SAUDADE

 

Management 
Cathy Pellow & Michael Kato

Worldwide Label - Sargent House 
Licensing & Label Mgr: Marc Jetton

Sargent House Europe
 Marketing
: Marika Zorzi 

Press - Biz 3 
Publicist: Ryan Cunningham 

 

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Saudade is an instrumental based, genre bending music collective formed by Chuck Doom

“During a 6 month period between June 1987 and January of 1988, the three most influential people in my life, both as a musician and a human being, left this world. The music, stories, and art represent an embodiment of the lessons learned from them.”   – Chuck 

Saudade music collective contributors (alphabetical order): 

Chris Bittner
D. Randall Blythe
Yeti Bones
Mackie Jayson 
Dr. Know
Frank Maddocks 
John Medeski 
Chino Moreno
theOGM
Gil Sharone 
Robert Thomas Jr. 
David Torn
Chelsea Wolfe 

News & Press

Saudade Music Collective "Lions" Track Premiere + Interview // Revolver 

HEAR LAMB OF GOD'S RANDY BLYTHE TEAM WITH LEE "SCRATCH" PERRY, BAD BRAINS' DR. KNOW, MORE ON NEW SAUDADE SONG

Plus, Blythe and collective leader Chuck Doom discuss "Lions" collaboration

The Portuguese word "saudade" has no equivalent in the English language. It describes a profound feeling of nostalgia or melancholy, like when a loved one dies and we're left to meditate on the shadow of their absence. That sort of mood infuses the Chuck Doom–helmed musical collective Saudade, a sundry crew of creative forces including Dr. Know (Bad Brains), John Medeski (Medeski, Martin, & Wood), Gil Sharone (Marilyn Manson, Dillinger Escape Plan), David Torn (David Bowie, k.d. lang, John Legend), Mackie Jayson (Cro-Mags) and more. In the recent past, we've spotlighted their gorgeous collaboration with Deftones' Chino Moreno (a core figure in the group) and Chelsea Wolfe, their grimy dub pairing with Ho99o9, and the mind-bending instrumental "Crisis." Now, the crew are set to melt even more faces with a ferocious new sonic offering, titled "Lions," starring Lamb of God's Randy Blythe on vocals. Listen to it — and watch its cool, collaged music video — above.

Feature via Revolver

Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry Team Up for ‘Lions’ // Rolling Stone 

(By Angie Martoccio)

Blythe and reggae innovator contribute new single to supergroup Saudade.

Lamb of God vocalist Randy Blythe and dub pioneer Lee “Scratch” Perry have joined forces for “Lions,” a new single they contributed to art collective/supergroup Saudade. 

The track opens with a peaceful interlude of Perry speaking, as Blythe takes over on vocals. “Honey dripping through the ceiling/On the shifting blue below,” he sings. “Their beauty stings in floating dreams/That let the poison flow.” He uses his heavy-metal vocals to scream through the chorus: “We’ve been pushed to this/We kill with a kiss.” 

“What an incredible honor for me to be working with these legends,” Blythe wrote on his Instagram. “At almost 49, for once, I get to be ‘the kid’ in the band (the other vocalist is 83 years old). These are serious, SERIOUS, heavy-duty players; the talent on this recording is pretty freaking insane — the sonic impact of Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry alone as an artist, producer, & mixer on modern music itself, regardless of genre, simply cannot be overstated. It doesn’t sound anything like my band, but that’s the point of working with other musicians on different projects.” 

Saudade — a term in Portuguese used to describe longing and melancholy — consists of Deftones’ Chino Moreno, bassist Chuck Doom, Bad Brains’ Dr. Know, John Medeski (Medeski Martin and Wood), and others. Their self-titled debut single was released in 2016. The collective dropped the EP Shadows & Light/Sanctuary Dub in 2019.

Randy Blythe and Lee “Scratch” Perry featured on new Saudade song “Lions” // Consequence Of Sound 

Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe and pioneering dub reggae legend Lee “Scratch” Perry are the featured artists on a new song from the music collective Saudade. The track is titled “Lions”, and follows previous Saudade songs featuring Chino Moreno and others. 

