Monday, August 27, 2018

BC35 + The Big Takeover

The Big Takeover has premiered the new music video for "Dig A Hole," by ex-Swans/ex-Cop Shoot Cop project This Wilderness. The track is an exclusive bonus track from the cassette version of BC35, the acclaimed album celebrating the 35th anniversary of Martin Bisi's Brooklyn studio where Bisi has presided over legendary recordings by artists from across the spectrum of rock, noise, hip-hop, and beyond – from Swans, Cop Shoot Cop, and Sonic Youth, to Herbie Hancock, John Zorn, and The Boredoms.

Watch This Wilderness' "Dig A Hole" video, here:

Buy the BC35 cassette now from Sleeping Giant Glossolalia:

Pitchfork describes BC35 as “a sonic embodiment of risk-taking, rule-breaking, and antithesis that celebrates the endurance of a man and a space tied directly to New York’s noise, art-rock, punk, free jazz, hip-hop, and alternative movements.”

The Big Takeover describes This Wilderness' "Dig A Hole" track as "baleful, defiantly exclaimed vocals" and "a grimy, cycling low-end guitar line."

Read more about Martin Bisi and BC35 here:

"The credits read like a who’s who of New York’s experimental underground: members of Swans, Sonic Youth, Pop. 1280, Parlor Walls, Live Skull, Cop Shoot Cop, Foetus, and many, many more... It’s a sonic embodiment of risk-taking, rule-breaking, and antithesis that celebrates the endurance of a man and a space tied directly to New York’s noise, art-rock, punk, free jazz, hip-hop, and alternative movements... Across 13 tracks, Bisi demonstrates—as a producer, engineer, and general facilitator of the avant-garde—what’s made his name familiar to liner-notes obsessives and New York noise nerds for three and a half decades. Showcasing the opaque, roaring, visceral sound he’s come to epitomize, BC35 acts as a totem to his enduring role in NYC’s rock mythos..."

"Thirty-five years ago, in an old factory space in Gowanus, Brooklyn, the producer and musician Martin Bisi established BC Studio, where he’s has been at the controls for underground classics such as Sonic Youth’s “Bad Moon Rising”and the Dresden Dolls’ self-titled debut. Fittingly, Mr. Bisi is honoring this anniversary with a righteous racket: first by releasing a compilation with bands he has produced, as well as some he put together and one that was resurrected for the occasion, and then by celebrating that album with those groups at clubs in Brooklyn, Boston and Philadelphia...The evening promises to be ear-splittingly glorious."
–The New York Times

"The New York noise scene that emerged with and after No-Wave can feel like the story of Sonic Youth and its near-orbit, due to that band’s massive influence. But Downtown artnoise can as easily be understood by viewing Martin Bisi as a nexus... In early 2016, his Gowanus, Brooklyn studio, sort-of eponymously named 'BC,' had been in operation for 35 years, and to commemorate the milestone, a weekend-long series of performances took place in the facility..."
–Dangerous Minds

Photo by Joan Hacker

Saturday, August 25, 2018

MICROWAVES + Dangerous Minds

“For about 18 years, Pittsburgh, PA’s Microwaves have been melting faces with an aggressively mathy, aggressively tricky, just plain aggressive noise rock attack that variously or simultaneously recalls Voivod, technical death metal, prog, and Waves No- and New-, played with an emphasis on chaos and catharsis, as easily evoking the Load Records catalog as King Crimson.”
-Dangerous Minds

Stream the new track, Love Catheter, via Dangerous Minds, here.

Of innumerable bands that traffic in dissonance, the musick of Pittsburgh, PA’s Microwaves shears clean and hot as an oxy-lance through the defenses of even the most cynical noise rock aficionado. The trio plies a no-wave/prog-thrash scree that evokes the doings of today’s renegade wetware punks who shove glass-sheathed RFID chips and rare-earth magnets into fresh incisions - dimensions away from the bluesy shot-and-beer heartland rock of their local bar scene.

