Monday, October 18, 2021

SPELLJAMMER (RidingEasy Records) share new video from critically hailed album 'Abyssal Trip', #1 on Doom Charts


"Low, slow, crunchy and crushing. Crank it up as loud as your speakers will go." -- Metal Injection


"Exhibits mastery with good riffs, tone and fat-as-f*ck drumming while also claiming its own distinct space in the world of doom." -- CvltNation


A holy mountain of riffs, thunderhorse rhythms and tune-in-drop-out vibes.” — Invisible Oranges



Stockholm, Sweden trio Spelljammer share a new video from their recently released album Abyssal Trip today via Metal Injection. Watch and share "Peregrine" and 2 others HERE. (Direct YouTube HERE.)


Hear and share the full album via YouTube, Bandcamp and Spotify.


“The vastness of everything is something that I think about a lot,” says Spelljammer bassist/vocalist Niklas Olsson. And it certainly shows in both the expansive, sludgy sounds and contemplative lyrics of the Stockholm, Sweden based trio. Following a 5-year break between their previous album, Ancient of Days — perhaps fittingly spent pondering said vastness — Spelljammer is back with an album that perfectly bridges the band’s earlier desert rock leanings and their later massive, slow-burning riffs. 


Abyssal Trip (note: carefully re-read that album title) takes its moniker from the perpetually dark, cold, oxygen-free zone at the bottom of the ocean. The 6-song, 44-minute album fittingly embodies that bleak realm with rumbling, oozing guitars intercut with dramatic melodic interludes. The songs take their time to unfurl, making them even more hypnotic. Likewise, the lyrics take a poetic approach to establishing the sonic scenery.


“The lyrical themes we address, like the ultimate doom of man, and the search and longing for new and better worlds, are still there,” Olsson says. “The concept of something undiscovered out there in vast emptiness is pretty much always present.” 


The recording process for Abyssal Trip differs from previous releases in that the band — guitarist Robert Sörling, drummer Jonatan Rimsbo and Olsson — opted to capture the performances while holed up in the mental bathysphere of a house in the countryside near Stockholm. “The songs benefitted from the relaxed environment of being away from everything,” Olsson explains. Indeed, the album sounds confident and meticulously arranged, afforded by the band’s isolation. Sörling mixed the album and it was mastered by Monolord drummer Esben Willems at Berserk Audio.


Album opener “Bellwether” begins dramatically with a very slow, nearly minute-long fade in of rumbling distortion setting the stage for heavily distorted bass and guitar plucking out the lugubrious riff for another minute and a half before the drums begin, and likewise equally as long before vocals gurgle to the surface. “Lake” abruptly shifts gears, opening with an unusually fast gallop before rupturing into thundering doom that soon drops into a clean-tone Middle Eastern melodic breakdown. The title track serves as the album centerpiece, opening with ominous film dialogue about blood sacrifice that launches into pummeling, detuned guitars rumbling over gut-punching drums and howling vocals hearkening to the proto-sludge of Pink Floyd’s “The Nile Song.” The dynamic relents briefly for a slow building clean guitar melody before all instruments lock into a jerking riff topped off by a trilling Iommi style lead. Throughout, Abyssal Trip is, just like its title suggests, an epic tour through desolate zones which yields much to discover. 


Abyssal Trip is available everywhere on LP, CD and download, released on February 26th, 2021 via RidingEasy Records






Artist: Spelljammer 
Album: Abyssal Trip 

Label: RidingEasy Records

Release Date: February 26, 2021


01. Bellwether (6:38)

02. Lake (7:04)

03. Among The Holy (6:18)

04. Abyssal Trip (10:38)

05. Peregrine (2:22)

06. Silent Rift (10:09)



On The Web:

ridingeasyrecords.com

spelljammer.bandcamp.com

facebook.com/Spelljammer











Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Spoony Bard shares first single from upcoming Animal Husband EP; Bandcamp Daily: "Best Hip-Hop 2019", Paste Magazine praise

 


“One of the most fluid, inspired and downright beautiful albums of 2019. Where artists like Thundercat fully embrace the chaos of splattering genres against one another, Nord has created fusion in the most complete sense: a music whose appeal is based on finding the cohesion between various influences.” 8.8/10 — Paste Magazine


“The Best Hip-Hop on Bandcamp, April 2019: A nerd-friendly dose of refreshingly oddball hip-hop.” — Bandcamp Daily


“Ceaseless in its sonic exploration, restless in its vision and tireless in its sense of invention.” — PopMatters



NYC based producer and musician spoony bard announces a new EP Animal Husband due out next month, and today shares the lead single via New Noise Magazine. Hear and share the driving, psychedelic tune "Blue Version" HERE. (Direct Bandcamp.)


