SARGENT HOUSE NEWS

New Mylets Dates Added for Summer/Fall 2016 

Mylets will be joining TTNG next month on their upcoming US tour for select dates and will then jump on to support El Ten Eleven on their west coast tour in September.

For all show//ticket details, click HERE.

MYLETS 2016 TOUR DATES
w/ TTNG
Jul 28 - El Paso, TX @ 5points Patio
Jul 29 - Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
Jul 30 - Austin, TX @ Sidewinder
Jul 31 - Houston, TX @ The Raven Tower
Aug 11 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose
Aug 12 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme
Aug 13 - Chicago, IL @ Subterranean

w/ EL TEN ELEVEN
Sep 14 - Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
Sep 15 - Flagstaff, AZ @ The Green Room
Sep 16 - Albuquerque, NM @ Historic El Rey
Sep 17 - Denver, CO @ Moon Room *
Sep 18 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court *
Sep 20 - Billings, MT @ Pub Station
Sep 22 - Boise, ID @ Neurolux
Sep 23 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
Sep 24 - Seattle, WA @ Neumos
Sep 25 - Bellingham, WA @ Wild Buffalo
Sep 27 - Redding, CA @ The Dip *
Sep 28 - Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s
Sep 29 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
Sep 30 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy
Oct 01 - San Diego, CA @ Music Box

* no El Ten Eleven, Mylets headlining

5/5 REVIEW // A Dead Forest Index “In All That Drifts From Summit Down” 

I first encountered A Dead Forest Index in London last November, while they were supporting Chelsea Wolfe on her ‘Abyss’ tour. Having never heard of them before I was intrigued to hear what a band auspiciously named ‘A Dead Forest Index’ had to offer (half expecting a Dillinger style shout fest). My fears were allayed when, without any acknowledgment to the crowd, brothers Adam and Sam Sherry took the stage. They arranged themselves facing each other….simply a drum kit, a guitar and two voices.

Over the next 40 mins the duo ran through their set with an incredible exhibition of songcraft. Organic songs that ebbed and flowed seamlessly…through intimate vocal chants to drone like arabesque soundscapes, whilst being solidly underpinned by the most amazing vocal harmonies and catchy hooks. There was a strong sense of quiet confidence and theatre to their show that left me (and pretty much the whole crowd) transfixed…….simply put, they had another fan.
Upon returning from the gig I was disappointed to find very little in the way of recorded music from ADFI. This led me to pretty much forget about them, that was until I saw a teaser for their latest album come up on the Sargent House (their label) news feed.

‘In All That Drifts From Summit Down’ is a beautiful and evocative album that ‘unveils’ itself to you more and more with every listen. At first glance it comes across as an indie ‘art’ album, with dreamlike vocals and jangly guitars….yet brooding underneath is an amazing sense of space and grandeur. Just like the sprawling New Zealand landscape the brothers attribute much of their influence to.
In recent interviews, guitarist Adam cites the ‘spark’ for the album being a painting called ‘Spirit Of The Summit’ by Frederick Leighton; which has been described as… ‘symbolising the purity of the human spirit, refined of everything gross and material, reaching out beyond itself for eternity’. The image also imbues an innate sense of longing and isolation: a single female figure, looking unsure and wistfully toward the sky, perched atop a mountain. This imagery couldn’t be more apt when listening to ‘In all that drifts…’.
Songs such as ‘Summit Down’ exhibit this sense of coldness and passing of time beautifully…especially with the haunting repetition of the words ‘I hold all this time…’, that eventually descend into a distorted abyss, amidst a wash of tumbling drums and reverb drenched harmonies.

You can tell that the influences for the lyrics in this album are far reaching into art, poetry as well as hinting at a deeper, more intimate and personal backdrop for ADFI. This is no more evident than in the closing track ‘Homage Old’… with the impassioned singing of ‘Your eyes in my eyes, your eyes unending’…….this track is the kind you can just lie back and get washed away with, a beautiful closer.
Aside from the washy wistfulness element of this album, there are some actually very well written ‘pop’ songs. The incredibly powerful (and catchy) ‘Myth Retraced’ being a standout. Driving understated verses crescendo into a powerful ‘sing a long’ chorus that will leave your hairs standing on end. As well as the stately ‘No Paths’, there is no lack of well written and addictive ‘songs’ to get your teeth stuck in to. You can definitely tell that touring with the likes of Chelsea Wolfe and collaborating with Savages’ Gemma Thomson has rubbed off. The more soundscape-esque songs, such as the brilliantly traumatic ‘Swims Out’, help break up the album to create a greater sense of occasion and ‘journey’ to the experience.

