Innate Passage: The new album by Elder

Innate Passage was released on November 25, 2022

Elder is a four-piece heavy psych band based in Berlin, Germany. Originally from Boston, Mass, the band was formed by founding guitarist and vocalist, Nick DiSalvo and bassist Jack Donovan. The current lineup includes Mike Risberg on guitars and keys and Georg Edert on drums. Since their formation in 2006, the band has been continuously evolving, adding new elements to their sound. What started as primarily a Sleep-worshipping stoner rock band has significantly grown and developed over the last decade and a half. Through the course of their career, collaborating with other bands, touring the world, and continually experimenting and adding musical elements, the band has crafted a progressive, psychedelic, genre-bending sound that is always recognizable as Elder.

The band released Innate Passage on November 25. It follows 2021’s Eldovar, a collaboration with Kadavar, and their 2020 full length, Omens. Innate Passage clocks in at 54 minutes with 5 tracks. The album was recorded and mixed by Linda Dag at Clouds Hill Studio in Hamburg and mastered by Carl Saff. The intriguing artwork was produced by Adrian Dexter, a legend in the stoner rock art community who has produced all of Elder’s album art.

Calling the album anything other than ambitiously grandiose and epic would be a huge understatement. The songs are long, with each song hovering around the 10 minute mark or more, and each track is like a tapestry or a painting, continually revealing layer after psychedelic layer as it unfolds. The songs tend to be elaborately constructed and unpredictable in their arrangement, but the flow and catchiness of the tracks will draw you in. It may sound oxy-moronic, but this is exactly the type of heavy music you could equally head bang or fall asleep to, both energetic and relaxing.

1. Catastasis 10:50
2. Endless Return 9:54
3. Coalescence 9:47
4. Merged In Dreams – Ne Plus Ultra 14:43
5. The Purpose 8:37

Elder’s trademark harmonies are ever present in Disalvo’s endlessly creative chord progressions and soaring guitar leads. Listen to the opener, Catastasis, for some awesome chord progressions and some incredibly fretboard-sweeping patterns on Endless Return. His vocal style is strong, with well-delivered melodies and occasional harmonies like on the opening track. The lyrics on Innate Passage are abstract, with poetic, philosophical observations and societal commentary, in the tradition of past albums.

Risberg’s guitars and diverse keys on the album are huge, adding beautifully to the sonic richness and dreamy nature of the album’s well produced sound. Check out Endless Return and Merged in Dreams for some awesome dual guitar leads. The keys tones run the gamut, with orchestrated sounds on Catastasis, spacy sounds on Endless Return, synths on Coalescence, with plenty of psychedelic tones in between. Listen closely to The Purpose to hear Risberg’s spacy keyboard interplay with Donovan’s absolutely heavy bass line.

Underneath it all, Donavan and Edert hold things in the pocket with a tight and driving rhythm section. Donavan’s bass tone is thick and beefy on Coalescence, which also features some tricky time signature work reminiscent of Rush in their heyday. Edert drums with the utmost complexity and flow but without being flashy or standing out. The album merits relistens just to try and figure out some of his timing on tracks like Coalescence. There’s plenty to explore in the band’s tight and complex song structures, especially on the nearly 15 minute Merged in Dreams, with trippy keys and guitars that build to possibly the heaviest ending on the album.

Innate Passage is available for streaming on Bandcamp, with digital album download available for $7. Physical copies of the double LP are available through Armageddon Shop in the U.S. and Stickman Records in Europe. Check out the band’s merch page and follow them on social media.

Fresh heavy-psych music from Nova Koloso

Hallucinate Your Faith was released Nov 1

Nova Koloso is a heavy psych, alternative rock band from Baltimore, Maryland. The group formed during the pandemic by brothers Mark and Tom Colegrove. With Tom on drums and Mark covering everything else, the duo produces a fast paced blend of progressive psych rock, with plenty of jamming and layering of all kinds of groovy guitar sounds and catchy keyboard tones, topped off with grungy vocals. Their Self-titled first release was released in 2021. Now, the group is back with their second psychedelic offering, Hallucinate Your Faith. In it, the group draws from the best elements of their debut (a brilliant, cross-instrumental harmonic sound, catchy leads, hooky vocals, tight musicianship) and beefs it up with a killer mix. Nova Koloso will call out to fans of psych rockers like King Gizzard as well as alt rockers like Smashing Pumpkins.

