My friend Shane Gillis has just released a fantastic collection of atmospheric synth rock called Portal. If you’re into cinematic synth-ness, peppered with driving rhythms and tasty guitar leads, then you should definitely give this a cranked-up listen. You can stream with the player below and snag a digital download right from Shane’s Bandcamp page. Dig it!
Dead Dream City, my split CD with TN’s Degtras is available now from Wood & Stone Productions. The disc features 2 longform tracks of darkest drone and deep, pummeling synthesis to rattle your brain. Degtras’ Road To The Dark City puts you on the bleak highway, and my Thomas Ligotti-inspired Nethescurial heralds your arrival in the dead city.
You can order the limited run CDs direct from Wood & Stone, or contact me here to get the right from me. If you’d like a copy, definitely hit one of us up, as they are just about sold out. Digital downloads and streaming are available on Bandcamp.
2 cassettes and a split with Offerbeest are on the horizon from my noise/drone/spoken word group Clawing (Austin Gaines, Matt Finney, Christopher Davis, et al) as well. More info on that as it all comes together.
I also have two new songs on the game soundtrack/gamplay radio station for the horror boardgame magazine Freakface!!! My tracks are Skeletal Reflection 1 & 2 and are presented under the name Joyless Noise.
Thanks for listening!
Tests from the droning, slurpy, mushy, ugly/lovely end of Time Town.
The latest recording by my ambient drone guitar duo gowith is now available. It’s an EP called Four Glooms Pharmaceuticals, and it’s the third recording that I’ve done with my friend from Atlanta, GA Marshall Marrotte. It’s the second time we’ve used electric guitars, rather than strictly going acoustic.
The basic tracks were recorded live utilizing only two small guitar amps, and two reverb/delay pedals (Earthquaker Devices‘ Dispatch Master and Afterneath). We wanted to keep the setups clean and simple. The four tracks on the EP are full of reflective, ambient texture . . . and are perfect for a rainy day spent lying in the infirmary, staring out the window and frantically pressing your pain med button.
Feel free to give it a listen and download the EP. Each download comes with 5 alternate album art files.
And check out the video for the first track “Mediocratine.”
My latest recording is now up for streaming and downloading on my Bandcamp site. It’s called The Universe, The Devil, The Hermit . . . and it’s a 20-minute piece inspired by the cards of the same name from Aleister Crowley’s Thoth tarot. Next to Thoss, it’s probably one of the most dense synthesizer/drone recordings I’ve done. I encourage you to listen through a capable system to experience the full depth and dynamics! Please enjoy!
Revisiting this fine batch of acoustic guitar-oriented music that I made with my good friend Marshall Marrotte over in GA. Hopefully, we’ll be working on another very soon…
Marshall’s own TERMINUS 1 features more of his fantastic guitar playing. This time on a Fender Bass VI.
The latest installment in my Joyless Noise series is now up for streaming and downloading. Joyless Noise, Vol. 4 is focused on towering walls of guitar, and features masterful contributions from my friends Marshall Marrotte (guitar) and Jeff Rieter (synth and Kydd upright electric bass). All basic tracks were recorded live with no looping, except for Jeff’s upright addition on track 3, which completely makes his track the beast that it is.
Once again, Austin Gaines contributed fantastic artwork to the series, with this image being a particular favorite of mine from the brilliant bunch.
Joyless 5 is already in the works with another special guest. As of right now, all tracks on the next volume will have a dazzling guest drummer…
More info soon! Until then, I hope you enjoy #4!
And they are just sounds. Not just any old sounds–but just sounds, really, after all. Different arrangements of synthesis presented in very raw form. These are the final reports from me, soundwise, for the year. I plan to do more Joyless noise and related volumes next year. I also plan on finishing up a long-dormant noisework called Randy & Gary recorded with my friend Jim Tankersley many years ago. But back to the recently-finished Now . . . now.
The first of the last is the third in a series of Joylessly Noisy musicks. Joyless Noise, Vol. 3 is the most joyless of the bunch, I believe. It’s also the least noisy, but that doesn’t mean that it’s any less unfriendly.
Downloads of Joyless Noise, Vol. 3, of course, are free or pay-what-you-want.
The second of the last is a split cassette release with Montreal’s Drub on Cuchabata Records. Two sides of intense drone. My track takes up side B (the empty black side). It’s a 28-minute grind down into an emptiness called “Thoss.” The tapes are available from the Drub site and through the player below. They’re a hand-numbered edition of 50, and include a digital download of the recording. You can order from the above folks, or contact me directly in the U.S. I should have my copies later in the month. Downloads, once again, are free or pay-what-you-want.
I’m also in the process of doing a better job of updating my personal website, as well as trimming it down to something very minimal. Feel free to visit there any old time, and write to belittle me as I fail to update it again for 3 or 4 months.
I’ve got a new short story up on The Five Hundred writing group site. It’s called Normal Horrible. I’ll go on and tell you that there’s a crummy oversight in proofreading on my part that completely ruins the story. Feel free to write me and make me feel shitty about that also.
That’s it. Mostly just some music to help you through the holidays.