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Jason Taylor of Canada’s promising newish sludge prog band Sierra checks in to kick off this week with a great interview. Some may know the band from their Kylesa endorsed Retro Futurist release Pslip from a few years ago, a record that lures me back for repeat listens even amidst all the daily promos and other shit on my plate to distract me. It was kind of like I had found a trippier C.O.C. or stoner rock Tool and the music had a certain warm hazy but powerful quality I loved.

Time passes and the band is back with the 72 EP, a unique long form song with a grisly tale behind it. The 72 EP will see self-release by the band on March 4th, on both CD and digital formats and is sure to be more than worth discovering.

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Album Review: Sierra – Pslip

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 3:10 PM (PST)


Sierra‘s debut for the Kylesa founded Retro Futurist records lives up to the great label name on this Phillip Cope produced LP. Looking both forward and back, Sierra aim to break on through (via bad ass power trio “go for it” faith) to the other side while still wearing influences on their sleeves. The band is great but vocalist/guitarist Jason Taylor steals the show. Taylor’s guitar playing is expansive and comforting stoner prog that makes you feel warm and fuzzy but want to rage. Every once in a blue moon on here there are even some riffs that sound like Quicksand smoked a bunch of reefer.

“Little Smoke” is the most Spirit Caravan sounding tune I have heard since that great Wino led band turned in The Last Embrace, while “Into Nothing” has a bulldozer Clutch meets Pentagram feel. Sounds cool? It is. Sierra also have a great logo and cool band name, but my only complaint is that the album art and the title Pslip don’t do the music or band justice. The record name reminds me of Phish (not ok), while the album art of a pupil-less girl looking like she is ready to hump just seems kinda teenage (though I loved the new Hammercult art, which is absurd. Guess I am a hypocrite).

I guess they couldn’t call the record Slip (Quicksand kinda covered that one already). These gripes aside, I have played this a LOT. I was lucky enough to buy a copy from the band themselves when they recently played St. Vitus Bar with Kylesa and had some tour copies prior to official release, so I’ve been waiting for the rest of the metal world to start to realize how cool this band is. I’ll give it 4 stars, with only the art and title preventing it from a higher rating, in my book. I wish track number 3 “Control Folly” was the title track of the record. THAT woulda been a cool ass record name.

If you want some brilliant live sounding rock performances with killer solos, great grooves and guitar that really takes you out of the mundane and into the void, this one is for you. Along with label-mates Darkentries and the new Sunn O)))/Ulver release, 2014 is already looking pretty darn boss.

Kylesa Launch Retro Futurist Records

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:09 PM (PST)

Retro-Futurist Records

Georgia metallers Kylesa have launched a new record label.

The label is to be called Retro Futurist Records.

The label will officially launch on January 28 with the release of the Canadian prog trio Sierra‘s album Pslip.

Guitarist Laura Pleasants had this to say about the label:

“The idea behind Retro Futurist Records is to provide an artist-friendly home to bands we like and bands we feel are relevant in aesthetic, sound, concept and/or ethics.”

Check out the Retro Futurist trailer as well as a release calender here.

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