Friday, July 21, 2017

Shooting Guns (Netflix hit 'WolfCop' soundtrack, Juno Prize nominees) share title track from forthcoming album 'Flavour Country'


"The instrumental psych-rock band knows how to choogle, burn and rip like Hawkwind thrown into the middle of a Mad Max set. That's why director Lowell Dean tapped Shooting Guns to score Wolfcop, a 2014 horror-comedy that's exactly as ridiculous/awesome as you think it is." -- NPR


Canada's award-nominated psych 6-piece Shooting Guns premiere the title track from their forthcoming third album Flavour Country today via The Obelisk. Hear and share "Flavour Country" HERE. (Bandcamp


Exclaim! recently launched the blistering track "French Safe" HERE.

Shooting Guns is known (and oft-nominated) for their film soundtrack work, but Flavour Country is more like a collection of anthems for your jettison from this universe into the multiverse. 

While they're known for heavy and saturated sounds befitting crazed horror-comedy flicks like Netflix hit WolfCop, Flavour Country features some of the band's fastest, heaviest and most visceral material to date. Yet, it also features some of the band's most atmospheric sounds as well. 

At times there are slight hints of Ennio Morricone's Spaghetti Western twang amidst the looping Meddle-era Pink Floyd heavy psych and driving drone reminiscent of Bobby Beausoleil's belladonna laced soundtrack to Kenneth Anger's Lucifer Rising. But for the most part here, Shooting Guns is out for blood, regardless of tempo. 

Album opener "Ride Free" kicks off with a blistering wall of guitars blaring and rattling out of the gate like mutant progeny to fellow Canadian biker-rock heroes Steppenwolf having duly fired all of the guns, exploded into space and returned to hunt down every last one of us. It accelerates from there: "French Safe" sounds like an unhinged battalion of musicians driving full throttle like a scene from a George Miller Road Warrior movie. Biting, lengthier tracks like "Simian Shelf" and the title track occupy the heavy end of the psychedelic spectrum, haunting the foggy moor between early, bluesy Sabbath-styled doom riffery and heavy pulse-riding kraut-rock.

Flavour Country is the first album recorded by the band themselves at their own Pre-Rock Studios in Saskatoon, SK, located in the middle of the Canadian prairies. The album title's spelling is itself a nod to the band's Great White North homeland. The album was mastered by John McBain (ex-Monster Magnet, Carlton Melton), who also mastered the band's previous RidingEasy releases. 

Shooting Guns have toured over 60,000 miles across Canada over the past 7 years but have yet to tour Internationally, which will be a big focus for them after this release. They are touring their live score to F.W. Murnau's Nosferatu across Canada throughout 2017 and also just finished scoring the soundtrack to Another WolfCop (sequel to WolfCop), which is slated for a US theatrical release in September 2017. Their sophomore LP, Brotherhood of the Ram, released in 2013 through RidingEasy Records was nominated for the 2015 JUNO Metal/Hard Album of the Year as well as the Polaris Music Prize. Their debut LP, Born To Deal in Magic: 1952-1976, was also nominated for the Polaris Music Prize in 2012.

Flavour Country will be available on LP, CD and download on August 11th, 2017 via RidingEasy Records



Artist: Shooting Guns 
Album: Flavour Country 
Label: RidingEasy Records 
Release Date: August 11, 2017

01. Ride Free
02. French Safe
03. Beltwhip Snakecharmer 
04. Vampires of Industry 
05. Flavour Country
06. Black Leather Jacket 















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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Spelljammer to reissue 'Inches From the Sun' debut via RidingEasy Records


Swedish trio Spelljammer announce the forthcoming reissue of their celebrated 2010 debut Inches From the Sun, to be released September 22nd via RidingEasy Records. This is the album's first time on vinyl, and first proper release worldwide. Hear and share Inches From the Sun via Bandcamp

RidingEasy previously released Spelljammer's 2015 album Ancient of Days, streamed in its entirety via Metal Injection HERE. (Direct Soundcloud HERE.) as well as the band's Vol. II EP earlier that same year. Decibel Magazine recently shared an insightful interview with the Stockholm based trio HERE

Inches From the Sun is a hypnotic groove-based hybrid of classic Desert Rock and rumbling European doom that launched the band to international acclaim following its release. The 4-song set will be available everywhere on LP, CD and download on September 22nd, 2017 via RidingEasy Records. Pre-orders are available now at ridingeasyrecs.com.



