6.10. „LO SOUND DESERT“ Screening / Live: MOTHERS OF THE LAND / POTTWAL

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Lo Sound Desert is a documentary by Joerg Steineck about the rock music scene in the ‘Low Desert’ of California.

What was started by revolting punk rock kids, hidden from narrow-minded authorities of sub-urban desert communities in the early 80s, gave birth to bands like Kyuss and Queens Of The Stone Age.

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With its unique artistic approach the film provides a deep, intimate insight and captures the attitude of the ‘Coachella Valley’s’ music scene – from jamming all night in the middle of a surreal desert landscape to headlining European stages, – “Desert Rock” continued its underground spread and became international treasure.

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LIVE ON STAGE:
POTTWAL
MOTHERS OF THE LAND

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Imagine an UFO overtaking an ancient tractor. Right beside the local chapel, Pottwal does the soundtrack for this scenario. Pottwal is influenced by Space, Stoner and Psychedelic Rock.

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Pottwal is Exhibit A that the very best Space Rock is now coming out of Germany. Great guitar jams, killer rhythms, dreamy, lysergic vocals define these psychedelic space jams. While this music is more like good Mescaline than Acid, it still gets you to the same place.

Don’t believe me? Trip on Double Space.

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www.facebook.com/PottwalOfficial/

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is a rock group founded 2012 in Vienna consisting Georg Pluschkowitz on the guitar, Johannes ‘Jon’ Zeininger on the bass and Jakob Haug on the drums. After having tried different formations they found their ideal constellation with Jack Jindra on the second guitar.

In June 2016 they released their debut album ‘Temple without Walls’.

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mothersoftheland.bandcamp.com/releases

StoneFree is a vienna based collective of musicians.

We are an independent record label, following the thoughts of the DIY-Movement, organizing concerts & help touring bands since 2007.

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www.stonefree.co.at

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Arena Vienna / big hall / adv 10 € / doors 12 € / 19.30h

Tickets available at www.arena.co.at

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.10. WEEDEATER

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Those infamous sludge outlaws WEEDEATER are where true Southern rock and metal meet raw humour, old religion, as well as weed and whiskey. ‘Goliathan’ embodies the band’s trademark shuffle and swagger at their fullest. Syrupy slow riffs are buoyed by canyon-deep bass and some of the hardest-hitting drumming since Keith Moon. Full-on bruisers such as “Cain Enabler”, “Claw of the Sloth”, and the aptly-named “Bully” demonstrate that their latest album ‘Goliathan’ is delivering a vintage WEEDEATER and the soon-to-be gold standard of Southern sludge metal.

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At its founding, the band rose like a doobie phoenix out of the ashes of BUZZOV•EN. When the cult sludge act called it a day, bass player Dave “Dixie” Collins teamed up with guitarist Dave “Shep” Shepherd and founded WEEDEATER in the harbor town of Wilmington about the year 1998. Their crushing and massive first full-length ‘…and Justice for Y’all’ (2001) created an immediate buzz, while critics were struggling to put a tag on their sound.

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Nearly everybody agreed that stoner rock, doom, sludge and some crusty elements were part of the mix, which the band simply calls “weed metal”.
“Goliathan” was released in 2015 on Seasons Of Mist Records.

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www.weedmetal.com

Arena Vienna / small hall / adv 15 € / 20.00h

 

 

22.9. YAWNING MAN / LSD & THE SEARCH FOR GOD

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Throughout the instrumental cinematic rock landscapes of Yawning Man, the post-Ventures, haunting melodies & composition of guitarist Gary Arce are constantly being stretched, up-ended and sent deep into dark Joy Division territory, by the weird chords and heavy bass grooves of Mario Lalli and drummer Bill Stinson. The result is the kind of brooding and thunderous atmosphere that draws you constantly inward.

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Yawning Man´s latest effort “Historical Graffiti” was initiated from a very special recording session done during the bands 2015 South American tour while in Buenos Aires, Agentina. The band was invited to record for one evening at the world famous and legendary ION Studios.The session featured guest apperences by Argentininian tango musicians Sara Ryan on violin and Adolfo Trepiana on bandoneon accordion as well as Malene Arce (wife of Gary Arce) on the Mellotron.

