David Eugene Edwards of Wovenhand: True Tunes Podcast Interview 

Few artists have committed to the ethic of apocalyptic – even gothic – Americana as completely as Colorado’s David Eugene Edwards. From his early work with The Denver Gentlemen and 16 Horsepower to the last two decades of material he has offered via Wovenhand, Edwards practically haunts every stage, and album, with spirits that are simultaneously spectral and Biblical. On this episode of the True Tunes Podcast, John J. Thompson sits down with Edwards in front of a live audience at the Audiofeed Festival in Champaign, Illinois to talk about his origins, his musical concepts, and his mystical perspectives on everything from the nature of art and humanity to the essence of spirituality and redemption.

Full interview via truetunes.com

BRUTUS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM UNISON LIFE FOR OCTOBER 21ST VIA SARGENT HOUSE 

Genre-jumping Belgian trio Brutus has announced a new album Unison Life for October 21st via Sargent House. The follow-up to their breakout Nest, Unison Life is a concept of longing for a life of total peace. The album confronts the obstacles that stand in the way of a Unison Life and the acts of bravery that help to surpass the trials. Today watch the video for the first single, “Liar.” Filmed in Morocco, it’s the first narrative-driven video the band has ever done. The song acts as a bridge between Nest and Unison Life, combining the changes in the direction they’re known for with the concentrated force of the new album.  “Liar” follows the previously released song “Dust” from the album. 

Unison Life is Brutus at their most intentional. They were more deliberate about their sound than ever, having had the time and space to really consider their direction due to the global pause on touring. “I wanted every song to feel like the last song we’ll ever write,” singer Stefanie Mannaerts explains. “It killed me inside because it’s almost an impossibly high standard, but that was my personal goal for this album. It was a two-year quest of trying to do better.” The result is a blistering illustration of a boundary-pushing band at the top of their game. 

Since their formation in 2014, Brutus has made a name for themselves with their restless, emotionally raw rock that traverses the landscape of metal, punk, post-hardcore, and beyond – often in the same song. The three members first met in their hometown of Leuven, where they cut their teeth playing in different local bands. Their influences are wide and varied. Drummer/vocalist Stefanie Mannaerts – who grew up above a music shop run by her family – is into a variety of genres from post-metal to electronic music. Bassist Peter Mulders is more of a punk guy, while guitarist Stijn Vanhoegaerden is into country and more melodic rock. Their diverse tastes come together through Brutus to create a sound that’s as heavy as it is unexpected, full of beauty and surprises.

 

 

"Betrayal" by Russian Circles is Revolver's Best New Song 

Russian Circles - "Betrayal" 

Russian Circles' music has never been one-note, but for years, the instrumental trio made albums that were reliable to reach for when you needed some epic post-metal to throw on and let your thoughts wander. Instrumental metal to study and relax to, perhaps. Well, you're not getting any work done when "Betrayal" is playing. The band's latest Gnosis single is gobsmackingly heavy from the jump, like a giant ball of fire rolling down a mountain that never slows down before it reaches the city below. Who needs zone-out music in times like these anyway?

Full list via revolvermag.com

THE ARMED RELEASE ULTRAPOP: LIVE AT THE MASONIC SOUNDTRACK. WATCH A VIDEO FROM THE MOVIE FOR "MASUNAGA VAPORS" 

The Armed have released the soundtrack for their narrative-driven, ground-breaking concert film, ULTRAPOP: Live At The Masonic Temple, available digitally and physically via Sargent House. A running combination of score elements from the film and live performances captured in Detroit's sprawling Masonic Temple, the soundtrack features live renditions of songs from their highly lauded LP, ULTRAPOP and cult-favourite, ONLY LOVE, and also includes their CYBERPUNK 2077 contribution “NIGHT CITY ALIENS". 

The movie, which was only available to live stream for a short period of time around its 15th October 2021 debut, will come to Blu-ray and video streaming services on September 29th. 

Part Lemonade, part Live at Pompeii and fully infused with a sense of Lynchian dread - the movie is a stunningly-filmed cinematic document of live performances taking place within the opulent chapels, imposing asylum rooms, full-size indoor handball courts, halls (and more) of the mysterious Masonic Temple of Detroit; a 550,000 square foot fortress in the heart of the city. Live performance and story-driven narrative melt seamlessly into one another, as the film confronts themes of identity, information warfare, the commoditisation of artistic products and the commodification of the artist. 

ULTRAPOP, released in April 2021, received acclaim across the board, gaining the highly coveted Pitchfork Best New Music and praise from The New Yorker Magazine, Vulture, Stereogum, Revolver, AV Club, Fader, Bandcamp, Entertainment Weekly, Interview Magazine and so much more. Reaching the same extremities of sonic expression as the furthest depths of metal, noise and otherwise "heavy" counterculture music subgenres, it finds its foundation firmly in pop music and pop culture. A joyous, genderless, post-nihilist, anti-punk, razor-focused take on creating the most intense listening experience possible.

