Award-winning San Diego power rock band Earthless has announced a string of August east coast live dates in support of its critically-championed new album, From the Ages. The space rock kings will be joined on the tour dates by California “Destroyers of Rock ‘N’ Roll” (and Tee Pee Records label mates) The Shrine. Confirmed performances include Washington, DC (Aug. 20), Philadelphia, PA (Aug. 21), NYC (Aug. 22) and Brooklyn, NY (Aug. 23).
In addition, Earthless will join J Mascis’ Heavy Blanket for a special support slot with metal titans Sleep in Boston on August 24. At the show, the respected musicians will look to re-create the much-talked-about magic they initially combined to create at the 2012 Roadburn Festival, a searing live performance that will now see release under the title Earthless Meets Heavy Blanket In A Dutch Haze on July 8 via Outer Battery / Roadburn Records. In A Dutch Haze is available for pre-order purchase.
The long-awaited Earthless east coast shows will be the band’s first since the release of From the Ages, which was named one of 2013’s best albums by Rolling Stone. Formed in 2001 by drummer Mario Rubalcaba, guitarist Isaiah Mitchell and bassist Mike Eginton, Earthless creates energetic, utterly unique and free thinking instrumental music inspired by an eclectic mix of German krautrock and Japanese heavy blues rock. The trio has dedicated itself to the mastery of the mind-bending jam session, evoking the spirits of Jimi Hendrix and Black Sabbath in equal measure. Earthless absolutely leveled the crowd at the recent Austin Psych Fest, causing the Austin Chronicle to concede that, “For a moment, it felt like we’d all left Earth”, due to “An axe god, drumming deity, and Rickenbacker bass to rule you all.” The New York Times has dubbed Earthless “practitioners of an outdated art.”
Undoubtedly one of America’s hottest underground bands, The Shrine plays loud, heavy rock ‘n’ roll that combines the hook-laden appeal of ’70’s garage rock and gritty ’80’s hardcore with a skate punk energy and attitude resulting in a sound the trio describes as “psychedelic violence”. Recorded on reel-to-reel tape using vintage gear and colossal Marshall stacks, the band’s new LP Bless Off is a record that attacks with buzzing riffs, blazing hooks and a bruising, mega-amplified punch. SPIN just named Bless Off to its “Best Records of 2014 (so far)” hot list, saying, “The Shrine are the best of the new-school “skate-rock” bunch, sounding basically like early-’80s L.A. punk and mid-’70s doing-donuts-in-the-parking-lot hard rock at the same time, like if Black Flag circa between Damaged and My War loved life more than they hated it and liked Thin Lizzy / early Van Halen / old Aerosmith / pre-Nazi Ted Nugent as much as they did Sabbath.”
Earthless + The Shrine tour dates:
August 20 Washington, DC Rock and Roll Hotel
August 21 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts
August 22 New York, NY Mercury Lounge
August 23 Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus
August 24 Boston, MA House of Blues (* Earthless Meets Heavy Blanket w/ Sleep)