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Troubled Horse

Troubled Horse

*** Please note, due to unforeseen circumstances, the venue has changed to The Dev. It is also now a free event. Refunds for those who have already bought tickets will be given via the ticket provider ***

Main Act: Troubled Horse
Date: 22nd July 2018
Tickets: Free event
Venue: The Dev
City: London
Support: TBA
Doors: 8PM

Desertscene are proud to announce that Sweden's Troubled Horse will be charging through The Dev on July 22nd with unconfirmed supports for a free show.

Hailing from Örebro, Sweden - a town which birthed such bands as Asteroid and Truckfighters - would mean living in a huge shadow for most bands; not for Troubled Horse.

A band who feature three of the original members of Witchcraft, Troubled Horse possess a foot-stomping garage-driven energy that is hard to ignore. At their core, Troubled Horse feels like MC5 through a contemporary filter, though they are not adverse to throw in the edges of early US doom, or even hints of Deep Purple; all whilst feeling fresh and unique. Having waited 9 years before releasing their debut full length, Step Inside, and a further five for its follow up, last year's Revolution on Repeat, what we're left with is a honed collection of tracks with all the raw energy to shake The Dev from its foundations.

You won't want to miss Troubled Horse with to be confirmed support at The Dev on 22nd July for free. 

Yawning Man w/Sons of Alpha Centauri

Yawning Man w/Sons of Alpha Centauri

Main Act: Yawning Man
Date: 29th July 2018
Advance Tickets: £12
Venue: The Black Heart
City: London
Support: Sons of Alpha Centauri
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 along with Sons of Alpha Centauri.

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.

Support for the night comes from the UK’s own Sons of Alpha Centauri, who bring an instrumental mix of stoner and post rock. Formed in 2001, SOAC have been providing the groovy instrumental wares ever since. Their self titled debut, released in 2007, a highlight of the late noughties UK stoner scene, is expansive in its tone and in its 70 minute full length. In the following years, the band put out various split releases with the likes of Karma to Burn (a clear influence in the band’s sound) and Waterways, as well as a full length split with Treasure Cat; all of which are well worth a listen. On top of this, the band’s connection to Yawning Man runs deep, with their 2009 collaboration, Yawning Sons, giving the world the impeccable Ceremony to the Sunset.

The very first band on the mainstage at the first Desertfest London, Sons of Alpha Centauri have always been a special band to us at Desertscene. With their first solo full length in 11 years, Continuum, released 1st of June, it comes just in time for the gig. We can’t wait to hear how it sounds live.

Catch Yawning Man at The Black Heart on July 29th, with Sons of Alpha Centauri. 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. 

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.

Sasquatch

Sasquatch

Main Act: Sasquatch
Date: 29th September 2018
Advance Tickets: £12
Venue: The Black Heart
City: London
Support: TBA
Doors: 8PM

Desertscene, in association with Sound of Liberation are proud to announce Sasquatch will be coming to The Black Heart on Saturday 29th September.

Founded in Philadelphia in 2000, but shaped in Los Angeles, Sasquatch have been providing the stoner hooks for almost two decades. Their mid-noughties one-two punch of 2004's self-titled and 2006's II introduced the world to the band's signature sound; a sound powered by Keith Gibbs (guitar, vocals) and his considerable pipes, with the rhythm section hold the tempo somewhere in the sweet zone between leisurely and lively without ever feeling sluggish or frantic.  

Between then and now, Sasquatch have seen a few lineup changes and dropped a couple of swaggering monsters in III and IV respectively. It's their fifth album, Maneuvers, however, which lays forth a new era of Sasquatch; one that cuts straight to the chase with their diversions reigned in; more focused than they've been before. This is a Sasquatch ready to tear up any stage.

With support for the night still to be confirmed, it's bound to be bouncing in The Black Heart on Saturday 29th September when Sasquatch emerge.

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.

Naxatras

Naxatras

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Main Act: Naxatras
Date: 26th October 2018
Advance Tickets: £12
Venue: The Black Heart
City: London
Support: Gnob
Doors: 7PM

Desertscene are proud to announce the psychedelic power trio Naxatras are coming to The Black Heart on Friday 26th October.

Part of the modern Greek wave of stoner and psych, without ever disappearing into the crowd, Naxatras are unashamed worshippers of the 70s riff. That said, they bring plenty of their own flavour to the mix.

