Wednesday, May 15, 2019

SECRET FUN CLUB + Gear Gods

“...amazing interplay between the bass and drums that ebbs and flows in and out of wacky unison lines and rhythms, Gallegos and Rieder stay tight as can be while simultaneously channeling some sort of unearthly, monstrous chaos that just hits you in the best possible way. It’s pretty remarkable what the two of them are able to do with just bass and drums, and this is an excellent example of a band carving out their own unique sound while retaining enough familiarity to be accessible.”
- Gear Gods

Listen to Secret Fun Club's latest track, "Pat Minotaur", via Gear Gods, here.

San Diego‘s Secret Fun Club has been the longstanding musical outlet for drummer and engineer Sal Gallegos (Some Girls, Three One G) and bassist John Rieder. An ongoing collaboration that formerly included guitarist Nathan Joyner (Hot Nerds, Some Girls, All Leather), the band has been making odd, challenging, and relentlessly heavy music on its own terms since 2000. A duo of bass and drums since 2007, the two have mastered doomy, frenetic noise with occasional forays into quiet minimalism and copy-and-paste sound sculpture. W.T. Nelson (Geronimo, Bastard Noise) has collaborated with his brood of Trogotronic outboard gear to contribute painful frequencies across the range of human hearing. The newest album enlists his assistance again, along with equally brutal noisemakers Justin Pearson (Dead Cross, The Locust, Retox, Planet B), Sam Lopez and Esteban Flores.

The band's upcoming album, 101, was recorded in San Diego, CA by Sal Gallegos and John Rieder. Mastered by Nathan Joyner. It will be released digitally as well as on smoke-colored vinyl through Three One G Records. Preorder, here.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

HEX MACHINE - "Scimitar Blues"


Hex Machine has premiered new song "Scimitar Blues," from upcoming third album Cave Painting.

Stream the song, here:
https://www.decibelmagazine.com/2019/05/14/track-premiere-hex-machine-scimitar-blues/


Cave Painting will be released June 21st on Hex Machine frontman Trevere Thomas' label, Minimum Underdrive.

Pre-order the album, here:
http://hexmachine.bandcamp.com

Hex Machine headlines its hometown of Richmond this week, followed by a US tour in July with The Wayward:

May 17 - Richmond, VA @ Wonderland
July 17 - Richmond, VA @ Wonderland w/ The Wayward
July 18 - Raleigh, NC @ Slim’s w/ The Wayward
July 19 - Athens GA @ Caledonia Lounge w/ The Wayward
July 20 - Atlanta, GA @ The Bakery w/ The Wayward
July 22 - St Louis, MO @ FOAM w/ The Wayward
July 24 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Howlers w/ The Wayward, Microwaves
July 25 - Cambridge, MA @ Hong Kong w/ The Wayward
July 27 - Philadelphia, PA @ Mothership w/ The Wayward, Stinking Lizaveta


Founded by Thomas in 2004, and with drummer Dave Witte (Municipal Waste, Human Remains) on board in the early days, Hex Machine made waves through the underground for a good eight years. Across two EPs and two full-lengths, the band crafted and refined its own unique strain of heavy noise-rock, and toured hard with the likes of Clutch and Melt-Banana. The sound had roots in the realms of The Jesus Lizard, The Melvins, and the Dischord Records scene, but from there it reached toward something new.

The last the world heard of Hex Machine was 2012's Fixator album. Fixator wowed, laying down a superior brand of noise-rock that flirted with big choruses, metallic drumming, and a range of guitar sounds that would foreshadow things to come. 

Following Fixator's release, Thomas and newest Hex drummer Douglas Andrae joined Today Is The Day, proceeding to play hundreds of shows across the world as the rhythm section behind mercurial cult hero Steve Austin.


With new album Cave Painting in hand, Hex Machine returns now, a new beast. Thanks in part to the intensity of the Today Is The Day stint, Hex Machine emerges reborn and sailing forward, entirely free of conventions. Cave Painting sees a new layer of moody, early-'80s drama creep in to Hex Machine's sound. On top of sludgy, lurching rhythms that nod to Richmond elders like Sliang Laos and Breadwinner, Thomas' guitar radiates post-punk tones of the XTC, The Police, and Killing Joke variety – "Evil Andy Summers" was a description once assigned to Duane Denison's style and it applies nicely to Thomas' as well. Track 3, a cover of The Psychedelic Furs' "President Gas," fits in seamlessly. 


