Entries tagged with: Bruce Lamont
Scott Kelly & Bruce Lamont @ Funhouse - 11/19/15 (photo via Ernest Natur)
NJ punks Crazy & the Brains are always up to something. We just posted their new "Brain Freeze" video and tour dates, including a show with Negative Approach at Jersey City venue Funhouse on 11/25. Funhouse is the venue run by the band themselves, which opened earlier this year. The description reads:
A new DIY music venue / art collective run By Crazy And The Brains. Located in the last remaining section of Downtown Jersey City yet to be revitalized, Funhouse marks just the beginning of our plan to give local artists and musicians a platform for expression.Besides that Negative Approach show, they just hosted Scott Kelly of Neurosis last night (11/19) (anyone catch that?) and C&TB play there again on 12/5 with Smalltalk (mem Bouncing Souls, Worthless United). That's it for now but more shows are likely on the way. Check their calendar for more.
Crazy & the Brains have more dates of their own coming up, including NYC's The Bitter End tonight (11/20). All are listed below...
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Wrekmeister Harmonies - Night of Your Ascension
Chicago's art-doom project Wrekmeister Harmonies is releasing its new album Night of Your Ascension just a year after 2014's And Then It All Came Down. As usual, Wrekmeister mastermind J.R. Robinson has enlisted an impressive roster of collaborators from Chicago and elsewhere this album, including Marissa Nadler, Alexander Hacke (Einsturzende Neubaten), Olivia Block, Sanford Parker (Corrections House), Bruce Lamont (Corrections House, Yakuza), Mark Solotroff (Anatomy of Habit), Chris Brokaw (Come, Codeine), harpist Mary Lattimore, plus multiple members of The Body (Lee Buford and Chip King) and the sadly defunct Indian (Dylan O'Toole and Ron DeFries), and still more. Each year it seems, Robinson brings together so many vital Chicago artists that the releases have the feel of an annual family get-together, albeit a depressive, occasionally scary family. As the group has expanded well beyond Chicago, it sounds like the recording logistics of getting all these people together have become more and more of a feat.
In a first for J.R., the new record features two separate songs. Both are based on real-life stories that orbit around religion and death. The title track focuses on Don Carlo Gesualdo, a 16th-century Italian who murdered his wife buy was protected by the Church. "Run Priest Run" is about convicted pedophile Father John Goeghan, focusing on the time before he was killed in prison by a fellow inmate. All told, par for the course from a project who's last album was about Truman Capote interviewing a Charles Manson associate. J.R. tells Noisey:
Yeah. For example, the string section for "The Night of Your Ascension." I had the original score of this Don Carlo Gesualdo madrigal I wanted them to use but I didn't want it followed to the letter. Chromatically, as it is written, it's pretty clashing. I wanted to make it all in the key of A and smooth everything out. And I wanted to record at this crematorium, so we had to get mobile recording gear and set up in there. Then I did the same with the choir.The title track is perhaps the most immediate we've ever heard from Wrekmeister Harmonies. As before, the album starts with a mellow, quiet section before exploding into thunderous doom-metal, but here the quiet section moves away from the ethereal, drone-focused music of the last two albums and straight into folk, with strummed guitars, a string section, and Nadler's haunting vocals carrying the song into darkly hummable territory. When the inevitable crush of the guitars come, they feel more organic, a bit softer around the edges, and are further tempered by a couple of beautiful arpeggiated guitar passages that inch this thing towards prog. "Run Priest Run," meanwhile, is a brutally single-minded piece, shorter and more chilling by half than what precedes it. It also progresses from quiet to loud, but here it's more of a downward spiral, with the screams of a dying man (sounds like The Body to me) sending the album out on its own very specific terms.
Wrekmeister Harmonies will tour in December with Bell Witch, who will be the backing band for that tour (which is crazy) and who are about to play Martyrdoom. You can check out those dates and stream Night of Your Ascension below.
In somewhat related news, this album comes a week after the guest-filled Abigail Williams album, which features Will Lindsay, who like Dylan O'Toole, was in the now-defunct Indian but is now in Lord Mantis whose former frontman Charlie Fell is also on that album by Abigail Williams, the band of another ex-Lord Mantis member Ken Sorceron. Got that?
