Small Stone records Showcase feat: Gozu, Lo-Pan, Roadsaw and more!
Lo-Pan, THE BROUGHT LOW, Roadsaw, Freedom Hawk, Lord Foul, Infernal Overdrive, Supermachine(ex Scissorfight), Blackwolfgoat
379-381 Somerville Ave
Somerville, MA, 02143
Doors 3:00 PM
This event is 18 and over
Gozu first appeared on the scene in 2008 with the the release of their seven track EP. Consisting of members of bands such as Wargasm and Triphammer, Gozu laid down the rock but also brought the groove on songs such as the human-empowerment anthem "Rise Up" and D.A.R.E.-baiting "Meth Cowboy". Fronted by the man with a plan, Marc Gaffney, aka Gaff, who has the pipes Chris Cornell used to possess before he started modeling men's cologne, Gozu plays the sort of rock tailor made to be blasted out on radio airwaves nationwide, ala early Queens of the Stone Age. It's the kind of rock music that pulls up alongside you while you're walking down the street minding your own business, demands that you "get in the f@*ing car", proceeds to drive 90 mph down the wrong side of the highway, and then drops you off miles from home at some abandoned rest stop.
There is a hidden world where ancient evil weaves a modern mystery. A world filled with the darkest magic's where all movement is caused by tensions between positive and negative furies. A world in which the furies, when out of balance, turn into demon and live forever. A creature of fast dark destructive power. Repulsive and evil existing only to plague the living as they do with LO-PAN, who is cursed. Cursed with rock and roll genius. Born out of a combination of dirty rock and roll, stale beer and an unhealthy obsession with "Big Trouble In Little China," Columbus's Lo-Pan have been tearing up the club circuit since 2005. Lo-Pan burst onto the local scene with their locally released self-titled album back in 2006. The local buzz gave way to more national attention as bands told bands and Lo-Pan began gracing venues big and small with names like Red Giant, Devil To Pay, Torche, Saviours, Year Long Disaster, Red Fang, Valkyrie, & the Atomic Bitchwax (just to name a few). Fast forward five years and there's hardly a band worth playing with that they haven't shared a stage with. Enter the sophomore release, "Sasquanaut." Initial pressings on local indie Nice Life Records sold out quickly and as before the best praise is when one band on the road tells another "Hey, man you've got to check this out." Which brought them, album masters in hand to us here at Small Stone. "Sasquanaut" had all the makings of a classic, thunderous low ends, pummeling drums, riffs to die for and a voice that soars but for all the genius that shone through it was still rough around the edges (don't get us wrong we love rough around the edges). So we checked them in to a proper studio and left them in the capable hands of Benny Grotto for a little remixing, a little re-mastering and just ever so much re-recording. Enter Sasquanaut, mark 2: "Sasquanaut (Remixed & Re-mastered)." Heavier, more dynamic, louder and just that tiny bit more polished, this is the album that bands and fans new they could make. Mere words just can't do justice to the effect that a little more time and the proper equipment have had on these eight raging tracks. Maybe a quote from the bands namesake might sum it up. "When some wild-eyed, eight-foot-tall maniac grabs your neck, taps the back of your favorite head up against the barroom wall, and he looks you crooked in the eye and he asks you if ya paid your dues, you just stare that big sucker right back in the eye, and you remember what ol' Jack Burton always says at a time like that: "Have ya paid your dues, Jack?" "Yessir, the check is in the mail." The boys heads back into the studio for a proper follow-up this fall and look for the band on tour this winter and remember IT'S ALL IN THE REFLEXES!
THE BROUGHT LOW
The Brought Low are a hard rock power trio from New York City who formed in 1999. They released their self-titled debut record on Tee Pee Records in 2001. In 2006 they released their long awaited sophomore effort, 'Right On Time,' on Small Stone Records (Dixie Witch, Sasquatch, 5 Hose Johnson). The record was hailed as an instant classic by The Boston Phoenix, Lollipop, Roadburn and Stonerrock.com among others. 'Third Record,' their new album for Small Stone, was produced by Andrew Schneider (Pelican, Cave In, Scissorfight). The band is known for its live show and has shared the stage with Them Crooked Vultures, Supersuckers and Nebula among others and has performed at the Emissions From The Monolith and South By Southwest music festivals.
