Entries tagged with: Arabrot
Gazelle Twin's 'Unflesh'
Now that it's December, Best of Lists Season is in full swing. If you're already tired of seeing ones that have The War on Drugs at the top (or near it), you can always rely on UK website The Quietus to offer up something different. They just published their "Albums Of The Year 2014" and topping it is electronic artist Gazelle Twin's second album, Unflesh. Say The Quietus:
On Unflesh, Gazelle Twin - aka Elizabeth Bernholz - doesn't see dualism as an academic exercise or a philosophical plaything. Instead, it's born of bloody experience as she claws and digs her way to its gory, physical core. Puberty, anxiety, miscarriage, illness and euthanasia are all present, and Bernholz's treatment of them ranges from a shuddering disgust to vengeful catharsis to something approaching tender acceptance.The Quietus' list is not without names familiar to readers of our site -- Swans, Scott Walker & Sunn O))), FKA twigs, Aphex Twin, Future Islands -- but it definitely does not follow the beaten path.
Check out The Quietus' full "Albums Of The Year 2014" (and stream a few songs from their #1) below...
by Ian Chainey
Dissent album art
California's the Cutthroats 9 are back with a new release and a tour. The noise rockers recently dropped "Dissention," the first taste of their new full-length Dissent, which will be available on LP June 3 through Lamb Unlimited and on CD June 24 via Repitilian Records. Dissent marks the first release for the Unsane-related outfit since 2001's Anger Management. To ring in the event, the trio will accompany Black Cobra and Årabrot on a short swing through the West Coast.
Formed in 2000 by Chris Spencer after the hiatus of Unsane and his subsequent move to the left coast, the Cutthroats 9 scrapped together a similar-on-the-surface yet divergent-in-feel sound, subbing out the terror of Unsane's Pre-Giuliani New York for something a touch closer to gut-bucket bluster. Spencer's distorted roar and driving guitars remained the focal point, but the compositions were far looser in delivery. This shift endeared the group to stoner haven Man's Ruin Records, on which they released their eponymous LP in 2000. This released was sandwiched between a single, You Should Be Dead, and the aforementioned Anger Management EP.
After Unsane reformed in 2003, it was assumed the trio was shelved forever, which makes their return all the more surprising. Old Grand Dad's Will Carroll reclaims drummer's throne while the low end duties are now handled by 16's Tony Baumeister. Together with Spencer, the three ably recreate the energy of the older incarnation while flexing a canny veteran muscle. "Dissention" slips and slides with bluesy strides, remaining moored thanks to a thunderous rhythm section.
The heavier, measured sound is a good fit for the band, especially considering their choice of touring mates. Black Cobra's sludgy guitar and drums duo are noted speaker slayers while the acclaimed Norwegian Årabrot also wield walls of distortion in service of their sea-sick punk. Following this late May run, Black Cobra heads north for a Canadian tour with Anciients and Black Wizard, while Årabrot flies back to Europe for fests and select UK dates with Converge.
All of the dates, along with the Dissent track listing, "Dissention" stream, and Black Cobra/Årabrot tasters appear below...
by Doug Moore
Keeping pace with Arabrot's release schedule is a fool's errand, but Rabbits have done a bit to catch up with SOS (Singles, Other Shit), an odds-and-ends compilation that pairs six unreleased originals with a block of eight '80s-era hardcore punk covers. One of those originals, "No (More) Depth," now has a music video, which we're streaming below.
The tune itself is over almost before it begins -- it's a minute-long spurt of flutter-strummed chords and spasmodic rhythms, but its lyrics are the selling point for me. Not many songs reference both the seventy-year-old folk standard "Sixteen Tons" and the Ramones in barely a breath: "What do you get when you beat on the brat? / Another day older and deeper in debt".
SOS is out now on Eolian Empire via download and cassette. Rabbits have some more releases in the works, too: a(nother) covers-oriented 7" split with an as-yet-unnamed East Coast band, and a 12" EP that should be out some time early next year. They're also gradually uploading archival live recordings to their Bandcamp, one show at a time.
