Lord Buffalo Post “Dog Head” Official Live Video; Tohu Wa Bohu Out This Week

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

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I’ve had occasion more than once now to say I dig Lord Buffalo‘s second album, Tohu Wa Bohu, which is released this week through Blues Funeral Recordings, and hey, here’s one more before the thing actually comes out. It’s fitting the Austin, Texas, four-piece’s dug-in heavy Americana ethic that the video they’d make and put out closest to the record’s arrival is live, and that it’s performed somewhat differently from what’s actually on said record, and that it’s for a deep cut, down on side B rather than something frontloaded onto side A like some outfits do. It is, then, an invitation to dig further.

In the live version of “Dog Head,” some more of the All Them Witches vocal influence comes through, but that violin is sweet and sad and it seems to carry its own melody for the voice to play soulfully off of in full-on earlier-Woven Hand fashion, all the while a swell of tone and rhythm builds up around it and seems to consume the entire thing by the time it’s done. There’s no piano, as there is in the studio incarnation of “Dog Head,” and there’s a part of me that misses that crash of the keys here, but you can only be in so many places playing so many instruments at one time, and Lord Buffalo have clearly positioned themselves well. It works, is all I’m saying.

And guess what? I dig the album. It’s out Friday.

Enjoy the video:

Lord Buffalo, “Dog Head” official video

Live version of “Dog Head” by Lord Buffalo. Performed at Breathing Rhythm Studio, August 3rd, 2019. Recorded and mixed by Steve Boaz. Filmed and edited by Brian Blackwood.

Studio version of Dog Head appears on the album “Tohu Wa Bohu” Available March 27th, 2020 from Blues Funeral Recordings.

Austin, TX dark rock / post-Americana band Lord Buffalo will release its new LP, ‘Tohu Wa Bohu’, on March 27 via Blues Funeral Recordings. Recorded in Lockhart, TX with producer Danny Reisch (Chelsea Wolfe, Okkervil River) and mastered by Dave Shirk (Mastodon, Sun Ra), the album is the follow-up to the folk-psych group’s 2017 self-titled full length.

“Dog Head” is a song from our new LP, ‘Tohu Wa Bohu’, and while the album version begins as a dark, downtempo piano creeper, we’d been doing the song live with an extended intro of bowed guitar and violin,” says vocalist / guitarist Daniel Jesse Pruitt. “Lord Buffalo songs often come out a little different every night, and we wanted to capture a little of that with this live-in-studio version of ‘Dog Head’. ‘Dog Head’ begins with a drone of bowed guitar and violin and the holds to the low road until the switch gets flipped and fuzzed-out guitar breaks in to end the piece with an exclamation point. The end gets chaotic, the song comes off the tracks a bit, but the heaviness feels redemptive, a release from the previous dirge.”

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G.J. Hellman
P.J. Patterson
Yamal Said
D.J. Pruitt

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Desert Records Announces Legends of the Desert Splits; Lord Buffalo & Palehorse/Palerider Due Jun 12

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 25th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

Albuquerque-based imprint Desert Records would seem to be working on the Ripple Music model in terms of embarking on a new series of splits, which it has opted to call Legends of the Desert, and you might note that the first installment of the series — which isn’t to be confused with that of the same name run by H42 Records to coincide with Desertfest London and Berlin — comes with a definitive end date in mind as well. Given production schedules and the fact that this isn’t all Desert Records is planning to put out in that time, seven vinyl releases of any sort over two years is an ambitious undertaking, as I think PostWax could probably confirm if Ripple can’t, but they’ve got their modus in the right place with the first pairing, which brings together Austin’s Lord Buffalo and Denver’s Palehorse/Palerider and is due out June 12.

You ever have one of those bands you avoided listening to because you knew you’d dig it and you kind of felt like maybe you didn’t have the energy to spare for the emotional commitment of actually undertaken a considered listen of their work? That’s me and Palehorse/Palerider. I knew I’d be into it, but I hadn’t actually listened to them for the first time until putting this post together. And you know what? I dig it. Not a surprise.

