Friday, July 20, 2018

Jody Seabody & The Whirls drop aggro psychedelic punk-doom track, album art by Winston Smith (Dead Kennedys) on Artificial Head Recs


"A remarkably brilliant album which may just enter itself as a late runner in the album of the year lists."  --Echoes & Dust

"Jody Seabody & The Whirls mix and match musical genres with an eclectic elegance and seamless confidence." -- PopMatters

"Strikes a satisfying symmetry between pensive and punishing." -- Big Takeover

"A band whose sound is hard to pin down, yet that seems to be what makes them so appealing." -- Houston Press 

Houston quartet Jody Seabody & The Whirls share the first track from their forthcoming third album Hawksamillion today via PopMatters. Hear and share "All Gone White" HERE. (Soundcloud and Bandcamp.) 

Jody Seabody and The Whirls has long been as difficult to define as its mysterious moniker -- of which there is no Jody Seabody nor a group of Whirls among them. However, the Houston quartet's forthcoming third album Hawksamillion seems an effort, at least, for the band to define itself. 

Whereas the band's 2015 sophomore album Holographic Slammer dabbled in psychedelia, garage-prog, proto-punk and neo-grunge with manic bouts of aggression, their new album is pure, refined bile and vitriol. The band had hinted at the sound to come on the last 3 tracks of their previous album, but even those hadn't hit the extent of urgent fury evidenced throughout the 8 incendiary songs of Hawksamillion. With cover art by legendary Dead Kennedys/Alternative Tentacles collage artist Winston Smith, a sharp 180-degree turn from the work of Dutch '60s psychedelic artist Marijke (Cream, Apple Records, Procol Harum, The Hollies) even the album art is like a line drawn in the sand.

Just like the Bad Brains going from jazz-funk to inventing hardcore punk and onward, JS&TW have the musical chops to pull off any sound that takes their interest. Album opener "Ultra Defiant" starts off like a doom-inflected version of the aforementioned legends before jostling into a breakneck metalpunk storm with an ever-morphing riff and throat-searing vocals. "Malignant Terror" bursts out incisively decimating everyone in under 2 minutes, with the last 40 seconds dedicated to an instrumental jam. "Terror TV" shows the band's melodic and acrobatic skills with blistering guitar work and multiple vocalists overlapping one another. Elsewhere, "Grenade Green" is the album centerpiece at nearly 7 minutes long, flitting between old fashioned punk rock and Kill 'Em All-era thrash that may embody the fury of Hawksamillion best. Throughout, the level of intensity and anger is relentless, but not at the expense of the music. 

Somewhere over the past two years, the people and society that the band members loved and trusted have betrayed them. This album is a response to that betrayal of the promise of a better life and the "good times" of rock and roll. These are ugly, bitter days, and these guys are watching, like a hawk. 

Hawksamillion will be available on LP and download on August 24th, 2018 via Artificial Head Records. Pre-orders are available HERE.

JODY SEABODY & THE WHIRLS TOUR:
08/17 Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
08/18 Norman, OK @ Red Brick Bar
08/19 Tulsa, OK @ The Soundpony
08/20 Wichita, KS @ Kirby's
08/21 Topeka, KS @ Boobie Trap Bar
08/22 Lincoln, NE @ 1867 Bar
08/23 Lawrence, KS @ Gaslight Gardens
08/24 Columbia, MO @ Cafe Berlin
08/25 Hot Springs, AR @ Maxine’s Live
08/27 Denton, TX @ Killer’s Tacos
08/29 San Marcos, TX @ Valentino’s
08/30 Austin, TX @ Dozen Street
08/31 San Antonio, TX @ Bexar Pub
09/01 Bryan, TX @ Revolution



Artist: Jody Seabody & The Whirls
Album: Hawksamillion
Label: Artificial Head Records
Release date: August 24th, 2018

01) Ultra Defiant
02) Malignant Terror
03) Terror TV
04) All Gone White
05) Making Demons
06) Grenade Green
07) Nightmares
08) Violent Tantrums













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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Evil Triplet (Heavy psych by Austin punk pioneer ex-Terminal Mind) stream album via Brooklyn Vegan


