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ZUN: Ambient Desert Rock Trio Uniting Current And Former Members Of Kyuss, Ides Of Gemini, And Yawning Man To Release Burial Sunrise LP This March Via Small Stone; Two New Videos Posted
In an age when the underground is dug up and paraded, commoditized, cheapened and discarded seemingly on a weekly basis, guitarist Gary Arce remains a genuinely under-appreciated craftsman in heavy rock and roll. As the six-stringer for Yawning Man going back three decades, he’s one of the principal architects of the sound born in California’s sands and known commonly as desert rock. His contributions have been pivotal in the creation of a style no less American than Delta Blues and no less imitated worldwide, and with ZUN’s Burial Sunrise, set for release via Small Stone Recordings March 25th, he not only reaffirms the breadth and vitality that has made his work so essential, but builds on it in expansive and vibrant ways.
The core trio of ZUN is Arce and vocalists Sera Timms (Ides Of Gemini, Black Mare, Black Math Horseman) and John Garcia (Kyuss, Vista Chino, Slo Burn, etc.). Arce plays bass and lap steel on Burial Sunrise as well, and he and Garcia and Timms are joined by drummers Bill Stinson (Chuck Dukowski, Yawning Man) and Harper Hug – the latter of whom also recorded the album at Thunder Underground Studios in Palm Springs, California. Mario Lalli (Fatso Jetson, Yawning Man) also contributes bass on a track, adding to the fluid, jammy feel that pervades the vast soundscapes conjured. Timms and Garcia divide lead-singer duties among Burial Sunrise’s six cuts, with Garcia lending his signature croon to “All That You Say I Am,” the brooding “All for Nothing,” and the drifting desert ode “Nothing Farther,” while Timms brings her ethereal, otherworldly presence to “Solar Days,” “Come Through The Water” and “Into The Wasteland,” the last of which might just be the album’s signature piece, seeming to mirror the wide-ranging, sandy thematic of “Nothing Farther” in bringing the desert – a place too often wrongly thought of as dead – to life in vivid colors and warm tonality, but pushing even further into an uncharted reach.
Lose yourself in the visual accompaniments to “Into The Wasteland” and “Nothing Farther” featuring the Doors’ Robby Krieger on electric sitar below.
Burial Sunrise Track Listing:
2. Into The Wasteland
3. All For Nothing
4. Come Through The Water
5. All That You Say I Am
6. Solar Incantation
Known for forming and contributing to projects like Ten East (with Brant Bjork), Dark Tooth Encounter (with Lalli, Stinson and Scott Reeder), The Sort of Quartet, Yawning Sons (with Sons Of Alpha Centauri), and more, Arce brings a style that is inseparable from desert rock. For the partnerships he’s made in ZUN and for the scope of the album, its laid-back feel and pervasive exploratory sensibility, Burial Sunrise might just prove to be a landmark in his discography as well as the beginning of a new era of his work, continuing to reshape the genre he helped create in the first place in a manner that, like the sands themselves, seems to remain separate from time despite the chaos all around.
Burial Sunrise was mastered by Chris Goosman (Acid King, Dixie Witch, Solace, Sasquatch et al) and will see release on CD, digitally and limited edition vinyl on March 25th via Small Stone Records.
French stoner rockers Abrahma have just unveiled the video for their new song ‘An Offspring To The Wolves’, taken from the upcoming album ‘Reflections In The Bowels Of A Bird’, and you can watch it right here…
The album is the follow-up to the band’s 2012 debut ‘Through The Dusty Paths Of Our Lives’, and they’ll be touring Europe pretty extensively in support of it, including a debut appearance at the revered Roadburn Festival.
Guitarist and vocalist Seb Bismuth had this to say about the song:
“‘An Offspring To The Wolves’ is a deeply symbolic song that needed a powerful video, but we also wanted to avoid clichés and tawdriness. The Phantasma Company made it possible and the result is beyond all our expectations. We hope you’ll like it as much as we do, and enjoy this new except off ‘Reflections In The Bowels Of A Bird’.”
Check it out below…
Ohio riff dealers, LO-PAN, will take to the streets next month on a near two-week Northeastern run of live dates. Kicking off on March 12th in Detroit, Michigan at Berserker II alongside Poison Idea, Iron Reagan, Incantation, Full Of Hell and many others, the NxNe Tour 2015 will trounce eleven cities, coming to a close on March 22nd in Columbus, Ohio. The band will be joined by Detroit rockers, Against The Grain. From there LO-PAN will take a short breather before crossing the Atlantic for a European expedition that will see the band level the stage of Roadburn, Desert Fest, Asymmetry Fest and more with psyche peddlers, Abrahma, and psychedelic war metallers, Black Pyramid, sharing the stage on select dates.
