Friday, May 27, 2016

Hypnotic, heavy psych/garage 6-piece The Philistines stream full debut album on The Record Machine

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"They have a foundation of psych, garage and desert-style rock that they can shape as they please, and the control they demonstrate over that bodes remarkably well." -- The Obelisk

"The Philistines' sound is both familiar and elusive, vintage but eclectic." -- The Kansas City Star


Kansas City sextet The Philistines stream their entire full length debut today via The Obelisk (North America) and It's Psychedelic Baby (Europe). Hear The Backbone of Night, which The Obelisk says careens around "a wide swath of heavy psychedelia, garage, desert and other assorted rocks," in its entirety HERE. (Direct Soundcloud). 

Watch and share the band's energetic performance of album track "A Twitch of the Death Nerve" shot at KCPT TV in Kansas City, broadcast on 90.9 FM The Bridge via YouTube

With a barrage of spaced-out, razor-sharp guitars, a grooving rhythmic onslaught, and melodic keyboard tapestries, The Philistines take vintage ideas and form them into modern psychedelic sonic movements.

The six-piece group has made a name for itself with forceful, engaging live shows that match its provocative, bombastic rock sound. Since The Philistines' inception in late 2013, they have become one of Kansas City's most recognized bands, supporting prominent touring acts, playing prestigious music festivals (including Middle of the Map Fest, Crossroads Music Fest, and Alejandro Escovedo's SXSW Day Party), and receiving a healthy amount of accolades in the local media, all before releasing their first album.

In 2015, the band began touring throughout the Midwest and working on its debut LP with engineer/producer Paul Malinowski (of Shiner) at Massive Sound Studios. The highly anticipated album, The Backbone of Night, is available May 27th, 2016 on The Record Machine.

THE PHILISTINES LIVE:
05/27 Wichita, KS @ Kirby's
05/28 North Kansas City, MO @ Voodo Lounge
06/04 Kansas City, MO @ The Living Room - Album release party
06/23 Lawrence, KS @ Replay Lounge
07/02 Omaha, NE @ Reverb Lounge
08/25 Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room


Artist: The Philistines
Album: The Backbone of Night
Label: The Record Machine
Release Date: May 27th, 2016

01) Steep
02) 1971
03) Radiation Drive
04) A Twitch of the Death Nerve (STREAM)
05) The Accretion Disco
06) Arecibo
07) A Heart Like Candy
08) Stygia (STREAM)
09) Get Inside 











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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Slow Season premiere banging track from forthcoming album via Metal injection, on tour now through June


"The album’s fantastic, Jane’s Addiction-esque lead cut 'Y’wanna' signals new growth for Slow Season both as songwriters and recordists and these are by far their finest songs to date." -- Consequence of Sound 


Central California quartet Slow Season premiere the second single from their forthcoming new album, Westing today via Metal Injection. The banging new track "Damascus" is available to hear and share HERE. (Direct Soundcloud.)

Consequence of Sound recently launched the single "Y'Wanna", which is available to hear and share HERE. (Direct Soundcloud). 

Slow Season is currently in the midst of another headlining U.S. tour, running to late June. Please see current dates below. 

Contrary to the band's name, downtime is a rarity for Slow Season. Sandwiched between summer 2015's extensive tour with their RidingEasy labelmates Mondo Drag and Electric Citizen, plus several short west coast jaunts, the hard-working quartet also found time to hammer out its most powerful and ambitious album yet. Written, engineered, produced and mixed themselves on their own equipment, entirely on analog tape, Westing is a hard-hitting and powerful reminder of how at one time a rock 'n' roll band could be a transcendent experience.

While Slow Season's sound continues to effortlessly nod to the great bands of the 60s-70s, Westing is truly the sound of a band coming into their own. The songwriting is tight, howling and hypnotic. The sound is classic, yet refreshingly new. 

"It's a different album," says drummer and primary recording engineer Cody Tarbell. "But we never have wanted to find a particular sound or any one thing and be attached to it permanently. A big part of our records is experimenting." The Visalia, CA band -- Daniel Rice (vocals, guitar), David Kent (guitar), Hayden Doyel (bass), and Cody Tarbell (drums) --  has recorded all of their albums on reel-to-reel at Tarbell's home studio in a cornfield. This affords them the time to experiment getting sounds, while maintaining focus on the most important notion that performance is key. As with previous albums, recording was pretty immediate, tracked between January 15th and the beginning of February 2016 to 16-track tape and mixed to 2-track tape. 