The collective includes mainstay members Chuck Doom (Crosses); Dr. Know (Bad Brains); John Medeski (Medeski, Martin, & Wood); Gil Sharone (ex-Marilyn Manson); David Torn (David Bowie); and Mackie Jayson (Cro-Mags). 

The song “Lions” is accompanied by a music video showing Blythe recording his vocals, which alternate between clean singing and metal screams. 

In an interview with Revolver, Blythe explained the lyrics as follows: “It kind of comes off as this whole Natural Born Killers, kind of psychotic thing. But what the song is about is an invasive species of fish called Lionfish … These are one of the most aggressively dangerous, invasive species in all of the marine world.” 

The Lamb of God singer went on to mention that he actually went lionfish hunting in the Cayman Islands with his wife, in order to help keep the species under control. 

Previously, Saudade released the songs “Shadows & Light” featuring Deftones singer Chino Moreno and Chelsea Wolfe, as well as the instrumental track “Crisis”.  The collective promises more music to come. 

Watch the music video for “Lions” below.

Saudade – “Lions” (Feat. Randall Blythe & Lee “Scratch” Perry) // Stereogum 

 

Chuck Doom’s Saudade collective is an exercise in smashing together disparate talents in service of dark experimental music. The core lineup includes members of Bad Brains and Cro-Mags but also Medeski Martin & Wood. They’ve shared jazzy instrumentals, moody heaviness with Chino Moreno and Chelsea Wolfe, and a dub track with goth-punk-rap marauders Ho99o9. And now they’ve brought together another unexpected pair of artists. 

“Lions,” the new Saudade track out today, features both Lamb Of God vocalist Randy Blythe (credited here as Randall Blythe) and the legendary dub producer Lee “Scratch” Perry. It’s heavy as hell, with lots of abrasive screaming from Blythe — who also guested with Deafheaven a few years back — and a metallic guitar solo to carry us home. Blythe begins by singing, “Honey dripping through the ceiling/ On the shifting blue below/ Their beauty stings in floating dreams/ That let the poison flow.”

HEAR HO99O9 JOIN SAUDADE FOR DARK, GRIMY NEW SONG "SANCTUARY DUB" // Revolver 

Via REVOLVER

Los Angeles–based collective Saudade have been slow-trickling out a stream of music created in collaboration with an array of talented artists, starting with the gorgeous "Shadows & Light" with Chelsea Wolfe and Chino Moreno way back in March, followed by September's "Crisis." Their latest offering sees the Chuck Doom–spearheaded project join forces with genre-busting hip-hop punks Ho99o9 for the avant cacophony of "Sanctuary Dub." 

Dark and moody, but with the irresistible backbeat of a chill reggae foundation, the song sounds deeply fresh among the landslide of heavy music rearing its head in the underground. Ho99o9 are no stranger to challenging the status quo and refusing simple classifications, as they once said on Twitter, "Trap metal - Eh, not sure how I feel about that title, kinda cringy but I get it, kinda .. we gonna keep it grimey, punk, scummy, and vile," in response to a fan's categorization of their output. 

Ho99o9's Yeti Bones and theOGM commented on the single in a joint statement: "There's no boundaries in music, it comes from all angles, places and people, especially if you grew up listening to various genres along with being inspired by the greats that came before you." On "Sanctuary Dub," the duo worked alongside Dr. Know, David Torn, John Medeski, Robert Thomas Jr., Gil Sharone and, of course, Chuck Doom, a group of musicians they say they're "honored" to be featured alongside. 

The track will be featured with the aforementioned "Shadows & Light" and "Crisis" on the forthcoming Shadows & Light / Sanctuary Dub 12-inch, due out this Friday, November 6th, via Sargent House. The EP will also feature yet another track, the instrumental "MyGoalsBeyond," and the group plan to continue adding to their roster of guest stars in the lead-up to the release of a full-length work sometime in 2020.

text by Kelsey Chapstick

New Track "Sanctuary Dub" (Feat. Ho99o9) // Stereogum Review 

Saudade – “Sanctuary Dub” (Feat. Ho99o9)

Via Stereogum

Saudade, the collective led by Jaco Pastorius protege Chuck Doom featuring a vivid assortment of talents from across the genre spectrum, began consistently rolling out new music this year after releasing just one song previously, 2016’s eponymous debut track. In March they returned with “Shadows & Light” featuring Chino Moreno and Chelsea Wolfe, and in September, they announced they’d signed to Sargent House with the release of the instrumental “Crisis.” 

