German folk/rock performer CONNY OCHS prepares for the release of his bold fourth solo LP, Doom Folk, through Exile On Mainstream this week, as part of the label’s 20th Anniversary this year. With the album just days from street date, the record gets an early exclusive stream hosted by PureGrainAudio.
CONNY OCHS believes that the best stories are always the ones yet to be told. He seeks to envision signs of the world that are concealed to most others, and to explore them in a more detailed and higher density. On his new album, Doom Folk, Conny follows different pathways to those which he has forged before, channeling his observations into narratives driven by two powerful forces, fervor, and vulnerability.
Doom Folk was fully written and performed by CONNY OCHS, recorded at Kabumm Studio, Golzow in Germany in April 2018, produced and engineered by Thommy Krawallo. Melancholy, insanity, attrition, and hope are nestled into OCHS‘ loud/quiet dichotomy, which is carried forward by clean tones, nuanced instrumentation, and beautiful, authentic singing, before erupting into distortion and dissonance. The album offers twelve new songs delivering thirty-eight minutes of instantly-infectious, humble and humbling, emotive folk/rock magnificence.
OCHS states “I hope this album can be of inspiration to who lost their way. We live in times that crush our spirits to pieces, as we are getting steered and also lead ourselves into mind and heart numbing places. I find room to be free and to be real in music and in playing, and this is what I am looking to put into my songs. Doom Folk is dark, but it also is togetherness. I found that sharing your darkness brings you back to life. And that is what this album is about.”
Stream CONNY OCHS’ entire Doom Folk LP early only at PureGrainAudio RIGHT HERE.
The previously-released video by Lutz Kretschmann for lead track “Dark Tower” – featuring CONNY OCHS’ lineup for the upcoming tour dates, with Johannes Doepping on drums and Hannes Scheffler on bass – is also playing RIGHT HERE.
Fans of William Elliot Whitmore, Steve Von Till, Wino, Scott Kelly, and Woodie Guthrie, make sure to check out CONNY OCHS’ Doom Folk. The album sees release this Friday, February 15th, on LP, CD, and digital formats through Exile On Mainstream. Find digital and physical preorders at Exile On Mainstream HERE and US physical preorders at Earsplit Distro HERE.
CONNY OCHS will support Doom Folk on tour, surrounding his performances at Exile On Mainstream 20th Anniversary Parties this year. The first leg of the Doom Spring 2019 European Tour begins February 22nd and runs into May, the shows heavily concentrated in Germany. He will perform at both of Exile On Mainstream’s celebration of two decades in action, the first April 4th through 7th at UT Connewitz in Leipzig, Germany with a full band as featured on the new album, and the second on April 13th at Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, Netherlands, with a more intimate, solo show.
CONNY OCHS – Doom Spring 2019 European Tour/1st Leg:
2/22/2019 Beer House Project – Pistoia, IT
2/23/2019 Gagarin – Busto Arsizio, IT
2/24/2019 The Concept Record Store – Lecco, IT
2/25/2019 Rock Café – Savona, IT
3/01/2019 La Serra – Recanati, IT
3/03/2019 Indie Record Store & Dump – Treviso, IT
3/22/2019 Foyer Stadthalle – Falkensee, DE w/ Eat A Peach
3/23/2019 Kasseturm – Weimar, DE
3/25/2019 Krone – Darmstadt, DE
3/26/2019 Dorett – Mainz, DE
3/27/2019 Stuck – Frankfurt-Oder, DE
3/28/2019 Odradek – Chemnitz, DE
3/29/2019 Das Grewen – Fredeburg, DE w/ Thomas Kleinhez
3/30/2019 Goldgrube Markuzwalach – Kassel, DE
3/31/2019 Skatehalle – Brilon, DE w/ Chris Snobout
4/01/2019 Peter-Weiss-Haus – Rostock, DE
4/03/2019 Ostpol – Dresden, DE
4/04/2019 Objekt 5 – Halle/Saale, DE
4/05/2019 Wohnzimmerkultur – Potsdam, DE
4/07/2019 UT Connewitz – Leipzig, DE @ 20 Years Exile On Mainstream [info]
4/08/2019 Kulturbar – Greifswald, DE
4/10/2019 Auster Club – Berlin, DE
4/13/2019 Roadburn Festival – Tilburg, NL @ 20 Years Exile On Mainstream [info]
5/19/2019 Splinter Club – Parma, IT