Friday, October 12, 2018

KÆLAN MIKLA + Revolver


"It's been a big year for Icelandic trio Kælan Mikla: They played a hot ticket set at Roadburn, got the nod of approval from Robert Smith of their inspirational goth gods the Cure, and toured Europe with modern dark folk icon King Dude. Now, the post-punk band is setting itself up to sweep the genre and make a name for themselves on this side of the pond with upcoming full-length Nótt eftir nótt... A head-bopping beat and piercing wails that evoke the cold, dark fog rolling across the Icelandic plains..."
–Revolver

"The best post-punk band to come out of Iceland since Björk’s Kukl..."
–Post-Punk

"Full of foreboding Icelandic-language whispers and haunted-house riffs."
–Bandcamp Daily

"The three witches from Macbeth with Poly Styrene punk and Diamanda Galas shrieks."
–Drowned In Sound

Revolver has premiered new Kælan Mikla track "Nornalagið" – "a head-bopping beat and piercing wails that evoke the cold, dark fog rolling across the Icelandic plains..." The Icelandic trio mixes raw punk, witchy darkness, and synthy dancefloor drama, into its own electrifying sound that's been tested on tour with King Dude and at festivals supporting The Cure and more. New album Nótt eftir nótt drops November 9th on Artoffact Records. Lyrics are written and performed in their native Icelandic, illustrating a nightmarish world.

Listen, here:
https://www.revolvermag.com/music/hear-icelandic-post-punk-trio-k%C3%A6lan-miklas-haunting-new-song-nornalagi%C3%B0

Upcoming shows:
Oct 24 - Hvalur Festival, Bratislava, SK
Nov 8 - Iceland Airwaves, Reykjavik, IS
Nov 9 - Den Sorte Firkant,  Copenhagen, DK
Nov 10 - Fabrika Fest, Berlin, DE

Photo of Kælan Mikla, by Verði Ljós

Out today: KING BUFFALO - Longing to Be the Mountain



King Buffalo's sophomore album, Longing to Be the Mountain, is out today (self-released in the US; Stickman Records in Europe).

Buy, here:
http://kingbuffalo.com/

Info, here:
http://thechainworld.blogspot.com/2018/08/king-buffalo-longing-to-be-mountain.html

"Lush soundscapes, evocative sonic textures and plenty of head-bobbing groove,  Spacey, riffy and bluesy psych rock is punctuated by stoner-like groove... It's hard to believe that any fan of psychedelic, stoner, blues or even doom won't find something to love here. In fact, King Buffalo could just be your new favorite band.
–Metal Injection

"Hypnotic and proggy... Psych-inflected stoner rock trio King Buffalo have been on the rise... Their sound has been compared to Tool and Pink Floyd."
–Loudwire

"Longing to be the Mountain, in its performance and in the writing of the material itself is absolutely on a different plane of achievement. It’s a top-ten kind of album."
–The Obelisk


"[King Buffalo] summon elements of the psychedelic and the progressive and the intersection of the two as heard in the music of Pink Floyd."
–PopMatters

"An epic journey... Airy and melodic psychedelic rock that slowly builds to an explosion of fuzz... Longing To Be The Mountain deserves to be in the discussion when talking about the cream of the crop of riff rock albums released this year."
–New Noise


"First and foremost, the music is excellent... The entire album runs between these two vibes, namely a brighter, morning influenced, hope-filled perspective on nature, and a grimmer, more awe-inspired gaze."
–Heavy Blog Is Heavy

"A band poised on the edge of greatness... Languidly psychedelic passages unfurl over you... Head-noddingly satisfying."
–Echoes and Dust

On tour:
Oct 27 - Montreal, QC @ Montreal Zombie Walk
Nov 1 - Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
Nov 2 - Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
Nov 3 - Fawn Grove, PA @ South County Brewing Co.
Nov 4 - Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
Nov 5 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle Back Room
Nov 6 - Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
Nov 7 - New Orleans, LA @ Santos Bar
Nov 8 - Houston, TX @ Rudyard’s
Nov 9 - Austin, TX @ Hotel Vegas
Nov 10 - Fort Worth, TX @ Lola’s Saloon Sixth
Nov 12 - Nashville, TN @ The End
Nov 13 - Indianapolis, IN @ White Rabbit Cabaret
Nov 14 - Louisville, KY @ Jimmy Can’t Dance
Nov 15 - Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups
Nov 16 - Detroit, MI @ PJ’s Lager House
Nov 17 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern

PLANET B + Kool Keith


HIP-HOP RENEGADE KOOL KEITH TEAMS UP WITH PLANET B ON "CRUSTFUND" SINGLE; MUSIC VIDEO NOW STREAMING; SELF-TITLED PLANET B DEBUT COMING NOVEMBER 23rd ON IPECAC RECORDINGS


"Justin Pearson has made his name with spazzy, noisy weirdo-rock outfits like The Locust, Retox and Dead Cross, but his project Planet B – a collaboration with hip-hop producer Luke Henshaw – might be his most left-field yet. The duo smashes together strains of hardcore, hip-hop, industrial and old-school horror movie scores... It's head-spinning and head-splitting in the best way possible."