For Hallucinate Your Faith, the brothers enlisted the aid of former band mate, Ken Moore, on bass. The album was mixed and mastered by Steve Wright at Wright Way Studios. Clocking in at 38 minutes, its eight songs are on the shorter side, though the band includes lots of great leads and progressive interludes, as well as a nearly eight minute closing track.

1. Hallucinate Your Faith 3:54
2. Whatever You Want To 5:42
3. New Recruit 4:04
4. Dead Tongue 4:25
5. Night Surf 4:20
6. Washout 3:57
7. Salamander 4:03
8. The Mastermind 7:40

On vocals, guitars, and keys, Mark’s propensity for orchestrating harmonized layers really shines throughout the album. Catchy keyboard tones are layered in, like on the grungy Hallucinate Your Faith and the hooky Whatever You Want To. There are flowing, psychedelic guitar patterns and lots of cool effects, notably on tracks like Night Surf and Salamander. Listen for cool, Middle-Eastern sounding guitar leads on Whatever You Want To and New Recruit. The vocals are melodic and catchy, with an edgy 90’s grunge sound.

Tom holds thinks down solidly on drums, with metronomic exactness and a tendency for driving beats. Listen for some cool, odd-time drumming on Dead Tongue, as well as tricky, creative patterns on The Mastermind. Moore’s bass is a great addition to the album, with a thick, beefy tone. His bass sound really stands out on the opening and closing tracks. Additional musicians include Fiona Crowley, who provides some nice backing vocals on Whatever You Want To and Washout, and Jenny Rae Mettee, who takes over bass on Night Surf.

You can find Hallucinate Your Faith on Bandcamp. Digital download is $9 with CD’s available for $15, but copies are going fast. The band is active on social media.

TOUR DATES

NOV 20 Hank Dietles – Rockville, MD

CLUTCH – Sunrise on Slaughter Beach album review

Sunrise on Slaughter Beach was released on September 16, 2022

Rarely do bands stand the test of time, especially with the original lineup of studio members, but Maryland’s Clutch is one of them. Nearly 30 years since their release of Transnational Speedway League in 1993, Clutch’s lineup of Neil Fallon (vocals), Tim Sult (guitars), Jean Paul Gaster (percussion), and Dan Maines (bass) are still rocking hard, touring the world, and releasing new albums on their own Weather Maker Music label. September saw the release of Clutch’s 13th album, the highly anticipated Sunrise on Slaughter Beach. The album is Clutch’s grooviest, most ambitious and diverse album in recent years, and with the addition of some firsts such as theramin and backing vocals, proves that Clutch is still as innovative and creative as ever. It follows Book of Bad Decisions which was released in 2018.

Slaughter Beach is made up of 9 songs, clocking in at a brisk 33 minutes. It was recorded in Baltimore, MD at the The Magpie Cage Recording Studio, produced and mixed by Grammy nominated Tom Dalgety, with additional engineering by J Robbins of The Sword production fame, who also provided theramin. According to Fallon, “Sunrise on Slaughter Beach is a weird record. It was, by and large, a studio creation. It reminds me a lot of Jam Room in that regard. Under normal circumstances we may not have entertained the idea of using vibraphones, theremin, or backing vocals (thank you Deborah Bond and Frenchie Davis!). But as they say, necessity is the mother of weirdness.” And like Jam Room, the album is noticeably groovier and heavier on the lower end than recent releases.  

