SUNN O))) announce a one-off London show on 22nd June at Fabric

SUNN O))) ANNOUNCE A ONE-OFF SHOSHIN (初心) DUO CONCERT AT FABRIC ON 22ND JUNE IN CELEBRATION OF A NEW SAVAGE PENCIL EXHIBIT

KALI MALONE WILL SUPPORT WITH A LIVE ELECTRONICS SET

THE SAVAGE PENCIL EXHIBIT “DEMO)))NS FOR SUNN O)))” WILL RUN FROM 1ST JUNE TO 2ND JULY AT ATLANTIS BOOKSHOP IN LONDON

TICKETS ON SALE NOW

SUNN O))) have announced a one-off Shoshin (初心) Duo show taking place at Fabric in London on 22nd June, in celebration of a Savage Pencil retrospective exhibit of his many and varied artworks in connection to the band. Kali Malone shall support SUNN O))) with a live electronics set. Ticket link for the show here, further event details here

As one of SUNN O)))’s longest supporters, Edwin Pouncey, a.k.a. Savage Pencil, created the artwork for SUNN O)))’s very first tour poster (“Nunns Have No Sunn O)))”) and has been at every SUNN O))) concert in London, and both BBC Sessions, playing tambura on the 2004 Peel session. In all, he has created more than 20 drawings for the band. 

The exhibition “DEMO)))NS FOR SUNN O)))” is a retrospective of work he has done in collaboration with, or under the influence of SUNN O))). Created between 2003 and 2021, the drawings, prints, posters and various tour ephemera gathered together here are a collection of the artist’s demonic images that were invoked by SUNN O)))’s music on record, live on stage and in the studio. The exhibition shall take place at Atlantis Bookshop, the 100 year-old esoteric bookstore in Bloomsbury, London, opening 1st June to 2nd July.

Photo of Savage Pencil by Guy Pinhas
Photo of Savage Pencil by Guy Pinhas

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Southern Lord Celebrates Record Store Day 2022 with debut release from THE LORD + re-release from The Catatonics.

Find the albums digitally on Bandcamp + look for them in record stores this weekend.

Greg Anderson Unleashes His First Full-Length Under ‘The Lord’ Moniker

On April 23rd, Southern Lord will release the debut full-length album from The Lord—Forest Nocturne— first as a special LP Record Store Day release, and then on digital and further LP formats on July 29th.

The Lord - Forest Nocturne
Photo by: Al Overdrive

Forest Nocturne sees Anderson (guitarist of SUNN O))), Goatsnake & Southern Lord curator) taking cues from legendary film composers: John Carpenter and Bernard Hermann, in order to create cinematic landscapes which are heavy with tension, and offset by the injection of lethal doses of early 90s Scandinavian Death Metal – with Attila Csihar (of notorious Norwegian black metal band Mayhem & frequent SUNN O))) collaborator) lending his putrid vocals to final track “Triumph of the Oak.”

For Forest Nocturne, Anderson worked with renowned producer Brad Wood. Dan Seagrave‘s epic and fantastical style is instantly recognizable on the album’s startling artwork, something which seems to depict an ancient and unknowable force in the woodlands. Forest Nocturne is described by Anderson as “music of the night,” but inspired by imagery conjured on daytime hikes, and majestic, beautiful trees, which he sees as survivors— perhaps the last known connection that we have to an ancient world, and acting as a connector between past, present and future of the human race and of our time on this planet.

Listen to the official audio for The Lord’s “Triumph of the Oak” on Bandcamp.

Greg Anderson began making music in the mid-eighties with hardcore bands False Liberty and Brotherhood before refining his musicality during the nineties with the post-hardcore collective Engine Kid. From that point on, the musical direction started shifting, channelling his love of tone, riffs and repetitive sound, vital elements that feed into the meditative cosmos of SUNN O))), and the ‘low and slow’ sounds of Goatsnake, both of whom find different ways to move beyond confines and tropes of their respective sound worlds.

