LESS ART – STRANGLED LIGHT LP/CD up for pre-order now

LESS ART – STRANGLED LIGHT LP/CD up for pre-order now

Gilead Media announces the July 28th release of Strangled Light, the debut album by LESS ART.
Available as a CD or LP, or either format in a package deal with a t-shirt. Also available is a signature coffee roast from Timeless Coffee, Strangled Light Roast. See photos below.

Less Art is the alliance of brothers Riley and Ed Breckenridge of Thrice, Ian Miller and Jon Howell of Kowloon Walled City, and Mike Minnick of Curl Up and Die. On Strangled Light, these five veterans bash out their own new version of post-hardcore – “post-hardcore by post-youths” is how they cheekily describe themselves, but this music is dead serious. The musicianship is world-class; the perspective is world-weary; the sound is fresh and urgent and crackling with feeling.Strangled Light’s nine songs add up to a modern, muscular incarnation of the vibe set forth years ago by bands like Fugazi, Unwound, and Drive Like Jehu. Like those bands, Less Art rages – emotionally-charged and electrifying – yet also knows how to wield dynamics as a weapon. The lulls make the peaks even sharper.

Initially it was baseball that brought these musicians together: four-fifths of Less Art are the men behind baseball-themed hardcore band Puig Destroyer. Blasting through songs about bunting and stealing bases eventually led these four to want to start a “real” band – they enlisted Riley’s brother Ed and Less Art was born.

The band name might be lifted from a line in Hamlet, but ultimately it is raw emotion that drives this band. Using blunt phrases and the realest of tones, frontman Minnick sings of self-destruction on the micro and macro levels – candid lyrics address his personal demons as well as the collective deathwish leading all humanity to the brink. “Pessimism as Denial,” debuted today, plainly describes our species’ suicidal path: “We’re surrounded by prophets / Who think spilling their guts / Is the same thing as giving blood / We’ve eaten all the animals / We’ve burned down every tree / We’ve done so many wrongs… / This system doesn’t work / The world is better without us.”

Strangled Light was recorded and mixed by Kowloon Walled City frontman Scott Evans at Sharkbite Studios and Antisleep Audio, and mastered by Brad Boatright (Full of Hell, Mutoid Man) at Audiosiege.

Guest vocals on “Diana the Huntress” were delivered by Meghan O’Neill-Pennie (Super Unison, ex-Punch).

The cover art was created by Jacob van Loon, whose work adorned the cover of Explosions in the Sky’s The Wilderness album.

Strangled Light is a thrilling debut – an entirely new, relevant vision from five men carrying decades of experience between them. Stand by for news of the next live shows.

 

releases July 28, 2017

Mike Minnick – vocals
Ed Breckenridge – guitar
Jon Howell – guitar
Ian Miller – bass
Riley Breckenridge – drums

 

COMING SOON: Cavernlight – As We Cup Our Hands And Drink From The Stream of Our Ache LP

COMING SOON: Cavernlight – As We Cup Our Hands And Drink From The Stream of Our Ache LP

CAVERNLIGHT – As We Cup Our Hands And Drink From The Stream Of Our Ache LP

(Tape & Digital June 16th, Vinyl August)

There lies a dark secret deep inside many of the people you meet throughout your life. An illness, a prevailing shadow, or a past of regretful choices. Despite the facade constructed to hide these truths, there is a malaise that takes hold and controls the underlying intent for that person’s actions. This is the Stream of Ache. This is the energy that drives ones actions although its source is a place where nothing nourishes.

Cavernlight was born from this stream, covered in the mire that lies at its bed.

Formed in 2006 by Scott Zuwadzhi (guitar, vocals, noise) and Adam Bartlett (drums, vocals), the initially unnamed project was intended to satisfy a need to write atmospheric dark music about the physical nature of existence, with little emphasis on recording or performing live. This was meant to be something entirely personal. Over the course of the next nine years Zuwadzhi and Bartlett would include others into the fold of the project to share in their misery, playing a small handful of select shows, and in that time welcome Patrick Crawford (guitar) and Brandon Pleshek (bass, synths) as permanent members, helping to define what Cavernlight was always intended to be.

After the release of their demo tape, Corporeal (Anti-Matter Records, 2015), Cavernlight buckled down to write the material for As We Cup Our Hands…, finally deciding to share their introspection with others. That period of writing would evolve into 5 movements detailing a life that is lived suffering through severe, crippling anxiety and the burden of mental illness. They discuss the arduous task of attempting to find truth in the natural world and work through psychological roadblocks, and the realizations one has as they begin to come out the other side and attempt to heal. The Stream of Ache is the source for these songs.

