Wovenhand is a band led by dedicated life-musician and lyricist, David Eugene Edwards. Over the last two decades, his prolific work in both Wovenhand and the legendary 16 Horsepower has influenced and inspired a generation of musicians throughout the expansive alternative music world.
Wovenhand cannot be described in traditional terms. Their sound is an organic, weavework of neo-folk, post rock, punk, old-time, and alternative sounds. All coming together as a vehicle for David’s soulful expression and constant spiritual self exploration. Sometimes sad and sorrowed and at other times uplifting, Wovenhand are always unforgettable in spirit and sound.
“Refractory Obdurate” is the latest album from Wovenhand. Joining David on this album are longtime percussionist Ordy Garrison, along with musicians Chuck French and Neil Keener (Planes Mistaken For Stars, Git Some).
“Refractory Obdurate” is a moving masterwork that shows Wovenhand exploring louder roots hinted at on prior albums. As they maintain their melodious course, “Good Shepherd”, “Field of Hedon”, and “Hiss”, stomp forth with a newly amplified punk rock heart. While “The Refractory”, “Salome”, and “Obdurate Obscura” each ascend epically into a multi-layered haze. Ten songs in all, “Refractory Obdurate” plays as a beautifully crafted patchwork that transcends genres and expectation; a true artistic achievement, that only Wovenhand could offer.
Jaye Jayle is Evan Patterson (YOUNG WIDOWS / OLD BABY). Jaye Jayle wasn’t a plan. Jaye Jayle was a desert dream, that exists solely based around the immediate limitations of one man’s surrounding: An old beat-up parlor guitar that can barely hold a tune, a beautifully inspiring woman attending graduate school, and a sincere song writing obsession.
Evan chews into the fruits of droning minimal blues, boogie rock rhythms, cloudy synthetic atmospheres, and simple story telling. This 7″ single is part of a series. Each record contains a couple of songs from an eleven song album wrote entirely in Santa Fe, NM.
The Road To New Mexico Track List:
Side A: The Road To New Mexico
Side B: Ease Your Own Mind
The Jaylebyrds on this recording also consisted of these fine folks: J. G. Wood, Matt Fox, Lowe Sutherland, Sean Johnson, Neal Argabright, Kevin Molloy, Kaelah McMonigle, Jim Marlowe, and Dane Waters. Recorded by Warren Christopher Gray. Mastered at Decibel by Brian Luken.
You can pre-order The Road To New Mexico 7″ here.
Watch the video for “The Road to New Mexico” now.
To be released on April 20th via Photobooth Records, Baltimore’s Wildhoney have a new 3-song EP titled Seventeen Forever. Recorded in their home city of Baltimore, the EP features the debut of new vocalist Lauren Shusterich. You can stream the title track below.
“Seventeen Forever” is a more restrained and subdued track when compared to previous efforts. It’s less noisy and delves deeper into the pop elements of the shoegaze and dream pop that Wildhoney has carefully crafted to be all their own. The addition of Shusterich on vocals adds a more languid and softer feel to the overall delivery. It’s the perfect song to daydream to.
Brooklyn’s White Suns are slated to release their third album, Totem, on March 18th via The Flenser. To introduce the few to the band’s brand of tempered, deadened stares and slow-burn instrumentals, they have premiered a video for the track “Carrion”.
White Suns has existed since 2006 and is comprised of members Kevin Barry, Dana Matthiessen and Rick Visser. The band sculpts sound using detuned guitars, amplified drums, and makeshift electronics. Their aural explorations begin at the intersection of punk and electronics-based noise, oscillating between crushingly dense assaults and articulate hushed passages. While in NYC, White Suns have released two full-length albums – Waking In The Reservoir (UgExplode, 2011) and Sinews (Load, 2012) – along with a handful of small-run releases.
Renowned recording engineer Martin Bisi (Sonic Youth, Swans, Foetus) provided documentation of the performance in his labyrinthine BC Studio compound. Totem is rock music realizing its obsolescence; the work of a band compelled to mutate.
White Suns – Totem Track Listing:
1 Priest In The Laboratory
3 Disjecta Membra
5 Fossil Record
7. World Lock
8. Line of Smoke
What can be said about Mayhem that hasn’t already been said about this legendary Norwegian black metal band? They’ve been at it since 1984 in different line-ups and across four full-lengths, Mayhem can be easily attributed to be the starting point for what is known now as black metal. The band is gearing up to release a new album and now have grace us with a new song: “Psywar”.
