Days of Rona: Adam Kriney of The Golden Grass & Rattlesnake

Posted in Features on April 24th, 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: Adam Kriney of The Golden Grass & Rattlesnake (New York, New York)

1 Cultural And Civilization In Heart Of Darkness Jobs in El Jadida : Academic Writer Jobs in El Jadida for freshers and Academic Writer Openings in El Jadida for experienced. 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?

Well the situation has been quite upsetting for my two main groups, The Golden Grass and Rattlesnake. The nature of being collaboratively artistic and practicing regularly are very core to our collective life paths, and so the loss of the regular creative commitments left us with a void. The being said, it is not lost on me whatsoever just how privileged we were to be able to engage in this world of music/subculture/records/touring/festivals etc.

There was a global underground infrastructure that we were both a part of and that supported what we do, but every single element of that infrastructure has been shaken, halted and possibly even shut down, in the worst cases, due to the pandemic. It is surreal, devastating and quite traumatic what we are going through, and I mean ALL of us. It especially pricks deeply in our little subcultural world though because as outsiders to the populace, there is an amazing feeling to be part of this living, breathing, exciting and functioning world of ours, and it was a safe place of sorts, that even when the regular world was falling apart and full of garbage, we AT LEAST had this…but now, everything is frozen, and the delicate fragility of our little world has been revealed, and I don’t have any idea what the future will hold for us weirdos and this secret universe we loved so much…

On a personal level, I am very fortunate the both bands had a very light schedule of live performances planned so far this year, so the cancellations of tours/gigs etc has barely affected us, but i can’t even imagine what all my buddies are feeling, on all sides of the live music world such as bands/booking agencies/promoters/logistics, who’ve had to cancel their plans, especially those whose incomes are significantly connected to the underground music industry, it’s really awful.

And then there is the record labels/album release situation that also affects many friends, and this connects with me a bit more. The Golden Grass was about halfway done writing our new album and Rattlesnake was already about 20 percent done with recording/mixing our debut LP when we had to quarantine, so both of those projects are frozen at the moment. And the Marmalade Knives LP that I produced has just been given a delayed release date on Electric Valley Records due to vinyl plant closures. But these are all slight inconveniences, the situation at large is a bit more worrisome, and last but not least, it really puts in to perspective that maybe all this privileged stuff we do is merely a luxury, and can we really bitch about it when tens or hundreds of thousands of people are about to innocently die because of this? What a mess…

Beyond that, everyone is healthy in the bands but about half of us are unemployed by the situation.

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We are all based in NYC so we’ve been hit first and hardest by this and have been in quarantine on various levels for about three weeks [as of April 5]. Obviously there have been no rehearsals, no hangs, and everyone is just focusing on their own little worlds taking care of their situations. Everyone is in touch on various social media platforms all the time, so we’re all staying connected but the overall mood is solemn.

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As far as my neighborhood, it’s eerily quiet, and to be in NYC and see this level of constant non-activity only adds to the weird vibe. We’ve been social distancing for weeks now, and for the past week everyone has masks and gloves on, it’s being taken quite seriously here.

The NYC music scene is obviously devastated. I had so many friends active and working in nightlife, as DJs, bartenders, promoters, performers, etc, I can’t even think about what the outcome will be for venues that were already fighting for life in this town, it’s terrifying.

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I’m frightened. I’m confused. I’m exhausted. I’m getting better with keeping a schedule, and giving myself a plan every day to stay focused. Some days I am super upbeat and others i go very low. I allow myself to go through all of these emotions. This is an absolutely alien traumatic experience. No reaction to this is normal or abnormal, and to be honest I think as a species we’re kinda doin’ OK, so far anyway….

So (mostly) every day I do my stretching and yoga, I eat super well, mostly vegetarian, and am not doing any substances except smoking grass through this. I know it’s LITERALLY a matter of survival, this is the reality sci-fi movie we get, it’s here and now, and wow holy shit, will I be a survivor on this show? will I thrive?!