As they ready for the release of their newly minted self titled record on the Small Stone label , ROADSAW make one thing perfectly clear. Their sound is as searing and sleazy today as it was when they rose from the blue blood streets of Boston 18 years ago.
For the unfamiliar, ROADSAW, delivers its listeners an audio map thru the amplified analog landscape of 70's FM rock radio. From the shores of British electric blues, through the Southern Rock swamps and into heart of California's psychedelic desert , ROADSAW's long strange trip is a virtual history of heavy riffs.
With every tour, every new record, ROADSAW's fans and freinds kept coming back for more. On the road, they've shared stages big and small on both sides of the Atlantic with comrades like Orange Goblin, Fu Manchu, Queens Of The Stone Age, Nebula, Scissorfight, Karma To Burn, Black Label Society and many others. ROADSAW have also been regular guests at CMJ and SXSW events and played every "Metal" or "Stoner" festival that would have them.
Over the years ROADSAW continued to add to their impressive resume which included five full lengths, a dozen of singles and a slew of covers and one-offs for numerous compilations. Their third album, 1998's epic double disc "Rawk N Roll" is considered by many to be their most popular and well crafted offering to date.
2010's version of the band is built around the core of ROADSAW's classic "Rawk N Roll" line up. Still leading the charge is veteran guitarist Ian Ross, and original members Tim Catz and Craig Riggs on bass and vocals. Newest member drummer Jeremy Hemond provides the heavy hand required to propel this smoking engine forward.
This spring ROADSAW will be releasing a new collection of heavy gems. For their sixth full length release ( their second on the Small Stone imprint ) the band called upon long time associate and legendary producer Sean Slade. Known mostly for his work with Indie stars The Pixies, Radiohead and Dinosaur Jr., Slade also possesses a record collectors mind and love for all things loud. When he asked if he could dust off the 24 track Studer tape deck in the corner of the studio and record the new tracks to two inch analog tape, ROADSAW knew they had their man.
With Mad Oak Studio wiz-kid Benny Grotto twisting the knobs and Slade's sagely guidance, ROADSAW laid down their most potent record to date. Songs like " Dead And Buried", " So Low Down" and "Weight In Gold" bear the red-hot ROADSAW brand with a new found urgency and conviction.
Hailing from the barrier dunes of Virginia, this quartet blends heavy riffs, a rolling groove, and soulful guitar melodies to produce the sound that is Freedom Hawk. Their brand of heavy rock coupled with a high energy live show, leaves many wondering if they've stepped through a time warp that has taken them to rock's heyday of the 70's.
The origins of Freedom Hawk began in 2003 when friends Mark Cave (bass) and TR Morton (guitar; singer) were introduced to Lenny Hines (drums) through a mutual friend. Mark and TR had been jamming together for some time and could not find the right drummer to match what they were playing. Once they brought Lenny into the fold, the two knew they found the drummer they were looking for. Now a trio, the three realized their songs were missing a certain dynamic that would be required to achieve what they wanted to hear. In comes Matt Cave (guitar). Matt had been working with another band in the Virginia Beach area at the time and knew his brother Mark was looking for a second guitar player. After a few successful sessions and the eventual request by his brother Mark to join the group, Matt decided to be the fourth and final addition.
A quote in Performer Magazine from a live show states: "[Freedom Hawk is] East Coast's answer to Fu Manchu, keeping it simple and thick with harmonious metal groove. It wasn't heavy riffs and growls, but power riffs and soulful rock delivery wrapped in metal packaging. Freedom Hawk's sound is large, like trying to force an elephant to fit in a closet. It is also melodic for such heavy handed playing. Walls of guitar riffs were pushed out heavy, soaring and moving like swells and waves at the same time."
This band will make you turn it up real loud driving in your car head bobbing the whole time on the edge of your seat until you reach your final destination. Freedom Hawk's music slashes away, tearing its way into the ears of all those who listen with original quality matched only to those which have proven themselves in days past. The driving beat and heavy guitars with timeless vocals gives light to a new birth in heavy music, with a ray of excitement allowing you to rock away to Freedom Hawk's dark music fueled by the sun. Lookout for a new full length CD and Vinyl LP coming out this year on Small Stone Recordings.