Friday, May 27, 2016
EARTHLESS + HARSH TOKE: Split EP Streaming in Full via Stereogum
Heavy Psych Kings to Release Titanic Team-Up May 27!
Sound-sculpting San Diego heavy psych titans EARTHLESS and HARSH TOKE have joined forces to bring music fans a colossal battle of the beasts! Titled Acid Crusher / Mount Swan, the two track, 35-minute release will see a May 27 release via Tee Pee Records. In advance of the record's release, Stereogum is streaming the split EP in full. Hear the mind-expanding sounds from the Cali kings now, at this location.
Prepare yourself, as 20,000 volts of concentrated electricity rip through your speakers while the psychedelic rock 'n' roll flows like molten magma, destroying everything in its path! EARTHLESS brings to life the towering, 15-minute-long song "Acid Crusher", which collides head-on with HARSH TOKE's 20-minute creation, "Mount Swan". Don't miss this winner-take-all mashup of two of modern psych's most monstrous mongrels!
"Acid Crusher" will tide over EARTHLESS fans until the release of the band's as-yet-untitled new LP, it's first since 2013's epic From the Ages, which was hailed as an "intuitive musical monolith" by SPIN. Fresh off of a sold out east coast headlining tour, EARTHLESS now dives back into writing for their fourth full-length, which is expected to drop later this year. Formed in 2001 by drummer Mario Rubalcaba, guitarist Isaiah Mitchell and bassist Mike Eginton, EARTHLESS creates energetic, free-thinking instrumental music inspired by an eclectic mix of German krautrock and Japanese heavy blues rock.
"Mount Swan" represents the first new music from HARSH TOKE since the release of the acid rock band's 2014 debut, Light Up and Live, which was praised for its "relentless creativity" by Popmatters and called "an exuberant gangbang of notes awash in wah" by Magnet. Equal parts atmospheric and anarchic, HARSH TOKE merges raging, blind fury musicianship with unprecedented white-knuckle volume abuse.
1.) Acid Crusher (EARTHLESS)
2.) Mount Swan (HARSH TOKE)
"Despite the menacing title, “Acid Crusher” showcases Earthless at their most restrained and minimalistic. It’s basically one big 15-minute vamp, krautrockish in its repetitive restraint. Watery organs and bassist Mike Eginton’s patient thrum carry most of the song, but Mitchell blows the roof off with some truly Hendrix-esque wah abuse before it can wind down. Harsh Toke mine roughly the same vein of resiny ore as Earthless, but deliver a denser final product — their 20-minute jam “Mount Swan” leans heavily on tumbling-down-the-mountain riffs and features a warbling vocal that occasionally fights through the layers of instrumental haze." - STEREOGUM
"Earthless don't leave room for misinterpretation or error concerning their mission: They are a long-winded guitar trio, hell-bent on riding six electric strings directly out of this atmosphere." - PITCHFORK
"Harsh Toke is a band that is meant to be heard in hoards...It is only a matter of time before they should become legends" - MXDWN