“A journey down a road littered with influences from ’60s psychedelic prog-rock, ’70s krautrock, and chord structures influenced by Middle Eastern and world music.” (LA Weekly)
Like an Anatolian fever dream, BLAAK HEAT engulfs your mind in images of mystic castle mirages, slamming body and soul into an ocean of reverb fuzz. BLAAK HEAT’s “Mojave soundtracks” (Blabbermouth.net) rest upon a rich history of musical tradition, drawing from the Middle East as naturally as from California’s deserts and beaches, with one foot still firmly rooted in the streets of Paris. The end-result is a timeless, vivid blend of thundering psychedelic rock and Arabian tonalities, an altar to heavy riffage, mind expansion, and social insurgencies.
Formed in Paris, France by guitarist/singer Thomas Bellier (ex-Spindrift) in 2008, BLAAK HEAT relocated to Los Angeles in 2012 with the help of drummer Mike Amster, and later added former Spindrift bandmate Henry Evans on bass. The band has toured Europe and the US extensively. After three releases (two albums, one EP) and multiple collaborations with the likes of Nobel Prize-nominated Gonzo poet Ron Whitehead, BLAAK HEAT is now working with Grammy Award-winning producer Matt Hyde (Slayer, Monster Magnet, Deftones) on its third full-length album, due in 2016 via TeePee Records and Svart Records.
Here's what Exclaim.ca had to say about their newly released album:
"The Vancouver psych-rockers' 'verbed out riffs will send you on a cosmic mind trip.
Recorded entirely live off the floor by Felix Fung (who has previously manned the boards for Tough Age and Dead Ghosts) the seven fuzz-drenched jams of Lizard alternate between hazy psychedelia and heavy, doom-laden passages that recall Sleep, if they spent a lot more time on the beach and cranked up the reverb accordingly. The title track in particular best illustrates Cult Babies’ dual, surf-and-slay personality: crushing bass, dreamy vocals, and anthemic, ‘verbed out riffs all combine to sent the listener on a cosmic mind trip they won’t come back from too easily. Plus: theremin!"
DJ BRINDLES will bring some records to play loud
Doors @ 9pm