"Evil Triplet have the psychedelic factor turned up to 11. You might just have an out of body trip through whatever space-time wormhole they were spawned from." -- Cvlt Nation

"Evil Triplet's laissez-faire, anything can happen attitude works really well. There's no pretense or chest thumping, just an enjoyable fuzzed out ride." -- The Sludgelord

"The band's power space rock punches all the right buttons: distortion, winding melodies, propulsive rhythms, astronautical lyrics, whooshing electronics - even the occasional Middle Eastern lift." -- Austin Chronicle


Austin trio Evil Triplet are streaming their entire forthcoming sophomore album Have A Nice Trip ahead of release today via Brooklyn Vegan. Hear and share Have A Nice Trip HERE. (Direct Soundcloud.)

PopMatters recently shared "Space Kitten" HERE. And, Ghost Cult Magazine hosted the rocker "Pyramid Eye" HERE

Evil Triplet is a heavy psych trio from Austin, TX. The space rock behemoth is comprised of Steve Marsh (guitar and vocals), Kirk Laktas (drums), and Joe Volpi (bass).

Marsh traces back to Terminal Mind, a seminal band in the Austin punk scene of the late 70s that spawned The Big Boys and The Dicks (Super Secret offshoot Sonic Surgery Records will be reissuing Terminal Mind's original recorded output, plus unreleased studio and live tracks, later in 2017). He then led Miracle Room, a psychedelic industrial hoedown that shared stages with Snakefinger, Butthole Surfers, Scratch Acid, Negativland, and Sonny Sharrock, among others, and morphed into Wisdom Tooth, which released a CD on Knitting Factory's imprint.

Kirk is the keyboard wizard in post-rock bands My Education and Cinders, and was an early member of Stars Of The Lid. He has worked sessions with Acid Mothers Temple, Shearwater, Pauline Oliveros and ST37.

Mr Volpi toured and recorded with Primordial Undermind, as well as lending his chops to countless other Austin bands, including The Flood and Reverend Glasseye. He also performs a dark acoustic song cycle solo as Kaiser Soze, and plays standup bass in Cinders.

While not a double LP this time, Trip was also recorded at Sonic Ranch Studios in West Texas, produced by Rob Halverson and Steve Marsh, engineered by Charles Godfrey, mixed at Halversonics Recording in Austin, and mastered by Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering Service.

The songs on this album continue in the lysergic direction of the previous record, dealing with a world view that is decidedly psychedelic, while simultaneously growing in terms of song craft and also somehow gaining a more aggressive, explosive edge. The topics explored in the songs veer occasionally toward the interpersonal, albeit from a quizzical perspective ("Space Kitten", "Aren't You Experienced?") or a tortured one ("Open Heart", "Apparition"). "A Day Like Any Other" is surely about a day that was anything but ordinary, and "Pyramid Eye" takes on the disturbing image at the core of the Great Seal of the United States.

Once again, the group has attempted to use the studio to its full potential, adding mellotron, keyboards and swirling synths and electronics. While the overall trend is punchier, there are still the blissful space-outs. They even manage to use the time tested approach of turning the 24 track tape over and recording guitars backwards against the existing rhythm tracks, a la Hendrix.

Even the cover art is a trip, with the front cover deriving from a photo Marsh took of a paint drip in the corner of Rob Halverson's studio. The image was reminiscent of a falling human, which led to the album title.

Have A Nice Trip will be distributed by Revolver USA, available in 180g vinyl and CD at record stores or by mail order from Super Secret Records, and in digital formats on July 20th, 2018.


Artist: Evil Triplet
Album: Have A Nice Trip
Label: Super Secret Records
Release date: July 20th, 2018

01) Space Kitten
02) A Day Like Any Other
03) Aren't You Experienced?
04) Open Heart
05) Pyramid Eye
06) Apparition

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Minimalist songwriter Victor Lovlorne streams album before release, dark songs using just voice and analog synthesizer


Self Sabotage Records proudly presents the self-titled debut of Austin, TX minimalist songwriter Victor Lovlorne, sharing the full album stream today ahead of release via Soundcloud, and hosted by GhettoBlaster Magazine and New Noise Magazine

Victor Lovlorne is fascinated by the beauty that can be found in the dark: the slow speed of night, the long silences between sounds, the heightened loneliness, the sense of loss, the fear of unforeseen terrors that reminds us of the blood-and-flesh animals we are. To Lovlorne, all the modernity we've built turns into a sparse repetitive landscape in the dark, and we return to being the beasts we've always been since humans existed, calling out for love as animals do, singing simple songs of inevitable despair.

