Last night, the superb lineup of SAINT VITUS, WEEDEATER, SOURVEIN, and SPLITH invaded the beautiful Bootleg Theater in Echo Park/Silver Lake adjacent. The rear theater room was opened for the night’s serving of doom — a good thing thanks to it being a larger space and having better sound. The front bar area, meanwhile, made for a fine drinking and socializing area. Few other venues such an optimal set up — smoking patios don’t count.
Unfortunately, by the time I arrived, the reformed SPLITH, which features renowned producer Billy Anderson, and SOURVEIN, who I’ve been wanting to see for some while, had already played.

WEEDEATER‘s set was expectedly pummeling, rattling with loads of low end. Vocalist and bassist Dixie Dave stomped and shook like a crazy man while his raspy bark competed with the thundering low frequencies. Three different drummers took to the kit throughout the set, and MONDO GENERATOR‘s Nick Oliveri was spotted up front entranced by WEEDEATER‘s sludge power.

The heavy got heavier. SAINT VITUS followed, delivering thick riffs in a subdued yet commanding manner. Wino and guitarist Dave Chandler commanded the audience through their long grey hairs and mastery of doom. Heads banged in approval as SAINT VITUS stamped their sound into the Bootleg audience, young and old.

Check out a clip by opeth44 of SAINT VITUS playing “The Troll“…

WEEDEATER “Nine Toe” Tour Announced

North Carolina’s WEEDEATERin light of the recent loss of frontman Dave “Dixie” Collins‘ toe due to a self-inflicted gun-cleaning wound–have announced the routing for their upcoming US tour, now officially dubbed the “Nine Toe” Tour. The month long tour kicks off a week before this year’s SXSW, where WEEDEATER will headline the Tone Deaf Touring showcase on March 20th. Support bands for the tour include BLACK COBRA, ASG, BLACK TUSK, THE GATES OF SLUMBER, US CHRISTMAS, and STRUCK BY LIGHTNING.

The band will also enter with Steve Albini at Electrical Audio Studios in April to record their new release entitled Jason… The Dragon, to be released later this year again on Southern Lord.

Check out a full statement from the band regarding the tour and recording on the band’s Myspace page:

WEEDEATER 2010 “Nine Toe” Tour
3/12/2010 The Jinx – Savannah, GA
3/13/2010 The Back Booth – Orlando, FL
3/14/2010 Crazy Marlins – Panama City Beach, FL
3/15/2010 Lenny’s – Atlanta, GA
3/16/2010 Bottletree – Birmingham, AL
3/17/2010 Hi Tone – Memphis, TN
3/18/2010 The Channel @ Meridian – Houston, TX
3/19/2010 Skillman Street Bar – Dallas, TX
3/20/2010 Encore – Austin, TX @ Tone Deaf SXSW Showcase
3/21/2010 Zombie’s – San Antonio, TX
3/23/2010 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
3/24/2010 Chasers – Scottsdale, AZ
3/26/2010 Ultra Violet – Los Angeles, CA
3/27/2010 Elbo Room – San Francisco, CA
3/28/2010 Rotture – Portland, OR
3/29/2010 Funhouse – Seattle, WA
3/31/2010 Club Vegas – Salt Lake City, UT
4/01/2010 Larimer Lounge – Denver, CO
4/02/2010 The Record Bar – Kansas City, MO
4/03/2010 Triple Rock – Minneapolis, MN
4/04/2010 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
4/05/2010 Mac’s – Lansing, MI
4/06/2010 The Southgate House – Newport, KY
4/07/2010 The Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH
4/08/2010 Wreck Room – Toronto, ON
4/09/2010 Bug Jar – Rochester, NY
4/10/2010 Webster Hall (Studio) – New York, NY
4/11/2010 Khyber – Philadelphia, PA
4/12/2010 DC9 – Washington, DC
4/13/2010 Krug’s – Frederick, MD
4/14/2010 The Triple – Richmond, VA

WEEDEATER’s Dixie Dave Shoots Self in Foot; Recording Postponed

WEEDEATER have been forced to postpone their recently announced recording session as vocalist/bassist, Dixie Dave, has literally shot himself in the foot.  Here’s a message direct from the band:

“As most of you know, here in the WEEDEATER camp we pride ourselves on a long tradition of shooting our band in the proverbial foot right before we’re supposed to do something important. Whether it’s a big tour, a recording session, or whatever else we’re supposed to do, invariably we will find some way to try and thwart our grandiose plans.

