With as much vibrant, organic beauty coursing through its veins as it has distressed melancholy, the new collaborative LP from WINO & CONNY OCHS titled Freedom Conspiracy is being prepared for release via Exile On Mainstream Records, and today the maiden single from the record has been made available courtesy of Classic Rock Magazine.
Over the course of Freedom Conspiracy’s lucky thirteen anthems of top-tier contemporary Americana, tales of regret, love, loss and redemption come alive through the dynamic dual guitarist and singer/songwriter approach of these two iconic artists, and one of its most heart-wrenching tunes would undoubtedly be its fifth track, “Shards.” With a beautiful blend of electric slide and acoustic guitar tracks and the layered, clear vocals of both CONNY OCHS and SCOTT “WINO” WEINRICH telling the tale of a man whose heart and soul are beyond broken — they’re shattered into a thousand pieces — and his attempts to sort himself back into once piece from amidst the wreckage.
Let WINO & CONNY OCHS break you down with “Shards” courtesy of Classic Rock Magazine RIGHT HERE.
Germany’s Exile On Mainstream Records, responsible for several previous releases from both WINO and CONNY OCHS, including their maiden collaborative album, Heavy Kingdom, will release Freedom Conspiracy in North America on March 31st, and Earsplit Distro is proud to be the exclusive stateside distributor of the LP! Imported from Germany, the vinyl version is pressed on 180-gram black vinyl in a reverse board sleeve with thermographic print and an extensive booklet, the CD packaged in a mini-gatefold with booklet and matt laminate varnish. The first fifteen preorders of the LP will also receive a FREE copy of CONNY OCHS‘ Suiciety 7″, including two new songs and an outtake from the Raw Love Songs sessions, initially released to accompany OCHS‘ recent European tour with labelmates, Kristian Harting and Friedemann, limited to 300 copies worldwide.
With tour plans for WINO & CONNY OCHS to take their new anthems on the road across Europe, North America and beyond are in the works, WINO has been confirmed as direct solo support for Zakk Wylde and Black Label Society on a special twelve-city US tour this Spring. From April 3rd through 19th the caravan will trek through the country with shows in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Kansas, Colorado, Utah and California. Additionally, CONNY OCHS has planned several European solo excursions including a Spring Italiano mini-tour and a variety of Summer festivals, with more to be announced.
WINO Unblackened Tour w/ Black Label Society:
4/03/2015 The Paramout – Huntington, NY
4/04/2015 Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom – Hampton Beach, NJ
4/06/2015 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
4/08/2015 Rams Head Live – Baltimore, MD
4/10/2015 Piere’s Entertainment Center – Fort Wayne, IN
4/11/2015 Orbit Room – Grand Rapids, MI
4/12/2015 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
4/14/2015 The Cotillion – Wichita, KS
4/16/2015 Mesa Theater & Club – Grand Junction, CO
4/17/2015 The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT
4/18/2015 Ace Of Spades – Sacramento, CA
4/19/2015 City National Grove Of Anaheim – Anaheim, CA
CONNY OCHS Tour Dates:
3/27/2015 DistrÃ² – La Spezia IT
3/28/2015 Socio – Massa Carrara IT
4/03/2015 Bardamu / Calderara di Reno – Bologna IT
4/04/2015 La Girada – Udine IT
4/06/2015 Maximum Festival – Zerobranco IT
5/16/2015 Maximum Circus Festival – Berlin DE
5/29/2015 Eulenbruch Festival – Rostock DE
The anxiously anticipated second collaborative LP from American doom metal legend and solo artist, SCOTT “WINO” WEINRICH, and iconic German singer/songwriter, CONNY OCHS, entitled Freedom Conspiracy, is finally upon us. Recorded at Kabumm Studio with producer Thommy Krawallo, as was their Heavy Kingdom LP, the newest collection of ambitious, harrowing and beautiful music created by WINO & CONNY OCHS not only brings forth the same quality of organically conceived folk/rock fans of the previous album should expect, it simply excels in every imaginable aspect. Freedom Conspiracy‘s approach is slightly different from Heavy Kingdom as it has been created in a much more organic way with rudimentary ideas brought in by each and then carved into songs by both together. Fusing acoustic and electric guitars and with both artists’ standout vocal styles searing through these thirteen well-crafted brand new hymns, the album delivers forty-five minutes of some of the most refined, dynamic and unforgettable folk/rock music in years. Fans of Woodie Guthrie, Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, Bob Dylan, The Black Crowes, Scott Kelly, Mike Scheidt and the like should make sure this duo is on your radar.