With just his voice and a Korg Volca Keys, the self-titled album is the essence of minimalist dark wave: bleak yet warm & romantic. Recorded at Mexico City's Estudio 13 and mixed in Austin TX, the album includes a duet, "Sangre," with Marcela Viejo (formerly part of iconic Mexico indie rock band Quiero Club), who also contributes backing vocals throughout the album.

FFO/RIYL: Leonard Cohen; Alex Cameron; Arca; Moonface; Timber Timbre; Grouper; Jenny Hval

Victor Lovlorne: vocals, analog sequencer
Marcela Viejo: vocals

Recorded at Estudio 13 (Mexico City, Mexico).
Mixed by Chico Jones at MicroMega Studio (Austin TX).
Mastered by Greg Obis at Chicago Mastering Service (Chicago IL).
album art by Conor Q. Walker

photography by JXN ART (Jackson Montgomery Schwartz)


Artist: Victor Lovlorne
Album: Victor Lovlorne
Record Label: Self Sabotage Records
Release Date: July 20, 2018

01. A Cloud of You And Me
02. What's Left of You
03. Your Shadow
04. Sangre
05. Don't
06. Hideous Monster
07. Sound From the Throat
08. The Smell of Our Graves
09. Shining












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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Electric Citizen share new track from forthcoming album Helltown via The Obelisk

"Going from one riff-filled masterpiece to the next, Electric Citizen go well beyond anything that they accomplished with 2014's Sateen. The band is coming into their own, and they know it." -- Metal Injection

"I like the fact that, four years and three records into their tenure as a band, I have no idea what to expect from them next. Other than songwriting. Helltown very much seems to be marking a new level for Electric Citizen, and they emerge stronger than ever and at their most vital." -- The Obelisk

"With songs this good, they deserve to blow up." -- Consequence of Sound


Electric Citizen share a new track from their forthcoming third album Helltown (RidingEasy Records) today via The Obelisk. Hear and share "Lunch" HERE. (Direct YouTube.)

Metal Injection recently hosted lead single "Hide It In The Night" HERE. (Direct YouTube.)

The band also recently announced North American tour dates supporting heavy psych favorites Monster Magnet this Fall. Please see complete dates below. 

Helltown, the forthcoming third album by Electric Citizen is, in many ways, a homecoming. 

While the title may seem fittingly metal (if not exceedingly so), it actually has real relevance. Helltown (all one word), while also multidimensional, is named after the Cincinnati, OH neighborhood in which the band lives, practices, and where the album was written, recorded and mixed. Now known more prosaically as Northside, Helltown earned its name in the 1800s due to its reputation for rowdy taverns frequented by the neighborhood of factory workers and immigrants. 

Inasmuch as Helltown is an ode to the band's home and its buried past, it also represents a return to the grittier sound of their 2014 debut, Sateen. Furthermore, it marks the return of original bassist Nick Vogelpohl, who rejoins vocalist Laura Dolan, guitarist Ross Dolan and drummer Nate Wagner. It's a fun, tough, dirty rock n' roll album. 

"In many ways this album is a realignment to the first," Laura says. "We experimented a lot on the second album, some of which we learned we didn't like." Electric Citizen's 2016 album Higher Time was an expansive and somewhat cleaner effort mixed by Black Keys engineer Collin Dupuis at Easy Eye in Nashville, TN. It was a landmark moment for the band earning considerable press praise - Consequence of Sound named it in the 20 Most Anticipated Albums of 2016 with "the most breakout potential of all the young bands on this list." And, the band's endless touring since the first album earned them stints opening for acts like Pentagram, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Fu Manchu, Budos Band, Wolfmother and playing renowned festivals like Psycho Las Vegas, Psycho California and Desert Fest Belgium.

