Heavy Psych Sounds Opens US Webshop; Announces Copious Represses

Posted in Whathaveyou on October 29th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

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Speaking of, I clicked the link below. I’m not going to say I regret it, but my wallet might. You’ll find shirts and recent releases, upcoming stuff and basically a slew of CDs I want. So it goes.

Link and info came from the label:

heavy psych sounds represses

HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS UNITED STATES BASED SHOP

START SHOPPING HERE: https://www.heavypsychsounds.com/shop-usa

Our new warehouse is located in San Antonio, Texas and starting from today you can find a selection of our old catalog, our latest releases, part of the merch catalog and you can start to preorder the upcoming releases.

We just shipped small amounts for each edition of each title so possibly some of them will be shortly not available, but we will start shipping more stock on regular basis. We are only at the beginning so we are planning to make things bigger and bigger and deliver you the full catalog of records and merch asap, this has been a big step for us and we are so stoked to made this happen.

For those who want to purchase any title or merch still not available at the US shop you can keep buying from the dear old shop – we will deliver you fast as usual from the dear old warehouse!! Thanks a lot to Paul Huff our new sales and logistic manager for the US territory.

From monday 26th to thursday 29th we are having the HPS REPRESS WEEK:

MONDAY – 26th
NEBULA – To The Center – same cover – released in 150 LTD 3 COLORS STRIPED blue/white/red VINYL + BLACK VINYL

TUESDAY 27th
CRYPT TRIP – Rootstock – new cover – released in 150 LTD HALF-HALF red/orange VINYL + BLACK VINYL

WEDNESDAY 28th
HIGH REEPER – High Reeper – new cover + 2 bonus tracks !!! – 150 LTD SIDE A – SIDE B blue/purple VINYL + BLACK VINYL + digipak

High Reeper has 2 new bonus tracks: World Weaver (new bonus track) 2:06 and Hurricane (Pentagram Cover – new bonus track) 2:03
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DUEL – Fears Of The Dead – new cover – 150 LTD 3 COLORS STRIPED blue/yellow/orange + BLACK VINYL

THURSDAY 29th
BRANT BJORK – Jalamanta – 150 LTD 3 COLORS STRIPED green/yellow/purple/ VINYL
BRANT BJORK – Jacoozzi – 150 LTD SIDE A – SIDE B yellow/red VINYL

PRESALE for all 4 represses STARTS: October 29th
RELEASE DATE for all 4 represses: January 11th

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Komatsu Sign to Heavy Psych Sounds; New Album Preorders This Week

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

Let’s assume that with the advent of preorders for the next Komatsu record later this week will come the details about the album itself, probably also the cover art. Tracked pre-lockdown, the upcoming long-player from the Eindhoven-based four-piece is the follow-up to 2018’s Argonauta-issued A New Horizon (review here) and will mark the band’s debut on Heavy Psych Sounds. Though new to the label, Komatsu have appeared at at least one Heavy Psych Sounds fest in their decade together, and have done a wide swath of touring besides. One expects that thread to continue once circumstances permit.

So, while this news is more about background than details of the due-next-year album, you know I like it when cool stuff happens to good bands. Accordingly, here you go:

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Heavy Psych Sounds to announce a new band signing: Dutch heavy rockers KOMATSU!!!

ALBUM PRESALE STARTS: OCTOBER 22nd

Komatsu is formed early 2010. Members of locally acclaimed bands from Eindhoven Rock City joined forces. Their years of music experience in all kinds of bands and individual creativity, created a brutal mix of sludge, stoner and metal
.. KOMATSU is born!

The band released a self-titled EP in 2011. After that, they focused on live shows and writing material for their first full length album. “Manu Armata” saw the daylight in February of 2012 and was instantly well received by the international press. It got raving reviews and Komatsu’s music style was compared to bands like Queens Of The Stone Age, Torche, Mastodon, Monster Magnet and Karma to Burn.