Artist: Spelljammer
Album: Inches From the Sun
Label: RidingEasy Records
Release Date: September 22nd, 2017

01. Mountainside
02. Witcher
03. Nine
04. Rise of the Sonic Surfer


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Monday, July 17, 2017

Suspirians (Roky Erickson band, ST37) share video from new album, launch tour next week

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"Feedback-drenched, brain-melting rock that straddles the line between the Stooges' impatient punk and Roky Erickson's heady jams." -- Clrvynt

"A roaring expedition of spellbinding psych punk." -- Austin Chronicle


Austin trio Suspirians share the first video from their sophomore album today via Northern Transmissions. Watch and share the clip for "Nocturne" HERE. (Direct YouTube.)

Suspirians hit the road next week for a midwest tour that includes a performance at Voice of the Valley Festival in West Virginia. See complete dates below. 
  
Echoes & Dust recently shared Ti Bon Ange in full HERE. (Direct Soundcloud.) She Shreds Magazine hosted "Fortune Spider" in an in-depth interview with vocalist/guitarist Marisa Pool HEREAustin Chronicle launched the album's epic centerpiece "Black Holes", also with an interview HERETiny Mix Tapes shared the entrancing "Moonwave" HERE. And, Clrvynt previously hosted "Nocturne" HERE.

The album title, Ti Bon Ange is taken from a Haitian voodoo term that translates literally to "little good angel" - the part of one's soul that holds one's individuality and personal qualities, which leaves the body when sleeping so you can dream. It's a title quite befitting of the experience listening to Ti Bon Ange, where listeners become immersed in a sound, not just casually attending to it. 

From the first notes of the album, throughout its 7-song, 40 minute duration it's clear that Suspirians aim to deconstruct rock in a way that's both psychedelic and mysterious as much as it's direct, infectious and powerful. Guitarist/vocalist Marissa Pool, bassist/keyboardist Stephanie Demopulos and drummer Lisa Cameron craft songs that shape-shift from part to part rather than follow traditional verse-chorus-verse structure. It's a wall of guitars and subtle synth layers, vocals drenched in reverb and on the brink of feedback, powerful and open drumming that allows the songs to flow like molten lava without ever sounding lethargic. Points of reference bridge a wide array of psychedelic, punk and experimental sounds: Pylon, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Sonic Youth, The Stooges first album, Frightwig, early Butthole Surfers, Roky Erickson & The Aliens, late 70s British post-punk and more. 

"We would end up getting lost in the songs together in a sort of epic fever dream," Pool says. "We did not overthink or over control anything on this record. It was all about going with the flow and following our instincts." Suspirians' self-titled debut album - with original drummer Anna Lamphear - was comparatively a more straightforward and garagey affair. Pool and Demopulos began experimenting with their sound soon after and with the addition of Cameron, they collectively found the aesthetic they were after. Cameron's extensive musical history - having played with the legendary Roky Erickson, as well as celebrated Austin psych band ST37 and other improv/noise projects - helped the band expand its vision. 

Ti Bon Ange is available on LP, CD and download as of June 9th via Super Secret Records


SUSPIRIANS LIVE:
07/23 New Orleans, LA @ Saturn Bar
07/25 Nashville, TN @ Betty’s
07/27-29 Indian Meadow, WV @ Voice of the Valley Fest
07/31 Cincinnati, OH @ Rakes End
08/01 Indianapolis, IN @ State Street Pub
08/02 Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class
08/03 Akron, OH @ Hive Mind
08/04 Columbia, MO @ Cafe Berlin
08/05 Kansas City, MO @ Blind Tiger