What sets Electric Citizen apart from contemporary heavy counterparts is their song writing. The band writes concise, 3-minute, heavy rock songs. While others might now be following suit, when they started, most bands of their ilk were content writing drawn-out slow doom dirges. Regardless, none can deliver quite like Electric Citizen: Laura's captivating star-power, Ross' perfect tone and riffs, Nate's pugilistic and swinging beats, glued together by Nick's gliding bass lines. 

"Heart Attack" opens the album with a furious galloping rhythm, crunching guitar with a monolithic scooped midrange tone and Laura's signature wail, double-tracked to create a haunting effect. From the first 10 seconds, you'll be headbanging ferociously, ecstatic to have Electric Citizen back, and back to basics. "Ripper" is exactly that, a shredding 3-minute ripper, "The Pawn" boasts subtle pop hooks deftly tucked into a bashing tune. "New Earth" shows why the band continues to garner high praise for Laura's dramatic vocals and the band's skill at penning bonafide songs, rather than just a collection of riffs. 

Helltown will be available on LP, CD and download on September 28th, 2018 via RidingEasy Records. Pre-orders are available HERE


ELECTRIC CITIZEN // MONSTER MAGNET TOUR 2018:
09/28  Toronto, ON @ Lee's Place
09/29  Mt. Clemens, MI @ Emerald Theatre 
10/02  Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge 
10/03  Minneapolis, MN @ Cabooze
10/05  Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
10/06  Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
10/08  Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
10/09  Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
10/10  Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
10/12  San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside
10/15  Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
10/16  San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
10/17  Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge
10/19  San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
10/20  Dallas, TX @ Canton Hall
10/21  Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
10/23  Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
10/24  Nashville, TN @ Basement East
10/26  Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
10/27  New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
10/28  Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair



Artist: Electric Citizen
Album: Helltown
Label: RidingEasy Records
Release Date: September 28th, 2018

01. Heart Attack
02. Hide It In The Night
03. Cold Blooded Blue
04. Father Time
05. Ripper
06. The Pawn
07. New Earth
08. Lunch
09. Mother’s Little Reject











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Friday, July 13, 2018

KING WHO share new single "Crying Shame" produced by The Thermals' Hutch Harris


"Inspired by dream pop and post-punk outfits from the '80s, such as Echo and the Bunnymen and The Church, mixed with a modern sensibility a la Deerhunter's more ethereal moments." -- TrebleZine

"Michael Young's vocals for King Who are breathtaking. As rich as Rufus Wainwright, his tone soars over beautiful, classic synth melodies. This five piece produce an incredibly dynamic tease of clean emotive pop. I defy you to not be blown away."-- The Deli Magazine

"Think the sweetest, catchiest elements of the early Strokes slowed down to West Coast tempos, crashing waves of percussion, keyboards and guitar lines that shimmer like the late summer sun." -- PopMatters


Portland, OR quintet King Who share a new track from their forthcoming sophomore album Giant Eye today via TrebleZine (US) HERE and Spill Magazine (Canada) HERE (Canada). Hear and share "Crying Shame" at these sites or directly via Soundcloud

PopMatters recently hosted the fittingly summery first single "Ice Cream" HERE. (Direct Soundcloud.)

King Who refines its sound on a dreamy sophomore release, Giant Eye, both rounding edges and expanding landscapes. New wave, post-punk, and dream pop rhythms seep through this bass heavy record. The vaguely dystopian lyrics and toe-tapping bite swim in echoing waves, wallowing in the reverb currents. The intoxicating 8-song album is packed with beautiful, soaring melodies and powerful rhythm-forward tunes, driven by the silky and emotive vocals of frontman Michael Young. 

Giant Eye was produced by Hutch Harris of The Thermals and recorded by Victor Nash at Destination: Universe! King Who joined the growing SELF Group label roster in 2016, releasing their debut Us Lights on LP and download in March of that year (full album stream).

Giant Eye will be available on 180-gram LP and download on August 17th, 2018 via SELF Group.

