Saturday, June 28, 2014
We would like to let you all know that if you have pre-ordered the new "The Conjuring" 180g LP from Wo Fat, to our dismay, it is still at the plant... The jackets are now 100% completed, but we are still waiting on test pressings and obviously the final job completion. Hopefully, we have these back before the end of July. We are very sorry for the delay... On the good side, we promise it will be well worth the wait!
Thursday, May 1, 2014
Jeremy Irons and the Ratgang Malibus, “Wind Seized” official video...
If you’re not yet friendly with the early-onset heavy psych sprawl of Swedish youngins Jeremy Irons and the Ratgang Malibus, chances are that by the time you make your way through their video for the song “Wind Seized,” you will be. Tomorrow marks the release of the Stockholm four-piece’s Small Stone label debut (third album overall), Spirit Knife, which follows the 2011 Transubstans release and recent Small Stone reissue, Bloom, in setting a dynamic, flowing course throughout its 59-minute run and across eight tracks that run a gamut of updated classic influences. Cuts like “Point Growth” delve into sweet, wide-open, Cream-style psychedelic blues, distinguished immediately through the use of organ, while elsewhere, “Sworn Collision” takes “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” head-on to a place no less endearing for its relative minimalism.
The key to the album, though, is immersion. Much as one might look at the moniker Jeremy Irons and the Ratgang Malibus and feel lost within it before getting to the last syllable, so too does 10:37 opener “Fog by the Steep” prove encompassing, a languid, rolling groove demonstrating an underlying core of heavy rock that consistently works its way into and through the ensuing full-length as guitarist/vocalist Karl Apelmo, guitarist Micke Pettersson, bassist Viktor Källgren and drummer Henke Persson — as well as guest organist Patrik Kolar, whose contributions aren’t to be forgotten — weave smoothly through atmospheres alternately rambunctious and serene, drawing rounded lines between so that Spirit Knife eases the listener along their path. A catchy shorter cut like “Wind Seized” (for which you can see the video above) retains its airy vibes, and likewise, the space-rocking finale title-track keeps its songwriting in focus even as its swirl seems to consume the album whole, and this balance between gives Spirit Knife not just a sense of consciousness, but of accomplishment as well, the band offering old Zeppelin-style soul in “Clang” and carving their identity in passages in the dream-echoes of “Deep Hardened Woods.”
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Some words have been pinched from The Obelsik... Thanks JJ.
Swedish heavy rockers Deville have a new video for the song “The Knife.” The track comes from the Malmö four-piece’s 2013 full-length, Hydra (review here), which was also their first release on Small Stone Records. As timing would have it, Deville head out on a European tour this week, having finalized the dates at the start of April, and “The Knife” makes a solid argument for showing up to see them if you happen to be in that part of the world. One doubts they’ll be playing on top of a giant guitar or that there will be huge spinning blades — probably for the best — but as Deville stand in a fine tradition of their country’s heavy rock without bowing to the retro pressures of the current scene, they only make themselves more individualized for their efforts.
Between that conceptual appeal and the actual fruit of Deville‘s songwriting, it doesn’t seem like a way to lose out. “The Knife” was among the most memorable cuts on Hydra, so whether you caught wind of the album or not last year, it’ll be worth either the refresher or the initial exposure to check it out. Rock and roll:
Music video by Deville performing The Knife.
Taken from the album “Hydra” Small Stone Records 2013.
Directed by: Henrik Christoffersson
Filmed by: Henrik Christoffersson & Peter Tarpgaard
Edited by: Henrik Christoffersson
Europe spring tour is up! New dates added!
25/4 GER Duesseldorf-Pitcher
26/04 CH Lugano TI/STREET/ART Festival
27/04 IT Pescara-Orange Rock Cafè
28/04 IT Roma-Sinister Noise
29/04 IT Santa Croce Sull’ Arno-Rock City
30/04 IT Montecchio Maggiore-E20
01/05 IT Piacenza-Cuncertass Festival
01/05 IT Seregno-Sala Malasangre
02/05 CH St Gallen-Rumpeltum
03/05 IT Torino-Cafè Liber
04/05 FRA Lyon-Le Moko
05/05 FRA Draguignan-Bucephale
06/05 IT Padova-Sotterranei
07/05 FRA Besanqon-Les passagers du Zinc
08/05 BEL Hasselt-Carpe Diem
09/05 GER Munster-Rare Guitar
10/05 GER Berlin-Jaegerklause
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Today, Los Angeles rockers, SASQUATCH, unveil their first official video ever for the track “Smoke Signal.” Produced and directed by Cesar Rodriguez Bautista, VFX artist at WETA digital in New Zealand (Peter Jackson’s digital visual FX company), the visually stunning clip was shot entirely in black and white using Super 8mm giving it the old-school classic movie feel.
Elaborates the band: “Scott Baxter, a fellow colleague of Cesar’s at WETA, approached us about doing a video. They brought us an idea, we loved the concept, and the team ran with it. They even decided on the song. ‘Smoke Signal’ won the prizefight. We sat back in our virtual lawn chair and six months later they delivered us the magic. It turned out fanfuckingtastic. Mucho props to Cesar, his cast and crew for nailing it on the first lap.”