In August and September 2021 respectively, Greg Anderson released two singles under the name The Lord; “Needle Cast” with Robin Wattie (the unmistakably emotive vocalist of BIG|BRAVE) and “We Who Walk In Light” with William Duvall (of Seattle rock legends Alice In Chains and hardcore-punk group Neon Christ). Unintentionally moving in a different direction from those bands within which he found his feet, Anderson was able to take on the mantle of The Lord in a new, pictorial approach to heavy music. Through this process, he found himself moved to collaborate with vocalists he admires.

The Catatonics Re-Release their Hunted Down EP on Southern Lord.

Catatonics - Hunted down RSD2022

“The Catatonics were just about the most intense thrash band I’d ever seen back in the day. Just nuts. They out Boston-ed all of the ‘This Is Boston Not LA’ bands. Back then, they were the go-to band in the Syracuse hardcore scene. You pretty much needed their blessings in Upstate NY.” – Kevin Seconds (7 Seconds)

The pioneers of the original Syracuse hardcore scene. Still one of my favorites.. metallic thrash that kills at any time. ‘Hunted Down’ is between SSD and DYS on my shelf.” – Karl Buechner (Earth Crisis)

“‘Hunted Down’ is the sort of record that usually eludes you for one reason or another, but first inhabits crucial minutes of mixtapes, the sweet crackle at the tail end of some die-hard’s radio set, or maybe the pleasant surprise at a DJ night when someone decides to speed things up and you hear and recognize the first few guitar notes of ‘Never Again’ and you get happy ’cause you’re in on the secret of The Catatonics. I managed to score mine in an unlikely place in Toronto, and coveted its arrival into my record collection immediately. For those poor others who haven’t had my luck, the glowing green toothless grin of this record finally has a happy home on wax again!” – Jonah Falco (Fucked Up)

The Catatonics were Syracuse and Central New York’s first hardcore punk band. Besides pioneering the original 1981/1982 Syracuse Hardcore scene, their classic Hunted Down EP is considered one of the first hardcore thrash/metal crossover releases, right up there with COC or DRI and remains a sought after (and pricey) collectors item 30+ years after its release. Often compared to Jerry’s Kids, SSD, Negative Approach and even Slayer, The Catatonics weren’t followers or imitators, more like period contemporaries. Although the wait has been decades in the making, Southern Lord Records will be reissuing Hunted Down available on Bandcamp and as a 12” vinyl release with bonus tracks on Record Store Day, April 23rd. All tracks have been remastered from original sources by Brad Boatright.

Listen to Hunted Down’s title track on Bandcamp.

Syracuse NY, 1981:                                                                                                             

Small town USA, smack dab in the middle of New York State. Although only 5 hours away from NYC, Syracuse and the surrounding area might as well have been 10 years away. Conservative, reactionary, redneck. Reagan’s America. It was a pretty barren place for a young, pissed off NYC transplant and hardcore punk rock kid named Belvy to be stuck in. Teaming up with another similar minded transplant from Florida named Joe Miller, the two hit it off, started writing songs and formed what would become The Catatonics. Frustrated at not being in (and envious of) Boston, DC, LA, or NYC – the 4 teenagers that made up The Catatonics did something about it. They took DIY to heart and willed a scene: putting on shows, putting out ‘zines, putting out releases and most importantly, aggressively encouraging any and all other Upstate and Central New York kids to create scenes and start bands of their own. To put the Syracuse of 1981/82 in perspective: The Catatonics initial shows would often include street musicians to round out the bills – there just weren’t any other punk or hardcore kindred spirits running around (save Cortland’s Suburban Rebels/SFB who Belvy also drummed in). And street musicians were at least better than Grateful Dead cover bands. The original Catatonics lineup of Belvy, Joe, and Louie Arrowhead played all over the Syracuse area during late 1981 and 1982. Usually on school nights. (Belvy and Joe’s high school class mate Farmer Brown replaced Louie shortly after, with Jeff joining soon after that). Belvy, Joe and Farmer would also routinely get sent home or suspended for wearing Dead Kennedys and Circle Jerks t-shirts to school, sincerely baffled as to how anyone could find this offensive. Nights there wasn’t a show (or to celebrate a particularly awesome one), there would be spray painting, breaking and entering, hooliganism, fights, and good natured vandalism. Schools. Bars. Churches. Office Buildings. Bored Teenagers, like the song says. But also curious, ambitious, hungry-for-something-else teenagers.