1. Red Alert (Boss Metal Zone) 2:45

2. Slaughter Beach 3:41

3. Mountain of Bone 4:23

4. Nosferatu Madre 3:27

5. Mercy Brown 5:15

6. We Strive for Excellence 2:55

7. Skeletons on Mars 4:10

8. Three Golden Horns 3:26

9. Jackhammer Our Names 3:08

Personnel: Tim Sult, Jean Paul Gaster, Neil Fallon, and Dan Maines

Red Alert (Boss Metal Zone) opens the album with some seriously groovy, odd time sections that hearken back to Elephant Riders days. Slaughter Beach is a headbanger that introduces a nice slow groove with some killer guitar hooks and a Strange Cousins from the West vibe. Listen for Sult and Maine’s middle-eastern style bass/guitar lead. Mountain of Bone features lots of cool changeups and a krautrock feel, with a hypnotizing, spaced out guitar riff that breathes over Gaster’s and Maine’s machine-like rhythm. Nosferatu Madre has a nice shuffley feel with a slower tempo. Listen to that killer bass tone and a great drum sound, some beautiful backing harmonies, and some of Fallon’s trademark Spanish lyric references.

Mercy Brown has another bluesy shuffle, and listen for Sult’s trademark wah and phaser work on the guitar. The song lyrics reference the Mercy Brown vampire incident which took place in Rhode Island in 1892. We Strive For Excellence is a hooky, high octane ride; a Fu Manchu type track that would fit right in on a skate video. Skeletons on Mars is another high energy track with sci-fi lyrics and some spacy guitar layers. Fallon’s references to Greek figures and geographic points on Mars would fit right in on 2004’s Blast Tyrant. Three Golden Horns has a groovy intro, and some tongue in cheek references to Roland Kirk and jazz music. Listen for Gaster’s vibraphone, a Primus style guitar lead, and some sick changeups at the end. Jackhammer Our Names marks a lower key ending for the album, with some of Fallon’s trademark, stream of consciousness lyrics with religious references.

Sunrise on Slaughter Beach is available on Clutch’s merch page: CD for $10, vinyl for $22, cassette for $13, and digital download for $5. The band is currently supporting the new album with a fall tour of North America, Europe, and the UK. The band is active on their website and social media.

TOUR DATES

OCT 4 The Van Buren – Phoenix, AZ

OCT 5 Regent Theater – Los Angeles, CA

OCT 7 Aftershock 2022 – Sacramento, CA

OCT 8 Knitting Factory Concert House – Boise, ID

OCT 9 Roseland Theater – Portland, OR

OCT 10 Showbox SoDo Seattle, WA

OCT 12 The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT

OCT 13 Fillmore Auditorium – Denver, CO

OCT 14 Uptown Theater – Kansas City, MO

OCT 15 Val Air Ballroom – West Des Moines, IA

OCT 16 Concord Music Hall – Chicago, IL

NOV 11 O2 Academy Glasgow – Glasgow, United Kingdom

NOV 12 O2 City Hall Newcastle – Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom