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
photo: Scott Kelly with Neurosis at Saint Vitus in August (more by P Squared)
Scott Kelly of Neurosis and his Corrections House bandmate Bruce Lamont (also of Chicago's Yakuza) are playing some shows together on the east coast this November.
The tour hits NYC for a show at The Acheron on November 13 with additional support from Kevin Hufnagel of Dysrhythmia and the current Gorguts lineup. Tickets for the Acheron show are on sale now.
Meanwhile, Corrections House release their new album Know How to Carry a Whip on Friday (10/23) via Kelly's label Neurot. They've already premiered two songs from it, "White Man's Gonna Lose" and "Superglued Tooth," both of which showcase a heavier industrial influence than ever for the supergroup (the band also includes Mike Williams of Eyehategod and metal super-producer Sanford Parker).
Scott Kelly also just released a video for a cover of Townes Van Zandt's "Lungs." Maybe he'll bust that one out on the tour. You can check it out, with the Corrections House songs and the list of tour dates, below.
Corrections House at Saint Vitus in January (more by Caroline Harrison)
Corrections House, featuring an all-star lineup of Scott Kelly (Neurosis), Mike IX Williams (Eyehategod), Sanford Parker (no longer Nachtmystium) and Bruce Lamont (Yakuza, Bloodiest), have a new video for "Grin With a Purpose" the A-Side of a 7" that includes the previously discussed "Hoax the System" track which also spawned a video. The 7" is currently available via War Crime Recordings, and will be a taste for what's to come... a planned full length due at the end of the year.
So far touring is light for Corrections House in 2013, but the band is planning a trip to the EU in December, with North American dates to follow in the new year. The tour will be their second trek, following their recent jaunt in January.
Check out both Corrections House videos below.
Corrections House @ Saint Vitus, 1/21/2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Corrections House, the new supergroup comprised of Sanford Parker (producer/engineer, Nachtmystium, Minsk), Mike Williams (Eyehategod), Bruce Lamont (Yakuza, Bloodiest, etc.), and Scott Kelly (Neurosis, who played this past weekend), kicked off their US tour at Saint Vitus last night (1/21) which was also their first-ever show. The band was joined by opening sets from York Factory Complaint (mems Believer/Law, Veins, ex-Drunkdriver) and Theologian, and featured "solo sets of spoken word, acoustic and experimental music with an end times collaboration to close out the night."
More pictures and a review of the show are over at Invisible Oranges.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Bloodiest at Saint Vitus, Nov 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Saxophonist, vocalist and all around Chicago rennaissance man, Bruce Lamont welcomes Beyul today, the new LP from his long-running experimental metal outfit Yakuza. The longplayer is Yakuza's first LP in two years, and it has been just as long since the band last appeared in NYC with Triptykon. That will all change when Yakuza headlines the BV-BBG CMJ showcase on 10/20 at Saint Vitus with Royal Thunder, Fight Amp, Enabler, Helen Money and Sannhet. Tickets for that event (just $5) are still available, or get in with your CMJ badge.
With Beyul out now and CMJ officially here, we asked Bruce Lamont about the new record, his other projects and hometwon of Chicago. That conversation is below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Nachtmystium at The Studio at Webster Hall, Sept 2010 (more by Markus Shaffer)
"Nachtmystium, regretfully, has to reschedule its upcoming US tour due to an unavoidable family emergency. The band (and Nachtmystium co-horts Lord Mantis) will still be able to perform the last four dates of the tour on the east coast, but all other dates will be rescheduled for the near future. Nachtmystium apologizes to all the fans and promoters as this was an unavoidable circumstance and we wish that things were different. However, we are beyond excited to come play for you soon. To those fans who will still be able to see us in November, we can't wait to destroy your eardrums. See you soon!"As stated above, Nachtmystium's tour has shrunk considerably, but what it doesnt mention is the loss of Canadian black metal terrorist Weapon from the bill as well. Though the bulk of the dates are cancelled, Saint Vitus on 11/19 is still a go and now with Jarboe, Bruce Lamont and Batillus. Tickets are still available.