Fast forward to 1984: 

Syracuse/Central New York now boasted a good dozen+ local bands, an indie record store, multiple all ages spaces for shows, and had really begun to make a mark on the national scene. The Catatonics (and crew) busted serious ass and would wind up bringing some of the best punk and hardcore bands of the era to town. Youth Brigade, Black Flag, 7 Seconds, Gang Green, Suicidal Tendencies, Scream, M.I.A, Die Kreuzen, Husker Du, Necros, GBH, Battalion Of Saints and many more all now regularly hit the previous dead zone known as Syracuse/Central New York. The Catatonics (with Syracuse dragged along) had arrived. They became a much more serious and intense band and after putting out 2 or 3 cassette only releases, recorded and self released the 5 song EP Hunted Down which would feature the classic lineup of Belvy, Joe (now ‘Jack Shit’), Farmer (switching to 2nd guitar), and new bassist Jeff Jacques. Hunted Down made dozens of ‘best of’ lists. Maximum Rock & Roll did a feature on the Syracuse scene, and then one on The Catatonics. They appeared alongside big names like The Germs and Misfits on the super influential Flipside Magazine’s 2nd compilation LP with arguably their finest moment, Descending In E. Things were looking good. The Catatonics kept gigging hard, blowing away bigger established national acts, getting zine covers and more great press. New material was written, early demos for a full length were underway, talks of a U.S. tour were amidst, and then… 

It was gone.

Both musical & personal differences led to The Catatonics breaking up. A lot of it can probably be chalked up to Belvy wanting to go out and see the world and do something bigger (going on to join 7 Seconds, UK Subs, D Generation, Libertine and many more), so who knows what would’ve happened had they stayed the course. But that was then, this is now and Southern Lord Records will soon be reissuing Hunted Down as a 12” vinyl release with bonus tracks on April 23, 2022.

GREG ANDERSON PREPARES TO UNLEASH HIS FIRST FULL-LENGTH UNDER THE MONIKER THE LORD

On 23rd April, Southern Lord shall release the debut full-length album from The Lord, Forest Nocturne, first as a special LP Record Store Day release, and then on digital and further LP formats on July 29th.

DIGITAL PRE-ORDERS AND MORE AVAILABLE FROM BANDCAMP

Forest Nocturne sees Anderson (guitarist of SUNN O))), Goatsnake & Southern Lord curator) taking cues from legendary film composers: John Carpenter and Bernard Hermann, in order to create cinematic landscapes which are heavy with tension, and offset by the injection of lethal doses of early 90s Scandinavian Death Metal – with Attila Csihar (of notorious Norwegian black metal band Mayhem & frequent SUNN O))) collaborator) lending his putrid vocals to final track “Triumph of the Oak“.

For Forest Nocturne, Anderson worked with renowned producer Brad Wood. Dan Seagrave‘s epic and fantastical style is instantly recognisable on the album’s startling artwork, something which seems to depict an ancient and unknowable force in the woodlands. Forest Nocturne is described by Anderson as “music of the night”, but inspired by imagery conjured on daytime hikes, and majestic, beautiful trees, which he sees as survivors – perhaps the last known connection that we have to an ancient world, and acting as a connector between past, present and future of the human race and of our time on this planet.

Following the release of Forest Nocturne in April and July, The Lord plans to release another full length later in the year with collaborator Petra Haden (vocals, violin), who first worked with Anderson during his time in Goatsnake, as well as on the second SUNN O))) studio album, ØØ Void. Further details on this in the coming months.