–Revolver

"[Planet B] applies an electronic edge to the grindy noise freakouts of Justin’s other bands... A new musical direction."
–BrooklynVegan


"Few MCs have been as comfortable [as Kool Keith] in their absurdity, their convention-trashing, or their absolute fearlessness in trying new things on the mic."

–Pitchfork

Planet B – 
the duo of punk provocateur Justin Pearson and hip-hop producer Luke Henshaw – reveal new single "Crustfund," featuring hip-hop renegade Kool Keith.


Watch the official music video, here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSvE1kTUJUM

Planet B's self-titled debut album will be released November 23rd on Ipecac Recordings. Pre-order the album, here:

http://smarturl.it/PlanetB

As the founder of Three One G Records and a member of such bands as Swing Kids, The Locust, Retox and Dead Cross, Justin Pearson has existed as a leader in the underground for almost three decades. As label owner and musician, he has put his artistic, politically-charged stamp on hundreds of releases, and has influenced thousands of people in the realms of hardcore punk, noise-rock, and beyond.


In Planet B, Pearson's poetic aggression melds with Luke Henshaw's wildly creative beats in a new sound mixing hardcore punk, hip-hop, industrial, horror-movie scores, and more – a sound potentially as relevant to fans of artists like Death Grips, Ho99o9, and Lil Ugly Mane, as to fans of Pearson's past work.


On "Crustfund," guest rapper Kool Keith lends his magic to the track as he trades verses with Pearson over Henshaw's heavyweight production. With dozens of albums under his belt – as a member of Ultramagnetic MCs, as a solo artist, and via alter egos like Dr. Octagon and Black Elvis – Kool Keith is known as one of the most eccentric and creative hip-hop artists of his time. Pitchfork has stated, "Few MCs have been as comfortable [as Kool Keith] in their absurdity, their convention-trashing, or their absolute fearlessness in trying new things on the mic," and none other than Eminem immortalized him with the lyric, "going cuckoo and kooky as Kool Keith" (from Eminem's 2013 track, "The Monster").


In addition to Kool Keith, the Planet B album features guest appearances by Martin Atkins (Ministry, Killing Joke, Pigface), Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Sonny Kay (Year Future, The VSS), and more. Planet B is yet another Pearson-fronted example of musical risk-taking, broad-minded collabs, and pioneer spirit.

More info: 

http://thechainworld.blogspot.com/2018/09/planet-b.html

Photo of Planet B with Kool Keith, by Becky DiGiglio

Thursday, October 11, 2018

KING BUFFALO + Metal Injection


"Lush soundscapes, evocative sonic textures and plenty of head-bobbing groove,  Spacey, riffy and bluesy psych rock is punctuated by stoner-like groove... It's hard to believe that any fan of psychedelic, stoner, blues or even doom won't find something to love here. In fact, King Buffalo could just be your new favorite band.
–Metal Injection

"Hypnotic and proggy... Psych-inflected stoner rock trio King Buffalo have been on the rise... Their sound has been compared to Tool and Pink Floyd."
–Loudwire

"Longing to be the Mountain, in its performance and in the writing of the material itself is absolutely on a different plane of achievement. It’s a top-ten kind of album."
–The Obelisk

"[King Buffalo] summon elements of the psychedelic and the progressive and the intersection of the two as heard in the music of Pink Floyd."
–PopMatters

"An epic journey... Airy and melodic psychedelic rock that slowly builds to an explosion of fuzz... Longing To Be The Mountain deserves to be in the discussion when talking about the cream of the crop of riff rock albums released this year."
–New Noise

King Buffalo's sophomore album Longing to Be the Mountain is now streaming in its entirety via Metal Injection, one day ahead of its official release.

Listen, here:
http://www.metalinjection.net/av/full-album-stream/stream-king-buffalos-psychedelic-journey-into-the-sun-longing-to-be-the-mountain

Pre-order the album here:
http://kingbuffalo.com/

From Rochester, New York, King Buffalo is the trio of vocalist/guitarist Sean McVay, bassist Dan Reynolds, and drummer Scott Donaldson. Since forming in 2013, the self-proclaimed "heavy blues" band has made its name via debut album Orion, follow-up EP Repeater, and tours with the likes of The Sword and All Them Witches.

