Thursday, April 19, 2018

The Well announce summer tour dates & premiere video via Revolver Magazine


"Furiously strong... One of our most anticipated heavy albums of 2016." -- Consequence of Sound


Austin trio The Well announce summer headlining North American tour dates today and premiere the official video for "Black Eyed Gods" today via Revolver Magazine. Watch & share "Black Eyed Gods" HERE. (Direct YouTube.) See dates below. 

The Well are supporting their recently released, critically-praised album Pagan Science on RidingEasy RecordsConsequence of Sound is streaming the entire album album HERE

The Well has been prominently featured on The Walking Dead star's Ride with Norman Reedus TV show on AMC. Not only did the band compose and record the series' original theme song, they also appeared on the show with Reedus, an avowed fan of the band and all things RidingEasy. 

The impressive crux of Pagan Science, the sophomore album by Austin trio The Well, is that It's a multiplicity of itself. From the band's dual male/female vocals to their transcendently timeless sounds and erudite lyrical themes, Pagan Science is crystalline in its complexity and clarity at the same time.

The Well walk an intriguing line between authentic early 70s doom/heavy psych and the more frayed-edge-of-sanity weirdness of their hometown's legendary noise rock scene, whilst also splicing in shades of chamber choir vocals, occult rock and dark folk.

Sonically, Pagan Science picks up where The Well -- bassist/vocalist Lisa Alley, guitarist/vocalist Ian Graham and drummer Jason Sullivan -- left off with their widely heralded 2014 RidingEasy debut Samsara. Here, the band's heavy psych, proto-metal sound growing evermore vast, yet more focused on hooks, and their lyrics more conceptually intricate. Part of a running thread throughout the album's introspective lyrics is the notion that the world outside of one's own mind is also a creation and reflection of the interior world of that mind. And, just like the band's sound is one thing (undeniably heavy) and simultaneously another (dark folk, blues... there's even a Crosby, Stills & Nash cover, "Guinnevere"), it's this multiplicity that makes Pagan Science such a captivating record. 

Pagan Science was recorded with producer/engineer Chico Jones at Micro Mega Studio in 2016. Jones also previously engineered the band's debut album Samsara with producer Mark Deutrom [Melvins, Sunn0)))] in 2013. Samsara, released late September 2014 was ranked the #1 debut album of 2014 by The Obelisk and widely praised in the press. Likewise, the band's intense - some even say "possessed" - live performances have earned them featured slots at Austin's Levitation Fest in 2015 & 2016, as well as tours with Kadavar, All Them Witches, Black Tusk and more. 

Pagan Science is available on LP, CD and download as of October 14th, 2016 via RidingEasy Records

THE WELL TOUR 2018:
05/25 Dallas, TX @ Ruins
05/26 Oklahoma City, OK @ The Blue Note
05/27 Kansas City, MO @ Westport Roots Fest
05/28 St Louis, MO @ The Sinking Hole 
05/29 Fort Wayne, IN @ The Brass Rail
05/30 Chicago , IL@ Reggie's
05/31 Detroit, MI @ The Outer Limits
06/01 Rochester, NY @ The Bug Jar
06/02 Toronto, ON @ Bovine Sex Club
06/03 Montreal, ON @ Crobar
06/05 Boston. MA @ Once Lounge
06/06 New York, NY @ Saint Vitus
06/07 Philadelphia, PA @ Century Bar
06/08 Baltimore, MD @ The Depot
06/09 Atlanta. GA @ TBA
06/10 Lafayette, IN @ Freetown Boom Boom Room
06/11 Houston, TX @ TBA



Artist: The Well
Album: Pagan Science
Label: RidingEasy Records
Release date: October 14th, 2016

01. Black Eyed Gods
02. Forecast
03. Sky bound
04. A Pilgrimage
05. Drug From The Banks
06. Byzantine
07. One Nation
08. Choir of the Stars
09. Brambles
10. I Don't Believe
11. Guinevere










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Cellist Randall Holt (Godspeed Y!BE, Knest collaborator) streaming full album early via Heavy Blog Is Heavy


"Perhaps no musician has contributed to the cello’s prominence and presence in the field of experimental music as Randall Holt...It's a haunting and beautiful album." -- Heavy Blog Is Heavy

"A haunting, moody and gorgeous piece of music, rhythmic yet melancholy, stark yet richly layered." -- Treble


One of Austin's best classical & experimental cellists Randall Holt is streaming his forthcoming solo album in full today ahead of release via Heavy Blog Is Heavy. Hear & share Inside The Kingdom of Splendor and Madness HERE. (Direct Soundcloud.)