Stream the video and some of the live material below...
by Doug Moore
Norwegian noise rockers Arabrot already released a self-titled 2013 LP and a split with Rabbits this year, and they've got one more release slated for 2013: an EP titled Murder as Art, which mostly consists of a single song called "The Story of Lot." (And also HOLY CRAP THAT COVER ART.) Arabrot no longer has a fixed lineup, and "The Story of Lot" is radically different from their other releases this year. We premiered the lengthy tune over at Invisible Oranges, and said:
While Årabrot are best known as a Melvins-style heavy rock act, this tune has no metal influences to speak of. Instead, Nernes spins the famous tale of alcohol-fueled Biblical incest over a motorik beat, a bassline that Al Cisneros might've written within the last few years, and a slow-growing mass of analog noise. This goes on for some 15 minutes, but time is fungible when you're under its spell.Murder As Art comes out in the States via Red Eye on November 26. Stream it below, along with their side of the Rabbits split for comparison's sake.
Arabrot at By:Larm 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Norway's Arabrot have teamed with Kylesa's Laura Pleasants to bring us "Arrabal's Dream," the first track from Arabrot's forthcoming self-titled LP, due on Fysisk Format on September 3. The sludgy new offering is one of two Arabrot releases in 2013, as the band recently dropped a split with Rabbits. You can check out the 7", plus "Arrabal's Dream," below.
Bon Iver at Bonnaroo 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Bon Iver recorded an iTunes session at East West studios which is available exclusively from iTunes starting today. It includes six tracks off 2011's great Bon Iver, Bon Iver and a cover of Bjork's "Who Is It?," which the band has played live many times. You can stream the session's opening track, "Beth/Rest" below.
As mentioned, Bon Iver is touring internationally throughout the summer and fall and will come to NYC on September 19 and 20 at Radio City Music Hall. Both of those shows are now sold out. All Bon Iver dates, including a recently announced European leg, are listed below.
Speaking of Bjork, she's teaming up with the New York Public Library (NYPL) and the Children's Museum of Manhattan to create interactive educational programs for middle school-aged students based on her Biophilia app. Speaking about the program, Bjork said:
"It's not a bookish thing. You cannot learn to make music from a book." "I love books; they're like the best ever," she added. "There are things you can only learn from books, but it's also important to introduce the physical aspects. So for me, it was very important to make, somehow, music education that was physical." (via NY Daily News)Both Bon Iver and Bjork are set to play Oya Festival in Oslo, Norway this summer (Aug 7-11) with The Stone Roses, Refused, The Afghan Whigs, Bob Mould (performing Copper Blue), Chromatics, Cloud Nothings, John Maus, Purity Ring, Saint Etienne, SBTRKT, Screaming Females, St. Vincent, and more. Full list below.
Way Out West (Aug 9-11) in Gothenberg, Sweden features many of the same bands as Oya like Bon Iver, Refused, Afghan Whigs, St. Vincent, Purity Ring, John Maus, and Bob Mould in addition to Blur, Wilco, I Break Horses, Hot Chip, The War On Drugs, Mark Lanegan Band, Adolescents, Swans, and more. Check out the spotify playlist. The full lineup is listed below.
As mentioned, the reunited Mazzy Star is set to play both of those European festivals. Full lineups and the Bon Iver dates and song, below...
Kvelertak in Oslo
Compared to days one and two, day three of By:Larm was considerably more indulgent. Two artists (Kvelertak and Mayhem) have played the US several times, and though I was definitely familiar with both, I wanted to see them on their "home turf" so to speak.
After a day of looking at records at Tiger and Big Dipper, I caught a super-early show from The Avalanche (who I saw on day one) before heading to Folketeateret to catch some of Ida Maria's opening set of indie-laced pop-punk. She commanded the crowd to get out of their seats and the audience agreed, dancing in the aisles.
DOWNLOAD: Ceremony - "Adult" (MP3)
High on Fire at Webster Hall (more by Greg Cristman)
High on Fire have announced De Vermis Mysteriis, the band's new album due on EOne Records on April 3rd. The LP, produced by Kurt Ballou, features 10 tracks and draws inspiration from "a fictional grimoire created by Psycho author Robert Bloch and incorporated by H. P. Lovecraft into the lore of the Cthulhu Mythos." Head below for all tour dates and details on the release.
