.09.18 | SI | Ljubljana | Dvorana Rog
06.09.18 | FR | Clermont-Ferrand | Raymond Bar
07.09.18 | FR | Montpellier | Le Black Sheep
08.09.18 | SP | Barcelona | Rocksound
09.09.18 | SP | San Sebastian | Dabadaba
10.09.18 | SP | Gijon | Sala Memphis
11.09.18 | PO | Porto | Woodstock 69
12.09.18 | SP | Madrid | Wurlitzer Ballroom
13.09.18 | SP | Bilbao | Maritime Museum Bar

(* with ANANDA MIDA)

https://www.facebook.com/yawningmanofficial/
https://yawningman.bandcamp.com
http://www.yawningman.com/
https://www.soundofliberation.com/yawning-man
https://www.facebook.com/Sound-of-Liberation-UG-183095098426785/
https://www.facebook.com/HEAVYPSYCHSOUNDS
http://www.heavypsychsounds.com
https://heavypsychsoundsrecords.bandcamp.com

Yawning Man, Historical Graffiti (2016)

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Yawning Man Announce Seven-Week European Tour

Posted in Whathaveyou on April 25th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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If you’ve been keeping up with Yawning Man on the social medias at all, you’ve probably noticed they’re in the the studio working on new material. That’s only going to be good news, because new Yawning Man is inherently a positive force in the universe, and further intrigue is added by a shot of bassist Mario Lalli adding vocals to a track, something pretty rare for the band. I’ll hope to have more on that as we get closer to what may or may not be called The Revolt Against Tired Noises based on some artwork the band posted by Kelly Keith and the name shared by their upcoming European tour, which will run for a somewhat astounding seven-week stretch.

I don’t know if that’s the longest stint the band has ever undertaken, but if not, it’s gotta be pretty close to it, and if they have a new record out at some point during the tour or perhaps even before, then all the better. For a year that’s already brought some rather killer releases, the possibility of a new Yawning Man before 2018 only further complicates the prospect of a best of the year list.

Hopefully more to come soon. Here are tour dates:

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Tour Announcement – Yawning Man!

Currently working on their next album, Desert-Rock legends Yawning Man will come back to Europe this summer, for a 7-week tour!! Check-out the first batch of dates below. More will follow soon.

25.07.18 | NL | Utrecht | Db’s
27.07.18 | UK | Manchester | The Rebellion
28.07.18 | UK | Bristol | The Louisiana
29.07.18 | UK | London | The Blackheart
31.07.18 | DE | Wiesbaden | Schlachthof
03.08.18 | IT | Osoppo | Pietra Sonica Festival
04.08.18 | AT | Waldhausen | Lake On Fire Festival
05.08.18 | PL | Chorzow | Red & Black
06.08.18 | PL | Warsaw | Chmury
11.08.18 | AT | Döbriach | Sauzipf Rocks Festival
13.08.18 | IT | Brescia | Festa Radio Onda D’Urto (*)
15.08.18 | IT | Ancona | Go Down Beach Fest (*)
16.08.18 | IT | Pescara | Frantic Fest (*)
17.08.18 | IT | Bari | Go Down Beach Fest (*)
18.08.18 | IT | Galatone | Sagra Del Diavolo (*)
24.08.18 | CH | Luzern | Sedel
25.08.18 | IT | Bolzano | Mountain Session
30.08.18 | GR | Thessaloniki | Street Mode Fest
02.09.18 | BU | Sofia | Mixtape 5
03.09.18 | HR | Zupanja | MKC
04.09.18 | SI | Ljubljana | Dvorana Rog
06.09.18 | FR | Clermont-Ferrand | Raymond Bar
07.09.18 | FR | Montpellier | Le Black Sheep
08.09.18 | SP | Barcelona | Rocksound
09.09.18 | SP | San Sebastian | Dabadaba
10.09.18 | SP | Gijon | Sala Memphis
11.09.18 | PO | Porto | Woodstock 69
12.09.18 | SP | Madrid | Wurlitzer Ballroom
13.09.18 | SP | Bilbao | Maritime Museum Bar