Equally as ambitious as the band's self-sufficient production is the sprawling lyrical theme to the album.  Thematically picking up where the Slow Season's previous full length Mountains left off, Westing tackles some heady issues.

"Westing follows a loose narrative about our nation's loss of innocence as it explores its frontiers," vocalist Daniel Rice explains. "Re-contextualized in a story about an unnamed protagonist faced with choosing between different ideological allegiances and his own social identity." From song to song, the album follows what Rice explains as, "the unholy trinity of greed+power+violence, the injustice wrought from this, persisting in willful ignorance, and reaping what is sown." A deep conceptual arc, for sure, and one that adds further weight to the Slow Season's intensity. 

Album opener "Y'Wanna" erupts from the speakers as if the band couldn't even wait for the tape to start recording. it's a full-throttle rocker reminiscent of Zep's "Immigrant Song" with sly reference to "Four Sticks", all groove and pummel. "Flag" keeps things rolling along with its bouncing, stop-n-go guitar riff. The 6/8-time blues sway of "The Jackal" echoes early Sabbath malefic boogie, while "Saurekonig" is a cavernous and volcanic mass driven by huge drums, ringing slide guitar and ominous drone. "Damascus" is a rollicking anthem driven by Tarbell's syncopated hi-hat/snare interplay and Rice's explosive wail proving just how much of a dynamic powerhouse Slow Season has become. Throughout, Westing is a smart and snarling rocker that sounds like rock 'n' roll records should: massive, infectious and inviting repeat listens.

Westing will be available on LP, CD and download via RidingEasy Records on July 15th, 2016. Pre-orders include a free immediate download of the first two singles and are available HERE


SLOW SEASON LIVE:
05/25 Seattle, WA @ Funhouse
05/27 Boise, ID @ The Shredder
05/28 Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
05/29 Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive
05/30 Omaha, NE @ Reverb Lounge
05/31 Chicago, IL @ Double Door
06/01 Indianapolis, IN @ Bent Rail Brewing
06/02 Kent, OH @ Stone Tavern
06/03 Pittsburgh, PA @ Gooski's
06/04 Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar
06/06 Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
06/07 Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe
06/08 Cincinnati, OH @ Northside Yacht Club
06/09 Nashville, TN @ FooBAR
06/10 Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone *
06/11 New Orleans, LA @ Siberia *
06/12 Hattiesburg, MS @ The Tavern *
06/13 Shreveport, LA @ Bears *
06/14 Texarkana, TX @ Arrow Bar *
06/16 Oklahoma City, OK @ Blue Note *
06/17 Denton, TX @ Andy's
06/18 Austin, TX @ Hotel Vegas
06/19 San Antonio, TX @ The Mix
06/22 Tempe, AZ @ Yucca Taproom
06/23 San Diego, CA @ The Merrow


*w/ Dirty Streets


Artist: Slow Season
Album: Westing
Label: RidingEasy Records
Release Date: July 15th, 2016

01. Y'Wanna (STREAM)
02. Flag
03. Big City Livin' 
04. The Jackal
05. Saurekonig
06. Damascus (STREAM)
07. Miranda
08. Manifest
09. Rainmaker












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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Salem's Pot premiere track from forthcoming album on RidingEasy Records via CvltNation, Swedish mysterious psych/acid rock/garage band returns


Mysterious Swedish band Salem's Pot share a new track from their forthcoming album today in a revealing interview with CvltNation. Hear and share the new song HERE. (Direct Soundcloud.)

The swirling, intoxicating first single "Just For Kicks" was released in April and is available to hear and share HERE.

"Don't try to fight it," the band's motto implores, "Salem's Pot has come to destroy your mind." It's the same kind of winking tease employed by low budget horror films of the 70s-80s that essentially dared audiences to experience what they knew they wanted, but couldn't possibly expect.

Likewise, the new album by mysterious Swedish quintet Salem's Pot delivers truly gritty and captivating heavy rock in high contrast technicolor: a sonic equivalent of The Last House On The Left, El Topo and Blood Feast. Similar to the way such films made up for their lack of flashy, expensive effects with dim lighting and implied violence, a hallucinogenic sense of true evil lurks in the dark corners of Salem's Pot's sound. Lest we forget, the band's name itself is a pun on Stephen King's stark, modernized vampire masterpiece. 

