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JIRM: Decibel Premieres “The Cultist” From Psychedelic Heavy Rock Unit; Surge Ex Monumentis Full-Length Release Day Looms
“Surge Ex Monumentis has a healthy psychedelic rock influence but the heavy metal undertones are undeniable. At times, the record seems to take its inspiration from Pink Floyd as much as from Iron Maiden…” — Decibel
Stream / Share JIRM’s “The Cultist” at THIS LOCATION
Surge Ex Monumentis, the impending new full-length from Swedish psychedelic riff rockers JIRM, formerly Jeremy Irons And The Ratgang Malibus, will drop this March via Small Stone.
With as much progressive force as raw sweat behind them, JIRM has never been more themselves than they are on Surge Ex Monumentis, and even as they redefine who they are and what they do as a band, they remain singularly powerful in their delivery and completely unmistakable. The seven-track Surge Ex Monumentis was captured at Puch Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, mixed by Oskar Lindberg at Svenska Grammofonstudion in Gothenburg, Sweden, and mastered by Chris Gooseman at Baseline Audio Labs in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Decibel Magazine is currently streaming “The Cultist” noting “Surge Ex Monumentis has a healthy psychedelic rock influence but the heavy metal undertones are undeniable. At times, the record seems to take its inspiration from Pink Floyd as much as from Iron Maiden, a sound you can hear on ‘The Cultist.'”
Surge Ex Monumentis will see release on CD, digital, and limited edition 2xLP formats via Small Stone on March 16th. Pre-orders are currently available HERE.
BISON MACHINE Michigan Heavy Rockers Sign To Small Stone; New Album Coming Soon + Burnin’ Turf II Fest To Be Held June 3rd
Michigan heavy rockers BISON MACHINE have signed to American heavy rock institution Small Stone Records. The Hamtramck-based volume dealers have been on a this-time-it’s-personal quest to hand-deliver their riffs across the country since the 2015 release of their debut album, Hoarfrost, on Kozmik Artifactz, and with tours throughout the US under their belt, they’re ready to take their game to the proverbial next level.
BISON MACHINE is currently preparing a new album for release later this year as their Small Stone debut. They will enter Rustbelt Studios (Five Horse Johnson, Halfway to Gone, Novadriver) later this Summer to record.
“It’s amazing,” enthuses BISON MACHINE bassist Anthony Franchina about the signing. “Small Stone has released some of my favorite records, from Sasquatch to Greenleaf to Lo-Pan, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to work with Scott [Hamilton] on our next record, which is going to completely blow away everything we’ve done before. We’ll be hitting the road too, so keep an eye out!”
In addition to working on their next LP, the members of BISON MACHINE are involved in organizing the Burnin’ Turf festival, which is set for June 3rd at the Parisville Saloon in Ruth, Michigan with a lineup featuring BISON MACHINE, Wild Savages, Dead Feathers, BoneHawk, Red Stone Souls, Rip VanRipper, and Gear Jammer, as well as chopper games, raffle prizes, van and tank lettering by Zak Warmann of Detroit Sign Painters, camping, DJ Smoak (Loy Smoak Jr.) all the way from San Antonio, bonfires, and of course, plenty of beer. Ticket presales are available at THIS LOCATION.
“I can’t wait to hear what BISON MACHINE bring to this next record,” says Scott Hamilton of Small Stone Records. “They’ve been unstoppable on tour for the last couple years and I’m thrilled to welcome them into the Small Stone fold representing the next generation of great American heavy rock and roll.”
BISON MACHINE released their latest single, “Cloak And Bones,” last year. A video for the track is playing now at THIS LOCATION.
Stay tuned for more on BISON MACHINE, Burnin Turf II, and the new album in the months ahead. [Words by JJ Koczan/The Obelisk]
Casey O’Ryan – guitar
Breck Crandell – drums
Tom Stec – vocals
Anthony Franchina – bass
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Freedom Hawk will bring there dark music fueled by the sun to the US West Side in support of there latest Small Stone (2015) release – Into Your Mind.
