Essential Sounds: 14.06.18

June 14, 2019

A slight delay in getting last week’s Essential Sounds playlist out into the world led to people to enquire as to its whereabouts. Whilst we felt bad for the delay, it was a little bit heartwarming to know that these playlists have become a part of people’s Friday routine. Same over here!

This week’s playlist was pieced together whilst we engaged in some in depth conversations about the direction that Roadburn 2020 would take. It’s never easy to take the plunge and head in a new direction, but whilst ruminating on such thoughts it’s always a pleasure to have such a wealth of new and inspirational music as the soundtrack.

Cave In – Winter Window (HydraHead Industries)

Pijn & Conjurer – High Spirits (Holy Roar)

Wear Your Wounds – Shrinking Violet (Deathwish Inc)

Dead To A Dying World – Empty Hands, Hollow Hymns (Profound Lore)

Drowse – Between Fence Posts (The Flenser)

Pallbearer – Atlantis (Sub Pop)

Immortal Bird – Vestigial Warnings (20 Buck Spin)

Misþyrming – Ísland, Steingelda Krummaskuð (NoEvDiA)

Memoriam – Undefeated (Nuclear Blast)

Possessed – The Word (Nuclear Blast)

The Armed – FT. FRANK TURNER (Sargent House)

Howling Sycamore – Initiation (Prosthetic)

White Ring – Spiral Clown (Rocket Girl)


Exclusive Premiere: Gore 'Waste Taste Live at Roadburn' 2019 video

June 12, 2019

After Gore‘s serious punch-in-the-face-reunion-performance at Roadburn 2019, we’re excited to share the live video for ‘Waste Taste’ below. A a big, black instrumental ball of tension and release, ‘Waste Taste’ is taken from the band’s latest album, Revanche, released via Exile on Mainstream.

Revanche is a creative interpretation of Gore’s Lifelong Deadline, the band’s fifth album (originally released in 1992), and wrapping up a 27 years old unfinished business. Both Revanche – expertly mixed by Terry Date – and the reunion shows are elevating Gore‘s levels of intensity and frantic relentlessness to new, artistic heights – we couldn’t ask for more; welcome back, Gore!


Essential Sounds: 7.06.19

June 7, 2019

A bit later than usual (sorry!) but here’s the Essential Sounds playlist for this week. Enjoy your weekend and enjoy these tunes.

If you want to seek out these tracks elsewhere, here’s the info that you’ll need:

JambinaiSmall Consolation (Bell Union)

TorcheTimes Missing (Relapse)

Jeromes DreamDrone Before Parlor Violence (Microspy)

VonnisInto the Hive (Hypertension Records)

MurgSträvan (Nordvis)

Josephine WiggsThe Weeping of the Rain (The Sound of Sinners)

Just MustardOctober (Pizza Pizza Records)

Virgin PoolThe Wanderer (Holodeck Records)

TerravïSheep (Self Release)

TENGGERHigh (Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records)

Laughing EyeFlorian (Self Release)

Elephant 9I Cover The Mountain Top (Rune Grammofon)

Chris Robinson BrotherhoodThe Chauffeur’s Daughter (Silver Arrow Records)

NivhekAfter its own death: Side A (Yellowelectric / Liz Harris)

NoneIt’s Painless to Let Go (Self Release)


Essential Sounds: 31.05.19

May 31, 2019

After catching up with ourselves last week and creating a bumper playlist of over two hours worth of new music, this week we’ve been a little more selective, choosing tracks that have sat with us for a few days and received multiple plays. With releases coming thick and fast and the relentless speed at which new music becomes old news, it’s nice to quality time with releases.

Maybe now is a good time to cut yourself off from distractions and immerse yourself in some new music. This week’s playlist contains familiar favourites such as Sleater-Kinney and Darkthrone, as well as relative newcomers such as MØL. Feel free to join us over at our Roadburners Facebook group and let us know what you think of this week’s playlist.