(* with ANANDA MIDA)

https://www.facebook.com/yawningmanofficial/
https://yawningman.bandcamp.com
http://www.yawningman.com/
https://www.soundofliberation.com/yawning-man
https://www.facebook.com/Sound-of-Liberation-UG-183095098426785/

Yawning Man, Historical Graffiti (2016)

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Yawning Man Announce Fall Touring in US & Canada

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 3rd, 2017 by JJ Koczan

yawning man (photo River Arce)

It’s been a busy year for desert rock legends Yawning Man up to this point. This Spring found them out alongside Swedish fuzz forerunners Truckfighters for a rare stint of US touring, and then, after playing the pre-show for Brant Bjork‘s Desert Generator festival in April, in May they headed back to Europe for a stretch of dates that included both nights of Heavy Psych Sounds‘ Sonic Ritual fest, and much more besides, taking them into June. Later this month, they play the Psycho Las Vegas pool party alongside the weighty likes of PentagramConanGoya and Sasquatch (among others), and in September and October, they’re back out once again, this time on what might be the longest stretch of domestic touring they’ve ever done. Not too shabby as regards staying productive.

Shows are presented by Tone Deaf Touring and find Yawning Man continuing to support the 2016 Lay Bare Recordings release, Historical Graffiti (review here). What’s the matter guys, couldn’t find five minutes in between all that touring to write and record a new album? Jeez. Some people.

Dates follow, as dutifully transcribed by yours truly:

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Yawning Man announcing U.S. & Canada Tour Dates!!

YAWNING MAN U.S. AND CANADIAN TOUR SEPT/OCT 2017
09.15 San Francisco CA Brick & Mortar
09.16 Sacramento CA Blue Lamp
09.17 Portland OR Ash St. Saloon
09.18 Seattle WA Highline
09.19 Vancouver BC Astoria
09.21 Calgary AB Palamino
09.22 Saskatoon SK Amigos
09.23 Edmonton AB Brixx
09.25 Winnipeg MB Windsor Hotel
09.27 St. Paul MN Turf Club
09.28 Chicago IL Subterranean
09.30 Millvale PA Mr. Smalls Funhouse
10.01 Rochester NY Bug Jar
10.04 Ottawa ON Mavericks
10.05 Montreal QC Turbo Haus
10.06 Newport RI Cafe at Parlor
10.07 Philadelphia PA Kung Fu Necktie
10.08 New York NY American Beauty
10.09 Washington D.C. Black Cat
10.10 Richmond VA Strange Matter
10.12 Asheville NC Odditorium
10.15 New Orleans LA Santos Bar
10.17 Austin TX The Lost Well
10.18 Ft. Worth TX Lolas
10.19 Albuquerque NM Sister
10.20 Scottsdale AZ Pub Rock
10.21 West Hollywood CA Viper Room
10.22 San Diego CA Soda Bar
w/ Alex Perez & the Rising Tide 09.15-10.01
w/ We are the Asteroid 10.04-10.22

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Yawning Man, Historical Graffiti (2016)

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Desert Survival: How to Do Psycho Las Vegas on a Budget

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 18th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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Hey, if you’re going to go broke, let’s face it: You’re not likely to run into many causes as worthy as the lineup culled together for Psycho Las Vegas. It ain’t cheap — any event that advertises a payment plan obviously knows it’s a considerable ask — but whether you’re going to see Slo Burn for their only US gig or King Diamond doing Abigail or Mulatu Astatke because going to see Mulatu Astatke is a life-event, the arguments in favor are plentiful and convincing. Whatever else you want to say, Psycho Las Vegas is the first annually-held American festival with a focus on heavy and underground rock to really establish itself as world class.

