Thursday, March 29, 2007

Volcom's BIRDS OF AVALON and TOTIMOSHI Extend US Tours!

Volcom Recording Artists BIRDS OF AVALON and TOTIMOSHI Announce extended US Tourdates! Details Below:

Announce New Album "Bazaar, Bazaar" out May 22nd * US Tour w/ Fucking Champs, Red Fang, and more!

“Led by a pair of guitarists who seem, by sheer force, to be powering their amplifiers rather than the other way around, Birds of Avalon make thunderous, precise rock with enough proggy smarts to keep you on your toes.” Steve Haruch for the Nashville Scene

"North Carolina's Birds of Avalon mine from decades-past ghosts. Psyche, arena, glam—it's all in there. But Birds of Avalon expertly traverse all this information, picking up what they like and adding it to a sound that's simultaneously familiar and new." The Portland Mercury

After a 7-year stint in a prison van with the double drum, frenetic rock n’ roll assault known as The Cherry Valence, guitarists Cheetie Kumar and Paul Siler, felt a growing desire to move on. In a final whirlwind year that saw The Cherry Valence touring Europe multiple times, the couple, Kumar and Siler, got married and made the difficult decision to divorce their band.

Returning home hitched and band-less, they began late night clandestine meetings with neighbor and local crooner Craig Tilley (The Weather), where they hatched a plan to form Birds of Avalon and laid the foundation for what was to become the first batch of Birds Of Avalon songs. Still needing to round out their line up they snared their favorite area drummer Scott Nurkin (Dynamite Brothers) and soon added multi-instrumentalist and fanatical 4 tracker, David Mueller on bass.

With the release of their debut full length, Bazaar, Bazaar, Birds Of Avalon have developed a unique psychedelic meets progressive sound that yields feelings that transcend the conventions of both. Skillfully channeling elements of a time in Rock since past, while maintaining their place in the lineage of North Carolinian independent rock heritage. Easily traversing an area between raw blues rock and atmospheric pysch-pop. Birds Of Avalon “can tear it up in a three-minute barn-burner or lure you into an extended psychedelic journey, wandering schizophrenically like a Brian May guitar solo,” so says Jens Lekman of Cincinnati City Beat.

Bazaar, Bazaar is set for release on May 22nd on Volcom Entertainment and was recorded and produced by Mitch Easter (R.E.M., Let’s Active, Wilco), Greg Elkins and Brian Quast.

Watch Birds of Avalon shred HERE


Birds Of Avalon headlining dates:
4/21/2007 @ Blackout Fest - Athens, OH
4/22/2007 @ Nite Owl - Dayton, OH
4/23/2007 @ Empty Bottle - Chicago, IL
4/24/2007 @ First Avenue / 7th St. Entry - Minneapolis, MN
4/26/2007 @ The Loft - Missoula, MT
4/27/2007 @ Sunset Tavern - Seattle, WA
4/28/2007 @ Towne Lounge - Portland, OR
4/29/2007 @ The Alibi - Arcata, CA
4/30/2007 @ 12 Galaxies - San Francisco, CA
5/01/2007 @ Spaceland - Los Angeles, CA
5/02/2007 @ Casbah - San Diego, CA
5/03/2007 @ Plush - Tucson, AZ
5/04/2007 @ Monte Vista Cocktail Lounge - Flagstaff, AZ
5/07/2007 @ Emo's - Austin, TX
5/08/2007 @ Rudyards - Houston, TX
5/09/2007 @ One Eyed Jacks - New Orleans, LA
5/10/2007 @ Jubilee Lounge - Oxford, MS
5/11/2007 @ The Pilot Light - Knoxville, TN
5/23/2007 @ Caledonia Lounge - Athens, GA

Birds Of Avalon w/The Fucking Champs, Red Fang:
5/24/2007 @ The EARL - East Atlanta, GA
5/25/2007 @ Bottletree Cafe - Birmingham, AL
5/26/2007 @ Hi Tone - Memphis, TN
5/27/2007 @ The Duck Room - St. Louis, MO
5/28/2007 @ The Picador - Iowa City, IA
5/29/2007 @ Empty Bottle - Chicago, IL
5/30/2007 @ Magic Stick - Detroit, MI
5/31/2007 @ Sneaky Dee's - Toronto, ON
6/01/2007 @ La Sala Rosa - Montreal, QC
6/02/2007 @ Wallingford American Legion Hall - Wallingford, CT
6/03/2007 @ Great Scotts - Allston, MA
6/04/2007 @ The Mercury Lounge - New York, NY
6/05/2007 @ Studio B - Brooklyn, NY
6/06/2007 @ Ottobar - Baltimore, MD
6/07/2007 @ Johnny Brenda's - Philadelphia, PA
6/08/2007 @ Satellite Ballroom - Charlottesville, VA

"Bazaar, Bazaar" Tracklist:
1. Bicentennial Baby
2. Horse Called Dust
3. Instant Coma
4. Set You Free
5. Wanderlust
6. Taking Trains
7. Superpower
8. Where's My Jetpack
9. Turn Gold
10. Think
11. Lost Pages From the Robot Repair Manual

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Announce U.S. Tourdates w/ RTX!