New album Longing to Be the Mountain was produced by All Them Witches guitarist Ben McLeod. It is an enthralling piece of work built upon haunting vocals, hypnotic grooves, explosive buildups – "a top-ten kind of album," in the words of psych-rock authority The Obelisk.
Catch King Buffalo on tour this fall:

Oct 27 - Montreal, QC @ Montreal Zombie Walk
Nov 1 - Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
Nov 2 - Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
Nov 3 - Fawn Grove, PA @ South County Brewing Co.
Nov 4 - Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
Nov 5 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle Back Room
Nov 6 - Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
Nov 7 - New Orleans, LA @ Santos Bar
Nov 8 - Houston, TX @ Rudyard’s
Nov 9 - Austin, TX @ Hotel Vegas
Nov 10 - Fort Worth, TX @ Lola’s Saloon Sixth
Nov 12 - Nashville, TN @ The End
Nov 13 - Indianapolis, IN @ White Rabbit Cabaret
Nov 14 - Louisville, KY @ Jimmy Can’t Dance
Nov 15 - Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups
Nov 16 - Detroit, MI @ PJ’s Lager House
Nov 17 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern

Photo by Mike Turzanski

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

CHAINLINKS: October 2018

October's edition of Chainlinks is here, for your pleasure! Dig into enlightening new recommendations from our friends Caroline Harrison (creator of art as seen on the album covers and merch of Pig Destroyer, Pyrrhon, Yautja and more), Sean McVay (King Buffalo) and Teddy Panopoulos (Dead Waves).

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1) Made Out of Babies - Trophy

I’m not sure I’ll ever get tired of this record, especially the track "El Morgan." This album feels a lot to me like how I hope my work feels to strangers. 


2) Ornamentation in and on buildings 

People took the time to put totally useless pieces of decoration onto buildings because it made them feel good. The flowers and leaves or geometric patterns framing windows and doors don’t usually serve any structural purpose—they’re there because someone thought they looked beautiful. I find that comforting. 


3) The work of artist Firelei Báez

Man, the more you look at this work the more you find. Báez combines really technically beautiful drawing and painting with disorienting, surreal imagery to make these lush, fertile, colorful, and sometimes unsettling pieces. Her work can be really overwhelming to look at. 
https://fireleibaezstudio.com/


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1) Roger Waters - "Is This The Life We Really Want" 

Such a simple question asked over a simple progression. It seems increasingly rare nowadays for musicians to take aggressive political stances and to unapologetically stand by them. I am always inspired by people who fight hard for what they believe in. Also, he’s probably the only person ever to be able to successfully write the word “nincompoop” into a song. 



 2) All Them Witches - "Diamond" 

 These guys continue to raise the bar with everything they do. The direction of the music video by drummer Robby Staebler is next level stuff. Michael Parks’ writing, and guitarist Ben McLeod’s production of the album, are absolutely exceptional. Every time they release something it makes me want to lock myself away and write until my fingers bleed. 



3) Holy Mountain 

I first stumbled across this film years ago while at a friend's house. It blew my mind then, and it continues to blow my mind now. Lots and lots of stuff in there. Stylistically unlike anything else I’ve ever seen. I recommend everyone take a couple hours to laugh, cry, and freak your mind. 


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1) Meredith Monk - Key 

Years ago a few friends of mine recommend some songs by Meredith Monk to me and I was drawn in, but this month was the first time I ever actually listened to an entire record that I picked up and I was hooked. It was her first album called Key. This is my current special find and I have been playing it constantly. I love everything about the minimalist instrumentation accompanied by her free and versatile, experimental vocals cutting through, from beautiful, drone-like, angelic soundscapes of mythical nymphs or sirens to cacophonous primordial nature calling. 



2) Plutocracy IV - Gangsters for Capitalism 

This was a documentary about the early struggles of the labor movement in the United Sates. They were fighting for fairness against an unbalanced, unjust and inherited cycle of a privileged wealth system. It showed the manipulative extremities that were used by our oligarchs, such as divisive methods against the working class through race propaganda and other insidious divide and conquer tactics. These were used to try and stop any actions or grievances being brought up by the workers who were fighting for basic rights, health conditions, and fair wages in the work place to end their slave-like conditions. This documentary really shed light on the specific dates of these pro-labor movements and how they were constantly being attacked and berated by the corrupt billionaires through their placed politicians to prevent any changes in law that would protect workers' rights. It also showed the narrative of pro-corporate personhood by the Supreme Court rulings in favor of the plutocracy’s industries and their constant demonization attempts towards the labor movements. It was pretty much saying what we need to do in our current climate as well... People need to stop being apathetic and complacent... Get out of your comfort zone, protest, organize and make some noise and vote. Tear down or damage their corrupt system, their existence, if they are damaging yours, because most corrupt billionaires don’t care about any quality of life, they will choose their profit over your well being. 




