Entries tagged with: Hydra Head
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Aaron Turner w Old Man Gloom @ Europa, 5/8/12 (more by Fred Pessaro)
As announced some weeks back, Hydra Head has come to a difficult juncture in our existence and the future of the label is precarious... We've arrived at the conclusion that it is no longer possible for us to continue releasing new albums, but rather than shut the label down completely, we're hoping to be able to continue in a capacity that would allow us to preserve and perpetuate our catalog of works by the large cast of truly amazing and groundbreaking artists we've been lucky enough to work with over the years. In order to do this we're asking for help from anyone and everyone that would like to see the label continue and who is willing to support us in this effort. This is not however a request for charity - we would like to offer something in exchange for whatever level of funding our potential benefactors (that is you), are willing to bestow upon us.Hydra Head is currently offering a plaethora of goods ranging from guitar heads to test presses to stickers to original artwork and everything in between as incentive to keep classic records by bands like Botch, Oxbow, Torche, and many many others alive and in print. Head to the Hydra Head fundraiser page and pick up something, or you can just donate.
Meanwhile, Aaron Turner of Hydra Head / SIGE / Mamiffer / Old Man Gloom fame has dropped off his musings on music in 2012 in list form. Check that out below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
JK Flesh/Prurient art
Between his remix contributions, work as Jesu and other psuedonyms, and overall pioneering work ethic, it seems somewhat appropriate (but sad) to watch the influential labelHydra Head Records sail off into the sunset with a final release from an artist of Justin Broadrick's influence.
But enough with the tears. The new split, titled Worship is the Cleansing of Imagination, features Broadrick as JK Flesh along with the great noise technician Prurient on the flip, each contributing three songs. (The artwork, with a lightswitch in the "off" position is also perhaps a nod to the label's final bow.) Prurient's noisy, instrumental contributions stray from his aggressive darkwave-y LP, Bermuda Drain, which hit the label last year; while JK Flesh's three tracks come off like a glitch-y cross between Godflesh, drum 'n' bass, John Carpenter soundtracks and some of El-P's noisier productions. Stream tracks from the split below including JK Flesh's "Fear of Fear" which makes its debut here. Preorder yours at Hydra Head before the 12/11/12 release. Long live Hydra Head.
In other Justin Broadrick news, Jesu recently dropped the vinyl version of the 2010 Christmas EP via Robotic Empire, as well as his now sold-out contribution to the Matador Singles Club, "Duchess" b/w "Veiled".
Stream that Christmas EP and songs from the new JK Flesh/Prurient split below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Hydra Head Records has never been a smooth-running operation. We've spent the majority of our existence excitedly scrambling from one thing to the next, taking on more than we could ever possibly hope to achieve, and never quite finding solid footing in the midst of our self-induced whirlwind of chaos. Though not every second of doing this label has been enjoyable, it has been a very rewarding and meaningful project for me, and I hope for many of the other lives to which it has been directly connected. The fact that it has lasted close to two decades at this point is astonishing, and much has changed during that time - the lives of those directly involved with running the label, the bands and artists we've worked with, and the nature of the music industry itself. Though many of these changes have been positive, or at least illuminating, the impact of our history and current industry circumstances are culminating into a slow and somewhat painful death for the label. It certainly isn't an entirely unforeseen event, but we didn't think it would come quite so abruptly, or (perhaps naively) ever. -[Aaron Turner of Hydra Head Records, Isis, Old Man Gloom, etc]The full statement is below. So sad to see one of my favorite labels of the 2000s disappear. It is truly the end of an era.... so many great bands have passed through their ranks.. from Botch to Discordance Axis to Torche to Coalesce to Pyramids to Oxbow to Circle to Xasthur to Old Man Gloom to Isis to Harvey Milk and on and on and on. This leaves a huge void. RIP Hydra Head, you will definitely, 100% be missed.
Full statement is below.