What about my music? Since the bands are all mostly at a standstill, I am going hard with practicing drum techniques and rudiments every day and actually developing a pretty cool community of drummers who are sharing exercises, posting videos and tips with each other and that’s been a nice warm twist in this chaos. I miss my bandmates and my drum kit (I can only play my pad in my NYC apt) but I just try to stay in musical shape and use the time to get better at things I never had time for before. I’m also trying to use this time for a massive archival digital release schedule, as there are dozens of unfinished, unmixed, or just never finalized albums I’ve made with various bands/projects over the past 10-15 years that I can finally find the time to clean up and issue. This archival project actually started with the release of a 2013 album from Zoned Out, my since-disbanded jazzy, proggy Krautrock group. There’s so much more to come (you can follow my label page at http://www.facebook.com/inforthekillrecords to see the action).

But at the same time, I am constantly faced with the insignificance of this all. Such privilege and luxury to have even in this moment. Is it pointless? Who cares if I finish the album or get really good at flam rudiments? Will there be an other side? what will it look like, are there bands there, or shows, gigs, a scene? Or are we going to be living in bombed out bunkers in some post-WW3-like dystopia, ready to kill anyone/thing that comes near us?! Are all my friends going to die? Is everything going to be fine in two months, one year, 10 years?

I do get momentarily paralyzed by these thoughts throughout every day lately. But then somehow this energy comes to me from somewhere, I pack my bong, grab my sticks and run through my drum rudiment exercises yet again, taking great care to feel and learn deeper, maybe just to be hot and ready for the next gig when the world is reborn…

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Heavy Psych Sounds Fest 2020 Announces New York Show for May 23

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 11th, 2020 by JJ Koczan

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At some point — and I’m not necessarily looking forward to it — I’m going to have to start referring to Heavy Psych Sounds, which already hosts festivals in L.A. and San Francisco in California as well as in Paris, London, Antwerp and the Netherlands and Switzerland,  as a “Roman empire.” We’re getting close. Just to let you know. One more might do it.

Here’s info from the PR wire. Tickets on sale Friday:

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HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS FEST TO CONQUER NEW YORK IN MAY 2020

Due to the massive success and participation of the heavy rock scene with fans from all over Europe, HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS has just announced to expand and will be running the highly acclaimed FESTS also in NEW YORK on May 23rd !!

HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS FEST – NEW YORK
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The Golden Grass Premiere “100 Arrows”; New EP to Coincide with Euro Tour

Posted in audiObelisk on March 14th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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The Golden Grass head back to Europe in just under two weeks’ time, and as they go, they’ll carry 150 CD-R copies of their new EP, 100 Arrows along for the ride. And yes, it’s an EP, but when one includes the bonus tracks, it’s also eight songs and 35 minutes long, so the Brooklyn outfit aren’t exactly half-assing it either. Last year, the trio released their third album, Absolutely (review here), which found them bringing a progressive bent to their harmony-laced classic heavy rock, taking a path of willful creative growth after debuting on Listenable Records with their 2016 second full-length, Coming Back Again (review here), while holding firm to the bright tonality and sunshine vibes that have been among their most distinguishing features all along.

The returning trio of guitarist/vocalist Michael Rafalowich, drummer/vocalist Adam Kriney and bassist/backing vocalist Frank Caira present four new recordings for the EP proper, launching with the title-track in barnburner fashion as a driving opening riff is quickly introduced by the drums and the motor-gallop is off. A swaggering verse conveys 100 Arrows as a more straight-aheadthe golden grass 100 arrows offering than was Absolutely, and the subsequent “Fast Time Running” bears that out despite a seven-minute runtime that moves into call-and-response lines in its second half ahead of a quick turn to Steppenwolf chug and wah-drenched earliest-doom riff and soloing, backed by Kriney‘s steady beat and plenty of oh-hell-yes bass from Caira. That’s a digging lead-in for their take on “Magic Potion” by Open Mind, which taps into late-’60s bikerism, and a redux of The Bubble Puppy‘s “Hot Smoke and Sassafras,” which originally appeared on the 4-Bands Split Vol. 2 (review here) from Heavy Psych Sounds in 2016. An overarching rawness in the recording, at least relative to the last album, gives these songs a live feel, which is only appropriate since that’s their context, but frankly the jam in “Hot Smoke and Sassafras” or the attitude-soaked push of “100 Arrows” itself makes the EP worth the price of admission, especially if you’re already going to the show.