‘In all that drifts from summit down’ is the kind of album you’ll want to throw on and get lost to, start to finish…it almost seems blasphemous or rude listening to any part individually or out of context. It is in its essence a whole, a painting to be enjoyed as the sum of it’s parts…to stand back and admire.
It’s been a long time since i’ve listened to anything as evocative and powerful as this album, probably since Chelsea Wolfe’s ‘Abyss’ was released last year.
Buy it, support these guys and most of all give their music some time to willingly burrow its way into your subconscious.

https://adeadforestindex.bandcamp.com/

Helms Alee NEW TRACK PREMIERE ‘Tit to Toe’ via Noisey 

Photo by Ryan Russell

PREMIERE: THIS NEW HELMS ALEE TRACK,“TIT TO TOE,” IS WEIRD STADIUM ROCK FOR MUSIC NERDS

Helms Alee is a difficult band to describe. You’ve got to make mention of their big fat math rock crush, of course, as well as their penchant for dark, spidery pop, and the urgent grooves bubbling up underneath. There’s the matter of how heavy the riffs are, and of how heavily the atmosphere sits atop them, and that’s without even getting into the vocals, a triple—triple!—harmonic assault punctuated by well-placed roars.

It’s smart, nerdy, weird music, but the strangest thing about it isn’t its quirky rhythms or offbeat approach—it’s that you could easily imagine hearing it blasting through an arena. Helms Alee is stadium rock for music nerds, as their new album, Stillicide, shows.

Recorded with Kurt Ballou, Stillicide, is out September 2 on Sargent House, and we’re premiering the first single, “Tit to Toe,” below.

Listen to their new track HERE.

Helms Alee will be hitting the road this summer and beyond for a slew of dates with the Melvins and with Russian Circles; check out the dates below!

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Chelsea Wolfe // Cover feature in Totally Gothenburg July/August 2016 

Chelsea Wolfe has a cover feature in the July/August 2016 issue of Totally Gothenburg magazine discussing her latest music and her appearance at Way Out West festival.

Read the magazine online HERE.

Chelsea Wolfe and her band will be performing at several EU festivals this August along with a show in Vienna with King Dude. She then returns to the US for FYF Fest and a special just-announced show with the Echo Society in Los Angeles where she will be collaborating with a composer on music written specifically for that concert.

See a full list of currently announced dates below. Tickets and info available HERE.

Aug 10-13 Jaromer, CZ @ Brutal Assault official
Aug 11-13 Goteborg, SE @ Way Out West
Aug 13 Le Locle, CH @ Rock Altitude Festival
Aug 14 Castellina Marittima, IT @ MusicaW Festival
Aug 16 Vienna, AU @ Arena w/ King Dude

Aug 28 Los Angeles, CA @ FYF Fest
Aug 31 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo Society: V at Ace Hotel w/ The Echo Society, Clark, The Haxan Cloak, & Ted Hearne

Consequence Of Sound premieres new TTNG track “Sponkulus Nodge” 

TTNG (fka This Town Needs Guns) know a thing or two about navigating complicated pathways. Their music has always been a labyrinth of math rock, filled with knotty rhythms that would seem to defy the melodies of the vocals. But the complexity extends beyond the recorded music right to the processes of actually getting it onto tape. They’ve been working on their follow-up to 2013’s 13.0.0.0.0, this July’s Disappointment Island, since before that last album was even released, and finding time to work out their intricate compositions wasn’t easy.

“With various touring commitments interspersed between the writing of [Disappointment Island], it was a difficult process to work through,” guitarist Tim Collis tells Consequence of Sound. “Snatching weekends here and there to try to rehash and complete draft versions of songs finally allowed a few more structured ideas to be completed for Hank [Tremain] to work on vocals. Partway through 2014, [drummer] Chris [Collis] and [I] managed to take a little time to try out some new riffs, working some of them into what would become this track, ‘Sponkulus Nodge’.”

All that patient perseverance paid off, though, as the song Collis discusses above proves. “Sponkulus Nodge” is a heady twister of a track, bass lines dropping down like water from stalactites into a pond rippling with Collis’ impossible guitar licks. Yet despite this cavernous vibe, there’s an open air quality that lifts it up on the assurance of Tremain’s vocals and the other Collis’ tripping drums.

Listen to “Sponkulus Nodge” HERE.

photo by Nick Sayers

New Album Announcement: Helms Alee “STILLICIDE” 

New Helms Alee, “Stillicide” is coming on September 2, 2016 via Sargent House

Album Recorded and mixed by Kurt Ballou
Art by Ammo & Ben Verellen
Video by Ben Chisholm

In addition to their fall release, Helms Alee will be on two back-to-back tours supporting Melvins and Russian Circles. See all dates below, for all show/ticket details click HERE.

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HELMS ALEE TOUR DATES
Jun 25 Portland, OR - B Side Tavern