LO-PAN will be touring in support of their critically heralded Colossus long player, released last Fall via Small Stone. Produced and engineered by Andrew Schneider (Unsane, Rosetta, East Of The Wall et al) at his own Translator Audio Studio in Brooklyn, New York and named for an ancient statue of the Greek titan-god of the sun, Helios, the record continues to raise the eyebrows of fans and media globally.
Sputnik Music dubs Colossus, “an essential heavy rock album,” further enthusing, “The ultra-heavy fourth album of Columbus luminaries LO-PAN certainly lives up to its title, bludgeoning the listener with a cavalcade of gargantuan riffs from the ground up… the quartet tread a fine line between the technicality of Tool and the sheer riff-power of Swedish stoner rock heavyweights Dozer, while succumbing to both bands’ penchant for infectious motifs.” Verbicide opined, “Not only do they bring the rock to the world of stoner rock, they are also master craftsmen, knowing how to write classic-sounding tunes,” while Hellride notes, “Like the real-life manifestations of the album’s title, LO-PAN are giants walking the earth and Colossus will leave a heavy footprint in the mind of anyone who hears it. Rarely will getting stepped on sound so good.” Elsewhere the feelings ricochet. The Sleeping Shaman calls Colossus, “a fantastic album,” asserting, “if you’re into powerful, driving, stoner influenced heavy rock that is big on riffs and melodies and gut punching grooves then this album will thrill you,” Rockandrollfables.com gushes, “If Torche and Roadsaw had a baby, the resulting bouncing baby boy would be Ohio’s LO-PAN. Take those sludgy riffs and clean vocals that bring to mind Roadsaw’s Craig Riggs and you have the recipe for something great…a monumentally monolithic masterpiece from start to finish,” while The Obelisk notes, “…where their last full-length, 2011′s Salvador, was a pinnacle for their songwriting’s blend of fluid groove, soulful vocals and memorable tracks, Colossus reaps the reward of all their touring in pushing LO-PAN‘s methods even further. So it’s a meaner, more precise LO-PAN this time around.”
LO-PAN NxNe Tour 2015 w/ Against The Grain:
3/12/2015 The Loving Touch – Berserker II – Detroit, MI [info] 3/13/2015 Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH
3/14/2015 The Lost Horizon – Syracuse, NY
3/15/2015 TT The Bear’s – Boston, MA
3/16/2015 Wonder Bar – Asbury Park, NJ
3/17/2015 The Depot – York, PA
3/18/2015 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
3/19/2015 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
3/20/2015 The Pinch – Washington, DC
3/21/2015 31st Street Pub – Pittsburgh, PA
3/22/2015 Spacebar – Columbus, OH
4/09/2015 Mudd Club – Strasbourg, FR
4/10/2015 Paunchy Cats – Lichtenfels, DE
4/11/2015 Rare Guitar – Munster, DE
4/12/2015 Roadburn – Tilburg, NL
4/14/2015 Black Sheep – Montepellier, FR
4/15/2015 Maravillas Club – Madrid, SP
4/16/2015 Rocksound – Barcelona, SP
4/17/2015 Helldorado – Vitoria, SP
4/18/2015 Le Volume – Nice, FR
4/19/2015 TBA – IT
4/20/2015 Altraquando Club – Zero Baranco, IT
4/21/2015 Orange House – Munich, DE
w/ Black Pyramid:
4/23/2015 Desertfest – Berlin, DE
4/24/2015 Romer – Bremen, DE
4/25/2015 Desertfest – London, UK
4/28/2015 Sedel – Lucerne, CH
4/2/20159 Gaswerk – Winterthur, CH
4/30/2015 Das Bett – Frankfurt, DE
5/01/2015 Schaubude – Kiel, DE
5/02/2015 Asymmetry Fest – Wroclaw, PL
Source: EARSPLIT PR
Lo-Pan is excited to announce that we will be on the road again in March 2015 with Detroit’s speed rockers Against the Grain. It will be a loud and rowdy party every night followed with many gas station hotdogs, crab chips, and all the Little Debbie’s. Looking forward to seeing you soon. Help us repost and promote this poster (by Chris Smith at Grey Aria Design Studio) and list of dates wherever possible. Here are the dates we have lined up…………so far:
2015 NxNe Tour
March 12 Detroit, MI The Loving Touch
March 13 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
March 14 Syracuse, NY Lost Horizon
March 15 Boston, MA TT the Bear’s
March 18 Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus
March 19 Philadelphia, PA Kung Fu Necktie
March 20 Washington, DC The Pinch
March 21 Pittsburgh, PA 31st Street Pub
March 22 Columbus, OH Spacebar
Hot off the release of their fourth album, Colossus (review here), Ohio fuzz rockers Lo-Pan have been announced as taking part in Desertfest Berlin 2015. The announcement follows a recent schism/split with guitarist Brian Fristoe, and since Lo-Pan are also slated to play Roadburn and have shows booked before then and will be touring Europe as well, one can’t help but wonder who’ll be handling guitar for them going forward. No word has come out yet in that regard, but I’ll let you know when I hear what’s up.