Microwaves’ newest LP, Via Weightlessness, is being released by Three One G Records on September 28th. It will be available on black vinyl as well as digitally via iTunes. Preorder here.

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 - Broklyn, NY @ Ceremony w/ Gnaw

Friday, August 24, 2018

Out today: BUMMER - Holy Terror

Bummer's debut full-length Holy Terror is out today on Learning Curve Records.

From Kansas City, Missouri, Bummer are purveyors of supreme Heartland noise-rock, honed to perfection over the past several years through tours with bands like Whores. and Wrong. New album Holy Terror finds the trio in peak form: sludgy like The Melvins, harsh like Unsane, metallic like Slayer.

Listen and buy (vinyl and digital):

Listen and buy (CD and cassette):

"[Bummer] demonstrate influences ranging from Slayer to the Melvins to Unsane, offering up a smoothly predatory riff that lurks from the shadows before springing for the kill. It’s angry and raw and evil, yes, but it’s also groovy and tasty and methodical, and the crunch calls to mind delicious candy bars as much as it does broken bones."

"A facegrinder. The band revels in the low end, hard crunch of the nastier post-punkers like Unsane..."

"Kansas City’s noise rock champs Bummer offer up their debut full length Holy Terror which lands on the dirty, grungy side of the genre but – lucky for me – that falls squarely in my wheelhouse and simply put, this album is everything I look for in noise rock."
–Nine Circles

"Bummer take all of the best elements of noise rock and force feeds them steroids on their debut album, Holy Terror. This Kansas City trio’s take on the sound is harsh, sludgy and groovy, acting as a missing link between older artists like Hammerhead and newer acts like Whores..."


Aug 31 - Kansas City, MO @ Roller Dog w/ Tongue Party ("Holy Terror" album release show #1)
Sep 1 - Lawrence, KS @ White Schoolhouse w/ Celebration ("Holy Terror" album release show #2)
Sep 2 - Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room w/ Big Business
Sep 8 - Lexington, KY @ Cosmic Charlie's w/ Big Business
Sep 13  - Tulsa, OK @ Colorfeed AV w/ Super Thief
Sep 14 - Kansas City, MO @ Kum-N-Go w/ Super Thief
Sep 15 - Omaha, NE @ Brother's Lounge w/ Super Thief
Sep 16 - Minneapolis, MN @ Mortimer's w/ Super Thief
Sep 21 - Columbia, MO @ PDM w/ Tongue Party

Out today: NETHERLANDS - Black Gaia

Netherlands' new album Black Gaia is out today on Records And Tapes Records.

Listen and buy, here:

Watch the video for Black Gaia track "Army!" here:

Mastodon handpicked Netherlands to join them on their upcoming September tour with Dinosaur Jr and it is a perfect match. Netherlands' style, honed to excellence in the years since its beginnings in 2010, is a wild-eyed, metallic version of rock. Black Gaia finds the band at the pinnacle of its very own mountain – a place of lurching grooves, psychedelic lava-spewing, and sugary hooks that infect the ears. Rabid-ape drums, plate-shifting synthbass, kaleidoscopic guitar, and transcendent vocals (a range from gentle falsetto to soaring howl) converge in a singular psych-prog-sludge-pop sound sharing DNA with The Beach Boys, Earth Wind and Fire, Van Halen, Dio, The Melvins, The Boredoms, Torche, and Mutoid Man.

Frontman Timo Ellis gives this description of Black Gaia's message: "The record is a scream of anger and grief, and maybe a call-to-arms to do whatever it takes to avert the coming civilization-collapsing environmental mega-catastrophe."

