The Obelisk Questionnaire: Brendan Parrish of Horehound

Posted in Questionnaire on April 13th, 2021 by JJ Koczan

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The Obelisk Questionnaire is a series of open questions intended to give the answerer an opportunity to explore these ideas and stories from their life as deeply as they choose. Answers can be short or long, and that reveals something in itself, but the most important factor is honesty.

Based on the Proust Questionnaire, the goal over time is to show a diverse range of perspectives as those who take part bring their own points of view to answering the same questions. To see all The Obelisk Questionnaire posts, click here.

Thank you for reading and thanks to all who participate.

The Obelisk Questionnaire: Brendan Parrish of Horehound

How do you define what you do and how did you come to do it?
I simply consider myself a guitarist, irrespective of genre or style. Before I knew what guitar really was, I was always drawn to the sound of the electric guitar in songs. I was fortunate to meet a good friend in high school who taught guitar, and he became my guitar teacher after I received my first acoustic for Christmas when I was 18. I took lessons with him consistently for about 5 years. He’s one of my closest friends still and I contact him when I need to learn something in particular, but it’s been a while since I’ve taken lessons regularly.

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It’s hard to describe the absolute first. I remember getting the self-titled Third Eye Blind album as my first ever CD when I was 10, and subsequently Collective Soul, and Garbage’s Version 2.0. My strongest early musical memory was sitting in the car on the way to my Grandpa’s funeral and listening to the guitar solo from “Hotel California” over and over again. Didn’t even really realize that it was electric guitar, just loved how it sounded.

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This is a tough one, but the memory I keep going back to was playing our song “L’appel Du Vide” live at Gooski’s for the very first time. We had struggled with nailing it consistently in practice, but really liked the song and wanted to see how it went over live. We ended up nailing it live for the first time, in front of a really solid crowd (can’t wait to get back to Gooski’s!), and it just felt great.

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I think this one has evolved over time, regarding my opinion of talent and what being a good guitar player means. Historically, I tend to walk into a gig we’re playing, or go to see a local show, and just assume that I’m the least talented guitarist in the room. Now I definitely don’t feel like I’m a hot shot, but I’ve grown more comfortable identifying as a guitarist and feeling competent enough to hold my own.

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Artistic progression really leads wherever the artist decides it should. We’ve had discussions about this as a band, regarding what genre we feel we fit into, and how we write. I think we’ve ultimately decided that we have figured out how we want to sound, and it’s more a reflection of our natural writing style, rather than trying to force the ideas into a genre or style. I guess artistic progression leads to being more comfortable and confident as an artist, and not feeling held back by expectations or limits that others might have put on you.

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I think success is more of a spectrum than it is one finite goal. Before starting Horehound, I think my goal of success would probably have been touring and opening for acts that I really respect. And that still is success to me. But now, the goalpost has moved. I’d like to reach a bigger audience, develop as a songwriter and guitarist, and eventually make music my full-time job. I don’t think I’d ever feel happier and more successful than if I could turn this passion into a career.

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Oh, there are lots of things. I’ve seen bands be really disrespectful to the venue, sound guy, other bands on the bill, etc. Often by playing longer than they were allotted, or breaking down everything on stage, or just flat out being rude. I hate seeing those things, and when we can all get back out there and play again, I’m hopeful that the shared sense of purpose will minimize a lot of those things going forward.

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I’d like to create something that balances heavy and pretty as well as “Marrow” or “Beauty in Falling Leaves” by Yob. Mike Scheidt’s guitar playing, songwriting, and vocal ability is just so incredibly impressive to me. If I could write something and someone said “That sounds like a Yob tune,” it would be such amazing praise. But I think I’ve got some work to do still.

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I think that’s different for everyone. For me, it’s an escape and a catharsis primarily. I struggle with anxiety pretty heavily, so I’m extremely grateful that of all the things I put off learning, guitar wasn’t one of them. Playing guitar and listening to music just really helps with the anxiety when everything else doesn’t.

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I’m looking forward to just being able to sit at a bar with friends again. I know the last year has been difficult for everyone, and I’m no exception to that. It’s difficult to overstate how much of our social lives have been put on hold, so I’m just really looking forward to having a drink with some friends at a bar and feeling a small sense of normalcy again.