All dates w/ Irata
3-Feb Nashville, TN Springwater
4-Feb Fort Worth, TX The Rail Club club
5-Feb El paso, TX Rockhouse Bar & Grill
6-Feb Open (drive day)
7-Feb San Diego, CA Soda Bar
8-Feb Anaheim, CA Out Of The Park Pizza
9-Feb San Francisco, CA Thee Parkside
10-Feb Eugene. OR Old Nick’s Pub
11-Feb Portland, OR High Water Mark Lounge
12-Feb Seattle, WA Funhouse Seattle
13-Feb Yreka, CA, Chromaphonic Music Hall
14-Feb Sacramento, CA Starlite Lounge
15-Feb Las Vegas, NV, Beauty Bar
16-Feb Tucson, AZ The Flycatcher
17-Feb Fort Stockton, TX The Garage
18-Feb Austin, TX Swan Dive
19th-Feb Open (hit us up)
Emanating from the barrier dunes of Virginia, Freedom Hawk’s heavy riffs, rolling groove, and soulful guitar melodies produce a sound that is distinctly their own. The quartet’s brand of heavy rock capitalizes on the best of the heavy ‘70s, with a head-spinning blend of 60s acid and fuzzy blues, that’s modern and based around quality songwriting rather than style-over-substance retro posturing.
Join Freedom Hawk’s continued search for the perfect riff!!
“It’s time to bring the Långfinger machine on the road and we’re really excited to bring our latest album Crossyears with us! Be sure to catch our non-stop superlive experience as we roll across Europe this February and March!”
LÅNGFINGER TOUR WINTER / SPRING 2017
Jan 27 – Oslo (NO) @ Revolver (with Orsak:Oslo)
Jan 28 – Uddevall (SE) @ Bastionen (with Orsak:Oslo)
Feb 15 – Kiel (DE) @ Schaubude (with Captain Crimson)
Feb 16 – Berlin (DE) @ Jägerklause (with Captain Crimson)
Feb 17 – Den Helder (NL) @ De Engel (with Captain Crimson)
Feb 18 – Siegen (DE) @ Vortex (with Captain Crimson)
Feb 19 – Antwerp (BE) @ AMC (with Captain Crimson)
Feb 21 – Cologne (DE) @ Limes (with Captain Crimson)
Feb 23 – Mannheim (DE) @ Kurzbar (with Captain Crimson)
Feb 24 – Luzern (CH) @ Bruch Brothers (with Captain Crimson)
Feb 26 – San Sebastian (ES) @ Dabadaba
Feb 27 – Gijon (ES) @ Sala Acapulco
Mar 01 – Santona (ES) @ Club Tropicana
Mar 03 – Barcelona (ES) @ Rocksound
Mar 04 – Zaragoza (ES) @ La Ley Seca
Mar 10 – Gävle (SE) @ CC-Puben
IT’S NOT NIGHT: IT’S SPACE: Psychedelic Space Rock Instrumentalists Kick Off New Year Mini-Tour Tonight
“There are certain kinds of psychic transport only attainable by lingering on a drone or a single pattern long after the modern mind has expressed its desire to move along, and that place is where
INN:IS lives but this band has become nothing short of masterful at the art of the narrative arc as well…” — The Hudson Valley Almanac Weekly
Dark psychedelic space rock instrumentalists IT’S NOT NIGHT: IT’S SPACE will kick off their first round of dates of the new year. Beginning tonight in Boston, Massachusetts the band’s (((Win-Tour 2017))) excursion will wind through five states and eight venues, with additional performances to be announced in the coming weeks.
IT’S NOT NIGHT: IT’S SPACE:
1/04/2017 O’Brien’s Pub – Boston, MA w/ Rope Trick, Kind, Sun Drifter
1/05/2017 Needful Things, LLC – Dover, NH w/ Rope Trick, Green Bastard, Cain
1/06/2017 Darkside Records – Poughkeepsie, NY w/ Rope Trick, River Cult
1/07/2017 The Cobra Club – Brooklyn, NY w/ Rope Trick, River Cult
(INN:IS birthday party!)
1/08/2017 Aurora Providence – Providence, RI w/ Rope Trick, River Cult. Minibeast
1/14/2017 Snug Harbor Bar And Grill – New Paltz, NY w/ Shadow Witch, Geezer
1/15/2017 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA w/ Rope Trick, Pneumagon
1/18/2017 Arlene’s Grocery – New York, NY Ode To Doom Series w/ Somnuri, Heavy Traffic, St. Bastard
IT’S NOT NIGHT: IT’S SPACE will be touring in support of their Our Birth Is But A Sleep And A Forgetting full-length released via Small Stone last year. Recorded, produced, and mixed by Rick Birmingham at Castle Alamut and The Tin Roof Studios and mastered by Chris Goosman (Acid King, La Chinga, Solace, Lo Pan, Freedom Hawk etc.) at Baseline Audio, the intoxicating, six-track offering is available worldwide on CD and digitally.