The progression shown on Cave Painting is inspiring. Seven years have passed and Hex Machine has evolved into what it is – a new and unclassifiable thing, expelling its demons in its own way, saturating the noisy and metallic with melody and ambience.

Photo by Randy J. Byrd

Monday, May 13, 2019

GERONIMO + Revolver


“Featuring members of Man Is the Bastard, Sleestak, Unicorn, Slowrider and more, Geronimo is a trio hellbent on exploring the uncharted regions of sound…”
- Revolver Magazine

Watch Geronimo's newest video, described by Revolver Magazine as "dark" and "hallucinatory", here.

Geronimo (comprised of Nelson, Ruiz, and Francoso) remains generally vague in terms of its conception, intentions, and processes, instead allowing its sonic blasts to shriek for themselves. Still, Nelson explains that, “The misanthropic sound itself is designed to question the shameful / shit-assed gilded-age state of affairs: idea being if you bang your head against the wall long enough, you start to see things.” Comprised of members from bands such as Man Is The Bastard/Bastard Noise, Sleestak, Noise Instrument, Unicorn and Slowrider, these lifelong musicians and experimentalists continue to treat their music as an exercise in carefully crafting, without compromise, raw minimalist power that will turn this deeply flawed society on its head in order to expose its rotten underbelly.


This video was created for the title track off of the band's upcoming LP, Obsolete. It will be released digitally as well as on colored vinyl through Three One G Records on May 31st. Preorder, here.

Friday, May 10, 2019

SECRET FUN CLUB + Self-Titled

Secret Fun Club
"...like a chaotic director’s cut of The Lego Movie after the ayahuasca kicks in…."
- Self-Titled Magazine

Watch the newest Secret Fun Club video for "Mastodon Rickles", created by former SFC guitarist Nathan Joyner, via Self-Titled Magazine, here.


San Diego‘s Secret Fun Club has been the longstanding musical outlet for drummer and engineer Sal Gallegos (Some Girls, Three One G) and bassist John Rieder. An ongoing collaboration that formerly included guitarist Nathan Joyner (Hot Nerds, Some Girls, All Leather), the band has been making odd, challenging, and relentlessly heavy music on its own terms since 2000.

A duo of bass and drums since 2007, Sal and John began writing, demoing, and performing brutal new arrangements for two solid years, finally recording what would become the Skull With Antlers LP during the first half of 2009. With drums that call to mind Bonham (if he had preferred meth to booze) playing sides of beef and bass tones that alternate between motorcycle rumble and insectoid modulation and filtering, the band has mastered doomy, frenetic noise with occasional forays into quiet minimalism and copy-and-paste sound sculpture. W.T. Nelson (Geronimo, Bastard Noise) has collaborated with his brood of Trogotronic outboard gear to contribute painful frequencies across the range of human hearing. The newest album enlists his assistance again, along with equally brutal noisemakers Justin Pearson (Dead Cross, The Locust, Retox, Planet B), Sam Lopez and Esteban Flores.

101 was recorded in San Diego, CA by Sal Gallegos and John Rieder. Mastered by Nathan Joyner. It will be released digitally as well as on smoke-colored vinyl through Three One G Records. Preorder, here.


101:
1. Mastodon Rickles
2. Scott Baiowulf
3. Sabre Drama
4. Black Metal To English Dictionary
5. Pariah Carey
6. Pinche Harmonix
7. Upright Brigade
8. Orchestral Maneuvers In The Dark(Throne)
9. Billy Joel Osteen
10. Ted Nugent Was Goth In High School
11. Pat Minotaur

Thursday, May 2, 2019

ZEALOT R.I.P. + Decibel

“Zealot R.I.P. have quite the pedigree, with members of Pig Destroyer, Darkest Hour, CombatWoundedVeteran, Frodus and more joining forces to crank out metallic punk jams.”
- Decibel Magazine

Stream this brand new band's premiere track, "Magnetic Field of Dreams," via Decibel Magazine, here.

Zealot R.I.P. started years ago when life-long friends, Jason Hamacher (Frodus, Battery, CombatWoundedVeteran) & Mike Schleibaum, decided to collaborate and write music that’s fast and heavy. Between Schleibaum’s relentless touring in Darkest Hour and Hamacher’s extensive documentary work in Syria, it took a few years for them to settle into a sound that’s somewhere between Entombed, Dead Kennedys and Born Against. The band was recently solidified with the additions of Pig Destroyer’s Blake Harrison and Fairweather’s Peter Tsouras. This metal amalgam, upon forming, went immediately into the studio and recorded a handful of songs that are brutally unhinged.

