SARGENT HOUSE NEWS

Wovenhand premieres new song “Golden  Blossom” on Consequence of Sound 

David Eugene Edwards has long brought a uniquely pallpable intensity to his alternative country songs. Even back when he fronted 16 Horsepower, his music was filled with a punishing air of travail and — eventually — redemption. Now as the leader of Wovenhand, Edwards continues on in that tradition with the follow-up to 2014’s Refractory Obdurate, September 9th’s Star Treatment (via Sargent House).

On the album’s latest single, “Golden Blossom”, the band demonstrates how they can take the heaviness of their music and transplant it onto a simple, unabashed love song. The track pounds on straight-forward guitar strumming, delivered with such aggression that it’s almost crushing. Still, the affecting rise of the song’s percussive arc finds a way to become powerfully uplifting, buoyed on by Edwards’ exalting vocals delivering what can only be described as epic poetry. “Oh, blinded by the sun I see/ This light given me,” Edwards sings out. “Crashing into the rock, into the cleft with thee/ No more sun, no more see/ Only he, only we.”

As Edwards himself puts it, rather bluntly, “It is the love song, pure and unabashed. Crashing into the rock.” Take a listen below.

Listen to “Golden Blossom” at Consequence of Sound

Emma Ruth Rundle premieres new track “Protection” via Stereogum 

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by Chris DeVille

Emma Ruth Rundle recently announced her new album Marked For Death and shared its tremendous title track. Now the Red Sparrowes and Marriages member is back with a second single from the album, the darkly climactic rocker “Protection.” In a press release about the album, Rundle explains, “The subject matter is largely about being defeated and shrunken into the base human themes of love and loss. It’s a far cry from high art. It’s very much from the dirt.” And yet “Protection” is a truly soaring creative work, one you should check out below.

Visit Stereogum to hear “Protection”

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Emma Ruth Rundle will tour Europe with Wovenhand starting September 12th. Click HERE for tickets and view a full list of dates below.

EMMA RUTH RUNDLE 2016 EUROPEAN TOUR

Sep 12 - COLOGNE, DE – Gebäude 9
Sep 13 - FRANKFURT, DE – Zoom
Sep 15 - BERN, CH – ISC
Sep 16 - ZURICH, CH – Bogen F
Sep 17 - VIENNA, AT – Flex
Sep 18 - BUDAPEST, HU – A38
Sep 20 - SALZBURG, AT – Rockhouse
Sep 21 - MUNICH, DE – Ampere
Sep 22 - LEIPZIG, DE – UT Connewitz
Sep 23 - BERLIN, DE – Heimathafen
Sep 26 - ARHUS, DK – Train
Sep 27 - OSLO, NO – John Dee
Sep 30 - STOCKHOLM, SE – Nalen
Oct 01 - LUND, SE – Mejeriet
Oct 02 - COPENHAGEN, DK – Vega Jr.
Oct 04 - EINDHOVEN, NL – Effenaar
Oct 05 - AMSTERDAM, NL – Melkweg
Oct 06 - LEUVEN, BE – Het Depot
Oct 07 - GENT, BE – Handelsbeurs
Oct 08 - CHARLEROI, BE – L’Eden
Oct 10 - LILLE, FR – L’Aéronef
Oct 11 - PARIS, FR – La Maroquinerie
Oct 13 - ORLEANS, FR – L’Astrolabe
Oct 14 - GRENOBLE, FR – La Belle Electrique
Oct 15 - FEYZIN, FR – L’Epicerie Moderne
Oct 16 - TOULOUSE, FR – La Rex
Oct 18 - LONDON, UK – The Dome

 all dates with Wovenhand

ARTISTdirect interviews Chelsea Wolfe 

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photo by Nick Fancher

Chelsea Wolfe has been winning high praise for her music since her label debut album The Grime And The Glow blended surreal goth imagery and shoe-gazing textures with angular, experimental guitar work. Her follow-up album, the stunning Apokalypsis showed that Wolfe was no one-trick pony, and since then each of her 3 further albums have developed in style and vision. Her most recent album, Abyss, is a staggering piece of art that cements the artist as a legend on the underground music scene.

Ahead of her performance at this week’s FYF festival in Los Angeles, CA, ARTISTdirect caught up with Chelsea to discuss the artists world view, her most recent project, and the half-written songs just waiting to be a next album.

Where in the world are you right now?

Prague. I fall in love with this city more and more each time. Just ended a short European tour, played a few festivals. Here’s a picture I took from my hotel window early this morning when I couldn’t sleep, and here’s a picture I took yesterday of a gravestone angel at the Vyšehrad cemetery, final resting place of Alphonse Mucha.

