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NEW OBSESSION: SPIRAL SHADES ALBUM “HYPNOSIS SESSIONS” OUT AUGUST 5th, 2014.

July 22, 2014

 

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Tell me about this obvious yet brilliant ode to the old guard of bands like Sabbath. After recording it, was it exactly what you wanted?
Khushal : Our goal was to recreate the sound of the 70’s and Sabbath were the biggest influence, but we tried to bring something to the table with our own unique style of playing and songwriting. And yes in the end we achieved what we wanted; in fact it turned out to be better once we started getting positive feedback from the fans.
Filip : When we first started out we originally wanted to make a progressive doom album inspired by 70s music. But later we decided that we will try and stick to the basics and make a true genuine heavy/ hard rock music as our tribute to the 70’s era.
And do you know if the band is going to take on the same essence with the next album? I mean, when you were done with “Hypnosis Sessions”, does your mind automatically move onto the next project?
Khushal : Definitely for our next album we are going to take on the same essence but the overall sound will be more refined. It’s been a gradual learning process every time you record a new song. We both are huge fans of progressive music, and you might see some progressive elements mixed with heavy- doom music in our next album.
Filip : With the next album we want to make it tighter and take it up a notch. I want to try and add small progressive elements to the new stuff. I want every song to sound unique in its own way, and avoid having the same sound for every song.
Is it true that you (Filip), have never met your “band mate”, and this was all done via virtual collaboration?
Filip : Yes that’s correct, we have never meet and everything was done over the internet. We both had a common goal in what we wanted to create, so it was quite easy to start working together. It took a while figuring out all the right programs to use and how we could share the material between each other.
Khushal : Yes that’s true we have never met because of various reasons. The entire Hypnosis Sessions album was recorded over the internet. It’s cool how technology has made this possible.
And since Khushal is in India, will you ever take this on the road? Or is that task to daunting?
Filip : This is something we will take step by step and just see how it develops. Maybe one day we will meet and create music together in the same room.
Khushal : I would love to take this on the road but there’s lots of issues both financially and planning wise. We both stay miles away from each other. The problem is that we have to be together to form a complete band and might also need some kind of sponsorship to back us on this front. It’s just the passion for music that got us to make this album, we had absolutely zero budget and we recorded the entire album with limited resources in our own small home studio.

Seems that you are kind of setting a precedent for other artists to have the open mindedness to create music if even by virtual means? Do you recommend this process?
Khushal : I would highly recommend this process as long as you have patience. Patience is the key if you wish to record virtually because there’s lots of back and forth but apart from that you also need to have a special bond with your fellow band mate.
Filip : I can highly recommend this process, however I can also say we have been very lucky. We both wanted to create good music and worked towards it slowly.
Can you kind of explain the process of how the songs were made? I mean in a nutshell, given the distance.
Filip : I usually create bunch of riff jam songs as I call them, and then I send them over to Khushal for him to see if its something he can work with. Once Khushal has a good vocal melody line and some short lyrics, we start working on the structure of the song.
Khushal : Exactly what Filip mentioned.
Seattle crowds would eat your music up. Ever been here, and what do you know about it?
Khushal : Well we have never visited America and what we know is that there have been so many great legendary musicians from Seattle and we hope we can visit there once in our life time at least. But we hope that through this interview we reach out to people in Seattle and get their support.
Filip : That’s really cool to hear. I have never really been to the states, so I don’t know how its like over there.
What’s next for Spiral Shades?
Khushal : Once our Hypnosis Sessions album is released and the promotion is over we will soon start writing songs for our next album. We’ll also have some surprises for our fans in between so stay tuned guys.
Filip : We are both really looking forward to the release of our album in August. (Pre-order Here)

PHOTO AND VIDEO REVIEW: BRENT AMAKER & THE RODEO/ FOX & THE LAW/NIGHTRAIN ON JULY 12th.

July 15, 2014

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Well there is not to much to say outside of; If you missed the Brent Amaker & The Rodeo show at The Tractor Tavern this past Saturday …. huge mistake. And it’s going to be awhile before you see one of the best live shows in Seattle, if not THE best for a very long time. I got word from the man himself it could be as long as 2016. BUMMER! Let’s hope not.

But fear not … in the meantime, he will be introducing us to his new alter ego Android Amaker. The project he has been working on with Vox Mod and P-Smoov of Mad-Rad. Expect a show late summer or fall.

But lucky for you we have some shots of the show, as well as the infamous video of one of the rodeo giving the audience a “sausage encore” we very soon won’t forget …or maybe some will. You be the judge.
Regardless, NighTrain, Fox and The Law and Brent Amaker & The Rodeo all brought it, and it was a night that will not be forgotten.