 

RUSSIAN CIRCLES RELEASE NEW SONG “BETRAYAL” 

Russian Circles have released a new song from their forthcoming LP Gnosis available on August 19th via Sargent House. Perhaps the heaviest song on the album, Betrayal is a five-minute unmitigated assault and follows the first single “Conduit”.  Both singles show how the Chicago stalwarts have created their most fuming and focused work to date—an album that favors the exorcism of two years’ worth of tension over the melancholy and restraint that often colored their past endeavors. 

Gnosis eschews the varied terrain of those past works by employing a new songwriting technique. Rather than crafting songs out of fragmented ideas in the practice room, full songs were written and recorded independently before being shared with other members, so that their initial vision was retained. While these demos spanned the full breadth of the band’s varied styles, the more cinematic compositions were ultimately excised in favor of the physically cathartic pieces.

 

DEAFHEAVEN TO HEADLINE NOISE POP AND SFPA'S DUE SOUTH IN SAN FRANCISCO, CA 

Deafheaven will headline night one of Due South, a free San Francisco concert series presented by Noise Pop and SF Parks Alliance, with special guests Marbled Eye

After a two year hiatus, Due South returns as a free outdoor concert series taking place at the historic Jerry Garcia Amphitheater in McLaren Park. In 2022, Due South will feature a diverse lineup of contemporary talent, celebrating the cultures and communities that surround McLaren Park and its neighboring districts. All three concerts in the series are free and open to the public, taking place on the following Saturdays: August 27, September 17, and October 8. Attendees can expect to enjoy live music, local eats, and neighborhood fun from 2-6PM at each event, as well as free bike valet services from the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. 

All info can be found at duesouthsf.com

BRUTUS RELEASE NEW SONG “DUST” 

Brutus have today shared their brand new single ‘Dust’, the first new music from the band since 2020’s stand-alone track ‘Sand’. On the song, singer Stefanie Mannaerts voice has grown in stature and control as she explores the feeling of being drained by the changing demands of a particularly intense friendship. The band notes:  ‘DUST’ was born out of the frustration of having friends with demands and expectations that were way too high. It’s a song about being at breaking point; pissed off about everything and everyone. ‘DUST’ is honest, direct and unfiltered. It’s a very special and personal song for us, which is why we wanted this to be the first new song for people to hear.” 

‘Dust’ was written as part of the new album sessions in a rehearsal space in Ghent. Those sessions were completed episodically over the course of 18 months. That timeline was fractured by both lengthy breaks due to lockdown, as well as the band’s focus on simply enjoying the otherwise ordinary moments of their friendship.

Stream / Download: https://brutus.ffm.to/dust

 

THE ARMED ANNOUNCE ULTRAPOP: LIVE AT THE MASONIC SOUNDTRACK + BLU-RAY AND MOVIE STREAMING RELEASE DATE 

After an initial, limited release late last year of their narrative-driven, groundbreaking concert film, ULTRAPOP: Live At The Masonic Temple, The Armed are now announcing the soundtrack release for it, along with release dates for Blu-Ray DVD + digital streaming. The OST will arrive on all streaming services and physically in stores on July 15th on Opaque Red vinyl via Sargent House. The movie, which was only available to live stream for a short period of time around its October 15th, 2021 debut, will come to Blu-ray and video streaming services on September 29th. 

ULTRAPOP: Live At The Masonic soundtrack is a running combination of score elements from the film and live performances captured in Detroit's sprawling Masonic Temple and mixed by Zach Weeks at God City Studio. 

This release features live renditions of songs from their highly lauded LP ULTRAPOP and cult-favorite ONLY LOVE, and also includes their CYBERPUNK 2077 contribution “NIGHT CITY ALIENS.” 

Part “Lemonade,” part “Live at Pompeii” and fully infused with a sense of Lynchian dread - the movie is a stunningly-filmed cinematic document of live performances taking place within the opulent chapels, imposing asylum rooms, full-size indoor handball courts, halls (and more) of the mysterious Masonic Temple of Detroit; a 550,000 square foot fortress in the heart of the city. Live performance and story-driven narrative melt seamlessly into one another, as the film confronts themes of identity, information warfare, the commoditization of artistic products and the commodification of the artist. 

ULTRAPOP, released in April of this year, received acclaim across the board, gaining the highly coveted Pitchfork Best New Music and praise from The New Yorker Magazine, Vulture, Stereogum, Revolver, AV Club, Fader, Bandcamp, Entertainment Weekly, Interview Magazine and so much more. Reaching the same extremities of sonic expression as the furthest depths of metal, noise and otherwise "heavy" counterculture music subgenres, it finds its foundation firmly in pop music and pop culture. A joyous, genderless, post-nihilist, anti-punk, razor-focused take on creating the most intense listening experience possible.

 

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