Bandcamp Daily hailed Nord's previous album Old Friends in its "Best Hip-Hop of April 2019" column HERE. Paste Magazine similarly praised the album HERE, featuring it as one of the best overlooked albums of that year. 


Taking its name from the meme-famous Final Fantasy II garbled insult, spoony bard is the result of a cultural collision as well as an honest and self-deprecating exploration of one’s life. The NYC-based hybrid of L.A. beat scene, electronic, jazz and avant-garde takes a fresh approach to musical soul-bearing with compelling sonic textures and introspective lyrics. spoony bard combines hints of Flying Lotus, Dalek, DJ Premier, Herbie Hancock, Aphex Twin and more.


spoony bard is the alter-ego of musician David Nord. Originally a jazz composer/guitarist, Nord’s equal interest in hip-hop and electronic sounds brought about an evolution in his work, leading him to merge these styles and explore the possibilities of an alternate musical vocabulary. His first two albums, Dweeb (2017) and Old Friends (2019) received a wellspring of press praise, including being twice featured PopMatters, Talkhouse and more. 


Animal Husband picks up from there like a movie sequel, where the previous happy ending has led to a host of new problems and considerations. 


“The title Animal Husband appealed to me because of its duality: I am both the wild and passionate animal AND the dutiful and domesticated husband,” Nord says. “But, in real life it's not that simple and everything overlaps. And, this isn't necessarily just about marriage, nor is it a specifically gendered thing; I think most everyone faces some internal struggle between their base self and the polished self they may feel the need to be, for whatever reason.”


The 7-song EP begins with the rollicking “Blue Version” that Nord describes as “a distillation of my adolescence…searching for 'truth' long before realizing the futility of that search.” The song begins with a 60s fuzz-drenched guitar riff, sort of a mutated version of “Come Together” that quickly morphs into a funky fuzz synth hip-hop jam as Nord paints a vivid picture of teenage life, replete with shout outs to Pavement and Pixies. The jazz-fusion influence comes on strong on the next few tracks, particularly “Lethargy/Blue Cheese,” of which Nord explains, “My whole life i've been told i'm lazy, so I chose to write a tune using a 12-tone row, the least lazy way I knew how to compose music.” Throughout, his style of rapping is so conversational and intimate, it almost sounds like it’s a man’s unguarded thoughts being telegraphed to the listener. Closer “Unsung 1s” is a call to arms for others who must endure mental illness. “It’s for those who glow in the dark,” Nord says. “People who have been through darkness and have come out the other side can serve as a beacon for others to follow. And, when it's darkest out, we're the ones who know how to navigate.” 


Animal Husband will be available everywhere for download & streaming on November 5th, 2021. Pre-orders are available via spoony-bard.bandcamp.com







Artist: spoony bard
Album: Animal Husband

Record Label:  Self-released

Release Date: November 5, 2021


01. Blue Version

02. Felis Margarita

03. Lethargy/Blue Cheese

04. Those Who Own Oceans

05. Madgod's Blessing

06. Save Point

07. Unsung 1s





















Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Zach Hill (Death Grips), Xiu Xiu, others share tracks from Zum compilation also feat. members of Amps For Christ, Acid Mothers Temple, Yellow Swans, et al.

 


Longstanding California record label Zum Audio announces the forthcoming 32-track compilation Zum Audio Vol 4 today, sharing 4 of the songs via Brooklyn Vegan. Hear and share tracks by Zach Hill (Death Grips, Hella), Xiu Xiu, Body Double and Prissy Whip HERE


Zum Audio Vol 4 surveys a cross-section of this decade’s art rock, punk, damaged electronics, and improvised music. Unconstrained by the limitation of previous CD incarnations, the thirty-plus tracks here span musicians from the US, Canada, Japan, the UK, Italy, and Australia. Curated by George Chen (KIT, Common Eider, King Eider, Chen Santa Maria), a writer and musician-turned-comedian, these international connections grew out of years touring the US and Europe as well as promoting all-ages events in the San Francisco Bay Area. 


