March 6th, 2014
Watter, a brand new trio featuring multi-instrumentalists Zak Riles (Grails), Tyler Trotter and drummer Britt Walford (Slint, Evergreen), are set to release their debut album, entitled This World, in May.
Written, recorded, and produced at the group’s collective studios in Louisville, KY, This World draws inspiration from Eastern and Western folk, rock, ambient, film score, psych, krautrock and neoclassical. The album features guest slots from fellow Louisville resident Rachel Grimes (Rachel’s) on several tracks, and The For Carnation’s Todd Cook on penultimate track, Seawater.
This World hits the stores on May 27 via Temporary Residence Ltd – the tracklisting is as follows:
1. Rustic Fog
2. Lord I Want More
3. Small Business
4. Bloody monday
6. This World
Grails graced the cover of Rock-A-Rolla issue 17 and Slint’s Spiderland is the subject of an extensive Classic Album interview in issue 48 – get your copies here: www.rock-a-rolla.com/backissues.htm
February 24th, 2014
Photo: Shawn Brackbill
Philadelphia’s NOTHING release their debut full-length Guilty Of Everything this March via none other than Relapse, and it’s safe to say it’s one of the label’s most surprising releases to date.
Establishing the outfit firmly as a force to be reckoned with in today’s shoegaze revival, the band spoke to us about Guilty Of Everything in the current issue of Rock-A-Rolla, and you can hear the whole LP right here, right now! Click below to start streaming:
Guilty Of Everything is out in the UK and Europe on March 3.rd Pre-order the album now from www.relapse.com
February 24th, 2014
Following last year’s reissue of their debut full-length Celestial, ISIS‘s third album Panopticon will see a 10th anniversary reissue this April.
Featuring new artwork in a 12-page booklet, the album, originally released in 2004, has been completely remastered for the new edition. Aaron Harris commented on the reissue: “I got the check disc from the manufacturer the other day and listened to Panopticon all the way through to make sure things were good to go. It was like taking a journey back in time. When ISIS was playing these songs regularly I wasn’t able to enjoy them as a listener. Now that I haven’t played these songs in years they’ve taken on a whole new identity for me. Mika Jussila did an amazing job with the remaster. The record has more detail and dynamics now. I feel that remasters sometime ruin the integrity of records, but I feel that fans will really appreciate this remaster, and maybe find a new appreciation for Panopticon, as I have.”
Frontman Aaron Turner added: “After some years away from the material Panopticon now feels like the most optimistic of all the ISIS albums, dark as the subject mater may be. Giving voice to my concerns about the loss of privacy and the deterioration of personal freedom through the lyrics on the album made those subjects weigh less heavily on my mind. Something about the sound of the songs feels open and bright to me as well – post-millennial depression and pre-apocalyptic paranoia hadn’t yet taken hold I suppose. Panopticon also feels like a turning point to me in the trajectory of ISIS, and serves as a personal place-marker for me in terms of how the world of music and music consumption was shifting radically around that time. Things have certainly become cloudier since then and more uncertain – in that way the subject matter of Panopticon also now seems a bit premonitory.”
Panopticon reissue hits the stores on on April 28th in UK/Europe via Ipecac.
1. So We Did
3. In Fiction
4. Wills Dissolve
5. Syndic Calls
6. Altered Course
7. Grinning Mouths
ISIS were on the cover of Rock-A-Rolla issue 19, available to order HERE
February 20th, 2014
Rock-A-Rolla issue 48 out now!
On the cover: Neige talks shoegaze, Slowdive and Alcest’s latest album Shelter!
Inside: Stephen O’Malley discusses Sunn O))) & Ulver’s epic collaboration Terrestrials, plus in-depth interviews with Helms Alee, Bohren & Der Club Of Gore, NOTHING, Petrels, H A R K, Conan, Bly De Blyant!
Plus: Slint look back on their seminal 1991 album, Spiderland
Plus: over 100 album reviews, and much, much more!
SUBSCRIBE AND GET YOUR COPY HERE: http://rockarollamagazine.bigcartel.com
Or download the digital edition for your iPad, Android device or PC/Mac: www.pocketmags.com
February 15th, 2014
Oregon doom trio YOB have signed to Neurot Recordings, and are set to release their next LP through the label later this year.
“YOB is very happy to have signed to Neurot for our new album, “commented founder/vocalist/guitarist Mike Scheidt. “Travis [Foster, drums], Aaron [Rieseberg, bass] and I agree that Neurosis is the epitome of forward-thinking heavy music, made with zero compromise. Our love for their music is total. Neurot’s dedication to putting out uncompromising music is no different. To have this opportunity to put an album out on their label is an honor that runs deep. We cannot wait to share our new music with Neurot and our friends worldwide.”
Steve Von Till of Neurosis/Neurot also commented on the signing: “This was meant to be. Neurot has always sought out to work with those who share in the purification of spirit through sound and who harvest their sound from originality and intensity. When I listen to YOB, see them leave it all on the stage, or share a conversation with them about life, I can say beyond a shadow of a doubt that they embody what Neurot stands for completely and we are so very honored that we get the opportunity to work together with them on their next album.”
