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July 27, 2015

KOWLOON WALLED CITY To Release Grievances Via Neurot Recordings October 9th; Artwork + Track Listing Revealed

KOWLOON WALLED CITY will release their long-awaited new full-length this fall. Grievances, their third album and first for Neurot Recordings, finds the San Francisco band at its artistic peak, having moved even further away from its sludgy, post-hardcore origins and toward a sparser, sadder, yet still de-tuned heaviness.

This shift began with 2012’s critically successful Container Ships, which Lambgoat described as “spacious” and “mildly hypnotic,” with a “Shellac-like use of dead time and instrumentation,” and The Obelisk called “cerebral in approach.” On Grievances, the band takes these elements to even greater extremes. The strings rattle. The guitars crackle and blister. The notes ring out, at turns bleak and beautiful -- sometimes both at once.

“We dug into this expansive, less distorted vibe. The songs are mostly slow and bummed out but we still want them to push, to have energy,” said vocalist/guitarist Scott Evans.

Evans, together with guitarist Jon Howell, bassist Ian Miller, and drummer Jeff Fagundes spent over two years working on the seven songs for Grievances. The intense editing process weeded out about two albums’ worth of songs. Howell’s unusual chord changes and discordant aesthetic channel Unwound and Slint. Miller’s gritty bass adds a surprising layer of depth and melody, while Fagundes’ drums resonate in what sounds like an impossibly large room. Evans’ shouted vocals are raw with frustration and disappointment, but without the typical veneer of macho aggression.

“We’re not interested in doing something that’s good enough -- we want to do something that we believe is good,” said Miller. “With Scott’s concept and sonics and Jon’s playing and our rhythm section, we feel like should be able to do something interesting. But it’s hard work.”

The concept of work forms the thematic foundation of the entire record, from the cover art to the title and the lyrics. Whereas previous KOWLOON WALLED CITY releases were largely inspired by the band’s hometown of San Francisco, Grievances focuses its attention on our complex relationships with work and the power our employment -- and employers -- have over us.

As with KOWLOON WALLED CITY’s previous releases, Evans recorded and mixed, starting in Sharkbite Studios and finishing in his own Antisleep Audio, both in Oakland. “We’re not a fancy band. There are no effects to speak of, no reverb, no delays,” said Evans. “We each play one guitar, one pedal, one amp. So there’s not much to hide behind. I try to respect that in our recording process and our recordings.”


Grievances Track Listing:
1. Your Best Years
2. Grievances
3. Backlit
4. The Grift
5. White Walls
6. True Believer
7. Daughters And Sons


KOWLOON WALLED CITY formed in 2007 and has released an EP, Turk Street (Wordclock, 2008), and two full-length albums, Gambling On The Richter Scale (Perpetual Motion Machine, 2009) and Container Ships (Brutal Panda, 2012), as well as two splits. Among the bands it has shared stages with are Neurosis, Tragedy, Sleep, Thou, Coliseum, Zozobra, Fight Amp, Roomrunner, The Body, and Helms Alee.

Grievances will be released worldwide on October 9th, 2015 on Neurot Recordings, with vinyl on Gilead Media. Preorders to be announced in the coming weeks.



July 15, 2015

NEUROSIS Prepares For Most Widespread North American Tour In Nearly Two Decades

In less than three weeks, NEUROSIS will embark on the band’s most widespread North American tour since before the turn of the millennium.

On the eve of their thirtieth anniversary, the forceful aural surge of NEUROSIS will be felt with a deluge of performances set to take place in sixteen cities across America and Canada this Summer. The genre-creating quintet will punish the continent with one of their most crushing live sets to date, beginning on July 31st in Lawrence, Kansas, followed by shows in Minneapolis, Madison, Chicago, Louisville, Detroit, Toronto, Montréal, Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Richmond, Carrboro, Atlanta and New Orleans, before coming to a smoldering finale in Houston on August 16th, invading cities and states which they have not visited since the ‘90s along the way.




Support on this venture will be provided by a rotating, dynamic spread of acts, including nomadic doomsday cult, The Body, expansive rock duo, Sumac (members of Baptists, Old Man Gloom, ex-Isis, etc.), Pinkish Black and labelmates Iron Tongue, not to mention support from labelmates Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth (featuring Tad Doyle of TAD and Hog Molly) for the entire trek, excluding NEUROSIS’ participation in the immense Montréal Festival where they’ll join the likes of Mastodon, Meshuggah, Gorguts and many others.


