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Toke w/Year of the Cobra

Toke w/Year of the Cobra

Main Act: Toke
Date: 28th May 2018
Advance Tickets: £12
Venue: The Black Heart
City: London
Support: Year of the Cobra
Doors: 7PM

Desertscene are proud to announce that we'll be bringing two fine examples of the latest generation of doom from opposite edges of the US; Toke and Year of the Cobra will be bringing the best of low and slow to Camden's The Black Heart on 28th May. 

Representing the East coast, Wilmington, North Carolina's Toke have been tearing up the US doom scene since 2014. Introduced via 2015's self-titled EP, a release which showcases the band's crunchy, fuzzed-out power, it was clear from the off that Toke are set to be major players of the downtuned sound. It's their 2017 debut full length Orange, however, which threatens to be a future classic in the heavy scene. From plodding opener Within the Sinister Void to the aggression of closing track Four Hours for Hours, Toke inject boatloads of energy into the often lethargic world of doom.

Further out West, in the Emerald City of Seattle, you'll find Year of the Cobra, who, as you'd expect from a near 3000 mile separation, bring an entirely different sound; hovering around the more psychedelic edges of doom, the duo of Year of the Cobra bring to mind Electric Wizard at their best. Groovy as all hell, their 2016 release ...In Shadows Below was one of the albums of the year and we cannot wait to see them perform live.

So for a night of diverse doom, book your tickets today for Toke and Year of the Cobra at The Black Heart on 28th May.

Karma to Burn w/Desert Storm

Karma to Burn w/Desert Storm

Main Act: Karma to Burn
Date: 18th June 2018
Advance Tickets: £14
Venue: The Black Heart
City: London
Support: Desert Storm
Doors: 7PM

Desertscene in association with United Talent are proud to announce that West Virginian titans of instrumental stoner rock, Karma To Burn, will be hitting up The Black Heart, Camden on 18th June. Not only that, they’ll be supported by the UK's own Desert Storm.

Karma to Burn define power trio. Founded in 1993 in Morgantown, West Virginia, they quickly realised their brand of chugging grooves didn’t need vocals, even if their first label didn’t agree. Once their self-titled debut was out of the way, K2B found the freedom to release the one-two punch of Wild, Wonderful Purgatory and Almost Heathen; both albums masterpieces of instrumental heavy, cementing their place as a respected force in underground music.

After a seven year hiatus in the mid-noughties, Karma to Burn returned in 2009, quickly delivering their comeback album, 2010’s Appalachian Incantation. Proving just why we all fell in love with the band to begin with, the album is so full of riffs that they could afford to save their collaboration with stoner rock’s founding father, John Garcia, for the bonus edition. Since returning, Karma to Burn have more than made up for lost time, with consistent touring which includes their headline slot at the very first night of the very first Desertfest London in 2012. Most recently releasing Mountain Czar in 2016, the band’s first album with solidified lineup of founding guitarist Will Mecum alongside drummer Evan Devine and bassist Eric Clutter, the album proves that twenty-five years in, there are still plenty of riffs left in Karma to Burn yet.

Support for the night comes from Desert Storm, who immediately brought the underground to Oxford upon their 2007 formation. With an undercurrent of southern groove and edges of heavier, sludgier fare, Desert Storm are every bit as explosive as their namesake. Releasing five albums, including this year’s Sentinels, and a fantastic split with Suns of Thunder for Desertfest Berlin ‘16, their raucous sound has found them a well earned slot supporting bands from Weedeater to The Atomic Bitchwax to Crowbar when they pass through Europe. Desert Storm are, simply put, a drinking band, so have your pint in hand at The Black Heart on June 18th when they play alongside Karma to Burn. Book your tickets today.

1000mods w/Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell & Mountains

1000mods w/Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell & Mountains

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Main Act: 1000mods
Date: 20th June
Advance Tickets: £14
Venue: The Underworld
City: London
Support: Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell & Mountains
Doors: 7PM

Desertscene are proud to announce the fuzzy 1000mods are taking a super van vacation to The Underworld on June 20th. Not only that, but they'll be joined by main support for the night Admirall Sir Cloudesley Shovell and openers Mountains.