Where previous Salem's Pot releases honed doom riffs to perfection, Pronounce This! sees the band expanding its horizons to the far corners of imagination. It's a hazy fever dream of dark, thrilling excess. It's equal parts of The Cramps' Psychedelic Jungle, Pentagram's Relentless, Roky Erickson's The Evil One and The Stooges Raw Power, as much heirs to Deep Purple as Dead Moon... metal, garage punk, acid rock and a belladonna trip gone wrong. It's not heavy metal, this is a mutant monster that cannot be tamed. 

And, perhaps as a continuation of the band's fascination with sinful lore, Salem's Pot never identifies its band members individually -- they're all completely anonymous without so much as a stagename. One of the biggest upgrades since the band's 2014 RidingEasy album ...Lurar ut dig pa prarien is the addition of second guitar, with the previous drummer giving up the throne for the strap and a new unnamed mystery man pounding the kit. Now, the band is freed to expand beyond the riff and get truly freaky. And with each new release, the vocals are way more snarling punk than the doom histrionics of their peers. 

Album opener "Tranny Takes a Trip" kicks off with a humming modular synth drone and twin guitar throb lulling beneath a cascading haze of gurgling keyboard-through-delay-loop sounds before settling in to a stomping anthem replete with NWOBHM harmonized guitar leads. The album's tone clearly set for the shadiest recesses of our minds, "Just For Kicks" swaggers in on a phaser-drenched single note guitar line that sets up a demented blues as the tuneful, yelping vocals expound on a penchant for chemical excess with direct honesty. A shortened edit of "The Vampire Strikes Back" was released as a single in late 2015, shorn down to the hook-laden rocker at the seven-and-a-half minute song's core. But here you get the track's full, sprawling glory as it staggers through a hazy, murderous leitmotif with noir-ish deliberation. "Coal Mind" is the album centerpiece at nearly 13 minutes of Hawkwind on a bad trip, drifting from space rock with an exemplary "bit of finger" to throbbing, hypnotic pulse that eventually ruptures with monolithic drop-tuned wall of guitar. "So Gone, So Dead" is a moment of respite giving nod to Gram Parsons' lysergic western swing with funereal weight. "Desire" closes the album with epic grandeur reminiscent of Roky Erickson's bleak murder ballad "Burn The Flames" supercharged with squealing and writhing guitars and thunderous drums.  

"They used to wake up on your couch, not wanting to wake up," the band's brief manifesto explains. "Desperately clinging to sin, degradation, murder and substance abuse. With nothing left inside they made an attempt to tell someone about it, and the dead chuckled merrily: 'You're not alone.'" 

Pronounce This! will be available on LP, CD and download on July 22nd via RidingEasy Records. Pre-orders for physical at RidingEasyRecs.com and download at salemspot.bandcamp.com


Artist: Salem's Pot
Album: Pronounce This! 
Label: RidingEasy Records
Release Date: July 22nd, 2016

01. Tranny Takes a Trip (STREAM)
02. Just For Kicks (STREAM)
03. The Vampire Strikes Back
04. Coal Mind
05. So Gone, So Dead
06. Desire















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Friday, May 20, 2016

Monolord announce U.S. headlining tour and forthcoming 10" EP on RidingEasy Records


Swedish trio Monolord announce their first North American headlining tour and a new 2-song 10" EP today, both coming in August. The band won many new fans last fall supporting Windhand and RidingEasy Records labelmates Danava, and now return to headline with support from Beastmaker (Rise Above Records) and Sweat Lodge (Brutal Panda). Tickets for all markets go on sale May 27th. Please see complete dates below. 

Monolord's forthcoming EP will be available August 5th on 10" vinyl and download via RidingEasy Records

Vænir, the band's widely-praised and Best Album of 2015 list topping release is available to hear and share via Soundcloud and Bandcamp

Metal Sucks hailed Monolord's Vænir as, "far and away one of my favorite doom releases of 2015 so far, possibly even of the past few years. There's just something about the way these guys construct riffs that sets them apart from the pack, and the production style they've chosen -- clear and concise, but still massively powerful and raw in tone -- perfectly underscores what they're doing."

Noisey calls it, "a sludge-doom offering with guitars like chainsaws, bringing to mind Matt Pike's epic tone on The Art of Self-Defense. The massive, ten-ton brick of a record relies on a blues groove though, and not long-stroke, droning nonsense. Heavily treated melodic vocals bring to mind Ozzy during 'Planet Caravan,' and add to the mysticism and darkness surrounding the release. This is one massive record."

"Typical of Monolord," says Consequence of Sound, "the vocals are dreamy and ethereal, only here they're placed up front, with the chorus even touting a catchy melodic hook. It's a truly modern sound: recognizably doom, but with the glistening production values of Sigur Ros and adventurous songcraft of Rush."


