posts tagged "Windhand"

Windhand live @ Saint Vitus Bar, 9-6-13

Keep Windhand guitarist Asechiah Bogdan in your thoughts and prayers as he recovers from a blood clot procedure while the band tours Europe.  They will perform as a 4-piece until Asechiah is given the green light to play again.

photo courtesy of War Injun Drummer

Stream Windhand: Soma on Pitchfork Advance

If you love Windhand as much as we do, this piece of digital sound will remain all that is holy until I get it on vinyl.  Looks like the deep purple vinyl is sold out, but you can still get your hands on electric blue and blood red if you don’t sit on it.

Check out Windhand @ Strange Matter 10/3 with Druglord and Lugweight.  the rest of the time from now until the end of the year, the band will be on tour, including a brief set of dates with High on Fire.  Good thing these guys never get too cool for good ol’ Richmond.

If anyone finds themselves with leftover cash, please, oh please, consider purchasing this t-shirt in size small for this one right here?

photo by Reid Raley

Windhand - “Woodbine”

Windhand has been all up in the national news lately, from signing to Relapse Records to touring with High on Fire this fall.  The doom 5-piece has been lighting things up nation-wide, and they’re only going to get bigger.  “Woodbine” is streaming on Pitchfork and will appear on the new album Soma (released in the US 9/17).  It’s gritty and textured and lives up to the Windhand name.  We meant to get this piece out before the band’s 8/13 show at Strange Matter, but the problems I was having with the site precluded that from happening.  One of the nicest guitarists/engineers in RVA and probably the world, Garrett Morris, sat down with us to answer a few questions.  Windhand has previously shied away from interviews, so this was a real treat!   Here we go:

Sounds of RVA: What brought all the band members together?

Garrett:  Asechiah [Bogdan] and I had met in college. We had an art history class together. That was like the fall of 1992. He actually introduced me to Jeff Loucks (our first drummer) as well. We all kind of stuck together, back and forth between here and New York over the years. We had been playing with Nathan (our first bass player), who I had met when I was looking for someone to work on my amp. This was late 2008/early 2009. We started talking about getting a singer, so we placed an ad on Craigslist of all things. Then we just got inundated with all these “rock dudes”, screaming or trying to sound like the singer from Pantera. They were all just really, really horrible. But then Dorthia [Cottrell] sent us a video of her playing an acoustic and singing her own material in a bathroom or something. We just thought she was perfect right away. We started chatting and she was into all the same stuff we were, so I invited her to come down to practice. A month later we had our first show at Rumors Boutique. Jeff and his wife had a child in 2010 so he had to leave the band to focus on that. I knew Ryan [Wolfe] through a mutual friend and he had expressed interest in playing with us, so he took over on drums. I already knew Parker [Chandler]. He joined last year when Nathan went back to school to get his master’s degree.

