Pappy + Harriet's Presents


Acid King, CHRCH

Sat, September 8, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm


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YOB - (Set time: 11:00 PM)
YOB is Aaron Rieseberg – bass, Travis Foster - drums,Mike Scheidt – vocals/guitar. Photo by Jimmy Hubbard.

Epic, crushing, and heavy beyond words, YOB has achieved legendary status in recent years due to their unmatched aesthetic and incredible body of work. Formed in 1996 in Eugene, Oregon under the leadership of doom metal mastermind Mike Scheidt on guitars and vocals, the group initially released a three song demo tape in 2000 that garnered them international attention. Drawing comparisons to groups like Neurosis, Sleep and Electric Wizard, YOB succeeded in developing modern sounding doom metal that hearkened back to the classics.

In 2002, YOB released their debut album Elaborations of Carbon followed by Catharsis in 2003, a three song record that clocked in at a colossal 50 minutes. The buzz about YOB was beginning to grow and the trio began to tour more extensively. Remaining quite prolific during this period, YOB continued to release an album each year with The Illusion of Motion coming in 2004 followed by The Unreal Never Lived in 2005. Despite all the momentum, YOB disbanded in 2006.

In 2008 the band returned from hiatus and has remained strong ever since with Travis Foster on drums and Aaron Rieseberg on bass. Reinvigorated and reinspired, YOB released The Great Cessation in 2009. It was doom with a psychedelic twist, a sound that Pitchfork referred to as “cosmic doom.” At this point in their career, the band found increased exposure in the media, with The New York Times going so far as to call them “one of the best bands in North America” after a performance at Scion Rock Festival.

For 2011’s Atma, YOB took a more organic to recording. In Scheidt’s own words, he wanted the record to sound “grizzly, with hair on it.” Three years later, the group released Clearing the Path to Ascend, a record that upheld their legacy as a top notch doom metal act and was hailed by Rolling Stone as the #1 metal album of the year.

Fast forward to 2017 where YOB signed with Relapse Records for their incredible 8th full-length recording Our Raw Heart. The album was conceived amidst dire circumstances that nearly left frontman Mike Scheidt dead after suffering from an extremely painful and potentially fatal intestinal disease. Scheidt miraculously recovered and rallied the band together with a new sense of purpose for Our Raw Heart, an album informed by the will to survive. More exposed than ever both physically and emotionally, YOB bleed out seven riveting tracks of enormous volume and pensive, transcendental beauty across 75 minutes of ultimate doom. A brilliant musical progression in the YOB continuum, Our Raw Heart is the band at their most aggressive, impassioned and eclectic. The riffs are massive, the vocals captivating and the songwriting sublime. Existing in its own organic universe, Our Raw Heart is truly the band’s finest work to date and the apex achievement of what heavy music can accomplish. Our Raw Heart was co-produced by the band and longtime collaborator Billy Barnett at Gung Ho Studio in Eugene, Ore., with mastering handled by Heba Kadry (The Mars Volta, Diamanda Galas, Slowdive).
Acid King - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Acid King
Once upon a time, ACID KING's creator, songwriter, guitarist and singer Lori S. hung out with her friends at Busse Woods, a forest preserve outside Chicago where teenagers up to no good hung out with their trunks open, cranking tunes and selling drugs. After the cops caught on this era ended.

Several years and several bands later, some friends recommended a book that would ultimately kindle pounding, wicked riffraffdom . It was called Say You Love Satan - a bizarre, tongue-in-cheek account of a Mansonesque stoner dude named Ricky Kasso who, well.... dropped acid and did fucked-up stuff. He looked pretty fucked-up, too. But anyway... Lori finished the book in half-an-hour and Acid King was born. The name came way before the group came together.

1993 was the year of reckoning. The decision was made to base the still embryonic AK in San Francisco. Bassist Peter Lucas stepped up to the plate first. He read SYLS (a pre-req for joining), had a good laugh, and he and Lori hit it off straightaway. But they needed a drummer to make things official. Obviously. Joey Osbourne read the book and came on board several months later. Suddenly, Acid King was an entity. For real. Alright!

Local gigs followed. AK's signature was distortion, tight guitar-bass riff attacks and a Marshall- stacked, bloated low rear end. Ampeg bass amps and Osbourne's Ludwig drum kit supplemented the heaviness accordingly. Heavy but spacey. Lori's searing guitar leads contrasted nicely with her nefarious vocal stylings. People appreciated something different and distinctive, enthusiastically supporting AK's opening slots for the likes of the Obsessed, Sleep, and Hawkwind. A 10" on Sympathy for the Record Industry came next, and in 1995 AK released Zoroaster, its first full-length. The material Lori was putting together was plodding yet intricate, her music clearly K.O.'ing her lyrics in terms of depth and magnitude. In keeping with the SYLS theme, Lori's lyrics largely revolved around the Acid King, Ricky Kasso. And the rush of motorcycle riding. "I'm not a lyricist, y'know," Lori qualifies. "I think of the melody first, and then I write the lyrics. At the last possible minute. Most of the words are written about the book, because that's our theme: Ricky - the Acid King." She strove to maintain a generic overtone to her words so that anyone could relate to them. "My lyrics are like horoscopes!". "They apply to anybody!"

