Recent posts: SSR HQ
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