CORRECTIONS HOUSE – Last City Zero

Corrections House - Last City ZeroTo state that hyperbole and false statements of quality are hallmarks of the music industry would be stating the obvious.  Additionally, the term “super group” is often thrown around too haphazardly.  Just because a bunch of guys from bands that people dig form a side project doesn’t really mean a thing.

Well, the truth is that CORRECTIONS HOUSE have proven to be one of the best new bands in extreme music and their full length debut, Last City Zero, is an instant classic.  The band is indeed a collection of guys from bands that people have dug for a long time: Mike IX Williams (EYEHATEGOD), Scott Kelly (NEUROSIS), Bruce Lamont (YAKUZA), Sanford Parker (MINSK) and Seward Fairbury.

Sonically, CORRECTIONS HOUSE is free form in the sense that the songs are not composed of a traditional band configuration (guitars, bass, drums) nor traditional song structures.  Instead, the band are unbound in their sound – using layers of cold mechanical electronics, different brooding guitar and saxophone sounds, various vocal styles, and various other sound effects.  The album explores experimental stylings and acoustic guitars in varying degrees. Some songs are sonically heavy like “Serve or Survive” and “Bullets and Graves” while others are stripped down like the title track.

Last City Zero is  more of an experience than anything else and a spiritual one at that.  The band’s atmospheric soundscape approach is absolutely potent.  The feelings of desolation, desperation, and nihilism cannot be understated.  What I’m trying to get at is that for many, Last City Zero will speak to them on a deeply profound level; a life changer if you will.

Bands like CORRECTIONS HOUSE don’t come along too often and the magic here is undeniable.  Awesome.  (Neurot Recordings)

CORRECTIONS HOUSE: Nihilistic Collective Announces Stateside Takeovers; March Through Europe Underway

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Having just begun their march through Europe, the CORRECTIONS HOUSE legion — Mike IX Williams (EYEHATEGOD), Scott Kelly (NEUROSIS), Bruce Lamont (YAKUZA), Sanford Parker (MINSK) and their minister of propaganda, Seward Fairbury — announce a short run of Stateside takeovers to usher in 2014. Set to commence January 2nd in Seattle, CORRECTIONS HOUSE will pillage their way through Portland, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco.

CORRECTIONS HOUSE are currently touring in support of their Last City Zero debut, issued via Neurot Recordings in late October. Produced by Parker at Electrical Audio, Soma Studios, 60 Psycho Hum and Nodferatu’s Lair, Last City Zero is an audio product of societal ruin and psychological decay. At once beautifully hideous, graceful and terrifying, the record travels far beyond the confines of any one specific genre and continues to reap the applause of exploratory fans and critics globally.

In related news, CORRECTIONS HOUSE recently unleashed a video for the track “Bullets And Graves“:

Rare STEVE VON TILL/HARVESTMAN Appearance and New Releases Announced

Steve Von Till (NEUROSIS, HARVESTMAN) will be performing a rare set in his home region in Moscow, Idaho this February. This set will feature the lone artist performing both HARVESTMAN and SVT solo material. The appearance is to take place at the Prichard Art Gallery in downtown Moscow at 8:00 PM on the 13th of February, as part of a week-long show about KUOI, the University of Idaho’s radio station.

As previously announced, HARVESTMAN is also confirmed as direct support for SHRINEBUILDER on three Bay Area shows this March, as part of the Neurot Recordings West Coast Tour featuring A STORM OF LIGHT in addition to SHRINEBUILDER.

STEVE VON TILL/HARVESTMAN live appearances:
2/13/2010 Prichard Art Gallery – Moscow, ID
3/05/2010 The Voodoo Lounge – San Jose, CA w/ SHRINEBUILDER, A STORM OF LIGHT, BRAIN OIL
3/06/2010 Oakland Metro – Oakland, CA w/ SHRINEBUILDER, A STORM OF LIGHT, LAUDANUM
3/07/2010 The Independent – San Francisco, CA w/ SHRINEBUILDER, A STORM OF LIGHT

This March, Neurot will release a limited edition release from HARVESTMAN, entitled Trinity. This release showcases the material actually used as the soundtrack for Italian horror film H2Odio [the English title is Hate 2 O], the album has been renamed for its Neurot Recordings release. Neurot will also then release the HARVESTMAN / MINSK / U.S. CHRISTMAS 3-way split entitled Hawkwind Triad; the split obviously featuring all three artists unleashing their takes on classic HAWKWIND covers! More info on both of these releases will be made available soon.

