Modified Ghost presents
We Hunt Buffalo, Yawning Man, Black Pussy, La Chinga
254 E. Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC, V6A 1P1
Doors 7:00 PM
This event is 19 and over
Truckfighters are back with the sizzling new album V. Yup, you guessed it, it's their fifth album and it's pretty great.
If you are interested in groovy, stoner-influenced, progressive and melodic hard rock you probably know about Truckfighters already. "The best band that ever existed" as Josh Homme said in the 2011 "fuzzomentary" Truckfighters. You might also know the story about how Niklas 'Dango' Källgren teamed up with bassist and vocalist Oskar 'Ozo' Cedermalm in a worn down rehearsal space in Örebro, Sweden in 2001 and how the first song they ever recorded, Desert Cruiser, since then has gone on to become a desert rock anthem. You probably also know that the band itself has gone on to release four full length albums and played sold out shows on four continents.
The band's upcoming fifth album, V, is released September 30th under exclusive license to the established label Century Media Records.
"Century Media have been very cool with us. We've been able to keep that do it yourself-philosophy of ours, to focus solely on our creative process and producing the album", says Ozo.
V continues the Truckfighters tradition of blending big riffs, dynamism and intricate songwriting.
"The album won't come as a huge surprise for those who've heard our earlier work – but at the same time it feels like a leap forward. We've been able to create some of our best songs so far. For us this is definitely the album of the year", says Dango and laughs.
If you know your Truckfighters you know their history with drummers. It's been a few. "We use to say that Truckfighters has a 'very Spinal Tap relationship' to drummers," says Niklas, "but we are really happy with the contributions of Daniel 'El Danno' Israelsson on V". "Also, it's pretty cool that we got our friend, drummer extraordinaire Peter Damin – known from the Paradise Lost album Faith Divides Us – Death Unites Us – to play the drums on the track The 1."
Discography (full length albums)
2005: Gravity X (Fuzzorama/Meterocity)
2007: Phi (Fuzzorama)
2009: Mania (Fuzzorama
2014: Universe (Fuzzorama/Sony)
2016: V (Century Media/Fuzzorama)
We Hunt Buffalo
We Hunt Buffalo create songs with hard hitting, fuzz rock grooves and psychedelic overtones. It's a culmination of many years playing music together in a small Vancouver suburb.
Influenced by everything from the psychedelic to the folkloric, jazz, hard rock, roots punk, world music, the sound of this trio while hard to describe is visual and cinamatic , heavy and melancholy. driving & daydreaming.
The Yawning Man song "Catamaran" was recorded by the influencial hard rock/ desert rock band Kyuss, on thier 3rd album "And The Circus Leaves Town". The first full length Lp from Yawning Man "Rock Formations" released in 2006 would come almost 20 years after the bands organic beginnings. With Gary Arce on guitars , Alfredo Hernandez on drums and Mario Lalli on Bass . The bands soulful cinematic sound even stronger after so many years. Other releases from the band include the Ep "Pot Head" with the addition of fellow desert musician Billy Cordell on Bass. The band is currently writing and recording their next full length record which will be released in 2014.
Yawning Man are quite a different musical beast from those they inspired. Drawing heavily from the SST roster of artists which set the world ablaze in the 1980s – Black Flag, Minutemen, Meat Puppets – their music is caught in the nexus of surf, psychedelia, Krautrock and the Spaghetti Western soundscapes of Ennio Morricone. Or, if you will, a missing link between the worlds of Dick Dale, Syd’s ‘Floyd, instrumental Black Flag and Pell Mell.
Closely aligned to both the stoner-rock scene which adores them (despite their total lack of ‘Sabbath-like riffery), and the SST family of artists which they are linked to .Their highly vocal fan base runs the gamut from stoners to avant-rockers to even Julian Cope (who mentions the band, in his new Japrocksampler book).
Now, well more than twenty years later, Yawning Man still is going strong; not specifically the band itself as a name, but as that which inspired and drove the members thereof to do what they do, which is an innate drive to create and connect landscapes of the real to surreal- the end result being the beautiful, swirling and other-worldly music you know as Yawning Man- and then some. There have been many off-shoots and side projects in the last couple decades, all different from the next, but all share the same lure of the Desert from which the band members hail- but with different textures and dreams within each project. One of note is the latest project consisting of YM founders Gary and Mario, called WaterWays, which arose from the 'Big Scenic Nowhere' demos, and features Tony Tornay (Fatso Jetson) on drums and Abby Travis on vocals. If you love the dreamy and ethereal feel of Yawning Man be sure to check out WaterWays, who will no doubt very soon become as much of an icon of the Desert rock movement- and as well transcend far beyond that genre, as Gary and Mario always do.
Black Pussy does not condone or endorse any sexism, racism, ageism, violence, or any other douchebaggery that has been spoiling the party since the party started. If you are offended by the band's name please refer to the following quote...
"Few people can see genius in someone who has offended them."
When The Rolling Stones wrote their classic track "Brown Sugar" it was originally titled "Black Pussy," but record-label politics got in the way: It was deemed too offensive and the powers at work refused to put it out. So the band had to change the name to something that was easier for the general public to swallow.
At least that's how the legend goes.
For Dustin Hill, the creative mastermind and songwriter behind Black Pussy, it sounded like a fantastic band name. It encapsulates exactly what the band is: a sex-charged, '70s-influenced, hide-your-daughters-because-they're-coming-to-town rock 'n' roll band that sounds like Tarantino directing a Thin Lizzy video in the low desert. Considering the name comes from a song that directly speaks out against racism, Hill isn't willing to entertain the notion that the band intends to offend anyone.
Black Pussy's heavy, bluesy sound and clear influences of Kyuss, Hendrix and The Who have found a niche in the ever-growing, global stoner-rock movement. The band exclusively uses vintage Sunn gear, pushing a massive 44 speakers when playing live and tends to land shows with the heaviest, sludgiest bands in the Portland, Oregon scene. However, their classic, upbeat, relentlessly hooky tracks
have led to Hill coining the phrase "stoner pop," like The Cars meets Black Sabbath. The band's catchy music tends to seduce anyone, even those who walk in off the street after seeing the intriguing band name on the marquis of the venue.
Black Pussy's 2012 debut album On Blonde is Hill's baby: It was written and mostly recorded by him alone, though guitarist Ryan McIntire, drummer Dean Carroll, bassist Aaron Poplin and keyboardist Keith O'Dell were later added to the band. The record, which kicks off with the rip of a bong and sounds like a drug-riddled midnight misadventure in a '70s muscle car, has carried them through successful
and nearly endless touring of the U.S for the past year and a half, and even found its way across the ocean as well: The track "Blow Some Steam Off" ended up on the February 2013 Metal Hammer compilation.
This year will see two new releases from Black Pussy: Their contact high-inducing, 22-minute psychedelic opus "Galaxies" will appear on a split release with the band biblical proof of UFOs, and their much-lusted-for sophomore album, Less Info More Mojo, which was recorded and produced in the California desert by stoner-rock legend Brant Bjork, will be out in the fall. White Orange, Hill's heavier project, will also be releasing an EP entitled Onawa on August 6.
Additionally, Black Pussy will be touring extensively with ex-Kyuss legends Vista Chino this fall.