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Wading Weird Waters: Rivers Of Nihil, Those Darn Gnomes news items

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 1:10 PM (PST)

Those Darn Gnomes like to hide in a purple haze…

Hello friends. A variety pack of sonically pernicious and delicious specimens to steer your ears towards today. These are bands who have not been afraid to experiment with constraints in recent times.

San Diego jazz/metallers Those Darn Gnomes have signed with Nefarious Industries. The group are a perfect fit for the open minded label, which includes everything from Gridfailure to A Fucking Elephant to Globelamp to Bangladeafy and more. Really looking forward to hearing more from this outfit. From the press release:

Since their formation in 2013, the bombastic THOSE DARN GNOMES collective has blurred the lines between noise, metal, and free jazz. The group formed initially with the lineup of Mark Steuer (vocals), Christian Molenaar (guitar, flute), Russell Case (bass), and Bryon Wojciechowski (drums), releasing their debut album The Years independently in 2015. The band followed up with their second full-length, The Zodiac, in 2016. While their debut more heavily emphasized the band’s roots in avant-garde metal and hardcore, The Zodiac stripped away any pretense of being a metal band in favor of a new, even more aggressive sound incorporating further elements of free improvisation and harsh noise. The band released a fully improvised single-track EP, Peeling, as a limited cassette in 2017, before playing shows throughout North America with like-minded experimental acts such as Ehnahre, Sult, Hypnagogue, Dischordia, and many more.

Calling Whitetails To A Tuned Bow is THOSE DARN GNOMES’ first release for Nefarious Industries and sees a further expansion and refinement of the band’s sprawling, genre-defying sound. Here, the group explores the outer reaches of progressive metal, free improvisation, and avant-garde sound design through the incorporation of algorithmic compositional techniques derived from mold cultivation, homemade instruments, and a greater focus on abrasive weirdness.

Watch for the full details on Calling Whitetails To A Tuned Bow to be released shortly with a springtime release date imminent.

Also watch for details on the collaborative album between the band’s Christian Molenaar and labelmate Gridfailure’s architect David Brenner to be issued in the coming days.

Due to popular demand, RIVERS OF NIHIL will play their latest album, Where Owls Know My Name, in its entirety at every date of their upcoming North American tour. The band will be bringing saxophone player Patrick Corona on the road to perform each set and guitarist Jonathan Topore will be handling additional keyboard duties. Don’t miss this very special opportunity to witness this critically-acclaimed album played live as it was meant to be heard. The tour — which marks RIVERS OF NIHIL‘s first full headlining journey — runs from March 1st through April 6th. Support will be provided by Entheos, Conjurer, and Wolf King. See all confirmed dates below.

RIVERS OF NIHIL w/ Entheos, Conjurer, Wolf King:

3/01/2019 Cattivo – Pittsburgh, PA
3/02/2019 The Foundry – Cleveland, OH
3/03/2019 Sanctuary – Detroit, MI
3/04/2019 The Citadel – Indianapolis, IN
3/05/2019 Reggies – Chicago, IL
3/06/2019 Club Garibaldi – Milwaukee, WI
3/07/2019 Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA
3/08/2019 The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
3/09/2019 Moe’s – Englewood, CO
3/10/2019 Kilby Court – Salt Lake City, UT
3/12/2019 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC
3/13/2019 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
3/14/2019 Paris Theatre – Portland, OR
3/15/2019 Dead Ringer Analog Bar – Reno, NV
3/16/2019 Holy Diver – Sacramento, CA
3/17/2019 1720 – Los Angeles, CA
3/18/2019 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
3/19/2019 Club Red – Mesa, AZ
3/20/2019 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
3/21/2019 Gas Monkey Bar & Grill – Dallas, TX
3/22/2019 Come And Take It Live – Austin, TX
3/23/2019 White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX
3/24/2019 Santos Bar – New Orleans, LA
3/26/2019 Crowbar – Tampa, FL
3/27/2019 O’Malley’s – Margate, FL
3/28/2019 The Haven – Orlando, FL
3/29/2019 The Masquerade (Hell) – Atlanta, GA
3/30/2019 The End – Nashville, TN
3/31/2019 The Radio Room – Greenville, SC
4/02/2019 Drunk Horse Pub – Fayetteville, NC
4/03/2019 Riffhouse Pub -Chesapeake, VA
4/04/2019 Canal Club – Richmond, VA
4/05/2019 Voltage Lounge – Philadelphia, PA
4/06/2019 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
THOSE DARN GNOMES Live:
2/09/2019 Go Lounge – La Mesa, CA w/ Chocolate Jesus
2/10/2019 Brew Rebellion – San Bernardino, CA w/ Scumbag Fred & Too Dxpe, Supplement, Christian Lovers, Graveyard Junkies, P. Breslau, Pink$yrup
2/13/2019 The Battery Books and Music – Pasadena, CA w/ Martín Escalante Trio, Patrick Shiroishi
2/16/2019 Noise Prom – San Bernardino, CA w/ Gorgonized Dorks, Endometrium Cuntplow, Ustam, Brain Fragment, Squirrel Spam
2/25/2019 Tower Bar – San Diego, CA w/ Gnawed, Pruitt Igoe, FLWRS

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