For more details and short bios for all 32 artists, click HERE.


The wishlist for this compilation was like putting together a virtual festival, which was conveniently the only type of festivity during COVID-19. Between established legacy acts on the Zum label (Body Double, The Acharis, My Heart, an Inverted Flame, Core of the Coalman, Somnambulists, Neil Campbell), veteran associates playing in new configurations (Spaceburn, The Skin Horse, Carrom, Gabriel Saloman), and newfound discoveries (Barbican Estate, It Sound, Bavaria), one senses the continuity of expansive tastes that has defined the long-running series. 


Zum Audio Vol. 4 will be available for download & streaming via Bandcamp on November 5th, 2021. Other digital streaming platforms will have the compilation a few weeks later on November 19th. Pre-orders are available HERE






Artist: Various Artists

Album: Zum Audio Vol 4

Record Label:  Zum Audio

Release Date: November 5th, 2021


01. Alien Owl Cafe - Magick Matcha Moment
02. My Heart, an Inverted Flame - Five Felt Sevenly, Pallid and Sallow
03. Looose - It Was All Nearly Mine!
04. Kris & Tavi - Carrington Event
05. Earth Jerks - July 17th, 1959
06. The Urxed - Re-Regional
07. Prissy Whip - Not Impressed
08. The Acharis - Nothing’s Sacred
09. Body Double - Prisonous Mind
10. Watkins/Peacock - Stone Cold Stole Dub One
11. It Sound - Inbetween the Seas (Lectric Sand Dub Mix)
12. Michael Beach, Bonnie Mercer, Carla Oliver, Peter Warden - Kyneton #1
13. Barbican Estate - Abandon
14. Maskara - Dear Inertia… (#3)
15. Xiu Xiu - A Bottle of Rum (Live Radio)
16. Core of the Coalman - Incarnate Words
17. Somnambulists - Discordances
18. Spaceburn - New Growth
19. Pod Blotz - Remote Viewing Case #80787
20. Cube - Carpet ESP
21. Zach Hill - Startled Ea
22. Necking - Abyssal Joy
23. Chris Brian Taylor - Super Reverse Commuter
24. Jasmine Dreame Wagner - Three Themes from Drifts (Red Zone, Blue Ice, White Snow)
25. Father Murphy - His Face Showed No Distortions (Live at WFMU)
26. Neil Campbell - Rickety Bridge in the Rain
27. Bavaria - Nouveau Couteaux
28. Carrom - Number 4 (A.T.S.T.S.)
29. Kern Haug - to Mass
30. The Skin Horse - High Desert
31. Gabriel Saloman - Spatial Poetics
32. John Benson - Blood and Milk














'Brown Acid' series of rare/lost 60s-70s pre-metal singles issues 3rd track from upcoming 13th Trip on RidingEasy Records & Permanent Records


"So rare that diehard fuzz junkies say you'd have a better chance of winning the lottery than finding a physical 45 rpm single by one of the bands featured on their latest installment." -- Dangerous Minds


"Will do for hard rock, proto-metal and heavy psych what Nuggets did for garage rock, and bring it to a wider audience of collectors and music fans." -- The Guardian


"Mining the surprising rich reserves of heavy rock and proto-metal from the '60s and '70s, these collections have been crucial to understanding the history of a subgenre of rock that had far deeper roots than most fans realize." -- Paste Magazine




The forthcoming latest edition of the popular compilation series featuring long-lost vintage 60s-70s proto-metal and stoner rock singles, Brown Acid: The Thirteenth Trip will be released on Halloween 2021. Today, a third single, "Dark Street" a rare 1972 A-side by Ralph Williams is available on all platforms, including YouTube HERE and Bandcamp HERE


Also, "Buzzin'" by Gary Del Vecchio was recently launched via Ultimate Classic Rock HERE. Metal Injection previously shared the lead track, the 1970 release "Run Run" by Montreal hard rockers Max HERE.