Desert Records sent the announcement down the PR wire. For what it’s worth, I heart-emoji Sister Bar, should you happen to be in the neighborhood:

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“Legends of the Desert” new album series by Desert Records

Desert Records is excited to announce a new compilation series called “Legends of the Desert”. The series kicks off on June 12th with the release featuring the split with Lord Buffalo (Austin, TX) and Palehorse/Palerider (Denver, CO).
Spanning seven albums total over the course of two years, the series will include legendary Desert Rock bands (to be announced) mixed in with new and upcoming bands.

“Legends of the Desert” meaning is a double entendre, with the most obvious referring to the legendary Desert Rock bands that will be featured throughout the series. The second meaning is “musical tales or legends of the desert”, reflected in the songs from all the bands.

The artist for the series will Joshua Mathus (Phoenix, AZ) , the creator of the comic Sherbet Lock and stunning album covers for bands over the years.

The albums will be released on limited edition 12″ Vinyl LP, deluxe CD, and on all digital platforms worldwide via Desert Records.

Each album release will be accompanied by the “Legends of the Desert release shows in each of the band’s cities.

Lord Buffalo / Palehorse/Palerider “Legends of the Desert” upcoming shows
June 26th – Albuquerque, NM – Sister Bar
June 27th – Denver, CO – High Dive

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Lord Buffalo, Tohu Wa Bohu (2020)

Palehorse/Palerider, Fire Gone Out/Haxan (2019)

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Lord Buffalo Set March 13 Release for Tohu Wa Bohu; Tour Dates Announced

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 24th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

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This is a record I dig, and while I’m fairly certain the news of the March 13 release date isn’t new, I realized that the last time I posted about Lord Buffalo was in December, when they signed to Blues Funeral Recordings and premiered the title-track of their impending second album, Tohu Wa Bohu. Clerical error. Not my first.

So yes, March 13. The band will tour to support it — pretty sure that news is newer, if it helps — and they have a second single streaming through a YouTube channel that isn’t the one that caused the kerfuffle last week but you’ll pardon me anyhow if I’m more gunshy than usual on posting from such sources. If you want to search it out, the song is “Halle Berry” and it’s my favorite on the record for more than just the title. I assume it’ll be on Bandcamp eventually, so I’ve included the album’s embed below to be ready for when it might show up there. See? I can be ahead of the game even as I’m behind it.

As Ronnie James Dio once said, “magic.”

To the PR wire:

Lord Buffalo Tohu Wa Bohu

Austin’s LORD BUFFALO Embrace Dark Folk and Psychedelic Americana on TOHU WA BOHU

Atmospheric quartet capture western skies and unsettling prairie on Blues Funeral Recordings debut

America’s vast ocean of rolling prairie, brutal in its rhythmic repetition and sameness, can be unsettling to take in. The plains force a communion with the open sky, the endless landscape turning the eyes inward.

LORD BUFFALO’s second LP is just that: the outward gaze forced inward, where the unknowable treads the blurred borders between land, sky and mind.

On March 13, Blues Funeral Recordings will release Tohu Wa Bohu, the new album from Austin’s Lord Buffalo, a band whose dark folk and Gothic Americana sees them chasing the same storm-threatening horizon sky as All Them Witches, Woven Hand, Nick Cave and Dead Meadow.

With their spacious soft/loud dynamics and violin drone, Lord Buffalo is often the loudest band on folk night and the softest on a metal bill, never failing to hold their own and make the dichotomy feel effortless.

An unsettling ride through open plains and melancholic Midwestern imagery, Tohu Wa Bohu is thick with captivating intensity and brooding heaviness of the soul. With its haunted themes and spacious soundscapes, the record plays across genres, taking cues equally from Morricone and Badalementi as well as Sabbath and Swans.

Tohu Wa Bohu will be released on digital, CD and LP from Blues Funeral Recordings on March 13th.

