North Carolina’s finest psychedelic stoner punks! Since forming in 2001, ASG has been wheelin’ and dealin’ in kick-ass rock n’ roll. With unabashedly hooky vocals, evocative lyrics and well-honed musical chops, ASG create soaring, melodic anthems with a sunny, colorful vibe. In 2018, the band re-emerged with their six-full length and first new album in five years. 'Survive Sunrise' is the perfect summertime hard rock album, one that hurtles along with reckless abandon and will burrow into your head for years to come. Perfect fodder for their wildly energetic live shows that have found them on the road with the likes of Motorhead, The Sword, Torche, Dwarves, and CKY.
There was blood, and maybe a few tears, too, but more than anything, Black Tusk was born from sweat. Formed in 2005 by three lifelong friends, the Savannah band welded together a three-pronged vocal attack, dirty punk, sludgy heavy metal, and a big fat dose of Motorhead to create what they called “swamp metal.” After the tragic death of bass player Athon in 2014, the remaining duo made the difficult decision to soldier on and carry on in his memory. Black Tusk has lived through the kind of hardship and heartbreak that would cripple a lesser band, but it’s that dedication, and gumption, and pure bullheaded stubbornness that’s taken them around the world and beyond.
Brant Bjork delivers lush Stoner Rock with balls of steel, winged by vivid solo guitars and his creaking whiskey tinged voice. Once behind the drums for legendary Desert Rock bands Kyuss and Fu Manchu, Brant has since turned himself into a far-out reincarnation of Jimi Hendrix, on a nearly constant world tour to deliver fuzzy awesomeness to the masses. His live show amounts to controlled madness hitting just the right spot between trippy and doomy, smooth and sludgy. The recent live album 'Mankind Woman is a surprisingly funky slice of soulful rock, but nothing beats the pure thrill of seeing the man perform in the flesh.
Church of Misery hold the distinction of being one of the first doom metal bands to emerge from Japan. Founded by bass player Tatsu Mikami back in 1995, it reflected his musical inspirations – traditional doom metal like Saint Vitus and Black Sabbath, and the early seventies doom rock in the mould of Leaf Hound and Gun. Numerous line-up changes couldn't prevent the band from establishing a solid reputation in the Western doom scene, and in fact it has kept their sound evolving and sounding fresh over more than 20 years. Now with Mikami as the only remaining original member, the Church has in fact never sounded more alive.
Crackups are a band of extremes. Insanely fast, but tight as a duck's ass. Extremely loud but with a keen sense of melody. Featuring members from Double Veterans, Priceduifkes, Psycho 44, they gained notoriety through fiercely intense live shows and a defiant punk attitude. After reaching the finals of Belgium's biggest talent hunt Humo's Rock Rally and releasing a bottle rocket of a debut album with 'Animals on Acid', they suddenly disappeared from the scene in 2012. Nowthey are throwing themselves headfirst into a comeback, the likes of which this land has never seen... expect sounds inspired by The Stooges, Black Flag and Devo, mashed into something fiercely unique and original.
Founded by singer-composer Lee Swinnen, the Belgian threesome Double Veterans get inspired in equal measure by the great psychedelic bands of the '60s and '70s as they are by the contemporary scene. Their debut EP ‘The Brotherhood of Scary Hair and Homemade Religion’ and following singles introduced the world to their unrefined but catchy brand of garage rock, but the full debut album ‘Space Age Voyeurism’ (2016) showed a band quickly growing into a versatile and idiosyncratic sound. After a brief sabbath to explore other musical interests, the Veterans are now back with a whole number of nefarious plans up their sleeve!
Starting out in a small town in coastal Massachusetts as a shared musical passion between three long-time friends, Elder is the definition of a work in progress. With each new release, the group continues to meld the familiar sounds of Sleep‘s colossal riffage with an ever-evolving vision of soaring melodies and sonic soundscapes. This continuous quest for musical adventure has received praise from the traditional stoner/doom crowd, as well as reaching listeners outside this often insular scene. Their audience will find themselves locked into the trio’s lengthy epics, which toe the line between the chasms of classic stoner metal and mindblowing psychedelia.