The official press release says it all:
Norway’s black metal legends Mayhem have returned. Metal’s most infamous band will release an as-yet-untitled new album, and follow up to 2007′s critically acclaimed ‘Ordo Ad Chao’ later this year. In anticipation of the new album, Mayhem are streaming a new track, titled “Psywar”, with Decibel Magazine.
2014 sees Mayhem welcome the 30th anniversary of the single most notorious and important band in the history of black metal. With the band’s four revolutionary full-lengths, a legacy of boundless extremity, and an ethic rooted firmly in the principle of no compromise, Mayhem are the archetype that three generations of black metal bands follow as law. As they enter their 30th year, Mayhem reign as kings of the underground; ensuring that their shadow will be cast not just over the first 30 years of an entire genre to date, but for the next 30 years to come as well. Mayhem is the Alpha and the Omega of black metal.
With an active new lineup at helm, Mayhem‘s new full length showcases a band who follow their own path in extreme music, one that is equally violent and turbulent.
The current line-up of Mayhem is fronted by De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas vocalist Attila Csihar and backed by Hellhammer, Necrobutcher, and newcomer Teloch (Nidingr).
Little Rock, AR’s Pallbearer are currently at Type Foundry Studio in Portland, OR with legendary producer/engineer Billy Anderson (Neurosis, Melvins, Sleep, Swans) laying down the tracks that will become their follow up to 2012′s monumental release, Sorrow & Extinction. This yet-to-be-titled full-length is slated for release later this year via Profound Lore Records on CD, LP and Digital formats, and is one of the most anticipated albums of 2014.
To say that Pallbearer has had a whirlwind few years would be a drastic understatement – the band released a three-song demo back in 2010 and followed it up with their debut full-length, Sorrow and Extinction, to massive critical acclaim in 2012. The album received the Best New Music nod from Pitchfork, and was named one of the best metal albums of the year by SPIN, NPR, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Stereogum, and countless other outlets. Pallbearer toured the globe in support, and hit festivals such as Fun Fun Fun, SXSW, Roadburn, Hellfest and more. Now, the band is recording six epic new tracks full of colossal amplifier worship heaviness with beautifully crushing harmonies – the trademark sound that Pallbearer has become known for.
It is expected that after the album’s completion, Pallbearer will head out on tour. More info and updates as they become available.
MA’s dark-pop group 27 have release a cover of Moby‘s “Almost Home” that was originally recorded with Damien Jurado. All proceeds from the song download at the 27‘s Bandcamp page will be donated to the Gifford Cat Shelter, a no-kill shelter in Brighton, MA. Below is the band’s own words to explain their inspiration, as well as a video for the song shot at the Gifford Cat Shelter.
We were visiting the Best Friends Animal Society website http://bestfriends.org/ and came across a video Moby made at Best Friends’ Los Angeles branch for his song with Damien Jurado,”Almost Home” (here) We were completely moved and inspired by this, so we decided to cover the song, and the video too so to speak, as a response to Moby’s original.
Our video features Gifford Cat Shelter http://www.giffordcatshelter.org/, a no-kill shelter in Brighton, Massachusetts. But there are animals in shelters all over the world that are looking for loving homes. Over 9,000 pets are killed each day in the US alone because they have nowhere else to go. That’s why spaying and neutering is so important.
You can get a free download of this version of “Almost Home” at our bandcamp page. 100% of all proceeds we collect for this song will be donated to the Gifford Shelter.
Thanks to the staff and volunteers at Gifford for doing what they do, and for the opportunity to make this video. Thanks to Tina Christopher for helping, and agreeing to appear in the video along with us. Thanks also to Moby for his dedication to animals, and for inspiring us. And a huge thanks especially to the kitties of Gifford.
If you’ve already caught wind and ordered the massive SLINT Spiderland (Remaster) Box Set (peep it here), then you know that it includes a 90-minuted DVD documentary of the band “before, during, and after the making of Spiderland“. The documentary, directed by Lance Bangs, will be getting a limited theatrical release in select cities that will also have a Q&A with the director and maybe some members of the band. Below is the full-on release and a trailer for the documentary.
When director Lance Bangs first drove to Louisville, KY, from Athens, GA, in the early 1990s, he could hardly have known it would mark the beginning moment of a feature length documentary about SLINT and the Louisville music culture they emerged from. Lance would repeatedly make the 500-mile drive north to chase rumors about Slint and what the members were up to, shooting film footage along the way. Collecting stories about the band, Lance eventually began filming interviews with each of the band members and their contemporaries.
