I love it when metal artists veer outside the lanes we expect them to and how thrown people can get as a result. I’ve watched Scott Kelly of Neurosis give a few thousand headbangers small fits of confusion opening up for Sleep with a quiet set of acoustic tunes. And I’ve watched Jaye Jayle, the dark roots rock project of Young Widows member Evan Patterson, turn a room on its head when he played a set before Belgian black metal wizards Oathbreaker.
The work that Patterson has done under this name has only gotten seamier, more intense and infinitely more satisfying as he’s dug his heels in. And he’s reached a new peak with forthcoming album No Trail and Other Unholy Paths (out on June 29 via Sargent House). He and his band (bassist Todd Cook, drummer Neal Argabright and multi-instrumentalist Corey Smith) recorded a collection of sodium light drenched tunes and let David Lynch collaborator Dean Hurley have his way with them. It’s a devilish meeting of spirits that feels like being adrift at sea, awed by the beauty but a little scared about how you’re getting home.
To announce this new album properly, Patterson is sharing with us the clattering wonder “Ode To Betsy,” about which he says:
In creating this world of sound, I’ve visioned peaceful hypnotic nature, monstrous euphoric structures, and relative quests for certainty. Sonic terrains of tension, plateaus of primal experimentation, and the droning stillness atop of the high plains. Gazing equally into the past as onto the future. From there, looking up to the dark and shining mysteries of time and space; a story of placement comes from the physical self. Yes, that is this music, to me.
JUL 06 Hannover, DE @ Indiego Glocksee JUL 07 Koln, DE @ Gebaeude9 JUL 28 Zurich, CH @ Mascotte JUL 29 Milan, IT @ Circle Magnolia JUL 30 Munich, DE @ Feierwerk AUG 01 Rijeka, HR @ Trsatska Gradina AUG 02 Budapest, HUN @ A38 AUG 04 Vienna, AT @ Arena AUG 05 Prague, CZ @ Lucerna Music Bar AUG 07 Leipzig, DE @ Werk2
Chelsea Wolfe has added headlining dates in Europe. More information and tickets HERE.
JUL 05 Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Festival JUL 06 Hannover, DE @ Indiego Glocksee JUL 07 Koln, DE @ Gebaeude9 JUL 09 Karlsruhe, DE @ Jubez + JUL 10 Esch-Alzette, LUX @ Kulturfabrick + JUL 12 Paris, FR @ Le Trabendo + JUL 14 Dour, BE @ Dour Festival JUL 15 Nijmegen, NL @ Valkhof Festival JUL 17 Nottingham, UK @ Rock City * JUL 18 Glasgow, UK @ O2 ABC * JUL 20 Manchester, UK @ Albert Hall * JUL 21 London, UK @ The Forum * JUL 23 Belfast, IE @ Limelight * JUL 24 Dublin, IE @ Tivoli * JUL 25 Bristol, UK @ SWX * JUL 28 Zurich, CH @ Mascotte JUL 29 Milan, IT @ Circle Magnolia JUL 30 Munich, DE @ Feierwerk AUG 01 Rijeka, HR @ Trsatska Gradina AUG 02 Budapest, HUN @ A38 AUG 04 Vienna, AT @ Arena AUG 05 Prague, CZ @ Lucerna Music Bar AUG 07 Leibzig, AT @ Arena AUG 09 Gothenburg, SE @ Way Out West Festival AUG 10 Oslo, NO @ Oya Festival AUG 12 Hamburg, DE @ Kampnagel International Summer Festival AUG 14 Poznan, PL @ Tama
APR 26 Den Haag, NL @ The LIFE I LIVE MAY 05 Besancon, FR @ Festival Circasismic MAY 09 Opglabbeek, BE @ Rock Louwel JUN 29 Menen, BE @ GRENSROCK JUL 12 Cheltenham, UK @ 2000 Trees Festival JUL 13 Lichtenvoorde, NL @ Zwarte Cross