[photo credit: Michelle Pullman]
IDES OF GEMINI are very pleased to announce their latest bout of West Coast live ceremonies. Set to commence on July 14th in Oakland, the journey will coil its way around ten cities through California, Oregon, Vancouver and Washington, coming to a close on July 24th in Glendale. The band will be joined by blackened dream pop duo, Clay Rendering. As a precursor to the expedition, the ethereal trio will play two shows supporting Oxbow next week. Two weeks later the IDES will head to Salt Lake City for a performance at Crucialfest alongside Rosetta, Norska, Disforia and more followed by slot on the Demon Lung record release show in Las Vegas June 20th.
The latest round of IDES OF GEMINI rituals follows the band’s run supporting acclaimed indie rockers, Mountain Goats, which was cut short due to a medical injury sustained by drummer Kelly Johnston-Gibson. “After the disappointment of having to drop off the Mountain Goats tour last month,” issues guitarist J. Bennett, “we’re looking forward to getting out on the road again. Unfortunately, Kelly’s injury is still healing so she won’t be able to join us for the June shows with Oxbow and Demon Lung or our appearance at Cruficalfest in Salt Lake. The good news is that our friend Sash Popovic, formerly of [singer/bassist] Sera’s [Timms] old band, Black Math Horseman, will be filling in for those. He’s a killer drummer and a great guy, so we’re very thankful that he’s agreed to help us out. If all goes according to plan, Kelly should be back in action for the July run with Clay Rendering.”
IDES OF GEMINI:
6/05/2015 Brick & Mortar – San Francisco, CA w/ Oxbow
6/07/2015 The Echo – Los Angeles, CA w/ Oxbow
6/19/2015 Crucialfest – Salt Lake City, UT [info]
6/20/2015 Dive Bar – Las Vegas, NV Demon Lung Record Release Show
w/ Clay Rendering:
7/14/2015 Golden Bull – Oakland, CA
7/15/2015 Club 66 – Ashland, OR
7/16/2015 Wandering Goat – Eugene, OR
7/17/2015 Ash St Saloon – Portland, OR w/ Jex Thoth, Atriarch, Barrowlands *
7/18/2015 Media Club – Vancouver, BC
7/19/2015 Highline – Seattle, WA
7/21/2015 Press Club – Sacramento, CA
7/22/2015 Elbo Room – San Francisco, CA
7/23/2015 Sweet Springs – Los Osos, CA
7/24/2015 Complex – Glendale, CA
* no Clay Rendering
IDES OF GEMINI released their critically-hailed, Chris Rakestraw (Danzig)-produced Old World New Wave full-length last September via Neurot Recordings as well as a special, limited Carthage/Strange Fruit seven-inch via Magic Bullet Records last month in honor of Record Store Day.
If you missed it, the band recently unveiled the haunting visual accompaniment to their reinterpretation of “Strange Fruit.” Written as a poem by Abel Meeropol in 1937, and set to music famously by Billie Holiday in 1939, the song stems from Meeropol’s original protest piece against the racial lynchings that marred the early 20th century in America and has been covered many times over including versions by Nina Simone, Annie Lennox, Siouxsie And The Banshees, Diana Ross, and countless others. The solemn video was directed by Timms, and is currently playing at Revolver Magazine RIGHT HERE.
IDES OF GEMINI‘s Old World New Wave is available on CD and digitally via Neurot Recordings and on vinyl via SIGE Records. For CD orders, point your browser HERE and for T-shirt bundles, point your browser to THIS LOCATION. The seven-inch is currently available on limited black and clear wax at THIS LOCATION. Desirers of the digitals visit Magic Bullet’s BandCamp page HERE or iTunes HERE.
“A stark blend of black metal-derived guitar riffs, rigid, martial beats, and the haunting, gothic vocal harmonies of bassist Sera Timms and drummer Kelly Johnston-Gibson, this album washes over the listener, feeling simultaneously comforting and unsettling.” – Decibel
“…the pure, sonic power of these songs… will knock you off your feet.” – Soundblab
“…an enjoyable dream-doom filled sonic journey from start to finish.” – Bearded Gentlemen Music
“…there’s enough droney doom on [Old World New Wave] to make you feel like you’re stuck in David Lynch’s dreams.” – Noisey
“IDES OF GEMINI has a knack… for creating a world of sound and inviting the listener in. Their music has the feel of a classic horror film: all psychology, no fake blood or cheap startles. If there’s a goth revival afoot in metal culture – and, given last year’s releases by In Solitude, Beastmilk and others, there’s certainly an argument to be made for that – then IDES OF GEMINI is among its most evocative front-runners.” – Invisible Oranges