LORD BUFFALO is on tour in March and will perform at this year’s Psycho Las Vegas festival (August 2020).

Live Dates:
Fri 3/6/20 Austin, TX— The Lost Well
Wed 3/11/20 El Paso, TX — Rockhouse
Thu 3/12/20 Bisbee, AZ — The Quarry Bisbee
Fri 3/13/20 Tempe, AZ — Yucca taproom
Sat 3/14/20 Los Angeles, CA — 5 Star Bar
Sun 3/15/20 Spring Valley, Ca — Bancroft
Tue 3/17/20 Salt Lake City, UT — Loading Dock
Wed 3/18/20 Denver, CO — Cervantes
Thu 3/19/20 Albuquerque, NM — Sister Bar
Sat 3/21/20 Arlington, TX — Division Brewing
Thu 4/30/20 Austin, TV — Waterloo Records (in-store performance)
August 2020 Las Vegas, NV — Psycho Las Vegas Festival

LORD BUFFALO:
Daniel Pruitt – Vocals, Guitar
Garrett Hellman – Guitar, Organs
Patrick Patterson – Violin
Yamal Said – Percussion

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Destroyer of Light to Release Generational Warfare EP March 27

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 20th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

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Austin doomers Destroyer of Light have never been shy about getting a little weird to one degree or another, so to find them taking on a track from The Cure isn’t necessarily out of character by any means. Still, they certainly change the context of the song and give it a sense of heft to go with its sinister lyrics. I’m not going to lay claim to ever being a fan of The Cure — no doubt I’m a loss that continues to burn in Robert Smith‘s belly to this day — but I get the appeal, and Destroyer of Light‘s take on “Lullaby” is a fair interpretation of the darkness one can find in their otherwise harmless-seeming melodies.

While we’re talking about Destroyer of Light not being shy, it’s worth noting that the EP on which “Lullaby” appears, Generational Warfare, is being released on March 27 through Heavy Friends in an edition of 100 copies to coincide with an April tour that will bring the four-piece to the Eastern Seaboard supporting not only the new two-songer, but 2019’s excellent Mors Aeterna (review here) as well. They’ll do shows in the South with Order of the Owl and hit Grim Reefer Fest in Baltimore on the stretch, and no doubt run out of 7″s long before the shows are done.

Announcement came down the PR wire. Preorders are on Bandcamp:

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DESTROYER OF LIGHT: New EP and April Tour Announced

Generational Warfare EP is released 27th March on Heavy Friends Records

The EP will be released on ultra-limited edition 7” vinyl (only 100 copies available) and can be pre-ordered HERE: https://destroyeroflight.bandcamp.com/album/generational-warfare

Formed in 2012 in Austin, Texas, harbingers of doom Destroyer of Light are no idlers. Within a year of forming the heavy-as-hell/louder-than-war quartet released their self-titled EP and in doing so kick started what would become an ongoing DIY endeavour; driven by huge riffs, hallowed tales and endless road journeys.

This March the band return with a brand-new two-track EP entitled Generational Warfare, which is ferried deep into the breach by a commanding cover of one of The Cure’s most celebrated songs, ‘Lullaby’:

“For years, I’ve wanted to cover a The Cure song,” explains guitarist/vocalist, Steve Colca. “Not only am I huge fan, but I always thought that they had some songs that could easily be constructed into a doom song. I think a lot of people don’t realize how heavy the Cure’s music is, especially if you’ve seen or heard them live. We all agreed that ‘Lullaby’ was the perfect choice. The lyrics are super dark and when we started working on it, it just fell into place.”

Complemented by ‘These Walls…’ a song written and recorded during sessions for last year’s impressive Mors Aeterna album on Argonauta Records, Destroyer of Light’s Generational Warfare EP is released on 27th March 2020 on Heavy Friends Records. The band also embark on a month-long tour this April and will play a number of dates alongside Atlanta riff-men, Order of the Owl. (For the full list of dates see below.)

