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.

 

RUSSIAN CIRCLES ANNOUNCE NEW LP GNOSIS 

Heavy instrumental greats Russian Circles have announced a new LP Gnosis available August 18th via Sargent House. Listen to the relentless first single “Conduit”. Gnosis, their eighth album, eschews the varied terrain of their past works as it razes a path through the most harrowing territory of their sounds 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. The album was engineered and mixed by Kurt Ballou at God City with additional tracking done at Chicago’s Electrical Audio. 

The band has also announced a 40 date world tour including US headline dates and EU co-headline dates. Kicking off September 15th in Minneapolis the US portion will make stops in Denver, San Francisco, Los Angeles, DC, Brooklyn and more before wrapping November 12th for a home town Metro Chicago show. In March of 2023 the band will continue their dates in the EU with Cult of Luna. See full dates below.

Deafheaven’s George Clarke & Kerry McCoy on Sobriety, Surfing and Stage Stamina 

Deafheaven have come a long way from “Windows,” off 2013’s Sunbather, which contains audio of guitarist Kerry McCoy scoring drugs with the last of his cash. It’s incredibly harrowing. It’s perhaps just as incredible that Deafheaven as a band left years of drug and alcohol abuse behind. Now they’re sober, healthy, and making artistic strides with their latest album, Infinite Granite. 

I talked to McCoy and vocalist George Clarke as they prepared to tour again after two years of COVID-19 pandemic. They presented a textbook lesson in how one is the company one keeps. (Their friends include previous Health Awaits interviewees Nate Garrett of Spirit Adrift and Gina Gleason of Baroness.) They also offered insight into staying balanced through life’s ups and downs – by staying busy, establishing routines, and keeping fit.

Full interview via decibelmagazine.com

 

DYLAN CARLSON SOLO SHOW IN ANTWERP 

Dylan Carlson will play a solo show in Antwerp on June 26th during Earth EU summer tour 2022.

Earth EU shows 2022: 

June 21 Utrecht NL - Winkelcentrum De Helling 

June 22 Brussels BE- Le Botanique 

June 24 Clisson FR - Hellfest OpenAir (Sold Out) 

June 26 Dylan Carlson Solo Show - De Nor - Antwerp 

Info/Tickets: thronesanddominions.com

Brian Cook : From Torment to Glory 

After his beloved gear was stolen during a recent tour, the bass pedal guru quickly found the music world rallying around his band Russian Circles. 

Through the entirety of his three-decade career, bassist Brian Cook has made a name for himself by delivering brutal and powerfully effected tones while creating innovative music across heavy genres. Based in Seattle, Washington, Cook got his start with his influential mathcore band Botch in 1993, until the group disbanded in 2002. He then went on to form the experimental post-hardcore outfit, These Arms Are Snakes until he was recruited by Chicago instrumental rockers Russian Circles in 2007. As of recent, when he’s not in the studio or on the road with Circles, he’s busy playing in his sludge metal trio Sumac and releasing solo material under the moniker Torment & Glory, whose debut album We Left a Note with an Apology was released back in August of 2021. The thread through all his numerous projects is his distinct playing, his creative riffs, and his wild use of effects, which he expertly hones in ways that few bassists can. His prized gear – including his rare basses, amps, and many obscure pedals – has all been hand-selected throughout his impressive career, which is why he was devastated when he was robbed of it on his most recent tour.

Full interview via earthquakerdevices.com

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