Tony Reed Posts “Funeral Suit” Video

Posted in Bootleg Theater on November 25th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

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Tony Reed, “Funeral Suit” official video

Seattle songwriter and producer TONY REED (also frontman of Mos Generator) debuts an intimate monochrome video for the title track of his solo acoustic album ‘Funeral Suit’, available now on Ripple Music as part of their ‘Blood And Strings: The Ripple Acoustic’ series.

TONY REED is known for being the driving force behind Seattle’s heavy rock trio Mos Generator, as well as one of the most prolific songwriters and respected producers of the American underground rock scene. While he released his solo debut with ‘The Lost Chronicles Of Heavy Rock Vol. 1’ in 2018, never had he found the right occasion to sit down, grab a guitar and lay himself bare as freely and soulfully as he does on his acoustic debut ‘Funeral Suit’. With ‘Funeral Suit’, Tony Reed delivers his most personal work to date, pushing the experience further than the standard “man with a guitar” approach. Whether it’s the delicate arrangements, soulful vocal harmonies or piano-based escapades, this is a dense and multifaceted folk rock album with a strong progressive edge that will resonate with any listener.

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High Reeper Premiere Pentagram Cover “Hurricane” from Self-Titled Reissue

Posted in Bootleg Theater on November 24th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

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High Reeper‘s self-titled debut (review here) will see a re-release through Heavy Psych Sounds on Jan. 11 with two bonus tracks and some stylin’ new cover art. To answer your first question, no, it hasn’t been that long since the label put it out in the first place. After the band self-released in 2017, the Italy-based imprint did the honor in 2018, and as the band set off on the road in Europe twice in 2019, they still managed to find time to issue the follow-up, Higher Reeper (review here), as well. Obviously 2020 has been somewhat lighter in terms of road time owing to blah-blah-blah-if-I-think-about-it-anymore-my-head-is-going-to-explode, so perhaps it’s a good time to revisit High Reeper‘s first LP (they were a five-piece at the time, now four), get it back in print, and for those who like a little something extra, offer it with a new look and a couple more tracks.

One of the cuts in question is a cover of Pentagram‘s “Hurricane.” How do you feel about Bobby Liebling? Dude punched his mom. Dude was at very least accused of sexual harassment on tour. On and on. A pariah among some — many — he may be, but there’s little use denying the force that is Pentagram‘s First Days Here era, those once-lost recordings from the early ’70s that kickstarted a revolution in retro heavy when unearthed for a subsequent generation’s appreciation. All you have to do is listen to High Reeper‘s take on “Hurricane” to realize that — and it’s only two minutes long, so it’s not about to put a dent in your busy day or whatever. The band could’ve covered “Forever My Queen” or “Relentless” or one of those other riffs that launched a thousand ships, but by digging even just a little further, they get to put their stamp on something familiar while making it their own.

I can hardly think of anything more fitting when it comes to their sound as a whole.

Enjoy the track. Quickie band quote and High Reeper reissue preorder link follow:

High Reeper, “Hurricane” official track premiere

High Reeper on “Hurricane”:

“All of us love Pentagram (especially the early stuff) so we thought it would be cool if we did a track from that era. It’s an overlooked track but we all think it rocks.”

Debut album ‘High Reeper’ (reissue w/ 2 bonus tracks + new artwork) out January 11th, 2021 on Heavy Psych Sounds: https://www.heavypsychsounds.com/shop.htm#HPS072v2

High Reeper’s self titled debut is an unapologetic punch to the face for fans of early ’70s proto-metal. Produced, engineered and mixed by bass player Shane Trimble at TTR studios in Philadelphia and at his home studio Delwood sound in Delaware. The production is laced with old school elements while still maintaining the focus of a modern release.

High Reeper is:
Zach Thomas- vocals
Pat Daly- guitar
Justin Di Pinto- drums
Shane Trimble- bass

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Hydra Premiere From Light to the Abyss Live Session

Posted in Bootleg Theater on November 23rd, 2020 by JJ Koczan

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At this point in the pandemic, I’m going to assume that if you’re reading this you’ve watched a ‘live stream’ of one sort or another, whether that’s actually a band playing live as it goes out or a special airing of a prior-recorded performance or set. And I feel safe making that assumption because it’s been 10 months, we’ve all had a lot of time at home, and my social media feed has been filled with people increasingly wistful in their “I miss live shows” posts. Myself included.

