Shathouse Rats Interview

This is a reprint from Beatlanta, thanks Adam and Chris!

Shathouse Rats were just some down to earth guys, drinkers. They came across as modest toward their music and talent, but eager to let folks know what they’re up to right now. I say these guys have something going for themselves. It might not be for some, but for me it was hard to place them in the same arena as any bands I know in Atlanta right now. That makes them all the more appealing. They mix several genres from punk to blues to rock and attitude. They have an old school jail rock feel to them.

In the interview we talk about the Picaflor show on March 18th, the band’s upcoming release and tour plans as well as their music, style and aspirations.

Shathouse Rats will be performing at Picaflor this Friday with Qurious and Imagination Head. For more details about the band, click here


Artist Spotlight: The National Rifle

I had the opportunity to check out a band from Philly at WonderRoot last night. Their name is the National Rifle and I was stunned at how tight their performance was. The band members definitely locked in at WonderRoot- the melodicism and charm of the individual parts stood out, yet it all coalesced to create a powerful and moving sound.

I could hear strands of bands like the Hold Steady and Bloc Party, so fans of those groups will enjoy. However, I also heard a bit of Bruce Springsteen. I feel that may because the singer/guitarist rocked out with a Telecaster and had a similar swagger and pseudo-imprecision as the Boss.

Overall, I had a great time and this band from the city of brotherly love proved Philly is churning out some A grade indie music acts.

National Rifle is still on tour, check the dates below to see if they’re coming to a town near you. For other news related to the band, click here.

National Rifle MARCH/APRIL 2011 Tour

Greenville, NC

w/ Monuments
New York, NY

Living Hell
All Ages
Dubois, PA
Howards Club H
All Ages
Bowling Green, OH
The Lake House
All Ages
Normal, IL
The Loft
All Ages
Macomb, IL

Lemp Arts Center
All Ages
St. Louis, MO
Bourbon Theatre
All Ages
Lincoln, NE
Pizza Power
All Ages
Lawrence, KS
Tulsa Bacwards
All Ages
Tulsa, OK
The Prophet Bar
Dallas, TX
Courthouse Co-op
All Ages
Memphis, TN

First Listen: Miles From Pangaea – “Hypoxia”

Miles From Pangaea are a three piece progressive/ambient instrumental rock band. They’ve been blowing minds’ around the Atlanta area for the past three years and here’s the single Hypoxia off their new album being released in May. Fans of the Omar Rodriguez Lopez group, early Pink Floyd and Can will enjoy.

Listen to Hypoxia here

For more about Miles From Pangaea, click here

From Exile @ the Earl 1.7.2011

From Exile receives plenty of attention in the local Atlanta press and because of this I tend to avoid publishing stories about them. However, this January footage of them at the Earl is too good to pass up. These guys have definitely taken some notes from the Megadeth/Judas Priest metal shredders handbook and on this recording they show off their star pupil status.

From Exile will be releasing a NIN cover ep in May and their next show is on March 31 at 529 with Lazer Wulf and Universe Divide.

For more about this band, click here

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Album Review: Earth – “Angels of Darkness”

This is a reprint from Little Advances, thanks Denton!

Dylan Carlson is not a selfish bandleader. For the second album in a row, the avant-metal icon has ceded a hefty portion of the spotlight to an instrument other than his own. Carlson’s thick, glacial guitar lines were the focal point of the early Earth, stretched out over epic song lengths and frequently rolled out without much accompaniment. When Carlson reformed the band in 2005 after a nine year hiatus, re-imagining the project as a creeping doppelganger of Western soundtracks and Dirty Three post-rock, he ditched the metal but kept most of the minimalism. There were changes in the foundation, though.   The band expanded its palate on 2008′s The Bees Made Honey In the Lion’s Skull with the major addition of Steve Moore’s organ.  The spine of the band still consisted of Carlson’s guitar and Adrienne Davies’ patient drumming, but the organ brightened everything up.  Moore’s contributions were the most emotive parts of that album.

Prior to Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light 1,  Earth’s lineup shifted again.  Moore is gone, but his role has been more than adequately filled by Lori Goldston on cello.  Actually, that’s an understatement – the addition of Goldston to Earth 2.0 is absolutely crucial and has taken the reborn band to new heights.  Angels might not be as groundbreaking as Earth 2, but it’s the best product to come out of the band’s second run.

Goldston’s cello is mournful where Moore’s organ was bright, and it brings out the foreboding undercurrent that has remained present in the band’s work even after they ceased to resemble doom-metal or any related sub-genre. Carlson once again allows a side player to do the expressive heavy lifting, with the cello often sounding achingly close to snapping while the guitar lines remain slow and deliberate.  At other times Goldston sounds like she’s shadowing Carlson’s guitar, reverberating around his spare notes and adding heft even though this still isn’t “heavy” music.

It wouldn’t make too much sense to get into a track by track breakdown of the album, because it’s best digested as a whole.  This is the rare hour long album that feels about 20 minutes shorter than it actually is, a welcome surprise after Bees, an album that could occasionally drag.  This is an immersive listen through and through.

As much as I appreciate Carlson’s willingness to tinker with the formula, I would love to see this current incarnation of Earth stick around for awhile.  They’ve got such a unique chemistry that it would be a shame if this album and the incoming Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light 2 (set for release later this year) end up as the only recordings from this lineup. I guess you never know, though – the next version could very well be as revelatory as the current one.