Mastodon, Dinosaur Jr, Netherlands:
Sep 1 - Edmonton, AB @ Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Sep 2 - Calgary, AB @ Grey Eagle Resort & Casino
Sep 4 - Saskatoon, SK @ O'Brian's Event Centre
Sep 6 - Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings Theatre
Sep 7 - Duluth, MN @ Duluth Heritage Center
Sep 8 - Sioux City, IA @ Anthem @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Sep 11 - Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
Sep 12 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
Sep 14 - Fort Wayne, IN @ Clyde Theatre
Sep 15 - Gran Rapids, MI @ 20 Monroe Live
Sep 16 - London, ON @ London Concert Theatre
Sep 17 - Kitchener, ON @ Elements
Sep 19 - Hamilton, ON @ FirstOntario Concert Hall
Sep 20 - Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theatre
Sep 21 - Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore

"Netherlands have been quietly weaving themselves into the fabric of popular metal culture for a decade now... Their continued dedication for making experimental, genre-bending albums paid off in the form of being hand-selected by prog metal giants Mastodon to fill the opening slot on their upcoming tour with Dinosaur Jr."

"Tones from the synths, guitars, and vocals mingle in such a way that’s almost trance-inducing, leaving your mind in a perpetual state of wubwubwubwaaaaahhhhh long after the song’s ended... Netherlands have been able to craft an aesthetic that draws from genres all over the board: psych rock, punk, sludge, doom, and even hints of pop."

"A kind of poppy sludge that takes Torche and feeds it through a grinder, belching it out some sort of neon pink, noxious and incredibly groovy weirdness from the other side"
–Heavy Blog Is Heavy

"Rollicking, heavy-rock purveyors Netherlands... Adroit musicality and pummelling your ears..."
–Pure Grain Audio

"Black Gaia is full of what I’ve come to fucking love about Netherlands, tight songs, layered with goose-bump inducing harmonies and fun, interesting lyrics all propelled by a low end groove fuzzier and heavier than a rampaging Kaiju caterpillar."

"[Black Gaia] pulls in all their legendary psychedelic freak outs, melodic poppy hooks, bottom heavy bombast and the knack for ridiculously catchy songwriting into a MOUNTAIN of a successful album."

–Nine Circles

"A maximalist approach that follows Ellis’ personal mission statement of making music that can be equally light-hearted, brutal and ecstatic... The album will further cement the band’s reputation for crafting pummeling and furious material centered around equally enormous power chords and arena rock friendly hooks, distorted synthbass and Ellis’s shouting politically charged lyrics, lambasting rampant commercialism and greed... One for the most explosive and forceful rippers I’ve heard all year, and it’s so fucking necessary." 
–The Joy of Violent Movement

Out today: STERN - Missive: Sister Ships

Stern's new album Missive: Sister Ships is out today on Sleeping Giant Glossolalia.

The work of frontman Chuck Stern and three members of Kayo Dot, the Stern sound is haunting and slippery. With a palette of slow tempos and minimal instrumentation, the band constructs a highly unpredictable reality where serenity can flip into nausea in the space of one note. Restraint and dissonance are used as weapons in these austere, strangely meditative songs, but the half-charred remains of familiar pop structures and melodies are ever-present in the periphery.

Chuck Stern's vocals evoke twisted crooners of past decades – Craig Wedren, Mike Patton, Scott Walker. Other influences include the film scores of Ennio Morricone, the bleak beauty of Justin Broadrick's work in and out of Godflesh, and even the tangled webs of extreme metal outliers Gorguts.

The album was recorded by Daniel Schlett at Strange Weather Studios (DIIV, Liturgy), and mastered by Paul Gold at Salt Mastering (Gang Gang Dance, Ornament).

Listen and buy, here:

More info:

Sep 5 - Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus w/ Unnatural Ways, Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, Chain Gang Grave

"Stern’s brand of 'pop' is eerie and dissonant, each note seeming to melt into the ether as it’s played. Dreamy, dark... haunting undertones. The fragments of pop that remain are unique and should appeal to fans of industrial, ambient and metal that is a little 'out there.'"