“Well, it’s no different for this recording session, except that this time we really did shoot ourselves in the foot. In fact we regret to inform all of you that this weekend, Dixie Dave shot his big toe off whilst cleaning his favorite shotgun. Yup, that’s right.

“When reached for comment, Mr. Collins gave a quote that speaks for itself: ‘It wasn’t my intention to shoot off my big toe. This really fucking sucks and the pain is unbearable.’

Mr. Collins‘ doctors have advised that he is to be bed-ridden for the next few weeks during his recovery. This will obviously affect the recording session (and the few surrounding shows in Jan/Feb), which will now have to be postponed until after the March/April ‘nine-toe’ tour.

“Said tour is still 100% on, however, so check back soon for updates on venues and exact dates. It looks like the support bands will be awesome and the band is really stoked to play this new material after touring for so many years on the same basic set. Yeah…we knew that too, sorry but we’re about to make good on it. And of course after all, we gotta keep workin’, like workin’ men do. Shooting your big toe off isn’t free, for fuck’s sake!

“So to re-cap…Keko sacrificed his pinkie for DOWN/MELVINS, Shep broke his hand for TODAY IS THE DAY, and now Dixie has generously offered up his big toe for Steve Albini to nibble on. Unless overtly fond of Limburger cheese and rotten flesh, Master Steve is advised to decline. Good day.”

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WEEDEATER Announce Winter Shows; To Enter Studio

WEEDEATER have announced a rash of Midwestern and Southeastern US dates for late January into early February. Most of these dates will bear the typical WEEDEATER trio and two of the dates will feature the band’s stripped-down, acoustic, two-piece bass and banjo persona, known as BARSTUL, supporting Nick Oliveri (MONDO GENERATOR, ex-QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE).

Confirmed dates as of this post (more dates to be announced shortly):
1/23/2010 The Triple – Richmond, VA w/ US CHRISTMAS, BATTLEMASTER
1/24/2010 The Milestone – Charlotte, NC
1/25/2010 The Muse – Nashville, TN
2/01/2010 Double Door – Chicago, IL (BARSTUL show w/ Nick Oliveri)
2/02/2010 Carabar – Columbus, OH
2/03/2010 Southgate House (parlour) – Newport, KY (BARSTUL show w/ Nick Oliveri)
2/04/2010 V Club – Huntington, WV
2/05/2010 The Hideaway – Johnson City, TN
2/06/2010 Static Age – Asheville, NC

The band are also scheduled to enter Steve Albini‘s Electric Audio studio in Chicago to begin tracking their next full-length album for Southern Lord Records, due out later this year.

Visit the band’s MySpace page for more info on the band:


Support acts for DOWN‘s upcoming North American tour have been confirmed.  North Carolina’s WEEDEATER have been confirmed, and Canadian dates will feature support from VOIVOD while the bulk of U.S. dates will feature support from the MELVINS. Other openers will be DANAVA for the first half and EVIL ARMY for the latter half.