An Argentinian newspaper once wrote that the “condensed history of the nations music“ was to be found behind Ion’s doors, and they were spot-on with this description. Some of the country’s brightest musical legends, such as Astor Piazzolla, have reacted like ions with other musicians, and the energy that was released during this process condensed in the form of numerous classic records… As the largest and most legendary sound studio in Buenos Aires, Ion remains one of the most remarkable recording venues in the world. It’s energy is evident in the spontaneous edgy beauty created by the band in this collaboration of special artists in a very special place.

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www.yawningman.com

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LSD and the Search for God hit the Northern California coast in 2005––seemingly from another place and time––dosing audiences with hypnotic performances built upon swirling guitar sounds, otherworldly drones, fuzzed-out pop melodies, and dreamy vocal harmonies. As reviews of their first shows drew comparisons to My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Yo La Tengo, Spacemen 3, and Sonic Youth, the band quickly developed a must-see reputation within San Francisco’s underground psychedelic music community.

After only a handful of shows, Kurt Heasley asked the band to play with Lilys in San Francisco in spring of 2006. Shortly after, they were invited on two separate West Coast tours: first with Spectrum (Sonic Boom of Spaceman 3), then with Creation Records’ The Telescopes (on their first-ever tour to the U.S.).

In 2007, LSD signed with indie label Mind Expansion and their self-titled debut EP sold out from the record label and its distributors before the official release date. The EP was subsequently picked up and reissued on vinyl (Deep Space Recordings, 2008). Around this time, LSD was featured on three additional compilations: Mind Expansion Vol. 1, M.E. Vol. 2, and Australian nugazer compilation Take Me on the Wildest Spree (Rubber Records/EMI, 2008).

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The momentum that was generated—from their live shows and stellar reviews of the sold-out EP—paved the way for years of more West Coast gigs, three U.S. tours, a Canadian tour, and festival invites—including a 2013 appearance at The Black Angels’ annual Austin Psych Fest.

In addition to shows with Lilys, Spectrum, and The Telescopes, LSD and the Search for God have shared bills with A Place to Bury Strangers, Dead Meadow, The Warlocks, Medicine, Dead Skeletons, Martin Rev (Suicide), Mark Gardener (Ride), and DJs Anton Newcombe (Brian Jonestown Massacre), Brad Laner (Medicine), Nick Jago (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club), and Colm O’Coissoig (My Bloody Valentine).

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A new EP, Heaven Is a Place was released in 2016non Deep Space Recordings.

lsdandthesearchforgod.bandcamp.com/releases

Arena Vienna / Dreiraum / adv 14 € / doors 17 € / 20.00h

 

5.9. SUNN O))) / BIG BRAVE

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American doom/drone metal/dark ambient band Sunn O)))  formed as a tribute to Earth (2) (and named after this band’s amplifier brand of choice). The two founding members, Stephen O’Malley & Greg Anderson, have appeared at every concert and release under the SUNN O))) moniker. They have also been (and are) active in various other bands (Thorr’s Hammer, Khanate, Goatsnake, Burning Witch, KTL and others). Sunn O))) have employed a number of high-profile guests along the years such as Boris, Ulver, Scott Walker,  Attila Csihar, Julian Cope, Oren Ambarchi, Merzbow and others.

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Their latest full length LP Kannon is an album which was composed in the aftershadow of SUNN O)))’s most recent successes in immersive collaboration (the group worked with Scott Walker on Soused, Ulver on Terrestrials in 2013 and 2014) and also from the broad and influential wake of their epitimous Monolith’s & Dimensions . Kannon emerged both independently as a conceptual entity and with roots in the legacies of those projects, yet was fully realised years later, in 2015. The album is 36 minutes in length and consists of three pieces of a triadic whole : Kannon 1, 2 and 3.

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The album celebrates many Sunn O))) traditions ; Kannon was recorded and mixed with Sunn O)))’s close colleague and coproducer Randall Dunn in Seattle, in Studio Litho, Aleph and Avast! ; and the LP includes performances by long term allies and collaborators Attila Csihar, Oren Ambarchi, Rex Ritter, Steve Moore and others. And at the core the composition centers around the dynamic and intense guitar and bass interplay of Sunn O)))’s founders : Stephen O’Malley & Greg Anderson.