Demos for “Catch Your Eye” and “Burn it all Away” from the pre-production session for Absolutely follow, and as the latter — an instrumental that seems to in this form be awaiting its vocal arrangement — didn’t make it onto that album, it’s another piece that fans should be curious to get. Takes on Tin House‘s “I Want Your Body” and Icecross‘ “Wandering Around” follow, both of which come from a Daytrotter Session recorded in Iowa in 2017. The Tin House track is all about swing and swagger and so right in The Golden Grass‘ territory, and they bring an upbeat shove to “Wandering Around” as well that turns smoothly into a cowbell-inclusive jam before a quick “woo!” makes the transition to the solo and back to the verse, The Golden Grass — as ever — taking classic material and making it their own. They’ve been exceptionally proficient at that since their 2014 self-titled debut (review here), and it would seem that wherever they go in terms of sound — or, for that matter, actual going — that’s the constant they bring with them. The ready familiarity of their original material makes them an all the more inviting listen, and their covers only give further context. Nothing they’ve done up to this point has been an accident, and as they move beyond Absolutely and whatever might come after this tour, they continue to go with confidence and melody in like measure.

I’m happy to host the premiere of “100 Arrows” for your streaming pleasure. You’ll find it on the player below, followed by the text of the one-sheet for the release, including the tour dates for the upcoming European run, for which The Golden Grass will be joined by Wedge from Berlin.

Please enjoy:

In For The Kill Records is proud to announce the release of “100 Arrows”, the brand new limited edition CD EP by Brooklyn based heavy boogie rock trio THE GOLDEN GRASS! This release coincides with their March-April 2019 European Tour, their 5th time crossing the pond! This release sees the prolific trio move further into harder and darker territories, with proto-metal moves flexing wildly, yet still retaining all their signature soulful good-time swing & glorious vocal harmonies.

After 6 years of touring, not to mention 3 LPs and a handful of split releases along the way, the Grass have proven themselves to be one of the hardest working bands in the global traditional heavy rock underground, and this new EP is a majestic culmination of their musical abilities and seamless breadth of influence.

The “100 Arrows” EP consists of 4 brand new studio recordings, featuring 2 original new compositions as well as smashing covers of OPEN MIND’s “Magic Potion” & BUBBLE PUPPY’s “Hot Smoke And Sasafrass”, both of which have been standards in THE GOLDEN GRASS’ live show for several years. In fact, this is the 2nd time they have recorded “Hot Smoke And Sasafrass”, as it previously appeared on their 2xLP split release with KILLER BOOGIE, BANQUET & WILD EYES in 2016 (on Heavy Psych Sounds), and they chose to re-record it because they had developed such an intense and expansive version of it over the years, it needed proper documentation!

The CD release will also include 4 bonus tracks, 2 of which come from 2016 pre-production demos for their “Absolutely” LP and the other 2 from their live Daytrotter session from 2017, which includes cover versions of TIN HOUSE’s “I Want Your Body” and ICECROSS’ “Wandering Around”, both of which had also been staples in their live repertoire for years.

This EP is released in an edition of 150 pro-printed CD-Rs exclusively for their March-April 2019 European Tour with German hard rockers WEDGE.