MONOLORD LIVE:
08/05 Seattle, WA @ Barbosa at Neumos *
08/06 Bellingham, WA @ The Shakedown *
08/08 San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel *
08/09 Los Angeles, CA @ Viper Room *
08/11 San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar *
0812  Phoenix, AZ @ Rogue *
08/13 Albuquerque, NM @ Launch Pad *
08/15 Dallas, TX @ Rail Club *
08/16 Austin, TX @ Sidewinder *
08/17 Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall *
08/18 San Antonio, TX @ Korova *
08/19 New Orleans, LA @ Siberia *
08/20 Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum *
08/21 Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Kreepy Tiki *
08/22 Orlando, FL @ Will's Pub *
08/23 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade *
08/24 Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry *
08/26 Baltimore, MD @ Windup Space *
08/27 Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus *
08/28 Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage *
08/30 Boston, MA @ Great Scott *
09/01 Toronto, ON @ Coalition *
09/02 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop *
09/03 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle Festival *
09/04 Minneapolis, MN @ The Cabooze *
09/05 Omaha, NE @ Lookout Lounge *
09/06 Denver, CO @ Lost Lake *
09/07 Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Bar *
09/08 Sacramento, CA @ Starlite Lounge *
09/09 Portland, OR @ Ash St. Saloon *
09/10 Vancouver, BC @ Astoria *

* w/ Beastmaker, Sweat Lodge



Artist: Monolord
Album: Vænir
Label: RidingEasy Records
Release Date: April 28th, 2015

01. Cursing The One
02. We Will Burn
03. Nuclear Death
04. Died a Million Times
05. The Cosmic Silence
06. Vaenir











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SELF Group announces Yardsss & Wrtch package tour, Portland melodic drone maximalists + experimental performance sound/visual artist

"Soaring drone noise and melody as cacophony reminiscent of late-80s/early-90s SWANS, Emeralds and Popul Vuh." -- New Noise Magazine

"A weird mix of Swans, post-rock, and orchestral music. It's not nearly as harsh or abrasive as No Wave or other experimental noise or drone projects, but it definitely has elements from those genres." -- Heavy Blog Is Heavy



SELF Group labelmates Yardsss and Wrtch announce a package tour beginning May 29th in Portland, OR. Yardsss is the ethereal music brainchild of Southerly and Sndtrkr leader Krist Krueger, who will be supporting their recently released Granfalloons album. Wrtch is the work of experimental audio/visual performance artist Ambrosia Bartosekulva who will be previewing her forthcoming Sympathy For The Creator album due n the label this fall. Please see dates below. 

Yardsss' Granfalloons 5-track piece is the second in a three part Kurt Vonnegut inspired series following the critically acclaimed Foma, which also became a short film of the same name. Hear and share the full album via Soundcloud / Bandcamp

Granfalloons is performed mostly by Krueger with fellow Southerly member Eli, joined by Sarah Saturday of Gardening, Not Architecture on guest vocals.

Yardsss is the experimental embodiment of recording artist and SELF Group founder Krist Krueger's sonic landscape. Krueger is best known for his work with Southerly, whose 2007 debut Storyteller and the Gossip Columnist was met to national critical acclaim. His label, SELF Group, began a major relaunching in late 2015, with new releases in 2016 from Southerly, King Who, C^VES, Scriptures and more. 

Wrtch's Bartosekulva is a multidisciplinary visual artist and musician whose soundscapes become a rabbit hole of hidden meaning. On the upcoming tour, Wrtch will be visualizing their biological body during performance -- using a pulse monitor and data processing to create projected visuals while performing solo vocal and narrative soundscapess. By connecting the biological state of creation to the metaphysical state they enter during, they hope to more fully understand the body’s purpose and function in the actualization of selfhood.



YARDSSS / WRTCH TOUR:
05/31 Oakland, CA @ Night Light
06/01 San Francisco, CA @ Honey Hive (all ages)
06/04 Los Angeles, CA @ Coaxial (all ages)
06/05 Tucson, AZ @ Sky Bar
06/06 El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
06/07 Santa Fe, NM @ Ghost (all ages)
06/08 Albuquerque, NM @ Tannex (all ages)
06/09 Denver, CO @ Lion's Lair
06/10 Salt Lake City, UT @ Albatross Recordings
06/12 Spokane, WA @ The Observatory
06/13 Seattle, WA @ Office Space (all ages)


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Philistines share new track from upcoming album. Hypnotic, heavy drone-psych 6-piece on The Record Machine


 "The Philistines' sound is both familiar and elusive, vintage but eclectic." -- The Kansas City Star

Kansas City sextet The Philistines premiere a new track from their forthcoming full length debut today via Northern Transmissions. The site's featured Song of The Day, "Stygia" is available to hear and share HERE. (Direct Soundcloud.) 

