Rejoicing still in the simple fact we can have a physical Roadburn again, the final two days definitely wore on our pandemic shocked psyche and physique. Stumbling more and wearing down in a way I’m not used to, I mentioned to some friends during the weekend the Pandemic has made us all old, and 5 days on our feet now feel a lot longer. Saturday started with the feeling it felt like a Sunday, traditionally called the afterburner, because by that time you are fairly burnt out.
After three years of waiting and longing, finally there will be an in person Roadburn Festival again. While the 2021 online edition Roadburn Redux, was in itself, innovative and the best digital festival I’ve seen set up during the dark days of the pandemic, nothing beats being physically shaken by bass heavy music and hugging friends from all over the world you only see once a year.
As we continue to live in one of the most challenging times in history, one this for certain: music lovers are relieved to have somewhat of a return to normalcy. The return of live music, especially heavy music, provides the cathartic relief we have all been looking for. After over a year of postponements, cancellations, and livestreams, it’s a relief to get to experience live music, and return to experiencing art in the best way possible – together!
The awesome label Artoffact Records had a big 2021 and are looking forward to 2022. Check out this sampler from the label featuring tracks from GGGOLDDD (curating a program at Roadburn), Kælan Mikla featuring Alcest, ValHall, Kanga, Cloud Rat and more!
Roadburn 2022 has announced a massive wave of essential artists added to the line-up! Lingua Ignota, Emma Ruth Rundle, 40 Watt Sun, Mizmor and many more now join the festival! These bands join the previously announced acts Ulver, Sólstafir, Alcest, Backxwash, Russian Circles, artist in residence – Full of Hell and many others. Roadburn Festival will take place between April 21-24 in Tilburg, The Netherlands. Tickets for Roadburn 2022 are on sale now. Friday and Saturday day tickets are sold out. Thursday and Sunday day tickets, 3-day and 4-day tickets remain in limited numbers.
One of the best underground labels in the world, Artoffact Records his home to killer bands such as Cloud Rat, Kælan Mikla, OvO, Kanga, SPECTRES, Front Line Assembly, VALHALL, Horrible Youth, Sólveig Matthildur, Ritual Dictates, ACTORS and more. With the rash of cancellation due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic, the livelihoods of not just the label, but all these cool bands are affected. The label is offering a pay what you want sale on Bandcamp right now, but surely if you can support, purchase and pay more than less, that would rule! If you can’t discover some new bands, and spin these albums, and share them with your friends. Anything helps so please, give what you can.
Just yesterday we marked the one year anniversary of the end of The Dillinger Escape Plan, in the year since Greg Puciato has kept busy with his band The Black Queen. Their excellent new album Infinite Games is out now via Federal Prisoner, a label and art collective and extension of the band. The label will release Greg’s new book Separate The Dawn. In early 2019. Separate The Dawn is “220 pages of poetry, photography, and manipulated photography culled from a much larger collection of journal entries, free writing, and photos that mostly manifested from September 2016 to December 2017. 5.5″x 8.5″. Hardcover. Edition of 1000. First press. There will not be a softcover. Digital/e-book release will be at a later date. Ships around January 18th.” You can sign up for Federal Prisoner’s mailing list at the link below to get more information on the book and future news. Continue reading
Supergroup The Black Queen featuring members of The Dillinger Escape Plan and Telefon Tel Aviv have booked a full US tour in support of their recent album Infinite Games. Uniform opens on all North American dates except those marked by an asterisk. Kanga opens Feb. 22 to March 9, SRSQ opens March 11 to March 28. Tickets are on sale tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 16. The Black Queen is made up of Greg Puciato (The Dillinger Escape Plan), Josh Eustis (Telefon Tel Aviv/Puscifer) and Steven Alexander Ryan (Nine Inch Nails/A Perfect Circle tech).To celebrate the tour the band has also released a new video for ‘Thrown Into The Dark’, which you watch right now.
Greg Puciato commented:
“Our energy is so high right now following our recent run of European shows, and we’re grateful and excited to keep it going and to finally, after a few years of only playing Stateside shows here and there, be able to come play everywhere we can in North America. Excited to have Uniform with us, as well as Kanga and SRSQ. We’ve been looking forward to this for a long time, so come out, let go, and get lost with us for a night or two.”
The Black Queen tour dates:
January 17 Brisbane, Australia Black Bear Lodge SOLD OUT
January 18 Sydney, Australia Landsdowne Hotel SOLD OUT
January 19 Melbourne, Australia Northcote Social Club SOLD OUT
January 20 Melbourne, Australia Northcote Social Club SOLD OUT
February 22 San Diego, CA Brick By Brick
February 23 Las Vegas, NV Db172
February 24 Phoenix, AZ The Rebel Lounge
February 26 Austin, TX Barracuda
February 27 Dallas, TX Curtain Club
March 1 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade (Hell)
March 2 Ybor City, FL Crowbar
March 3 Orlando, FL The Abbey
March 5 Charlotte, NC Amos Southend
March 6 Washington, DC Union Stage
March 8 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg *
March 9 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts *
March 11 Cambridge, MA The Sinclair
March 12 Montreal, QC Le Ministere
March 13 Toronto, ON Velvet Underground
March 15 Detroit, MI The Shelter
March 16 Chicago, IL Subterranean
March 17 Minneapolis, MN Studio B @ Skyway Theatre
March 19 Denver, CO Marquis Theatre
March 20 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
March 22 Seattle, WA Chop Suey *
March 23 Portland, OR Star Theater *
March 25 San Francisco, CA Slim’s *
March 26 Sacramento, CA Holy Diver
March 28 Los Angeles, The Echoplex *