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THE GOLDEN GRASS “100 Arrows” Track Listing:
1. 100 Arrows
2. Fast Time Running
3. Magic Potion (originally by OPEN MIND)
4. Hot Smoke And Sasafrass (originally by BUBBLE PUPPY)
Bonus Tracks
5. Catch Your Eye (2016 demo)
6. Burn It All Away (2016 demo)
7. I Want Your Body (2017 Daytrotter Session, originally by TIN HOUSE)
8. Wandering Around (2017 Daytrotter Session, originally by ICECROSS)

2019 European Tour Dates with WEDGE, presented by Swamp Booking and Magnificent Music:
27.03. (PL) Torun Dwa Swiaty
28.03. (PL) Warszawa Chmury
29.03. (PL) Krakow Alchemia
30.03. (PL) Poznan Pod Minoga
31.03. (PL) Wroclaw D.K. Luksus
01.04. (AT) Vienna 3Raum
02.04. (AT) Salzburg Rockhaus
03.04. (DE) Frankfurt Parkhaus-wk-16
04.04. (DE) Höxter Toneburg
05.04. (DE) Chemnitz Die Zukunft
06.04. (DE) Berlin Zukunft/Ostkreuz
07.04. (DE) Leipzig Moertelwerk
08.04. (DE) Jena Kulturbahnhof
09.04. (CZ) Bilina Moskva
10.04. (CZ) Brno Kabinet Muz
11.04. (AT) Innsbruck PMK
12.04. (IT) Bologna Freakout
13.04. (IT) Milano COX18
14.04. (CH) Martigny Caves du Manoir
15.04. TBA
16.04. TBA
17.04. (DE) Wurzburg Immerhin
18.04. (CH) Olten Coq d’Or
19.04. (DE) Münster Rare Guitar
20.04. (DE) Oldenburg MTS

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The Golden Grass Announce European Tour Dates with Wedge

Posted in Whathaveyou on January 24th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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Brooklyn trio The Golden Grass are headed back to Europe this Spring and will tour in late March and throughout April in the company of German trad-rockers Wedge. Pretty good show, and they’re covering a decent swath of ground in Poland, Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Italy. Of course, The Golden Grass go supporting their 2018 third album, Absolutely (review here), and they also went to Europe last year, touring in the company of Heat. If nothing else, they know how to find a fit for bands to hit the road with.

The narrative of Absolutely was that it pulled back on some of the more meandering impulses of its predecessor, 2016’s Coming Back Again (review here), but The Golden Grass have a new EP in the works that they’ve posted a couple social media teasers for, and it seems that the boogie remains strong with their upbeat sound. Throw in some of the choicest harmonies in heavy — as they reliably do — and you’re good to go.

To Europe, in this case. I haven’t seen a release date kicked around for the EP, but wouldn’t it make an awful lot of sense if it came out before the tour? Or at least was available for them to sell on the road? Yeah, that seems reasonable to me too. More when I hear it.

Here’s the poster and info in the meantime:

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The Golden Grass & Wedge March / April Tour

27.03. (PL) Torun Swa Swiaty
28.03. (PL) Warszawa Chmury
29.03. (PL) Krakow Alchemia
30.03. (PL) Poznan Pog Minoga
31.03. (PL) Wroclaw D.K. Luksus
01.04. (AT) Vienna 3Raum
02.04. (AT) Salzburg Rockhaus
03.04. (DE) Mannheim 7er Club
04.04. (DE) Höxter Toneburg
05.04. (DE) Chemnitz Die Zukunft
06.04. (DE) Berlin Zukunft/Ostkreuz
07.04. (DE) Leipzig Moertelwerk
08.04. (DE) TBA
09.04. (CZ) Bilina Moskva
10.04. (CZ) Brno Kabinet Muz
11.04. (AT) Innsbruck PMK
12.04. (IT) Bologna Freakout
13.04. (IT) Milano COX18
14.04. (CH) Martigny Caves du Manoir
15.04. TBA
16.04. TBA
17.04. TBA
18.04. (CH) Olten Coq d’Or
19.04. (DE) Münster Rare Guitar
20.04. (DE) Oldenburg MTS

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Review & Track Premiere: The Golden Grass, Absolutely

Posted in audiObelisk, Reviews on March 6th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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[Click play above to stream ‘The Spell’ from The Golden Grass’ new LP Absolutely. Album is out April 6 via Listenable Records with preorders here and The Golden Grass are on tour in Europe with Heat this May. Click here to pop out the tour poster.]

