Caustic Casanova Premiere “Fancy English”; God How I Envy the Deaf out Oct. 18

Posted in audiObelisk, Whathaveyou on September 13th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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Washington D.C. heavy prog noise rockers — that’s right — Caustic Casanova will release their new album, God How I Envy the Deaf, through Magnetic Eye Records on Oct. 18. On Nov. 2, they’ll also play the label’s Day of Doom label showcase at Brooklyn’s famed Saint Vitus Bar, and thereafter take off on the latest their ongoing string of tours. That tour follows, wait for it, several others the now-four-piece have conducted thus far this year, and the album goes in some way toward explaining the intangible aspects of their sound.

To wit, just about no one who listens to Caustic Casanova knows what to make of them. Right? Did you see the part above when I called them “heavy prog noise rockers?” What the hell does that even mean? Are they that? Are they heavy college rock indie? Are they hard alternative? Semi-grown-up punk? Depends which song you listen to, really — and their sound encompasses all of it — but with God How I Envy the Deaf, it becomes a little clearer why. It’s the D.C. in them. This is the town that produced Funkadelic and Minor Threat. It’s not a place where artists have felt compelled to follow the rules about where genre lines are meant to reside, and so if Caustic Casanova sound just as comfortable in the psychedelic post-thrash of “Memory King” as they do balancing crunch riffs against dual-vocals and airy post-rock leads in “Truth Syrup,” it seems only appropriate to look at where they’re coming from as part of the reason behind that.

Well, that and they’re obviously a buncha weirdos.

Go get ’em, weirdos!

Comprising nine tracks in 50 gonna-be-reviewed-by-me-sooner-or-later minutes, God How I Envy the Deaf is led off by “Fancy English,” the premiere of which you can stream below. Take a second, get your brain in order, and dig in:

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CAUSTIC CASANOVA Return with Exultant New Album GOD HOW I ENVY THE DEAF

New album of angular heavy rock anthems from hard-touring D.C. genre-benders arrives October 18th

Relentless road-dogs CAUSTIC CASANOVA will release their new album, God How I Envy The Deaf, this October via Magnetic Eye Records. The record lands after a nearly two-month cross-country tour and only weeks prior to another trek in support of the confident collection of singable riff-punk anthems, establishing yet again that this band won’t be held to any sort of predictable musical path nor many nights sleeping in their own beds.

Since forming as teenagers at the College of William & Mary in 2005, Caustic Casanova have weathered lineup changes and life-threatening injuries while maintaining an aggressive DIY touring ethic, and their eclectic sound has made them a favorite in a crowded scene.

Following drummer/vocalist Stefanie Zaenker’s recovery from wrist injuries that nearly ended her ability to play, the band the band released the critically acclaimed LP Breaks in 2015 on Kylesa’s Retro Futurist Records, as well as a trio of EPs between 2013 and 2018 that paired original songs with classics from Pentagram, the Melvins and Weedeater. This hard work led to nominations for multiple Washington Area Music Awards in 2019, as well as a deal with Magnetic Eye Records to release the much-anticipated new album.

Looking to the future, the band (Zaenker, along with bassist/vocalist Francis Beringer, guitarist Jake Kimberley and guitarist Andrew Yonki) have already begun work on material for their next album. First, though, the road-hardened unit will be showcasing the genre-mashing twists and alchemies of God How I Envy the Deaf across the world, including a slot at Magnetic Eye’s upcoming Day of Doom label showcase this November, with lots more live dates to come.

God How I Envy The Deaf will be released on digital, CD and LP from Magnetic Eye Records on October 18th.

Current Caustic Casanova Live Dates:
9/13 – Shepherstown, WV at Domestic
9/14 – Winooski, VT at Monkey Bar (Ghastly Sound album release)
9/15 – Montreal, QC at Piranha Bar
9/23 – Louisville, KY at Highland Tap Room (w/ Howling Giant)
9/24 – Indianapolis, IN at Healer (w/ Howling Giant)
9/25 – Columbus, OH at Dirty Dungaree’s (w/ Howling Giant)
9/27 – Brooklyn, NY at Gold Sounds (Husbandry album release)
10/19 – Washington DC at Atlas Brew Works (Caustic Casanova album release)
11/2 – Brooklyn, NY at Saint Vitus Bar (Magnetic Eye Records Day of Doom Label Showcase)
11/8 – Richmond, VA
11/9 – Greensboro, NC
11/10 – Wilmington, NC
11/12 – Charleston, SC
11/14 – St. Augustine, FL
11/15 – Gainesville, FL
11/16 – Tampa, FL
11/17 – Miami, FL
11/18 – Orlando, FL
11/20 – New Orleans, LA
11/21 – San Antonio, TX
11/22 – Denton, TX
11/23 – Fort Worth, TX