Founded in 2012 and releasing their self titled debut in 2015, Naxatras rapidly caught the attention of those who crave the tripped out waves of psych, as much influenced by bands like Causa Sui as it is by Hendrix. Sharply following up the following year with II, an album which voyages further out into space than their previous and following work to this date, Naxatras proved themselves not only as a band to take note of, but also one who aren't afraid to travel in new directions. 

Their latest full length, this year's III, is the pinnacle of Naxatras' output so far, with hints of Los Natas and Colour Haze poking through, though filtered through their own machinations; 'On the Silver Line' in particular stands out from the pack, feeling like higher tempo take on contemporary German psych.

Support for the night comes from the UK's Gnob who have been kicking up a heavy psych stink since late 2014. Bringing an explosion of colour to the hardened concrete of the English landscape, Gnob mix traditional psych with Eastern vibes to create something truly special. At times fuzzy, at others droney and always fantastic, Gnob are a unique jewel in the UK's underground who you don't want to miss. Be sure to check out this year's Electric Dream Demon for a hearty taste of Gnob before October 26 rolls along.

Sure to be one of the highlights of our upcoming shows, we can't wait to see Naxatras and to Gnob drift through The Black Heart on Friday 26th October. Book your tickets today.

Fistula & Grime

Fistula & Grime

Acts: Fistula & Grime
Date: 28th October 2018
Advance Tickets: £12
Venue: The Black Heart
City: London
Support: tbc
Doors: 7PM

Desertscene are proud to announce that we're bringing a transatlantic double dose of sludge to The Black Heart on October 28th when USA's Fistula and Italy's Grime come to Camden.

Ohio's Fistula have been pumping out a thick torrent of lumpy sludge since their debut full-length Hymns of Slumber in 2001. Built on a foundation of rage and groove, Fistula dwell mostly amongst the bleak but will often emerge from the shadows with a bouncy hook out of nowhere. Equally prevalent through their sound is a vein of hardcore - sludge's swifter cousin - giving the band an energy which radiates under the gloom of a genre built on slow. Through a gargantuan output that includes eight albums and double the splits, Fistula have ever been an explosion of dark matter, destroying everything it touches.

Grime might just be the heaviest thing to come out of Italy and that's not hyperbole. Sludge in the strictest sense, but not without weighty influence from black metal, Grime let loose an almost unfathomable wave of power; not only are they shaped by their blackened approach to vocals, but also the sheer weight behind the wall of thunderously chugging riffs punctuated by southern metal groove. 

Without shadow of a doubt one of the most brutal Desertscene nights of the year, don't miss out on the destruction when Fistula and Grime hit The Black Heart on October 28th.

Here Lies Man

Here Lies Man

Main Act: Here Lies Man
Date: 8th November
Advance Tickets: £12 (on sale Friday 15th June at 10AM)
Venue: The Garage
City: London
Support: TBA
Doors: 7PM

Desertscene in association with Bad Vibrations are proud to announce the truly unique Here Lies Man will be coming to The Garage, London on 8th November.

Los Angeles based Here Lies Man turned many a head last year with their self titled debut; and rightly so. Mixing fuzzed-out riffs and distortion with afrobeat to create an unmistakable tone catchier than a bag full of fishing-hooks. It's an album so killer from start to finish that you'd be hard pressed to single out any one track as a highlight; the album itself is the highlight, oozing with a vibrant energy unmatched in the heavy scene.

In 2018, Here Lies Man have followed up that stunning debut with their second full length, You Will Know Nothing (released June 15th), an album which diverges in part from their eponymous introduction; sonically thicker, yet still drawing from the rhythmic clout borne from the cradle of civilisation, it's another must listen experience which we are confident is going to draw the entirety of The Garage into a kinetic trance.

With supports still to be announced, it's going to be a grooved out night at The Garage on November 8th. You will know nothing quite like Here Lies Man. Book your tickets today.

Brant Bjork

Brant Bjork

Main Act: Brant Bjork
Date: 9th November
Advance Tickets: £16
Venue: The Garage
City: London
Support: TBA
Doors: 7PM

Desertscene in association with Sound of Liberation are proud to announce one of stoner rock's founding fathers, Brant Bjork, will be be bringing the desert vibes to The Garage on November 9th.

For most, being a progenitor of a music scene would be enough of an achievement for several lifetimes, but, much like his former Kyuss compatriots, Brant Bjork has continued to shape the tripped-out edges of the underground long past the band's split in 1996. Almost immediately finding himself a place behind the sticks of the then fledgling Fu Manchu from '97 to '01, it was during this time Bjork began to work on his first solo material.

