BOOT & SADDLE

1131 S. Broad Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Earth

Earth

King Dude

Fri, September 26, 2014

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

The Boot & Saddle

Philadelphia, PA

$13.00 - $15.00

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Earth
Earth
Earth was formed in Olympia, Wa. In 1989 by Dylan Carlson, with an ever evolving line up including Slim Moon (Kill Rock Stars founder), Joe Preston (Melvins) and many others. After moving to Seattle and signing to Sub Pop in 1990 they would release 3 full lengths and an EP including “Earth 2”. Considered by many a definitive statement of the drone triumphant, others have described it as “the inevitable result of the damage done by downers to perception of time”. Whichever the case, its influence is undeniable. If it wasnt for this album, bands like Sunn 0))) simply would not exist.

in 1996 they recorded their final Sub Pop lp “Pentastar (In The Style of Demons)” in an abandoned Colt 45 factory. After its release the “group” disbanded and Earth/Dylan Carlson go on hiatus. 

6 years later Earth becomes active once more, with the addition of Adrienne Davies on drums. Unveiling it’s new cleaner, sparser, and more improvisational style. in September 2005 Earth release their first studio album in 9 years, diversifying their sound and pushing all perceived boundaries. With “Hex; or Printing in the Infernal Method” Earth create a intense, powerful album that defies restrictions of genre. The monolithic darkness of previous releases such as “Earth 2” is still apparent. though now shifted away from saturated and distorted guitar tones. Using compression, echo, tremelo, and reverb, it is a specifically American style. A “Black Americana” reminiscent of an immense desert landscape at dusk. It is a sound that draws on the influence of Duane Eddy, Merle Haggard & Roy Buchanan and fuses it with the vibe of epic visionary composer Ennio Morricone. Beautifully darkened, huge chords that resonate slowly while every single note is played with a precise conviction.

Where “Hex” reveled in dark satanic twang and austere american beauty, 2008’s “The Bees Made Honey In The Lion’s Skull” finds Dylan Carlson and the band growing into a harder, more rock, American Gospel and impovisitory direction framed by truly psychedelic production and blazing guitar sounds. Earth shows it’s affinity to the more adventurous San Francisco bands of the late 60’s and 70’s, and the more spiritually aware and exciting forms of Jazz-Rock from the same era.

The most recent records “Angels Of Darkness, Demons of Light - parts 1& 2” (2010 and 2011 respectively) serve as testament to the fact that they have come a long way since 1989. Drawing on inspiration from both British Folk-Rock bands Pentangle and Fairport Convention and the North African Tuareg band Tinariwen, the new material, while still “heavy” is much more fluid and melodically oriented, more textured and nuanced. It contains greater improvisatory interplay between the musicians.

On one hand they acknowledge previous recordings, cultivating the jazz infused Americana presented on “The Bees Made Honey In The Lion’s Skull” and on the other, there are significant changes which give birth to yet another new sound. The addition of cello, though subtle at times, adds a more haunting tone to the repetition throughout.

Though such repetition may, at times, seem simplistic, there is absolutely nothing simple about holding a note as long as Earth do.


“The ongoing musical project which is Earth has always been concerned with repetition and the drone or THE NOTE. When I was younger and full of hubris I believed that a “pure” or “original” music could be developed in a static and removed state from other music. I now realize that music, especially music containing the drone or THE NOTE, and music that effects a spiritual reaction from the listener is a continuum. It is a music that has continued throughout time and manifested itself in a number of different forms or “genres” or"styles”. I began to see my music as part of and a product of that continuum. I also began to see that continuum strongly expressed in historically ‘american’ forms. Specifically the “genres” of “country” and “blues”. The truly ‘cosmic american musics’.
Dylan Carlson summer 2005.”
King Dude
King Dude
Pulling together the biblical sound and isolation of the bygone days of revelation with an atmosphere filled with hope and salvation, King Dude has woven his own unique brand of purely American music. He brandishes many varied influences in his songwriting... Everything from British Folk, Americana, Country and Blues can be heard in his songs. Even Heavy Metal tends to slither its way into the King Dude canon. The resulting songs are much more of a modern day hymn than your average pop song.

Reverent as it is prophetic and stark, King Dude has previously shared his spiritual visions with releases on Dais, Avant!, Bathetic, Clan Destine, and Ván records. Now he has started his own record label called Not Just Religious Music to spread not only his own gospel, but those of his fellow musicians around the world.

King Dude's latest album, entitled Fear, was produced by the legendary Bill Rieflin (Ministry, Swans, Pigface, etc.). Below are some of TJ's thoughts on Fear and what it really means to terrify people through song.

When I set out to write the follow up record to my last record Burning Daylight I hadn't quite realized what I was going to do for its themes and overall concept. Although I had one crystal clear intention - To make the most horrifying music I could. So with that in mind I began to write what would later become Fear.

Now writing a record that is horrifying to me is one thing, writing a record that is horrifying to everyone in the whole world is some other thing altogether. So I really had to begin to think about what inner fear every single person possibly could have. Of course the most common fear everyone on Earth shares would be the fear of dying. But that seemed too obvious to write a record called "Fear" and have it be about the fear of death. There are already way too many songs written about being afraid to die (or not afraid to die for that matter) in fact I have written a few of them myself.

So I chose the next most obvious fear I felt everyone shared. And that fear is the feeling felt during early adolescence. As we move away from our childhood towards our adulthood we (in a sense) watch helplessly from the confides of our own slowly deforming, prepubescent bodies as the "child-mind" is ripped away only (or buried deeply into our subconscious) only to be replaced by the cruel, maniacal, sex crazed "adult-mind" also known as the ultimate product of a civilized adult world reality.

The two other themes that I chose for this record are much less static, or how shall I say, more tangible. And those two themes are "mirrors" and "telephones". Mirror reflections are often associated in the subconscious with our relationship to our physical bodies but they serve another hidden terrifying purpose which is to remind us that we are in fact separated from the reality conjured in our minds. Another sort of reflection we cast of ourselves is that one of which we cast upon those around us and at times very far away from us through communication. Advanced communication came about recently with the advent of the telephone and the concept of "separation of the mind and body" reveals itself to our subconscious every time we "reach out and touch someone".

The music of King Dude begs the soul to lift itself up from the darkness of ignorance, towards the ever shining glorious Light that exists outside of all of us yet that which we are eternally connected to and at once connects everyone on Earth.
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The Boot & Saddle
1131 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19147
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