SOME STUFFS: Indian Handcrafts to tour with Kylesa in support of new album

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You read that right: come October, Indian Handcrafts will release a new album called Creeps (Sargent House) and not only that, they’re supporting the album with an opening slot for Kylese. How great is that? Here are the confirmed dates for the tour:

October 6… St Petersburg, FL (State Theatre) ℔
October 7… Miami, FL (Grand Central) ℔
October 8… Orlando, FL (The Social) ℔
October 9… Savannah, GA (The Jinx) ℔
October 10… Asheville, NC (New Mountain) ℔
October 11… Nashville, TN (Basement East) ℔
October 13… Columbus, OH (The Basement) ℔
October 14… Grand Rapids, MI (Pyramid Scheme) ℔
October 15… Chicago, IL (Empty Bottle) ℔
October 16… Cleveland, OH (Grog Shop) ℔
October 17… Pittsburgh, PA (Altar Bar) ℔
October 19… Boston, MA (Brighton Music Hall) ℔
October 20… Philadelphia, PA (Underground Arts) ℔
October 21… Brooklyn, NY (Saint Vitus) ℔
October 22… Jersey City, NJ (Monty Hall) ℔
October 23… Richmond, VA (Broadberry) ℔
October 24… Washington, DC (Rock & Roll Hotel) ℔
October 25… Atlanta, GA (The EARL) ℔

℔ = w/ Kylesa, Inter Arma, Irata

Before the tour begins, you can now stream the album a few days before its release this Friday, the player is below. Creeps can be pre-ordered from Amazon.

SOME STUFFS: Indian Handcrafts getting busy for the second half of the year

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You may have heard the news about Indian Handcrafts about to release a new album and if not, here it is. Creeps will be out on October 2nd through Sargent House on the formats you enjoy most and perhaps one that you may not like. Fear not, someone is a fan so it’ll be for them. Then they have some shows that will take up the rest of the summer before they take a brief timeout and head back on the road for the fall. Here are the dates:

August 31… Austin, TX (Red 7) **
September 1… Dallas, TX (Gas Monkey Bar N Grill) **
September 2… Houston TX (Rudyard’s British Pub) **
September 3… Oklahoma City, OK (89th Street Collective) **
September 4… St Louis, MO (Fubar) **
September 6… Pittsburgh, PA (Smiling Moose) **
September 12… Chicago, IL (Riot Fest Chicago)
September 20… Toronto, ON (Riot Fest Toronto)
October 6… St Petersburg, FL (State Theatre) ##
October 7… Miami, FL (Grand Central) ##
October 8… Orlando, FL (The Social) ##
October 9… Savannah, GA (The Jinx) ##
October 10… Asheville, NC (New Mountain) ##
October 13… Columbus, OH (The Basement) ##
October 14… Grand Rapids, MI (Pyramid Scheme) ##
October 16… Cleveland, OH (Grog Shop) ##
October 17… Pittsburgh, PA (Altar Bar) ##
October 19… Boston, MA (Brighton Music Hall) ##
October 20… Philadelphia, PA (Underground Arts) ##
October 23… Richmond, VA (Broadberry) ##
October 24… Washington, DC (Rock & Roll Hotel) ##
October 25… Atlanta, GA (The EARL) ##

** w/ Mutoid Man
## w/ Kylesa, Inter Arma, Irata

Until then, have a listen to a song from the album-to-come, the track is called “It’s Late Queeny”.

VIDEO: Indian Handcrafts’ “Bruce Lee”


“Hey, are you the master of kung fay?”

This is a throwback to the days when going to the corner video store meant absorbing all of the VHS delights. For me, it was a healthy amount of kung fu movies (along with foreign films, documentaries, and porn, but that’s another story, another time), where films were titled in many different ways, sometimes from company to company. You could either get a movie with terrible English overdubbing, or great subtitles. In 2013, it’s Indian Handcrafts who take on the power of fu with their appropriately titled video “Bruce Lee”, with a huge nod to Game Of Death. It’s the opening track to their great Sargent House album Civil Disobedience For Losers, my review of which can be read by clicking here.

This is, of course, different from the original video for the song that the band revealed last October, which you can watch by clicking there.

The group have two scheduled festival appearances on the way, attend and rock out:
June 1… Memphis, TN (Scion Rock Fest)
August 11… Montreal, QC (Montreal Metal Fest)

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VIDEO: Indian Handcrafts’ “Bruce Lee”

Indian Handcrafts – Civil Disobedience For Losers (Album Promo II) Bruce Lee from Sargent House on Vimeo.

Indian Handcrafts have created and released the first video from their awesome album released today on the Sargent House label, Civil Disobedience For Losers (my review can be read by clicking here), and as you can see, there’s a fat and lazy cat within. Find out why it just wants a bag of chips by pressing play.