In the meantime you can also catch both Bruce Lamont AND Batillus this weekend, though at different shows. The latter will perform at 285 Kent as part of the Show No Mercy showcase while the former will be on stage as part of Yakuza's exclusive NYC showing at Saint Vitus (aka the BV-BBG showcase). Tickets for the latter show are still available or use your CMJ badge (a limited number allowed in). Entry includes PBR, Sailor Jerry's and Mercy drink while supplies last.
All tour dates and the BV-BBG showcase flyer is below.
Bruce Lamont of Yakuza, with Bloodiest, Aug 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Chicago experi-metal-ists Yakuza are welcoming their new monster, Beyul, via the venerable Profound Lore Records next week (specifically, 10/16). The record is currently available for preorder and "The Last Day" from the record can be found at Pitchfork, but now you can stream the entire Beyul record in full below!
Yakuza have two dates scheduled in celebration of the LP, a record release show in Chicago with Dysrhythmia on 10/16 at Empty Bottle and the official BV-BBG CMJ showcase at Saint Vitus on 10/20 with Royal Thunder, Enabler, Fight Amp, Helen Money and Sannhet. Tickets are still available and $5 (or use your CMJ badge), plus complementary PBR/Sailor Jerry/Mercy drink while supplies last.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Yakuza at Gramercy, October 2010 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
I am proud to announce the official BV-BBG CMJ showcase, going down in Brooklyn at Saint Vitus on October 20th! The show will feature six bands, all of which will be exclusive to this show:
Saint Vitus, Brooklyn, NY October 20, 2012:Headlined by avant-garde metal favorites Yakuza featuring frontman Bruce Lamont, the show marks the band's first appearance in NYC in two years, this time to celebrate the release of their new LP Beyul, due on 10/16 via Profound Lore. Royal Thunder's return engagement is their first since a jaw-dropping appearance at Knitting Factory last month, and the noise-punk stylings of Fight Amp, the vicious crusty hardcore of Enabler, cello-explorations from Helen Money and Brooklyn post-rock/hardcore favorites Sannhet round out the night. Tickets are on sale and a paltry $5 or you can use your CMJ badge (a limited amount of badges will be let in, first come, first served).
Yakuza (only East Coast appearance)
While you're at the show, make sure and take advantage of the complimentary Pabst Blue Ribbon and Sailor Jerry rum, while supplies last, And take advantage of drink specials for both on through the night! Oh, and to save you afterwards, we'll also be serving free Mercy hangover prevention.
Listen to all the bands below...
Swans at Music Hall of Williamsburg (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Swans are back with a new double album, The Seer, due via Young God Records on August 28. The new effort features appearances from Karen O (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), former bandmate Jarboe, Bruce Lamont, Ben Frost, members of Akron/Family ( who served with him in Angels of Light) and members of Low. Gira comments:
The Seer took 30 years to make. It's the culmination of every previous Swans album as well as any other music I've ever made, been involved in or imagined. But it's unfinished, like the songs themselves. It's one frame in a reel. The frames blur, blend and will eventually fade.While you're waiting for August 28 to roll around, you can check out a trailer for the DVD portion of The Seer and all listed Swans tour dates (Nothing for NYC yet).
The songs began on an acoustic guitar, then were fleshed out with (invaluable) help from my friends, then were further tortured and seduced in rehearsals, live and in the studio, and now they await further cannibalism and force-feeding as we prepare to perform some of them live, at which point they'll mutate further, endlessly, or perhaps be discarded for a while.
Despite what you might have heard or presumed, my quest is to spread light and joy through the world. My friends in Swans are all stellar men. Without them I'm a kitten, an infant. Our goal is the same: ecstasy!
