Entries tagged with: Horseback
What does it mean when a predominantly solo artist goes solo? For Jenks Miller (also a member of Mount Moriah), it means he's using his given name instead of Horseback for his latest release, Spirit Signal. The new LP, due on September 3 via Northern Spy, delves into drone, ambient and experimentalism across its six tracks, the title track of which is streaming below. Preorder your copy.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
One Tail One Head at Inferno Festival, April 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
2012 was a year of considerable personal growth for me, as a person, a photographer and a music fan. As I recounted in my favorite photos of 2012, I got to shoot some of my favorite bands of all time and travel the globe in search of new ones. The beginning of the year was spent dealing with personal drama, and if it werent for key records in my life I shudder to think at where I would be right now. To every band on this list and many who aren't, I cant thank you enough.
First order of business, my musical pallette is much much larger than just a series of metal records. This is NOT a list of my favorite records of the year, because that would surely include other entries from across many different genres. This is, however, a list of some of my favorite heavier records.
To me, the term "heavy" can be defined in many ways, from the elongated riff on a doom record to a noise squall to a particularly punishing punk-rock beatdown. While most of the following records are "heavy" in the traditional "distortion and loud guitars" sense, a few are not. You'll see metal, you'll see deathrock, you'll see raw punk, you'll see hardcore, and many spots in between in the numbered list below. And to answer your question, yes you'll see Swans... right beside D-Clone and Asphyx.
My favorite records of 2012 are below. Hopefully you'll see a connection in favorites or maybe discover something new. Regardless, I hope you found your own favorites of the year whether in this list or outside of it.
Jenks Miller with Horseback, March 2011 (more by Markus Shaffer)
Mount Moriah / Horseback mastermind Jenks Miller stopped in BV's virtual HQ to offer his thoughts on 2012, dropping off a thoughtful piece on Scott Walker, Swans, Bobby Womack, metal and a few stops in between. Check out Miller's thoughts on 2012 below.
Jenks Miller's thoughts on 2012, as well as some streaming audio and video, below...
Black Witchery at Rites of Darkness (more by BBG)
Hooded black metal miscreants Black Witchery will team with Burial Ritual, Agrath, and Winter Nights for a show at Saint Vitus on June 29th, the day before the inaugural Martyrdoom Festival hits NYC on June 30th. Tickets are on sale.
Gilead Media Festival is going on this weekend. Bummed you can't make it? Pick up some of their great new releases, like the new Thou split with Hell at Gilead Media (order yours) or Barghest on vinyl! Stream all of that Barghest below.
Ruins Alone (aka Yoshida Tatsuya of Ruins, solo) will headline a show with Child Abuse, PAK and Behold... the Arctopus on Sunday at Death by Audio. Should be a good one! Colin's other band Dysrhythmia plays the same space on the night before.
Did you catch our pics of Young Widows & Pygmy Lush at Saint Vitus?
More suggested shows, that Barghest stream, a Grand Magus track, a remastered Coffinworm track from their forthcoming demo release on LP, TWO new Horseback songs, and a trailer for a new Slang 7" (!), below. What did I miss?
Horseback at The Studio at Webster Hall (more by Markus Shaffer)
Hot on the heels of their collaborative/split with Pyramids (out now via Hydra Head Records), Chapel Hill experimental crew Horseback are preparing to release a new 7" via Brutal Panda Records. The On the Eclipse 7" is currently up for preorder and due via the label in early April. Listen to the title track for the first time below, beside the cover art.
That 7-inch release is right around the corner, but we also have a new LP to get excited about...
Half Blood was self-recorded and produced by Jenks Miller at The Chateau in the band's hometown. Additional tracking was done at Arbor Ridge Studios and Track and Field Recording by Nick Petersen.Look for that in the coming months via Relapse Records.
Half Blood... features stunning cover artwork from renowned Russian surrealist painter Denis Forkas Kostromitin. The material on Half Blood is an amalgamation of drone, doom, black-metal, psychedelia, post-rock, noise, and ambience recorded with a wide array of instruments including guitar, bass, drums, keys, piano, bells, contact mics, field recordings, drum programming, noise and various signal processors.
That new song stream and others too, below.
