News: Tera Melos join LittleBig Live roster for EU, Asia & Aus
Chelsea Wolfe “Lone” Film Trailer II
TTNG Announce Japan Tour for May 2014
ASIWYFA ASIA TOUR KICKS OFF TODAY
Pic by Dara Munnis
And So I Watch you from Afar begin their second tour of 2014 today. Straight on the back of their recent France tour in early February the band will return to Asia for a second time, this time touring their latest release "All Hail Bright Futures". The tour kicks off in Singapore on tonight and takes in Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines and China.
Follow the band on Instagram for tour pics.
ASIWYFA ASIA TOUR 2014
28th Feb - Singapore @ Zouk Club
1st March - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia @ Black Box (Publika)
2nd March - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam @ Q4
4th March - Bangkok, Thailand @ Mongkol RCA
7th March - Manila, Philippines @ Alpha Tent
8th March - Hong Kong @ Hidden Agenda
11th March - Shanghai, China @ Mao Livehouse- JUE Festival
12th March - Beijing, China @ Mao Livehouse- JUE Festival
Keep up to date with ASIWYFA’s tour movements on ArtistData
Deafheaven and Chelsea Wolfe announced to play Poland’s OFF Festival
Video: No Spill Blood - “White Out” (Live Studio Recording)
Just ahead of going into the studio to begin tracking their debut LP in early March, No Spill Blood gave us a taste of one of their new songs. The song, taken from the forthcoming album is called “White Out”.
The band will be playing two shows in Ireland in March (Dublin @ Whelans on March 15th & Cork @Triskel Arts Centre on March 16th) along with A Tant Rêver Du Roi Festival (France) in April. To keep up to date with more summer activity from the band FOLLOW THEIR ARTISDATA
Feature: Helms Alee in latest issue of Rock A Rolla
JAPAN 2014 - First two shows announced in July
Russian Circles will head to Japan for the first time ever this Summer starting in Tokyo on July 12th for the Leave Them All Behind Festival with Jesu, Mono and Cohol. Then on July 13th they will play in Osaka with Jesu. More shows in Japan will be announced soon - for information check in at Daymare Recordings HERE
SEE ALL RUSSIAN CIRCLES SHOW DATES AND DETAILS HERE
POPSPOKEN Interview: A is for And So I Watch You From Afar
ASIWYFA on touring, producing a new album and smelling like ‘manly meat’?
Since the release of their latest album All Hail Bright Futures, the post-rock outfit hailing from Belfast have had their work cut out for them. Just like finding a lost object, you’d leave no stone unturned. The men too have not been leaving stones, or in this case countries ‘unturned’. They have been playing countless shows to fans in the USSR to China and now thanks to the good folks at Kitty Wu Records, they’ll be playing a show right here alongside local prog favorites sub:shaman!
We managed to snag the band consisting of Rory Friers and Niall Kennedy on guitar, Johnny Adger on bass and Chris Wee on drums in between their swamped schedule to discuss the process of writing and producing the album, band dynamics and of course, touring!
Hello And So I Watch You From Afar! What have you guys been doing recently?
Hello there! We’ve just ﬁnished an amazing year of by playing some Irish shows that started the 13th December in Dublin and ﬁnished on New Years Eve in Cork. Prior to that we had the absolute pleasure of playing our ﬁrst shows in India, a very successful American co-headline tour with our label mates TTNG and since All Hail Bright Futures was released in March, some of the best shows we have ever played across Europe and beyond.
NBC Sports “Love And Hate” awesome use of Russian Circles Mladek in this spot
Steel For Brains Interview with Helms Alee
Let it never be said that Helms Alee are simply a metal band. The Seattle trio play a goddamn infectious blend of hook-laden rock ‘n roll that’s as much punk and pop as it is heavy metal. Their most recent offering, the sublime Sleepwalking Sailors finds them channeling their myriad of influences into a singular sound, resulting in their finest album yet. It comes as no surprise that guitarist/vocalist Ben Verellen (Harkonen/Roy) doesn’t take himself or the hype too seriously as that’s arguably the characteristic and attitude that’s given Helms Alee the recognition and acclaim they deserve. For these three, It’s about doing what they love, and Helms Alee do it well and loud. SfB reached out to Verellen to talk about the new record, why he’s thankfully not a part of any scene, and the possibility of a Harkonen and Roy reunion.
What was the thought process for you guys going into making Sleepwalking Sailors? Did anything change just in the way of creative approach for the band?
New Music: Chelsea Wolfe & King Dude - “Be Free” (Pitchfork)
The hypothetical Venn Diagram of Chelsea Wolfe and T.J. Cowgill would have a dense gravitational pull towards the center; for the past several years, both artists have worked with charred, neo-folk instrumentation, a gothic warble, and at times the spirit of an old country jukebox. “Be Free” is the pair’s new collaborative 7” from the Not Just Religous Music label—helmed by the Gira-reminiscent Cowgill, aka King Dude—and again proves their voices to be complementary. It’s a cold, sad, fiercely-strummed march, booming open and closed like Wolfe’s staggering Pain Is Beauty LP. “Don’t you dare take my hand if you want to be free,” Wolfe and Cowgill sing to one another, articulating the sentiment in various iterations. It’s a timeless negotiation between desire and emotional freedom and the necessity of not looking back, and also one of the most direct pieces of songwriting either artist has casted out.
Tera Melos in Croatia.. tour stories
Review: Tera Melos Live @ The Kazimier, Liverpool (The Skinny)
11.30pm: we are exhausted. And it’s not just due to the lateness of the hour – Tera Melos’ synapse-tangling assault is both brutal and complex, pulverising all thoughts with serrated rhythms and gut-trembling volume. Nick Reinhart’s guitar loops and distorted effects fracture our understanding of what’s going on even as drummer John Clardy pounds our eardrums into mulch. It’s only now, immediately after the nerve-fraying waves of noise have finally subsided, that we begin to make sense of what just happened.
Review: Helms Alee - “Sleepwalking Sailors” (Pitchfork)
“Pleasure Center” works like a rollercoaster: At the start of Sleepwalking Sailor,the third album by Washington state trio Helms Alee, Ben Verellen’s electric guitar picks up speed by slowing down, its single note swelling into a carbuncle of feedback. The drums canter in, and the band clips along amicably enough—that is, at least, until they race temporarily into bursts of irascible distortion and screams. Helms Alee backs out, but only to rush in again. This back-and-forth continues across the song’s full three minutes. Bass builds and disappears. Guitars lash and abate. Momentum flashes and fades. It’s also a multivalent thrill ride, where the song twists not only through parts but also turn through varied styles—a touch of stoner metal in the tumescent bass, of math-rock in the latticework guitar, of hardcore in the clinched vocals, of girl-group pop in the supporting harmonies. The song swivels so much that you can imagine the band drawing blueprints to build it. But the complexity does not limit the tune’s impact or approachability, making it a new feat of communion for Helms Alee.
Helms Alee spent more than three years writing parts and songs for what becameSleepwalking Sailor, meaning that they were at work on it before Weatherhead arrived in the summer of 2011. That makes sense, as Weatherhead, even more than Helms Alee’s 2008 debut, suggests a potpourri of unsettled ideas. There is bracing post-hardcore and primeval indie rock, soporific drift and phosphorescent post-rock. All of those elements weren’t split into songs of their own so much as crammed into the same space, like strangers compelled into roommate status. On those first two records, Helms Alee felt like an intriguing collective caught up in a particular post-everything moment, more focused on the possibilities than the power of what they were making.