Also, WEEDEATER will be playing several shows in North Carolina and Tennessee before the DOWN tour begins and after the tour concludes. Several off-tour shows will also take place. Full list of dates are as follows (WEEDEATER are on all dates listed below):

7/28/2009 Drips’ – Hickory, NC
7/29/2009 Rocket Club – Asheville NC
7/30/2009 The Muse – Nashville TN w/ ZOROASTER
7/31/2009 Hi Tone Cafe – Memphis TN w/ RWAKE, THE LEWD, ROYAL THUNDER
8/01/2009 Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City OK w/ DOWN, DANAVA
8/03/2009 Beaumont Club – Kansas City MO w/ DOWN, DANAVA
8/04/2009 The Venue at Playmaker’s – Fargo ND w/ DOWN, DANAVA
8/05/2009 Burton Cummings Theatre – Winnipeg MB w/ DOWN, VOIVOD, DANAVA
8/07/2009 Edmonton Events Centre – Edmonton MB w/ DOWN, VOIVOD, DANAVA
8/08/2009 MacEwan Hall – Calgary AB w/ DOWN, VOIVOD, DANAVA
8/10/2009 Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver BC w/ DOWN, VOIVOD, DANAVA
8/11/2009 Showbox SoDo – Seattle WA w/ DOWN, MELVINS, DANAVA
8/12/2009 Roseland Theater – Portland OR w/ DOWN, MELVINS, DANAVA
8/14/2009 Grand Ballroom – San Francisco CA w/ DOWN, MELVINS, DANAVA
8/15/2009 The Wiltern – Los Angeles CA w/ DOWN, MELVINS, DANAVA
8/16/2009 House of Blues – San Diego CA w/ DOWN, MELVINS, DANAVA
8/18/2009 House of Blues – Anaheim CA w/ DOWN, MELVINS, DANAVA
8/19/2009 House of Blues – Las Vegas CA w/ DOWN, MELVINS, DANAVA
8/21/2009 In The Venue – Salt Lake City UT w/ DOWN, MELVINS, DANAVA
8/22/2009 Gothic Theatre – Denver CO w/ DOWN, MELVINS, DANAVA
8/24/2009 Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
8/28/2009 Red 7 – Austin, TX w/ DIXIE WITCH
8/29/2009 Rock Bottom Tattoo Bar – San Antonio, TX w/ DIXIE WITCH
8/30/2009 Walters On Washington – Houston, TX w/ DIXIE WITCH
9/01/2009 CW Center Stage – Atlanta GA w/ DOWN, MELVINS, EVIL ARMY
9/02/2009 House of Blues – Lake Bueno Vista FL w/ DOWN, MELVINS, EVIL ARMY
9/03/2009 Brass Mug -Tampa, FL
9/06/2009 Volume 11 Tavern – Raleigh, NC
9/07/2009 The Half Shell – Virginia Beach, VA
9/08/2009 Sonar – Baltimore MD w/ DOWN, MELVINS, EVIL ARMY
9/09/2009 Northern Lights – Clifton Park NY w/ DOWN, MELVINS, EVIL ARMY
9/11/2009 Nokia Theatre Times Square – New York NY w/ DOWN, MELVINS, EVIL ARMY
9/12/2009 Electric Factory – Philadelphia PA w/ DOWN, EVIL ARMY
9/13/2009 House of Blues – Boston MA w/ DOWN, MELVINS, EVIL ARMY
9/14/2009 AS220 – Providence, RI
9/15/2009 Webster Theater – Hartford CT w/ DOWN, MELVINS, EVIL ARMY
9/16/2009 Main Street Armory – Rochester NY w/ DOWN, MELVINS, EVIL ARMY
9/18/2009 Koolhaus – Toronto ON w/ DOWN, VOIVOD, EVIL ARMY
9/19/2009 Emerald Theatre – Detroit MI w/ DOWN, MELVINS, EVIL ARMY
9/21/2009 The Vogue Theatre – Indianapolis IN w/ DOWN, MELVINS, EVIL ARMY
9/22/2009 House of Blues – Cleveland OH w/ DOWN, MELVINS, EVIL ARMY
9/24/2009 Sokol Auditorium – Omaha NE w/ DOWN, MELVINS, EVIL ARMY
9/25/2009 Pop’s – Sauget IL w/ DOWN, MELVINS, EVIL ARMY
9/26/2009 The Pearl Room – Mokena IL w/ DOWN, MELVINS, EVIL ARMY
9/28/2009 Jackpot – Lawrence, KS
9/29/2009 The Gypsy – Fayetteville, AR
10/02/2009 The Jinx – Savannah, GA
10/03/2009 Soapbox – Wilmington, NC w/ ASG