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The Obelisk Questionnaire: John Huxley of Jakethehawk

Posted in Questionnaire on April 7th, 2021 by JJ Koczan

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The Obelisk Questionnaire is a series of open questions intended to give the answerer an opportunity to explore these ideas and stories from their life as deeply as they choose. Answers can be short or long, and that reveals something in itself, but the most important factor is honesty.

Based on the Proust Questionnaire, the goal over time is to show a diverse range of perspectives as those who take part bring their own points of view to answering the same questions. To see all The Obelisk Questionnaire posts, click here.

Thank you for reading and thanks to all who participate.

The Obelisk Questionnaire: John Huxley of Jakethehawk

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I suppose I’d describe myself as a songwriter first and foremost. When I was in high school, I think I just wanted to be in a band and be a guitarist and all that, but for one reason or another, I didn’t have many people lining up to play with… so out of necessity I guess I started writing my own stuff, started arranging my own stuff, writing my own lyrics and trying to sing, started making my own demos… cause even if I had to do it on my own, I was still going to do it… I still HAD to. I found that doing that, being kind of a big picture creator, was more fulfilling than just being a “guitar dude”. I was bad in those days but I never had a choice… It was always fulfilling though… I don’t think many things in life have brought me the kind of fulfillment I found in composition.

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My dad used to play guitar to my brother and I when we were in the crib. I think I spent the first 15 years of my life thinking that he’d written “Crow” and “As the Raven Flies” by Dan Fogelberg. I still love those songs and jam them. Also he used to sing a song called “All Through the Night” which is apparently a Welsh funeral Hymn. It is a beautiful song and it is shocking to think how much the chord changes and melodic structure of it have colored how I perceive music as an adult. I hadn’t thought about that song in years. Thanks for asking this question. “Stewball” by Peter, Paul & Mary as well.

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Some great shows here and there but I’d say the first time I got comfortable with a DAW and put together some songs… the feeling of not being limited by anything other than my own creativity. I think that first EP I “released” (read: posted on Bandcamp) had 5 songs, one of witch was 12 or 13 minutes long and had five movements. All kind of instrumentation and stuff that at that point I didn’t think I could ever do with a band… that feeling of freedom and possibility was as good as or better than any live show. I still feel that way when it is time to write an album.

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I guess just growing up, various experiences with jobs and life in general really challenged my ideas about what life is about, what it is supposed to be like and what it means. I guess you could say my ‘beliefs’ about those kinds of things have been tested many times and I’d say my original perception has been cast aside for the most part. A major theme on the new Jakethehawk album ‘Hinterlands’ is the idea of growth, moving on, change, and reflection… I think a big part of that is looking at things in your life that aren’t how you thought they were, or people that influenced you that aren’t really how they seemed at the time. I’m not necessarily saying it was all bullshit… but man, I wish I had another chance to talk to some “role models” I had, now that I have the benefit of a little bit of age and perspective.

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It leads wherever it leads to. Not to be circular and Taoist with that but… art is what it is to the artist. I think making art, to truly do it, is a balance of craftsmanship on one hand… skill at working in one’s chosen medium, and honesty and introspection. Artistic progression should ideally lead to a refinement of the skill and refinement of being true to ones own heart.

I suppose it is the balance between craftsmanship on one hand and honesty on the other.

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To continue to improve, to continue to hone my craft so that the art I produce is a more perfect representation of what is in my heart.

Also, I’d like my music to mean as much to someone as it does to me. Or to mean anything to anyone. Something like that.

Also, I want to play Psycho Vegas one day… hahah

What is something you have seen that you wish you hadn’t?

Not too many things. There is a lot of awful shit out there and not much of it surprises me anymore.

Describe something you haven’t created yet that you’d like to create.

I always wanted to do a concept album about ‘The Martian Chronicles’ by Ray Bradbury. Also have been meaning to make some Jakethehawk Kim Chi… but that will have to wait till there are shows again.

What do you believe is the most essential function of art?

To affect people in some way.

Something non-musical that you’re looking forward to?

At the time of writing this, I’m looking at a career change, so I’m excited about that. But otherwise… nothing is non-musical in my life.

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The Obelisk Questionnaire: Jared Stimpfl of Orphan Donor

Posted in Questionnaire on April 5th, 2021 by JJ Koczan

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The Obelisk Questionnaire is a series of open questions intended to give the answerer an opportunity to explore these ideas and stories from their life as deeply as they choose. Answers can be short or long, and that reveals something in itself, but the most important factor is honesty.