APRIL TOUR DATES:
3/4 – Rudyard’s – Houston, TX
4/4 – Freetown Boom Boom Room – Lafayette, LA
5/4 – TBA – New Orleans, LA
7/4 – Blue Note* – Tampa, FL
8/4 – Las Rosas* – Miami, FL
9/4 – Will’s Pub* – Orlando, FL
10/4 – The Jinx* – Savannah, GA
11/4 – The Atlantic* – Gainesville, FL
12/4 – Archtype* – Jacksonville, FL
14/4 – 529* – Atlanta, GA
15/4 – The Odditorium – Asheville, NC
16/4 – Slim’s – Raleigh, NC
17/4 – Wonderland – Richmond, VA
18/4 – Ritual Bar & Venue (GRIM REEFER FEST) – Baltimore, MD
19/4 – Gold Sounds – New York, NY
20/4 – O’Briens – Boston, MA
21/4 – Dusk – Providence, RI
22/4 – Tubby’s – Kingsland, NY
23/4 – Mohawk Place – Buffalo, NY
24/4 – Gooski’s – Pittsburgh, PA
25/4 – Black Circle Brewery – Indianapolis, IN
26/4 – Mag Bar – Louisville, KY
27/4 – Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
28/4 – Whittier Bar – Tulsa, OK
*w. Order of the Owl

DESTROYER OF LIGHT:
Steve Colca – Guitar/Vocals
Nick Coffman– Bass
Keegan Kjeldsen – Guitar
Penny Turner – Drums

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The Well Return to Europe & UK in January

Posted in Whathaveyou on December 10th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

The only question with The Well is whether they’re more undervalued or taken for granted. “Oh, The Well are popping back over to Europe to tour again? Ho-hum.” Yes, the Austin, Texas, trio are pretty well traveled, no less so to support this year’s righteous Death and Consolation (review here), but just because they’re out there now doesn’t mean they always will be. And hey, I get it, life gets in the way sometimes and you can’t make it to every show. It’s like the story of my existence right now. But if you can’t at least show respect for a band who put in the kind of work that results in a list of impending tour dates like the below — with just nine days between finishing one run in Salzburg, Austria, and starting the next in El Paso, Texas, then what the hell are you pretending to care about anything for? If that doesn’t matter to you, what does?

Songs and performance, you say? Style and substance, you say? Well fucking The Well have that too. Record and their latest video are at the bottom of the post. Take some time and really listen. Shit is awesome. How people aren’t all over The Well‘s collective junk, I just don’t know.

That’s my piece. I’ve said it.

To the PR wire:

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The Well announce winter tour dates in North America, EU and UK supporting new album Death and Consolation

Austin trio The Well announce yet another round of North American, EU and UK tour dates in support of their critically acclaimed new album Death and Consolation (RidingEasy Records.) The band has spent much of the year on tour, and now continue the trek into 2020, sharing some US dates with label mates Zig-Zags and R.I.P. These will be The Well’s first ever tour in the UK, having only played London’s DesertFest in 2019, and fans’ first opportunity to see the band performing songs from the new album. Please see all dates below.

Death and Consolation is available on LP, CD and download as of April 26th, 2019 via RidingEasy Records. Orders are available HERE.

THE WELL TOUR 2020:
01/22 – Milan, IT @ Ligera
01/23 – Bologna, IT @ Freakout
01/24 – Turin, IT @ Ziggy
01/26 – Lille, FR @ La Bulle Cafe
01/27 – Tours, FR @ Le Canadian Cafe
01/28 – Nantes, FR @ La Scene Michelet
01/29 – Bordeaux, FR @ Les Voutes
01/30 – Dijon, FR @ Peniche Cancale
01/31 – Rennes, FR @ Le Melies
02/01 – Paris, FR @ Espace B
02/03 – Brighton, UK @ Hope & Ruin
02/04 – Milton Keyes, UK @ The Craufurd Arms
02/05 – Glasgow, UK @ Broadcast
02/07 – London, UK @ Black Heart
02/08 – Bree, BE @ Ragnarok
02/09 – Berlin, DE @ Zukunft am Ostkreuz
02/10 – Salzburg, AT @ Rockhouse

