Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Neurosis Announces First Bands to Perform @ Roadburn's "Beyond The Pale!"

Announces First Bands to Appear at Beyond The Pale 2009, Taking Place at Tilburg, Holland's Roadburn Festival!

The mission of Beyond the Pale is for us to honor the spirit and power of sound with people that we feel are kindred spirits. We want to bring together a diverse group of people who push the envelope, are truly original, and have that unspeakable fire and inspiration flowing through their art. - Steve Von Till

In our 23 years of existence we have had very few experiences that felt as right as our initial performance at Roadburn in 2007. Roadburn is a unique experience in the often disappointing and disingenuous world of music, it is a festival organized and run by people with a true passion and dedication to sound. In the spirit of this commitment we are proud to announce that the day of April 25, 2009 at Roadburn will be a rekindling of 'Beyond The Pale. We will be performing as well as curating the entire days events. - Scott Kelly


The Young Gods
Neurosis’ very first show on European soil was a small festival in Germany in 1992. After a day or two of soaking in the foreign sights, sounds, and culture, we had the honor of supporting The Young Gods from Switzerland. We were young and still new to the methods of integrating keyboards and samples into our own style of heavy music and that night The Young Gods taught us a lesson. Massive guitar riffs blasted from the PA yet there was no guitarist to be seen. Their sampler / keyboardist was a true sonic alchemist brewing insane psychedelic heavy riffs from banks of custom created textures. Rarely had we experienced technology used so organically in music. Those sounds combined with the essential hard hitting, solid backbone of a great rock drummer and a charismatic vocalist blew our minds that night. Over the years we have continued to admire The Young Gods’ music and their contribution to original heavy music. One of my favorite daily rituals during our brutal touring schedule in the late ‘90s was hearing our soundman Dave Clark test the local PA systems with The Young Gods, pushing the speakers to their limits. We are proud to have The Young Gods appearing with us this year for Beyond the Pale at Roadburn 2009. As our existence spirals out from the center, it is rewarding when some things come full circle. - Steve Von Till

Once in a great while, something unexpected and amazing arrives in the post office box. This happened several years back with a handmade wax-sealed package entitle Five Suns by English outfit Guapo. Instantly a wall of gongs, distorted bass and screaming Fender Rhodes built up a frightening hypnotic and pulsating beat that somehow managed to evoke images of Red or Lark’s Tongue-era King Crimsonwithout the pretense, almost as if it were thrust forth with the ferocity of a Jesus Lizard type aggression. I was sold. Their albums have only become more intriguing, delving deeper into a strange space both claustrophobic and expansive, leaving most of their so called “prog” counterparts seeming to wander inertly with a lack of emotion. Guapo will absolutely bring a desired level of depth and complex harmonics to Beyond the Pale. - Steve Von Till

Akimbo was one of those bands that we had missed over the years, but as time went on their legend grew. When the time finally came that we could experience the power of these guys, all was right. When you see Akimbo you see a band that has been hardened from the road, a band that has been focused on the sound and the sound alone, and a culmination of experience thrown at you on a lightning bolt. - Scott Kelly

U.S. Christmas
In all my days I have never had a band find me in the way that U.S. Christmas did. From deep in the mail pile of 2 months of submissions, I picked up this demo and put it on my stereo. Instantly the subtle dissonance and space began to crawl around me as "Lazurus" began, USX is like no other. I was instantly intrigued, I had to know more about this mysterious band. From deep in the Appalachians in North Carolina comes the sound of three guitars, two Theremins, and a rhythm section straight from the center of the earth. U.S Christmas will be the true revelation of Beyond the Pale at Roadburn '09. - Scott Kelly

About Beyond The Pale 2009:
Roadburn is very pleased to invite our spiritual brethren from Neurosis to host a European version of their "Beyond The Pale" festival. We couldn't imagine anyone being more attuned to the atmosphere and energy of Roadburn than Neurosis, and offering them the opportunity to stage the first ever "Beyond The Pale" outside of the U.S. is our way of honoring their enormous contributions to underground music as well as their iconic style and sound.

On Saturday, April 25, Neurosis will have complete freedom to invite all the bands and set the lineups for each of the stages. Over the years, Neurosis has exhibited an amazing commitment and dedication to the art of underground music, something that we at Roadburn understand and appreciate completely. We are looking forward to the new ideas that they will bring to the festival, as we feel they are truly kindred spirits. We look forward to uniting at Roadburn 2009.

Steve Von Till comments: "It is a great honor and privilege to have asked to host our own Beyond the Pale event at Roadburn 2009. Since playing Roadburn 2007, we could think of no better people to work with on this event than the organizers and promoters of Roadburn and the wonderful staff at the013. Roadburn is a completely different experience than the traditional music festival. It is a small, intimate, extremely well organized festival, put together by people who love the bands, and thrive on creating a unique social vibe where the lines between artist, audience, and staff are often completely blurred."

"2009 also marks the 10th anniversary of our own label, Neurot Recordings. What an amazing way to mark our first decade as a label. I believe that Roadburn and Neurosis share a clarity of vision that will result in an amazing experience for us all."

* Roadburn 2009 will run for three days from Thursday, April 23 to Saturday, April 25 at the 013 venue in Tilburg, Holland. There will be an additional afterburner event on Sunday, April 26, 2009. More info, including full lineup, will follow.

More information about previous Beyond the Pale events can be found here.

Past performers for Beyond the Pale have included Savage Republic, Steel Pole Bath Tub, Shellac, Stars of the Lid, Pleasure Forever, Low, Jarboe, Zeni Geva, Zoviet France, and more. Lookout for a very special lineup at this year's event!

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