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Kowloon Walled City to embark on first European tour

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Euro folks, you’ll finally get to see KOWLOON WALLED CITY. Take it from me, DO NOT miss them. From the ol’ press release:
San Francisco’s Kowloon Walled City, radical reworkers of sludge and post-hardcore, are heading out on the European highway for the very first time this August, and will be supporting atmospheric metal masters Minsk. They shall stop off at Migration Fest in Olympia, Washington, before heading to Europe for three weeks, including a performance at Porto’s esteemed Amplifest. This is an excellent chance to witness a band who over the last decade have refined their sound to a powerful zenith. Last year’s Grievances LP, released in October via Neurot Recordings, was their furthest departure from their more direct origins, honing in on sparse and more melancholic detuned heaviness.
  Vocalist/guitarist Scott Evans, together with guitarist Jon Howell, bassist Ian Miller, and drummer Jeff Fagundes spent over two years working on the seven songs for Grievances. The intense editing process weeded out about two albums’ worth of songs. Howell’s unusual chord changes and discordant aesthetic channel Unwound and Slint. Miller’s gritty bass adds a surprising layer of depth and melody, while Fagundes’ drums resonate in what sounds like an impossibly large room. Evans’ shouted vocals are raw with frustration and disappointment, but without the typical veneer of macho aggression.
  You can stream all of Grievances at their bandcamp, and view all dates announced so far below:

Kowloon Walled City tour dates

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Kowloon Walled City are hitting the road with Fight Amp for some shows up and down the West Coast. Attendance is mandatory!

Tue 11/3 – Olympia, WA – Obsidian (w/Soggy Creep)

Wed 11/4 – Bellingham, WA – The Shakedown

Thu 11/5 – Seattle, WA – Highline (w/Mercy Ties, Glose)

Fri 11/6 – Portland, OR – Black Water (w/Sloths, Hang the Old Year)

Sat 11/7 – Oakland, CA – Golden Bull (Grievances record release)

Kowloon Walled City + Dead To A Dying World album streams at Noisey!

You can now hear these two new Gilead Media releases in full over at Noisey! Set aside some time to listen to some bummer tunes:

Dead To A Dying World – Litany album stream: http://noisey.vice.com/blog/dead-to-a-dying-world-litany

Kowloon Walled City – Grievances album stream + interview conducted by Kurt Ballou (Converge): http://noisey.vice.com/blog/kurt-ballou-kowloon-walled-city-interview-stream

Pre-Orders: Kowloon Walled City / Dead To A Dying World / Thou

Available now for pre order:

Dead To A Dying World – Litany CD / 2LP
Order: http://www.erodingwinds.com/product/dead-to-a-dying-world-litany-cd2lp/
Hear a new song at Decibel Magazine: http://decibelmagazine.com/blog/2015/9/3/fertility-clinic-dead-to-a-dying-world-wreaks-havoc-beneath-the-loam

Kowloon Walled City – Grievances LP
Order: http://www.erodingwinds.com/product/kowloon-walled-city-grievances-lp/
Hear a new song at NPR: http://www.npr.org/sections/allsongs/2015/09/03/436946687/vikings-choice-kowloon-walled-city-backlit

Thou – Ceremonies Of Humiliation 2CD
Order: http://www.erodingwinds.com/product/thou-ceremonies-of-humiliation-2cd/

Kowloon Walled City – Grievances CD / LP announced

We are extremely proud and excited to formally reveal the new album title and cover art for the upcoming Kowloon Walled City album, Grievances. Gilead Media will be handling the vinyl release, while Neurot Recordings handles the CD / Digital release. Here is the official press release from Earsplit PR:

 

 

KOWLOON WALLED CITY will release their long-awaited new full-length this Fall. Grievances, their third album and first for Neurot Recordings, finds the San Francisco band at its artistic peak, having moved even further away from its sludgy, post-hardcore origins and toward a sparser, sadder, yet still de-tuned heaviness.

This shift began with 2012’s critically successful Container Ships, which Lambgoat described as, “spacious,” and, “mildly hypnotic,” with a, “Shellac-like use of dead time and instrumentation,” and The Obelisk called, “cerebral in approach.” On Grievances, the band takes these elements to even greater extremes. The strings rattle. The guitars crackle and blister. The notes ring out, at turns bleak and beautiful — sometimes both at once.

“We dug into this expansive, less distorted vibe. The songs are mostly slow and bummed out but we still want them to push, to have energy,” said vocalist/guitarist Scott Evans.

Evans, together with guitarist Jon Howell, bassist Ian Miller, and drummer Jeff Fagundes spent over two years working on the seven songs for Grievances. The intense editing process weeded out about two albums’ worth of songs. Howell’s unusual chord changes and discordant aesthetic channel Unwound and Slint. Miller’s gritty bass adds a surprising layer of depth and melody, while Fagundes’ drums resonate in what sounds like an impossibly large room. Evans’ shouted vocals are raw with frustration and disappointment, but without the typical veneer of macho aggression.

“We’re not interested in doing something that’s good enough — we want to do something that we believe is good,” said Miller. “With Scott’s concept and sonics and Jon’s playing and our rhythm section, we feel like should be able to do something interesting. But it’s hard work.”

The concept of work forms the thematic foundation of the entire record, from the cover art to the title and the lyrics. Whereas previous KOWLOON WALLED CITY releases were largely inspired by the band’s hometown of San Francisco, Grievances focuses its attention on our complex relationships with work and the power our employment — and employers — have over us.

As with KOWLOON WALLED CITY‘s previous releases, Evans recorded and mixed, starting in Sharkbite Studios and finishing in his own Antisleep Audio, both in Oakland. “We’re not a fancy band. There are no effects to speak of, no reverb, no delays,” said Evans. “We each play one guitar, one pedal, one amp. So there’s not much to hide behind. I try to respect that in our recording process and our recordings.”

Grievances Track Listing:
1. Your Best Years
2. Grievances
3. Backlit
4. The Grift
5. White Walls
6. True Believer
7. Daughters And Sons

KOWLOON WALLED CITY formed in 2007 and has released an EP, Turk Street (Wordclock, 2008), and two full-length albums, Gambling On The Richter Scale (Perpetual Motion Machine, 2009) and Container Ships (Brutal Panda, 2012), as well as two splits. Among the bands it has shared stages with are Neurosis, Tragedy, Sleep, Thou, Coliseum, Zozobra, Fight Amp, Roomrunner, The Body, and Helms Alee.

Grievances will be released worldwide on October 9th, 2015 on Neurot Recordings, with vinyl on Gilead Media. Preorders to be announced in the coming weeks.

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