Tuesday, January 5, 2016

EIGHT BELLS + BrooklynVegan + Invisible Oranges

With Eight Bells' sophomore album Landless coming out February 12th on Battleground Records, BrooklynVegan and its metal sister Invisible Oranges have teamed up to present the premiere of Landless track "Hold My Breath."

Stream "Hold My Breath" via BrooklynVegan, here:


And via Invisible Oranges, here:


Pre-order Landless from Battleground Records, here:


From Portland, Oregon, Eight Bells consists of guitarist/vocalist Melynda Jackson, formerly of SubArachnoid Space, bassist/vocalist Haley Westeiner, and new drummer Rae Amitay, also of Immortal Bird and Thrawsunblat.

Sophomore album Landless was recorded and mixed by Billy Anderson (Neurosis, Leviathan) and mastered by Justin Weis (Pallbearer, Agalloch). Ethereal vocals, soaring guitars, and ghostly ambience evoke '70s prog-rock grandeur and Victorian mystery; blastbeats and screams bring the music into a modern, blackened realm.

Of "Hold My Breath," BrooklynVegan editor Andrew Sacher writes, "It continues to open up new dimensions for the progressive doom band as they follow up their excellent debut LP The Captain's Daughter. The eight-minute track winds around an off-kilter guitar figure, moving between various peaks and valleys, augmenting that foundation with instrumentation that constantly keeps the listener off-balance as the song makes its way to a surprisingly emotional climax."

Invisible Oranges editor Joseph Schafer writes, "Jackson's chiming and piercing guitar tone evokes The Edge's celebratory playing style. She and Westeiner employ two-part harmonies, the sort often used in medieval choir music... Their jagged, sometimes Slint-like approach to songwriting, and their assonant sining make their songs obscure... I find myself obsessed with the surface of Eight Bells' music, curious what lies beneath."

Landless' opening track, "Hating," was premiered recently on Noisey, here, along with the words, "Landless is a tour-de-force... out-there progression, ethereal atmosphere, and unexpected harmonies."

Eight Bells embarks on a US tour in late January, including three weeks supporting the legendary Voivod.

Eight Bells:
Jan 28 - Portland, OR @ High Water Mark
Jan 29 - Sacramento, CA @ Starlite Lounge
Jan 30 - Glendale, CA @ Complex w/ Bosse-de-Nage, Wreck and Reference
Jan 31 - Phoenix, AZ @ Yucca Tap
Feb 4 - Worcester, MA @ Ralph's 
Feb 5 - Hamden, CT @ Outer Space Ballroom w/ Vektor

Voivod, Vektor, Eight Bells:
Feb 6 - Providence, RI @ Fete Ballroom
Feb 7 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
Feb 8 - Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
Feb 9 - Morgantown, WV @ Mainstage
Feb 10 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
Feb 11 - Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony
Feb 12 - Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
Feb 13 - Washington, DC @ Black Cat
Feb 14 - Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
Feb 16 - Raleigh, NC @ Kings
Feb 18 - Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theatre
Feb 19 - Sanford, FL @ West End Trading Co.
Feb 20 - Ybor City, FL @ The Orpheum
Feb 21 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Feb 22 - Knoxville, TN @ The Concourse
Feb 23 - Newport, KY @ Southgate House Revival
Feb 24 - Chicago, IL @ The Abbey Pub
Feb 25 - Cudahy, WI @ The Metal Grill
Feb 26 - St Paul, MN @ The Amsterdam
Feb 27 - Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room
Feb 28 - St Louis, MO @ Firebird

Photo by Veleda Thorsson