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Caustic Casanova to Start Summer Tour on Aug. 7; New Album Due This Fall

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 25th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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Recently signed to Magnetic Eye Records and even more recently shifted from a trio to a four-piece lineup, Caustic Casanova will do like they do and hit the road on Aug. 7. They’ll be out for a month straight and then head out again later in September, all ahead of the release of their new album, God How I Envy the Deaf, which will mark their debut through Magnetic Eye and is due out in October. I would expect that by the time the album arrives, if Caustic Casanova haven’t yet announced a foll0w-up tour for this one, one won’t be far behind, as they rarely sit still one way or the other and they tend to do long-ish stints when they go.

All the touring in September makes me wonder if there maybe wasn’t some delay in the record coming out, but one way or the other, there will be touring, there will be an album, and Caustic Casanova will do that whole rocking-in-the-free-world thing I keep hearing so much about. And that’s good news.

Here are the dates from the PR wire:

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CAUSTIC CASANOVA TO EMBARK ON US TOUR

Washington, DC heavy rockers Caustic Casanova are preparing for a late summer tour that will take them across the United States. Says the band, “We’re so excited to hit the road for our longest North American tour since 2016 (and our new guitarist Jake Kimberley’s first coast-to-coast run). We’ll be bringing you all the prog, stoner metal, psych, and noise rock you can handle, at irresponsible volumes each night, for nearly 2 months. We’ll be playing very new songs, an old song or two, plus tunes off our forthcoming Magnetic Eye Records debut God How I Envy The Deaf, out this October.”

Tour Dates:
8-7 Chapel Hill, NC at Local 506
8-8 Greenville, SC at Radio Room
8-9 Johnson City, TN at The Hideaway
8-10 Lexington, KY at Best Friend Bar
8-11 Nashville, TN at Springwater
8-12 Memphis, TN at Pagan Mom House
8-13 Wichita, KS at Kirby’s
8-14 Saint Louis, MO at The Sinkhole
8-15 Lawrence, KS at Replay Lounge
8-16 Denver, CO at Tennyson’s Tap
8-17 El Paso, TX at Neon Rose
8-20 San Diego, CA at Tower Bar
8-21 Long Beach, CA at Que Sera
8-22 Oakland, CA at Elbo Room
8-23 Pacifica, CA at Winters Tavern
8-24 Sacramento, CA at Cafe Colonial
8-27 Portland, OR at Tonic Lounge
8-28 Seattle, WA at High Dive
8-29 Post Falls, ID at Cruisers
8-30 Great Falls, MT at The Back Alley Pub
8-31 Kalispell, MT at Old School Records
9-2 Rapid City, SD at The Cave Collective
9-4 Milwaukee, WI at Walkers Point Music Hall
9-5 Chicago, IL at Livewire Lounge
9-6 Youngstown, OH at Westside Bowl (Black Out Cook Out Festival with Inter Arma, Big Business, Child Bite, Brain Tentacles, Ken Mode, Lo-Pan and more)
9-13 Shepherdstown, WV at Shepherd University
9-14 Winooski, VT at Monkey House
9-15 Montreal, QC at Piranha Bar
9-20 Bloomington, IN at TBA
9-21 Dubuque, IA at The Blu Room
9-23 Louisville, KY at Highlands Tap Room
9-24 Indianapolis, IN at Healer
9-25 Columbus, OH at Dirty Dungarees
9-27 Brooklyn, NY at Gold Sounds Bar

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Caustic Casanova Sign to Magnetic Eye Records; New Album out This Summer

Posted in Whathaveyou on March 27th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