"The VSS began in Boulder, Colorado in January 1995 and ended unceremoniously in July 1997. In that time the band relocated to San Francisco, toured the U.S. twice and Europe/UK once, released a series of 7-inch EPs and issued Nervous Circuits, its only full length album. It was recorded and mixed over the course of one week of sessions (usually lasting upwards of 16-hours per day) in October 1996 at the same Denver studio in which The VSS recorded its debut EP... To this day, The VSS is commonly known for two things, 1) its inventive use of horror-film keyboards, angular guitar, unusual rhythmic shifts and vocal effects in creating a dark, jarring sound that merged punk, goth, psychedelia and experimental rock, and 2) its "crazy" light show, an unprecedented notion for the underground basement show set."The VSS have announced their intention to play a batch of reunion shows in celebration of the release of Nervous Circuits on vinyl and a forthcoming compilation LP that collects their previous 7" material. So far no word on dates, cities, etc, but we'll keep you informed.
Nervous Circuits was originally released on Honey Bear Records in 1997 and subsequently reissued via Hydra Head in 2008. Members of The VSS went on to join bands like Pleasure Forever, Red Sparowes, and Rabbits.
Check out some video of The VSS in action, along with a stream of some tracks from Nervous Circuits below.
Helms Alee at Cake Shop (more by Markus Shaffer)
Similar to their labelmates Torche and Big Business, Helms Alee mixes the sweet with the blistering on their latest LP, Weatherhead. The Seattle band, which contains Ben Verellen of the much revered Harkonen, doles out booming riffs and catchy melodies in their hardcore inflected confections that will have you raising your clenched fist in celebration while you sing along. Weatherhead is currently on sale via Hydrahead with its official release date set for Tuesday, but you can exclusively stream it in its entirety here and now, below.
After a record release celebration with Akimbo, Brothers of The Sonic Cloth, and Norska on June 29th at Neumos in Seattle, Helms Alee will pick up a show in Austin at Red 7 on 7/6 before joining Torche and Big Business on tour in July. The trio will tag Music Hall of Williamsburg on 7/20 and tickets are still available. OR, if you're feeling lucky you can try your hand at winning a pair AND a 2LP copy of Weatherhead at our Facebook!
All tour dates and that album stream is below.
Buzzoven at Public Assembly (more by Samantha Marble)
Hydra Head has a helluva release schedule this week! Besides crucial represses of Neurosis's Sovereign, Discordance Axis's The Inalienable Dreamless, Oxbow's King Of The Jews, and new releases from Clouds (from the grave!) and Prurient, the label also released the long awaited LP from Buzzoven and the new Gridlink!
Now with 100% more Teddy Patterson, grindcore all-star team Gridlink's Orphan is out now. Download "Dar Al-Harb" from the new LP above, stream it below. Gridlink has also revisited their crushing (and BV fave) Amber Grey LP and added some serious low-end in the form of the Human Remains/Burnt By The Sun bass killer. Both Orphan and Amber Grey are packaged in a single slab of vicious vinyl, available now via the Hydra Head store. Helmet optional.
Sludge sickos Buzzoven's long shelved Revelation: Sick Again LP is FINALLY out on vinyl and CD. The release has been a decade in the making (!) and has been bootlegged countless times, but finally is here. Buzzoven fans, grab a fifth of Robo and rejoice... check out the "new" song "Lose" available for download above/streaming below and order a copy via Hydra Head.
In addition, Hydra Head has a new label sampler for FREE download featuring songs from Helms Alee, Jesu, Pyramids, and many others. Full tracklisting is below, along with some video and the song streams.
intro by BBG, interview by Mike Hill
Last night, June 23rd, marked the final Isis show ever in Montreal. And here is Part Two of our discussion with Aaron Turner of Isis (check out part one). Mike Hill cornered the guitarist and Hydrahead Records owner on one of their last ever dates on the west coast in early June (they played MHOW and Webster this past weekend). The Isis frontman reflects on his time with the group, band democracy, the writing process, House of Low Culture/Old Man Gloom and so much more. The results are below...