That in itself is a reason to support the cause, whether it’s through a day ticket or a pass for the entire weekend, but it doesn’t necessarily lesson the expense of making the trip or staying in one of the US’ most lucrative tourist traps, let alone things like band merchandise, meals and the occasional adult beverage if you’re inclined to have one. The thought of seeing NeurosisSleep and Carcass share a stage over the course of a weekend or watching Conan, the new trio-incarnation of Pentagram and Yawning Man poolside or from the balcony of a room in the Casino Tower is incredible, and after hearing stories from those who undertook the journey in 2016 or attended the prior Psycho California in 2015, the idea wants nothing for appeal. Fiscal issues can be a bummer. By the time August rolls around, I’ll have been out of paid work for two months. I know how it goes.

And I’m hardly the most responsible person when it comes to money, but the truth of the matter is there are ways to mitigate costs for travel, lodging and other concerns, and if the thing preventing you from picking up a ticket to the show has been the seeming impossibility of affording a stay at the Hard Rock or of finding a cheap-enough flight to get there, maybe it’s worth trying to shift finances around to make it happen. Music is important, and when debt collectors are spamming your phone it’s hard to think about the non-cash value of life experiences, but the fact is the bills you need to pay will still be there. The bill with Corrosion of Conformity in a lineup alongside Kylesa‘s Laura Pleasants, Domkraft, Swans, Elephant Tree and Heavy Temple? Much less so.

Here are a few pointers that hopefully can save you a couple bucks. Some of it’s day-one stuff, but things like hotel picks and transportation nuances are good to know either way.

Check it out:

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Flying In
• Buy tickets on a Tuesday for the cheapest rates.
• Use a discount flight search.
• If you can, fly in on Thursday and leave on Monday for better rates, search different days and times to come in and leave.
• Book early. Rates go up in the summer.

Getting There
• Ride apps cost less than cabs.
• The Hard Rock is less than a mile from the airport. Cheap trip anyway.
• There are free shuttles from most Vegas hotels to the strip and tourist attractions.

Staying There
• This one is huge… don’t stay at the Hard Rock if you can’t afford it! Alexis Park, RUMOR, Red Roof Inn are all across the street and cheap. Scope out a position on a map if you need to; that’s what Street View is there for.
• Partner up to share rooms. You’ve got social media and it’s not like you’re going to do more than sleep and (hopefully) shower there anyway. Might as well join forces and save expense where you can.

Drinks
• BYO. Vegas has open-container laws. If you think hooch is too expensive at the Hard Rock, get loaded on the sidewalk before you go in.
• One way or another, hydrate. You’re staying in the desert in August. Don’t be stupid.

Psycho Las Vegas 2017 Lineup
Abbath, Ace Frehley, Black Anvil, Blood Ceremony, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Buzzov*en, Carcass, Celeste, Chelsea Wolfe, Cirith Ungol, Cloud Catcher, Code Orange, Conan, Corrosion of Conformity, Cough, Cult Leader, Cult Of Luna With Julie Christmas Diamond Head, Domkraft, Earthless, Elephant Tree, Eternal Tapestry, Fister, Floorian, Gatecreeper, GEQ, Gojira, Gost, Graf Orlock, Heavy Temple, Hollow Leg, Inter Arma, Khemmis, King Diamond, Laura Pleasants & Special Guests, Magma, Manilla Road, Merlin, Minsk, Morne, Mothership, Mouth of the Architect, Mulatu Astatke, Murder City Devils, Mustard Gas & Roses, Myrkur, Neurosis, North, Oathbreaker, Pelican, Pentagram, Psychic TV, The Rods, Ruby the Hatchet, Sasquatch, Saturndust, Sleep, Slo Burn, Slomatics, Snail, Sons of Otis, Sumac, Summoner, Swans, The Skull, Toke, Urchin, Usnea, Vhol, Weedeater, Windhand, Wizard Rifle, Wolves in the Throne Room, Yawning Man, Year of the Cobra, Youngblood Supercult, Zeal & Ardor.

