Multicult fans tend to really go all in when loving the band. There doesn’t seem to much casual listenership in that camp. It’s more of a rabid devotion. As such, we’d be remiss in failing to report that Nick Skrobisz is very much active in The Wayward, the similarly unorthodox and pummeling band he started many years ago with his brother Jesse Skrobisz and NathanSimms. The band is doing an East Coast jaunt with Radiation Blackbody and we’re happy to report that the Action Beat + GW Sok/Opening Bell tour crosses paths with them for two shows in DC and Baltimore on July 3 and 4. Fireworks indeed.
Action Beat are an improvisational noise rock act from Bletchley UK who usually perform with 1-4 drummers and an inordinate amount of guitarists, now fronted by GW Sok of Dutch post-punk legends THE EX. They began playing together in 2004, and have played over 600 shows throughout Europe, releasing work through noteworthy labels such as Southern Records. This is their first U.S.Tour.
“A Remarkable Machine, the new collaboration between British noiserockers Action Beat and G.W. Sok – frontman of legendary Dutch postpunks the Ex – is the rare album that’s so intense that you can only listen to it once all the way through without taking a break. Some people will take one a lot earlier. It’ll clear a room in less than a minute. That’s why it’s so awesome…. To say that this is the best album or most whatever album of the year is beside the point: it’s in a class by itself and will probably someday be regarded as a classic, at least by the people who can stand to listen to it for more than a few minutes at a time.” – New York Music Daily
G.W. Sok (born 1957, real name Jos Kleij) is a Dutch singer, best known for his 30 year career as the frontman of the The Ex. G.W. Sok left The Ex in 2008 to focus on a solo career and collaboration projects with other musicians, participation in theatre performances and spoken word performances. Apart from his musical career he’s also active as a writer and a graphic designer. After leaving The Ex, Sok started to collaborate with several acts among which the French experimental free jazz band Cannibales & Vahinés and the Italian band Zu. In 2010 the single “2-2-3 Fridges/Rid” appeared on Sickroom Records. He joined the Dutch collective Beukorkest on their 2011 tour. In 2011 Sok released the book A Mix of Bricks & Valentines, a 400 page collection of The Ex lyrics and other lyrics he wrote. Also in 2011 De Eeuwige Optie (The Everlasting Option) was published, an experimental film by SpOp featuring Sok as an actor. He also wrote the words for the film’s ending track “Illusies”. This track was also released as the 7 inch “Illusies 1 & 2″ under the bandname Zoikle, consisting of Sok, guitarist Lukas Simonis, cellist Nina Hitz, drummer Cor Hoogerdijk and Maarten van Gent on metal percussion. King Champion Sounds arises from the ashes of the band that was called The Bent Moustache, the musical act of Krommenie-based, Kenya-born, UK-raised Ajay Saggar. This incarnation sees Saggar teaming up with, amongst others, Oli Heffernan (Year of Birds, Shrug) and G.W.Sok. In 2014 he published a double 10” with the UK noise act Action Beat.
Opening Bell are a three-piece from NYC whose members have collectively performed and recorded in countless underground bands over the years and have accumulated too many touring miles to count throughout too many parts of the world to remember. This project has them exploring new realms of challenging sound while maintaining footing in the worlds of heavy, meditative, and electronic musics.