The Brown Acid series is curated by L.A. label RidingEasy Records and retailer/label Permanent Records. Read interviews with the series curators via Paste Magazine HERE and LA Weekly HERE


About The Thirteenth Trip:


Max, from Montreal, QC — originally known as Dawn, before Tony Orlando & Dawn forced a name change — kick things off with “Run Run” from their lone 1970 single. It’s a hard-hitting rocker with scale climbing crunching guitars and powerful Bonham-esque drumming. Sadly, the band didn’t last long due to poor management and various other factors, so this is the only surviving document according to guitarist Gerry Markman. And what a document it is, paired with the A-side “The Flying Dutchman.”


You might remember Ralph Williams and the Wright Brothers from their track “Never Again” on Brown Acid: The Tenth Trip. Here they make their return to the series with the A-side of their 1972 Hour Glass Records 45, which sounds like Blue Cheer mangling Roy Orbison’s “Pretty Woman” (that’s right, several years before Van Halen actually did so.) Alas, Ralph and these Wright Brothers soon disappeared from terrestrial airspace. 


“Feelin’ Dead” is extremely heavy blues from this also extremely rare 1974 single by Detroit, MI’s Master Danse, which was only released as a promo 45. Think Led Zeppelin’s “Since I’ve Been Loving You” and you’re on the right track. A little dose of Hendrix acid blues and a heartfelt groove, and you’ll wonder why this single never even made it to official release. The unavoidable tell in the lyric, “help me get this damn thing out of my arm” hints at the post-Vietnam heroin epidemic as a potential clue why we never heard more from Master Danse. 


Folks, Gary Del Vecchio is “Buzzin’” hard on this one, and from what sounds like an in-studio party of yelps and chatter at the start of the song, it seems that the whole band was in on the festivities. The funky blues riff, reminiscent of Led Zeppelin’s “Heartbreaker” and rollicking rhythmic changes certainly keep the buzz a rollin’.The recording is technically credited as Gary Del Vecchio with Max, though not the same band as the one that kicks off this Trip


John Kitko’s 1973 heavy psychedelic rager “Indecision” is the only recording known to exist by the mysterious artist. The Twin Record Productions release features a different artist, Tom Poff on the B-side, which is truly a shame, considering the smoldering ashes Kitko leaves of the turntable by song’s end. It starts out more like a late 60s Acid Rock jam before leaping into a blazing double-time gallop, whipped into a frenzy by wailing, neck-pickup guitar squeals and Kitko’s barely audible howls. 


Tampa, FL’s Bacchus made their Brown Acid debut way back on the very first Trip with “Carry My Load.” This 1972 B-side, “Hope” is a huge sounding swinging rocker replete with roadhouse piano bolstering the chunky riffs and confident vocals. After relocating to Southern California a few years later, the band morphed into Fortress, an 80s melodic metal act whose Hands In The Till album of Pomp Rock on Atlantic Records still draws chatter today. 


Orchid’s “Go Big Red” is perhaps the most garage-y sounding offering here, with loose rhythms and straightforward stop-and-start riffing. Nonetheless, the stomping energy and fried-amp guitar tone make this one a charming skull thwack. The band’s 1973 single on American records, backed with a cover of Johnny Russell and Voni Morrison’s “Act Naturally” (popularized by Buck Owens and the Buckaroos) is their only release, so the world never did see this Orchid fully blossom. 


By the title alone of Dry Ice’s “Don’t Munkey with the Funky Skunky” you know you’re in for a good time. The 1974 barnstormer seems aimed to the novelty tunes crowd, with its kooky lyrics and silly-voiced spoken catchphrase break, “peeyew, you’ll be sorry if you do.” But, the Ohio band’s maniacal drumming, crunching guitars and, of course, drug euphemistic lyrics make it a shoo-in for the Brown Acid series of erudite rock’n’roll. 


Good Humore’s swaggering 1976 rocker “Detroit” is a slick and smooth paen to the Motor City. It most likely doesn’t predate “Detroit Rock City” by Kiss, also released in 1976, and it has more rock’n’roll swing, but it could fit comfortably alongside the era’s arena anthems. Not much else is known about the one-off release on P.V. Records, but songwriter Mike Moats is noted to also have been a recording engineer in later years and this well produced track sounds like a labor of love. 