Behind the Scenes: The house found to shoot in was built in the 1800s on top of a hill and has not been updated in over 100 years. It is located in Wellington, New Zealand. It was full of junk for the past 60 years to the ceilings from a 95 year old hoarder who lived there. He had so much junk that he filled the whole house and guest house, and ended up living in a tin shed on a cot until he died a few months ago. Not willing to part with his hoarding, he ended up in the cold until his final days. Which gives the property a whole new level of eeriness. The new owner, an artist, cleared the house out and we got to shoot in it before any renovations had taken place. It still looks untouched from 100 years ago, which fit perfect for this 8mm project of a scene from the olden days. The night of the shoot was 42 degrees, there was no heat, and the only lighting came from an extension cord plugged into another building on the property. Given the weather conditions, it took a strong actress to wear a wedding dress during the shoot.”
In related news, the official vinyl release of IV will be coming out on March 21st, 2014 on Small Stone/Cargo Records Germany. This LP release is exclusive to Europe and will be available at the band’s confirmed shows in April and May. Relays team SASQUATCH, “Hello Europe! We are returning to rekindle our love affair of your continent in t-minus four weeks. This round we are coming over with our Siamese bros, the Ultra Electric Mega Galactic (featuring Ed Mundell from Monster Magnet, Atomic Bitchwax). We are joined at the hip. Literally — we share the same stick basher. This is UEMG’s first time playing overseas, so be sure to show them a good time. Treat them to a strudel or a nice pasta dinner. Check out the dates below and see if we will be drifting into a city near you.”
SASQUATCH Euro Tour 2014:
4/24/2014 Sala BeGood – Barcelona, ES
4/25/2014 Underworld (Desertfest) – London, UK
4/26/2014 Astra Kulturhaus (Desertfest)- Berlin, DE
4/27/2014 Arena – Vienna, AT
4/28/2014 Schlachthof – Wiesbaden, DE
4/29/2014 Feierwerk – Munich, DE
4/30/2014 E20 Underground -Montecchio, IT
5/01/2014 Milano, IT – Lo-Fi
5/02/2014 TBA – TBA
5/03/2014 15 Jahe Voice of Art – Hohenstein, DE
5/04/2014 Underground – Cologne, DE
5/05/2014 Markthalle – Hamburg, DE
5/06/2014 Goldmarcks – Stuttgart, DE
5/07/2014 Z 7 – Pratteln, CH
5/08/2014 Sojo’s – Leuven, BE
5/09/2014 Glazart – Paris, FR
5/10/2014 Gaswerk – Winterthur, CH
Friday, March 7, 2014
Ohio riff rock perpetrators LO-PAN, will enter Translator Audio in Brooklyn, New York next month to record their forthcoming new full-length for amplification station, Small Stone Recordings. Titled Colossus, the offering will be mixed and mastered by Andrew Schneider (Unsane, The Brought Low, Keelhaul) with art direction by Jason Alexander Byers (Black Black Black, Disengage). A Fall release is expected.
In related news, LO-PAN recently joined forces with the roadburning heavyweights at Tone Deaf Touring (Corrosion Of Conformity, Weedeater, ASG) and will embark upon a short stint of live abrasions later this month alongside manic noiserockers, Whores. The ten-date motorcade will include two special Small Stone Showcases in Cambridge and Brooklyn. The following month, the band will join reunited iconic stoner rock sorcerers, Spirit Caravan, and the wicked doom bringers in Pilgrim for a performance in Columbus with additional bouts on onstage debauchery to be announced in the coming months.
LO-PAN Spring Takeover 2014:
3/20/2014 The Cactus Club – Milwaukee, WI w/ Whores
3/21/2014 Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL w/ Whores
3/22/2014 Ruby’s – Columbus, OH Ruby’s w/ Fuck You Pay Me, White Wolves
3/23/2014 Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH w/ Whores, Fuck You Pay Me
3/24/2014 The Union – Athens, OH w/ Whores, Horseburner
3/25/2014 Brillobox – Pittsburgh, PA w/ Whores
3/26/2014 The Depot – York, PA w/ Neon Warship, Black Cowgirl, Witch Hazel
3/27/2014 The M Room – Philadelphia, PA w/ Neon Warship, Skeleton Hands
3/28/2014 Small Stone Showcase @ Middle East – Cambridge, MA w/ Roadsaw, Wo Fat, Mellow Bravo, Gozu, Neon Warship
3/29/2014 Small Stone Showcase @ Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY w/ Wo Fat, Gozu, Roadsaw, Neon Warship, Geezer
4/09/2014 Skully’s – Columbus, OH w/ Spirit Caravan, Pilgrim
4/17/2014 Pinned 4 – Columbus, OH w/ Neon Warship, Ride To Ruin, Beggers
“LO-PAN could easily stand as one of the most important bands of their generation in the genre.” — The Obelisk
“With enough stoner rock goodness to destroy bridges and skyscrapers alike, Lo-Pan show that they are one of several absolutely essential rock outfits working today and a major force to be reckoned with.” – Sputnik Music