BLACK COBRA to Team up with WEEDEATER and SLOUGH FEG for Dates

BLACK COBRA, the act that just does not stop touring, bring their two-man sludgefest to the masses once again beginning this week. First they hit some West Coast and Southern dates with ‘Frisco brothers SLOUGH FEG, then pick up and head up through the rest of the country with filthmongers WEEDEATER for a few weeks.

07/31/2008 Relax Bar – Los Angeles, CA w/ANCESTORS, IT’S CASUAL
08/01/2008 Stray Cat w/CASKET LIFE, SLUT SISTER – Tempe, AZ – FREE SHOW
08/03/2008 Whiskey Dix – Lubbock, TX
08/04/2008 Rubber Gloves – Denton, TX
08/05/2008 Club Dada – Dallas, TX
08/06/2008 Red 7 – Austin, TX
08/08/2008 Bottletree – Birmingham, AL

08/09/2008 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA w/WITHERED
08/10/2008 Volume 11 Tavern – Raleigh, NC
08/12/2008 Ottobar – Baltimore, MD w/DEATHAMMER
08/13/2008 Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA
08/14/2008 Middle East – Cambridge, MA
08/17/2008 Knitting Factory – New York, NY
09/18/2008 Jigsaw Saloon – Cleveland, OH w/BLOODWOLF, FORGED IN FLAME
09/19/2008 Cafe Bourbon Street – Columbus, OH
08/20/2008 Mac’s Bar – Lansing, MI
08/21/2008 Double Door – Chicago, IL – FREE SHOW
08/22/2008 Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA
08/23/2008 Turf Club – St. Paul, MN
08/24/2008 Box Awesome – Lincoln, NE
08/25/2008 3 Kings Tavern – Denver, CO
08/28/2008 Funhouse – Seattle, WA
08/29/2008 Satyricon – Portland, OR

More news, shows and more to be announced.

BLACK COBRA Ready to Hit the Road with THE SWORD

BLACK COBRA will be hitting the road in support of their upcoming album, Feather And Stone. The eight-track assault showcases the bands’ exploration of gritty hardcore/sludge depravity since their previous outing, Bestial (once thought untouchable), will be unleashed upon humanity on October 30th.

While they’ve been on tour for like a year straight already – their most recent jaunt attacking Japan, and that following multiple successful North American and European tours – the band have been picked up a U.S. tour supporting THE SWORD.

Tour dates:
10/17/2007 12 Galaxies – San Francisco CA w/U.S.S.A., OXBOW, WEEDEATER
11/24/2007 Hemlock Tavern – San Francisco CA
11/25/2007 Relax Bar – Los Angeles CA
11/26/2007 *TBA Arizona
11/27/2007 Burt’s Tiki Lounge – Albuquerque NM
11/28/2007 Whiskey Dix – Lubbock TX
11/29/2007 Red 7 – Austin TX w/SLOUGH FEG, THE FLOOD

11/30/2007 The Jackrabbit Lounge – Shreveport LA*
12/01/2007 One Eyed Jacks – New Orleans LA
12/02/2007 The Bottletree – Birmingam, AL*
12/03/2007 The Earl – Atlanta, GA*
12/05/2007 Black Cat Backstage – Washington DC
12/06/2007 Bowery Ballroom – New York NY
12/07/2007 First Unitarian Church – Philadelphia PA
12/08/2007 Middle East Downstairs – Cambridge, MA
12/11/2007 Mohawk Place – Buffalo, NY
12/12/2007 Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH
12/13/2007 Reggies Live – Chicago, IL
12/14/2007 The Rave Bar – Milwaukee, WI
12/15/2007 Triple Rock Social Club – Minneapolis, MN
12/16/2007 Picador – Iowa City, IA
12/17/2007 Record Bar – Kansas City, MO
12/18/2007 TBA Denver, CO
12/19/2007 TBA Salt Lake City, UT
12/20/2007 TBA Reno, NV