It’s possibly the most figurative album Sunn O))) has created, which is unusual as they usually dwell in layers of abstraction and subjectivity. On the other hand the album is the most outright “metal” in years, drawing personal associations and memories of cherished albums like Panzerfaust and Twilight of the Gods again to the forefront of consciousness. At the third time it is very close to the cyclical character of mantra which the band has evolved into as a living creature, the enormity of intense sensate detail and manifestation of the live in concert face of Sunn O))), the organism that has flourished, metamorphosed and transcended tremendously over the past ten years.

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sunn.bandcamp.com

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Montreal, Quebec, Canada, three-piece BIG|BRAVE plays sincere, long-form out-rock that ventures in to different directions — at times mournful and unsettling — their music plays out in to moon-bleached grunge where serene vocals crumble over scraping guitars bled of melody.

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Sometimes it’s the sound you don’t make. Big|Brave chooses their silences carefully, oscillating between sparse, gentle arrangements and deep swells of noise. They are patient, their crescendos tidal and graceful. Heavy drums come up against haunting vocal melodies. Moody guitar tones swirl. Slowly they recede into something more atmospheric, a quiet that hangs thick like smoke. Something important is offered in the spaces between sounds. Listen for it, feel. It waits.

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Arena Vienna / big hall / adv 26 € / 19.00h

 

 

 

 

 

1.9. THE FLYING EYES / HIGH BRIAN

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The Flying Eyes are a heavy, psychedelic rock band hailing from Baltimore, Maryland. Their name comes from a 1962 science fiction novel about giant, disembodied eyes that descend from outer space to control humanity…

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Since forming, they have played support gigs for bands such as Dead Meadow, The Raveonettes, The Black Angels, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti among many others.

The Flying Eyes have swiftly achieved a notable following in Europe with extensive club tours and festival appearances.

theflyingeyes.bandcamp.com

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In autumn 2013 the musicians Nils Meyer-Kahlen, Benedikt Brands, Paul Berghold and Patrick Windischbauer met in Graz.

Soon they realised that they were meant to create music together, so they formed High Brian.

They live and rehearse in Graz and produce their one of kind rocking-space-sound all over the Austrian club-scene.

On this way, they shared stage with like-minded artists like Danava, Vidunder, Kadavar, The Vintage Caravan and many more.

The guys from Stockholm, Hamburg, Graz and Linz spent many days and nights in the glow of lava lamps, weaving their carpet of sound consisting of a lot of Fuzz and Delay, lay, lay… To do so they take their influences from the past decades of Psychedelic music and climb into their own, personal time-machine.

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www.stonefree.co.at/highbrian

Arena Vienna / Dreiraum / adv 12 € / doors 15 € / 20.00h

 

 

 

13.8. „LO SOUND DESERT“ Screening / live: CIRCLE CREEK / YEAR OF NO LIGHT / MONARCH!

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Lo Sound Desert is a documentary by Joerg Steineck about the rock music scene in the ‘Low Desert’ of California.

What was started by revolting punk rock kids, hidden from narrow-minded authorities of sub-urban desert communities in the early 80s, gave birth to bands like Kyuss and Queens Of The Stone Age.

With its unique artistic approach the film provides a deep, intimate insight and captures the attitude of the ‘Coachella Valley’s’ music scene – from jamming all night in the middle of a surreal desert landscape to headlining European stages, – “Desert Rock” continued its underground spread and became international treasure.

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Lo Sound Desert is narrated by Josh Homme, Mario Lalli, Brant Bjork, Alfredo Hernandez, Scott Reeder, Sean Wheeler and many more from bands such as Kyuss, Queens Of The Stone Age, Yawning Man, Fatso Jetson, Mondo Generator among others… .

 
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www.losounddesert.com

Circle Creek will be kicking off the evening.
Monarch! and Year Of No Light will be playing after the screening.

Circle Creek is a long-running Heavy Stoner Rock band from Styria, Austria.
They know how to party and always deliver!

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www.circlecreek.at

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Yet one more band started after too many belgian beers under the sun of the ending summer of 2001, Year Of No Light slightly but undoubtly started to slide down to gloomier atmospheres as the inherent chaos of Bordeaux’s caves and harshness of winter made their common work. As the line-up was getting solid the band clarified their intentions and started to build the basis of what would be their first demo recorded in 2004.

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More and more shows were played and the rather general critical acclaim of the demo quoting them as being “The Cure playing sludge” combined with live reviews becoming more and more encouraging compeled the band into the writing of new tracks that would finally end up on their first album “Nord”, recorded at Rec studio under the direction of Serge Morratel in the fall of 2005. This material was mastered early 2006 in New York with Alan Douches and ends up here on 2*LP gatefold via Atropine & E-vinyl and also there on Cd via Radar swarm and re-issued later in the US via Crucial Blast records.

