Helms Alee Tour starts Tonight in BC // Interview with Ben Verellen

Helms Alee begin their tour on Friday, 1/16 in Victoria, BC - they will be joined by Marriages on all shows starting on 1/21 in Ventura, CA - see ALL Helms Alee show details HERE.

There’s a case to be made that Helms Alee’s third and latest album, Sleepwalking Sailors, might not be the best calling card for singer-guitarist Ben Verellen.

When he’s not on tour with the Seattle-based metal alchemists, the Tacoma-born musician runs his own business, building Verellen Amplifiers. Naturally, those amps are used by Helms Alee, which also includes bassist Dana James and drummer Hozoji Margullis. What’s interesting is the way that, at various points on Sleepwalking Sailors, one is left wondering what kind of hopelessly trashed gear Helms Alee is using.

Interview: Steve Brodsky // Mutoid Man

You probably know Stephen Brodsky as one of the most prolific musicians in the underground scene. He was a member of Converge during the band’s early days, and he founded Cave In.

Cave In alone is enough to show Brodsky’s dynamic approach to music: No two albums sound the same. His most recent project is the sludge-laden punk trio, Mutoid Man. The time signatures on Helium Head are something you’d expect from a progressive band, but that doesn’t compromise the band’s punk roots: The sound is ultimately relatable, and not soaked in the academic pretentions of other bands looking to explore unorthodox rhythms.

I got a chance to talk with Brodsky recently. He told me what I can expect from the upcoming Mutoid Man full-length, as well as some of his musical inspirations.

Chicago instrumental outfit Russian Circles Live at Cambridge Review

Chicago instrumental outfit Russian Circles spent much of the final month of 2014 celebrating their 10th anniversary on the road, with a series of East Coast shows accompanied by the Converge/Cave In-affiliated trio Mutoid Man. While their recorded output is worthy in its own right, Russian Circles have long shined brightest as a live act, and a run of packed club shows felt like the perfect way for them to mark a decade together. The two trios brought their disparate-yet-complimentary live acts to Cambridge’s The Sinclair on December 10, 2014.

Restless Cities Interview with Tim Collis // TTNG in Los Angeles

On the night of TTNG‘s last show of their 2014 US Tour, I was able to spend time with their lead guitarist and founding member Tim Collis. For those of you who don’t know TTNG (formerly This Town Needs Guns), they are a 3-piece rock band hailing from Oxford UK and are currently signed to the superb indie label, Sargent House.

Russian Circles + Mutoid Man show review with additional photos on New Noise Magazine

See full show review with additional photos by Jess Rechsteiner at New Noise Magazine here

I have seen Russian Circles at least three times in the past, however never at a show with only two bands playing one of which being the up-and-coming super group Mutoid Man. Around two or so years ago Nick Cageao had told me that he was working on a new project with Ben Koller (Converge) and Stephen Brodsky (Cave In). He showed me some demos of the soon to be Mutoid Man and based on their demos I could tell immediately that this band would be special.