Scott Kelly added: “YOB, as with all things that actually matter, there is only one. They have built their temple with a foundation concreted in absolute truth. The truth is the riffs, the truth is in the delivery, it’s in the unwavering commitment, and in the handshake and the look in their eyes. If you don’t know them, then you are fucking up your own life’s truth. There is nothing heavier on the face of this earth than this band. The Neurot Family is honoured to be a part of legacy of this, the monolithic treasure of sonic achievement that is YOB.”
The album is slated for an autumn release, with more details to follow. YOB will perform at this year’s Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, The Netherlands in April.
February 14th, 2014
Birmingham’s experimental/adventurous music festival Supersonic is set to return in a “limited edition” this year, taking over long-term home Custard Factory on 30th and 31st May.
Having celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2012, the festival returns in a more intimate format, with only 400 tickets available for the two days.
Swans are set to headline the weekend, with other acts including Matmos, Wolf Eyes, Ex Easter Island Head, Jenny Hval, Sleaford Mod, Agathe Max, Basic House and more.
For tickets and info visit www.supersonicfestival.com
February 5th, 2014
Photo: Janette Valentine
Florida/Georgia outfit Torche have signed to Relapse, and have entered the studio to record the as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2012’s Harmonicraft.
The quartet have released three full-lengths and a series of EPs and splits to date on labels including Hydra Head, Robotic Empire and Volcom, and this marks their debut for the renowned label. “We’re looking forward to working with a label that has stood the test of time while continuing to expand their diverse roster,” explained Jonathan Nuñez, adding, “Releasing this record on Relapse lined up pretty well since it contains some of the heaviest songs we’ve written to date.”
The band is currently recording at Pinecrust Studio in Miami, with bassist Nuñez serving as producer and Converge’s Kurt Ballou mixing the album. The LP is expected this summer.
Steve Brooks – (Guitar/Vocals)
Rick Smith – (Drums)
Jonathan Nuñez – (Bass)
Andrew Elstner – (Guitar/Vocals)
February 4th, 2014
Denovali Swingfest hits London for the second year this April, with two days of experimental and adventurous music taking place at Village Underground and Cafe Oto.
Since 2007, Germany’s Denovali Records have curated and organised the Denovali Swingfest in Essen, expanding to Berlin and London in 2013. This year’s London line-up features Porter Ricks aka German producers Thomas Köner and Andy Mellwig, UK’s The Haxan Cloak, Sweden’s Anna von Hausswolff, a special AV show from Hidden Orchestra + Lumen, ambient/electronic artist Ulrich Schnauss, France’s Witxes, Germany’s John Lemke, a solo set from Thomas Köner, and performances from three recent Denovali signings: Piano Interrupted, Origamibiro and Petrels. See above for day line-ups.
Ticket are priced at £28 for a Friday ticket, £18 for a Saturday ticket (limited to 200) and £46 for the full festival ticket, and are on sale now at www.denovali.com/swingfest
For further information visit www.denovali.com/swingfest
February 4th, 2014
The Melvins mainman Buzz Osborne has announced a string of U.S. solo shows this February and March.
The 13-date mini-tour is the first time Osborne has performed solo, acoustic shows in his thirty-plus year career. “I’m looking forward to taking this show on the road!” Osborne commented. “Solo acoustic is something I’d never thought I’d be doing. Maybe that’s why this will work!”
In conjunction with the shows, the legendary Amphetamine Reptile will release a commemorative 10” entitled This Machine Kills Artists.
The full list of dates is as follows:
Feb. 25 Los Angeles, CA Scion Rock Show @ The Satellite
March 2 Minneapolis, MN Grumpy’s
March 6 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room
March 8 Kansas City, MO The Riot Room
March 10 Norman, OK Opolis
March 11 Dallas, TX Club Dada
March 13 Austin, TX Record Label Rummage Sale
March 16 Little Rock, AR Stickyz Rock’n’Roll Chicken Shack
March 17 Memphis, TN Hi-Tone
March 20 Louisville, KY Zanzabar
March 21 Indianapolis, IN Radio Radio
March 22 Chicago, IL Beat Kitchen
March 23 Madison, WI High Noon Saloon
Limited copies of Rock-A-Rolla issue 27, featuring Melvins on the cover, are available to order HERE
January 31st, 2014
Italian power trio Zu are set to return this April with a new line-up, featuring The Locust’s drum maestro Gabe Serbian behind the kit, and a brand new EP.
The first new recordings since 2009’s Carboniferous, which took the no.1 spot in Rock-A-Rolla’s Top 50 albums that year, will take the form of a 10″ to be released in spring 2014. Consisting of 4 new tracks and a cover of experimental legends The Residents, the limited EP also features Napalm Death’s Barney Greenway on one track and will be released via La Tempesta Dischi in Italy and Europe in spring 2014 on vinyl only.
This marks the end of the band’s hiatus, which saw Luca Mai (sax) forming Afro-grind duo Mombu, while bassist Massimo Pupillo took a long break from music, relocating to a Himalayan hermitage and subsequently to an Amazonian village. Gabe Serbian replaces original drummer Jacopo Battaglia, who quit Zu in 2011 and joined the live line-up of The Bloody Beetroots.
Stay tuned for full details on the forthcoming EP, due out in April.
Zu were on the cover of Rock-A-Rolla issue 18, available to order HERE