In the meantime, good for the band — who killed when they came through recently with Black Cobra – for getting over to Europe. Feels a little overdue for how hard they’ve slogged it out in the States, but better late than never, and I’m sure they’ll find open arms waiting for them at Desertfest, Roadburn and wherever else they might wind up.
lo-pan desertfest berlin
Two-in-one news: first, we are pleased to tell you that fuzz rockers Lo-Pan join the SOL family and will be touring in April! Then, we are proud to add them to our DesertFest Berlin line-up! Stay tuned for more news!
We stoked to announce that fuzz rockers Lo-Pan are now confirmed to kick a good deal of ass at Desertfest Berlin 2015!
With “Colossus”, LO-PAN’s last album – released about a month ago on Small Stone Records – the Columbus’ four-piece have moved beyond their influences and arrived at their own sound – a “style built on aggression without caricature, fuzz without cliché, melody without redundancy and their meanest groove to date.” (The Obelisk)
Do not miss them! DESERTFEST TICKETS available on :
(83€ + shipping)
DESERTFEST BERLIN #4 – APRIL 23th, 24th, 25th 2015
ASTRA KULTURHAUS / F-HAIN/X-BERG BERLIN (GER)
Red Fang + Orange Goblin + My Sleeping Karma + Brutus + Dopethrone + Lo-pan + Mountain Witch + many many more acts
– See more at: http://theobelisk.net/obelisk/2014/11/06/lo-pan-desertfest-berlin-2015/#sthash.4HhhCZ3i.dpuf
Some words have been pinched from The Obelsik… Thanks JJ.
Swedish heavy rockers Deville have a new video for the song “The Knife.” The track comes from the Malmö four-piece’s 2013 full-length, Hydra (review here), which was also their first release on Small Stone Records. As timing would have it, Deville head out on a European tour this week, having finalized the dates at the start of April, and “The Knife” makes a solid argument for showing up to see them if you happen to be in that part of the world. One doubts they’ll be playing on top of a giant guitar or that there will be huge spinning blades — probably for the best — but as Deville stand in a fine tradition of their country’s heavy rock without bowing to the retro pressures of the current scene, they only make themselves more individualized for their efforts.
Between that conceptual appeal and the actual fruit of Deville‘s songwriting, it doesn’t seem like a way to lose out. “The Knife” was among the most memorable cuts on Hydra, so whether you caught wind of the album or not last year, it’ll be worth either the refresher or the initial exposure to check it out. Rock and roll:
Music video by Deville performing The Knife.
Taken from the album “Hydra” Small Stone Records 2013.
Directed by: Henrik Christoffersson
Filmed by: Henrik Christoffersson & Peter Tarpgaard
Edited by: Henrik Christoffersson
Europe spring tour is up! New dates added!
25/4 GER Duesseldorf-Pitcher
26/04 CH Lugano TI/STREET/ART Festival
27/04 IT Pescara-Orange Rock Cafè
28/04 IT Roma-Sinister Noise
29/04 IT Santa Croce Sull’ Arno-Rock City
30/04 IT Montecchio Maggiore-E20
01/05 IT Piacenza-Cuncertass Festival
01/05 IT Seregno-Sala Malasangre
02/05 CH St Gallen-Rumpeltum
03/05 IT Torino-Cafè Liber
04/05 FRA Lyon-Le Moko
05/05 FRA Draguignan-Bucephale
06/05 IT Padova-Sotterranei
07/05 FRA Besanqon-Les passagers du Zinc
08/05 BEL Hasselt-Carpe Diem
09/05 GER Munster-Rare Guitar
10/05 GER Berlin-Jaegerklause