02/19 – El Paso, TX @ Monarch
02/20 – Phoenix, AZ @ Yucca Tap Room
02/21 – San Diego, CA @ Til Two Club *
02/22 – Oceanside, CA @ The Pourhouse *
02/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ Permanent Records Roadhouse *
02/25 – San Francisco, CA @ The Knockout
02/26 – Nevada City, CA @ The Brick
02/27 – Portland, OR @ High Water Mark +
02/28 – Seattle, WA @ Substation +
02/29 – Vancouver, BC @ TBA +
03/02 – Kalispell, MT @ Old School Records
03/03 – Missoula, MT @ TBA
03/04 – Boise, ID @ The Shredder
03/05 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
03/06 – Denver, CO @ Streets of London
03/07 – Albuquerque, NM @ The Launchpad
* w/ Zig-Zags
+ w/ R.I.P.

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The Well, “Raven” official video

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Lord Buffalo Sign to Blues Funeral Recordings for Tohu Wa Bohu Release; Premiere Title-Track

Posted in audiObelisk, Whathaveyou on December 5th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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Austin, Texas, heavy Americana psych/post-rockers (vague enough for you?) Lord Buffalo will release their sophomore album, Tohu Wa Bohu, through Blues Funeral Recordings sometime in the early going of 2020. Though the four-piece will likely draw immediate comparisons to Rochester, NY, trio King Buffalo, if only for the similarity of their monikers, the 40-minute eight-tracker shows a diversity of influence from All Them Witches brooding, bluesy moon-howling atmospherics in its early going on “Raziel” or “Halle Berry” to some of Young Hunter‘s sneaky guitar bounce and nuance in the title-track and flourish of piano and strings prefaced in “Dog Head” that finds realization across the final trio of “Kenosis,” the relatively brief “Heart of the Snake” and closer “Llano Estacado No. 2,” executed with a build and airy fluidity of presence that reminds of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds tripping on Wovenhand‘s often-severe point of view.

It is a heft of ambience as much as tone, but there’s no shortage of rhythmic impact as well, as even the lumber of “Dog Head” shows, vocals and violin sweeping up Lord Buffalo Tohu Wa Bohuin a melodic wash punctuated by a thick-sounding snare that brings its crescendo down and locks in the more immediate thump-on-a-can of “Tohu Wa Bohu” itself, the title-track manifesting the highway-at-night vibe that the single’s accompanying cover also portrays. Lord Buffalo are no less comfortable in stark reaches than they are in their moments of fuller arrangement, and “Tohu Wa Bohu” transitions from one to the other with a hypnotic flow that would seem to lead off the immersion of side B of the vinyl, which of course only runs deeper as the subsequent tracks play out, culminating in “Llano Estacado No. 2,” with its repetitive string line and post-apex plays toward abrasion on a long fade capping. The standout line of the record and certainly of the song itself belongs to the title-track’s “Come show me how to feel,” which is delivered with due implore, but at no point is Tohu Wa Bohu cloying. Its songs are patient and often beautifully constructed, and whatever elements exist that might invite comparisons to the work of others, they’re used in such a way as to hone a persona belonging to the album itself.

Those who want to take the drive will find “Tohu Wa Bohu” premiering below, followed by comment from Lord Buffalo, as well as Blues Funeral, and the signing and release announcement. It’s a lot to pack into one post, but I have faith you’re up for it.

Please enjoy:

Vocalist/guitarist Daniel Pruitt on “Tohu Wa Bohu”:

As a band, we get booked on all kinds of bills. We’re often the loud band on a quiet bill or the quietest band on a heavy bill, and we can do both. We like a lot of different music, but it’s all pretty dark, and that has been our guiding light.

