FAITH IN JANE: The Sleeping Shaman Premieres Lyric Video For Title Track To Eighth Album By Maryland Psychedelic Rock Trio; Axe To Oak LP Nears October Release Through Grimoire Records

photos by Caroline Winston

As Thurmont, Maryland-based psychedelic rock trio FAITH IN JANE prepares for the October release of their new album, Axe To Oak, through Grimoire Records in October, The Sleeping Shaman is hosting an exclusive lyric video premiere of the record’s title track.

An incredibly prolific band, Axe To Oak serves as FAITH IN JANE’s eighth studio album in their ten years as a band, the record delivering a uniquely ‘90s grunge element in their psych rock vibes. Packing seven extensive tracks into a dense forty-minute excursion, Axe To Oak was engineered by Greg Diener (Pale Divine, Beelzefuzz) in July 2021, mixed and mastered by Grimoire Records’ Noel Mueller at Tiny Castle in June 2022, and competed with artwork by Austyn Sullivan and layout by Mueller.

FAITH IN JANE’s vocalist/guitarist Dan Mize writes, “‘Axe To Oak’ is a song concerning the cycles of life and death as told through the ‘voices’ of the forest. A song about inevitable change and the balance of nature.”

With the song’s premiere, The Sleeping Shaman adds, “An amalgamation of grunge with a groove of psych and heavy rock ‘n’ roll, the three-piece with their new seven-track album have solidified themselves as a force to be reckoned with amongst stoner and doom heads, as well as those hankering for a second helping of that nostalgic ‘90s Seattle sound.”

Check out FAITH IN JANE’s “Axe To Oak” lyric video first now at The Sleeping Shaman RIGHT HERE.

Axe To Oak will be released digitally and on limited edition CD via Grimoire Records on October 7th. Find preorders where the prior single “Enter Her Light” is streaming HERE.

Stand by for additional previews of the album to be issued over the weeks ahead.

FAITH IN JANE will support the release of Axe To Oak with a run of East Coast tour dates being booked for October. See the confirmed dates below and watch for additional shows to be added and announced shortly.

10/20/2022 Another Round Bar And Grill – Richmond, VA
10/21/2022 Olde Mother – Frederick, MD
10/22/2022 TBA
10/23/2022 Mr. Beerys – Bethpage, NY

FAITH IN JANE was formed in 2008 by Dan Mize (guitar/vocals/lyrics), Brendan Winston (bass), and Alex Llewellyn (drums), who remain as the current lineup. Beginning as a punk rock band with a reggae influence, the members rediscovered their love for Black Sabbath, and over time, brought in more psychedelic and progressive elements to their sound, embracing improvisation as they soaked up the influence of bands such as King Crimson and Grateful Dead, as well as jazz legends John Coltrane and Miles Davis. Playing with bands such as Corrosion Of Conformity, The Obsessed, Eyehategod, Trouble, Conan, Captain Beyond, Earthride, Beelzefuzz, Pale Divine, and Caustic Casanova, their reputation has been steadily growing since they first arrived on the Maryland doom metal scene in 2012, where they are five-time veterans of the Maryland Doom Fest.

Axe To Oak features some of the tightest songs FAITH IN JANE has recorded, the product of two years spent refining unrecorded material and writing brand new songs; so many, in fact, that several songs recorded during the sessions have been set aside for future release. Their songwriting is more focused than ever, placing stronger emphasis on the vocals and lyrics while continuing to develop their trademark heavy rock sound. Menacing yet swinging riffs balance dread and boogie in the best Black Sabbath tradition; the rumbling bass groove that carries the songs has been enhanced by a fresh layer of fuzz; and bluesy, whiskey-soaked leads soar over everything like an eagle flying over their native Appalachians. The whole package is enhanced by their best production work to date.