Monday 13th August, 8pm
The Maze, Nottingham
£6 adv from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/18097
OK, so what if Dead Meadow only has one song? How many did Black Sabbath have? The DC trio is as heavy as a Cadillac, while harnessing a hell of a lot more power. And if you've been communing with Old Mother Herb lately, you'll find few things sweeter than the epic psych swirl of Jason Simon's guitar. In fact, Dead Meadow's "one song" is actually an entire sonic landscape that can't be mistaken for anyone else's work. The essential elements: a monster low-end, thick, swirling, psychedelic guitar riffs, and Simon's moody, oddly airy, reverb-swathed vocal musings. Dead Meadow is clearly working within the heavy rock tradition, playing off the achievements of Sabbath and Zep as well as the spaciness of Floyd, but their sound wouldn't be possible without the seething walls of noise thrown up by the shoegazer boys at the end of the '80s. Anyway, if you're looking for music that'll transport somewhere you've never been, Dead Meadow is definitely your ticket.
Members of Arbouretum also play in Human Bell, Television Hill, the Anomoanon, and Frenemies. Previously, members of Arbouretum have played in the Bonnie 'prince' Billy band, Stars of the Dogon, Cass McCombs' band, and quite a few others. The new album, "Rites of Uncovering", was released Jan 23rd, 2007 on Thrill Jockey Records, with overwhelmingly positive reviews heralding its release. The album features the band at their most visceral, graceful, and psychedelic. "This wonderful album already feels like a cult classic" - Uncut. "An album with thick guitar lines and haunting melodies combined with a fragile air that seems to make the songs float"-thetripwire.com "wow" - Pitchfork. "Bringing in the Dawn", a collection of four songs recorded in September '04 at Rove Studios, will be released at some point as a limited edition CDR on Teneral Records. 2004's "Long Live the Well-Doer" is availiable now at www.thrilljockey.com and www.morphius.com.
"Atmospheric metal" - an oxymoron surely? There's nothing worse than a heavy band discovering a delay pedal, like when Kirk Hammett said his favourite band was the Cocteau Twins. It's just not what anyone wants. Pilgrim Fathers are atmospheric metal though - but wait a sec! Woah there! Pilgrim Fathers are about the slow build, the tension/release dynamic, the density of sound. Theirs is a psychedelic take on the genre, stretching things in different directions that are more measured and seriously lacking in the faux-emotional-heaviness of their contemporaries. And they never forget to actually rock out from time to time either.
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