3) The Plant Paradox, by Steven R. Gundry 

I’m always interested in health and nutrition and so once I started reading this book I couldn’t put it down. It was a quick fun read with all studies cited and sourced. It briefly discusses the basics of botany and how some plants evolved to protect themselves from pests and predators, meaning when insects and animals (including us) arrived on the scene they protected themselves from pests eating them and their seeds. It’s enlightening to dive into paradoxes, working through a challenge and discovering something new. It’s like a form of growth, and this book brought out some epiphany moments of our human evolution, how our cells adapted with our circadian rhythms and diet in its true organic seasonal environment, and how from hunter-gatherer tribes to settling down in agriculture-based civilizations we brought about the introduction of wheat and overall grain cultivation to our diets, making it a staple food to help for storage in fat content for winter preparation and famine or just a cheaper source of food to feed a society. Then on to industrial agriculture and eventually the modern man-made laboratory chemical interference into our food supply, and eventually to industrial complex factory farming which incorporates all negative impacts into one, making the animals' life a hellish existence, plumping them up with grains/soy they didn’t evolve to ever eat, causing the degradation of the environment by deforestation, all to grow more grains/soy feed and then introduce more man-made chemicals into them to keep them alive from their hellish conditions. In the greater timeline of this planet, as a species our existence is much shorter, and all the new chemicals is merely a blink of a micro-second... Our cells haven’t had time to adapt to whatever we’re doing. Most things are interconnected, including the industrial food system and unfortunately how it almost trickles down to anything we consume and ingest. Now is the time to ever be more in balance, awake and aware of our every action... 
Photo of Caroline Harrison, by Caroline Harrison
Photo of Sean McVay, by Patrick Record
Photo of Teddy Panopoulos, by Alexey Novikov

Friday, September 28, 2018

MICROWAVES + Decibel


"...get lost in the sonic barbed wire and fun house mirror quality of the band’s outsider art."
Decibel Magazine

Stream the new album in its entirety, via Decibel Magazine, here.

Microwaves’ newest LP, Via Weightlessness, is being released by Three One G Records on September 28th.

Via Weightlessness tones down the band's previous effects-heavy approach, charging lean and unabated toward their dystopian vision. Kuzy’s guitar chimes through the mix with spindly atonal runs more akin to data streams spat from an outdated mainframe, alternately careening into chugging, crossover-thrash riffs. The Roman/Arlett rhythm section is much more than the sum of its parts: Beefheartian clamor served up with cyborg precision underpins overdriven bass, rumbling forth frenziedly as a DMT-dosed rhino. Kuzy, the paranoid town crier, and Arlett, the unhinged shrieker, deliver a twin-vocal assault covering most topics previously found in your local video rental shop’s cult/sci-fi section.

Upcoming shows: September 29th - Pittsburgh, PA @ Howlers, record release show w/ Chantillion, Tartarus October 11th - Canton, OH @ Buzz Bin October 12th - Ferndale, MI @ Cellarmens October 13th - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom w/ Thee Oh Sees October 24th - Pittsburgh, PA @ Howlers w/ Yautja November 14th - Kingston, NY @ Tubby's November 15th - Worcester, MA @ Ralph's November 16th - Portland, ME @ Geno's November 17th - Providence, RI @ Dusk w/ Gnaw November 18th - Brooklyn, NY @ Ceremony w/ Gnaw

Friday, September 21, 2018

PANICKER + New Noise Magazine

"As with the rest of the Panicker stuff, the audio and dynamics are fairly destroyed, giving it a lo-fi-ness; the title comes somewhat out of that."
- Brent Asbury, PANICKER

Stream Asbury's lo-fi, high intensity creation, “Blasphony”, via New Noise Magazine, here.

Beginning with a music career in San Diego, which included playing drums, bass, keyboards, guitars, and sometimes dancing in several bands with Rob Crow (Thingy, Pinback, Goblin Cock, Optiganally Yours, etc.), as well as contributing to other projects like Aspects of Physics and Followers, doing a solo project called schlag-schlag, and having a career producing music for advertising, Brent Asbury has gained experience in many musical areas and genres. Later, he took up producing and engineering at his current studio in Portland, OR – anything over the years from The Locust to Michael Bolton. Of course, then, it might be hard to imagine what his own dissonant brainchild might sound like today. The answer is, surely, none of the above – or at least, unlike any one conventional category. Asbury describes Panicker as “blending aspects of EBM, industrial, techno, hip hop, and horror movie scores.”

Blasphony will be available digitally via Three One G Records on October 5th. Preorder here.

Blasphony EP:
1. Sticky Riot of Colors
2. Blasphony
3. Tall Satanists
4. Morning