Ghost Cult Magazine recently shared "I Felt Safe Again and Was At Home" HERE. TrebleZine hosted "Seeds of Light Descend" HERE. PlaylistPlay launched "What Hope We Have, What Hope We Haven't" HERE. And, Scene Point Blank presented "Labyrinths" HERE

Randall Holt is a member of Knest (with Thor Harris & Jonathan Horne) and Horne + Holt. Randall has also played in Reverend Glasseye and has collaborated with a wide range of artists including Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Yann Tiersen, Eric McFadden Trio and jazz composer Adam Rudolph.

Recorded with Chico Jones at Ohm Recording Facility in Austin TX, Inside The Kingdom of Splendor and Madness is an evocative & emotive cello showcase, lulling you in with "I felt safe again and was at home" into the howling strings of "Wandering: Mountain pass"; continuing the tension-and-release of an epic journey, each song a chapter from Holt's cinematic imagination, drawing to the inevitable yet joyfully prolonged ending of a fond goodbye in "Bid Farewell, Without End!"

Originally released digitally in March 2016, the album will be available on cassette and CD on Friday, April 20th, 2018 via Self Sabotage Records. Pre-orders are available at selfsabotagerecords.bigcartel.com


Artist: Randall Holt
Album: Inside The Kingdom of Splendor and Madness
Record Label: Self Sabotage Records
Release Date: April 20th, 2018

01. I Felt Safe Again and Was At Home
02. Wandering: Mountain Pass
03. Seeds of Light Descend
04. Revolution Weariness
05. What Hope We Have, What Hope We Haven't
06. Labyrinths (and other writings)
07. Lost In The Funhouse
08. Cool Over the fields
09. Bid Farewell, Without End!










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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Svvamp premiere new single from upcoming RidingEasy sophomore album via The Obelisk


"A near-perfect debut record." -- New Noise Magazine

"There isn't one song that wouldn't work as a 45rpm single. And perhaps the band's greatest strength lies in their utter lack of pretense." -- The Obelisk

"Arguably the band of the year." -- Doom Charts 


Jönköping, Sweden trio Svvamp premiere a new single from their forthcoming sophomore album Svvamp 2 today via The Obelisk. Hear and share "Hillside" HERE. (Direct YouTube.)

Paste Magazine recently launched the lead single, "Queen" HERE

Svvamp’s self-titled debut was a breath of fresh air -- unpretentious and free, primordial homespun classic rock that landed in the Top 20 Albums of 2016 in the Doom Charts consortium of writers and radio. The most common remark being just how genuine and uncontrived it sounded, unlike most bands that posture and mimic the sounds of yesteryear.

So, it may be hard to grasp how fully realized the band sounds on Svvamp 2, while still sounding as laid back as their debut. Perhaps it can be partly attributed to Svvamp’s jump from self-recording on a 4-channel cassette deck to self-recording on a comparatively expansive SIX-channel system. That’s two whole more tracks to fill up, folks! The obvious comparison to the groundbreaking psychedelic albums of the late 60s, when artists began experimenting with studios moving from 4, to 8 to 16 tracks, is fitting here, too.

“On Svvamp 2 the sound is more raw in the sense that it’s stripped,” vocalist/ drummer Adam Johansson explains. “So the music is more bare. We make sure all of the instruments are treated equally, they all have their place in a song. Obviously, with 6-tracks now available we’ve had a bit of fun with that.”

Svvamp is three friends -- Johansson, Henrik Bjorklund and Erik Stahlgren, all of whom share lead vocal duties -- drawn together for the sake of jamming and a love of rock, folk and blues. Their resulting heavy psych sound bears hints of Cream, Eric Bell-era Thin Lizzy, CCR and Crazy Horse.