Well, Hydra, from Pleszew, Poland, released their first album, From Light to the Abyss, through Piranha Music this past August. Only together for about a year before issuing the five-tracker, the band quickly prove with it that they’ve got their heads together when it comes to knowing what they want to do in doom rock and classic, darker-tinged rolling riffage. Wearing their Iommi on their collective sleeve, the band’s songs move between the catchy, almost Uncle Acid-ic “No One Loves Like Satan” to the more oldschool doom of “Secrets of the Undead,” with guitarist Dabek (there’s an ogonek on the ‘a’ his name I can’t get to show up in WordPress, and for that I apologize) and bassist Vanat sharing vocal duties atop the steady progression filled out by guitarist Mieszko and drummer Yahoo. They ask little of the listener in terms of indulgences, riff righteously and very clearly came into their debut knowing what they wanted to accomplish in terms of sound. If you can’t respect that, I’ve got nothing for you.

hydra from light to the abyssIn addition to the five cuts from From Light to the Abyss itself, the live session premiering in its 47-minute entirety below also includes the new song “The Unholy Ceremony,” which finds the four-piece ranging into including keys for the first time, already showing a propensity for growth and moving forward from the album, which again, has been out for about three months. The video and audio were recorded at their own Acoustic Studio, which might well be named for the tiles of the drop ceiling situated directly above the band as they play. There are three or four cameras working throughout, the audio is pro-shop, and the band are situated with their amps isolated and Yahoo positioned somewhere that I can’t even tell if he’s facing the other three or somewhere else entirely. He gets his own camera and earns it through his play.

So you’ve seen live steams. Fine. Probably you’ve seen one for a band you already know, maybe that you miss seeing on stage. Here’s a chance to do that other great thing that live music lets you do, and that’s discover something cool you might not have encountered before. I’m not about to tell you Hydra are a genre revolution — they’re not — but they’re a band who wanted to make a racket and they’re doing exactly that here. If that doesn’t get you through to the killer nod at the outset of “Magical Mind” in the video below, chances are it’s your own loss.

Because the songs of From Light to the Abyss are presented out of order, and because it’s a cool record, I’ve included the full album stream from Bandcamp at the bottom of this post as well. Some comment from Vanat and more background follows the clip itself.

Please enjoy:

Hydra, From Light to the Abyss live session at Acoustic Studio premiere

Vanat (bass) on From Light to the Abyss live session:

“During the past few months many of our shows have been cancelled. We really missed playing live and so we got inspired to record a live stream. We had many ideas on how to present our material on the web but we finally settled on recording a full show in our studio (Acoustic Studio) where we have also recorded our first album. We wanted it to sound properly which would be hard to achieve without professional support. The space in the studio was quite small but with the help of our friend Szymon we managed to create a nice video.

“Even though we cannot play many concerts right now, we keep on working. We have recently came up with a new single “The Unholy Ceremony” which will probably appear on the next album, but you can already hear this one on the live stream. In this track we maintain our classic style but we also used a synthesizer for the first time to give it a different vibe.”

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Setlist:
00:00 – Creatures of the Woods
08:10 – No One Loves Like Satan
15:03 – Secrets of the Undead
21:52 – The Unholy Ceremony (NEW!)
30:06 – When the Devil’s Coming Down
38:15 – Magical Mind

HYDRA was formed in 2019 in Pleszew, the hometown of the beautiful stoner doom RED SMOKE FESTIVAL. The band consists of Vanat (bass), Yahoo (drums), Mieszko (guitar) and Dabek (guitar & vocal), who is also well known from another Polish act – Red Scalp.

Piranha Music, an independent label from Toru?, released their full-length debut, “From Light to the Abyss,” on 21 August 2020. The amazing album artwork was designed by Pawel Mioduchowski (of almighty Dopelord).