Representing the ever growing Greek underground scene since 2006, 1000mods are an absolute fuzzy treat. Oozing with warmth and unafraid to lay down crunchy, slow moving riffs from the offset, they quickly found fans throughout Europe thanks to their first full length Super Van Vacation; an album that has every right to be considered iconic within the European underground, it almost struts in its confidence with the huge opener 'Road to Burn', without ever letting up for the next hour. To be honest, 1000mods haven't let up to this day. Their latest release, 2016's Repeated exposure to..., is just  as warm as ever but with added psychedelia, giving another element to their already righteous sound.

Main support for the night are Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell, whose sound is even more distinct than their name. Rough and ready, low-fi proto-stoner rock is one way to describe them, but there's a million ways you could sum up the band, and no description captures everything. On one hand there's a healthy dose of 70s worship on display, but any callbacks have been filtered through the grim reality of the 21st century to make something special. We highly recommend you stick on 2012s Don't Hear It... Fear It! and let The Shovell speak for themselves.

Openers for the night, are Mountains, who will be appearing fresh off their Desertfest debut. Last year's full length, Dust in the Glare, is unapologetic for the scope of influences and breadth of genres, serving as a bold and assured introduction to Mountains; from swampy groove to metal or fuzzy, sun drenched riffs to the more subdued, all tied together with an undercurrent of prog, it's a sound well worth getting down early for. 

Oranssi Pazuzu w/11Paranoias

Oranssi Pazuzu w/11Paranoias

Main Act: Oranssi Pazuzu
Date: 21st June 2018
Advance Tickets: £16
Venue: The Dome
City: London
Support: 11Paranoias
Doors: 7PM

Desertscene are proud to announce that the psychedelic black metal explosion of Oranssi Pazuzu is coming to The Dome on the 21st June.

Finland’s Oranssi Pazuzu play the heaviest space rock in the world, challenging everything you know about psych. A revelation to many when they played Desertfest in 2016, Oranssi Pazuzu’s psychotic concoction layers elements of black metal with roving psychedelia; Imagine being punched through the solar system and you’re close to capturing their sound. After forming in 2007, the band quickly set to work on their mission of fusing styles into a gritty ball of cosmic filth. Their first release, Muukalainen Puhuu, achieved this, creating the aural embodiment of a tragedy at a fairground. Their following albums, Kosmonument, Valonielu and Värähtelijä respectively, walked further down that bizarre path, the latter introducing further levels of drone to the mix.

Joining them are 11Paranoias, whose sludgey freakout doom will get things bleak early on. Hatching out from under the skin of Ramesses in 2011, it’s a given that 11Paranoias are wont to tread a dark path, though one that often intersects with the psych deviances of Mike Vest (also of Bong). A quite frankly monstrous wall of reverberation, the night is gonna get loud early on.

There’s heavy psych and then there’s HEAVY psych; Oranssi Pazuzu and 11Paranoias are in the latter. Make sure you don’t miss them when they hit up The Dome on Thursday 21st June. Book your tickets today

Eyehategod w/DVNE & Gurt

Eyehategod w/DVNE & Gurt

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Main Act: Eyehategod
Date: 5th July 2018
Advance Tickets: £16
Venue: The Underworld
City: London
Support: DVNE & Gurt
Doors: 8PM

Desertscene are proud to announce that sludge pioneers Eyehategod are coming back to London on 5th July to blow the roof off The Underworld with their filthy riffs. They’ll be joined by Edinburgh’s DVNE and London's own slab of filth, Gurt.

One of the cornerstones of the sludge scene since their formation in 1988, Eyehategod have been front and centre ever since. Announcing their presence to the world with 1992’s In the Name of Suffering and following sharply in the next year with the blistering Take as Needed for Pain, the riffs and groove of Sabbath were there, but with a colossal punch and a weight that were simply beyond heavy. Add into the mix Mike Williams’ signature snarls - fueled more so every year by the weight of his existence - and EHG were always on to something special. Dopesick and Confederacy of Ruined Lives followed in 1996 and 2000 respectively and only added to the legendary catalogue of EHG.

