Windhand / Cough Tour: Support Announcement

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LIFE IS NOISE is thrilled to announce a selection of handpicked local support acts for Windhand and Cough’s joint tour across New Zealand and Australia from the end of March until early April.


As Windhand and Cough grace the San Fran in Wellington on Friday March 31, support will come from the deafening doom and drone of Ritual Abuse and the lush atmospheric soundscapes of Opium Eater.


The Kings Arms in Auckland will then play host to sprawling stoner three-piece Bloodnut and forest rock act Greenfog in all their haunting glory, come Saturday April 1.


Following that, Lizzard Wizzard and Indica will make an appearance at Crowbar in Brisbane on Sunday April 2. After releasing the follow-up to their self-titled debut earlier this year, Lizzard Wizzard have unleashed a harsher, more venomous sound with Total War Power Bastard backed by an equally gut-wrenching live show. Indica’s earlier set will douse the audience in tar during their performance, blurring the lines between heavy and spiritual.


Sydney’s Newtown Social then hosts Lord Sword and Dawn on Wednesday April 5. Boasting a hard-edged mix of sludge and doom, Lord Sword are known for a gritty mix of riff and melody, cleaving through audiences with reckless abandon. Dawn are also slated to unleash a hypnotic brand of doom as they warm up the venue. This will be our final show at Newtown Social. Come down for the doom farewell to the venue.


The following night showcases the immortal Space Bong backed by Tombsealer at Fowlers Live in Adelaide on Thursday April 6. Space Bong have shifted in sound much like smoke shifts in the wind, employing a highly revered form of stoner/sludge metal as thick as molasses and twice as dark. Tombsealer have been lauded for their uncommon mix of both doom and death metal, well worth the watch for both talent and ingenuity.


The next offering comes in the form of the towering Inverloch with Merchant on Friday April 7, shaking the walls of The Corner Hotel in Melbourne. Born from the ashes of late 80s doom act diSEMBOWLMENT, Inverloch returned with a sorely missed mix of atmosphere and brutality on their acclaimed 2016 release, Distance | Collapsed. Inverloch are also label-mates with Windhand and Cough on the metal heavyweight, Relapse Records. Merchant immediately received high praise as a psych-doom powerhouse upon last year’s debut release, pulling no punches when it comes to sludge soaked riffs.


The final leg of the tour brings Skullcave and The Pissedcolas to Badlands in Perth on Saturday April 8. Skullcave’s brand of doom-gaze has both turned heads and burst eardrums, rapidly earning them the respect of industry professionals and crowds alike. The Pissedcolas open on the night with a blistering mix of both post-punk and doom - fierce in dynamic yet oddly addictive. 
 

Catch Windhand and Cough at any of the following dates:

Wellington – San Fran – Friday March 31 w/ RITUAL ABUSE + OPIUM EATER
Auckland – Kings Arms – Saturday April 1 w/ BLOODNUT + GREENFOG
Brisbane – Crowbar – Sunday April 2 w/ LIZZARD WIZZARD + INDICA
Sydney – Newtown Social – Wednesday April 5 w/ LORD SWORD + DAWN
Adelaide – Fowlers Live – Thursday April 6 w/ SPACE BONG + TOMBSEALER
Melbourne – Corner Hotel – Friday April 7 w/ INVERLOCH + MERCHANT
Perth – Badlands – Saturday April 8 w/ SKULLCAVE + THE PISSEDCOLAS

Tickets from lifeisnoise.com, Oztix, the venues and undertheradar.co.nz for NZ shows.

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Two Minutes With: Old Loaves

Old Loaves craft a form of sludge laced music that ambles over monolithic heights and swoops into crushing lows. Grungy bass tone, hefty riffs and smooth, stretched vocals all act as tools to create atmospheric songs – dashed with hints of post-metal and powered by seething fire.

Supporting Neurosis on Wednesday February 15 at the Kings Arms in Auckland, Old Loaves’ Drummer Cameron Reid shares a few words as part of our Two Minutes With series.

 

What are five words you’d use to describe your band?

Ominous, sweaty, boiling and burning.

What’s been going on in the world of Old Loaves?

Writing, jamming, a couple of live jaunts here and there, but mostly planning and preparing for the next record.

What kind of material would be prominent on the upcoming album? Who would you encourage to listen to it?

The new songs are slower, faster, meaner and heavier. I’d encourage all heavy-music fans to give it a spin, especially fans of the slower parts of Converge, early This Night Creeps and Meanderthal-era Torche.

What drives Old Loaves to make music?

Owning a decent recording setup and being able to record and listen back to high quality demos instead of lo-fi phone recordings. By solving that one problem, we’re able to push out songs a lot faster than before.

What’s the weirdest thing that’s happened at one of your shows?

Not so much weird, as totally stupid: I got stuck in traffic while the other two were waiting for me at the venue. We were opening for Doomriders. Thanks to my total incompetence, we only managed to play three songs, maybe four? The guys were understandably furious, especially considering I got to play a full set on bass for Entrails straight after.

Quickly tell us about an album that’s shaped the band in one way or another.

Planes Mistaken For Stars’ album Mercy is the easy answer here. Me and Ben started the band with our friend Kalem O’Brien with the aim of making a band like Planes Mistaken For Stars, and Mercy seemed to encapsulate a lot of how we wanted to approach music. Somewhere in between hardcore, punk, post hardcore, post rock, metal and doom.

What’s the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into? Describe the situation.

I was in a car that got stopped by a police roadblock in Makara near Wellington because we were spotlighting for possums from the car with an air rifle like total idiots. Having armed cops pointing automatic rifles at me is still one of the scariest moments of my life - despite well and truly deserving it, I might add. Such stupid idiots.

You’re supporting Neurosis on their upcoming tour. Has the band had an effect on you in one way or another?

Neurosis continue to be a massive influence on me, and for the rest of the band as well. That video of Neurosis playing ‘Locust Star’ at Ozzfest might be my most watched video of all time. I’d never seen or heard something so focused and ferocious before. It is such a tremendous honour for us to get to share the stage with a band that I look to as the epitome of heaviness. Just such artistic integrity, always.

If you could open for any Australian or New Zealand based artist, who would it be and why? Feel free to choose acts that no longer exist.

The Mint Chicks. I only got to see them three times in their existence: opening for Yeah Yeah Yeahs; at the last This Night Creeps show in Wellington; and in the Devonport naval tunnels. Each time was a kick in the teeth. Screens is such a perfect pop record.

Ten years from now you’ll be…

Hopefully still making music with Old Loaves, playing shows, putting out records. For now I’m just looking forward to next week.

 
 

Tickets from lifeisnoise.com, the venues and undertheradar.co.nz for all New Zealand shows.

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