"It’s somewhere under the rock umbrella, with a hypnotic backbone, freeform fuzz guitar that sounds like if Blue Cheer ever tried to channel Ornette Coleman, and a woozy vocal performance that’s very psychedelic..."

"Stern successfully navigate the strange combination of hypnagogic pop and much more challenging avant-garde tendencies. And much like Kayo Dot, there exists a sense of yearning toward some sort of hauntological future. Their sound is not unlike an opiate stare at a cyberpunk skyline, or perhaps even more remote science fiction vistas. Their music is adjacent to many scenes, like metal or the cutting edge of jazz, but can’t really be classified as either."
–Burning Ambulance

"With his project Time of Orchids, Chuck Stern wrote compositions that dabbled in everything from math rock and post-hardcore to jazz and avant-prog. That same spirit lives on with Stern and its current star-studded lineup [members of Kayo Dot]... It’s an album rife with perplexing ideas that only inspires more bewilderment and morbid bliss with each subsequent listen... Something along the lines of Jesu covering Depeche Mode‘s 'Songs of Faith and Devotion' after binge-listening to Have a Nice Life and Kayo Dot... On top of it all, Chuck’s ghoulish, morose vocals haunt every twist and turn like a specter trapped in a sealed mausoleum."
–Heavy Blog Is Heavy

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

KING BUFFALO - North American tour

"Like a psychedelic sunrise, King Buffalo stretches their music in every direction. Let it wash over you!"
–Kyle Shutt, The Sword

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

With sophomore album Longing to Be the Mountain set for an October 12th release, King Buffalo embark on a North American tour this week, kicking off August 15th in Chicago. The tour covers much of the western US and Canada, includes a slot on Psycho Las Vegas. More North American touring will follow later in the year.

King Buffalo's upcoming new album, Longing to Be the Mountain, is a feast of haunting vocals, hypnotic grooves, mounting tension and explosive finalés. The Rochester, New York trio has earned more than a few comparisons to Pink Floyd.

Stream the album's first single, "Sun Shivers," here:

Pre-order the album (vinyl and digital):

Past tourmates include The Sword and All Them Witches (whose guitarist Ben McLeod produced Longing to Be the Mountain.)

King Buffalo - North American tour:
Aug 15 - Chicago, IL @ Reggies
Aug 16 - Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
Aug 17 - Denver, CO @ Globe Hall
Aug 18 - Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theater
Aug 19 - Las Vegas, NV @ Psycho Las Vegas
Aug 21 - Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge
Aug 22 - Los Angeles, CA @ Five Star Bar
Aug 24 - San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside
Aug 25 - Sacramento, CA @ Holy Diver
Aug 27 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Loading Dock
Aug 28 - Boise, ID @ The Shredder
Aug 29 - Spokane, WA @ The Pin
Aug 30 - Portland, OR @ High Water Mark
Aug 31 - Seattle, WA @ Highline
Sep 1 - Vancouver, BC @ Astoria
Sep 2 - Kamloops, BC @ Grind House Cafe
Sep 4 - Calgary, AB @ Palomino Smokehouse
Sep 5 - Edmonton, AB @ Bohemia
Sep 6 - Saskatoon, SK @ Capitol Music Club
Sep 7 - Regina, SK @ Cloud 9
Sep 8 - Winnipeg, MB @ The Handsome Daughter
Sep 9 - Fargo, ND @ Aquarium
Sep 11 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
Sep 12 - Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club
Sep 13 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme
Sep 15 - Toronto, ON @ Bovine Sex Club

Photo by Mike Turzanski

Monday, August 13, 2018


“Thrash metal and no wave punk collide to bring forth a vision of cybernetic filth. We mean it, man.”
-John Roman, Microwaves

Stream the title  track from the new album, Via Weightlessness, on New Noise, here.

 Via Weightlessness will be available through Three One G Records on black vinyl as well as digitally via iTunes on September 28th. Preorder here.

