Days of Rona: Bomg (Kyiv, Ukraine)

Posted in Features on April 30th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

The statistics of COVID-19 change with every news cycle, and with growing numbers, stay-at-home isolation and a near-universal disruption to society on a global scale, it is ever more important to consider the human aspect of this coronavirus. Amid the sad surrealism of living through social distancing, quarantines and bans on gatherings of groups of any size, creative professionals — artists, musicians, promoters, club owners, techs, producers, and more — are seeing an effect like nothing witnessed in the last century, and as humanity as a whole deals with this calamity, some perspective on who, what, where, when and how we’re all getting through is a needed reminder of why we’re doing so in the first place.

Thus, Days of Rona, in some attempt to help document the state of things as they are now, both so help can be asked for and given where needed, and so that when this is over it can be remembered.

Thanks to all who participate. To read all the Days of Rona coverage, click here. — JJ Koczan

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Days of Rona: Bomg (Kyiv, Ukraine)

Hire the best writers Get certified renewable energy research proposal that will assist you in reaching your goal Zero Plagiarism Affordable Pricing How are you dealing with this crisis as a band? Have you had to rework plans at all? How is everyone’s health so far?

As anybody does, staying at home, trying to keep the distance, everything is on pause. Now there is no point in scheduling anything, up to what time? Who knows… We haven’t scheduled events in the nearest month or two, so nothing much to rework, but it seems like all summer live shows that were being discussed are gone for now. Heath-wise we’ve been okay so far. No way to test it though, only people with severe symptoms are being tested right now.

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The rules are basically the same as in many countries: state of emergency, social distancing orders, essential businesses are only allowed etc. However, you can use means of personal transportation, not without occasional document checking.

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It’s a bummer to see bands canceling tours and whatnot: EHG were in Kyiv and they had to leave the same day a show was scheduled, how unfortunate is that? Hope they’re doing well. As for the community, many people on the streets seem not to care about the situation, which raises concerns about the next month. Pharmacies have almost none of the masks, hand sanitizer – all of it gets hoarded the minute the pharmacy opens. All means of municipal transportation are for essential workers only, the borders are closed. Overall the country lacks funding and medical infrastructure, so without these measures, everything may go south very quickly. The thing is steadily spreading across the country. It’s a mess, but relatively normal in terms of reaction and measures.

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I hope that this situation will be solved, and the opportunity to live to the full extent, travel, play live music, meet friends and family will be restored and appreciated on whole another level. Stay healthy. And don’t let the fear sink in – it is the worst disease.

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Friday Full-Length: Voida, Colour Me Darkness

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

 

I’ll readily admit that I had never heard We are one click away ready to help you round-the-clock. Authored by S. Expertwritinghelp.com provides services Write Essay My Best Holiday on custom Voida‘s We are the place where http://www.cleode.fr/en/?writing-student-reports to buy is easy and pleasant. Essays-online.biz can deal with any writing task. Read more about our working process and Colour Me Darkness until yesterday. That was kind of the point. On thee social medias, I put out a request for something mellow with which to end the week. I wasn’t feeling anything too aggro, more subdued, and there were some really cool suggestions that came back. This one came courtesy of Writing Content Services provides ace this link for ebooks, product reviews, website content, press releases, newsletters, resume and blogs. Igor Sidorenko of Kyiv-based does homework really help students learn essay read here persuasive essay for high school students denial service research paper Stoned Jesus and I followed the link immediately because, well, when The Mountain speaks, you listen. So I listened. It wasn’t until I actually looked at the Bandcamp though that I realized Get Quality Writing A College Paper Services and Dissertation Help at Best Price Ever, DissertationHelpUK all kind of writing services in UK. Contact us now! Voida was his own project — respect the hustle — with contributions of mellotron/organ from http://www.colourhaze.de/?word-study-homework and PhD thesis paper writing service provided by expert educators and researchers in numerous academic fields. Get your advanced Alexey Klabukov of Paid essay writing jobs available right now. You can get camp dissertation and earn up to 00 monthly working from home! Vespero and some added sax from Youre a little short on money, but desperately need an essay? Looking for a http://www.studenthelpclub.com/6th-grade-research-paper/ you can trust? Dont worry, EssayUSA will help! bnk of Get your personal people to call to write essays writer from reliable custom essay writing service! Price starts at per page! Selma. Right on. We At Buyassignment.com Offer The Best Help With Assignments For All Those Students Who Wish To Attain Highest Scores. Purchase Commentaire Dissertation Dom Juan Sur Online Igor also warned, via GIF, that it was depressing, and fair enough. While second cut “Erased” opens up to flourish of mellotron melody and is one of the three out of total six tracks that features drums, the roots of Our writers can complete all your "Literature Based Dissertation Methodology" requests ? 100% plagiarism-free ? Money back guarantee ? Let EssayVikings.com solve your college Voida are very much in acoustic songwriting, and there are plenty of moments — the opening of “No Sanctuary for the Sinking Ship,” and, to an extent, the opening title-cut — that hinge on guitar-and-voice minimalism.