Artist: Suspirians
Album: Ti Bon Ange
Label: Super Secret Records
Release date: June 9th, 2017

01. Fortune Spider
02. Nocturne
03. Moonwave
04. Black Holes
05. Clean Evil
06. Scarlett Sleeps
07. Divine Spark


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Monday, July 10, 2017

Monolord shares title track from forthcoming album 'Rust', Swedish doom trio's anticipated return


"Universally beloved... Swedish doom royalty." -- Noisey

"A truly modern sound: recognizably doom, but with glistening production values and adventurous songcraft." -- Consequence of Sound 


Gothenburg, Sweden trio Monolord share the title track and details on their highly anticipated third album Rust today. The song features John Gamino (Mondo Drag) on keyboards and Trevor Church (Beastmaker) playing a guitar solo at the end of the tune. Hear and share "Rust" via YouTube and Bandcamp

Monolord is a rare breed: A band both encompassing and transcending genre; a vortex of heavy rock density that consumes all others. Their thunderous, tuneful heft has built a rabid international fanbase in short order since their 2014 debut. But Rust, the band’s third full length, truly exemplifies why some refer to them as the Nirvana of doom.

Monolord’s enveloping, syrupy sludge is a vibe, it’s a state of mind. Not riffs for riffs sake, but a collective buzzing, rattling and rumbling that’s more total environment than collection of songs. Together, guitarist/vocalist Thomas Jäger, drummer Esben Willems and bassist Mika Häkki create a massive, dynamic sound with ultra-low frequencies serving as its fourth member. 

“We've always been inspired by great band musicians - as opposed to technical solo peacocks,” Willems says. “Because that force of a band really playing together as one single unit is incomparable. At its best, it's just unstoppable.” And, Monolord is truly unstoppable, on record and on stage. “A heavy groove that contains both bombastic overkill and a lot of dynamics is what we always aim for in Monolord; in playing, in song writing and arranging, in recording,” Willems says.

Album opener “Where Death Meets the Sea” perfectly exemplifies their mastery of dynamics and hooks with a driving, infectious buzzsaw riff that lesser bands would ride off into the sunset, but Monolord uses subtly to spur the song’s skull rattling rhythmic core ever onward. Jäger’s watery vocals glide over ominously building verses that erupt with the song’s insistent refrain. Being such a tight rhythmic unit, it sounds almost like an early ZZ Top record played at half speed. “Dear Lucifer” squeals and hums with slow deliberation as Willems summons Dale Crover pummel with chasm like low-tuned toms and syncopated cymbal crashes. The album’s title track is also its centerpiece, opening with a dramatic, shimmering Hammond organ intro as Jäger sings, “you are the reason that I lied/ You are the reason that I cried/ Please don’t wait until tomorrow/ There’s only pain, hate, grief and sorrow.” Suddenly, the band kicks in with a bellowing line downtuned to B that nosedives down the guitar neck as the drums hammer down for the kill. Elsewhere, tastefully understated guitar harmonies elevate the behemoth churn of “Wormland” and apocalyptic album closer “At Niceae” simmers in a slow build of rumbling guitars and rolling drum triplets.

Monolord formed in 2013, quickly recording their 2xLP debut Empress Rising, which RidingEasy Records released in April 1st, 2014. The second album, Vænir, followed April 28th, 2015. The 2-song Lord of Suffering / Die in Haze EP was issued in late 2016 amid the band’s relentless touring schedule in order to tide fans over until the next full length. Vænir landed on countless Album of the Year lists in 2015, and Rust is poised to open an entirely new range of possibilities for Monolord. 