For a long time, Endless Boogie was considered "the best-kept secret in New York's rock scene". Starting out in 1997 as a jam band between a couple of Matador Records employees and the excentric rare vinyl dealer Paul Major, they played their first live show in 2001 opening for Pavement's Stephen Malkmus. Since then, their formula has roughly stayed the same: take the most infectious riff you can find, repeat it ad infinitum, and have Paul recount fragmented tall stories from his rock'n'roll past, punctuated by his scorching solo guitar playing. Endless Boogie do exactly what their name implies: this is one rocking party that never ends.
Formed in 1988, EHG turned upside down the 90’s underground pioneering a unique sound copied by thousands in their wake, blending muddy riffs and sturdy rhythmic work with Mike Williams’ deranged poetry and an intimidating barricade of noise and feedback. Since then, they've survived line-up shuffles, label hassles, a short-lived split and the loss of original drummer Joey Lacaze in 2013. And after almost three decades of creating some of the most corrosive, vile music known to man, EyeHateGod still hasn't lost the piss and vinegar that fueled them back in '88. Now, with Mike fresh out of surgery, the band shows no sign of slowing down, touring intensively and preparing a new album.
An L.A. post-punk threesome with an enviable pedigree: Will Ivy (Dream Boys, Wet Illustrated, Bridez), Justin Sullivan (Kevin Morby, The Babies) and Tim Hellman (Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall, Sic Alps) certainly got more than enough garage rock credentials under their belt to grab your attention. Nevertheless, Flat Worms is more than just a pet project, as a bunch of 7" records on Volar and an album on Castle Face should prove. A little Wipers, a little Wire, and a lot of late-capitalist era anxious energy — fans of classic SST / Homestead /Touch And Go Records will find much to love here.
Ty Segall Ex-Cult's Chris Shaw decided they were going to start a band together when their bands played together in 2013. The band had been in the planning stages for a long time but finally came together in 2015 when they convened in Ty's Los Angeles studio to record an album. Cory Hanson (Wand), Charles Moothart (Fuzz) and Mikal Cronin all got involved at some point. After the addition of Michael Anderson on bass, GØGGS returned in 2018 with 'Pre Strike Sweep', adding a new level of primordial anxiety to their already catastrophic symphony. Here's one West Coast garage supergroup you don't want to miss.
HEILUNG is German for "healing", and that is a most striking description of the band's sound. A HEILUNG performance takes you on a magical musical journey that can be turbulent at times, but will leave you in a relaxed and peaceful state afterwards. HEILUNG reach far back in time to the Northern European iron age and Viking period, blending a wide range of instruments and materials into their unique sound experience: running water via human bones, reconstructed swords and shields, ancient frame drums, bronze rings... The lyrics are derived from original texts on ancient artefacts, and a striking visual show completes this soul stirring spectacle.
Revered saxophonist Idris Ackamoor is the founder and leader of the Pyramids, an Afrocentric world music and spiritual jazz group whose music emerges from a fertile creative zone that was mined by Sun Ra, Art Ensemble of Chicago and the likes. Their trio of mindbending afro-jazz albums from the 1970s proved highly influential to several generations of artists, but the group disbanded in 1977. Ackamoor threw himself in his work as a cultural ambassador, but after nearly 40 years he reconvened the band in 2016, releasing two much-acclaimed albums on Strut Records and starting a second run as a celebrated touring outfit.
