Friday night in Sydney and the early signs that summer had begun to rear its hot little head had just appeared on the horizon. Warmish, a bit humid, no need for a jacket any more. I took a slow walk to the bus stop, drank a beer on the way and headed to the ‘Hag.
I arrived, grabbed a beer and hit the band room to check out Comacozer. Some hot’n’heavy, bludgeoning riffs were being marched out by the instrumental trio. Screaming guitar licks and a bass player who was doing a great trade in fuzz bass. Some seriously bone-jarring tones were being wrenched from his bass. Their psyche-doom was pretty neat, but ultimately, I think having a vocalist could have helped their cause. Continue reading →
Two points were brought up pre gig. The first I think I read on the Facebook event page, that punters that were going to the gig needed to wear earplugs for Conan or we wouldn’t be able to hear Weedeater after them, purely from going deaf due to Conan’s ridiculously loud set. The second from someone as I walked down the stairs into Max Watt’s, and this was going off the feedback from how the other gigs on the tour had already gone, that this could very well be the gig of the year! Calling it before the first band had even started! Continue reading →
Weedeater. A band from Cape Fear, North Carolina and synonymous with filthy sludge rock, gargantuan riffs and epic tales, wall-of-noise bass playing and amateur amputation. Bass and vocals are handled by the semi-legendary ‘Dixie’ Dave Collins who has also played with Sourvein,Bongzilla, Zoroaster and Buzzoven, whose reputation in the sludge world is borderline terrorfying. Weedeater, on the back of their most recent LP, the Steve Albini produced Goliathan are touring Australia along with British doom metal band Conan. I recently caught up with Dave for a quick chat.
El Jefe: Dave, you have a fairly extensive resume when it comes to playing heavy music, which included time with Buzzoven. Could you tell me a bit about your time with the band? Continue reading →
When German long-haired fuzz rockers Kadavar last toured Australia, it was in 2013 as part of what turned into being a massive double header with Sweden’s Blues Pills. The buzz for both bands even before they hit was already huge and then as soon as they left, Australia was already eagerly awaiting their return. In Melbourne we were lucky enough to see them perform four shows over as many days and people are still talking about. Fast forward to 2016 and Australia is once again blessed to see Kadavar on our shores.
Cross Town Traffic wasn’t playing on the car stereo on Saturday night but was in my head as I stumbled haphazardly through side streets trying to evade capture on the main roads in an unexpected Saturday evening gridlock. Although it didn’t swallow me whole, it did unfortunately mean that I missed seeing Elbrus opening up the night at The Corner Hotel. Continue reading →
Kadavar have only been with us for a mere 6 years, but have achieved a shitload in that time. Three studio LP’s plus a live one all chock full of heavy-handed ‘70s riff-rock under their belts, countless tours as well as being stabled at Nuclear Blast, a label that needs no introduction. It’s an impressive resume, and proof that sometimes the gods are just in your corner. Not to imply that they haven’t worked hard.
I had a quiet chat with guitarist / vocalist Lupus Lindemann.
El Jefe: Hey Lupus, thanks for your time today. Could we start with a brief history of Kadavar? Continue reading →
“Pike is the only man alive who actually looks less seedy when he grows a porn-star moustache” – Luke Glover, local punter.
It was a humid Saturday night in Sydney, and I was feeling sticky as fuck due to the fact that a mere 15 minutes before I arrived, I’d finished playing an early show with my own band, and the sweat hadn’t even had time to dry. I walked in and was immediately accosted (well, hugged) by a mate who proclaimed with a grin “I’m off my face”! But I already knew that! Continue reading →
High On Fire – that unstoppable doom metal behemoth, with its massive riffs and spectacular volume levels are preparing their latest assault on Australian heavy music fans on the back of their latest LP, Luminiferous. The high-octane guitar fireworks and trademark bludgeoning rhythm section will hit our stages in February. I recently had the good fortune to catch up with drummer (read wrecking machine!) Des Kensel for a quick Q&A.
El Jefe: Hey Des, how’s it going and thanks for your time today. I’m a long time fan of HOF, but am always amazed by the endless supply of the brutal riffs that make up the tunes. What would you attribute this to? Continue reading →
With only two weeks to go until Torche starts their Australian tour, what better way to get punters excited than with a free download of a previously unreleased track!
“This is a lost track we recorded for the “Songs for Singles” record in 2010. We weren’t completely saatisfied with how it turned out and planned on rewriting it one day. One of the riffs got used in “Letting Go” (Harmonicraft). It’s a tune I kinda forgot about until Andy Low (pack rat) sent us a copy asking if we’d be into having this on his new comp. Sure, why not? If it wasn’t for Mr Low, Rick and I wouldn’t have met, Torche might not have existed and who knows where we’d all be today? We decided to call the song “Andy Low” to make him uncomfortable / feel strange about his name as a song title AND because we love the hell out of him. “Andy Low” is for our boy Andy Low / Robodog / Robotic Empire Records. Enjoy!” Continue reading →
When you first realize that you’re into stoner rock, doom or just metal in general, you’re only a couple of steps away from being informed that you aren’t cool, unless you know of the existence of Matt Pike.
I guarantee there will be some old hand of the scene just waiting to let you know what is really cool and where your head should be at. That place is HIGH ON FIRE.
Don’t feel bad about it, you can’t avoid it. This shit happened to me. A guy a few years older than me told me there was this amazing band with this mystical guitarist that wielded his ax like a lycanthropic Paganini. That this guy was a professor in theosophical sciences who could wax lyrical on the subtler points of the Gospel according to James. That’s James the brother of Jesus. See you didn’t know Jesus had a brother… your mind is already being tuned to the HIGH ON FIRE frequency. Really even now to this day, I don’t even know if this shit I am telling you about Matt Pike is true? I guess I could Google it and find out but who wants to know the truth? I prefer the legend. So sit back, relax and open your mind cause now it’s your turn to learn from me, what is good in life.