What followed was 1999's profoundly hypnotic Jalamanta; an ode to everything laid-back, mellowed-out and grooved-low. Featuring Brant Bjork on all instruments (with the exception of additional guitars from Yawning Man's Gary Arce and Mario Lalli), Jalamanta is the purest embodiment of summertime vibes captured on record, propelling him from one of the stoner scene's pivotal drummers into an all round legend of psych.

In the near 20 years that have followed, double B has released over half a dozen strictly solo records right through to 2016's sublime Tao of the Devil; all of which radiate the haze of the desert and, excitingly, all of which are due for reissue via Heavy Psych Sounds alongside his upcoming full length. A true ambassador from the dunes of Palm Desert, we couldn't be more pleased that Brant Bjork and to be announced support are coming to The Garage, London on November 9th. Book your tickets today.

The Vintage Caravan

The Vintage Caravan

Main Act: The Vintage Caravan
Date: 10th November 2018
Advance Tickets: £14
Venue: The Borderline
City: London
Support: TBA
Doors: 8PM

Desertscene are proud to announce The Vintage Caravan will be coming to The Borderline on Saturday 10th November alongside yet to be announced support.

Hailing from Iceland, a nation which is swiftly challenging Sweden’s crown as most musically gifted nation, The Vintage Caravan have been purveyors of psychedelic wares since 2006 with their retro infused rock ‘n’ roll. Giving off more warmth than their nation’s volcanic springs, their self-titled release from 2009 runs the gambit from the spaced out edges of psych through the swampy tones of blues rock whilst passing through elements of stoner rock. Their second and third full lengths, Voyage and Arrival, released 2012 and 2015 respectively, expanded on the sound, with a clearer and more concise set of tracks that sound absolutely killer live.

With the band’s 4th album, Gateways, released in August 2018 in plenty of time for the show, is set to be a further exploration into the bluesy psych world that The Vintage Caravan have crafted. Be sure to catch them and to be announced supports when they hit The Borderline on Saturday 10th November.

Greenleaf w/Samavayo

Greenleaf w/Samavayo

Main Act: Greenleaf
Date: 15th November 2018
Advance Tickets: £14
Venue: The Underworld
City: London
Support: Samavayo
Doors: 7PM

Desertscene in association with Sound of Liberation are proud to announce Sweden's heavy stoner rock goliaths Greenleaf will be hitting up The Underworld on November 15th.

Starting life as a side-project of Dozer's Tommi Holappa and Bengt Bäcke - as well as Daniel Lidén of Demon Cleaner and Peder Bergstrand of Lowrider - Greenleaf have grown far beyond the side-project monicker into one of the leading lights of the European stoner rock scene.

Spanning almost two decades, the band has seen quite a revolving door of members, but for every lineup change Greenleaf has seen, they've added more to their sound; as their extensive back catalogue shows. From 2000's self-titled EP, right through to 2016's pounding Rise Above the Meadow, Greenleaf's hard rock/stoner hybrid has evolved and grown; and that sound is best experienced live. Their domination on the very first day of the debut incarnation of Desertfest London in 2012 was, for many, the first great memory taken from the annual juggernaut. After their HUGE show last year alongside The Atomic Bitchwax and Steak, we can't wait to see Greenleaf tear down The Underworld again.

Support for the night comes from Berlin's Samavayo, whose hard stoner rock comes packed with influences ranging from the straight up psychedelic to more Middle Eastern vibes; their most recent albums exploring those Eastern themes further by introducing Persian lyrics on a handful of tracks. An exciting twist on the fuzzy fare that dominates the European underground, Samavayo have been killing it ever since 2003's 131 EP. A perfect band to break out when the hot sun is blaring down, Samavayo are sure to heat you up ready for Greenleaf. Be sure to catch them both when they roll into The Underworld on November 15th. Book your tickets today.

Rescheduled: John Garcia & The Band of Gold w/Dead Quiet

Rescheduled: John Garcia & The Band of Gold w/Dead Quiet

Main Act: John Garcia & The Band of Gold
Date: 23rd February 2019
Advance Tickets: £20
Venue: o2 Academy Islington
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 on February 23rd at the o2 Academy Islington.

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 o2 Academy Islington on February 23rd. Book your tickets today.