-Friday July 1 – Brooklyn – Acheron w/ Dälek, The Austerity Program
-Saturday July 2 – Philadelphia – The Pharmacy
-Sunday July 3 – Washington, DC – The Pinch w/ Suppression, Radiation Blackbody, The Wayward, Drugs of Faith
-Monday July 4 – Baltimore – Asian Taste w/ The Wayward(Multicult members)
-Tuesday July 5 – Richmond – Strange Matter w/ Conflation
-Wednesday July 6 – Charlotte – Snug Harbor w/ Power-Take-Off
-Thursday July 7 – Wilmington – Scrap Iron Bicycle Gallery
-Friday July 8 – Atlanta – The Basement w/ Bang Trim, Cave Bat
-Saturday July 9 – Birmingham – Spring Street Firehouse
-Sunday July 10 – New Orleans – Circle Bar w/ Sunsrise:Sunset, Druids
-Monday July 11 – Houston – Notsuoh w/ Rusted Shut, Rough Sleepers(ex Balaclavas)
-Tuesday July 12 – Austin – Barracuda w/ Quttinirpaaq, Coma in Algiers
-Wednesday July 13 – Dallas – Texas Theatre w/ Most Efficient Women
-Thursday July 14 – Kansas City – Record Bar(miniBar)
-Friday July 15 – Chicago – The Burlington w/ ONO
-Saturday July 16 – Detroit – Trinosophes
-Sunday July 17 – Cleveland – Now That’s Class
-Monday July 18 – Pittsburgh – Belvedere’s w/ Microwaves, Come Holy Spirit
-Tuesday July 19 – Buffalo – Dreamland Arts
-Wednesday July 20 – Binghamton – The Brass Rail w/ 100% Black
-Thursday July 21 – Portland – Empire w/ Mouth Washington
-Friday July 22 – Boston – The Record Company w/ Neptune, Mothertongue
-Saturday July 23 – Providence – Machines with Magnets w/ Neptune, Blevin Blectum
Insect Ark West Coast tour with Ärabrot, Helen Money – May 11-19
Wed 5/11 Seattle, WA – The Highline
Thur 5/12 Vancouver, BC – The Media Club
Fri 5/13 Tacoma, WA – The Valley
Sat 5/14 Portland, OR – Panic Room
Tue 5/17 Sacramento, CA – Starlite Lounge
Wed 5/18 Oakland, CA – Golden Bull
Thur 5/19 Los Angeles, CA – Complex
Formed in 1998 by drummer George France, guitarist/ vocalist Tonie Joy (formerly of Moss Icon, Universal Order of Armageddon, & Born Against) and original bassist Guy Blakeslee (now spearheading The Entrance Band in LA.); the three originally known as The Convocation “Of…” set out to create a unique yet subconscious take on the heavy rock power trio, one that “…epitomizes the union of ancient and futuristic urges”.
By 2002, after releasing a debut 12″ EP. and full length LP on GSL Records as well as a 2nd LP on Tigerstyle, and embarking on numerous North American tours, Blakeslee left to form Entrance.
After sporadic activity with various bassists (Jason Stevens, Chris Camden, and Matt Hall) and having a 7″ released by Gravity Records, The Convocation is again working in full time mode with bassist Donny Van Zandt (an early member of Pinback) making forward-thinking, speculative rock.
“….like the feral cries of a sentient machine, trying desperately to communicate, its staticky transmissions gloriously garbled, a series of tranced out anti-grooves and crumbling, blackened creeps. It’s a beautiful, and baffling barrage of DIY electro-noise minimalism and WTF negative beat science.”
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Just a heads-up that many of our limited edition cassette releases, as well as a few special distributed titles, are once again available but going fast! Don’t sleep on the opportunity to pick them up from the shop. Thanks for the continued support and watch this space for news on several exciting new releases, in the works now!
Nevada Hill’s memorial will be at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden on March 12, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Donations to the Patient Advocate Foundation or Camp Kesem, which acts on behalf of children with parents battling cancer, are encouraged. A fund directly supporting Gillian, Nevada’s young daughter, is in development.
Thank you to everyone who has reached out with kind words about Nevada and admiration for his unique and galvanizing body of work. It brings great joy knowing his creativity and insurmountable passion and drive will continue to inspire.
We are devastated to share the news of the passing of our friend Nevada Hill of Bludded Head. Nevada passed away Thursday morning in Houston after a long, courageous battle with cancer. In addition to being an internationally renowned visual artist and a truly visionary musician, Nevada was first and foremost an incredible father. His ability to balance an astounding level of creative output and dedication to his young daughter Gillian while maintaining an unparalleled positive outlook in the face of his illness was an inspiration to all who knew him. We’ve never known anyone more fiercely committed and we are deeply thankful to have had him in our lives. Thank you, Nevada Hill, for your power, your work, and your friendship.