May 12, 2016


Photo Credit: Josh Martines
San Francisco's KOWLOON WALLED CITY, radical reworkers of sludge and post-hardcore, are heading out on the European highway for the very first time this August, and will be supporting atmospheric metal masters Minsk. They will stop off at Migration Fest in Olympia, Washington, before heading to Europe for three weeks, including a performance at Porto’s esteemed Amplifest. This is an excellent chance to witness a band who over the last decade have refined their sound to a powerful zenith. Last year's Grievances LP, released in October via Neurot Recordings, was their furthest departure from their more direct origins, honing in on sparse and more melancholic detuned heaviness.

Vocalist/guitarist Scott 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.

Purchase Grievances on vinyl, CD and in t-shirt bundles via Neurot Recordings at THIS LOCATION

You can stream all of Grievances at their bandcamp, and view all dates announced so far below:

08.16.16 Belgium, Antwerp @ Kavka
08.17.16 France, Paris @ La Mécanique Ondulatoire
08.18.16 TBA
08.19.16 TBA
08.20.16 Portugal, Porto @ Amplifest
08.21.16 Portugal, Porto @ Amplifest
08.22.16 Spain, Madrid @ Arena
08.23.16 TBA
08.24.16 France, Montpellier @ Black Sheep
08.25.16 Italy, Misano Adriatico @ Wave
08.26.16 Switzerland, Winterthur @ Gaswerk
08.27.16 TBA
08.28.16 Poland, Poznan @ U Bazyla
08.29.16 Germany, Berlin @ Musik & Frieden
08.30.16 Germany, Hamburg @ Hafenklang 
08.31.16 Sweden, Gothenburg @ Skjul Fyra Sex
09.01.16 TBA
09.02.16 Holland, Tilburg @ Little Devil
09.03.16 UK, London @ Underworld

"One of this year's true masterpieces." - ROCK A ROLLA 

"Grievances manifests its majesty in mounting despair: once your ears attune to its rewarding subtleties, the emotional rush begins to border on the epic. Manna from heaven for anyone who’s ever entertained the idea of Slint, Floor and Twelve Hour Turn locked in a glaring contest; beautifully bleak heaviosity for everyone else."- THE SKINNY

"The entire album is an eloquent and heartfelt rumination and, despite Evans’ assertion that “all of your voices are like silhouettes," Grievances proves that it is possible to make your voice heard, and do so with real vigour."- MUSIC OMH

"A stunning record – big, clean guitars, used as knives, not hammers, over a vicious bass bite and drums that hang and resound, full of anticipation, tension and release.... And what’s most impressive is how the riffs all feel purposeful in an emotional and narrative sense. They evolve, twist and push the songs forward. They’re beautiful, brittle and brutal all at the same time." - THE LIST

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