LISTEN TO THE OFFICIAL AUDIO FOR “TRIUMPH OF THE OAK” ON YOUTUBE BELOW:

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Greg Anderson began making music in the mid-eighties with hardcore bands False Liberty and Brotherhood before refining his musicality during the nineties with the post-hardcore collective Engine Kid. From that point on, the musical direction started shifting, channelling his love of tone, riffs and repetitive sound, vital elements that feed into the meditative cosmos of SUNN O))), and the ‘low and slow’ sounds of Goatsnake, both of whom find different ways to move beyond confines and tropes of their respective sound worlds.

In August and September 2021 respectively, Greg Anderson released two singles under the name The Lord; “Needle Cast” with Robin Wattie (the unmistakably emotive vocalist of BIG|BRAVE) and “We Who Walk In Light” with William Duvall (of Seattle rock legends Alice In Chains and hardcore-punk group Neon Christ). Unintentionally moving in a different direction from those bands within which he found his feet, Anderson was able to take on the mantle of The Lord in a new, pictorial approach to heavy music. Through this process, he found himself moved to collaborate with vocalists he admires.

LORD295 The Lord Forest Nocturne
Forest Nocturne album artwork by Dan Seagrave

FOREST NOCTURNE TRACK LISTING

1. THEME

2. Church of Herrmann

3. Lefthand Lullaby I

4. Lefthand Lullaby II

5. Forest Wake

6. Deciduous

7. Old Growth

8. Triumph of the Oak (listen)


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Southern Lord to Re-Release NYHC Pioneers The Catatonics ‘Hunted Down’ EP

Syracuse NY, 1981:
Small town USA, smack dab in the middle of New York State. Although only 5 hours away from NYC, Syracuse and the surrounding area might as well have been 10 years away. Conservative, reactionary, redneck. Reagan’s America. It was a pretty barren place for a young, pissed off NYC transplant and hardcore punk rock kid named Belvy to be stuck in. Teaming up with another similar minded transplant from Florida named Joe Miller, the two hit it off, started writing songs and formed what would become The Catatonics. Frustrated at not being in (and envious of) Boston, DC, LA, or NYC – the 4 teenagers that made up The Catatonics did something about it. They took DIY to heart and willed a scene: putting on shows, putting out ‘zines, putting out releases and most importantly, aggressively encouraging any and all other Upstate and Central New York kids to create scenes and start bands of their own. To put the Syracuse of 1981/82 in perspective: The Catatonics initial shows would often include street musicians to round out the bills – there just weren’t any other punk or hardcore kindred spirits running around (save Cortland’s Suburban Rebels/SFB who Belvy also drummed in). And street musicians were at least better than Grateful Dead cover bands. The original Catatonics lineup of Belvy, Joe, and Louie Arrowhead played all over the Syracuse area during late 1981 and 1982. Usually on school nights. (Belvy and Joe’s high school class mate Farmer Brown replaced Louie shortly after, with Jeff joining soon after that). Belvy, Joe and Farmer would also routinely get sent home or suspended for wearing Dead Kennedys and Circle Jerks t-shirts to school, sincerely baffled as to how anyone could find this offensive. Nights there wasn’t a show (or to celebrate a particularly awesome one), there would be spray painting, breaking and entering, hooliganism, fights, and good natured vandalism. Schools. Bars. Churches. Office Buildings. Bored Teenagers, like the song says. But also curious, ambitious, hungry-for-something-else teenagers.

Fast forward to 1984: 