Svvamp 2 opens with a lightly plucked electric guitar line that Clapton would be proud to claim his own, before quickly launching into the heavy riff anthem “Queen”, echoing the bare chested bravado of Grand Funk Railroad. “Sunshine Street” is charmingly unapologetic garage pop reminiscent of Big Star. “The Wheel” is a hook-loaded bluesy rocker, while “How Sweet It Would Be” hearkens to the glazed zombie drive of Canned Heat’s “On The Road Again.” Elsewhere, “Alligator” brings on a showstopping stomp of dueling guitars, syncopated drums and wailing, distorted vocal howls to close out the proceedings with fitting aplomb.

“We definitely wanted to mix styles and genres, so the music stays interesting for the band, like the first record,” Johansson says. “Our approach is still fairly straightforward and live. And, all of us sharing lead vocal duties solidifies that the band consists of three equal members.”

Svvamp 2 will be available on LP, CD and download on June 8th, 2018 via RidingEasy Records. Preorders are available at www.ridingeasyrecs.com.




Artist: Svvamp
Album: Svvamp 2
Label: RidingEasy Records 
Release Date: June 8, 2016

01) Intro
02) Queen
03) The Wheel
04) Sunshine Street
05) How Sweet It Would Be 
06) Hillside
07) Surrender
08) Out Of Line
09) Blues Inside
10) Alligator 












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Monday, April 16, 2018

The Quietus streaming 'Brown Acid: Sixth Trip' compilation of rare 60s-70s pre-metal singles in full ahead of 4/20 release

"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

"We're huge fans of the Brown Acid series... Think of it as a companion to the essential Nuggets compilation but covering artists and records that never made it out of their hometowns." -- Ultimate Classic Rock


The forthcoming latest edition of the popular compilation series of long-lost vintage 60s-70s proto-metal and stoner rock singles, Brown Acid: The Sixth Trip, is streaming in full via The Quietus ahead of its April 20th release date. Hear & share Brown Acid: The Sixth Trip HERE. (Direct YouTube.)

Ultimate Classic Rock recently premiered "Inferno" by Heat Exchange HEREPaste Magazine launched the first single, "No Parking" by Gold HERECvltNation also shared "Luvin', Huggin' & More" by Flight HERE. The series is curated by L.A. label RidingEasy Records and retailer/label Permanent Records. 

About Brown Acid: The Sixth Trip:

This time around we have 10 deep cuts from across the continental US of A and one from our neighbors up North. This Trip kicks off with an outrageous number from Gold out of San Francisco circa 1970. The band used to open their sets with this over-the-top frantic jammer which is absolutely mind-blowing and also leads one to believe that the only band that could've held a candle to Gold back in the day would've been the mighty Blue Cheer.

As we delve deeper into the depths, Canadians continue to prove that they could bang heads with the best of 'em!  Heat Exchange from Toronto released the rollicking ripper "Inferno" on the Yorkville label way back in 1968 and it's still thumping almost 50 years later! Missouri isn't a state that brought us a lot of heavy 45s, but there are a handful of outstanding tracks from the Show Me State, one of which is the funk-laced anthem "Give Me Time" by Backwood Memory from Kansas City. 

The longer we do this, the more we begin to believe that Youngstown, Ohio was the Hard Rock Mecca back in the day.  Travis is yet another Youngstown group that aimed to get asses out of seats and out in the streets.  "Lovin' You" is a groovy banger with a sultry riff originally released on the prolific Starshine Productions imprint. Six years prior to his Arcadian synth-funk novelty hit "Space Invaders" from 1980, Victor "Uncle Vic" Blecman took Flight into the studio with a list of relationship requirements.  Amongst which are his need for "Luvin', Huggin', & More", with emphasis on the "More" part if we're to believe the urgency with which he delivers this fist-pumper.

