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Wo Fat

Wo Fat

You can wade through as many press quotes about “Texas-sized” as you want or see how many top-whatever lists Wo Fat have made since the Dallas trio got started in 2003, but none of that is going to be the same as staring down their swampadelic fuzz groove for yourself. If you want to know the monster, shake its hand.

In 2014, Wo Fat will release The Conjuring, their fifth full-length and second through Small Stone. Like their last two, 2012’s The Black Code and 2011’s Noche del Chupacabra, it’s a heavy-riff/heavy-jam blast of a time – the kind of record that turns the vaguely interested into converts and that makes the corners on squares look even sharper. Guitarist/vocalist Kent Stump, bassist Tim Wilson and drummer/backing vocalist Michael Walter are jazz-combo tight and their roll is easy and natural, like you remember Fu Manchu being, but bigger-sounding and in the case of The Conjuriing, darker as well.

There’s been a creature lurking in the woods since Wo Fat’s 2006 debut, The Gathering Dark – their second album, 2009’s Psychedelonaut, pulled back on the threat some to lighten the mood – but whether it’s the motor-driven rush of “Read the Omens” or the you’re-already-lost-in-it riff-exploration of 17-minute closer “Dreamwalker,” The Conjuring is indeed a backwoods ritual. Bluesmen have sold their souls for less.

Veterans of Roadburn, slated for Freak Valley 2014 and self-sufficient with Stump handling the recording at his own Crystal Clear Sound in Dallas, Wo Fat push their jams farther than they’ve ever gone before on these five tracks. Topped off with a mastering job from Nolan Brett at Stump’s studio and an otherworldly cover courtesy of Alexander Von Wieding, the beast that Wo Fat’s tectonic riffage calls to earth has never seemed more real or more alive than it does on The Conjuring.


SS-150 The Conjuring (2014)


SS-133 The Black Code (2012)

Upcoming Wo Fat Shows

May 27, 2014London, UKThe Blackheart
May 28, 2014Paris, FRLe Glazart
May 29, 2014Tilburg, NL Little Devil
May 30, 2014Netphen, GERFreak Valley Festival 2014
May 31, 2014Berlin, GER Jagerklause
Jun 1, 2014Waraw, POL Fonobar
Jun 2, 2014Dresden, GER Chemiefabrik
Jun 3, 2014Munich, GEROrangehouse
Jun 4, 2014Zurich, SW Kinski
Jun 5, 2014Nice, FRLe Volume
Jun 6, 2014Barcelona, SP Rocksound
Jun 7, 2014Madrid, SPPeyote Fest

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