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Dabek – voc, git
Mieszko – git
Vanat – bass, voc
Yahoo – drums

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Friday Full-Length: Jesu, Terminus

Posted in Bootleg Theater on November 20th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

By no means has Jesu been dormant, it’s just been seven years since the last time there was an album out. 2013’s Every Day I Get Closer to the Light From Which I Came occurred even as project founder, spearhead and sometimes-sole-member Justin K. Broadrick had already begun to revive and push forward with his other band, Godflesh. That wildly influential UK act would release a live album recorded at Roadburn playing the groundbreaking 1989 Streetcleaner LP in its entirety, the 2014 Decline and Fall EP (review here), and two full-lengths, 2014’s A World Lit Only by Fire (review here) and 2017’s Post-Self (review here), as well as sundry other short offerings/one-offs, in the intervening years. As Godflesh ascended to priority, the two-piece also played numerous festivals around the world — they’d eventually do 1991’s Pure in full as well — and thereby further cement their legacy with a new generation of fans.

But again, Jesu — also stylized all-lowercase: jesu, and pronounced “yay-zoo” — weren’t entirely gone. There were collaborations with Dirk Serries and Sun Kill Moon in 2016 and 2017, and a redux collaboration based on the track “Christmas” with Yang Li in 2018. An EP, Never, landed in July 2020, and the awaited full-length return of Jesu comes in the somewhat forebodingly titled Terminus, an eight-track/51-minute outing that speaks of endings and beginnings, delves into personal introspection, and ultimately finds its place emotionally and sonically drifting, floating away atop a gentle sea of heavy post-rock. Terminus brings its share of lumbering riffs in its opener “When I Was Small” and its title-track, “Sleeping In” and the later “Disintegrating Wings,” and a churning rhythm is nothing less than a sonic signature for Broadrick. But on a creative level, he’s no more held to that here than he is the barking shouts and harsh beats one might find on a Godflesh release. Jesu is simply and has (mostly) been since its 2004 Heart Ache EP and self-titled full-length a different incarnation of Broadrick‘s creative process — and it should be noted that neither is that process so delineated in terms of two manifestations. See also: JKFlesh, production and remixing work done under his own name, and various others through the years, FinalTechno Animal, and so on.

And given that is has been more than half a decade since the prior LP, Terminus‘ arrival comes with due welcome. Tracked mostly by Broadrick himself on guitar, synth, vocals andjesu terminus who-kn0ws-what-else with Ted Parsons on drums for “When I Was Small,” “Terminus” and “Don’t Wake Me Up,” its general atmosphere is familiar ground for Jesu in emotive explorations of past and present, lyrics looking to moments of regret, wistfulness and sometimes self-critique. At one point in “Alone,” Broadrick asks, “Am I your sight?/Or just a slight?,” even as “Disintegrating Wings” seems to make a more outward-looking assessment, “Lies are your truth/Truth is your lies,” that, as with any discussion of too-fragile objective veracity, is easy enough to place within the sphere of modern social discourse. Whether that’s Broadrick‘s intent or not, I don’t know — I’d be glad to ask; it’s been nearly a decade since I last interviewed him — as the lyrics are purposefully impressionistic in keeping with the vague outlines of the cover art and indeed the blurring between styles in the music itself, evoking the same questions the title-cut engages as to where an ending ends and a beginning begins. Maybe we’re not supposed to know, and indeed the album does close with the hypnotic instrumental “Give Up,” shoving off on a steadily fading beat that seems consumed by a wash of looped guitar and synthesized melody.

That sort of wandering course, a build up perhaps from an initial experiment or melody that pans out in a direction as it goes, is a crucial foundation for Jesu‘s work, and that holds even in “When I Was Small,” which is arguably the most straightforward of inclusions here. It’s all the more fitting, then, that the leadoff track comes immediately accompanied by “Alone,” the shortest piece at 4:19 and a near-immediate surge of melodicism and hook-making that in other hands would simply be summer-ready pop, but here has a metal-on-metal clang of a beat keeping time to Broadrick‘s dreamy vocals and winding synth. Lyrics toy with rhymes — “well, tell, hell” and “bright, light, sight, slight” in the two verses — and though clearly the song is intended to engage with pop and Britpop in particular, there is an element of twist in terms of aesthetic and it holds to the depth of mix that the opener established.