 Their latest album, Via Weightlessness, tones down their previous effects-heavy approach, charging lean and unabated toward their dystopian vision. Kuzy’s guitar chimes through the mix with spindly atonal rnuns 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 - Broklyn, NY @ Ceremony w/ Gnaw

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

ACTORS - US tour

Vancouver band ACTORS will bring its infectious sound on tour across the US in September. The coast-to-coast run includes slots on all three Cold Waves Festivals (New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles), as well as shows with Bootblacks, Soft Kill, and more.

ACTORS on tour:
Sep 15 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater - Cold Waves Festival
Sep 16 - Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bazaar - Murder of Crows Festival
Sep 18 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Brillobox w/ Bootblacks
Sep 19 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Wills w/ Bootblacks
Sep 20 - Columbus, OH @ The Summit w/ Bootblacks
Sep 21 - Detroit, MI @ Small's w/ Bootblacks
Sep 23 - Chicago, IL @ Metro - Cold Waves Festival
Sep 27 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall - Batcave SLC
Sep 28 - Sacramento, CA @ Cafe Colonial w/ Creux Lies
Sep 29 - Los Angeles, CA @ 1720 - Cold Waves Festival
Sep 30 - Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex - Part Time Punks w/ Trisomie 21, Soft Kill

From Vancouver, Canada, ACTORS electrify with a modern take on post-punk. On debut full-length It Will Come to You, anthemic songs evoke the urgency of early-'80s U2 as well as the driving, synth-drenched scores that emanated from that era's movie screens. As scene authority put it, the band conjures "cinematic new-wave... that belongs on a Michael Mann soundtrack."

Much more than a "retro" act, ACTORS' music stands on its own, full of life and unforgettable hooks. ACTORS' songs are glistening bangers: slamming beats propel warm layers of synth, guitar, and vocals. Perhaps best described as a "post-post-punk" band, ACTORS belongs in the discussion alongside bands of today like The Soft Moon and Cold Cave, pushing music forward via a deep knowledge of the past.

Watch ACTORS' latest video, for the song "Slaves":

Listen and buy ACTORS' latest album, It Will Come to You:

"Vancouver’s brilliant post-punk and new-wave quartet ACTORS continue their flair for sonic cinematics... The atmosphere quivers with singer Jason Corbett’s crooning reverb augmented by shivering guitars and stark synths." 

"Addictively dancey, uplifting and melancholy sounds... Beautiful, dark music."

–CVLT Nation

"Eighties-style post-punk... Marrying influences from metal in the post-punk style."


Photo by Kira Clavell

Friday, August 3, 2018

STERN + BrooklynVegan

"The quartet twists meticulously, almost seductively, through pop-rock songs refracted at disorienting angles. Stern himself is a provocative lyricist and an oddly endearing singer... His voice, like Scott Walker's, can quickly curve from a croon to a caterwaul... Like the best of Kayo Dot and Time of Orchids, it revels in the unexpected."

"Stern’s brand of 'pop' is eerie and dissonant, each note seeming to melt into the ether as it’s played. Dreamy, dark... haunting undertones. The fragments of pop that remain are unique and should appeal to fans of industrial, ambient and metal that is a little 'out there.'"

The indescribable Stern (members of Kayo Dot) have dropped new track "Dunce" via BrooklynVegan.

Listen, here:

BV's Andrew Sacher writes, "It’s somewhere under the rock umbrella, with a hypnotic backbone, freeform fuzz guitar that sounds like if Blue Cheer ever tried to channel Ornette Coleman, and a woozy vocal performance that’s very psychedelic..." 

This enigma of a band makes music that utterly perplexes and haunts. Equally sweet and sour, with shades of Scott Walker, Craig Wedren, and Ennio Morricone, the sound has been labelled "pop music for Gorguts fans."