Year of no Light spent most of the last 4 years spreading its enthralling psychedelic warfare to a continually growing audience. Alongside they parted ways with their singer (R.I.P) and recruited two other thirsty mercenaries. Shiran, of über-doom combo “Monarch!”, brings now his chthonian six strings to an already massive cathedral of noise and ambient drone tones. Mathieu, of deviant-electronics act “Aérôflôt”, strengthens ritualistic tribal rhythm patterns.

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Out of their cave, they secluded into an old theater to record these 4 tracks catching every possible vibration of the trembling frame of this enlivened a new mansion. All the energy collected at that very moment forms “Ausserwelt”, the sophomore album of Year of no Light. Mystical emanations flow out of these riffs colliding into each other to an in ear-splitting shriek. Cranked amps and molested drums hurl their mourning chant as a choir intoning its final psalms at the dawn of the Last Judgment. Year of no Light follows the path opened by “Nord” towards more somber psychedelics, creating its own blend of black metal, sludge, drone or any other influence marked with the seal of darkness.

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yearofnolight.bandcamp.com

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Hailing from the picturesque Northern Basque Country of France, Monarch! (which took  their name from the darkest chapter of the CIA mind control program MK Ultra) unleash a slow motion avalanche of impossibly glacial, blackened sludge and hypnotic feedback, each song a series of epic tarpit riffage stretched out eternally over lumbering drums and the cavernous rumble of speaker cabinets. Over these yawning expanses of black void appears the demonic, throat-shredding shrieks and ghostly singing of Emilie….

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Monarch! ‘s mega-crawling ambient doom/drone/sludge follows in the grand tradition of fellow tarpit adventurers Khanate, Corrupted, Melvins, and Black Sabbath, and accompany their music with an iconoclastic style.

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One of Europe’s most recognized extreme doom metal bands, “Sabbracadaver”, their latest album is the band’s most immense and inducing album to date, a ritualistic and enchanting obsessive work of down-tuned amplifier worship doom that painfully crawls and seductively entrances.

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Arena Vienna / Open Air Cinema & Dreiraum / doors 14 € / screening-only-ticket: 6 € / 19.00

 

4.8. RADIO MOSCOW / KALEIDOBOLT

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Trends come and go, but the idea of a bunch of guys getting together in a garage and playing the kind of music that makes the neighbors call the cops — that’s forever. And it’s that idea that’s crystallized in the form of Radio Moscow. The power trio led by the Stratocaster genius Parker Griggs have found THE formula : powerful, crunching Sabbathstyle chords and fiery solos that earn the right to be called Hendrixian and plants its flag firmly in the territory where psychedelic rock and cranked-up blues meet.

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Parker’s demo caught the ear of The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, who produced the 2007 self-titled debut. With « Brain Cycles », their second album Radio Moscow proves that they’re not a cheap time machine but a direct descendant from the golden age of Rock’n’Roll. In 2011, Griggs continued his psychedelic trip with « The Great Escape of Leslie Magnafuzz » realesed by Alive Records. 2104 the band recorded their first album as a full trio untitled “Magical Dirt”.

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The band has been touring heavily to an ever growing audience for the past 2 years, cementing their status as one of the most exciting Rock n Roll live acts around today.

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Kaleidobolt is a power trio that came together in early 2014 in Helsinki. In the short time they’ve been together, they’ve gained the reputation of being one of the most exciting live bands from heavy metal´s world capitol Finland.

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Their music is a dizzying maelstrom of progressive song structures, crushing riffs and loose psychedelic soundscapes, delivered with joy and ferociousness. Their first album was released in August 2015 by Pink Tank Records.
“The Zenith Cracks”, their second album will be released on July 1st.

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“It would be tempting to say that Kaleidobolt were born 45 years too late, indeed had this album been released in the early seventies it would now be held up as a classic. But they are of the here and now….the ambitious song structures and the sheer heaviness in places make it a contemporary release, but a classic nonetheless. These guys exude class from every pore…”
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Dayz Of Purple And Orange)

kaleidobolt.bandcamp.com

Arena Vienna / small hall / adv 16 € / 20.00h

Tickets available directly at www.arena.co.at