Rust will be available on LP, CD and download on September 29th, 2017 via RidingEasy Records. Pre-orders are available at RidingEasy and Bandcamp


Artist: Monolord
Album: Rust
Label: RidingEasy Records
Release Date: September 29th, 2017

01. Where Death Meets The Sea
02. Dear Lucifer
03. Rust
04. Wormland
05.Forgotten Lands
06. At Niceae














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Thursday, July 6, 2017

PLAX (OBN IIIs, Nosferatu, Skeleton, Glassss, Spray Paint members) share first track from upcoming debut album


"Features some of the most aesthetically pleasing and deliberate lo-fi production, evoking the urgency of proto-punk bands like The Pagans, Rocket From the Tombs, The Mad, et al, but with a 21st Century frame of mind." -- New Noise Magazine


Austin, TX punk quartet PLAX shares the first track from their forthcoming debut today via New Noise Magazine. The track “Boring Story” is culled from their upcoming full length Clean Feeling on Super Secret Records on August 11th. 

Hear and share "Boring Story" HERE. (Direct Soundcloud.)

PLAX is Victor (Skeleton, Nosferatu), Marley (OBN IIIs, Sweet Talk), Chris (Spray Paint, Dikes of Holland, When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth) and Michael (OBN IIIs, eetsFEATS). Recorded by Ian Rundell in Austin, TX.

In the summer of 2016 Michael Goodwin approached his longtime friend Chris "Anton" Stevenson and current band-mate in OBN III's Marley Jones. The subject: starting a new outsider punk band that defies all conventional expectations. The three quickly wrote 9 songs for a demo, but were still in need of a vocalist. At the time, Marley was playing drums in the ever-evolving Skeleton, formed and fronted by the Ziolkowski brothers, David and Victor. Michael and Anton approached Victor and solidified the PLAX lineup with Victor on vocals. Their first show was July 28th, 2016 at Ikee's house with New Orleans Total Punk ragers, PATSY. From here they went on to play with top tier Texas bands CROOKED BANGS, INSTITUTE and ARMY. Their sound; an evolving whirlwind of WIRE influenced post-punk to the straight pogo-punk of DAWN OF HUMANS. They toured Texas in January of 2017 and in March of 2017 Anton relocated to Melbourne and now, being a global sensation, PLAX continues to write and record songs with their original four.

Clean Feeling will be available on LP, CD and download on August 11th via Super Secret Records.



Artist: PLAX
Album: Clean Feeling
Label: Super Secret Records
Release date: August 11th, 2017

01. Boring Story
02. In A Web
03. Night Watch
04. Not For You
05. Black & White
06. Mistake
07. 1 x 1
08. A Few Years
09. What A Waste
10. Location
11. Mold


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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Watch NYC trio Blackout's insane sci-fi BBQ voodoo psychedelic video via Metal Injection

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"In a sea of newer-school heavy riffing, Blackout are managing to concoct a sound across the span of The Horse that stands them out. The songwriting and execution... feels like a landmark for them." -- The Obelisk

"If heavy distortion and filthy psych rock are up your alley, stick The Horse in your summer soundtrack rotation." -- Noisey 


NYC trio Blackout premiere the first video from their newly released album The Horse today via Metal Injection. The utterly insane video for "Graves" is like a bad acid trip sci-fi BBQ voodoo party gone totally right, available to watch and share HERE. (And, YouTube.)

Noisey shared the full album stream last week ahead of release. Listen to The Horse album HERE. (Soundcloud).

Ask any New Yorker what makes them special and they’ll all tell you something different. But there’s something very particular about a city so condensed with a vast range of humanity all facing myriad daily challenges that gives its rock music a brash, direct aggression unlike other places. Case in point, NYC trio Blackout’s take on doom and stoner rock is filled with a gritty, mechanistic heft unlike bands of their ilk from anywhere else. 

Subsumed within the greasy grooves of The Horse there are echoes of NYC heavy legends like Helmet, Cro-Mags, Judge, Prong and others -- not as intentional homage, but rather a vibe that permeates and inadvertently gives its bands a unique power that few can match. 

After a brief hiatus between the March 2015 release of their self-titled sophomore album on RidingEasy Records, Blackout has regrouped and (ahem) gotten back on The Horse for an 8-song blast of riffs that does not fuck around. 