The influences of Cavernlight are numerous and run deeply into different genres, but ultimately all of them have one thing in common… pain and suffering prevail. Whether they be doom, black metal, noise, dark post-rock or even inspiration from beloved singer-songwriters that have since been put to rest, each source of inspiration deals with a fundamental hurt. On this debut full length Cavernlight have finally found a comfortable, mature balance between their influences, inspiration, and intended narrative. Using these elements they have crafted an album of miserable doom laced with harsh tones and heart-piercing melodies. There is no positive redeeming quality in this album, except that it is complete, and it no longer requires emotional energy.

As We Cup Our Hands… also features guest appearances specifically chosen to help achieve the dynamic intent of the album, these guests include Rachel N. (vocals, from False), Sarah Green (vocals and cello), and Michael Paparo (vocals, from Inter Arma). The album was meticulously tracked, mixed, and mastered by Adam Tucker at Signaturetone Recoridng in Minneapolis, MN. Except Wander, Part II, which was recorded by Dean Hoffman at his studio in Oshkosh, WI. The album was recorded live in the studio with minimal over-dubs. It will be available June 16th on cassette and digitally from Gilead Media, with vinyl following in late July / early August, and features artwork by Scott Zuwadzhi and Samuel Thomas Claeys.

Hear the first movement from the album now at the Gilead Media bandcamp page: https://gileadmedia.bandcamp.com/album/as-we-cup-our-hands-and-drink-from-the-stream-of-our-ache-2

 

Gilead Media 2017 Phase 1 releases available now: Buildings, Kowloon Walled City (x2), Krallice, Vampillia + the body

Gilead Media 2017 Phase 1 releases available now: Buildings, Kowloon Walled City (x2), Krallice, Vampillia + the body

At long last we are happy to finally unleash our first phase of 2017 releases. These 5 records are available now to order via either our Bandcamp page (here) or the Eroding Winds online store (here). Here are more full details:

 

 

Buildings – You Are Not One Of Us LP

Formed in 2006, BUILDINGS is a three piece from Minneapolis. Their music is loud, aggressive, and dynamic. Melt Cry Sleep was the band’s 2nd full-length, and the follow up to 2008’s self-released Braille Animal (recently reissued on doubleplusgood). Engineer, Jacques Waite (off with their heads, motion city soundtrack) and mastering engineer Bob Weston (shellac) perfectly reigned in the band’s furious energy, allowing room for the 10 tightly wound tracks on Melt Cry Sleep to breathe in contrast to their raw & visceral live sets.

Now the band will release its highly anticipated 3rd LP You Are Not One Of Us recorded in world famous Pachyderm Studios. Engineered by Nick Tveitbakk and mastered by Adam Tucker at Signaturetone Recordings, these 11 tracks show Buildings maturing into a band that can not only produce gut wrenching noise, but at the same time blur the lines that divide many rock sub-genres – punk, noise rock, post hardcore – and end up with a sound that is dynamic, raw, and absolutely massive. Nothing is held back in terms of energy and aggression, but it’s executed in a way that is entirely organic. Something that you can bang your head and sing along to.

You Are Not One Of Us will be presented on vinyl by Antena Krzyku in Europe and Gilead Media in the USA. Available in a standard jacket on black or white/black splatter vinyl. Download coded included.

Order now from Eroding Winds: https://erodingwinds.com/products/buildings-you-are-not-one-of-us-lp

Order now from the Gilead Media bandcamp: https://gileadmedia.bandcamp.com/album/you-are-not-one-of-us

 

 

Kowloon Walled City – Turk Street 12-inch

Gilead Media is proud to continue working with KOWLOON WALLED CITY by way of reissue. We are pleased to present new high-quality pressings of the out-or-print Turk Street EP (2008, Howling Mine) and Gambling on the Richter Scale LP (2009, Perpetual Motion Machine).

Following on the heels of their universally-praised 2015 LP, Grievances (Gilead Media, Neurot), we take things back a couple steps to the beginning stages of Kowloon. These earlier works are a snapshot at the foundation for the band’s sound in a much dirtier, noisier, sludgier environment.

Kowloon have always been a band focused heavily on tone and atmosphere with their unique style of heaviness, and the very intentional grit on these albums shows another face to a band that has grown to embrace a cleaner, over-driven sound in recent years.

Packaged in a single pocket LP jacket and available on black vinyl (350) or clear w/black swirl (250). Download code included.