KING WHO LIVE:
08/25 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge (Album release show)




Artist: King Who
Album: Giant Eye
Label: Self Group
Release Date: August 17th, 2018

01. Learn To Swim
02. Cryin' Shame
03. Ice Cream
04. Kill Me
05. Giant Eye
06. Money
07. New Balloons
08. On and On


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Evil Triplet (Heavy psych by Austin punk pioneer ex-Terminal Mind) share first track from new album


"Evil Triplet have the psychedelic factor turned up to 11. You might just have an out of body trip through whatever space-time wormhole they were spawned from." -- Cvlt Nation

"Evil Triplet's laissez-faire, anything can happen attitude works really well. There's no pretense or chest thumping, just an enjoyable fuzzed out ride." -- The Sludgelord

"The band's power space rock punches all the right buttons: distortion, winding melodies, propulsive rhythms, astronautical lyrics, whooshing electronics - even the occasional Middle Eastern lift." -- Austin Chronicle


Austin trio Evil Triplet share the first track from their forthcoming sophomore album Have A Nice Trip on Super Secret Records today via PopMatters. Hear and share "Space Kitten" HERE. (Direct Soundcloud.)

Evil Triplet is a heavy psych trio from Austin, TX. The space rock behemoth is comprised of Steve Marsh (guitar and vocals), Kirk Laktas (drums), and Joe Volpi (bass).

Marsh traces back to Terminal Mind, a seminal band in the Austin punk scene of the late 70s that spawned The Big Boys and The Dicks (Super Secret offshoot Sonic Surgery Records will be reissuing Terminal Mind's original recorded output, plus unreleased studio and live tracks, later in 2017). He then led Miracle Room, a psychedelic industrial hoedown that shared stages with Snakefinger, Butthole Surfers, Scratch Acid, Negativland, and Sonny Sharrock, among others, and morphed into Wisdom Tooth, which released a CD on Knitting Factory's imprint.

Kirk is the keyboard wizard in post-rock bands My Education and Cinders, and was an early member of Stars Of The Lid. He has worked sessions with Acid Mothers Temple, Shearwater, Pauline Oliveros and ST37.

Mr Volpi toured and recorded with Primordial Undermind, as well as lending his chops to countless other Austin bands, including The Flood and Reverend Glasseye. He also performs a dark acoustic song cycle solo as Kaiser Soze, and plays standup bass in Cinders.

While not a double LP this time, Trip was also recorded at Sonic Ranch Studios in West Texas, produced by Rob Halverson and Steve Marsh, engineered by Charles Godfrey, mixed at Halversonics Recording in Austin, and mastered by Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering Service.

The songs on this album continue in the lysergic direction of the previous record, dealing with a world view that is decidedly psychedelic, while simultaneously growing in terms of song craft and also somehow gaining a more aggressive, explosive edge. The topics explored in the songs veer occasionally toward the interpersonal, albeit from a quizzical perspective ("Space Kitten", "Aren't You Experienced?") or a tortured one ("Open Heart", "Apparition"). "A Day Like Any Other" is surely about a day that was anything but ordinary, and "Pyramid Eye" takes on the disturbing image at the core of the Great Seal of the United States.

Once again, the group has attempted to use the studio to its full potential, adding mellotron, keyboards and swirling synths and electronics. While the overall trend is punchier, there are still the blissful space-outs. They even manage to use the time tested approach of turning the 24 track tape over and recording guitars backwards against the existing rhythm tracks, a la Hendrix.

Even the cover art is a trip, with the front cover deriving from a photo Marsh took of a paint drip in the corner of Rob Halverson's studio. The image was reminiscent of a falling human, which led to the album title.


Have A Nice Trip will be distributed by Revolver USA, available in 180g vinyl and CD at record stores or by mail order from Super Secret Records, and in digital formats on July 20th, 2018.



