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Sleep @ Stage 48 - 8/25/14
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Soon after releasing their first new music in 20 years, stoner-doom icons Sleep took their tour to NYC this past weekend, playing Stage 48 on August 25 with support from Holy Suns (the first Bowery Presents show at the Manhattan venue). Pictures of the show are in this post.

Holy Sons, a project of Al Cisneros's OM bandmate Emil Amos, kicked things off at the neon-lit Stage 48. With a large crowd already packing in to the generous space, Amos ran through a bunch of gloomily melodic material that the project is known for, with a lineup that was making its live debut adding heft to the few songs from earlier in his career that he played. The set was mostly made up of new, heavier material from the band. The effect was chunky while still maintaining the hypnotizing quality of the Holy Sons brand. It was a strong set, but by the end you could feel the crowd basically shaking in anticipation of Sleep.

Flanked by cosmic graphics on the many-layered onstage screens, Sleep proceeded to generally melt the crowd down for an hour and a half. I've seen both High on Fire and Om live multiple times, but nothing compares to seeing one of the best guitar/bass combo this side of Butler and Iommi hitting the stage together. Musical ubuntu this beautiful simply doesn't come about very often, and with the addition of Neurosis's Jason Roeder on drums, this current incarnation of Sleep has every bit of the brutality and loose-limbed grooviness that one could hope for. It's a treat to hear metal that's jammy and done this well, where the pleasure comes from a place of pure instrumental interplay rather than ornate composition. Pike and Cisneros are in such perfect sync that you could listen (and probably have listened) to them playing the same riff for multiple hours, such is their command of dynamics.

Sleep ripped through classics like "Sonic Titan" "Aquarian," and "The Druid," without breaking the mood by way of speech. Cisneros, who is currently heavily bearded, was a picture of controlled fury, his head bobbing and gazing upward as he played with the lightest possible touch up on the neck of his Rickenbacker. Pike tones down High On Fire's headbanging antics, clearly enjoying the chance to cut loose on the simpler tones that Sleep offers. Stage 48 might not be as grimy (or smoky) as one would like at a Sleep show, but the sound is pristine, and this band is a tone monster. The moments when Pike stops playing chords for one of his trademark ripping solos, and Cisneros moves his right hand from the neck down to the bridge and just starts to shred, are some of the most truly awesome things I've ever had the pleasure of catching live. The band closed with an extended version of their new song "The Clarity" bleeding into "Cultivator" and it fit in seamlessly with the proceedings. Om and High on Fire have kept them fresh, and Sleep haven't missed a beat.

Om are touring soon too, and Holy Sons play a record release show in September.

More pictures from Stage 48 below...

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by Ian Chainey

Sleep at Hopscotch in 2013 (more by Karen A. Mann)
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Stoner doom legends Sleep have announced five August live dates. The Bay Area bringers of riffs will get rolling August 24 in Boston with psych-rockers Heavy Blanket and close with an August 30 set in Pioneertown, California (which looks like Deadwood, by the way). The tour hits NYC on August 25 at Stage 48. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/6) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (6/4) at noon. All dates are listed below.

In addition to the road trip, Sleep will be releasing a new song for the Adult Swim Singles collection on July 21. This also follows news earlier in the year that Sleep might be working on a full album. If true, the day planners of all three members are particularly packed. The forever-shirtless Matt Pike is currently in the studio with High on Fire working on their new album, which members describe as "crazy intense." The band will also be touring Australia and Europe soon. Al Cisneros has been working on solo material, releasing a 12" and a 7" of deep-dubs this year. And Jason Roeder, who joined the group in 2009, will be doing High on Fire's tour itinerary backwards with Neurosis, touring Europe, then heading to Australia, before landing back in the States for Southwest Terror Fest.

Besides the Pioneertown finale, Sleep's tour has some other dates of interest. Boston's Heavy Blanket, the project allowing Dinosaur Jr's J Mascis to jam, is releasing In A Dutch Haze, the Heavy Blanket/Earthless shred-a-thon from 2009's SXSW on July 8 via Outer Battery Records / Roadburn Records. So, expect all of the solos for that show. And on August 28, Sleep checks in to Chicago's Thalia Hall with Corrections House, the all-star industrial noise collective counting members of Eyehategod, Neurosis, Yakuza, and Minsk.

All dates are listed, with a stream of Sleep's Dopesmoker remaster and a section of the Heavy Blanket/Earthless collabo to get you in the mood, below...

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Matt Pike and his Les Paul at SXSW 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
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Matt Pike of High on Fire and Sleep just encountered some pretty terrible news:

Matt Pike's Les Paul guitar has been stolen from storage in a North Bay studio. Please be on the lookout.

Details of the guitar:
1992 Les Paul Standard, tobacco burst finish.
Serial number 92462499.
Lace "Pike" signature pickups installed.
The 70's style strap has no strap locks, it's screwed directly to the guitar with fender washers.
The truss rod cover on the headstock is says "Jimmy" in script letters.
The SKB case has "pike" stenciled in 3" white old english letters on the lower left corner.
There is a label on top that says "TEMPEST".

This guitar is legendary and has been used in both High On Fire and Sleep.

If you see this guitar listed on eBay, Craig's List, a web classified forum, pawn shop, etc, please contact us immediately at info@weedian.com or info@thersegroup.com

Note: there are many Tobacco burst Les Paul's out there, please contact us if you see this specific one only.