At the same time, Colour Me Darkness, in that same “No Sanctuary for the Sinking Ship” no less, also explores a particularly Floydian melancholia, giving the entire affair a more contemplative feel. Sidorenko weaves in a sense of structure throughout. “Colour Me Darkness” establishes its hook in its verses and there’s a sense of drama thanks to the mellotron that gives a sense of build to “Erased,” even as the song takes on a full-band vibe, with bass and drums layered in beneath the electric guitar solo that, while not scorching, still provides a tie to Sidorenko‘s work in his main outfit. Still, some of the stylistic difference is part of what makes Colour Me Darkness engaging, particularly as a first/second/third listen, etc. The emotive crux of “The Last Date” serves as an example of something that, in a form that was outwardly heavier in tone, would be nearly impossible. Surrounded by his own acoustic strum and Klabukov‘s flowing keys, Sidorenko‘s voice lets loose in a way that weighted distortion would simply swallow up, and the backdrop enhances the sincerity of the lyrics. That song caps with backward guitar transitioning into “The First Snow,” and the connection is purposeful as the two songs comprise the ‘Disintegration Duology.’ It’s no stretch to hear a lonely spirit in a recording of solo voice and acoustic guitar, but the rougher edge in Sidorenko‘s voice, the way he reaches for some of the notes, Voida Colour Me Darknessthe dryness (that is, sans-reverb) of the vocal recording — all of this feeds into a central idea of organic expression that, once again, is the root from which Colour Me Darkness stems.

And it does stem. “Erased” gave some tease, but Voida‘s drums return on both “The First Snow” and 14-minute closer “Poison in the Wells.” The penultimate track shifts into tambourine-laced psych-folk, with sitar-esque guitar drone and all, before its quiet conclusion rounds out the duology and, one assumes, the disintegration, with a sense more of acceptance than misery. Meanwhile, the finale is essentially an album unto itself, as its runtime spans not just a significant portion of Colour Me Darkness‘ 44-minute stretch, but it moves from hypnotic and moody Scott Kelly-style strum-and-woe into multi-layered vocals on a linear path that eventually takes it into a launch at 7:25 that puts it in atmospheric territory not unlike Paradise Lost or even Judgement-era Anathema in a spacious, progressive and surprising finish. Mellotron returns, the drums and bass march out in dirge fashion, and yes, there’s still an acoustic guitar at the base of it that’s the last thing to go, plucking the notes that started the song off on its encompassing path, but so much is put forth in “Poison in the Wells” that it’s easy to gloss over such subtleties in the wake of what’s just passed. Such is all the more fodder for repeat listens.

Voida issued a series of four seasonally-named EPs between 2010 and 2014, but Colour Me Darkness, which came out in 2011, was the project’s lone full-length, and since 2014’s Autumn EP, it would appear to have been put to rest. Perhaps that’s due to the shifting priorities of Sidorenko himself, with Stoned Jesus hitting the road ever harder after releasing their second album, 2012’s Seven Thunders Roar (review here), resulting in an even busier schedule for 2015’s The Harvest (review here) and their eventual pickup by Napalm Records ahead of 2018’s Pilgrims (review here), their ascent fueled not only by the hit-the-algorithm internet word of mouth, but through their own continued efforts in terms of touring and progressing in terms of sound. Last year, Stoned Jesus began to mark their 10th anniversary with a series of tours, dividing Europe into different territories and covering them one by one. Their first US appearance is currently still slated for Desertfest New York in Sept. 2020, but like everythig else in New York, it is a question as to whether or not this will take place.

Either way, the point here was that I wanted to hear something new to me, and here was a solo-project by someone whose work I’ve respected for the better part of a decade — Stoned Jesus made their debut in 2010 with First Communion, which I picked up in 2011 and dug — that I’d never heard. These are hard times. I know that. We all know it. Human beings aren’t made to sit still. We’re made to go, even if it’s just from one place to another to serve our capitalist overlords. But while we’re forced to stop that process, it’s important to remember that there are still ways to encounter new things, new ideas, both that are coming out now and that we might have missed. People are still making art, and people still have made art forever, and I don’t care who you are, there’s no way you’ve seen it all. If we’re all stuck, at least we can unstick our minds a little, and maybe when the plague lockdown is over, we’ll all come out a little better for it.

As always, I hope you enjoy. Thanks for reading.

Week’s over, right? Next week, I intend to wrap up the Days of Rona series. Last posts. It’s starting to feel like data-entry on my part and that’s a bit of a drag. Not really what my day needs. Plus I was kind of disappointed at the lack of response from women or anyone who wasn’t a dude with a beard, but I guess that’s heavy rock at this point. So it goes.