Magnetic Eye Records announced three pickups this week. Brume, who were posted about yesterday, Caustic Casanova, about whom I’m posting right now — fancy that! — and Leather Lung, and Leather Lung, who’ll get a post Friday. Busy label. Busy band as well, as I don’t know when you last saw a stack of Caustic Casanova tour dates, but they are generally fairly mighty undertakings. They’re a good pickup for Magnetic Eye even apart from their we’ll-just-go-ahead-and-hand-deliver-our-songs touring ethic, as their records pull off that rare feat — progressive punk — and make it heavy without falling all over themselves with self-indulgence in the process. Good stuff. I owe their The Pantheon Collection Vol. 1-3 a review — currently slated for Wed., April 24; because yes, I believe in advance scheduling (subject to change) — so uh, check back for that, I guess. Or you can skip my blah blah and just stream at at the bottom of this post. I won’t be offended either way.

Band and label announcements follow in that order:

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Alright everyone – it’s time! We are SO STOKED to announce that we’ve joined the Magnetic Eye Records roster!!! We’ve been huge fans of their bands, Redux records, and work ethic for a long time so we couldn’t be more thrilled or honored to join this magnificent, merry metal family!! Along with a new full length coming around late summer/early fall this year and accompanying national tours we still have a few more surprises up our sleeves so STAY TUNED! CC train never stops! From the desert, to the ocean, to the snowy tundra to your kitchens all across the globe – we are coming for you.

Keep it Sabbath y’all.

From the label: “CAUSTIC CASANOVA modestly describes themselves as, “a loud, heavy band from the nation’s capital,” but that hardly does justice to a band that’s been compared to bands ranging from Torche to Faith No More to Voivod… wtf? Hell, we don’t know, we just knew they belonged here with us. Happy to welcome this acrobatic D.C. three-piece to the roster, and you can look for their album to land sometime around late Summer!”

Caustic Casanova is:
Stefanie Zaenker – Drums, Vocals
Francis Beringer – Bass, Vocals
Andrew Yonki – Guitar

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Pentagram Announce Return to Stage for US Tour Dates

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 1st, 2019 by JJ Koczan

Pentagram (Photo by JJ Koczan)

Pentagram‘s return to the stage was previously announced as part of Maryland Doom Fest 2019, though just who would be involved was something of a mystery. Perennially troubled frontman Bobby Liebling has returned to the band — you might recall guitarist Victor Griffin took the forward spot in 2017 following a mess around Liebling copping an assault charge and going to jail as a result, which itself followed accusations of sexual harassment on tour — and while Griffin is out of Pentagram at this time, his nephew, bassist Greg Turley, remains, and drummer “Minnesota Pete” Campbell continues to hold down that role.

Matt Goldsborough (ex-The Skull, ex-Carousel) has filled in for Griffin before and will do so again as they take to the road in March for a tour that will hit spots in the Midwest and Southeast. I’m not going to be so foolish as to predict what the future of Pentagram will hold, but as of now these shows are happening and that’s that. So there you go. Brother Dege and Dirty Streets — whose new album I never even got to hear, which made me a little sad — will support.

From the PR wire:

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Everything’s turning to night….

Doom metal patriarchs PENTAGRAM take the stage in 10 American cities this March 2019.

Remorseful and rehabilitated, legendary frontman and co-founder Bobby Liebling returns for a string of live performances. Greg Turley, longtime bass player and “Ram Family” member by blood, will appear alongside Liebling, drummer “Minnesota Pete” Campbell and the reemergence of Philadelphia’s electric axeman Matthew Goldsborough (Pentagram, ex-The Skull).

Experience a high volume delivery of their revered hard rock & doom metal classics that cover their near half-century career. This relentless setlist is sure to shine a blue light on Liebling’s pioneering “First Daze” favorites.

Handpicked support acts BROTHER DEGE, a NOLA soul who’s been called the “haunted enigma of 21st century delta blues” and Memphis’ hard rolling, blues-rocked power trio DIRTY STREETS complete this exceptional bill.