Alcest @ Lovejoys
By the time that Hull hit the stage at around 2:20pm, the deal was sealed; intimate Austin bar/venue Lovejoys was officially one-in-one-out until we closed the doors. The Saturday BrooklynVegan day show during SXSW included the awesome lineup of Alcest (their only Austin show), Nachtmystium (with Will Lindsay and Sanford Parker in tow), The Atlas Moth, Pallbearer, Speedwolf, Hull, Bruce Lamont with Man's Gin (their only show), Mutilation Rites and Vestiges. All of the bands ruled and I can't thank them enough.
Vestiges opened the party at 12:15 to a relatively large crowd of people (considering the inevitable hangovers from the night prior), and proceeded to wake us all with their spacey hybrid of black metal, hardcore, doom, and crust. A truly amazing band that is definitely worth looking out for. Mutilation Rites followed with new bassist Ryan Jones (Wetnurse/Today is The Day) in tow, but seemed no worse for the changeover; the band's punk-y black-metal-thrash ripped as usual.
Bruce Lamont and Man's Gin collaborated next, using everything from guitar, sax, and bass ukelele in their renditions of Man's Gin songs. It was a special one-off collaboration during the festival, and one that I was grateful to be hosting in such a small space. Hats off to Erik, Josh & the Man's Gin crew, as well as Bruce Lamont.
After that relatively low-key set, of course Hull brought it up a few notches with their thundering post-metal stomp, the first of three shows for the band that day. The rattling doom power of Hull live cannot be denied, but neither can the Motorhead-y beer-swilling pummel of Speedwolf who followed directly after. Speedwolf is currently on a US tear, so look for them at a town near you (including NYC).
Pallbearer @ Lovejoys
Pallbearer, one of my favorite bands from SXSW this year, are undeniably great and just destroyed after Speedwolf. Their melodic doom riffs and soaring vocals owe a lot to the doom-fathers of yesteryear but still reimagine some of those approaches on their stunner of an LP Sorrow & Extinction. Pick it up if you can, and don't miss them when they come to NYC with Loss!
The Atlas Moth and Nachtmystium, out on tour together, played the following two sets with the latter featuring Sanford Parker on keys and Will Lindsay (Indian, Middian, etc) on bass. The Atlas Moth was also in a different configuration, with Andrew Ragin out with medical issues and replaced with his brother-in-law and former member of Stabbing Westward Marcus Eliopulos. Despite configuration changes, both bands were fantastic.
Alcest, who in no way resembles a metal band other than in pedigree, closed out the night. The French quartet's focus is on shoegaze-influenced beauty and were a perfect way to end the hectic and brutal day at Lovejoys. Alcest are on the road in the US, and will play NYC at Public Assembly next week with another BV-SXSW-show-alumnus, Deafheaven (I'll be DJing).
Yet another successful year at Lovejoys in Austin, and I'd like to send a big thank you to the staff, Jester King for the free suds, all of the bands, and most importantly all of the fans who came for the day. Thank you so much, and I can't wait until next year!
More pictures from the whole day, below...
Alcest at Gramercy Theater (more by Greg Cristman)
On March 17th, 2012 (Saturday), BrooklynVegan will return to the scene of the crime (where we hosted two shows last year) for a FREE show at Lovejoys in Austin during SXSW! From noon until just before 7PM we'll host a lineup that includes:
Alcest (their ONLY appearance during SXSW)This is the ONLY time you can see Alcest (from France!) during SXSW (and for FREE), so head to Lovejoys on March 17th. Get there early and down some FREE Black Metal Stout on draft courtesy of Jester King Brewery (while supplies last).
The Atlas Moth
The show is one of several shows that BrooklynVegan is hosting during SXSW including four days at Hotel Vegas, and our back-to-back day party as part of Converse/Thrasher Deathmatch followed by one of our (with an exclusive appearance from Black Breath) three official SXSW showcases. Stay tuned for more details on Hotel Vegas and the other two showcases.
Nachtmystium is currently in the studio sawing away at their new LP Silencing Machine due on July 31st via Century Media. The band will be hitting the road for a set of Midwest dates right around the album release, with an assist from Krieg and Murmur. Details are on the way.
The Atlas Moth and Pallbearer will both play an upcoming Scion showcase in LA on March 31, and for free! RSVP now. Pallbearer recently released their monster new LP Sorrow & Extinction via Profound Lore and are heading to NYC with Loss for a rare one-off show.