New album Missive: Sister Ships comes out August 24th on Sleeping Giant Glossolalia. The album was recorded by Daniel Schlett at Strange Weather Studios (DIIV, The Men, Liturgy), and mastered by Paul Gold at Salt Mastering (Animal Collective, Gang Gang Dance, Ornament).


Stern plays this Sunday at the Glove in Brooklyn, at the record release show for Sleeping Giant Glossolalia boss Michael Reisinger's band, Opening Bell.

Aug 5 - Brooklyn, NY @ The Glove w/ Opening Bell, Nastie Band, Vat of Acid
Sep 5 - Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus w/ Unnatural Ways, Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, Chain Gang Grave

Photo by Sophie Leetmaa

Thursday, August 2, 2018

QUI + BrooklynVegan

Qui Snuh
"Every facet of our modality is present and pushed to further extremes; our ugliest ugly, our prettiest pretty, and more drastic juxtapositions of the two. We have been criticized as being too varied in our sound, I have heard or read the word, “schizophrenic,” used more than once. Recently a critic even posited that our music was perhaps one, big piss-take, an endurance test of sorts to see just how much our audience would tolerate. I think it’s fair to say he and others of that mind will not like Snuh. In keeping with our consistently inconsistent M.O, the sounds vary from moment to moment, song to song. The album features guest cameos from new and old collaborators, a wider pallet of timbres, and recurring musical themes throughout, the overall effect being that of a cohesive pastiche. Toshi Kasai’s unique and adventurous production, always present in our records, is it’s most pronounced to date."
-Matt Cronk, Qui

Stream Qui’s first full-length album in 2014, via BrooklynVegan, here.

Qui’s newest LP, Snuh is being released by Three One G Records on August 3rd.
Snuh will be available digitally on iTunes as well as physically on 100 pink and 200 black 180 gram vinyl. Free CD will be included with vinyl purchase. Preorder here.
Records will also be available via Antena Krzyku, Macina Dischi will be releasing the album on CD, and Sweatband Records will be releasing a limited run of cassettes.

Snuh LP: 1. Pomp & Circumstance 2. You Can Call Me Shiny 3. Escape From Now 4. Mowing Machine 5. The Stink of Her Eyes (a) 6. Icky Mouth 7. Hey, Brother 8. Pumpy Circumstance 9. How Much Many More 10. The Stink of Her Eyes (b) 11. Forgivement 12. 15 Little Arguments 13. Trust Force 14. Come, Come
Check Qui out at their record release show, alongside Retox, tomorrow (August 3rd) at The Echo, Los Angeles.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

PANICKER + Cvlt Nation

“...a full on dance onslaught that will keep you moving for sure!”
-Cvlt Nation

Watch the video for “Habits,” via Cvlt Nation, here.

PANICKER seeks to give a voice (sans vocalist) to the anxious emotional state occupied by musician/producer/sound engineer Brent Asbury. The feeling on the album is often frightening, all-consuming and urgent, and he captures this well. “Habits”, however, is a slightly slower, smoother, but nonetheless foreboding track. It approaches the listener steadily and ominously, and eventually layers upon itself to build up to a dark dance beat. Different stock footage with heavy treatments of grit and grain is used throughout the video, leaving the viewer to draw their own connections between the visual narrative alongside the auditory.
This video is a single off of PANICKER’s debut self-titled LP, which is available digitally and on vinyl via Three One G Records. Each record is a unique color variant and each jacket custom screen printed with paper and ink variations. Order here.

Video directed by GET MEZZY and KILL YOUR IDOLS.

CULT & CULTURE podcast + BrooklynVegan

Cult and Culture podcast Joy Division
"Justin Pearson of the bands The Locust, Dead Cross and Head Wound City, and owner of Three One G Records, also has his own podcast, Cult & Culture. The latest episode, Ep. 7, features Justin with his Head Wound City bandmate Cody Votolato (also of The Blood Brothers), John Brady (of Swing Kids), and Sam Stothers (of Narrows), and the topic for this episode is Joy Divison. It ends up going in all kinds of directions though, including the musicians talking about their own pasts and upbringings, their various definitions of punk, and more."

