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- Brant Bjork: In Communion with the Immortals
On the opening track of his ninth solo album, Gods and Goddesses, Brant Bjork sings, “What you’re hearing is exactly what was heard, yeah.” The former Kyuss and Fu Manchu drummer and songwriting force behind the short-lived Ché project isn’t wrong either; like each of his records since 1999’s debut, Jalamanta, Gods and Goddesses has a righteously natural feel. As ever, they sound like solo material, as in, they feel written by one person — which I never saw as a problem — but Brant (and here I’ll veer from my usual last-name-only method to save anyone being confused as to of whom we’re speaking) has adopted a methodology for coping with that. He’s put a new band together.
For those who’ve followed Brant Bjork’s career as an independent solo artist (and if you haven’t, you’ve missed some very exciting records; Jalamanta,Keep Your Cool, Local Angel, Tres Dias and its companion piece Somera Sol among them), the immediate difference you’re going to notice with Gods and Goddesses is the upswing in production value. Like most of his records, he’s releasing this one himself — through the still relatively new incarnation of Duna Records called Low Desert Punk — but he’s chosen to work with producer Ethan Allen (The 88, Luscious Jackson), and in so doing has added an air not necessarily of professionalism to his sound since if you’re not professional-sounding nine albums in, you shouldn’t be doing this, but definitely one of fulfillment. Tracks like the dune-ready “The Future Rock (We Got It),” the elaborately constructed “Radio Mecca” — on which Brant seems to be doing a vocal call and response with himself — and the later, more ethereal “Porto” sound complete and fully realized.
- Hot off the Press: GODS & GODDESSES CD REVIEW
The symmetry between Farnedi, Cordell, and Bjork shine through on the menacing “Little World,” a track that takes the listener all the way from Radiohead at their hardest, through the hypnotic, one-chord North Mississippi Hill Country blues of Junior Kimbrough and R.L. Burnside.
- New Album: GODS & GODDESSES out March 30, 2010!
New Album “Gods & Goddesses”
coming March 26 Europe & March 30 US
Free download of “THE FUTURE ROCK”
available now exclusively at VANS.com
Rock artist Brant Bjork, returns with his ninth Low Desert Punk album, Gods & Goddesses on March 26 in Europe (Cargo Records Germany) and March 30 US (Cobraside). The official first single, the intoxicating “THE FUTURE ROCK” impacts the internet the week of March 9, with a video to follow shortly exclusively on tour sponsor VANS.com
Gods & Goddesses pairs Brant Bjork, originating from Kyuss, Fu Manchu, Ch’e with producer Ethan Allen, best known for his work with Tricky, Luscious Jackson, Gram Rabbit and The 88 and former tour mate, Billy Cordell of the acclaimed Yawning Man. The Los Angeles based desert-founded rock band—vocalist/guitarist Brant Bjork, guitarist Billy Cordell, bassist Brandon Henderson and Italian drummer Giampaolo Farnedi—recorded Gods & Goddesses in Los Angeles in late 2009.
The album follows 2008’s “Punk Rock Guilt,” which experienced a career high for the group, which acquired endless reviews in both 2008 and 2009 and with steady worldwide digital downloads. His 2007 release “Somera Sol” and “Tres Dias” have sold fans worldwide. Since, those releases have continued to rock audiences worldwide in both foreign and domestic territories and at Roadburn and Maximum festivals.
Eager to get new music into their fans’ hands as quickly as possible, Brant Bjork is offering Gods & Goddesses album track THE FUTURE ROCK as a free download for a limited time exclusively at VANS.com
The electrifying live band starts a headlining European tour on March 26. Stops for the festival veterans include Maximum and Roadburn….International festival highlights include the international release date of Gods & Goddesses on March 26.
- BRANT BJORK on Hellfest 2010 line-up!
Among the new bands announced on the cult french festival HELLFEST 2010, we are delighted to tell you that BRANT BJORK, as well as YAWNING MAN the desert cult band ("mothe of all" ), will join the line-up ....
Along with quite a few other bands considered as the roots of STONER Rock....
For more info, please check the festival Hellfest 2010 website!
- Dylan Roche Donations
I'm sorry to inform all...that my dear friend and soul brother, Dylan Roche, is going into emergency surgery tonight for a tumor on his brain. This news came to me today and I am in complete shock. Dylan, his wife Faith, and they're 1 year old daughter, Jade, will need all the help they can get. A fund is being set up in his name.
More info to come.