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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