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Greenleaf / Earth Tongue

Sunday, May 17 at 19:00, 2020

Greenleaf (SWE)

Founding guitarist Tommi Holappa smiles as he recalls, “People keep always wondering why there have been so many past members in the band and the reason is that it was a side-project.” Still, as Greenleaf approach the 20-year mark since the release of their 2000 self-titled debut EP, their priorities have never been clearer.Hear the Rivers is the seventh Greenleaf album and second for Napalm Records. It follows a path that began on 2014’s Trails and Passes, when vocalist Arvid Hällagård and drummer Sebastian Olsson became part of a more permanent lineup that since then has also come to include bassist Hans Fröhlich. With 2016’s Rise Above the Meadow, the Swedish outfit established themselves as one of the most essential acts in the European heavy underground, playing massive festivals and headlining tours as they never had before.Accordingly, Hear the Rivers brims with that live energy while at the same time pushing forward with the full-band dynamic that’s been developing over the last half-decade. Recorded mostly live with producer Karl Daniel Lidén -- also a former bandmate of Holappa’s in Dozer, as well as a former member of Greenleaf -- it finds Hällagård a consummate bluesman in songs like the single “Good ol’ Goat” and “High Fever” while “Oh My Bones” taps into the ‘70s boogie that was Greenleaf’s core influence at their start, and as the first outing with Fröhlich in the studio, “Let it Out!,” 



 Sometimes music is supposed to feel weird and indescribable. It’s the moments of clarity within the dense, sonic mess that often feels the most satisfying. That’s the space that Earth Tongue occupy. At times, their songs are shrill and disorientating, other times their reverb-washed textures and instantly-familiar hooks can wrap you in a warm, loving embrace. The one consistent thread through their music, however, is the thick and all-encompassing fuzz. Guitarist Gussie Larkin has become a master of the fuzz-smothered riff, and along with Ezra Simons’ off-kilter drumming, they’ve been sending punters into transcendental states since they began gigging in their home town of Wellington, New Zealand in 2016. With their debut release Portable Shrine EP they steadily grew in popularity and began to tour NZ and Australia regularly. They quickly became one of NZ’s most exciting underground live acts - it wasn’t long until they were playing alongside international touring bands like Red Fang, Beastwars and Monolord. In 2018 the two-piece embarked on a successful two-month tour of Europe and the UK, laying the foundations for the release of their debut LP in 2019. Floating Being’ was released in June 2019 via Bristol-based record label Stolen Body Records. The album was pieced together throughout their travels of Australia and Europe in 2018, with the finishing touches being added in their hometown, Wellington. The album contains songs they’ve been playing live for the past few years, and it captures the raw, primitive energy that exists within their live performance. Earth Tongue embrace the imperfections in their playing and recording, drawing influence from early 70s psychedelic and prog rock. The last thing they wanted was to do was create a shiny, over-produced record - with that in mind, they recorded the drums to an old 8-track Tascam reel-to-reel in a friend’s garage in Melbourne. The result is a punchy, raw and fuzzy journey into psych-rock with songs that weave between melodic and jarring, with unexpected turns leaving the listener in a disorientated, euphoric haze.




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