Deafheaven Announce First Show of 2017 


Deafheaven’s first show of 2017 will be in Los Angeles at the Echoplex on January 12. Tickets go on sale on October 28 and will be available for purchase here.

They will be on a co-headling tour with Carcass next month - see full list of dates below 

Deafheaven Co-headline tour with Carcass, Inter Arma opening  
Nov 6 San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger*
Nov 7 Baton Rouge, LA @ The Varsity Theatre  
Nov 9 Birmingham, AL @ Iron City  
Nov 10 Jacksonville, FL @ 1904 Music Hall  
Nov 11 Saint Petersburg, FL @ The State Theatre  
Nov 12 Miami, FL @ Churchill’s**
Nov 14 Wilmington, NC @ Ziggy’s by the Sea  
Nov 15 Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel  
Nov 17 Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony  
Nov 18 Reading, PA @ Reverb  
Nov 19 Providence, RI @ Fete Ballroom  
Nov 20 Patchogue, NY @ The Emporium  
Nov 21 Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance Theatre  
Nov 22 Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theatre  
Nov 23 Cleveland, OH @ The Agora Theatre and Ballroom  
Nov 24 Kitchener, ON @ Dallas  
Nov 25 Valparaiso, IN @ Big Shots  
Nov 26 Columbia, MO @ Blue Note  
Nov 27 Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre

*w/o Carcass and Inter Arma
**w/o Carcass

Helms Alee Interview with Overblown (UK) 

For those of you not in the know ‘helms alee’ is a nautical term used in sailing when coming about. The helmsman first signals the intent to come about by shouting, “Ready about!” When the crew responds, “Ready,” then the helmsman will signal that he or she is beginning to come about by shouting, “Helm’s alee!” As such it is the perfect moniker for the tempestuous squall and heave-ho of the Seattle sludge/noise rock trio who take their name from the term.

The group recently released their fourth album eerily titled Stillicide via Sargent House. An at times murky, bruising and battering set, the record also finds ample room for off kilter melody and some rather enormous choruses.

We had the chance to have a chin wag with the group about the ongoing seafaring theme in their music, touring with (the) Melvins, and indoor combat style laser tag.

Overblown: Your new album is called Stillicide. Where did the album title come from?

Helms Alee: Stillicide is drops of water or the sound of drops of water. We just liked the imagery of that very dark sounding word. The record artwork ended up being the idea of this sort of minute thing, a drop of water, causing something catastrophic like a full scale tidal wave.

O: This is your fourth album together. Do you do anything to keep the writing and recording process fresh?

HA: We just keep plugging away, practicing real regularly, half to work on things, but as much to just kick it. We always have an abundance of new song ideas that come out of that, it’s just wading through them for keepers. But we don’t try to jostle the approach to make things new again. We’re comfy with our process. After 10 years we’re still taking the same approach.

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Wovenhand “Star Treatment” album review // The Independent 

Wovenhand, Star Treatment


Download: Come Brave; The Hired Hand; All Your Waves; Golden Blossom

On Star Treatment, Wovenhand prime mover David Eugene Edwards locates the shared space between Native American and Middle Eastern modes, with an exciting exploration of spirituality and music that draws Montana close to Mesopotamia. It’s a music parched in desert sun, lost in forest gloom, abandoned on endless prairies: land and elements dominate the imagery which Edwards declaims with stern, religiose intensity, against arrangements ranging from the Gun Club-style gothic rockabilly of “The Hired Hand” to the abstract avalanche of drums and guitars harking, in “Swaying Reed”, to the Tigris. Elsewhere, the dense, droning weave of guitars in “Crook And Flail” and “Golden Blossom” recalls The Byrds, Popol Vuh and Tuareg desert-blues. At its best, it’s quite thrilling: the galloping drums and strident guitar clangour of “Come Brave” perfectly evokes its Indian imagery, while “All Your Waves” develops a mysterious, tsunami-like power all its own. Majestic stuff.

(via The Independent)

Emma Ruth Rundle // Good Music Matter’s Top 10 Playlist 


When it comes to band members, there are few artists with their fingers in quite as many figurative pies as Emma Ruth Rundle. With a musical career spanning the best part of a decade and so many differing creative projects, it’s tricky for unfamiliar listeners to know where to begin. Here, I have put together a collection of my favourite Emma Ruth Rundle tracks – from the anguished to the ambient – aiming to find a thread end which will help new listeners to unravel the reel of her discography.

