Recently out of hibernation, Portland’s extreme/outsider label Eolian Empire is preparing to release the most ambitious and dedicated project on their diverse roster this Spring, with the newly-completed KEEP OUR HEADS label compilation.
The tiny D.I.Y. label more focused on maintaining a kinship with their regional underground music scene than attaining national acts or breaking into charts, the clan at Eolian has literally dedicated thousands of hours to arranging, collecting, compiling, mixing and preparing this massive offering of what they consider the best of their local underground, with KEEP OUR HEADS. Aligning metal, sludge, doom, prog, punk, rock, thrash, hardcore, noise and unclassifiable anti-genre acts from across the region into a herculean ninety-nine-minute soundtrack to the Portland heavy underground, KEEP OUR HEADS bears twenty-six exclusive tracks from stalwarts in the scene, like some twisted, many-headed beast raised on the soundtracks to River’s Edge, Lost Highway, and Repo Man, practically all the tracks recorded in Portland specifically for this release.
KEEP OUR HEADS features acts: Acre, The Ax, Big Black Cloud, Crag Dweller, Diesto, Drunk Dad, Fist Fite, Gaytheist, Gone to Croatoan, Honduran, Hot Victory, Humours, Ix, LKN, Lord Dying, Nasalrod, Norska, Order of the Gash, Palo Verde, Prizehog, Rabbits, Redneck, Sei Hexe, Sioux, Tiny Knives, and Towers. The comp will see release digitally and on a limited-run cassette on May 1st, the cassette run including both a digital download and a slick beer koozie. View the full track/band listing below, and place preorders here.
As a public preview to KEEP OUR HEADS today The Obelisk has released a brand new track from riff-crushers Diesto — a precursor for the band’s upcoming LP on Eolian this Summer — alongside a peek at what is going on with this comp… CLICK HERE TO JAM.
Eolian has confirmed two record release shows to bust the mixtape out onto the public, with a kinky back-to-back duo of galas at Slabtown late in April. Friday, April 26th will rage with sets from Acre, Ix, Norska, Hot Victory, Big Black Cloud and Gaytheist, and the next night with Redneck, Sioux, Palo Verde, Towers, Honduran, Rabbits.
This Summer Eolian will be releasing new noise from sludge-fuckers Drunk Dad, avant punks Big Black Cloud, hardcore savants Honduran, harsh noiser Redneck, and prog-doomsters Diesto, all featured on KEEP OUR HEADS. Stay tuned for more news on all.
KEEP OUR HEADS Release Shows:
4/26/2013 Slabtown – Portland, OR w/ Acre, Ix, Norska, Hot Victory, Big Black Cloud, Gaytheist
4/27/2013 Slabtown – Portland, OR w/ Redneck, Sioux, Palo Verde, Towers, Honduran, Rabbits
Honduran – “No Man’s Land”
Diesto – “Arrows”
Fist Fite – “Bitches Leave”
Humours – “In the Court of the Corn-Eyed King”
Drunk Dad – “S.O.U.”
Palo Verde – “Swimming in the Royal Academy”
Big Black Cloud – “Reptile Brain”
Lord Dying – “The Value of Pity”
Norska – “Eostre”
Towers – “Hell”
Tiny Knives – “Winter”
Redneck – “Princess”
Sioux – “Ascension”
IX – “Robocrastinatortron”
The Ax – “Luminaries”
Order of the Gash, “In the Library of Leng: Vol 1 – The Hangman’s Wine”
Sei Hexe, “Minutiae Obsession”
Prizehog – “Irrevelant”
Hot Victory – “The Cog”
Gaytheist – “Gimme Black My Blow”
Rabbits – “Drink, Drank, Drunk”
LKN – “Freedom Shot”
Nasalrod – “Suicidal Propaganda”
Crag Dweller – “The Animal”
Gone to Croatoan – “Poor, Poor Little Man”
Acre – “Heavy Day”