Syracuse/Central New York now boasted a good dozen+ local bands, an indie record store, multiple all ages spaces for shows, and had really begun to make a mark on the national scene. The Catatonics (and crew) busted serious ass and would wind up bringing some of the best punk and hardcore bands of the era to town. Youth Brigade, Black Flag, 7 Seconds, Gang Green, Suicidal Tendencies, Scream, M.I.A, Die Kreuzen, Husker Du, Necros, GBH, Battalion Of Saints and many more all now regularly hit the previous dead zone known as Syracuse/Central New York. The Catatonics (with Syracuse dragged along) had arrived. They became a much more serious and intense band and after putting out 2 or 3 cassette only releases, recorded and self released the 5 song EP Hunted Down which would feature the classic lineup of Belvy, Joe (now ‘Jack Shit’), Farmer (switching to 2nd guitar), and new bassist Jeff Jacques. Hunted Down made dozens of ‘best of’ lists. Maximum Rock & Roll did a feature on the Syracuse scene, and then one on The Catatonics. They appeared alongside big names like The Germs and Misfits on the super influential Flipside Magazine’s 2nd compilation LP with arguably their finest moment, Descending In E. Things were looking good. The Catatonics kept gigging hard, blowing away bigger established national acts, getting zine covers and more great press. New material was written, early demos for a full length were underway, talks of a U.S. tour were amidst, and then… 

It was gone.

Both musical & personal differences led to The Catatonics breaking up. A lot of it can probably be chalked up to Belvy wanting to go out and see the world and do something bigger (going on to join 7 Seconds, UK Subs, D Generation, Libertine and many more), so who knows what would’ve happened had they stayed the course. But that was then, this is now and Southern Lord Records will soon be reissuing Hunted Down as a 12” vinyl release with bonus tracks on April 23, 2022.

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Davey Bales (The Wraith) Mourned by Friends and Family Around the World

The punk icon and beloved son, nephew, cousin and bandmate passed away on January 29, 2022. // A GoFundMe has been launched for his eternal rest at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

Davey Bales was a powerful frontman, a prolific writer, a dear friend and a cherished family member.  He touched and inspired the lives of so many people around the world through his music, poetry, style, sense of humor, and dedication to his craft.  

Bales passed away sadly and suddenly on January 29th, 2022.  A treasure in the Los Angeles punk scene and beyond, Davey was well-known for founding and fronting the SoCal deathrock band The Wraith.  He released his first EP with the group in 2017 followed by their debut full-length Gloom Ballet in 2019.  The group’s irresistibly distinctive sound – skeletal bass lines and tribal beats propelling Bales’ poetic, anguished bark – immediately gained a following.  Southern Lord’s Greg Anderson comments: “Our deepest condolences go out to Davey Bales family, friends and band members of The Wraith. He was an amazing singer and when I had the pleasure of being in his company his dark creative energy was infectious.  REST IN POWER.”

Members of The Wraith comment, “We are all devastated by Davey’s sudden loss and were not prepared for the high cost of creating the memorial he deserves, to honor his memory and properly say our last goodbyes.”

The group has launched a GoFundMe to help cover the cost of a glass-fronted cremation niche at Hollywood Forever Cemetery for Bales. Please consider donating, as any amount will truly help his family during this difficult time.  Link to donate is here.

The Wraith continue, “Farewell, Davey. The music and poetry you created from your struggle will live on. Your performances will never be forgotten. Be at peace now, brother.”

Thurston Moore Announces Instrumental Album ‘Screen Time’ via Southern Lord.

Screen Time is a series of instrumental guitar pieces recorded during the summer of 2020 as the world confronted the pandemic shutdown and as the people of good conscious stood up against the oppression of racist police oppression and murder. How much screen time does a parent allow a child? How much screen time does a child need to realise a world which has the means to coexist as a community in shared exchange?

The cover image of Screen Time is of a youngster curled into a book, the pages vibratory with text radiating through the skin, blood and bone – an aspect entirely missing from digital media, though the actuality of transparency in our daily lives through streaming etc we can only hope leads to the awareness of fairness.

Screen Time is in reflection to dream time, a state of meditation, hypnagogia and pillow talk. Mastered by Lasse Marhaug for Southern Lord.

Pre order via Bandcamp and via Southern Lord Europe

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Thurston Moore born 1958, moved to NYC 1976, started Sonic Youth 1980, edited the fanzines KILLER, Sonic Death, and Ecstatic Peace Poetry Journal, started Ecstatic Peace records + tapes label, senior editor of Ecstatic Peace Library, and Flowers & Cream, edited books at Rizzoli and Abrams, on faculty at the Naropa University summer writing program since 2011, published through various imprints, worked collaboratively with Yoko Ono, Merce Cunningham, Cecil Taylor, Rhys Chatham, Lydia Lunch, John Zorn, Takehisa Kosugi and Glenn Branca, composed music for films by Olivier Assayas, Gus Van Sant, and Allison Anders, records and tours both solo, with various ensembles and with his own band, resides everywhere.