The very first lyrics one hears on the opening track of The Golden Grass‘ third long-player, Absolutely, arrive in the line, ‘I want a piece of the action.’ In no small way, that’s been the story of the Brooklynite trio all along. The boogie-minded trio made their self-titled debut (review here) in 2014 through Svart, and followed that up by signing to Listenable Records for the 2016 release of Coming Back Again (review here), a more spacious and progressive offering that nonetheless held onto the maddening catchiness of its predecessor. With Absolutely, they do likewise, and rein in some of the more complex impulses of the second album in favor of good-time heavy rock more akin to the debut.

Like everything the band has done since their outset, that can only be the result of a conscious decision — nothing in this group, whether it’s the vocal harmonies between drummer Adam Kriney and guitarist Michael Rafalowich on “Catch Your Eye,” the opener alluded to above, or the persistent shuffle in the penultimate “Out on the Road,” on which KrineyRafalowich and bassist/backing vocalist Frank Caira put themselves in direct conversation with “Wheels” from the debut in several interesting and telling ways. As they tell tales of the road, to think of a line like “Rock and roll was just out of season” working its way into “Out on the Road” could easily be taken as an assessment of their touring experience over the last several years, at least in the US. At the same time, “Out on the Road,” which is the longest track on the 39-minute Absolutely at 8:58, operates more efficiently than did “Wheels,” or, say, “See it Through” from Coming Back Again, the perspective of which also seems to be a factor here.

Could it be that a cynical or more jaded perspective is taking hold in the band after two records that, by all accounts, probably didn’t get the attention they deserved for their stylistic cohesion, nuance of sound, and quality of performance and craft? It wouldn’t be unreasonable if that were the case, but I’m not sure it is, because while The Golden Grass may have their frustrations as they approach the end of a resoundingly productive first half-decade together — three records, numerous tours at home and abroad, picked up by quality labels pretty much from the beginning — they’ve also never seemed to put more into their songwriting or arrangements. Cuts like “Show Your Hand” and “Runaway” deftly balance accessibility and subtlety in their execution.

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The hooks are forward as ever, but there’s more complexity to the interplay of the trio singing together that would seem to be a lesson learned from Coming Back Again and repurposed into more straightforward songwriting — not that there isn’t still room for some psychedelic flourish from Rafalowich‘s guitar in “Runaway” or the brief “Never You Mind,” just that it comes in conjunction with the ultra-boogie of side B’s “The Spell” and harder-edged closer “Begging the Question,” which brings Iron Butterfly-via-Hendrix-style late ’60s fuzz to bear amid a longer instrumental stretch of dug-in turns and more highlight lead work from Rafalowich, who shines throughout Absolutely in a way he hasn’t yet done in The Golden Grass‘ material. The same could be said of his vocals as well in standing up to Kriney‘s still-the-lead-singer positioning, and more than ever, it’s the dynamic between these two that lets The Golden Grass be who they are throughout this mature and deceptively forward, hook-laden and gorgeously executed third outing.

And if The Golden Grass “want a piece of the action” — which I’ll grant they’re talking about in something of a different context in “Catch Your Eye,” but I still think applies to their situation overall; they started out as a band with an idea of who they were looking to match themselves with as broad an audience as possible — one could only say it would be a piece well earned. Their sound, which has always been so much their down despite basking in a swath of classic influences as it continues to do, has never sounded so developed or quite so engaging as it does here as “Never You Mind,” “Runaway” and the trippier “Walk Along” draw listeners deeper and deeper into the meat of the album, headed to the apex in “Out on the Road”‘s plotted but still jammy-sounding take, sounding no less like it was written for the stage than “The Spell” before it or “Show Your Hand” earlier in the tracklisting. Having long since mastered their aesthetic, The Golden Grass have yet to stop developing it, and that’s emblematic of the underlying force of will that drives them overall. Make no mistake, they still sound positive. The melodies are still sweet. The songs are still unbridled, unashamed fun and the vibe remains as upbeat and welcoming as one could possibly ask.