As a bizarre and radical opening reception to the world, Zealot R.I.P. is playing their first show on May 20th at the Swedish Embassy in Washington D.C. The Embassy is hosting a concert and panel discussion around the US debut of the new book, Blood.Fire.Death, on the history of Swedish metal.

The self-titled EP will be released digitally as well as an ultra limited edition 12” EP on vinyl through Three One G Records on May 20th. Preorder, here.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

POUND + Decibel


POUND: SEATTLE SHREDDERS REVEAL NEW MUSIC VIDEO, KICK OFF WEST COAST TOUR IN SUPPORT OF UPCOMING SOPHOMORE ALBUM

"Seattle duo Pound—whose sound can best be described as a heavy fusion of mathcore, grind and Meshuggah-esque grooves—have unleashed their latest video for “x-.+.+.x-.+.x-.x-.+,” a song from their sophomore album •• (this symbol thing is a common occurrence). The performance video highlights the duo’s musicianship—guitarist Ryan Schutte plays a nine-string baritone guitar and drummer David Stickney’s kit is actually a custom build combining two different drum kits. Together, there’s no need for a guitarist or vocalist; “x-.+.+.x-.+.x-.x-.+” is busy enough and already blowing minds as is."
–Decibel

"Seattle’s forward-thinking yet ferociously primordial math-grind duo Pound... Intertwining the raw, seething aesthetic mentality of grinding mathcore with the deft musicianship, unconventional rhythms, and unbridled creativity of djent and death metal."
–Invisible Oranges

"Off-kilter time signatures collide with unshakeable grooves while skronky, dissonant chords match up with an almost post-hardcore melodic sensibility. It’s as if Meshuggah, Botch and Coalesce teamed up to form a new band that pushed the boundaries of each far beyond anything they’ve ever attempted before."
–MetalSucks

Pound's sophomore album, titled simply with two dots, will be released May 31st on Silent Pendulum Records.

Marrying the chaos of bands like The Locust, with the galaxy-sized grooves of Meshuggah, the Seattle-based Pound whips up a wholly original racket that is both head-scratchingly complex and sock-you-in-the-gut heavy. The duo – guitarist Ryan Schutte and drummer David Stickney – uses gear that is as unique as its sound: Schutte plays a baritone 9-string guitar and Stickney plays two drumkits, positioned at a 90-degree angle. 

•• was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Dave Otero (Cattle Decapitation, Cephalic Carnage) at Flatline Audio in Denver, Colorado.

Pre-order from the band: https://pound.bandcamp.com
Pre-order from the label: https://silentpendulumrecords.bandcamp.com/

Pound is on tour now!

May 1 - Salem, OR @ Shotski's Eats
May 2 - Medford, OR @ King Wah's
May 3 - Sacramento, CA @ The Colony
May 4 - Mountain View, CA @ O'Malley's
May 5 - Las Vegas, NV @ Bunkhouse Saloon
May 6 - Los Angeles, CA @ Blvd
May 7 - Flagstaff, AZ @ The Green Room
May 8 - Tucson, AZ @ House of Bards
May 9 - Tempe, AZ @ Time Out Lounge
May 10 - Santa Fe, NM @ Zephyr Community Art Studio
May 11 - Denver, CO @ 7th Circle Music Collective
May 12 - Ogden, UT @ Funk n' Dive
May 13 - Boise, ID @ Killer Pussy Studios
May 14 - Spokane, WA @ Mootsy's

Photo by Neil Lim Sang

Monday, April 29, 2019

HEX MACHINE - Cave Painting


Hex Machine announces Cave Painting – the Richmond, Virginia band's third full-length album and first new music since 2012. 

Cave Painting will be released June 21st on Hex Machine frontman Trevere Thomas' label, Minimum Underdrive.


Founded by Thomas in 2004, and with drummer Dave Witte (Municipal Waste, Human Remains) on board in the early days, Hex Machine made waves through the underground for a good eight years. Across two EPs and two full-lengths, the band crafted and refined its own unique strain of heavy noise-rock, and toured hard with the likes of Clutch and Melt-Banana. The sound had roots in the realms of The Jesus Lizard, The Melvins, and the Dischord Records scene, but from there it reached toward something new.