How does your studio/practice space affect your recordings?
The climate is always a factor. It’s freezing in the winter and just unbelievably hot in the summer. It’s just a dark, dirty, warehouse space. There’s no windows. So you can’t tell what time of day it is when you’ve been in there for hours at a time. As dumb, or as cliché as this probably sounds, I think all the recordings made there sort of reflect that atmosphere. You also can’t really record in there when other bands are rehearsing because of the bleed factor. So you always have to schedule recording at oddball times or work things out with the other bands in the building.
Do you have any weird stories from this past tour? 
Nothing super crazy. Our van decided to die at a gas station in Milwaukee on this past tour. I sold it pretty much on the spot to a scrap yard for $350. We had to hire a driver to finish the tour. We didn’t have to cancel any shows though. So that was good. I actually don’t mind breakdowns though. They keep things interesting on the road. A couple years ago on tour, we went back to this kids house to stay after a show. Ryan and I walked in and this kid had about 3 weeks worth of dog poop on his living room floor. Every piece of furniture was just destroyed. Ripped apart by dogs. Ryan and I literally turned around, walked out of the house, got in the van, and drove off. It was insane. It was the most disgusting house I’ve ever seen in my life.
Can you tell us anything to expect from the new album?
It’s definitely a progression from the first LP and the split. Theme wise, it’s definitely a personal record. Not to sound cheesy, but I think it definitely captures the last year and a half of our lives. I hate to say it’s concept record, but it probably is.
How did you find out Relapse wanted to sign you?  Was it a life-affirming moment? :)
After we completed the Cough split, they invited us to stop by the offices in Philadelphia while we were up there to play some Northeast shows. They said they were big fans and were excited at how the split turned out. We just sort of stayed in touch with them and they expressed interest in doing a full length LP. I assumed at that time it would just be a one off record or something. But they started a dialogue with us about a contract, and I had a few phone conversations with them, so they made us an offer. That was over the course of a month or so. They’re a business, but they’re also just genuinely nice people that are music fans. That’s really important to us. And honestly, it just seemed like we really needed to take that next step as a band too. The whole thing was just really flattering. We didn’t seek them out. They asked us because they were already fans. I don’t think it was a life-affirming moment, but it’s definitely an honor to have our record along side some of the bands that inspired us to play music.
What did you grow up listening to? What are you listening to lately?
 As a child, growing up in the late 70’s/early 80’s, I was really into KISS. I’d listen to my parents Beatles records a lot too. I wasn’t into sports at all, so instead I’d just sit in my room and listen to records and play with Star Wars toys all day. In my early teen years, 1987 or so, I got into The Sex pistols, The Butthole Surfers, PIL, Black Flag, Metallica, Slayer, The Dead Kennedys…and a lot of late 80’s sort of “college rock.” Stuff like REM, The Pixies, all the early SUB POP bands, Jane’s Addiction, etc. I just hated all that hair metal garbage that was around at the time. To this day it still makes my blood boil. But lately I’ve been listening to a lot of compilation LP’s. I’ll buy anything with R. Crumb artwork, so I got this compilation of traditional Albanian folk songs he did the cover art for. That record’s been on repeat for like a year. I have all these old Time Life classical compilations from the 70’s called “Great Men of Music” that I play at home a lot. The E.T. soundtrack also. Because I love John Williams so much. As far as heavy music, lately I haven’t listened to very much honestly. I like the Druglord LP a lot and I pretty much played the new Queens of the Stone Age record to death.
Do you have a favorite show you’ve ever played? if so, when was it/what was it like?
Unfortunately a lot of the shows are starting to run together in all honesty, but Providence, RI from this last tour was pretty wild. These kids were going crazy. I thought maybe a much better, more well know band might be standing behind us or something. It was nuts. It was packed and they were pressed up against the stage just going completely insane. We played “Winter Sun” and they just exploded. I think Dorthia described it as “her teenage rock fantasy come true” or something like that. It was really something else.
Describe your idea of a perfect Saturday in Richmond.
Turner Classic Movies and a bag of potato chips.
Would you ever consider doing any covers?
 We’ve talked about it. I’ve always wanted to do “Citadel” by The Rolling Stones or “4th of July” by Soundgarden. So we’ll see. Maybe someday.
What is your least favorite thing about touring?
I hate being away from my dog Bukka. Especially now that she’s so old. I miss her terribly when I’m on tour. ~
Windhand will be hitting the road soon, but they won’t be back in RVA until October! :(

Windhand - “Amaranth”

Review - Windhand/Cough split, Reflection of the Negative


Cough (pictured far below) and Windhand (pictured just below) have released a split 12” through Relapse Records, and it’s lo-fi doom at its best.  Recorded straight to 15-track tape (one of the tracks is broken), all three cuts exude low-end texture.  It is released on LP, CD, and download format of your choice.  It is highly recommended that one procure a black-LP copy.  You can’t really get the sense of how low everything is with a car’s background noise.  Sure, you can feel it, but you need to be able to feel and hear nuances to get the fullest benefits from these tunes. Windhand guitarist Garrett Morris engineered both bands’ tracks in Windhand’s vast practice space.

Cough’s “Athame” is the entirety of side a, and the slow-building guts of the song almost shake with vibrato fear.  One note held out somehow shifts into a few different tones in its reverberation.   Slow crashing drums assist a grinding electric saw guitar and black metal vocals. 

Windhand’s side begs for you to listen loud.  Gritty cymbals and deep, infernal guitar riffs support the dark priestess Dorthia Cottrell's eerily calm vocals (“Amaranth”).  “Shepherd's Crook” is the loudest track on the record, and its sludgey, humming low-end guitars will bring anybody over to the dark side.  The rough buzz of the guitar is the perfect texture against Cottrell's soaring moans.

The bands have one member in common, Parker Chandler, and he plays bass in Windhand and is bassist/vocalist for Cough. 

The album officially releases April 16, but you can get it at places like Steady Sounds or pre-order from Relapse’s site. You can preorder the white/black splatter swirl vinyl records, too!