Based on the Proust Questionnaire, the goal over time is to show a diverse range of perspectives as those who take part bring their own points of view to answering the same questions. To see all The Obelisk Questionnaire posts, click here.

Thank you for reading and thanks to all who participate.

The Obelisk Questionnaire: Jared Stimpfl of Orphan Donor, Secret Cutter, Captured Recording Studio

How do you define what you do and how did you come to do it?

I’m mostly an experimental screamo/grind/metal studio project called ORPHAN DONOR. I play every instrument minus vocals, and produce the music in my home studio. It was always meant to be a release for me and I’ve been doing it for over a decade. Was always pushed to do it because I mentally didn’t have anything else I could channel my manic energy into.

Describe your first musical memory.

I remember maybe I was three or four, In my dad’s Astro van he was listening to the Eagles. I kept hearing this particular sound that just kept repeating over and over again, It was a snare drum, and I couldn’t conceptualize the rest of a drum kit yet. Drums have always stood out to me at my earliest memories of music.

Describe your best musical memory to date.

Probably playing at Roadburn 2019 with Secret Cutter. That was surreal. And seeing Bush when I was 13.

When was a time when a firmly held belief was tested?

Probably when I decided to quit my day job of 17 years to pursue a more meaningful and fulfilling existence. I always knew I wouldn’t be a nine-to-fiver.

Where do you feel artistic progression leads?

Better songwriting and playing in general. I’ve seen a constant growth with any sort of practice I do. Orphan Donor being one of them.

How do you define success?

Fulfillment and Love. If I get those two things out of most things in my day I’m winning.

What is something you have seen that you wish you hadn’t?

2 Girls 1 Cup. And a host of GIFS on Reddit. Jesus.

Describe something you haven’t created yet that you’d like to create.

Infinite wealth so I can just live in the moment all the time.

What do you believe is the most essential function of art?

Some sort of suffering and drive.

Something non-musical that you’re looking forward to?

Movie theaters. Just kidding I don’t miss those at all.

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Heavy Temple Set June 18 Release for Lupi Amoris; “The Maiden” Posted

Posted in Whathaveyou on April 5th, 2021 by JJ Koczan

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This is something to be excited about. I don’t think you need me to tell you that, but in case you do, I just did. Heavy Temple have been steadily working their way toward a full-length debut since well before their self-titled EP (review here) turned so many heads in 2014. In 2016, Chassit EP (review here) might’ve sufficed — sure sounded like an album to be, even at 28 minutes — but without that official “here you go this is an album” stamp, one tends to defer to whatever a band wants to call their own release.

Because of that, the impending Lupi Amoris feels even more like an event, since while Heavy Temple haven’t been at all absent — they’ve been through a couple lineups at this point, but a steady stream of short releases and live shows/fest appearances has kept their momentum going — they’ve specifically chosen this is as their moment to offer a first LP. June 18 is the release date, and preorders are up, as well as the streaming track “The Maiden,” which would seem to be an essential component of the narrative aspect of the songs.

I’ll hope to have more on this before it’s out. I haven’t heard the full thing yet, but it’s been one I’ve been looking forward to for a long time.

PR wire info follows:

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HEAVY TEMPLE release first single ‘The Maiden’ and details of debut full-length “Lupi Amoris”

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Release date: June 18

HEAVY TEMPLE crash forth like a roaring mastodon in a thunderstorm with their first official full-length, “Lupi Amoris,” and it has all the markings of a landmark record.

As progressive as BARONESS but unselfconscious, as heavy as FU MANCHU but more adventurous, this Philadelphia trio throw every lever in the riff-metal machine, yet also wield lyrical concepts that register on literary levels.

“Lupi Amoris” offers a one-way trip through wide-open spaces and deep forests. Its songs wind and deposit heavy flotsam like a mighty musical stream, pushing through swirling rapids, cutting through riff-mountains, and swelling with addictive grooves. Riding atop the sonic waves, singer and bass player High Priestess Nighthawk belts powerfully over the roaring din.

When HEAVY TEMPLE came into being on the 2012 winter solstice, the trio were after the pure fun and joy of playing heavy music, illustrated by each founding member’s chosen nom de guerre: High Priestess Nighthawk, Rattlesnake, and Bearadactyl.