Over the past years Komatsu has shown growth and was asked to support internationally well-known bands like Truckfighters (SWE) and a wide range of bands from the US: Karma to Burn, The Sword, Red Fang, Clutch, Nashville Pussy, High on Fire, Corrosion of Conformity and Baroness. They also performed at the official Queens Of The Stone Age after party in the Effenaar in Eindhoven. In 2014 they went on a European tour with none other than John Garcia (Vista Chino, ex-Kyuss, Hermano, Unida and Slo Burn) and played 32 shows in 13 countries. In 2015 Komatsu went on tour with another Palm Desert scene stoner hero: Nick Oliveri’s band Mondo Generator (USA).

“Recipe For Murder One” was released September 2016 and showed that the band gained confidence and experience. On the album you can hear Nick Oliveri on vocals on two songs. The album took the band on various tours throughout Europe with Duel (USA) in October 2016 and the Freeks (with Ruben Romano, ex-Fu Manchu) in March 2017. The album even took Komatsu to Brazil for a stand alone tour. The album appeared in several annual lists of best albums of 2016, and the song “Lockdown” (with a guest appearance by Nick Oliveri on vocals (ex-Kyuss, Queens Of The Stone Age) was nominated by 3voor12 as song of the year.

After playing 85 shows in France, Germany, Belgium. Italy, Switzerland, England, Scotland, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Brazil and Austria in support of the album “Recipe for murder one”, Komatsu entered the Void Studio with producer Pieter Kloos to record “A New Horizon”. This album was released in January 2018 and marked their return to Europe and Brazil for several tours. Komatsu supported Brant Bjork in their hometown and with that completed a straight quartet: they played with all four ex-members of Kyuss (Garcia, Oliveri, Bjork, Homme).

After their latest European stand alone tour in December 2019, Komatsu felt it was time to record a new studio album. In February/March 2020 the Super Massive Mother Sludgers recorded a new studio album, this time at Studio Iglesias, Eindhoven.
The new album is recorded and produced by Peter van Elderen (Peter Pan Speedrock) and Komatsu and is mastered by Pieter Kloos. The artwork is made by Lotte Voorhoeve. The album was recorded just before the Covid-19 pandemic and will be released at the beginning of 2021 at Heavy Psych Sounds.

With 9 new killer songs, Komatsu is more than ready and waiting to hit the road again!

KOMATSU is:
Mo Truijens (vocals/guitar)
Mathijs Bodt (guitar)
Martijn Mansvelders (bass)
Jos Roosen (drums)

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Wedge Premiere “Computer”; Like No Tomorrow out Jan. 15

Posted in audiObelisk, Whathaveyou on October 13th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

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Wedge‘s third album, Like No Tomorrow, will see release on Jan. 15, 2021, through Heavy Psych Sounds. Preorders are up as of today. Any other year, that title would be endearing and maybe somewhat quizzical, or otherwise embodying a rock and roll, live-in-the-moment kind of mentality. In 2020, it’s pretty foreboding because, like, there might not be a tomorrow. Or perhaps even worse — there might be!

But for just about four minutes and 44 seconds, let’s put the overarching special brand of anxiety that this year has produced aside. Difficult, I know. Nigh on impossible. Stay off Twitter. Don’t even glance at the YouTube ads telling you about how Donald Trump is a COVID-beating superhero and Joe Biden is somehow holding a secret socialist agenda (if only!) and simultaneously the most boring person who ever lived. Log out of Facebook. Just log out. It sounds dangerous somehow, doesn’t it? Disconnect for a couple minutes. See what happens.

wedge like no tomorrowFor all the good knowing-a-thing-with-proven-science sometimes does these days, it is a documented fact that the human relationship to technology has changed the manner in which our brains work, and perhaps that’s where Wedge are coming from in the go-unplugged message of their new single “Computer.” Perhaps suitably, the organ-laced cut hits with a nostalgic feel somewhere between Deep Purple‘s “Strange Kind of Woman” and “Pictures of Home,” but after six years and three records, one shouldn’t be surprised to find guitarist/vocalist Kiryk Drewinski (ex-Liquid Visions), drummer Holger “The Holg” Grosser and bassist/organist Dave Götz working in their own personality as well, as one can hear in the ’60s-inflected winding solo section backed by righteous classic-style shuffle.

Message and groove both come through clearly, and while I can’t speak for the entirety of Like No Tomorrow as I haven’t heard it yet, but at least this lead track sounds like a fitting follow-up to 2018’s Killing Tongue (discussed here) as the band dig into some proggy nuance without losing the well-honed dynamic between the players.