PELICAN Announce Full U.S. Tour

PELICAN, who have kept busy this year with a whole lot of touring, will be embarking their own headlining U.S. tour that begins just days before the release of the band’s upcoming new album, What We All Come To Need. The band’s new album, and first for Southern Lord, comes out on October 27th. Labelmates BLACK COBRA will be opening for most of the dates.  Additional support will come from MINSK, SWEET COBRA, STRUCK BY LIGHTNING, GODS & QUEENS, and DISAPPEARER.

PELICAN will also join EARTH, SUNN O))) and EAGLE TWIN for a Southern Lord showcase in the Blackened Music Series at Brooklyn’s Masonic Temple later this month.

9/22/2009 Brooklyn Masonic Temple – Brooklyn, NY w/ SUNN O))), EARTH, EAGLE TWIN
10/18/2009 Triple Rock Social Club – Minneapolis, MN w/ MINSK, SWEET COBRA
10/19/2009 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO w/MINSKSWEET COBRA
10/20/2009 The Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO w/ BLACK COBRASWEET COBRA
10/21/2009 Club Vegas – Salt Lake City, UT w/ BLACK COBRASWEET COBRA
10/22/2009 Neurolux – Boise, ID w/ BLACK COBRASWEET COBRA
10/24/2009 El Corazon – Seattle, WA w/ BLACK COBRASWEET COBRA
10/25/2009 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR w/ BLACK COBRASWEET COBRA
10/27/2009 Independent – San Francisco, CA w/ BLACK COBRASWEET COBRA
10/28/2009 The Troubadour – West Hollywood, CA w/ BLACK COBRASWEET COBRA
10/29/2009 The Casbah – San Diego, CA w/ BLACK COBRA, STRUCK BY LIGHTNING
10/30/2009 Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ w/ BLACK COBRA, STRUCK BY LIGHTNING
11/01/2009 Emo’s – Austin, Texas w/ BLACK COBRA, STRUCK BY LIGHTNING
11/02/2009 Granada Theater – Dallas, TX w/ BLACK COBRA, STRUCK BY LIGHTNING
11/04/2009 Outland Ballroom – Springfield, MO w/ BLACK COBRA, STRUCK BY LIGHTNING
11/05/2009 The Picador – Iowa City, IA w/ BLACK COBRA, STRUCK BY LIGHTNING
11/28/2009 The Shelter – Detroit, MI w/ BLACK COBRA, GODS & QUEENS
11/29/2009 The Soundlab – Buffalo, NY w/ BLACK COBRA, GODS & QUEENS
12/01/2009 First Unitarian Church – Philadelphia, PA w/ BLACK COBRA, DISAPPEARER
12/02/2009 Highline Ballroom – New York, NY w/ BLACK COBRA, DISAPPEARER
12/03/2009 Harper’s Ferry – Allston, MA w/ BLACK COBRA, DISAPPEARER
12/04/2009 Rock And Roll Hotel – Washington, DC w/ BLACK COBRA, DISAPPEARER
12/05/2009 The Orange Peel – Asheville, NC
12/07/2009 Earl – Atlanta, GA w/ BLACK COBRA, DISAPPEARER
12/08/2009 Bottletree Cafe – Birmingham, AL w/ BLACK COBRA, DISAPPEARER
12/09/2009 Cider House – Knoxville, TN w/ BLACK COBRA, DISAPPEARER
12/10/2009 Ravari Room – Columbus, OH w/ BLACK COBRA, DISAPPEARER, BRAINBOW
12/11/2009 Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL w/ BLACK COBRA, DISAPPEARER

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