At first playing shows locally in Philly, the band quickly gained an excellent live reputation, leading to tours alongside RUBY THE HATCHET, MOTHERSHIP, ROYAL THUNDER and CORROSION OF CONFORMITY. Invitations to notable festivals included The Maryland Doom Fest, Psycho Las Vegas, and Decibel Metal & Beer, among many others. It’s an impressive live showing made even more remarkable when considering that HEAVY TEMPLE have yet to release their debut full-length.

After their first self-released and self-titled EP “Heavy Temple” (2014) was picked up by esteemed German cult label Ván Records, the self-released single ” Love You To Death ” and sophomore EP “Chassit” followed in 2016. Second single “Key & Bone” arrived in 2018, and the split 7″ “From the Black Hole” with WOLFBLOOD materialized in 2020, but it took until 2021 for a full album to appear on the horizon at last. It speaks volumes about HEAVY TEMPLE’s talent and face-melting live impact that the invitations to attractive tours and prestigious festivals continued to roll in anyway.

Although HEAVY TEMPLE leverage all the trappings of traditionally male-oriented metal (to the point that their sound could proudly sport a full beard), the powerful presence of frontwoman and sole remaining founding member High Priestess Nighthawk merges their glorious heaviness with a strong thematic line of feminine strength.

“Lupi Amoris” is Latin for “Wolves of Love,” and takes strong inspiration from Angela Carter’s story “The Company of Wolves.” In it, the narrative of Red Riding Hood is flipped from a cautionary tale about the dangers of lust and desire, feelings young women were traditionally expected to stifle, to a story of female sexuality and power reclaimed. “Lupi Amoris” finds the Philly outfit aligning with a Red Riding Hood who is freed from the traditional bonds of what’s expected.

Proving that it’s quite possible to hammer out gargantuan stoner doom and still say something about life’s realities, HEAVY TEMPLE make a fierce and much-needed statement with “Lupi Amoris”, and at these volumes, the world is guaranteed to hear it.

Tracklist
1. A Desert through the Trees
2. The Wolf
3. The Maiden
4. Isabella (with Unrelenting Fangs)
5. Howling of a Prothalamion

Recorded & mixed by Will Spectre at Red Water Recordings
Mastered by Dan Randall at Mammoth Sound Mastering

Artwork by Alex Reisfar
Layout by Zach Thomas

Line-up
High Priestess Nighthawk – vocals, bass
Lord Paisley – guitar
Baron Lycan – drums

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Cruz Del Sur Announces Orodruin and Pale Divine Reissues

Posted in Whathaveyou on March 22nd, 2021 by JJ Koczan

Late May will see vinyl reissues of Pale Divine‘s 2007 album, Cemetery Earth and Orodruin‘s 2002 debut, Epicurean Mass (discussed here). The two offerings come as a benefit spearheaded by Tom Phillips of While Heaven Wept in support of Solstice guitarist Rich Walker. In other words, this is doomers helping doomers as part of a vibrant underground community that knows no borders and is there when support is needed. Even humans who don’t belong can belong to a thing, and in this instance, that thing is doom.

Both records are killer, which you probably already know if you’re reading this. I don’t know if they’re doing preorders or what, but you should probably be keeping a regular eye on Cruz Del Sur Music anyhow because they’re awesome. That’s the extent of the insight I have on the subject. This is a good cause.

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CRUZ DEL SUR MUSIC To Re-Release Orodruin And Pale Divine Classics On Vinyl To Support Solstice’s RICH WALKER

Last summer, the metal community learned that legendary SOLSTICE guitarist Rich Walker needed crucial surgery. WHILE HEAVEN WEPT leader Tom Phillips and a few friends came up with an approach to assist Walker in offsetting his mounting medical expenses: A GoFundMe campaign, series of exclusive compilations and lastly, a collection of hand-picked limited-edition LPs re-releases. Phillips has teamed up with Cruz Del Sur Music to release for the very first time on vinyl, ORODRUIN’s 2003 “Epicurean Mass” debut and PALE DIVINE’s heralded third album, “Cemetery Earth”. The releases will be available late May.

“These titles are doom metal classics that are long overdue for the vinyl treatment,” said Phillips. “‘Epicurean Mass’ firmly established ORODRUIN as a powerful force out of the gate at the height of doom metal fever. And, ‘Cemetery Earth’ represents the culmination and consolidation of everything PALE DIVINE was building towards — a rock-solid package that was ‘all killer, no filler.