Best of luck to Matt, and we hope he recovers the guitar.

by BBG

High On Fire at the Mohawk during SXSW (more by Samantha Marble)
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It hasn't been that long since High on Fire wrecked the Gramercy Theater, but the California band must be on the hunt for its quarterly NYC fix. High on Fire will play Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 27th, tickets go on sale 6/25 at noon, and AMEX presale tommorrow (6/23) at noon. No word as to the extent of their US tour (a Canadian trek comes to a close days before), and Brooklyn support bands TBA.

Then, just a shade over a month after that Music Hall date, Matt Pike of High on Fire will be in New York again to take on ATP, followed by Brooklyn Masonic Temple as a member of Sleep. ATP New York tickets are still available, as are tickets for the Brooklyn Masonic Temple show with Lichens.

Full High on Fire dates and some videos are below...

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by BBG

DROP OUT OF LIFE WITH BONG IN HAND......
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BrooklynVegan: A lot of your US fans are wondering why [Sleep] aren't doing a US tour or even a show in San Francisco and NYC. Whats the reasoning? Is that mostly due to Chris?

Sleep's Matt Pike: I think the dude just wants to retire.... He lives up in the hills and he's got a lot going on... I don't think the rock lifestyle is really for him. Chris is really a "to himself" kind of guy... he's an awesome guy and an awesome drummer. But yeah, I don't think that's the lifestyle he wants... and me and Al... both of us are obviously lifers. But he still wanted to [reunited Sleep for shows in Europe] genuinely to wrap up what we started so long ago... and for our fans. I mean we played Jerusalem as Dopesmoker for a long time on tour, but people didn't even get into it until we broke up.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Kutscher's is going to need a fumigator and a team with some SERIOUS HVAC experience. Sleep has announced that they will perform all of Holy Mountain at ATP New York 2010, right beside Iggy & the Stooges performing Raw Power, Mudhoney doing Superfuzz Bigmuff + Early Singles and The Scientists (their first ever US show) who will preform all of Blood Red River!!!
To continue our year-long celebrations of Ten Years of ATP we are thrilled to announce that All Tomorrow's Parties will return to Kutsher's Country Club, Monticello for it's third ATP New York festival over Labor Day weekend, running from Friday 3rd September - Sunday 5th September. Weekend and Day Tickets are available, with a Layaway Ticket option available. [ATP]
The "Iggy & The Stooges" lineup (as opposed to The Stooges) means the addition of James Williamson back into the fold, who Iggy collaborated with on Raw Power, Kill City, and New Values. The Raw Power announcement isn't much of a surprise, as Iggy let it slip last month.

Al Cisneros of Sleep/Om recently played NYC as part of Shrinebuilder along with Rwake and Liturgy. Pics from that show are here. Matt Pike of Sleep also played NYC recently, as part of High On Fire. Dig on pics from that show here and here.

Another flyer, more info on this year's fest, and some videos from the Sleep reunion in the UK are below...

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by Black Bubblegum

Matt Pike with High on Fire @ Scion Rock Fest (more by Steven Brown)
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It's the whole chicken or the egg syndrome. Does Matt Pike's mischievious snarling smile come from High On Fire's on-stage persona, or is it those riffs that coax the demons out of him?

The best people to ask may be Matt Pike's high school friends and bandmates in Sleep, the 90s stoner/doom favorites who eventually splintered into Om (bassist Al Cisneros & Chris Hakius). Though largely (and unfortunately) unknown throughout their tenure, Sleep managed to crank out three LPs including their post-humous swan song, Dopesmoker, now considered a landmark recording of Stoner Rock. The band recently agreed to reunite for two nights of performances at ATP's Fans Strike Back (May 8-10, 2009) (we interviewed Al Cisneros about that here).

After the untimely demise of Sleep, Matt Pike took his buzzsaw guitar tone and applied it to a hundred mile an hour freight train that was more virtuosic Motorhead than Black Sabbath, christening the new project High On Fire. Over the course of four LPs, a relentless touring cycle, three record labels and as many bassists (including Joe Preston and their current bassist Jeff Matz of Zeke), High on Fire has established themselves as heavyweights, most recently completing a touring cycle on Megadeth's Gigantour.

During Scion Rock Fest at the end of Feburary, we sat down with Matt Pike to discuss what's next for High On Fire, as well as the impending and short-lived (he promises!) reunion with Sleep happening this weekend in the UK!


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So you recently signed with Koch Records... what's going on with the follow-up to Death Is This Communion... when can we expect it?

I dunno, I'm running a little behind deadline but it's for a good reason, dude. It's gonna be badass. You know you can't force things. It should be out by the end of summer, I'm hoping Halloween-ish or some shit. But I cant really tell until I've recorded/mastered it.

Yeah we have tons of material. It's just making it perfect... you know there are like 3 ┬Ż hours of riffs that you have to sort through... figure out what's good what's bad... Gets crazy!

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by Black Bubblegum

AsbestosdeathBefore High On Fire and Om, there was (and now is) Sleep, but before THAT, there was Asbestosdeath:

Asbestosdeath started life as trio consisting of Al Cisneros on bass, Chris Hakius on drums, and Tom Choi on guitar. Matt Pike later joined as a second guitarist. They recorded two 7"s: their first ("Unclean", 1990) was self released (Asbestos Records) and a second 7' ("Dejection," 1990) was released later that year by Profane Existence. Choi left Asbestosdeath to form Noothgrush after the release of the second 7". The band recruited Justin Marler to replace Choi and changed their name to Sleep. - [Wikipedia]
High On Fire recently announced that they are working on their new album for their new label, Koch Records. Check out great video of Asbestosdeath live at Gilman in 1990 as well as High On Fire live at Amoeba Records in 2007, below...

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