Three albums deep into their tenure, it’s strange to think of The Golden Grass as underrated, or as a cult band despite the absolute lack of sinister edge to what they do, but somehow both terms apply. Nonetheless, what was true about them four years ago remains true on Absolutely, and that’s that their good-times spirit is delivered with genuine and engaging energy and that it puts them in a category of their own in heavy rock, and remains a very-much-needed breath of fresh air in a heavy rock scene so often geared toward pessimism. Underrated or not, The Golden Grass remain a singular good time and sound more content than ever to let the rest of the world do what it is while they throw a party to which anyone and everyone who can get down — even for just a little while — is invited. That means you. They don’t want your blood. They just want you do dance. For those who take on the dare to let loose and meet The Golden Grass on their own level, Absolutely should be no less revered than anything they’ve done to-date. If anything, more so.

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The Golden Grass Announce April 6 Release for New LP Absolutely

Posted in Whathaveyou on January 29th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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It stands to reason there would be a new record from The Golden Grass this year, but that doesn’t make the confirmation of its coming any less welcome. Given the righteous title Absolutely the third long-player and second for Listenable Records from the good-time-harmonious Brooklynite trio will comprise eight tracks and see release April 6. The central question involved is whether the new offering will continue down the progressive path that their 2016 sophomore outing, Coming Back Again (review here), or readjust the focus back toward the classic-feeling hooks that permeated The Golden Grass‘ 2014 Svart Records self-titled debut (review here). Nothing this band does is by mistake, so wherever they end up, you can get it’s entirely right where they want to be sound-wise. I look forward to finding out just where that is.

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THE GOLDEN GRASS: Psychedelic Retro Rock Power Trio To Release Absolutely Full-Length Via Listenable Records This Spring

Brooklyn, New York’s THE GOLDEN GRASS is free-wheelin’, good-time rock ‘n’ roll band manifesting a soulful mix of heavy-country-funk-boogie and progressive-psychedelic-freakbeat. The group effortlessly draws their influence from a time when rock ruled the world as if they truly are from that “Golden” era. But their gift to us is in The Now, and it is an epic, soulful, and hard-hitting maelstrom of anthemic and tough-swinging aural delights.

THE GOLDEN GRASS will release their third full-length, titled Absolutely, this Spring via Listenable Records. An eight-track sonic adventure steeped in psychedelic flavored blues riffs, the mind-warping fantasy of early progressive/jazz rock, a pulsating British freakbeat/mod sound, heavy doses of proto-metal power, funk, sou, and a southern rock edge, Absolutely is undoubtedly the band’s strongest, most accomplished offering to date.

Absolutely will see North American release on April 6th via Listenable Records with teaser tracks, preorders, and further info to be announced in the coming weeks.

Absolutely Track Listing:
1. Catch Your Eye
2. Show Your Hand
3. Never You Mind
4. Runaway
5. Walk Along
6. The Spell
7. Out On The Road
8. Begging The Question

THE GOLDEN GRASS Discography:
456thDiv. – Cassette EP
One More Time / Tornado 7″ EP
A Curious Case / The Pilgrim 7″ EP
Realisations 11″ EP
The Golden Grass (Svart Records)
Coming Back Again (Listenable Records)
Absolutely (Listenable Records)

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The Golden Grass, Coming Back Again (2016)

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The Golden Grass Announce Midwestern Tour & New Album Recording Plans

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 20th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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Alright, let’s just go ahead and put The Golden Grass‘ third album on the list of most anticipated for 2018. The groovy Brooklynite three-piece played it proggy on their second record last year, Coming Back Again (review here), but still held to the sunshiny vibes and standout songwriting of their 2014 self-titled debut (review here), so a third installment from them is a no-brainer to look forward to as far as I’m concerned. Pretty killer as well that as they get ready to hit the studio to record it, they’ll do a nine-date Midwestern run playing all new songs, so not only will they have a chance to see what works on stage and what doesn’t and adjust accordingly, but by the time they get back to NYC they should be in top form to actually go and track the material. It’s a badass plan. Hopefully the results show up sooner than later.