If you don't immediately recognize the Truth & Janey moniker, you need to get with it and familiarize yourself with their incredible 1976 LP No Rest For The Wicked. It's a proto-metal masterpiece that's been reissued on Rockadrome.  Released four years earlier than their debut LP, "Midnight Horseman" is a 45-only track backed with a cover of "Under My Thumb". Another Iowan group, West Minist'r, self-released three 45s between 1969 and 1975. They're all great in their own way, but "My Life" hit the crunchy sweet spot in '71 with vocals sounding like a fresh from primal scream therapy John Lennon over a zonked-out Hendrix groove. You can count on hearing more from West Minist'r on future Trips.

It's nearly impossible that Dayton, Ohio's Purgatory didn't seize the "Strange Days" and join "The Soft Parade" while "Waiting for the Sun".  And although "Polar Expedition" wears its influences on its sleeve, 1969 would have been at least a little worse off if the band hadn't self released this single. Johnny Barnes was definitely "smokin' that reefer" and "drinkin' that wine" when he released "Steel Rail Blues" in 1976. The label states that you could order a copy of this 45 for by sending $1 to a PO Box in Boston and it's the only record on the Brown Acid series that seems to be obtainable currently for about the same amount it was sold for over three decades ago. That said, it's doubtful that it will remain so cheap for much longer.

With a track as heavy as "Is There No Peace" it's easy to let the name of the label on this 45 slide.  In Chicago in 1970 PSLHRTZ seemed like as good a label name as any for the guys in Zendik to release this insane recording on. Halfway through the track you might be wondering to yourself, "How was this not a hit?", and then you hear the lyrics to the last bit of the song and understand. 


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 NuggetsPebbles, 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: The Sixth Trip

Lance Barresi, co-owner of L.A./Chicago retailer Permanent Records 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 Sixth Trip will be available everywhere on LP, CD and download on April 20th, 2018 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 Sixth Trip 
Label: RidingEasy Records
Release Date: April 20, 2018

01. Gold "No Parking"
02. Heat Exchange "Inferno"
03. Travis "Lovin' You"
04. Enoch Smoky "It's Cruel"
05. Backwood Memory "Give Me Time"
06. Flight "Luvin, Huggin & More"
07. Truth & Janey "Midnight Horsemen"
08. West Minst'r "My Life"
09. Purgatory "Polar Expedition"
10. Johnny Barnes "Steele Rail Blues"
11. Zendik "Is There No Peace?"

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Cellist Randall Holt - Godspeed Y!BE, Knest collaborator - shares first track from upcoming album


One of Austin's best classical & experimental cellists Randall Holt shares the first track from his forthcoming solo album today via Ghost Cult Magazine. Hear and share "I Felt Safe Again and Was At Home" HERE. (Direct Soundcloud.)

Randall Holt is a member of Knest (with Thor Harris & Jonathan Horne) and Horne + Holt. Randall has also played in Reverend Glasseye and has collaborated with a wide range of artists including Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Yann Tiersen, Eric McFadden Trio and jazz composer Adam Rudolph.

Recorded with Chico Jones at Ohm Recording Facility in Austin TX, Inside The Kingdom of Splendor and Madness is an evocative & emotive cello showcase, lulling you in with "I felt safe again and was at home" into the howling strings of "Wandering: Mountain pass"; continuing the tension-and-release of an epic journey, each song a chapter from Holt's cinematic imagination, drawing to the inevitable yet joyfully prolonged ending of a fond goodbye in "Bid Farewell, Without End!"

Originally released digitally in March 2016, the album will be available on cassette and CD on Friday, April 20th, 2018 via Self Sabotage Records. Pre-orders are available at selfsabotagerecords.bigcartel.com


Artist: Randall Holt
Album: Inside The Kingdom of Splendor and Madness
Record Label: Self Sabotage Records
Release Date: April 20th, 2018

01. I Felt Safe Again and Was At Home
02. Wandering: Mountain Pass
03. Seeds of Light Descend
04. Revolution Weariness
05. What Hope We Have, What Hope We Haven't
06. Labyrinths (and other writings)
07. Lost In The Funhouse
08. Cool Over the fields
09. Bid Farewell, Without End!