If you want to seek out these tracks elsewhere, here’s the info that you’ll need:

MØL – Airy (Holy Roar)

Cherubs – Sooey Pig (Relapse)

Earth – The Colour of Poison (Sargent House)

Sleater-Kinney – Hurry On Home (Mom+Pop)

Gliss – Sister Moon (Kraftwööd Musik Fabrik)

Show Me The Body – Not For Love (Lomo Vista)

Departure Chandelier – Life Escaping Through the Candle’s Smoke (Hospital Productions)

Vale – Beyond The Pale (The Flenser)

Darkthrone – Duke of Gloat (Peaceville)

Pinkish Black – Concept Unification (Relapse)


Essential Sounds: 24.05.19

May 24, 2019

There is such an incredible amount of great music out there that we consider to be essential, that it’s been quite a challenge to whittle it down for a playlist. So… this week’s is something of a bumper edition of the Essential Sounds playlist; we hope you enjoy it!

The cover photo for this page is a beautiful image captured by Sabine Linemeyr at Roadburn this year of Kristin Hayter AKA Lingua Ignota. Based on the first track from her new album alone, we’re convinced that 2019 is going to be her year. But she’ll be in good company if the insane amount of high quality music keeps coming at this rate…

If you’d like to seek out the songs elsewhere, here’s the info you’ll need:

Lingua Ignota – BUTCHER OF THE WORLD (Sargent House)

Sannhet – Short Life (Profound Lore)

Russian Circles – Arluck (Sargent House)

Pelican – Cold Hope (Southern Lord)

Steve Moore – Your Sentries Will Be Met With Force (Temporary Residence)

Tanya Tagaq – Toothsayer (Six Shooter)

Uncanny Valley – Drowning (Owen Pratt)

Batushka – Polunosznica (Metal Blade)

Dreamcrusher – Fever (Dreamcrusher)

False – A Victual For Our Dead Selves (Gilead Media)

Vile Creature – Harbinger of Nothing (Vile Creature/Adult Swim)

Stonefield – Sleep (Flightless Records)

Black Mountain – High Rise (Jagjaguwar)

Sunwatchers – Greeneyed Pigmen (Get the Blade) (Trouble In Mind Records)

Alber Jupiter – Martin à la Plage (Atypeek Diffusion)

Constant Smiles – Five Feet and a Hammer (Cold Moon Records)

DJINN – Le Jardin de la Morte (Rocket Recording)

Tim Hecker – That world (Sunblind Music)

Efrim Manuel Menuck, Kevin Doria – Do The Police Embrace? (Constellation)

Anna von Hausswolff – The Little Boy and the Glowing Globe (Waxploitation)


Essential Sounds: 17.05.19

May 17, 2019

You may have seen a teaser from Douwe Dijkstra for Roadburn 2020‘s artwork (if not – it’s that great big green banner above!), or perhaps you even met the man in question at Full Bleed this year. We’re delighted to have him and his considerable talents on board for next year’s edition of Roadburn.
He can be something of an elusive creature, but we asked him to put together a playlist of what’s providing the soundtrack to his current work so we can get a glimpse into what makes him tick.

Presented here is that very playlist – one that includes some Roadburn alumni, and some bands that Douwe has created artworks for himself already. We can’t wait to see what magick is conjured up for the 2020 poster, but with these bands as the soundtrack to its creation, we’re even more excited than we previously were!

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Fishing For Fishies (Flightless Records)

Minami Deutsch – Don’t Wanna Go Back (Guruguru Brain)

Chad VanGaalen – Molten Light (Sub Pop)

Oathbreaker – Second Son of R. (Deathwish Inc)

Cattle Decapitation – Manufactured Extinct (Metal Blade)

Deafheaven – Black Brick (Anti)

Thee Oh Sees – C (Castle Face)

Skegss – L.S.D (Self Release)

The Chats – Pub Feed (Self Release)

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Planet B (Flightless Records)

Big Ups – Goes Black (Mr Stephen Pietrzykowski)

Wand – Blue Cloud (Drag City Inc)

Kikagaku Moyo – Orange Peel (Guruguru Brain)


Essential Sounds: 10.05.19

May 10, 2019

Today is Walter’s birthday – which is a cause of celebration for all Roadburn-lovers. Walter will no doubt be celebrating by deservedly indulging his sweet tooth – so in that respect at least, it’s really no different to any other day! Whilst he is being whisked off on a surprise birthday trip by his other half, I am here holding the fort and putting together the playlist – so I thought I would kick it off with a trio of Walter-related tracks.