And I guess if you actually disconnected when I urged you to above you wouldn’t still be reading this — oops — but if you are, you can stream “Computer” below.

Please enjoy:

Wedge on “Computer”:

The tune is a straightforward organ-driven boogie rocker with a slightly progressive edge due to ever changing grooves and time signatures. (Hear if you can spot the 11/8 beat ; ). Lyrically it’s a cynical ode to our ubiquitous master, the computer. While on one hand our digital buddies are a portal to the world of knowledge and sweet distraction, they’re also the source of misinformation and… well, sweet distraction. “Computer” is our personal invitation for everybody to log out for once, even if it’s only for just one day or the length of a full album.

New album ‘Like No Tomorrow’ out January 15th, 2021 on Heavy Psych Sounds as:
15 Ultra Ltd Test Press
200 Half Half Black-Red Vinyl
450 Yellow Solid Vinyl
Black Vinyl
Digipak
Digital

Preorder: https://www.heavypsychsounds.com/

WEDGE is:
Kiryk – Vocals/Guitars
The Hog – Drums/Percussion
David – Bass/Organ/Electric Piano/Mellotron

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Quarterly Review: The Pilgrim, Polymoon, Doctors of Space, Merlock, Sun Dial, Saturn’s Husk, Diggeth, Horizon, Limousine Beach, The Crooked Whispers

Posted in Reviews on October 12th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

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Well, the weekend’s over and it’s time to wrap up the Quarterly Review. Rest assured, I wrote the following during my copious weekend leisure time, resting on the side of a heated Olympic-size pool with a beverage nearby. It definitely wasn’t four in the morning on a Sunday or anything. If I haven’t gotten the point across yet, I hope you’ve found something amid this massive swath of records that has resonated with you. By way of a cheap plug, I’ll be featuring audio from a lot of these bands on the Gimme Metal show this Friday, 5PM Eastern, if you’re up for tuning in.

Either way, thanks for reading and for being a part of the whole thing. Let’s wrap it up.

Quarterly Review #51-60:

The Pilgrim, …From the Earth to the Sky and Back

the pilgrim from the earth to the sky and back

Lest he be accused of laziness, Gabriele Fiori — also of Black Rainbows, Killer Boogie and the head of the Heavy Psych Sounds label, booking agency and festival series — made his solo debut as The Pilgrim with Spring 2019’s Walking into the Forest (review here). Joined by Black Rainbows drummer Filippo Ragazzoni, Fiori ups the scale of the journey with the second The Pilgrim LP, …From the Earth to the Sky and Back. Richer in arrangement, bolder in craft and more confident in performance, the album runs 14 songs and 50 minutes still largely based around an acoustic acid rock foundation, but with a song like “Riding the Horse” tapping ’70s singer-songwriter vibes while “Cuba” touches on Latin percussion and guitar and “Space and Time” journeying out near the record’s end with waves of synthesizer, it seems The Pilgrim isn’t so willing to be pigeonholed. So much the better.

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Polymoon, Caterpillars of Creation

Polymoon Caterpillars of Creation

There is an undercurrent of extremity to the debut release from Polymoon, who hail from the psychedelic hotbed that is Tampere, Finland. The six-song/42-minute Caterpillars of Creation turns in opener “Silver Mt.” to fervent guitar push or from freaked-out cosmic prog into drifting post-universe exploration, setting the stage for the dynamic that unfolds throughout. The wash early in the second half of “Lazaward” is glorious, and it’s not the first or the last time Polymoon go to that adrenaline-pumping well, but the serenity that caps that song and seems to continue into “Malamalama” in closing side A is no less effective. “Helicaling” mounts tension in its early drumming but finally releases it later, and “Neitherworld” gives Caterpillars of Creation‘s most fervent thrust while closer “Metempsychosis” rounds out with a fitting sense of dissipation. As a first album/first release, it is particularly stunning, and to make it as plain as possible, I will think less of any list of 2020’s best debut albums that leaves out Polymoon.