Breadcrumb Trail is the result of years of effort started by a music fan on a mission and finished by a film director with a unique story to tell. This new 90-minute documentary includes never-before-seen pre-Spiderland live video footage as well as footage from practice sessions leading up to the recording of Spiderland.
All 3,138 copies of the SPIDERLAND (remastered) Box Set include a DVD of the film plus exclusive DVD-only bonus footage.
Breadcrumb Trail will begin screening theatrically in select cities in March.
Upcoming film screenings and Q&A sessions listed below:
March 11 thru March 13 Los Angeles, CA – Cinefamily *
March 14 thru March 15 Philadelphia, PA – PhilaMOCA *^
March 20 San Francisco, CA – Roxie Theater *
* followed by Q&A with director Lance Bangs
*^ followed by Q&A with director Lance Bangs and Slint member David Pajo
New Jersey doom and gloom band Planning For Burial will be releasing their new album Desideratum on May 13th via The Flenser. This will be their first full-length in close to four years since their debut release Leaving.
Simultaneously straddling the line between being completely nostalgic and futurist sounding, Planning For Burial is the product of a single wunderkind taking healthy obsessions with certain influences and filtering them through a droning, gloomy spyglass that evokes only the most concrete blues (the emotion not the music) this side of the gray waters of the Atlantic. While Planning For Burial gets lumped in with the whole wave of “bedroom recording artists” (which is where the project toiled for years until Leaving finally was released), the mastermind behind the project sets himself apart from his peers due in no small part to his background in sound. Planning For Burial’s brand of dark shoegaze/gloomgaze is hard to categorize, but it’s sound contains elements of slowcore, shoegaze, doom, drone, 90′s alt rock, 80′s goth, and black metal, while never being defined by any one of those genres.
Over the course of the last four years, Planning for Burial has been sporadically popping up in live venues (sharing the stage with a wide breadth of musical compatriots from Chelsea Wolfe to Deafheaven while seeming out of place at none) along the east and west coasts and releasing a slew of EPs and splits on various labels. Now, as Planning for Burial gears up to release Desideratum, the band will also perform a series of live shows – tour dates can be found below. PFB commented, “These new songs were designed to be played live, unlike my first album.” He continued, “I was making changes to sequencing/lyrics/arrangement in a live setting over the last three years rather than tinkering with it at home. When I finally made time to record Desideratum, it actually happened rather quickly since everything was already worked out.”
The album will be released on CD and Vinyl formats with artwork again created by longtime collaborator Niels Geybels.
A new song premiere is forthcoming as well as pre-ordering info. Stay tuned.
In the meantime, catch Planning For Burial on one of their tour dates they have coming up:
03/22: Philadelphia, PA @ Fort Tender
03/23: Norfolk, VA @ The Iguana
03/24: Asheville, NC @ Mothlight w/ Deafheaven
03/25: Augusta, GA @ Vice Versa
03/26: Nashville, TN @ TBA
03/27: Louisville, KY @ Haymarket Whiskey Bar
03/28: Cincinnati, OH @ Rake’s End
03/29: Champaign, IL @ Thee Deathtower
03/30: Muskegon, MI @ The Pothole
03/31: Columbus, OH @ Carabar
From the ol’ inbox:
Baltimore based D-beat punks Old Lines have officially announced they’ve signed with Huntington Beach independent label No Sleep Records. The band is currently writing their next record, which should be out later this year.
Old Lines was formed in 2010 by ex-Pulling Teeth/Ruiner guitarist Mitch Roemer and drummer Jake Berry, who after sifting through a slew of musicians brought in Pat Martin on bass and Matt Taylor on vocals. Musically, the band’s sound blurs the lines of crust punk and hardcore with hints of metal and doom. Lyrically, the band’s agenda is purely political and social. Political corruption, capitalism, social and environmental injustices help stoke the fires behind the band’s intense sound and their snarling lyrics.
In 2013, the band released an EP called If You See Something, Say Something. From the record’s title, a commentary on the hypocrisy of the Department of Homeland Security, to the lyrics of their song “Stratford,” a song about excessive force of police, Old Lines use their music as a device to speak their mind in a direct, albeit confrontational way, invoking discussion, thought and circle pits.
Follow Old Lines at https://www.facebook.com/oldlines for updates regarding their next record.
Listen to the If You See Something, Say Something EP in the meantime.