After a studio album drought of 14 years, 2014 saw the release of Eyehategod, which wasn’t so much a return to form as it was a raising of the bar; it’s an album that deserves the self-titled honour as it encapsulates the low down brutality of the band’s sound. Full of power and forays into hardcore throughout without losing much of the slow, dirty sludge riffing; we may have had to wait, but this was anything but a Chinese Democracy-style disappointment. As those who caught their packed out show at Desertfest will attest, Eyehategod still bring it and bring it hard.

Joining them at The Underworld are Edinburgh’s DVNE, a band rooted in metal and nurtured with a myriad of influences, from prog, to doom, to psych and beyond. Debuting, appropriately enough, with Progenitor, an album which is verging on space rock at points without ever straying from the heavy undercurrent, DVNE immediately grabbed the attention. Their sound has continued to be fresh and exciting right through to last year’s Asheran, an album which sounds absolutely huge both musically and in production, we can’t wait to see them on stage when they support Eyehategod.

Opening the night are Gurt who have been caving in eardrums around the UK since 2010. Aggressive sludge with a fair hint of punk running through the centre, Gurt exude energy. Last year's Skullossus and the previous year's Guppy (a split with Trippy Wicked) are the band on top form, with an evermore creative and rebellious streak to their output. With 2 Christmas singles to their name too, Gurt can do no wrong. Catch them opening for Eyehategod and main supports DVNE at The Underworld on 5th July. Book your tickets today.

Nebula

Nebula

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Main Act: Nebula
Date: 6th July 2018
Advance Tickets: £15
Venue: The Underworld
City: London
Support: TBA
Doors: 7PM

After nearly a decade without Nebula, one show just isn’t enough; which is why we’re pleased to announce the heavy psych heroes are returning to London to play The Underworld on Friday 6th July.

Formed around 20 years ago by three former members of Fu Manchu (Eddie Glass, Ruben Romano and Mark Abshire), Nebula fast became one of the leading lights of the noughties Californi-psych scene. Embodying pure sunshine throughout everything they touched, each of their consistently fuzzy full lengths can universally be considered classics of the stoner rock scene, from 1999’s To the Center, right through to their most recent album, 2006’s Apollo.

They say you should always leave them wanting more, and Nebula’s 2009 EP, the appropriately titled Heavy Psych EP, certainly did just that. A concise 30 minutes of spaced out riffs, floating vocals and drums courtesy of Rob Oswald (ex-Karma to Burn) making his one time Nebula appearance, you could argue that if it were the end, we couldn’t complain too much. Luckily for us though, Nebula are reborn after the best part of a decade and are following up their barnstorming appearance at Desertfest with a set at the infinitely more intimate Underworld on Friday 6th July. Book your tickets today.

Dwarves w/Nick Oliveri Death Electric

Dwarves w/Nick Oliveri Death Electric

Main Act: Dwarves
Date: 10th July 2018
Advance Tickets: £14
Venue: The Underworld
City: London
Support: Nick Oliveri Death Electric, Haest & Hip Priests
Doors: 7PM

Desertscene are proud to announce that "one of the last true bastions of punk rock ideology in the contemporary musical age", The Dwarves will be stomping around The Underworld, Camden on Tuesday July 10th.

Formed in Chicago in the mid 80s, and now tearing about San Francisco, Dwarves proudly wave the punk rock flag in everything they do; musically or otherwise. Centred around founding members, vocalist, Blag Dahlia and guitarist, HeWhoCannotBeNamed (sporting his signature luchador mask and jockstrap combo), the band have earned a notorious reputation for pushing the boundaries of taste. Chaotic shows, on stage injuries and off stage stunts - see the hoax announcement of HeWhoCannotBeNamed’s fatal stabbing - have ensured Dwarves is an infamous name.