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Doctors of Space, First Treatment

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The two-piece comprised of Martin Weaver (ex-Wicked Lady) and synthesist Scott “Dr. Space” Heller (Øresund Space Collective, Black Moon Circle, etc.) position First Treatment as their proper studio debut, and it certainly hits its marks in galaxial adventuring well enough to qualify as such, but the duo have been on a creative splurge throughout this year — even in lockdown — and so the six songs here are also born out of the work they’ve been doing since releasing their debut single “Ghouls ‘n’ Shit” (video premiere here) late last year. The album launches with “Journey to Enceladus,” which boasts drum programming by Weaver and though one of the movements in the 21-minute “Into the Oort Cloud” is based around beats, the bulk of First Treatment is purely a work of guitar and synth, and it basks in the freedom that being so untethered inherently brings. Running an hour long, it’s improvisational nature isn’t going to be for everyone, but Heller and Weaver make a strong argument that maybe it should be.

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Merlock, That Which Speaks

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Who’s ready for a New Wave of PNW Fuckery? That’s right folks, the NWOPNWF has arrived and it’s Spokane, Washington’s Merlock leading the sometimes-awfully-punk-sometimes-awfully-metal-but-somehow-also-always-sludge charge. Aggressive and damning in lyrics, swapping between raw screams, grows, shouts and cleaner vocals and unhinged in terms of its genre loyalties, That Which Speaks seems to find the “melt faces” setting wherever it goes, and though there’s a sense of the four-piece feeling out what works best for them stylistically, the sometimes frantic, sometimes willfully awkward transitions — as in second cut “Prolapse” — serve the overall purpose of undercutting predictability. Eight-minute opener/longest track (immediate points) “Idolon” stomps and shoves and gnashes and nasties its way through, and that’s the modus across what follows, though the scream-along headbanger “Vessel” somehow seems even rawer, and though it ends by floating into oblivion, the start of “Condemnation” heavy fuckin’ metal to me. You never know quite where Merlock are going to hit next, and that’s the joy of the thing. May they remain so cacophonous.

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Sun Dial, Mind Control: The Ultimate Edition

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Long-running UK psychedelic rockers Sun Dial — led by founding guitarist/vocalist Gary Ramon — released Mind Control in 2012. Sulatron Records picked it up in 2015, and now, five years after that, the same label presents Mind Control: The Ultimate Edition, a 2CD version of the original LP-plus-bonus-tracks reissue that brings the total runtime of the release to a well-beyond-manageable 98 minutes of lysergic experimentation. A full 20 tracks are included in the comprehensive-feeling offering, and from early mixes to alternative takes and lost tracks, and if this isn’t the ‘ultimate’ version of Mind Control, I’m not sure what could be, notwithstanding a complete-studio-sessions box set. Perhaps as a step toward that, Mind Control: The Ultimate Edition gives an in-depth look at a vastly underappreciated outfit and is obviously put together as much for the label as by it. That is to say, you don’t put out a reissue like this unless you really love the original record, and if Sulatron loving a record isn’t enough endorsement for you, please turn in your mushrooms on your way out the door.

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Saturn’s Husk, The Conduit

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Immersion is the goal of Saturn’s Husk‘s third long-player, The Conduit, and the Riga, Latvia, instrumentalist trio accomplish it quickly with the fluid riffs that emerge from the drone-based intro “Death of Imaginary Lights” and the subsequent 10-minute opener “Black Nebula.” At nine songs and 63 minutes, the album is consuming through the welcome nodder “The Heavenly Ape,” the especially-doomed “The Ritual” and the more mellow-float centerpiece “Spectral Haze,” while “Mycelium Messiah” brings more straight-ahead fuzz (for a time) and drones on either side surround the 10:35 “Sand Barrows,” the latter serving as the finale “A Shattered Visage” quoting Percy Bysshe Shelley and the former “City of the Djinn” running just a minute-plus but still doing enough to reset the brain from where “Mycelium Messiah” left it. Almost functioning as two albums side-by-side with “Spectral Haze” as the dividing point, The Conduit indeed seems to join various sides together, with a depth to coincide that invites the listener to explore along with it.