About the Brown Acid series:


Some of the best thrills of the Internet music revolution is the ability to find extremely rare music with great ease. But even with such vast archives to draw from, quite a lot of great songs have gone undiscovered for nearly half a century -- particularly in genres that lacked hifalutin arty pretense. Previously, only the most extremely dedicated and passionate record collectors had the stamina and prowess to hunt down long forgotten wonders in dusty record bins -- often hoarding them in private collections, or selling at ridiculous collector's prices. Legendary compilations like Nuggets, Pebbles, ad nauseum, have exhausted the mines of early garage rock and proto-punk, keeping alive a large cross-section of underground ephemera. However, few have delved into and expertly archived the wealth of proto-metal, pre-stoner rock tracks collected on

Brown Acid. 


Lance Barresi, co-owner of L.A.-based Permanent Records and the Permanent Records Roadhouse has shown incredible persistence in tracking down a stellar collection of rare singles from the 60s and 70s for the growing compilation series. Partnered with Daniel Hall of RidingEasy Records, the two have assembled a selection of songs that's hard to believe have remained unheard for so long. 


"I essentially go through hell and high water just to find these records," Barresi says. "Once I find a record worthy of tracking, I begin the (sometimes) extremely arduous process of contacting the band members and encouraging them to take part. Daniel and I agree that licensing all the tracks we're using for

Brown Acid is best for everyone involved," rather than simply bootlegging the tracks. When all of the bands and labels haven't existed for 30-40 years or more, tracking down the creators gives all of these tunes a real second chance at success. 


"There's a long list of songs that we'd love to include," Barresi says. "But we just can't track the bands down. I like the idea that Brown Acid is getting so much attention, so people might reach out to us."


Brown Acid: The Thirteenth Trip will be available everywhere on LP, CD and download on October 31, 2021 via RidingEasy Records. Pre-orders are available for digital (with immediate download of the first single) at Bandcamp, physical pre-orders at RidingEasy Records









Artist: Various Artists

Album: Brown Acid: The Thirteenth Trip 

Label: RidingEasy Records

Release Date: October 31, 2021


01. Max "Run Run"

02. Ralph Williams "Dark Street"

03. Geyda "Third Side"

04. Gary Del Vecchio "Buzzin'"

05. John Kitko "Indecision"

06. Bacchus "Hope"

07. Master Danse "Feelin' Dead"

08. Orchid "Go Big Red"

09. Dry Ice "Don't Munkey With The Funky Skunky"

10. Good Humore "Detroit"












Friday, October 8, 2021

The Shining Tongues (ex-Infinite Three) drop 2 tracks from forthcoming debut (FFO: The Veils, Angels of Light, Spiritualized)

Swans-esque distortion in a Godsticks-like anthem… Brings a modern spin on their dark roots with a Bauhausian creep and haunt, and occasional The Cure’s proggier moments. A bold introduction.” — Prog Magazine


“A psychedelic folk aesthetic with a shade of post-punk darkness, balancing the rich otherworldliness of Spiritualized with the haunting melodies of Ocean Rain-era Echo and the Bunnymen.— Treble


“5.5 out of 5!” — Zero Tolerance Magazine



London, UK band The Shining Tongues share two new songs from their forthcoming debut album Milk of God today, "Annihilation" via The Spill Magazine HERE and "Rice" via It's Psychedelic Baby HERE. (Hear both at Bandcamp.)


New Noise Magazine recently premiered the video for "It Is Fear" HERE. (Direct YouTube.) TrebleZine recently hosted the first single, "Buildings" HERE


The new expansive collaborative project picks up where their former band The Infinite Three left off. When that trio’s drummer Paul Middleton passed away suddenly in October 2019, the surviving members Daniel Knowler and Sam McLaughlin decided the band couldn’t carry on with a replacement. But the grieving process brought about a flood of beautiful new music and soon The Shining Tongues were born. The album was written as an open collaboration with numerous players contributing remotely to the recordings throughout 2020.


Taking their previous band’s post-punk experimentalism and adding an atmospheric gothic folkiness, this is a new beginning and a lush, melodic work of intensity, love, noir pop, gothic folk, drone and more.


Milk Of God displays the fruits of The Shining Tongues' labour and features contributions from Robin Jax (RobinPlaysChords), Andrea Kerr (LWED), Orlando Harrison (Alabama 3), Lilith Firechild, Doug Shearer (Scow) and Simone Bozzato.


Daniel Says of the album, "Milk Of God is the culmination of the first phase of The Shining Tongues’ work and after a decade of The Infinite three coming to an end, this album feels like a rebirth of sorts."