with MELVINS
Aug 03 Las Vegas, NV - Backstage Bar & Billiards
Aug 04 Flagstaff, AZ - The Green Room
Aug 06 Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre
Aug 07 Fort Collins, CO - Aggie Theatre
Aug 09 Sioux Falls, SD - The District
Aug 10 Fargo, ND - The Aquarium (Dempsey’s Upstairs)
Aug 14 Rock Island - Rock Island Brewing Company
Aug 15 Des Moines, IA - Wooly’s
Aug 16 Lawrence, KS - The Bottleneck
Aug 17 St. Louis, MO - The Firebird
Aug 18 Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall
Aug 19 Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue Theatre
Aug 20 Grand Rapids, MI - The Pyramid Scheme
Aug 22 Columbus, OH - A&R Music Bar
Aug 23 Pittsburgh, PA - Rex Theater
Aug 24 Buffalo, NY - Iron Works -
Aug 26 Syracuse, NY - The Westcott Theater
Aug 27 Northampton, MA - Pearl Street
Aug 28 Hamden, CT - The Ballroom at The Outer Space
Aug 29 Providence, RI - Fete Ballroom
Aug 31 Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
Sep 01 Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
Sep 05 Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club
Sep 06 Charlotte, NC - Amos’ Southend
Sep 07 Charleston, SC - Music Farm
Sep 08 Jacksonville, FL - Jack Rabbits
Sep 10 Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon
Sep 11 Jackson, MS - Duling Hall
Sep 12 Memphis, TN - Hi-Tone
Sep 13 Little Rock, AR - Metroplex
Sep 14 Tulsa, OK - Cain’s Ballroom
Sep 15 Oklahoma City, OK - The ACM @ UCO Performance Lab
Sep 16 Norman, OK - Opolis
Sep 17 Austin, TX - The Sidewinder
Sep 18 San Antonio, TX - Paper Tiger
Sep 20 El Paso, TX - Lowbrow Palace
Sep 21 Tucson, AZ - Club Congress

with RUSSIAN CIRCLES
Sep 23-25 Cincinnati, OH Midpoint Music Festival
Sep 25 Detroit, MI - El Club
Sep 26 Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
Sep 28 Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair
Sep 29 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
Sep 30 Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw
Oct 01 Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel
Oct 02 Durham, NC - Motorco Music Hall
Oct 04 Atlanta, GA - Aisle 5
Oct 05 Birmingham, AL - Saturn
Oct 06 Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon
Oct 07 Houston, TX - Warehouse Live Studio
Oct 08 Austin, TX - Barracuda
Oct 09 Dallas, TX - RBC

Metal Recusants Interview with Ruadhan of No Spill Blood 

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This year many people across the UK were exposed to No Spill Blood as they opened for Baroness across the UK. Their intense performance on the tour won over many attendees including myself. The band’s unique, heavy and challenging music has taken them to interesting places and I can see it taking them to much greater heights. Keyboardist Ruadhan O’Meara talked about their history and music, touring with Baroness, upcoming plans and the music scene in Ireland.

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Mutoid Man are house band for Two Minutes To Late Night 

There’s been a lot of talk lately about the lack of diversity in late night television, with even broadcast legend David Letterman himself weighing in on the topic. So far, Samantha Bee remains the only female host of a late night comedy series, and her program only airs once a week on basic cable. On the major networks, meanwhile, all the nightly gabfests are hosted by white men, most of whom are named Jimmy. That situation will hopefully change someday.

But there is still one demographic in American society that remains criminally under-represented on the chat show circuit: metalheads. When will America be ready for a late-night program with pentagrams, face paint, and kick-ass guitar solos every few minutes? Jordan Olds and Drew Kaufman, both halves of a creative team called Mrs. Woman Productions, must have gotten tired of waiting, so they created their own called Two Minutes To Late Night. The 22-minute pilot, produced in 2015, is now surfacing on YouTube.

Hosted by the glib, suit-wearing “Gwarscenio Hall” (Olds), Two Minutes has the pacing and structure of a normal talk show, give or take. There are interviews, games, and remote segments, just like on The Tonight Show. The difference is that the host wears spooky, ICP-style makeup and the house band, Nick Cageao & Mutoid Man, produce a sound loud enough to jolt Satan himself from his slumbers. Two honest-to-god celebrity guests show up to sit on Hall’s all-black (what else?) couch. Guitarist Ben Weinman, best known for his work with The Dillinger Escape Plan, talks about his adventures at the Grammys. And singer-songwriter Laura Stevenson talks about the perils and pleasures of being in a romantic relationship with her bass player. Weinman is also shown auditioning for an all-female R&B band, while Stevenson dons full GWAR gear to perform a song with the band, dubbing herself “Chlamydia Newton-John.”

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Empty Houses // Substream premieres new Real Feels video session 

WARNING: This post is one of, if not the very last opportunity to climb aboard the Empty Houses bandwagon before the band crosses over into the mainstream. If you want those oh so sweet bragging rights that come from being ahead of the pop music curve, this is the time to stake your claim and support this incredibly awesome band.

Empty Houses just released their debut album, Daydream, earlier this month through Sargent House Records, but anyone familiar with the band has no doubt been hyping their intoxicating blend of throwback pop and modern indie sensibilities since the group’s first EP surfaced online in mid-2015. The band’s approach to songwriting has ushered in a renewed interest in a style of music that was first made popular when Motown was topping the charts and people still understood the fun that could be had at a Sadie Hawkins dance. We’ve been obsessed with the group for months now, but it wasn’t until the last week that we were able to partner with them to share something truly amazing.

Today we are thrilled to present the world premiere of a video that finds Empty Houses performing their Daydream cut “Better Of Me” for Real Feels TV. The clip, which was filmed in Michigan in recent weeks, perfectly captures the group’s fun and unique take on a very familiar style of music, as well as the awesome vocal talents of frontwoman Ali Shea. You can view the video HERE.

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