DOWNLOAD:Noisear - "Endless Reincarnation" (MP3)
Unearthly Trance at Saint Vitus (more by Greg Cristman)
Unearthly Trance shows are few and far between nowadays, but the band will awaken from their live slumber to play Acheron on March 1st as part of a bill that includes The Communion, Water Torture, and Syphilitic Lust. $8 gets you in the door. Check out the flyer below.
Horseback has completed their new LP Half Blood due via Relapse this Spring. Details are limited so far, but Roadburn has more details about the record and its "amalgamation of drone, doom, black-metal, psychedelia, post-rock, noise, and ambience recorded with a wide array of instruments including guitar, bass, drums, keys, piano, bells, contact mics, field recordings, drum programming, noise and various signal processors." Yep, sounds like a Horseback record!
Check out a new Noisear track from their upcoming three-way split with Antigama and The Kill above. The track features vocals by Mitchell Luna of ex-Maruta fame.
Perdition will join Varix, Murderer and Sad Boys at Heaven Street Records TONIGHT (2/3). Door entry will cost you zilch and beers will cost you a dollar. Sounds like a winning night of furious, crusty punk to me.
Drainland will share a split 7" with Crows due on Suburban Mayhem Records. Stream the material from that release below.
One interesting and important footnote to the upcoming Behold the Arctopus show at Saint Vitus on Feb 24th... Support will come from Mindless Blasting and Geryon, two bands which feature Mick Barr with Nondor Nevai and Nick McMaster with Lev Weinstein respectively. Basically, a night of Krallice-related projects... should be interesting. Tickets are on sale.
No NYC dates, but Ringworm, Cancer Bats & Primitive are touring from Ohio to SXSW and then back to Ohio together. OFF! were also recently announced on the SXSW lineup.
Mastodon/Opeth/Ghost tickets went on sale earlier today.
Saturday's Ceremony, Pissed Jeans, The Rival Mob, Hoax, Kim Phuc, Gods and Queens show @ Le Poisson Rouge is now sold out.
Converge announced a tour.
YOB recently visited NJ with Tool. Right before that, they headlined their own show in Chicago with Anatomy of Habit and an opening set by YOB's Mike Scheidt who is going to release a solo album this year on Thrill Jockey. BV Chicago has pics from the Chicago show.
A list of suggested NYC shows with song streams, the "Beaten & Left Blind" video by Landmine Marathon, and a set of European SUNN O))) tour dates, below...
Andy Nelson with Paint it Black at Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by BBG)
Mamiffer, Tombs, Locrian, Thou, Fuck The Facts, The Atlas Moth and many more contribute to the second part of our continuing series where we asked some of our favorite artists about their 2011 highlights. Part One HERE. Part Two below...
photos by Stefan Raduta, videos by Jon Rosenthal, words by BBG
The inaugural Utech Festival went down over the weekend (on 6/11), in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It featured a deep lineup of bands that spanned the experimental, electronic, drone, noise, and ambient genres. The festival, spearheaded by the label of the same name, saw BV faves Horseback as headliners. Locrian (who produced the amazing The Crystal World) provided direct support, and the festival also featured Mamiffer, House of Low Culture (both of which contained Aaron turner of ex-Isis fame), James Plotkin, Jon Mueller, Gog, William Fowler Collins, Ural Umbo, RM74, and NYC's own Ithi. Pictures from the festival are in this post and continue below.
Horseback recently released The Gorgon Tongue via Relapse, a compilation of previous releases Impale Golden Horn and Forbidden Planet LPs into a single set. The band also recently posted a video for "Blood Fountain" which you can also watch below...
The second annual Hopscotch Festival will go down in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, across 12 different venues with over 135 bands, from September 8th through 10th. The lineup this year runs the gamut of independent music... from traditional indie staples (The Flaming Lips, Guided By Voices, Superchunk) to southern-inflected rock (Drive-By Truckers) to noise (Prurient) to hip hop (Beans) to garage (Jeff The Brotherhood) to funk (Budos Band) to metal (Krallice), and everywhere in between (Swans, Rhys Chatham, etc etc). Tickets are currently on sale. Full lineup is below.
Hopscotch happens almost three months after Guided By Voices play a Brooklyn Northside Festival show in McCarren Park (tickets) which is one day after Beirut plays a Northside Festival show on the same McCarren Park stage with... Sharon Van Etten (though she may have been accidentally announced at one point, they officially kept her placement on the bill under wraps until after Saturday's Music Hall of Williamsburg show). Tickets for Beirut/SVE are still on sale, and another opener will be added too.