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OVERBLOWN Interview with Russian Circles’ Brian Cook 

NEW ALBUM GUIDANCE  IS OUT NOW VIA SARGENT HOUSE.
There’s not really any need to introduce post metal stalwarts Russian Circles, is there? Suffice it to say, they are now over ten years into their career and have just released yet another excellent album in the form of Guidance. For me, it’s an album that sees the group push out the contrasts between the light and dark in their songs. Songs soar and swoop between pummeling drums and somewhat black metal guitar flourishes like on lead single ‘Vorel‘, and the slow build of more cathartic and euphoric tracks like ‘Mota’. An engrossing adventure as always.

Ahead of their upcoming US and European tour, Overblown had the pleasure of talking to Russian Circles’ bassist Brian Cook about Guidance, recording with Kurt Ballou of Converge, and how Mike (Sullivan, Russian Circles guitarist) is a liar apparently.

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Wovenhand releases new track “The Hired Hand” via The AV Club 

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by David Anthony

David Eugene Edwards isn’t afraid of shifting focus. For 15 years he’s operated under the Wovenhand moniker, a name that’s allowed him to make music that runs the gamut from folky Americana to dark, twisted rock ‘n’ roll. For his latest album, Star Treatment, Edwards recorded at Steve Albini’s iconic Electrical Audio studio with heavyweight metal producer Sandford Parker at the helm, and he was once again joined by Chuck French and Neil Keener, half of Denver post-hardcore greats Planes Mistaken For Stars.

The result is an album that finds Wovenhand rumbling through a batch of songs that find the space between blues-based alt-country and unsettling stoner metal.The A.V. Club is premiering “The Hired Hand” below, which only highlights the fact that Edwards is the best approximation of Nick Cave that America has to offer.

All of Wovenhand’s tour dates, which include an appearance at this weekend’s Psycho Fest in Las Vegas, can be found here.

Click HERE to listen to “The Hired Hand”

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MusicRadar Interviews Helms Alee’s Ben Verellen 

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“On the whole, it probably is a bit darker than Sleepwalking Sailors, but that certainly wasn’t an intentional thing,” says Ben Verellen, guitarist and co-vocalist of Helms Alee, when asked about the tone of their new album, Stillicide.

“That’s kind of a trip, that it comes across so clearly to you as a darker thing.”

Without prying into specifics, the Verellen amps founder confides, “There were definitely some heavy personal things going on - I don’t have the right to disclose, but it was a tough time, for sure.

“We got to Salem to record the record; we had about 10 days to do it, which is stressful as it is, knowing that you’re on the clock and you have to bang this thing out - these songs we’ve been mulling over the last two, three years and try and document them in a short span of time.

“Then to have some real heavy life stuff land, and have to deal with that simultaneously - it was a stressful, but also kind of therapeutic, 10 days.”

The album is also more confidently pop - or, at least, as close to pop as a band steeped in stoner rock, hardcore, math and post-rock vibes can get.

Completed by Dana James on bass and Hozoji Margullis on drums, over a series of critically-acclaimed albums, Helms Alee have gradually built themselves an enviable underground US following, and are gradually finding themselves called further afield.

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Emma Ruth Rundle Announces European Tour w/ Wovenhand 

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Emma Ruth Rundle has announced a European tour supporting Wovenhand. Her upcoming album, Marked For Death, comes out September 30th. 

EMMA RUTH RUNDLE 2016 EUROPEAN TOUR

Sep 12 - COLOGNE, DE – Gebäude 9
Sep 13 - FRANKFURT, DE – Zoom
Sep 15 - BERN, CH – ISC
Sep 16 - ZURICH, CH – Bogen F
Sep 17 - VIENNA, AT – Flex
Sep 18 - BUDAPEST, HU – A38
Sep 20 - SALZBURG, AT – Rockhouse
Sep 21 - MUNICH, DE – Ampere
Sep 22 - LEIPZIG, DE – UT Connewitz
Sep 23 - BERLIN, DE – Heimathafen
Sep 26 - ARHUS, DK – Train
Sep 27 - OSLO, NO – John Dee
Sep 30 - STOCKHOLM, SE – Nalen
Oct 01 - LUND, SE – Mejeriet
Oct 02 - COPENHAGEN, DK – Vega Jr.
Oct 04 - EINDHOVEN, NL – Effenaar
Oct 05 - AMSTERDAM, NL – Melkweg
Oct 06 - LEUVEN, BE – Het Depot
Oct 07 - GENT, BE – Handelsbeurs
Oct 08 - CHARLEROI, BE – L’Eden
Oct 10 - LILLE, FR – L’Aéronef
Oct 11 - PARIS, FR – La Maroquinerie
Oct 13 - ORLEANS, FR – L’Astrolabe
Oct 14 - GRENOBLE, FR – La Belle Electrique
Oct 15 - FEYZIN, FR – L’Epicerie Moderne
Oct 16 - TOULOUSE, FR – La Rex
Oct 18 - LONDON, UK – The Dome

