Label: Sargent House
Release Date: August 20, 2013
02. Monday Night
05. Coin Toss (STREAM)
06. Books On Tape
07. Kissing Bridge (STREAM)
08. Sixty Seven
"Punishing, pummeling riff-rock that splits the difference between Queens of the Stone Age and Black Sabbath. Better yet, singer Harriet Bevan can growl and howl with the best of 'em, but she also packs a wicked riot-grrrl shout." -- SPIN
Britain's young new heavy rock heroes Black Moth announce the North American release of the band's breakout UK debut coming in October. The first track from The Killing Jar premieres today courtesy of SPIN.com. LIsten to "The Articulate Dead" HERE. (Direct Soundcloud link HERE.)
The Leeds, UK quintet led by Harriet Bevan's powerful vocals evokes comparisons to female-fronted noise punk like Silverfish and Made Out of Babies to classic bluesy doom of early Black Sabbath. Theirs is a sound that encompasses a wide variety of all things loud, aggressive and heavy. The Killing Jar was produced by Grinderman and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds drummer Jim Sclavunos, whose production of The Horrors, Gogol Bordello and others have earned considerable praise. ”Black Moth reminds me of my misspent youth,” says Sclavunos. And, judging by the all out assault that he’s crafted with the Moth, he must have been a very bad boy indeed.
In the months since upstart label New Heavy Sounds released the Leeds' quintet's debut, Black Moth quickly catapulted to headlining status and festival stages throughout the UK and Europe -- including Reading Festival, Download and Leeds Festivals. While the band is already currently in the studio working on a second album -- again with Sclavunos at the helm -- North American tour dates are in the works for early 2014.
Black Moth are five kids on a mission. Harriet Bevan - vocals, Jim Swainston - guitar, Nico Carew - guitar, Dave Vachon - bass, and drummer Dom McCready. Formed out of the ashes of Leeds garage rockers The Bacchae, the band were seduced by the brutal and hypnotic lure of the riff, to emerge as the ferocious kick-ass heavy rock outfit that is Black Moth. Now their debut album The Killing Jar a dark and intense riff monster if ever there was one, is set loose growling and snarling into your local record emporium.
The Moth’s fearsome edges have been honed into lobotomizing sharp points to create 10 tracks of nail-you-to-the-wall heavy riffs, dark noise and infectious hooks. The band's influences are obviously ingrained in their sound. Think proto-metal, stoner rock, a healthy slice of Black Sabbath, several shades of punk, and a big dollop of doom. The riffs are crushing, the sound is huge and it's all knitted together by Harriet Bevan's formidable vocals. From blues howl to punky wail and several shades of darkness in-between, Harriet is surely destined to become one of the girl singers in rock.
But what's really startling is how the band take all the music that they obviously love and turn it into something that is truly their own, prime rock nuggets with a razorblade at the core. The Killing Jar is the epitome of what all debut albums should be: an exhilarating statement of intent and smart and savvy musical kick in the face.
The Killing Jar will be available in North America on CD, download and limited edition vinyl on October 1st via New Heavy Sounds.
Artist: Black Moth
Album: The Killing Jar
Label: New Heavy Sounds
Release Date: October 1st, 2013
01. The Articulate Dead (STREAM)
02. Blackbirds Fall (VIDEO)
03. Banished But Blameless
04. Spit Out Your Teeth
05. The Plague of Our Age
06. Chicken Sh*t
07. Blind Faith
08. Plastic Blaze
09. Land of The Sky
10. Honey Lung
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Portland, OR noise rock trio Big Black Cloud debut the first video from their new album today via Brooklyn Vegan. The clip for the track "Bomb My Brain" is available to watch HERE. (Direct YouTube HERE.)
Big Black Cloud also recently offered a stream of the album in its entirety via SPIN.com. Listen to the album, Black Friday HERE.
The album, Black Friday was released on July 2nd on LP and download via purveyors of "heavy vibrations" Eolian Empire.
Since fleeing the swampy south for the dank Pacific Northwest almost a decade ago, the furious avant punks have been honing their peerless amalgam of garage, noise rock, psych and genuine weirdness into an ever-sharper set of sticky shivs to get under your skin and turn your brains all inside out. Black Friday is a slithery sci-fi nightmare, all twists and turns and bunsen burns, fuzzed-out unhinged fun.
Big Black Cloud began in 2005 as a four-piece (with the longer moniker Here Comes a Big Black Cloud) that over time grew larger and freakier, but in 2010 turned power trio, their experimentation and extravangances distilled into a crack-shot, whip-smart combo. Their full-length debut, Dark Age, was "an absolutely thrilling listen" (Built On A Weak Spot), "a fantastically frenetic, dark, psychedelic garage rock record" (Permanent Records), "a huge, swirling mess of garage, punk, noise, psych, howls, and yelps" (Maximum Rocknroll), followed in 2011 by the Sh*tty Vibrations cassette EP, "a real game changer" (Terminal Boredom).