"Totimoshi’s fourth CD has the syncopated looseness of early Sabbath and the howl-and-hammer rumble of late-Eighties grunge… the rugged, garagey production (courtesy of Helmet’s Page Hamilton) lends a genuine authenticity to the Oakland-based trio’s retro-sounding sludge. Though more civilized than High on Fire and less dramatic than Neurosis, Totimoshi prove capable of delivering equally devastating music.” REVOLVER MAGAZINE

“Totimoshi, however much they can and likely will appear to stoner rockers and even indie folks, are simply a great metal band..” – DECIBEL MAGAZINE

“Run bongwater-soaked '70s hard rock through Melvins and Sleep, sprinkle touches of blues and pop on top, and you have Totimoshi. This Oakland, CA trio does the stoner Sabbath thing as well as any band, but stands out with tones ranging from acoustic to twangy to fuzztones at 11. The group has a fearsome live reputation, and the nicely natural production (by Helmet's Page Hamilton) hints at that.” – STYLUSMAGAZINE.COM

Just off a West Coast tour w/ rock legends HELMET, Oakland, CA’s sludge-grunge-alt-hell-rock trio TOTIMOSHI are back w/ the follow-up to 2003’s “Monoli” and 2005’s re-issue of Mysterioso? to bring we mortals one of the heaviest and doom-ridden masterpieces the world of heavy rock has seen in way too long (no wonder bands like Helmet, Mastodon, Fu-Manchu, Kylesa, High on Fire, and the Melvins have tapped the band to tour and perform alongside on more than one occasion).

Bringing to mind some of history’s heaviest hitters (see Blue Cheer, Tool, Nirvana, Oxbow, Helmet), “Ladron’s” sludge-heavy guitar riffs, hugely-powerful bass-lines, and pummeling drums take their listener on a pseudo-psychedelic journey through space and time, and leave them wallowing in the depths of hell.

A Brief History:
Totimoshi was formed by singer/guitarist Tony Aguilar and bassist Meg Castellanos in Nov. 97'. After a slew of drummers-some lasting longer than others, Chris Irizarry joined the band in late '06. Totimoshi have recorded with acclaimed producers Billy Anderson, Alex Newport, and most recently Page Hamilton who worked on the upcoming "Ladrón". Past releases have included 1999's self titled, Mysterioso? (Crucial Blast 2002, enhanced re-issue 2005) and Monolí (This Dark Reign 2003).

Touring constantly across the US, they've gained a strong loyal following due to their innovative approach to heavy music. Highlights have included being handpicked by the Melvins, Mastodon, Fu Manchu, and Helmet to open for their respective tours, and headlining the Emissions and Stoner Hands of Doom Fests. A live performance in Dallas, TX for Budweiser's True Music can be seen on HD TV and now their myspace site. All 3 releases have seen high praise and their music has reached the airwaves in Europe, Australia, Brazil, Cuba, and the US. Totimoshi continues to carve out it's own path with it's explosive performances, dark emotive lyrics and hypnotic sound... truly a force and new direction for music made by musicians who follow no trend but thier own.

Band Members:
Tony Aguilar - singer/songwriter/guitarist
Meg Castellanos - bassist
Chris Irizarry – drums

Tracklist for Ladron:
1. Ladron
2. In Virgo
3. The Dance Of Snakes
4. God Of Earth
5. Viva Zapata
6. A Weighted Line
7. To The Fire
8. The Hide
9. These Meanings
10. The Drunken Sun Forever Watching
11. The Shame

Totimoshi w/RTX (features Jennifer Herrema ex-Royal Trux)
5/01/2007 @ Larimer Lounge - Denver, CO
5/02/2007 @ Duffy's Tavern - Lincoln, NE
5/03/2007 @ Record Bar - Kansas City, MO
5/04/2007 @ Jackpot Saloon - Lawrence, KS
5/05/2007 @ First Avenue / 7th St. Entry - Minneapolis, MN
5/07/2007 @ Empty Bottle - Chicago, IL
5/08/2007 @ Uncle Pleasant's - Louisville, KY
5/09/2007 @ Mac's Bar - Lansing, MI
5/10/2007 @ Small's - Hamtramck, MI
5/11/2007 @ Ravari Room - Columbus, OH
5/12/2007 @ 31st Street Pub - Pittsburgh, PA
5/13/2007 @ 123 Pleasant - Morgantown, WV
5/18/2007 @ O'Brian's Pub - Allston, MA
5/19/2007 @ Luna Lounge - Brooklyn, NY
5/20/2007 @ Ottobar - Baltimore, MD

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