On one fateful day in July 2016, with a handful of mushrooms and a bottle of tequila, vocalist/guitarist Christian Gordy set out to write an entire new Blackout record. Following the departure of original drummer Taryn Waldman earlier that year, the band’s fate was uncertain. But, Gordy’s writing forray resulted in a wellspring of inspiration and by happenstance he contacted drummer Adam Taylor who had just parted with his band Ghost Punch. Within two months of banging out riffs with bassist Justin Sherrell, Blackout was back in action. 

The Horse was recorded over 4 days in September 2016 at Spaceman Sound in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood, which the band describes as “a whirlwind session laced with loads of buds, Petey’s burgers and lipstick.” 

Or, described by blackout themselves: “What you have before you now is a messy plate of meat, slathered in weird sauces. A haunted steak from from Centaurus A to sink your dirty fangs into. Sit back, crack a semi cold one, maybe get some snacks... and turn this motherfucker up to 8.”

The Horse is available on LP, CD and download as of June 23rd, 2017 via RidingEasy Records



Artist: Blackout
Album: The Horse
Label: RidingEasy Records
Release Date: June 23, 2017

01. Graves
02. Let 'Em Ride
03. Roach Bites
04. Rat Spirit
05. Amnesia
06. Mean Pads
07. Holy Wood
08. The Horse













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Monday, June 19, 2017

NYC trio Blackout stream forthcoming album via Noisey, 'The Horse' adds hints of classic NYC crossover to signature doom


"In a sea of newer-school heavy riffing, Blackout are managing to concoct a sound across the span of The Horse that stands them out. The songwriting and execution... feels like a landmark for them." -- The Obelisk

"If heavy distortion and filthy psych rock are up your alley, stick The Horse in your summer soundtrack rotation." -- Noisey 


NYC trio Blackout are streaming their forthcoming album The Horse ahead of release in its entirety starting today via Noisey. Hear and share The Horse album HERE. (Soundcloud).

The Obelisk recently launched "Let 'em Ride" HERECvltNation previously hosted first single "Graves" HERE.

Ask any New Yorker what makes them special and they’ll all tell you something different. But there’s something very particular about a city so condensed with a vast range of humanity all facing myriad daily challenges that gives its rock music a brash, direct aggression unlike other places. Case in point, NYC trio Blackout’s take on doom and stoner rock is filled with a gritty, mechanistic heft unlike bands of their ilk from anywhere else. 

Subsumed within the greasy grooves of The Horse there are echoes of NYC heavy legends like Helmet, Cro-Mags, Judge, Prong and others -- not as intentional homage, but rather a vibe that permeates and inadvertently gives its bands a unique power that few can match. 

After a brief hiatus between the March 2015 release of their self-titled sophomore album on RidingEasy Records, Blackout has regrouped and (ahem) gotten back on The Horse for an 8-song blast of riffs that does not fuck around. 

On one fateful day in July 2016, with a handful of mushrooms and a bottle of tequila, vocalist/guitarist Christian Gordy set out to write an entire new Blackout record. Following the departure of original drummer Taryn Waldman earlier that year, the band’s fate was uncertain. But, Gordy’s writing forray resulted in a wellspring of inspiration and by happenstance he contacted drummer Adam Taylor who had just parted with his band Ghost Punch. Within two months of banging out riffs with bassist Justin Sherrell, Blackout was back in action. 

The Horse was recorded over 4 days in September 2016 at Spaceman Sound in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood, which the band describes as “a whirlwind session laced with loads of buds, Petey’s burgers and lipstick.” 

Or, described by blackout themselves: “What you have before you now is a messy plate of meat, slathered in weird sauces. A haunted steak from from Centaurus A to sink your dirty fangs into. Sit back, crack a semi cold one, maybe get some snacks... and turn this motherfucker up to 8.”

The Horse will be available on LP, CD and download June 23rd, 2017 via RidingEasy Records



Artist: Blackout
Album: The Horse
Label: RidingEasy Records
Release Date: June 23, 2017

01. Graves
02. Let 'Em Ride
03. Roach Bites
04. Rat Spirit
05. Amnesia
06. Mean Pads
07. Holy Wood
08. The Horse













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