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Pentagram, “Relentless / Broken Vows” Live in Richmond, VA, 2017

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Yawning Man North American & European Touring Kicks off this Month

Posted in Whathaveyou on March 7th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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Busy few months coming up for desert instrumentalists Yawning Man. On March 15, they begin a round of North American dates supporting Sweden’s Truckfighters in the role that Greenleaf had to pull out of last month. That’ll take them through the rest of March. In April, they feature at the Stoned and Dusted pre-show for Brant Bjork‘s second Desert Generator fest. Then in May, it’s off to Europe to appear at Heavy Psych SoundsSonic Ritual fest for two nights in a row as part of a tour presented by the Italian label in conjunction with Sound of Liberation.

That runs through the better part of June, and then, after heading back to the West Coast, they play the pool party pre-show in August at Psycho Las Vegas alongside Conan, Pentagram, Sasquatch and an impressive slew of others. I’m kind of exhausted just looking at the schedule, to be honest with you. Hope they have some way of getting laundry done on the road.

They head out supporting last year’s Historical Graffiti (review here) on Lay Bare Recordings, which captured a short-lived lineup of the band live one night in Buenos Aires and can be heard in full at the bottom of the post. It’s a cause well worth getting out for, but as someone in a geographic region where they’re not hitting this time around, my only hope is they put some of their new t-shirts for sale somewhere online. Fingers crossed.

Here are the dates:

Yawning Man – Tour Dates

Yawning Man is beyond excited to be touring the United States and Canada, for the very first time! If you don’t already live on the West Coast or up North/Canada, then this will be a ‘destination’ tour for you all, our friends. So you’ll want to get some of your buddies together, pack yourselves in a van (or whatever roadworthy ride you have) and make a road trip for these shows. We will be touring with Truckfighters. We can’t wait to see you!!!
We love you all.

SOL & HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS are proud to announce the first bunch of European tourdates in 2017 for the legendary Yawning Man (Official)! Get your tickets early & enjoy the imaginary trip to the boundless vastness of the Californian desert!

DATES:

MARCH (w/ Truckfighters)
15 San Diego CA Brick by Brick
16 Los Angeles CA Complex
17 San Francisco CA Bottom of the Hill
18 Sacramento CA Starlight Lounge
19 Portland OR Ash St. Saloon
20 Seattle WA El Corazon
21 Vancouver BC Rickshaw Theatre
23 Calgary AB Distortion
24 Edmonton AB Starlite Room
25 Saskatoon SK Amigos
28 Denver CO Moon Room
29 Albuquerque NM Low Spirits
30 Tucson AZ The Flycatcher
31 Mesa AZ Club Red

APRIL
7 Pioneertown CA Stoned & Dusted at Desert Generator

MAY
17 Torino | Blah Blah
19 Athens | An Club “Sonic Ritual Fest”
20 Mezzago | Bloom “Sonic Ritual Fest”
21 Viareggio | Gob
22 Zerobranco | Altroquando
23 Bologna | Freak Out
24 Pescara | Scumm
25 Roma | Whishlist
26 Savignano | Sidro
27 Cagliari | La Cueva Rock
30 Paris | Gibus Live
31 Brussels | Magasin 4

JUNE
01 London | Black Heart
03 Deventer | Burger Weeshuis
04 Amsterdam | Winston Kingdom
06 Nantes | Le Ferrailleur
07 Bordeaux | Void
10 Olten | Coq D’or
11 Wuerzburg | Immerhin
12 Prag | Klub Famu
13 Budapest | Aurora
14 Zagreb | Vintage Industrial Bar
15 Ljubljana | Klub Gromka
16 Wien | Das Bach
17 Cottbus | Zum faulen August
18 Berlin | Badehaus (with Mothership)
19 Hamburg | Hafenklang (with Mothership)
20 Malmö | Plan B
22 Kopenhagen | KB18

AUGUST
17 Las Vegas NV Psycho Las Vegas

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Yawning Man, Historical Graffiti (2016)

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