NOV 13 O2 Academy Leeds – Leeds, United Kingdom

NOV 15 University of Exeter Great Hall – Exeter, United Kingdom

NOV 16 Brighton Dome – Brighton, United Kingdom

NOV 18 Capitol Hannover – Hanover, Germany

NOV 19 Helldorado Festival 2022 – Eindhoven, Netherlands

NOV 20 Markthalle – Hamburg, Germany

NOV 22 Huxleys Neue Welt – Berlin, Germany

NOV 23 Neue Theaterfabrik – München, Germany

NOV 24 Arena Vienna – Wien, Austria

NOV 25 Culture Factory – Zagreb, Croatia

NOV 26 Fabrique – Milan, Italy

NOV 28 Sala Apolo – Barcelona, Spain

NOV 29 Sala Riviera – Madrid, Spain

DEC 2 Le Bikini – Ramonville-st-agne, France

DEC 3 Transbordeur – Villeurbanne, France

DEC 5 X-tra – Zurich, Switzerland

DEC 6 LKA Longhorn – Stuttgart, Germany

DEC 7 Batschkapp – Frankfurt Am Main, Germany

DEC 9 Live Music Hall – Cologne, Germany

DEC 10 Bataclan – Paris, France

DEC 11 Ancienne Belgique – Brussels, Belgium

DEC 13 O2 Academy Bristol – Bristol, United Kingdom

DEC 14 O2 Academy Birmingham – Birmingham, United Kingdom

DEC 15 O2 Apollo Manchester – Manchester, United Kingdom

DEC 16 Rock City – Nottingham, United Kingdom

DEC 17 Roundhouse – London, United Kingdom

Feel This, the groovy new album by Crobot

Feel This was released on June 3, 2022

There are many keywords that could describe Crobot: stoner rock, glam, dirty grooves, heavy riffs, grungy action, attitude. The truth is Crobot embodies all of these and more. The four piece group from Pottsville, PA has been violently administering heavy grooves since 2011 and are back with their fifth full length, Feel This. The album delivers in classic Crobot style, with riffs and high-flying vocals on 12 heavy, headbanging tracks.

1. Electrified 4:00
2. Dizzy 3:32
3. Set You Free 3:31
4. Better Times 3:33
5. Golden 3:57
6. Without Wings 4:35
7. Livin’ on the Streets 3:02
8. Into the Fire 3:04
9. Dance with the Dead 2:59
10. Holy Ghost 3:17
11. Never Break Me 3:24
12. Staring Straight Into the Sun 4:56

Vocalist, Brandon Yeagley, and guitarist, Chris Bishop, are the founding members of the group, carrying forth the vision of the band with renewed passion on Feel This, which was released in June. Yeagley’s impressive vocal range is well displayed on opener, Electrified, a fight song with a shock of adrenaline and fast paced riffs. If any of the tracks could be called a stadium anthem, it might be Set You Free, with it’s nice key board accents and catchy vocal hooks. Yeagley’s lyrics are laced with wit and wordplay, like on the Motley Crue-esque Livin’ on the Streets and the catchy, classic rock sounding track, Dance With the Dead. On riffs, Bishop’s guitars sound crunchy and groovy. Listen for his unique signature guitar effects, notable on the opener, the grungy track Golden, and Holy Ghost, which features lots of cool, heavy changeups. Dizzy features slower, dirtier riffs and a quick Tom Morello style solo. Don’t miss Bishop’s extended solo on closer, Staring Straight Into the Sun, which also features a fast changeup and extended jam at the end.

Crobot formed in 2011

Dan Ryan joined in 2018 and recorded drums on Motherbrain and bassist, Tim Peugh, joined the band in 2021. Ryan’s drumming is rock solid, perfectly synced with Peugh’s growly bass tone. Listen for some tight transitions on Better Times, and don’t miss that super heavy, progressive ending on Without Wings. Hang on for the ride on headbangers like Into the Fire, Holy Ghost, which features some impressive drum fills, and Never Break Me, another attitude filled track which highlights Peugh’s awesome bass tone.

Feel this is available for streaming and digital download on Bandcamp for under $9. It’s also available on transparent red and multi-color splatter vinyl, as well as CD, on their merch page. Interact with the band on social media and check out their live dates for an incredibly energetic, action-packed live show. I got to see Crobot in January, 2014, at Club Fever in South Bend, IN, opening for The Sword and Clutch. I was completely blown away by their insane level of charisma and energy. I got to meet Yeagley at the merch table after the show for a quick chat. I was impressed with how much of an animal he was on stage and how chill, down to Earth, and generally kind he was as a human. If you get a chance to witness Crobot live, don’t pass the opportunity.

Tour Dates

Aug 19 Psycho Las Vegas – Las Vegas, NV

Dec 16 Royal Circus (Cirque Royal/Koninklijk Circus) – Brussels, Belgium

Dec 21 O2 Victoria Warehouse – Manchester, UK

Dec 22 O2 Academy Brixton – London, UK

Electric Mountain release high voltage desert rock album, Valley Giant

Valley Giant was released on May 27, 2022

The week, The Sonic Sofa travels to Mexico City for desert rock band Electric Mountain’s second full length release. The power trio burst onto the scene in 2013 with their classic rock influenced stoner rock sound, infused with plenty of high octane desert riffs. They put on a loud, headbanging show and have shared stages with Elder and Blackwater Holylight. Electric Mountain released their Self-Titled debut album in 2017. After a two-year hiatus, they’re back with their sophomore full length, Valley Giant, and it is well worth the wait.