LORD293 Thurston Moore - Screen Time

SCREEN TIME TRACK LIST:

1) The Station

2) The Town

3) The Home

4) The View

5) The Neighbor

6) The Walk

7) The Upstairs

8) The Dream

9) The Parkbench

10) The Realisation

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THURSTON MOORE, VISIT:

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Sunn O))) Release Metta, Benevolence. BBC 6Music: Live on the Invitation of Mary Anne Hobbs. on Double LP format

In late October 2019, following a successful UK tour ending in a sold-out concert at the mythical Roundhouse in London, SUNN O))) entered studio 4 of the BBC Maida Vale on invitation to record a live session for Mary Anne Hobbs to be broadcast on Samhain via her excellent radio show on BBC6. To enter the legendary John Peel studios was to enter a temple of music and experimentation, liberty in ideas and sound.


The band was nearing the end of a long touring year around the Life Metal and Pyroclasts albums (of which Anna Von Hausswolff and her band had accompanied SUNN O))) on the UK tour, and Anna joined SUNN O))) in the studio on synths and with her tremendous voice). SUNN O))) had developed their compositions extensively, embracing the formative concepts of the Life Metal album conceptually and emotionally, but actualized and evolved into vast, open and bright hyper-saturated arrangements. Particularly the pieces the band chose to perform on this recording: Troubled Air and Pyroclasts. The former enriched into a total aspect of the band’s ethos and form in many ways, and Pyroclasts had evolved to become all-inclusive radiation of O))). The radiation embraces collaboration and freedom of interpretation by each player, within a structural format of the massive monuments of sound and distortion which define SUNN O))).

The recordings of this session— Metta, Benevolence. BBC 6Music: Live on the Invitation of Mary Anne Hobbs.— were released on CD and digital formats last November via Southern Lord and today, the long-awaited double LP version is finally available.

Watch (+ share the Sunn O))) Metta, Benevolence… LP unboxing video on YouTube.

Watch (+ share) the Sunn O))) Metta, Benevolence... LP unboxing video on YouTube.

Revisit passages from “Pyroclasts F (featuring Anna von Hausswolff) here and “Troubled Air” here.

SUNN O)))
Metta, Benevolence      
BBC 6Music : Live on the invitation of Mary Anne Hobbs

1. Pyroclasts F
2. Pyroclasts C#
3. Troubled Air

Stephen O’Malley (Electric Guitar, Minimoog Model D synthesizer)
Greg Anderson (Electric Guitar, Sequential Circuits Prophet-5 synthesizer)
Tos Nieuwenhuizen (Moog Rogue synthesizer)
Stephen Moore (Trombone, Roland Junior-106 (mod) & Nord Stage (gaffed black) synthesizers)
Tim Midyett (Electric Bass Guitar, Roland Juno-106 synthesizer)
Anna von Hausswolff (Voice & Nord C2D synthesizer on Pyroclasts F & C#)

Artist photo by: Ronald K. Dick.

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SUNN O)))’s live recordings online sunn-live.bandcamp.com


SUNN O)))’s recordings are released by Southern Lord Recordings

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Engine Kind Shares Music Video for New Song, “Patti:Tania”

Almost 30 years since their inception, the members of Engine Kid got together in 2021 to hang out and record new music. The result of which arrived by way of the Special Olympics EP flexi-disc/digital EP, released last December on Southern Lord.


Today, the band has unveiled a music video for the EP’s second single, “Patty:Tania” alongside a Q&A with Engine Kid’s Greg Anderson — check that out now via NoEcho (or share the video directly from YouTube).