Stream and order the record at the official Small Stone BandCamp pageHERE.
Gushed The Hudson Valley Almanac Weekly of the offering, “There are certain kinds of psychic transport only attainable by lingering on a drone or a single pattern long after the modern mind has expressed its desire to move along, and that place is where INN:IS lives but this band has become nothing short of masterful at the art of the narrative arc as well, and that’s important for an instrumental band. Jams that transfix live can just bore in the studio if a band is not taking its storytelling responsibility seriously.” “Our Birth Is But A Sleep And A Forgetting is a surprising little journey through the psychedelic cosmos of the stoner and ambience world,” wrote Apochs.net. “IT’S NOT NIGHT: IT’S SPACE does a superb job casting various settings… leaving the listener at their mercy through soothing astral voyages with or without the aid of hallucinogenic drugs of some kind. Between solid musicianship like what’s found on ‘The Beard Of Macroprosopus’ and the emotionally charged sensations felt on ‘Across The Luster Of The Desert Into The Polychrome Hills,’ it’s plain to see that this three-piece is not your everyday instrumental act.” “Beaming in from cosmic depths with six tracks…Our Birth Is But A Sleep And A Forgetting offers sonic immersion and atmospheric scope in kind with a patient, hypnotic front-to-back flow that adds rich tonality to what guitarist Kevin Halcott, bassist Tommy Guerrero, and drummer Michael Lutomski accomplished their first time out,” offered The Obelisk. “Parts may have been born of improvisations, but the finished product doesn’t feel like a collection of jams. Rather, a series of interconnected pieces correctly positioned to guide the listener through this aural expanse. Spiritualism, contemplation, philosophy, space itself – all of this seems to be in play for IT’S NOT NIGHT: IT’S SPACE.” Outlaws Of The Sun concurred, “The album sounds incredible through-out. The production is first rate as you feel emotionally connected to the music from the very start. Our Birth Is But A Sleep And A Forgetting is simply an album that will not only be considered as one of the year’s best instrumental rock albums but perhaps one of the best albums of the year.” Added More Fuzz in their year-end review, “The name of the band gives two clues about their music, first that it’s space (rock), believe them, they know. Second, its length suggests post-rock influences, and there’s definitely some post vibe in the way the songs progress smoothly towards their apex, with noisey melodies becoming gradually faster and angrier through time. You’ll probably feel a drone aura also, because this trio knows to take its time to do it right. Don’t worry, you won’t have to do a thing, just lay back in this comfy capsule drifting through the cosmos.”
Guitarist Kevin Halcott and drummer Michael Lutomski founded IT’S NOT NIGHT: IT’S SPACE early in 2010. By that Fall, Tommy Guerrero had joined on bass and their first EP arrived in October 2011. East Of The Sun & West Of The Moon featured three epic instrumental pieces that set the tone for what to expect from IT’S NOT NIGHT: IT’S SPACE. Positive response came in virtual and physical realities, and the band set about honing their craft, averaging about fifty-sixty shows a year.
Momentum carried IT’S NOT NIGHT: IT’S SPACE straight into their first LP, 2012’s Bowing Not Knowing To What, self-released with the help of successful crowdfunding raising $5,000 to press CDs and vinyl. It was this album that caught the attention of Small Stone Records. A series of roadblocks and personal setbacks fowlloing that release album set the tone for their second album, the soon-to-be issued Our Birth Is But A Sleep And A Forgetting.
In moldy warehouses, grimy basements, and the dusty backrooms of pizza shops, the psychedelic drone trio channeled new material and worked tirelessly to craft the songs that would become a definitive offering. It became a full-time task. Our Birth Is But A Sleep And A Forgetting rings both familiar and fresh. Longtime fans should have no trouble getting down with the heavy grooves and climaxes of these sonic journeys, but the band has pushed into dreamier territories as well. The long wait to share this very personal and powerful album is finally over, and IT’S NOT NIGHT: IT’S SPACEis ready to get back on the wave and ride it forward.
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