10) Red Sparowes – ‘Giving Birth To Imagined Saviours’

This track has a rock edge and is somewhat bluesy. It is certainly not how one would traditionally imagine post-rock. About three-quarters of the way into the track, however, its pace changes dramatically, almost as if it’s been swept up into a tornado. It may be a little confusing but bear with it, as there’s little chance that this is like anything else you’ve heard.

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Live Review of Russian Circles + Helms Alee via CVLT NATION 

The latest Helms Alee release, Stillicide, was an impressive feat by itself. In person, the tracks are even more massive. As they played the final seconds of “Galloping Mind Fuk” to end their set, it was clear that whether live or recorded, they play with more force than many of their peers. Hozoji Margullis is, to say the least, a phenom behind the drums. Dana Jones brings a concrete, unshakable foundation with her bass. And then there’s Ben Verellen, whose playing and vocals are abrasive, intense and perfectly suited to Helms. Their aquatic inspirations were evident as they rolled through songs with the strength of a hurricane tidal surge.

Russian Circles are a bucket-list band. As expansive as their records are, the three create an even larger landscape in person. From Station to their recent Guidance, Brian Cook, Mike Sullivan and Dave Turncrantz collected ten tracks from their discography and stretched them into what seemed like hours and hours. The rises and falls and building then stalling of their songs created a story that took you from stillness to the usual light headbang. The voices of each instrument were highlighted in a live setting so that they each contributed equally to the conversation. Even on an album, the individuality that each person brings isn’t so distinct.

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Emma Ruth Rundle | Band of The Week on Good Music Matters 

This week at Good Music Matters, we are covering the solo works of a truly excellent and multi-talented singer, songwriter and musician. Emma Ruth Rundle has dedicated years to a number of musical projects, each differing in tone, complexity, genre, mood and texture. She has been a member of not one but four bands – The Nocturnes, Red Sparowes, The Headless Prince of Zolpidem and Marriages – and still continues to tour as part of these bands. With a discography as plentiful and eclectic as this stashed under her belt, Emma Ruth Rundle has released her second solo album Marked For Death, and it is clearly one of her most personal outputs yet.

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Russian Circles Fall European Tour Starts Next Week 

Russian Circles are about to embark on their Fall 2016 European tour starting October 21 and Helen Money will be joining them on all shows after the Polish dates. View all show/ticket details HERE

Full list of dates below:

Oct 21 - Wroclaw, Poland*
Oct 22 - Gdansk, Poland*
Oct 23 - Warsaw, Poland*
Oct 25 - Vilnius, Lithuania
Oct 26 - Durbe, Latvia
Oct 27 - Tallinn, Estonia
Oct 28 - Helsinki, Finland
Oct 30 - Stockholm, Sweden
Oct 31 - Oslo, Norway
Nov 2 - Bergen, Norway
Nov 3 - Stavanger, Norway
Nov 5 - Athens, Greece
Nov 6 - Berlin, Germany
Nov 7 - Leipzig, Germany
Nov 9 - Brno, Czech Republic
Nov 10 - Budapest, Hungary
Nov 11 - Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Nov 12 - Bucharest, Romania
Nov 13 - Sofia, Bulgaria
Nov 14 - Skopje, Macedonia
Nov 15 - Beograd-Vracar, Serbia
Nov 17 - Zagreb, Croatia
Nov 18 - Ljubljana, Slovenia
Nov 19 - Vienna, Austria
all shows with Helen Money except *

Pitchfork Reviews Emma Ruth Rundle’s “Marked For Death” 


The music of Emma Ruth Rundle is nearly swallowed by darkness, but Rundle does not seem oppressed by it. Having toured with acts like Deafheaven and Earth, Rundle made her name performing mournful, minor key compositions, swelling with gothic drama. But to classify her music as macabre is to deny its cathartic, even uplifting qualities. On Marked for Death, the follow-up to 2014’s Some Heavy Ocean, Rundle upgrades that album’s gothic folk with a more colorful palette. Here, she strengthens the atmospheric guitar work that comprised her instrumental solo debut, Electric Guitar One, and enlivens her songs with anthemic, weightless choruses. And while her two previous solo releases, as well as her work in the noisy LA trio Marriages, set a precedent for Marked for Death’s more ambitious material, it doesn’t make the record feel any less thrilling. Each of its eight tracks showcase a songwriter testing the limits of her sound and redefining herself in the process.

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