That same chaos runs through the band’s sound, which reaches throughout the punk landscape, from garage to hardcore to something a little stranger. Always deafening, always breakneck fast and always guttural, Dwarves have been testing what’s acceptable from Horror Stories right up to their latest album Take Back the Night.

Main support for the night comes from a Dwarves collaborator in the shape of Nick Oliveri Death Electric. Having helped us launch Desertscene Apparel back in November with his uniquely powerful Death Acoustic, Nick Oliveri is back and this time he’s plugging in. One of the most recognisable faces in the heavy scene, having played his part in Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age and more, Oliveri more than lives up to his reputation, oozing intensity whenever he’s on stage. We can’t wait to get electric.

Also on this jam packed bill are Hastings' newest Haest. Made up of members of Wizard Fight, Matildas Scoundrels, The Barracks and Dead Anyway, Haest promise to bring punk, hardcore and sludge to The Underworld. Opening the night are The Hip Priests whose garage driven punk should get things going early. So for a wild night with some of the most energetic and unpredictable acts in heavy music today, get down to The Underworld on July 10th. Book your tickets today.

Yawning Man

Yawning Man

Main Act: Yawning Man
Date: 29th July 2018
Advance Tickets: £12
Venue: The Black Heart
City: London
Support: TBA
Doors: 7PM

Desertscene in association with Sound of Liberation are proud to announce the desert rock innovators, Yawning Man, will be coming to The Black Heart, London on 29th July 2018.

Born among the sand dunes of La Quinta, California in 1986, Yawning Man struck up the perfect sound for their surroundings; raw, flowing and psyched-out. Often playing generator parties deep in the desert, their open air jams made a huge impact on many who went on to lead the stoner rock scene. Brant Bjork, for one, has proudly stated Yawning Man are the greatest band he's ever seen. 

As if it wasn't impressive enough that they inspired many of the founding fathers of the stoner rock scene, they managed to gain their reverence without a single release for almost twenty years. The band's first official releases - the Pot Head EP and Rock Formations - dropped in 2005, confirming to the wider scene what they'd already been told; Yawning Man jam hard. Adding to that catalogue with 2016's fantastic Historical Graffiti, they continue to be one of the most exciting bands in the underground thirty years in.

Catch Yawning Man at The Black Heart on July 29th, with to be announced support. Book your tickets today.

The Atomic Bitchwax

The Atomic Bitchwax

Main Act: The Atomic Bitchwax
Date: 8th August 2018
Advance Tickets: £12
Venue: The Black Heart
City: London
Support: TBA
Doors: 7PM

Desertscene in association with Sound of Liberation are proud to announce that fuzz supremos The Atomic Bitchwax will be coming to The Black Heart on August 8th.

Formed in 1993 and originally starting life as a jam band, The Atomic Bitchwax have grown into one of the signature bands of the stoner rock scene. Celebrated for their tripped out licks and driven songwriting, TAB's influence on the noughties stoner scene is undeniable. From those opening few distorted seconds of 'Stork Theme' on 1999's self-titled, right through to the closing moments of the groovy as all hell 'Liv a Little' from last year's Force Field, Bitchwax have always brought the killer stomp.

Throughout their first four releases - the numbered years - Bitchwax made their presence felt by writing timeless anthems for the scene, from 'Shit kicker' to 'Liquor Queen' to 'Hey Alright'. In 2011, they released The Local Fuzz, a sprawling monument to the riff of almost preposterous proportions; an experimental 40 minute instrumental track of over 50 riffs that pushed TAB further out into the reaches of psych than any of their previous recorded work. By the time last 2015's Gravitron and last year's Force Field rolled around though, Bitchwax were back to their traditional style whilst holding on to the intensity of their previous album.

The Atomic Bitchwax are fuzzy, psychedelic 70s worship with the killer solos to prove it. With support still to be announced, don't miss out, book your tickets today. 