Milk Of God draws on themes of dream imagery, life cycles, religion and the body. Eleven songs that drift from earthy rhythms to elegiac beauty and weave together influences from drone, psychedelic rock, nocturnal folk and soundtrack music.


Milk of God will be available on CD and download on October 15th, 2021 via Actual Size Music. Pre-orders are available HERE.







Artist: The Shining Tongues

Album: Milk of God

Record Label:  Actual Size Music

Release Date: October 15, 2021


01. The Idiot Skin

02. Buildings

03. It Is Fear

04. Eating Bread

05. Rice

06. Natural Slab

07. Annihilation

08. Swallow Heaven

09. Humming/Dissolving

10. The Undefiled Absorption of Supreme Bliss

11. Make Us Eat









On The Web:

theshiningtongues.com

theshiningtongues.bandcamp.com

instagram.com/theshiningtongues

twitter.com/ShiningTongues











Thursday, October 7, 2021

Neckbolt (members of Exhalants, Power Pyramid, Mom Jeans) share video & new single from upcoming debut LP & VHS release

Neckbolt are truly onto something special... Making noise rock in their own way, deranged and slurred, loud and abrasive, but colorful and a bit psychedelic.” — Post-Trash


"An intense, heavy and trippy noise rock sound, balancing the thunderous punch of Lightning Bolt with the squealing psychedelia of early Flaming Lips." -- Treble



Austin, TX band Neckbolt share a new single and video from their forthcoming debut album Midwestern Drawl today via Treble. Hear and share the album version of "The Lighted Chamber" and professionally recorded & shot live video from the upcoming VHS release HERE. (Or via Bandcamp, YouTube.)


Post-Trash recently launched "Jawline" track HERE


The name Neckbolt might evoke images of Frankenstein’s monster’s appendages, or it might suggest a critical piece of guitar hardware. And, both are very fitting for the music of Neckbolt: a freakish hodgepodge of musical body parts rendered in nightmarish form, while also still reminiscent of rock’n’roll canon at its heart. 


This outsider noise-rock project from Austin, TX requires close listening to parse out the informed musicianship that binds the skewed and screeching elements together. Neckbolt’s unrelenting twang, invasive visual and lyrical concepts, and uncharted sonic challenges to the experimental and noise rock genres are reminiscent of the early Skin Graft label’s pugilistic skronk, while also hinting at the subsumed melodies within recent Flaming Lips noise outings. 


Neckbolt was formed in 2020 by multi-instrumentalist Benjamin Krause and vocalist James Roo after Krause had relocated from Colorado. All instruments on the bannd’s debut album Midwestern Drawl were recorded and performed by Krause during 2020 and 2021, with Roo providing vocals, lyrics, and artwork. With the 11-song album’s completion, the duo opted to expand the lineup in order to play live. Enter Bill Indelicato from Austin’s noise-rock powerhouse Exhalants, along with Kilyn Massey and Brent Hodge from OKC’s shoegaze masters Power Pyramid to complete the lineup. 


The band then shot Neckbolt Live! at the Museum of Human Achievement, the forthcoming live performance companion video to be released on VHS & online. The group not only performed in the live band, but members also tracked, edited, filmed, and mixed the VHS release. This was all done in a six hour window in an intensely hot room without air conditioning on a particularly sweltering Texan summer day. To say this was a challenge would be a gross understatement. You can probably hear the sweat.


Midwestern Drawl will be available for download and on vinyl and cassette on November 5th, 2021 via Bandcamp and distributor Digital Hotdogs. Neckbolt Live! at the Museum of Human Achievement will be available the same day on VHS and online. Preorders are available here: neckbolt.xyz






Artist: Neckbolt

Album: Midwestern Drawl

Record label: Spider Dispatch Unit

Release Date: November 5th, 2021


01. The Saddle

02. Jawline

03. Black Stars Over…

04. House on the Borderland

05. The Lighted Chamber

06. Half-Eaten

07. Sandwich

08. …Over The Lake

09. Unlighted Chambers

10. Wild Streams of Violet Midnight

11. Diver’s Sorts










On the Web:

neckbolt.xyz

neckbolt.bandcamp.com

INSTAGRAM: @neckbolt.xyz