Also, I’m not usually going to be the kind of guy who tells you that you need to watch a tour promo video, but the one below by Anthony Franchina for these shows, in addition to boasting a clip of a new song from The Golden Grass, actually gives a pretty succinct impression of what the band is all about. So yeah, you should take the 100 seconds or so to check it out.

Dates and info from the PR wire:

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THE GOLDEN GRASS announces October Midwest USA Tour Dates and enter studio immediately after to record album #3.

That’s right, Brooklyn’s one and only traditional heavy rock boogie band THE GOLDEN GRASS is headed ((OUT ON THE ROAD)) in the USA once again! It’s been a few years since they’ve toured domestically, finding their niche more amongst the European underground and focusing on touring abroad, but they’re beyond excited to bring their soulful sounds across America’s heartland this October 2017 for 9 concerts stretching from PA to IL and back again!

They’ll be exclusively performing ALL NEW MATERIAL this time out, which has been slowly and organically crafted over the past year, and all of which will end up on their 3rd full length LP (their 2nd for Listenable Records). In fact, this tour is a true-to-life road test for their new batch of music, and by taking it out, performing, twisting, living, and breathing it every night, it will be internalized and honed to perfection, and THEN the boys will be entering the studio immediately following the tour to record it all for the new record!

Once again, they’ll be utilizing the powerhouse recording/mixing engineering team of Andrea Zavareei (Urban Spaceman Studio) and Jeff Berner (Studio G), both of whom have had a hand in capturing each THE GOLDEN GRASS release so far. There is a high energy about the group right now, so if you’re along the tour route, do your best to catch it!

The good folks at Heavy And Beyond have created an amazing Tour Promo video for the group, showing off some sneak peaks of their new musical material, and tease the forthcoming album, not to mention some choice groovy footage of the boys!

In For The Kill Records Presents THE GOLDEN GRASS 2017 Midwest USA Tour
10/06 The Bog – Scranton PA w/ THE HILL YOU DIE ON
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10/07 Stonehenge Gardens – Tamaqu PA w/ MYSTERYTRAIN
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10/08 The Happy Dog – Cleveland OH w/ BURNIN LOINS + SALEM’S EYE
https://www.facebook.com/events/121403778585243/
10/09 The Tree Bar – Columbus OH w/ BOURBON TRAIN
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10/10 Reggies – Chicago IL w/ MR BLOTTO
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10/11 The Spot Tavern – Lafayette IN w/ SPACEWORDS
https://www.facebook.com/events/167903790434163/
10/12 Bent River Brewing Company – Rock Island IL w/ SUBATLANTIC
https://www.facebook.com/events/479941462369690/
10/13 Chameleon – Cincinnati OH w/ THE HARLEQUINS
https://www.facebook.com/events/143554142903428/
10/14 Guidos Speakeasy – Frederick MD w/ BLACK RADIO + BORRACHO
https://www.facebook.com/events/746296975549182/

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The Golden Grass, Midwestern Tour Promo

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Rattlesnake Post Outlaw Boogie Debut Demo & Announce First Show; Band Features Members of Ramming Speed & The Golden Grass

Posted in Whathaveyou on April 17th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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May 25 will mark the live debut of Brooklyn-based four-piece Rattlesnake. With members of The Golden GrassRamming Speed and J.A.C.K., the band announces their first time on stage will be at Union Pool in the company of psychblasters Ecstatic Vision and resurgent, native Brooklynite post-doomers Unearthly Trance. Pretty good way to kickoff a new band, if you ask me.