Stream the episode, via Brooklyn Vegan, here.

Catch up on all episodes of Justin and Luke Henshaw's Cult and Culture podcast via iTunes, here, or through Three One G’s soundcloud, here.

KING BUFFALO - Longing to Be the Mountain


"Like a psychedelic sunrise, King Buffalo stretches their music in every direction. Let it wash over you!"

–Kyle Shutt, The Sword

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

King Buffalo announces the October 12th release of its second full-length album, Longing to Be the Mountain.

Stream "Sun Shivers," the first single off Longing to Be the Mountain, here:

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.

Psych-rock authority The Obelisk has been tracking King Buffalo's ascent since the start, pegging them as a band destined for greatness. The site's review of the Repeater EP proclaimed: "Repeater finds them brimming with confidence... Their songwriting here hits a new level of craftsmanship that only raises one’s hopes even after such an impressive debut long-player. The question isn’t so much whether King Buffalo are prepared for their next step as it is whether their audience is ready to realize the special moment playing out in front of them."

Sophomore album Longing to Be the Mountain is an enthralling piece of work that sees King Buffalo fulfill its promise. In six songs, clocking in at 42 minutes, the band cements the style initiated on previous releases. Sure to delight fans of psych, stoner, and krautrock, Longing to Be the Mountain is timeless rock music, greater than any one genre.

Donaldson's clean, sturdy drumming and Reynolds' hypnotic basslines lock into grooves that propel the songs, traveling from cool, spacious zones into all-out explosive finalés. Frontman McVay mesmerizes with a haunting vocal style that commands full attention despite its sedated tone – early Pink Floyd is a reference point. Within each song, he showcases a palette of vivid guitar playing, from jangly rhythms to ripping solos.

Some songs make their point in 4 minutes or less, others sprawl out above the 10-minute mark. In either case, there is no fat to trim. King Buffalo moves with purpose. Reynolds names British Invasion bands like The Animals as an influence on him during the making of Longing to Be the Mountain, noting how he came to respect simplicity – "just playing the right notes in the right places." With the three members in sync, songs progress steadily and fluidly, from world-weary lulls into squalls of transcendence. 

King Buffalo's music and lyrics are in harmony, both painting pictures of traveling, questing, evolving. Of the lyrics, McVay says, "The album is about searching for meaning. It's a story about finding one's place in an increasingly turbulent and chaotic world." We, the listeners, are lucky to witness King Buffalo's journey as they cruise onward and upward, leaving behind an amazing soundtrack as they go.

Longing to Be the Mountain was produced by All Them Witches guitarist Ben McLeod. It was recorded at Main Street Armory in Rochester by Grant Husselman, mixed by Sean McVay, and mastered by Bernie Matthews. Acoustic guitar throughout the album was played by McLeod. The artwork was created by Adrian Dexter. The album will be released on vinyl and CD, and digitally.

King Buffalo embarks on a North American tour in August, including a stop at Psycho Las Vegas and numerous Canadian dates. More touring will follow in the fall.


1) Morning Song
2) Sun Shivers
3) Cosmonaut
4) Quickening
5) Longing to Be the Mountain
6) Eye of the Storm


Sean McVay - vocals, guitar, synth
Dan Reynolds - bass, synth
Scott Donaldson - drums


Longing to Be the Mountain (self-released in North America, Stickman Records in Europe, 2018)
Repeater EP (Stickman Records, 2018)
Orion (self-released, 2016)
Electric Ladyland Redux compilation (Magnetic Eye Records, 2015)
Split w/ Le Betre (STB Records, 2015)
Demo (2013)

Photo of King Buffalo, by Mike Turzanski