Valley Giant was released in May on Electric Valley Records. It features beautiful extraterrestrial landscape art by Adam Burke of Nightjar Illustration. The album is nine tracks, clocking in at 46 minutes, though some streaming platforms include a tenth track, The Man. Throughout the record, the musicians blend a riffy blend of desert rock guitars and melodic vocals with a growly, driving rhythm section. What makes the album awesome are all of the extended, stoner rock turnarounds and classic rock breaks. It opens with short, heavy-blues intro, The Great Hall, and is a non-stop action ride until the lengthy and spacy closer, A Thousand Miles High. Filled with headbangers from start to finish, the album only slows down for a slight breather on the acoustic, At Last Everything, which also features some tasty vocal harmonies and hand percussion.

Electric Mountain formed in 2013

1. The Great Hall (Intro) 2:38
2. Outlanders 3:53
3. Morning Grace 5:14
4. Void 4:09
5. A Fistful of Grass 6:32
6. Desert Ride 5:00
7. Vulgar Planet 5:09
8. At Last Everything 4:31
9. A Thousand Miles High 8:41

Guitarist/vocalist Gibran Pérez pumps out the jams with fuzzy, heavy-blues riffs, and scorching solos infused with plenty of wah-pedal and phaser, and caps it off with clean, melodic vocals, that I felt like were reminiscent of early Sabbath, and possibly even Corrosion of Conformity. Drummer Max Cabrera keeps things solid and driving with some absolute balls to the walls drum beats and fills. Listen to the end of Outlanders for some Bonham-esque fills, and check out Desert Ride for some driving, desert rock drum-power. Jorge Trejo’s bass tone really stands out on the album, with a beefy tone, often spaced out with heavy wah-pedal action. Check out Morning Grace for a fat, fuzzed out bass tone, and listen for some compelling leads during on A Thousand Miles High.

You can find Valley Giant on Bandcamp. The digital album can be downloaded for $7. It is also available on CD for $7.50 as well as beautiful transparent purple or plain black vinyl for $23. Check out Electric Mountain’s social media for news and announcements.

Sageness delivers third full length, Tr3s

Tr3s was released on May 15, 2022

Sageness is an instrumental psychedelic rock band from León, Spain. The power trio treats their music with an infusion of post-rock and shoegaze guitar work, and live recording in the studio gives them a fresh, raw sound. The group has just released their third album, the aptly titled Tr3s. It’s a mature, well-developed follow-up to 2019’s Akmé (Full review here) and their Self-titled album from 2017.

1. The Effect of Colours 9:45
2. Greenhouse 8:04
3. Spirit Machine 6:16
4. Event horizon 12:22

Tr3s is composed of four tracks, clocking in at 37 minutes. Throughout the album, muscular riffs and sensual guitar textures, infused with plenty of wah-pedal and shoe-gaze FX, are underscored by a crisp, clean bass sound, and solid drum patterns. Subtle, spacy synth sounds add to the atmosphere. The album is a further testament to Sageness’s skill as a well-rehearsed jam band. The long, creative arrangements at times remind me of Elder, in the vein of their instrumental album, The Gold & Silver Sessions, but with more of the muscle of Dead Roots Stirring. Whether you’re on a road trip or sonic tripping on the sofa, Tr3s is an ideal soundtrack. It’s got plenty of headbanging as well as spacy post-rock introspection.

You can find Sageness on Bandcamp. The digital album is available for download for $7. Tr3s is also on CD for $9 or vinyl for $25. Ceck out the band’s social media and merch pages for vinyl/t-shirt bundle deals, and don’t forget to check out the music videos for The Effect of Colours and Spirit Machine.

Dhidalah takes us back to space with new album, Sensoria 認識

Sensoria was released on April 22, 2022

Dhidalah is a space rock power trio from Tokyo, Japan. Well schooled in the concept of sonic space travel, their jam oriented music has been taking us to the outer realms of psychedelic rock since 2013. The band released several independent recordings and EPs before signing with Guruguru Brain. Since then, they’ve released full lengths No Water in 2017 and Threshold in 2019. Their latest release, Sensoria, was released online in April, with vinyl pre-orders shipping this fall.