Order now at Eroding Winds https://erodingwinds.com/collections/pre-orders/products/kowloon-walled-city-turk-street-12-inch

Order now at the Gilead Media bandcamp: https://gileadmedia.bandcamp.com/album/turk-street

 

 

Kowloon Walled City – Gambling on the Richter Scale LP

Gilead Media is proud to continue working with KOWLOON WALLED CITY by way of reissue. We are pleased to present new high-quality pressings of the out-or-print Turk Street EP (2008, Howling Mine) and Gambling on the Richter Scale LP (2009, Perpetual Motion Machine).

Following on the heels of their universally-praised 2015 LP, Grievances (Gilead Media, Neurot), we take things back a couple steps to the beginning stages of Kowloon. These earlier works are a snapshot at the foundation for the band’s sound in a much dirtier, noisier, sludgier environment.

Kowloon have always been a band focused heavily on tone and atmosphere with their unique style of heaviness, and the very intentional grit on these albums shows another face to a band that has grown to embrace a cleaner, over-driven sound in recent years.

Packaged in a single pocket LP jacket and available on black vinyl (350) or clear w/black swirl (250). Download code included.

Order now at Eroding Winds: https://erodingwinds.com/collections/pre-orders/products/kowloon-walled-city-gambling-on-the-richter-scale-lp

Order now at the Gilead Media bandcamp: https://gileadmedia.bandcamp.com/album/gambling-on-the-richter-scale

 

Krallice – Prelapsarian LP

Prelapsarian is the new full-length LP from Krallice, released digitally on December 21st, 2016, bookending the year with their Hyperion EP released January 1st, 2016.

Krallice continue the saga of their artistic growth by crafting elaborately composed works that are increasingly more impossible to define by typical genre terms. Not quite death metal, although obviously borrowing a great deal from the genre. Further from black metal than they’ve ever been without losing continuity with their prior compositions. Technical without alienating the listener or scattering the musical narrative. Heavy without giving way to basic metal gimmicks. Blistering in speed while never losing their precision or power.

And throughout the masterful balance in composition, Krallice also include lyrical content that appears to sway more on the side of the the personal, reflective, or commentative as opposed to the seemingly more cryptic content of previous material.

Prelapsarian stands as further evidence that Krallice are an ever-evolving entity whose works will not be shaped or defined by any force other than the desire of the band themselves. When they share their music with us it is a snapshot of their own pure intent.

Order now at Eroding Winds: https://erodingwinds.com/collections/pre-orders/products/krallice-prelapsarian-lp

Order now at the Gilead Media bandcamp: https://gileadmedia.bandcamp.com/album/prelapsarian

 

Vampillia + the body – xoroAHbin LP

Vampillia and The Body are two creative forces that are no strangers to the worlds of experimental and abrasive music. Although both have touched upon various types of metal styles in their previous works, also has each entity shown an obvious penchant for compositions that lean heavily into the worlds of electronics and experimental music. On this LP, xoroAHbin, we sit between each of those realms, experiencing them in equal parts.

Neither group is new to the collaboration game. Vampillia counting Lustmord, Jarboe, Nadja, and µ-Ziq amongst their past collaborators, while The Body has a discography just as long and varied, with the likes of Thou, Haxan Cloak, Full of Hell, Braveyoung, Krieg, and more. And as perfectly as these artists mesh with others it makes sense that their joining together yields such a powerful result.

Each track on xoroAHbin serves a narrative throughout the 30-minute album. Distorted electronic rhythms surge and create atmosphere as heavily-effected vocals and guitar wail from the depths. Then give way to mellow passages of strings and ambient tones, before surging again with abrasive textures for which both Vampillia and The Body are well-known.

xoroAHbin is presented by Gilead Media as a single LP in a standard jacket with a poly-lined inner sleeve with a download coded included. First pressing of 800 copies, 600 black and 200 clear.

Order now at Eroding Winds: https://erodingwinds.com/collections/pre-orders/products/vampillia-the-body-xoroahbin-lp

Order now at the Gilead Media Bandcamp: https://gileadmedia.bandcamp.com/album/xoroahbin

 

 

 

 

UPDATE: USTALOST – The Spoor of Vipers LP

UPDATE: USTALOST – The Spoor of Vipers LP

We have yet to receive satisfactory test pressings for the Ustalost LP. After rejecting the initial pressing the second set of plates contained a quality issue caught by the plant on press, and a third cut was required. We are now waiting on that round of test pressings, but are hopeful the issue will be resolved and we can proceed with the pressing.

If you have a pending Ustalost pre-order containing other items (with either Eroding Winds or Gilead Media’s bandcamp store) we will be shipping your other items out this week and your Ustalost LP will ship separately when they are completed.

Thanks for your patience and understanding.