I asked The Patient Mrs. if she wanted to do one. I don’t know if she’s going to or not. She’s pretty busy these days.

Beyond that, Monday I’m reviewing the Elder record, Tuesday I’m reviewing High Priestess (finally!) and there are some other premieres set for this and that along the way too. Cool stuff to come.

Regular news is also starting to trickle in again, which is good. I wouldn’t say it’s “back to normal,” as far as that standard goes — not a lot of tour announcements — but there are things to talk about that aren’t directly related to COVID-19, and, if nothing else, I could use a break. If we all wind up in lockdown until June or July, August, October, three years from now, whenever, I reserve the right to start the series back up.

It’ll probably be all the same people answering. Ha. At least I’ll have pics to go with.

I noted such on Thee Facebooks, but today’s probably the busiest release day 2020 has seen, with new stuff from Elephant Tree, Elder, Wight, 1000mods, Soldati, King Witch, Gaffa Ghandi, Lord Fowl and a ton of others out. Obviously no one knew there’d be a pandemic on when they were doing their scheduling, so whatever you can do to support these people vis a vis buying records, it’s something you might consider doing. Because more art.

Have a great and safe weekend. Thanks again for reading.

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Days of Rona: Igor Sidorenko of Stoned Jesus

Posted in Features on April 8th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

The statistics of COVID-19 change with every news cycle, and with growing numbers, stay-at-home isolation and a near-universal disruption to society on a global scale, it is ever more important to consider the human aspect of this coronavirus. Amid the sad surrealism of living through social distancing, quarantines and bans on gatherings of groups of any size, creative professionals — artists, musicians, promoters, club owners, techs, producers, and more — are seeing an effect like nothing witnessed in the last century, and as humanity as a whole deals with this calamity, some perspective on who, what, where, when and how we’re all getting through is a needed reminder of why we’re doing so in the first place.

Thus, Days of Rona, in some attempt to help document the state of things as they are now, both so help can be asked for and given where needed, and so that when this is over it can be remembered.

Thanks to all who participate. To read all the Days of Rona coverage, click here. — JJ Koczan

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Days of Rona: Igor Sidorenko from Stoned Jesus (Kyiv, Ukraine)

How are you dealing with this crisis as a band? Have you had to rework plans at all? How is everyone’s health so far?

Hey, Igor’s here! Thanks, we’re all in good health for now. The main problem logistics-wise is that our drummer Dima lives in Kharkiv, which is like 400 miles away from Kyiv, where the rest of the band is located (me and Sergii). We haven’t seen each other in person for months. So basically I’m sending new-song ideas to the guys and then we discuss those online -– long live the internet, amirite? We’ve already lost some money on the postponed March tour flights and other stuff. We should’ve had FIVE more legs of our Xth Anniversary Tour this year — including US and Canada for the first time ever and South America for the first time in three years. Then there was studio time booked for fifth LP’s recording sessions… now we’re splitting this money to make it at least till summer. What’s next –- no one knows.

What are the quarantine/isolation rules where you are?

Not strict enough, unfortunately. I mean, thankfully the authorities closed all public places like cinemas and cafes, ordered to close most businesses and set some limitations for food stores and public transportation, but the main problem is the regular people. I’m watching them from my window just hanging around like nothing is wrong, and this is driving me mad. For them quarantine means extra vacation, that’s it. STAY INDOORS YOU HACKS!

How have you seen the virus affecting the community around you and in music?

Well, literally 90 percent of everyone I know are in music industry in one way or another, so yeah, every social media feed I follow is filled with people talking about losing their jobs/not being able to rehearse/not being able to tour, etc. Honestly, I think when this thing is over like two-thirds of artists/bands we all know and love won’t be able to bounce back from it. No one understands yet what kind of job a former musician/roadie/tour manager will be able to find in this new terrifying post-covid-19 world, but one thing is certain –- at the end of the day we all need bread on the table. If this means putting your music project on hold in order to concentrate on your day job, so be it. And I’m afraid this is the future for many of us.

What is the one thing you want people to know about your situation, either as a band, or personally, or anything?

Glad you asked! I’m starting my Patreon channel – https://www.patreon.com/igorfromstj – to help StJ survive. As far as I’m concerned this thing [Patreon] is not very popular within doom/stoner/psych-community but this is literally the only way for us to get through this all. Of course I understand there are billions of way more essential things money could buy, and money will be tight for all of us this year. But hey, if you feel like helping –- please join! Also don’t forget to wash your hands and please stay home!!!