PENTAGRAM
Last Days Here
MARCH 2019
14th – Cincinnati, OH
15th – Chattanooga, TN
16th – Nashville, TN
17th – Atlanta, GA
19th – Dallas, TX
20th – Austin, TX
21st – Houston, TX
22nd – Little Rock, AR
23rd – New Orleans, LA
24th – Memphis, TN

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Borracho to Release Splitting Sky LP Reissue in May on Cursed Tongue Records

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 7th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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About a week ago, the news came through that Washington D.C. heavy rockers Borracho had a reissue in the works through Cursed Tongue Records but that the label wasn’t going to reveal which one until it got a certain amount of showoff vinyl pics via the social medias with a hashtag “CTRBorrachoChallenge.” Guess they hit the mark, because today the label has unveiled that it’s the band’s 2011 debut, Splitting Sky (review here), that will see new life on LP this Spring. A May release is expected.

Hard to believe it’s been seven years since Splitting Sky actually came out, even in light of all that Borracho have accomplished in the time since. The album has actually been on vinyl before — No Balls Records out of Germany did a limited run — but I’d be curious to hear if the new remaster from Tony Reed does anything to the balance of the mix, which always seemed to favor the vocals of Noah Greenberg, who left the band before their next reord came out, at the forefront over the riffs.

Either way, Borracho have obviously made an awful lot of new friends since the days of the original Splitting Sky release, so for them and for collectors alike, this seems like another solid pickup from Cursed Tongue, who sent the following announcement along the PR wire:

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CTR-008: Borracho – ‘Splitting Sky’ 2018 reissue, newly remastered and with original artwork, the way it has always been intended to look.

Splitting Sky was initially released on CD/digital back in 2011. A limited run vinyl pressing was also made, but copies have long sold out since and second hand prices have fetched stupid prices. Borracho are full of good momentum and with last years critically acclaimed 3rd full length ‘Atacama’ (Kozmik Artifactz) and the recent released compilation album of singles entitled ‘Riffography’ the band has a lot going on. The winds are blowing in the band’s favor and there’s no better time than now to reissue this great desert stoner rock album that by some critics and fans alike already has been heralded as a new-classic.

Cursed Tongue Records is inclined to give ‘Splitting Sky’ a well deserved makeover, brushing of all the cobwebs and breed new life into the furrows of this hard-hitting rock. The vinyl re-issue is entirely newly remastered for optimal vinyl playback by no other than Tony Reed and it’s also featuring the original artwork with new layout and design. Splitting Sky will thus yet again be available for the vinyl fans, but this time around the way it was initially intended to look and sound while bearing all the hallmarks of high quality and attention to detail that a Cursed Tongue Records release has come to offer.

BANDCAMP (stream/download): http://borracho.bandcamp.com/album/splitting-sky

BIO:
Borracho is a three piece heavy rock band from Washington, DC. In the five years since releasing their 2011 debut Splitting Sky, they have become a staple of the Mid-Atlantic — and US — stoner rock scene. 2013’s follow up Oculus highlighted a band in metamorphosis, moving the band forward sonically with a leaner lineup, but continuing their emphasis on song construction and memorable melodies. With a substantial offering in Ripple Music’s 2015 inaugural Second Coming of Heavy, Chapter One, the band showed their continued commitment to the almighty riff, and plenty of variety in their approach, even within only 22 minutes of scathing rock.

Along with their two LPs, Borracho has dropped a half-dozen limited edition vinyl singles and split 7”s to satisfy fans and collectors around the globe. The band has worked with labels from the US, Spain, Germany, and Japan to get their music to the masses, and has teamed up with similar acts Cortez, Geezer, and Eggnogg — even their own former band Adam West — on split releases. The past two years has pushed Borracho to both Europe and the west coast of the United States to preach their gospel of low and heavy grooves.

With the 2016 release of their third LP Atacama, the band is primed for a larger audience, with a totally organic and diverse collection of heavy anthems to get people up onto their feet and raising their fists in a glorious Hallelujah.

2018 sees the Borracho’s 2011 debut album reissued on vinyl via Cursed Tongue Records and furthermore the band has also started working on their 4th full length album. So the band might be seasoned but the three gringos behind the stearing wheel are far from done, quite opposite they seem to age in style and class, remaining everso evident and vibrant. Only a few things in life are for certain; one of them is that Borracho came to play heavy-AF riffs, rock-out and have a good time – and they never left!

CTR-008, Borracho – ‘Splitting Sky’, official release date: May 2018
Pre-orders start in April.