Walter and I talk several times a week (sometimes several times a day), and what starts as a conversation about logistics or artwork can often slide effortlessly into a conversation about new music. Just yesterday we were both extolling the virtues of the likes of Foie Gras and Ragana, but Centrum was his stand out of the week. So what better way to get things started?

Second, is Weyes Blood – a track taken from what Walter has eagerly declared the album of the year. “Are you sure? That’s a bit bold – it’s only April!” I said when he informed me of this a couple of weeks back. “Of course I’m sure!” he replied… so here we are!

Third is Daughters, who probably don’t really need much introduction to most Roadburners to be fair. But for me, this represents the moments when Walter and I cross paths at Roadburn and share a knowing look, or the times I have caught him unashamedly banging his fists in the air (G.I.S.M for one) and otherwise losing his shit, to put it bluntly. We bumped into each other at the end of the Daughters set this year and exchanged a “holy shit!” moment, hence their inclusion here.

The rest of the playlist is made up of tracks that have caught my ear over the last week or so – so business as usual. You may have your own reasons for wanting to give three cheers for Mr. Roadburn – so today is as good a day as any to do just that. Without Walter, Roadburn wouldn’t be what it is today, so raise a glass – or a sticky bun – to the man who can.

-Becky Laverty

(Cover photo: Daughters by Peter Troest)

If you would like to seek out the tracks elsewhere, here’s the info you’ll need:

Centrum – Sjön (Rocket Recordings)

Weyes Blood – Andromeda (Sub Pop)

Daughters – Guest House (Ipecac)

Big Brave – This Deafening Verity (Southern Lord)

VR SEX – Surrender (Dais)

Death Hawks – Scent of Life (Svart)

Holly Herndon – Frontier (4AD)

Wear Your Wounds – Rust on the Gates of Heaven (Deathwish Inc)

Yellow Eyes – No Dust (Gilead Media)

Aseethe – Throes (Thrill Jockey)

Cult of Luna – The Silent Man (Metal Blade)


At The Gates' Tomas Lindberg & Walter Roadburn's Q&A Panel: Video

May 6, 2019

At this year’s side-programme, Roadburn curator Tomas Lindberg (At The Gates) and artistic director Walter sat down with journalist José Carlos Santos to discuss the art of curating, the difficulties of putting the running order together, and much, much more. Thanks to Metal Injection filming the Q & A! Take a look to get the ins and outs of organizing Roadburn 2019.


Essential Sounds: 3.5.19

May 3, 2019

Thou made such an incredible impression on Roadburn 2019; each of their four sets showcased a different element of the band and kept us all enraptured. Not quite ready to let them go for this year, we asked Andy Gibbs if he would put together a playlist for us – and happily he agreed.

Below you will find a run down of the tracks he has picked – and why. We hope you enjoy this little glimpse into Andy’s musical world as much as we have!

Ô PaonFleuve (P.W. Elverum & Sun)
“Thou had the pleasure of playing two shows with Geneviève before she passed. Bryan and I had been big fans since the first record, and her live show was just mesmerizing as the records. Rest in power.”

Nancy Sinatra and Lee HazlewoodSome Velvet Morning (Boots Enterprises Inc)
“There’s a late night dive in the French Quarter that I find myself in from time to time. The bartenders are extremely surly but if you can find and play this song from one of the many homemade mix CDs on the jukebox, they will crack a smile and warm up to you.”

Laboratorium PieśniVecherai rado (Soliton)
“A local New Orleans vocal group called Trendafilka does a beautiful rendition of this Balkan standard, but since they aren’t on Spotify you’ll have to settle for this version. I still love it.”