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Stoned Jesus Postpone March Tour Owing to Coronavirus

Posted in Whathaveyou on March 10th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

Ukrainian heavyweights Stoned Jesus have pulled the plug on a round of tour dates originally announced about a month ago that would have been part of their ongoing 10th anniversary celebration. On the scale of reasons to cancel a tour, surely “looming plague” has to be somewhere on the side of, “yeah that’s reasonable,” and should the response to COVID-19 continue to be so inept, one suspects this won’t be the last tour to get the axe. Hard to hit the road when you’re under quarantine. Schools are closing, colleges putting classes online — they shitbagged SXSW, for crying out loud! — part of me doesn’t know if this thing is real or a goof and part of me is suddenly thankful I already keep an apocalypse-ready amount of toilet paper in the house.

The tour that would’ve been can be seen below, and fair enough for the band to reschedule. Their announcement follows, as per the social medias:

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Stoned Jesus – March Tour Postponed

The third leg of Xth Anniversary Tour, which starts this week, consists of shows booked in Italy, France, Switzerland and Spain. These are FOUR countries out of FIVE affected by coronavirus in Europe the most. Oh, and we should’ve landed in Germany, so it’s five out of five!

Taking into account that all three of us have just been through nasty seasonal flu, we’re pretty sure our immune systems are simply not ready to face the new threat – nor do we want to become a danger to our dearest fans. A Stoned Jesus show must remain ‘a sick place to be’, not become ‘a place to get sick’ ;)

Unfortunately we have no other choice but to POSTPONE our upcoming March dates. This is not something we decided overnight since we live off touring, but don’t worry, the rest of Xth Anniversary Tour stays intact. IT, SP, CH and FR – we’ll definitely see y’all later in the year.

Stay hydrated and wash your hands! Sorry and thanks for understanding

Effected dates:
11.03 – CH Olten, Coq d’Or
12.03 – FR Metz, Les Trinitaires
13.03 – CH Martigny, Caves du Manoir
14.03 – IT Caramagna Piemonte, Spazio Polivalente
15.03 – FR Marseille, Le Molotov
17.03 – SP Barcelona, Razzmatazz 3
18.03 – SP Madrid, SALA CARACOL MADRID
19.03 – SP Vigo, Sala Rebullón
20.03 – SP Bilbao, Shake Bilbao
21.03 – FR Bordeaux, Sidéral Bordeaux Psych Fest
22.03 – FR Montpellier, Secret Place

Stoned Jesus is:
Igor Sydorenko – Vocals & Guitars
Serhij Sljussar – Bass
Dmytro Zinchenko – Drums

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Stoned Jesus Touring in March for 10th Anniversary

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 10th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

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Already confirmed for Freak Valley Festival this June in Germany and set to make their debut appearance on American soil at Desertfest New York in September, Kyiv progressive heavy rockers Stoned Jesus have announced a tour this March going for 11 days as part of their ongoing celebration of their 10th — or as they put it, “Xth” — anniversary. They’ll roll through Switzerland, France, Italy and Spain en route to Bordeaux Psych Fest on March 21, then hit Montpelier on their way home. It’s the third part of a so-far-trilogy of tours covering Europe, but I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if more dates were forthcoming around either of the above-noted festivals, as Stoned Jesus are nothing if not in continual demand, anniversary or no.

I have to think they’re somewhere in the neighborhood of thinking about their next record as well. They may have said as much and I missed it, so if that’s an old consideration, I’m sorry. Either way, they reissued their 2009 demos last year through Napalm as From the Outer Space, and are an act who constantly move forward, so don’t be surprised if they’re plugging away behind the scenes somewhere.

Sound of Liberation, which is presenting the run, booked the dates thusly:

STONED JESUS MARCH 2020 TOUR

STONED JESUS MARCH TOUR ANNOUNCED

Surprise, friends! Stoned Jesus enjoyed the last run of their Xth Anniversary tour so much, they simply continue it and will stop by in Switzerland, France, Italy and Spain this time!

Says Stoned Jesus: “We started our Xth Anniversary Tour back in September with Eastern Europe, continued it with Central Europe in November, and now WE GO WEST! Grab them tickets while/when they’re available!”

Catch them playing their best tunes from the past ten years on one of these dates:

11.03 – CH Olten, Coq d’Or
12.03 – FR Metz, Les Trinitaires
13.03 – CH Martigny, Caves du Manoir
14.03 – IT Caramagna Piemonte, Spazio Polivalente
15.03 – FR Marseille, Le Molotov
17.03 – SP Barcelona, Razzmatazz 3
18.03 – SP Madrid, SALA CARACOL MADRID
19.03 – SP Vigo, Sala Rebullón
20.03 – SP Bilbao, Shake Bilbao
21.03 – FR Bordeaux, Sidéral Bordeaux Psych Fest
22.03 – FR Montpellier, Secret Place

Look out for pre-sale links and grab your tickets before they’re long gone!

Stoned Jesus is:
Igor Sydorenko – Vocals & Guitars
Serhij Sljussar – Bass
Dmytro Zinchenko – Drums

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