By way of advance notice, Rattlesnake have posted their initial three-song demo. Dubbed Outlaw Boogie — which seems as much a mission statement as a title — the short offering finds them well sure of where they want to be aesthetically, and fans of The Golden Grass will recognize the lead vocals of drummer Adam Kriney (also ex-La Otracina), here in harmony with guitarists J.P. Gilbert and Blake Charlton on “BWOL (Burning Way of Life)” while Ian Anderson (since replaced by Don Berger) holds down a classic-rocking bassline to go with the riffs somewhere between NWOBHM, Southern pastoralia and classic swagger.

That territory seems to be where it’s Rattlesnake‘s intention to dwell, and Outlaw Boogie finds them comfortable there for its entire 16-minute duration. The promise of guitar scorch is telegraphed early on “The Reason Why,” but there’s a funky wah-soaked stomp to the lead cut as well, and before it’s even made it to the halfway point, the band has careened through a winding bridge and established the hook to be built off of upon return from a lengthy, righteous solo section.

It’s a fluidity backed by the gritty, motoring push of “Wicked Man,” the middle cut that seems to have taken a couple key lessons from Death Alley‘s straddling the line between classic metal and post-Motörhead biker riffing, though again it’s the melody of the chorus that sets it apart, as well as a distinctly Southern feel in the soloing, which “BWOL (Burning Way of Life)” reinforces as well, paying off the foreshadow at the beginning of “The Reason Why” as it leads the way out of Outlaw Boogie‘s smooth-flowing, unpretentious run.

Below, you can read more background about Rattlesnake, where they’re from and where they might be headed, and dig into the stream of Outlaw Boogie. First show is May 25. Safe bet is it won’t be the last.

Dig it:

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Rattlesnake – Outlaw Boogie

The true sound of Outlaw Boogie! It’s heavy, loud, swinging & tough! And it’s coming at you spittin’ venom!

Between the mid-70’s and mid-80’s, the worlds of Southern/Country Rock, Hard/Heavy Rock, Prog, Proto-Metal and NWOBHM collided in a brief but stellar shining moment that was sonically crystallized by cult & legendary groups such as POINT BLANK, BLACKFOOT, OUTLAWS, MOLLY HATCHET, ALKANA, HYDRA, ASHBURY & BLACKHORSE! And like a bolt of lightning out of the dark and desolate sky, a new group has exploded on the underground heavy music scene to carry on the torch of those legendary pioneers, and that band is RATTLESNAKE! Hailing from Brooklyn NY, this 4-piece craft classic, epic & breathtaking tunes, powered by dazzling twin guitar melodies/harmonies/solos, and an earnest delivery of soulfully tough vocals, all served up greasy and swampy! You’re gonna love the way it BITES!

Now they say “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree”, well then RATTLESNAKE’s sound and swagger should come as no surprise to those familiar with the band members’ other/previous musical groups, and this fact only strengthens their creative forces! However, RATTLESNSAKE is without a doubt, its own unique musical vision! It’s a colossally focused synergy, and quite possibly some of the best darn rock n roll any of these underground heavyweights have ever made!

RATTLESNAKE is Outlaw Boogie! Blazing hard, riding high & swinging low on that lonesome road! Across the dusty desert on up through the mountain high! It’s the thunderous sound of hard working rock n roll lifers! They’ve got enough fire & power to share the stage with any modern rock/metal band out there and the classic/timeless feel to warm an old bluesman’s heart.

Rattlesnake first show!
Thursday May 25 at Union Pool with ECSTATIC VISION and UNEARTHLY TRANCE

The group is comprised of:
Adam Kriney – drums/lead vocals (THE GOLDEN GRASS/LA OTRACINA)
Blake Charlton – electric guitar/backing vocals (RAMMING SPEED/SLASHERS/HELLBENT HOOKER)
JP Gilbert – electric guitar/lead vocals (J.A.C.K./JP & THE GILBERTS)
Don Berger – electric bass

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Rattlesnake, Outlaw Boogie Demo (2017)

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