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Diggeth, Gringos Galacticos

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Landing a punch of classic metal to go along with its heavy-bottomed groove, Diggeth‘s Gringos Galacticos — one supposes the title ‘Spacecrackers’ was taken — was released by the Dutch trio in 2019 and receives a US limited vinyl edition thanks to Qumran Records. One finds some similar guitar heroics to those of Astrosoniq‘s more straightforward moments, but Diggeth‘s focus remains on hookmaking for the duration, offering hints of twang and acoustics in “In the Wake of Giants” and tipping a hat southwestward in “Three Gringos,” but “Straight-Shooter” is willfully breaks out its inner Hetfield and even as the penultimate “Unshackled” departs for a quieter break, it makes its way back in time for the big finish chorus, adding just a touch of Candlemass grandiosity for good measure before the harmonica-laced closing title-track rounds out with its dynamic spacey weirdness, the name of the album repeating itself in an answer to the Stephen Hawking sample that started the voyage on its way.

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Horizon, The White Planet Patrol

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Cursed Tongue Records has the vinyl here, and Three Moons the tape, and the CD will arrive through Aladeriva Records, La Rubia Producciones, Aneurisma Records, Surnia Records and Violence in the Veins — so yes, Horizon‘s third album, The White Planet Patrol is well backed. Fair enough for the Kyuss-via-BlackRainbows vibes of “End of Utopia” or the initial charge and flow of “The Backyard” that sets the Alicante, Spain, trio on their way. “King Serpent” and “Death & Teddies” bring well-crafted fuzz to bear, and “Blind World” effectively layers vocals in its chorus to coincide, but the more laid back roll of the title-cut is an unmistakable highlight. Shades of mid-paced Nebula surface in “Meet the Forest” later on, but Horizon are part of a tradition of heavy bands in Alicante and they know it. The smoothness of their tone and delivery speaks volumes on its own in that regard, never mind the actual songwriting, which also leaves nothing to be desired.

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Limousine Beach, Stealin’ Wine + 2

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Debut EP from Limousine Beach out of Pittsburgh, and if the three guitars involved don’t push it over the top, certainly the vocal harmonies get that particular job done. You got six minutes for three songs? Yeah, obviously. They scorch through “Tiny Hunter” to close out, but it’s in the leadoff title-track that Stealin’ Wine + 2 sees the Dave Wheeler-fronted outfit land its most outrageous chorus, just before they go on to find a middle-ground between KISS and Thin Lizzy on “Hear You Calling.” The harmonies open and are striking from the outset, but it’s in how they’re arranged around the standalone parts from Wheeler (also Outsideinside, ex-Carousel) that the outfit’s truest potential is shown. Issued through Tee Pee Records, Stealin’ Wine + 2 is the kind of thing you’d pick up at a show in a normal year and then feel way ahead of everyone else when the LP finally hits. Not a normal year, obviously, but Limousine Beach are serving due notice just the same. In six minutes, no less.

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The Crooked Whispers, Satanic Melodies

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I’m sure a lot of records show up at Satan’s door with notes, like, “Dear sir, please find the enclosed submitted for your approval,” but it’s not hard to imagine Beelzebub himself getting down with the filth-coated sludge and rolling doom unfurled across The Crooked Whispers‘ debut offering, Satanic Melodies, marked by hateful, near-blackened screams from Anthony Gaglia and the plodding riffs of Chad Davis (Hour of 13, et al). The title-track is longest at 8:23 and in addition to featuring Ignacio De Tommaso‘s right-on bass tone in its midsection, it plays out early like Weedeater sold their collective soul, and drifts out where earlier pieces “Sacrifice” and “Evil Tribute” and “Profane Pleasure” held their roll for the duration. Stretches of clean-vocal cultistry add to the doomier aspects, but The Crooked Whispers seem to care way less about genre than they do about worshiping the devil, and that unshakable faith behind them, the rest seems to fall into place in accordingly biting fashion.

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Brant Bjork Announces Spring 2021 European Tour

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

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You’ll note the tour announcement begins with a question. That’s the state of everything, right there. Yeah, it would be awesome if Brant Bjork can get back abroad and start up the touring cycle again, do the thing, see the people, all of that. What’s the state of the world next Spring? I have no idea. Will this tour happen? I have no idea. I have no idea about anything. Now or then. But I give points for trying and I’m happy to post a list of tour dates, so here we are.

