Windhand share “Orchard” with NPR – US and Euro tour this fall

By Chris Dahlberg

Published on Friday, August 23, 2013

Windhand has become one of my favorite doom bands recently, and it certainly helps that since they’re from Richmond I have had the chance to see them live a bit more than others. The group is set to release their second full length Soma on Relapse Records September 17th and have shared the track “Orchard”. I remember hearing this one last time I saw it live and it sounds great in recorded form. Windhand is set to tour the US and Europe this fall, check out the full list of dates below.

Back again, Richmond’s psyche doomers, Windhand, have shared their leading track “Orchard” with NPR HERE who’ve described it “deceptively slow by the mere weight of its gnarly -y riff. But then Windhand moves from 4/4-time fuzz to a woozily swung 3/4 count that, again, feels slow, but barrels the track into the speakers like the guy up front who’s had one too many.” Windhand’s second full-length album, Soma, comes out via Relapse Records on September 17 (Pre-order HERE). After rightfully surging the DIY circuit with stirring live shows, their very own IPA, a critically acclaimed self-titled release last year and a split with label-mates Cough this year, Windhand tour the US and Europe this fall (full list of dates below). Soma is nothing short of transcendent and speaks to more than just doom-metal fanatics—this is an epic record for all fans of guitar driven rock and roll.

Check out “Orchard” on Soundcloud HERE

On Soma, Windhand successfully make syrupy slow, downtuned doom hooky and anthemic. Propelled by singer Dorthia Cottrell’s beautifully haunting bellow, Windhand’s dual guitar attack sounds like the glorious misfit offspring of Black Sabbath and Nirvana. An easy candidate for heavy music record of the year. The album was recorded and mixed by the band’s own Garrett Morris at The Darkroom and mastered by James Plotkin in their hometown. Take a listen to the first single “Woodbine” HERE.

Formed in 2009, Windhand (Asechiah Bogdan – Guitar, Parker Chandler – Bass, Dorthia Cottrell – Vocals, Garrett Morris – Guitar, and Ryan Wolfe – Drums) play what has been described as a tinnitus inducing mix of eerie psychedelia and haunting ambient doom. 2012 saw the release of their self-titled, debut LP via Forcefield Records and was critically acclaimed by Decibel, Pitchfork, CVLT Nation and many more.

 

WINDHAND US LIVE DATES:

9/5: The Side Bar – Baltimore, MD %
9/6: St. Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
9/7: Golden Tea House – Philadelphia, PA %
9/8: Belvidere’s – Pittsburgh, PA
9/9: Shrunken Head – Columbus, OH
9/10: The Melody Inn – Indianapolis, IN
9/11: The Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL
9/12: The Cactus Club – Milwaukee, WI
9/13: Cause Spirits & Soundbar – Minneapolis, MN
9/15: Shooter’s – Billings, MT
9/16: The Badlander – Missoula, MT
9/17: The Highline – Seattle, WA $
9/18: Ash St. Saloon – Portland, OR $
9/19: Monstros Pizza – Chico, CA *
9/20: The Hemlock – San Francisco, CA
9/21: The Stork Club – Oakland, CA
9/22: The Complex – Los Angeles, CA
9/23: Burt’s Tiki Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
9/24: 3 Kings Tavern – Denver, CO
9/25: The Bourbon Theatre – Lincoln, NB ^
9/26: The Record Bar – Kansas City, MO
9/27: Doublewide – Dallas, TX #
9/28: The Grotto – Ft. Worth, TX #
9/29: The Mohawk – Austin, TX
9/30: White Water Tavern – Little Rock, AR
10/1: The Owl Farm – Nashville, TN
10/2: The Hideaway – Johnson City, TN &
10/3: Strange Matter – Richmond, VA

% – w/ Ilsa
$ – w/ Bell Witch
* – w/ Amarok
^ – w/ Call of the Void
# – w/ Solomon & Pinkish Black
& – w/ Generation of Vipers

 

WINDHAND EUROPEAN LIVE DATES:

11/1: Charlatan – Ghent, BE #
11/2: Mudfest – Venlo, NL #
11/3: TBA – Paris, FR #
11/4: Asylum – Birmingham, UK #
11/5: Star & Garter – Manchester, UK #
11/6: Our Black Heart – London, UK #
11/8: Rocksound – Barcelona, ES #
11/9: Rock & Pop – Madrid, ES #
11/10: Sentinel Rock Bar – Bilbao, ES #
11/11: TBA – Clermont Ferrand, FR #
11/12: TBA – Strasbourg, FR #
11/14: TBA – Groningen, NL #
11/15: 1000Fryd – Aalborg, DK #
11/16: Truckstop Alaska – Gothenburg, SWE #
11/17: KB18 – Copenhagen, DK #
11/18: Rote Flora – Hamburg, GER #
11/19: Cassiopeia – Berlin, GER #
11/20: Zoro – Leipzig, GER #
11/21: Arena – Vienna, Austria #
11/22: Donaustubel – Gunzburg, GER #
11/23: MTC – Cologne, GER #
11/24: OCCII – Amsterdam, NL #
4/12/14: Roadburn Festival – Tilburg, The Netherlands

# – w/ Pilgrim

 

SOMA
Relapse Records
N. America: September 17, 2013
Germany/Benelux: September 13, 2013
UK/World: September 16, 2013
Formats: CD/2xLP/Digital

1 – Orchard
2 – Woodbine
3 – Feral Bones
4 – Evergreen
5 – Cassock
6 – Boleskin

 

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