“The premise here was to do our best to make these companions to the original CD pressings rather than rewriting history. However, there were some subtle changes to both records after much dialogue — both to ensure the best LP listening experience possible and also to rectify some details that had always been intended but for one reason or another didn’t happen for the original releases.”

ORODRUIN frontman John Gallo says the band was first introduced to Walker when he reviewed SOLSTICE’s “New Dark Age” album for his “Born Too Late” website in 2000. From there, Walker was a regular advocate of ORODRUIN. The re-release of “Epicurean Mass” holds special significance for Gallo and his bandmates — the album effectively put ORODRUIN on the map and charted the course for the rest of their career.

“We’ll never forget how it opened many doors for us,” he says. “To host the debut Born Too Late Festival and premier our band alongside PENANCE, REVELATION, WHILE HEAVEN WEPT, PALE DIVINE, THE GATES OF SLUMBER, UNEARTHLY TRANCE and SOULPREACHER to having our first United States ‘Doomination’ tour with THE PROPHECY and MOURNING BELOVETH. In 2004, we went out to Europe to support PENANCE along with our label master at ‘psycheDOOMelic’, the man…Mark Hegedus! It was an amazing ride and we even played ‘Doom Shall Rise II’ in Germany! I pray and hope for new exciting adventures with my band of grim-doomed hobbit-foot brethren! May doom rise from the ashes of the eternal flames from the heart of Mount Doom!”

PALE DIVINE’s Darin McCloskey said Walker has been there for the band “since the beginning.” Upon recommendation from Black Tears distribution head Russell Smith, they sent Walker an advance of their debut “Crimson Tears” demo for inclusion on one of Walker’s Miskatonic Foundation “At The Mountains of Madness” compilations. Walker soon became one of the first overseas supporters of PALE DIVINE, something McCloskey will never forget.

“He brought us into what would grow to become a doom metal family,” says McCloskey. “Rich always held true to his convictions and had no time for nonsense. He was a soldier for truth and integrity in a constantly compromising music scene. He held a quality of standard that oftentimes polarized him from the ‘herd,’ something that he often wore as a badge of honor.”

Now is the time to get your hands albums that have never been available on vinyl — until now. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Walker’s medical expenses right away.

“The first two stages of our fundraising efforts for Rich have been fairly successful, but the vinyl was always going to help get us over the top,” says Phillips. “These 2021 editions were a team effort across the board. Don’t miss your chance to grab these doom metal monoliths — they’re ‘one-offs’ and, quite frankly, they deserve a place in any respectable collection of the genre!”

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Queen Elephantine Post “Kali Puja” Improvised Outdoor Jam

Posted in Bootleg Theater on March 15th, 2021 by JJ Koczan

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If we’re lucky, this is a thing we’ll see much more of in 2021. Band, going to a place, playing music. In the case of oft-traveled drone experimentalists Queen Elephantine, it’s to Mount Moriah Cemetery on the Southwestern edge of Philadelphia, and what they’re doing there is improvising a 26-minute piece titled “Kali Puja” in reference to the Hindu festival of the same name happening around when the video was recorded last November. As one might expect given the scope of Queen Elephantine‘s work, it dives deep into meditative heavy psychedelia is due fashion from the band that offered their latest LP, Gorgon (review here), in 2019 through Argonauta Records and Atypeek Music, and brought a series of EP releases to bear in the Pandemic Year in lieu, of course, of live shows.

Led as always by founding guitarist/sometimes vocalist Indrayudh Shome, Queen Elephantine here operate as a four-piece in organic fashion and they get a solid groove going over which Shome and fellow guitarist Brett Zweiman space out respectively with leads, urgent angularity and various exploratory effects runs. It’s jazz, straight-up, but with the influences it’s working under, still duly heavy in the drums and able to affect an atmosphere in the outdoor setting. The video weaves in footage of Kali, and while I don’t know if the band’s permits were necessarily in order, the music certainly is, even if the ‘order’ is working in its own number system. That’s nothing new for Queen Elephantine, and frankly, anyone who’s ever listened to the band before should expect nothing less.

“Kali Puja” and another jam recorded the same day will be released on cassette through Misophonia Records this summer, and Queen Elephantine also have a collaborative work with Russian throat-singing outfit Phurpa that will be out May 4 through 4iB Records in Singapore, and on tape through Misophonia and DL on Atypeek Music.