“Tohu Wa Bohu” is the title-track from our new record, and it’s a good example of what we’re going for, starting tight and sparse and building into something large and wide open. We wanted to try to use the rhythmic elements as the drone. It’s this pulsing, repetitive wave of bass and drums that makes a bed for the guitar and violin and builds into a huge vocal chant.

Jadd Shickler of Blues Funeral Recordings on the signing:

Lord Buffalo is a departure from our more familiar stoner/doom output, but we have broad tastes and know our listeners do, too. We’ve been fans of bands like 16 Horsepower, Son Volt and Godspeed You! Black Emperor for decades, and Lord Buffalo’s atmospheric ghost-town Americana captivates us in much the same way that those bands do. We saw them at the inaugural Monolith on the Mesa festival, where they absolutely decimated on a bill alongside tons of traditionally heavy bands. We’ve got no doubt that they’ll land for fans of bands like Dead Meadow, WovenHand, and Calexico, and can’t wait to release their new record.

Album Release Info:

America’s vast ocean of rolling prairie, brutal in its rhythmic repetition and sameness, can be unsettling to take in. The plains force a communion with the open sky, the endless landscape turning one’s eye inward.

Lord Buffalo’s second LP, Tohu Wa Bohu, is just that: the outward gaze forced inward, where the unknowable lingers on the blurred horizon between land, sky and mind.

In the Torah, “tohu wa bohu” refers to the formless void; the shape of things before the act of creation.

In thinking about writing the album, Lord Buffalo wanted to embrace unformed space and resist the instinct to control the process.

With only some basic arrangements in place, they entered Good Danny’s studio in Lockhart, Texas. As the tape rolled, they aimed to catch moments of new creation, the spirit hovering over the surface of the deep.

The end result is an elusive animal, equally at home under yellow street lights and purple desert skies. Tohu Wa Bohu is a heavy/quiet record that plays across genres, taking cues equally from Morricone and Badalementi as Sabbath and Swans. In sum, its thirty-nine minutes play more as a continuous movement than a collection of songs, a ride through open plains and melancholic midwestern imagery under a storm-threatening sky.

Tohu Wa Bohu will be available worldwide on LP, CD, and digital via Blues Funeral Recordings in early 2020.

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G.J. Hellman
P.J. Patterson
Yamal Said
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Austin Terror Fest Becomes Oblivion Access; Initial 2020 Lineup Announced

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

As someone who spent roughly five minutes not-at-all-surviving in the corporate sector working in something loosely related to marketing, I’m sometimes interested in moves like this. Obviously it’s a play toward a wider appeal, right? More people will be interested in Oblivion Access than Austin Terror Fest, which sounds like an extreme metal festival exclusively. A name like Oblivion Access — taken from the 2015 album of Lil Ugly Mane, who’ll be part of the 2020 lineup — also opens up the possibility of tapping into the kind of modern American post-Coachella emergence of the “festival experience,” which sometimes extends to art and other stuff and sometimes just means that if you pay more you get more. “Oblivion” connotes danger and “Access” connotes exclusivity. You could sit a team down in a brightly lit open office space surrounded by MacBook Pros and they’d be hard-pressed to come up with a more suitable banner to fly.

Swans, Converge, Anna von Hausswolff, True Widow, Despise You and Primitive Man are confirmed so far, in addition to the aforementioned Lil Ugly Mane, and badges are available now.