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REVIEW: Indian Handcrafts’ “Civil Disobedience For Losers”

Photobucket The moment someone mentions Indian Handcrafts, it will lead to discussions of heaviness, music that will floor you like a safe crushing your bowels. However, another word thrown around with these guys is groove. Some of the best hard rock and heavy metal bands have a sense of groove that is often overlooked, but Indian Handcrafts know why it is a necessity: the best rock music is also the best fuck music. Civil Disobedience For Losers (Sargent House) know how to do this by blending up bits of The Stooges, Soundgarden, Monster Magnet, Led Zeppelin, Grand Funk, and marijuana brownies to create something that will make you want to find someone else’s wife and do figure 8’s inside of her. Yes, THAT kind of groove.

Anyone who remembers the band Big Chief will relate to what Indian Handcrafts are going here. This is a hard rock band who aren’t afraid to bring in elements such as gospel, pop, and soul and make themselves sound like they are about to start a revolution. The album definitely has a classic feel, reflective of their collective influences, but it’s not just done to be retro. “Bruce Lee” has the kind of texture exploration that may remind people of Black Sabbath’s Sabotage album.

In “Zombie”, they enter that warble-of-no-return sound that always made Sabbath’s songs work, one that countless bands from Seattle used in the mid to late 80’s that would lead to the foolish name of grungy. It’s that crusty guitar and bass crunch that makes you want to do dances and hand gestures you never knew existed until you realized those riffs and drum fills would make you want to dance. If the music isn’t heavy enough for you, “Lion At The Door” sounds like what would happen if W.A.S.P. were raised in Mountlake Terrace, Washington instead of Los Angeles, and I also think what works about thiis album too is while one can cite influences and references for days, in the end this is just heavy, raw rock at its best. One may go “oh that part sounds like the end of Kiss’ “Black Diamond” or “if Tad became a meber of Blackfoot, it would be this brutal” but after that happens, you begin to enjoy Indian Handcrafts for being Indian Handcrafts. The fact that Melvins’ Dale Crover and Coady Willis are on this, indirectly giving their seal of approval, should mean something.

Again, the best metal has always had some sense of groove, so while other people may want to throw in a Funkadelic comparison to explain this, you know that deep down, it’s unnecessary. You’ll find what you’ll want to find in their music but this is Indian Handcrafts, who create their rock to sound as thick as that soup in the fridge that your daughter thought was something from your engine. Disobedient rock? Isn’t that how it should be by default? Yes.

(Civil Disobedience For Losers will be released on MP3, vinyl, and CD on October 30th. You may pre-order yours below from Amazon.com by clicking the boxes below.)

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SOME STUFFS: Russian Circles to please Americans, Aussies & Kiwis with a tour


If Russian Circles have done their share of traveling earlier this year (and they have), good for them. They’re about to get more traveling miles for the remaining half of the year, as they plan on not only going through North American on two different legs, but have already created a tour itinerary to spend time again in Australia and New Zealand. They begin next week Monday:

(all dates in this section with And So I Watch You From Afar)
June 18 Winnipeg, MB @ The Park Theatre w/ Indian Handcrafts
June 19 Saskatoon, SK @ Amigos Cantina w/ Indian Handcrafts
June 20 Calgary, AB @ Sled Island Festival w/ Indian Handcrafts & a secret guest
June 22 Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
June 24 Seattle, WA @ Neumos w/ Sandrider
June 25 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge w/ Crypts
June 27 Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s w/ Deafheaven
June 28 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall w/ Deafheaven
June 29 Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre w/ Chelsea Wolfe & Deafheaven
July 2 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
July 3 Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room

(all dates in this section with Chelsea Wolfe and Marriages
July 6 Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club
July 7 St Louis, MO @ The Firebird
August 8 Louisville, KY @ Vernon Club
August 9 Birmingham, AL @ The Bottletree
August 10 Tallahassee, FL @ Retrofit Records
August 11 Orlando, FL @ Wills Pub
August 12 St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theater
August 13 Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits
August 14 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
August 15 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
August Washington, DC @ Rock N Roll Hotel
August 17 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
August 18 New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom
August 19 Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East (Downstairs)
August 20 Montreal, QC @ Il Motore
August 21 Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
August 22 rand Rapids, MI @ The Pyramid Scheme
August 23 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
August 24 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club

(all dates in Australian/New Zealand tour with Eagle Twin
September 26 Newton, AUC, NZ @ Kings Arms Tavern
September 27 Wellington, NZ @ San Francisco Bathhouse
September 28 Melbourne, VIC @ Corner Hotel
September 29 Adelaide, SA @ Fowler’s Live
September 30 Perh, WA @ The Bakery w/ Drowning Horse
October 4 Canberra, ACT @ ANU Bar
October 5 Brisbane, AU @ The Zoo
October 6 Sydney, AU @ The Hi Fi

If you haven’t heard Russian Circles’ Empros album, you can stream it in full via Bandcamp.
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