Don't forget that High on Fire will join Trash Talk and a mammoth cast of others for the BV/Power of The Riff show during the Converse/Thrasher Deathmatch at Scoot Inn on March 16th in Austin. All High on Fire dates are below.
Another band scheduled to play the day party, Ceremony, have posted a new track from their forthcoming Zoo. Check out "Adult", downloadable below as well as a a video for "World Blue" below. All Ceremony dates are below.
The Melvins have announced TWO new releases, including the The Bulls & The Bees EP due on March 13th via Scion A/V and the forthcoming LP Freak Puke due via Ipecac on June 5th. Those expecting a four-piece will be surprised to know that the Freak Puke LP will be from "Melvins Lite", aka Buzzo, Dale and bassist Trevor Dunn. Fans of the four piece shouldn't fret, Jared and Coady will be on the road with Unsane this April.
Arabrot, who were one of the most impressive bands at byLarm this past week in Oslo (pics/review coming) have released a video for their title track to Solaranus. Check that out below, along with a stream of another Norwegian band that I enjoyed, Dark Times.
More suggested NYC shows, streams, a new Rise & Fall video and a full live set by Bolt Thrower from 1989 is below.
Bands like Black Cobra, Wizard Rifle and Arabrot remind you that two people can still make one helluva racket. Arabrot's riffy noise thunder does just that Solar Anus, the band's latest Steve-Albini-blessed LP out TODAY via Fysisk Format. Stream the LP in its entirety here exclusively, recommended for fans of mid-period Melvins (Houdini/Stoner Witch era) and heavy fare ranging from High on Fire to Unsane..
One of the Solar Anus tracks, "Madonna Was A Whore" has been immortalized in a rare-and-limited-to-200 7" featuring an exclusive B-side track. Head to our Facebook page to win a copy!
Arabrot have no US dates currently, but will kickoff a European tour with the supremely great Okkultokrati and Haust this week. All tour dates and that album stream is below.
DOWNLOAD: Arabrot - "Interim Me" (MP3)
Norway's seething noise-rock pummelers Arabrot are teaming with Wizard Rifle to play a string of US shows directly following their date at the Nanotear SXSW Showcase at Barbarella Patio (3/17 with YOB, Agalloch, Witch Mountain, etc). Look for the band in NYC on March 27th at the Acheron with Alien Whale (featuring Matt Mottel of Talibam! on keys, Colin Langenus of USAISAMONSTER on guitar, and Nick Lesley of Necking, on drums). Arabrot released their latest LP Revenge via Fysisk Records. Download "Interim Me" above and stream it below.
Hate Eternal is hitting the road with Origin (who has a fresh new lineup), Vital Remains and Abysmal Dawn (who have a new LP in Leveling The Plane of Existence) for a string of dates including NYC at Santos Party House on July 10th. Tickets are on sale. All tour dates are below.
Always the road warriors, Skeletonwitch are back at it, and will team with 3 Inches of Blood for a few dates including NYC on April 17th at Gramercy Theater. Tickets are on sale. All tour dates are below.
Song stream, some video, and more suggested NYC shows are below...
Yob at Scion Rock Fest (more by BBG)
Amongst the zillions of bands playing billions of showcases, every year presents certain must-go events at SXSW. Thursday Mar 17th at Barbarella Patio will feature an incredible line-up of bands as part of the Nanotear Showcase, co-headlined by the one-and-only Yob with Agalloch, and featuring appearances from Witch Mountain, Worm Ouroboros, Amber Asylum, Arabrot, and Wizard Rifle. The show will be Yob and Agalloch's lone appearance at SXSW, and the first date of a East Coast tour for Agalloch/Worm Ouroboros that will eventually land them at NYC's Le Poisson Rouge on March 22nd. Tickets are still available.
Yob recently cancelled their appearance at Roadburn, as well as their entire European tour. While that comes as sad news, the festival has added Keiji Haino, Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter, and a performance of Eve by Ufomammut in its entirety to counteract that. Full Roadburn lineup is below.
Arabrot will hit the road with Wizard Rifle, playing dates along the East Coast. More on those dates very soon, but for now check out some video, the Roadburn lineup and all Agalloch dates below...