Borracho is:
Steve Fisher – Lead Guitar & Vocals
Tim Martin – Bass
Mario Trubiano – Drums

(Noah Greenberg handled vocal duties on Splitting Sky, but afterwards he left the band and moved abroad.)

Produced, recorded and mixed by Frank Marchand in Studio A at Airshow Mastering, Takoma Park, Maryland in March 2011. Mastered for vinyl by Tony Reed of HeavyHead Recording Co. All words and music by Borracho. © 2011 Repetitive Heavy Grooves Music. Band photography by Margaret Allen. Cover concept, layout and design by Tim Martin Designs, Washington, D.C. Additional design and artwork for this vinyl edition by Michael Andresakis.

Track listing:

Side A
1. Redemption
2. Concentric Circles
3. Bloodsucker
4. Grab The Reins

Side B
5. All In Play
6. Never Get It Right
7. Grinder

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Borracho, Splitting Sky (2011)

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Borracho to Release LP on Cursed Tongue Records — But Which One???

Posted in Whathaveyou on January 30th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

Here’s a fun one: We know that D.C. heavy groovers Borracho recently issued their Riffography (review here) collection spanning their 10 years together front to back with assorted unreleased or at very least rarer-than-not tracks. That came out through Ripple Music. Their preceding 2016 full-length, Atacama (review here), came out via Kozmik Artifactz, where 2013’s Oculus (review here) and their 2011 debut, Splitting Sky (review here), landed through Strange Magic Records and No Balls Records, respectively.

Now. One of these LP offerings has been picked up for a vinyl release by Cursed Tongue Records, but the label isn’t quite ready to say which one. What they’re doing instead is hosting an Instagram challenge where you put your favorite Borracho platter on your turntable, snap a picture of it on your fancy phone, and post it up on Instagram with the hashtag “CTRBorrachoChallenge.”

As soon as they get to 30 posts, Cursed Tongue will reveal which album it’s releasing. See? I told you it was a fun one.

Details follow:

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-|- CTR-BORRACHO CHALLENGE -|-

CTR has just announced the signing of mighty Borracho out of DC, US for impending vinyl release. However, before we reveal what album we are talking about you will have to accept a little challenge!

The idea is to get many release pictures posted all around Instagram in order to draw attention toward the Borracho. They have released many things on vinyl along the years; so many people have them in their collection; they just need to dust them off and blast them on their turntable!!!

Dust off one of your Borracho vinyl copies and post a picture of it with the following hashtag #CTRBorrachoChallenge

Once we get 30 posts, we will unveil the album details \,,/

Meanwhile, you can take all the guesses you want

#CursedTongueRecords #CTR #Borracho #BorrachoBand

Borracho is:
Steve Fisher – Guitar, Vocals
Tim Martin – Bass
Mario Trubiano – Drums

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Borracho, Riffography: March of Time (and Riffs)

Posted in Reviews on December 15th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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Full disclosure, this past summer I was asked by Borracho to write the liner notes for this release. If you think that means there’s a conflict of interest in my covering Riffography on an editorial level, two things: First, I took no payment. Second, it’s more of an alignment of interest than a conflict, since if I wasn’t interested in them in the first place, I probably wouldn’t have done the liner notes and I wouldn’t be writing about Riffography again now. Still, if you think that means I can’t be impartial, well, impartiality is a myth and I write about the records I feel like writing about. Get over it.

I’ll admit I didn’t think much of Borracho around the time of the Washington, D.C.-based heavy rockers’ 2011 debut, Splitting Sky (review here). I’d heard significant hype about the then-four-piece (always a turnoff) and I found the album in need of a deeper-sounding mix and an editorial impulse. Promising “Repetitive Heavy Grooves” as a slogan, it delivered, but didn’t seem to have the dynamic behind it to stave off redundancy while riding its formidable grooves. Part of my issue as well was the gruff vocal approach of guitarist Noah Greenberg, who was too far forward ahead of his and Steve Fisher‘s guitars. I mention this only to emphasize the most underappreciated and undermentioned aspect of everything Borracho have done since Splitting Sky: their growth.