Alcest is heading out on the road for a string of dates with Deafheaven (who play our Deathmatch day party in Austin) including NYC at Public Assembly on 3/31 with Vaura (who have a new album) and yours truly on the turntables. Tickets are still available.
All Alcest dates and some streams and video below...
Aaron with Defeatist at their last show (more by BBG)
I previously posted my highlights of 2011 but my opinion is obviously just one of many. To try and get a better feel for the year, we cornered some of our favorite artists and heavy music industry friends to ask them about 2011 in music, art, and memories. We have so many responses that we needed to split it into three posts. Here is the first. Head below to hear from members of Noisear, Monarch!, Mammoth Grinder, Pulling Teeth, Sulaco, Bloodiest, and many more...
The Body @ Saint Vitus
Though equipment issues kept their set on the short side, The Body headlined a rainy Tuesday evening (9/6) in Brooklyn. Bruce Lamont and Man's Gin (who are touring together) and locals Iron Tides opened the show at Saint Vitus. Pictures are in this post.
The Body are now on tour with LP collaborators Braveyoung. That tour was originally listed with an October 5th NYC show at a venue TBA, but that show has since been cancelled. Stay tuned for more info on where The Body will play in NY next. More Saint Vitus pictures below...
The Body at LPR (more by Greg Cristman)
BrooklynVegan is proud to present doom faves The Body at Saint Vitus on September 6th with special guests Bruce Lamont, Man's Gin, and Iron Tides. The show is the first of a string of US dates for The Body which will continue the following day with Braveyoung in celebration of the pair's collaborative LP together.
After a collaborative recording session at Providence's Machines With Magnets (Battles, Daughters, Lightning Bolt, Chinese Stars) earlier this year, the end result has surfaced as Nothing Passes, a layered but cohesive voyage through cavernous, noise-laden tumult and chaos, ethereal horror-soundtrack creepouts and even serene acoustic passages, exploring new styles for both acts. The album also features vocal contributions from members of The Assembly Of Light Choir who have also previously collaborated live with THE BODY and BRAVEYOUNG, as well as a cover of Exuma's song, The Vision.Look for that LP on 9/27 via At A Loss.
Meanwhile, Bruce Lamont & Man's Gin are heading out for a weekend together, tagging Chicago and Philly on the way to NYC. Full tour dates and some video of that Body/Braveyoung collaboration below.
photos by Samantha Marble & BBG, words by BBG
Tombs @ Lovejoys
After a day of mayhem and floorpunches with Ringworm on Friday (3/18), the BrooklynVegan/Profound Lore Records day show on Saturday at Lovejoys centered more on the metal side of things. The 3/19 show featured nine bands in total, of which four called the label home. The amazing Tombs headlined, and I couldn't help but feel a large share of local (NYC) pride since three of the nine bands call Brooklyn home (Tombs, Castevet, Batillus).
Bruce Lamont at Union Pool (more by Samantha Marble)
Thanks everyone who came out to Emo's on Wednesday. It was a blast.
BV-BBG Metal week continues in Austin today, Thurday, 3/17, at Emo's again for Full Metal Texas, though unfortunately the mighty Rwake has been forced to cancel all Austin appearances due to a family emergency, Full Metal Texas included. In their stead, we've added The Funeral Pyre who will set the stage ablaze before Kvelertak. AND on the other stage of Full Metal Texas, The Word Alive has dropped off and will be replaced with Motionless in White.
In related news, Bruce Lamont, who will play the Profound Lore showcase Saturday night, is also a late minute addition to the BrooklynVegan/Profound Lore Day show happening on Saturday too! Lamont will play short pieces at Lovejoys in between sets by Tombs, Dark Castle, The Body, Deafheaven, Wolvhammer, Grayceon, Castevet, Batillus & Altaar. The show kicks off at 12 noon, and will feature free beer courtesy of Victory.