“Terminus” (9:30) and “Sleeping In” (8:39) feel paired for immersion. Once Terminus has gotten its throw-you-for-a-loop first 10 minutes out of the way in “When I Was Small” and “Alone,” it digs into its own atmospheric heart in the title-track, not departing entirely from the weight of “When I Was Small” or even the shimmer of “Alone,” but using both as elements in its own linear structure, capping with a gentle letting go and stretch of silence ahead of “Sleeping In,” which unfolds gradually, beautifully and with a patience that shifts smoothly into the cinematic post-rock of “Consciousness” with a masterful touch. That sets up the final stretch of Terminus in the relatively subdued, minimal-feeling-but-not-actually-minimal “Disintegrating Wings,” and the leaving-here last pair of “Don’t Wake Me Up” and “Give Up,” the former of which dedicates its second half to a brighter-sounding freedom, and the latter which is all the more ethereal for its lack of component verses even as it holds its beat for much of the duration.

Put together in a period between 2016 and this year, Jesu released Terminus last week. I didn’t know it was coming, but I bought it and wanted to write about it and somehow this seemed like the appropriate way to do that. I don’t know what if anything it foretells about a direction for Broadrick — if Terminus is his way of putting Godflesh to rest for the time being and shifting back toward Jesu as a primary outlet — or if that’s something that really could be known at this point, if it matters one way or the other.

What matters, of course, is the music. As always, I hope you enjoy that.

Thanks for reading.

Yesterday I was feeling in need of an outside reminder of why I do this. I was busy chasing down The Pecan, who for the last several weeks since it started to get colder and we haven’t been outside as much, has been furiously butting heads and increasingly rigid in his demands for things to be a certain way, and I saw some email or message whatever it was come in nagging about some low-stakes shit and I very nearly texted a friend and asked what the fuck I need this for in my life at this point. I didn’t, mind you, but the fact that I even came close to doing so is out of character for me.

I’m not fishing for compliments. I’m not. I get notes from people who say thanks for doing this and that means a tremendous amount. It was just kind of a rut week, watching COVID-19 case levels rise, putting the house back on lockdown as we have, kid not napping in the afternoon anymore, my fucking body, etc. On Wednesday I took a whole xanax and fell asleep watching Daniel Tiger on the couch with The Patient Mrs. and The Pecan before the latter went to bed. Actually got some decent snuggles. It was probably the highlight of my week. That and the Grayceon record, anyhow.

Did you listen to that fucking song? Why the fuck not?

I don’t know what’s going on today. I was gonna take The Pecan and do a pre-weekend grocery run to Shop-Rite, which is apparently the only store on the planet that has the right granola bars — Amy’s Organics Oatmeal Raisin, in the red box — but I don’t know about dealing with other humans, especially as it’ll be circa lunchtime when The Pecan’s bus drops him off, and that place fills up because of prepared foods, etc. There’s really no right answer at this point for leaving the house, except maybe 7 in the morning or 9 at night and I’m hopefully asleep by then.

Ah hell, kid just got up. I can hear him thumping around upstairs and he ran in his closet, which means dirty diaper coming soon into my future. Better punch out here.

Great and safe weekend. I’m gonna try and take a few minutes tomorrow to get my head together. We’ll see how it goes. Hydrate, wear a mask and all that. Much love.

FRM.

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Video Interview: Mario Lalli on Yawning Man’s Live at Giant Rock and More

Posted in Bootleg Theater, Features on November 20th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

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Last month, desert rock progenitors Yawning Man issued the audio version of Live at Giant Rock through Heavy Psych Sounds, and on Nov. 20, they’ll follow-up with the video from which that soundtrack was taken. Filmed in the Coachella Valley in front of — you guessed it — a very big rock, the project helmed by Ryan Jones (see also: Stoned & Dusted) and the band is clearly intended to highlight the ties between the desert scenery and the music itself. Shots are fluid and languid, but like the graffiti on the rocks, there’s a sense of life throughout that goes beyond the trio of guitarist Gary Arce, bassist Mario Lalli and drummer Bill Stinson playing in the foreground.

Yawning Man‘s decades-spanning legacy and influence need not be recounted here. Suffice it to say that desert rock as it exists now would not without them. The three-piece were to have had a busy 2020 as they continued to support their 2019 studio album, Macedonian Lines (review here). In addition to having been booked for the Californian editions of the Heavy Psych Sounds Fest, they were set to appear at Monolith on the Mesa, Stoned & Dusted, they did manage to tour in Australia and New Zealand, but were to appear at Keep it Low in Munich, Germany, which no doubt would’ve been part of a European tour and coincided with other festivals.