Artist: Evil Triplet
Album: Have A Nice Trip
Label: Super Secret Records
Release date: July 20th, 2018

01) Space Kitten
02) A Day Like Any Other
03) Aren't You Experienced?
04) Open Heart
05) Pyramid Eye
06) Apparition

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

BlackWater HolyLight share first video from RidingEasy debut, announce headlining tour dates


"Flat out it’s one of the best heavy psych debut albums you’ll hear in 2018." -- The Obelisk

"This quartet has been burning up stages all around their hometown, fueled by their abrasive blend of doom metal, psych rock, goth and a tangy soup├žon of pop music... They landed a spot on the 2018 Best New Band poll in alt-weekly Willamette Week, but could quickly take over the world." -- Paste Magazine

"They mesh elements of doom, Krautrock and atmospheric indie into one bewitching rock whole." --Classic Rock Magazine


Portland, OR quartet BlackWater HolyLight share the first video from their breakout debut album today. Watch and share "Wave of Conscience" via YouTube

BlackWater HolyLight also announce West Coast tour dates starting August 3rd. Please see current dates below. 

Their self-titled RidingEasy Records debut has received unanimous press praise and continues to grow. Brooklyn Vegan recently streamed the entire album HERE. (Direct YouTube.)

The notion of "heavy music" is continuing to expand of late, with many intrepid artists finding new ways to incorporate the power of traditional metal into new music, but without all of its trappings. Enter Portland, OR quartet BlackWater HolyLight to further swirl musical elements into a captivating hybrid of emotional intensity. Heavy psych riffs, gothic drama, folk-rock vibes, garage-sludge and soaring melodies all collide into a satisfying whole with as much contrast as the band's name itself. 

"I wanted to experiment with my own version of what felt 'heavy' both sonically and emotionally," says founder and vocalist/bassist Allison (Sunny) Faris. "I also wanted a band in which vulnerability of any form could be celebrated." BlackWater HolyLight -- Faris, guitarist/vocalist Laura Hopkins, drummer Cat Hoch and synth player Sarah Mckenna -- formed upon the breakup of Faris' longtime band and she sought a fresh start. "In my last band I was the only female in a group of 6, so I wanted to see how my song writing and vulnerability could glow taking the drivers seat and working with women."

The band's self-titled debut begins with a simple, almost grunge-like riff as a chorus of voices introduce a melodic line in call-and-response until the band kicks in, slowly building into crescendo like a lost outtake from Led Zeppelin's Houses of the Holy. Elsewhere, "Sunrise" begins with a chorus-drenched post-punk groove until a sonic boom of heavily distorted guitar skree erupts out of nowhere. Nearly as suddenly, the song returns to its lulling core, subtly building the tension until it ruptures completely in a blast of noise. Likewise, "Carry Her" establishes a dark, sparse melody and distinctly thin sounding drums not far removed from early work of The Cure. However, BlackWater HolyLight's penchant for surprise attack finds a sudden shift into a doom-like dirge, colored with eerie synth notes and pounding shards of fuzz. Throughout the album, their songs shirk traditional verse-chorus-verse structure in favor of fluid, serpentine compositions that move with commanding grace. The band expertly, yet subconsciously, incorporates hints of Chelsea Wolfe, Celebration, Captain Beefheart, The Raincoats, The Stooges, Pink Floyd, Jane's Addiction and more to form their unique brand of dark'n'heavy transcendence..

BlackWater HolyLight was recorded by Cameron Spies at Gold Brick Studios and The Greenhouse, and with Eric Crespo at Touch Tourcher Recording in Portland. The album is available on LP, CD and download, released April 6th, 2018 via RidingEasy Records on LP & CD at www.ridingeasyrecs.com and digital at blackwaterholylight.bandcamp.com.


BLACKWATER HOLYLIGHT LIVE:
08/03 Nevada City, CA @ Cooper’s
08/04 Oakland, CA @ Elbo Jack London 
08/07 Las Vegas, NV @ Bunkhouse
08/08 Los Angeles, CA @ Zebulon w/ Zig Zags
08/09 Oceanside, CA @ Pourhouse w/ Red Wizard
08/10 Fresno, CA @ Full Circle
08/11 Arcata, CA @ Alibi


Artist: BlackWater HolyLight
Album: BlackWater HolyLight
Label: RidingEasy Records
Release Date: April 6th, 2018

01. Willow
02. Wave of Conscience
03. Babies
04. Paranoia
05. Sunrise
06. Slow Hole
07. Carry Her
08. Jizz Witch













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