Set times for Full Metal Texas and the BV/PLore shows, and all shows, are below.
photos by Samantha Marble, words by BBG
Kevin Hufnagel, Bruce Lamont, Lichens
Bruce Lamont played Union Pool on February 27th (maybe while you were watching the Oscars?). The show opened with the swelling synth/vocal soundscapes of Lichens, the serene yet jaw-droppingly-technical fretwork of Kevin Hufnagel and an improv set from Brooklyn sludgesters Cocaine & Abel. Lamont was seated for the bulk of his empassioned headlining set, which was comprised of looped samples, live guitar (from him and Kevin Hufnagel!), saxophone, and vocals. Robert Lowe of Lichens remains seated for his performances, which are always compelling, always unique, and always powerful as he weaves synth textures with stacked vocal loops. Kevin Hufnagel and his acoustic was easily the quietest of the three, and the crowd adjusted their volume to take in his impressive instrumental prowess.
Make sure and catch Bruce Lamont in Chicago on 3/3 or in Austin during SXSW at the Profound Lore showcase on 3/19 (more dates TBA). More pictures from Union Pool are below...
Flyer, with art by Glyn Smyth of Scrawled Design
I am ecstatic to announce my partnership with the great Profound Lore Records for an Austin day party at Lovejoys (604 Neches St, right downtown) on March 19th! The free day show (lineup above) will run from noon-7pm and include Dark Castle, The Body, Deafheaven, Wolvhammer, Grayceon, Castevet, Batillus, Altaar from Norway (!), and the blasting NYC killers Tombs. Set times and more details are forthcoming but in the meantime save the date!
Altaar @ by:Larm 2010
March 19th is the last of FOUR BV DAY PARTIES catering to fans of heavy music, including the previously discussed Full Metal Texas show on 3/17 at Emo's with Trap Them, Rwake, Hull, All Pigs Must Die, and the recently added Kvelertak! Details on March 16th and 18th are still to come.
Moments after the BrooklynVegan/ProfoundLore day party comes to a close, the official Profound Lore SXSW showcase will begin at Valhalla! That show kicks off at 7PM and will feature a headlining set from Slough Feg, as well as performances from KEN Mode, Castevet, Grayceon, Bruce Lamont, and Wolvhammer. Check out the incredible show poster below and get a screened copy of it at the show from the artist, Glyn Smyth of Scrawled Design.
Show flyers, a stream of Deafheaven's awesome demo and more pictures of the mighty Altaar from Norway's by:Larm 2010 are below!
Bruce Lamont with Yakuza at Gramercy Theater (more by BBG)
Bruce Lamont of Yakuza/Bloodiest/Circle of Animals will perform a rare solo set on February 27th at Union Pool in Brooklyn, one-of-four solo performances scheduled for the artist who is currently still out on the road with Led Zeppelin II. Union Pool will also feature an appearance from Cocaine & Abel and more TBA, and will be the lone East Coast date though two days earlier he is in Ohio.
Lamont recently welcomed his first solo LP via At a Loss Recordings, Feral Songs For The Epic Decline, and will open the 2011 Profound Lore SXSW showcase in Austin. More details on that showcase are on the way, but in the meantime take a look at what Nanotear has lined up for the March festival.
All Bruce Lamont tour dates and some video of Lamont in action, below...
DOWNLOAD: Bruce Lamont - "2 Then The 3" (MP3)
Bruce Lamont on stage with Yakuza at Gramercy (more)
Cover bands aren't usually my scene, but it's definitely interesting when the "Robert Plant" also does time in a band that I dig. In this case, the cover band is Led Zeppelin 2 and the frontman is Yakuza vocalist Bruce Lamont. Led Zeppelin 2 is currently touring the US and will hit Gramercy Theatre on Friday (1/14). Tickets are still available. Full tour dates are lised below.
In related news, Bruce Lamont is prepping to release his new LP Feral Songs For The Epic Decline via At A Loss Records on January 25th. Much like his work with Yakuza, Bloodiest, and Circle of Animals, it shows the Chicago native putting his patented spin on heavy music, this time in a more ambient/goth direction. Check out "2 Then The 3" available for stream below and download above, and look for the record at the end of January.
All tour dates, the song stream, and some video is below.