John Garcia & The Band of Gold w/Dead Quiet

John Garcia & The Band of Gold w/Dead Quiet

Main Act: John Garcia & The Band of Gold
Date: 27th September 2018
Advance Tickets: £20
Venue: The Garage
City: London
Support: Dead Quiet
Doors: 7PM

Desertscene are proud to announce that stoner rock's founding father John Garcia is returning to London, this time bringing The Band of Gold with him. They'll be joined at the September 27th show at The Garage by Canada's Dead Quiet.

It's no secret the influence and longevity John Garcia has had within stoner rock and the wider underground. Since the humble beginnings of Kyuss (then Katzenjammer) in the late 80s, to Unida and Hermano, to his recent solo material, right through to the triumphant return of Slo Burn last year. he's lived, breathed and slept rock and roll, and he's done so surrounded by many of the best bands in the scene. No matter who he stands amongst though, his unmistakably powerful, soulful, gravel spitting vocals cut to the front.

This time, it's John Garcia & The Band of Gold who roll into London. Surrounded by a kickass band and afforded the freedom to play whatever he wants, this is sure to be Garcia at his peak. Playing tracks from his recent self titled and The Coyote who Spoke in Tongues as well as classics from his extensive back catalogue, it's always an event when John Garcia steps on stage.

Joining them for the show are Vancouver's Dead Quiet, a band rooted in a doomy classic rock. A slow moving, chugging Goliath of a band, Dead Quiet's classic stomp is perfectly complimented by ex-Barn Burner Kevin Keegan's inimitable vocals. Last year's Grand Rites, which saw the addition of Justin Hagberg on keyboards, is an utterly massive sounding record, which you should check out before the show comes around. Make sure you get down early for these.

It's gonna be a huge night at The Garage on September 27th. Book your tickets today.

Stoned Jesus w/Mothership & Elephant Tree

Stoned Jesus w/Mothership & Elephant Tree

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Main Act: Stoned Jesus
Date: Friday 28th September
Advance Tickets: £15
Venue: The Garage
City: Camden
Support: Mothership & Elephant Tree

Desertscene are proud to announce Stoned Jesus will be hitting up The Garage on September 28th, and they'll be bringing Mothership and Elephant Tree with them.

Founded in Kiev, Ukraine, in 2009, Stoned Jesus quickly asserted themselves as a force of progressive stoner psych. Their debut record, First Communionshowed the world how heavy fuzz sounds when filtered through a blistering chill rather than the desert heat. A great album in its own right, it's their second album, however, that made Stoned Jesus a household name of the stoner rock scene.

Released only 6 years ago, Seven Thunders Roar has already become an iconic record; Sprawling out further into prog fuelled jams and bringing sharp new hooks, it's an album the band couldn't help but celebrate, with a recent tour bringing the record in its entirety. Adding a heavier twang to those sprawling jams with their third full length, The Harvest, Stoned Jesus refuse to let their sound go static; constantly pushing forward to find new avenues of noise and remaining an exciting and unpredictable band who must be savoured live.

Main support from the night comes from Mothership, a band clearly influenced by everything 70s without ever dwelling too much in the past. Mothership rock hard when they riff and drift out when they psych, seamlessly wielding the two extremes. Part of a growing renaissance in Texan underground rock, alongside the likes of Wo Fat, The Sword, Switchblade Jesus and others, it's always worth tripping on the ship when they come into town.

Sharply rising in reputation among doomheads, openers for the night, Elephant Tree, are one of the most exciting bands in all of heavy right now and they'll be opening the night. Unafraid to push outwards with a sound engineered to grab your attention, notably manifesting with sitar breakdowns cut through a crawling pace to produce something special. Make sure you get down early to catch these.

So for a jam packed night of three of the most exciting bands in heavy, book your tickets today.