Hopscotch lineup below...
Liturgy at Death By Audio (more by Jesse Lindmar)
Loved by some and love-to-be-hated by others (but isn't that how the great ones are treated?), Brooklyn "trancendental black metal" crew Liturgy are preparing to release their new LP Aesthethica for new label Thrill Jockey on May 10th. Download a pair of tracks above. Stream them below.
The band is currently in Europe to play a string of dates that include Roadburn this weekend, but will return to the US to play a Record Release show at Knitting Factory on June 2nd. Tickets are on sale.
The show isn't the only upcoming Liturgy NYC date though, as they'll join White Ring & Terrence Hannum (Locrian) to play new bar/venue Saint Vitus (1120 Manhattan Avenue, Greenpoint) on May 6th.
"Finally, Greenpoint has a real fucking ROCK BAR!" declare the owners of Saint Vitus, the new 2,500 square foot bar, eatery and venue opening in Greenpoint next week. Owned by a group of guys who've been behind the bar at places like Bar Matchless, Lil Frankies and No. 7, Saint Vitus (named for a Black Sabbath song that is itself named for the nervous system disorder) was a social club, then a plumbing school in a past life...Scurti plays in Primitive Weapons, who will also play Saint Vitus on May 13th with Goes Cube, Descender and Iron Tides as part of a string of dates for Goes Cube.
"All three of us are musicians, so we designed this place to be a musician's dream," co-owner Justin Scurti tells us. "It's not too big, not too small, and we built it to our specifications for the best sound and stage set-up." Scurti says he plans to book everything from "good country music to black metal." -[Gothamist]
Locrian released one of my favorite LPs of 2010, and have released a new collaborative song with Horseback called "The Gift" which appears on a Utech sampler in celebration of the forthcoming Utech Festival on 6/11 in Milwaukee (where both bands will share a bill with Mamiffer, House of Low Culture, James Plotkin, and many other notables). "The Gift" will also appear on their forthcoming collaborative EP (!) New Dominions due on Utech. Locrian & Horseback also recently collaborated on a split 7" for Turgid Animal (disappearing fast!) and you can hear Horseback's contribution, "Oblivion Eaters" streaming below.
All tour dates, song streams, and a highly controversial video conducted with Liturgy is below.
Kat (ex-Salome) joins Batillus on stage
With the upstairs packed to the gills (and a few of hardcore stragglers making their way downstairs), The Studio at Webster Hall had a party of their own on 3/26 with the convergence of the homecoming show of the Hull/Batillus tour (which previously hit SXSW) and the NYC debut of Horseback with NC breathren Caltrop. As usual, Hull & Batillus's pyrotechnics were impressive, with Batillus getting the extra-nod for inviting the awesome and now band-less Kat (ex-Salome) to guest on stage (awesome stuff). If you haven't seen either band, you are missing out on some of the finest metal bands that NYC has to offer.
Horseback was a revelation though... though their set only consisted of only three tracks - "Invokation", "The Invisible Mountain", and a cover of The Stooges' "TV Eye"- the songs traddled the lines between western, post-rock, stoner, and black metal. Caltrop, who shares members with Horseback, brought a technical, yet southern swing with touches of big riffs. Caltrop opened the show, but probably should be playing to much bigger crowds; these dudes smoke.
More pictures and video from the show, below...
DOWNLOAD: Thou - "By Endurance We Conquer" (MP3)
Sleep at Brooklyn Masonic Temple (more)
Lists are very subjective. A "best of" list is always an amalgam of personal experiences - that fateful moment when you press "Play" for the first time, in addition to a grade of excellent songwriting. The records I've listed below had a profound impact on me this year, as did many of the shows that I attended and put on in the past twelve months. I'd like to thank all the artists who made this list as well as the ones who didn't, in addition to people like 1000 Knives, Osiris, Bill Dozer, Ian Dickson and venues like Union Pool, The Studio at Webster Hall, Acheron, Santos Party House and a slew of others for keeping heavy music alive in NYC. But mostly, thank YOU, the reader and the listener!
Alright, enough with the sappy bulshit, let's RAGE...