With the release of Pagan Fruit now less than a week away, Salt Lake City psychedelic riff-wranglers, DWELLERS, in cooperation with Metal Insider, present “Spirit Of The Staircase.”
Featuring former members of Iota and SubRosa, the self-proclaimed “gut rock” trio will release Pagan Fruit next Tuesday via Small Stone. Recorded and engineered by Andy Patterson (SubRosa, Catholic Girls) at The Boars Nest in Salt Lake City, Utah, mixed by Eric Hoegemeyer (Luder) at Tree Laboratory in Brooklyn, New York and mastered by Chris Goosman (Sasquatch, Five Horse Johnson, Lo-Pan) at Baseline Audio Labs in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the absorbing long player delivers nine tracks of solid, occasionally doom-laden psych rock.
Dubbed, “a stunning body of work that, while bearing influences from the past, charts its own course to the future,” in a 4.5/5 rating by Rock Revolt Magazine who furthers, “The aim is to snatch you from your mundane existence, teleport you into an idling spaceship, and rocket you into an alien musical experience,” Pagan Fruit follows in the still-echoing sonic shockwaves of DWELLERS‘ critically-lauded 2012 debut, Good Morning Harakiri, which saw the newly-assembled trio of vocalist/guitarist Joey Toscano, bassist Dave Jones, and drummer Zach Hatsis pooling together their impressive prior musical credentials with staggeringly powerful and memorable results.
Comments Metal Insider, “If you’re a fan of melodic doom and desert rock, the band’s sophomore album, Pagan Fruit, should be right up your alley. Guitarist/vocalist Joey Toscano’s whisky-drenched voice bears a resemblance to Mark Lanegan’s, while the rhythm section of bassist Dave Jones and drummer Zach Hatsis back him up admirably with a bluesy swagger.”
Fear not the “Spirit Of The Staircase,” now streaming at THIS LOCATION.
And if you missed it, sample “Son Of Raven,” currently playing at The Obelisk HERE.
An album that both exceeds the lysergic power chord trip initiated on that first album, and expands the band’s collectively creative horizons into realms heretofore unexplored, here DWELLERS travels far beyond the multifaceted influences, both subliminal and overt, picked up by discerning listeners on Good Morning Harakiri – influences ranging from Hawkwind to Soundgarden, Monster Magnet to Captain Beyond, Sons Of Otis to the Screaming Trees. The songs/seeds found on Pagan Fruit reveal novel, dynamically varied musical touchstones as far reaching as vintage Neil Young & Crazy Horse and Goat’s Head Soup-period Stones.
Pagan Fruit will be available for consumption via Small Stone Recordings May 6th, 2014. Preorders are available at THIS LOCATION.
“The album title was well chosen as their music evokes images of forested glens and shafts of sunlight through leaves, sending us on a magnificent trip without the use of any mind-altering chemicals. Bluesy and soulful, tracks like ‘Creature Comfort,’ ‘Son Of Raven’ and ‘Call Of The Hallowed Horn’are rich in texture and deep in color and meaning. These guys are like alien overlords of rock whose only goal is to conquer us with the atomic might of their music.” – Mass Movement
“…the record filters doomy blues rock through a blotter of shimmering desert psych, balancing Toscano’s skilled axework with songwriting stepped up several notches from the group’s 2012 debut.” – Blurt