Enjoy the clip and the journey:

Queen Elephantine, “Kali Puja” Live at Mount Moriah Cemetery, Nov. 2020

After closing 2019 on a high note with the release of the album Gorgon on Argonauta Records and a supporting tour, all plans for 2020, including a European tour, were brought to a halt by the pandemic, and practice was suspended.

In November 2020, after more than six months apart, QUEEN ELEPHANTINE assembled at Philadelphia’s historic Mount Moriah Cemetery to perform a live free improvisation for the spirits on the auspicious day of Kali Puja.

This and another cut from the session will be given a limited edition cassette release on Misophonia Records (UK) this summer.

Queen Elephantine, Gorgon (2019)

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Mothman & the Thunderbirds Premiere “Infinite Ocean” Single

Posted in audiObelisk on March 15th, 2021 by JJ Koczan

Mothman and The Thunderbirds

Philadelphia-based one-man progressive heavy rock outfit Mothman and the Thunderbirds will make its self-released debut with Into the Hollow on May 21. Running just over half an hour in a span of 11 tracks, the record careens across its material, translating prog-metal à la Devin Townsend, Opeth and others into a heavy rock and sludge context with an overarching experimental feel — each track seeming to take an idea and using it to flesh out its own sonic intent while feeding into the flow of the whole. The guttural vocals on “Nomad,” for example, will remind of Crowbar, but they’re Mothman and The Thunderbirds Into the Hollowsurrounded by winding leads, tambourine urgency, and what may or may not be an oud. The line between metal and rock is blurred throughout largely to the point of irrelevance, and as vocalist, guitarist, bassist, programmer, general-mastermind Alex Parkinson taps his inner Remission-era Mastodon on “Indrid Cold,” having already intro’d the record with the rush of “Mothman Takes Flight” and vocoder-izing chug “Hollow Earth,” the referential vibes feel no less multifaceted than the songs themselves.

‘Mothman’ and ‘Thunderbirds,’ as well as numerous other titles and lyrics, refer to American folklore and cryptozoology, and Into the Hollow itself is decidedly American in its melding of styles, but it’s also remarkably purposeful. “Infinite Ocean” dares a hook over its programmed drums, more Devin Townsend-esque runs, and clever layering, while “The Simpsons = Real Footage” — one of several cuts that brings in a guest on vocals — full-on engages a conspiracy theory mindset in its lyrics, with references to psyops and cover-ups. I don’t know Parkinson‘s actual views on any of the subjects the album is covering — if you were forcing me to guess I’d say “fascinated by” — but he seems remarkably well versed, and as the second half the tracklist unfolds with “Agarthan Riders” settling into the surrounding context in a way that feels like it’s evening out somewhat, the material doesn’t dull in the slightest. “Cloud Giant” brings in programmed flute sounds, more guest vocals (indeed, harmonies) and compositional surety, while the birdsong-laced acoustic “Squonk” is a quick harmonized lead-in for the outright pummel of “Roko’s Basilisk.”

If you don’t know — and I didn’t — the reference in that song’s title, you could Google it and lose the rest of your afternoon to furrowed-brow reading and confusion while simultaneously opening a wormhole of targeted ads for who knows what (I guess I’ll find out), but the shove in “Roko’s Basilisk” feels like it’s being mothman and the thunderbirds infinite oceangiven due ceremony as the penultimate and most aggressive cut ahead of the melodic roundout in “Hollow Sun,” an obvious complement to “Hollow Earth” earlier on. It is a strange world inhabited by strange creatures and ideas that Parkinson is creating, but the fact is, he is creating a world. In 31 minutes. Across 11 widely varied songs. On a debut release. The achievement of such isn’t to be understated, and while there are moments where for the breadth he’s shooting for he’s a bit undercut by the home-recorded feel, especially for a first outing, Into the Hollow is impressive in scope and execution alike, as well as brimming with forward potential for where Mothman and the Thunderbirds — why should Britain get all the silly band names? — might go next. I take the fact that I’m not willing to hazard a guess beyond “further” as a good sign.

Understand as you listen to the premiere below that “Infinite Ocean” isn’t so much a summary of Into the Hollow as a whole as a teaser of just some of the ideas Parkinson is working with across it. He offers some comment under the player that follows, and there’s some more background as well, dutifully hoisted from Bandcamp, where preorders are up.