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FEATURED SINGLE: “AUTUMN” BY BEAR IN HEAVEN

July 15, 2014

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Bear In Heaven unveils another new track from their forthcoming album, Time Is Over One Day Old (out Aug 5th on Dead Oceans/Hometapes). Having previously released the anthemic ripper, “Time Between,” “Autumn” is a brilliant, beat heavy, synth jam that kicks off the new album. With its provocative beat, textural synthesizers and unassuming but adeptly supportive bass and guitar, “Autumn” is quintessential Bear In Heaven. The band carefully balances moments of joyful simplicity and deep complexity. It’s easy to see why people and musicians alike fall hard for this band. They entice and envelop you. Jon Philpot’s high, smooth, strong voice is so tightly wound into the music that it can be easy to overlook the lyrics, Bear In Heaven’s capacious third dimension. When bands age well, their vitality takes shape. They wear, but with intention. They trim excesses. Throughout Time Is Over One Day Old you’ll hear a band at peace with themselves. They’ve learned to cut back on that which is merely impressive and to concentrate on simply what is crucial. The result is a record that will stay with you.

Bear In Heaven will tour across North America in support of Time Is Over One Day Old starting next month before heading to Europe in the fall. A full list of tour dates is below.

BEAR IN HEAVEN TOUR DATES:
Mon. Aug. 4 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade (in-store)
Wed. Aug. 20 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
Thu. Aug. 21 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
Fri. Aug. 22 – Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel
Sat. Aug. 23 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle (Back Room)
Sun. Aug. 24 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
Tue. Aug. 26 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
Wed. Aug. 27 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues (Bronze Peacock)
Thu. Aug. 28 – Austin, TX @ The Parish
Tue. Sept. 2 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex
Wed. Sept. 3 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
Fri. Sept. 5 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
Sat. Sept. 6 – Spokane, WA @ Bartfest
Sun. Sept. 7 – Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
Wed. Sept. 10 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry
Thu. Sept. 11 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
Fri. Sept. 12 – Columbus, OH @ A&R Music Bar
Sat. Sept. 13 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
Sun. Sept. 14 – Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa
Tue. Sept. 16 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
Wed. Sept. 17 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Thu. Oct. 2 – London, UK @ XOYO
Fri. Oct. 3 – Brussels, BE @ Beursschouwburg
Sat. Oct. 4 – Paris, FR @ Espace B
Sun. Oct. 5 – Amsterdam, NL @ Bitterzoet
Mon. Oct. 6 – Cologne, DE @ Club 672
Tue. Oct. 7 – Berlin, DE @ Berghain
Thu. Oct. 9 – Copenhagen, DK @ Ideal Bar
Fri. Oct. 10 – Lund, SE @ Mejeriet
Sat. Oct. 11 – Stockholm, SE @ Kagelbanan
Sun. Oct. 12 – Goteborg, SE @ Pustervik
Mon. Oct. 13 – Oslo, NO @ John Dee
Tue. Oct. 14 – Bergen, NO @ Landmark
Thu. Oct. 16 – Aarhus, DK @ Atlas
Fri. Oct. 17 – Hamburg, DE @ Aalhaus

PICTURE AND VIDEO REVIEW: BEACHDICK & CLUTCH DOUGLASS AT BARBOZA.

June 25, 2014

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NEW BAND/NEW ALBUM: PARLOUR TRICKS ‘MEDALS’ ALBUM OUT 6/24/14

June 24, 2014

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While listening to mixes of its debut full length, Columbia, South Carolina’s Death Becomes Even The Maiden realized that a name change would best signify the profound development of its core sound. Shedding elements of its aggressive post-punk crescendos for a more refined and melodic design, the trio re-christened itself Parlour Tricks. And though punched-up choruses and heightened musicianship may have replaced some of the shrill screams and squealing guitars of past 7”s, Parlour Tricks retains the tension and nervous energy that made Death Becomes Even The Maiden’s music so memorable.

Parlour Tricks released their debut album, Medals, on June 24, 2014. Medals is available as a digital download and on 12″ vinyl in bronze, silver, and limited-edition gold.

SHOW PREVIEW: LEE BAINS III & THE GLORYFIRES AT THE TRACTOR TAVERN. JUNE 17th, 2014

June 16, 2014

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About 2 months ago I walked into my favorite and now historical music venue called the 7th St. Entry in Minneapolis. No sooner did I walk in to this oddly muggy little joint, I was stopped dead in my tracks by a band that was scorching their way through the set. Frontman Lee Bains III, was sweating, kneeling and singing at the top of his lungs in front of his drummers kick drum, and emphatically banging on the cymbals . I mean I didn’t even make it to the bar to get my PBR and I was completely enthralled.

Sure the band was tight, and had that beautiful raw kinda American gritty feel to it … you know that “real” kinda rock and roll. But the frontman and the talent behind him, was electric and fucking dominating the 25-30 people that were there on this chilly Monday night in Minneapolis. I was pissed that I had calculated my approx show time start in Minneapolis, according to the way Seattle does it, cause now I had already missed half the set; and from the looks of the soaking wet t-’s and soaked hair …it was obvious some serious work had been put in already.

In other words get there early, and don’t miss any of this kick ass band that’s part of Seattle’s Sub-Pop family.

Photo By: Jason Friendt

FEATURED VIDEO OF THE WEEK: PANDA KID “SUMMETRY”

June 10, 2014

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Check out their Facebook page! PANDA KID

 

 

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