Graham Smith has been traveling with And So I Watch You From Afar through out 2013 and 2014 all around the world. It is an incredible bonus when your Tour Manager is also an incredible photographer. These are just a few of the snaps he took along the way ( all done on an iphone) you can see the full gallery of photos HERE.
STEREOGUM: Emma Ruth Rundle new track premiere “Run Forever”
When I saw Emma Ruth Rundle perform with one of her main bands, Marriages (she also plays in Red Sparowes), in Boston last July, her group was the hypnotic and gripping opening act for Deafheaven. Now the LA-based singer/guitarist has taken a short break to release Some Heavy Ocean, her debut solo album, from which we heard something very personal and intimate in the form of debut single “Arms I Know So Well.” Now Rundle has released another Some Heavy Ocean track, “Run Forever,” which only reinforces the feelings set into motion by its predecessor. Here Rundle manages to wring a novel’s worth of naked emotion from her guitar and voice, which shifts from whispery lows to pained peaks with lightness of a feather.
Tour: Tera Melos announce Japan Dates for June
Tera Melos are making a welcome return to Japan in June of this year. This will be the first time the band have toured material from their most recent album “X’ed Out" in Japan.The band, who are about to embark on a tour of the US w/ Dillinger Escape Plan, will stop off in Osaka, Nagoya and Tokyo on this run. All three dates will be with Lite.
TERA MELOS JAPAN TOUR 2014
Jun 13 Osaka, Japan @ Shangri-La w/ LITE
Jun 14 Nagoya, Japan @ Tokuzo w/ LITE
Jun 20 Tokyo, Japan @ Liquidroom w/ LITE
Premiere: Boris Announce new album and premiere new song (Pitchfork)
The Japanese metal trio BORIS are back with a new album to follow up their 2011 LPs New Album, Attention Please, and Heavy Rocks. It’s appropriately titled Noise, and it’s out June 17 everywhere (except Japan) via Sargent House. That’s their pummeling new seven-minute track “Quicksilver” and incredible album art above.
In a statement, the band wrote, “If we had to suggest just one album for those unfamiliar with BORIS’ music, we will pick this for sure.”
Premiere: Helms Alee - “Punchy Stabby” (Pitchfork)
Though three years passed since Helms Alee’s second album and this year’s excellent Sleepwalking Sailors, the Washington state trio wasn’t exactly taking it easy in the interim. Last year alone, they released three splits, highlighted by their side of a 7” with Philly’s Ladder Devils, and on June 3 they’ll issue a six-song 12” with tourmates Young Widows. “Punchy Stabby” is an appropriately titled blast from Helms Alee, rushing and roaring through three verses in about 100 seconds. Despite the speed, though, the trio’s typical harmony-heavy approach makes what’s hear stick, making this a synthesis of hooky and heavy in much the same way as the best cuts from Sleepwalking Sailors. Even if you can’t quite tease out what Ben Verellen’s screaming, you’ll want to shout the melody, however wordless and mangled, back at him.
Interview: Emma Ruth Rundle (Ghettoblaster Magazine)
Known for her work in Red Sparowes, Marriages, and The Nocturnes, Emma Ruth Rundle’s first official solo album Some Heavy Ocean presents a collection of impassioned, cathartic songs exorcising the ghosts of one of life’s dark detours. Melancholic, but equally hopeful and accessible, the album wears its emotions on its sleeve. One critic described Rundle’s voice as “bone-chilling texture filled to the brim with intent”, and a better description is difficult to imagine; when paired with her compelling guitar playing, and enduring spirit takes root.
Some Heavy Ocean will be available everywhere on CD, LP and digital formats on May 20 from Sargent House and Ghettoblaster caught up with her to discuss it. This is what she told us about the undertaking.
Interview by: Timothy AnderL
Photo by : Gregory Burns
When did you begin writing the material for your debut solo record, Some Heavy Ocean?
Pre-Orders for Emma Ruth Rundle “Some Heavy Ocean” now up
It is Available on CD or 12” Transparent Light Blue Vinyl (includes digital download card) you can also get either format bundled with a 11x17 Poster (photo by Gregory Burns)
and 1 choice of either Black or White “Heavy Ocean” T-Shirts which are limited to just 250 total and will never be made again!
Shirt Art by illustrator: J.A.W. Cooper - jawcooper.com
DEAFHEAVEN ANNOUNCE EUROPE AND ASIA DATES
Deafheaven have just finished up a 41-show North American tour last weekend. So, of course we are delighted to announce even more tour dates around the world this Spring and Summer. As part of their recently announced string of dates Worldwide Deafheaven have announced dates in SE Asia, Japan and two trips to Europe.
In May, Deafheaven will tour SE Asia and Japan before flying to Europe for part 1 of the Summer dates with some headline club shows and Festival plays including Primavera and Fortarock.
They will head back to the USA before heading back to Europe for part 2 in August where they will play multiple festivals and some club shows - joining them to co-headline a few dates will be our very own Chelsea Wolfe. Ending in Ireland they will have No Spill Blood on all Irish dates.
Premiere: Emma Ruth Rundle - “Arms I Know So Well” (Pitchfork)
If you caught Deafheaven on tour last summer, you may have heard L.A. band Marriages, the opening act who fused the grating intensity of post-rock, psych, and metal with an occasional ethereal vocal. The group’s singer and guitarist Emma Ruth Rundle also plays in instrumental post-rock band Red Sparowes; leads the “folkgaze” project, Nocturnes; and keeps a Bandcamp of solo ambient drone pieces. Rundle’s next album, Some Heavy Ocean, is out May 20 on Sargent House and sounds to be her most realized effort. ”Arms I Know So Well” captures the grandeur of her textured post-rock endeavors mixed with gorgeous, atmospheric folk. (Rundle has called Emmylou Harris’ 1985 record Wrecking Ball a favorite, and the influence is audible.) The epic tapestry pries open a downcast cloud of sad strums; it sounds like catharsis. ”Deliver me from all the evil I do to myself,” Rundle sings, tapping into a sort of old-souled wisdom, conjuring the vastness of a sea.
No Spill Blood to play France Dates
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Mylets is in the studio recording right now. The new album will have live drums played by Andrew Clinco of Marriages and will also feature guest vocals and lyrics on the final track by Emma Ruth Rundle (also a member of Marriages) you can follow @myletsband instagram for more photos of the process. The Album will come out on Sargent House at some point in 2014 to be announced.
Nailed Live Review: Tera Melos in Berlin
Under a bridge is a fitting place to encounter the dizzying rock experimentation that is Sacramento’s Tera Melos on their European tour. For one, they don’t resemble any facets of Berlin’s popular electro night life, and therefore are confined to play at a wayward perch under the metro line. And second, the venue, Marie Antoinette, with its windowed view of the Spree River epitomizes the many post Berlin Wall businesses being displaced by corporate real estate, in which Tera Melos is in good company. They too are too weird to live, and too rare to die.
Melos’ Norcal upbringing was unalterably shaped by the sound of other Sacto band Hella, although it is of little importance which outfit came first. With a moniker in Latin that means “thousand melodies,” Melos’ jangly toggling of mathy leads and frenetic, fill-heavy rhythm made them easily classified as Norcal Math Rock. Yet this cubicle of designation, formed from the aforementioned Hella’s popularity, was too small to encapsulate Melos’ current sound of progressive pedal electronics and palatable indie touches.