As an answer to that, Live at Giant Rock finds Yawning Man doing what many other acts have done in trying to make the most of what they’ve got. In the interview that follows, Lalli talks of course about this strange year, the process of making this unorthodox concert film, the creative process for Yawning Man in particular, his work in this band and Fatso Jetson, and more.

Thanks for reading and watching if you do.

Yawning Man, Live at Giant Rock Interview with Mario Lalli, Nov. 19, 2020

Yawning Man‘s Live at Giant Rock video is out Nov. 20. The audio is available now and streaming below.

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Video Interview: Kelly Schilling of BleakHeart

Posted in Bootleg Theater, Features on November 18th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

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Denver heavy introspectionists BleakHeart released their debut album, Dream Griever, last month on Colorado’s own Sailor Records. With five component tracks, the four-piece’s offering boasts a dynamic residing largely between heavy post-rock and doom, but there’s melodic resonance as well that stems from an all-deep-hued psychedelia, and even as the material touches on atmospheres reminiscent of Black Math Horseman or other tonally weighted ‘gazers, it brings a depth of sound and fluidity of craft that serves well to distinguish throughout. Founded by guitarist JP Damron (Vermin Womb) and with a lineup built around himself and vocalist/keyboardist Kelly Schilling (also Dreadnought) that includes guitarist Mark Chronister and drummer Josh Kauffman, the group bring a full-fledged sense of aesthetic to the long-player, replete with the patience necessary to construct such ambience and the underlying force of rhythm and melody to immerse the listener within its sprawl.

From the breathy, gradual unfurling of “Ash Bearer” into the emergent crush and later airiness of “Heed the Haunt” as Dream Griever cuts its river’s path toward and throughbleakheart dream griever the consuming heft of “The Visitor”‘s reaches and “The Dead Moon”‘s suitably mournful peel en route to the 11-minute finale title-track, the album remains united in feel and hue without being redundant in sound. Changes in volume are executed with a marked poise, and though tempos stay largely consistent — one almost expects blastbeats to break out on even the slowest records these days — BleakHeart don’t sacrifice the mood built up in order to proffer cheap catharsis. Even when “Dream Griever” unveils its final movement, righteously heavy and topped with synth that seems to hint toward a progressive future to come, the band are able to restrain themselves from undercutting what they’ve worked hard to establish.

In the interview that follows, Schilling discusses recording Dream Griever as the US was preparing to enter lockdown (the first one) for the COVID-19 pandemic, using the space within the songs as a means to explore new ideas in melody and approach — she talks about “belting it out,” and for an example, see “Heed the Haunt” circa 2:25 — as well as learning to function as a band in a socially-distant context, the possibility of ever playing live again, where she thinks BleakHeart might go sound-wise, the status of the next album from Dreadnought, and more. I couldn’t resist either asking about Schilling‘s taking part as a guest for SubRosa‘s ‘SubDued’ set (review here), what with it having been such an incredible and evidently once in a lifetime event to witness.

BleakHeart, Dream Griever Interview with Kelly Schilling, Nov. 16, 2020

Dream Griever was recorded, mixed and mastered by Pete DeBoer at World Famous Studios in Colorado, has cover art by Brian D’Agosta of Gostworks Art and is out now on Sailor Records. Full album stream follows here:

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Sigiriya Premiere “Mantis” Video from Maiden – Mother – Crone

Posted in Bootleg Theater on November 18th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

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Tough break, Sigiriya. And really, planet earth. The Welsh riff purveyors who trace their roots back not only to the sacred ground of Mama Globe itself, but also to UK stoner rock spearheads Acrimony, issued their third long-player, Maiden – Mother – Crone (review here), through Burning World Records in April 2020, which, let’s face it, was a terrible time to do anything other than hunker down and grind your teeth anxiously. They’d already seen their fair share of tumult by then, with health scares and a drummer swap in the time since they issued 2014’s Darkness Died Today (review here; discussed here), and, well, like the rest of everyone, it’s not as if a global pandemic was a good thing to have along with an album release.