Sensoria is a four track album, clocking in at a modest 38 minutes. To create new material, the band members explore ideas during weekly jam sessions, which they then contemplate upon and hone throughout the week for the next session. Two tracks from the album, Soma and Black Shrine, were created through these sessions, while the other two tracks, Invader Summer and DEAD, are credited to guitarist Ikuma Kawabe, of Church of Misery fame. The tracks were recorded and mastered by Ryuhi Inari of Void)))Lab and mixed by Hideki Urawa. The album features cover artwork by D.Norsen.

1. Soma 9:07
2. Invader Summer 6:00
3. DEAD 3:03
4. Black Shrine 20:01

Dhidalah is Ikuma Kawabe (guitars), Kazuhira Gotoh (bass, vocals, noise FX), and Masahito Goda (drums)

The short full length packs a hard psychedelic punch that sounds both raw and organic, but with the seasoned tightness of a touring jam band. You’ll want to wear headphones to absorb the full mind-warping impact of the sonic trip. Listen for phaser and wah-pedal infused layers of guitars throughout, notable on Soma and Invader Summer. The fast pace of many of their tracks reminds me of King Gizzard’s jammiest stuff. A tight and tonal drum sound lays down a solid base groove throughout the album, and listen for some creative hand percussion interplay with the acoustic guitar on the slower and quieter, DEAD. Black Shrine, the incredible 20 minute closer, inspired by the Yokai of Japanese folklore (I fully support following this link and tripping out on these entities while you listen), features a meaty bass tone, possibly reminiscent of OM’s phased out drum sound. Melodic vocals, sparse and drenched in otherworldly reverb and delay, as well as sci-fi noise FX, add to the spacy atmosphere of the album.

You can find the digital album for under $8 on Bandcamp, where you can also preorder the vinyl for under $30. Keep in mind, records will not ship until August outside of the US, and until September for the US. Also, check out the band’s social media where you can find t-shirts, tote bags, and other merch.

Tour Dates

May 19 Sebright Arms – London, UK

May 20 The Crofters Rights – Bristol, UK

May 22 Hare and Hounds – Birmingham, UK

May 23 The Hope and Ruin – Brighton, UK

May 24 Supersonic – Paris, France

May 25 Trefpunt Concertzaal – Ghent, Belgium

May 26 Arena Berlin – Berlin, Germany

May 26 Ilses Erika – Leipzig, Germany

Somali Yacht Club release new album, The Space

The Space was released on April 22, 2022

Somali Yacht Club is a psychedelic stoner rock trio from Lviv, Ukraine. The group formed in 2010 and have four full lengths under their belt with the release of 2022’s The Space. The group is known for their psychedelic music, infused with elements of shoe gaze and early grunge.

The Space, is their debut album on Season of Mist Records. It contains six tracks, with 45 minutes of some of the most dynamic and atmospheric stoner rock available. It has a huge drum sound, melodic vocals, and walls of guitar tones that undulate and build with plenty of heavy changeups. The beautiful cover art was provided by renowned Ukrainian artist, Dasha Pliska, whose art has been featured in Dash and Flaunt.

Silver and Gold, two of the shortest tracks on the album, really bring the shoe gaze element, with their atmospheric psychedelia and melodramatic vocals, even offering a little Deftones flavor at times. Look for a full, heavy sound on Pulsar and Alice in Chains style harmonies on Echo of Direction. Obscurum’s progressive intro and and creative chord progressions recall the best of Weedpecker and perhaps even early King’s X. Album closer Momentum ends the album beautifully, and in a very heavy way.

1. Silver 5:16

2. Pulsar 9:07

3. Obscurum 5:06

4. Echo of Direction 9:45

5. Gold 3:32

6. Momentum 12:30

You can find the The Space on Bandcamp. Their album is currently available on digital release, CD, and vinyl. Also, check out their merch page where you can find past releases and t-shirts. Amidst the ongoing military conflict in Ukraine, the band has pledged to donate all profits made in 2022 to various charities to help their home country.

