This July, a colossal collaborative concert, previously privy only to those who were fortunate enough to have helped fill a Dutch concert hall multiple moons ago, will be unleashed in awesome audio form as Earthless Meets Heavy Blanket In A Dutch Haze. The out-of-this-world recording will see a July 8 release date via Outer Battery Records / Roadburn Records.
Back-story: an impromptu heavy psych jam between J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr, Sweet Apple, Witch and one of both Rolling Stone and SPIN’s “Greatest Guitarists of All Time”) and California space rock masters Earthless at the 2009 SXSW Festival left an onlooking crowd stunned and breathless. When word of the performance spread, the world-renowned musicians were asked to play the main stage of Holland’s annual international rock festival, Roadburn, to attempt to recreate the magic that revved-up an Austin audience at what was thought to be a one-time event.
Fast forward to the 2012 installment of the fantastic fest; when Earthless’ guitarist Isaiah Mitchell had to back out at the last minute due to unforeseen circumstance, six-string shredder Graham Clise from J Mascis’ loud, psychedelic project Heavy Blanket (and who also plays with Mascis in Witch and in the bitchin’ Bay Area band Lecherous Gaze) stepped in on second guitar. Backed by the best rhythm section in today’s adventurous rock world — Mario Rubalcaba and Mike Eginton from Earthless — the quartet stormed the stage for what would become an incredible one-time happening, leading to almost a full hour of some of the most mind-bending heavy psych imaginable. The epic jam session gave birth to shredding psychedelia and hard rock blues underpinned by the muscular rhythmic sensibilities of kraut-rock and the unbridled energy of 70’s guitar rock. The formidable foundation laid by drummer Rubalcaba became a jumping off point for Mascis, Clise and Eighton to explore their inner cosmoi for consciousness-expanding riffs and music-induced psychedelic experiences.
Now, the rest of the planet can ready their receivers and hoist headphones on high as the full live set from that magical evening in Tilburg is set to be unleashed upon an unsuspecting world! Far-out, gatefold-spanning artwork by San Francisco tattoo artist and designer Tim Lehi (High on Fire, Black Anvil, Xasthur) perfectly animates this incredible audio adventure, while matchless mastering by Carl Saff (Boris, Guided By Voices), pushes this priceless performance over-the-top.
Earthless Meets Heavy Blanket In A Dutch Haze is available for pre-order purchase now. The initial LP pressing takes the form of a special, 2xLP on purple sky vinyl, limited to 300 copies.
1.) Paradise in a Purple Sky (58:34)