Details follow via the PR wire:

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AUSTIN TERROR FEST ANNOUNCES REBRAND AS OBLIVION ACCESS MUSIC FESTIVAL CELEBRATES 2020 RETURN WITH INITIAL LINEUP REVEAL FEATURING SWANS, CONVERGE, LIL UGLY MANE, ANNA VON HAUSSWOLFF, DESPISE YOU, TRUE WIDOW, & PRIMITIVE MAN

— FOURTH ANNUAL HEAVY METAL, EXTREME ROCK, & EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC FESTIVAL RETURNS JUNE 5-7 TO MULTIPLE VENUES ACROSS DOWNTOWN AUSTIN, TEXAS —

— FESTIVAL BADGES ON SALE NOW WITH FULL LINEUP DROPPING IN JANUARY —

The founders of Austin Terror Fest are proud to announce the music festival has recently rebranded to become Oblivion Access. The heavy metal, extreme rock, and experimental music festival is set to return to the Red River Cultural District of Austin, Texas, on June 5-7. Additionally, the festival has revealed some of the first acts added to the 2020 lineup, with three-day badges on sale now for just $200 through the festival’s official Facebook event page.

Oblivion Access is an annual celebration of underground music and rock culture, which will take place across a three-day weekend from Friday, June 5 to Sunday, June 7, 2020. Each night of the festival, Oblivion Access will take over some of the most popular music venues in the renowned Red River Cultural District of downtown Austin—including returning fan-favorites like Barracuda and Empire Control Room & Garage, as well as a new location at Mohawk—to offer attendees performances from some of the most in-demand metal and experimental acts from across the globe.

The new name, Oblivion Access, is meant to serve as an homage to Lil Ugly Mane’s 2015 album of the same title. Still ringing true to the festival’s original identity, Oblivion Access will continue to provide fans with some of today’s most sought-after heavy metal, experimental, and punk rock music performances. The festival will also expand into new genres and sounds, continuing the transition that began during last year’s festival to make the event a more inclusive and encompassing celebration of both counterculture and experimental music.

In celebration of the festival’s new name, as well as its expansion to now include Mohawk, the festival team has decided to unveil several acts in this year’s lineup, including a very special headlining performance from Swans as the band reunites for the first time after going on hiatus in 2017. The oft-labeled “world’s loudest experimental rock band” just released their latest album, Leaving Meaning, and continue to be heralded as pioneers in the industrial rock scene.

The 2020 bill will also feature Boston-based hardcore punk band Converge; Lil Ugly Mane, a critically acclaimed rap project from the mind of Travis Miller, whose last album in 2015 is the namesake for the festival; and Swedish singer/songwriter Anna von Hausswolff, as she embarks on her first-ever tour across the US. Other notable acts include Los Angeles-based hardcore punk band Despise You, best known for their power-violence sound that combines extremely dissonant and fast metal; and Texas’ own doom rockers True Widow, hailing from nearby Dallas. Lastly, sludge metal trio and Oblivion Access’ artist-in-residence Primitive Man will be returning to perform several sets featuring never-before-played deep cuts.

The current music lineup is listed below, with the full lineup being revealed in January 2020:

OBLIVION ACCESS 2020 – INITIAL MUSIC LINEUP
Swans
Converge
Lil Ugly Mane
Anna von Hausswolff
Despise You
True Widow
Primitive Man

Three-day GA passes are on sale now for $200 through the festival’s official Facebook event page. Weekend GA passes guarantee access to all official festival shows at Barracuda, Empire Control Room & Garage, and Mohawk throughout the three-day festival weekend. These Weekend GA passes are in limited supply due to venue capacities, so those interested are encouraged to act fast. Single-show passes will also be made available for purchase online at a later time closer to the festival dates.

Oblivion Access (formerly Austin Terror Fest) was created in 2016 and continues to be independently produced by Austin-based entrepreneurs Dusty Brooks and Dorian Domi. Brooks and Domi are not only successful music talent bookers, but they are also metal enthusiasts who look to continue growing the new brand for years to come. Each year the event continues to grow, with last year’s festival hosting the largest number of attendees to date. The 2019 festival included 2,500 attendees and more than 30 music acts from Texas and around the globe, including Lighting Bolt, Pig Destroyer, Goatwhore, TR/ST, Alcest, Bongzilla, and more.

The official music lineup poster for Oblivion Access 2020 was designed and illustrated in collaboration with the talented Russ Goldston, an experienced calligrapher and digital artist based in Chicago. More of their work can be found on Instagram at @late.fate.

