BotSC debut album, video and details

Keeping up a long-held tradition of bringing forth some of the heaviest music from the darkest depths of the Pacific North West, Seattle’s legendary Tad Doyle — formerly of TAD, and Hog Molly — delivers his strongest songwriting and playing to date with his latest manifestation, BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH. Boasting a trio of musicians with Doyle on guitar/vocals, veteran bassists Peggy Doyle and drummer Dave French (The Anunnaki), BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH will unleash their long-awaited, self-titled debut full-length on February 17th, 2015 via Neurot Recordings.

Recorded at Robert Lang Studios and Tad Doyle’s own Witch Ape Studio in Seattle, Washington and mixed by Billy Anderson (Yob, Sleep, High On Fire, Melvins et al), Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth delivers five immense hymns, with two bonus tracks on the CD edition and fuses the collective and extensive rock histories and experience of its three members in the worlds of punk, hard rock and metal. The threesome’s sonic craftings is welcomingly unfamiliar, splicing serrated riffs through chilling post-punk drumming and hulking compositions that blow soulfully hot and desolately cold. Their longform pieces present the kind of mature ideas and expansive progressions that outpace the listener’s short-term memory leading them off the proverbial map; familiar landmarks like sludge, post-metal, rock all but disappeared over the horizon.

The record begins with an ominous eruption of riffs forged from deep within the earth, with “Lava,” and continues on this path throughout; a mammoth, relentless spirit on a timeless journey. Authentic and authoritative, this album is as much a persistent thudding body punch of sonic destructive force as it is a thoughtful statement of awareness and the inescapable raw condition of life.

Elaborates Doyle of the band’s creation: “After almost fifteen years without putting out a record, much time was spent woodshedding, riffing and writing new material. BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH was originally a recording-only project and creative outlet for me playing all instruments on early unreleased demos but I quickly realized that I wanted the music to be played live so I would have to enlist other like-minded players. Peggy was an obvious choice with her enthusiasm and energy that made her an asset right from the start of integrating the band with other musicians. Dave French was a guy we both related to on a musical and deep spiritual level. We had played shows together with our respective bands, Peggy and I in BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH and Dave who played bass in his band The Anunnaki. Dave completed the circle when he offered to play drums and his joining was this last piece that solidified the band. We are very honored and excited to have this release on Neurot Recordings whom with their legacy goes a fierce integrity that we are proud to be a part of.”

Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth Track Listing:
1. Lava
2. Empires Of Dust
3. Unnamed
4. La Mano Poderosa
5. I Am
6. The Immutable Path
7. Outro

Further BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH info, including additional teasers and track premieres to be announced in the weeks to come. Stay tuned.

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BotSC to release debut on Neurot Recordings

From the official press release of Neurot Recordings:
neurot-logoKeeping up a long-held tradition of bringing forth some of the heaviest music from the darkness of the Pacific Northwest, Seattle’s Tad Doyle (formerly of TAD, Hog Molly), delivers his strongest songwriting and performance to date with his newest project, BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH. This powerful trio of musicians — Tad on guitar/vocals alongside veteran bassist Peggy Doyle and drummer Dave French (The Annunaki) — will release their long-awaited debut LP in early 2015 on Neurot Recordings. BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH fuses together the collective and extensive rock histories and experiences of its three members in the worlds of punk, hard rock and metal.

Says Steve Von Till of the signing: “All of us at Neurot Recordings are so incredibly fired up about having the opportunity to be a part of this release. For me personally, Tad has been responsible for some of my favorite guitar driven noise of our generation not to mention the fact that it is an absolute pleasure to be working together with such great human beings. Witness the return of Tad with BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH!”
Stay tuned for further BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH developments, including audio teasers, as they transpire.

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Submarine Bass Fuzz

I love effects pedals, tone shaping and the mangling of audio signals. I still have an original Arbiter Fuzz Face, a Maestro Fuzztain and the old school op amps version of the Little Big Muff as well as the original Big Muff Pie and other overdrives and distortion pedals too numerous to list, (or that I’m just too lazy to list).

In my opinion there are very few fuzz/distortion pedals that work well on bass. One reason is that usually the pedal will kill the low end of the source and the other reason is that they generally muddy up definition and attack. Both of these criteria are addressed with this pedal. Enter the Submarine Bass Fuzz made by Noise Diet.

The Submarine Bass Fuzz is the brainchild and labor of love of Blake Pickering who just so happens to play the bass in a band called SwampheavY. SwampheavY are, as their name implies Swampy and wait for it…. Heavy. See this post for more info on the band and a sample of what the Submarine sounds like.

imageThe Submarine comes with an on/off switch that is true bypass.  This is a plus as most fuzz pedals color your tone even before being engaged. There is a red led indicator light that comes on when the pedal is active that is located just above and to the right of the footswitch, which in my opinion could be located more up towards the top right of the pedal face.
The pedal is powered by a standard boss style 9v adapter. There are two control pots on the pedal, a volume on the top left and a tone knob on the bottom left. Being a simple design does not stop this pedal from getting a wide range of tone and distortion. I was initially skeptical of the range of tone that this pedal boasted by it’s creator and pleasantly taken aback by the general gnarliness that the pedal affords the player.

When the pedal is engaged, the sound has no noticeable drop out of the low end and to my surprise the attack was prominent as well. I chose to put the pedal through some paces.  I was curious to see how the pedal would perform with a guitar rig and a guitar. I put the pedal through a range of tube guitar amps ranging from 10 watts to 120 watts.

I also used the pedal through three different bass amps and was very pleased at how well it performed with solid state amps. Most fuzz pedals sound gritty and have a tendency towards an unpleasant digital clipping sound that may indeed have it’s place among some people’s preferences.

image2The Submarine performed well and at lower volumes had an almost gated sound. This pedal performed well being turned up (on the pedal’s volume) and had some really great artifacts that it produces when used as a full-on-over-the-top fuzz. The pedal exhibits a self-generated oscillation that was pleasing and unique to this pedal. The Submarine is a low end dream as far as tone and it can go from mildly gruff to full-on tubes-a-spitting-and-snarling. This pedal definitely has earned it’s place on my pedal board.  At just $159.00 and free shipping, (Washington State Residents add tax) this pedal is definitely worth every dollar to satisfy your tonal destruction fancies.

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Disemballerina mixed and mastered

Disemballerina mixes are done and we are finished mastering them for digital release and vinyl to be released soon with GRACELESS RECORDINGS.
You can listen and download their record below.
Disemballerina
Disemballerina will be touring the west coast mid-AUGUST of this year (2014) — Seattle, Olympia, Portland, Eugene, Oakland. Click here for more info on the tour and added dates.

We just now finishing mixing the new Devil Worshiper with former members of Royal Talons. Be looking for updates on this in the next post.

Next up is tracking vocals for the PEGADETH record with the women of Helms Alee, He Whose Ox Is Gored, Don Peyote and Brothers of the Sonic Cloth.

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SwampheavY record

The SwampheavY recording is officially done and is avaialable as a digirelease on bandcamp. We tracked this live in the live room at Witch Ape and then overdubed vocals. Stoked for these guys. Please support and feel free to repost in copious amounts. Keep an eye out for these guys and look for a fuzz pedal review to come of the bass player’s bass fuzz “Submarine” pedal.

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