The last the world heard of Hex Machine was 2012's Fixator album. Fixator wowed, laying down a superior brand of noise-rock that flirted with big choruses, metallic drumming, and a range of guitar sounds that would foreshadow things to come. Thomas' snarling vocals and dynamic playing elevated the music to a unique place. Decibel weighed in thusly: "A careening, seething monster of a record – squalls, hooks, and powerhouse riffs galore."


Following Fixator's release, Thomas and newest Hex drummer Douglas Andrae joined Today Is The Day, proceeding to play hundreds of shows across the world as the rhythm section behind mercurial cult hero Steve Austin. Kicking off that experience was a devastating van crash. Thomas recounts: 


"I'd done about 40 shows as Today Is The Day's merch guy. It was just Steve and I in that accident. The fact we lived brought us that much closer. From there, Douglas and I joined the band and we went on to tour North America and Europe over the next couple years, nearly 200 shows in 20 countries. That unto itself is its own chapter. After six tours, a much-needed break turned into the beginning of the writing of the songs that are now presented here as Cave Painting."

With new album Cave Painting in hand, Hex Machine returns now, a new beast. Thanks in part to the intensity of the Today Is The Day stint, Hex Machine emerges reborn and sailing forward, entirely free of conventions. 
Cave Painting sees a new layer of moody, early-'80s drama creep in to Hex Machine's sound. On top of sludgy, lurching rhythms that nod to Richmond elders like Sliang Laos and Breadwinner, Thomas' guitar radiates post-punk tones of the XTC, The Police, and Killing Joke variety – "Evil Andy Summers" was a description once assigned to Duane Denison's style and it applies nicely to Thomas' as well. Track 3, a cover of The Psychedelic Furs' "President Gas," fits in seamlessly. Thomas gives this statement:

"I'm an MTV Baby and that '120 Minutes' sound is something that always speaks to me when I hear any semblance of it: dark, atmospheric, studious, memorable, with varying degrees of sexual energy and aggression. Thus, my style has become something that comes from romantically putting the 'heavy' in front of just about anything you may not think of as heavy, like, say, The Police or Cocteau Twins."


Thomas' vocals veer from a drunken mumble to a crooning tenor, delivering existential lyrics that are abstractly poetic. His words address the human condition as he sees it – a state of isolation, pettiness, and cruelty, made better by art:

"We are ultimately these very small entities that exist in our own worlds and yet excel at fucking each other up with the trivial. At times this strange journey makes one feel like they are truly in their own world. Our thickened skins grow and must be shed regularly in order to survive. The album title initially came from what I feel we do when we play live – in these caves, if you will. We come in and spray a very colorful coat of paint comprising all our fear, drive, sweat, desire, dread, and joy. We expel the demons through art – for us it is a necessity."

The progression shown on Cave Painting is inspiring. Seven years have passed and Hex Machine has evolved into what it is – a new and unclassifiable thing, expelling its demons in its own way, saturating the noisy and metallic with melody and ambience.

Cave Painting was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Kyle Spence (Kurt Vile, Harvey Milk, Whores.) in Athens, Georgia at Ronnie Jones Sound Studio.

Tracklist:

1) Oh You Petty Things
2) Western Mood Swing
3) President Gas (Psychedelic Furs)
4) Scimitar Blues
5) Youth Tube
6) Lemonade Stance
7) Spiral Outhouse
8) Talking Back to Heaven

Live:

May 17 - Richmond, VA @ Wonderland
Jul 17 - Richmond, VA @ Wonderland w/ The Wayward
Jul 18 - Raleigh, NC @ Slim's w/ The Wayward
Jul 24 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Howlers w/ The Wayward
Jul 27 - Philadelphia, PA @ Mothership w/ The Wayward

Lineup:

Trevere Thomas - guitar, vocals
Alex Ricart - bass
Douglas Andrae - drums

Discography:

Cave Painting (Minimum Underdrive, 2019)
Fixator (Learning Curve Records, 2012)
Omen Mas (Minimum Underdrive, 2009)
Run to Earth EP (Molsook Records, 2007)
Hex Machine EP (Relapse Records, 2006)

Photo by Randy J. Byrd


Cover art by Adam Marx


hexmachine.bandcamp.com