Kyuss, Slo Burn, Unida, Hermano, Vista Chino... after years of fronting famous and infamous desert rock outfits, John Garcia's name has almost become synonymous with the genre. Although the man himself rather wouldn't call what he does “desert rock.” Instead he considers it all to be rock ’n’ roll with different manifestations, which is why he showed up in guest appearances for acts as diverse as Orange Goblin and Karma To Burn, to The Crystal Method and Belgium's own Arsenal. After a more intimate solo affair, the man now has a new plan for 2019: a band project called 'John Garcia And The Band Of Gold' that will take him back where it all started: sweat-dripping hard rocking grooves.
The gigantic tone of Kid Congo Powers' open-tuned guitar is one of the more readily identifiable sounds in the history of underground rock. Best known for his contribution to legendary bands like The Gun Club, The Cramps, and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds in their prime, Kid has spent the last years as a sideman and, most recently, the leader of Kid Congo Powers and the Pink Monkey Birds. Kid's always had a knack for being with the right people at the right place at the right time, but over the years he has gradually emerged as a world-class songwriter and a distinctive vocalist in his own right.
Kikagaku Moyo (Japanese for "geometric patterns") are a Tokyo-based psychedelic rock band whose sound incorporates elements of Krautrock, Indian ragas, and acid folk. They released a series of records on Guruguru Brain, a label founded by two members of the band to promote Eastern psychedelic music in the West. With heavy, crushing jams balanced by more contemplative moments, Kikagaku Moyo recalls Japanese psych groups like Acid Mothers Temple and Ghost, as well as their predecessors such as Far East Family Band and the Flower Travellin' Band. Live the band is no less than phenomenal, taking you on a trip to their very own personal universe.
This whiskey fueled two man frenzy of blues-driven rock’n’roll noise straight from Fort Wayne, Indiana will hit you like a shock wave and show you a foot-stompin’ good time. The raw blues power duo of Joe Evans (slide guitar and vocals) and Pete Dio (drums) have learned their craft by playing at house parties and corner streets, and rehearsing in a heatless garage. The result is a sound unlike any other, their personal take on the North Mississippi Hill Country sound. “Let your soul drive what you do” is the premise of their music, and the most recent album 'Claw Machine Wizard' may be the best testament of that motto yet.
Mdou Moctar first found underground success in 2008, when his first release "Ana" was all the rage on the pirate mp3 networks of West Africa. Through the Sahel Sounds compilation “Music from Saharan Cellphones” (2011) his unique psychedelic sound was picked up in the West, which launched a successful touring career. In 2012, Mdou relocated from his native village to Agadez, the center of Niger’s guitar scene, and formed his band. Over the past years, he has become well known on the international circuit, playing high energy electrified music in festivals and clubs across Europe and North America.
Welcome to the "cosmic wall of sound": psychedelic vibes, stoner rock grooves with a prog twist, instrumental music that invites you on a stellar journey through the mind. Monkey3 started in 2001 in Lausanne (Switzerland) as a jam-band community, influences ranging from Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, to Kyuss and 35007. Over a 14-year career, they have released 6 albums of decidedly cosmic music that loves melding heavy riffing with proggy keyboards. During this time, the Swiss quartet have toured everywhere in Europe, supporting the greatest acts and playing the best festivals including Hellfest, all the Desertfests, Burg-Herzberg, Freak Valley...and still the story goes on !
A psych-blasted sludge-metal trio based in the traditionally black metal-oriented city of Gothenburg, Swedish doom rock unit Monolord was founded in 2013 around the talents of Thomas V Jäger (vocals, guitars), Esben Willems (drums), and Mika Häkki (bass). The band's 2014 debut LP, 'Empress Rising', was released via Riding Easy Records. It drew praise from a host of online zines, and quickly rose to the top of Bandcamp's doom charts. The follow-ups 'Vaenir' and 'Rust' along with a heavy bout of touring both at home and abroad have made Monolord a household name in the doom family over just a few years' time.