The tracks on the Special Olympics EP are re-workings of old material which were never recorded. The music represents the sonic direction that Engine Kid were heading before they disbanded. With this EP, the band commemorates the joy of playing music together for the first time in 26 years, and pick up where they left off. As Jade Devitt comments, “The musical commitment and connection that we forged in the 90’s has held like a magnet, finally pulling us together after 26 years! The newly recorded songs were dusted off blueprints from our very last practice tapes from the summer of ’95. Now enhanced with experience & age and new arrangements. The Kid flies again.”

Earlier this year, the 90’s post-hardcore collective featuring Greg Anderson (Southern Lord label owner, also in Sunn O))), Goatsnake & Thorr’s Hammer) released a 6-LP box set of their career-spanning recordings on colour vinyl LP’s for the first time titled Everything Left Inside (find out more about that here) Engine Kid’s Brian Kraft adds, “Greg, Jade and I spent the summer and fall of 2020 gathering old photos, flyers, artwork and audio rehearsals /remixes/remasters for the Everything Left Inside box set. This remote reunion of the Kid made me realize how important Greg, Jade and Engine Kid was and is in my life. The reconnection led to recording some new material. It felt as if we were continuing right where we left off.”

Engine Kid’s first new material since 1995, the Special Olympics EP’s cover art is a symbolic metaphor about living one’s best life, and with extravagant swagger. The songs themselves continue the band’s “take on the world” attitude with restless, wild energy.

Engine Kid’s new EP is out now on flexi-disc and on digital format via Bandcamp.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS EP, TRACK LIST:

1. SPECIAL OLYMPICS

2. BURBAN ON BLADEZ

3. THE ABATTIOR

4. PATTY:TANIA

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ANNA VON HAUSSWOLFF SHARES ANOTHER TRACK FROM THE UPCOMING RELEASE, LIVE AT MONTREUX JAZZ FESTIVAL

With the CD/DL formats of Anna von Hausswolff’s latest release, Live at Montreux Jazz Festival approaching imminently on January 14th via Southern Lord, the label is sharing another audio excerpt from the album, and fan-favorite “The Mysterious Vanishing of Electra (Live at Montreux).” This particular piece captures the extraordinary and commanding nature of the live experience.




Watch + share “The Mysterious Vanishing of Electra (Live)” on YouTube.

Mysterious Vanishing of Electra (Live)” on YouTube.

Across six pieces, Anna von Hausswolff performs sensational renditions from two beloved albums; The Miraculous and Dead Magic, with the backing of a full band including additional vocals from her sister / cinematographer Maria von Hausswolff – full credits can be found below. 

The distinctive music, as captured across five full-length albums, comes to life, shifting from hypnotic and mantra-like moods to thunderous drama, dissonance and cacophony. The musicians master playful dynamics and wield immense power.

LP formats of Live at Montreux Jazz Festival will be arriving on May 13th via Southern Lord in North America, and via Pomperipossa Records in Europe. 

Revisit the previously shared single “The Truth, The Glow, The Fall (Live)” on YouTube.

The infamous Montreux Jazz Festival is one of the largest annual jazz festivals, now operating for over 50 years. About the experience Anna von Hausswolff remarks,

“In the beginning of 2013 I was texting back and forth with my friend Albin. He wanted me to come and play at a jazz festival that he was living nearby, it was Montreux Jazz Festival. At that point I was still quite unknown outside Sweden and regardless of my friend’s many attempts to contact the festival they never returned to him with an offer. I gave up the idea, he did not. Later that same year he unexpectedly died and a few years later, in 2017, an email popped up in my inbox, it was a request to open for Nick Cave and the bad seeds at the Montreux jazz festival. The tragedy that Albin was still not around to share the excitement with me gave me sorrow.

But, through the magic of music comfort came. The show was an emotional turmoil of ecstasy and grief, shared with an incredible audience and atmosphere. And, eventually, I could see his face in the venue, floating above all others, smiling and waving towards me.  I’m so happy to have been given this moment  and I’m beyond grateful to Montreux Jazz Festival, John Harris and Mathieu Jaton who so beautifully recorded this special concert that I will keep close to my heart forever and ever.”

