Fascinating Things : Issue 73

Apologies for the lack of written FT action of late but i’ve been waylaid by the combination of a kidney stone and a lot of activity around German Shepherd Records.

As usual there is a lot to catch up on so i’ll dive straight in…….

Ash Borer will release their third full length album, ‘The Irrepassable Gate’ on December 2nd, 2016 through Profound Lore Records on CD/DLP/Digital formats. Psychic Violence will handle a cassette edition as well as a deluxe art edition of the DLP to be released at a later date than the standard run.

Jason Simon, best known for his work as the guitarist and singer for the seminal heavy psych band Dead Meadow, releases his new solo record Familiar Haunts. On Familiar Haunts Jason takes his love of the haunting Appalachian banjo playing of Dock Boggs and old time Americano Folk music to create a heady mix where wheezing organs come up against Maestro like drum machines and delivers on the weirdness inherent in old folk/country and blues tunes.

Members of the Melvins (Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover), At The Drive-In (Omar Rodriguez-Lopez) and Le Butcherettes (Teri Gender Bender) have formed a new rock band, Crystal Fairy.

Crystal Fairy’s self-titled debut arrives February 24 via Ipecac Recordings with the song “Drugs On The Bus” streaming now. A limited edition 7” featuring “Drugs On The Bus” and “Necklace of Divorce” was available October 10 via Amphetamine Reptile.

Sacred Bones Records will be releasing the new 12” release Ghosthouse from NYC heavy industrial duo Uniform, ahead of a full-length record due out in early 2017.

For the uninitiated, Uniform are old friends Ben Greenberg (ex-The Men, Hubble, and the producer/engineer responsible for much of the Sacred Bones catalog) and Michael Berdan (ex Drunkdriver, York Factory Complaint) and formed in New York City in 2013. Uniform open the hood on Godflesh’s engine and make some dangerous adjustments, creating grimacing punk-laced deluges of distortion and decay that often speed up in to punishing extreme metal levels of intensity.

Ghosthouse shares a basic configuration with the previous Uniform releases, but the tools have evolved far beyond their initial drum machine and bass synth setup. These songs have grown from a broader palette of sounds – shots, explosions, implosions, impacts, ricochets, collapse; the sounds of conflict, war, and destruction that we witness every day. The three songs on Ghosthouse show the incisiveness that Greenberg and Berdan now have at their command. The result is the most sonically confrontational Uniform material to date.

OST is the mental-illness-rock project from Irish born, New York based musician Shane Harrington. Growing up in the murder capital of Europe Limerick City, (or Stab City as it is referred to in the media) Harrington spent the first half of his life staying inside, drawing and playing music. Before leaving Southill (the most crime ridden ghetto in Limerick City) at 16, he lived in a housing estate between two feuding gangs. Here, his family home (as well as his fathers car) were set fire to multiple times. Prior to this his house had been burgled while he was still inside, he had witnessed the attempted murder of a neighbor and his mentally unwell mother and politically active father had divorced. The following years gave way to art college, touring Europe with DIY punk bands and eventually moving to New York.

After being asked to be the new guitarist with NY noise-rock legends Skeleton Key, as well as curating shows and showing art with the likes of Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo, Harrington finished work on his 3rd album. Uncaused is the result of two years of experimentation, a tapering off from high dose SSRIs and a deep researching into some fringe philosophies.The lyrics deal with themes of mental illness, trauma, psychology, therapy industries and social issues. Guitars, bass, sequencers, synths, organ, art, engineering and mixing were all handled by Harrington.

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