Please enjoy:

Alex Parkinson on “Infinite Ocean”:

“Infinite Ocean” is one of the few songs that was completely written before I started this project, and thus is one of the few without any obvious references to conspiracy theories or cryptids in its lyrics. I had originally written the song about my experience with anxiety, which is made pretty obvious by the chorus. When I was doing my “research” for this album, I came across a theory about the ocean being bottomless. I thought this idea fit well with the song’s themes, so I tweaked a lyric and then boom – the song was complete!

When I went to record vocals for the album, I wasn’t super comfortable with the idea of doing all the clean vocals myself, so I brought in a few ringers to shake things up. I’m really thrilled with how all the guests’ – or rather Guest Thunderbirds’ – performances turned out, and “Infinite Ocean” is just one shining example of that. Jason Roberts of the bands Breaths and CHNNLR sings on the song’s third and fourth verses, and I think his voice is such a perfect fit!

Preorder here: https://mothmanandthethunderbirds.bandcamp.com/album/into-the-hollow

Into the Hollow, the debut album from Mothman and The Thunderbirds, will be released on May 21st. The first single “Infinite Ocean” will be released on March 16th.

Mothman and The Thunderbirds is the ambitious and conceptual solo project of Alex Parkinson. Will the Mothman be able to prevent disaster this time? Who knows, there’s bigger things going on to worry about like hollow earths and oceans without end. It’s going to take a whole cast of characters and guest musicians to save us from this one. Do you believe in reality?

Into the Hollow is a stoner metal album for people who are bored of stoner metal. The album is eclectic in scope; no two songs sound alike. Many of the song titles reference cryptids and conspiracy theories, but the lyrics intertwine these subjects with themes of anxiety, isolation, global warming, war, and manufactured consent. The insanity of it all is woven into an emotional, often aggressive, experience that just barely exceeds a 30-minute runtime.

Alex Parkinson – guitars, bass, vocals, vocoder, programming, mixing, mastering

Guest Thunderbirds:
Jason Roberts (of Breaths/CHNNLR) – Lead vocals on verses 3 & 4 of “Infinite Ocean”
Kirby – lead vocals on “The Simpsons = Real Footage”
Sam Parkinson – guitar solo on “Agarthan Riders”
Joe Sobieski – lead vocals on “Cloud Giant”

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Thunderbird Divine Post Rehearsal Clip of New Song “Cerebral Tides”

Posted in Bootleg Theater on February 2nd, 2021 by JJ Koczan

thunderbird divine tides

Kudos to Thunderbird Divine on beating me to the obvious joke that their rehearsal room clip of the new song “Cerebral Tides” looks like it was shot on a security camera. The VHS filter only enhances that impression. Fair enough. You’ll always have my heart, Philadelphia.

Check your Way-Back Machine and you might recall Thunderbird Divine putting out the righteously-funked The Hand of Man EP (review here) just as humanity was beginning to burrow itself into the ground and hope it survived the asteroid slamming into the surface of the earth… or something like that. Either way, the EP r-u-l-e-d, and made a killer follow-up to 2019’s Magnasonic (review here), and it seems the group aren’t content to rest on those laurels, as their space-heavy cosmic sludge groove has expanded once again. What the hell does that mean? Means they got a keyboardist. Keep up.

And what exactly do we know about our new friend Jack? Well, it’s safe to assume he has a last name, though I don’t know what it is — I could ask, but that would be totally unlaid-back of me and the vibe in “Cerebral Tides” is directing me otherwise — and we know he makes Thunderbird Divine‘s rehearsal space one more person plus one keyboard’s worth of crowded. And from listening we know he rocks it. That’s not exactly nothing to go on.

But though more info will presumably be revealed in good time about their intentions/surnames, I’m glad to see Thunderbird Divine are working on new stuff. Even in this grainy form, you can hear “Cerebral Tides” has its groove on lockdown like there’s been an outbreak of nod, and the who knows whether it’ll stay instrumental or get some vocals later on. Whatever, whenever. These dudes have earned my trust to this point to the degree that, whatever’s coming next, I want to check it out.

Enjoy:

Thunderbird Divine, “Cerebral Tides” rehearsal video

Top secret security Thunderbird Divine cam footage has been leaked, revealing a new instrumental track called “Tides” and the presence of a ‘Bird named Jack, who seems to be playing keys.

Stay tuned for things to come, friends.

Thunderbird Divine is
Erik Caplan: electric guitars, vocals, theremin
Flynn Lawrence: electric guitars,
Mike Stuart: drums
Adam Scott: bass
Jack: keys

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