For more information, please visit the official Oblivion Access Facebook Event page and follow along on Instagram at @OblivionAccessFest for updates and special promotions. The Festival’s official hashtag is #OblivionAccess2020.

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The Well Post “Raven” Video; Touring to Levitation Festival

Posted in Bootleg Theater on October 28th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

the well (photo by Cecilia Alejandra Blair)

We’re getting into November this week, which as far as I’m concerned means two things. 1: The holidays are coming, and man, fuck the holidays. 2: It’s getting to be year-end list time. For your consideration, Austin dark heavy psych three-piece The Well humbly submit the clarity of a 4K ultra-high-def video for the track “Raven” from their 2019 album, Death and Consolation (review here). Released this past April in a continuing alliance with RidingEasy Records as the band’s third full-length, it was yet another argument for them as an underrated outfit, the dual vocals of guitarist Ian Graham and bassist Lisa Alley — the three-piece completed by drummer Jason Sullivan — growing as an ever-more-prevalent standout factor of their approach. They’ve done no shortage of road time since their 2014 debut, Samsara (review here), and are currently touring the Eastern Seaboard with a stop in Puerto Rico before heading home to play Levitation Fest early next month. In the New Year, it’ll be the UK & EU — whatever configuration they might be in at that point; the nation-states, not the band — followed by the West Coast in February and March, so yes, they’re keeping plenty busy.

But as we get down to the nitty-gritty end-of-year business around these parts, The Well are a band who clearly deserve some manner of recognition, and if you want to hear/see why, they’re basically presenting their case in the clearest manner available in the “Raven” video. If you can watch the clip in 4K, you should, because it looks cool and is almost too real in its smoothness, but however you check it out, it’s easily worth the four minutes of your time, with its stonerly riff engaging a classic heavy rock nodder mindset even as their vaguely cultish leanings come through in the vocal melody. It’s never been about reinventing the wheel with The Well, but their radness is pervasive and multifaceted, and their approach has grown with each offering they’ve made. Death and Consolation is the kind of record you can put on regardless of mood and get into it. No pretense, quality craft, deep mix to lose your head in, and a heavy groove to march you right to oblivion. The only thing it asks is you take a little time to dig it.

So dig it:

The Well, “Raven” official video

Austin trio The Well share a new video from their recently released album, Death and Consolation (RidingEasy Records). Watch & share the 4K UHD video for album track “Raven” which was directed, shot and edited by William Orendorff HERE.

The band has spent much of the year on tour, and continue the trek now into November. Early in the new year, The Well return to headline shows in the EU & UK, followed by West Coast dates with labelmates Zig-Zags in February 2020. Please see all dates below.

Death and Consolation is available on LP, CD and download as of April 26th, 2019 via RidingEasy Records. Orders are available HERE.

THE WELL TOUR 2019:
(remaining dates)
10/28 – Atlanta, GA – 529
10/29 – Gainesville, FL – Hardback Cafe
10/30 – St Petersburg, FL – The Bends
11/01 – Puerto Rico – Club 77
11/03 – Austin, TX @ COTA F1 Races
11/09 – Austin, TX – Levitation Festival – RidingEasy stage

THE WELL TOUR 2020:
EU/UK – January/February (dates TBA)
02/19 – El Paso, TX
02/20 – Phoenix, AZ
02/22 – Oceanside, CA *
02/23 – Los Angeles, CA *
02/25 – San Francisco, CA *
02/26 – Arcata, CA *
02/27 – Portland, OR *
02/28 – Seattle, WA *
02/29 – Vancouver, BC *
03/02 – Kalispell, MT *
03/03 – Missoula, MT
03/04 – Boise, ID *
03/05 – Salt Lake City, UT *
03/06 – Denver, CO *
03/07 – Albuquerque, NM *
* w/ Zig-Zags

The Well, Death and Consolation (2019)

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