TamarynHands All Over Me (Kemado Records)
“I listened to Tamaryn’s album Tender New Signs obsessively on tour, and then I realized I hadnt checked this record and now it’s on constant repeat at my house, along with her excellent new record Dreaming The Dark.”

Stuart A. StaplesThe Fuck Box (Lucky Dog)
“I just saw High Life in the theater last week and immediately looked up the soundtrack. The “fuck box” scene was uhhh an experience let’s say. Perfectly executed mood on this track!”

Jesse RuinsA Bookshelf Sinks Into The Sand (Captured Tracks)
“One of two tracks on this mix that my friend Melissa (MJ Guider) showed me. The best part of this track is when the drums kick in and obliterate that dreamy intro.”

Silent ServantOptimistic Decay (Hospital Productions)
“Silent Servant put out one of my favorite records last year. I once attempted to see him in New York with my bandmates, walking a couple miles in the snow, even. At 2:30am he still hadn’t taken the DJ booth and after a long travel day I was wrecked and ready for sleep. Next time I guess.”

MJ GuiderTriple Black (Kranky)
“If you missed MJ Guider at Roadburn this year then you definitely fucked up. One of the best records to come out of New Orleans, and a truly dear friend of mine backed live by two other dear friends including longtime Thou collaborator Emily McWilliams.”

Miles DavisNem um Talvez (SONY/BMG)
“Live Evil was one of my go-to records in high school. I loved all the acid jazz freakout tracks but this cerebral jam is a hidden gem.”

Norma TanegaYou’re Dead (Rhino)
“I really don’t know much about this artist aside from her hit “Walking My Cat Named Dog” but her nihilistic take on capitalism in the lyrics is right up my alley.”

Saåda Bonaire – The Facts – 1984 Version (Self-Release)
“The other track that Melissa showed me. This band has a cool backstory and I recommend you take a break right now to google it.”

FKA TwigsI’m Your Doll (Young Turks Recording)
“This EP is absolutely flawless future R&B. I remember jamming this on repeat in The Body’s van when it came out.”

Holly HerndonNew Ways To Love (4AD)
“Holly’s rise in visibility occurred when I was living in the Bay Area and I deeply regret not seeing some of her local performances at DIY venues. She is, to me, a weathervane for the future of electronic music.”

SRSQOnly One (Dais Records)
“Hands down my favorite new discovery of last year. Kennedy’s voice and passion are truly unmatched. She played a Mardi Gras parade afterparty this year and had a crowd of drug-addled psychos completely awed, totally under her spell.”

Second WomanApart I (Tresor Records)
“More forward thinking electronic music from some local heroes. As wild as this track is, it’s possibly their most straightforward song to date!”

Boy HarsherUnderwater (Self-Release)
“This is that “coming home from the bar and dancing alone in your living room” music. Real freaks know.”

Rachel ‘sAir Conditioning / A Closed Feeling (Quarterstick Records)
“This is what I put on when the whole world feels heavy.”

Vanessa Amara3/3/2016 (Posh Isolation)
“Soothing sounds from the cool Danish label Janushoved. I put this on before bed all the time.”

George Jones –  Cup Of Loneliness (Gusto Records)
“A great track from the jukebox at the bar down the street from me. Every time I go I put this on, along with Roy Orbison and T. Rex.”

The CranberriesHollywood (The Island Def Jam Music Group)
“For all the Roadburners who made our collaborative set at Koepelhal feel so special, and for my friend Emma, for turning another typical non-metal Thou cover into something actually beautiful.”


Roadburn 2019: Through the lens of Sabine Linemeyr

May 1, 2019

A few days before this year’s festival kicked off we received a request for a photo pass from an unknown to us photographer called Sabine Linemeyr. A quick glance at her Instagram let us know we were dealing with a phenomenal talent and we immediately invited her to capture Roadburn in her own unique way. Many of her subjects are doused in an almost inexplicable femininity and softness, whilst other images seek to highlight the sharp edges and the imperfections of human nature.

Follow Sabine on Instagram, and check out the full gallery on Facebook HERE.