Los Angeles based progressive rock collective ANCESTORS have announced April, 2010 UK and European tour dates in support of its critically acclaimed new album Of Sound Mind. The trek will launch on April 9 in Essen, Germany and will include a high profile appearance as part of the 2010 Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, Netherlands on April 15. Now in its eleventh year, the Roadburn Festival has become EuropeÂ’s leading underground festival for psychedelic, avant-garde, doom Â“or any other variation of leftfield sonic pleasures that push the boundaries of music.Â” Roadburn 2010 will feature ANCESTORS alongside like-minded acts such as Jesu, Shrinebuilder, The Gates of Slumber and more.
Joining ANCESTORS on both the UK / Euro tour and at Roadburn will be Los Angeles-based rock quintet NIGHT HORSE. The band shares in common with ANCESTORS guitarist Justin Maranga and have caught the ears and eyes of critics and fans alike with their unique ability to blend the greater aspects of rock music with a much needed breath of contemporary fresh air. NIGHT HORSE, who has been described as Â“If Sonic Youth had been immersed in an ocean of Allman Brothers inspiration, or if Soundgarden had been steeped in late 60s Fleetwood MacÂ”, will enter LAÂ’s Infrasonic Sound with producer Matt Bayles (Mastodon, Isis, Murder City Devils) later this month to record its sophomore LP, due for a summer release via Tee Pee Records.
ANCESTORS will play LA on February 19 at Spaceland with Intronaut and label mates Black Math Horseman.
In additional ANCESTORS news, the band has recently premiered the brand new song Â“Antler WingsÂ” via Decibel Magazine. The dynamic track will appear on an upcoming split 7Â” with Swedish rockers Graveyard. Check out Â“Antler WingsÂ” now at this location
Formed in 2006, ANCESTORS create mighty, modern music that dovetails innovative arrangement, crushing primordial riff interplay and melodic instrumental passages with textural “metalgaze” atmospherics. Recorded, mixed and mastered at Infrasonic Sound by Pete Lyman, (The Mars Volta, Beck, No Age), the bandÂ’s new album Of Sound Mind is an 8-part, hour-long experience that is at once passionate, bold and challenging. Described as Â“A journey through the past into the future,Â” the album showcases ANCESTORSÂ’ ever-evolving musicianship and metrics, which have drawn comparison to Neurosis, Hawkwind, King Crimson, Om and (early) Black Sabbath. Of Sound Mind injects an intoxicating mien into the soul of hard rock and vintage metal and seethes with both analog warmth and astute atmosphere. Essentially conceptual in nature, Of Sound Mind lyrically and thematically contemplates the quandaries of human psychology and its effect on and within the development of modern society. With both thunderous roar and expansive communiquÃ©, ANCESTORS are proving to be a quickly-emerging force of musical power and creativity.
ANCESTORS features Justin Maranga – (Guitar, Vocals), Nick Long (Bass Guitar, Vocals), Brandon Pierce (Drums, Gong), Chico Foley (Electronics, Keys, and Vocals) and J. Christopher Watkins (Organ, Vocals).
ANCESTORS tour dates:
February 19 Los Angeles, CA Spaceland (w/ Intronaut, Black Math Horseman)
European tour with NIGHT HORSE:
April 9 Essen, Germany Cafe Nova
April 10 Belgium TBC
April 11 Segrate, Italy Magnolia
April 13 Wien, Austria Arena
April 14 MÃ¼nchen, Germany Sunny Red
April 15 Tilburg, Netherlands 013 (As part of the 2010 Roadburn Festival w/ Astra, John Garcia, The Gates of Slumber, Yob, Magnus Pelander, Church of Misery, etc.)
April 16 London, UK South Of The Border
April 17 Plymouth, UK White Rabbit