NEUROSIS Tour Dates:

7/31/2015 Liberty Hall - Lawrence, KS w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body [info]
8/01/2015 Mill City Nights - Minneapolis, MN w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body [info]
8/02/2015 The Majestic - Madison, WI w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body [info]
8/03/2015 Thalia Hall - Chicago, IL w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body [info]
8/04/2015 Expo Five - Louisville, KY w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body [info]
8/05/2015 St. Andrews Hall - Detroit, MI w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body [info]
8/06/2015 Opera House - Toronto, ON w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body [info]
8/07/2015 Heavy Montréal - Montréal, QC w/ Mastodon, Meshuggah, Gorguts [info]
8/08/2015 Paradise Rock Club-Boston, MA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac, The Body [info]
8/09/2015 Warsaw - Brooklyn, NY w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac [info]
8/11/2015 Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac [info]
8/12/2015 Broadberry - Richmond, VA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac [info]
8/13/2015 Cat's Cradle - Carrboro, NC w/ Brothers of the Sonic Cloth, Sumac [info]
8/14/2015 Masquerade - Atlanta, GA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac [info]
8/15/2015 House Of Blues - New Orleans, LA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Iron Tongue [info]
8/16/2015 Warehouse Live - Houston, TX w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Pinkish Black [info]




Since the release of their 1987 debut LP, Pain Of Mind, NEUROSIS has increasingly developed into a more potent and prolific act with each new recording and tour. Through releases on Alchemy, Lookout!, Alternative Tentacles, Relapse, Hydra Head and more -- before forming their own Neurot Recordings which houses all of their recordings since the beginning of the millennium -- the band has become a genre-defining institution of heavy music. The Oakland, California natives have broken ground at every turn, pioneering a sound that influenced heavyweights including Isis, Mastodon and High On Fire and inspiring endless legions of fans with their expansive, mind-altering works, as well as forming their own solo outfits and touring acts outside of NEUROSIS.


In 2012, NEUROSIS released Honor Found In Decay, recorded by Steve Albini at Electrical Audio and mastered by John Golden of Golden Mastering, the album showcasing the band taking their esoteric but leveling and hymns to even further diversified areas of exploration. Following the album’s hometown release show, they disbanded with the backdrop visuals that had accompanied their live set nearly since inception, empowering their anthems in a drastically more human approach. Since the album’s release, NEUROSIS has been heavily proactive tour-wise, embarking on regional bouts of touring and taking part in high-profile one-off and festival events throughout North America and Europe. And the cycle shall continue through the remainder of 2015 and onward towards their eleventh studio album.



July 14, 2015

IDES OF GEMINI Summer Tour With Clay Rendering Begins TODAY

IDES OF GEMINI are very pleased to announce their latest bout of West Coast live ceremonies. Set to commence on July 14th in Oakland, the journey will coil its way around ten cities through California, Oregon, Vancouver and Washington, coming to a close on July 24thin Glendale. The band will be joined by blackened dream pop duo, Clay Rendering.





IDES OF GEMINI w/ Clay Rendering:
7/14/2015 Golden Bull - Oakland, CA
7/15/2015 Club 66 - Ashland, OR
7/16/2015 Wandering Goat - Eugene, OR
7/17/2015 Ash St Saloon - Portland, OR w/ Jex Thoth, Atriarch, Barrowlands *
7/18/2015 Media Club – Vancouver, BC
7/19/2015 Highline - Seattle, WA
7/21/2015 Press Club - Sacramento, CA
7/22/2015 Elbo Room - San Francisco, CA
7/23/2015 Sweet Springs - Los Osos, CA
7/24/2015 Complex - Glendale, CA
* no Clay Rendering


IDES OF GEMINI released their critically-hailed, Chris Rakestraw (Danzig)-produced Old World New Wave full-length last September via Neurot Recordings and as well as a special, limited Carthage/Strange Fruit seven-inch via Magic Bullet Records last month in honor of Record Store Day.

If you missed it, the band recently unveiled the haunting visual accompaniment to their reinterpretation of “Strange Fruit.” Written as a poem by Abel Meeropol in 1937, and set to music famously by Billie Holiday in 1939, the song stems from Meeropol’s original protest piece against the racial lynchings that marred the early 20th century in America and has been covered many times over including versions by Nina Simone, Annie Lennox, Siouxsie And The Banshees, Diana Ross, and countless others. The solemn video was directed by Timms, and is currently playing at Revolver Magazine RIGHT HERE.

IDES OF GEMINI's Old World New Wave is available on CD and digitally via Neurot Recordings and on vinyl via SIGE Records. For CD orders, point your browser HERE and for T-shirt bundles, point your browser to THIS LOCATION. The seven-inch is currently available on limited black and clear wax at THIS LOCATION.  Desirers of the digitals visit Magic Bullet’s BandCamp page HERE or iTunes HERE.





“A stark blend of black metal-derived guitar riffs, rigid, martial beats, and the haunting, gothic vocal harmonies of bassist Sera Timms and drummer Kelly Johnston-Gibson, this album washes over the listener, feeling simultaneously comforting and unsettling.” – Decibel

“…the pure, sonic power of these songs… will knock you off your feet.” – Soundblab

“…an enjoyable dream-doom filled sonic journey from start to finish.” – Bearded Gentlemen Music

“…there’s enough droney doom on [Old World New Wave] to make you feel like you’re stuck in David Lynch’s dreams.” – Noisey

IDES OF GEMINI has a knack… for creating a world of sound and inviting the listener in. Their music has the feel of a classic horror film: all psychology, no fake blood or cheap startles. If there’s a goth revival afoot in metal culture — and, given last year’s releases by In Solitude, Beastmilk and others, there’s certainly an argument to be made for that — then IDES OF GEMINI is among its most evocative front-runners.” – Invisible Oranges




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