San Francisco's Moon Duo was formed in 2009 by Sanae Yamada and Erik Johnson (Wooden Shjips). Inspired initially by the legendary duo of John Coltrane and Rashied Ali, Moon Duo counts such variant groups as Silver Apples, Royal Trux, Moolah, Suicide, and Cluster as touchstones. Throughout the years have consistently expanded on their core sound of motoric beats, synth bass and Ripley's space guitar. This culminated in 2017's double concept album 'Occult Architecture', based on the Chinese theory of Yin and Yang, light vs. dark. As disorienting as the music can be, the eye-scorching visual live show takes it to a whole new outer dimension.
It's hard to keep up with John Dwyer. The prolific Westcoast musician is known for dropping albums a mile a minute, occasionally changing the setup of his band to keep the spirit going. For their 19th full-length album, the band formerly known as Thee Oh Sees (and The Oh Sees and OCS and Orinoka Crash Suite and Orange County Sound) are now just the "Oh Sees". That being said, the twin drummer setup just keeps on doing what it does best: providing an explosive backdrop for whatever out-there sound Dwyer comes up with - be it garage, psychrock, manic folk or spaced-out drones. The result is one of the most exciting live bands you can witness nowadays.
In a world gone mad, there are few certainties to cling to. But one thing remains forever unwavering and true: Orange fucking Goblin! Diehard exponents of the noble art of heavy metal since 1995, the London-based quartet have spent the last two decades steadily but surely establishing themselves as one of the UK’s most loved and respected bands. Starting out as one of the most important UK doom bands of the '90s, Goblin has been adding more and more influences to their unique sound, resulting in some of their best work being done over the last few years. 2018's 'The Wolf Bites Back' once again proved there's still a lot of creative fury in the Goblin's spirit.
Radio Moscow was named after an obscure 60s garage punk novelty single. The power trio led by Stratocaster genius Parker Griggs have found THE formula: Crunching, heavy Sabbath-style chords topped with fiery solos that can legitimately be called Hendrixian. Radio Moscow plant their flag firmly in the territory where psychedelic rock and cranked-up blues meet. The sound is unabashedly retro, so it’s easy to see how it caught the ear of the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, who produced their 2007 self-titled debut. A relentless touring schedule and a slew of killer albums have earned the band an enthusiastic following throughout the years.
A true Japanese experimental super group, Saicobab’s spiraling 'grindcore raga' will awaken you to the realm of the super-organism that envelopes the ego. Performing since 2001 the ensemble has expanded beyond their initial improvisations and into an ensemble as formidable in talent as it is in originality. Saicobab masterfully blends traditional Indian music with melodies and unexpected rhythms, using unorthodox instrumentation to create utterly distinct modern ragas. The band consists of renowned sitar player Yoshida Daikiti and YoshimiO (from the mighty Boredoms!), together with bassist Akita Goldman (Soil & "Pimp" Sessions) and gamelan player Tomoyuki Hamamoto.
'Samsara' - the Sanskrit word for 'journey' that denotes the endless life cycle of death and rebirth. 'Blues' - the fundament where it all comes from. And finally, 'Experiment' - every show is a new adventure, for the band as well as their audience. For ten years now, the Berlin-based trio has passionately blended blues-infused heavy psych, stoner and space rock in extended jams that sometimes venture into hypnotic krautrock territory. Quite fittingly, they have named their DIY record label 'Electric Magic', because that is truly their trade. Throughout the years, they've weaved their psychedelic spell over crowds all over Europe, USA, South-America, and all the way to New Zealand.
Ukraine might not be the most obvious place to start a doom metal band, but that is exactly what Igor Sidorenko decided to do when he was stuck in a rut back in 2007. The band's progress since then has proven him right: from their humble beginnings in the local metal underground, Stoned Jesus has moved on to become one of the current scene darlings. It might have something to do with the tight songwriting, solidly based in traditional stoner doom but touched by Igor's many influences and prog background. No wonder Napalm Records wanted a piece of that, releasing their breakthrough album 'Pilgrims' in 2018.