But it seems Big Black Cloud moved out of the garage and into a secret cavern laboratory for Black Friday, their two-year labor of loathe. Clearly not content to let everyone catch up, they've pushed further out into the uncharted wild: more primal, more visceral, and a whole lot more menacing. Guitars clang, buzz, and slide, gooey bass relentlessly lopes and bombs, with drums all over the place yet somehow right where they need to be. Everything taken together gives the distinct sense that these three may go completely off the rails at any time, a feeling reinforced by the traded howls and wails of a man and woman who are quite fed up with all the bullsh*t but just can't seem to let it go, even as it drags them over the edge. Ah, but don't think that lets you off the hook... because they will get their hooks in you and drag you with them.
Big Black Cloud is from Portland, Oregon, and comprises guitarist/vocalist Nick Capello, bassist/vocalist Soo Koelbli, and drummer Travis Wainwright. Big Black Cloud has released two 7-inches, a 10-inch, a 12-inch LP (Dark Age), and the Sh*tty Vibrations cassette prior to Black Friday, their first release for Portland outsider label Eolian Empire. We think Big Black Cloud sounds a bit like Circus Lupus and Pere Ubu, or maybe a Royal Trux more speed-freaked than junked-out, sprinkled with some Brainiac-ish moments and a big ol' dose of Cows-like abandon, but it seems they've never heard-or even heard of-those bands. Go figure.
Black Friday kicks off with what sounds like a flying saucer landing and shouts of "No future!" and ends in a cacophony of scrambled surf leads, portents of the insanity to follow. The whacked-out ditty "Bomb My Brain" will bomb yours with its discordant hooks and "Won't you bomb my brain?" call to arms. Then there's the bouncing, insistent, noise-rocker "Wastoids" ("Tell me why?!"), the high-speed joyride gone scary sour "Pile of Sh*t", and the creature-feature operetta "Human Host" (and many more!). It all adds up to one hell of a fucked-up journey through a fantastic land filled with scrum, scree, squawks, and very strange things that go bump in the night. But you'll be happy you got dragged along-even if you're a bit worse for wear-because you'll have made it through and lived to tell about it.
BIG BLACK CLOUD LIVE:09/07 Portland, OR @ East End (w/ Rabbits)
Artist: Big Black Cloud
Album: Black Friday
Label: Eolian Empire
Release Date: July 2nd, 2013
01) Cities of the Red Night (MP3)
02) Terror of Cosmic Loneliness
03) Bomb My Brain (VIDEO)
04) Barbaric, Mystical, Bored
06) Black Friday
07) Pile of Shit
08) Hate Myself
09) Gettin' Heavy In the Jungle
10) Human Host
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Artist: Feuding Fathers
Album: Kid Tested, Father Approved
Label: Feuding Fathers Records
Release Date: August 13th, 2013
01) Brass Knucks (MP3)
02) Girl Pushups
03) Pre Med
04) Banging Out
05) Don't Bro Me If You Don't Know Me
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"Tera Melos' most accessible work by a large margin" -- Pitchfork
"X'ed Out is chock-full of great ideas and impressive executions -- an interlocking pile of barbs and briars and jigsaw pieces that all manage to vibrate at just the right frequency." -- SPIN
Tera Melos also recently premiered a new video from their latest album, X'ed Out via SPIN.com. Watch the clip for "Weird Circles" HERE (YouTube HERE), directed by Behn Fannin.
X'ed Out is available everywhere as of April 16th, 2013 on LP, CD and download via Sargent House.
TERA MELOS LIVE:Sept 07 - Sacramento, CA @ Launch Festival
MINUS THE BEAR // TERA MELOS // THE NEW TRUST Tour:Sept 09 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
Sept 10 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre
Sept 11 - Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern
Sept 13 - Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
Sept 14 - Santa Fe, NM @ Railway
Sept 16 - Austin, TX @ Emo's East
Sept 17 - Houston, TX @ House of Blues
Sept 18 - New Orleans, LA @ Tipitina's
Sept 19 - Dallas, TX @ Granada Theatre
Sept 20 - Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre
Sept 22 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
Sept 24 - Pomona, CA @ The Glass House
TERA MELOS // ZORCH Tour:Oct 15 - Boise, ID @ The Crux
Oct 17 - Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
Oct 19 - Columbia, MO @ MOJO
Oct 20 - St. Louis, MO @ The Demo
Oct 22 - Columbus, OH @ The Basement
Oct 23 - Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
Oct 24 - Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig
Oct 25 - Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
Oct 26 - Buffalo, NY @ Tralf *
Oct 27 - Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt *
Oct 29 - Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street *
Oct 30 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom *
Oct 31 - Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall *
Nov 01 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church *
Nov 02 - Washington DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel *
Nov 03 - Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
Nov 05 - Charlotte, NC @ Visulite Theatre
Nov 06 - Asheville, NC @ Isis Music Hall
Nov 07 - Athens, GA @ New Earth Music Hall
Nov 08 - Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree
Nov 13 - Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
Nov 17 - Santa Cruz, CA @ The Crepe Place
Nov 20 - Spokane, WA @ The Center
Nov 21 - Bellingham, WA @ The Shakedown
Nov 22 - Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall
* w/ Fang Island
Artist: Tera Melos
Album: X'ed Out
Label: Sargent House
Release Date: April 16, 2013
01. Weird Circles (VIDEO)
02. New Chlorine
04. Snake Lake
05. Sunburn (MP3)
06. Melody Nine
07. No Phase
10. Until Lufthansa
11. Surf Nazis
12. X'ed Out and Tired
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