Spill Magazine reviews Empty Houses ‘Daydream’ 

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by Kysan Kwan

After the successful release of 2014’sOh, Common Life, Punk-Rockers David Mackinder and Adam Mercer of Fireworks shed their Rock outfit and enlist vocalist Ali Shea for a nostalgic Retro Pop sound in Empty Houses’ debut full-length release, Daydream. Driven by bright and playful piano lines with tinges of brass and synth, Daydream manages to be infectious and memorable without becoming too overstated or generic. Shea’s vocals are expressive and dynamic throughout the album; from the empowering breakup tune “Hold Your Hand” to the reserved piano ballad “Every Word,” she demonstrates her ability to match her voice to complement a number of styles and moods. That being said, it’s clear that the strongest points on this record are in the bouncy, bubbly tracks that just make you want to dance – and Daydream is an album that knows this, as it’s easy to feel the pure sense of energy that permeates nearly every song. While it is possible for this to become overwhelming or repetitive at some points, Daydream does an excellent job at conveying a single underlying tone in several different ways. The contrast between the swaying and subdued “Lost At Sea” compared to the bass-heavy “Falling Away” is an example of this. Overall, Daydream brings to the table a collection of sounds that lifts the spirits and give the listener a chance to sit back and reflect on times past; a record released just in time for the summer.

(via Spill Magazine)

The Quietus Reviews Helms Alee “Stillicide” 

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Helms Alee’s latest is also overflowing with riffs, though it’s significantly harder to categorise. The Seattle based trio seem to revel in this, and have somehow managed to carve out a very distinctive sound for themselves without ever confining themselves to any particular style. They’re often compared to the Melvins, despite not really sounding anything like the Melvins – presumably it’s because both bands love big, sludgy riffs but refuse to be defined by them, anchoring their madcap antics with an encyclopaedic knowledge of classic rock and punk and an inherent knack for song writing (of course it could just be because every slightly off-the-wall guitar band that’s formed in the last two decades is invariably compared to the Melvins, but hey, just go with us on this one, OK?).

Stillicide is their fourth and arguably most accessible opus, despite the fact that it experiences more wild mood swings between tracks than your average teenage headbanger. Whilst the cathartic ‘Tit To Toe’, for example, alternates between hoarse Scott Kelly-esque roars and the kind of unashamedly catchy chorus that Kylesa deployed on their last few albums, the next song ‘Meats And Milks’ takes a deep breath and offers a brief glimpse into an alternate universe where Kim Deal and Slint live together out in the desert and write country and western hits, before crashing back into grand stadium sludge riffery.

Elsewhere, the rampant, hyperactive and vaguely Lightning Bolt-esque ‘Galloping Mind Fuk’ does exactly what it says on the tin, then minutes later the shimmering ‘Creeping You Company’ slams its foot on the brakes and gives us a beautiful indie-pop ballad, whilst ‘Andromenus’ basks in luscious, moody melodies and jarring, jangly guitars like Belly gone goth before ‘Worth Your Wild’ closes the record, sounding like the end of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘The Chain’ stretched out into a gorgeous, aching doom anthem. All of these songs are bound together by Helms Alee’s unmistakable skill as song writers, and coalesce into a very varied, inventive and remarkably assured album.

Don’t forget to catch Helms Alee on tour with the Melvins and then Russian Circles starting in September. ALL dates listed below. For Show + Ticket details click HERE.

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New Track Premiere // Helms Alee “Galloping Mind Fuk” via Metal Injection 

I’ve heard Helms Alee’s new album, Stillicide, and it is the chock full of gripping riffs and math groove. With nearly a decade of music under their belt, the Seattle post-rockers are still bringing their dynamic art to life, and doing it in style with some help from Kurt Ballou (Converge) behind the board at God City Studio for this effort.

We’re stoked to premiere the latest track, “Galloping Mind Fuk”, off the new album Stillicide. Check it out below.
Stillicide will be available via Sargent House on September 2nd, and if you’re into the track, you can pre-order the album here.

Listen to “Galloping Mind Fuk” HERE.

Catch them on tour right now, remaining dates below!

HELMS ALEE with MELVINS unless noted *
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 02 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter *
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
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HELMS ALEE with RUSSIAN CIRCLES
Sep 23-24 Cincinnati, OH @ Midpoint Music Fest
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
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HELMS ALEE
Oct 11 Phoenix, AZ – Last Exit
Oct 12 Los Angeles, CA – Complex
Oct 13 San Francisco, CA – Hemlock Tavern
Nov 22 Portland, OR – Lola’s
Nov 23 Seattle, WA – The Crocodile

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