Brant Bjork and his band will be out with Sweden’s MaidaVale, as was the plan for earlier this Spring, which unfortunately was the moment at which all plans for any and everything went out the window. Interesting to note about the rescheduled shows that Desertfest Berlin 2021 is currently slated for May 13-16, so if Bjork is going to get announced for that bill, it would be as an added final date of this tour. Desertfest London 2021 is April 30-May 2, so presumably if Bjork is to play that, it would be on May 1, which is open on the list below. Both were stops on the tour that was supposed to happen earlier this year, so it would make sense.

Presented by Sound of Liberation, as one would expect. Word came from the socials:

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BRANT BJORK – Europe 2021

2021 Will Be Our Year, Right?!

We certainly F*ing hope so. Brant and band are crossing their fingers a lot these days. Are they practicing a slick new guitar move?! Maybe yes, but it’s also hoping they can come and play in Europe next Spring! We got the dates, We got the old jams, We got new jams, We got the incredible Maidavale on board again. You got to get your tickets, You got something to look forward to, You gotta wait just a while longer. You gotta stay healthy until then.

04.23 Dortmund* Piano
04.24 Aschaffenburg* Colos-Saal
04.25 Linz* Stadtwerkstatt
04.26 Graz* PPC
04.27 Vienna* Arena
04.28 Erlangen* E-Werk
04.29 Stuttgart* Universum
04.30 Nijmegen* Doornroosje
05.02 Groningen* Vera
05.03 Amsterdam* Melkweg
05.04 Sint-Niklaas* De Casino
05.05 Paris* Petit Bain
05.06 Toulouse* Le Rex
05.07 Vitoria Helldorado
05.08 Madrid Kristonfest
05.09 Barcelona Wolf
05.11 Monthey* Pont Rouge
05.12 Winterthur* Gaswerk
05.13 Munich* Feierwerk
05.14 Dresden* Beatpol
05.15 Hamburg* Knust
* with MaidaVale

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Big Scenic Nowhere Premiere Title-Track of Lavender Blues EP

Posted in audiObelisk on September 17th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

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Big Scenic Nowhere will issue their new three-song EP, Lavender Blues, on Oct. 23 through Heavy Psych Sounds. The 24-minute outing, captured over the course of three days last November in the Californian desert, demonstrates plainly just how much this project ignited by a guitar collaboration between Fu Manchu‘s Bob Balch and Yawning Man‘s Gary Arce has take on a life of its own. It arrives on a quick turnaround from the group’s Jan. 2020 debut full-length, Vision Beyond Horizon (review here), which itself came with relative expediency as a follow-up to their first EP, 2019’s Dying on the Mountain (discussed here).

With Mos Generator frontman Tony Reed and Yawning Man drummer Bill Stinson incorporated as full-time members alongside Arce and Balch, the endeavor only grows more expansive in terms of sound on Lavender Blues, which breaks up into two-sides the first of which is comprised of its 13-minute title-track — a lush jam built out into a work of immersive progressive psychedelia the likes of which few could hope to conjure. As per their established modus — also how the band formed — they reach out beyond themselves to include guest performances as well, this time bringing standout organ lines from the esteemed Per Wiberg (Spiritual Beggars, ex-Opeth, and the dude you call when you want keys), as well as Voivod‘s Daniel Mongrain (one of the happiest-looking headbangers I’ve ever seen) and Masters of Reality founder Chris Goss (beware his Twitter) on guitar.

Wiberg and Reed both contribute keys/organ to “Lavender Blues,” and the latter handles vocal duties as well. There’s an early verse, but the essential portion vocally is starts a little before six minutes in, as Reed begins with the lines, “Every time I wonder/All inside my slumber…” as each lyric appears at just a slight overlap to the one before it, adding to the otherworldly feel of the deep but mellow and airy and melodic fluidity that surrounds. Proggy synth follows to lead the way into a wash of a jam that, if you dig deep enough, has a discernible anchor riff, but feels wonderfully untethered creatively. It’s not all improvised — obviously keys and vocals were added later — but that spirit of the original jam beneath is there and the rest of the song feeds off it in a way that lives up to the potential that both Dying on the Mountain and Vision Beyond Horizon set forth.