Today they’re back with a fourth sonic specimen called “Sanctuary Dub.” This one finds a Saudade lineup of Chuck Doom, Dr. Know, David Torn, John Medeski, Robert Thomas Jr., and Gil Sharone teaming up with the goth-punk-rap-whatever outfit Ho99o9 for something like evil mutant reggae. The latter group shared this statement: “There’s no boundaries in music, it comes from all angles, places and people, especially if you grew up listening to various genres along with being inspired by the greats that came before you. We’re honored to be featured on this tune along the presence of so many legendary and talented musicians.” 

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Saudade "Crisis" Review // Rolling Stone 

(Via Rolling Stone)

Saudade, the supergroup/collective with a revolving door of musicians (which includes bassist Chuck Doom, Deftones’ Chino Moreno and Bad Brains’ Dr. Know), unveiled a new song, “Crisis,” from their forthcoming EP Shadows & Light/Sanctuary Dub, out later this year. 

“Crisis” is a staggering instrumental that sweeps gracefully between swaths of mesmerizing synths, pummeling double kick drums and jazz-inflected noodling that lends the track a particularly spiritual edge.

Read the full review HERE

Saudade Sign To Sargent House // Stereogum 

Via Stereogum

Back in 2016, a newly formed supergroup called Saudade released their self-titled debut single. At first it widely labeled a Deftones side project due to the involvement of Chino Moreno, but when Saudade returned this year with the release of a single featuring Chelsea Wolfe called “Shadows & Light,” it became clear that the group was headed up by Chuck Doom, a longtime Moreno collaborator and a former protege of famed jazz bassist Jaco Pastorius. The rest of the core lineup includes John Medeski (Medeski Martin & Wood), David Torn (David Bowie, The Bad Plus, John Legend), and Gil Sharone (Marilyn Manson, Dillinger Escape Plan), with the likes of Moreno, Bad Brains’ Dr. Know, Cro-Mags’ Mackie Jayson, and Weather Report’s Robert Thomas Jr. also considered part of the collective. 

Today Saudade are announcing that they’ve signed to Sargent House. They’re also releasing “Crisis,” the second single from the Shadows & Light / Sanctuary Dub 12″ following “Shadows & Light,” the aforementioned Wolfe collab. This new one is a battering three-and-a-half-minute instrumental ripper, and the musicians pulled out all the stops for it. With Torn on the omnichord and Medeski on the Hammond B3 organ, this synthesis of noise and harmony results in a track that flows from intensely orchestral to harshly chaotic in a matter of moments.

 

Read more and watch the music video HERE

Pre-Order "Shadows & Light" HERE

Saudade release "Shadows & Light" feat Chelsea Wolfe and Chino Moreno 

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Via Revolver

Saudade is a diverse supergroup featuring Deftones singer Chino Moreno, his bandmate in side project Crosses Chuck Doom, famed keyboardist John Medeski, and Bad Brains guitarist Dr. Know. Adding more creative juice to their already-stacked lineup, the collective has now collaborated on a track with goth siren and current Revolver cover star Chelsea Wolfe titled “Shadows & Light,” and the outcome is an opulent, melancholic slow burner that flexes the softer side of Wolfe and Moreno’s expansive ranges.

With the singers’ gossamer musings woven under and through the beat, the rest of the group’s talents are free to explore sides of music outside of their respective main groups. There’s still the occasional droning riff to chime in and add heft to the track, but a sparse soundscape magnifies the expert placement of keyboard plinks and fantastically intricate drumming that becomes more apparent with repeat listens.

“The song that we did was me, Chino and Chuck Doom, and it turned out really cool,” Wolfe recently told us of her collaboration with fellow Sacramento-bred artist Moreno. “It’s really different from Deftones and really different than my music. It’s something special and unique.” Stream the tune in full above — you can purchase a digital copy on iTunes.