February 27, 2014

STONEBURNER Release Video Teaser for Upcoming Album, Life Drawing

Sludge deviants Stoneburner today reveal their first audiovisual insight into the sounds that propel their forthcoming full-length, Life Drawing. Who better to visualise their desolate sludgy blues than Kenneth Thomas, director of Blood, Sweat & Vinyl, the captivating documentary about independent music, as told through the eyes of some forward thinking labels - including Neurot Recordings, home of Stoneburner.

This video teaser opens with a quote from A.A Milne whilst the lurching bassline of "Caged Bird" sets the scene. J.J. Shirey's dark artwork features prominently making sure our eye is cast over every part, until we are confronted with raw live footage of the band performing album highlight, "An Apology To A Friend In Need", replete with devastatingly heavy, magma-thick riffs and subterranean growls. Overall a great indicator of what we can expect from the upcoming full-length and something to keep us going as we edge closer to release date.

Recorded, mixed and produced by Fester at Haywire Studios, mastered by Adam Gonsalves at Telegraph Mastering – both in Portland - and swathed in the visually abrasive cover art of J.J. Shirey, Life Drawing promises to hurl Stoneburner’s habitually chest-caving sludge mantras to entirely new realms of earth-deteriorating heaviness.

Life Drawing Track Listing:1. Some Can
2. Caged Bird
3. Drift
4. An Apology To A Friend In Need
5. Pale New Eyes
6. Giver Of Birth
7. Done
8. You Are The Worst
9. The Phoenix

Stoneburner features a persuasive musical ancestry that winds through Buried At Sea, Buried Blood, Heathen Shrine and others. An array of talented individuals also contribute guest vocals including; Benjamin Caragol (Burials/Hang the Old Year), Joshua Greene (Bastard Feast, Ephemeros), and Krysta Martinez (Transient/Landmine Marathon).

Life Drawing will be unleashed via Neurot Recordings on April 15th in the US, and 14th April in the UK/EU! Stay tuned for further info.


February 18, 2014

MIKE SCHEIDT: Opening Track To Songs Of Townes Van Zandt Vol II Tribute Playing At Stereogum

Neurot Recordings will release the Songs Of Townes Van Zandt Vol II tribute album stateside, in partnership with My Proud Mountain who is handling all international territories, March 7th, appropriately on the late, great artist’s birthday.

The second album in this homage series praising the works of the celebrated American country/folk singer-songwriter, Songs Of Townes Van Zandt Vol II bears nine new covers featuring proud contributions provided by a wide cast of musicians. The prime collaborators for the album are Mike Scheidt (YOB, VHÖL), John Baizley (Baroness) and Nate Hall (USX), with additional contributions from Katie Jones, Stevie Floyd (Dark Castle, Taurus) and Dorthia Cottrell (Windhand).

The opening track to Songs of Townes Van Zandt Vol II, a solo rendition of “To Live Is To Fly” performed by Mike Scheidt, has today been made publicly available via mainstream music portal, Stereogum. Scheidt, whose main act, YOB, recently signed to Neurot Recordings, recalls where he first learned of Townes Van Zandt and became part of the man’s obsessive fanbase.

“I worked in a fantastic guitar shop called Mckenzie River Music in Eugene Oregon from 1996-2003,” Scheidt begins. “This dusty, cluttered guitar shop was no ordinary shop. We had the best of the best. Pre-World War II Martin and Gibson acoustic and electric guitars, vintage 50s/60s Fender guitars and amps, the most valuable and collectable gear you could buy, along with player’s priced quality gear. It was Dick Gunn, the shop’s senior salesman and RIPPING country picker, who first turned me on to Townes. It was a gift for Christmas, a CD with both High Low And In Between, and The Late Great Townes Van Zandt. Upon first listen, I knew I was listening to something that wasn’t just great. It smacked of Truth, capital T. Whether that truth be tender and lighthearted, or take you to places so low that you could hardly pick yourself back up, it was so heavy. The way he combined language and guitar chords is one of a kind. Untouchable. Dick Gunn passed away in 2007, and I have yet to still reconcile his loss inside of myself. He taught me so much, gave me everything he had to teach as a player and a human. Listening to Townes functions on multiple levels for me. One of the most treasured experiences of listening to Townes is remembering my friend Dick Gunn, how we picked together, how we talked about Townes and knew that we knew that we knew he was THE BEST. Through and through.”


