New Releases – February 28, 2012

This stupid weekly release project is SO MUCH easier when there is something to look forward to. This week I’m going to speak very briefly about Painted from Narrows and Fountains Left to Wake by Stonerider.

My affinity for the late, great Botch is no secret. I am on record that this is the funniest video in the world. Botch broke up in 2002. Singer Dave Verellen did an alt-country thing called Roy with his brother Ben (of Harkonen) for a while, which was great despite not being what anyone would have ever expected from either of the Verellen Brothers.

Narrows came together in 2008 with Dave Verellen and members of These Arms Are Snakes, Unbroken, and Some Girls. I heard their first record, New Distances, a little over a year ago and I remember thinking, “Yep, that sounds like the guy from Botch singing for a different band. Pass the beer nuts.” This time around, when I heard Narrows had a new album coming out, I clicked on the link to the streaming single and the experience was much different. When Verellen’s vocals came in, I experienced a comfortable familiarity I wasn’t expecting. I guess what I wasn’t expecting was to be comforted by something this abrasive, but here we are. This isn’t for everyone, but I like it. Here are the two songs from Painted widely available for free streaming:

I hadn’t heard of this next band until today. Atlanta photography celebrity, Blake Tyers, mentioned Stonerider to me with a link to their bandcamp page in an IM about I don’t remember what. Stonerider is also from here in Atlanta and their sound is something I haven’t heard from around here since Chris and Rich Robinson were all pretty little thing let me light your candle, whenever that was, 71 years ago. Stonerider’s album Fountains Left To Wake sounds decidedly Southern but with a little 1970s Rolling Stones mixed in. Note: Musical comparisons are dumb and I am bad at them. You are better off listening for yourself.

The first tune on the record, “When I Was Young,” was the catchiest to me after one listen, so here it is:


This entry started as a draft the day I received this in the mail sometime early last December. The original included the following lines before the entry was lost to the draft pile: I am watching it right now, but the only reason I got to take it straight from the mailbox to the DVD player is that Gia is out with some coworkers. She gots no love for the math metal. For Botch fans, this shit is the shit.

We saw them open for Neurosis back in whenever, and I, for one, think they blew Neurosis off the stage. But in the end, Neurosis ended up blowing us out the back door. You know when your cell phone is set to vibrate and laying on a table? You know how the vibration slides the phone around the table? That’s what our feet were doing during the Neurosis set. There was so much bass in the mix that it had ill-effect on Mo’s insides, so we left early. Which is just as well, because it was Botch who melted my face right off my face.

I think I intended to gush further about the Botch show I saw, and the DVD of the last show, and the hilarious commentary on the DVD, and how awesome it is that Hydrahead included a an audio CD of the final show along with the DVD for my listening pleasure.

In reality, the entire goal of this post was to provide a vehicle for one of my favorite YouTube videos of all time. Botch’s Japam with interpretive lyrical assistance:

UPDATE: I guess some bits of the video could be considered NSFW if written obscenities are NSF your W.