Cleveland duo mr. Gnome releases the first video from its sophomore album, Heave Yer Skeleton today, a professionally-shot live performance of the disc’s opening track. The clip is authorized for reposting. The band also returns to its lengthy U.S. tour starting on November 11th, keeping them on the road until late December. The trek is in support of the November 10th release of the album which was recorded at Josh Homme’s Pink Duck Studios, as well as the vinyl release of its previous disc, Deliver This Creature. Please see complete tour dates below.
Chan “Cat Power” Marshall fronting Queens of the Stone Age? Karen O leading Death From Above 1979? Mr. Gnome has been given many unusual comparisons, all of which seem to indicate the band’s spectacularly unique sound. And, while none seem to fully capture the band’s loftily heavy-beautiful music, mr. Gnome offers up two brand new tracks for your consideration. Follow the links to MP3s for “Slow Side” (CLICK HERE) and “Vampires” (CLICK HERE).
Upon completing sessions at Homme’s studio in Los Angeles, the endlessly touring pair of guitarist/vocalist Nicole Barile and drummer/vocalist Sam Meister mixed the album at Butch Vig’s Smart Studios in Madison, WI.
The psychedelically syncopated sounds of Cleveland’s mr. Gnome draw on a visceral mix of contrasting textures. Masculine and feminine, soft whispers and shrill yelps, pounding drums and soothing lullabies combine to form a discursive indie-rock collage. The duo’s jagged symphony of sound has them compared to a scattershot of artists ranging from Portishead, Cat Power, Massive Attack, and Joanna Newsom, to Death From Above 1979, Blonde Redhead, Sonic Youth, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
Heave Yer Skeleton, the follow-up to mr. Gnome’s debut full-length, Deliver This Creature, promises to be no less a musical twist than the last offering. Returning with the same basic, minimalist ingredients; a soulful, feminine power and inventive, dynamic drumming, the two are suspended in a sea of drug-induced themes pouring from their simplistic set-up. The id, dreams, silver giants, hallucinations, flying horses, the devil, Armageddon, vampires, and ghosts are just a few of the hauntingly, hypnotic subjects floating between pleasure and pain in the soundscapes of Heave Yer Skeleton.
In April 2009 the duo received an invitation to record at Josh Homme’s (Queens of the Stone Age) Pink Duck Studios located in Los Angeles. Studio manager and engineer Justin Smith (QOTSA, Eagles of Death Metal, Arctic Monkeys, Spinnerette) recorded the sessions and the location served as the perfect creative environment for mr. Gnome’s sophomore effort. After returning to Cleveland, the album received last minute touches and additional tracking at Ante Up Audio with Adam Korbesmeyer.
The album was mixed at Butch Vigâ€™s Smart Studios in Madison, Wisconsin by Beau Sorenson (Death Cab For Cutie, Sparklehorse, The Secret Machines, Garbage, Tegan and Sara). Extending and experimenting on elements only touched on in their first full-length, mr. Gnomeâ€™s Heave Yer Skeleton is scheduled for release November 10th, 2009.
mr. Gnome on tour:
11/11/09 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Melody Inn
11/12/09 – Madison, WI @ The Frequency
11/13/09 – Chicago, IL @ The Darkroom
11/16/09 – Lawrence, KS @ The Replay Lounge
11/17/09 – Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive
11/18/09 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Vegas
11/20/09 – Portland, OR @ Kelly’s Olympian
11/21/09 – Seattle, WA @ The Sunset Tavern
11/23/09 – San Francisco, CA @ Elbow Room
11/24/09 – Los Angeles, CA @ Silverlake Lounge
11/25/09 – Long Beach, CA @ Alex’s Bar
11/27/09 – Tucson, AZ @ Plush
11/28/09 – Albuquerque, NM @ Atomic Cantina
11/29/09 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
12/01/09 – Dallas, TX @ The Double Wide
12/03/09 – San Marcos, TX @ The Triple Crown
12/04/09 – Houston, TX @ Rudyard’s British Pub
12/05/09 – New Orleans, LA @ Banks Street Bar
12/07/09 – Pensacola, FL @ The Handlebar
12/11/09 – Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor
12/18/09 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern