Today, Vice Magazine’s Noisey portal is streaming the forthcoming KOWLOON WALLED CITY full-length, Grievances. The stream includes an in-depth dialogue between guitarist/vocalist/producer Scott Evans and Converge guitarist and renowned producer Kurt Ballou.
Grievances will be released worldwide October 9th, 2015 on Neurot Recordings, with vinyl on Gilead Media. Preorder bundles are available at THIS LOCATION.
Honest, spacious, and intense without artifice or studio trickery, the seven-track Grievances was recorded and mixed by Evans at Sharkbite Studios and his own Antisleep Audio, both in Oakland. The album finds the band shifting even further from their sludgy post-hardcore roots towards a sparser, more melancholic heaviness that’s reaping critical accolades.
“KOWLOON WALLED CITY bummer jams are bona fide,” says NPR. “Just hit play and proceed to heave your body in sadness. But on its third album, Grievances, the San Francisco noise-rock band isn’t always obvious in how it chooses to be heavy.” Headbang Or GTFO calls the record “spectacular,” furthering, “Grievances is pure emotion from all members. An absolute must listen.” The UK’s The List notes, “Purely sonically, this is a stunning record – big, clean guitars, used as knives, not hammers, over a vicious bass bite and drums that hang and resound, full of anticipation, tension and release…”
Evans and Ballou have been friends for years, and their extensive interview covers recording techniques, gear, longevity, and producing one’s own records.
Listen to Grievances and read the interview at THIS LOCATION.
Next month KOWLOON WALLED CITY joins Fight Amp for a short West Coast tour.
KOWLOON WALLED CITY w/ Fight Amp:
11/2/2015 Starlight Lounge – Sacramento, CA
11/3/2015 Obsidian – Olympia, WA
11/4/2015 The Shakedown – Bellingham, WA
11/5/2015 Highline – Seattle, WA
11/6/2015 Black Water – Portland, OR
11/7/2015 Golden Bull – Oakland, CA * Grievances Record Release Show
KOWLOON WALLED CITY was formed in 2007 and have since released an EP, Turk Street (Wordclock, 2008), and two full-length albums, Gambling On The Richter Scale (Perpetual Motion Machine, 2009) and Container Ships (Brutal Panda, 2012), as well as two splits. Grievances is the band’s first release under the Neurot Recordings banner.