The band embarked on its first national tour shortly thereafter, only to lose Peter Somewhere In Michigan. Lori called on longtime friend Dan Southwick,, to fill in for Peter with only two weeks to learn the songs. Although he never read the book, Dan's ace musicianship and deference to Ricky Kasso translated into a full-time slot with the King.

By 1997, AK had fallen in with the Man's Ruin folk - it was bound to happen! - and released the "Down With the Crown" 10" on the label. The record featured a naked devil chick air-guitaring with a pentagram scrawled across her tits. "People always think she's me!" Lori smirks, "Actually, I have this Jimi Hendrix poster in my rehearsal space with him playing guitar like that and the logo in the same typeface... I pointed it out to the band one day: 'Look - that's our record! The same pose, except it's with a naked girl!' The guys didn't get it, though." The buzz that "Down with the Crown" generated infused AK with more self-confidence. Tours with Fu Manchu and the Melvins strengthened AK's rank with heavy music fans and took their sound afar. Weird shit was happening at shows, too. A creepy tourist visiting SF who had never seen AK perform before noticed Kasso's crazed image on Joey's kick drum. The guy had brought along his copy of SYLS - just purchased at the airport - and couldn't believe the very group he was watching was a rocking tribute to the book's protagonist. Exciting, but weird.

Despite all this coolness, there were some chemical imbalances within the King. Surprise, surprise. Dan bid bye-bye on amicable terms - he never read the book, don't forget - and Brian Hill (ex-Buzz Ov'en, Spilth) was brought into the fold after doing his required reading. Brian worked with the band this past year to record the new CD and do some touring along the way. He has since departed. Surprise,surprise. Lori stresses that AK's personnel changes have been motivated by many different circumstances. Enter one Guy Pinhas the ultimate of rock Bass players former member of The Obsessed and Goastsnake. He will continue on with The King and bring them into the year 2000's and hopefully then some.

The vibe is clicking and album, Busse Woods, has spewed forth on Man's Ruin. More Kasso-inspired tunes are the rule rather than the exception, but a departure of sorts will emerge with AK's cover of "39 Lashes" from the Jesus Christ Superstar soundtrack. The band has steadfastly resisted doing covers, but they decided to do this one for kicks. Brian handled the talking parts and Lori says there's a whip in the mix, too. " I tried the whip once and I couldn't do it, so a trained professional had to be called in!"

One more release would come out before the demise of Man's Ruin. The Acid King/Mystick Krewe of Clearlight split. AK had the honor of playing several shows with the band in New Orleans and worked with Jimmy Bauer (Eyehategod/C.O.C) and leslie keyboard master Ross Karpleman to make it happen.When the Krewe enlisted the one and only Wino (Spirit Caravan/Obsessed) to add on some vocals it was an extra added bonus! The band also contributed a song to the new compilation called "Daze of the Underground" a tribute to Hawkwind, released in 2003 by Godreah records out of the UK.. Their quaalude version of Hawkwinds, Motorhead is quite unique.

After the end of Man's Ruin AK took some time off and came back with their latest release CD "III" on Small Stone Records. They bid farewell to Guy on bass and say hello to Rafa Martinez and Mark Lamb on the 4 strings. Rafa - former guitarist for Gammera, former bass player for 16 and current drummer for Black Cobra - will join the band for an unlimited amount of time to play the new songs for most of the live performances. Mark Lamb, frontman for Scorched-Earth Policy will also be filling in the 4 strings and both kick major 4 string ass! With 2 European tours, 1 U.S and 1 Japan the band has taken some time off and is now in the process of writing a new record........
CHRCH - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Doom Metal, Psychedelic band from Sacramento, California

The old and oft quoted adage about “the music speaking for itself” is not a callous or casual statement when applied to the Sacramento, California based doom quintet Chrch, who have been hard at work crafting their particular brew of sound since late 2013. There is no image or campy gimmick to uphold, only the humble continuation and glorification of those fundamental musical elements that first built and then sustained the genre and it’s offshoots over the course of decades.

This purity and honesty comes across in a striking manner on the band’s debut ‘Unanswered Hymns’, a sprawling roller coaster of an album that plumbs the heights and depths of emotion, whether be it sorrow, loss, or redemption. Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Patrick Hills at Earthtone Studios in Rocklin, CA, the recording exudes a warm, organic tone that draws the listener in to music heavily influenced by traditional doom, psych rock, drone, and ambience. Chrch cannily wields dynamic songwriting, musicianship, and raw power to spin a spellbinding tale of occult darkness that clashes with illuminating melodies and riffs drenched in grimy reverb. Minimalistic, indulgent, or straightforward, the music of Chrch is simply whatever the listener wants it to be.

Eva. / Vocals
Matt. / Drums
Shann. / Guitar
Ben. / Bass
Chris. / Guitar, backing vocals
Venue Information:
Pappy & Harriet's
53688 Pioneertown Road
Pioneertown, CA, 92268