Live at Montreux Jazz Festival was mixed on the “Queen Neve” desk, previously owned by Queen  (thus the name ) and situated at the Mountain Studios in the casino of Montreux, now ­located at Svenska Grammofonstudion, Gothenburg – further capturing the magic.

PRE-ORDER LIVE AT MONTREUX JAZZ FESTIVAL VIA BANDCAMPSOUTHERN LORD STORESOUTHERN LORD EUROPE STORE & THE LP VIA POMPERIPOSSA RECORDS.

Live at Montreux Jazz Festival (2018) track list: 

1. The Truth, The Glow, The Fall (live)

2. Pomperipossa (live)

3. The Mysterious Vanishing Of Electra (live)

4. Ugly And Vengeful (live)

5. Kållans återuppståndelse (live)

6. Come Wander With Me Deliverance (live)

Recorded at Montreux Jazz Festival in 2018, in Auditorium Stravinsky.

Live at Montreux Jazz Festival (2018), cover art:

LORD297 Anna Von Hausswolff - Live at Montreux Jazz Festival CD

Performed by :
Anna von Hausswolff – vocals, organ, acoustic guitar, octatrack
Maria von Hausswolff – vocals
Filip Leyman – synth, percussion
Ulrik Ording – drums
Karl Vento – electric guitar
Joel Fabiansson – electric guitar
David Sabel – bass
Justin Grealy – sound engineer  

Mixed by Filip Leyman and Anna von Hausswolff
Mastered by Hans Olsson Brookes
Illustrations by Zezeah / Zeynep Kis  
Sleeve design by Magnus Andersson and Anna von Hausswolff
Special thanks to Montreux Jazz Festival, John Harris and Mathieu Jaton

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ENGINE KID (SOUTHERN LORD) RELEASES NEW MUSIC

The Special Olympics EP is out now on Flexi disc and digital EP.

Almost 30 years since their inception, the members of Engine Kid got together a few months ago to hang out and record new music. The result of which arrives by way of the Special Olympics EP flexi-disc/digital EP which was released on December 3rd via Southern Lord.

Watch a music video for “BURBAN ON BLADEZ” now.

Some fans may recognize the song “Special Olympics” which, like others on this release, are re-workings of old material which were never recorded. The music represents the sonic direction that the band were heading before they disbanded. With this EP, Engine Kid commemorate the joy of playing music together for the first time in 26 years, and pick up where they left off. As Jade Devitt comments, “The musical commitment and connection that we forged in the 90’s has held like a magnet, finally pulling us together after 26 years! The newly recorded songs were dusted off blueprints from our very last practice tapes from the summer of ’95. Now enhanced with experience & age and new arrangements. The Kid flies again.”

Earlier this year, the 90’s post-hardcore collective featuring Greg Anderson (Southern Lord label owner, also in Sunn O))), Goatsnake & Thorr’s Hammer) released a 6-LP box set of their career-spanning recordings on colour vinyl LP’s for the first time titled Everything Left Inside (find out more about that here) Engine Kid’s Brian Kraft adds, “Greg, Jade and I spent the summer and fall of 2020 gathering old photos, flyers, artwork and audio rehearsals /remixes/remasters for the Everything Left Inside box set. This remote reunion of the Kid made me realize how important Greg, Jade and Engine Kid was and is in my life. The reconnection led to recording some new material. It felt as if we were continuing right where we left off.”

Engine Kid’s first new material since 1995, the Special Olympics EP’s cover art is a symbolic metaphor about living one’s best life, and with extravagant swagger. The songs themselves continue the band’s “take on the world” attitude with restless, wild energy.

Engine Kid’s new EP is out now on flexi-disc and on digital format via Bandcamp.

Watch (+ share) the official video for Engine Kid’s new single “Burban on Bladez” on YouTube.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS EP, TRACK LIST:

1. BURBAN ON BLADEZ

2. SPECIAL OLYMPICS

3. THE ABATTIOR

4. PATTY:TANIA

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