Let Us Now Praise Noise: Late January Edition

This week: Sunshine Ward, Fister, Chrch, Asylum, Grindmother, Suman, Tia Sprocket.

Sunshine Ward, Nuclear Ambitions: Released January 5 (Bloody Master Records)

Boston’s Sunshine Ward have returned with a new 10-track LP of pure, no bullshit, hardcore punk, available via their Bandcamp page and also 180g vinyl from Bloody Master Records. This is some brash, pissed off HC bordering on grind and I can honestly say its one of the best hardcore albums I’ve heard in a while. For fans of Discharge and Subhumans UK.

Fister/Chrch, Split EP: Available Now (Crown and Thrown Ltd.)

Ready for a double dose of sprawling, ambient, psych, drone, death metal? This heavy slab from Fister and Chrch is a dark epic in two parts. Fister’s side, “The Ditch,” clocks in at 20minutes and Chrch’s side, “Temples,” just crosses the 16-minute mark. This is metal as art. I’m not familiar with either band’s earlier work, but this has wowed me and I need to consume more.

Asylum, Modern Hysteria: Available Now (Vinyl Conflict)

Crust/hardcore band Asylum have unleashed Modern Hysteria, a blazing whirlwind of blackened punk that harkens back to groups like Nausea and Amebix. Modern Hysteria is a balancing act of furious tempos and slower mosh ready throw downs.

Grindmother, New Tour Dates

Grindmother, the grindcore band fronted by a 69-year-old mom, released a hell of a good album in 2016 (which grew out of guest appearance on her son, Rainforest’s band, Corrupt Leaders, album, in 2015). The band hits the road this winter, first for five solo dates and then joining Altered Beast, Inferi, The Kennedy Veil, and Aethere. Anyone thinking Grindmother is a novelty act, put your ageism aside, because this group is the real thing. Tour dates are below, and I highly recommend hitting the show if they play near you…

Feb 10 – Bradley, IL @ Looney Bin
Feb 11 – Peoria, IL @ Rail II
Feb 12 – Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
Feb 13 – Omaha, NE @ Lookout Lounge
Feb 14 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep

Feb 17 – Petaluma, CA @ Phoenix Theater
Feb 18 – Santa Ana, CA @ Malones Concert Venue
Feb 19 – Las Vegas, NV @ The ChXrch
Feb 20 – Mesa, AZ @ The Nile

Feb 21 – El Paso, TX @ Rockhouse Bar & Grill

Feb 22 – Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar
Feb 23 – Corpus Christi, TX @ Boozers rock bar
Feb 24 – Big Spring, TX @ Desert Flower Art Bar & Lounge
Feb 25 – Ft. Worth, TX @ Tomcats West
Feb 27 – Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone
Feb 28 – Nashville, TN @ The East Room
Mar 01 – St. Louis, MO @ Fubar Saint Louis
Mar 02 – Barrington, IL @ Penny Road Pub
Mar 03 – Madison, WI @ The Annex
Mar 04 – Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
Mar 06 – Denver, CO @ The Roxy Theatre
Mar 08 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Loading Dock
Mar 09 – Boise, ID @ The Shredder
Mar 10 – Spokane, WA @ The Pin
Mar 11 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
Mar 13 – Portland, OR @ Analog Theater
Mar 14 – Grants Pass, OR @ The Sound Lounge
Mar 15 – San Jose, CA @ Catalyst Club
Mar 16 – Sacramento, CA @ Holy Diver

Sumac, Live From WFMU: Available on February 2 (Sige Records)

Out on February 2, Sumac unleashes their new live album recorded at WFMU. Improvisational, experimental, sludge…Sumac defies easy categorization and they’re busy as hell right now with a new live album, a collaboration with Japanese guitarist, Keiji Haino, on American Dollar Bill – Keep Looking Sideways, You’re Too Ugly to Look at Face On (February 23), and drummer Nick Yacyshyn with director Brian Sepanzyk scored Sepanzyk’s art-house horror short film Compulsion. On top of all that, they are currently on tour (dates below). You can pre-order Live From WFMU here. You can preview the collaboration with Haino on YouTube.

Jan. 19 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre *
Jan. 20 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon *
Jan. 21 – Portland, OR – Bossanova Ballroom *
Jan. 23 – Berkeley, CA – Cornerstone Berkeley *
Jan. 24 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst Atrium *
Jan. 25 – Los Angeles, CA – The Regent *
Jan. 26 – Santa Ana, CA – The Constellation Room *
Jan. 27 – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick *
Jan. 28 – Mesa, AZ – Nile Theatre *
* w/ Converge, Cult Leader

Tia Sprocket, Lady Jane (Streaming on all platforms January 27)

Tia Sprocket, former bass player of Luscious Jackson and Shooter Jennings as well as the drummer for Ministry, passed away in 2017, leaving behind a number of unreleased recordings. Her family has collected these recordings to be released first as a four song EP and as a full length in April. The four tracks on Lady Jane swing between guttural folk and hard rock. Tia’s voice sounds amazing on the songs which makes her passing all the more heartbreaking. She was a stunning talent and Lady Jane is evidence. Follow her Facebook page for updates.

Tia Sprocket photo by Liza Orozco

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