It's been a bit since the last update.... we're stoked on sunny California weather and a bunch of upcoming stuff. The past few months have been pretty cool too. The California shows with SAINT VITUS were super killer. It was fucking awesome to share the stage with those guys again and really inspiring to see a legendary band rise from the dead and be totally down to earth and devastatingly good live. If you have the chance to see them...do it!
The Japan tour was amazing... we did five shows and had four days off to check out Tokyo, which was super fucking cool. All of the bands that played were awesome and again really inspiring to see guys who have been their bands for 15-20 years still playing the music they love and doing their thing with no motivation of money or cool points or whatever...if you have long hair and/or tattoos in Japan, you are a total dirt and in most cases you'll have a hard time finding a job, spouse or even an apartment. It was really amazing to see all these bands, whether they were hardcore, thrash or 70's psych, just totally destroy and for all the right reasons. Fucking lifers. Phil from Red Cobalt did a great job with setting up the tour and we can't thank him and Reika (#1 driver in Japan!!!) enough. The Japanese version of Into Abaddon is available now...new artwork by Derrick Snodgrass, LP, CD, and two posters all in one package, limited to 500. Pick one up HERE.
We entered Sharkbite Studios in Oakland with master of heaviness Billy Anderson to record a BLUE OYSTER CULT cover with Scott "Wino" Weinrich (SAINT VITUS, SHRINEBUILDER, THE OBSESSED) on vocals and guitar. It came out awesome and its still pretty surreal to us that it even exists. We were geeking out with Wino last fall on the Vitus east coast dates about BOC and we drunkenly talked about collaborating on a cover of "Hot Rails to Hell". It was one of those things we never really expected to materialize but somehow when the awesome SHRINEBUILDER came through the Bay Area it all came together. It will be on a future EP...more details on that later. Anyone in Columbus,OH for Scion Rock Fest on March 13 got to see us play it live with Wino too Pretty fucking killer and not sure when that might happen again, if ever!
Even though we told ourselves we were gonna chill out a bit on touring in 2010, here are a bunch of dates. Hope to see old and new friends out. We'll have records, new shirts, blacklight posters and other weird shit available for sale or trade as always.
4/30/10 BARROSELAS, PORTUGAL SWR BARROSELAS FESTIVAL W/ IMMOLATION,
TRIPTYKON, ARCHGOAT, SOURVEIN AND MORE
UK tour with North Carolina miscreants SOURVEIN ...a few more UK dates coming soon on this one
5/02/10 KINGSTON, UK FIGHTING COCKS W/ SOURVEIN
5/03/10 NEWCASTLE, UK TRILLIANS W/ SOURVEIN
5/04/10 SHEFFIELD, UK CORPORATION W/ SOURVEIN
5/05/10 LONDON, UK SOUTH OF THE BORDER W/ SOURVEIN
5/06/10 NOTTINGHAM,UK ROCK CITY W/ SOURVEIN
5/22/10 OAKLAND, CA BAD SKULLS W/ TALK IS POISON, WALLS
We'll be hitting Texas for Timmy's unreal CHAOS IN TEJAS festival in Austin and the FREE PRESS MUSIC FEST in Houston. 6/1-6/4 there will be some headline dates with BLOOD OF THE SUN and THE ROLLER as support and THOU will be on a few of the dates too...details coming really soon on those shows
5/28/10 AUSTIN, TX RED 7 W/ TOXIC HOLOCAUST, GEHENNA, ASHDAUTAS, IRON
AGE, THE ROLLER, ACEPHALIX (CHAOS IN TEJAS)
6/5/10 HOUSTON, TX FREE PRESS MUSIC FEST W/ FLAMING LIPS, CRO MAGS
MUNICIPAL WASTE, ETC…
Right after the trip down south we head back to Europe with WEEDEATER and BLACK COBRA...still a few dates to come on this one too. Lots of festivals, some places we've been before and some new spots too. Should be a rager!
6/12/10 ANTWERPEN, BELGIUM TRIX W/ WEEDEATER, BLACK COBRA
6/14/10 PLYMOUTH, UK WHITE RABBIT W/ WEEDEATER, BLACK COBRA
6/15/10 LEEDS, UK THE WELL W/ WEEDEATER, BLACK COBRA
6/16/10 LIVERPOOL,UK KOROVA W/ WEEDEATER, BLACK COBRA
6/17/10 LONDON, UK UNDERWORLD W/ WEEDEATER, BLACK COBRA
6/18/10 STEENWIJK, NETHERLANDS TRASHFEST W/ WEEDEATER, BLACK COBRA
6/19/10 SLIEDRECHT, NETHERLANDS ELEKTRA TUINFEST (SAVIOURS ONLY)
6/20/10 CLISSON, FRANCE HELLFEST W/ WEEDEATER, BLACK COBRA, SLAYER,
BLOODBATH, DOOM, MOTORHEAD, ETC…
6/23/10 LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND LE ROMANDIE W/ WEEDEATER, BLACK COBRA
6/24/10 MILANO, ITALY MAGNOLIA W/ WEEDEATER, BLACK COBRA
6/25/10 GIAVERA, ITALY DEL MONTELLO (TV) SANTI ANGELI W/ WEEDEATER,
6/26/10 DELEMONT, SWITZERLAND SAS MUSIC CLUB W/ WEEDEATER, BLACK COBRA
6/28/10 WIEN, AUSTRIA ARENA W/ WEEDEATER, BLACK COBRA
7/02/10 VANA VIGALA, ESTONIA HARD ROCK LAAGER W/ WEEDEATER, BLACK COBRA
7/03/10 RIGA, LATVIA METALSHOW LV FESTIVAL W/ WEEDEATER, BLACK COBRA
7/06/10 MÜNCHEN, GERMANY FEIERWERK W/ WEEDEATER, BLACK COBRA
7/07/10 HAMBURG, GERMANY HAFENKLANG W/ WEEDEATER, BLACK COBRA
7/10/10 ERFURT-STOTTERNHEIM, GERMANY STONED FROM THE UNDERGROUND
FESTIVAL W/ WEEDEATER, BLACK COBRA