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The Elephant Parallax premiere hook-laden track via Metal Sucks, LA alt post-metal quartet

"Has elements of Karnivool's love of delay pedals, the spastic stylings of The Mars Volta, and maybe a touch of the vocal work you'd heard in 3. So everything good about progressive rock, basically!" -- Metal Injection

"An interesting beast that defies easy categorization. Fans of quirky, tight bands with lots of attitude and nuance like Biffy Clyro and Dredg should find a whole lot to like here." -- Metal Sucks


The Elephant Parallax premiere the epic closing track from their forthcoming EP Loam & Sky today via Metal Sucks. Hear & share "Incenfeminalgia II" HERE. (Direct Soundcloud.)

Metal Injection recently shared the hook-laden single "The Conscious" HERE. (Direct Soundcloud and Bandcamp.)

The Elephant Parallax is a heavy eclectic band native to Los Angeles. Its members include David Renteria on guitars, Stephen Charouhas on bass, and Paul Charouhas on drums. Vocals are shared by all members. 

Loam & Sky is the sonic exploration of earthly lows and divine highs, the microcosmic space of thoughts and dreams, devastating loss, love, and ability to evolve through time. A paradigm-shifting, range broadening release that leaps forward into new sonic spaces for The Elephant Parallax. It was recorded at L.A.'s legendary Ocean Way Recording (Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, Tom Petty) which contributes to the massive and classic sound of the songs. 

David Renteria formed the concept for the band in 2007 as a musical symposium of united outcasts, and found Stephen and Paul to complete the group. The band started working on arranging complex and challenging material, with a frontiersman approach, where each member's influences and musical personalities were explored. The group completed a demo in late 2007 entitled Apes Who Looked Up followed by their debut album, the Elephant Parallax, released in 2010. The band's live performances showcase their diverse musicianship, intense energy, and raw passion forged and driven by sound, in full spectrum. 

Loam & Sky will be available on CD and download on May 18th, 2018. Pre-orders are available HERE.

THE ELEPHANT PARALLAX LIVE:
06/14 Los Angeles, CA @ The Redwood 


Artist: The Elephant Parallax
Album: Loam & Sky
Label: Self-released
Release Date: May 18th, 2018

01. The Conscious
02. Star Stuff
03. Ohrei
04. Incenfeminalgia II


















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Crystales (Burger Records) stream full album of shoegaze pop charm ahead of release

"A dreamy debut album full of shimmering surf riffs and sunny melodies." -- PopMatters

Los Angeles shoegaze pop quartet  Crystales are streaming their forthcoming debut full length in its entirety ahead of release beginning today via PopMatters. Crystales is out Friday the 13th on Burger Records (Ty Segall, The Growlers). Hear and share full album HERE. (Direct Soundcloud.)

Named after the famed glass cathedral in Orange County, the L.A. shoegaze pop band Crystales evoke the California coast with their distorted surf riffs and Beach Boys-inspired melodies. Songs like the dreamy "Boring" and kaleidescopic "Seance" combine deep distortion a la My Bloody Valentine with touches of Phil Spector's wall of sound, the Smiths' jangle pop and Spanish music, while songs like "Shoggoth" are darker and heavier, revealing a sound closer to Nirvana or Sonic Youth

The album was recorded by Joel Jerome (Dios) in Highland Park, Calif., and come from the band's forthcoming debut LP, to be released on Burger Records on April 13th, 2018. 

After all playing together in various configurations over the years, Crystales formed in 2012 by brothers Nick and Billy Gil (guitar/vocals), cousin Tony Infante (bass) and neighbor Jason Hanakeawe (lead vocals/drums). They've played all over L.A. at venues like the Echo, the Smell and at Make Music Pasadena, with like-minded acts like Roses, Dunes, Moaning, Post Life, Joel Jerome and others. The band has released two digital 7"s and in 2015 released a self-titled EP, recorded by Alex DeGroot (Zola Jesus). 


CRYSTALES LIVE:
05/14 Los Angeles, CA @ Resident w/ Feels


Artist: Crystales
Album: Crystales
Label: Burger Records
Release Date: April 13th, 2018

01. Boring
02. Seance
03. Kate Blanchett
04. Lie Awake At Night
05. Shoggoth
06. When It's Over
07. Ariel
08. Donkey
09. I Don't Care
10. Agrias
11. Honora

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