Now the trio of Fisher, bassist/backing vocalist Tim Martin and drummer Mario Trubiano, they’ve never put out a release that did not showcase marked progression from the one before it, and it’s precisely that story that Riffography (on Ripple Music) is telling as it marks a decade since their first outing, a split 7″ with Adam West the featured track from which, “Rectify,” opens here in suitably raw and rudimentary fashion. Cuts from Borracho‘s three to-date LPs — Splitting Sky, 2013’s Oculus (review here) and 2016’s Atacama (review here) — aren’t featured (one exception), but the narrative arc of Borracho‘s ongoing creative development is clearly represented nonetheless across a packed-in 13 tracks and 75 minutes of weighted riffs, nodding rollout and periodically driving thrust.

Key moments of transition — most notably the departure of Greenberg from the band following Splitting Sky and Fisher taking hold of the frontman role — are depicted, and between “Rectify” and early off-album pieces like “Mob Gathering,” “Circulos Concentricos,” and “Short Ride (When it’s Over),” the collection effectively sets up a timeline that ends with the three songs from Borracho‘s portion of the first installment of Ripple‘s The Second Coming of Heavy (review here) split series — a pivotal moment of arrival in 2015 — and their latest single, “Border Crossing” (premiered here).

The very nature of a release like Riffography is such that, in order to work, it needs to be honest on the level of “warts and all.” It’s true that in the years since Splitting Sky, Borracho have built and worked hard to maintain significant momentum when it comes to their stylistic maturation, the chemistry between Fisher, Martin and Trubiano and amassing an audience. As far as narratives go, theirs is cleaner than most.

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But still, Riffography tells the story from all sides, and while largely consistent on the basic level of their sound — the band has worked over the years on multiple occasions with producer Frank “The Punisher” Marchand — these songs aren’t without their bumps and/or bruises. Of particular note is a version of “Stockpile” with Greenberg still in the lineup. That track would appear on Oculus with Fisher on vocals, but it speaks directly to that essential transition in the group and to their trying to make it work as a foursome despite their original singer moving away.

And for what it’s worth, they seem to have learned lessons from their first LP in terms of finding a balanced approach. By the time they get into “Know My Name” from their 2014 split with Boston’s Cortez (review here), however, it’s Fisher up front, getting his footing as a singer and setting in motion a process still happening in building his confidence at the mic while also holding down the fuzz riffing that has helped earn the band such wide distinction throughout their time together.

“King’s Disease” from the 2015 split with Brooklyn’s Eggnogg (review here) follows and seems to return to an earlier rawness of approach with dry-sounding vocals, drums and guitar and bass tones, but works well to emphasize the classic-style swing Borracho honed as a three-piece and the way in which their “Repetitive Heavy Grooves” learned at that point to add engaging subtleties to go along with the forward march at their core.

And while I won’t take away from Oculus at all or the role that album played in establishing Borracho as the band they are today, it was their appearance on The Second Coming of Heavy that really solidified their presence and let listeners know who they were going to be. “Fight the Prophets,” “Superego” and “Shark Tank” remain a thick, rolling and satisfying listen — an EP unto themselves — and in light of the band’s to-date high-water mark in Atacama, one can hear the jammy aspects of that record taking shape in the solo sections of “Superego” and in the first half of “Shark Tank” as a precursor to the thrust that follows later.

It would be fair enough to leave the story there, but “Border Crossing,” which is shorter at 4:10, and a cover of Scorpions‘ “Animal Magnetism” originally intended for use on an unmaterialized tribute CD cap Riffography with perhaps a look forward at how Borracho will keep combining the various personality aspects that have emerged in their sound over time. No question Atacama was their greatest triumph to this point — and well it should be — but Riffography makes its point unarguably that Borracho are not now and have never been a band to hold still in their sonic take and not push themselves forward each time out. Accordingly, I’d no more expect their next long-player to rest on Atacama‘s laurels than I expected Atacama to stay in the realm of Oculus.

Further, if one wants to examine Riffography on a meta-level, in addition to summarizing Borracho‘s first decade together, it also serves to hold the momentum until that proverbial “next album” arrives, which again, is something they’ve always done so well. It might seem like a curio or a piece for fans more than casual listeners, but in both its exclusives and its gathered inclusions, Riffography puts due emphasis on how special a band Borracho have become over the last 10 years and reminds that their evolution is ongoing. For that, it is ultimately about their future nearly as much as their past.