As if to prove this is an outfit that can go anywhere it pleases whenever it pleases, the subsequentbig scenic nowhere lavender blues “Blink of an Eye” runs just four minutes and seems to directly call out the main riff of “Don’t Fear the Reaper” at its start. In the hands of Big Scenic Nowhere, it unfolds into a subdued desert rock bounce to which Reed brings a suitably straightforward verse, doubling his vocals in the chorus for a sing-along-ready effect — “I’ve been a fool for so long,” etc. Arce‘s floating tonality does much to add to the ethereal vibe that complements the underlying structure, and two solos follow, the latter presumably Reed on keys, before a last hook rounds out. Clean, clear, done. It’s territory the band claimed as their own in Dying on the Mountain, a kind of forewarning that they might jam and write songs, and an unmitigated win in terms of the result.

That tasks “Labyrinths Fade” to close out at 6:35. The finale, suitably enough, fades in and out on a progression that is marked by tom runs and crashes from Stinson and an immediate verse from Reed, not nearly rushed enough to be manic, but more urgent in its repetitions than one might expect after “Lavender Blues” and “Blink of an Eye.” Solos intertwine running up and down in the mix before the drums shift to hi-hat to open up the groove in the instrumental midsection. Is that you, Daniel Mongrain? With so many potential sources of shred, it’s hard to know for sure, but I’d believe it. A righteous moment of guitar harmony (blink and you’ll miss it) precedes the resurgence of vocals, likewise harmonized, and some synth beneath that would make Bernie Worrell smile under his purple hat.

Opportunity for another solo isn’t missed, and the vocal progression from the beginning of the song returns to top the fade out, giving symmetry to what, at least compared to the song before it, is a marked departure from verse/chorus patterning. It is also, however, fair enough ground for Big Scenic Nowhere to cover as they will, and one more piece of evidence to cite when arguing that good things happen when these players get together. Their time in the desert last Fall may have been brief, but what comes across clearest on Lavender Blues is just how much they’re taking inspiration from each other, playing off each other, and enjoying the outward sonic adventure that comes from that. Frankly, it seems unlikely this project would have made it past the first EP if it wasn’t fun — the logistics are just too complex for something that’s a drag — but from that spirit comes a forward-thinking take on progressive heavy psychedelia that sees Balch, Arce, Reed and Stinson and their invited company enhance each other’s work in striking, sometimes surprising, and delightful ways.

Fair enough to call them a supergroup if you must, but really they’re explorers.

Balch has a few words to offer on “Lavender Blues,” which you’ll find beneath the premiere of the track below, followed by preorder links and so on.

Please enjoy:

Bob Balch on “Lavender Blues”:

This jam is the first take with all original parts. I tried several times to re-do my parts and improve them and I couldn’t do it. The flow of this jam can’t be replicated. You can really hear all of us playing off each other and that needed to stay. Per Wiberg (OPETH, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS) added some killer key parts, Tony added some awesome keys too along with vocal passages. This song is meant for travel… whatever that means to you. LAVENDER BLUES has a HAWKWIND meets ALAN PARSON PROJECT meets PINK FLOYD vibe to it. I really like when bands take inspiration from different genres and mix it up into a unique sonic stew.

New EP ‘Lavender Blues’ out October 23rd on Heavy Psych Sounds: European presale // US presale

TRACKLIST:
1. Lavender Blues
2. Blink of an Eye
3. Labyrinths Fade

BIG SCENIC NOWHERE is
Bob Balch (Fu Manchu) – Guitar / Bass on “Blink of an Eye”
Gary Arce (Yawning Man) – Guitar on all tracks
Tony Reed (Mos Generator) – Bass / Vocals / Synths / Guitar
Bill Stinson (Yawning Man) – Drums
Per Wiberg (Kamchatka, ex-Opeth) – Synths / Piano
Daniel Mongrain (Voivod) – Guitar
Chris Goss (Masters Of Reality) – Guitar

Artwork by @haxloeffler
Mixed and Mastered by Tony Reed

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Yawning Man Releasing Live at Giant Rock CD/DVD; Preorders Available

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 4th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

No brainer. Duh. Yawning Man performing live in the desert. Yes. Again, duh.

Preorders up. Fine. Take my money.

To answer your first and likely only question concerning this release, no Giant Rock is not where Kirk fought the Gorn. That was Vasquez Rocks. Two and a half hours east, according to the googlies.