DOWNLOAD: The Austerity Program - "Song 26" (MP3)
Justin Foley of The Austerity Program at The Charleston (more by Samantha Marble)
The Austerity Program have proclaimed that Backsliders And Apostates Will Burn. During the four tracks of fist-shaking and ear-splitting noise rock, their new EP builds upon the aggro sounds of Am-Rep angular punk while retaining an identity of its own. The Backsliders And Apostates Will Burn EP is due on May 4th via Hydra Head, and will be available in the expected forms (CD, digitally, vinyl with accompanying CD) in addition to a "data-DVD-R that will include 24 bit .wav versions of all tracks on the CD so that you can remix it yourself". Hmm, do I smell a Gucci Mane - The Austerity Program remix album? Grab the unremixed "Song 26" above.
The band has a pair of shows with Disappearer and Phantom Glue on their calendar at the moment, including an album release party on May 2nd at Union Pool in Brooklyn. Flyer for that show, a video, and both tour dates are below...
photos by Justina Villanueva, words by Black Bubblegum
Coady and Toshi of Big Business
"After much anticipation, Los Angeles based rock heroes BIG BUSINESS have just released their latest and most epic album to date. Entitled "Mind The Drift," the album is available courtesy of the renowned Hydra Head Records, and was produced by Phil Ek (Built To Spill, Fleet Foxes, The Shins) in his Seattle studio....is streaming in its entirety @ MindTheDrift.com.
Featuring the ferocious vocals and bass duties of Jared Warren (ex-Karp, Tight Bros From Way Back When), dominating drumming abilities of Coady Willis (also of the newly revived Murder City Devils), and for the first time, guitar madman Toshi Kasai (also a respected producer in his own right), "Mind the Drift"... [PR]
by Black Bubblegum
Dear friends,Tickets for that show go on sale Friday at 10am.
After 3 1/2 long years, Cave In has decided to end its hiatus. Please join us for an EP release show at Great Scott's (1222 Commonwealth Ave., Allston MA) on Sunday, July 19th @ 9PM. Also playing will be our friends Disappearer and Phantom Glue. Copies of the "Planets Of Old" limited 12" (recorded by Adam Taylor, Alex Hartman & Johnny Northrup @ Camp St. Studio) from Hydra Head Records will be available that night.
We hope to see your lovely selves.
Steve, Adam, J.R., Caleb
According to the Boston Phoenix, it's the Jupiter-era version of the band that's getting back together to release this vinyl-only EP on Hydra Head. Cave In went on hiatus in 2006, splintering into a solo projects, Clouds, Zozobra, Old Man Gloom, and countless other notable projects.
"Dark Driving" and "Big Riff" videos below...
by Black Bubblegum
Three dudes with ridiculously bad wedgies
When you call your tour the 'Champions of Sound', you better be either a travelling reggae showcase or ready to ante the f up. Hopefully Pelican, Kayo Dot, and Stove Bredsky (aka Stephen Brodsky of Cave In) are up to the challenge when this eclectic tour of Hydra Head representatives goes east-coastin' in late October up 'til around Thanksgiving. Zozobra (with Caleb, also of Cave In lineage) are included in the festivities on a few dates. That includes the show at Bowery Ballroom on 11/2. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon.
In related Kayo Dot news, Toby Driver has reformed his former band, Maudlin of The Well after asking for donations to help record unreleased tracks and receiving a big fattie courtesy of one superfan. As a result, the band will hit the studio in Feb of 2009 to record a digital only release. No word on who Maudlin Of The Well is/will be, other than Toby (natch)and Terran Olson. All dates below...
by Black Bubblegum
Miami's own Torche has announced plans for "Meanderthal", their second LP and third overall release on the heels of the mighty "In Return" EP. Aaron Turner's Hydra Head will release "Meanderthal" on April 8th, which (like almost everything nowadays) will be produced by Kurt Ballou (Converge) at GodCity in Salem, MA. Meanwhile look for the boys to play a string of dates (below) including the Hydra Head showcase at SXSW, and a few opening for Georgia badasses Harvey Milk.....