Link-in and hear Mike Scheidt’s rendition of “To Live Is To Fly” at Stereogum now AT THIS LOCATION.

Vice Magazine’s music channel, Noisey recently released the album’s closing anthem, “If I Needed You,” as performed by John Baizley and Katie Jones, playing HERE.

February 13, 2014

YOB: Oregonian Doom Metal Trio Join The Neurot Recordings Family

Neurot Recordings is pleased to welcome long-running Eugene, Oregon-based doom metal trio, YOB, to their expanding household of eclectic, thought-provoking music. The band -- founding vocalist/guitarist Mike Scheidt, drummer Travis Foster and bassist Aaron Rieseberg -- will release their seventh studio offering this Fall preceded by an appearance at the illustrious Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, The Netherlands in April.

Comments Scheidt of the recent union, "YOB is very happy to have signed to Neurot for our new album. Travis, Aaron and I agree that Neurosis is the epitome of forward-thinking heavy music, made with zero compromise. Our love for their music is total. Neurot's dedication to putting out uncompromising music is no different. To have this opportunity to put an album out on their label is an honor that runs deep. We cannot wait to share our new music with Neurot and our friends worldwide."

Neurosis’ Steve Von Till notes, “This was meant to be. Neurot has always sought out to work with those who share in the purification of spirit through sound and who harvest their sound from originality and intensity. When I listen to YOB, see them leave it all on the stage, or share a conversation with them about life, I can say beyond a shadow of a doubt that they embody what Neurot stands for completely and we are so very honored that we get the opportunity to work together with them on their next album.”

Adds Scott Kelly, “YOB, as with all things that actually matter, there is only one. They have built their temple with a foundation concreted in absolute truth. The truth is the riffs, the truth is in the delivery, it’s in the unwavering commitment, and in the handshake and the look in their eyes. If you don't know them, then you are fucking up your own lifes' truth. There's is nothing heavier on the face of this earth than this band. The Neurot Family is honored to be a part of legacy of this, the monolithic treasure of sonic achievement that is YOB.”

Further details on YOB’s forthcoming new release to be unveiled in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.

“YOB might be one of the best bands in North America,” 
- Ben Ratliff; New York Times

February 4, 2014

JOHN BAIZLEY & KATIE JONES: Vice/Noisey Premieres First Single From Songs Of Townes Van Zandt Vol II

As Neurot Recordings prepares to release Songs of Townes Van Zandt Vol II this Winter,
the first single from the tribute collection to late folk/country music icon is now playing via Noisey/Vice Magazine.

Neurot will release Songs of Townes Van Zandt Vol II in North America -- once again through a partnership with Germany's My Proud Mountain Records, the label formed to release the first Songs of Townes Van Zandt album in 2012, which featured contributions from Scott "Wino" Weinrich, Steve Von Till and Scott Kelly -- who will again handle the international release of this second installment of the series. Featuring an outstanding cast of artists who front full-time bands in addition to releasing their own solo and collaborative works complimenting this legendary but often overlooked American singer-songwriter, Songs of Townes Van Zandt Vol II bears nine more TVZ covers from Mike Scheidt (YOB, VHÖL), Nate Hall (USX), John Baizley (Baroness), Katie Jones, Stevie Floyd (Dark Castle, Taurus) and Dorthia Cottrell (Windhand).

Noisey is hosting a stream of the album's closing rendition of the Townes Van Zandt anthem, "If I Needed You," as performed by John Baizley and Katie Jones, who both provide a mixture of heartfelt vocals to an acoustic backdrop in their remake of the beautiful yet gloomy classic. 
Listen in now AT THIS LOCATION.

Songs of Townes Van Zandt Vol II will see digital and CD stateside release via Neurot on March 11th. Stay tuned for additional retold tales from the collection to be released in the coming weeks.

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