After an insane roadtrip, The Glücks got together as a couple and as a band. Alek and Tina bonded over a love for all things dirty and fuzzy: The Cramps, Stooges, Pebbles/Nuggets garage and punk. Add to that an urge to get away from the “shithole” they grew up in, and you’ve got the recipe for some good infernal rock’n’roll. Even with the mother of all hangovers, the band nailed a full album of eight songs in 2 days. The second album topped that with 11 songs recorded in the same amount of time. 'Run Amok' from 2018 is their most accomplished outing to date, a vibrant heartfelt piece of work filled to the brim with songs for the underdogs, the generation denied... the generation undefined.
The Obsessed was formed in the late 1970s in Potomac, Maryland by legendary guitarist Scott “Wino” Wenrich. Since then, the band has weathered many storms, with several breakups, label and lineup changes and reunions, until their full-time return in 2016 signing to Relapse Records to record their first studio album in over 20 years. In the meanwhile, their reputation had grown to truly legendary proportions, being cited as a true pioneer in the thriving doom scene. Now performing once again as three piece featuring Wino alongside new members Reid Raley and Brian Costantino, The Obsessed sounds heavier and more relevant than ever before.
Playing instrumental post-rock in Spain might not be the most obvious career path to choose in music, but Toundra has pulled it off, and then some. Formed in Madrid in 2007, the band has come up through the tried-and-true method of hard work, working hard and then some more hard work. Bit by bit they conquered their homeland Spain, culminating in sold-out shows and appearances at the country's prominent festivals like Primavera. After that, the conquest of Europe was only a matter of time. Of course, it's all for naught if the quality's not there to begin with, but that's where Toundra shines the most - creating a sonic world that their listeners want to revisit time and time again.
Practically born in the surf of Laguna Beach, and transplanted to the garage-punk nexus of the Bay Area, one-man dynamo Ty Segall has been at the forefront of the region's thriving garage scene for more than a decade. Throughout his prolific career, he has constantly shifted projects and moods, ranging from eclectic pop to fuzzed-out noise to acoustic folk. On his latest couple of albums, he seems to have boiled down all these influences into a style that is unmistakably his own, while effortlessly moving across the musical spectrum. With The Freedom Band, he has assembled a bunch of skilled musicians to put on the best damn rock show you can imagine.
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For a band who traffic in measured, unhurried riffage, Richmond’s Windhand have moved awfully quickly over the last few years. Founded in 2009, the Virginia quintet have been making waves since the release of their 2010 practice space demo. Their self-titled debut immediately became an underground hit, selling out multiple vinyl presses in a matter of months. But the band has proven to be no flash-in-the-pan internet phenomenon. Throughout 4 albums and incessant touring, they have evolved their Sabbath-with-siren-vocals underpinning with every step they take, leading to some of the most accomplished songwriting to be found in the genre.
Wooden Shjips’ rise to prominence from the psychedelic underground to the rock and roll overground has been a steady sojourn. With each consecutive release, the band has found new ways of transforming heady psychedelic rock into minimalist masterpieces, bridging the gap between woozy freeness tightly wound simplicity. Guitarist-singer Ripley Johnson formed the band in San Francisco in 2003, originally conceiving the band as a loose collection of untrained musicians that would gather to jam. Settling into a regular line-up, the band became a live sensation as well as gaining more media attention as their work moved from spaced freakouts to to melodically direct songs.
Yawning Man hail from the arid desert area of Southern California. They have been playing, jamming, and recording since 1986, and are considered to be the originators of the entire “Desert Rock” movement. Nevertheless, it was almost 20 years after the band’s organic beginnings that the world was blessed with a full length debut. Throughout their instrumental cinematic rock landscapes, Yawning Man has always expressed a desire to create and connect landscapes of the real to surreal, the dreams to the drastic. The end (and still on-going) result is the beautiful, swirling and other-worldly music you know as Yawning Man. And then some.