Maiden – Mother – Crone starts off with “Mantis,” and as though to remind those of us fortunate enough to be paying attention of just how friggin’ catchy a beginning that is, Sigiriya have a new video for the track premiering below. Note the sitar, note the roll, not the hook, note the slowdown. Sigiriya have plenty of burl on offer throughout Maiden – Mother – Crone, and it’s balanced better in the mix than it was on Darkness Died Today, which was the introduction of vocalist Matt “Pipes” Williams (also Suns of Thunder), but the band’s ethereal edge comes through “Mantis” even amid the tonal largesse that surrounds, and it’s that blend in shifting between one side and the other and in between that the personality of the band is realized on this third offering.

I’ll keep it relatively short and turn you over to the video, but if you need a refresher on Maiden – Mother – Crone or may have missed it due to outside circumstances or the fact that you were so busy in April trying to chase down an N-95 mask that you didn’t have the chance to check out new records, you’ll find the full Bandcamp stream toward the bottom of the post, and I doubt you’ll regret taking the time to dig in. Me, I’m glad to have the excuse to write about the band again.

Enjoy:

Sigiriya, “Mantis” official video

Welsh mountain men and valley crawlers Sigiriya are the first to admit to their faults – and yes, they got it wrong. The darkness hadn’t died. The eternal turn is undeniable. After the light of every day comes a veil of night, throwing real-world shadows into the soul of the Light Seeker.

Recorded with Adam Howell at UWTSD Studios in Swansea (with additional work by Matt Williams at Sunnyvale Studios), and mixed and mastered at The Bridge Studios & FX London by the lord of heaviness Richard Whittaker, it’s a monolith of light at the end of the tunnel, a rage against the system, a modern myth and a call to atavism.

Sigiriya are:
Matt ‘Pipes’ Williams (vocals)
Rhys Miles (drums)
Stu O’Hara (guitar)
Paul ‘Mead’ Bidmead (bass)

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Fuzz Evil Post “Better Off Alone (Redux)” Video

Posted in Bootleg Theater on November 17th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

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There’s a certain art to quarantine-style videomaking at this point. As the last 10 months or thereabouts have demonstrated, while live show opportunities may evaporate, there are still avenues — most of them digital — through which a band might harness a bit of forward momentum. Quite often, that’s resulted in boxed-off dudes putting together video clips either of songs performed live or prior-recorded, and in the case of Fuzz Evil, they’ve reworked one of their many, many quality hooks in the form of “Better Off Alone (Redux),” taking the track of the same name — minus the “redux” part, duh — from 2017’s The Second Coming of Heavy: Chapter Seven (review here) split with Switchblade Jesus and perhaps giving it the winking new interpretation as a timely reminder about the need to stay socially distant.

Certainly, as the US moves toward the Thanksgiving holiday, virology experts would seem to endorse this message, and if you’re on the same page as Dr. Anthony “The Fauch” Fauci, you’re probably doing something right.

Will Fuzz Evil‘s “Better Off Alone (Redux)” be adopted as a public service reminder to stay at home and be extra thankful you neither have COVID-19 nor have to participate in awkward around-the-table political discussions? Shit I hope so. Wouldn’t that be great? All of a sudden you start seeing Fuzz Evil in commercials and stuff of people wearing masks and behaving like responsible adults instead of petulant-ass, gotta-have-muh-freedom-to-make-yer-mom-sick dickweeds? I’d be so into it. Someone call the branding officer at the Centers for Disease Control. That’s definitely a position that exists, right? Because the CDC needs marketing? Should I send a resumé?

May you live in interesting times.

Okay.

Fuzz Evil released their High on You (review here) sophomore LP in 2018, which makes them about due for a third outing since their self-titled debut (review here) was 2016, but you know, scheduling and all that.

Enjoy the clip. It’s a good one:

Fuzz Evil, “Better Off Alone (Redux)” official video premiere

Published on 13 November 2020 – restricted by the outbreak of the COVID 19 virus, and isolated from one another, we thought we’d record our own separate video parts of ‘Better off Alone.’

‘Better Off Alone – redux”, taken from the Second Coming of Heavy Chapter 7 split by Ripple Featuring Switchblade Jesus and Fuzz evil, released 08 December 2017.

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