Tour Dates

May 27 Indian Ocean Hotel – Scarborough, Western Australia

Jun 10 Evelyn Hotel – Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia

Sleep Concert Review and News

Sleep live in Denver, April 18, 2022 – Photo credit: The Purlenaut

Last October, Sleep announced a brief, weeklong 2022 tour for April, totaling three shows in Denver, Colorado Springs, and Albuquerque, culminating on 4/20. This evolved into five total shows, with an extra matinee show added in Colorado Springs and a quickly announced appearance at Meow Wolf’s House of Eternal Return in Santa Fe. Along with the tour, Sleep released a live recording from their concert in New York in 2018, as well as a remastered reissue of Dopesmoker on Third Man Records.

Denver setlist – Photo Credit: Tim Bugbee

I made it to their show at the Mission Ballroom in Denver. After openers Superwolves, Sleep took the stage and gave the tightest, most studio-quality performance that I’ve witnessed them perform. There were noticeably less amps on stage than previous shows, which, paired with the robust in-house system, seemed to result in a cleaner mix and more focused sound. The vocals especially were clearer and more distinct; less overshadowed in the mix than previous shows. The mini tour also featured the debut of Al’s 4420 custom double-neck Rickenbacker. The setlist included two classic tracks from their album, Holy Mountain (Holy Mountain, Dragonaut), both Adult Swim Singles (Leagues Beneath, The Clarity), and three tracks from The Sciences (Marijuanaut’s Theme, Sonic Titan, The Botanist).

Among the tables of merch was the limited release of 420 hand etched records from their concert in New York, 2018. It features some sick Escape From New York cover art complete with their signature Sabbath worship. The two green and white discs have a great live concert sound, as well as an amazing mix that really captures the full dynamic range of the band. The low end is especially bright and pronounced.

New York 2018 – Photo Credit: The Purlenaut

In other news, Sleep recently announced a reissue of their legendary Dopesmoker LP with Nashville’s Third Man Records. The album is remastered from the source tapes and features a rare studio recording of the previously unreleased track, Hot Lava Man, as well as studio notes and vintage photo prints of the band members. The album retains original artwork by longtime collaborator and album cover artist, Arik Roper. The album is available through Third Man’s Vault Subscription. The sign up deadline to receive the album is April 30th at midnight.

Tour Dates

Aug 27 This Ain’t No Picnic Festival – Pasadena, CA, US

Ancient Nug: New single by Telekinetic Yeti

Primordial is set for release on July 8, 2022

Telekinetic Yeti is a two-piece stoner rock band from Dubuque, Iowa. Formed in 2015, the band was started by singer and guitarist, Alex Baumann. Abominable, the band’s first album, was released in March 2017. The heavy album is brilliantly arranged and packs a major punch that rewards repeat listens. After that release, the band began touring heavily, sharing stages with giants such as Weedeater, Truckfighters, 1000 Mods, Red Fang, and Clutch.

After a change of drummers and with five years since their first release, the duo will finally release their second album, Primordial, an album they’ve been sitting on since 2020. It’s their first album signed with Tee Pee Records. The new single, Ancient Nug, picks up where Abominable left off. It has chunky guitar riffs, complex drumbeats, melodic, guttural vocals, plenty of changeups, and don’t miss that heavy down-tempo outro.

It was released as a music video, featuring the duo rocking out onstage in an old church. Guitarist Baumann explained, “This song is about searching for meaning and purpose amidst the ubiquitous suffering we endure. It’s also about something long lost being rediscovered, and the resonating ripples of butterfly effects from the ancient past that affect all life today. We really liked filming in this location because it had such a meditative and surreal quality to it. We felt that it fit the themes of the song well.”

The album can be pre-ordered on black or purple vinyl for $25 or on CD for $13. Check out the music video and get hyped for the new album! Also, look for Telekinetic Yeti at a handful of shows in May, including Desertfest NYC.

MAY 12 Westside Bowl – Youngstown, OH

MAY 14 Middle East – Boston, MA

MAY 15 Desertfest NYC – New York, NY