9/10

Windhand photo by Tony Lynch

Cough photo by 850 Music

Looks like we have to wait until June to catch Windhand.  Tour dates include:

June 5th Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar (Upstairs)
June 6th Philadelphia, PA @ Golden Tea House
June 7th Brooklyn, NY @ St. Vitus Bar
June 8th Providence, RI @ AS220
June 9th Boston, MA @ O’Briens’s
June 10th Cherry Valley, NY @ Steve’s Koi Pond
June 11th Buffalo, NY @ The Funeral Home
June 12th Pittsburgh, PA @ Gooski’s
June 13th Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups
June 14th Chicago, IL @ Ultra Lounge
June 15th St. Paul, MN @ The Turf Club
June 16th Milwaukee, WI @ Riverwest Public House
June 17th Indianapolis, IN @ The Melody Inn
June 18th Newport, KY @ South Gate Revival House
June 19th Nashville, TN @ TBA
June 20th Knoxville, TN @ The Pilot Light
June 21st Raleigh, NC @ Slim’s
June 22nd Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter

Cough will be in Europe in April and then the Martyrdoom Fest in Brooklyn June 28.  

Windhand - “Amaranth”

RVA’s rising stars Windhand have officially signed to Relapse Records.  The band already has a split coming out with Cough on April 16th (US), and now there is an LP in the works for a fall 2013 release. 

Catch Windhand if you’re in Baltimore on Saturday (3/9) with Ilsa, VYGR, Necropsy and Passengers.  Free show.

photo by Tony Lynch

Teaser video for Cough & Windhand split, Reflection of the Negative, due out April 16th from Relapse Records!

Preorder HERE

Dorthia - “If I Needed You” (Townes Van Zandt cover)

This is a beautiful rendition of Townes Van Zandt’s “If I Needed You.”  Dorthia Cottrell's (of Windhand) magnificent alto “breaks your heart in two.”  I swear my heart breaks every time I listen to it.  The Americana factor is much more subtle, and the female vocal harmonies (which I'm assuming are D herself) join at just the right time without overwhelming.  Dorthia's dynamics are on point, softening at just the right moments.  It's worth listening to the OG after you listen to this on repeat at least five times.

photo by Metal Chris

Windhand is heading on tour! Catch Windhand @ Strange Matter next Monday 7/16 with Inter Arma (RVA metal - record release show!), Torch Runner (NC grind), and Unsacred (RVA grind). 

Here is TVZ’s version of the song:

Windhand - “Amaranth”

Windhand has a new song for streaming or download over at Rue Morgue.  Could this band even be any cooler?  Just when I think it’s not possible, they crank out another hypnotic and sludgey song.  Check out what Rue Morgue has to say:

[“‘Amaranth’ is loosely based on our affinity for ancient culture, nature, and select occult groups. Amaranth is a plant/herb that was mythically revered due to its un-withering form, and was believed to have special healing properties and symbolically represent immortality, as it was used to decorate the tombs of the dead.” - vocalist Dorthia Cottrell
 
Turn the lights down (except for the lava lamp - get that sucker goin’), burn some incense (or some of that sweet leaf we’ve been hearing so much about *cough*) and give your ears over to the monstrous, black waves of Sabbathy doom that this five-piece from Richmond, Virginia, slothfully rolls in on. Seriously, if this track wasn’t recorded in a dank basement covered in wall-to-wall purple shag carpet, then please god tell me it was put to tape in a mobile studio built inside of a Boogie van with a tinted teardrop-shaped window and an awesome painting of a vanquished demoness airbrushed on the side. Or that a time machine was somehow involved. However they did it, the good eggs in Windhand recorded this one specifically for Hymns Vol. III and it’s currently not available anywhere else. So if you wanna hear it in your basement or Boogie van or time machine, you’re gonna have to click on the link below to download it. Then go to windhandva.bandcamp.com, where the band’s entire debut album is posted for your warm and fuzzy listening pleasure.] - Rue Morgue
photos by Danielle Fowler

Dorthia Cottrell of Windhand by Metal Chris

The unrelenting sounds of Windhand will be unleashed upon the east coast for a brief summer tour.  The band just released two strings of dates:

6/20 Richmond, VA - Wonderland w/ Elder & Ex-Lord by Fire
6/21 Chapel Hill, NC - Chapel Hill Underground w/ Elder
6/22 Charlston, SC - Jimbo’s Rock Lounge w/ Elder & Hollow Leg
6/23 Wilmington, NC - Reggies w/ TBA

7/13 Raleigh, NC - House Show w /Parasytic & Inter Arma
7/14 Atlanta, GA - TBA w/ Parasytic
7/15 Wilmington, NC Reggies w/ Parasytic
7/20 Baltimore, MD - Ratscape Festival - Hour Haus Studios w/ The Pilgrim (MD) & Slow Bull

Sounds of RVA is seriously considering a Wilmington road trip.

Cough Releases Tour Mixtape

RVA’s Cough, while stiffing their hometown on a show, has put together one helluva mixtape featuring some RVA bands, like Druglord and Windhand. You can listen and download to your heart’s content.