The Philistines previously shared the song "A Twitch of the Death Nerve", which is available to hear and share on Soundcloud HERE.

With a barrage of spaced-out, razor-sharp guitars, a grooving rhythmic onslaught, and melodic keyboard tapestries, The Philistines take vintage ideas and form them into modern psychedelic sonic movements.

The six-piece group has made a name for itself with forceful, engaging live shows that match its provocative, bombastic rock sound. Since The Philistines' inception in late 2013, they have become one of Kansas City's most recognized bands, supporting prominent touring acts, playing prestigious music festivals (including Middle of the Map Fest, Crossroads Music Fest, and Alejandro Escovedo's SXSW Day Party), and receiving a healthy amount of accolades in the local media, all before releasing their first album.

In 2015, the band began touring throughout the Midwest and working on its debut LP with engineer/producer Paul Malinowski (of Shiner) at Massive Sound Studios. The highly anticipated album, The Backbone of Night, will be released on The Record Machine on May 27th, 2016.

THE PHILISTINES LIVE:
05/27 Wichita, KS @ Kirby's
05/28 North Kansas City, MO @ Voodo Lounge
06/04 Kansas City, MO @ The Living Room - Album release party
06/23 Lawrence, KS @ Replay Lounge
07/02 Omaha, NE @ Reverb Lounge
08/25 Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room


Artist: The Philistines
Album: The Backbone of Night
Label: The Record Machine
Release Date: May 27th, 2016

01) Steep
02) 1971
03) Radiation Drive
04) A Twitch of the Death Nerve (STREAM)
05) The Accretion Disco
06) Arecibo
07) A Heart Like Candy
08) Stygia (STREAM)
09) Get Inside 











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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

RidingEasy Records announce new signees SVVAMP, share first new track


Southern California label RidingEasy Records proudly announces the signing today of Swedish trio Svvamp to the roster. Hear and share the first track from the band's forthcoming self-titled debut, "Burning Down" via YouTube.

Swedish trio Svvamp is the real deal. Countless bands today strive to sound genuine -- whether faking their way through a ProTools pastiche of carefully assembled takes, painstakingly tarnishing tracks to give them a “live feel” or simply copying the style of their favorite band. And, usually, their posturing is entirely transparent. 

Every once in a while though, you find a band without self-conscious pretense that truly echoes the mood and vibe of an era when the rulebooks were burned with the draft cards and the act of playing rock’n’roll was simultaneously defiant and inherently casual. Svvamp is just that type of primordial beauty captured on a perfect 11-song debut. 

Svvamp was created by three friends - Adam Johansson, Henrik Bjorklund and Erik Stahlgren - drawn together for the sake of jamming and a love of rock, folk and blues. Their resulting heavy psych sound is immediately gripping in its homespun feel and hints of Cream, Eric Bell-era Thin Lizzy, CCR and Crazy Horse.

“Our first recordings were made on a 4-channel cassette PortaPro (with microphones that we found lying around) and were really crude, recorded live to cassette,” the band explains. “We grew fond of that live feel and demo takes started to sound like finished songs. Over time, with almost everything made live in our rehearsal room, it became a full album.” 

“Serpent in the Sky” kicks things off with a syncopated bluesy riff romp, while “Burning Down” echoes the stomping freeform feel of the New Yardbirds’ “How Many More Times.” Once things settle in to the laid back shuffle of “Free At Last”, Svvamp really finds its groove and lets loose like Axis: Bold As Love Jimi Hendrix. “Time” sounds almost like Ziggy Stardust era Bowie with a boogie swagger and cheeky vocals. “Set My Foot and Leave” sounds as earnest and unpretentious as The Faces (and at times like Rod Stewart’s “Maggie May”, without all that shaggy, smug Rodness). Elsewhere, “Blue In the Face” slips into a heavy groove while “Oh, Girl” bashes out stop ’n’ go riffs with the Marshall stack dramatics of Blue Cheer. Chiming mandolin and acoustic guitars lead the charming closing anthem, “Down By The River" (not the Neil Young song).

Svvamp will be available everywhere on LP, CD and download late August 2016 via RidingEasy Records