Elder w/Ancestors (UK Tour)

Elder w/Ancestors (UK Tour)

Main Act: Elder
Date: 1st October
Advance Price: Info coming soon
Venue: Info coming soon
City: Leeds
Support: Ancestors

Main Act: Elder
Date: 30th September
Advance Price: £15
Venue: The Audio
City: Glasgow
Support: Ancestors


Main Act: Elder
Date: 3rd October
Advance Price: Info coming soon
Venue: The Phoenix
City: Coventry
Support: Ancestors & Mothertrucker

Main Act: Elder
Date: 2nd October
Advance Price: £14
Venue: Rebellion
City: Manchester
Support: Ancestors


Main Act: Elder
Date: 4th October
Advance Price: Info coming soon
Venue: The Fleece
City: Bristol
Support: Ancestors

Main Act: Elder
Date: 5th October
Advance Price: £15
Venue: The Garage
City: London
Support: Ancestors


Desertscene are ecstatic to once again be bringing Massachusetts’ heroes of the underground Elder over for a tour of the UK between the 30th September and 5th October. They’ll be joined throughout the cross-country tour by heavy proggers Ancestors.

As reigning kings of the stoner rock scene, Elder are an entity that has grown not just in their reputation but also their sound. Their self titled debut album saw the band showcase an impressive array of straight-up stoner riffs, gaining them early acclaim. After evolving into something more based in heavy psych with 2011's Dead Roots Stirring, the band reemerged in 2015 with the masterful Lore which is where Elder began to be recognised as one of the finest bands in the underground today.

An album which injected a dose of prog into the band's sound, Lore was almost universally recognised within the scene as album of the year, earning the top spots in both the editors and readers album of the year polls over at The Obelisk, as well as countless other accolades across the world of heavy. Staggeringly, Elder followed up their success with last year’s Reflections of a Floating World, which dives headfirst deeper into the well of prog that touched their previous record and was everything but a step down. Mesmerising to catch live - a fact which only grows more evident with every release and the ever more diverse pool of material to work with - Elder will leave you out of your body wherever they play.

Joining them throughout the tour are LA’s Ancestors who bring prog filtered through heavy riffs. Their debut release, Of Sound Mind is reminiscent almost of A Saucerful of Secrets era Pink Floyd, whilst their latest release, 2012’s In Dreams and Time is a masterpiece of loud and has been begging for a follow up for the past six years. Fortunately for us, new music is coming soon and is sure to get an outing throughout their UK tour. Be sure not to miss two of the finest bands in the underground when they pass through your part of the UK from September 30th to October 5th. Book your tickets today.

Wo Fat w/The Devil & The Almighty Blues

Wo Fat w/The Devil & The Almighty Blues

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Main Act: Wo Fat
Date: 11th October 2018
Advance Tickets: £14
Venue: The Underworld
City: London
Support: The Devil & The Almighty Blues
Doors: 7PM

Desertscene in association with Sound of Liberation are proud to announce Wo Fat will be bringing their Texas sized riffs to The Underworld, Camden on 11th October.

Everything is bigger in Texas they say and Wo Fat have been proving that for the last 15 years. Forged in Dallas in 2003, Wo Fat have been leading the charge of the underground's Texan takeover with their thick and fuzzy riffs ever since. Instantly introducing themselves with 2006's chest-penetrating belter, The Gathering Dark, showcasing to the world almost two hours worth of their blues-stuffed heavy-psych riffology. As we say, everything's bigger in Texas.

Now, six full lengths, three splits (with Abrahma, Egypt and The Re-Stoned respectively) and a live-album to their name - and more to come - Wo Fat are easily kings of 'The Big D'. Their most recent release, 2016's Midnight Cometh, presents a band who are true to their riffing roots, but also one who has progressively layered in the psych over the years to create a beast with more swagger than most can handle. After headlining The Underworld on the closing night of Desertfest 2016, we couldn't be more proud to have them back to grace the stage once more.

They'll be joined by The Devil & The Almighty Blues, whose name couldn't be more apt. Bringing a devilishly groovy stomp and infusing it with their almost nonchalant, relaxed tones. Releasing their latest full-length, II, last year, TD&TAB have fast become one of the most exciting bands in all of heavy psych and are one you won't want to miss when they support Wo Fat at The Underworld on 11th October. Book your tickets today.