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Borracho Announce Riffography out Dec. 8; Premiere “Border Crossing”

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

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By way of a confession, I wrote the liner notes over the summer for the forthcoming Riffography compilation from D.C.-based heavy riffers Borracho. I’ll hope to post them here sooner or later — the writing process involved a great, hour-long conversation with the guys from the band that went all the way back to their start and wound up looking ahead to their plans beyond their most recent long-player, last year’s excellent Atacama (review here), and it was a real thrill to get their perspective on their growth and the core relationship they share as friends and players and how the two interact to make them who they’ve become musically over time. I was honored to be asked to be a part of the project.

Point is, that while I’ve known about Riffography for a while, I’m still really glad to see it’s coming out. The release — through Ripple, out Dec. 8 — follows a timeline narrative of studio outtakes, 7″ off-album tracks and things like that to add to and flesh out the story of Borracho‘s growth as told by their proper LPs, and though it’s different recordings from different times throughout their years together, you get a sense of what’s been at their root all along and, of course, how they’ve grown around that.

Of course, some of the material on Riffography has been out there already for public consumption, but today, I’m thrilled to host the premiere of the previously unreleased “Border Crossing,” which was originally recorded to be part of Borracho‘s portion in Ripple‘s The Second Coming of Heavy – Chapter One split release with Geezer but wound up not being included. Worth noting that H42 Records will also have a 7″ of “Border Crossing” out on Dec. 8, about which you can read more here.

You’ll find the song itself at the bottom of this post, after the following info on Riffography from the PR wire. Enjoy:

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BORRACHO: DC Heavyweights to Release New Album Next Month on Ripple Music

Riffography is released worldwide on 8th December 2017 on Ripple Music

Ripple Music is thrilled to announce the worldwide release of Riffography, a brand-new compendium which pulls together an entire decade’s worth of blood, sweat and rare riffs from one of Washington, DC’s heaviest rock bands, Borracho.

Ten years on from when the trio first got together (and six from the release of the band’s debut album Splitting Sky in 2011), the story of Borracho is one of change, graft, survival, and ultimately, a groove-laden style that has secured them a place at the centre of the US underground stoner rock scene. Drawing on influences that span decades, they combine soaring musicality with subterranean propulsion, encompassing the hard-driven classic rock/metal of Black Sabbath and Mountain, stoner jams of Clutch and Fu Manchu and epic progressive sensibilities of Mastodon and High on Fire.

With Riffography however, what we have in essence is a retrospective companion piece that enriches both their history and discography; with rare cuts from 2013’s follow-up, Oculus, via their inclusion on Ripple Music’s The Second Coming of Heavy series, right the way up to the release of their third album, last year’s brilliant Atacama.

While you can listen to just about any of band’s albums one into the next, those albums alone rarely tell the whole story. In between these key releases, Borracho dropped half-dozen or so limited-edition vinyl singles and split sevens, amassed an enviable collection of unreleased tracks and recorded alternate takes of their own material, with a mind to satisfy fans and collectors around the globe.

Riffography was mastered for digital release by Tony Reed at Heavy Head Recording Company in Port Orchard, WA, and is officially released worldwide on 8th December via Ripple Music. The previously unreleased track ‘Border Crossing’ was recorded and mixed by Frank Marchand in 2014 as part of the Second Coming of Heavy sessions.

Cover illustration by Andrea Nakasato, Lima, Peru – www.facebook.com/andreanakasatoarte

Tracklisting:
1. Rectify
2. Circulos Concentricos
3. Mob Gathering
4. Short Ride (When It’s Over)
5. Stockpile
6. Know the Score
7. Know My Name
8. King’s Disease
9. Fight the Prophets
10. Superego
11. Shark Tank
12. Border Crossing
13. Animal Magnetism

Borracho is:
Steve Fisher – Guitar, Vocals
Tim Martin – Bass
Mario Trubiano – Drums

http://borrachomusic.com
https://www.facebook.com/BorrachoDC/
https://borracho.bandcamp.com
http://www.ripple-music.com
https://ripplemusic.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/theripplemusic/

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