Maybe you saw this performance air as part of the Stoned and Dusted virtual fest. If you did, you don’t need me to say anymore. If you didn’t, I’ll refer you to the first paragraph above.

From the PR wire:

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YAWNING MAN: “Live At Giant Rock” album pre-sale available!

Following their recent and memorable performance in the desert, Palm Springs instrumental rock giants YAWNING MAN have announced the release of their “Live At Giant Rock” album and DVD this October 30th, with preorder available now on Heavy Psych Sounds.

A longtime dream has been to capture YAWNING MAN performing in the very environment that so inspired their music. The opportunity arose in 2020 from the challenges artists and musicians faced during the Covid-19 Pandemic, social distancing forcing artists to creatively adapt to alternatives to express themselves musically and visually. Yawning Man ‘s answer to this calling is “Live at Giant Rock”.

This cinematic concert experience is intimately and beautifully captured by videographer Sam Grant in the environment that inspires Yawning Man’s spacious, expansive and cinematic music. Filmed live in the early morning hours of May 18th, 2020 in the visually stunning and mysterious landscape of Giant Rock.

In the spirit of Pink Floyd’s “Live at Pompeii” the performance is shot on location with no audience, just the band performing their instrumental meditations in the rugged beauty of the Mojave Desert. Giant Rock in Landers California has attracted Native American Nomads, Scientists, UFO Researchers, and travelers from all over the world, drawn by its magnetic spiritual energy.

“Live At Giant Rock” will be available on October 30th via Heavy Psych Sounds, and can be preordered now in the following formats:
– Ultra LTD Test Press vinyl
– Ultra LTD White/Blue vinyl (w/ alternative cover)
– LTD Neon Yellow vinyl
– Black vinyl
– Digital
– LTD edition DVD

YAWNING MAN “Live At Giant Rock”
Out October 30th on Heavy Psych Sounds

Preorder US: https://plasticactus.com/yawning-man-live-at-giant-rock/
Preorder EU: http://www.heavypsychsounds.com

TRACKLIST
1. Tumbleweeds In The Snow – 14:53
2. The Last Summer Eye – 8:58
3. Nazi Synthesizer – 7:37
4. Blowhole Sunrise – 17:41
5. Space Finger (CD bonus track)

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

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Big Scenic Nowhere Announce New EP Lavender Blues

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 30th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

A pleasant surprise from out of the California desert in that Big Scenic Nowhere are following up their 2020 full-length debut, Vision Beyond Horizon (review here) on a quick turnaround with the new Lavender Blues EP. You can add this to the onslaught list of releases Tony Reed has in the coming months, what with his own solo debut impending as well as sundry thisses and thats from Mos Generator, as he’s a core member here, along with Bob Balch of Fu Manchu — who’ve been self-releasing a series of EPs that I sadly have yet to hear — and Gary Arce and Bill Stinson of Yawning Man, who are soon to release a live CD/DVD. I guess everybody’s busy, come to think of it. Fair enough.

Also returning is Per Wiberg — because if you can have Per Wiberg play keys on your record, then, yes, you do that — and newcomers to the fold include guitarist Daniel “Chewy” Mongrain of Voivod and none other than desert rock’s master of ceremonies producer Chris Goss, whose Masters of Reality were due to make a comeback this Spring with a new album and European tour before… well, before. Sadly he apparently doesn’t contribute vocals here, only guitar, but I’ll take what I can get.

Three new songs? Sign me up.

Here’s info as posted on social media:

big scenic nowhere lavender blues

BIG SCENIC NOWHERE is mixing a new E.P. named “Lavender Blues” right now. Three jams from our three day session back in November of 2019. We’ll post some clips soon! This E.P. will be released in the fall. Here is a list of the players involved….

Gary Arce (Yawning Man) guitar
Bob Balch (Fu Manchu) guitar, bass
Tony Reed (Mos Generator) bass, vocals, synth, guitar
Bill Stinson (Yawning Man) drums
Per Wiberg (Opeth, Spiritual Beggars) synth, piano
Daniel Mongrain (Voivod) guitar
Chris Goss (Masters Of Reality) guitar

Artwork by @haxloeffler
Mixed and Mastered by Tony Reed

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Big Scenic Nowhere, Vision Beyond Horizon (2020)

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