WEEDEATER Announce Fall Tour Dates

WEEDEATER will be heading out this month in support of their latest album, God Luck and Good Speed. The band will be joined by various bands along the tour.

Tour dates:

10/05/07 Lenny’s Bar – Atlanta, GA w/RWAKE, TOTAL FUCKING DESTRUCTION
10/06/07 The Jinx – Savannah, GA w/ RWAKE, TOTAL FUCKING DESTRUCTION
10/07/07 The Nick – Birmingham, AL
10/08/07 Howlin’ Wolf – New Orleans, LA
10/09/07 Rudyards – Houston, TX
10/10/07 The Mohawk – Austin, TX w/JESU, U.S.S.A.
10/11/07 Rock Bottom Tattoo Bar – San Antonio, TX w/U.S.S.A.
10/15/07 Casbah – San Diego, CA w/U.S.S.A., OXBOW presents Love’s Holiday
10/16/07 Knitting Factory – Los Angeles, CA w/U.S.S.A., OXBOW
10/17/07 12 Galaxies – San Francisco, CA w/U.S.S.A., OXBOW
10/19/07 Dante’s – Portland, OR w/U.S.S.A., OXBOW presents Love’s Holiday, BLACK ELK
10/20/07 El Corazon – Seattle, WA w/U.S.S.A., OXBOW presents Love’s Holiday
10/23/07 3 Kings – Tavern Denver, CO w/U.S.S.A.
10/25/07 Turf Club – St. Paul, MN
10/26/07 The Note – Chicago, IL
10/27/07 Mac’s Bar – Lansing, MI
10/28/07 Dirty Jack’s – Cincinnati, OH
10/29/07 The End – Nashville, TN
10/31/07 Beachland – Cleveland, OH
11/01/07 Ravari Room – Columbus, OH w/SALVAGE
11/09/07 Volume 11 Tavern – Raleigh, NC

WEEDEATER – God Luck and Good Speed

There’s truly nothing quite like a quality doom album, especially the kinds drenched in whiskey and blowing out giant plumes of weed smoke. The massive, ultra thick down-tuned groove of WEEDEATER is a monster as evidenced on their new album, God Luck and Good Speed. This band is only a three-piece but they sound as massive and heavy-as-hell as it gets. God Luck and Good Speed has this great sense of feel that is nihilist, fucked up, and coherent all at the same time. And that damn groove is just unshakeable as the band just plows through everything in its path (i.e. “$20 Peanut” and “Weed Monkey”). The record as a whole is filled with sweet, bluesy doom riffs that would make SABBATH proud. The only break from the wall of sound before the last track is on the somber, banjo-based “Alone.” If the listener wasn’t already depressed, the song is sure to put them in an empty place. Even though the record clocks in at 38 minutes, it all goes by a little too fast. But then again, that’s what the “play” button is there for. Quality doom albums don’t come around every week like other genres of heavy music so it’d be wise to savor the goodness sooner rather than later. (Southern Lord Records)

Southern Lord West Coast Tour: SUNNO)), EARTH, WEEDEATER

The Southern Lord West Coast Summer Tour featuring SUNNO)), EARTH, WEEDEATER and WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM kicks off July 2nd for a short run of five dates.

7/02 – San Diego, CA – Casbah
7/03 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey
7/04 – San Francisco, CA – Independent
7/06 – Portland, OR – Mt Tabor
7/07 – Seattle, WA – El Corozan